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  • Your Help Is Needed (Former IDF member to start new Israeli political party)

    08/14/2006 2:40:33 PM PDT · by The Blitherer · 2 replies · 293+ views
    Yoni The Blogger ^ | 8/14/06 | Yoni
    We have gone from highs to lows over the last month as together we have watched Israel suffer. The people in the north of Israel have suffered deaths and injuries as well as losses of income and production in the billions of dollars, due to the rain of thousands of rockets that have fallen on their homes. All of Israel and those that love Israel around the world, have suffered through a month of the worse leadership in Israel’s history. This failure of leadership is not only on the part of the ruling government but extends to the total of...
  • Olmert: Resolution 1701 changes strategic situation

    08/14/2006 1:45:53 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 100 replies · 1,539+ views
    The Jerusalem Posr ^ | 09/14/2006 | By JPOST.COM STAFF
    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Knesset on Monday that UN Security Council Resolution 1701 "will change fundamentally our strategic situation on the northern border." The war in Lebanon has demonstrated that "we will respond with force to every terror act, from the north or the south, from land or sea ... and that the State of Israel won't suffer any harm to come to its sovereignty or citizens," Olmert declared. According to the prime minister, the resolution's main achievement was that "the entire international community agrees that the terror state in Lebanon must be annihilated," he said. "The Security...
  • Netanyahu: Israel Must Finish the Job

    08/03/2006 6:51:16 AM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 38 replies · 1,573+ views
    Israpundit ^ | 08/02/2007 | Kenneth Zimmerman
    NewsMax senior correspondent and Middle East expert Kenneth R. Timmerman is in Israel reporting on the conflict there. Timmerman reports from Kiryat Shemona in this exclusive interview with former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. KIRYAT SHEMONA, Israel — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found this northern Israeli city a ghost town today when he came to meet the residents officials. Those that stayed behind were few. They also were defiant – and so was he. In a town meeting behind the heavy steel doors and reinforced concrete of the city hall bomb shelter, Netanyahu came to reassure residents that...
  • Arab Knesset Members Ordered to Leave Government Session

    07/31/2006 4:25:40 AM PDT · by Trupolitik · 31 replies · 1,389+ views
    Israel National News ^ | Jul 31, 2006 | Staff
    <p>Three Arab Knesset members were removed from the Knesset on Monday after heckling government leaders during a session called to discuss the war on the northern border.</p> <p>Knesset member Ibrahim Sarsur called Defense Minister Amir Peretz a “war criminal” and together with two other Arab legislators, antagonized both peretz and opposition leader and Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu.</p>
  • Lebanese Expatriates Condemn Syria, Iran; and Praise Israel

    07/25/2006 11:45:35 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 25 replies · 671+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | July 25tg, 2006 | Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
    Many Lebanese expatriate groups have roundly condemned the Hizbullah, Iran and Syria. Some of them are also calling for Israel to press ahead in its military campaign. The Lebanese Canadian Coordinating Council (LCCC), a coalition of organizations in Canada, has released a statement laying out its vision of what measures should be endorsed by the world community at an international conference on the ongoing warfare in Lebanon. The conference is to be held in Rome on Wednesday, pursuant to a recommendation issued by the United Nations Security Council on July 21, 2006. Among the measures the LCCC is recommending are...
  • Ehud Olmert's 7/17/06 Address To The Knesset (MUST READ!)

    07/17/2006 11:45:35 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 16 replies · 759+ views
    Seraphic Press ^ | 07/17/06 | Ehud Olmert
    The Knesset, July 17, 2006 Madam Speaker, Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of Knesset, At the outset, I offer condolences, on my behalf and on behalf of the government, the Knesset and the entire nation, to the families of the victims - both civilian and IDF. I also send best wishes for recovery to the wounded, and a huge embrace for the families of those kidnapped and the boys themselves. Over the past few weeks, our enemies have challenged the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the safety of its residents - first in the southern sector, then on the...
  • Orlev: Arab MKs back Hamas, should be kicked out of Knesset

