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  • Romney: Obama fears Israeli attack on Iran more than Iran nukes

    06/16/2012 1:52:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 16, 2012 | Paul West
    In hawkish remarks that drew cheers from an audience of religious conservatives, Mitt Romney accused President Obama on Saturday of being more afraid that Israel might attack Iran than that Iran will develop a nuclear weapon. The Republican presidential candidate, who frequently attacks the administration for failing to back Israel's government more aggressively, ratcheted up his criticism a notch. He responded with ridicule when asked what he would do, if elected, to strengthen U.S. relations with the Jewish state. "I think, by and large, you can just look at the things the president has done and do the opposite," Romney...
  • India 'likes' Israel the most after US and UK: Embassy

    06/15/2012 6:09:58 PM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 8 replies
    Israel today said it's official India Facebook page has the most 'Likes' after that of the US and the United Kindgom. The ISRAEL in INDIA Facebook page, launched by the Israelian Embassy in August, 2010, has received almost 20,000 'likes', a figure surpassed only by the pages of the US and the UK. Two decades after India and Israel established full diplomatic relations, ties between the two nations are extending far beyond traditional diplomacy, the Embassy said in a statement. Less than two years after the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi launched its activity on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other...
  • Palestine - One of the most Divisive Geo-political Issues

    06/15/2012 5:21:50 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 6 replies
    Hal Lindsey Report ^ | Hal Lindsey
    The plight of the Palestinians is one of the most divisive geopolitical issues in the world today. The irony is that it's a completely manufactured issue. (Remember the flak Newt Gingrich took when he correctly labeled the Palestinians an "invented people?") A recent study shows that less than 30,000 Palestinian Arabs can be classified as "refugees" as normally defined by the "United Nations Convention on Refugees." These are what remain of the original 750,000 Arabs displaced by the 1948 war in Israel. (And that's still fewer than the number of Jews chased from their homes throughout the Middle East at...
  • Hugs From Iran

    06/14/2012 7:33:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 13, 2012 | Nicholas D. Kristof
    My 1,700-mile road trip across Iran began with a giddy paean to America, reinforcing my view that at the grass-roots level, this may be the most pro-American nation in the Middle East. “We love America!” gushed a former military commando, now a clothing seller, my first evening in the spiritual center of Mashhad. He was so carried away that I thought he might hug me, and although he acknowledged that his business was suffering greatly from Western sanctions, he said he blamed his own leaders.
  • Russia, US Nearing Proxy War in Syria

    06/13/2012 3:10:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 35 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    France has called on the United Nations to authorize using "all means" necessary to end the carnage in Syria, bringing the civil war closer to the edge of a proxy war between Russia and the Western alliance. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of supplying weapons to Syria's opposition, hours after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton charged that Moscow is sending a new shipment of attack helicopters to Damascus. Lavrov spoke during a brief visit to Iran, which along with Syria are two of Russia’s favorite nations for investment of nuclear development and arms...
  • Big powers move in on Syria: Russian troops for Tartus. US forces ready to go

    06/15/2012 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Errant · 19 replies
    DEBKA File ^ | June 15, 2012
    A contingent of Russian special forces is on its way to Syria to guard the Russian navy’s deep-water port at the Syria’s Mediterranean coastal town of Tartus, Pentagon officials informed US NBC TV Friday, June 15. They are coming by ship. According to debkafile’s sources, the contingent is made up of naval marines and is due to land in Syria in the coming hours. In a separate and earlier announcement, US Defense Department sources in Washington reported that the US military had completed its own planning for a variety of US operations against Syria, or for assisting neighboring countries in...
  • US official: Russia sends troops to Syria as peace hopes fade

    06/15/2012 1:26:43 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 94 replies
    Russia is sending armed troops to Syria amid escalating violence there, United States military officials told NBC News Friday, in a move certain to frustrate Western efforts to put pressure on the regime of President Bashir Assad.
  • U.S. Bolsters Ties to Fighters in Syria

    06/14/2012 9:45:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 13, 2012 | Jay Solomon and Nour Malas
    U.S. intelligence operatives and diplomats have stepped up their contacts with Syrian rebels in part to help organize their burgeoning military operations against President Bashar al-Assad's forces, according to senior U.S. officials. As part of the efforts, the Central Intelligence Agency and State Department—working with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other allies—are helping the opposition Free Syrian Army develop logistical routes for moving supplies into Syria and providing communications training.
  • Dreamy foreign policies

