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  • MK Danon in Homesh: Fire Barak!

    04/14/2012 4:56:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    MK Danny Danon (Likud) spoke to Arutz Sheva while attending a rally at Homesh this week at the head of a delegation from the World Likud. "Today, we are thousands of people from the Likud movement from all over the world, in Homesh," Danon told Arutz Sheva. We are here "to tell the Prime Minister to get back to Homesh, to let Jews live here in Homesh, to erase the disgraceful decision that pulled Jews out from Homesh," he explained. "I am also calling on the Prime Minister to take a brave decision to remove Defense Minister Ehud Barak from...
  • 'Iran rejects US request for bilateral meeting'

    04/14/2012 3:41:44 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    ISTANBUL - Iran turned down a request by the United States for a rare bilateral meeting on the sidelines of nuclear talks between the Islamic republic and six world powers in Istanbul on Saturday, the official IRNA news agency said. There was no comment from US diplomats, whose country has not had direct ties with Tehran for more than three decades. "The Iranian delegation rejected the request of Wendy Sherman, the representative of the American delegation, for a bilateral meeting," IRNA said.
  • 'Flytilla' Activists Receive 'Welcome' Letter from Israel

    04/14/2012 2:55:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/4/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The Israeli government has issued an official “welcome” letter to the pro-‘Palestinian’ “flytilla” activists who plan on arriving in the country on Saturday and Sunday. It reads as follows: “Dear Activists, "We appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns. “We know there were many other worthy choices. “You could have chosen to protest the Syrian regime’s daily savagery against its own people, which has claimed thousands of lives. "You could have chosen to protest the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on dissent and its support of terrorism throughout the world. "You could have chosen to protest...
  • Netanyahu Addresses AIPAC 2012 (3.5.12)

    04/14/2012 6:48:40 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 12, 2012 | Benjamin Netanyahu
    Americans need to hear what the man had to say this week. Iran cannot be allowed to possess nuclear arms. Watch the video HERE
  • Of Israel, Passover, Palestine, Apartheid and PR

    04/13/2012 9:55:19 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | April 12, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    Of Israel, Passover, Palestine, Apartheid and PRBy Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem, Israel --- April 12, 2012 .... It is often said that we sometimes can't see the forest for the trees. So it goes for Israel's PR efforts. Israel suffers everyday. We suffer from a lack of global understanding of the true facts. And this suffering transcends into threats to our very physical survival. The war of words is overlooked by Israel and the Jewish community for the war of bullets. Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Hamas and Islamic Jihad backed Palestine (there is no entity as Palestine -...
  • Defying ban, Egyptian Christians visit Jerusalem

    04/13/2012 4:58:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 04/12/2012 | DIAA HADID
    JERUSALEM—After the death of their spiritual leader, more than 2,000 Egyptian Copts have poured into the Holy Land for the Easter holidays, defying a ban he imposed on visiting Jerusalem and other Israeli-controlled areas. The influx—after decades when Egyptian pilgrims were a rarity—adds a new element to the already diverse mix of languages and faiths in Jerusalem's Old City during the holy season. The pilgrims are clearly distinguished by the Egyptian accent of their Arabic and long cotton robes worn by many of the men. "It's the most beautiful thing in the world to see light of the Messiah. We...
  • Israeli leaders play macabre numbers game

    04/12/2012 4:05:45 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Space Wars ^ | Apr 9, 2012
    Israeli leaders play macabre numbers game by Staff Writers Tel Aviv, Israel Apr 9, 2012 Amid Israel's scramble to develop weapons to counter the threat of a massive missile bombardment by Iran, Syria and their proxies, top officials are playing a macabre numbers game about how many fatalities the Jewish state might suffer. Israeli military doctrine has long been to take the offensive whenever possible and keep the fighting well away from the cities and towns of the Jewish state. The age of the missile has changed that. Missiles can vault over border defenses and hit civilians with destructive power...
  • ATF Arrests Border Agent for Attempting to Arm Drug Cartels

    04/12/2012 1:04:50 PM PDT · by hope · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/12/12 | AWR Hawkins
    In El Paso, Texas, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Montalvo has been arrested and charged with attempting to smuggle guns and ammunition into Mexico. More specifically, he’s been accused of trying to smuggle the weapons to the Mexican cartel. His girlfriend, Carla Gonzales-Ortiz, has been charged in the matter as well. Montalvo and Gonzales-Ortiz are also accused of making a number of straw purchases of weapons between November 2010 and January 2011. Included in these were five Ak-47s, two .380 pistols, and a couple of .22 rifles. In other words, Montalvo and Gonzales-Ortiz made purchases similar to those which our...
  • Itamar's Jewish Shepherds Attacked by Arabs on Givat Arnon

