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ISRAELI ELECTIONS DIVIDED MESSAGE ON WITHDRAWAL
Posted by Zionist Organization of America, March 31, 2006.

Left-right Split 54-50
Kadima Gets Only 23% of Vote

New York - In the March 28 Israeli elections, the electorate sent a divided message on future unilateral withdrawals and the forced expulsion of Jews from Judea & Samaria, while economic and domestic issues were probably more dominant than in any election in 30 years. There was virtually an even split between the left of center pro-withdrawal parties and the right of center anti-withdrawal parties with the left gaining 54 seats while the right gained 50 out of the 120 Knesset seats. The left of center party Kadima's support dropped precipitously in the last few weeks winning only 29 seats (23% of vote) after being well above 40 seats only a month ago.

It's important to note that in the last two weeks Kadima's Ehud Olmert made a major public issue of promoting a substantial unilateral withdrawal from Judea & Samaria and giving it to Hamas in addition to a forced expulsion of Jews from there. In the last week of the election campaign, Olmert also repeatedly declared that he would not permit any party into his government who would not accept these conditions. The more Olmert emphasized these points, the more his support fell.

Olmert might manage, by including all the left-wing parties (Kadima (29), Labor (20), Meretz (5) and the new Pensioners party (7) to form a bare majority of 61 seats. Further withdrawals today could further divide an already fractured electorate. If Olmert intends to proceed with further unilateral land giveaways to the terrorist Hamas/PA regime, and the forced removal of tens of thousands of Jews from their homes in Judea & Samaria, a referendum should be strongly considered.

Another message one can derive from these election results is that economic and domestic issues played the largest role in determining the outcome in the last 30 years, possibly greater than the issue of concessions to the Palestinian regime. The fact that the Pensioners party gained seven seats instead of the expected one, may well have been due to Netanyahu's economic policies which reduced government monies to the lower middle class Israelis. These Netanyahu economic policies also likely dropped Likud to their surprising 12 seat result. The Labor party also ran their campaign almost entirely on economic and other domestic and labor policies, not on land concessions to Hamas. And a leader of Kadima, Meir Shitreet, stated after the election that the issue of disengagement and unilateral withdrawals is not on the agenda. He said that Kadima will concentrate on economic and domestic issues.

Other points that should be noted is that the hard left party of Meretz dropped to only 5 seats while the hard right parties of Lieberman and National Union rose to 20 seats.

Another surprising fact is that this was the lowest voter turnout in Israeli history indicating the voters frustration and despair over the apparent belief that whether there are major unilateral land giveaways and expulsions or not, peace will not be achieved with the Hamas/PA regime devoted to Israel's destruction.

ZOA President Morton A. Klein said, "With such a close finish between right and left, there was clearly no message by Israelis to unilaterally withdraw from more land, let alone a mandate for such a move. Former Prime Minister Sharon himself repeatedly said before his stroke that there would be no more concessions of any sort unless and until the Palestinians fulfill all of their obligations to Oslo and the Road Map, and Sharon made this statement before the Islamic terrorist group Hamas came to power. In fact, Uri Dan, a well-known Israeli journalist and decades-long friend of Sharon, recently wrote a column saying that Olmert's withdrawal and expulsion plan from Judea and Samaria would never have been proposed by Ariel Sharon.

"In addition, we must understand that the Sharon/Olmert Kadima party benefited from sympathy for Sharon's tragic medical condition, from antipathy toward Netanyahu's economic policies, and from loyalties by Likud voters to the fourteen Likud members who switched to Kadima. Virtually none of this sympathy had much to do with the withdrawal plan.

"If the Israelis really wanted withdrawal to proceed, Olmert's support would have strengthened in the last few weeks, not dramatically weakened.

"Finally, to see a split between the right and leftwing parties in light of the fact that virtually the entire major Israeli media supported Olmert and major land concessions shows additional weakness of the left and the withdrawal policy.

"The ZOA strongly urges that if Ehud Olmert decides on more unilateral land giveaways to the terrorist Hamas/PA regime, and the forced removal of tens of thousands of Jews from their homes in Judea & Samaria, a referendum should be strongly considered."

The Zionist Organization of America (www.zoa.org), 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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THE AIPAC CASE: "UNCHARTED WATERS"
Posted by Barbara Sommer, March 31, 2006.

This is called "Secrecy News" and is from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, Volume 2006, Issue No. 40. Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the Federation of American Scientists.

The prosecution of two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for allegedly receiving and communicating classified information without authorization poses novel legal issues, the presiding judge in the case said last week.

"We are a bit in new, uncharted waters, and that's why I'm going to consider this matter extremely carefully," said Judge T.S. Ellis III at a March 24 hearing on defense motions to dismiss the case.

This is the first case in which the government has sought to criminalize the unauthorized receipt of classified information by non-governmental persons who do not hold security clearances.

Anything other than a dismissal of the charges would mark a dramatic shift in national security law and a significant reduction in First Amendment protections.

At the hearing last week, defense attorneys reiterated their arguments that the underlying statutes are overbroad, unconstitutionally vague, and do not apply to speech but only to the unauthorized transfer of tangible materials such as classified documents.

Unlike documents that bear classification markings, the defense pointed out, oral communications do not provide the recipient with notice that their contents are restricted.

"It's not a coincidence that the words of the statute speak in [terms= of] tangible items, and the conduct here is oral," said defense attorney Abbe Lowell.

Under such circumstances, "How can a defendant, a potential defendant, trying to decide whether or not he's stepping across the line, determine when -- what information is national defense information, and when it isn't?" Judge Ellis asked the prosecution.

"It all depends upon the facts, your Honor," replied Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin DiGregory vaguely.

Furthermore, documents can be returned to their rightful owners. But oral information once received into conscious awareness is difficult not to by unauthorized recipients is illegal too.

"Well, what are they supposed to do," asked Judge Ellis, "have a lobotomy?"

Prosecutors argued that this is not a First Amendment case involving protected speech.

"What we have alleged in our indictment, your Honor, is not First Amendment protected activity," said Mr. DiGregory.

"What we have alleged is that these two men conspired with persons, known and unknown, they conspired to gather and disseminate national defense information. And we have alleged that they have done so, and communicated that information to persons not entitled to receive it."

"What we're talking about here, your Honor, in the first instance, is conduct. We're not talking about speech," he said.

"Do you think that you can transform speech into conduct?" Judge Ellis replied. "You can't do it just by labeling it conduct."

"All speech is a type of conduct," the Judge continued, "but it's a type of conduct which [defense attorney] Lowell would quickly say falls within the First Amendment. But he would have to be quick to concede that conduct in terms of giving someone a document is not speech, under the First Amendment."

None of these disputed issues were resolved, and the Court's aggressive questioning does not reliably indicate the Judge's own predilections. The parties were ordered to further brief the First Amendment issues by Friday, March 31.

A copy of the transcript of the March 24 hearing in U.S.A. v. Rosen and Weissman was obtained by Secrecy News and may be found here:
www.fas.org/sgp/jud/rosen032406.html

"I am not sure why FAS and other outlets are trying make AIPAC into some kind of martyr of freedom," wrote one commenter on the Secrecy News blog last week. "Its activities were clearly illegal and in violation of US law. Let's be careful not to confound the defense of freedom with a defense of illicit activity."

AIPAC, however, is not on trial and is not accused of wrongdoing. Whether or not the defendants' activities were illegal is the question that is now before the Court.

As for Secrecy News' interest in the case, it stems from the fact that we also gather and disseminate "national defense information," a term that encompasses both classified and unclassified defense information.

We have "unauthorized" conversations with government officials. Sometimes we deliberately pose questions about matters that we know to be classified ("Psst...How big was the total intelligence budget 50 years ago?").

If the government's unbounded new interpretation of the espionage statutes were to prevail, much of our research and publication activity could arguably be considered illegal.

"Under the government's theory, in fact, countless conversations and publications that take place every day are criminal acts," the Washington Post editorialized last week.

Contact Barbara Sommer by email at sommer_1_98@yahoo.com

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THE AIPAC CASE: CRIMINALIZING PUBLIC SPEECH
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, March 31, 2006.

This article is called "Secrecy News" and was written by Steven Aftergood from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, Federation of American Scientists.

I suppose this is the logical extrapolation of the efforts of previous US administrations to prevent unpleasant news leaking out to the public. The traditional view in America has always been that it is the specifically right, and even obligation, of a free press and private individuals or organizations, protected by the first amendment of the US Constitution, to go out of their way to find and expose those unpleasant events the Government would rather not have anyone know about. If the US Courts uphold the Government's contention that such actions are now espionage, that will pretty much be the end of a press freedom in America and the right of American citizens to expose actions of their Government. The fact that the powers that be have seen fit to start this effort against a well known and respected Jewish organization should not be lost on the Jewish community.

In an unprecedented and previously unimaginable case, two former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee were accused last year of mishandling classified government information. Now they are asking a federal court to dismiss the charges against them. The prosecution of the former AIPAC officials, Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, represents an extraordinary attempt by the Bush Administration to use the Espionage Act to restrict the activities and even the conversations of members of the public who are not government employees.

"The prosecutors in this case have taken the unprecedented step of criminalizing an alleged leak not just against the government official who was charged with protecting such information, but also members of public policy organization with First Amendment protection who listened to what this government official had to say," the new defense motion to dismiss states.

"If this indictment is allowed to stand, a statute which in the first instance is intended to address classic spying will not only be applied to erring government officials but now will be applied to private American citizens pursuing first amendment protected activities."

What Rosen and Weissman are charged with is nothing more than "what members of the media, members of the Washington policy community, lobbyists and members of congressional staffs do perhaps hundreds of times every day," the defense says.

There is no allegation that Rosen or Weissman "ever stole, secreted, purloined, paid for or otherwise obtained classified information from any person -- inside or outside government -- by any illegal means."

Instead, they listened to, and repeated, information provided by former Pentagon official Lawrence A. Franklin that was purportedly classified.

"Never has a lobbyist, reporter, or any other non-government employee been charged... for receiving oral information the government alleges to be national defense material as part of that person's normal First Amendment protected activities."

"The government's construction of [the Espionage Act] would allow for the punishment of any private citizen who obtains classified information -- regardless of how or why -- and then discloses it to another private citizen."

"Such a result would be profoundly disturbing," according to the Defendants' motion.

Remarkably, the legal memorandum on behalf of the defendants was co-authored by Viet Dinh, the former Justice Department attorney who is best known as one of the architects of the USA Patriot Act.

The defense memorandum was filed under seal on January 19 and unsealed by the court in the Eastern District of Virginia on February 9. A copy was obtained by Secrecy News and posted on the Federation of American Scientists web site. See (4.2 MB PDF file): www.fas.org/sgp/jud/rosen011906.pdf
 

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. Contact him at zelasko@actcom.co.il

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LIKUD IS SPOT ON, CONCERNING DISPUTED LAND POLICY
Posted by Lawrence Uniglicht, March 31, 2006.

Concerning disputed land policy, Likud is spot on, yet ironically a pie-in-the-sky Israeli voting public sends an R.I.P. message to Bibi in no uncertain terms. The pied piper Olmert plays his flute, heading for the cliff overlooking a valley of extinction, while exasperated muddled minions follow. Ehud and his Kadima cohorts bizarrely plot to unilaterally force tens of thousands of Jews dwelling in Judea and Samaria to exit stage left, in effect cede Israeli soil justifiably won in a defensive battle for survival; more justifiably won then say when the manifestly destined U.S. aggressively took its Southwest from Mexico; to an insane cadre of Hamas psychopaths only salivating to annihilate the entire state of Israel. Bibi indeed knows better; he and his patriotic cerebrally prescient realists would expand, not contemptuously contract, the number of Jewish towns in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights, as well as keep all of Jerusalem. Furthermore, no doubt he would unilaterally declare all this land to be an intrinsic part of sovereign Israel. PERIOD! Any Arab nationals residing on such Jewish soil could then either pledge allegiance to the State of Israel, publicly renouncing any affiliation with those who refuse to recognize or would do harm to Israel, or don't let any check point door hit you in the butt baby as you vacate to your true homeland of Jordan or perhaps Egypt!

What sort of twisted hand-wringing logic infects the minds of planetary pundits, living in non-Middle East safe havens, impelling them to presume Israelis occupy and stifle so many 'career' Arab refugees, all of whom are in fact free folks truly citizens of the Koran by their own perspectives, many of whom refuse to get their acts together, reversing self-imposed wretched lives on land they lease from Israel, never even contemplating going elsewhere in quest of boots having bootstraps they might lift themselves up with? Furthermore, it takes no rocket scientist to recognize the deterioration of Gaza since civilized Israeli families were ever so stupidly evicted, not by Arabs, but by their own government. The vanguard science of hydroponics, advancing within fertile Israeli greenhouses in Gaza, indeed a boon to mankind, must await a rebirth elsewhere, now that such bastions of progress will perhaps morph to repositories for Kalishnikovs and mortar shells. Dark age Arabs, alas, prefer launching implements of death and destruction at Israel in lieu of tugging at any bootstraps; why lift yourself out of squalor when you can strike out at and blame the omnipresent Jew for all your troubles?

Israelis can run behind unilaterally crafted borders, surrendering most of Judea and Samaria, but they cannot hide from adversaries who will only interpret such strategy as weakness. Contracting an area already less than 1/5 of 1 percent as large as all surrounding mostly hostile Muslim nations is treasonous to any sense of national worth. What indeed would future generations of Israelis say to such folly? Expand your horizons Israel, hold your head high, stake claim and prosper within all land secured in battle; including Judea, Samaria, all of Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights; that is rightfully yours! Respect yourself and someday the world will respect you!

Lawrence Uniglicht is a career civil servant, working for the Social Security Administration. He advocates for the State of Israel with an American perspective. He writes, "Advocating for the disrespected underdog has been my passion, no doubt Israel falls into that category." Contact him by email at luniglicht@snip.net

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ISRAEL CHOOSES SUICIDE
Posted by James Biga, March 31, 2006.

On the same day that Islamic Jihad officially announces it has "many" Russian made Katyusha rockets smuggled into Gaza from Egypt; Israel decides to follow a group of appeasers. The land for peace deal, which has been a failure thus far, is going to have its life extended. While Israelis die, more land will be given. While Hamas builds up its defenses, Israel will go about in blissful ignorance.

I realize there were other issues that resulted in Kadima maintaining the majority in the Israeli elections. I just have a hard time believing that there was a more important issue than Israel's own survival. A paragraph in a Jerusalem Post article states some reasons why Binyamin Netanyahu lost: social security, joining disengagement at the last minute. Kadima will lead to the final destruction of Israel. They will ignore the charters of their enemies and give up land and finish putting up the fence. All the while, Israel's enemies will gather and prepare for a final assault. Death to Israel is their rallying cry. They will not stop until they are victorious or they have been annihilated. Israel has chosen to utilize the approach of their enemy: martyrdom.

Mr. Netanyahu will be forced out as the head of Likud and will retire in embarrassment. An embarrassment that comes from trying to do what is right. An embarrassment which is the result of wanting to defend his people. An embarrassment that his people choose to stop fighting and give into the demands of an evil enemy. An embarrassment that Moses must have felt when the Israeli's started chatter of wanting to go back to Egypt.

Maybe he could have done things differently. Political pundits will debate what he could have done to win. I am not one of them. I don't believe he could have won no matter what approach he attempted. Israeli's have given up. They are tired of fighting. 58 years of wars, battles, attacks, homicide bombers, political gerrymandering just to survive has led to the Israeli people giving up. When people that live outside the borders of Israel want Israel to survive and prosper more than the actual residents do, the battle is lost. In this instance not only is a nation lost, its faith has been lost also.

Oh Israel. Open your Torah and read your history. See how the present day Israeli sounds a lot like the historic Israelis who turned their backs on G-d and decided they knew better than the Almighty. The seed of the Wild Man surrounds you and you are willing to give up your birthright. The hope that you provided to the world is diminished. You have chosen to step down from your pedestal and become part of the world. Why should others fight for you when you won't fight for yourself?

Mr. Netanyahu is not a perfect man, no man is. But I believe he was the perfect man for this moment. Winston Churchill failed numerous times but succeeded at protecting his country when it was needed the most. Abraham Lincoln was a failure at most everything but was able to keep a country united. Mr. Netanyahu would have taken the fight to the enemy. Israel will be asking for this in the future. They will ask this man to come back and correct what they have ruined. They will ask his forgiveness and beg that he defeat the enemy. They will pray to G-d that this man be given the power necessary to defend them. If they don't, Israel will end up in the sea as Hamas has promised. Israel's enemies will succeed and the only one that can be blamed is Israel itself.

At this moment I am frustrated, disgusted, and angry. Those that I believe to be G-d's people are willing to give up what they have been given by G-d. I had always seen a scenario that the Israeli's tired of the continued attacks, would launch an all out response which would end these attacks for good. I guess I was wrong. Although I have no right to, I am embarrassed for Mr. Netanyahu, I am embarrassed for Israel, and I am embarrassed for mankind. Giving up because of weariness is a form of cowardice. Reading what has occurred in Israel the last 58 years I had never associated the word coward to Israel. I guess things can change.

I was raised that a man does what is right no matter the consequence or who stands against him. Would the MEN of Israel please take a step forward? Your fellow citizens have chosen suicide. Are you willing to go out this way? Mr. Netanyahu, I am sorry. Reality did not play a part in your election loss. Your fellow citizens placed their head in the sand and are hoping all these bad things will just go away. I hope they realize what is exposed while their heads are covered. I foresee discussing with my grandchildren where Israel used to be and how its people gave up. What a shame.

Contact James Biga at Jebiga88@aol.com

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INFORMATION TO HELP TO STOP UNILATERAL PULLOUTS
Posted by Arlene Kushner, March 31, 2006.

Regarding Olmert's projected unilateral pullouts, Sec. of State Rice said there might be some benefits but more information is needed before a decision is made to support this policy.

We thus have a small window of time to impress upon her and President Bush that this would NOT be a good idea, neither for Israel nor for the interests of the US. At the bottom of this posting I provide contact information. I wish to emphasize that a letter -- written and mailed -- is always most effective. I know it takes time and trouble, but that's the whole point. Recipients are impressed that you took the time to do this; it means you care. And then they have hard copy in their hands. E-mail is the least effective and jams the system.

Please! I ask you to do this and to get others to do so as well.

If you are reading this in Israel, please send to everyone you can in the US who might be of assistance.

A few hundred letters would make a real difference.

Write your own letter, drawing from the Steve Rodan's material below. Keep it short (you don't have to use all of the information), clear and factual. Let them know this matters to you, a voting American citizen. If Israel pulls out, terrorist forces, beginning but not ending with Hamas move in. We have seen this already from Gaza -- it is now in chaos and run by armed militias that cause fear in the population and kidnap internationals who are there to help. The area of the West Bank would become a terrrorist center. This would threaten the stability of Jordan and American interests in Iraq; it would weaken the war on terrorism. And it would be disasterous for America's ally in the area, Israel.

This is what Steve Rodan, Director of the Middle East Newsline, predicted in a briefing provided just days ago. Steve is an expert of security matters and speaks Arabic.

There may soon be two Palestinian entities, with different competing forces. Outside elements would enter in order to gain control. In Gaza, we are likely to see the presence of Egypt, Iran (via the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) and the Saudis. In the West Bank, there would be al-Qaida <96> moving in from Iraq, Hezbolla, and a Jordanian presence. Because the Palestinian Authority areas will become a battleground for competing Arab interests, money will flow; there will be new and more efficient rockets, and more explosives will be brought in.

You don't have to believe that Israel should keep all of the land forever to know that this is the wrong time for a pullout. If there is ever to be a withdrawal, it has to be when terrorism is defeated and there is a peaceful Palestinian entity on the other side that will negotiate in good faith. Hamas will not accept borders drawn by Israel unilaterally; this will invite more terrorism. Nor will Hamas accept Israeli army presence on "their" side of any border that is drawn. If Hamas should declare a state, this would then prevent Israel from going into the area and taking out terrorist infrastructure.

Does the world need another rogue, terrorist state? A state that provides a place for terrorists to function and supports them internationally. Make no mistake, all of Hamas's words of conciliation are just words -- their first goal is Israel's destruction. They are part of the international Muslim Brotherhood movement. As Islamists their final goal is defeat of the West and establishment of a Caliphate. When Hamas received a vote of confidence from the Legislative Council, the cry went up: "Death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration"

President Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: 202-456-1111
Fax: (202) 456 2461
Fax: (202) 456-2883
president@whitehouse.gov

Sec. of State Rice
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
(202) 647 5291
Fax: (202) 647-6434
Fax: (202) 647-1533
secretary@state.gov

Contact Arlene Kushner by email at akushner@netvision.net.il or go to her website www.ArleneFromIsrael.info

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THE WAY TO PEACE: MURDER A JEW, LOSE A CITY
Posted by Professor Eugene Narrett, March 31, 2006.

If the government and ruling classes of Israel were serious in their desire for peace, and /or if the Jews of Israel were somehow able to exercise adequate pressure on the ruling groups and institutions to make them truly pursue peace, this is what they would do:

Deport CNN and all other hostile news organizations;

Announce to all peoples west of the Jordan River that henceforth, the murder of a Jew by a non-Jew would result in the destruction of one of the "Palestinian" cities in the area. Murder fuour Jews, you lose four cities, the biggest first. Since Jews are people of loving kindness, Arabs will have 6 hours to get to a neighboring Arab state before the IAF demolishes the cities.

Most of them would leave on their own, as so many of them did in June 1967, before being cajoled back by very foolish people who had no clue what peace is nor did they truly want it. What they wanted was not to have a Jewish state; they're well on their way to getting that, but as for peace, forget it.

Murder a Jew, lose a city. At least there would be the light of peace at the end of the tunnel of islamic jihad. And after taking another couple dozen casualties, Isarel will be a Jewish state and there will be peace within it. That's beautiful, and will enormously benefit the economy. The "Pensioners" ought to strongly support this peace plan, and everyone who wants to get a life and a job......

The same method can be applied to pacify the neighboring enemies of the Jewish people. Any more rocket barrages or infiltrations, lose a city. PEACE: reality not rhetoric. It's not too late.

Professor Eugene Narrett teaches writing and Literature at Boston University. He is the author of hundreds of articles, columns and reviews on politics, American culture and the arts. He is completing a study on Romanticism and the longterm decline of Western Culture. He writes often on subjects relating to Israel and Judaism and is a weekly columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts. Contact him at culturtalk@aol.com

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MY TRIAL BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY
Posted by Salah Choudhury, March 31, 2006.

Greetings from Dhaka!

And, finally there is news from the court. The trial of the sedition charge will begin on this Wednesday at the court of Additional Metropolitan Session Judge. My lawyer Advocate S.N. Goswami goswami@connectbd.com is tirelessly working on making a strong argument so that the charge can not be framed. As you know, 25th April 2005 was the date fixed for framing of charge, and the government could not do that. Rather I was released on bail on 30th April 2005.

First of all, let me brief you, according to official documents, the investigation officer identifies few points as my offense, which he thinks as seditious and blasphamous:

1. In the speech I prepared for Hebrew Writers Symposium, I said that, Islamist radi cals were gaining strength. 2. In the speech I also mentioned that they were receiving financial support from Afro-Arabd sources and were using mosques and madrassas as their base for training etc. 3. In the speech I mentioned, leaders of these groups are repatriated 'soldiers' from Afghanistan and Palestine.

Now...

Everyone in Bangladesh and abroad are aware that all the points I mentioned in 2003 are not proved Gospel truth. But, still stupid people wants to continue with the trial . Why? Because, they think, if the case is dropped, it will annoy the Islamist radicals in Bangladesh.

In the First Information Report (FIR), the investigation officer stated that, I wrote an article titled 'Hello Tel Aviv' and sent it to USA Today for publication. In that article, I made lots of positive comments on Christians and Jews while I made negative remarks on Muslims. After I sent this article to USA Today, the ambassador of Israel in Singapore contacted me and since there I have relations with Israel. The IO also mentioned that I am a 'spy of Israeli intelligence agency'.

Isn't it funny?

First of all, I never sent any such article to USA Today. The Investigation officer even could not provide any evidence or copy of this so-called article. Moreover, just imagine, USA Today is a very large newspaper receiving hundred of op-eds every day. How the Israeli ambassador could know about a very specific op-ed which was sent from Bangladesh and never published there? The story concocted by police is so funny that any child in kindergarten will possibly burst into laughter if they will hear it. But, this is the fact that Bangladesh authorities are continuing to harass me with this false, fabricated, concocted and motivated case.

As you know...

Three esteemed members of US Congress, Mr. Mark Steven Kirk, Mr. Joseph Crowley and Mr. Peter King wrote a letter last month to Bangladesh ambassador in Washingto asking to 'immediately drop the false case, return passport and other possessions and stop continued harrassment'. In that letter, the honorable Congressmen wrote 'if this case proceeds, we assure you, it will come under insense international scrutiny'.

But...

After receiving such a strong letter from the US Congress, Bangladesh government is rather reluctant to listen to what they have requested and even they are going to begin the trial on Wednesday. It is almost like the attitude of former Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

Earlier...

A number of international organizations like PEN USA, Committee to Protect Journalists, IFLAC and Reporters Sans Frontiers sent letters to Bangladesh Government to drop the false case. But, those were also ignored. Some of the esteemed members of media in New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Middle East Web, Jerusalem Post, Buffalo Grove etc., also published comments on me.

But, it did not reach the deafs in the Government.

By the grace of G-d...

We shall win the case. The judge can not even frame a charge, if he will have minimum respect to the facts and realities. But, if he is dictated to frame the charge, even the government will loose the case, by the Grace of G-d, for sure. In that case, my lawyers will file a 200 million Taka compensation suite against the Government for unnecessarily harrasing a journalist and obstracting the freedom of speech.

Even now...

Very tactfully some of the powerful figures in the Government are trying to convince me to change my profession, become a shop owner or a small trader and abandon my news papers and publication business. They want to suffocate us by silently suggesting the advertisers to refrain from advertising in Blitz and Jamjamat. They term us as Zionists. Okay, we are proud to be Zionists. You all know, in past six months, Blitz did not get even a single inch advertisement from the domestic business houses. Although Blitz is now the largest tabloid weekly in Bangladesh. And our vernacular weekly Jamjamat has already reached a weekly circulation of 15,000 copies and actually we can sell more than 50,000 copies, if we want. But, for this we need advertisements, which we do not have. Jamjamat is the colorful magazine and priced at Taka 5 only, while its competitors are priced at minimum Taka 10. Readers are pressing us to increase our circulation. But, we can't do that at this stage. We have to face extreme adversity along with serious financial constraint. But, still, our spirit is leading us in sustaining such adversities and challenges.

Large multinationals...

Like Unilever, Bata, Pepsi, Coke, Mobil, Proctor & Gamble, Reckit and Colman, Phillips, Sony, Hewlet Packard, Microsoft, IBM etc etc etc are spending millions of dollars in advertising their products in Bangladeshi media. But, they even did not respond to us as their advertising agents are locals.

But...

My friends, we have learnt to live in extreme adversity and we shall continue.

Thank you very much for kindly extending your valued support which gives me courage and inspiration. Just becasue of your blessings and support, I am still free from the jail. Just because of your encouragements, I still have dream and mission. Just because of your trust, we shall win... one day.

Finally my profound thanks to Dr. Richard L. Benkin, Dr. Ada Aharoni, Mr. Ami Isharrof, Dr. Tasbih Sayyed, Mr. Kamal Nawash Esq, Ms. Yehudit Barsky, Ms. Abi Wright, Ms. Kristin Jones, Mr. Mark Lee, Ms. Eileen Moskwitz, Mr. Adam Somers, Mr. Avner Tavori, Mr . Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi, Ms, Loraine Despres Eastlake, Mr. D.H. Kerby. Mr. David Frunkfurter, Dr. Asher Eder, Ms. Kimberly Fornek, Mr. Saul Singer, Ms. Trudy Gefen, Rab bi Yehoshua, Ms. Marjorie Goldberg, Ms. Abby Dees, Mr. Israel Litman, Dr. Bernice Lipkin, Brother John, Ms. Candy Shinaar, American Jewish Committee, World Jewish Congress, Root & Branch, Islam Israel Fellowship, Rabbanit Peli, Ms. Jeanine, and Sister Susan Rosenbluth.

Please continue to support me. Please let us work in unison for global peace. Let us work together in seeing a world without bloodshed.

Shalom Uvracha!

Shoaib

The writer is a journalist, columnist, author, amd editor of "Weekly Blitz". Email him at salahuddinshoaibchoudhury@yahoo.com

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TAKING ADVANTAGE OF "CHESED"
Posted by Batya Medad, March 31, 2006.

Chaza"l, our Sages, tell us that the world stands on, is supported by, three pillars: Torah, avodah (work) and g'milut chassadim (kindness to others).

Judaism is the only religion that synthesizes all of these factors.

* We must keep religious laws
* We must work, create
* and we must help others

The YESHA communities are perfect examples of this with a large percentage of Torah-committed Jews, all sorts of business and other occupations and a social structure that supports all.

One of the examples of the help given to others involves giving rides, since public transportation isn't frequent nor extensive enough, and not everyone has cars.

Last night the terrorists took advantage of this chesed and murdered four Jews. He disguised himself as a Jew, was welcomed into a car and thanked them by igniting explosives and blowing up the owners and two other innocent Jews.

As a frequent hitch-hiker, trempistit, as I'm called in Hebrew, this obviously adds stress to my already difficult commute to work. There is no public transportation between Shiloh and Beit El, and my bosses insist that there is no budget to provide me any sort of "taxi service." If I were to take the existing public transportation it would take me hours to travel the twenty minute trip, and I would have to wait around unprotected. One of those murdered last night was a bystander, not even a passenger.

This week's elections had the lowest voter turn out in Israeli history. A very large percentage of Israeli citizens doesn't see the point in voting. Politicians are all crooks, and they change their opinions and party affiliations, so what's the point. Of those who did vote, many don't care that their fellow Jews are in danger, and that the danger is getting closer to all, wherever they may live.

Southern Israel is being attacked daily. Though it was hushed up until a half-hour before the polls closed, a Katyusha was fired in southern Israel Tuesday morning for the first time ever. Five Kassams were fired Wednesday morning.

The Jewish month of Nissan, miracles, began yesterday.

Chodesh Tov and Shabbat Shalom

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

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ARAB BOMBER DRESSED AS JEWISH HITCHHIKER MURDERS THREE
Posted by Ezra HaLevi, March 30, 2006.

This news item appeared in todays arutz sheva
(http://arutzsheva.com/news.php3?id=101204).

An Arab terrorist from Fatah's Al-Aksa Brigade dressed as a Jewish hitchhiker and blew himself up inside the car of those who picked him up near Kedumim, in Samaria - murdering three Jews.

The attack took place at 10 PM near the gas station and hitchhiking station adjacent to the town of Kedumim.

The terror group released a statement saying the bomber was a 24-year-old from Hevron.

Shortly following the explosion, police believed the blast was a terrorist bomb that detonated prematurely, killing the bomber inside. The vehicle was engulfed in flames so preliminary reports took over an hour to begin to reflect the reality.

It now appears that the bomber dressed as a Jew, wearing a kippa (yarmulke) and hassidic garb and was given a ride by the unsuspecting occupants of the Israeli vehicle. He then blew himself up inside, killing three passengers. The number of dead remains unclear but it appears to be two at this time.

Security authorities are still emphasizing that details of the attack are not yet clear.

Ezra HaLevi is writer for Arutz Sheva.

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HELP IBF SAVE LIVES IN ISRAEL
Posted by Voice of Judea, March 30, 2006.

Tonight another 4 Jews were murdered in Israel by an Arab terrorist suicide bomber, who boarded a Jewish car disguised as a Jewish hitchhiker.

Our sincere condolences must be extended to the families of the victims. At this time, all of us must make a commitment to do everything within our power to stop such heinous attacks in the future.

I.B.F. – Israel's Best Friend is a unique life-saving association that sponsors special bomb detection and patrol dogs, as well as their volunteer handlers to help detect terrorists and their deadly bombs in Israel.

The sponsorship and training of a team consisting of a dog and handler cost 10,000 dollars. IBF has already sent dozens of dogs and handlers to Israel and has already helped prevent at least 4 terrorist attacks by assisting the Army and local security patrols in early detection of terrorist movement or by assisting the IDF in tracking after fugitive terrorists.

IBF has now embarked upon a unique breeding program and has imported a new breed of tracking dog to Israel, known as the Plot hound. The maintenance and training of these dogs is a costly venture.

IBF is currently financing a medical response vehicle that will transport medics, dogs and handlers quickly onto the scene of attacks where they can be extremely useful in treating the wounded as well as tracking down terrorists before they murder more innocent people. IBF volunteers have already arrived on the scene of such attacks on many occasions before other medical units have arrived. In a recent attack, near Migdalim, Tal, a young volunteer medic arrived on the scene together with his dog that was trained by IBF trainers and helped treat the wounded, arriving before anyone else.

We have brave and courageous wonderful volunteers and we have the expertise to train these special anti-terror canines. Please help us sponsor more dogs and handlers. We urge you to make a generous contribution to IBF – Israel's Best Friend.

If you can't afford to sponsor a team for 10,000 dollars then send whatever you can afford. We desperately need your help and we are grateful for any and all help you can offer us.

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NYU CAVES IN TO MUSLIMS' PRESSURE
Posted by Dr. Yaron Brook, March 30, 2006.

IRVINE, CA--Yesterday, in a shameful act, NYU broke its own official policy and denied free speech to its students.

After having approved the display of the Danish cartoons for a panel discussion on free speech, NYU's administration reversed its decision in the face of Muslim protests.

A day before the panel discussion was to take place, NYU gave the student event organizers a non-negotiable ultimatum: if you display the cartoons we will close the event to non-NYU guests. This was in spite of the fact that NYU's own rules leave this decision to the student sponsoring organization.

And even though the students opted for not showing the cartoons, NYU barred entry to at least two journalists and more than 30 registered guests. Even after learning that Muslim students had sabotaged the event by acquiring and destroying two hundred tickets to leave as many seats empty, NYU officials still refused to allow non-NYU guests to enter.

In caving in to fear, in restricting and obstructing attendance, in forbidding the display of the Danish cartoons, NYU handed a victory to the Islamic totalitarians and their facilitators. In standing up to the destroyers of free speech, the NYU student sponsors of the free speech panel showed the courage that the NYU officials lack.

Dr. Yaron Brook is executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute (http://www.aynrand.org/) in Irvine, CA. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including FOX News (The O'Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, At Large with Geraldo Rivera), CNN's Talkback Live, CNBC's Closing Bell and On the Money, and C-SPAN. [Editor's note: to see these cartoons as well as an article about them before the riots exploded around the world.]

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MODERATE MUSLIMS REMAIN SILENT
Posted by Lawrence Uniglicht, March 30, 2006.

Royal robed rogue Islamic Khartoum characters, orchestrating genocide against Muslim Black Africans in the Darfur region of western Sudan, generate hardly a whimper of protest from Islamic populations worldwide, yet cartoon caricatures of their revered erstwhile prophet Mohammad generate fulminating fury throughout those same nations of Islam. Might such twisted reactions be consistent with the lack of outrage expressed by many if not most members of the faith at the subhuman act of homicide/suicide bombing, practiced by young mostly male mesmerized Muslim martyrs? Are these perspectives indeed Koranically correct, and if so what sort of bizarre affliction has so tainted the very fabric of a culture, rendering it collectively unfit to rationally deal with an emerging second millennium?

Is there a latter day Freud or Jung capable of psychoanalyzing the culturally psychopathic phenomenon where after-life so trumps secular life? Misogynist perceptions of promised virgins in paradise, such delusional thought patterns despicably denigrating the worth of earthbound females, does induce a Muslim sick-o to blow himself to smithereens while taking out the infidel; yet how might an entire culture, in possession of any collective self-esteem whatsoever, not spasmodically wretch at this odious behavior, so degrading to its ethnic being, thus force itself to purge the perverted perpetrators of a barbarism beyond human comprehension? Rational societies incarcerate the criminally insane, fundamentalist Islamic societies bizarrely glorify them as martyrs.

Islamic janjaweed savages rape, torture, and murder hapless Islamic Black Africans in Sudan at the behest of sadistic Islamic rulers. Islamic terrorists behead their victims on a regular basic in dysfunctional Iraq. Homicide/suicide martyrdom is all the rage among Muslim mutants. Yet the silence remains deafening within so many presumably moderate Islamic communities. Are such populations spineless, do they not possess mirrors, or are they too infected by the disease that so besmirches their faith? Is there anything sadder?

Lawrence Uniglicht is a career civil servant, working for the Social Security Administration. He advocates for the State of Israel with an American perspective. He writes, "Advocating for the disrespected underdog has been my passion, no doubt Israel falls into that category." Contact him by email at luniglicht@snip.net

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HOW KADIMA STOLE THE ELECTION
Posted by Ruth Matar, March 30, 2006.

In the election of 2003, the voters overwhelmingly chose the Likud Party, which supported settlement in all of the Land of Israel. The G-d of Israel, as revealed to us in the Judeo-Christian Bible, has given the Promised Land as an everlasting inheritance to the Jewish People.

Those who abandoned the Likud and formed the new Kadima Party such as Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert, Tzippy Livni, Meir Shitreet, Avraham Hirshson, Ze'ev Boim, Ronny Bar-On, Rehuma Avraham, and others, betrayed the people who voted for them. In effect, they stole the votes of those who elected them.

Thus Kadima, a party of vote stealers, a party which did not even run in the election of 2003, has been wrongfully occupying the seats of power for many months.

The most obvious culprit for this political crime, this crushing of democratic norms, is Ariel Sharon. He is the one who set the agenda for these elections, and even the party structure, by destroying one party of the government, and creating another. He is the one who inaugurated the policy of unilateral withdrawal and forcible expulsion of Jews from their homes.

After Sharon's massive stroke in January, Ehud Olmert was catapulted into the office of Prime Minister, even though he and Sharon had previously abandoned the Likud. The acting Prime Minister should have been selected from the Likud Party, according to law, since Kadima was not the Party which had won the previous election. As a matter of fact, Kadima did not even exist at that time!

However, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, who was appointed by Sharon in January 2004, anointed himself as the sole elector of the Prime Minister by some legal hokus-pokus. If he had declared Sharon permanently incapacitated, which he definitely is, then a complicated multi-step procedure for selecting and approving a new prime minister and government would have been set in motion. He thus effectively prevented Netanyahu from becoming Prime Minister by defining Sharon's condition as: "temporary incapacity of a permanent character." Could some legal authority please explain to us simple folks what that means?

Thus we went into this fateful election, where a non-elected acting Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, from a non-elected party, Kadima, was able to use the radical leftist media to promote their agenda.

The voter turnout in this election was the lowest ever for the Knesset, a mere 63.2%. This is unquestionably a sign of a disaffected electorate. What's the point of voting, was the common attitude, someone or other is bound to steal our votes just like Kadima did!

This low voter turnout is especially surprising since the stakes are so high. The very size of Israel is up for grabs!

Israelis voted on the very day the Palestinian Legislative Council approved the new Hamas Government and its guidelines:

"The Koran is our constitution, jihad is our path, and dying as martyrs our biggest wish."

The Israeli people voted on the very day that a Katyusha was fired into Israel for the first time. This was deliberately hushed up until a half-hour before the polls closed, for obvious reasons. The Katyusha is believed to have been smuggled in from Egypt. It is much more powerful than the amateur Kassam rocket. The Ketyusha has a range of 30 kilometers (12 miles) and is capable of hitting most population centers in Israel!

The Likud Party did poorly. It received only 11 mandates. Likud Chairman Netanyahu, rightly blamed Sharon for leaving the Likud as a "fragmented party".

A very ugly phenomenon of this election is the demonization of Netanyahu, the only person who might have been able to stop Olmert from giving our Land to the Arab enemy.

Olmert is reported to have said: "My job is to have the people hate Netanyahu." Silvan Shalom, who was defeated by Netanyahu in the race to be party chairman, is now actively working to unseat Netanyahu. The media, particularly Channel 2, and Israel's largest newspaper Yediot Achronot, are working full time to discredit Netanyahu. Why, in heavens name? Because he was against Disengagement? Because Silvan Shalom would be better for the Likud Party?

A much simpler reason! I am surprised nobody else pointed this out. Silvan Shalom's wife, Judy Nir Moses Shalom, is a member the Moses family, one of Israel's wealthiest and most influential clans. The Yedioth Group media empire owns Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yedioth Aharonoth. She naturally would want to advance her husband's and her own career. Her brother runs the newspaper and misses no chance to attack Netanyahu.

Some good news of the election! Kadima won an underwhelming victory ­ 28 seats rather than the much larger number predicted by the pollsters. The big surprise of the election was the seven seats gained by the Pensioners Party. One of the reasons for the success of this party, may be that its leader, Rafi Eitan, has promised to do everything possible to obtain Jonathan Pollard's release and subsequent Aliyah. Ehud Olmert, on the other hand, said in his victory speech that he would act only with the agreement of the world and United States President Bush. Apparently he perceives Israel's interests to be subservient to those of the United States and the world at large!

Will Ehud Olmert expel thousands of Jews from Biblical Judea and Samaria to please President Bush, the U.S. State Department, the Arab enemy and the rest of the world? Moreover, does he plan to disengage from certain neighborhoods in Jerusalem?

Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad (National Union) has revealed that the roof of the Knesset is currently being reinforced. Is it feared that Sharon-Olmert regime has made possible not only the election victory of Hamas, but has endangered the lives of our Knesset members as well?

Dear friends: I want to remind you that our new prime minister wants to forcibly evacuate thousands of Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria. Amona was just a dress rehearsal! I also want to remind you that Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen endorsed both Olmert and the Kadima Party. No surprise there! In the words of Knesset Member Yuval Steinitz: "The road is being paved for a Hamas State in the heart of Israel."

Pray that the Jewish People will recognize the radical leftist orientation of Olmert in time, before he brings about a disaster for all of us!

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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PAYING THE PRICE OF THE "CONCEPTZIA"
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, March 30, 2006.

Those who voted for the withdrawal of Israel from Judea and Samaria through the Kadima Party platform will, unfortunately, soon be paying the price in terms of their own massive casualties.

Those who, through apathy, indifference or anger at the Government, didn't bother to vote in effect gave their votes to the Kadimites. Their inaction will haunt them all the days of their lives.

As for President Bush pushing for HaShem's Land given to the Jewish people, being abandoned to pagan terrorists, I believe America will sadly similarly suffer the consequences. Accommodating a primitive, murderous people who are driven by an Islamic religion will give no peace to Israel or to America.

The price to be paid will be exacted again and again as Global Terror rages across the whole world. Israel, America, Europe and Russia had every reason and opportunity to fight Terror driven by Islamo-fascism but, instead, they abandoned the field of righteous fire.

Ehud Olmert, the current Acting Prime Minister (newly elected to head the Israeli government). IF he can cobble together a coalition with at least 61 Knesset members, Olmert is following the plans of former Prime Minister now comatose. Ariel Sharon abandoned Gaza and now Olmert plans to abandon Judea and Samaria, with the Jordan Valley and Golan Heights to follow. Finally these surrenders of Jewish Land may lead tragically to the Arab Muslim world taking over the rest of Jerusalem that Jordan had occupied and desecrated for 19 years from 1948 to 1967.

Gaza has become the operational base for Global Terrorism - as we and many others, including the former Israeli Chief of Staff and Head of Intelligence predicted. These organizations of Global Terror include Hamas (newly elected to dominate the Palestinian Authority), Al Qaeda, Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigades, Islamic Jihad, with cells of Hezb'Allah - all backed financially and tactically by Iran and Syria.

Gaza is now in an advanced firing position to launch Kassem and Katyusha Rockets and Missiles at most of Southern Israel. Such weapons and more explosives have also infiltrated Samaria and Judea. The price of Sharon and Olmert's perfidious actions is merely a down-payment for surrendering the 10,000 Jewish men, women and children who built their beautiful homes, farms, innovative, bug-free agriculture which supplies 6% of the world's potatoes, and a large percent of Israel's farm exports. Sharon immediately demolished their homes, farms, schools, synagogues, stores, factories and even their cemeteries after the people were uprooted and evicted. When Sharon had rendered the Jewish land Judenrein (Jew-free), the Muslim Arab Terrorists poured in from all over the surrounding countries with weapons that had been stockpiled in Egypt and elsewhere.

Islam has proven itself to be a plague on all of humanity. But, plagues come in many forms as we watch HIV spread, awaiting Avian Flue to jump the human barrier into a world pandemic - among other calamities such as tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, drought and famines.

Israel's so-called deep thinkers have blundered time and again with something they call the "Conceptzia". This means the "Concept" or pre-conceived ideas that have little basis except for the delusions of a few "leaders" who have floated to the top of the pack. The "Conceptzia" is what destined Israel to hold back from a preemptive attack before the "secret" Yom Kippur Attack in 1973, when Israel's Military Intelligence believed that the Arabs in Egypt and Syria were "too weak to attack the Israel who had miraculously won the 1967 War in Six Days." The result of this pre-conceived "Conceptzia" was that 6,000 young Israeli soldiers died in 1973 - needlessly.

The latest "Conceptzia", of course, is Olmert's declarations of his intentions to abandon more territory to Hamas Palestinians, even as they pledge to accept whatever Israel abandons and then go on and forcefully take the rest. Olmert and his "gaggle" of Leftist Generals like Shaul Mofaz (current Defense Minister), Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz (current Chief of Staff) and others find it irresistible to plan on targeting the Jews of Judea and Samaria than fighting the Palestinian Muslim Arab Terrorists.

In the March 20th issue of U.S. Defense News, a highly respected American military journal, an article was published entitled "Israel Gears for an Indefinite War of Attrition".

In summation, the conclusion is that Palestinian and other Terrorist cells will continue indefinitely to assault Israel. This was known by Sharon, Olmert, Shimon Peres, among many others before they gave Gush Katif/Gaza over to the Terrorists as their staging area to fire freely on Southern Israel. They currently have Rockets and Katyusha Missiles that can reach some 30 Km. with accuracy.

Regretfully, the planners of this "Conceptzia" were not investigated and brought to trial for crimes against the nation and the Jewish people - because this will affect Jews from all over the world as well as Israel.

(I will be writing a separate article on the conclusion of the U.S. Defense News piece.)

Political decisions which knowingly put the general populace at risk should be viewed as treason and not white-washed as lapse in judgement. It's interesting to note that Hamas pledges to occupy Israel and Kadima through the voice Olmert similarly pledges to insure that Hamas occupies Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley, Golan Heights and Jerusalem.

As have said in past articles, the Israeli people have put themselves into such danger that I fear they will have to pay a horrific price in dead and maimed good Jews because of this false "Conceptzia" of the Left.

While Kadima and the leeches who will attach themselves to this perfidious gang have yet to form a government, all decent Israelis should be preparing to unseat Kadima and its gaggle of shysters, hustlers and political predators. Regrettably, their motivation will be a rain of missiles and street bombs before the public realizes what they have brought upon themselves.

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). Contact him at gwinston@interaccess.com

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ISLAMIC INSURGENTS IN BANGLADASH
Posted by Salah Choudhury, March 30, 2006.

These two news items were written by Patricia Ovemarrie, editor of 24-7 Press Release.
(www.24-7pressrelease.com/ view_press_release.php?rID=12461).

"Bangladesh in the grips of Islamist radicals"

Bangladesh has virtually gone into the hands of Islamist militants. Although governm ent of Begum Khaleda Zia, which has two extremist Islamist radicals as its alliance partners are trying to project the recent arrest of Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, there are a number of media reports in Bangladesh quoting intelligence sources that more than 50 notorious Islamist terrorist groups are still active in the country. They are using mosques and madrassas as their safe shelter. This has also been proved when for months; the media had provided factual information on the issue that mosques and madrashas were being used by the militant groups to train new recruits. This warning from the media went unheeded.

Worse still, a section of government loyalists with religious leanings shot a counter warning to the government. They asked the government that harassment of madrashas must not be made in the name of controlling militancy. Indeed, public meetings were organized by them and some of the key organizers or participants were members of parliament belonging to the four-party government.

This is not to say that all madrashas and mosques were used for training of JMB cadres. Even the few that were identified and highlighted by the media were not touched by the law-enforcing agencies. Now, based on disclosures by the top two leaders, the media had reported that some mosques and madrashas were used for training in militant activities. The disclosures thus made show that as many as 21 districts have such training centers. It is also said that more than 700 madrashas and over a hundred mosques were used for the purpose.

Prior to August 17 countrywide bomb blasts, despite continuous and factual reports published in the media, some government leaders continued to deny the existence of Islamic militants in Bangladesh. That was the time when a foreign diplomat described the August 17 events as awake up call. It may be argued that the wake up all started earlier than August 17. The confessions so far made by the top two leaders of JMB serve only to confirm the worst fears of the media and the civil society that militant outfits under different names did exist in Bangladesh.

While much have been written and published in the media about what the reality was and is likely to shape up in future, it is perhaps necessary to take stock of the situation in light of the disclosure made by arrested leaders of different militant groups.

What had come to light through the bold actions of a section of media and the civil society relate to a number of areas that need dispassionate review.

Bangladesh government was so badly influenced by its Islamist alliance partners like Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh (JIB) and Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), that a number of sedition charges were brought against leading journalists in the country for forecasting the rise of radical forces. From 2001 after assuming power, record number of sedition cha rges was brought against journalist in the country. International observers have already termed Bangladesh as most dangerous place for journalists. Government had always be en extremely intolerant to the journalists. Repression of press is a common phenomenon there.

In 2003, BNP government arrested and brought sedition charges against the editor of a leading weekly, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury. His 'crime' was, he forecasted t he rise of Islamist militancy in the country. He also mentioned that, Islamist radicals were using mosques and madrassas as their safe haven. This was the point which angered Bangladesh authorities. Moreover, their anti-Christian-Jew mentality prompted them in bringing the false sedition charge against Choudhury and keeping him behind bars for 17 months for no obvious reason. Just recently, three influential members of US Congress wrote a letter to Bangladesh government with the request of immediately dropping the false charge. But, the government is visibly reluctant in paying any heed to the letter from the esteemed members of US Congress. Many opine that, such attitude of the Bangladesh government evidently proves their "softer feelings" for militants. Till date, although there is operation to combat Islamist militancy, it is well understood that, a large section of such notorious groups, are still enjoying patronage, support and favor from the state machinery.

The number of militant groups and their strength: The views articulated by the media and the civil society earlier confirmed the existence of 45 to 50 militant organization deeply wedded to the ideology of establishing Islamic rule. The number was said to be in the range of 15 to 20,000. Of these, about 2000 belonged to the so-called hard-core groups. It was also made known to the citizens that many of the leaders of such groups were trained in Afghanistan during the eighties and had since come back to Bangladesh. Indeed, according to one report, some arrests were also made but somehow the government of the day failed to bring them to justice. The evidence of Taliban connection was also there in the form of writing on the wall in a literal sense in Dhaka city. The writing was "We are Taliban and we shall turn Bangladesh into Afghan". Probably to achieve alliterative effect the words "Afghan' substituted the word "Afghanistan".

It has now come to light that after August 17 bomb blasts, the law-enforcing agencies prepared a list of 8,500 militants including suicide squad members and district-based commanders. Why this was not done earlier to August 17, remains a mystery. How many of 8,500 have so far been arrested needs to be known.

The disclosures further reveal that training of trainers (TOT) method was employed in the process of capacity-building of the JMB activists. Those trained in Afghanistan first trained locally recruited activists and the process went on presumably with or without knowledge of the law-enforcing agencies. At least, in Rajshahi region, it was not without the knowledge of the government. What remains unexplained now is the exact number of militants trained by the hard-core militants who were first trained in Afghanistan.

Earlier to the arrests of the top two leaders of JMB, the media have also highlighted the flow of foreign funds. Some government leaders turned the attention to intelligence organizations of some foreign countries including Israel. Immediately following his capture by the law enforcing agencies. Shaikh was reported to have identified sources from the UK, Pakistan and the Middle East. The definite information now available, following disclosure to the interrogators, is that mosques and madrashas were built under funds received from a foreign Islamic NGO based in Kuwait. Evidently the name has not been disclosed to the media although the media had earlier provided some specific names. It has also come to light that Shaikh first received his training in Pakistan having become associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The media are unfolding more facts about flow of foreign funds and their beneficiaries. It has been reported in late March this year that Bangla Bhai and Abdul Awal maintained bank accounts in an Islamic bank. Flow of funds in the name of Iftar and the many mosques that received money have now come to light. It appears to be no coincidence that the recipient religions centers are located in areas, which were the breeding grounds of militancy. These facts need further probe.

Bangla Bhai, now under arrest, had disclosed that in his criminal acts of violence in Rajshahi region, five union Parishad chairmen, nine local leaders and a member of parliament had supported him. Besides, two ministers also were involved. Consider this with volumes of press reports on the similar issue and further confirmed earlier by som e insiders from the BNP, the majority party of the alliance. The names obviously have not been disclosed even after Bangla Bhai had confirmed political patrons. Such identification can only be obtained and made public at the time of legally admissible confession made before a court of competent jurisdiction. Whether specific disclosure of names with at all comes out for public information can be anybody's guess.

There are several key areas that are yet to be unfolded. One such areas is now under continuing debate on whether the networks of JMB and other militant groups have now been totally immobilized. Earlier, claims were made by some government leaders that after the arrests of two top leaders and few of their key followers, the network of JMB had been dismantled. The key issue here is what about other such organizations of which reportedly a list was earlier prepared by the intelligence agencies and submitted to the government. As far as is known, only two such organizations including JMB were ban ned by the government based on intelligence reports. The other key issue on which there is no information yet is the question of inter-organizational relationships among various groups. Evidently, they are all working for achieving the same objective i.e. establishing Islamic rule in Bangladesh based on their own perception

The above issue acquires relevance in that the mysteries surrounding the grenade attacks still exist. If there are no direct relationships, who are the others trained in grenade blasts with precision and then escape being brought to justice. An equally impor tant issue relates to the prosecution and trial of the godfathers some of whom as earlier stated, have been mentioned by Shaikh and Bangla Bhai but names have not been made public. On this issue, some top leaders of the government are on record saying that n one would be spared if it is proved that they had complicity in JMB activities. Have these godfathers been identified based on the confessions made so far by the two top le aders. The JMB networks or for that matter those of other militant groups still pose a threat to the security of the State and its people. This appears to be confirmed by the suspension of Peace Corps activities in the recent past. Secondly, it is further confirmed by the recent tightening of security in the diplomatic zone, the airport and other places in the city.

Finally, in the heat of the debate following the arrests of Bangla Bhai and Shaikh, the name of Mufti Hannan and his activities have receded into the background. The focus is now wholly on the top two leaders of JMB. Besides Harkatul Jihad, the names and act ivities of other militant organizations also lie buried. It is felt that the interrelationships between and among different militant organizations should be a key objective of the interrogation process. At the same time, utmost care is needed to legalize the confessions already made by using the legally admissible mechanism of confessional statement to be made before a magistrate competent to record such confessions. Otherwise the entire exercise will remain open to question. The government would lose its credibility in public eye.

"Bangladesh still in serious corruption cloud" Patricia Ovemarrie

Bangladesh Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, finally endorsed that her country is still amongst the world's most corrupt nations. During a recent public meeting at Rajshani, a northern district in Bangladesh, Khaleda said if her party was voted to power again, the next course of action of her government would be to eradicate corruption. This is quite a confessional statement from the horse's mouth. The PM's vow to eradicate corruption in the next term clearly shows that they did nothing in addressing this issue during their present tenure. Moreover, during BNP's present rule, a few hundred leaders and activists of the party turned into millionaires and even billionaires by looting the public wealth. Sons of the Prime Minister are known to be most notorious looters in the country, who not only minted millions and smuggled out to various countries, but even helped their pals and friends in becoming fabulously rich through illegal means. Friend of PM's elder son Tareq Rahman,

Gias Uddin Mamun is a name well known in Bangladesh. Mamun belongs to southern part of the country and hails from a very poor family. Just because of being Tareq's friend, he became multi millionaire in just few years. Now, he runs million dollar businesses and very recently even started a private television channel named Channel-1 with US$ 40 million as capital. Mamun's elder brother Hafiz Ibrahim also became a business tycoon and has even invested a few million dollar in print and electronic media. Former political secretary to Khaleda Zia, Musaddek Ali Falu, another poor man became billionaire during the present tenure of BNP. He owns two private television channels namely NTV and RTV as well a vernacular daily named Amar Desh. Falu made his fortune when he served as the political secretary to Khaleda Zia. No one dares to question the sou rce of income of Falu as he is one of the most confident men of the PM.

Barrister Nazmul Huda is the Communication minister in BNP's coalition government. Local press several times published prolific reports of his corruption through which he minted millions of dollar. But the PM did not take any actions against him as he donates a part of his illegally earned money to BNP's party fund. Altaf Hussain Chowdhury, Barkat Ullah Bulu, Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku, Lt. Col (Retired) Akbar Hussain, Shahjahan Siraj, Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Khurshid Jahan Huq (minister and sister of the PM), Abdullah Al Noman, Mirza Abbas, Fazlur Rahman Patal, Lutfor Rahman Khan Azad, Major Quamrul Islam, Amanullah Aman, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Advocate Goutam Chakravarty, Jafrul Islam Chowdhury, Asadul Habib Dulu and Advocate Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu are the members of the present cabinet who turned into millionaires during the tenure of BNP government.

Khaleda Zia's brother Major Sayeed Iskander, who was fired from Bangladesh Armed Forces is another figure who became fabulously rich by using the power of his sister.

BNP government became shaky after the country topped the list of most corrupt nations published by Transparency International for the consecutive five years. They are trying to do everything to make an eye wash to the people of the country and to the global population with the formation of so-called neutral Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

But in reality, three of the main figures in this institution are all either former activists of the ruling party or their ideological allies. This was the main reason behind ACC's dilly-dally in taking real effective measures against the corrupt figures in Bangladesh, as such initiative would primarily grill most of the members of the ruling party and family members of the Prime Minister. Critics opine that Bangladesh will never be able to combat corruption unless extremely corrupt people are removed from power.

"BD Islamist militants started operation in 1998" by Patricia Ovemarrie

The chief of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, Shaikh Abdur Rahman, told investigators Wednesday that the banned Islamist organization had started activities as the Kital Party back in 1998.

The decision to launch Kital Party operations towards the establishment of Islamic rule in Bangladesh was made during a meeting at his Jamalpur residence in 1998, he told the taskforce of interrogation.

Abdur Rahman is learnt to have said all the current members of the JMB majlish-e-shura (highest policymaking body) were present in the meeting and resolved that the activit ies would primarily be restricted to recruiting members and collecting arms and explosives from different sources.

"We managed to recruit 2,000 full-time members across the country within the first two years as most of the leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh [a component in the BNP-led four-party ruling alliance] and its front organisation Islami Chha tra Shibir joined in willingly for the cause of Islamic rule," an official, close to the taskforce, quoted him as saying.

Besides Jamaat and Shibir, some leaders and activists of other militant organisations, which were yet to be banned, also joined hands with us when we launched the cleansing operation against ultra-left elements in Rajshahi on April 1, 2004 with the help of the ruling party,' Abdur Rahman told the investigators. The taskforce member said he had also said the militants decided to regroup as Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh during a meeting at a hideout in Mugdapara in the capital Dhaka in January 2002.

Salahuddin, one of the two majlish-e-shura members yet to be arrested, has the ability to reorganise Jamaatul Mujahideen, Abdur Rahman is learnt to have said. Khaled Saifullah, the other member of majlish-e-shura, is dedicated and will not hesitate to sacrifice his life for the cause of Islam, he said. Khaled Saifullah risks being arrested as he moves from one place to the other with his wife and two children but there is no chance to arrest Salahuddin, as he is the most dedicated leader of Jamaatul Mujahideen, claimed Abdur Rahman.

The writer is a journalist, columnist, author, amd editor of "Weekly Blitz". Email him at salahuddinshoaibchoudhury@yahoo.com

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ANOTHER RECKLESS RIDE
Posted by Naomi Ragen, March 30, 2006.

Living here in Israel, I sometimes feel like the mother of a juvenile deliquent. You love the kid, really, but the choices he makes!

You bail him out again and again. Sometimes, he puts you into horrible sitations with his thoughtless acts and flawed decision-making process, and his stubborn refusal to learn a single, solitary thing from his mistakes. Sometimes, when he really gets whacked, he seems to come home and lick his wounds, and rethink his behavior, and you begin to hope again. But then you watch him take off on another wrong junket to nowheresville, and you know you will be dragged along, getting bumped and scraped, and put into life-threatening situations as he speeds along recklessly into the future. What next, you wonder? shuddering. How much more can you take?
Yesterday, a suicide bomber from Nablus was discovered at a checkpoint on his way to blow himself up with a 10 kilo suicide belt in the heart of Israel. A rocket exploded in Ashkelon, flung from a launcher in Gaza, no doubt from a spot that used to house a beautiful little Jewsh town. The head of Iran, that Hitler wannabee who in any normal country would be in a closed ward in a mental hospital, reiterated his plans to develop nuclear weapons.
And Mr. Olmert, our Prime Minister-elect? He restated his commitment not to form a coalition with any party that opposes his main and only political agenda in face of all the existential threats to Israel's existence: the full retreat from Israel's settlements, and the unilateral (ie, with no benefit of any kind) plan to put 80,000 Israelis out of their homes and jobs.
I'd like to see how major Jewish organizations are going to handle fundraising for that agenda....
It seems to me that people voted in this election asking not what they could do for their country, but what their country could do for them. Labor, promising its failed socialist/communist agenda once again to be realized by taxing Israelis into a bankrupt economy, got 20 seats. The pensioners party, whose sole agenda is pushing for economic breaks for retirees got 7 (some in Israel viewed this as a kind of protest -- young people picking the least charismatic party to thumb their nose at the establishment). Shas, the religious Sephardic party, got 13, and everyone knows that they stand for how to milk the government for money (they also have had a remarkable number of members in jail or under indictment). The haredi parties, whose entire economic life is based on government hand-outs, got 5. And Kadima, which is made up of corrupt, failed politicians of both the Likud and Labor, got 28.
And so we get into the car. We look at the driver behind the wheel, his head full of wrong ideas, reckless plans, and no direction, and wonder where the ride will end this time.
May God watch over us and bless us.
Naomi

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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ANALYSIS OF THE ISRAELI ELECTIONS
Posted by Sackett, Shmuel, March 30, 2006.

The votes are in, the deals have begun and the finger pointing has started. The coming days will bring us the winners trying to push their way into the government, the losers blaming everybody in the world except themselves and Israel's sea of self-proclaimed political experts writing about an election that few even cared about.

The winners; Kadima, Labor, Yisrael Beitenu (Lieberman's party), Shas and the Retirees will try forming a government that will, first and foremost, focus on themselves. As usual, they will neglect their voters, forget their campaign promises and will push for cushy jobs and ministerial positions. Hey, this is Israeli politics, where the Tamudic teaching; "If I am not for myself, who will be for me?" is held in high regard. The losers; Likud, National Union/NRP and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) will blame the low voter turnout, the anti-religious and anti-right wing media, the pre-election polls and the public's sympathy for Ariel Sharon as the reason for their miserable failure. They will not do any soul searching, not change direction nor realize that their days are numbered. They will continue with life as usual.

And finally, Israel's self-proclaimed political experts will analyze, dissect and delve deep into every facet of this election. They will interview Knesset members whose careers are over and introduce us to ones whose careers have just begun. They will place Ehud Olmert high on a pedestal and will call him a modern day savior. They will work hand-in-hand with the leftists to make their victory twenty times bigger than it really was.

The bottom line of all this is that it really doesn't matter. Israeli politics is like nothing else in the world. A historic landslide victory in the previous election by Ariel Sharon turned into a nightmare for the people he swore he would protect. Victorie s by left wing politicians have traditionally failed to produce anything concrete for their agenda and Shinui's famous revolution of 15 seats just a few years ago quickly turned into a big, fat ZERO in this current election.

Therefore, when all is said and done... more is said than done. In a word, Israeli politics is "unpredictable". Therefore, before you get all upset over the results and begin a period of mourning or before you start hosting wild parties to celebrate, consider the following; G-d runs the world. If, for whatever reason, He wants Gush Katif to be ripped away from His people, this will happen even if Ariel Sharon has promised otherwise and if He wants Jewish life to thrive in Shilo and Elon Moreh it will... even if Ehud Olmert says it won't.

The question is not, "what will happen now" but rather, "what does God want from us?" We must constantly ask ourselves that question and pray with all our heart for the wisdom to find the right answer and the courage to act upon it.

As for me, I am continuing in my work. Five years ago Moshe Feiglin and I started Manh igut Yehudit with the dream of bringing about true and authentic Jewish Leadership to the State of Israel. We want the modern state to be filled with Jewish pride, based on the State of Israel. We want the modern state to be filled with Jewish pride, based on Jewish values and dedicated to educating every Jewish child in his/her traditions. We want a Jewish based economy where Jewish poor are taken care of with respect and dign ity. We want a court system based on our rich heritage and an aliyah revolution which the Jewish world has never seen. Finally, we want a proud and mighty Jewish army that sanctifies the Name of G-d and brings honor to His people.

This will continue regardless of whom the Prime Minister is and how he sets up his government. We at Manhigut Yehudit pledge to continue our struggle to gain control of Israel's leadership and once and for all, turn the state of the Jews into the Jewish State!

Shmuel Sackett is cofounder of Manhigut Yehudit.

Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) is a group of people inside the Likud party who want to see Israel adopt a more Jewish character. The Manhigut Yehudit website address is http://www.manhigut.org.

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WHAT DOES THE ELECTION RESULTS SAY ABOUT THE ISRAELI PUBLIC?
Posted by Moshe Feiglin, March 30, 2006.

The Religious Jews and the Arabs are the only stable populace in Israel. If we just consider the Jewish population, the only sector that did not have any significant change is the religious sector. The ultra-Orthodox (6 Knesset seats) the Sephardic/Religious Shas party (13 Knesset seats) and the Nationalist Religious (9 Knesset seats) make up the 25% of the Israeli public that remains politically constant. The rest of the Israeli public -- a whopping 75% -- are in complete turmoil. Kadimah, Leiberman's party and the Pensioners party that make up 55% of the Jewish electorate are all default parties. In other words, more than representing a coherent ideological stand, they represent aversion to the present political reality. Very few people even know who is the number 2 Knesset member on the Pensioners list. The Labor party came in second with a significant achievement, but it is not the party of yesteryear. People who voted Labor were also voting for a basically unknown entity.

There is one thing that these elections clearly tell us about the Jewish public in Israel. 75% of the public has no real political anchor. There are no more political "homes," for which entire families vote because that is their tradition. There is no more ideology, there is no one that can be believed and there is nothing in which to believe.

The only constant in three quarters of Jewish Israel is apathy and essentially -- deep despair.

Nobody seemed to have noticed, but in the week that Iran's President, who publicly calls for Israel's destruction, announced that he will have atomic weapons within the year, elections were held in the country targeted for destruction -- and the person elected to lead the sheep slated for slaughter did not relate to the subject at all. And actually, why should he relate to it? No other party gave it any notice either...

The Good News

The bad news is plain to see. The deep despair played into the hands of the most sense less political powers in Israel. But the good news is that the potential for a true revolution is tremendous. If in the past we were accustomed to Right and Left wing blocs with inconsequential percentages of people open to new ideas, today the calm winds of change have become a virtual storm. Anything is now possible. Tens of Knesset seats move from here to there and essentially do not go anywhere. Olmert's scheming arrogance ("Living here is going to be great") will quickly shatter on the rocks of reality and the option for a belief based revolution for leadership of the country will be closer than ever.

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.

Contact Manhigut Yehudit at jewishisrael@gmail.com www.jewishisrael.org

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COMMENTARY OF ISRAELI ELECTION RESULTS
Posted by Fern Sidman, March 29, 2006.

The election results are in and the immediate future of Israel is in deep peril. Despite the low voter turnout, it appears that the Kadima, Labor and Meretz coalition has taken power with the lowest coalition majority in the history of the state.

At Mr. Olmert's victory speech, his ominous policies were clearly vocalized. "The people have spoken clearly, they want Kadima," Olmert boomed, adding that the dream of the Greater Land of Israel must be repudiated "and Jews, with much pain, must be evacuated." Olmert's words were echoed by Shimon Peres of Kadima, who announced Tuesday night that the future coalition will be one that will promote the "turning inward" plan -- a new euphemism for unilateral withdrawals that frames the forced evictions as moving outlying towns to the delineated settlement blocs.

And who is really celebrating tonight? You guessed it. The Arabs. While they spew forth their vituperative towards the State of Israel and plan it's destruction, our Jewish leaders fall all over themselves attempting to make "peace" with those who seek our destruction. The Arabs are also elated because the Arab parties received 10 seats in the next Knesset.

When did we ever believe that this would occur? Let us remember the words of Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZT"L who said that Arabs would eventually become a majority and quietly, democratically vote Israel out of existence. We have now witnessed the beginning of this phenomenon.

"The ultimate hope of the Arabs who dream of destroying the Jewish State, of realizing that vision, is the left-liberal camp inside Israel" Rabbi Meir Kahane - (Israel: Revolution or Referendum?, 1990, page 62)

It is also apparent that the government of Israel seeks to quell the right of free speech, a basic component of a democratic government. This was evidenced when MK Michael Kleiner of Herut came to Jaffa, in a last-minute effort to solicit Arab votes. Kleiner's supporters posted signs in Arabic in Jaffa, and in other Arab towns throughout Israel, urging Arabs to vote for him, in the upcoming Israeli national elections. Kleiner is promising to push for legislation of a law that would pay Arabs to leave Israel.

According to recent surveys, as many as 50 percent of the "Palestinians" would gladly leave Israel if they were given start-up funds to begin a new life elsewhere.

Local Arab leaders incited a riot, and police refused to allow Kleiner to come back to Jaffa. Kleiner also filed complaints against Tel Aviv Councilman Rifat Torik for incitement and his statements in support of the attacks against party activists, who Kleiner maintains were in life-threatening danger.

It is clear that anyone who proposes the idea of transfer of the Arab population is subject to harassment and arrest and severe prosecution. Anyone who attempts to promulgate the idea of self preservation of the Jewish people and the Jewish State is viewed as a villain, a criminal, a fomenter of unrest. Anyone who speaks the Torah truth, who speaks of the uniqueness of the Jewish people, who declares the Oneness and Omnipotence of the G-d of Israel is subject to ridicule, and worse, arrest and imprisonment.

The powers that be in the Israeli government cannot quash the truth. They cannot silence those whose belief in and adherence to the laws of Hashem and His Torah, are their first priority. We can no longer remain blind to the truth. And the truth is the Arabs are indeed on their way to becoming a majority in the State of Israel. Rather than being voted out of existence by the Arab in this ostensible democracy, we must raise our collective voices in protest of the impending destruction of Israel. We must summon up the strength and courage to do the will of Hashem. We must purge the malignant Arab population before it is too late. May Hashem be at our side.

Contact Fern Sidman at ariellah@aol.com

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THE FOUNDING OF THE ARAB LEAGUE
Posted by Eliyahu Green, March 29, 2006.

Dear Friends

I would like to bring to your attention an official British statement from 1941, a speech by foreign secretary Anthony Eden, in which he calls for founding an Arab League. In other words, it was the British government that took the initiative to found the Arab League, rather than the Arabs themselves.

Here is the link:
ziontruth.blogspot.com/2006/03/britain-helps-build-up-arab.html

How does this information square with the common and conventional nowadays, spread by "new historians" and other forms of crooks, that Zionism and Israel enjoyed unconditional support from the British empire?

Hope you find this material of interest. Your comments are welcome.

Contact Eliyahu Green at eil@100@zahav.net.il

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THE NEW PENAL COLONY REVISITED
Posted by Professor Eugene Narrett, March 29, 2006.

A confession by a peace activist:

"They deceived me and the entire Israeli left. They lied to us and manipulated us. Everything they said was just part of the [PLO] phased plan" for destroying Israel. "Arafat is an arch-liar and arch-murderer... but we [the left] wished for peace so much that we ended up taking our wishes for factual reality. There is not going to be peace now, and not five years from now..." ----- Chaim Shur, Ma'ariv, 22 June 2001

"There is not going to be peace now, and not five years from now" (i.e. June 2006). Chaim was right in everything he said above. His awakening and revelation form the last sentences in the last chapter of my book, "Israel Awakened: a Chronicle of the Oslo War" (Author House, 2001; page 207).

There are many, many passages in this text one can read now with the additional wisdom and wistful perspective of almost five years. For example, the title of the last chapter is, "Sharon saved Labor, Kept Israel in Pain" (184-88). With the Afterword (and many previous chapters, too) it chronicles the increasingly disturbing gap between the "vigorously pro-active champion" of Israeli defense that would "liquidate terrorism. Not to react, but to initiate, initiate, and again initiate. The Oslo agreement is finished. We must win against terrorism... We, the nationalist camp will restore security..." (195) etc., etc., but the man who also spoke the magic phrase, "painful compromises" and after winning on the platform of victory and preemption, made Shimon Peres his Foreign Minister, gave Labor half the cabinet ministries, and created an inner "Security Cabinet" dominated by Labor.

Two years later Sharon defeated Mitzna by rejecting unilateral withdrawal from any Jewish held land, specifically around Gaza ("Gush Katif is like Tel Aviv") and we know the sequel to that. Even as Arik's old pals are passing beyond his shadow, in Tel Aviv they better begin looking for alternate housing solutions.

But in the first half of 2001, the alternatives seemed few and bleak [sounds familiar], so I sought to cut him some slack. Even as IDF Radio headlined, "IDF will not take the initiative" (4/11/01) despite candidate Arik's reiterated promises that it would I hypothesized that "perhaps Sharon plans to work Israel's way by torturously slow increments back to a strong deterrent policy. But his repeated dispatch of his son, Omri [remember him] to confer with Arafat blurred the fact that, as Rehav'am Ze'evi noted, 'Arafat is not a partner for peace, period'" (4/22/01, page 188).

Since then, the relentless devolution of "the perfect progressive idea" has brought us from Arafat and Dahlan, to Dahlan, Abas, and Hamas.

Now that we daily accumulate further examples of the war of attrition against the Jewish people in their homeland, consider a few words about the torture device, havlaga, into which the left has strapped the Jewish people in the state of Israel for decades. The weakness of this policy's rationale and the gist of its irrationality is that it is not truly a policy but a defense that masks an intense rejection of Judaism. Thus it works subliminally like a drug, an evil enchantment. Permeating Israel's ruling elites, enforced by the courts and the bought and owned top dogs in the parties, they have worn down most of the people (as the falling vote %'s show) by promising to defeat terror, to never even discuss dividing Jerusalem, and then giving them the opposite.

They've turned Israel into a Penal Colony for Jews.

Kafka's low-keyed, chilling tale is set on a detention camp on an un-named island in never-never land. At its center is a machine that brings the same truth, every time, to the face of the accused. The apparatus combines re-educational, judicial, confessional and penal purposes. A complicated series of conveyor belts, straps, ink jets and styluses engrave the sentence into the body of the accused. By glancing at the gaping expression of the victim at the end of the process, his retreat, surrender and guilt were apparent. The process worked every time...

This is the process the left uses in aligning itself with the world against the Jews. The mountain of treaties, memos, accords, "undertakings" are betrayals engraved as if by iron quills into the body of the Jewish people to "justify" removing them from their holy sites and land. The debasement of language, amplified into a wall of sound, a virtual reality by the media proves the logic of the betrayal that is defined as "peace" or "disengagement," or, more modishly, "turning inward."

Alas, Esau is within this crew. They will never get away from him, nor Jacob from them...

Have you noticed who now is positioned to be head of the government? That shadowy #2 man in Kadima who so publicly 'lost control' of Labor? Once indictments of Olmert begin coming in, and Peretz recedes as Mitzna did before him, this familiar spirit will control two parties and fulfill his wish.

It was forseeable and described then: "Peres and crew strapped the Jewish people into their torture device, engraving ever more disastrous 'stipulations' and 'understandings' into their flesh," and etched them into the land with a wall. Citizens stop believing and vote less and less often. "The mouth of the tortured man goes dry. The technicians declare the success of their procedure and ride toward yet another rigged election. Havlaga conquers the Jews again" (Israel Awakened, pp. 66-7)...

It looks a lot like surrender; like a child hiding his head under a blanket while bandits ransack the home.

When I wrote Israel Awakened I knew, and explained in the text, that the title was ironic and dual-edged: "the people have awakened, but the politicians have not." And I explained that the "Oslo War" was part of a much longer and more comprehensive cultural war that intensifies to this day.

The book is worth re-visiting and drawing lessons from. The war will not go away till it is lost or won. The Jewish people know the cost and taste of losing only too well.

Professor Eugene Narrett teaches writing and Literature at Boston University. He is the author of hundreds of articles, columns and reviews on politics, American culture and the arts. He is completing a study on Romanticism and the longterm decline of Western Culture. He writes often on subjects relating to Israel and Judaism and is a weekly columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts. Contact him at culturtalk@aol.com

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ISRAEL'S VOTE FOR CONFUSION
Posted by Marcel Cousineau, March 29, 2006.

This article is by Jim Searcy.

Israel held elections on the same day the Hamaz Terrorist organization took control of the Palestinian Authority. The PA has their direction as clear as the Israeli direction seems confused. The Terrorist PA cabinet, headed by Ismail Haniyeh, was ratified by a majority of 54% of the votes. The outgoing Fatah Terrorists with 27% voted against the cabinet, and another 1% abstained and the remaining 17% of the PA Terrorist cabinet members could not participate in the ratification vote because they are all in Israeli prisons for their acts of terror.

At the conclusion of the PA Terrorist cabinet ratification the traditional Allahu Akbar, meaning the terrorist moon god is greater than the God of the Jews and Christians was shouted. The PA Terrorist cabinet of new PA government is UNITED and very clear in their direction to destroy Israel. PA legislator Hamed Bitawi shouted: "The Koran is our constitution, Mohammed is our prophet, jihad [holy war] is our path and dying for the sake of Allah is our biggest wish." The Palestinian Terrorist government is as united for the destruction of Israel, as Israel is in a state of confusion with their elections now completed.

The Israeli winner of Peres' Kedima party is Olmert. One news source called Olmert's victory, UNDERWHELMING. It was a devastating defeat for the Likud party of which Olmert had been part until many rats facing prison terms, in several parites jumped ship less than six months ago, to Peres' new party of corruption hoping Kedima could keep them out of jail. Benjamin Netanyahu, who led the Likud in its great defeat should be finished in Israeli politics, as well as Barak. Peres' new party, which Olmert heads until Peres either has Olmert killed or jailed, says they will continue brutalizing and evicting the Jews of Israel, to be able to deliver Jerusalem to the Pope, as Peres agreed to do since before Oslo.

Olmert is so confused he does not seem to realize how soundly the people of Israel defeated him and his boss, Peres, and Sharon whom they put on ice to set up this UNDERWHELMING victory. The exceedingly confused Olmert is now the head of the Israeli party with NO IDEALOGY, and the smallest number of Knesset seats ever to try to put together a government within the next 42 days. Olmert is so confused as to say he has a mandate to evict more Jews from their homes and to give the Terrorists a Terrorist state within the heart of Israel because he and the rest of the nation have NO IDEALS, and are TIRED, and confused. YES, brethren, and as crazy as this may all sound it means that VERY SIGNIFICANT BIBLE PROPHECY IS NOW UNFOLDING AND THE EFFECT OF EVERY VISION IS NOW AT HAND.

Just look at the numbers and you should see the HANDWRITING ON THE WALL FOR THE PERES Government and the END of the oppression and treachery of the Four horns of the Gentiles:

Kadima-28 = 23% Of the Knesset seats
Labor-20 = 17%
Shas-13 = 11%
Yisrael Beiteinu-12 = 10%
Likud-11 = 9%
Arab parties-10 = 8%
NU/NRP-9 = 7%
Retirees-7 = 6%
United Torah Judaism <96> 6 = 5%
Meretz-4 = 3%

Out of a TOTAL of 120 Knesset Seats.

The people of Israel sent a loud and clear message to the world that they are sick and tired of the treacherous dealing and lies of the New World Order puppets that have been set up to control, divide up, and destroy Israel. If PERES protégé Olmert can form a government IT WILL NOT STAND.

One thing for sure, is that the government is now hamstrung in terms of being able to do the Road Map plan to set up the Terrorist PA state within Israel, and give Jerusalem to the Pope. It will soon get bloody in Israel and the battle of Armageddon is now in sight. Terrorists love this kind of political confusion and the FIRST IRANIAN made katusha rockets took the lives of two Israelis on this same election day, to send the clear message from the new Hamas PA Terrorist organization. Yes, it is a Hamas official message to the world that Ashkelon is well within their range and soon to become a desolation, just as the God of Israel had his prophet Zechariah tell us - Zep 2:4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

The election in Israel means the FOUR HORNS of the Gentiles, the treacherous dealers who have dealt so treacherously with the people of Israel, are on the way out. The handwriting is on the wall for PERES and his party of corruption. These four horns of the Gentile New World Order, PERES, SHARON (OLMERT), NETANYAHU, and BARAK are FINISHED. The handwriting is on the wall. They have less than 6 months.

Israel has the most insane and corrupt system of government in the world today. It has NO constitution. It has NO bill of rights. It is NOT a democracy. It most definitely is NOT a Republic. The people of Israel always get a sham show every few years to have a sham election. The voters clearly said they do not want any of the POISON, LIES, and TREASON being offered in this last sham election. The people of Israel KNOW their vote is MEANINGLESS in the New World Order sea of corruption bent on the destruction of the state of Israel. The people of ISRAEL VOTED AGAINST THE NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM OF CORRUPTION by the lowest turnout in Israel history. The people of Israel did vote overwhelmingly AGAINST THE FOUR HORNS OF THE GENTILES regardless of which party in which they tried to hide. That message is clear that PERES your kingdom is divided and taken from you just like the handwriting on the wall in Daniel chapter 5.

The corrupt Shaas religious party, whose vote is ALWAYS for sale, who are RELIGIOUS IN THEIR CORRUPTION, was able to raise the cost of their rabbinic confirmation of corruption. Kadima, the premier secular party of corruption, the New World Order party, to which the greatest ministers of corruption and treachery have fled, CAN NOT STAND. The Kadima party of treachery got 1/3 less seats than all the polls predicted even a week ago. All of the corrupt money and influence of corruption and treachery could NOT provide a government that will be able to stand. Before the days of Awe this government will fall and the four horns of the Gentiles now must see the handwriting on the wall as surely as Ariel Sharon now sees it in his comatose condition from which he will not recover. The Kadima party is the PERES party, and as the prophet Daniel did interpret the handwriting on the wall for the ministers of corruption, treason, and murder -- thy kingdom is divided and taken from you. Peres,

Sharon (Olmert), Netanyahu, and Barak, the FOUR HORNS of the Gentiles are going to be CAST OUT. (Zech 1:18-21)

The big looser is Olmert. There is NO WAY Olmert can form a stable government. The treacherous dealers who want to destroy Israel for the antichrist and his false prophet pope, will have their government toppled probably in less than 6 months if they can even form one in the first place. Historically any government formed in Israel by a party with less then 40 seats can not stand. Kadima, the party of corruption has less than 30 seats, only 28 in fact. The government formed is on record as having NO Ideology, NO principles, other than being for sale to the highest bidders for their influence of corruption.

Bottom line is that the people of Israel are ready for the veil to be removed when Moses speaks of Messiah. The people of Israel are ready to LOOK UP to Him, the Lamb of God, prophesied by Abraham whom we have all pierced. The EFFECT OF EVERY VISION IS AT HAND. Just read Ezekiel 12:20-13:10. Ezekiel means God Will STRENGTHEN. Then read Ezekiel chapters 20 and 21 and you should be able to see it clearly, IF you are using a KJV (King James Version) Holy Bible and are truly born again by the Spirit of Truth and Holiness, the Spirit of Messiah, and identified by God to be part of Israel. -- From Chittim, Isa 23:1 Shalom & Simcha,

Contact Marcel Cousineau at up2zionsg8@yahoo.com or go to his website: http://averyheavystone.blogspot.com

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A GOOD NEWS DAY FOR JONATHAN POLLARD
Posted by Zalmi, March 29, 2006.
zalmi.blogspot.com/2006/03/good-news-day-for-prisoner-09185-016.html

Good News Day for Prisoner #09185-016

Waking up on your 7,798th day in a prison cell, there can be few reasons to be cheerful. Especially when no end is in sight.

But for Jonathan Pollard there are two reasons to take heart this morning.

First is the demise of his crucifier, Caspar Weinberger, who expired overnight at the age of 88. The United States justice system convicted Pollard, but many say it was Weinberger who threw away the key.

Ask the average American or Israeli about Pollard and they will say: he was tried for treason against the United States.

The truth is that Jonathan never had a trial, fair or otherwise. Neither did he commit an act of treason as defined in United States law.

He was encouraged to enter into a plea bargain by powers that were anxious to avoid the exposure of a public trial on issues which would embarrass the government of the day. The person who perhaps stood most to lose from a public trial was Caspar Weinberger whose earlier arms shipments to Saddam Hussain would have been exposed.

Now that Weinberger is in the Beth Din of the next world, perhaps the judiciary down here will now release the secret memo he sent to the presiding judge which damned Jonathan to more than 20 years in jail.

Oh, and the second reason to be cheerful is one of those wonderful coincidences that so often occur in the life of our people. The biggest surprise in the overnight election results from Israel is the stunning success of the almost forgotten Pensioners' Party in winning 7 seats in the new Knesset. The party is headed by retired Mossad agent Rafi Eitan, who has always had the inside story on this affair and promises to work for Pollard's release. His new parliamentary privilege will enable him to speak freely on views which denied him his natural promotion to head of Mossad.

In a recent interview, Eitan refuted charges that Pollard handed over to Israel information used to expose American spies in the former Soviet Union. "I'm willing to put my hand in fire and swear in everything dear to me that those charges are a blatant lie," Eitan said.

"Nothing of what Pollard delivered leaked out of the Israeli intelligence community, nothing. Besides, he never provided us with information that could have exposed American agents in the Soviet Union or anywhere else."

Eitan revealed that Weinberger's secret damage assessment - which sabotaged Jonathan's plea bargain - was drafted by a CIA counter-espionage department then headed by Aldrich Ames, America's most notorious traitor. Eitan suggests that Ames was motivated to smear Pollard to deflect attention from his own ongoing treachery.

After Ames's conviction, everyone -- from Weinberger, to Judge Robinson, to President Clinton -- would have been aware that Pollard was convicted on tainted evidence. The just thing to do would have been to reopen the case or at least free Pollard unconditionally. But this is not about justice. This is about appeasement of the anti-Israel lobby in the United States that maintains there are too many Jews in high places and that Pollard must remain in his jail cell as a permanent example of the terrible price that must be paid for dual Jewish loyalties.

The truth - as we have seen from the Vannunu affair - is that Jews will sooner sell out Israel than the Golden Medina.

Take heart Jonathan. Your hero's welcome in Jerusalem is not far off.

Contact Zalmi at zalmi@zalmi.net or go to his website:http://zalmi.blogspot.com

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OLMERT'S STRATEGY WILL BRING TSURIS TO ISRAEL
Posted by Lawrence Uniglicht, March 28, 2006.

The State of Israel, less than 1/5 of 1 percent the size of its Middle East Muslim neighbors, is expected to cede territory, justifiably secured in battle, to Muslim Arabs by gratuitous myopic world denizens, some with agendas. Self-flagellating Jews beat themselves with the term occupier, as well as many Israeli citizens yearning for peace at any price. Alas, that price would be ever so steep to the tens of thousands of Israeli citizens living in such lands of disputed sovereignty. Furthermore, the anticipated Muslim Arab recipients of any gifted Israeli soil elected Jew-despising Hamas to lead them on a quest to someday push Israel into the sea, thus would treat Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem as hors d'oeuvres before the main course, that is all 8,000 or so square miles of the Jewish democracy.

Israeli voters, resigned to uncertain futures, carelessly elect leaders who suggest unilaterally crafting borders that will morph most of Judea and Samaria into an Arab West Bank sans even one Jewish inhabitant, as well as perhaps surgically slicing off the eastern part of their capital Jerusalem thus adding icing to that Arab largesse. Will such incompetents, bereft of sanity, also allow some sort of right of return to salivating Jordanians calling themselves exiled Palestinians? Leaders like these should strip off Armani suits, adorning themselves in turbans and robes while reciting Koranic verse, before selling out future descendants by signing Faustian covenants conveying only weakness to Muslim Middle East fundamentalists smelling blood thus preparing to sever an already torn Jewish jugular.

Kadima Party Prime Manipulator Olmert and his sidekicks might believe they carry a Sharon baton that will lead the beleaguered state they were elected to steward toward a promised land. They should know better. Strategies based on wishful thinking will only bring Israel 'tsuris'.

Lawrence Uniglicht is a career civil servant, working for the Social Security Administration. He advocates for the State of Israel with an American perspective. He writes, "Advocating for the disrespected underdog has been my passion, no doubt Israel falls into that category." Contact him by email at luniglicht@snip.net

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DISENGAGEMENT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES ANOTHER BLOW TO GUSH KATIF EVICTEES
Posted by Lee Caplan, March 28, 2006.

(IsraelNN.com) Beginning in April, as most Israelis are preparing their homes for the Passover seder, evictees from the former Gush Katif community of Netzarim will be wondering how they will feed their families.

Disengagement Authority officials on Monday announce that starting in April, any former Gush Katif resident not living in a temporary home will no longer receive food or food allowances. This will hit Netzarim residents particularly hard, since they are living in a dormitory building in Karnei Shomron, a facility which lacks kitchens or food preparation facilities.

At a town hall meeting on Saturday night, the despondent residents heard the bitter news, now wondering how they will continue to exist and how they will arrange a Passover seder for their families.

To further add to their bleak plight, some of the families will not receive a caravilla temporary prefabricated home since some of them settled in Judea and Samaria, leaving them without a living solution.

Shortly after settling into the dormitory arrangement, the refugee families were receiving meals from a catering service. Then, Disengagement Authority officials signed a deal with the community yeshiva, which has been preparing food for the families. Now, in accordance to the latest ruling, the funding to pay for the yeshiva service is coming to an abrupt halt, before the Passover holiday.

Contact Lee Caplan at leescaplan@yahoo.com

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AMERICANS UNITE AGAINST FURTHER PULLOUT
Posted by Women in Green, March 28, 2006.

This was written by Aaron Klein and it appeared in www.WorldNetDaily.com

A number of Christian and Jewish American groups have announced the formation of an umbrella organization that will lobby against acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's plan to withdraw Jewish communities from the West Bank, arguing in part any withdrawal would be against United States interests.

"Olmert's plan means the destruction of the Jewish state. Judea and Samaria is part of Israel's biblical homeland. It borders Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and most other major Israeli cities. There is not a single doubt if Israel vacated this heartland it would be turned over to Islamic terror groups for use to attack Israel with missiles," said Susan Roth, founder of the United Front for the Land of Israel, the new coalition of American organizations acting against an Israeli West Bank evacuation.

"Olmert's withdrawal would be a victory for worldwide Islamic terror. It would result in the formation of an al-Qaeda/Islamic Jihad/Iranian-satellite state that would serve as a sanctuary for all kinds of terrorists. The withdrawal would be disastrous for America's war on terror, for Israel and for the Jewish people. We have come together to do everything we can to stop this withdrawal from happening," Roth said.

Roth is also chairperson of the Eshet Chayil Foundation, a Jewish humanitarian and charity organization. She was one of several Jewish leaders to speak at a press conference in New York last week announcing the formation of the new United Front.

