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GUSH KATIF JOIN ORANGE SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA - JULY 15, 16
Posted by Dovid Ben Chaim, June 30, 2005.

This is not a game, this is not a drill. We are AGAIN fighting an enemy who thinks "the problem" is the presence of Jews and eliminating that "problem" is the "solution." Whether you live in Gush Katif or Beverly Hills, there is no choice but to defeat such an enemy - if you value your Jewish skin and that of your children. The dam may be in Israel, but if it does not hold the flood waters will eventually rise worldwide, drowning Jew and gentile alike.

JOIN ORANGE SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA - JULY 15, 16

Synagogues across the USA will be participating in ORANGE SHABBAT in AMERICA'S SYNAGOGUES, Friday night, July 15 and Shabbat morning, July 16, organized by Americans For a Safe Israel/AFSI.

Congregants of all synagogues will be invited to participate in Friday night meals, at a nominal cost, where they will meet and greet each other in a unified effort to oppose the PM Sharon expulsion plan. Speakers will explain the facts of Sharon's plan to transfer approximately 10,000 Jews from their homes and lands in Gush Katif/Gaza and N. Samaria. Prayers will be said, songs will be sung, and awareness of the critical nature of the situation in Israel, as well as America, will be strengthened.

Shabbat morning, July 16, it is hoped that rabbis will devote their sermons to the crisis, and may invite guest speakers to speak at various times during the day, and in the evening. Again, prayers for the beleaguered citizens of Israel will be said. It is hoped that millions of prayers ascending to heaven at the same time will cause a cancellation of the immoral, illegal, cruel and destructive Sharon expulsion plan.

Please plan to be part of the ORANGE SHABBAT. Call AFSI, 212-828-2424 with questions. Consult our website, www.afsi.org for information that may be helpful to you. Let us know your plans for ORANGE SHABBAT. We will publicize them, thereby encouraging other synagogues to join in this nationwide effort.

This will be the kick-off weekend before the Tuesday, July 19 Worldwide Solidarity Rally for Gush Katif/Gaza, N. Samaria, and all of Israel. In New York, the rally will take place in front of the Israeli Consulate on Second Ave. between 42nd & 43rd Streets, from 12-2 PM.

Parallel events will take place in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and throughout the world. Plan to be part of this entire demonstration of solidarity with the threatened citizens of Israel. Contact your local AFSI representative to plan for a rally in your community. AFSI's website, http://www.afsi.org, will supply you with needed information.

And remember, our brothers and sisters in Gush Katif are fighting on the front lines and they need our help, our encouragement and financial support. Visit http://shop.katif.net/ and order the same orange t-shirts, stickers and flags these brave fighters are wearing themselves!

AFSI, Americans For A Safe Israel
1623 Third Avenue, Suite 205, New York, NY 10128
Tel: 212-828-2424; Fax: 212-828-1717; afsi@rcn.com; www.afsi.org
Contact: Helen Freedman, Executive Director;

Blessed are You, G-d, who gives Your People Israel a mighty arm and the will to use it.

Be strong! Be strong! May we all be strengthened!

WE ARE TAKING IT ALL BACK AND KEEPING IT!

Contact Dovid Ben Chaim at chazakchazakchazak@myway.com

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GUSH KATIF NEW ISRAELI POLL: SUPPORT FOR DISENGAGEMENT PLAN DROPS
Posted by Bryna Berch, June 30, 2005.

A poll released on Wednesday shows that support for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Disengagement Plan among Jews in Israel is on a downward slide.

According to Wednesday's poll carried out by the Midgam polling company, support for the Disengagement Plan among Jews in Israel has dropped to 48 percent. A different June 17th telephone poll published in the daily Maariv newspaper showed 54 percent of Israel's Jews supporting the plan.

The Midgam company is affiliated with the Harris Interactive polling company based in the US. The new poll was commissioned by anti-disengagement Likud loyalists. In light of the fact that the results were relatively pleasing to those who commissioned it, pollster Mano Geva stated that the poll had been carried out according to the highest accepted professional standards.

Together with the drop in support for the plan, the poll showed a steep rise to 41 percent among Israeli Jews who oppose the plan. Eleven percent remain undecided.

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GUSH KATIF NEW POLL: AMERICANS OPPOSE GAZA PLAN, PALESTINIAN STATE
Posted by Zionist Organization of America, June 30, 2005.
New Poll: Americans Oppose Gaza Plan, Palestinian State, Aid To Palestinians And Dealing With Hamas; While Supporting Jerusalem For Israel And Sanctions Against Saudi Arabia

New York - A major new national poll has found that 63% of Americans oppose Israel's Gaza Withdrawal Plan; 80% oppose US aid to Palestinians; 61% oppose dealing with even elected or appointed Hamas members; while 63% support Jerusalem remaining under Israeli sovereignty; and 58% support economic sanctions against Saudi Arabia.

By a margin of 2 to 1, Americans believe the Gaza Plan rewards terrorism, by a margin of 3 to 1, Americans believe a Palestinian State''s goal would be the destruction of Israel; by a margin of 2 1/2 to 1, believe a Palestinian State would be a terrorist state; and by a margin of 10 to 1, do not believe Saudi Arabia is a reliable ally in the US war against radical Islamic terrorism.

The poll was commissioned by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the oldest pro-Israel group in the US. It was carried out by McLaughlin & Associates, a major national polling company, on June 26-27, 2005. The poll questioned a scientific sample of 1,000 Americans from throughout the US.

The poll findings:

By 63% to 16%, Americans oppose "Israel's unilateraql withdrawal from a section of Gaza and Northern Samaria" and "forcing 10,000 Israeli Jews from their homes and businesses."

By 50% to 28%, Americans believe that "this Gaza Plan sends a message that Arab terrorism is being rewarded."

By 63% to 5%, Americans say that "Jerusalem should remain under Israeli sovereignty - not Palestinian sovereignty."

By 80% to 12%, Americans oppose "the continuation of $350 million in US aid to Palestinian Arabs."

By 58% to 21%, Americans believe "the goal of a Palestinian Arab State would be to destroy Israel - not to live in peace with it."

By 53% to 21%, Americans believe "a Palestinian State would be a terrorist state - not a peaceful democracy."

By 61% to 28%, Americans believe that "if Hamas members are elected or appointed to official positions in the Palestinian Arab government, US officials should not meet or negotiate with them."

By 78% to 8%, Americans say that "Saudi Arabia is not a reliable or trustworthy ally in the war against radical Islamic terrorism."

By 58% to 28%, Americans support "economic sanctions against Saudi Arabia until they stop supporting and funding terrorists and radical Islamic education that teaches hatred against the US and Israel."

ZOA President Morton A. Klein said: "This national poll exposes the myth that Americans support the Gaza/Northern Samaria Withdrawal/Expulsion Plan. Americans realize that it's a bad deal for Israel to make these major concessions without getting anything in return. They also understand that this rewards the Hamas and Fatah suicide bombing terrorists whose counterparts are killing Americans every day in Iraq. This Plan harms the US war against radical Islamic terrorism by sending a message that terrorism pays and pays well.

"We hope that President Bush and Condoleezza Rice will soon see the danger to America in this Plan. Palestinian chief Abbas' recent invitation to terror chiefs to move from Syria to Gaza after Israel leaves should alone end all discussion of the wisdom of this evacuation plan by Israel. When Israel leaves Gaza, the Arab terrorists will surely take over.

"This national poll clearly shows the antagonism that US citizens have to giving their hard-earned dollars in the form of $350 million of US aid to what Americans clearly see as a terrorist regime called the Palestinian Authority (PA). It is remarkable to see that average Americans understand that any Palestinian State that may evolve will be committed to Israel's destruction - not to living in peace with Israel. I wish more US Congressmembers and President Bush realized this instead of praising Palestinian chief Abbas as a peace-maker and promoting the establishment of yet another terrorist state in the region. It is high time that US aid to the Palestinian Arabs be conditional on the PA's fulfilling all of their written twelve-year old obligations including the disarming and dismantling of terror groups, ending incitement against Israel and Jews, arresting terrorists, closing bomb factories, and stopping the smuggling of weapons and missiles from Sinai into Gaza.

"And while Europe is planning to negotiate with the terror group Hamas and the US is considering what to do if Hamas gains in power in the Palestinian Authority, it is refreshing to see that US citizens clearly understand that America should never negotiate with as venal a terror group as Hamas.

"It is also refreshing to see virtually unanimous support among Americans for Israel to maintain sovereignty over Jerusalem. Jerusalem has never been the capitol of any country except Israel. When Jordan controlled it, no Arab leader visited Jerusalem - yet Arabs would not let any Jew visit Judaism's holy city. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Jewish holy books 700 times - in the Islamic Koran - not once. Americans understand all this - it is time President Bush moves the US Embassy to Israel's capital, Jerusalem, as US law requires. Bush's refusal to move the Embassy sends a clear message that Islamic terrorism impacts US policy on Jerusalem and stops the President from fulfilling US law.

"This poll also makes clear that Americans will never forget that 15 of the 19 Islamic terrorists who blew up the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, murdering 3000 Americans, were from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has not yet arrested anyone in connection with 9-11. Americans are becoming more aware that Saudi Arabia is the leading source of terrorism and extremist Whabbi hate education in mosques around the world. In fact, a series of reports from counter-terrorism think tanks found that 55% of Iraq's anti-American suicide bombers were Saudis. That's why Americans are supporting sanctions against Saudi Arabia until they change.

"We urge Members of Congress and President Bush to work to pass the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act which will demands action by Saudi Arabia through the threat of sanctions. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Cong. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) are the lead sponsors in the Senate and the House respectively. There are already 10 co-sponsors in the Senate and 35 in the House. We urge that Congress heed the will of the people and pass this important legislation.

"In conclusion, the responses to these poll questions make it crystal clear that Americans are fervent supporters of the people of Israel, understand the terrorist nature of Abbas' Palestinian Arab regime, and the promotion of violence and hatred by Hamas and Saudi Arabia. President Bush should be more bold in his support of the democratic state of Israel and more bold in his pressure against the anti-peace dictatorships in the Arab world."

The Zionist Organization of America, founded in 1897, is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. The ZOA works to strengthen U.S.-Israel relations, educates the American public and Congress about the dangers that Israel faces, and combats anti-Israel bias in the media and on college campuses. Its past presidents have included Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver.

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REMEMBER THE SCUDS
Posted by Louis Rene Beres, June 30, 2005.

After more than a year in captivity, Saddam Hussein will be brought to trial by early autumn. The principle account to be settled is, of course, between the Iraqi people and a tyrant who massacred and oppressed them. But Saddam's crimes were not limited to Iraq.

The United States, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and perhaps even Iran might be expected to demand that Saddam's international crimes be considered by the Iraqi Special Tribunal. Whenever Saddam's international crimes are addressed, it is critical that Israel insist on being among the plaintiffs.

During the 1991 Iraq war, Saddam was responsible for 39 missile attacks against Israel, which was not a party to the conflict. Accordingly, the Jewish state has a distinct legal right to participate in the Iraqi Special Tribunal, and its exclusion would violate one of the world's most elementary principles of justice.

The principle of nullum crimen sine poena (no crime without a punishment) is as central to national systems of law as it is to their international counterpart. Stemming from at least three separate passages of the Hebrew Bible, the Lex Talionis or 'Law of exact retaliation' was integral to the precedent-setting Nuremberg Trial after World War II.

Indeed, in 1946, when the Special Military Tribunal justified its sentencing on arguments for retributive justice, it strongly reaffirmed this binding principle. In its precise words: 'Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.'

On January 18, 1991, Saddam Hussein's government launched eight Scud missiles directly at civilian targets in Tel Aviv. This attack was followed for more than a month by 31 additional missiles fired at Israeli noncombatants. Baghdad's last missile attack against Israel took place on February 25, 1991. In compliance with US and allied expectations, Israel never fired back.

SADDAM'S SCUDS managed to kill only one Israeli directly. Twelve additional deaths resulted indirectly from missile attacks. Nearly 200 people were wounded. Also, 4,393 buildings were damaged, 3,991 apartments and residential buildings, 331 public institutions, 17 educational institutions and 54 businesses. This accounting does not include the incalculable costs of equipping every Israeli with gas masks, of the need for every Israeli family to prepare sealed rooms, of the national disruption caused by multiple alerts and of lost business and tourism.

To be sure, it could have been much worse. But the tactical failures of Saddam's primitive missiles do not provide an exculpatory argument for Saddam under international law. Every state has an 'inherent' right of self-defense. Participating in the prosecution of Saddam Hussein for aggression against Israel would be an expression of this right. According to Emmerich de Vattel's classic 1758 text The Law of Nations, 'The right to punish injustice is derived from the right of self-protection.' Moreover, the right of self-defense in international law is drawn from Natural Law or Higher Law, and can therefore never be subordinated to particular international agreements or even to pragmatic considerations of geopolitics. Not only does Israel have an incontestable right to join in Saddam's trial, but there is a corresponding obligation upon all other states to ensure such participation. As Blackstone observed in his famous Commentaries, international law exists to provide a code 'for the eternal and immutable laws of good and evil.'

Each state is therefore bound 'to aid and enforce the law of nations, as part of the common law, by inflicting an adequate punishment upon offenses against the universal law...'

In practical terms, Israel should now prepare a formal criminal complaint against Saddam, and file the relevant documents with the Iraqi Special Tribunal. If the Iraqi court refuses to honor its international obligations in Israel's case, Jerusalem should request that the UN General Assembly seek an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice regarding Israel's charges against Iraq.

It is unclear whether other aggrieved nations, such as Saudi Arabia, which also suffered from Scud attacks during the 1991, will seek redress from the Iraqi Special Tribunal. In any event, from the standpoint of international law, Israel's right to participate in

Louis Rene Beres is a professor of international law in the department of political science at Purdue University.

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THE RIPPLE EFFECT
Posted by Arlene Peck, June 30, 2005.

Penelope Knight has been writing me marvelous e-mails that I think should be read by everyone and I encouraged her to do so. This is what she sent me. She can be contacted at penelopeknight@wiktel.com

Every day I received numerous email updates from various networks. Very interesting. Very informative. Yet very discouraging for a sole Christian voice. There are a lot of us non-church associated Christians who are Pro-Israel out here. I find them one by one, at grocery stores, laundromats, garage sales. It is not only possible but simple to bring up the Bible, Israel then, Israel today in conversations. Why not? Do we all want to hear only of illnesses and visits? Of children's latest victories in school tests or sports? Why not Israel? Just because of geography must we confine our minds and interests to our town, our small counties? I say not. The anti-Israel sentiment of today is directly related to the Bible, past and future prophesies. We non-affiliated Christian folk do believe in the Bible, but have turned away from organized churches due to our differences of opinion. In my opinion divesting of investments in Israel by the Anglicans, the Presbyterians, et al, is a huge problem and in that alone I find agreement among my fellow Christians. And so starts the conversation... one person at a time.

I saw a Christian Republican become President by promising an ethical, moral White House and administration; implicit within these promises was a Biblical background and base. But with the evils of power and money this president has turned his back on his Christian upbringing, cursing Israel with pressure to give away its God promised Land. What is truly behind this catering to the Saudis? What is truly behind the attempt to democratize the entire earth? Personally I do not believe that many entire cultures are 'ready' for 'democracy'. Having lived among the tribes in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Amazon indigenous people, I cannot foresee a time when democracy will be the rule of law and politics. So too, I believe, cultures based on extreme Islamic belief systems are not ready to elect presidents who are not radical muslims. Taking stone age mentality into the chad and computer chip present is a little beyond the abilities of our president, in spite of his exuberance. I begin to believe our president is not only not that naive, but has a nefarious background with oil barons and is using catch words ('democracy') to hide his subterfuge. Alas, I voted for him.

And it is not just an American anti-Semitic, anti-Bible phenomena. The email updates show that the earth's cancer of anti-Semitism that went into a slight remission after the horrors of the Holocaust were revealed, has returned in full force. The media with few exceptions promotes lies and half truths, governments turn their eyes away from a multitude of attacks on Jews, political parties, lobbyists and public relation firms fueled by arab oil money twist world opinion against the Jews. And I wonder.

Who am I to sit here at my computer, my heart breaking for the Jews in Israel who are being forcibly removed from G-d's given Land by world pressure, thinking I can make a difference? I cannot. The brick wall of millions of Israel's enemies is insurmountable by a sole mind. Or so I worry.

However I do believe in G-d's power and history has proven miracles do in fact occur. I with my piddling efforts to inform my "one and all" on email lists, or in casual conversations where ever I am, all of these travesties can do nothing. But with G-d's leading you all, we all can be instrumental - in some way, no matter how small - in stemming this horrible evil against G-d's chosen people. We must bless Israel and not partake in the curse.

I pray you join me. Inform others. Let each person do their "little something". The Bible says "knock and the door will be opened". Knock. Action. We must do the knocking and let G-d do the opening. G-d will create the ripple effect. And always Pray for Israel, for the Jews both in Israel and internationally.

Arlene Peck is an internationally syndicated columnist and television talk show hostess. She can be reached at: bestredhead@earthlink.net and www.arlenepeck.com

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TORONTO GROUP LAUNCHES ANTI-DISENGAGEMENT CAMPAIGN
Posted by Izzy Kaplan, June 30, 2005.

A group of Toronto natives are banding together to launch an information campaign that highlights the downfalls of Israel's planned withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank.

"The idea is to present a balanced perspective on the consequences of this very critical decision taken by the Israeli government to expel Jews from their homes," explains Izzy Greenberg, the Editor of Exodus Magazine and one of those involved in the campaign. "I don't think we should just be going along with this. I think we should be asking: Why this is happening" Why is the Israeli government doing this now? What is the likely fallout of this course of actions? What is the potential precedent that is being set here? We need to be asking these questions, and people need to voice their opinions and concerns... We are all responsible for each other's welfare and the land of Israel belongs to every Jew."

With a series of newspaper ads, posters and an informative newsletter titled "Deconstructing the Disengagement," along with a website (www.itsourland.com), the group hopes to get people thinking about the disengagement. A web log (or blog) linked to the website offers people the opportunity to have their say.

The Toronto group hopes that, in addition to supporting the residents of Gaza, the waves generated by this campaign will spread to other cities in North America, and eventually to the Israeli public and the government itself.

For more information, call 416.256.2858 x26 or visit www.itsourland.com.

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WHEN KIDS BLOW THEMSELVES UP
Posted by Palestinian Media Watch, June 30, 2005.

This article was written by Joel Mowbray and appeared in The Examiner on June 28, 2005.

When we think of Palestinian terrorism, often forgotten are its other victims. For most, it is an unintentional oversight; for terror's apologists, it is an absolute necessity. For terror's avowed supporters, however, the other victims are not considered victims at all; they are thought of as heroes.

Speaking at a conference on Islam and Democracy in April, journalist Anisa Mehdi suggested that the only reason we consider Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah terrorists is because Americans aren't "pro-Palestinian." She added that if we were, we would call them "Palestinian partisans," not terrorists.

After her speech, I asked Mehdi what she would call a 12-year-old strapping on a bomb and killing a dozen civilians in a cafe. As she sat stunned by the question, the luncheon's other speaker, Abdullah Schleifer (executive producer of the documentary "Control Room"), leapt to the podium and said, "Of course it is. And in fact, it's terrorism against the 12-year-old."

Although 12-year-olds are on the young end of children converted into suicide bombers, the terrorism perpetrated by the likes of Hamas and Islamic Jihad against young Palestinians is real - and growing.

Roughly one month after this luncheon, Israeli soldiers at the Hawara checkpoint in Nablus stopped two teenagers attempting to smuggle explosives under their clothes. One was 15, the other 14.

When interviewed by NBC News' Martin Fletcher, the 15-year-old, Mohammed Mustafa al-Nadi, said that he was recruited to "kill the Jews" by al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which was formerly under the thumb of Yasser Arafat. The boy said he only agreed to become a suicide bomber after being asked five times.

Young Mohammed is, sadly, more the rule than the exception. Already this year, more than 50 Palestinians under the age of 18 have been apprehended attempting to smuggle bombs into Israel, and at least six have been under 16.

Additionally, it was announced this week that Israel's Shin Bet security force arrested a terror cell just outside of Nablus last month and four of the eight taken into custody were 15 or 16 years old.

Just more than a year ago, the entire world witnessed a frightened 15-year-old at the Hawara checkpoint who decided he couldn't go through with blowing himself up. Israeli soldiers cleared the area, used a robot to remove the bomb strapped to his chest and then safely detonated it.

Talking to the BBC a few months later from his jail cell, Hussam Abdo said that although he was glad to be alive and wouldn't tell his friends to become suicide bombers, he nonetheless still viewed the act he failed to commit as a glorious one. He said blowing yourself up in order to kill Jews is "better than being a singer or a footballer. It's better than everything." In an earlier interview with an Israeli newspaper, Hussam revealed where his mind had become so twisted: in Palestinian school. The 15-year-old said that "paradise" was "a river of honey, a river of wine and 72 virgins. Since I have been studying Quran I know about the sweet life that waits there."

As easy as it would be to chalk up the recruitment of children to the evil deeds of terrorists, both Mohammed's and Hussam's experiences demonstrate that the terrorists had help. The kids, like many others their age, are primed for jihad long before they have the mental capacity to fully comprehend what they're being spoon-fed.

The indoctrination that nearly claimed Hussam's life permeates Palestinian society, from government-controlled media to the culture at large that exalts suicide bombers as "martyrs" or "shahids."

Because of the invaluable Palestinian Media Watch, we know that glorification of suicide bombing - even to small children - continues to this day on Palestinian television, from talking puppets that extol the virtues of violence to preteen girls telling an adult that "martyrdom" is the greatest success one could ever achieve.

Even at a grassroots level, suicide bombings enjoy popular support. Sports teams, schools and streets are named after terrorists, and many families of suicide bombers claim that they enjoy immediately increased standing in the community.

Arafat is largely responsible for poisoning the well, but his death alone does not remove the poison. His successor and longtime right-hand man, Mahmoud Abbas, in fact, has yet to take a significant step in that direction. But even once he does, wholesale change can't happen overnight.

In the meantime, more children will be sent off to kill - and die. Children who lack any rational conception of death, who are coaxed into evil with the false promise of paradise. These are the other victims of Palestinian terrorism, and they should never be forgotten.

Itamar Marcus is director of PMW - Palestinian Media Watch - (http://www.pmw.org.il). PMW is based in Jerusalem.

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STRATEGIC LESSONS FROM THE BOYCOTT FIGHT
Posted by Gerald M. Steinberg, June 30, 2005.
This was in the Canadian Jewish News today.

At the end of April, the governing council of Britain's Association of University Teachers, with more than 40,000 members, voted to boycott two of Israel's major universities - Bar Ilan and Haifa. This was the culmination of a three-year campaign by a small group of obsessed and radical anti-Israel activists and the broader demonization of Israel that is prevalent in England, particularly on university campuses. After an initial effort to boycott all Israeli universities bogged down, and in what was to be the first stage of a process, Bar Ilan and Haifa were singled out as being the most vulnerable.

But this transparent strategy failed, Bar Ilan and Haifa universities proved to be highly resilient, and a massive campaign reversed the outcome in less than six weeks. As a result, a new vote was called, and the boycott was rescinded by a large majority of the AUT council, without conditions. In the process, its promoters were widely ridiculed, with pictures of one of them, Susan Blackwell (a professor of English of little note at the University of Birmingham), wrapped in a Palestinian flag providing the dominant theme.

This was an important and rare victory in the political war designed to undermine the legitimacy of Israel, and its details, as well as its lessons, deserve careful attention.

First, the implications of this academic boycott were recognized - this was not a minor incident that would soon "blow over," but rather it was part of a concerted strategy and required a major effort to reverse the outcome. It was important to exact a high cost from those who supported the boycott, both actively and passively, in order to deter similar efforts in the future. In the process, the opponents threatened lawsuits against any academic engaging in a boycott, and were very active in writing letters and op-ed articles. For once, Israel's attackers, who have had the public relations arena largely to themselves for decades, were placed on the defensive.

This mobilization also highlighted the major ethical implications of the effort to violate free speech in pursuit of an ideological agenda. Bar Ilan University's campaign for academic freedom emphasized that the open exchange of ideas and search for knowledge - without political, religious, or other boundaries - has been a central pillar of civilized society for centuries. The violation of this core principle in the pursuit of the anti-Israel obsession on many college campuses was correctly understood to be a danger that went far beyond the threat to Israel.

At the same time, it was also necessary to defeat efforts to justify an academic boycott by calling Israel the new "apartheid state," similar to South Africa, where various sanctions were employed. Indeed, the "apartheid" strategy against Israel, including the use of boycotts, was proclaimed in public at the UN's conference against racism, held in Durban, South Africa, in September 2001. This orgy of hatred was the result of the combined efforts of many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN groups that exploit human rights and humanitarian claims to promote the destruction of Israel.

The Durban agenda - created by NGOs funded by the Ford Foundation, the governments of Canada (through CIDA) and Europe, and other sources - continues to promote a variety of anti-Israel boycotts. In the process, the heads of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Christian Aid, etc., use their money and media access to paint highly distorted images of Israeli "human rights violations," and to promote boycotts. However, by directly confronting this great lie of Israel as a "racist state," rational people without an ideological chip on their shoulders were able to recognize the inherent immorality of this claim.

The success of this two-track strategy - combining the emphasis on academic freedom and the rejection of efforts to demonize Israel - is an important lesson for future battles in this deadly political war. Despite the difficult conditions, we have shown the ability to mobilize massively and quickly to defeat such efforts. Indeed, this political victory is no less important than any victory on the military battlefield.

Prof Gerald Steinberg directs the Program on Conflict Management at Bar Ilan University and is the editor or www.ngo-monitor.org

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GUSH KATIF WHAT ABOUT JEWISH BLOOD?
Posted by Yehudit Tayar, June 30, 2005.

[Editor's note: Mrs Tayar is commenting on the fact that the Rabbinate was blamed for not properly educating the youth, who were arrested for civil disobedience in Gush Katif. young Israelis.]

Was the same accusation directed against the educational facilities in Tel Aviv, Netanya, or other parts of Israel where young people go out and murder, rape and are involved in other acts of violence? Was Limor Livnat as Minister of Education brought to the television to explain how the Board of Education had failed and accused of not knowing how to educate our youth? Or is it only Rabbis who are put in the hot seat? The truth of the matter is that we can be proud of our youth who are actively involved in youth movements, volunteer in social programs and elite units in the army.

When did we see such a reaction before when Jewish blood was spilled? Did we hear any reaction from the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, or for that matter from the media following the brutal double murder of two Jewish boys only a few days ago?

We, the Jewish residents of Katif and the Shomron have lived in the shadow of thousands of missile and shooting attacks, along with the waves of injustice and apathy of a government which is directing the Israeli Defense Forces not to initiate any action that could perhaps save Jewish lives. Even when the terrorists were seen by helicopter pilots or ground forces they were refused the green light to attack those murderers of innocent people.

There was a feeling amongst the bomber squads in World War Two that were hitting targets in Germany or other occupied countries while fighting the Nazis, that it was all so far away from them. So sterile - just little puffs of cloud-like umbrellas in the distance under them so that they did not even feel that they were dealing with real people. Sharon and Mofaz are up there in the clouds on their own mission. Unattached to the reality of the painful, bloody reality of our lives they allow perpetual murders, not a one time atrocity but daily planned atrocities.

They are in a hurry to complete the deportation of men, women and children from Katif and Shomron, and this only as a first step. They are training and trying to brainwash our sons and daughters who are serving in the security forces to numb themselves to illegal, immoral orders. They are preparing the soldiers and security forces of Israel to obey disgusting orders to force innocent people out of their homes, communities and cemeteries for no understandable or justifiable reason except to cover up the corruption of the Prime Minister and his illegal activities.

They are ignoring the dangers from the terror organizations that are waiting for the chance to move their mechanisms of terror into the areas ethnically cleansed from Jews, in order to murder more innocent people. They are ignoring the damage to the fiber of our country by forcing a split in the people of Israel, one which is doubtful we would ever recover from. They are ignoring the warnings of heads of the security and former top officers who were thrown out for being honest about the dangers of this immoral, unjust and dangerous plan.

This government and the media are too busy with us those they call extremists, whom they claim are a danger to the country. Today when Sharon ordered the capture and incarceration of those immoral fanatics who would stone an injured human (even if he was trying to injure or kill innocent people when he got hurt), what Sharon forgot is the honest truth. Sharon may be seated in the sterile heights of power up there in the government but he is not only culpable for every Jewish life lost, he is just as guilty as the criminals who threw the rocks yesterday at a man when he was down. Sharon and Mofaz along with all of the weak, immoral, and corrupt members of this pathetic government should and hopefully will eventually be brought to justice in court and they certainly will be brought to the historic justice that none can escape, especially when they endanger the Jewish homeland and the Jewish people.

Mrs. Tayar lives with her family in the Shomron and is a veteran spokesperson for the Settlement Movement

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GUSH KATIF EXPULSION HAS BEGUN: GUSH KATIF HOTEL FORCIBLY EVACUATED
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 30, 2005.

This is pretty much what has been expected. This is also exactly how Sharon plans on destroying the Jews of Gush Katif. Total disregard for law, Israeli or International, maximum brutality and either dumping the victims into concentration camps or in the middle of nowhere.

BTW, that trick of dumping victims in the middle of nowhere, Sharon learned from the East Germans. Before the Berlin Wall was erected, the Communist goon squads use to board the trains heading to the West and freedom, stop the train between cites and eject anyone (into the middle of nowhere) who looked like they were trying to leave East Germany. I wonder what other goodies he intends to copy from them?

Aside from getting his goon squads into the right mood for their main job, the primary point to this Pogrom is to terrorize all the Jews of Yeshah not just those in Gush Katif. As has been said all along, Sharon is not bluffing. He fully intends to exterminate the Jewish communities in Yeshah and is only starting with Gaza. No amount of passive resistance will stop him. He is more than willing to allow the country to come to a stand-still as a result of massive demonstrations but his mercenaries and goons will move full seed ahead and destroy Gush Katif. Then he will turn them on the protesters with a vengeance.

This is a news item from Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com. It is archived at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=84929

The photos come from the Israel Reporter website (http://www.IsraelReporter.com). The publisher, Shlomo Wollins, lives in Gush Katif.

In a relatively quick but violent action, police and army forces completed the evacuation of the Maoz HaYam Hotel in Gush Katif this afternoon.

It took less than two hours for hundreds of policemen to forcibly evacuate approximately 150-200 residents of the hotel this afternoon. Televised pictures showed young crying girls wearing orange shirts being dragged away by four and five Border Guard policemen. Some girls were seen with their hands self-bound with orange ribbons.

The residents, who have been there between a few days and a year, were dragged onto waiting buses. One woman who was forcibly evacuated spoke with Arutz-7, and said, "They took us by bus to a place around 40 minutes away - and they just dropped us off! In the middle of nowhere, they told us to get back ourselves!" She said that she was able to hitch a ride back to Gush Katif, and because of her ID card showing that she is an official resident of the area, was allowed in.

"Even more of a scandal than just dropping us off in the middle of nowhere," the woman said, "is the fact that this morning the army did not allow the supermarket truck to make deliveries of milk to our children. My children are starving! If the army would have prevented Arab children from getting milk, what a stink there would be!"

The local police commander confirmed that the closure on Gush Katif is only temporary, and "specifically for the purpose of ridding the area of these extremists in the hotel."

Journalists on the scene were skeptical of this claim. "We'll see if that's what will really happen," said one. "Don't forget that today is the last day of school, and if they open Gush Katif, many people will start streaming in."

A compromise proposal is that Gush Katif residents would be allowed to travel freely, but that checkpoints at the entrance to Gush Katif would carefully screen incoming traffic.

Nadia Matar, of Women in Green, who now lives in Gush Katif, had strong accusations against the Yesha Council and other officials today: "This was a disgusting deal they made, to go along with the army plans to temporarily close off the area in order to clear the area of so-called extremists. This hotel was to be a critical location both for us and for the army during the coming weeks - and this deal enabled them to take it over."

Despite her fury, she said, "We will continue the struggle. True, we won't be able to go back to the hotel, as the army will have taken it over, but we'll work from other places."


Man - his name is Elchanana - with Torah scroll

One young man who was dragged onto a bus, who has been living in the hotel for over a year, spoke to reporters from the bus. "We have been on a bus for over an hour, but no one has told us where we're going," he said.

"The police and security forces came in and beat us for no reason," the young man said. "People here are really hurt. I told them that we live in the hotel legally; we're on the other side of the hotel, not in the part that's so famous. We are here with all the right permits. But still, we said that we would go out peacefully - and yet they took us away with great force, and hurt us. Now we're on the bus, and have been here for over an hour, no one is telling us where we're going, we haven't been able to see a medic or get something to drink."

The man, speaking with Voice of Israel Radio, said that he, his brother and several friends from Gush Katif have been living in the hotel for several months. Other long-time Gush Katif residents have been living in the hotel for several months as well.

Another of those residents later told Arutz-7 that in fact, he and his friends have been allowed to remain. He said that the above-quoted man was arrested "by mistake," and had already returned home to the hotel.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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THE UNMASKING OF ARIEL SHARON - CONTINUED
Posted by Ruth Matar, June 30, 2005.

Dear Friends,

I am writing this on Thursday morning, 9:00 AM, Israeli Time.

I have just received a phone call from my daughter-in-law and co-Chair of Women in Green, Nadia Matar, who currently resides in Gush Katif with her children.

She told me that the elite police-patrol unit (YASSAM), known for their brutality towards Jews, is on the way to the Palm Beach Hotel (renamed Maoz HaYam - The Seaside Fortress) to forcibly evacuate its residents. This includes, of course, Nadia Matar, since she is the hotel owner's Legal Representative and Hotel Manager.

How can Sharon forcibly evacuate the residents of the privately owned hotel and its legal Representative and Manager, Nadia Matar? It should be made clear that the army has previously tried to negotiate a deal with the owner to let them establish an army base in his hotel in order to facilitate the evacuation of Gush Katif. The owner firmly resisted the government's financial overtures. Last week I wrote my Letter from Jerusalem on the incontrovertible truth that Sharon has betrayed his own nation, Israel, in order to avoid a criminal indictment for corruption for himself and his two sons.

Most of my email correspondents were shocked but supportive. However, a few people just could not stomach the truth about Ariel Sharon. "How can you say this about Ariel Sharon, the hero of so many Israeli wars"?

My answer is: He fooled so many of us, including, I'm sorry to say, the Women in Green. On a personal level, he was always chummy and successfully pretended that we were comrades in arms, fighting for the same cause of an undivided Jerusalem and the whole of the Land of Israel.

However, there was one person who read Ariel Sharon correctly. Eric H. Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism. In this connection, early this morning, we received a fax from an American attorney, Lionel Alan Marks (fax: 011-972-212-943-3495; telephone: 011-972-212-943-3400). Attorney Lionel Marks writes in his Cover Letter the following comments:

"Please read the most remarkable and prescient article in the Reform Judaism magazine on Ariel Sharon. Written in 1990 by Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, the article reveals the controversial and erratic military and political background of Sharon. Quoting two remarkable prescient conclusions in the article:
'As an opportunist who has exchanged one set of principles for another many times before, he will not hesitate to betray his right-wing constituency if this is required to bring him success.'

'How dangerous would Sharon be as Prime Minister of Israel? According to virtually every sober assessment, he would be very dangerous indeed.'"

"Rabbi Yoffie looked into Sharon's background in 1990 and found Sharon to be an opportunist who was dangerous to the safety of Israel if he became Prime Minister.

"I am sorry for the Israel Public and the Likud party members that supported Sharon and his disengagement plan. Let the IDF and the public know of his unscrupulous and perilous record. They should search their conscience and act to remove Sharon and stop the disengagement plan."

This article is called "Israel's False Messiah" and it was written by Eric H. Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Ariel Sharon is a maverick who continues to defy the conventions of Israeli political life. No other Israeli leader has been so thoroughly disgraced and discredited, nor returned so quickly to political prominence and respectability. Forced to step down as defense minister in 1983 for "indirect responsibility" for the massacre of hundreds of women and children in Sabra and Shatilla during the Lebanon War, General Sharon is today a serious contender for prime minister of Israel.

Sharon's downfall is easy enough to trace. Appointed defense minister by Menahem Begin in 1981, he immediately began preparing for a general war in Lebanon, determined to dislodge the Syrians and Palestinians and install a pro-Israel Christian government. Knowing that neither the Israeli government nor the public would approve such a scheme, he kept his intentions secret, obscuring from the cabinet the true extent of the war. On August 12, 1982, however, he was stripped of the authority to command the Air Force, which he had ordered to strike at Beirut without government approval or Prime Minister Begin's knowledge.

Those who hail Ariel Sharon as Israel's most brilliant military commander reflect a popular mythology that ignores historical fact. While "Arik" Sharon has had his successes, a review of his years in the military reveals an uneven record and a tendency to disobey orders. He has shown indifference to civilian casualties and escalated military actions beyond the intentions of his superiors. Indeed, the fiasco of the Lebanon War should properly be seen as the logical outcome of Ariel Sharon's military career rather than as an aberration.

As a young man, Sharon was asked to lead a special commando unit, Unit 101. In what was to be a limited retaliatory raid on the Jordanian village of Qibiya in 1953, Sharon's men demolished 42 houses and killed 69 civilians, half of them women and children. This incident, a source of controversy still, caused an international uproar and much anguish and soul-searching within Israel.

In the Sinai Campaign of 1956, Sharon disobeyed specific orders not to send men Into the Mitla Pass. Uzi Benziman, a respected Israeli journalist and the author of the definitive biography of Sharon, has chronicled the details of the battle, in which Sharon's paratroopers suffered 38 men killed and 110 wounded in an ambush. The incident led to bitter criticism of Sharon after the war by paratroop officers and the high command, almost ending his military career.

During the Yom Kippur War, Sharon, with a bandage on his forehead, led his troops across the Suez Canal. In the opinion of many experts, the much publicized crossing was poorly conducted and costly in lives. Benziman has noted that Sharon's battle tactics were opposed by many of his own officers, and that he was severely criticized for not extending assistance to the beleaguered units of General Avraham Adan.

Sharon's political career is no less controversial. Viewed today as an answering nationalist, he has in fact demonstrated extraordinary political opportunism. Before retiring from the army in 1973, he negotiated simultaneously with both Menahem Begin and Labor kingmaker Pinhas Sapir. After joining Begin and helping him establish the right-wing Likud Party, Sharon crossed party lines in 1976 and became personal advisor to Labor Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Following his decision to form his own party list, he sought the support of Israel's leading doves, including Yossi Sarid, the Knesset's most prominent left-wing member. Prior to the 1977 elections, he called on Israel to negotiate with the PLO, expressed a willingness to meet with Yasir Arafat, and agreed to a formulation permitting Arab sovereignty over the territories.

In light of his uneven past, how is one to explain Sharon's rapid rehabilitation and sudden emergence as the leading figure of Israel's right wing? While there is no simple answer, a number of factors have apparently contributed to his current political prominence.

First, he is a charismatic figure possessing leadership qualities unusual among Israel politicians of either the right or left. Daring in his thinking, original in outlook, and hardworking, he has a straightforward, confident manner which radiates strength and draws people to him.

Second, he is very skilful in his dealings with the press. Sharon was the first army commander in Israel to cultivate the media, which explains his exaggerated reputation as a military hero. Beginning in the 1950s, even his most ordinary military actions were reported in the newspapers as if they were strokes of genius.

Third, his accomplishments on the battlefield, while less dazzling than commonly thought, are nonetheless impressive. Sharon's finest hour came during the Six Day War as commander of a division in the Sinai, where his courage and tactical skill won the gratitude and respect of many Israelis who tend to forgive his shortcomings.

Fourth, and by far most important, Sharon is a deft exploiter of the security situation in Israel. For twenty years he has played on the fears of the Israeli public, continually insisting that the very survival of the state is in jeopardy and engaging in heated public feuds with Yitzhak Rabin, Menahem Begin, Ezer Weizmann, and Moshe Arens. As a military man, Sharon's claims are always received with a certain sympathy, especially when public insecurities run high. Sharon then becomes the rallying point for public discontent. Since the outbreak of the Intifada in late 1987, he has stepped up his criticism of the leadership of both Likud and Labor, attacking their incompetence and proclaiming that he alone can end the uprising and bring peace.

Could Sharon actually become prime minister? When Likud last chose a party leader in 1984, Sharon received roughly 40% of the Central Committee's votes. When the party selects a successor to Shamir before the next election, scheduled for 1992, most observers believe that Sharon will not have sufficient support. Still, a Sharon victory cannot be ruled out if the security situation and the political atmosphere continue to worsen.

How dangerous would Sharon be as prime minister of Israel? According to virtually every sober assessment, he would be very dangerous indeed. In 1977 Menahem Begin stated that Sharon was capable of surrounding the Knesset with tanks. While Yitzhak Rabin was prime minister, Sharon presented him with a plan for restructuring the government that included a provision proclaiming a state of emergency "in order to contend with the political blockade that has been imposed upon Israel." The plan was not adopted, but the ambiguity of the phrase would have allowed a state of emergency to be proclaimed on virtually any pretext. Elements of both Labor and Likud have frequently questioned Sharon's commitment to democracy, a concern which has been deepened by his demagogic tendency to present himself to voters as a "strong man" capable of saving the people from weak and treacherous leaders.

Israeli diplomats recall that, during his tenure as defense minister, Israel's relations with the United States and the Pentagon reached an all-time low. Today, there is little support for his belief that massive force and large-scale deportations would end the intifada, and most experts dismiss as naïve his view that Palestinians will accept Israeli rule in the West Bank should King Hussein fall and a Palestinian state be established in Jordan.

There are those, however, who would welcome Sharon as prime minister, and they are not limited to the right wing. They argue that only a tough, unifying leader like Sharon, a man with nationalist credentials and a military background, can make peace with the Arabs. They also contend that, unlike many other politicians on the right, Sharon will not be weighed down by the ideology he now espouses or the political solutions he advocates. As an opportunist who has exchanged one set of principles for another many times before, he will not hesitate to betray his right-wing constituency if this is required to bring him success.

Still, those who are counting on Sharon to be a moderate and flexible prime minister are taking an enormous gamble. Sharon's career and reputation are rooted in confrontational politics and the use of power. While it is possible that he would abandon these instincts to search for peace, it is more likely that he will lead Israel into a war with its Arab neighbors.

***

The following indictment of Ariel Sharon is connected with his own autobiography, Warrior. In this book, Ariel Sharon describes how he, as a young man, wanted to join the elite fighting force, the Palmach, which had been organized in 1941.

The following is a verbatim excerpt, pages 35-36:.

"But it turned out that my father had other ideas. One day as we were working together in the orange groves, I glanced up and saw him looking at me, his face framed by the branches of a tree. With an expression full of concern he said, 'Arik, I want to tell you, anything you decide to do with your life is all right with me. But you have to promise me one thing. Never, never participate in turning Jews over to non-Jews. You must promise me that you will never do that.'

"He did not mention the Palmach directly; he didn't have to. What he meant was clear enough. The 'season' had started up again. And what my father thought of this campaign of Jew against Jew can hardly be described. As the Haganah's strike force, it had been the Palmach that had carried out the hunt. Palmach men had arrested the militants, and Palmach men had turned them over to the British. My father could not stomach the thought of my being connected with that, and though I badly wanted to join, I understood his feelings exactly, and I accepted them."

Ariel Sharon in his autobiography says that he understood his father's feelings exactly and accepted them. This turns out to be additional self-serving lies on Sharon's part.

During the period of the "Saison" in the mid-1940's, Sharon and other left-wing Haganah activists often beat up Nationalists ETSEL (Another name for Menachem Begin's Irgun Group), and LECHI activists.

Ben-Ami Zamir, who today is a member of the Likud Party Bureau, yesterday gave the following harrowing account to Arutz Sheva:

"I was given the mission of establishing an Etzel cell in our moshavah [townlet] of Magdiel, and I did so. I gathered some youths in our cafe, and I would often give shelter to Etzel men who needed to hide from the British police. Everyone knew everyone, and it was known that I was an Etzel man, as were all my neighbors; residents of the surrounding moshavim were rival Haganah people."

One of these towns was Kfar Malal, home to young Ariel "Arik" Sharon. "One Motzaei Shabbat [Saturday night], a truck arrived at the cafe, and out of it jumped a group of uniformed Haganah men, led by Ariel Sharon holding a hoe-handle. We knew him in the area as someone who always holds a hoe-handle to catch Etzel and Lechi people. They tried to break into the cafe, which was still closed because of the Sabbath. I came close to him, and he said, 'Give me some soda,' and pointed to a box of drinks on the ground. I bent down to the bottles, and then he picked up his arm and smashed me with all his might with the hoe-handle. My head was covered in blood, which dripped down all over me."

Zamir said that a fight ensued, and "for ten minutes, they destroyed everything they could... The next morning, I went to the Sharon home... His mother came out, saw me all bandaged up and immediately realized what was going on. I asked where Arik was, and she said he wasn't home. I said that if I would see him, I would get him. Later people in Kfar Malal told me that he was afraid to go home. We didn't see him again in Magdiel."

Zamir said that this was not the only violent incident against Etzel people in which Sharon was involved. He noted specifically the case of someone named Hayuma, who died six months ago, whose arm was broken by Sharon's gang.

Zamir's story was publicized 15 years ago by Yediot Acharonot reporter Shlomo Nakdimon. That article also quoted similar testimony by Etzel member Daniel Basamnik. "Sharon threatened to sue [following Nakdimon's article]," Zamir told Arutz-7's Cohen, "but for his own reasons decided not to."

In 1983, Ariel Sharon rushed to sue Time Magazine for remarks that they published with regard to Sharon's part in the Lebanon War!)

It is, therefore, extremely interesting that Ariel Sharon threatened to sue Yediot Acharonot and its reporter Shlomo Nakdimon, but never instituted such a suit. This story, if untrue, is certainly defamatory!

On June 28, Arutz Sheva republished the same interview with Ben-Ami Zamir. Again, Ariel Sharon did not rush to sue Arutz Sheva.

Also, how come Ariel Sharon does not sue the authors of the book Boomerang, Raviv Drucker of Channel 10 TV, and Ofer Shelach of Yediot Aharonot newspaper for the accusations they make against him, both in writing and on Channel Two television?

How come he does not sue Carolyn Glick for her article: "Our World: A Coward For Prime Minister," published in the Jerusalem Post on June 20?

And finally, how come Sharon does not sue me, the writer of last week's Letter from Jerusalem, "The Unmasking Of Ariel Sharon"?

Is Ariel Sharon no longer concerned about defamation of his own name?

Sharon is sitting tight and his bureau is keeping numb. MK Handel, who spoke up before Shelach and Druker did, has long since volunteered to wave his Knesset immunity so that Sharon can take him to court, but Sharon has not picked up the gauntlet.

WHAT IS ARIEL SHARON AFRAID OF? That the judgment may be that these statements are the unvarnished truth, rather than libel?

Dear Friends, I implore you: disseminate this article to your utmost ability. Send it to your legal representatives. Send it to your local newspaper. Speak about it in your synagogues and churches. Discuss it with your family and friends. This is not an article that you can afford to put aside as interesting, but of no concern to you. We desperately need new elections in Israel. If Ariel Sharon succeeds to continue in his evil, dangerous and dictatorial path, the very future of Israel as a Jewish democratic State is in danger. In addition, virtually all the senior army personnel warn that after, G-d Forbid, a successful Disengagement-Deportation of the Jews in Gush Katif and northern Samaria takes place, Israel will face a major Arab attack.

With Blessings and Love for Israel,
Ruth Matar

P.S. Don't forget to print out this article and send it to President George W. Bush. I cannot believe that President George W. Bush will want to go down in history as the American President who collaborated with Ariel Sharon in his crimes against the Jewish People.

Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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TAKING TRUTH ABOUT JIHAD TERRORISM TO THE PEOPLE
Posted by Jeffrey Epstein, June 30, 2005.

This was written by Robert Spencer and is archived on http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=7928 Mr. Spencer is director of Jihad Watch and author of "Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West" (Regnery) and "Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith" (Encounter); and editor of "The Myth of Islamic Tolerance" (Prometheus).

"The only person who matters is Allah - and the only question he will ask me is 'How many infidels did you kill?'"

These are the words of Marwan Abu Ubeida, the subject of a Time magazine piece entitled "Inside the Mind of an Iraqi Suicide Bomber." It is gratifying to see Time being willing to make this trip inside Marwan's mind, since most mainstream media outlets have been singularly uninterested in the thought processes of jihad terrorists. But even Time doesn't explore the implications of Marwan's words. And this is no trivial omission: jihadists from Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to Marwan Abu Ubeida have consistently made clear that today's jihadists are working from mainstream traditions and numerous Qur'anic exhortations, and that by means of these traditions and teachings they are able to gain recruits among Muslims worldwide - as well as to hold the sympathy of others whom they do not recruit. This explains why there has been no widespread, sustained, or sincere Muslim outcry against the jihad terrorist enterprise in general.

Marwan makes it clear: "The jihadis are more religious people. You ask them anything - anything - and they can instantly quote a relevant section from the Qur'an." He is chillingly forthright: "Yes, I am a terrorist. Write that down: I admit I am a terrorist. [The Qur'an] says it is the duty of Muslims to bring terror to the enemy, so being a terrorist makes me a good Muslim." He invoked Qur'an 8:60: "Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy." The jihad ideology Marwan reflects is rooted in the Qur'an and Islamic tradition. The longer we postpone confronting that fact, the worse the problem will grow.

Yet both liberal and conservative media analysts do not want to face this. They think that by speaking about the Islamic roots of jihad violence they will undercut moderate Muslims. But in fact, no reform in Islam can ever take place without an acknowledgment of what needs to be reformed. The near-universal refusal to provide that acknowledgment is just one reason why that reform is virtually certain not to be forthcoming. The contemporary problem of global Islamic terrorism will never be solved unless people are willing to speak forthrightly about the nature of the challenge we face and work to find positive solutions. Ignoring or distorting the true nature and source of the problem will only postpone the crisis, and make its ultimate resolution more difficult.

The media is failing the American public on this issue. But the truth will out, if in other venues. It's time for the direct approach. One organization is taking the truth about jihad terrorism directly to the people: The People's Truth Forum. On September 21 I will be participating in a symposium on terror, sponsored by the Forum, entitled, "The Radical Islamist Threat to World Peace and National Security." This symposium will challenge media bias head-on by exploring forthrightly such unexamined dogmas as the idea that regionalized economic conditions and American injustices are the real cause of terrorism, not any imperative derived from Islamic theology. We will explore the mindset of people like Marwan Abu Ubeida who think that terror is commanded by God, providing a profile of the slaughterers of innocents that is urgently needed - and has not been provided by the media in almost four years since 9/11.

Other speakers include the renowned terrorism expert Harvey Kushner, author of Holy War on the Home Front; Brigitte Gabriel, a former anchor for world news in the Middle East and a prominent Arab-American journalist; and Judith Jacobson, vice-president of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) and the coordinator of the Columbia University SPME chapter. This promises to be one of the few places in modern-day America where you will be able to hear the truth about what we're up against. Get more information about how you can attend at http://www.peoplestruthforum.com/.

[Editor's note: see below for information about the symposium. ]

Jeffrey Epstein is spokesman for the Symposium. Contact him at 860 537 0211 or by email at staff@peoplestruthforum.com

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A GENTLEMAN AND FOLLOWING ORDERS
Posted by Batya Medad, June 30, 2005.

Two images are chasing around in my brain competing to see who will be the first on the page. It's hard to decide, and I don't want to delay one in favor of the other, so they will be combined. In actuality, they are related.

In the more than half a century since World War II ended, philosophers, politicians, religious leaders and educators have condemned the German rationale, excuse for murdering Jews and others during the Holocaust. The German people explained that they were "just following orders." Being part of the post-war baby boom it was almost a mantra, a negative one for us. It was made very clear to us that we must develop strong consciences and never, ever do something immoral, no matter who was telling us. "Just following orders" was considered the lowest level a person could go.

This makes the present situation wherein Israeli soldiers and police are beating up Jews, dragging them from homes and demonstrations, as if they were dangerous criminals. The scenes on the TV of four five even six big burly police and soldiers, dressed in riot gear, grabbing a single teenager, both girls and boys, pushing mothers who are holding babies, as the victims all cry out in pain... You wouldn't want to see, but everyone should, because no description, even from the most gifted writer can convey the sick brutality.

For months the press has been full of condemnation towards anyone who dares to refuse orders or encourage soldiers and police to refuse orders. We are told that the "state" is supreme, and if something is voted for in Parliament, then it is to be obeyed without question. That's why good Germans killed Jews. They didn't want to get into trouble; they didn't want to lose their jobs. Just like Bibi Netanyahu's reason for staying in the government. He's just following orders unlike two young soldiers Avi Beiber and Chaim Attar who are in military prison for refusing to participate in the uprooting of Jews from Gush Katif.

And the gentleman I'm referring to was always a gentleman even kissing ladies' hands, like in the old European royal courts. He's the same gentleman who was civil to those who tried to murder him and his followers. He was always well-mannered to those who turned in fellow Jews to the British. He was also polite when after decades in the opposition he became Prime Minister and didn't replace political appointees of the old rule with the new. Yes, I'm referring to Menachem Begin, a charming sensitive man who never deserved the description "terrorist."

Today's disgraceful action against fellow Jews is a continuation of the sezon, when the Hagana and the Jewish Agency turned Etzel and Lechi, aka, the Stern Gang fighters over to the British and the murderous attack on the Altalena, a ship that arrived in Israel soon after the declaration of the state. It was sent by the Etzel and loaded with arms and volunteers to liberate the Old City of Jerusalem. Instead of finding a way to work with Menachem Begin, who headed the Etzel, Ben Gurion decided to attack the ship. The result was many Jews were killed, the weapons sank with the ship, and Jerusalem was divided until the 1967 Six Days War.

As the newly established Jewish state and army concentrated on becoming a state "like any other," the leader of the opposition, being a gentleman didn't demand apologies and re-education. The history curriculum glossed over it, and there was no national cheshbon nefesh, introspection or "accounting of the soul."

That is why today it is so easy for a segment of the Israeli population to attack fellow Jews. They got away with it decades ago and have no idea of the immorality. No matter what the outcome, we have a duty, what Menachem Begin should have done in the early years of the state. We must keep reminding our fellow Jews of the immorality of their actions. We must awaken their consciences until they do tshuva, repent and understand the seriousness of their sin.

Only after tshuva can we all unify into one strong people, G-d willing.

Shabbat Shalom U'Mivorach!

This is Musing #128. Batya Medad lives in Shiloh. She can be reached by email at Shilohmuse@yahoo.com or visit her website http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/ or go to http://www.shilo.org.il This is archived at http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2005/07/gentleman-and-following-orders.html

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WHAT IS FITTING JUSTICE? WHAT BUSH DOCTRINE? P.A. BASHES BUSH, BUSH BOLSTERS P.A.; PAX VS PACTS
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, June 30, 2005.

Untutored people who assume competence to interpret the Bible without expert help mistakenly take literally the "eye-for-an-eye and tooth-for-a-tooth" doctrine of the Bible. What the Bible really means is that "punishment should fit the crime." How?

It is tempting to suggest unusual but colorful means of punishment. The US Constitution forbids "cruel and unusual" punishment. The injunction against "unusual" punishment seems to forbid a punishment at one time that would seem reasonable at an earlier time, or vice versa.

Israeli penalties are peculiar. Under the Israeli justice system, the judges are ideologues. They persecute Jews and Judaism. They under-penalize Arab attempted-murderers. Pressured by the US, Israel subverts its rationale for anti-terrorism, by freeing terrorists, half of whom promptly try again to murder more Israelis. The sophistry by which the government first denies that it would release dangerous terrorists and then does, is contemptible.

Every time terrorists are caught at checkpoints smuggling bombs, an IDF communiqué states that the bombs were "detonated in a controlled manner." That is, they were blown up in a lead box or an open field. I think that is too easy on the terrorists. If "eye-for-an-eye" were intended almost literally, then the smuggler should be blown up with it. I would settle for bringing his bombs to his house, evacuating his relatives, and then detonating the bombs "in a controlled manner."

WHAT BUSH DOCTRINE?

"Commentary" took up Norman Podhoretz' defense of the Bush Doctrine against terrorism. My letter pointed out that what Pres. Bush said is amply contradicted by his pursuing the same old policy with the P.A.: (1) Give it aid regardless of its failure to crack down on terrorism; (2) Demand concessions from Israel; (3) Pursue statehood for those undeserving Arabs.

Mr. Podhoretz' reply was disappointingly stubborn for someone of demonstrable brilliance. He ignored the last point, as if he endorses its unfair anti-Zionism. He said he would continue to believe in Bush's fealty to the Bush Doctrine until Bush violates the Road Map by turning to its phase 3, final negotiations, without having gotten the P.A. to fulfill its anti-terrorist obligations under phases 1 and 2. As evidence in favor of Bush, he cites Bush's continued exhortation to the Arabs to cease terrorism. Podhoretz refuses to acknowledge that the exhortation is so soft as to be lip service. Truth is not a Bush virtue.

If Bush were sincere, he would demand the crackdown now. Podhoretz excuses that shortcoming by accepting the excuse that the US and Israel is giving Abbas the political strength to crack down. It's recycling the same old excuse that was phony with Arafat. Worse, as my letter stated, Abbas declares his refusal to crack down. Time to give up hope for him, and certainly to stop making checkpoint concessions that enable his minions to murder more Jews.

When an uninformed friend of mine reiterated the security rational for Sharon's abandonment plan, that it would leave Israel tighter defensive lines, I excused his ignorance of military matters and of how the Arabs fight. But Podhoretz, made the same statement, despite the Israeli defense establishment consensus warning against the increased terrorism that the abandonment would lead to. Defense is not a static matter of staying behind a certain line, especially not in Israeli military doctrine. The IDF prefers to take the offensive, and to take it in enemy territory. That keeps Israeli civilian casualties down and allows some leeway for mistakes. The Arabs have been moving rockets as close to Israeli cities as they could. Abandonment would enable them to move them along the whole length of Gaza without IDF interference. Casualties would soar.

Everything Bush and Rice do reinforces the thrust of a policy of sacrificing Israel to the Arabs.

KORAN DESECRATION IN ISRAEL

During a prison inspection, a female Muslim Arab terrorist took some pages torn out of the Koran and threw them into the toilet (IMRA, 6/19). Why?

BUSH-BASHING IN THE P.A.

Abbas controls the P.A. government, including the TV stations and the mosque preachers, whose salaries he pays. His official TV interviewed a leader of Hamas, who accused Bush several times of leading a Christian Crusade against Islam. The preachers' anti-American sermons were broadcast over P.A. TV and radio (IMRA, 6/19). Ironically, Bush is appeasing P.A. jihad.

REASON TO DOUBT ABBAS

The "Jordan Times" reassures those who are worried about Europe's tentative relations with Hamas. After all, it argues, Abbas is in constant negotiation with Hamas to bring it into the P.A. mainstream. IMRA finds that all the more reason to doubt the Abbas.

The "Times" rationalizes that it may be fruitful to have Hamas help find a political solution to the Arab-Israel conflict. IMRA observes that Hamas is not dedicated to finding a peaceful solution (IMRA, 6/19). Hamas is dedicated to ending the conflict by destroying Israel.

What P.A. "mainstream?" It all is extremist. Why is Abbas trying to integrate Hamas into the P.A. government? To maintain power, to keep his life, and to forge unity against Israel.

SHARON'S VIEW OF "DISENGAGEMENT" VS. IMRA'S

PM Sharon greeted Sec. Rice with, among other drafts of hot air, "The State of Israel is on the threshold of an historic process. Today, one can already see the fruits of disengagement and I am certain that our diplomatic, security and economic situations will further improve as a result of the disengagement."

Sharon looks forward to the Road Map, provided the P.A. disarms the terrorists, etc.. (But the P.A. acts in bad faith, not to.)

IMRA describes those "fruits": "Israeli-American relations at the point of disaster over military sales and Secretary Rice demands Israel release more terrorists and ease security restrictions so that more Israelis can 'die to please America'), Palestinians (Arabs) exploiting the 'break' to prepare for the next war of attrition (as they openly warn that the terror option is alive and well), Egypt continuing to allow weapons to flow - as it waits for Israel to forfeit the demilitarization of the border area in desperation, and the world already asks 'what have you done for the peace process lately'- but if Mr. Sharon's speechwriters want to say the sun is shinning when we are enveloped in darkness - its shining.'" (IMRA, 6/19.)

ISRAELIS DEMONSTRATE FOR FREEING OF POLLARD

"It is absurd and intolerably evil that Rice is demanding the release of even more murderers and terrorists while the US remains totally unresponsive to the people of Israel who want Jonathan Pollard home. Unlike the terrorists the US wants freed, Pollard is in his 20th year in an American prison for saving Israeli lives." One of the picket signs read, "US hypocrisy."

In one of the last batches released, thanks to US demands, was a man just caught with explosives again (IMRA, 6/19).

CONFUSING PACTS WITH PEACE

The increasing fighting between P.A. Arabs and Israel leads some to worry that it is closing an "historic window of opportunity for peace." (NY Sun, 6/21, p.7 from A.P.)

The Associated Press is stuck in the old notion that jihadist diplomacy is a peace process. It was one thing for the West to imagine that Oslo was an "historic window of opportunity for peace." The Oslo Accords were signed, but the Arabs never kept them. The Arabs made war.

It is another thing, after a dozen years of P.A. violations of Olso, to keep on imagining that negotiations with these Arabs may bring peace. The Arabs still are preparing for war. They did not abandon their war culture. They continue inculcating in their youth bigotry and dreams of committing violence.

It is telling that those who suppose that negotiations will bring peace, cite no evidence of the Arabs coming around to valuing peace. Neither do they evince understanding of Arab culture, which is belligerent.

ISRAELIS TO TURN OTHER CHEEK

Reporters learned, what is an old practice that the current Israeli regime does not plan to respond to run of the mill terrorist attacks but only to extraordinary ones, ones that kill a large number of people in one fell swoop. The government also does not expect the P.A. to respond to Arab terrorist attacks against Israel unless they are those extraordinary ones.

IMRA notes cynically that the terrorists could kill a few Israelis a day, without repercussion. Over a period of time, it would amount to more than a single larger bombing (IMRA, 6/21).

The government often has failed to protect its people since Oslo started. It is preoccupied with a phony peace process, while the Arabs make war. Israel should finish the war, before supposing there might be peace. How peaceful is an enemy obviously trying to kill you?

ANOTHER PERESISM

Although Peres wants to make Israel dependent upon Egypt to stop the smuggling of arms into the P.A., he allows for failure - he "already proclaims that he doesn't expect the Egyptians to 'completely' stop the smuggling."

"Since Peres already explained recently that guns and assault rifles don't matter, it would appear that he would not be troubled by the ongoing smuggling of guns, rifles and ammunition. Add on to this the recent remarks by Dov Weissglass that Qassams don't really matter and we are already at the point that the Egyptians can smuggle guns, rifles, ammunition and Qassam rockets and that would be acceptable. Back on 8 May 2001 Matan Vilnai explained on Israel Radio that Israel should not be concerned if the Palestinians have Strella anti-aircraft missiles since "they do not endanger people - just aircraft". So what exactly would the Sharon-Peres government consider to be too much smuggling if the border is solely under Egyptian control?" (IMRA, 6/20.) Peres' perennial optimism saves, temporarily, having to take unpleasant action.

When Egypt increases the smuggling, Peres would say about Egypt what they all say about the P.A.: "It should try harder to stop terrorism." That is lip service that anyone of average intelligence ought to see through. Few people see through it. Are they all below average intelligence? No, but I think that they don't use their intelligence.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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ROADSIDE ETIQUETTE
Posted by Yuval Zaliouk, June 30, 2005.

My friend Barbara writes:

I highly recommend Ellen's wonderful new book for insights into what has transpired in Israel that has unfortunately brought it to this tumultuous, critical and frightening point in its history.

Barbara

I add to it that with glee in her voice, Linda Gradstein of NPR, reported from Jerusalem this morning. She, like many other in the biased media, kept calling those who demonstrate "settlers" instead of, for instance, Israelis who oppose the eviction of Jews from their homes and businesses, which is actually the case. Many of those who demonstrate by blocking roads are NOT, repeat, NOT settlers but Israelis from the center of Israel. These Israelis are demonstrating, while the so called settlers are diligently working their lands and businesses. I know, I've been there!!!

It is time we stop calling them settlers. Almost every parent and grandparent of Israelis on the liberal left were also "settlers." Are Americans still being called "settlers"? I am disgusted, and so should you be. Now, please go read the following article.

Your Truth Provider,
Yuval.

This is called "Roadside Etiquette" and was written by Ellen W. Horowitz.

"The government must take 'every measure' necessary to end acts of violence and road blocking by 'rampaging' right-wing extremists... under no circumstances can we allow a lawless gang to try to take control of life in Israel," he [Sharon] said. "The country's citizens must understand this danger, and every measure must be taken to end this rampaging." (Haaretz, June 30)

I find the above statement beyond odd, considering the man who uttered it essentially gave carte blanche for lawless Arab butchers to rampage in our streets and destroy and disrupt our lives with their savage attacks for more than four years.

How curious that the nation's leader, who was so complacent and at a loss for words and actions during such complete upheaval, has suddenly found the means to articulate and express his wrath (too bad that his own people are the target).

In the last 10 days we've lost five of our people to Arab terrorist outrages, and the Premier has remained remarkably silent.

How disgraceful that the Prime Minister has reduced a vital concern over security, land, homes, livelihood and our future, to one of mere image. He told Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, "What is happening before our eyes isn't a struggle for the Gaza pullout but for the image of the country."

How insane that a country which has "proudly" institutionalized the public sector strike as a means to effect economic and social change, now rejects our right to use it when it comes to protecting our lives and land. How many times have our daily routines been disrupted by the chaotic actions of the Histradrut and their electricity, phone, transportation, teachers, airport, agricultural and postal services strikes? As burdensome as those activities can be, do government officials commonly refer to those workers as "rampaging, lawless gangs"?

How overturned is the thinking of Ariel Sharon when, in reference to a purported assault by settlers, he attempts to pander to international opinion by saying, "The wounding of the Palestinian boy is a barbaric, wild and heartless act."

Ironically even Israel's arch nemesis, the international media, gave a more accurate account of the assault. On USA Today it was reported that, "an Associated Press reporter saw a group of settlers beat a Palestinian, leaving the man lying motionless on the ground. Moments later, the man was seen getting to his feet."

Israel Radio reports that Attorney General Menachem Mazuz will establish limits for public anti-pullout demonstrations. But how can we possibly accept or adhere to limits dictated to us by a legislature which has turned justice, morality, and the rule of law on its head?

The very people who are on the streets protesting are the citizens who more than anything crave law, order, justice and peace. How can we play by rules that are abominable and the antithesis of everything that's right and true - It's as if we live in Sodom - and, in a sense, maybe we do. As I write this, the fourth annual Gay Pride Parade is taking place in Jerusalem. This year's theme is "love without borders". It was a Jerusalem court which overturned a ban on the event.

Thank G-d that there are far more than minyans of righteous people living in our cities. Many of them can be found on the streets and, like Mordechai, they're crying "a loud and bitter cry".

So let me save Attorney General Mazuz the time and effort, by declaring what's not permissible:

1) intentionally endangering or harming a fellow Jew.
2) sitting at home and doing nothing to stop Sharon's catastrophic plans.

Yuval Zaliouk writes the Truth Provider columns. To subscribe, send an email to ynz@netvision.net.il

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Posted by Jerome S. Kaufman, June 30, 2005.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that the Quartet for Middle East peace, which includes the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, should work to bring the three major regional actors -- Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan, into the efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Are you kidding me - "resolve the conflict?!! Do you mean destroy Israel by including her mortal enemies in the discussion! How would we like calling in Nazi Germany as a mediator in our war against Japan in WWII?

Oh, I forgot, America first destroys her enemies and then dictates the peace to whomever is left. And that works! Why is not Israel given the same privilege Or would the American government prefer to create yet another Arab terrorist nation dedicated to eliminating us both?

Still highly recommended is the article WW IV by Norman Podhoretz, Commentary Magazine, September, 2004, for an honest assessment of the current reality.

Jerome S. Kaufman is National Secretary of the Zionist Organization of America. and host of the Israel Commentary website (http://www.israel-commentary.org).

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CREATIVE HARASSMENT USING THE FAX MACHINE
Posted by Moshe Burt, June 30, 2005.

I have learned that when one dials a fax number to send a fax and doesn't send or if there is a malfunction in the faxing process, the incoming fax line is tied up until it goes through a certain re-calibration process. Therefore, a group following one after the other could tie up fax machines simply by dialing the fax # and hanging up. Then the next person follows what the first person did on the list and so on and so on ... In short, a group of people could immobilize every gov't fax machine and fax line.

Ariel Sharon 5664838 Prime Minister's office
Ehud Olmert
Shimon Peres 03-6954156
Silvan Shalom 6753792 Minister of Foreign Affairs
Binyamin (Fouad) Ben-Eliezer Minister of National Infrastructure
Gideon Ezra Minister of Internal Security 6753510
Tzachi Hanegbi Minister of Jerusalem Affairs 5811832
Isaac Herzog Minister of Housing and Construction 6496542
Abraham Hirchson Minister of Tourism 6753163
Dalia Itzik Minister of Communications 5663418
Yisrael Katz Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development 6496170
Limor Livnat Minister of Education, Culture, and Sport 6753726
Tzipi Livni Minister of Justice, Minister of Immigrant Absorption 6753709
Shaul Mofaz Minister of Defense
Dan Naveh Minister of Health 6753750
Benjamin Netanyahu Minister of Finance 6496421
Ophir Pines-Paz Minister of Internal Affairs 6496171
Haim Ramon Minister Without Portfolio 02-6773668
Meir Sheetrit Minister of Transportation 6496672
Shalom Simhon Minister of the Environment
Matan Vilnai Minister in the Prime Minister`s Office 6496674

Deputy Ministers

Eli Aflalo Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade, and Employment 6496164
Ruhama Avraham Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs 6753360
Eli Ben-Menachem Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction 6753638
Ze`ev Boim Deputy Minister of Defense 6496591
Jacob Edery Deputy Minister of Internal Security 6496039
Gila Gamliel Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development 6496085
Shmuel Halpert Deputy Minister of Transportation 6496535, 6753727
Michael Melchior Deputy Minister of Education, Culture, and Sport 6496540
Orit Noked Deputy Minister of the Vice Premier 6496415
Avraham Ravitz Deputy Minister of Social Welfare 6496520
Marina Solodkin Deputy Minister of Immigrant Absorption 6496134
Majalli Whbee Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister`s Office 6753731

Moshe Burt is founder of the Sefer Torah Recycling Network.

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THE COVENANT OF DEATH
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 30, 2005.

This was written by Professor Paul Eidelberg, a political scientist, author and lecturer and founder and President, Foundation for Constitutional Democracy. His previous book, "Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall", provides the philosophical and institutional foundations for reconstructing the State of Israel. It has been translated into Hebrew and Russian. His most recent book is: "A Jewish Philosophy of History." He is president of Yamin Israel and a member of the Board of Directors of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies. He can be reached by email at eidelberg@foundation1.org

I never cease to be astonished by the folly-ridden arrogance of Israeli Prime Ministers. These scorners of the Torah act as if they own the Land of Israel, and they believe they can barter away parts of this land for "peace" with Israel's enemies.

Consider Ariel Sharon. In September 2000, he walked on the Temple Mount and proclaimed his belief in "peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs." Immediately thereafter, the Arabs commenced a full-scale terrorist war against the Jews. A few months later, in his campaign for the premiership, Mr. Sharon pledged he will bring "peace and security" to Israel.

Why not a pledge like this: "I will crush our enemies!" Or this: "I will uphold the rights of the Jewish people!"

Is it not obvious that words like "peaceful coexistence" ignore the simple fact that the Arabs hate Jews, love war, and are not interested in "peaceful coexistence"? Is it not obvious that to achieve "peace and security' the Arabs must first be conquered?

Clearly, Mr. Sharon does not take the religion of these Arabs seriously (or does he believe he's the man to overcome their 1,400-year contempt for Jews?). Of course, as a secularist, he does not take seriously the religion of his own people, else he would not be so avidly willing to surrender their land to Jew-killers.

Instead of upholding the rights of his people he demoralizes them by saying, "We must make painful sacrifices." Who is this self-effacing "we"? Is he speaking for the Jewish people or for Jews like Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin who do not even believe in the concept of the Jewish people, let alone have the guts to stand up for their God-given rights?

Would Peres and Beilin suffer pain if countless Jews were uprooted from Judea, Samaria, and Gaza? Judging from their words and deeds, the expulsion of these Jews would bring a smile to their lips.

As for the Prime Minister, since this land does not belong to him, giving this land to Israel's enemies makes him a thief as well as a fool. And this is not all.

Yielding this land to Israel's enemies constitutes, prima facie, a violation of Israel's Penal Law on treason! I cite only one category of acts prohibited by this law: acts which give assistance to an "enemy" in war against Israel, which the law specifically includes a terrorist organization.

The punishment prescribed for such acts is death or imprisonment for life. Since Israel does not otherwise have capital punishment, the law on treason emphasizes the profound importance of Eretz Israel to the Jewish people. They know this is God's Chosen Land. They know they have a special mission which can only be fulfilled on this Land. Countless Christians know this. They can't understand how Israel's Prime Minister could surrender any part of this holy land. They know he's not religious, but they do not see how his surrendering land to Israel's enemies will bring "peace and security" to his people.

For 2,000 years the Jewish People, while scattered throughout the earth, never surrendered their title to this Land. Indeed, what sustained them through all their sufferings were these words of the Torah: "If your outcasts be at the far ends of the heavens, from there will the Lord your God gather you, and from there will He fetch you; and the Lord your God will bring you back to the Land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it." (Deut. 30:4-5).

The Jews should therefore assemble in front of the Knesset and proclaim, loudly and incessantly, that the Land of Israel - including Gaza and Judea and Samaria - belongs eternally to the Jewish People. Let it be known to all the world that no transient Prime Minister, no transient government, no transient Knesset - and certainly no "Quartet" - has any right, legal or moral, to surrender any part of this Holy Land to any foreign entity.

But know also this: The agreements Israeli Prime Ministers have made with the PLO-Palestinian Authority will eventually collapse like a house of cards. Only fools, liars, and scorners of the Torah say otherwise. The prophet Isaiah in 28:14-18 describes them as the "ballad-mongers" of Jerusalem. These soothsayers, he warns, have made a "covenant with death." They obscure the true nature of this covenant with fine-sounding words like "peace and security." But the prophet exposes what is hidden in their souls: "We have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood have we hid ourselves." Hence the prophet warns that the duplicity of these "ballad-mongers" of Jerusalem will not prevent disaster. Indeed, he prophesies: "Your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand ..."

Isaiah's prophecy should be dinned into the ears of Israel's Prime Minister, and his words should strike the eyes of every politician.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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GUSH KATIF PA ARABS READYING FOR COMBAT
Posted by Mordechai Ben-Menachem, June 30, 2005.

This is a news item from Arutz-7 - www.IsraelNationalNews.com

IDF intelligence sources have learned that the Arabs of Judea/Samaria are at the height of general preparations for the battles widely expected to follow the planned expulsion/abandonment of Gaza.

The reports say that food and medicine - and weapons - are being stockpiled in villages and cities throughout the PA- controlled areas in Judea and Samaria. The Arabs expect the increased terror and other attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers to lead to army-imposed closures and encirclements around the cities and centers of combat.

This stockpiling is of special concern, army elements say, because it is reminiscent of the measures the Arabs took before they initiated the Oslo War in late 2000. Among the arms being amassed are light weapons, mortar shells, rockets and more.

Arutz-7's Shimon Cohen reports that the security establishment is particularly concerned that the shift of the center of fighting from Gaza to Judea/Samaria (Yesha) is more dangerous from several standpoints. The Arab and Jewish populations in Yesha are physically much closer to each other than in Gaza, placing the Jews in greater danger.

In addition, the Arabs have greater accessibility to the roadways on which Jewish citizens drive to and from their communities.

In addition to conventional threats on Jewish traffic, the threat of Arab rockets, including accurate anti-tank rockets, is also being taken into account. Such weapons could also endanger reinforced vehicles.

Also of concern is the fact that the soft sandy earth of Gush Katif absorbed much of the impact of terrorist-fired rockets, while rockets that hit the hard rocky land of Yesha could be more dangerous. Rocks could be splintered and fire off their own shrapnel, multiplying the effect of the missiles.

IDF officers have informed security coordinators in many Yesha communities that they must begin preparing the residents and emergency teams for the coming offensive. To this end, Yesha civilian security officers will tour Gush Katif today, to learn the threats faced by the residents there over the past several years and the means with which they dealt with them.

Mordechai Ben-Menachem is at Ben-Gurion University. He can be reached by email at quality@computer.org

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OPEN LETTER TO SECRETARY OF STATE RICE
Posted by Jacob Gurewich, June 29, 2005.

Neither shall the Arabians pitch tent there, and neither shall they make their fold there. (Isaiah XIII)

In 1945, I was exiled from the Land of Israel after narrowly escaping being hanged by the evil British regime, at the time they ruled Palestina - so-named by the Roman brutal heathens who invaded the Land of Israel - enslaved and exiled most of its population.

Yes, I battled the evil British Empire - the world's champion of slavery - for blockading the shores of the Land of Israel and preventing Jewish refugees from reaching their homeland. I battled the evil British for sinking ships with men, women, and children aboard, innocent people who had barely escaped extermination by the Germans. One third of the Jewish Nation was brutally slaughtered in 33 death camps. Yes, I battled the evil regime for torturing, killing, and hanging my fellow freedom fighters.

In World War I, the British gained control over the Land of Israel from the Turkish Ottoman Empire, which already harbored a mixed multitude of jobless Arabs from all over the 22 Arab countries. The British continued to allow Arabs to infiltrate the Land of Israel, and in fact, took to calling them :Palestinians." Dear Madam: There was never ever a Palestinian tribe or people; a Palestinian region or a Palestinian country in the Land of Israel, ever. The British encouraged and supported thugs in their region of terror against the Jews in the Land of Israel, because petroleum was more important than Jewish blood.

The British viciously violated the decree of the League of Nations and spitefully split off 77 percent of the Land of Israel. They anointed a Bedouin to become "king" of Transjordan to watch over the oil pipeline from Iraq to Haifa. To add insult to injury, in 1948, they joined the Arabs and fought against the fledgling re-established Jewish State in the War of Liberation, as depicted in my books, The Enemy Within (ISBN: 0966639820) and Fear Factors: Israel's Solo Victory Over the Forces of Evil (ISBN: 0966639839).

The British were kicked out of the Land of Israel, just as George Washington tossed them out of America in 1776, when they tried to annex the New World (America) to the British enslaved colonies like Jamaica. In 1655, the British took over Jamaica from Christopher Columbus and exterminated more than 300,000 natives in the process. Jamaica was one of the evil British Empire's busiest slave markets in the world. Only in 1962, 16 years after World War II, Jamaica gained its independence. But by then, the British had plagued the country with racial and class warfare. When the British retreated from all their oppressed and exploited colonies, the left chaos and bloodshed in their wake to this day.

Let's not forget that the Unites States, which saved England, France and Europe from being annihilated by Hitler, sacrificed more than 500.000 of its sons in the process. And it was with countless American taxpayers' funds that America restored the European economy with the U.S. Marshal Recovery Plan. Ironically, today, especially France and other Europeans are spitting in the plate from which they eat.

So hearken, world leaders, and hearken well. Hearken the corrupt U.N., E.U. - the descendants of Hitler - and even our pseudo-ally, the United States of America: In light of the terrible Holocaust, when most of you, directly and indirectly, collaborated with the Hitlerite Germans and exterminated a whole Jewish generation, the cream of the Jewish Nation in the European Diaspora: There shall be no more Catholic Church Inquisitions, and death Camps, nor homicidal Arab Moslem death-encampments in the Land of Israel, nor doomed-to-failure roadmaps of marionettes, dreaming of an Arab state in the Land of Israel.

Our own Road Map - not hostile strangers' maps reeking with petroleum - will flourish in the Land of Israel, in technology, medicine, industry, agriculture, in Nature, Justice & Science, and in many other fields. Israel's forces shall be on the alert and will not rely on miracles from outer space. And the sound of joy and delight will be heard throughout the entire Land of Israel, in the flourished settlements and cities throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza, from the Golan Heights in the north along the Jordan River as thou comest to the Gulf of Eilat unto the Red Sea in the south, From the sweet water of the River Jordan in the east through the beautiful, abundant hills and mountains of fruits and sweet wine, to the lightly salted shining water of the Mediterranean Sea in the west, in the Jerusalem of Light - the capital of the Land of Israel of 3000 years. The Arabs' murderous aim is not to live in peace with Israel - they aspire to annihilate the Land of Israel. So, in plain English: Jewish settlements shall never be uprooted from the land, and the world shall never see an Arab state within the Land of Israel.

Respectfully,
Jacob Gurewich

Jacob Gurewich is author of The Enemy Within and Fear Factors. Contact him by email at jacob@jackgur.com or go to his website: www.jackgur.com

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GUSH KATIF ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE "DISENGAGEMENT
Posted by Dr. Ron Breiman, June 29, 2005.

At the plenary session of the Caesarea Conference, organized by the Israel Democracy Institute, there was presented a report compiled by a group under the direction of Prof. Daniel Tzidon. The principal recommendation of the report: "The whole world has come to understand that the disengagement is a fact, and it is thus impossible to cancel it," because "the cost of not carrying it out will be ten times the cost of going ahead with it.

In his address to the conference, the chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel attacked each of the claims of this report. It is clear that the report was politically motivated, with the single goal of carrying out "disengagement" at any price. Among Dr. Breiman's arguments:

- Must the "disengagement" be carried out at any price, including killing of Jewish citizens by the IDF, just because "the whole world" expects it?

- Why has there been no public discussion of the real costs of "disengagement"? Do the citizens of Israel know that they will have to pay much more than NIS 10 000 per family, or else give up education, health, and welfare services, just to fund expulsion of Jews from their homes?

- Carrying out the "disengagement," giving encouragement to terrorism, will exacerbate the country's security problems, destroy personal security, and raise security expenditures dramatically.

- The Prime Minister has created a situation where, with or without "disengagement," we are marching towards a new and more horrible version of the Oslo War. The costs of this are clear.

- Carrying out the "disengagement" signals weakness and proves that terrorism works. Has the cost of future terrorist attacks been taken into account?

- The "disengagement" will encourage the Europeans, the Arabs, and the Left to demand ever more withdrawals. A reality where Israel operates under the constant threat of hostile European sanctions is unacceptable, with or without "disengagement."

- A major part of the economic damage of "disengagement," whether or not it is carried out, comes of the collapse of the rule of law. This in turn is the result of the destruction of the government's decision-making process: shutting the chief of staff out of fateful security decisions; making decisions within Sharon's inner circle out of corrupt motives; the willful neglect of Sharon's corruption by the apparatus of law enforcement and by the press.

- The expulsion of Jews by the State of Israel carries an extremely negative message for aliya. The result will be deep damage to the primary purpose of the Jewish state and to the primary engine of economic development.

- The Finance Minister must now prepare for a wartime economy, with "disengagement" or without. After 12 years of Oslo and of "disengagement," he has to change his working assumptions and prepare for many long years of no peace.

Dr. Ron Breiman is Chairman of PSI. Reach him by phone at 050-551 8940

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GUSH KATIF SHARON'S INSTANT CARAVAN SLUMS
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, June 29, 2005.

Don't be misled by the seeming generosity of Prime Minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon in providing caravans (house trailers) to the settlers he is uprooting as temporary homes to replace the beautiful, red roofed homes they built, owned and lived their lives.

Trusting Sharon is like petting a rattle snake, especially when it come to his keeping his word. He never has.

These caravans are liveable but it's like living in a cement shack with plumbing - something like a white-washed cave. There is no cut-off date when the settlers can move out of Sharon's instant slums into real houses. Israel is in deep debt due to Sharon's mismanagement of every phase of Israel's economy. So, when it comes to building replacement homes, there is unlikely to be any money.

There is no money or time to build a serious community with real houses, real green-houses, schools, synagogues, businesses which they are being forced to leave behind. Sharon knows that he will be long gone from his high office when the cash register rings empty. Living in a cement trailer home is no bargain, - unless you are the one selling the idea to the public. It's doable but not pleasant or homey. Would Sharon, his Cabinet or the Knesset members consider living in a cement cave...I don't think so. Sharon implies that "it is only temporary" and "we're doing those (ungrateful) settlers a big favor by giving their families someplace to live" (while we destroy their homes or give them to the Arab Muslim Palestinians who have been terrorizing the Jews.)

Sharon implies that, it is only a "temporary misery" but somehow I feel it will be like the slums they call refugee camps the Arab countries keep their so-called "Palestinians" in. This will be Sharon and Bush's legacy.

This, of course, is nothing compared to the Bush-Sharon future plan to duplicate the Gaza/Gush Katif experiment in Judea and Samaria. The removal of 9,000 men, women and children, all living in cement and plastic trailer/caravans will not compare to forcing out 250,000 Jews in the West Bank. Nothing like having a tyrant for a leader and submissive to an Arabist family in America.

And then there is the Sharon-imposed deadlines: The only families who will even get a trailer/caravan are those who leave their homes on 48 hours notice after the "Disengagement" - Evacuation-Eviction-Uprooting begins. Families which number more than 6 will get a 90 square foot trailer; families which are fewer than 6 get a 60 square foot trailer - about the size of your average dining room for the whole family. Only the weakest families will move into the temporary site. Please read the following analysis by Nir Hasson in "Ha'aretz, June 28, 2005:

This is only a brief description of the "misery index". Sharon has additionally ordered the Police and Army to start savage behavior in order to intimidate the settlers. We have already seen Police arresting protestors with some being dragged into Police cars and beaten so badly that they had to be taken to the hospital for serious injuries. Then, the records at the hospital are suddenly "lost".

Arrests are being made of teenagers, both boys and girls - some as young as 12 years and they are kept in prison by order of Court Judges.

[Recall the Judiciary of Adolph Hitler, accepting the new Nuremberg Laws so they could relieve the Jews of their property, jobs, and money before they transported them to camps.]

A message to this tyrannical Israeli government: One day there will be convened a "Peoples' Court" who will investigate, indict and imprison all those who used their temporary powers of office to harass the Jews in YESHA (Judea, Samaria and Gaza). Add to that the penalty for those who will cause the likely murders of Jewish men, women and children by the mix of Arab Muslim Terrorists who are already in the seven cities given over to hostile Arab Palestinians by this incompetent and corrupt Israeli government.

We can add to that the Mujahaddin (Terrorists for Islam) who will migrate en masse into Gaza from Iraq and/or Syria after Sharon "ethnically cleanses" it of Jews - makes it Judenrein - and other West Bank cities who will launch a full scale war that will make the so-called "insurgency" in Iraq look like a picnic.

All of this is coming - courtesy of the Arik Sharon government. Comments by E. Winston

[IMRA: From the start it was assumed by the Sharon team that only a small minority of Jewish residents of the Gaza Strip would have to be evacuated by security forces. But with time running out this is far from the case. And to add to the problems, while the Sharon team succeeded in passing legislation that provides for prison terms for those who opt to passively sit in their homes when the security forces come to remove them, this is the very image (residents going limp as they are dragged from their homes) that is considered by the general public to be perfectly acceptable behavior.

So the silk glove comes off.

Ironically, while at the same time that the Sharon team threatens to deny access to the Nitzanim project to those who don't abandon their pride and leave without a final protest, they are also revealing the "warts" in the Nitzanim project.]


"Nitzanim trailer allocation comes with conditions" By Nir Hasson, Haaretz, 28 June 2005

The government will issue an announcement in the next few days stating that Gush Katif residents who want temporary or permanent housing in the Nitzanim area must sign a document at the Disengagement Administration (Sela), pledging to vacate their homes 48 hours after the disengagement begins.

Only settlers who agree to vacate their homes voluntarily will be eligible for trailers in the temporary neighborhood in Nitzan. Furthermore, only a family of six or more will receive a trailer measuring 90 square meters; other families will have to make do with a 60-meter trailer.

Another prerequisite for receiving temporary housing is to submit a compensation request to Sela by July 20. Settler leaders say the government is depriving citizens of their right to protest being evacuated from their homes.

According to the document being formulated, residents who want to live in the temporary community will have to forgo their right to rent payment: a resident who changes his mind after the evacuation and wants to move from the trailer to a rented apartment will be fined an amount equivalent to three months' rent.

Trailers will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis, so late registrants will not be able to get one. Meanwhile, settlers are discovering that the temporary housing in Nitzan will entail pretty rough living conditions. "This trailer is the size of my dining room," said G., a prospective resident who visited the trailer park yesterday. With just two children, he will be getting the smaller-sized trailer.

Moreover, the distribution of trailers will apparently not take into account the settlements from which residents originate, thus depriving residents of their central demand to keep their communities together. "Only the weakest families will move to the temporary site and the rest will disperse. The place will have a bad image and that will have an adverse effect on residents' desire to return to the area for permanent residency," one official involved in the matter predicted yesterday.

The next phase of the Nitzanim plan, to build permanent communities in the dunes area, is dependent on at least 200 families signing up.

Sela announced in response that "the document is still being drafted, and it is impossible to know what will be the exact wording of its various clauses."

Sela confirmed that the small trailers are intended for households with fewer than six members.

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

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GUSH KATIF DEFIANT DANCING
Posted by IsrAlert, June 29, 2005.

This was written by Andrea Simantov and it appeared in Orange County Jewish Life, in San Diego, California (http://ocjewishlife.com/stories/july05_andrea.html).

The last time I visited America was eighteen months ago. I remember the date of the flight, the time I landed, and the name of the car-service chauffeur: Ronald. While I often have trouble remembering where I last put my cell phone, the name of my daughter's math tutor, and what time my Sabbath afternoon study group has scheduled to learn in a particular week, I'll always remember the circumstances of my last visit to America.

(Recently I forgot to put on my skirt before a meeting in another part of the city. Very tired from a previous night on the town, I was driving along a major highway when, looking down, I noticed that I was only wearing my slip -- a torn, never-go-out-in-ripped-underwear-mother-warning sort of slip. Naturally, I called the other meeting participants and told them to get started without me.)

I traveled to America during the intermediate days of Sukkoth because my father had, not unexpectedly, died. But because I was a daughter who thought her father omnipotent, I had neither bags packed nor instructions to leave for the care of my little ones. A friend drove me to the airport where I was assigned a seat with no prior reservation. In my pocketbook was a toothbrush and change of underwear.

My baby brother, also middle-aged and religious, sighed often during the shiva period because the conversations kept turning toward the terrible security situation in Israel, i.e., Intifada. It hurt him, greatly, to hear me responding to questions about bombings, protecting children, and my personal take on the ceaseless violence. In his most gentle manner, he said to me, more than once but never in front of others, "We're sitting shiva. This is about Daddy." Duly chastised, I did my best to comply with the Laws of Mourning and Honoring the Dead. The only time I lost it was when a cousin, well intentioned and Torah-observant, asked me, "How can you live there?"

Too stunned by the insensitivity of such a question, still smarting from my brother's admonishment, and anguished by the loss of my father, I could think of no appropriate response. But all good questions -- sensitive, tactless, or merely inquisitive -- deserve an answer and, only eighteen months later, I'd like to offer the following:

It's wedding season in Israel, and that's good news for me, because I earn my living preparing brides for their wedding day. (And you thought I was getting rich writing these articles!) It is holy, glorious work, an honorable profession in which I get to share the most important day of a young woman's life. Never leaving her side until she's dressed, adorned, veiled, and holding her bouquet, the few hours before she stands beneath the chuppah are fraught with emotion and shared intimacies.