    06/15/2012 2:10:09 PM PDT · by Former Fetus
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/15/2012 | Caroline B. Glick
    With her unbridled hostility towards Israel, the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton provides us with an abject lesson in what happens when a government places its emotional aspirations above its national interests. Since the establishment of the State of Israel, many of Israel's elite have aspired to be embraced by Europe. In recent years, nearly every government has voiced the hope of one day seeing Israel join the EU. To a significant degree, Israel's decision to recognize the PLO in 1993 and negotiate with Yassir Arafat and his deputies was an attempt by Israel's political class to win acceptance...
  • J Street Undercuts Obama’s Policy on Iran

    06/15/2012 6:26:30 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 1 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 15, 2012 | Alan Dershowitz
    J Street Undercuts Obama’s Policy on Iran By Alan Dershowitz President Barack Obama recently invited me to the Oval Office for a discussion about Iran. The president reiterated to me in private what he had previously said in public: namely, that he would not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons; that containment of a nuclear Iran was not an option; that sanctions and diplomatic pressures would be applied and increased first; but that, as a last recourse, the military option would not be taken off the table. What the president said is now the official American policy with regard to...
  • Israel-Loving Ex-Terrorist in Open Visit

    06/15/2012 12:46:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/6/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Mosab Hassan Yousef’s life has been far from simple. Born in Ramallah to the founder and leader of Hamas, he made an about-face as a young adult and for several years helped Israel fight terrorism. Yousef later converted to Christianity and moved to the United States. He wrote a book about his life story, titled Son of Hamas. Now he is making his first open trip to Israel, as a guest of Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara. “I want to tell the people of Israel that I love you,” he said in an interview with Channel 2 television. “I don’t think...
  • Israel Moves Forward In Creating National Cyber Bureau

    06/14/2012 9:08:15 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 8 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | June 12, 2012 | Israel News Agency Staff
    Israel Moves Forward In Creating National Cyber BureauBy Israel News Agency StaffJerusalem, Israel --- June 12, 2012 ... The following was communicated by the Israel Prime Minister's media adviser to the Israel News Agency. Israel National Cyber Bureau head Dr. Evyatar Mataniah recently attended Tel Aviv University's 2nd Annual International Cyber Conference and noted that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the budget and work plan for the Bureau, which was established at the beginning of the year. One of the aforesaid plans is the establishment in Israel of a national cyber situation room, which will construct a national...
  • 'Olmert bombed Syria reactor despite US push for diplomacy'

    06/14/2012 5:00:12 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/14/2012 | HERB KEINON
    In exclusive interview with 'Post', former US foreign policy advisor Elliott Abrams defends Netanyahu over critical State Comptroller report, says more important than preparation is the right people making the right decisions. Former prime minister Ehud Olmert decided in September 2007 to bomb the al-Kabir nuclear facility in Syria after then-president George W. Bush told him the US had opted for the diplomatic route and was trying to get the International Atomic Energy Agency to close the site, Elliott Abrams told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. Asked about Wednesday’s Israeli State Comptroller’s Report chastising the government for a haphazard decision-making...
  • Int'l Aid Groups Blame Israel That Gaza Water Unfit to Drink

    06/14/2012 5:16:40 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/6/12 | Chana Yaar
    Two international aid organizations claim that Gaza's water is unfit to drink. But instead of blaming the Hamas terrorist rulers who have maintained a choke hold on the region since June 2007, the groups claim Israel is responsible for the contamination. The “Save the Children” foundation and “Medical Aid for Palestinians” charity insist that Israel's blockade of Gaza prevents “crucial sanitation equipment from getting in,” the BBC reported Thursday. “The blockade must be lifted 'in its entirety,'” wrote the BBC, quoting a report by the charities, “Gaza's Children: Falling Behind.” The British-based website also noted in a single line that...
  • Palestinians polarised by Egyptian scene

    06/14/2012 5:03:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Al Ahram ^ | 7-13-12
    Mubarak's Egypt backed Fatah against Hamas. Now, the shoe is on the other foot as Egypt goes to the polls to choose a president, writes Khaled Amayreh in Hebron -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The trial and conviction of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his interior minister, Habib El-Adli, earlier this week have reverberated through the Palestinian political street, drawing conflicting reactions from Palestinian factions, each according to its ideological and political orientation. Palestinians have been following up rather closely on developments in Egypt ever since the start of the 25 January Revolution that toppled the Mubarak regime, which was widely considered at...
  • Jordanian Academic: The Present Reality In The Arab World Is The Result Of A Jewish Conspiracy