    06/29/2006 4:02:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 304+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | Thu., June 29, 2006 Tamuz 3, 5766 | Mazal Mualem, Jack Khoury, Gideon Alon and Yoav Stern
    Right-wing lawmaker Zevulun Orlev on Thursday accused Israeli Arab Knesset members of supporting Hamas in its activities against Israel and the military, Army Radio reported. According to the report, the National Union-National Religious Party MK called for his Arab colleagues to be deprived of their seats in parliament... Meawhile, MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra'am-Ta'al) on Thursday called the mass arrests of Palestinian lawmakers a "macho display by Israeli government," the radio said... The right-wing parties expressed satisfaction Wednesday at the Israel Defense Forces operation in the Gaza Strip, while lawmakers from the left of the political spectrum leveled criticism for the...
  • Welcome To Barak's World (Countering Israeli Supreme Court Judicial Activism Alert)

    05/27/2006 5:29:26 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 317+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/28/06 | Evelyn Gordon
    An e-mail written by Supreme Court President Aharon Barak made justifiable waves last week - but for the wrong reason. What grabbed headlines was Barak's citation of Justice Minister Haim Ramon's prediction that were the Knesset to extend the current Citizenship Law unchanged, the High Court of Justice would overturn it. That, however, was hardly news to anyone who read last week's 6-5 ruling upholding the law, since one of the majority justices stated explicitly that he considered the law unconstitutional, and refrained from striking it down only because it expires in two months anyway. What was truly noteworthy about...
  • Rabbi: Torah law above Knesset

    05/26/2006 4:55:30 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 2 replies · 273+ views ^ | Rabbi: Torah law above Knesset | Neta Sela
    Rabbi: Torah law above Knesset Contrary to previous years, no high-profile politicians attended Merkaz HaRav Jerusalem Day events this year. We don't want Olmert, army officers here, yeshiva students say. Kiryat Arba rabbi states in speech no law stands above the Torah Neta Sela In the shadow of the realignment plan: Jerusalem Day celebrations at the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva, the spiritual flagship of the religious Zionist public, bore a different character than usual this year. While in previous years, presidents, senior politicians and army officers used to attend the yeshiva's ceremony, this time around no high-profile figure took part in...
  • Arafat-advisor made deputy Knesset speaker

    05/18/2006 5:13:51 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 176+ views ^ | May 18, 2006 | Stan Goodenough
    Arafat-advisor made deputy Knesset speaker Liberal trend progressively undermines institutions of Jewish state By Stan Goodenough May 18, 2006 A former advisor to PLO chief Yasser Arafat and one of the most virulent of Israel-hating Arab parliamentarians was Wednesday selected for the influential position of Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. Ahmad Tibi had Dalia Itzik, Labor Party member turned Kadima Party member, to thank for his appointment. Itzik, in turn, was elected Knesset Speaker earlier this month by the new Kadima-led government, which heaped praise upon itself for choosing a woman to fill that post for the very first time....
  • MK: Abolish kashrut of food products

    05/10/2006 9:06:48 AM PDT · by Alouette · 28 replies · 680+ views
    YNet ^ | May 10, 2006 | Tzvika Brot
    Moshe Sharoni (Pensioners party) suggests abolishing kashrut on food products to make them more affordable During Knesset session on Monday regarding the price increase of bread, MK Moshe Sharoni of the Pensioners party suggested a unique idea – to totally abolish kashrut on food products in order to make them more affordable, according to Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. "Everyone here talks about the increase of bread prices," he said, "and everyone screams 'gevalt'. They also talked about meat. Why don't we simply cancel the kashrut of meat and diary products and in-turn they will be inexpensive? Food products will...
  • Calls to charge Arab MKs with treason (Israel)