Most of my brides are young and English speaking. This makes sense, since my signature style is certainly more "Western" than is generally found in Israel.

Recently I had the great privilege of preparing two sisters for their respective weddings. Shira is a natural beauty: young, blond, tall, and clear-skinned. She reminds me of herbal shampoos, tulips, tofu, and sunshine. She was a stunning bride.

Shira's sister, Avigail, is also beautiful, but it is hard to see the familial relationship. Fifteen years older, she looks tired. It isn't easy getting married at thirty-six. It wasn't easy raising six children by herself these last four and a half years. It isn't easy being the widowed-embodiment of the Intifada.

Avigail's husband, Gavriel Biton, was a dedicated schoolteacher in the Gush Katif. In November of 2001, the thirty-five-year-old was murdered along with another teacher, Miriam Amitai, when a roadside bomb ripped through the school bus in which they traveled. In all, nine died, most of them children. Three children from the same family -- the Cohens -- miraculously didn't die. They merely lost their legs.

Weeks before the simcha, I had the privilege of meeting Avigail's new chattan (groom), Amnon. I was stunned to learn that he had never been married before! His open face and matching personality begged me to ask him, "Nu, Amnon? Why after all this time are you finally marrying? Why Avigail?"

His first answer was jovial. "I was looking for a woman with seven children but was forced to settle!" After we both stopped laughing, he offered, earnestly, "My friends all said that I was too picky. But who can explain love? The minute I met her I knew that God hadn't forgotten me."

It seemed that all of Kfar Darom was at the wedding, including Gavriel's bereaved parents. In fact, it seemed that all of Am Yisroel was at that wedding. Defiant. Celebrating love. Celebrating hope. Celebrating life.

Last month, on a breezy evening in June I had the incredible merit of being a guest at an equally life-affirming wedding. The stunning bride was the daughter of good friends, a charming girl whose delicate beauty causes passers-by to gasp. In storybook fashion, Yael Katz could have married any one of a number of boys, hailing as she does from such a fine, admirable family. She happened to have fallen in love with a young man called Yitzchak. Yitzchak Applebaum.

There was a solemnity to the celebrations at the magnificent hotel ceremony where Yael and Yitzchak affirmed their commitment to one-another. Yitzchak's widowed mother should have been standing alongside a living husband on that Wednesday night in June. She should have been surrounded by more living children. But as everyone assembled was painfully aware, her husband David and precious daughter, Navah, had been murdered a year earlier on the eve of Navah's wedding, blown to bits as they shared a Daddy/Daughter cup of cocoa in a local cafe. Dr. David Applebaum was larger than life in his dedication to the land of Israel and all its inhabitants.

The purpose of this article isn't to apprise readers of that which is readily available on any Internet search-engine.

Six hundred celebrants were at the Avigail Biton's wedding. Six hundred foot stomping, flag-waving, circle-dancing men and women displaying through shouts, tears, and joyous movement that life continues. In swelling defiance of those who would abort our hopes, dash our commitment, squelch the dreams of our children; six hundred revelers danced out the answer: We live!

Yael Katz-Applebaum's cousins and new female relatives performed a beautiful, choreographed dance for her before the end of the evening. As the women stood about in a large circle watching the exquisite routine, one couldn't help but gaze at the face of Debra Applebaum, Yitzchak's mom and David's widow. Her young, girl-like countenance was almost unbearable to witness as I could only imagine the thoughts that must plague her every moment. "Why isn't Navah here? Why isn't Navah dancing?" could only have been one of the sentiments she experienced. Certainly, everyone around me was thinking these thoughts. Debra is stoic and beautiful, thrust into a limelight she neither invited nor relishes.

We celebrate. We mourn. We boldly hold onto that which would be wrested from our communal grasp by those who say it isn't ours. Biton/Applebaum/you/me. We dance the dance of the defiance.

If, as the saying goes, Jews always answer a question with a question, I humbly suggest that six hundred and fifty guests at one wedding, six hundred at another, answered the question posed by my well-intentioned cousin during my father's shiva.

"How can you live there?"

My answer would simply have to be, "How can I not live here?"

Harv Weiner, a businessman in Dallas, Texas, is the founder and moderator of Isralert. To subscribe to IsrAlert, send an email to isralert@aol.com

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GUSH KATIF AVI BIEBER: THE BRAVE AND RIGHTEOUS AMERICAN-JEWISH HERO
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, June 29, 2005.

Corporal Avi Bieber and his unit were not informed that they were being deployed to remove Jews. Avi Bieber, a 19 year old new immigrant to Israel from New Jersey, went into shock when he saw his commanders beating Jews.

I recall the vivid films taken by the Nazis of jack-booted Nazi soldiers beating Jews. Other Nazi soldiers were standing around, laughing and feeling superior.

Avi Bieber did the right thing as Israelis commanders show they have forgotten that they were once Jews dedicated to protecting Jews and the Jewish nation. The Jewish General Staff and those commanders who "follow orders" will no doubt claim diminished responsibility at their inevitable trials.

Israel's Prime Minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon calls the settler refuseniks "a wild minority" but it was this beast of a man who came to attack them. Sharon gave the orders and he must be held responsible.

This is called "Senior Gaza commander: IDF will not tolerate refusal" and was written by Amos Harel, Nir Hasson and Nadav Shragai, Haaretz Correspondents, and Haaretz Service. It appeared yesterday in Haaretz (www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?itemNo=592846).

A U.S.-born soldier who refused to take part in an Israel Defense Forces operation to demolish vacant buildings near a Gaza Strip settlement will face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday headed by Gaza Division commander Colonel David Menachem. A senior IDF commander said the army will not tolerate the phenomenon of refusal.

The military advocate general on Monday rejected the request by Combat Engineers Corporal Avi Bieber to be tried in a military court but ruled that the officer to head his disciplinary hearing will be a more senior division commander rather than a brigade commander.

This appears to be the route the IDF will take when it comes to additional refuseniks in the future. Right-wing groups that are encouraging soldiers to refuse to participate in disengagement operations would like to see such cases heard by a military tribunal, due to the public nature of such debates. However, IDF sources said Monday that military tribunals will be employed only in extraordinary cases.

The IDF, meanwhile, began investing much effort Monday in staving the momentum Bieber's highly publicized actions provided valuable material to the anti-pullout movements. Military sources admitted that the footage from Gush Katif had made a big impression and had provided the pullout opponents with a new symbol for their struggle.

Speaking last night at a press conference, the commander of the IDF's Gaza Division, Brigadier General Aviv Kochavi, denied media reports that additional soldiers from Bieber's battalion had threatened to disobey orders the next time around. "There's no need to hold one's breath every time there is a refusal," he said. "Refusals have been and will be. It is not a phenomenon - not now, and not in the future; and one must keep things in proportion. Refusal appears to be an expression of the conflict among the nation.

AP photo/Baz Ratner

"The soldier admonished his commanders and urged resistance to the evacuation," Kochavi continued. "He was arrested and will be dealt with in the manner in which the IDF deals with such instances. The IDF will not tolerate such behavior under any circumstances. The soldier will be tried and receive the worthy judgment... The evacuation is not the private affair of the IDF and the police. It is the affair of the entire nation of Israel and all the camps - and of the leaders in particular."

Bieber defended his action as that of a conscientious objector, saying that his family "didn't come to the country to expel Jews from their homes."

Fistfights and shoving matches developed when anti-disengagement protesters swarmed to the site, 11 abandoned beachfront cottages in an military-administered area beside the Gaza Strip settlement of Shirat Hayam.

When the scuffles began, Bieber, 19, refused to participate in the demolition of the homes, defining himself as a "conscientious objector."

According to Bieber, whose weapon was confiscated and who is expected to be brought up on charges for refusing an order, "Some nine years ago, as a child, I immigrated to Israel with my family from the United States. We didn't come to the country to expel Jews from their homes. "I didn't enlist in the IDF in order to destroy communities or prepare the ground for the destruction of communities. I enlisted in the IDF to defend the state, and this action is not the role of the IDF."

His father, Rafael Bieber, said Monday his telephone was constantly ringing with callers praising his son's actions. "Many people from all over the country have telephoned me to say that what he did was a good thing, that he had spoken from his heart, and that many people felt the same way." "I received a call from someone in Brooklyn, New York, who told me that everyone there is with us," Bieber said, adding that the caller told him that footage of his son had appeared on television channels 2, 4 and 7 in New York City.

According to Bieber, politics was not behind his son's actions, but rather concern for the demonstrators. "He's a human being. He saw that his commanders were beating Jews, and he'd never seen anything like that in his life. He did not do this because of politics. He did it because he is sensitive, and because he cares, just like you would care if you saw someone beating someone else."

It remained unclear if the army intended to bring his son to trial, he said.

'My heart broke'

Speaking to Haaretz after the incident, Avi Bieber said he and some of his fellow soldiers were initially unaware of why they had been taken to the site, adding that he had not planned to refuse to participate in the operation. "It wasn't something I planned because I had no idea what I was going into, but when I saw what was happening, when I saw how they were beating dedicated Jews, my heart broke, and my conscience said to me, 'Avi, this isn't Jewish justice. You are not going to participate in such a thing.' "I am proud of what I did," Bieber continued. "I don't think I am a criminal and that I deserve to go to jail; but if they decide to send me to jail, I won't regret it. I did the right thing."

Bieber's parents, Michelle and Rafael, said they were proud of their son. "Our boy showed the entire country just how much he loves the State of Israel," Michelle Bieber said. "We raised him to love the country and we hope that others will follow in his footsteps."

Bieber's mother said she did not believe her son had been influenced by the rulings of various rabbis. "It was his conscience that told him that this purposeless evacuation, which is taking place without a public mandate, and contrary to everything Prime Minister [Ariel] Sharon spoke about before the elections, is flawed from a value and moral perspective. It was his conscience that told him that we came to the Land of Israel to settle it, and not to prevent Jews from settling it or to deport Jews from it."

The Bieber family immigrated to Israel from the United States in 1996, settling initially in Efrat, in Gush Etzion. The family subsequently moved to the Tekoa settlement in the eastern part of Gush Etzion. "Avi Bieber ... and many, many others have caught on to what the media are trying to blur and conceal: We are talking about people of conscience who cannot live with this transfer, just like other people of conscience cannot live, and rightly so, with the deportation of Arabs," commented one of Biber's friends from Tekoa. "This is a red line that Avi Bieber was unwilling to cross. From his point of view, there is a limit to obedience, even if yesterday was just a prelude and promo for the real thing."

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

[Editor's note: the photo is not part of the submitted article.]

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EU PAYS "PROTECTION"
Posted by David Frankfurter, June 29, 2005.

Dear Friends,

For those of you who have written to me asking "why?" about European willingness to continue funding Palestinian corruption and violence, EU Parliamentary President, Josep Borrell Fontelles, gave the answer today in an interview with the Jerusalem Post.

The EU, which provides the Palestinian Authority with half of the $1 billion in European aid, is not an altruistic player in the Middle East, said Borrell. With its growing Muslim population, Europe is finding that violence in the Middle East leads to unrest within its own borders, he said.

In other words, the EU pays billions of dollars in protection money to the Palestinians in order to ensure that they don't incite the local Muslim population in Europe. No wonder they don't care about the lack of proper controls.

The only thing surprising is that Borrell was candid (or stupid) enough to say it publicly.

Best Regards,
David

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WHAT YOU WISH FOR
Posted by Alan B. Katz, June 29, 2005.
"Some rise by sin; others by virtue fall." -- Measure for Measure

From at least as far back as the legend of King Midas, we have been warned, "Be careful what you ask for. You may get it." Time and again, we have failed to heed the Greek chorus and we could almost hear them laughing in the background, "We told you so."

It is entirely likely that we are now at another such moment in history. The American President is embarked upon a noble crusade: democratization. The Palestinian Arabs may again go to the polls; this time to elect parliamentary and municipal representatives. We have encouraged this. Representative government is as mother's milk to Americans.

The problem is that democratic elections are not necessarily significative of a democracy. Reliable polls indicate that Hamas and Hizbollah will emerge victorious in many of those free elections. Even if they fail to garnish a majority, it is likely they will be elected in so large a number that Mr. Abbas and Fatah may very well be forced to give them "a seat at the table" and perhaps even a place in a coalition government. Should that happen, Israel will be forced on the horns of a dilemma. It will be demanded that Israel negotiate its future with a democratically elected government comprised largely of people who remain dedicated to her destruction. The historical Arab demand that the Jewish state die by murder or suicide will no longer involve a choice.

While we are celebrating - perhaps prematurely - democracy's victories in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon, it would be wise to understand exactly what democratic elections may bring us. Mahmoud Abbas, known by his nom de guerre Abu Mazen, did not just spring from a shell like Venus. The man has a past. He has a history. Hailed by the West as a "moderate," he was for decades the advisor and confidante of the late Mr. Arafat, and the architect of the Palestinian war plan. There is simply no evidence that Mr. Mazen has undergone a Sadat-like metamorphosis. Rather, there is good reason to question whether Mr. Mazen even wants a two-state peace.

Although Mr. Mazen has had months - and much foreign aid - to make changes, he refuses to tackle the sine qua non for advancing the peace process: destruction of the terrorist network. Since the momentous meeting at Sharm el-Sheik, Hamas, Hizbollah, etc. operate openly and in defiance of his supposed authority and continue to attack Israel. While almost all attacks have been prevented by the IDF and the security fence, the so-called PA security forces have sat on their hands as arms are smuggled into, manufactured in and carried through the streets of Gaza right under their noses.

Hamas, Hizbollah, and Islamic Jihad know they are free to act as they wish as long as they don't completely muck up the current cease-fire. They are free to catch their breath and re-arm. Sadly, we have President Mazen, who has repeatedly stated that he will neither let PA police fire on Palestinians nor will he disarm the terrorists, to thank for this state of affairs.

Abu Mazen's plan to deal with the terrorists and released prisoners is ingenious in its simplicity: welcome them into the Palestinian security forces, make them promise in writing not to kill Israelis, and then re-arm them. Co-opt the killers rather than confront them. Has crime ever been solved by giving the criminals a badge and a gum? Not content to place the foxes in charge of the chicken coop, Abu Mazen intends to place the foxes directly in the chicken coop.

What about the weapons leaking daily through the Egyptian border and manufactured in Gaza? President Mazen has that figured out: after the elections, all terrorists will be incorporated into the Palestinian political system and will have no need for terrorism, weaponry or murderous organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah. All weapons, he expects, will be turned in to the state. "When a militia turns into a political party," President Mazen recently opined, "I believe the issue of a need for arms becomes irrelevant." "There will be," he declares, "one authority, one law and one legal gun." (It has a familiar ring to it, no? "Eine volk, eine deutchland, eine fuhrer!") As though the way to fight crime is to give guns and badges to the criminals. Hamas promptly issued statements that its participation in elections "does not mean it is on the way to becoming a political party" and that it will never disarm. In the meantime, mortars continue to be fired at Israeli settlements in and out of Gaza, and teen-age homicide-bombers are sent daily on their missions of death ... all under the watchful eyes of the PA security forces. A salutary beginning for a criminal democracy.

Meanwhile, Palestinians are growing disenchanted with Fatah corruption and wildfire anarchy. With Hamas filling the municipal, economic and educational vacuum, its candidates are running strong everywhere. As all this unfolds, Abu Mazen's hold on the Palestinian body politic deteriorates.

If peace is to have even a scintilla of hope, the Palestinian president must take on the terrorists. He must do something to assert his authority and credibility just as Ben-Gurion did when he ordered the sinking of the Altalena. If Mazen fails to sink his Altalena, i.e., exorcize the terrorists, he will fall by the wayside as so much background noise.

Almost seventy years ago, on October 5, 1938, upon Neville Chamberlain's return from Munich, the great Churchill addressed the House of Commons. His words now, as then, should unnerve our complacency. He declared the Munich agreement

"a total and unmitigated defeat... The utmost he [Chamberlain] has been able to gain for Czechoslovakia in the matters which were in dispute has been that the German dictator, instead of snatching the victuals from the table, has been content to have them served to him course by course."

Churchill's ability to distinguish between reality and wishful thinking was more inimical to Hitler's reich than the short distance between Dover and Calais.

Today Israel is being force fed a Palestinian state in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. As Abu Mazen continues his plan for the piecemeal destruction of Israel - and Hamas prepares to initiate its velvet coup d'etat - Israel must resist the temptation and pressure to negotiate for its life with those who insist on her death.

There is no reason to believe that today's Palestinians are less dedicated to Israel's destruction than they were five years ago. The PA's utter failure to deal with the terrorists in a meaningful way cannot be swept under the rug. Appeasement of the Palestinians is regarded as weakness. There is no easy way out of this, and the only way out requires complete destruction of the terrorists.

We should recall yet another of Churchill's observations: "Mr. Chamberlain's government was given to chose between war and shame. It has chosen shame, It will surely have war."

Terrorists have no place in civilized society. Not even if they are freely elected. Listen carefully now. Do you hear the Greeks?

Alan B. Katz can be contacted by email at abk@hkrealty.com

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COWARDS, USEFUL IDIOTS, OR TRAITORS?
Posted by Professor Paul Eidelberg, June 29, 2005.

Last week, Caroline Glick, the Jerusalem Post's most penetrating and persistent critic of Ariel Sharon and his retreat from Gaza plan, headlined her article A Coward For Prime Minister!

What applies to Mr. Sharon surely applies to his cabinet ministers as well as to most members the Knesset, which, after all, voted in favor of Israel's retreat from Gaza.

However, inasmuch as Mr. Sharon campaigned against that left-wing policy in the January 2003 Knesset election, and further, since the parties that opposed retreat from Gaza won 84 (or 70%) of the Knesset's 120 seats in that election, the term "coward" does not adequately describe the character of Ariel Sharon, his cabinet ministers, and the Jewish MKs that voted for his retreat plan (known officially by such euphemisms as "evacuation" or "disengagement").

Given this state of affairs, how shall we characterize Israel's ruling elites? It seems they have learned nothing from the Oslo debacle, that is, from 12 years of terrorist attacks resulting in 10,000 Jewish casualties. Despite this record of Arab violence and villainy, Israel's ruling elites are now anxious to expel Gaza's 8,500 Jewish residents and give this land, as well as other parts of Eretz Israel, to the implacable enemies of the Jewish people.

Shall we call Israel's ruling elites "traitors," or do they exemplify what Lenin called "useful idiots" - his term for the cultural elites of the West who subsidized the industrialization of the Soviet Union (just as Israel and the West have subsidized the Palestinian Authority)? Let us consider some incontrovertible facts.

Islamic hatred of Jews is enjoined and sanctified in the daily prayers of the faithful. Consistent therewith, Arab massacres of Jews punctuate the last fourteen centuries. But let us consult recent events.

Even before Israel gained control of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza in 1967, hundreds of Jews were murdered by Arab terrorists operating from these areas. Arab violence against Jewish men, women, and children did not cease in the intervening years.

Since Oslo, hardly a day passes that Arabs do not either maim or murder Jews. Meanwhile the media of the PLO-Palestinian Authority constantly call for Israel's destruction.

To these well-known facts add the following. The vast majority of Israel's own Arab citizens reject Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. They not only identify with the PLO-Palestinians, Israel's enemies, but they aid and participate in terrorist attacks against Jews.

Hence there is nothing in empirical reality that justifies the government's appeasement of Israel's enemies: surrendering Jewish land, releasing and even arming Arab terrorists, while disarming the Jews by intoning the mantra of peace.

Lest some people mention Israel's 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, let me remind them of certain facts: (1) Egypt has long been smuggling arms to terrorist groups in Gaza; (2) Egypt's state-controlled media continue to transmit the most virulent anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda; (3) Egypt "has been training for war against Israel for the past 10 years" along the border - to quote Yuval Steinitz, chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Nevertheless, Prime Minister Sharon has invited Egypt to deploy 750-800 mechanized infantry forces to the Philadelphi Route, which links Gaza to the Sinai, to prevent - you guessed it - terrorist attacks against Israel! And if this were not enough, it appears that Sharon, or at least Vice Premier Shimon Peres, does not oppose Egypt's remilitarization of the Sinai, contrary to the 1979 peace treaty!

In view of the preceding, which term best describes Israel's ruling elites: "cowards," "useful idiots," or "traitors"?

Professor Paul Eidelberg is a political scientist, author and lecturer and founder and President, Foundation for Constitutional Democracy. His previous book, "Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall", provides the philosophical and institutional foundations for reconstructing the State of Israel. It has been translated into Hebrew and Russian. His most recent book is: "A Jewish Philosophy of History." He is president of Yamin Israel and a member of the Board of Directors of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies. He can be reached by email at eidelberg@foundation1.org

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ONE-SIDED "HONEST BROKER"; SAUDIS SACRED COWS NO MORE?; RICE PRAISES TERRORIST P.A. AS ANTI-TERRORIST
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, June 29, 2005.

ONE-SIDED U.S.

The US constantly makes specific demands of Israel. It does not make demands of the P.A.. Although it urges the P.A. to disarm the terrorists, it lets it off the hook every time with the soft landing of, "It should try harder." It even praises the P.A. for an anti-terrorism not performed.

Sec. Rice has come to Israel demanding that Israel make life easier for its Arab enemy by removing roadblocks. She keeps referring to the need to turn the P.A. into a democracy, living "side-by-side with Israel." Roadblock removal has no relevance to democracy. It is pertinent to facilitating the P.A. war on Israel, waged because the Arabs don't want Israel to live side-by-side with it. Checkpoint removal lets more terrorists through to attack Israelis. Therefore, Israeli compliance with Rice's demands is called by Dr. Aaron Lerner "dying to please Rice."

A legitimate Israeli government would be striving to secure its own people. It would say to Rice publicly if saying it privately does not work, "You are strongly demanding that we make life easier for the P.A. in ways that make terrorism easier for it. The whole Arab population of the P.A. hates us infidels and supports terrorism against us, but we should make life easier for those undeserving fanatics? You are not demanding that they make life easier for us, whom they are trying to murder. You recite, "they should try harder against terrorism," while they incite for terrorism. They recruit terrorists and you subsidize the P.A.. Therefore, what you ask of them appears as lip service. We cannot accept your demand that we remove checkpoints, when such removal is inevitably followed by terrorists passing through and attacking us. Do you really want us to suffer casualties? Is that what the US war on terrorism comes down to -- subsidizing and running interference for terrorists? You talk about Palestinian Arabs making peace, when nothing they do shows any change in their culture of intolerance and belligerence. You are deluding yourself. We will not be deluded."

The State of Israel does not explain the issues frankly, neither to the US nor to its own people. Not to indulge myself in name-calling but to be descriptive, the Israeli government is deluded, deceptive, corrupted, self-hating, and treasonous.

The P.A. is part of an Islamic jihad against the West. Therefore, the US should be anti-P.A.. Since the P.A. started a war on Israel, the US should be making demands of the aggressor P.A. and not of Israel. When the problem is Muslim aggression, the US proposal, which is appeasement of the aggressors, is counter-productive if not counter-intuitive.

Sec. Rice lectures the Arabs on democracy, but does not, herself, help it, if she even knows what it is. I think the US is proclaiming a democratic sweep through the Mideast, because it makes US policy seem valid. Thus the US subsidizes the Islamic, terrorist government of the P.A. and calls its phony elections democratic. Rice seems to have a shallow concept of democracy, as involving just elections. Democracy is a cultural phenomenon, a free way of doing things without excessive government interference and with accountability over governmental representatives.

WHEN PERCEPTION IS IMPORTANT

Most P.A. Arabs perceive Sharon's abandonment plan as a victory for terrorism. And of course it is. If the Arabs had been relatively peaceful, Israel probably would not be abandoning territory to them. On the other hand, if they had restrained themselves and abided by the Oslo accords, by now Peres would have arranged with them to take over all of Yesha.

How significant is the Arab perception? In thinking terrorism vindicated as successful, they are encouraged to continue terrorism. After all, they seek other territory as well. Sharon's plan not only confirms the efficacy of terrorism, it mindlessly facilitates terrorism. Thus it provides both motive and means for terrorism. It is the plan that should be abandoned, not the territory.

SAUDIS SACRED COWS NO MORE?

A US Senate bill could lead to sanctions being imposed upon S. Arabia. The bill insists that S. Arabia comply with Security Council Resolution 1373, forbidding countries from harboring terrorist financiers and planners. According to the bill, S. Arabia has filed to arrest countrymen who have donated for terrorism. (Accounts of such donations by leading families are legion.)

Sanctions would halt the flow of US arms to its leading customer (IMRA, 6/16).

If the bill continues the Presidential privilege of waiving sanctions, they will be waived. For that reason, some Members of Congress are fed up with inserting waivers in bills. About time!

ISRAELI HOSPITALS PLANNING FOR UPSURGE AFTER ABANDONMENT

Some hospitals in the southern part of Israel are expanding their emergency facilities and canceling late summer vacations, in anticipation of increased casualties from terrorism. They expect the terrorists, unhindered by the IDF, which would have departed, to move their rocket launchers adjacent to Israel (Arutz-7, 6/16).

ISRAELI INVENTS WAY TO DIVE WITHOUT OXYGEN TANKS

A portable motor pressurizes seawater to extract oxygen. Divers would no longer have to worry about empty air tanks or the tendency to float upward prematurely or to sink (Arutz-7, 6/16).

ISRAEL'S MEDIA COVERS UP FOR SHARON

That new book about Sharon's trading the Territories for non-prosecution of his sons and himself for the Greek Island corruption is not getting much publicity in Israel, although it is a sensational scoop. The major newspapers are covering up for Sharon. They don't want him arrested, they want him to complete his leftist policy of abandonment. The newspapers have proved themselves advocacy journalists, acting in behalf of leftist ideology. Except for the Golani Brigade, which refuses to take part in forcing Jews out of their homes, the Army's silence makes it no more honorable. The Supreme Court and the Attorney-General do their part to protect Sharon and his abandonment plan. Israel needs a revolution to sweep those corrupt, undemocratic, anti-Jewish elements out of office.

Will the foreign media cover up, too? (Winston Mid East Analysis, 6/17.)

PERES IS A DANGER TO ISRAELIS

VPM Peres suggested giving the P.A. more rifles. He claimed they do not endanger Israelis. In response, IMRA listed some of the many Israelis murdered by armed P.A. Arabs (IMRA, 6/17). Peres had given the P.A. police rifles; the police shot Israelis. It was predictable and predicted.

MORE U.S. DEMANDS OF ISRAEL

Israel released hundreds of dangerous terrorists, to please the US. It further risked its security by removing some checkpoints that would keep those terrorists from getting at Israelis. Sec. Rice now demands that the US further ease restrictions on the P.A. Arabs and release more prisoners. PM Sharon's staff had asserted that the US would make no further demands (IMRA, 6/17). Is that staff naïve or deceptive? Demands upon Israel by the anti-Zionist State Dept. are insatiable. Sharon's other assertions of what his abandonment plan would get from the US - recognition of large settlement blocs and financial aid in implementing the plan - also were wrong.

WHAT DOES POWER DO TO REVOLUTIONARIES?

The West is deluding itself again that power would moderate Hamas. The West had expected power would do that with the Taliban. Instead, the Taliban imposed a reactionary reign of terror. What did those religious fanatics care about medical services, economic development, etc.! The West is judging Hamas the same way, on the basis of how a Western party would behave. The real world does not work that way.

"Europeans, in particular, place themselves at the vanguard of a universal process in which religion, ideology and nationalism have lost their power of persuasion. In the place of these dark forces of primitive human nature, Europeans see pragmatism, tolerance, reconciliation and compromise as being on the ascendant. So to gain aid, access and weapons, "revolutionary" leaders tell Westerners what they want to hear - that they, too, share these goals."

This is the same delusion behind Oslo (except for those who knew that the Arabs would use Oslo against Israel). Europe stuck with Arafat despite all the evidence and experience that he did not want to build something for his people but tear down what the Jews had built for theirs. All that the West did was enable terrorism to escalate (IMRA, 6/20 from Gerald Steinberg of Jer. Post).

RICE PRAISES P.A. "ANTI-TERRORISM" AS TERRORISTS ATTACK

During Sec. Rice's visit, terrorist attacks on Israelis continued apace. P.A. officials reiterated their refusal to disarm and arrest the terrorists. She praised the P.A.'s non-existent anti-terrorism and Abbas a "man of peace" (Arutz-7, 6/19). That "man of peace" lauds slain terrorists as martyrs.

Her own anti-terrorism must be non-existent, too, for she keeps demanding the release of terrorists and the closing of checkpoints that might bar their access to Israelis. What she is calling for is the murder of Israelis and the staged destruction of Israel. What an evil emissary Pres. Bush has sent over there! What good is her vaunted intelligence, put to such a wrongful and foolish policy?

TERRORISM IN SYRIA

So far, it is not known what ideology is behind the terrorism now in Syria. The domestic terrorism that befell N. Africa and erupted in S. Arabia and Kuwait was Islamist. Islamists use religion as a cover for sadism.

Terrorists were apprehended in Syria reportedly before they set off a bomb that they had wrapped around a baby. The baby was their camouflage. When US or Israeli forces accidentally kill a baby, the Arabs protest indignantly, because they know that Westerners may have consciences. (Sorry, lost source.)

CONTINUED ARAB FALSE REPORTING

From Egypt, Graham Usher described the goal of the small group of Jews who visited the Temple Mt. as to enter the mosque there. That is false. Those Jews were on the Mount because of its sacredness to Jews, not out of hostility towards Muslims. Although Jews did not try to enter the mosque, hundreds of Arabs threw stones at them (IMRA, lost date)

It's the old tactic of fomenting riots against Jews by falsely accusing them of rioting against the Arabs. We in the West would consider that tactic unethical, unworthy of a righteous religion, if we considered it at all. Problem in the West is that the media screens out evidence against the Arabs, allows false claims against the Jews that lead to attempts at mass-murder of them, but considers its culture as ethical humanist. P.S.: Jews are tolerant and rarely riot.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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ISRAELI HIGH COURT: STATE INTEREST CAN OVERRIDE HUMAN RIGHTS
Posted by Yrachmiel Elias, June 29, 2005.

This comes from Ya'akov-Perez Golbert, Professor of Law (retired). Professor Golbert lives in Jerusalem.

The High Court of Justice recently held that the Sharon Plan for the expulsion of Jews from all of the Gaza Strip and from four settlements in northern Samaria does indeed violate the human rights of the residents whom the government plans to uproot. Notwithstanding that, the court went on to uphold the legality of the plan because state interest can override human rights.

That is already a shocking holding, given the zeal with which the Supreme Court has guarded the human rights of Arabs under Israeli rule, even interposing itself into the conduct of military operations. That, however, is not the most shocking aspect of the decision. How does the court decide whether the state interest is important enough to vitiate the human rights of those prejudiced by pursuit of the policy? Did the court make the government explain its policy and defend its importance, to the extent that the court should allow the denial of basic human rights? Not at all. The court noted that spokesmen for the government assured the court that the state interest was indeed important enough to override human rights of the citizens prejudiced by the government's pursuit of that interest.

This is a ruling suited to the most brutal dictatorship. It says that the legal system will not look into the actions of the government if the government affirms that its assessment is justified. That, of course, is what the High Court of Justice was created to do. Its function and raison d'etre is to judge actions or inaction by government officials and to compel action in conformity with law. If it is not going to do that, but rather be a rubber stamp to give an aura of legality to any act of government, then it is less than useless. It serves a positively destructive and evil purpose. It serves as a front for arbitrary and corrupt totalitarianism.

From the self-styled defenders of human rights in Israel and abroad we hear silence, which we must understand as acquiescence, if not approval. That silence declares, loud and clear, that the end justifies the means. That silence proves that there is not a single human rights organization in Israel. There are only political interest groups that use human rights concepts as a bludgeon. That is true also of the Attorney General, the Minister of Justice, the Knesset, especially the Law Committee, and the media.

They all forfeit the right even to speak of human rights. In fact, they have perverted the very foundations of law and have lost their legitimacy to interpret and enforce the laws. They should all fold their tents and leave the public arena and the sooner the better.

Until they leave, however, or are chased out in disgrace, there are some questions which every soldier and every police officer deserves that the government and the IDF answer.

The Treaty of San Remo, July 1922, which formalized the League of Nations Mandate, recognized the right of the Jewish people to live in all parts of the Mandate of Palestine, in which the Gaza District and Samaria were clearly included.

The judgments at Nuremberg spoke of the arbitrary expulsion of civilian populations from their homes as a crime against humanity.

Every recruit is taught that he is obligated by Israeli law to refuse to carry out a patently illegal order. This is consistent with the Nuremberg precedents. Crimes against humanity cannot be sanctified by national laws or national courts.

What assurance can you give that the orders to expel the civilian population from Gush Katif and the four Jewish villages of northern Samaria are not illegal orders?

What assurances can you give that soldiers and police officers who participate in the expulsion of the Jewish population from Gush Katif and the four Jewish villages of northern Samaria will not be arrested in Europe or elsewhere on warrants sworn out by those who are to be expelled for crimes against humanity?

Can you give assurances that if soldiers and police officers are arrested and charged with crimes against humanity they will be defended by the Israeli government?

Soldiers, ask your commander. Parents, ask your son's commander. Ask the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice, the Members of Knesset, especially the Law Committee, and the media. Ask the "human rights" organizations why they sit silent in the face of this threatened expulsion. Write to them, all of them. Call them on the telephone. Do it frequently until you receive answers. Do not carry out any orders related to expulsion until you receive clear and satisfactory answers. Carrying out such orders might be a crime under Israeli law and under international law. Demand answers.

Yrachmiel Elias and Jack Golbert are cofounders of Netzah Yisrael (www.netzahyisrael.org).

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SUPREME COURT RULING ON EMINENT DOMAIN: PARALLELS TO THE GAZA PULLOUT - AND DIFFERENCES
Posted by Marion D.S. Dreyfus, June 29, 2005.

The Supreme Court came out with a ruling in late June that is highly unpopular. It permits the state - or any well-heeled pol or pottage-seller - to wrest away one's property for a price. Whether the homeowner agrees or not. Can we not posit a similar reaction to the forthcoming Israeli Gaza/North Samaria pullout, called the Disengagement. Many are up in arms over the implications in both situations, and there are numerous parallels.

Discussing the Supreme Court ruling, even Jay Leno on the ruling date, that very night, indicated a supposed 94% population concurrence against the Supremes' odd ruling. Such an agreement level, however supportive it seems, appears unlikely. Most Americans - especially those questioned by Leno's intrepid team of investigators - can't name the Vice President, or their nearest neighboring state, let alone feel competent to tell anyone about a Supreme Court ruling, either positive or negative. (Leno's 'survey' must have been extremely forgiving, or the choices very few.)

Nonetheless, the citizens of Israel are unlike the dumber sorts in the broad "flyover" (what lefty lawyer Ron Kubey calls "Whitelandia") reaches of the USA, so their response, which has been growing ever more vociferous and more united against the current prospect of departure from Gaza and North Samaria, cannot be said to be in agreement with the reigning Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon.

I write with a heavy heart. Where once it was a point of distinctive merit that I was privileged to interview Sharon, "the Lion," some 10 years ago, now I view that time as through an inverted prism--it appears very small and very far away. Both in time and political temperature.

On Friday, 24 June, after a simple demolition of the legal and historical rationales for the day's ruling that governments have free reign to appropriate private property, Clarence Thomas looked down the road at real-world effects:

"The consequences of today's decision are not difficult to predict, and promise to be harmful. So-called "urban renewal" programs provide some compensation for the properties they take, but no compensation is possible for the subjective value of these lands to the individuals displaced and the indignity inflicted by uprooting them from their homes. Allowing the government to take property solely for public purposes is bad enough, but extending the concept of public purpose to encompass any economically beneficial goal guarantees that these losses will fall disproportionately on poor communities. Those communities are not only systematically less likely to put their lands to the highest and best social use, but are also the least politically powerful. If ever there were justification for intrusive judicial review of constitutional provisions that protect "discrete and insular minorities," United States v. Carolene Products Co., 304 U.S. 144, 152, n. 4 (1938), surely that principle would apply with great force to the powerless groups and individuals the Public Use Clause protects. The deferential standard this Court has adopted for the Public Use Clause is therefore deeply perverse. It encourages "those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms" to victimize the weak. Ante, at 11 (O'Connor, J., dissenting).

It remains to be seen what the ultimate reaction of the American polity will be to this unpopular and strained decision on eminent domain, just as how the Israeli citizenry ultimately behave--or misbehave-- in the face of what appears to be a corrupt hand-wash between the none-too-fastidious Israeli judiciary and the tainted Sharon family, whose legal wrangles over campaign financing and borrowing have been an ongoing sore with the Sharon sons and pere for years.

The difference between the two difficult circumstances is that to the polity in the US, a home or a grab of several houses in a neighborhood is harsh and dismaying for those sustaining the investment loss. One stands to lose one's home and hearth, no matter how humble. This goes against the very tenets of citizenship. In the event, attendant compensation supposedly, to some extent, mitigate the loss, should such 'public usage' takeovers transpire.

One difference between the US conundrum and the Israeli enraging Disengagement is that most, if not all, of the urban renewal or public use properties will of necessity occur in disadvantaged neighborhoods, where homeowners or proprietors are too financially strapped or naive to put up much of a fight. In Israel, where some 8,500 persons stand to be evicted from their longtime homes in Gaza and North Samaria, the situation is direr and different.

In Israel, the land expropriated and crudely stripped of its historic Hebrew residents is critical to bulwarking the country against attack. Gaza is, of course, critical in several ways. It is critical in the minds of Israelis, as their land, by right and aggressor battles defended against and won.

Sharon's decree, as the words of Clarence Thomas indicate in regard to the Supreme Court ruling, is also deeply perverse. It encourages, even rewards, the very people who ought not benefit from the sweat of the Jewish people, to disproportionately and for no reason reap land and goods they have by no means earned: the aggressor Arabs under Mahmoud Abbas.

Can anyone with more than room-temperature IQ envision the corruption-pocked PA Arabs ceasing forthwith their fervent and everlasting attacks and attempts at destruction of the state of Israel and her inhabitants? Is the DNA yet created that could convert such a blood-hungry thugocracy from their nefarious off-label jobs and career destruction goals?

And Gaza is critical to the hearts of Jews, as the chip-chipping away of the Israel landmass (the US- and UN-sanctioned 'whittle process' of decades) is shrunk yet another time. Good-bye harmony. Hello, brag rights to the terrorists and street demagogues who will waste no time usurping credit where none is due.

Those to be evicted in Gaza and Samaria are not eager to move, to accept cash in lieu of living uninterruptedly in homes they have built up over 40 years, raising children and grandchildren.

Make no mistake: The loss of morale is as high-profile a lesion as is the loss of land. In this case, as the Arafatian wanna-be's who shepherd the Palestinian Authority have repeatedly failed to live up to even the most basic tenets of the dismantle-Zion document mysteriously known as the Roadmap. It is a Roadmap that directs chivvied resident-transients to self-destruct to their own pennies thrown dancing onto the grate.

In psychotherapy, extinguishing a negative behavior is accomplished in two alternative ways: (1) Non-reward for continuance of the action that annoys; and (2) by praising compliance with newly modeled behavior more in line with the hoped-for comportment.

The Arabs under Abu Mazen (no less than under the late, unlamented Arafat), have complied with neither. No surprise. Does anyone imagine that the unmitigated death-dealing, ammo-smuggling, tunnel-building and rocket-attacks barbarism that have been a continuous ignominious constituent of the PA during the past five years, despite the security fence and Israel's vigilant IDF, who abort 90% of would-be attacks from the education-, and sanity-impaired Mahmoudian minions, will be extinguished?

Marion Dreyfus taught at Huazhong University of Science & Technology Wuchang, Wuhan PRC 430064

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PM SPEAKS OUT SEEKING TO DELEGITIMIZE GAZA RESIDENTS
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 29, 2005.

This is a news item from Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=84787).

The translation of Sharon's squawking is: "I am losing, I am desperate, I will do ANYTHING to stay in power including ordering the mass murder of unarmed and peaceful demonstrators."

(IsraelNN.com) Aware of the waning support for the Gaza/Shomron Disengagement Plan, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has increased his de-legitimization efforts, seeking to depict Gush Katif residents and opponents to his expulsion plan as those who oppose peace.

Mr. Sharon warned of the "extremists" who seek to destroy the army and do not feel compelled to obey the laws of the country, stressing his plan will move ahead on schedule despite any and all attempts to stop him.

Mr. Sharon called on law-enforcement agencies to take off the gloves and begin treating law-breakers with a hard-hand, calling for increased enforcement and taking whatever steps necessary to prevent future road-closure protests against the expulsion plan.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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GUSH KATIF DISENGAGEMENT MINISTER GILADI HAS FINANCIAL STAKE IN PALESTINIAN ECONOMY IN GAZA
Posted by Menahem Kovacs, June 29, 2005.

GUSH KATIF and HaSHOMRON!

Pray and Work to Save these integral parts of G-d's Holy Land and Holy People.

Say NO to the creation of Palestine: every inch of Israel is a spiritual & security necessity

Go look at www.katifund.org www.english.katif.net

This news item was written by David Bedein and appeared on http://israelvisit.co.il/cgi-bin/friendly.pl?url=Jun-27-05!BusinessEthics. David Bedein is Bureau Chief of the Israel Resource News Agency (http://IsraelBehindTheNews.com).

The Israeli official in charge of the forcible removal of Israeli Jews from Katif District in Gaza maintains a personal financial interest in the Palestinian development enterprises in Gaza that would replace the Jewish communities of Katif.

Eival Giladi maintains a personal business stake in the Palestinian economy, with an obvious conflict of interest that may interfere with his performance as an official of the office of the Prime Minister of Israel

As head of the coordination and strategy team in the Prime Minister's Office, HaArtez on June 4th, 2005 described Giladi as "one of the architects of the disengagement plan. Giladi is the thinking man in the Sharon administration, the behind-the-scenes advisor to the advisor and ultimate mystery emissary, Dov Weissglass"

Giladi, meanwhile, has found a way to supplement the meager income of an Israeli civil servant.

Giladi has been named as the pioneer of a business venture for Palestinians in Gaza: The Portland Trust.

Giladi has been placed in charge of the Portland Trust's $500 million business development fund, which would help Palestinians moved 150,000 housing units in place of the Katif homes and farms that Giladi is about to destroy.

Katif farming communities produce $62 million in export of food products for the state of Israel per annum.

In other words, Giladi maintains a clear personal and financial business stake in the decimation of the thriving Jewish communities of Katif.

It will be instructive to see if the Israeli Attorney General, the Israel State Comptroller and the Israel Civil Service Commission take any action to question the role of Eival Giladi in the planning and the execution of the Prime Minister's policy, which has been described as a "disengagement plan".

Israel's mainstream media outlets have publicized Giladi's direct personal financial stake in this process.None of the media in Israel have called into question the clear conflict of interest.

How can this be allowed to happen?

Dr. Menachem Kovacs is Director, Jewish Roots Center Education and Research on Torah and the Social Sciences. He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology Montgomery College Maryland. Contact him by email at takovacs@comcast.net

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HAMAS ANNOUNCES THE FORMING OF "MURABITUN" BRIGADES
Posted by Mordechai Ben-Menachem, June 29, 2005.
[Shaik Nazim] "We must bring the sultanate of satan down and ask Allah to send us an umbrella, to send us one of His miraculous servants. We need such a miraculous person to bring down technology. It is against humanity. It is killing every value of humanity. If not, humanity cannot be saved." ... "Another world war will maybe come before the 21st Century." ... "This world is approaching Armageddon. Everything will be destroyed."

"Murabitun" -- the term means religious volunteers -- are special brigades, originally formed in Spain during the Moslem occupation of that country, formed for the specific purpose of killing squads with the mandate to "collect spoils".

Hamas has announced the formation of these special brigades in the Gaza area to act during the Gazan transfer of Jews from their land. Each squad consists of four to five persons. All are heavily armed and go about constantly masked. None of them are meant to survive the effort, but intend to join Allah during Sharon's planned retreat, to ensure maximization of damage to those retreating and the troops involved.

Mordechai Ben-Menachem is at Ben-Gurion University. He can be reached by email at quality@computer.org

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BARBARIC? YOU BETCHA!
Posted by Arlene Peck, June 28, 2005.

Lovely. Those wonderful folks in Iran that gave us hi-jacking, hostage taking, and progression to beheadings have finally learned to vote. And, what a surprise! Seven years after being privy to a watered down version of western democracy, they have a new election! And, what does this so-called peaceful culture do? Well, a resounding 62% of them went to the polls to vote in a new terrorist-inspired, Islamic fundamentalist government to lead them further into the dark ages!

How soon will the beheadings resume, the rape rooms reintroduced and and "honor killings" of women regain their former stature? How long before we again confront the danger of their escalated forays into the modern world. How calm should we remain as these primitives advance into the realm of nuclear weapons capability? I wonder how stupid can my American government be? I truly do.

George W. is touting our 'success' in that other crazed bastion of barbaric mentality, Iraq. He is thrilled and delighted that they, also, are now experiencing the joy of a democracy. He wants us to be in the "hearts and minds of the Iraqis". He desires the Love! Is there anyone out there who cares? And, if so, why? To tell the truth, I care why people in my country just aren't getting it! Where are the demands from the American public, demanding answers on why the Iraqis aren't helping their own? Why are we expected to be the ones to 'save' them from their own people? Vaguely I remember that their rich oil supplies were going to be the ticket to finance this rebuilding. Whatever happened to that?

Israel is forced to open the jails and let out thousands of terrorists, most of whom will soon be back on the street killing and maiming even greater numbers of their Jewish targets. I wonder why has such a demand not been made of Abbas about the hundreds of prisoners awaiting execution in his dungeons on charges of "collaboration" with Israel? The onus to make "peace gestures" rests solely on Israel. However, when it comes to Israel, I wonder about a lot of things. Like, for instance, why is Sharon taking orders to open the jails and let thousands of these caged wild animals loose on the Israeli population every time he is told to? I question, just a little bit, how the issue of Jonathon Pollard never seems to enter his mind when speaking with King George about one of their early prison releases. Isn't twenty years enough? Apparently not.

From the moment Ms. Rice switched places with Powell, she not only continued the pressuring of Israel, she turned the flame a little higher. Witness the constant press conferences where she calls for more release of prisoners or demands that Israel must 'end the occupation' and "withdraw from Arab/PA lands." Imagine the reaction if demands were made to end the "occupation" by European,African, and Asian colonists and restore native "rights" after generations of ethnic cleansing, expulsions, discrimination and persecution? What if the native peoples demanded 75% of their lands back to establish a "viable" Indian-Nation State with its own President and Congress?

Or, right in Bush's backyard, so he can demonstrate how committed he is to this sort of policy, he turn over Crawford, Texas to his good Mexican buddy, Fox, because that prime real estate really belonged to them? No, I didn't think so. But somehow, it's an entirely reasonable demand to place on Israel.

The Iranian vote perfectly demonstrated the mentality we are confronting. This is a country and culture that has no desire, or conception of what the basic premise of democracy is. Despite the media spin from the press and the garbage that is promoted by our Arabist State Dept, this culture wants to kill us. Actually, their murderous intent is not just leveled at "us".

Anyone who comes into their focus, as they peer out at us murderously from the 11th Century, who isn't one of them, is a justifiable target. They don't care if your Buddhist, Christian, Jewish or an Atheist. If your not one of them then you should be dead. They live for death! Everyone's! If you doubt this, read their sacred texts. And, folks, frankly, I don't believe that we should be negotiating or teaching them anything. Let them find their 72 virgins with our help and blessings! Personally, I think there was a typo in the Koran and they meant to say 72-year-old virgin.

Worse, although our born-again Christian president is touting the terror state west of the Jordan River that he and Sharon have cooked up, I'm not real sure that they can even claim the credit for the Frankenstein they've got simmering. Do any of you remember the Crown Prince 2002 Peace Plan that Bush's good friend and "Uncle Abdullah " presented? Maybe you didn't because you were too busy watching them hold hands and almost kiss? Anyway, that allowed us to be privy to Bush and company's 'trial balloon about a "contiguous" Palestinian state, which would bring joy and happiness to the world. Then, before you could blink, they began to hold press conferences casually mentioning that the Administration supports co-opting Hamas into the political dialogue! Hamas!

Not enough? Well, amazingly enough, when Arafat s replacement, Mahmoud Abbas, aka Abu Mazen, ( why can't they just have one name?) was told that any territory Israel retains beyone the 1949 Armistice Lines must be approved by the Palestinians. I haven't seen too much of that.

Amazing how our government's memory dims when it comes to remembering the help the United States has received from Israel. The information exchanges over battle and counter-terrorism tactics that contributed enormously to reduced American losses in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, which keep us safer on the home front. Does anyone remember that Israel is responsible for 600 improvments in the F-16 fighter jet plane's systems, modifications worth billions of dollars that saved us dozens of research and development years? I didn't think so. Who ever reads about the cooperation between drug syndicates and terrorist networks? Especially Hamas and Hezbollah who conduct significant fundraising activities in much of South America, including Ecuador, which has tremendous Islamic populations. Where have you last read about that?

Everyone talks about how the American arms guarantees Israel's existence, but, who remembers that Israel also give U.S. military industries a competitive edge and boost the American military production with jobs and improving America's national security. Hey, we don't even want to know how the surpurb Israeli technnology also boosts American civilian and agricultural industries. Who acknowledges that while they plot the carve up?

Even our civilian planes are much safer because of the contribution made by the Israeli intelligence to America, which, by the way, is greater than that provided by all NATO countries combined. Naw, not worth mentioning. Let's talk about how Israel must be chopped up like a tossed salad to keep 'peace'in the region.

Actually I'd rather talk about how Congressional leaders, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld are aware of Israel's unique contribution to U.S. Interest. Anyone want to question why Sharon and his inept leadership don't use the leverage that they have in demanding that Israel's impressive contribution to American lifestyles be more acknowledged and appreciated? Tell me one, ONE productive thing that the Islamic nation has done for the world!

On an almost daily basis I read about the bloody and fatal attacks in Israel on civilians by these same terrorists who are killing our soldiers in Iraq with their bombs - something that these cowards do so well. Hey, but what do I know? I'm just an American who sits in Southern California wondering why there hasn't been at least an independent emergency referendum by the general population in Israel.

Again, why is Israel listening to anything from the United States? From anyone for that matter. Remember a year or so ago when every press conference from Bush & Company deplored the 'fence', the great impediment of peace?

Now, that every evening news broadcast allows us to see the very same terrorists bombing attacks, which Israel endured from these same savages, killing our soldiers, it's another story. Thank G-d the inept leaders of Israel didn't listen and continued to build the security fence. Now, because of that fence, it's becoming rarer that they are able to slip in and kill. Especially, with pourous borders both here, and in Iraq, it's open season. They've even become so frustrated, in places like Arizona that the local citizens have banded together and formed "the Minutemen" to slow the flow into our country. I don't know one person here who doesn't wish we had that same fence. Listen to George's advice? You'd have to have a death wish. Which reminds me of Sharon and his continuing policy in Gaza. Personally, I'm all for transfer! And folks, I don't mean moving the Jews out of the Jewish State! When you have a cancer, you cut it out!

What I find interesting is that it's these sorts of comments that always get the attention but, nobody ever seems to remember the Bush administration's long-standing insistence on a Palestinian leadership untainted by violence and free from corruption before he's going to take seriously any real talk of "Palestinian" statehood? Now, I have never thought our President, George W to be the brightest bulb in the barrel. But, I don't believe that even HE believes the Saudi assurances, that by forcing Israel's withdrawal to the 1949 lines, the Arabs will be deprived of any Israeli provocation and everybody can then live happily after.

Of course, the way the Saudis and Bush and company, not to forget Israel's good friend, the European Union, would like it were if the only scenario would be for the roadmap to have the Jews of what was once a Jewish state be driving on Arafat Boulevard after the dissolution of the State of Israel. Two states.. yeah, right!

Arlene Peck is an internationally syndicated columnist and television talk show hostess. She can be reached at: bestredhead@earthlink.net and www.arlenepeck.com

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THE HAJ TO SLOAN-KETTERING AND HADASSAH HOSPITAL
Posted by Irwin N. Graulich, June 28, 2005.

Everyone and everything eventually gets sick. It is actually a good thing, because it reminds us to take care of ourselves and appreciate our good health when we have it.

People, religions and ideologies all have their illnesses aka fanaticisms. Jews who are sick may be overly obsessed with drinking kosher seltzer, eating specially checked vegetables or being blind observers of virtually all 613 commandments without any real understanding. On average, once every 50 years there is a lone, evil nut with a skullcap who murders a prime minister or shoots innocent people. Christians have their meshuganahs (crazies), who may blow up an abortion clinic or become a David Duke. And there are those secular fanatics who would allow a human baby to die rather than kill a pig for its heart valve.

However, these are all aberrations, rare cases to say the least...that is, except for Islam. The Islamic world has a cancer that has spread throughout its body politic, affecting many millions in its path. Their illness represents a serious percentage of adherents located throughout the world. Unless Muslims begin to recognize the problem and go for aggressive chemotherapy and radiation, they truly risk an unwanted massive radiation treatment from an unexpected source.

How did these evil "cells" begin to metastasize? Before displaying an antisemitic, anti-Americian streak, there was a certain romanticism with much of Arab and Muslim cultures. Lawrence of Arabia was a hero to all of us. It is Islamic society under the influence and rule of the Koran that has become the trigger mechanism for the tumors to grow.

Conquering the infidel, being the strongest religion in the world, honor and saving face are the most important values within a Muslim society. Thus, an extreme sensitivity has developed for anything critical of Arab-Muslim culture. The Jews will never, ever be forgiven for getting their original land back and defeating the 5 strongest Arab/Muslim nations in the wars of 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973. Talk about being humiliated.

To rub Islamic noses into the sand further, this tiny, weak group of Holocaust surviving Zionists built the most successful technological country and strongest military force in the history of the Middle East...and so, every Muslim nation "covets Israel," an emotional jealousy so dangerous, that it actually is forbidden by The Ten Commandments.

To complicate the entire matter, American Christians, using Judeo-Christian values created the ultimate paradise on earth, and the supreme powerhouse of all time. How can another religion that considers itself superior to all, ultimately live with that reality? America and Israel make every single Arab/Muslim country look bad; that is the problem in a nutshell.

Muslim leadership understands that the only way to defeat the truth is through the propaganda of repeated exaggeration and outright lies. Saddam's "mother of all battles" was truly a cakewalk. There have been greater battles fought in gang wars on the streets of Brooklyn. Yet the rhetoric in the Arab/Muslim press was astounding through its depiction of the ferocity of the fighting during the Gulf War, the Iraqi invasion of 2003 and Egypt's supposed victory over Israel in 1973, where there is even a museum in Cairo today portraying this fictional nonsense.

Since Islamists have come to the inevitable realization that they have no chance of winning a real war, they are attempting to win Jospeh Goebbels style, through rhetoric and hyperbole in the press. The two recent humiliating routes of the strongest Arab/Muslim nation--Iraq, and the capture of their modern day Saladin, Saddam Hussein, was a rather painful experience to the masses, even though he mass-murdered fellow Muslims.

Now, the Arab/Muslim street praises suicide bombers as brave and strong freedom fighters. The truth is these heroic (sic) murderers are not able to reach Jews or Christians, so they wind up blowing up their own innocents. By substituting words for actions, the Muslim leadership and press falsely glamorize the evildoers to the uneducated masses, who need to hang on to their dreams of power and world domination.

One of the most important concepts regarding government is the separation of church and state, meaning that the Koran/Muslim ideal can never successfully govern a society under its present terms. The only successful Muslims who are truly free today are ruled by Christians in America or Jews in Israel.

By living in other societies, Muslims realize that these countries want all of their citizens to succeed in life and practice their religious or non-religious beliefs freely. This concept is an affront to "Islam," a word meaning surrender to God, which for the most part, does not permit other religions to exist in their midst. Why were they afraid to permit American soldiers to have Christmas trees in their Saudi Arabian desert tents?

When the religion you cherish fails you by continuously displaying a flawed approach, the human being will defend it by blaming others for political, economic and quality of life problems. "Everything is falling apart around me because of colonialism, Zionism, imperialism, the occupation, American hegemony and other convenient excuses." To make things even easier for the Islamic world, these ideas are supported by Western leftists with Marxist ideas that help reinforce the blame game of Muslim intellectuals and their obedient press.

The Osama's of the world actually believe that they will return to a more glorious past where they can confront the world on their own terms. The only two things standing in their way are America and Israel, two quite immovable objects.

To call America or Israel an occupier, when one looks carefully at the reasons for going into Iraq, Gaza or the West Bank, is akin to blaming the doctor for the cancer, simply because you walked into his office. These types of lies are among the root causes of world evil today. Unfortunately, decency is irrelevant throughout the Muslim world. What is most relevant is Muslim and non-Muslim. Doesn't Ted Kennedy or Shimon Peres ever get it?

Irwin N. Graulich is a motivational speaker on politics, ethics, religion and Judaism. He is also president of a marketing, branding and communications firm in New York City. He can be reached at irwin.graulich@verizon.net

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BUSH'S EGGS IN ISRAEL'S BASKET
Posted by Beth Goodtree, June 28, 2005.

As an American, I find it appalling, frightening even, that much of our foreign policy is totally dependent upon the cooperation of one country. As a Jew I find it even more appalling that my people are being singled out, due to their religion, as the sacrificial lamb on my own president's plate of global domination.

President Bush has taken his presidency to new heights of depravity. Once 9-11 happened, he took it as a mandate that he was also the Supreme Emperor of Israel. Ariel Sharon would be allowed to maintain leadership on the local level, but when it came to Israel's national and foreign affairs, Bush determined how Israel would act. This begs the question:

Who elected Bush Prime Minister of Israel?

Due to the actions of President Bush, his lackey, Arab-kissing State Department and the frightened, indecisive, allegedly corrupt government of Ariel Sharon, Americans and Israelis have been hoodwinked into believing that they have no choices. On the surface, it also appears that Bush's America calls all the shots on the international scene.

Unfortunately for us all, this scenario is a glass house built on an active fault zone. The Israelis are the losers as well as the average American citizen. Here's how it has played out for the past umpteen years:

It actually started with Bush the First. In 1991 the Gulf war was raging and Israel was getting mercilessly scudded by Saddam. Falsely thinking that the US was indeed a friend of Israel, Israel agreed to let the scuds rain down upon her citizens without retaliation on the promise that the US would protect her.

While the US eventually stopped Saddam and his scuds, the US proved she was no friend of Israel by leaving Saddam in place. The US was right there in Baghdad and could have plucked Saddam off of one of his multitudes of solid gold toilet seats while he was relieving himself. But Bush the First chose to leave this anti-Semitic mass-murdering tyrant in place.

This alone should have alerted Israel that the US, or at least the Bush dynasty and their State Department toadies, were no true friends. Saddam, of course, was funding the murderous and genocidally-bent Arabs occupying Jewish Palestine. And he continued to fund them for 12 more years, even offering a reward for a Jew-kill count.

Following the Gulf War, came the Oslo 'Peace' Accord Initiative. This misbegotten effort essentially said that murder, war and genocide in the name of religion and 'Arab unity' are perfectly acceptable and thus subject to negotiation. Israel's leaders went along with this faulty premise due, in part, to American coercion. Thus they bought for Israel and its people more death in 10 years than in the entire preceding 45 years altogether.

At the time of Oslo, America was attempting to mend fences with the Arab/Muslim world. Being the savior of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia had actually brought down the wrath of these people upon America. Never mind that those naysayers were to be next on Saddam's plate if it hadn't been for Judeo-Christian America saving their collective Muslim nether regions. After they were safe, they accused the US of disrespect and interference. And as usual, they used oil blackmail to force concessions out of the American government. And their oil blackmail included Europe as one of the victims. Verily cannily, the Arab/Muslim world also threatened to punish America's ally -- Europe - if America did not bow to their every burp and fart.

America's response was to throw them the Israel bone. This brought about Oslo. However, Israel did not have to cooperate. It never occurred to her leadership that to say no to America's unreasonable demands would not be the worst thing in the world. What would Israel lose? Some loan guarantees? Some foreign aid that was less than that being given in total to Israel's enemies? Being asked yet again to have scud missiles rain down upon civilian homes unanswered?

At the time of Oslo, if the Israeli leaders had had the backbone, they could have forced America to dance to their tune in return for Israeli cooperation. Even back then, almost all of America's foreign policy was dependent upon Israeli cooperation. It laid out like this:

America and most of her allies are dependent on Arab/Muslim oil. It is vital to their economies. And ultimately, a country's strength derives from its economy. Meanwhile, the Arab/Muslim world has been calling for the destruction of Israel and the entire Jewish people since 1948.

If Israel had said 'no,' the oil-consuming western world would have been in a panic. The Arab/Muslim world has always predicated its cooperation in supplying oil at an almost bearable price on the world's condemnation of Israel. The Arab/Muslim world has made it clear that to not condemn Israel and work towards its destruction means the oil flow stops.

All along, Israel has been living in a prolonged state of unfounded fear. If Israel had said no to complying with western demands to commit suicide, the western world would not have attacked Israel. And if they cut off Israel's loan guarantees and the small amount of foreign aid she receives, Israel would have survived. In fact, Israel would have been weaned from her dependence upon her US pimp. However, the western world would have done at least two things: try to come up with a more reasonable deal for Israel and find alternative energy sources and solutions to the Arab/Muslim oil death grip we've been in.

So now, eleven years later, America has been at it again. In response to 9-11, it took Bush the Second less than two weeks to do the unthinkable: declare that a vast enclave of terrorist, murderous and genocidally-bent monsters deserved their own country, cut out of the heart of America's ally, Israel.

Bush did this for two reasons. He and his family have close financial ties to the founding fathers of Muslim terror -- the Saudis. And he also wanted Arab cooperation in going after the perpetrator of 9-11, that master of Muslim horror - Osama bin Laden.

Israel could still have said 'no' and forced Bush to look for alternative solutions that didn't make Israel and the Jews sacrificial lambs on the altar of oil and 'the war on terror.' But Israel didn't.

And now Israel has one last opportunity. Bush's ill-planned and ill-fought war against Saddam is turning into a disaster for him. Bush's allies are rightfully angered at the way he continues to handle a war with no end in sight. Meanwhile, the Arab/Muslim world wants all non-Arabs/non-Muslims off their soil. And they have put the heat on the western world by raising the price of oil to bloodsucking rates as a way of applying indirect pressure regarding their goal of the destruction of Israel.

What they have essentially told Bush is this: use your power and influence to destroy Israel through diplomatic channels and we will cooperate on Iraq and keep the oil flowing to you and your European allies (as well as the oil profits to your personal pocket).

So Bush is again sacrificing Israel. And this time it will be the deathblow. Bush has decided that Israel must amputate the heart of the Hebrew people, known as Jewish land since biblical times, and turn it over to her tormentors and murderers.

On the surface, this scenario looks like a lose-lose situation for western oil consumers as well as for Israel. But it doesn't have to be.

As everyone knows, if you give in to a blackmailer, they will continue to blackmail you. Bush's capitulation to Arab/Muslim whims will keep the western world in the stranglehold of a religion-cum-cult whose goal is the domination, conversion and subjugation of the world. But he seems not to care. In his most recent speech regarding energy, Bush emphasized sticking with a hydrocarbon economy, giving only a few last words towards developing alternative energy sources. But then, Bush's family fortune and power are directly tied to a hydrocarbon economy.

Bush is not concerned about the western world or the average oil-consuming, sitting-duck-for-terrorism targets like you and me. He cares only about the power and wealth he and his cronies can amass. And as a Replacement Theology Methodist, he fantasizes about the day that Israel -- living proof that his bible-altering pseudo-Christianity is apostate -- will cease to exist.

Meanwhile, Israel is the key to all of Bush's leadership policies. Bush has based his whole foreign policy, from dealing with the Europeans, to dealing with China, to dealing with the Arab/Muslim world on Israel. Like a house of cards, it is all based upon Israeli capitulation. He has also founded his entire economic policies on Israeli cooperation. This is because as long as the oil flows, America's businesses, manufacturing, shipping and transportation continue to work.

This was a really dumb move on Bush's part, but can play out well for Israel as well as the average consumer. All Israel has to do is say 'NO!" "NO!' to humiliating concessions. 'No!' to giving up her rightful and aboriginal homeland. Bush's schemings and machinations will crumble like a pile of dehydrated camel dung in a stiff breeze.

And what's the worst that could happen to Israel?

The US has already cut off much of her cooperation with Israel, punishing her for trading with China. The US has given Egypt fighter planes and arms that can be used to attack Israel, in direct violation of both the Egypt-Israel Peace Agreement, as well as the US-Israel Memorandum of Agreement guaranteeing that the US would not let Egypt arm itself to the point where it could launch an attack against Israel.

So Israel has nothing to lose.

Instead all Israel has to say to the US is 'NO!" All of Bush's maneuverings and machinations immediately would fall apart. His 'friendly' Arab nations would withdraw their help from him, the European countries and others would back off assisting him with Iraq and Afghanistan, the oil producers would do something outrageous and Bush would be in deep trouble. At this point, Israel could extract from Bush just about anything she wanted in return for her cooperation.

So why doesn't Israel do this? My guess is fear.

Time to get over it.

Unfortunately, most of today's Israeli leaders don't have the foresight, guts or honesty and integrity to do such a thing. But there seems to be one who does. In studying Moshe Feiglin's positions on everything from foreign relations to domestic affairs, he looks like an uncompromised leader with real solutions for all Jews, not merely religious ones. Feiglin also adheres to Hillel's famous teaching when it comes to Israel:

"If I am not for myself, then who will be, and if not now when?"

Beth Goodtree is an award-winning writer who lives in the NYC metro area. She writes political commentary/analysis, and the occasional science and humor articles. Or visit her website: http://hometown.aol.com/bgoodtree/

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HELP SECURE THE FUTURE OF JEWISH WORLD REVIEW (JWR)
Posted by Manuel Vider, June 28, 2005.

The following is a message from Binyamin L. Jolkovsky, Editor in Chief of JWR. The website address is http://www.jewishworldreview.com

Dearest readers:

They say that every cloud has a silver lining.

What I've leaned about my readers in recent days when we were having problems distributing the JWR newsletter is that there are A LOT of folks who care about our site in general and myself in particular.

When the daily update temporarily stopped, I was deluged with notes inquiring about my health. (Thank Heaven, it's much better than it was two years ago when I was hospitalized with cardiac problems, but not what it should be for a 37 year-old).

Others told me that their "day just wasn't the same" without their JWR fix and how ours is "the one e-mail read no matter what."

All of this, of course, is flattering - touching, actually. I'm going to try to be as diplomatic as possible here. So PLEASE excuse me if this comes out wrong.

ARE WE DOING SOMETHING WRONG?

JWR has hundreds of thousands of readers every month. In fact, our numbers continue to grow. But for the last two months, I've inserted appeal ads in every article and on our Front Page - and only several hundred readers have responded.

To those of you who have expressed your kindness, I'm SINCERELY grateful. But for the life of me, I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.

I do know what I'm doing right, as does anybody who reads JWR regularly. It's not the least bit of an exaggeration to say that JWR is constantly improving. I follow reader responses VERY carefully and am always on the lookout for new talent that will inspire, inform and entertain. We've also been phasing in a technology upgrade.

What many of you may not know is that JWR is still essentially a one-man-show. There is no zillion dollar corporation publishing this site.

What even fewer of you know is that my wonderful wife, who has stood behind me in keeping JWR alive, has been unemployed now for a half-year. (She was a veep in the computer department at Prudential Securities, which was merged with another company. New York Metro area job leads, anybody?).

I absolutely refuse to give up! But with few donations and no income coming in, well - you do the math.

Maybe I should be following folks advice to spend our limited funds in hiring a professional marketer to produce some super slick letter. Call me naive, but I'm certain that I can count on you. If you are gaining from this site and can, PLEASE help now.

You can make a tax deductible charitable contribution of ANY amount through our secure online form or by making out a check and mailing it to the Keren Yehoshua V'Yisroel foundation at the address below.

Some readers suggested that we create a system where a monthly donation - even as little as $1 - could be automatically deducted from a credit card or checking account. To do so, please click here.

Checks should be sent to:

Keren Yehoshua V'Yisroel foundation
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Tax ID: 22-3209160

Please note on the "memo line" it is for the Internet educational project.

In SINCERE gratitude and friendship,
Binyamin L. Jolkovsky,
Editor in Chief

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3- AND 5-YEAR OLDS HELD IN POLICE CUSTODY FOR 20 HOURS
Posted by Hillel Fendel, June 28, 2005.

"The police are trying to scare anti-expulsion protestors that their parents will be arrested, but they won't scare us." So says a woman whose husband was arrested - along with their two toddlers.

Ruth Sariel, a mother of ten from Elon Moreh, told Arutz-7 today of the police "harassment" against her and her family that has been ongoing for three months. The latest incident was the "arrest" of her two youngest children, aged 3 and 5, together with their father.

She told Arutz-7, "Two of our teenaged daughters have a court date in two weeks' time because of the road-blockings of a few weeks ago. Last night, when only my husband and the two little ones were home, the police came and said that we hadn't responded to a summons, and therefore they were arresting him. When he said that there was no one to watch the two little ones, they ignored him, and actually piled up all three of them into the paddy wagon and took them to the police station in Ariel."

The two children slept on their father's lap. "I called the police," Ruth said, "and demanded that the children be brought back immediately. The police refused, and even threatened to give the children to a family that would take them in. They also threatened my husband that he would be under arrest until July 18, the date of the court hearing."

This morning, as well, her demands to return the children and police threats in response continued, while in the meantime, the three "criminals" were taken to the Rishon LeTzion police station. Finally, this afternoon, the police agreed to bring them back to Ariel, and after more cajoling, all the way back to Elon Moreh. The police originally charged the mother with "taking advantage" of her children to besmirch the police.

Meanwhile, the Sariels' 18-year-old son Baruch was in the same police station in Ariel - unaware that his father and little brothers were being held by the police. "How Baruch got there is another whole story," Ruth said. "It's hard for me to keep track of all the arrests."

When she finally was able to get the story in order, she related that Baruch had been arrested a while ago for his role in resisting the destruction of the Gilad Outpost, and then later for taking part in the road-blockings. He was held for a week, then released, then held and released again - until last Wednesday, when two policemen arrived at the house, without a warrant, to arrest him.

"When I would not let them arrest him without a warrant," Ruth continued, "they said that it was back at the police station in Ariel - but they didn't produce it. Instead, without warning, eight Yasamnikim [special forces] burst into the house and proceeded to carry out the arrest forcibly. I demanded that they leave my house, that they were there unlawfully, but they told me to shut up and the like. I called Honenu, and in accordance with their instructions, my daughter asked each one to identify himself; none of them were wearing ID tags, and some refused to tell her their names. Afterwards, I even lay down on the ground in front of the jeep, but they pulled me away. Baruch has been in prison since then, and will be until his hearing next week... He's not easily broken by these things."

As an aside, Ruth mentioned that her daughter had been placed in jail for two days for "attacking a police officer." Ruth said, "I asked her if that's what happened, and she said, sarcastically, 'Sure, I beat up a police officer. What really happened is that the policewoman choked me around my neck, and so instinctively you fight back - and then right away they slap you with 'attacking a police officer.'"

"It's clear that the police are trying to scare us, and especially our family," Ruth said. "They don't like the fact that we are opposing this uprooting plan from Gush Katif and northern Shomron - but it won't scare us."

Additional reports of police harassment have also arrived at the Arutz-7 newsroom. Three youths under arrest on suspicion of planning to spread nails and spikes on roads in opposition to the disengagement plan say they are being severely mistreated. In a court hearing last night in which their custody was extended, they told their family members that they were placed on chairs for a week without being able to get up and had their hands tied continually. They were interrogated by the GSS, instead of by the police, and one of them submitted a complaint that he was beaten during the interrogation.

In Maasiyahu Prison in Ramle, where some 20-25 youths still remain after being arrested six weeks ago, reports of jailers' sympathy for and admiration of the youths' idealism are being replaced by reports of cruel and harsh treatment. One boy is reported to have been hit for putting his feet on a chair. Another one is reported to have been beaten by the prison commander after he obeyed an instruction to stop singing - but not an order to stop smiling.

Asked where "public pressure" can be applied regarding the mis-treatment of the youths, a person familiar with the story suggested the following:

* The Prime Minister's Office - "webmaster@pmo.gov.il", fax number 02-670-5475 (+9722-670-5475, from outside Israel)

* Public Security Ministry Gideon Ezra - sar@mops.gov.il, fax 02-530-8039 (+9722-530-8039, from outside Israel)

* Knesset Law Committee Chairman MK Michael Eitan - email address: "meitan@knesset.gov.il"

Hillel Fendel is editor of Arutz-Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews.com), where this article appeared today.

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CORPORAL BIEBER FACES NEARLY TWO MONTHS IN PRISON
Posted by Hillel Fendel, June 28, 2005.
Corp. Avi Bieber, who has received calls of support nationwide for being the "first disengagement refuser," is to be tried in Be'er Sheva today by the deputy commander of the Gaza region.

Bieber was arrested on Sunday after refusing to participate in the violent suppression of protestors seeking to prevent the IDF from demolishing abandoned structures near the Gush Katif community of Shirat HaYam. The army felt that the structures were to be used to house opponents of the expulsion/retreat plan.

As Biber was being led away from the scene, a reporter asked him what was going on. "They're beating up Jews, that's what's going on," he said, visibly upset. "It's not right. It's not right and it's not just."

Bieber had requested to be tried before a military tribunal, which would have enabled him to have legal defense. His lawyer, Shai Galili, said he was not allowed to view any of the material beforehand, nor speak with any witnesses to the event.

The 19-year-old, who immigrated with his family from the U.S. at the age of 10, and who was described by his relatives as "quiet" until this week, is being charged on two counts, each of which carries a possible 28-day sentence: refusing orders and unbecoming behavior. The army has threatened to make an example out of him, with senior officers speaking of the need to deal harshly with disengagement-refusers.

"When he spoke to us last night," Avi's father Ralph said today, "he told us that we should hold our heads up high and be proud of him, and that he's willing to pay the price for what he did... We really are very proud of him."

Over 50 people gathered this morning outside the IDF Gaza headquarters, where it was originally thought Bieber would be tried, to support Corp. Bieber. The supporters cheered loudly for him, until police forcibly broke up the demonstration, arresting one activist in the process.

The trial was then moved, however, to an IDF base in Be'er Sheva. When this news was learned, anti-expulsion activists quickly lined the road, holding orange signs in support of the teenager-turned-hero.

Ralph Bieber said that he has received calls of support from all over the country. "The phone hasn't stopped ringing since Sunday," he said.

"The first act of destruction in Gush Katif saw the first cracks appear in the anti-Zionist uprooting mechanism," said a statement from the "Jewish Heart" organization, which provides legal assistance to soldiers who choose to refuse to participate in the Disengagement Plan.

Twelve other soldiers in Bieber's unit said afterwards that they would not participate in any further missions of this sort. "No one told us in advance that this was our mission," one of them told the Hebrew news site Ynet. "The soldiers are talking among themselves and saying that we were basically tricked..."

The soldier said that the 12 were tried by the Battalion Commander. "We didn't exactly refuse orders," he said, "but just said that if there is another one like this, we simply won't do it... Two of the soldiers were crying with tears in their eyes [during the destruction]... They told us to stand with guns around our neck, with cartridges in our weapons; we're used to standing against Arabs like that, not against Jews."

The Orange Cell of Haifa University and Technion students announced its support of the soldiers "refusing to take part in the crimes against the Jewish Nation and and the fulfillment of blatantly illegal orders... We call upon all IDF soldiers to learn from them and follow their path. Only in this way we will restore the IDF to its mission of being the people's army and not that of the Sharon family."

Just this morning, Itzik Kleinman, a soldier in the IDF Technology and Logistics Branch was sentenced to 14 days in prison for expressing anti-disengagement views on a television program. Atty. Galili, representing Kleinman, said he would appeal the sentence.

Hillel Fendel is editor of Arutz-Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews.com), where this article appeared today.

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SHARON'S REAL HISTORY
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 28, 2005.

We can only wonder what other surprises will pop out from Sharon's sordid past. I for one have always wondered what the real reason was for his sudden release of the Egyptian Army he captured. Considering his history of corruption, I think the question should no longer be "why" but "how much."

This is called "Sharon Beat Up Etzel Fighters" and is from today's Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=84755 First-Hand Testimony:

"Sharon would go around with his shovel-handle against us," says Ben-Ami Zamir, who says Sharon struck him in his head - putting in a different light Sharon's warnings about "civil war."

Just two months ago, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told NBC that Israel is on the brink of a civil-war disaster. "The tension here, the atmosphere here looks like the eve of the civil war," he said. "All my life I was defending the lives of Jews. Now, for the first time, security steps are taken to protect me from Jews."

Revelations by a former Etzel [nationalist army organization] member show that this is not quite true. Ben-Ami Zamir says that Sharon was involved in violence against nationalist Jews during pre-State days, and was forced to run away to protect himself.

The NBC interview promoted the perception that "Jewish settlers" are the main threat to stability in the Middle East. "Israelis are bracing for a violent summer," the narrator opened, "but it's not the Palestinians they are worried about - it's the Jewish settlers."

Knesset Members from both left and right said that Sharon's remarks about a "civil war" atmosphere and his need for protection from Jews are incendiary and provocative.

Extreme left-wing MK Zahava Gal'on (Meretz/Yahad) accused Sharon of "making cheap and provocative use of threats of civil war." Former Justice Minister Tommy Lapid of the left-wing Shinui Party said, "Remarks like these by the Prime Minister cause more extremism and tension, instead of calming things down. I don't think that such dangers exist."

MK Tzvi Hendel (National Union), a resident of Gush Katif and one of Sharon's most bitter opponents, said, "Sharon is a liar. He knows that the only one who can lead to a civil war is he himself."

Hendel's words received strong backing this week - from a man who himself suffered from Sharon's ideological-based violence. It occurred during the period known as the Saison of the mid-1940's, when left-wing Haganah activists pursued and beat up nationalist Etzel and Lechi activists, and others even turned them over to the hated ruling British forces.

Speaking with Arutz-7's Shimon Cohen, Ben-Ami Zamir, who is today a member of the Likud Party Bureau, gave the following harrowing account:

"I was given the mission of establishing an Etzel cell in our moshavah [townlet] of Magdiel, and I did so. I gathered some youths in our cafe, and I would often give shelter to Etzel men who needed to hide from the British police. Everyone knew everyone, and it was known that I was an Etzel man, as were all my neighbors; residents of the surrounding moshavim were rival Haganah people."

One of these towns was Kfar Malal, home to young Ariel "Arik" Sharon. "One Motzaei Shabbat [Saturday night], a truck arrived at the cafe, and out of it jumped a group of uniformed Haganah men, led by Ariel Sharon holding a hoe-handle. We knew him in the area as someone who always holds a hoe-handle to catch Etzel and Lechi people. They tried to break into the cafe, which was still closed because of the Sabbath. I came close to him, and he said, 'Give me some soda,' and pointed to a box of drinks on the ground. I bent down to the bottles, and then he picked up his arm and smashed me with all his might with the hoe-handle. My head was covered in blood, which dripped down all over me."

Zamir said that a fight ensued, and "for ten minutes, they destroyed everything they could... The next morning, I went to the Sharon home... His mother came out, saw me all bandaged up and immediately realized what was going on. I asked where Arik was, and she said he wasn't home. I said that if I would see him, I would get him. Later people in Kfar Malal told me that he was afraid to go home. We didn't see him again in Magdiel."

Zamir said that this was not the only violent incident against Etzel people in which Sharon was involved. He noted specifically the case of someone named Hayuma, who died six months ago, whose arm was broken by Sharon's gang.

Zamir's story was publicized 15 years ago by Yediot Acharonot reporter Shlomo Nakdimon. That article also quoted similar testimony by Etzel member Daniel Basamnik. "Sharon threatened to sue [following Nakdimon's article]," Zamir told Arutz-7's Cohen, "but for his own reasons decided not to."

Not long ago, Zamir met Sharon at a Likud gathering at the party's headquarters in Metzudat Ze'ev. "Sharon passed me," Zamir said, "and I told him that he would be remembered in history as a traitor. I said that apparently only when a shell lands in his own farm, will he understand what he's doing."

Cohen said that no response to his inquiries on these accusations had been received from the Prime Minister's Bureau by press time.

Just today, Mr. Sharon issued a call against violence in response to threats received by Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz. "Everything must be done to stop the violence of a small minority of the settlers," he said today. Apparently unaware of the old/new accusations against him, Sharon said that the Land of Israel faithful living in the Maoz HaYam Hotel in Gush Katif are "vocal and dangerous," as well as "law-breaking."

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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POWER AND INFLUENCE
Posted by Batya Medad, June 28, 2005.

When I was growing up, the feeling was that if you wanted to "change the world," have power and influence, you'd go into politics. President Kennedy's motivating speeches are quoted to this day. Fortunately or unfortunately, things have changed.

This week an enormous tragedy, a terror attack that challenges the imagination, was, thank the Good Lord, prevented. An Arab, one of the lucky ones from Gaza, a patient in the Israeli hospital, Soroka, prepared for her check-up by strapping explosives to her body. The same body that Israeli doctors had labored to heal was going to be used as a murder weapon to murder her doctors, nurses, and fellow patients and to destroy part of the hospital itself. The Soroka Hospital, in the Southern city of Beersheba, treats both Jewish and Arab patients, and its staff is also integrated. One of the Arab doctors who works there wrote a very moving article against such terror in the hospital he considers a home.

This horrendous, unthinkable for normal minds, plan was barely mentioned in the international press. Via the Internet, I'm in touch with concerned people of all religions, and we are all surprised and disappointed by the lack of press coverage. The media has no problems magnifying and saturating the airwaves with anything that may be considered a fault of Israel, but to expose the immoral Arab terror is considered so much less important.

Everyone remembers the little Arab boy photographed next to his father in the crossfire of Arab and Israeli bullets. Israel was roundly condemned all over the world press and diplomatic world for his death, though extensive ballistic tests proved beyond a doubt that Arabs killed him. If there was a "clarification" it was hidden in the back pages and certainly the TV and radio didn't publicize corrections.

My family has had a lot of experience with the international media as residents of Shiloh. Journalists call us with requests that sound like they're ordering from a Chinese restaurant. "Can you find us an American immigrant living in the Hebron area and a native Israeli near Tel Aviv'" When queried about the stereotypes, we've been told that the editor ordered a specific article, and the reporter has to find people "to fit the bill." Meaning that the true situation, like a "native Israeli" descended from Jewish residents murdered in the Hebron Massacre of 1929 and an American immigrant living near Tel Aviv wouldn't convey the message the editor desires. Truth is what the editors want it to be. Apparently this phenomena isn't exclusive to Israel.

Here in Israel we're constantly warned of the dangers of "the extreme right wing," and any Arab injured is described as "innocent of guilt," a phrase never used to describe Jewish victims of Arab terror. Yesterday's simple 15 minute Stop a Moment to Think Again Protest was heralded with warnings from the media that the demonstration was irresponsible and will certainly cause death.

Tens of thousands of vehicles and at least 200,000 pedestrians lined various roads throughout the country in one of the simplest and calmest demonstrations imaginable. I participated in Jerusalem standing near the Israeli Supreme Court with hundreds of others of all ages and backgrounds. Almost everyone wore something orange and some waved Israeli flags. Passing cars tapped out the "we support you" beep. And then after a short time, as planned, we all returned to our everyday lives.

Last but most important. The big mystery: why in the world did Arik Sharon declare the Disengagement policy? According to a recently published book, Boomerang, it was Ariel Sharon's attempt to escape punishment for corruption.

In addition more and more proof of media manipulation have been revealed. A decision was made by the Israeli media to "coddle and protect" Ariel Sharon in order to promote Disengagement. Instead of honestly reporting the news, the media campaigns for its favorite issues, trying to influence the trusting public and in some cases, even orchestrates events to suit its agenda.

The Arutz 7 station was closed down and is now only available via phone and internet. It was closed down in order to prevent the public from hearing the truth. Today, thank G-d, some of us at least have the option of the internet and blogs as an alternative news media.

So if you want to change the world, forget politics. True power is in front of the camera and tapping the keys. It's up to all of us to tell the truth and not to believe everything we see and hear.

Remember the old saying: "Everything's true in the newspaper, except for the things you know about personally."

This is Musing #127. Batya Medad lives in Shiloh. She can be reached by email at Shilohmuse@yahoo.com or visit her website http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/ or go to http://www.shilo.org.il This is archived at http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2005/06/power-and-influence.htm

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THE CONFLICT AND THE POLITICALLY CORRECT; ENERGY SWINDLE; ISRAEL TIES ITSELF IN LEGAL KNOTS
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, June 28, 2005.
THE CONFLICT AND THE POLITICALLY CORRECT

A Jewish reader of mine joined an Internet discussion group comprised almost entirely of Roman Catholics. He submitted my article describing Islam's political manifestations. They found it offensive, especially the admonition to fellow Jews not to let Arabs come up behind them.

Most of the group thinks Islam is a peaceful religion. One who disagrees nevertheless suggests that Israel negotiate a resolution with the Arabs. After all, he supposes, Israel cannot keep resisting forever, as by demolishing terrorists' houses. Such action reduces its credibility.

My reader asked how to reply, especially on what Islam wants from the rest of the world. That is a difficult task. What standing have I with people who read only one article of mine? I sent him several pertinent editorials and news briefs that cite sources. Those are only a few of about 14,000 pages that I have written on the Arab-Israel conflict, in the past decade.

On what basis do I presume to advise others? Many writers are presumptuous, exercising their legal right to communicate their lack of knowledge. I started with the approximately half a million pages I read on the subject, from scholarly works and the regular print media, when I set up a library for a Zionist organization.

To read is not necessarily to absorb, and to absorb is not necessarily to digest. I am going to make some assertions about how I go about it; my regular readers can judge for themselves. I do digest the material, and expose false propaganda, because I dislike seeing the public under-informed and misinformed about public issues, especially this one of great import. Just as the public was caught unprepared for the Nazi and Communist menaces, they were unprepared for the contemporary totalitarian menace, Islamism. I have lived through all those phases.

Advocating Zionism, I reject "advocacy journalism," whereby the writer editorializes, censors, and dissembles in news items. When I come across an invalid argument by my own "side," I expose it as false, too. Academic integrity is one of the ways I try to differentiate myself from the other side. Readers would not stay with a dissident, if he forfeits trust. I do strain belief with my iconoclastic approach. I think for myself.

Now, what do I tell a Catholic group? Although in boyhood I had been beaten up and regularly pursued by a couple of Catholics, in my youth I quit two organizations when I found them irrelevantly antagonistic towards Catholicism. One group was the American Humanist Association, the other, Americans United for Separation of Church From State. I consult a knowledgeable Christian, to make sure I don't misrepresent the Christian view. So far, so good.

The problem with introducing a discordant view into the forum is that it gages dissent against a syndrome of beliefs based on well-meaning assumptions about other cultures and religions that I see are not based on fact. In Western society, people are not educated about major trends, but adopt politically correct ideological positions, often contrary to practical experience. They are too rigidly liberal or conservative, rather than pragmatic and ethical, to re-evaluate their notions.

When it comes to Islam, Westerners who have not studied its history and who depend on skimpy news that often is biased against Israel or is appeasement-minded, suppose it is just like their own religions. They ethno-centrically assume that other cultures have values and thought processes like their own. Being a monotheistic faith like their own, wouldn't Islam have become a religion of peace? It didn't. It never had a Reformation. It falsely tells them it wants peace, just as did Hitler and Stalin. Appeasement failed with the Nazis and Communists, and it failed with the Arabs. Let us not be naive and wax indignant against someone like me, who calls Islam a war society. That is a matter of fact and not debatable, though people argue against it anyway. Probably those people do not read translations of the mosque sermons broadcast over Saudi and Palestinian Authority (P.A.) TV, constantly calling for the murder of Christians, Jews, and Americans. The P.A. curriculum and media is filled with defamation and incitement to violence. Islam's primary tenets emphasize subduing all other faiths and humiliating Christians and Jews.

Islam originally spread by means of a judicious combination of war and diplomacy. It established a huge empire. The Arabs dream of regaining lost glory. Their religion divides the planet into two spheres, the world of Islam and the world of war. Informed Westerners can see that there is Islamic jihad all over the world, including the US. Do I have to name the many countries in which Islamic insurgents are fighting to take over? In some countries it has advanced into active combat. In the US it does more recruiting and fundraising. No, Islam is not a religion of peace. One hears about moderate Muslims, but few speak out against jihad and the means it uses: war, terrorism, torture, and deceit. For death in jihad, Islam promises Heaven. Best-sellers among the Muslim Arabs are Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and the forged "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." Bigotry is "in." Muslims have been pressuring Christians out of the Mideast for centuries. In Egypt, Muslims capture and forcibly convert Christian girls. In Fatah land, they beat up Christian worshippers and extort from Christian storekeepers.

Deceit is a tactic approved by the Arabs, as it was by the equally fanatical Communists and Nazis. If one follows the Arabs' assertions, one can see a pattern of false propaganda. Christians ought to challenge the Arab claim that there never was a Jewish temple on the Mount, for events there are important in the Christian Testament. Christians ought to challenge the claim by the Palestinian Arabs that Jesus was a "Palestinian." The Gospel truth is that Jesus was a rabbi. Arabs were not around there, at that time. There was no "Palestinian" nation then or now. Until the Palestine Mandate, there was no actual territory of Palestine since ancient Roman times. In the Mandate there were Palestinian Arabs and Palestinian Jews, but no Palestinian nation.

One of the members of the forum urges Israel to negotiate another Palestinian Arab state. (Jordan emerged from the Palestine Mandate and is Arab.) He wrote that Israel cannot keep resisting, as by demolishing terrorists' houses and undermining its own "moral credibility." Since those Arabs are not a separate nation, why grant them sovereignty, especially over traditionally Jewish territory? Since those Arabs are waging holy war, the Arab-Israel conflict is not about nationality or territory, but about religion. Islam deems Jewish sovereignty around there an affront to its hegemony. The PLO plan is to conquer all of Israel, starting by getting the strategic Territories of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. PLO statehood would stimulate war! Therefore, suggestions that the conflict can be negotiated to a conclusion are erroneous. Jihad doesn't stop until stymied or victorious. Since jihad is being waged against so many countries, it would be foolish for Israel to give the jihadists a victory. Such a victory would bring the Muslim Arabs to the second half of their saying, "After Saturday's people, Sunday's people."

Exhortation to negotiate is a Western means of problem solving. Arabs operate differently. Arabs negotiate much like the Nazis and Communists did, to gain an advantage for the next war. Once the Arabs absorb Israeli concessions, they violate the agreement and suggest more negotiations and more enemy concessions. That has been the case with the armistices, treaties, and accords. The strongest proof of the futility of negotiating with the Palestinian Arabs is that, a dozen years after the initial Oslo accords, the PLO and Palestinian Authority still have not disarmed the illegal militias and in fact have boosted, praised, and incited terrorism. We want a peace process, but prior negotiations enabled thousands of terrorist assaults on Israel.

Israel must continue resisting. Yes, the world criticizes Israel whatever defensive measures it takes, and hardly criticizes the Arabs, whatever war crimes they commit, such as targeting civilians, torturing prisoners, attacking ambulances or ferrying arms in them, fighting from behind their own people's civilians whom they thereby put at risk, and recruiting children.

As for my admonition to Israelis not to turn one's back toward an Arab, how it must shock the uninformed! Unfortunately, numerous Israelis learned the wisdom of it the hard way. I have read many news briefs of Jewish Israelis who long had employed Arabs or had been friends with them. Suddenly radicalized, Arabs have stabbed those employers and friends in the back.

ISRAEL TIES ITSELF IN LEGAL KNOTS

Israel intends to pay P.A. Arabs at least $50 million to demolish the 1,200 houses Jews built in the area PM Sharon is abandoning. This is referred to a "creating a job program" for the Arabs.