    06/14/2012 4:55:23 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    MEMRI ^ | June 13, 2012 | 'Abd Al-Rahman Mustafa Al-Qudha
    Jordanian Academic: The Present Reality In The Arab World Is The Result Of A Jewish Conspiracy On January 24, 2012, 'Abd Al-Rahman Mustafa Al-Qudha, a doctoral student in Arabic Language at the Yarmouk University in Jordan, published an article in the Jordanian electronic newspaper Al-Sawsanna, in which he claimed that the present crisis in the Arab world – the oppression and the uprisings – is the result of a Jewish conspiracy described in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Following are excerpts from the article:[1] "Reading the introduction to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, translated and analyzed...
  • How's That Reset Button Workin' For Ya, Obama? Thu, Jun 14 2012 00:00:00 E

    06/13/2012 6:21:50 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 13, 2012
    Mideast: As Moscow tests a new ballistic missile, our secretary of state expresses concern that Moscow is sending attack helicopters to the murderous regime in Syria. The only thing changed is the degree of our naivete. On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan spoke to the people of West Berlin at the base of the Brandenburg Gate, near the Berlin Wall, and uttered this famous demand: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" A quarter-century later to the day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. was "concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on...
  • Hate Vandals Deface Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum (Israeli Hebrew speaking Arabs)

    06/11/2012 9:42:42 AM PDT · by Milagros · 13 replies
    inn ^ | June 11, 2012 | Z.B.G.
    Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum officials were shocked Monday morning to discover anti-Zionist hate slogans and graffiti praising Hitler. By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
  • Turkey Fears Syrian Conflict Spilling Over Border

    06/13/2012 3:16:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/12 | Chana Yaar
    Turkey has expressed fears that the bloodshed from the growing civil war in Syria could spill over its border. “We are disturbed by the possibility that it could spread to us,” Turkey's Deputy Foreign Minister Naci Koru said Wednesday in an interview on state-run TRT television. More than 29,500 Syrian refugees have fled through that border to the safety of Turkey in the past year, officials in Ankara have said. At least two thousand of those arrived within the past 48 hours, a major upswing in the number of people fleeing the violence at one time, according to the Turkish...
  • ADL, LGBT Group Slam CUNY for Sponsorship of Anti-Israel ‘Pinkwashing’ Conference

    06/13/2012 3:37:03 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | June 13, 2012
    The Anti-Defamation League and a Jewish LGBT group have blasted a conference being planned by the The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at City University of New York that intends to accuse Israel of using their strong record on gay rights to detract from the “oppression of Palestinians.” “This conference is not an academic exercise designed to promote and encourage different points of view on LGBT issues; it is simply a venue to criticize Israel for the most absurd reasons,” Abraham Foxman, the national director of the ADL told The Algemeiner. ”The academic community should find the conference abhorrent,...
  • Gaza kindergarten: I want to blow Zionists and kill them on a bus in a suicide bombing

    06/13/2012 3:34:57 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 6-13-12
    Gaza kindergarten teaches jihad and hate: "I want to blow myself up on Zionists and kill them on a bus in a suicide bombing" Raising their children on poisionous rage, hatred and violence. But remember: the real problem is "Islamophobia." "Gaza kindergartners want to 'blow up Zionists,'" by Elior Levy for Ynet News, June 12 (thanks to Lachlan): Children attending a kindergarten in Gaza that is run by Islamic Jihad celebrated their graduation by dressing up in army attire, waving toy rifles and chanting anti-Israel slogans. "It is our obligation to educate the children to love the resistance, Palestine and...
  • Advance 'Sawing' Team Attacked in Beit El

    06/13/2012 1:45:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    There is growing rage in Beit El, where residents feel that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu knowingly misled them when he promised to build 300 homes instead of the 30 homes to be destroyed in Givat HaUlpana. Residents are said to be preparing for "a harsh struggle" over the homes. Tensions are running high in the community north of Jerusalem. A Defense Ministry team that came to Beit El to gauge the feasibility of moving the homes from Givat HaUlpana by a technique that has become known as "sawing" fled after being pelted with rocks and paint. No one was hurt....
  • Russia Is Sending Attack Helicopters to Syria, U.S. Says

