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Please allow me to apologise on behalf of all the citizens of the State of Israel. I humbly apologise to you and your readers and to the world for our leaders defending our right to live. Here in Israel, we consider living a basic human right.

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The indignation of journalists, commentators and your readership has prompted them to spew forth some of the most vile invective we have seen other than that of Der Sturmer circa 1940’s and the letters and op-eds posted in your publication have educated me in a new level of hatred.

I apologise that it is left up to our army to make sure that the citizens of Gaza are evacuated from dangerous zones safely through pamphlets, text messages and roof knocking. I guess my text message and pamphlet were lost due to Hamas being on strike. Literally.

I apologise that we have not racked up those large numbers of Israeli casualties you were hoping for. I apologise for a government who values my life and those of my fellow citizens so much they do anything in their power to protect it. Whatever internal squabbles we may have or policies we agree or don’t agree on, life is valuable. I am sorry for our defense forces, made up of representatives of all sectors of Israeli society, who both prepare us and defend us with their lives.

I am sorry for our Iron Dome batteries that intercept the rockets aiming for our death and destruction. For those of you calling Israel an Apartheid state, Iron Dome makes no distinction between Jew, Christian or Arab. We are all targets.

I apologise that our government has made sure that we are equipped with bomb shelters and know how much time we need to take cover. I am sorry that Hamas prefer to build weapons smuggling tunnels instead of protecting their citizens but the “death industry” (their words not mine – google it yourself) has proven more lucrative than saving lives.

Most of all, I am sorry that this upsets you so much that in countries across the world you choose to take out your frustration on members of the Jewish community, attacking people physically, in the media and in barely disguised hateful press releases.

Please accept my humble apologies for any inconvenience we may have caused you.

Rolene Marks

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A7News: ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’

Sivan 15, 5773 / Friday, May. 24 ’13


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  1. 1.      ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’
  2. 2.      MK: Hareidi Men Will Marry Young, Avoid Service
  3. 3.      Israel’s History in Pictures: The Cigarbox Collection
  4. 4.      Forecast: Another Hot Sabbath
  5. 5.      Rabbi Criticizes Women of the Wall, Hareidi Thugs
  6. 6.      Report: Kerry Offers Freeze for Negotiations
  7. 7.      Rage in London after ‘Unforgivable’ Beheading
  8. 8.      Activists Protest Against Arab-Jewish Wedding


1. ‘The Intifada is Here, Even if Media Hasn’t Said So’

by Maayana Miskin

More and more Israelis living in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) have come under attack as Palestinian Authority terrorist groups increase the frequency of assaults on drivers in the region. One of the victims is Michal Weisel, who shared her post-attack thoughts with Arutz Sheva.

Israelis need to take advantage of technology that can reinforce car windows against attack, she said, and not to rely on the IDF to stop attacks.

Weisel was attacked by three young Arab men hurling heavy stones. “It’s lucky that the car was a reinforced car owned by the Regional Council – the rocks bounced off the frame of the car,” she recalled.

“I hope the IDF will take strong action against rock throwers, but for my part, I’m going to reinforce my car, because it saves lives,” she said. “A rock can kill, no less so than gunfire.”

“We’re in an Intifada, even if they media hasn’t said so yet,” she warned. The Palestinian Authority has launched two past “Intifada” terrorism wars targeting Israeli civilians in a variety of attacks including rock and firebomb attacks on passing cars, stabbings and shootings in civilian homes, and suicide bombings.

The IDF has reportedly started preparing for a third round of “Intifada” attacks. However, current and former military leaders have reassured civilians that there is currently no new Intifada, despite the many recent attacks on Israeli drivers.

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2. MK: Hareidi Men Will Marry Young, Avoid Service

by Maayana Miskin

The Perry Commission’s report on hareidi-religious army recruitment does not offer real solutions, MK Eitan Cabel of the Labor party argued Friday in a post to his Facebook page.

“Real equality means enlistment at age 18, without deferral and without ‘maybe,’” he wrote.

The proposed legislation would allow men to defer military service in favor of full-time Torah study for a maximum of three years.

The proposal ignores social realities, Cabel wrote. “Hareidi men will keep getting married at a young age. Some of them will get out of service altogether, and as for the rest, it will be so expensive to keep them [as soldiers] that it will not be worth it for the IDF to enlist them.”

The IDF pays married soldiers a significantly higher monthly salary than that given to unmarried soldiers.

The proposed deal is not good for hareidi men either, Cabel said, as it would mean they would be required to serve for 32 months, while those in the hesder program, which combines army service and Torah study in religious-Zionist yeshivas, would be required to spend only 24 months on active military duty.

“[Finance Minister] Lapid and [Economics Minister] Bennett went behind the hareidi public’s back on this,” he said. “But the secular will be the ones who pay the price.”

“This isn’t what we hoped for from the two ‘brothers’ who very quickly became a pair of old politicians,” he concluded.

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3. Israel’s History in Pictures: The Cigarbox Collection

by Arutz Sheva Staff

The following was written by Lenny David of Efrat, formerly of AIPAC, who created the website for a Picture a Day after realizing the extent of the Library of Congress archive of pictures – and the “Cigarbox Collection”:

Dr. Othniel Seiden of Denver is a fan of the History of Israel in Pictures and offered his exceptional collection of pictures found in a cigarbox in his parents’ home. I asked Dr. Seiden that he tell the story behind the collection. His recollection follows:

My father, Dr. Rudolph Avraham Seiden, was born in 1900 and was first involved in Palestine through a Zionist organization in Vienna called Die Blau Weiss or the “Blue White.” As a teen, sometime around 1919, he started smuggling Jews out of Eastern Europe into Palestine through Blau Weiss.

At that time, a whole family could travel to Palestine on a family visa. The organization established a front travel agency and hired a Greek ship in order to put together strangers as families and arranged tours to Palestine for these “large family groups.” When the tourists got to Palestine they “disappeared,” and their return tickets were sold to people wanting to go to Europe from Palestine.

My father’s intent was to move our family to Palestine, and in the mid-1920s he went there to check things out. He was the first chemist to take minerals out of the Dead Sea, and it was his intent to set up a factory to do that. Unfortunately he contracted malaria and had to go back to Vienna.

He still longed to move us all to Palestine, and in the late 1920s my mother’s family, the Abileahs, moved there. In the meantime, he worked in Vienna and held the first patent on tempered glass.

When Hitler came to power and the Austrian Nazi Party gained status, my father suddenly couldn’t publish anymore and saw the writing on the wall. In 1934, when we were planning our move, my mother’s family said that life in Palestine was very difficult, and if we had a chance to go to the U.S. we should do it. In 1935 we moved to the U.S. Many of the Abileahs are still in Israel. [Othniel’s uncle Beni Abileah was a well-known Israeli diplomat.]

In 1980, I started an organization called “Doctors To The World” which took medical personnel to various areas in the world to do volunteer work in needy areas. We sent dentists into villages in Israel to serve mostly Israeli Arabs and anyone else needing help. That was when I took out Israeli citizenship so I could get a medical license in Israel.

My father took only some of the photos. Many were either post cards or some other stock photos. Those that had an imprint on the back [some are stamped “Keren Hayesod Photo] I assume is that of the developing and processing individual.

When I asked for formal permission to publish the photos, Dr. Seiden responded: I give you full permission to use the photos I sent you in any way you feel fit, for educational purposes, or to lend and permit to be used by other media and organizations that will use them for educational or historical purposes.

Arutz Sheva thanks Dr. Seiden and Mr. David for this treasure chest, otherwise known as a cigarbox.

More historical pictures and essays at



Bedouin Arab family   near Lake Hula and their reed huts

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4. Forecast: Another Hot Sabbath

by Maayana Miskin

Temperatures will rise Friday, particularly in the mountains and away from the coast, weather forecasters say. The end result will be a day that is significantly hotter than the norm for the season.

Forecasters issued a warning about potential poor visibility along the coast, in central Israel and in the north-western Negev. Visibility is expected to clear up by noon.

Temperatures are expected to drop significantly on Saturday, but the weather will still be unusually hot for the season, as it was the week before.

The weather will grow cooler again early next week, forecasters say. Temperatures will go back to being within the average range for the season.

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5. Rabbi Criticizes Women of the Wall, Hareidi Thugs

by Eliran Aharon, New York

Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Rabbi of Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills in New York, took both sides of a recent dispute at the Kotel (Western Wall) to task in a video interview with Arutz Sheva.


Rabbi Schonfeld accused the Women of the Wall group of seeking to create a provocation, and wondered if they would have done the same at another religion’s holy site. At the same time, he harshly criticized hareidi-religious “street thugs” who “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

He had praise for the thousands of young Jewish women who came to pray quietly at the Western Wall in a public display of solidarity with the traditional observance at the holy site.

Rabbi Schonfeld also shared some teachings relating to this week’s Torah portion.

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6. Report: Kerry Offers Freeze for Negotiations

by Maayana Miskin

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly proposed that Israel freeze construction east of the 1949 armistice line if it wants to hold talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Kerry met Thursday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

It was not clear if Netanyahu responded favorably to Kerry’s suggestion of a new construction freeze. Israel formerly froze construction for several months in an attempt to bring the PA back to the negotiating table. The PA agreed to talks shortly before the freeze ended, but refused to continue meeting when the construction ban was not renewed.

Netanyahu has reportedly put a stop to new construction in Judea and Samaria (Shomron), but has not issued a public ban on construction, and has not stopped construction for Israelis in Jerusalem.

A government source told Maariv that Netanyahu would find it difficult to accept a public construction ban due to the makeup of his coalition.

It is also not clear if PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has accepted Kerry’s proposal. Since the last construction freeze Abbas has announced other demands that he considers preconditions to talks with Israel.

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7. Rage in London after ‘Unforgivable’ Beheading

by Gil Ronen

There is shock and fury in Britain following the gruesome murder of a soldier by Muslims in Woolwich, in southeastern London, on Wednesday. The murdered man was Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army’s 2nd Battalion.

“There is rage in London; the feelings are very bad,” a Jewish resident of Golders Green told Arutz Sheva. “London is having a hard time dealing with this kind of cruel terror. Muslims beheading a soldier – that is an unforgivable deed.”

There were riots and confrontations in different parts of London Thursday, and two mosques were reportedly attacked.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the attack was “truly shocking” and cut short a visit to Paris and returned to London in order to convene the security cabinet, known as Cobra. Home Secretary Theresa May described the attack as “sickening and barbaric.”

Police have confirmed that two men have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder.

In recent years, Muslims have become dominant in several neighborhoods in London, to the chagrin of the native locals, and there have been reports that fundamentalists have been trying to enforce Sharia law in the neighborhoods.

In the hours following the attack, around 250 supporters of the anti-Islamist English Defense League (EDL) gathered at Woolwich Arsenal train station. According to the Huffington Post, the group hurled bottles and became involved in minor skirmishes with the police, but later dispersed without any arrests being reported.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson was among the crowd and explained: “They’re chopping our  soldiers’ heads off. This is Islam. That’s what we’ve seen today… Our next generation are being taught through schools that Islam is a religion of peace. It’s not. It never has been. What you saw today is Islam,” he added. “Everyone’s had enough.”

The attack was captured on video, and clearly shows the terrorists with blood on their hands and holding what appears to be a large knife or machete.

Eyewitnesses said that the attackers shouted Islamic slogans as they beheaded the man in broad daylight. The attackers were shot by police and arrested, and then taken to a London hospital for treatment. A television broadcast showed one of the attackers saying that they were Muslim fighters who “would never stop attacking you. We are doing this because Muslims are dying every day.”

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8. Activists Protest Against Arab-Jewish Wedding

by Arutz Sheva Staff

Police officers on Thursday evening prevented 50 right-wing activists from arriving in the Arab village of Araba, located in the Lower Galilee. The activists had come to protest a wedding between an Arab man and a Jewish woman which was taking place in the village.

Among the activists who participated in the protest were Baruch Marzel, former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari and Benzi Gopstein, a member of the Kiryat Arab local council.

The activists, who were traveling towards the village by bus, were stopped by police near Sakhnin. They were allowed to hold a demonstration elsewhere.

Gopstein told Arutz Sheva, “We will fight any assimilation in the Holy Land. The Arabs should know it won’t work so easily for them. If a Jewish woman does not maintain her dignity, we will fight for her dignity.”

He added that Thursday’s demonstration was only the beginning of a plan to eradicate the phenomenon of assimilation, noting that the activists intend to arrive at all similar weddings and protest against them.

Former MK Ben-Ari told Arutz Sheva, “We came to say that the women of Israel belong to the Jewish people. Assimilation is one of the greatest tragedies of the Jewish people. Every Jew can sleep tonight while clicking his tongue, but he must know that another daughter of Israel has married an Arab.”

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A7News: AIPAC-Sponsored Bill could Save Israel Aid Adar 23, 5773 / Tuesday, Mar. 05 ’13

Adar 23, 5773 / Tuesday, Mar. 05 ’13


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  1. 1.      AIPAC-Sponsored Bill could Save Israel Aid
  2. 2.      Charge: ‘Protection of Nature’ Group Focused on Jewish ‘Threat’
  3. 3.      Labor: Cabel Offers to Replace Yachimovich
  4. 4.      Home Front Soldiers Devote ‘Good Deeds Day’ to Seniors
  5. 5.      MK: Wave of Hate Crimes against Hareidi Jews
  6. 6.      Baby of Killed Hareidi Couple Dies Despite Doctor’s Efforts
  7. 7.      Iran Must Allow Immediate Access to Parchin, Says IAEA Chief
  8. 8.      Former Labor MK Shocked to Discover Temple Mount Discrimination


1. AIPAC-Sponsored Bill could Save Israel Aid

by Gil Ronen

A Republican and a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would make Israel a “major strategic ally,” a one of a kind designation, JTA has reported.

The bill, introduced Monday by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), is timed for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference (AIPAC), and 13,000 activists are expected to lobby for it and for Iran-related bills on Tuesday.

The “major strategic ally” bill codifies a number of existing facets of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, including annual defense assistance and cooperation on missile defense, energy research and cyber security.

It also calls for Israel to join the program that waives pre-arranged visas for select nationals entering the United States.

The Iran-related bills AIPAC activists will champion would tighten sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to suspend its nuclear weapons program and would call for the president to support Israel should it feel “compelled” to strike Iran.

Political analyst Robert Naiman told Russian channel RT that the AIPAC annual conference is focused on the congressional designation of Israel as a “major strategic ally” of the U.S.

According to lobbyists associated with AIPAC, said Naiman, “it has to do with the coming threat of budget cuts. Under this sequester… there’re supposed to be across-the-board cuts to the US budget. So that should mean that the US aid to Israel, which is substantial, billions of dollars a year, should also be cut – but the Israel lobby doesn’t want the aid to Israel to be cut. So their long game is that with this designation of ‘major strategic ally’ they would move things that are currently paid out of the US aid to Israel into the base Pentagon budget.”

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2. Charge: ‘Protection of Nature’ Group Focused on Jewish ‘Threat’

by Maayana Miskin

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), a well-known environmentalist group, regularly publishes a report on the threats currently facing the natural environment in Israel. A man who researched the group’s latest report says it shows a clear ethnic bias, with a disproportionate focus on Jewish “threats.”

Of the 119 situations that SPNI lists as current  threats in its latest report, just three involve Arab construction and two Druze construction, Petach Tikva resident Shmuel Fischer told Arutz Sheva. Massive illegal Bedouin construction in the Negev, in dozens of communities, was reduced to a single threat, he noted.

On the rare occasions that SPNI did note construction in the Arab sector as a threat, the group recommended a compromise in which some illegal construction would be recognized, or communities would be allowed to expand, he said. In contrast, when it came to Jewish communities the group often took an uncompromising stance.

As an example, Fischer pointed out SPNI’s recommendations regarding Jewish homesteads in the Negev, which the group condemned as a “wasteful” use of land. The group called to uproot the Jewish homesteads, which were built with government encouragement, he said – while in the same report it called to recognize dozens of Bedouin communities that were built illegally in the same region.

Another example is the disparate treatment of a Jewish town, Kiryat Yaarim, and an Arab town, Jasser a-Zarka, both of which are hoping to expand, Fischer said. Regarding Kiryat Yaarim, SPNI argued that “even the smallest” version of the proposed expansion “threatens the open pastoral view and the continuous stretch of open, natural land north and west of the town.” However, when it came to Jasser a-Zarka, which hopes to expand in several directions, SPNI gave its approval to an expansion eastward.

“Even though the expansion of the Arab town of Jasser a-Zarka is initially portrayed as a ‘threat’, SPNI ultimately, surprisingly manages to find a way to allow expansion, even at the expense of open areas near the town,” Fischer said.

Fischer has compiled his own report with critique of SPNI’s approach.

Arutz Sheva sent Fischer’s report on to SPNI, which vehemently denied his charges. “In contrast to what was written, the Society for the Protection of Nature not only does not ignore the illegal construction in the Bedouin sector, but discusses it in depth, in threat number 96,” a spokesperson for the group said.

“The Society for the Protection of Nature works to protect nature throughout the country, from the Hermon in the north to Eilat in the south, with no distinction based on religion, race or nationality and without taking into account whether a town is Jewish or Bedouin,” he added. “Any talk of discrimination or preferential treatment for one sector or another is itself racist, and has no place in Israeli discourse.”

Fischer rejected SPNI’s rejection of his report. He noted that he had not charged SPNI with ignoring illegal Bedouin construction completely, but rather, with downplaying it and taking a compromising approach that stands in contrast to its approach regarding Jewish construction.

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3. Labor: Cabel Offers to Replace Yachimovich

by Gil Ronen

A leadership fight is brewing in the Labor party as the party’s Knesset members realize that Chairperson MK Shelly Yachimovich will not lead them into the next Coalition. Yachimovich has stated that in order for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to accept her into his coalition, he would have to make policy changes that would be tantamount to “renouncing his religion.”

MK Eitan Cabel stated openly in a Channel 2 interview Tuesday that he is considering running against Yachimovich for the post of party chairperson.

MK Cabel opposes Yachimovich’s decision to rule out joining the coalition under any circumstances. He said Tuesday that if Netanyahu makes a far-reaching offer for the establishment of a “center left secular” government that includes Yesh Atid, Labor, Kadima and Tzipi Livni’s party, it will be difficult for Labor to refuse.

Former Labor MK Daniel Ben Simon told Arutz Sheva that he expects an internal rebellion within Labor to occur “within the next few days.”

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4. Home Front Soldiers Devote ‘Good Deeds Day’ to Seniors

by Gil Ronen

Every Wednesday, about 20 soldiers from the Haifa District of the Home Front Command show up at the Sephardic Old Age Home in Haifa, to volunteer with the senior citizens there, the IDF Website reported.