Why demolish them? The P.A. claims it doesn't want that type of house for its people. The Washington Post explains, "Under international law, Israel was required to return the property as it had been when it seized it during the 1967 war, which would have meant costly and time-consuming cleanup and left Israeli soldiers vulnerable to attack for months." (Glenn Kessler, NY Sun, 6/20, p.6.) Israel has no obligation to help the antisemitic Arabs.

What good are the peace agreements that the PLO/P.A. signed with Israel, if when Israel is sacrificing a portion of its homeland and a major investment, by turning the area over to the Arabs, they would be attacking Israelis preparing for that appeasement? How vicious the Arabs!

I think that the P.A. is afraid of the negative publicity from hordes of its people looting and gutting the houses. It would show what kind of people Arabs are. So far, the P.A. has gotten away with all sorts of war crimes, insults against Christianity and other bigotry, and corruption. Scenes of massive mob-looting and attacks when Israel is doing what the P.A. and most the rest of the world demanded, would be too dramatic for continued pretense that the Arabs just want peace.

It is humiliating for the Jewish people to read that some folks take pride in Israel making jobs for the Arabs out of destroying a major Zionist enterprise. The murderers of Israelis inherit the land! It stings hardly less that Israel will beg other countries for the funds to do so. One wishes Israel would smash the armed forces that intend to keep attacking it.

If international law were as the Washington Post put it, it would be asinine. Israel did what the Arabs had been unable to do. Israel made the parts of Gaza in which it settled bloom. What law demands that Israel destroy houses and other things, to restore the area to desert? Obviously the law was meant to prevent a conqueror from despoiling a settled area, not unsettle an area to its spoiled condition.

Although Israel was a conqueror, however, this international law does not apply to it. It is the law for occupiers. Israel is not an occupier in Judea, Samaria, Gaza. To be an occupier, one has to take over part of a sovereign state. The Territories were not sovereign. They had been seized by invading Arab states, which had no legitimate status there. Their legal status remains that of were unallocated parts of the Palestine Mandate for a Jewish national home. Israel is the most legitimate heir of that Mandate. It need not withdraw.

It is a mark of Israel's timidity that it allows such improper legal claims to be made against it. Allowing them undermines Israel's case in the public arena and ties it up in unwarranted financial obligations.

ENERGY SWINDLE

When the price of oil rose, new wells were drilled but not publicized. The industry pretended that there is a shortage, so as to maintain rising prices and to make nature reserves accessible for extraction and to remove other environmental restrictions. Actually there is a glut. That does not mean that conservation is unnecessary. Excess consumption eventually is not sustainable. Neither is the pollution. Meanwhile, consumers are being cheated.

CIVIL WARS IN IRAQ?

A couple of reports may be flashes in the pan, but they pose interesting possibilities for Iraq. One is that the Shiites are becoming impatient at the constant Sunni attacks against them. The other is that the Sunni Iraqi insurgents have become impatient with the Islamist human-bombing of ordinary Iraqis. In both cases, there would be civil war.

Seeing the start of a barrage, US troops thought it was intended against them. Instead, they found the two strands of the insurgency fighting amongst themselves. The Baathist Sunni insurgents do not want the kind of society that the foreign Islamists seek. The native rebels seek accommodation with their government.

Meanwhile, Shiites clashed with Sunnis in mixed neighborhoods. Young Shiite clerics have decided to lead massacres of Sunnis, to prevent themselves from being overrun. If this continues, US policy will have unraveled. The Shiite Grand Ayatollah used his authority to try to accommodate the Sunnis, instead of continuing the age-old policy of revenge for Saddam's persecution of Shiites. If the ethnic strife continues, it will have been in vain.

If, however, the Baathists fully break off from the Islamists, and accept the Shiite invitation to a secure place in Iraq, then the ethnic strife may cease. Ethnic unity would isolate the Islamists. This would permit a US success.

INTERNAL P.A. VIOLENCE

Abbas rarely asserts his authority. Although he runs a dictatorship, he does not use the media to gain support for the regime. Non-political murder is on the upswing in the P.A.. It is shaking the legitimacy of the regime. When Abbas had been Prime Minister under Arafat, he blamed Arafat for not supporting him. He has nobody else to blame for his current foundering (IMRA, 6/16 from Michael Widlanski). He IS different from Arafat - he lacks ability to lead..

P.A. officials have been unable to stem the rivalry between the current, ruling generation of Fatah leaders, and the younger one, impatient for power now. The factions have engaged in gun battles, which the P.A. police have stayed out of.

The fate of Fatah depends on the fate of the P.A.. The P.A., however, may be headed for collapse this year. Many P.A. officials already have fled (as the Arab upper class did from Israel on its own, when foreseeing imminent war). Others have made arrangements to find a haven abroad, on short notice (IMRA, 6/16).

Will the flight change the demographic balance? What effect is the US training of P.A. police having? What is the current and prospective effect of planned Israeli withdrawal? What does this indicate about US policy favoring the P.A. as if it already were democratic?

U.S. DEMANDING UNO REFORM?

The House voted to halve US subsidy of the UNO if it fails to reform. But if it fails to reform, why pay at all?

Rep. Lantos failed to amend the bill so as to leave the decision up to the Sec. of State. As another Representative put it, "We have had enough waivers, enough resolutions, enough statements. It's time we had some teeth in reform." As an editor put it, "Why would Mr. Lantos think that if the Congress wanted to get tough with the UN, it would hand the decision on whether to get tough over to a State Department that has been opposing the idea of getting tough all along?" (NY Sun, 6/20.)

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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THE LAST CONCERT
Posted by Rachel Saperstein, June 28, 2005.

The Gush Katif Orchestra had just played its final notes at the end-year concert in the Community Center in Neve Dekalim when Naomi Eldar - tall, elegant, smiling Naomi - trembled with emotion as she spoke to the audience of children and parents. "Is this to be our last concert?" she tearfully asked.

I had been sitting in the audience watching Sophia, the energetic orchestra conductor, put her baby, the Gush Katif Orchestra, through its last number, a lively Chassidic melody. The percussionists were in full gear as the accordions were belting out the tune. Children, youth, adults, accompanied by our music teachers, had joined together to make music, and to bring music not only to the people of Gush Katif but to audiences throughout Israel.

During the worst of the intifadeh, with bombs and shootings taking place in Gush Katif, our orchestra went out to all parts of Israel to entertain and to give courage to the people cowering under daily terrorist attacks.

I am especially fond of the Gush Katif music program. As a teenager I had played the flute and now I had, as an "older" person, the chance to play it again. Imagine being 57 and tackling an instrument untouched for forty years. My teacher Alex, an immigrant from Russia as are all the music teachers, brought back both the pleasure and the discipline of playing an instrument.

I often played along with the children, standing with pride as I played a trio for flutes. Some of the adults smiled as I was called up to play my solo at the recitals. But watching my happy face they too signed up to study their own childhood instruments or to begin to learn a new instrument.

And that's what I did as well. At age 60 I began to learn the keyboard. I was totally uncoordinated but my teacher, Marc, put me through the difficult paces of learning a new instrument.

The music teachers live in Ashkelon and Beersheba. Twice a week they make their way to Gush Katif and back in bulletproof vans. Through the most difficult periods, with their families frantically calling them every hour, with news reports of incessant terrorist attacks, they came.

Their devotion to their students, and especially their love of Gush Katif, was expressed in the most ardent Zionist way - they put their bodies, their music and their skills on the line to be with us.

The music teachers gave us light when the world around us seemed so dark. During the most difficult nights of terror, listening to mortars and rockets falling all around us, I played my flute. Many times my good neighbor, Roxanne Chemla, an accomplished pianist, accompanied me. Together we gave small concerts. Playing kept us focused on the music and not on the deadly sounds we heard outside our homes.

Is this the Last Concert? Naomi Eldar, Ita Freiman and the entire dedicated staff of our Community Center wished me a happy summer. My teachers gave me material to practice and I was reminded I should now sign up for music lessons for September before all the slots would be filled.

And so I did.

May we make music together in Gush Katif for many years to come.

Rachel Saperstein and her husband Moshe live in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, Gaza, Israel. She is a teacher at the Neve Dekalim ulpana and a spokeswoman for the Katif Regional Council.

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WILL APPEASEMENT BRING PEACE TO ISRAEL?
Posted by Marcel Cousineau, June 28, 2005.

The Prime Minister of Israel knows much about the subject on endangering Israel as he accuses those who oppose his suicidal plans.

He warned Mr. Bush in 2002 that he would not allow Israel to become the tool of appeasment as Czechslovakia was fed to the Third Reich by Britan for the cause of 'peace in our time.'

Sharon changed his mind after his visit to Washington and went along with the Bush Road Map that now endangers Israel's existence.

What happened?

Now the Prime Minister follows any and every demand from Washington without question.

He has for all practical purposes surrendered Israel sovereignty to Amwerica's interests and their failed peace plan.

As an Israeli University Professor wrote me last week, 'He is the most powerful man on earth.'

This is Israel problem in a nutshell: they have forgotten the One who is more powerful than Mr. Bush and have chosen to obey the dictates of one over the other. Even after all the lies and betrayal, Israel will not loosen it's grip from this false Idol which promises peace.

This is a grave error on Israel's part which will be extremely costly.

Israel will not have peace, but it will have the same destruction and war that Neville Chamberlain's appeasment brought to the world not too long ago.

Even Abba Eban knew enough to warn us about the Aushwitz borders.

Sharon endangers Israel's existence by appeasing and emboldening the Islamic jihadists, and the few who speak out know this.

Under the fascist umbrella law of incitement he silences his opponents and crushes them.

Did they drug him - some kind of mind control? Do they have compromixing photos of Sharon to bribe him with? Why does Sharon bring Israel to the brink, not of peace, but destruction and refuse to communicate with those he serves as Prime Minister.

He is the Bully Bulldozer Dictator who serves U.S. interests and not Israel's.

This is treason.

Why did he go back on his appeasment warning to Mr. Bush ?

All of Israel Prime Minister after Yitzak Shamir have sold out Israel to U.S. interests, teaching the wise that politicians will not save Israel. Israel's only hope is the direct intervention from her God.

Contact Marcel Cousineau by email at up2zionsg8@yahoo.com.

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GUSH KATIF THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF "DISENGAGEMENT"
Posted by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein, June 28, 2005.

This was written by Dr. Moshe Dann

In order to gain greater control of Israel's economy, Israel's oligarchy (cf. www.dandb.co.il for example) are using the Sharon/Peres "disengagement" plan of retreat from Yesha (traditionally part of the Left's agenda and the basis of the Oslo Accords.) to their advantage.

These ruling elites realized that Israel would have to pay for deporting Jews and confiscating their property in Gaza and northern Samaria. Lacking sufficient funds in the budget, however, the government would be forced to sell off their interests in companies - at a substantial discount. These are the plums that the elite coveted; "disengagement" was the excuse. And it was convenient because it coincides with the Left's antipathy towards "settlers," with free-market economics, and post/anti-Zionism.

Although Jewish property in the Gaza Strip may be potentially worth billions of dollars their owners are being offered a small fraction of its real value in compensation. This is a direct subsidy to terrorists. But it's not just about homes, veggies and flowers.

Terrorist organizations have spent billions trying to defeat the IDF and destroy Jewish communities throughout Israel. Forcing Israel to retreat from Gaza and Northern Samaria under fire while abandoning Jewish property - without having to give up anything (including terrorism) -- proves the success of their strategy.

Although nearly all military experts now agree that "disengagement" is a strategic mistake, will increase the danger to Israel's security and encourage future terrorism the government continues. A major reason behind the process is economic.

FM Netanyahu is the 'bag man' for Sharon/Peres' policy of expropriation and deportation. "Privatization" (selling off government-owned and/or controlled industries and banks which receive special privileges) has merits, but in Israel it concentrates greater economic power in the hands of the oligarchic ruling elite. Government interests in banks and companies are being sold at discounts to fund the retreat from Yesha, the interests of the elite and a growing police state.

Capital market reforms are not accompanied by a more efficient and conducive system that will encourage businessmen and investors, and one that will provide greater competition. Major obstacles, like Israel's monopolistic banking structures remain unchanged.

Subsidies and tax "incentives" to businesses, Channel One and the "politically correct," moreover continue while ministerial budgets are cut. For example, 700 million NIS was cut from the education ministry budget, which meant firing 5,000 teachers. The same amount was given to (Shinui) to obtain their support for retreat plan. Most of this money will be used to support various Shinui political interests; nearly half is intended for certain profligate universities which serve the interests of the elite. This is at the expense of public education and colleges. The rest will be spent on "cultural" activities - again supporting the interests of Israel's Left-wing elite. No money is intended to help the working and non-working poor, nor the basic public education and health systems which trap the poor in cycles of poverty, dependency and oppression.

"Disengagement" is also about who controls land, Israel's most important tangible asset, the basis of sovereignty (political power) and the most constant and important measure of wealth and economic/political power.

The settlement movement represents a powerful centrifugal force in Israeli society because of its independence and idealism. It created decentralized loci of power with a more religious and Zionist ideology than the Left and the ruling elites, challenging the hegemony of Israel's social, political, economic and cultural (anti-religious) Establishment. The problem was how to eliminate settlements within a nominally democratic system.

The first step was the Oslo Accords which helped establish a terror-based Palestinian state; the next is a retreat from all or most of Yesha and building a barrier/fence basically along the 1949 armistice lines. With the media, court and police systems under their control, the next step required the destruction of the Likud which provides political support for the settlement movement and stands in the way of the Left's re-gaining full power

Restricting land use by Jews was the job of the Israel Lands Authority (a function of the Prime Minister's office) which exercises a virtual monopoly -- controlling 93% of Israeli land -- and is dominated by the agricultural lobby and the political echelons. (The JNF also holds significant amounts of land.) When Jews moved to newly available land (in Yesha) after 1967 they created a new source of wealth and to an extent political independence. The more they expanded, the greater their threat to the ILA's control of land and eventually the entire system. By restricting the sale and distribution of land the ILA manipulates prices to maintain artificially high levels and prevent the expansion of Jewish communities.

At the time of the Oslo Accords the settlement movement was on its way to creating the three important mechanisms of independence: free, open communication (Arutz 7, Radio West, etc), economic self-sufficiency and political strength. Eventually, with cheaper land available, heavy industry would have moved into Yesha and then de facto annexation would be complete.

Oslo pre-empted this development just at the time when the settlement movement was at its peak and had achieved 'critical mass,' and when "Palestinian nationalism" and its supporters were weakest. Oslo tried to reverse the process. "Disengagement" is really another form of that failed "peace process," while widening conflicting cultural divisions.

Settlements also represent a paradigm of everything that post-Zionists oppose. As they see it, Arabs want to destroy Israel from without; "settlers" and religious Jews want to destroy Israel from within.

More important is how easily the ruling elite are able to take advantage of these forces to serve their interests. Through their control of the means of communication (TV, radio and newspapers) the oligarchy can essentially brainwash the public. Because Israel's political, economic and judicial systems have no accountability, democratic institutions are undermined and manipulated by political and economic interests.

It's not only the failure of a leader or political party; the system itself exploits us. Abandoning authentic Zionism, genuine democracy and Jewish values in favor of post-Zionist Israelism is part of a process of assimilation and internationalism. The New Middle East that promised peace delivered terrorism and the deportation of Jews. "Land for Peace" didn't work, so Israel offers 'Land for Nothing." It is a policy rooted in fear, failure and defeatism

PM Sharon's announcement that "the dream (settlement in Yesha) is over represents a capitulation to and legitimization of terrorism. It means not only that we cannot win our war against that enemy, but that we should not win.

Israel's existence is threatened not only by Arab terrorism, but by venality and dishonesty. That explains why a nation diseased with corruption and bribery cannot defend itself effectively.

Moshe Saperstein and his wife Rachel live in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, in the Gaza Strip. He is a Jerusalem Diarist, one of the group of Israelis who are recording their experiences living in Israel.

He lost an arm while fighting in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He was again wounded in a February 2002 incident when he drove his car into a terrorist who had just shot and killed a young mother traveling in the car in front of him. He writes frequently of his physical and emotional struggles. His wife, Rachel (aka. La Passionara, La P.) works at the Girls High School in Neve Dekalim and published a booklet last year for families dealing with terror victims.

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GUSH KATIF SOLDIERS IN ANTI-SETTLER OPERATION WILL REFUSE ORDERS
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 28, 2005.

This was written by Aaron Klein, who is WorldNetDaily's Jerusalem bureau chief, whose past interview subjects have included Yasser Arafat, Ehud Barak, Shlomo Ben Ami and leaders of the Taliban.

JERUSALEM - A group of Israeli soldiers who said they were misled into carrying out an anti-settler operation in Gaza yesterday [Editor's note: see below ] are being reprimanded for refusing to take part in the upcoming Gaza evacuation, relatives of the soldiers told WND.

The 12 soldiers say they were misled by their commander yesterday into participating in an operation in which the Israeli Defense Forces bulldozed 11 abandoned homes and buildings along the Gaza beachfront and clashed violently with Jewish teenagers. One soldier, Avi Beiber, would not even help in yesterday's mission.

The IDF said it decided to remove the abandoned structures because it was worried Jewish activists would take up residence in the homes, located near a Jewish community, in an effort to stop the Gaza evacuation Aug. 15.

The 12 soldiers said they were only told they were needed for an unidentified operation and to bring their weapons and protective gear, Raphael Beiber, Avi's father, told WND. He said details of the operation were withheld from the troops.

When the soldiers arrived, Beiber said, they were informed their mission was to protect bulldozers preparing to raze the abandoned structures.

But just as the operation began, dozens of local Jewish youth streamed to the site in an attempt to stop the bulldozing. The soldiers, except for Avi, immediately clashed with the youth. Avi quickly told his commander he could not participate and yelled at the other soldiers, "A Jew doesn't evacuate a Jew."

Haggai Huberman, an eye witness, described the scene to the Israeli media:

"A large group of youths managed to lie down in front of one of the bulldozers, and when it stopped, others climbed atop it. ... Youths behind it, in front of it and on top of it. After a few minutes, the police and soldiers started evacuating, using great force.

"[The youth] climbed on the bulldozer and started dragging the youths down with force, with an exchange of punches, pushes and curses. The youths were crying out, 'Refuse orders! This is not your job! You are soldiers, you should be protecting us, not evacuating us!'

"The force used by the soldiers was so great, and sometimes so brutal and unreasonable, that some of the youths were hurt and required medical care. One youth suffered a strong blow to his shoulder, several of them fainted and stretchers gradually began to arrive on the scene, evacuating them for medical treatment."

Beiber told WND, "When my son Avi saw what was happening, when he saw his fellow soldiers and officers beating up Jewish kids, he was sickened and he told his superiors he would not participate. He was asked to turn in his weapon and he was loaded on a Jeep and escorted out of there."

The 12 other soldiers, who did participate, now say they will not take part in the upcoming Gaza evacuation.

"It felt disgusting to have to restrain Jewish teenagers. They were good guys who came because they just don't want to be kicked out of their homes," said one soldier, who gave a statement to WND through his mother because he currently is restrained from talking to the media.

The soldier said, "They kept the mission quiet from us. I feel like I was lied to. Most of my friends have been stationed in Gush Katif for a few months. We don't want to be involved in the [Gaza evacuation.]"

The soldiers told their commander they want to be excused from any future anti-settler missions and are being reprimanded for their decision. Avi Beiber remains on duty in Gaza and soon will be tried for his refusal.

The IDF is worried refusal of orders may become more widespread as the Gaza withdrawal draws closer. Last week hundreds of soldiers and reserve officers assembled in Jerusalem to announce they will refuse to participate in the evacuation.

In perhaps the most high-profile refusal case so far, the enlisted son of the police chief responsible for overseeing the withdrawal told WorldNetDaily in March he thinks the Gaza evacuation is "wrong," and he will not participate if his unit is ordered to take part.

Raphel Beiber said, "I brought my son up to be a proud Jew. To love his country. Yesterday, he did the right thing."

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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LOSE THE PREDICTABILITY
Posted by Gerald A. Honigman, June 27, 2005.

Two more sets of Israeli parents buried their kids the other day.

Israel has been under increasing pressure from its American friends to ease the unfortunately necessary restrictions it had placed--checkpoints and such--to keep the rabid animals at bay. It did, and--to no surprise--five hitchhiking Jewish students were shot at from a passing car which had gotten through as a result. Two teenage boys were wantonly slaughtered, others wounded...the murderers escaping back to hide amongst their supporters from whence they came. They will, undoubtedly, be treated as heroes for their exploit.

These are the folks with whom Jews are told they will have "peace" with...if only they will just keep on unilaterally giving up a little bit more, and more, and more, and more...

I assume that their alleged "peace partner," President Mahmoud Abbas, will use his own police force to track down the killers.

I also assume that I will win the Florida lottery this weekend...about the same odds.

Moving on to the related bigger picture, here we are, on the eve of Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza--a move that will, undoubtedly, be perceived by most Arabs as a victory in their destruction in stages scenario for Israel. And what, may we ask, have been the dominant Arab responses to this controversial move?

Well, for starters, we have the sweet-talking (but still rejectionist) Abbas and fellow Arafatian camp which wants "quiet," at least for the time being, so that diplomacy-- i.e. international pressure--can continue to turn the screws on Israel, forcing it to forsake the promises of Resolution 242 after the '67 War that it would, at long last, be able to shed its 1949 U.N.-imposed, 9-mile wide armistice line existence for secure and recognized borders. The first step in the Arabs' decades' old destruction in stages scenario is to get Israel back to its vulnerable '49 armistice lines so that it could more easily be cut in half.

And then we have the more honest Hamas and Islamic Jihad camp which openly states that it will never accept an Israel in the neighborhood, regardless of its size, withdrawal from disputed lands, and so forth. These folks have continued to launch attacks, to Abbas' dismay (bad timing), despite Israel's preparations to uproot thousands of Jews from strategically important, non-Arab lands in Gaza and parts of the West Bank. Gaza has been used as an invasion route into Israel since the days of the Pharaohs.

Hamas and Islamic Jihadists have even been threatening to resume full-scale violence (translate that to more blown up buses, restaurants, and such) if Israel takes action to try to stop them from killing Jews. A pretty good deal if you can get it: Murder your enemies and demand that they let you do so at no cost. Down right laughable, if asked of anyone else...but this what the world expects Jews to have to put up with.

So, that brings me to my main thought...

How did Israel allow itself to get cornered this way?

I'm fully aware of the very real pressure from even its "friends," but Jews didn't wait 2,000 years for the resurrection of their state and their dignity to allow this to occur...no matter who is turning the screws.

Even more sickening, how could Arab butchers of babes and other innocents--whom Israel could fry en masse whenever it chose--be allowed to even feel that they had the power to issue such threats, demands, and such?

Some very bad mistakes have been made by Israeli policy makers--again acknowledging outside pressure--which have brought us to this point.

Given this, let's take a look at a few suggestions. But first, let's backtrack a bit to set the stage...

I remember one random bus bombing in particular. This one happened a day before Israel was to be "brought to court" to defend itself for building a fence designed to keep Arabs from disemboweling its kids.

More recently, after the death of Arafat, on Mahmoud Abbas' watch, a half dozen more Jews were slaughtered and others severely wounded for helping Arabs find a way to feed their families in Gaza.

All were incinerated and maimed innocents, whose only crime was existence in a land where their ancestors have lived for over three thousand years. And the murders were followed by the usual hollow condemnations by the alleged "good half" of the Arafatian / Hamas-Islamic Jihad good cop / bad cop team. Not that Abbas, Qurei', & Co. really object, but it's "bad publicity" for their cause. They too call for Israel's destruction, but by "more acceptable" means.

So, even with the Egyptian ghoul (aka Arafat) out of the picture, his legacy still works the strings. Yet that legacy predated him as well. Arabs have long declared the region to be "purely Arab patrimony," despite scores of millions of non-Arabs living there. The latter consented to forced Arabization or were killed.

I believe it was Martin Niemoller, a German theologian, who wrote something like the following:

First they came for the Communists, and I did nothing. Then they came for the Jews, and I remained silent. And by the time they came for me, there was no one left to protest.

Coincidentally, a bit further back on August 19, 2003, another Arab bought his ticket to "paradise" and its seventy or so virgins by blowing Jews apart on yet another bus almost at the same time that a colleague was doing likewise to United Nations workers in Iraq.

Now, what was the lesson from Reverend Niemoller's remarks again?

This is the same U.N. that, at best, has seen a "moral equivalence" between Jewish babes and grandmothers being deliberately and wantonly slaughtered, and Israeli steps taken to try to stop that slaughter.

Before the recent drop in violence due to the cease fire of sorts (Arabs have still continued to launch rockets, mortars, and attack Jews both in the territories and in Israel proper) after Abbas' election, some of the latest Arab suicide bombers claimed they did this to avenge Israel's killing of armed Hamas fighters in Gaza.

Again, they expect to be able to murder Jews at no cost to themselves.

Given all the above, I've come to at least one firm conclusion: Israel has become far too predictable.

The Old Warrior himself has been caving in to constant pressure coming at him from all over, and especially from his so-called friends--the same ones who would have leveled the source of these repeated atrocities had it been done to their own peoples. Among many examples, recent events in Fallujah, sites along the Syrian-Iraqi border, and in Afghanistan come to mind.

Arabs, who refuse to dismantle their terrorist infrastructures and who still do not accept the permanency of a Jewish State, also demand that Israel stand by and do nothing while Jews continue to get butchered. This is the "moderate" Palestinian Arab leader's position as well as Hamas'. They can't seem to figure out why Israel must have such things as a security fence or real borders instead of armistice lines which made it a miniscule rump state and constant temptation to those aiming to destroy it.

As if the answer wasn't obvious. How many other nations would tolerate such horror without exacting just and devastating retribution? Again, think about the daisy cutter and bunker-buster bombs and such America used against our own enemies in Afghanistan and Iraq, as just a few recent examples.

A good part of the problem is, you see, that despite all that the Arabs say, they know that the Jews will try their best to just kill the rats in their dens. They'll go house to house, endangering their own sons, and try to target the exact murderers and plotters as best as possible. That's what had been happening in Gaza and elsewhere, yet such operations only became the Arabs' excuse for the next atrocities. And even the American State Department spoke of these events in terms of an allegedly morally equivalent cycle of violence.

The Geneva Conventions make perfectly clear that militants are not permitted to use their own non-combatants as human shields, that those non-combatants do not prevent an army from pursuing terrorists, and that any harm occurring to the civilian population as a consequence falls on the heads of the cowards using their own people this way. But you'd never know this by listening to the accounts in the press or given too often even by the Foggy Folks.

Given all of the above, there is, again, only one conclusion: Israel has indeed become too darned predictable.

Arabs know that their own wives and children will not be deliberately targeted on buses, in restaurants, shopping centers, in their homes, or wherever. Jews won't stop Arab cars and murder mothers and children in cold blood.

So, what I will state next, I regret, but will say anyway.

By many predictions, a new intifada will break out after Israel withdraws from Gaza and the four Samarian locals in order to force a total withdrawal from all the disputed, non-apportioned territories of the West Bank.

If this indeed occurs, it will be time, given the Arab track record of rejectionism and barbarity, for them to reap what they have sown. The time will have come for massive Israeli retaliation.

Jews have bent over backwards to accommodate the birth of the Arabs' 22nd state--a likely terrorist one, at that, in their very backyard--and second, not first, Arab one in the original April 25, 1920 borders of the Mandate of Palestine. Jordan was created in 1922 on the lion's share, some 80% of the entire territory. Arabs rejected the '47 partition plan which would have added about half of the 20% left--for a total of 90% of "Palestine."

The microscopic state of the Jews was reborn on less than one fourth of one per cent of the region's territory...so the conflict never was about land, but about anyone else besides Arabs--Kurds, Berbers, Black African Sudanese, Jews, Copts, or whoever--searching for their piece of the justice pie.

Given the persistent Arab rejection and barbarity, a new game plan must finally be adopted.

It's long past due for Israel to do whatever is necessary to protect its citizens as best as possible, regardless of how much support and aid the U.S. may decide to suspend. And many a red-blooded American citizen will convey the proper message to the politicians if Foggy Bottom and other Arabists are allowed to have their way with Israel over this.

Poll after poll among Arabs have shown that even if Israel withdrew to its 9-mile wide existence imposed after the 1948 fighting (having been invaded by surrounding Arab countries immediately upon its rebirth)--something UN Resolution #242 expressly does not require it to do--Arabs would still reject its right to exist. So who's kidding whom here? And Israel's "friends" know this as well.

It's time for Arabs to know that Israel will tell the hypocrites around the rest of the world (much of which has also had plenty of Jewish blood on its hands) that it doesn't care what they think and act to protect its own people--as any other nation would--as best as it can.

And, forgive me, but it's also time for Israel to not worry about being too precise in its targeting...for it's time that Arabs fully understand that if they harbor and support terrorists as heroes, they'll share in their fate. President George W. Bush said almost those exact words regarding America's own fight not long ago. By the way, not all of the casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, resulting from American air strikes and such, have been enemy combatants...that's for sure.

When dealing with their own "problems"--a la Assad's "Hama Solution" in Syria (in which ten times more people were killed in a month than Israel killed in over two years of intifada), King Hussein's Black September in Jordan, Saddam's murder of scores of thousands of Kurds over the decades in Iraq (5,000 in one day just Halabja alone), the slaughter of Black Africans in the Sudan, and so forth--Arabs have killed multitudes by poison gas, bombs, and artillery from afar. And all without a peep out of the United Nations. And no hearing before an international court of justice, either.

It's time for Israel to make it clear that it will use its own air force, tanks, and such--the way America and others have--to target the rats' dens instead of risking the lives of its own nineteen-year-old infantrymen by futilely trying to do the job as "morally correct" as possible. This has gained it nothing among the world's hypocrites and cost it the lives of more of its own soldiers instead.

Israel is fighting a war it didn't want. It has repeatedly offered more than fair compromises to its enemies, certainly far more than Arabs have ever offered to any of their own national competitors. But nothing short of its own suicide will satisfy most Arabs. Indeed, Abbas, himself, still calls for this, demanding that Israel allow itself to be swamped by millions of real and fudged Arab refugees.

Arabs don't worry about "ethical choices" when butchering and disemboweling Jews. On the contrary, the more innocent the victim, the more preferred he or she is for shock value as a target. Arabs have videotaped themselves playing with heads and other body parts of Jewish victims and have created museums honoring their barbarity. If ever an enemy deserved its comeuppance, it is Israel's.

Given these harsh realities, if Arabs cease to halt their still continuing attacks on Jews, then it's time that they receive massive doses of at least modified versions of their own medicine.

While I don't advocate stooping to their level by blowing up Arab buses, restaurants, schools, and such, any building, town, or whatever harboring murderers and their collaborators must be recognized for what the Geneva Conventions say it is: A fair military target...Like those that just got leveled by America along the Syrian-Iraqi border and such.

Listen to Article #51/7:

"The presence of the civilian population shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular in attempts to shield military objectives from attack..."

Article #58b:

The parties to the conflict shall...avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas."

The rats' dens are typically set up in or adjacent to civilian apartment buildings, hospitals, schools, etc., as America has learned for itself in Iraq.

Article #51/2:

The civilian population...shall not be the object of attack. Acts of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited...Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited.

Arabs typically target Israeli civilians.

And those famous funeral processions showing hundreds of the dead butcher's colleagues firing weapons into the air? As I've written elsewhere, it's time that Israel sees them for what they are...one big, legitimate military target.

It's time for Israel to stop letting Arabs dictate how the game will be played. If mothers and infants are fair game for Arabs, then what are the murderers' collaborators for Israel? Keep in mind that Mahmoud Abbas himself was recently carried on the shoulders of the same folks who committed the latest atrocities...and promised them protection from Israeli retaliation to top it off. Among other things, he's incorporating them into his own military.

When that next predictable Arab atrocity is committed against Jews, it will be time for Israel to send the press packing, tell the UN to drop dead, build the security fence as quickly and as strongly as possible with an adequate buffer regardless of what anybody says (permitted by U.N. #242)--so it doesn't have its absurd suicidal 9-mile wide existence again--and ask its friends in the United States to stop having one set of standards for themselves and another one for Jews in their sole, tiny state. When we thought we knew where Saddam was dining, we bombed the restaurant to smithereens, innocent diners present and all. Get the picture?

And the more unpredictable the Israeli response to Arab barbarity, the better.

I wish it had not come to this.

I still wish that there will be another way. I hope predictions about a new intifada will prove to be wrong.

But, if those predictions are correct, and volumes of Arabs start dying relatively randomly (Arabs outnumber Jews 60 to one...they know this...so do the math) as Jews have been doing, perhaps they'll then be less likely to treat their own terrorists as heroes. To date, legions of them normally parade through the streets as soon as they hear of the latest atrocities, their "victories."

While this approach may also not be the solution, Israel has tried everything else (including insanely offering up 97% of the disputed territories, half of Jerusalem, and the like) except consenting to its own demise, and nothing else worked either.

Keep in mind that only after Egypt suffered immense casualties and destruction, after decades of trying to destroy Israel, did it make peace--as cold and questionable as that peace is today. There probably is a lesson here for the good cops and bad cops of the PA, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad-types as well. But Israel, unfortunately, will have to be a much better teacher than it has been up until now.

It's time for Israel to lose its predictability and for Arabs to get a mega-taste of what they've been dishing out.

And it's time for Israel to draw its own lines in the sand and let all know--regardless of the repercussions--that justice demands that it accept no less.

Gerald A. Honigman, a Florida educator, has created and conducted counter-Arab propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured on numerous campuses and other platforms, and has publicly debated Arab spokesmen. His articles and op-eds have been published in both the print media and on websites.

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DEAL CLOSE ON EGYPTIAN TROOPS' DEPLOYMENT ALONG RAFAH BORDER
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, June 27, 2005.

There is more to Prime Minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon's acceptance of Egyptian forces in the de-miitarized Sinai. In the following article Amos Harel speaks about Yuval Steinitz, Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee who expresses concern about the Egyptian Deployment from Karem Shalom to Eilat.

In the past, I have written about the Egyptian desire for a land route around the Gulf of Aqaba, which means going around Eilat for the purpose of occupying Saudi Arabia should it be threatened. Here you will finds the finger-prints of the Bush Dynasty and the pro-Arab State Department. The concept is for Egypt to take over the Saudi oil fields and pump as much oil as possible. The Saudis are already pumping at maximum but, prices for crude oil and refined products are still rising. (Just hit $60 per barrel of crude and going up.)

Nevertheless, President Bush and his oil henchmen are still following an old plan toi put Egypt in charge of the Saudi oil fields with the vast army the U.S. has gifted to the Egyptians ($60 Billion of American taxpayers' dollars to date!)

Bush needs Israel to allow the Egyptians land passage around the Gulf of Aqaba since Egypt does not have the sea-lift capabilities to move their armed forces and supplies across this waterway along with their heavy armor and battalions of soldiers.

In past articles I point out what would happen to Israel should Egypt occupy Saudi Arabia:

1. Egypt's armaments added to the Saudis would double the advanced U.S. armaments now held by the Saudis.

2. Egypt, already a military colossus thanks to American weapons' systems, would then be facing Israel from the South and East - with an occupied airfield at Tabruk.

3. When Egypt completes its cycle into an Islamic 'Jihadist' State under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, Israel will cease to exist - unless she pre-empts (the aggressive nations facing her with overwhelming forces) by using a nuclear response

4. There is every indication that Sharon has been recruitd for this concept - which, in effect, makes him a traitor to the Jewish nation.

This article was written by Amos Harel and appeared in Ha'aretz 6/23/05. It is archived at www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?itemNo=591251

Israel and Egypt are close to agreeing on the deployment of 800 Egyptian policemen along the western side of the Philadelphi route on the Rafah border. On the other hand, it looks like Israel is retracting for now the idea of expanding the deployment to the border segment between Kerem Shalom in the north and Eilat in the south.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who had previously expressed support for the deployment of between 3,000 and 5,000 Egyptian policemen along the more southern segment, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee this week that the deployment would be restricted at this point to 800 policemen across from Rafah. The Egyptian policemen, who are slated to deploy in the region close to the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip, are meant to assist in combating weapons smuggling into the territories.

Deploying these policemen will speed up an Israeli decision on clearing the route of Israel Defense Forces troops, thereby making the Gaza pullout complete.

The chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Yuval Steinitz (Likud), who is leading opposition to the agreement, says that Sharon's announcement is not enough. Steinitz is worried that Sharon backed down only because of political pressure brought to bear at this point, and that he will try to expand the deployment a year from now.

Steinitz, who considers the deployment from Kerem Shalom to Eilat to be the primary danger, also objects to deploying Egyptian policemen opposite Rafah. He recently adopted an opinion by the committee's legal adviser that the police deployment requires Knesset approval as it entails reopening the security appendix to the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, which stipulates a demilitarized area will be maintained along the border.

The matter was recently given to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz for his consideration but Mazuz has not net rendered his opinion. However, he advised Sharon and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz not to sign an agreement with Egypt on deploying the policemen before the legal issue at stake is discussed.

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

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RICE: USA WILL ACCEPT A DEMOCRATICALLY-ELECTED HAMAS
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, June 27, 2005.

My comment is based on an interview with Secretary of State Rice on CNN by John King. It can be read at Independent Media Review Analysis (IMRA) http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=25723 Rice said that US will respect elections if Hamas wins.

Secretary Rice, for all her abilities to articulate and dance around a subject, has shown herself to be nothing more than a talking head for President Bush and the pro-Arab U.S. State Department. That translates into rationalizing away the Terror that afflicts Israel by that black plague called radical "Islam" which is circling the globe.

Rice tells us that, if Hamas is elected, she will treat it as a legitimate democratic entity, regardless of its on-going practices of Terror. Clearly, the Bush-Rice team would accept Adolph Hitler, given that he too was elected to office.

The twisted pathetic logic of the Bush Administration is a sickening spectacle - as it pleads and snivels before the Muslim 'Jihadists', backed by the Saudi monarchy ... all "good friends" of the Bush Dynasty.

Our sophomoric President, guided by his father and James Baker, seems to be following the diktats of the "New World Order" gang - even as it collapses upon itself all over the world.

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

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MURDERED IN THE NAME OF FAMILY HONOUR
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, June 27, 2005.

These are the people whom us Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, acting as the dishonest mouthpiced for a dishonorable president, George W. Bush, have taken under their wings.

We all knew that Palestinians and Muslims, in general, followed this primitive doctrine. But the Bush family and administration have accepted this conduct in deference to the Wahhabi-driven society of Saudi Arabia and 'jihadists', in general.

Killing young girls to preserve the family honor is quibbling with the fact that there is no honor among arab muslims when it come to their testicle-driven society. The tragedy deepens when an American president and his mouthpiece shames all Americans by accepting the various tenets of terror in order to appease the ramplage of islamic 'jihadists' - be they Saudis, Egyptians, Syrians, Afghan tAliban or Palestinians, our american president has found poitical and oil-bearing sleeping partners.

Have you no shame, Mr. President?

Below, Chris McGreal writing in Ramallah reports on a rise in killings of Palestinian women.

Faten Habash's father wept as he assured his daughter there would be no more beatings, no more threats to her life and that she was free to marry the man she loved, even if he was a Muslim. All he asked was that Faten return home.

Hassan Habash even gave his word to an emissary from a Bedouin tribe traditionally brought in to mediate in matters of family honour, a commitment regarded as sacrosanct in Palestinian society. But the next weekend, as Faten watched a Boy Scouts parade from the balcony of her Ramallah home, the 22-year-old Christian Palestinian was dragged into the living room and bludgeoned to death with an iron bar. Her father was arrested for the murder.

"He gave me his word she would not be harmed," said Ibrahim Abu Dahouq, the Bedouin mediator. "He was crying and begging her to come home. They were even telling me that for their daughter to leave their house as a bride would be an honour for them. We never believed that love would lead to death in this ugly way."

Two days later, another ritual of killing unfolded a few miles away in Jerusalem.

Maher Shakirat summoned three of his sisters to discuss a family uproar after one of them, Rudaina, was thrown out by her husband for an alleged affair. Maher listened to Rudaina's denials, and her sisters' pleas that they were not covering up the affair. Then he forced the three women to drink bleach before strangling Rudaina, who was eight months pregnant. The other sisters tried to flee but Maher caught and strangled Amani, 20. The third, Leila, escaped but was badly injured by the bleach.

Maher, a bus driver in his 30s, is in hiding but his parents were arrested for allegedly ordering the murders and his wife was detained as an accomplice. As he was taken into custody, Rudaina's father, Amin, was asked why his daughters were killed. "Because they dishonoured the family," he said. "A married woman who goes with another man isn't good."

The murders of Faten Habash and the Shakirat sisters last month were the latest in a series of brutal "honour killings" that have shaken the Palestinian community over recent weeks. The deaths have prompted demands for a change to laws inherited from the days of Jordanian rule that deem all women to be "minors" under the authority of male relatives and that provide a maximum of six months in prison for killings in defence of "family honour."

But those calls have met with resistance in parliament where religious Palestinian MPs argue that reform will lead to a collapse in the moral fabric of society. According to the Palestinian women's affairs ministry, 20 girls and women were murdered in honour killings last year and about 50 committed suicide - often under coercion - for "shaming" the family through sex outside marriage, refusing an arranged marriage or seeking a divorce. Another 15 women survived attempts to kill them.

The ministry says that dozens of other killings are covered up each year. "We had one woman of 26 who was certified as dying of old age," said Maha Abu Dayyeh Shamas, director of the Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling. "Putting 'falling into well' on the death certificate is very common. We find that the women were strangled and then dumped in the well."

Faten Habash's murder was unusual because she came from the Christian minority in the Palestinian territories. Her desire to marry a young Muslim, Samer Hamis, so infuriated her family that the couple decided to elope to Jordan.

Faten's father enlisted the family priest to stop his daughter on the grounds that, even though she was 22, all women are legally regarded as minors under the authority of their male relatives. The Palestinian authorities returned Faten to her home where she was beaten and her pelvis broken as she was either thrown from a window or jumped trying to escape. She spent six weeks in hospital. She sought protection under an ancient Bedouin formula for resolving disputes, known as Tanebeh. Abu Dahouq, a lawyer for the Dawakuk tribe, negotiated with the Habash family.

Mr Dahouq said: "Faten believed she had received a guarantee of security." Two days later she was murdered. "This family had no honour, no manners, no ethics," he said. "And the girl was as honourable as could be. All she wanted to do was marry this man she loved. I think the people in her church also have responsibility for this killing. They told this family that their daughter brought shame, so that makes them part of the crime."

The family priest, Father Ibrahim Hijazin, declined to talk about Faten's killing other than to say he called the Palestinian authorities to prevent her from reaching Jordan. But he says other families would have reacted as hers did. "There is no interfaith marriage among Arabs. Catholics here are Christian by faith and Muslim by culture, and in this community it is forbidden for Christians to marry Muslims. It's not good. It's a tribal mentality. I don't accept it, but it is the culture," he said.

After Faten's murder, several hundred Palestinian women held a vigil in Ramallah to demand an end to honour killings.

The Palestinian women's affairs minister, Zuhaira Kamal, called for a change to the law to allow women over 18 to marry without the consent of a male relative and reform of the old Jordanian legislation that frees the killers after a few months. But MPs have resisted the move.

"They're very traditional there," said Mrs Abu Dayyeh Shamas. "They say these are our traditions, that a man who is in a moment of anger is driven to do these things. It gives a message to the community that you can kill without punishment. We have a lot of complaints from women that their husbands are having affairs. We ask these MPs if they think these women should be allowed to kill their husbands. They can't answer that question."

Although honour killings have a long history in Palestinian society, women's rights groups say the rise in these murders cannot be separated from the resurgent violence of the past four years of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Things are breaking down because of the changing relationship between men and women. Increased numbers of women are the main source of income while her husband sits around. That is the kiss of death for that family," said Mrs Abu Dayyeh Shamas.

"Men feel they have lost their dignity and that they can somehow restore it by upholding the family's honour. We've noticed recent cases are much more violent in nature; attempts to kill, rape, incest. There is an incredible amount of incest."

Amira Abu Hanhan Qaoud murdered her daughter, Rafayda, because she became pregnant after being raped by two of her brothers.

"My daughter fell over and broke her knee. I took her to hospital and there the doctor told me she was pregnant. So I killed her. It's as simple as that," said Mrs Qaoud on her doorstep in Ramallah. Mrs Qaoud waited until the baby was born and given up for adoption. Then she presented her 22 year-old daughter with a razor blade and told her to slash her wrists.

She refused so her mother pulled a plastic bag over her head, sliced her wrists and beat her head with a stick. The brothers were sentenced to 10 years for the rape. Mrs Qaoud spent two years in prison for killing her daughter. She has purged her home of all pictures of her older children, and declines to discuss the killing, saying all she wants is to forget about it.

The repercussions of Faten Habash's murder are still being felt; the man she loved is in protective custody after threats from the Habash family.

The Bedouin mediator says the Habashes have dishonoured his tribe by breaching the pledge that Faten would not be harmed. "The crime is not against the girl, the crime is against our family," said Mr Abu Dahouq. "Since they have broken their word, we have the right to retaliate. There will be a reaction for betraying their religion and betraying us."

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

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GUSH KATIF STILL A SLIVER OF HOPE
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, June 27, 2005.

This article was written by Israel Harel and appeared in Ha'aretz 6/23/05. It is archived at www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?itemNo=591220

Harel makes a good case for broadening the appeal against Sharon & his government to bring in more people outside of YESHA. I have no doubt that a strong legal case can be made against Sharon and his government. The list of documented failure would be large & shocking. Sharon has failed on almost every front to take care of the nation: From security, economy, schooling, health care, the environment, care for the poor - including bribery, corruption, secret deals, political appointments, firing of honest government officials (including Cabinet Ministers & military officers). I am certain an impressive list could be complied that reaches the average citizen well beyond YESHA.

A Haaretz editorial and an Uzi Benziman opinion piece ("The street has been left to the right," June 14, and "Where are the blue ribbons?" June 15) expressed concern about the color orange that rules the street. And you asked: Where is the blue response? It is slow in coming indeed; and from the point of view of the supporters of the uprooting, the latest surveys do not offer encouragement. But the updated observer has to come to the conclusion that, stemming perhaps from the return of the terror, there has been an erosion in the support for the disengagement. It is still too early to define it as a profound change in positions, in the wake of which, if nurtured by supplementary action, the real floodgates will open - leaving the Knesset, and then the government, no choice but to take heed of the public's revolutionary shift in opinion. Indeed, it is highly likely that if the orange movement had operated in keeping with a strategy that addresses the public in general and not only, or primarily, the religious public, we may already have been at the start of the wished-for turnaround.

Many of those who supported the disengagement yesterday are today voicing serious doubts as to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's true motives and the prices - strategic, ideological and human - that we are going to pay. With the terror continuing, coupled with threats that if Sharon is slow in implementing additional withdrawals, the terror of the past years will be just a preface to the true war of terror, it is natural for people to be changing their positions.

However, there is a difference between dropping one's support and joining the resistance. But this, precisely, is the objective - to cause this public, which is not necessarily party to the Yesha ideology but is ready to be swayed by political, ethical and security arguments, to actively join the camp of the opponents; namely, to demand, before it is too late, that the uprooting legislation be annuled.

Many claim that in recent weeks, they have sensed the turnaround is "in the air." Perhaps this is so. The team back at the ranch is also concerned. But this sense could fade if the directors of the campaign fail to reinforce the lack of faith of the doubters in Sharon, the man, and fail to boost recognition of the security dangers of the uprooting. A different, diametric sentiment drummed up by the propaganda machine of "Team Omri" will then be released into the public atmosphere, and could restore support for Sharon. After all, he holds all the cards, including cooperation with a significant number of the influential media figures who see themselves as soldiers of the sacred mission.

Blocking roads and other such "dedicated" antics will not open the floodgates, which is the only thing at this late hour that can prevent the historic mistake of the uprooting. On the other hand, attacks on Arabs or acts of vandalism are actions that arouse among the public the sense of "My soul, come not into their council; Mine honor, be not united with their assembly" (Genesis 49:6). And in order to turn the winds of doubt into a sweeping resistance movement, there is also need for - aside from ideology and strategy - a leadership in which the public at large, and not only the religious public, has faith. And this leadership cannot be made up only of Yesha people, who are perceived, sometimes justifiably so, as people who are concerned primarily with saving the settlement enterprise, while the national-strategic considerations in general remain secondary, both in terms of their worldview and in terms of the objectives of their struggle.

Today, less than 60 days before the first policemen report to Gush Katif and begin to tear the settlers from their homes, their lands and their communities, there remains a sliver of hope that the evil decree can be prevented. And neither an angel nor a seraph, as some believe, will bring the turnaround. It will be implemented, if at all, by flesh-and-blood people. These must take action, in the few days that remain, primarily among those whose doubts and opposition regarding the destructive move can be reflected upward - the public at large. If the elected officials sense that this is the will of the voters, perhaps - just perhaps - the issue of the uprooting will return to sthe Knesset and the decree will be annuled. The path of force, in any event, is absolutely improper.

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

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REPORT: U.S. GOVERNMENT FUNDS TERRORISM-PROMOTION
Posted by Mordechai Ben-Menachem, June 27, 2005.

This was written by Eli Lake and appeared in The Sun on June 24, 2005. It is archived at http://www.nysun.com/article/15996

WASHINGTON - An Israeli watchdog group alleges that American aid to Palestinian universities and cities promotes terrorism.

A report to be released Friday by Palestinian Media Watch singles out the U.S. Agency for International Development, contending that it has ignored new congressional restrictions that the group helped craft last year on aid money. Specifically, the report points to American development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza that funds universities with student chapters of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which have funded roadwork for streets renamed to commemorate suicide bombers and television programming that encourages hatred of Jews.

A USAID spokeswoman yesterday said that procedures are in place to make sure that in-kind donations to Palestinian institutions are not diverted to terrorism. But the report has already drawn attention from Capitol Hill, where Palestinian Media Watch's director, Itamar Marcus, is scheduled to testify Friday before the House International Relations Committee on his findings.

When asked for a comment on the report yesterday, Rep. Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat who drafted the tighter restrictions last year from her post in the House Appropriations Committee, said USAID must respond to Palestinian Media Watch's allegations.

"I am very disturbed by the findings of this report, particularly the widespread nature of the alleged violations," she said. "I will ask USAID to provide Congress with a detailed response to these findings immediately. This report cannot go unanswered by the leadership of USAID."

The Bush administration broke a long-standing taboo last month when the president announced $50 million in direct aid to the Palestinian Authority, meant to help the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, prepare for Israel's scheduled withdrawal of settlers next month from Gaza. In February, the State Department announced a new package of $350 million in American aid to Palestinian nongovernmental organizations.

Mr. Marcus's report is particularly critical of USAID: "Governmental and non-governmental organizations in the Palestinian Authority continue to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from the U.S. Agency for International Development, some of which is going directly to frameworks that sponsor branches of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations," the report's executive summary says.

A spokeswoman for USAID, Heather Layman, said in an e-mail response for comment, "USAID provides 'in-kind' assistance to some Palestinian Authority agencies - for example, technical assistance, training, office equipment, medical supplies, and the construction of infrastructure facilities, such as water wells, pipelines, and schools. All of this in-kind assistance is targeted to specific development objectives, and is carefully monitored to ensure that no assistance is diverted to other uses."

In her e-mail, Ms. Layman said that USAID has a careful vetting process to ensure that none of its subcontractors are connected with terrorist organizations. She said that employees and grant recipients must sign agreements stating as much.

Mr. Marcus, who served during the Oslo negotiations with a team of Israelis who prodded Yasser Arafat to end incitement of terror, said that major gaps in USAID's vetting process allow funds to go to organizations that promote and honor terrorism.

"If they think they can pour millions into Palestinian universities while turning a blind eye to the Hamas branches on those universities, they are making a mockery of the United States anti-terror policy,"he said."The problem is that Palestinian children, all they see, is the honoring of these suicide bombers."

Mr. Marcus's report garners most of its evidence from Palestinian press reports. Nonetheless, these open sources are revealing. In the last year, USAID gave $41 million to Palestinian universities, including five with prominent Hamas and Islamic Jihad chapters that receive money due to their standing as student organizations.

The report details how sports clubs are named after suicide bombers and assassinated leaders of Hamas. Streets in Gaza and West Bank towns have been renamed for these so-called martyrs, as have schools. For example, in February the 14-year-old winner of a marathon sponsored by Mr. Abbas came from a learning center named after Salah Khalaf, the head of Black September, the terrorist organization responsible for murdering 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

The report cites a March 29, 2005, article in al-Hayat wherein the dean of faculty at al-Najah University is described as opening an exhibition dubbed the "bridge of the shahids," a reference to martyrs. Less than two weeks later, on April 10, the Hamas chapter of the university invited a member of the terrorist organization's political bureau, Mahmoud Ghazel, to a mass assembly. Last year, al-Najah commemorated in a display on campus the Sbarro Pizzeria bombing from 2001 that killed 15 Israelis. The exhibition featured replicas of body parts on the walls.

Mr. Abbas has earned respect and confidence from the White House and European leaders for criticizing suicide bombing and the violent tactics of the Intifadah. However, Israelis have complained recently that he has failed to dismantle Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The presence of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad on campus is important, the report says, because many suicide bombers - such as the woman this week who had strapped dynamite to her body as she was taken to an Israeli university for surgery - are university students.

A former senior adviser on Palestinian-Israeli negotiations to three presidents, Aaron Miller, yesterday said that Palestinian universities have chapters of terrorist organizations like other Palestinian political parties. But he also said that American policy has an obligation not to fund any programs that promote terror.

"We cannot give money that is being channeled directly or that is associated with promoting violence," he said. "There are all kinds of derivative implications of providing this to the Palestinian Authority. A lot of the incitement has been toned down, but it has not been eliminated."

Mordechai Ben-Menachem is at Ben-Gurion University. He can be reached by email at quality@computer.org

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WHY ARE ISRAELIS "TERRORISTS," BUT THE PO' VICIOUS PALESTINIANS ARE "GUNMEN" OR 'MILITANT'?
Posted by Marion D.S. Dreyfus, June 27, 2005.

To the Washington Post:

Scott Wilson's "As Pullout Nears, Israeli Settlers Moving In to Build a Community" (June 26, 2005) describes the Palestinians who murdered an Israeli civilian in cold blood are merely "gunmen" (paragraph 15 -- yet again the Post buries news of Palestinians killing Israeli innocents!). The Palestinians, apparently, can never be called "terrorists."

Mr. Wilson does not flinch from using the phrase "terrorist organization" referring to an infinitesimally insignificant Israeli movement that preaches rhetoric, although the Israeli group referred to does not go around blowing up school buses and pizzerias the way the Palestinian "militant" groups do to Israeli children. They don't even carry or own guns. Can you point to a single member, from 7 to 70, of Hamas and Hezb'ollah, al Aksa or Islamic Jihad under the Holocaust denier, Mahmoud Abbas (war name: Abu Mazen), who does not own guns, bullets, bomb belts or rocket equipment in some part of his homey group?

The Post carefully and reliably elides application of the US Government's appellation of terrorists as applied to Palestinian Arabs. Why? Why ridiculously characterize a banned splinter of a splinter group as 'terrorist' when they pose no problem--and never have? Nor have they bombed women and children, destroyed discos and pizzerias, ruining lives of people they have maimed advertently in filthy rat-poisonm-soaked bolts and projecties aimed to hurt a maximum of innocents.

It is a good thing there are now so many news sources to consult for truth in journalism, because your reportage is, regrettably, as egregious as the negative real terrorist news often stinted as you fail to report with any fidelity or accuracy.

You do a massive disservice to Israel, whose valiant efforts at restraint in the face of news provocation and armamentaria of blood goes unacknowledged in your pages--but to what end? You foment misunderstanding, bile and vindictiveness that has no place in the news. Neutral reportage would be welcome in your pages, now so utterly lacking.

And you do a disservice to the standards of journalism, which is a constant thorn in the side of well-meaning professors of media the world over, as well as to news audiences who foolishly rely on your warped dish.

We are grateful to the 'zines and blogs, to the radio and to fairer and more truthful papers for our view on the news, though you are discounted almost reflexively.

How do you look at yourselves in the mirror when you hold that razor to your throats every morning?

Marion Dreyfus taught at Huazhong University of Science & Technology Wuchang, Wuhan PRC 430064

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POLLSTER DENIES ISRAELIS CHOICE; HIZBULLAH EXCUSE; WASH POST BIAS
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, June 27, 2005.

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT PLEASED WITH ABANDONMENT PROGRESS

The Sharon regime expressed satisfaction with the progress it has made in providing refugee camps for the thousands of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria (Arutz-7, 6/14).

Zionism was supposed to end Displaced Person status for the Jewish people. Now we have a Jewish state that is proud to be thrusting Jews into such a status.

ISRAEL WARNS NEGEV TOWNS ABOUT PLAN'S DANGER TO THEM

While PM Sharon claims that his abandonment plan would "'improve Israel's security," a Education Ministry and Home Front Command pamphlet indicates "the precise opposite."

The pamphlet warns about increased attempts at terrorism. Certain towns face "sniper fire, terrorist infiltrations over and under ground, Kassam rockets, and mortar shells." "The residents will be advised to ensure that their doors and windows are always locked, to carry their personal weapons at all times, to map out a place in their homes from where to shoot in the event of a terrorist infiltration, and the like. To plan for an incident of light-weapons fire at a school, the teachers must practice this drill." (Arutz-7, 6/14.)

Sharon calls his plan one of disengagement. It sounds more like a plan for increased military engagement. Considering the Arabs' dedication to jihad and their lack of scruples or humaneness, it seems likely that they would fire all they've got.

SHARON LOGIC

PM Sharon told an assemblage that the abandonment plan already has benefited Israel, even before being implemented. He attributed to it part of the improvement in Israel's economy! (IMRA, 6/16.) Some logic! Based on the items above, you can see that actually, the plan is costing the Israeli economy greatly, and the prospect is for more war.

POLLSTER REFUSED TO GIVE ISRAELIS A FULL CHOICE

A prominent pollster found recently that approval for PM Sharon's abandonment plan had fallen to a bare majority. She offered a choice between abandonment and the status quo, with the abandonment being sold falsely as a means of separating the Jews from the Arabs, whereas it would facilitate terrorism. Israelis certainly want separation.

When she was asked to offer a choice between expelling the Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria and expelling the Arabs, she refused. "I refuse to hold a poll like that which might show a majority of Israelis prefer the expulsion of the Arabs." (Voice of Judea, 6/13.)

Apparently for ideological reasons, she is not giving Israelis a full choice. Her polling is not honest, not when depicting Israelis as favoring a plan that they really do not.

HIZBULLAH SEEKING EXCUSES TO STAY ARMED

Hizbullah is reiterating old demands that Israel give over seven villages to Lebanon. The area was made part of the Palestine Mandate before Israeli statehood, by agreement between Britain and France, which held a Mandate over Lebanon. Raising this old demand may be an excuse for keeping its militia, in the absence of any Israeli occupation of Lebanon, when Lebanese are demanding the militia's disbandment.

INDIGNATION SELECTIVE

Stories about alleged and actual rough treatment of Korans by US interrogators drew international demonstrations. By contrast, the dictator of Zimbabwe, while demolishing numerous houses of a population largely opposed to him, also had a mosque destroyed. This destruction drew no protest (Prof. Steven Plaut, 6/15).

WHY THE IRAQ WAR?

Some Democrats held an inquiry. A former CIA analyst told them the US made war on Iraq so that the US and Israel could dominate the Mideast. Leading Democrats called it antisemitic nonsense (Eli Lake, NY Sun, 6/20, p. 5).

If true, wouldn't the US make the Arabs get out of Yesha instead of Israelis?

FALSE BASIS FOR FOREIGN AID TO THE P.A.

Calling Abbas a paragon of peace, Canadian PM Martin wants to continue donating hundreds of millions of dollars to the P.A. But Abbas has reiterated his decision to not disarm Arab terrorists. He still allows promotion of hatred and incitement to violence against Jews.

Asked "Alistair Gordon, President, Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD), If Abbas wanted peace, wouldn't he have have used the foreign aid donated for P.A. education to replace the textbooks "that dehumanize Jews and glorify suicide bombing?"

"The CCD is calling on Paul Martin to stop sending Canadian tax dollars to fund Palestinian (Arab) violence and Jew-hatred until Abbas take concrete steps to disarm terrorists and remove incitement from Palestinian schools and media." "Now that it is clear that Mahmoud Abbas lied to Prime Minister Martin about disarming the terrorists and removing incitement from Palestinian schools, will the promised funding be withdrawn?" added Gordon (IMRA, 6/13).

Canada has hundreds of millions for those murderous jihdist minions, whose fellow ideologues are demanding that Canada give them privileges over Christianity, but not enough money for prompt medical appointments in its own dominions.

ARAB MURDER OF INNOCENTS

This year, Hamas admitted that a man it had executed for "collaborating" with Israel had not done so. Now Fatah admitted that its men had raided a P.A. prison as the IDF was attacking, and took out nine innocent prisoners accused of "collaboration." It shot the nine, in front of cheering crowds. Fatah blames this lawlessness on Israeli counter-attacks (IMRA, 6/12).

Fatah's own members are lawless. Their breaking into a prison to execute people is not Israel's fault. Arabs particularly hate to admit faults, so they blame someone else. P.A. lawlessness originated from Arafat's defying the courts and legislature, not having a body of law, and allowing armed men to act as they wish, while he diverted funds from the regular forces to them. Abbas is carrying on that policy and condones Hamas. Hamas has sex police on the prowl, as have the Saudis and the Taliban (IMRA, 6/13).

ANOTHER ISRAELI POLICE STATE TACTIC PLANNED

"A week before the planned expulsion of thousands of Gush Katif Jews, a special military police unit will seek out leading residents and arrest them in the middle of the night. A military source has informed Arutz-7 that the army and police thus hope to weaken morale in Katif, as well as weaken the opposition to the uprooting." (6/19.)

WASHINGTON POST BIAS

"As you recall, a few days ago the PLO once again demonstrated its commitment to peace and tranquility and democratization by executing a group of Palestinians (Arabs) it accused of 'collaborating with Israel.' All those Moonbats who love to wail about imaginary abuses of the human rights of Arabs by Israel had nothing to say about this latest atrocity against innocent Arab civilians."

"Now never mind that the whole Oslo peace process was supposedly about how the PLO had agreed to collaborate with Israel to suppress terrorism and calm the region. Even officials for the PLO themselves admitted that the executed people were actually all innocent. They were executed by the P.A. after Mahmoud Abbas gave his approval. But none of that matters for the Washington Post."

"The Washington Post used an AP report on the story, but changed the language to make it look like Israel was to blame for the atrocity! The 'Post' then went on to bemoan Israel's assassination of a leading Islamist terrorist last week, but neglected to mention the sorts of atrocities the perp had already committed and was still planning."

The catalyst for formation of an independent watchdog over the Post "was The Washington Post's false reporting of a massacre in Jenin by the Israeli Defense Forces following the Passover bombings in April, 2002. Palestinians, aided by reporters looking for ...indeed hoping for ... a story of mass atrocities committed by Israel's military, fabricated a web of lies. Not only did all of these false news articles prove to have been lies, but the truth that eventually seeped out was that Israel's defense forces went out of their way to spare civilian lives at a substantial cost of an excessive loss of their own lives. The 'Post' never effectively apologized, and it never adequately reported the humanitarian measures actually taken by the IDF to avoid excessive loss of Palestinian civilian lives." (Prof. Steven Plaut, 6/15.) Advocacy journalism's arrogance.

ISRAEL REMOVED HALF THE CHECKPOINTS, IMPROVED THE REST

(Arabs used to complain about waiting at checkpoints in the hot sun.) In the past two years, Israel has put roofs over checkpoints, and built bathrooms, water fountains, and clinics there. A specially trained unit was formed to expedite passage. Its members study spoken Arabic and meet with humanitarian organizations. Staff is equipped with better detectors and computerization.

In the past four years, Israelis suffered 20,000 Arab terrorist attacks, a thousand deaths, and thousands more wounded. Checkpoints thwarted 2000 known planned attacks (IMRA, 6/15).

ESTABLISHMENT REPORTERS TRACK SHARON'S MOTIVE

Two Establishment (leftist) reporters jointly investigated the motive behind Sharon's abandonment plan. They concluded that it really is to avoid criminal prosecution for corruption. They think that after the abandonment, he is likely to be indicted, anyway. Many MKs and security officials realize the plan is disastrous, but either voted for it, because of their own venality, or declined to resign in order to warn the public about it. The Attorney-General colluded with Sharon by allowing the government to use high-handed methods against protestors. The media collaborated by failing to expose the poor logic behind the plan (Dr. Aaron Lerner, IMRA, 6/15).

Expecting indictment anyway, why not move to a non-extraditing country instead of sacrificing his own for just a respite?

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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GUSH KATIF DIFFICULT SCENES IN GUSH KATIF: THE EXPULSION BEGINS
Posted by Bryna Berch, June 27, 2005.

For years there have been abandonned buildings in the territories. Near Shilo in Samaria, for example, Arabs snipers would occupy an empty house overlooking Route 60, the main road. They shot and killed Jews driving by. In one 'incident' they killed the mother and father and were rushing in to kill the babies in the back seat when they were driven off by soldiers who arrived in time. For years, the residents begged the courts to allow the house to be demolished. But nothing happened. But when it comes to making sure Jews won't occupy empty houses in the territories, it takes no time at all to demolish them. I guess Ariel the Demented thinks that the Israeli citizens who live in the territories are more of a danger to Israel that the Arabs who prey upon them.

This is a news item from today's Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.com).

No fewer than 20 people were hurt yesterday in what some see as the first step of the implementation of the Gush Katif withdrawal/expulsion. "What will be during the real thing?" many are asking. Shortly after noon, army forces swooped down on an area adjacent to the beachfront Shirat HaYam community in Gush Katif, and began bulldozing a line of 11 abandoned structures. The army later confirmed that it had "security assessments and information indicating the intent of extremists to use the structures... to construct an outpost prior to the disengagement. According to IDF assessments, the construction of this outpost could have led to possible confrontations."

The confrontations were not avoided, however. In addition to the injuries, several people were arrested, including one soldier who vocally refused to take part in the demolition. His father later explained, "This was not an ideological refusal, but rather he saw soldiers hitting civilians and he simply said, 'I cannot take part in this, I don't want to be here.'"

"The view northward from Shirat HaYam was heart-wrenching," wrote Haggai Huberman, who was there, in the HaTzofeh newspaper today. "The line of brown houses, old vacation houses for Egyptian army officers before the Six Day War, one after the other became piles of ruins. The army bulldozer bit into them mercilessly. It wasn't hard; these houses had long ago begun to crumble... One bang by the bulldozer in the corner of each building, and a pile of broken stones was left behind."

Just to the south, similar structures have been refurbished by volunteers over the past several weeks, and four families - including that of Noam Livnat, the Education Minister's brother - now live there.

Many local Gush Katif youths streamed to the site as soon as they heard of the impending destruction. Police and army forces attempted unsuccessfully to prevent their arrival, closing off the road southward from the Maoz HaYam Hotel. The youths, however, severely hampered the bulldozers' work, but did not stop it. "At one point," Huberman wrote, "a large group of youths managed to lie down in front of one of the bulldozers, and when it stopped, others climbed atop it... Youths behind it, in front of it and on top of it. After a few minutes, the police and soldiers started evacuating, using great force. They climbed on the bulldozer and started dragging the youths down with force, with an exchange of punches, pushes and curses... The youths were crying out, 'Refuse orders! This is not your job! You are soldiers, you should be protecting us, not evacuating us!' The force used by the soldiers was so great, and sometimes so brutal and unreasonable, that some of the youths were hurt and required medical care. One youth suffered a strong blow to his shoulder, several of them fainted, and stretchers gradually began to arrive on the scene, evacuating them for medical treatment."

The army, police, anti-expulsion camp and of course the media are engaged in reviewing the day's events and attempting to draw the appropriate conclusions for the future. An Army Radio commentator said that the army did not score a public relations success yesterday, implying that the violence and soldier's refusal will encourage further opposition to the plan.

A resident of Shirat HaYam told Arutz-7 that the army showed that it could quickly and effectively carry out its demolition mission, and that "this is not encouraging for our efforts."

After the soldiers left, several Jewish residents camped out in another abandoned structure across the road from the destruction. In Gush Etzion, as well, in solidarity with the residents in Gush Katif, several people took over an abandoned structure and said they would not leave.

At one point during yesterday's confrontation, four soldiers stormed towards one youth on the bulldozer, dragged him away, held him by his limbs, ran towards a jeep and threw him in. The jeep then took off in a mad dash towards an unknown location. Somewhere else on the scene, a female officer started pounding on the head of one of the youths, while he responded in kind. He, too, was arrested. The bulldozer, protected by two lines of police and soldiers, finally left the scene.

Witnessing the row of ruins and what went into creating them, Huberman concluded, "all those present - citizens, soldier, police and reporters - could not help but be party to the same similar thought: If this if what happens during an attempt to destroy abandoned, uninhabited buildings, with no advance warning to the residents, what will happen when the army tries to erase dozens of populated homes in the communities, when everyone is prepared in advance?"

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GUSH KATIF EITHER WE ARE PART OF THE CURE - OR PART OF THE CAUSE!
Posted by Yrachmiel Elias, June 27, 2005.

Our brothers in Israel need our help at this time. The plan for unilaterally expelling the Jews from their homes in Gush Katif was defeated in the last Israeli election. Despite that fact, Ariel Sharon is moving ahead to forcefully remove Jews from their homes in Gush Katif and in four towns in the northern Shomron. This will lead to increase terrorist activity, NOT to the people of Katif, but to all people in Israel.

Jewish teenagers are sitting in jail for nonviolent civil disobedience while Arab terrorists are set free.

We must let the Israeli government know that what they are doing is wrong. This is very simple to do!

Call the Israeli embassy or your local consulate and tell them what you think. Call them as often as you can. Call them back and ask them to let Ariel Sharon know that what he is doing is wrong. Call them again to find out if they have canceled the expulsion plan. Have your friends, neighbors and relatives give them a call.

Keep calling until this madness is stopped.

Be polite but persistent.

Imagine what will happen if every Jew that cares calls. Their phones will be rendered useless.

This tactic was very effective in our fight for Soviet Jewry.

They had to change phone numbers.

Our message was received loud and clear!

Below are important numbers to call. Surely it is a lot easier for us to call from our homes and work places than it is for good Jews in Israel to sit in jail for trying to stop this madness.

Abraham Lincoln said: "It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest."

Embassy of Israel Consular Section
3514 International Dr. NW.
Washington DC 20008
Tel/Fax: 202-364-5527

Consulates of the Embassy of Israel:

Atlanta: 1100 Spring Street, 440, Atlanta, GA 30309-2823, (404) 875-7851, Fax: (404) 874-5364

Boston: 1020 Statler Office Building, 20 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, (617) 542-0041, Fax: (617) 338-4995

Chicago: 111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1308, Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 565-3300, Fax: (312) 565-3871

Houston: 24 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1500, Houston, TX 77046, (713) 627-3780, Fax: (713) 627-0149

Los Angeles: 6380 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1700, Los Angeles, CA 90048, (323) 852-5500, Fax: (323) 852-5555

Miami: 100 N. Biscayne Boulevard, #1800, Miami, FL 33132, (305) 358-8111, Fax: (305) 371-5034

New York: 800 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017, (212) 499-5430, Fax: (212) 499-5435

Philadelphia: 230 South 15th Street, 8th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102, (215) 546-5556, Fax: (215) 545-3986

San Francisco: 456 Montgomery St., Suite 2100, San Francisco, CA 94104, (415) 398-8885, Fax: (415) 398-8589

Ottawa: 50 O'Connor Street, Suite 1005, Ottawa, Ontario KIP GL2, Canada, (613) 567-6450, Fax: (613) 237-8865

Montreal: 1155 Boul, Rene Levesque Quest, Montreal, Quebec H3B 4S6, Canada, (514) 393-9372, Fax: (514) 393-8795

Toronto: 180 Bloor Street, West, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2VG, Canada, (416) 640-8500, Fax: (416) 640-8855

Washington, DC: 3514 International Drive, NW, Washington, DC 20008, (202)364-5676, Fax: (202) 364-5423

Other numbers for the Israeli Embassy in Washington:

Deputy Chief of Mission
Mr. Rafael Barak

Tel: (202) 364-5578

Fax: (202) 364-5560

Public and Interreligious Affairs
Tel: (202) 364-5542
Fax: (202) 364-5423
Moshe Fox Minister of Public Affairs
Aviva Raz-Shechter Minister-Counselor of Public and Academic Affairs

Congressional Affairs
Tel:(202) 364-5568
Fax: (202)364-5490
Alon Ushpiz Minister for Congressional Affairs
Haim Regev Counselor for Congressional Affairs

Political Department
Tel: (202)364-5581/2
Fax: (202)364-5490
Naor Gilon Minister-Counselor and Head of Department
Eynat Shlein-Michael Counselor for Middle Eastern Affairs
Reuven Azar Counselor for Political Affairs

Press Office
Tel: (202) 364-5538
Fax: (202) 364-5610
David Siegel Counselor, Press
press@israelemb.org

Consular Section and Visas
Tel.: (202) 364-5557
Fax: (202) 364-5429
Aliza Ezra Minister Counselor and Consul

Cultural Affairs
Orit Naor, Director of Cultural Affairs
Tel:(202) 364-5676
Fax:(202) 364-5423
culture@israelemb.org

Defense and Armed Forces Attache
Tel: (202) 364-5403
Fax: (202) 364-5406
Major-General Amos Yadlin

Economic Affairs
Tel: (202) 364-5691/2
Fax: (202) 364-5647
Ron Dermer Minister for Economic Affairs

Police Liaison Office
Tel: (202) 364-5672
Fax: (202) 364-5404

Agriculture & Scientific Affairs
Tel: (202) 364-5641
Fax: (202) 364-5643
Dr. Mordehai Cohen Minister for Agriculture and Scientific Affairs
Science & Technology Affairs
agriculture@israelemb.org

Foreign Defense Assistance & Exports (SIBAT)
Nir Ben-Moshe, Minister Counselor
Tel: (202) 364-5608
Fax: (202) 364-5491
E-mail: mod@israelemb.org

New York Numbers:

Consular Department (passports, visas..)
(212) 499-5400
consular@newyork.mfa.gov.il

Media & Public Affairs Department
(212) 499-5410
press@newyork.mfa.gov.il

Cultural Department
(212) 499-5440
culture@newyork.mfa.gov.il

Academic Affairs Department
(212) 499-5403
oliviaB@newyork.mfa.gov.il

Administration (Human Resources)
(212) 499-5460
administration@newyork.mfa.gov.il

Economic Mission
(212) 499-5610
zohar_peri@emus.gov.il

General Comments
(212) 499-5426
feedback@newyork.mfa.gov.il

More contact info can be obtained from the following Web site:
mfa.gov.il/mfm/web/main/default.asp?MapX=0&MapY=0&ContinentID=5&Country

Yrachmiel Elias and Jack Golbert are cofounders of Netzah Yisrael (www.netzahyisrael.org).

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COLLISION COURSE
Posted by David Wilder, June 27, 2005.

Help Gush Katif: http://www.katifund.org
VISIT: http://www.english.katif.net

Shalom.

What can I say? The last few days have been very difficult. Friday afternoon Yechiel and Chava Levi were in Ashdod, paying a condolence call to friends in mourning. At first, when they received word of a terror attack outside Beit Hagai, the community where they live, Chava started saying Psalms. A little while later they received word that their seventeen year old son had been injured and that they should drive to Sha'ari Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem. But their first-born son, AviChai, wasn't there. There was no need to take him to the hospital. Shot in the head, AviChai Levi was killed almost instantly. Yechiel, who works as a treasurer for the Hebron Municipal Council, and Chava, had no choice but to return home and inform their other four children that their oldest brother was no longer. The kids all sat in AviChai's room when their parents returned home, looking around but not seeing, not believing.

On AviChai's desk is a clock with a picture of him in the middle, a picture taken four years ago at his Bar Mitzvah. A beautiful, smiling youth, full of life, full of energy, full of happiness. One of AviChai's brothers, parting from him at the funeral, said that when he received word of his brother's death he stopped the clock. It was as if time had stopped. Later, he dusted the clock and started it again. Life must go on.

AviChai was on his way to Beer Sheva, where he was a counselor for a religious youth group, Bnei Akiva. He had, in his pocket, a piece of paper with the words "We have love and it will be victorious" printed on it. He also had, on his wrist, an orange band with the words, "Yehudi lo megaresh Yehudi" - "Jews don't expel Jews," embedded on it. His father, Yechiel told me that AviChai was buried with the band still on his arm. "He'll be the first one in heaven with an orange arm band," Yechiel said. [Editor's note: For a picture of AviChai, see below.]

Thousands escorted AviChai, and his friend Aviad Montzur, also killed by the terrorist's bullets, to their final resting place on the Mount of Olives. The funeral processions passed the Prime Minister's house in Jerusalem, demanding an end to the madness.

Signs of the times: Last week an Israeli newspaper, citing high-level security sources, revealed that during the first weeks of the 'expulsion,' Ma'arat HaMachpela would be closed to all visitors. Why? Because this holy site is a 'source of friction' between Jews and Arabs and leaving it open would only exasperate the situation. My guess is that this is not the real reason. 'Big Brother' is aware of the power of prayer and especially worship at such a sacred site. ('Big Brother' probably also knows that the Patriarchs and Matriarchs are against the expulsion-abandonment plan.) That's why they don't want Jews there. They're afraid our prayer might actually take hold. (I wonder what they'll do about the 'Kotel' - the Western Wall. Will they close that to Jewish worshipers too?)

There's probably another reason, as well. They'll need the border police, who usually provide security at the Ma'ara, in Gush Katif or the northern Shomron. Another sign: A few days ago a journalist called me for a reaction to the IDF's closing of a base here in Hebron. I didn't know what he was talking about. After a quick check, I understood, only too well. The eastern side of Hebron is bordered by a hill called 'Jabal Jaawar,' which overlooks the entire city. A number of years ago, following a major deterioration of security and deadly terror, the army opened a base on that hill, one of the most strategic points in Hebron. Last week they closed the base and pulled out. Well, not entirely. They're leaving a guard tower and a few soldiers there, a token Israeli presence. There is no doubt that the closing of the Jabal Jaawar army base, together with an 'easing' of travel restrictions and the lifting of roadblocks, are a direct result of Sharon's meetings with Rice and Abu Mazen. They also, without a doubt, facilitated Friday afternoon's terror attack.

We have numerous meetings with IDF officers, dealing with security, and other matters. The lowest high-level officer we usually meet with is the "Mahat," commander of the Judea division, which includes Hebron. This officer always holds the rank of colonel.

The present Mahat, Colonel Motti Baruch, has told us (and others) that he believes in 'normalization' of life in Hebron. The 'normalization' he speaks of, of course, is 'normalization' for the Arabs, not for the Jews. Lifting roadblocks, allowing Arabs to renovate and move into buildings vacant for decades, easing travel restrictions, closing down strategic bases - all pieces in the puzzle of 'normalization.' Actually, it's not fair to place all the blame on Col. Baruch. It's true, he may be actualizing his own political outlook via an IDF uniform, but this is the true face of today's Israeli army. Everyone's doing it, so why not him too. The fact that Jewish blood is spilled doesn't really bother them. To the contrary, they hope the killing will expedite our exit from these areas. In fact, there was not any official government reaction to Friday's killings. When suggested that the Israeli retreat from Bethlehem be postponed as a result of the killing, another minister exclaimed: "What, and let the terrorists decide what we do?"

On the other hand, INN reported: "The Defense Minister that decided to take down lookouts and checkpoints now wants to hand over Bethlehem and Kalkilya to the Palestinian Authority - this will lead, within a short time, to a terror attack in Jerusalem," predicted IDF Colonel (Res.) Moshe Hagar."

At sixteen year old Aviad Mantzur's funeral, his father Neryia told the mourners, 'Aviad called me on his cell phone and said, "Dad, they're shooting at me. SAVE US!"' Those where Aviad's last words. The terrifying sounds that were then broadcast from his cell phone included shooting, screams, and... Nothing. Aviad's legs were literally blown off his body. Four tourniquets didn't help. The bleeding didn't stop. Neryia Montzur listened to his son dying.

Last week Israel suffered the worst train accident in its history. Hundreds were wounded, in addition to those killed. The accident occurred when a speeding train plunged into a truck stopped on the tracks. The engineer saw the truck and sounded his horn several times, in a futile attempt to warn the truck driver of the impending crash. To no avail. It's difficult to fathom that the truck driver wasn't aware of the train. But it seems that he didn't make any attempt to move. The engineer made one last-minute attempt to prevent the inevitable. He braked, hard. He also hit a switch immediately shutting down all the train's engines. And then, BOOM!

The fact that he braked softened the blow a little - maybe that saved several lives. The fact that he shut down the train's engines saved many lives - that act prevented fire and explosion.

During those last few moments he saw, all too vividly, the collision course, but there wasn't too much he could do about it. Impact was only seconds away. He did what he could, but was unable to prevent the crash.

Israel too is on a collision course. Ariel Sharon, Shaul Mufaz and others are recklessly engineering Israel down a one-way track, the wrong way. Not into a truck parked on the tracks, rather into a train speeding in the other direction. Attempts to 'achieve peace' by chopping up and abandoning our land, while expelling our citizens is a sure recipe for disaster, the likes of which we have not yet begun to experience. And no, I haven't forgotten the years of the 'Oslo War.' That was nothing compared to what we are about to experience. The explosion, when the two engines plow into each other, will be earth shattering. And we're getting very close to the point of 'no return.'

At yesterday's funeral, I asked some of the journalists whether they've reorganized 'funeral squads' to take turns going to such funerals. It's clear that this is just the beginning. And I'm more than a little concerned. Sitting and waiting for terror to strike, when you know it's right around the corner, it's not a pleasant sensation. However, the problem is multiplied when you realize that the terror is multifaceted. From one side, the Arabs have no intentions of letting up - why should they? On the other side, the Israeli government, using the police, prosecution and courts, will use 'legal' terror against all those trying to brake the train running amuck. We are going to get hit from all sides. And I'm not one hundred percent sure that someone, (singular or plural) isn't going to strike back. The frustration level may reach such intolerable levels that some kind of reactive detonation is unavoidable. It would be preferable to brake the train and change direction before it's too late.

With blessings from Hebron.

David Wilder is spokesman of The Jewish Community of Hebron. You can contribute directly to The Jewish Community of Hebron, POB10, Kiryat Arba-Hebron 90100, hebron@hebron.org.il, 972-2-9965333 or write to The Hebron Fund, 1760 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11230, hebronfund@aol.com

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HRW TARGETS ISRAEL AGAIN: AN ANALYSIS OF "FAILURE TO INVESTIGATE WRONGDOING"
Posted by Bryna Berchuck, June 27, 2005.

The author chooses to remain anonymous.

Ignoring the controversy regarding its agenda and political campaigning, (see below ), Human Rights Watch issued a 128 page report on June 22, 2005, entitled "Promoting Impunity: The Israeli Military's Failure to Investigate Wrongdoing". This document, accompanied by a carefully orchestrated press conference at the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem (the base of Palestinian media operations), illustrates the defects, including lack of credibility and context, and the exploitation of the language of international law, that have characterized the activities of HRW's Middle East division for many years.

Evidence of the Political Agenda

Many aspects of this report illustrate the centrality of HRW's political agenda, including the title, which, instead of demonstrating a detached presentation of the issue, uses the condemnatory language of an ideological campaign. Furthermore, in the area of "military wrongdoing", HRW has singled out two democracies involved in defending against terror campaigns -- Israel and the US - for reports on this very complex topic.

Like similar HRW campaigns and publications dealing with the Middle East, this document overlooks the non-conventional environment of the protracted terror war. In the days before this report was launched, a Palestinian woman carrying an explosive belt was intercepted at a checkpoint on her way to treatment at an Israeli hospital, but this reality was not deemed worth mentioning by HRW's Middle East division. In these circumstances, in which a wrong security decision could lead to the deaths of many civilians, tragic mistakes are inevitable. While democracies, including Israel, are not perfect, and some violations of human rights occur, in this report, HRW has joined various political groups in attempting to paint honest mistakes as deliberate policy.

Similarly, HRW continues its practice of exploiting the rhetoric of international law for political attacks. For example, the authors of this report claim that "International humanitarian law (IHL) requires that armed forces distinguish at all times between combatants and noncombatants, and absolutely prohibits any deliberate killing of civilians. It also requires that armed forces observe the principles of military necessity and proportionality." (p. 6) But it is clear that in terrorist warfare, these distinctions are deliberately blurred, and such claims are highly misleading.

HRW's Credibility Gap

HRW's previous reports on Israel have been consistently flawed by a lack of credibility, and this is also the case here. Most of the evidence presented by HRW comes from Palestinian "eyewitnesses", politicized NGOs such as the Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI), the Palestinian Red Crescent, B'tselem, etc. For example, in footnote 8, HRW bases various claims of civilian Palestinian casualties on the highly problematic and politically motivated assertions by these groups, ignoring the obstacles to accurate assessments. As was clearly illustrated in the false tales of the 2002 Jenin "massacre", Palestinians frequently inflate such claims, deliberately blur the distinction between terrorists and civilians, and refuse to cooperate in professional investigations, while not allowing autopsies. Many of the casualties cited in this report are likely to have been involved in terrorism, or were the result of Palestinian fire. Similarly, the moral responsibility of the Palestinian Authority in allowing civilians to be used as cover by terrorists is again ignored by HRW.

The report includes frequent complaints that HRW requests for information and cooperation from the IDF went unanswered, ignoring the fact that HRW is viewed as a hostile political organization that lacks any credibility. The expectation that the government of Israel would cooperate under these conditions was clearly uninformed.

The credibility of HRW's highly politicized Middle East Division is further reduced by the uncritical acceptance of reports by journalists, whose own biases and lack of professional standards has been frequently noted. Thus, the report's version of one incident involving the deaths of Palestinians cited an "experienced journalist" who made the unfounded observation that "Such a swift acknowledgement by the military of improper behavior in the fatal shooting of Palestinians is rare." (p. 2) The journalist, whose entirely subjective opinion is cited as authoritative, also has a well-known political bias.

In addition, HRW's report claims that "Public accountability is the best defense against indifference, incompetence and collusion. Without this, Israel's system will not be credible" (p.116). Let us consider the credibility of the HRW report when held to this standard. For example, an unsourced footnote on p. 65-66 asserts that the "largest military operation since the 1982 invasion of Lebanon...included indiscriminate and excessive use of force, unlawful killing of civilians, use of Palestinians as human shields, and detention of at least 4,500 Palestinian men and boys, many of whom reported ill treatment during arrest and interrogation." In this and other examples, there is no accountability in such a broad claim, included in a footnote and without supporting evidence, as though it were undisputed fact.

Erasing the Context of Terrorism

As noted, this and other HRW reports alleging human rights violations by the governments of Israel and the US, consistently erase the context of terrorism. In this case, HRW claims that "Almost all of the cases of death and serious injury investigated in this report occurred in circumstances that cannot fairly be characterized as situations of armed conflict". (p. 3) Given the intensity of the terror campaign, this claim is hardly credible, and is another example of the way in which HRW systematically ignores its own singular report of November 2002 on Palestinian terror.

This fictitious context is found in the allegation that the IDF fails to send investigators to Palestinian areas to gather testimonies, and the claim that "Victims and their representatives have little practical access to the investigation process". (p. 7) On this basis, HRW jumps to the conclusion that "The most significant factor underlying impunity is the reluctance of the JAG's office to investigate incidents, even when witnesses are accessible and the breach of international law is clear." (p. 7) As in past reports, this example ignores the fact that IDF investigators cannot enter a village and question its citizens as if Jenin and Gaza City were located in Switzerland or California. If IDF investigators were to attempt to interview Palestinians in this context, the violence could escalate and lead to many more deaths.

Political Rhetoric instead of Dispassionate Analysis

The manipulative language consistently employed by HRW is designed to make an objectively weak case subjectively and emotionally compelling. For example, the report criticizes IDF investigations as "characterized by inaction and cover-up" (p 4) and claims that "the [IDF legal] system does not provide justice or truth. (p 7) In one of the cases discussed in this report, HRW failed to note the use of a polygraph test when an officer was suspected of lying. While the use of such devices is highly problematic, a judicial system that uses polygraph tests in cases of questionable behavior can hardly be "characterized by inaction and cover-up" (p.4)

The absence of context is repeated in the recommendations for dealing with military investigations in a terror war, as provided by HRW's Middle East "experts". In its guidelines for the Israeli soldiers who are under fire, the members of this NGO proclaim: "If lethal force is used in situations of armed hostilities, Israeli forces must distinguish at all times between civilians and combatants, never direct attacks at a civilian population or individual civilians, and refrain from attacks that indiscriminately harm civilians." (p. 9). This recommendation fails to mention that in a terror situation, in which combatants are not uniformed, such distinctions are often impossible, and would lead to large loss of life among Israelis. The IDF soldiers cannot possibly be more careful about the loss of Palestinian lives than their own. People who suggest such an attitude are guilty of holding a double standard in regards to Israel. Similarly, the authors suggest that Israel should reform its military justice system to follow Britain, Canada and Belgium, as if the situations and threats were even remotely comparable.

In summary, this report highlights the gap between the claim that "The hallmark and pride of Human Rights Watch is the even-handedness and accuracy of our reporting" and the consistent failure to live up to this promise. HRW's own reporting "system" is far from credible.

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MADRASSA EDUCATION - AN ANACHRONISM OR A VICTIM OF EXPLOITATION
Posted by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, June 27, 2005.

There have been some disturbing and gruesome news in Bangladesh media in the last couple of days about some Madrassa teachers cutting of ears of students, killing & raping students etc. In all the cases the students are victim of the sodomite or mentally disturbed teachers whose deed in anyway cannot be called Islamic. These incidents caught media attention quickly as Madrassas have a bad reputation being a breeding ground for extremists. And the Islamic parties surprisingly kept mum about their atrocities, which give an impression to people that they are shielding them. However these incidents should be viewed on the whole perspective rather than some small information.

Madrassa refers to an Islamic school for Muslims, just as parochial schools for Catholics or yeshivas for Jews. All of these institutions are responsible for general education, but also have the purpose of teaching children about religion, in the case of Madrasas, Islam. At least four million poor children (many of them are orphans) are studying in more than 50,000 of these religious schools across Bangladesh. The Madrassas offer a 16-year course divided into three levels. The primary level known as Forkania Madrassa teaches the Koran, Arabic, Bengali and Mathematics. Students, who pass exams here, graduate to the Hafizia Madrassa. The Kowmi Madrassa is the final level that issues degrees claimed as equivalents of a Masters level. Such degrees are provided by over 3,000 such Madrassas.

There have been much debate on the unstructured and obsolete curriculum of Madrassas with superstitious concepts and antiquated social values; which produces students, who cannot even read or write properly in their own mother tongue Bengali let alone English. Science, Geography, Physics and other modern subjects are conspicuous by their absence, with most students encouraged only to memorize the Koran. The degrees issued by such schools are practically useless outside the seminary circuit. The job industries have a reservation about these certificates for obvious reasons and the students cannot get admission in modern educational institutions even if given the chance as they are easily beaten in competition from students of other traditional institutions. So it becomes a vicious cycle where graduates only option is to return to the Madrassas, as teachers or else become clerics in mosques, which only offers a poor compensation package. The highest-degree holders set up their own ventures and only a handful can get important government posts. It creates a sense of insecurity among those students and they usually loathe the students of the traditional education system. That's where politics come in.