    06/12/2012 12:00:49 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 117 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/12/12 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration says Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and is warning about a dramatic escalation in the Arab country's 15-month conflict. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. was "concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria." She said the shipment "will escalate the conflict quite dramatically."
  • 'Recalling Armenian genocide not attack on Turks'

    06/12/2012 4:46:29 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-12-12 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Rivlin says Knesset discussion of murder of more than a million Armenians nearly a hundred years ago not political. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said Tuesday that Israel has an obligation to remember the murder of more than a million Armenians at the hands of the Turks nearly a hundred years ago, but warned that the issue should not be turned into an attack on the Turkish government of today. The Knesset speaker made the comments at a Knesset discussion of the Armenian genocide. Speaking a day before State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss was scheduled to release a report on Israel’s interception...
  • Queen’s 35 Karat Pink Diamond Becomes Subject of Anti-Israel Activists

    06/12/2012 4:31:58 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | June 12, 2012
    The 35.60 karat diamond placed in the Tower of London to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne, is now the subject of anti-Israel activists who want the Queen to decline the gift because of the diamond’s affiliation with the Steinmetz family, which helps support Israeli soldiers. “We are shocked and disappointed by the decision of De Beers to present the Queen of England with a diamond manufactured by the Steinmetz Diamond company,” said Helmi Sammoni of Gaza. “We the Sammoni family call on the Queen of England and the British people to decline this gift.” The activists...
  • International Council Rejects Palestinian Claim on Church of Nativity

    06/12/2012 4:30:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | June 12, 2012
    The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has nominated the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage route in Bethlehem for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List—which would classify them as under urgent danger and worthy of special protection from the United Nations—despite evidence that those sites do not face such danger. In advance of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, from June 24-July 6, the PLO has argued that the “Israeli occupation” has hampered “the supply of appropriate materials” and created an “emergency situation” at the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage route However, the International...
  • Beit El Prepares to Fight Demolition

    06/12/2012 4:08:02 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/6/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Hundreds of families have moved to Beit El’s Ulpana neighborhood, local council head Moshe Rosenbaum told Arutz Sheva. “They are sleeping there, in order to prevent [demolition] with their bodies, in order to say that there is no way it will happen,” he said. He preferred not to specify the “red lines” that protesters will not cross. Earlier in the day MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz said demonstrators will not harm soldiers, but will give “everything they can” to prevent the planned forcible eviction. Protesters are not comforted by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s promise to build 10 new homes in Beit...
  • IDF Officer Suspended for Firing on Attackers

    06/12/2012 12:18:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/6/12 | Maayana Miskin
    An IDF commander has been suspended over a video that shows him throwing rocks and firing his gun in response to a violent attack from Palestinian Authority protesters. The video was shot on Friday outside the PA town of Nabi Saleh, north of Jerusalem. The area is the scene of weekly riots. PA men began lobbing heavy stones at the commander and his soldiers. Similar attacks have caused injury to soldiers in the past, including wounds requiring hospitalization and even death. In response, the commander first used a smoke grenade, then began lobbing stones at the rioters in return. When...
  • The Last Days of Jews in the Islamicized Europe

    06/12/2012 5:16:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 12, 2012 | Giulio Meotti
    A few days ago, security guards were patrolling the streets near Rome’s Jewish school with metal detectors, searching for possible explosive devices. Rome’s largest synagogue, one of the oldest in the world, today looks like a military outpost, with private guards and policemen at every corner. The Jewish school is also a “sterilized area,” protected by bodyguards and cameras, the windows plumbed with iron grates. I saw the same in the Jewish homes of Hebron and in the schools of Sderot, the Israeli city bombed by Hamas. The March attack at a Jewish school in Toulouse, which resembled that of...
  • Exposing the Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Charade

    06/12/2012 5:15:14 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 11, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Exposing the Palestinian ‘Refugee’ CharadePosted By Arnold Ahlert On June 11, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 23 Comments On May 24th, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a resolution virtually certain to create a controversy in Washington, D.C. The Kirk Amendment, named after its drafter, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), authorizes the State Department to submit a report “detailing the number of people currently receiving United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) services.” At issue is whether there are 30,000 Palestinian “refugees,” the actual number of living people “personally displaced” during Israel’s 1948 war of...
  • Aided by Ultra-Orthodox, City’s Jewish Population Is Growing Again

    06/11/2012 8:19:22 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 11, 2012 | Joseph Berger
    Members of these Orthodox groups also have been known to be far more likely to adopt more conservative positions on matters like abortion, same-sex marriage and the Israeli approach to the Palestinians. . . . 40 percent of Jews in the city identify themselves as Orthodox, an increase from 33 percent in 2002; 74 percent of all Jewish children in the city are Orthodox.
  • Jerusalem to Be the Capital of ... What?