    04/12/2012 7:46:09 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/4/12 | Gabe Kahn & David Lev
    Two Jewish shepherds from Itamar were injured on the adjacent Arnon Hill (777) on Thursday by a gang of local Arabs wielding clubs and rocks. IDF forces were called to the scene and succeeded in dispersing the Arabs, who were still throwing stones at the shepherds. The scalp of one shepherd was torn open, while the other sustained injuries to his hands and lower body. Both received medical treatment at the scene. Samaria Council head Gershon Mesika said that the incident was a serious one. “It could have ended in a 'lynch' murder by Arabs of the two Jewish farmers....
  • Gunter Grass Lashes Out Again Israel, Yet Again

    04/12/2012 7:36:20 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/4/12 | Rachel Hershfeld
    Gunter Grass has criticized Israel's decision to ban him from entering the country, comparing it to actions taken by the former communist East Germany and Myanmar. "I have been prohibited entry to acountry three times," Gunter wrote, referring to similar cases that have occurred with the ex-German Democratic Republic (GDR) and a 1986 attempt to travel to Myanmar, a pre-released copy of Thursday's Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported. In his statement entitled "Then as today- my response to latest decisions," which was published in the same newspaper that debuted his controversial poem, Gunter writes, "In both cases the usual practice in dictatorships...
  • Moses Was a Muslim Who Led Palestinian Muslims Out of Egypt. No Joke.

    04/12/2012 5:02:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 44 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 4-10-12 | David Ha'ivri
    A few years ago, while visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, I had a very disturbing conversation with a member of the Islamic Wakf who was escorting me to make sure that I didn’t pray on the holy mountain. I asked him if he could tell me when the Al Aqsa mosque was built. He looked at me with a straight face and responded that it was always there. I hadn’t expected that, and of course was surprised and asked him again. I thought that maybe he didn’t understand my question and meant that the mountain was always there. So...
  • Thomas Friedman Praises Palestinian Jew Murderer

    04/12/2012 4:49:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 12, 2012 | David Meir-Levi
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Thomas Friedman Praises Palestinian Jew MurdererPosted By David Meir-Levi On April 12, 2012 @ 12:10 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments When it comes to Thomas Friedman’s all-too-often misguided and misleading commentary on the Middle East, and especially on the Arab-Israel conflict, one must keep in mind that even a stopped clock is right twice a day.  In his New York Times article of April 4 (“A Middle East Twofer”), Friedman does offer one accurate insight into the psyche of Israel’s population:  Israel can accommodate a Palestinian state on its border only when...
  • Obama Administration Leaks ANOTHER Israeli Defense Secret

    04/11/2012 2:52:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    breibart ^ | 4/12/12 | Ben Shapiro
    The leaks continue from the Obama administration with regard to Israeli defense secrets. On Sunday, the New Yorker printed a report stating that US had worked with the Iranian opposition group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK). The US was apparently receiving intelligence from the group, including intercepted cell phone calls and text messages. But sources also confirmed that Mossad was helping to funnel resources and train members of the MEK. As Seymour Hersh writes: [E]arly last month NBC News quoted two senior Obama Administration officials as confirming that the attacks were carried out by M.E.K. units that were financed and trained by Mossad,...
  • IDF considering interceptors for sea-based gas platforms

    04/09/2012 9:24:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/10/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IDF considering interceptors for sea-based gas platforms By YAAKOV KATZ Fearing missiles, Navy seeking budget for 4 new vessels to improve defense coverage of Mediterranean Sea; Israel concerned Hezbollah will try to attack platforms. The navy is particularly concerned about Syria’s recent purchase of the Russian Yakhont anti-ship missile, which could be transferred to Hezbollah and used to target the gas rigs. Syria already tested the Yakhont in recent maneuvers. The weapon is said to be a sophisticated missile with a range of about 300 km. Last February, the navy seized an Iranian arms ship whose cargo, Israel said, was...
  • Jewish liberation is far from complete