Almost all these Madrassas' funding derives from donations and religious grants. Besides, principals of these Madrassas privately arrange grants from Middle Eastern countries. And many extremist elements are exploiting the students' and institution's poverty for their own interest. A large number of Kowmi Madrassas are controlled by the Islami Oikyo Jote (IOJ), a radical Islamic party that is a partner of the ruling coalition. They are keen to preach their version of Islamic zealot to the students. Besides, banned Islamic groups also target students of these Madrassas as their recruits.

According to records of police intelligence in Bangladesh, members of "Al-Haramine" organization use the kindergarten Madrassa as camouflage. They regularly communicate with various underground-armed groups in the country and even recruit locals and send them to Palestine as guerilla fighters. Each recruit gets US$ 1500-2000 as an up front payment for their 'new job'. Later family members or legal representatives or spouses of these guerilla fighters will receive US$ 150-200 per month as salary. If any of them were killed during the war, their family would get US$ 5,000 as compensation.

For above reasons the Madrassa students are encouraged to get involved in these organizations out of poverty even more than the religious zealots, which are fed up by the politically motivated teachers.

But it would be unwise to undermine Madrassas' contribution in the society. Many Madrassas have been virtually acting as orphanages for the poor. If there was a uniform syllabus, computer education and vocational training it would establish a centralized link between Madrassa and modern education, thus making these large numbers of students really educated and established in the society. The Mullahs are much criticized for their bigotries, which actually are based on their poor education. In fact if the Madrassas curriculum were modernized, the students would easily blend in the society with logical thinking and respect, which in turn would only benefit and strengthen Islam. And the poor students would be free from exploitation and resentment from various quarters.

At the Little Green Footballs website this news was highlighted and there were many negative remarks against Madrassa and Islam (http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=12693#comments). But I think it's a mistake to take a single incident and indict an entire culture or religion for it. "Because we have been conditioned to hate and think the worst about other cultures, or certain other cultures" - as one of the commenter said there. We are doing injustice to the Madrassa students by not condemning the atrocities against them and not bettering their conditions regarding education and establishment. The government has a great role to play for modernizing & updating Madrassa education.

The writer is a journalist, columnist, author, amd editor of "Weekly Blitz". Email him at salahuddinshoaibchoudhury@yahoo.com

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MORE ON CHILD RAPE VICTIM
Posted by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, June 27, 2005.
Read initial story below.

Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Friend:

Yesterday morning I spoke to Mr. Lutfuzzaman Babar, State Minister for Home Affairs regarding taking action against the rapist madrassa teacher and other people in the madrassa and the community who are extending support to the criminal by pronouncing the family as 'JEW'. The minister listened to my request and assured of taking stern measures.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the notorious madrassa teachers, in conniviance with some locals are putting pressure on the father of the victim child to withdraw the case. They are even threatening the father of the child that if he did not comply with their instructions, he might lose his job in Bangladesh Army. The criminals are even threatening to evict the family of the child, if the rapist madrassa teacher was not released immidiately.

At this point, I contacted a few correspondents of foreign news agencies in Bangladesh like Mr. Farid Ahmed of Associated Press, Dhaka office of Reuters, Dhaka office of BBC, Correspondent of Voice of America in Dhaka etc, and requested them to bring the matter to the attention of the international community. But, surprisingly, they declined in doing so, saying, their initiative would annoy the local 'fundamentalist forces'. They even suggested I stay calm.

After hearing the news of threat to the child's father and threat to evict their family, I again contacted the Home Minister this morning and narrated the whole matter. The minister was also very angry to know what is happening and reassured stern actions. I have seen Mr. Lutfuzzaman Babar to be the only person in the government who has taken the matter very seriously.

May I request you all to write a petition to the Secretary General of the United Nations Human Rights Commission condemning the incident of rape of an innocent child and demand trial of the culprit and his collaborators immediately.

The writer is a journalist, columnist, author, amd editor of "Weekly Blitz". Email him at salahuddinshoaibchoudhury@yahoo.com

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GUSH KATIF COME VACATION IN GUSH KATIF
Reposted by Arieh Zaritsky, June 27, 2005.

"HAVE YOU MADE YOUR SUMMER VACATION PLANS?"

Susie Dym, spokesperson Mattot Arim sddym@bezeqint.net, suggests: "From August onward -- please vacation in Israel. And please, do not make reservations in hotels in Israel. COME TO GUSH KATIF."

HAVE A VACATION ON THE MEDITERRANIAN.

GUSH KATIF IS BEAUTIFUL.

GUSH KATIF IS CHOCK FULL OF WONDERFUL PEOPLE, WHO GROW SOUL-SATISFYING VEGETABLES

YOU MIGHT EVEN FIND YOURSELF IN THE CENTER OF A HISTORICAL EVENT. THINK OF WHAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TELL YOUR GRANDCHILDREN.

Vacationing in GUSH KATIF will save you a lot of money, which you can use to buy a digital camera to take with you to Gush Katif.

PS. Our Hebrew language one-page brochure explains exactly how to get to Gush Katif when necessary, by car, bus and train. We would love to send you copies of this brochure to give out to "our" public -- any right-minded person/people. Email me at sddym@bezeqint.net

Dr. Arieh Zaretsky is at Ben Gurion University.

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TRAINING WITH NACHAL HAREIDI: PHOTO ESSAY
Posted by IsrAlert, June 26, 2005.
The Nachal Hareidi unit, made up of hareidi-religious yeshiva students and new immigrants, trains in the beautiful wilderness of Israel's Jordan Valley.

Isralert.com source: www.IsraelNationalNews.com, Arutz Sheva. Photos are courtesy of the IDF.

A member of the Nachal Hareidi unit "Netzah Yehuda" wakes up with a smile during a training exercise in the field.

Soldiers wearing prayer shawls and phylacteries while praying the morning service in the field prior to resuming their training.

Nachal Hareidi soldier with Gilad Mountains in the background.

Harv Weiner, a businessman in Dallas, Texas, is the founder and moderator of Isralert. To subscribe to IsrAlert, send an email to isralert@aol.com

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GUSH KATIF AS GOES GAZA, SO GOES ISRAEL
Posted by Rabbi Baruch Binyamin Hakohen Melman, June 26, 2005.
Rabbi Melman's great grandfather was a Palestinian.

The logic of expulsion of the Jewish communities of Gaza is premised on the numerical imbalance of the respective Jewish and Arab demographics. How could a small Jewish population hope to thrive in the long term against an overwhelming majority vowed to her destruction? Such insufferable arrogance to presume a right to thrive against an ocean of hate, poverty and barbarism.

And yet, isn't that very same logic, but applied rather to the State of Israel vis a vis her enemies, now reversed on its head, the stuff of stubborn pride which animates her purpose and fuels her resolve to survive against all odds? By the same 100 to 1 ratios, the Jews of Israel as a whole and the Jews of Gaza specifically, face enemies who are no less determined to win in the end.

If the Jews of Gaza have no right to live there because of their numerically disadvantageous population ratios vis a vis the Arabs of Gaza, then by what right does the Jewish state have to persevere in her struggle against the greater Arab world as a whole?

To Arab ears there is much poetry in the epic of Jewish surrender. A quid without a pro, a transaction sans negotiation and mutuality violates every rule of the shuk, shatters every Levantine cultural standard, and so further solidifies in every Arab mind that the Jew is a cultural interloper and an abhorrent stranger in their midst. As well the Jewish state.

And then there are the laws of inertia and momentum. These laws maintain their veracity no less in the political sphere as well as in the realm of physics. Expectations of ongoing Israeli retreat to antebellum borders will echo from every world capital, rigorous semantic nuances of resolution 242 be damned, shredded, and tossed out to sea as so much flotsam on the waves of history.

Seen as victory for the forces of terror, the retreat will be seen only as surrender, as a new wave of terror will commence. Now having achieved quasi statehood, any retaliation against Gaza now will carry greater and greater diplomatic consequences. Reprisal will be seen as provocation. And will be condemned by all. Not to retaliate will further demoralize the secular Israeli, whose only desire is to be loved by the world. Painfully more and more territory will be surrendered if only to stop the pain, but it will only encourage more of the same. Israelis will continue to take short vacations, never to return. Aliyah will dry up, as no one would voluntarily move to a country committed to its own destruction.

Ethnic cleansing, a principle held in utter abhorrence internationally for all peoples except when applied to Jews, once affirmed by Israel herself will set into motion a veritable cascade of demands that will achieve no point of satiety. Once Israel herself seeks to justify the expulsion of her own people on the basis of demographic imbalance, her whole raison d'etre to exist at all loses all its justification, nuances of Balfour be damned.

Perfect is the enemy of the good. Israel cannot be perfect as no nation ever can be. But survival is a choice. In the Talmud there is a parable of two men lost in the desert with but one pitcher of water between them. If they share the pitcher both would probably die. If the one who has it in his possession keeps it, he will probably live. The Talmud argues for life, as difficult as the price may be to bear. Similarly, Israel's territorial integrity is analogous to the pitcher of water. To surrender more and more territory to enemies vowed to destroy her is to worship at the altar of world opinion. Not only would Israel not survive, but any so-called (second Arab) State of Palestine will not survive either, for even the secular Israeli will at some point come to his senses and realize that the world will not rescue him, let alone love him.

Thankfully ethnic cleansing has now been affirmed by the world's highest authorities as the means to bring peace to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Which is worse from a moral standpoint? Expelling your enemy or eventually killing him? Expelling two million Arabs or eventually killing them- and more? With gratitude Israel should embrace this affirmation of ethnic cleansing and make the painful choice. To expel and relocate the Jewish people of Gaza will cost billions of dollars. For a few billion more they could do the same for all the Arabs in her midst who vow her total destruction. Her territorial integrity will remain intact. Her strategic depth will remain intact. The Auschwitz borders of '67 will forever be a temptation for war.

As America's elites and future leadership turn against Israel, having been fed a university diet of anti-Israel venom for a generation if not more, America's willingness to support even Israel's future survival is not guaranteed. Survival is a choice. As painful as those choices are, and as difficult the diplomatic fallout will surely be, the time of reckoning is now at hand. The world will eventually get over it. And even if it doesn't, so what? The Torah says "choose life." All the rest is commentary.

Harv Weiner, a businessman in Dallas, Texas, is the founder and moderator of Isralert. To subscribe to IsrAlert, send an email to isralert@aol.com

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LEFTISTS AGAINST THE GAZA WITHDRAWAL
Posted by Naomi Ragen, June 26, 2005.

The western media's coverage of Israel's planned withdrawal from Gaza is demonstrating, once again, how prejudicial and slanted much of the reporting from the Middle East is. Viewers and readers in north America, Europe and elsewhere have been left with the impression that the only people opposing withdrawal from Gaza (which is scheduled to begin on August 15, 2005) fit the stereotypical mold of an orthodox religious settler which the media have created for themselves over many years.

These prejudices in turn have led many in the media to unfairly represent the arguments as to why a majority of Israelis now tell pollsters they oppose the disengagement, and why even those of us who are on balance for it have grave reservations about it.

THE NEW YORK TIMES AND THE BBC IN A WORLD OF THEIR OWN

For example, New York Times correspondent Christine Hauser yesterday (Sunday) wrote about the dilemmas of disengagement by interviewing Michael Frier "a 24-year old religious student." In her article, she observed that "Some of the men carry M-16's or handguns." The version of the article on the New York Times website was accompanied by a picture of a man with a skullcap and an M-16.

BBC online has been running a three-part series in which its correspondent Richard Miron has been spending a week in Jewish settlements in Gaza. He has been meeting with "some of the most hard-line members of the settler movement." In the first of these dispatches Miron calls the second day a "well-armed family occasion" and goes on to say that "Some of the men carry guns; pistols sitting snugly in their belts or automatic rifles slung loosely over their backs."

FORMER LABOR CABINET MINISTERS, ARMY CHIEFS AND MOSSAD HEADS SPEAK OUT

Due to this obsession by the western media to give the impression that the only people expressing opposition to disengagement are the most right wing and religious of settlers, many important voices in Israeli society have been completely shut out of the international media coverage.

To balance this coverage, I attach below remarks by some important voices on the Israeli left and center that are against the disengagement. Their opposition to the plan stems from their fear that it will bring on a new wave of violence and that a withdrawal from Gaza will not guarantee long-term stability or peace.

There is a fuller version of these quotes below, but in summary:

Former Labor Party Justice Minister Yossi Beilin, has warned of "catastrophe" and says the withdrawal plan "is liable to bring a renewal of violence [that] is liable to bring down the moderate Palestinian leadership... A retreat from Gaza with nothing in return and with no agreement will strengthen Hamas."

Former Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami, who is on the left-wing of the Labor Party, says: "A unilateral retreat perpetuates Israel's image as a country that runs away under pressure... In Fatah and Hamas, they will assume that they must prepare for their third intifada - this time in [Judea and Samaria]... If we continue these unilateral steps, we will find ourselves establishing an enemy Palestinian state."

Former General Security Service chief Ami Ayalon says: "The captain of the disengagement can be compared to the captain of a ship who takes it from port to a very stormy sea, without knowing at all where he wants to lead it... There is a high chance that shortly after the disengagement, the violence will be renewed. 2006 is liable to be a year of another round of violence."

Ayalon added that the retreat from the northern Gaza communities - Dugit, Elei Sinai and Nisanit - is a "grave error. It has no demographic or security justification, and the price that it is liable to exact from us is not justified."

Former Mossad head Ephraim HaLevy says: "After the disengagement, Israel will face a diplomatic crisis the likes of which we have not known for years."

Former Mossad head Shabtai Shavit says: "Immediately after the disengagement, Israel will find itself on a crash path with the United States."

Others who have expressed strong concern about disengagement including former Air Force Commander Gen. Eitan Ben-Eliyahu, former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Uzi Dayan, and former IDF Chief of Intelligence Gen. Shlomo Gazit.

I also attach below an article from yesterday's New York Times (reprinted in today's International Herald Tribune) by Israeli Housing Minister Isaac Herzog, explaining why he supports disengagement but why it is much more painful and difficult than many people in Europe and America might realize. (The article again, however, gives the impression that only extreme rightists oppose the disengagement.)

BUILDING A SEA BARRIER

To illustrate how Israel is attempting to safeguard its security following the Gaza withdrawal, I also attach below an article from the Jerusalem Post reporting that the Israel navy has started building an underwater barrier leading out to sea from the north Gaza shore.

In the past there have been many attempted terror attacks on Israel from the sea. (The last major attempted attack by sea was last November.)

A highly vigilant Israeli radar and surveillance outposts have foiled most of them, but occasionally attackers have got through. For example, in 1979, the Palestinian Liberation Front (part of the PLO) murdered three Israeli civilians by infiltrating Israeli waters from Lebanon and breaking into an apartment in the northern Israel town of Nahariya.

FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBER PLANNED TO BLOW UP HOSPITAL TODAY

The third article below reports on the capture this morning of a 21-year-old female Palestinian suicide bomber at the Erez crossing. She said she planned to blow up a hospital in southern Israel.

This follows the arrest of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy at the Hawara checkpoint on Sunday. He was carrying five pipe bombs hidden in tubes of silicone alongside nails and bolts.

In the last two days Palestinian terrorists have murdered two Israelis. Sergeant Avi Karouchi was killed in Gaza yesterday and this morning Yevgeny Rider was killed in an ambush near Tulkarm as he drove from his home.

Even though a large contingent of additional foreign media is in the region accompanying Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, virtually none have mentioned these Israeli deaths in their reports.

It is not the first time terrorists have abused medical requests to enter Israel. In one recent thwarted attack, a terrorist pretended to have cancer to gain entry to an Israeli hospital.

ANOTHER MOSLEM DEPUTY ISRAELI MINISTER

It was announced today that Member of Knesset Majalli Whbee has been asked to serve as Deputy Education Minister. Majalli Whbee is an Israeli Moslem Druze and is another example of how virtually anyone can succeed in Israeli society should they try. No doubt those in the West who are obsessed with the idea of an "apartheid Israel" are not interested in this. -- Tom Gross


ISRAELI LEFTISTS AGAINST DISENGAGEMENT

[This selection of quotes from some Israelis on the political left who have voiced concern about disengagement was assembled by a subscriber to this list who works at Israel National News.]

Former Labor Party Justice Minister Yossi Beilin, currently not a Knesset Member but leader of the left-wing Yahad/Meretz Party:

"If the disengagement does not lead to an immediate permanent status arrangement, it will bring a catastrophe upon both Israelis and Palestinians... It is liable to bring a renewal of violence [that] is liable to bring down the moderate Palestinian leadership...

"There is a concrete danger that following the disengagement, the violence will greatly increase in [Judea and Samaria] in order to achieve the same thing [i.e., withdrawal] as was achieved in Gaza... A retreat from Gaza with nothing in return and with no agreement will strengthen Hamas."

***

Former Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami, who is on the left-wing of the Labor Party:

"A unilateral retreat perpetuates Israel's image as a country that runs away under pressure... In Fatah and Hamas, they will assume that they must prepare for their third intifada - this time in [Judea and Samaria / the West Bank]... If we continue these unilateral steps, we will find ourselves establishing an enemy Palestinian state."

***

Former General Security Service chief Ami Ayalon:

"The captain of the disengagement can be compared to the captain of a ship who takes it from port to a very stormy sea, without knowing at all where he wants to lead it. And possibly even worse: He knows where he wants to lead it, but is hiding the information from his crew..."

"Retreat without getting anything in return is liable to be interpreted by some of the Palestinians as surrender. The plan is likely to strengthen extremist forces in the Palestinians society... There is a high chance that shortly after the disengagement, the violence will be renewed. 2006 is liable to be a year of another round of violence."

Ayalon said that the retreat from the northern Gaza communities - Dugit, Elei Sinai and Nisanit - is a "grave error. It has no demographic or security justification, and the price that it is liable to exact from us is not justified."

***

Former Air Force Commander Gen. Eitan Ben-Eliyahu:

"There is no chance that the disengagement will guarantee long-term stability. The plan as it stands can only lead to a renewal of terrorism... If there is no quick progress from the disengagement to a comprehensive retreat, [this will lead to] the one-state solution - bringing to an end of the Zionist dream, and the Jewish State will be lost."

***

Former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Uzi Dayan:

"Retreat from Nisanit, Dugit and Elei Sinai is a double mistake: Security-wise, it unnecessarily brings the Kassam rocket threat closer to Ashkelon, and diplomatically, it creates a dangerous precedent of unilateral withdrawal to the 1967 lines, which strengthens the PA demands to return to the June 4, 1967 lines."

***

Former IDF Chief of Intelligence Gen. Shlomo Gazit:

"It is reasonable to assume that within a short time, we will face mortar shelling and Kassams from [Samaria and Judea]. These rockets and shells will hit Kfar Saba and maybe even reach Netanya."

***

Former Mossad head Ephraim HaLevy:

"After the disengagement, Israel will face a diplomatic crisis the likes of which we have not known for years."

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Former Mossad head Shabtai Shavit:

"The disengagement plan sabotages itself, creating a situation of instability. The plan does not create the necessary minimum of balance that would enable long-term coexistence... Immediately after the disengagement, Israel will find itself on a crash path with the United States."

***

In addition to these statements of serious concern about the Gaza/Northern Samaria Evacuation Plan, it is also troubling to learn that Jibril Rajoub, Palestinian Authority Security Chief and former head of its secret police, said that while the present "period of calm" would remain in effect at least until Israel withdraws from Gaza, after this withdrawal "We will have to re-evaluate the situation... the period of quiet will not last longer than the scheduled withdrawal from Gaza unless it is actively renewed by the various organizations."


MOVING FORWARD BY FALLING BACK

by Isaac Herzog, The New York Times, June 20, 2005

JERUSALEM I recently received a letter from a former high school teacher of mine in Tel Aviv. He was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp by a British Army unit in which my father served. Now, he was criticizing me for working on the government's plan to withdraw from 21 Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and four in the West Bank. "How dare you pull Jews out of their homes?" he wrote.

"This is just like what the Nazis did to us!"

Unfortunately, I am no longer surprised when a Jew compares me and other Israeli officials to Nazis. It has become part of the rhetoric of those who oppose withdrawal, including the tiny minority who threaten violent resistance.

But my old teacher was not threatening me; he was crying out as if in the middle of a nightmare. My father, Chaim Herzog, eventually became president of Israel, and my teacher could not understand how his liberator's son could displace other Jews.

Seen from America and Europe, the evacuation of some 8,000 Jews from their homes may seem simple. I have heard it compared to moving residents to make room for a railroad or highway. But, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has no doubt seen during her Middle East visit, what is happening here is a deeper psychological drama.

It brings out fears that are never far from the surface; memories of the displacement and murder of innocent Jews not only during the Holocaust but also in Islamic countries after Israel's founding. And memories of wars Israel did not start, and of terrorist attacks that we fear will never stop.

What to do with Jewish settlers' homes in the Gaza Strip after withdrawal, as well as factories and greenhouses, has occupied Israelis for some time. Those in favor of destroying the houses did not want to see Hamas gunmen making victory signs for CNN and Al Jazeera as they walked triumphantly into buildings left behind by Jews.

Others, myself included, have favored leaving everything except synagogues and graveyards untouched, thinking that destroying the houses would send a message of destruction rather than peace; we feared it might also be costly and could endanger Israeli soldiers' lives.

But every member of the government understands the painful symbolism involved in displacing Jews, and also the public's concern that Gaza will turn into Hamastan, a region controlled by terrorists.

Yet despite their memories and fears, most Israelis back the plan to withdraw. They know that Israel must take risks like this to set secure national borders, to ensure the future of a Jewish democratic state. They are reassured because Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the founder of the settlement movement, thinks the withdrawal is necessary. And they are ready to give the Palestinians' prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, a chance to show he can be a partner for peace.

Another promising sign is that while the settlers' leaders are telling their followers not to cooperate with the government, every day more and more settlers are coming to my ministry to find out how we can help them find new homes and rebuild their lives.

I hope that our Palestinian neighbors understand what we are going through. They should realize that this withdrawal is not a sign of weakness (as Hamas wants them to believe) but of strength and self-confidence. Israel clearly has other ways to answer terrorism - as shown by our forceful response to the intifada - but we have no other way to end the occupation except to separate from the Palestinians.

This withdrawal should be the first step toward a broader, negotiated two-state solution. To get there, the Palestinian leaders must ensure that terrorists do not disrupt the withdrawal and do not take over the land Israel leaves behind.

The Palestinians should also understand the feelings of Israelis like my high school teacher. Abbas can help now by telling his people, loudly and clearly, that Israel's withdrawal will not represent a victory for armed struggle; it will be a victory for the silent majorities on both sides who don't want their grandchildren to have the kinds of traumatic memories that haunt Israelis and Palestinians today.

(Isaac Herzog is Israel's minister of construction and housing.)


ISRAEL TO BUILD TERROR BARRIER IN THE SEA

"Navy builds terror barrier off Gaza" by Arieh O'Sullivan, The Jerusalem Post, June 17, 2005.

www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=111888 8337362

In a move designed to better isolate Israel from potential terrorist infiltration from the Gaza Strip, the navy has started building an underwater barrier leading out to sea from the north Gaza shore.

The barrier, which essentially extends the northern security road separating Gaza from Israel into the Mediterranean, is primarily aimed at thwarting Palestinian terrorists swimming up to the Israeli coast. It consists in its first 150 meters of cement pilings burrowed into the sandy bottom. Beyond that, the barrier will extend for a further 800 meters, in the form of a 1.8-meter-deep fence floating beneath the surface.

It is understood that one of the navy's perceived imperatives for the new barrier is the loss of surveillance systems at the Tel Ridan base on the beach south of Gaza City when the IDF pulls out of Gaza this summer. Still, the barrier is not expected to be completed before August 15, when disengagement is set to begin.

It is not yet clear whether the navy intends to demarcate the territorial waters with buoys, as it did with Lebanon. Off the coast of Rosh Hanikra, there are seven linked buoys reaching out 4,200 meters from the coast.

In similar moves to better seal off Gaza, the Navy is also refurbishing its observation and radar station at the Erez border crossing, and is adding an antenna tower there similar to the 85-meter structure at its base in Rosh Hanikra.

Palestinian terrorists have made attempts to swim to the Israeli coast in the past, and have been foiled mainly because they were spotted by radar and surveillance outposts onshore in the Gaza area. The new barrier is intended to foil potential efforts in which swimmers go beyond such surveillance capacities.

The barrier would also back up naval patrols intercepting small vessels carrying terrorists.

Last November, a heavily armed Palestinian terrorist dressed in a wetsuit tried to swim in from the sea to attack a Jewish settlement in the northern Gaza Strip. Navy surveillance ground forces spotted him and shot him dead 400 meters from the beach. He had on him a bomb, an AK-47, four grenades, five ammunition clips, a knife and a rubber dinghy. In essence, it is understood, the sea barrier represents an extension of the Gaza security fence that has proven highly effective in preventing suicide bombers infiltrating into Israel.


FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBER PLANNED TO BLOW UP HOSPITAL

Female bomber nabbed: Palestinian woman tells interrogators she intended to blow up at southern hospital By Hanan Greenberg By Ynetnews June 20, 2005

www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3101498,00.html

GAZA - Major attack thwarted: A 21-year-old would-be suicide bomber was detained by security forces at Gaza's Erez crossing Monday morning.

Gaza resident Wafa Samir Ibraim Bas, 21 was carrying more than 10 kilograms (more than 22 pounds) of explosives and was picked up thanks to electronic anti-terror means utilized at the crossing.

Army officials said the woman surrendered only after attempting to detonate the charge at the crossing itself.

The woman was scheduled to arrive at Soroka hospital in the Southern town of Be'er Sheva for some tests Monday, and was hoping to take advantage of the medical appointment to carry out a suicide attack.

During her interrogation, the would-be bomber said she was sent by the Fatah's al-Aqsa Brigades. The group sought to utilize the humanitarian permits issued to the woman and instructed her to carry out the attack at the hospital, she said.

The Erez crossing was closed Friday, and again Monday, as a result of terror warnings. Notably, security authorities received a warning regarding the planned attack several days ago, prompting the crossing's closure on several occasions.

Sappers later blew up the explosives in a controlled detonation and authorities later reopened the crossing.

IDF official Avi Levy told Ynet that despite the incident, the army is "making a distinction between terror groups who want to carry attacks and Palestinian civilians who want to make a living."

Although women generally refrained from taking part in terror attacks at first, their role has been increasing over time. In 2004, more then 50 women were involved in carrying out attacks.

Meanwhile, security forces have foiled 45 terror plots involving women during the more than four years of the intifada, while eight attacks were carried out.

A Shin Bet report prepared to summarize four years of fighting noted terror groups are exploiting the inherent advantages in using women to perpetrate terror attacks.

Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and journalist who lives in Jerusalem. She can be contacted at www.naomiragen.com, where you can subscribe to her newsletter.

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WHERE IS THE SHAME?
Posted by Naomi Ragen, June 26, 2005.

This was written by Boaz Gaon and appeared in Ma'ariv, June 25, 2005. It was translated from the Hebrew by Justice4JP. Read the original Hebrew at www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART/949/891.html

It is an interview with Jonathan Pollard in North Carolina, June 24, 2005.

For a split second in mid-April it seemed as if the chances of Jonathan Pollard shedding the chains he has been dragging clattering across the cold floors since 1985 - ever since he was forcefully evicted from the Israeli embassy in Washington - had suddenly increased. This occurred when Sharon, his face still tanned from the Texas sun, removed his stubborn beige flak jacket (which he wore while building the settlements and which he now wears to dismantle them) and boldly announced that he had instructed Israel's Ambassador to the US, Danny Ayalon, to pack a little bag and go visit Pollard. All this, before Bush even ordered Israel to turn off the water.

The historic visit of the ambassador to Pollard took place last month. "An honest man sent to do a dishonest job", said Pollard, who involuntarily got woven into the crossfire of an image war between public personalities (Ayalon and FM Shalom) which was raging above his head.

Ayalon, it seems, was sent out as a trial balloon to gauge the reaction of the corps of Pollard activists to rumors of Pollard's release as the prize for the Gaza disengagement. This, incidentally, is the same corps of activists most opposed to the disengagement plan.

The idea, the inflated news headlines cooked up by the electronic media almost instantly about a 'deal' between Bush (who would pay Sharon with Pollard) and Sharon (who would pay with Gaza) disappeared almost as quickly as the overblown trial balloon which flew off into the clouds and disappeared.

It ended badly. At the visit, Pollard reports, Ayalon was embarrassed and kept repeating over and over again a prepared statement, devoid of content, which had been scripted for him in advance. Pollard said that the Ambassador could not look him in the eyes. His justified request that his status as a "shevui" (prisoner) be implemented by the State which has recognized him as an agent, received the insulting response, "Israel wishes you well."

The cries of disappointment from the visit room overflowed to the media waiting outside, and caused Ayalon to flee from the CNN reporter (the only English language reporter in the pack) who was left scratching his head in surprise over the Ambassador's refusal to share with America the details of this supposedly historic visit. (By the way: media was barred from actual attendance at the prison meeting, not by order of the prison, but by order of PM Sharon's office.)

From an observer's point of view, it seemed as if Ayalon wanted to hurry back to the shelter of the Israeli Embassy in Washington. The same Embassy which, on direct orders from Jerusalem, threw Jonathan Pollard out exactly 20 years ago. One supposes that upon reaching the Embassy, Ayalon called Sharon and reported, 'Mission accomplished'.

FLUSHING AN AGENT DOWN THE DRAIN

A month later, Jonathan Pollard sat in the same visit room, across from the same vending machines, his wife Esther by his side, and under the same watchful eyes of the NSA monitor ("Nick") who had come from Washington that morning.

This was not Pollard's first interview, nor his second or third since his arrest, but this was perhaps the harshest, most bridge-burning interview Pollard has ever given. Yes of course, it concerns one who once supported his release and who now, in Pollard's opinion, " has no interest in bringing me home alive."

We are talking about Arik the "dictator" Sharon, the boss of Dubi "Rasputin" Weissglass, the initiators of the "diabolical" disengagement plan, the heads of the " American colony" and of the "perverted version of Disneyland" otherwise known as the Israeli political establishment, which has "no red lines" and "no true North"; where everything goes, even the abandonment of an agent and "flushing him down the drain."

"I want to begin," says Pollard, smoothing out the printed sheet in front of him "with a question to set the tone and the framework for everything I will say today." And the question is this (Pollard switches to Hebrew): "Ayfoh ha'boosha?" (Where is the sense of shame?)

[J4JP Note: Pollard then laid the groundwork for the rest of the interview with the following 3 points:

1) I am an Israeli agent who has been in the service of the State for 22 years: 2 years of active duty, and 20 years in prison on her behalf.

2) My activities on behalf of Israel; the risk I took for her; the sacrifices that I have made for her were all directed at safeguarding the Land and assuring the security of the People.

3) The very nature of my service to the security of the State of Israel is, by definition, diametrically the opposite of an evil plan - the Heetnatkoot(disengagement) - which aims to expel Jews from the Land, and sacrifice our national security to serve a corrupt, self-interested, personal political agenda.]

"I want to ask the Minister of Defense, Shaul Mofaz, Ayfoh ha'boosha? (Where is your sense of shame?) I heard on the radio that he met with Condoleezza Rice and agreed to release hundreds of security prisoners at her request. What about this prisoner! (Pollard uses his thumb to point to himself.) Whom Israel and the Minister of Defense have forgotten long ago. Even though I am still here, and America still has its boot on my neck. Ayfoh ha'boosha? Where is his sense of shame?"

"Next. In recent weeks I have received hundreds of letters from people in Israel who identify themselves as belonging to the left; most of the writers are non- religious. They all mention a new book by the name of "Boomerang" which just came out in Israel. These people write to tell me: now, suddenly we understand what you have been talking about all of these years! About the corruption in government. The moral corruption, the spiritual corruption, and the disengagement of the State of Israel from all that is moral and true and just.

"Suddenly people are beginning to understand how it happened that Israel has flushed me down the drain, and the role played by this Israeli Rasputin, Dubi Weissglass, author of this evil plan, this diabolical plan called 'the disengagement plan', whose goal it is to sacrifice Israel's national security to serve the interests of a corrupt, self-indulgent, self-centered regime, and devoted to advancing his own personal political agenda. This sheds light on the true nature of the relationship between Israel and America, not as a relationship between equal allies, but between an Imperialist power and a satellite colony..."

"I would like," continues Pollard, as his face flushes with anger, "to dispel a wicked rumor, once and for all, which Sharon and his sycophants have been spreading about me for some time. There is not and never was any deal for my release in connection with the disengagement plan. Utter nonsense! I am being used as nothing more than a carrot on a stick which Sharon and his people are holding out to the Israeli public to make them think that perhaps such a deal has been made behind the scenes.

"It is simply a lie! If the Prime Minister would invest a fraction of the effort in securing my release that he invests in keeping his sons out of prison, I would have been home long ago. But there is a difference between Sharon's sons and this son (pointing to himself) who sacrificed all that he had for the benefit of Israel, which is now burying him alive in prison!

"I know that people may not believe me. I know that there will still be those who continue to believe that some sort of secret deal was made. Let me explain why that is not so. There are a number of things which must be done before a country seeks the release of an agent from prison. Such as, for example, to secure the cooperation of the agent, so he will not say or do anything counterproductive, either during the process or after he is released. During the time of Yitzhak Rabin, for example, Rabin sent a secret messenger to me with a document for me to sign detailing what I could and could not do upon release; I signed.

"The same thing occurred with Bibi. We had excellent relations with him; he treated us with respect and did not mock us or treat us with contempt. (B.G: unlike with Sharon)

"When we knew what Bibi was planning to do, we warned him to have a backup plan for when the Americans reneged. We told him that the Americans would promise my release to get what they want and at the last minute, they would renege.

"This was told to him at a private meeting, face to face. He laughed and said he knows the Americans very well. Sharon is no Rabin, and he is no Bibi. He is just the opposite. Which brings me to Barghouti."

A MAN WITHOUT HONOR

"Barghouti is coming out", said Pollard. "How do we know? We were told."

Who told you?

Pollard throws a quick glance in Esther's direction. "Okay. Olmert told us." [J4JP corrects this misquote:: Jonathan actually said that a close associate of theirs had been informed by Olmert.] Specifically, Olmert said that Israel is grooming Barghouti and preparing him to be the next leader of the Palestinians. What is more, we were told that Barghouti intended to run for President of the PA against Abu Mazen, but Elliot Abrams, during his visit to Israel, met with Barghouti's people. He gave them ironclad American promises regarding Barghouti, which induced Barghouti to drop out of the elections.

"This is the way one goes about preparing someone for release. That is the point. The meeting with Barghouti was done in secret; promises were made to him; he was asked to keep a low profile. None of these things have happened in my case, in spite of all of the spin by Sharon's people."

In response Ehud Olmert told Ma'ariv: "I never spoke with Pollard, not about Barghouti or anything else. I also never spoke with his wife, nor have I met with her or spoken with her about any other subject. I have no idea how they came up with this story."

[Justice4JP Responds: It is true that Olmert did not speak directly with Jonathan, but to a very close contact of the Pollards. In the coming months, watch the headlines for Barghouti. It will soon become apparent who is telling the truth. See Also: Yediot (Hebrew): Government Officials Recommend: Free Barghouti http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2005/061005a.htm]

Now back to Pollard in prison. "I have been told: only Sharon can free you. Just like Nixon was the only one who could make peace with China. This would be true if we were a normal country. But Israel is not a normal country. Israel is a country that is ruled by a corrupt, twisted, sick, self-centered political establishment - in short: a perverted version of Disneyland."

"Let me tell you something. Not long after Bush was elected in 2000, someone close to the President contacted my wife. (B G: this person had a certain share in helping Bush to become elected.) They told her that a request for my release by a religious figure, with the initiative coming from Jerusalem would be looked upon favorably.

"Esther flew to Israel at once to meet with HaRav Mordecai Eliyahu, the former Chief Rabbi of Israel, to put the initiative together. She detailed the plan to Prime Minister Sharon at a meeting attended by HaRav Eliyahu, my attorney Larry Dub, the late Rechavam Ze'evi, and the Prime Minister. Sharon asked for the name of our contact in Washington, the initiator of the plan, and he was told. He did not respond, he just continued to write things. Everyone thought that he must be writing important notes. But my wife got a little closer and had a look at his notes.

"Do you want to know what he was writing? Nothing! He was doodling the whole time we were sitting there! Sometime later Gandhi (Ze'evi) spoke with Sharon. He called us and said that he was ashamed of the Prime Minister's response. We asked why. He said: "The Prime Minister said that the only way he would bring Pollard home is in a coffin."

QUESTION: Over the years you have implied that Sharon may be abandoning you because he does not want the level of his involvement in your operation to be revealed. Among other things, the head of LAKAM the bureau you worked for, was Rafi Eitan, who was known as Sharon's dirty tricks man. Is there anything to this?

"Sharon is a man who has shown himself to be completely indifferent to the casualties of war which fall around him as he pursues his goals. Contrary to the myth of his bravery as a general, the fact is that his political career was built upon blood, and it means nothing to this dictator. What we are talking about is a fatal character flaw. Sharon is a man without honor. It is impossible to embarrass a man without honor.

"Moreover, I was asked by Rafi, at a meeting which took place in Paris, to collect political information for Sharon to help advance his career. Behind the back of Rafi, others who were sitting at the table signaled me, shaking their heads and silently indicating "No, no!" I, of course, refused. Is Sharon afraid that I will reveal the names of those he asked me to spy on for him? Is he afraid that it will be revealed to what lengths he was willing to go to advance his own political interests, at the expense of a young and dedicated agent? Perhaps. But you will have to ask him. All I am asking is: Ayfoh ha'boosha? (Where is his sense of shame?)"

QUESTION: One of the things you need is a truthful affidavit from your former handler, Aviam Sella who claimed in 1987 that he did not run you, and that he had been nothing more than a first contact, a position which even Israel has retreated from since then. Have you asked Sella directly?

"No. No." said Pollard, and he cast a glance in the direction of Nick, the NSA monitor. "Look, he can't do it without the permission and direction of the Government of Israel."

"He prefers to remain silent," said Esther Pollard, "to receive his Israeli Government pension and keep his mouth shut."

[Justice4JP Note : While it is true that Sella may prefer to remain silent and collect his government pension, the involvement of the Israeli government is absolutely necessary. Without Israel's permission and direct involvement in this process to resolve Jonathan's case, a new affidavit would be useless.]

AGONIZING EVERY NIGHT IN MY PRISON CELL

QUESTION: When was the last time you had any contact with Rafi Eitan, also known as "Rafi the stinker"?

Pollard laughs bitterly. "A few years ago, I saw a copy of the New York Times. On the front page was a photograph of Rafi Eitan who had received some sort of American prize for the creative management of his tropical fruit plantation in Cuba. In the photo he was wearing a straw hat and sipping an exotic tropical cocktail, and it said that he cries every night over Pollard. He cries every night? I agonize every night in my cell while he is drinking cocktails in Cuba! That's all I have to say about Eitan."

QUESTION: How did you feel when you heard that Elchanan Tannenbaum, (the dubious character whom Sharon sold to the Israeli public as a hero in peril whose teeth had been pulled out with a pliers), was returned to Israel in such a perfect state of health as to be enviable?

"That was beautiful. Sharon's whole tactical process, I mean. When I saw pictures of Tannenbaum on TV I said to myself, 'Wow! Hezbullah's dentists really did a great job of restoring his teeth. They should move to Beverly Hills; they would make lots of money.'

"If you want a serious response: the Tannebaum deal was a classic case of a corrupt deal between two corrupt organizations: Hezbullah on the one hand, and Arik Sharon and company on the other. Between a vendor who was trying to sell treif meat as if it were kosher, and a buyer who was trying to convince the people of Israel that the meat was kosher even when he knew full well it was treif (unfit for consumption)."

QUESTION: Recently the former Ambassador to the United States, Itamar Rabinovitch, stated that the case of Larry Franklin (the "Pentagon mole" who was indicted recently on charges of supplying classified information to a foreign nation, meaning Israel) as well as the security tensions with the US, which have been caused by the arms deal with China, ruin your chances for release. Your response?

"When Mr. Rabinovitch was here in Washington, I very much wanted to meet with him. But he did not come to see me, and he never expressed any special interest in my case. And now suddenly out of nowhere he is making statements about me. Doesn't that seem a little strange to you? The explanation is simple: the State of Israel is preparing the ground for the release of Barghouti. The closer the date of his release comes, the more you will start to hear other 'learned' opinions about 'why it is impossible to free Pollard'. This time it is because of China. Next time it may be because of Franklin, and so on. From a strategic standpoint there is a certain beauty to this rouse. The problem is that one needs to wear a gas mask so as not to be choked by the stench of the lies."

[J4JP Note: Israeli media routinely allows the right of response to anyone mentioned in an interview. The responses of Prime Minister Sharon's office below run the gamut from laughable to simply not credible. For further information, there are links to supplemental reading material in the "See Also" list which follows below.]

The Prime Minister's media advisor responded to Ma'ariv: "From the time that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was elected, he has worked to free Jonathan Pollard. After the visit of Prime Minister Sharon to President Bush's ranch in Texas this year, he instructed the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Danny Ayalon, to visit Pollard in prison - a step which has never before been taken by any other Prime Minister in the past. As well, there is a committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary, Israel Maimon as well as representatives of the relevant Government offices, which deals with the issue."

Regarding Pollard's statement that he is being used by Sharon and his people in order to advance the disengagement plan by softening opposition to it, Sharon's media advisor stated: "That never was and never will be. The name of Pollard was never linked to the disengagement plan with the intention of winning over those who oppose the plan."

About the appellations "dictator", "Rasputin" and the mention of Sharon's son's (being kept out of prison by their father's massive efforts), the Prime Minister's media advisor responded: "These things are not worthy of response." Regarding Pollard's quote of Rechavam Ze'evi: "Not true; utter falsehood. The Prime Minister never said anything like that or in that style."

Regarding raising the subject (of Pollard) in talks between Sharon and Bush this year: "The subject comes up with the American government during every trip that the Prime Minister makes to the United States including his most recent visit."

This week, in response to a question in the Defense and Foreign Relations Committee, Prime Minister Sharon said the following about the Pollard issue: "The way to solve this problem is not with slogans, or media releases, but by a discrete route - and that is how we are working."

An official in the Prime Minister's office said that he cannot understand what would motivate anyone to question the Prime Minister's treatment of the issue, as if he had no interest in freeing Pollard. After all, there is no dispute, said the same official, that if Pollard were released, it would only enhance the standing of the Prime Minister. See Also:

Text: Jonathan Pollard's Letter to Sharon Responding to P.M.'s Declaration: Israel Making All Efforts To Free Pollard http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2004/092704.htm

Jonathan Pollard's Letter Responding to PM Sharon's Declaration that Israel Cannot Ask US for Pollard Because "Beggars Cannot Make Noise" http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2003/100203.htm

Text: Jonathan Pollard's 20th Anniversary Speech: Don't Trade Me for Barghouti http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2004/112104.htm

Crazy Rhythm And All That Jazz: How Pollard Got Left Holding the Bag [Background on the Aviam Sella False Affidavit] http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2004/043004a.htm

Response to "Hope of Pollard's Release In Return for Disengagement" - Yediot 04/15/05 http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2005/041505.htm

Sharon and Katsav Refuse to Help - HaTzofeh Feature Article http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2001/060101.htm

Jonathan Pollard: "TAKE ME OUT OF THE BOR!" - Yediot Feature Interview by Shimon Shiffer, http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2004/050904.htm

Yediot (Hebrew): Government Officials Recommend: Free Barghouti http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2005/061005a.htm (English translation, coming soon!)

'Crisis with U.S. Hinders Pollard's Pardon'? http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2005/061505.htm

Column One: Pollard's Freedom and Our Freedom - by Caroline Glick http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2005/042205.htm

Spotlight on Jonathan Pollard: by Caroline Glick A Makor Rishon Special Feature in 3 parts:
Part I: An Exclusive Interview with Jonathan Pollard
Part II: Interview with former CIA Chief James Woolsey
Part III: Commentary: The Search for Agent X

The Wye Double-Cross Page
http://www.jonathanpollard.org/wye.htm

Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and journalist who lives in Jerusalem. She can be contacted at www.naomiragen.com, where you can subscribe to her newsletter.

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GUSH KATIF CORRUPTION CAN'T WAIT
Posted by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein, June 26, 2005.

A month ago, Amnon Abramovitz, a senior commentator in Channel 2 TV Israeli news, called upon all his colleagues to protect Sharon like a citron ("Etrog"). "We know Sharon and his sons are involved in criminal affairs but today a few months before the 'Historic Disengagement' plan we should support all his activities and ignore undemocratic decisions or behavior, support closing of inquiry files and allow systematic damage of the settler's human rights."

Last Sunday in a special editorial, Yoel Marcus, one of the senior "Haaretz" writers, announced that "Corruption can wait". As Sharon is fulfilling our dreams of gettingrid from the Jewish communities in Gush Katif and North of Samaria, we must postpone all negative information and reporting against the new tyrant.

In reaction, Nadav Shraga, a honest reporter (probably the only..) from Haaretz, published last weekend an article under the name "Corruption can't wait".

Enjoy the article and remember we have no doubt that in the end every one will know the truth!!

The timing of the public debate over corruption is no coincidence. It is directly connected to the upcoming implementation of the disengagement plan. Corruption wasn't born yesterday, and every now and then, as Yoel Marcus rightly pointed out in this newspaper on Friday, there are historic developments that are of such vital importance that the state must concentrate on them at the expense of other issues, no matter how important they may be.

The disengagement plan is not such a development. More and more security experts now believe that it is a sure recipe for disaster. It is defective, both from the moral point of view and from the point of view of democratic conduct, but the question of whether or not it is "good for the Jews" is a matter for another discussion.

Even those who believe that this is a marvelous plan cannot postpone clarification of the corruption allegations until after the disengagement until one central issue first becomes clear: Was the plan born in honesty and good faith, or was it the product of extraneous and improper considerations?

Two respected media personalities, Raviv Drucker and Ofer Shelah, believe that the plan was adopted by Ariel Sharon and his advisors on the assumption that it would lead to the burial of the allegations against the prime minister and his family. In their book, "Boomerang," they describe the events that preceded the decision to uproot the settlements of Gush Katif and northern Samaria. The book attempts to substantiate the claim that was first made months ago by MK Zvi Hendel and journalist Hagai Huberman that "the depth of the uprooting is as the depth of the investigation."

On page 365, they write: "Even his most intimate confidants ... are convinced that the disengagement plan would never have been born if Sharon didn't need to turn the spotlights away from the investigations against him and his sons." On page 367, they attribute the following remark to Dov Weissglas: "You must make a dramatic move that will cause everything to be forgotten."

In a Channel 2 interview with Nissim Mishal, Shelah and Drucker made the point even more explicit, saying that the investigations had a decisive impact on the birth of the plan or, in other words, the disengagement was meant to help Sharon escape indictment.

This is so frightening a possibility that it is difficult to describe it in words. Is it possible that the prime minister, contrary to his natural security and moral inclinations, decided to adopt a plan to uproot 10,000 people from their homes in order to escape an indictment? Did Sharon chose disengagement - despite the fact that he believed, at least at the start, that it was a bad and dangerous plan - in order to save his skin and his seat?

Let us posit for a moment that a similar claim had been raised from a different direction, against a defense minister who was involved in a police investigation. Let us assume that that the minister was accused of planning a large-scale military action, not because he felt it was necessary but because someone in his close circle advised him to "do something dramatic that will cause everything to be forgotten." Would not those opposed to the move demand that his motives be investigated and its implementation delayed, without any connection to whether or not he was right?

One of the two then: If the allegations are true - and there is no proof yet they are - Sharon must face trial. If they are baseless, Sharon must take the two journalists to court and prove that he is right.

When Time magazine published baseless reports that the classified part of the Kahan Commission report about Sabra and Chatila contained information that Sharon had urged the militias to take revenge against the Palestinians for the murder of Bashir Gemayal, he took Time to court and won. Now, in the face of another serious accusation, Sharon is sitting tight and his bureau is keeping mum. MK Hendel, who spoke up before Shelah and Drucker did, has long since volunteered to waive his Knesset immunity so that Sharon can take him to court, but Sharon has not picked up the gauntlet.

In the Bar-On-Hebron affair eight years ago, the attorney general and the police looked into suspicions - raised by Channel 1's Ayala Hasson - that Bar-On had been chosen for the attorney general post because of pressure from then-MK Aryeh Deri, who was under criminal investigation at the time. Hasson reported that Deri allegedly had received a promise from Bar-On to help him reach a plea-bargain arrangement. According to the allegations, Deri then threatened to use his political power to undermine the Hebron Agreement if Bar-On was not appointed.

The accusations being raised now, even if they are circumstantial, are at least as grave. They need to be examined by the police and the attorney general. The question that must be answered, even before the disengagement, is whether the disengagement plan stemmed from extraneous motives. If, Heaven forbid, this is indeed so - and both supporters and opponents of disengagement must hope that it is not - the uprooting must be stopped and the investigations must be resumed.

Moshe Saperstein and his wife Rachel live in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, in the Gaza Strip. He is a Jerusalem Diarist, one of the group of Israelis who are recording their experiences living in Israel.

He lost an arm while fighting in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He was again wounded in a February 2002 incident when he drove his car into a terrorist who had just shot and killed a young mother traveling in the car in front of him. He writes frequently of his physical and emotional struggles. His wife, Rachel (aka. La Passionara, La P.) works at the Girls High School in Neve Dekalim and published a booklet last year for families dealing with terror victims.

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OPRAH OFFENDED BY EXCLUSION BUT NOT BY THE PLO
Posted by Join the Boycott, June 26, 2005.

Oprah Winfrey will boycott Hermes in Paris for not allowing her in after hours, but she sympathizes with the PLO who want to exclude Jews from their own land.

Join the Oprah Boycott. For details see http://www.geocities.com/truthmasters/jointheboycott.htm

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IF THE MAJOR MEDIA DON'T REPORT IT, DOES IT MEAN THE TERRORISTS HAVE DECLARED PEACE?
Posted by Bryna Berch, June 26, 2005.

This is a round-up of the most recent terrorist actions - most of which are unreported in the major media. The media are philosophers of the Bishop Berkeley school. He said that if a tree falls and no one is around to hear it, it doesn't make a sound; in fact, in his insulated thinking, the tree doesn't exist. The media's variation is: if they haven't reported it, there's been no terror attack; the Arabs have stopped their game plan to destroy Israel. Problem is: real people have died. But maybe in the world of PR, if they can make people believe terror attacks have diminished, it's as good as the real thing.

This is a news item from today's Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.com).

Terrorists continue to attack Israelis, even as two victims of Friday's murderous shooting are being brought to their final rest. An Arab man stabbed an Israeli Border Guardsman in his neck shortly after noon today in eastern Jerusalem. The attack occurred near Damascus Gate, and the victim was treated on the spot by an emergency medical crew...

An IDF unit found and safely detonated a 40-kg. (88-lb.) explosive device just north of the Kisufim Crossing into Gush Katif. Roadside bombs of this nature have killed many Israeli soldiers and civilians...

Two mortar shells were fired at N'vei Dekalim over the night... An IDF force noticed a terrorist cell preparing to fire anti-tank rockets at the Jewish community of Ganei Tal. The soldiers fired only deterrent fire, however, with no intention to hit, and the terrorists in fact escaped... In another incident today, an anti-tank rocket was fired at an IDF vehicle near N'vei Dekalim; no one was hurt...

In what is merely the latest incident of teenagers being recruited for Palestinian terrorism, a 14-year-old was detected today trying to carry a gun through the Kalandia Checkpoint, north of Jerusalem. The boy was taken for questioning...

Israel's security forces are on the track of those who perpetrated the murderous attack on Friday, working on the operative assumption that they were of the Islamic Jihad. The army has also begun replacing checkpoints on roads in Judea and Samaria. Of 300 such checkpoints, both mobile and permanent, no fewer than 280 were removed in the past few weeks, in the framework of "gestures" and "restriction-easings" towards the Palestinian Authority.

Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, quoted in an Arab newspaper in Lebanon, warned that if Israel goes after terrorist leaders, the diplomatic process will end immediately. Abu Udai, a leading terrorist of the Jenin branch of Fatah's military arm, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, threatened that "suicide bombers will shake the heart of Israel and Tel Aviv" if Israel does not stop arresting terrorists.

Following Friday's murderous attack, an Arab-owned store in Hevron was burnt this morning, and a local Arab reported that a "Jewish settler" beat him up.

A mortar shell was fired last night at northern Gaza... Snipers fired at IDF outposts on the Israeli-Egyptian border last night, and at other outposts in Gush Katif over the Sabbath...

In under-reported Jerusalem violence of last week, Arabs hurled nine firebombs on two consecutive evenings at Yeshivat Beit Orot. The local emergency force of the yeshiva caught two of the attackers on the first night, but the next night, the attackers were able to escape. No one was hurt in the attacks.

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THE RETURN OF THE KAPOS
Posted by Marcel Cousineau, June 26, 2005.

Sunday June 26, 2005: the modern day Kapos of Israel arrested one of their own for speaking four words that threaten their evil plans. Speaking, even when it is not under the Fascist umbrella of 'incitement', is not permissable in Israel.

The intimidation and fear tactics are improving against those unwilling to bow to the image, the imaginations of peace created in the minds of devils. The Image they refuse to bow to is the vision of the man of peace for his Palestinian State on expropriated Jewish land.

They will not go willingly or silently. Soon U.S. Army General Ward will lead the charge against these 'extremist Jews' opposed to the peace of the Fourth Reich and who have the audacity to build homes on their land.

They are considered the enemies of peace by the followers of Satan and his Road Map for Israel. The Islamic terrorists are encouraged and emboldened by their every word and act.

You have to be under the spell of hell, not to see this.

The New Jewish Kapo's work well and obediently for their masters in Washington.

Kapo General Shimon Peres wants more weapons for the Palestinian Terrorist Authority. They are not killing enough Jews as of yet.

(Exerpt from Haaretz)

"Israel Radio reported that one of the soldiers, a member of the Engineering Corps, was arrested after shouting "Jews don't expel Jews" during the incident."

Contact Marcel Cousineau by email at up2zionsg8@yahoo.com.

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DISENGAGEMENT DISSENTERS SUBJECTED TO WORSENING PRISON CONDITIONS
Posted by Herb Sunshine, June 26, 2005.
Worsening of the prison conditions for the Jewish kids/adults still jailed in the "anti-disengagement wing" of Masiyahu prison: Some very disturbing news appeared in one of the mailings that the authorities, due to their anger at their own inability to break the spirit of the (mostly young) detainees, are acting to deliberately worsen their conditions. Some of the steps taken include: limiting their time outside their cells to 1-2 hours (during which they have to bathe, make phone calls, etc.), cancellation of the "Beit Midrash Masiyahu", a Torah study group for the prisoners, cancelling their right to pray in a minyan except for Mon., Thurs. and Shabbat, and about 2 weeks ago a group of young girls beings sent to a dungeon-like room in isolation, and even sending to isolation those who complain about the worsening conditions, and in general the increasingly brutal way the authorities speak to the prisoners.

All of this, of course, in addition to not allowing the high school kids in Masiyahu to take their Bagrut exams. Two of the detainees are not even allowed to make calls home or to get visits from family.

In another incident, the prison authorities entered the cell of a prisoner who has been there for about 2 months already, and using the excuse that they're conducting a "search", took away all of his Torah study material. In spite of all this abuse, the prisoners are doing their utmost to maintain their high morale and spirit. In addition to coming to the weekly Melave Malka across from Masiyahu to give support, the recommendation is to call the prison authorities and complain about the treatment these prisoners are receiving, especially as they have not been accused of anything (innocent till proven guilty) and that you will be publicizing this scandal and atrocity to the press and to any other outside source if the conditions are not corrected immediately. Recommended to make your points aggressively for 2-3 minutes (preferably in Hebrew). Complain also about the lack of freedom of religion (right to pray in a minyan, etc.). The idea is to get hundreds of people making phone calls to Masiyahu every day. Just be prepared to get hung up on. Don't answer any questions re your name, address etc. - just launch into immediately into your tirade.

Recently the prison changed its phone numbers first publicized in the Hadoar Hakatom newsletter, due to the immense number of public pressure phone calls there as a result. Following is a list of the new phone numbers:

FAX: 08-9776351

RECORDED MESSAGE: 08-9776716

LIST OF EXENSIONS

Direct line - secretary - 08-9776700

secretary - 1

officer in charge of prisoners - 2

social worker - 3

officer in charge of education - 4

Personnel dept. - 5

registration officer - 6

officer in charge of release - 7

switchboard - 8

Please note the new phone number for the switchboard of "Honenu", the volunteer group of lawyers defending disengagement opponents - 159 950 4020.

Herbert B. Sunshine is Professor of Law (US). He and his wife Miki live in Jerusalem.

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GUSH KATIF OLEG CARTOON: STALIN AND SHARON
Posted by Women in Green, June 25, 2005.

Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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GUSH KATIF NEW VICTIMS OF DISENGAGEMENT TERROR; POLICE AGENTS OR SINCERE OPPONENTS TO DISENGAGEMENT?
Posted by Voice of Judea, June 25, 2005.

1. One dead, two injured - more disengagement peace

Avichai Levi (Arutz-7)

After a week of bloody and fatal attacks in Israel, the Arabs have again launched an attack, this time, in the Southern Hevron Hills, near Beit Hagai. Avichai Levi, 17, was murdered in the attack, after Arab terrorists opened fire on a group of Jewish youth, standing near the bus stop. Several others were wounded in the attack. Another Jew was injured by an Arab sniper in the Shomron, near Haras village.

Voice of Judea Commentary:

Disengage by removing the hostile Arabs and not by expulsion of Jews. Stop the terror disengagement now!

Vote in an independent emergency referendum. Throw our enemies out or our brothers vote now at http://www.mishal.org

2.  Pollard lashes into PM Sharon

In an interview published in Ma'ariv, June 24, 2005, Pollard lambasted Ariel Sharon and the Israeli government. Here are some choice excerpts:

If the Prime Minister would invest in my case a fraction of what he has done to protect his sons from serving time in prison, I would be free long ago."

"Sharon is a dictator."

"Sharon will only bring me to Israel in a casket."

Voice of Judea Commentary:

Batia Medad wrote a powerful article that appears on Arutz Sheva.com. She addresses the Pollard issue in her article:

Jonathan Pollard has been jailed for twenty years under the most severe conditions for following the terms of American-Israeli defense treaties, which the United States blatantly ignored. There is no precedent for such punishment. The documents he passed to Israel concerned her defense needs, which were included in treaties between the two countries. Not even the most serious espionage by spies from the USSR, during the Communist regime, received such severe punishment. Doesn't it make you wonder whom America considers friend and foe?

3.  Labor corruption reaches all-time-record

The Likud is smiling as more reports unravel the unprecedented extent of fraud and forgery in Labor party registration ballot forms. Labor is postponing their primaries until after the police and internal investigations are completed. Observers note that as many as 43 percent of the ballots may have been forged.

4.  Right-wing extremists, police provocations or mainstream legal protest?

It is hard for the average Israeli to make heads-or-tails of the news reports coming out of Maoz HaYam - the hotel compound in Gush Katif. The police claim that right-wing extremists in the compound attacked local Arabs and that the Jews might upset the delicate balance in the area, if they are not arrested or at least expelled from the Gaza Strip, prior to the disengagement.

Two different messages seem to be emerging from the compound, said to be housing some 200 people. On the one hand, Nadia Matar and Jewish Gazan officials are claiming that the hotel inhabitants will do nothing more than legal and peaceful opposition to government eviction orders. However Itamar Ben Gvir and other former Kach activists there are threatening fierce resistance to any attempt at evicting them or other Jews from Gaza.

Nadia Matar concludes a recent op-ed by writing:

The use of force and violence, attacks against leading members of the government, shooting at soldiers and the like will only cause us harm. Sharon and Peres know this, and so they are undoubtedly cooking something up along these lines.

Similarly, at a recent Bayit Leumi conference, Moshe Feiglin and Bayit Leumi leaders urged the jubilant crowd to be careful not to use any form of violence in the struggle to stop the surrender of Gaza and Northern Shomron, lest this hurt the image of the anti-disengagement camp. Organizers repeated that any protester who uses violence will be classified as a police informant provocateur.

Voice of Judea Commentary:

Listen closely! The use of violence or the use of more extreme tactics does not necessarily hurt the cause of those who use violence. The use of more extreme tactics does not make someone an informant or a provocateur either. After all, the Yesha Council, feels that Feiglin and Matar are hurting the cause by toting a harder line than that of the official "settlement" movement.

If the rightwing moderates of the various persuasions truly believe their own rhetoric - which the disengagement will lead to, G-d forbid, thousands of attacks and fatalities, then why would they be so unsympathetic to some people who threaten the use of force to try and prevent that horror? If it is a question of tactics and an issue of what will be more effective, then who is to say that the fear of a bloodbath in the hotel would not serve as an effective deterrent to prevent the eviction? And who is to say that the average Israeli is not moved and shaken by the threat of violence? Maybe the simple guy in the street sees people willing to use force to stop the disengagement and says, "Hey maybe we need to rethink this, it may lead to bloodshed these people are serious, this is a serious issue." Let us remember that the left threatened armed resistance and civil war in the past, when the issue of Arab transfer was raised. For this reason, that suggestion has always been considered beyond the pale and unrealistic. If the extent of the struggle to stop Jewish expulsions stops at peaceful and passive civil disobedience, then this might explain why it is considered a practical, democratic decision to expel Jews from their homes.

Yesha is entitled to lead a passive struggle with "pareve" messages. Manhigut Yehudit, Nadia Matar and Bayit Leumi are entitled to believe that "roadblocks" and peaceful civil disobedience are the way. And others are entitled to believe that they must make a more serious front to challenge the government. This does not make any of the above camps traitors, informants or enemies!

5.  Dogs To The Rescue Of Jews In Gaza?

In a moving letter sent from a woman living in "Shirat HaYam, Gaza, a woman resident thanks a Jewish canine unit for sending dogs to protect her vulnerable village.

To
"HaG'dud Ha'Ivri"
K'far Tapuach

Greetings!

A couple of months ago, I was going through a difficult time, personal and familial, considering leaving Shirat Hayam, the community of which I was blessed to be a founder 4.5 years ago, and to which I am closely attached. This consideration was the outcome of two instances in which I discovered a hostile penetration to the community's perimeter, a few meters away from my house. My house sits in a dead zone between two IDF outposts, in even during the penetration itself, the soldiers on duty did not notice the intruder, nor did they answer my calls for help. Both intrusions, thank God, ended with no casualties. Investigation, though, concluded that these were re-occurrences, rather than isolated one-timers. Apparently, the Arab terrorists have entered in order to gather information about the settlement. Since these events, my feeling of security has been severely damaged. I felt my children and I were facing clear and present danger, and that despite the pain and regrets we might have to leave the community.

The only conceivable solution was a serious guard-dog, which we could trust and which could re-institute our feeling of security. The appropriate kind of dog - vaccinated, trained and obedient, is, alas, a very expensive dog - which we could not afford. Luckily, we knew the "HaG'dud Ha'Ivri" organization, and we knew this was the address to turn to. Within one phone call a "match" was struck up, and today we feel secure again, with Hugo guarding our home. In addition, we began an advanced training program under the organization's guidance, in order to match Hugo to the community's ready-response team, and by doing so - enhancing the security of Shirat HaYam's entire population (about 20 families).

We are aware of the tremendous financial and professional efforts you have - and still are investing in Hugo, as we are impressed by the readiness to hand him to us free of charge - and all with a smile and as an act of righteousness. The work you do is Holy, and with your help we are establishing our holding of this land.

Thank you so very much,

Rachel Vitkun,
Shirat HaYam
Southern coast.

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THE NATION DENIES FREE SPEECH FOR DERSHOWITZ
Posted by Steven Plaut, June 25, 2005.

This is called "The Nation Seeks to Deny Dershowitz Free Speech." The original is archived at http://moonbatcentral.com/wordpress/?p=601

It is always a matter of great amusement to see Far-Leftist moonbats, those who support all the anti-American dictatorships on the planet, whine about the "suppression of free speech" whenever a non-leftist criticizes them. And it is particularly amusing to see the The Nation whine when Alan Dershowitz dares to utilize his own freedom of speech.

Jon Wiener, writing in this week's issue of The Nation, can't control his bladder due to his outrage over the fact that Dersh wrote to the Governor of California, yep - to the Ahnold Himself - to suggest that the state-owned and state-financed publication house of the University of California NOT publish a book by Norman Finkelstein.

Finkelstein is an anti-Semitic crackpot who has been described by the Anti-Defamation League as a Holocaust Denier. Employed by DePaul University as an assistant professor in political science, Finkelstein regards Holocaust Denier and neonazi David Irving to be a great historian. Yes, that is the same DePaul University that fired Professor Thomas Klocek for daring to defend Israel in front of some campus jihadniks.

Finkelstein, when he is not bashing and libeling author/philosopher Elie Wiesel and other people for daring to be survivors of the same Holocaust that his mentor David Irving claims never took place, saves special spleen for attacking Dershowitz for daring to support Israel. Finkelstein wants Israel to be destroyed so that the world can have a second Holocaust of the Jews that Finkelstein can claim never took place. The distinguished historian Omer Bartov from Brown University compared Finkelstein's scribblings to the old czarist forgery "Protocols of the Elders of Zion". Our guess is that "The Nation" interpreted that as a compliment for Finkelstein.

The Ahnold's people turned Dersh down. Now while we suppose that even crackpots like Finkelstein are entitled to the protections of free speech, we see no reason why the innocent taxpayers of California should be raped into paying for the proliferation of Finkelstein's filth. Finkelstein can get all the "free speech" he wants on the pages of "The Nation" and "Counterpunch," as well as the many neonazi web sites who adore him.

Dershowitz has invested considerable energy in exposing Finkelstein as a neonazi buffoon. The main reason for Dershowitz's letter to the Governor seems to be that Finkelstein libels him in the "book" in question. Finkelstein has been claiming that Dershowitz plagiarized some material from another writer, Joan Peters's From Time Immemorial. He did not.

Wiener writes in The Nation: "The body of Beyond Chutzpah shows Finkelstein to be an indefatigable researcher with a forensic ability to take apart other people's arguments. The core of the book challenges Dershowitz's defense of Israel's human rights record by citing the findings of mainstream groups, including Amnesty International, the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem and Human Rights Watch." In other words, Finkelstein quotes from other discredited Bash-Israel propagandists to prove his "case" against Israel and against Dershowitz. Why not quote from Ward Churchill and Noam Chomsky to prove that America is the aggressor against Islamic terrorists?

The main claim of Wiener and Finkelstein against Israel? "Since then Israel has killed three Palestinians for every Israeli killed." Of course, since the Americans killed far more Germans and Japanese in World War II than the numbers of Americans killed by those two countries, then the dimwitted duo no doubt regard the Americans as the real oppressors and criminals in THAT war! "The Nation" had earlier run a sycophatic piece praising Finkelstein's scribblings and comparing Finkelstein ethically to the Prophets of the Bible, written by an anti-Semitic lecturer from Ben Gurion University in Israel named Neve Gordon. Wiener tries to justify his endorsement of Finkelstein by repeating endorsements of him by extremist anti-Israel self-hating Jewish leftists, as if such endorsements strengthe Wiener's case rather than in fact helping prove how anti-Semitic Finkelstein is. Wiener also repeats some fabricated citations that have been falsely attributed to historian Raul Hilberg, as if he endorses Finkelstein's writings, and also some actual citations taken out of context in which Hilberg expresses some limited agreement with some minor points that Finkelstein has made. This sort of selective citation to make it seem that Hilberg endorses Finkelstein's Holocaust Denial would get Wiener an F in any serious history course.

It is all well and good that "The Nation" wishes to defend the free speech of Holocaust Deniers and promote their point of view in the magazine, but why are they not willing to extend that same right of free speech to Dershowitz and allow him to express his opinion to the Governor of California? 2. "Trent University's Self-Hating Moonbat" is archived at http://moonbatcentral.com/wordpress/?p=596

We figured it was only natural for the Cockburn team to have recruited Michael Neumann as a Counterpunch Cockroach. Neumann is one of the worst bashers of Israel in Canadian "academics" and he is a devoted member of the Cockburn Cult, which believes that just because some people think that all Jews should be murdered is no reason to label them anti-Semites. Neumann dutifully turns out pro-anti-Semitism pieces that have appeared in Counterpunch. Like the Cockburns, he regards Americans and Israelis as barbarians.

His most memorable comment was: "I think we should almost never take antisemitism seriously, and maybe we should have some fun with it." This was followed by: "Israel has committed war crimes. It has implicated Jews generally in these crimes, and Jews generally have hastened to implicate themselves. This has provoked hatred against Jews. Why not? Some of this hatred is racist, some isn't, but who cares? Why should we pay any attention to this issue at all?"

Ernst Zundel seems to have an academic follower north of the border! The Canadian Jewish Congress wrote a letter of complaint to Neumann's employer, Trent University, about his naked anti-Semitism. As the matter attracted greater attention, Neumann repudiated the statement (without denying its authenticity), then apologized to the CJC. Neumann proudly proclaims himself a follower of the Swedish nazi who sometimes calls himself "Israel Shamir".

Neumann is a Jew-hating professor of Jewish extraction, just what the Cockburns love. He teaches "philosophy" at Trent University in Canada. He is also a close associate of "Rabbi" Moonbat, Mikey Lerner, the editor of Tikkun magazine. We keep expecting the Tikkun people to discovery one of these days that socialism does not work and so to change the name of their trashy little magazine to "Tycoon" instead.

Anyways, Neumann's new contribution to the Moonbatmosphere is a piece this weekend in Counterpunch in which he bemoans the failues of the Left. We thought his most laughable line was this: "Since the 1960s, most of the silliness and snobbishness of the left has vanished: nowadays leftists tend to avoid jargon and don't carry on like a Che Guevara Mini-Me." We suspect he is talking about a Left in some parallel galaxy.

He does accidentally get a couple of things right: "Given its current message, the left has no plausible way to address these patriots: in fact the left's message gives them reason to support the war effort." We agree entirely.

Last year Jonathan Kay from Canada's National Post did a superb job of "outing" the jihadnik from Trent. Here are a few citations:

Since the Al-Aqsa intifada broke out in 2000, hard-left academics and activists have sometimes blurred the distinction between hatred of Israeli policies and hatred of Jews. To excuse suicide bombings as a legitimate option of the "oppressed" (so long as the victims are Jewish), to recycle the lies of Jenin and other modern-day blood libels, to demonize Israel as "genocidal" while ignoring the far worse calamities in Chechnya, Sudan, Algeria and elsewhere - all these tactics reflect a mindset that many Jews find indistinguishable from plain bigotry.

Exhibit A here in Canada is Michael Neumann, a philosophy professor at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Since last year, the educator has been posting his essays on the left-wing Web site Counterpunch.org. The articles vary in subject: terrorism, U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, etc. But they are all soaked in a single, dominant motif: a shrill, virtually pathological hatred for the state of Israel.

Israel, the Trent educator says, is "a growing evil" whose campaign against the neighboring Arabs is "vengeful, relentless [and] sadistically gradual." The country's "crimes," he writes, reflect "a cold-blooded, calculated, indeed an eagerly embraced choice of war over peace, and an elaborate plan to seek out those who had fled the misery of previous confrontations, to make certain that their suffering would continue."

Naturally, comparisons to the Nazis and their eugenics agenda abound. Israeli settlers want peace "just as Hitler wanted peace," Mr. Neumann says. The Jews see the Palestinians as "lice," and are seeking their "extinction." The army, meanwhile, serves "the higher purpose of clearing away the vermin who resist the implantation of superior Jewish DNA throughout the occupied territories."

Are Prof. Neumann's views anti-Semitic? The answer to this question does not appear to trouble him much. His theory is that Jews bear a collective responsibility to speak out against Israel. And if they fail to acquit themselves of that duty, then they have fairly earned the world's hatred. As usual, he sees a comparison with the Nazis as apt: "If it is not racist, and reasonable, to say that the Germans were complicit in crimes against humanity, then it is not racist, and reasonable, to say the same of the Jews."

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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MADRASSA TEACHER CALLS CHILD RAPE VICTIM A JEW
Posted by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, June 25, 2005.

My Dear Friend, Brothers And Sisters!

I am extremely shocked and annoyed to send you all the following news, which appeared in local daily today. Please read this news and kindly let me know your reactions. Moreover, as peace-loving person, please spread this news to others, so that the world will know the 'world' we are living in here. Please excuse me for being so much emotional and angry.

Yours ... Shoaib

The Madrassa Teachers Committee in Banshkhali, Chittagong, eastern port city in Bangladesh, made nasty attempt to save rapist madrassa teacher Abdus Sattar.

Principal of the madrassa, Mufti Feroze declared the victim's family as 'Jews', reports vernacular national daily Shamakal.

In this connection Public Prosecutor (PP) of Women & Children Repression Court, Mohammad Mofizul Haque Bhuiyan expressed his anger saying that, "rapist remains Muslim while the rape victim innocent child's family became Jews by the fatwa of the radical clerics".

Rapist Moulvi Abdus Sattar surrendered before the court on Thursday. His bail prayer was rejected by Hassan Shahid Dawood, judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal No. 1, and send the Moulvi to jail.

On 18th June, first year (preliminary) pupil of 'Jami'a Millia Azizia Quasemul Ulum & Orphanage' was victim of barbaric sexual abuse by it's teacher Abdus Sattar.

Mother of the child, being panicked observing continuous bleeding of her daughter, took her to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for a check-up. Doctors at CMH, after check-ups, informed the mother "your daughter has been raped".

The victim's father, a member of the armed formes, on receiving urgent phone call from CMH, rushed for Chittagong from Dhaka cantonment.

Next day, the mother of the victim took the child to the madrassa along with other local people for the child to identify the rapist. The victim showed the Moulana (teacher) pointing her finger towards him. The father of the victim immediately fainted and collapsed on the bed in for the teacher.

Principal of the madrassa, Mufti Feroze told everyone present, "lets see what happened". Taking his chance, rapist Abdus Sattar fled the place.

In the evening, a public meeting was organized by the madrassa committee. In the meeting, all the teachers of the committee said - "it is all a conspiracy against Islam by the Jews. This family is Jew, and they are liars". Father of the victim child burst in tears and prayed 'Let me speak! My daughter is like your daughter too. Please do not label any false blame on us to give chance to the culprit to escape the charges".

Madrassa authority mislead the masses. As revenge they also expelled two brothers of the victim, student of the same madrassa namely Rokonuddin and Tamim.

The local civil and police administration are seen reluctant to take actions as the family of the victim were termed as Jews by the radical clerics.

The writer is a journalist, columnist, author, amd editor of "Weekly Blitz". Email him at salahuddinshoaibchoudhury@yahoo.com

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IRRELEVANT VISIONS
Posted by Yrachmiel Elias, June 25, 2005.
Professor Ya'acov (Jack) Golbert writes about Caroline Glick's article, which appeared today in the Jerusalem Post:
This is truly one of her best and one of her most important. Please read it carefully and think what it means. The Israeli government is baring the country's throat to the Arabs. If Glick understands that, be sure that the generals in the government also understand it. They are not stupid. They are evil. Israel is desperately in need of regime change. Help us bring this system down and institute a democracy!

During his meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Saturday, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told Rice that the PA had ceased all incitement activities against Israel. Yet on the same day that they met, the PA's official news service WAFA "reported" that Israelis were sending hordes of wild pigs to Palestinian villages around Hawarah village in the Nablus district to attack them and destroy their fields.

The PA's official news service even interviewed Hawarah Mayor Mansour Dmaidi, who backed these ludicrous and incendiary statements. It is not surprising that Abbas brazenly lied to Rice about PA-sponsored incitement against Israel. After all, he lied to her about everything else. Most importantly, Abbas told Rice that he is opposed to terrorism. And yet, Abbas fervently supports terrorism.

Abbas complained to Rice - as he complains to anyone who will listen - that Israel's actions to defend its citizens against terrorism make it impossible for him to fight terrorists. This is a logically unsupportable statement. If Abbas opposes terrorism, then he should support Israel's counterterrorist operations.

Aside from this, the prescriptions for Israeli action which Abbas sets forth on a daily basis are all aimed at strengthening rather than weakening terrorists. These steps include the release of terrorists from Israeli jails; the elimination of roadblocks meant to intercept terrorists on their way to bombing missions, as happened yet again this week at Hawarah; the re-arming of the Palestinian security services to which he is systematically enlisting terrorists; and a cessation of counterterror operations against all terrorists - to name just a few.

There are two theories running now about the proper interpretation of Abbas's actions. The first is that Abbas is too weak to do anything to end terrorism and has consequently decided to embrace the various groups in the hope that in so doing, they will not assassinate him. The other is that Abbas feigns weakness in order to justify his lack of action against the terrorists who he, like Arafat before him, supports. In either case, the fact remains, due to weakness or guile, through word and deed Abbas has made it absolutely clear that he has no interest in doing anything against terrorists.

The US, like Israel, has taken great pains to distinguish Abbas's party, Fatah, from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. We are told that Fatah is secular and pro-peace with Israel, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad are Islamist and wish to destroy Israel. And yet, the day after Rice left Israel, IDF troops intercepted 21-year-old Wafa Samir Ibrahim at Erez checkpoint in Gaza en route to carrying out a suicide bombing at Soroka Hospital, where she was scheduled to receive treatment for burns she had sustained while cooking last year.

Interviewed that evening by Channel 10, Ibrahim announced proudly that she belonged to Fatah and that she wanted to follow the will of Allah by killing Israeli medical personnel and patients.

When the Israeli interviewer asked her how she could want to carry out a suicide bombing when Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) has stated that he opposes them, she looked at him blankly and said, "Abu Mazen opposes them? I haven't heard Abu Mazen say that."

And yet, rather than withdraw US support for Abbas as a result of his blatant failure to deliver on even the smallest American expectation from him, during her visit over the weekend, Rice simply shored up US support for him. Rice supports continued Israeli security "gestures" to Abbas, like the release of further prisoners. This, even as the night before she arrived, the IDF arrested Rami Muhammad Hassan Kandil in Jenin. Kandil, a member of Islamic Jihad who was among the 900 terrorists recently released from prison by Israel in order to "strengthen" Abbas, was planning to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel.

Rice also supports the transfer of security authority over additional cities to the PA even as Nablus, Tulkarm and Jericho have been used as safe havens, weapons development camps and terror training centers by Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad cells from the moment the IDF relinquished control over them to PA security forces. As the armed attack on PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei by Fatah gunmen in Nablus Wednesday showed, Abbas's claim to have disarmed the terrorists is just another lie.

The reason for Rice's insistent support for Abbas is clear. The US, in committing itself to President George W. Bush's "vision" of the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza and perhaps Jerusalem, has mortgaged its entire Middle East policy to a "solution" of the Palestinian conflict with Israel that has no relation whatsoever to the realities on the ground. The reality on the ground is that Palestinian society is unified by a dedication to the destruction of Israel, not the establishment of a Palestinian state. Abbas is a reflection of his society.

In backing Abbas, the US is not shoring up a weak leader who wants a different future for the Palestinians. The US is backing one Palestinian terrorist organization - Fatah - against Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Yet since Fatah coexists harmoniously with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, by backing Fatah, the US is effectively backing all Palestinian terror groups. That is, the US commitment to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state as quickly as possible simply blocks its path from developing any strategy for actually addressing the true reality on the ground. And at the same time, by calling for Israeli "confidence-building measures" to strengthen Abbas, the US is effectively weakening its ally.

ONE CANNOT be too harsh with the Americans for acting on their delusions since the policies of Israel's own government are even more hallucinatory - and dangerous.

This week it was announced that during his visit with Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, Vice Premier Shimon Peres reached an agreement on the deployment of 750-800 Egyptian mechanized infantry forces to the Philadelphi Route, which links Gaza to the Sinai. We were told that Israel has not agreed to the Egyptian demand to deploy a force of 5,000 soldiers along Israel's border with Egypt from Kerem Shalom to Eilat. Nor has it agreed to Egypt's demand to be allowed to deploy attack helicopters, arm its infantry forces with antitank missiles and heavy guns or anchor missile boats at El-Arish.

Thursday morning a senior diplomatic source told Israel Radio that the decision not to accede to Egypt's demands is not due to the government's objection to the cancellation of the agreement to demilitarize the Sinai, which was signed together with the peace treaty in 1979. Rather, the government wants to avoid acceding to the Knesset's demand that any substantive change to the 1979 treaty - and a cancellation of the demilitarization agreement certainly constitutes a "substantive" change - must first receive Knesset approval.

The prime minister knows that there is no way that he would receive majority support for enabling the deployment of the Egyptian military, which Yuval Steinitz, the chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, notes "has been training for war against Israel for the past 10 years" along the border. And so, in a bid to prevent Knesset oversight, Peres and Sharon have limited their agreement with Mubarak to the Gaza-Sinai border - although according to the committee's legal adviser, this too is a substantive change in the agreement.

Yet, a senior security source close to the discussions with the Egyptians told me that in fact, Peres did not reject Mubarak's demands. He accepted them. According to the source, "Peres explained to Mubarak that the Knesset won't approve the agreement now, but that next year, after the withdrawal from Gaza, if Egypt renews its demand, Israel will accept it."

In responding to Rice's demands that it coordinate the withdrawal with the Palestinians, Israel has gone back on its previous demand to retain control of the international crossing points to Gaza. Gaza's land passage to Egypt - from which 90 percent of the arms smuggled into the PA emanate - will be controlled by the Egyptians and the Palestinians. The Palestinians will be allowed to build and control a seaport and reopen their airport in Gaza. In addition, Israel has agreed to link Judea and Gaza with either a railroad or a dedicated highway and to ease restrictions on Palestinian entry into Israel.

In transferring control over the international borders to the Palestinians, the government, in time of war, is effectively enabling - indeed inviting - the rapid transformation of the Gaza Strip into a center of global terrorism. In agreeing to link Judea and Gaza, Israel is building the Palestinians' supply lines from a post-withdrawal, arms-flooded Gaza to their new center of effort in Judea and Samaria. In empowering the Egyptians, Israel has agreed to enable the largest, strongest and most overtly hostile Arab military force to perch itself on its border. The collapse of Israeli defense rationality inherent in these moves can only be described as horrific.

In acting thus, Israel is behaving similarly to the Bush administration. If Palestinian statehood is Washington's irrelevant solution to the irrelevant problem of lack of Palestinian sovereignty, empowering a hostile Egypt and transferring Gaza to Abbas is Israel's irrelevant solution to the irrelevant problem of what Vice Premier Ehud Olmert referred to in an interview with The Jerusalem Post Thursday as the "lack of political progress" toward peace. The "lack of political progress" toward peace is irrelevant because the Palestinians are still actively involved in fighting a terror war against Israel.

If either Washington or Jerusalem were willing to base their policies on reality rather than "visions," they would both come up with multiple options for fighting Palestinian terrorism and transforming Palestinian society.

In so doing both would be making a great contribution to the cause of democracy and counterterrorism throughout the Arab world. But since both are committed to "solutions" that have no connection to the real world, the steps they adopt to achieve their goals are both counter-productive and dangerous.

Yrachmiel Elias and Jack Golbert are cofounders of Netzah Yisrael (www.netzahyisrael.org).

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GUSH KATIF A LETTER AND RESPONSUM FROM RAV MORDECHAI ELIYAHU TO THE RESIDENTS OF YESHA
Posted by Evelyn Hayes, June 24, 2005.
A Letter to the Residents of Yesha

To our brethren residing in Yesha - valiant heroes who obey His word, actively settling the expanses of the land of our forefathers in Gush Katif - may your welfare forever flourish!

My aim in this letter is to support you in the face of the terrible moral injustice in the intention to evacuate settlements and expel Jews from their homes - this shall not happen!

There is no more moral act that the renaissance enterprise of the nation that has returned to its land after a lengthy exile, where you fulfill the positive commandment of settling the land of Israel, and there is no greater moral injustice than the attempt to torture your souls with threats of expulsion and abandonment of the land of your forefathers.

By virtue of the same moral basis, we must not create disunity amongst the public and the heroes of our army; we do not believe in refusing orders on principle. The soldiers who will be told to carry out the crime, will answer: "I cannot." And if they are forced to do so, they shall sit on the floor and weep with the family that others wish to expel from their home.

It is our obligation to protest against this terrible moral injustice.

And to those who block the roads - this should be done only on condition that alternative routes exist. We shall not block a road when there is no alternative route, and we shall not thereby, G-d forbid, come to endanger human life.

He Who knows all the generations from the start, Who answered Avraham, our forefather, at Mount Moriah - He will answer us, and bring our merit to light, and no-one will halt the Divine path of the endeavor of the national awakening of the nation of Israel that has returned to its land.


9th Sivan 5765

The Rabbis of Gush Katif and others

G-d be with you,

Re: Response to your questions

At the meeting which took place today, you posed some practical questions. Most of the questions concerned the letter that I sent last week. The following are the questions and the answers:

Is the [Jewish] settlement of [the areas of] Gush Katif and the northern Shomron included in the commandment of settling Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel)?

Settlement in Gush Katif and in the northern Shomron falls into the realm of the commandment of settling the land in a most glorious manner and according to Torah law itself. It is these inhabitants whom the prophet Yirmiyahu [Jeremiah] describes in the following verses: "Go and call out to Jerusalem, saying, So says God: I remember in your favor the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, when you walked after Me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. Israel is holy to G-d; the first fruits of His produce. All that devour him [Israel] shall be held guilty, evil shall come upon them, says G-d." Land that was not inhabited at all - you inhabited. You planted and sowed. Happy are you!

When the Rav declares, and writes, "It shall not be!" - is this a prayer or the reality?

"It shall not be!" is both a prayer and the reality. We pray that this evil intention shall be nullified, and we are certain that the prayer will help and that the government's evil decision will be cancelled. We must reinforce our prayers to the Creator of the universe as strongly as we can, that He should cancel this sinful act of expelling Jews from holy ground.

I have been asked whether one may rely upon what the Rav [Rav Mordechai Eliyahu] has said, and move to Gush Katif?

The move of any family to Gush Katif strengthens both the residents and the faith in G-d's promise to our holy forefathers, "I shall give this land to your descendants". It benefits Am Yisrael in real terms.

People in Gush Katif are building homes, out of faith. Many farmers are planting trees and sowing seeds in hothouses, with the harvest due to take place after the date set by the government for the evacuation of Gush Katif. We have been asked by residents whether they should continue investing money in building, sowing and planting.

Yes. Certainly. There is great value in these actions, which express faith in the Creator of the universe. I have already said several times - and I repeat here - that I promise to come and attend the redemption of the fruits and grapes of the fourth year, with G-d's help. "For G-d will not abandon His nation, nor shall He leave His inheritance." (Tehillim 94)

Should a farmer prepare himself an alternative source of livelihood based on one's obligation to invest personal effort for the sake of one's sustenance?

A person fulfills his obligation towards his household concerning sustenance by investing in settlement and agriculture in Gush Katif. Sustenance is in the hands of the blessed G-d. Involvement in alternative sources of livelihood may weaken the spirit and harm the farmer's resilience, the resilience of the community as a whole, and also, thereby, their livelihood.

Those who support the expulsion interpreted the Rav's words, as broadcast on television, to mean that people should prepare themselves practically, and pack their belongings, for "the lot has fallen", and "the decree has been decreed". Is this what the Rav meant?

No "lot has fallen", and no "decree has been decreed". I repeat that we believe with complete faith that the prayer of each one of us - and certainly of all of us together - will cancel the government's evil decree. Therefore, people should neither pack up nor perform any act that weakens the settlement or the residents, who have faced thousands of explosions that have been fired at them with great courage; who have courageously faced people trying to weaken them - thank G-d, without success. Thank G-d we are meriting to see the miracles that the Holy One performs for us; the Holy One loves us with an eternal love, and He protects us like an eagle protects its young.

An officer in the permanent forces, or a policeman who makes his living from that [occupation] - must he resign from the I.D.F. or the police force in order to avoid carrying out the prohibited act?

"It shall not be" - this is a prayer and the reality. This is the principle according to which life should be conducted. It is impossible to win out of despair. "Retreat brings defeat". Therefore, the personnel of the security forces need not resign in advance for fear that the expulsion will be carried out. They should inform their commanding officers that they are unable to expel Jews, and request exemption from training drills leading up to the expulsion.

Is it permissible for volunteers in the civil defense, etc., to aid the expulsion, either directly or indirectly?

There is definitely no license at all to volunteer to participate in this criminal deed, which is also prohibited by the Torah.

A soldier in the reserves who is called up for reserve service, and who - by mobilizing - contributes to and advances, directly or indirectly, the expulsion order: is he obligated to try and obtain an exemption from reserve duty?

I will answer you although I believe that it will not happen, with G-d's help. As to the question itself: since in any case many people are exempted from reserve duty owing to reasons that are unimportant, it is certain that in order to prevent such a criminal deed he must request an exemption from reserve duty and not aid either directly or indirectly.

If his request is denied and he is threatened with imprisonment, must he participate in the expulsion order?

We have said already that this is a biblical prohibition. Therefore the soldier must tell his commanding officer, "I am not refusing orders, but I cannot carry out this order." And if he sits in jail because of this statement - it is [counted as] a merit to him, and he is fortunate for being caught for observing the words of the Torah.

What, then, does the Rav mean when he says not to refuse orders on principle?

We do not wish to take apart the army that protects the lives of [the country's] inhabitants and citizens. Therefore, we do not declare our refusal to obey orders. We simply stand helplessly and say, "We can't do it."

If a soldier in the regular forces receives an order to remove a Jew from his home, what should he do?

The soldier must say, "I can't". If they force him to perform this forbidden act, he should go into the family's home, sit on the floor, weep together with them, and [thereby] avoid transgressing the prohibition by "sitting by and not performing it".

I was asked by the owner of a civilian company whether he could sign a deal involving works related to the expulsion.

It is forbidden to try to profit from the distress of others. One who does this will not see any yield!

Is it proper not to contract the services of a company that is participating in the expulsion of Jews?

One should not aid people who are committing a transgression.

Is protest in the form of blocking roads, as undertaken by port workers, taxi drivers, and others, also permissible against the expulsion of Jews

We must increase "causeless love", not "causeless hatred". On the other hand, there is an obligation to protest against the proposed expulsion. Therefore I repeat what I published in the letter: "It is permissible to block roads only where there is an alternative route".

Should action be taken against a resident who has signed a contract with the "Expulsion Authority"?

Action should be taken for the unity of the camp. [.] He should be persuaded with pleasantness, to bring him back to the general camp.

In summary: everything should be done for the sake of the unity of Am Yisrael. Let us continue to pray that the decree of expulsion be annulled. In any event, we must avoid using force or lifting a hand against each other - neither against a soldier, nor against a resident. I conclude with a blessing for the fulfillment of the words of the prophet Amos:

"I shall bring back the captivity of My nation, Israel, and they shall rebuild desolate cities and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and plant gardents and eat their fruit. And I shall plant them upon their land and they shall not be plucked any more from their land which I have given to them, says the Lord your G-d". So may it be His will, Amen.

Evelyn Hayes is author of "The Eleventh Plague, Twins, because their hearts were softened to accept the unacceptable" and "The Twelfth Plague, Generations, because the lion wears stripes." Contact her at haze@rcn.com.

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IMPACT US POLICY. HELP PASS THE SAUDI ARABIA ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2005
Posted by Unity Coalition for Israel, June 24, 2005.

This URGENT ACTION ALERT supports an extremely important legislative bill sponsored by Senator Arlen Specter, with six other Senators as co-sponsors. Called the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2005 - S. 1171 is probably the most significant bill on terrorism yet and deserves to receive unanimous endorsement from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where it now resides. To quote the Weekly Standard of June 7th,

"The bill's text stands as an indictment of Saudi Arabia, an inventory of evidence against the role of its rulers in enabling terrorism. The Council on Foreign Relations concluded almost three years ago that Saudi Arabia is the main source of al-Qaeda backing and that Saudi officials have refused to take serious action to end it. David Aufhauser, former general counsel of the Treasury Department, called the Saudi state the "epicenter" of global terror financing. The Saudis have also subsidized half the annual budget of Hamas. The bill provides for sanctions, including a bar on exporting special military technology to the kingdom and restriction on travel by Saudi diplomats in the U.S."