    06/11/2012 2:07:56 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 14 replies
    DianeWest.net ^ | 11JUN12 | Diane West
    If Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood candidate for president Mohammed Mursi (above) wins, Egypt's capital moves from Cairo to Jerusalem. So stated a leading Islamic leader, Safwat Hagazy, during a recent campaign rally as Mursi and MB head honcho Mohammed Badei looked on. Outrageous? Fantastic? Not in Muslimworld. As crack Islamic law expert Stephen Coughlin pointed out to me today, the 2008 charter of the Organization of the Islamic conference similarly calls for OIC's "permanent headquarters" to be moved to Jerusalem after the city's "liberation." Article 21 of the OIC Charter: The Headquarters of the General Secretariat shall be in the city...
  • Israel: Shock At 'Thank You Hitler' Graffiti

    06/11/2012 9:00:20 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 7 replies
    Sky News ^ | 11th June 2012 | Emma Hurd
    Israel’s holocaust memorial has been daubed with graffiti saying "Thank you Hitler", in a suspected attack by Jewish religious extremists. The words were sprayed in Hebrew at the entrance to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, provoking outrage from the Israeli government. "This is an escalation and an unprecedented crossing of red lines," Minister Yuli Edelstein said, describing the attack as a "spit in the face of Holocaust victims". Other graffiti at the site said: "Only because of the Holocaust did we receive a state from the UN. If Hitler hadn’t existed, the Zionists would have created him" and "Wake up Jews,...
  • Israel Gives In on Limitations for Freed Terrorist Murderer

    06/11/2012 12:49:13 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/6/12 | R. Sylvetsky
    Malki Roth, 15 was murdered, along with her friend MIchal Raziel and 13 other innocent civilians, in the suicide bombing at the Sbarro Restaurant in Jerusalem in August, 2001. They had decided, as teenagers will, to have some pizza. Another young married woman, also enjoying a summer break at the restaurant, has been unconscious since the bombing. Their photogenic murderess, Ahlam Al-Tamimi, presented the news on Palestinian Authority TV that same evening. Upon being told that eight children were among the victims, not three as she had originally thought, she broke into a wide smile. Tamimi received 16 life sentences...
  • US Ousts Israel From Counterterrorism Forum

    06/10/2012 3:50:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The United States blocked Israel's participation in the Global Counterterrorism Forum's (GCTF) first meeting in Istanbul on Friday, despite Israel's having one of the most extensive counterterrorism experiences in the world. Israel was excluded from the meeting due to fierce objections by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Washington-based source told Globes news. According the State Department’s website, the GCTF, which was established in September 2011, aims at “strengthening the global counterterrorism (CT) architecture in a manner that complements and reinforces the CT work of existing multilateral bodies.” Twenty-nine countries are participating in the GCTF, ten of which are Arab...
  • Terrorists in New Hunger Strike

    06/10/2012 3:43:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Palestinian Authority Arabs serving time in Israel for terror-related offenses are planning a new hunger strike, the PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Isa Karake has announced. A previous hunger strike ended less than a month ago, when Israel caved in to several of the prisoners’ demands. The new hunger strike is to begin Monday and aims at obtaining release for three PA terrorists who never stopped the former hunger strike, Karake said. The three are Mahmoud El-Sarsak, Ikram El-Rihawi, and Samar El-Barq, who have refused to eat for 88, 60, and 40 days respectively. The PA is demanding that Israel...
  • Abbas: Free Terrorists, Allow Weapons Imports – Then We’ll Talk

    06/10/2012 3:35:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has added to his pre-negotiations demands. After telling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to choose “between peace and settlements,” he has reiterated his demand for a full construction freeze, but has added demands that Israel release terrorists and add arms to the PA police force. “We recently told them that if Israel accepted to free prisoners and allow us to re-arm the police then we would again sit at the same table as Netanyahu,” Abbas said at a press conference in France. Abbas also defended his demand for a complete construction freeze, saying it was not...
  • Hundreds Flow to Givat HaUlpana