Olmert last month revealed his administration will seek to change Israel's borders by withdrawing from most of the West Bank. He said it is necessary to separate from the Palestinians for reasons of demography, explaining the large Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip threatens Israel's Jewish character.

The Front plans to educate the public about what they say are the dangers of a West Bank withdrawal and lobby U.S. politicians against Olmert's plan.

The new organization also plans to promote the results of a new demographic study presented to Congress last week that documents the Palestinians inflated their numbers by over 50 percent, and that contrary to Palestinian Authority statistics, Jews in 20 years will likely outnumber Arabs by two-to-one if the West Bank and Gaza are retained.

The allegedly inflated PA population numbers have been accepted by Israel and were reportedly used in formulating future demographic statistics, including those outlined in Olmert's withdrawal plan.

'Would Bush cede territory to al-Qaeda?'

Groups now part of the United Front include Americans For A Safe Israel, the Jewish Action Alliance, Women in Green, Justice for Jews, Friends of YESHA, the Jewish Political Educational Foundation and several university-based groups. Roth says she welcomes other American organizations to join.

Joseph Frager, chairman of the Jerusalem Reclamation Project, which joined the Front, told WorldNetDaily, "It is inconceivable that while Hamas talks of destroying Israel, Olmert talks of further concessions and appeasement. This time Judea and Samaria. How can the U.S. allow this? Would President Bush cede territory to al-Qaeda?"

The West Bank, home to over 200,000 Jews, is considered landlocked territory not officially recognized as part of any country. Israel calls the land "disputed," while the United Nations says the West Bank is "occupied" by Israel. The Jewish state maintains overall control of most of the area while the Palestinian Authority has jurisdiction in about 40 percent.

Many villages in the West Bank, which Israelis commonly refer to as the "biblical heartland," are mentioned throughout the Torah.

Withdrawal from the West Bank may place Jerusalem and Tel Aviv within Palestinian rocket range depending on which territories are evacuated. Military strategists long have estimated Israel must maintain the West Bank to defend its borders from any ground invasion.

In a widely circulated WND article, leaders of every major Palestinian terror organization warned last month they will soon launch a massive violent campaign against Israel focused mainly on West Bank Jewish communities.

One senior terrorist said now that Olmert announced a West Bank withdrawal, terrorism against Israel must be stepped up "to prove we are chasing out the Israelis like we did in Gaza."

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THE KIDNAPPED LEFTISTS IN IRAQ AND GAZA
Posted by Steven Plaut, March 28, 2006.

In recent months, numbers of leftist moonbats from the West have been kidnapped by the very same Islamofascists and terrorists they came to help. These include people kidnapped by the Iraqi terrorists, bleeding hearts in the country to help the terrorists "resist occupation", and other Westerners grabbed up by Hamas and Jihad terrorhoids in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

We think the greatest comment on or spoof of such people comes from a character played by Anthony Quinn. In a movie not very well know, but in fact an Eastern European Holocaust saga, The 25th Hour (Director: Henri Verneuil), Anthony Quinn plays a Romanian farmer mistaken for a Jew and cast about Europe for the better part of a decade. Quinn's farmer is arrested by a fascist collaborator trying to get him out of town so that the latter can make a pass at Quinn's wife.

In the most notable and famous scene, Quinn is being deported to a concentration camp with a group of Romanian Jews, after the fascist constable has turned Quinn over to the nazis claiming he is a Jew. Quinn stands in the middle of the throng in a daze, whining to the Jews around him about to be murdered that he himself was deported even though he is not even a Jew. The Jews are not overly sympathic to his plight.

"Yes, I agree, in YOUR case it is an injustice," whines the Quinn character, "but in MY mistake it is a MISTAKE!""

Steven Plaut is a professor at the Graduate School of the Business Administration at the University of Haifa and is a columnist for the Jewish Press. A collection of his commentaries on the current events in Israel can be found on his "blog" at www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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THE DISENGAGEMENT DELUSION
Posted by Shaul and Aviva Ceder, March 28, 2006.

This article was written by Frank Gaffney and appeared in Jewish World Review (www.JewishWorldReview.com)

Today, even more than is usually the case, Israel is the Free World's "canary in the mine shaft." Its voters are poised to vote for a policy approach their American counterparts are being tempted to embrace in the months ahead. Call it the "disengagement delusion."

Israeli polls suggest that today's elections will ratify an idea that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon applied last year to the Gaza Strip and -- but for a career-ending stroke -- one he seemed determined next to apply tothe West Bank: Unilateral withdrawal of Jews from much, if not virtually all, of the disputed territories in which they had built fortifications, homes and communities in the decades since Israel wrested such lands from enemies trying to destroy it in the 1967 Six-Day War.

A barrier would then be completed to divide the Palestinians who would assume full control over such ceded territories from their Israeli neighbors. The theory, as Robert Frost famously put it, seems to be that "Good fences make good neighbors" -- or at least this arrangement will make it possible for Israel to live with security next to bad ones.

If Israel's voters do, in fact, give a mandate to Ehud Olmert, the man who now leads the Kadima Party created by Sharon in the months before his illness, they will actually be indulging in not one delusion, but two.

The first delusion is that the Israeli electorate is voting -- as it has done time and time again over the past fourteen years -- for someone who promises them security in the face of an increasingly virulent threat from the Palestinian community. Currently, the Palestinians are led by Hamas, a terrorist organization explicitly committed to the destruction of the Jewish State. A succession of previous prime ministers have run on such a platform, then proceeded to indulge in various diplomatic maneuvers that have put Israel at still greater risk.

The second delusion is that what amounts to cutting-and-running -- in this case, it is running behind a security fence, yet remaining within easy range of artillery and rocket fire -- will make matters better. In fact, Olmert's plan for turning over much of the high ground of the West Bank, its vital aquifers and strategic depth in the immediate wake of Hamas' electoral victory can only embolden those and other Islamofascist enemies of freedom. It will compound the danger they pose, not only to Israel but to all of us.

This is not idle speculation. The results of Sharon's earlier disengagement from Gaza are already evident: The ascendancy of the most unabashedly hostile of Israel's foes; the creation of new Taliban-style safe-havens for terrorists (including al Qaeda); and a metastasizing threat as Russia, the European Union and the United Nations seek to legitimate Hamas, even as Kadima proposes to reward it with further territorial concessions.

Unfortunately, polls in America suggest that the voters in this country are prone to a similar strain of the disengagement delusion. Majorities now declare their desire to withdraw from Iraq, evidence of the cumulative effect of relentless negative reports about the difficulties confronting Iraqis aspiring to freedom, and the Coalition forces seeking to help them.

Much as in Israel, American politicians, pundits and anti-war activists are blithely suggesting that disengaging from Iraq by pulling U.S. troops out will not only reduce the costs to us of conflict there. It supposedly will also mitigate international hostility against us, making us more secure. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

As is the case for Israeli withdrawals, an American disengagement from Iraq under present circumstances will be portrayed by our enemies in-country -- and amongst Islamofascist movements worldwide -- as further proof of our inevitable defeat. It will encourage a redoubling of their deadly activities, not their slackening. Any respite will be as fleeting as it is artificial; the War for the Free World will simply be fought on different battlefields, including here in the United States.

A recent, shameful depiction by two prominent academics -- one of whom is a dean at Harvard University -- of American solidarity with the Jewish State as a product of some massive conspiracy they dub "the Israel Lobby" (of which the Center for Security Policy is said to be a part) misses an inconvenient, but far more plausible, explanation for what binds the two nations together: Common values, common enemies and common needs to protect from the latter open societies that cherish the former.

Our ability to assure such protection is put at grave risk when one other common quality takes a holiday -- common sense. It is understandable, but not acceptable, for voters to tire of the costs, human, financial and psychological of being under assault. Another Harvard University professor (and psychiatrist), Dr. Kenneth Levin, has authored an excellent book on the phenomenon, The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege. As he put it recently:

"It is characteristic of people under siege or chronic attack -- whether you're talking about minorities that are marginalized, defamed and attacked or a small state under attack by larger neighbors -- it is characteristic of portions of those populations to embrace the indictments, however bizarre, and to believe that if they perform in a way consistent with those indictments, then the siege will end."

It is simply a delusion -- and a highly dangerous one at that -- to kid ourselves that the enemy will be mollified by the retreat they demand of us today. Only by remaining on offense can countries like Israel and the United States hope to prevail in this War for the Free World.

Contact the Ceders at ceder@netvision.net.il

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PERFIDY
Posted by Professor Paul Eidelberg, March 27, 2006.

Israel faces the prospect of being ruled by a government led by Ehud Olmert, chairman of Kadima, a party that renounces all ideologies, hence a party with no past, no moral values, hence no Jewish values -- hence a party that has renounced Judaism. Such a party, by definition, can only consist of unmitigated Egotists. Such a party can only consist of traitors -- traitors of the Jewish people and of the Jewish State of Israel.

Is it not remarkable that a prominent rabbi and a university president joined this mindless and soulless party? Is it any wonder, however, that Ehud Olmert has named Shimon Peres as one of his projected deputy prime ministers -- Peres, celebrated for his mindless and arrogant statement, "I have become totally tired of history, because I feel history is a long misunderstanding." Shimon Peres is indeed a fitting leader of Kadima, a party of fools and opportunists, but above all, of traitors to the heritage of the Jewish people.

Before an innocents vote for such a party, let me remind them of Ben Hecht's Perfidy, one of the most powerful books of the 20th century.

Hecht's book documents not only the deeds of Rudolf Kastner, who collaborated with Eichmann's plan to exterminate 800,000 Hungarian Jews, but also the complicity of the most prominent founders of the State of Israel. I mention this lest we forget that Jewish politicians betrayed the Jewish people in the past, have done so only yesterday, and are primed to do so tomorrow. We dare not remain silent.

"In my own time," writes Hecht, "governments have taken the place of people. They have also taken the place of G-d. Governments speak for people ... and determine, absurdly, their lives and deaths." This was not so of the Jewish people in days of old, when our Prophets admonished kings and kingdoms, or when our Sages taught us the laws of piety and of public morality. In those days, "in the soul of the Jews, in his tabernacle and kitchen, there was only one Kingdom -- that of G-d."

Hecht asks: "What happened to this fine heritage when Jews finally fashioned a government of their own in Israel; what happened to Jews when they became politicians, what happened to a piety, a sense of honor, and a brotherly love that 2,500 years of anti-Semitism were unable to disturb in the Jewish soul?"

What happened is that Egoism and impersonal authority arose and removed piety and honor and brotherly love from public life.

There is no devilish or disgraceful deed, writes Hecht, "that cannot be shined up into a patriotic necessity by the right propaganda [such as the propaganda about 'peace' or 'disengagement' or a 'two-state solution' to the Israel-Arab conflict]. All that is needed is for people to believe in their duly elected leaders."

Gentiles have also been guilty of perfidious deeds. But in view of the centuries of torture to which the Jews have been subjected by the gentile world, it is doubly disturbing when Jews betray their own people, or remain silent in the face of perfidy.

Again Hecht: "The Jews have of necessity been good traders and bright salesmen, although they never before sold what a government clique has been selling [yesterday] to the Germans [and today to Arab Nazis] -- their loyalty to their dead, their moral judgment of their enemies."

Thus it was when Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres shared a Nobel Peace Prose with Yasser Arafat, despite his responsibility for the murders of Jews -- nay, his genocidal intentions toward the Jewish state.

Hecht reminds us that "The ancient Greeks believed that unpunished crimes brought plagues to the people who harbored them. They sought out and punished the evil doers in order to purify human life."

Today the government of Israel rewards the murderers of the Jewish people with land, as Benjamin Netanyahu did when he gave Arabs 80% of Hebron, and as Ariel Sharon did when he dispossessed and deported Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria and turned their land over to Arab terrorists.

This is the path of perfidy to which Sharon's successor, Ehud Olmert, is committed. Is it not obvious that Kadima, mindless of the past, can have no future? But therefore a vote for Kadima is a vote for nihilism or nothingness.

Professor Paul Eidelberg is President of the Foundation For Constitutional Democracy. He can be reached by mail at 244 Madison Avenue, Suite 427, New York, NY 10016, Tel: 212-372-3752, and by email at Constitution@usa.net

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REBUTTING RABBI WASKOW'S PRO-TERRORIST
Posted by David Meir-Levi, March 27, 2006.

Two weeks ago I published a brief article in Front Page Magazine in which I critiqued the 387 Rabbis who signed the Brit Tzedek v'Shalom petition opposing the Ros-Lantos bill (see addendum #1 for details.) [Editor's note: Also see below here and here.]

I sent this article, and an expanded version[2] which did not get published, to all of those signatory rabbis whose emails I had.....not very many, but a bunch. I also urged all of you guys (addressees for my regular emails) to send copies of my article to any rabbis whom you know who signed the petition.

I received only two responses from signatory rabbis, which resulted in a series of emails between me and each of them separately. Both steadfastly resisted my request to deal with the factual basis of my critique. Both, instead, focused only on their emotions, insisted that I was insulting them, that I was slandering them and the other "great rabbis" (a term that both used) by impuning their motives, and that it was really quite horrible of me to be so beligerent.

My replies included the repetition of my request that they address my critique factually. Tell me where I am wrong. Show me what data I have mis-understood. Where I have erred in logic. Where my analysis is incorrect. How my conclusions reflect flawed reasoning. reflect flawed reasoning.

Neither was willing, or able, to do that. Our email conversations may continue, but I am no longer hopeful that they will lead to any more enlightened outcome.

This past Friday, Rabbi Arthur Waskow's "Cutting off funds to Palestinians will only breed violence" appeared in the "J" (the San Francisco Bay Area's weekly Jewish newspaper). He is a signatory on the petition. His essay laid out the putative rationale for signing the BTvSh petition. In my opinion, his article is unreasoned, has a number of errors of fact, suffers from numerous assertions for which there is no evidence and against which much evidence abounds, and draws conclusions that border on the irrational.

Can it be that demonstrating their universalistic altruisitic humanist liberal credentials to some unknown audience, even though such demonstration involves their abetting in the iincreased likelihood of Hamas' future murder of Israelis, is more iimportant to them than taking a stand in support of Israel's defensive war against an implacable enemy whose capital is Ramallah and whose answer to the "Jewish Question" is the Final Solution?

Is it possible that these rabbis would rather abet the murder of Jews than not stand up and speak out for the rights of Palestinians?

Can Rabbi Waskow really prefer an empowered Hamas, and consequently a greater likelihood of Israeli deaths, to the tragedy of continued Palestinian discomfort?
 

Rabbi Waskow tells us where he wants the casualties 3.26.06

Rabbi Arthur Waskow's "Cutting off funds to Palestinians will only breed more violence" in last week's "J" (Jewish Community Newspaper of San Francisco, 3.24.06) offers us revealing and powerful insight ----

---- into the mind of a person who is hopelessly imprisoned in a benighted and out-dated ideology. A harsh indictment? Disrespectful of a great Jewish leader? Let's look at what he has written.

His essay is in defense of the petition by Brit Tzedek v'Shalom which seeks to overturn the Ros-Lehtinen/Lantos Bill, HR4681, which would deny U.S. funds to the PA unless Hamas relents on its commitment to the destruction of Israel (see below, Addendum, for more details). The essay opens with the assertion that "...just about every voice in the 'official' American Jewish community has urged passage of this bill". Can he be unaware of the fact that Brit Tzedek v'Shalom's petition which he signed was also signed by almost 400 other rabbis each of whom is a public voice for some part of the American Jewish community? Why does he begin his essay with a statement that is transparently false?

He tells us that the Ross-Lantos bill is "..draconian.. (and) .. rooted in revenge... or ... an iron fist.." Can he be unaware of the fact that the bill has arrangements for aid to be given directly to Palestinian needy? There is nothing draconian or vengeful in it. It is simply a re-iteration in Hamas-specific language of the US government policy to refuse to recognize or support terrorist regimes, while at the same time seeking legitimate ways to support the impoverished Palestinians. Did he not read the bill before condemning it?

He tells us that Hamas was elected for its "...humanitarian success." He must not have heard the numerous pre- and post-election speeches of Hamas leaders who remind the world that "...Hamas has 'known stances' (i.e., its raison d'etre is the destruction of Israel)"; and thus whatever may have motivated their voting choices, the Palestinian people knew full well that they were voting for a terrorist organization which is committed to the genocide of Israel's Jews.

He also tells us that Hamas is not monolithic, and there is a power struggle within Hamas. Where is his evidence? So far all Hamas spokespersons are spouting the same evil line. Even the very recent comments by Israeli officials about Hamas perhaps softening its stance (Ynet Israel News, 3.26.06, appearing after Waskow signed the BTvSh petition) acknowledges that this "softening", if actually carried out, would be done merely to gain the confidence of the West, and does not change the real Hamas agenda.

It sounds like Rabbi Waskow is deeply ignorant of what Hamas really is [a genocidal terrorist organization waging war on behalf of Terrorist Islam (*)], and what Hamas really wants (the total destruction of the entire world's Jews).

He insinuates that withholding aid and recognition from Hamas is an "...indictment of a whole people." Has he not noticed that every western nation has been providing billions of dollars of aid to the Palestinian Authority despite its endless relentless 12-year terror war against Israel precisely because they do not want to indict the Palestinian civilians for the terror crimes of their leaders? Just this past week, Condoleeza Rice has successfully pressured Olmert and Mofaz to open the Gaza Strip crossing points to Palestinian farmers? produce (and possibly to their terrorists and bird flu as well) because putting Israel at greater risk is far less important to the US Department of State than helping the Palestinian people not pay the price of following the leadership of the world's worst terrorists. Even as I write, Israeli MKs are encouraging the EU and World Bank to pour new millions into the West Bank and Gaza Strip to help Palestinian farmers there stop the bird flu (AP, 3.26.2006). Could Rabbi Waskow please tell us who is 'indicting' the Palestinians?

He suggests that the Likkud party and Sharon's unilateral withdrawal "...starved the possible sources of pro-peace energy in the Palestinian polity." Nice New-Age rhetoric. Where is the substance?

It would be interesting to find out what 'sources of pro-peace energy' Rabbi Waskow has uncovered; and just exactly how could unilateral concessions, and ceding land, and forcibly removing Israelis from that land, and telling the Palestinian leadership that Israel is doing this in order to 'jump-start' the peace process, and telling the Palestinian leadership and the Jewish and Palestinian polities that Israel will make more painful concessions for peace, possibly result in the "starving" of any "pro-peace" energy. Apparently he is unaware of the sixteen attempts since 1937 by the UK, UN, USA and a variety of Israeli governments to offer peaceful resolution to the conflict, all of which were rejected with Arab violence, murder, terrorism and war. He seems to be unaware also of President Bush's offer of statehood to the Palestinians on 6.24.2002 ("If you stop the terror, you get your state"); or of PM Sharon's offer of statehood to the Palestinians in his speech of 4.14.2004 ("If you stop the terror and join us at the negotiation table, you get your state. But even if you do not stop the terror, you will still get your state; but I will draw the lines"). He seems equally oblivious to the fact that both offers were vociferously rejected by Arafat, Qurei'a and Abbas.

He asserts that neither the Israeli government nor the PLO was a "useful partner for peace". Can he really be so totally ignorant of the history of the PLO's absolute rejectionism, endless refusals to negotiate any kind of peaceful settlement, and Arafat's use of terror to torpedo every peace talk that was forced upon him by the USA or Israel? All of which can be contrasted to the numerous Israeli offers of peace and statehood. Does he have some sort of secret knowledge about Hamas' internal workings which would indicate that they don't really mean what they say when they repeat to the world that they will never recognize, never negotiate with, and never make peace with Israel? If so, he should share it with his readers. If not, then he has mounted a deeply misleading apology for an existentially destructive moral relativism.

He suggests that the Israeli government was "...at the mercy of the most rage-filled, violent elements..." One cannot but wonder what planet this rabbi lives on. Rage-filled elements in control of the Israeli government? There are some enraged elements in the Israeli government. Take Ahmed Tibi, for example. An Arab MK who routinely asserts from his Knesset seat that Israel should be destroyed because Zionism is racism and the Israeli state is an irredeemable apartheid state. Or Izmi Bishara, another Arab MK, who has illegally visited Syria and spoken with Syrian leaders; and been quoted in Syrian press as being in favor of the destruction of the Jewish state. Raging, ranting, furious, yes!...but hardly in control.

There may be some enraged Jews as well. After 70 years of the Arabs' relentless diatribe of genocide, and after five wars, and after 12 years of Arafat's endless relentless terror war, and in light of obdurate rejection of Israel's most generous offers, and after Hamas' stubborn refusal to countenance any further negotiations that could lead to peace... well, yes, some Israelis may indeed be enraged. Some leaders of extreme right-wing pro-settlement groups do indeed use the language of rage and some even act out their rage in the violent overturning of vegetable carts in downtown Hebron, or in spray-painting anti-Arab graffiti on abandoned buildings. There was one deeply tragic Israeli attack on innocent Arabs in Hebron back in 1994, and one by a soldier on an Israeli bus just last year. So that makes two! There have been more than 28,000 Arab terrorist attacks. But considering that these extremist Israeli positions have been excoriated by Israel's mainstream majority, defeated in polls, and relegated to the realm of the Israeli lunatic fringe by most Israelis; and considering that perpetrators are routinely imprisoned by the government for opposing the dismantling of Israeli communities; it is difficult to see how anyone living on planet earth could suggest that these Israeli extremist fringe elements have the Israeli government at their mercy.

But let's give credit where credit is due. Rabbi Waskow is right about the fact that the Palestinian people have been at the mercy of the rage-filled hate-preaching mass-murdering genocidal Arab terrorists whom they elected to office in 1996 and again in 2006.

Rabbi Waskow urges his readers to support grassroots action to press Congress to provide grants to Palestinian social service organizations for humanitarian work. Sounds good. But let's recall that only two years ago President Bush requested that Palestinian charitable groups sign a pledge that they would make sure that no money would go from their organizations to terrorist groups. Thirty-five of these organizations refused to sign! And how many more are there who did sign but will still contribute some of their money to support the "resistance" (aka terrorism against Israel)? In short, there is a very good chance that some (maybe much) of the money provided to Palestinian social service groups will end up in the coffers of Hamas, and provide funding for the murder of Israelis.

Although Rabbi Waskow does not address the issue directly in the text of his essay, his title demonstrates either a galactic ignorance or a strange myopia regarding the relationship between money and terrorism. Will cutting off funds to Palestinians breed more violence? There is an instinctive sort of knee-jerk tendency to say "yes" after all, does not desperation arise from poverty, and terrorism from desperation?

Well, actually, no! More money does not mean less terrorism. In fact, the history of the post-Oslo terror war shows exactly the opposite.

From 1994 to 2004, tens of billions of dollars poured into the Palestinian Authority from Arab countries, the UN, the EU and the USA.

Almost none of that went to the impoverished Palestinian people. Almost all of it went to support the Arafat-Hamas terror war. What evidence does anyone have that Hamas now will behave any differently than it has behaved since its inception? Its priority, indeed its sole raison-d'etre, is the destruction of Israel. Thus, even if money were to go directly to the support of impoverished Palestinians, that charitable largesse would merely free up more funds (from, for example, Iran and Arabia) which Hamas will use to kill Israelis and destroy Israel.

Moreover, Hamas does not need to worry about money. The "impoverished Palestinians" and "PA on the verge of bankruptcy" are street theatre for the benefit of potential donors. Objective analysts put the PA finances at a plus $10,000,000,000. Much, if not all, of Arafat's $3,000,000,000 which he embezzled from his own people, has been recovered by PA agents. Hamas will hold the finance ministry portfolio and thus have full control over that money. Iran and Arabia have promised to make up any short-falls that occur due to any Western country's withholding financial aid to Hamas. The Palestinian people are poverty stricken only because their leaders choose to use their billions for terrorism, instead of for state building and social services.

The much ballyhooed link between impoverished Palestinians and terrorist acts, especially suicide bombers, is fiction. A number of analysts have shown that many of the bombers are/were from well-to-do families. Some have/had good careers. Some are/were married with children. A few have been western converts from well-to-do families. Poverty does not drive people to desperate acts. If that were the case, we would be seeing suicide bombers in sub-Saharan Africa, among the indigenous of South America, among the oppressed indigenous of Tibet, among the brutally harassed Christians of Malaysia, and among the many countries around the world that exist on levels of poverty far lower than that of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The supposed "poverty drives them to desperation" syllogism is the creation of the Arab propaganda spin-meisters. It is far more likely that what drives Arabs to suicide bombings are the 12 years of the PA's hate-teach, hate-speech, hate-preach, and the Machiavellian manipulations of Hamas and Fatah recruiters, all of which together have created the "cult of death" (aka cult of martyrdom). This cult of death permeates Palestinian society and glorifies the killing of Jews (not Israelis, but Jews) for the sake of family honor, and for the acquisition of heightened status for one's self and one's family in this world, and for eternal sexual joy in the next world. When a 4-year old learns in kindergarten to sing "we buy paradise with Jewish blood", or "we knock on the gates of heaven with Jewish skulls", they are being set up for their future "martyrdom operations" by their own teachers and preachers and leaders, and even by their own parents. This is a most horrific example of criminal child abuse raised to the level of public policy.

In sum, Rabbi Waskow has mounted an argument, in favor of the Brit Tzedek v'Shalom petition, which is completely devoid of reason. Every single one of his assertions is at very least highly questionable, and most stand in direct contradiction to unassailable facts.

When, in any debate, does one side mount a completely unreasoned argument relying on hyperbole, platitudes, untestable assertions, unfounded generalities, and incorrect assumptions? Only when one cannot mount a reasoned argument, only when one cannot muster facts, offer accurate data, produce rational analyses.

So, in the absence of facts, reason, rational analyses, why proffer an unreasoned argument at all? Only because one's ideology demands it.

Let's take a look at this ideology.

Just as military leadership has sometimes been criticized for a lack of forward thinking, because they are "planning to fight the previous war"; so too, it seems to me, much of our mature liberal leadership today, and especially our rabbinic liberal leadership, is stuck in an almost sophomoric intellectual time warp, opposing today's conflicts as though these were the conflicts of their youth. Young activists fighting the good fight back in the '60s and 70S took to the streets in their opposition to "Big Government", the "military-industrial complex", "corporate America", and especially the Viet Nam war. Their support, most admirably, went to the oppressed, the poor, the disenfranchised, the minorities, and the victims of international aggression.

These liberal leaders today still labor under the presumptions (perhaps accurate then) that the bigger and the stronger must, de facto, be the oppressor; that the poor, brown-skinned, third-world folk must, as an a priori given, be the victims; and that the apparent under-dog is always the one fighting for justice and freedom. That such aphoristic generalities do not apply in today's Arab-Israel conflict does not seem to be a possibility for these rabbinic leaders.

Their liberal ideology demands that they stand up and speak out in favor of the under-dog, that they join forces with the victim, and that they agitate for peace and justice. So, speak out they must. But only by filtering reality through their ideological screen, by selectively cherry-picking their facts and, in the absence of facts, fabricating the false truisms and misleading New-Age rhetoric needed to lend credence to their out-dated perceptions, can they mount an argument supporting their vision of the conflict.

And there lies the great harm that they do: harm to Israel, to Jews world-wide, and even to Western Civilization which, just as much as Israel, is in the cross-hairs of Terrorist Islam's(*) relentless war against "global non-belief"(**).

Let's look at how his erroneous ideology does this.

Supporting the petition directs money to Hamas.

If the BTvSh petition sways Congress, then USA money will go to the PA. The PA has been funding terrorism against Israel since its inception in 1993. Fatah and the el-Aqsa martyrs' brigade and force 17 and Tanzim are all part of the PA. Some (maybe most) of that money will go to those terrorist gangs as well as to Hamas, and it will help them kill more Israelis.

Even if the petition does not sway Congress, the petition itself, by virtue of being able to boast 400 Jewish religious leaders' names, supports the Palestinian cause and lends legitimacy to the terrorist genocidal goals that Palestinian leaders slyly cloak in the language of "Peace and Justice".

Supporting the petition exonerates Hamas.

The petition may not directly exonerate Hamas, but it certainly does so indirectly. The American government's current position is that Hamas is a terrorist organization, and the US government does not interact with terrorists. The Ros-Lantos bill supports that position in the specific context of Hamas as the elected government of the Palestinian Authority. The petition asks that the bill be defeated.

To urge the US government to interact with Hamas means that the US government must re-define Hamas as not-terrorist; and this is indeed a very clear exoneration of Hamas. Or worse, the petition means that the US government must re-define its position vis-a-vis interaction with terrorist groups in general; which is an exoneration of all terrorist groups.

That suggested interaction, whatever form it may take, however cautious it may be, is a reversal of the current government position and thus support for, and legitimization of, Hamas.

Supporting the petition strengthens Hamas.

By dealing with Hamas, by reversing its position on Hamas as a terrorist group, and by giving Hamas money either directly or indirectly, the USA will strengthen Hamas' status with the UK and the EU; and it will lend credence to Hamas' claim that its political victory legitimizes its terrorist goals. Such gains in political legitimacy will also strengthen Hamas' hand in its struggle with Fatah and the PLO, and in its efforts to gain the support of those among the Palestinian people who did not support it.

Supporting the petition almost guarantees Israeli casualties.

Perhaps the most horrific aspect of Rabbi Waskow's essay is that it tells us where he wants the casualties.

"Where do you want the casualties?" is a brutal and ugly question which the terrorist armies force us all to answer.

In the case of the defensive barrier, for example, the casualties on the Palestinian side are those individual Palestinians inconvenienced by the fence or wall that impedes their movement or their farming. But in the absence of the barrier, the casualties would be the dozens, scores, or hundreds of Israelis who will be blown up or burned alive or shot or stabbed by the terrorists who would otherwise have been stopped by the fence.

Similarly, with the road blocks and ambulance searches, the casualties are those Palestinians who are delayed in reaching their destinations for medical attention, or humiliated by the body searches. This is unpleasant, may be painful, and in some rare cases even lethal. But in the absence of those road blocks and ambulance delays, the casualties would be the Israelis killed or maimed for life by the terrorists who successfully infiltrate and reach their targets.

So too with the issue of our government's denial of money and legitimization to Hamas. The casualties may indeed be some Palestinian people who would have benefited from American aid. But if the USA were to exonerate Hamas and agree to funding the PA, the results will most assuredly be a stronger Hamas, and a Hamas capable of bigger and better terror attacks. Then the casualties will ineluctibly be those un-numberable Israelis who would otherwise have lived.

By signing the petition, by urging our government to fund Hamas, and by concocting a misguided and misleading essay that stoops to hyperbole and decontextualizations in order to legitimize his ideology, Rabbi Waskow has told the world that he prefers Israeli deaths to Palestinian discomfort.

Rabbi Waskow and his fellow signatories have made a grievous error, an error which is very likely to redound to great harm to Israel and to Jews world-wide.

So, while some signatories may take personal umbrage at my harsh critique, there is nothing disrespectful in calling their attention to the fact that this erroneous ideology of the liberal rabbis who are still protesting Viet Nam, when they should be protesting Hamas, truly endangers many lives, undermines the real victims in this conflict, and supports our generation's enemies in their war against our civilization.

One cannot rationally assert that one seeks peace and yet supports the funding of the terrorist forces ferociously devoted to war and genocide. One cannot claim a love for Israel while supporting those who seek her destruction.


(*) "Terrorist Islam" is the term I coined to identify that version of Islam which uses murder and violence, terrorism and warfare to advance Islam to the position of world dominance in accordance with the Qur'anic injunctions found in Sura 9 (and in numerous other verses) to wage jihad until the entire world is brought under the dominance of Islam.

There are, of course, other versions of Islam which do not subscribe to such extreme actions.

(**) "Global non-belief" is the term used by Osama bin-Laden in many of his public statements to define what for him is the main target of his terrorism, i.e., all of the non-Moslem world and those in the Moslem world who are not Moslem enough.


Addendum 1

My Brother's Keeper?
By David Meir-Levi
FrontPageMagazine.com | March 13, 2006

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (Covenant of Justice and Peace: hereafter BTvS), a Jewish "peace and justice for Palestinians" group (www.btvshalom.org) published the names of 387 Rabbis who have signed a petition demanding that our government not withhold aid to the Hamas-controlled government of the Palestinian Authority. This petition is BTvS's response to the Ros-Lehtinen/Lantos Bill, HR4681, which would deny U.S. funds to the PA unless Hamas relents on its commitment to the destruction of Israel and the extermination of the Jewish people.

These rabbis have to be familiar with the Hamas covenant, which spells out Hamas's messianic commitment to the end-of-days when the infidels are vanquished and the world is redeemed; when the dead are resurrected and Islam is established as the only religion on earth. According to traditional orthodox Moslem teaching - as we are reminded by Hamas - this happens only after Moslems have murdered every Jew on the planet.

The rabbis cannot have missed the fact that for the past 12 years, tens of billions of dollars in humanitarian aid have gone to the Palestinian Authority and approximately 80 percent has been siphoned off to support the terrorist gangs that have perpetrated 28,000 attacks, killing 1,700 Israelis and wounding approximately 7,000. These are the numbers since 1993, when Arafat signed the Oslo peace accords. The Palestinians receive per capita more aid than any country on earth except Upper Volta. But they have nothing to show for it except grinding poverty, an obscenely wealthy political elite, and a dozen terrorist armies.

Hamas' commitment to destroy Israel and exterminate its Jews is a religious faith and therefore non-negotiable.

In other words, these rabbis know that if they succeed in convincing Congress to send the money to Hamas, this aid to "the Palestinian people" will be used to help Palestine's Nazis kill their fellow Jews.

But the rabbis would rather abet the murder of Jews than face the fact that Israel is confronting an implacable enemy whose capital is Ramallah and whose answer to the Jewish question is the Final Solution.


Additional information not in original Front Page magazine article:

This controversial letter by Brit Tzedek is particularly offensive because it is misleading to the point of being mendacious. The Ros-Lehtinen/Lantos Bill, HR4681 sends a strong and clear message to Hamas by banning direct aid and limits direct assistance to the Palestinian Authority until President Bush can certify that the PA is not controlled by a terrorist group and meets a series of other conditions, such as fighting terrorism and recognizing Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. The bill also prohibits U.S. contacts with members of Palestinian terrorist groups such as Hamas.

. Hamas was designated a terrorist group by the USA and the EU, and has killed more than 500 people since 1989, including 2 dozen Americans.

. Control of the Palestinian legislature by Hamas--which seeks Israel's destruction and is committed to violence--is a complete rejection of the very principles upon which the peace process is based.

. Hamas must disarm, renounce and end violence, recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, and accept all previous international agreements between Israel and the PA before being seen as a legitimate party.

The bill also includes an exception for humanitarian assistance and special projects that can be considered by the Congress on a case by case basis. Thus, via this exception, the humanitarian needs of impoverished Palestinians can be addressed with little or no risk of money reaching Hamas.

However, the BTvS letter proffering its petition makes no mention of the humanitarian aspects of the bill.

It is difficult to understand how anyone who has actually read the legislation would object to its requirements. It is beyond belief that prominent American Jewish Rabbis should expect that Israel or any country should negotiate with terrorists who have emblazened in their founding document (the Hamas " covenant") that their intended goal is the destruction of the State of Israel and the genocide of all the world's Jews; and who have spent the last 20 years demonstrating to the world that they mean what they say.


addendum 2 (the larger version of the above article)

"Nearly 400 Rabbis value Palestinian rights more than Israeli lives"

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (Covenant of Justice and Peace: hereafter BTvS), a Jewish "peace and justice for Palestinians" group (www.btvshalom.org) published the names of 387 Rabbis (cf. Addendum #1 for names listed alphabetically and by state) who have signed a petition demanding that our government not withhold aid to the Palestinian people. This petition is BTvS's response to the Ros-Lehtinen/Lantos Bill, HR4681, which would deny USA funds to the PA unless Hamas relent on its commitment to maintaining a state of war until the destruction of Israel.

These rabbis are obviously the second most altruistic universalistic humanitarian people on the planet. Here's why.

By now they must have read the Hamas covenant[2].

They must then know of Hamas' religious commitment to an end-of-days scenario when the world is redeemed, the dead resurrected, and Islam becomes the only religion on earth. According to traditional orthodox Moslem teaching, this happens only after Moslems have murdered every Jew on the planet (see addendum #3).

They cannot not know that for the past 12 years, tens of billions of dollars of humanitarian aid have gone to the Palestinian Authority and been siphoned off mostly (like 80% mostly) to the support of the various terrorist gangs that have perpetrated 28,000 attacks, killing 1,700 Israelis and wounding c. 7,000, since 1993 when Arafat signed the Oslo peace accords. The Palestinians receive per capita more aid than any country on earth except Upper Volta. But they have nothing to show for it except grinding poverty, a mega-wealthy elite, and a dozen terrorist armies.

They cannot not know that Hamas' commitment to destroy Israel and genocide its Jews is no less, and probably more, virulent than that of the Fatah and PLO gangs who were morphed from international terrorists into their new political identity as the PA (Palestinian Authority) by the Oslo Accords.

They cannot not know, therefore, that no matter what safeguards are used, any money from the USA is very likely to go, at least in part, and probably in very large part, to the terrorist organizations that have been killing Jews in Israel and abroad for the past 42 years.

So they know that if they succeed in convincing Congress, then their words and deeds on behalf of the poverty-stricken and suffering Palestinian people will end up helping Palestinian terrorists kill more Jews.

But they would rather abet the murder of Jews than not stand up for the rights of those Palestinians.[1]

In this context it is important to recall that many Israelis feel the same way. There are a number of Israeli human rights organizations that try to help Palestinians, such as Machsom Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, Yesh Din, Ta'ayush, Hamoked - The Center for the Defense of the Individual, and B'Tselem.

Machsom Watch, for example, is a self-defined human rights organization comprised of hundreds of women. For the past five years, it has maintained shifts at 40 checkpoints throughout the West Bank, asserting that they are there in order to document what happens at the check points, and help individual Palestinians.[2]

Many Israelis feel that these organizations, each focusing on a different consequence of the Israeli military presence in the West Bank, is the least that universalistic humanitarian Israeli citizens can do to try to prevent injustice against Palestinians.

This is a very important point. Most of the world sees the work of these volunteer groups in a negative light. The very existence of these groups seems to demonstrate that Israel is violating Palestinians' human rights.

However, consider this situation in its actual context. Israel is at war. Arab terrorists have declared war on Israel. They have launched tens of thousands of attacks since the war was declared, killing more than 1,700 and wounding many thousands more. Their intent is to destroy Israel totally, and kill or exile all of its Jews.

In response to this war, Israel has not done what other countries have done (launched massive attacks with overpowering force to stop the terrorism at the expense of many, many civilian lives of the enemy population). Instead it has used defensive and constrained actions to impede or stop the terrorist attacks. Hence the road blocks, check points, and defensive barrier.

But it is clear that a massive attack killing thousands of Palestinians might indeed put an end, at least temporarily, to the terrorist offensive...thus saving many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Israeli lives. So by deciding to not mount such an offensive, Israel has opted to put Israeli lives at risk, and indeed to lose Israeli lives, rather than kill innocent Palestinians.

It is an undeniable demonstration of Israel's integrity and its commitment to human rights that it has handled the terrorist war in the restrained defensive way that it has. The Israeli government has tacitly decided that it would rather that more Israeli lives be lost than that innocent Palestinian civilians be killed.

The clearest example of this unique and breath-takingly altruistic decision is the battle for Jenin in April, 2002. The IDF knew that the terrorists in the Jenin refugee camp were deeply ensconced within the civilian habitations. An infantry battle would cost many Israeli lives. An artillery barrage or an aerial bombardment would put no Israeli soldiers at risk, but would undoubtedly kill hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent Palestinian inhabitants of Jenin. Nonetheless, the IDF chose to wage an infantry battle against the terrorists in Jenin, going house to house, announcing their entry, giving innocents (and some terrorists) time and space to flee to safety, and focusing only on the armed terrorists. As a result, almost all of the 75 Palestinian dead were armed terrorists. But the price that Israel paid for this humanitarian largesse was 25 soldiers killed and scores wounded.

So, when asked: "where do you want the casualties"?, the IDF chose to have the casualties among their own soldiers rather than in the ranks of the innocent Palestinian civilians. Such a decision in war time is without precedent in human history.

But it is not only the government that has made this decision. Is there an antecedent for any country, in war time, allowing civilians into the war zone to interfere with military activities? Is there an antecedent for any country's citizenry demonstrating such concern for justice and honor that they flock in droves to the war zone to make sure that Israeli troops commit no violations of the human and civil rights of the enemy's civilian population....even though they know that by doing so, they increase the likelihood that terrorists hidden within that population may successfully slip past the checkpoint because of the distractions that the volunteers' presence creates?

Thus, it is not just the government and the IDF that value Palestinian lives over Israeli lives. The volunteers themselves, through their interference with the IDF screening activities, strive to improve the condition of the enemy civilian population; and by doing so they knowingly facilitate some terrorists' successful avoidance of the IDF searches. Such terrorist successes result in more Israelis killed.

So, large segments of the Israeli body politic have decided at all levels (prime minister and Knesset and IDF all the way down to Makhsom volunteers) that they would rather have Israelis die than run the risk of killing innocent Palestinians or violating their human or civil rights.

BTvS's nearly 400 Rabbis have made the same decision. They would rather put at risk (knowing that some will die) the lives of their co-religionists in Israel (and non-Jewish Israelis as well) than abandon their commitments to the humanitarian treatment of Palestinians.

By signing this public, high-profile petition, they have said, in essence: "the lives of some of my co-religionists are expendable in order for me to maintain my very public and high-profile commitment to the very highest of universalistic humanitarian standards; standards that demand my speaking out in favor of aid to the suffering civilians of the population whose leaders are engaged in a declared genocidal war against my co-religionists (and non-Jewish Israelis)."

In other words: better that others be put at risk and die than that my highly visible commitment to universalistic humanitarianism be doubted.

The only level of universalistic humanitarianism that could possibly be higher than this is the one at which those Rabbis would say:

"My OWN LIFE is expendable. I would rather put my OWN LIFE at risk. My OWN LIFE is of less value to me than my commitment to my altruistic universalistic humanitarian calling; a moral calling which demands that I abandon my 4000-year-old historic/religious/national/ethnic ties in favor of humanitarian aid to the suffering civilians of the population whose leaders are engaged in a declared genocidal war against my co-religionists."

It is interesting to note that this Israeli decision that Israelis will die so that Palestinians may live is indeed at that very highest level of universalistic humanitarianism. The same Makhsom demonstrator abusing a soldier for detaining a Palestinian at a roadblock may indeed be blown up on her way home when that terrorist who slipped through that road block, thanks to her distracting the soldiers, detonates his suicide bomb in that same bus that she is riding -- or in the one that her children are on.

It is much easier to be on the second highest level of altruistic universalistic humanitarianism than on the highest level.

End Notes

1.  The Brit Tzedek v'Shalom petition is misleading to the point of being mendacious.

It critiques the Ros-Lehtinen/Lantos Bill, HR4681, because the bill sends a strong message to Hamas by banning direct aid and limiting direct assistance to the Palestinian Authority until President Bush can certify that the PA is not controlled by a terrorist group and meets a series of other conditions, such as fighting terrorism and recognizing Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.

But the bill also includes an exception for humanitarian assistance and special projects that can be considered by our Congress on a case by case basis. It is thus obvious to anyone who has actually read the legislation that the bill allows for assistance to impoverished Palestinians.

Yet the BTvS petition makes no mention of this accommodation for humanitarian assistance.

2.  It is well known that most of the time hundreds or thousands of Palestinians pass through checkpoints without incident. Such uneventful processes are never documented by the so-called human rights groups that monitor the check points and road blocks, nor are they of interest to the media. Rather, only the relatively rare occasions when there are problems become fodder for the monitors' complaints and interviews with the media. Thus, far from documenting what actually happens at the check points, the monitors cast an inordinate emphasis on the occasions when there are problems.

Moreover, the very presence of the monitors inspires problems. IDF reports have often mentioned that "everything is going smoothly until the TV cameras or human rights monitors show up". Then some Palestinians start acting out, and acting up, to create negative PR for Israel in front of the media whose very presence both feeds, and feeds upon, disruptive behavior.

Often problems at a checkpoint are due to associates of the terrorists who are creating diversions so that the terrorists have a better chance of getting past the checkpoint. Sometimes problems are caused when the IDF unit at the checkpoint gets a notice from military intelligence that there is a heightened likelihood of an attempted terrorist infiltration at that point at that time. Then the IDF tightens controls and checks Palestinians more often and more thoroughly. This tightening up can cause the problems about which the monitors seek to intervene.

But such situations are exactly when the IDF must be most vigilant, and most tightly inspect everything and everyone. This is when distractions are the most dangerous; because if the soldiers are distracted, the terrorists are more likely to slip by and perpetrate their terror.

Thus the monitors not only are sometimes at cause for the disturbances that they seek to monitor, but can also be at cause for the success of terrorist attacks.

David Meir-Levi is an American-born Israeli, currently living in Palo Alto. His expertise is in Near Eastern studies and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is Director of Peace and Education at Israel Peace Initiative (www.ipi-usa.org). Contact him at david_meirlevi@hotmail.com

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NIGHTMARE INTO DREAM: BACK TO THE FUTURE
Posted by Professor Eugene Narrett, March 27, 2006.

I must have been sleeping. I had this dream in which a leader of Israel said 'we have no beliefs, we have no traditions. We are tired of winning battles, we are tired of being brave......' It was March 2006.

No; it wasn't a dream: it was a nightmare. Then, by providence divine, my beloved pinched me and I woke up and it was early morning on June 05, 1967. Jews had been anxious for weeks as the Arab nations again massed their armed forces and vowed to soak the sands of Israel in blood, to drive all the Jews into the sea. Then Israel attacked Egypt and the forces of the armies of Israel swept across the Sinai to the Nile. Israel attacked Syria and Lebanon, liberating the Golan Heights and upper Galil, to Sidon. When the displaced Meccan sharif in Amman bombarded Jewish Jerusalem, Israel drove the trespassers out of Judea and Samaria and into the deserts beyond Moav and Ammon.

The Temple Mount was in our hands. General eye-patch retired; Motta Gur heeded the counsel of Rabbi Goren and the abominations were taken down. The Mount was cleansed and sanctified. Mikvehs were built and the daily ascent of Jews to the Mount began. The beautiful synagogue there is a taste of sweeter things to come. They say that even at Tekoa they can smell the incense from the altar made at the Temple Mt. Institute.....

Of course, Israel annexed Judea and Samaria, the Gilead and Bashan all of which began flourishing with Jewish farms and towns. Oil was discovered in the deserts beyond Gilead. When Israel destroyed the PLO entirely in spring 1970, Russia pushed Syria into invading the Gilead.

Thank you very much: the Israeli counterattack destroyed the armed forces of Syria and in a last great battle by ancient Carcamesh near the Euphrates secured Israel's northeastern border. Aram was filled with Jewish settlement.

After a work by Israeli ecologists and marine biologists there was great trout and salmon fishing in the streams of the Lebanon, "this good Lebanon" Moshe called it when he described it as part of the Promised Land.

When Egypt, again prodded by the die-hard Soviets, attacked along the Suez-Ismail front in October 1973, the devestating Israeli counterattack led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the eastern Mediterranean and the Israeli annexation to Gush Yehudah of the entire Sinai and formal ownership of the Suez canal. With the tithes from its operation, Israel realized the prophecy that "the riches of the west shall be given over to you, and I will bring you the wealth of nations" (Isaiah 60).

Giving America free passage for its ships, Israel helped America help the south Vietnamese defeat communism and form a self-sustaining constitutional democracy whose example spread throughout the region. A communist named Pol Pot became an ardent champion of balanced powers and gemillut chasdim. The Chinese and Japanese became Bnei Noach.....

When, in 1977, in a last ditch effort to re-assert its influence, Russia prompted its client, Saddam Hussein to launch a missile strike against the Gilead, the Israel forward defense systems achieved 100% shoot down of the missiles and proceeded to obliterate the Mesopotamian military. The Russian people rose up and by 1979 Communism, the cold war and the Russian Empire all were things of the past, bad dreams.

Jimmy Carter, an obscure peanut farmer from Georgia, had a small success as a fill-in for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. In his later years, he co-wrote a book about the wisdom of Judaism and the importance of blessing the Jewish people. The Herbert-Walker-Bush clan spent their remaining fortune on rocket ships and left for another galaxy with an ooze-master named Baker.

Meanwhile, Israel gave the oil fields east of the Euphrates to American companies, and to this day (Sukkot 2010), gasoline is .25 cents/gallon. Israel is the 3rd largest oil exporting nation on earth and, with its solar and de-salination facilities, sustains the highest annualized GDP and the cleanest environment. Animal and bird species thought extinct have begun appearing in the Promised Land. Re'im are regularly sighted; even the chassidah....

The Persians have reverted to Zoroastrianism and in increasing numbers are becoming Bnei Noah. What did you expect after all those victories by the Jews.

A channel was dug from the Red Sea east of Aqaba to the Dead Sea to keep that mineral bank at its optimal level and allowing for maximal tapping of sweet water from the Kinneret.

By 1993, after fifteen years of consultation, the Sanhedrin was re-established and met regularly in its beautiful chambers on Har haZeitim. Its rulings were sought out by peoples everywhere. Among its daily study were the plans for rebuilding the Temple complex, projected for completion by 2015. By 2007, election had come to mean the selection by the people of the tribal areas of "men of accomplishment, men who love truth and disdain money."

All 'state lands' have been sold at cost to Jews and the fertility of the Promised land is the wonder of the world. Hebron has grown to a sprawling all-Jewish city of 77,000 souls, its hills interspersed and surrounded with orchards and vineyards whose fruits and beverages are sought out from every corner of the earth. The entry to the caves of Machpela are thronged with Jews praying every day. West of the Jordan the Jewish population is twelve million, nearly 30 million throughout the dominion. What's amazing is the amount of green space.

Sober people talk about the imminent arrival of the Messiah. Ordinary folks figure he'd probably already returned and was working incognito but happily, the job largely finished until it was time for the formal Chanuka haBayit........

Next time we'll do it right.

Professor Eugene Narrett teaches writing and Literature at Boston University. He is the author of hundreds of articles, columns and reviews on politics, American culture and the arts. He is completing a study on Romanticism and the longterm decline of Western Culture. He writes often on subjects relating to Israel and Judaism and is a weekly columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts. Contact him at culturtalk@aol.com

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A QUOTE FROM RABBI MENACHEM MENDEL OF LUBAVITCH (1789-1866)
Posted by Avodah 15, March 27, 2006.

This is the meaning of "Love your fellow as yourself": Just like you are blind to your own failings, since your self-love covers them up, so, too, should your fellow's failings be swallowed up and concealed by your love for him.
-- Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789-1866)

Contact Avodah 15 by email at Avodah15@aol.com

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STEYN: FACING DOWN INSANITY
Posted by Avodah 15, March 27, 2006.

Mark Steyn wonders when we're going to start facing down a culture where they talk like crazies[2].

The reality is our society pays enormous respect to minorities -- President Bush holds a monthlong Ramadan-a-ding-dong at the White House every year; the immediate reaction to the slaughter of 9/11 by the president, the prince, the prime ministers of Britain, Canada and everywhere else was to visit a mosque to demonstrate their great respect for Islam. One party to this dispute is respectful to a fault: after all, to describe the violence perpetrated by Muslims over the Danish cartoons as the "recent ghastly strife" barely passes muster as effete Brit toff understatement.

Unfortunately, what's "precious and sacred" to Islam is its institutional contempt for others. In his book Islam And The West, Bernard Lewis writes, "The primary duty of the Muslim as set forth not once but many times in the Koran is 'to command good and forbid evil.' It is not enough to do good and refrain from evil as a personal choice. It is incumbent upon Muslims also to command and forbid."

Or as the shrewd Canadian columnist David Warren put it: "We take it for granted that it is wrong to kill someone for his religious beliefs. Whereas Islam holds it is wrong not to kill him." In that sense, those blood-curdling imams are right, and Karzai's attempts to finesse the issue are, sharia-wise, wrong.

I can understand why the president and the secretary of state would rather deal with this through back-channels, private assurances from their Afghan counterparts, etc. But the public rhetoric is critical, too. At some point we have to face down a culture in which not only the mob in the street but the highest judges and academics talk like crazies.

Rahman embodies the question at the heart of this struggle: If Islam is a religion one can only convert to not from, then in the long run it is a threat to every free person on the planet. What can we do?

1.  Mark Steyn, "Facing down a culture where they talk like crazies," March 26, 2006,
www.suntimes.com/output/steyn/cst-edt-steyn261.html

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TAKE PART IN HISTORY: VOLUNTEER TO CREATE THE ISRAEL WHITE PAPER
Posted by Lee Caplan, March 27, 2006.

For the first time ever, we are assembling a central clearinghouse for Israel's rights to Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

It will be totally accessible to the general public and researchers, so they may learn and widely disseminate this vital information.

Finally, Israel will have a strong legal and moral case to present to the world.

Please give your time to this historic effort. No experience necessary. If desired, you can remain anonymous.

Contact Israel White Paper at http://www.israelwhitepaper.org

Contact Lee Caplan at leescaplan@yahoo.com

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THE BIG PICTURE
Posted by Lawrence Uniglicht, March 27, 2006.

Spaceship Earth Inc evolves with species mankind at the reins. Among tribal enclaves called nations, alliances form, yet subsuming all such groupings is that one small dominant predatory carnivorous corporate-minded cadre of humans, unimpeded by international borders, practiced in arts of illusion and duplicity, able to funnel much of the world's raw material and industrial wealth into their exponentially expanding repositories. Concurrently an ever more powerful natural force looms, dwarfing all conceptual and physical institutions intelligent life might imagine or erect, that with but one fell swoop could disassemble such man-organized hierarchies and tangible structures into chaotic pieces attuned to our universe's time honored principle of increasing entropy in spades.

Within this milieu the aforementioned self-anointed mostly invisible monstrous cadre of towering metaphorical human redwoods, muscular limbs basking in sunlight, omnipresent roots satiated with nutrients; surrounded by those multi-billions of puny pine tree brethren, some bigger than others, searching for light, jostling to secure more than a few of the finite scraps strewn about the forest floor; succumb to the inevitable laws of generational change as our wobbly planet steadily revolves, yet just as tenaciously cling to Darwin's tenet of natural selection, thus that overall proportion of have lots to have-lots-less to have-not family trees remains about the same. Meanwhile snapshots, alas, convey little information to cerebrally challenged pecking orders in this grand scheme of things; even when transmitting orts of simultaneously occurring what-should-be-construed-as-perilous data, suggesting one northern glacier melts a mere tad every night, surely less than a millimeter yet ever so sinister a warning; still immensely less important to an oblivious presumably intelligent species than perhaps results pertaining to tribe verses tribe or even the neurotic nonsensical machination of tinsel-wood superstars.

You can't fool around with Mother Nature! When the what could be inevitable happens; if and when Europe's Atlantic conveyer current disappears, several decades hence under fossil fuel exacerbated fresh glacier melt, consequentially freezing farmlands and mindsets of one half billion desperate denizens foisted into a Canada-like climate meant for perhaps forty million, ravages of Islamic fundamentalist immigration will in comparison seem but a walk along the Champs Elysee. If and when extreme weather worldwide inundates coastal metropolises, buries inland suburbs, topples skyscrapers, might inhabitants of this third stone from its sun then notice? They say it couldn't happen here. Hmmm!

Israel's scientists should be furiously at work, even if all other corporate and national agendas are shrouded in me-first wealth accumulating and political priorities, figuring out ways to avert a human influenced potential climatic Armageddon. Signs of imminent danger are not just written in Hebrew, but maybe one ever-besieged nation, battling for survival since birth, can appreciate the need to stand alone if necessary attempting to thwart that grim reaper born of global warming. At least one small fraction of our species must take charge.

Lawrence Uniglicht is a career civil servant, working for the Social Security Administration. He advocates for the State of Israel with an American perspective. He writes, "Advocating for the disrespected underdog has been my passion, no doubt Israel falls into that category." Contact him by email at luniglicht@snip.net

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SPEAKING OF RIFF-RAFF
Posted by Boris Celser, March 27, 2006.

I remember when the Jerusalem Post was not a mirror copy of Ha'aretz. Whoever bought the JP hired the editor and set the tone, and the editor hires whomever he wants and fires whomever he wants to make room for those he likes.

It looks like the bright new future of Israel as of tomorrow is.....Shimon Peres.

No one should be surprised about the demonization of the settlers coming from certain columnists. After all, even without PhDs, they feel good sharing the view of the majority of political scientists at Israeli universities.

Indeed, these columnists will realize their dreams tomorrow. They will be officially part of aKademia.

This was written by Carl Sesar (sesar@noho.com).

A while back I said I never heard "Middle Israel" used by anyone else except for JPost's Amotz Asa-El, but JPost's David Horovitz gave it currency in an editorial last month or so on Kadima's "centrist" stance, making it two "Middle Israelis" now.

And what with "Hebron's Jewish riff-raff," as Amotz Asa-El calls them, forcibly expelled, and, he adds, "with Gaza's Jewish ghettos gone," and the police riot in Amona, "Middle Israel" seems well along cleansing areas of Jewish undesirables, cracking skulls, and clubbing, trampling and sexually assaulting "modern Orthodoxy's biological children" (as Amotz Asa-el also dubs them), so that its genocidal, Jew-hating would-be-neighbor-state-in-the-making, "Palestine," needn't sully its lily-whites ridding ancestral Jewish lands of "Jewish riff-raff."

The New York Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, etc., plus world television news, ought to plaster their papers and screens daily, a la Abu Ghraib's saturation coverage, with the Gaza and Amona atrocities that "Middle Israel" so stalwartly champions.

Cartoons, too, a Yassamnik say, in his black shirt with Star of David-cum-swastika insignia (classical anti-Semitic Jewish-Israeli-Nazi caricature, but in the flesh this time), jabbing his police baton into the sex of a religious teenage Jewish girl, or beating a religious adolescent Jewish boy's genitalia: "Middle Israel" gone berserk in a violent orgy of "biological" revulsion toward "modern Orthodoxy's children," with brazen allusions of rape and sterilization, by order of its "centrist" government.

Hooked up to and artificially sustained by Sharon's respirator and feeding tubes, "Middle Israel" represents a land of the living dead, a post-Zionist wasteland hostile to time-honored, living traditions of Judaism, as implacably so, in fact, as any enemies of the Jews are from without. "Middle Israel" hasn't unilaterally set its borders yet, but they're plain as day to see on the map of "Palestine."

Let's hope and pray that undecided voters in Israel open their eyes and vote for life, not death, and against "withdrawals," or "convergences," or other double-talk and euphemisms for ethnic cleansing and similar atrocities that Olmert, Kadima, and "Middle Israel" all have in store.

And, Mr. Amotz Asa-El, if you want to call people "riff-raff," start with yourself in the mirror.

Contact Boris Celser at celser@telusplanet.net

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PROUD TO BE A CONSERVATIVE
Posted by Shaul and Aviva Ceder, March 27, 2006.

This article was written by Burt Prelutsky. It appeared today on Townhall.com (www.townhall.com/opinion/columns/BurtPrelutsky/2006/03/27/191319.html)

Burt Prelutsky has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. He is the author of Conservatives are from Mars (Liberals are from San Francisco).

The other day I was listening to a talk radio show, and heard a caller announce that there's no freedom of speech in this country, that, because of the fascistic administration in Washington, people are afraid to criticize the government. His proof was that Cindy Sheehan had been rebuked for merely exercising her constitutional right to mouth off against authority figures. The show's host correctly pointed out that the 1st Amendment guarantees her freedom to speak her mind, such as it is, but that doesn't in any way curtail the right of other Americans to call her an idiot.

What the host didn't point out was that even as the caller spoke, he was contradicting his own statement. He was freely sharing his own foolish thoughts with millions of listeners.

Liberals have become so accustomed to having only their own points of view disseminated by the mass media that they now believe that any opinion in conflict with their own is an infringement on their right to free speech. So not only do they feel entitled to spout off ad nauseam, but honest disagreement is regarded as censorship!

What they enjoyed before talk radio and the Internet bloggers came along was a virtual news monopoly, consisting of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the three major networks. All of which could be counted on to parrot the liberal line. Now, like spoiled brats being forced to share their toys, they can't stop whining.

Frankly, I'm amazed that liberals can be wrong so often about so many things. One of the few issues they are occasionally right about is protecting the environment. But even when it comes down to that, the radical element that infests their ranks like termites are always trying to stop any and all forms of development, the source of homes and jobs for those of us who don't want to live in trees. Their love for Mother Earth leads them to blow up buildings, bomb car dealerships, and sabotage logging sites, all with an air of moral authority. They don't, in fact, love snail darters, spotted owls or Alaska's caribou, anymore than the rest of us; they merely hate western civilization in much the same way that Islamic fascists do.

A fact worth noting is that during LBJ's administration, a group of tree huggers got an injunction to prevent the feds from working on a certain project in the South, for fear it would harm the environment. The project involved shoring up the levees of New Orleans.

As someone who has spent most of his lifetime working in television, I find it odd that there are two Hollywoods. The famous one is filled with wealthy writers, directors, actors and production executives, 99% of whom are liberals, all of whom naturally regard themselves as populists, standing shoulder to shoulder with the working stiff.

What isn't so widely known is that when it comes to the caste system, whatever its status in modern day India, it's alive and well out here. Go on any movie or TV sound stage and you'll find that among Hollywood's untouchables, those who don't pop up on award shows or in the tabloids -- the grips, the costumers, the camera crew, the wranglers, the stunt people, the technicians -- the percentage of conservatives is roughly 99%.

I would think the hardest part of being a liberal is always having to remember to spout the party line, just like old-time Stalinists. For instance, they always have to keep in mind that they support our troops even though they believe the men and women in Iraq are spilling innocent blood in an evil war. In the same way, they must always remember to parrot the propaganda that they, every bit as much as conservatives, want a strong military. The basic difference, of course, is that they don't want it to do anything.

Sometimes, people ask me why I invariably identify myself as a conservative, and not a Republican. The first, I point out, is a philosophy, while the latter is a political party. A philosophy can afford to be pure as the driven snow. A party, on the other hand, has to deal with the nitty-gritty of fund-raising and electing candidates. I accept the realities of politics.

Furthermore, I know too much about human nature to ever have my illusions crushed. Unlike my fellow conservatives, I don't believe it when an office seeker of any political persuasion vows he'll cut spending and clear out all the bloated bureaucracies once he or she is elected and goes off to Sacramento, Springfield, Albany, Montgomery, Austin, or, especially, Washington, D.C. It simply goes against every instinct known to man to seek office with the intention of having less money, power and influence, than one's predecessor.

While it's true that I invariably vote for Republicans, I never fool myself into thinking they'll be anything except better than their Democratic opponents. Those people who are hurt by such political facts of life are to be pitied. It's like a child's discovery that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny aren't who they've been cracked up to be. To such conservatives, all I can say is: Grow up.

Looking back on my own political metamorphosis, I realize how typical it is that, as one matures, takes on responsibilities, deals with tragedy and loss, one tends to drift from left to right, and how rarely the reverse occurs.

It is hard to dispute the old truism that if, at 20, you're not a liberal, you have no heart; and, if by 40, you're not a conservative, you have no brain. And, it's worth noting that if, by, say, 50, you have neither, you'll probably wind up voting for Ralph Nader.

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SEARCHING FOR TRUTH
Posted by Paula R. Stern, March 27, 2006.

Much of Israel is still undecided in the last moments before the election. Some choose not to vote, rather than undergo the emotional and intellectual exercise of determining the least bad candidate. What most of Israel knows is that there is no ideal choice, no single person or party espousing a real solution to the problems we face.

In the midst of all this, my son is about to vote for the first time. He is less torn by indecision than I am. "I'll vote for the only party telling the truth," he told me.

"Who is that?" I asked, truly wondering if perhaps youth can really see and understand things that we seasoned voters might have missed.

"The Arabs," he answered with a smile. At least they can be counted on to implement their platform if they were actually elected, he explained. That their platform is the destruction of Israel was less his point, than that he, like so many of our youth, have already learned the truth, or the lack of it, in Israeli politics.

"So who will you really vote for?" I asked him again.

"Do I have a choice?" National Union/National Religious Party was his response.

For my son and many others, the choice is black and white, or perhaps orange and white is a better answer. As the clock slowly ticks away and I realize for the first time in many years I will not vote for Likud, I recognize that the concept that we can all go to the polls on Tuesday and elect a viable solution for Wednesday is gone. Whether we have all become cynics or realists may be the real question of the day. But what we all know is that Wednesday will dawn, as all the days before it, with the same economic problems, the same social problems, the same security problems.

We are all searching, trying to rationalize, trying to find hope and truth in a system that likely has none to offer. The more arguments I hear, the less I am convinced. Party-by-party, I find no real solutions and yet I know I must vote. It is the one certainty I have. My son is correct. I will search for truth.

Despite my son's joke about the Arab parties representing truth, even a twisted one, I know that their sitting in our Knesset while espousing our destruction is an affront to democracy. It is a twisting of justice that brings them to the Knesset podium to praise terrorist attacks against our people and condemn the very government system that gives them a voice, unlike any other in the Arab world.

Like the Arab parties that Ehud Olmert is likely to require to form a coalition, Kadima is not interested in truth or Israel's security. It is a party born of a man who showed the ultimate contempt for his supporters. It is a dirty party, a corrupt one. I find no nobility there, not of purpose, not of intent. Truth is an unknown concept to them, a joke they play on Israel.

Ehud Olmert is an opportunist, Shimon Peres a loser. Even if you understood their platform, you cannot trust them to implement it. Olmert and the others have learned the most dangerous of all lessons from their master: say what you must to get the vote and then do what you wish. I would sooner vote for the Arab parties. At least they will destroy us up front rather than stab us in the back.

As for Labor, Amir Peretz is, above all else, an embarrassment. The thought of him representing Israel abroad should be enough to convince even the most diehard Labor supporters that this time they must put their votes elsewhere. As in the past, Labor presents a policy of weakness and surrender. No, they do not deserve our support.

With much sadness, I will dismiss Likud as well. The nobility of Menachem Begin, the great voices of Uzi Landau and Natan Sharansky are not enough to offset the reality that Likud is desperate to maintain a presence in the Knesset, and will likely bend its principles again for the sake of power.

Who can I trust? Who will take my vote and not betray it? Already United Torah Judaism has indicated that it is ready to sell its values for the same power that calls to Likud. They may sit with Ehud Olmert and Kadima, but they will not sit there with my vote.

Time rushes past, the options dwindle. I am left with so few and still I search onwards. Michael Kleiner of Herut suggests that if Jews can be forcibly transferred, why not offer the option to Arabs to leave? Would they go, if given the option and payment? The problem with this theory, of course, is that the ones who would go are probably not the ones currently waging a war of terrorism against us. Baruch Marzel's party, like Herut, may not even make it into the Knesset.

Then there is the National Union/National Religious Party (NU/NRP). There are those I respect there, and those who did not fight the battle against disengagement as it should have been fought. Do they represent truth? Will they hold to the values they espouse and for which they might be given our trust and our votes? Is there any other choice for those who want to prevent future expulsions and surrender.

Uncertainty remains. Instead of finding answers in the election that is soon to be upon us, I find hope in an unlikely source. An email on a popular aliyah list included a recent post by someone who asked if they should come to Israel now or wait until personal issues in the US are settled? Trying to reassure the list member that she should first deal with matters there and then come here, an email poster wrote, "Israel isn't going anywhere." That doesn't sound good, until you hear it within the context of how it was written. It is a message worth considering. We are here, and here to stay.

Whoever wins the election, whatever government is formed, we Israelis must ensure that the fundamental principles on which we built this country remain in focus. The truth, as my son reminded me today, is that the future of Israel is ours to determine, tomorrow when we vote and more importantly the next day when we awaken under a new government because ultimately, what we must remember, what we must tell the world, is that Israel isn't going anywhere. Paula R. Stern is a technical writer, founder and documentation manager of WritePoint Ltd and part of the Techshoret Jerusalem Technical Writers Group. Contact her at paula@writepoint.com or go to her website http://www.paulasays.com/

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PALESTINIANS DESERVE NO AID
Posted by David Holcberg, March 27, 2006.

In a disgraceful decision that amounts to aiding and abetting terrorism, the EU gave $78 million to the Palestinian Authority.

Through the years, Western governments have given billions of dollars to the Palestinians. This drain on Western wealth has been used to promote anti-Semitism in Palestinian schools, mosques and media--and to finance suicide bombings in Israeli streets, restaurants and malls.

The election of Hamas--an Islamic terrorist group committed to the destruction of Israel--is another demonstration that the Palestinians deserve no aid, or sympathy. What they deserve is to suffer the consequences of electing terrorists to rule them.

David Holcberg holds a degree in civil engineering and is a Media Specialist at the Ayn Rand Institute Institute (http://www.aynrand.org/) in Irvine, CA. The Institute promotes the ideas of Ayn Rand--best-selling author of "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead" and originator of the philosophy of Objectivism.

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WHAT SORT OF SIGNAL ARE YOU SENDING YOUR ENEMIES?
Posted by Steven S. Carol, March 27, 2006.

The day before the proclamation of the re-establishment of the State of Israel, the Egyptian army invaded from the Gaza strip and threatened the coas tal heartland of the nascent Jewish State. Flash forward 58 years. Now, newer more deadly, longer range rockets fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza, threaten that very same Israeli heartland.

What is alarming is how Israel responded to these two very similar threats. In 1948, the Israeli Defense Force battled the Egyptian army and drove it back towards Egypt. They trapped a portion of the Egyptian army including future Egyptian president Gamal Abdul Nasser in the Faluja pocket. After driving into the Sinai for the first time in the 125+ year Arab war against the Jews of the Land of Israel, the Israelis forced Egypt to agree to an armistice. This use of Israeli military force into the Gaza Strip would also prove successful in 1955, 1956, and 1967.

In contrast, since the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in August 2005, there has been neither peace nor tranquility but rather unending rocket fire on Israeli towns from Sderot to the southern outskirts of Ashkelon. Among the targets in Ashkelon is the Rotenberg power plant which supplies 25% of Israel's electricity. During the past 3 months at least three rockets have hit the area very close to the power plant. Ironically this is the same facility which supplies electricity to the Arabs in the Gaza Strip. Obviously, the Arab terrorist groups such as Hamas, Fatah, the Al-Aksa brigades, or Islamic Jihad don't care if their own people would suffer deprivation and a literal black out.

This raises an important question. What is the current Israeli government response to these increasing rocket attacks? The IDF has lobbed a few artillery shells into empty fields. The government owned plant now unbelievably, sent the following warning guidelines to the workers: [Do] ... Not ... walk in groups or to eat together in the dining rooms"[1] for fear of greater casualties if rockets hit the power plant. Instead of a proactive policy we see retreat and the government conveying a sense of fear.

The policy of unilateral withdrawal pushed by the Sharon government and now echoed by his successor Ehud Olmert, has proven to be a disaster. Over 9,000 Israelis have been uprooted from their homes, and 21 Israeli towns have been demolished. These moves did not bring peace or more security to Israel. In the eyes of those Arabs who wish to destroy the Jewish state, it was a confirmation that tactics of terror have succeeded. They see the Israeli withdrawal as a retreat and a defeat for Israel which is a victory for them.

Further unilateral territorial withdrawals that reduce Israel's strategic depth, that deprive Israel of control of the Judean-Samarian highlands and the Golan Heights, that reduce the time for Israeli mobilization, that increases Israel's chances of being cut into two, and that require greater reliance on "hair-trigger" preemptive strategies will cause Israel far greater existential problems than those it faces now.

Where is the fortitude that Israeli governments in its first 30 years displayed? Rather than issuing advisories for people to avoid being in groups at the workplace and elsewhere, what is needed is the immediate use of military force on a scale no less than what was employed in 1948, during the first Arab war against Israel; 1956 during the Sinai campaign; 1967 during the Six Day War; 1973, during the Yom Kippur War; and 1982 during the Lebanon campaign to clear out terrorist bases from that nation. Anything else signals Israel's enemies that the Jewish state lacks the will to defend its nationhood and encourages their belief that the Jewish state can be destroyed.

[1]  Israelnationalnews.com March 16, 2006

Dr. Steve Carol is Professor of History (retired); Official Historian, Middle East Radio Forum (www.middleeastradioforum.org); and Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Middle East Studies, http://www.cames.ws in Scottsdale, Arizona

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GALLUP: A DECLINE IN PALESTINIAN FERTILITY
Posted by Yoram Ettinger, March 27, 2006.

1. A March 17, 2006 Gallup survey of Palestinians and Jews -- aged 15 and older -- west of the Jordan River (http://poll.gallup.com/content/?ci=21940) lends credence to recent findings about the declining Palestinian fertility, accompanied by increasing Jewish fertility (while substantial net negative Palestinian migration and net positive Jewish migration persist). The recent findings highlight the demographic study, led by Bennett Zimmerman and published in February 2006 by the " Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies" (www.besa.org).

2. According to Gallup, Palestinians wish to reduce the size of their families (to 4.7 children per woman), while Israeli Jews aim to expand their families (to 3.7 children per woman). While younger Palestinians aspire for even smaller families, younger Jewish families aspire for larger families. The preference by Israeli Arabs is similar to the Jewish preference.

3. Gallup finds strong evidence (base on its track record since 1936) that people's preferred family size has a strong bearing on actual fertility rates.

4. According to Gallup, "the assumption that Palestinians will eventually out-number the Jewish population in the region has come under recent criticism." 5. Gallup's conclusions have been supported by the Palestinian Ministry of Health (PMOH), which has documented the systematic decline in fertility, birth rate and population growth. PMOH shed light on the causes for the decline:

*Unprecedented family planning, just like in the Third World, Muslim countries (Iran -- 1.98 children per woman) and Arab countries (Egypt -- 2.9 children per woman).

*Radical shift from poor rural society (added children work force) to poor urban society (added children financial burden).

*Significant rise in divorce rate (less productive years).

*Expansion of education system, which has led to rise in median marriage age (less productive years) and to career mentality (less children).

Hang Tough,

Yoram

PS:   May Israel's new government resurrect the spirit of the Book of Numbers (whose reading was concluded last week): From physical slavery to deliverance, and from spiritual slavery (to the Golden Calf) to spiritual deliverance (the construction of the Holy Ark).

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger is a consultant on US-Israel relations as well as the Chairman of Special Projects at the Ariel Center for Policy Research. Formerly the Minister for Congressional Affairs to Israel's Embassy in Washington, DC, Ettinger also served as Consul General of Israel to the Southwestern US. He is a former editor of Contemporary Mideast Backgrounder, and is the author of the Jerusalem Cloakroom series of reports. Contact him at yoramtex@netvision.net.il

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AMERICA TAKES SIDE OF ISRAEL
Posted by Women in Green, March 27, 2006.

This article was written by Jeff Jacoby. It appeared in the Boston Globe yesterday.

A GALLUP POLL released last month puts American support for Israel at near-record levels. When asked for their views on the Middle East, 59 percent of Americans say they sympathize with the Israelis, while just 15 percent favor the Palestinians. Pro-Israel sentiment rises with increased knowledge -- 66 percent of those who follow international affairs "very closely" support Israel, compared with 52 percent of those who don't pay close attention to foreign news.

Other findings are comparable. More than two-thirds of Americans say their overall view of Israel is favorable. Only 11 percent, by contrast, have a favorable opinion of the Palestinian Authority. While 22 percent of the public wants Washington to conduct diplomatic relations with the Hamas-controlled Palestinian government even if it refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist as a sovereign state, 44 percent say recognition of Israel must be a precondition to relations with the United States. Another 25 percent -- one American in four -- oppose any US dealings with Hamas at all.

Staunch American support for Israel is nothing new. In February 2005, Gallup reported similarly lopsided findings -- 69 percent of the public viewed Israel favorably, 25 percent unfavorably. In 2004, when Israel was being denounced in Europe and the United Nations for its assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the leader of Hamas, 61 percent of Americans said Israel was justified in killing him. In 2002, when a CBS News poll asked whether Israel's actions against Yasser Arafat and his forces were equivalent to US actions against Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, 59 percent agreed that they were.

In short, solidarity with Israel is an abiding feature of American public opinion. Because the American people are pro-Israel, the American government is pro-Israel. And because Americans so strongly support Israel in its conflict with the Arabs, American policy in the Middle East is committed to Israel's defense.

Only someone far outside the American mainstream, then, would insist that "Israel's past and present conduct offers no moral basis for privileging it over the Palestinians." Or that US policy is engineered through a Zionist "stranglehold on Congress." Or that "neither strategic nor moral arguments can account for America's support for Israel," leaving only one possible explanation: "the unmatched power of the Israel Lobby."

Those aren't the words of American neo-Nazi David Duke -- though Duke has ringingly endorsed them. They aren't the words of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the granddaddy of Islamist radicalism -- though a top Brotherhood official praises them. They aren't the words of the PLO -- though the PLO is actively distributing them.

The source of those words, and many more like them, is a bitter anti-Israel screed masquerading as academic scholarship. Co-authored by Stephen Walt, academic dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer, "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy" was released last week as a "working paper" on the Kennedy School website. But so slipshod is the paper's research and so extreme its bias that within days the Harvard and Kennedy School logos were stripped from the title page. "It clearly does not meet the academic standards of a Kennedy School research paper," said Marvin Kalb, one of the school's best-known scholars.

The idea that the American public and US policy makers dance to a tune played by an all-powerful "Israel Lobby" is an old canard. Neo-Nazis like Duke have long described Capitol Hill as part of the ZOG, or Zionist Occupation Government. Right-wing nativist Pat Buchanan notoriously charged "the Israeli defense ministry and its 'amen corner' in the United States" with "beating the drums for war" in 1990.

If the truth be told, it isn't hard to understand why America's ardent support for Israel might strike some people as odd, or even suspicious. In so much of the world -- Europe, the Middle East, the UN General Assembly -- Israel is despised. Even if Americans don't share the anti-Semitism that is rife in other lands, wouldn't it be more practical for them to stop taking Israel's side? After all, there are 500 million Arabs in the world, and they control one-third of the world's oil supply. Why should Americans alienate them by continuing to support Israel, a country with no oil and just 6 million people?

As a matter of plain economic common sense, the United States has every reason to turn against the Jewish state. What accounts for its refusal to do so? If it isn't an "Israel Lobby" pulling hidden strings, what on earth can it be?

Something more powerful than economics: the kinship of common values.

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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PHONY ISRAELI ELECTION; UNIVERSITIES FOR MIS-EDUCATION; LEFTIST ISRAELI PROFS.
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, March 27, 2006.

PHONY ISRAELI ELECTION

I was waiting to hear of a vigorous campaign by Likud against Kadima. The Winston Mid East Analysis went further. It observed that the muted campaign by Netanyahu indicates that he is throwing the election in return for a place in the new Cabinet. Once his Party takes that place, other parties would, too. They must, to get political patronage. Patronage in Israel, where the government controls almost everything, is crucial.

The new government would withdraw, the Arabs would bomb, and eventually the people will have to string up their leaders and try to salvage the rest of the country (3/23).

In support of the Winston theory is Netanyahu's skill at articulating. He could run a strong campaign, if he wanted to. Netanyahu may have struck a similar deal before, forcing Peres to throw the election for Prime Minister to him, lest he reveal that Peres assassinated Rabin. Israelis think they have democratic choices. Well, they could pick a minor party of integrity and vote it in. They haven't the sense and fortitude to do that. They think they are too smart to waste their votes on minor parties, so they waste their votes on corrupt and unpatriotic major parties.

DUBAI'S EXPLOITATIVE BUILDING BOOM

Dubai is building the world's tallest building. Its companies pay masses of foreign workers peanuts, and then withhold their pay. In reaction, the workers riot (IMRA, 3/23).

One can afford a building boom when one doesn't pay. Abuse of employees is a common complaint about Arab employers of foreigners. Still the workers apply.

ARAB WEDDING PRESENT

Celebrating a friend's wedding, a P.A. man fired his gun into the air. He lost control of it; bullets wounded the groom. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights deplores the proliferation of guns among civilians. It calls upon the P.A. to investigate and punish individuals and groups (militias or just gangs?) that possess arms illegally (IMRA, 3/23).

How else is one supposed to demonstrate one's manhood, celebrate, settle clan disputes, and engage in freelance terrorism? The Center probably would like arms restricted to official troops prosecuting the terrorist war. Then it would be able to devote all its efforts to deploring Israeli counter-attacks as harmful to Arab human rights.

All the militias are armed illegally. Perhaps the Center hasn't noticed, but the P.A. set them up. Now it couldn't disarm them even if it wanted to.

ANNAN'S UNHELPFUL REMARK

Hizbullah's excuse for retaining its militia is to expel Israeli forces from a tiny part of what it claims is Lebanese, known as Shaba Farms. The UNO had certified, however, that Israel had withdrawn all its forces from Lebanon. Annan said that the Farms had been part of Syria, and recommended that Syria and Israel negotiate its status (Benny Avni, NY Sun, 3/10, p.7).

His suggestion is gratuitous. The Farms area, like all of the Golan Heights, has a status -- incorporated into Israel. There is no need to negotiate.

What does negotiation mean? It means the issue doesn't get resolved unless Israel cedes this part of the Land of Israel. This is because the Muslim Arabs don't compromise.

What is at stake? The Heights are a strategic defense area. They would be ceded to the aggressor that repeatedly used them as a shield from which to bombard Israeli farmers and as a jumping off point for invasion. They are vital for Israeli security. They furnish about 40% of Israel's water supply. Without them, Israel would dry up.

Giving the Heights to Syria would nullify the penalty for Syrian aggression, as well as reposition Syria for renewing aggression. Considering that Syria remains bellicose, and is backed up in this by Iran, the probability of renewed aggression is high. That is why international law provides that the defender of aggression may annex parts of the aggressor country that it is afraid may otherwise facilitate renewed aggression.

To whom should the Heights belong? When the Turkish Empire was dismantled, there was no Syria. Since the Golan Heights had been part of ancient Israel, the Palestine Mandate, drawn up to re-establish the Jewish state, included the Golan. Shortly afterwards, Britain high-handedly switched the Heights to the new Syrian Mandate, for local political reasons. Syria, an artificial country, has no special claim to it, doesn't deserve it, and should not get it. Otherwise, "there's no justice."

WHAT ARE UNIVERSITIES FOR?

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) interviewed Rashid Khalidi, head of Columbia University's Middle East Institute. Prof. Khalidi said that Hamas is not responsible for the violence, Israeli "occupation" is, and that if Israel withdrew, it could have peace (IMRA, 3/9).

This is the old land-for-peace concept, disproved before it was conceived. It was disproved by the multiple Arab attacks on Israel before Israel acquired the Territories. It is disproved again by the Hamas charter and statements, which deem all of Israel to be "occupied Arab land." There can be no peace with Hamas for Israel. Khalidi is misleading. Is that what university Middle East Institutes are for?

QATAR TO HELP ARM P.A.

Qatar offered the P.A. 100 armored personnel carriers, equipped with mortars and anti-tank missiles. It claims the vehicles would be used for police work (IMRA, 3/9).

Police work or overkill? More likely, Hamas would use them to attack Israelis.

Thanks to the Sharon-Olmert abandonment of Gaza, the personnel carriers may be brought in through the Sinai. Previously, Israel guarded that entry point and would have barred them. Thus withdrawal proves more and more deadly for Israel.

WHAT VALUE, POLLARD'S MILITARY INTELLIGENCE NOW?

Pollard says that after 20 years in prison, any military intelligence he knows (that he hadn't already given to Israel) has no value left. Therefore he is not being kept in prison to safeguard US military intelligence. The Chiefs of Staff had told a reporter that they got the judge to boost the usual 2-4 year sentence to one of life without parole in order to warn American Jewry. It worked. In all those years, although the major Jewish organizations wrote letters urging his release, none of them invited to the White House annually ever asked the President for clemency for Pollared. The White House could see that they didn't care (or were afraid).

He thinks his excessive sentence aims to dissolve the former closeness between the US and Israel, by making him seem to have harmed the US. However, no information he gave Israel harmed a US agent or was turned over to another country (IMRA, 3/9).

LEFTIST ISRAELI PROFESSORS AGAINST ISRAEL

The man behind the attempt to get the British Association of University Teachers to boycott Haifa U. was Ilan Pappe, a Communist professor at Haifa U.!

The leftist persecution of normal Israelis continues. The new campaign targets individuals. Leftists threaten effective, even heroic Army officers traveling abroad to prosecute them for war crimes (i.e., fighting back against war criminal terrorists with legal means, that some people have decided should be denied Jewish victims of aggression.) One of the ex-Israelis who petitioned a British court in this way is a lawyer for a pro-terrorist Arab group, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which will not condemn the war crime of suicide-bombing civilians. Helping it is an Israeli group that tries to stir mutiny against defense from the P.A. Arabs. Israel has instructed its officers not to study in Britain, lest they be arrested on false charges (Prof. Steven Plaut, 3/9).

There is no confidence that the trial would be any fairer than the false charges, in the international climate of ignorant anti-Zionism and condoning of Arab evil.

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 richardshulman5@aol.com.

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TEL AVIV U'S RED PROFESSOR
Posted by Steven Plaut, March 27, 2006.

Israel's Tel Aviv University has long been a notorious outpost of "Post-Zionist" (i.e. anti-Israel) professors and openly communist faculty members. It would be hard to pinpoint the very worst and most outrageous of these professional radicals, but Yehouda Shenhav is surely a serious contender.

Shenhav is an Associate Professor and past department chairman of sociology at Tel Aviv University. Born Yehouda Shaharabani to Iraqi parents who had immigrated as refugees to Israel, he later changed his name to a less obviously Asian one. He teaches Marxism and anti-Zionism to Tel Aviv University students and he edits the pseudo-academic Israeli journal Theory and Criticism. Publishing anti-Israel propaganda and boilerplate Marxism, Theory and Criticism was founded in 1990 by a gaggle of Israeli communists, Arabs, and leftist anti-Zionists. Shenhav also sits on the board of another anti-Israel "journal" published by extremists at Israel's Ben-Gurion University.

Shenhav was a visiting faculty member at Columbia University when the radicals at the late Edward Said's campus were turning it into a hotbed of anti-Jewish sentiment. Unsurprisingly, Shenhav did not speak out against the rising campus anti-Semitism there nor did he denounce the academic ultras. Instead, Shenhav attended anti-war events throughout the region, starring Columbia faculty and others opposed to the American-led war against Iraqi Baathism and Islamist terrorism.

During his appearances, Shenhav compared the war in Iraq to "Israeli acts of aggression in the West Bank," which he saw as "acts of colonialism" led by "crude military men." (Notwithstanding his incessant complaints about the immorality of Israeli society and the intolerable colonialism of its government, Shehav has never refused his taxpayer-financed university salary.)

Shenhav is a "critical" part of the leftist clerisy that has taken over a once-serious Israeli think tank, the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, turning it into a little taxpayer-supported arm of anti-Jewish propaganda and activism. He is one of the charter members of a far-leftist group of Asian Jews (those whose families immigrated to Israel from Islamic countries) calling itself the "Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow Coalition". While pretending to be a lobbying group for underprivileged Asian Jews in Israel, the "Rainbow Coalition" spends most of its time promoting the Communist Party's formula for ending "occupation" and bringing peace to a future Middle East that evidently will not contain a Jewish state. The "Rainbow" is one of the anti-Jewish Israeli groups celebrated by the Marxists at Z magazine, Noam Chomsky's favorite magazine. While having a picayune membership, the "Rainbow" nevertheless is awash in funds it gets from the radical New Israel Fund and similar foreign groups.

Shenhav is clearly the star of the "Rainbow Coalition" web site, which is crouded with pieces by anti-Israel writers, including pro-terror Stanford professor Joel Beinin, "Professor" Smadar Lavie, a feminist and anti-Zionist who is not a professor at all, and even an Israel-bashing article by UFO crackpot conspiracist Barry Chamish. The web site publishes articles endorsing the campaign by European anti-Semites to boycott Israeli universities.

Yehousa Shenhav is among the better-known of Israel's anti-Israel academics. He has signed many of those anti-Israel petitions, collected regularly by certain academics, including one endorsing the Jewish woman arrested for helping her Palestinian boyfriend plan terror bombings, and another proposing international intervention to end Israeli sovereignty. Shenhav's main "academic thesis" has long been the claim that Asian/Sephardic Jews who came to Israel from Arab countries are in fact Arabs of the Jewish faith. He insists that their national identity is determined, like throughout the West, by language, whereas anyone with the slightest familiarity with the Middle East knows that nationality groups there are defined primarily by religious identity. (That is why secular Jews who do not practice Judaism are still Jews.) In trying to stake out a niche as an academic exponent of "multiculturalism," Shenhav in fact shows that he is a victim of his own Western provinciality, lacking any understanding of so basic a fact of life.

For Shenhav, the "Jewish Arabs thesis" is a purposeful and egregious misapplication of the modern European Jewish liberal posturing. It is designed to make Jews more accepted by claiming to be Germans (or Hungarians, or whatever) of the Jewish religion, and then tendentiously applies the same idea to Jews from Arab countries. Arabic-speaking Jews are Jews, and not Arabs, just as Hebrew-speaking Arabs are still Arabs. Shenhav might be able to find Sephardic Jews who agree with his "Jewish Arabs thesis," and who hold that they are Arabs of the Jewish religion, but there is no validity to the claim. Shenhav has promoted his view that Asian Jews are Arabs in numerous articles and his recent book, The Arab Jews: Nationality, Religion and Ethnicity, won rave reviews from Arab extremists and from PLO front groups.

Shenhav considers Zionism to be a form of colonialism. Indeed, Shenhav has long argued that Asian Jews and Palestinians need to unite to fight Zionism, that old "common cause" of the communist party in "Palestine" from the 1920s onward. Asian Jews and Palestinians are, in his view, two wings of the same struggle in absolutely everything--except that Shehav has staunchly opposed the idea of compensation for Asian Jews from Arabs.

Though a child of immigrants to Israel from Iraq, Shenhav wants his own family and those of all other Jewish refugees from Arab countries to be denied their due rights to compensation for property stolen from them. At the same time, he endorses unlimited rights to "compensation" for Palestinians and even their "right of return" to Israeli territory after a Palestinian state is created. This is all the moral equivalent of someone insisting that Germans have the right to compensation for losses during World War II while neither Jews nor Czechs do. Unsurprisingly, Shenhav has been denounced by Justice for Jews from Arab Countries and similar pro-Sephardic groups.

While a prominent Tel Aviv University professor, Shenhav has a long track record of promoting crackpot theories about a variety of matters. He has promoted the long-discredited conspiracy holding that Yemenite Jewish children from families who came to Israel in its early years were "kidnapped" and surreptitiously handed over for adoption to European Jews. Not a shred of evidence that any such "kidnappings" took place has ever surfaced, including via DNA tests.

Shenhav's latest cause célèbre is the struggle against "neo-liberalism". Those living in the real world--meaning outside of campuses--might be confused by that terminology. But back in the 19th century liberalism used to mean free markets, democracy, and the right to pursue equal opportunity. By the 1960s, American "liberalism" had come to mean the very opposite of traditional liberalism, while the banners of 19th-century liberalism had been adopted by American conservatives. The far Left in recent years adopted "neo-liberalism" as its favorite nonsense term, and its main political crusade today is directed toward attacking what it calls, interchangeably and erroneously, "neo-liberalism" and "neo-conservatism". To paraphrase George Orwell, some ideas are so stupid that one can only learn about them from professors.

Shenhav is one of those professors. What he and his ilk really mean by "neo-liberalism" is economic freedom. They may not understand first-year economics but certainly they know that economic freedom is evil and must be suppressed at all costs. Writing in Haaretz on March 22, 2006, Shenhav declares that "neo-liberalism" is a "destructive" form of "religious-like fundamentalism," a "new form of global imperialism controlled by multinational corporations," which develop "anti-democratic styles of management, laws, justice and morality," all designed to oppress the poor workers. He has said, "Patriotism and national solidarity are eroded from below by social injustice, and from above by globalization."