    04/10/2012 1:19:53 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    http://www.carolineglick.com/e/ ^ | 05APR12 | Caroline Glick
    Hamas terror boss Fathi Hamad is a notable figure. Hamad is both the director of Hamas's al-Aksa television station and the terror group's "minister" of the interior and national security. His double portfolio is a clear expression of the much ignored fact that for terrorists, propaganda is inseparable from violence. Hamad's key posts make him a man worth listening to. His statements necessarily indicate Hamas's general direction. On March 23, Hamad was interviewed by Egypt's Al Hekma television station. The interview was translated by MEMRI. Hamad made two central points. First, he claimed that the Palestinian war against Israel is...
  • Former US Official: Pollard May Yet be Released- Former US undersecretary of defense Lawrence Korb

    04/10/2012 12:55:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 4/9/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Former undersecretary of defense Lawrence Korb said Tuesday that convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard may be released soon. "Given Jonathan's deteriorating health they may consider clemency," Korb said in remarks that contradicted reports that Pollard's release was were baseless. "There is a chance." Korb also rejected that US President Barack Obama's silence on an emergency plea for Pollard's release from Israeli President Shimon Peres on humanitarian grounds was a definite "no" on clemency for Pollard. "Obama didn't respond to a letter sent by Prime Minister Netanyahu over a year ago, either, to my knowledge," Korb said. "He may be waiting...
  • Israel and the United Nations

    04/10/2012 9:32:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 10, 2012 | Pat Condell
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  • Israel Again Seeks Release of Spy Pollard

    04/10/2012 5:56:55 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 16 replies
    Military.com ^ | 4-10-2012 | Pete Yost, AP
    WASHINGTON -- The government of Israel is again asking the United States to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, a former Navy analyst serving a life sentence for espionage. But the White House said Monday its position has not changed, and President Barack Obama has no intention of releasing Pollard. Pollard was arrested in 1985 and convicted in 1987. Democratic and Republican administrations alike have repeatedly refused Israeli appeals to release Pollard. The latest request was made Monday in a letter to Obama from Israeli President Shimon Peres, who asked that Pollard be released on humanitarian grounds because his health has...
  • Encountering Peace: The economics of Palestine

    04/10/2012 5:28:53 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jerusalelm POst ^ | 04/09/2012 | GERSHON BASKIN
    Israel should at least make good on its promise of “economic peace” and ensure we won’t have riots next door. Over the past couple of weeks I have been spending a considerable amount of time in Ramallah, assisting in the development of a project on trade facilitation which will be funded by the US government to help the Palestinian private sector to build the economy and ensure continued stability. The picture that has been painted of the situation on the ground is most worrying. The optimism of the period of 2008-2010 during which Salam Fayyad launched and implemented the first...
  • Encountering Peace: The economics of Palestine

    04/10/2012 5:28:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Jerusalelm POst ^ | 04/09/2012 | GERSHON BASKIN
    Israel should at least make good on its promise of “economic peace” and ensure we won’t have riots next door. Over the past couple of weeks I have been spending a considerable amount of time in Ramallah, assisting in the development of a project on trade facilitation which will be funded by the US government to help the Palestinian private sector to build the economy and ensure continued stability. The picture that has been painted of the situation on the ground is most worrying. The optimism of the period of 2008-2010 during which Salam Fayyad launched and implemented the first...
  • Report: Israel Told US 'No Attack until Early Fall

    04/09/2012 11:12:15 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 18 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | 4/10/2012 | Gil Ronen
    Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Tuesday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu refused to commit before U.S. President Barack Obama that Israel would not attack Iran before the U.S. presidential elections.
  • Friday Sermon on Jordan TV: Jordanian Army Is Invincible, Will Shatter the Might of Israel

    04/09/2012 4:41:09 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 18 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 3-23-12 | Jordanian TV
    Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Jordanian cleric Ghaleb Rabab'a, which aired on Jordan TV on March 23, 2012 : Ghaleb Rabab'a : The [Jordanian] army is invincible. Its units are filled with people who pray, with imams, and with people who memorized the Koran. This army will never be defeated, Allah willing. Jerusalem will be regained, Allah willing, by these modest and pure hands, which hold the Koran high and recite it day and night. This is an army that bows before none but Allah. Today, we must take pride in our country and its army,...
  • Op-Ed: Grass: Let's Be Brave Poets, Not Fearful Puritans