    06/10/2012 3:30:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    Hundreds of people have been flowing to the neighborhood of Givat HaUlpana in Beit El since the Knesset voted down a law that was intended to try to save it from destruction after the Supreme Court ruled that it should be demolished since the state prosecution did not present objections to an Arab's claim that the sale of the land to Jews was fraudulent. About 300 people came to the neighborhood on Sunday, to raise the residents' spirits and to join the struggle for saving the neighborhood. Most of the visitors came from outside Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron)....
  • Roadside Campaign for Israeli Sovereignty in Yesha

    06/10/2012 3:25:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/12
    On Thursday evening, the Women in Green for Israel's tomorrow undertook an operation to put up signs on Highway 60 from the southern Hevron Hills to Elon Moreh, urging the application of Israeli sovereignty over all of Judea and Samaria. A statement released by the group on Sunday said "Women in Green" has long understood that we must pass to initiative rather than trudge through an endless defensive." Women in Green has scheduled its second annual conference on starting Israeli sovereignty in the region for July 12th in Hevron. ...
  • Israel sees N.K. threat 40 years on

    06/10/2012 1:54:40 AM PDT · by ilcenter
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2012-06-03 19:43 | John Power
    North Korea still poses “a constant threat to Israel,” 40 years after a Pyongyang-sponsored terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, the Israeli ambassador has said. And an Israeli lawyers’ organization is continuing to sue terrorists in a bid to prevent such atrocities in future. The roots of the Lod Airport massacre, which took the lives of 26 people and injured 72 others in Tel Aviv on May 30, 1972, trace back to the North Korean regime. “This attack was the first of its kind, but unfortunately the fight against terrorism has become a daily routine in many parts of the world,”...
  • Lebanese Commentator: The Jews Are Bringing A Second Holocaust Upon Themselves

    06/09/2012 12:58:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Middle East Media Research Institute ^ | June 6, 2012 | Special Dispatch No.4776
    In his May 7, 2012 column in the Qatari daily Al-Raya, Lebanese author and commentator Jihad Fadhl claimed that the Jews' treatment of the Palestinians, their crushing of the Palestinians' hope to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and their efforts to Judaize Jerusalem and the West Bank, would bring about a second Holocaust against them. … The article is another manifestation of a relatively new phenomenon in Arab antisemitism: instead of denying the Holocaust, some blame the Holocaust on the Jews and express hope for its recurrence. …Are the Jews, more than anyone else, responsible for...
  • Jerusalem to become Egypt’s capital under (Muslim Brotherhood) Mursi’s rule, says Muslim cleric

    06/09/2012 12:41:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 07 June 2012 | Abeer Tayel
    If Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi became president, Egypt’s new capital will no more be Cairo, but the new capital will be Jerusalem, a prominent Egyptian cleric said at a presidential campaign rally, which was aired by an Egyptian private TV channel. “Our capital shall not be Cairo, Mecca or Medina. It shall be Jerusalem with God’s will. Our chants shall be: ‘millions of martyrs will march towards Jerusalem’,” prominent cleric Safwat Hagazy said, according to the video aired by Egypt’s religious Annas TV on Tuesday. The video went viral after being posted on YouTube—accompanied by English subtitles by Memri...
  • New Poll: Obama’s Jewish Support Stands at 64%

    06/08/2012 2:23:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 88 replies
    Algeneiner.com ^ | 6/8/12 | staff
    A Gallup poll released on Friday shows 64% of registered Jewish voters currently support President Obama’s re-election, while 29% support Mitt Romney. “Among Jews, Obama’s current 64% to 29% advantage compares with a 74% to 23% advantage before the election in 2008,” Gallup writes in its new poll, entitled ‘Mormons Widely Favor Romney, Jewish Voters Back Obama’. “Thus, he is running 10 points lower among Jewish registered voters than in 2008, which is five points worse than his decline among all registered voters compared with 2008.” The Republican Jewish Coalition notes the 29% of Jewish voters who support Romney, represents...
  • Israel and the (Vietnamese) boat people