Shenhav pontificates about how he thinks markets operate, recites long-discredited Marxist "theories," all the while singing sycophantic praises of the recent book A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey. Harvey is far-Left professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

For Shenhav and the cadre of Marxists in the sociology and political science departments at Tel Aviv University, the solution to "neoliberalism" is more of the "progressive" policies that have failed to such disastrous effect in the last century. That makes him but the latest example of the pampered academic whose political fervor is inversely proportional to his expertise. y

This article appeared March 27, 2006 in Front Page Magazine (http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=21798). The original article has live links to additional material.

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PESACH 2006 -- YESHA SOLIDARITY DAY TRIPS
Posted by Aaron Tirschwell, March 26, 2006.
One Israel Fund Presents its Annual Pesach 2006 YESHA Solidarity Day Trips

Sunday, April 16, 2006: SHOMRON AND THE JORDAN VALLEY

* Travel to the shores of the Jordan River to the site where B'nei Yisrael crossed into Eretz Yisrael under the leadership of Yehoshua

* Visit Einot Kedem and meet an idealistic young Jewish family that established a 1,000 acre farm to help reclaim Eretz Yisrael

* For kids of all ages who like excitement -- slide down a long and speedy water slide and dip in the pond of Ein Uga

* Ascend to Ba'al Chatzor where Hashem showed Avraham Avinu a phenomenal view of all of Eretz Yisrael after he left Lot

* From the top of Har Grizim observe the location of Kever Yosef in Shechem

* See the ancient Samaritan community as well as their modern-day descendants

* Visit the sprawling hilltop community of Itamar and view the numerous communities of the Shomron from its heights

* Visit a young community, Givat Har'el, the site of an ancient Bamah and explore an ancient Shomera

Monday, April 17, 2006: TWO EXCITING CHOICES OF DAY TRIPS

Option 1: YEHUDA: GUSH ETZION AND HEBRON

* Pray at venerated Kever Rachel in Bet Lechem. View the national Security Fence that surrounds the Kever.

* Tour the flourishing dati leumi community of Efrat. Hear from community leaders about the route of the proposed security fence and discuss the ramifications.

* Visit Beitar Illit, one of the fastest growing and most beautiful communities in Yesha

* Tour Tel Azeika, the site where David fought Golyat

* Explore the Bar Kochva cave at Tel Godaid

* Visit Hirbat Midras, believed to be the site of dovecotes for the raising of korbanot

* Visit the multi-cultural spiritual community of Bat Ayin, site of an ancient winepress from Biblical times

* Walk the Path of the Patriarchs and explore the ancient Mikvah from Temple times

* Explore the Jewish neighborhoods of Hevron

* Mincha at Ma'arat HaMachpela

* Eve Harow will serve as the guide.

Option 2: CHOL HAMOED WITH GUSH KATIF'S REFUGEES

* Visit the caravillas of Nitzan and the tent city of Ir Emuna, temporary home of the displaced families of Gush Katif, and show solidarity with these heroic men, women and children.

* Bring some Chol HaMoed joy to those who have been displaced and are still trying to find their permanent homes.

* Cost for the day is $30 per person.
 

DAY TRIP DETAILS

* Era Rapoport, an outstanding licensed tour guide, will lead the tours in English in an air-conditioned, bulletproof bus

* Tours will leave from Jerusalem's Inbal Hotel at 9:00 a.m. promptly and return at approximately 7:00 p.m.

* Cost per day: $50 adult; $40 child under 12 (Option 2 on April 17 is $30 per person)

* Please bring your own Kasher Le'Pesach lunch to meet your individual standards. Bottled water will be provided.
 

For reservations and additional information, please contact One Israel Fund:

In the United States: Ruthie Kohn: 516.239.9202 ext. 10

In Israel: Irwin Borvick: 054-570-1548 Eve Harow: 057-622-8275

Online: daytrips@oneisraelfund.org

Contact Aaron Tirschwell at aaron@oneisraelfund.org

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GROUCHO QUIZZES THE LEADERS
Posted by Israel Zwick, March 26, 2006.

On March 24, 2006, the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported an exclusive interview with Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas. The same day, the Israeli website, Ynet News, reported an exclusive interview with Kadima leader, Ehud Olmert. The next day, the two Middle East leaders were invited to participate in the TV quiz show, "You Bet Your Life." This show, hosted by comedian Groucho Marx, was aired on television from 1950 to 1961. The popularity and longevity of the program was attributed to the humorous interactions between Groucho Marx and the contestants. Grouch Marx died in 1977.

Announcer: Welcome to "You Bet Your Life." The secret word tonight is "RELOCATION." If any of the contestants say this word during the show, they will receive a bonus prize. Now let's bring up tonight's contestants, Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas. Gentlemen, meet Groucho Marx.

Groucho: Welcome to our show, Mr. Olmert and Mr. Abbas. The secret word for tonight is a proposed solution for resolving ethnic conflict. If any of you say the secret word during the show, a rubber duck will come down and give each of you 1000 Shekel. We can no longer use a real duck because of concerns over avian flu. At my age, there's one thing I always wanted to do before I quit... retire! So Ehud, tell us a little about yourself. What do you do?

Ehud: You mean that you don't know who I am?

Groucho: Well, I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.

Ehud: I am the Acting Prime Minister of the State of Israel.

Groucho: So, you're an actor.

Ehud: No, I'm not an actor.

Groucho: I already figured that out for myself. You should seriously consider finding another profession. You could become a decoy for duck hunters. What about you, Mahmoud, are you also an actor?

Mahmoud: No, Groucho. I take my job very seriously; I am the democratically elected President of the Palestinian Authority.

Groucho: So you must be the one responsible for bringing the Palestinians up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

Mahmoud: I have devoted my life to the plight of the Palestinian people. I am one of those who signed the Oslo agreement and was a patron of the negotiations that were conducted prior to it in secret for eight months. I supported, and continue to support, a clear peace plan, based on the legitimacy of international law, to which we all agreed, and on the road map. I have called ceaselessly for a hudna [cease-fire] in order to enable the continuation of negotiations, and I achieved a period of calm when I was prime minister. I have often swum against the current, but when our public hears from Israel that there is no Palestinian partner - that is something that I cannot explain.

Groucho: I can see that time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana. Ehud, what about you? Are you impressed by Mahmoud's self-assessment?

Ehud: I know him and we were very friendly, but I cannot base my attitude toward the PA on the sympathy I may have for a certain individual. Abbas failed in the biggest challenge that he faced from the get go -- the war on terror. As a result of his government's failure, Hamas rose to a very influential position.

Groucho: It seems that time wounds all heels. Mahmoud, do you accept the blame for the rise of Hamas?

Mahmoud: That is the price of democracy. The Palestinian people elected this government, but the PLO Executive and all the organizations stated that they reject the Hamas platform. Fatah made mistakes in a few places, and the election system helped Hamas win. But 51 percent of the Palestinians support Fatah's political plan. I prefer to moderate Hamas and not to push it to extremes.

Groucho: What is this political plan that you are referring to?

Mahmoud: Our solution is based on the Beirut declaration of 2002, which was the biggest gift Israel received since its establishment. It has a special importance because its origin is Saudi Arabia, the land of the Islamic holy places, and because all the Arab states and all the Muslim states at the conference declared their readiness for normalization with Israel after the occupation of the territories ends.

Groucho: Mahmoud, it seems that you learned that the secret of life is honesty and fair dealing, and if you can fake that you've got it made. Could you explain that Saudi plan?

Mahmoud: I accept the right of every Israeli citizen to live in security and within agreed borders, which are the borders of 1967. I know well the meaning of life in a situation of unstable security. On the other hand, we, too, have the right to live in an independent state in the 1967 borders, without fences, without settlements, and without military attacks. You should know that not a day passes without a funeral here, without people being wounded and without arrests.

Groucho: Now there's a man with an open mind -- you can feel the breeze from here! Ehud, what do you think about Mahmoud's plan?

Ehud: I can promise them a state, without giving up on the settlement blocks, but only if they accept the basic conditions set by the international community as they appear in the Road Map for peace initiative, any government that recognizes this will be legitimate.

Groucho: So Mahmoud, can you make Ehud happy and accept the Road Map?

Mahmoud: The negotiations with Israel will be conducted by the PLO's negotiations unit on the basis of international legitimacy and the Saudi initiative. I am unreservedly committed to the Road Map, to which Israel appended 14 reservations. If we reach and agreement, I will be the one to sign it. If needed, I will put it to a referendum.

Groucho: Does that satisfy you, Ehud?

Ehud: The PA Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, is an enemy according to his own definition. He does not recognize Israel or the agreements signed with us; he also does not recognize Israel's right to exist.

Groucho: So Ehud, do you have an alternative plan?

Ehud: When I speak of gathering inside permanent borders, the unilateral issue is insignificant. In lieu of negotiations, first of all I want to reach via domestic dialogue a position that represents the Israeli consensus regarding the country's permanent borders. Then I said I would negotiate with the US and the International community with the objective of convincing them of the logic behind such a move. If it will be conducted in such a manner -- it is not unilateralism but a coordinated process. Then a Palestinian state could be established within the same borders we will set after we decide to evacuate, with internal agreement and international support -- without relinquishing the military options we will have in all of the West Bank to protect ourselves from terror.

Groucho: A child of five would understand this. George, send someone to fetch a child of five. Mahmoud, do you understand Ehud's plan?

Mahmoud: Olmert's plan may bring about a 10-year hudna and a state with temporary borders, but it will not bring peace. Plans like that leave the problem open, but do not resolve it. We saw what happened when the end of the conflict is postponed. According to Oslo, we were supposed to reach a final-status agreement by 1999, and we saw what happened. Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, Shimon Peres lost the elections, and Benjamin Netanyahu destroyed everything. I am proposing to sit now and discuss the end of the conflict. I proposed to Peres and the Americans to open a back channel of talks, far from the spotlight, and I am convinced that within less than a year, we will be able to sign an agreemnent.

Groucho: Ehud, do you share Mahmoud's optimism?

Ehud: Only a Palestinian Authority that is committed to the agreements and is not involved in terror may be a partner for negotiations and an agreement. After Hamas rose to power, the hope of holding substantial negotiations was dashed.

Groucho: Ehud, I understand that allegations were made about your honesty, integrity, and worthiness to become Prime Minister.

Ehud: Have you heard any complaints against me on these issues in the past four years? No! Why? Because I was not a candidate. People are not stupid and realize that this is part of the elections campaign and the smear campaign.

Groucho: I have always said that there is one way to find out if a man is honest -- ask him. If he says "yes," then you know he's a crook. Mahmoud, do you have anything to say to Ehud?

Mahmoud: We must come to the negotiating table in good faith and with a genuine and true desire to end the conflict. I have to put myself in your shoes and you will put yourselves in my shoes. When each side understands the rights of the other, there is a chance that we will reach a solution. It will not happen if you ambush me into a corner in order to grab a slice here and a slice there.

Groucho: Gentlemen, our time is up. I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it. I am now convinced that politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies. Since neither of the contestants said the secret word, our next contestants will get a chance to get the bonus prize. George, who are our next contestants?

Announcer: Bibi Netanyahu and Ismail Haniyeh.

Contact Israel Zwick at israel.zwick@earthlink.net

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PRE-PESACH APPEAL FOR SHIMSHON CYTRYN
Posted by Ken Heller, March 26, 2006.

This message comes Dina at Yeshivat HaRa'ayon HaYehudi, Jerusalem, Israel (jidea@netvision.net.il).

Months ago I sent an appeal for funds for the defense of young Shimshon Cytryn, age 18, who is currently under house arrest and wrongfully accused of attempted murder of an Arab youth in the Muassi compound on the Gaza beach last summer.

The Cytryn family wishes to thank all of those who thus far have so generously given of themselves towards his legal expenses, thereby fulfilling the mitzvah of "Pidyon Shevuim". These generous gifts have provided the family with all but the last approximately $10,000 for his lawyer.

Once again, I appeal to your generous hearts to give what you can to cover this last $10,000. Please see the details of Shimshon's ordeal below, as well as the addresses to which to send these much-needed funds.

In the merit of this great mitzvah, may you and yours live many years of good health and grow from strength to strength, and be blessed with a Chag Pesach Kasher v'Sameach.

B'ahavat Israel,
Dina
Yeshivat HaRa'ayon HaYehudi


Now one of these young protestors needs your help.

On July 28, 2005, Arab terrorists attacked Jewish residents and protestors in Gush Katif with rocks. Several Jews were struck and badly wounded by the rock throwing. Their friends attempted to fight back and apprehend the Arab attackers. By the time time IDFsoldiers arrived on the scene to restore security, the Jews had managed to detain several of the Arab terrorists and were demanding that the soldiers place them under arrest.

Instead, the IDF soldiers decided to simply separate the two groups and allow the Arab rock throwers to escape. One witness said that in the course of the incident, "about 30 Arabs came out and started pounding everything in sight with rocks. It was a terrible disgrace for the IDF... The soldiers were simply unable to protect themselves from this onslaught, even though the Arabs were pounding the jeeps and everything."


Shimshon Cytryn (left), 18 years old, stands accused of attempted murder of an Arab terrorist

Israeli television stations showed footage of an Arab - Halil Majeida - lying on the ground and then two Jewish boys running towards him and throwing rocks at him. It is alleged that one of these boys is Shimshon Cytryn, an 18-year-old yeshiva student -- and the State has accused him of attempted murder.

But, according to an eye-witness, "That's not the story! I saw this same Arab get hit in the head with a rock - and yet he continued to throw rocks, like a tiger, for the next 15 minutes! And then I saw some reporters go over to him and tell him to lie down and act as if he was unconscious. Later on, he was taken out walking on his own, holding on to a soldier; all this talk of his being mortally wounded is total nonsense."

Majeida is the one who Shimshon Cytryn is being accused of attempting to murder! Yet not only was he among the most actively involved in attacking the Jews, and not only was he seen several hours afterwards "standing and laughing with his friends," according to at least one report - but he even later admitted that his injuries were caused not by rocks but by a soldier's gun butt!

Television crews captured the Arab rock attack against the Jewish residents on film, as well as the efforts of the residents to fight back. But naturally, the media broadcasted only the portions of their tape that depicted the Jews defending themselves, making it seem as if their fighting was unprovoked by the Arab rock throwing.

Based on the footage, the reporters and leftist politicians were quick to label the retaliation against the Arabs, including Shimshon's actions, as an attempted "lynching." Over and over again they screened the footage, and over and over again they called it a "lynching." They thus heatedly incited and pumped up political tensions, while splashing photos of the incident across the front page of every newspaper in the country.


Jewish girl receives medical treatment after being injured in the Arab rock attack.

By the time the police arrested Shimshon, the media had already labeled him as a violent criminal who acted out of hatred against the Arabs. There was no mention of the Arab rock attacks that had preceded the Jewish acts of retaliation; there was barely a mention of the tense moments when the Jews were under heavy attack.

Shortly after Shimshon's arrest, the truth of the matter started to be brought to light. It was revealed that Majeida was no innocent bystander, but rather he was an active participant in the rock-throwing attack on Jewish residents. Photos of Majeida hurling stones at innocent Jews were published on the internet. Even the left-of-center daily newspaper Ha'aretz realized its initial mistake and grudgingly published a retraction: "Contrary to initial reports, Majeida was not seriously or critically wounded, but sustained only light injuries. He was sent home after receiving treatment, and even gave interviews to a number of media outlets a few days after the lynching attempt. In the interviews, Majeida said that most of the injuries he sustained were caused by Israel Defense Forces soldiers prior to the lynching attempt. Majeida also declared his desire to be a shaheed (suicide martyr)."

Yet the Israeli State Attorney's Office is pushing on with its prosecution of Shimshon for attempted murder.

For months, the Israeli police and leftist media had been predicting that Jewish settlers would use violence against other Jews. As the hour of the IDF's evacuation operation drew near, the Israeli radio and television carried hourly updates on the civil war that they fantasized would break out at any moment during the protests against the Gaza Evacuation.

In fact, however, the settlers and protesters reacted with the utmost of discipline and restraint. Yes, they engaged in civil disobedience against the forced eviction of thousands of Jews from their homes and land, but there initiated no violence. Thus, they proved that those inciting against the settlement movement were once again spreading baseless blood libels against Israel's nationalist religious camp.

It is clear that the State's Attorney's Office and the leftist Israeli media have now decided to make Shimshon into a scapegoat to perpetuate the myth of the violence of the settlement movement. They are setting him up to take the fall for all the predicted bloodshed and civil strife during the Gaza evacuation that, to their frustration, never materialized.

As such, Shimshon has now been charged with attempted murder -- a crime carrying a punishment of many long years in prison.


Jewish resident of Gush Katif badly injured by Arab rock throwers

We must not allow him to be convicted. We must confront this miscarriage of justice.

Shimshon cannot be punished for a crime against the Arab rock-throwers that he did not commit. He cannot be made into a public scapegoat for Sharon's failed political policies and the Left's frustrations.

The costs involved of defending Shimshon at trial and proving his innocence, however, are enormous. Top criminal lawyers, investigators and forensic experts do not come cheap. Moreover, the Israeli State's Attorneys office, with its unlimited financial resources, will stop at nothing to win a conviction and send this teenager to prison for many long years.

A legal defense fund has been established to financially assist the Cytryn Family in proving Shimshon's innocence.

Your help is desperately needed. We are asking you to please make a pre-Rosh Hashana donation for Shimshon's legal defense and fulfill the mitzvah of redeeming this Jewish captive.

All donations to the Cytryn Family defense fund in the U.S. are tax deductible:

To donate make checks payable to:
Central Fund of Isral

mail to:   Cytryn Family, Yeshuv Nachliel,Doar Na Modiin,Israel 71938

OR   Bank Discount, Main Branch acct. no. 921157

"For the mitzvah to ransom Captives takes precedence over supporting and clothing the poor. Indeed no comandment, be it ever so important, can compare with it" (Rambam Mishneh Torah, Zeraim)

Ken Heller is a pro-Israel activist and a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Americans For A Safe Israel. He can be reached at kayjayphilly@yahoo.com

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COME TO THE CABARET
Posted by Women in Green, March 26, 2006.

This article was written by Sarah Honig and it appeared in the Jerusalem Post March 23, 2006.

A few tedious nights ago, while watching an endless array of televised electioneering, I started to doze just as another Kadima luminary explained to the viewing public how the infamous Right cynically seeks to frighten the voters, who have absolutely no reason whatever to feel uneasy or unsafe.

Didn't Ehud Olmert, the great centrist enchanter, repeatedly stress that Hamas isn't a strategic danger to the state of Israel? We need to entrust the helm-of-state to him, put our faith in his braggadocio and suspect abilities, place our futures in untried hands, and most of all, not allow his political adversaries to scare us with malicious prophesies of doom.

Olmert's insistent voice invaded my drowsy consciousness. He kept urging that we not obsess about our national insecurity and collective vulnerability. "Leave your troubles outside," I heard him exclaim.

Imperceptibly Olmert's face grew chalky and across it stretched a garish red grin. He winked roguishly and with salacious solicitousness asked: "So, life's disappointing? Forget it. In here life is beautiful! The girls are beautiful! The orchestra is beautiful!"

As I drifted off, visions from Cabaret, the critically acclaimed 1972 hit, floated before my eyes. I was transported to the movie set of the Kit-Kat Club in decadent 1930s Berlin. Infectious rhythms resonated in my ears, when it dawned on me that Olmert was none other than the eerie emcee. Deftly doing his grotesque introduction number, Olmert bellowed: "Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome im cabaret, au cabaret, to cabaret..."

Inside the cabaret, as Olmert enticingly promised, everything was gaudy, syrupy and self-indulgent. Olmert did his seductive utmost to banish desperate anxiety and lull the clientele into obliviousness of the looming nightmare outside his pleasurable sanctuary.

Magnetic hallucination prevailed in Olmert's cabaret. His popular Jericho hocus-pocus - non-too-spectacular a feat of legerdemain and of limited impact - made him look macho and steadfast. Hamas faded into irrelevance, while the emcee advised cloyingly against fretting about an al-Qaida foothold next-door.

BESIDES, TERROR can be combated via the destruction of more settlements, this time only five minutes from Kfar Saba. The success of the abandoned Rafah Crossing can be replicated on the Allenby Bridge.

It's simpler to pretend to control demographics by uprooting Jews than to actually defeat genocidal enemies. It's less distressing to appease implacable foes with territorial tributes than face the truth that this conflict isn't about real estate but about our very existence in this land.

Unilateralism has regressed us 130 years, but better not dwell on the unpleasantness of a life-and-death struggle.

So far unilateralism erased the Left's territories-for-peace equation. We gave territories and got no peace. It also rubbed out the border-surveillance prerequisite of even minimalist Israeli defense doctrines. Likewise gone is the notion of demilitarizing the areas Israel cedes.

Israel retreated from Gaza but, contrary to disengagement's elementary logic, remains somehow responsible for its sworn enemies' welfare.

Last but hardly least - the Palestinians escaped penalty for unleashing their homicidal intifada. Their terrorist offensive was instead handsomely rewarded. Olmert has recently announced that yet more bountiful handovers (euphemistically dubbed "convergence") are in the pipeline. Can these realistically mitigate Hamas bloodlust?

Will more free gifts constitute significant disincentives for an Iranian-Hamas Axis, for raining Kassams on the densely populated Coastal Plain, Greater Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion Airport? Why desist from aggression when it pays off? The irrationality of Olmertian assumptions is what swept Hamas to power.

Moreover, it's only a matter of time - not much time - before Hamas rule gains international legitimacy. The junkets of Hamas kingpins to Russia and South Africa and their planned excursions to Turkey and Venezuela are only harbingers of what's to come.

Things are sure to go from bad to worse. When George Bush's term ends, he's likely to be replaced by a Carter-Clinton clone who'll rule out any American intervention in this region - even if Iran flexes nuclear muscles, Lebanon becomes a bastion of Islamic extremism and our own Hamastan destabilizes all neighboring regimes, primarily Jordan.

We'll be left on our own then, weaker and more exposed, restricted to our shrunken confines and under a vacillating, irresolute and unprincipled leadership.

We'll never know what drove Ariel Sharon to promote the disengagement opiate. Perhaps legal entanglements indeed tipped his scales. But Olmert pushed this drug way before Sharon ever came near it.

Olmert continues to hawk addictive delusion. Anyone who tries to poop his party is scorned. The merrymaking must go on regardless of occasional wake-up calls from pesky reality, including from in-your-face Hamas honchos, who have no intention of misleading us. They remind us at every opportunity that for them Israel is a candidate for termination.

Olmert plans to douse their destructive ardor by showering them with additional gratuitous concessions. There's really no need to worry or take savage threats seriously. It's all a lark. Life is a cabaret.

So Olmert hypnotically chanted, mesmerizing us to the bitter end - like the old film's iconic emcee - with the assurance that "we have no troubles here!" Before the credits, Olmert's musical accompaniment too switched to a fatalistic drumroll, which culminated in a cymbal's sharp reverberation and abruptly fell silent. As in the movie, the sudden stillness evoked a sense of approaching cataclysm, but the final blurred images that lingered ominously through the unfocused camera lenses weren't of Brownshirts and swastikas but of Hamas Green.

I awoke in a cold sweat. The Kadima commercial was still running on the boob-tube. All's well - no need to panic. The cabaret is still in business.

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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ISRAELI HUMOR
Posted by Barry Shaw, March 26, 2006.

God turned to the Angels and said:

"I am going to create a land called Israel. It will be a land of mountains full of snow, sparkling lakes, forests with all kind of trees, sandy beaches and wonderful sea life. I shall make the land rich and the people there wealthy. The people shall be called Israelis and all the people on earth will know of them".

"But Lord," the Angels said, "don't you think you are being too generous to these Israelis".

"Not really" God said, "Just wait till you see the neighbours I'm going to give them".

Barry Shaw writes the "View from Here" columns from Israel. To sign up to receive his emails, contact him at netre@matav.net.il

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POLITICKING AND ECONOMICS IN A CUPPA JOE
Posted by Marion D.S. Dreyfus, March 26, 2006.

What Happens if a fly falls in a cup of Coffee?

(1) Englishman: Throws his cup away and walks away.

(2) American: Takes the insect out and drinks the coffee.

(3) Chinese: Eats the insect and throws the coffee away.

(4) Japanese: Drinks the coffee with the insect since it is a free bonus.

(5) Israeli: Sells the coffee to the American and the insect to the Chinese, and gets himself a new cup of coffee.

(6) Palestinian: Accuses the Israeli of throwing the insect into his coffee, relates the issue to violence, asks the UN for aid. Takes a loan from EC to buy another cup of coffee and uses the money to buy a suicide bomb belt.

My (historically accurate, non-worshipful, unrose-tinted) version: 6) First offers the coffee-with-insect to his wife languishing in a back room somewhere wondering how to get her husband's attention without being a suicide bomber while not having an affair she doesn't have to apologize/kill herself for. His kid runs in meanwhile and he decides to give the kid the promise of the coffee if the kid promises to be a shaheed. Gets both the kid and wife to promise to kill as many Israelis as possible with their Allah-dedicated otherwise-useless lives for the coffee, which represents the only thing this husband/father ever gave them in a lifetime of husbanding and fathering, then runs to Mahmoud and Achmadinejadian financiers for shukhran/thank-you money, which has lowered a lot since Saddam was taken prisoner and his $25,000 per shaheed-smithereening has cratered at the regime change.

Decides he never liked coffee, keeps the insect to maybe put into a tourist's unsuspecting drink when he next meets one and eavesdrops their conversation at a cafe, and goes out for the daily tire-burning session against his 'government' for not paying out the salaries they have earned being police/terrorists/brigand members because corruption never sleeps and the money taken in from the gullible EU and other idiotarian governments trying to bribe peace of mind and no fire-filled North-African-style car-burnings and rampaging like no other people on earth do except these model immigres/illegals/irrationals every month that demands no accountability gets no accountability, and Abbas (aka Abu Amar, Father Bitter) pockets some of the money and disburses the rest to cronies, leaving none for the highest-grossing-voluntary-alms-receiving 'refugees-cum-permanent whiners' and amoral subnormals in the world, higher per capita in total without any justification than any group of ethnics or even deserving and legitimate minority, let alone a made-up grievance career-arc thugs that have made playing the victim game their entire history, literally and figuratively. Well he thinksArafat would have sucked off all of it into his private swiss accounts, and abbas just invisibles a portion then misdirects the rest, be glad for small no-favors while the world thinks him a 'moderate,' 'speakable-to militant' ha. These cronies have their high mountain-site enriched blends flown in weekly from Belize, and corral their insects...? Their insects do battle for high-stakes bets.

That's the more accurate version.

Contact Marion Dreyfus at dreyfusmarion@hotmail.com

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POLITICAL CO-OPTATION
Posted by Professor Paul Eidelberg, March 26, 2006.

Political co-optation is a method of attracting "outsiders" to join the Establishment so as to preclude them from forming or strengthening a party that diminishes the Establishment's electoral base.

Some people believe the Likud co-opted Moshe Feiglin to prevent him from forming a right-wing coalition. Feiglin did in fact encourage several thousand people to vote for the Likud in the January 2003 Knesset elections -- people who would otherwise have voted for National Union or Herut. Indeed, were it not for those additional Likud voters, it's quite possible that the composition of the Sixteenth Knesset would have differed enough to prevent the "disengagement" from Gaza.* Interestingly, Feiglin has not ceased recruiting people into the Likud, even though other parties are more firmly opposed to disengagement. Co-optation works.

It may even be argued that the Labor Party co-opted Ariel Sharon, but in a more complicated way. Let's explore the idea -- and here we can make Labor and Shimon Peres interchangeable.

Peres and Sharon have four basic things in common. First and foremost, the System: No other politicians have so effectively exploited the existing parliamentary electoral system. I mean a system where the entire country constitutes a single electoral district in which parties, with fixed lists of candidates, compete for Knesset seats on the basis of proportional representation.

This system has enabled the never-elected Shimon Peres to remain in the Knesset for five decades! Moreover, it enabled Ariel Sharon to form the Kadima party and announce that he would name its entire slate of candidates! Two marvelous manifestations of Israeli democracy.

Any democratic reform of this grotesque parliamentary system, such as regional elections, would diminish the power of the Establishment on the one hand, and increase the power of the voters on the other. Despite Peres and Sharon's democratic rhetoric, it was never their intention to empower the people.

Second, the Economy: Sharon originally shared Labor's (or Mapai's) socialist outlook, which was not democratic but elitist -- a transplant from Eastern Europe. Various factors eventually induced Sharon and Peres to adopt the idea a market economy. (This does not mean elitism is passing from the scene -- not as long as MKs are not accountable to the voters, and the Supreme Court issues rulings that violate the abiding beliefs and values of the Jewish people.)

Third, Judaism and State: Sharon, like Labor, advocated separation. Recall that Sharon defined a Jew as anyone who serves in Israel's army. He also opposed amending the "grandfather clause" of the Law of Return. That clause, which has brought an influx of gentiles into Israel, was intended to diminish the voting power of Israel's religious Jews. Consistent therewith, Sharon appointed Tommy Lapid Minister of Justice and Avraham Poraz Minister of Interior -- both of the anti-religious Shinui Party, whose agenda was to transform Israel into "a state of its citizens" and therefore sever Judaism from public law.

Fourth, the Land of Israel: Sharon, like Labor, originally supported Jewish settlement in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza |but neither advocated Jewish sovereignty over this land. Labor's attitude changed, however, as a result of the 1977 Knesset elections. For the first time in 29 years, Labor lost control of the government, and, with it, the support of the religious parties. With this diminished electoral base, Labor became dependent on the Arab vote to regain power. Labor began to advocate Israel's withdrawal from Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. Who or what would fill the vacuum?

Between 1988 and 1992, Labor spokesmen engaged in clandestine and illegal meetings with representatives of PLO chief Yasser Arafat. Israel was approaching the June 1992 elections.

Hardly anyone discerned the electoral coup d'etat that occurred in that election. Labor regained control of the government -- but only because of two Arab parties, something unprecedented in Israel's history. The Arabs were rewarded. The reward is called the Oslo or Israel-PLO Agreement of 1993. The architect: Shimon Peres.

To implement Oslo -- meaning Israel's phased withdrawal from Judea, Samaria, and Gaza -- Ariel Sharon, serving as Likud foreign minister, signed the 1998 Wye Memorandum. In February 2001, Sharon, now prime minister, appointed Peres minister of foreign affairs. Finally, in December 2003, Sharon adopted Labor's policy of "unilateral disengagement."

Thus, as regards four basic issues -- Israel's parliamentary electoral system, the economic system, the relationship between Judaism and the State, and the Land of Israel -- Sharon is indistinguishable from Labor.

If we ignore party labels and consider only the substance of things, it was not difficult for Labor to "co-opt" Ariel Sharon. Sharon thus became Labor's surrogate prime minister. Is it any wonder that Shimon Peres has joined Kadima and has cuddled up with Sharon's poodle, Ehud Olmert?

* Recall that the Likud-Labor-United Torah Judaism coalition government of 2004 was confirmed by the Knesset by a bare majority of 58 to 56?enough to doom Gush Katif.

Professor Paul Eidelberg is President of the Foundation For Constitutional Democracy. He can be reached by mail at 244 Madison Avenue, Suite 427, New York, NY 10016, Tel: 212-372-3752, and by email at Constitution@usa.net

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THE ISRAEL CONSPIRACY; DEIR YASSIN; DEFEND ISLAMIC ART FROM THE LEFT
Posted by Steven Plaut, March 26, 2006.
1. The Israel Conspiracy
by Bret Stephens, The Wall Street Journal
March 25, 2006

Imagine a conspiracy so vast the only person not in on it is you. In 1998, Hollywood indulged that conceit in The Truman Show, a film about a reality show so all-encompassing that its unwitting hero, Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey), has no idea the very world he inhabits is a stage. Now imagine a conspiracy that makes Trumans of us all. According to professors John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard, it's called The Israel Lobby.

The professors make their case in an extensively footnoted "working paper" from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a revised version of which is published in the current issue of the London Review of Books. Their premise is that Israel is a huge strategic liability for the U.S., which wrecks our reputation in the Arab world, complicates our diplomacy at the U.N., inspires Islamic fanaticism and terror, goads us into misbegotten wars and makes us complicit in Israeli human-rights abuses, all the while costing some $3 billion a year.

But here's a puzzle: If Israel is so damaging to U.S. interests, why do consistent and broad majorities of Americans support it? A Gallup poll from last month shows that Americans are more sympathetic to Israelis than to Palestinians by 59% to 15%. Among Americans who claim to follow world affairs "very closely," Israel's favorable ratings rise to 66%. I went back over polling data since the mid-1970s, and the percentages hold roughly constant. Americans also tell pollsters that Israel deserves support even if it puts the U.S. at greater risk of oil boycotts or terrorist attacks.

The answer, according to Messrs. Mearsheimer and Walt, is "the unmatched power of the Israel Lobby," which they define as a "loose coalition of individuals and organizations who actively work to steer U.S. foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction."

They might have underlined the word loose. In their reading, the Lobby comprises much more than just the American-Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) and other pro-Israel lobbies. It also pairs such opposites as the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times; the right-of-center American Enterprise Institute and the left-of-center Brookings Institution; Republican Tom DeLay and Democrat Joe Lieberman; Bush Administration ambassador John Bolton and Clinton Administration ambassador Martin Indyk. These aren't your usual political bedfellows. But for Israel, it would seem, they come together in a sordid cause.

What are the Lobby's methods? Money, political and academic infiltration and moral blackmail. Drawing on some boastful self-appraisals by AIPAC staffers, the professors paint a picture of an organization able to funnel untold sums of money to elect or defeat political candidates virtually at whim. Capitol Hill is said to be swarming with Jewish staffers, who all but write the script on Israel policy. The proliferation of "Israel Studies" curricula is seen as an insidious propaganda effort. Those who depart from the approved line on Israel are said to run the risk of being labeled anti-Semitic.

Finally there is the Israel Lobby's control of the media, which in the Mearsheimer-Walt telling is near-total. "The Lobby doesn't want an open debate," they write, "because that might lead Americans to question the levels of support they provide [to Israel]." Cowed or complicitous publishers and editors are alleged to act as gatekeepers for the Lobby.

By now the gist of the Mearsheimer-Walt hypothesis should be clear. So should its pedigree. The authors are at pains to note that the Israel Lobby is by no means exclusively Jewish, and that not every American Jew is a part of it. Fair enough. But has there ever been an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that does not share its basic features? Dual loyalty, disloyalty, manipulation of the media, financial manipulation of the political system, duping the goyim (gentiles) and getting them to fight their wars, sponsoring and covering up acts of gratuitous cruelty against an innocent people -- every canard ever alleged of the Jews is here made about the Israel Lobby and its cause. No wonder former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke was quick to endorse the article, calling it a "great step forward."

I do not mean to suggest that Messrs. Mearsheimer and Walt are themselves anti-Semitic. But as outgoing Harvard President Larry Summers once noted, what may not be anti-Semitic in intent may yet be anti-Semitic in effect. By giving aid and comfort to people who have no trouble substituting the word "Jews" for "Israel Lobby," the Mearsheimer-Walt article is anti-Semitic in effect.

It is also incredibly dumb, as an anecdote well-known to the staff of this editorial page will illustrate. Our late editor, Robert Bartley, is cited by Messrs. Mearsheimer and Walt as among the more notorious fellow travelers of the Israel Lobby. "[Yitzhak] Shamir, [Ariel] Sharon, Bibi [Netanyahu] -- whatever those guys want is pretty much fine by me," the article quotes him as saying.

I can vouch for that quote, since Bartley said it to me. But what the authors take as evidence of the thrall in which the Israel Lobby held the editor of The Wall Street Journal was closer to the opposite. "My support for Israel," he once half-jokingly remarked to his staff, "is directly proportional to their willingness not to meet with me."

Robert Bartley was a man of modest Christian beliefs and principled political convictions. He supported Israel for much the same reason he supported Great Britain, Poland and Taiwan -- because they were friends of the United States, because they were democracies, because they were places where his core beliefs in free men and free markets held sway.

In this respect, and like so many of us who are friends of the Jewish state, he was not privy to an Israeli conspiracy but part of an American consensus.

2. From the new edition of Yoav Gelber, PALESTINE 1948:-

"Propaganda as History: What Happened at Deir Yassin?"
http://www.ee.bgu.ac.il/~censor/katz-directory/05-12-14gelber- palestine-1948-appendix-II -what-happened-in-deir-yassin-english.pdf

"Folklore Versus History: The Tantura Blood Libel"
http://www.ee.bgu.ac.il/~censor/katz-directory/05-12-14gelber- palestine-1948-appendix-III-the-tantura-blood-libel-english.pdf

3. On a non-political matter, read the fascinating story of Robert Whitehill, the Jewish kid from an assimilated family in Lubbock, Texas, an autodidact who became a great Hebrew poet: http://commentarymagazine.com/article.asp?aid=12103047_1

Similarly, you will find the story of Omar Hasnin interesting. Omar is an Arab Haifa local rap singer, who sings rap "music" in Hebrew and performed in Hebrew and Arabic in front of 20,000 fans in Alexandria Egypt. His group, all from Haifa, consists of two other singers, a drummer, and two dancers. They appeared with several Egyptian bands, the best known of whom was M.T.M.

4. Defend Western Exhibits of Art from the Left and the Islamofascists!

One of the most amusing phenomena among the Western campus Left is how they always march about demanding "multi-cultural studies", just as long as no one requires that they take a course in a foreign language.

Even more amusing is the fact that multi-culturalism, in the sense of respect for other people's cultures, only exists in Western civilization. So anyone promotong multi-culturalism should really be celebrating Western civilization and its values. Tell that to the campus intifaders.

To see some good illustrations, compare the Islamofascist violence over the cartoons with the deep respect given to Islamic art and culture by Western cultural institutions. The Museum of Modern Art in New York is currently presenting Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, an exhibit on some of the finest achievements of Islamic civilization - before the modern growth of Islamist fascism, that is.

One of the finest museums in Jeruealsm is the Israeli Museum of Islamic Art. In a city crawling with world-class museums, it is still a must-see. The Met, in NY, also has a great exhibit, as do dozens of other Western museums.

Now compare this respect and tolerance for Islamic civilization to the uncivilized neo-fascism of Alexander Cockburn and Counterpunch magazine, the web magazine for leftist neo-nazis and pro-terror anti-Semites. Cockburn runs a raving piece attacking the NY Musuem of Modern Art exhibit, crayoned by one Maymanah Farhat. She is upset because the exhbit is not anti-American enough. The pro-terror Farhat objects to the exhibit as a crime of Western colonialism:

"Without Boundary and the discourse surrounding the exhibition demonstrate the desperate need for an extensive and critical examination of the mainstream art world. Art historical definitions used by academia, institutions and galleries remain imbedded in the cultural and social hierarchies that have resulted from the colonial and imperial geopolitical policies and activities of Western nations in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific Islands. These policies have been primary factors in the denigrated classification, documentation and representation of art and visual culture created by non-Western populations. The political, theological, ethnic and class biases of institutionalized art activity today must be held accountable for defining non-Western cultures as inferior.

She then gets all PMS over the representation of male chauvinism in Arab culture in the exhibit: "To associate the keffieh (Arab headdress) with oppression and male dominance is to dispel the need for an examination of the larger sociopolitical picture."

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. Or contact him by email at splaut@econ.haifa.ac.il

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INTERNALIZE THE TRUTH -- THE MYTH OF "OCCUPATION"
Posted by Sasha F., March 25, 2006.

This article was written by Arthur Cohn March 22, 2006 and it appeared in the Jerusalem Post
(www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1139395658765&pagename= JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull). The writer is the Academy Award-winning producer of numerous films, including The Garden of the Finzi-Continis and One Day in September.

The Palestinian film Paradise Now, which sympathetically depictsthe lives of two Palestinian terrorists, won the Golden Globe and was nominated by the Academy of Motion Pictures in Hollywood for the best foreign film Oscar.

How is it possible, I ask myself, that such a film is acclaimed by people of culture? The main reason is that terrorists active against Israel are regarded by many as freedom fighters whose motives should be understood.

One word has transformed Palestinian terrorists into sympathetic figures in certain quarters and has tainted all political discussion surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: That word is "occupation."

All land not part of Israel until 1967 is deemed "occupied territory." And in dealing with supposedly stolen land all means are justified.

By these criteria there can be no negotiations about Gush Etzion or other settlement blocs, no discussion about a united Jerusalem. These areas are illegally occupied and have to be given back.

The term "occupation" also reminds people of the German occupation of Europe during WWII. This allusion to Nazism makes Israel's transgression even worse. It is only a small step from the "occupation" to a full-scale comparison of Israel to Nazi Germany. In this context, who can deny the Palestinians the right to fight the "occupation"?

Calling the West Bank "occupied" is irresponsible and unjustified. Let's remember that Israel didn't initiate the war in order to conquer land. Israel was attacked in 1967.

Israel didn't take any land from a sovereign state. The West Bank and Gaza were illegally in the hands of Jordan and Egypt respectively.

The disputed areas were promised for Jewish settlements by the League of Nations in 1922, and all the resolutions of this body were transferred to the UN under Article 80 of the UN charter.

THERE IS no parallel case in history that treats territories captured in a defensive war as occupied. Moreover, for most Arabs all the land of the state of Israel is stolen ("the occupation started in 1948") and those who speak now about "occupation" of the areas beyond the Green Line play into the hands of the Palestinians and their anti-Israel propaganda.

The soft treatment by many in the international community we are now seeing of the soon-to-be Hamas-led PA - which declares that all Israel has to be "liberated" by terrorism from "occupation" - is the proof for that. All use of the misleading term "occupied territories" encourages the double standard whereby many nations treat the various terror groups such al-Qaida one way and the Palestinian terror groups another way.

IF THERE will come a time for a peace agreement between Israel and a reliable Palestinian partner, many concessions will have to be made. But to declare in advance that all these areas don't belong to Israel, that they are part of an illegal occupation, makes no sense. Does the Old City of Jerusalem, which was attacked in 1948, not belong to Israel? Are areas like Gush Etzion not part of the Zionist enterprise? Have the survivors of the Jews brutally killed in the Hebron pogroms no right to return to their historical Jewish center?

Those who declare that great parts of Israel are occupied territories also indirectly support the Arabs' claim that the Jews really don't have any true roots in the Holy Land at all.

One sixth-grade Palestinian school book put it this way: "The argument that the Jews have historical rights in Palestine is the greatest lie in human history."

The ugly efforts of the Arab propaganda to rewrite Jewish history, by saying for instance that the Temple never existed, are indirectly supported by those who speak flippantly about "occupied territories."

By declaring that the West Bank is "occupied" we are also supporting the peculiar idea that they must become judenrein - free of Jews. If more than one million Palestinian Arabs live in Israel, why is it unthinkable that Jews would live under the Palestinian Authority?

AS FOR the ownership of the land, almost all Jews who settled beyond the Green Line built their homes on public land and not on privately owned Arab property.

If Israel's demand for security lacks a basis in law, justice and morality, if Israel does not stress its rights in the Land of Israel, if it basically justifies the Arab position that large parts of Israel belong only to them and are forcibly stolen, the Jewish state and its supporters cannot wonder when we see so many students on American university campuses embracing the Palestinian propaganda narrative. We cannot be surprised that so many writers and media people speak out against Israeli policies; we cannot wonder when major churches tell their congregants they are divesting from Israel; and we cannot wonder when a prestigious award is given to a film that shows understanding, even a certain admiration, for anti-Israel terrorists.

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WELL, HAMAS, SINCE YOU BROUGHT THE SUBJECT UP...
Posted by Gerald A. Honigman, March 25, 2006.

Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar gave an interview which aired on Al-Manar TV on January 25, 2006.

Among other things, he stated:

In this region we have faced Roman occupation, Persian occupation, Crusader occupation, British occupation - they are all gone. The Israeli enemy does not belong to the region. It does not belong to the region's history, geography, or faith.

Irresistible? Typical figments of that legendary Arab imagination at work again.

But repeat a lie enough times and the ignorant--whether innocent or not so--will accept it. So, allow me the pleasure to burst the bubble.

Let's start with the assertion of how alleged Arab aboriginals--not Jews--faced Roman occupation in "Palestine." And rather than relying on Zionist sources, let's let those Roman and Persian occupiers al-Zahar mentions speak for themselves.

There was no country or nation known as "Palestine" during the Roman occupation. In fact, there was never an Arab country of Palestine. The land was known back then as Judaea and its inhabitants were Judaeans... Jews.

Tacitus, Dio Cassius, and Josephus were famous Roman and/or Roman-sponsored historians who wrote extensively about Judaea's attempt to remain free from the Soviet Union of its day, the conquering Roman Empire. They lived and wrote during, or not long after, the two major revolts of the Jews for independence in 66-73 C.E. and 133-135 C.E. They make no mention of this land being called "Palestine" or its people "Palestinians." And as can be seen below, they knew the differences between Jews and Arabs as well and exposed Hamas' predecessors for the vultures that they were and are, jumping on the Roman bandwagon to gain a share of the kill.

Listen carefully to this quote from Vol. II, Book V, The Works of Tacitus:

Titus was appointed by his father to complete the subjugation of Judaea... he commanded three legions in Judaea itself... To these he added the twelfth from Syria and the third and twenty-second from Alexandria... amongst his allies were a band of Arabs, formidable in themselves and harboring towards the Jews the bitter animosity usually subsisting between neighboring nations...

Some things change, some things never change. What really needs to change is Israel exchanging helicopters for bombers in its dealings with the butchers of its innocents. But I'm jumping ahead, so let's return to the Roman occupation?

After the 1st Revolt, Rome issued thousands of Judaea Capta coins which can be seen today in museums all over the world. Notice, please... Judaea Capta... not Palaestina Capta.

Hear that al-Zahar?

Additionally, to celebrate this victory, the towering Arch of Titus was erected showing Roman legionnaires carrying away the giant menorah, other spoils of the Jewish Temple (which Arabs deny ever existed), and Judaean captives. It stands tall in Rome to this very day. I'm surprised Arabs haven't tried to blow it up yet as they destroyed thousands of Jewish graves, synagogues, and the like in Israel to try to eradicate the age-old Jewish presence. Not that I want to give them any ideas?

When, some sixty years later, Emperor Hadrian decided to further desecrate the site of the destroyed Temple of the Jews by erecting a pagan structure there, it was the grandchildren's turn to take on their mighty conquerors.

Listen next to this quote from Dio Cassius:

580,000 men were slain, nearly the whole of Judaea made desolate. Many Romans, moreover, perished in this war (the Bar Kochba Revolt). Therefore Hadrian, in writing to the Senate, did not employ the opening phrase commonly affected by the emperors, 'I and the legions are in health.'

Judaea, al-Zahar... not Palaestina.

Roman sources, 'al-Zahar... not Zionists'.

The Emperor was so enraged at the Jews' struggle for freedom in their own land that, in the words of the esteemed modern historian, Bernard Lewis, "Hadrian made a determined attempt to stamp out the embers not only of the revolt but also of Jewish nationhood and statehood... obliterating its Jewish identity."

Wishing to end, once and for all, Jewish hopes, Hadrian renamed the land itself from Judaea to "Syria Palaestina" -- Palestine -- after the Jews' historic enemies, the Philistines, a non-Semitic sea people from the eastern Mediterranean or Aegean area.

So, sorry Hamas & Co....trying to hijack the Philistines' identity as your Arab brethren have done with airplanes and have constantly tried to do with that of the Jews won't work either.

Palestine became largely "Arab" the same way that most of the almost two dozen states that call themselves "Arab" today did...by the conquest, occupation, settlement, and forced Arabization of other native, non-Arab peoples and their lands...Berbers, Copts, Assyrians, Black Africans, Jews, Kurds, native Semitic but largely non-Arab Lebanese, and so forth. Muhammad and his successors' imperial caliphal armies burst out of the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century C.E. in all directions spreading Arabism and the Dar ul-Islam by the sword. And any and all who resisted subjugation and/or becoming part of what Arabs like to call today "purely Arab patrimony" were eliminated. Think of earlier variations of the Arabs' modern day gassings of Kurds, genocide against and enslavement of black Africans, murder of Copts, Jews, and Berbers, and so forth.

As I've often written before, imperialism is only deemed nasty by Arabs when they themselves are not indulging in it.

Al-Zahar next spoke of the Persian occupation in the early 7th century C.E.

Let's listen to what Euthychius, the Patriarch of Alexandria (and certainly also no Zionist), had to say about this in his book of history, the Annals of Euthychius I, 216...

The Persian commander went to Damascus and destroyed the land, and the Jews from Tiberias, Hebron, Nazareth, and Tyre gathered together to help the Persians... the Jews of Jerusalem, Hebron, Tiberias, Damascus and Cyprus came together until they numbered an army of 20,000 and came to Tyre to destroy it.

Keep in mind that this was centuries after the Roman decimation of the Jews in their land and the onset of the Great Diaspora.

Of course prior to these events, unquestionable archaeological and historical corroboration from other "non-Zionist" sources testifies to the Jewish presence in the land and region for numerous centuries prior to the Roman occupation.

So much for Hamas' wishful thinking--or just plain lies--regarding the alleged non-Jewish connection to the region via history and geography.

Let's move on to al-Zahar's comments about the alleged non-connection of the Jews' faith to the region.

Putting it bluntly, when Hamas' ancestors were still practicing fertility rites and worshipping idols of different sorts and dimensions, over two thousand years before the Prophet of Islam was born, the Jews were introducing the G_d of Eternity to the world from that very region. The Qur'an itself is filled with such references to the Children of Israel.

When Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, fled Mecca to Medina in 622 C.E. (the Hijrah), the inhabitants welcomed him.

Medina had been developed centuries earlier as a thriving date palm oasis by Jews fleeing the Roman assault (the banu-Qurayzah and banu-al-Nadir tribes, etc.), and its mixed population of Jews and pagan Arabs had thus become conditioned for a native prophet speaking the word of G_d.

Muhammad learned much from the Jews.

While the actual timing of his decision on the direction of prayer may never be known, during his long sojourn with the Jews of Medina, his followers were instructed to pray towards Jerusalem.

Early prominent Arab historians such as Jalaluddin came right out and stated that this was done primarily as an attempt to win support among the influential Jewish tribes (the "People of the Book") for Muhammad's religio-political claims.

It is from the Temple Mount of the Jews in Jerusalem that Muslims believe Muhammad ascended to Heaven on his winged horse. A mosque, the Dome of the Rock, would later be erected on this Jewish holy site after the Arabs' own imperial conquest of the land in the 7th century C.E.

You see, despite Arab figments and distortions of the truth such as those spouted by Hamas, there is no doubt among objective scholars that the Jews of the region had an enormous impact on both Muhammad and the faith that he founded.

In fact, the holy sites for Muslims in Jerusalem (i.e. the mosques erected on the Temple Mount of the Jews) are now deemed "holy" only precisely because of the critical years Muhammad spent after the Hijrah with the Jews.

The Temple Mount had no prior meaning to pagan Arabs.

While there was some early Christian influence as well, intense scholarship has shown that the faith spelled out in the Holy Law (Halacha) and Holy Scriptures of the Jews had a tremendous influence on the Qur'an, Islamic Holy Law (Shari'a), and so forth.

Muhammad's "Jerusalem connection" was most likely not established until after his extended stay with his Jewish hosts. Understand that this was no mere coincidence...Muslim religious beliefs regarding Muhammad's conversations with the Angel Gabriel and the like notwithstanding.

When the Jews refused to recognize Muhammad as the "Seal of the Prophets," he turned on them with a vengeance. Before long, with the exception of Yemen, there were virtually no Jews left on the Arabian Peninsula. And the direction of prayer was changed away from Jerusalem and towards the Kaaba in Mecca instead...

Some six centuries ago, Ibn Khaldun was one of the world's most important thinkers and is perhaps the greatest scholar the Islamic world has ever produced. He was also a Zionist.

In The Muqaddimah, he devoted much time and effort to the evolution and development of the Jewish nation, its early struggles with its adversaries, and its later fight for freedom with the mighty Roman Empire and its consequences. He then followed this with an analysis of the Jews' tragic condition of powerlessness throughout subsequent generations.

The Muqaddimah emphasizes that the Jews were forced to wander in the desert for forty years due to their "meekness." Ibn Khaldun stressed that this was necessary so that a new generation would arise with a new, more powerful asabiyah (group feeling). The Zionism Arabs condemn today was just the prescription Ibn Khaldun was calling for.

At a time when homicidal Arabs, like al-Zahar, are demanding their 22nd state and second, not first, one in the original 1920 borders of the Palestine Mandate ( Jordan created by the British in 1922 on some 80% of the latter, and most others having been created by the conquest of non-Arab peoples and their lands), chances are more than good that this great Muslim scholar would have approved and viewed the resurrection of Israel as an answer to the unique plight of perpetually victimized, stateless Jews...the end of an even more tragic and extensive wandering and period of meekness and powerlessness in the desert Ibn Khaldun spoke of so eloquently six hundred years earlier.

While much more evidence could be included to expose the Arabs' lies, I've covered this nicely in many of my other writings. Check them out at www.geraldahonigman.com and elsewhere. Besides, if I cover too much now, I'll cut out the fun for later?

It's now Spring training time for baseball here in Florida. And regarding Hamas' assertions regarding the Jews' alleged non-connections to the region vis-à-vis history, geography, and faith?

It's one, two, three strikes and you're out!

And as a footnote, with elections just around the corner, Israel needs to get itself leaders who will truly know how to deal with Mahmoud al-Zahar's murderous disembowelers of its children... and then act on it.

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. Contact him at honigman6@msn.com or go to his website: http://geraldahonigman.com/blog.php

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ARIEL SHARON, EHUD OLMERT, DOV WEISSGLAS AND THE GAZA SURRENDER
Posted by Jerome S. Kaufman, March 25, 2006.

This article was written by Emanuel Winston, Middle East analyst and commentator. It appeared in the Jewish Press.

When Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was advised by his senior military and intelligence staffs that Gaza would become a global terrorist base, Sharon ignored their advice -- even to the point of forcing out his excellent chief of staff, General Moshe Ya'alon, and Avi Dichter, director of the General Security Service. Sharon had two other advisors, Ehud Olmert and Dov Weissglas, who advised him that abandoning Gaza would cause such a public stir that upcoming indictments for criminal actions which he and his son faced would either be ignored or would become inconsequential by comparison. So, to save himself, he and his perfidious advisors decided to implement a Disengagement policy that would turn Gaza into a global terrorist outpost.

In effect, Sharon (famous for his superb military planning) should have known that Gaza would become a military outpost for Iran, Syria and the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood. The terror groups that drew their financial and weapons support from Iran and Syria were already operational, but only on a small scale.

Operating in the area were the Fatah, Yasir Arafat's army, which he left in the hands of Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (PA). In addition, there were other terror groups in operation, such as Al Aksa Brigades (the military wing of Fatah), Tanzim, Islamic Jihad and, last but not least, Hamas - now voted into power with Olmert's assistance. Also operating freely in the Gaza Strip and the cities turned over to the PLO's (and subsequently the PA's control, there are other terror groups, such as the aforementioned Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbullah, and now Al Qaeda -- spreading terror all over the Middle East and the world.

But all were funded, in one way or another, with both money and weapons by Iran. Syria, of course, continued to play its spoiler role as a planner, supplier and terrorist base for some 10 to 12 global terrorist organizations. Saudi Arabia was always the "Big Bank" for all the terrorist organizations. Remember, of the 19 hijackers and suicide/homicide plane bombers on 9/11, 15 were from Saudi Arabia.

In effect, Sharon, Olmert and Weissglas became the co-"godfathers" of an Iranian-Syrian outpost in Gaza. When the Karine A ship was caught in the Red Sea with a massive load of weapons and explosives from Iran and headed for the PA, in January 2003, there was the lie that it was a one-of-a-kind shipment. But it indicated that Iran and Syria were actually backing the PA.

No doubt, the Karine A was only one of many ships that are smuggling weapons to the PA from Iran via Syria with Egypt playing its role as the enabler. Regrettably, Egypt was criminally responsible in letting other ships through to Alexandria to unload the weapons that were being transported into Gaza by small craft. These weapons, as we now know, are in the hands of all the abovementioned terrorists Now, of course, all kinds of weapons, small and large, as well as terrorists themselves, can pass through Gaza directly into Israel.

Because of Sharon's Gaza blunder and Olmert's continuation, what formerly would have taken months to smuggle contraband weapons, explosives and terrorists through the Sinai tunnels can now be accomplished in only days. Tonnage and weapon size were no longer limited by a tunnel's small dimension.

Recent reports detail the infiltration of Russian multiple rocket launchers of a larger caliber and capable of more accurate range. They have been openly passed into the armories of the terrorists. These rockets can easily reach Ashkelon -- the electric power plant that powers half of Israel -- and the fuel depots. The electric plant has already been hit by a primitive Kassam with a small, 10-kilo warhead.

But, now it's just a matter of time before those rockets fly north to Tel Aviv. Gaza has become a vital base of operations for Iran, Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood. It will not only grow stronger, but it has already become a distributing channel for weapons and explosives into the PLO and soon Hamas controlled cities of Nablus, Hebron, Qalqilya, Bethlehem, Jenin, Jericho and Ramallah. The operational cells of the previously mentioned terror organizations are awaiting the signal to launch attacks into Judea, Samaria and the coastal cities of Israel.

But, even before that, when Intifada 3 arrives, to whom will the people turn for military guidance and protection? Olmert and his Kadima party jumpers? Will he know what orders to give or how to deploy, defend and retaliate? I don't think so. This is especially frightening to contemplate, since the Left turned the once vaunted Israeli officer corps into an incubator for future Leftist politicians Even now, they meet in useless sessions to quibble about how to deal with Hamas and the terrorist outposts that they, the "godfathers" invited into Gaza.

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). Contact him at gwinston@interaccess.com

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SELF NEGATION
Posted by Max Yas, March 25, 2006.

When it became obvious that terror alone would not destroy Israel, the fanatical Muslims started a PR campaign, well financed by oil billions. With the support of residual antisemitism in the West, the campaign met with much success. Oddly enough this campaign drew much support from left-wing academics, among them a number of Jews, who gave credence to the most outrageous allegations, such as Holocaust denial and rejection of another historical fact: the Jewish presence in ancient Israel and their temple on Temple Mount.

Why would Jewish Academics become rabid enemies of Israel? An interesting book by Ivan Kalmer, an anthropology professor, was published in 1993 with the intriguing title: " TheTrotskys, Freuds and Woody Allens." He coined the acronym EJI -- pronounced 'edgy' -- for Embarrassed Jewish Individuals who, more than anything, want to be like everyone else and put as much distance as possible between themselves and their Jewish origins. They go as far as Holocaust denial and equating Ariel Shaon with Hitler and the Israel Defence Forces with Nazis.

In 2004, at an International Conference on antisemitism in Berlin, Colin Powell, then US Secretary of State, said, "Those who compare Israel to the Nazis are crossing the line of legitimate criticism of Israel to outright antisemitism."

From Melanie Phillips's Diary on this subject, 01/12/ 2005:

"The Deadly Phenomenon of Jewish Self-negation"

Important and timely article by Emanuele Ottolenghi in Commentary rightly highlights the very disturbing contribution being made to western anti-Jewish feeling by Jewish intellectuals pursuing the delegitimisation of Israel. As Ottolenghi says, these Jews perceive Zionism as a disease and call upon other Jews to renounce Israel's very existence in order to save the Jewish soul. This is calling upon them to renounce a core component of their identity, their sense of Jewish peoplehood as expressed through their attachment and commitment to the democratic state of Israel and to the Zionist enterprise. So much, so vile. But what Ottolenghi also brings out is the subtle echo of another, earlier age of barbarism when Jews were forcibly converted to Christianity and then demonstrated their reliability to their persecutors by converting other Jews.

Prior to World War ll, the assimilated EJI's in Europe considered themselves as eg:

In Poland: "Jestem Polakiem wyznania mojzeszowego." (We are Poles of the Mosaic Belief).

In Germany: "Wir sind Deutsche des juedischen Glaubens." (We are German of the Jewish faith).

They finally realized who they were in the crowded cattle cars on the way to Hitler's extermination camps, but alas, it was too late.

Contact Max Yas at maxyas@victoria.tc.ca

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HERUT LEADER ALMOST LYNCHED -- ARAB EMIGRATION PLAN ANGERS ARABS
Posted by Mishal, March 25, 2006.

This was written by Moshe Ben Israel.

Michael Kleiner, the leader of the Herut party was nearly lynched when he came to Jaffa in a last-minute effort to solicit Arab votes. Kleiner's supporters posted signs in Arabic in Jaffa, and in other Arab towns throughout Israel, urging Arabs to vote for him, in the upcoming Israeli national elections next week. Kleiner is promising to push for legislation of a law that would pay Arabs to leave Israel.

According to recent surveys, as many as 50 percent of the "Palestinians" would gladly leave Israel if they were given start-up funds to begin a new life elsewhere.

Arabs in Shefaram and Um El Fahem greeted the Herut supporters and helped post up the provocative Arabic posters. In Jaffa, local Arab leaders incited a violent riot when Herut's Michael Kleiner arrived to spread his message. One Herut supporter was injured. Local Jaffa Arabs also hurled a stun grenade at the Herut campaigners.

Footage of the violent incident can be seen on http://www.voiceofjudea.com/eng/tv.asp

Contact Mishal at mishal@voiceofjudea.com

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U.S. DESIGNATES TELEVISION STATION AS ARM OF HIZBALLAH TERRORIST NETWORK
Posted by Naomi Ragen, March 25, 2006.

From: Office of Public Liaison [mailto:Jewish.Public.Liaison@WhiteHouse.Gov]

Subject: U.S. Designates Al-Manar as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity: Television Station is Arm of Hizballah Terrorist Network

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued a press release identifying Al-Manar, the media arm of the Hizballah terrorist network, as well as al Nour Radio and the Lebanese Media Group, as a "specially designated global terrorist entity." Stuart Levey, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, discussed the significance of this Executive Order, saying that "any entity maintained by a terrorist group - whether masquerading as a charity, a business, or a media outlet - is as culpable as the terrorist group itself." For full details, please see the press release below.

Jay S. Zeidman
The White House
Office of Public Liaison

"I made it clear, I'll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally, Israel."
President George W. Bush
March 20, 2006

U.S. Designates Al-Manar as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity
Television Station is Arm of Hizballah Terrorist Network

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated pursuant to Executive Order 13224 al Manar, a satellite television operation owned or controlled by the Iran-funded Hizballah terrorist network. Additionally designated today were al Nour Radio and the Lebanese Media Group, the parent company to both al Manar and al Nour Radio.

Al Manar and al Nour

Al Manar and al Nour are the media arms of the Hizballah terrorist network and have facilitated Hizballah's activities.

"Any entity maintained by a terrorist group - whether masquerading as a charity, a business, or a media outlet - is as culpable as the terrorist group itself," said Stuart Levey, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

Al Manar has employed multiple Hizballah members. One al Manar employee engaged in pre-operational surveillance for Hizballah operations under cover of employment by al Manar.

Al Manar and al Nour have supported fundraising and recruitment efforts by Hizballah. Al Manar raised funds for Hizballah through advertisements broadcast on the network and an accompanying website that requested donations for the terrorist organization. As recently as late 2005, Hizballah-affiliated charities aired commercials on al Manar, providing contact information and bank account numbers for donations. Moreover, Hizballah Secretary General Nasrallah publicized an invitation for all Lebanese citizens to volunteer for Hizballah military training on al Manar and al Nour.

In addition to supporting Hizballah, al Manar has also provided support to other designated Palestinian terrorist organizations, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, notably transferring tens of thousands of dollars for a PIJ-controlled charity. PIJ is listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist and a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. Government, and is also named on the European Union's list of terrorist entities.

Hizballah Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah, along with Hizballah's Executive Council, managed and oversaw the budgets of al Manar and al Nour.

The Lebanese Media Group

The Lebanese Media Group is the parent company of both al Manar and al Nour. Prominent Hizballah members have been major shareholders of the Lebanese Media Group.

Background on Hizballah

Hizballah is a Lebanon-based terrorist group. Until September 11, 2001, Hizballah was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist organization. Hizballah is known or suspected to have been involved in numerous terrorist attacks throughout the world, including the suicide truck bombings of the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut in September 1984. Hizballah also executed the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 en route from Athens to Rome and assumed responsibility for the suicide bombing of the Israeli embassy in Argentina in 1992. It also attacked the Israeli cultural center in Buenos Aires in 1994.

On January 25, 1995, the Annex to Executive Order 12947 listed Hizballah as a Specially Designated Terrorist. The Department of State designated Hizballah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997. Additionally, on October 31, 2001, Hizballah was designated as a Specially Designated Global terrorist under Executive Order 13224.

Today's action prohibits transactions between U.S. persons and the designated entities and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

The U.S. Department of State added al Manar to the Terrorism Exclusion List (TEL) in December 2004. For more information on this action, please visit:

www.ustreas.gov/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi? http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2004/40081.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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MAHMOUD ABBAS AND HAMAS HANIYEH
Posted by Marcel Cousineau, March 25, 2006.

There are many things that unite the two pathological liars for allah. Their goal of replacing all of Israel with an Islamic Arab state is the number one.

The rest is semantics as to how fast to accomplish this goal. Abbas' stratdegy is one of patience as the Jews are stupid and weak enough to give up their land without a fight (as the Jewish lemming political platform of Kadima,Likud and Labor reveal). Gaza was so easy as was Amona.

The Jewish fools do the work for the Palestinian terrorists,and do an even better job so that one Jew remains when the Kapo's are done, so why rock the boat with Hamas now, their time will come soon enough.

Haniyeh's fellow travelers figure that if the Jews are this weak and stupid than it's best to get it over with and just go for the throat now.

Either group has no real desire to see Israel around in the land of the living much longer.

The real question is ;Will the stupid Jews wake up before it is too late or will they quietlty and obediently follow their worthless leaders to the gas chambers once again?

Contact Marcel Cousineau at up2zionsg8@yahoo.com or go to his website: http://averyheavystone.blogspot.com

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C.A.I.R. BACKS DOWN
Posted by Avodah 15, March 24, 2006.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has dropped their libel suit against Andrew Whitehead of Anti-CAIR (www.anti-cair-net.org/). "CAIR Settles A Libel Suit Against Critic" (www.nysun.com/pf.php?id=29748&access=811579) No one will say much, under the terms of the settlement, but it looks like CAIR decided to bail out when it appeared the judge might force them to disclose a bit too much information to Whitehead and his lawyer.

An Islamic group has settled a $1.35 million libel suit against one of its critics, who operates a Web site charging that the organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has links to terrorism.

The terms of the settlement between the Muslim group and Andrew Whitehead of Virginia Beach, Va., are confidential, but the Web site, www.anti-cair-net.org, still includes the statements Cair contended were libelous.

"Nothing has changed in that regard. It's as if this lawsuit had never existed," said Mr. Whitehead, 48, a former Navy sailor.

An attorney for Mr. Whitehead, Reed Rubenstein, described the outcome as a victory for his client. "This is the first time somebody has stood up and stopped these folks," the lawyer said.

A spokesman for CAIR, Ibrahim Hooper, confirmed that the libel case was dismissed earlier this month on the request of both parties. "It was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount," he said.

Asked if he was suggesting that Mr. Whitehead paid the organization to drop the case, Mr. Hooper said, "We filed the suit." Asked again, the spokesman simply repeated the statement.

An attorney for CAIR, Jeremiah Denton III, declined to comment.

The group's lawsuit, filed in a Virginia state court in March 2004, accused Mr. Whitehead of libeling Cair by calling it "a terrorist supporting front organization that is partially funded by terrorists." The suit also charged that Mr. Whitehead falsely claimed Cair was founded by supporters of a Palestinian Arab terrorist group, Hamas, and that the organization favored the "overthrow of the United States Constitution" and the imposition of Islamic law, known as Shariah. ...

Mr. Rubenstein said Cair's interest in settling the suit intensified late last year just as a judge was considering whether the group should be forced to disclose additional details about its inner workings, including its financing and its alleged ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups.

"It would have opened up Cair's finances and their relationships and their principles, their ideological motivations in a way they did not want to be made public," said Mr. Rubenstein, who represented Mr. Whitehead without charge.

Mr. Rubenstein charged that the lawsuit was one of a series of suits filed by Cair and other Muslim organizations as part of a concerted effort to intimidate their critics. "It's part of a larger pattern groups like this have followed. If you say something some of those Muslim groups don't like, they sue you even though the cases have no merit," the attorney said. "You change people's behavior simply by bringing the lawsuit."

"It looks like all they're really trying to do is stifle free speech," Mr. Whitehead said.

Contact the poster at avodah15@aol.com

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THE YALIE WHO IS A TALIBANI
Posted by Marion D.S. Dreyfus, March 24, 2006.

What people forget when they--like the Jewish Yale Kosher Kitchen Nurse Ratchit who inanely opines her mealy-mouthed 'diversity' catechism in numerous formats and regurgitations--suggest that the Yale Talibani, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, was 'so young' when he was the minister of education/propaganda, etc., was that 'young' is relative.

In our society, we celebrate an obscenely prolonged teenage-hood that elongates as there are grad schools to engage money and wits. Men in societies that hold no truck with teens and angst and nonsense of this privileged and etiolated an order have no demarcations between young and the not-so-young.

Thus Sayed Rahmatullah held the same views 10 years ago that he manifestly holds today. Hashemi (means God-like, by the way, for those uninitiated in the ways of the mystic Arabic that foils our usual attempts to discern when they want to slaughter us and raoe our women) was no youthful Ted Kennedy, say, jackanapesing along in the wilding promontories of penile and alcohol internalization at Chappaquiddick.

Or the equally thatched, similarly dewy-eyed John Kerry, carousing and fraternizing with the murderous North Vietnamese Communists while our real soldiers were under fire and the rack. In the mostly civil West, children grow up and away from ignorant childishness, and generally become tax-paying members of the votertariat and marriage alter.

Not HaShemi.

This Talibani atavist holds the same views in all recent interviews or as close to interview as his protoplasmic excrescence engages in. In Hamid Karzai's range rover, a hapless christian convert can be separated from his head for the --to us--innocuous act of pledging allegiance to a different prayer mat. It requires the combined interventions of the topmost powers in the educated world to save the skull of one lone (no-doubt loony) ex-Muslim. Because Islam is, after all, such a religion of peace and liberality that even switching theistic batters is punishable by a quick chop of the noggin without, of course, a word of recourse.

He has contempt for us, for the US way of life, for the very paradoxical conditions that ensconce him in the rarefied air of the ivied halls of Old Eli. He warrants no especial consideration, as no nazi or Russian commissar of murder during the massive manipulated starvations or Maoist revolutionary monsters would. He deserves the door and a perpetual freeze of his entry privileges to this country.

To think that he will alter his benighted views, or take cozily to the stylings of Barth and Wittgenstein, is fanciful rubbish. This man is of a piece, and it is steely and resolute, much tougher elementary adamantine than the mush-head pabulum that constitutes the 'minds' of the admissions staff at Yale. Or the upholders of this scandalous policy, whether tenured or transitory.

What insidious mineral has seized the grey matter of these career university servitors, to so infiltrate their self-preservation defenses (let alone their common sense) to this outlandishly fatal an extent?

Contact Marion D.S. Dreyfus at dreyfusmarion@hotmail.com

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WHAT PROMPTS AID TO THE PA?; THE QUALITY AND LOYALTY OF LEADERSHIP; ASSAULT ON FREE SPEECH IN ISRAEL
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, March 24, 2006.

TOO LITTLE FIGHTING BACK AGAINST MUSLIMS

Woe be to the more advanced peoples who develop birth control and conscience first! They lose influence to countries with rising populations. They may be giving away their birthrights to immigrants from countries without consciences. The Western world has let the Muslim Arabs, who are committing excesses now, make it feel guilty for the West's past excesses. The West thinks itself obliged to help the Arabs.

Muslims exploit the phony cartoon issue as part of its jihad campaign to cow the West. Why phony? Because the cartoons mostly are introspective and a couple are truthful about Islamic terrorism and not insulting. The Muslims compounded their offensiveness by violent reactions and stereotyping all Danes or all Westerners. Just about the only defense the West is mounting, apart from what a few journalists write, is the Danish government's refusal to apologize for the private exercise of rights by an editor. The government legitimately could observe that, judging by the indiscriminate Muslim violence, more sarcastic cartoons are warranted to alert the West to what barbarians masses of Muslims are and what vicious demagogues many of their religious leaders are.

If the West engaged in the jihad that is mostly one-sided against it, instead of carping at the US for confronting jihad in a couple of countries, it would take action against the outrageous and ignorant Muslim response to the cartoons. All the Christian countries should join the faltering coalition in Iraq as a start. Turning the other cheek to Muslim fanatics is not a strategy for survival.

WHAT PROMPTS WESTERN AID TO THE P.A.?

The West sympathizes with the P.A. vis-à-vis Israel. It aids the P.A. with propaganda, diplomacy, money, and arms (and restrictions upon Israeli defenses). The P.A. hates the West, on which it would turn if it disposes of Israel. Why does the West aid the P.A.?

For various reasons, none worthy. The West does not plan long-range strategy in its own interest. Its governments and media often do not perceive what is in its interest or they serve other interests. The media slants the news, so the people, including many government officials, sympathize with the Arab aggressors. Political correctness further confuses them. Some Christian sects and human rights organizations have perverted their callings as with great indignation they condemn Israel when they should be challenging the Arabs. Those keepers of morality no longer know right from wrong.

Rooted in antisemitism and in missionaries who appeased the Arabs, the State Dept. is anti-Zionist. W. Europe basically has sold out to the Arabs, and bases its policies on appeasement. The Catholic Church thinks it can gain holy places by deals with the Arabs. Oh, the Muslim Arabs would take over and kick out! Western states that respond to P.A. appeals against the bankruptcy it invited must be driven by some basic evil, or else they wouldn't waste money on salaries for P.A. terrorists and neglect Africans. THE QUALITY, & LOYALTY OF LEADERSHIP

Quartet envoy Wolfensohn resigned. "...frustrated by the Bush administration's inability to ensure that Israel would keep its promises of improved access in and out of Gaza for people and goods..." (Steven Erlanger, NY Times, 3/12, A10.)

The mask is off. Israel is not sovereign, if it is the role of the US to make Israel risk national security and in behalf of those undeserving Palestinian Arabs, imbued with deceit, intolerance, and murder. Israel is accused of breaking promises, but the promises were not unilateral. They depended upon the P.A. keeping its agreements to make peace and guard the border. The P.A. broke those agreements, since making them a dozen years ago. By their violations, the Arabs released Israel from its obligation. No censure for the Arabs? The Arabs are making war on Israel, but Israel should let terrorists in?

By leaving Wolfensohn's misleading placing of blame uncorrected, the Times endorses it. What effect does this one-sided presentation have? Imagine Times readers, systematically denied Israel's side. After years of reading false accusations that Israel breaks its agreements, and no true statements that the Arabs break their agreements, the readers must consider Israel more the obstacle to peace than the jihadists. They get used to the contradictory notion that the US is pro-Israel and has the prerogative of dictating terms to Israel. Subtly, the Times pursues its traditional anti-Zionist agenda.

Wolfensohn, who acts against the Jewish state, himself is Jewish. It should dawn on people that being a Jew does not mean one is pro-Israel. What kind of leaders has the Jewish people? Consider the quantity, quality, and loyalty of leadership.

The Jews have enough leaders. If the quality is poor, the quantity is irrelevant. The quality is poor, in their ignorance of the issues with which they grapple, they don't think things through, and most don't plan, they scheme. Sharon politically planned like a brilliant general. He seemed to fail to plan beyond the next day's public relations, but he didn't care what his policies did to his people. He fails the key test of loyalty.

Most Jewish leaders are not loyal to their people. They are venal, foolishly ideological, or appeasement-minded. Like the Times' former Jewish owners, Western Jewish leaders worry about appearing to have dual loyalty, so they attempt to demonstrate loyalty to their own country by being disloyal to Israel. Actually, that is disloyal to their own country, which needs Israel as an ally against jihad.

Some of these leaders carry humanitarianism to counter-productive lengths. Wolfensohn tries to keep the P.A. Arabs from extreme poverty. But, as the Talmud teaches, by being kind to the cruel, he is cruel to the kind. Charity to those Arabs facilitates their continued jihad. Jihad means terrorism. How kind is that?

I would rather we had tough leaders such as Moses and Joshua, than appeasement-minded crooks such as Peres, Olmert, Sharon, Wolfensohn, and naive Abe Foxman.

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 richardshulman5@aol.com.

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PROMISE THEM ANYTHING
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, March 24, 2006.

Israel's Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has made a lot of promises in his life. Some he kept; some he did not. His most recent promise was to reimburse the chicken and turkey farmers who are losing all their chickens and turkeys to Avian (Bird) Flu. No doubt IF the numbers are small, he may keep his promise for compensation. But, IF the numbers are high, he may conveniently "forget" his promise. Promises by a Politician, particularly Olmert, are generally worthless unless it brings something he wants for himself.

Perhaps you will remember another promise Olmert and Ariel Sharon made to the Jews of Gush Katif/Northern Samaria? Olmert and Sharon offered extravagant promises to fully compensate those pioneering settlers who had built their homes in Gush Katif and Samaria - some for 30 or more years - three generations. These promises took into consideration many things:

That successive governments urged the pioneering settlers to move to the barren sand dunes and create a life.

That they were to settle the land in the name of all the Israeli people and add to the safety of all the Jewish people. The Jews of Gush Katif relied upon government promises.

That there was no infrastructure, which they had to create from virtually nothing, such as roads, schools, water supplies and sewage disposal as well as businesses and stores.

That they sacrificed their own comfort and did as they were urged to do. They were (and are) patriots and selfless pioneers.

Arik Sharon was, of course, the most forceful advocate for settlers to take the Land, build, farm and construct factories. He was the advocate of the frontiers for defense and the pioneers followed his words.

When Olmert and Sharon planned the evacuation of 30,000 men, women and children, they knew that the promises of full compensation would have to be made. Olmert and Sharon are both lawyers as well as politicians. As such, they knew that such promises need not necessarily be kept - just believed. So Sharon planned the 'stick' and Olmert planned the 'carrot'.

Both delivered as promised. Both were excellent as devious planners. Sharon organized an excellent attack against the settlers while uprooting and exiling them from their homeland, place of birth, etc. If you know Sharon (and I do) no detail escapes his attention. If there was to be a planned 'before'; then was also to be a well-planned 'after'.

Both Sharon and Olmert knew the 'after' because these men are quintessential planners. It is no accident that very little (to nothing) of what was promised was delivered. The fumbling about by the bureaucrats, supposedly assigned to arrange the compensation and re-settlement of the evacuated settlers, the constant demands for more proofs that the now Gush Katif refugees ever even had a home, a thriving farm, greenhouses, factories which employed hundreds, including Arabs. Always more proof was demanded and a well-choreographed delay ensued. Now the pakids (clerks) are lowering and lowering the already assessed properties to way below their cost and true market value. Since all the structures were demolished immediately after the ejection of their owners, nothing remains except the photographs and assessments taken before the mighty upheaval. But those properly assessed schedules are being ignored and deleted from the bureaucrats files.

Therefore, No housing. No compensation. No schools. But, always more promises and lies the Media that, in fact, the Gush and Samarian refugees have been paid huge amounts of money and that everyone had a 'solution' for home and job. These were the ugly lies released to the accommodating Media who then convinced the rest of the Israeli and world people that the refugees were getting rich on their taxes.

Sharon and Olmert wanted to keep these good Jews shuffling between decrepit, tiny hotel rooms, minuscule caravan/trailers (euphemistically called "cara-villas") and scattered around the country to they could not gather together in their communities to protest the evil treatment they were continuing to receive.

None of this was accidental...not between these two planners. Promise them everything but deliver only when there is no other choice - or when their true condition hits the Media and endangers the 'planners' ambitions for higher office. (Note! Many others besides Olmert and Sharon are culpable in this 'fleece the settlers' operation and should also be investigated for their crimes against humanity.)

These are the ways and manners of the low, unethical people who will use anyone, betray friends and even their own family. They promised the Jews of Gush Katif to replace their fruitful, successful lives with homes like they once had built and funds to do so when there was never any intention to keep the promise. Now all of Israel carries this shame and pretend that the Gush Katif/Samarian homeless are invisible.

So, if I were a farmer who had created a new way to raise vegetables without insect infestation or a chicken farmer, or a factory owner/developer now waiting for Olmert to keep his and Sharon's promises, I shouldn't be disappointed or surprised if it gets more difficult to see him or the apparachniks he appoints.

And Yes! The refugees of Olmert's promises are still wandering the Jewish Land, awaiting the next expulsion of Jews to join them from Judea and Samaria, the Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and then those parts of Jerusalem controlled and desecrated by Jordan for 19 years.

Olmert and the Kadimites have promised to make new refugees of those who built their homes and lives in Judea and Samaria. This promise they WILL KEEP if allowed to. Please vote to see that they cannot fulfill this self-destructive promise.

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). Contact him at gwinston@interaccess.com

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HEBREW UNIVERSITY EVICTS HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS!
Posted by Steven Plaut, March 24, 2006.

Israeli university campuses have long been open to radical anti-Israel extremists and communists. Indeed, as reported two years back, the University of Tel Aviv has turned its campus over to the Israeli Communist Party to conduct indoctrination in communist dogma under the pretense of operating a non-accredited "Socioeconomic College" for its followers (see below). In these corners we dubbed this the Felix Dzerzinsky College at Tel Aviv University. I attach below a reprint of the full report on that, from 2004. Tel Aviv's other on-campus indoctrination in hatred of Israel is described on the Discover the Network website
(ww.discoverthenetwork.org/Articles/Political%20Indoctrination% 20at%20Tel%20Aviv%20University.htm)

Tel Aviv of course is not alone. The other campuses routinely allow communists, Arab fascists, pro-terror cheerleaders, and mourners of the "catastrophe (al-Naqba) of Israel's creation" to use campus facilities. It is all free academic speech, you see.

Well, Israel's campuses are open to ALMOST anyone. There is one group for whom they are NOT open: pro-Israel Jewish Holocaust survivors.

Maariv March 24, 2006 reports that representatives of the "New Zionism Party", a small party running in the elections to be held next week in Israel, were expelled from the Hebrew University campus this week by campus security at the orders of the university administration. The party consists almost exclusively of Holocaust survivors, and the main plank in its platform is assisting Holocaust survivors still alive. Because the average age of its members, by the nature of things, is probably in the 80s, it has very few 23 year old activists. So when it wanted to hand out its fliers to students on campus, it sent to the Hebrew University campus some elderly and retired persons.

The Hebrew University authorities suddenly decided that leafleting for political causes on campus is restricted to students only. Never mind the long track record of hosting non-student commies and non-student anti-Israel radicals. So the authorities ordered the elderly Holocaust survivors off campus.

Juden, raus.

Here is the earlier posting about Tel Aviv University:

It is conservatively estimated that communism directly caused about 100 million deaths in the twentieth century. These of course include the millions starved to death by communist forced collectivization of agriculture, by the intentional famines in the Ukraine and in China, and by the massive shortages and upheavals and repressions, not to mention the Gulags and mass murders. In China, massive cannibalism was produced by communist food shortages, where families swapped children so parents would not be forced to eat their own children.

A disproportionate number of those killed by communism were Jews. Jews were always subjected to special venom and animosity by communists, and the fact that some of the communist leaders and "thinkers" were Jews or ex-Jews does not change anything, in fact it probably explains the anti-Semitism that has always characterized both communism and some forms of anti-communism.

Communists today lead the movement for a Second Holocaust of Jews. They seek the annihilation of Israel and its population. The communist countries have always been allied with Arab fascism and aggression and today support Islamist terror.

All of which might have been regarded by most people as more than a sufficient reason why a College of Communist Indoctrination should not operate within the auspices of Tel Aviv University.

But they would be wrong.

Today is the inauguration ceremony of the opening of the College of Communist Indoctrination at Tel Aviv University. Really. The official name of the "college" is the "Socioeconomic College", and it operates on the Tel Aviv University campus, although evidently not with direct funding by the Israeli taxpayer, at least not yet. The comrades will, however, be using the university facilities paid for by Israeli taxpayers.

The initiator of the College of Communist Indoctrination is Madame Gulag, Tamar Gozansky, who was until recently the Stalinist Rent-a-Jew sitting in the Knesset as representative for the Hadash Stalinist Party in the Israeli parliament. Hadash is an Old-Left anti-Israel Arab-national communist party, one that never quite got around to renouncing Stalinism. Madame Gulag has been unemployed, as are most people under communism, ever since her own party got tired of her hogging one of its parliament seats. So she and her fellow commissar, a lawyer named Aviv Wasserman, came up with the idea. They decided they were sick and tired of the "capitalist hegemony in Israeli academia" (in their words, see Haaretz July 23, 04), and you can see right away how someone who had spent the last few decades in some other galaxy might not be aware of the Far-Leftist hegemony that actually operates in Israeli academia.

Students in this new re-education Gulag center to open at Tel Aviv University will be indoctrinated in the "theories" of Marxism that were totally debunked more than 160 years ago. They will learn the communist party's principles and its correct thinking about class struggle and other "social issues". The "college" will be administered by a newspaper journalist named Efraim Davidi. Its "degree" will not be recognized at first as a bona fide academic degree, although it might be enough to get you a job in a Cuban torture facility.

The "faculty" at the "college" will consist of the usual Israeli Far-Leftist tenured radicals, including a Marxist economist (that is actually an oxymoron) from Ben-Gurion University, the extremist "Post Zionist" Moshe Zuckerman from Tel Aviv University, the Stalinist Dov Chanin, who was supposed to replace Madame Gulag as the Hadash Party Rent-a-Jew but the party decided to do without further Jewish reps, some Arab non-academics whose academic credentials are that they are anti-Israel, and others. They do not get paid, I guess as there way of showing what happens to employees under communist regimes.

If you want to tell the heads of Tel Aviv University what you think of this new "college" on their campus, contact:

President of Tel Aviv U: Prof. Itamar Rabinovich
His fax and email are
FAX 03-6422379 itamarr@tauex.tau.ac.il

Here is a list of other university officers (you will need to look up their addresses if you want to contact): http://www.tau.ac.il/officers-eng.html

You may want to let any donors to TAU know about what is going on!

By the way, a few years back we posted a story about a senior lecturer at the business school at Tel Aviv University, associated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, who petitioned the university authorities on behalf of a group of religious women students to be allowed to use empty classrooms in off-hours to study Talmud and the weekly Torah portions. The university turned them down flat. THAT would have been inappropriate use of campus facilities, unlike setting up a Stalinist Indoctrination College on campus, run by the communist party apparatchiks.

Also, you may recall that when Tel Aviv University decided to accept a large donation from a Swiss industrialist to build a synagogue building on campus, some leftist faculty and students held angry protests against the decision, maintaining that a synagogue would pollute the largely secularist campus. I guess Judaism pollutes Tel Aviv University, but not Stalinism.

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. Or contact him by email at splaut@econ.haifa.ac.il

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A CONTRAST IN ATTITUDES
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, March 24, 2006.

Please take note that the very same people who saw no problems in unconditionally turning over total control of American ports to a hostile Arab dictatorship found it unacceptable to allow an Israeli company to buy an American software group due to security considerations.

This article is by Ted Bridis and is called "Israeli Software Firm Abandons U.S. Deal"
(http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060324/D8GHQCI82.html)

WASHINGTON (AP) - A leading Israeli software company failed to resolve security objections by the Bush administration over its plans to buy a smaller U.S. technology rival and abruptly abandoned the $225 million deal.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (CHKP) of Ramat Gan, Israel, withdrew its plans Thursday near the conclusion of a rare, full-blown investigation by a U.S. review panel over the company's plans to buy Sourcefire Inc.

Check Point had been told U.S. officials feared the transaction could endanger some of government's most sensitive computer systems.

Lawyers for the companies offered to attach conditions to the sale that executives believed were onerous but were intended to satisfy the concerns expressed by the review panel, said one person familiar with the process. But no agreement could be reached.

The Treasury Department, which oversees the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, formally accepted Check Point's request to withdraw from the review process.

The objections by the FBI and Pentagon were partly over specialized intrusion detection software known as "Snort," which guards some classified U.S. military and intelligence computers.

Snort's author is a senior executive at Sourcefire, based in Columbia, Md., near the ultra-secret National Security Agency.

The investigation was carried out by the same U.S. review panel that approved the now-abandoned ports deal involving Dubai-owned DP World.

Sourcefire said in a statement it was prepared to continue operating independently as a booming software security company. One financial analyst said Sourcefire may limit future transactions with U.S.-based companies to avoid another security review.

"Given the CFIUS concerns, they may have to limit their potential partners," said Peter Kuper of Morgan Stanley. (MS) "A U.S. acquirer would be a lot simpler and cleaner."

In private meetings between the panel and Check Point, FBI and Pentagon officials objected forcefully to letting any foreign company acquire some sensitive Sourcefire technology for preventing hacker break-ins and monitoring data traffic, an executive familiar with the discussions previously told The Associated Press. This executive spoke on condition of anonymity because government negotiations are supposed to remain confidential.

Under the sale, publicly announced Oct. 6, Check Point would have owned all Sourcefire's patents, source-code blueprints for its software and the expertise of employees.

The review panel privately notified Check Point on Feb. 6 it intended to fully investigate the transaction's security risks, the executive said. That was days before the furor erupted over the Dubai ports deal.

Check Point disclosed the news to investors Feb. 13, but the announcement drew little attention despite escalating scrutiny and interest in Washington over such reviews.

The U.S. committee has concluded only 25 full-blown investigations in more than 1,600 business transactions it has reviewed since 1988. In roughly half the investigations, companies pulled out of the deal rather than face imminent rejection.

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. Contact him at zelasko@actcom.co.il

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HOW EHUD OLMERT BECAME A MILLIONAIRE
Posted by Aryeh Avneri, March 24, 2006.

By Israeli standards, Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is considered to be a millionaire, even though he never publicly reported the extent of his financial and real estate assets.

He will probably take care to do so from now on, in ongoing reporting to the State Comptroller, to draw away from himself the flames of public criticism that burn around him.

The law requires government ministers who hold assets and bank accounts abroad to include them in their reports; their declarations have the standing of a deposition under oath.

After Olmert's election in the 1970s, he declared, with pathos that could have an effect on simple citizens who did not know him well: "I was elected to the Knesset to fill a certain position, and to act, inter alia, to correct the current corruptions in Israeli society. I come to reveal serious phenomena and to arouse public opinion for proper treatment, to motivate the executive authority, and adapt priorities to the real needs of the society."

Dripping with honey, really. In actuality, however, Olmert has acted throughout all his years of parliamentary activity to make money. A lot of money, and quickly. Without being accountable to anyone. From time to time he throws a bone to his voting public. During the period in which Members of Knesset could act as lawyers, several lawyer-Members of Knesset were not squeamish about taking advantage of their parliamentary activity to do more for themselves and their families than for the public that sent them to the Knesset.

Olmert led the pack. He gained a reputation as a lawyer acting as an intermediary, with connections to all government officials, with the ability to get things done, and with the singular expertise to find shortcuts to almost all the government ministries and the various state authorities. Likud MK Michael Eitan relates: "Olmert did not participate in many sessions of the Knesset and its committees. He spent most of his time in legal activity on behalf of his clients. He told me straight out that he wants to make money for himself, and it transpires that he does this very nicely. Today Olmert is a serious millionaire." Already in that period people identified Olmert as having unbridled behavioral traits, that were expressed in his way of life, his frequent trips abroad, and his obsessive connecting himself to the very wealthy both in Israel and abroad -- without his ever being bothered by the question of whether his new friends had a criminal past, and how they amassed their wealth.