    04/09/2012 4:38:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/4/12 | Scott Krane
    It took me until now to respond to the poem, What Must Be Said, by Günter Wilhelm Grass. I, a literary critic, am not as quick on the draw as Shas' Eli Yishai who declared the Nobel Prize winning octogenarian a persona non grata. Instead, I like to think about the lyric, let it soak in. See where it takes me. Given, the language in this particular piece does not induce much philosophizing. First I had to consider the genre under which the writer is commonly filed: Vergangenheitsbewältigung, an artistic movement seeking to make sense of Deutschland's confusing past. It...
  • Netanyahu: Iran Uses Talks to Deceive

    04/09/2012 1:48:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/12 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Sunday afternoon with his Italian counterpart Mario Monti. Following the meeting, Netanyahu spoke to reporters and mentioned the P5-1 talks with Iran scheduled for next week. "We have seen that Iran uses the talks in order to deceive and mislead," he said. "We will follow the talks." "Our policy with regard to Iran has not changed, and that is also what needs to happen at the talks," he added. "The demands from Iran must be clear – remove the enriched [nuclear] material, stop the enrichment and dismantle the installation at Qom." Iran, meanwhile, has rejected...
  • “Peace” Group Promotes Anti-Semitic Passover Seder

    04/09/2012 10:39:53 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Commentary ^ | 04.06.2012 - 12:18 PM | Jonathan S. Tobin
    “Peace” Group Promotes Anti-Semitic Passover Seder Jonathan S. Tobin | 04.06.2012 - 12:18 PM As I wrote earlier, there is a disreputable modern American Jewish tradition of attempting to use Jewish liturgy and especially the Passover seder as an excuse to promote non-Jewish political issues. When Arthur Waskow created his “Freedom Seder” to make the holiday about American civil rights rather than the Exodus one could at least say it was an attempt to use Judaism to promote a good cause rather than a bad one. Other such attempts to make Haggadahs about immigration, the Labor movement or any other...
  • Jerusalem is the capital of Israel

    04/09/2012 8:57:09 AM PDT · by DBeers · 5 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Monday, April 9, 2012 | Rick Santorum
    Jerusalem is the capital of Israel Obama and Romney won't state this basic fact There is, sadly, a huge divide between the Obama administration’s position and that of the government of Israel with regard to Jerusalem. For thousands of years, at the end of the Passover Seder as well as at the end of Yom Kippur, Jews around the world conclude their holiday by reciting, “Next Year in Jerusalem.” To Jews, Jerusalem is the holiest city, and has the holiest site, the Temple Mount, which includes the Western Wall. Jews praying outside of Jerusalem face toward Jerusalem. When Israel became...
  • More Obama Leaks to Sabotage Israel?

    04/09/2012 5:14:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 9, 2012 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - More Obama Leaks to Sabotage Israel?Posted By P. David Hornik On April 9, 2012 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments On Sunday the Washington Post published an article that seems to further validate those who believe the Obama administration is running a campaign of leaks aimed at stopping Israel from attacking Iran.Called “U.S. intelligence gains in Iran seen as boost to confidence,” the article cites “officials” saying that “expanded intelligence collection has reinforced the view within the White House that it will have early warning of any move by Iran to...
  • A Friendship Dating to 1976 Resonates in 2012

    04/08/2012 9:57:37 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 4/7/2012 | MICHAEL BARBARO
    The two young men had woefully little in common: one was a wealthy Mormon from Michigan, the other a middle-class Jew from Israel. But in 1976, the lives of Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu intersected, briefly but indelibly, in the 16th-floor offices of the Boston Consulting Group, where both had been recruited as corporate advisers. At the most formative time of their careers, they sized each other up during the firm’s weekly brainstorming sessions, absorbing the same profoundly analytical view of the world. That shared experience decades ago led to a warm friendship, little known to outsiders, that is now...
  • Zionism, Health Care and the Illiberalism of Progressive Minds

    04/08/2012 8:36:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 8, 2012 | Peter Berkowitz
    The ability to appreciate the merits of the other side of a question, John Stuart Mill asserted in his 1859 classic, “On Liberty,” is a hallmark of the liberal spirit. By this measure, Peter Beinart’s new book, “The Crisis of Zionism,” which has become a cause célčbre among progressives, marks another step in the parting of ways between progressives and that old-fashioned and indispensable liberalism that recognized that multiple perspectives were vital resources to a free society. Fittingly, the book was released late last month, during oral arguments before the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act...
  • Special IDF units preparing for mass Lebanon incursion if war breaks out with Hezbollah