    04/19/2006 8:46:27 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 2 replies · 318+ views
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | April 19, 2006 | Attila Somfalvi
    The support United Arab List-Ta’al Knesset members have shown for the Hamas members whose Israeli citizenship was revoked has infuriated politicians across the political spectrum. Some have called on Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to investigate whether the visit UAL-Ta’al members paid to Hamas representatives in east Jerusalem this week doesn’t legally qualify as treason. Others have demanded that UAL-Ta'al MK Taleb el-Sana be immediately kicked out of the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee. MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima) said that the “Arab MKs proved once again that their loyalties lie with the Palestinian Authority and its leadership, and not with...
  • Knesset Members Respond to Election Results

    03/28/2006 5:38:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 550+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Mar 29, '06 | Ezra HaLevi
    With the results of Tuesday’s election still coming in, incoming and outgoing Knesset Members were quick to assign blame and take credit for the results. Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu said he would remain as party head and work to reform the party despite the “harsh blow” it was dealt at the polls. Netanyahu also laid part of the blame at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s doorstep, saying that “Sharon left us with a broken party” when he left to form the victorious Kadima faction. Likud MK Michael Eitan said of his party’s decline, "There is no doubt that we deserved a...
  • Israel - Exit polls: Kadima 29-32 Labor 20-22 Likud 11-12

    03/28/2006 12:11:50 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 39 replies · 1,026+ views ^ | March 28, 2006
    Excerpt - Exit polls released as polls closed at 10 P.M. Tuesday showed Kadima gaining from 29 to 32 seats, Labor from 20-22, and the Likud 11-12. ~ snip ~
  • Israel's Election Predictions (Vanity)

    03/27/2006 7:38:48 PM PST · by Piranha · 4 replies · 342+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 03/28/06 | Self
    What are your predictions for the results of Israel's election to the 120-member Knesset? Mine are as follows: Kadima 28 Labor 20 Likud 17 Yisrael Beitenu 14 NU-NRP 13 Shas 11 United Torah Judaism 7 Arab parties 6 Meretz 4
  • {Israeli election] Poll: Kadima on 36 seats, Labor on 18, Likud on 14

    03/26/2006 11:34:28 AM PST · by anotherview · 34 replies · 740+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 26 March 2006 | Yossi Verter
    Last update - 20:44 26/03/2006 Poll: Kadima on 36 seats, Labor on 18, Likud on 14 By Yossi Verter, Haaretz Correspondent A day and a half before polls open for the 17th Knesset, the latest Haaretz-Channel 10 poll puts Kadima on 36 seats, Labor on 18 and the Likud on 14. The number of undecided voters has risen to 22 percent of those polled, meaning there are 28 Knesset seats still up for grabs. The Labor Party, headed by Amir Peretz, has seen no change in the number of predicted seats since last week's poll. The Likud, however, has dropped...
  • Middle East: Israel's Green Leaf (Marijuana) Party Could Win Knesset Seats

    03/25/2006 12:50:38 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 2 replies · 447+ views ^ | 3/17/06 | N/A
    Israel's pro-marijuana reform (Green Leaf, or marijuana) Ale Yarok Party is poised to win a pair of seats in the Knesset in elections set for the end of this month, the Associated Press reported. Two years ago, the party came within 7,000 votes of winning a seat, and this year, according to some pollsters, it could go over the top. Headed by 47-year-old Boaz Wachtel, Green Leaf's platform is centered on legalizing marijuana, but also calls for legalizing gambling and prostitution. The party also calls for overall drug policy reform. And Green Leaf takes a dovish stance toward the Palestinians,...
  • The Promise of Kadima

    03/09/2006 12:53:31 PM PST · by anotherview · 16 replies · 458+ views
    The Guardian (U.K) ^ | 9 March 2006 | Shai Tsur
    The Promise of Kadima By Guardian Unlimited / World news 12:07pm The elections here are just under three weeks away. If the polls can be believed, Kadima, Ehud Olmert's party, will get the largest number of seats and form the next government. Since November, surveys have shown Kadima well in the lead, and it has remained there despite the seemingly incredible turns of event - from Ariel Sharon's debilitating stroke to Hamas's unexpected victory in the Palestinian elections. I, for one, am not surprised. I come from a long-time Labor family. During the '90s I supported the Oslo accords and...
  • Knesset Begins Inquiry into Amona Violence