One of the outstanding examples of this was his relationship with the questionable American millionaire Mark Rich, who fled from the US to Switzerland to escape the American tax authorities, who wanted to put him on trial for serious crimes. Olmert asked President Bill Clinton to arrange a "pardon" that would enable Rich to return to the US.

One deal followed another, Olmert's circle of international multimillionaires gradually expanded to other countries, as well, and included the wealthy from Europe also. Olmert was the lawyer of, among others, the Russian multimillionaire Shabtai Kalmanovich who lived in Israel and became close to several central political figures, and who was later charged with espionage against Israel. In any event, Olmert was one of the first politicians to identify the oligarchs who arrived in Israel over the course of time, without troubling himself to check their moral standing.

It is not coincidental that the billionaire Arkadi Gaidamak is only one of his friends among the oligarchs; nor is it by chance that Olmert persuaded him to buy the Jerusalem Beitar soccer team. We will return to this topic in the continuation of the series. At the beginning of his career that combined being a lawyer and an MK, Olmert discovered a sophisticated method of acquiring clients among businessmen in Israel and foreign investors who inquired about buying into various projects in Israel.

At the time, when I was an investigative reporter for Yedioth Ahronoth, I uncovered the method when I happened to receive an instructive document that was written on the stationery of "Olmert, Advocate," alongside which were the additional words: "Member of Knesset." We need not emphasize the significance of the double title as a "sales gimmick."

In the letter, that was addressed to potential investors in Israel and abroad, Olmert proposed that they invest in the establishment of a new private medical center in Jerusalem (Medical Center). It would not be difficult to guess why the lawyer-Knesset Member Olmert was busy in the medical ralm. Eliezer Shustak, one of the heads of his party at the time, was Health Minister. The door to his office was open to Olmert when the latter came in the service of his clients and gleaned information about current projects (when Olmert himself was Health Minister, he was involved in another affair that we will discuss at length in another chapter of this series).

I had contacted Olmert then to receive his response, in order to examine the question of his use of his political standing on his office stationary for his private dealings. Olmert said to me: "This was a mistake by a secretary." I told him that I intended to publish this response, and he said to me: "It's not worthwhile for you to start with me, I can harm your standing in the newspaper."

Olmert tried to prevent the publication, as he did over the course of years about many other items in the media. After he was not successful in this, he found a foolproof way to punish the newspaper: exclusive political materials were leaked to Maariv, the competing newspaper. Ever since then Olmert has been waiting to catch me. I continued to take an interest in his open and concealed activity, but I estimated that my victory was short-lived. The higher that Olmert ascended politically, becoming, among other positions, a member of the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, a member of the Secret Services Subcommittee, and very close to Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, with a large quantity of scoops at his disposal, the media's dependence upon him grew, and it was clear that, sooner or later, I would lose the battle against the interests of the newspaper.

Olmert did not succeed in having me removed from the newspaper, but I felt that my professional freedom of activity was restricted. Nor was I surprised when one day Tami Mozes-Borowitz, a shareholder in the newspaper, asked me: "What do you have against Olmert, maybe just leave him alone." After the Knesset decided to forbid its members from concurrently practicing law, Olmert lowered his profile, and he no longer appeared in the Knesset accompanied by his clients. Formally, he resigned from the law office in which he was a partner, but there were signs that the legal bug had not left Olmert. In the Hakhsharat Hayishuv (Palestine Land Development Corporation) sale that is detailed below, in which the corporation was purchased by the businessman Yaakov Nimrodi, Olmert took his fee when he was already a government minister. This deal clearly shows how Olmert took advantage of his public positions to become rich by being an intermediary for the sale of a public corporation -- Hakhsharat Hayishuv, that was jointly owned by the Jewish Agency and Bank Leumi.

Hakhsharat Hayishuv is a corporation rich in properties, residential and commercial buildings, plots of land, hotels, and holdings throughout Israel. in order to attain control of this attractive corporation, it was necessary to purchase a bloc of founder's shares that was held by the Jewish Agency's Companies Authority and Bank Leumi's holdings in the corporation. Nimrodi relates: "I was asked to participate in the tender for purchasing control of the corporation, together with two partners. But I preferred to go to the tender alone.

After I arrived in Israel, Olmert contacted me and told me that he could take care of the transaction. I gave him power of attorney to act in my name. At the last minute we submitted the tender to Bank Leumi, and we won." The purchase of the shares held by Bank Leumi was not sufficient to attain control of the corporation, for which the shares held by the Jewish Agency would have to be bought. A number of trenchant questions arose concerning this purchase. Olmert received $250,000 from Nimrodi for obtaining the Jewish Agency's shares.

After the acquisition, Olmert arranged for Nimrodi to meet the Israeli international businessman Yossi Brender, who purchased a portion of the Hakhsharat Hayishuv shares for a certain period of time and entered as a partner. During the course of the transaction, Olmert traveled for the who-knows-how-many time on behalf of Israel Bonds, on a speaking and fund-raising tour. As always, Olmert took advantage of the trip to search for investors and deals. Olmert, who was still a Knesset member, demanded that Nimrodi give him additional hundreds of thousands of dollars as his fee for being the go-between with Brender. Nimrodi refused. In the end, they agreed that the Chairman of the board of Discount Bank at the time, Yossi Ciechanover, would be a mediator, and he allocated to Olmert an additional $200,000 (incidentally, the Discount Bank, like other public and financial bodies, had in the past purchased paintings by the wife, Aliza Olmert, and this was not deemed questionable).

The rest of the go-between money to Olmert was paid in 1989, when Olmert was already serving as Health Minister. The payment was made through Adv. Uriel Messer; we will return to him below.

One of the classic stories is the joint exercise that Olmert pulled off together with the former Knesset member Avraham Shapira, when the latter served as Chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee, in order to approve government aid in the amount of six million shekalim to the Jerusalem contractor Matityahu Lifshitz, who was among Olmert's close friends.

Although Lifshitz's construction company did not appear in the list of construction companies in distress who were eligible for aid, this didn't stop Olmert from pulling off a joint exercise with public money together with Shapira. Olmert "happened" to be present at a session of the committee, and warmly recommended granting the aid to Lifshitz. Shapira helped, knowing that Olmert would reward him. You help me, and I'll help you.

When Olmert was later asked what he was doing in the committee session, he replied: "By chance I happened to pass by there."

It was later learned that Olmert purchased an expensive house from Lifshitz on Khaf-Tet Benovember Street, which he sold in January 2004 for $2,700,000 to the billionaire Daniel Abrams, by means of the attorney Yaakov Neeman (this controversial transaction is currently being examined by the State Comptroller). Olmert claimed that the top floor of the house in which special effort was invested is not his, and is occupied by the daughter of Adv. Yaakov Neeman, whose ties with Olmert were always very close. Neeman repaid him on another occasion when he put his office in the capital at the disposal of Olmert's campaign headquarters, and even more so when he testified on Olmert's behalf in the Likud tax receipts trial. The price that Olmert paid Lifshitz for the renovated house has not been revealed to the present, and it is unclear whether the special price constitutes an additional bonus on top of the fee that Olmert collected for mobilizing state funds for his contractor. The amount that Olmert received from the NIS 6,000,000 remains a professional confidence between the lawyer and his client, and it almost certainly was not disclosed to the members of the Finance Committee who voted to allot state funds to Lifshitz. It has been claimed that Olmert did not perform any service without recompense. Olmert claims that he did not receive any discount.

The contractor Lifshitz responded at the time, in response to my question: "I cannot tell you the exact sum that Olmert paid me, but he received a very fine discount from me." Olmert told me at the time that he had not received any discount from Lifshitz.

It's not hard for me to decide which of the two to believe.

Aryeh Avneri is an Investigative Journalist, NFC.CO.IL. This was published by www.IsraelBehindtheNews.com This appeared in
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BURN OUT FOR KADIMA
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, March 24, 2006.
None of this looks very good for the Kadima Krud. There are elections and then there is (so it seems at times) the minor problem of actually running the country after the elections. Kadima is a truly unnatural conglomerations of political odds and ends. The only common denominator to all its members is unbridled ambition driven by nearly superhuman levels of egotism and arrogance. Even if they manage to steal enough votes to Jerry-rig some sort of Government, it will not survive for very long. This menagerie of political predators was assembled by the King of Bestiality, Ariel Sharon, to insure the continuation of his Junta. He was the only one who could have pulled off such a round up of natural enemies and placed them all within one corral. Now that he is dead, the only thing keeping them from following their instinctive inclinations to tear each other to pieces is the need to win an election. Once that is over, the blood feast of the beasts will begin.

This is from yesterday's DEBKAfile (http://www.debka.com/index.php) and is entitled "Ruling Kadima dives again five days before Israeli poll, while all main opposition parties look up."

Acting prime minister Ehud Olmert declared Wednesday that as head of next government he would only accept coalition partners committed to unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank.

But, according to two radio polls -- Army Radio's poll confirmed by the Voice of Israel -- Kadima has plunged 20% (9 seats) in a week to 33-34. Labor has jumped by 3 seats to 20, Likud by 1 to 18, Israeli Beitenu by 1 seat to 13, ultra-religious Shas by 1 to 8-9 and anti-evacuation National Union-NRP by 1 to 7. Left-wing Meretz has also gained slightly by one seat to 5-6. The merged Arab list Raam-Taal is stable at 3-4, as is the Communist Hadash at 3.

The floating vote is still relatively high (4-5 seats). According to one expert analysis, if the turnout is similar to the last election, 68%, Kadima could drop to 30 seats or less.

This raises the potential of a Likud-right-wing bloc being in position to challenge a Kadima-Labor bloc to form the next government after next Tuesday -- as one of several possible scenarios.

The dark horse is Avigdor Lieberman's (Russian) Israel Beiteinu, which is pulling in the Russian voters (750,000) lost by Kadima. Lieberman is keeping his cards close to his chest.

According to the latest polls, a pensioners party and a party that wants marijuana legalized (Green Leaf) have a reasonable chance of reaching the electoral threshold of 2.5 percent of the voters.

For a measure of the young vote and its diversity, mock votes took place at various universities and colleges.

At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the National Union-National Religious Party came in first with 24 mandates. Meretz finished second with 23, Labor got 21, the Likud and Kadima 11 each and Green Leaf received eight.

At the Technion in Haifa, Green Leaf finished in first with 19 mandates, Kadima received 18, Meretz 13, Labor 12 and the Likud nine.

Labor came in first at Jezreel Valley College with 22 mandates. Kadima and Israel Beiteinu each received 19, Green Leaf got 16, the Likud nine, National Union-NRP eight, Meretz eight, Balad seven, Hadash six, Atid Ehad four and United Torah Judaism two.

Labor came in first at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba with 34 mandates. (Prof. Avishai Braverman, the former chancellor of the university, is running on the Labor list.) Meretz came in second with 20 seats, Kadima had 19, Green Leaf nine and the Likud six.

Students at Tel Aviv University didn't bother to vote.

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. Contact him at zelasko@actcom.co.il

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ANOTHER BLOW TO GUSH KATIF EXPELLEES
Posted by Lee Caplan, March 23, 2006.

Some 60 families -- still in Jerusalem hotels after their eviction from Gush Katif 7 months ago -- are to be thrown out in three weeks, even though their future living arrangements are not guaranteed.

"We were all set to receive the keys to our new caravillas in Ein Tzurim," said David Banjo, formerly of N'vei Dekalim, "when all of a sudden, we saw that the contracts they placed before us were different than the ones we had seen a week before. In addition to all the uncertainty and instability we have been living with for seven months, now we have to face deception by a government body. It is simply too much."

The main issue is that the families are to be moved to a pre-fab housing site in Kibbutz Ein Tzurim, with the intention that they will be able to build a new community in Lachish and live there upon its completion. However, there is no guarantee that the new community, currently known as Givat Egoz, will be ready or even approved by the government by any specific date. Despite this, the contracts presented to the families for signing specify that the families must leave Ein Tzurim within four years.

"And if the community is not ready? Where do we go then -- back to the street once again?" asked Banjo rhetorically. "We demand the same conditions as the other expellees -- which are that the four-year term can be extended if necessary. But here, the government refuses to do that, because of an agreement it has with Ein Tzurim."

The four-year clause is an improvement on the version of the contract they were presented with two days ago -- which called for them to leave after only 18 months. However, the government agreed to increase the terms to four years after a long meeting with the residents' volunteer lawyers yesterday and last night.

The residents have reason to believe that their plans to build a new community will not be approved in a timely fashion -- or at all. The area in question is located in the northern Negev, and the government approved it for new communities several years ago. However, since then, environmental groups have caused it to be termed a "national priority biosphere," which, though somewhat less restricted than a nature preserve, is not readily available for construction. In short, its status is unclear.

"Here we are," said Banjo, the volunteer 'mayor' of the Egoz group, "thrown out of our homes, living out of boxes, filled with uncertainty, and yet willing to be pioneers and build up a new area - which is adjacent to the Green Line fence! And yet the government is placing all sorts of obstacles. It's hard to believe, and very hard to go through."

To make matters worse, the Disengagement Administration has dropped off packing boxes off at the hotels, a form of "threat" to the families that they must be out within three weeks. "The psychological pressure is terrible," said another displaced citizen, Merav Zohar, "and some people are on the verge of collapse. It's simply unbearable. We are a bunch of large families, on the eve of Pesach [the Passover holiday], and we have no idea where we will be for the holiday. It's not like we are young couple who can just decide to spend it with their parents."

"We need a solution right now," Banjo said. "Not in a few days, but immediately. In order to be ready for Pesach, we still have to pack up, move all our stuff into a new house, get our belongings from the containers that are in Kastina or elsewhere that we haven't been able to get to, figure out which of our belongings will fit -- if they are not broken, as many are -- into our new, smaller houses, and buy whatever needs to be replaced. This is all in addition to all the other problems we face, such as lack of work, school, family issues, and the like."

So far, some 120 families have signed up for the Givat Egoz project. These include 50 families living in Jerusalem hotels, 10 in Ashkelon hotels, and another 60 who are living in what they call the "Diaspora" -- individual apartments in various cities in the south.

Contact Lee Caplan at leescaplan@yahoo.com

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U.S. COURT TURNS POLLARD DOWN, IT'S NOW UP TO ISRAEL
Posted by Hillel Fendel, March 23, 2006.
This article appeared today in Arutz-Sheva (www.IsraelNN.com).

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down a request by Jonathan Pollard to access documents that could help his bid to seek clemency. The ball is now totally in Israel's court, says his wife.

The Supreme Court refused this week, without comment, to hear Pollard's request to see classified documents -- including a critical memo written by ex-U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. The documents in question were submitted to the judge who originally sentenced Pollard to life in prison 21 years ago for having passed classified documents to Israel, a U.S. ally. Pollard's attorneys say the documents are crucial in his bid to seek clemency from President Bush.

Pollard's wife Esther responded to the U.S. Court's decision by saying that Israeli Prime Ministers have always said that they are restrained in their efforts on behalf of Pollard because of the "ongoing legal initiative in the U.S. But now, no one can claim [that]! The legal initiative is over! Every additional minute that Jonathan remains in prison, his life is at risk. ... The [Acting] Prime Minister [Olmert] must act at once -- before this day is over!"

Mrs. Pollard told Israel Radio, "This is the first time in the history of modern espionage that an agent has been forced to face a court of law on his own in the country where he operated, without receiving any support from the country which sent him and for whom he sacrificed himself. It is now 21 years! Ayfoh HaBoosha?! [Where is the sense of shame?!] To this very day they are not working for Jonathan's release and not giving him any backing!"

"Whenever I am out in public," she said, "people come up to me again and again to express their outrage at the ingratitude and irresponsibility of the government, which instead of freeing from captivity the one who served the State and saved the lives of Israeli citizens, just threw him to the dogs... You know, even the ordinary citizen on the street understands that whomever is willing to leave a wounded soldier 'me'ahora' [behind] is not capable of leading the nation 'Kadima' [forward]."

The blow to Pollard from the U.S. legal system follows by just three months a similar blow from Israel's Supreme Court. Israel's High Court rejected Pollard's plea to have the State of Israel recognize him as a Prisoner of Zion, ruling that his activities on behalf of Israel did not meet the required criteria, such as teaching Hebrew or encouraging immigration to Israel.

Mrs. Pollard refused to condemn U.S. Jewry's inaction on behalf of her husband, saying, "They take their marching orders, their instructions, from the Government of Israel. As long as the Government of Israel continues to turn its back on Jonathan, everyone else will continue to do the same."

"I want to repeat and reiterate: He is in mortal danger. Every additional moment, every additional second that Jonathan remains in prison, his life hangs in the balance. There is no reason to wait to bring him home in a coffin, G-d forbid! ... If [Olmert] does not immediately turn to President Bush to demand an immediate end to this travesty, and to free my husband after 21 years in prison, then Mr. Olmert will personally be sentencing Jonathan to death."

The Pollards later released a statement expressing "admiration, gratitude and profound respect to their American attorneys, Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman, for their heroic, undying, untiring efforts to secure justice for Jonathan Pollard, against insuperable odds. Their courage, determination, dedication and devotion to the truth has done the Jewish People great honor and been an enormous Kiddush HaShem [Sanctification of G-d's name]. Fighting a battle for justice -- uphill all the way -- against three government agencies [the Justice, Intelligence and Defense Departments] determined to prevent the truth in this case from ever coming to light, Lauer and Semmelman fought all the way to the Supreme Court without ever breaking stride or becoming discouraged in the face of utter corruption and behind-the-scenes subversion."

The statement accuses the above agencies of having "thrown their full weight into subverting the rule of law to ensure that Jonathan Pollard, the Jewish agent of the Jewish State, never gets his day in court and that he remain in prison as a constant symbol for use against Israel and against the American Jewish community."

For more information on the Pollard case, see .

Hillel Fendel is Senior News Editor for Israel National News.

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JEWS FOR SPITTING ON OUR FRIENDS AND SLOBBERING OVER OUR ENEMIES
Posted by Don Feder, March 23, 2006.

One thing must be noted at the outset -- Not only is there nothing authentically Jewish about the agenda of the Jewish left -- it is, in fact, anti-Jewish in every detail. It rejects Torah-based morality, sanctions Muslim and left-wing anti-Semitism and champions causes that would lead to the extinction of the Jewish people -- not to mention the end of civilization.

OK, now I'll tell you what I really think.

Though they occasionally try to justify themselves with vague references to what they call "Jewish tradition" -- and often include in their ranks those to whom the title "rabbi" is misapplied- there is nothing remotely Jewish about their worldview.

By Jewish left, I mean those occupying the modest territory to the left of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center.

Which brings me to an article in the influential Jewish Forward by E. J. Kessler, published on March 17th ("Activists Prepare for New Church-State Battle").

The Forward quotes me on the upcoming War On Christians Conference (March 27-28), where I'll be speaking on a panel called -- "Jews Confront The War On Christians," along with Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Michael Horowitz (a Hudson Institute scholar) and Joseph Ben Ami of the Institute for Canadian Values.

As a counterpoint, the Forward presented a website called "Jews on First!" -- whose self-proclaimed mission is to "expose the intimidation" tactics of "right-wing Christian fundamentalists." (As opposed to middle-of-the-road Christian fundamentalists? But then Jewish leftists have always been big on verbal overkill.)

The Forward says Jews on First! (love that exclamation point) was formed to "expose and counter the people at the March 27-28 conference." The site is the joint project of Jane Hunter ("a one-time Pacifica Radio journalist and longtime leftist organizer") and Rabbi Chaim Dov Beliak.

Point of information: California-based Pacifica Radio makes the rest of Public Radio look like the Rush Limbaugh Show. In June of 2003, Pacifica's KPFK-FM in Los Angeles hosted a 32-hour marathon by one Dr. Kwanku Person-Lynn (could I make up something like this?) called "African Mental Liberation Weekend."

Among other liberating factoids, Person-Lynn claimed Jews ran the slave trade and that Jews and white gentiles were "the pale horse (of Revelations) with Death as its rider and Hell close behind" -- probably not intended as a compliment. These reflections were interspersed with pre-recorded ravings of the always informative Louis ("Judaism is a gutter religion") Farrakhan.

How proud Ms. Hunter must be of her association with Pacifica. And what excellent credentials for putting oneself forward as a defender of the Jewish people.

Jews on First! and its allies -- Tikkun Magazine, Michael Lerner, Noam Chomsky, Barbra Streisand, Ed Asner, etc.-- might be called the left's kvetching amen corner.

The site warns of the "intimidation of judges by Christian fundamentalists." By "intimidation" it means -- criticism, analysis, reform proposals -- really, anything other then acting like a puppy that wants its belly rubbed in the face of judicial assaults on representative government.

Among other smears, Jews On First! accuses Focus On The Family of "an anti-Semitic attack on (a) federal appeals judge."

Focus is headed by Dr. James Dobson (who would bleed for Israel, if it came to it). The anti-Semitic outrage in question? The February issue of the organization's "Citizen" magazine contains a cover story on Appeals Court Judge Stephen Reinhardt (think Ruth Bader Ginsburg on crack cocaine), who, in a recent ruling, said parental rights stop at the school house door.

According to Jews On First!, the Focus publication "unnecessarily called attention to the fact that Judge Reinhardt is Jewish in a way we find offensively anti-Semitic." (To wit: It interviewed his ex-wife, who observed that Reinhardt "thinks about his Jewish heritage a lot.") Oh, no, say it ain't so!

How I wish all of the long, bloody, history of Jew-hatred amounted to no more than this. Imagine the stereotypical Nazi from central casting in a bad B-movie, telling his victim: "Ve haf vays of unnecessarily calling attention to the fact that you are Jewish." Not exactly "Schindler's List" stuff.

The site also denounces another stalwart friend of Israel, Pat Robertson, for calling Islam "satanic."

Now, let's see: The imam who's paid $76,600 a year to serve as chaplain for New York's City's correctional system rails against Zionist control of the media; French Muslims fire-bomb synagogues and Jewish day schools; a French Jew named Ilan Halimi is kidnapped and tortured to death by a Muslim street gang, the president of Iran says Israel "should be wiped off the map;" Saudi clerics preach the annihilation of Jews (calling us "the descendants of pigs and apes"); Egyptian television serializes a dramatization of The Protocols of The Elders of Zion, Syrian President Basher al-Assad told Pope John Paul II that Jews "try to kill all principles of divine faiths with the same mentality of betraying Jesus Christ and torturing Him," and the party that constitutes the new government of the Palestinian Authority boasts that its minions drink the blood of Jews.

And Jewish leftists run around denouncing Pat Robertson for saying mean things about the religion that introduced jihad to our political vocabulary. (On the other hand, no Moslem spokesman has unnecessarily called attention to the fact that Judge Stephen Reinhardt is Jewish. So there's still hope for universal brotherhood and understanding.)

With his "satanic" observation, Robertson joins that hoary hate-monger Winston Churchill, who said of Islam, "No stronger retrograde force exists in the world." Britain's World War II prime minister also admonished that the religion of peace was a breeding ground for "improvident habits," "a degraded sensualism," and a "murderous fanaticism" -- as well as for exerting an influence that "paralyzes social development."

Would you like to know just how dogmatically reality-disconnected the Jewish left is? On March 13th, FrontPageMagazine.com ran a story by David Meir-Levi noting that an organization called Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (the so-called Covenant of Justice and Peace) has assembled 387 RINOS (rabbis in name only) who've signed a petition opposing a move in Congress to cut off aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.

The Hamas covenant -- which says the end-times will unfold after every Jew on earth dies -- recently posted a video on its website where a suicide bomber in-waiting joyfully proclaimed: "My message to the loathed Jews is that there is no God but Allah... We are a nation that drinks blood; and we know that there is no better blood than the blood of Jews."

No matter how murderously psychotic its legions, Palestinian statehood is an article of faith for the left. If Palestinian Muslims donned SS uniforms and began building gas chambers and crematoria, the Jewish left would still want to "maintain a dialogue" with them, greased with millions from U.S. taxpayers -- as they ranted at the Christian right for wanting to display the Ten Commandments and ban gay marriage. My generation had a word for it -- "mind-boggling."

Writing in The Jewish Press on December 14, 2005 ("The Real Reason Liberal Jews Fear Evangelical Christians'), Levi Sokolic asks: "What is it that many Jews really fear from the perceived power of the Christian right? They fear for the secular, leftist causes, beliefs, practices and values they espouse and hold dear. But then, Torah Judaism is even stronger in its opposition to what secular Jews believe and how they define themselves."

Abortion, gay marriage, mainstreaming homosexuality, feminism, radical secularism (a religion-sanitized public square), philo-Islamacism - this is the "Torah" of the Jewish left. Its fear and loathing of Christian conservatives is driven by their opposition to this agenda.

At least the Nazis hated Jews for the right reason -- because they perceived authentic Judaism as the principal moral force opposed to their values. The Jewish left hates Christian conservatives for upholding Jewish values. It's almost funny -- in a sick sort of way.

Don Feder was an opinion writer for the Boston Herald and a syndicated columnist. He is currently a political/media consultant.

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HAMAS IS THE MOSLEM BROTHERHOOD
Posted by Steven Shamrak, March 23, 2006.

As described in its Charter (or Covenant), Hamas (as Fatah) is the "Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood," the movement known as "al-Ikhwan al-Muslemeen." The "Brotherhood" was founded in Egypt in 1928 by the Islamic ideologue Hassan al-Banna (grandfather of today's controversial Islamic activist Tariq Ramadan). His cornerstone assertion was that true Islam had been diluted and betrayed by Moslem politicians truckling to the West, and that the only way to set Islam back on a true path was to violently replace these traitorous Moslem politicians with true Islamic leaders who would make the Qur'an their nations' constitutions and Shari'a their civil law.

Ultimately, once the trans-national population of Moslems, known as the "umma" (the nation), was under the leadership of right-thinking religious Moslems who eschewed westernization and modernization, the whole concept of nation-states would dissolve and the Moslem "umma" would be united, from Mauritania to India, from Turkey to Yemen, and from Pakistan to Somalia, under one Islamic religious Caliphate. (Reaching of any compromise agreements with the Infidels is strictly forbidden by the organization! Hudna -- a truce that can be broken at any time convenient for Arabs -- is the best one can hope for.)

Steven Shamrak was born in the former Soviet Union (USSR) and participated in the Moscow Zionist "refusenik" movement. For the last 3 years, he has been publishing internet editorial letters on the Arab-Israeli conflict -- independently, not as a member of any organization or political movement. He can be reached by email at StevenShamrak@mail2world.com

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THE SPIRITUAL ROOTS OF ANTI-SEMITISM
Posted by Shaul and Aviva Ceder, March 23, 2006.

This article was written by by Sara Yoheved Rigler and appeared on the Aish.com website (www.aish.com/search/article_search_results.asp?article_author= Sara+Yoheved+Rigler&title_text=&date_amount=&date_option=year). Sara Yoheved Rigler is a graduate of Brandeis University. Her spiritual journey took her to India and through fifteen years of teaching Vedanta philosophy and meditation. Since 1985, she has been practicing Torah Judaism. A writer, she resides in the Old City of Jerusalem with her husband and children. Her articles have appeared in: Jewish Women Speak about Jewish Matters, Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul, and Heaven on Earth.

Rising anti-Semitism is a hot topic. This month the subject was blazoned across the covers of such disparate magazines as U.S. News and World Report, Tikkun, Commentary, and Foreign Policy. A recent poll in which 59% of Europeans labeled Israel as the primary threat to world peace and a subsequent Italian poll in which 17% thought Israel should cease to exist and 22% declared that Jewish Italian are "not real Italians," has set off an alarm -- and a host of attempts to explain the source of "the world's longest hatred."

After all, anti-Semitism is more paradoxical than an Escher staircase. As the seminar "Why the Jews?" so aptly points out:

* Jews are hated for being a lazy and inferior race -- but also for dominating the economy and taking over the world.

* Jews are hated for being capitalist exploiters -- but also for being socialists and communists.

* Jews are hated for their Chosen People mentality -- but also for their cringing inferiority complex.

To that we must add the newest flavor of anti-Semitism: Jews were hated for 2,000 years because they didn't have their own state; now they're hated because they do.

Natan Sharansky, writing an epic-length article in Commentary, traces the transmogrifications of anti-Semitism from ancient Rome to modern anti-Zionism. His theory for the root of anti-Semitism is that it is the result of Jewish rejectionism of the prevailing religion/morality/mores of the surrounding society. He quotes the Roman historian Tacitus:

Among the Jews, all things are profane that we hold sacred; on the other hand, they regard as permissible what seems to us immoral... The rest of the world they confront with the hatred reserved for enemies. They will not feed or intermarry with gentiles... They have introduced circumcision to show that they are different from others... It is a crime among them to kill any newly born infant.

And what of Jews who whole-heartedly embraced the prevailing ethos? After all, German Jewry in the century preceding the Holocaust was the most assimilated Jewish community in history (until the present American Jewish community). Before the passage of the Nuremburg laws, forbidding Jews to co-habit with Aryans, the intermarriage rate was 42%. Conversion to Christianity was also widespread, with cultural luminaries such as Heinrich Heine, Felix Mendelssohn, and Gustav Mahler the most prominent examples. This did not, however, prevent the Nazis from burning Heine's books and gassing his descendents.

Mr. Sharansky explains the phenomenon of targeting non-rejectionist Jews: "The modern Jew was seen as being born into a Jewish nation or race whose collective values were deeply embedded in the very fabric of his being. Assimilation, with or without conversion to the majority faith, might succeed in masking this bedrock taint; it could not expunge it."

The point is more profound than Mr. Sharansky may realize. What is so "embedded in the very fabric of his being" that a Jew can be sniffed out by anti-Semites even when he looks, dresses, and acts indistinguishably from non-Jews? What is this "bedrock" essence that cannot be expunged, denied, or eradicated even by conversion? Judaism would say: the Jewish soul.

THE CHEMISTRY OF THE SOUL

The Jewish soul, which is really a cell of the collective soul of the Jewish people, is eternal and immutable. Once someone acquires a Jewish soul, either by inheritance from one's mother or by halachic conversion, one can no more renounce one's Jewish soul than one can renounce one's DNA. Souls are not generic. The Jewish soul, like the soul of every nation, has its own specific properties, some of which are compassion, altruism, and shame (the source of Jewish guilt!). The Talmud goes so far as to say that if you see a Jew devoid of compassion, you can legitimately doubt that he's a Jewish soul.

One of the properties of the Jewish soul is that it cannot bond with any other type of soul. This is why intermarriage is ultimately a denial of one's essence. Marriage is a union of souls, not just bodies and hearts. A Jewish soul cannot unite with a non-Jewish soul any more than a helium atom can bond with any other atom. Not because helium is clannish or racist or snobbish -- or any worse than a hydrogen atom, but because chemical inertness is simply one of its essential properties.

THE COVENANT

Assimilation means forfeiting one's own unique Jewish identity and adopting the behavior and values of non-Jews, whether Catholic or communist, Protestant or secular humanist. According to the Torah, God's design for the Jewish people is to be separate, discrete, "a nation that will dwell in solitude and not be reckoned among the nations." (Numbers 23:9)

Jews are bidden to be "a light unto the nations." (Isaiah 42:6) A light stands separate from that which it illuminates. The Divine charge to the Jewish people is to "be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." (Ex. 19:1) This is a mission from which we cannot resign because it is embedded in the Covenant between God and the nation of Israel.

The Covenant, which God introduced in His promises to the Patriarchs, which was accepted by the entire Jewish nation at Sinai (where all Jewish souls were present), and which was renewed on two other occasions in Jewish history, stipulates the following:

1. On God's side, He promised:

* That the Jewish people will never cease to exist (Gen.17:7).
* That He will never totally abandon the Jewish people (Lev. 26:44).
* That the Jewish people will inherent the Land of Israel (Gen.12:7; Gen.15:18).

2. On Israel's side, we promised:

* That we will be faithful to God and keep His Torah (Ex.24:7).

Unlike most covenants, this one is unconditional. Even if Israel reneges on its obligation, God, in the merit of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, will never annul His Covenant with us.

In her recent book, The New Anti-Semitism, feminist author Phyllis Chesler writes:

My heart is broken by the cunning and purposeful silence of progressives and academics on the subject of anti-Semitism and terrorism. I write "silence" to be kind. What I'm really talking about is the betrayal of the Jews... by western intellectuals, some of whom are also Jews themselves. Perhaps like me they do not want to give up the larger world in order to retain their religious, racial, and cultural identities as Jews. After all, who willingly wants to wear the yellow star?

Ms. Chesler is not oblivious to the Covenantal mission of the Jews. A few pages later she describes the Jewish people as "an eternal translator between realms: God's messenger." However, her aversion to "the yellow star," combined with her attraction to "the larger world," define the twin forces that have always drawn some Jews (in smaller or larger numbers) into the black hole of assimilation.

Since assimilation is antithetical to God's design for the Jewish people, what can God do to keep His promise that the Jews will never become extinct? A cornerstone of Jewish monotheism is the insistence that everything -- everything -- comes from God, the one and only source. At the same time, He has given human beings free choice in the moral realm. Humans may not be able to choose what happens to them, but they are always choosing between right and wrong, good and evil. So, what if all the Jews in any given generation choose to assimilate into extinction?

That's where anti-Semitism comes in. Anti-Semitism is the Divine equivalent of the parent of a diabetic child locking the cookie jar. A Jew in 15th century Spain or 20th century Germany or 21st century America may want to blend in with the surrounding society, but anti-Semitism is a sealed door, strong and black as iron, which keeps him out -- and separate. Anti-Semitism keeps the Jewish people from dissipating into oblivion.

The ubiquitous effort to trace the source of anti-Semitism to the Jews remaining different and aloof -- implying that assimilation cures anti-Semitism -- is an inversion of the truth. Assimilation is not the antidote to anti-Semitism; anti-Semitism is the Divine antidote to assimilation.

THE SPANISH INQUISITION

The Spanish Expulsion is a case in point. The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, after five centuries of Spanish Jews' flourishing -- professionally, politically, and economically -- was the greatest catastrophe in European Jewish history prior to the Holocaust. As Rabbi Berel Wein described the Expulsion: "The disaster that befell the wealthiest, most sophisticated and stable section of world Jewry plunged the Jewish people everywhere into a state of depression."

The common understanding of the Expulsion is that Catholic antipathy toward the Jews in Spain grew until, in April, 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella proclaimed the Edict of Expulsion: Jews had the choice to convert, leave, or be burned at the stake. Thus started the Inquisition. The true story of Spanish Jewry is quite different. In 1391, a full century before the Expulsion, anti-Jewish violence erupted. The response of large numbers of Jews, including some of the leaders of Spanish Jewry, was to convert to Catholicism. ("After all, who willingly wants to wear the yellow star?") In the course of the next fifty years, more than half of Spain's Jews converted, many of them continuing to secretly practice Jewish rites. As historian Maurice Kriegel writes of the pre-Expulsion period:

The combination of intimidation with the promise of integration [into Spanish society] was indeed difficult to resist. Members of the Jewish intellectual elite, inclined to a certain philosophical indifference towards the external manifestations of religion, could thus justify their acceptance of baptism... Thus, by the mid-15th century, New Christians outnumbered those who continued to profess Judaism despite persecution and temptation. Both the Inquisition and the Expulsion were meant to solve not the Jewish problem, but the problem of the assimilationists, the conversos, who were suspected of secretly adhering to their former religion. According to Paul Johnson's History of the Jews, all of the 700 people (some sources put the figure as high as 2,000) burned by the Inquisition between 1481 and 1489 were conversos. As Johnson writes: "A marrano was thus much more unpopular than a practicing Jew because he was an interloper in trade and craft, an economic threat; and, since he was probably a secret Jew, he was a hypocrite and a hidden subversive too." (p.224)

The goal of the Expulsion was to eliminate the influence of practicing Jews on the conversos. Again to quote Kriegel: "So long as there was a large and active Jewish community on Spanish soil, they [the Spanish inquisitors] said, all the Inquisition's attempts to deter and punish Judaizing Christians would be of no avail." The conversos were the catalyst that led to the Expulsion, historically and spiritually.

The Expulsion obliterated the Jews in Spain, but saved Spanish (Sephardic) Jewry. Of the 200,000 overt Jews in Spain in 1492, 150,000 chose to leave. They set up new communities in North Africa, Turkey, Holland, and Palestine..

The se communities became thriving, creative, energetic centers of Jewish life. The mystic community of Safed in the 16th century, for example, was wholly comprised of descendents of Spanish exiles. What would have happened to those 150,000 Jews if they had been allowed to remain in Spain, a land where waves of conversion had already claimed most Jews, including rabbis and community leaders?

This is not to say that all the persecution Jews have suffered during our 2,000-year-long exile is the result of assimilation. Suffering can be caused, at times, by many kinds of spiritual lapses, beyond the ability of human beings to discern. The Talmud explicitly states that the destruction of the Second Temple and the concomitant exile, considered the central tragedy of Jewish history, was caused by unwarranted hatred among Jews. (A cautionary statement for our times as well.)

The concept that God engineers anti-Semitism to ensure the survival of the Jewish people does not mean that anti-Semites are exonerated from the evil they perpetrate. Anti-Semites, like everyone else, have free choice to choose between good and evil, and they bear the responsibility for their choices. However, as the Midrash states, "God has many bears and lions." If not Arab terrorists, there are always some European leaders, academics, assorted anti-Zionists...

GLOWING IN THE DARK

I was recently walking home with my son in Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter long after the darkness of night had driven most tourists back to their hotels. Just past the falafel shop, we were detoured by a sign which promised: 3D ART. By the side of the pedestrian walkway, we saw a table sporting a picture of a Jerusalem cityscape propped up on a wooden box. In the box was a special kind of fluorescent light which made the white paint in the picture glow in the dark, creating a three-dimensional effect.

"How do you do it?" my son asked the young artist.

"I have special glow-in-the-dark paint," he replied.

The artist told us that he had just, two months before, made aliyah from South Africa. I could see that he needed a sale, but we had no money, and the young locals sitting around tables by the falafel shop were clearly not art patrons. I opened my mouth to advise him: If you want to sell pictures, you should really set up here during the day, when the tourists are out in full force. They're your natural clientele.

But before I uttered a word, I realized that these pictures could not be displayed to advantage in daytime. In the light, the special effect would be lost. The particular beauty of these pictures shows up only in the dark.

Anti-Semitism is an encircling darkness. When Jews view "Kill the Jews" signs at American peace rallies or read a respected academic in the New York Review of Books opining that the Jewish state has no right to exist, we feel fear in the pit of our stomachs. As Ms. Chesler so graphically expresses the dread we all feel: "'Tis a season of blood that's upon us. I knew it from the moment the two Israeli reservists were lynched in Ramallah in the fall of 2000... I wept because I understood that Jewish history was, once more, repeating itself. How foolish I'd been to think that we had finally escaped it."

The Jewish soul, however, is coated with a special glow-in-the-dark paint. The darkness is not our foil, but our challenge, our opportunity to shine. The purpose of life is to dance in the dark.* Only in the dark does the greatness of a soul manifest. And what of the light? It's there to show us where the stairs are, so we can learn to navigate them. But the soul's true test is when the lights go out.

Jews must not be intimidated by the venom, the hatred, the calumnies of our enemies. Being popular is not a Jewish value. Being true to God's Covenant is.

* As heard from Rabbi Leib Kelemen, based on an essay by Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz, of blessed memory.

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MY GRANDFATHER'S DIARY OF HATE
Posted by Shaul and Aviva Ceder, March 23, 2006.
This was written by Margaret Jones and published March 19, 2006 on the Aish.com website (http://www.aish.com/search/article_search_results.asp?article_author= Margaret+Jones&title_text=&date_amount=&date_option=year).

Little did I know that my grandfather, a British officer stationed in Palestine in 1943, was a Nazi sympathizer.

Three years ago my parents asked me to store a trunk for which there was no space in their new, smaller house. I was delighted because I recognized it from my childhood -- it was kept at the back of a cupboard, underneath heavy sets of encyclopedias and old records, and only on rare occasions was my father persuaded to lift everything off it, drag it out of the cupboard, find the key in among hundreds of others in an old shoe box, and open it up.

But when he did... what a treasure trove! Photographs of long-dead relatives in Victorian dress had me enthralled for hours, along with letters from people I never knew, but whose handwriting I came to recognize, about times and travels that to my 1960-born eyes seemed impossibly ancient and romantic.

Perhaps most intriguing was an envelope of small, black and white photographs, white-bordered with curly-cut edges and stamped "Approved Military Photographer" on the back. Some were of ferries crossing fast-moving rivers in jungle settings, watched by half-clad African men and children, and over-dressed, pith-helmeted British soldiers. There were others, too, of places I couldn't identify then, but later became very familiar with -- the Damascus Gate, Temple Mount and others landmarks in and around Jerusalem, all with the same stamp on the back and many with annotations in a spidery handwriting.

My grandfather was never close to any of his grandchildren: The son of a stern Victorian priest, his upbringing led him to regard children generally as rather a nuisance, at best. Our upbringing was also quite alien to him, taking place largely on farms in Zimbabwe and South Africa, both very much wilder, freer places and times than his turn-of-the-century, stiff, conformist British childhood. Our involvement in anti-apartheid politics created even more of a gulf: the moral impulse that compelled us to take an active stand against prejudice was incomprehensible to someone of his background, for whom conformity and maintenance of the status quo were all-important.

Perhaps the only times he and I ever had anything resembling a proper conversation were before and after I went to Israel. He showed me his black and white photos, explaining the annotations on the back, and asked me to take new photos so he could see how the places looked some 45 years later.

Spidery Handwriting

When my parents asked me to store the trunk for them, I was delighted. I would be inheriting a large collection of my grandfather's photos, along with his precious old camera, still in its original leather cover. Finally I'd have the opportunity to explore the contents of the trunk more fully and could even get right down to the bottom, to the things I'd never reached before. I was intrigued by my grandfather's war photos and hoped to find out more about the five years he spent in the Sudan, the Belgian Congo and what he always referred to as Palestine.

Near the bottom of the trunk I found a brown paper-covered notebook, filled with the same spidery handwriting that I recognized from the annotations on the back of his photos. I realized this was my grandfather's war diary, which I knew existed but had never seen before. My mother had only ever referred to it in passing, saying that no-one had read it as his handwriting was "worse than a doctor's." I was thrilled to find it: Knowing how meticulous were his records about his antique porcelain and silver collection, with receipts neatly filed for each item, I was sure the diary would plug the gaps in my knowledge.

To my disappointment, most entries were simply a banal record of how his job as an engineer in the British army progressed -- e.g. "In the office today. Ordered parts but don't expect them to arrive soon. Very hot."

Absolute Scum

I nearly gave up the hard slog of deciphering his handwriting, but then I came to some entries dated 1943. These entries fundamentally transformed the way I felt about the man who wrote them.

In essence, these entries were a vitriolic attack on the Jews in Palestine, especially those who were refugees from Nazi Europe, whom he regarded with the utmost contempt. The diary expressed sentiments that I can only describe as abhorrent, not just because they were anti-Semitic (bad enough in itself), but because they were specifically targeted at those who had escaped the unspeakable hell of Europe, to whom he showed callous disregard for their suffering.

These entries were also quite shocking, as I had no inkling that my grandfather harbored such attitudes toward Jews. When I told him of my plans to spend a year on a moshav in my early 20s, when we went through his and my photographs from Jerusalem, when I introduced him to my first love, an 18-year-old Jewish boy -- on none of these occasions and at no other time could I recall even a hint of anti-Semitism.

Shocking, too, because what he wrote made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that as early as 1943 the British military in Palestine were very well aware of what Hitler was doing to Jewish people in Europe, and that though they were fighting against Hitler, some of the British military most definitely supported his policies.

Although I do not bear responsibility for my grandfather's thoughts or beliefs, reading the diary left me feeling deeply shamed and sullied. After reading the diary, I took off work because I couldn't concentrate on anything -- for over a week all I did was cry and cry and cry.

I came to understand that my own sense of personal shame and hurt are less important than the possibility that this awful diary can serve a redemptive purpose. For that reason I include here some excerpts, with a warning that they are deeply offensive:

March 7-13 1943, Jerusalem:

"...All the military here getting very fed up with these damn Jews who do nothing but yell for help from us because they are getting bumped off by Hitler and yet they do nothing but try and hinder our war effort in Palestine by every possible means. We all hope the Arabs here will give the Jews hell after the war is over -- and in the meantime we also hope that Hitler will go on bumping off as many as possible. Absolute scum that they are, thinking of nothing but lining their own pockets."

August 1-7 1943, Jerusalem:

"...as usual the Jews look after themselves, and let the war effort go to hell -- it is no wonder they are so universally detested. I feel it is a great pity Hitler hasn't exterminated more of them. They reminder me of the story of manure -- spread all over the place it isn't too bad, collect it in a heap -- as they are here -- it stinks to heaven, and they have the infernal cheek to say that Palestine is their home -- not only are they very much in the minority here compared with the Arabs, but they were booted out of here 2000 years ago and have been homeless ever since and a damn good job too. The genuine Palestine Jew isn't too bad, but the refugee immigrants are the bloody scum of the earth and they are the ones causing all the trouble -- expecting us to do their fighting for them -- while they sit back and make fortunes at our expense."

The Camera

In a later diary entry, my grandfather crowed about having bought a camera from a German refugee, "beating him down" so that he got it at a good price. A refugee from Germany arriving in Palestine in 1943 could only have been Jewish and must have gone through hell to get there. How despicable that my grandfather could have so blatantly and with such delight taken advantage of someone's desperate circumstances for his own benefit. But how ironic that this was the camera used to take the "Approved Military Photographer" pictures that I found so fascinating as a child and which, in turn, sparked my interest in the diary and so brought to light my grandfather's awful sentiments.

Even now, some three years later, the sense of shock is overwhelming at times. And it gets me to wonder: Who is ultimately responsible for the Holocaust? The answers are many: Hitler, Nazis, Germans, governments, media.

The kinds of attitudes my grandfather had were what made it possible not only for a Hitler to emerge, but more importantly, for all his foot soldiers, who actively carried out his policies, to do what they did during that shameful time. In that sense, I feel that my grandfather, with his vitriolic attitude, was complicit, too.

Since my unpleasant discovery, I have undergone a process of disengagement from anything even vaguely relating to my grandfather, which involves slowly but surely removing all traces of him from my home.

And the camera? That is now at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. There it has a fitting home in the collection of artifacts, brought together from that tragic period.

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ISRAEL ASKS: HAS AHMED TIBI BECOME A RACIST?
Posted by Ariel Natan Pasko, March 23, 2006.

Has the former Arafat mouthpiece and "Palestinian" infiltrator (or is that just plain traitor?) in the Israeli Knesset, Dr. Ahmed Tibi, (Ta'al), turned away from integration and become a racist?

I ask that question out of intellectual honesty and a search for the truth...

You see, Israeli Arab leaders have made much "noise" recently about a new study conducted by the Geocartography Institute called, "Index of Racism Towards Arab Palestinian Citizens of the State of Israel."

Notice the title of the study includes, "Palestinian" (i.e. member of a "national" group), at war with the Jews of Israel.

It "bothers" Israeli Arab leaders, that after years of war and terrorism, 63% of Israeli Jews agree with the statement, "Arabs are a security and demographic threat to the state." It "troubles" them, that 41% of Israeli Jews want separate places of recreation (cafes, malls, etc.) between Arabs and Jews. Forget the fact that you have to be concerned that every Arab you see, when walking down the street, might be a suicide bomber (so far not one Jew has blown himself up at a mall trying to kill other Jews). It "hurts" them, that half of Israeli Jews express fear or discomfort when hearing people speaking Arabic near them. How am I to tell the difference between a "good Israeli Arab" and a "murderous Palestinian" when I hear Arabic? It "angers" them, that 18% of Jews said they feel hate when hearing Arabic speakers. What was that percentage in the US after 9/11?

Back to Ahmed Tibi...

He used to be such a nice mole for Yasser Arafat, probably was a cute baby too...So why the turn toward apartheid-style Arab segregationism now?

Speaking not long ago to Israel Radio, Tibi called on the American State Department to dedicate part of its foreign aid monies to Israel, specifically to Israel's Arab sector. Tibi wants to build an Arab university in Nazareth as well as an Arab hospital in the Galilee.

Why the fallback to voluntary segregation? Till now, Israeli Arabs have enjoyed the use of Israeli hospitals (there are Arab doctors and nurses besides patients), and benefited from enrolling in Israeli universities (even earlier than Israeli Jews, since Arabs are exempt from military conscription). P.S. There are Arab professors at Israeli Universities, besides students.

Or, is this the beginning of their drive for "Palestinian" apartheid-style "autonomy" in the Galilee, that will end in irredentist demands for secession from Israel and attachment to a Palestinian state?

One thing we know, even before Hamas was elected to rule the Palestinian Authority, is that the Arabs want "Palestine" to be a Judenrein (clean of Jews) Arab-only state.

And Ahmed Tibi is not alone. Not long ago, Israeli Arab leaders met with a group of forty foreign diplomatic officials. They insisted that twenty percent of all foreign aid to Israel, be earmarked for the Israeli Arab community. They want 20% of international donor money to be for Arabs only, while other the 80% of aid to Israel, should be for both communities as it has been till now.

So who are the real racists?

After the results of the study were published, Tibi said, "Overall, it pays to be racist in Israel because you don't pay a price for it and you can always explain it away by a security need and a self-defense mechanism." I see Ahmed has learned the lesson well, calling for apartheid-style segregation himself.

With 58% of the "Palestinians" choosing Hamas to represent them in "Palestine," and Israeli Arabs freely proclaiming their support for the Hamas victory, is it any wonder that the study found that 40% of Israeli Jews believe that the state should encourage Arabs to emigrate from the country?

Continuing his intellectual dishonesty, Tibi added, "Racists have a long time ago moved from the street to government benches. Every anti-Arab phenomenon is accepted with understanding within Israeli society."

Has he conveniently forgotten the banning of Rabbi Meir Kahane's Kach Party and the consistent persecution (both legally and in the media) of those Jewish political activists that warn of the existential dangers a violent Arab minority represents to Jews in Israel?

Tibi by the way, has drawn comparisons between American soldiers in Iraq and German troops of the Third Reich. The Arab MK has stated repeatedly that upon viewing atrocities attributed to the soldiers, he is reminded of the actions of the German troops. Yet, he wants American aid for Arab-only projects.

Fellow Arab MK Taleb el-Sana, also used the study to attack Israeli society, saying the results are a "stain on democracy, moral bankruptcy, and a complete failure by the Israeli education system. In my opinion, this shows we're not talking about a few people but rather, a worrying phenomenon that places question marks over the Zionist movement. The mosquitoes of this racism apparently grew in the swamp of incitement against the Arab public, as well as the occupation and the settlements. This is definite proof occupation corrupts."

Likewise, responding to the study, Hadash MK Mohammed Barakeh said racism against Israeli Arabs "is a direct result of the official racist discrimination policy that has been led by all Israeli governments. This policy was extended in light of the occupation, which created Liebermanism, Kahanism, Olmertism and Netanyahuism," he charged.

This is the same Mohammed Barakeh, who said in the Knesset not long ago, that although he was sworn in as an Israeli MK, "I admit here that I am not loyal to a state that is Zionist and Jewish."

Notice an interesting phenomena, all these Israeli Arab members of Knesset (who are equal citizens, legally entitled to be elected to Israel's parliament -- unlike "Judenrein Palestine") are attacking Israeli society and its institutions for causing the poll results, rather than looking closer to home for the answers.

No, it's not the vicious mass murder of Jews in malls, cafes, and on buses by Arab terrorists that causes Jews to feel uncomfortable around Arabs.

No, it's not the apartheid-style (or is that Nazi-style?) demand for a Judenrein Gaza, a Judenrein Palestine, even by so-called moderates like Mahmoud Abbas.

No, it's not the consistent polls for the last five years, showing 50-80% "Palestinian" support for suicide bombings, or the fact that Hamas garnered 58% of the vote in the recent elections in the PA. No, it's not the recent announcements by Hamas leaders of their intention to continue what they euphemistically call the "resistance," better called genocidal attacks against Jews in Israel.

No, it's not the public support Israeli Arabs, both leaders and led, both educated and not, have voiced for Hamas' victory in the PA.

No, it's not the growing active participation of Israeli Arabs in terrorism against Israeli Jews.

No, it's not their own admission of disloyalty toward the State of Israel.

No, it's not their own call for apartheid-style segregation, and Arab supremist rights in Israel itself.

No, it's not any of the above reasons why many Jews have negative feelings toward Arabs in Israel.

No, it's all the Jews' own fault, according to Tibi, el-Sana, Barakeh, and others. How intellectually "honest," how utterly perfidious of them... It sounds to me like classic anti-Semitism, Jew-hatred, and Judeo-pathy.

Can you believe Israel is letting these racists run in the upcoming elections?

Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst and consultant. He has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy, and Policy Analysis. He also has a degree in Jewish History and Thought. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites, in newspapers, and can be read at: www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko

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JEWISH DISCOVERY DAY APRIL 2, 2006
Posted by Mifgash, March 23, 2006.

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ISRAEL STILL DOESN'T MAKE ITS CASE; ARABS BUY INFLUENCE IN U.S. GOVERNMENT
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, March 23, 2006.

ISRAEL STILL DOESN'T MAKE ITS CASE

The Arabs promote their case at press releases, college lectures, international organizations, and among diplomats' meetings. Israel has some such access, but does not press its case. Perhaps its notorious and unwarranted Jewish guilt feelings confuse it. Perhaps it is too defeatist or corrupted to stand up for its own rights. What it states, when it states anything, is a weak defense of its military measures. It does not take the offensive and try to wake the world up to the menace of jihad and show that the Arabs are as menacing as any other fascists.

All Israeli measures of defense against terrorism are condemned by Europe and the State Dept., among others. Israel fails to explain why those measures are legal and proper. It lets the Europeans believe that the IDF commits war crimes. It should prove to them that the Arabs commit war crimes. It should be condemning the Arabs constantly. It should call the self-described humanitarian organizations to account for this. It should bring the Arabs up before the UNO on charges. At first, those charges would not be taken seriously. Eventually, they would make an impression. They would, if undertaken as part of a carefully planned campaign. Call it the "big truth" technique.

Israel does urge Europe not to aid the Hamas regime. It should have done the same with the PLO regime, for consistency means clarity means understanding means approval. Even when it asks that of Europe, it generalizes. Generalizations don't move people. Have you seen Israeli reports on aspects of the Arab-Israel conflict? They are too intellectual, repetitious, and slow to get to the main point. They are too academic, rather than, what a battle of public relations requires, emotion-rousing.

Israel still engages in the demagogic practice of threatening harsh retaliation, while it hardly makes war. It bombs empty houses and fields, yet gets condemned for "brutal" military means and occupation. Its own leftists mistakenly call its possession of the Territories "occupation." It boasts of humanness, as in expediting food convoys and commuters, but too routinely to attract attention. It should publicize Muslim Arab brutality, as in tearing to pieces Jews they catch.

One of its latest threats is to assassinate the head of Hamas. Some of the NGOs condemn Israel for having assassinated prior heads of Hamas. The world does not understand that this is war and that tactic is justified. It is the job of Israel to explain it.

Israel doesn't understand public relations. It has refused help from American Jewish public relations organizations that do understand it. It fails to take public reaction into account before it decides upon certain actions that public or State Dept. reaction causes it to reverse. That loses face and weakens its deterrence. Either it doesn't realize that the State Dept. is its enemy, or its leaders are ideologically treasonous or suborned by US bribery or blackmail. Otherwise it would expose the State Dept. into quietude. Israel does not need US aid, but independent-minded Israeli leaders have left meetings with top US officials, Israeli faces turned white. What hold has the US over them? Why don't the American people know what it is? What kind of government do we really have?

BASIS FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM

The US is releasing some detainees from Guantanamo. Released prisoners are suspected by the terrorist organizations of having cooperated with their captors in order to get released. The organizations threaten to kill them for that. Prisoners claim that their governments may kill their families or them for being Muslims or for crimes. They plead for political asylum for themselves and their families (Ben Fox, NY Sun, 3/8, P.7).

Interesting issues! Too bad there are insufficient facts for evaluating them. We don't know why they were captured and why they are released. If captured reasonably but they were not fighting us, is it a US responsibility to take care of them and of their families? Should we welcome to our country a drug dealer because his country would execute him, or should we gladly turn him over for execution? Should we admit those who would overthrow our tolerant way of life?

S. ARABIA JOINING WORLD TRADE ORG. & BOYCOTTS ISRAEL

S. Arabia pledged to Pres. Bush that it would drop its boycott of Israel, in return for supporting its application to join the World Trade Organization that prohibits boycotts in restraint of trade. Nevertheless it continues upholding the boycott and is hosting a conference on promoting it (IMRA, 3/7).

Why am I not surprised that an Arab government broke its word? More surprising might be that the US government accepted the Arabs' word. That isn't surprising, either, because the US doesn't have principles, when S. Arabia is concerned. But it is foolish to give the Arabs something in advance, in exchange for their word. They are not likely to keep their word after they've gotten what they want.

BRITAIN ASKS THE IRRESPONSIBLE

Britain condemned Israel for an attack on a terrorist that wounded some civilians, too. The British government mentioned that it also asked the head of the P.A. to stop the terrorist attacks on Israel (IMRA, 3/7). What does Britain suggest Israel do?

But the P.A. doesn't stop the terrorist attacks. It exists to make them. Asking it not to is a fatuous gesture or lip service. Asking Israel not to defend itself is unconscionable. If Britain is concerned about the collateral casualties, let it denounce the P.A. for the war crime of having the terrorists in urban areas, so there are collateral casualties.

IS THIS A GOOD TIME FOR WITHDRAWALS?

Al-Qaeda is encircling Israeli on three sides. It is readying for war. Meanwhile, the government of Israel is planning more withdrawals. That would make it easier for Al-Qaeda (IMRA, 3/8). Israel is sleepwalking into the bog.

ARABS BUY INFLUENCE IN U.S. GOVERNMENT

Dubai not only purchased a management contract for US ports. It also buys into the US government. One or twice each year, Dubai and S. Arabia each fetch former Pres. Clinton by private jet to a posh hotel, where he delivers a 20-minute, "off-the-cuff" lecture and some private advice. (Did he have to earn that when in office?)

Consumer warning: that allegation comes from Youssef M. Ibrahim, managing director of Strategic Energy Investment Group, a "political risk consultancy" in Dubai. It probably is correct, because he approves -- "Buying influence is an ancient and honored Arab custom..." The Arabs were shocked at the US objection to Dubai's purchase of the port contract (NY Sun, 3/8, p.6).

The Arabs objected on grounds of discrimination. Besieged by global jihad, are we not supposed to be suspicious of Arabs controlling major US ports? At this late date, after journalists have pointed out that although the US remains responsible for security at the ports, Dubai could let containers avoid inspection or could reveal security blueprints to terrorists, Mr. Ibrahim probably is deliberately lying, in making it seem as if Dubai would have no opportunity to let in weapons of mass-destruction. He further lies about Dubai being an ally, when it has been exposed as the transshipment point for nuclear parts going to rogue states. It is a typical Muslim practice for a regime, sometimes actually divided in its outlook, to play both sides. Mubarak was called an ally of the US, but sheltered terrorists who fled there from US pursuers, and he lied about it.

What favors did the UAE do for the US? Dubai "graciously and secretly hosted American war ships, combat and spy airplanes, in its ports and airports, allowing America to keep an eye on Iran and Iraq." Since the US protected the UAE and fostered Dubai's commercial expansion, it is more of a deal than graciousness. How could the berthing of US warships at UAE ports be kept secret from the enemy?

Mr. Ibrahim takes particular umbrage at US politicians whose opposition to the port deal he thinks demagogic if not bigoted. New lobbyists for Dubai were ex-Sen. Dole and Ex-Sec. of State Albright's company. She once imposed some sanctions on the Arabs. The worst offender is Sen. Clinton, wife of Bill Clinton. Apparently Ibrahim takes the sexist Arab view that the wife is the cipher of the husband, on Dubai's payroll.

He is right in suggesting that objection should come from other quarters than politicians, but wrong in suggesting that it did not. There was a wave of outrage. In the US, politicians usually do not lead, they follow, so as to be carried by the tide of public opinion. He is right that the Bush administration should have brought this issue before the public for open discussion, rather than attempt to sneak the deal through. Sneaks arouse suspicion. Unfortunately, that is how the Administration works.

Congress is sneaky, too. Senators tried late at night to tack onto an unrelated bill a redefinition of "organic" Industry would be allowed to call "organic" what has various adulterants. That would be like having one's cake and choking on it, too.

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 richardshulman5@aol.com.

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OPERATION DIGNITY DILEMMA
Posted by Rachel Saperstein, March 23, 2006.

When does dignity begin and when does it take second place to need? Who are the people in need? Are they the shouters, the whiners, the shirkers, or are they the quiet people often too proud to ask for help? These are the problems I ponder as I am suddenly pressed for cash gifts.

When we were at the hotel stage following our expulsion from Gush Katif people were in desperate straits. Having left the Gush with only the most basic needs in their luggage they were also stranded without cash to purchase simple items. So the people of Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria came with toothbrushes, pajamas, shoes and socks, and for the first Shabbat white shirts for our men. And so Operation Band Aid came into being. People brought and sent cash and we gave out the money as quickly as possible. There was no question of need. The money was handed out equally.

The Band Aid Fund became OPERATION DIGNITY, a non-profit organization with new needs to fill. As families left the hotels and came to live in the caravillas of Nitzan and Yad Binyamin an envelope containing NIS 1000 was given to each family -- to help the folks get started in their new environment. We are so grateful that you, the people out there, sent us your gifts of money.

Now OPERATION DIGNITY is experiencing a dilemma. The fund has been given a new task. This task is whether to respond to a request for money from those families that had voluntarily left Gush Katif before the actual expulsion. They, too, want the NIS 1000. They feel it is their right, as residents of Neve Dekalim, to receive this cash gift. They claim they are just as deserving a those who were forcibly evicted.

Is this a case of deserving or a case of need? Do people who deliberately signed away their homes to the government and moved away without so much as a token fight deserve the aid of OPERATION DIGNITY?

There are two Nitzans, those who left under their own volition with their belongings intact and sums of money from the government in the bank, and those who were physically ejected with their belongings locked in containers and their pockets empty. We call the first group the vatikim, the old-timers, a euphemism for those who physically left early, and the hadashim, the new-comers, those who stayed until the end.

I've learned since coming here that the vatikim have been left with their own scars and a deep sense of betrayal. There are different people. Some simply wanted out; take the money, take the caravilla, and ideology be damned. Some did not wish to expose their children to the horror of soldiers and police dragging them and their parents from their home. Some left as a majority of their farm community had decided as a group to leave together. Others just gave up.

In Neve Dekalim, the largest of the communities, the vast majority remained until the end ignoring all government offers and threats. Out of 550 families, 40 left.

Today the problem of those who left early remains with us. Many of those who left found themselves cheated by the government. Many did not receive fair compensation or employment. The first caravillas were shoddily made. Water seeped out of shower stalls, toilets overflowed, roofs leaked, mud surrounded each home, hot water and electricity were sporadic. A food outlet was non-existent. Families with four children were closeted into 60 meter caravillas. Today each family receives a 90 meter caravilla, with 120 meters for larger families.

But worse is their own sense of shame. We hear over and over again, "What are we? Second-class citizens?" The government not only betrayed them but has robbed them of their dignity and self-worth. Their children are often ashamed of them. They suffer deeply.

OPERATION DIGNITY responded with gifts of NIS 1000 to all. Those who did not ask for help received their gift first. Many were in desperate need but did not ask. The shouters received their money last.

Passover, the holiday of freedom, is upon us. The families of Gush Katif -- the vatikim and the hadashim -- are in need. The special foods for Passover are expensive. OPERATION DIGNITY, along with other funds, is determined to give all the families NIS 500 for Passover needs. NIS 500 is US$110. The mitzvah of kimche d'paschah, money for Passover, is required of us all. All the Gush Katif funds are banding together to help each family.

Please send your kimche d'paschah as quickly as possible. Earmark checks "Operation Dignity Passover Fund".

May we all have a kosher and peaceful Passover.


OPERATION DIGNITY, now an Amutah [Non-Profit Organization] is the umbrella organization to which the Band Aid Fund belongs. We are continuing to give money to each family from Neve Dekalim. The Simcha Fund aids people with brits, bat- and bar-mitzvahs and weddings. The Seed Fund helps people settle into Nitzan and other communities. We are now collecting funds for Pessach needs. Send contributions earmarked Operation Dignity to

Central Fund for Israel
Rehov Hagoel 13
Efrat 90435
Israel

OR

Central Fund for Israel
attention: Arthur Marcus
Marcus Bros. Textiles
980 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10018 USA

Rachel Saperstein and her husband Moshe lived in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, Gaza, Israel. She was a teacher at the Neve Dekalim ulpana and a spokeswoman for the Katif Regional Council. Her recent book, "Eviction: A Gush Katif Viewpoint", with photos by Moti Sender can be ordered from www.pavilionpress.com.

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NO LOVE FOR THE ENEMY
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, March 23, 2006.

Like so many other sensitive issues surveyed in Israel, the results most likely understate the true public attitude. In a country as small as Israel, there are two or the very most three degrees of separation between any victim of Arab terrorism and any other Jew. That is very close. Quite literally, every Jew in Israel has been severely and directly affected by murderous Arabs. Either on himself, on a close relative or friend or on the close relative or friend of an acquaintance.

It is on the basis of this and other similar factor that I find it so hard to believe the polls as to how people will vote. It is one thing for someone who has always voted Likud to do so again even if he isn't all that happy about some issue or person. The same with the Labor supporters and those of the other parties. However to loyally and stubbornly stick to a new, untried and unstable political party? It just doesn't make sense to me.

There is a great deal of truth to the concept that the typical voter asks, "What have you done for me lately?" when judging the value of a politician or party. What can the new, untried and unknown Kadima answer, "Trust me, I'll be good to you." I just don't understand how anyone can go with them.

This is called "40% of Jewish Israelis Want to Encourage Arabs to Leave," and is from today's Arutz Sheva -- www.IsraelNationalNews.com (www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=100663).

(IsraelNN.com) Some 40% of the Jewish residents of Israel believe Arabs should be encouraged to emigrate, according to the findings of the Center Against Racism. 41% would be pleased to segregate places of entertainment between Arabs and Jews; with two-thirds stating they would not live in a mixed Jewish Arab neighborhood.

The Center released its first report on Wednesday, reporting the poll was conducted by the Geocartography Institute, polling 480 Jews 18 and older, asking questions regarding their position vis-à-vis Israeli Arabs.

63% expressed that Arab citizens pose a security and demographic threat. One-third support revoking the right to vote from Israeli Arabs.

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. Contact him at zelasko@actcom.co.il

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SAND STORM
Posted by Rachel Saperstein, March 23, 2006.

Wednesday, March 8

The air is thick with sand. It goes into my nostrils. I feel as if I am choking. Israel suffers from Spring sandstorms, and living in Nitzan close to the beaches and sand dunes reminds me that Pessach is not far behind. In Israel we bow before God's decree as we re-clean the house after having put the final touches to our Pesach cleaning. A sandstorm dirties the sparkling windows, spreads yellow sand on our polished furniture and turns terraces into mini dunes.

"Lord", I have asked many times, "why do you do this to your Jewish people? We are preparing our homes to recreate Your great miracle of redemption. You made us, a simple people, into a nation and yet you blind us with sandstorms."

I am here in Nitzan, another step in our search for a home. I am blinded. This is indeed a refugee camp. Each caravilla is exactly like the one near me, behind me, and in front of me. I have asked our gardener from Neve Dekalim to put in a garden. A few flowering plants, vines and bright pink geraniums have made this sameness a bit more bearable. I hang my pictures, paintings and our diplomas on the bare walls. The walls come alive. Books are in new cupboards as our wooden shelves on metal rods cannot be hung on the plasterboard walls. Simple, inexpensive light fixtures replace the dangling light bulbs. One fixture has already fallen from the ceiling.

They will not turn me into a refugee. Their sand has been slapped, poured and blown into my face but they will not make me cower.

PURIM 2006

It is the Purim season. We have invited our children and grandchildren for the Purim feast. The grandchildren will sit on the floor. We have no room for a longer table. Imaginatively I have called their sitting area a "Persian Party". They will all perch on pillows like princelings. This is our first family gathering since our expulsion.

A tent has been erected across the street for the communal Purim party tonight. We are each preparing two gift baskets. Sending out dozens of mishloach manot is too expensive.

Friends come to visit. The curious come to visit. We greet the people. We tell our story. The Jews from abroad are incredulous. This actually happened to you? But you seem so ordinary. You're like we are. You could be a Jew from Boston or Los Angeles or Toronto. Why are you in this refugee camp?

Purim is a time of fun remembering an evil edict that didn't happen. A time of reversal of a mad decision by a mad prime minister. We of Gush Katif were also the victims of a mad decision by a mad prime minister. Our edict of expulsion was not reversed. We are two ordinary Jews who came to live in God's promised land, and became refugees. Today we look on in horror as the government of Israel, ruled by a political party that no one ever voted for, ruled by an acting prime minister no one ever elected, promises that the uprooting of Jews and the surrender of Jewish land will continue and continue.

How can we celebrate Purim with joy in our hearts as these evil edicts are promulgated by Jews against Jews? Surely the Purim miracle must happen again. We desperately need Purim. The sands of evil are blowing.

Rachel Saperstein and her husband Moshe lived in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, Gaza, Israel. She was a teacher at the Neve Dekalim ulpana and a spokeswoman for the Katif Regional Council. Her recent book, "Eviction: A Gush Katif Viewpoint", with photos by Moti Sender can be ordered from www.pavilionpress.com.

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CHECK OUT INFOCUSNEWSNET -- A LOCAL PAPER FOR MUSLIMS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Posted by Rachel Neuwirth, March 23, 2006.

For the sake of refreshment about the activities of the American/Islamists/CAIR, Shura,Islamic relief, KindHeart et al, please, do read through the March 6 Issue of InFocus:
http://www.infocusnews.net/InFocusOnline-March06.pdf, pure Islamist emetic..

Check out the cartoon on page 30 --

On the left top front page they shows a photo of the Israeli flag, which stand out while the caption underneath it says: "Islam called evil at UCI Event....page 2" -- (a quote by Reverend Jesse Peterson)

Read page 7, an article called: Muslim American Homeland Security Congress Created". (MAHSC) -- Check out its members. Are the Islamists/American maybe planning another way to infiltrate U.S. Law Enforcement under the guise of the MAHSC organization? I hope we aren't that naive.

And there is so much more on this paper that need to be scrutinized that it is not even funny... and it's getting more sophisticated by the day.

Rachel Neuwirth is a Los Angeles-based analyst on the board of directors of the West Coast Region of the American Jewish Congress and the chairperson of the organization's Middle East committee. Contact her by email at rachterry@sbcglobal.net

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HAMAS TALKS PEACE IN ENGLISH AND DENIES IT IN ARABIC
Posted by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, March 23, 2006.
Hamas's Concilatory Face

In its attempt to gain international legitimacy, Hamas is presenting a conciliatory face to the Western media, while rejecting peace to its own people in Arabic, and even denying that the conciliatory statements were made.

In the latest example, Hamas Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haniyah told CBS on March 16 that he hoped to some day sign a peace agreement with Israel. A Hamas member of Parliament immediately told the Palestinian Authority media that the CBS report was "unfounded," and part of a "crazy campaign which aims at embarrassing and confusing the Palestinians and undermining the trust of the masses in Hamas." [Al Hayat Al Jadida, March 19, 2006]

Haniyah was interviewed on CBS news and said, among other things, that he was "seeking a peace settlement and stability in this region," "looking forward to peace and tranquility in this region," and "seeking American administration to create this missing peace." [www.cbsnews.com]

Hamas Denies Statements Were Made

A Hamas MP, speaking in Arabic to a PA newspaper, immediately denied these statements as lies, and part of a conspiracy of the US media to damage the true image of the Hamas:

"[Hamas] MP Mushir Al-Masri denied what was reported in various places in the media about Hamas abandoning its principles, relying on statements attributed to the Prime Minister designate, Ismail Haniyah, according to which he hopes that a peace treaty will be signed with the Israelis. He said that these statements, released on CBS, are unfounded [lit: naked of all truth]. Al-Masri said that these matters are part of a crazy campaign which aims at embarrassing and confusing the Palestinian arena and undermining the trust of the masses in Hamas movement... He added: "the Palestinian media grasps that this campaign should not be related to... and it understands that America endeavors to undermine the [Hamas] movement in the eyes of the Palestinian people..." As to the PM's statements, which have been distorted, Al-Masri said: "the American channel [CBS] broadcast that Sheikh Ismail Haniyah had said in an interview that he hoped that a treaty with Israel would be signed in the White House. I believe that the basis for the controversy over the [Hamas] political plan are the [peace] agreements, which in our opinion bring no benefit..." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, March 19, 2006]

It should be noted that the reason for this strong rejection of the willingness for peace with Israel is that it violates the most basic tenet of Hamas' belief, that Islam demands the destruction of Israel. Article 13 of the Hamas charter states: "... Renouncing any part of Palestine [i.e. accepting Israel] means renouncing part of the religion." Hamas would have to scrap and recreate the basis of its religious ideology to accept Israel.

Itamar Marcus is director of PMW -- Palestinian Media Watch - (http://www.pmw.org.il). PMW is based in Jerusalem. Barbara Crook, a writer and university lecturer based in Ottawa, Canada, is PMW's North American representative.

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PREPARE FOR NEW ELECTIONS SOON AFTER THE KADIMA GOVERNMENT IS ELECTED
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, March 23, 2006.

It is advisable to take a deep breath and start preparing for new elections again, soon after the newly elected Kadima Government takes office. Even the most uneducated of Israelis will come to see that Kadima will be a collection of the most incompetent rascals ever collected under one roof in the Knesset.

The stink of deals being made even now, as the politicians gather to feed at the Kadima trough of public money should be apparent to all.

Have you noticed the weak campaign of Bibi Netanyahu, as he barely speaks about his opponent, Ehud Olmert? It is as if Bibi has already agreed to run a soft race and, when Olmert inevitably wins, Bibi will pull the Likud Party into a coalition with Kadima. Of course, Bibi would expect a high-ranking Cabinet Post, such as Foreign Minister or other such high profile position.

There is only so much corruption that the nation can tolerate before she sinks into despair. Naturally, one can count on the Arabist State Department being involved in betraying the Israeli voters who really are not considered important in the bigger game of regional politics and betrayal of the Jewish country. Once Olmert and Kadima win and if Bibi brings Likud to join the Kadimites, the other parties will stampede like a herd of wild animals headed for the feeding trough. They have to so their constituents and children can receive a piece of the Government pie to live on.

Olmert promises to start disposing of Jewish settlements soon after he wins, expecting a cash compensation from the Bush Administration. But, President George W. Bush has his own financial troubles, given his soon-to-be trillion dollar cost of the Iraq War, the Katrina debacle, the recent disasters of state-wide grass fires, with the attendant die off of cattle in Texas, now declared a state disaster area.

America has a $2.8 trillion dollar budget for 2007. Bush has raised the U.S. debt ceiling four times, now to $9 trillion, with interest on this debt that will swamp all other American domestic programs.

There may be no money for Olmert's betrayal of the Jewish people in Israel. Couple that with the Hamas win and their follow-on assault, joined by Al Qaeda and Hezb'Allah on Israel's core cities.

As then PM Ehud Barak looked to President Bill Clinton to pay for his midnight run-out of Lebanon (which Barak didn't get), so too will the Gaza expected payout from America not materialize.

Nor will the costs of evacuation from Judea and Samaria be paid for by America.

The real pay-off will be in the form of a saturation missile attack, coming from the Judenrein (Jew-free) Gaza Strip, from Hezb'Allah in Lebanon and a grand opportunity for Iran and Syria to release their nuclear and/or chemical missiles.

By this time, the Olmert government will be living in spider-holes, hoping enraged Israelis won't find them.

Hopefully, the probable Kadima-Likud Government will be quickly overthrown before what is left of the Jewish State is given over to the Arab Muslim Palestinians. Perhaps HaShem will intervene with a regional earthquake that will give the Muslim Arabs something else to catch their attention other than Israel.

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). Contact him at gwinston@interaccess.com

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MICHAEL FREUND AND SHAVEI ISRAEL RECEIVE JERUSALEM PRIZE
Posted by Ezra HaLevi, March 23, 2006.

Michael Freund and the Shavei Israel organization were presented with the Jerusalem Prize at the closing ceremony of the Jerusalem Conference. The Maaleh School of Cinema was also awarded.

"The Jerusalem Prize is being granted to Shavei Israel for lending a hand to Jews and their descendents all over the world, educating them and assisting them in returning to Judaism," read the award. "Whether assisting crypto-Jews in Spain, Subbotnik Jews in Russia, B'nei Menashe in India, the Morrocan Jews living in Peru or those elsewhere, Shavei Israel -- acting through determination and sensitivity, as well as with an overarching sense of humanity - welcomes these souls back to our people." The award plaque was presented to Freund by Gonen Ginat, Editor of HaTzofeh.

Recent Shavei Israel projects include providing a rabbi for the "Jungle Jews" of Peru, reaching out to the Chinese Jewish community of Kaifeng and establishing an outreach center in Brazil for the descendents of Anousim -- Jews who hid their Judaism during the Spanish Inquisition whose descendents are rediscovering their Jewish roots. Another project reaches out to Subbotnik Jews in Russia, who are descendants of Russian peasants in the Voronezh region, located hundreds of miles south of Moscow, who converted to Judaism nearly two centuries ago and adhered to their faith despite continuous persecution. Several other projects are ongoing as well.

Additional information is available on Shavei Israels web site, www.shavei.org.

An award for original Jewish creativity was also presented to the Maale School of Cinema, Television and the Arts. The Jerusalem-based film school caters to religious film students, exploring the role of film in the religious world and producing films free of profanity and gratuitous nudity.

Several of Maaleh's films have received awards and its graduates are playing increasingly prominent roles in Israeli film and television. Ezra HaLevi is a writer for Arutz-Sheva

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HAMAS IS NOT LACKING FUNDS
Posted by David Meir-Levi, March 22, 2006.

Scott Wilson's "Hamas is Alone in Cabinet Plan" (Washington Post, 3/20/06) -- see below -- bemoans the sad straits in which Hamas finds itself. Financially strapped and alone at the wheel, poor Hamas is casting about for ways to form its government.

But Wilson neglects a few details which coflict with this misrepresentation of Hamas.

A.) The Palestinian Authority is not strapped for funds.

Tens of billions of dollars have poured into the coffers of the PA since the Oslo Accords (9/1993). Half of the EUs international aid (hundreds of millions of dollars) goes to the PA. Billions of Arafat's embezzled riches have been found and quietly refunnelled back into the PA financial offices (much to the distress of Arafat's widdow, Suha Arafat, and her daughter -- after all, Paris is an expensive city). And Israel released more than $140,000,000 to the PA last month before the Hamas government was formed. The total assets of the PA at this time are estimated by outside analysts at c. $10,000,000,000!! Since Hamas controls the Financial Portfolio of the PA, it has easy access to this money ... quite enough to run the government of a country smaller than Delaware.

B.) The PA spin-meisters represent their government as destitute... and 150,000 "civil servants" have not been paid. But half of these "civil servants" are in "security services". Since Israel has frequently captured "PA Police" or "Security personnel" in the perpetration of terrorist acts, and Abbas himself has complained of Fatah policemen moonlighting for Hamas, it is obvious that "security services" is a euphemism for terrorists. Why would any country want to pay salaries to the terrorists who attack them?

C.) Arafat's rapacious graft, and the galactic kleptocracy of the PA, have long been known.

Had the billions of dollars that poured into Arafat's hands after Oslo been put to the use for which they were intended (state-building), there would today be a prosperous country called Palestine living in peace alongside of Israel. Instead, Arafat kept c. 20% of those billions for himself (and his wife and daughter), and diverted most of the remaining 80% to his terror war. So today's Palestinians are indeed poverty-stricken, but only because they fielded no leadership to put a stop to the graft and the terrorism that are now the hallmarks of Fatah and the PLO.

D.) Hamas could bask under the benevolent good wishs of the western world, and enjoy the bounty of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in aid from the EU and the UK and the USA and Israel; if only it would abandon its principles. But its principles are very clear, and its commitment to those principles is unshakeable: destory Israel, genocide its Jews, then move on to killing Jews world-wide, and then move on to an Armageddon war with the West until "Islam is in charge of all the affairs of life" (Hamas covenant, 12/1988). So western countries withhold funds only because Hamas remaiins committed to perpetrating crimes against humanity.

E.) Hamas could form a government with the PLO and/or Fatah, if it would agree to honor the PA agreements reached with Israel, and with the Road Map's "Quartet". But doing so would inherently imply recognition of Israel. So Hamas sticks to its principles (see above, "D"), insists that it will use its power and wealth solely for the purpose of committing crimes against humanity, and thus faces the lonely job of running its terrorist government all by itself.

F.) Iran and Arabia have already declared that they will make up the short-fall of any money that is denied Hamas from the West.

So, far from lacking funds, Hamas and the PA are actually swimming in money...but cry poverty to get more money from the gullible West so they can better carry on their terror war against Israel.
 

"Hamas Is Alone In Cabinet Plan
Other Factions Balk at Joining Government"
By Scott Wilson
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, March 20, 2006; A08

JERUSALEM, March 19 -- Hamas finalized a proposed cabinet Sunday that would place several key ministries in the hands of senior leaders but not include any other Palestinian faction, precisely the narrowly partisan government that the radical Islamic movement had hoped to avoid.

Ismail Haniyeh, the designated prime minister, submitted the list to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, whose secular Fatah party declined to join the cabinet. The cabinet's makeup is likely to complicate efforts to persuade international donors to continue funding the government once Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the United States and European Union, assumes control of the ministries.

"Their task was to have as wide a government as possible with Fatah, other factions and independents," said Ali Jarbawi, a political science professor at Beir Zeit University in the West Bank. "The cabinet they have proposed will be, in effect, all Hamas. They are facing a deep problem."

Also Sunday, the U.S. ambassador to Israel assembled Israeli and Palestinian delegations to discuss mounting humanitarian problems in the Gaza Strip resulting from closures of the main cargo passage with Israel. The Karni crossing has been shut for most of the year because of Israeli security concerns, but shortages of food and medicine are beginning to threaten the welfare of Gaza's 1.3 million residents.

Richard Jones, the U.S. ambassador, called the meeting in Tel Aviv on a few hours' notice to salvage a U.S.-brokered deal setting out the terms of operation at Karni following Israel's withdrawal from Gaza last fall. In recent weeks, Israeli officials have made clear they want the Palestinians to use a southern passage at the intersection of Gaza, Israel and Egypt, far from the strip's economic center in the north, rather than Karni.

Palestinian officials had refused, citing terms of the deal. But the delegations decided Sunday to open the southern passage, known as Kerem Shalom, on Monday for humanitarian deliveries from Egypt.

"The ambassador took the initiative to bring the parties together to find a way to move humanitarian assistance into Gaza in a way that addressed security concerns on both sides," said Stewart Tuttle, the U.S. Embassy spokesman.

Haniyeh's proposed cabinet, which was due by the end of the month, could change in the weeks ahead. Hamas will probably continue seeking partners to broaden its domestic support and assuage international donors, who supply nearly half of the Palestinian Authority's roughly $2 billion annual budget.

Abbas has demanded that Hamas accept several signed agreements backed by his Fatah party that would, in effect, amount to a recognition of Israel. Although Palestinian law does not give him the authority to veto the proposed cabinet, Abbas could fire Haniyeh immediately after it is sworn in by the Hamas-dominated legislature elected in January.

Hamas leaders so far have rejected Abbas's demands and pledged to continue confronting Israel "by all means." Abbas's aides have indicated in recent days that he will give Hamas a chance to run the ministries while working to persuade its leaders to endorse a negotiated two-state solution to the conflict.

Abbas will likely wait a few weeks to forward the proposed cabinet to parliament, the Palestinian Legislative Council. The delay would allow Israeli elections on March 28 to conclude before Hamas takes control of the ministries, a transition that could otherwise boost the showing of Israel's most hawkish parties. It would also give Haniyeh more time to recruit another Palestinian party for the cabinet, ideally Fatah, which controls the second-largest parliamentary bloc.

Haniyeh came close to bringing in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist party that, like Hamas, appears on the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations. But the leaders of the party, which holds three of parliament's 132 seats, announced Sunday that they would not participate.

The Palestinian Authority is already in severe financial straits. International donors are considering ways of financing humanitarian programs for the Palestinians outside channels controlled by Hamas, whose charter calls for Israel's destruction.

Israel has frozen the monthly transfer of about $55 million in tax and customs revenue it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority under an arrangement established by the 1993 Oslo accords. Those transfers amount to roughly half of the authority's $115 million monthly payroll for 150,000 civil servants and trainees, nearly half of them in the security services.

Hamas officials said Haniyeh's cabinet, which was not made public, gives the interior and foreign ministries to members of the party, formally known as the Islamic Resistance Movement. But many of those nominated to run the 24 ministries are technocrats from outside the movement, although they have strong ideological connections to it.

Saed Siyam, a former teacher who won the most votes on the Hamas list in Gaza, has been nominated as interior minister with control of several Palestinian security services. Mahmoud Zahar, a thyroid surgeon and hard-liner, would run the Foreign Ministry, although Haniyeh has signaled that Abbas will be given wide latitude in dealing with foreign governments.

Haniyeh, considered a pragmatic figure within the movement, has been working since soon after the party's parliamentary victory to form a broad cabinet. But some Palestinian analysts say Hamas would have had a better chance of building a national unity government if it had selected a figure from outside the movement as prime minister.

David Meir-Levi is an American-born Israeli, currently living in Palo Alto. His expertise is in Near Eastern studies and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is Director of Peace and Education at Israel Peace Initiative (www.ipi-usa.org). Contact him at david_meirlevi@hotmail.com

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NEW TERRORIST GOVERNMENT; 2-STATE SOLUTION A FARCE; JIMMY CARTER -- ARAB SHILL
Posted by James Biga, March 22, 2006.

These essays appeared this month in www.opinioneditorials.com as well as being linked to townhall.com

1. "Palestinians" will get what they asked for

The PLO does not intend to approve the Hamas government, since the organization did not recognize the PLO or the Palestinian Authority's basic laws. Hamas is using the power of the ballot box as legitimacy of their government. Which one gets it right? For decades the PLO has squandered opportunities and money in order to manipulate and stay in power. The "Palestinian" people, having been brainwashed, decided to elect a group of people who have lived up to what they promised. Hamas will not change its charter or re-define the governmental platform. They have the power of the mob behind them. Using verbiage from the west they will contend that they are democratically elected to fulfill the promises of their organization.

Their exiled political leader, Khalid Mish'al, has traveled the Middle East to let others know the intent of Hamas and its new government. Mish'al has warned that "...as long as the occupation continued and as long as the United States supported Israel, then terrorism would only escalate?" Hamas would only opt for a ceasefire if Israel ceased military activities and releases all Palestinian prisoners currently in jails. And of course Hamas sees the right of return as legitimate.

Hamas, a known terrorist quantity, appears to have incited certain members within Fatah to become more aggressive. Based on recent writings it appears that Fatah has decided to increase the activities of its military wing. If this is true, then not only will increased terror activity occur against Israeli's there appears to be a pending internal war within the "Palestinian" people. Hamas versus Fatah with the "Palestinian" people being led to the slaughter. Clerics of each side will consider the other infidels and blasphemers and will issue fatwas. At some point the "Palestinians" will destroy themselves. They will still find a way to blame Israel of course.

Based on the Torah and the Old Testament, the Arabs, descendants of Ishmael, would be wild men and their hands would be against every man and every man's hand against them. I see nothing in the Middle East to refute this. These people believe that might is right and they don't like the fact that their might is miniscule. They pray to their Allah as taught by their prophet and they continue to live under oppressive despotic regimes that use them for fodder. When a little sunlight makes it through the cracks of this society it is quickly covered up. Following Islam and praying to their version of Allah has given the Islamists a history of murder and oppression. The so-called golden years were achieved on the backs of others. Slavery, war, and deception were the tools used to build the Arab world and they are the instruments that have led to its self-destruction.

Because the "Palestinians" do not receive a truthful education, the decisions they make are based out of ignorance. This is the ultimate proof of the adage that ignorance is dangerous. Fear, hatred, and ignorance are what spur the "Palestinians" to act the way they do. In fact, this is a problem that permeates the Middle East as well as other Third World nations around the globe. In order to engage these people it must be done realistically taking the aforementioned into account.

Because of these shortcomings the "Palestinians" will reap what they have sown. They wanted a forceful government and now they have it. Internal strife will increase and external strife will continue. They will continue to suffer whilst their leaders pass the blame to the Israel and the Great Satan America as well as the infidels within their own realm. If the Arab world had signed onto the partitioning of Middle Eastern land in 1948 none of this would have to happen.

Botched political attempts, billions of dollars of aid wasted added to the ignorance and hatred has given us the world's largest terrorist welfare state called "Palestine." Just as the people elected Hamas, they can choose to overthrow them. From Arafat to Abbas to Hamas the "Palestinian" people have allowed the evil and inept to lead them. Despite their ignorance, this is their choice. A violent people adhering to a violent religion and following violent leaders with the end result being more violence. The "Palestinians" have gotten what they asked for.

2. The Two-State Solution is a Farce

Believing in a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine goes beyond asininity and sets in insanity. What, in the last decade, would lead anyone to believe that this is a viable option? The PLO, PA, and now Hamas truly want nothing to do with Israel. Their intention is to eradicate Israel. Eradicate is actually a nicer word than what these groups really want to do. Yassir Arafat cared about nothing but his own perceived authority. Abbas is the typical modern day politician. Hamas and Khalid Mish'al are at least honest with their intentions. They are not covering up their hatred for Israel and are blatant in telling the rest of the world.

Just as the Arabs blew it in 1948 the "Palestinians" have been doing the same for at least the last decade. If the Arab world wanted peace they have had numerous opportunities starting in 1948 to have it. When the Arabs realized that they could not militarily defeat this tiny country called Israel they decided to use the "refugee crisis" to garner sympathy and financial support. Sadly, it isn't Israel that has left these people as refugees. Jordan chased them out after there were continuous uprisings and then the Lebanese army, with Syrian backing, chased them out of Southern Lebanon. For some reason these people are unwanted. Had countries taken in and integrated these people we would not have the problems we are having now. This is why I do not believe that a two state solution is even a legitimate option let alone viable or attainable.

I have stated numerous times that the "Palestinians" are nothing more than cannon fodder to be used against Israel by the Anti-Semitic, Anti-Zionist, Anti-Jewish, and Anti-Israel forces in the Middle East. These people are being setup as human shields and human bombs in order to distract the rest of the world from dealing truthfully with the Arab world. Despotism and oppression are the order of the day. Keep the money flowing to the elite while the poorer masses are scrounging for food. Offer money to those who will kill a few Israeli's and then send them to Allah so they can reap their reward, the younger the bomber the better. Let children sacrifice their lives so angry old men can reap the benefits of power. All the while they eliminate any kind of future that their own people might have had. Whereas abortion is the murder of an unborn human, Homicide-Bombers actually volunteer to kill themselves and others. They have a choice in the matter and they opt for death and murder. The former dies innocently while the latter has the blood of many on his hands.

These are not people that can be dealt with logically. They do not want what is good for them and they could care less about life. Mohammed founded a religion based on death and the modern day Mohammedans are doing their best to live up to it. We need to start dealing with these people as they are and not how we wish they would be. I do not know who is holding the leash to Israel but it needs to be let loose. It has been held long enough to cause fractioning within that country. There are now portions of Israel that have gone into denial and believe that the "Palestinians" just want to live in peace. All that has to be done is give them some land. The Oslo Accords should have eliminated this fallacy.