Last week, they showed up in much larger numbers – 130, to be exact – in honor of the fact that the Command is celebrating the 21st anniversary of its establishment, and also because of Good Deeds Day, declared by a nonprofit group founded by the Arison Group, which is being marked Tuesday.

The soldiers, male and female, could be seen at every corner of the home, sitting with the tenants, listening to their stories, and playing board games with them. A few female soldiers even set up a “manicure stand” for the tenants.

“This place serves between 340 and 370 tenants,” Haifa District Commander, Col. Eitan Yitzchak, told IDF Website‘s Dana Petrov. “These are elderly people who, on one end of the spectrum, are mentally frail people who cannot function independently and need constant assistance, and on the other, elderly folks who come here from their private homes for several hours a day.”

The Haifa District of the Home Front Command sees the ongoing connection with the community as an integral part of its service, in times of peace as well as war. The connection with the Sephardic Old Age Home was established as a product of this way of thinking. Besides the regular visits to the Old Age Home, the elderly residents will also visit the soldiers’ base for one day, later in the year.

Col. Yitzchak said that the volunteering work enables the soldiers get to know the generation that established the state of Israel, and that the soldiers tend to see it as a positive challenge. Some of the soldiers volunteered to work with the mentally frail, he added.

While some of the soldiers were busy at the manicure stand, others brought hi-tech to the Home. “I taught one of the tenants how to open a Facebook account,” smiled Cpl. Noam Gigi. “I opened a user account for him for the first time and he got very excited, We made an appointment for me to visit him at home, too, and help him enter Facebook from his home computer. He wanted to communicate with his grandchildren and he had no way of doing so. Now he can talk to them and see their photos.”


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5. MK: Wave of Hate Crimes against Hareidi Jews

by Maayana Miskin

Media incitement against hareidi-religious Jews has led to a wave of hate crimes targeting the community, MK Yisrael Eichler of the hareidi-religious Yahadut Hatorah (UTJ) party charged Monday from the Knesset podium.

The wave of attacks has been ignored by the mainstream media, he charged.

Eichler began by addressing Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom. “How do you, as a former journalist and the current Vice Prime Minister, see the burning of a girls’ school affiliated with the Bobov Chassidic movement as a ‘price tag’ operation against hareidi Jews?” he questioned.

“You probably have not heard of it, for the simple reason that the media is keeping it quiet,” he added.

Shalom responded that he indeed had not heard about the incident in question.

The arson attack was the tip of the iceberg, Eichler said. “Every day people spit at and curse hareidi Jews, particularly recently, and nobody is horrified by this.”

“But when somebody in Beit Shemesh spits on one girl, a party was built on that spit that got nineteen mandates, and another twelve religious mandates joined them to boycott hareidi Jews and starve their children,” he said, referring to the Yesh Atid party and its pact with the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party. MKs in the Yahadut Hatorah party say the two parties’ insistence on hareidi-religious army recruitment is a serious threat to the hareidi world.

Eichler stated that many hate crimes have gone unreported. While Jews are regularly arrested if they are accused of harming Arabs, nobody is arrested for attacks on hareidi Jews, he said, creating a situation in which many hareidi people do not file complaints over attacks because they feel that there is no benefit in doing so.

He asked what the government plans to do to avoid hate crimes in light of expected continuing anti-hareidi sentiment.

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6. Baby of Killed Hareidi Couple Dies Despite Doctor’s Efforts

by Arutz Sheva Staff

A day after a car crash claimed the lives of a young hassidic couple in Brooklyn and their son was born prematurely in an emergency procedure, the baby died on Monday. Doctors at the hospital to which he was rushed had fought valiantly to save his life.

The death of the baby, delivered about three months early, elevated the sadness in the couple’s tight-knit hassidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which had sought solace in the newborn’s survival serving as a vestige of the young family.

His death also served to reinvigorate calls to bring serious criminal charges against the driver of the BMW sedan that struck the car service vehicle in which  his parents, Raizy and Nathan Glauber, both 21, were riding.

Police officials on Monday identified the driver as Julio Acevedo, 44, of Brooklyn, who fled the scene of the crash. He was still being sought on Monday afternoon, reported the NY Times.

The owner of the BMW, Takia Walker, 29, of the Bronx, was arrested on Sunday on charges of insurance fraud, accused of buying and registering the car under false pretenses.

The crash occurred Sunday just after midnight. The Glaubers, feeling something may have been wrong with the pregnancy, called a car service to take them to a hospital. Their cab was struck on the driver’s side by the BMW with such force that Raizy was ejected onto the pavement and both cars were mangled.

Nathan Glauber was taken to Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, and his wife was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, where the baby was delivered prematurely and intubated. The parents were pronounced dead early Sunday.

The police told the Times that Acevedo would, at minimum, face charges for fleeing the scene of an accident. Investigators may seek to establish whether he was drunk at the time of the accident, a task made more difficult by his flight from the scene.

Police and witness accounts had indicated that there was a female passenger in the BMW, but police officials said Monday that Acevedo had been driving alone.

A witness told the police that the BMW had been traveling at a high rate of speed on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when it struck the cab as it turned onto the avenue from Wilson Street.

“The driver of the BMW was doing at least 60 miles an hour when it hit the other vehicle,” said Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, according to the New York Times.

The Satmar Rebbe was among the many thousands who attended the funeral of the young kollel student and his wife.

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7. Iran Must Allow Immediate Access to Parchin, Says IAEA Chief

by Elad Benari

The head of the UN atomic agency called Monday on Iran to allow immediate access to the Parchin military base where it suspects nuclear weapons research took place, AFP reported.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano said that this should be granted “without further delay” and without waiting for stalled talks to reach an agreement on investigating other alleged “westernization” activities.

“I request Iran once again to provide access to the Parchin site without further delay, whether or not agreement has been reached on the structured approach,” Amano told the IAEA board of governors meeting.

“Providing access to the Parchin site would be a positive step which would help to demonstrate Iran’s willingness to engage with the Agency on the substance of our concerns,” he said, according to AFP.

Iran has refused to give the IAEA access to sites, documents and scientists involved in what the agency suspects were efforts, mostly in the past but possibly ongoing, to develop nuclear weapons.

More than a year of meetings, the latest on February 13 in Tehran, have failed to agree on a so-called “structured approach” deal to address all the allegations.

Amano said Monday that “negotiations must proceed with a sense of urgency” and that he “would like to report real progress by the next meeting of the next (IAEA) board meeting in June.”

Tehran says that the IAEA’s conclusions about the “possible military dimensions” of its program are based on flawed information from Western and Israeli spy agencies, information that it says it has not been allowed to see.

Iran denies working or ever having worked on nuclear weapons and says that no nuclear activities have taken place at the Parchin military base near Tehran and that therefore the IAEA has no right to conduct inspections there.

The IAEA visited the site twice in 2005 but says that since then it has obtained additional indications of activity there that make it want to go back.

An IAEA report released on February 21 indicated that Iran has begun installing next-generation equipment at one of its main nuclear plants in Natanz.

Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said that the report from the Vienna-based watchdog shows Iran’s nuclear activities are peaceful.

“The most important point of the report is that after a decade of continuous inspections by the agency, there is no evidence on divergence toward military purposes in Iran’s nuclear material and activities,” Soltanieh said the day after the report was released.

On Sunday, Iran confirmed the information in the report, with its state-run media saying the Islamic Republic is adding thousands of advanced centrifuges to further enrich uranium into nuclear fuel.

Sunday was the first time officials have announced details about the number of machines being installed at the plant, although plans for the equipment had been made public earlier in the year.

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8. Former Labor MK Shocked to Discover Temple Mount Discrimination

by Elad Benari

Former Labor MK Daniel Ben-Simon cut short a visit to the Temple Mount on Sunday, after he personally witnessed the discrimination by Israeli police towards Jewish visitors to the holy site.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva about the experience on Monday, Ben-Simon said he was surprised, already at the start of his visit, to see that Jews are forced to wait in long, crowded lines to enter one of the holiest sites in the world.

Ben-Simon said that when he finally reached the end of the line-up after a long and unpleasant wait, he was told that the Temple Mount is closed due to what was described as “tension”. He later discovered that the source of this tension is a Quran that fell from the hands of a Muslim worshiper who came to the Temple Mount.

The Arab worshiper claimed that an Israeli police officer had deliberately dropped the book from her hand, but Ben-Simon expressed doubt at the truthfulness of the story and said it was unacceptable that the area was closed off to Jews because of such a minor event.

“Because of a fallen book they close the Temple Mount to hundreds of people who are waiting to get in?” he said. “The Minister of Internal Security must be summoned and asked about the reality in which the police are on high alert because of a fallen book. Who’s in charge here? All this is done without explanation.”

Later in the afternoon Ben-Simon, who was visiting the compound as part of research he is conducting for a book he’s planning to write, returned to the Temple Mount, getting in this time, and was shocked by what he discovered.

“I was surprised by the intensity of the tension. People looking at you from all sides, examining the movements of your lips, and heaven forbid if they move in what seems like a prayer,” he said. “When I saw this I asked my companions to leave. This is not a visit. I do not feel comfortable when Waqf and police accompany each step I make. I cut the visit short and left within ten minutes.”

Ben-Simon admitted that despite having served as an MK, he was previously unaware that this reality is what Jews are always facing on the Temple Mount, and said that most Israeli MKs do not visit the site and are unaware of this absurd reality.

“The vast majority of those present were tourists. Israelis do not visit,” he said, adding, “This is an unpleasant experience that I would not like to go through again. I expect to get a little respect in a place of prayer.”

The former parliamentarian said he finds it difficult to understand how Israel got to the current situation. He likened the corridor leading to the Temple Mount to a military facility where one cannot look left and right, fearing his looks may be interpreted incorrectly and cause rage.

Ben-Simon said the Israeli system should examine the situation at the Temple Mount, though he admitted it would be hard to change things in the current political reality.

At the same time, Ben-Simon said, it is “an impossible situation that anyone who comes to the Temple Mount is suspected of wanting to blow up the compound.” He added that delegations of Knesset members should be taken on a tour of the Temple Mount so they can see the situation firsthand and then closely examine appropriate ways to solve it.

“I did not know the problem existed when I was a Knesset member,” he admitted.

Israel liberated the Temple Mount during the 1967 Six Day War, leaving the Waqf in charge of the compound.

The Waqf, in return, has removed every sign of ancient Jewish presence at the Jewish holy site. At the entrance to the Temple Mount, a Waqf sign says, “The Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard and everything in it is Islamic property.”

Israeli Police, in an attempt to appease the Waqf, discriminate against Jews. They limit the number of Jewish worshippers allowed on the Temple Mount at one time in order to prevent conflict with Muslim worshippers. They often close the Mount to Jews in response to Muslim riots, as Ben-Simon saw for himself on Sunday, despite evidence that Muslim riots have been planned in advance for the specific purpose of forcing Jews out.

Arabs continuously accuse Israel of “Judaizing” the Temple Mount, sometimes resorting to ridiculous propaganda such as accusing Israel of using chemicals to erode the foundations of the mosque in order to cause it to collapse.

At the same time the Waqf consistently destroys Jewish antiquities on the Temple Mount in a direct violation of a ruling by the Supreme Court.

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An Iranian attempt to launch a satellite into space failed when the missile carrying the satellite exploded shortly after liftoff, completely destroying the satellite.


HIS Janes reported that the accident took place in May, and that Iran’s space agency has made great efforts to hide it from the public’s knowledge.


The failure is expected to set back Iran’s space program considerably.


Western experts said that the mishap shows Iran is facing difficulties in ballistic missile development. Janes revealed that U.S. spy satellites followed the attempted launch, which took place at the space center near Tehran. Black spots were seen covering the area around the launching pad immediately after the accident.


Iranian officials announced that the Safir-1B satellite launch vehicle would be launched on May 23, but subsequently announced that the launch had been delayed for up to 10 months without saying why.




by Maayana Miskin


The United States media is increasingly criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama for his statements regarding the mob attack in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the ambassador. An editorial printed Thursday by the Washington Examiner accuses Obama of lying to cover the true motive of the attack.


The Obama administration”s own statements “clearly demonstrate Obama has been lying about the incident for political gain from day one,” writes Conn Carroll.


Carroll pointed to a timeline of statements published by the Washington Post. The Post called the statements “a case study of how an administration can carefully keep the focus as long as possible on one storyline – and then turn on a dime when it is no longer tenable.”


“For political reasons, it certainly was in the White House”s interests to not portray the attack as a terrorist incident, especially one that took place on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks,” the Post report noted. “Instead the administration kept the focus on what was ultimately a red herring — anger in the Arab world over anti-Muslim video posted on You Tube.”


The Wall Street Journal joined the criticism as well. An article titled “The Libya Debacle” noted, “None of the initial explanations offered by the White House and State Department since the assault on the Benghazi consulate has held up.”


“Four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi in a terrorist attack that evidence suggests should have been anticipated and might have been stopped. Rather than accept responsibility, the Administration has tried to stonewall and blame others,” it accused.


The Obama administration initially said the attack was sparked by Muslim outrage over an amateur anti-Islam film, the trailer for which had been posted on YouTube. UN Ambassador Susan Rice termed the assault “a spontaneous reaction… as a consequence of the video.”


While several senior officials in the Obama Administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have since termed the Benghazi slayings terrorism, Obama has avoided the term. On Monday he said the attack “wasn’t just a mob action.”


In his UN address Tuesday, Obama referred to “a crude and disgusting video” which, he said, “sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world,” a statement taken by many to imply a link between the YouTube trailer and the Benghazi assault.




by Maayana Miskin


An explosive device was set off outside a Jewish community center in Malmo, Sweden late on Thursday night. Nobody was hurt in the blast, but the building sustained damage.


Local police said it appeared that someone had tried to break in the door.


Two 18-year-old men have been arrested in connection to the attack. The men were nabbed after police successfully traced one of two cars that witnesses saw speeding away after the blast; the second car has not yet been found.


The attack comes just one week after a delegation of Jews from Copenhagen came to visit the city and express support with Malmo”s Jews in the face of anti-Semitic hate in the city. Local Jewish leaders say most of the hate comes from Muslim immigrants, who make up one-fifth of the city”s population.


The city leadership does not help matters. Mayor Ilmar Reepalu has responded to anti-Semitism by asking local Jews to disassociate themselves from Israeli policy, and has referred to Zionism as “unacceptable extremism.”


Local leader Rabbi Schneur Kesselman says he has suffered many verbal assaults and threats. In one case, he and his wife were nearly run down by a speeding car.


Just one day before the attack, a guard at the city”s Jewish cemetery told the Jewish Chronicle, “You don”t wear a kippah in this city. That would be suicide.”





His twinkling eyes were always understanding and full of humor, except when the Land of Israel or the Jewish identity of the state were endangered. Then the diminutive Talmudic genius, the undisputed leader of religious Zionism for decades – along with his close friend the late Sephardic Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu – became an fearless and indomitable lion.


Despite the fact that every Zionist MK, general and decision maker found the way to his modest home, a stone’s throw from the yeshiva, it was open and filled with ordinary people who came for advice, blessings, encouragement, to ask him to officiate at weddings and circumcisions, from dawn to dark.


He would go by the yeshiva kitchen in the morning to say a good word to the staff and to make sure his “children” were going to be well fed so they could learn Torah properly.


At over ninety, after fasting all day, he led the Neilah service and the rafters shook from his cries to the Almighty. This he did barefoot, because he would bless the congregation as a Kohen during the service, and after his students accompanied him home singing “This is how the High Priest looked when he left the Holy of Holies” would wait almost another hour to break his fast as did the medieval Tosafist Rabbenu Tam.


He respected Israel’s government and loved the IDF as living symbols of Jewish resurgence, but fought the disengagement bitterly -prophetically prescient in his warnings of its aftermath.


Rabbi Avraham Elkana Kahane Shapira, head of the flagship Merkaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem after Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook’s passing and head of the Supreme Rabbinic Court, passed away Erev Sukkot five years ago.






Almost everyone who knew him, can tell personal stories of how he touched their lives. And so the Merkaz HaRav Beit Medrash was packed as religious leaders memorialized him – first among them his eldest son, well- known scholar Rabbi Yaakov Shapira who heads the yeshiva today , at the forefront of the religious Zionist Torah world.


“It is not as if five years have already passed”, he said, “because we feel his presence constantly, try to follow in his path, as Joshua did when Moses died. It is our hope that many more students will strengthen the glory of Torah in his memory.”


Members of the audience recalled the glorious days of the Chief Rabbinate under Rav Avrum and hoped that Merkaz HaRav yeshiva would take an active role in renewing that spirit.


Venerable sage and former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder of the Shas party, accompanied by Minister Eli Yishai, attended and spoke affectionately and humorously of his fellow member of the Supreme Rabbinic Council. He told of the book Rav Avrum (as his students loved to call him) borrowed and returned it in tatters six months later – which Rabbi Ovadia jokingly compared to the Purim story’s Esther’s six months in oil and perfumes before seeing the king – and how Rav Avrum, laughing, claimed it “died a work-related death” which in Jewish law, absolves the borrower of a farm animal from replacing it.


MK Zevulun Orlev (HaBayit HaYehudi) had a close relationship with Rav Avrum and spoke of the sage advice he received from the Chief Rabbi who saw the Chief Rabbinate as a step in the direction of Israel’s redemption. He recalled how when the MK told him that he doesn’t wear a black hat and sport a beard because his wife doesn’t approve, Rav Avrum told him that his wife comes first.


Rabbi Zalman Melammed, founder and dean of the Beit El yeshiva, whose initiatives were guided by Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, praised Rav Avrum’s leadership, vast knowledge and unassuming modesty.


He succeeded in recreating the awe students of the yeshiva had felt as the High Holy Days approached, while today’s students listened raptly to his every word.











Foreign Minister Lieberman has not ruled out the possibility of a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from much of Judea and Samaria, Yisrael Hayom reports.


Lieberman”s stance – as expressed in closed-door meetings – was compared to that of Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also raised the possibility of a major withdrawal in the region.


Lieberman, however, conditioned his approval for a withdrawal on two things: that Israel”s security interests would not be harmed, and that the international community would recognize the move as legitimate.


He rejected the idea, raised by Barak, that Israelis living in areas affected by the withdrawal could choose to remain in their homes as citizens of the Palestinian Authority.


Shortly before Yom Kippur, Defense Minister Barak shared his plan for a Judea and Samaria withdrawal in an interview with Yisrael Hayom. Barak said he would keep the “settlement blocs,” including Maaleh Adumim, Gush Etzion, and Ariel, allowing roughly 90% of Israelis living east of the 1948 armistice line to remain in their homes.