    02/27/2006 9:02:04 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 10 replies · 272+ views ^ | 16:58 Feb 27, '06 / 29 Shevat 5766 | Hillel Fendel
    Knesset Begins Inquiry into Amona Violence 16:58 Feb 27, '06 / 29 Shevat 5766 By Hillel Fendel The Knesset Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into the violence at Amona has convened for its first meeting. It will call Olmert, Mofaz and others to testify - but cannot force them to appear. Committee Chairman Yuval Shteinitz (Likud) said that the purpose of today's meeting was to determine the manner in which it would function and how testimonies would be heard. The first testimonies will be heard on Wednesday. The committee is to investigate the violence at the destruction of nine homes in...
  • Knesset Establishes Commission to Investigate Amona Violence

    02/08/2006 11:38:20 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 11 replies · 279+ views ^ | 19:04 Feb 08, '06 / 10 Shevat 5766 | Ezra HaLevi
    Knesset Establishes Commission to Investigate Amona Violence 19:04 Feb 08, '06 / 10 Shevat 5766 By Ezra HaLevi The Knesset voted Wednesday to establish a commission of inquiry into alleged police brutality at Amona last week. The commission was established despite the objection of Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima Party, as well as the Labor Party, who dropped their initial call for an investigation after advisors said it would harm them in the polls. Defense Minister Sha’ul Mofaz, speaking prior to the vote, said that he sees no reason to establish a committee of investigation into the events at...
  • MKs: Gaza residents abandoned (Call on immediate work to reinforce near-Gaza communities)

    02/03/2006 12:38:10 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 2 replies · 234+ views ^ | (02.03.06, 21:39) | Attila Somfalvi
    MKs: Gaza residents abandoned Knesset members call on government to immediately work to reinforce near-Gaza communities, act with determination against rocket terror. Olmert and Mofaz abandoned the citizens of Israel, Likud MK says Attila Somfalvi Responding to the recent Qassam attack on kibbutz Karmiya Friday, which left four people – including one baby – injured, Knesset members from across the political spectrum called on the government to act with determination against terror. Friday's Attack Baby hurt in rocket attack / Hanan Greenberg Qassam strike: Four people, including baby, hurt after Qassam hits their mobile home in kibbutz Karmiya south of...
  • Katzav Condemns Amona Violence; ýSpecial Knesset Session Called

    02/02/2006 7:05:31 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 172+ views ^ | 16:53 Feb 02, '06 / 4 Shevat 5766 | Hillel Fendel
    Katzav Condemns Amona Violence; ýSpecial Knesset Session Called 16:53 Feb 02, '06 / 4 Shevat 5766 By Hillel Fendel President M. Katzav has criticism of both sides in yesterday's Amona violence, B'Tselem calls for an investigation, and the Knesset Speaker has agreed to a Likud/Shas request for a special session. President Moshe Katzav said that "red lines" were crossed yesterday, and that what happened in Amona is "intolerable." He said that the police must explain why they used horses and clubs, and chastised the settlement enterprise leaders for organizing the protest without controlling the protestors. Katzav said he accepts Labor...
  • Iran tried to plant agent in Israeli political echelon, police say

    01/06/2006 10:39:30 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 367+ views
    Monsters and ^ | Jan 6, 2006 | Deutsche Presse-Agentur
    Tel Aviv - Israeli police and the Shin Bet internal security organization have arrested the former head of a local council in the Galilee on suspicion of spying for Iran, local media reported Friday night after a ban on publication was lifted. Jaris Jaris, 57, head of the Fasuta local council from May 2001 to November 2003, was detained on December 12, after police discovered that he had been recruited by Iran and asked to use his political contacts to infiltrate the Israeli political system. Police said Jaris fled Israel for Lebanon in 1970 after being caught operating a cell...
  • Israel - Iran suspected of attempting to plant Knesset agent