Israel is the homeland for the Jewish people. Mohammed declared the Jew's to be filthy Infidels and unbelievers. Therefore, the elimination of Israel would be mandated from Allah via Mohammed. There is an entire religion bent on the destruction of another. If Israel does not reunite under the banner of David they will have to worry about their individual existence. When Mohammed was spreading Islam through Arabia he took advantage of the split amongst the Jews. When the Jews had a chance to stop this they didn't. The result was the spread of a violent religion which is bringing hell to earth.

Israel is the frontline of this battle for civilization. This is also a religious battle, whether we like it or not. So far the Islamists have dictated the terms of how this war is being fought. They have used spineless diplomats and lecherous politicians to ensure this. They have been able to get people to believe that they are the victims. The defeats suffered in wars caused the demise of Arab pride. Now they are trying to get it back. Sadly there are people willing to give it to them instead of making them earn it.

The two-state solution will not work. I say let Israel defend itself and go on the offensive. See who wins the war between these societies. I would be willing to wager that Israel would obtain the land that was promised to them by G-d. Quit allowing the Arab world to use the "Palestinian" issue to tear away at the lone bright spot in the Middle East. Israel, reunite and stand strong. The history of the Jewish people has been one of continuously overcoming hardship. It is Israel that provides the way for the rest of us. If you give up or give in, the rest of the world is doomed to the same fate. There is nothing in Mohammedanism that would lead me to believe that I would be content in a world ruled by his followers. Treat them as they deserve to be treated and things will actually change.

3. Jimmy is at it again

Jimmy Carter continues to display the ineptitude that defined his presidency. By denying truth and fact he is able to push his idea that a peace in the Middle East is attainable under present circumstances. He believes that the "pre-eminent obstacle to peace is Israel's colonization of Palestine." The fact that Israel has been attacked mercilessly since its inception doesn't play into the equation. The fact that the so-called "Palestinians" have been chased out of other Arab nations including Jordan doesn't seem to matter. The Arab world wants Israel to go away. They use the "Palestinian" people as cannon fodder to pick away at Israel until the Arab world feels they are ready to make another attack. Iran will be the first to do this.

Good Ol' Jimmy wants to give Hamas a chance at running the "Palestinian" government. Despite recent reports and admissions by Hamas that Mahmoud Abbas will have less authority than he has now, he thinks the Israeli's should continue to deal with him. This, despite the fact that the Fatah party was never a valid partner for peace anyhow. They were playing a political bait and switch. Now they are busy trying to prove that they are tough and are conducting their own terrorist operations publicly. According to post election polls that Jimmy uses, 80% of "Palestinians" want a peace agreement while nearly 70% support Abbas. Whoopdy-doo! They wanted peace so much they elected a murdering terrorist organization to lead them down this path of peace.

If the "Palestinians" truly want peace they will have to reject the Jihadist mentality and ultimately reject Islam. As long as they continue to follow their Koran as well as their clerics they will follow a path of destruction. This destruction will be of themselves and all those around them. Maybe national martyrdom is the end goal especially if they could take Israel with them. Any so-called diplomat that follows the ideology of Jimmy Carter is destined to make matters worse. The Israelis need to step up to the plate and take on their enemies. Quit playing the political game and force the hand of the Arab world. Politics and compromise have not worked nor will it in the future. This is not a pessimistic view it is a realistic one.

Destroy your enemies before they destroy you. The Islamists can not be trusted to live up to their word. Their backwards society deems it necessary to have weapons and technology without having education and compassion. Having the bomb is more important than building a school to teach science. Islam does not leave any room for reform. It is what it is and nothing more. It is a hateful religion bent on the destruction of the infidels. Compromise cannot be attained and is not desired. Jimmy Carter is in denial. The only way a person can agree with his current approach to the crisis is to deny the truth and the history. Jimmy needs to go back to building homes for the homeless. At least there he came across as a good man. When he puts himself back into the national/international realm he comes across looking like the churlish boor he really is.

Contact James Biga at Jebiga88@aol.com

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DOES ISRAEL REALLY CARE ABOUT WORLD JEWRY
Posted by Michael Freund, March 22, 2006.

This article appeared in today's Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1139395652756&pagename= JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull).

For a country that is supposed to be concerned with safeguarding Jewish interests around the globe, Israel sure has a funny way of showing it.

To get a sense of how the government views this issue, I decided to take a look at the Web site of the Ministry for Diaspora Affairs, which seemed like the natural place to start.

After all, if our elected officials went to the trouble to establish such an entity, it must surely serve as an all-inclusive repository of updated facts, figures and information about our fellow Jews around the world, right?

Well, not quite. As it turns out, the Diaspora Affairs Ministry does not even have its own Web site, which speaks volumes about the role this body plays in serving as a bridge to world Jewry. Instead, it gets a whopping total of one - count 'em, one! - Web page that is static and bereft of any useful data, and which is, moreover, buried away deep within the confines of the Prime Minister's Office site.

Worse yet, it has not been updated since last year, as it still lists Knesset Member Rabbi Michael Melchior as heading the office, even though he left the post at the end of November, when the Labor Party quit the government.

Perhaps, I thought, somewhat naively, Israel's venerable Foreign Ministry will demonstrate a slightly more sophisticated approach. After all, Israel's embassies and consulates maintain regular contact with Jewish communities and organizations worldwide. Surely, as the primary interface abroad between the State of Israel and Diaspora Jewry, the Foreign Ministry would give pride of place to the subject, on a par with its importance and centrality to the future of the Jewish people.

WRONG AGAIN. The Foreign Ministry's World Jewish Affairs Division gets a measly page of its own, with the date at the top currently listed as "4 Feb 2004."

By contrast, the Foreign Ministry devotes more Web pages to Israel's development aid to Bulgaria and Vietnam than it does to the country's ties with world Jewry.

But this is not just a matter of Internet resources, or the lack thereof. It is a symptom of the apathy and indifference that typifies the government's outlook when it comes to world Jewry.

Take, for example, the issue of Jewish religious rights. We tend to think that Jews throughout the Western world are entirely free to practice Judaism, unencumbered by any restrictions on their observance of fundamental Jewish tenets.

But that is not always the case. In a number of European countries, such as Switzerland and Norway, Jews are forbidden to slaughter animals in accordance with Jewish law, and are forced to import kosher meat from elsewhere, adding unnecessary expense and inconvenience.

Other countries, such as Sweden, have imposed restrictions on circumcision, a basic rite of passage in Jewish life. While Israel has been more vocal when it comes to matters such as rising anti-Semitism in Europe, the government is largely silent on other issues affecting Jews, as though they were of no concern or importance.

IT IS TIME for this to change. As the state of the Jewish people, Israel has an obligation to stand up and defend Jewish rights wherever they are trampled, and to speak out forcefully on their behalf.

A simple, yet compelling, step that the government could take would be to compile and publish an annual report on respect for Jewish rights worldwide, modeled on the US State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

For nearly three decades the human rights report issued by Washington has served to raise public awareness about the state of freedom worldwide, placing many governments under the glare of international scrutiny and criticism. The most recent one, for calendar year 2005, was released just a few weeks ago.

At a March 16 congressional hearing, Assistant US Secretary of State Barry F. Lowenkron noted that these reports "serve as a reference document and a foundation for our cooperative action with other governments, organizations and individuals seeking to end human rights abuses and strengthen the capacity of other nations to protect the fundamental rights of all."

Of course, Israel does not have the diplomatic or economic clout of the US. But it most certainly has the moral standing and historic duty to press other countries when it comes to protecting the rights of Jews everywhere.

An annual Israeli government survey chronicling the state of Jewish rights worldwide would serve as an effective tool for monitoring and exposing abuses, as well as for pressuring other countries to take stronger steps to ensure the safety and freedom of their Jewish populations. It would underline and reaffirm Israel's commitment, centrality and responsibility for Jews around the globe and serve to focus the nation's attention on the fate of our brethren in the Diaspora.

So whatever new government may come to power after next week's elections, here's hoping it will devote a little more time and effort to looking out for our fellow Jews. That, after all, is our raison d'etre.

The writer is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people.

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JUSTICE MAY BE BLIND BUT INJUSTICE IS VERY MUCH ALIVE
Posted by Shaul and Aviva Ceder, March 22, 2006.

This comes from Eric Mahr.

Jonathan and Esther Pollard wish to express admiration, gratitude and profound respect to their American attorneys, Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman, for their heroic, undying, untiring efforts to secure justice for Jonathan Pollard, against insuperable odds. Their courage, determination, dedication and devotion to the truth has done the Jewish People great honor and been an enormous Kiddush HaShem.

Fighting a battle for justice -- uphill all the way -- against 3 government agencies determined to prevent the truth in this case from ever coming to light, Lauer and Semmelman fought all the way to the Supreme Court without ever breaking stride or becoming discouraged in the face of utter corruption and behind-the-scenes subversion.

The American Justice, Intelligence and Defense Departments have for 21 years thrown their full weight into subverting the rule of law to ensure that Jonathan Pollard, the Jewish agent of the Jewish State, never gets his day in court and that he remain in prison as a constant symbol for use against Israel and against the American Jewish community. In their intransigent, two-decades-long subversion of justice for Jonathan Pollard, these agencies have repeatedly demonstrated that their hatred for Israel far outweighs any regard they have for the rule of law or for the American Constitution.

Even the support of some of the greatest legal minds in America was of no avail. Among the influential signees of Amicus Briefs to the court in support of Pollard's case were such illustrious names as Anthony Amsterdam, Charles Ogletree, Charles E. Rice and Michael Tigar. Among the important legal organizations supporting Jonathan's brief were the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. This heavyweight support was of no avail in face of the massive subversion of the courts by the Justice, Intelligence and Defense Departments. Their stubborn opposition caused the entire legal struggle to be calculatedly sandbagged at the outset of every filing, and the merits of Pollard's case were never reached. Every filing was summarily dismissed on spurious and flimsy technicalities.

Refusing to give in to the subversion, and more determined than ever, Lauer and Semmelman took Pollard's the case all the way to the American Supreme Court. This final avenue of appeal behaved no differently than the lower courts: it subverted justice by simply refusing to hear Pollard's petition. Contrary to misinformed media reports, Jonathan Pollard did not lose the case; it simply was never heard.

Justice4JP released the following statement to the Israeli media today.
Translation below is provided by J4JP:

"US Supreme Court Hammers Final Nail in the Coffin of Hopes to Secure Justice for Jonathan Pollard Via Legal Avenues."

J4JP Release -- March 21, 2006

ESTHER POLLARD: "Jonathan's very life is at stake. If the Prime Minister will not respond at once -- even before the day is done -- by making an immediate appeal to President Bush to release my husband, then he personally will be sentencing Jonathan to death."

The US Supreme Court yesterday dismissed Jonathan Pollard's final petition, driving the last nail into the coffin of hopes to secure justice for Jonathan Pollard via the US legal system. Here are some of the comments Esther Pollard made in the Israeli media today:

"The decision of the Supreme court is disappointing but not surprising. The dismissal of this petition, just like all the ones that preceded it, was based solely upon legal technicality; the merits of the case were never reached."

"Israel's abandonment of her agent, my husband, Jonathan Pollard, was never a problem that could be solved via the American legal system."

"The real issue is: this is the first time in the history of modern espionage that that an agent has been forced to face a court of law on his own, in the country where he operated, without receiving any support from the country which sent him and for whom he sacrificed himself."

"From the outset Jonathan never had any chance of receiving justice from the Americans as long as the country that sent him, and for whom he sacrificed himself, continued to turn its back on him."

"Whenever I am out in public, people come up to me again and again to express their outrage at the ingratitude and irresponsibility of the Government of Israel, which instead of freeing from captivity the one who served the State and saved the lives of Israeli citizens, just threw him to the dogs."

"For years we were told to be patient, that there is an on-going legal initiative. No one can say that any longer. It is over. This was the final nail in the coffin of our hopes of securing justice for Jonathan via the American system of justice."

"Every additional minute that Jonathan spends in prison he is in mortal danger. Every additional moment, every additional second that Jonathan remains in prison, his life hangs in the balance. There is no reason to wait to bring him home in a coffin, G-d forbid!"

"If the Prime Minister will not respond at once -- even before the day is done -- by making an immediate appeal to President Bush to release my husband, then he personally will be sentencing Jonathan to death." -30-

SEE ALSO:

Transcript: Kol Yisrael Radio Interview of Esther Pollard on US Supreme Court Dismissal of Jonathan's Petition

Contact the Ceders at ceder@netvision.net.il

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HURT POLLARD, HIDE SUBVERSION; SIGNIFICANCE OF SCANDALS; FINLAND AIDS ANTI-ISRAEL NGOS
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, March 22, 2006.

HURT POLLARD, HIDE SUBVERSION

Known for insight into espionage, Wm. F. Buckley's take on Jonathan Pollard ("Spytime in Washington," March 6, 2006, p.9) astonished me. He denies Pollard got a harsher sentence, when Aldrich Ames unfairly blamed Pollard for exposing CIA agents to the Soviets. Come now!. Government leaks fanned indignation against Pollard for the deaths of those agents.

Pollard's sentence properly was not minimized, just for having helped an ally -- The rules don't change according to whom we give stolen secrets," wrote Mr. Buckley. The record shows that they usually do.

Sentencing is flexible. Then there must be criteria for veering towards the minimum or the maximum. An equitable formula would levy a harsher penalty for helping an enemy, with malicious intent, and wreaking harm. That is customary.

Unfortunately, politics intrudes. Spies for favored Arab countries that our government courted but that are not benign towards the US have gotten away with only a couple of years in jail or non-prosecution. Pollard got a heavier sentence than most spies for enemies of the US. Mr. Buckley did not explain that illogic. As for the rules that he sets store by, as do I, the government flouted them by violating the plea bargain for a lighter sentence; basing the heavier sentence on an unusual, last-minute submission of a secret, probably biased memo not available to Pollard's defense attorneys for study; and treating him with uncommon brutality.

There was extreme institutional indignation against Pollard. His spying thwarted a secret maneuver to deprive Israel of officially promised, vital intelligence about Arab military plans, such as Saddam's to poison-gas Israel. Thanks to Pollard, Israel was ready, so Saddam used conventional bombs, and thousands of Israelis were spared. By silencing Pollard, however, those who subverted the official policy of intelligence disclosure stayed hidden. Mr. Buckley's stance protects those subversives.

COMPLAINTS ABOUT CALLOUS ABANDONMENT UPHELD

The Comptroller of Israel issued what is called a "scathing" report about the treatment of the Jews expelled from Gaza. There was little planning for what to do with the residents, promises and assurances were made when it was known that the resources were not being made available, the residents were mistreated on the way out and improperly deprived of their possessions, poor implementation continues, and the hardship grinds on. The comptroller vindicated most of the complaints about the Sharon-Olmert regime's mishandling of this abandonment (even as Olmert schemes to abandon more).

More scathing is the Winston Mid East Analysis accusation that the misplanning was planned by Sharon in order to keep the settlers politically off balance (3/9).

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SCANDALS

The NY Sun's Britain correspondent wrote a confused piece asserting that every country has political scandals, including one by a son of Sharon, and that the details of the foreign ones bore him. Then he devoted the next 14 paragraphs to a British political scandal, without explaining why he thought it worth sifting out of the political mud for us Americans, to whom that scandal is foreign (Daniel Johnson, 3/9, Op.-Ed.).

An implication is made that political scandals have little significance. Some do, some don't. There are levels of significance. An ordinary political scandal, whereby a public official takes pay for using his power to circumvent regulations, as Olmert has done, is venal but not vital. That is not very significant, though it helps one gauge character.

This kind of scandal can rise in importance if it becomes a club in the hands of a blackmailer working against national security. That happened to Sharon and son, when their acceptance of campaign donations and their real estate practices enabled the left-wing Attorney-General to investigate and indict the Sharons, if he wanted to. Why might he not want to? Because then, lacking integrity himself, he can hold sway over the Prime Minister and get enacted leftist policies that could not have won approval by democratic election.

A significant level of corruption is that of the Israeli official who ran the abandonment of Gaza and northern Samaria. He also helped run a private company that made money from the abandonment. In this conflict of interest, the worse he performed his duties in behalf of the dispossessed, the more his company profited. This is on the level of the US officials who are recruited from private companies into federal agencies that regulate them, later to return to the industry. The weaker the regulation, the greater the private profit. Such officials subvert their public purpose. That is more offensive than just taking a bribe to buy equally acceptable products of one company over another.

The highest level is bribery or extortion to serve a foreign country working against one's own. Peres might have done that in his scandalous profiteering from the "peace process" he staged. PM Barak might have done it, in accepting illegal campaign contributions from foreign sources whose goals contradicted his platform, but whose goals he forwarded, once elected. On the other hand, it may not have been a bribe, for he may have intended to deceive the electorate. Israeli politicians do that. Sharon did it by having as Israel's representative in negotiations with the P.A. a lawyer who had as a client the P.A.. If the lawyer betrayed Israel, he got more to share with his client. Several Israeli leaders had investments in P.A. businesses, including, apparently, Sharon. In the State Dept., many officials look forward to retiring into high salaries from S. Arabia. A Saudi Prince boasted about having them in his pocket now. Inasmuch as S. Arabia finances much of the jihad mentality that is getting our troops killed, those officials are as corrupt as can be.

When a scandal involves an official selling out his country to the enemy and in wartime, it is worthy of capital punishment for treason, whether it be Sharon or a US Ambassador.

DISQUIETING NEWS ABOUT IRAN

Iran has been making alliances with leftist regimes in Latin America. From those countries, they may be able to launch nuclear weapons at the US in their intermediate-range missiles that cannot reach the US from Iran (NY Sun, 3/8, Ed.).

Iran gears up to destroy the US. The US just waits for this?q

FOLLOW-UP ON BROOKLYN IMAM SERIES

Recently, I commented about a NY Times series that coddled a Brooklyn Imam, who made some compromises with Western ways but slandered Israel and sanctioned terrorism against it. It called him "moderate." The NY Sun added comments.

The Times made much of the childish harassment of Muslims, but failed to make clear that New Yorkers did not retaliate against mosques after Islamic terrorists murdered three thousand innocent people in New York. Nor did the article mention that 12 years ago, a member of that mosque, on hearing the sermon of the current imam's predecessor, murdered a Jewish boy (Daniel Freedman, 3/8, Op.-Ed.).

That is how the Times slants stories, in order to bolster its preconceived conclusions.

FINLAND AIDS ANTI-ISRAEL NGOS

Finland set up a bureau to subsidize foreign development and humanitarian efforts. Direct and indirect recipients in the P.A. and in Israel include: the Palestinian Center for H uman Rights, the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights, Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, World Vision-Finland, the Public Committee against Torture, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, JCSER, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, and Sabeel.

All of those groups have laudable sounding goals. Some of them foster those goals. But they all abuse their respected goals and positions in a slanderous political campaign against Israel.

Examples of bias:

(1) Accused Israel of violating Intl. humanitarian law by killing Arabs, without acknowledging that that Israel has to pursue terrorists who violate that law by hiding in cities and emerging to attack Israeli civilians;

(2) Laments the slaying of Hamas' founder whom it calls a moderate (no kidding), as a violation of human rights, and holds Israel responsible for Hamas retaliation (as if Hamas otherwise would not attack Israel);

(3) Promotes divestment from Israel and a "one state solution," employing classical antisemitic theological themes;

(4) Opposes the security fence as colonizing and controlling (though most Arabs are on the other side of it);

(5) Advised the EU that the IDF commits war crimes, including willful killings and inhuman treatment (but didn't advise it that the P.A. actually does sponsor willful killings, but of innocents, not of murderers);

(6) Accused Israel of ethnic cleansing (which is the Arab goal) and apartheid;

(7) Urged Pres. Bush "to reconsider the sale of Apache Attack helicopters to Israel;"

(8) Presented a false history of Jerusalem;

(9) Urge boycott of Israel (IMRA, 3/7 from NGO Monitor). The NGOs that Finland supports promote terrorism and the defamation and destruction of Israel. Travesty!

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 richardshulman5@aol.com.

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THE JEWS ARE STUCK AT THE WALL
Posted by Marcel Cousineau, March 22, 2006.

My response to plan for Cable Car access to the Kotel.

Years ago when our Jewish guide, Gershon, pushed us to go up on a tour of the Temple Mount, he told us, "We Jews are 'stuck at the wall'.

The Jewish people are truly dumb sheep easily led by the nose and easily satisfied wiith token things like a Wall.

While Islam controls the Temple Mount and destroys artifacts from the first and second Temple period, they continue to settle for the meatless bone of a wall.

Now we have another token idea to keep the Jewish people stuck at the Wall.

I understand the fear of much of Israel in not offending the present occupiers of the Temple Mount, they are bound in fear and enslaved by fear, prisoners to threats and intimidation and for this reason, the wall is their limitation and the wall is all their faith can rise up to.

Truly a faithless and weak people, ruled by fear.

It's no wonder the enemies of Israel are so bold and the threat to Israel grows.

Marcel

Contact Marcel Cousineau at up2zionsg8@yahoo.com or go to his website: http://averyheavystone.blogspot.com

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ISRAEL'S UNINFORMED ELECTORATE
Posted by Women in Green, March 22, 2006.
This article was written by Caroline Glick and appeared in the Jerusalem Post.

On the eve of the Knesset elections, Israel faces multiple challenges. Hamas, in appointing technocrats and terrorists to run its new government is showing that it is possible to learn from the Nazi model of governance. Even genocidal mass murderers who seduce their societies with delusions of racial and religious supremacy can receive international acclaim if they make the trains run on time.

Israel's political spectrum is divided between the Left, represented by Kadima and the Right represented by Likud. Kadima wishes to contend with the Hamas threat by making a public show of shunning Hamas while surrendering Judea and Samaria to the terror organization.

The Likud points out that surrendering Judea and Samaria to Hamas will make it impossible to defend the rest of the country. Since Likud doesn't think that Israel should surrender its right to defend itself by turning its heartland over to a global terrorist organization which together with Fatah and Islamic Jihad has already murdered over 1,100 Israelis and remains committed to annihilating Israel, it objects to surrendering any territory to Hamas.

It has been repeatedly noted in this column that the Israeli media has blocked all public debate on this issue. The media mollycoddles politicians on the Left -- applauding them for mindlessly repeating the talking points they received from their public relations advisers. Politicians on the Right on the other hand are harassed, insulted and forced on the defensive for daring to suggest that expelling Israelis from their homes and transferring their land to Hamas might not be in Israel's best interest.

It isn't just issues related to Israel's national security that are shunted under the rug by our media stars as they obsess over our politicians' relative likeability and body language. All issues of concern are ignored.

A week before the elections, it seems worthwhile to look at a few of these other issues so that we will at least have some idea of what is at stake.

FIRST, WE have the economy. Of all the parties running in these elections, only two have enunciated their economic policies in any coherent manner. Likud, led by Binyamin Netanyahu is a free market, small government party.

Labor, led by union boss Amir Peretz who oversaw the Histadrut labor union as it plunged into bankruptcy taking several workers' pension funds with it, and held the national economy hostage to its illegal general strikes, maintains that Israel must adopt the South American socialist model that has done such wonders for the Argentinean, Venezuelan and Bolivian economies.

The front-running Kadima party has outlined no economic platform. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert both promises to continue the free market reforms Netanyahu pushed through as finance minister, and to reverse them, while his deputy Shimon Peres promises an end to "piggish capitalism."

Kadima's incoherence serves its needs in the election season because the only question that the media considers relevant or newsworthy is whether a candidate or a party expresses sufficient "social sensitivity." Translated into talking points this means that candidates are judged by the amount of contempt they level against Netanyahu for having implemented free market reforms.

While Netanyahu's reforms caused a large, sustained drop in unemployment and moved Israel from the brink of economic collapse to become the fastest growing market in the Western world, the media barrages the public with unsubstantiated, and transparently imaginary statistics proclaiming that a quarter of Israel's children are starving.

Aside from the invisible hundreds of thousands of starving kids, no one seems to care that workers just barely scraping the borders of the middle class are paying 33-40 percent income taxes, or that VAT -- a regressive tax if there ever was one -- is 16.5 percent. It doesn't seem to bother anyone that our markets are run by monopolists that overcharge us for everything from food to housing to banking services because they can because they are monopolists.

All the journalists who ooze "social sensitivity" never seem to make a connection between overtaxed business owners and unemployment or low wages for skilled and unskilled, educated and uneducated workers. Given the media's love affair with South American socialism, it should surprise no one that those minor parties that have something to say about the economy generally say that they hate and oppose capitalism and small government.

ASIDE FROM the economy, there is the issue of Israel's constitutional crisis. During the course of the campaign, there have been several notable episodes which illustrated the depths of Israel's constitutional morass.

First we have the interim government's treatment of the Knesset's investigative committee into police brutality against protesters at Amona last month. Acting in clear contempt of the Knesset, Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz barred their senior officers from testifying before the committee. The fact that as government ministers in a parliamentary democracy they are constitutionally bound to uphold the decisions of the Knesset seems to have made no impression whatsoever on the ministers -- who have the full support of the media in their law-breaking activities.

Then we have the odd decision by Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz to appoint himself arbiter of what decisions the interim government is allowed to make before the elections. Last week, Mazuz ordered the Health Ministry's medications committee, which is responsible for determining what prescription drugs should be covered by state medical insurance, to desist from convening until after the elections. It never seemed to occur to Mazuz that it might not be any of his business whether the committee convenes since absolutely no legal issue is raised by the schedule of its meetings.

Mazuz's decision to turn a committee of civil servants into a matter under his purview is just the latest in a series of dubious if not downright unacceptable maneuvers on his part that have served to empower him far beyond what any reasonable person would deem reasonable.

Following Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's massive stroke in January, Mazuz invented a bit of Orwellian legalistic gobbledygook by defining Sharon's condition as of one of "temporary incapacity of a permanent character."

Mazuz had good reason to act as he did. If he had simply declared that Sharon was "permanently incapacitated" -- which he is -- then a complicated, multi-step procedure for selecting and approving a new prime minister and government would have been set in motion, the results of which are unclear. But by declaring Sharon "temporarily incapacitated on a permanent basis," Mazuz blocked that procedure from taking place. In so doing, he seized the power to select the prime minister from Israel's elected officials, effectively anointing himself the prime minister's sole elector.

Israel's constitutional crisis has two central characteristics -- the Knesset is emasculated and the legal establishment as represented by the Attorney-General and the Supreme Court is disproportionately empowered. By all rights, this state of affairs should have been a major issue in the election campaign. Yet, it has received no attention.

Before his temporary incapacitation of a permanent nature, Sharon and his PR consultants began espousing support for constitutional reform that would transform Israel from a parliamentary democracy to a presidential democracy. Since Olmert replaced Sharon, Kadima has been all but silent on the issue.

For its part, Labor members have repeatedly voiced their satisfaction with the current imbalance of powers. This makes sense because in constitutional matters, the state prosecution and the Supreme Court routinely rule in accordance with their members' leftist political beliefs thus empowering the Left well beyond its numerical support among the public.

NETANYAHU HAS stated his preference for a reform of the method of electing Knesset members. The Likud supports splitting the ballots so that 60 members of Knesset will be selected directly by voters on a regional basis while the other 60 will continue to be elected by the proportional party lists.

There can be little doubt that a movement away from proportional elections will not only increase accountability by tying parliamentarians to their constituents, it will also eliminate some of the smallest splinter parties and so stabilize Israeli governments.

In the next few years, Israel's security, economic growth and constitutional order will all be challenged in both familiar and unfamiliar ways. Sadly, because of our media's temporary bias and superficiality of a permanent nature which causes it to squelch all public debate on all the issues of the day, as we go to the ballot box next week, we will be casting votes that will influence how those challenges will be met without the least awareness of either the issues at stake or the manner in which the political parties will contend with them.

Then again, since they have never been challenged on any of these issues, most of our politicians are also unaware of them.

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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POST-PURIM UPDATE
Posted by Anita Tucker, March 22, 2006.

The obstacles that our government place in our way of building our homes and businesses anew continue.

The lawyers tell us that the Gov't representatives have now insisted that their own assayers, who had come into Gush Katif weeks before our expulsion to assay our homes, must now lower the figures they presented (which were based on what they saw and measured on our homes in Gush Katif then). The Gov't wants lower numbers than the already much lower numbers of the gov't assayers. The gov't reps are apparantly disturbed by the fact that their figures are too similar to the figures presented by the private assayers that we each had privately hired before the expulsion (the most reliable, experienced and known realty assayers in country).

The result is that the gov't refuses to reach a settlement until their own assayers lower their numbers (based on nothing but crumbles -- that even that they can't get in to see). This is to assure that the final bargained down price will be very low and not enable building anew (In the law there is an option of not accepting the absolute fee/per meter which is unfairly low but because of improvements in the homes that in fact had involved much higher sums to accept a total sum based on gov't assayers fee on each individual home)

So meanwhile most of us are unable to receive compensation for our homes and thus build our homes anew in the seeable future. Why is this illogical thing being done????

This new obstacle, as the others before, of course, causes much suffering, pain and aggravation, not to mention slow crumbling of our communities, that we have struggled with such conviction to hold together. Our community has been our so important sanity maintaining factor that we succeeded in taking out with us of the destruction of Gush Katif, as well as being our motivation to build anew.

I hope your Purim was joyful. Ours was outstanding. We were privilaged to feel the warmth of many individual caring Jews.

Several Jews from NY-NJ area individually went to all the communities of people fromGush K Atif to deliver Mishloach Manot packages to each family. Other generous individuals donated costumes to share Purim happiness with each child here in GK communities.

In addition we felt really pure Purim Joy this year. We were not joyful because we have a beautiful house today, nor because we have a successful business today. However we were trully joyful because we so tried with all our hearts and spirits that we have left, to feel the light of help, the joy, the happiness that the Jews of Shushan and of all over those places where Jews lived there felt in those very special times when all was salvaged with God's help and Mordechai's, Esther's and all the Jews courage. The Jews then were able to continue their lives as they were used to.

We rejoiced sincerely and purely in this joy of Purim and prayed that we too, will soon, God willing, be able to feel this joy in our communities anew every day, not only on Purim!

Thanks so much for caring -- caring gives strength.
anita

Anita Tucker is a remarkable woman. Once a farmer in Gush Katif, growing highly prized and praised organic vegetables, she is now one of the Gush Katif refugees. Once she helped turn a desolate area into a wonderful place to live; now, as she writes, she works "... to build our homes and businesses anew and again be a constuctive and welcoming community, renowned for chesed." Contact her at tucker.anita@gmail.com

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THE JEWISH LEFT AND HAMAS; WHAT ISRAEL LOBBY?
Posted by Steven Plaut, March 22, 2006.
1. "Embracing Islamo-Fascists"
by P. David Hornik
FrontPageMagazine.com, March 22, 2006
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/authors.asp?ID=1978

The Jewish Left is failing the Hamas test. Seemingly, the election of the fanatically-religious Hamas would have enabled the Jewish Left to join most other Jews in solidarity behind Israel as a country facing a threat. The Left tends to view religion as irrational and destructive, and secularism as rational. During the early period of Oslo terrorism ca. 1993-1996, the Jewish Left constantly assured us that the terror came from fundamentalist "enemies of peace" -- Hamas and Islamic Jihad -- whereas the ostensibly-secular Arafat and his PLO remained committed to conciliation.

But the empowerment of Hamas -- now promoting suicide terrorism for children (http://www.pmw.org.il/) on its children's website -- has caused no change in the Jewish Left's mindset. True, for Israeli leftist author Amos Oz, who has steadily vilified "fundamentalist" Jewish settlers, it is still not Hamas itself that is yearning to make peace with Israel.

But in an op-ed called "Someone to Talk To" (www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3229453,00.html) on the ynet news site, Oz complains that both "Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu ... claim there is no one to talk with on the Palestinian side" and want to take unilateral measures. Instead, Oz suggests that Israel "try to strengthen the moderate elements amongst the Palestinians, the ones concentrated around [President Abbas's] office, to negotiate with them and to sign agreements with them. ... Were negotiations with the presidential establishment to produce even a draft agreement, it could signify a breakthrough for a 'bypass road' to avoid Hamas and could lead to victory for the moderate Palestinian camp."

Apart from the fact that Oz predictably upholds Abbas's wholly undeserved (www.science.co.il/Arab-Israeli-conflict/Articles/Ettinger-2005-01-14.asp) reputation for moderacy -- not to mention efficacy, even after over a year of rule in which Abbas never lifted a finger against the Palestinian terror organizations -- this may also be the first time anyone has suggested simply "bypassing" a serving totalitarian government and "negotiating agreements" with selected elements in the regime.

And should that fail to work, "Israel," Oz assures us, "has got one other way to bypass Hamas: to negotiate with Arab governments for a general resolution to all elements of the conflict on the basis of the 2003 Arab League proposal (the so-called 'Saudi Proposal')." In other words, skip over the PA regime altogether and do it all in one shot -- with the whole Arab world, with its great fondness for Israel. For Oz, it is better to engage publicly in ludicrous mental contortions than to join the rest of us folks who just think we're going to have to fight Hamas.

The editorial board of Israel's left-wing daily Haaretz, though, accepts the fact (www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/695993.html) that "the Palestinians elected the parliament and government that Hamas will apparently rule," and criticizes Labor prime-ministerial candidate Amir Peretz for, like Oz, "want[ing] to establish a moderate track for negotiations with the Palestinians and strengthen pragmatists, while intentionally ignoring the fact that Hamas is in power."

Does this mean Haaretz has, for the time being, despaired of its dreams of turning Israel and its environs into a southern version of the EU -- peaceful, nonchalant, and more or less productive? Not at all: "it is with these elected [Hamas] bodies that Israel must hope to reach an agreement. ... while Israel's intelligence services think there is a slim chance for political negotiations with Hamas[,] we must remember that the same intelligence was mistaken in its assessment of Hamas' political power, and it's possible that it is mistaken in its assessment of the changes that will take place."

In other words, for Haaretz the partner for peace is -- Hamas itself.

As for the American Jewish Left, the emergence of House and Senate bills calling for an end to aid and ties with a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority has prompted objections. The notion that anyone, anytime, might act assertively toward the Palestinians, hold them accountable for their actions, and redirect aid to someone more deserving proves too much for the devotees of the peace ideology.

Seymour Reich, for example, of the Israel Policy Forum (www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID582) insists in a Jerusalem Post op-ed (www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite cid=1139395582395&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FPrinter) that "US policy -- and any Congressional legislation -- should ... provide opportunities and inducements to Palestinians to publicly commit to achieving a two-state solution using nonviolent means and accepting the State of Israel, and allow for engaging with those Palestinians who make such a commitment." Read: sustain the dream of bribing the Palestinians to adopt Western values after, seemingly, it had been painfully discredited.

At the same time, Reich pontificates, the US must "make certain [its] funds are not used to advance the goals or methods of Hamas." Read: micromanage a distant, corrupt, anarchic, Third World society to ensure that funds end up, and stay in, the hands of alleged good guys and in no way abet the aims of a terrorist government and a general population of people inundated with anti-Semitic propaganda since earliest childhood.

For the Jewish Left both in Israel and abroad, dreams die hard. But so do the Israeli victims of Palestinian terror that is enabled by those who lack the courage to look at reality and substitute fantasies of friendship with those who loathe them. 2."What Israel Lobby?"
by Ruth R. Wisse
March 22, 2006; Page A16
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114299039902704761.html

In Boston in the early 1980s, I was asked by an Irish cab driver what language I had been speaking with a fellow passenger we had just dropped off. When I told him, Hebrew, the language of Israel, the man exclaimed: "Israel! That's America's fighting front line! Israel fights our battles better than we could fight them ourselves."

Now Professors Stephen Walt of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago would have us believe that the Boston cabbie was a dupe of the "unmatched power of the Israel Lobby." Their essay in the latest London Review of Books -- based on a longer working paper on the Kennedy Center Web site -- contends that the U.S. government and most of its citizens are fatally in thrall to a "coalition of individuals and organizations who actively work to steer U.S. foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction." Though not all members of said "coalition" are Jews, and though not all Jews are members, the major schemers are such key organizations as the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, joined by neoconservatives, think tanks, and a large network of accomplices including (they will learn to their surprise) The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

The thesis of Messrs. Walt and Mearsheimer is remarkably broad and singleminded: A loose association of special-interest groups has persuaded the country to sacrifice its interests to a foreign power, thereby jeopardizing "not only U.S. security but that of much of the rest of the world." Israel, it is claimed, hurts every facet of American life: U.S. emergency aid to Israel during the War of 1973 triggered a damaging OPEC oil embargo. Israel is a liability in the war on terror: It goaded the U.S. into the war in Iraq, betrays America through espionage, and destroys American democracy by quashing all criticism. Recently the Israel Lobby -- a term the authors render with a sinister capital "L" -- has begun to intimidate the universities by trying to create a field of Israel Studies and monitoring anti-Israel bias.

Were it not for the Lobby, the U.S. would have nothing to fear in the world, not even a nuclear threat from Iran: "If Washington could live with a nuclear Soviet Union, a nuclear China or even a nuclear North Korea, it can live with a nuclear Iran. And that is why the Lobby must keep up constant pressure on politicians to confront Tehran." Not Iran but the Lobby is the true threat to America's security by trying to compel the U.S. to oppose Iran against its interests. Most dangerously, Jews control the man at the top: In the spring of 2002 "[Ariel] Sharon and the Lobby took on the president of the United States and triumphed." Given the creative scope of these charges, one is surprised to find no hint of Israel's role in the spread of avian flu.

Organized as a prosecutorial indictment rather than an inquiry, the essay does not tell us why the "Israel Lobby" should have formed in the first place. The 21 countries of the Arab League with ties to 1.2 billion Muslims world-wide are nowhere present as active political agents. There is no mention of the Arab rejection of the United Nations's partition of Palestine in 1948; no 58-year Arab League boycott of Israel and companies trading with Israel; no Arab attacks of 1948, 1967 and 1973; no Arab-Soviet resolution at the U.N. defining Zionism as racism; no monetary and strategic support for Arab terrorism against Jews and Israel; and no Hamas dedication to destroying the Jewish state. The authors do not ask why Arab aggression and Muslim "rage against Israel" should have morphed into a war against the U.S. and the West. Israel's existence elicits Arab and Muslim hostility, hence in their view Israel is to blame for Arab and Muslim carnage.

Judging from the initial reaction to their article (one of my students called it "wacko quacko"), the two professors may be subjected to more ridicule than rejoinder. Several Web sites are in the process of listing all their bloopers, distortions and omissions. Their tone resembles nothing so much as Wilhelm Marr's 1879 pamphlet, "The Victory of Judaism over Germandom," which declared of the Jews that "There is no stopping them ... German culture has proved itself ineffective and powerless against this foreign power. This is a fact; a brute inexorable fact." A parallel edition of these two texts might highlight some American refinements on the European model, such as the anti-Semitic lie that "Israeli citizenship is based on the principle of blood kinship." In fact, unlike neighboring Arab countries, Israeli citizenship is not conditional on religion or race.

Yet it would be a mistake to treat this article on the "Israel Lobby" as an attack on Israel alone, or on its Jewish defenders, or on the organizations and individuals it singles out for condemnation. Its true target is the American public, which now supports Israel with higher levels of confidence than ever before. When the authors imply that the bipartisan support of Israel in Congress is a result of Jewish influence, they function as classic conspiracy theorists who attribute decisions to nefarious alliances rather than to the choices of a democratic electorate. Their contempt for fellow citizens dictates their claims of a gullible and stupid America. Their insistence that American support for Israel is bought and paid for by the Lobby heaps scorn on American judgment and values.

No wonder David Duke, white supremacist and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, claimed that this article "validated every major point I have been making since even before the [Iraq] war started." But he and Walt-Mearsheimer have it backwards: Americans don't support Israel because of the strength of any lobby; Israel earns American support the hard way, for the very reasons the Boston cabbie cited several decades ago.

Ms. Wisse is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard.

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. Or contact him by email at splaut@econ.haifa.ac.il

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E-85 FUEL
Posted by Israel Zwick, March 22, 2006.

This was written by Beryl Shmuel (beryl@unionavenue.net). It is an important letter on alternative fuels.

This E-85 fuel issue has really fired me up. It really sums up the current state of the energy industry and us -- the American people -- quite nicely. Switching to E-85 fuel would substantially, if not completely, reduce our country's dependence upon Arab oil. More importantly, perhaps, switching to E-85 fuel does not in any way, shape or form resemble anything that could even remotely pass for a pipe-dream. There are currently over 6 million vehicles on the road today here in the US that were designed to and which can thusly use this fuel.

The primarily ingredient of this fuel is a renewable resource that can be grown virtually anywhere in the US (World) and thus switching to it would result in a major boom for the agricultural industry. It seems to me that E-85 fuel is a win-win situation if there ever was one.

The oil industry would not make nearly as much money if we switched to E-85 fuel but they'd most certainly be major players in the new resulting industry as gasoline is required to create E-85 fuel and the oil industry already has the distribution network in place. The only real expense is the modifications necessary to the existing pumps at gas stations and while this is expensive, it's not at all out of line in that the pumps at gas stations are replaced every now and then anyway. Regardless, a few tax breaks and away we go and the revenue lost in those tax breaks, it seems to me, would quickly be replaced with the income from the taxes on the fuel itself and the huge boost in jobs, all related taxes (employment, sales, etc.) and revenue that result from a new major industry that could be created in short order, and for which all the required technology and infrastructure is pretty much already in place.

So why are we not hearing a whole lot more about E-85?

Gotta wonder...

Contact Israel Zwick at israel.zwick@earthlink.net

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DO YOU LOVE AMERICA?
Posted by Janet Lehr, March 22, 2006.

It was shocking -- We saw Muslims throughout the world cheering ecstatically when the twin towers came down. The burden of proof does rest with the Muslim. Attitude modification, sensitivity training for the non-Muslim is balderdash. Fear is good, fear is our first line of self-defense. Non-Muslims have everything to fear, whether the threat comes from 1%, 10%, 50% more or less of the world wide Muslim population. To Muslim leaders I say, start with a prayer for your (host) country blended into each and every religious service. Recognize that in the free world countries in which you live, countries that respect a multiplicity of religions, there is a defined separation between Church and State. If you don't like it, l e a v e, or we will have to forcibly remove you.

In this life and death struggle between Islam and the West we must do more than pray that Islam will self correct.

This was written by Captain John Maniscalco and it appeared at FrontPageMagazine.com, March 16, 2006.

I've been trying to say this since 9-11 but you worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me. I notice you because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don't fully understand their grievances and hate but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.

On September 11, nineteen ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children's mothers. The Palestinians celebrated, The Iraqis were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world.

So I notice you now. I don't want to be worried. I don't want to be consumed by the same rage and hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.

How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim-Americans and the Arab/Muslims in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter these same good neighbors and children? The events of September 11th changed the answer. It is not my responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for me.

I want to know, I demand to know, and I have a right to k now whether or not you love America. Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car?

Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation, that He will protect and prosper it? Or do you pray that Allah with destroy it in one of your "Jihads"? Are you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.

Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions you are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America. Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent because I worry about who you regard as innocent. No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy...I am only interested in action. What will you do for America -- our great country -- at this time of crisis, at this time of war?

I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting "Allah Bless America ". I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time, and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole. The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize in Muslim communities. You know them; You know where they are.

Hand them over to us, now! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals.

The very few Arab/Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States proves who was responsible before taking action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing "leaders" like Khadafi, Hussein, Farrakhan, and Arafat. If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people then I w ant chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good and pure and true when your "leaders" are teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance?

It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if large numbers of the world's Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.

Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women proudly show their faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful whore? Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because we drink wine with dinner, or celebrate Christmas? Do you and you fellow Muslims hate us because we have befriended Israel, the ONLY civilized democratic nation in the entire Middle East?

And if you and your fellow Muslims hate us, then why in the world are you even here? Are you here to take our money? Are you here to undermine our peace and stability? Are you here to destroy us? If so, I want you to leave I want you to go back to your desert sandpit where women are treated like rats and dogs. I want you to take your religion, your friends, and your family back to your Islamic extremists, and STAY THERE!

We will NEVER give in to your influence, your retarded mentality, your twisted, violent, intolerant religion. We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us: Our rights under the greatest constitution in the world.

I want to know where every Arab/ Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to demand it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family. I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American.

But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance and it is up to YOU to show ME where YOU stand. Until then ... you worry me.

Janet Lehr is editor/publisher of a daily e-mail called "Israel Lives." She can be contacted at janetlehr@mindspring.com

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WHAT IS YOUR POSITION VIS À VIS TERRORIST-ABETTING AND SUPPORTING PLO?
Posted by Marion Dreyfus, March 22, 2006.

To The L'Oreal Company:

In light of your recent bid to acquire The Body Shop, I am writing to you as a former shopper at The Body Shop, to make you aware of The Body Shop's support for PLO causes and its failure to make amends.

The Body Shop's Support For The PLO

http://www.geocities.com/truthmasters/TheBodyShopProtest.html

In 2001 The Body Shop gave an entire day's revenues from its Gulf Stores to "Palestine" and will not say who exactly received the funds.

In 2002 The Body Shop gave an award of $75,000 to an extremist anti-Israel group that advocates a "Palestinian right to return" to Israel.

In 2004 The Body Shop attempted to cover up its controversial award by deleting the several pages on its website which gave details of it. However, they failed to realize that there are still copies of their web pages available on the Internet.

The Petition

As a result, many thousands of former shoppers of The Body Shop worldwide refuse to buy any more of their products.

A few of the many thousands of outraged former shoppers of The Body Shop have also signed a petition to make public their displeasure with the company.

Click here to see the petition.

Making Amends

We want to be fair to the L'Oreal company.

We would like L'Oreal to clarify its position with regard to these past offensive actions of The Body Shop and to clarify L'Oreal's attitudes towards Israel.

We would also like an assurance that no further outrageous actions supporting PLO causes will be made.

We would like to see L'Oreal have The Body Shop satisfy the demands of the petition, namely:

1. Withdraw the award, and disavow a "Palestinian right to return" and the PLO and its goals;

2. Apologize to the many millions of supporters of Israel worldwide that it has offended;

3. Make a substantial gift to Israeli victims of PLO terrorism.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

m ds dreyfus
nyc
Petition Writer/Former Shopper of The Body Shop

Contact Marion Dreyfus at dreyfusmarion@hotmail.com

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LINKING THE CALIPHATE
Posted by Mordechai Ben-Menachem, March 22, 2006.

It was announced this morning, by the Jordanian government, that they (the government of Jordan) have warned Hamas that they must cease interference in Jordanian internal affairs. This interference is via the Muslim Brotherhood (the founder of Hamas; Ahmad Yassin was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood inner council).

This is "code" that Hamas has already begun active destabilization attempts in the Hashemite Kingdom -- before their government is even legally established in "the other" Palestinian country.

When erasure of the Hashemite government is accomplished, it will be replaced with the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot that establishes a "radical crescent" with territorial contiguity, including PA, Jordan, Syria and Iran -- with of course, Iraq not far behind. Remember that Lebanon is already a satrapy of Syria with Iran-sponsored Hezbollah in control of the country and the Muslim Brotherhood is well established in Egypt and Yemen. This essentially establishes an effective Caliphate (the word "Caliph" means replacement; that is, it is the replacement of Muhammad on the earth).

At that point, expect pressures on the Arabian Peninsula (i.e., Gulf Oil centres) to increase markedly. If this scenario occurs, world oil markets stability ends; oil will then be a chief weapon in the Jihad, not just a means to drain financial resources from the Dhimmi (i.e., Christian) world.

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

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A FAREWELL LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF THE GOLAN HEIGHTS
Posted by Anita Tucker, March 21, 2006.

Dear people of the Golan Heights,

It is now seven months since the expulsion and we are packing our suitcases again, to move south and open a new page in our lives and the life of the Netser Hazani community.

We should have gone from house to house in the Golan Heights, to embrace each and every one of you and say farewell. So many good people there deserve our thanks for the warmth and love you gave us.

We came to you in days of destruction, betrayal and disappointment, with heavy hearts and tired eyes, broken from what had happened to us: an evil government expelled us from our lands and destroyed our homes, but did not bother to help us once we were over the Kisufim crossing. But God in His mercy brought us here, to the Paradise, a place of beauty and good, pure-hearted people.

You, dear people, in your simple and honest way knew how to hold out your hands to us without giving us the feeling that we were needy; you treated us so gently and sensitively that today we are able again to raise our heads and look forward. For this and so much more you have our heartfelt thanks.

We shall never forget the evil people who destroyed our world, but we shall also never forget the people of grace and truth who helped us in our most difficult moments.

Dear people, we want to tell you that you live in a truly wonderful place, where the enchanted countryside fits the enchanted people who live there (there used to be another place like this, but evil people destroyed it). We hope you will be able to continue building and flourishing for many generations.

We are now leaving on a long journey; we hope we shall reach its end soon, and leave with you some of us who have chosen to share your journey. We are confident that you will help them in future, too, so that they can fulfill their dreams as well.

Let us pray that the Lord will give us all the strength to withstand the tribulations of Geula,Redemption and keep our faith strong.

With God's help we shall live to see the coming of the Messiah.

In the name of all the people of Netser Hazani who did not have time to say good-bye,

Osnat and Aviel Tucker, and the Tucker families.

Netzer Hazani will be rebuilt again soon with God's help!

Anita Tucker is a remarkable woman. Once a farmer in Gush Katif, growing highly prized and praised organic vegetables, she is now one of the Gush Katif refugees. Once she helped turn a desolate area into a wonderful place to live; now, as she writes, she works "... to build our homes and businesses anew and again be a constuctive and welcoming community, renowned for chesed." Contact her at tucker.anita@gmail.com

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BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY
Posted by David Frankfurter, March 21, 2006.

Dear friends,

Army service is a part of growing up for most Israeli youth, although young religious women can be exempted. An alternative volunteer national service framework exists for young religious women who nevertheless want to contribute a year of their lives to the country.

As I told you in June 2003, our second daughter, Tamara, chose to join the army and had a very fulfilling experience. Our eldest daughter, Naomi, volunteered for National Service. She wanted to make sure that what she did really contributed, and insisted on doing a full two years, giving at least as much as her secular friends in the army.

When we first arrived in Israel, we were greatly assisted by an immigrant support organization called "Tehilla". They arranged for a family who had arrived a little before us to take us under their wing -- and we did the same for the next family. On landing late at night, we found our beds were made and our fridge was stocked with basic necessities to "get started". One of the Tehilla National Service girls came every week to tutor the children, and to be an encouraging friend. After I finished an intensive language course, Tehilla activated its wide volunteer network and helped me find my first job.

Naomi decided to do her National Service with Tehilla -- giving back some of what we had received some seven years earlier. Volunteer organizations are naturally understaffed, so responsibility is quickly thrust on anyone willing to take it. Managing the office, arranging and leading group "pilot trip" tours of Israel for potential immigrants to scout out housing, schooling and employment, tutoring children and finding people jobs were all part of a normal day. She learned important skills which she took with her to University, and as a graduate, to her first job.


Naomi and Aryeh

Naomi touched many people, and made many friends. To this day, she tutors children arriving "fresh off the boat" to our community in Ra'anana. Not just helping with schoolwork, but becoming an "older sister", a friend and a role model who has so successfully gone through that difficult adjustment to a new language, a new society and a new culture.

One of the people Naomi met during her time at Tehilla was a young New Yorker, called Aryeh Brickner. She led his pilot tour and helped plan his immigration. They met up again a few months ago, and Aryeh has now been in the country for five years. He lives in the northern beach town of Nahariya, close to his job as a marketing manager in a hi-tech company. With his army service behind him, he has settled in well.

It seems that in the case of our family and Aryeh, Tehilla went above and beyond its normal immigrant assistance program. Naomi and Aryeh have found love -- and have just announced their engagement!

Rochelle and I are naturally very excited, feeling very blessed. We look forward to sharing more good news with you in the future!

David

To subscribe to David Frankfurter's 'letter from Israel', email him at david.frankfurter@iname.com. Or go to http://www.livejournal.com/users/dfrankfurter/

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AID TO ISRAEL -- DOES THE U.S. GET ITS MONEY WORTH?
Posted by Mark Leventhal, March 21, 2006.

Israel and Egypt are the two largest recipients of U.S. aid. For its "participation" in the Gulf War, Egypt was forgiven its indebtedness of $9 billion. Israel pays its bills. It receives $2.8 billion every year. Of that amount, $2.0 billion is for military aid and $0.8 billion for economic aid. It's fair to ask whether this is a good deal for the American taxpayer.

What are the Facts?

The only democratic country in the Middle East. Israel is the only genuinely democratic state in the Middle East. It is committed to freedom and equality, and the rule of law. It embodies the fundamental values that are in tune with those of America and that America has traditionally supported. Israel's military and political importance in the Middle East and its strategic position stabilize the entire area, including the oil fields of the Persian Gulf. During the Cold War, it was America's indispensable rampart against the inroads and expansionist ambitions of the Soviet Union. It is now a western bulwark against the aggressive intents of Iran, Iraq, and other bellicose nations that threaten the interests of the United States. It is a most reliable partner in the promotion of Western strategic interests and in the stabilization of the Middle East. Over 20% of its budget goes for defense, compared to 7% in the U.S. and less than 1% in Japan. Israel has one of the best armies in the world. Its navy and air force are the major deterrent forces in the eastern Mediterranean.

Israel effectively secures NATO's southeastern flank, without having a single American soldier stationed in its territory. Still, the superb military installations, the air and sea lift capabilities, the equipment and food storage capacity, and the trained manpower to maintain and repair sophisticated U.S. equipment are instantly at hand in Israel. It is the only country in the area that makes itself available to the United States, in any contingency.

Only fraction of aid stays in Israel. There is no other country in the Middle East except Israel that can be considered to have a stable government or populace friendly to the United States. There is much danger that any military aid to Arab countries, and military equipment given or sold to them, will suffer the same fate as the untold billions of dollars and priceless military secrets that were lost to our enemies in the debacle of Iran. Is Saudi Arabia more stable? Egypt? Jordan? Kuwait? Judge for yourself!

Only a fraction of the aid given stays in Israel. By far the largest share remains with American defense contractors. Peter McPherson, former administrator of the Agency for International Development, estimated that every billion dollars of aid to Israel creates 60,000 to 70,000 jobs in the United States.

Compared to the $2.0 billion yearly military aid to Israel, the U.S. contributes more than $130 billion(!) every year to the defense of Europe and more than $30 billion to the defense of Japan, Korea, and the Far East. Over 300,000 U.S. troops are stationed with NATO and over 30,000 U.S. troops in the Far East. In contrast, not one single U.S. soldier needs to be stationed and put at risk in Israel. U.S. military analysts estimate that the U.S. would have to spend the equivalent of $150 billion a year in the Middle East to maintain a force equivalent to Israel's.

There are many other benefits that the U.S. military derives from Israel. Israel is the only country that has gained battlefield experience with U.S. weapons. This experience is immediately conveyed to the U.S. Enormous quantities of captured Soviet weapons and defense systems were turned over to the U.S. military for analysis. Israel, in the light of its experience, continually modifies U.S. weapons systems. For instance, Israeli scientists have made over 200 improvements in the F-15 alone and similar improvements, mostly in avionics, in later-generation planes.

It would be more in line with reality if military aid to Israel were classified as part of the defense budget, rather than as "aid". Israel is truly America's unsinkable aircraft carrier in the Middle East.

Former President Reagan put it well: "The fall of Iran has increased Israel's value as perhaps the only remaining strategic asset in the region on which the United States can fully rely." American aid to Israel is a two-way street. Aid to Israel is America's greatest defense bargain.

Contact Mark Leventhal at lev@consultant.com

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KOL YISRAEL RADIO INTERVIEW OF ESTHER POLLARD
Posted by Shaul and Aviva Ceder, March 21, 2006.

This is the transcript of the Kol Yisrael Radio Interview of Esther Pollard on US Supreme Court Dismissal of Jonathan's Petition

Kol Yisrael's broadcast anchor, Yaacov Achimeir, interviewed Esther Pollard in Hebrew on Reshet Bet, 21 March 2006. The transcript of the interview appears below as translated by J4JP.

YAACOV ACHIMEIR: We turn now to Esther Pollard, the wife of Jonathan Pollard, convicted of espionage on behalf of Israel -- he is sitting in prison in Butner USA. I ask you, dear lady, do you have any expectations of the upcoming Israeli elections in Israel?

ESTHER POLLARD: Here's the issue, Yaacov, with regard to what is happening to my husband: this is the first time in the history of modern espionage that an agent has been forced to face a court of law on his own, in the country where he operated, without receiving any support from the country which sent him and for whom he sacrificed himself.

Yaacov, it is now 21 years! Ayfoh HaBoosha? (Where is the sense of shame?!) To this very day they are not working for Jonathan's release and not giving him any backing!

YAACOV ACHIMEIR: But, Prime Ministers, when they meet with the Presidents -- the latest one is President Bush -- the say that they keep bringing up the issue of Jonathan Pollard with the president.

ESTHER POLLARD: That's just what they tell the Israeli media. But to us they have been saying, look there is still an on-going legal initiative. But now, Yaacov, no one can claim that there is still an on-going legal initiative! It is over. Every additional minute that Jonathan remains in prison his life is at risk. The government -- the Prime Minster must act at once -- before this day is over!

The decision of the Supreme Court to dismiss Jonathan's case -- like all of the previous dismissals by the courts -- was based solely on technical considerations, with absolutely no consideration given to the substance of Jonathan's petition.

YAACOV ACHIMEIR: They refused, in the United States?

ESTHER POLLARD: They refused to hear it.

YAACOV ACHIMEIR: They refused to allow his attorneys to see additional documents.

ESTHER POLLARD: No. That's not it. They simply refused to hear the petition. This is exactly what happened with all of Jonathan's previous petitions as well. People have the impression that perhaps Jonathan's case was not convincing enough -- but that is not so -- the court simply rejected the petition without ever hearing it, without ever considering the actual merits of the case -- on technicality only.

YAACOV ACHIMEIR: But now I would like to return to my first question, the one that is close to my heart, with your permission, Esther Pollard: what do you expect from whomever is be elected to lead the Government of Israel with regard to the issue of Mr. Pollard, your husband?

ESTHER POLLARD: (responds with a pun in Hebrew) You know, even the ordinary citizen on the street understands that whomever is willing to leave a wounded soldier "me'akhora" (behind) is not capable of leading the nation "Kadima!" (forward)

Whenever I am out in public, people come up to me again and again to express their outrage at the ingratitude and irresponsibility of the Government, which instead of freeing from captivity the one who served the State and saved the lives of Israeli citizens, just threw him to the dogs.

As long as we do not see Jonathan Pollard here, there is no relying on the promises of any political party or of any Israeli leader.

YAACOV ACHIMEIR: And how do you feel about the struggle that is not being waged in the United States by American Jews on the issue of Pollard, perhaps out of fear that that will be accused of dual loyalty?

ESTHER POLLARD: They take their marching orders, their instructions, from the Government of Israel. As long as the Government of Israel continues to turn its back on Jonathan everyone else will continue to do the same.

I want to repeat and reiterate: He is in mortal danger. Every additional moment, every additional second that Jonathan remains in prison, his life hangs in the balance. There is no reason to wait to bring him home in a coffin, G-d forbid!

If Ehud Olmert -- our current prime minister -- if he does not immediately turn to President Bush to demand an immediate end to this travesty, and to free my husband after 21 years in prison, then Mr. Olmert will personally be sentencing Jonathan to death.

YAACOV ACHIMEIR: I thank you very much, Esther Pollard..

ESTHER POLLARD: Thank you.

YAACOV ACHIMEIR: Good morning to you! And good morning to your husband Jonathan, in FCI Butner in the United States!

Shaul and Aviva Ceder can be contacted at ceder@netvision.net.il

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SHIRT STORY
Posted by Steven Plaut, March 21, 2006.

This is by Jay D. Homnick and was published 3/20/2006.

Recently I visited my brother's home and met his sister-in-law for the first time in more than a decade. "You know," she said, "when you close your eyes you sound just like your brother." "Yes," I responded. "That's why I always keep my eyes open." Sometimes you have to believe your eyes more than your ears.

The New York Times editorialized in a huffing tone this weekend on Israel's raid to "free" prisoners from the Palestinian prison in Jericho. These men, who numbered among them the assassin of an Israeli Cabinet Minister, were terribly humiliated, snapped the shirty Times editorialist, by being marched out in their underwear. This "trampled the dignity of any Palestinian watching that spectacle." Well, for once I agree. And do you know why? Because they were all fat.

Yep, fat. Portly. Stout. Chubby. These killers and terrorists, ostensibly being held in maximum security, all look like Firestone execs advertising their spare tires. On second thought, nothing spare about these fellows. Full and fulsome. Not having to impress any women until they arrive in Paradise has really gone to their heads, or more accurately, to their hips. So this is certainly a diplomatic embarrassment for the Palestinians, as their prisoners are shown to be eating better than the populace. Luncheon in the dungeon turns out to be double portions in the oubliette.

Sure enough, the Times of London reveals, it turns out that these boys had been sitting pretty in those erstwhile jails. They were keeping exotic birds, communicating with their cronies by cell phone, and smoking Cuban cigars. One piece is notably missing from this story about the "country club" prison: where is the deluxe weight room? The only weight those fellers were lifting was just some of that "settling by volume" they warn about on the cereal box. That's really putting the ham back into Hamas.

Which brings us to the Palestinian leadership, if that's not an oxymoron. Clearly, they were not running a jail in any penal sense. Either they were trying to, in which case they're inept, or they were not, which makes them corrupt. Howbeit, their job they were certainly not doing. And what good are a bunch of fascists if they can't even make the trains run on time?

This answers the complaint of Israeli disrespect; the other side doesn't deserve respect. The problem still remains: what about tomorrow? Israel retaking those areas is not an option, nor has democratization produced a really viable government. What is the answer? Is there an answer? Allowing the situation to slide into anarchy is rife with the greatest danger of all, namely a combustible tinderbox in Israel's backyard.

And to be very honest, no one has a real solution short of importing a million old schoolmarms to civilize the heathens. Neither Sharon nor Olmert nor Netanyahu nor Peretz nor Peres knows how to turn these guys into mensches. Sharon used to think he could beat it out of them and Peres used to think that the chance to make a buck would turn them all into be-bopping yuppies. All of those illusions have long since sunk deep into the human quicksand that is "the Palestinian people."

The only sliver of hope is that they will somehow take control of their own destiny and conclude that violence, to use a phrase from twelve-step programs, "avails them naught." That they had ought do aught more productive. It's just that they don't want to hear it from us. No amount of lecturing or posturing by Israelis or Americans will penetrate their hauteur. Olmert (extending Sharon's policy) is gambling that if he parks them behind a wall and lets them do their own thing, they just might defy all odds and get a grip. It's an awfully slender reed to build a future upon.

One thing is clear. For that to happen, they must get as disgusted with the bloodthirsty Hamas guys as they are with the sleazy and social-drinker-bloodthirsty Fatah fellas. The last election was a very sharp step in the wrong direction. They bought the image of the lean, mean fighting machine, Bruce Dern playing Cassius or some such thing. Elect Hamas and watch these grim inexorable proto-Zarqawis send the Jews back to Europe.

So Israel decided it was time to make them take their shirts off. In a nation of skinny people, the great warriors turned out to be a bunch of paunchy couch potatoes smoking Cuban cigars. The Times wrings its hands about the Palestinians feeling humiliated because their great civilian-killers are down to their drawers instead of drawing down. But they miss the populist anger that will register when they see their swashbucklers with more avoirdupois than savoir-faire.

The emperor has no clothes: a sallow and adipose specimen is he. He needs to put his palate on a stricter regimen, then who knows? Maybe he'll produce a more palatable regime.

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. Or contact him by email at splaut@econ.haifa.ac.il

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DUKE 1, HARVARD 0
Posted by Bryna Berch, March 21, 2006.

Something is truly bizarre when Harvard and U Chicago professors sound like David Duke, America's best imitation of a Nazi. And they believe what David Duke believes -- them damn Jooos are controlling the country. When them talk about a classless society, are they talking about academics and KuKu Klux Klaners having the same nutsy philosophy?

This was written by James Taranto and it appeared yesterday on the Opinion Journal website
(www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=110008117)

With Yale struggling to control the damage owing to its admission of an unrepentant onetime Talib as a student (John Fund has the latest), Harvard now finds itself in a similarly embarrassing situation. It's the sort of Ivy League rivalry that causes "prominent alumni" of third-tier Western universities to break into a slightly guilty smile. The New York Sun reports on the latest trouble in Cambridge:

A paper recently co-authored by the academic dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government about the allegedly far-reaching influence of an "Israel lobby" is winning praise from white supremacist David Duke.

The Palestine Liberation Organization mission to Washington is distributing the paper, which also is being hailed by a senior member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization.

But the paper, "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," by the Kennedy School's Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, is meeting with a more critical reception from many of those it names as part of the lobby. The 83-page "working paper" claims a network of journalists, think tanks, lobbyists, and largely Jewish officials have seized the foreign policy debate and manipulated America to invade Iraq. Included in this network, the authors say, are the editors of the New York Times, the scholars at the Brookings Institution, students at Columbia, "pro-Israel" senior officials in the executive branch, and "neoconservative gentiles" including columnist George Will.

Duke, a former Louisiana state legislator and one-time Ku Klux Klan leader, called the paper "a great step forward," but he said he was "surprised" that the Kennedy School would publish the report.

Now of course, just because Duke endorses Walt and Mearsheimer doesn't mean they endorse him. Indeed, we suspect they're as mortified by this praise as Yale is by the criticism it has received over Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi. Yet without ascribing to them any invidious motives, it seems fair to say that their views dovetail disturbingly with those of unquestioned anti-Semites.

Walt and Mearsheimer argue that "neither strategic nor moral arguments can account for America's support for Israel," and therefore the only possible explanation is "the unmatched power of the Israel Lobby." The premise is plainly false; the "Israel Lobby" in fact makes many strategic and moral arguments in its own favor. Walt and Mearsheimer merely disagree with them, and they spend the opening paragraphs of the paper explaining why.

We'll pass over their strategic arguments. We find them wrongheaded, but we will stipulate that one can in good faith take the position that the costs to the U.S. of supporting Israel outweigh the benefits.

Their rejection of the moral arguments, however, is highly problematic. They write:

[Israel's] backers ... argue that it deserves unqualified support because it is weak and surrounded by enemies; it is a democracy; the Jewish people have suffered from past crimes and therefore deserve special treatment; and Israel's conduct has been morally superior to that of its adversaries. On close inspection, none of these arguments is persuasive.

Let's take these points one by one:

  • Israel is weak and surrounded by enemies. To the contrary, they say, Israel is by far the strongest regional power. Further, "Egypt and Jordan have signed peace treaties with it, and Saudi Arabia has offered to do so." This gives the Saudis far too much credit. True, as we noted in 2002, then Crown Prince Abdullah (now king) told the New York Times' Thomas Friedman that he was amenable to establishing full diplomatic relations, conditioned on Israeli withdrawal from the disputed territories (occupied by Egypt and Jordan before 1967 and Israel since). But Riyadh quickly made clear that it was unwilling even to talk to Jerusalem until after such a withdrawal. As we wrote then, "The Saudi position, in other words, amounts to: Give us land now, and maybe we'll give you peace later." It is true that Israel is the regional superpower, and that Cairo and Amman have signed peace treaties with the Jewish state, but it seems undeniable -- and Walt and Mearsheimer do not deny it -- that none of this would be true absent U.S. support for Israel. Thus their reasoning is circular: Israel doesn't deserve U.S. support because it has received U.S. support.

  • Israel is a democracy. This they concede, but they also claim that "some aspects of Israeli democracy are at odds with core American values." In particular, they claim that Arab citizens of Israel "are treated as second-class citizens" and note that "a recent Israeli government commission found that Israel behaves in a 'neglectful and discriminatory' manner towards them." Yet even acknowledging that Israeli democracy is flawed, its political system is still vastly superior to those of its adversaries. Israeli Arabs enjoy more political and civil liberties than citizens of just about any Arab country; and the only Arab lands that come anywhere close to being democracies are Lebanon, Iraq and the disputed Palestinian territories -- the last two only because of American intervention. That the Israeli government criticizes its own treatment of Arabs is a testament to its democracy; can anyone imagine, say, the Saudi regime offering similar criticisms of its treatm ent of Shiites, non-Muslims or women? American democracy, too, is not without its flaws. During World War II, for instance, black Americans were still disfranchised, and innocent Japanese-Americans were rounded up and put in camps. It does not follow that America was no better than Nazi Germany.

  • Jews deserve a homeland because of their past oppression. Walt and Mearsheimer go so far as to allow that Israel's creation "was undoubtedly an appropriate response to the long record of crimes against Jews." But, they say, "it also brought about fresh crimes against a largely innocent third party: the Palestinians." They lay the plight of the Palestinians entirely at Israel's door, failing to acknowledge the Arab states' vast culpability. The Arabs rejected the 1947 U.N. partition of Palestine, which would have created a Palestinian Arab state including territories beyond the present-day West Bank and Gaza strip. The Arabs immediately declared war on the nascent Jewish state--a war in which Israel gained more territory -- and they waged war again in 1967 and 1973. All Arab states except Jordan refuse to allow Palestinians to become citizens, preferring to let them linger as stateless refugees. Nor do the authors acknowledge that since the creation of Israel many Jews who settled there were fle eing persecution in Arab lands and (since 1979) Iran. Whereas Israel has 1.3 million Arab citizens, no Arab country except Morocco has more than a handful of Jewish ones.

  • Israel is morally superior to its adversaries. Here they cite various alleged abuses by Israel during its war of independence and claim that "Israel's subsequent conduct has often been brutal, belying any claim to moral superiority." Even if we concede all the criticisms of Israel, they do not belie "any claim to moral superiority," only to moral perfection. Evaluating which side is morally superior would require a comparative analysis; the only thing Walt and Mearsheimer say about Arab misconduct is that "the Palestinian resort to terrorism is wrong but it isn't surprising. The Palestinians believe they have no other way to force Israeli concessions." No such excuses are offered for Israel's purported misdeeds.

Walt and Mearsheimer's method of analysis presumes Israel's guilt. Every past or present Israeli transgression is evidence of its wickedness, whereas Arab ones, if they are acknowledged at all, are "understandable." This approach paints a highly misleading picture. It is anti-Semitic in effect if not in intent.

Which brings us back to David Duke. His endorsement no doubt is anathema to Walt and Mearsheimer, but it is telling that he finds their ideas congenial.

Their brand of anti-Israel prejudice is much more common and respectable in Europe than in America (indeed, their paper was published in the London Review of Books), a fact that they would no doubt attribute to the mighty "Israel Lobby." But here is another difference between Europe and America: In many European countries, David Duke would not be allowed to speak because of postwar prohibitions on Nazi propaganda. Passing these laws surely was an act of prudence, and it may be that they are still necessary for the protection of European democracy.

By contrast, America's ability to tolerate the likes of Duke demonstrates the health of our body politic. It may be that Duke's presence even enhances that health. Think of him as a sort of vaccine that helps immunize us against more insidious forms of bigotry.

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OLMERT'S SCHEME TO DESTROY JEWISH COMMUNITIES; ISRAEL ADMITS TERRORISM INCREASED; THROW WHOM OUT?
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, March 21, 2006.

WHAT GOES ON IN THE P.A.?

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights complains about the continuing mayhem in the P.A., where almost every man is armed or plots terrorism. Bombs go off prematurely, gunmen kidnap and beat people up to make a point, and clans settle disputes with arms. "Over the past 2 days, scores of armed Palestinians stormed a number of public institutions in Nuseirat, Rafah, and Gaza City. Under gunfire, they forced staff out of their offices, and prevented them from carrying on with their work." They were protesting non-payment of salaries.

As after every such report, the Center calls upon the P.A. to find and punish the culprits (IMRA, 3/5).

The P.A. does not punish them. The Center is flailing the wind.

Are only Arabs human, with rights? Do we not bleed? The Center never complains about the purpose of those bombs, to kill Israelis, usually civilians. It doesn't object to the existence of jihadi militias or to the P.A. firing at Israel. It doesn't care how brutal its own people are towards Israelis. It doesn't realize that this same brutality, arising from its culture, turns inward, too. Fanatics in control do pick on their own people.

ISRAEL ADMITS THAT TERRORISM INCREASED

"Defense Min. Mofaz said that there has been a rise in the scope of terrorism, especially shooting and stabbing attacks in Judea and Samaria and rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. He referred to the increase in threats against the Gaza Strip crossings and noted that it was against this background that the Karni crossing has been closed... It is important to inform the international community that there are temporary alternatives regarding the passage of humanitarian aid via the Kerem Shalom crossing and that the Palestinians are rejecting this for reasons that are not substantive. The Palestinians are responsible for the worsening humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip even as the terrorist organizations view attacking the crossings as a goal despite the price being paid by the Palestinian population." (IMRA, 3/5.)

Thus the Gaza withdrawal, supposedly made to enhance Israeli security, instead degraded it.

International organizations complain against Israel when food runs short in the P.A., even though it is the Arab waging of unnecessary and forbidden war on Israel that causes the shortage. Not very humane, after all, are those organizations, neither for Arabs nor for the Jews?

OLMERT'S SCHEME TO DESTROY JEWISH COMMUNITIES

Some of the blocs that Olmert says he would retain would be isolated from Israel and from each other. Some knowledgeable people believe that even with the Army remaining in the area to be turned over to Hamas, Hamas would mount terrorism from there (Arutz-7, 3/6).

Isolated blocs would be picked off. They would not long remain Israeli. The claim of their being retained is a cruel deception.

Hamas would fill vacated areas with terrorists who would fire on the Israeli troops.

ARABS' BRIDGE TO UNDERSTANDING

Fifteen years ago, the Egyptian semi-official daily, Al-Ahram, launched a weekly whose stated purpose was to bridge the misunderstanding between the Arabic-speaking world and the West. Its comments upon the West, however, were exaggerated, totally one-sided criticism of the US (IMRA, 3/6).

The weekly expresses jihad against the West and the Arabs' misunderstanding of the West. Hating the West and lacking scruples, the Arabs fabricate accusations against the West. They then come to believe their false charges.

Some of this is done in the West, too. People are confused and illogical. What passes for reason is rationalization in behalf of illogical positions.

MUSLIM WORLD'S NOTION OF DOUBLE STANDARD?

The US made an agreement to support Indian use of nuclear energy but did not make such an agreement with Pakistan. The government of Iran called that a typical US double standard (Arutz-7, 3/6).

It is not a double standard but a logical standard. Pakistan is a dictatorship that supports Islamist terrorism and proliferates nuclear weapons technology and parts. India is a democracy that does not support terrorism and does not proliferate its nuclear technology. By the US standard of which country may be more trusted with nuclear materials, India qualifies and Pakistan does not.

Iran may realize the difference and ignore it in the effort to propagandize against the US, which finds Iran to be an international nuclear rogue. The Arabs, however, continually accuse their chosen enemies of having double standards, by oversimplifying the standards. They find a common element in two situations that the enemy treats differently because of the overriding differences in those situations; then the Arabs accuse the enemy of having a double standard. The Arabs, themselves, have no standards. They believe that the ends justify the means, permitting all sorts of deceit. They are as unscrupulous as the Communists, Nazis, and Jesuits were. Some of our democratic politicians can be unscrupulous, but usually several degrees less. The unscrupulousness of Israeli leaders towards their own people is somewhere in between.

WHILE ISRAEL WAITS, HAMAS ACTS

Hamas is converting its militia in Gaza into an army avowedly to fight against Israel. It is recruiting, training them for four months in infiltrating and firing rifles and rockets, and arranging for warning them where to deploy when Israel counter-attacks. An Israeli attempt to re-conquer Gaza would encounter fierce resistance (Arutz-7, 3/6). By the time Israel gets around to it, that would be true. What is Israel waiting for?

THROW WHOM OUT?

"Throw the Bums Out" headlines a reference to the Israeli Arab politicians. Their most recent and glaring demagoguery manifested itself in the recent uproar at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Israel. It started with a protest by a "mentally disturbed" Jewish man, his Christian wife, and a daughter. They objected to a court order transferring their younger children to foster homes. They did so by tossing firecrackers into the Church. The couple surrendered to police.

The Arab politicians called this foolish personal protest "terrorism." Attributing it to alleged hatred of the Arabs incited by the government of Israel, they roused thousands of marchers. When the P.A. persecutes Christians, however, those politicians, all Muslims, do not defend them. (Their indignation in behalf of the Christians in the Church is just an excuse for denouncing Israel. They distorted the situation in order to blame Israel.)

These Arab politicians could accomplish a lot for their people, if they tried, instead of using their positions to inflame the Arab-Israel conflict. Arab voters should replace those politicians (Hillel Halkin, NY Sun, 3/7, Op.-Ed.).

Like many of Mr. Halkin's essays, this one begins with sound points but ends with a sour notes, misconstruing the Arab-Israel conflict. For the Arabs, government exists to accumulate power and allocate graft, not to serve the people. A chief object of power is to pursue jihad, and a major reason for pursuing jihad is to retain power. Hence the Arab parties in both Israel and the P.A. compete over who can do the most against Israel. That is why those politicians were elected and not sidelined. Arabs there are not consumer-oriented like Westerners but faith-oriented.

A key omission from Halkin's essay was a denial that Israel has a climate of hatred against the Arabs. The climate is more of tolerance and appeasement. He should have pointed out that the Arabs, as usual, accuse Israel of what the Arabs do wrong, which is to foster a climate of hatred, both in Israel and in the P.A.. Viz. the firecracker incident.

Could Israeli Arab politicians do much more for their people? If they engaged in normal log-rolling, they might have to give up what they get away with now: (1) Arab towns under-assess taxes, run deficits, and get the national treasury, fed by the Jews, who pay full taxes, to cover the deficits; (2) Bar tax assessors by threat of riot, but when they do riot, the prosecution ignores them and may even harass police. By contrasted, the much more peaceful Jewish settlers get their skulls cracked; (3) Immigrate illegally, practice polygamy among the Bedouin, steal land, build illegally, and evade building licenses; (4) Exemption from national service and subsidy for college; and (5) Keep Jews out of their towns, but get court approval to move into Jewish towns.

Perhaps the solution is not to expect Arab voters to retire their demagogic politicians but for Jewish voters to deport their Arab citizens. That would end the jihad, within. Arabs would no longer hold the balance on issues of national security come before the Knesset. That would be the "separation" that Olmert claims he is providing the Jewish people.

ISRAELI SECURITY LAPSE
(source for this section is Miriam Gardner of American Yated Neeman, 3/10).

Criminals find Israeli passports among the easiest to alter. The black market pays a premium for them. Hundreds of Israeli backpackers in Asia make extra money selling theirs, reporting them lost, and then asking for replacements (from YnetNews, 2/22).

One would think that Israel would design more tamper-proof passports, and that young Israelis would not sell out their country like that.

EMIRATES INFILTRATED BY AL-QAEDA

An internal document of Al-Qaeda captured by US forces in Iraq reveals a threat by that terrorist organization against the United Arab Emirates, when demanding the release of some of its members from prison. The threat was implied, when it reminded the UAE that it had infiltrated many organs of the government. It warned of potential sabotage or attacks by agencies "exposed to us." (from NY Post, 2/25.) Thomas Friedman didn't acknowledge that when he fulminated in behalf of the Dubai port deal.

That is further evidence against having the UAE run US ports. It is diluted by the Pentagon admission that gang members enlist for US military training and access to arms.

JUST DOING THEIR PART

Germany, Egypt, and S. Arabia among other foreign countries publicly objected to a proposed US invasion of Iraq. When the US advanced, however, Germany quietly provided some missiles, and military intelligence, and guarded sea lanes and bases for the US, and Egypt and S. Arabia provided bases and air space (from NY Times).

Why didn't the Times mention the help from Israel. The US keeps Israel's help secret and then some people don't realize what a bargain is US aid for Israel.

EUROPEANS BALKING AT ISRAELI DEFENSE MEASURE

Israel is equipping its passenger planes with an anti-missile system that warns of incoming missiles and attempts to evade them. It diverts missiles' sensors by emitting flares. Some European countries are refusing to let such planes use their airports. Israel claims the Europeans don't understand because their heads are under sand (from Der Spiegel). Do they want their airports to be targets?

If they don't understand, then Israel failed to brief them adequately, in advance. Perhaps the European stance is an excuse for hindering Israeli competition. Israel should try to sell the system to foreign airlines.

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 richardshulman5@aol.com.

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OLMERT (PRONOUNCED ALL-MERDE)
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, March 21, 2006.

Politics, like bank loans, is ultimately about trusting people. Can you trust the person to do what he says or not? Issues are of course of importance but not as nearly important as character. If an honest man says he will or will not do something, his word has meaning. However if he is a villain? For years I unsuccessfully warned people about Sharon. I have also warned many about Olmert (pronounced all-merde) since he was the mayor of Jerusalem.

In Olmert's (pronounced all-merde) case it is not so much that he is dishonest. The primary issue with him is that he is amoral. He is in many ways the ultimate CHILLONI. He really has no moral, political or ethical beliefs. If it is good for Olmert (pronounced all-merde) then it must be good for the world. When it was good for him to be a Rightwinger so that was what he was. When it was good for him to be "Mr. Clean" so he was "Mr. Clean" and fought the crooks. When it was good for him to be "Step and Fetch It" for Generalissimo Sharon, he shuffled with the best of them. Now that he wants to be "Mr. Big, Tough Fearless Leader" he does not hesitate to send psychotic thugs to beat and molest nonviolent teenagers engaged in legal and peaceful protest. He is a villain with no values or scruples and is quite capable of any despicable act if he can benefit from it.

It really is ultimately about character.

This article was written by Aaron Klein and it appeared in World Net Daily. It is called "Olmert's family blasted as 'pacifists, army deserters' Wife supports groups aiming at dividing Jerusalem, children live abroad." Aaron Klein is WorldNetDaily's Jerusalem bureau chief.
 

JERUSALEM -- With national elections here just one week away and public rhetoric noticeably heating up between politicians, some candidates and parties have been bringing the family of acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert -- running for top office -- into campaign ads.

In a television commercial last week, the opposition Likud party pointed out Olmert's son deserted Israeli army service and his children, including a declared pacifist, live abroad. Some ads attacked Olmert's wife, who has been active in organizations that promote the division of Jerusalem for a Palestinian state.

Olmert, running as head of the newly formed Kadima party, claims to be a "moderate."

The Likud broadcast begins with a scene of Olmert at a speech exclaiming, "I want our children to have a better future." A background voice then asks which children Olmert is referring to: "perhaps his own children, Olmert's sons and one of his daughters, who refused to serve in the IDF; moreover, his sons live overseas and do not see their future in Israel ... if Olmert's children who live abroad knew of his withdrawal plan, they would not return to Israel at all."

Olmert announced last month if his administration wins upcoming elections, he would seek to withdraw Israel from most of the West Bank, which borders major Israeli cities, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Olmert's oldest son Shaul lives in New York full time. After he finished compulsory Israeli military service, Shaul signed a petition of the pacifist organization Yesh G'vul, which calls for soldiers to refuse specific orders or serve in the Israeli military all together.

The acting prime minister's youngest son Ariel reportedly refused to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Israel has a mandatory draft for all Jewish men and women over the age of 18.

Olmert's daughter Danna is active in Machshom Watch, an Israeli leftist organization that monitors and often acts against Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank. The IDF says the checkpoints are necessary to stop terrorists from infiltrating Israeli cities.

Some politicians running for office also have pointed out in ads and debates that Olmert's wife Aliza long has been involved in extreme leftist activism.

Aliza Olmert reportedly is a member of Israeli Women in Black, an activist group that calls for Israel to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, West Bank and parts of Jerusalem. Articles in the Israeli media have stated Aliza has been involved in the leftist Peace Now group and reportedly has voted for the Meretz party, whose platform includes the division of Jerusalem.

Aliza Olmert refuses to tell the media which party she will vote for next week.

The use of Olmert's family in ads drew the ire of some Kadima supporters.

"Bibi [Netanyahu] is still the same Bibi," said Kadima strategist Lior Horev regarding the Likud television ad.

A Kadima spokesperson told WND "family members are irrelevant in elections. The attacks are inappropriate and immature."

But Mitchell Barak, managing director of Kidron Strategies, an Israeli-based political consulting firm, said while he thinks attacking Olmert's family is "not in good taste," the technique is legitimate.

"Olmert needs to lead by example and that means what you do and what your family does," Barak told WND. "In that sense it is legitimate and something voters should consider. Having family in another country may affect decision-making and loyalty."

Sasha Klein, head of Likud's immigrant section, said, "Olmert talks of the future of my children, why can't I talk about the future of his?"

Olmert announced last month Israel will unilaterally withdraw from most of the West Bank and make other moves aimed at changing the Jewish state's borders.

The West Bank is considered landlocked territory not officially recognized as part of any country. Israel calls the land "disputed," while the United Nations says the West Bank is "occupied" by Israel. The Jewish state maintains overall control of most of the area while the Palestinian Authority has jurisdiction in about 40 percent.

Many villages in the West Bank, which Israelis commonly refer to as the "biblical heartland," are mentioned throughout the Torah.

Withdrawal from the West Bank may place Jerusalem and Tel Aviv within Palestinian rocket range depending on which territories are evacuated. Military strategists long have estimated Israel must maintain the West Bank to defend its borders from any ground invasion.

In a widely circulated WND article, leaders of every major Palestinian terror organization warned last month they will soon launch a massive violent campaign against Israel focused mainly on West Bank Jewish communities.

One senior terrorist said now that Olmert announced a West Bank withdrawal, terrorism against Israel must be stepped up "to prove we are chasing out the Israelis like we did in Gaza."

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. Contact him at zelasko@actcom.co.il

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WILL ZIONISM BE VANQUISHED?
Posted by Fern Sidman, March 21, 2006.

It was recently reported that the leader of Hamas, Khaled Mash'al said in a speach in Damascus that Arab determination and spirit will ultimately vanquish Zionism and bring about the liberation of Palestine.

Mash'al who is the real power behind Hamas, is a former resident of Gaza. After an unsuccessful assasination attempt by the Israeli government in 1997, Israel has barred Mash'al from re-entering the country and assuming any role in the new Hamas government of the Palestinian Authority.

The following are excerpts from his speech:

"Ben Gurion (Israel's first prime minister) hoped that subsequent generations of Palestinians will forget their defeat in the 1948 War of Independence, commonly referred to by Arabs as the catastrophe."

"Today's followers of Ben Gurion know that they have to contend with a Palestinian generation that is stronger than its predecessors. They will see future generations of Palestinians and the Arab and Islamic nation waving the banner of Islam."

"The liberation of Palestine will come with the help of Allah, until it is attained by the last solider, woman, and child, despite resistance by Israel and the United States... Jerusalem will become Arab and Muslim again, including all the places holy to Islam and Christianity."

"Today, we are close to attaining Palestinian national rights... When a Palestinian child says that his grandfather or father was born in Nazareth, Haifa, or Jaffa, there's powerful human force in that. Can any power on earth erase this memory? How can Nazareth, Haifa, Be'er Sheva, Jaffa, and Akko be erased from the Palestinian memory? Therefore, one who says that Palestinian rights will die out, or that the Palestinians will relinquish or sell their rights and values is living an illusion."

"We and the Zionists have been brought together by destiny. If they want a fight, we'll be there; if they want a war we're ready; if they want a conflict we'll be there however long it takes."

"We have more determination that Israel... We'll defeat it, with the help of Allah, and we'll liberate the land."

To those who are shocked by these statements, we retort that we're shocked that you're shocked. Indeed, the Arab knows time is on his side. He has a deep and abiding belief in Allah, which stirs his nationalism. He confronts an obsequious state of Israel, who is bent on making even more territorial concessions to the Arab. Subsequent to the evacuation and demolition of Gush Katif, while the Arabs celebrated the beginning of the end of the State of Israel, the Kassam rocket attacks started on Israeli settlements near the Gaza border.

Let us remember the words of Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK"L, HY"D, who said, "The confrontation will come as the Arabs of Israel constitute one-quarter or one-third of the state. Riots and rebellion will be seen on television screens all over the world. Bombs will go off, and bloody clashes between soldiers and Arab civilians will take scores of lives." (They Must Go, 1981, page 115)

And to those who are still not convinced of the ultimate goal of the Arab, let us ponder this statement by Rabbi Kahane, ZTK"L, "The Muslims are bitterly anti-Israel and anti-Jewish... They combine fervent anti-Zionist nationalism with the even more fervent Islamic creed. That the Arab youth of Israel are undergoing an Islamic revival is admitted by one and all." (Israel: Revolution of Referendum?, 1990, page 47)

The government of the State of Israel and our leadership is tired of fighting the enemy. Mr. Olmert has said as much. The weakness and disarray of the government of Israel is clarion call to the Arab. He feeds on this weakness, and views concessions by Israel not as signs of compromise for long term peace, but as admission of defeat.

The Jewish State, unlike the Arab, is not propelled towards nationalism, because they have no connection to the Almighty G-d of Israel. They are not a nation that is fortified in it's conviction and belief in the power and omnipotence of Hashem. It is not a state that is devoted to the precepts of the holy Torah. It is a nation that does not comprehend faith and trust in G-d. It is not a nation who believes that their ultimate battle for survivial is inextricably tied to the Final Redemption. It is not a state of warriors that goes out to sanctify the name of G-d. It is a state of non-believing, morally bankrupt individuals who are bent on self destruction. The Jewish State is depressed, weary, exhausted and empty. And the Arab knows it.

He knows that he cannot be satisfied with a "Palestinian" state in Judea and Samaria and Gaza. He wants all of his "homeland" liberated from the Zionist oppressors, and that includes Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, etc.

"The voices of the Arab revolution are clearly heard in the land, and, as if cursed from heaven, the Jewish leaders of Israel sit, paralyzed." (Rabbi Meir Kahane -- They Must Go, 1981, page 120)

We must wake up and smell the coffee. Only through a mass infusion of Jewish strength and power can we emerge victorious in this battle for our very existence as Jews and for the Land of Israel. Only through belief in and devotion to the G-d of Israel and His Torah can we develop the courage and strength to purge the Arab enemy from our midst. Only through our unwavering and stubborn adherence to the laws of the G-d of Israel can we face our vapid and self destructive leaders with words of truth. And let us ponder these words of hope and inspiration, "The Jewish concept of government is clear: The government exists to serve the people. The people exist to serve G-d." (Rabbi Kahane, Israel: Revolution or Referendum? 1990, page 98) "If you love Jews enough, you say the painful things which will save them. No concern what they will do to you, that's not relevant." (Rabbi Kahane's last speech, November 5, 1990)

Let us pray to the G-d of Israel to give us strength and the courage to sanctify His holy name and let us take the actions required for our own self-preservation.

Contact Fern Sidman at ariellah@aol.com

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HIDEOUS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Posted by Steven Shamrak, March 21, 2006.

Not long ago political correctness was introduced to the West with very good intentions. It was needed to make a transformation from a barbarian and bigoted society to one that pretends to be civilised, where all are equal. Therefore, Blacks have become African Americans; the Spanish and Chinese -- Ethnic minorities; Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims -- Religious minorities; man or woman are called Persons.

Political correctness is not a new invention. According to the unofficial codex of intelligencia of Tsar Russia, "Member of intelligencia must not admit or show his anti-Semitic tendencies." It was never about not having them!

Now Political correctness has reached new levels of absurdity. For example, blind and short people are called visually and vertically challenged or impaired. Political correctness became a tool of aggression and intolerance in a quite slippery, 'joking', passive-aggressive way.