The IDF would remain in strategically important areas, Barak said.


Barak”s plan would mean evicting tens of thousands of people from dozens of Israeli towns and villages. He proposed easing the process by offering financial incentives to leave, and by providing new towns so that entire communities could move together. A similar initiative prior to the expulsion of Israelis from Gaza in 2005 was made less successful by the fact that most of the new communities remain incomplete.







Iran must take urgent action to allay mounting international concerns over its nuclear drive, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday after talks among the major powers.


“We discussed at length the need for Iran to take action urgently as we considered the Iranian nuclear issue,” AFP quoted Ashton as having told reporters after the talks with the foreign ministers of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and United States.


The European Union’s foreign policy chief, who engages with Iran on behalf of the international powers, said she updated the foreign ministers on her talks with Iran’s chief negotiator Saeed Jalili in Istanbul last week.


“I will from that meeting now be in touch with Iran to continue this process,” Ashton added.


A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP Ashton will discuss “possible next steps” raised by the ministers.


France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the meeting had been short because the major powers were united in the Iran crisis.


“We agreed that the main word is ‘unity,’ unity and to exert pressure,” Fabius told reporters.


“What is very important is that the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany are completely united on the behavior we have to have toward Iran.”


The senior U.S. official also said the international group “is completely united in ensuring that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon.”


The six nations have pursued a dual track of applying pressure through sanctions while holding talks with Iran’s government, which denies that it is trying to develop a nuclear weapon.


UN ambassadors for the United States, Britain and France have warned that time is running out for a negotiated settlement.


“We believe it is necessary for Iran to understand that there are consequences to their not addressing the concerns of the international community. And we believe that it also helps create space for diplomacy which is far away the preferred way to deal with this issue,” the U.S. official told AFP.


Earlier this week, diplomats said that Britain, France and Germany have officially called for new European Union sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.


The foreign ministers of the three countries wrote to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton calling for tougher measures as the showdown with Iran becomes more tense.


Details of the new measures are still being worked on but EU foreign ministers will discuss the move at a meeting in Brussels on October 15, the diplomats said.


Earlier this month it was reported that EU nations are exploring a new raft of sanctions against Iran.


“We might have to decide soon a new round of sanctions in the European Union,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.


He added, “I see a growing consensus between my colleagues. We will not accept a nuclear weapon for Iran.”







The Obama administration remained unimpressed on Thursday after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu”s speech to the United Nations and reiterated that the President would not set “red lines” for Iran.


“As the prime minister said, the United States and Israel share the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” spokesman Tommy Vietor of the National Security Council said on Thursday, adding, “We will continue our close consultation and cooperation toward achieving that goal.”


Meanwhile, officials in Washington quoted in the Israeli media praised Netanyahu for the conciliatory approach he took towards Obama but made ??it clear that the United States still opposes placing a red line for Iran.


The officials noted that Obama had been making his way from a campaign stop in Virginia as Netanyahu was making his speech and as such had no time to watch the speech live. While Obama has declined a request for a meeting by Netanyahu, the two are expected to speak over the phone on Friday.


Obama rejected the idea of placing “red lines” for Iran during a phone conversation with Netanyahu several weeks ago, and received backing from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who said that red lines “are kind of political arguments that are used to try to put people in a corner.”


Earlier this week, Obama likened Israeli pressure on him to draw a clear “red line” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions to “noise” he tries to ignore.


Interviewed for “60 Minutes” on CBS, Obama said, “When it comes to our national security decisions – any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out — any noise that’s out there.”


In his UN speech, Netanyahu drew an actual red line with a marker on a chart symbolizing Iran’s uranium enrichment program, and explained that Iran must be told that if it reaches enough uranium enriched to the 90% level in order to make a nuclear bomb, it will be attacked.







The United States and Israel “share the goal” of stopping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, a U.S. official said late Thursday after top level talks in New York between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.


AFP reported that the two met for 75 minutes one-on-one, hours after Netanyahu called for the international community to impose a “red line” on Tehran to stop it enriching enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb.


“They had an in-depth discussion on Iran, and reaffirmed that the United States and Israel share the goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” a senior State Department official said in a statement quoted by AFP.


“They agreed that we will continue our close consultation and cooperation toward achieving that goal.”


The U.S. official added that the two leaders “discussed regional developments and the peace process. It was an open, wide-ranging constructive conversation.”


In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly earlier on Thursday, Netanyahu drew an actual red line with a marker on a chart symbolizing Iran’s uranium enrichment program, and explained that Iran must be told that if it reaches enough uranium enriched to the 90% level in order to make a nuclear bomb, it will be attacked.


“I’ve been speaking about the need to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons for over 15 years,” he said. “I spoke about it when it was fashionable and when it wasn’t fashionable. The hour is getting late. Very late. When it comes to the survival of my country, it is not only my right to speak – it is my duty to speak. And I believe that this is the duty of every responsible leader who wants to preserve world peace.”


The Obama administration remained unimpressed after Netanyahu”s speech, and officials in made ??it clear that the United States still opposes placing a red line for Iran.


President Obama rejected the idea of placing “red lines” for Iran during a phone conversation with Netanyahu several weeks ago. Earlier this week, he likened Israeli pressure on him to draw a clear “red line” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions to “noise” he tries to ignore.


While Obama has declined a request for a meeting by Netanyahu, the two are expected to speak over the phone on Friday.

PMW demands retraction from Corrie family’s lawyer

PMW demands retraction  from Corrie family’s lawyer

by Itamar Marcus

Palestinian Media Watch rejects the remarks made by Hussein Abu Hussein, the Israeli Arab attorney for the Corrie family, in response to PMW’s bulletin two weeks ago. PMW also demands a public retraction and an apology from the lawyer.

Instead of responding to the content of his own statements on Palestinian Authority TV that PMW had subtitled and publicized, Abu Hussein attacked PMW, claiming:

“This [PMW] clip was edited in a misleading and tendentious fashion by an anti-democratic organization whose goal is to harm the struggle for human rights and divert the discussion from the killing of the peace activist Rachel Corrie by a military bulldozer.” [, Aug. 29, 2012]

PMW had revealed segments of Abu Hussein’s recent interview on PA TV in which he contrasted Israel’s creation to the establishment of Nazi Germany. He said Israel was “founded from the start on robbery and theft,” while “Nazi Germany was a state based on the rule of law for a short while.” Israel’s creation, he claimed, did not even have the justification that Nazi Germany’s creation had:

“Nazi Germany was a state based on the rule of law for a short while and it found refuge in the law. [However,] the State of Israel was founded from the start on robbery and theft of a nation’s homeland.”

PMW also reported that Abu Hussein said the following about Israel:

“We suffer from a great injustice, from the giant monster… We all want to step on its head, but talking is not enough. Everyone has their role.”

Hussein, in the interview, did not elaborate or explain what he meant by “talking is not enough.”

Following PMW’s exposure of Abu Hussein’s statements, the Times of Israel reported that Abu Hussein complained about PMW:

“The comments had been taken out of context and the content of his remarks distorted. The publication of the comments by Palestinian Media Watch was an attempt to attack his character and that of the Corrie family, he said… the comments were part of an hour-long interview that covered a wide range of topics and a discussion of lessons to be learned from history – including the Holocaust.” [, Aug. 29, 2012,]

PMW rejects Abu Hussein’s libelous remarks. As a research institute, PMW publishes significant and representative segments of longer interviews. In the full interview, Abu Hussein said nothing that changed the context or meaning of anything that PMW reported. PMW has now expanded the translation and subtitled additional statements he made on PA TV.

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PMW has added a longer transcript of Abu Hussein’s remarks comparing Israel and Nazi Germany. At the outset, the host of the program, Israeli Arab actor Mohammad Bakri, questioned if Abu Hussein was satisfied being a lawyer in Israel, given that, in his words, Israel is “an abnormal state” with “legal tyranny and racist discrimination even in the law,” such that “you sometimes lose a case, not because you’re a bad lawyer” but because of Israel’s racism. To this question, Abu Hussein answered “yes,” adding that law in Israel is a “compliant tool in the hands of the authorities,” which he then compared to Nazi Germany’s use of law:

“In the final analysis, the law is a compliant tool in the hands of the authorities. The Nazi state was also a state ruled by law. It took refuge in the law in order to carry out the most hideous crimes against humanity. The catastrophes in WWII are known to everyone. In WWII, 52 million people were killed, but the historical narrative mentions this as if the only truth is that six million Jews were killed in WWII. However, this does not negate the ugliness of this war.”

It is ironic that in his response, Abu Hussein pointed out that he mentioned the Holocaust. In fact, as this quote shows, his mention of World War ll was to critique the fact that the focus tends to center on the killing of six million Jews – the Holocaust – and not on the 52 million people in general who were killed in the war.

Below is a longer transcript of Abu Hussein’s remarks. Other topics covered in the interview that PMW chose not to translate in their entirety are marked in the transcript by three dots […] and include: a discussion about Israeli judges, innocent people Abu Hussein said were killed by Israeli soldiers, a long prison sentence given to a Palestinian youth, Israeli accusations against a sick child that the child had contacts with terrorists, and other topics.

Nothing said in any of these discussions has any bearing on the material cited by PMW or gives a different context to what PMW reported, as claimed by Abu Hussein. Abu Hussein’s statement that the interview “was edited in a misleading and tendentious fashion” is false.

The following is the longer transcript of Abu Hussein’s statements:

Click to view longer video segment.

Hussein Abu Hussein, Israeli Arab lawyer: “Fate determined that I would work in this [legal] profession. I believe that at least until now, I have gone in the right direction and I don’t regret it.”

Mohammad Bakri, Israeli Arab actor: “Even though you live in an abnormal state, even though Israeli law is elastic, even though Israeli law includes racism, and even though you sometimes lose a case, not because you’re a bad lawyer, but because there is legal tyranny and racist discrimination even in the law.”

Hussein Abu Hussein: “Yes.”

Mohammad Bakri: “There are many examples that you’ve shown me and you’ve written articles about them.”

Hussein Abu Hussein: “In the final analysis, the law is a compliant tool in the hands of the [Israeli] authorities. The Nazi state was also a state ruled by law. It took refuge in the law in order to carry out the most hideous crimes against humanity. The catastrophes in WWII are known to everyone. In WWII, 52 million people were killed, but the historical narrative mentions this as if the only truth is that six million Jews were killed in WWII. However, this does not negate the ugliness of this war. Nazi Germany was a state based on the rule of law for a short while and it found refuge in the law. [However,] the State of Israel was founded from the start on robbery and theft of a nation’s homeland. Actually, the correct and true legal definition of what happened to the Palestinians is homeland theft…”

Hussein Abu Hussein: “We are proud of being part of our Palestinian nation, but we don’t have a racist attitude towards Jews as Jews. We have a position about Zionism that used Jews as a cover for using racism, racism of the lowest kind, against Palestinians wherever they were… The occupation [Israel] is what destroyed the Palestinian economy and the Palestinian infrastructures, and occupied Palestine in 1948…”

In court Israel argued that Rachel Corrie had knowingly entered an area of conflict that Israel had declared a closed military zone. Abu Hussein responded to this:

“[Israel claimed:] In a place where there is an army, there is no place for civilians. This ‘norm’ – war criminals in the Macedonian and Yugoslavian wars have been tried for it. But the actions of the American octopus during this period of history – as we peasants say – ‘we’ve had enough!’: of American crimes and of Israeli crimes, and of American crimes in Iraq and in Afghanistan. But there is no statute of limitations for war crimes in international legal practice. And maybe a time will come when they will be brought to trial…”

Hussein Abu Hussein: “We suffer from a great injustice, from the giant monster. This monster attacks us daily and bites into our flesh in the Negev, the Galilee, the Triangle [region in Israel], Jerusalem, and the occupied territories – the West Bank and Gaza. Every day it bites into our body.”

Mohammad Bakri: “I want to step on the head of this monster.”

Hussein Abu Hussein: “We all want to step on its head, but talking is not enough. Everyone has their role…” [PMW note: Abu Hussein did not elaborate or explain what he meant by “talking is not enough”.]

Abu Hussein recounted how he once addressed an Israeli judge in court during a case regarding land rights:

“We Palestinians have Canaanite and Phoenician roots which are an integral part of our history, and you [Israelis] are new, you are new occupiers. And there is no proof, in spite of all the digs you have done in Palestine by Zionist archeologists, who until today have not found one proof of their connection to this homeland.”

[PA TV (Fatah), July 2, 2012]

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A7News: Terrorists Fire on IDF Bus from Egypt; No Injuries

Sunday, Jul. 22 ’12, Av 3, 5772











Terrorists hiding behind sand dunes fired on a bus filled with soldiers at the border near Eilat Sunday afternoon. The bus was damaged.


The attack occurred several hours after another explosion on the Egyptian-Israeli gas pipeline. The two incidents are not necessarily connected but underscore the ability of Muslim terrorists to operate freely in the Sinai Peninsula.


The shooting attack occurred in the area of Ein Netafim, adjacent to the Egyptian-Israeli border.


A high alert was raised by the IDF, which immediately deployed other soldiers to comb the area for other terrorists.




It was the third security incident in five weeks at the increasingly volatile border.


Israeli security forces less than two weeks ago shot and killed one suspected terrorist and wounded another who had crossed the border fence from Sinai into Israel.


Last month, terrorists attacked an Israeli construction team working on the fence, killing one man. Last year, nine Israelis died in a multi-pronged terrorist attack on a bus traveling on the highway 10, between Eilat and the Ovdat air base and terminal in the western Negev. The IDF has alternately closed and opened the road.





“Support Israel/Defeat Jihad” ads that label jihadists “savages” can remain on New York City buses, despite Muslim objections, a U.S. judge ruled Friday.


U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan said a 1997 rule by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that barred demeaning language in advertisements was a violation of free speech, Reuters reported.


Judge Engelmayer said the MTA rule was well intentioned but discriminates against certain advertisers based on the content of their proposed message.


The advocacy group American Freedom Defense Initiative, one of the most vocal opponents to the planned construction of a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero, sued the MTA in September 2011 after the transit agency denied its proposed ad.


The ad said: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel/Defeat Jihad.” The ad would have been posted on 318 city buses for four weeks, at a cost of about $25,000, the opinion said.


“Disallowing a pro-Israel ad was clearly a politically correct, politically motivated denial of free speech,” said Pamela Geller, the group’s executive director.


The judge said the advertising space on public buses should be considered a public forum. The judge also ruled that because the ad in question was political speech, it was entitled to the “highest level of protection under the First Amendment.”


“By differentiating between which people or groups can and cannot be demeaned on the exterior of a city bus, MTA’s no-demeaning standard … discriminates based on content,” the opinion said.


The judge said his preliminary injunction would take effect in 30 days, at which time the MTA would be prevented from enforcing the standard.


The standard bars any ads that “contain … information that demean(s) an individual or group of individuals on account of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.”


While MTA officials had been correct to regard the ad as “demeaning a group of people based on religion (Islam),” the standard itself does allow for demeaning statements on a host of other topics, such as where they live, their job or their political affiliation, the judge said.


Some Muslims were furious over the ruling. Pakistani-American CUNY student Omar Makram Radwan told, “If we decided to put ask for ads saying Israel and Jews were savages, we would be protested and the court would agree with them that they are hate speech so I don”t see the difference here.


“This sort of hate speech is now being tolerated by judges and as Ramadan hits it is very unfortunate. People are angry.” The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last Friday.





Bulgaria has denied claims of responsibility for the suicide attack on an Israeli tour bus parked outside Bulgaria’s international airport in Burgas last week by a small Muslim terrorist group. The group, which calls itself Qa’adat el-Jihad, claims to be linked to the international Al-Qaeda terrorist organization.


But investigators from the Bulgarian government have reached the same conclusion as Israel and the United States: On Saturday, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry told reporters that government officials believe the lethal bombing was carried out by the Iranian-financed Hizbullah terrorist organization, despite the group’s denial of involvement in the attack.


Officials are now seeking a second suspected terrorist as well, believed to be the bomber’s accomplice.


Bulgarian media reported on Sunday that it is believed the suicide bomber received assistance from a man who was seen in the resort city of Varna in the country.


Many Israeli tourists regularly visit Varna, which is about 150 kilometers from Burgas.


Five Israelis, including a pregnant woman, and one Bulgarian national, the driver of the tour bus in which the tourists were to depart from the airport, were killed in the conflagration. In addition, 35 others were wounded, including three who were critically injured.


On Friday, Israel laid its victims to rest after their bodies were recovered through the efforts of the ZAKA organization, which accompanied them home on an IAF Hercules military aircraft.


Most of the wounded had arrived earlier in the day, also via military transport, accompanied by IDF and Magen David Adom paramedics. The three critically wounded victims, hospitalized in Sofia, were to arrive later on a separate transport.




by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar vehemently denied a report in the London-based Al Hayat newspaper that the terrorist organization plans to declare itself an independent state.


“Such news is being disseminated by the enemies of Hamas seeking to maintain the siege on Gaza,” Zahar told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. “This issue hasn”t been addressed officially within Hamas, but some people posed it privately on their own,” he added.


Zahar explained that the planned meetings this week are to explore developing trade with Egypt and connected Gaza to Egypt”s power grid and natural gas pipeline.


Al Hayat reported that de facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh will talk with Egypt”s Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi this Thursday to promote the idea. Hamas officials allegedly said that Egypt”s support of establishing Gaza as an independent state would allow Hamas to close the crossings with Israel and to develop the trade route with Egypt through Rafiah. In return, Hamas supposedly would help secure the border with Egypt.


The idea of declaring Gaza as an independent country has been tossed within Hamas around for at least two year, but Egypt previously has blocked the move.


Al Hayat quoted unnamed Hamas officials as saying the new Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt has paved the way for putting the option back on the table. However, doing so would likely cause difficulties in relations between Egypt and the United States, which has declared Hamas to be an illegal terrorist organization.


In addition, independence for Gaza would throw the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority into turmoil. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, head of Hamas”s rival Fatah faction, has failed to win unilateral recognition by the international community as a new Arab country within Israel”s current borders.





Fighting is raging in Damascus and Aleppo as Syrian opposition forces battle troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.


There were clashes near the main intelligence base in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday. Battles also raged in other parts of Syrian’s main commercial and industrial hub as well.


Syrian Intelligence Chief Hisham Bekhtyar died Friday from wounds suffered Wednesday in an attack on Damascus by rebel forces, according to Al-Manar TV, associated with Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon. Three high-ranking Syrian officials were killed on the spot.


Helicopter gunships bombarded a number of districts Sunday in Damascus, meanwhile, trying to drive out opposition forces from the capital. Assad’s forces appeared to regain some ground as they drove rebel fighters from the Mezze district, residents and opposition activists reported.