    04/08/2012 9:48:32 PM PDT · by U-238 · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/8/2012 | Gili Cohen
    Almost six years after the Second Lebanon War, special Israeli units are preparing to take part in mass incursions into Lebanon if another round of fighting with Hezbollah breaks out. Just as important, they are being trained to heed the legal implications. Officers say the Israel Air Force would destroy targets like training bases and rocket-launching pads within a few days, based on the intelligence gathered by the Israel Defense Forces. But this would not be enough, so a ground offensive would be necessary. Published 00:51 08.04.12 Latest update 00:51 08.04.12 Special IDF units preparing for mass Lebanon incursion if...
  • US sale of combat planes to Iraq concerns IDF

    04/08/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT · by U-238 · 28 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/8/2012 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel is increasingly concerned with the military build-up in Iraq amid intelligence reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is solidifying its presence in the country, according to a senior IDF officer. Of particular concern is the Pentagon’s approval in late 2011 of the sale of 36 F- 16 multi-role combat aircraft to Iraq. The planes will be built by Lockheed Martin in the US and are Block 52 F-16s, meaning that they are of the same configuration as Israel’s F-16Is, called Sufa (Storm). “We are carefully watching the developments in Iraq,” the IDF officer said. “The possible developments...
  • Israeli Letter-poem to Grass: If We Go, Everyone Goes

    04/08/2012 2:38:24 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/12 | Gil Ronen
    Israeli poet Itamar Yaoz-Kest, a Holocaust survivor, has penned a public "letter-poem" in reply to the "poem" in which German Günter Grass accused Israel of "endangering the already fragile world peace." The letter-poem was published on journalist Ze'ev Galili's blog, in Hebrew, under the name: "The Right to Exist: a Poem-Letter to the German Author." It addresses Grass, who has admitted to being a member of the Waffen SS during World War II, by name. The "letter-poem" starts thus: Danger, I want to be a danger, I want to be a danger to the world, so that after my destruction,...
  • Evicted Jews Sleep in the Streets, Wait for Answers

    04/08/2012 2:28:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Jews forced out of the Machpelah House in Hevron last week spent Passover in tents just meters away. In the meantime, the building sits empty. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, with support from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, insisted on going ahead with last week’s eviction ahead of Passover, arguing that Jewish presence in the building was an operational threat that must be rectified immediately. The IDF, he said, could verify that Jews had a legal right to the home after forcing them to leave it. The eviction caused discord in the government, with senior figures including Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and...
  • U.S. Defines Its Demands for New Round of Talks With Iran (0's Big "Last Chance" Ultimatum)

    04/08/2012 11:26:19 AM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 4/7/2012 | DAVID E. SANGER and STEVEN ERLANGER
    The Obama administration and its European allies plan to open new negotiations with Iran by demanding the immediate closing and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed nuclear facility deep under a mountain, according to American and European diplomats. They are also calling for a halt in the production of uranium fuel that is considered just a few steps from bomb grade, and the shipment of existing stockpiles of that fuel out of the country, the diplomats said. That negotiating position will be the opening move in what President Obama has called Iran’s “last chance” to resolve its nuclear confrontation with...
  • Blindsided: Peace for Israel?

    04/08/2012 8:49:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    In my post, Blindsided: 9/11 Was the Rule, Not the Exception, I explained how 9/11 woke up America to the reality of Islamic fanaticism. Because of ignorance to Islam’s history and grievance culture, its violent nature blindsided us. Today, that same naivety is playing out before a looming armed conflict between Israel and Iran. Ignorance is especially strong among the professional punditry, who aim to shape US public opinion.Since its covert nuclear program was exposed in 2002, Iran has danced around the international community, always professing its peaceful intentions. But many observers have suspected otherwise.Threats against Israel made by Iranian...
  • Why I no longer hate Israel

    04/08/2012 8:46:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Ynet ^ | 4-8-12 | Romeu Monteiro
    I’m a 22-year-old Portuguese gay activist and PhD student. I’m not Jewish, Israeli or even religious, but I am a Zionist and strong supporter of Israel, and I want to explain why. My story begins at nine, when I went to the school library to get the Diary of Anne Frank. I had no prior idea about the Holocaust and I could not comprehend such persecution. I had never met a Jew, but I was raised to see other people as similar to myself. The book’s story haunted me: This girl, slightly older than me, hiding for years, confined, isolated,...
  • Special IDF Units Preparing For Mass Lebanon Incursion If War Breaks Out With Hezbollah