The current TV serial "Commander in Chief" has topped them all in its sophisticated, subliminal, hammer-like, presentation of 'Political correctness'. It is meant to be a substitution for the highly intelligent and professionally made "The West Wing" serial. But, with an independent, female president, African American as a Chief of Staff of the White House and Arab Palestinian as her most trusted staffer, it can only be described and viewed as a spoof. No wonder the show has rating problems. Next, they will probably make the science fiction movie -- "George Bush and Democracy on Mars". It will be a more likely scenario than creation of true democracy in Iraq, Iran or in any Muslim country during this century.

In international politics political correctness plays a big role when oil is concerned. Everyone is so deliberately polite and 'considerate' toward, the most often, fake and even obnoxious claims and behaviour of the Arabs and Muslims in general. At the same time there is no interest and a complete disregard of Jewish National rights and aspirations. Jews and Israel are used as an international scape goat, in order to drive public attention from domestic or international issues! International political correctness is not applicable to Jews.

For centuries, the Jewish leadership, so-called 'official Jews', have been playing the games of appeasement and conformity with their masters. Even after the creation of the Jewish state, the Jewish leaders seem unable to shake off the Galut mentality -- the mentality of the slaves of Egypt, enforced by centuries of abused, hatred and anti-Semitism. They are not truly able to represent the dreams and aspirations of the Jewish people.

Is there no Jewish leader who would give direct answer to the question -- "What is the Jewish land?" Instead, they will go on and on, but would never tell it straight and simple that the League of Nation allocated the land called " Palestine" for the Jewish state and gave a temporary mandate to United Kingdom to carry out the League resolution. Or, simply, they would pull the Israeli coin of 10 Agorots out and show the engraved image of Eretz Israel. If they can't perform such a simple act of personal 'bravery' by telling the world where the Jewish land is, why do they occupy the position of leadership, but instead lead Jewish people to nowhere? By inaction they are deceiving and destroying the Jewish nation.

Steven Shamrak was born in the former Soviet Union (USSR) and participated in the Moscow Zionist "refusenik" movement. For the last 3 years, he has been publishing internet editorial letters on the Arab-Israeli conflict -- independently, not as a member of any organization or political movement. He can be reached by email at StevenShamrak@mail2world.com

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STAND FIRM AGAINST HAMAS-LED PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
Posted by Lee Caplan, March 20, 2006.

Dear Friends,

I have just read and signed the online petition:

"Stand Firm Against Hamas-led Palestinian Authority"

hosted on the web by PetitionOnline.com, the free online petition service, at:
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/biac2006/

I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing yourself.

Best wishes,
Lee S. Caplan

Contact Lee Caplan at leescaplan@yahoo.com

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OPPOSING FORCES DEFINE THE MIDDLE EAST
Posted by Lawrence Uniglicht, March 20, 2006.

The ever-shifting sands of spaceship Earth's inscrutable Middle East paints a mal-adaptive panorama, ever-influenced by those antagonistic forces of progressive secularism and regressive Islamic fundamentalism. Israel, a tiny beleaguered nation, reborn within the heart of this asymmetric oxymoronic evolving/devolving region, amazingly thrives within its own maelstrom of political/religious volatility thankfully subsumed by life-sustaining technological innovation; albeit overwhelmed in size by hostile mostly raw material sustained Muslim neighbors, themselves torn asunder by an intolerant dark age faith-based dysfunctional after-life obsessed fundamentally flawed corrupted Koranic misogynist mantra juxtaposed to a satellite-dish observed enlightening emerging century twenty-one global economy immersed in man-made achievement. That Bedouin bogeyman, imbued by belligerence, intimidates the mindsets of such psychologically wandering wondering desert dwellers, slowly sinking into mullah-crafted scorpion infested sinkholes, blaming the Jew for every grain of wretched existence they must tolerate, while cunning carnivorously contemptible Machiavellian robed rogue rulers maintain reprehensible bejeweled rip-off life-styles.

Of course, Muslim hatred of less than kissing cousin Jews, scapegoat supreme role models for all ages, remains directly proportional to a culturally caused collective self-hatred, not unlike that felt by an erstwhile championship boxer Muhammad reduced to wiping the Western new kid on the block's sweat puddles from his greenback stuffed workout mat. Why else might frustrated emasculated Muslim males be so easily conned into shrouding themselves with explosives, detonating, taking out the infidel; indeed a small price to pay for blowing their earthly digs on that fast track to promised sexual ecstasy, respect, and solace in Allahland? Criminally insane behavior surely has its roots, mixing with that vicious viscous energizing black gold sucked up by sycophantic industrial nations, under the ever-shifting sands of spaceship Earth's inscrutable Middle East. Raw material economies surely yield a few filthy rich despots, but mostly hordes of underachieving undereducated unprepared masses, career refugees of an emerging demanding century twenty-one, unwilling to be masters of their unfulfilling fates, captains of their tormented sorry souls, preferring instead the easy way out one-way ticket to paradise; that P.T. Barnum sucker born every minute guaranteed Allahland of milk and honeys.

That deadliest of admixtures, twisted Koranic verse merged into raw material dependent economies bereft of domestically produced technological achievements, sadly defines the Islamic fundamentalist dominated Middle East. Small in size, mighty of mind, Israel pushes against this scourge to enlightened progress. Surely Israel must push the harder and win for the sake of mankind!

Lawrence Uniglicht is a career civil servant, working for the Social Security Administration. He advocates for the State of Israel with an American perspective. He writes, "Advocating for the disrespected underdog has been my passion, no doubt Israel falls into that category." Contact him by email at luniglicht@snip.net

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EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND MOVING VIDEO OF THE CONFRONTATION AT AMONA
Posted by Buddy Macy, March 20, 2006.

This letter is being provided to you as a lover of Zion, and as a person truly concerned with the departure from our democratic tradition undertaken by the present government of Israel, under the direction of acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

You have probably heard of the recent incident in Amona, in which thousands of border police and "Yassamniks," under the direct orders of the government of Israel, violently attacked hundreds of Jewish youth and supporters engaged in the simple act of non-violent and passive demonstration. This contravention of fundamental human rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and association, was accompanied by horrible acts of police brutality. Teenagers, who sat passively in and around the houses that the government sought to destroy, were savagely beaten by "evacuating forces" and trampled by police on horseback. A couple hundred were wounded. Many sustained serious head injuries inflicted by border police, who had been directed to "teach the settlers a lesson." The wounded included one fifteen- year-old boy who was beaten so horrifically that he lay in a coma for days, as well as members of the Knesset who had arrived on the scene in an attempt to mediate. Prior to this incident, security and military advisers had recommended to the government that a compromise solution enabling peaceful evacuation be found in co-operation with settler leaders. However, despite proposals offered by the settler leaders and the security forces, these recommendations were rebuffed; Ehud Olmert wished to demonstrate his toughness on the backs of Jewish teenagers, instead of fighting the Hamas enemy.

We are sure you share our outrage at these senseless acts of police brutality perpetrated against young Jews, which only serve to divide the people of Israel, and, which are entirely inconsistent with the democratic imperatives of the modern State of Israel.

We hope that once you view the graphic footage on this link --
http://www.rafflebuilder.com/Arutz7
-- you will join us in providing support, by whatever means possible, to our brethren in Israel who are engaged in the valiant campaign to ensure that never again will the forces mandated to defend and protect the Jewish people, be, instead, exploited and ordered to brutalize their fellow Jews for crass political gain.

AMONA FORUM FOR JUSTICE

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Israel Kaplan (israelkaplan@yahoo.com) is the producer of the Amona film for Arutz Sheva Online.

Contact Buddy Macy by email at vegibud@aol.com

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PANIM EL PANIM CAMPAIGN AND LET'S HELP THE GUSH KATIF REFUGEES HAVE A NICE PESACH
Posted by Lee Caplan, March 20, 2006.

Please ask all the people that you know in Israel to participate in this extremely important campaign of Panim el Panim (first piece below), and please see the second piece below and act to help the Gush Katif refugees. Tizku lemitzvos.

Mattot Arim wrote:

Enclosed please find an important public commitment given by Zevulun Orlev, Mafdal chairman, has given a public commitment according to which he will not join a gov't whose agenda includes settlement razing.

Eli Yishai, head of Shas, also gave a public commitment a week ago, in Besheva newspaper (9/3/06), indicating that Shas is opposed to settlement razing (in contrast to earlier Jpost interview).

These commitments did not drop out of the sky like rain -- we earned them -- that is, those of us who are working really hard in the Panim el Panim campaign and making phonecalls or housecalls. When people are working hard "in the trenches" -- this is not lost on our politicians, far from it, the politicians pick up on this right away as you see, and in return -- are willing to make valuable public commitments, as you see.

So, much depends on us (as usual). Please ask yourself: Have I volunteered for Panim el Panim? If not, please call the nearest racaz RIGHT NOW (see attached file with names and tel. nos.) -- and nudge him or her until he gives you stuff to do!!

If your racaz is unobtainable, or doesn't give you stuff to do, within 24 hrs -- grab your city map or local phonebook and assign yourself any old column in the phonebook or any old street. Use the Tasrit Sicha attached. Inform sddym@bezeqint.net as to what street/page in phonebook you are using, what were the results (who's voting right, who's undecided) and who was the racaz who "messed up" (so we can improve matters...)

Best of luck and many thx,
Mattot Arim

Sharon Katz wrote:

Dear friends,

Today, while at the Jerusalem Conference at the (old Hyatt) Regency Hotel in Jerusalem, my friends and I had the opportunity to meet one of the Gush Katif mothers who lives there. She mentioned how worried all the Gush Katif families at the Regency and other hotels were, because they have all received EVICTION NOTICES. They have been told to vacate the premises (in different cases) between ten days and three weeks from now. Their caravans and caravillas are not yet ready. Nonetheless, they have been informed that they are being kicked out of their hotel rooms. They have nowhere to go.

The Gush Katif Mom mentioned that one family had been notified to get the keys to its caravan, although the caravan wasn't ready yet. And when the family signed that it had accepted the keys, it was immediately locked out of its hotel room, because now it had keys to a caravan. The families are feeling helpless and afraid.

Friends, our brethren from Gush Katif are suffering so terribly. We must do something to help. But truthfully, the Israeli government doesn't care if we protest about our Gush Katif brethren. The government does, however, care VERY MUCH what Jews and supporters in the Diaspora say, and what foreign officials say.

I know that just about everyone on this list has family in America, Canada, England, Australia, South Africa, etc., and many are coming to Israel for Pesach, IY"H. Please pass this letter along to anyone traveling here for the holidays. Actually, pass this along to any caring Jews.

Let's make a difference together, IY"H.

On Pesach, we call out that hungry and needy should join in our Seder. Well, let us make sure that our brethren from Gush Katif are NOT further abandoned this Pesach.

Please forward this letter to the Diaspora.
Thank you.
Sharon

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Dear friend coming to Israel this Pesach,

Just before you, your friends and your families will be checking into different hotel rooms throughout Israel this year, the ex-residents of Gush Katif will have been thrown out of their hotel rooms. These families have known no other "home" since their own homes were destroyed this summer. These families will literally be on the street, because their future caravans are NOT ready for habitation. Despite this fact, the government is offering them no solution at all.

What can you do?

Call the Israeli Consulate in your area. Say, "I am going to Israel for Passover, spending my hard-earned money there. I want to know where the Gush Katif families are spending Pesach!!! And don't tell me, 'in their caravans', which have not yet been hooked up with electricity, water or sanitary plumbing."

Demand a response, and register your complaint that the Jews of Gush Katif are being treated so inhumanely. Say, "How I sit at my seder in Israel when I know that at the same time, the Israeli government is once again throwing hundreds of Gush Katif families into the street."

Call your Congressman/Senator/Representative and ask him to register his disdain as well.

Your words will make a difference. Please raise your voice for your brethren, and may G-d bless all His people with a happy and kosher holiday.

Contact Lee Caplan at leescaplan@yahoo.com

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COUP D'ETAT
Posted by Professor Paul Eidelberg, March 20, 2006.

Although a coup d'état may only involve a radical change of those who control the State, it often produces a basic changes in the character and purpose of the State. Before examining coup d'états that have occurred in Israel, some preliminary remarks are necessary.

The concept of the sovereign State, which goes back to Machiavelli, is foreign to the Torah, which recognizes only the sovereignty of God. The paramount instrument of the State is of course its government, its political and judicial institutions and bureaucracy. The State has taken the place of people. The State has also taken the place of God. The worship of the State is everywhere, including Israel. Here, even religious Jews genuflect to the sovereign State.

There was a time when, in the soul of the Jew, there was only one sovereign, one kingdom, that of God. What "happened to this fine heritage," asks Ben Hecht, "when the Jews finally fashioned a [State and] government of their own in Israel; what happened to Jews when they became Jewish politicians, what happened to piety, a sense of honor, and a brotherly love that 2,500 years of anti-Semitism were unable to disturb in the Jewish soul?" Look at Israeli politicians: what a travesty of the Jewish heritage!

Consider carefully. The State is a product of human will, an artificial construct. A democratic state can change into a Fascist state, and vice versa. This can happen as a result of war or revolution. Or it can happen by a violent or a non-violent coup d'état.

1. Unbeknownst to the people of Israel "including their political scientists" Israel has undergone two recent coup d'états. One occurred as a result of the June 1992 election, when Labor leader Yitzhak Rabin, contrary to his campaign pledge to the nation, recognized and engaged in negotiations with the PLO. The other coup d'état occurred in December 2003, when Ariel Sharon, contrary to his campaign pledge to the nation, adopted Labor's policy of "unilateral disengagement. -- Where was honor, let alone piety"

2. The first coup d'état was sanctified on the White House lawn where Rabin signed the Oslo or Israel-PLO Agreement of September 1993. The architects of Oslo envisioned Israel's step-by-step withdrawal from Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, including eastern Jerusalem. This amputation of Israel's heartland and lobotomy of the historic memory of the Jewish people had to be justified. The Labor government had to erase the teachings which the Prophets and Sages of Israel linked to the Jewish heartland. And so, with the help of the media, the government sold Oslo to the public by intoning two supposedly supreme values or mantras, "peace" and "democracy."

3. But these mantras were not enough: they had to be supplemented by basic changes in the curriculum of public education. A generation of youth had to be "reeducated" to erase the meaning of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. "Judaism" and "Zionism" had to be erased from the public school curriculum. These terms, along with "Eretz Israel," had to be erased from the Soldiers Code of Ethics.

4. Labor's coup d'état required nothing less than the transformation of the Jewish State of Israel into "a state of its citizens." The achievement of this required the cooperation of Israel's Supreme Court. The Court was armed by the March 1992 passage of Basic Law: Human Dignity. This Law, according to Supreme Court president Aharon Barak, makes everything -- hence everything Jewish -- "justiciable," hence subject to the interpretation and manipulation of the Court. That law, enacted by less than a majority of the Knesset, made Aharon Barak Israel's law-giver -- one may even say Israel's monarch.

5. Turning to Sharon's coup d'état of December 2003: recall that 69 members of the Sixteenth Knesset obtained their seats by campaigning against the Labor Party's "unilateral disengagement" policy. That policy was rejected by an overwhelming majority of the public in the January 2003 election. Sharon vetoed that election. And with the complicity with the Barak Court, he dispossessed and deported 8,000 Jews from Gush Katif.

6. This produced a crisis among religious Zionists. Many of their rabbis bowed to the State and condoned the government's violation of the Torah. Even now, the parties of the religious Right justify their failure to prevent the crime of Gush Katif by saying they had to obey the Knesset's Evacuation Law, that obedience to the laws of the State take precedence over the laws of God, that loyalty to democracy takes precedence over loyalty to the Torah.

7. This admission of the religious Right signals the end of religious Zionism so far as concerns its collaboration with the State. Many religious Zionists now find it difficult to maintain their belief that the State is an instrument of the Jewish redemption. This crisis of the religious Right is one of the consequences of Sharon's coup d'état.

8. Sharon's coup, carried forward by Kadima, also reveals the fraudulent character of Israeli democracy. Sharon, now in a coma, thus personifies the moribund condition of Israeli politics on the one hand, and of religious Zionism on the other. This decay was inevitable. Look at the first sentence of the 1948 Proclamation of the State of Israel: It declares that the Jews became a people in Eretz Israel. Not true. The Jews became a people when they accepted the Torah at Mount Sinai. We see that the Proclamation tacitly denies the Sinai Covenant. This denial is compounded when the Proclamation refers to Theodor Herzl -- all honor to him -- as the "spiritual father" of the State. What's more, the Proclamation was signed by four rabbis!

9. It's hard to fault them -- especially when Jews were still languishing in Europe and in detention camps. Still, the fact remains that religious Zionism represents a long history of compromise, of turning a blind to the character and goals of secular elite. Didn't those rabbis know they were consorting with politicians who, during the Holocaust, pursued a rescue policy biased against religious Jews? Didn't they know that these politicians were committed to making the Jews a "normal" people by erasing their Jewish identity?

10. And didn't the religious Right -- specifically, the National Union (NU) and the National Religious Party (NRP) -- didn't they know the man with whom they were collaborating when they signed Sharon's coalition agreement, which bound them to the Oslo Covenant of Death? Did he not say before the 2003 election that he would not appoint to his cabinet anyone who opposed a Palestinian state? Were the religious leaders of NU and the NRP hard of hearing? Were they oblivious of Sharon's and the IDF's year-long preparation to expel the Jews of Gush Katif -- almost all religious Zionists?

11. That they should collaborate in a government that had betrayed the electorate and had therefore ceased to be legitimate; that they would prop up a government whose Machiavellian leader had perpetrated a coup d'état; and that they should justify their spineless behavior saying they were bound by the imperatives of democracy over against the imperatives of the Torah -- from this I conclude that the 58-year charade of the misnamed Jewish and Democratic State of Israel is nearing its end.

12. When a democracy in name only corrupts the souls of Jews, when it removes from the Jewish soul the Kingdom of God and replaces His sovereignty with the sovereignty of the State, and when, in the name of this fraudulent democracy, religious politicians subordinate the Jewish people to the diktat of the State, and tolerate the government's dehumanization of thousands of Jews, then it's time for good men to take counsel and devise plans to put an end to this vicious charade.

13. That's what my Yamin Israel Party is all about. It is the one only philosophically oriented revolutionary party in this country. And that's why Baruch Marzel, came to us and invited us to join his Jewish National Alliance, Hazit. Our program represents Israel's future.

* Transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, March 20, 2006.

Professor Paul Eidelberg is President of the Foundation For Constitutional Democracy. He can be reached by mail at 244 Madison Avenue, Suite 427, New York, NY 10016, Tel: 212-372-3752, and by email at Constitution@usa.net

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POLL: SETTLERS DON'T TRUST STATE INSTITUTIONS
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, March 20, 2006.

These are two news items from YNet

1. Poll: Settlers disengage from state
Guy Mei-Tal, YNET, 20 March 2006
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3229931,00.html

Recent survey shows most settlers distrust police, High Court, State, citizens living within green line and, mostly media; Rabbis remain popular, some 46 percent say they respect IDF. Large number of settlers say religious nationalist parties, Yesha failed in protecting their cause

A poll conducted among settlers after the evacuation of the Amona illegal outpost has found that two-thirds of the community are disappointed and angry with the State's policy towards them, Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.

Some 71 percent of settler youths who took part in the poll said they trust no one in their struggle against government plans to evacuate more settlers from the West Bank.

The poll, which was conducted among 828 respondents from 43 settlements, also probed the popularity of Yesha council leaders and religious nationalist parties.

About 56 percent of respondents said the National Religious Party and National Union party "failed," with only 14 percent expressing satisfaction with their policy.

The Yesha Council also saw its popularity drop, with 49 percent of respondents saying its leaders' strategy towards the government failed, in comparison to 25 percent who approved of the council.

Rabbis were the most popular among respondents.

'Bond between army, settlers must be strengthened'

Three in every four respondents said they do not trust the High Court of Justice, two-thirds distrust the Israel Police, and one-third said they distrust Israelis living within the green line.

The media is perceived as the most anti-settler institution, with 83 percent saying they distrust its coverage of their cause.

About 46 percent said they trust the IDF in comparison to 29 percent who said their trust in the military institution has dwindled since the August disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

Despite the alarming findings, 62 percent of polled youth said confrontations with the army and the police during the disengagement and the evacuation of Amona have not deterred them from enlisting to the national service.

Only 20 percent said they will not serve the army.

Settler leader Pinchas Wallerstein said the poll's findings are reassuring, citing that a mere 7 percent of respondents said they support having recourse to violence should the government go ahead with further pullouts from the West Bank.

"Despite the disappointment with the security forces the IDF enjoys a favorable treatment when the High Court and the police's popularity have dropped. We need to invest a lot of time in strengthening the bond between the army and the people so that the split does not widen," he said.


2. "Gaza evacuees protest salary failures"
by Shmulik Hadad

Former Gush Katif settlers say they have yet to receive promised salaries while attending conversion courses for other professions; staff at Employment Service refuses to speak to demonstrators

Dozens of former Gush Katif settlers, studying at a special training center for evacuees, protested Sunday at the offices of the Employment Service Office in Ashkelon against the failure to transfer their salaries in recent months and against the cancellation of professional training courses which they were supposed to take.

The former head of the Regional Gaza Council, Eran Sternberg, also claimed that the wages evacuees will receive in the future will be taken from the compensation moneys they are receiving.

Sternberg and his friends are furious at the staff of the Employment Office, who refused to leave the building and talk with them.

"We are announcing that we won't continue to arrive at these courses until they sit with us and clarify the whole matter with us," said Sternberg.

Among the evacuees camped outside of the offices are mainly academics and farmers, who were promised conversion courses for other professions.

Neve Dekalim evacuee Debby Rosen, who was a spokeswoman to the foreign media on behalf of the evacuees, attended one of the courses.

'I simply can't find work'


We were all affluent in the past. (Photo: Tsafrir Avayov)

"We are all a group of people who were affluent in the past, some of who managed projects worth millions of dollars. We are not lazy unemployed types. We were promised a solution for every settler and a minimum wage, and we were placed in a course which did not allow us to look other work. But in the meantime the days have passed and we have received NIS 279 (USD 59) a month, and from this we are supposed to live on. It's not clear when we will receive the additional payment; we are simply asking to continue our lives and live with honor," said Rosen.

Yair Tzahi, who was evacuated from the settlement of Gadid, is a qualified computer programmer who has managed agricultural projects in the past.

He and his partner studied in the course for the past three months, and did not receive their salary. "We were given promises and told that this course would advance us. In reality, the course itself is not advancing, and we are not seeing the money. We are living in a huge overdraft and it's not clear what the future will hold," he said.

Tzahi said he lost hundreds of thousands of shekels because some of his products were lost due to lack of marketing before the disengagement. "I'm 50 already and I simply can't find work," he said.

The Employment Service did not give a response. The Disengagement Authority said that the matter did not fall under their responsibility.

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AN ALTERNATIVE TO A UNILATERAL WITHDRAWAL FROM JUDEA/SAMARIA
Posted by Robert S. Barnes, March 20, 2006.

There is an Alternative to spending 100 billion shekels to forcibly expel 80,000 Jews from their homes!

There is an Alternative which respects everyone's human rights!

There is an Alternative which ensures a Jewish majority for generations to come!

There is an Alternative which will unite the nation and not divide it.

There is an Alternative which a majority of Palestinian Arabs could be convinced accept.

There is an Alternative which Israel can implement without the agreement of the US, EU or Arab countries.

What is this Alternative? To establish a Ministry of Emigration which would give the same financial incentives and aid to Arabs who want to emigrate as is given to Jews who want to make aliyah. According to polls 59% of Israeli Jews support the government encouraging Arabs to emigrate, and 20% of West Bank Arabs would emigrate today if they had the money to do so, more would do so if the financial incentives were available.

There is an Alternative!

Sign the Petition for an Alternative to Another Unilateral Withdrawal

People need to know that there is an alternative! Please sign this petition and send it to everyone you know who has an e-mail address and might also want to sign. Don't leave out spouses and kids!

Contact Robert S. Barnes at editor@loadofisrael.info

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NY TIMES   PUFFERY ON ISLAM; THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YE FREE" VS. TRUTH "INSULTS" ISLAM
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, March 20, 2006.

NY TIMES PUFFERY ON ISLAM

Its serial on an Imam in Brooklyn had misleading propaganda. Just as the Times does hatchet jobs on Israel, it does powder puff jobs on Islam. It is like the feature articles on some Arab towns -- all points of interest and no dark side.

The newspaper will get away with this deception, because it gives readers little basis for evaluation. The article is well crafted, of human interest, and skillfully appearing balanced without being so. There was not a false statement in it. But it was misleading.

Example: "by some accounts," six million Muslims live in the US. Yes, but by whose account? By Muslim institutions which inflate the figures, just as organizers do to make their public events seem successful. Why cite include the more realistic 2-3 million?

The article contends that the congregation and imam are struggling to reconcile their faith with Western ways. This process is liberalizing the imam's outlook. Muslims may assimilate. They make personal adjustments, but intolerant Americans harass them.

The series is a case study. The author can claim she is not generalizing, though she is in some instances. It is inevitable that readers will generalize. They will be misguided when they extrapolate. I believe that the editors realize this, judging by their unerring instinct, when doing a hatchet job on Israeli settlers, at finding the most militant Jewish settlers to quote, thereby leaving the poorest impression of the settler movement.

If written with genuine integrity, the article would put this mosque in perspective. (I'm assuming that most of what was described is true of that mosque.) Perspective for an example requires placing it in context of most mosques.

Real balance is not, for example, "some think this and some think that," like a horizontal see-saw, but perhaps, "80% think this and 20% think that," like a see-saw balanced at an angle. For example, 80% of US mosques are financed by the extremist Saudis, and tend to pick imams not reasonable like the atypical subject. He is said to be assimilating, but a growing number of Islamist schools alienate youth from America. They see America as prey. And he approves of suicide bombing of Israeli soldiers as self-defense. Self-defense when the Arabs aren't being attacked and violate their peace agreements? It is the Israeli soldiers who engage in defense, not, as the imam claims, the Palestinian Arabs. Then is he really moderate?

A thoughtful article rather than a propagandistic one would have pondered the extent of Muslim Americanization and whether the alleged moderates will keep radicals from indoctrinating youth. It would ask whether, if the "moderate majority" would impose Islamic practices and policy upon the country. No Muslim country treats minorities with full rights, though Turkey did for a while when really secular.

Perspective would be that the Islamic community in the US has a mixed ideology, but that on the whole it constitutes a growing fifth column, subversive of American tolerance, democracy, and survival. Muslims are more of a threat to Americans than Americans, who have largely quieted down since 9/11, are to them. The article makes it seem only that the "poor Muslims" should not be picked on. What about terrorists caught in common crimes to earn the money for terrorist ones? What about the pro-terrorist conventions they hold, donations to charity fronts for terrorist organizations, radicalization of the youth, and building of terrorist cells? How quiet would US Muslims be if they attained a critical mass as they did in the France they torture and torch?

The author treats a problem facing imams as if a great quandary. The FBI asked the imam to inform it of terrorist plots. The author admits there was one plot at that mosque. The imam agreed to cooperate, not, he said, out of fear, but because "Muslims also care about keeping their country safe." Oh do they now? How does the author know, because that one imam said so? What about the general American Muslim satisfaction that on 9/11, America got its comeuppance, and then their belief that the US or Israel perpetrated it? In any case, the quandary was put as how to cooperate with law enforcement while retaining members' loyalty and "living at the center of a religion under watch." Insinuation: the police are just as much a problem. They do cause small problems, which they are learning to minimize. Will readers realize that most of the Muslim complaints are because of their own misconceptions about Western customs? Some prosecution had unreliable informers, insufficient evidence, or was mistaken, but there are terrorist crimes and crime sprees. It is a Muslim way of thinking, that the author fell in with too readily, that if the police made some mistakes, then all the prosecutions are unfounded.

Well of course he should cooperate with law enforcement! The question would be almost inconceivable to ask of Christian or Jewish clergymen. There are some conflicts over confidentiality and a few churches that harbor illegal aliens. Towards the end of article II is stated the government's premise, that terrorists are likely to be Muslim and to gestate in mosques. That key point is buried by the impression given of Islam, by the emphasis on social and religious matters, that Islam is just another religion. It isn't. It seeks to repress the others. Where is the concern of these new Americans that they collectively are the main source of this major threat to national security?

On the other hand, the article itemizes a number of instances of insults and hostility shown towards Muslims. These alienate young people. Who are these stupid and intolerant Americans who denounce individuals not observed at crime but for their religion? It is one thing to oppose mass immigration, but it is another thing to single out individuals solely based on their affiliation. This is un-American.

This notion of Islam as a religion under pressure is presented in one-sidedly. Not stated is that the US is making another show trial of Jews. Arab Muslims have made many Jewish students afraid to display their Judaism or express support for Israel. Christian public practices are being curbed, while Muslim practices are being fostered. Textbooks increasingly are hostile to Christianity but favorable to Islam. (I prefer facts and truth.) In order to deter vigilantes against Muslims, in reaction to 9/11, Pres. Bush lies about Islam being a religion of peace and downplays what an international menace is Islamism.

U.S. MUSLIM YOUTH BEING ALIENATED

Islamists ferret out inexperienced Muslim teenagers, ignorant of basic Islamic principles. Posing as religious authorities, the Islamists indoctrinate them in fanatical and violent aspects of the religion. The youths are taught just a few verses of the Koran. Those verses concern "jihad, takfir (condemning opponents as apostates), infidels, striking terror into the hearts of the enemy, and the establishment of a [Muslim military] force." This narrow focus stimulates the rebelliousness and violence for which the youths were picked. They reject their society and families or destroy TV sets and photographs and demand that their relatives dress in conformity with Islamic precepts and that the women stay at home.

When US security services attempt to intervene in the mosques where the subversion arises, the Muslims condemn the government for interfering in freedom of religion. And when the security services leave the mosques autonomous, the Muslims condemn the government for allowing subversion to continue. Damned if do, and damned if don't.

Muslims who might rally against the subversion of their youth instead are diverted by their conspiracy theories. They think that the government is plotting against them.

"This responsibility requires parents to not allow their young children to participate unaccompanied in religious gatherings. Instead, they should go with them to hear what they are told in the mosques. They should thoroughly investigate the biographies and views of religious preachers in the mosques, and should demand... the removal of anyone who distorts religion, distorts the interpretation [of religion], and leads the youth astray."

"This responsibility requires... giving them a [positive] example, both in thought and in behavior. The crisis of identity should be discussed objectively, rationally, and in a language that the youth can understand, and they should be guided in how best to deal with life in America and its demands... Parents need to get to know their children's friends and everyone they mingle with, at school and in their free time... They need to monitor everything that their children see on the computer..." (IMRA, 3/4/06 from the editor of a US Arab newspaper.)

ABU DHABI SEIZES AMERICAN TEXTBOOKS THAT WERE TRUTHFUL

The government seized the sixth grade textbook of a private, American school there, for "racism." The book should be more multicultural and not disrespectful of the country's religion. The book made "derogatory remarks against Islam and the Muslim world, for example, dubbing Middle East as one of the most dangerously explosive areas in the world and the Muslim conquest of India as the most bloodiest in the world history, to mention a few." Some Arab children study there.

The book also had pictures and descriptions about the religion and way of life in Israel. It stated,

"Israel is one of a few democracies in North Africa and the Middle East today. Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Morocco are all kingdoms; the country of Syria has sponsored terrorism by giving aid to radicals in the Palestine Liberation Organization, known as the PLO."

School officials pleaded, "We do our best to follow the ministry guidelines... We normally take care to delete materials or replace textbooks that carry sensitive content." (IMRA, 3/5.) The books were truthful. If the truth about their faith would repel infidels, then Muslims hide it.

ISRAELI SURRENDER PRESENTED AS FIRMNESS

This month's Israeli election is riveting. The leading Party is presenting its platform the way Sharon presented his withdrawal and security fence borders with undefined bounds. Olmert has made it known that he would withdraw at least the civilians from some more parts of Judea-Samaria, but at first, not which ones or where. The troops would stay behind to prevent rockets from being placed nearer Israeli cities, as happened in the Gaza withdrawal. (This reveals Sharon to have been criminally negligent. Voters now are supposed to pick Olmert without knowing the extent of withdrawal and how insecure the new borders are to be.)

Fatah would have been willing to negotiate with Israel and Hamas is not.

The proposition is presented as Israel, having no responsible Arab parties to negotiate a permanent peace with, will set its own borders. (Not always part of that presentation, and not in this NY Times article, is the US rejection of what Israel does as being a permanent border. In other words, the US intends to press Israel to make further concessions. Therefore, all Israel is doing is reducing its bargaining position.)

Uzi Landau of the Likud Party, which correspondent Greg Myre describes as "right-wing," reacted, "Who is the Palestinian (Arab) fool who will sit in negotiations and will have to pay so that we evacuate territory, when he knows if he simply waits, Israel will evacuate the territory?" (3/6, A5.) Israel would give the Arabs something for nothing.)

The NY Sun presented much the same view as the Times, because its source is the biased Associated Press. At least it indicated that Olmert actually has no plan, and is waiting for the election before making one.

Hamas contends that by acting unilaterally, Israel has proved itself not a peace partner.

Candidate Avi Dichter said Israel would seek US backing for the withdrawals (Mark Lavie, 3/6, P.5). Later he was more specific, but still indecisive.

Like the failed Oslo Plan and the ruinous Gaza withdrawal, the proposed withdrawal policy is open-ended. As patriotic critics, unfairly called right-wing and "hard line" have pointed out, it picks off and destroys the settlements and settlers piecemeal. Why not call Olmert "defeatist"? If Sharon and Olmert had been honest, and admitted from the outset that they intended almost a full withdrawal, they would have been stopped by a shocked and outraged Knesset.

No permanent peace can be negotiated with the Arabs, because the Arabs don't want peace but conquest. That was known before Oslo, and was demonstrated after Oslo, but it hasn't stopped some people from continuing to talk about "peace process" and partner. Seek US backing for the withdrawals? Of course the US would accept them, and may even be the silent impetus behind them, but when Israel thinks they are over, it would demand more. Remember, the State Dept. is anti-Zionist.

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 richardshulman5@aol.com.

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ESTEE LAUDER BOYCOTTED BY ARABS
Posted by Esther Green, March 20, 2006.

Estee Lauder Corporation (which is also the parent company of Prescriptives, Mac, Bobbie Brown, La Mer, Jo Malone, Origins, Aramis, Aveda and Bumble and Bumble) is being boycotted by a loud and ambitious campaign of the world's Arab and Muslim community due to Ron Lauder's (Estee Lauder's President) support for Israel.

Mr. Lauder has been extremely courageous and public in his support for the Jewish State and has taken real personal and financial risks to inform the world of the war that the Palestinian Authority has declared on Israel and Jews worldwide.

To combat this boycott I suggest that we all go out and buy as much Estee Lauder and Clinique products as possible. Make the Estee Lauder and Clinique counters your gift of choice. Switch brands at least for a while. It is said that beauty has many discomforts. So does supporting those who speak for us.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW! LET'S SHOW THE ARABS THAT PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL STAND TOGETHER.

Ronnie Lauder is married to Jo Carol Knopf Lauder born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. Her parents were humble Holocaust survivors! He also works undauntingly for the re-establishment of the Hungarian Jewish community. A good man!

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COMPENSATION
Posted by Batya Medad, March 20, 2006.

Official government announcement: (Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Following are Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), 19.3.06:

"Bird flu has recently been discovered in Israel. The Government has been prepared to deal with this issue for some time. Today, we are taking all the measures that we prepared for. All of the dead birds will be buried in order to prevent the disease from spreading. It is important to emphasize that at this stage, we are talking only about bird flu; there is no indication that the there is the possibility of the disease spreading to people. All necessary measures to ensure that this does not happen, are being implemented. Of course, while I suggest attributing due seriousness to the appearance of bird flu, we should also be more relaxed about the dangers that people may be concerned about, given the measures that we have taken and are taking to prevent further spreading. In any case, it will not lead to an outbreak among people. Of course, the team that the Government will set up will deal with compensating farmers who have been damaged as a result of the disease and this will be done soon. Agriculture Minister Ze'ev Boim and Health Minister Ya'akov Edery will brief us on the bird flu phenomenon."

In addition to the $300,000 -- the former kibbutznikim of Shomriya are receiving, and they're leaving willingly after failing to make a success of their kibbutz. I'd like to know how much government money was wasted on Kibbutz Shomriya as they floundered, since kibbutzim have been highly subsidized by the government and Jewish Agency. They're not being charged for the mortgages of the homes the government stole and destroyed. Kibbutz homes are free for members.

But at the same time, the expellees of Gush Katif and Northern Shomron are not receiving their compensation for the " loss " of their homes, businesses and jobs.

And don't forget the "fence," whether you call it "security," "separation" or border, billions of dollars have gone into it, and it's far from complete. Amazingly, neither the Israeli right, which considers it a danger, nor the left think it will solve anything, as I read in The Olive Branch, Youth Magazine of Seeds of Peace:

"In my opinion, putting this wall between people is not going to stop anything, except the hope that some people still have of a better future."

The only ones in favor of the fence are the businessmen who are profiting from it, especially every time the route is changed. It seems like money is controlling Israel, and that's bad news, not only for us, but for the entire world.

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 article is archived at http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2006/03/compensation.html

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THE JERICHO JIHAD: A CARTOON INTIFADA RERUN, BUT WORSE
Posted by David Meir-Levi, March 20, 2006.

Ahmad Saadat is the PFLP terrorist leader accused of assassinating Israel's Minister of Tourism in 2001. He and 5 other terrorist inmates have enjoyed unusually plush "prison" accommodations since April, 2002., after the siege of Arafat's Muqata, when Israel agreed that Saadat, and other wanted PFLP terrorists, were to be imprisoned in Jericho and guarded by British and American troops.

Israel complained repeatedly that the Palestinian Authority was continuously violating the 2002 agreement. The British and American consuls complained too. Instead of the PFLP terrorists, with the blood of dozens on their hands, serving real jail time, they enjoyed almost hotel-like accommodations, with an office, phones, televisions, a private reception area (off limits to the jail's guards), unlimited access to visitors, a private kitchen, immunity from cell searches, and unmonitored correspondence. Thus the six were able to regulate and direct terrorist operations from inside the Jericho "jail". They had even taken over the jail's armory and had access to weapons. No one doubted that the "prisoners" ran the "prison", or that the American and British guards were vulnerable and feared for their personal security.

Shortly after winning the recent elections, Hamas leaders threatened to release the Jericho prisoners. Israel then promised to re-arrest them. Meanwhile, Israeli and UK military intelligence reported credible and actionable warnings that the PFLP planned to free the prisoners, taking UK and USA monitors as hostages. What finally sparked Israel's operation against the Jericho prison was Palestinian Authority's release of Islamic Jihad operatives from other PA jails. It was clear that the Jericho prisoners would be next.

So Briton and the USA gave Abbas an ultimatum: Either implement the agreement in full, at once, or reach a different agreement with Israel. Failing to do either, Abbas received a letter from the consuls that they were canceling the 2002 agreement.

The prisoners were due to be released on March 15. So Israel swooped down on March 14, surrounded the jail, rained a hail of artillery rounds aimed intentionally at the unoccupied areas surrounding the building where the inmates were housed, used bulldozers to topple surrounding walls, and after a 10-hour stand-off, accepted the surrender of the prisoners. Two Arabs were killed during exchanges of small arms fire. Among the 200 prisoners in the jail were 75 with no terrorist crimes. These were freed. The PFLP leaders were taken, alive and unharmed, to an Israeli jail.

But then the "wrath of the Saracen" erupted.

In waves of rent-a-mob violence, armed Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank began a series of choreographed riots, setting fire to British Consul offices in Gaza, vandalizing other UK official buildings in Ramallah, and attacking other western offices throughout the West Bank. Ratcheting up the stakes, PFLP operatives in Damascus have now put out an APB telling their terrorist cells in Europe to start targeting Jewish sites for suicide bombings.

Well, why not? It worked with the cartoon Intifada (minus the suicide bombings), so why not try it when Israel does something that the terrorists don't like? Israel re-arrests Palestinian murderers, and in response terrorists kidnap innocent, unrelated and unarmed westerners, burn western buildings, threaten westerners with death.....and make it clear to the world just how upset they are, and how violent they can become when they are upset.

Tony Blair blames Abbas. Israel blames Hamas and Abbas. But the PA, EU and other Arab countries blame Israel. No surprise there. Blaming Israel helps to calm the "Arab Street".

The New York Times chastises Israel ("As if that fire needed fuel", editorial, 3.16.06) for humiliating the prisoners by making them strip to their underwear before Israeli soldiers would handcuff them and cart them off to a real jail. Justice for murderers pales in importance when compared to the terrorists' embarrassment at needing to strip for security reasons. I guess the editor never read all those Times articles on the hundreds of suicide bombers hiding 20 lbs. of TNT in their underwear.

Let's see how long it will be before the UK, UN and other western states start pressuring Israel to release the murderers in order to free the western hostages and calm the raging Arab "street". Let's see how long it will be before rent-a-riot violence explodes all over the Moslem world, before PFLP suicide bombers start masquerading as Hasidic Jews so they can use European synagogues as their springboard to heaven and eternal sex, and young Moslem students in American universities start driving their SUVs into crowds of innocent Americans standing at bus stops. Now that would really be "deja vu all over again".

David Meir-Levi is an American-born Israeli, currently living in Palo Alto. His expertise is in Near Eastern studies and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is Director of Peace and Education at Israel Peace Initiative (www.ipi-usa.org). Contact him at david_meirlevi@hotmail.com

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The NY TIMES TELLS THE TRUTH SOME OF THE TIME
Posted by David Meir-Levi, March 20, 2006.

For those still feel that the New York Times publishes all the news that's fit to print, in an unbiased and objective manner, please read the example below.

The motive is unclear, but the actions are clear ... and they have been par for the course at the NY Times for 20 years: Israel is the cause for all the Palestinian ills. Bush is wrong no matter what he does, and the prefered story will always be one with a skewed and reconstituted version of reality that will pillory Bush, the Republican party, Israel.

So...next time you read something uncomplimentary in the NY Times, remember the examples below.

For a broader picture of the American mainstream media's betrayal of its journalistic commitments, read Elliot Kramer, "Complicity" and Bob Kohn, "Why we cannot trust the NYTimes".

Below is my distillation of several articles in non-mainstream press.
 

Saturday, March 18, 2006
The Times Eats Crow -- But Still Doesn't Get It

The New York Times today in an embarrassing front-page article and editor's note admitting that it had been suckered by a liar who claimed he was the famous "man in the hood" at Abu Gharib.

But the Times still doesn't get it. This piece, like an earlier unsigned article on the subject, still doesn't acknowledge the distinct possibility -- if not probability -- that nothing this man said was true and, again, obscuring his motive, which was clearly monetary. He is, after all, suing the US government.

The story shows the extent to which the Times was sloppy in its reporting:

A lawsuit Mr. Qaissi joined, filed on July 27, 2004, also made no allegation that he was shocked with wires or forced to stand on a box. That allegation appeared only on an amended version of a complaint he later joined, filed last month, which said he had been forced to stand on the box and fell off from the shocks of the electrocution: "They repeated this at least five times."

Unfortunately, this red flag sailed right past the Times reporter who wrote this story, house terrorism apologist Hassan Fattah, who was too gullible and too anxious to embarrass the U.S. military with his "scoop."

The issue, however, is not one reporter's sloppiness or gullibility, but rather a system that is all too eager to skew the military and publish anti-American swill without even elementary checking.


Tuesday, March 14, 2006
The Times Buries The Truth

In a brief, unsigned article buried deep within the newspaper today, the New York Times admitted that a major "scoop" in the newspaper on the previous Saturday may have been nothing more than fiction.

The front-page article, by the Times's house terrorism apologist Hassan Fattah, told the grisly tale of the poor feller who was photographed in a black hood at Abu Gharib. However, Salon last night found that the Times had the wrong guy -- and, as the Times did not point out, that his story had big holes.

In addition to questioning whether the fellow interviewed by the Times was the one in the photo, Salon also found that other details in the ex-prisoner's story were apparently wrong. That is, the names of prisoners supposedly humiliated at the prison were not correct. Which might well mean that he just made up stuff.


Thursday, March 16, 2006
"The Times, in Mourning, Reaches For Incoherence"

The New York Times has been in mourning since the Hamas electoral victory, which ripped to shreds one of the central tenets of the Sulzberger Indifference Template. The Myth of Palestinian Moderation looks pretty silly now, but the Times is trying hard to cope, and we see that in its editorial today bemoaning the Israeli raid on the Jericho "prison."

Blaming America and Britain and Israel for -- for -- murderers being brought to justice.

First and foremost, whatever the mess, it is Times editorial policy that the Palestinians themselves are never to be held principally responsible. In this instance, as graphically recounted in the Times of London and pretty much everywhere except the New York Times, the Jericho "prison" was a sham. The prisoners lived a life of luxury and turned the prison into a suite of offices for the PFLP, one of the most murderous terror groups. This received little publicity outside Israel until recently, as IRIS noted.

But that is not the sole reason to "blame" anyone for what just happened. The one and only reason is that the Palestinians do not want to punish other Palestinians for murdering Israelis and Jews.

That is the central reason why the Jericho prison was a sham and why the raid was necessary. That is why Mohammed Abbas favored releasing the murderers, just as he had released four dozen terrorists from that same "prison" a couple of months ago -- which the Times almost completely ignored.

David Meir-Levi is an American-born Israeli, currently living in Palo Alto. His expertise is in Near Eastern studies and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is Director of Peace and Education at Israel Peace Initiative (www.ipi-usa.org). Contact him at david_meirlevi@hotmail.com

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JIMMY CARTER: "ISRAELI COLONIZATION IS OBSTACLE TO PEACE"
Posted by Warren Manison, March 19, 2006.

Just to let people know what our ex-president is saying and doing.

Carter's latest stupid position and comments received no publicity that I know of in American newspapers. But it sure has received lots of publicity overseas.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has again lashed out at Israel, this time using an op-ed in an Israeli newspaper to do so.

In a piece written for the mass circulation Haaretz, Carter said, "The pre-eminent obstacle to peace is Israel's colonization of Palestine. Israel's occupation of Palestine has obstructed a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land, regardless of whether Palestinians had no formalized government, one headed by Yasser Arafat or Mahmoud Abbas, or with Abbas as president and Hamas controlling the parliament and cabinet."

Carter also doubts Israel's commitment to the Road Map peace process despite its public acceptance. The former president wrote that "Israel has officially rejected its basic premises with patently unacceptable caveats and prerequisites." Regarding Israel's controversial security barrier, Carter said it "will never be acceptable either to Palestinians or to the international community, and will inevitably precipitate increased tension and violence within Palestine, and stronger resentment and animosity from the Arab world against America, which will be held accountable for the plight of the Palestinians."

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RIOTS IN FRANCE AGAIN -- OR STILL; HALIMI MURDER UPDATE AND OTHER MUSLIM ANTISEMITISMIC ACTS
Posted by Janet Lehr, March 19, 2006.

"ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT." Does that sit in the upper left of the NY Times any longer? Multinational media bias is a case for the International Court. Newspapers that misinform thru misfeasance or malfeasance ought to be held culpable. One recent case stands out, the inhumane torture and slaughter of Ilan Halimi. (today's second article)

AN EXAMPLE OF BIAS. Paris: 'Youths' suspected of killing Jew nabbed [13 people, animals really, attacked and bound a 23 year old then tortured him for two weeks.]. Presumably these were the same family of perpetrators, "youths" as noted in Le Monde, who marauded in France New Year 2005 and afterwards, torching 20,000 cars and wrecking terror throughout the country -- Muslim "youths", were they not?

AND ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF BIAS -- OBFUSICATING. 1 million youth in France have been rioting for the last few days. Why? Chirac conceived a bold plan to attempt to cope with the 40-50% unemployment among the Muslim youth who rioted throughout France beginning on New Years eve and continuing for several weeks. Checking thru google, neither in a French publication nor any publication world wide is the seething mass of disenfranchised youth termed, Muslim, and all underreport the numbers of rioters, the following article comes closest speaking of 50 percent among impoverished young people, perjorative for MUSLIM. Chirac's proposed labor law is a breach of French convention, where employment is a life long "appointment" with 6 weeks annual vacation and numerous other perks. Firing is a near impossibility. As a band-aide attempt to employ the unemployable, this new law would enable an employer to hire among this youthful worker pool and be able to fire them for any cause within the first two years of their employment. Unemployment among what these Muslims call "WHITIES", Frenchmen not of Muslim origin, is 25%, itself, not an insignificant number. It was these "WHITIES" who have now taken to the streets of France in protest to the proposed new law that would in effect favor the hiring of Muslim youth from the seething suburbs which surround every major city in France. No newspaper uses the word Muslim, nor does any analyze the effect of this law on the college graduates, the WHITIES of France -- further joblessness among the educated class of native Frenchmen.

Until politicians and press name the insurgents and terrorists in their midst correctly, they can not begin to fix the problem. 19 of 19 hijackers in 9/11 were MUSLIMS. Probably 99% of the New Years eve rioters were MUSLIMS, Anti-Semitic acts ripping like wildfire thru Europe are perpetrated by MUSLIMS.

Two reports follow:
1>The immediate riots in France
2>The un-Gdly brutalization in Paris of Ilan Halimi a 23 year old French Jew.

 

1> "French Police Subdue Riots Over Jobs Law"
French Police Use Water Cannons, Tear Gas on Rioters at Protest of Plan to Loosen Job Protections
By Angela Charlton
The Associated Press

PARIS -- Police loosed water cannons and tear gas on rioting students and activists rampaged through a McDonald's and attacked store fronts in the capital Saturday as demonstrations against a plan to relax job protections spread in a widening arc across France.

The protests, which drew 500,000 people in some 160 cities across the country, were the biggest show yet of escalating anger that is testing the strength of the conservative government before elections next year.

At the close of a march in Paris that drew a crowd of tens of thousands, seven officers and 17 protesters were injured during two melees, at the Place de la Nation in eastern Paris and the Sorbonne University. Police said they arrested 156 people in the French capital.

Four cars were set afire, police said, and a McDonald's restaurant was attacked along with store fronts at the close of the march.

Tensions escalated later Saturday as about 500 youths moved on to the Sorbonne, trying to break through tall metal blockades erected after police stormed the Paris landmark a week ago to dislodge occupying students. The university has become a symbol of the protest.

Police turned water cannons on the protesters at the Sorbonne and were seen throwing youths to the ground, hitting them and dragging them into vans.

"Liberate the Sorbonne!" some protesters shouted. "Police everywhere, justice nowhere."

In an apparent effort to set fire to a police van serving as a blockade, protesters instead torched the entrance of a nearby Gap store, apparently by accident, engulfing the small porch in flames.

With commerce snarled in some cities, people asked whether Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin would stand firm on implementing the change that he says is needed to encourage hiring. The usually outspoken leader was silent Saturday.

Protest organizers urged President Jacques Chirac on Saturday to prevent the law from taking effect as expected in April.

The group issued an ultimatum, saying it expects an answer by Monday, when leaders will decide whether to continue protests that have paralyzed at least 16 universities and dominated political discourse for weeks.

"We give them two days to see if they understand the message we've sent," said Rene Jouan of CFDT, France's largest union.

The law would allow businesses to fire young workers in the first two years on a job without giving a reason, removing them from protections that restrict layoffs of regular employees.

Companies are often reluctant to add employees because it is hard to let them go if business conditions worsen. Students see a subtext in the new law: make it easier to hire and fire to help France compete in a globalizing world economy.

Youth joblessness stands at 23 percent nationwide, and 50 percent among impoverished young people. The lack of work was blamed in part for the riots that shook France's depressed suburbs during the fall.

Protests on Saturday reached every corner of France most of them largely peaceful with organizers citing 160 marches from the small provincial town of Rochefort in the southwest to the major city of Lyon in the southeast.

In Marseille, extreme leftist youths climbed the facade of City Hall, replacing a French flag with a banner reading "Anticapitalism." Police used tear gas to disperse them and made several arrests.

Police also fired tear gas at a protest in Clermont-Ferrand, a central city where 10,000 people marched and about 100 youths threw beer cans and other projectiles at a building.

The Paris protest march was the biggest, attracting some 80,000 people, according to police. Organizers put the number at 300,000.

Widespread discontent with the government has crystallized around a new type of job contract that Villepin says will alleviate France's sky-high youth unemployment by getting companies to risk hiring young workers.

Critics say the contract abolishes labor protections crucial to the social fabric.

"Aren't we the future of France?" asked Aurelie Silan, a 20-year-old student who joined a river of protesters in Paris.

Government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope insisted on the need for a "spirit of dialogue."

"The hand is extended, the door is open," he said on France-3 TV network. However, he limited dialogue to "improving" Villepin's plan not withdrawing it.

Waves of red union flags topped the densely packed crowd in Paris, which overflowed into side streets and stretched more than 3 1/2 miles under bright sunshine.

"Throw away the job contract, don't throw away the youth!" chanted a group of students shaking tambourines. Many wore plastic bags to illustrate their feeling that the new law reduces young people to disposable workers.

Some demonstrators became violent as the march ended. Youths set a car on fire, smashed a shop window, trashed a bus stop and threw stones, golf balls and other objects at police. Police responded with tear gas during skirmishes that lasted several hours.

Chirac has pushed Villepin to act "as quickly as possible" to defuse the crisis, but has backed the contested measure.

On Friday night, a group of university presidents met with Villepin and called on him to withdraw the jobs plan for six months to allow for debate.

Failure to resolve the crisis could sorely compromise Villepin, who is believed to be Chirac's choice as his party's candidate in next year's presidential election.

Associated Press writers Jean-Marie Godard and Greg Somerville in Paris contributed to this report.

2> The story of Ilan Halimi begins on January 21, 2006

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/010303.php

Here is a typical example of how crimes of this nature, happening all across Europe, are being reported. The fact that Muslims are involved is not revealed until the last sentence in the interview with the family, long after most people have stopped reading. This is from Ynet, with thanks to Hugh.

The French police arrested 13 people on suspicion of kidnapping, torturing and murdering Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Parisian Jew.

Halimi was found on Monday tied to a tree, naked and wounded, with burns covering all parts of his body. He died on the way to the hospital.

Police officials said that the abduction and murder were apparently not motivated by anti-Semitism, but added that they have not yet discovered what led the group to commit the acts...

Then, way down at the end of the article:

Despite the police's doubts, Halimi's family believes that the act was motivated by anti-Semitism.

"We think there is anti-Semitism in this affair," Rafi, Ilan's brother-in-law, told the European Jewish Press. "First because the killers tried to kidnap at least two other Jews, and secondly because of what they said on the phone."Y

"When we said we didn't have Euro 500,000 to give them, they answered we should go to the synagogue and get it," Rafi stressed.

"They also recited verses from the Koran. We didn't know what they were saying but the police told us," he said.


France is not alone in fudging. In reporting the heinous crime James Burke filed the following report in The Observer Note that the description Muslim is not used:

"Torturers' Iraq link"
Jason Burke in Paris
Sunday February 19, 2006
The Observer

Criminals who tortured and killed a young hostage, keeping him naked and hooded and burning him repeatedly before throwing him from a train, were inspired by images from Iraq, according to a French prosecutor.

Jean-Claude Martin, a senior government lawyer, said that the kidnappers, who kept their victim imprisoned for three weeks, were 'repeating things they had seen practiced elsewhere'.

Police have distributed a picture of Youssef Fofana, 26, who is the presumed head of the gang. Last week, a young woman, suspected of acting as 'the lure' in the murder, gave herself up. Raids then resulted in the arrest of 15 other suspects, aged between 17 and 32, in a poor suburb of Bagneux, near Paris.

The 23-year-old victim is thought to have been starved and tortured while negotiations with his family for a ransom of up to 450,000 Euros continued. According to a police source, the violence was 'gratuitous, extreme, spontaneous and without any limits or boundaries'.

The gang was composed of jobless youths from the suburbs around Paris which erupted in violent riots last autumn. They are believed to have made several previous attempts at kidnapping. According to the Liberation newspaper, the gang was inspired by a film which had itself been inspired by a press report.


Halimi murder update
Nidra Poller
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/010503.php
March 06, 2006

In a Jihad Watch exclusive, Nidra Poller provides an update on the Ilan Halimi murder case:

Youssouf Fofana has been extradited from the Ivory Coast. His return to France was the opening subject on prime time news. We saw him led to the plane in Abidjan under heavy escort, taken from the plane in Paris under even heavier escort, brought from the airport to Paris in a convey with motorcycle cops and screaming sirens, and delivered to the main courthouse on a cold blustery night. He appeared before the judge, heard charges, more-or-less explained himself and was tightly locked up in a French prison.

I don't agree with Hannah Arendt's concept of the banality of evil. It's more like the deflation of evil under pressure of the law. Taking the life of a human being is immense, it's limitless, it's the size of divinity and the depth of iniquity. When Fofana was the Barbarian's Brain, pushing people around, packing a rod, inflicting torture, dehumanizing Ilan Halimi, slitting the throat of all that was left of him after three and a half weeks of torture, he was a big operator. Now he's a punk. He's helpless, useless, worthless. But we want justice. We want him to account for his evil deeds and be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Ilan Halimi was lured into the death trap on the 20th of January. He died shortly after he was discovered on the 13th of February in a condition that we wish we could not imagine. The extent and the brutality of the tortures inflicted on him have not been described and will never be fully revealed. One haunting detail torments the mind: not content to blindfold their victim, the Gang of Barbarians covered his eyes with tape, in fact his whole face was wrapped in tape... from the very beginning... from the first days when, in the words of the arch coward Fofana, the kidnapping was undertaken for the purpose of financial gains.

Though there were some attempts by mainstream media to let the story fade out, it kept coming back to assume its rightful place. We are getting an exceptional quantity of investigative reporting. And English-speaking media are slowly awaking to the importance of this case for all it reveals and all that remains hidden in French society.

Twenty-one people have already been arrested, nineteen are behind bars, several big goons are still on the run. Police think that an even wider circle of people knew about the hostage and the torture, and kept silent. Some may be charged with "non-assistance to an endangered person."

Youssouf Fofana will be charged with other extortion attempts, going back to 2002, targeting prominent personalities and general practitioners, many of them Jewish. Which raises metaphysical questions about anti-Semitism. Though one or two of the barbarians accuse fellow gang members of anti-Semitism, none of them admit to it for themselves, least of all Fofana. He lost miserably on his first line of defense, opposing extradition on that grounds that he was Ivoirian because his parents were born in the Ivory Coast. The court ruled that he is French, and got him out of there as fast as the Airbus could carry him. Now Fofana is camping on a new bargain: he admits he masterminded the abduction but denies he killed the hostage; he admits he specifically chose a Jew, but denies that he was motivated by anti-Semitism. His choice of a Jew was pragmatic. As he repeatedly explained to the victim's family and even to his rabbi, if the family doesn't have money, they can get it at the synagogue.

Some analysts put two and two together, and come up with a clear case of anti-Semitism. Others subtract two from two and the anti-Semitism disappears. The guys in the 'hood, as we will see below, put two and two and two and another two together, and when it adds up to deep seated widespread dangerous anti-Semitism, they rub out the figures and get aggressively defensive.

You get the impression that for many people anti-Semitism is not an attitude, a mindset, an emotion, an explosive combination of ideas and passions, it's a concrete object, a thing at least twice as big as an SUV, and when someone has it you can see it with your own two eyes, and if you don't see it parked there in front of his nose, he doesn't have it.

The newspaper of record, Le Monde, had tried to shy away from the murder case but finally decided to swim with the current. Suddenly we get a flood of information, including names of some of the gang members and details about their roles in the hostage operation. To wit: Giri N'Gazi, 19, jailer. Christophe Martin Vallet, 22, works in a school canteen, chauffeured one of the baiting chicks and gave Fofana advanced IT training. Samir A't Abdelmalek, 27, liaison between jailers and kidnappers, got the keys to the apartment where Ilan was held before being transferred to the boiler room. Gilles Serrurier (serrurier is French for locksmith), building custodian, gave the keys to Samir. Jerome Ribeiro, 30, quit the gang at the end of January because things were getting too violent. Jean-Christophe G., 17, one of the most violent torturers. Yahia Touré Kaba, 19, acted as guard for 2 1/2 weeks. Another jailer, pizza delivery boy Nabil Moustafa, 18, brought in Ce@acute;dric Birot Saint-Yves, 28, to help. Fabrice Polygone, 19, vocational school student, jailer for the whole 3 1/2 weeks (played hooky?).

This thug admits to a slash, another to a cigarette burn, a third to shaving Ilan's head, but nothing that measures up to the wounds found on his wretched, wrecked body. Le Monde apparently obtained this information from lawyers involved in the case. Their identities are not officially announced, their faces re not shown. Innocent until proven guilty, until their trial two or three years from now. According to French law they cannot be sentenced en masse for what they did all together. Each individual criminal act must be attributed to its rightful author.

But they've already been doused with a splash of victimhood: their families are stigmatized, terrorized, forced to move away or living behind closed shutters, harassed and targeted with "disguised threats." Norbert Goutmann, who has been defending Fofana since 1999 gave up. Too much pressure... from Jews, one must assume, who don't understand how a Jewish lawyer can defend a vicious Jew killer.

Matre Goutmann tried to explain, on a Jewish radio station and on national television, that he was only doing his job, that Madame Fofana was terrorized, that it remained to be seen if the accusations made against his client are founded. As it turns out several members of the Barbarians' gang have Jewish lawyers. Doesn't that prove they are not anti-Semitic?

Ever since the November riots, "positive discrimination" has been in the air. So it is no surprise to find Moustapha Kessous reporting from the 'hood for Le Monde: "Bagneux: 'You don't dare say the word 'Jew.'" What with the pressure exerted on the lawyers, the families of the Barbarian gang, and their nice neighbors, you understand that the Jews are making it tough for everyone.

Djibril Issaka lives a few doors away from Youssouf Fofana, and works for a cultural association a few steps from where Ilan Halimi was tortured. Djibril and the brothas, who have to put up with stupid stereotypes about Blacks, are insulted by insinuations of wholesale anti-Semitism in the projects. He actually joined the March in memory of Ilan, but stepped out after 6 minutes when he heard people saying Ilan Halimi was killed because he was Jewish. Too much.

Abou Decore, 24, monitor in a social club, complains that you can't even pronounce the word "Jew" without being accused of anti-Semitism. It's okay to say Muslims are terrorists but you can't say Jews have money.

A 19 year-old neighbor chimes in: "Jews are always playing victim... This affair is going to create anti-Semitism."

Daoud Ouatara, 23, says the French have a moral debt because they sold out the Jews during the war, but it's nothing to do with us, we're sons of immigrants, we're racaille.

And another brotha adds that the Jews stick together. The least little thing and they've got the CRIF, the Licra, they don't let you get away with anything.

When Bernard Abouaf of Radio Shalom checked out the 'hood he didn't get a warm welcome like Moustapha Kessous. One teenager unashamedly admitted that he didn't know they were torturing a guy, but if he did, he wouldn't have squealed on the gang, "because they live around here."

Four Jewish men were attacked in separate incidents in the Sarcelles banlieue this weekend. Nicolas Sarkozy received the victims and their families in his gilded offices. But one local official declared that four individuals were attacked by delinquents; we have not established that this was a case of inter-communitarian violence. Unless you see the double SUV it's best to be cautious, n'est-ce pas?


Clearly Guy Millière doesn't shy from the descriptive adjective. Nothing gratuitous, just the horrendous facts

"The Murder of Ilan Halimi"
Guy Millière is a French writer who lives in Paris.
FrontPageMagazine.com
March 7, 2006

How many Jews are still living in France today? Around 500,000. The number is going down year after year. Those who leave go mostly to Israel. Some of them move to Canada or to the United States. The larger part of those who stay in France are frightened and anxious. They feel they need to make escape plans for the future. " France is not safe for us anymore," one of them said on a TV show a few weeks ago.

And this was before the murder of Ilan Halimi.

This young Parisian Jew was kidnapped by a gang of thugs on January 21st and held captive for three weeks. On February 13th, early in the morning, he was found on the edge of a railway station, naked and handcuffed, his body covered with burn marks from acid and cigarettes. He had been savagely tortured and stabbed in the neck. He was not dead yet when discovered, but he died a few minutes later.

Little by little, information emerged about the crime. There were at least fifteen thugs, maybe more. They had used a girl to seduce Halimi into the trap where he was captured. They knew he was a Jew and they had chosen him for that reason. In his pocket they found the phone number of a rabbi and he was the first person they called, telling him: "We have a Jew. The family has to pay. If the family cannot pay, it will be the synagogue." In succeeding days, they called the rabbi again, howling sentences full of hatred. Later, they called the family, asking for $600,000, before lowering the price to $5,000. They spoke to the mother, to Halimi's sisters, uncle, and father. When they were not asking for money, they were reciting suras from the Quran. In some of the conversations it was possible to hear Halimi screaming in the background. The thugs sent a videotape showing the young man naked, humiliated, handcuffed, just like on a Zarqawi videos from Iraq.

They called many times, but the police, stating later that "technical problems" kept them from tracing the calls, told the family to stop answering the phone and to stop negotiations with the kidnappers. The police also claimed that there was "no anti-Semitism involved." When the judge learned almost all the details about the case, he did not speak about anti Semitism either. But as the case became news all over France, the motive became really obvious to deny any longer and the judge finally declared, "anti-Semitism is involved." Some politicians started using the word too. A ceremony was organized in the main Paris synagogue and deputies and ministers came. Jacques Chirac, who only three years ago had insisted that "anti-Semitism does not exist in France " even showed up. A protest against the hideous crime was organized a few days later, but political correctness had already won out: the protest was mostly against racism in general, not the specific pathology that had claimed Halimi's life. "It's necessary to avoid tensions between communities," declared one of the organizers. There were some Muslims at the protest--fifteen, maybe twenty out of 30,000.

In the days since the dying Halimi was discovered, some journalists have been making ugly discoveries. The gang of thugs (they called themselves "the Barbarians") had sequestered the young man in an apartment that had been rented by the doorman of the building. The doorman knew what had been happening but did nothing. Many other residents in the building had heard a man screaming, but had decided to mind their own business instead of calling for help, even anonymously. "When you live here, you think about yourself and only about yourself," one of them said.

The screams must have been loud because the torture was especially atrocious: the thugs cut bits off the flesh of the young man, they cut his fingers and ears, they burned him with acid, and in the end poured flammable liquid on him and set him on fire.

The head of the gang, Fofana, was arrested in a brothel in Abijan, Ivory Coast. He had been able to leave France freely, without being stopped at the border. He spoke to a French TV channel while in Abijan. He was smiling at the camera and eating a good lunch. He said he was not anti-Semitic; he just wanted money (and, he added, "Jews have money.") He insisted that he had not killed anyone; to torture and to burn is not to kill. Had he any remorse? No. He was only disappointed: he had not been successful and he had not gotten any money. The future? "If the guillotine were still in use," he smiled, "somebody would suggest that for me."

Fofana will be judged and sentenced. He will spend 10 or 15 years in jail, maybe less. Then, he will be released. He knows France's laws. He has been sent to jail 12 times (the previous time for attacking a bank and leaving a clerk severely injured), and he has been released 12 times. Before deciding not to take case, his French lawyer had started to state to the media that Fofana is a nice guy, not "capable of violence," and not a racist: "It must have been a collective moment of crazy behavior." added the lawyer. If a judge agrees that it has just been "a collective moment of crazy behavior," Fofana and the rest of the gang will not even go to jail: they will head for an insane asylum where they will be cured after a few months. Already, a number of columnists and intellectuals, in the typical French way, are starting to say the real victims of this crime are the thugs and their families.

During the last ten weeks, the people who tortured and killed Ilan Halimi had tried unsuccessfully to kidnap four other Jews in Paris. The police had descriptions of these people. They knew where these people were operating. They did nothing.

A little more than two years ago another Jew named Sebastien Sellam, was savagely killed in the eastern part of Paris. The murderer cut off his head and took out his eye globes with a fork. He came home a few minutes later saying to his family: "Now, I can go to paradise. I killed my Jew." He was a Muslim, just like most of the gang that killed Ilan Halimi. He was sent to jail, then to an insane asylum. He has been declared cured and will be out in April.

During the last couple of years, several Jewish doctors have been blackmailed and threatened in France. Some have been killed, but the "official reason" for the murders never made a connection between the fact that the victims were Jews and the killers were Muslims. During the same years, many tombs in Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated and covered with Nazi slogans. Jewish children in a number of high schools have been harassed by Muslim children, but in the end, the troublemakers have been able to stay in the high school and the only the Jewish kids have had to leave and to go study elsewhere.

This week, a teacher in Paris was brought to justice because he had told a Jewish student that he would have to be sent to "the oven" after the class (his colleagues immediately protested that the teacher is a good man and did not deserve punishment). A nurse in Strasbourg was mugged, attacked with a knife and covered with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans because her aggressors thought -- incorrectly -- that she was a Jew. A dozen Jewish students were mugged by supporters of the Palestinian cause on the campus of one of the main French universities. ("They looked Jewish," explained one of the muggers). Nobody has been arrested. In Sarcelles, a small town in the north of Paris, three Jews were mugged last Saturday on their way to the synagogue. Two of them are still at the hospital.

I am sad to have to say so, but it's impossible to rely on the French government to protect the Jews of France: the government has too many interests in Muslim countries. It's impossible to rely on the police because the police in France are not independent and have to do what the government asks. For the same reason, it's impossible to rely on the judicial system. It's impossible to rely on journalists to tell the whole truth because the media are infected with chic leftism.

Radical Islam is at war with civilization. A few days ago, Caroline Glick wrote in The Jerusalem Post that now every Jew is on the frontline of this war. She was right. The question now is not only whether the Middle East will belong to Hamas, to Al Qaida, and Ahmadinejad, but whether France and Europe will belong to the people who murdered savagely Ilan Halimi.

Janet Lehr is editor/publisher of a daily e-mail called "Israel Lives." She can be contacted at janetlehr@mindspring.com

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THE FACE OF RADICAL EUROPEAN MUSLIMS
Posted by Max Yas, March 19, 2006.

This article was written by Dale Hurd, CBN News Sr. Reporter.

CBN.com -- LONDON, England -- When the Muslim world reacted in fury over the Danish cartoons of Mohammed, it was the face of moderation that European Muslim leaders wanted the world to see.

"The mainstream Muslims living in this country want to show that we can express our protest in a very legitimate, in a very civil, in a very courteous way," said Sheik Zaim Siddiqi.

But the other face of European Islam has also expressed itself -- for instance, when Muslims took to the streets and chanted: "Denmark, go to Hell. George Bush, go to Hell. U.S.A., go to Hell. Nuke, nuke Denmark -- We want Danish blood -- we want Danish blood -- we want Danish blood!"

That demonstration took place this year, outside the Danish embassy in London.

The chants continued: "Denmark, you will pay... with your heads, with your heads. Denmark, you will pay ... with your blood, with your blood."

One of the demonstrators was dressed as a suicide bomber. Even moderate British Muslims were outraged that no one was arrested, even though British law forbids incitement to murder.

But this follows a pattern of extraordinary -- some would say dangerous -- tolerance of Muslim radicals.

Flashing back to 2004, Muslim protesters threatened bloodshed in a demonstration that occurred one year before London's "7/7" subway and bus bombings.

Abdulrahman Saleem, Al Muhajiroun said, "Tony Blair has been warned. Pull your troops out of Afghanistan. Pull your troops out of Iraq. If you do not pull your troops out, you will get bloodshed on the streets of London."

Again, no one was arrested, and moderate Muslims showed up to keep the media from publicizing what -- for them -- has become a public relations nightmare.

"That's disgusting," said moderate Muslim Masood Bazak. "I mean, it doesn't serve any purpose. These guys don't represent me. They probably don't represent most Muslims in this country. And they do a disservice, not only to (those) living here in the UK, but they do a major disservice to Muslims."

They may not represent the views of most British Muslims, but polls do suggest the Muslim middle is radicalizing.

A recent survey shows that 40 percent of British Muslims want Islamic Sharia law in the United Kingdom. Sharia imposes punishments such as amputations and stonings. And in a separate poll, nearly one third of Muslims (32 percent) agreed with the statement that "Western society is decadent and immoral, and that Muslims should seek to bring it to an end."

Critics say that European political correctness and multiculturalism, which were supposed to embrace Muslim radicals and somehow westernize them, have backfired. And now, western Europe seems paralyzed by the political correctness that grips the government and the media

"One of the biggest fears for a lot of commentators, whether they're terrorist commentators or commentators on the Middle East," said terrorism expert Simon Barrett, "is that if they actually address this whole issue of Islam and start to question it... is being labeled an Islamophobe."

Trevor Kavanagh, journalist for Britain's biggest-selling daily newspaper, The Sun, said, "There is a real reluctance to offend the ethnic communities of any sort, let alone the Muslim community,"

And there seems to be lack of political will to stop Muslim radicals bent on conquest.

The Dutch Parliament has tried to strike a blow against radical Islam by voting to ban the burqa and veils. But that exposes unveiled women to being raped by Muslim men as punishment. There is reported to be a growing rape epidemic of unveiled women in Europe.

In London, Shadow Homeland Security Director Patrick Mercer of the Conservative Party said Britain remains in denial, and thinks it is protected by what he calls "pointless legislation."

"You have to ask yourself," Mercer said, "what is a piece of paper going to do to an Islamist fundamentalist, or any other form of fundamentalist terrorist, for that matter, and the suicide bombers? Are you going to be able hold [it] up in front of them and say, don't blow yourselves up or we'll get really cross?"

In France, the government continues to pretend that Muslim anti-Semitism is not a major problem. But it could not keep tens of thousands of Frenchmen from marching last month, after the brutal murder of a young Jew named Ilan Halimi by French Muslims.

Halimi was held for ransom and then tortured to death by Muslim immigrants, who phoned his family and recited to them verses from the Koran as their son screamed in agony.

"A lot of Jews in Europe, and especially in France, are really scared about the future. I have many Jewish friends and they say to me, 'We think we should have to leave France to go to the United States, to Canada, to Israel, but France will not be our country any more,'" said French conservative political writer Guy Milliere.

It is a similar story all over Europe. Muslims demonstrate and chant: "Khlabar, Khalbar, O Jew, the Army of Mohammed is coming for you."

In the wake of the cartoon protests, a worldwide group of intellectuals, including Salman Rushdie, who was threatened with death by Muslims in the 1970s for his book on Mohammed called The Satanic Verses, recently signed a declaration.

The declaration states... "After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new global threat: Islamism... It is not a clash of civilizations, nor an antagonism of West and East that we are witnessing, but a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats."

And Europe's problem with radical Muslims is our problem too, because they cry, "Nuke, nuke U.S.A. In your blood, in your blood..."

Political correctness has been the fertilizer that has helped Muslim radicalism grow in Britain. Political correctness intimidates the media and law enforcement.

The chanters warn, "Denmark, watch your back. Bin Laden's coming back."

But Western Europe and Britain may have to choose between political correctness and the survival of its civilization.

Contact Max Yas at maxyas@victoria.tc.ca

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WAGGING THE DOG IN IRAN AND ISRAEL
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, March 19, 2006.

It has been reported that the arranged and coordinated attack on the Jericho Prison has, as intended, gained Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a rise in what had been steadily dropping polls for the Kadima Party.

At the same time, President George Bush, having dropped into the lowest approval ratings, gained a "bump" up in his polls from the American air attack in Iraq against the "insurgents". Although little of practical value was achieved -- aside from discovering some small arms caches, nevertheless, his approval ratings were temporarily lifted.

It is expected that the gullible public will again be misled by the media who always follows the propaganda axiom: "If it bleeds, it leads".

"Wag the Dog" is an American movie about a manufactured war to cover a potential scandal over improprieties with a teenage girl threatening an American President during his election. "Wag the Dog" has become synonymous with political hacks staging events to mislead the public for their support.

Here are two recent "Wag the Dog" tales relating to propaganda lifting these two leaders -- Bush and Olmert.

Both Bush and Olmert needed a quick lift in the polls. Each needed the other. Bush needed a compliant Olmert in the Israeli Prime Minister's seat who would obey the dictates of the insidious Bush "Road Map". This included the division of Jerusalem, the evacuation of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley and the gifting of the Golan Heights to Syria.

The Golan Heights was always in the U.S. plans for a large base and airfield for the American military but first, Israeli forces would have to be evacuated. Similar bases are already under construction in Iraq, denials notwithstanding.

Many multi-tailed dogs are being wagged in the region.

The well publicized U.S. air assault had a different spin. No reporters were allowed to be embedded with the attacking U.S. forces. Instead, news reports and edited film was supplied to the networks by the military. It was indeed a grand PR stunt and it worked. No reporters or film crews were there to blow away the staged hoax showing how little was achieved for the fanfare and the expenditure. However, the "Wagging Dog" did well for the President so, like Olmert, he could appear decisive and militarily competent.

Olmert needed something to offset the daily launching of Kassam rockets from the Judenrein (Jew-free) Gaza into Israel. Reports about organized cells of al Qaeda and Hamas in the seven cities under control of the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria were beginning to chew away at Olmert's lead in the polls just before the election on March 28th.

Bush had his own image problems as more and more American soldiers were being blown away daily with IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices). All of the Hi-Tech American weaponry could do little against the relatively primitive and cheap road side explosives. Bush and his advisors were never able to explain to the American people why they were in this war. There were answers but Bush and his entourage could never find them, let alone explain themselves convincingly.

We can look for more expensive show stunts to offset what is not good news from the war fronts. Take that to mean both war fronts -- Iraq and Israel. The one that Bush is losing and the one that Olmert is losing. In the case of the U.S., American troops will eventually declare victory and fly the soldiers back thousands of miles -- alive, dead and wounded -- many maimed for life.

In the case of Israel, if Olmert is indeed elected, he will have no place to go -- particularly since he has drawn a very dedicated enemy closer and closer to Israel's population centers.

The U.S. is simply too big and powerful to lose an disappear.

On the other hand, Israel could be swamped with surrounding Arabs while the Europeans cheer wildly as they continue to fund terrorists. Of course, the Europeans will also soon have to choose the countries to which they will immigrate as the Muslims take over their nations. The French can go to Canada, the English to Australia, etc.

But to what countries will the Jews of Israel flee once Olmert and his Kadimites open the gates again to the hordes of Muslims screaming: Itbach al Yehud (Kill the Jews) because Allah Akbar (Allah is great)?

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). Contact him at gwinston@interaccess.com

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APATHY OR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION?
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, March 18, 2006.

The points being raised here are serious ones and need consideration. This is not a new issue and involves the same principles that lead Agudas Yisroel to join the political process at the beginnings of the State and the Eidas Haharedis to not join. It is a fundamental difference between those who believe that the best way to guard and advance Torah is through limited and cautious cooperation with villains and those who belive that there can be no cooperation with them at any level and that the only way to guard and advance Torah is by as much separation as is possible.

I do not wish to restate all of the arguments for both points of view. What I would like to point out is that underlining both approaches was that these were community and not individual actions. When the Eidas Haharedis decided to not participate in the political process of the State, they continued as an autonomous community. They have their own educational system, judicial system and as much of an independent economy as they can create. They not only do not participate, they also do their very best to not partake. Their institutions do not ask for or accept State money and strive as much as is possible not to be involved with any of the institutions of the State of Israel. The Aguda as well has built up its institutions to be as independent of the State as possible.

To not vote as a means of rejecting the legitimacy of the State of Israel is a justifiable position. What is not is to reject the legitimacy of the State and then simultaneously demand that this illegitimate entity provide you will all the security and civil services you want. The logical extension of rejection is to build your own autonomous community. Without doing so, the rejectors are open to the charges of hypocrisy. It is your State and legitimate when you want your free or subsidized education, health insurance, social security benefits, military or police protection, passport and State job but not when it come to the dirty business of politics.

For years I have been warning the Jews of Yeshah that the State of Israel is not to be relied on. That as long as Yeshah was not officially annexed, our lives and communities would always be at the mercy of our internal enemies. The concept is: Yeshah, annexation or independence. The only alternative to that is destruction. This is no longer a theoretical discussion. We have seen the destruction and have been promised more. Either one works for the annexation of Yeshah to the State of Israel by participating in the political process or one must work for the creation of an independent State in Yeshah. To not be actively involved in one or the other is allow further destruction.

So by all means, reject the Fascist, Police State called Israel but work for some alternative. Do not throw all the community problems on G-D and then walk away to take care (personally) of your individual problems.

I was born and raised in the United States of America. The concept of freedom and democracy was imbibed by me from the time I was a small child. I have always cherished the democratic right to vote and participate in shaping the destiny of my country. While all political systems have their failings, in the USA we feel that our representatives in government sincerely wish to fulfill the will of the people. If there is a pending decision which concerns us we can call our senators or congressmen and they will listen.

Because I understand and respect the glorious concept of government of the people by the people and for the people, I also understand why so many American Jews are so concerned about the upcoming elections in the Jewish State. What I try to explain to my brothers, both in Israel and abroad, is that the system of government in the Jewish State only pretends to be a democracy. The only democratic decision we make when we vote is to put a rubber stamp on the mockery that serves as democracy here.

Israel was established to be a Jewish State. It was meant to be a haven for Jews all over the world. Unfortunately the founding fathers of the reborn Jewish State feared world opinion more than G-d and developed a system of government which was designed to allow them to grovel before the nations of the world in their vain effort to become like all the other nations. Yitzchak Rabin once stated in the Knesset, "We are no longer a nation that stands alone". And Bibi Netanyahu wrote a book called "A place Among the Nations". Like it or not, it is our destiny to be a nation that stands alone, not to be reckoned among the nations of the world. We will never have a place among the nations. Our destiny is to be the head of all nations; an example for all the others to follow. But first we must accept our responsibilities as Jews.

I have been living in Israel for nearly a quarter of a century and I have watched carefully how every government has bent its principles to please "world opinion", even at the peril of the security of the nation. No honest observer can tell me that this country is secure because of her government. It is secure in spite of our government. It has survived and thrived in spite of our governments ever since, and even before, we became a state. While we all would like to believe that we control our own destiny, this is simply not the case. The fact is that our leadership consistently defies our destiny and often seeks to deny it altogether. Yet, in spite of both our enemies and our hapless leaders, we have consistently developed and thrived when, by logic, we should have perished even before we were reborn.

I have heard all the arguments as to why we must vote on March 28th. I am told that by not voting I will help Olmert win. Well I voted for Ariel Sharon because I was worried that Mitzna might win. Now it is clear that it would have been better had Mitzna won! If we succeed to block Olmert what will we get, Bibi? I am choosing not to vote, not because I am apathetic or have lost hope in our future. I am choosing not to vote because I realize that not only is voting in this country an exercise in futility, but my vote is a personal endorsement of a fraudulent system which works against Judaism and the good of the nation. When I vote I choose to accept and endorse the right of the ruling clique to rule according to its capricious will, with absolutely no limits. I consider such an act to be irresponsible. I may not be able to change the system, but I certainly will not endorse it.

It is my belief that the Living G-d of Israel has the final say in what happens here. Those who suggest that Olmert has the power to destroy Israel are, in fact, saying that they don't believe in G-d! No power on Earth can destroy Israel. Yes, we can and do suffer needless tragedy due to our failure to act as good Jews. But participating in a corrupt system as if it were something holy, when it is the exact antithesis of holiness, is to be party to the continuation of an aberration of democracy, Judaism and justice. This I will no longer do.

There is only one way for a Jew to act. He must search deeply within himself and seek ways in which he can try to please his Creator. Aside from praying and observing the Sabbath and dietary laws, he must find ways to demonstrate his faith in G-d. For the Jew living outside of Israel the best way to demonstrate his faith is to make plans to come home now. And for the Jew living in Israel, by deliberately boycotting the fraud called "democracy" in spite of what seems to be a real threat to our very survival, we are showing our G-d that we believe in Him more than in Israeli democracy. Redemption will not come from our Knesset nor our Supreme Court. It will come from simple Jews who truly love our G-d, and are prepared to express that love by self sacrifice. y

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ISRAEL'S FATAL RETREAT REFERENDUM
Posted by Dr. Aaron Lerner, March 18, 2006.

I wanted to send a simple message to my fellow countrymen who oppose the retreat but out of disgust for the politicians do not plan to vote: These elections are not about Netanyahu, or Silvan Shalom, or various other politicians in the other parties in the national camp. These elections are a national referendum on retreat. Staying at home is a vote for retreat. I have no illusions. There is no guaranty that the politicians will ultimately even honor the outcome of the "referendum". But it is our only shot. And sometimes in life you make an effort because an issue is so important even if you can't be certain that the effort will pay off.

In less than two weeks Israel's citizens go to the polls to vote in what has clearly become a retreat referendum. Yes, Acting PM Ehud Olmert only said explicitly that he intended to tear down the Jewish communities located beyond an as yet to be finalized security fence -- and two of the Kamida party's senior security personalities, Avi Dichter and MK Gideon Ezra, have asserted that the IDF will not retreat from the rubble, but Olmert has carefully maintained his option to embrace DM Mofaz's position that once the homes are bulldozed that the IDF should high-tail it back behind the fence. And since the retreat is just that -- a retreat, this "package" does not include any clear picture regarding what will transpire in the evacuated areas beyond the tradition secular messianic view that the IDF will be eternally able to prevail, at an acceptable cost, regardless of the opening conditions on the ground.

And those opening conditions in a post retreat conflict may be nothing like the IDF-Palestinian clashes we have seen to date thanks both to Hamas' rise to power and Israel's forfeiture of control over transit between the areas and the outside world (as has already happened in the Gaza Strip). Until now, PA armed forces have suffered from internal corruption and a lack of unity that limited their ability to launch an effective war of attrition against the Jewish State. The Hamas led Palestinian army will be considerably more potent. And after an Israeli retreat, they will be able to not only readily arm themselves with considerably more deadly weapons -- but also introduce foreign elements both to bolster their forces and to serve as human shields.

Today when an IDF team goes into Jericho or Jenin, they face light arms fire, grenades, and some low grade anti-tank devices and the third party casualties are Palestinians. The Palestinian response is limited to threatening terror attacks that they are trying to carry out anyway and firing Qassam rockets at Israelis in the boondocks. After the retreat the situation will be completely different. A nightmare in the very center of the country. A war of attrition that saps the country and a fighting force that in time of invasion can provide both a bridgehead for the invaders and divert vital Israeli forces needed at the fronts.

Dr. Aaron Lerner is Director of Independent Media Review and Analsis (IMRA). Its website address is http://www.imra.org.il Contact him by email at imra@netvision.net.il

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A SYMPOSIUM: THE UNERLYING ROOTS OF TERRORISM
Posted by Jeffrey Epstein, March 18, 2006.

America's Truth Forum is hosting a symposium titled:

The Underlying Roots of Terrorism:
Terrorism's Threat to World Peace and National Security

This day-long event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 29th, 2006 in the Greater Washington DC Area. Tickets at $119.00 per person (lunch included). Ticketing must be done in advance due to security protocol.

Featured speakers include:

Dr. Andrew Bostom
David Horowitz
Dr. Harvey Kushner
Daniel Pipes
Robert Spencer
Dr. Paul Williams
Brigitte Gabriel
Joseph Kaufman
Laura Mansfield
Whalid Shoebat
Dr. Bruce Tefft
And more

Topics to be discussed::

  • The mindset of Islamic terrorism from a reformed PLO terrorist
  • Al Qaeda's plans for future attacks against Americans on US soil including an "American Hiroshima"
  • "Dhimmitude" and the uniquely Islamic institution of jihad
  • Terrorist recruitment in the United States
  • A detailed look at the charges and trial of Florida Prof. and terror suspect Sami al Arian
  • An in-depth look at ties between the radical left and the enemies of the state.
  • Understanding the threat posed
  • Effective counter-terrorism
  • The threat posed to world peace and national security by the ideology of radical Islam
  • The West's misidentification of the challenges faced from the global jihad
  • A critique of the government's performance on its prosecution of the War on Terror
  • A first hand account of a slaughter committed against innocents.
  • Terrorist indoctrination on the campuses of US Universities

VIP Pre-Symposium Reception

In addition, America's Truth Forum is hosting a pre-symposium VIP reception scheduled for Friday evening, April 28th, 2006. Those in attendance will be provided with a unique opportunity to personally interact with our speakers and other "prominent" guests including former CIA Director James Woolsey and author of Losing bin Laden, Shadow War and Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror, Richard Miniter. Tickets for the VIP Pre-Symposium Reception are $100 per person. Reservations need to be made in advance due to security protocol.

For Details and Information

Contact Jeff Epstein, President of America's Truth Forum, at (866) 709-3474, by email at jepstein92@snet.net or by logging on to www.americastruthforum.com

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DISROBING POLITICOS AND DANGEROUS AMERICAN 'FRIENDS'
Posted by Eugene Narrett, March 18, 2006.

There is something about modern democracy that brings out the worst in most human beings, or maybe it is that it attracts the lower levels of the human gene pool in the first place; maybe it's both.

Noticing the Israeli Labor Party's official response to the 'endorsement' by Abu Mazen -- Fatah of Mr. Expul-the-Jews, the human trial balloon, Olmert soi-meme.....

To untangle the hair-ball: first they said they were angry. Of course, they were angry that the head of a long-established terrorist group that continues to seek to destroy Israel by phases (to assist in Israel's self-destruction via politicians), ---- NO. They were angry that the head of this terror group dared publicly meddle in Israeli politics: NO. (Otherwise they'd kick the traitors from the Knesset which would greatly reduce the numbers in that august body). No, they were angry that after all that Mr. Peretz has done to assure Mr. Mazen that Labor will help his labor, that he would endorse the expellers in chief from Kadima!

Now that's ingratitude!

But being prudent in a left-balled kind of way, and being exquisitely sensitive to the feelings of Islamic terrorist leaders (in suits especially), Labor later 'corrected' itself and said it was not angry after all.

Thank goodness for their stalwart adherence to some kinds of diversity...

ISRAELIS take note & AMERICANS please tell your Israeli friends: forget about getting even rhetorical support from "right wing," generally 'pro-Israel' conservatives in major American media, even FOX TV. Consider the following example:

On Thursday evening, March 09, at about 9:35pm, amidst a discussion about the degree of threat from Iran, its missiles, and nuke program, what should be done, etc., the following exchange occurred. Sean Hannity, the moderately conservative co-host asked guest, former GOP House leader Newt Gingrich (latest incarnation a 'reasonable voice' on sober American deterrence) whether Iran was a threat to Israel, "after all he's saying they're going to wipe Israel off the map... isn't there something the Israelis should do? What's their role in this?

Gingrich replied: "This is an American issue and a situation for America to address. The Israelis should stick to their local area [!] and build the security fence [!] and make a peace agreement with their neighbors who are stuck in desperation and poverty so they can live together."

Well, there it is: that's Israel's role (for the record, anyway) from someone who for years was a fairly strong and reliable strong Israel voice. Now, like so many conservatives he has been borked, and and so often, the path of 'rehabilitation' to 'respectable conservative' status is to take the State Department line of Israel's road to peace....

And Sean Hannity is about as good as it gets, and considering the lack of support he gets from even his 'conservative' guests, it's amazing that he persists as he does in trying to elicit some comments regarding Israeli self-respect and self-defense or preemption. During the 'Danish cartoons' hysteria, Hannity also tried repeatedly to have guests address the vicious anti-Jewish caricatures appearing in Arab media (see pmw.org.il) and even turned them to his production crew's camera, -- in vain. They did not put them on screen, and his guest slipped the issue.