Your response to this ACTION ALERT will request that your Senator sign on to this critically urgent bill.

URGENT ACTION ALERT to Impact US Policy

CLICK HERE to send the following message to your Senators, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, President Bush, Prime Minister Sharon. Please change the wording if you would like to personalize it. It is much more effective if you paraphrase the letter, using your own wording. If your Senator has already co-sponsored the Bill, please add a "thank you" note to your message expressing your appreciation.

Dear Senator,

Please co-sponsor the Senate Bill S1171 to stop Saudi Arabia in support of terror.

I respectfully ask that you join in this long-delayed need to explore, in great deal, all aspects of Saudi involvement in this deadly battle for world domination. We look to the Congress to defend our freedoms and our livelihood.

Since 9/11, when 15 of the 19 suicide bombers attacked the United States, it has been increasingly apparent that Saudia Arabia has been the hub of an international terrorism network providing both training and financial support. I applaud the Senators who are finally willing to examine closely the Saudi connection to much of the world's terrorism.

I appreciate your courage and dedication to the critical needs of our country.

Signed,


SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

"The Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2005" by Stephen Schwartz.

On June 7, Sen. Arlen Specter introduced the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2005 - S. 1171, with cosponsors Sens. Evan Bayh, Susan Collins, Tim Johnson, Patty Murray, Russ Feingold, and Ron Wyden. New cosponsors are Sens. Jon Corzine, Frank Lautenberg, and Debbie Stabenow. The bill's text stands as an indictment of Saudi Arabia, an inventory of evidence against the role of its rulers in enabling terrorism. The Council on Foreign Relations concluded almost three years ago that Saudi Arabia is the main source of al-Qaeda backing and that Saudi officials have refused to take serious action to end it. David Aufhauser, former general counsel of the Treasury Department, called the Saudi state the "epicenter" of global terror financing. The Saudis have also subsidized half the annual budget of Hamas. The bill provides for sanctions, including a bar on exporting special military technology to the kingdom and restriction on travel by Saudi diplomats in the U.S. (Weekly Standard)

CLICK HERE to read the full text of S. 1171, sponsored by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and co-sponsored by Sens. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Patty Murray (D-WA), Russ Feingold (D-WI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

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GUSH KATIF TRANSLATION OF ATTORNEY GENERAL MAZUZ'S WARNING OF TOTAL ANARCHY
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 25, 2005.

This is a news item from Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com. It is archived at www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=84497

It is really important to translate this into standard language.

Mazuz: "I am scared stiff. There is a very good chance all Hell is going to break loose in the near future and I am a very big target for revenge for a lot of potentially dangerous people. Not to mention that there is a good chance that the bigger crooks will use me as a scapegoat. Therefor, I had better start making nice, convincing conciliatory noises very fast."

(IsraelNN.com) Attorney General Menachem Mazuz warns of total anarchy as a result of the implementation of the Gaza/Shomron Disengagement Plan. In an interview with the weekly Makor Rishon newspaper, Mazuz expresses his fears of disorder reaching uncontrollable proportions.

Mazuz added that he understands the feeling of Yesha (Judea, Samaria & Gaza) residents, "whose entire world is being destroyed," adding one cannot expect their opposition to be limited to symbolic ineffective actions.

The attorney general adds he is certain that the opposition will reach difficult stages, and this is unavoidable, and therefore he will exhibit understanding and tolerance wherever and whenever possible.

The attorney general rejected allegations that his appointment was to "safeguard" Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's standing and to ensure the disengagement is carried out.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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GUSH KATIF TERROR AND MURDER IN THE SOUTH HEBRON HILLS
Posted by Hebron Community, June 24, 2005.

At about 4:50 this afternoon, terrorists shot at a group of teenagers near the gate of the Beit Haggai community, in the southern Hebron Hills. As a result, one youth was killed and two others critically wounded. Another man was slightly wounded when his car was shot at also. An silver-colored Arab car, traveling from north to south, shot at the three teenagers and a nearby automobile. Two of those shot are from Beit Haggai, and the other from a nearby community.

The wounded were taken to a Jerusalem hospital by ambulance.

A Hebron spokesman issued the following statement:

Why must our predictions come true? We warned, and we warned again, and again and again. But we don't talk to deaf ears, we talk to a wall. At least ears have the capability of hearing. However, Israel's present junta has no ears, they are not deaf, they don't hear anything, they don't see anything, they don't do anything, anything but damage. Damage that costs people's lives, Damage that endangers the existence of the state of Israel.

Ariel Sharon, Shaul Mufaz, and Co. prefer Israeli funerals, weeping mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, to problems with Bush and Abu Mazen. They have been told, not by so-called extremists in Hebron or Yesha, but by the highest security personnel, including former Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon, that continued concessions will lead to further terror. Yet Sharon insists on removing roadblocks and giving our enemies weapons, weapons they immediately use against Israelis. But Sharon and Mufaz don't care. Israeli blood means nothing to them. They are worse than the actual murderers. It is as if they planned this murderous attack themselves.

This, it seems, is only the beginning. As "D-Day" gets closer, as Israeli security personnel continue to waste their time planning the expulsion from Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron, the terrorists will not sit idly by. Why should they? Nobody is going to stop them. To the contrary, Israel is helping them. After all, the police and army have publicly stated that they don't have enough manpower to handle everything, and the expulsion has top priority.

The terrorists will not be the only ones not sitting on their hands.


Update: June 26, 2005:

This morning sixteen year old Aviad Mantzur, from the Otniel community in the Southern Hebron Hills, died from wounds suffered during Friday afternoon's terror attack. Doctors were forced to amputate his legs on Saturday in an attempt to save his life. Aviad's funeral will leave his Otniel home at 2:30 this afternoon. At six o'clock tonight he will be buried at the Mt. of Olives cemetery.

At twelve noon today, the funeral of murder victim Avichai Levi will begin at his home in Beit Haggai. The funeral procession is scheduled to pass by the Prime Minister's House in central Jerusalem, in protest of continued acquiescence to Arab-American demands, deteriorating security, and the planned expulsion from Gush Katif and the northern Shomron. Avichai Levi will be buried at "Har HaZatim" ? the Mt. of Olives cemetery, in Jerusalem.

You can contribute directly to The Jewish Community of Hebron, POB10, Kiryat Arba-Hebron 90100, hebron@hebron.org.il, 972-2-9965333 or write to The Hebron Fund, 1760 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11230, hebronfund@aol.com

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WASHINGTON TO CO-OPT EGYPT AND SAUDI ARABIA TO THE MIDDLE EAST
Posted by Tamar Psion, June 24, 2005.
DEBKAfile Exclusive: Washington plans to co-opt Egypt and Saudi Arabia to the Middle East Quartet. Jerusalem is gravely affronted by a step that would grant Arab governments a position of influence on a supposedly impartial body dealing with the Israel-Palestinian conflict. DEBKAfile's sources in Washington and Jerusalem report that Israeli leaders suffered a painful jolt when US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice gave them the news during her visit to Jerusalem on June 19. She said Washington would offer Saudi Arabia and Egypt equal status with the other Quartet members, the United States, the European Union, Russia and the UN secretary-general. It would be the first time in the history of the Israel-Palestinian conflict that Arab governments are invited to sit alongside world powers on an international body which claims an impartial say in Israel's military and diplomatic conduct. Jerusalem learned later this week that the administration had made up its mind to extend invitations to Saudi crown prince Abdullah and Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and would do so without consulting Israel's views on the matter. Russia's Vladimir Putin went along with the plan. Thursday, June 23, Rice conferred with all the Quartet members and obtained their assent. It is therefore settled,

According to DEBKAfile's sources in Jerusalem, Rice explained to Israeli leaders that the invitations were a short cut to buying Egypt's consent to cooperate in securing the Gaza Strip after Israel's pullout and for getting the Saudis to finance its reconstruction. Israeli officials protested that it made no sense for Egypt to oversee the actions of its own security forces in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli border. Neither was there any justice in letting the Saudis, who do not recognize Israel and who bankroll and sponsor the Hamas, a terrorist organization dedicated to destroying Israel, have a say in Israel's future. The US secretary replied that neither Egypt nor Saudi Arabia could be asked for cooperation without a seat on the relevant international bodies. This development puts the lid on the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's claim that disengagement would be good for US-Israeli relations and lead to an improvement in Israel's world standing.

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GUSH KATIF POLICE CALL OFF RAID ON GUSH KATIF HOTEL
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 23, 2005.

The very important point made here is that enough people can stop the police. This should be emphasized by the organizers of "Orange Sheet" and bring encouragement to the participants. This a news item from today's Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com It is archived at http://apnews.myway.com/article/20050623/D8AT4PIG0.html

(IsraelNN.com) The army called off a scheduled police raid on the Gush Katif Hotel after several hundred anti-evacuation protestors arrived at the hotel, according to Israel Radio. The plan was thwarted by the presence of thousands of people who came to Gush Katif for an evening prayer rally.

The plan was for police to arrest several suspects in last Saturday's fracas with local Muwasi Arabs. Activists suspect the army will give orders to the police to raid the hotel in the near future in an effort to weaken the anti-evacuation camp.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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ELON MOREH RESIDENT ARRESTED WITHOUT A WARRENT
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 23, 2005.

It should always be remembered that a policeman is only a policeman as long as he enforces the law. As soon as he steps outside the rule of law, he is a goon, a thug, a terrorist and not a policeman. In the very unique situation of Yeshah we have an even more serious complication. What gives a policeman of the State of Israel the right to do anything in Yeshah? As far as Israeli law is concerned there is no difference between Yeshah and London. Israel's Supreme Court has recently clearly stated that Israeli citizens living in Yeshah have no human or civil status and thus rights under Israeli law. That means that the residents of Yeshah are not within the jurisdiction of Israeli law. So how can a Israeli policeman arrest someone in Yeshah with or without a warrant'?

Furthermore, this was obviously a bureaucratic arrest and not even a judicial one. That means some high ranking bureaucrat and not a judge ordered the arrest. That is how people disappear in a Police State. No warrant, no record. Had there not been a ruckus and INN coverage, the police could then easily deny any such arrest ever happened and claim the family is lying. Had the terrorists that kidnapped him grabbed him on the road or some place else, away from talkative witnesses, who would have know what happened to him? After all there is no court record of the event and therefor there is no need for an arrest record to be make by the police. He would have just disappeared.

What we are seeing is the natural degeneration of a Junta desperate to save itself by any and all means possible. While it is self evident that leaders and activists are at the greatest risk, no one now is free of the danger of arbitrary arrest or disappearance.

This is a news item from today's Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com It is archived at http://apnews.myway.com/article/20050623/D8AT4PIG0.html

(IsraelNN.com) Elon Moreh resident Baruch Shri'el was arrested during the night after police from Ariel station came to the family home in the Shomron. Police explained to his parents that they came to arrest Baruch, but when asked to do so, could not present a warrant.

What police did do however is to call for reinforcements and they took Baruch into custody by force, without displaying a warrant, against his parents' will. The reason for the arrest remains a mystery.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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PUT UP A PARKING LOT
Posted by Carrie Devorah, June 23, 2005.

When it comes to taking land, Target, Walmart, Costco, the Palestinian Authority are seeming the same these days. Something about raising taxes, public good and eminent domain. Eminent domain is a constitutional tool the Federal Government uses to take private property from an unwilling seller for a demanding buyer at a court-determined price, dispelling the notion that a man, owns his home, his castle and has property rights. Supreme Court Judge Scalia, pondered in the matter of "Kelo v New London," the notion "You can always take from A and give to B, so long as B is richer." Perusing the proposed Gaza disengagement, it seems the Palestinian Authority may be richer in political capitol than Israeli residents who invested 30 years of sweat, tears and shed blood into their soil.

June 19th, international media reported US Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice's recommendation the 1600 homes of Gush Katif be razed to the ground making way for an anticipated 1.3 million Palestinians, and others, to take over Jewish homes the day after Tisha B'Av, 9th of Av, the day the Temples, first and second, were destroyed. June 19th is also the day Congress proclaimed to honor Fathers with "appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities," most commonly baseball games, barbecues and presentations of ties. The President of the United States, in the White House annual proclamation says deep gratitude should be expressed to America's dad's for their "selfless love and sacrifices." The proclamation said fathers facing "the daily tasks of being mentors, protectors, providers, and friends," should take pride "from the moment their children are born."

February 4th 2004, an American lad made his father proud. The boy, all of 12, recited the mourner's kaddish, Jewish prayer for the dead, "Yisgadal v Yiskadash Y'hai Rabah..." "May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified..."

High atop Mountain of the Resting, Har Hamenuhot, Israel's cemetery, Section D, the boy wept surrounded by family, six brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles from North America, mother, friends, strangers, his 75 year old grandmother. His 18 month old baby brother sandwiched between two grief stricken women was rocked back and forth as their sobs echoed the heavens and hillside. The mother clutched her tape recorder, a constant companion since the phone call came the afternoon of January 29th, advising her, with no explanation, to take husband's dental records to Abu Kabir, the body identification Center. That day since, her reality became a "fast-forward, playback" of recorded grief expressed for her husband's brutal death. Once upon another lifetime, she used the same tape recorder when he spoke to audiences about raising children in a difficult world. Now, 6 feet below his 7 orphaned children at-risk lay their hero, mentor, their dad.

The murdered man's mother laid a stone, as is Jewish tradition, on grey cement poured to form the foundation for the marker that would officially sunset her son's life. Talk was already underway as to which words to chisel onto his tombstone, the sum total of this dad martyred in a battle of politics. An ideal he earned in Hebrew day school growing up back home in Canada was to emigrate to Israel. So, one day he did, wife in tow, two daughters, his two year old son knowing but never quite accepting that one day his son Yitzchak may have to become an adult overnight. A year ago, the morning of January 29th, the dad's life ended tragically on a commuter ride doing what dads do - traveling to work to provide for his children and wife.

Months before his murder, Yitzchak's father missed the Moment Café bombing. He missed the No. 2 bus detonation near the Wailing Wall and missed being murdered on another morning commuter bus. But this Thursday AM, destiny knocked. 8:38, Yitzchak's dad watched as the 24 year old Palestinian in the seat before him stood up, laughed, then detonated the bomb vest worn beneath the bulk of his coat. The Roadmap For Peace, former President Carter, not President Clinton, was the architect of, claimed another 11 lives for the current Palestinian Intafadah holding Israel hostage. Stats state the incident of attempted terrorist attacks in Israel spike when US envoys are there discussing the Roadmap as they were that day.

Well, the rest, as they say, is headlines. Evening of the 29th, news of the murder of Yitzchak's father- author, radio show host, eminent psychologist Yechezkel Chezi Goldberg, brutally savaged on Egged Bus 19 outside Israeli Prime Minister Sharon's residence in Jerusalem- circled the globe many times over followed by "If They Don't Cry Who Will," an editorial he wrote. Since? The bombed shell of Egged Bus 19, he traveled on that ill fated morning, was taken to the Hague and across America, a visual to people unsure what death by terrorism looks like.

The 2005 Presidential proclamation says lessons fathers teach will remain with their children a lifetime, enabling them to "meet life's challenges and be good citizens." On his birthday, two months before his murder, Chezi gave each of his seven children his gift for their lifetime, individualized letters expressing his love and aspirations for whom they will become, "the character and values," the President says, "they will carry with them into adulthood." Yom Kippur, 2004, Yitzchak became bar mitzvah, a man, according to Jewish tradition. The 13 year old boy stood before the quorum, honoring his murdered father with the mourner's prayer, "Y'hey sh'mey rabbah m'vorach l'olam u'l'almey almahyah..." "May His great Name be blessed forever and ever..."

Surrogates have stepped into Chezi's big shoes. The boys' teacher Rabbi Shmya, a father of 8, comes nightly to recite the Shma, Hear O Israel, with the boys. Sabbath, Jeb descends their town's steep hill only to walk back up with the boys to synagogue which sits on Jeb's back doorstep. The baby has stopped crying for Abbah, for his dad. My brother.

When our family mourned in Israel with Chezi's community, people I had not seen since I was a little girl in Toronto, came with Chezi stories, from as far away as Gaza to offer support. I noticed they slung guns on their hips. I remember they used to carry dolls. The Presidential Proclamation says, "Responsible fatherhood is essential to a compassionate society in which all children are surrounded by love and taught the importance of respect, honesty, and integrity." Of the dignitaries who came to offer condolences, one did not. Word was, Prime Minister Sharon, the man upon whose doorstep my brother was blown apart won't set meeting with terrorism's mourners.

But Sharon does hold meetings. I read accounts of his visit to Crawford Texas. I photographed him with Tony Blair on the doorstep of No. 10. I photographed him inside DC's Convention Center addressing AIPAC and heard tell about his closed door meetings before he left the building. Must be something about orphans of the most recent Intafadah.

Wire services reported Shimon Peres saying, time being of the essence, architects of the current Roadmap are seeking creative solutions to this matter of the evacuation. My brother's murder gives me the right to offer thoughts.

Weigh the example of NY's Shinnecock Indians demanding back rent for land they've laid tribal claim to in NY. Consider giving the Palestinians a casino at the gate-way from Israel into Gaza. Land there is not exactly multi-million dollar real estate Martha Stewart and celebrity neighbors built mansions on, but as a negotiating tool, casinos, something Sharon's staff patronizes in Egypt, how can anyone argue with a win-win solution providing bona-fide Palestinian refugees financial independence instead of dependence on the World Bank. The bargaining chip back rent the Indians demanded for the last 150 years if they they don't get their casino permits? Chump change. $1.7 billion dollars, as of 2004...

Or maybe consider a thought I gleaned amidst the afterglow of a multi-cultural gathering of parents joined with sons and daughters at their Father's Day graduation from UCLA. Political and religious differences were set aside in favor of helium bouquets thronging the air, squeals of delight, flashes from cameras archiving a milestone in family's lives. One young man wore Israel's flag on his back. Muslim women wore elegant hajibs. A multitude of crosses, crescents and Stars of Davids decorated napes and necks. I thought out loud to an observant Sikh, "Maybe what the Mid East needs isn't a Roadmap to Peace but a college style graduation fest where people of all faiths jubilantly celebrate on the basketball court named for the man whose 12 steps of success inspired thousands of starry eyed students, John Wooden." Maybe Wooden's ideals should replace the failed Road Map signposted in blood including my brother's.

I worry about my sister-in-law with 7 children committed to living in the Land my brother was murdered for. "Leave Israel?" she said, "Never," honoring Chezi's wish. I fear Fall 2005, the projected date for the attack intended to push Israel into the sea. I read leading terrorist groups are mobilizing across the way from Gush Katif in Rafah and other places. Odd isn't it, after Israeli Defense Forces were condemned for razing terrorists homes with Caterpillars in which insurgents' ammunitions and arms smuggling tunnels were found, Palestinians may be using modified bulldozers from Caterpillar's Gaza reps to tear down Jewish homes if the disengagement goes through

I stood somewhere along the city's main road, my last visit to Beitar. The street stretches from the hilltop towards the neighboring Arab community below. I asked my brother's friend, Abie, about the withdrawal, about the wall Sharon has been building declared to be Israel's future border. I pled with Abie to tell me the kids be ok. I've described many times over how he looked skyward, palms turned toward heaven. "You have to believe, Carrie," he answered. "Hasgachah Prati, divine providence," "what will be will be."

Day in, day out, in the Nation's Capitol, I am aware of technological advancements. And military threats. I am adept at calculating how far crows fly... But without "the orange" as a buffer; without my brother to watch over his children if the rumored strike manifests, I shudder. Can a 13 year old believe he can really fulfill the role the White House proclaims for fathers? He already felt he had to step into his dad's shoes and "provide."

Was it only a week earlier, maybe two, that I photographed NY's Israel Day parade up 5th Avenue. From 54th street all the way up to 73rd, I captured creativity in defiance of Parade promoters warning not to flaunt "the orange." Life valued in Judaism above almost all else, protesters against the disengagement splashed the forbidden hue on sashes, shirts, hats, everywhere. Morty Klein carried an orange flower in his hand. Only one. The Talmud says taking a single life is like destroying an entire world.

On my way from the parade, noting New York parking lots charge $40 plus a day, set me thinking. Maybe, Wolfenson, Peres and Condi might mull over Joni Mitchell's inspiration. "Pave paradise and put up a parking lot."

Carrie Devorah is an investigative photojournalist based in Washington DC. Her themes are faith, philanthropy, homeland security and terrorism. And watching over the legacy her brother left behind, seven kids in a settlement slated, in time, according to Sharon's plan, for "disengagement." www.goldbergmemorial.org

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BRACING FOR COLLAPSE
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, June 23, 2005.

After you finish reading the following analysis by David Bedein, you will question as to why a government of Israel and the development of a first class military. The Question revolves around the build-up of a Terrorist Palestinian Army, heavily armed with smuggled in weapons, explosives, ground-to-air missiles plus the home grown Kassam Rockets - while the Sharon government looks on in silence. Worse yet, we observe the Bush government ignoring the collapse of the Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) while demanding that Israel give up more to include the release of even more convicted and jailed Terrorists. Even the most dedicated Leftists are beginning to see that the "Disengagement" invited a next round of attacks. Like a deer, frozen in the headlights of a car, so too is the Sharon government along with the Knesset. This ineffective government must be immediately dissolved with every decision of theirs reversed.

Bedein's article is archived at http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/authors.asp?ID=1856, June 21, 2005.

Introduction

The Palestinian Authority is quietly bracing for the prospect of collapse amid the unprecedented violence by members of the ruling Fatah movement. PA leaders have acknowledged that they cannot quell the chaos in the Palestinian areas or count on the loyalty of the police and security forces, in many cases bolstered by Western aid and training. Indeed, the PA reports that many of the gun battles that rage through Palestinian cities have included security officers who have joined Fatah operatives in extortion and other criminal activities. Rather than order an offensive, PA leaders have sought to appease Fatah factions and offer them jobs and housing while promising security commanders that they would delay or revise plans to reform the security services. At the same time, senior PA officials have used the official media to blame Israel for the violence and recycle canards used before the Palestinian war in 2000.

Abbas Loses Control

Outwardly, the Palestinian leadership has been engaged in preparations for Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank and the acquisition of hundreds of millions of dollars in Western aid. But the leading topic in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which is reflected in PA-controlled newspapers, has been the loss of control by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the defection of security commanders and their forces to militias established by the ruling Fatah movement. These days, militants from Abbas's own party threaten the chairman, his aides and virtually anybody who fails to cooperate. In muted but clear tones, the PA newspapers report daily the attacks by Fatah, often bolstered by security officers, against PA officials, their families and security installations.

PA officials have been fleeing or plan to leave the West Bank for Jordan and other Arab states. The most popular Palestinian daily, Al Quds [1], has been jammed with ads by travel agencies, a remarkable development considering the poverty of most Palestinians, their lack of passports and other restrictions. The ads are for the Palestinian elite, who are looking to escape the dangers of living in Palestinian cities. Indeed, the assessment by many is that the PA could collapse by late 2005 as the split within the ruling Fatah movement widens. PA security services have been unable to stem the increasing violence in the streets of Palestinian cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Fatah factions have been engaged in gun battles in Ramallah, the center of Palestinian government, while police have largely stood by or even joined in.

Much of the reporting in the PA media has been oblique. Reports of attacks on PA installations or officials have been taken from international news agencies in an effort to avoid the targeting of Palestinian reporters by Fatah gunmen. Many of the attacks are reported in condemnations by prominent residents or by Fatah offices. [2] Editorials in PA dailies have expressed deep concern over the shootouts and attacks on PA officials and installations, but rarely point fingers. Indeed, most of the time they blame Israel. [3]

Internal Violence Marks Greatest Threat

Slowly, columnists and PA advisers have made it clear that Abbas\s loss of control represents the greatest threat to the regime and Fatah, which have become indistinguishable. They reflect the fear within the Palestinian leadership as well as among ordinary Palestinians and stress the lack of confidence in Abbas. The assessment is that Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank would only exacerbate the violence in Palestinian cities and embolden Fatah gunmen and their allies in the PA security forces. As one leading commentator put it, " I don't see how we're going to gain control over the [Gaza] settlements, if we can't control the Fares Market [in Gaza City]." [4]

Indeed, even PA leaders have no longer sought to hide the extent of the crisis. PA Prime Minister Ahmed Quriea [5] warned that he would suspend the Cabinet unless the security forces were ordered to halt the chaos in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Qureia, however, has blamed Israel for 90 percent of the violence and established a panel to oversee efforts to restore order. At the same time, he warned that the gun battles between Palestinian gangs did not constitute resistance to Israel.

Qureia has blamed the lawlessness in the PA areas on the failure of the leadership to take any decisions. Qureia warned the security personnel to either act as police or step down and stressed that the government would no longer be able to carry out its duties amid the chaos.

"If no end is put to the security violations which are taking place, this government will not be able to carry out its responsibilities," Qureia said. "We cannot tell our people that we are responsible when fire is opened on the citizens and their property is attacked. These violations have sometimes reached the extent of murder." [6]

Qureia has threatened to arrest and even execute law-breakers. He pointed to the PA execution of four people in the Gaza Strip on June 12 in a move approved by Abbas. At the same time, the prime minister admitted that much of the lawlessness was the work of the very police responsible for maintaining order. The PA has nearly 50,000 police and security forces and Qureia acknowledged that they were not doing their jobs.

Step Up or Step Down

"We also tell the security services that we will not allow any violations whatsoever and every official must shoulder his individual responsibility," Qureia said. "Any official who fails to hold those accountable for their actions must step down. Also anyone who rebels must step down. We cannot remain silent."

Hours after Qureia's address on June 15th, the prime minister faced the wrath of the Fatah movement. About 40 Fatah gunmen, many of them wanted by Israel for attacks, stormed Qureia's winter home in the West Bank town of Jericho. Qureia was not home. The gunmen said the PA had reneged on its commitment to supply them with jobs and housing. [7] Instead, the PA stopped paying the Fatah insurgents.

Qureia suggested that the PA leadership was under threat from Fatah. He indicated that he and other senior PA officials were unable to carry out their official duties out of fear of the Fatah gangs. [8] As of June 15th, 19 Palestinians have been killed in the internal violence in PA areas during 2005. [9]

Cop as Criminal

The PA has acknowledged that many police and security officers spend their time playing criminals rather than cops. The official PA media have reported the involvement of security officers in gun battles in Ramallah on June 12. The media also reported the killing of three people in the Gaza Strip on the same day. On June 11, about 40 gunmen attacked PA security headquarters in Gaza City and waged a three-hour gun battle with officers in the facility. Later, Fatah operatives opened fire near the home of a senior Palestinian commander, Brig. Gen. Rashid Abu Shback.

Moreover, several explosions in bomb-making laboratories were reported in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis. In the Jabalya refugee camp, a PA police officer was abducted. The media did not report the arrest or prosecution of suspects.

Increasingly, the Palestinian media have been voicing concern by Fatah figures of a collapse of law and order that would sweep all the political gains of the PA. The media have been quoting prominent Palestinians who speak of an atmosphere of terror. Palestinian dailies focused on the killing of four members of a Palestinian family in Gaza City.

The Interior Ministry said unidentified gunmen stopped the car, shot three of its passengers dead. Later, a fourth Palestinian was also found to have been abducted and killed. Despite condemnations, the PA failed to indict anybody. [10]

"Armed thugs who are roaming our streets are imposing a reign of terror and intimidation on the public," said Abdul Sattar Qassem, who ran for the position of PA chairman in January 2005. "Palestinians today are afraid to speak out for fear that they might alienate the thugs. Some are even afraid to honk the horns of their cars for fear of being shot or beaten."

"In Nablus and Ramallah you sometimes see people on the streets fleeing for their lives while members of rival gangs are shooting at each other. And who are these thugs who are destroying our security? They are members of the security forces or people who are on the Palestinian Authority's payroll or their friends and relatives." [11]

Abbas as well as the PA leadership, however, has ignored the urging of ordinary Palestinians for order. PA security commanders have insisted that the violence reflected feuds between powerful families. Brig. Gen. Ali Hosni, head of security in the Gaza Strip, however, acknowledged that the spate of killings and attacks have created a state of chaos in the Palestinian territories. [12]

Senior PA security officials have pointed to the need for more weapons and equipment for the Palestinian security forces. But PA-financed commentators have not endorsed this call. Indeed, one commentator said Abbas raised the salaries of PA police by 20 percent in 2005. He also replaced all of the senior security commanders. This, however, has not stemmed the disloyalty of PA security forces. [13]

PA Encourages Insurgency Arsenals

Instead, Palestinian leaders have tried to appease Fatah and other insurgency groups. First, Abbas postponed Palestinian Legislative Council elections, scheduled for July 17, after Fatah warned that it would lose to Hamas. That appeared to set off a wave of Fatah-inspired violence in the PA territories. PA Foreign Minister Nasser Al Qidwa said the Cabinet could function even under threat from Fatah factions. Al Qidwa, regarded as close to Abbas, said Fatah and other Palestinian insurgency groups must continue to carry weapons until what he termed the end of the Israeli occupation. He said the PA would not collect weapons from Palestinian militants until Israel ended its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In his words, "The peace plan [roadmap] backed by the United States calls for ending the occupation, and according to the international law, as long as the Palestinian territories are occupied, the Palestinians have the right to resist."

Not surprisingly, Hamas hailed Al Qidwa's statement. [14] Hamas spokesman Mushir Al Masri said the movement would not abandon what he termed "resistance." He said Hamas would not dismantle its military wing and that any statements to the contrary were baseless. [15]

Deputy Prime Minister Nabil Shaath echoed Al Qidwa's assertion. He denied that the PA was committed to collecting weapons from Palestinian groups. He acknowledged that the roadmap contained Israeli and Palestinian requirements, including the disarming of insurgency groups. But he said the PA has linked any such move to the implementation of Israeli commitments. "Such a commitment can be found in the text of the roadmap plan for peace, but this commitment was postponed until Israel recognizes the plan and dismantles settlements and stop constructing the separation wall," Shaath said. [16]

Abbas, who has been meeting Palestinian insurgency leaders, also issued a decree to free Islamic Jihad operatives suspected of planning a suicide bombing outside a Tel Aviv nightclub on Feb. 25. Jihad leaders said the movement reached agreement with Abbas for the release of the Jihad operatives, who had been detained in a PA prison in Jericho. Under the accord, the operatives would remain in Jericho until Israel withdrew from Kalkilya, the hometown of the Jihad members. [17]

Abbas' aides have raised the prospect of reshuffling the current Cabinet and restructuring the Interior Ministry. Under one proposal, the ministry would be split into two. One would deal with national security and the other with interior security. Yusef, who appears to have lowered his profile over the last few weeks, would be responsible for the civil police, and Amin Al Hindi, the former head of PA General Intelligence, would be appointed chief of the security services. [18]

Abbas Leaves Power Vacuum

Abbas's inaction has also left a political vacuum, increasingly filled by his opposition. Palestinian politicians announced a new political part termed Kaffa, or "Stop," apparently inspired by the pro-democracy Egyptian organization of the same name. [19] The Palestinian movement said it would fight PA corruption as well as chaos in the PA areas. The movement has also demanded the establishment of elections promised by Abbas. So far, the PA chairman has not set a new date of legislative elections. Indeed, the absence of democracy has been felt in many PA institutions. Six members of the Palestinian National Initiative have resigned, citing what they termed "the absence of a democratic atmosphere" in the organization.

The Palestinian People Party (a communist wing) has called for the establishment of what it termed emergency committees to resolve disputes in the PA areas. The emergency committees were set up during the Palestinian uprising in 1988 and replaced when the PA was established six years later.

Looking for a Scapegoat

The response of the PA leadership has been to divert the frustration of the people toward Israel. Taking a leaf from Guantanamo, the PA accused Israeli prison guards of destroying a Koran and flushing it down a toilet. Chief PA Islamic judge Sheik Yasser Tamimi said Israeli guards desecrated the Koran in two incidents in June. The PA official pledged to bring this up in an urgent meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Israel has insisted that no such incident took place.

"Desecrating our holy book is provocative, not only to the Palestinian Muslims, but also to all Muslims all over the world," Tamimi said. "Carrying out such action is scheduled and programmed against the Koran, against Islam and against all Moslems in the world. I believe that what happens against the Koran is to test the Muslim reaction and see how big this reaction or this protest in case Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is attacked or demolished." [20]

At the same time, PA officials reiterated a long-held canard that Israel was poisoning the Palestinian people. PA Environment Minister Yusef Abu Safiya, in a repeat of charges made before the outbreak of the Palestinian war with Israel in 2000, said Israel has flooded the Palestinian market with fruit juice filled with carcinogens. Abu Safiya told the Palestinian legislature that Israeli companies have been using an unidentified dangerous substance in fruit juices since 1982. [21] He said PA security forces have seized shipments of both Israeli juices and biscuits filled with poison. "Such kinds of goods are specifically produced for the Palestinian consumers in the Gaza Strip," he said.

In March, Abu Safiya said, Egyptian authorities seized two Israeli trucks that were filled with toys that contained radioactive substances and carcinogens. He said Palestinian merchants were bribing judges to allow the import of the Israeli goods and criticized judges for not banning these products. The minister warned that the Israeli products would lead to an environmental catastrophe in the PA areas.

Nowhere is the power vacuum felt more than in the PA-owned media. The days when the dailies featured the statements of the PA chairman on the top of page one have ended. The days of printing the picture of the PA chairman on page one are also gone. Abbas is not Yasser Arafat. Instead, Abbas is often absent from the front page, and when photographed often appears befuddled. Prime Minister Qureia appears to be on the front page as much as Abbas.

Slowly Abbas Becomes Marginal

Indeed, the commentators in PA-owned dailies are finding it harder to defend what they acknowledge is the increasing withdrawal of Abbas from Palestinian leadership. They cited Abbas's decision in early June to postpone PLC elections that had been scheduled the following month. The decision was meant to save Fatah from a drubbing by the opposition Hamas movement and give the ruling party enough time to reorganize. Instead, Abbas's reversal of his original position that the elections would be held on time was interpreted within Fatah and the PA as a serious weakness of the Chairman. The PA Chairman even failed to win the consent of his rival, Fatah Chief Farouk Khaddoumy, to agree to become vice chairman and succeed Abbas. [22]

"President Mahmud Abbas's decision to postpone the legislative elections, which were supposed to take place on July 17, was only the last event in a series of delays and evasions that rendered the postponement inevitable," columnist Talal Okal wrote in defense of Abbas. "But accusing the president of making the decision of postponement based on partisan politics to give Fatah more time to salvage its state of affairs couldn't be further from the truth. The most important issue now is for the PA and all its agencies to assert its clear and decisive determination to complete the democratization process and to declare new dates [for elections] through a serious and responsible dialogue with the factions." [23]

But the promise by Abbas to immediately schedule a new date for PLC elections has dissipated. Abbas has linked the setting of a new date of election to a new election law, a process that is not assured in the near-term. Abbas's defenders emphasize that despite his pledge for elections as late as March 2005, new conditions have emerged that complicate matters in the Palestinian political arena. It has become clear to Abbas supporters that PLC elections won't be scheduled before the end of 2005. [24]

"What happened in Cairo was an insufficient effort to conduct a dialogue on the election process, especially considering the complicated political conditions," PA commentator Adli Sadiq writes. "However, the postponement of the legislative elections, even indefinitely, is not a crisis for Palestine or for any of the Palestinian factions. It is also not intended to be a way out of crisis for Fatah or any other faction. The whole issue will be easily resolved and taken care of, especially considering President Abu Mazen's determination to complete the democratic process and conduct elections as soon as possible." [25]

Little wonder then that Abbas's efforts have been increasingly dismissed by Palestinian insurgency groups. Even as the Chairman meets insurgency representatives, their spokespeople deny the existence of Abbas's declaration of a Palestinian ceasefire with Israel. "The ceasefire is no longer existing but in name and form only," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said. "The Palestinian factions were unanimous that the resistance option is the only means to expel the Israeli occupiers from the Palestinian lands." [26]

Slowly, Abbas has come under criticism in the PA-owned press. The criticism has been oblique but clear to the Palestinian reader. One cartoon ' which appears on the cover page - leaves little doubt that the PA chairman is to blame. It shows a father and son hiding behind a bullet-ridden barricade planning their escape home using military terminology. In back of them is a poster with a picture of a man who looks similar to Abbas and underneath the words "Citizen Security." [27]

The Only Issue is Security

Palestinian columnists paid by the PA have made it clear that the issue of law and order marks the primary test of Abbas. Some of them warn of the destruction of Palestinian society. One columnist reports on his visit to a Gaza City market where he saw people openly trade in guns and other weaponry while PA police stand by and do nothing. The columnist makes it clear that the police were cooperating in the effort. "Security is the fabric of life," he warns. "Without this security fabric, any other kind of talk is merely words." [28]

Unlike Fatah, Hamas has been beaming confidence. The Islamic movement reacted calmly to Abbas's decision to indefinitely postpone PLC elections. Hamas prefers to wait for elections until after the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank in August 2005. Then, the movement envisions winning a majority in the PLC, and a movement leader said that in such a case Hamas would join a coalition government. [29] The spokesman said Hamas was also prepared to join the Fatah-dominated Palestine Liberation Organization. In his words, "We are aiming to construct a new political system based on political partnership and mutuality to confront the challenges that threaten the future of our people."

With chaos in the streets of Palestinian cities and the Western-funded PA police in alliance with Fatah insurgents, the PA leadership has sought to divert rising anger and violence toward Israel. PA leaders, including Abbas and his de facto chief, Civil Affairs Minister Mohammed Dahlan, have been threatening a new "intifada" or uprising against Israel. The spark could be the purported destruction of a Koran by Israeli prison guards, [30] Israel's refusal to release Palestinians convicted of killing Israelis, Jewish settlements, or the Israeli security wall along the West Bank. Indeed, Dahlan has warned that Israel was establishing the foundation for the next intifada. [31] At the same time, Dahlan does not promise Palestinians of any improvement in their security after the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, warning this move could be a "blessing or disaster." [32]

Conclusion

The power vacuum in the PA has resulted in chaos with Palestinian security commanders operating private militias bolstered by Western funding and training. Abbas, incapable of imposing authority, has been increasingly dismissed as a leader and relies on the goodwill of Hamas and other Islamic opposition groups to remain as nominal head. Hamas prefers to wait until after the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip to confront Fatah on such issues as power-sharing. The movement believes that it has the armed strength and political influence in the Arab world and in Europe [32] to force a showdown with Fatah. A violent clash between Fatah and Hamas after an Israeli withdrawal is likely.

Background: The PA Security Forces

The Palestinian Authority has maintained at least 12 security forces, including civilian police, paramilitary troops, several intelligence services and a domestic security agency. Abbas has agreed to a U.S. plan to restructure and merge the agencies into three directorates, which would be trained and equipped under Washington's supervision. In her visit to Ramallah on June 18, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the PA has failed to merge its security agencies and White House security envoy Gen. William Ward remained uncertain over who was in charge of what agency. Rice said the result has been a delay in U.S. efforts to bolster PA forces.

Background: The Palestinian Dailies

The Palestinian media consist of three daily newspapers. Al Quds has by far the largest circulation of the three and is aligned but not owned by the PA. The newspaper, which in the past was attacked by PA security forces and Fatah gunmen, has been the most cautious in reporting or commenting on the internecine violence in Palestinian cities. Al Ayam and Al Hayat Al Jadida are both owned by the PA. Al Ayam is regarded as the most authoritative daily in terms of current policy in the PA. Al Hayat Al Jadida represents the more militant wing of Fatah and has promoted a reform agenda.

Notes:

1. Al Quds. June 16, 2005

2. Al Hayat Al Jadida. June 15, 2005

3. Al Quds. June 15, 2005

4. Yayha Ribah, Al Hayat Al Jadida. June 13, 2005

5. Palestinian dailies. June 16, 2005

6. Official Palestinian news agency Wafa, June 15, 2005

7. Al Hayat Al Jadida, June 16, 2005

8. Al Quds, June 16, 2005

9. Al-Mizan Center for Human Rights report, quoted in Palestinian dailies. June 15.

10. Al Hayat Al Jadida, June 16, 2005

11. Wafa news agency June 16, 2005

12. Al Hayat Al Jadida. June 14, 2005

13. Atef Saad in Al Quds. June 15, 2005

14. Al Quds, June 16, 2005

15. Al Quds, June 8, 2005

16. Deputy Prime Minister Shaath interview to Voice of Palestine. June 11, 2005

17. Al Ayam, June 12, 2005

18. Palestinian dailies. June 16, 2005

19. Al Hayat Al Jadida. June 14, 2005

20. Voice of Palestine. June 13, 2005.

21. Palestinian dailies. June 13, 2005

22. Al Hayat Al Jadida. June 15, 2005

23. Al Ayam. June 6, 2005

24. Al Ayam. June 19, 2005

25. Al Hayat Al Jadida. June 6, 2005

26. Palestinian dailies. June 16, 2005

27. Al Hayat Al Jadida. June 16, 2005

28. Yahya Ribah, Al Hayat Al Jadida. June 13, 2005

29. Hamas spokesman Ismail Haniya as reported in Palestinian dailies. June 16, 2005

30. Al Hayat Al Jadida. June 16, 2005

31. Pg. 1 of Palestinian dailies. June 10, 2005

32. Al Quds. June 16, 2005. Hamas leader Mohammed Ghazal. Report in PA dailies. June 11, 2005.

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

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COME BACK, COWBOY: WHY PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE IRAQ WAR IS FADING
Posted by Barbara Lerner, June 23, 2005.

Four June polls show the president in increasing trouble over the war in Iraq. The poll numbers are bad. But the usual interpretations of them are even worse - and, I think, dangerously mistaken.

First, the numbers: In the AP/Ipsos poll, only 41 percent of Americans support Bush's handling of the Iraq war; in the CBS/New York Times poll it's only 37 percent. In the Gallup poll, 56 percent say the war isn't worth fighting. In the Post/ABC poll, almost 60 percent say the same, with two thirds seeing the U.S as "bogged down" in Iraq and 52 percent not believing the fighting there contributes to our long-term security. The biggest majority - nearly three-quarters - say our level of casualties is "unacceptable."

Why is the public mood so defeatist? Some say it's because Americans don't have the patience for the long war we face and have grown too soft to accept the casualties we must accept to win. Jim Hoagland blames it on the Bush administration's "lack of serious accountability for lies, mistakes and worse in the military and civilian chain of command."

I don't buy the "soft America" argument. I agree that the administration is at fault, but for an entirely different reason: because Cowboy George morphed into Cautious George. Cowboy George was a bold leader, unafraid to take the tough offensive actions we must take to win this war. He led us in the first two years after 9/11, and Americans rallied behind him in numbers so overwhelming they made "soft America" all but invisible. But after our conquest of the Iraqi military in 2003, Cautious George replaced Cowboy George. Cautious George is forcing us to fight with one hand tied behind our back by pretending we are fighting against one country only. In fact, we are fighting a regional war in Iraq, and have been since day one. It's past time for America to acknowledge that fact and act on it. Time to make all the Middle Eastern despots who are pouring money, men, and arms into the battle in Iraq stop.

Because the president has not done this, most Americans think we are fighting only against Iraqis - local people, dependent on local resources. In that light, our inability to stem the daily toll of bombs and blood looks like evidence that most Iraqis support terror. Americans don't see that Iraq as worth fighting for, or that kind of war as winnable. Other polls suggest Americans worry, increasingly, that Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia also threaten our security. They fear that by expending so much blood and treasure on Iraq alone, we may make ourselves more vulnerable to attacks from others.

Iraq is a difficult place, but this all-dark picture is false as well as dispiriting. Inadvertently, the Bush administration has made it look believable by downplaying the big role that foreign governments and their terrorist proxies play in Iraq. Administration spokesmen rarely pointed to the support - diplomatic as well as military - Iraq's Sunni Baathist terrorists get from Sunni tyrants abroad, and they kept insisting that foreign jihadists are only a minority of the fighters we face. But foreign support is a fact, and harping on the relatively small number of foreign jihadists in Iraq at any one time misses the point. Foreign jihadists are responsible for almost all suicide bombings, and suicide bombings cause a disproportionate share of American and Iraqi casualties. Worse, because foreign jihadists come from all the Arab states as well as Iran, there is an endless supply of them. If we confine ourselves to hunting them down, one by one, only after they infiltrate Iraq, we will be there forever. Far better to act forcefully to stop the infiltration, and do it in a way that sends a message to all terror-succoring states: The free ride is over. The price for continuing to aid and abet the war against us and against a free Iraq has gone up.

We can do that with relative ease, because although foreign jihadists come from all over the Middle East, most of them enter Iraq from only one country: Syria. Syria is a police state, a small, economic basket-case of a country that hosts a multitude of terrorist groups and terror training camps, and which is working to defeat democracy in Lebanon as well as Iraq. Syria could stop the foreign terrorist influx into Iraq if it wanted to, and we could make Syria want to. The Turks did it in 1998, when Syria hosted the PKK terror group and sent them across the border to murder Turkish soldiers and civilians. Then as now, Syria claimed it was doing no such thing, but instead of spluttering impotently, Turkey massed her army on the border and made it clear that if Syria didn't end PKK infiltration, Turkey would invade. Surprise, surprise, PKK infiltration from Syria suddenly stopped.

We can make Syria stop too, and do it without putting additional strain on our hard-working ground troops. Democracy is a fine long-term goal, but for now, we don't need to remake Syria; we just need to make her stop. We can use our air power to bomb the rat lines that feed terrorists into Iraq, and blow up all the terror training camps and weapons sites in Syria and Lebanon, hitting enemy targets from the Bekaa Valley to the Iraqi border in a new shock-and-awe campaign. That would end the easy re-supply of suicide bombers in Iraq, and reduce our casualties significantly. It would, equally, send a clear message to terror-harborers everywhere: Stop.

Defense Secretary Rumsfeld has been asking President Bush for a go-ahead to strike back at Syria from the start of the Syrian campaign against us, but has yet to get one. The president's toughening rhetoric toward Syria in recent weeks suggests he may, now, be considering it; and the excellent new tone set by our new ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, reinforces that possibility. If President Bush does order military strikes on enemy bases in Syria and Lebanon, it would mark the return of the war leader so many of us cheered in 2001 and 2002 - the stand-up Texan who made us believe we can win this war. Come back, Cowboy George. America needs you.

Barbara Lerner is a frequent National Review Online (NRO) contributor.

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GUSH KATIF PR CAMPAIGN FOR EVACUATION OF JEWS
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, June 23, 2005.

One can only wonder and speculate on the planned PR (propaganda) campaign being evolved for after the evacuation to make it all "Look Good". That is what Propagandists do. They chip away at reality and then give it a spin that makes the bad actions of the government look good. Israel's Prime Minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon has his first meeting since February with the Head of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen). Even as he has first meeting with Abbas and challenges him with intelligence about the Arab Muslim Palestinian plans for war AFTER THE EVACUATION, nevertheless, Sharon continues with his suicidal unilateral "Disengagement" plan: Give away for no benefit, the homes of 10,000+ Jewish men, women and children, plus the livelihoods they have created in their farms, factories, schools, synagogues...even their beloved dead in their cemeteries.

Sharon has an unlimited supply of psycho-babble when it comes to explaining why he is removing some 35 Army checkpoints - even as the Palestinian Arab Muslim Terrorists increase their efforts to by-pass those checkpoints with suicide belts hidden in their clothes. On June 20th a 21 year old Arab Palestinian woman was being treated for burns at Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva and, therefore, had a "pass" through the checkpoints. She was discovered with a bomb suicide belt under her clothes.

Sharon and his gaggle of corrupt followers are already building a case for the massive attacks predicted by all Sharon's top Army and Intelligence experts ever since this "Plan" for the Deportation of Jews from Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron was broached by Sharon in December 2003 in Herzlyia. Sharon has to have his PR (Propaganda) team working night and day in anticipation of the casualties from Kassam Rockets and Mortars fired into Judea and Samaria and the coastal communities. I wonder if they are thinking of a citizens' revolt with hanging on their mind after they have been hit by Terrorism and have, G-d forbid, lost loved ones?

I would guess that, as the Kassem rockets are falling and the bombs burst in air, Sharon will order some sort of counter attack, bragging about how he is protecting the citizens of Israel. The fact that he provoked and enabled the Terrorists to attack and are allowing them to continue to attack - with impunity and malice will be ignored. These deadly facts will be subtly pushed aside and replaced with Propaganda stories about how he "ordered" the Army and Air Force into action - by the bombings of empty buildings after a Terrorist atrocity.

The sluggards in the Hebrew Media will, no doubt, support the Sharon they hate - as long as he continues driving Jews out, first out of Gaza and then followed by Judea and Samaria (aka) the West Bank. This media support frenzy will ramp up IF Sharon can stay in office long enough to evacuate the Jews out of the Eastern half of Jerusalem. The Media will back Sharon because their judgement will have been proven flawed and they could never admit that they have poor judgement.

Notice how the bombings in Iraq have escalated in the power of their explosives to murder tens of Americans and Iraqis a day. We are told that these Terrorists, trained in urban warfare will spread out all over the world. The distance and power of their bombs and bombers is growing exponentially. "Foreign Fighters" are crossing the border into Iraq - especially from Syria. Who do you think they are? They are all radical Muslim Jihadists - Mujahadeen, with the goal of world domination by Islam's most strict Shariah laws. They believe that conquest by blood is necessary and preferred to peace by negotiations. These Mujahadeen are already migrating into the 7 cities given over to Palestinian Authority control and setting up cells awaiting the "Disengagement" to attack.

The Leftists, from David Ben Gurion on through Ezer Weizmann, Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak - and now Sharon - had one major goal which was the secularization of Israel on the theory that, if they were not Jews the anti-Semites would cease their pursuit which is why, Moshe Dayan "gifted" the Jewish Temple Mount over to the Muslim Arab Wakf within hours of Jerusalem's liberation in June 1967. Every single Jewish Holy place was to be disposed of so the religious Jews would have no spiritual rallying point. Giving away Solomon's Temple was an imperative in their plan to de-Judaize Israel. Therefore, all the Holy Places, including 58 synagogues, the Temple Mount, the ancient cemetery on the Mount of Olives were vandalized and desecrated by the Jordanians as a start..

If one didn't know better, it is as if Sharon, in collaboration with Labor's Shimon Peres, had planned for Israel to implode and to first accept the 1967 Lines as permanent borders. Abba Eban called those "Auschwitz borders". While Sharon was thinking "1967", Bush was thinking the 1947 original U.N. Partition Lines.

Note! You may have already heard that Supreme Court (ultra-Leftist) Judge Aharon Barak has ruled that the 1967 lines are to be permanent borders. In a word, the troika of Sharon, Peres and Barak have committed treason in the sense that they planned the demise of the Judea-Samaria/Gaza areas without a word to the public or the Knesset. This act of treason would be further confirmed by planning this treachery with foreign governments during the actual state of war.

Israel's political system has spiral down over the years into something no less than a criminal regime with exceptionally corrupt leaders. AS for the anti-Jewish Left, one sense a pernicious, permeating evil that is so enraged against their own Jewishness that they would shed no tears if the religious Jews were destroyed by the Arab Muslim Palestinians. The Left is just beginning to realize that the "Disengagement" which causes such great pain to the settlers of the Right that they too will soon share that pain in Tel Aviv and Haifa - and all along the coastal strongholds of the Labor Left. While the Left feels safe in their cities now, the Arab Muslim are building rockets that can reach their cities. The Arab Muslim Palestinians, having gotten Jewish Land for absolutely nothing, are now demanding an expansion of the giveaway both in the North and the South. Everyone in Israel will be within easy range of rockets, mortar, missiles and shoulder-fired ground-to-air missiles that will close Ben Gurion International Airport for all time.

When, NOT IF, the attacks come, the Jewish people will rage against the collaborators who brought this about. But, then it will be too late. Of course, they will not blame themselves for first cheering the forced evacuation of fellow Jews from their homes. People tend to exonerate themselves from the evils they do because their consciences (if they have one) gnaws at them for most of their lives.

But first, they will correctly want to blame Sharon, Peres, Beilin, Olmert, Mofaz, Mazuz and all the rest of Sharon's weak Cabinet as well as the Knesset for NOT protecting them. For all those about to be killed, their relatives and friends will also blame those mentioned above. I doubt that these people who voted in this catastrophe will ever feel safe on the streets of Israel again.

So, get ready for a high program of Propaganda by the betrayers of Israel and the Jewish people. They will turn everything that happens or is said on its head in Orwellian "Double-Speak". Somehow, what these political criminals have unleashed on the Jewish nation, will be turned around to say: "It wasn't my fault!" But know: there is a war coming and you look to Sharon, in cahoots with a misguided Bush Administration, pandering to Arab oil Sheiks for fueling the Global radical Muslim Terrorists' expectations. I recommend that you read the parallel article by Nadia Matar, co-chair of Women in Green, which speak to the known historical perfidy of the Left. See below.

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

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OF BUSH THE UNCHRISTIAN AND SHARON WHO OUTLAWED PHYSICS
Posted by Beth Goodtree, June 23, 2005.

The following is the speech I gave in Washington, DC in front of the Israeli Embassy yesterday at a rally to save Gush Katif and the other towns slated for Jewish expulsion and destruction. I wish to thank Matt Finberg, founder of Ascendent/Redemption and StopThe Disengagement.org, for sponsoring this event.

Many of the other speakers here have started off with a joke, so I will too. Here it is: Israel has just declared illegal the whole and complete electromagnetic spectrum.

I see some of you blinking out there, thinking 'What is she talking about?"

Well, Ariel Sharon has declared that any use of an entire portion of the electromagnet spectrum is illegal and inciteful. Why couldn't he declare gravity illegal -- then I wouldn't have to wear a bra.

But no, he has banned an entire portion of the electromagnet spectrum.

What portion is that?

The wavelengths that create what we know as the color orange. In truth, Sharon has banned the color orange because for him it is the color of shame.

I say "Shame on you, Ariel Sharon, for planning to forcibly remove peaceful Jewish civilian from their homes and give their hard-worked lands to the very people who have been bombing them, shooting at them, and burning them up. SHAME ON YOU!

I repeat: SHAME ON YOU!
 

Picture taken by Carrie Devorah, sister of Egged Bus #19 murder victim, Chezi Goldberg. Contact editor@carrieon.com for picture reprint permission.

So ya wanna hear another joke? The joke here is that there is no such thing as an Arab Palestinian people and yet Bush, the EU and the rest of the world's leaders, as well as Ariel Sharon, Peres and other Israelis worship their phony claim to be a separate and distinct people like a modern day golden calf.

Don't believe me? I'll give it to you straight from the camel's mouth one of the high ups in Arafat's terror organization:

"The Palestinian people does not exist.

The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity.

In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese.

Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism.

For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem.

However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan."

This statement was made by Zuhair Muhsein, executive Committee member of the PLO in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw on March 31, 1977.

So they admitted to just being a bunch of terrorists created to destroy the sovereign nation of Israel.

And yet America, the EU and Russia insist upon recognizing these illegitimate people whose goal is the destruction of Israel.

In fact, America is demanding that her strongest ally in the world -- Israel -- amputate large and irreplaceable chunks of herself and give it free, on a platinum platter, to these very illegitimate group of people who have perpetuated 22,000 terrorists attacks in 4 years.

How hypocritical of President Bush, who said after 9-11, "Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists."

But apparently, when it comes to a choice between Israel or his personal and financial partners -- the Arabs -- Bush is willing to further humiliate the Jewish victims of 57 long years of war and terror by favoring and promoting an Arab/Islamist agenda of the destruction of Israel, this time piece by amputated piece.

But then, I would expect nothing less from Bush, who is not a true Christian, but rather a Replacement Theology Methodist.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term 'Replacement Theology,' it means an apostate religion which hijacked authentic Christianity.

Replacement Theology Christianity includes some forms of the Methodist church, all of the Anglican church, some forms of Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans and the like.

They took the bible -- the portion they refer to as the Old Testament -- and totally reinterpreted it. Specifically, what they say is that any time the word "Israel" is used, it really means them -- the Replacement Theology Christians.

According to Replacement Theology, the Jewish people are no longer the ones referred to in the bible 'the people of Israel' because, according to the Replacement Theologists, they have fallen out of favor with G-d.

According to Replacement Theology, the sacking of the second Temple as well as the Diaspora, the Inquisition and the Holocaust proves that the Jews are no longer the ones favored by G-d to receive and fulfill His divine promises. Therefore, according to them, Jews are not the 'real' people of Israel spoken of in the bible.

The worst thing that could have happened to this whole Replacement Theology pseudo-Christianity movement was the re-establishment of the Jewish aboriginal homeland as the State of Israel, in 1948.

The reason that this was bad for the Replacement Theologists was that it proved that their reinterpretation of G-d's words was not merely wrong, but absolutely apostate.

The existence and reestablishment of the state of Israel as a Jewish nation, as predicted in the bible, utterly proves that these Replacement Theology Christians -- such as President Bush, who is a Methodist -- are not only not Christians, they are directly opposed to G-d's holy words as written out in the bible.

And by the way, Kofi Annan is a Replacement Theology Methodist also, which explains his unremitting hostility towards Israel.

Which brings me around to the real Christians -- the ones who did not reinterpret the bible to their own advantage and gain, who do not worship at the altar of Arab Muslim oil, and who did not conveniently forget historical fact.

Real Christians are the ones who acknowledge that Jesus Christ was a Jewish man living in a sovereign Jewish nation in the very same place as modernly named Israel.

Real Christians have come to realize that to oppose Israel or it's existence, or to create a situation which would threaten Israel's survival is to oppose not just the home, people and religious heart of Jesus' world, but to oppose the main desire of Jesus the Jew. Jesus the Jew yearned for a Messiah. It's part of Judaism. And to have the Messiah come, there must be a whole and complete Israel. This is specified in the Bible.

To oppose Israel, to seek to destroy or weaken it, to insist that Israel be given over to her enemies is to oppose Jesus and his desires. And if you oppose Jesus, you are against Christ. In other words, you are antichrist. Therefore Bush, in opposing the complete and whole land of the Jews, is anti-Christ.

Since Jesus was a Jew and an Israeli, the only true followers of him are those Christians who are Zionists and support a whole, strong and undivided Israel. And I thank G-d for all the good and decent Christian Zionists.

And finally, I am living proof that one doesn't have to be an observant Jew to support an undivided and strong state of Israel.

My idea of observing the Sabbath is, of course, not to work. But then I like having a cheeseburger while watching my favorite sci-fi movie and playing Boggle on the internet. The last time I was in a temple was probably over a year ago and only because they were serving food.

I am neither an observant Jew nor a religious one. But I am a Jew. And unlike some people say, I am not of the Jewish 'persuasion.' No one was standing by my mother's delivery table when she gave birth to me saying "Come on Bethie, please become a Jew!"

I wasn't persuaded to be a Jew, I was born that way.

And if I were to convert to any other religion tomorrow, there are many in this world who would still kill me because I was born of Jewish parents.

This is what is meant by knowing who you are as a Jew.

And as for looking like a Jew who cares about Israel's survival, I have had people tell me that I don't look like I'd be against the Disengagement and the Roadmap.

Maybe it's because my hair is an outrageous shade of red guaranteed on the box to be of a color and intensity that occurs nowhere in nature. But it is not how we look on the outside, it's who we are on the inside.

So let's all of us, Jews and non-Jewish Zionists, keep the pressure on and work together to ensure that Israel remains a safe and undivided country.

AM YISRAEL CHAI!

Beth Goodtree is an award-winning writer who lives in the NYC metro area. She writes political commentary/analysis, and the occasional science and humor articles. Or visit her website: http://hometown.aol.com/bgoodtree/

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BAUER: MAJOR TV NETWORKS BOYCOTTED "HOSPITAL BOMBER" STORY
Posted by Hillel Fendel, June 23, 2005.

Despite the IDF's distribution of a video of the Arab suicide bomber who intended to blow up a hospital, [Editor's note: Click here to go to the IDF website. ] nearly all foreign news agencies chose to boycott the story almost totally. An outraged former undersecretary in the late US President Ronald Reagan's administration, who was also a candidate to be the Republican Party's presidential nominee, Gary Bauer, has written a scathing critique of the world media's decision to avoid the story.


"Wrong Button," From the Little Green Foootballs website

Excerpts from Bauer's letter:

"If you don't get the Fox News Channel then you didn't see any of the dramatic footage of the Israeli army's arrest yesterday of a 21-year old, female Palestinian homicide-bomber, strapped with 25 pounds of high-explosives, just moments before she was to commit mass-murder by detonating herself inside an Israeli hospital. No other television network featured the story.

"Utterly ignoring the extraordinary video of the homicide-bomber's arrest, both the BBC and CNN focused extensively on how much 'damage' Israel's early morning arrest - for which there was no video - of 55 Fatah and Islamic Jihad terrorists, described by CNN as "Palestinian activists," would cause to today's scheduled "summit meeting" between Israeli Prime Minister Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"That only one network would air incredible footage of the seizure of a ticking human-bomb, just moments before she tried to murder hospital patients, means this story was not simply ignored by the mainstream media - it was boycotted by the mainstream media. Since nearly every aspect of this remarkable story contradicts everything the mainstream media has been trying to tell us about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they just opted for the easiest way to handle it - denying it ever happened.

"Ignoring the story meant that the networks didn't need to tell viewers that yesterday's homicide-bomber was not dispatched by terrorists of Islamic Jihad or Hamas, groups opposed to President Abbas - but was in fact working for the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade, which is controlled by the political party Fatah, whose chairman is none other than President Abbas himself!

"Ignoring the story meant not having to reveal that the would-be-murderer had been traveling regularly to Israel for years on a valid medical pass, which granted the woman free treatment for burns she received in a home cooking accident, and was thus ruthlessly exploited by depraved terrorists whose shameless capacity to cynically manipulate goodness, in their pursuit of murder and death, knows no bounds.

"Ignoring the story meant not having to cover comments the female terrorist made in a rare army-supervised press conference in which she revealed what her mission was and who sent her. 'I believe in death,' she said on Israeli TV. 'All my life I have been preparing to be a martyr. Mother, please forgive me for failing in [my] mission.' Sentiments not exactly consistent with the line long peddled by the liberal media, and more recently even by the Bush administration, that Israel is the obstacle to 'peace.'"

Hillel Fendel is editor of Arutz-Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews.com), where this article appeared today.

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GUSH KATIF POUR IT ON! SHARON IS CRACKING!
Posted by Dovid Ben Chaim, June 23, 2005.

More and more Israelis, Diaspora Jews and just plain people of good will and common sense are beginning to see the folly and venality of Sharon's "disengagement" scheme. This in turn has raised the level of hysteria within the Sharon clique to a fever pitch. Now is the time to exert even more pressure and push them over the top.

Whatever you're doing, do more of it! Emails, letters, phone calls, faxes, demos, orange t-shirts, organizing, clicking on http://english.katif.net/, pray, give, make some noise, keep up the fight! Whatever you're doing, do more of it! It's sinking in at all levels - in Heaven and on Earth!!!

Dovid Ben Chaim

Blessed are You, G-d, who gives Your People Israel a mighty arm and the will to use it.

Be strong! Be strong! May we all be strengthened!

Contact Dovid Ben Chaim at chazakchazak@myway.com

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TRADING WITH DICTATORS; ABBAS PROTECTS TERRORISTS; TERRORIST RELEASE IS ILLEGAL
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, June 23, 2005.

FINDING OR PRETENDING INTOLERANCE IN TEXTBOOKS

Citing chapter and verse, organizations have proved that P.A. textbooks have as a major theme the denial of Israel's existence or legitimacy and the need to wipe it out. Another theme is hatred of the Jewish people.

The P.A. denies that its textbooks feature bigotry, but answers no specific citations. How strange it would be for a totalitarian society dedicated to wiping Israel out, as its other media make clear, and where the forged, antisemitic "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" is a best-seller, if its textbooks were not dedicated to exterminating Israel! Why would the textbooks be out of character?

Of course, the studies or those who quote them may not be correct in every particular. Thus the P.A. claims that some Congressman blindly cited an accusation about a nasty banner on a textbook that does not have the banner. Perhaps so. The rest of the studies are unchallenged.

An organization that made one such study reacted to the charge by assuring people that it was going to make a parallel study of Israeli textbooks. The usual problem with parallel studies is that they are driven not by scholarship but by the wish to be evenhanded towards both sides, however undeserving one side be. When they find intolerance on the Arab side, they would find, willy-nilly, intolerance on the Israeli side. This means equating innocuous, minor things in Israeli books to malevolent things in the Arab books. That would be unfair. Worse, they might insist that Israeli books must praise the undeserving Arabs. That's its idea of making peace.

A study of Israeli textbooks would miss the point of the Arab-Israel conflict. The conflict primarily is Muslim jihad against an infidel state. The Arabs are the aggressors. They have been fomenting hatred and fostering war for decades. Therein is source of the conflict. It hardly matters what Israelis are taught, because they have not started the wars - Israel is not the problem, just as Jews are not the problem in antisemitism. Israel has not been the aggressor, its society is not devoted to denouncing the existence of Arab states or calling the Arabs inherently evil. Why would its textbooks be out of character?

The real problem with Israeli textbooks is that they have become too anti-Zionist and pro-Arab.

"CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT"

How do Americans view trade with dictatorships? When they have no business opportunities with the dictatorships, they tend to demand a US boycott of them. It put it as an ethical matter.

When they have potential business opportunities with the dictatorships, they tend to oppose boycotts. They don't care how totalitarian the country is. They want profits, jobs, and vacations. For them, too, it is a matter of democratic ethics, or so they would have us believe. They argue that by meeting Americans, the oppressed people would come to favor our democratic ways.

New York State farmers' associations got the State Assembly to pass a resolution urging Congress to allow more trade and travel to Cuba, ostensibly so as to influence the dictatorship to mellow. If it just were for a democratizing foreign policy, would the State Assembly, that is always late with completed budgets and fails to bring most bills to a vote, bothered with Cuba?

Whether boycotts undermine dictatorships is not clear or has an uneven record, but financing the dictatorship, as the US did with China, is bad. Communist dictatorships are adept at both profiteering from the tourism and isolating their people from the tourists. The increased trade provides the funds for oppression and for alleviating the most threatening discontent.

WHAT ABBAS DOESN'T SAY IS MORE IMPORTANT

A Hamas squad had been firing rockets at Israelis, killing and wounding some. It was put out of action by the IDF. Abbas scolded Israel for doing that. He complained that Israel's response would destroy the cooling off period (that Hamas and other terrorists largely ignore).

PBC television described the Hamas men as military but said they were traveling in a "civilian vehicle." It did not report that they had been firing rockets (IMRA, 6/10 from Michael Widlanski). Calling it a "civilian vehicle" seems designed to make them seem civilians.

Israel lacks the sense to point out that there is no cooling off period on the part of the terrorists, and when terrorists start to attack or plan to attack, the IDF will put them out of commission. Israel lacks the integrity to point out that if Abbas doesn't stop pretending to a ceasefire, and doesn't stop trying to get Israel to stop defending itself while he both fails to arrest the terrorists who make attacks and fails to stop his media from inciting attacks, then Israel will conclude that he, himself, never has abandoned terrorism and indeed is giving cover for it. It should advise the world to stop supporting that terrorist. It should speculate aloud that the world supports him because it knows that when this henchman of Arafat's praises terrorists as martyrs, it is because he still favors destruction of Israel. It should give him fair warning, and then remove him.

Israel won't. Its leaders are bribed or turned. Sharon may not favor the destruction of Israel, but his policies invite it.

SAUDI SLAVERY IN THE GULF

A coalition of feminists and Christian Evangelical groups persuaded Congress to require the State Dept. to report on international trafficking in humans. The report found that the Persian Gulf States engage heavily in this slavery. Saudis bring in sex slaves and slave workers, mostly from Asia (and fellow Muslims) and often beat them. The law hardly prohibits it, and the government seldom prosecutes it (IMRA, 6/10).

SAUDI SLAVERY IN THE U.S.

Many Saudi middle class couples and princes have been found to keep servants in thrall by force and intimidation even in the US. There have been some convictions.

What accounts for this oppression? Slavery flourishes back home (as does abuse of employees). Religious authorities endorse it, calling slavery "part of Islam." The State Dept. refuses to combat the practice here, so the Saudis know they can get away with it. "Their embassy provides money, letters of support, lawyers, retroactive diplomatic immunity, former American ambassadors as troubleshooters, and even aircraft out of the country - it also keeps pesky witnesses away." (Daniel Pipes, NY Sun, 6/16, p.6).

Isn't it hypocritical for the US to report on trafficking in humans in S. Arabia, when there is so much of it in the US, some condoned by the US?

ANOTHER NAIL IN ISRAELI DEMOCRACY'S COFFIN

Likud Party rules require lapsed members to wait 16 months before joining. Most of the large influx of members in 2003, brought in to support Ariel Sharon, stopped paying dues. The Likud just made an exception for them. They may set up a standing bank order to pay dues, and vote in the next primary. They then need not ever actually pay (IMRA, 6/11).

Changing electoral rules to favor the incumbent is one mark of dictatorship.

RIOT DISPERSAL

A new, hi-tech Israeli method of crowd-control failed, again. As Arabs rushed toward Israeli guards at the security fence, the troops released some high-pitched frequencies that temporarily hurt people. Momentarily halted, the rioters returned to their rampage in about a minute (IMRA, 6/11).

Critics of Israeli riot control demand that Israel not shoot Arab rioters coming to attack them, not use rubber-jacketed bullets, not bar them from leaving their towns, and apparently not arrest them. One critic suggested using water cannon. What, in a desert country? Israel has to fall back on tear gas and rubber-jacketed bullets.

Arab police use live ammunition, apparently without being criticized.

NEW P.A. VIOLATION OF OSLO & ROAD MAP

The PNA declared Israeli withdrawal from the Territories a precondition for disarming the militias (IMRA, 6/11). But at Oslo, Arafat signed an agreement to disarm them. The Road Map, to which the P.A. professes to adhere, also requires disarmament before negotiations over borders.

TURNING JENIN OVER TO THE P.A.

Israel plans to turn Jenin over to the P.A. police, ostensibly to ensure that an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza would not be attacked by P.A. Arabs angered at continuing to be inspected at Israeli checkpoints there. The hand-over "would remove a constant source of friction and violence." (Mark Lavie, NY Sun, 6/16, p.6 from Associated Press.)

The natural tendency of predators, as the Arabs are, is to pursue fleeing prey. Hamas has declared it would do so. Hamas and Fatah are rivals for recognition as having chased the Israelis out. Therefore, letting the Arabs of more towns travel out is likelier to permit more terrorist attacks during the withdrawal.

Checkpoints don't cause "friction," they stop most terrorists bent on inflicting "friction," hence they reduce violence. The source of violence is P.A. incitement and Islamic intolerance. Attempts to stop annoying the Arabs, zealous about trying to destroy Israel, cannot get to first base.

GOOD NEWS FROM SYRIA

There is no censorship of publicly and privately owned newspapers in Syria. The government said so (IMRA, 6/11). The government expects us to believe it. That's a good one.

AMNESTY INTL. ON OTHER ISSUES

Amnesty Intl. (A.I.) wants the world not to ship arms to the government of Nepal, battling a nine-year-old Maoist insurgency, lest the government commit war crimes. Apparently A.I. does not object to what the Maoists do, and in the absence of resistance, would do. The Maoists have murdered about 12,000 people. For example, they recently blew up a passenger bus, killing 40 people and wounding 70 more. For another example, the Communists captured relatives of Army personnel, and cut them to pieces (Prof. Steven Plaut, 6/11).

MUSLIM DESIGNS ON SPAIN

A Jordanian professor explained to an interviewer his hopes that Islam would take over Spain, some day (IMRA, 6/11 from MEMRI).

TERRORIST-RELEASE ILLEGAL

Two principles of international law are that terrorism is a crime and that no crime may go unpunished. The Oslo accords, an agreement by a state with a terrorist organization therefore is illegal. It also is illegal because it more or less cedes territory to a terrorist organization. Israel's premature release of terrorists is illegal, too. Some of the terrorists had committed crimes against other countries (but they don't mind), so Israel certainly had even less right to pardon them.

Punishment of terrorists may or may not deter others, but it puts the incarcerated terrorists out of commission. Otherwise, they have strike, again. Half of the prisoners Israel releases do resume terrorism. The US has found that terrorists whom it freed also often return to terrorism (IMRA, 6/12 from Prof. Louis Rene Beres). Their captivity had not made them less fanatical.

P.A. STEADILY REFUSES TO DISARM MILITIAS

This time it was the Foreign Minister of the P.A., who reiterated the P.A. refusal to disarm the militias. Sometimes the P.A. rationale is to avoid civil war. (Poor excuse, especially since the tolerance of unregulated armed men has produced some anarchy.) The Foreign Minister was sinister -- he said that so long as Israel continues the 'occupation," "resistance" is proper. IMRA earlier had noted that this really means that the P.A. is retaining its terrorist option, so it can resume terrorism. This is a threat held over Israel.

The Western media, including Israel's, generally ignored the long-term implication of this refusal (IMRA, 6/12).

One implication is that the P.A. will continue to violate Oslo and will not abide by the Road Map, both of which require disarmament and disbanding, if not punishment, of the illegal militias. It proves bad faith. It shows that the P.A. does not believe in peace. If gives no confidence that even if Israelis abandoned all the areas the Arabs claim now, that the P.A. ever would disband the militias. Jihadists do not disband their armies when the enemy is undefeated.

Actually, terrorism is going on now. The P.A. is not just retaining a terrorist option, it is permitting or perpetrating terrorism.

THE ISRAELI LEGAL SYSTEM TURNED ON ITS HEAD

Some Israeli soldiers have spent their life savings defending themselves in court from Arab accusations. (Sometimes the accusations are made as a fraudulent way of collecting compensation. Even if there were a loss, much of the compensation would not ordinarily be remitted to an enemy people, but my fellow Jews are afflicted with "Jewish guilt," so they act to support their enemy.) By contrast, soldiers and police who commit theft and brutality against Jews they are removing from Gaza are exempt from financial loss. They may not be prosecuted civilly, but if prosecuted criminally, the State will pay their legal expenses. The government's rationale is to prevent them from suffering from false suits (IMRA, 6/12).

Why doesn't it protect soldiers from false civil suits by Arabs?

The government probably would not prosecute soldiers who act with the excessive violence shown in their training films for the abandonment of Gaza. The government is encouraging that violence by exempting soldiers from the consequences.

ARE ARABS BECOMING SKEPTICS?

"When the "Voice of Arabs" radio told us triumphantly in the 1960s that Nasser's Egypt had the strongest army in the region and could throw Israel in the sea if they choose to, we believed. When young, revolutionary, the Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi promised to be the unifier of the Arab world after the death of Nasser, we believed. When Baathists and Arab nationalists carried the "One Arab nation with eternal message" slogan, we believed. Then came "Alnakbah" (the disaster) of June 5, 1967, when the one army of Israel destroyed not only the "mighty" Egyptian Army but also the Jordanian and Syrian. [IMRA: Also Iraqi and Saudi.] The Egyptian radio went on with the lies for days. According to the famous anchor Ahmad Said?, the Israeli Air Force was losing tens of aircraft daily. This was when most Egyptian jet fighters were destroyed on the ground as though they were sitting ducks. The Egyptian media also claimed that American and British aircraft had joined the Israelis. Needless to say, all were sheer lies. Many of us knew better afterward. Still, too many continued to believe, even today. The Arab media kept telling us that all our troubles are due to Zionist conspiracies. They explained to us that we had to prepare for the liberation of Arab occupied lands. Sacrifices had to be made. Freedom, democracy, economic prosperity, good education and all kind of luxuries had to wait. Many believed?. And as the wait got longer, the prison larger, the civilization gap with the rest of the world wider, more started to get skeptical. Resentment followed."

"The new generation, born in a different world, was the most restless. They want to live like their peers in other parts of the world. Satellite TV, the Internet and other modern communication tools gave them an open, unfiltered window. They could see that what they lack others take for granted: Market-oriented training, secured, rewarding jobs, a wife and a home. Some expect even more: Travel, entertainment and (why not?) a car. They resent the military draft. They hate having to serve years in draconic conditions with little or no pay. It feels worse when they see that the rich and powerful can evade it."

"The Arab conscious is getting more and more sophisticated and wise. The state media is not. They still sell the same lies and try their best to make us believe them. They want us to believe that some Arab leaders are re-elected because their nations have no better men or women for the job. Arab governments are doing like no other for their people. Our education is the best. Our democratic system is the envy of the world. Security is great not because most Arabs live under police regimes and emergency laws, but because of our wise, strong and honest leaders.

Besides, who said we are poor? Look at Somalia and Liberia and see how lucky we are! Better times are coming. We only need to be patient and work with the government to fight corruption and build a better society. Praise our leaders and pray for them to survive the challenges and win over the enemies and live long enough to get us all into heaven on earth. So don't listen to the lies our enemies are spreading. Accusation of corruption, lousy management and nepotism are all baseless. Let's stand together united with our leadership to prove to the envious world that we are truly one, united, strong Arab family. Then came the Internet and Satellite TV. Then came CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeerah. Others followed and suddenly the truth can't hide behind the smiley anchors' faces anymore. The public eye and mind went past the newsroom curtain and the Dear Leader's portraits to rich sources of information and explanations. So what the media answer would be? Surprise, surprise! More lies, more going. No one believes? Who cares! There is a whole industry of perception manufacturing. Where would all these people go? How would this entire infrastructure be dismantled? Better leave things as they are, hoping somebody, somewhere still have faith."

"Meanwhile, the elite will continue to benefit, the flaws will still be there, and the ship will go on sinking. The people's knowledge of the truth will grow larger, their patience will get thinner, and the pot will be more and more boiling. The inevitable big bang will happen ... soon enough." (IMRA, 6/12 from Arab News.)

I have been waiting for Arab skepticism as a major component of their reformation. However, they also should become skeptical of CNN, BBC, and Al-Jazeerah.

ISRAELI CONCEPT TURNED TOPSY-TURVY

It takes intellectuals to turn simple, observable fact upside-down. Israeli intellectuals have put over the self-delusion that Israel caused its problems with neighboring states, not their dictatorships, imperialism, and Islamism. Another achievement by intellectuals is to gain acceptance of the Arab propaganda notion that the conflict arises from "occupation," rather than that the conflict, in the form of Arab aggression, leads Israeli forces to pursue their attackers into territory controlled by the Arabs. Israelis bear feelings of guilt over this. (This is in addition to the traditional, unwarranted Jewish feelings of guilt about causing antisemitism. By contrast, the Arabs' religion insulates them from guilt feelings over their bigotry and war crimes).

This self-delusion is evident when Israeli leaders, leftists, accepted from Arafat, who dedicated his life to jihad, which authorizes breaking promises, his promises to make peace, despite his record of breaking such promises (Prof. Steven Plaut, 6/12 from Edward Alexander's review of Kenneth Levin's "The Oslo syndrome").

RASHID KHALIDI

They praise Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia U., as a scholar. An article under his name on a web site of an organization he headed is called "Jerusalem, a Concise History." Four years later, a reporter discovered that Khalidi had plagiarized the article. Without explanation or apology, the web site changed the author to "Compiled by ACJ from a variety of sources." (Prof. Plaut, 6/12 from Solomonia Blog.)

U.S. PUNISHING ISRAEL

"The crisis between Israel and the United States over the sale of assault unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to China is deepening: The U.S. has been imposing harsh sanctions on Israel for a few months now, following the dispute between the two states over the sale of the drones." "The sanctions have been imposed on Israel's entire security industry, not merely on plants that made deals with China." "The Americans have also suspended technological cooperation with the Israel Air Force on the future Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft." "The U.S. has halted cooperation on a large advanced simulation system for the IDF's ground forces, dealing with the future battlefield, and stopped the information exchange on Hunter 2, the assault UAV Israel is developing with an American company." "The U.S. is also holding up a shipment of night vision equipment." "The crisis has disrupted the contacts of senior Defense Ministry officials with their counterparts in the American Defense Ministry, who are not responding to telephone calls from Israel. A meeting of a strategic work team that convenes every six months was put off."

"The U.S. has made three demands of Israel in order to settle the crisis, involving supervision of defense industry exports and coordination with the United States." "The U.S.'s first demand is that Israel provide it with details of more than 60 deals it made with China in recent years, so that Washington could assess the damage caused to its security, if any."

"The second demand is a close examination of the Israeli security equipment supervision system. Washington wants to know how "holes" are created in the system, how those who break regulations are punished and why the government is not directly involved in the supervision."

As for the US, it sells arms to Israel's enemies without limits, and without analyzing the consequences. The US simply asserts that they don't affect the balance of power. Does that mean the Arabs are fools wasting their money, or that the Congressional oversight members are fools believing what is asserted? AIPAC ignores the subject entirely (IMRA, 6/12). Yes, that is a double standard, and the "Israel Lobby" is of no help. Ironically, most of those US sales are to actual and potential enemies of the US. But note that IMRA won't admit any Israeli fault in this.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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COMPARING HRW'S ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, JANUARY-JUNE, 2005
Posted by NGO Monitor, June 23, 2005.

In April 2005, NGO Monitor published a quantitative comparative analysis of the level of attention that Human Rights Watch (HRW) gave to various countries and conflicts in the region. That report clearly demonstrated HRW's disproportionate emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Considering the appalling human rights record and lack of public information in many states in the Middle East, such unbalanced focus on the only democratic country in the region, as well as the liberal use of highly politicized claims of 'violations of international law', indicated a clear political agenda. It is also a disservice on the part of HRW to victims of human rights violations in many other states during this period.

In examining the period from January to June 2005, we note that HRW has, to some extent, reduced its disproportionate focus on Israel at the expense of other Middle Eastern countries. Using the quantitative model from NGO Monitor's earlier analysis of HRW activities, the emphasis on Egypt and Iran was somewhat greater than in the case of Israel (70, 77, and 48 points, respectively); although together with Tunisia (35 points) and Iraq (93 points) these 5 countries formed an exceptional group in the level of attention they received in this period. (See below for the detailed results for January-June 2005). Although HRW's focus on Saudi Arabia's abysmal human rights record yielded only four brief press releases and one short letter, these are steps in the right direction. Overall, this concrete evidence speaks for itself in terms of the reduced dominance and overemphasis on Israel that has characterized HRW's Middle East agenda in recent years.

However, the analysis for this period also demonstrates that the core bias remains in HRW's agenda and allocation of resources to reporting on the Middle East. This bias can be discerned in three aspects:

First, that Israel still attracts disproportionate attention considering its open political system, when compared with many surrounding Arab countries. Syria, for example, is acknowledged by HRW as having "a long established record of torture" ('Torture Worldwide' , April 27, 2005). One report says that "torture is a systemic human rights problem" in Syria ('Still at risk', April 2005) and includes the case of Maher Arar (2002) in which the USA handed over Arar to Syrian authorities, whereupon he was tortured. However there are no further examples, reports or investigations into human rights violations in Syria by HRW since March 2004.

Similarly, Saudi Arabia received no more detailed investigation than 4 press releases and a letter (17 points) despite concerns about the use of 'flogging' and 'repression of political reformers'.

The results in the table below therefore show that Israel's 48 points still demonstrate a relatively high level of priority in HRW resource allocation, most recently demonstrated by a 128-page report released yesterday, on the 'impunity of the IDF'. HRW clearly devoted disproportionate attention to this lengthy and detailed, yet clearly unbalanced analysis, to arrive at the conclusion that the 'Israeli military's investigative practices and procedures are not impartial, thorough or timely' (page 3). Indeed this seems to be the only concrete conclusion that this extensive study could claim; although the report also implies-without compelling evidence-that Israel has committed 'war crimes, 'crimes against humanity', 'willful killing of civilians' and other 'breaches of the Geneva convention' (page 22). As such, the report becomes a 128-page diatribe against Israeli policy, without context or credibility.

Second, HRW's continued political bias is highlighted by its relative lack of interest in human rights violations in the Palestinian Authority. HRW's categorization of Palestinians as victims of Israeli human rights abuses prevents a recognition of the serious abuses of human rights within the Palestinian Authority. Only 2 press releases and 2 letters addressing human rights deficiencies in the PA were released in this period. On NGO Monitor's scale for measuring relative emphasis, the PA would have received only 10 points, were it not for their mention in HRW's presentation to the 61st session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (adding 6 points). And this document's impact is diluted through the concentration on condemning Israel for a variety of offences, including the 'impunity of Israeli security forces', 'the wall' and 'unlawful home demolitions'. The PA, by comparison is criticized only on the basis of 'Killings by Palestinian Armed Groups' (note that the word 'terrorist' is avoided).

Indeed, HRW documents criticizing Palestinian violations of human rights are almost always offset by more intense condemnations of Israel. For example, in a press release of June 9, 2005 that acknowledges the devastating effect on civilian Israeli life of Hamas' use of Qassam rockets and which calls for a cessation of these attacks, a large part of the document is dedicated to criticizing Israel's military response to such acts of violence. This is an artificial effort to provide political balance which dilutes the human rights impact of such statements.

Finally, HRW's continued use of politicized and biased language with respect to Israel (frequently using terminology claiming violations of international law), undermine Israel's very integrity as a state and exhibit HRW's political agenda. In this period, HRW continues the practice of condemning Israel for 'violating international humanitarian law' and acting 'illegally', without any systematic and universal application of these terms. HRW's June 22 report on Israel also accuses the Israel Defense Forces of 'arbitrary killing and human rights abuses against civilians' (page 9) and implies that HRW's identification of problems in the IDF make it liable to commit 'war crimes' (page 18).

In summary, and despite these limitations, some positive steps have been taken to reduce the disproportionate focus on the Israeli Palestinian conflict in HRW reporting. This has freed resources for highlighting the serious human rights abuses occurring in other countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, Iran and Iraq. However, the anti-Israel bias continues, and the need for greater emphasis on the human rights violations in Syria, Saudi Arabia and Libya demonstrate that HRW has a long way to go in paying balanced attention to all countries with human rights deficiencies in the Middle East.

NGO Monitor ia a publication of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

The complete report is available at http://www.ngo-monitor.org/

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THE KORAN - SOMETHING WAS LOST IN TRANSLATION
Posted by Jerome S. Kaufman, June 23, 2005.

This was published in www.worldjewishnewsagency.org

Now that all the politically correct and agenda-motivated rhetoric has been completed, maybe we can take a less emotional view of exactly what happened following the Newsweek magazine story of American guards at the Guantanamo prison flushing a Koran down the toilet? Shortly following publication, Newsweek admitted the story was a complete fabrication. After some investigation, the US military did conclude some isolated incidents of Koran abuse had occurred but determined that most of those were done by the prisoners themselves.

What was the reaction in the Muslim world? Reported were riots in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Sudan, Palestinian Arab territories, Iraq, wherever. About sixteen people were reportedly killed and hundreds injured. By some coincidence, many of these riots occurred immediately following Friday services in the mosques. Thus, this rioting of thousands of people did not occur spontaneously. These riots were, in the main, initiated by the inflammatory rhetoric of the mosques' imams.

Why? Is not the transparent goal of the religious hierarchy, the imams, et al, to maintain their virtually absolute power over Muslim countries and their citizens? Every ploy, especially using the United States and Israel as the whipping boys, is used to maintain the imam's destructive power and delude the Muslim people that their societies remaining in abject poverty and ignorance for the last 800 years is somehow our fault.

The West is also being subjected to a constant barrage of religious "information" on the Koran. We are told, "it glorifies Abraham, Moses and Jesus and teaches lessons of faith, family values, caring for orphans, feeding the poor, helping the suffering, removing racism and oppression from society and bringing the joy of justice and freedom to the people of God."

But something surely got lost in this translation. Rather than grant Christianity and Judaism the respect claimed, M. Kedar, Professor of Arabic Studies points out that Muhammad, with a stroke of his imagination, has simply "Islamized" their religious leaders. He made Abraham the first Moslem and Jesus and St. John prophets, along with Adam, Joseph, Seth and Aaron. According to Muhammad's dream, he then takes them to the Seventh Heaven to meet Allah, who obligingly accepts Muhammad as their master. Thus a religion of triumphalism was created wherein Christians and Jews have been designated as dhimmis, a "protected class" of people, whose rights in Muslim countries is completely subservient to those of the Muslim.

As to the statement that the Koran "defends family values, cares for the poor, removes oppression," that also has somehow been lost in the translation. Mitchell Bard in Myths and Facts presents the real world of human rights in Arab Islamic countries. He writes,

The popular press has chosen to virtually ignore violations of fundamental human rights that take place daily in almost every Arab country. According to annual reports by the American State Department, most of the Arab states are ruled by oppressive, dictatorial regimes, which deny their citizens basic freedoms of political expression, speech, press and due process. The Arab Human Development Report published by a group of Arab researchers from the UN Development Program concluded that out of the seven regions of the world, Arab countries had the lowest freedom score. They also had the lowest ranking for "voice and accountability," a measure of various aspects of the political process, civil liberties, political rights and independence of the media.

And what has been our own recent experience with religious desecration? Mary Mostert, political commentator, reports that in Serbian Kosovo alone since 1999, 140 Christian Churches were blown up with 25 churches destroyed just this past year!

When the Jordanians invaded Israel in 1948 and maintained Judea and Samaria (West Bank) as theirs for 19 years, 57 synagogues, in Jerusalem alone, were defaced and their Torah scrolls destroyed. The ancient Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery was decimated with 38,000 gravestones torn loose and used to pave roads and Jordanian army latrines. These are just two examples of the hundreds of desecrations of Christian and Jewish holy sites that have occurred in Muslim countries over the centuries. How does that compare with the recent purported Koran book desecration?

Certainly it is wrong to demean anyone else's religion in this country. People are encouraged to believe whatever they want but please, in the process, do not make us the fall guys for their own self-inflicted problems.

Jerome S. Kaufman is National Secretary of the Zionist Organization of America. and host of the Israel Commentary website (http://www.israel-commentary.org).

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WE ARE THE NATION
Posted by Manhigut Yehudit, June 23, 2005.

The fundamental issue behind the disengagement plan is an attempt to separate the Jewish People from their Father in Heaven. The settlements express the link between belief and history, and they must therefore be destroyed in order to once again shrink Judaism into the proportions of an exile-type religion imprisoned within the walls of the synagogue.

This is not a struggle between the settlers and the Left, but between the Left and reality or, in other words, between the Left and the Creator. The Jewish nation has remained faithful and devoted. Consequently the disengagement plan won't take place -- simply because we are the nation, realistic people, servants of the Creator, and we shall carry out our task.

We aren't waiting for a supernatural miracle. The miracle has already begun. The miracle is that we have realized that we represent the nation, that the Almighty will give us victory over any attempts to disengage from our faith and our heritage. We will simply carry out our task and not allow them to do it.

According to the original expulsion plans, Gush Katif and Northern Shomron were to have become a closed military area from last Passover. What prevented the military branch of the Left (the IDF and the Israeli Police Force) from carrying out their intentions? Was it the tent cities, the human chain, or the "face-to-face" campaign?

We don't wish to diminish the value of any of these efforts, but Gush Katif and Northern Shomron are wide open today because of one reason only: Ariel Weingruber and Shai Malka established the National Home movement, led thousands of young people and adults in a campaign of civil disobedience, and created a threat that prevented the implementation of the first stage of the expulsion crime.

The strong stand of the residents of Gush Katif and Northern Shomron, the devotion of the protesters and their willingness to be arrested have made it clear to Sharon and the extreme Left manipulating him, that with G-d's help the disengagement won't take place.

The moment that restrictions are placed on the movement of the residents of Gush Katif and Northern Shomron, the moment that their places of residence are declared a closed military area, the masses of the Israeli public will go out to the streets and physically prevent the perpetration of the crime.