    04/08/2012 7:34:01 AM PDT · by edpc · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8 April 2012 | Gili Cohen
    Almost six years after the Second Lebanon War, special Israeli units are preparing to take part in mass incursions into Lebanon if another round of fighting with Hezbollah breaks out. Just as important, they are being trained to heed the legal implications. Officers say the Israel Air Force would destroy targets like training bases and rocket-launching pads within a few days, based on the intelligence gathered by the Israel Defense Forces. But this would not be enough, so a ground offensive would be necessary.
  • Poet Gunter Grass Banned from Entering Israel

    04/08/2012 3:03:30 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/4/12 | Chana Yaar
    Interior Minister Eli Yishai has banned German poet Gunter Grass from entering Israel. Yishai declared Grass “persona non grata” in the Jewish State on Sunday, saying his poems were an attempt to “fan the flames of hatred against the state, and against Israel.” If Gunter chooses to spread distortion and falsehood, said Yishai, “I suggest that he do so from Iran, where he can find a [more] receptive audience.” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also had harsh words for the 84-year-old poet, saying “In order to get publicity and sell a few books, he once more is willing to sacrifice Jews.”...
  • Israel Blames U.S. for Media Reports About Iran Strategy

    04/07/2012 6:24:52 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    the daily beast ^ | 4/6/2012 | eli lake
    Top officials in Israel are charging that national-security leaks coming from the U.S. government are undermining Israel’s military options against Iran. “The problem is the Iranians are certainly paying close attention to these reports,” a senior Israeli official told The Daily Beast. “We are concerned about the leaks and we hope they are not intentional.” The latest such leak appeared March 28 on Foreign Policy magazine’s website, claiming that Israel had been granted secret access to airbases in Azerbaijan near Iran’s northern border. The piece was sourced to senior U.S. diplomats and military-intelligence officers. In Washington the article was referred...
  • Report: Obama Blaming Israel for Rising Fuel Prices

    04/03/2012 8:04:24 AM PDT · by rawhide · 29 replies
    www.israelnationalnews.com ^ | 4-3-12 | Elad Benari
    The Obama administration is blaming Israel for the recent rise in global crude oil prices, according to a Sunday report in The World Tribune. The rise in fuel prices is deemed as harming the U.S. economy and has also hurt Obama in the polls as he seeks re-election in November. The report cited a leading U.S. analyst, Robert Satloff, who returned from talks with Israeli officials. Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said, according to The World Tribune, that the Israeli leadership saw Washington as attributing the higher gas prices to “Israel’s posturing” on Iran....
  • Mofaz: Give the Palestinians 100% of Yesha

    04/07/2012 3:40:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) told the The New York Times that he would "respond to 100% of the territorial demands of the Palestinians" if elected Prime Minister. “I intend to replace Netanyahu,” Mr. Mofaz, 63, said. “I will not join his government.” Mofaz said that he believed Israel should keep the main settlement blocs, but that he would give the Palestinian Authority as much land from sovereign Israeli ground as he kept from Judea and Samaria. He added that he believes it is possible to reach an agreement on the borders and security within one year. When asked about...
  • Defiant Syria is upgrading its military capabilities

    04/07/2012 12:25:32 PM PDT · by klpt · 6 replies
    Jpost ^ | 04/06/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Despite the ongoing internal unrest, Syria is continuing to upgrade its military capabilities and recently declared a number of new surface-to-air missile systems (SAMs) operational. Over the past year, Syria has received a number of SA- 17 batteries from Russia under a deal signed several years ago. Two batteries are already reportedly operational and deployed along Syria’s border with Lebanon. A third is undergoing training. As a result, the IDF has modified the way it flies in the North and particularly when conducting missions over Lebanon, where it continues to fly to gather intelligence on Hezbollah activities.
  • The Eternal Liberation Movement

    04/07/2012 7:07:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2012 | Caroline Glick
    Hamas terror boss Fathi Hamad is a notable figure. Hamad is both the director of Hamas's al-Aksa television station and the terror group's "minister" of the interior and national security. His double portfolio is a clear expression of the much ignored fact that for terrorists, propaganda is inseparable from violence. Hamad's key posts make him a man worth listening to. His statements necessarily indicate Hamas's general direction. On March 23, Hamad was interviewed by Egypt's Al Hekma television station. The interview was translated by MEMRI. Hamad made two central points. First, he claimed that the Palestinian war against Israel is...
  • Russia: Human rights groups urge Jackson-Vanik repeal; Post-election, dissent still simmers