LESSON: "go, gather all the Jews"; those Americans who understand and who want to help are not able to steer the ship over here. Jews of Israel, you're going to have to save yourselves as the Jews in the Persian Empire did 2500 years ago. Sooner is better

Professor Eugene Narrett teaches writing and Literature at Boston University. He is the author of hundreds of articles, columns and reviews on politics, American culture and the arts. He is completing a study on Romanticism and the longterm decline of Western Culture. He writes often on subjects relating to Israel and Judaism and is a weekly columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts. Contact him at culturtalk@aol.com

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IRANIAN ROCKETS HITTING ISRAELIS?
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, March 18, 2006.

This was written by Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily's Jerusalem bureau chief; it appeared in World Net Daily March 10, 2006.

JERUSALEM -- The Palestinians have a new, improved rocket to fire at Israel named after the Iranian Shahab missile and dedicated to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "because of his courageous position toward the enemy," a leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group told WorldNetDaily.

"I can say it is true that the inspiration concerning the name [of our new Shahab rocket] was taken from the Iranian rocket that is so terrifying to the enemy. On this occasion I can say that we have the honor to dedicate these new and more sophisticated rockets to the Iranian president because of his courageous position toward the enemy," said Abu Ahmed, a Gaza-based leader of the Brigades involved in coordinating the group's rocket network.

Ahmed told WND several "Palestinian Shahab rockets" have already been fired into Israel, including rockets fired this week toward Nahal Oz, an Israeli Negev community near Gaza.

He warned in the coming days the Al Aqsa Brigades will fire 200 of the new rockets at Jewish communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip in retaliation for Israeli anti-terror operations in Gaza and the West Bank.

Officials at the Israeli Defense Forces, informed of Ahmed's claims, told WND they were investigating whether any rockets fired from Gaza this week were different from the usual Qassam missiles aimed at Israeli Negev Jewish communities that border Gaza.

One senior IDF official suggested the group likely only changed the name of its already existing Qassam rockets.

Qassams are improvised steel rockets, about four feet in length, filled with explosives and fuel. They can travel between 1 and 4 miles depending on the sophistication of the particular rocket. Qassams lack a guidance system and are launched by terrorists who reportedly use the rocket's trajectory and known travel distance to aim at a particular Jewish community.

Ahmed declined to describe the makeup of his group's claimed new rockets.

"I can only tell you they are more improved in distance and in the rocket fuel, and we call them Shahab-1, Shahab-2 and Shahab-3. They will hit the enemy target much harder," said Ahmed.

Iranian Shahabs are a series of missiles constructed in part with Russian and Chinese technology. The Shahab-6 reportedly has a range of up to 5,600 kilometers and is capable of reaching Europe from Iran. Iranian officials have claimed to possess Shahab missiles that can reach the eastern seaboard of the Unites States.

Asked if the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades received any Iranian assistance in building its Shahab rockets, Ahmed replied, "We will not give the Israelis any hint about our activities. Let them work hard and investigate about the significance of the name Shahab. I will just say we welcome any help from any anti-Zionist element."

He said his group will launch what he called an "Ababil rocket campaign" and will soon fire 200 Shahab rockets into Israel. In the Quran, Ababil is the name of a stone Allah lobbed at infidels who approached to kill Muhammad.

Ahmed also told WND that Al Aqsa established a new rocket terror cell, the Hussein Abayat Unit, named after a member of his group previously assassinated by Israel.

Israeli security officials believe Abayat was the first Al Aqsa member to serve as a coordinating agent between the Al Aqsa Brigades and the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia.

Israel says Iran uses the Hezbollah as a conduit to channel funds to Palestinian terror groups, including Islamic Jihad, which took responsibility for every suicide bombing since several Palestinian groups agreed to a truce with Israel last year.

'Iran embassy' opens in West Bank

Israel is worried at what it says are increased signs of Iranian influence in the Palestinian territories.

This week, WND broke the story a West Bank Islamic Jihad operative opened what he referred to as an "Iranian ideological embassy" in the Palestinian territories to espouse Shia Muslim beliefs -- including Islam's waging of a final, apocalyptic battle against "evil" -- and to help spread Iranian theocracy and rule throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"We want the Palestinian people to be exposed to the Iranian heritage and Shia principles. [Our goal is] to reinforce the relations between the Islamic republic of Iran and the Palestinian people. We are part of the Iranian Islamic project in the Middle East," Muhamad Gawanmeh, director of Iran's new Shia Council in Palestine, said in an interview.

Gawanmeh opened the council's headquarters in Ramallah, and said there are plans to expand Iranian offices to several other major Palestinian cities in the West Bank and Gaza with official sanctioning from Tehran.

Gawanmeh said Iran's Shia Council will not be involved in "military operations," but will promote Iranian theocracy to the local population and serve as a conduit for Tehran's interests in the area.

He said the council seeks to espouse Shia Muslim ideology in the Sunni-dominated Palestinian territories, including the belief in the return of the Twelfth Imam to lead an apocalyptic world battle against "evil."

Shia Muslims believe Muhammad's family -- the 12 Imams -- were the best sources of knowledge about the Quran and Islam and were the most trusted carriers and protectors of Islamic tradition. They believe in a dynasty of Islamic authorities and promote a hereditary class of spiritual leaders they believe have divine powers.

Sunni Islam in part follows the teachings of Islamic caliphs who proclaimed leadership after Muhammad's passing but were not blood relatives of the prophet. The caliphs interpreted important parts of Muhammad's hadith -- or tradition -- that Shias reject.

Sunni Muslims make up about 85 percent of Muslims all over the world. The largest sect of the Shias, called The Twelvers, believe there were 12 imams after Muhammad and that the last one, Imam Mahdi, still lives, but he cannot be seen until Allah determines it is time to prepare the faithful for Judgment Day.

The Twelvers count Iranian President Ahmadinejad among their faithful. They believe Imam Mahdi will return to lead the forces of righteousness against the forces of evil in a final, apocalyptic world battle.

Some Mideast analysts fear Ahmadinejad may be pursuing nuclear weapons in part to precipitate the final, Mahdi-led battle. In a speech in Tehran in November, Ahmadinejad reportedly said his main mission is to "pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may Allah hasten his reappearance." His Cabinet has reportedly given $17 million to the Jamkaran mosque, site of a well at which Shia Muslims believe Mahdi disappeared over a thousand years ago.

Israel and the United States have been working with the international community to isolate Iran, accusing it of attempting to develop an illicit nuclear weapons program.

The council's Gawanmeh went on to credit Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal's recent visit to Tehran with strengthening official Palestinian ties to the Iranian leadership and emboldening Iran to sanction the opening of its new Palestinian office.

Iran last week pledged financial support to Hamas to replace an expected halt of European and U.S. aid to the new Palestinian government.

Media reports said Iran would give as much as $250 million to the PA, but Hamas officials said no actual amount had been discussed.

Hamas chief Meshaal, in Tehran two weeks ago for a round of talks with Iranian officials, said Iran would have a more significant role with the PA now that his group has formed the new Palestinian government.

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. Contact him at zelasko@actcom.co.il

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"IN EVERY GENERATION THEY RISE UP AGAINST US, TO DESTROY US..."
Posted by Professor Eugene Narrett, March 18, 2006.

As Israel's State Comptroller aptly lashes those involved in the expulsion of Jews and destruction of their property and lives, let's briefly overview the political gaming that meant to slip off responsibility for this heinous crime against Israeli, international, and Jewish law, against identity, honor and survival.

Ariel Sharon won re-election on an overwhelming vote against expulsion of Jews, a greater margin of victory than the huge majorities of Ronald Reagan in 1984, Lyndon Johnson in 1964, or FDR in 1936. Yet within a year of his election (elected initially to destroy the PLO), Sharon adopted the unilateral retreat and expel-the-settlers platform of Labor.

This is perfidy; BUT, look at it from the Sharon group's side, as a political and legal problem to be solved. How to carry out the dicta of the new world order's multi-national directorate while also surviving politically to carry out its policies yet again. Remember, as Washington, London, Paris, Riyadh, Cairo, the Vatican and Moscow well knew, NO ONE, no other Israeli could carry out such policies like Ariel Sharon.

Here was their plan: the Sharon group uses some its assets in the media and Yesha council to manipulate the opposition, carries out the expulsion and destruction, crushes the hearts of the deportees (and, forget compensation, seizes their assets, too), and then mutates into a new 'untainted' political party. Of course this is a shell game: treif is treif: Kadima is nothing but corrupt and contaminated meat. But after 60 years of socialist autocracy overlapping with 28 years of the big-time screw-job by Britain, most Israelis are too embittered to pay that much attention, and the left-wing media take care of the rest, vilifying or burying them.

What else was needed for the switcheroo by the Sharon group ltd to work? The hapless and go-along to get-along Bibi Netanyahu, the flexible-flyer of end-time politics. Sharon group would leave the compliant Bibi holding the bag of the Likud, -- the party that destroyed Gush Katif while the Jew-haters in Labor-Meretz-Shinui, etc stood on the side and primly, quietly applauded and cursed the mitnachlim for 'compelling' them, the enlightened and sensitive ones to be so cruel. Kadima would be 'pristine,' likud would be the expellers.

And, once Arik had his accident, sweeping in with all the trumps was the shadow member of Sharon group, ltd, his old pal Shimon to head the "new" Kadima party, and remain mostly in the shadows while non-entites Olmert and Livny became incontinent mouthpipes for the sewerage surging out of Foggy Bottom....

Where does leave the Jewish people, not only in Israel, the Jewish people with more expulsions of Jews already planned from the remnant of ancient Israel? It leaves them in a situation and with a reputation only too similar to that of 1939. In those days, at this season (March 1939) British diplomats were excoriating "illegal Jewish immigration" into the Jewish National Home, that is, into the tiny part of it that the British had left, theoretically, open to Jewish settlement at all. So bothersome and offensive had Jewish illegal immigration into Israel become that, one Brit sputtered, "it is fundamentally anti-social, -- as anti-social as the German persecution of which they complain..."**

There it was folks, "Zionism is Nazism" for the first time, not formulated by the Arabs but by the British, America's one true ally in the "War on Terror" [sic].

Yes, to Britain that "illegal Jewish immigration" into the Jewish National Home was "a dirty, sordid, crooked business."

"IN EVERY GENERATION THEY RISE UP AGAINST US, TO DESTROY US..."

How about instead, we DESTROY AMALEK: how about, instead of expelling Jews and giving an enormous Kadima to Hamas and al Qaeda, Israel expels the Arabs, ALL of THEM who won't take an oath of loyalty to the JEWISH STATE...

"Go, gather all the Jews..."

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** Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial (1984; re-issued 2002), chapter 16, pages 346-8.

Professor Eugene Narrett teaches writing and Literature at Boston University. He is the author of hundreds of articles, columns and reviews on politics, American culture and the arts. He is completing a study on Romanticism and the longterm decline of Western Culture. He writes often on subjects relating to Israel and Judaism and is a weekly columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts. Contact him at culturtalk@aol.com

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IT'S TIME TO THINK BIG AND TAKE POWER IN ISRAEL!
Posted by Ariel Natan Pasko, March 18, 2006.

"Without vision, the people run wild..." (Proverbs 29:18). Boy, King Solomon sure was a wise guy. He could have been living in modern Israel. He sure did understand aimless Israeli politicians.

"Palestine," just became "Hamastan". Under an escalating Islamic siege (the "Peace Process") supported by much of the West, social and economic problems are growing in Israel, yet with elections coming up, almost no one running seems to have a clue what to do.

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been characterized as a ladder climber, a consummate politician of the Simon Peres variety. Zigzagging from right to left to right to left over the years, he's increasingly come under the influence of his far-left wife. Come to think of it, most of the Kadima Party politicians are either ladder-climbing junior politician wannabees drifting left, or senior-level corruption-laden hacks, trying to clean up their image by jumping the "corrupt" Likud ship. There's probably not more than a handful of "principled centrists" (whatever that means) among them. And in spite of Kadima unveiling parts of its platform recently, it's still not clear exactly what they stand for, beyond, getting elected.

Oh yah, they call for "compassionate" capitalism, in contrast to Likud's "Tough Thatcherism". They want to continue unilateral expulsion of more Jews from their homes; to show they can do it. No political dialogue with a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority (well maybe just a little), using a back door "security cooperation" excuse, and well, getting elected.

Likud's not much better. Remember they're the party that brought you the first ethnic cleansing of the 21st century, kicking the Jews out of Gush Katif. Netanyahu had something going when he was Finance Minister, but committed most of the mistakes I warned about in my article, "Israeli Capitalism with a Human Face," back in March 2003. Which has brought about what I predicted, a "neo-socialist backlash," in the guise of the mustachioed Stalin look-alike, Amir Peretz, of the Labor Party, spouting 1950's Histadrut (trade union) rhetoric. Neither Likud nor Labor can get us out of this mess, heck they both have conspired for the last fifty-some years to create it.

Obviously, you know I wouldn't suggest Yossi Beilin's ultra-left, defeatist, Meretz gang, the "Good Israeli Arab" parties, or Avigdor Lieberman's secular Russian "law and order" party, Yisrael Beiteinu. Lieberman wants to de-judaize Israel by introducing civil marriage. So do Peretz, Olmert, and Netanyahu. Nor, would I support the overly sectoral Hareidi (religious) parties, Shas or United Torah Judaism (even though their hearts are in the right place), it just doesn't substitute for brains and good policies.

Which leaves us with two groups, the newly combined National Union/National Religious Party of Rabbi Benny Elon, Zevulun Orlev, and Effie Eitam, and Hazit (The Jewish National Front), led by Baruch Marzel. Both groups are made up of hard working, dedicated, primarily religious Jews, who are supporters of settlement in the Land of Israel. The National Religious Party component is a bit weaker on the Land issue, but makes up for it in their concern for education and the Jewish character of Israeli society. Unfortunately, National Union has dropped its "Transfer" plank from the combined platform, due to NRP pressure.

Hazit continues in the tradition of its precursors, Kach, Yamin Yisrael, and Herut, calling for the expulsion of Arab enemies from the Jewish State. One "Chidush," something new on the Israeli political horizon, is Hazit's adoption of the political reform program of Prof. Paul Eidelberg (Yamin Yisrael), including his proposed "Jewish and Democratic Constitution". It's not bad (take a look) as reform plans go. But it's not clear that they will even break the threshold and get into the Knesset.

"Without a vision, the people cast off restraint; but those that implement the Torah [vision], they will rejoice!" (Proverbs 29:18).

The first priority of a leader is to create a powerful vision. Jewish leaders must present the nation of Israel with worthy goals. They must create meaning for the Jewish People; goals worth striving for, goals worth sacrificing for, goals based on the vision of our Prophets, for a just yet prosperous society, goals based on the Torah's vision of the Jewish People's Messianic Future.

Several Israeli writers of the Left have recently analyzed the differences between the "Palestinians" and Israelis. They've pointed out that the goal of "Palestinians" is very concrete, a Palestinian State (I would argue Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the rest also want no Jews in "Palestine," another concrete goal). Whereas, Israel's goal of "Peace" is abstract, nebulous, and difficult to express. To them, that explains why the Arabs of Judea, Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza have been better able to formulate policies, and mobilize their population for the struggle. Lamenting the situation, Israeli leftists argue "Peace" must be "concretized," visions of a better future must be built, in order to rally the Israeli masses.

They are definitely on to something, and we need to be concerned.

For some time now, I've been saying the biggest problem for the Israeli Right, the nationalist and religious public, is that the Left has captured the Israeli political agenda. Their "Peace Pipe Dreams" have lulled Israelis into a "False Messianic Stupor". At best, the Right has been reactive, a reactionary movement trying to hold onto what was, while, Peres, Rabin, Sarid, Beilin, and more recently Sharon and Olmert have undermined the "National Camp" with their "positive" agenda. That's why Likud has been drifting left for years. That's why Likud finally imploded. That's why (among other reasons), Kadima came into being. Netanyahu was part of this and hasn't changed.

Even politicians from NU and the NRP, rabbis and generals included, sat until the last moments, in the Sharonist Expulsion Government watching Gush Katif's planned destruction. NU/NRP officials are campaigning on the theme, "you need to vote for us, we will keep Netanyahu in line". They don't even imagine themselves leading the nation, only as "backbones" for Likud.

The Jewish People deserve leaders who exude confidence in their glorious future. It's time to think big and take power in Israel!

Instead of being reactionary, instead of being the naysayers of Israeli society, always being "against" the agenda of the Left, the Right and specifically the Religious Right (whatever that means), the Torah Nationalists, have to present their own positive agenda, no holds barred, to Israeli society. Patriotic nationalist and religious politicians have to stop playing the game by the rules of the Left. It's time to tell the nation what we are for, it's time for the Pro-Geula/Pro-Redemption forces to start advocating clear policies that will enable the Jewish People to achieve its Redemptive/Messianic goals in history.

Do you think the G-D of Israel brought the Jews home from all four corners of the earth, after nearly 2,000 years of exile, just for the fun of it?

What might some of these goals be?

Easily summarized, they can be described as, Kingdom, War, Law, Prosperity, Righteous Justice, and Spirituality.

1. Israel needs a strongly Pro-Jewish government. Prof. Eidelberg's Jewish Constitutional Democracy Movement isn't a bad start as I said earlier. Better yet, how about exploring a Malchut/Kingdom. While waiting for the "Son of David" to arrive, in the meantime, the Torah empowers the Jewish People to establish a temporary government of it's choosing. The Maccabees had a Kingdom. Monarchy provides a type of stability that democracy doesn't.

2. Since the rise of IslamoFascism worldwide, Iran, al-Qaeda, and others, and particularly Hamastan in parts of the Land of Israel, a strong hand must be used by Israel to defend its people and interests. The conclusions of an earlier article of mine, "There Is Only A Military Solution," ring truer today than ever. In war you fight to win. It's time to tell the Jewish People the truth, the Arabs in Israel, the so-called "Palestinians," are Amalek trying to replace us in our homeland. This is total war; there will be only one winner, the Jewish People.

3. The legal system of Israel should be brought in line with the values of the Torah. A Sanhedrin, a working Jewish Supreme Court according to Torah Law, is beginning to come into existence through the efforts of many rabbis and lay leaders.

4. A society based on Torah Law will both free up the economy in key ways and establish healthy limits to economic activity, stressing other values beyond consumer consumption. It will encourage Chesed (acts of kindness) and Tzedek (righteousness and justice) through the social sector, so as not to build prosperity on the backs of the poor and the weak. A just and prosperous society is our goal. The final stage of ingathering the exiles will be accomplished, bringing historical justice to the Jewish People.

5. Certainly, we need to clean off the Temple Mount those insults to our religion, the so-called dome and mosque. Jewish Spiritual Rebirth demands complete control of our holiest places in the Land of Israel. Let's think really big. It's time to build the Third Temple on Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount).

Really big dreams, really big goals, are what sustain people through difficult times and drive them on toward success. It's time for Jewish leaders with real vision to step forward and say what needs to be said. They need to show the Jewish People the way forward to national redemption and spiritual fulfillment.

Jews will rally around real leaders who have their real interests at heart. Jewish destiny and a glorious future lie before us, it's up to us to reach out and grab it.

"Where there is no vision, the nation becomes discontent; but when the Torah [vision] is implemented, they will rejoice!" (Proverbs 29:18).

It's time to think big and take power in Israel!

Ariel Natan Pasko is an independent analyst and consultant. He has a Master's Degree in International Relations & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites, in newspapers, and can be read at: www.geocities.com/ariel_natan_pasko

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WAR ON TERROR NOT CONFINED TO AL QAEDA, CENTCOM GENERAL SAYS
Posted by Bryna Berch, March 18, 2006.

This news article was written by Sgt. Sara Wood, American Forces Press Service. It comes from the US Department of Defense and is archived at
/www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2006/20060313_4472.html Now how do we get the people in the State Department to read these articles -- maybe they'd stop fighting Israel and take a look at who America's implacable enemies are.

TACOMA, Wash., March 13, 2006 -- The enemy in the war on terror is not limited to al Qaeda and its associated movements in Iraq and Afghanistan, but includes a global network of extremist groups, a U.S. Central Command general said here March 11.

"If we declared victory and walked away from Iraq and Afghanistan tomorrow, we would be fighting this fight for years and years," said Army Brig. Gen. Mark T. Kimmitt, CENTCOM's deputy director of plans and policy, speaking at the Pacific Northwest National Security Forum. "We are fighting an insurgency, a terrorist movement, that is represented by al Qaeda, but it is far more than al Qaeda."

The terrorist network the United States is facing in this war includes extremist groups around the world, and it is a network the nation has been fighting since before Sept. 11, 2001, Kimmitt said. The extremist groups are made up of primarily Sunni Muslims whose goal is to reclaim what they see as the holy lands in the Middle East and to remove Western influence, he added. Their ultimate goal is to establish a caliphate in the region, where Sharia, or Islamic law, rules, and the people are oppressed, he said.

To defeat this network, CENTCOM is pursuing an aggressive campaign to defeat terrorists where they are active and to prevent the spread of their ideology, Kimmitt said.

One of the important aspects of the CENTCOM strategy is that it will take a network to defeat the terrorist network, Kimmitt said. The global terror network uses people, the Internet, smuggling, nongovernmental organizations that are sympathetic to their cause, legitimate governments, front companies and safe havens to achieve its goals, he said.

"If that's the way that the enemy is going to fight us, it is important to understand that it's going to take far more than the military to defeat this network," the general said. "Our network needs to be equally strong, and it can't simply rely on the military."

CENTCOM is developing a strong network that uses all elements of national power to defeat terrorists, Kimmitt said. This network will rely on federal and state law enforcement agencies, the State Department and federal intelligence agencies, he said.

Another important aspect of CENTCOM's strategy is building the capacity of other nations to fight terrorism themselves, Kimmitt said. Leaders of the al Qaeda movement have been very clear in stating that their goal is to rid the region of Western influence and then go after surrounding countries, which they call apostate or secular governments, he said. These clear declarations have made countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Kuwait more willing to work with the United States and prepare to fight terrorism on their own, he said.

"These countries get it; they understand that it's not simply a problem (Osama bin Laden) has with the West, it is simply a problem that bin Laden and these organizations have with anybody that does not believe in their extremist ideology," he said.

Most of the high-value target operations in these neighboring countries have been conducted by the countries' own national forces, Kimmitt said, and the United States will continue to work with them to help them prevent terrorist activity inside their borders.

Also important to CENTCOM's strategy is denying safe havens or sanctuaries to terrorists, Kimmitt said. The U.S. has to ensure that as al Qaeda and its related organizations are pushed out of Iraq and Afghanistan, they don't just resettle somewhere else, he said.

Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, with headquarters in Djibouti, is the model for this preventive strategy, he said. American and coalition forces there focus primarily on civil affairs and humanitarian missions to establish relationships with the people and foster cooperation, should terrorists try to move into the area.

"It's much easier to stop al Qaeda and its associated movements as it tries to establish rather than once it's already established," he said.

To make sure a victory in the war on terror lasts, the U.S. is tailoring its post-conflict strategy for the area, Kimmitt said. It would be a mistake for the United States to garrison the Middle East like it did to Western Europe after World War II, he explained. The correct strategy for the Middle East is to maintain a sufficient capability in the region to do necessary tasks, such as deterring adversaries, maintaining lines of communication, and maintaining access to strategic resources, but not have any more U.S. military presence than is needed, he said.

"We cannot be seen as occupiers; we cannot breed a cycle of dependency in the region," he said. "The force that we see five years from now, 10 years from now in the Middle East is a fraction of the size the force is today."

The war on terror will be a long fight, perhaps lasting a generation, Kimmitt said, but it is one that must be fought, and the support of the American public is crucial.

"I, for one, remain confident that America gets it, and America, despite what our critics may say, is willing to pay in treasure and in blood to defeat this enemy in The Long War," he said.

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THE OBITUARY
Posted by Shmuel Neumann, March 18, 2006.
March 23, 2006

Just in time for the election, they pulled the plug on Sharon.

The hotel reservations for state dignitaries were made weeks ago and speech writers had months to hone their craft. The three day state funeral consumes the media right up until the elections. Old Merde is personally consoled by Presidents and Prime Ministers from around the world.

State dignitaries unanimously paint a portrait of Ariel Sharon as his namesake, a lion. They lionize Arik, courageously saving the lives of the citizens of Israel by war and saving the country by Peace. However, those eulogies do not benefit his soul who is adjudged not by what he did but how far he was from what he could have accomplished.

So I will help him. He was a lion all right. He was lying until his second stroke and lie ing until his dying day. Even his death was a lie. He was declared dead after the second stroke, but rather than letting him rest in peace, Olmert had him preserved on life support so that he could take over the government. Olmert became Prime Minister because he was Sharon's assistant and was in charge only while Sharon was only temporarily incapacitated. Had Sharon died, or had the Attorney General ruled truly according to the plain facts that Sharon was permanently incapacitated; Netanyahu would automatically become prime minister.

Olmert had to show he was not impotent so he had young adolescents raped on his behalf. His steroid crazed yassam police, as steroids shrink genitalia, raped the girls with their phallic symbol, their nightstick, shoving it up until the handle. Four young adolescents thus had their uteruses destroyed. The other cops "just" copped a feel of the young supple breasts under the girls' shirt. To show his virility, he had his surrogates use the nightsticks to crush the testicles of over thirty young settlers that had the balls to stand up to the army and most vicious police.

But Olmert was only carrying on the Sharon legacy. While it was whitewashed, adolescents were routinely beaten up by the Yassam police during the disengagement.

People ask how did someone so good turn so bad. Some rationalize it by pinning it on Sharon's Alzheimer's and brain disease allegedly only first discovered by his first stroke. Others rationalize it by laying the blame on the United States. There were reports that Bush forced Sharon into trading Gaza for Iraq. At the time, Iraq had over 2000 chemical and biological warheads with the capacity to deliver wholesale death to Israeli cities. Bush would not do anything about it unless Sharon agreed to relinquish Gaza. To his credit, Sharon paid his debts.

And now Sharon is paying other debts.

Do you know why Jews insist on burying their dead within 24 hours? Because they believe that from the time of death until burial, the person undergoes unbelievable torture. He is flung across the universe and for every word uttered from his mouth that was deceitful or wasted arrows are shot into him from angels along the way. He is continuously beaten much worse than the yassam are capable of. When he finally reaches the grave, his soul is beaten apart and that part of his soul that contains remnants of the soul of Adam is released and the rest is reintegrated. For a year, that soul has to justify his life and undergoes purification which we call hell. Maimonides describes the pain of hell. He says imagine compressing all the pain a person had in his entire life into one second. This is not even close. Imagine all the pain that everyone on this planet had their whole life and squeeze that into a second. Closer. Now imagine all the pain that everyone from the beginning had their whole life and squeeze it into a second. Getting warmer.

Conversely, if you take all the pleasure that everyone had their whole life from the beginning of man and squeeze it into a second, that is only a shadow of the pleasure of a second in heaven.

Jews can only be in hell for a maximum of one year after burial. These few months since Sharon's first death does not count. Its gotta hurt feeling your body decay while you are marginally alive.

Now, if the rumors that Sharon's mother was not Jewish -- at least not when he was born -- are right, there is no guarantee that he will only stay down there for a year or ever get up there. While all Jews go to heaven, only righteous gentiles may enter the pearly gates. If by Jewish law he was a gentile, he had only seven commandments that he had to fulfill. Not stealing is one of them. As Sharon stole the homes of the Jews of Gaza and Northern Samaria he will never be up there.

The Almighty sees all and the eulogies of world leaders notwithstanding, in the world of Truth everything is open for all to see; every infidelity, every deception, every harm done to others. Sharon, along with Rabin helped Ben Gurion "take care of" the Lechi and Stern gang, our underground freedom fighters against the British. As a young man, Sharon was essentially an agent of the British and as an old man, an agent of the United States.

For most, death is a terrible thing, in a wink of an eye, usurping an individual's life's work. For others, it is a blessing, a final end to incomprehensible suffering from cancer or other degenerative fatal diseases. For others, it is a blessing for mankind, that their malevolence coming to an end. For Olmert, Sharon's death is a personal blessing: Free and continuous advertising for his election.

So Olmert, when you go, you can be sure to be united with your mentor.

Contact Shmuel Neumann, Ph.D. at samuelfm@netvision.net.il

Dr. Neumann has created two wonderful visuals satirizing the Meretz-Yachad party. Go to Sheretz and to Pachad.

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BE A JEW AT HOME AND A MAN ON THE STREET
Posted by Joe Settler, March 18, 2006.

Be a Jew at Home and a Man on the Street

Why do they hate us (the Settlers) so?

This question bothers me. After all, we're not like the Chareidim -- we serve in the army, we work, we pay taxes.

They once called us the best soldiers and the best citizens. There are more religious-settler officers and elite combat soldiers in the army than there are secular ones. A mere 8000 Gazan Jewish settlers made up some 20% of Israel's agricultural exports. We are certainly doing more than our share for the State of Israel than the average secular Israeli.

Yet suddenly we find ourselves demonized. We're pariahs, hated, and criticized, even beaten and banished. We're treated in ways that even the most hated Chareidi in Israel has never experienced.

It's all too easy to say the reason is that we stand in the way of the Israeli panacea.

We settlers are "obstacles to peace". If only we weren't here, the Arabs would either accept or we could unilaterally implement a two-state solution. We dastardly settlers are keeping the country at war. Even though a two-state solution could be (and actually has been) implemented right now, without removing a single settler.

And on the simplest level, there is no doubt that that has been the explicit message to Joe Israeli -- whether that settler was from Hebron or the Golan Heights.

It's all too easy to say that we succeeded too well and they are jealous. We stole their army from them. We built wonderful communities. We are tax-paying professionals and business leaders. Our kids don't beat their teachers or stab their fellow club-goers.

But that too is far too easy and unsatisfactory an answer.

I think we need to look deeper.

We need to examine the battle-cry of the Left.

They desire to be a nation like every other. They desire to assimilate and remove the vestige of Jewishness from the appendage of their humanity.

In Germany, the battle cry of the Reform was "Be a Jew at home, and a man on the street".

Reform Judaism certainly never succeeded at being Jews at home, and when the man on the street shoved them into the gas chambers they were shocked at the affront. "But we are men just like you", they cried, while the world indicated otherwise.

As Meretz and Shinui lead the new struggle against Judaism in their blinding desire for national assimilation they look at those who are preventing that goal.

In pre-Nazi Germany, it was the religious who prevented the Jews complete assimilation and disappearance into Germany's superior culture, similarly, for many years in Israel it was the Chareidim.

Those Chareidim refused to become "New Jews". They refused to shuck off their old traditions and quaint customs. They refused to participate in Israeli society and accept the overt and covert attempts to turn their community into "New Jews" -- like the secular Left forcibly did to the Yemenite immigrants and other Sephardic communities.

And so that is why they really became hated.

Numerically, there are about as many secular Jews as there are Chareidi Jews who don't serve in the army, and we won't even discuss the percentages of other Israeli minorities who do absolutely no national service for the country, far unlike the Chareidim who open and run national charities and aid centers that serve the entire Israeli population, Jew and Arab alike.

And alas for the poor secular Jew desiring to integrate, assimilate, disappear, Chozrim B'tshuva, secular Jews returning to Judaism are still growing more than ever. And worse, many are becoming hated Chareidim.

So now we turn to a new front, the Religion of Peace (and Assimilation).

After Nazi Germany, what could possibly be more indicative that we have properly and completely assimilated than if no one was trying to kill us anymore?

And who more than anyone else is preventing that Messianic Peace from arriving? Hamas? Syria? Iran? Egypt? The Palestinians?

No, of course not. The Arabs are simply reacting to our Jewishness. If we were the same like them, quietly eating Hummus in Damascus, then we too would be accepted.

Humanity understands why we "expropriated" Tel Aviv and Haifa.

After the Holocaust we needed it to survive (so we can assimilate properly on a national level). The Arab would understand and accept that too, if only someone didn't stand in the way of their particular nationalistic aspirations.

Who is that someone?

Certainly it's not the Israeli living in a former Arab home in Yafo. Of course it's not.

It's none other than the Settler moving on to a barren hilltop.

The secular left cannot accept that the Arab speaks the truth when he says they want "all of Palestine". After all, the secular, humanistic Israeli understands compromise and the Arab obviously would too, if only, only those pesky obstacles to peace weren't there.

And worse, those Settlers aren't just obstacles to peace; they are religious obstacles to peace, just like the Chareidim. Double whammy.

And so they must be removed, debased, destroyed, and deported.

As long as a single settler stands on land that the secular Left chose to not "expropriate" for their post-Holocaust needs there can't be peace.

Don't confuse them with the facts that the Arab won't be satisfied with everything over the Green Line (unless it means both sides), for unlike the secular Israeli's Religion where the Green Line is Holy, the Arabs maintain no such confusion.

For if it disagrees with their religion of Peace and Assimilation then it can't be true.

So the Settlers are hated. Not because we "cause them more reserve service", and not because we are preventing the Arabs from making peace with us, and not even because we make them "interact" with the Arabs, and certainly not because we are against the "rule of law" (as if they were actually big upholders of it).

No, we are hated, because they are completely right, it is we religious settlers who are preventing the national assimilation of the Jewish people.

If that makes me hated, I can live with it.

Am Yisrael Chai.

Visit Joe Settler's website at http://joesettler.blogspot.com or send him an email at joesettler@gmail.com

This essay is archived at http://joesettler.blogspot.com/2006/02/be-jew-at-home-and-man-on-street.html

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TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Posted by David Bedein, March 18, 2006.

To paraphrase Khalid Abu Toameh, the Jerusalem Post Arab Affairs reporter on March 15th, the continued presence of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Zeevi's killers in a Jericho prison represented a continuing threat to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and to the Hamas Movement.

These killers had been elected to the PA parliament, which would obligate the PA to free them and allow them to join their legislative body as an active opposition.

As members of the PFLP faction, these killers represented an official opposition to both Abbbas and Hamas. The PFLP rejected the Oslo accords that Abbas had signed and, as a Marxist entity, rejected the Islamic tendencies of the Hamas

Any protection that the PA would provide to the killers would hurt them internationally and also hurt them with any Israeli government, since no Israeli regime could justify negotiations with a PA that openly provided asylum to the killers of an Israeli government minister.

On March 11th, Shimon Peres, number two candidate on the Ksdima ticket, met with Abbas, three days after the US and Britain announced that they would pull their guards out of Jericho, since the PA had announced that it would free Zeevi's killers.

On March 12th, Abbas travelled to the EU in Brussels to secure aid.

While Abbas was in Brussels, the America and British officials who had guarded Z'evi's killers in Jericho indeed left the area.

Their departure allowed Israel to capture the killers, after laying siege to their jail cell.

Ehud Olmert and the Kadima gained a needed boost in the election campaign.

Meanwhile, during the siege of Jericho, Abbas recieved the funds he needed from the EU.

So there you have the flow chart of winners: Abbas, Hamas, Olmert, and Peres: circumstantial evidence of an action well timed and well planned. the day before the most crucial public opinion polls are conducted in Israel before the March 28th Israel election day.

An aside: On June 9th 1981, I sat in the lobby of the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv, a week before getting married.

This was the morning after it was announced that the Israeli Air Force had bombed The Iraqi nuclear reactor.

An ashen-faced Shimon Peres walked into the hotel with an ashen faced Ezer Weitzman, only weeks before an Israeli election where Peres thought he would handily defeat Menachem Begin, with the help of Begin's former Defence Minister, Ezer Weitzman.

Weitzman greeted Peres in the hotel lobby and exclaimed, rather loudly, "well, he screwed us, didn't he?", to which Peres said, loud enough for everyone in the lobby to hear: "You better believe it".

Shimon Peres, the new heir apparent to Ehud Olmert, understands what timing means in a political campaign.

David Bedein is Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency. (http://Israelbehindthenews.com). He is president of Center for Near East Policy Research. Contact him by email at media@actcom.co.il

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HUMAN-RIGHTS BOTCH
Posted by Bryna Berch, March 18, 2006.

This appeared March 13, 2006 as an editorial in the New York Post online edition and it is archived at
www.nypost.com/postopinion/editorial/60908.htm

March 13, 2006 -- Remember the old saying, "Be careful what you wish for -- you just might get it"? It's proving to be true for those who've been pushing the United Nations to reform its Human Rights Commission.

Good news: Under prodding by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the world body is set to finally abolish its sorry excuse for a human-rights body -- whose members have included such paragons of political virtue as Cuba, Libya and Sudan.

Bad news: The replacement -- a "Human Rights Council" -- is no improvement. In fact, it's worse.

First, the new provisions are designed to look like reform. But they'll only tighten the control of the body by Third World human-rights violators.

Worse, they will make it almost impossible for the United Nations to ignore, as it often has, the results of its more embarrassing ventures, like the 2001 Racism Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Indeed, the council -- as things now stand -- would be required to "promote ... the followup of the goals and commitments relating to the promotion and protection of human rights emanating from United Nations conferences and summits." With no exceptions.

The "reform" plan skews the council's membership against Western nations and in favor of the Third World despots. It also prevents any country from sitting longer than two consecutive terms.

Roughly half of the current commission's time is taken up with condemning Israel -- with the United States regularly running interference. But the "reform" ensures the absence of Israel's staunchest defender. Indeed, America itself would surely become a major target of the council.

Israel, by the way, is the only one of the 191 U.N. member states that is barred from the key negotiating sessions when the commission is in session. And the "reforms" don't change that.

The plan also mandates that election to the Human Rights Council be by simple majority of the General Assembly -- a conspicuous change from the original reform blueprint that Annan unveiled last year, which sought to screen out nations with weak human-rights records by requiring a two-thirds vote.

This in a body that three months ago could only find 79 nations -- just 40 percent of the total membership -- willing to condemn Sudan for its barbarous human-rights violations.

As Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch -- the Geneva-based group formed to monitor U.N. compliance with its charter -- asks: "How can we expect a majority to suddenly support Sudan's exclusion" from the new council?

Indeed, membership will be open to "all Member States of the United Nations," regardless of their human-rights record, although the assembly is urged to take those records "into consideration." And hope for the best, apparently.

America's outspoken U.N. ambassador, John Bolton, makes no bones about Washington's position on this absurd notion of reform: "We're not going to put lipstick on a caterpillar and call it a butterfly."

Not surprisingly, though, the proposal has won enthusiastic support from a bevy of Nobel Peace laureates, including Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu. (Carter, in fact, told the Council on Foreign Relations of his fervent wish that "the other members will outvote the United States." And that's exactly what might happen.)

None of this surprises veteran U.N.-watchers. Hopefully, though, it will cause some of the world body's staunchest defenders on Capitol Hill to wonder whether all the money that U.S. taxpayers pump into this thoroughly discredited outfit really is worth it.

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A COMMENT ON "ISRAEL'S TRAGEDY FORETOLD"
Posted by Salomon Benzimra, March 18, 2006.

Re: "Israel's Tragedy Foretold", by Gershom Gorenberg, Op-Ed. March 10, 2006

Mr. Gorenberg has ruled that Israel has no right to hold on to the land of Judea and Samaria (which he calls the "West Bank", as everyone else who oppose the existence of a State of Israel capable of defending itself against unflinching enemies); no right to have any Jewish settlement on those lands (while the Jews who lived there before were either slaughtered or forcefully removed in the 1930s and 1940s); no right to treat the Arab population living in Judea and Samaria differently than Israeli citizens (while these Arabs' avowed goal is the destruction of Israel).

Mr. Gorenberg is living in the same capsule as those who recognized the terrorist PLO as a valid partner; those who produced the Oslo Accords and its trail of bloodshed; and those who would now advocate to pursue the Second Act of that tragic play by letting the Hamas enter the negotiating stage.

His position, he tells us, is supported by Theodor Meron who, back in 1967, advised the government of Israel. However, since then, a number of prominent legal experts, smart enough to analyze the conflict from its inception and not merely to narrowly focus on the events of 1967, have demolished Meron's arguments. Among this broad list of experts are Talia Einhorn (Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University), Howard Grief (Legal Advisor on International and Constitutional Law), Eugene Rostow (former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and former Dean of the Yale Law School), Dr. Yoram Shifftan and many others.

The governing document that remains at the core of any resolution of the conflict is neither the Geneva Conventions, nor The Hague Convention, nor even UN Resolution 242, but the Mandate of 1922 which encouraged "close [Jewish] settlement? of the land. Whereas the Mandate allowed the mandatory power to 'postpone' or 'withhold' Jewish settlement east of the Jordan River (in what is now the Kingdom of Jordan), it does not, in the words of Eugene Rostow, "permit even a temporary suspension of the Jewish right of settlement in the parts of the Mandate west of the Jordan River."

In the same way that the admonitions of Neville Chamberlain at the House of Commons in the 1930s proved to be factually wrong, legally misguided, morally debasing and strategically disastrous, Theodor Meron's advice to Israel's leaders was ill-conceived and should certainly no longer be held as a valid, constructive argument for the future.

I trust the New York Times, which prides itself in the diversity of supported opinion, will soon give voice to those whose broader views of the Middle East conflict can bring new thinking and put an end to the present stalemate.

Regards,
Salomon Benzimra, P.Eng.

Contact Salomon Benzimra at sbenzimra@sympatico.ca. This essay appeared March 11, 2006 in Israpundit (http://www.israpundit.com/2006/?p=409).

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THE JEWISH SETTLEMENTS ARE LEGAL
Posted by Ted Belman, March 18, 2006.

A narrative has emerged that Israel's settlements in the West Bank are a "tragedy." The fatal flaw lies in the original sin of supposedly lawless occupation of land, in contravention of the Geneva Convention. It makes a strong emotional pitch to a sense of justice, a major influence on the thinking of many American Jews. But the narrative is built on a flawed foundation.

For example, Gershom Gorenberg in his Op-Ed in the New York Times, "Israel's Tragedy Foretold", on March 10, 2006, opines that Israelis and their leaders have finally seen the light, namely that Israel should abandon the settlements. In so concluding, Mr. Gorenberg puts his faith in an opinion by Legal Counsel to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, a Theodor Merion who wrote in 1967 -- "My conclusion is that civilian settlement in the administered territories contravenes the explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention." Mr Gorenberg laments that Israel, in disregard of this advice, started to build settlements with the "sadly mistaken confidence that the legal, ethical and diplomatic difficulties of settlement could somehow be avoided." The tragedy, according to Mr. Gorenberg, is that Israel now has to untangle the mess at great human and financial cost.

Mr. Meron's conclusion has been thoroughly discredited by legal scholars over the years and Mr. Gorenberg's thesis which rests upon it must suffer the same fate.

Professor Talia Einhorn, Adjunct Professor of Law, Tel Aviv University, in The Status of Palestine/Land of Israel and Its Settlement Under Public International Law published by NATIV Online in 1993, advises,

"In 1967, following the Six Day War, the territories of Yesha, which had been originally designated for the Jewish national home according to the Mandate document, returned to Israeli rule. Leading international law scholars opined that Israel was in lawful control of Yesha, that no other state could show better title than Israel to Yesha's territory, and that this territory was not 'occupied' in the sense of the Geneva Convention, since those rules are designed to assure the reversion of the former legitimate sovereign which, in this case, does not exist. Israel was therefore entitled to declare that it has exercised its sovereign powers over Yesha.

"In practice, however, for political and other reasons, Israel exercised its sovereign powers only with respect to East Jerusalem. Regarding the rest of Yesha, Israel's official position was that Israel was entitled to annex them, and that, since they had not been taken from a legitimate sovereign, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Hague Regulations 1899/1907 were inapplicable there. Nonetheless, Israel chose voluntarily to observe and abide by the humanitarian provisions included therein."

One of the "leading international scholars" she refers to was the late Eugene W. Rostow, Dean of Yale Law School, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs between 1966 and 1969. The New Republic, on April 23, 1990, published his article entitled, !"Historical Approach to the Issue of Legality of Jewish Settlement Activity", in which he argued

"...The Palestine Mandate, recognizing 'the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country,' is dedicated to 'the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, ...'

"...The State Department has never denied that under the Mandate 'the Jewish people" have the right to settle in the area. Instead, it said that Jewish settlements in the West Bank violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949'... [which] provides that the occupying power 'shall not deport or transfer part of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.'

"...But the Jewish settlers in the West Bank are volunteers. They have not been 'deported' or 'transferred' by the government of Israel, and their movement involves none of the atrocious purposes or harmful effects on the existing population the Geneva Convention was designed to prevent. Furthermore, the Convention applies only to acts by one signatory "carried out on the territory of another.' The West Bank is not the territory of a signatory power, but an unallocated part of the British Mandate...

"...The controversy about Jewish settlements in the West Bank is not, therefore, about legal rights but about the political will to override legal rights."

In 1991, The New Republic published another article by Dean Rostow, entitled "Resolved: are the settlements legal? Israeli West Bank policies," in which he again argued,

It is common even for American journalists to write that Security Council Resolution 242 is "deliberately ambiguous," as though the parties are equally free to rely on their own reading of its key provisions.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. Resolution 242, which, as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs between 1966 and 1969, I helped produce, calls on the parties to make peace and allows Israel to administer the territories it occupied in 1967 until 'a just and lasting peace in the Middle East' is achieved. [..]

"Five-and-a-half months of vehement public diplomacy in 1967 made it perfectly clear what the missing definite article in Resolution 242 means. Ingeniously drafted resolutions calling for withdrawals from 'all' the territories were defeated in the Security Council and the General Assembly. Speaker after speaker made it explicit that Israel was not to be forced back to the 'fragile' and 'vulnerable' Armistice Demarcation Lines, but should retire once peace was made to what Resolution 242 called 'secure and recognized' boundaries, agreed to by the parties. In negotiating such agreements, the parties should take into account, among other factors, security considerations, access to the international waterways of the region, and, of course, their respective legal claims.

" Resolution 242 built on the text of the Armistice Agreements of 1949, which provided... 'no provision' of the Armistice Agreements 'Shall in any way prejudice the right, claims, and positions' of the parties 'in the ultimate peaceful settlement of the Palestine problem.' In making peace with Egypt in 1979, Israel withdrew from the entire Sinai, which had never been part of the British Mandate.

"... As a result, more than 90 percent of the territories Israel occupied in 1967 are now under Arab sovereignty."

[Editor's note: Both of Dean Eugene Rostow's articles can be read by clicking here.]

Now that Israel has withdrawn from Gaza, this percentage has increased.

Thus the "occupation" was and is legal, having been authorized by the Security Council and the settlements are legal pursuant to the trust created by the British Mandate. In accordance with Israel's rights, The Oslo Accords did not restrict further settlement. The Mitchell Report which recommended a freeze on settlement activity was incorporated into the Roadmap which Israel accepted. The Palestinian Authority is in fundamental breach of its obligations under the Roadmap. Therefore, Israel is not bound to maintain the freeze.

The fact remains that Israel has every right, according to international law, to defend its citizens, to remain in occupation, to build settlements and to refuse to acknowledge a "right of return".

The tragedy is that the Arabs refused to accept the existence of the State of Israel and have refused to negotiate peace based on the intent of Resolution 242. Anwar Sadat broke the mold in 1979 and was assassinated for his pains. The tragedy is that the Arabs have refused to absorb the Arab refugees as Israel absorbed the Jewish refugees, preferring instead to doom them to live in squalor as a means of putting pressure on Israel. The late King Hussein of Jordan was the only exception. He too recognized the State of Israel. The tragedy is that the PA created and empowered by the Oslo Accords choose to make war rather than peace thereby sacrificing the well being of the people it represented. And the tragedy is that the world aided and abetted it in this endeavor never once demanding that it honor its obligations or else.

Ted Belman is a retired lawyer and currently editor of Israpundit.com. Contact him at  tedbel@rogers.com

[Editor's Note: Think-Israel has published a series of articles by Dr. Yoram Shifftan inter alia on Israel's ownership of the "territories" -- an ownership that is legal under international law, a trust that is unbreakable. Find the references by writing "Yoram Shifftan" in the Google box at the top of Think-Israel's home page. See especially his two articles in the September-October 2004 issue, ""Is Israel's Legal System Acting Illegally?" and its companion piece, "Who is Entitled to Gift away Jewish National Rights?"]

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OLMERT ZIG OR OLMERT ZAG
Posted by Bryna Berch, March 18, 2006.

This article is by Yoel Marcus and it appeared yesterday in Haaretz
(www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/695216.html).

I guess this is as close as someone writing for Haaretz is going to get to saying that Olmert is -- and will continue to be -- like a twig blown about by a March wind. He has no principles -- unless you think giving away Israel is a moral imperative.

If he's elected, a whisper from anyone from the US State Department or from one of the guys who promises him immunity from charges of corruption will make him give up chunks of Samaria and Judea and parts of eastern Jerusalem. Even Sharon wasn't that big a patsy. And Sharon was one big fat disappointment to those who take pride in their country and stand tall.

Some think tossing away more of tiny Israel is OK because Olmert won't give it ALL up. What they forget is that ANY nibble is going to make for more refugees, more poverty, more dissension between the religious and the Marxists, more open rebellion, more confusion, more gridlock. A generally weakened Israel. An Israel in disarray. An Israel not attentive to what Israelis should be focussing on -- defending themselves stoutly in the war the Arabs are waging against Israel.

And what do you think the Arabs are going to do? Think they'll fly in care packages? Think they'll say, "Hey, let's not bother the Jews till they get it all together"? No, they'll just hit Israel harder.

And what will the world do as they see resurgent Islam getting stronger? It will do what the world always does when confronted by strength. The world will try to appease the Muslims, figuring they will be satisfied when they've cannibalized Israel. They'll keep appeasing the strengthened Islam until Islam rewards the world's efforts at a peaceful solution by inflicting a near-death wound on the world. Then it will act. But that might be too late to do Israel any good.

Let's hope the people kick out the defeatists and the cowards and elect those who will stop the Resurgency before the Arabs kill off the Jews. Let's hope that journalist jackasses won't keep writing that FIRST Israel gives up land, THEN.... Because there is no THEN. No one is going to bail out Israel.
 

Between his interviews last week conveying the message that within four years Israel will be a fun place to live, and his reassurances to the settlers of Ariel this week, Ehud Olmert had me singing the Hokey Pokey: You put your left hand in, you put your right hand out, you put your left hand in and shake it all about.

MK Isaac Herzog was confused, too. "We don't know which Olmert we'll be getting after the elections," he said. "Olmert zig or Olmert zag?"

I was reminded of Ariel Sharon's quip to Binyamin Netanyahu at a convention of the Likud: "You asked me to support you, but you didn't say with which hand -- right or left?"

Aware of the antagonism in the Russian sector, the jitters of disengagement supporters, and the fickleness of voters who haven't made up their minds yet and could be here today, gone tomorrow, Olmert is winking out of the corner of both eyes.

These interviews were ultimately one long election slogan. The gist of it is unilateral disengagement from the West Bank and most of the Palestinians, and "convergence" (a term for which Olmert holds the exclusive copyright) under new borders. The route of the security fence will be adjusted to fit the perimeters of Israel's permanent borders. Implicit in his remarks is the evacuation of 70,000 settlers, even without an agreement.

It's not a secret. Spontaneous support for Kadima has come mainly from that broad sector of the public seeking an end to the occupation. But the slow erosion in the surveys, along with the gathering strength of the right, has forced Olmert to pull out a second violin and play a melody that appeals to the settlers. Only a week ago, he said that Israel would not be investing in construction and infrastructure beyond the Green Line in the coming years. Now a police station is already going up in Area E-1.

Ariel is Israel, he said. By 2010, we will have a different Israel, with blocs of settlement in the West Bank. "The settlers are a great bunch," he added, for good measure. It's amazing, this ease with which Olmert promises a country that's fun to live in. The who, what and where of how he's going to put this ambitious plan into action is far from clear.

It took years before Sharon, the settler of all settlers, could bring himself to say things like: "We had a dream but it's gone now;" or "We won't be in all the places we are now." After his "painful concessions" materialized in the form of a pullout from Gush Katif, Sharon did not set any new dates. He made it clear that Israel would not be embarking on any more unilateral moves. Unfortunately, we can't ask him what he would have done in the event of a Hamas victory. Many people believe he wouldn't have changed his mind even then.

Complete disengagement is not realistic. Think back on those scenes from Amona, where eight houses were demolished. Now imagine how many investigating committees would be needed to evacuate tens of thousands of settlers and make this country a fun place. There is no way Israel is going to achieve permanent borders without an agreement with the Palestinians and an American commitment to wipe out those Qassam rocket launchers, for example, or any other weapons of destruction aimed at Israel after it has cleared out of most of the territories.

The big unknown is whether Olmert is capable at this point in time of picking up where Sharon left off. His career, up until now, has been helped along by chance and a large dose of luck. If Sharon hadn't snatched away the finance portfolio (which he was saving for Netanyahu), and compensated Olmert with a package of perks that included the title of acting prime minister (in a hand-signed note, at Olmert insistence), he would never have become Sharon's replacement and heir overnight.

Take, for instance, the Israel Defense Forces operation in Jericho, code-named "First Fruits." It was planned and carried out from A-Z by the defense establishment, not Olmert. If the operation had failed, Olmert would have been held accountable. But because it succeeded, a Yedioth Ahronoth columnist could praise Olmert to the heavens as the man who gave the orders to "mount a siege, stay cool and wait patiently for surrender." In short, not just an acting prime minister but a five-star general a la Sharon.

As a politician all these years, Olmert has done okay. If he got into trouble, he got out of it. He has been an MK, a mayor and a minister. Unlike Amir Peretz, however, he has never been the real captain of the ship. What Olmert has going for him today as head of Kadima, 11 days before the elections, is Sharon's legacy and a lot of luck. As for the rest, we'll have to wait and see.

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THE MICHAEL JACKSONS OF JUDAISM
Posted by Zalmi, March 17, 2006.

Even on a cloudy and unseasonably cold day, it's always a thrill to be back in Israel. Especially Jerusalem on a Friday. The best schmaltz herring, smoked delicacies, pickles and nuts can be found in the Haredi streets of Geulah, where I snake my way through jostling crowds for whom the post-Jericho-jailbreak terror alert takes a very low priority compared with the urgent need to prepare for the Sabbath. The unbounded zeal of Friday shoppers and vendors would make you think it happened just once a year instead of every week. Such is the magic of Shabbat amongst our people.

Things are a little different in Geulah this time, with the streets littered with thousands of election leaflets. These ones are for the religious Sephardic party, Shas. However, on my way back through town I am appalled to witness Israeli youngsters campaigning for Arab candidates of the Chadash party. As if it were not bad enough that our government signs away our homeland, must our youth help to vote away our nation's sovereignty in the Knesset?

I don't blame the kids. I blame their secular university professors who measure their "street-cred" in academia by the level of contempt they hold for their own people and heritage. I call these the Michael Jacksons of Judaism, who will go to any lengths -- even to grossly disfigure themselves -- just to disguise the identity of their birth.

That is the true ugliness of self-hate.

I make a stop in Rechavia to drop in on an elderly aunt and uncle, to wish them Shabbat Shalom. But I put too much money in the parking ticket machine. I press the cancel button, but nothing happens and no money comes out. My young son tries some other buttons on the machine, but I say: "Forget it Elliott. Israel is not a place that gives back money."

"Only land," he mutters.

Contact Zalmi at zalmi@zalmi.net or go to his website:http://zalmi.blogspot.com This essay is archived at
http://zalmi.blogspot.com/2006/03/jacksons-of-judaism.html

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HAMAS MUST NOT BE PASSIVELY TOLERATED
Posted by Lawrence Uniglicht, March 17, 2006.

That never-enlightened exiled Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal exudes his abominable philosophy on 03/16/2006 in Damascus; to him political power for that fanatical fulminating psycho-pathetic cadre of criminals he represents is only "a means to an end" being less important than fighting Israel. "Our fate is to combine resistance and politics, but resistance remains the basis and politics only a branch." "We and the Zionists have a date with destiny. If they want a war, we are the sons of war. We have more stamina than Israel and will defeat it, God willing." The meshugana Meshal spewed on, criticizing P.L.O. agreements with the Jewish state crafting the interim Palestinian Authority, oozing "A country can only exist on liberated land." How nice! Perhaps this noxious nitwit does not notice Arab voters elected Hamas to improve their lot in life; perhaps expecting that a new untainted party thrust into office would create jobs, repair infrastructure, build better schools, entice foreign investment, and so forth; necessary steps in transforming a rag tag third world disaster into a functional enclave able to cope with an exponentially progressing global economy. Yet, all those hopes, dreams, indeed likely to be unfulfilled expectations now dangle on a less than consequential "branch" while Meshal's delusional tree of resistance, rooted in shifting desert sands infested with scorpions, remains his and Hamas' raison d'etre.

No doubt the terror organization Hamas, obsessed with someday annihilating the State of Israel, will continue to shroud its collective weapon-of-choice children with explosives to accomplish that end, having absolutely no intentions to merge the society it stewards with the perceived infidel hence a secular advancing century twenty-one way of life. There is no therapy for such jihad junkies; metastasizing through the bowels of Judea, Samaria, and east Jerusalem; lands truly belonging to the Jewish democracy by virtue of victory in its 1967 battle for survival; as well as Gaza alas gifted to ungrateful Arabs bereft of political savvy.

It is most useful to peruse the "Slogan of the Islamic Resistance Movement", Hamas' inarticulate yet deadly babble.

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).

Clearly, Israel cannot deal rationally with a population infected by leadership espousing rhetoric indicative of the criminally insane. Imagine that skull and crossbones scenario of Meshal and his contemptible cronies accessing weapons of mass destruction. All attempts to fund Hamas should be thwarted, if possible. Israel must intensely monitor land and sea borders surrounding Gaza, as well all air space above that diseased region. Furthermore, supplies imported into other Hamas infiltrated territories must be thoroughly examined. Moderate Arabs in such regions can choose to leave, perhaps migrating to their true homelands Jordan or Egypt. Israel has every right to protect its citizens by, in effect, isolating the malignancy Hamas from the outer world. No sane nation should be expected to passively tolerate such a neighbor.

Lawrence Uniglicht is a career civil servant, working for the Social Security Administration. He advocates for the State of Israel with an American perspective. He writes, "Advocating for the disrespected underdog has been my passion, no doubt Israel falls into that category." Contact him by email at luniglicht@snip.net

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LET ABBAS' FORKED TONGUE R.I.P.
Posted by Lawrence Uniglicht, March 17, 2006.

Erstwhile never to be rescinded Holocaust trivializing Mahmoud Abbas, or is it Abu Mazen, is as two-faced as he is two-named. Might a prescient observer believe this multi-decade understudy of corrupt billionaire Yasir Arafat, this prime manipulator of facts in a 1984 published Arabic abomination suggesting gas chambers were not used by Nazis for the purpose of Jewish genocide, would in any way be a reasonable so-called Palestinian peace-maker? Might any pie-in-the-sky cerebrally challenged chump lending credibility to "the smoothie" Abbas be also willing to invest substantial shekels, erecting a Jewish Community Center in Gaza City, while concurrently purchasing shares in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Egad, the "Roadmap's" last resort, that ever-so dependable so-called Palestinian president-in-name-only negotiator who would promise Israel the moon, stars, and perhaps the gossamer "illusion of peace" for a mere Judea, Samaria, east Jerusalem, and a Palestinian right of return; has been dealt a seismic blow by those "say it isn't so" backstabbing Americans and Brits; abandoning the Jericho prison, consequently reduced to a pile of rubble, so Israel could justifiably claim filthy Arab assassins before their anticipated Hamas abetted red carpet parole. Et Tu Bush and Blair, albeit Abu isn't exactly of emperor stature, more resembling an empty calorie laden "Orange Julius" than the rampaging Roman strongman. Still, any Arab leader dressed in a suit not toting a Kalishnikov, no matter how devoid of honor, could be "the chosen one" to hawk a "bill of fare" that would be a recipe for perhaps fatal Jewish indigestion. The outer world's tunnel-vision orchestrations, concerning Israeli/Palestinian peace negotiations, would have propped up Abbas while leaning on the beleaguered Jewish State at crunch time, in effect skewering future generations of Israeli Jews lest those four henchmen America, the European Union, Russia, and Kofi's club endanger Faustian future fossil fuel contracts cosigned by robed rogue ruler's of the region who indeed do have all those industrial addicts by the short ones.

At least Israel knows where it stands with Hamas. No civil nation would dare cajole Israel into dancing with blatant terror-mongers. However, a seemingly feckless but still-in-charge Abbas, unlike Hamas, would have been quite effective in slathering his slithering proposals to seemingly starry-eyed yet truly sycophantic suck-up oil obsessed gratuitous power-brokers, hence would be evermore perilous to Israel. It is certainly curious that America and Britain, perhaps unwittingly, indirectly pulled the rug out from under the one presumed Palestinian leader they presumably could deal with. No matter what, this serendipitous event must not be sabotaged by stupidity. Movers and shakers within the sovereign State of Israel must not attempt to resurrect the stature of an Arafat in sheep's clothing (albeit an Armani suit). Let his forked tongue R.I.P.

Lawrence Uniglicht is a career civil servant, working for the Social Security Administration. He advocates for the State of Israel with an American perspective. He writes, "Advocating for the disrespected underdog has been my passion, no doubt Israel falls into that category." Contact him by email at luniglicht@snip.net

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A.J.CONGRESS INITIATIVES; THE SADDAM TAPES; WHAT TO DO ABOUT IMMIGRATION
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, March 17, 2006.

STEP TOWARDS DEMOCRACY IN ISRAEL

Likud switched from having Knesset candidates nominated by Party politicians to Party members. This opens the Party to real primaries and candidates and may introduce some accountability to constituents. It is a step towards democracy (IMRA, 3/2).

Polls had shown that this would bring the Party a significant number of additional seats.

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS REPORTS

A.J. Congress prodded the US Congress to protest Britain's Association of University Teachers' boycott of Israeli professors. The Association rescinded its boycott, probably because it thought that a protest from Rhodes Scholars would reduce donations from US foundations. (But some foundations are pro-Arab.)

Some non-evangelical Protestant Churches are boycotting Israel, too. A. J. Congress gives interested clergymen background information about Israel to counter-act this.

A.J.C. organized an effort by legal scholars to show that Israel's defensive barrier does not violate international law. Then it attempted to organize civil rights leaders to reject comparisons of Israeli policies with apartheid.

Title VI of the Higher Education Act offers support for elementary and middle schools teaching about the Mideast. Middle East centers use the money for an anti-US and anti-Israel agenda. A.J.C. is striving to eliminate one-sided, biased presentations.

Muslim violence in France started against the Jews. Then it extended to massive riots in the whole country. A.J.C. concludes that Jews are like canaries in the mines, being the first victims but not the last (Congress Monthly, 11/2005).

Those efforts are constructive. I commend A.J.C. for its initiative and for its modesty in not claiming full credit for successes, as politicians tend to do.

The likening of Israel to apartheid is offensive, because it is false and therefore both cheapens the offensiveness of real apartheid and persecutes the victims of jihad, which has a racial basis and oppresses to the point of slavery and sometimes genocide.

A.J.C. shouldn't stop with its defense of the legality of the fence and of Israeli policies as not being apartheid. It should go on the offensive, to condemn the Muslim Arabs for making a security barrier seem advisable and for P.A. policies of apartheid -- i.e., murdering Israelis who live in certain areas. When Middle East centers at colleges misstate such issues, the solution is not just to avoid being one-sided. It is to present the facts. There is no more need to hear Arab lies than Nazi ones during WWII.

IDF ADMITS IT

The IDF explained that it bombs and shells areas used by terrorists for launching rockets at Israel. It has been doing that for some time. "The areas attacked are open areas from which terror cells have been firing projectile rockets at Israel, including the Qassam rockets fired this morning." Repeat, "open areas." For that week, 28 rockets were fired (IMRA, 3/3).

Launching sites are not some kind of infrastructure but vacant land. Therefore, there is nothing to bomb. The sites are "empty fields," just as IMRA scornfully describes them. Is the IDF tactic effective? The attacks keep coming. All the IDF is doing is giving the P.A. scrap metal.

WHAT RUSSIA SUGGESTS TO HAMAS

The Foreign Minister of Russia said, "Hamas needed 'to transform itself into a political party and to be sure that the military wing of Hamas becomes a legitimate part of the Palestinian security structures.'" IMRA puts it that Russia wants Hamas terrorists to become salaried P.A. police (IMRA, 3/3). Winston Mid East Analysis puts it that Soviet-style destabilization is back (3/3).

The problem is what terrorists and other criminals do, not whether they wear uniforms. Whether Hamas directs terrorists informally or formally makes no difference to their victims. The Russian proposal is disingenuous. Apparently Russia is searching for some formula for pretending that the P.A. is a normal regime and not a terrorist one, so Russia can resume its undermining of the West via Arab jihadists or imperialists.

The same pretense was made by the US, when it claimed that the major reform of the P.A. would be unification of the P.A. armed forces, while Arafat and Abbas began to integrate their terrorist militia into the P.A. armed forces, without objection from the US.

Whether under one or many commands, the armed forces and militias are forces for evil. A unified force would be more powerful in support of evil. Hence the reform was improper for the US to promote, but the usual critics of Pres. Bush supported it. They hate Israel or don't think.

THE SADDAM TAPES

A former arms inspector revealed that Saddam taped his conferences. The official made public tapes covering 12 hours out of 3,000. The rest, as with millions of captured Iraqi documents, the new US agency supervising the CIA has not made public. Does the US glean important information from the find? Not much is up for translation! The trove surely contains intelligence useful in understanding what happened and what to do about it.

Saddam is heard on the released tape: (1) His submission did not end Gulf War I with the US (hint); (2) Iraq was deceiving weapons inspectors (why, do you suppose?); and (3) The US could be attacked surreptitiously and not realize by whom. That was true of the anthrax attack.

Another source indicates that Saddam trained thousands of Islamists in terrorism. The conventional wisdom was that he was too secular to deal with them.

The State Dept. is withholding vital information. It claims this is in the "national interest," but is hampering the national interest (IMRA, 3/4/06). While the State Dept. has its own petty fish to fry, we may become a cooked goose. Muslim Arab secularists often work with Islamists against the West. Example: Syria with Hizbullah. Get the word out.

WHAT DO TO ABOUT IMMIGRATION TO THE U.S.?

This discussion is from the American Jewish Congress Monthly. My remarks are in parentheses. The consensus is that illegal immigration is excessive and unchecked. The controversy is over whether and how to legalize the illegals and whether to curb or increase permitted entry.

The case for reform with increased legal immigration:

1. US immigration policy has served American Jews well. Jews suited the country's industrialization, and the country treated them with equality and appreciation. Once here, they were able to help some but not most Jews fleeing persecution. (That was then. It is irrelevant, now.)

2. Immigration is swelling. At present, it is not as significant as in Europe, but it may accelerate, and the US border is too porous. This raises concerns about national security. In other countries, Islamic communities have afforded havens and support for terrorists, stimulated hatred against Jews and Israel, and turned the host country's foreign policy more against Israel. Muslim immigrants to the US support terrorism, too. (Note: half the Arab immigrants are Christians, many being refugees from Islam.)

US Muslim immigrants tend to be educated, rather than the type that go on French welfare. Their higher standing in the US facilitates their promotion of Muslim policy, as towards Israel. (Terrorists tend to come from the educated class.)

4. Hispanic immigrants tend to bring antisemitic attitudes in with them. Many of them, however, are turning to Evangelical churches that are friendly towards the Jewish people and State. "To maintain good relations with this voting bloc, it is probably necessary to support the liberal immigration measures that are particularly important to the Hispanic community." (Appeasement creates more problems.)

5. Why immigration reform is proposed: (a) Immigrants pour in, uncontrolled, and the large number of illegal aliens forms an underclass that threatens our values and our security; (b) the expanding US economy needs these people as workers, for Americans are not willing to do the work they do. The result would be cheaper prices both for our consumers and to help boost US exports; (c); Skilled immigrants and their children tend to become the scientists our country needs, and their children eventually earn more than the parents, therefore not becoming a welfare burden; (d) Immigrants boost Social Security funds, because, by using fraudulent cards, they render themselves unable to collect; (e) We would be helping poor people by letting them earn money here; (f) We natives benefited from our ancestors' immigration, so we should not shut the door after us; (g) The US hasn't the will, means, or funds to incarcerate and deport masses of illegal aliens, "whose only crime is the desire to work" -- increased border patrolling did not stop them, for they tried crossing less-patrolled desert. Besides, half the illegal aliens were given easy access with visas, but over-stayed them; (i) Allowing more legal immigration would enable immigration officials to focus more on terrorists

(Our national resources cannot sustain this level of immigration.)

(Illegal, the underclass would subvert our society, but legal, the Muslims would subvert it.)

(First, we should investigate why more Americans don't become scientists, and solve that problem rather than rely upon foreigners, some of whom return to their country of origin and work against the US. Then, we should tailor our immigration policy to encourage those with needed skills who are likely to be loyal.)

(Since the proposed reform aims to reduce the number of illegal aliens, it isn't consistent to then cite social security payments by illegal aliens as a benefit.)

(The US does not have an obligation to help poor people abroad by admitting them and incurring the problems mentioned. They break the law, and then we are supposed to feel sorry for their mistreatment by unscrupulous employers or hardships sneaking through the desert? We should enforce the provisions against those employers who knowingly employ them, but what about local officials who knowingly provide them services without turning them in?)

(Citing past immigration policy is an attempt to make us feel guilty if we bar future immigrants. It is not a logical argument, because favorable conditions of the past no longer exist.)

(The presentation in favor of increased immigration that claims their only crime was to want work here -- actually the crime was violating our entry laws -- contradicts itself by admitting that they also present false documents to get those jobs. They knowingly drive without insurance. They take government services to which they are not entitled.)

(Since half the illegals had gotten visas, but then overstayed, the answer should be to require bonds posted for entry. That would impair tourism, but would provide the funds that the US lacks for enforcement.)

6. The solution is said to be more visas for temporary and permanent residents and task-driven or cost-free amnesty for illegal aliens. Amnesty would pull aliens out of limbo, where they are mistreated under threat of deportation and are denied health care and other benefits.

The case against reform with increased immigration:

1. Mass-immigration depresses the labor market, thereby harming low-income workers already here, and not providing many of the higher-level workers the economy needs. There remains much unemployment here. Let the labor market tighten, and put more resources into education and training of unemployed Americans, who will take the jobs.

2. The savings from paying low wages and not paying much in benefits accrues mostly to employers, not to the country as a whole.

3. Actually, in states of high immigration, taxes are rising to pay for the public health, education, prison, and hospital costs of these low-tax-paying workers. Water tables are falling too.

4. In order to assimilate the immigrants we have, we need to decelerate immigration.

5. Amnesty has turned out to accelerate illegal immigration.

6. A national I.D. must be imposed, so employers and immigration agents can determine who are illegal aliens. Some people think this infringes on privacy, but people have to show I.D. much of the time, now (11/2005, Lois Waldman, p.14).

The facts are too much in contention for us to be ready to forge a comprehensive policy. Civil liberties and privacy are important, but are used as an excuse for not providing security. Reformers often lack patriotism. So do many Muslim immigrants, and they are growing more radical. Therefore, whatever reform we do undertake, barring Muslim immigrants should be part of it.

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 richardshulman5@aol.com.

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"JUNK YARD DOG" USES HORSES TO ASSAULT UNARMED PROTESTERS
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, March 17, 2006.

Every nation needs its "junk-yard dog" to protect its territory. Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in his time, was Israel's "junk-yard dog", dedicated to protecting Israel's territory until he turned on his master: the people of Israel. Or rather the pioneering settlers whom he had championed for a long time to build up the Jewish homeland on Land given by G-d to the Jewish people forever.

Now we have General and Chief of Staff, Dan Halutz who has shown his true nature as Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's "junk-yard dog by taking orders from Olmert who was never a general or a soldier.

Olmert ordered Halutz to attack the young unarmed resistors at Amona while the legal status of this suburb of Ofra was still under negotiation. It would have taken six whole weeks to move Amona within the Ofra boundary lines and avoid the violent attack against the non-violent young men and women.

Here is a man who would do well if he were told to fight the Syrians but -- he will use every snarling energy to beat and break his own people when orders allowed him to do so.

Certain personalities are naturally vicious and will, indeed, bite the hand that feeds it. An amoral Prime Minister and a "junk-yard dog" Chief of Staff make a perfect pair.

Olmert and Halutz -- among other Kadimites, shame the Jewish nation.

Knesset hearings are fine but, how about a real Peoples' Court trial for crimes against the Jewish people with lengthy prison sentences if or when a person is found guilty.

You can see the horses trampling young people in the photo and video clips available on line. The New York Times even ran a photo of a dozen soldier/policemen attacking one teenage girl. Israeli protocol requires female soldier/police to carry girls and women. I didn't see any in the photos and video.

Eye-witnesses spoke of girls being sexually assaulted, denigrated, stripped, fondled, beaten with heavy batons -- all visible over the Internet. Boys were beaten in the groin as well as their heads, arms, backs, legs -- even when on the ground with no weapons or resistance. None of that appears in the following Ha'aretz article but, this article is revealing as well.

The following is by Ha'Aretz News Service March 8, 2006
(www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/ PrintArticleEn.jhtml?itemNo=691778)

 

Halutz: "I permitted use of mounted police at Amona evacuation"

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Dan Halutz on Wednesday told a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the violence during the evacuation of an illegal outpost earlier this year that he had authorized the use of mounted officers at the site.

Halutz also said that he given senior police officers permission to allow the use of batons should the need arise.

Some 200 people were injured during the February clashes between right-wingers and police forces, which used officers mounted on horseback to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing protesters.

Halutz explained that he had specifically defined the means that police were permitted to use and not permitted to use during the evacuation.

He also said that he defined the way in which the police was authorized to use the means at their disposal.

The IDF chief told the probe that he prohibited the use of rubber bullets during the evacuation, but permitted the police forces to be mounted on horseback.

Halutz explained that the security forces arrived on foot from north of the outpost instead of driving from the nearby settlement of Ofra, to avoid clashing with settlers there.

He emphasized that the decision to arrive on foot was not a reaction to the road blocks set up by the settlers, but was made beforehand.

Halutz said that during the evacuation he received reports from GOC Central Command, but did not give additional orders during the evacuation.

The probe asked Halutz why female soldiers were not used to evacuate the female settlers, as had been done during the Gaza evacuation.

Halutz responded that since Amona was a small evacuation, neither male nor female soldiers were used to actually evacuate those at the sight. He added that female police officers participated in the evacuation.

During the Amona probe, teenage female evacuees complained that police forces sexually harassed them and used sexually insulting language during the evacuation.

Halutz: Bitterness between settlers and IDF The IDF chief spoke of the tension that has developed between the IDF and the settlers as a result of these types of operations. He said, "There is a lot of bitterness in the air. Mutual bitterness. Soldiers who are beaten repeatedly by settlers begin to ask themselves questions."

"The settlers also feel a lot of bitterness towards the army. We need to find the proper way of dealing with this issue. This is my personal obligation and the army's obligation," he added.

Halutz argued that the level of violence used by the security forces was appropriate to the level of those resisting the evacuation. He added the security forces "acted justly" but that the evacuation resistors "used unauthorized force."

The IDF chief said, "I totally support the way the police operated. The evacuation was carried out under very difficult circumstances. However, we must find out what led to the high number of people injured during the events."

MK Yosef (Tommy) Lapid asked Halutz why more was not done to "prevent the (resistor's) rebellion." Halutz answered that security forces "used the proper formula" to balance between performing the required task and "allowing for the possibility of dialogue."

"The world is not a place of force only. We could have used more force (during the evacuation), but we would have made a big mistake," Halutz commented.

Halutz: Settlers' proposal was not practical Halutz was asked why the Yesha Council of Settlements' proposal to reproduce the structures in the nearby settlement in Ofra was not accepted. He answered that the proposal was not practical, and that the time required to implement the plan would not have met the time-line that the High Court obligated.

Halutz emphasized that the proposal would have taken six weeks to implement, and that the settler leaders waited until just before the evacuation to make the proposal.

Police Commander Karadi: probe results will be presented next week Police Commander Moshe Karadi gave evidence to the probe after the Chief of Staff. He stated that the police is nearly finished probing the Amona evacuation, and that the conclusions would be presented next week.

Karadi said, "The probe is significant both for learning exactly what happened during the evacuation and for knowing how to act differently during the next evacuation."

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). Contact him at gwinston@interaccess.com

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ISRAEL TO THE SPUR
Posted by Women in Green, March 17, 2006.
This article was written by Sarah Honig and appeared in yesterday's Jerusalem Post.

Academic pursuits took me in my salad days to the University of Wyoming at Laramie. An archivist at the internationally renowned American Heritage Center on campus assisted my rummage through the unique repository of documents while ceaselessly humming the same upbeat melody over and over.

Finally, almost diffidently, he revealed that this wasn't folk music, but an election jingle just two years old, yet popular well beyond the political race that spawned it in 1976. That was when Malcolm Wallop, a wealthy rancher from Big Horn, decided he'd like to represent his state in the US Senate.

The consultants he hired could find nothing with which he could recommend himself nor wallop the incumbent. They therefore composed a rousing Western-style song, exhorting the voters to "come join the Wallop Senate drive." The lively cowboy tune accompanied a video clip showing Wallop leading cheery riders -- all suitably attired in buckaroo garb and hoisting aloft the state flag -- galloping exuberantly across the range.

The reason Wallop should be elected, according to the vibrant refrain, was that "he's Wyoming to the spur." The copywriter who came up with this immortal campaign line couldn't later specify what "Wyoming to the spur" meant. He intuitively sensed "it somehow sounded good," which is why he adamantly insisted on it.

And right he was. Wallop defeated his very able predecessor and went on to win more elections because he had a catchy jingle, a resourceful PR team and money to shell out. Issues were largely beside the point.

It may be tempting to laugh this off as the quintessence of American shallowness, impossible in Israel's polarized environment, laden as it is with life-and-death concerns. But Kadima seems determined to assault all our assumptions and demonstrate that our political messages can be every bit as meaningless as the most vacuous out there.

What Wallop could do in untroubled Wyoming, Olmert can exceed in beleaguered Israel.

INTERVIEWS HE granted to almost every newspaper last weekend featured a surfeit of indefinable "spurs" -- like Olmert's assertion that he'd make Israel "a country that's fun to live in." The Haaretz correspondents who quoted this inanity didn't press the prime-ministerial front-runner to clarify precisely what "fun" signified, why we need it, whether it's top of our wish list, when it would come, how and in what shape. They let him get away with syrupy obfuscation.

Olmert committed himself to nothing while simultaneously promising something to almost everyone. Thus all settlements beyond the security fence will be dismantled, but the fence is portable and the IDF will stay in evacuated territories. Olmert will keep Jerusalem unified but not necessarily Jerusalem as we know it today.

Kadima's rightist refugees of the Tzahi Hanegbi mold can dream of substantive settlement blocs, while the Peres-Ramon assortment of Labor dropouts trust these will be minimum-scale blocs. Olmert is a headliner for all persuasions.

He poses as the executor of Sharon's political last testament, deliberately obscuring the fact that, before his stroke, Sharon stated there'd be no more unilateral moves (not that anything he said could be taken at face value).

Fawning journalists don't harp on contradictions nor demand to know how Olmert plans to effect a separation between Israelis and Palestinians; how he'll expel 100,000 settlers when he couldn't resettle the 9,000 already uprooted; how a judenrein heart of the Jewish homeland and narrower territorial confines will enhance Israel's security; how his line of retreat will become Israel's new border when neither the Palestinians nor the international community would recognize it; how bestowing free gifts on Hamas would cool its genocidal ardor, and how he'll prevent Kassam rockets from spoiling the fun of Israelis in Kfar Saba or Ben-Gurion Airport.

But why carp pettily when Olmert assures his Haaretz interviewers that "people will love to say they love" their funland. That should make everything just dandy. No need to worry. It doesn't matter that "convergence" (Olmert's disengagement sequel) won't bring an end of conflict, improved deterrence or any sort of gain -- other than "fun."

Could Olmert's brief caretaker tenure hint at the manner of fun in store?

AFTER HE was stunned by Hamas's ascent, his government spewed an array of inconsistent improvisations and cockily claimed to have mobilized a global anti-Hamas coalition. Almost immediately Hamas honchos began globetrotting as desired guests. Financial aid wasn't fully withdrawn. World leaders already obsequiously plead for pronouncements that can be passed off as incipiently moderate. International legitimization for a regime that doesn't conceal its resolve to destroy Israel is inevitable.

Olmert and his surprised sidekicks missed the opportunity to declare Oslo, with its road map and disengagement offshoots, obsolete because Hamas's takeover of an entity Israel created for the Palestinians is inimical to Israel's most vital existential interests. Additional concessions to a Hamas-led PA would embolden it, enhance its prestige and enfeeble the rag-tag remnants of so-called Palestinian moderation.

Instead Olmert hawks more unilateralism -- the ratings-oriented antithesis of patience and perseverance. If the other side won't agree to trade peace for land, Olmert will unilaterally cede land for nothing. His object is perverted from winning peace to ditching land.

Yet Olmert's bamboozled groupies applaud. The fatigued prefer purveyors of fun to those who offer no facile solutions. Fluff, hype, slogan and spin become be-alls and end-alls. Boastful pretense counts more than sound policy and proven abilities.

As Olmert saddles up for the last stretch of the great prime-ministerial drive, what "somehow sounds good" overrides what's good for the nation. Olmert is Israel to the spur (whatever that is).

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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MOVING RIGHTWARD CAMPAIGN, IGNORING POLLS, GAINS STEAM
Posted by Hillel Fendel, March 17, 2006.

With only 11 days before the national election, with Kadima still leading but with over 20% of the voters still undecided, the "Moving Rightward" campaign is gaining steam and intensity.

Thousands of people are taking active part in the campaign, the idea of which is simple: To convince Kadima voters -- many of whom voted in the past for right-wing parties -- to vote once again for a religious and/or right-wing party.

The method is also straightforward: Hundreds of pairs of volunteers go door-to-door every evening, mainly in the greater Tel Aviv area, to speak with potential voters. Others stay at home and make phone calls to people in areas that voted heavily for the Likud in the last election.

Many of the callers and visitors report success. "One man whom I called told me he was planning not to vote on Election Day but rather to make a barbecue," a Beit El man said. "After a short talk, the man said, 'OK, you're right. For the sake of the Gush Katif expellees, I will vote for a right-wing party -- and I'll bring my wife along as well.'"

In another case, a 17-year-old girl found herself on the phone with a soldier who said he had taken part in the expulsion from Gush Katif. By the end of the conversation, he admitted he had been wrong, and even -- with the help of a follow-up call later by the girl's rabbi - agreed to hold a parlor meeting on behalf of the National Union/NRP in his home.

"I don't talk to them about the dangers I foresee to my own house and community if Kadima wins," said one Face-to-Facer, "but rather about the country, about themselves. Most of the population lives between Hadera and Gedera, the area known as the Coastal Plain, and I want them to think about what it will be like when this entire area will be adjacent to the Palestinian Authority and at its mercies, just like now in Ashkelon and Sderot. I feel that I'm on a mission to clarify to them what Kadima and the left will bring them."

A bulletin board in one of the larger Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria featured this message:

"You certainly are not threatened by any of the parties in this election. There is no chance that you will find yourself several months from now with your life's work destroyed and your family living out of cartons and suitcases in a glittering-gold refugee camp. There are no parties 'promising' that it won't happen to you. So you certainly don't have to make any special efforts for this election campaign. So you can go back to sleep now..."

One woman reported at 10:20 one evening this week,

"So many people I call simply don't know who to vote for. They say that they and their families just don't know what to do. I spoke to about four people for about ten minutes each, and I felt that they received, for the first time, a reason to really consider voting for one of the parties on the religious-right..."

Yaakov Sternberg, one of the national organizers of the campaign, told Arutz-7,

"Every evening we have 1,000 people calling, and over 1,000 going out to visit -- and the numbers are rising." He said, "I overheard one conversation in which the person on the other end at first said he was planning to vote for Labor, but by the end of the conversation said that he would vote either Likud or Shas..."

Eli Alali, organizing the campaign in his area on behalf of the Karnei Shomron Yeshiva, said,

"Most of those who say they are voting for Kadima, are doing so because 'everyone else is.' The number of those who are voting Kadima out of ideology is very small. Most don't know what the party stands for. When we talked with Sephardim about Kadima's platform on Judaism, for instance, they immediately either changed their minds or said they would consider voting for another party. With other people, just talking about the ramifications of the disengagement was enough to get them to change their minds about voting for Kadima. Many Kadima voters are simply people who are in despair."

Hillel Fendel is Senior News Editor for Israel National News.

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"DEAR ADULTS, NOW IT'S YOUR TURN"
Posted by Ilan Maeir, March 17, 2006.

A 16-year-old resident of Beit El in Judea/Samaria wrote the following exhortation to his neighbors, in light of the Face-to-Face get-out-the-religious/right-wing-vote campaign currently underway. [Editor's note: To read about the volunteer Face-to-Face campaign currently underway, see above.]

  • We, the Youth -- gave up our summer vacation and went around giving out orange ribbons.
  • We, the Youth -- were in Kfar Maimon, where you asked us not to go wild, so we didn't.
  • We, the Youth -- sat with self-sacrifice on roads and highways in order to prevent the expulsion.
  • We, the Youth -- were arrested and tried by a twisted system of "law and order."
  • We, the Youth -- sat for days and weeks in prison, sometimes in indescribably harsh conditions.
  • We, the Youth -- marched for many kilometers in the fields of the south in order to save the Gush.
  • We, the Youth -- lived in crowded conditions in Gush Katif because we believed that in this way we could prevent the uprooting.
  • We, the Youth -- we were hit in our heads and all over our bodies in Amona by wild men known as "law enforcers."

And you, the adults -- and excuse me for the generalization -- mainly supported us from behind. You told us, "Yasher koach, great job, what wonderful youth!" You told us, "We have jobs and family." And you know something? You were right. At that time, what we did was our job.

But now, the moment of truth has arrived. And now we say to you that the "Face to Face" campaign is your job. Now it's your turn.

  • Now it's your turn. Because you told us, "You have to look at the long-range."

  • Now it's your turn. Because there's no chance that the average secular person will pay real attention to a young 16-year-old.

  • Now it's your turn. Because to tell the truth, it's hard for us to know how to explain and persuade someone who doesn't believe.

  • Now it's your turn. Because according to the natural course of events, if a Kadima government is formed, it won't leave a single stone in place here.

  • Now it's your turn. Because if you stay at home now, it's not clear that you'll have a home to stay in later.

  • Now it's your turn. Because if you say, "I can't leave my job," how do you know that later you'll have a job at all -- see entry for "Gush Katif residents."

  • Now it's your turn. Because it's better to go face-to-face with the residents of Petach Tikvah than with those in the black uniforms.

  • Now it's your turn, and please do it with all your souls, so that it won't soon be our turn again.

Please, mom and dad, go out to Tel Aviv or somewhere else today. We'll take care of the rest.

This article appeared in today's Arutz-Sheva (www.IsraelNN.com).

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JERICHO -- AND DEM WALLS CAME A-TUMBLIN' DOWN
Posted by Steven Plaut, March 17, 2006.

1. "And Down Came the Jericho Walls!!"
by Steven Plaut

Okay. SO let's put things in perspective.

Was the Israeli raid on the Jericho prison this past week necessary and justified? Absolutely! The "prison" was little more than the headquarters for the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and for other terrorists, who were operating and directing terrorism openly from there. They were just using the prison as their Ramada Inn, sleeping there at night to keep the Americans happy, while allowing the Palestinian Authority to maintain the pretense of keeping the terrorists and mass murderers locked up. Under an earlier Israeli appeasement, instead of Israel insisting that the Palestinian Authority live up to its Oslo obligations and turn wanted terrorist murderers over to it, a pusillanimous "compromise" was reached with American intervention, allowing the murderers to be "jailed" in "prisons" run by the PLO. I have stayed at worse hotels and motels.

Was the Israeli operation coordinated with the Americans and British? Israel, the US and UK are all saying no, which means it probably was. The Islamofascist savages are foaming at the mouth at all three countries, which is no doubt the very best result of the raid. Just us anti-terrorism democracies, getting together once again.

Western leftist "peace activists" are being snatched up from the streets of Gaza and the West Bank by the Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Nearly all the other anti-Israel bleeding hearts and busybodies who came into those areas to help the Palestinians and their "armed struggle" have fled, with their tails between their legs, back to the safety of "apartheid Israel". Gaza and the West Bank have been cleansed of the International Solidarity Movement, Western pro-terror activists, and their copycats. Suddenly the pro-terror yuppies are not anxious to serve as human shields for the Jericho terrorists in their soiled underwear! And that alone is such a lovely benefit that it justifies the entire operation!

Was it timed to help acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert get a better electoral victory? No doubt.

Was it an unqualified success? No, it was a qualified success, mixed with the usual dose of Israeli stupidity, incompetence and muddle-headedness.

It was a success because the sight of Palestinian murderers, including the Palestinian Authority "guards" ('concierges' would be a more accurate term), being chased out of the "prison" in their stained underwear, unable to control their bladders in fear, was the first real demonstration that Israel was willing to use force to survive in quite a while! The sight of Israeli leaders choosing to shoot mortars at terrorists rather than begging them for talks was a shot of pride into the national vertebra. Terrorists being marched off to an Israeli prison after hours of their usual rhetoric being broadcast out of the prison, via satellite phones provided the "prisoners" by their concierges, was the funniest thing since the Egyptian soldiers in Sinai in 1967 ran off, leaving their shoes behind in the Sinai sand!

So much for Islamofascist rhetoric about how they are all prepared to die for their sacred cause. The PFLP terrorists had always been perfectly willing to dispatch other people to their deaths as suicide bombers, but prefer prison food to acting out a Palestinian Masada.

And all this on Purim, no less, the anniversary of the downfall of Haman in the Scroll of Esther.

The Jericho operation was a typical Israeli boondoggle because the terrorists, including the murderers of the Israeli cabinet minister Rehavam Ze'evi, were not summarily killed, as they should have been. They were foolishly captured alive, and so now serve as an open invitation for the terrorist savages to grab Israeli civilians, as hostages to trade. It would be impossible to find a better illustration of the mindlessness and utter stupidity of Israel's refusal to institute a death penalty. When the "prisoners" refused at first to surrender in Jericho, a single Daisy Cutter could have made a far better statement about peace and Israel's determination to resist than all the show trials Olmert's people now wish to run for the captured terrorists: murderers who will be represented by the usual Israeli Marxist Jewish lawyers, ever ready to defend Arab mass murderers of Jews.

There are a number of interesting tangents to the Jericho story. First, the terrorists holed up in the Jericho "prison" surrendered when the walls started to be broken down by an Israeli bulldozer, no doubt a Caterpiller. It was like something right out of the Book of Joshua, minus the trumpets! For the past couple of years the Left has been demonizing Caterpiller, Inc., because Rachel Corrie, the clueless undergraduate who died when she positioned herself where an Israeli bulldozer driver could not see her in her attempt to interrupt an anti-terror operation, died in a Palestinian medical facility after being injured. The 'dozer in question was a Caterpiller. After the Jericho raid, Caterpiller stock jumped by more than a full percentage point on the New York Stock Exchange, and the US stock markets boomed!

Second, the raid showed how ridiculous is the media representation of the PLO's Abu Mazen as a "moderate". When Israel simply did what the PLO had committed itself to do with the imprisoned terrorists in the Oslo Accords, Abu Mazen foamed at the mouth at this nefarious Israeli "crime". He was echoed by the pro-terror "anarchists" from the ISM, safe in their overseas Starbucks. Marching the remaining ISM people out of Israel at bayonet point in their underwear would make a great encore to the Jericho raid!

Third, the main target of the raid was one Ahmed Sa'adat, chief terrorist in the PFLP, who had ordered the assassination of Israeli cabinet minister Ze'evi, and the actual murderers, who were all in the Jericho "prison". The leftist moonbats, especially the anarcho-fascists, are already screaming out demands for the captured terrorists to be freed, and expressing their "solidarity" with the Palestinian nazis. Amnesty International rushed out to support the captured murderers, having never uttered a word about the murders of Jewish civilians perpetrated by these same people. The viciously anti-Jewish web site Counterpunch ran a piece denouncing Israel's raid on the Jericho prison, written by anti-Semite Jonathan Cook, who has a long track record of cheerleading terrorism. In the past he also sang the praises of "The Engineer", a Palestinian mass bomber of Jewish children.