The military arm of the Left has already been forced to cope with increasing signs of general civil disobedience, and it is incapable of withstanding spontaneous popular disobedience by Jews acting in G-d's Name. This is just one more problem on the long list of complications and contradictions afflicting the expulsion forces. Terror attacks that naturally accompany withdrawals add to the difficulties encountered in the perpetration of the crime.

Belief in the People of Israel

Current events in Israel have provided us with many examples of belief. Last year's Likud referendum on the disengagement and the massive protests against disengagement now taking place in Israel epitomize belief in action. A belief-based person has the ability to identify in himself and activate his power of belief. The tens of thousands of Israelis who knocked on the doors of fellow Israelis to convince them to vote against the disengagement were motivated by belief. The tens of thousands of Israelis who are willing to be arrested in protest of the disengagement are motivated by belief. They have activated the power of belief in their souls. They believe that it is possible to change reality despite polls to the contrary. They believe that it is possible to overcome the politicians, the court system and the media despite the powerful positions that they occupy.

More than anything else, they believe in G-d and in His People. They believe that the People of Israel is open to hear them. They believe that, despite the leftist brainwashing to which all Israelis have been exposed in the last decades, the Jewish People still cares about values, truth, ideals, the Land of Israel and the People of Israel. Because the belief-based person believes in his fellow Jews, he opens their hearts. The average Israeli has become accustomed to leaders that are scornful of his values and his opinions. When he encounters someone who believes in him and values him, and is motivated by values and not personal interests, his heart melts revealing that it was not all that frozen in the first place. This is how the soul power of belief can change reality. It is one facet of belief-based leadership -- leadership that believes in the People of Israel, understands the great power of belief and knows how to awaken it in government, politics and all areas of public life.

Belief in Torah

Another facet of belief-based leadership is the ability to apply Torah concepts when evaluating reality. A Jew who believes in the Torah should have a belief-based perspective on reality. When reality is analyzed from a perspective of belief, the conclusions are significantly different than those accepted today. If we use the example of the Likud referendum on the disengagement, the "accepted" media perspective was that the public had already sided in favor of the disengagement. A plethora of experts pontificated with self-assurance on this very concrete and unchangeable reality. Sharon, his advisors and some of his ministers accepted these opinions as fact and based their political decisions upon it.

In contrast, those with a Torah perspective insisted that the reality as presented by the media was false -- the true reality was that the majority of Likud members opposed the disengagement. From a Torah perspective it seemed totally reasonable that the polls did not reflect deep-bedded beliefs, but rather a transient opinion that could be easily changed. Belief based perspective ignored the all-pervasive "reality", identified the warm Jewish heart buried just beneath the polls and acted upon that perspective. They concluded that if the people could be reached, it would change reality.

Belief based leadership uses Torah faith as its basis for evaluating reality and making and implementing decisions. Its working assumptions regarding the Jewish People, the international arena, the progression of history, the significance of the "Return to Zion", the motivation of the Jewish People as a nation and as individuals are based on the Torah. These working assumptions form the basis for belief based leadership to plan its actions as it deals with all facets of leadership -- politics, security, foreign and internal policy, geopolitical reality and more.

Belief in G-d

Belief based leadership believes in G-d. External appearances--whether a particular person wears a kippah on his head or not, is not the determining factor. Belief based leadership exemplifies faith, reliability, honesty, morality, idealism, optimism, loyalty and self- sacrifice. This is the leadership that the Jewish People seeks and deserves.

Moshe Feiglin Warns: Beware of Provocateurs

The success of the "Practice Run" operation of the National Home movement brought home to Sharon and the extreme Left pulling the strings behind him that with G-d's help the eviction plan will fail.

Sharon is not the kind of man who gives in easily. If he and the Left cannot evict the Jews of Gush Katif by sheer force, they can initiate acts of provocation. The situation in Israel today is chillingly similar to the situation in which the Oslo Accords were initiated in Israel. During that period, when it seemed that popular resistance to Oslo was about to defeat the plan, the GSS employed provocateurs to discredit the opposition. Today, the stakes are even higher. If the Left does not succeed in destroying Gush Katif, they know that they are finished. And the Left is traditionally not deterred by bloodshed. If a "settler" opens fire on soldiers, G-d forbid, the entire resistance to the eviction can be neutralized. Certainly no settler would do such a thing. And if no authentic settler can be found to fire the first shot, there are provocateurs that can do the job.

We shall defend Gush Katif and the State valiantly. We shall not permit the Left -- which desires to prove that they are not Jews but rather citizens of the world -- to create provocative acts of mutual firing. We shall never bring weapons to the regions of the confrontation. Anyone who does so will be regarded as an agent provocateur and removed from the area. For more on this subject see Moshe Feiglin's article: Civil War

Recruiting New Likud Members

As we reported in recent updates, we are acting in concert with other forces in the Likud to close the register of eligible voters prior to the forthcoming Primaries. In this way Omri Sharon won't be able to return to the register the hundred thousand fictitious members who brought his father to power, and then left the Likud.

Last week an official Likud announcement appeared in the press, declaring a period of 15 days in which former Likud members could renew their membership without having to wait 16 months to be eligible to vote. If you have let your membership lapse and want to renew it, contact the Manhigut Yehudit office immediately to receive the appropriate forms: 09-7929046 (Israel).

Sharon's representatives, headed by Eitan Haberman, the legal advisor of the Likud, are still trying to prevent this move. In the current situation it is quite clear that Sharon is incapable of recruiting people. The people appearing in the register of voters are those who said NO in the Likud referendum.

If on the 4th of Tamuz (July 11) -- the final date -- all of Sharon's fictitious members are deleted from the register of voters, and may only vote after waiting 16 months, Sharon is finished in the Likud.

At the same time, those who wish to prevent the continuation of Sharon's corrupt rule must immediately renew their membership of the Likud.

Naturally, new members are also welcome. Although it seems that they won't be able to participate in the coming Primaries, they can certainly influence the elections for the next Likud Conference. The date for the elections for the Conference has not yet been set due to a legal dispute. Those who don't join today are liable to miss the boat, as in the case of the Primaries.

World Likud

Former Minister Natan Sharansky has been chosen to represent the Likud by the World Likud. At the same time a petition has been submitted to the Jerusalem District Court calling on the prime minister not to nominate another candidate.

At this stage it has become clear once again that the Sharon family has no inhibitions. They came to an agreement with representatives of the Reform Movement in the Zionist Executive Committee that their candidate, Mr. Beilsky, will put forward his candidacy in the name of this group.

It is therefore possible that the plot to appoint Beilsky as chairman of the Jewish Agency will succeed with the aid of the Reform Movement and the Labor Party, against the representative of the Likud, Sharansky. This will be done by the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Likud and his son.

The National Home Conference

The large conference hall in the Ramada Renaissance Hotel in Jerusalem was too small to hold the tremendous public that came last Sunday to the National Home conference. Without adverts in the papers, in fact virtually without any publicity at all, the real heroes who represent the silver platter of the Jewish State assembled.

Certificates and Lion Cub pins were awarded to those arrested in the struggle to date. Many of the older participants purchased a pin and dedicated it personally to one of the detainees.

When the certificate of good citizenship was awarded to the veteran prisoner, Jonathan Pollard, the entire audience stood up and cheered.

After the speeches the public heard a detailed explanation about the continuation of the struggle. The participants were given a detailed operational booklet. They were told that the activities of the National Home are not intended to conflict with any other positive initiative meeting the criteria of non-violent civil disobedience. The last speaker was Gita, a young girl from the National Home, who described another operation of the movement -- the face-to-face campaign with residents of Gush Katif. "We shall go to the residents", Gita said, "and explain to them that we will do everything we can for them. We shall struggle, and get arrested -- and all we ask from them is to hold on, for us and for the entire Jewish People."

One of the major speakers was Eran Sternberg, the spokesman of Gush Katif. "Every time you block roads, get arrested, and display such devotion, one less family considers approaching the disengagement administration", he said.

It is very difficult to put into words the uplifting atmosphere in the hall. Those present understood that Sharon is facing a determined public that cannot be defeated.

"However, remember one thing", Moshe Feiglin explained in his speech, "If, after the victory in the struggle for Gush Katif, these tremendous energies go to waste, and are not channeled into the real campaign for the leadership of the nation, we shall have lost. We all have to participate in the struggle for the leadership of the Likud and the State. This is far more difficult than blocking roads, but we shall do it and build Jewish leadership for the State of Israel.

A Letter From a Prisoner in the "Disengagement Ward"

Last week I was released from Ma'asiyahu Jail after being imprisoned for eight days. My mother tried all the time to persuade me to write about it, but I didn't want to. However, after reading how people are talking about those who blocked the roads, I decided to write something.

I was held in wing 14, together with people aged from 14 to 53. They were all wonderful!

There were people from all kinds of Yeshivot, from all over the country. The Shabbat I spent there was the most wonderful in my life.

During the eight days we spent there, anyone who got bored went and studied Torah -- except me. After eight days I felt that my belief had been strengthened tremendously. I now try harder to observe commandments and pray regularly.

Those who criticize the people who blocked the roads should learn from them the meaning of love for the Jewish people. Even in jail we tried to talk to the jailers and study Torah with them. The commander of the jail told MK Efi Eitam, who visited us, that he hoped that his own children would be like us. What a conflict! The jailer wants his children to be "law-breakers" like us!

When a policeman took my fingerprints his hands shook. He told me he wasn't used to holding the hands of people so good as us.

Even our jailers treated us very well. They weren't used to seeing such good people. Some of the veteran prisoners in the jail, who had returned to observing Judaism, were tremendously moved when they prayed with us on Shabbat.

Although I didn't intend to be arrested, I wouldn't have missed the experience for anything. I feel that it was a privilege to have spent time in Ma'asiyahu Jail, where I felt the presence of the Almighty, and to have been arrested in the struggle for the Land of Israel.

Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) is a group of people inside the Likud party who want to see Israel adopt a more Jewish character. Moshe Feiglin, its cofounder, has emphatically said he does not want a theocracy, but he does want a State based on Jewish values. The Manhigut Yehudit website address is http://www.manhigut.org.

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THE HIGH COST OF GAZA HOUSING: WHY ISRAEL ISN'T LEAVING HOMES BEHIND FOR PALESTINIANS
Posted by Yuval Zaliouk, June 23, 2005.

This was written by Clifford D. May, a former New York Times foreign correspondent. He is the president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies a policy institute focusing on terrorism. Contact him at cliff@defenddemocracy.org

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced this week that Israeli and Palestinian officials had agreed to demolish more than a thousand Israeli settlers' homes in Gaza.

The New York Times reported: "Palestinian officials were not eager to keep the red-roofed, middle-class homes" which, they indicated, were not appropriate to current needs.

A key concern for Israelis, one surmises, is that in the wake of their "disengagement" from Gaza, news broadcasts around the world would show Palestinians flying the flags of terrorist organizations from those red, middle-class roofs.

Such a display would lend credence to the claim that the Israelis had been forced to leave Gaza -- as they earlier had been driven out of Lebanon, and as they will, one day, be expelled from every inch of Israel. This week, Hamas pledged yet again that "the jihad" against "the Zionist entity" would "continue until victory or martyrdom" - i.e. until they wipe the Jewish state off the map or die trying.

In addition to concern about encouraging dreams of conquest and genocide, Israeli officials also must have worried about the psychological impact that images of Arabs taking over Jewish homes would have had on their own citizens -- particularly those Israelis who come from Arab lands.

It is often forgotten that half of all Israeli Jews trace their roots to such places as Baghdad, Cairo and Tripoli. Jewish communities were well established in many Middle Eastern and North African capitals hundreds of years before those capitals were conquered and occupied, beginning in the 7th century, by armies from the Arabian Peninsula, carrying the banner of the new faith of Islam.

Iraq, for example, was for millennia home to a prominent Jewish minority. As late as 1948 one of every four Baghdadis was Jewish. After the U.N. partition of Palestine, however, hundreds of Iraqi Jews were executed. Others were imprisoned. Jewish homes were confiscated. Eventually most Jews fled.

In Yemen, by contrast, Jews had long endured a kind of apartheid. They were not allowed to walk on pavements or ride horses. They were forced to clean the public toilets. By law, Jewish orphans had to be converted to Islam. Not surprisingly, once Israel was established, virtually all Yemeni Jews sought refuge there.

Egypt was among the leaders of the "jihad" declared against Israel in 1948. This was to be, in the words of Arab League Secretary Azzam Pasha, "a war of extermination."

As Egyptian soldiers invaded Israel, mobs attacked the Jewish quarter of Cairo and Egyptian authorities shipped Jews suspected of sympathizing with Israel to concentration camps in the Sinai desert.

In all, close to 900,000 Jews are estimated to have fled Arab-majority countries, leaving behind houses, schools, synagogues, cemeteries and, in many cases, ancient cultures and traditions.

In this same period, an estimated 650,000 Arabs left Israel for Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan and other places. Also often forgotten: The Palestinian Arabs who remained in Israel were granted citizenship. There are now more than a million Israeli Arabs - about 20 percent of the country's population. While relations with their Jewish neighbors are sometimes strained, they have more rights than Jews in Arab countries had in the past; indeed, they have more rights than Arabs in most Arab countries have in the present.

Mosques in Israel are well attended. Israeli Arabs serve in Israel's parliament and sit on its Supreme Court. Druze and Bedouin Muslims serve in Israel's armed forces and many have given their lives in Israel's defense.

In the Israeli Arab village of Abu Ghosh last year, I met a community leader who proudly told me his grandfather had volunteered to fight against the five invading armies in 1948 and, as a result, had become a great friend of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister. He pulled out a photo scrap book to prove it.

Only a radical would argue that Israel should not have such Arab citizens. And yet what passes for the moderate view holds that a future Palestinian state must be Judenrein - ethnically cleansed of Jews. Indeed, even "moderate" Jordan has a constitutional provision specifically prohibiting Jews from becoming citizens.

It is within this context that Israeli and Palestinian leaders have now agreed to bulldoze those red-roofed, middle-class houses in Gaza. Will this action will pave the way - almost literally - toward peace between Israel and a Palestinian state? Or will it represent just the destruction of one additional Jewish community, a reminder of the past, an omen for the future? No one can really say, least of all the Israeli and Palestinian officials who have agreed on this plan - and not much else.

Yuval Zaliouk writes the Truth Provider columns. To subscribe, send an email to ynz@netvision.net.il

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WHEN, EXACTLY, WILL THE IDF REALLY BEGIN TO FIGHT?
Posted by Dr. Ron Breiman, June 23, 2005.

Statement to the Press - 23 June 2005 from Professors for a Strong Israel (PSI)

Sharon's repellent policy plumbs new depths. On the one hand, he prevents the IDF from carrying out well justified and essential operations to save Israeli lives if Arab lives (some of which might be innocent) may be endangered. On the other hand, he declares that he is willing to bomb these Arabs, including innocents, if they interfere with the expulsion of Jews from their homes.

It is absurd to declare that the IDF will use all its strength if the Arabs open fire during the "disengagement." Why wasn't the army given a green light to use all its strength today - and yesterday - against enemy fire?

Professors for a Strong Israel points out that if the IDF had been given orders to fight this Oslo war as needed from its beginning, we would not be looking back at a five-year war of attrition, and we would not have reached the point of panicked retreat under fire, of erosion of the IDF's power of deterrence, of mortal injury to the nation's unity and social fabric, and of enormous and needless economic damage.

Dr. Ron Breiman is Chairman of PSI.

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DISHONEST GEORGE AND A HERD OF LETHARGIC SHEEP
Posted by Yashiko Sagamori, June 22, 2005.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cumulative estimated number of diagnoses of AIDS through 2003 in the United States is 929,985. ... The cumulative estimated number of deaths of persons with AIDS through 2003 is 524,060, including 518,568 adults and adolescents, and 5,492 children under age 13.

That's almost a million infected people, more than half of them already dead. Two decades earlier, in 1983, the number of HIV-infected people in the United States was still below 1,000. Nevertheless, its spread had already been recognized as an epidemic. It was also clear that a cure for it was going to remain beyond our reach for the foreseeable future and, therefore, alternative containment measures were urgently needed. Two such measures, isolation of infected US residents and refusal of entry to infected foreigners, were firmly rejected by the liberal establishment as undemocratic. We don't lock up innocent people. We don't discriminate based on one's skin color, sex, life style, or health. All persons are born equal. Give me your tired, you sick and perverted. The majority of us remained silent as usual. Without pressure from us to do what's right, the government never attempted defending the country from AIDS. It hasn't done anything practical beyond needle exchange programs and condom distribution to children. Beyond that, the policy was "just say no, today, tomorrow, and for all the eternity." The CDC statistics above show how effective that was.

People proudly calling themselves liberals, instead of doing something constructive, made highly lucrative careers of AIDS activism, blaming conservatives for not doing enough to stop the epidemic. All the while, the were quietly praying that a suddenly discovered cure would not put them out of business. People proudly calling themselves conservatives didn't do anything constructive either. They blamed the epidemic on the liberals, but with no reciprocal passion. AIDS didn't worry them too much, because it was just a gay cancer, and they were all straight; and when they weren't, they used condoms; and when they didn't it didn't matter because they were screwing their fellow conservatives. I was told that politically diverse same-sex unions, whether fleeting or persistent, are fewer than vegetarians who voted for Bush. Meanwhile, the pharmaceuticals succeeded in discovering very expensive wonder drugs that didn't cure AIDS, but allowed the sufferers to live longer and infect more people, which guaranteed steady growth of their customer base.

All this, by the way, was easily predictable in 1983. One thousand sick people is a small number for a country like ours. Had we decided to isolate them at the early stages of the epidemic, not only 1 million human beings would not have been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness, but we would have saved billions upon billions of dollars, even if the quarantine included luxurious accommodations and amenities that most of us cannot afford.

Has AIDS taught us anything valuable? It most certainly has. We've learned to effortlessly glide through other people's suffering and death. The ongoing jihad is bound to prove that skill truly precious. Chances are, you and your family will not be on the very top of their extermination list, so you will be able to spend the remainder of your time on earth in relative emotional comfort, unless, of course, the stock market crashes, in which case you won't be able to avoid at least some anxiety.

Ironically, jihad today is roughly where the AIDS epidemic was two decades ago. We have suffered thousands of casualties, but we are not yet defeated, and so something can still be done to stop the enemy, win this war, and make this jihad the very last jihad in the history of our planet. Can we do it? With the military budget just slightly below of that of the rest of the world combined, we sure can. But will we? South Korea spends more than three times as much on its defense as North Korea. Does that mean, if war breaks between them, the South will beat the North three times over and still have some money left to celebrate their victory? I don't think so. I am afraid we should expect a directly opposite outcome. When it comes to defense budget, it's not the size of it, and it's not just because ours is the only army in the world that buys $400 toilet seats and $700 hammers. Nor is it the fact that China, for example, received the results of our very expensive R&D practically free of charge, for a donation to Clinton's electoral campaign. In addition to all that, there is a factor that's simply impossible to translate into dollars. That factor is the will to win. Why do you think the United States, with its apocalyptic military capabilities, has not won a single war in the last 60 years, with the notable exception of our epochal victories in Panama and Grenada? The Chinese military budget is just 14% or ours, but if, God forbid, there is a direct military confrontation between the United States and China, we will end up singing hosannas to whoever happens to be sitting on Chairman Mao's throne at the time of our inevitable defeat.

I wrote earlier that our War on Terror was lost the moment our Commander-in-Chief announced that Islam was not the enemy. Actually, I was wrong. It was lost even before that. While Mr. Bush's speechwriters were still struggling to camouflage the obvious absurdity of that statement, while the number of 9/11 casualties was still everyone's guess, while all the civilian flights were still grounded and the skies over the United States were almost as empty as they were before the Wright Brothers engaged in their rewarding hobby, chartered airplanes were already carrying dozens of Osama bin Laden's relatives from this country to their native Saudi Arabia.

The war was already on. In a war, you would expect the president to do whatever advances the war effort. If you have a theory on how smuggling the family of the enemy's leader away from the FBI, the CIA, and the military intelligence could advance our war effort, I would love to hear from you. Until then, I am forced to assume that such measures were contrary to the US national interests. George W. Bush's carefully tailored image conveys an appealing message: "I may be simple, but at least I am honest," which is much more than most of his not so simple opponents can claim. Why would Honest George commit an act of obvious treachery?

If you believe it was a humanitarian gesture designed to provide safety to a bunch of innocent foreigners, you must be out of your mind. In the almost 4 years since 9/11, I haven't heard of a single window broken in an Arab-owned grocery store anywhere in the US. A bunch of Saudi billionaires living in guarded, walled compounds where normal people have absolutely no access, were safer here than you or I will ever be, even if jihad suddenly ended by itself. There must be another reason.

To venture a guess, let us look at precedents. Sadly, there are precedents. Highly respected leaders have betrayed their countries at the time of war and got away with it. Some even got away with a Nobel Peace Prize. The most recent example of such betrayal, although in this particular case I wouldn't hold my breath hoping for a Nobel Prize, was provided by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's decision to surrender, without a battle, Israeli territories to Israel's mortal enemies. I don't believe Israel is going to survive this surrender, although I am still hoping for a miracle that will prove me wrong. But why would Sharon kill the country for which he had fought so valiantly? Because he got himself in trouble not that different from Kofi Annan's, but with much worse odds in favor of getting away with it. Thanks to peculiarities of Israel's political universe, his blatant betrayal gave him a chance to avoid prosecution, which leads me to conclude that national heroes must be shot in the back of the head immediately upon receiving their medals. Or, at the very least, sent to Brussels to stand trial for the crimes they did not commit.

It seems unbelievable today, but not so long ago, Arik and W. were buddies. Arik took W. on a helicopter tour around his tiny country. W. reciprocated by inviting Arik to his enormous ranch at Crawford, TX. Of course, Bush's situation is much better than Sharon's. At least, as long as oil continues to flow, Bush will never have to surrender parts of his hacienda to the Mexicans. I knew from the very beginning of his electoral campaign in 2000 that his apparent simplicity was just a mask. George W. Bush is a very intelligent man who can be a formidable opponent to anyone on the wrong side of an issue. So, why wouldn't he simply smite the enemies of this country? He certainly has the power to do it.

Probably, because the enemies have something on him. It could be as murky as Chappaquiddic or as plain as oil business, the principal occupation of the Bushes in between presidencies and governorships. I am inclined in favor of the latter. Whatever it is, it is strong enough to have persuaded Papa Bush in 1991 to send our soldiers to die in Iraq in order to bail out Kuwait's ruler. It is strong enough for Baby Bush, instead of simply destroying our enemies in one powerful blow, to start a pretend war with no end in sight and no chances of ever producing any benefits for this country, but a war that could and did remove the main obstacle that was preventing the Saudis from becoming the unifying force of the Arab world.

There was news recently that the International Atomic Energy Commission led, by an interesting coincidence, by an Arab, has declared Saudi Arabia exempt from inspections. If there were news that the United States protested that decision, I must have missed them. So, the big picture can be described in one short statement: The President of the United States is helping our enemies the Wahhabis to unify our enemies the Arabs and acquire nuclear weapons. And we were naïvely looking for WMD in Iraq! Considering that the Wahhabis are spearheading jihad, Bush might have expected to join the Nobel club, had he not been so hated all over the world. Can he at least hope to have a monument erected in his honor in the capital of the future Caliphate? Don't hold your breath; no matter how much he contributes to its creation, he remains an infidel, a Christian. Although, considering the amazing elasticity of his convictions, I don't see what would stop him from eventually converting to Islam. After all, Islam is not his enemy.

In 2009 he will be replaced in the White House by his successor. It may be Hillary Clinton, or John McCain, or Newt Gingrich or someone else who hasn't yet announced his or her presidential ambitions. It doesn't matter. The AIDS of Islam has already poisoned this country. The antidote is available but nobody is willing to administer it. The world as we know it is coming to an end, and I don't see what can be possibly done about it. Maybe you can think of something?

And that brings me to your personal role on these final stages of history of the civilized world. How did you feel by lunchtime on September 11, 2001? Oh, I know, your appetite was ruined; you were in shock. You couldn't believe what you were seeing on TV. But were you angry? Did you want to fight? Did you want to do anything besides sticking an American flag in the window of your SUV? You weren't and you didn't. The country has failed to wake up.

I am not calling for anti-Muslim pogroms, but I am truly puzzled by the fact that not even once was a shameless celebration of our national tragedy - openly conducted on 9/11 in every Arab community in the United States - interrupted by angry citizens. Not a single mosque has gone up in flames. Not a single brick flew through the window of an Arab-owned store. Not a single Dr. Baruch Goldstein has announced his tragic, heroic presence among 300 million Americans. And you are still hoping for a future?

Imagine a remote island that enjoys an abundance of everything its inhabitants need to lead happy, productive lives: bountiful farms, dedicated police force, best doctors in the whole world. But the doctors have decided that spilling blood is immoral, and now their patients are dying of perfectly trivial ailments, like appendicitis. The policemen have renounced violence, and now they are only handing out traffic tickets, while crime is rampant. And the farmers have sworn to never slaughter another innocent animal again, and as a result, everyone is starving. Needless to say, the islanders are doomed, but what a joy it must be for them to know that they are dying with clear conscience! Our planet is exactly such an island. And we are a herd of lethargic sheep on the way to the slaughterhouse.

Does that mean we deserve what's coming to us?

Yashiko Sagamori is a New York-based Information Technology consultant. To read other articles by the author, go to http://www.middleeastfacts.com/yashiko/ or email ysagamori@hotmail.com

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GUSH KATIF THE END GAME
Posted by Sergio Tezza (Hadar), June 22, 2005.

This was written by Baruch Brenner, who can be reached by email at brennerim@yahoo.com

Ladies and Gentlemen, Brothers and Sisters, links in the chain called Am Yisrael - it's here. The end game. In a few short weeks, the Government of Israel will attempt to undo all that we as a People have achieved during the last 57 years. The reasons for this are unclear and also unimportant. The only vital issue is the outcome. For the first time since 1967, the Israeli Government has accepted the arguments of our enemies. We have admitted that the occupied areas that we hold in Judea Samaria & Gaza is a wrongful doing which must be undone. For many years we here in Israel, together with you in The United States, have been combating those same allegations voiced by the Arab world, The United Nations and the rest of the peoples who liked us better in Auschwitz than in Jerusalem. We believe that we have returned to our Land: the Temple Mount, the Cave of the Patriarchs - our Forefathers' Land where Shimshon gave his life to free our nation from the Plishtim in Gaza. This is our right!

Some of you might be willing to give parts of our land in the goal of bringing peace. That could be a basis for giving over lands to the Arabs - without agreeing to the claims of wrongful occupation. But this is not the case. Sharon has admitted that we shouldn't have been in Gaza and Samaria in the first place, and with that he has whipped the moral carpet from under our feet. There shall be no reasonable claim to hold onto Jerusalem after this.

Sharon knew that this was against the Jewish people's wishes, and he did everything in his power to avoid a referendum. His plan only got the budget it needs on the vote of Arab members of Knesset.

The army has repeatedly warned that this terrible plan of Sharon's will bring grave dangers to the country and specifically to the cities surrounding Gaza. The army has started to prepare Ashkelon for future rockets and mortar shells.

I turn to you, because you are the key. This time we do not need combat trained soldiers. This time financial support, though important, is not enough. We need you here! I moved here from New York 13 years ago, and my family and I are leaving our home in the southern hills of Chevron, and we are moving to Gush Katif to a quiet Yishuv called Gadid. This is not easy, but we realize that this indeed is a battle for the justification of the State of Israel on the Land of Israel - not in Uganda as many of our leaders would have wished.

While I understand that many of you cannot move to Israel yet for numerous reasons - we still need you here if only for just a few weeks. Sharon has pulled out the "big guns" and has started to arrest the leaders of the movements against his plan, and place them in jail until he carries out his suicidal plan. The Israeli Justice system will not be able to arrest you and hold you for long periods of time - as you are foreign citizens. This is the key. You may not be living here today, but you are still part of this Nation and this Land was given to you as much as it was given to me. You have a responsibility to yourselves, to your fathers and children to keep this country safe. Until now the only action you could take aside from moving here and serving in the army, was to participate in the financial burden of this nation who returned to its land. Now it's your turn to take a more active role. Take a vacation from work, leave your soft Sealy mattresses, your leather bucket seats of the Escalade, and roll up your sleeves and come save this country! Come and help your brothers and sisters who fought -- some of whom gave their lives -- for this holy soil. We will need each and every one of you here to stop the terrible plan to deport Jews from their homes and uproot graves against their will.

Please answer our plea, and join us in our fight for our Land!. Help us show the world that the Jewish People belong here by right and not by military victory. Help yourselves look into the eyes of your descendants when they ask you where you were when Jews were deported from their homes. We failed to act during the Holocaust: let us redeem the slumbering giant of American Jewry.

Contact Hadar at Hadar-Israel@verizon.net

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WHO DIED AND LEFT YOU BOSS?
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, June 22, 2005.

Recently, Senator Joseph Biden used the familiar statement regarding President Bush's decisions: "Who died and left you boss?"

I would like to apply that same statement again to President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice vis a vis Israel, as follows:

Mr. President, Israel is a sovereign nation who did not elect you boss. Granted we are familiar with the pandering of your family to Saudi Arabia and other Muslim oil nations. It has always been the policy of American Presidents to support Israel because the American people and the American Congress wanted it so. It has not been American policy to place Israel at the mercy of Arab Muslim Palestinian Terrorists - except for your efforts to buy Palestinian cooperation with the sacrifice of Israel's security.

We - individually and collectively recognized that Israel was the only Democratic nation in the entire Middle East. We also recognized that the Arab culture was a bigoted society that is not to be trusted either by America or Israel. The American people also recognize and dislike the Terrorist groups like the Palestinians. As dangerous people who hate America, they call America the "Great Satan" and Israel, who they call "Little Satan".

Why then do you send Condoleezza Rice to threaten Israel to continue with the "Disengagement" even as the Head of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) publically states that he will not disarm any Terrorist organizations. Why have you instituted an arms embargo against Israel by cutting off needed arms and defense contracts, including spare parts and breaking contracts already signed which Israel has fairly made with other countries to maintain an economy that can support her people.

Who can forget how then Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger visited Israel to observe the unique Lavi aircraft that Israel created and developed? When he saw its superior capabilities both as an Air Superiority fighter jet that could also perform as a Ground Support aircraft, he killed off the plane - in deference to General Dynamics who was supplying the F16. While American industry could not force France, Russia and all other nations who manufactured arms to cease, it could use its muscle to knock off the competition by Israel's industry. The Lavi outperformed the F16, turning on a smaller circle in air, costing a lot less - about $17 million, compared to the $30 million dollar range for the F16.

The same tactic was used against the Merkava Tank which outperformed the America's Main Battle Tank, the Abrams M1A1. But, that attack by the U.S. failed, because Israel was already in production with the Merkava. The Bush diktat to Israel was to pass all contracts before an American review board, clearly serves to put a cloud over all foreign sales and insure that Israel's industrial base is stepped on to eliminate even the relatively small competition Israel offers.

Why have you personally ordered the exclusion of Israel from the development of the planned future joint fighter jet? Why do you promote the sale of advanced armaments to hostile Arab nations when you condemn Israel for selling military goods in a free and open market?

Something is happening that is very ugly and it shouldn't be happening in America.

When Israel was attacked by the Arabs in various wars, the Israelis captured high tech Russian equipment. The Americans were desperate to get their hands on the Russian equipment because it would save them billions of dollars in developing counter measures. So Israel gifted the Americans Russian radar, Russian missiles, T-72 tanks and much more. General George Keegan, once head of the American Air Force Intelligence, said that Israel was worth 5 CIAs, based upon their on-ground intelligence Israel provided to the U.S.

Israel had used her intelligence capabilities to penetrate the hostile Arab Muslim nations. These Arab Muslim nations worked with Soviet intelligence, Military Intelligence and the Israelis passed this vital information on to the Americans during the many years of the Cold War. Israel was always "America's Battleship in the Middle East".

Imagine a country with Jews from 109 countries, speaking 95 languages, putting all those abilities at the disposal of her American friend. Keep in mind that American Intelligence did not have such a base of on-the-ground of agents who could speak the languages in the dialects of the Arab Muslims countries. (That's called Humint - human intelligence.) That on-ground Human Intel proved invaluable in the 2 wars against Iraq when they attacked Kuwait and the present conflict.

So far, American industry benefits from having Russian radar, missiles which they can reverse engineer and then develop counter devices which saves thousands of man hours and millions to billions in dollars. Perhaps you and yours have forgotten Israel's contributions to America's safety and capability - even as you push to weaken America's only true friend in the Middle East.

Now let's describe the high technology Israel created on her own in so many fields: Aircraft, avionics, the Merkava Tanks that protect their crews. America benefitted from the Popeye Missile, conformal fuel tanks to extend jet range, electronics, fiber-optics and much more. Israel developed the first UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicle), which saved many American lives. Israel gave to America what the Arabs could not. Is your attitude as crass as: "What have your done for me lately?"

The statement of: "Who died and left you boss?" seems applicable to Israel's Prime Minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon who acts as if he is your personal zombie. I guess you think that Sharon has died and left you Boss - and perhaps he has. Perhaps you even think that G-d has also died and left you Boss of the Holy Land?

The Jews escaped from the European Jew Killers to hopefully live in peace free in Israel. Only that didn't happen - yet. The haters followed the Jews across the sea, partnering up with a hideous race of pagans who are anxious to kill the Jews for their god, Allah. Why do you shame and compromise all Americans by adding the power of your elected, although temporary office, to the Jews killers of Europe and the Muslim Arabs?

Tell your traveling mouthpiece, Condi Rice, to pack her bags and leave Israel alone. You and your fellow gang of oil mafiosos have done enough damage to the Jewish people and the Jewish State by your pandering to Arab Muslim Jihadists who hate both America and Israel with an hysterical, religious-driven zeal.

Israel has always been grateful for American assistance. "Just give us the arms", they say, "and we will fight our own battles", was and is Israel's credo. But, Israel was too successful in beating off Arab Terrorist attacks and fully armed Arab assaults in 6 real wars. The Arabs were frustrated and angry that this little Jewish nation was able to beat off their attacks. Somehow, these Jihadists linked to the oil companies fed their unhappiness through the Arabist State Department through the Oval Office and into your ear.

Even as Israel was successful in repressing Terrorists, you and your mouthpieces from the State Department find Israel's success irritates your Arab Muslim friends. For Muslims losing to the Jews is a big shameful insult to their self-perception of the vaunted Muslim warriors. They wish to win in Jewish blood, if possible, or politically before launching a follow-on war.

They need the Europeans, America, the U.N. to insert a political virus to first weaken Israel. That Bush and Rice are doing through the Road Map and more recently linking the failed Oslo Accords with the Road Map. Recruiting aberrant Jews like Sharon and Shimon Peres, et al was no problem. The problem is: "those irritating Jews now refuse to walk into a death trap".

The message is, Mr. President, by all means continue to assist Israel,; But the American people want you to pack up, Ms. Rice, the CIA trainers of Palestinians, the meddling Ambassadors and other State Department Arabists and go home. Sacrificing Israel will not make the loss of Americans in Iraq to Muslim Jihadists look any better. We in the Free West, (including Israel, America, Europe, etc.) are all in a war brought on by Muslims who aim to create world domination by Islam. President Bush, you sir are opening the gates to Global Terrorists even wider, your heroic speeches notwithstanding. G-d didn't die and didn't leave you Boss of Israel and G-d's Holy Land.

Emanuel Winston is a commentator and Middle East analyst. His articles appear often on Think-Israel and Gamla. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

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NAZI STRATEGY AND THE BUSH ROAD MAP
Posted by Marcel Cousineau, June 22, 2005.

Recently I was asked by someone how I compare the Nazi led Holocaust to Mr. Bush and his Road Map for Israel.

He was offended that I had the nerve to compare the two, intoning that I needed to get permission from him to do such a thing.

His phony honoring of the dead was evident by how he dismissed the living Jews of Gaza,soon to be expelled from their homes for the crime of being Jewish.

I'd venture to say that there are many like him who give lip service to the victims of the Holocaust and activly help in preparing the way for the new and even greater holocaust aimed at Israel under the lie of peace.

The agenda of the U.S. led 'process' is not peace, but to make sure Israel is ripe for defeat. Satan learned that he could not remove Israel with outright war, having failed five times in less than forty years,so the lure of peace was his next strategy. And so far he's hit a home run with this diabolical plan. Daniel prophesied in our day that a peacemaker would arise and, 'by peace destroy many'. The Bush Road Map has done ONLY one thing,and that is weaken Israel.

Astute observers can see that it is only Israel being pressured to perform suicidally for the non existent peace with the bloodthirsty barbarians at the gate.

The barbaric Palestinians are never required to do anything that amounts to acts of peace and the only thing Mr. Bush reprimands them with is a light tongue lashing and more millions and millions of dollars.

For those not robbed of their ability to reason by the Satanic New World Order that Mr.Bush is moving forward at breakneck speed, it's not hard to figure out that Israel is on the altar of blood sacrifice to be offered up to the god of this underworld.

As many of us can see, the allah sharks smell blood and they are circling the weakened victim.

In attempting to reason with this individual, I pointed out that the early days of the Third Reich,the war against the Jews began in incremental stages.It was a slow buildup to the finale, and that caught the targets for the most part off guard as they are today.

Here a little, there a little and new laws were passed until the death camps and ovens came to be the norm of German Policy and their Final Solution.

Today, in much the same way we have Mr. Bush ever so methodically and incrementally moving the goal post in the middle of the game.

Now thay are at the 1949 armistice line, ensuring the re-opening of internment and extermination camps, now to be located in what is left of Israel. Everyone with even mediocre sense knows Israel cannot survive in what Abba Eban called Aushwitz borders. The enemy of the Jews is ever so clever as he did not come out early as a rabid anti-Semitic hatemonger and villain, but a friend and ally seeking peace.

He came to Israel with the hope and plan for peace and this war ravaged country fell for it hook line and... now they sink.

Israel has been seduced by a most clever foe under the guise of peace and friendship.

Even with the plethora of evidence that says Israel is heading off a steep cliff, Israel continues to run, refusing to stop before the barbed wire rimmed gates behing her are shut.

As it was in the 30's, the vast majority of Jews are clueless and those who sound the alarm are IGNORED and/or SCORNED.

Most Jew's aid and support this man and his Trojan style peace plan for Israel by squeezing her into non defensible borders.

The rest of Israel silently goes to the slaughter house without protest as their families did not too long ago in Europe under another peacemaker.

They are literally digging their own grave that will bury them as they honor this man and his final solution Road Map.

It is clear to all of us who watch Israel and the 'process' that the real threat to Mr. Bush's peace are not the Islamic terrorists, but Jews who build homes and have families on their land.

Before our eyes we are seeing the incremental stages of a new holocaust unfolding and once again the Jews for the most part go along silently.

Contact Marcel Cousineau by email at up2zionsg8@yahoo.com.

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THE RISE AND FALL OF HISTADRUT IVRIT OF AMERICA
Posted by Rachel Kapen, June 22, 2005.

The year 1998 marked the 80 year anniversary of Histadrut Ivrit of America which is the Hebrew designation of The Hebrew Movement of America, which, among other projects related to the advancement of the Hebrew Language included the publishing a few years following its inception, in 1921, Hadoar, the oldest of Hebrew publication in America, and later on, in 1963, Lamishpacha Hebrew Monthly started its publication, and Sulam Yaacov (Jacob's Ladder), targeted for the younger Hebrew learners, followed suit in coming years. Another important project of Histadrut Ivrit was Tov Likhtov (it's good to write) which was headed for many years by Aviva Benamy, a veteran Hebrew educator. It included thousands of Hebrew school students whose Hebrew creations in prose and poetry were compiled and published once a year by the Histadrut and distributed to the schools.

In celebration of the 80th milestone of Histadrut Ivrit - a milestone called by our sages as "the age of gevurah", meaning: strength or heroism, it published the definitive book on the movement and its many accomplishments throughout the years. The book was written by Prof. Moshe Pelli, a professor of Hebrew literature and a renowned scholar and researcher of the Hebrew Haskallah (Enlightenment). Dr. Pelli, an Israeli native who taught Hebrew Literature in Ben Gurion University in Be'er- Sheva and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., is the founder and Chairman of the Department of Jewish Studies in the University of Central Florida in Orlando. However, for many years he was also closely associated with Histadrut Ivrit and is a founder and one of the first editors of Lamishpacha Hebrew Monthly. Dr. Moshe Pelli was my first editor in Lamishpacha Hebrew monthly in the early 1960's and again from 1983-1985 when the then editor Elchanan Indelman suddenly died and he agreed to edit the monthly till a new editor will be found. When he wrote the book of the 80 years of the Histadrut Ivrit of America he thought that he merely celebrated its special milestone. Little did he know that this book was actually its swan song, its eulogy.

Almost a year ago, I, and a great number of Hebrew readers of Hadoar- which from a weekly ultimately became a quarterly - as well as of Lamishpacha Hebrew Monthly - the only Hebrew publication printed with 'Nikkud' (vowels) and is used in hundreds of Hebrew 'ulpanim' as well as the higher grades of Hebrew Day Schools, and the youngest readers of Sulam-Yaacov, were all informed that all three publications will cease to publish indefinitely. The news was devastating and incredulous. Many readers asked me, who for many years contributed regularly to Hadoar and Lamishpacha Hebrew Monthly, whether the verdict is irreversible or only temporary, and I held the hope that somehow this is not the last word. That somehow a person will come forward who has the great love of the Hebrew Language and the financial ability - like Moshe and Ita Neuman who were the generous supporters of Lamishpacha their entire lives, and breathe new life into the now deceased movement. Alas, as the months went by, this didn't happen yet. Recently, I tried to go on the Histadrut Ivrit website HebrewUsa.org, but discovered that it no longer exists. But despite it all, I still hope. I simply can't conceive of the notion that Histadrut Ivrit, Hadoar and Lamishpacha were a mere fleeting episode in Jewish America.

Rachel Kapen writes primarily for publications in Hebrew in the U.S.A., but she has also written on Israeli topics for English language publications. She appears as guest columnist in the Detroit Jewish News. She can be contacted by email at skapen285466mi@comcast.net

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OH ... IS THAT A BOMB IN MY UNDERPANTS?
Posted by David Frankfurter, June 22, 2005.

Dear Friends,

Israeli Prime Minister and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in Jerusalem yesterday for their first working meeting in several months. Although Israel made some concessions, the atmosphere was tense and the Palestinians left visibly disappointed. Israel insisted that a cessation of Palestinian violence was a pre-requisite for discussions on further items requested by the Palestinians. I heard Saeb Erekat, who was at Abbas' side during the meeting, speak on this morning's Israeli radio. He said that the talks were difficult - and was very clear that the difficulty was because of violence, arrests and suicide bombers over the previous two days. The enemies of peace were derailing progress. Saeb Erekat bravely accepted that the blame for any lack of progress was, at least in part, to be borne by Palestinians. It is interesting that Britain's media flagship - the BBC - saw things differently. In its report [1] on the meeting, it made it very clear that Israeli expectations are far to high, and that this is the sole cause of Palestinian frustration and lack of progress toward peace.

Of course, the BBC is a master of changing the slant on the Middle East, often by selectively quoting the Palestinian side, by not properly challenging obvious lies, by using doubt inducing phrases like "Israel says", or putting facts in inverted commas or "scare quotes" as they are known by media watchers. A classic case is their reporting [2] of one of the very incidents Erekat hinted at. A Palestinian woman was caught at a checkpoint with an explosive device under her clothes - planning to exploit her humanitarian entry permit and blow herself up in the very hospital that had previously saved her life and was continuing to treat her.

The BBC's spin is breath-taking: "Israel says" she was going explode in a hospital. But the matter is of course open for BBC interpretation. "Ms Bis said on Israeli TV she wanted to be a suicide bomber but then later told foreign journalists the explosives were planted on her without her knowledge...The army said she had tried to blow herself up there but the explosives did not detonate..." The doubt inducing phrase "the army said" might lead you to think that the lady was just an innocent dupe - unless, of course, you happened to watch the whole event on Israel television news and actually saw her pull the detonator when she was discovered and then express an audible expletive in Arabic when she failed to vaporize.

The BBC even laconically quotes her story that during medical treatment, someone in a Gaza hospital slipped a 5 kg. bomb into this lady's underpants without arousing her suspicions. I wonder what the BBC thought the trigger was when she pulled it?

Best Regards,
David
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1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4118126.stm
2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4113538.stm

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GUSH KATIF TWO NEWS ITEMS ABOUT THE IDF AND THE PLANNED DISENGAGEMENT
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 22, 2005.

So, once again the "Israelis" define who is their enemy.

Of the various desperate measures recently taken by the Sharon Junta, this one is not the most dangerous but is probably the most disgusting.

1. This is called "IDF Will Pay Top Rates to Disengagement Soldiers" and appeared in today's Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=84368

What to do with the many soldiers who plan to refuse or otherwise not fulfill disengagement-related orders? The army's decision could be construed as an attempt to bribe them to change their minds.

Soldiers are paid according to the level of military activity in which they are engaged. Fighting soldiers are paid at Level A or A+ rates, the highest amounts, and other soldiers are paid according to the lower Levels B, C and D, in accordance with what they do.

The question recently arose in the IDF Personnel Branch, Ynet reports: How to categorize those who will be taking part in the scheduled expulsion from Gush Katif and northern Shomron. The decision was made to consider them as taking part in military operations, thus rendering them eligible for the highest level of salary.

Fighting soldiers will thus receive the same salaries, whether they are on the Lebanese border protecting against Hizbullah or in Gush Katif forcibly expelling Jews from their homes. Other soldiers who take part in the expulsion will receive up to 15% more - which could comprise as much as 750 shekels per month.

Tens of thousands of soldiers have signed petitions saying they will not take part in disengagement activities.


2. This is called "IDF Reserve Soldiers and Officers Say No to DisengagementWe were just fulfilling orders." and appeared in today's Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews.com http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=84374

Hundreds of IDF reserve soldiers and officers gathered in Jerusalem's Binyanei HaUmah Convention Center Tuesday to call upon their fellow soldiers to refuse to take part in the Disengagement Plan.

The audience also included several elite unit soldiers in uniform and the parents of a Druze soldier already sitting in prison for refusing to train for the uprooting were in attendance.

Many of the reservists tore up draft notices in front of the television cameras. They instead accepted orange "call-up notices" symbolizing their enlistment in the struggle against the planned withdrawal from Gush Katif and northern Samaria.

"There are those who tell us we are destroying the IDF - that a soldier must fulfill every order given to him," Colonel (ret.) Moshe Leshem told those gathered. "At Nuremberg, people were hanged for saying, 'We were just fulfilling orders.' We say to them: 'We are saving the IDF.'"

The father of Sgt. Timor Abdullah, one of two Druze soldier sent to prison so far for refusing to take part in preparations for the Disengagement Plan, took the podium to a sustained standing ovation from the crowd. He was presented with a framed certificate for his son, referring to him as a "Righteous Gentile."

Sgt. Abdullah had sent a letter to the IDF's new Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz, saying, "When my colleagues and I are demanded to participate in operations whose objective is to defend the country and its citizens, we feel obliged to participate, but when we are asked to participate in an operation against the people we are meant to defend - our consciences would tremble eternally."

Wiping a tear from his eye, Nazib Abdullah, from the Druze village of Kfar Kama, thanked those present for the "warm embrace," calling upon all Israelis to follow in his son's footsteps. "What he did, everyone must do," he said. "He has been sentenced to 35 days, and he will continue to sit in prison for what is right rather than take part in something he will regret for the rest of his life."

Also addressing the conference were Lt.-Col. Shimon Bart, Sayeret Matkal (General Staff Reconnaissance) fighter Tzafrir Ronen, and Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed, chief rabbi of Beit El.

Noam Livnat, spokesman for the Homat Magen (Defensive Shield) organization that sponsored the event, told Arutz-7 that every soldier who receives call-up orders must be aware that he will be used to further the uprooting/expulsion. "The army is calling up thousands of soldiers to take part," he said, "and if he is not in an inner ring [actual expulsion], he will be in an outer one [guarding the entrances and the like]. Everyone who receives a call-up order for the summer will be involved in one way or another, and people must know this. But with G-d's help, we will stop it..."

" Even those who are being called up right now are enabling others to prepare for the expulsion," Livnat said. "It sounds funny, but even cars are being called up, just like 40 years ago - because the army has a shortage in ways of transporting people..."

Arutz-7's Uzi Baruch asked, "How do you deal with the claims that you will cause a national catastrophe by calling for wide-spread refusal in the army?"

Livnat: "There is a clear Halakhic [Jewish legal] ruling by former Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira that one must refuse these orders, and former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu similarly said that one may not take part in the disengagement; he feels that one should not refuse, but should rather say that he can't do it. These are nuances, but the bottom line is that one may not take part."

Livnat explained that the struggle against the disengagement has three aspects: "The civil disobedience; the refusal by policemen and soldiers to act against the very people they are charged with protecting; and the amazing staying-power and strength of the residents in Gush Katif and northern Shomron themselves."

Hevron Jewish Community spokesman Noam Arnon, one of the organizers of the conference, spoke with Israel National Radio's Eli Stutz and Malkah Fleisher. Click here to listen to the interview.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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END THE DEMILITARIZATION OF SINAI?
Posted by Dr. Ron Breiman, June 22, 2005.

Professors for a Strong Israel has written to all the members of Knesset, from the Labor Party rightwards, irrespective of their position on the "disengagement," calling on them to do their utmost to frustrate a dangerous plan---the cancellation of the principal achievement of the peace treaty with Egypt. The text of the letter follows.

The most important achievement of the peace treaty with Egypt is the demilitarization of the Sinai peninsula, which placed a 200-km barrier between the ever-augmented Egyptian army and the Israeli border. Several plans have been voiced recently in Israel that propose Israeli agreement to the introduction of Egyptian forces to Sinai and their deployment close to our borders---beginning with 1000 troops in the Rafiah area, along the Philadelphi corridor, and continuing with 5000 more along the line from Rafiah to Eilat. The future could well hold tens of thousands more, spread throughout Sinai. From the moment that Israel herself agrees to violate the principle that the demilitarization of Sinai is an essential element of Israel's security and of peace with Egypt, the situation will begin to degenerate toward one of friction and incidents between the IDF and the Egyptian army in Sinai.

The justification usually given in this connection is that Egyptian troops along the border will prevent arms smuggling from Sinai to Gaza and the smuggling of arms, drugs, and women from Sinai to the Negev. This claim is specious. The arms, drugs, and women reach Sinai in the first place from Egypt proper, and nothing prevents the Egyptians from blocking the smuggling routes today, far from our borders, if they so desired. If the Egyptians are not doing so today, it is only because they don't want to.

The idea of introducing Egyptian forces to Sinai is stupid and dangerous, both to Israel and to peace. The Egyptian demands that the fight against smuggling be carried out by army troops, and not by police, and that the troops must be deployed from Rafiah to Eilat, prove that Egyptian hands are not clean in preventing smuggling and that their intentions are less than pure. The Knesset's Intelligence Subcommittee, which is in possession of full intelligence information, has itself issued a rare warning, to the effect that all Egypt wants is military domination of Sinai, which will constitute military pressure on Israel and a most dangerous security threat.

I turn to you, without regard to your position on "disengagement," to ask you to act to the best of your ability to bury this dangerous idea, and thus to preserve the principal achievement of the peace treaty with Egypt.

Dr. Ron Breiman is Chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel (PSI). Contact him by phone at 050-551 8940

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THE MEDIA IN FOREIGN POLICY; IS EUROPE "FINISHED?"; WHAT'S EGYPT UP TO?
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, June 22, 2005.

THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA IN FOREIGN POLICY

Jordan's Press Association complained about censorship. They could not release certain editions until they removed articles on the absence of democracy. (It confirms the charge.) Editors were warned not to support the Iraqi insurgency during a visit by Iraq's President.

What is the proper role of the media?

During WWII, reporters kept military confidences, at least until the news no longer could aid the enemy drive against US forces. They cannot now be trusted to be that discreet or patriotic.

Worse, many US journalists are anti-American. The change seems to have come about during the Vietnam War, when they realized that the government had been lying to them about the war. As supposed watchdogs, they would be expected to expose the lies. They went further, and lied, themselves. They mis-characterized a great military victory, the Vietcong's Tet Offensive, which wiped out the Vietcong, as a military defeat. In reporting about the Iraq war, which they oppose, they emphasize bad news and ignore good news. Don't let them tell you that their breaches of confidentiality are because they think their readers are entitled to know the truth.

IS EUROPE "FINISHED?"

Europe's decline in population and ability to maintain its welfare states, indicates it has lost its status as a world power. Can it reform economically and demographically, ejecting and barring Muslim immigrants? (So far, the big parties alarmed over the rise of fringe parties that stress these issues, think people are becoming extremist, rather than that the fringe parties are responding to real and legitimate concern.) Can it recover self-respect for Western civilization?

There are some signs that it may. Will it do so in time?

The major political parties do not acknowledge the trouble Europe is in. They strive to maintain the social programs that however progressive, keep their products from competing with low-wage, low-concern countries. The EU's major concern is to counter-act US influence, whether benign or harmful. The big question, then, is whether they will wake up to their real problem.

Who would have thought that when Church influence gave way to the popular desire for birth control, divorce, and abortion, what seemed to be liberating would become disastrous, and, in view of the rising proportion of Muslims, eventually possibly enslaving! Thus the broader picture is different from the immediate one.

THE PROBLEMS WITH ANALOGIES

For years, analogies have been distracting from the topics of internet forums, rather than illuminating them. Arguing about the analogy as a separate topic, participants lost sight of the main topics. Now there is a new problem with analogies.

Public figures, not always that knowledgeable about history nor precise in their language, liken some phenomenon they are criticizing to some other one. This other one may have some bad features they do not mean the criticized one has. Defenders of the criticized one demand apology for suggesting total similarity. If the criticism be not politically correct, there probably would be an unwarranted apology.

In reaction to news about US torture of prisoners, someone said he expected to find that in the USSR, not in the USA. He was denounced, since US policy is much more benign. But for the aspect he criticized, he was correct to suggest it is Communist-like.

WHAT IS EGYPT UP TO? WHAT ARE REPORTERS UP TO?

British security experts are working in the Gaza Strip, to help coordinate P.A. security forces. "Egypt has deployed dozens of undercover police and intelligence agents in the Gaza Strip to pave the way for Israel's withdrawal from the area and to help the P.A. curb the radical Hamas group, according to senior security courses." Both Egypt and Israel "...are increasingly alarmed by the prospect of Hamas, the Islamist group responsible for most suicide bombings against Israel, gaining the upper hand in Gaza after the withdrawal. 'If Hamas takes over, it will be the end of the peace process,' one source close to Egypt's president, H. Mubarak, said. Cairo is particularly worried that success by Hamas in Gaza could stir up unrest among Egypt's own Islamic radicals." It was to restrict Hamas that Egypt helped delay P.A. parliamentary elections. "Cairo has also exerted pressure on S. Arabia and other Gulf states to stop funding Hamas and redirect the money to the P.A.." (Anton LaGuardia, NY Sun, 6/15, p.9.)

Egypt has motive to curb Hamas. Nevertheless, Egypt had demanded that the P.A. release Hamas or Islamic Jihad men finally arrested by P.A. security forces when firing rockets at Israelis How does the reporter square that with his piece about Egypt opposing Hamas?

Likewise, it is known that Egypt kept stiffening Arafat to say "no" to Israel, when he might have reached a supposedly concluding agreement. This shows that Egypt's interest in the "peace process" is to keep trying to get Israel to give up more and bleed more, rather than settle matters. What is called a "peace process" is not such; it is a euphemism for diplomacy that softens Israel up for war. (Actually, agreements with the Arabs rarely conclude anything. The Arabs absorb the gifts, and then complain and make new demands or revive ones they had dropped, in reaching the recent agreement).

The reporter also forgot that Egypt long has been trying to destroy Israel; its military doctrine is to prepare for war against Israel; its political line is to boycott Israel; its media demonizes Israel and the Jewish people (and the US). Egypt is needlessly demanding that its treaty with Israel be amended so it can at least somewhat re-militarize the Sinai. The reporter should be more curious to find out what the Egyptian intelligence sources really are up to. Same for British intelligence, which once tried to prevent Israeli independence and helped Arabs seize Judea-Samaria.

It is cryptic to attribute statements to "senior security sources." Which ones? How reliable, rather than political, are those of Egypt, the P.A., Israel, or Britain? Reporters should be careful that when they cover themselves by quoting such sources, they are not spreading disinformation.

It is misleading to assert that Hamas committed more suicide bombings. That is only one form of attack. The PLO has in the last couple of years committed more of it than has Hamas, and overall has committed at least as many attacks. PLO propaganda undoubtedly has motivated many freelance and spontaneous attacks, too. The PLO is more dangerous for having a clever plan of conquering Israel in phases, under cover of diplomacy, and for protecting Hamas.

I don't want any Arabs to take over Gaza, which Israel should claim. If any Arabs do, I might prefer Hamas, for then Israel would more likely realize it has to fight them and the world is less likely to begrudge Israel that self-defense. However, the world is moving to accommodate itself to Hamas. World leaders tie their noses rather than flush the sewers. They hate the inoffensive Jews more than they fear the offensive Islamists. This costs the world dearly.

SAUDIS GOING NUCLEAR, BUT DEMANDS ISRAEL NOT

S. Arabia has applied for monitoring of its nuclear activities to be lifted enough to produce two atom bombs. The kingdom had received nuclear shipments from Pakistan (IMRA, 6/10). S. Arabia demands that Israel open its nuclear facilities to international inspection (IMRA, 6/11).

JIHAD GLOBALIZING

European networks provide the Iraq insurgency with much of its cash. About one-fourth of the terrorists in Iraq are from N. Africa. Feeling pressured by their own governments, which increasingly are militant against local terrorism, the Islamists fight in Iraq. There being fewer formal terrorist training bases, they get their training "on the job" in Iraq and other war zones.

Most come unskilled, but kill thousands by driving car bombs into them. Most who leave have gained military skills that put their own governments and people in greater danger.

In reaction, the US is financing African security programs, as by $100 million a year for the Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Initiative (Todd Pitman, NY Sun, 6/15, p.9).

ISRAEL RESPONDS TO U.S. SECURITY NEED

Sec. Rice was to discuss with Israel its selling of military equipment to China. China, she pointed out, is threatening other Asian countries that the US is helping to defend. Israel replies that it has greatly scaled down its sales to China, now much less than that of European states and Russia (Steven R. Weisman, NY Times, 6/17, p.9).

I haven't heard of US dismay over military sales to China by Europeans. Did I miss it?

U.S. SEEKS MORE FOREIGN AID FOR THE P.A.

The US is trying to assemble foreign donations of about a billion dollars a year, for the next few years, for the P.A. (Op. Cit.).

There is a chance that the US may yet rescue Iraq, though at greater expense to ourselves. There is no foreseeable chance that the US may civilize the Palestinian Arabs, who relish murder in the name of their God. This is an undeserving rat hole that we pour our now scarce dollars down. Since they hate the US and Israel no matter how much we give them, they would form an anti-American, terrorist state. But our State Dept. would derive much satisfaction from destroying the Jewish state, at last.

ISRAEL SHIFTS MILITARY FOCUS

Israel is shifting its priority from the P.A. to Iran, and its means of combat from ground forces to the air force and the intelligence capability of designating more targets, etc. (IMRA, 6/10).

PM Sharon has decided that the P.A. threat is not existential. Wait until he abandons swaths of territory to it, and it bombards many cities of Israel! Wait until there is the regional war that he dreads, and the P.A. blocks Israeli mobilization, tying down the IDF for the crucial time needed to meet invaders!

A wiser military strategy would have been, some time ago, to reduce the number of fronts and of enemies by voiding Oslo, smashing the P.A., and reclaiming most of the Jewish territory it sits on.

WORSHIP OF USURPING SUPREME COURTS

"The law governing the disengagement from Gaza is so illegal that it ought to be declared null and void - but the settlers must obey it nonetheless, Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy wrote in his dissent to the court's ruling upholding the law." Once the Court upheld it, however, he said the people must obey it," though it serves no security purpose (IMRA, 6/10). Israelis should not be slavish towards a self-appointed court of anti-Zionist, far-leftist activists lacking constitutional and personal restraint. Judges cannot sanitize unethical laws.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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GUSH KATIF PREPARE FOR THE COMING OF THE PROVOCATION AND THE BLOOD LIBEL
Posted by Nadia Matar, June 22, 2005.

This is a translation of an article written in Hebrew by Nadia Matar.

The short history of the modern State of Israel teaches us that when the Israeli Left is panicky and fears losing control of the country, it is capable of doing anything to maintain its standing and power. The end - staying in power - justifies the means, and so the leaders of the Israeli left find nothing wrong with initiating provocations against their political rivals, spreading blood libels against them, and even murdering them in cold blood.When Chaim Arlosoroff, one of the heads of the Labor movement, was murdered on the Tel Aviv shore on June 16, 1933, those involved in the investigation knew that the murder suspects were most likely Arabs, but this version didn't go out to the public at first. Instead, they decided to accuse members of the Revisionist movement with the murder.

Avraham Stavski, Zevi Rosenblatt, and even Abba Ahimeir were arrested and charged with murder and/or incitement to murder. The people in Israel were shocked, and a terrible campaign of slander and delegitimation was launched against all the members and supporters of the Revisionist movement. The brilliant timing of the murder raises the question, who really wanted to kill Arlosoroff?

The murder was committed just a few weeks before the elections to the Eighteenth Zionist Congress, in which the Revisionists were expected to win a great victory. Their strength was constantly on the rise, and this posed a tangible threat to the left, headed by Ben-Gurion. The murder of Arlosoroff and the left's blood libel against the Revisionists put an end to this trend, and the left preserved its political strength. An additional fascinating point should be mentioned: a dazzling political career lay before the young and brilliant Chaim Arlosoroff - and some said that Ben-Gurion viewed him as a threat. Arlosoroff's murder therefore was of benefit to Ben-Gurion in more than one way. In 1934 the court convicted Stavski and acquitted Rosenblatt. Stavski was sentenced to death. On July 20 of that same year Stavski also was acquitted, on the basis of a Mandatory law that a murder suspect cannot be convicted on the testimony of a single witness. Years later, in 1982, Prime Minister Menachem Begin decided to establish the Bekhor Commission to determine who killed Arlosoroff. The commission declared that Stavski and Rosenblatt did not murder Arlosoroff, but was incapable of determining who had committed the crime. To this very day the leftists continue with their blood libel, and charge that the Revisionists murdered Arlosoroff, when it is clear to all that they were the last to have gained any benefit from such a crime.

Shamefully, there are copious additional examples of the willingness of the left to cross every political red line in order to stay in power. For example, the episode of the Altalena that occurred in 1948. Ben-Gurion's people feared losing power because of the public admiration that Menachem Begin would enjoy if he were to succeed in bringing the arms that were so necessary to the fledgling state, and so they resolved to attempt to eliminate him and his movement. Ben-Gurion ordered the sinking of the Altalena. After the ship sank and the Etzel [Irgun Zevai Le'ummi] men were swimming to shore, Ben-Gurion's men fired at them and coldbloodedly murdered 16 Etzel members. In any normal country, such an affair, in which the prime minister ordered the killing in cold blood of innocent citizens, would have led to the fall of the government and the placing on trial of everyone involved in the affair. This did not happen, because Ben-Gurion spread a blood libel against Begin and his people, as if they had planned to use the arms on the ship in order to conduct a putsch, and therefore "there was no alternative to shooting at them in order to save the young State and its institutions."

Moving on to an additional example, one closer to our time: in 1995 Israel was swept by a tremendous wave of Arab terror resulting from the accursed Oslo accords. Rabin and Peres, the architects of Oslo, brought to Israel the arch murderer Arafat and the band of terrorists around him, and gave them weapons, ammunition, and cities of refuge. As could be expected, this led to the daily murders in Israel of Jews - men, women, and children. All the polls clearly showed an overwhelming majority of the people of Israel were furious over the Oslo accords, and wanted to replace the government in order to stop this madness. The Rabin-Peres government was in danger of collapsing. There was an urgent need to divert public attention from the Oslo disaster and to delegitimatize those who attacked the Oslo accords. A GSS agent popped up: Avishai Raviv, the provocateur who initiated all kinds of actions against Arabs and members of the government, all in order to defame the national camp. The height of success for the witch-hunt against the Oslo opponents was the Rabin assassination, which was followed by a national campaign of persecution of every Jew who belonged to the national camp. This led to the almost total paralysis of the camp of those opposing the Oslo accords, who did not dare to raise their heads. To this very day, the left continues to spread the blood libel, as if the entire national camp is guilty of the assassination. It is clear to us that elements in the left, specifically, were interested in the murder of the Prime Minister, and therefore we continue to demand the establishment of a commission of inquiry that will conduct an independent investigation of the question: who really was behind the Rabin assassination?

And now, all the polls in the governmental media admit that the Sharon-Peres regime has a serious problem: a majority of the people of Israel opposes the "disengagement" plan (that is, the plague of retreat, deportation, uprooting - and even the initials of these words in Hebrew spell out the word for "plague": nega). It understands that if, Heaven forbid, it were to be realized, the wave of terror that would overwhelm the country would be so massive and monstrous, and the demands by the world for a return to the 1949 armistice lines would intensify to such an extent, that the very existence of the State of Israel would be endangered. The old Mapai hands Sharon and Peres are panic-stricken. They are well aware that their government is in danger. Sharon insists on not heeding the will of the people, but the people insists on showing him just how fierce is its opposition: everywhere you turn, you see orange in solidarity with the residents of Gush Katif and the Shomron, and in protest against the expulsion plan. Everywhere that Sharon and the other forces of deportation appear, our wonderful youth heckle and shout at them "A Jew does not deport a Jew." Hugging Condoleezza Rice and the terrorist and Holocaust denier Abu Mazan will be of no avail. The Israeli people want to depose the Sharon-Peres-Hamas regime. The people want, at long last, to have a Jewish-Zionist government that will not surrender to terror, and that will protect our G-d given Biblical homeland.

Accordingly, we must lose no time and warn from every possible forum that we are aware of the possibility that the Mapainiks Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres, the summa cum laude disciples of Ben-Gurion, together with the anti-Jewish Department of the GSS, are preparing a horrible provocation in order to totally delegitimize the national camp, one that will totally silence the national camp and allow the deportation forces to carry out their plans. It is not clear what they are plotting for us. Will a GSS agent masquerade as a settler and, Heaven forbid, shoot the Prime Minister, a senior government minister, or a soldier? Will a GSS agent do something on the Temple Mount? We don't have a clue. There are infinite scenarios.

What can be done to prevent this? First of all, we talk about it. The more we spread the word that we are aware of this possibility, the greater our chances of preventing the realization of the provocation. We must make it clear that the camp of those opposing the retreat-expulsion-uprooting plan does not have to resort to force and violence in order to stop the deportation. Our strength lies in our numbers. The tens of thousands of soldiers and police who will not obey the illegal deportation order, the tens of thousands of Jews who will cut the fences and stream to Gush Katif and Samaria on D-Day (the day they try to close these areas), the tens of thousands of Jews who will disrupt the country with nonviolent acts of civil disobedience, are, please G-d, enough to prevent the implementation of the decree.

The use of force and violence, attacks against leading members of the government, shooting at soldiers, and the like, will only cause us harm. Sharon and Peres know this, and so they are undoubtedly cooking something up along these lines. Most of the leaders of the national camp, Rabbis, and public figures, fell into the trap of the blood libels by the left against the national camp that I mentioned above (the Arlosoroff murder, the Altalena affair, the Rabin assassination). Instead of raising their heads' going on the offensive and accusing the libelers until the fall of their regime, they preferred to engage in breast-beating for something they did not do. This must not happen again!

Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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AND YET ANOTHER JEWISH UNDERGROUND
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 22, 2005.

Here we go again.

After having already discovered a few dozen Jewish undergrounds in the past few years that all seem to evaporate when held up to the light of serious scrutiny, you would think the SHABBAK could find a better way to amuse itself.

This is called "Police Uncover Yitzhar Based Cell Planning to Target Vehicles" and was a news item in today's Arutz-7. It is archived at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=84355

(IsraelNN.com) Police announce the arrests of eleven persons from Yishuv Yitzhar in Shomron believed to have been conspiring to target vehicles traveling on roads around the country in anti-disengagement vandalism.

Police are relating with the utmost seriousness to the allegations, explaining the group planned to place large nails, spikes and other objects on roads to cause tires to blow out, possibly leading to accidents as well as injuries and loss of life.

Nine of the eleven have been remanded to custody, police report, adding they were arrested in Moshav Beit Gamliel. Police involved in the arrests confiscated large quantities of spikes, nails and other paraphernalia believed related to their alleged activities.

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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SIGNS OF PROGRESS
Posted by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, June 22, 2005.

Upon my release from prison, I told my colleague, Dr. Richard Benkin, that if we can realize the goals that landed me there, "my 17-month incarceration would be worth it." Those goals were an open and unbiased flow of news about Israel to Bangladesh, increased relations between Israel and Muslim nations, and the elimination of hate toward the Jewish people in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the non-Arab Muslim world.

While the world focuses on high-profile peace-making efforts, even without addressing the ongoing anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish socialization at the root of the conflict, there are clear signs that real bridges are being built with Israel here in Bangladesh and elsewhere.

Previously, the people of Bangladesh received only anti-Israeli news, and certainly nothing about the tiny openings of interfaith dialogue between Jews and Muslims. That began to change recently with the appearance of such pieces in the pages of Dhaka daily Amader Shomoy. Amader Shomoy is published in Bangladesh's vernacular language of Bangla, and now to a limited extent in English as well. News of US Rabbi Marc Gopin's appearance on Damascus television as part of an interfaith discussion caused quite a stir. When news of Israeli Foreign Minister Shalom's visit to Mulsim Mauritania followed the next day, it became the talk of the Dhaka press community. Amader Shomoy editor Nayeemul Islam Khan said that his paper was swamped with phone calls about these and other articles of Benkin's. More surprising, the calls were overwhelmingly positive. Bangladeshis wanted to know more!

"Traditionally," Benkin told me, "anti-Israeli partisans framed the dispute in such a way that any contact with Israelis or even pro-Israeli idea, was tantamount to abandoning support for Arab Palestinians. It was defined as a betrayal."

The new freer flow of information is beginning to change that, because Bangladeshis do not have to engage in this new sort of contact and change their basic assumptions about things at the same time. It also allows political leaders to follow democratic principles that ultimately are in the best interests of their constituents.

Until now, most reporting on Israel and the Jewish people in Muslim countries nourished a culture of hatred. Many of the western news agencies reinforced that culture. Their news about Israel in the Muslim world, surprisingly appeased the radicals. The practice, unfortunately, continues despite attempts by many Muslims to increase their people's access to free information. I asked a journalist working with an internationally acclaimed wire service the reason behind this notorious tendency. He responded that the news is a business, which leads them to cater to popular emotion, selecting only those elements that conform to mass sentiment. He acknowledge that such practices only increase the gap that has "unfortunately" been created between religions, as noted by Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Moshed Khan recently. But he did not see his editors changing their policy anytime soon.

Khan has consistently spoken out against any rapproachment between Bangladesh and Israel but noted on his recent return from Washington that his country is ready to work closely with the United States in ending the division of the world in the name of religion. This is a very positive signal from Bangladeshi policy makers, as they consider withdrawing the ban on travel to Israel with the introduction of digitized passports this year. Other government authorities are studying the Gulf States-Israel relation as a possible model to follow.

Previously withheld news of Israeli relations with several Arab and Muslim countries has encouraged many of us in Bangladesh. Published statements by Libyan leader Gaddafi's son and positive signs from conservative Muslim countries like Pakistan and Indonesia, has brought us hope, as well.

Most Bangladeshi leaders, aside from some avowed radicals, favor Dhaka-Jerusalem relations as is. They have said privately that the lack of Bangladesh-Israel relations only strengthens the radical forces that they both recognize as threats to global peace. Bangladesh is an active participant in the war on terror, and many of its leaders are asking if their traditionally blind allegiance to Arab policies harms that effort and the people of Bangladesh.

Because Bangladesh is a democracy, its leaders must be cognizant of the popular will, which makes the role of the media critical. Most of the Bangladesh media, however, remains hostile towards Israel and the Jews. We don't expect them to become overnight Zionists, but we should expect open and unbiased news. Chicago based contributor, Benkin has been able to crack that iceberg with his articles, and is not receiving the same opposition that greeted my own Weekly Blitz after it published Bangladesh's first pro-Israeli news in 2003. If that trend continues and spreads to the rest of the non-Islamist Bangladeshi media, we can expect the government to proceed with stunning changes in its policies, beginning with removal of the travel ban to Israel later this year.

Ultimately, it is the people of Bangladesh who will benefit the most. The writer is a journalist, columnist, author, amd editor of "Weekly Blitz". Email him at salahuddinshoaibchoudhury@yahoo.com

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RALLY ROUND THE FLAG
Posted by Michael Freund, June 22, 2005.

The following is an article of mine from the Jerusalem Post about the need for Israelis to unite around our national symbols as a means of preventing society from coming apart at the seams. It is archived at www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ ShowFull&cid=1119320280960&p=1006953079865

Comments may be sent to letters@jpost.com or to me directly.

It is staring us right in the face - the prospect of heightened civil strife, sharpened internal division and even more, raucous public discord.

In less than 60 days, if all goes according to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan, Israel will withdraw from Gaza and northern Samaria, uprooting thousands of Jews from their homes and pushing the nation to the brink of a major schism.

Whatever one may think about the wisdom of the proposed retreat, there can be no doubt that it will send a painful shudder through Israeli society, one that is sure to be felt for decades to come.

There is hardly an ideological or political seam-line in the country that will not be affected, in one form or another, by the trauma that will ensue should Israel's armed forces be deployed against the very citizens they are sworn to protect. One can only imagine the heartrending scenes, the tears that will be shed and the silent prayers that will be recited in the heat of that terrible moment, should it come to pass.

The wound in the nation's psyche will be gaping, which is why we all need to begin preparing now for the possible aftermath.

This is not a matter of coming to terms with the withdrawal, of accepting it, or even legitimizing it. But now more than ever, it is essential for the future of this country that we start reinforcing the glue that holds our society together.

Irrespective of whether the withdrawal does occur, the strains on the country are already beginning to be felt. Failure to address them now will merely increase the risk of greater disarray and turmoil in the months and years to come.

The idea of promoting national unity is hardly new, and barely a day seems to go by without some politician or spiritual leader stressing its importance. But, like most abstract concepts, unity must be grounded in something tangible if people are to grasp its significance and meaning.

THAT IS where our national symbols come into play. Objects such as our flag and the national anthem are perhaps our most powerful, and most underutilized, tools for strengthening the bonds that hold us together.

In times such as these, where our unity is at stake, what could be more natural - and more necessary - than to reach for these evocative symbols?

Just think about how patriotic Americans are. Every baseball game begins with the Star-Spangled Banner, and every schoolchild recites the Pledge of Allegiance, solemnly reaffirming his or her loyalty to the nation and the principles on which it was founded.

America has a Flag Day to underline the importance of its national banner; it celebrates its founding fathers with striking memorials in its capital, and it even has a National Museum of Patriotism. Located in Atlanta, the museum's mission is "to deepen our appreciation of patriotism and citizenship" and "help schoolchildren connect with the founders of our country and understand the values that have created the greatest nation on earth."

Contrast this with Israel, where so little organized effort is made to imbue the public with a sense of patriotism and national pride. Sure, the flags come out on Independence Day, but where are they during the rest of the year?

Take, for example, Israel's schools, where so little is being done to cultivate a love of country or a sense of shared civic responsibility. There is no reason why every classroom should not be adorned with a large Israeli flag, or why the singing of Hatikva, the national anthem, should not become part of every educational institution's weekday routine.

THE LAND itself is a living curriculum, with an abundance of historical and religious sites that most children are never taken to see. What could possibly leave a stronger impression on Israel's youth than getting to know their own history up close? And how about constructing our own Museum of Jewish Heroism celebrating Jewish pride and inculcating in visitors, young and old, a healthy sense of national accomplishment and self-respect?

As the Baron de Montesquieu, the great 18th-century political philosopher, once noted, the promotion of love for one's country "ought to be the principal business of education." But the wise Baron did not stop there, pointing out that "the surest way of instilling it into children is for parents to set them an example."

So, it is about time we stopped shying away from words such as nationalism and patriotism, and instead embraced them as wholeheartedly as possible, promoting them and the values they represent at every opportunity.

We can bring about change by restoring a healthy sense of national dignity and self-esteem, insisting on a larger role for our national symbols in public life. However divided the electorate might be on the issues of the day, it is precisely these symbols that can serve to reinforce the underlying bonds that unite us as a people.

Abraham Lincoln understood this well. On the eve of the American Civil War, in his first inaugural address, he concluded with a heartfelt plea to his fellow citizens not to allow their differences to "break our bonds of affection," noting that they were bound together by what he called "the mystic chords of memory."

It is those chords we now need to strengthen, by rallying around the flag which speaks to us all.

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GUSH KATIF NO HOME COUNTDOWN
Posted by Rachel Saperstein, June 21, 2005.

Do you remember the countdowns? Remember the countdowns to the end of the school year, to your birthday, to Pessach seder, to the last hour of a fast day?

Here in Gush Katif we live with another countdown - a countdown repeated day after day in the assured voice of the television and radio newscasters - the countdown to disengagement. Each day we receive the message of total hopelessness. We hear the number of days left for the people of Gush Katif to live in their homes. Two months left until every man, woman and child will be evicted.

On the day of the eviction, every single person, no exceptions, will be left without a home, a bed, a kitchen table, a refrigerator - all the mundane items that we take for granted when we get up in the morning in our home.

With utter disregard for the emotions of innocent people Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice spoke of whether the Jewish homes are simply to be given to the Arabs or to be destroyed completely. She spoke, with her endlessly charming smile intact, about the one place where a child wakes up and knows his room, the way to the bathroom, the smell of home cooking. The place where he curls up and watches tv, the drawers which hold the spoons and forks, the cupboard where the drinking glasses are so he can pour a glass of milk.

Home is where your slippers are next to your bed and when you open your closet you see your sweaters and shirts lined up or askew on the hangars. Home is where the ordinary is and will always be when you get up in the morning or see before you turn off the light at night.

Home is where your neighbors live next door and you know all of their kids. Home is your synagogue and the person who sits next to you when your pray.

The State of Israel should not be making the People of Israel homeless.

We, the people of Gush Katif, call on the communities of the world to come to Israel and join the Human Wall. Stop this expulsion of Jews with your bodies. It is not a done deal despite the pronouncements of the heads of state. You can make a difference. Each of you. Say NO! How often have you said I wish I had done something to stop an evil from happening. You cannot, must not, sit in the comfort of your home, watch CNN or BBC report on the expulsion of Jews, your brothers and sisters, and say "Isn't it terrible?"

You cannot walk to your refrigerator, turn on the air-conditioning, drink another cup of coffee while aware that these simple pleasures are being denied the people of Gush Katif.

Hop on a plane to Israel. Can't? Go to the Israeli consulate. Write to the US president. In short say, NO! NO! NO! Do not be the Jews of Silence, the Christians of Silence, a Person of Silence.

You fought for a cleaner environment. You fought to save the whales. You picketed to free the Jews of Russia. Now you must fight for the Jews of Gush Katif. The Sharon plan must be stopped and can be stopped.

Let's stop the countdown.

Rachel Saperstein and her husband Moshe live in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, Gaza, Israel. She is a teacher at the Neve Dekalim ulpana and a spokeswoman for the Katif Regional Council.

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ABANDONMENT "LEGAL," SUPPORT SHALLOW; IMPRISONED TERRORISTS' RIGHTS?
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, June 21, 2005.

MADRASSAS NOT THE PROBLEM?

Peter Bergen and Swati Pandey put one and one together, about the source of Islamism. They pointed out that since most terrorists are well-educated, and need the kind of technical knowledge that comes with higher education, universities are breeding terrorists rather than the strictly religious madrassas. They also claim that the number of graduates of madrassas is exaggerated (NY Times, 6/14, Op. Ed.).

Education certainly is valuable for planning attacks and designing the means. It is less useful for bomb-carriers and gunmen. The number of graduates of madrassas is not as important as supposed, because it does not take vast numbers to mount jihad.

The authors now should put four and four together. (1) Since university education provides the technological and organizational basis for terrorism, why do our universities admit thousands of Muslims? (2) What turns supposedly educated Muslim youth into terrorists? Is it the mosques?

TURKEY NOT A PROBLEM?

An Israeli diplomat took issue with the popular conclusion that the Islamist government of Turkey and Turkey as a whole have turned against Israel. He explains that that conclusion derives mostly from observation of the bigoted fringe media in Turkey. That fringe has little influence.

He cites as positive aspects of the Turkey-Israel relationship: (1) Condemnation of antisemitism by the visiting Prime Minister of Turkey and other offshoots of that visit, some mentioned next; (2) Turkey's contracting for Israel to buy unmanned aircraft and negotiations for Israel to upgrade Turkey's jet fighters, with Israel sharing defense technology; (3) A joint venture to build three power stations in Israel; (4) An Israeli company to provide an irrigation system to make 45,000 acres cultivable; (5) Growing trade and tourism; (6) Ending the friction over Israel's liquidation of Hamas' top leaders. (How, by Israel giving in to terrorism?); and (7) Turkey's offer to provide energy, water, and construction to the P.A. in Gaza (Uri Bar-Ner, NY Sun, 6/10, p.11).

Item 7 is harmful to Israel, because it would entrench terrorism, not peace. The diplomat ignored Turkish foreign policy's new pro-Arab slant.

DON'T BLAME BUSH FOR NOT RELEASING POLLARD

Some US Senators, including Jewish ones such as Lieberman, urged the Executive branch not to release Pollard. Alan Dershowitz advises Jewish supporters of clemency not to ask the President to release Pollard, before they can persuade Jewish Senators to demand release (Arutz-7, 6/9).

PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR ABANDONMENT IS SOFT

Like Israeli officials, most Israeli citizens have not given much thought to the abandonment. Their leaders have not thought through the consequences, and admit that without embarrassment. Most citizens do not know that the military and intelligence analysts almost all oppose it.

Public support has been eroding. Now that the media has started covering opposition from the experts, at the same time that leftist politicians suggest there would be further such retreats, more support may turn to opposition. Problem is, voter opinion may not count. Politicians would have to risk their current jobs, to take the stance needed to repeal the plan. Israeli politicians are loathe to do that, regardless of the consequences to their country. On the other hand, Likud politicians may feel they have nothing to lose, because the Labor Party indicated that right after the abandonment, it would precipitate new elections anyway, risking those jobs (Dr. Aaron Lerner, IMRA, 6/9). Labor probably would stick around for more abandonment.

BASIS FOR LEGALIZING OF ABANDONMENT

The Israeli Supreme Court admits that abandonment violates the human rights of the Jews in Yesha, but claims it is legal because Yesha was not incorporated into the State of Israel. "The Israel High Court of Justice therefore declared that Israeli citizens who live in Judea and Samaria have no human rights and no civil liberties. Hence, the silence of organizations such as the Israel Association for Civil Liberties and the Anti- Defamation League. In other words, the only place in the world where Jews have no 'de jure' human rights and civil liberties would be in Judea, Samaria and Gaza."

The issue had come up in 1990. Some Judean Jews asked US Consul Wilcox, who was protective of the rights of Arabs in Judea, about the human rights of Jews in Judea. He said the Jews don't have any, because of where they live, citing the Geneva Convention that forbids conquering states from settling their citizens in the conquered territory. "Wilcox, consistent to this position, now heads the Washington-based Foundation for Middle East Peace, which has as its purpose the eradication of Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, Gaza, the Golan and even in the new neighborhoods in Jerusalem that were established by Israel since 1967."

"Wilcox's statement ignored the fact that the San Remo Treaty had been adopted by both the League of Nations and by the UN, which protected the right of Jews to purchase land and to settle in the Jewish National Homeland, defined as anywhere west of the Jordan River."

"Yet 15 years later, Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz adopted the precise formula that Wilcox had articulated in 1990: That Israelis have no human rights or civil liberties if they live in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, even if they are law abiding and tax paying Israeli citizens." (Winston Mid East Analysis, 6/10.)

By contrast, the US insists on certain human rights and citizens rights for Americans, wherever they be. Surely the human rights conventions do not consider human rights dependent entirely upon residency. I think that the Court made an inhumane decision for disastrous ideological reasons. If those Jews have no human rights, then police may beat them up, etc..

ABBAS ON TERRORISM

It isn't strategically wise to attack Israel now. We look bad. Desist, and let Israel look bad, says Abbas. Hamas insists on responding to every Israeli attack (IMRA, 6/10 from Michael Widlanski).

By responding to every Israeli "attack," Hamas is referring to IDF counter-attacks and interception of terrorists on missions.

ISRAELI PIPELINE EXERCISED

Being at a continental crossroads, Israel has a valuable though short pipeline. India is going to have Caspian oil sent through it, to augment a growing energy need (IMRA, 6/10).

JORDAN TAKES UP TEMPLE-DENIAL

Jordan's Ambassador condemned Israel for letting Jews up onto the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day, as a provocation to the Muslim world. He claimed there is no proof that the Jewish Temples ever were on the Mount. He neither condemned the Arabs who threw rocks at the peaceable, visiting Jews, nor Hamas for firing rockets at an Israeli town in alleged retaliation for the visit.

"The entire episode may be viewed as part of the ongoing Arab strategy to delegitimize Jewish claims to holy sites and by extension to Jerusalem itself. None of this is new -- Moslem clerics have regularly seized on perceived Israeli violations of the Temple Mount as pretexts to incite violent riots. But now the inflammatory statements are coming from a representative of the Jordanian government, who in the same speech to the diplomats and reporters claimed that his country is on its way to becoming 'a moderate, tolerant, open society.'" (IMRA, 6/10.)

The imams demagogically make up tales of attacks, to rouse their rabble. Bigotry at its worst!.

The visit was peaceable, and nothing to retaliate against. The riots were violent and worthy of retaliating against. Had the visit been violent, Hamas still would have had no right to attack the civilians of an Israeli town not involved in it. That is indiscriminate stereotyping. Hamas was giving a pretext, a poor one at that, for the latest of its constant attacks. It exists to attack.

Jordan may be called moderate, but it supports the PLO strategy of destroying Israel in phases. It always sides with terrorists against Israel, though it keeps most terrorists from using its border with Israel. This is a dangerous game for Jordan, whose own population eventually may overthrow the cautious monarchy in favor of the PLO or Muslim Brotherhood jihadists.

IMPRISONED TERRORISTS' RIGHTS?

Al-Qaeda and allied Islamist terrorists scorn the Geneva Conventions. They have no order of battle, no uniform, and no official representatives for negotiating terms. They cannot claim to be the future representatives of colonies - being largely foreign and nihilist, and their goal being to exterminate what they consider non-believers. They perpetrate random murder. "They are more like pirates, hijackers, or torturers - three categories of people who have in the past been declared outside the protection of any law."

What should captors do with these sadists? Torture them for information? Eventually release them? Some who were rejoined the Taliban at burning and sabotaging.

Amnesty Intl., which has become more political than a neutral human rights reporter, likens Guantanamo to the Soviet Gulag. But the US prisoners are held not because of opinions, as were most Soviet victims, but because of violence beyond the pale of civilization. "But if an organization that ostensibly protects the rights of prisoners is unaware of the nature of a colossal system of forced labor and arbitrary detention (the Gulag) - replete with physical torture, starvation, and brutal execution - then the moral compass has become disordered beyond repair. This is not even neutrality between the fireman and the fire. It surely expresses a covert sympathy with the aims and objectives of jihad and an overt if witless and sinister, hatred of the US." (Christopher Hitchins, NY Sun, 6/15, p.11.) What would happen to A.I. if Islamism wins? The basic questions are: (1) Shall judges determine whether the captives were terrorists? If so, the government may and should incarcerate them for life; (2) How hard to interrogate; (3) Certainly no corporal punishment except execution.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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INTELLIGENCE IS KEEPING AN EYE ON THE PALESTINIAN AMBASSADOR IN BANGLADESH
Posted by Salah Choudhury, June 21, 2005.

Palestinian ambassador Shahta Zarab has again come into limelight for his illicit relations with females. After the arrest of Bidisha, ex-wife of former President Hussain Muhammad Ershad, on 4th June, Shahta Zarab's name came into focus, although Bidisha is not his only girl friend. He has large number of girl friends with whom he has already created numerous scandals. Despite his series of misdeeds and his full time affiliation with local smuggling ling-leader Aziz Mohammad Bhai, Shahta Zarab has already been successful in staying in Bangladesh for 20 years! In the diplomatic history of Bangladesh, no other diplomat did stay for such a long time. Because of his prolonged stay, Shahta has become the "dean" of the diplomatic corps as a senior most diplomat. Why such a nasty, controversial and unexpected person should be given the status of the dean of the diplomatic corps is a question of all quarters.

After the death of Arafat, it was heard that Shahta would go back. But he did not. There are number of scandals circulating in the diplomatic circle in Dhaka pertaining to Shata's illegal, immoral and undiplomatic activities. He is not only involved in womanizing or scandalizing with females, but is also involved in country's internal political issues, which is a clear violation of diplomatic norms. Not only that, Shahta Zarab tried to obtain his masters degree from the University of Dhaka (DU), where he had been expelled for cheating during examinations. DU Authority brought this matter to the attention of National Security Intelligence (NSI). The Agency also investigated and found Shahta guilty.

Bangladesh government is bearing the expenses of the Palestinian embassy at House # 4, Road # 18, Gulshan, Dhaka. House rent for the chancery-cum-residence building and other expenses is paid from the national exchequer amounting to US$ 2,500 per month. Shahta enjoys the privilege to import duty free vehicles and liquor. Taking this opportunity, the Palestinian envoy is involved with smuggling Mafia network. He maintains close links with local and regional smuggling racket. Although he deserves to be declared persona non grata, Bangladesh authorities remained mum just because of their softer attitude towards Palestinian people. But now government is also thinking in other ways.

Despite the fact that majority of the people in Bangladesh has good feelings for the Palestinian people, in a number of local mosques, clerics have issued sermons to expel Shahta immediately from Bangladesh for his illicit, what they termed as "anti-Islam" behavior.

Shahta Zarab came to Bangladesh as Palestinian envoy on 24th July 1985. Soon he became close to the autocratic ruler Ershad. Later he came out of his diplomatic protocol and got involved in smuggling, spying, womanizing etc. He has already become a millionaire through illegal intermediatory businesses. He is even known as the "God Father" in country's smuggling racket. There are allegations that Shahta is also operating various illegal activities in the Middle East from Dhaka. Some Syrian and Arab nationals are staying in Bangladesh under his patronization. It is reported that these under-cover foreigners are members of militant groups. There are some retired PLO diplomats in this racket.

On condition of anonymity, a diplomat in Dhaka told this correspondent that Shahta is involved in supplying girls to the diplomats and he also collects money from any new diplomat by giving threats or through black-mailing.

When contacted, a source in the foreign ministry said, despite various complaints and requests from Dhaka, Palestinian authority are very reluctant to take Shahta back from Bangladesh.

Palestinian ambassador Shahta Zarab with
Ms. Bidisha, wife of former president Hussain Mohammed Ershad

Meanwhile yesterday all the television channels in Bangladesh very prominently broadcast the news stating that Bangladesh Police has seized a large number of photographs of the Palestinian Ambassador Shahta Zarab with Ms. Bidisha from her residence. Police sources say, all of these photographs are of very private moment. Even some local television channels like Channel-i, NTV, ATN-Bangla etc., showed those seized photographs.

Bidisha told the interrogators that Mr. Shahta had been her advisor and a 'close friend', who introduced her to the former President Hussain Muhammad Ershad. Police has also confiscated large number of documents related to foreign and local bank accounts from Bidisha's house, which reveals that, she has received huge amount of money from unknown places.