    04/06/2012 9:52:02 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    AFPC Russia Reform Monitor ^ | 4/5/2012 | Ilan Berman and Amanda Pitrof, eds.
    Leaders of Russia’s political opposition groups have banded together to urge Congress to end Cold War-era trade restrictions against Russia. The restrictions, known as the Jackson-Vanik amendment, were originally crafted to pressure the Soviet Union to allow the emigration of Russian Jews, and have remained in force since. But if left in place when Russia officially joins the World Trade Organization, the law could lead to higher tariffs on American companies operating in Russia. There are also pragmatic reasons to repeal Jackson-Vanik. According to the New York Times, Russia's opposition leaders have argued that leaving the amendment in place would...
  • Israel Presents New Deterrence Policy

    04/06/2012 2:58:25 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 15 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | April 5, 2012 | Shahar Chai
    IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz on Thursday declared a change in army police whereby any firing at Israel's south will be met with an attack on Hamas, regardless of the group behind the fire. Similarly, any firing from Lebanon will result in an attack on Hezbollah, and any terror attack by Iran's emissaries overseas will prompt a response against Tehran. Speaking at a conference in the Gelilot base, Gantz discussed the many threats Israel faces. "The IDF is Israel's sharpened sword and protector," he noted. He also addressed the firing of rockets at Eilat on Wednesday night.
  • From Israel, New York, LA to London, Paris, Rome Jews Celebrate Passover on Facebook

    04/06/2012 1:06:03 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 1 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | April 6, 2012 | Herb Brandon
    From Israel, New York, LA to London, Paris, Rome Jews Celebrate Passover on FacebookBy Herb Brandon Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel --- April 6, 2012 .... One just might call it the largest Passover Seder table in the world. From Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to New York and London, thousands of Jewish Internet surfers are uploading Passover stories, photos, recipes and videos on Facebook. "Passover is all about family and Facebook is helping to bring families and friends together on this special Jewish holiday," says Internet and social media pioneer Joel Leyden. "What we are witnessing now is the upside of...
  • Obama's Message To Iran: Civilian Nukes Okay

    04/06/2012 12:16:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | Daniel Tovrov
    President Barack Obama sent a verbal message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei by way of Turkey, stating for the first time that the United States would accept a civilian nuclear program in the Islamic Republic if there is a guarantee it will never be used militarily, the Washington Post reported. Obama, in a statement relayed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, said that if Iran proved it was not building a nuclear weapon, then Washington would let Iran develop a peaceful nuclear program. "It's a strange message to send," a critical Bret Stephens, the Wall Street...
  • 'Obama signaled Khamenei that U.S. could accept civilian nuclear program in Iran'

    04/06/2012 11:16:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 4/6/12 | Barak Ravid
    U.S. President Barack Obama has recently passed a message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Washington Post reported on Friday, which signaled that the United States would agree to an Iranian civilian nuclear program if they proved they were not developing a nuclear bomb. According to David Ignatius, the Washington Post's senior columnist specializing in intelligence matters, Obama passed Khamenei the message through Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visited Tehran this week.
  • Egypt Denies Sinai Rocket Launch

    04/06/2012 7:31:57 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Egyptian officials on Thursday denied that three Grad rockets which struck the city of Eilat in the pre-dawn hours were fired from the Sinai desert. Mahamoud El-Hefnawy, Cairo's director of security for the Sinai sector, told Egyptian media that the rockets fired at Eilat did not emanate from Sinai. Hefnawy said that "the situation in the southern sector is excellent. There are regular patrols and stakeouts across all roads. If anyone seems suspect they are stopped for inspections meant to stop any terrorist elements from entering the area." He claimed that Egyptian border patrols are constantly present across the sector...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s Charm Offensive in Washington

    04/06/2012 5:51:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 6, 2012 | Jacob Laksin
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - The Muslim Brotherhood’s Charm Offensive in WashingtonPosted By Jacob Laksin On April 6, 2012 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment Khairat al-Shater, Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate. The Muslim Brotherhood’s American charm offensive got off to a rough start this week. Members of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Brotherhood’s political wing, arrived in Washington D.C. this week for a series of meetings with U.S. officials, media, and think tanks, with the purpose of presenting a moderate image of the Brotherhood and allaying fears that it will impose Sharia law and...