Sa'adat and the Palestinian murderers had long been proclaimed heroes by the Genocide of Jews Now crowd. Even some Israeli extremists, notably the anti-Semitic lecturer in political science Neve Gordon, had in the past served as human shields to prevent the Israeli army from seizing these same terrorists from PLO-controlled buildings. Gordon had earlier gone to Ramallah to embrace Arafat when Arafat was refusing to turn the terrorists who killed Ze'evi over to Israel, and had been arrested for interfering with Israeli military operations against terrorists. His "anarchist" colleague from Ben Gurion University, the home of more anti-Israel extremists than any other school in Israel, Kobi Snitz, was among the first to rush forward to show his support for the captured murderers, quickly joined by a group of Israeli Taliban Jakes. Perhaps Olmert should consider sending in bulldozers for a siege of the Department of Political Science at Ben Gurion University next? Maybe with the sociology department at Tel Aviv University after that?

Gordon is not the only Israeli extremist who likes to lunch with terrorists. A viciously anti-Israel ex-Israeli communist lawyer in the UK, Daniel Machover, has been serving as the lawyer for Sa'adat for some time, and is once again serving as mouthpiece for the mass murderer. Machover led the campaign in Britain to boycott Israeli universities, and also was behind the attempt to indict Israeli army officers visiting the UK as private persons as "war criminals". Machover's father had set up a Maoist pro-terror seditious organization in Israel in the 1960s (called Matzpen). The Eurotrash were also coming out to denounce Israel's raid. The EU condemned the actions by both Israel and the Palestinians. "We strongly condemn the attack on the prison in Jericho by Israeli forces as well as the resulting kidnappings and acts of violence in the Palestinian territories," Josep Borrell, president of the European Parliament said in a statement. [Now there is a courageous stand! Like denouncing bin Laden and George Bush in the same breath.] The cowardly evacuation of the prison in the first place by US and British guards was as good a demonstration as any why Israel cannot rely on "observers" and patrols manned by anyone other than Israeli troops.

Finally, since the term is once again being bandied about in the aftermath of the raid, you know how the Left likes to whine about how Israel is an "apartheid state"?

Well, I though you might want to learn the exact definition of Israeli apartheid:

It is when a leftist Israeli Jewish professor of sociology spends the morning getting his car fixed at an Arab-owned garage, stops to pick up his pills at an Arab-owned pharmacy, calls his Arab renovations contractor about the work on his house, pays his Arab gardener, checks the results of his blood test with the Arab lab technician, stops for lunch at an Arab-owned restaurant, takes a cab owned and driven by an Arab to campus, and then lectures his Arab and Jewish college students about how Israel is such an apartheid state.

2. From the Wall Street Journal:
March 17, 2006
"Moussaoui's Mess"
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114256500513300970.html

The Zacarias Moussaoui legal circus may finally soon leave town, though not without teaching everyone a few lessons about terrorists and civilian courts. In the more than four years since he was charged with six counts of conspiracy related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the "20th hijacker" has mocked the U.S. criminal justice system.

He finally pleaded guilty last year, and this week at his sentencing trial the al Qaeda operative got some help from an unexpected quarter -- the U.S. government. A lawyer working for the prosecution was found to have improperly coached several key government witnesses, leading Judge Leonie Brinkema to bar their testimony. As a result, Moussaoui may be spared the death penalty and instead spend the rest of his life in prison.

The witness coaching was a prosecutorial blunder, which is a shame, but that is not the main issue here. A bigger mistake was President Bush's decision nearly four and a half years ago to assign Moussaoui to trial in a civilian criminal court. As we know from captured al Qaeda training manuals, recruits are instructed in how to exploit the West's legal system if they are caught. The lesson of the Moussaoui trial is that the regular criminal justice system isn't up to the job of trying most terrorists.

Moussaoui would have been the ideal defendant to inaugurate the President's then newly announced -- and subsequently much maligned -- military commissions. Much of the evidence against him was unclassified and could have been produced in open court. If he had demanded access to classified information -- as he did during his criminal trial -- it would have been an easy matter to seal the courtroom and show it to his lawyers, all of whom would have had security clearances. The criminal prosecution was a missed opportunity to show the world how trial by military tribunal would work.

Which brings us to Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear later this month. The case challenges the constitutionality of the military commissions announced by Mr. Bush on November 13, 2001, to try suspected terrorists. It further argues that the tribunals are unlawful under the Geneva Convention. A lower court ruled in 2004 that military commissions violated international law, a decision overturned last year by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The case was brought by Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who was Osama bin Laden's driver and is being held at Guantanamo.

There's a twist, though, that raises another legal point. Since the lower-court rulings in Hamdan, Congress passed and the President signed the Detainee Treatment Act -- also known as the Graham Amendment. The law narrows the right of Gitmo detainees to bring suit in federal court; thus if the Supreme Court decides that Graham is constitutional, the High Court will lack jurisdiction to proceed in Hamdan. (Under Graham, detainees can still challenge either their designation as an enemy combatant or their conviction in a tribunal to a single court, the D.C. Court of Appeals.)

And if that happens, the military commissions may at last proceed. Oral argument in Hamdan is set for March 28. Meanwhile, as the Administration decides whether to proceed with the death-penalty trial against Moussaoui, there's a certain moral irony in a confessed terrorist being saved by the very legal system that he spent three years railing against.

3. Olmert's Anti-Missile Policy
Hillel Fendel
"Ashkelon Power Plant Employees Told Not to Gather in Groups"
March 16, 2006
http://israelnn.com/news.php3?id=100300

Concern over a possible Kassam rocket attack on the Rotenberg Power Station in southern Ashkelon has led to new guidelines at the plant: Not to walk in groups or to eat together in the dining rooms.

A Rotenberg spokesman has confirmed that the new guidelines have indeed been issued. The reason for the new policy is the management's fear that a Kassam rocket might hit the plant.

The station supplies a quarter of Israel's electricity. It is widely felt that a direct rocket hit on the plant, and especially one with casualties, would lead to public demands for a military entry and operation in Gaza.

Approximately three Kassams have hit the area in or very close to the Rotenberg plant in recent weeks. One building was damaged.

The Ministry of Education recently issued a directive forbidding school trips to the power station and other sensitive installations north of Gaza -- for reasons of Kassam-related threats.

9. Conservative "rabbi" wants us to sympathize with Haman. Really!
"Sympathy for Haman and Hamas"
March 15, 2006
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2006/03/sympathy-for-haman-and-hamas.html

In time for Purim, Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, the Conservative Rabbi who regularly writes for the Jewish Week and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, penned a column, 'Is Haman Misunderstood.' The column did not reference the Torah much, instead referencing Broadway musicals, Superman comics, Spielberg's movie Munich, Shrek and the Wizard of Oz arguing that maybe Haman was just misunderstood and finally re-imagining Purim as the story of a persecuted Haman by a scheming and manipulative Mordechai and Esther. Rabbi Hammerman concludes by saying, Amalek and Haman are really us.

No this column wasn't a Purim shpiel; sadly a lot of Rabbi Hammerman's columns are just like this. And there is a certain logic to it. Liberal Judaism has spent the last generation re-imagining the persecutors of the Jews as victims and Jews as the persecutors. If we view Arafat as a great leader and Palestinian terrorists as freedom fighters, how can we resist a little historical revisionism when it comes to Haman. In the bad old times a leader who wanted to exterminate the Jewish people would be a villain. In these modern times when politicians respond to a terrorist attack with more appeasement, we stop and ask how we wronged him and how we can abase ourselves before him.

In such an amoral environment, it is no surprise that 400 Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative Rabbis signed an ad calling on the President to fund the new Hamas government. After all how can one have sympathy for Haman and not Hamas. The irony is that were President Bush about to hand over money to the most peaceful and non-violent Orthodox Jewish or Christian institution, these same 'Rabbis' would immediately rush to sign petitions opposing it in the strongest terms. Yet when a fanatical Islamic party comes to power, these same 'Rabbis' including prominent gay and lesbian figures, demand that our government send them money and lobby for the defeat of the Ross-Lehtinen/Lantos bill that would bar further aid to the Palestinians.

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that change darkness into light, and light into darkness," warns the Prophet Isaiah. "That justify the wicked for a reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him." And yet increasingly America and Israel are run by intellectual elites who make a specialty of just that. Modern historians rewrite the birth of both countries from tales of pioneering heroism into cruel acts of persecution and injustice. Modern artists remove the art leaving behind squiggles, obscenity and symbolic messages. Modern journalists do not report the news but manufacture it, imagining Korans in toilets and trying to pass off memos written in Microsoft Word as being from the Vietnam War. And modern moralists describe evil as good and good as evil.

The modern day villains are not the terrorists who killed 3000 people on September 11th but the government and the military trying to combat them. When a terrorist blows up a bus in Jerusalem, the media warns Israel against striking back and perpetuating the cycle of violence. When a terrorist is posed for some goofy photographs in Iraq, the media lose their minds at the sheer horror of it all baying for blood like a Southern lynch mob.

To modern day liberals and to the Reform Rabbis who rely on a few salvaged scraps of Jewish culture to pretend that they're not Unitarian Ministers, Haman must be the misunderstood hero for a very simple reason. Haman is both violent and aggrieved. Where Mordechai and Esther respond to troubles with inward reflection, fasting and prayer; Haman responds with the frustrated rage that liberals believe is the hallmark of victimization. The very pettiness of the offensive makes Haman all the more justified because in the modern lexicon of victimhood, the more petty the complaint, the more legitimate it must be. The liberals who have already turned Vashti into a feminist heroine, can now add Haman to their wall of honor.

Were a liberal to rewrite the Megillah he would do it like this. In Haman's culture, it is expected that he must be bowed to. By failing to bow to him Mordechai demonstrates contempt for Haman's culture which sends Haman into a state of clinical depression. Realizing that Mordechai's mistreatment of him is but a symptom of the historical Jewish oppression of the Amalekites, Haman decides on a course of action to liberate his people. When Mordechai learns of this, rather than empathizing with Haman and trying to atone for the ways in which he offended him, Mordechai and Esther hatch a devious plan that brings down Haman and results in a brutal massacre of his people.

The name Purim comes from the lot that Haman cast. Similarly for the liberal morality is not a certain matter but a matter of chance, of casting lots. Nothing is right and wrong but a moral lottery. For the liberal, every day is lived in an upside down world where Haman is the victim and Mordechai the oppressor and where Hamas are the victims and the settlers are the oppressors. They cannot celebrate a holiday dedicated to the downfall of an enemy of the Jews but can only mourn the downfall of a Haman or an Arafat. And indeed there is little point to a liberal celebrating Purim since when you live in an upside down world, every day is Purim.

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. Or contact him by email at splaut@econ.haifa.ac.il

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B'SHEVA'S THIRD ANNUAL JERUSALEM CONFERENCE
Posted by Yehuda Oliva, March 16, 2006.

I would like to personally invite you to participate in our third annual Jerusalem Conference. The three day conference will take place Monday through Wednesday, 20-22 Adar ( March 20-22, 2006 ) at the Jerusalem Regency Hotel (formerly the Hyatt).

The Jerusalem Conference will bring together leading figures in Israeli politics, economy, security establishment, culture and academia, as well as prominent Torah scholars. Gathering Israel's leaders, along with worldwide members of the Jewish community, together in Jerusalem will assuredly strengthen the status of our Capital as the eternal heart of the Jewish People.

Mr. Robert Rechnitz of Los Angeles is Chairman of the Jerusalem Conference. Former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday. Outgoing IDF Intelligence Chief Aharon Ze'evi Farkash will close the conference Wednesday evening speaking on "The Strategic Balance in the Middle East." Former Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau will open the conference.

Simultaneous translation into English of all speeches will be available throughout the conference.

As guests of the Jerusalem Conference, you will achieve a deeper understanding of the challenges and goals facing the State of Israel and the Jewish People, and meet leading figures involved in their implementation. Key issues and values affecting Israel and the Jewish People will be thoroughly discussed at the conference, impacting Israel's national agenda for the next generation.

The primary sponsor of the conference is Arutz Sheva's popular Hebrew weekly B'sheva, Israel's third largest circulation newspaper. Secondary sponsors include the Jerusalem Municipality, leading institutions of higher learning, think tanks, and corporations.

The entire Jewish community in Israel and abroad is invited to attend. For registration information, please visit our JerusalemConference.com website.

During the conference, IsraelNationalRadio.com will bring highlights to the English speaking audience.

Philanthropists Irving and Cherna Moskowitz will be presented with the "Builders of Jerusalem" award at the third annual Jerusalem Conference this Monday.

Following two days of mainly political and social issues, the third day of the conference will be dedicated solely to matters pertaining to the city of Jerusalem.

Some of the topics to be discussed include:

* Panel Discussion within Religious Zionist Society: National Religious, National Hareidi (Hardal), and Faithfulness to the State

* The World of the Religious Woman in Modern Life

* The Disengagement/Uprooting: Perspectives and Thoughts for the Future; Democracy Put to the Test; Facing the Displaced Persons -- Mutual Responsibility in Israeli Society; and Terrorism after the Withdrawal from Gaza -- an Update

* Panel Discussion: Between the IDF and Religious Zionist Society

* Urban Centers and Peripheral Regions? Are Outlying Towns Doomed to Inferiority and Who Holds the Key for Change?

* Scenarios, Possibilities, and Risks in the Wake of the Hamas Victory

* Is the Importance of Settlement in Need of a Re-evaluation? What Are the Current Expressions of Our Connection to The Land?

* Development of Economic and Employment Fields in which Jerusalem has Competitive Advantages

Some of those participating in the conference (in arbitrary order) are:

Brig.-Gen. (Res.) Yaakov Amidror
Dan Margalit, journalist, Maariv & Erev Chadash
Prof. Avi Ravitzky, Hebrew University
Natan Sharansky, former minister and MK
Rabbi Re'em Hacohen, head of the Otniel Hesder Yeshiva
Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Chief Rabbi of Brachah and head of local Hesder Yeshiva
Attorney Yitzhak Meron, Land of Israel Legal Forum
MK Rabbi Benny Elon
Caroline Glick, journalist, Jerusalem Post, Makor Rishon
Daniel Ben-Simon, journalist, Haaretz
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Oded Tyrah, former president Israel Manufacturers' Association
Rabbi Yigal Kaminetzky, former Regional Council rabbi of Gaza District
Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, Chief Rabbi of Elon Moreh
MK Maj.-Gen. (res.) Effie Eitam
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Peled
Emanuel Shilo, Editor, B'Sheva newspaper
Eli Moyal, Mayor of Sderot
Haggai Huberman, investigative journalist, Hatzofeh and Arutz-7
Prof. Efraim Inbar, Director of BESA Center, Bar Ilan University
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan, Head of Tafnit Party
MK Uzi Landau
Shmuel Rifman, head of Ramat Negev Regional Council
Tzafrir Ronen, Moshav Moledet, Chairman of Nehalal
MK Zevulun Orlev
Rabbi Mordechai Elon, Head of HaKotel Yeshiva
Yonatan Halevy, Dir.-Gen. Shaarei Zedek Hospital
Yakir Segev, Chairman, Hebrew University Students Union

I look forward to meeting you and to working with you to set Israel's national agenda for the next few years and beyond.

Yehuda Oliva
Director General
The Jerusalem Conference & B'sheva Newspaper

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SIZE MATTERS
Posted by Lawrence Uniglicht, March 16, 2006.

Israel's area, compared to that of all surrounding Arab/Muslim countries, is very close to Connecticut's area, compared to all of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii)! Israel indeed is one of this planet's tiniest nations, encompassing about 8,000 square miles, somewhat less than the immense magnitude of that most densely populated state New Jersey. Might say an open-minded fellow contemplate the Kafkaesque notion that "mighty" Israel might ever in one's wildest imagination, being dwarfed 640 to 1 by its Arab/Muslim neighbors, be a land grabber?

Size surely means something when the little guy in the desert Israel must continually defend himself from many vastly larger hostile neighbors, one of which continues to develop a Dr. Strangelove nuclear special, concurrently threatening to wipe that little guy off the map. The nuke obsessed Persian doom master even suggests his ever-expansive Islamic Jew-bashing big bad brethren could easily absorb one reactive retaliatory hit from a blind-sided Israel, but in no way could the tiny Jewish infidel absorb the horror of his one initial Armageddon roundhouse. Alas, size does matter.

So how might an outer civil world, replete with hand-wringing Palestinian apologists, view such a size-sensitive dilemma? Of course, chastise the little guy for holding onto a few morsels of land, justifiably secured in 1967 as a consequence of vanquishing Arabs bent on annihilating the Jewish state; furthermore accuse the little guy of occupying poor Arab waifs, who in fact must be held in check by military forces, lest they terrorize Jewish citizens having the audacity to move next door to them in Judea and Samaria, truly part of sovereign Israel. Indeed, 640 to 1 means so little, even for many mush-hearted Diaspora Jews, some perhaps residing within Connecticut and New Jersey yet having no clue on perspective, perhaps due to the unlikely prospect of New York or Pennsylvania militias raiding their nests.

Pie-in-the-sky land-for-peace peaceniks are indeed selective historians. They conveniently choose to ignore, or perhaps are truly unaware, that the Arafat led PLO set up shop in 1964, never asking that a sovereign Palestinian state be granted to Arabs residing in Gaza, Judea, Samaria, or east Jerusalem until such lands were secured in battle by Israel in 1967 from their former stewards Egypt and Jordan. You think maybe Israel was being set up to be the convenient diversionary scapegoat occupier of career Arab refugees by perhaps opportunist Muslim Machiavellian robed rogue rulers of the region with henchman Arafat in charge of the politically propitious scam? Hmmm!

Yet, pseudo-intellects worldwide, as well as political leaders residing in civil nations, most notably London's reprehensible anti-Semitic so-called mayor Ken Livingston, only exude pathos for pathetic populations that refuse to realize responsible behavior would surely begin to cure their festering disease of stagnation. How about forcing an Islamic governing body to prevent rather than passively allow or even support the abomination of homicide/suicide martyrdom for one? Israel, a nation dwarfed 640 to 1 by mostly hostile Muslim neighbors, cannot logically be blamed for the woeful state of affairs enveloping so-called Palestinians, a weak as well as weakened conglomeration of Arabs truly stripped of bootstraps by those manipulative Muslim movers and shakers of the region. No doubt, Israel is small in size, and that indeed does matter, yet ever-large in intelligence, ambition, energy, heart, and soul; otherwise that beleaguered State would not be. When will other nations observe the obvious?

Lawrence Uniglicht is a career civil servant, working for the Social Security Administration. He advocates for the State of Israel with an American perspective. He writes, "Advocating for the disrespected underdog has been my passion, no doubt Israel falls into that category." Contact him by email at luniglicht@snip.net

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THE OSLO SYNDROME: DELUSIONS OF A PEOPLE UNDER SIEGE
Posted by Tovia Singer Show, March 16, 2006.

Author Dr. Kenneth Levin Speaks Out on the Tovia Singer Show:

New York, NY -- (March 16, 2006) In the 1993 Oslo accords, Israel embraced Yasser Arafat as its "peace partner," installed him in Gaza and the West Bank as head of a Palestinian government, allowed him to bring with him some 7,000 of his loyalist gunmen, and provided the gunmen with weapons, even as Arafat continued to support terrorist attacks on Israelis and to assure Palestinians and other Arabs his goal remained Israel's destruction. Dr. Keneth Levin's new book, "The Oslo Syndrome" explores the psychological, historical and communal forces that spawned policies which undermined Israel's security and even threatened its survival. He speaks out on the lessons learned from Oslo, and what Israel and the Jewish people must do to ensure survival of the Jewish State on the Tovia Singer Show, Thursday, March 16 from 10 PM to Midnight New York time (Wednesday, 5 -- 7 AM Israeli time) on Israel National Radio and around the world on the Internet at www.toviasinge! r.com and through our Virtual Studio at studio.virtualyeshiva.com

Dr. Kenneth Levin has written extensively on Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict. His articles have appeared in The New Republic, The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, and The Jerusalem Post and have also been distributed through the Knight-Ridder syndicate. He is also a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

The show is broadcast live throughout Israel and on a live stream at Israel National Radio (www.israelnationalradio.com). If you are a radio station general manager or program director interested in program syndication or having Tovia Singer on as a guest, please e-mail guests@toviasingershow.com or call (212) 561-5793.

You can call into our on-air studio line toll-free from Israel, USA, & Canada at 1-800-270-4288; England at 00 800 3-700-7000; and, South Africa at 09 800 3-700-7000. To call in live through the Internet using your PC mic, the Tovia Singer Show is multi-cast from VirtualYeshiva.com's new Virtual Studio during show hours. Download and install the quick spyware-free plug-in (PC, MAC and Linux) for Internet Explorer, Avant Browser, Netscape, or Mozilla Firefox, by linking to http://studio.virtualyeshiva.com

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OLMERT AS "VISIONARY"
Posted by Aaron Bashani, March 16, 2006.

The following is proposed as a cartoon about Olmert. Please pass it on:

Olmert is seen on a ridge looking over Judea and Samaria dressed like Herzl and saying: "Maybe not this year but surely within 4 years a Hamas State will come into being. If we have the will, it will surely be a Nightmare."

A little figure of Arik Sharon is seen in the corner, saying, "Smolmert has it backwards. The withdrawal from Gaza was to save Judea and Samaria, not to set it on fire."

Next to Arik is a little Palestinian boy looking up at Arik and saying, "I thought you Jews choose Life, not Death. Then why are you so torturing us with Hamas by giving them one victory after another. Thanks to Olmert we will surely all die together in this our One Land. Oh, Happy Days!!"

A fourth figure in the distance is an Iranian Ayatollah holding a nuclear suitcase addressed to Hamas and saying: "The Mahdi surely has ordained that we Iranians will fight to the last Jew and Arab in Palestine. After we remove Israel's protection over Arabia we will surely take that Peninsula as our own."

A fifth figure is a little stupid-looking Sabra in "kovah tembel", saying: "But we will all be Jewish and Democratic ... in Heaven!!"

Contact Aaron Bashani at artb@netmedia.net.il

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SELLING OLMERT AS A GENERAL
Posted by Emanuel A. Winston, March 16, 2006.

A slightly fishy smell emanates from the action by the Israeli troops surrounding the prison in Jericho, 20 minutes after British guards/monitors abandoned their posts. Since the Brits are sticklers for keeping certain agreements -- as guarding a prison -- and do not casually get into their cars and drive away as they did from Jericho on March 14th.

As reported in The New York Times and CNN, Israeli troops and tanks arrived within 20 minutes of the Brits' precipitous departure. Israeli spokesmen declared it wasn't "coordinated, just coincidental". CNN's Tom Clancy and Zain Verze interviewed Mark Regev at the Israeli Embassy of the Foreign Ministry and asked him if this was a pre-election action. Regev denied any connection. Clancy and Verze were hostile in their questions and it was not the first time they displayed their overt hostility.

What does this theatrical performance really look like? The Americans and British are anxious to make Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appear decisive and militarily capable just before the elections which he hopes gives him the royal stamp of legitimacy as a Real Prime Minister.

The Brits, at the request of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, or whoever arranges such back door communications, have the British leave under the false threat that "they feel endangered". The only problem with this is that no one is really threatening them. Abu Mazen failed in controlling this prison and spoke of the possibility of releasing the killers of Minister Ze'evi in an announcement that was clearly meant to curry favor with the new Hamas government. Other than that, there had never been any information about threats to the US/British monitors who had been charged with watching these six convicted terrorists.

Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) President of the Palestinian Authority plays along by dropping the hint that he would release the Palestinian leader who ordered the assassination against Knesset leader Rachavam Ze'evi (Gandhi). When political manipulation is mixed with some facts, the truth is usually obscured.

With the arrangement for the British monitors to bolt and the instant availability of Israeli troops and tanks, Olmert looks like he is alert and "on the job". This is particularly important as the elections are only a few weeks off and the Kadima Party (created by Ariel Sharon before his massive stroke) is dropping rapidly in the polls. Olmert is needed to carry out the last and failing Bush policy of the "Road Map".

The importance of Olmert being there after the elections is as follows: A strike against Iran's nuclear capability is likely. After this strike, Bush and Rice need something to gift to and pacify the Muslim Arabs. That "gift" would be the evacuation of Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley, Golan Heights, and those areas of Jerusalem controlled by the King of Jordan for 19 years.

Bush and Tony Blair have Olmert in their pocket and can depend upon his giving up these areas. The "Gift" has become even more important since the American Congress slapped down the Dubai Ports deal Bush so desperately wanted to prove U.S. allegiance to Arab Muslims in the region.

The Jericho farce is merely one effort, prior to elections on March 28th, to pump up Olmert's image as a military leader -- so, therefore, look for more to come soon.

Keep in mind the failed efforts of Katherine Hughes to make the U.S. acceptable to the Muslim Arabs. The last coin the Bush Administration has to put into the Arab one-armed bandit slot machine is Israel. As the Bush ratings spiral lower and lower, he and his crew are growing desperate.

He knows that, despite the fallout, he has to hit Iran's nuclear capability or go down in history as the man who allowed a Muslim Hitler to gain dominance in the region. He needs something, anything, to give to the Arab Muslim nations after Iran is brought to its knees. Remember, Iran is a Muslim but not an Arab country.) Israel is that "something". But, Bush needs a compliant Olmert as Prime Minister to do his bidding, regardless of the risk to Israel's survival. The capture of the six assassins of Minister Ze'evi elevates the clerk-like image of Olmert into one of a "man of action." in the arena of military bravado. Bush needs Olmert for a brief moment in time in order to facilitate the abandonment of large swathes of Israel. The goal of this "arrangement" is to dampen down the ever-ready street rage of the Muslim world, which has become so familiar to us all.

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). Contact him at gwinston@interaccess.com

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SUICIDE TERROR FOR CHILDREN GLORIFIED ON HAMAS CHILDREN'S WEB SITE
Posted by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, March 16, 2006.

Suicide terror for children is now being actively promoted on the Hamas children's web site al-fateh.net. The new material posted yesterday is a short fictional story for children, glorifying a young girl's suicide terror attack. It describes how she calmly progresses, step by step, planning and executing her death in a suicide terror attack. The girl heroically leads "Zionist soldiers" to their death, all the while knowing she will be killed along with them. In death she is said to be "smiling, lying on the grass, because she died as a Shahida (Martyr for Allah) for Palestine." The story is entitled "A Palestinian Girl's Heroism."

The illustration with the story on the web shows a young smiling girl with four candles. The image of a living, smiling child in a story about the death of a child appears to echo a familiar message in PA children's education, that those who die as Shahids (Martyrs for Allah) are not really dead. (You can see PA TV broadcasts of Shahada promotion for children on the PMW website.)

The Jerusalem Post reports today on Hamas's attempt to deny responsibility for this and other web sites administered from its Beirut office. The Jerusalem Post article is reprinted below, following the translation of the short story from the web site. It should be noted that after PMW publicized that the Hamas children's website was encouraging children to seek martyrdom, the Russian server (CORBINA TELECOM Network Operations) immediately closed down the website on March 9, 2006. However, the site reopened a couple of days later and is now being hosted by a Malaysian webhoster (Eastgate;Telekom Multimedia of Telekom Malaysia Berhad;Telekom Exchange II, Jalan Lingkaran Fauna).

The following is the new short story on the web site. It's called "A Palestinian Girl's Heroism."

"Suad, the bright Palestinian girl, remembered what the Zionist criminals did, when they killed her father and mother.

One day while Suad was walking, she heard a voice from the trees. She turned and saw three men planting land-mines on the road leading to the Zionist camp.

Suad kept on walking. After a while, she saw a car with some Zionists, and an idea popped into her mind. She walked to the officer who was in the car, and told him: "I'll lead you to Palestinian Fida'yon (literally: self sacrificing fighters) in return for food, because I am hungry".

The officer was afraid of the Fida'yon's reputation, and didn't believe what Suad told him. He then said to his soldiers: "Take her to the camp so we will clarify her story".

In the camp, the soldiers brought food to Suad, so she would lead them to the Fida'yon. She told them: "Before I taste any food, I must lead you to the Fida'yon".

The officer was very happy and told his soldiers: "Let's go fast".

On the way, Suad got ready to carry out her plan. She decided to cause the car to ride over the land-mines, so that all of the soldiers would die.

Suad sat next to the driver, to direct him, and she led him to the land-mines. Then the [car] blew-up and all of the soldiers were killed. As for Suad, well she became a Shahida (Martyr for Allah) on the grass, while smiling, because she died as a Shahida for Palestine". [Al-Fateh -- Hamas Website, March 15, 2006].


"Hamas denies running kids' suicide Web site"
by Orly Halpern
The Jerusalem Post, March 16, 2006

Hamas has denied charges by two Israeli organizations that a cartoon-style Web site for kids that praises suicide bombings belongs to the militant Islamic movement.

The al-fateh.net site encourages children to commit suicide in order to kill Israeli soldiers and civilians. On Wednesday the site had an item telling a short story about a young girl who knowingly leads Israeli soldiers to a bomb and dies with them. The story said that "Suhad became a shahida (martyr) lying on the grass and smiling because she was a shahida for Palestine."

Itamar Marcus, Director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), an Israeli organization which monitors and translates Palestinian Arabic language media, said that the site, along with palestine-info.com and palestinegallery.com are official Hamas sites.

"A man by the name of Nizar Hussein who sits in Lebanon runs those site and he runs the children's Hamas Web site from the same server," said Marcus.

According to Dr. Reuven Ehrlich, a former army general who now directs an organization called the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center said Hussein works in the same office as leading Hamas official in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan.

"We know and assume that they are working together," said Ehrlich. "I checked it out with my Israelis sources and they confirmed this. I can't reveal who they are."

According to a Hamas official in Ramallah, Hamas has long been falsely accused of running the palestine-info.com Web site.

"You should ask [the Israelis] where they have this information from," Farhat Abu-Assad, a Hamas official in Ramallah, told The Jerusalem Post.

Abu-Assad said that many Islamic sites sympathize with Hamas "but that does not make them Hamas Web sites. The [people who run these sites] are private individuals that might sympathize with Hamas, but Hamas does not recognize these Web sites."

Marcus said the proof is in the content. "The fact is that they use these sites to publicize their announcements," said Marcus. "That is their way of getting their messages out to the world."

But Abu-Assad said the announcements are available to all and appear in many Palestinian media agencies including the official Palestinian news agency WAFA and in Maan, an Internet news Web site.

Marcus added that palestinegallery.com has materials that could not be available to others. "There is no way in the world that they can get these films of suicide bombings on these Web sites."

The children's site, which is in Arabic, has a "Shahid of the Week" on its homepage.

PMW believes that the reason Hamas does not have a declared official Web site is because it might be closed down for political reasons. Indeed, in an interview with UPI on October 10, Osama Hamdan said that Hamas did not have its own Internet site and that political pressure caused down its former site to be shut down three years ago.

However PMW noted that some countries which host servers, such as Malaysia, would not close a Hamas Web site.

This promotion of Shahada death for children is not new in the PA. The Palestinian Authority through its televised videos and children's textbooks has taught children to see death through Shahada as "sweet", desirable, and something to aspire.

Itamar Marcus is director of PMW -- Palestinian Media Watch - (http://www.pmw.org.il). PMW is based in Jerusalem. Barbara Crook, a writer and university lecturer based in Ottawa, Canada, is PMW's North American representative.

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WHEN ISRAELIS ARE THEIR OWN WORST ENEMY
Posted by Deb Kotz, March 16, 2006.

Great piece by Rabbi Riskin. When I was at Midreshet Lindenbaum in 1991, he took us, his female students, around Efrat, showing us the newly built homes, video stores and sweeping vistas and pleaded with us to move there. Now we don't know what will become of the Gush if Kadima gets elected. One analysis I read said that if Olmert follows through on his campaign pledge, a slew of yishuvim in Judea and Samaria will be evacuated including some in the Gush and several large ones in Carnei Shomron such as Alon Moreh. These will presumably all be behind the fence now under construction.

I've been engaging in a spirited email exchange with a close friend of mine living in Israel for the year. We've had several disagreements but we did agree on one thing: Kadima is a train wreck and the entire political system in Israel is a house of cards that's at risk of tumbling in on itself due to corruption. After this exchange, I tried to figure out why Israel was now in this precarious position, and here's what I came up with. Israel is in the middle of a war far more insidious than any yet fought in the modern state. That's because when you're at war, you need to identify your enemies and defeat them. Israelis aren't certain who their enemies are. In fact, many now see themselves as the enemy. How can you fight yourself and expect to win?

That's the tone of Rabbi Riskin's piece. It's called, "If it's true that most Israelis hate the settlers, they must also hate themselves," and appeared in the Jewish Press, February 24, 2006. Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is the founder and chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone Colleges and Graduate Programs, and chief rabbi of Efrat.

It's well worth reading.
 

Why was the demolition of the nine homes in Amona accompanied by so much violence on both sides of the ideological spectrum, whereas the destruction of the Gush Katif settlements only seven months ago took place amid comparative understanding and sensitivity, with crying and decrying, with dancing and denying, but in largest measure devoid of the use of force? Apparently the overwhelming majority of those who feel part of the settler community, while strongly disagreeing with the "disengagement" policy -- either on Zionistic or humanistic grounds or because they are against giving a prize to terror and Hamas in this critical time of Palestinian internal dissension and external aggression -- might well endorse passive resistance but would clearly stop short of violence.

So what happened half a year later in Amona? I am not merely writing about the youth who demonstrated in Amona; I'm talking about murmurings throughout the settler community, which has been radicalized far beyond the red lines of Gush Katif. The explanation lies between the lines of a survey conducted by Professor Dalia Mor of the College of Management in Rishon Letzion, aimed at examining the attitudes of Israelis toward the various sectors of our broader society: Ashkenazim, Sephardim, secularists, settlers, haredim, rightists, leftists, Israeli-Arabs, new immigrants and foreign workers.

The survey revealed that the sector most hated by Israelis is the Palestinians, with the settlers a close second. And among those respondents who defined themselves as left-wingers, hostility toward the settlers ranked higher than hostility toward the Palestinians -- 67 to 55 percent! This study explained to me a curious phenomenon. Israelis may have many faults, but lack of generosity to people in trouble is not one of them. Our telephones and door bells ring every ten minutes with requests for aid to needy families and institutions, Israel as a fledgling country welcomed under-privileged and undereducated refugees from Third World countries in numbers unrivaled by any other country, and our nation was among the first to take in the Vietnamese boat people and to send volunteers and raise funds for victims of the recent tsunami and Pakistani earthquake as well as the homeless of Hurricane Katrina.

With this history why is there no national outcry on behalf of the expelled residents of Gush Katif, most of whom are still waiting to receive their government subsidies and are living in substandard housing, without any means of employment? It's not like these residents of Gush Katif built theft settlements as thieves in the night. They were sent as agents of every Israeli government since the Six Day War, and they turned a desert into a garden of flowers, vegetables and flowers. Why is the government, as well as the majority of the populace, so indifferent to their fate? It can only be because the entire settlement community has become a demonized and de-legitimized sector of Israel society.

This explains why in Amona the government (and Supreme Court) would not accept a mere seven-day delay to enable the settlers themselves to dismantle their homes and restore whatever they could as they resumed their lives in Ofra, and why the policemen came out on horseback, brandishing clubs and often striking indiscriminately, as pictures seem to testify.

I certainly do not condone in any way the stone throwing of many of the youth who were there. But the settler community had come to Amona already feeling disenfranchised and abandoned, and unfortunately those who feel pushed against the wall of hatred and indifference often act with violence because they sense they have nothing to lose. Tragically, the overreaction of the police only exacerbated the perception that we settlers are Public Enemy Number One.

What is the source of our repugnant status? Some refer to us as leeches that have sucked the Israeli treasury dry and caused undeserved stagnation to the Negev and the Galilee, by our demands to fund our settlements; others even charge us with immorality, saying we have robbed the Palestinians of lands that rightfully belong to them. There are voices of those like Avrum Burg, who have internalized the cruel canard our enemies have cynically flung at us, holding us responsible for the suicide bombers who murder the innocent citizens of Netanya, Tel Aviv, Hadera and Petach Tikva.

These voices have forgotten the Treaty of Versailles arid the Balfour Declaration, which initially called for eighteen Arab states and one Jewish state on both sides of the Jordan; they portray us as white European Boers conquering and colonizing the "South African" homelands of the native Palestinians, paying no mind that it is we Jews who have lived in this area for 4,000 years in unbroken continuity and that we comprised the majority of those who lived on and worked these lands in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

In their blind idealization of the possibilities for peace with the Palestinians, they choose to overlook that from the UN Partition Plan of 1947 to the tense period preceding the Six Day War to the Oslo accords of 1993 to the Camp David Summit of 2000, it is we Israelis who have consistently been willing to compromise and it has been the Arabs who have refused offer after offer to share this land.

Yes, you can only make peace with your enemy -- but that enemy must be willing to make peace with you. Though most Israelis seem to have bought into the "immorality" of our position and condone any ill treatment we may receive as being well deserved, we settlers remain proud of our settlements, proud of the unique and close relationship some of us have succeeded in establishing with our Palestinian neighbors, proud of our educational network, proud of the idealism and patriotism of our youth, who still find their way into the most elite and dangerous units of the IDF.

But we are hurt and dismayed by the hatred leveled against us. Yes, the settler community speaks with different voices and from varying degrees of a wide right-wing perspective, but the overwhelming majority of us are rational, committed, patriotic and idealistic citizens. Do we not deserve to be embraced and co-opted in a consensus government (even if that government rejects Greater Israel as a viable option) rather than cast aside and de-legitimized as criminals?

Most of us would welcome a plan enabling us to live in peace with peaceful neighbors -- but instead we are told that many of our legal settlements (beyond the "fence") will have to be dismantled even as Hamastan is gaining unprecedented political support and renewed terrorism is rearing its ugly head. The government's claim that unilateral separation will enhance our ability to defend ourselves -- that once we retreat from settlements it will be easier to extirpate the enemy -- is unproven, but the destruction of our homes and the uprooting of our settlers is taking place with great dispatch and in an atmosphere that only strengthens our feelings that we, the settlers, have become the enemy.

Does the government not realize that the insensitivity and hatred we feel emanating from its policies only serves to energize the extremist elements of our population and threatens to rob our state of its most committed and idealistic youth (God forbid)? If it's true that most Israelis hate the settlers, they must also hate themselves. After all, modern Israel was founded by pioneers who settled on lands claimed by the Arabs. If our government continues to de-legitimize the settler community, I fear that eventually we will witness the evacuation of Jews from Tekoa, Efrat -- and Jerusalem.

Deb Kotz is an active member of the Brandeis Chapter of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and maintains an email list to distribute articles of interest to the local community. She can be reached at DebKotz@aol.com

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BILL NOT ANTI-TERRORIST; TERRORISTS MURDER, OLMERT TALKS
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, March 16, 2006.

THE RATIONALE OF ISRAEL'S SUPREME COURT

The Supreme Court refused to reconsider a previous ruling against an IDF tactic. The tactic was to ask Arab neighbors to warn a terrorist, in a house surrounded by the IDF, to surrender and avoid a shootout that would get them and perhaps some bystanders killed. The tactic successfully avoided much bloodshed. Only once was a neighbor-messenger wounded. Most Arabs agreed to deliver the message, without being coerced.

The Court ruled that the IDF has to find a way to resolve the tactical problem without impairing the "dignity" of an Arab neighbor, even if the neighbor agreed voluntarily to play a role in sparing people's lives. The Court doubted that acceding to the IDF request was voluntary (Arutz-7, 2/28). The undemocratically chosen Court is legislating its values, which most Israelis do not share, and undermining national security.

This is an example of the Israeli Supreme Court putting the supposed dignity of Arabs before the lives of Israeli troops. The Court might be seen as also putting this dignity before the lives of Arabs, whom the tactic spares. That would indicate an extremist and suicidal notion of human rights. I don't think that is involved. I think the Court opposes Israeli defense against the Arabs, so that Israel would have to give up the Territories.

Problem is, even if Israel gives up the Territories, the Arabs would not give up terrorism. The IDF still would have to fight back, but it is too inhibited, partly by the court, and partly by having come under control of a leftist ideology that is pro-Arab.

H.R. 4681 NOT ANTI-TERRORIST, AS BILLED

This bill was described by an earlier source as the definitive anti-terrorist bill, to withhold US recognition and funding and permission for terrorist diplomas to travel in the US, without the loophole of Presidential waivers. IMRA published the draft. It has waivers for what the President would call "national security" or "humanitarian" needs.

The basic evil of this bill is its codifying of US policy as being to develop a democratic peaceful Arab state in the Territories. It doesn't use the word, "state," but what it calls for implies one. The US does not have the right to allocate the unallocated Territories of the Palestine Mandate for a Jewish national home. That right belongs to the Jewish people, as can be seen from the Mandate that the US endorsed at the time.

Congress is conceited if it thinks it can influence the Arabs. A new Arab state would be hostile to Israel. If Congress is sincere about severing aid to terrorists, then let it prohibit spending of US funds in the P.A. until Congress decides that the conditions have changed to warrant such spending. Presidents exercise waivers deceitfully; Congress thus passes meaningless laws. They don't help Israel or safeguard national security. Since Presidents circumvent the subsidy provisions, while the Arabs are not peaceful, the effect is to establish an anti-American state allied to the evil axis.

OLMERT'S CLAIM VS. PRESS REPORTS

Acting PM Olmert claimed that Israeli military action put enough rocket launchers out of commission as to reduce the bombardment of Israel (IMRA, 3/2). The IDF reported firing artillery towards the launchers. This was derided by IMRA as firing at empty hills. The IDF never mentioned any results of its firing.

WHY ISRAELI COUNTER-ATTACKS DON'T STOP P.A. ROCKETS

An IDF artillery officer explains, "Before we fire shells, we take great care to ensure that there are no innocent civilians or farmers in the targeted site." "If someone plans a rocket attack ahead of time, they (he) can reach the site and fire the rocket and flee within two minutes." (IMRA, 3/1.)

The Arabs are violating the rules of war. Under those rules, Israel need not withhold return-fire. Thus, the Arabs fight barbarically, and Israel doesn't fight. Why should it consider P.A. civilians as particularly innocent, when almost the whole society there is engaged in, or favors, jihad"

TERRORISTS GETTING THROUGH

After an Arab terrorist stabbed another Israeli in Judea-Samaria, Jewish residents demanded the resignation of the Army commander. That commander oversaw the thousands of rampaging soldiers and police ranged against mostly peaceful protestors, but has greatly reduced the number of troops protecting the settlers, thereby facilitating terrorism (Arutz-7, 3/1).

The government does not sympathize with those whom predecessor regimes had invited into the Territories. Neither does it protect people in the State of Israel much from terrorism.

KNESSET INVESTIGATING POLICE BRUTALITY?

The Knesset has started its investigation of police brutality in the demolition of allegedly illegal houses in Amona. The investigation is not whether there was brutality, for the Knesset has films of it (Arutz-7, 3/1).

Nor is it clear that the houses were illegal; the government's position on this is ideological.

From the assurances of the investigators' respect and support for the police, the way they ask them to give an account of themselves, and the police use of pejoratives and false accusations such as "extremist" and of settlers chopping down Arabs' olive trees, the investigation appears to be starting off as a whitewash. Some of the questions were sensible, except that they were asked of the malefactors, who stalled. Perhaps the investigation will be more pertinent when civilian witnesses are called. It is difficult to expect the legislature to investigate a political action, which is what the demolition and the conduct of the police was, because the legislature is filled with those who share the ideology behind the police misdeeds.

Most modern investigations in Israel and in the US are whitewashes. Thus we have much rule by conspirators. Skeptics of conspiracy theory, such as Prof. Steven Plaut, do not seem to take this into account. They should stop deriding the notion that much government is handled by conspiracy and limit their criticism to theories about particular conspiracies. Some conspiracies are falsely alleged, and some are based on facts. The trick is to tell which is which.

IS THE U.S. SUCCEEDING IN PACIFYING IRAQ?

I came across this in a report on Iraqi politics that is not involved in the US political contention over the war. "The country remains in a severe state of turmoil and is subject to daily terrorist attacks. Frightened by random violence, many Iraqis rarely venture out of their homes. The supply of electricity and gasoline remains irregular, and the high rate of unemployment shows no sign of abating." (Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli of MEMRI in IMRA, 3/1.)

RESULTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL MUSLIM RIOTS

The riots have disillusioned millions of Westerners with Islam being a "religion of peace" and that we can trust Muslims and work out differences with them. More Westerners realize that Muslims have not just immigrated, they have infiltrated Western society as subversive, and should be fought off here if not also abroad. Apparently this is more of the wake up call that 9/11 failed to make clear (Jim Geraghty, NY Sun, 3/2).

Pres. Bush drew no public conclusions from the riots. It was a golden opportunity he missed. He is too busy putting our ports under Muslim control.

THE ARAB WORLD EXPECTS THE WEST TO PAY FOR THE P.A.

"While the Arab world coins billions -- even trillions of dollars from the world's economy, they expect all others to feed the Arab Muslim Palestinians. This has been going on for more than 50 years while real refugees in Africa are allowed to starve. The Arabs have kept the "poor Palestinian refugees" on display for all this time, creating a Palestinian refugee industry." (Winston Mid East Analysis, 3/2.)

Yes, the world seems to be accommodating itself to the non-accommodating Hamas being in charge of the P.A..

ISRAEL BACK TO FEELING INVINCIBLE

Some Arab-Israel wars were so close, that Israel nearly lost. Nevertheless, Israelis have regained the over-confidence they had after the 1968 war that the Arabs cannot defeat them and know it. In the 1976 war, Israel initially was faring so badly that its leaders despaired, but Israelis have forgotten that (Dr. Aaron Lerner, IMRA, 3/2).

If the Arabs had sent forth their forces first, in the Six Day War, instead of making acts of war but keeping their planes on their bases, they might have won that war, too.

The Arabs don't believe that they will lose the next war. Some of the Arab states are arming for it. Israeli withdrawals give them strategic advantages and deprive Israel of strategic advantages. The withdrawals boost Arab morale and give them to understand that eventually they will win. They feel vindicated in this belief by US support and by Israeli expressions of weakness.

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 richardshulman5@aol.com.

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TIRED OF FIGHTING AND WINNING
Posted by Ruth Matar, March 16, 2006.

This week's Letter from Jerusalem is based on an excellent analytical article by Evelyn Gordon in today's Jerusalem Post, entitled: "Tired of fighting and winning".

Olmert, unfortunately, appears to have meant exactly what he said. He truly is tired of fighting and winning so tired that he would rather take refuge in fantasies, in lies, empty promises and evasion of any responsibility.

Acting Prime Minister Olmert is trying to change his title of "Temporary Acting Prime Minister" to just plain "Prime Minister" of Israel.

It is important to understand that elections in Israel are entirely different than those in the United States. People here cannot vote separately for the Party and the Office of Prime Minister. The Party which receives the majority of the votes is entitled to attempt to form the new government, and its leader becomes the Prime Minister.

The Kadima Party was nailed together by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon not long before his massive stroke on January 4th, 2006. Politicians in Israel were completely unprepared for Sharon's debilitating cerebral hemorrhage. And so, of course, was Ariel Sharon himself. Few human beings are able to seriously contemplate such a drastic ending to their life's goals. Possible death, yes. But to lie in a coma, barely alive, while somebody else takes on their job, and acts and speaks in their name, no!

In today's Jerusalem Post there is a Letter to the Editor by Saul Spiegler, which highlights this unexpected unfortunate situation.

Sir, -- it's getting just a wee bit tiresome hearing from Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that "Prime Minister Sharon told me this, he told me that, he wanted me to take over for him," etc. Olmert is not exactly the straightest shooter in the Knesset, so perhaps he ought to give it a rest.

Olmert can say anything at all about what Sharon told him. Sharon has now been in a coma for 72 days and is not likely ever to be able to contradict anything that Olmert says.

The following is a short list of Olmert's zig-zagging.

1. Last week Olmert pledged that a Kadima-led government "will not invest in construction or infrastructure development beyond the Green Line!"

Apparently his repeated promises to strengthen the settlement blocs was just another one of his lies!

2. He has dramatically announced that he will build in E1, connecting Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim!

But his mentor, Ariel Sharon, did not go ahead with this plan because of American opposition. Deputy Premier Olmert energetically supported Sharon's decision. Now Olmert is delusional enough to fantasize that George W. Bush has changed his mind!

3. Also, last week Olmert spoke to the AIPAC Conference and told the participants that the decision to allow Hamas to run in the Palestinian elections was a mistake.

But this decision was made by Olmert's mentor, Sharon, and OLMERT HIMSELF was part of the cabinet majority that approved it. Olmert does not bother to offer an apology. He acts as if this was someone else's decision!

4. Now for the centerpiece of Olmert's platform: A massive withdrawal from Biblical Judea and Samaria! Olmert claims that this was Sharon's idea.

On the contrary, Sharon repeatedly pledged to avoid further unilateral withdrawals. Is Olmert calling Sharon a liar?

It is not without justification that Olmert has been called the "Zig-Zag" man.To put it bluntly, Olmert is an opportunist par excellence. He says and does what is good for Ehud Olmert.

A VOTE FOR KADIMA MEANS ACCEPTANCE OF EHUD OLMERT'S LIES, EMPTY PROMISES AND EVASION OF ANY RESPONSIBILITY.

With blessings and love for Israel.
Ruth Matar

 

Kadima's campaign spots, by highlighting Ariel Sharon and billing Ehud Olmert merely as his heir, send an unintentionally revealing message: that Olmert himself has nothing to offer the country, so he must instead exploit the popularity of Kadima's comatose founder. And an analysis of Olmert's recent statements confirms this conclusion: He indeed has nothing to offer -- except lies, empty promises and evasion of responsibility.

Consider, for instance, his pledge last week that a Kadima-led government "will not invest in construction or infrastructure development beyond the Green Line," thereby freeing up "billions of shekels for infrastructure development in the Negev, Galilee and Jerusalem."

If he truly intends to invest no money at all in the territories, that belies his repeated promises to strengthen the settlement blocs. But if, as his advisers later claimed, he only intends to halt investment outside the blocs, then where will those billions for the Negev and Galilee come from? Even today, there is almost no government-funded construction in the territories outside the blocs; a freeze that excluded the blocs would thus free up almost no money at all.

Or consider his pledge to finally build in E1, between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim. Due to American opposition, Sharon never did this, and deputy premier Olmert, far from protesting, energetically supported this decision. Does Olmert now intend to break with both Sharon's legacy and his own previous positions and defy the Bush administration? Or is he merely fantasizing that the US, for no discernible reason, will suddenly withdraw its opposition?

Then take his statement to last week's AIPAC conference: that allowing Hamas to run in the Palestinian elections was a mistake. This decision was made by Olmert's mentor, Sharon, and Olmert himself was part of the cabinet majority that approved it, despite a recommendation by Justice and Foreign Ministry experts that Israel insist on compliance with the Oslo Accords' explicit ban on parties that employ "unlawful or non-democratic means." Yet Olmert offered no apology; rather, he acted as if it had been someone else's decision.

Then, finally, there is the centerpiece of his platform: a massive unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank in exchange for international recognition of Israel's self-proclaimed borders. Quite aside from the irony of claiming Sharon's mantle for this idea -- a claim that, given Sharon's repeated pledges to eschew further unilateral withdrawals, implicitly brands Olmert's mentor and role model as a liar -- it is hard to imagine a wilder fantasy than this.

IN GAZA, Israel withdrew fully to the international border and pulled out every last Israeli, soldiers and civilians alike. Yet not one single country has been willing to declare Israel's "occupation" of Gaza ended; instead, the world still holds Israel responsible for Gaza's well-being, demanding, for instance, that it allow Gazans to work in Israel and to import and export via Israeli ports. So how does Olmert imagine that a far less complete withdrawal in the West Bank would be rewarded not only with international acknowledgment that the "occupation" had ended, but with recognition of Israel's unilaterally defined borders as well? After all, unlike in Gaza, he does not intend to withdraw to the Green Line; rather, he plans to retain major settlement blocs, including east Jerusalem.

Moreover, as senior Kadima official Avi Dichter correctly noted, the army's continued presence east of the fence is essential to Israel's security. But if, as Kadima therefore proposes, Israel withdraws its settlers but not its soldiers, does anyone seriously believe that the world would declare the "occupation" ended?

Indeed, the Gaza withdrawal demonstrates just how little international compensation Israel could expect for any West Bank pullout. In exchange for leaving Gaza, Israel received a letter from US President George W. Bush in which Bush, inter alia, wrote that "existing major Israeli population centers" in the territories make a full return to the 1949 armistice lines "unrealistic." Sharon and Olmert trumpeted this as a major achievement, declaring that it permitted Israel to "strengthen its hold" on West Bank settlement blocs.

A letter, however, is not a formal treaty; it does not even bind Bush, much less his successors. And indeed, far from allowing Israel to strengthen the blocs, Bush flatly forbade Israel to build in E1 -- which, as Olmert himself acknowledged in weekend interviews, is essential to keep Ma'aleh Adumim from becoming an isolated enclave.

And that is the disengagement in a nutshell: Israel gave up concrete territorial assets in order "strengthen its hold" on other assets, only to discover that the international community never supported that bargain and refused to grant the desired quid pro quo. And there is no reason to believe that the world would behave differently in response to the far less complete pullout that Olmert is offering in the West Bank.

Perhaps the root of Olmert's delusional policies can be found in his address last June to the Israel Policy Forum in New York, where he declared: "We are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies. We want to be able to live in an entirely different environment of relations with our enemies."

Unfortunately, an entirely different relationship with one's enemies is possible only if your enemies share that goal -- which even Olmert admits that the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority does not. Until then, the only choices are fighting back or being destroyed, winning or losing, defeating one's enemies or being defeated by them. That is precisely why all Israeli governments pre-Sharon, even those that favored "land for peace," refused to concede land without receiving a peace treaty in exchange: They understood that until the Arabs were ready to make peace, there was no choice but to continue fighting - and that no Arab government would have any incentive to make peace if it could get the land for free.

But Olmert, unfortunately, appears to have meant exactly what he said. He truly is tired of fighting and winning -- so tired that he would rather take refuge in fantasies, even if Israel ends up the loser thereby.

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 UP RACHEL CORRIE'S CAUSE
Posted by Steve Plaut, March 16, 2006.
1. The American Nazis Have a New Cause

The "National Socialist Movement" is a Nazi splinter, claiming to be an actual nazi "party," with headquarters in Minneapolis. It is getting harder and harder to tell the difference between it and Counterpunch.

The "National Socialist Movement" web site links to that of Norman Finkelstein, the Holocaust Denier from DePaul "University" who is also a regular on Counterpunch.

And new the "National Socialist Movement", whose motto is "Fighting for Race and Nation", has taken up the cause of Rachel Corrie (http://www.nsm88.com/index2.html). Corrie, you recall, committed suicide as part of an attempt to interfere with an Israeli military anti-terror operation. She placed herself in a position where an Israeli bulldozer operator could not see her. She was crushed and then died in a Palestinian medical facility, probably from improper treatrment.

She is now a heroine for the American Nazis, the REAL ones and not just the Alexander Cockburn group. The "National Socialist Movement web site is outraged, almost like Vanessa Redgrave writing on Counterpunch, that the propaganda play about Corrie celebrating Arab terrorism will not be staged in New York, or -- as it is called on the nazi web site -- Jew York City.

Again like Counterpunch, the Nazi web site is full of rants about Jews controlling the US government.

The main difference between Cockburn's site and the Nazi site is that the latter has almost no readers, whereas the Counterpunch nazis do.

2. 'Hands Off My Fridge, Meathead'
by Shikha Dalmia and Lisa Snell
March 16, 2006; Page A12
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114248276931499849.html

Ms. Dalmia is a senior analyst and Ms. Snell the director of education policy at the Reason Foundation.

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood film director turned political activist Rob Reiner believes that he ought to be exempt from accountability because of his good intentions. That was the clear message from his press conference on Tuesday, called to address accusations that he violated a state ban when he diverted taxpayer dollars from First 5 -- an unelected commission to promote children's health that he's headed for six years -- to run an ad campaign promoting his latest ballot initiative called Preschool for All. A bipartisan group of senators has ordered an audit of the commission's funds. Mr. Reiner, who first rose to fame when he played Meathead, Archie Bunker's liberal son-in-law on "All in the Family," vowed not to resign, because he wants to do "right by the four-year-olds."

This is not the commission's only questionable contract. First 5 has received to date $800 million -- about 20% -- of the tobacco proceeds that Mr. Reiner convinced California voters to impose on themselves in a 1998 referendum. Of this, the commission has awarded contracts totaling about $230 million to firms or individuals known to Mr. Reiner -- some of them without competitive bidding. Meanwhile, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office is mulling whether to launch its own investigation to determine if there was any cronyism involved in awarding the ad campaign contract to a firm with long-standing ties to Mr. Reiner.

Mr. Reiner is unfazed by all of this. The commission's ad campaign, he says, was perfectly legitimate because it was merely informing parents of the benefits of preschool -- not telling them how to vote on his new initiative. No doubt this is the kind of creative thinking that has made him such a successful Hollywood director. If state authorities buy this logic, however, they will effectively legitimize a scheme to leverage the tax proceeds from one referendum to support another involving still more taxes.

But now that Mr. Reiner has succeeded in putting his Preschool for All initiative on the ballot, the most immediate issue for voters is not how he financed it, but what he is selling them. The initiative sounds like a great bargain: By imposing a 1.7% tax on couples making over $800,000 ($400,000 for individuals), it seeks to generate $2.4 billion to fund three hours of free preschool every day for California's four-year-olds.

Yet even the Reiner folks don't expect to enroll all four-year-olds in the program -- just 70% of them. However, 66% of California's four-year-olds already attend some form of preschool. This means that $2.4 billion will fund 22,000 new kids -- about $109,000 per new preschooler, according to a recent analysis by the Reason Foundation. For this kind of money, a lot of poor parents could put their kids through a good state college and graduate school and still have some change left for a family field trip to the Galapagos.

Mr. Reiner's spokesman Nathan James disputes Reason's cost estimate on grounds that although 66% of four-year-olds currently get preschool, only about 25% get "quality" preschool. "It could be baby-sitting or throwing a kid in front of a TV set," he told the New York Sun. The proof of the pudding, however, is in the eating -- and what's coming out of Oklahoma and Georgia, two states that implemented universal preschool over a decade ago -- is not particularly appetizing. Last year, the gains in reading scores of fourth graders in both states ranked among the bottom 10 on the National Assessment of Education Progress tests -- the premier benchmark for comparing student performance across states. Even more stunning, not one of the 10 best performing states had universal preschool programs.

Even before Mr. Reiner went on the offensive this Tuesday, some California Democrats were beginning to wonder about the wisdom of his scheme. Two of them, Tom Torlakson of Antioch and Don Perata of Oakland, have publicly withdrawn support from his initiative, citing concerns that it would only subsidize kids who already have preschool, not those who most need it. Indeed, because universal preschool programs are by definition not means-tested, they help not the poor so much as middle-income or wealthy families who are better at negotiating the system. In Quebec, for instance, which implemented the most ambitious universal preschool program eight years ago, about half of the government-funded day care spots are taken up by families in the top 30% income bracket who can well afford to pay out-of-pocket.

But this is not the only way that Mr. Reiner's attempt to play Robin Hood would end up back-firing on the poor. An analysis by LECG, an economic consulting firm in California, has found that the Reiner tax-hike would actually result in more than $4 billion in general fund losses over the first five years as rich taxpayers either flee the state or report less taxable income. This would either mean cuts in health, welfare and other programs for the poor -- or an even bigger fiscal deficit. There is a better way to help poor parents without soaking taxpayers or jinxing the budget. California already spends $3 billion on preschool. It would make far more sense to hand this money to lower- and middle-income families in the form of targeted preschool tax credits.

Mr. Reiner's ad campaign mentions neither the indifferent results of universal preschool nor its budgetary consequences. This, in itself, would not be a problem, because a democracy counts not on any one person's script, but many partial ones from numerous interested parties, to get the full story across to voters. But there is a problem when someone has unfair access to taxpayer dollars to bankroll his script over others. This is why California authorities need to give close scrutiny to Mr. Reiner's tactics -- and California voters to his grand taxing plans. As Archie Bunker would say: Hands off my fridge, Meathead.

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. Or contact him by email at splaut@econ.haifa.ac.il

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STORIES FROM THE NATION'S CAPITAL
Posted by Carrie Devorah, March 15, 2006.
The pictures were all taken by Carrie Devorah.

January 10. 2006. A chamber music quartet was first established in 1936 in what was to become Israel by Jewish musicians in Tel-Aviv. The Jews were then called Palestinians, so the musicians were part of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra. (When the Jews dropped the name and became Israelis in 1948, the local Arabs and the large number of Arab immigrants picked it up and started calling themselves Palestinians.) The youngsters shown here are the Ariel Quartet from Israel: Alexandra Kazovsky, violin; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; Sergey Tarashchansky, viola; and Amit Even-Tov, cello. They are shown here when they played at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in D.C.


January 11, 2006. Chancellor Angela Merkel from Germany is at the White House

Chancellor Merkel from Germany at the White House. Bush sees Germany as a "valued ally." This time -- unlike when he speaks of some Arab countries -- he might be right. More recently, Chancellor Merkel has warned that Berlin would cut funding to a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority unless the radical Islamists group renounces terrorism.

January 19, 2006. The Holocaust Museum Watch (HMW) group monitors the US Holocaust Museum (USHM) in Washington DC. They called on the USHM to fulfill its charter obligation of honoring the memory of the Holocaust's victims and take a leadership role in exposing Arab anti semitism and its threat to world Jewry. USHM has to date ignored the many Sephardic Jews killed by the Nazis and their Arab allies during the Holocaust. Carol Greenwald, a member of HMW, speaks at the National Press Club.


January 23, 2006. Anita Tucker was once a resident of Gush Katif and a farmer who grew wonderful organic vegetables. Now she's raising awareness of the grim reality of the lives of the Jews turned into refugees by their own Government. Here she is in Baltimore.


Feb 16, 2006. CAIR, a front group for Arab terrorists, gathered to discuss the Danish cartoons of Muhammed. We don't know if they mentioned the only incendiary ones -- the ones added by Arabs to incite Muslims around the world. CAIR rounded up the usual useful idiots. The CAIR spokeman, Ibrahim Hooper, is at the podium and their token Rabbi listens.


February 16, 2006. Secretary Rice struggling to explain Hamas's win in the Palestinian democratic election at a Senate hearing. Senators Boxers, Allen, Chamblee, Kerry asked the questions. And when they didn't like her answers they told her so. So Rice answered some more. And when they still didn't like her answers on the Hamas win, Israel's security, they told her so again....


Feb 17-18, 2006. Hate At Georgetown University.

Georgetown University students hosted the 5th annual Palestinian solidarity movement activism conference Feb 17, 18, 19. The conference violated the university's oath of free speech that was in fact distributed in the press packets guaranteeing free speech even if the speech conflicted with the seminar.

The Jewish Defense League (JDL) was at Georgetown U and highlighted the lack of balance in free speech at the Palestinian Solidarity Movement (PSM) conference. PSM is affliated with the better-known International Solidarity Movement. Both are Marxist, and defend whatever Arab terrorists do. The ISM founder, Adam Shapiro, is (in)famous for doing breakfast in Ramallah with Yasir Arafat.

The Jewish Defense League argues against a Congressionally Chartered University hosting the PSM promoting solidarity with HAMAS on US college campuses, stating "the hosts, sponsors and backers need to see Americans strongly reject these programs." The press release issued by JDL said "the speakers have written articles endorsing extremely harmful conduct toward America and Israel" espousing vile anti-semitic/Israel/America rhetoric.


Saturday, 64 year old Bill Maniaci (he's in the center), a JDL member, acting in compliance with the school's code of etiquette was violently dragged from Georgetown University's Gaston Hall by two black officers. Maniaci, standing about 5'6, a Jewish War Vietnam War Veteran and a retired Reno officer, asked a question of the panel promoting divestment activism by students -- they want churches and colleges to divest their portfolios of companies that do business with Israel. He walked with a cane before the incident; afterwards, he exhibited a concussion, body bruises showing finger marks from the officers, a sprained ankle, and more.

Maniaci's question requested the panel state the PSM's policy on suicide bombers. Sue Blackwell, a British activist credited with leading UK teachers to boycott Israel academics, refused to state the PSM policy; instead, she stated her personal position on the murder of innocent Israeli men and women and children in Israel. Blackwell wore a t-shirt with the phrase "caterkiller." Blackwell did not advise students that Caterpillar has longstanding offices in the West Bank. West Bank-based caterpillars are being used by Arabs to demolish homes Jews were forcibly removed from earlier this year.

Maniaci requested a second time that the panel state the PSM policy on murder by stealth bombers at which time Todd Olson, GU director of student affairs, motioned the Georgetown campus police to eject Maniaci from Gaston Hall.

The following day of the conference, during the talk by Omar Barghouti, a panelist said to be attending the conference in secrecy -- the student press material alleged Barghouti was in danger from IDF -- Tom Gomez, a PSM supporter shouted "from the river to the sea". Gomez was not ejected by Olson from the conference; instead, the panelists and audience applauded Gomez. The PSM student spokesman said Gomez did not reflect the opinion of the PSM, further stating that Gomez was JDL having "been seen at the JDL table the day before." Gomez and the JDL both deny any affiliation. Gomez said he was fired from DC radio station 89.3FM because of his support of the PSM and PLO and for making anti-Israel statements.

On the second day of the conference, representatives from the Russian Jewish Community, Yeshiva University, George Washington University Hillel, UDC and the JDL protested outside Gaston Hall where panelists spoke and outside the International Cultural Center. They were within caged areas and separated from the Neturai Karta who were present promoting the destruction of Israel.


Media were denied access to the ICC in which students were being taught how to demand their colleges open up university records to show financial holdings. Standwithus activists who were inside the conference reported that Maher Bitar and Nadeem Muaddi taught students how to approach churches to encourage them to join with the Presbyterian divestment of Israel using tactics (used effectively by cult groups) such as how to dress conservatively in suits with ties, how to delay talk about the palestinian agenda until a friendship trust was established and then to introduce the matter slowly and over time. Opening panelist Philip Farah advised the audience to "inoculate" themselves against the charge of antisemitism by working with "Jews and Israelis." The message was that when you have Jews on your team, you obviously cannot be accused of being anti-Jew. They were told to create hatred for the Jewish state by linking it to images of Nazis and to South Africa's apartheid system, so that there'd be absolutely no question about Israel's guilt for everything that has ever befallen the Palestinian people.

The CAIR meeting (see above) was relatively muted and their token Jew was mainstream. PSM is extreme left radical and it is befitting that their token Jews were the Neturei Karta. [Editor's note: see Sultan Knishes Purim spoof on this picture below.]


March 6, 2006. Annual AIPAC meeting at the Convention Center.

Vice President Cheney, Majority Whip Roy Blunt, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and John Boehner addressed the audience which included sexologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer. This is former Senator John Edwards speaking -- prepping his 2008 presidential run.


And this year there was a National Purim Parade for the first time. It was led through downtown DC by Ohev Shalom Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld as Morchedai on horseback.


Carrie Devorah is an investigative photojournalist based in DC. Former religion editor of "Lifestyles" Magazine, her areas of focus of faith, homeland security and terrorism. Prior to photographing political races, Devorah was based in Europe photographing horse races, boxing and local London news. Devorah is the sister of Jewish Press columnist Yechezkel Chezi Scotty Goldberg, victim of Egged Bus 19 bombing, January 29, 2004. Goldberg was a noted psychologist with expertise in at-risk youth.
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"KNESSET COMMITTEE TO DECLARE POLICE BRUTALITY USED AT AMONA"
Posted by Aryeh Zelasko, March 16, 2006.

So what's the punch line of this joke? Will anyone of importance be forced to resign? Will there be criminal charges against anyone? Of course not, HABIBI, this is the Knesset speaking just before an election. They will naturally try to look like they are actually more than just a rubber stamp for the Junta. But truly DO SOMETHING, do not be silly. Even if they were to suddenly discover a bit of backbone and actually try to do something, the High Priest of the Supreme Cult would quickly inform them that he is the final authority as to what happens in Israel.

This comes from yesterday's Arutz-Sheva (www.IsraelNationalNews.com). It is called "Knesset Committee to Declare Police Brutality Used at Amona"

(IsraelNN.com) The special Knesset committee which investigated the Amona expulsion and violence will declare that the police used excessive force against demonstrators, according to unnamed sources cited by the Hebrew news web site Walla. Army Radio also reported that most of the Knesset members on the panel think that the use of horses and clubs should have been avoided except in a "no-choice" situation.

The committee also is expected to announce that there was no way to reach a compromise between security forces and residents of the community, next to Ofra in Samaria.

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. Contact him at zelasko@actcom.co.il

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THE SECURITY TICKET: A GUARANTEED WINNER
Posted by Ellen W. Horowitz, March 15, 2006.

"We are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies, we want to be able to live in an entirely different environment of relations with our enemies." (Ehud Olmert in a June 2005 address to the Israel Policy Forum in New York)

Myths die hard 'round these parts. But the legend of the battle-weary Israelis, who would rather rest in peace than fight life's battles, bit the dust this Purim.

Whether or not the successful raid on Jericho's prison compound was coordinated with the US and Britain, whether it was a calculated political maneuver by a very nervous Mr. Olmert, or whether it was in direct response to the Palestinian Authority's threat to release the assassins of an Israeli member of parliament, doesn't much matter. What does count, is that a very overdue and necessary job got done.

Ehud Olmert may be basking in the temporary glory of a military victory -- which rightfully belongs to the Israeli Defense Forces -- and perhaps he's found fleeting comfort in garnering a few more seats in Israel's elusive electoral polls. But had Rehavam Zeevi's killers gone free due to a lack of action on Olmert's part, or had the IDF failed in its mission, it's unlikely that Kadima and its un-elected leader would have made a footnote in the history books.

Olmert had no choice, because the Israeli electorate is not that stupid. Despite all of the rhetoric, when push comes to shove, number one on the Kadima list knows full well that security has always been the top concern for Israelis. A sure vote-getter.

Number two on the Kadima list knows it too. And Peres also knows that while a passive and submissive stance on Israel's part does secure a vote of confidence from the international community, the peace ticket has never garnered the popular vote at home.

Which is why on the eve of elections back in April of 1996, after three consecutive suicide bombings had rocked central Israel, followed by relentless border attacks by Hezbollah, acting Prime Minister Shimon Peres found his substantial lead in the polls being whittled away by Benjamin Netanyahu. So, with no other choice available to him, Mr. Peace made a go at becoming Mr. Security, and operation Grapes of Wrath was launched on the Lebanese border. An always off target Shimon Peres, once again, missed the mark. IDF gunners shelled a UNIFIL compound in response to Hezbollah gunfire coming from that direction. It seems that in addition to the terrorists, 800 Lebanese civilians were taking cover in the compound. One hundred were killed and 300 were wounded in an incident that will most likely not take-up a large chapter in the memoirs of Shimon Peres.

For the record, Netanyahu inherited a chaotic security situation and within weeks had it under control, and managed to reduce terror and keep it at its pre-1993 levels throughout his three-year term in office.

The average Israeli cherishes their personal security so much, that Israel's so-called peace camp usually finds itself in the rather awkward, hypocritical and deceptive position of having to recruit and package military men as their candidates in a bid to garner the popular vote. The public bought the goods when it came to Labor Hawk and former General Yizhak Rabin, and again with Former Chief of Staff and commando Ehud Barak. But they became a lot more wary by the time Major General Amram Mitzna was dusted-off and presented for public consumption. And seeing as Israelis are rather unimpressed with former Captain Amir Peretz, it appears that the peace camp has run-out of fighting men. They're now counting on the ghost of comatose war hero, Arik Sharon, to pull off this election. These are desperate times, indeed.

We the public have twice had the opportunity to preview Ehud Olmert in action. This week he was compelled to take a risk. And thanks to G-d and Israel's fine fighting forces, he made the right choice. Several weeks ago, the test was more telling. The deliberate and calculated decision to use Israel's crack security forces in a brutal operation against Israeli youth in Amona should tell you where Mr. Olmert's heart is -- and it's not focussed on securing this nation for us and our children.

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force." (Ayn Rand)

The writer and her family live on the Golan Heights. She is a painter, columnist and author of The Oslo Years: A Mother's Journal.

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OLMERT'S ARROGANCE
Posted by Women in Green, March 15, 2006.

This was written by Ari Shavit and it appeared in Haaretz.

In September 2000, the Palestinians began a terror offensive against Israel. They did this because they refused to accept the Camp David proposal, which promised them the entire Gaza Strip and 91 percent of the West Bank in exchange for full recognition of Israel and an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If Ehud Olmert is elected prime minister and implements his convergence plan, then in September 2010 the Palestinians will have sovereignty over the entire Gaza Strip and some 91 percent of the West Bank, and all this without recognizing Israel and without ending the conflict.

Thus will the national Palestinian movement fulfill the objectives of its wars and obtain a full strategic resolution against the State of Israel. The history books will record Olmert's unconditional withdrawal as the unconditional surrender of Zionism. No, it will not be the end. But it will be the beginning of the end. While relying on big money on one side and big journalism on the other, Olmert will lead the country to the beginning of the end.

At first glance, Olmert's plan appears enchanting -- no fear, no hesitation, and very Israeli. Here, we'll take our destiny in our own hands. Within three years we'll evacuate some 80,000 settlers. Within less than five years, we will undergo a final disengagement from the Palestinians and converge within the borders of a flourishing lowlands country. We will surround our existence with a high wall, which will protect us from both the craziness of the Land of Israel and from the threat of Palestine. And so, in one term, we will isolate ourselves from all the sickness and terrors of the Middle East. So simple. So clear. How did we not think of this sooner. Why did we wait so long so that the man who saved Jerusalem could also save the State of Israel.

However, on second glance it becomes clear that the Olmert plan has a small flaw: It has no Palestinians. This is a plan whose logic is simplistic and patronizing. This is a plan for Israelis only, which ignores its ramifications on Israelis. It takes an extreme unilateral position to the point of absurdity, totally ignoring the fact that the conflict is bilateral and the political reality is multilateral. The plan, then, is an arrogant one, and the hubris that characterizes it is no less than the hubris of the person who formulated it.

What Olmert plans to do in the next few years is to establish an armed Hamas state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Via the nearly complete withdrawal, Olmert will promise Hamas almost total control in the Palestinian state for generations. The Palestine of Olmert will be hostile, dissatisfied and violent. Its founding ethos will be "We've chased them out of Ofra, we'll chase them out of Tzahala too."

Since Olmert is establishing this country without first assuring its demilitarization, it will have significant military capability. Since he is establishing it without removing the right of return from the agenda, it will have a destructive claim against Israel, whose legitimacy is recognized by the international community. The combination of political sovereignty, military power and a commitment to demanding return will transform Olmert's Hamas state into one that will endanger the very existence of the State of Israel.

Despite the irony, the convergence plan will not implement the Bush vision, but will destroy it. It will not build a stable two-state solution, but will create an unstable reality in which an Islamic Palestinian state systematically undermines the foundation of the Jewish democratic state.

But it is not just the stability of Israel that Olmert is endangering. He is also endangering the regional stability. A Hamas state will accelerate Jordan's collapse. There is no chance that the Hashemite rule will stand up against a Palestinian state on its doorstep whose religious fervor has just subdued the Zionists. Egypt will also be threatened. A victorious Muslim Brotherhood republic that controls a third of Jerusalem and devours the Temple Mount will be the beacon of zealotry for the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. And in Damascus. And in Amman.

And Olmert will be supporting not only anti-Israeli terror, but also the anti-Western revolutionary movement. His radical unilateral process will disrupt the American strategy in the area and will bury U.S. President George W. Bush's dream of stability and democracy in the Middle East. ...

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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ZE'EVI MURDERERS SURRENDER FOLLOWING IDF SIEGE OF PA
Posted by By Hana Levi Julian, March 15, 2006.

The six murderers of former Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi surrendered Tuesday evening to IDF forces after a day-long siege on the Jericho prison where they were being held.

A special anti-terror police unit and the IDF Nahal Brigade charged the prison Tuesday morning after U.S. and Britain withdrew their observers "out of concern for the monitors' safety."

Ze'evi's killers surrendered along with 202 other prisoners after nine hours of shelling with heavy artillery and machine gunfire. The six will be taken to a prison in Israel.

Three Arabs were killed and several others wounded during the day-long siege. The IDF released 76 prisoners after it was determined they had not been involved in terrorist activity.

IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Dan Halutz made a personal call to Ze'evi's family to inform them of the capture. "This is a great day for Israelis," said Palmach Ze'evi, the son of the murdered Tourism Minister. He also said, however, that Israel should have "settled the score right then and there" on the day his father was assassinated.

Arabs protested the action with riots and kidnappings throughout Palestinian Authority-controlled areas. During the day, 17 foreign nationals were kidnapped. Two Australians, an American lecturer and a Red Cross official were released shortly after they were abducted.

According to Israel Radio, armed terrorists were hunting for foreigners in local hotels. The Gaza police chief ordered his officers to fire on anyone who attempted to kidnap foreigners.

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan called for an immediate release of foreigners who were kidnapped.

Some 15,000 Arabs protested in Gaza City against the Jericho operation, the British Cultural Center was torched and approximately 300 rioting Arabs broke into the European Union compound. In addition, gunmen burst into the German television network (ARD) offices, the same building that houses the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) studios. The office of AMIDEAST, a private nonprofit organization that provides educational support services, was also a target for armed Arab attackers. "We don't want to see any Americans here," one shouted at police who arrived on the scene.

The UN and the Red Cross both announced they were pulling their representatives out of Palestinian Authority-controlled areas temporarily in the wake of the kidnappings and other violence. Red Cross officials in Geneva later denied they had told their staff to leave.

European Union monitors also fled their posts at the Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings with Gaza Tuesday afternoon at the instruction of their governments. Both crossings were closed as armed Arabs gathered at the sites. In addition, the Karni crossing was closed due to specific warnings of impending terror attacks.

Meanwhile, PA security forces did nothing to prevent the disorders taking place at the crossings. There was also concern that Arabs might try to break through the fence separating Egypt and Gaza. Egyptian and Israeli officials were continuing to exchange information on the situation.

The six assassins who were targeted on Tuesday in "Operation Pay a Visit" were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), led by mastermind and PFLP leader Ahmed Sa'adat.

Israel had warned the PA numerous times that it would capture Sa'adat if he was freed. When the monitors pulled out, the Defense Ministry decided to act immediately in the wake of comments by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who said last week that he had "no problem releasing Ahmed Sa'adat."

PA officials angrily said they were not informed in advance of the decision by the U.S. and Britain to pull their observers. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told the British Parliament, "We were afraid that if we announced that our forces were leaving, we would put them at risk of being kidnapped." He said neither Israel nor the PA was warned in advance of the move.

The PA and the PFLP both accused the U.S. and Britain of "collusion" with Israel, and IDF Central Command head Yair Naveh pointedly squelched rumors of an international conspiracy when speaking to reporters late in the day. "There was no coordination here with the Brits or the Americans," he said. "We began preparations several weeks ago," he added, and said the PA had received a letter from the British a week ago warning of the impending withdrawal of the observers.

Former Prime Minister Shimon Peres held Hamas responsible for the IDF action. He told reporters on Tuesday that the terrorist organization which now leads the PA government planned to break previous agreements to uphold the lifetime prison terms for the killers.

Naveh acknowledged that there is a possibility that a new round of terror might be set off by Tuesday's operation although he hoped the minimal number of casualties would "end the wave."

He underscored the fact that Sa'adat's capture was no different than other IDF actions to catch Arab terrorists. "We are talking about the detainment of murderers, as we do every night in Nablus, Hevron and Ramallah. In this regard, there is no difference," he said.

The PFLP warned that Israel would "pay dearly" for the capture of its leader and Hamas Prime Minister-to-be Ismail Haniyeh warned Israel that hurting any of Ze'evi's murderers would have "serious repercussions on the situation." Several other terrorist organizations threatened to attack Israeli, U.S. and British targets.

Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigade spokesman Abu Qusai warned American and British citizens to leave PA-controlled areas immediately, "otherwise they will be subject to kidnapping and other consequences," he said.

This appeared in today's Arutz-Sheva -- (www.IsraelNationalNews.com.)

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RIGHTEOUSNESS MASKING WRONGFULNESS; ESPIONAGE; ILLEGAL ARABIZATION OF JERUSALEM
Posted by Richard H. Shulman, March 15, 2006.

RIGHTEOUSNESS MASKING WRONGFULNESS

First, the US, EU, and Israel pretend that Fatah is acceptable, but Hamas is not. Fatah ran an Islamic, jihadist dictatorship. It never should have received aid.

Israel adopted a few measures against the P.A., but sends some money and lets P.A. workers enter Israel and remit wages, shoring up the P.A.. Their entry risks infiltration by terrorists posing as workers. They also can spy for the P.A.. Thus the government of Israel is complicit in the jihad against it. Such is the depravity of the leftist elite there, with its humanitarianism towards the brutal Arab enemy and its brutality towards the humane Jewish patriots. Eager to appease the US, it also is bribed and coerced into fake measures of defense such as shelling empty P.A. fields in response to rocket attacks.

The US, EU, and Israel haven't the courage or intelligence to ban aid to the P.A., now that Hamas won the election there. First they rationalized that they would transfer the funds to the P.A. until Hamas actually takes over. This is a humanitarian measure in behalf of an inhumane people. Why not more aid for the Sudanese victims of Muslim Arab jihad and racism or for the Sahel Africans suffering overpopulation and drought?

Then the NY Times suggested that Israel continue to negotiate with Abbas, because he retains control over the security agencies. His "control," however, did not stop anarchy, arms smuggling, or terrorism. Nor was he willing to negotiate peace, only Israeli concessions. One-sided, Israeli concessions are what the Times craves. It has been campaigning for them for decades. The Times' suggestion, never valid, fell apart with the news that Abbas, a weak reed, was turning major control over the security agencies to Hamas.

The US resumed rationalization its indirect subsidy of the P.A. under Abbas, to subsidize Hamas indirectly, by sending the funds to NGOs and UNRWA. UNRWA is run in the field by the terrorists. The NGOs are agencies of jihad, defaming Israel over fabricated abuses of Arabs and engaging more in propaganda against Israel than in building up the P.A.. In this, the US has dirty hands, soiled all the more by a pretense of purity.

After all the posturing about not assisting a Hamas-run P.A., the EU has resumed its aid. To the world, it's business as usual, and decent Jews are "getting the business."

MUSLIM ACCUSATIONS

The Muslims fight each other in Iraq and in the P.A.. In their clashes, they shoot their own children. Terrorist bombs may explode prematurely. Iran and the Muslim Arabs routinely accuse Zionism and the US of these acts. Turning their own crimes into jihadist propaganda is a reflex. The Western press should not dignify these accusations without at least indicating no evidence is cited. The media does not give audiences the basis for doubting the Muslims' claims or realizing what liars they are.

BLITZ THEN, BARRAGE NOW

The British are among the Europeans unsympathetic with the besieged Israelis. When was the last time you heard of any imaginative Israeli initiative to gain British sympathy? Here is an attempt to suggest one.

Some Londoners who suffered from the Nazi blitz must still be alive and remember the fear or damage and not just their pluck. An Israeli crew ought to elicit their memories and liken them to the daily barrage from the P.A.. London was more heavily damaged, but the Arabs are improving their rockets, and Israeli withdrawals will let them approach the Israeli cities so it will become like shooting ducks in a barrel.

Israelis, in cities and on kibbutzim, see buildings damaged, relatives wounded, and the threat of worse to come. So did Londoners. Publicity of such a comparison, with expressions of sympathy from the British who made no concessions to the enemy, survived, and won, would help Israel gain non-Muslim, international tolerance.

Muslims express little sympathy for the plight of others, but plead for understanding for their own, usually caused by themselves. When others suffer, they rejoice or attribute the suffering to punishment of the others for not being Muslim. Why worry about humanitarian aid to the Muslim P.A. Arabs, who approve of mass-murder?

"WE JUST WANT TO HELP PAY THEIR SALARIES"

The native taxpayers of the European Union, whose economies have been buffeted by global competition, must still have plenty of money. Some member states offer lifetime unemployment insurance for Muslim immigrants who hate them and money for the P.A. to "help pay their salaries." How innocuously put! When are salaries not innocuous? When they hire terrorists. A high proportion of those salaries are for terrorists called security police. They extort from their own people or they commit terrorism against Israelis. Many were, after all, given their posts on the basis of having committed terrorism, the more dire the crime, the higher the rank.

When there are so many good causes, why does the world lay out scarce funds for bad ones? For one thing, they don't know what are the good and bad causes, because their media conceals the truth from them. This made it easier for them to hate the Jewish state. For another, they don't know what is in their interest.

THE THEORY OF JEWISH CONSPIRACY

In one year, three films defamed Israelis and Americans or equated terrorism against them with their anti-terrorism: Syriana, Paradise Now, and Munich, which may win awards. If Hollywood were controlled by Jews for Jews, why the anti-Jewish films? Answer: To the extent they are Jewish, their leftism perverts their identity.

OLMERT'S WORDS

Acting PM Olmert declared that Israel is not afraid of Hamas but will abandon more parts of the Territories over four years, regardless of who runs them. He put his goal as keeping a "solid Jewish majority" for Israel (IMRA, 2/27).

It is not a question of being "afraid" of Hamas. Olmert would leave terrorists in charge of the adjoining land and with free access to imports of heavy weaponry. Al-Qaeda and other terrorists pour in. They will wreak carnage. Perhaps Israel can defeat them. But perhaps they would weaken Israel enough, from point-blank range firing of rockets, including the 14,000 from Hizbullah, to entice the major Arab states to rush armies over the insecure borders that a truncated Israel would leave itself with. Eventually, a critical mass of Jews would evacuate from the State. What "solid Jewish majority," then?

Olmert, like Sharon, offers reasons for the retreat that are inconsistent with policy. His rationale is "solid Jewish majority." His policy contradicts that by: (1) Letting illegal Arab aliens stay, steal land, and build illegally; (2) Abandoning undeveloped parts of the Territories, that, in Israeli hands, would not reduce the Jewish majority; (3) Letting masses of Arabs stay in Jerusalem illegally; (4) Condoning Bedouin polygamy; (5) Letting the Supreme Court high-handedly void measures to shore up Jewish populations; (6) Allowing masses of Russian gentiles, even antisemitic ones, move into Israel; and (7) Subsidizing the P.A., which presses against Israel, instead of letting it collapse.

Economically, the P.A. is a basket case. Emotionally, Israel is a basket case.

ESPIONAGE

Pres. Bush claims that a major US security problem is gathering intelligence to thwart terrorism. The NY Times identifies it as the open-ended Presidential measures that, in the name of fighting terrorism, curb or potentially curb American freedom of speech. To back up its claims, the Times revealed US surveillance of terrorist telephone calls, some to phones in the US. This was called spying on Americans.

What the Times did apparently violated plain language of the law. It risked untold American lives by tipping off the terrorists. That undermined national security. Should the government prosecute the newspaper? Or should editors determine what military secrets may no longer be kept secret, because they think revelation serves a higher goal? (Gabriel Schoenfeld, Commentary, 3/2006. Seems like a thoughtful analysis. The Times would label its prosecution as curbing dissent. But the Times may be reckless if not anti-American.)

The courts have been expanding statutory authority for counter-espionage from terrorism to other alleged crimes. I find it disturbing when the courts sanction more than Congress intended. Exceptions may be made for national security but not for ordinary matters.

ABANDONMENT & JORDAN'S RADICALIZATION

An Israeli general briefed his government that the rise of Islamism in the P.A. and Egypt dims the prospects for survival of Jordan's monarchy. The briefing leaked, and Jordan objected. Israel felt constrained to apologize and over-compensate with compliments.

During the embarrassing furor, in which the government disassociated itself from the briefing, the truth of the briefing was overlooked. The most important organizations in Jordan, however, are Islamist. They oppose peace and normalization with Israel, defame Israel, and favor Saddam Hussein. The regime's newspaper, the Jordan Times, also favored Hussein. The Islamists and the newspaper both accuse the US of being the source of trouble in Iraq. Thus, Jordan has to be given an apology for a realistic assessment of its weakness, but it need not apologize for its defamation of others.

The briefing has implications for Israeli withdrawals (IMRA, 2/27). Implications unstated.

I'll state them. To avoid Israeli pursuit of terrorists, Jordan keeps them from attacking Israel. An Islamist regime in Jordan would open a new front against Israel. That front would enable arms and terrorists to flow all the more easily from Jordan if, as the present Israeli regime intends, there are more withdrawals from Judea-Samaria, which border on

Jordan. The situation would deteriorate into a grave strategic threat if Israel were to withdraw from the Jordan Valley, for that is the invasion path from the east. In hostile hands, the enemy could east the path for enemy armies and obstruct Israeli mobilization to block them. (The trouble with Iraq was Saddam and is Islamism.)

Israel has eased the path for invasion from the south by withdrawing from Gaza. In addition, allowing terrorist militias to exist in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza means that the enemy can delay Israel's mobilization, so that the enemy forces have raced into position before the IDF could thwart them.

Israeli and State Dept. policies of appeasement have put Israel at a strategic disadvantage. One wonders when the Arabs will fully exploit it. So far, they seem content with the process of whittling Israel down, first. That was Arafat's plan.

ILLEGAL ARABIZATION OF JERUSALEM

The Israeli-run municipal government of Jerusalem hid the records of illegal Arab building, waiting for the statute of limitations to expire. The municipality complains that the national government does not provide sufficient security for demolition, and that therefore the Arabs would riot against the demolition crews (Arutz-7, 2/28).

Is that a Jewish state, in which the Muslims are above the legitimate law, and the Jews are pinned under its illegal and brutal administration?

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 richardshulman5@aol.com.

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DIVESTMENT -- WHY DID THE ANGLICANS GET COLD FEET?
Posted by Jock L. Falkson, March 15, 2006.

After beating the big bass drum of divestment from US companies profiting from sales to Israel, specifically Caterpillar Inc, the Anglican Church seems to have gotten cold feet.

Not knowing how to get out of the mire of their own making they appointed an Advisory Panel to study their decision and to report back.

Church Owns $4.4 Million Stock

The panel has done so and has urged against pulling investments "to break financial ties with companies linked to Israel's control of Palestinian territories". Specifically, the Caterpillar company in which the Church holds some $4.4 million stock.

We are not told why the advisory panel offered that advice though we may guess that it came in time to stop the church making a right fool of itself.

Selling Stock Does No Harm

Because selling their stock does not harm Caterpillar in any way. Their stock would be purchased by new buyers -- that's all that happens. We may presume the new buyers would not share the church's anti-Israel concerns. Some might even have been pro-Israel.

How would it hurt Israel if the church sold its stock? I can't for the life of me figure that out. Nor, I imagine, can the church.

Building With Bulldozers

Caterpillar bulldozers are generally employed in construction and revamping the environment. Israel certainly used them to build many new roads in the areas of Arab habitation. And no doubt those 7 universities it built for the Palestinians. Plus a hospital or two, surely the airport in Gaza, schools and a whole lot more.

Does the church in its muddled thinking believe it is essential to use a Caterpillar bulldozer to raze a house? Of course not. Israel has previously used tanks or just plain old fashioned dynamite.

Could Israel could buy Caterpillars from several countries in Europe or nearer still from Turkey -- Even if they did cost 5% or 10% more. You can bet your shirt on it.

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