Elite Fourth Division troops besieged the northern Damascus neighborhood of Barzeh in an effort to overcome opposition fighters.


Elsewhere in the country, government forces hammered the major eastern city of Deir al-Zor with artillery and mortar fire. Helicopters fired rockets in the residential districts in an attempt to prevent opposition forces from taking over the city, witnesses said.


A former artillery officer told the Reuters news agency by telephone that he counted around 200 shells hitting the Ordi and Old Airport districts of the city, located some 270 miles (430 kilometers) northeast of Damascus.


It was the heaviest reported bombardment since the army stormed Deir al-Zor one year ago, to crush street protests against President Bashar al-Assad, who disappeared last week and whose whereabouts are currently unknown.





Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has urged major accounting and legal firms to hire hareidi-religious men and maximize their skills, Globes reported Sunday.


The business newspaper quoted sources as saying that Rivlin sent a letter to leading companies and to several government officials, including the Office of the State Prosecutor.


His letter reportedly was in answer to the chairman of the student union of a metropolitan Tel Aviv college, who complained that hareidi religious graduates with outstanding grades are not able to find employment.


“We are all familiar with slogan that the integration of hareidim in the jobs market is a national mission, but I approach you with this request because we must all contribute to give real content to the words,” the Knesset Speaker wrote.


He noted that the hareidi religious community comprises approximately 10 percent of Israel”s population, and that it is important o integrate them into the economy.


“I am sure that from among the hundreds of hareidi students who have not yet found an internship, a way to maximize the use of their skills and intellectual talents can be found,” Rivlin added.





After nearly five hours, rescuers have not yet located a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot whose F-16 jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean at around 11:30 Japan time Sunday morning.


The jet went down approximately 200 miles northeast of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, according to a spokeswoman at the Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture, Reuters reported. The jet, produced by Lockheed Martin Corp., had taken off from the Misawa base.


“One person, the pilot, was on board. Efforts are currently underway to retrieve the pilot,” she said, reading from a statement. “The aircraft was enroute to North America when the incident occurred. The cause of the incident is unknown at this time.”


There were conflicting reports about the whereabouts and condition of the pilot, with some news agencies reporting his location unknown.


By 4:00 p.m. local time, the unidentified pilot had still not been located, said Misawa spokesman Tech. Sig. Phillip Butterfield. “All efforts are focused toward that right now,” Butterfield said. Details about the pilot’s condition and circumstances of the crash were unavailable, he added.


However, a spokesman at the Japan Coast Guard allegedly told reporters the pilot ejected from the aircraft and was known to be awaiting rescue at sea.




by Chana Ya’ar


A second man has set himself on fire in central Israel.


Passersby tried to extinguish the flames with water and other materials, until first responders arrived on the scene and finally managed to put the fire out. Medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical service treated him on the scene and then rushed him to a nearby hospital in serious condition. The man’s motives were not immediately made clear.


Less than 24 hours earlier, approximately 1,000 social justice protesters marched in Tel Aviv to Kaplan Street, where 57-year-old social justice protester Moshe Silman self-immolated last week, and then to the National Insurance Institute (NII, Bituach Leumi).


One demonstrator was arrested. Several hundred protesters broke through police lines and tried to block a police van from driving away with the protester in custody. The demonstrators marched towards the Ayalon Highway, which police closed to traffic.


Prior to igniting himself, Silman had distributed a letter explaining that he felt he had no choice, as he was left with no more options and refused to live homeless.


Beginning with a small debt to the NII, his difficulties grew until he lost everything he had, and then suffered a stroke that left him completely disabled. The modest monthly disability stipend he received from NII left him unable to pay for little more than medication.


Silman’s life ended Friday with burns over 90 percent of his body at Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer Hospital.


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  1. 1.      Poll: 46% of Israelis Favor Kadima Leaving the Coalition
  2. 2.      A ‘Personal’ Moment for Murdered Israeli Athletes?
  3. 3.      FBI: Bibi Helped in Plot for U.S. Nuclear Equipment
  4. 4.      In Narrow Vote, Presbyterian Church Rejects Israel Divestment
  5. 5.      Kuwaiti Muslim Uncovers Jewish Identity
  6. 6.      In Future, Half the Population Won’t Enlist, Says Expert
  7. 7.      Libya’s Outgoing Leaders Push for Sharia
  8. 8.      Clinton to Visit Israel, Discuss Peace Efforts


1. Poll: 46% of Israelis Favor Kadima Leaving the Coalition

by Elad Benari

A poll conducted for Channel 10 News on Thursday found that 46 percent of Israelis believe that the Kadima party should quit the coalition if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not adopt the Plesner Committee’s report.

The poll, which was conducted by the Midgam Institute headed by Prof. Camille Fuchs, found that 25 percent of respondents said that Kadima should stay in the coalition, while 29 percent said that they do not know.

The Plesner Committee, headed by Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner, was tasked with coming up with a new law that would ensure equal sharing of the burden among hareidi-religious Jews and Arabs. The Supreme Court ruled that the Tal Law, which regulated the exemption of hareidi soldiers from enlisting in the IDF and attempted a gradual increase of hareidi army service, was unconstitutional.

The committee caused a crisis in the coalition after Plesner made it clear he wants to heavily fine hareidi religious youth who refuse to enlist in the IDF, while issuing only general guidelines for the Arab sector.

After several key members resigned from the committee, Netanyahu disbanded it. This angered Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz, who issued a clear ultimatum to Netanyahu to adopt new draft law proposals if he wants to keep Kadima in the coalition. Plesner presented his committee’s report despite the committee having been disbanded. Netanyahu said on Thursday he would be ready to impose personal sanctions on hareidim, despite his earlier objections.

The Channel 10/Midgam poll also asked respondents whether they support the Plesner Committee’s conclusions, and found that 64 percent of respondents answered that they are in favor of personal sanctions on hareidim who evade military service. 25 percent opposed the imposition of personal sanctions and 11 percent said that they do not know.

The third question posed to respondents related to the identity of the head of a new centrist party, if such a party is established. Eight percent said they would consider voting for such a party if former Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni heads it. 11 percent said they would consider voting for a centrist party headed by Yair Lapid and only seven percent said they would vote for a centrist party headed by Haim Ramon, who announced this week he will be forming a new party.

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2. A ‘Personal’ Moment for Murdered Israeli Athletes?

by Rachel Hirshfeld

Chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games, Lord Coe, said that he will hold a “personal” moment for the Israeli athletes brutally murdered at the Munich 1972 Games during this year’s opening ceremony, The Jewish Chronicle (JC) reported.

While he said that he would mark the anniversary during a “personal moment,” it is unclear how he intends to do so.

A campaign led by Jewish leaders worldwide and Ankie Spitzer, widow of murdered Israeli coach Andrei Spitzer, has applied pressure on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold one minute of silence during this year’s opening ceremony to officially pay tribute to the victims of the brutal attack.

However, after forty years, the IOC has yet to heed the families’ requests.

“On behalf of all the families, I have asked the International Olympic Committee for almost 40 years for a minute of silence in their memory,” Ankie Spitzer said in a video imploring the public to sign a petition on behalf of her cause.

“A minute of silence for these men who went to the Munich Olympics in peace, friendship, and sportsmanship and who lost their lives. The International Olympic Committee has repeatedly said ‘No,’” she continued.

“One minute for the Munich 11 victims to show the world that the doctrine of the Olympic spirit to build a peaceful and better world, which requires mutual understanding with the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play, is much more powerful than politics,” Spitzer continued.

Two separate memorial events are planned for the Munich athletes this year. One event is organized by the Israeli Olympic Committee on August 6, which President Shimon Peres is expected to attend and the other, organized by the Zionist Federation a month later.

In addition to Israeli MKs, more than 50 British MPs, led by Conservative Bob Blackman, have signed a motion calling for a minute of silence, and the governments of Germany, Australia, the US Senate and Canada have called for a silence to be observed, noted the JC.

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3. FBI: Bibi Helped in Plot for U.S. Nuclear Equipment


Declassified FBI documents from a 1985-2002 investigation implicate Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in an initiative to illegally purchase United States nuclear technology for Israel’s nuclear program.

Netanyahu was allegedly helped by Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer with ties to Israeli prime ministers and U.S. presidents. Milchan’s involvement in Israeli intelligence and arms dealing has been the subject of reports for some time, and was described in an unofficial biography published last year.

The documents rely on testimony from Richard Kelly Smith, a U.S. citizen charged with illegally selling Krypton triggers to Israel and Taiwan. Smith was the president of a company called Milco that worked for NASA; he allegedly sold to the Israeli Defense Ministry through the Hailey company, which was owned by Milchan.

The sale of nuclear technology to Israel is illegal under U.S. law because Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Smith fled the U.S. in the 1980s to avoid charges. He was arrested and extradited in 2001, and in 2002 was sentenced to 40 months in jail and a $20,000 fine.

Netanyahu allegedly met with Smith during his time at the head of Milco. The two met in Tel Aviv restaurants, in Netanyahu’s home and elsewhere. At the time, Netanyahu was in touch with heads of Hailey, as well as with senior political and military figures in Israel – among them Ariel Sharon, another future prime minister.

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4. In Narrow Vote, Presbyterian Church Rejects Israel Divestment

by Rachel Hirshfeld


The Presbyterian Church USA narrowly rejected a proposal to divest its portfolio from companies that supply equipment to Israel, which, it alleges, enforce Israeli control in the “occupied territories.”

The vote, at the church’s biennial meeting, followed weeks of lobbying and days of impassioned testimony by American Jews, Palestinian Christians and Presbyterians, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

By a margin of 333-331 with two abstentions, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, being held in Pittsburgh, rejected a motion to divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions.

Presbyterians voted, however, to replace the divestment proposal with a separate one calling for positive investment in businesses in the “West Bank.”

The vote represented a surprising reversal after a smaller committee voted by a 3-to-1 margin earlier this week to support divestment.

Supporters of divestment claimed that withdrawing church funds from “offending companies” would bring the church’s actions into line with Christian values.

Opponents, on the other hand, warned that divestment would cause a rift in relations with American Jews and rouse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which, largely, fails to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

According to Brian Ellison, chairman of the Presbyterian Mission Responsibility Through Investment committee, Hewlett-Packard sells hardware used by Israel in its naval blockade of Gaza; Motorola Solutions supplies surveillance technology to the so-called Israeli “settlements”; and Israel uses militarized Caterpillar bulldozers to “raze Palestinian homes.”

The vote brings PCUSA into line with other mainline U.S. Protestant denominations that have rejected divestment. The United Methodist Church voted in May not to divest from the three companies in question. The Evangelical Lutheran Church rejected divestment in 2007 and 2011.


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5. Kuwaiti Muslim Uncovers Jewish Identity


Mordechai Halawa, 34, was raised in Kuwait as a Muslim. Several years ago, a small twist of fate led him to discover his Jewish roots.

Halawa, who told his story to Channel 2’s M magazine, was studying in Ontario, Canada, eight years ago. One day his cell phone was not working, and he went outside to a pay phone to make a call.

At the pay phone, he saw a man in hareidi Jewish garb. He found himself unable to ignore the unusual sight, and began talking to the man, a professor of philosophy by the name of Dr. Yitzchak Block. “I find it hard to believe that what they say  [in Kuwait] about the Jews is really true,” he found himself telling Block. “My grandmother was Jewish too, and converted to Islam to marry my grandfather.”

Block carefully informed Halawa that according to Jewish law, his grandmother was still Jewish despite her conversion – and that Jewish status goes by the matrilineal line, making Halawa’s mother and himself Jews as well.

Halawa decided to research the family connection to Judaism. Before he could finish, he slipped and fell while on roller blades, leading to a new connection to the Jewish community.

“I couldn’t function normally. I had some extra time, so I decided it was a good opportunity to visit a synagogue,” he explained. The Jews at the synagogue greeted him with warmth, he said, “I couldn’t help thinking to myself, ‘are these the cruel Jews they always told us about in school in Kuwait? Is this who they meant?’”

Halawa spoke to his grandmother, who confirmed that she is from a Jewish family. He continued to grow closer to the Jewish community. Twenty months ago, he came on a tour to Israel – and decided he did not want to go home.

“When I came here, no soldier waved a gun in my face, and the truth is, that really surprised me,” he recalled. “When I visited the Western Wall for the first time I cried. I saw secular Jews, Chassidic, Jews of every kind. I just couldn’t believe it.”

Halawa is currently living in the Old City of Jerusalem, where he spends much of his time learning Torah at the Aish HaTorah yeshiva. He hopes to marry soon.

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6. In Future, Half the Population Won’t Enlist, Says Expert

by Elad Benari

Professor Sergio Della Pergola, a demographics expert from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said on Thursday that the changing birthrate among different sectors in Israeli society may lead in the future to a point where half the people who reach conscription age will have an exemption from military service.

“The percentage of children reaching the recruitment age and having an exemption in the hareidi-religious and Muslim sectors is continually increasing,” Prof. Della Pergola told Arutz Sheva. “Currently it stands at 25 percent, and I predict that in 25 years half of those who reach conscription age will have an exemption.”

He added that believes that if the Draft Law changes, it will also affect the birthrate among the hareidim and the Arabs, saying, “There is no doubt that there is an indirect connection between integrating populations within the mainstream of Israeli society and the world view [of those populations] when it comes to social life, economic and demographic patterns.”

“According to our information, equal burden also brings with it integration into economic and social life. Today the average is about three children per family, and equality can lead in the long run to a point where there will be fewer demographic differences between populations.”

The analysis comes as the members of the coalition continue to be divided over a new Draft Law. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that he would be willing to impose personal sanctions on hareidim who evade service. He made the comments during talks with the leaders of the coalition parties.

The new Draft Law has created a crisis in the coalition. The Draft Law committee headed by Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner announced its recommendations at a press conference on Wednesday morning, following a blow-up between Mofaz and Netanyahu, who dissolved the committee this week following internal dissension.

Plesner said he wants to heavily fine hareidi religious youth who refuse to enlist in the IDF but issued only general guidelines for the Arab sector. His insistence on this caused several members of the committee to leave and ultimately forced Netanyahu to dissolve the committee.

Mofaz has issued a clear ultimatum to Netanyahu to adopt new draft law proposals if he wants to keep Kadima in the coalition.

Meanwhile on Thursday, Netanyahu met to discuss the issue with Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu party, Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman told the Prime Minister during their meeting that the Plesner Committee’s conclusions are unacceptable to him and that he will demand that everyone, including Israeli Arabs, enlist at the age of 18.

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7. Libya’s Outgoing Leaders Push for Sharia

by Elad Benari

Libya’s outgoing National Transitional Council said on Thursday that Islamic law sharia should be the “main” source of legislation and that this should not be subject to a referendum.

“The Libyan people are attached to Islam, as a religion and legislation,” NTC spokesman Saleh Darhoub said, according to a report on AFP.

“As such the National Transitional Council recommends that the (next) congress make sharia the main source of legislation,” he added, “And this should not be subject to a referendum.”

Darhoub later explained that the decision was made to reassure elements of society fearful of being saddled with a constitution that does not take sharia into account.

“We are not afraid of holding a referendum on sharia. But we wanted to reassure elements of society who are scared of the referendum,” Darhoub said, according to AFP.

Libyans will vote on Saturday for a General National Congress, which will be tasked with appointing a new government and a constituent authority. It will be the country’s first democratic elections since the 1960s, when former strongman Muammar Qaddafi took power. Qaddafi was captured and killed by rebels last October after a months-long civil war.

Some of the key issues to be determined by the constitution are the form of governance, the weight of Islam in state and society, the role of women and the rights of minorities.

After the constitution is approved, the newly elected congress will have 30 days to issue a new election law, with elections for a government to be held 180 days after that, according to the NTC’s roadmap.

Hundreds of armed men calling for Islamic law and rejecting democracy as “Western” staged a demonstration last month in the eastern city of Benghazi, noted AFP.

Well-armed Islamist groups in the east, such as the Partisans of Sharia, oppose the vote on Saturday, saying that the country needs no constitution other than the Koran. Libya’s interim rulers have said that radical Islamists are a minority.

Islamists have won majorities in both Egypt and Tunisia after the countries’ former rulers were toppled as part of the Arab Spring protests.

In April, Libyan authorities passed a law that bans regional, religious and tribal political platforms and bans foreign funding for political parties. That ban was lifted just several days later.

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8. Clinton to Visit Israel, Discuss Peace Efforts

by Elad Benari

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Israel and Egypt as part of an eight-nation tour which began Thursday, the State Department announced.

“Clinton will travel to France, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Egypt and Israel departing Washington, DC on July 5,” AFP quoted a statement from State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland as having said.

The AFP report noted that on her way back from Asia, Clinton will make a two-day stop in Egypt, her first since President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood became the country’s first Islamist leader.

Her last visit to Egypt was in March 2011, when she toured Cairo’s Tahrir Square in the wake of the protests that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak.

She will wrap up her tour with a two-day stop on July 16-17 in Israel where, according to Nuland’s statement “she will be meeting with the Israeli leadership to discuss peace efforts and a range of regional and bilateral issues of mutual concern.”

It will be Clinton’s first visit to Israel since September 2010, AFP noted. Earlier this week it was reported that Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will visit Israel this summer to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other leaders.

Romney has pledged to “do the opposite” of the Obama administration on matters pertaining to Israel.

Clinton began her tour in France on Thursday, where she will attend talks on how to end the 16-month conflict in Syria.

While in Paris, Clinton will also meet Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud. PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said this week that Abbas will stress the importance of releasing PA prisoners jailed in Israel when he meets with Clinton and French president Francois Hollande.

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  1. 1.      Poll: United Religious Zionist List Gets 10 MKs
  2. 2.      Midnight Attack on Jews at Mount of Olives
  3. 3.      Mumbai Planner Admits Ordering Chabad House Slayings
  4. 4.      Hamas Gaza Chief Headed to Cairo
  5. 5.      Will Tal Law’s Demise Hurt Hesder Yeshivas?
  6. 6.      Yesha Security Barrier Construction to Resume
  7. 7.      WikiLeaks to Release 2.5 Million Syrian Cables
  8. 8.      Romney: Justice Roberts’ Healthcare Ruling ‘Not Accurate’


1. Poll: United Religious Zionist List Gets 10 MKs

by Gil Ronen


If the Jewish Home and National Union succeed in uniting and forming a single party, that party will receive 10 Knesset seats, a Panels Politics Institute Poll for the Knesset Channel has determined.

Should the two parties run separately, the National Union would garner 5 seats, up by one from its present number, while the Jewish Home would barely make it past the minimum required to enter the Knesset, and have three seats – as it does now.