Police has filed another case under Passport Act today against Bidisha for illegally holding two passports with two different particulars. In one passport, she mentioned Hussain Muhhamad Ershad's name as husband while in another passport name of a British professor Peter Wilkinson is named as husband.

Intelligence agencies are now closely monitoring movements and activities of the Palestinian ambassador. A source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangladesh told that the government might request the Palestinian Authority for the third time to withdraw their ambassador from Bangladesh, and send a new person. It may be mentioned here that, because of undiplomatic behavior, Dhaka earlier requested the Palestinian Authority twice to withdraw Shahta.

The writer is a journalist, columnist, author, and editor of "Weekly Blitz" in Bangladesh. Contact him by email at salahuddinshoaibchoudhury@yahoo.com

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PURE SPECULATION ON SHARON'S THINKING ABOUT "DISENGAGEMENT"
Posted by Moshe Brody, June 21, 2005.

If I were Arik Sharon, I would be frantic to come up with some way of getting out of this "disengagement" mess. It isn't turning out anything like he intended.

At the root of it all was Sharon's neurotic worry that the "world" was getting impatient with Israel. We had to do "something" fast, or who-knows-what would happen. He realized that this frightening situation was all because of the impasse in Middle-East diplomacy -- and it was impossible for Israel to get anywhere in negotiations with the Palestinians as long as they were under no pressure whatsoever to make any concessions. No wonder Rabin, Peres, and Barak failed!

So Sharon's thinking was to make a deal with the Americans instead, whereby the Americans would support an Israeli claim to the large Jewish population centers in the "West Bank" and join Israel in rejecting the Palestinian "right of return." Because America is the world's only standing super-power, this would open the door to an internationally-recognized (i.e., permanent) Israeli takeover of important territory and would panic the Palestinians. Sharon figured that in the imminent post-Arafat era, this would coerce the Palestinians into being more forthcoming in future negotiations and would break through the impasse.

The key to getting the Americans to take Israel's side diplomatically, thought Sharon, was some sort of bold move that would inspire them to modify their position just enough to make a difference (this was the "something" that Israel had to do immediately). In looking around for a bold move, the idea of abandoning Gaza naturally came up. Sharon knew he could get domestic political support for this, even if it meant betraying his existing supporters. But if he succeeded in obtaining American backing for retaining major Israeli communities outside the Green Line and putting the Palestinian "right of return" issue to rest (both of which seemed reasonable positions), he would win overwhelming new political support and would be unstoppable. The more he thought about this tantalizing goal, the more he wanted it and the more certain he became that he could get it. So a "unilateral" withdrawal from Gaza and a few "West Bank" Jewish communities thrown in for good measure became a calculated gambit, where he'd give up some expendable territory in order to gain a decisive tactical advantage.

For all his toughness on the battlefield and in the halls of Israeli politics, however, Sharon is a neophyte when it comes to international affairs. He apparently didn't realize that making one-sided concessions is not negotiating -- it is surrendering. Unilaterally committing to something as drastic as giving up Gaza was the worst opening move he could have made. He began to discover this in April 2004, when he met with Bush in Washington.

By that time Sharon had already alienated his former supporters and was dependent on his enemies for political survival. He had no options and had to go ahead with the "disengagement," regardless. Realizing this, the pro-Palestinian American State Department correctly advised Bush that Sharon had absolutely no leverage, and recommended not to give him anything. Bush heeded their advice, but perhaps feeeling some sympathy for Sharon, at least went to the trouble of writing him a letter of cleverly-worded, albeit worthless sentiments to take back to Israel. Whether or not Sharon actually believed that Bush's letter had any value, he tried to sell it to the Israeli public as the American commitment he desperately needed, and his pro-disengagement supporters heralded the letter as a great diplomatic achievement. The Palestinians predictably raised a ruckus over this, which American officials quelled by immediately disavowing Sharon's claims. They pointed out that the President's letter contained only his informal personal conjectures about how future negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians might proceed, and did not represent any change in the official American position. Before long everyone but the most deluded Israeli wishful thinkers had forgotten all about it.

Sharon's April, 2004 meeting with Bush, however, was a critical and fateful event, which should be seen for its momentous consequences: It was at that meeting that Sharon's downfall became crystallized. He tried to remain optimistic that Bush would eventually come around to formally giving him at least some of the American support he had wanted, and he kept pushing his plan with that in mind. But as time went by, he inevitably had to accept the cold fact that his gambit had failed. He must certainly have realized it a year later when he made his pilgrimage to Bush's ranch in Texas, where the President condescended to grant him a brief audience before sending him home empty-handed, this time without even so much as a sympathy note. By the time of Bush's effusive welcome of Mahmoud Abbas to the White House the following month, it was clear to everyone that Sharon wasn't wearing any clothes.

Sharon's failure wasn't merely a lack of success -- it was a brutal and crushing defeat. Not only was Israel getting zero American support to soften up the Palestinians as Sharon had intended, but the Palestinians emerged as the clear winners in this face-off. At first suspicious that the United States was in collusion with Sharon to trick them, the Palestinians soon realized that Sharon had simply taken a gamble on his own, and had lost.

Meanwhile, Sharon had committed Israel to the Gaza give-away, and would now have to deliver the winnings to the Palestinians. And it is quite a prize: far from being the expendable territory that it originally appeared, Gaza is becoming increasingly appreciated as a critical strategic asset. The Arabs have always understood this, and the Palestinians are gearing up to take full advantage of their victory.

Worse yet, Sharon's defeat has strengthened the most radical of the Palestinian terrorists. The present chaos among the Palestinian factions is simply a contest to see which one gets to benefit the most from Sharon's humiliation. Sharon and Bush are praying that it will be Fatah rather than Hamas, but it really makes no difference. Whichever wins, Israel will soon be suffering terribly.

So Sharon is already a loser in a no-win position. If he doesn't continue with the "disengagement" plan he will be eaten alive by his new political bedfellows; they are going along with Sharon only because they envy and resent the Gaza settlers even more than they despise him. But if he does go through with it, he will be buried by the impending military, diplomatic, and political catastrophe he will have single-handedly brought upon Israel.

Having failed to win over the Americans and instead bolstered the worst of the Palestinian terrorists, Sharon belatedly realizes that there is no merit in the "disengagement" plan at all. On the contrary, it has now become a deadly liability. Sharon is well-aware -- far better than most of us -- how disastrous the Gaza withdrawal will be. But he's keeping up his confident facade anyway, because he's more worried about what will happen to him if he doesn't go through with it. Maybe he's even talked himself into believing that he can still make something of it. On the other hand, the claim that withdrawing from Gaza will improve Israel's long-term security cannot be reconciled with the steady increase in Palestinian terrorism and the government's frenzied responses, like setting up unsightly concrete Qassam shelters in Sderot.

Sharon has already delayed the Gaza withdrawal schedule by a few weeks, hoping to buy some time. He managed to get away with this delay without losing face or political support, by a clever excuse based on the Jewish calendar. If he wants to buy more time, he will have to work a lot harder. To get out of the disaster altogether, he'll need a miracle.

For a bit of really wild speculation, suppose that some "right-wing Jewish extremist group" managed to get through security and blow up the Al-Aksa Mosque, or some other Muslim shrine. In such a case, we are told, the Arab world would explode in violent fury against Israel -- perhaps even outright war -- and that would certainly give Sharon good reason to put the Gaza plan on hold, wouldn't it? In addition, he would have convenient villains to blame it on: it's those fanatical settlers again! The Shin Bet warned us about them, but they managed to stall the disengagement, anyway! And now Sharon has to take emergency action to prevent them from dragging us into a war!

Maybe this is far-fetched, but there must be a lot of other scenarios with the same effect. Knowing Sharon's penchant for dirty tricks, I wouldn't put it past him.

Moshe Brody is an author and former private investigator living in Israel. His recent book, "Troubleshooting in the Promised Land: an Independent Investigator's Report on Israel, the Middle East, and Other Parts of the World," is an in-depth expose of the deep-seated problems underlying the impasse that has grid-locked Israel, the Arab world, and the Western nations for the better part of a century. This unconventional look at the players, their cultural psychology and their history reveals the unseen side of the West's co-dependency on Israel - why the real problems responsible for the ongoing tragedy have consistently been covered up and denied, why compromise is fundamentally impossible, and why diplomatic and political efforts to mitigate the conflict are doomed to perpetual failure and disaster. (ISBN 965-90577-0-9)

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A COWARD FOR PRIME MINISTER
Posted by Dovid Ben-Chaim, June 21, 2005.
This article was written by Caroline Glick, who is Deputy Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post. Born in the United States, she made aliyah to Israel immediately after graduating from Columbia University. After finishing service in the IDF, Glick worked as a key aide to former Prime Minister Rabin during the Oslo Negotiations. The article appeared in the post and is archived at www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/ JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1119234012056&apage=1

During her visit to Jerusalem on Sunday, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice applauded Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, saying, "He has displayed courage and vision in putting forth this disengagement plan."

Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

In a new book, Boomerang, published in Hebrew last week, left-wing commentators Raviv Drucker and Ofer Shelach provide an insider's narrative account of how Sharon came to make the decision to withdraw from Gaza and Northern Samaria. Their findings are devastating.

Based on interviews with senior government and military officials, Drucker and Shelach report that Sharon's decision in December 2003 to abandon his electoral platform, which opposed the unilateral transfer of land to the Palestinians and rejected out of hand the notion of expelling Israelis from their communities in the Gaza Strip or Judea and Samaria, stemmed from considerations that had absolutely nothing to do with Israel's national security interests.

According to the two writers, Sharon's basic impetus for adopting the radical left-wing plan - that had been overwhelmingly rejected by voters in the January 2003 elections - was his desire to avoid indictment for his role in corruption scandals for which he and his sons Gilad and Omri were under police investigation.

They write: "In private conversations [Sharon] said he was convinced that [state attorney Edna] Arbel would try to bring about his indictment and his resignation from the premiership." Sharon's aides, first and foremost among them his personal attorney and chief of staff Dov Weisglass, told Sharon that to avert indictment he had to take a bold initiative "to change the public agenda away from the media's focus on the investigation." And so the disengagement plan was born.

After Arbel was booted up to the Supreme Court, Sharon, still under investigation, made a move to head off an indictment by the new attorney-general, Menachem Mazuz. As the media bleated daily, Mazuz's first order of business upon taking office would be to decide whether or not to indict Sharon and his son Gilad in what had become known as "The Greek Island Affair."

The day after Mazuz came into office, Sharon invited radical left-wing columnist Yoel Marcus from Haaretz for a visit at his residence in Jerusalem. Sharon outlined his plan to withdraw from Gaza to Marcus. As expected, Marcus embraced both Sharon and the plan in Haaretz the next day, and thus the radical Left was brought on board Sharon's bandwagon. Shortly thereafter Mazuz closed the investigation on Sharon and Gilad.

In an interview last Wednesday night on Channel 2, Shelach said, "The people who are closest to Sharon told us absolutely that if it hadn't been for those police investigations, this decision [to withdraw from Gaza and northern Samaria] would not have been made."

Several months ago, a senior government official who was involved in the government discussions about the withdrawal plan told me, "Sharon placed the legal establishment on the horns of a dilemma. They had to decide what moved them more, their love of the law or their hatred of the settlers. It was an easy decision."

SHELACH AND Drucker's book gives the lie to the notion that any security or strategic considerations were taken into account by Sharon and Weisglass in formulating the withdrawal plan. Indeed, as Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yaron, who now serves as Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz's senior policy adviser, is quoted as having said, "If the disengagement goes through, it will be proof that there is no need for any decision-making process in the State of Israel."

This is the case because, as the authors demonstrate, the plan, which was Weisglass's brainchild, was made without any staff work, without any discussion with the army, and without any debate by the cabinet. Weisglass presented it to then US national security adviser Rice without any discussion with or forewarning to the IDF or the Shin Bet and against the strenuous objections of both.

To counteract the security establishment's opposition, Sharon effectively fired the IDF chief of general staff, Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, and Shin Bet director Avi Dichter by not extending their tours of duty, as is routinely done for both positions. He simultaneously stacked the General Staff and the Shin Bet with commanders who, like Mofaz, understand that they are personally indebted to the prime minister.

Not surprisingly, the media establishment, which, like the legal establishment, hates the settlers more than it loves the law, has been silent on Drucker's and Shelach's revelations. There have been no follow-ups to Shelach and Drucker's television appearance from last Wednesday in any of the television newscasts or major newspapers.

DRUCKER'S AND Shelach's findings point to two critical and acute problems in Israel. The first is that Sharon, in sharp contrast to the public image that his advisers have carefully crafted for him, is neither a great visionary nor a strong leader. He is an old widower moved by personal ambition and an overarching desire to be perceived as a man he is no longer capable of being. The second problem is that our legal establishment is perceived by our political leadership as so prejudicial that it is capable of inspiring policies that are antithetical to national security.

The fact that, in spite of their clear support for the left-wing platform of an Israeli return to the 1949 armistice lines Drucker and Shelach could not ignore the fact that Sharon's entire policy was based on nothing other than his desire to be admired and to avert criminal indictment, shows clearly how history will look back on this period. It also shows that, as was the case with the critics of the Oslo process, critics of this plan - which, like the Oslo agreement, was put together with no discussion or debate, against the strenuous opposition of the defense establishment and with no thought of what would come in its aftermath - will be proven right in all of their warnings of impending disaster.

There are still two months before this ill-begotten and breathtakingly ridiculous plan is to be carried out. In the time that remains it will be interesting to see whether those, both in Israel and the US, who were brave enough to oppose the Oslo plan on the basis of its obvious and gaping flaws but who today, placing their trust in large part on Sharon's reputation as a strong leader, support the withdrawal plan, will reconsider that support. If they do not, they, like Sharon, will not be remembered by history for their past bravery, but rather for their decision to prefer momentary and opportunistic accolades for their "moderation" over the long-term security of the State of Israel and the stability of the Middle East as a whole.

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GUSH KATIF WE FEAR NOT
Posted by Yehudit Tayar, June 21, 2005.

Fear Not Nor Be Dismayed said the L-rd to Yehoshua (Joshua). I feel very fortunate to be numbered amongst those who are neither afraid nor dismayed. Not afraid of all of the threats publicized by the media, nor by the fact that this anti-democratic, corrupt government is using the courts to take away the most basic civil rights from us. Prime Ministers come and go, governments come and go and the Land of Israel stays.

I have faith, emunah that since we are doing what we are supposed to yehieh beseder, (it will be o.k.). My work with the security officer in Katif and the other security officers in Yesha reveals the true situation to me more than even most of my fellow residents in Yesha. But while we must be pragmatic and plan responsibly for possibly difficult situations, we also plan to continue to remain where we are.

I look at the daily lives of our brave, down-to-earth brothers and sisters in Katif and kvel- rejoice in the simple daily routine. The registration of our children to schools for next fall, the new babies that are blessedly being born, and yes the new homes that are being completed and moved into are a source of enormous gratitude, and pride.

Just the other day when I entered my friend's new home in Neve Dekalim right after they had moved in, and I said the Shehechianu prayer with tears of joy and emotion I reconfirmed the constant belief that we are here to stay.

These wonderful people with small children took their dream and implemented it by completing their new home and moving in - davka - specifically now. This week Please G-d, when they have their chanukat bayit - the inauguration of their new home - and put up their Mezuzot, it will symbolize to all of us and to the people of Israel that we, the Jewish people have to answer to our G-d and reconfirm our covenant with HIM to protect our Torah our Land and our people.

As I am constantly saying in lectures or interviews with the press, "This is the Land of Israel - G-d's Land - and no logic or reason pertains to what happens here. How could a mere 650,000 people - mostly refugees barely escaping the horrors of the Holocaust, speaking 30 different languages and with not enough weapons and ammunition, overcome the odds of millions attacking us and survive in 1948."

How did we overcome all of the odds against us in 1967 and succeed in returning to the cradle of Jewish civilization; Yerushalayim, Hevron, Yehudah, Shomron and Gaza?

How do we time and time again survive the overcoming odds against us? There is no logic in our existence but there is emunah and the proof that we, the Jewish people have returned to never be banished again.

Yes we stumble faced with inadequate, weak leadership, but we go on and shall continue to pray for the miracles we know must come in order to fulfill the promise that we shall never again be banished from our Land. And they shall plant on their Land and will no longer be banished from their Land which I gave them said the L-rd your G-d.

We do not fear and are not dismayed. We are too busy building, planting and protecting our Torah, our Land and our people.

Yehudit Tayar who lives in the Shomron with her husband and children is a veteran spokesperson for the Settlement Movement

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THE PANTY BOMBER
Posted by Steven Plaut, June 20, 2005.

1. The original article contains live links to additional information. It is archived at http://moonbatcentral.com/wordpress/?p=569

Israel has long tried to end the Middle East war by being nice to Palestinians. Peace through niceness is the foundation of the Oslo "peace process". One part of this niceness is admitting Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza into Israeli hospitals, often for free. The bleeding hearts of the world have long demanded that Israel also stop searching ambulances run by the PLO and simply allow them through checkpoints without being searched, and never mind that they have long been used to transport explosives and terrorists.

Yesterday, Israel's obsessive niceness and generosity in allowing Palestinians to use its hospitals was rewarded when a terrorist woman with explosives hidden in her panties attempted to gain admission to an Israeli hospital, where she planned to conduct a mass murder of Israeli children. PLO leaders promised that even though this heroic attempt to protest occupation failed, the next one will succeed.

The 21-year old Arab woman from Gaza, who had been treated in an Israeli hospital for massive burns she received as a result of a gas tank explosion, was apprehended yesterday at the Erez Crossing wearing "explosive pants." She said she had been directed to carry out her suicide attack inside the crowded Israeli hospital.

The woman, Wafaa Samir Ibrahim Bass, had been given permission to cross the Gaza lines yesterday for admission to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva for continued medical treatment for her facial scars. "The terrorist infrastructure took advantage of her medical condition," read an IDF statement, "in order to carry out a major suicide bombing attack inside Israel."

The resident of Jabaliya aroused the suspicion of the IDF soldiers at the crossing, who placed her in a side room for further checking via camera. During her security check, when she realized that the soldiers had discovered the explosive belt on her body, she attempted unsuccessfully to detonate it. It did not go off.

The misnamed extremist pro-terror group Physicians for Human Rights, one of the main critics of Israel's checking PLO ambulances for bombs and murderers, issued an insipid milquetoast statement in response to yesterday's thwarted Palestinian terror attack inside the crowded hospital. The PHR in the past published openly anti-Semitic materials in its campaign to demonize Israel, and has never condemned PLO use of ambulances for terrorism, nor has it condemned PLO terrorism as a violation of human rights. There is no evidence that the PHR believes that Jews should be entitled to any human rights, such as the right to defend themselves. While reminding people that the PHR "will continue to work against the occupation" it stated yesterday that it "calls upon the Palestinian society and its leaders to strongly condemn the use of patients for violent purposes."

2. "The Latest Leftist-Islamofascist Medieval Blood Libel." The original is archived at http://moonbatcentral.com/wordpress/?p=568 and contains live links to additional material.

The PLO and its apologists have long been fond of spreading medieval blood libels about Jews, such as how Jews drink gentile blood for Passover and poison the wells. Suha Arafat, wife of His Ugliness, made that latter claim while Hillary sat in the audience and politely applauded. Medieval anti-Semitism is quite common among the Moonbatocracy as well, who increasingly claim with a straight face that it was actually Dem Joos and not bin Laden who knocked down the World Trade Center towers to make al-Qaeda look bad.

The latest blood libel being promoted by the Leftist-Islamofascist Axis of Evil is the mind-numbingly stupid claim that Israel is sending foods with carcinogens to Palestinians. The inventor of this story is terrorist Yusuf Abu Safia, the chairman of the PLO's "Environmental Authority" (EA). Ordinarily the PLO does not exhibit great environmentalist concern, such as for the need to prevent the polluting of the environment with body parts of victims of PLO terrorism.

But Abu Safia is claiming that Israel has dumped into the Palestinian market food and fruit laced with carcinogens. That story is this week being carried by the pro-terror Islam Online web site and also is being repeated by the Moonbat Left. Oh, and the carcinogen in the food? Saccarine! Really! This, from an "Environmental Chairman" who has never gotten around to suggesting an anti-smoking campaign among Palestinians.

Abu Safia is cited there as saying:

"This chemical (saccarine) is highly dangerous to public health and has been banned since 1982 around the globe as studies held it as the main culprit behind cancer. Frozen meat, summer vegetables and fruit have been injected with chemicals and exposed to radiation which mutated into double of their size."

Abu Safia further went on to warn that Palestinian children "playfully and unawaringly play with Israeli games that beam radioactive rays." He said Egyptian border authorities seized two shipments of carcinogenic and radioactive Israeli games last month. Other PLO terrorists have long claimed that Israel has used chemical weapons against the Palestinians. The Holocaust-denying Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram, controlled by the goverment, has repeated the lies. The PLO's house journal claims Israel uses poison gas against schoolgirls. Poisoned food has in fact been used in the Middle East war against the Jews, but by the PLO.

The story is already showing up on those "Indymedia" Indymoonbat Web sites. We figure Alex Cockburn and his crew will be running it before the week is up on Counterpunch.

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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UPROOTING JEWS VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN TREATIES
Posted by David Singer, June 20, 2005.

Plans by the Israeli Government to forcibly remove Jews from their homes in the West Bank and Gaza breach the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 [Covenant] as well as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 [Convention], to both of which Israel is a signatory.

Article 17 of the Covenant provides that

1. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation.

2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 16 of the Convention expressly protects children and is a mirror image of Article 17.

The International Court of Justice determined last year that both the Covenant and the Convention are applicable in the West Bank and Gaza, which Israel had disputed.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan however also advised the International Court that Israel recognises that the Convention is intended to protect its citizens from their own Government in times of peace.

Israel's High Court of Justice acknowledged in its recent judgement on the disengagement law, that the forced evacuation of Israelis would undermine their human dignity.

The High Court nevertheless asserted that the disengagement law passed all constitutional tests because it "corresponds with the Zionist values of the State and is intended for a worthy purpose - the political, national and security purposes on which the disengagement is based are designed to realize a vital and substantial need."

This viewpoint could not be successfully raised to negate article 17 since Article 4.1 of the Covenant states:

"In time of public emergency which threatens the life of the nation and the existence of which is officially proclaimed, the States Parties to the present Covenant may take measures derogating from their obligations under the present Covenant to the extent strictly required by the exigencies of the situation, provided that such measures are not inconsistent with their other obligations under international law and do not involve discrimination solely on the ground of race, colour, sex, language, religion or social origin."

Israel's forced removal of Jewish residents of Gaza and the West Bank obviously involves discrimination solely on the ground of race and/or religion and so could not be relied on by Israel to escape its international obligations under the Covenant or the Convention.

Jews living in the West Bank and Gaza are legally entitled to reside there pursuant to the provisions of the Mandate for Palestine and article 80 of the United Nations Charter in order to reconstitute the Jewish National Home in those areas as specifically stated in the Mandate document.

Many returned there after 1967 to reclaim land from which other Jews had been driven out in 1948 by six invading Arab armies.

Any attempt now to forcibly uproot Jews from their homes against their expressed will is therefore in breach of the inalienable rights conferred on them by the Covenant, the Convention, the Mandate and the United Nations Charter.

Choosing to stay will not be palatable to all 8000 Jews affected by the withdrawal of Israel's army and they will have the option of accepting the compensation packages that are being offered by the Israeli Government to those who voluntarily leave.

But one thing is certain - the forced removal of Jews from the West Bank and Gaza is not permitted or authorised under international law and is in breach of international agreements in force since 1920 authorising Jews to live in those areas.

President Bush, President Putin, the European Union and the United Nations have publicly welcomed the forced uprooting, whilst Human Rights organisations are deafening in their silence toward such expulsions.

Would they all act differently if the Arabs residing in the West Bank and Gaza were subjected to such proposed action against their will?

Ariel Sharon needs to revise his thinking on this aspect of his proposed disengagement.

He should urgently seek the opinion of the High Court of Justice on this issue before embarking on a course of action that has the capacity to lead to the outbreak of civil insubordination and threatens to seriously undermine the ability of Israel to resist those who seek its' total annihilation.

David Singer is an Australian lawyer and convenor of Jordan is Palestine International whose aim is to engage Israel and Jordan in direct negotiations to allocate sovereignty in the West Bank between them as the two successor States to the Mandate for Palestine.

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GUSH KATIF STOPPING THE EXPULSION PLAN
Posted by Anthony and Ruth Rose, June 20, 2005.

The solution to stopping the expulsion plan is simple.Making it happen is not so simple.

He was the PM when Jonathan Pollard was betrayed.

In Yitzhak Rabin's 1979 book, Rabin described him as "an unrelenting conniver" and claimed that he had devoted his life to ruining Rabin.

He signed the Oslo Accords that he had pushed Rabin to agree to.

He has been accused by at least two authors of organising the murder of Yitschak Rabin and yet hasn't sued them.

He was the Foreign Minister at the time of the Oslo Accords and so all the flak for betraying the country went to Rabin.

He has percentage stake in Arafat's PalTel,the PLO telephone and communications cartel

Today he is the Vice Prime Minister,despite being rejected time and again by the public and so today, all the flak for betraying the country goes to Sharon.

Yes,Sharon did dispatch his "disengagement" plan to stop himself and his sons going to prison.

But the questions remain: "Who put pressure on him to make sure that he did what he was told?" and "Who is putting pressure on the Justice System and media to make sure that they toe the line too?"

BRING SHIMON PERES TO JUSTICE NOW

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PA PROMISES MORE TERROR IF DEMANDS ARE NOT MET
Posted by Jerusalem Prayer Team, June 20, 2005.

I am so angry...and you should be, too! Why should terrorists that kill Jews be any different than terrorists that kill Christians? It's time for Christians to speak up!

After Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) met with President Bush at the White House, he warned, "...if progress towards a peace agreement in not achieved in meeting with Sharon next month, we will return to armed resistance." (Terrorism) How can the aggressors practice "armed resistance?" How can the terrorists who have launched rockets into Israeli houses, boarded busloads of innocent civilians while wearing pounds of plastic explosives, incited hatred and espoused terrorism in their schools and mosques claim "armed resistance?" Against what, I ask you?

Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PLO, and a myriad other terrorist organizations merely want Israel demolished. Their blatant acts of terrorism should be dealt with in the same way as was Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and the Taliban.

Please ask President Bush today not to negotiate with the terrorist organizations Hamas and the PLO. He would not negotiate with Al-Qaeda, the Taliban or Saddam's Ba'ath Party; Hamas and the PLO are no different.

Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were undertaken with the understanding that the organization had turned from terrorism, and were willing to become partners in the peace process. Now it seems that PA Foreign Minister Nasser al-Kidwa has stated otherwise. According to Kidwa, "The dismantling of armed organizations is not on the table because weapons are legal as long as the occupation exists." This simply means that the terrorist/murderers will be allowed to keep their weapons regardless of any "peace negotiations" between Abbas and Sharon. Are Kidwa's words Abbas's true stance?

Both Abbas and al-Kidwa appear to brush off the so-called Oslo 2 agreement which specifically states: Except for the arms, ammunition and equipment of the Palestinian Police...and those of the Israeli military forces, no organization, group or individual in the West Bank and Gaza Strip shall manufacture, sell, acquire, possess, import or otherwise introduce into the West Bank or the Gaza Strip any firearms, ammunition, weapons, explosives, gunpowder or any related equipment..."

It is interesting to note that all succeeding agreements, including the Road Map, outline the same obligations for the Palestinian Authority to eradicate the threat of terrorism targeting the Jews by disarming groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, etc.

The truth, however, can be found in statements such as that made by the PA National Security advisor Jibril Rajoub, who reiterated that terrorism would be used as a tool to accomplish their goals when Israel pulled out of Gaza and northern Samaria. According to Rajoub, the Israelis could take it easy until after Sharon's disengagement plan had been carried out. At that time, said Rajoub, "We will be able to consider the matter again..."

Please let President Bush know today that we must not reward terrorists with another 50 million taxpayer dollars. We would, in fact, be supporting the formation of a terrorist state right next door to the tiny nation of Israel...a state that would be led by the likes of Hamas, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.

Sign the petition to President Bush, and then forward this to everyone on your list. We must keep this going around the world.

Thank you,
Mike D. Evans

Join the Jerusalem Prayer Team Now!

Michael Evans is the author of "Beyond Iraq: The Next Move," and founder of Jerusalem Prayer Team, America's largest Christian coalition praying for the peace of Jerusalem. Contact them at www.JerusalemPrayerTeam.org or email them at jpteam@sbcglobal.net

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GUSH KATIF THE AFSI/ZOA CHIZUK SOLIDARITY MISSION
Posted by Helen Freedman, June 20, 2005.

Part I: ISRAEL'S SELF-IMPOSED DHIMMI STATUS

I've just returned from another inspirational AFSI/ZOA Solidarity mission to Israel, May 30-June 7, 2005, and I have difficulty in writing this report. On the one hand, once again we were privileged to visit with and meet the bravest, truest, kindest, wisest heroes in Israel today. Some of the places they live in are Gush Katif/Gaza, Homesh, Sanur, Hebron, the Shomron, the Judean desert, and in Yerushalayim. I'll tell you about them in a follow-up report. This one must concentrate on the bad news regarding what is happening in Israel today.

The country is not sovereign, nor is it a democracy. It has begun a process of imploding wherein once again the Jews are in a subjugated position; however this time, it is a self-imposed dhimmi status. Wherever we traveled, we discovered absurd rulings and situations created by the Israeli government designed to empower the enemy and endanger Israelis.

In Kfar Darom, a community in Gush Katif/Gaza, a United Nations school sits adjacent to the community. It is used as a staging ground for firing on the residents of Kfar Darom. Although this has been documented, NOTHING is being done about it. The school remains in place.

In Netzarim, another community slated to be Judenrein on August 16, the government just completed building a new high school, but all the school rooms must be built like concrete bunkers because of the constant barrage of mortar shells, about which the government does NOTHING. Gaza city, a sprawling, growing city, with high rises and spacious homes, encircles Netzarim. The road used by Jews for travel has new Arab buildings encroaching upon it. The Israeli government does NOTHING to prevent this dangerous situation from growing worse.

When driving down the main two-lane road to Gush Katif, coming from the Kissufim junction, once again, threatening Arab homes line the road. The Israeli Supreme Court will NOT allow their destruction. Instead, fences are erected. A huge, 50 foot high concrete wall separates the Gush Katif industrial zone from Khan Yunis, a terrorist infested Arab city from which mortars are constantly launched at the Gush Katif communities. The Israeli government does NOTHING about the life-threatening situation.

Driving to the northern Shomron to visit Homesh, another town on the expulsion list, we pass through Burya, another huge Arab village with palatial homes. We keep looking for the Arab slums that are so prevalent on CNN and the major TV news broadcasts. We have never seen one, only affluent Arab villages spread out in the sunshine, with their Minarets proclaiming their presence.

In Homesh, we learn that the Shomron area which will become totally Arab if the four communities in N. Shomron expulsion plan are evacuated, is almost three times the size of Gush Katif. Homesh has endured 1450 terrorist attacks since 2000. The attackers come from Tulkarm, Shechem and Jenin and use hilltops that were scheduled to be part of Homesh as their staging grounds.There is NO retaliation from the Israeli government. Instead, retreat and concessions will create a contiguous Area A that will unite the three Arab terror cities once Homesh, Sanur, Ganim, and Kadim are made Judenrein.

We are reminded that the JNF was created to buy land and build settlements. Today, Israel's Attorney General has decreed that the land must be sold to Arabs also. This is a violation of the trust placed in the JNF by all those Jews who saved their pennies for the pushkas of the JNF so that Jews could live in the promised land.

We drive past Ramallah, huge and sprawling and wealthy Arab stronghold. It extends on all sides of Israel's Road #60. Ugly quarries tear up the land, dug by the Arabs of Ramallah. The communities of Migron and Kochav Yaakov are smothered by Ramallah's sprawl, as Arab buildings come right to the fences of the Jewish neighborhoods. P'sagot, once a lovely suburb of Jerusalem, overlooking Ramallah, now needs protection from a military compound, along with high walls to stop the sniper shooting. Shu'afat, a part of Ramallah, has spread so that it approaches the French Hill bus stop in Jerusalem, which has been the scene of many homicide bombers attacking school and regular buses. The Israeli government does NOTHING to stop the sprawl.

At the grave of Mother Rachel in Bethlehem, only fifteen hundred feet from the border of Jerusalem, a fortress has been created to protect the holy site. One can only approach in a bullet proof vehicle, with a military escort. The ugly, very high concrete wall that cuts through Jerusalem, extends to the grave, enclosing Kever Rachel on the "good" side of the "fence." The task of the Arab snipers will be made a bit more difficult now, but the mortification of the Jewish worshippers as they slip into the fortress must give the terrorists cause for great rejoicing.

The spiritual struggle to eradicate Jewish history is encapsulated in the pitiful, shameful, humiliating posture of the Jew as he attempts to connect with the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the holiest place for Jews in the entire world. That in 1967, at the time of the reunification of Jerusalem, when the Temple Mount was in our hands, it was Moshe Dayan, at the urging of Teddy Kollek, Mayor of Jerusalem who was interested in holding onto Arab votes, who gave the keys to the Mount to the Arab Waqf. This was a desecration of the worst kind, and today, the dhimmi Jews, must visit the Temple Mount only on the conditions set down by the Waqf and the Mufti of Jerusalem. The Israeli police work with the Waqf to prohibit Jewish prayer books and Jewish prayer on the Mount. Our group was told that in preparation for ascending the Mount, we had to remove all Jewish identification. A Muslim guard followed us on our walk around the Mount to make sure we weren't praying or bending our knees at any time. Stopping to tie shoe laces was a suspicious act, calling for quick surveillance on the part of the guard.

Hundreds of thousands of tons of debris from the First and Second Temple have been excavated from the Mount in order to build a huge underground mosque, Solomon's Stables, the skylights of which we could see on the plateau level. This uncontrolled digging has caused a bulge in the southern wall and has served to eradicate Jewish history at the Temple Mount. To rub salt into the insult, we saw Arab prayer platforms everywhere, along with a platform on the northern side containing a pedestal with an inscription calling for the destruction of Israel. Is there any self-respecting government anywhere in the world that would aid and abet an enemy within its midst that is dedicated to that country's destruction, as Israel does? Shame and humiliation abound.

In Hebron, where more endless Arab building is seen, the Jews are forced to live in a few enclaves, threatened always by snipers and infiltrators. A large Israeli army presence is required in order for Jews to walk safely to the Cave of the Patriarchs, the Ma'arat HaMachpela, in order to visit our patriarchs and matriarchs. Admot Yishai, a new building at Tel Rumeida, famous for its caravans on the hill in which Jews lived for many years, has now been completed. It sits above the archeological dig proving the existence of King David in the holy city. It, too, must be heavily guarded by the army.

The College of Judea and Samaria, in Ariel, slated to become a University, was one of our big disappointments, illustrating that even a trusted friend can desert you when his personal welfare is involved. Apparently, politically correct postures must be assumed to demonstrate that it is an "inclusive" institution that bans groups supporting YESHA. While we were visiting with Prof. Hanokoglu, listening to his story of his arrest and cruel interrogation at the hands of the Israeli police, for the crime of handing out stickers supporting Gush Katif, we learned of a shameful situation. Ta Katom, a national organization that exists at many universities, including Haifa and Hebrew U. was banned from the student council, and Lior Kohen, a member of the group was being called up on disciplinary charges. We joined the Ta Katom (Orange Cell) members in protesting this action and were told to "get off the campus." We have subsequently learned of other disgraceful actions on the part of President Don Mayerstein in his effort to woo Arabs and turn against the Jews of YESHA in order to gain the credentials he seeks for the College.

Israel has placed itself in a dhimmi position in regard to its Arab population. The entire action is a threat to Israel's very existence. Continued appeasement and withdrawal under threat of terror will only encourage the Arab enemy in its drive to dominate the world under the rule of global Islam. Israel must reassert its rights as a sovereign nation and STOP the flow of Jewish blood and the giveaway of the Jewish homeland IMMEDIATELY. Anything less is suicidal.

Part II. THE HEROES AND HEROINES OF GUSH KATIF AND THE N. SHOMRON

Our AFSI/ZOA Chizuk Solidarity Mission took off from Newark Airport on Sunday, May 30 with 45 participants, a bag of ORANGE shirts reading GUSH KATIF FOREVER and a map of all of Israel reading, LET MY PEOPLE STAY. In addition, we carried 500 Garfield ORANGE cats to be distributed to the children of Gush Katif, Sanur, Homesh, and Hebron. When asked why we chose Garfield as the toy of choice, the answer was that Garfield is ORANGE, and he doesn't move - just like the residents of the threatened communities, who will not move from their homes.

I'm ashamed to say that we didn't wear our ORANGE shirts through Israeli passport control because we were afraid of being turned back, or detained at length, as I experienced on a previous trip. The shirts were distributed in the airport, once we were safely in the country. Even then, I expected some Israeli authority to swoop down and haul us off as criminals for wearing the offending color. Fortunately that didn't happen, and we were the ORANGE brigade wherever we went.

In my previous article, Part I, I described the agony of the situation in Israel today, which we witnessed in so many ways in so many places. However, the good news is that there is also the ecstasy of the spiritually uplifting heroes and heroines of Israel who number in the hundreds of thousands. I will name just those with whom we met, and from whom we received so much strength and resolve to continue to do everything in our power to ban the expulsion plan.

Izzy Danziger, our guide for the trip, is a blessing to those who benefit from the work he does for Mishmeret Yesha, the rapid response teams made up of residents of the communities of YESHA. One of his men who trains the rapid response teams, Sharon, was a former major in the IDF anti-terror unit. He explained that fighting terrorist infiltrators is the most complicated war situation for the least trained people, who only get nine days of training each year.

Dror Vanunu, PR spokesman for Gush Katif met us at Yad Mordechai to escort us into Gush Katif. Dror regularly comes to the U.S. and works tirelessly in Israel to educate people about the situation in GK. In a great statement of support for his position, he just completed building a new house into which he and his family have moved. They plan to stay there.

Anita Tucker, the remarkable spokeswoman for Netzer Hazani, greets everyone with a smile and treats us to delicious vegetables from her hot houses. She had told the children in the community that Garfield was coming, and we had a heartwarming experience distributing the toy cats to the eager waiting children. Effie Eitam's wife and son rode up on their bicycles and chatted with us. They had moved to Netzer Hazani a few weeks before in a show of solidarity.

Rachel & Moshe Saperstein, residents of Neve Dekalim, greeted us with warm hospitality. They have become dear friends whose ability to remain optimistic and even good-humored in these difficult times is remarkable.

Nadia Matar, who makes up one-half of the Women-In-Green team with her mother-in-law, Ruth, has moved her family into a caravan at Kfar Yam. As our group climbed the sand dune up to her new home, Nadia greeted us warmly and requested that we make ourselves comfortable on her "terrace." Indeed, the view of the sea and the setting sun was spectacular. Sitting there and listening to Nadia, it was hard to believe that a Jewish government would find any logic at all in transferring Jews off their land. She encouraged us to go to the former Palm Beach Hotel which was just down the road and which we promptly visited. Baruch Marzel, an old friend from Hebron, was there, and explained the great effort that was being made to restore the hotel sufficiently so that protestors to the Sharon plan could go there to live, to prevent the expulsion. There are plans to put up a tent city on the beach to house hundreds more who wish to come. Of course, the Sharon government has already begun to demonize these people, spreading false rumors of "suicide attackers" and "Jews who would shoot." This sounds like the way is being paved for government provocateurs.

Esther Bazak hosted us in Neve Dekalim, telling us the story of her long-time residence in the community. She introduced Rachel Klein, a poet, who read some of her "Ban the Plan" poetry. They join the hosts of remarkable women who live in Gush Katif and are fighting the expulsion plan in the way they know best.

Professor Israel Hanokoglu is a brilliant physicist whom we visited at the College of Judea and Samaria. The Professor told us the story of being arrested by the police in Rishon Le Zion because he was handing out anti-expulsion stickers. After being threatened with having his hands broken, and his car towed, he was put into a jail cell with Rabbi Levinger from Hebron. He told us that the good news was that during the night hundreds of people arrived carrying tefillin and prayer books, and the morning prayer services and studying were spiritually uplifting. There was the prevailing belief in the destruction of the false governmental structure built without Torah.

Traveling north to the northern Shomron, we met the good people of Homesh who are trying to hold the line against the evacuation. We also witnessed the work of the rapid response teams being trained by Mishmeret Yesha.

In Sanur, originally an artists' colony of Russian immigrants, now the home of many Yeshiva students, we met with Rav Waldman from Kiryat Arba, who moved with his wife to a caravan in the threatened community. Twenty-five of his Yeshiva students relocated with him. He spoke to our group, stressing that the government has broken its social contract between itself and its citizens.

MK Prof. Arieh Eldad, who has also moved to Sanur with his wife and family in a show of solidarity, and who conducted a march from Sanur to Gush Katif, to arouse concern about the expulsion plan, was unable to greet us at Sanur that afternoon of our visit. He was at the prison in Ramle where fourteen-year-old Jewish girls were imprisoned for civil disobedience. However, he visited us that evening at the Ashel HaShomron hotel in Ariel. His message was a chilling one, as he told us he is raising money to build two field hospitals which he believes will be necessary to treat the wounded at Sanur and in Gush Katif. He is a strong proponent of Civil Disobedience, calling for everyone, in whatever way possible, to refuse to participate in any action that would assist the expulsion forces. His principled and unwavering stand against Sharon's evil plan gives one strength to continue the battle against all odds.

Daniella Weiss, mayor of Kedumim, was also at the prison in Ramle, lending support. When we visited with her later in the afternoon, she encouraged us to give funds to Friends of Kedumim, earmarked for Sanur, so that new families coming in would have some necessities in their tent homes.

At Gilad Farm, named after Gilad Zar, a victim of Arab terrorism, we were pleased to see that Ittai Zar and his wife, Bety, were now living in a thriving community of at least a dozen caravans. We had been to the farm when the police and soldiers were constantly tearing it down. How wonderful to see that good prevailed.

At Adei Ad - a hilltop community near Shilo, we spoke with Moshe Tanier, in charge of security, who patrols on horseback with his men. He credits Izzy Danziger and Mishmeret Yesha with whatever security assistance he gets.

At Elon Moreh, near Shechem, our good friends Pinchas Fuchs and Rabbi Felix met with us. The community has long been in a dangerous location and the brave people who live there are among the heroes of our times in Israel.

Danny Halamish became a new friend as we daringly ventured down a narrow road in the Judean Desert to visit a new community, Rehavaam Zevi. Although their guns were taken away from them by the Israeli army, the residents refuse to build a fence around their yishuv to protect themselves against Arab terrorism. They proudly showed us the new synagogue in a caravan and talked about the new baby that had just been born to the Halamish family. Their courage and dedication to the land was extremely moving.

Chaim Silberstein, devoted to rebuilding Jewish east Jerusalem and the grave of Mother Rachel, took us on a great tour of the new communities, imbuing us all with the need to contribute to buying land in east Jerusalem so that Jews may once again reclaim their heritage. With the huge problem of massive illegal Arab building everywhere, it is critically important to hold onto all of Jerusalem. Dan Luria, from Ateret Cohanim, joined Chaim in showing us the work that the Jerusalem Reclamation Project is doing. House by house, stone by stone is being reclaimed with great effort and cost. It is a daunting, but necessary task. Guy Yanofsky of Ateret Cohanim guided us on a Shabbat tour of the Old City, enabling us to see from the rooftops the incredible sprawl of the illegal Arab building, and the desperate efforts of the Jews to hold onto their claim to Jewish homes in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Yoram Ettinger was a guest speaker at our Shabbat lunch and spoke brilliantly about the terrorist threat to America that would be the result of Israeli retreat and concessions to terrorism. David Bedein, our Saturday night speaker, gave us an excellent talk on how we can best use the media and the Congress to influence the situation in Israel.

Rabbi Richman of the Temple Mount Institute guided us around the Temple Mount on Sunday morning. All the proper religious rituals were followed in preparation for this visit. In addition, we had to remove anything, other than kipot, that would identify us as Jews. The experience would have been an uplifting one, to be in the holiest place on earth for Jews, except for the humiliation we had to suffer at the hands of Israeli police and Waqf Muslim guards.

On the trip to Hebron, Yehudit Tayar, involved with security and rescue forces, accompanied us and spoke about her work. Yosef Begun, a famous Russian refusenik, also joined us. He described how the events of June 6, 1967, brought pride and hope to Russian Jews, and that date marked the beginning of his refusenik efforts.

In Hebron, David Wilder, spokesman for the community and good friend met us and gave us a first class tour of the Jewish areas in the city. We met Noam Arnon, another good friend and activist, along with Elisheva and Noam Federman. Noam is still under house arrest after many years of being detained by the Israeli police. Yifat Akobi, a dear friend who had been our tour guide years ago, before husband and family, met us on Tel Rumeida in her new home. The caravans are being displaced by Admot Yishai, a new apartment complex, as well as some other buildings that have been restored. It was thrilling to see the growth after so many years of stalling on the part of the government.

The crowning experience of our solidarity mission was marching with the Gush Katif float on Yom Yerushalayim. Jerusalem was celebrating the reunification of the city that occurred on June 6, 1967, and we were celebrating with her. We marched, all in ORANGE, waving our Gush Katif flags and banners, and received constant cheers and encouragement from the onlookers. Photographers along the way took our pictures. TV cameras caught us marching proudly, responding to the enthusiastic crowds with calls of "Gush Katif forever."

Our farewell dinner at the magnificent Botanic Gardens in Jerusalem was topped off by a visit from AFSI's Chairmam, Herbert Zweibon. He called for changes in the electoral system that would do away with the corruption that pollutes the Sharon government today and spoke about new leaders who would emerge to challenge the Likud for leadership.

These are the heroes and heroines of Israel today. It is because of them, and so many thousands more, that we feel certain the illegal, immoral, indecent Sharon expulsion plan will fail. We go on our solidarity missin to give the Israelis Chizuk, strength, and as always, we return strengthened by them. May HaShem fulfill his promise to bless those who bless Him, and curse those who curse Him.

Helen Freedman is Executive Director of Americans For a Safe Israel/AFSI, a pro-active pro-Israel advocacy group. AFSI may be contacted by mail at 1623 Third Ave., Suite 205, New York, N.Y. 10128 (Tel: 212-828-2424; Fax: 212-828-1717); by email at afsi@rcn.com; or by accessing its website: www.afsi.org.

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GUSH KATIF POLICE INTIMIDATION OF POLITICAL ACTIVISTS
Posted by Yoel Ben-Avraham, June 20, 2005.

The article "Police Intimidation of Political Activists" is the first articulate written description of the kind of story I have heard over and over again from activists throughout the country. Your considered and timely response would be greatly welcomed. If you feel as I do that there is here a story much greater than the private issue of the attempt to intimidate just the Spitz Family, please republish it on your site ... for reasons I'd rather not write openly I fear the article might not remain on www.Disengagement.org for very long.

The following is an excerpt from the Daily Email Newsletter "Orange Mail" published by grassroots activists describing all aspects of the wall-to-wall anti-Disengagement activities.

As usual, your personal feedback and suggestions to me are always appreciated.

B'Kavod Rav,
Yoel Ben-Avraham
Moderator - http://www.Disengagement.org

As you know, in the Ramle Jail there is a special wing for those jailed for the crime of protesting the "Disengagement" Plan. To the best of our knowledge there are currently between 20 to 30 prisoners there at ages ranging from "children" to "mature adults" and everything in-between. The struggle against the "Disengagement" Plan does not stop at the gates of the jail. Even those inside maintain a high morale, something that greatly angers the authorities.

The jail management has therefore decided to inconvenience the [prisoners] in various ways. Recently the prisoners are no longer permitted outside their cells except for an hour or two a day (during which time they must rush to shower, make phone calls, prepare for sleep etc.) The daily learning in the "Prison Bayit Midrash" has also been cancelled. Prayers with a minyan (quorum) [usually held three times a day] are permitted only Mondays, Thursdays and Shabbat. That a prisoner learns Torah seems to attract particular attention from the jail's administration. The authorities also try to minimize as much as possible the contact between the prisoners with the outside world, to foster a sense of isolation, lack of clarity and being cut-off.

The attempts to harass the prisoners find expression in a variety of situations. One instance of disproportionate punishment occurred a couple of weeks ago when the warden caught a prisoner sitting with their feet on the lunch room bench. The prisoner was sent under a hail of [unprofessional] screams to solitary confinement as punishment. Prisoners [who prior to their arrest] attended High school students were not permitted to take their end-of-year matriculation examinations (a restriction which was never applied to Arabs imprisoned for murder.) Two prisoners are forbidden to use the telephone or to have family visits (a basic right all other prisoners enjoyed just last Thursday). Despite all the above the prisoners manage to keep their spirits high.

This last Thursday the prison authorities behavior reached new depths. One of the prisoners, incarcerated over two months so far, makes every effort to learn Torah in his room, as do most prisoners. This particular prisoner was singled out to a systematic "search" in all of his personal effects. In the end the only thing that was taken were reefs of pages upon which he had written his Torah insights and outlines for future Torah lectures. Purportedly taken for the purpose of "for an hour to be checked", they have yet to be returned. The purpose appears to be very transparent, to make his Torah learning difficult and in this fashion make his incarceration more unpleasant than it already is.

It is appropriate that we come to the assistance of those currently in jail in whatever way we can. Of course our presence at arraignment proceedings or public celebrations outside the gates of the prison is important. [People have made a custom of celebrating the "Exit of the Shabbat" meal Saturday after Shabbat outside the prison where the prisoners (and authorities) can hear them in order to express their solidarity.] But we can also call the administration of the jail once a day to express our displeasure with their behavior and blatantly anti-protester policies.

The minimal demands that should be communicated to the prison authorities are the following:

* The right to prayer in a minyan (quorum) three times a day as is Jewish custom

* The confinement to cells, as if there were "dangerous criminals" is outrageous, none of those currently imprisoned have even been convicted of a crime, their only crime is political activism.

Central Telephone 972-8-977-6716
Extension: Secretary 1
Warden: 2
Social Worker: 3
Education: 4
Manpower: 5
Prison-Leave: 7
Fax 972-8-997-6351 .

[Moderators Comment] On a personal note, as the father of a young man who "sat" in this jail until released "for lack of evidence" after participating in a protest, I must add the following:

On one hand it is true that the sanctions being imposed upon these enthusiastic activists are at best "childish" when compared to the conditions in less "enlightened" states around the world. The issue is that the very act of being incarcerated is a form of political protest, one hundreds if not thousands are likely to follow in the coming months, if not weeks. Any attempt by the prison authorities to intentionally "change the rules" to make this form of protest disadvantageous is in itself a political act! Their behavior becomes a form of cooperation with those political forces that want to ram this immoral and anti-democratic initiative down the throats of the Israeli public.

What is at stake here is not the jail conditions or inconvenience to a handful of Jewish idealists - what is at stake is the politicization of every aspect of Israeli's justice system, starting with the police & security agencies, including the courts and finally the prison authority.

Pick up the phone, send off that fax and let the Israeli authorities know than a just and democratic Israel is in every Jews regardless of where they live!

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ARAB PATIENT TRIES TO BLOW UP HOSPITAL
Posted by Yrachamiel Elias, June 20, 2005.

The next time you encounter bleeding heart liberals with no more insight into the plight of the Jewish People as does a worm at the end of a fish hook have into it's reason for existing - show them this article and point out that the female arab creature masquerading as a human being was intending to painfully murder those that would attempted to heal her!

What say you now, Oprah Winfrey and "O" Magazine staff and editors? - What say you now, GM and Chevrolet? Will you still sponsor a pro-terrorist of a talk show reaching millions of viewers and tell them that GM and Chevrolet agree with Oprah?

What say you now Ariel Sharon - still insist on playing Russian roulette with the lives of the Jewish People? Or perhaps the payoff is so good for you and your family that it no longer matters to you and your brothers in crime how many Jewish lives you are attempting to destroy?

This was sent out by Naomi Ragen. She is an American-born novelist and journalist who lives in Jerusalem. She can be contacted at www.naomiragen.com, where you can subscribe to her newsletter.

Friends,

We hear so much about the "humanitarian" gestures we need to make towards the Palestinians.

Today, a young woman, Faha Samir, tried to cross out of Gaza. She had an appointment at Soroka Hospital for a medical condition. But when the soldiers searched her, they found she also had a ten kilo suicide belt.

She was being sent by the Al Aksa Martyrs to blow up the hospital, she admitted.

Remember this the next time you cry for people trying to get through checkpoints; the next time people try to convince you we aren't kind enough to our enemies.

Margot Dudkevitch of the Jerusalem Post wrote:

Israelis were today informed that one of the humanitarian gestures the Bush Administration has been pressuring Israel to make on behalf of the Palestinian Authority nearly cost them a massive terrorist attack. A bomb-laden female terrorist, who had been receiving treatment at an Israeli hospital, was arrested at the Erez Checkpoint today wearing an explosives belt, ready to be detonated.

The woman has been receiving treatment at Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva. Either before or after the treatments began, she was recruited by a Palestinian terrorist organization to take advantage of Israeli hospitality and generosity and carry out a suicide attack; apparently, the attack was to take place inside the hospital.

Security forces were alerted when the biometric screener located at the terminal crossing revealed that Wafa Samir Ibrahim Bas, a 21-year-old student at Al-Quds Open University, and resident of the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, was wearing explosives.

Security forces immediately shut down the crossing and Bas was ordered to strip inside a concrete enclosure. During the process she attempted several times to detonate the explosives but failed. After arguing with soliders who issued orders over a loudspeaker, she removed the explosives, later blown up by a robot.

Contact Yrachmiel ben Menachem Mendel Elias by email at Action@netzahyisrael.org or go to his website: Web-site: Http://netzahyisrael.org

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ABBAS EMPLOYS THE MOST TERRORISTS; TERRORIST EXCUSE FOR KILLING CIVILIANS
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, June 20, 2005.

WILL THE ARABS REFORM?

The US asserts that it would discontinue subsidy to regimes that repress freedom. Congress inserts such clauses into appropriation bills, but leaves it up to the Executive Branch to determine whether the conditions of the law are met. The Executive Branch often falsely certifies that the conditions are met. Where is the Congressional check on that imbalance?

Meanwhile, oppressive regimes, especially Arab ones such as the P.A., negotiate or drag out the reform process by way of keeping the subsidy without actually reforming significantly.

A better procedure would be for Congress to eliminate the subsidy until it finds significant accomplishment in reforming the oppressive regimes. It should not let the Administration shovel out money for its blundering political schemes.

A THEORY OF INDUSTRY OR PREJUDICE?

A couple of friends noted that the Arabs produced little; they just pour oil into barrels. Selling raw materials and buying finished goods is third world economics, they remarked. The friends' way to stop jihad is to reduce the price of oil. Largely true, but Muslim immigrants remit funds.

They expressed contempt for the Arab military-industrial threat to Israel. I mentioned that S. Arabia invested a billion dollars in Egypt, Egypt co-produces US tanks, Jordan has an industry that repairs military equipment, and they develop missiles and weapons of mass-destruction. Gradually, the Arabs are industrializing.

The friends replied that putting factories in countries without the trained engineers to support them soon leaves those factories worn out. They denied that Iran developed the subs and other weapons it claims, but that it buys them from Russia. Have you any facts to weigh in with?

FALSE ARAB LEXICON

The Arabs come upon a word for some crime associated with themselves, they wrap it in their own, contrary definition, and then assert that they oppose it. They take advantage of most people's unawareness that the Arabs distort the term's definition. This has been going on for some time with the term, "terrorism."

Every time Abbas denounces terrorism, he is given credit for being anti-terrorist, although he probably has more terrorists on his payroll than anyone else! IMRA points this sort of thing out, but the major media does not. If the major media were doing its job and if Israel had a patriotic propaganda effort, they would expose the Arab dissembling. That neither do reflects badly on both.

THEY ALMOST ALWAYS RATIONALIZE MURDER

Islamic terrorists act with religious sanctions. They take their fatwa authorizations seriously. These fatwas seem phony, however. That is, the terrorists get them from fellow Islamists. Other Muslims are silent. We don't know whether their silence implies consent or fear. But the Islamist religious authorities almost always justify any kind of murder and villainy contemplated. They rationalize attacks on innocents and condone torture and dismemberment as well as murder. They accept any means for their ends.

It seems to me that whenever people resort to totally unfair and loathsome means, their ends are not much different. The people of Iran and Afghanistan would agree with that, now.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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THE PUNISHMENT MUST FIT THE CRIME
Posted by David Wilder, June 20, 2005.

Well, it happened again. The inevitable. No, not really. The thirty-five year old man killed this morning by terrorists did not have to be the inevitable next victim. By all rights he should still be alive. When he left the northern Shomron community of Hermesh this morning, together with a fifteen year old passenger, he didn't have to die at the hands of Arab terrorists who shot into his car, hitting him and the gas tank, causing it to explode. However, when it was decided yesterday to 'ease-up' on restrictions to Arab transportation in the Shomron, with IDF roadblocks being removed, making it 'easier' for the innocent Arab population to move around, this morning's killing became inevitable.

This too, isn't really true. It didn't start yesterday. It didn't even start with the expulsion plan. It began with Ariel Sharon's vile corruption, going back to the 1990s, when, according to the Jerusalem Post "In the bribery case, dubbed 'the Greek Island affair,' (businessman David) Appel is alleged to have paid (Sharon's son) Gilad Sharon nearly $700,000 in the late 1990s for his work as part of a consulting team in developing a vast tourism project in the Greek islands at a time when his father was foreign minister. The indictment states that the 53-year-old Appel's real aim in employing the premier's son was to gain influence with his father to lobby Greece to approve the project. Appel himself has said that the prime minister was not involved in the lucrative deal? Based on two previous Supreme Court rulings, if Sharon were to be indicted, he would likely be obliged to suspend himself from office pending the outcome of the trial, although the actual law on such a matter is obscure."

According to the book "Boomerang," written by journalists Raviv Drucker from Channel 10 news and Ofer Shelach from the Yedioth Achronot newspaper, Sharon's fear of indictment, loss of office and jail, directly led to the decision to unilaterally flee from Gush Katif and the northern Shomron. This accusation, backed up by interviews with people 'very close to the Prime Minister' is identical to charges leveled at Sharon months ago by MK Tzvi Hendel, who virtually swore that Sharon realized he had two choices: public disgrace or abandonment of Gush Katif. He choose the latter, preferring double appeasement to a court-of-law. The double whammy he inflicted on his land and his people: submission to the Israeli left, certain that they would not dare touch a prime minister implementing their life-long craving, the beginning of eviction of Israelis from Yesha; and acquiescence to the Arab enemy: terror pays off. Kill Jews and get what you want.

Interestingly enough, Hendel's accusations were ignored by the Israeli media. That's not surprising. After all, Hendel lives in Gush Katif; what would anyone expect him to say. But "Boomerang" too is being blacklisted. Excepting Channel Two's Nissim Mishal, who introduced the book and its authors on his weekly T.V. program, the book is a non-event. The daily radio talk shows, the 'bread-and-butter' of Israeli scandal-talk' have scrupulously avoided the subject. The talk-show hosts, realizing the explosive potential of such revelations, are keeping their hands off.

But not the terrorists. When Israelis shut up, when their actions speak louder than words, when they relinquish their homeland and abandon their people, this is a language the enemy understands. Loud and clear, a signal: Israeli blood is 'hefker' valueless, worth less than a grain of sand. Spilt blood is a ready commodity. Turn on the faucet, let it run - until it runs out - until there's none left - until Eretz Yisrael is Judenrein.

In a couple of hours a Beer Sheva court judge will pass judgment on Rabbi Moshe Levinger. The prosecution has demanded that Rabbi Levinger be placed either under house arrest or in jail until conclusion of all proceedings against him. These demands stem from the first national road-blocking protest a few weeks ago. Rabbi Levinger made it clear that he has no intentions of remaining 'free' with restrictions and would prefer jail to house arrest. I was present at the first court hearing; when the judge called the case he referred to 'Moshe Levinger' and never used the word Rabbi. So much for judicial respect. I wonder how the judge would have referred to a surgeon or perhaps a colleague, accused of a crime?

At about the same time that the judge in Beer Sheva is decreeing Rabbi Levinger's fate, five young girls, one twelve and a half, will be freed from jail, after spending thirty five days in prison. They too were arrested for 'illegally blocking roads.' When the prosecution demanded that their release be conditional on their agreement not to leave their communities until conclusion of all legal proceedings against them, the girls refused to sign. As a result they spent over a month in jail. In very difficult conditions. Finally the prosecution relented, a little bit, and agreed to lower the 'restriction level,' forbidding the girls from participating in protests, or from being present in Tel Aviv or the 'central part' of Israel, pending legal action against them. The girl's parents agreed, and today they are going home. One of the girls' fathers said this morning on Israel radio, 'this goes to show the evil of 'disengagement.' "The prosecution prefers that a twelve year old sit for over a month in jail, rather than imprison (Sharon's son) Omri."


Next Shabbat the weekly Torah portion we read deals with the first rejection of Eretz Yisrael, first by ten of the premier leaders of the fledgling Jewish people. According to important Jewish sources, the primary reason for the spy's denunciation of the Land was, simply, power. They knew that while still in the desert they would be leaders, princes of the people. However, once in the Land of Israel, they would be replaced by a new generation of leaders, and they would only be simple folk, just like everyone else. They preferred power in the desert to simplicity in the Land.

Using emotional, articulate and seemingly logical expressions of persuasion, these men convinced a majority of the people of their legitimacy, resulting in massive mourning: Why should we go to Israel, a land that devours its occupants?

Of course, we all know the end of the story. The spies died horrible deaths at the hand of G-d, all men between the ages 20 to 60 died in the desert and were not privileged to reach Eretz Yisrael, and, unfortunately, those Jews spent the next forty years wandering around the desert, rather than immediately entering the Land. And the Divine One decreed, that day, the day of mourning because of Eretz Yisrael, would become a day of mourning for eternity; later known as the ninth day of Av - Tisha b'Av, the date of the destruction of the First and Second Temples, leading to Israel's galut, expulsion from the land.

This year, G-d forbid, the next galut, expulsion, is due to begin the day after Tisha b'Av. It seems that history repeats itself and we have yet to learn.


There are two kinds of fighters: those courageous and those cowards. The courageous, like a seventy year old Rabbi, or a twelve year old, both willing to face incarceration rather than abandon their land - these are true warriors. Yet there are others, so-called leaders, who are no different than the spies. No, that's not true. Sharon is worse. The spies didn't yet know the end of the story. Sharon does.

Sharon's manifold acts of cowardice deserve suitable punishment. He is a traitor to his land, abandoning it to our enemies, simply to stay in power, so as not to be disgraced. He is assisting the enemy to pull the trigger, allowing Jews to be killed, not for reasons of national security, rather, for his own personal gain. As Prime Minister, he is as a solder fleeing in battle. Any commander knows what to do with a solder who turns and runs in the midst of combat.

Ariel Sharon should be tried by a legal Israeli court of law on both counts - as an elected leader who has betrayed his land and his people, and also as military commander, turning and running from the enemy in the middle of war. Following his demise his body should be burned and his ashes scattered over Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron.

The punishment must fit the crime.


UPDATE:

A Beer Sheva Court judge today ruled harshly against Rabbi Moshe Levinger, as a result of his participation in 'road-blocking' a month ago.

The judge ruled:
1. Rabbi Levinger must deposit 10,000 shekels bond with the court.
2. Rabbi Levinger must guarantee an additional 100,000 shekel bond if the court conditions are violated.
3. Rabbi Levinger is forbidden from leaving Kiryat Arba-Hebron until conclusion of all legal proceedings against him.
4. Rabbi Levinger may not participate in any 'illegal' demonstrations or protests.

Rabbi Levinger's lawyer immediately notified the judge that the decision would be appealed. As of this posting, Rabbi Levinger has not yet issued an official statement, reacting to the judge's decision.

A Hebron spokesman issued the following statement: The Israeli 'establishment' i.e., the prosecution and judiciary, have yet to learn that oppression and attempts to prevent protest will not succeed. To the contrary, such harsh judgments will have the opposite effect. This coming Wednesday's planned 'country-shutdown,' stage two, will prove the point.

Rabbi Moshe Levinger, one of the premier religious leaders of the Jewish settlement movement, a giant, whose visions have become reality, is an obvious target of the Israeli left. Yet attempts to restrict his freedom of movement will not succeed in preventing him from continuing to lead, to point the younger generation in the right direction, and eventually, conducting the orchestra of victory. Rulings such as this, a virtual desecration of the sacred, will be remembered together with other acts of Jewish terror against Jewish patriots, as one of the darkest hours of our people's history. The righteous will be eternally remembered, while those evil will be blotted from our people's collective memory.

With blessings from Hebron.

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David Wilder is spokesman of The Jewish Community of Hebron. You can contribute directly to The Jewish Community of Hebron, POB10, Kiryat Arba-Hebron 90100, hebron@hebron.org.il, 972-2-9965333 or write to The Hebron Fund, 1760 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11230, hebronfund@aol.com

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AMERICA'S IRREPLACEABLE ALLY
Posted by Women in Green, June 20, 2005.

This article was written by Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post. It appeared June 16, 2005. Jun. 16, 2005

In an in-depth article entitled "How we would fight China" published in the June issue of The Atlantic Monthly, military correspondent Robert D. Kaplan analyzes the encroaching specter of a cold war between the US and China. He also sets out the strategies and tactics that the US military's Pacific Command is constructing to contend with the emerging reality.

In his words, "the center of gravity of American strategic concern is already the Pacific, not the Middle East." From the US military's perspective, "the current epoch of Middle Eastern conflict... will start to wind down during the second Bush administration."

Kaplan quotes a US Marine general in the Pacific Command who explains that the nascent US strategy for dealing with China will be based on multilateral military cooperation, or as he put it bluntly, it will be "military multilateralism on steroids." As its Atlantic alliances with NATO countries are breaking down in the face European rejection of America's decision to fight Islamic imperialism rather than appease it, the US is quietly building deep military alliances with countries such as Singapore, India, Australia, Japan and Thailand, which will all play key roles in containing China in the coming cold war in the Pacific.

Kaplan notes that one of the US's Achilles' heels in building this alliance structure is the technological gap between the US military and these crucial allies in the Pacific. As he writes, "Getting militarily so far ahead of everyone else in the world creates a particular kind of loneliness that not even the best diplomats can always alleviate, because diplomacy itself is worthless if it's not rooted in realistic assessments of comparative power."

Kaplan's report points to a strategic reality that US policymakers in Washington seem intent on ignoring. Israel's military sales and strategic military ties to linchpin states in the Pacific, like Singapore and India, have made it possible for these states today to center so prominently in American long-term strategic planning for its emerging cold war with China.

Israel was the first state to offer military assistance to Singapore, back in 1965 when that tiny island nation's entire military amounted to one battalion. For the next 10 years Israel was the only state assisting the Singaporeans, who one US military official interviewed by Kaplan referred to today as "just awesome in every way."

Israeli military officials involved in strategic cooperation with Singapore explain that the relationship has advanced to the point where most of the arms sales take the form of joint military ventures. Israel sells Singapore weapons systems that are tailor-made for its needs, and Singapore finances much of the research and development of these systems. Until it was outpaced by India, Singapore was the Israeli military industries' largest client. Sales range from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars per year.

While military cooperation with India has only become prominent in recent years, Israel was assisting India militarily as early as the 1960s, during its war with Pakistan. Today, between multi-billion dollar annual military sales and joint training exercises, Israel's strategic importance for the modernization of the Indian military is undeniable.

In cultivating its relationships with countries like Singapore and India, Israel's defense planners have followed a clear rationale that fuses commercial and strategic concerns. On the one hand, for Israel to maintain its military superiority over the Arabs, it must have a cutting-edge arms industry. For the industry to remain state-of-the-art, Israel must develop export markets to make its research, development and production costs manageable and sustainable. On the other hand, Israel has a strategic, long-term interest in developing ties with countries like India and Singapore, which share similar threats and concerns, because at the end of the day, these states form natural alliances with Israel.

Today, rather than thank Israel and India and Singapore for their forward thinking, whose importance to the US is unquestionable, the US is punishing them. This week it was reported that following Israel's misguided sale of Harpy aerial drones to China, Washington is now demanding control over its weapons exports to India and Singapore.

There can be no doubt that Israel's decision to sell advanced weapons systems to China was strategically blind. China does not only threaten US interests. Through its missile sales to Iran and Saudi Arabia, it also threatens Israel's national security interests. In the wake of US wrath over the Harpy deal, Israel has corrected its behavior and agreed not to sell weapons systems to China in the future.

It is more than possible that the US attempt to take away Israel's independence in developing its exports markets is simply an attempt to hitch a ride on the current crisis with China to advance the interests of US weapons manufacturers, who have trouble competing with their Israeli counterparts. Yet in so acting, not only is the US harming its relations with Israel and damaging Israel's reputation internationally, it is also insulting Singapore and India by acting as though there is something wrong with these US allies' acquisition of advanced weapons systems.

In comparing the ease of crafting a strategy for contending with China to the difficulty of formulating policy on the Middle East, Kaplan makes one of the most common American mistakes in characterizing the constraints on their actions in the Arab world. Kaplan writes, "Our actions in the Pacific will not be swayed by the equivalent of the Israel lobby; Protestant evangelicals will care less about the Pacific Rim than about the fate of the Holy Land."

Yet what Israel's cultivation of its own bilateral strategic ties with countries like Singapore and India shows is that when Israel is behaving in a strategically responsible way, it is also advancing America's strategic interests. This is the case because, at the end of the day, the two countries share the same enemies and therefore are drawn to the same potential allies.

That is, the foundation of the US-Israel alliance is not American altruism or domestic political pressure to save God's Chosen People from destruction. The rationale behind the US-Israel alliance is the fact that Israel is a strong, self-sufficient democracy whose strength and stability, both locally and globally, enhance US national security.

When, as happened this week, Palestinian Authority cabinet ministers insanely announce that Israel is trying to poison the Palestinians by selling them cancer-causing juices, there should be no place for doubt as to who America's ally is in the Middle East. Indeed, the levels of cultural anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism in Palestinian society and the Arab world should make it absolutely clear to Washington that a strong Israel is a national security necessity.

Yet, in the Americans' haste this week to humiliate Israel and emasculate its arms industry, even at the expense of its other allies, we see a disturbing indication that as the Bush administration slogs through its second term, it is intent on ignoring the strategic realities of the region and indeed of the global strategic environment, preferring instead to try to appease the Arabs and the Europeans at Israel's expense in the hopes of receiving their cooperation in the future.

This latest American move was not carried out in a vacuum. It comes against of backdrop of a disconcerting pattern of behavior by the administration that leads inexorably to the devastating conclusion that the US is moving to abandon its alliance with Israel. The publication of the federal indictment against former Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin this week is case in point.

From a perusal of the charges against Franklin, the following picture emerges: Franklin, a hawk on Iran's nuclear weapons program, sought to bring his views to the attention of decision-makers. In so doing, he did what countless Washington policy analysts do on a daily basis. He sought to build a coalition with like-minded thinkers outside the government.

According to the indictment, Franklin passed no significant classified information to AIPAC officials or to Naor Gillon at the Israeli embassy. He received no compensation for his relationships with them. All he did was talk about Iran with people who share his concerns in the hope that they could - through their official dealings with administration officials - advance his views.

Franklin's one crime, it would seem, was his unquestioning view of Israel as a strategic ally of the US at a time when powerful circles in Washington are trying to disengage from this alliance. Had he conducted identical conversations with British diplomats or pro-Japanese lobbyists, there is little doubt that he would still be sitting behind his desk at the Pentagon.

Franklin has pleaded innocent to all charges submitted against him. His trial is set to start on September 6. To a degree, what will really be on trial will be the question of whether the US does or does not view Israel as its ally.

And so the question necessarily arises: If the Bush administration is planning to abandon Israel, who does it think will replace it? Egypt, an economic basket-case run by a dictator who galvanizes popular support by cultivating societal hatred of America? Saudi Arabia, which is now pushing a policy with the International Atomic Energy Agency that will allow it to accumulate small quantities of uranium and plutonium which it could easily transfer to terrorist organizations for the purpose of attacking the US?

Israel was wrong to sell weapons systems to China. But the damage done to US national security interests has been effectively brought under control. The damage that the US's increasingly hostile position toward Israel is doing to US national security interests will not be so easily contained. The positive consequences for America of its alliance with a strong and secure Israel are enormous and unique. The negative consequences of an abandonment of Israel will be equally vast.

Why would Singapore or India or any other US ally trust an America that would abandon Israel? And how will the US be more secure if it increases its dependence on Arab regimes that are inherently hostile to it and everything it stands for?

Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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CHIEF PILOT OF OPERATION MAGIC CARPET DEAD AT 94
Posted by Steven Plaut, June 20, 2005.

4. Robert F. Maguire Jr., the chief pilot of Operation Magic Carpet, which evacuated more than 40,000 Jewish refugees from Yemen to the newly created state of Israel between late 1948 and early 1950, died on June 10 at his home in Northridge, Calif. He was 94.

He died of natural causes, said his son Robert F. Maguire III.

Starting in November 1947, when the United Nations voted to partition Palestine, Arabs and Jews were at war. Pogroms against the Jews of Yemen soon followed. In an operation that was arduous, dangerous and secret, nearly the entire Jewish population of Yemen was evacuated beginning in December 1948.

The flight from Yemen to Israel, a journey of more than 1,400 miles, was almost entirely over hostile territory. Though the evacuation was kept secret for fear of sabotage, the planes were routinely fired on by Egyptian forces. Fuel was scarce. Pilots were warned that if they were forced to land in enemy territory, the passengers, and perhaps the crew, risked being executed.

Requiring a little more than a year and 380 flights, Operation Magic Carpet evacuated 40,000 to 50,000 Yemenite Jews without loss of life. David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, was reported to have called Mr. Maguire "the Irish Moses." The writer Leon Uris based a character in his 1958 novel, "Exodus," on him.

Robert Francis Maguire Jr. was born in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 7, 1911. His father, Robert Francis Sr., was a lawyer who became a judge at the Nuremberg war-crimes trials in the late 1940's. Robert Jr. began flying as a teenager, later attending Reed College and the University of Oregon. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps the day after Pearl Harbor, and flew in the Pacific region in the war.

After the war, Mr. Maguire became a pilot for Alaska Airlines. With the creation of the State of Israel in May 1948, the airline won a contract to fly Jewish refugees there from around the globe. Mr. Maguire flew thousands of Jews out of Shanghai before being sent to the Middle East to help start Operation Magic Carpet in conjunction with the American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee, a humanitarian organization.

An ancient, nomadic people, Yemenite Jews had been oppressed since the advent of Islam in the eighth century. But their deliverance into Israel was prophesied in a line from the Book of Isaiah: "They shall mount up with wings as eagles."

When news of the planned evacuation reached them, they walked, sometimes hundreds of miles, carrying Bibles and Torah scrolls, until they reached a refugee camp at the British protectorate of Aden, on the southern tip of Yemen.

The pilots left each morning from their base in Asmara, Eritrea, and landed at Aden to pick up passengers. Few of the Yemenite Jews had ever seen an airplane. But the airline painted an eagle with outstretched wings over the door of each craft, and the Yemenites went aboard.

As many as 28 pilots at a time were involved in the operation, which involved carrying the refugees to Tel Aviv, flying back to the safety of Cyprus for the night, and returning to Asmara at dawn before starting over again, a round trip of about 20 hours. When Alaska Airlines had to withdraw a few months into the operation, Mr. Maguire started his own company, Near East Air Transport, and hired planes and pilots to continue the job.

The work cost him his career. In the region, Mr. Maguire contracted a parasite that affected his heart and as a result he lost his commercial pilot's license in the early 1950's. In later years he worked as a pension-fund manager. Last year, Mr. Maguire, an Episcopalian, was awarded a medal of valor by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Mr. Maguire's first marriage, to the former Jean Shepard, ended in divorce. He is survived by their three children: Robert F. III, of Los Angeles; Gilbert, of Ventura, Calif.; and Alix of Long Beach, Calif.; a sister, Constance Wilson of Brookings, Ore.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Maguire's second wife, the former Edith Barnick, died in 2002.

In Operation Magic Carpet, Mr. Maguire relied as much on his wits as on his aviation skills. He once ran out of fuel and was forced to land in Egypt. When airport officials rushed up to the plane, Mr. Maguire ordered them to send ambulances immediately.

"What for?" they asked him.

"I have smallpox on board," Mr. Maguire replied.

He got his fuel, and flew on to Tel Aviv.

Robert Maguire Jr., the commercial pilot from Oregon who was dubbed the "Irish Moses" for helping fly tens of thousands of Jewish refugees through hostile territory from Yemen to Israel in 1949, died June 10 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 94.

The World War II veteran was working for Alaska Airlines in late 1948 when the company was contracted by the American Joint Distribution Committee to fly Jewish refugees from Yemen, where they had been oppressed for centuries, to the newly established state of Israel.

As the chief pilot of Operation Magic Carpet, Maguire helped transport more than 40,000 refugees on nearly 400 flights, a successful airlift that prompted Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion to call Maguire the "Irish Moses."

The operation was a secret one because it was feared that the planes would be shot down by Arab forces, who were at war with Israel. While they were often shot at, none of the planes crashed and no lives were lost.

After Alaska Airlines withdrew from the operation, Maguire kept it going by buying or leasing planes and setting up Near East Air Transport.

Not many of Maguire's Jewish passengers were aware that their pilot was an American of Irish and British descent who had been raised an Episcopalian.

Over the years, Maguire never sought acknowledgment for his role in the operation, modestly saying that he was "just doing my job."

In 2004, however, Maguire was awarded a medal of valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles for his "heroic efforts that helped rescue tens of thousands of Jews." http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/11916006.htm

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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THE 'PRAGMATIC' HAMAS MYTH
Posted by Gerald M. Steinberg, June 20, 2005.

This appeared in The Jerusalem Post yesterday. It is archived at www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ ShowFull&cid=1119061896966&p=1006953079865

The wishful thinking that has long characterized European diplomacy in the Middle East has made one of its periodic ocean crossings and regained a foothold in Washington. Reflecting their eagerness to see "progress" in relations between Palestinians and Israelis, some American officials have adopted the myth of Hamas moderation.

This optimism is based on the theory that as the leaders of terrorist, liberation or revolutionary organizations gain political power, they are also forced to deal with the realities of the governing process. According to this model, these realities - providing jobs, housing, health and education, and security - require cooperation with their enemies and neighbors. And this cooperation, in turn, fosters ideological moderation, and a transition from violence to peaceful coexistence.

But like many appealing diplomatic theories, this one has a poor track record in the real world, particularly in the case of radical Islamist groups. In Afghanistan, when the Taliban took power after decades of warfare and terror, many intelligence agents and policy makers expected the extremist mullahs to become pragmatic. But instead of moderation, they converted their power into a reign of terror used to impose the most extreme form of Islam on the entire population.

The Taliban leaders never bought into the concepts of responsible government. And social services - health, education and economic development - were not high on their list of priorities. And instead of cooperation with the West, Mullah Omar and the rest of the Taliban leadership used their control over Afghanistan to provide Osama bin Laden with a safe haven and a base for operations.

THE SAME theory was used to predict the transformation of Hizbullah from a Shi'ite terror group focused on attacking Israeli and Western targets into a political party focusing on internal Lebanese issues. But in this case as well, the hard evidence has proven stronger than the soft theory, at least in the five years since the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon.

Instead of ending its terror activities and investing more in social services, Hizbullah engaged in kidnapping Israeli soldiers, the deployment of 12,000 rockets, and in providing direct support for Palestinian terror attacks. So while Hizbullah pursues political power in Lebanon in parallel with terrorism, the declarations of leaders such as Hassan Nasrallah, rejecting all disarmament proposals, appear entirely credible.

In the face of repeated failures, what accounts for the persistence of diplomacy based on wishful thinking, and the artificial dichotomy between political power and the use of terror?

In part, it is what academics (realists, at least) refer to as "mirror imaging," in which Western diplomats project their own pragmatism and compromise onto leaders of terror groups from other cultures. The West has adopted an idealism that reflects its own history, including the tolerance resulting from the Enlightenment, and centuries of devastating religious and ideological warfare.

But from this specific experience, the intellectual and political trend-setters have attempted to universalize the process. Europeans, in particular, place themselves at the vanguard of a universal process in which religion, ideology and nationalism have lost their power of persuasion. In the place of these dark forces of primitive human nature, Europeans see pragmatism, tolerance, reconciliation and compromise as being on the ascendant. So to gain aid, access and weapons, "revolutionary" leaders tell Westerners what they want to hear - that they, too, share these goals.

These factors helped push the Middle East "peace process" beginning with the secret Oslo talks and ending in disaster. Here too, wishful thinking presented an image of Yasser Arafat having made the transition from terrorist leader to pragmatic statesman seeking the best for his people. The mountain of evidence demonstrating that Arafat remained stuck in 1947 rejectionism was overlooked - it was not part of the optimistic conceptual framework.

Now, many of the same people who enthusiastically promoted Oslo are pushing for a political dialogue with Hamas, based on the likelihood that this group will take power from the corrupt and ineffectual Fatah faction. At the same time, Hamas is still planning terror attacks and continuing in its rejection of the legitimacy of Israel, regardless of borders. As in Arafat's case, Hamas supporters can reasonably conclude that, European and American anti-terror rhetoric notwithstanding, they can receive recognition and control of the aid funds for the Palestinian Authority without disarming or halting their "armed struggle."

The disastrous consequences of this wishful thinking are twofold: First, there is the immediate failure to use leverage with Hamas, however limited, for an end to terrorism. But the long-term tragedy is reflected in the inability of Europe and America to learn from the experience in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and southern Lebanon, and to temper their optimism with political realism.

As a result, instead of moving toward conflict management, this mythology leads to escalation.

Gerald M. Steinberg is the editor of www.ngo-monitor.org and director of the Program on Conflict Management, Bar Ilan University

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GUSH KATIF GUSH KATIF IS FIGHTING FOR ITS LIFE. AND YOURS
Posted by Gush Katif Community, June 20, 2005.

HELP THE FARMERS PLANT FOR NEXT GROWING SEASON

Contribute to the FUND TO SUPPORT THE FARMERS IN GUSH KATIF - banks have refused to loan any funds to Gush Katif farmers to continue with their livelihood.

Please, send cheques to Keren "Ma'amin veZorea", Ganei-Tal, D.N. Chof-Aza 79792 For loans to Gush Katif farmers so they can begin the agricultural season Call 1-800-20.2288 or 08-6840.879, for detail or to contribute 1000 NIS.

INCREASE THE POPULATION OF GUSH KATIF!

1. Mateh Chiloni is assembling a nucleus of seculars to come to Pei'at Sadeh Come for as long as you can - for more details call Amit Barak 0546.633.938 2. WiG is working closely with Minhelet Kela, refurbishing homes to absorb hundreds of new people to Gush Katif In addition to financial help, we are looking for electricians, plumbers, contractors, painters, etc. who are willing to volunteer a day or more of their time and come down to Gush Katif in order to help fixing the homes.

For details please call Nadia Matar 0505-500.834 or Anita 0505-777.254

3. Jews living abroad who are able, should move to Israel at this critical time to resist the ethnic cleansing and war crimes planned by the Sharon government against its Jewish citizens

* PLEASE, make efforts to fly to Israel before (IF!?) the evil "Jews' Expulsion Project" starts (Aug 15) and join the crowds who would come to bodily block it

* JEWS/SUPPORTERS ALL AROUND THE WORLD: INTERESTED TO RESIDE IN GUSH KATIF? (From www.gamla.org.il) - Call (972) 08-6847.048 or fax 08-6845.128 (with full details)

* OTHERWISE (if you are unable to, for any reason) - Please CONTRIBUTE.

Gush Katif Forever
http://www.savegushkatif.org
info@savegushkatif.org
(310) 288-0333

Or give generously to Friends of Gush Katif (501c3) http://www.katifund.org. ALL funds raised go to programs that help the residents of Gush Katif.

Visit our website at http://english.katif.net/index.php?id=1340&sub=3

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GUSH KATIF JOIN US OUTSIDE THE ISRAELI EMBASSY TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Posted by AFSI, June 19, 2005.
The March to Stop the Deportation

Americans Say Never Again!

Never Again to indifference

Never Again to silence

Never Again to deportation

Dear Friend of Israel,

The Sharon Government plans to deport close to 10,000 Jews from Gush Katif and Northern Shomron later this summer. Jewish lives are at risk both there as well as in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and other major population centers.

Even PM Sharon's own newly appointed head of the Shin Bet Yuval Diskin paints a bleak picture of Israel's security situation after the expulsion. According to Diskin, "Northern Samaria and Gaza without the IDF means terror and the firing of missiles at Israeli targets all over the Land. It would leave the IDF without an effective method of fighting terror."

Our brothers and sisters in Israel have pleaded for us to do something to prevent this crime against humanity and violation of G-d's commandment to the Jewish people.

They are counting on us.

We will not let them down.

Join Us

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

1:00pm - 6:00pm

Outside the Israeli Embassy, Washington DC

Please feel free to bring signs, Israeli and American flags to the demonstration.

T-shirts will be available both at the demonstration and online.
They are orange with black lettering commemorating the demonstration.
Available in large and x-large sizes.
To order online please contact Matt Finberg at matt@stopthedeportation.org

Register Now

Questions/Comments: matt@stopthedeportation.org

Visit: http://www.stopthedeportation.org/ to see a full list of speakers and contact information


Ascendant Redemption and
Americans For A Safe Israel/AFSI

Invite you to attend a reception
In honor of

MK Dr. Arieh Eldad

Tuesday, June 21, 2005
6:00 - 7:30pm

 
Washington Terrace Hotel 1515 Rhode Island Avenue Washington, DC

To Respond, Please: Click Here

MK Dr. Arieh Eldad, respected Surgeon, Knesset Member and outspoken opponent to Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan, will be raising desperately needed funds for Gush Katif and Northern Shomron. Basic supplies such as food, water and medical equipment must be made available to the tens of thousands that are expected to gather in these communities to prevent the deportation. Dr. Eldad is establishing two field hospitals, one in Neve Dekalim and one in Sa-Nur to treat the expected casualties.

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LEGITIMISING HAMAS
Posted by David Frankfurter, June 19, 2005.

Dear Friends,

I am taken aback by newspaper reports that the EU and some of its constituent countries are holding "low level diplomatic talks" with Hamas and that the US is trying to work out what to do if (!) Hamas wins seats in the Palestinian elections. This is being presented as dealing with the "facts on the ground". Acceptable "Realpolitik".

Euphemisms, even strong ones such as "Hamas has been outlawed as a terrorist organisation by the EU and the US", note the brazen illegality of these contacts, but imply some defect in the law rather than diplomatic morals.

Let's call a spade a spade. Hamas is racist. They hate Jews. They hate Christians. They are murderers. They are on a roll of achieving a "Judenrein Gaza", and have announced that this is just a start, and that they won't disarm until the Jews are driven out of all of the Middle East.

When Jörg Haider - who was a racist - led the Austrian Freedom Party in the Austrian coalition government, Austria was ostracised until Haider resigned. Are those willing to hold talks with Hamas displaying their own tendencies? Why do they treat the Palestinians who incite violent racism and murder differently from an Austrian who was so mild by comparison?

Please ask your elected representatives.

Best Regards,
David

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RICE ANNOUNCES "DESTRUCTION AND CLEAN-UP PLAN" FOR GUSH KATIF
Posted by Bryna Berch, June 19, 2005.

Seems like ages ago that the pundits were telling us that this Administration would be more evenhanded towards Israel and would not be overwhelmingly pro-Arab as all previous US administrations have been IN ACTION. This time, we were reassured, the Arabs would have to get rid of their terrorists BEFORE the squeeze would be put on Israel. Yes sir, this time, there's a road map that says Arabs have to actually stop terror before Israel is again squeezed. Yeah. So here comes Terry Thomasina Thomas - she has Terry Thomas' teeth but is no where as amusing - and cracks the whip. "Snap to it, Jews. Hurry up, here we are ready to kick you out of Samaria and Judea, and you haven't left Gaza yet! Move it. At this rate, it'll be months before we can destroy Israel and set up Palestine. Move it."

On the other hand, if Israel is insane enough to give up Gaza and even PAY her enemies to destroy Israeli property, why should Sec-of-State Rice show her any respect?

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to demolish all the homes in 21 Jewish communities in Gush Katif.

Speaking at a press conference after meeting with Israeli leaders, Rice said, "Israel and the Palestinian Authority agree that the settler homes of Gaza should be removed. Therefore parties will work toward a plan for destruction and clean-up."

Rice said that both Israel and the PA would be cooperating on the destruction plan. "The view is that there are better land use possibilities for the Palestinians that can better address their housing needs," she said. "The PA is preparing a master plan for the construction in the region to match the needs of the Gaza population, and for the buildings that remain to be used for the Palestinians' welfare... There are some 2,000 [Gush Katif] homes, while the Palestinians need housing solutions for 1.3 million people."

This number is of course a wild exaggeration, as the vast majority of the Arab population in Gaza lives in normal apartments in Gaza City, Khan Yunis and other cities. Even according to PA figures, only 1/3 of the population lives in UN-funded refugee camps. The "1.3 million" total figure is also overstated; a recent survey by Bennett Zimmerman, historian Dr. Roberta Seid and Dr. Michael Wise found that the total Arab population in Gaza in January 2004 was 1.07 million.

(In a related item, CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Mid-East Reporting in America) notes that, contrary to oft-repeated myth, Gaza is not the "most densely populated area in the world." According to the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005, the population per sq. mile for 2003 in the Gaza Strip was 8,666 - rendering it less densely populated than numerous places around the world, including Monaco (41,608), Singapore (17,751), Gibraltar (11,990), Hong Kong (17,833), and especially Macau, which is nearly ten times more densely populated than the Gaza Strip (71,466).)

Some Israeli leaders, among them Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz, had come out in favor of leaving the homes of Gush Katif residents intact. Just a few weeks ago, Mofaz said he opposes demolishing the homes because the operation would be both too costly and too dangerous. "I am not prepared, as the Defense Minister of the State of Israel, to endanger Israeli soldiers, in order to destroy the houses of settlers," he said at the time.

Just recently, however, he reversed his position in favor of demolition. Mofaz proposed over the weekend that Israel destroy the buildings, while the PA would clear away the rubble and even use it to build a seaport. Such a port was provided for in the Oslo Accords, but the plan was shelved due to Israeli worries that it would be used to smuggle weapons into the PA.

It appears that the "destruction and clean-up" scheme announced by Rice would not require Israel to be involved in the actual demolition process. Israel would pay the PA or a third party to destroy the homes and to dump the debris.

Rice said that U.S. economic envoy James Wolfensohn will soon be arriving in the region to help Israel and the PA work out the details of the demolition operation. She said she would help the parties obtain international assistance for implementing the plan.

Minister of the Environment Shalom Simchon (Labor) said the demolition must be carried out aesthetically, making sure that asbestos is promptly and efficiently disposed of in order to avoid pollution and health risks.

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GUSH KATIF THE PULL OUT IN GAZA
Posted by Marilyn Ginsburg, June 19, 2005.

"Condoleezza Rice urges speed in resolving pullout plan". And Abbas raised four key points as an obstacle to the plan. They sounded rational. He does not want to turn Gaza into a prison. One is to open up the borders, remove the checkpoints, giving them control of the corridor along the Egyptian border and open the Gaza airport. Sounds logical for two countries set on establishing peace between them.

Then I open to the 10th page of qthe Jerusalem Report and see a picture of Hamas warriors, dressed alike, with blackened faced, green bands around their hair, and waving large flags. This is a rally and their cry expresses success for Israel's "flight" from Gaza. It was a victory rally so why is everyone bending over backwards to make it possible for this terrorist group to take control over Gaza.