    06/08/2012 10:34:19 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 6, 2012 | Shoshana Bryen
    Sunday marks 35 years since 66 Vietnamese refugees, fleeing the communist takeover of their homeland on a small, leaky boat, found deliverance. They were without food and water, and ships from Panama, Norway and Japan had ignored their distress signals (violating the most basic rule of the sea). They despaired of rescue.Captain Meir Tadmor of the Israeli cargo ship Yuvali was on his way to Japan when he saw them on 10 June 1977. The Yuvali’s Chief Engineer wrote the following late last year: I was there. In South China Sea, close to Vietnamese coast, we met small fishing boat,...
  • Gay Pride festivities kick off in Tel Aviv

    06/08/2012 5:13:27 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/08/2012 | YONI COHEN
    Tens of thousands take part in procession; Yechimovich: LGBTQ community part and parcel of struggle for social justice. The streets of Tel Aviv were filled with rainbow-colored pride flags on Friday as thousands of people were taking part in the annual Gay Pride March. The festivities began at 10 a.m. with a community happening at Meir Park with musical performances, celebrity appearances and speeches by public figures such as Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz and Labor leader Shelly Yechimovich. "I love you," Yechimovich said. "I have fought for you for years as part of the struggle...
  • UN official: Syria aims heavy weapons at UN staff

    06/07/2012 9:03:16 PM PDT · by bd476 · 53 replies
    Excerpted Associated Press via Google ^ | June 7, 2012 | By EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official says U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council that U.N. patrols in Syria are being deliberately targeted with heavy weapons and armor-piercing ammunition. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because Thursday's council meeting was private, said Ban also reported repeated instances of firing close to U.N. patrols, apparently to force them to withdraw. The official said Ban listed several incidents, including one in a town near Homs, where a heavy weapon round landed 150 meters (yards) from a patrol that was going to meet an opposition contact. Later, the patrol...
  • Russia Test Fires new ICBM

    06/07/2012 9:11:57 PM PDT · by bd476 · 33 replies
    MINA Breaking News ^ | Friday, 08 June 2012
    Russia Test Fires new ICBM Friday, 08 June 2012 Russian military announced Thursday they have successfully test-fired a new version of the Topol-M series codenamed RS-12M. The rocket, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), was fired from a military base in southeast Russia, Interfax news agency quoted military sources as saying. The missile hit its target in Kazakhstan republic in central Asia precisely. The new generation of the Topol-M family aims to counter the US-developed missile shield system being deployed in Western countries. It will be the mainstay of the Russian Strategic Missile Troops, according to the report.
  • [Russia Sends Greeting] UFO seen over Israel apparently Russian ICBM test

    06/07/2012 8:37:03 PM PDT · by bd476 · 69 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/08/2012 06:04 | By YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Hundreds of Israelis across country flood police lines with reports of a light in the sky, traveling in a spiral with a large trail behind it. Russia announced on Thursday night that it had carried out a successful test of an inter-continental ballistic missile, seemingly explaining a mysterious moving light seen in the skies over Israel, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Jordan. Hundreds of Israelis across the country flooded police lines with reports that they had seen a light in the sky, traveling in a spiral with a large trail behind it on Thursday night. Police in the northern district...
  • The Syrian Threat (Impact on Israel)

    06/07/2012 8:24:14 PM PDT · by bd476 · 3 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | June 4, 2012
    StrategyPage.com The Syrian Threat June 4, 2012: The Arab Spring of 2011, is turning into a long-term problem for Israel. While the protests quickly overthrew the Mubarak dictatorship in Egypt, Mubarak's many allies managed to save themselves by quickly siding with the rebellion. This means that many of the corrupt businessmen and officials that kept Mubarak in power are still operating. This resulted in a successful resistance to meaningful change. An example of this was the recent trial of Hosni Mubarak, who was convicted last week of failing to stop the fatal attacks on demonstrators. Yesterday he (and his son)...
  • After new Syria massacre, U.N. urges ‘substantial pressure’ on Assad

    06/07/2012 7:51:52 PM PDT · by bd476 · 15 replies
    Excerpted Washington Post ^ | June 7, 2012 | By Colum Lynch, Liz Sly and Joby Warrick,
    UNITED NATIONS — With Syria lurching closer to sectarian warfare, world leaders on Thursday sought to apply new pressure on a government that they said showed no sign of honoring cease-fire agreements or halting the slaughter of noncombatants, but they remained divided on how to revive a peace process that U.N. officials conceded was in ruins. As new details emerged of the latest massacre of civilians, U.N. officials spoke for the first time of unspecified “consequences” for the Syrian government. Yet the refusal by Russia and China to embrace new economic sanctions meant that the world body was left without...