If the religious Zionist parties fail to unite, 28% of religious Zionist voters would vote for Likud, with 22% voting for the Jewish Home and 16% voting for the National Union – which also receives a substantial number of votes from people outside the religious Zionist camp.

However, a united list would receive a whopping 53% of the religious Zionist votes, with Likud receiving only 15%.

It thus appears that a united religious Zionist front would enlarge the camp’s representation I the Knesset and block the fragmentation of the camp’s vote among the different parties, including Likud.

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2. Midnight Attack on Jews at Mount of Olives

by Gil Ronen


It was a relatively minor incident, compared to terror attacks against Jews that make the news, but indicative of the times: a car driven by Arabs accidentally rammed into one carrying a Jewish family, and the Arabs then proceeded to attack two of the Jews.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight near the Tomb of the ‘Or Haim’ in Jerusalem, whose yarzeit “hilula” was held Wednesday night. Thousands of Jews made pilgrimage to his tomb on the Mount of Olives, with police, including mounted policemen and Border Police, providing security.

A Jewish family that had prayed at the tomb was stuck in a traffic jam on the way back down the mountain, when a car driven by Arabs tried to drive around the jam and struck the Jews’ car forcefully. The Jew’s car sustained serious damage.

The Arabs then got out of the car, not to apologize or escape but to blame the Jews. They started by shouting at the members of the Jewish family and then proceeded to physically assault the car’s owner and his daughter.

One policeman was present at the scene of the attack but eyewitnesses said that he was unable to stop the violence.

A larger police force was eventually brought in and it arrested one of the Arabs. The daughter of the car’s owner was taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

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3. Mumbai Planner Admits Ordering Chabad House Slayings

by Gabe Kahn

One of the masterminds of the 2008 terror rampage in Mumbai that left 166 dead confessed Thursday that he ordered the murder of the hostages being held in the Indian city’s Chabad House.

“I gave the order to murder those who were held at the Nariman [Chabad] House,” Side Zbiodin, better known as Abu Hamza, told his interrogators.

Abu Hamza was arrested at the international airport in New Delhi two weeks ago on suspicion that he’s planned and gave the direct order to slay the Jewish hostages at the Chabad House.

Six people in the Chabad House, including Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who was five months pregnant, were murdered on Abu Hamza’s command. The Holtzberg’s two-year-old son Moshe survived the attack after being rescued by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel.

Abu Hamza, a native of India, was wanted for connections to Pakistani terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). He also confessed that he taught Hindi to the ten terrorists who carried out the attack, and oversaw their three day operation.

His confession this week confirmed the belief of Indian police officials that he was the man they have a recording of talking to the Mumbai terrorists during their seige at the Chabad House.

Police say Abu Hamza was able to provide interrogators with specific corroborating details only the handler of the terrorists who carried out the Chabad House murders would have been aware of.

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4. Hamas Gaza Chief Headed to Cairo

by Gabe Kahn

A Hamas official on Thursday announced Ismail Haniyeh, who heads the terror organizations administration in Gaza, is headed for Cairo to meet with Egypt’s new Islamist president.

Mohammed Askoul said Haniyeh will meet President Mohammed Morsi and senior Egyptian security officials “within the next two weeks.”

Hamas is an offshoot of Morsi’s region-wide Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Hamas hopes the Brotherhood will allow a greater number of Gaza residents to pass through the Rafiah junction into Sinai.

However, observers say more than a token increase in traffic – presently at some 1,000 persons per day – is highly unlikely.

Morsi’s powers are limited, his relations with Egypt’s powerful military are tentative, and Egypt has more pressing issues to address.

Hamas seized Gaza from the Palestinian Authority under its rival faction, Fatah, in a bloody 2007 putsch. The move prompted both Egypt and Israel to close their crossings to and from Gaza.

At present, Israel allows aid shipments to pass into Gaza, and goods for sale to pass out of Gaza.

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5. Will Tal Law’s Demise Hurt Hesder Yeshivas?

by Gil Ronen


When the Tal Law expires at the end of July, hesder yeshiva students whose national service track combines military service with Torah study will become, technically, “draft dodgers,” alongside hareidim who received exemption from service based on the Tal Law.

The scenario is causing concern in the religious Zionist sector.

Minister Daniel Hershkowitz (Jewish Home) will probably meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the coming days in order to find a solution that will differentiate between the hesder students and those of the other high yeshivas.

MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) asked Wednesday that the problem be solved and that a differentiation be made between the two groups, in order to avoid harming the hesder yeshivas. “I think that we must not agree to a situation in which, because of a controversy in the coalition, the Zionist yeshivas will be hurt. In my humble opinion, our position should be the ratification of a bill on his matter that we initiated some time ago. It is time to differentiate between the hareidi yeshivas that do not serve and the Zionist ones that serve in the IDF.”

Source in the Hesder Yeshivas Federation said Thursday that it appears the problem will be solved, and that the hesder track will not be adversely affected.

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6. Yesha Security Barrier Construction to Resume

by Gabe Kahn

An IDF source on Thursday said Israel will resume construction of its incomplete security barrier in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) in the coming weeks.

Restarting construction of the barrier – slammed by Jewish and Arab leaders in the region alike – comes after a five-year delay due to “budget problems.”

A series of lawsuits over the route of the security barrier, which currently snakes through the western reaches of Judea and Samaria had also stalled construction.

Colonel Ofer Hindi outlined the government plans to resume construction work in a session before the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Hindi told the court that work will first resume in the Gush Etzion bloc near Bethlehem. In 2013, work will resume around Maale Adumim to the east of Jerusalem.

Israel began work on the barrier in 2002 during the height of the second intifada, and has defended the necessity of its construction, pointing to a drop in attacks as proof of its success.

The Palestinian Authority claims the barrier is a land grab, pointing out that when complete, 85% of it will have been built inside Judea and Samaria.

However, the Netanyahu government has stated its policy is to retain Israel’s main settlement blocs in the region while compensating the PA with ‘land swaps.’

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7. WikiLeaks to Release 2.5 Million Syrian Cables

by Gabe Kahn

WikiLeaks on Thursday began publishing more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and companies that have done business with the country.

The so-called ‘Syria Files’ show how the West and western countries “say one thing and do another” when it comes to dealing with the Assad regime, the self-appointed whistleblower site says.

Syrian has decended into open civil war following a 16-month crackdown by the regime that has left at least 16,500 people dead.

The emails date from August 2006 to March 2012. According to WikiLeaks, the leaked emails date from August 2006 to March 2012 and derive from more than 650,000 email addresses.

Among them are email addresses associated with the country’s ministries of foreign affairs, finance and culture, and for foreign companies.

WikiLeaks said that, as there is a “large dataset” to go through, it could take months for all the stories contained in the emails to come out. The emails are in various languages, including Arabic and Russian.

Much the same happened with the trove of US diplomatic cables that WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange published between 2010-11.

Assange, who was not able to attend the unveiling of the ‘Syria Files,’ is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in a desperate bid to escape extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims.

Assange claims he risks extradition to the US to face charges over the cable leaks.

However, several senior officials speaking off the record have said the US does not to give Assange the publicity that would come from a lengthy and high profile trial.

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8. Romney: Justice Roberts’ Healthcare Ruling ‘Not Accurate’

by Rachel Hirshfeld

Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday addressed his past praise for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in light of Robert’s deciding vote in favor of upholding the healthcare legislation.

“He’s a very bright person and I look for people who follow the Constitution,” Romney said on CBS News‘s “This Morning.”

Romney on his website had named Roberts as the type of justice he would nominate as president.

“I wouldn’t nominate someone who I knew would come out with a decision that I violently disagreed with, or vehemently disagreed with,” Romney said of the healthcare ruling, calling Roberts’s decision “not an appropriate conclusion.”

According to leaks, since the Supreme Court upheld the healthcare reform act as constitutional, Roberts initially sided with the conservative dissent in the decision but ultimately changed his mind and became the deciding factor in the Court’s ruling, noted The Hill.

“It gives the impression the decision wasn’t made on the constitution but on political consideration between the branches of government,” Romney said. “But we won’t really know the answers to those things until maybe the Justice speaks out sometime in history.”

Roberts’s decision shocked the GOP, who had expected him to be an ally in their goal to eliminate “Obamacare” legislation.

Roberts acknowledged the fall-out last week when he told a judicial conference he is headed to Malta for two weeks now that the Supreme Court is adjourned.

“Malta, as you know, is an impregnable island fortress. It seemed like a good idea,” Roberts joked, according to the Associated Press.

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If Israel does not surrender all the lands liberated in the Six Day War of 1967, set up an Arab state with Jerusalem as its capital, and make significant concessions in accepting as citizens descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948, a third intifada should, and must, be conducted. The call for a new “uprising of the people” against Israel was part of a the summation statement issued at the end of the two day Palestinian Revolutionary Council (PRC) general meeting held this week. The meeting was led by Palestinian Authority chief and Fatah party head Mahmoud Abbas.


The statement declares its support for Abbas’ ongoing refusal to back down from positions that have proven unacceptable to Israel in the past, including demands that Israel agree in principle to accept as citizens descendants of Arabs who fled their homes in 1948. Abbas has also declared that he will refuse to discuss anything with Israel until all settlement activity is ended. That precondition has also been unacceptable to Israel, but in its statement, the PRC said that it supported Abbas on that as well.


The PA will also make another attempt to be recognized as a state by the United Nations this year. Last year, the PA statehood bid was thwarted after many months of intense diplomatic activity by Israel, but analysts said that the PA was less likely to back down this time, and would insist that the matter be brought before the Security Council.


The statement also expresses ongoing support for attempts to reunite Fatah and Hamas in the PA government.It also praised the election of Mohammed Morsi as President of Egypt, saying that it “indicates that Egypt is on the way to resume its major role in the Arab world.”





The IDF is preparing for a “new era” on Israel’s southern border, which actually is a rewind of history back to the days before the Camp David Accords. With the rise of what appears to be a hostile regime in Egypt, the IDF will be beefing up forces all along the Sinai border, and is asking the government for NIS 15 billion ($3.8 billion) for the construction of bases, installation of security equipment, and establishment of new training areas.


Analysts said that the new situation in Egypt necessitates the opening of a “fourth front” for the IDF. For decades, security along the southern border has been more relaxed, because of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, and the IDF was able to concentrate on trouble spots like Gaza and the northern border, as well as “distance missions.” Egypt’s new President, Mohammed Morsi, who is identified with the Muslim Brotherhood, has said several times that he wishes to “reexamine” the Camp David Accords. Given his party’s open hostility to Israel and its strong support for Hamas, Israel has decided that it can no longer regard the Egyptian border as a “normal” one.


A senior IDF official told the Israeli daily Ma’ariv that while no one expects Egypt to abrogate the Camp David Accords, the new situation requires extreme caution. And thanks to three decades of American military aid and support, the Egyptian army today is extremely sophisticated, and is equipped with the latest equipment, making it, for all purposes, a Western-type army, the official said. Egypt also has the largest army in Africa; it has about 470,000 regular troops and some 480,000 reserve troops. The IDF, by way of comparison, has 180,000 active duty soldiers, and about 560,000 reserve troops.


The IDF will ask for the NIS 15 billion increase to be funded over a five year period. Without this money, officials said, it will be impossible to upgrade the IDF’s souther flank, making the country dependent on the graces of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. In a statement, an IDF official would not comment directly on the funding issue, saying that “as a matter of course the IDF is studying the changes in the region, and specifically in Egypt.”







The director of the Welfare Department in Beit El, Hedva Ariel, said on Wednesday that the children who were evicted from their homes in the Ulpana neighborhood are suffering from trauma. She said that the trauma has created many problems within the families who were evicted.


“These are families who have been under a threat of eviction for a long time, be it voluntarily or involuntarily,” Ariel told Arutz Sheva. “The families who were evacuated this week underwent situations of uncertainty and difficulty, wondering whether they will be evicted or not, how and when.”


She added, “We have been in touch with these families since the beginning of the year. We provided assistance to the children, who have experienced a lot of fears and nightmares as a result of the anticipated eviction. We held for them some workshops with psychologists, and provided parents with training on how to help their children with fears. We also provided them with some joyful activities, in order to facilitate the difficult and traumatic experience.”


The first 15 families moved out of their homes in the Ulpana neighborhood without any resistance on Tuesday, following an agreement between the Beit El leadership and the government, which has promised to build 300 new homes in Beit El. Another 15 will leave their homes and move to a nearby neighborhood of temporary caravans on Thursday.


Ariel said that the fact that the residents left their homes without any resistance caused even greater problems for the children.


“The word voluntary is a very difficult and inappropriate word in this case,” she said. “To the children it was not a voluntary eviction but a forced one. They wanted to continue living in their house and saw no reason why they had to leave.”


She added, “The fact that there was no resistance made it harder for them to express their protest and the feeling that it was not voluntary. The media presented it as though it was voluntary and that also increased their anger, because they wanted to stay there. The fact that they did it voluntarily because they were forced to do so, is causing them to now turn inward because they did not get to express their pain.”


Ariel noted that the best experts who helped treat the expellees from Gush Katif are now trying to minimize the damage caused to the evicted families in Beit El.


“We have professionals to help them express their pain,” she said. “We”ve had some success but we still have a lot of work. Children are most vulnerable because they do not have the tools that adults do, and even for an adult it takes a while before he can process the loss.”


“We must also pay attention to see how each child responds, because everyone reacts differently,” added Ariel. “Some children experience fears and nightmares. We saw some children in Gush Katif and Migron who could not attend school. They had difficulty concentrating in school because they were emotionally overwhelmed by pain and anger. They found it difficult to collect themselves and needed much investment to help them psychologically. We hope that everyone in Beit El will rehabilitated quickly.”







Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Thursday instructed the Department of Immigration and Population to begin repatriating illegal aliens infiltrators from the Ivory Coast.


Yishai announced that those who leave Israel the next two weeks will receive a grant of USD 500 per adult and USD 100 per child.


However, those who refuse to identify themselves and voluntarily return to their country of origin will be arrested and deported without financial assistance.


A previous offer of an assistance basket for illegal immigrants in Israel who agreed to return to their countries of origin met little success.


Yishai said exceptions can be made for refugees, but pointed out that only a small number of illegal aliens came to Israel to escape death or imprisonment.


Tens of thousands of Africans have illegally entered Israel in recent years, yet the government largely ignored the problem until the recent movement of the Africans from southern cities to metropolitan Tel Aviv.


Yiahi noted that Sudnaese and other Africans have flooded Eilat, Arad and most recently the southern area of Tel Aviv.


Officials in Tel Aviv said they estimate some 100,000 illegal African immigrants live in the city.





An Israeli military court ruled on Wednesday that Ibrahim Hamad, the former commander of Hamas” military wing in the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, is guilty of the murder of 46 Israelis.


According to a report on Channel 2 News, Hamad was convicted of involvement in a series of suicide terror attacks. These include an attack at the Sheffield Club in Rishon Letzion which killed six Israelis, a suicide attack at Café Moment in Jerusalem which killed 12 people, an attack at the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem and an attack at the cafeteria of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


The report noted that Hamad was acquitted of involvement in an attempt to carry out an attack on the Tzavta Club in Tel Aviv in 2002. In its decision, the Court ruled that no evidence supporting Hamad”s involvement in the attempted attack was presented.


Hamad reportedly renounced the military tribunal”s ruling in his case, but was convicted anyway. His sentence will be handed out early next month, and he is expected to be sentenced to a series of life sentences.


Hamad, a 47-year-old member of Hamas, joined the terror group in the 1980s. He was imprisoned by the PA in the 1990s and was released in 2001. After his release, he ordered a series of lethal terror attacks.


Since 2006, Hamad has been detained in a military prison in Israel. He was captured after a lengthy manhunt.





Two Arab youths from the village of Issawiya in eastern Jerusalem were arrested Thursday and charged with arson, for setting several fires in the area of their village. One of the fires was set next to an IDF base on Mount Scopus, and the other was set next to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. One of the youths confessed, incriminating his partner in crime.


Twelve soldiers were injured in the fire at the base, requiring treatment for smoke inhalation. But the two fires were among the smaller of dozens of blazes that hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel this week, with the largest being two major fires in the hills west of Jerusalem Tuesday. Some 300 homes were evacuated, and hundreds of dunams of natural forest growth were destroyed or damaged in the fire. Highway One, the main road into Jerusalem, was closed for hours while dozens of firefighters fought the blazes.


Although the weather in Israel has been hot and humid in recent weeks, many Israelis believe that the fires Jerusalem has experienced this month – one estimate said that some 300 small and large fires were reported in Jerusalem and vicinity – were the work of Arab terrorists. Minister of Internal Security Yitzchak Aharonovitch said Wednesday that the massive fire Tuesday was probably the result of arson motivated by Arab nationalism. Police have already arrested suspects, he said, “some for their nationalism, some for their criminal background.” Police term such arson attacks “spontaneous terrorism,” he continued. “You don”t need an organization to set a forest on fire.”


On Monday, three other fires broke out in Jerusalem, with at least one of them likely a case of arson. Three firefighting crews were needed to put out a blaze in an open area in the Gilo neighborhood, while a second fire raged in an open area in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood. The third fire, in the Talpiot industrial zone, was deemed suspicious after several individuals were seen fleeing the scene of the fire. Several vehicles were damaged in that fire.


Meanwhile, witnesses said Monday that Arabs invaded a house in Havat Gilad, in the Binyamin region of Israel, and set fire to a house in the neighborhood. The house was badly damaged, the report said. Large numbers of firefighters were able to bring the fire under control, and put the blaze out.


Initial investigations indicated that arson was the cause, most likely a fire set by local Arabs. Evidence at the scene showed that several individuals broke into the house, breaking a window. Furniture was broken, as were mirrors and other items in the house. A spokesperson for the fire department told Arutz Sheva that four firefighting crews were needed to douse the blaze. “There was fear that the roof was going to fall in,” the spokesperson said. “We were able to bring the fire under control quickly and prevented the spread of the blaze to other homes. The house was badly damaged,” he said.






by Gabe Kahn


The oldest Rebbe of the Nadvorna hassidic dynasty, Rabbi Asher Yeshaya Liefer, passed away last night at Columbia Hospital in Manhattan.


Rabbi Kiefer, who was 98, left behind hundreds of grandchildren and great grandchildren in Israel and abroad.


The rebbe lived in Bnei Brak where he founded a Beit Midrash on Uziel Street, which became reputed as a magnet for Torah and God-fearing Jews.


A few years ago, Rabbi Liefer went to the US to participate in a celebration for one of his children, but because of his advanced age the trip greatly weakened him and he was forced to stay in America to live with one of his relatives.


Earlier this week, a serious decline in the rabbi’s condition caused him to be quickly rushed by relatives to the hospital.