Unless I am missing something, I haven't heard that Hamas has ever indicated they are willing to accept Israeli presence in the Middle East. Abbas's request for the four conditions of Israeli departure seems totally unreasonable since he has made no attempt to disarm this group and he retains the Arafat revolving door prison policy. A group with an ideology for war, fully armed with rockets, grenades and guns is ready to fulfill their charter to destroy Israel. A loaded weapon is aimed at Israeli citizens.

Why is it then that the U. K. and the Protestant Churches want to force Israel into compliance, at the very risk of their lives? We know Israel would be glad to accommodate the Palestinians. We know that Israel would be glad to leave Gaza. But the one condition of their departure is disarming Hamas. This very important condition for Israeli survival is ignored by the World.

I can not help but think that the world opinion, which calls Israel's presence in the West Bank and Gaza an occupation does not really care about Jewish survival. And it is no different now then it was in Europe during the Holocaust. The occupation of a territory which was never Palestinian, the occupation of a piece of terrain that was offered three times to the Arabs living in the area and refused, and the wars against Israel make a total lie out of the word occupation. The big lie which calls for divestiture from Israel for its occupation and the lack of concern for an armed force sitting on Israeli borders indicates something: it indicates that Jews are expendable, even now.

Marilyn Ginsburg lives in Boynton Beach, Florida.

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A SYMPOSIUM ON THE RADICAL ISLAMIST THREAT TO WORLD PEACE AND NATIONAL SECURITY
Posted by People's Truth Forum, June 19, 2005.

The Radical Islamist Threat

to World Peace and National Security

A Dinner Symposium

6:00 PM Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Aquaturf Club, Mulberry Street

Plantsville, Connecticut

The People's Truth Forum (PTF) is hosting this educational symposium is to heighten public awareness with respect to national security.

Warmly invited are those who share PTF's concerns for the future of our nation -- especially those interested in learning more about Islamic terrorism and the threat it poses to future generations.

Speakers

Harvey Kushner, PhD.

An internationally recognized authority on terrorism and related security matters, Kushner has advised and trained numerous governmental agencies, including the FBI, FAA, INS, and U.S. Customs. He has advised the U.S. Probation Department on criminal investigations, intelligence and terrorism, and briefed a variety of elected government officials on matters pertaining to terrorism. Kushner's private sector clients have ranged from chemical manufacturers to multinational financial institutions.

Brigitte Gabriel

A former anchor for world news in the Middle East and a prominent Arab-American journalist, M. Gabriel will provide a first-hand account of her experience with Islamic Jihad. Born in Southern Lebanon, she survived a bombing in which her family's home was reduced to rubble by radical Muslim forces. Because her mother was seriously wounded, the family sought medical treatment in Israel and found a place of refuge where the generosity and compassion of the people forced her to rethink the indoctrination she had received about evil Jews.

Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch (www.jihadwatch.org), is the author of Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West (Regnery) and Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith (Encounter). He is coauthor, with Daniel Ali, of Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics (Ascension), and editor of the essay collection The Myth of Islamic Tolerance: How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims (Prometheus). His latest book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), will be available August 8 from Regnery Publishing.

Judith S. Jacobson, DrPH, MBA

An epidemiologist on the Columbia University faculty, Dr. Jacobson is also the vice-president of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) and the coordinator of the Columbia University SPME chapter. Three years ago, in response to academic Israel-bashing on many campuses, she helped Edward S. Beck of the Susquehanna Institute to found SPME, a grass-roots, faculty-driven organization that now has >600 members and 19 campus-based chapters worldwide.

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  Dear Fellow American:

For many decades we here in the United States thought of terrorism as something that happened "overseas." It was something that our borders - two oceans and two "friendly" countries - shielded us from. We were being na´ve.

The devastation of the attacks on September 11th was the result of years of preparation and the conglomeration of resources by thoroughly evil minds. Their brand of wickedness had been experienced before yet for whatever reason we chose to place little heed in the message being delivered - "We want you dead!"

1983 - Sixty-three people, including the CIA's Middle East director, were killed and 120 were injured in a 400-pound suicide truck-bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

1983 - Simultaneous suicide truck-bomb attacks were made on American and French compounds in Beirut, Lebanon. A 12,000-pound bomb destroyed the U.S. compound, killing 242 Americans, while 58 French troops were killed when a 400-pound device destroyed a French base. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

1984 - The Islamic Jihad kidnapped and later murdered Political Officer William Buckley in Beirut, Lebanon.

1988 - U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel W. Higgins was kidnapped and murdered by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group while serving with the United in southern Lebanon.

1993 - The World Trade Center in New York City was badly damaged when a car bomb planted by Islamic terrorists exploded in an underground garage. The bomb left 6 people dead and 1,000 injured.

1995 - The Islamic Movement of Change planted a bomb in a Riyadh military compound that killed one U.S. citizen, several foreign national employees of the U.S. government, and over 40 others.

1996 - A fuel truck carrying a bomb exploded outside the US military's Khobar Towers housing facility in Dhahran, killing 19 U.S. military personnel and wounding 515 persons, including 240 U.S. personnel. Several radical Islamic groups claimed responsibility for the attack.

1998 - A bomb exploded at the rear entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 12 U.S. citizens, 32 Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs), and 247 Kenyan citizens. Approximately 5,000 Kenyans, 6 U.S. citizens, and 13 FSNs were injured. The U.S. Government held Usama Bin Laden responsible.

1998 - A bomb detonated outside the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 7 FSNs and 3 Tanzanian citizens, and injuring 1 U.S. citizen and 76 Tanzanians. The explosion caused major structural damage to the U.S. Embassy facility. The U.S. Government held Usama Bin Laden responsible.

2000 - In Aden, Yemen, a small dingy carrying explosives rammed the destroyer U.S.S. Cole, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39 others. Supporters of Usama Bin Laden were suspected.

2001 - Two hijacked airliners crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Soon thereafter, the Pentagon was struck by a third hijacked plane. A fourth hijacked plane, suspected to be bound for a high-profile target in Washington, crashed into a field in southern Pennsylvania. The attacks killed 3,025 U.S. citizens and other nationals. President Bush and Cabinet officials indicated that Usama Bin Laden was the prime suspect and that they considered the United States in a state of war with international terrorism.

These are just a small number of terrorist attacks perpetrated by radical Islamists over the recent years. The threat is real and it has been with us for quite a long time. We have just refused to accept the ugly and dangerous truth.

If we choose to ignore the facts as presented - that radical Islamists are waging war against the free West and especially the United States of America - then future deaths at the hands of terrorists must find the blood of the slaughtered on our hands as well.

The only way to stop the carnage that terrorism affords those in the free world is to understand what makes the radical Islamist want to kill, what makes him hate so much. Then, and only then, can we fully appreciate what it is that we have to commit ourselves to do.

Na´ve ideologues contend that Islamic terrorists are lashing out at the West - and especially Americans - because of the provocative nature of Western life or the Western presence in Islamic States. To hold these contentions is to be blind to the truth either through ignorance or deliberate oversight.

The People's Truth Forum is sponsoring a symposium on terror titled, "The Radical Islamist Threat to World Peace and National Security." It will take place on September 21, 2005 in Plantsville, Connecticut. This symposium will delve into the minds of those who use terror as a tool. It will paint a profile of those who would slaughter innocents and it will educate both professional and average citizen on how terrorism threatens our way of life today.

In order to bring this important and very possibly life saving information to our First Responders, to our citizens and to you, we need your help.

Assembling speakers like Dr. Harvey Kushner (nationally noted counter-terrorism expert), Brigitte Gabriel (terror survivor and counter-terror advocate), Judith Jacobson (vice-president of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East) and Robert Spencer (Director of JihadWatch) isn't easy. It takes a massive amount of time, coordination and resources, resources like funding.

Help us to bring knowledge to the American people. We have been uneducated on the issue of Islamic terrorism for too long. It is time to understand the threat as it presents itself today so that we can successfully defend ourselves and our way of life; so that our children can enjoy a world - and a country - that is devoid of the horrors of September 11, 2001.

Please consider attending this symposium should you find yourself in the area on the date of the event. Tickets are $115 a piece and that includes dinner and entertainment before the presentation.

In addition to attending, an even greater and more selfless contribution would be to donate to The People's Truth Forum so that we can fully fund the event without going into debt. We are not underwritten by any large corporations or organizations. We have put this event together with nothing but private funding.

Please help us bring this pertinent and vital information to the American people. We have ignored the problem for too long. Now that the vehicles of terrorism have invaded our shores we have a civic responsibility to act. This time, sticking our heads in the sand or making this a political issue may just cost us our lives.

Sincerely,

Jeff Epstein
The People's Truth Forum

Note: Please contact me for information on how to donate funds to our most worthy cause. Or you can get more information on how to contact us at www.peoplestruthforum.com.

Related Reading:
US Dept. of State: Significant Terrorist Events 1961-2003
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/pubs/fs/5902.htm

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ISRAEL'S POLICY OF AMBIGUITY; GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS
Posted by Moshe Dann, June 19, 2005.

Something new has happened in Israel: nobody is talking about "peace," not even the extreme Left (like Peace Now whose main activity is trying to prevent Jews from building in Yesha -- Yehuda, Shomron and Gaza.) -- not even the Tinker-Bell of Peace, Shimon Peres. The Oslo delusion, however, is not over; it's has a new name: "disengagement."

And, if Oslo wasn't absurd enough with fake agreements and negotiations, "The Road Map" imposed by "The Quartet" (3 of whom are Israel's enemies) is worse. No negotiations are required and no method of accountability.

As senior Israeli officials say, "We are in a process; it's not peace." Despite continuing terrorism and announcements from PA officials that terrorist gangs will not be disarmed, Israeli officials refer to PA head Mohammed Abbas as a "partner." No one knows exactly what that means, since neither he nor the PA have done anything to fulfill Israeli and US demands to (at least) reduce terrorism and incitement. In fact, they have been encouraged by Israeli willingness to retreat under fire. Unlike Israel, their policy is clear.

Israeli policies are often ambiguous, a sign of uncertainty and doubt. Do we deal with terrorists, or not? Is Yesha part of Israel, or not? This approach may at times offer maneuverability, but it has led to confusion and invited disaster.

PM Sharon has made this the basis of his non-policy. The good news is that this allows him to be innovative and spontaneous, responding or ignoring terrorist attacks depending on what he thinks will work. The bad news is that he won't shoot back.

Six thousand missiles have been fired at communities in and around the Gaza Strip in the last two years and the IDF has not been given permission to take decisive action. Good news: Terrorists are apprehended before they can strike. This has given Israelis a renewed sense of security. Tourism is up and people are riding buses again. Bad news: it only takes one mistake for terrorists to succeed.

Sharon's policy of ambiguity, however, contrary to assessments by his own military intelligence that withdrawal from Gaza and Northern Samaria will increase terrorism, is based on a false assumption. Relying on Israel's experience in withdrawing from Lebanon, senior Israeli officials predict that terrorism will decrease. They offer no explanation for this speculation.

Using Lebanon as a model to support Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip ignores obvious and important differences. Lebanon is a sovereign country which has no interest in an active war with Israel; Hizbullah is a small terrorist organization, while Hamas has a powerful army; Israel's border with Lebanon is sealed, unlike Gaza's borders which are open to workers and for commerce and constantly infiltrated.

Lacking red lines and a clear policy regarding terrorism invites terrorists to test the safety net and exploit weaknesses.

The only consistent policy that Israel seems to hold is that withdrawal will take place regardless of whether the PA/Hamas stop terrorism or not. This is a complete reversal of traditional Israeli policy based on ensuring that terrorists will not emerge from the conflict with a sense of victory. Not only are PA and Hamas officials already claiming that they have forced Israel to retreat, like Lebanon, they threaten an escalation in violence unless further concessions and withdrawals are made, including building air and seaports and unfettered passage throughout the West Bank.

Without clear policy guidelines the Israeli government is sending mixed (and therefore contradictory) messages: stop terrorism or we will not make further concessions AND we will make further concessions no matter what you do.

Advocates of this policy argue that Israel must withdraw not only from Gaza but all of Yesha for its own self-interest. Better, they say not to occupy another people than rule over them. So Palestinian terrorists get a state and Israel gets moral Brownie points.

But Israel doesn't "occupy" Palestinians; the Palestinian Authority does, and has done so for more than a decade. The dispute (in Yesha) is not over people but over unoccupied and unclaimed State land which Israel conquered from Jordan, that was conquered from the British who conquered it from the Turks, who conquered it from the Mamelukes who conquered it from the Crusaders, conquered from early Moslem rulers who conquered it from the Byzantine/Roman Empire, conquered from the Jews ... or Palestinians - depending on which history books you believe.

And Jewish communities that were built in Yesha after 1967.
 

The good news is that during the last year Palestinian terrorists have not been very successful. That's not to say they haven't been trying. According to government sources, there are scores of terrorist alerts every day. The Israel Defense Forces and intelligence services have proven capable and efficient; there is a military solution.

The bad news is that having beaten the terrorists decisively, Sharon's defeatist policy is turning victory into self-defeat. Unilateral retreat, "disengagement" or whatever one calls it has no military or security advantages, or at least none that the government has offered. Israeli retreat has plunged Palestinian-controlled areas into a savage struggle for power among terrorist gangs.

Finally, the "Security" Fence/Barrier that will demarcate Israel's de facto boundary is presented as a deterrent to would-be terrorists. It represents a policy of retreat that will encourage terrorism. All agree that it will not prevent missile attacks. It is visible sign of failure. As PM Sharon said, "The dream is over." His dream, that is.

The good news is that more Jews are making aliyah; the bad news is that anti-Semitism seems to be increasing, especially in Europe where large Muslim communities now flourish.

The good news is that the world is aware of the menace of terrorism and is trying to make some efforts to eradicate it; the bad news is that it isn't enough, and Palestinian terrorism seems to be an exception.

The good news is that tourism is up for the first time in four years; the bad news is that three-fourths of American Jews have never been to Israel.

The good news is that most Israelis do not support Sharon's policies and believe the government is thoroughly corrupt; the bad news is that the government doesn't care.

Moshe Dann is a writer and journalist living in Jerusalem.

He can be reached at moshedan@netvision.net.il

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GUSH KATIF SHARON AND JUNTA DESPERATE AND DANGEROUS
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 19, 2005.

It should not surprise anyone that the Sharon gang will resort to Gestapo style midnight roundups of "enemies of the State." After showing total contempt for anything resembling the democratic political process, it is only to be expected that now that Sharon has been exposed by "Boomerang" as a corrupt and treasonous despot, he will resort to even more oppressive and desperate measures.

This is called "Government Plans To Arrest Leading Gush Katif Residents" and is from today's Arutz-7 (www.IsraelNationalNews.com). It is archived at www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=84109

A week before the planned expulsion of thousands of Gush Katif Jews, a special military police unit will seek out leading residents and arrest them in the middle of the night.

A military source has informed Arutz-7 that the army and police thus hope to weaken morale in Katif, as well as weaken the opposition to the uprooting. The special unit's job will be to search out the central figures in the area, according to a prepared list, and arrest them.

One of the officers said that the mission will involve "picking out and peeling off the people from their homes in the middle of the night." The operative assumption is that the early removal of the leading figures will break the residents' staying power.

A week before the planned expulsion of thousands of Gush Katif Jews, a special military police unit will seek out leading Gush Katif figures and arrest them in the middle of the night.

Gush Katif spokesman Eran Sternberg said, "The ideas of this government are getting wilder and wilder by the day. MK Michael Eitan's statement that Sharon is worse than the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu has taken on terrible significance in light of this new idea, which it is hard to believe has even been thought of. Sharon is trying with all his might to turn the IDF into the Securitate [the cruel Romanian secret police]. If the army officers, public figures and rabbis do not call unambiguously for soldiers not to take part in these political games and to refuse such appalling orders, I don't know where we will end up."

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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IS THE USA REALLY ISRAEL'S ALLY?
Posted by Batya Medad, June 19, 2005.

With friends like them, we don't need enemies. Sorry, but facts prove the myth a lie. The United States of America is not a friend of Israel.

I'll start with a little history, something I've mentioned previously. It's no secret that the Jewish and Zionist leaders had to lobby hard to convince President Harry Truman and the State Department to vote "yes" in the United Nations, November 29, 1947. The United States had no interest in a Jewish State in the middle-east, just like it didn't use its military to stop the extermination of Jews during World War II, and it turned back Jewish refugees from Europe, even when their return to Germany meant death for them.

The United States didn't aid Israel in its war for Independence; arms had to be smuggled out by pro-Israelis. Individual Jews and non-Jewish supporters donated money to Israel. Any American "aid" was for American benefit, and the eventual military aid only succeeded in damaging Israel's own military and aircraft industry. The United States demands full control over any arms Israel develops with parts bought from the states. http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=84093 and http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=83829 We would do much better without American "help."

Jonathan Jay Pollard has been jailed for twenty years under the most severe conditions for following the terms of American-Israeli defense treaties, which the United States blatantly ignored. There is no precedent for such punishment. The documents he passed to Israel concerned her defense needs, which were included in treaties between the two countries. http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=82552 Not even the most serious espionage by spies from the USSR, during the communist regime received such severe punishment. Doesn't it make you wonder whom America considers friend and foe?

America has promised to "stand by" Israel in times of trouble. I think Clinton was president at a time when Israelis were frequently being targeted by Arab terrorists, and he told Israel not to worry, since America would "stand by" Israel. Now I'm a native American and an English teacher here, and I don't see how such a promise could be a comfort. There's an implied distance; America will wave from the sidelines, but don't expect any active help. America will "stand by" and watch, supervise, criticize, be "evenhanded."

This next is from June 18th Jerusalem Post. It is called "Rice urges Mofaz to release more Palestinian prisoners." It is archived at http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ ShowFull&cid=1119061894421

No true friend would tell someone to give gifts to murderous enemies, to reward terrorism. Why should we listen? The United States wouldn't release terrorists that endanger its citizens; why should we? No normal country would. Honestly, doesn't it make you wonder on which side is the United States?

As the saying goes: "It takes two to tango." The only reason that the United States continues treating Israel like an errant child is that we accept it. Unfortunately, for whatever reasons, the Israeli government sees itself as illegitimate. It accepts the abuse and waits patiently for more.

Today Israeli society is experiencing an internal struggle. Some of us want to be truly independent of foreign rule and others are afraid. Are we a "western democracy" or a "Jewish State"? Do we need a foreign "patron"? And most important: Do we owe our existence to another country?

We are at a crossroads. If we don't rid ourselves of foreign control we will cease to exist. Israel won't be viable without YESHA. G-d forbid the government succeeds in its plans to amputate our Land, we will find ourselves defenseless, locked in fragile ghettos.

There is no foreign country we can depend on. We must look to G-d and to our own strength. And for our survival, we must send the American busybodies back to Washington. If they're such experts at making "peace," they should invite Castro to the White House for a festive banquet.

Shavua Tov, A Wonderful Week to All,

This is Musing #126. Batya Medad lives in Shiloh. She can be reached by email at Shilohmuse@yahoo.com or visit her website http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/ or go to http://www.shilo.org.il This is archived at http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2005/06/ 126-is-usa-really-israels-ally.html

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A NEONAZI MOONBAT EMBARRASSES THE REST OF THE LEFT
Posted by Steven Plaut, June 19, 2005.

This appeared on the Discover the Network website (http://discoverthenetwork.org/moonbatcentral/2005/06/ neonazi-moonbat-embarrasses-rest-of.html)

You know that the Bash-Israel web site calling itself "Deir Yassin Remembered" is off the charts when a large group of OTHER Far-Leftist Bash-Israel anti-Zionists are denouncing its director as an open neonazi and anti-Semite!

Paul Eisen is London-based co-director of Deir Yassin Remembered, a web site purporting to seek to commemorate the "massacre" of Arabs by Jews in 1948 at the village of Deir Yassin outside Jerusalem. The only problem is that no massacre at all took place there, and the claim that one did is little more than a medieval-style anti-Jewish blood libel. A battle did in fact take place there, since the village controlled access to then-besieged and starving Jerusalem, a battle in which some Arabs and Jews died. The Far Left and the Neonazi Right have long tried to turn the non-massacre of Deir Yassin into a bludgeon to demonize Israel and Jews.

Among the people on the board of "Deir Yassin Remembered" are a Swedish Neonazi calling himself "Israel Shamir", convicted traitor and spy Mordecai Vanunu, Saudi-financed ex-Congressman Paul Findlay, PLO spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi, and similar jihadniks of their ilk. The site is a thinly-disguised front for the PLO. DePaul's Holocaust-Denier Norman Finkelstein has evidently just been dropped from the board of the site, being too much of an embarrassment even for them.

Paul Eisen has aroused the fury of the rest of the Bash-Israel Jew-baiters by abandoning the common pretense of being "anti-Israel but not anti-Jewish", a posture so beloved by most of the rest of the Left. He has been publishing openly anti-Semitic materials, claiming that Jews are plotting to take over the world, and openly supporting Palestinian atrocities against Jews. When other anti-Israel Leftists were horrified by this, they tried to get the web sites publishing Eisen to print their own rebuttal of Eisen but they were refused.

Eisen's "analysis" has also been published by the "Zundelsite", the web site of Ernst Zundel who was recently deported by Canada to Germany due to his open nazi activities in North America. Eisen openly praises Zundel and the adoration is mutual. Eisen openly collaborates with Swedish neonazi Shamir, himself a close ally of Zundel. Eisen also writes anti-Jewish pieces for the anti-Semitic Egyptian daily al-Ahram.

Anyway, Eisen is such an embarrassment for those anti-Israel leftists, who prefer to perpetuate the myth of there being an anti-Zionism that is not also anti-Semitism, that they have organized a petition against Eisen and those who publish him. Among the signatories are people who are only marginally less openly anti-Semitic than Eisen himself, and include some of Israel's worst academic moonbats. Other neofascist leftists however are rallying to Eisen's defense.

Steven Plaut is an American-trained economist, a professor of business administration at Haifa University and author of "The Scout." He frequently comments - both seriously and satirically - on Israeli politics and the left wing academic community. His website address is http://www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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GUSH KATIF MR. SHARON SAYS THE SUN IS SHINING WHEN WE ARE ENVELOPED IN DARKNESS
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 19, 2005.

This comes from IMRA including the comment in brackets. Dr. Aaron Lerner is Director of Independent Media Review and Analsis (IMRA). Its website address is http://www.imra.org.il

PM Sharon: "The Disengagement Will Strengthen Israel's Security." [As impending disaster becomes clear.]

This was communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser. The article is stored at http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=25665

[IMRA: "Today, one can already see the fruits of disengagement." - Israeli American relations at the point of disaster over military sales and Secretary Rice demands Israel release more terrorists and ease security restrictions so that more Israelis can "die to please America"). Palestinians exploit the "break" to prepare for the next war of attrition (as they openly warn that the terror option is alive and well), Egypt continues to allow weapons to flow - as it waits for Israel to forfeit the demilitarization of the border area in desperation, and the world already asks "what have you done for the peace process lately" - but if Mr. Sharon's speechwriters want to say the sun is shining when we are enveloped in darkness - its shining.].

Following are Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's remarks at the start of his meeting this morning (Sunday), 19.6.05, with US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice:

"We are pleased to host here in Jerusalem US Secretary of State Dr. Condoleeza Rice. Dr. Rice is a friend of Israel and we want to thank you for this and for your efforts to advance the diplomatic process in the region. I would like you to convey warm regards to US President George Bush and to thank him for his personal friendship and for the US's great support of Israel.

The state of Israel is on the threshold of an historic process. Today, one can already see the fruits of disengagement and I am certain that our diplomatic, security and economic situations will further improve as a result of the disengagement. This is a hard, even very hard, step for Israel; however, we will implement the disengagement exactly according to the decisions.

I would like to thank you, Ms. Secretary of State, for the US's great support for the Disengagement Plan ( http://tinyurl.com/43l87). I believe that the Plan's successful implementation, quietly and in coordination with the Palestinians, will give momentum to the efforts to resume the diplomatic process according to the Roadmap. All of this is on condition that the Palestinians halt the terrorism, violence and incitement, dismantle the terrorist organizations, collect their weapons and implement the necessary administrative reforms.

The US has a very important role to play in promoting the processes in the Middle East and in assisting the progress of the Disengagement Plan. I want to thank the envoys who have invested considerable time and effort in moving forward the processes in our region, especially American General William Ward, who is working on security issues, and quartet envoy James Wolfensohn, who is working on economic issues. I would also like to thank Elliot Abrams and David Walsh, with whom we have a good and deep working relationship.

Israel is a peace-seeking country. After so many long years of terrorism, blood and smoke, achieving security, quiet and peace is not an easy mission. We hope that the terrorism will cease and then we - Israelis and Palestinians, assisted by the US - will be able to make progress towards achieving the hoped-for peace."

Aryeh Zelasko lives in Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem. He is Director of Sales and Marketing of Israel Visit (www.israelvisit.co.il) which provides information and an internet buying facility for American visitors to Israel.

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LETTER FROM DR. VINEYARD TO PRIME MINISTER SHARON
Posted by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein, June 19, 2005.

Dear Prime Minister Sharon:

It is madness, Sir, to read this morning off Arutz Sheva how a Military Source has informed Arutz-7 "that the IDF and police hope to weaken morale in Katif, as well as opposition to the deportation" by going and arresting those persons in the Opposition to such "supposed peace plans," prior to the time of your disengagement.

It is madness, Sir, to read of your mission that will involve "picking out and peeling off the people from their homes in the middle of the night." This is madness to read these "about to happen" events in a Democracy called Israel!

The Madness of this "picking and peeling" fits true to the form with the former Soviet Union which I had the duty of visiting between 1959 and 1961. This madness should not be, ever, Sir, in a democracy!

The Madness I read says "a week before the planned expulsion of thousands of Gush Katif Jews, a special military police unit will seek out leading Gush Katif figures and arrest them in the middle of the night."

To counter your madness, Mr. Prime Minister, I am currently working to persuade every American Christian-Zionist and American Jew I can to come and be part of a "tent city" we plan to set up while your deportation goes on. We Americans will be there, as close as your "communistic type" government allows us to be, "fasting" [you folks call that a hunger strike] for the Apples of G-d's eye about to be deported.

It is madness, Sir, that Gush Katif spokesman Eran Sternberg "has to" describe his PM's government as "getting wilder and wilder day by day."

It is madness, Sir, that MK Michael Eitan "has to" state "that Sharon is worse than the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu", due to the fact that your government has taken on terrible significance in light of these "new ideas."

It is madness, Sir, that you are trying with all your might to turn the IDF into the Securitate (the cruel Romanian secret police).

It is madness, Sir, that we in Oklahoma City have to spend so much time, effort, and money in an effort to wake up the 40 million Born-Again Christians (who elected George W. twice) to what you and he plan to do to the Jews in Israel.

Mr. Prime Minister, I promise you that I personally will persuade hundreds and hundred and hundreds of American citizens, Christian-Zionists, and Jews to come with me, as close as we can get in our tent cities, to the Gush Katif to witness your "upcoming Madness."

This letter is being sent to fifties of thousands of Churches and Synagogues in America.

A Yedid and Chaver to the Physical sons and daughters of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Jim Vineyard
Baptist Pastor
www.yedidimofisrael.org

Moshe Saperstein and his wife Rachel live in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, in the Gaza Strip. He is a Jerusalem Diarist, one of the group of Israelis who are recording their experiences living in Israel.

He lost an arm while fighting in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He was again wounded in a February 2002 incident when he drove his car into a terrorist who had just shot and killed a young mother traveling in the car in front of him. He writes frequently of his physical and emotional struggles. His wife, Rachel (aka. La Passionara, La P.) works at the Girls High School in Neve Dekalim and published a booklet last year for families dealing with terror victims.

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SPARKS: BIRDS, BUS, QUESTIONS, CHULENT
Posted by TheRaphi, June 19, 2005.

Yoseph Feivel writes "Sparks from Israel" from Israel. Contact him by email at sparksfromisrael@theraphi.com.

The Birds

Then they come in larger numbers, like a stream trickling through tunnels and alleyways. Finally there is a rushing river, as they flood the marble floor of the Temple wall all the way across the large open plaza, up to the stairways at the other end. As the sun rises you can see them all, like birds. A hundred thousand Jews all huddled together for the morning prayer of Shavuot, after being up all night learning Torah, which is the Jewish tradition.

I have one friend who was at the original Sinai in the dessert and felt the vibe, another who was in Sfat and receiving the kabala, and me who stood witness in Jerusalem to the flock of black, white and multi-colored Jews doing their prayer dance together in improvised assemblies. What an interesting species these people are.

As I stood off in the distance taking in the sight of these multitudes I could hear the Song of the Hebrews calling to their G-d. I understood the language of this species and I too could return a call, in the same voice. After all I guess I'm a bird too.

A Nation of Prophets

I was coming back on the bus from the Kotel with two Israeli guys I had just met over Shabbat. One had a business idea he was speaking to me about, and his Temani friend was an inspired yeshiva student who only spoke about Torah. We managed to find three seats on the bus, and then his friend suddenly stood up and started to give the bus riders a lecture on the Importance of remaining silent in the Beit Knesset.

Imagine the scene; a Sephardic young man with a black kippa lecturing to a bus load of Ashkenazi rabbis with black furry striemels and women in kerchiefs. At first they smiled to each other, but as the bus rolled along, he continued, and they became engrossed in the lecture. While he was speaking, I turned to my friend and asked him if he does this everywhere, he nodded.

When we arrived at our destination, I hurried to catch the last bus to Tel Aviv. I looked back and saw the Bus Rebbe surrounded by new fans asking for his telephone number. On the bus back to Tel Aviv, he asked the bus driver if he could use the microphone and give a Torah lecture. He was flatly denied and we continued home with the radio playing Russian ballads and Trance music. I guess it must have been similar in ancient times.

The Academy of Questions

On Shabbat in Tel Aviv, I can only understand about 60% of the lectures because my Hebrew is not that good yet. It's a treat for me to visit Yerushalayim where there is so much learning in English, and Shavuot is the holiday where we traditionally stay up all night long learning Torah.

There were a hundred different classes to choose from in the Old City, and a friend recommended a Talmud class that began at 2:30 am. He advised reviewing the material for a few hours before the lecture, because it was very deep stuff and the regular students have already spent a week reviewing it. So I sat with an old friend from this yeshiva and we struggled through it for a few hours until the Rabbi arrived.

He spoke for two hours and I must say, that instead of the 60% I usually understand in Hebrew, this time I understood about 10%, and it was in English. This academy of intellect was so refined that one could hardly make out the subject of the question that was extracted from the previous question that was concealed within the statement that was really another question.

Now I understand why the great yeshivas are such a big weapon for Israel. They are splitting the atom every day here and it creates a tremendous force field of impenetrable light.

Heavy Metal Chulent

Just as I had unpacked my things and was settling into a nice spiritual Shabbat in the Old City a 7-foot tattooed biker entered the room. He took off his spiked boots and Metalica T-shirt, stretched his legs passed the bed and with the moan of a giant lied down. The thought occurred to me, to put my valuables in the office safe. Jerusalem attracts all kinds of unusual people.

Another roommate arrived with a friend and they were discussing the laws of the Shavuot Festival. The rocker who hadn't yet fallen asleep turned to them and in aristocratic English explained the detailed differences between the laws of Shabbat and the laws of the Festivals. Everyone was stunned, and he went back to sleep.

Later, I spoke with this gentle giant and discovered that his father was a rabbi, whose advice to him was to always question everything. His questioning led him around the world and back to Jerusalem. I suppose he will continue to question as his father did and there is a good chance that he will follow in his fathers footsteps and become a rabbi himself one day; maybe a Heavy Metal Rabbi. You can't judge a book from its cover, especially in Israel.

An orthodox high school student living in Toronto, The Raphi is the webmaster of http://www.TheRaphi.com. He can be contacted by email at raphi@theraphi.com TheRaphi (http://www.theraphi.com/archives/oldindex.html) is a pro-Israel and pro-Zionist site; it provides news articles and essays.

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A NEW ROADMAP FOR PEACE: LOOKING UP TO THE SKY
Posted by Naomi Ragen, June 19, 2005.

Finally, some clear-headed thinking about  peace in Israel. Thanks Rabbi Greenberg!

Rabbi Dov Greenberg is executive director of Chabad at Stanford University and a popular lecturer on Judaism. You can email him at Info@chabadstanford.org

We've been reading about the "road map" to peace in the Middle East for many years. Anyone can see it hasn't taken us very far. It's been like trying to get to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco using a map of Lower Manhattan. You can try harder, pray harder, and double your speed. But your efforts only succeed in getting you to the wrong place faster. The fundamental problem has nothing to do with traffic jams, diversions or delays; it has everything to do with using the wrong map.

For over a decade, Israel has navigated tirelessly to achieve peace using the Oslo map, which was built on this premise: Assuage the other side's grievances -- end the occupation; give the Palestinians land, armed forces, their own state -- and peace will follow. Hence in 1993, Israel brought the P.L.O. out of exile and gave it recognition, international legitimacy, governmental autonomy and authority over 98% of the Palestinian population.

Where has this map brought us? In the past decade, terrorism has increased dramatically. Eleven years ago, Yitzhak Rabin in his historic speech on the White House lawn, spoke of a future in which mothers no longer wept for sons lost in battle. But the weeping has not ended; it's reached a deafening crescendo. Terrorists have killed more Israelis in the eleven years since Oslo began in 1993 than in the 45 years of Israel's existence before that.

Obviously we've been using the wrong map to move us toward peace. Is there an alternative?

Ludwig Wittgenstein once said that his aim as a philosopher was to show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle." The fly keeps banging its head against the glass in a vain attempt to get out. The more it tries, the more it fails, until it drops from exhaustion. The one thing it forgets to do is look to the sky. Like the frustrated fly, the one thing Israel has forgotten to do is look to the sky.

If Israelis were to look up, they would see an alternative map to peace, provided by El Al, Israel's renowned airline. El Al is the gold standard in aviation security. There is a security, safety and comfort on El Al planes felt by all of its passengers - Jews, Christians and Moslems alike - that one does not feel on any other aircraft. This is an astounding achievement, since El Al is the world's most coveted terrorist target in the sky.

Now, imagine if El Al decided that because it has been despised for decades, it is time to change its policy and methods of security. First, El Al would invite people who in the past wished to hijack and blow up its planes and passengers and give them "autonomy" on one section aboard El Al aircraft. In these sections, former hijackers could move about freely without scrutiny or supervision. Next, El Al would make these "reformed militants" responsible for the security of passengers seated in their area of the aircraft. This overture of peace would certainly demonstrate to the international community that El Al is truly committed to coexistence and liberal values. It would help put an end to the animosity felt by many toward El Al.

Some would propose that El Al show more "flexibility" and relinquish its control of the cockpit to the former terrorists. Some would advocate that El Al construct a wall to enclose the autonomous aisles or to unilaterally withdraw from several seats that are in close proximity to those aisles.

All of these strategies, of course, would be suicidal for El Al. All of them miss the fundamental point. Compromising on security or granting autonomy on a single seat would spell cataclysmic disaster for the entire airline. The life of every passenger, Muslim, Jew and Christian, would be placed in mortal danger. Travelers would before long bid farewell to El Al. That would spell the end of the airline.

The only way for El Al to eradicate terror from its airplanes is not through concessions or autonomy, but rather by destroying any hope the terrorists have of achieving their objectives. El Al has adopted an uncompromising stance against terrorism, and they make no apologies. The world stands in admiration of what El Al has accomplished. The El Al road map goes by the name "peace through strength."

This is the right road map to peace in Israel.

If the last decade of the Oslo process has taught anything, it is that no responsible government can give in to terror. Such behavior does not end terror, but invites it yet more.

The Arab terror war against Israel is no more a territorial conflict than was al Qaeda's strike against America, and it can no more be resolved by the current "road map" than anti-Americanism could be appeased by yielding New Jersey to Osama bin Laden.

Hence, Israel's intent to withdraw from Gaza is profoundly misdirected. The Palestinian goal over the last decade has been to demoralize the Israeli people through terrorism and force a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the territories. If they succeed, the relentless war against Israel will be launched far more advantageously from their newly acquired territory.

At the end of World War II, Winston Churchill quipped, "You can rely on America to do the right thing, once it has exhausted the alternatives." Israel, which has far fewer alternatives than the U.S., has long ago exhausted them all. How much more innocent blood needs to be spilled before we abandon the failed maps of the past? How many more children have to be blown up by suicide bombers before we pursue the course El Al has bravely charted?

Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and journalist who lives in Jerusalem. She can be contacted at www.naomiragen.com, where you can subscribe to her newsletter.

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POLICY FLAWS VERSUS REGIME FLAWS
Posted by Marlene Young, June 18, 2005.

Professor Paul Eidelberg is a political scientist, author and lecturer and founder and President, Foundation for Constitutional Democracy. His previous book, "Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall", provides the philosophical and institutional foundations for reconstructing the State of Israel. It has been translated into Hebrew and Russian. His most recent book is: "A Jewish Philosophy of History." He is president of Yamin Israel and a member of the Board of Directors of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies. He can be reached by email at eidelberg@foundation1.org

This appeared on the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies Maccabean Online (http://www.freeman.org/online.htm).

Conventional right-wing critics of Israel's government, whether the government is led by Labor or Likud or both, find it easy to fault its policies concerning the "peace process." One does not have to be a college graduate or even a military expert to see the folly or madness of releasing and arming Arab terrorists to provide for Israel's security, or to accomplish that purpose by pursuing a policy of military self-restraint and territorial withdrawal, when the Israel Defense Forces could eliminate the terrorist threat in less time than it took to win the Six-Day War.

Of course, one can write a metaphysical interpretation of Arab suicide-bombers as an Islamic love-affair with death, and then proceed to fault Israel's government for not recognizing and dealing with this murderous aspect of what appears to be a psychopathic religion. Such criticism suggests that Israel's political leaders need to be enlightened, that their failings are basically intellectual. Even if our metaphysical critic has, as his primary goal, public education, he deals only with symptoms -- with policy flaws, not with their underlying causes, regime flaws.

The primary target of right-wing criticism should not be the policies of Israel's government, but the nature of the regime that generates such policies, for these policies persist regardless of whether the government is headed by Labor or the Likud. The point is that Israel's policy flaws are rooted in Israel's regime flaws, and the former cannot be corrected so long as the latter are ignored.

Of course foreign policies are made by human beings and they may be influenced from abroad. Hence some critics attribute the faulty policies of Israel's government either to the mediocre character of its leaders, or what is almost the same, their yielding to American pressure. But the character of a country's leaders and their reaction to external pressure are affected by the character of the regime. If a regime tends to produce flawed or timid leaders, hence flawed or timid policies, something is wrong with the regime. If the regime is a particular democracy, critics should ask: "What needs to be done to reform the institutions of this democracy to improve its policies?"

Now, as I have elsewhere shown in detail, Israel's regime does not exemplify an authentic democracy despite periodic multiparty elections. For the sake of this article, however, let us call Israel a "flawed democracy." Consider its system of Proportional Representation (PR), which appears pre-eminently democratic. Yet, as any political scientist worthy of the name knows, PR without constituency or district elections is a formula for party dictatorship.

It so happens that Israel is the only (reputed) democracy whose parliament, the Knesset, is based on PR without constituency elections. The entire country constitutes a single district. Voters cast their ballots in parliamentary elections for political parties, not for individual representatives. Hence Knesset Members (MKs) owe their position to their party, not to the votes of constituents, in consequence of which they cannot function as judges of their government's policies as do legislators in all democratic systems of government. The Knesset is impotent: it has never toppled a Likud- or Labor-led government!

Whereas American Representatives and Senators know that they owe their political office to their constituents, an Israeli MK knows that he owes everything - his position, salary and perks - to his party. If he votes against the head of his party, who may be the Prime Minister, he is committing political suicide. This inhibits him from exercising individual judgment, hence, from blocking government policies he deems unwise or pernicious. But this also means that the citizen has no representative in the legislature that can effectively uphold his beliefs and interests vis-a-vis the government.

To obtain seats in Israel's parliament, a party has thus far needed no more than 1.5 percent of the votes cast in Knesset elections. The result is a profusion of small parties not only in the Knesset, but in the Cabinet. (This will not change significantly, if at all, with the recently enacted 2 percent threshold.) Multiparty cabinet government is a formula for ineptitude and corruption. It is inherently incapable of pursuing consistent, long-range, and resolute domestic and foreign policies. The average duration of a government since 1948 is lees than two years!

And so, thanks to Proportional Representation and the absence of constituency elections, party dictatorship and ineptitude prevail in Israel - as the Sharon government most clearly indicates. Meanwhile, PR and the grotesque coalition of rival parties in the cabinet undermines national unity, a sine qua non of national security and the development of a clear sense of national purpose.

What must also be emphasized is that these parties have a vested interest in preserving this irrational system of governance, which the citizen is powerless to change. Roughly every two years he exercises his political freedom and then relapses into servitude.

Unless right-minded critics, including Zionist organizations abroad, address themselves to the inherent flaws of Israel's political system, their criticism of governmental policies will accomplish little or nothing. By focusing on policy flaws rather than regime flaws, they divert attention and resources to secondary matters -- which is not to say the latter are unimportant.

Regime flaws require regime remedies, and not merely new political leaders. In other words, constitutional flaws require constitutional remedies. But inasmuch as Israel's political parties have a vested interest in preserving the existing system, constitutional remedies can only be undertaken by a constitutional Party. Needless to say, such a party must have a constitution that could garner widespread public support. Inasmuch a large majority of Israel's Jewish population is more or less traditional, any viable constitution must be consistent with the Jewish heritage and yet be attractive to most secular Jews.

Yamin Israel is the only party to have designed a constitution that can remedy the basic flaws of Israel's political and judicial institutions. This it does by applying Jewish principles to make Israel more democratic, and democratic principles to make Israel more Jewish.

Of course the public's preoccupied with the Sharon Disengagement Plan obscures the urgent necessity of radical institutional reform. Hence the best way to promote reform is to show (as the present writer has frequently done) how Sharon's plan is itself a consequence of poorly designed political and judicial institutions, which have enabled the prime minister to ignore public opinion with impunity, and to have his nefarious designs legitimized by the Supreme Court.

Contact Marlene Young by email at marleneyoung1@yahoo.com

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OLEG CARTOON: THE THIRD INTIFADA COMING UP
Posted by Women in Green, June 18, 2005.

Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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CONDI'S DIRTY RICE GUMBO RECIPE
Posted by Marcel Cousineau, June 18, 2005.

-Follow directions and stir frequently.

Rice warned Israel on Friday not to complicate the path to peace with the Palestinians by building new Jewish settlements just as the date approaches for Israelis to fulfill a promise to leave other, established settlements.

"We don't intend that the Israelis try to create facts on the ground," Rice told reporters traveling on the plane with her to Israel. "They simply cannot engage in activities that are supposed to prejudge the final terms of a peace settlement," Rice said.

THE FINAL SOLUTION MOVES FORWARD

Rice will commence her run of meetings on Saturday afternoon in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where she will meet Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, Civil Affairs Minister Mohammed Dahlan, and Foreign Minister Nasser al-Kidwa. She will later meet Palestinian Interior Minister Nasser Yousef separately.

The Secretary of State will also see representatives of Palestinian non-governmental organizations. Her last meeting will be with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, which will be followed by a press conference.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz is slated to be Rice's first meeting with an Israeli official in the current visit, on Saturday night. Rice will meet prime minister Sharon, Deputy Premier Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom on Sunday.

Rice and Sharon too are expected to discuss the participation of Hamas in the elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council; of course there will be room at the table for the terrorists. They are essential in completing the eradication of Israel and P.M. Sharon knows he must go along.

We have compromising picture's of him and he knows to play the submissive servant to our Final Solution. Senior Israeli political sources said that Israel will reiterate to Rice that it will not agree to any compromises in relation to its national security, but as usual this is all meant for show and is nothing but face saving hot air for the beleaguered IDF, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.

"Maintenance visit" Rice will be looking for proof that both sides are living up to their parts of the bargain - a smooth and timely withdrawal to the death camp borders for the Israelis and workable Palestinian plans to govern and keep up the violence when the Israeli settlers depart.

"What they are doing is moving thousands of people with their effects, and families, and it's going to be complicated," Rice said before her plane stopped for refueling in Ireland. "I know Israel has done a lot of planning for the coming ethnic cleansing of the infidels and I know the Palestinians have done a lot more lethal weapons smuggling, bravo! Our goal is to make sure it is the illusion that they are doing their planning together," so that we can have greater success in deceiving the Israeli public towards this false peace we have implemented. They are even more pliable then they were under the Third Reich and offer even less resistance,she said.

The U.S. State Department is taking a close look at Israeli initiatives to deepen Israeli construction in East Jerusalem and use the separation fence to distance tens of thousands of Palestinians from the city, who in most cases hold permanent residence status.

This will not be tolerated and Israel will be punished severely for this infraction to our Global Order between Islam and the New World Order. The Jewish people must learn to accept their limited place and space in our plan for them. We promise small wooden grave markers for all of them and this is not enough for these ungrateful Jews? Such a noble cause to bring peace by appeasing the moslem world with Jewish blood should be an honor that all Jews should aspire to, she said.

The Palestinian Authority will present Rice with data on Israel's expansion of settlements, contrary to its commitments under the road map peace plan. Palestinian leaders do not have high expectations from the visit, particularly in view of their diversion's and war planning, especially that of perceived growing difficulties in imposing order in areas already transferred to PA jurisdiction.

This deception has worked quite well and has allowed us to continue the arms build up for the final and soon coming push to remove Israel from the map and rightfully replace it with Palestine. This is all that our Arab League partners want and we promise to deliver it in the shortest time possible but carefully keeping up the illusion for our naive Jewish friends of the Bush led Road Map. There will be no pressure to silence the Islamic terrorists or hinder them in any way. Israel is the path of least resistance and is the preferred 'scapegoat' in the process to bring calm to the Mid East and Israel must suffer the price of appeasement whatever that may be. Holocaust, Death Camps are all on the the table for discussion, she said.

Nonetheless, American and Israeli sources described Rice's visit as "a maintenance visit," aimed at helping to remove obstacles in the way of implementing the surrender also known as the disengagement. Therefore, they do not think Rice will pressure Sharon to make good on his commitment to dismantle the illegal outposts and to freeze settlement expansion. The only pressure will be exerted behind closed doors away from the prying lenses of the camera's. The maintenance consists of preparing the camps for the new arrivals and GPS coordinates to the terrorists to better their aim at Israeli towns and camps. Egypt is also helping in this effort by supplying better quality missiles and rockets that will be capable of bringing down IDF attack helicopters jet fighters and tanks also.

The goal of reaching military parity has always been the secret goal of the Bush White House. We have achieved much progress in our peace of the grave goal and the pitiful Jews continues to be led willingly to their destruction, Miss Rice said.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Wednesday that "the disengagement is a way to accelerate progress toward the goals of the road map and to get back into the road map. And I expect that, certainly, that is an issue that the secretary will touch on." McCormack said that while the disengagement would be the primary focus of Rice's talks, she would certainly also address "the continuing process." and making sure that the Jews cease to build anywhere and at any time and for any reason as this is the real threat to Mr. Satan's plan for Israel. The problem does not lie with the murderous Palestinian terrorists and their continuing arms buildup and attacks, they are part of our solution and this is why we do not pressure them to cease as we do with the Jews building homes and their expanding growth. This is the true enemy of the peace, he said.

Contact Marcel Cousineau by email at up2zionsg8@yahoo.com.

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IT'S THEM VERSUS US EVERYWHERE!
Posted by Arlene Peck, June 18, 2005.

There was a time when everyone knew who the enemy was. My father and uncles fought in World War II and they knew who the bad guys were. They also knew that they, as individuals, and we, as a nation, had to sacrifice many things and many comforts in order to do what had to be done in order to end that savage war. Today? We are so confused and politically correct that we sound like something out of a George Orwell novel. Nowadays, the new mantras are "Love is hate" and "Peace is War". Here, in Los Angeles, we are so spoiled and lazy that we consider not being able to cook out on a cloudy day, or put the top down on the convertible, a sacrifice.

The Los Angeles Times, whose anti-Semitic rhetoric I usually try to avoid by not reading, has regular headlines heralding how we are actually winning in Iraq and that "they" are going to have a wonderful democracy and love us all. Anyway, that is my paraphrasing. They have yet to print a picture of our soldiers, some of whom are dying for those same citizens who are "going to love us". Meanwhile, "they" are breaking our economy. I do not know too many of you who are reading this that actually give a diddlysquat whether "they" are happy or not. These people have never, in thousands of years, had a democracy nor do they want one. Their entire religion and culture is based on submission as well as domination of others.

We however, do care deeply about the nosedive that our economy is going into, because of this open-ended war on terrorism. Untold billions are going into the rebuilding of those countries whose home-grown and imported terrorists hate everything we are and want to kill us.

Meanwhile, "they" are streaming across our borders much like an oozing, open wound.

Our budgets are strained to the max and our President does not seem to have a clue as to what is happening. In fact, it is mind-boggling that the only issue over which he will exercise his power of veto is to stop the only one that's come along with any potential promise, that being stem cell research.

This same type of clueless mentality is what is supposed to be leading the Israelis down the path of peace. The list of our political fiascos is massive and it is like the elephant in the room. Nobody is seeing it. Worse, Israel's leaders are blindly following our bad leadership down this road to a terrorist state. How fast Bush forgot the issue of a Palestinian leadership untainted by violence and free of corruption before any talk of "Palestinian" statehood. Now, he is giving orders that the Palestinians must approve any territory Israel retains beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines. Gawd, he is even supporting the terrorist group Hamas into the political dialogue. And, Israel listens to them! When are they going to realize that U.S. interests are more in line with supporting the Arab nations than the Jewish state?

We have lost our virginity. I think that there were really were folks out there who really believed our president, George W; that, in addition to the non-weapons of mass destruction in Saddam's trick bag, we were going to be using the richest oil wells in the world. The ones we now have control over. So, why are we paying over three dollars a gallon? That was going to repay our country for the destruction our enemies have caused. Silly us. We believed many things, none of which have come true.

We, in America, are so used to living in the realm of sound bites that reality has become elusive. The headlines state, "Bush Happy with Iraq?," "Investigations lend insight into enemy's changing tactics" or "U.S. Death Toll on the Rise." Frankly, I'm not surprised but predicted this from the beginning. Do you really care that Bush is happy with anything? While he was going about winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, I was writing that this war isn't about anything more than "pay back" time for his daddy and it was a very expensive effort with a price tag we'll be paying for decades to come.

While our army is over there searching rubble, looking for body parts such as hands, so that they can fingerprint bombers, the carnage from these savages goes on and on and on. Does it matter that they learn the identity of a particular bomber? If this sort of thing happened in Israel, the bomber would probably be released in another "goodwill" gesture. Instead of identifying the bomber, maybe it is time to identify the mentality of the enemy that we are fighting.

Because, folks, our country doesn't have a clue as to the psyche of the Muslims who are marching over the hill. Theirs is a crusade whose purpose is to kill anyone in their sight who doesn't share the same seventh century mentality that they wallow in. Where are their brothers, who number 1.3 billion, who are speaking out, saying it is evil and maybe a little bit dysfunctional to behead people? Our armed forces are forming teams to "speed up and improve the analysis of the bombers" and "collecting evidence in effort to better understand the workings of the bombers and the identities and possible affiliations of the "insurgents who use them." While this is going on, they are multiplying and spreading out like roaches.

First, stop calling them "insurgents" and "militants". They are murderers and terrorists who have no regard for life, most of them have the IQ of an eggplant, and all they know is to be a killing machine. While we are wasting time trying to win their hearts and minds and promote democracy, they are forming terror cells to kill all non-Muslims throughout the world.

They may be primitive and savage but the enemy is cunning and apparently cleverer than we have understood so far. They are mastering the art of picking off other non-Muslim nations, one at a time. Spain is already defeated. Islam snapped its fingers, bombed their trains and now, anything Islam wants done, Spain will do. France is already 20% Muslim and on it is way to being history. Eurabia is becoming a reality, even as Europeans do and say nothing for themselves about the cancer within their populations.

What amazes me is how Israel continues to take their orders from, and respond to, the American government when it is so apparent how mistaken we have been in so many of our political decisions. I, like many others, have watched the lack of leadership we are experiencing in Iraq and Afghanistan with dismay. We have gone into war with no exit policy and absolutely no understanding in the Pentagon or the White House of the Arab mindset. For the Bush administration, and most of our and Israel's politicians, the focus is retention of power and creation of even greater wealth for themselves. The answer to everything is money. Unfortunately, it is coming out of our Social Security and our children's future.

The Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas wants us/America/the West to double the funding for Palestinians and the reaction is, "Why not?" This, despite the fact that rockets continue to fall on Israeli towns and arms continue to be smuggled into Gaza. Their so-called leadership remains corrupt to the core and Palestinian school textbooks are still promoting unabated incitement against Jews. Abbas cannot see anything wrong with letting the terrorists keep their arms. Actually, these increases are a drop in the bucket when compared with the debts that we, as a nation, are facing because of the "war on terror." It's perhaps a little overdue to remind ourselves who the terrorists are! Of course, nobody seems to notice that the 8-11 BILLION dollars, probably still in Shua Arafat's shopping bag, might be one answer to the plight of the poor Palestinians. I don't care anyway.

We are caught in a 'Catch 22' because, if we lose the war, our production, income, exports and way of life as we know it will vanish. Who would feel safe trading with us if we cannot stop the Muslims? Yet, people are bored with the reality and the majority has no concept of what is at stake. However, folks, there is no doubt in my mind that the Muslims know what is riding on this war. They have been completely committed, since kindergarten terrorism school 101, to winning at any cost.

Don't get me wrong. I believe that Hussein is a bad guy, the worst in recent years. If he had those weapons of mass destruction, he would have used them. However, the reality is, he didn't. I do not believe that the way Bush and company have gone about this war was, or is, necessary to our safety as a nation. The Israelis had it right when they went into Iraq in the middle of the night with a half dozen planes and wiped out his nuclear capability. We, on the other hand, are trying to lead them into democracy, something they do not and cannot grasp because it has never been part of their way of life and is totally foreign to their perspective. Anything foreign will never be received or accepted by these mental midgets.

And, in the meanwhile, Israel's "good friend" George W. is going merrily on his way, slicing and dicing the State of Israel like a salami! Logically, you would think that Sharon must be aware of the basic fact that nothing will satisfy the Palestinians, or Israel's good European friends, or the Arab and Muslim world until Israel disappears from the planet. But apparently, he does not. Otherwise, why would he and the so-called leaders of Israel, continue to plunge headlong into surrendering Israel's heartland, which was given in perpetuity to the Jewish people, to the very ones who have been living for the death of the Jews?

My momma, Queen Mollie used to say that those who tend everybody's garden would soon get weeds in their own. Maybe it is time for George to get back to worrying how we are going to pay for the debts that he is racking up.

Arlene Peck is an internationally syndicated columnist and television talk show hostess. She can be reached at: bestredhead@earthlink.net and www.arlenepeck.com

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EXERCISES IN FUTILITY
Posted by A Time To Speak, June 18, 2005.
"We learn from history that we learn nothing from history."
-- George Bernard Shaw

About 3,500 years ago, a pharaoh of Egypt was worried about the state of his realm. Perhaps it was in some danger? If so, it must be because those strange Children of Israel were sojourning there. The Israelites were a peaceable people, tending their flocks and herds, neither doing nor intending harm. But the pharaoh, having frightened himself with an imaginary threat, felt compelled to kill or at least enslave them.

The fundamental misconception and brutal tactics did not do Egypt any good at all. Quite the contrary. Nevertheless, they have been repeated for millennia, taking on the character of an obsessive compulsion neurosis: Cure your own fears or problems by blaming them on those strange Children of Israel.

Over and over again, rulers and would-be rulers, nations, societies, and individuals resort to this technique to fix their public or private unease. It never works, for the simple reason that the Children of Israel are never the real cause of the unease. But the technique, futile and pernicious as it is, never goes out of fashion. It is the nature of obsessive compulsion neurosis that it cannot be cured by the lessons of experience.

Normal human flaws and shortcomings of the Children of Israel do not add up to capital offenses, and are thus inadequate. One manifestation of the disorder is the fabrication of fantasies drawn from the darkest corners of the psyche -- from the medieval Blood Libel to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to the Jenin Massacre. If those who tout the ferocity of the Children of Israel really believed in it, they would not feel so smugly secure from retaliation by the victims of their slanders. When a cartoonist was asked why he always attacks Israel with never a hint of criticism of the PLO he explained "Jews do not issue fatwas".

A current manifestation of the disorder is a response to unease about the Islamist goal of worldwide supremacy and domination. That goal is flagrantly proclaimed, and massively ignored. It seems so much easier to cling to the delusion that the only problem is the existence of Israel, so if Israel can be made to go away the Islamists will be satisfied and pose no threat to anyone else.

Some actually believe this, bolstering their surety by ignoring all evidence to the contrary. Some aver it without believing it, using it to camouflage their own pre-existing animus against the Children of Israel. Some use it as an outlet for frustration over the decline and decay of their own societies. Be that as it may, this fixation on a false peril diverts attention from real perils.

BRITANNIA

On the Middle East, British governments and policymakers have not guessed right since 1922. The serial failures have not brought any benefits to Britain.

Britain's unconscionable bungling of the Palestine Mandate caused incalculable harm to the Children of Israel, and created the so-called "Question of Palestine" which it still considers itself uniquely qualified to solve. [See especially Issue No. 2]

In 1917, Foreign Secretary Lord Balfour pronounced as official policy that "His Majesty's Government looks with favor on the establishment of a Jewish National Home in Palestine, to be open to close Jewish Settlement". Lord Balfour expressed the hope that since vast territories were to be bestowed on Arabs, they "would not begrudge the Jews their little notch".

In 1922, the League of Nations entrusted Great Britain with a temporary mandate over "Palestine" east and west of the Jordan River, with the terms of the Balfour Declaration as the foundation of the Mandate. If Great Britain had carried out the terms of its own Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations Mandate in good faith, the world would have been spared the Question of Palestine.

Instead, the Mandatory Government started out by illegally cutting off 76 percent of the "Jewish National Home" to invent a client kingdom for its protege Abdullah the Hashemite. This kingdom had no historic identity or even name so it was called after a river, and known first as Trans-Jordan and then as Jordan. All Jews were and still are banned from Jordan.

British governments then progressively banned Jews from more and more of the remaining territory of Mandate Palestine, territory that had been mandated for "close Jewish settlement". This was illegal under the terms of the Mandate. That Israelis now do live in some of that territory is not illegal, no matter how often or how shrilly British governments and the BBC denounce it.

By 1939, the Mandatory Government had virtually slammed and bolted the gate of the Jewish National Home, knowing that this was death sentence on Jews trapped in or trying to escape from Nazi-ruled Europe. Shiploads of refugees approaching the shores of the Jewish National Home were turned back or left to sink. After 1945, survivors of the Holocaust trying to reach the Jewish National Home were turned back or incarcerated in camps in Cyprus.

Many of the millions who were murdered would otherwise have lived to redeem and build their Land as an earlier and better Britain had intended.

At the same time, the British were building up the very sparse Arab population west of the Jordan River through mass immigration of Arabs from other countries. Those migrant Arabs had no connection with Palestine, but their offspring now claim that they are the most ancient and only true possessors of the Land where the Children of Israel are alien intruders. This fraud is fervently embraced and promoted by British parliamentarians, clergy, academics, journalists, students, entertainers and assorted others.

It was Britain's duty to protect the Jews under their governance: But . . .

[a] When the Jewish community of Hebron, that had been there since biblical times, was attacked by Arabs and many were murdered, the British responded by ejecting all Jews from Hebron. Jewish return to Hebron after 1967 is denounced as a crime.

[b] British soldiers stood by and did nothing when Arab terrorists ambushed a medical convey of the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and massacred doctors, nurses, and patients.

[c] In the last days of the Mandate, the British government gave military and strategic advantages to invading Arab forces and tried to deprive the Jews of the means of defense. The Jordan Legion that besieged and bombarded Jerusalem was commanded by British officers.

All of this may have given personal satisfaction to such avowedly Judeophobic British officeholders as Neville Chamberlain, Anthony Eden, and Ernest Bevan. It may have been amusing for the British personnel on the spot. It did not win any military or economic or political benefits or Arab affection for Great Britain.

This realm once produced parliamentary democracy and the doctrine of civic rights, created much of the world's greatest literature, and stood alone and valiant against the Armada and then Napoleon and then Hitler. Since the late seventeenth century, Jews have lived there in liberty and security, and with gradual admission into public life.

But now its culture is debased, crime is rampart and seemingly uncontrollable, the police and the courts are ineffectual, education is failing, health care is in crisis, massive immigration of peoples hostile to British traditions and institutions is splitting society, and the pettyfogging regulations of the European Union are eroding independence and personal liberty. The greater the unease within British society the greater the Judeophobia, both indigenous and imported, with verbal and violent attacks on British Jews tolerated and excused.

At this pass, Prime Minister Tony Blair announced his "personal priority", and it is one irrelevant to Britain's wellbeing: That is: to impose his favored solution to what he calls "the single most pressing political challenge in our world today". This he foolishly fancies to be the Question of Palestine that he means to answer with a Two-State Solution/Roadmap that would -- as many of his constituents crave -- deprive Israel of its sovereignty and viability.

Rather than learning from the blunders of his predecessors at Downing Street, he is intent on compounding them. Britain is in the throes of an obsession with "Palestinians", but that cause is actually peripheral to the real challenge and hazard to Britain: Islamism's worldwide ambitions of dominance. No amount of pandering on "Palestine" will diminish that hazard.

EUROPA

The nations of Europe have submerged themselves in the European Union that has submerged itself into Eurabia [See Issue No. 48]. As the dhimmi section in that pact, it must echo and facilitate the Arab fixation on demonizing the Jew and seeking the destruction of Israel.

Europe invented Judeophobia and had a virtual monopoly on it until the rise of Islam. It is one of the few remnants of its society to which it still clings, even as it gives up its independence, stultifies itself with EU bureaucracy, lets its traditions, culture and religion be whittled away, fills its cities with hostile immigrants, and commits demographic suicide via plummeting birthrates. The jettison of their own faith and identity leaves a gap into which they stuff a Palestine fetish that provides a retroactive justification for Europe's millennia of crimes against the Children of Israel.

Europe has come close to freeing itself of Jews. It cannot abide that Jews should be free of Europe, and presumes to dictate the fate of those Jews who are now sovereign and flourishing in their own Land, far surpassing Europe in every worthwhile endeavor. [See Issue No. 44] So a dying Europe bares its decaying fangs at Israel in spite masked as diplomacy.

That diplomacy is personified in its foreign policy chief Javier Solana, quoted in "Arafat Lives", by Ephraim Karsh, Commentary Magazine, March 2005:

"'The best tribute to President Arafat's memory will be to intensify our efforts to establish a peaceful and viable state of Palestine,' declared the European Union's foreign-policy chief, Javier Solana. At the same time, Solana unveiled a new plan to facilitate the so-called road map drafted in 2003 by the EU, the U.S., Russia, and the UN -- but in 'a less incremental manner': that is, by deleting the proviso conditioning progress toward the creation of a Palestinian state on a cessation of violence and terrorism."

Why does Europe ponder a "best tribute to President Arafat's memory". Perhaps it deems its bestowal of a Nobel Peace Prize an inadequate tribute to the mass-murderer terrorist.

Scholars of European history may if they like examine the 2,000-year-long record of persecution of Jews, slanders and libels, extortions, exclusions, expulsions, ghettoes, pogroms, and massacres and in search of evidence that Europe was any the better off for them or ever likely to be..

AMERICA

In Great Britain, a candidate for election flaunts unfriendly intentions toward Israel as a way to win votes. In the United States, any candidate who harbored such intent would more likely hide it for fear of losing votes. This is symbolic of the difference between the state of the Old World and the state of the New World.

A nation whose own character was rooted in the Bible has a unique affinity with both Ancient and Modern Israel. America can feel comfortable with such an affinity because as a nation it still has self-confidence and self-respect.

There are some pockets of Judeophobia among small but influential cliques. One of these cliques subsumes academics and intelligentsia who malign Israel, driven in part by a need to set themselves apart from mere popular opinion.

A less conspicuous but more powerful clique has financial and business interests in Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries. Many of them are members of an international investment partnership called the Carlyle Group. This clique is often interconnected with State Department desk-holders and diplomats who expect to be beneficiaries of bounty from Saudi Arabia. [See Issue No. 25]

Secretaries of State drawn from members or employees of this clique tend to be ostentatiously harsh on Israel, among them John Foster Dulles of the Eisenhower Administration, James Baker III of the George H.W. Bush Administration, and Condoleeza Rice of the George W. Bush Administration.

An example of how this clique works can be found in U.S. policy toward Israel during the administration of President Dwight Eisenhower. He yielded control of foreign policy to Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, a Judeophobe with well-known past connections to Nazi Germany.

In the prelude to the Sinai Campaign of 1956-57, Dulles devised and Eisenhower executed a policy contemptuous of Israel's peril and apprehensions.

In the aftermath of the Sinai Campaign, the United States became the protector of Egypt's warmongering dictator Gamal Abdul Nasser. The President had to go on national television to explain to the citizens of the United States why he would impose callous and potentially lethal sanctions against Israel should it stand in the way of the Dulles policy.

This policy enabled Egypt to use the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip as bases for terrorism against Israelis and eventual military assault on Israel. It also enabled Egypt to carry on its illegal blockade of the Suez Canal, not only against Israeli merchant but also against ships of neutral nations that carried a cargo to or from Israel.

Egypt thereafter pursued an anti-American policy and went into alliance with the Soviet Union. Nothing came of Dulles's attempt to use actions against Israel to lure Iraq into a proposed anti-Soviet pact.

In later years, Eisenhower understood how wrong and futile the Dulles policies had been, and regretted that he had gone along with them. Eisenhower belatedly admitted a mistake, but anti-Israel elements in the U.S. establishment today extol the mistake as something to be emulated and ignore the regrets.

This instance of recognizing an error in judgment did not set a trend. Dennis Ross and Martin Indyk and other champions of the Oslo Disaster defend and try to resume their meddling. Failed and futile policies are still pursued by the State Department and/or the White House.

Empty mantras are compulsively reiterated, and ill-considered measures are compulsively repeated:

[1] Bloody acts of PLO terrorism are followed by pleas that "all parties exercise maximum restraint". Sometimes this is abbreviated to merely calling on Israel to "exercise restraint" when its people are slaughtered. The spokesmen who recite these lines do not back up the plea by citing an instance when "restraint" inhibited terrorism.

[2] Another plea is that the PLO "do more to stop terrorism". Since it is the PLO itself that is perpetrating the terrorism, this formula is fatuous as well as futile.

[3] Of the course of decades, plans have been hatched to solve the crisis of the moment or even, more ambitiously, to impose a full-scale settlement. One emissary after another has been dispatched to deal with the parties concerned. Each mission produces a new set of increasingly ill-considered terms that are never carried out. Each mission also is greeted with an upsurge of terrorism, and innocent people die in these exercises in futility.

[4] For the past dozen years, the U.S. taxpayers have been required to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the PLO, and $2,000,000,000, a year to Egypt. Madam Doctor Secretary Rice would like to add pensions for retired terrorists.

The PLO invests its allowance in salaries for terrorists (sometimes in the guise of "security services"), education in a curriculum of hatred, and assorted forms of graft. [See Issue No. 12] Its clergy preaches sermons cursing and damning America, and its news media are similarly venomous. Burning the American flag is a popular sport. Mass murder of Americans is celebrated by singing, dancing and passing out candy.

The government of Egypt subverts American policy and sanctions vicious anti-American propaganda.

The subjects of the PLO and Egyptian regimes get little or no benefit from this American generosity. Thus the American people are made to subsidize those who hate them and wish them harm, while no humanitarian purpose is served.

[5] A cherished misconception is that all will be well if all parties to a dispute become democracies. But democracy means only that a population can choose its own government. It will not necessarily choose a nice government.

In the specific case of "a democratic Palestine", the mere act of casting a ballot cannot eradicate generations of indoctrination in hate and violence and aspirations to martyrdom. [See Issues Nos. 32, 33] In elections already held within PLO-land, campaigns feature rival claims of which party killed the most Jews in the past and can be trusted to kill the most in the future.

[6] A similar misconception is that a debased society can be quickly redeemed by removal of a bad leader. This does not work when corruption and violence are embedded in the society. It has certainly not worked in PLO-land since Arafat has been replaced by the wicked but wily Abbas.

In a hostile world the United States has been Israel's best and sometimes only friend. Yet even a friend can make mistakes, and those mistakes can do more harm than an enemy can achieve.

The United States has always stood firm on Israel's right to exist and has even helped it with resources and equipment to defend itself against repeated Arab wars of genocidal intent. Yet it has always backs a United Nations ceasefire demand that restrains Israel from a victory that would dampen the Arab belief in eventual success. The aggressors are thus left free to launch one war after another.

When the United States joins the rest of the world in forcing Israel to relinquish whatever the Arabs lost through aggression it makes that aggression virtually risk-free. That is not the way to discourage it.

In past years these were some basic principles of U.S. policy that have now been recklessly scrapped.

[1] Israel must not be forced to return to the ragged and indefensible cease-fire lines of the period 1949-1967. That is: The lines aptly described by Israeli diplomat Abba Eban as "Auschwitz lines", that the Arabs themselves wiped out by their aggressions. Even Great Britain and France once agreed to this principle. [See Issue No. 23]

A study by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, the senior military to whom the United States itself entrusts its security demonstrates that those lines that retreat to those lines would deprive Israel of territory indispensable to its defense.

The revised policy of the incumbent Bush-Rice Administrations reverses this principle by demanding just such a retreat. Indeed, it goes even further by demanding that the shrunken Israel be bisected to grant its proposed PLO-state "contiguity". And even this remnant of Israel would be under the control of a Quartet of foreign and largely hostile overlords. [See Issues Nos. 23, 28]

[2] Previous presidents, including the unfriendly George H. W. Bush, stood firmly against the notion of a Palestinian state. The incumbent Bush-Rice Administration, pledged to what George W. Bush calls "the good cause of the Palestinian people", is infatuated with a vision of a Two-State Solution.

This makes sense only if one believes that:

[a] Israel, with 8,000-10,000 square miles, is too big and must to be cut down

[b] The Arab world, with 6,145,389 square miles is too small and must be enlarged

[c] The 22 states given to the Arabs are not enough, and there must be 23 of them -- and 2 of those within the boundaries of Mandate Palestine-Jewish National Home.

[d] It is necessary for the commander of the War on Terror to be godfather to a terrorist state dedicated to the destruction of Israel

[e] This will placate and satisfy an international Islamist movement that aspires to world domination.

Madam Doctor Secretary Rice has recently proclaimed that "there can be no peace without a Palestinian state". She errs by a mere three letters. A realistic assessment is "There can be no peace with a Palestinian state". [See Twelve Bad Arguments for a State of Palestine]

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Since 1948 there has been no shift at all in the Arab position. That position is: The Arabs will never accept the existence of Israel or co-exist with it. Israel must die. [See Issue No. 5] There have been changes in tactics and in styles of propaganda but not the most minute shift in the ultimate goal.

It is both Israel and the United States that have yielded, with one concession and compromise after another. No concession or compromise is ever met with a concession or compromise by the Arabs. On the contrary, each retreat from principle or from land is taken as proof that intransigence works.

Until now, both Israel and the United States have made errors in judgment that have been costly in life and strength. If, in disregard of all experience, a Two-State Solution is enforced, the consequences will be even worse and bloodier.

This is "A Tme to Speak -- Messages About Israel", Vol. V:4 (No. 52) (April 2005 - Heshvan-Kislev 5765)

"A Time To Speak" appears once a month, and each issue is on a theme that relates to Israel and the Middle East past and present, including history, background, current events, analysis and comment. All issues appear on its website: http://www.israel.net/timetospeak. A complimentary subscription to the e-mail edition is available by request to: speak@actcom.co.il.

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JUSTICE, ARAB & ISRAELI STYLE; P.A. EXAGGERATED POPULATION GROWTH; SETTLERS
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, June 17, 2005.

JUSTICE, ARAB & ISRAELI STYLE

Background: The entire Old City, including the Mount, had been seized by Jordan, in its 1948 attempt to conquer Israel. In 1967, Jordan committed further aggression against Israel, in the course of which Israel retrieved the Old City for the Jewish people. Nevertheless, in a burst of excessive tolerance, Israel let the mosques there be run entirely by the Muslim Waqf. The Waqf extended its authority unilaterally, as is the Muslim practice, so that the Muslims try to deny Jews from praying or even visiting the Mount. This is part of the Muslim policy of overcoming other religions by claiming exclusive control over their religions sites, claiming them as mosques. In conjunction with that, they engage in historical revisionism. In this case, Abbas, like his former boss, Arafat, claims that the Jews never had a temple on the Mount, and therefore have no claim to it. Meanwhile, the Waqf has been destroying Jewish artifacts in the Mount, while claiming there is no evidence of Jewish artifacts. Deceit like that is an approved part of Islamic militancy.

News: On Jerusalem Day, commemorating Israel's liberation of the Temple Mount, a small group of Jews ascended the Mount. A gang of Arabs rushed out of the Dome of the Rock, and threw stones at the Jews, etc.. One who tried to jump on a Jews was arrested. The rest were held back by Israeli police, who fired stun grenades. The Waqf promised to prevent further attacks, but its sermons continue to alarm the faithful about non-existent Israeli plots to seize the mosque.

Police declared the situation too volatile to permit the Jews back, but they did let reporters up. Just before police ordered an Israeli reporter off the Mount, he observed, "The Arabs are having a mini-rally with flags and slogans on them. Instead of what was supposed to happen - Jews going up to the Temple Mount on our Jerusalem Day, there is an Arab ceremony guarded and permitted by the Israeli police. The police are lined up to give a perimeter for the Arab rally."

Abbas blamed the Arab violence on the Jews. He termed the Jews' visit, "unjustified and a dangerous violation." The news brief did not explain what the Jews violated. P.A. news claimed that "Jewish extremists stormed" the Al-Aqsa mosque courtyard, and "Israeli underground units" attacked worshippers. The P.A. is trying, dishonestly so, to incite the Muslim world against Israel.

Commentator Michael Freund suggests that Israel take back control over the Mount, as the only way to enable Jews to visit (Arutz-7, 6/6).

Certainly, Israel should take back a control it ought never have ceded. If Israelis had bothered to study their enemy's culture, they would have realized that they cannot appease the Muslims. By regaining control, Israel could stop the destruction of Jewish artifacts and the creeping Islamic building that gradually is covering the entire Mount, as a kind of exclusive annexation.

By barring the Jewish victims, Israel is encouraging the Arab rioters. That is Israeli justice? All the world's claims about Israel oppressing the Arabs is nonsense. The problem is that Israel oppresses the Jews in behalf of the Muslim Arabs.

Notice that Abbas blames the Jewish victims for Arab riots. That is Arab justice? Nobody makes Arabs attack peaceable people. The criminality and intolerance are within them. How ridiculous that the State Dept., Pres. Bush, the "NY Times," and almost everybody else calls Abbas a moderate. He is a Jewish Temple-denying, Holocaust-denying, riot-excusing antisemite.

Here is my notion of justice. I blame the Arab rioters for Arab riots. They should pay for it. Blaming the Jews for Arab riots is an old antisemitic ploy that it hurts me to see Israel doing. Retaking control, alone, would not stop the Muslim mobs from attacking Jews. What would? The Israeli governmental would have to shift towards greater Jewish patriotism and solidarity and away from appeasement and from over-concern about world public opinion. Then it would arrest rioters and advise Muslims that until they prove they can behave, few of them would be allowed on the Mount.

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT VS. ISRAELI CHILDREN

Israeli Defense Minister Mofaz urged parents whom he intends to dispossess from their Gaza communities regardless of their refusal, first to send their children out. This would spare the children a traumatic experience, he alleges.

A Jewish Gaza resident pointed out that experience with the Israeli communities uprooted in the Sinai found that separation from parents shortly before an expulsion struggle gave the children trauma. She wondered how concerned for children's psyches is this Defense Minister who ordered the Army out of action when the Arabs launched thousands of rockets and mortars at those same children. The Defense Ministry, in preparation for the expulsion and turnover of the area to the P.A., has given the P.A. maps of the area. These maps detail the position of security facilities. This helps direct the terrorists where to attack the Jewish communities (IMRA, 6/6). Criminal negligence or just plain criminality?

ISRAELI UNIVERSITIES SEEK TO PREVENT MORE BOYCOTTS

After having defeated the British professors union attempt to boycott it and other Israeli universities, Haifa U. is continuing the fight. It wants to keep other attempts from succeeding. It has sent lecturers to Europe, to explain that Israel is democratic and liberal, and should not be boycotted. It also makes the arguments that the boycott attacks academic freedom and that Israeli universities produce much valuable research (IMRA, 6/6).

Israel is only partly democratic, and that part is eroding fast. Israel's universities themselves have little academic freedom, mostly being bastions of leftist and anti-Zionist ideology that hire few professors of differing opinions. So explains Prof. Steven Plaut at great length.

Before fighting the antisemitic and anti-Zionist boycott movement in Europe, Israeli universities ought to fight the antisemitic and anti-Zionist campaign by various far leftist professors at their own universities. How can they ask Europeans to desist from what Israelis do?

JEWS STILL THE MAJORITY WEST OF JORDAN RIVER

For years, the popular belief was that the Arabs were becoming a majority of the population west of the Jordan R., if they weren't already so. That belief motivated supposed attempts to separate from the Palestinian Arabs. The belief is ill-founded. They are based not upon a census but upon error-laden P.A. projections years earlier: (1) Actual P.A. Arab birth rates are below projected, and are falling like those in other Arab areas; (2) Instead of the projected immigration, there was a net emigration of about 10,000 a year; (3) 210,000 Arabs were counted in two places west of the Jordan R., once in Israel and again in Jerusalem; (4) 150,000 Arabs who moved from the P.A. into Israel, and counted as being in Israel, and again as Arabs in the P.A.; (5) Arabs who had moved abroad more than a year earlier, still were counted as present. (Seems like item (2); and (6) Observers erroneously identified all non-Jews in Israel as Palestinian Arabs, though only some are Arabs. Having discovered a gap between projection and reality of 1,400,000, the demographers are making the rounds, explaining their new finding and its implications (IMRA, 6/6). Was the exaggeration by those master propagandists just a series of errors?

TURKISH MEDIA LARGELY ANTISEMITIC, NOW

The Turkish media falsely accuses "the Jews" of having destroyed the Ottoman Empire, creating the current secular state there, of carrying out the Armenian genocide (that Turkey denies occurred but which it committed), plotting treason now, and turning against tolerant Turkey in helping the British conquer Palestine. When Germany banned a Turkish newspaper of that ilk, the paper called Germany "Nazi" (IMRA, 6/6). Turkey killed and expelled Jews in Palestine.

IRONY OF "THE PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION"

"The Protocols" is an old forgery that claimed the Jews wanted to conquer the world. Ironically, it was widely distributed by Adolph Hitler, who did want to conquer the world. Now it is widely distributed by the Arabs, who want to conquer the world. It may be the first example of calling one's victim the aggressor. By accusing one's victim of planning to attack, one invents a pretext for attacking the intended victim. (Hitler and Stalin did this; the Arabs do it now.)

"The Protocols" gives the many Arab Muslims an excuse for inability to conquer the few Jews of Israel. The excuse is that the Jews really are powerful (Winston Mid East Analysis, 6/7).

We Jews are so few. Where are our vast armies and agents capable of conquering the world? What a silly fantasy. Unfortunately, haters accept fantasy.

THE P.A. MEDIA

The P.A. media had comments by the P.A. leadership accusing Israel of "invading" the Temple Mount (when it let a few Jewish visitors up) and of committing war crimes by killing armed terrorist it had tracked down and who would not surrender. The media ignored most Arab bombardments of Jewish communities (which are war crimes), except to note that some Arabs were killed but omitted the fact that the Arabs had initiated the firefights (IMRA, 6/7 from Michael Widlanski) and the wars.

SHARON TURNS DESPERATE AGAINST OPPOSITION

"The State Prosecution is considering the use of the Juvenile Law against parents of minors who have been arrested repeatedly for blocking highways, said a senior source at the State Prosecution on Tuesday. Such a move would allow courts to monitor parental supervision of their children and in extreme cases to strip the parents of their guardianship."

"The sick joke of two days ago becomes the rumor yesterday and policy today. It would surprise few if in a few weeks the State argues that any settler who doesn't send their children out by a deadline set before the retreat is guilty of reckless endangerment and their children should be immediately seized and placed in foster homes." (IMRA, 6/7.) "Endangerment?" See next.

BUT ARMY URGES PATIENCE AGAINST TERRORISM

After another bombardment of Jewish-run hothouses in Gaza, which killed and wounded some of the workers, Israel's Chief of Staff called the escalation part of the "internal Palestinian dialogue." He said that the Army does not plan counter-action. "I would suggest that as a state we not act like terrorists." "Overreacting is not a modus operandi." "Nonetheless we must examine all the ramifications of acting against terror organizations," the chief of staff said. "At a certain point, our patience will wear thin, but I would suggest that we decide when." (Based on politics?)

IMRA commented, "COS Halutz leaves open how many people Palestinians (Arabs) can murder before Israel acts." (IMRA, 6/7.)

That comment is Israel's usual policy. Such restraint does not deter the Arabs. Neither does it gain plaudits from foreign pundits, who demand still more restraint. Israel should scorn them for demanding that the victims be restrained towards the aggressors, whom the foreign powers are financing. Worse, the COS, himself, parrots the Arab line, by calling a prompt Israeli response "over-reaction," when it might eradicate terrorist squads, and this "over-reaction" he depicts as acting "like terrorists." Perhaps he is right that the escalation is by way of complaint against the P.A., but Israel would be wise to teach the Arabs not to complain by attacking innocent Israel.

Richard Shulman is a veteran defender of Israel on several web-based forums. His comments and analyses appear often on Think-Israel. He provides cool information and right-on-target overviews. He distributes his essays by email. To subscribe, write him at ricshulman@aol.com.

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GUSH KATIF COME VACATION IN GUSH KATIF
Posted by Arieh Zaritsky, June 17, 2005.

"HAVE YOU MADE YOUR SUMMER VACATION PLANS?"

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HAVE A VACATION ON THE MEDITERRANIAN.

GUSH KATIF IS BEAUTIFUL.

GUSH KATIF IS CHOCK FULL OF WONDERFUL PEOPLE, WHO GROW SOUL-SATISFYING VEGETABLES

YOU MIGHT EVEN FIND YOURSELF IN THE CENTER OF A HISTORICAL EVENT. THINK OF WHAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TELL YOUR GRANDCHILDREN.

Vacationing in GUSH KATIF will save you a lot of money, which you can use to buy a digital camera to take with you to Gush Katif.

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Dr. Arieh Zaretsky is at Ben Gurion University.

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GUSH KATIF DRUZE LEADER: BAN ARABS FROM ENFORCING WITHDRAWAL
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, June 17, 2005.

This article was written by Aaron Klein and is entitle "Lawmaker: Ban Arabs from enforcing withdrawal: Druze leader worried Jewish evacuation of Gaza could rip apart army". Aaron Klein is WorldNetDaily's Jerusalem bureau chief, whose past interview subjects have included Yasser Arafat, Ehud Barak, Shlomo Ben Ami and leaders of the Taliban.

The article appeared today in World News Daily and is archived at http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44824

JERUSALEM - An Arab lawmaker will propose a Knesset bill next week seeking to ban all Druze Arab soldiers from participating in the evacuation of Jewish communities from Gaza and parts of the West Bank this summer, WorldNetDaily has learned.

Arab Druze Knesset Member Ayoob Kara, from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud Party, told WND in an exclusive interview yesterday he will introduce the bill next week because he doesn't think Arabs should uproot Jews from their homes.

"My community didn't come to Israel to rip Jews out of their houses," Kara said. "Druze Arabs gladly become soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces to defend Israel from its enemies and to participate in operations that will make Israel a safer place. We don't want to be used to do something immoral and damaging like the Gaza evacuation."

Kara's proposed bill follows a request yesterday from a Druze soldier to be excused from participating in the evacuation. It was the first request of its kind.

Arab Druze Sgt. Timor Abdallah sent a letter to the IDF's new chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, blasting the Gaza withdrawal.

"When my colleagues and I are demanded to participate in operations whose objective is to defend the country and its citizens, we feel obliged to participate," wrote Abdallah. "But when we are asked to participate in an operation against the people we are meant to defend - our consciences would tremble eternally."

Earlier this week, a senior Druze border policeman in Gaza was fired after he told his superiors he will refuse to enforce the withdrawal, to which his police unit had been assigned.

Kara told WND he fears the Gaza evacuation could rip apart the Israeli army:

"It is going to be a tragedy, because there are a very large number of soldiers who, when it comes time, will not participate. The IDF is already being torn in two. And I don't want my community to be a part of that."

Kara boasts a large constituency from Israel's 100,000 Druze residents.

There are some 600,000 Druze in the Middle East and another 100,000 in various parts of the world. During Israel's War of Independence, many Druze, including Kara's family, sided with the Jews, embracing Israel and joining its military. Israeli Arabs are exempt from military duty, but many Druze apply to serve anyway.

While this week's defections mark the first Arab refusals, hundreds of Jewish soldiers the past few months have stated publicly they would not participate in the Gaza withdrawal if asked.

In perhaps the most high-profile case of a Jewish soldier refusing, the enlisted son of the police chief responsible for overseeing the withdrawal told WorldNetDaily in March he thinks the Gaza evacuation is "wrong," and he will not participate if his unit is ordered to take part.

The withdrawal has stirred much debate within the ranks of the IDF. Officials expect a sizable number of settlers to revolt against the plan and predict violent confrontations with law enforcement.

IDF leaders won an ongoing debate the past few months to employ police instead of soldiers to remove Jewish settlers, explaining police units are more properly trained in the confrontation of civilian dissenters and have more legal authority and maneuvering room than do IDF soldiers when it comes to domestic issues.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has said he, too, would prefer soldiers not take part in evacuations.

Select Israeli police units reportedly have been learning techniques to carry out the withdrawal process, including putting down settler revolts and confronting Jews who refuse to leave their homes.

Said Kara: "Quietly, most leaders of the army and police are terrified because they can't predict what enforcing the evacuation is going to do to their units, but they know it will not be good."

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REWARDING TERRORISM
Posted by Women in Green, June 16, 2005.

This article was written by Joseph Farah, founder, editor and chief executive officer of WND and a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host. He writes a nationally syndicated column weekly. It appeared today in www.WorldNetDaily.com

President Bush has given away the Israeli store to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

There's hardly anything else to say about it.

By proclaiming that the new starting point for future negotiations between Arabs and Israelis is the 1949 armistice line, Bush actually took a more anti-Israeli position than most of the hostile, Jew-hating Arab states have in recent years.

What is it about Abbas and the Palestinian Authority that Bush finds so encouraging?

Quite simply, Abbas has not lived up to a single agreement he has made with the Israelis:

* He has failed to arrest Palestinian terrorists;

* He has refused to dismantle terrorist cells or to seize weapons from those identified as having attacked Israel;

* He has not only failed to stop incitement, his new schoolbooks remove all Jewish and Israeli references except those that demonize Jews;

Asked about his relationship with the terrorist group Hamas, Abbas said: "Hamas is not a threat for us."

Hamas exists to destroy Israel. It does not believe in any compromise. It has been declared a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

So, as my friend Hal Lindsey wryly observes, "Helping Hamas can either get you 20 years in U.S. prison or an invitation to the White House.

Now do you understand why Abbas is not renouncing terrorism or abiding by any of his earlier pledges? Why should he? Bush has confirmed that terrorism works.

Bush has adopted the hard-line of the anti-Jewish radicals of the left and the anti-Jewish zealots of Islam who maintain there are some pieces of land on which Jews are just not welcome.

He has accepted the hate speech of the Arab extremists as a legitimate bargaining position. The Arabs say Jews are not permitted to live within the future of home of Palestine. It doesn't matter whether they are peaceful civilians who mind their own business. It doesn't matter how long they have lived there. It doesn't matter that they did not replace any Arab population in the area.

None of that matters. All that matters is that they are Jewish - and they have to go.

Not just from Gaza, apparently. But, according to Bush, they need to go from Judea and Samaria, too - the entire West Bank. Oh, and don't forget East Jerusalem. No Jews permitted there either - because that part of the city needs to be returned to the Arabs in accordance with the 1949 armistice line. The Temple Mount? No way. It belongs to Muslims only, no Jews allowed. The Western Wall? It's going back to the Arabs.

That's what Bush told the world last week and I'm still waiting to hear some outrage about it.

There were many of us who doubted that former Secretary of State Colin Powell really understood the Arab-Israeli conflict. There were many of us who welcomed his retirement and his replacement, Condoleezza Rice. I'm beginning to wonder if Powell may have been a voice of reason within this administration, because there hasn't been any since he left - at least not with respect to the Middle East.

I keep hearing Rice's name mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2008.

I've got news for you. Unless this administration changes its disastrous course on the Middle East, Rice won't get elected dog catcher in this country.

What are we fighting for in Iraq and Afghanistan? I thought it was freedom. What are we fighting against? I thought it was Islamic terrorism.

So why are we undermining freedom and supporting Islamic terrorism in our dealings with Israel and the Palestinian Arabs?

Ruth and Nadia Matar established Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green), an activist group of women based in Jerusalem. Their website address is http://www.womeningreen.org

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LET THE SANHEDRIN CALL UPON ROME
Posted by David Ben-Ariel, June 16, 2005.
"The Sanhedrin's Decision Regarding the Holy Temple, the Temple Mount, and Jerusalem" by Prof. Hillel Weiss and R. Chaim Richman as Spokesmen for the Sanhedrin
The Sanhedrin calls upon all groups who work in the area of Temple and Temple Mount-related research and activity, to begin to prepare detailed architectural plans for the construction of the Holy Temple, towards the goal of its establishment in its proper place. The Sanhedrin will establish a forum of architects and engineers whose goal will be to implement this decision, so that detailed working plans are effectively brought to an operational stage. The Sanhedrin calls upon the Jewish people to contribute towards the acquisition of materials for the purpose of rebuilding the Holy Temple; the gathering and preparation of prefabricated, disassembled portions of this building to be stored and ready for rapid assembly, in the manner of King David. These contributions will be consider "chulin," i.e., non-sacred, for the purpose of the planning and construction of the Temple.

With this brilliant backdrop, may the Sanhedrin call upon the pope to restore the Temple treasures to Jerusalem!

The Jews have prayed for 2,000 years to see again the Temple upon the Temple Mount. It's past time for prayers alone: ACTION is necessary to put faith into practice!

Let the Muslims submit to the Word and Will of God concerning the Temple Mount. It's sole purpose is to House the Temple of the God of Jacob-Israel, that all nations may come to know, love and obey the God of Abraham. May they agree the Rock of Abraham has been preserved by the "Dome of the Rock," and that it was created for the Jews to continue their worship upon the site of Israel's Temple. It has served its purpose and now it's past time to restore spiritual sovereignty to the Jews upon the Temple Mount that they may build the House of Prayer for all peoples to come and worship.

May the Jewish leaders repent of their woeful neglect of the Temple Mount and end Jerusalem's abomination of desolation - a Temple Mount without a Temple!

May the pope encourage Judah to obey God and build His Royal House, His Heavenly Embassy, in the noble spirit of King Cyrus, and restore the Temple treasures to Jerusalem. May the Vatican release the silver, release the gold, that Rome stole from Jerusalem!

May they immediately return the Menorah to stand again where it belongs: upon the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, within the Temple! The Vatican chambers will have served their purpose of protecting and preserving such consecrated items for this time.

Let construction begin and may all nation