His funeral procession will depart at 09:00 am (PST) from the Beit Midrash “Salka Muncie” to the airport, from where he will be flown to Israel.


Upon arriving, his coffin will be brought to to the school he founded on Uziel Street in Bnei-Barak. From there, the funeral procession will head to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


Rabbi Liefer was called the Rebbe of Nadvorna-Hadera as the hassidic dynasty he hails from maintains more than one court.


In March, his relative Rabbi Yaakov Yisachar Ber Rosenbaum, called the Rebbe of Nadvorna, died at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. He was 82.





Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman blasted the Iranian regime, saying it is composed of “anti-Semitic fanatics”, following the hateful remarks of Vice President Mohammad Reza, who claimed that the teachings of the Talmud incite global drug trade.


Addressing a ceremony for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rahimi alleged that the “spread of narcotics in the world emanates from the teachings of the Talmud… whose objective is the destruction of the world.”  


“The Talmud teaches that it is lawful to acquire wealth through legal and illegal means… which gives (the Jews) the right to destroy humanity,” he said.


“If one seeks what lies behind all forms of corruption, there is the repugnant face of Zionists. This is the same case for the narcotics trade … whose primary operator is the Zionist regime,” he said


“The Zionists spread destruction not only by drugs, but also by (attacking) cultures.” 


Lieberman asserted that, “the international community has not yet internalized the great danger that this regime represents for world peace.”


The Minister warned that the presence of international representatives at the conference “gives legitimacy to the regime of the ayatollahs, which poses a real threat to world peace.”  


“Hitler said foolish things and succeeded in executing his plans. Today, the situation is different and the sovereign state of Israel will not allow a single Jew to be harmed,” he said.

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by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Beit El Rabbi Zalman Melamed joined Ulpana neighborhood expulsion victims Tuesday for their last morning prayers before the expulsion of the families.


A feeling of mourning and anger hung over the neighborhood, where the residents said there would be no violence. After the 6:45 prayers concluded, the Defense Ministry deployed workers to load up their possessions and move them to temporary “caravan homes,” trailer housing without wheels.


No soldiers were present Tuesday morning, and parents moved their children elsewhere so they would not have to witness the removal of possessions and the first 15 families, which is to be completed by nightfall. The expulsion of 17 other families is expected to be completed by Thursday.


The expulsions were ordered by the High Court although some of the families have been living in five multi-apartment buildings for more than a decade. The court accepted a Peace Now petition and rejected arguments that the land on which the homes were built was bought from the original Arab owners, although no proof was presented that the supposed Arab owner had legal possession of the property.


The Defense Ministry has been working feverishly the past two weeks to prepare the temporary homes for the residents of the Ulpana neighborhood homes that were singled out in the Peace Now petition. Most of the neighborhood remains intact because there is no question concerning the legality of the rest of the homes.


Ironically, the temporary homes are located on a base adjacent to Beit El which is the home of Border Police, who have carried out hundreds of middle-of-the-night demolitions, often without presenting court approval, of dozens of outposts in Judea and Samaria.




by Gil Ronen


Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Yohanan Danino said Tuesday that the violence in Tel Aviv at week’s end was not a spontaneous grassroots protest but “a pre-planned series of violent offenses,” according to IDF Radio.


The protesters planned to place their social agenda in the public spotlight “at any price,” he said, “but the price is too heavy for the state of Israel.”


“There is nothing more absurd than the accusation that the police will not allow a protest,” insisted Danino. “We will do everything so that the protests take place, but freedom of demonstration must not turn into chaos.”


The commissioner said that the right to protest does not include the right to cause bodily harm and damage the property of other people. Police will give its permission to hold protests as long as they are legitimate and carried out in accordance with the law.


Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said that the right to protest is a basic one in a democracy, but there is no room for violence and vandalism. “I opposed violence during the evacuation from Gaza too,” he explained, “and the same holds true for the social protest. There is no difference between violence from the left and violence from the right.”


Steinitz and Danino spoke at a Finance Ministry conference in Jerusalem.




by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza continued their “ceasefire war” Tuesday morning and fired a Kassam rocket on a kibbutz chicken barn, causing damage but no physical injuries.


The rocket exploded in the area of Sderot, located less than a mile from northern Gaza.


This week”s unannounced ceasefire, similar to dozens of others the past several years, resulted in a relative quiet after last week”s massive barrage of more than 150 Grad Missiles, Kassam rockets and mortar shells.


Israel has refrained from any massive retaliation this week and has restricted itself to filing another complaint to the United Nations over missile and rocket attacks on civilians.


As in the past, mainstream media have reported that the rocket and missiles usually caused no damage but did not note the minor miracles of the explosions often taking place only several feet from homes. The Iron Dome anti-missile system shot down at least five oncoming missiles on the port city of Ashkelon.


One rocket last week fell in the yard of a home at a kibbutz, causing damage to the home. Several people were wounded in a separate attack.


The peak of the latest attacks was last Wednesday, when Hamas and other terrorists launched 69 missiles and rockets on southern Israel. The previous day, 47 attacks were recorded.


Another 36 missiles and rockets were launched during the next three days.


The phenomenon of an escalation of missile attacks, quick but restrained IDF retaliation, followed by “relative calm” and un-honored “ceasefires” has become an established routine.




by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


A young couple married in a “flash wedding” near Tel Aviv last week after Hamas rocket fire prevented the marriage at Kibbutz Alumim, whose fields abut the Gaza security fence at northern Gaza.


Weddings at Alumim, a strictly agricultural kibbutz, frequently have been punctuated by the sound of rocket fire, but these seldom have interrupted nuptial ceremonies.


Last week”s rocket barrage changed the situation.


Invitations to more than 650 guests already had been sent for the wedding of Rinat Shickler, of the kibbutz, and her husband, who serves in the IDF.


Massive rocket and missile attacks forced them to find a last-minute alternative only several hours before the wedding.


The family contacted wedding hall owner Tzion Sasportas in Petach Tikvah, adjacent to Tel Aviv, and he happily told them the hall was not booked.


“We are all Israelis – one people, one heart, if we aren”t there for each other during times of war–when will we be?” he said. He added, “This is the fastest flash wedding we have ever had here.”


Friends of the newlyweds mobilized and called the caterers and guests to direct them to the new location, but before they were married, Rinat and her fiancé stopped to take some photos in front of the Iron Dome battery, which knocks out almost all of incoming missiles aimed at Be”er Sheva and Ashkelon.


The wedding off without a hitch – but without the sounds of Kassam rocket explosions.




by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


A former Israel ambassador to South Africa has turned his back on current government policy to back a boycott of goods made in Judea and Samaria.


Alon Liel was ambassador to South Africa from 1992 to 1994. He wrote this week in the South African Business Today, “I buy Israeli products every day and do my best not to buy Israeli products from the occupied territories.”


He added, “I cannot condemn the move to prevent goods made in the occupied Palestinian territory from being falsely classified as “Made in Israel.” I support the South African government”s insistence on this distinction between Israel and its occupation.”


He foresees a boycott as bringing Israel closer to an agreement with the Palestinian Authority, but previously stated liberal policies and predictions have been way off the mark.


In a 2009 interview with a blogger, he state, “In Netanyahu”s first term, he said “no peace with Arabs until they are all democracies.” But we have given up on that and understand that it”s not for us to decide who the Arab leaders should be. Basher Assad is…a very experienced president and as far as we can guess he is quite popular. He is much more outspoken, gives more interviews, he is more exposed. We don”t foresee any dangers about the control of his country.”


Liel argued for the boycott in Business Today by reasoning that “the simple act of marking settlement products differently to Israeli products pulls the rug from under the refusal to declare a border.”


He said that Israel is to blame for Arab resistance because its stated desire for peace “belittled the sense of outrage Arabs felt about what they considered a foreign intrusion.”


“Israelis have now come to the conclusion that they don”t need peace,” he wrote. “The Israeli government is not planning on withdrawing. Behind the wall, and with the army”s might, Israel is more or less kept safe without peace. The economy is growing and Tel Aviv is booming. The occupation is not a source of great moral discomfort to Israelis…


“I can understand small but symbolic acts of protest that hold a mirror up to Israeli society. As such, I cannot condemn the move to prevent goods made in the occupied Palestinian territory from being falsely classified as “Made in Israel.”


“I support the South African government”s insistence on this distinction between Israel and its occupation.””


Liel accepted the designation of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as “violation of international law and a tool in a project of de-facto annexation.”




by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin warned President Shimon Peres Monday that attacking Iran could backfire. He also advised the world to keep its nose out of affairs in Syria, where Russia has a vested interest.


“Look at what happened to the Americans in Afghanistan and in Iraq. I told Obama the same thing,” Putin stated concerning Iran. “There is no need to do things too quickly; one should not act without thinking first.”


Recalling the American objective to end the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and eliminate the terrorist infrastructure in the country, Putin noted, “Iraq has a pro-Iranian regime after everything that has happened there. These things should be thought out ahead of time before doing something one will regret later.”


Putin and his Israeli hosts made their disagreements on Iran obvious although Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a separate meetng that he and Putin were able to agree “that Iran”s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons is a grave threat first and foremost to Israel, but also to the region and to the world.”


They clearly were at odds on how to stop that pursuit.


Russia has been a constant opponent to American-led efforts to pressure Iran to allow United Nations supervision of its nuclear development program, which Tehran insists is for peaceful purposes and not for the objective of building a nuclear weapon.


President Peres told his guest, “The Iranian people are not our enemy. Israel does threaten their existence. It is Iran’s current regime that indentifies itself as an enemy of Israel and a threat to its existence.”


Prime Minister Netanyahu was blunter. He said, “I believe that we should be doing two things now: Boosting the sanctions and also boosting the demands.


“Israel believes that the international community should have three clear demands of Iran: Stop enriching uranium inside Iran; remove all the enriched uranium from Iran; and dismantle the underground nuclear facility near Qom.”


Similarly, Putin and Netanyahu were at odds on Syria, where Russia has supplied President Bashar Assad with massive military weapons, and perhaps chemical weapons, which have been used to bomb and kill 15,000 opponents of the regime during the 16-month-old uprising.


Besides expressing wishes for peace and warning against outside interference, Putin avoided Syria.


Prime Minister Netanyahu told Putin, “Regarding our neighbor to the north, a way to end the killing and the terrible suffering of the citizens of Syria must be found.”


He and Putin also released blatantly different statement on the declaration that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi won the presidential elections in Egypt.


Putin “congratulated” Morsi on his victory, according to Russian media, and the Russian president noted “he hopes for constructive cooperation with Egypt”s new leadership in the aim of developing Russian-Egyptian relations and ensuring peace and stability in the Middle East.”


Prime Minister Netanyahu simply noted that Israel “appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects its outcome.”


He called for “continued cooperation with the Egyptian administration on the basis of the peace accord between the two countries, which is in the interest of the two peoples and contributes to regional stability”.




by Hezki Ezra & Gil Ronen


Residents of the Ulpana Neighborhood in Beit El moved out of their homes without any resistance Tuesday, following an agreement between the Beit El leadership and the government.


The first 15 families are scheduled to move out Tuesday and another 15 on Thursday.


Photos: Hezki Ezra






by Gil Ronen


The Rabbi of Beit El, Rav Zalman Melamed, announced Tuesday morning that a new neighborhood would be dedicated later in the day.




The rabbi addressed a short sermon to believers at the site of the Ulpana Neighborhood, where five apartment homes are to be dismantled upon orders from the High Court.


The new neighborhood – to which some of the families now living in the Ulpana Neighborhood will move – will be larger than the current Ulpana Neighborhood.


“Two months ago,” he said, “if someone had said that part of the base would be handed over for enlarging the community, it would have seemed like a dream, a figment of the imagination.”


“And today, with G-d’s help, we will inaugurate a new neighborhood in Beit El, inside the base, a plot that is 2.5 or 3 times larger than this one. “


This does not lessen the sorrow and suffering caused by the High Court decision, the rabbi noted, but he added: “We pray that it not only will be cancelled but turned around and that here, with G-d’s help, will be a large neighborhood, we will return to these homes, and build additional ones, and the Land of Israel will be built up soon and in our times.”

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by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu




One Gaza Arab was killed and three others were wounded Sunday as Hamas

wildly cheered Egypt”s Muslim Brotherhood victory, giving it new hope to

achieve its dream of annihilating Israel.


Hamas gleefully welcomed the election of Mohammed Morsi with the usual

gunfire, which this time was deadly, and senior Hamas official Mahmud Zahar

said that his victory was “a historic moment and a new era in the history of

Egypt. De facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he is looking to

Egypt to help “the Palestinian nation get freedom.”


Morsi quickly backed up Hama”s optimism with a statement made before the

election results were announced and published Monday in an interview with

the Iranian government-controlled Fars  News Agency, in which he said he

would review the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.


The Muslim Brotherhood helped found Hamas in 1987 and grew not a powerful

political influence by maintaining social support for Gazans. The terrorist

organization, declared as such by the United States, peaked in popularity by

winning the first and only Palestinian Authority legislative elections six

years ago.


Its isolation by the rival Fatah faction, based in Ramallah and headed by

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has weakened it, but Haniyeh

sees the Muslim Brotherhood victory in Egypt as a good sign.


However, it might be disappointed. Morsi is taking office with most of his

powers having been stripped several days beforehand by the ruling military

regime. It also has dissolved the lower house of the parliament, dominated

by Islamic parties.


Hamas” strongest tool is the lack of control of Egypt in the Sinai

Peninsula, south of Gaza and a breeding ground for terrorists trying to

infiltrate into Israel.


If Morsi decides to beef up Egyptian security forces in the Sinai, he

probably will demand changes in the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, which

limits the presence of Egyptian military and arms in the region.


Either way, Hamas holds out the hopes that it can maintain an alliance with

whatever military forces are in the Sinai, making it easier to attack





by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


The United States and Israel are planning war games involving simulated

attacks against Iran and Syria. Coincidence or not, the exercises will take

place less than a month before elections November 6.


Thousands of soldiers will participate in the war games under simultaneous

and simulated missile fire from Syria and Iran, the Hebrew language Maariv

newspaper reported. It said that the exercise will be named “dress

rehearsal,” a thinly veiled message to Iran of the possibility of a military

attack on its unsupervised nuclear program if Tehran does not cooperate with

United Nations inspectors.


President Barack Obama is seen as wanting to postpone any military action

until after the elections, in which he will be running for re-election

against Republican Mitt Romney.


Iran has suffered numerous cyber attacks in the past year, presumably

originating from Israel and the United States, in an effort to cripple

computer programs operating nuclear facilities, particularly those where

Iran is enriching uranium, a key element for a nuclear weapon.


On the military front, Israel has beefed up its submarine force, which is

reportedly equipped with nuclear weapons.


Recent U.S. defense contracts to arm its navy with more Tomahawk cruise

missiles may possibly be intended to deplete reserves that were used for

bombing missions against Muammar Qaddafi but also may be designated for a

future attack, Business Insider noted.


“Taking out radar and aircraft defenses would be one step in an Iranian

attack. Another, equally as vital, would be determining where Tehran’s fleet

of submarines may be parked in the Persian Gulf,” it said.


The U.S. Navy also has ordered 17,000 sonar buoys that are used to work with

other buoys to locate underwater objects but also might be intended for

research for an unknown mission. 




by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Egypt”s Muslim Brotherhood president-elect Mohammed Morsi told Iran he will

“reconsider the Camp David Accord” with Israel and that he wants closer ties

with Tehran to create a “balance” in the Middle East. He made the comments

in an interview with the government-controlled Fars News Agency before he

was announced as ther winner of the presidential elections.


Afetr he was declared the victor Sunday afternon, Morsi vowed he will

“preserve international agreements,” without mentioning Israel by name.


Morsi told Fars a mouthpiece for the regime, that closer relations with Iran

“will create a balance of pressure in the region, and this is part of my



Iran”s government-controlled media promoted the Muslim Brotherhood candidate

during the election campaign, and the Iranian foreign ministry quickly

congratulated the “Egyptian people and government on election of Mohammed

Morsi as the country’s new president,” Fars reported Monday morning.


Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo and across the country to

celebrate the victory of Morsi, chanting slogans in praise of Allah.


The Muslim Brotherhood”s signal for closer ties with Iran comes as no

surprise, but Morsi”s statement underlines the threat of Israel’s being

under the potential stranglehold of an Iranian-Hizbullah-Hamas-Egyptian





by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to attend the unveiling of a

Red Army World War II Victory Monument in Netanya Monday.


The “Victory Monument”, an unprecedented joint-state venture between Israel

and Russia, also honors the more than half a million Jews who fought with

the Red Army during WWII.


The design of the monument was the first-ever joint initiative between

Israel and Russia to commemorate the Red Army.  Keren HaYesod – UIA and the

World Forum of Russian Jewry led efforts to raise funds for the project.


A world-class design commemorating the Red Army”s victory over Nazi Germany

in WWII, the monument honors millions of Red Army soldiers who perished in

the war, among them 120,000 Jews.  More than half a million Jewish soldiers

fought with the Red Army in WWII against the Nazis.


Alexander Levin, president of the World Forum of Russian Jewry and an

American citizen, will represent Russian-speaking Jews from North America at

the ceremony.


“Millions of Russian Jews around the world are united at this moment in

solidarity for the brave Red Army soldiers,” said Levin, one of the main

supporters of the monument. “I am proud to be part of those who support the

building of this special monument, particularly as the sole representative

of the United States and the millions of Russian-speaking Jews who reside



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed the idea of the monument to

President Putin two years ago during his visit to Moscow. Putin complied and

promised to come to Israel for the inauguration ceremony.




by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Hours after President Shimon Peres warned Hamas it is shooting itself in the

foot by attacking Israel, the IDF ordered a halt in freight through the

Kerem Shalom crossing.


Southern District Commander Tal Russo ordered the halt following massive

missile and mortar shell fire on Israeli communities in the south, with more

than 150 missiles smacking into rural and urban areas in the past week.


He said re-opening the crossing, where fuel and other goods and merchandise

are shipped from Israel, will be conditioned on better security and a

cessation of rocket fire.


Gaza-based terrorists fired three Kassam rockets on the Western Negev Sunday

afternoon, and no further violence was reported as of Monday morning,

indicating that Hamas has completed the latest round of attacks.


President Peres told a Jewish Agency conference in Jerusalem on Sunday,

“[Hamas] must understand that when they attack Israel, they are attacking

residents of Gaza. Every missile that hits Israel will hurt you more than



Southern Israel has been under constant rocket fire since Israel expelled

all Jews from the Gaza region in 2005 and ordered the total withdrawal of

all soldiers, based on the theory that Hamas would cease deadly terrorist

attacks. Instead, it widened its target area and attacked as far east as

Be”er Sheva and as far north as Yavne, on the southern edge of metropolitan

Tel Aviv.


Ashkelon city councilman Shimon Cohen wrote Prime Minister Binyamin

Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak Sunday night, “In the name of the

residents of Ashkelon and the south, I urge you to bomb the terrorist

tunnels that are filled with weapons, to immediately stop the shipments of

cement to Gaza, and to cut off electricity and water in the neighborhoods

where missiles are launched.


“This situation is totally impossible, whereby a sovereign country allows a

dangerous situation to exist that threatens the lives of its citizens

without a reasonable reaction over a period of several years.”


Hamas has pummeled southern Israelwith more than 13,000 rockets and mortar

shells since the outbreak of the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo

War, which began in 2000. Israel and Hamas have been engaged in continuing

battles, interspersed by periods of relative calm.




by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Russian president Vladimir Putin lands at Ben Gurion Airport Monday for a

visit to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan in an effort to

improve his image, blackened by support for Syria and Iran.


Russia has been engaged in a modern version of the diplomatic Cold War

standoff between Washington and Moscow 60 years ago and has been an obstacle

to moves by Western allies that would allow them to be the major influence

on Iran”s nuclear development and Syrian President Bashar Assad”s violent

struggle to keep himself and his regime alive at the expense of the lives of

thousands of civilians who have been bombed to death and gunned down in the



Russia has a huge vested interest in Iran and Syria through technological

investments and military sales, similar to its stake in Libya, where the

overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi cost it billions of dollars in military deals.


The Arab world increasingly fears Iran”s nuclear ambitions and its stated

desire to rule an Islamic Middle East empire, and also has openly opposed

Assad”s continuing refusal to surrender. 


Moscow”s support of Assad has unmasked it as an opponent to democracy, and

Putin”s visit – along with more than 300 aides and advisors – is aimed at

raising his political profile.


Putin in 2005 was the first Russian president to visit Israel, and this time

around he will make a high-profile trip to Bethlehem and to Jordan.


“The message (the Russians) will receive is that Israel can’t tolerate a

nuclear Iran,” said Yaakov Livne, head of the Russia desk at the Israeli

foreign ministry, according to the Yisrael HaYom newspaper.


“Of course we prefer a diplomatic solution, but we will use any means to

protect Israel’s survival… We expect Russia, as a member of the Security

Council, to demonstrate responsibility and help to prevent the Iranian

nuclear race. I think that will be the most important issue on the agenda

during the visit.”


Putin”s presence in Israel could serve as a warning to Iran that Moscow

could cross the line and become closer to Israel if Iran does not cooperate

with the United Nations and open up its nuclear sites for full inspection.




by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Egypt”s new Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi vowed to “respect

all international agreements,” presumably meaning the pact with Israel, as

he takes power in a regime conceived in the violence of last year’s Arab

Spring rebellion and bred in the aftermath of political chaos.


With the United States hoping for the best and Israel expecting the worst,

Morsi did not mention the name of the Jewish state in his victory speech

Sunday night, in which he promised to preserve international accords. He

said he carries “a message of peace” to the world.


The stated doctrine of the Muslim Brotherhood to establishing a Middle East

Muslim empire, along with Morsi”s statements the past year calling for

changes in the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, are not easily forgotten by

Jerusalem officials.


Few international leaders expect Morsi to try to cancel the treaty but he is

almost certain to try to institute changes, such as moving more military

power into the Sinai Peninsula, where Bedouin tribal leaders have teamed up

with Hamas and other terrorists to carve out fiefdoms.


However, one factor working in Israel”s favor is the need for Morsi to deal

with Egypt”s economic problems, which have been aggravated since the

beginning of last year”s Arab Spring rebellion in Tahrir Square. The

protests led to the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who now is

in a coma after having been sentenced to life in prison for involvement in

killing more than 800 opposition demonstrators.


Another urgent problem that will overshadow the peace treaty with Israel is

the temporary military regime”s last-minute power grab, taking away most of

the president”s powers.


The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power after Mubarak”s

ouster 15 months ago, said it will be the sole power to appoint government

leaders, including ministers.


The military council also recently dissolved the lower house of parliament,

where the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist Islamic parties won a majority

last year.






by Rachel Hirshfeld




An Egyptian plumber in Alexandria beat his pregnant wife to death upon

learning that she had not voted for Muslim Brotherhood presidential

candidate Mohammed Mursi, the Egyptian daily al-Wafd reported on Sunday.


According to police reports, the initial argument between the unnamed couple

escalated into a violent death, despite the pleas of the battered and

bruised wife. She was reported to have died at the hospital from injuries



Domestic fights have dominated Egyptian news headlines when the bid fell on

the two most feared and most controversial candidates, Mursi and former

prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, Al-Arabiya news reported.


Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner in Egypt’s first free presidential

election in history by the country’s elections commission on Sunday.


In his first televised speech on state TV, Morsi pledged Sunday to preserve

Egypt’s international accords, alluding reference to the peace deal with



Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued an official reaction to Mursi”s

victory saying, “Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and

respects its results,” said Netanyahu.






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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat told the occupants of the Ulpana Protest Tent across from the Prime Minister’s Office late Monday night they will be able to stay for at least two more days — at least until the Knesset votes on their issue.


Earlier in the evening, police had warned the protesters, who included some 30 hungers strikers — that they would have to leave and close down the tent by midnight or be forcibly removed by police. Hundreds of additional activists were immediately recruited and began streaming to the site.


Jerusalem officials called for calm, Knesset members converged on the town of Beit El to discuss the matter, and by late in the evening, Barkat assured Danny Dayan, head of the Council of Judea and Samaria Communities (Yesha Council), that the protesters could remain.


The city extended the tent’s license until at least Wednesday, when the Knesset plenum is to vote on the proposed Regulation Law that will determine the status of Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood.


Activists are demanding the government approve the measure, which would allow residents of the neighborhood to remain in their homes by mandating that any land ownership challenge must take place within four years of the start of construction on the land.


The five apartment buildings in the neighborhood are slated for destruction by July 1, leaving about two dozen families homeless – some of whom having been living in the neighborhood for 10 years. All were authorized by the government to move into their homes, which they argue were purchased in good faith.


A High Court order was handed down following a petition by the far-left Peace Now movement together with an Arab who claimed ownership of the land after his cousin of the same name had already sold it to the town of Beit El, many years ago.






by Elad Benari


MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said on Monday that the possibility that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will choose to leave the Likud and form a joint list with Shaul Mofaz, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other ministers such as Dan Meridor and Michael Eitan, “is more than likely”.


Speaking with Arutz Sheva, Hotovely said she believes that such a decision by Netanyahu, similar to what former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon did when he split the Likud and formed Kadima, will ultimately lead him to where Kadima is today. While Kadima is the largest party in the Knesset at the present time, polls have indicated that it is headed for a downfall in the next elections.


Likud members have recently expressed concerns that Netanyahu is planning such a move, particularly in light of his opposing the proposed outpost regulation law, which many of the Likud”s Knesset members and ministers support.


“Anyone who wants to choose such a path will be judged by history,” said Hotovely. “Our job is to present leadership which tells the truth and is true to the Likud”s way. The possibility [that Netanyahu will split the Likud] is quite possible, but it has a price. The question is whether Netanyahu is thinking only about the next Knesset or whether he wants long-term leadership.”


Hotovely said that Netanyahu is directly responsible for the planned demolition in the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El, not Barak or any other officials in the justice system.


“I have enough appreciation for the Prime Minister to hold him responsible for the decision,” she said, adding, “This decision is destructive to the settlement enterprise. It’s not a matter of five houses, but the opening of something very dangerous.”


Hotovely said the regulation law, which is scheduled to be brought to a vote in the Knesset on Wednesday, is the most moral law possible, because it compensates a landowner who can prove his ownership. At the same time, she said, the decision to expel the thirty families who live in the Ulpana neighborhood is the least moral decision that can be made.


She noted that social pressure affects the Likud ministers more than anything else and, as such, if the ministers from the Yisrael Beytenu and Shas parties announce that they intend to support the regulation law, it would encourage Likud ministers to the same.


“A minister should know whether he supports the law or not, regardless of pressure by Feiglin or someone else,” said Hotovely. “This is a moral issue.”


Earlier on Monday, Netanyahu pleaded with Likud faction members to back his plan and vote against the regulation law proposed by MK Yaakov Katz (National Union).


Netanyahu has proposed that the five buildings facing demolition be destroyed, but that fifty new structures be approved on adjacent state owned land.


Under the plan, the government would also pay to move the five buildings slated to be destroyed – which would cost the state an estimated NIS 14m.


Netanyahu’s statements seem to indicate he intends to renege on a promise made to Katz, that he would not oppose the regulation law when it was brought to a vote, if Katz would hold off in submitting the bill for a fortnight.


Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein on Monday approved Netanyahu’s outline for the Ulpana neighborhood.





The “Regulation Bill” to legalize the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El is “Judgment Day” for the Likud, warn Women in Green nationalists.


The bill is scheduled to come to a vote Wednesday afternoon, and it is not yet clear if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will allow his party’s Knesset members to vote as they wish or if he will impose discipline and demand they do not vote in favor of the proposed law.


He has argued that the law, which would circumvent a standing order from the High Court to destroy the five buildings involved, would ignite anger at Israel from the international community and cause long-term damage to the nationalist enterprise for a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria.


“If the law does not pass — Givat HaUlpana, Givat Assaf, Amona and many other communities in Judea and Samaria will topple like dominoes. Thousands of Jews will be expelled, Women in Green said in a statement. 


It declared that failure to pass the bill would be equivalent to “Disengagement Plan, Part 2” referring to the mass expulsions of more than 9,000 Jews from Gush Katif, northern Gaza and four northern Samaria communities in 2005.


“Bibi Netanyahu and the Likud ministers who will vote against the law or absent themselves from the vote must be punished, politically, once and for all,” said Women in Green director Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katsover.


“A statement must be made immediately, that if the Regulation Law is not passed on Wednesday, every true lover of the Land of Israel will leave the Likud party permanently. If the law fails to pass, this will prove once and for all that registering as a member of Likud was a terrible mistake that shattered the national political camp. The whole idea of “influencing from within” will be proven as wrong. The national camp gave Bibi Netanyahu eight Knesset seats, yet he has no problem tearing down the communities in Judea and Samaria”.


They said a new party of united nationalists could win 18 seats in the next Knesset.


The affected Ulpana homes, where 30 families have been living for up to 12 years, was not an issue until Peace Now filed a court motion in recent years that said the houses were built on land owned by a Palestinian Authority Arab, who the petition said did not sell the land as claimed by the builder and residents. The petition does not apply to other Ulpana neighborhood homes.


The court accepted the complaint even though there has been no conclusive proof that the Arab owns the land. Possession of most of the land in Judea and Samaria was not registered in the days of Jordanian rule, and the Palestinian Authority has accepted Jordanian law that calls for the death penalty of any Arab who sells property to Jews.


As a result, many land transactions to Jews have been conducted through third parties, leaving open the possibility for lawsuits claiming that the sale was a forgery.


Matar and Katsover said they do not blame the court for the current crisis but instead point their fingers at Prime Minister Netanyahu. “If not for his weakness, he could have easily saved the communities,” they said.


The Prime Minister has proved himself to be a master politician in terms of holding together and even expanding his coalition, but he may have misjudged the intensity of the opposition to the proposed expulsion of the families from the Ulpana neighborhood.


It is located in Beit El, one of the largest Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria, home to leaders of the nationalist movement and one of the most widely known names both to Israelis and to Jews in the Diaspora.


If Prime Minister Netanyahu thought the Ulpana neighborhood could be dismantled and the residents expelled without major opposition, he has been proven mistaken. Yisrael Beytenu MKs have said they will vote for the bill, although they may abstain or vote against it if Netanyahu issues an ultimatum. Shas has said its MKs will vote against the bill if there is an ultimatum. Both parties are coalition members.


A hunger strike is continuing Tuesday, another march to the Knesset is scheduled and special prayers are to be held in synagogues  throughout the country. Rabbis have instructed that Chapters 20 and 140 from the Book of Psalms be recited after daily prayers. People also are encouraged to increase charity donations for the merit of the residents of the Ulpana neighborhood.





A senior IDF official said on Monday that there has been an increase in attempts by terrorists who were released in the Shalit deal and sent to Gaza to promote terrorism in Judea and Samaria.


Speaking to Army Radio, the official said that the terrorists released in the deal and who are living in Judea and Samaria are under constant Israeli supervision, and that most of them did not return to terrorist activity.


“It is only the actions of our forces that ensure the security of Israeli citizens,” the official said, adding that the body which tries to encourage terrorism the most is Hamas.


“Along with the Palestinian Authority”s attempt at reconciliation with Hamas, we are detecting a loosening in the PA”s security forces actions against Hamas activists,” he said.


Several of the more than 1,000 terrorists Israel released last October in exchange for Gilad Shalit have been re-arrested after returning to terrorism.


One of the released terrorists, Omar Abu-Sneina, sent a memory card to relatives with detailed instructions on how to kidnap more soldiers. The memory card stated that a live kidnap victim should not be hidden in an isolated area.


Another Hamas terrorist, who participated in the bombing of Café Hillel in Jerusalem and was released in the Shalit deal, took part in an “apartheid week” propaganda tour in South Africa.


The terrorist, Abd al-Aziz Muhammad Moussa Amr, called during the tour for mass marches in Israel’s borders in order to “liberate Jerusalem and Palestine.”


He also called for international pressure to aid in the release of his fellow terrorists from Israeli jails the release of terrorists in Israeli jails, whom he characterized as “political prisoners”.


The Deputy head of the Binyamin Regional Council, Moti Yogev, recently said that terrorists have been encouraged to try to carry out attacks against Israelis because of the deal to free Gilad Shalit.





The “Flame” virus whose existence was revealed last week is 20 times bigger than Stuxnet and was aimed at stealing Iranian-Russian blueprints, presumably of nuclear facilities.


“Stuxnet was really unique because of its size, and this [Flame] is about 20 times bigger than Stuxnet,” Symantec official Kevin Haley, quoted by CNN, said at a cyber conference in Washington.


The attack, widely believed to have originated with Israeli-American cooperation, exploited a hole in Microsoft software that allowed the malware to be hidden in a program that appeared to have been manufactured by the computer giant.


Kaspersky Lab, a Russian firm that produces anti-virus software, said that the massive cyber attack was designed to steal designs and files. “I woke up to this news and I couldn’t believe it. I had to ask, ‘Am I reading this right?'” Kaspersky official Roel Schouwenberg told the Times of India.


Iran was the main victim of the attack, with 185 infections. There were 95 attacks in Israel, possibly aimed at the Palestinian Authority in Gaza as well as Judea and Samaria, 32 in Sudan and 29 in Syria.


Security experts said they were both surprised and impressed by the approach that the attackers had used, which was to disguise Flame as a legitimate program built by Microsoft.


Computer analysts have almost unanimously agreed that an unidentified nation launched the Flame virus.


“Researchers said that technical evidence suggests it was built on behalf of the same nation or nations that commissioned the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran’s nuclear program in 2010,” the Indian newspaper reported.





Iran may be building a third gas centrifuge enrichment plant, according to a report on Monday by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS).


The report, posted on ISIS” website, notes that the question of whether Iran is building a third plant “has been on the minds of Iran watchers in governments around the world since former Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi claimed on August 16, 2010, that “studies for the location of 10 other uranium enrichment facilities” had ended, and that “the construction of one of these facilities will begin by the end of the (current Iranian) year (March 2011) or start of the next year.”


The report notes that Salehi”s successor, Fereydoun Abbassi-Davani, said in mid-2011 that construction on additional enrichment plants was delayed by two years.


Since March 2007, Iran has taken the position that it does not have to notify the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if it begins construction of a nuclear facility, says ISIS, but the IAEA has said that Iran has a legal obligation to do so under its current safeguards agreement.


The IAEA states, according to the ISIS report, that Iran has a legal obligation to comply with modified Code 3.1 of the Subsidiary Arrangements General Part to Iran”s Safeguards Agreement. Modified Code 3.1 provides for the submission to the IAEA of design information for new facilities as soon as the decision to construct, or to authorize construction of, a new facility has been taken, whichever is the earlier.


The IAEA also noted in its May 2012 Iran safeguards report that “Iran remains the only State with significant nuclear activities in which the Agency is implementing a comprehensive safeguards agreement but which is not implementing the provisions of the modified Code 3.1.”  In 2003, Iran accepted modified Code 3.1 but reneged unilaterally in March 2007, notes ISIS.


“Since then, the IAEA has called on Iran to comply with its legal obligations, which state that Iran cannot unilaterally abandon its safeguards obligations under modified Code 3.1,” the report says, adding that “In response to Salehi”s August 2010 announcement, the IAEA asked Iran in a letter dated August 19, 2010 to provide preliminary design information for this third centrifuge facility. In a letter a few days later, Iran did not provide the requested information and stated only that it would provide the Agency with the required information “in due time.””


The concern, according to the ISIS report, is that “Iran has taken the position that it can delay telling the IAEA about the construction of a nuclear facility until six months before the introduction of nuclear material, based on its original, unmodified safeguards agreement.  Thus, under Iran”s interpretation of its safeguards obligations, Iran can essentially finish construction of a gas centrifuge plant before notifying the IAEA of its existence.”


The report adds, “Iran”s decision to defy the IAEA only increases concern that its intentions are to build nuclear weapons. Iran may not in fact declare a plant”s existence six months before introducing nuclear material but instead hold it in reserve for use in a future breakout.”


Recent satellite images showed that Iran has razed two buildings near a suspected nuclear-trigger test site inside of its sprawling Parchin military complex.


The satellite images, taken on May 25 and published several days later by ISIS, confirm the destruction of two buildings IAEA inspectors have sought access to.


Two IAEA reports published since late 2011 charge that Iran has engaged in nuclear research of a military nature, and is enriching far more uranium to 20% than its claims of nuclear medicine research can justify.


Iran has systemically obstructed IAEA inspectors seeking access to its nuclear sites in contravention of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.




by Gil Ronen


Arabs in Kerak, Jordan, attacked Jewish tourists because they wore “provocative hats” and other items of clothing worn by religious Jews, according to Arab websites.


The incident took place Sunday afternoon, when a group of Jews visited the Jordanian tourist site, where a Crusader castle is located along with other attractions.


According to Al Jazeera, as translated by bloggers, “Salem Jeradat – who owns a grocery in the town – was surprised Sunday afternoon by a delegation of Jewish men and women who were wearing the clothing of religious Jews, which led him to throw his shoes at them.”


“‘Then the people of the town immediately approached the group, threw shoes and stones, and kicked them out of town,’ Jeradat said. ‘The people of Jordan do not accept the Jews entering their homeland, and the Araba Valley treaty between Jordan and the Zionist entity does not represent us.'”


Al Jazeera explained, “The idea is that those who occupy Palestine and desecrate holy places should not be allowed to roam freely in Jordan. Citizens of the town gathered in the evening in a grocery and committed themselves to prevent Jews from returning to their town.”


Elder of Zion blog noted that another Jordanian website added that the Jewish tourists were wearing “provocative hats.”





Archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove comprising about 140 gold and silver coins along with gold jewelry, probably hidden by a wealthy lady at a time of impending danger during the Bar Kokhba Revolt some 1880 years ago.


The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) presented the sumptuous find Tuesday and said it was recently exposed in a salvage excavation in the vicinity of Kiryat Gat, in southern Israel.


The rooms of a building dating to the Roman and Byzantine period were exposed during the course of the excavation. Archeologists discerned that a pit had been dug in the earth of the ancient building”s courtyard and then refilled. To the archaeologists’ delightful surprise, a spectacular treasure trove of exquisite quality was discovered in the pit. It had been wrapped in a cloth fabric that had mostly deteriorated.


According to archaeologist Emil Aladjem, who directed the excavation on behalf of the IAA, “The magnificent hoard includes gold jewelry, among them an earring crafted by a jeweler in the shape of a flower and a ring with a precious stone on which there is a seal of a winged-goddess, two sticks of silver that were probably kohl sticks, as well as some 140 gold and silver coins.”


“The coins that were discovered date to the reigns of the Roman emperors Nero, Nerva and Trajan, who ruled the Roman Empire from 54-117 CE.  The coins are adorned with the images of the emperors and on their reverse are cultic portrayals of the emperor, symbols of the brotherhood of warriors and mythological gods such as Jupiter seated on a throne or Jupiter grasping a lightning bolt in his hand.”


Sa’ar Ganor, District Archaeologist of Ashkelon and the Western Negev for the IAA, added that “the composition of the numismatic artifacts and their quality are consistent with treasure troves that were previously attributed to the time of the Bar Kokhba Revolt. During the uprising, between 132-135 CE, the Jews under Roman rule would re-strike coins of the emperor Trajan with symbols of the revolt.”


“This hoard includes silver and gold coins of different denominations, most of which date to the reign of the emperor Trajan. This is probably an emergency cache that was concealed at the time of impending danger by a wealthy woman who wrapped her jewelry and money in a cloth and hid them deep in the ground prior to or during the Bar Kokhba Revolt. It is now clear that the owner of the hoard never returned to claim it.”


The treasure trove was removed from the field and transferred for treatment to the laboratories of the Artifacts Treatment Department of the IAA in Jerusalem.


The excavation was funded by Y. S. Gat Ltd., the Economic Development Corporation for the Management of the Kiryat Gat Industrial Park.


Photos by Clara Amit and Sharon Gal, courtesy IAA.

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Op-ed: Why do we return terrorist bodies, seek peace talks with anti-Semitic Arabs who hate us?

Elyakim Haetzni

Published: 06.04.12, 12:48 / Israel Opinion

Had Adolf Eichmann been executed during Benjamin Netanyahu’s term, the Nazi war criminal would not have been burned and his ashes would not have been disposed of at sea. Instead, the body would have been preserved and handed over to the German president upon his visit to Israel, so it can be buried in Germany with full military honors.

Does this sound delusional? No more so than the ceremony where “President” Mahmoud Abbas and his top brass received the coffins of 91 terroristswho murdered more than 200 people; indeed, the bodies of these “martyrs” were saluted with wreathes and the firing of volley shots.

Palestinians welcome terrorists’ bodies / Elior Levy
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Yet there is one difference: Had the German president and establishment still viewed Eichmann as a national hero, he would not have been received here, and there would be no diplomatic ties with Germany.

So why haven’t we disposed of the ashes of the terrorists at sea? Why are we providing “holy places” for the ethos of Jew-hatred and murder, which has turned into the essence of their national existence? Who do we seek to make peace with, and what kind of peace can we expect of someone whose heroes are the murderers from Jerusalem Machne Yehuda Market (16 fatalities,) the buses in Beersheba (17 fatalities,) or Jerusalem’s Route 2 (23 fatalities)?

Does one make peace with enemies? Most certainly: With yesterday’s enemy, who was defeated or reconciled itself to one’s existence. Germany, for example. How, on the other hand, does one make peace with an enemy whose hatred keeps growing, here and now? With a “national band” that sings in their official media that “we have replaced our jewelry with weapons, this is the day of Jihad, squeeze the trigger”?

How does one make peace with those who name schools and kindergartens after Dalal Mughrabi, the commander of the Coastal Road terror attack where 37 people were murdered, 12 of them children? With a ruling party declaring that “the armed struggle is a strategy, not a tactic, for eliminating the Zionist presence”? With those who write textbooks that erase any sign of Israel’s existence?

What was Bibi thinking?

How does one make peace with those who sentence countrymen who sell land to Jews to death, and who view the designation of the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb as Jewish heritage sites as a “grave provocation,” threatening to launch a religious war?

Had current-day Germany been as Nazi as “Palestine” is an anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist terror sponsor that denies Jewish existence, would we grant Berlin such “gestures?” When barely 10 people gather at Baruch Goldstein’s gravesite, Israeli media outlets are horrified. Yet what would they say had President Peres, as a gesture, placed a wreath on Goldstein’s grave in the presence of an IDF guard of honor?

And what was Prime Minister Netanyahu thinking when he decided on the “gesture” of handing over 11 terrorist bodies to Hamas in Gaza? And as to the rulers in Ramallah, if the intention was to revive the peace talks, then woe is on such peace, which is replete with wreathes and monuments for our murderers.

The “peace camp” has kept peace slogans to a minimum as of late, as not to humiliate itself. They prefer to play the bi-national state card and the risk of “losing our Jewish character.” The one who still beats the drums of peace is Netanyahu, who in a recent speech at the Institute for National Security Studies went back to the flower children of the ‘60s and to their song “Give peace a chance.”

He forgot that in the meantime, we buried some 1,500 peace victims, and that the Palestinian enemies are only willing to receive “peace gestures” from us of the type that sanctifies their war against us, such as the handing over of their terrorists for the purpose of a martyr’s burial. So to those who make decisions on our behalf I say: In what world are you living?

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1. Ketzaleh: Beit El Demolition a Plot to Topple Netanyahu

by Maayana Miskin

The real reasoning behind plans to demolish Israeli homes in Beit El is a plan to topple Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz (Ichud Leumi) said Sunday.

“There are two people who have a bad influence on the Prime Minister and want him to fail,” Ketzaleh said. “The first is state secretary Tzvika Hauser, who has crossed all the red lines and sides with Peace Now and Yesh Din who want to demolish 9,000 homes in Judea and Samaria.”

The second is Defense Minister Ehud Barak, he said. “Barak knows that his time in office is over, and wants to bring Netanyahu down,” Ketzaleh said. He added, “I’m sure that if the Regulation Law falls on Wednesday – as the far-left Hauser and Barak want – Netanyahu will fall from power due to the destruction it will bring on thousands of people in Judea and Samaria.”

Ketzaleh called on members of Netanyahu’s government to fight back. “The ministers’ support for the [Regulation] bill will save Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria, and will save the people of Israel from civil war and destruction,” he urged.

He warned them not to be persuaded by Netanyahu’s suggestion to move the homes. “We looked into it, and it’s impossible to ‘move’ the buildings,” he said. “They will be torn down to the very foundations.”

Ketzaleh also called on the general public to fight the planned demolition. “The Israeli public should come in its masses to the Ulpana neighborhood and build a tent city, to protect it with their bodies,” he suggested.

He called for “the grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters of the 70,000 Judea and Samaria residents who stand to be expelled from their homes… to call Likud ministers and Minister Lieberman and tell them to vote for the Regulation Bill on Wednesday.”

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2. Peace Now to Govt: Pass Regulation Bill and We’ll Sue

by Maayana Miskin

The left-wing Peace Now organization warned Sunday that passing the Regulation Bill will not stop widespread demolition in Judea and Samaria. If the Knesset passes the bill, said Peace Now head Yariv Oppenheimer, Peace Now will take the matter to the Supreme Court and get the new law overturned.

“The law is unconstitutional,” Oppenheimer declared. “The law allows theft, as long as the perpetrators are settlers and the victims are Palestinians.”

If put into effect, the law would affect Palestinian Authority Arabs “who are not citizens of Israel and do not have the right to vote,” he continued. “The result would be the Knesset’s rule over another people and the legislation of laws affecting people who cannot be part of the democratic process.”

The Regulation Law would stop the widespread use of home demolition to deal with Palestinian Authority claims to ownership of land within Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria. Instead of demolition, the law would provide those who can prove ownership with financial compensation.

The law would apply to Area C – parts of Judea and Samaria under full Israeli control.

Proponents of the bill say it would prevent groups like Peace Now from using PA Arabs as a tool to destroy Israeli homes. The PA claims to land ownership are often unproven or largely fictional, and in any case serve no practical purpose, they argue.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he currently opposes the bill due to concerns over the legal ramifications and the possible response from the international community.

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3. ‘IDF Commanders Cower in Face of PA Violence’

by Maayana Miskin

Local leaders responded angrily Sunday to a senior IDF commander’s claim that Yitzhar residents are increasing conflict in Samaria (Shomron). The town’s security team had its power to respond to violent incidents curtailed in response, and many team members had their weapons confiscated.

Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika said it is the IDF that has responded inappropriately to Palestinian Authority violence, by failing to fight it effectively.

“Senior commanders are acting as cowards in the face of Arab violence in Judea and Samaria,” he accused. “They tremble like a leaf over the extreme Left’s slander.”

“Their cowardly, toothless response to far-left and Arab riots in the Yitzhar area is what is leading to conflict,” Mesika continued. “These riots could have been nipped in the bud, but certain senior commanders are tough only when it comes to Yitzhar’s security force – the members of which risked their lives to prevent an infiltration and an arson attack on homes.”

The senior commander who detailed accusations against the Yitzhar team mentioned the case of a PA Arab man who was shot and wounded by the team, then beaten by local youth. The PA man had been carrying a knife, the commander noted, and had smashed his cell phone in an attempt to demolish it after being shot.

What the commander failed to mention, Mesika said, was that the phone was later revealed to have photos of the PA man armed with a gun, strengthening suspicions that he was planning a terrorist attack. “It is bizarre but unsurprising that the senior commander censored that fact,” he said.

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4. PA Furious at EU for Hosting ‘Terrorist’ Yesha Leader

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

A Palestinian Authority minister has blasted the European Union for hosting Shomron leader Gershon Mesika, whom it called a “terrorist.”

Mesika two weeks spoke to the EU Foreign Affairs Commission of the Parliament in an unprecedented visit to the Brussels-based EU parliament. It was the first time a leader of Judea and Samaria spoke at an official parliamentary meeting, and it clearly infuriated the Palestinian Authority, which is heavily dependent on EU financing.

An official letter to European Union members from the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the PA stated that “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority condemns the invitation of Gershon Mesika, Chairman of the Shomron Settlement Board in occupied Palestinian territory, as a guest of honor to address the EU Parliament.

“To give a floor to this terrorist at the EU Parliament is an unprecedented deed and comes in stark contradiction to the traditional position of the European Union and its institutions towards the Palestinian people, especially those related to settlement construction.

“The European Union, along with all its institutions, has stressed on many occasions and through many official statements its support for international legitimacy and the rights of the Palestinian people; foremost among them, its right to establish its independent state based on the 1967 borders.”

Mesika, of the Shomron Liaison Office, is a widely-known advocate for a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria by hosting journalists and foreign organizations and arranging for speeches to groups and political bodies outside the “captive audience” of nationalist groups.

Clearly worried about his success, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added in its letter that it “hopes that this unprecedented invitation will not represent a new approach in dealing with the Palestine Question.”

Mesika responded to the letter by stating, “If the Palestinian Authority is under pressure, it’s a sign that we’re on the right path. We’ll continue to build up the Land of Israel, and together with the construction we’ll go on with our public relations blitz both in Israel and outside of it.”

Yossi Dagan, Director of the Strategy Unity and Mesika’s advisor, added, “The amazing thing is that when we explain the simple truth, that we are settling Judea and Samaria because this is our land, given to the Jewish people by Biblical fiat, people simply understand and are convinced. Apparently, saying that the land is simply ours works better than all the other feeble excuses. Most people say that they have never heard this explanation before…”

David Ha’ivri, who heads the Shomron Liaison Office, said, “The hysterical reactions of the Palestinian Authority are only directing us to accomplish more. The PA is scared that the world will discover that settlement in Judea and Samaria is not the problem, but the solution. In coming months, we’ll continue to plow deeply into Europe and the rest of the world and strengthen international support for the State of Israel and for settlement in Judea and Samaria.”

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5. PA Arabs Attack, Israelis’ Weapons Confiscated

by Maayana Miskin

Security forces in the Samaria (Shomron) town of Yitzhar were recently involved in violent clashes with Palestinian Authority Arabs, a senior IDF commander said.

In at least one case, the security team managed to prevent an attack. Despite that, the team has been punished for its allegedly heavy-handed response by having its responsibilities scaled back and its weapons confiscated.

The commander described two of the incidents that led to the punishment. As background, he noted that there has been a rash of arson attacks in the area lately – most of them carried out by Palestinian Authority Arabs, but some carried out by Israelis. He warned that the proposed demolition of the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El is expected to increase violence.

Two weeks ago, he said, some young residents of Yitzhar clashed with nearby PA Arabs following a PA attack in the area. “When the army reached the area one of the security force members fired toward a Palestinian and wounded him in his face, saying the Palestinian had threatened him,” he reported.

The incident is under police investigation, and it has not yet been determined whether or not the man acted appropriately.

More recently, the security team responded to a clash between local Jews and PA Arabs from a nearby town. The Israeli youth pointed out a PA Arab man hidden behind a rock, shouting, “He’s armed, he’s armed.” Security team members responded by opening fire, hitting the PA man in the stomach.

The PA man turned out to have been carrying a large knife. In the moments after he was wounded he took out his mobile phone and smashed it, leading to suspicion that he had been plotting an attack and was attempting to destroy evidence.

Youth from Yitzhar bound the wounded man and hit him. “It was a miracle that the IDF arrived,” the IDF commander related. “They removed the young men, who could have done the Palestinian serious harm.”

Police are investigating the second incident as well. In the meantime, the security team has been ordered to respond to incidents only within Yitzhar itself, and to stay away from clashes between Israelis and PA Arabs outside the town borders – even though the team is often able to respond more quickly than the IDF.

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6. IAF Strikes Terror Targets in Gaza

by Elad Benari

IAF aircraft struck three weapons manufacturing sites in central Gaza on Saturday night, as well as two terror tunnels, one in northern Gaza and one in the south.

According to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, direct hits at the targets were identified. All Israeli planes returned safely to their base.

The attack came in response to the shootout between IDF troops and a Gaza terrorist on Friday morning. 21-year-old Golani Brigade soldier Netanel Moshiashvili was killed in the incident.

The incident occurred as the terrorist tried to infiltrate the western Negev from Gaza the predawn hours of Friday morning.

According to a preliminary investigation, the terrorist took advantage of fog around 4:00 a.m. to go through a hole he cut in the security fence near the Kissufim crossing. A Golani unit responded to the scene and identified the terrorist who opened fire at the soldiers, killing one. Artillery soldiers fired back, killing the terrorist.

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers and will continue to act against anyone who uses terror against Israel,” said the IDF statement, which added that the “the terrorist organization Hamas” is responsible for the deadly incident.

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7. Similar Issue, Different Court Rules for Beit El, Modi’in Illit

by Chana Ya’ar

It would appear that the High Court rules differently on how to deal with Arab land challenges depending upon the region that is affected.

The High Court has ruled that Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood must be torn down — and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this weekend went to great lengths to support the decision while searching for a way to mollify, if not maintain the residents in their homes.

But that very same Court allowed a similar neighborhood to remain in its place, undisturbed, in Modi’in Illit several years ago.

The legality of the neighborhood of East Matityahu was also challenged by a petition submitted by the extreme leftist Peace Now organization together with the mayor of the Arab village of Bil’in, claiming the neighborhood was built on land owned by the village.

An injunction was issued by the High Court in January 2006 that blocked residents from moving into their homes — but was was canceled more than a year and a half later, in September 2007.

A panel of justices comprised of Judges Eliezer Rivlin, Miriam Naor and Ayala Procaccia ruled the residents had to pay the petitioners their court costs instead – an amount totaling some NIS 160,000 – because “the initial petition filed on the matter was justified.”

But the justices rejected the petition to destroy the neighborhood.

In their ruling, the judges explained that after they had issued their initial injunction in 2006, the state had revoked the neighborhood plan, and revised it to amend the flaws. “Once the second plan was approved, the petitioners no longer had a just cause for complaint against the plan,” the judges ruled, adding that to demolish homes already built “would hurt innocent buyers, some of whom are already living in the apartments.”

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8. Clinton: U.S. Must See ‘Concrete Actions’ by Iran

by Elad Benari, Canada

The United States appeared to set a deadline on Friday for Iran to ease world concern over its disputed nuclear program.

The Associated Press reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Islamic Republic must act by this month’s talks with world powers in Moscow.

Speaking in Oslo, Norway, Clinton told reporters the U.S. would continue down the path of negotiations alongside Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Nations.

“Our negotiations with Iran have never been about intentions or sincerity, but about actions and results,” Clinton was quoted as having said after meeting top Norwegian officials.

She added the U.S. needed to see “concrete actions” at the talks in Russia’s capital, which are set to begin June 17.

“We will know by the next meeting in Moscow in a few weeks whether Iran is prepared to take those actions,” said Clinton, according to AP. “There are lots of concerns that we continue to have about their intentions, but we will judge them by their actions. And we will determine whether those actions are sufficient to meet their obligations.”

Earlier this week, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said “Iran’s window of opportunity is rapidly closing.”

“We will do everything we can to achieve a diplomatic solution but we do not intend to continue talks for talks,” Shapiro said during a Security Studies conference in Tel Aviv.

He added that the U.S. will be taking steps “to increase pressure” on Iran to ensure it does not obtain nuclear weapons.

His remarks came after a second round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany – failed again to yield results as the West pressures Tehran to halt its controversial uranium enrichment program.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman hinted this week that the Islamic Republic may agree to negotiate its ongoing enrichment of uranium to higher levels, if the West recognizes it has the “right” to do so for peaceful purposes.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

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