    01/06/2006 12:19:57 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 523+ views
    Yediot Ahronoth ^ | January 6, 2005 | Efrat Weiss
    Cleared for publication: Security forces arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of being recruited by Iran in order to infiltrate Israel's political system. The man resides in a northern Israel village mostly populated by Christians.
  • Steinitz: Egypt is Preparing for Possible War with Israel

    12/28/2005 6:19:17 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 164 replies · 2,628+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Dec 28, '05 / 27 Kislev 5766 | Scott Shiloh
    MK Yuval Shteinitz (Likud) says that Egypt’s arms buildup over the past few years has focused on the possibility of future war with Israel. In a radio interview broadcast on Arutz 7’s Hebrew internet site Tuesday night, Shteinitz, a former professor of political science at Haifa University who chairs the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said that Egypt has already become a major supporter of terrorism against Israel. Shteinitz said that Egypt has been allowing terrorist groups operating out of the Gaza district to smuggle missiles into Gaza. Those groups intend to use the missiles against Israeli targets....
  • Arab MK: Israel ‘robbery of century’

    12/18/2005 7:48:46 AM PST · by Alouette · 15 replies · 354+ views
    YNet News ^ | Dec. 18, 2005 | Ronny Shaked
    Knesset Member Azmi Bishara in Lebanon: We are original inhabitants of Palestine, not ‘those who came from Poland, Russia; says Israelis should leave, take their democracy with them Israel is the 20th century's greatest robbery, carried out in broad daylight, Arab Knesset member Azmi Bishara (National Democratic Assembly) told a Lebanese audience last week during a speech at an Arab book fair in Beirut. "I will never recognize Zionism even if all Arabs do," he said. "I will never concede Palestine. The battle is still long." Bishara, who recently launched his campaign for an additional term in the Knesset, left...
  • Polls: Sharon beats Labor, secures third term as PM

    11/22/2005 11:51:02 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 2 replies · 487+ views
    Haaretz ^ | November 22, 2005 | Yossi Verter
    Major opinion polls released on Tuesday showed that if elections to the 17th Knesset were to be held now, Ariel Sharon would win a third term in office as prime minister, and could set up coalitions with as many as 71 seats in the 120-seat house. The Haaretz-Dialog survey, conducted by Prof. Camil Fuchs Monday night among a representative sample of 600 Israelis from all sectors of the population, showed that Sharon could set up a center-left coalition with Labor, Shinui and Meretz-Yahad with a margin of 66 seats. Sharon would also be able to set up a coalition with...
  • Sharon triggers political earthquake

    11/20/2005 10:53:18 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 18 replies · 1,018+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 21, 2005 | Allyn Fisher-Ilan
    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet Israel's president on Monday to request a snap election he hopes to win as head of a new centrist party intent on pursuing peacemaking with the Palestinians. In a move described by the Israeli media as a political earthquake, Sharon will ask President Moshe Katsav at their 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) meeting to dissolve parliament and call an election within 90 days, Israeli officials said. Then Sharon will announce that he will quit the right-wing Likud party that he helped found to head a new centrist party in a move that is expected to...
  • Sharon Seeks Dissolution Of Parliament

    11/21/2005 5:49:28 AM PST · by kindred · 10 replies · 351+ views
    WTZ Baltimore, Maryland ^ | Nov 21, 2005 | Associated Press
    AP) JERUSALEM In a bold gamble, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday asked Israel's president to dissolve parliament, pushing for a quick March election just hours after deciding to leave his hardline Likud Party and form a new centrist party . Sharon's decision to leave Likud sent shock waves through Israel, redrawing the political map, finalizing his transformation from hardliner to moderate and boosting prospects of progress in peacemaking with the Palestinians. His confidants say Sharon felt Likud hardliners, who tried to block this summer's Gaza pullout, were imposing too many constraints and would prevent future peace moves. Palestinian officials...
  • Knesset Votes to Disperse 84:0

    11/21/2005 10:04:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 555+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Nov. 21, 2005 | Staff
    ( Moments ago, the Israeli parliament voted to dissolve itself with no objections. The final vote was 84 in favor of a motion to dissolve the 16th Knesset, with zero opposed. The vote spares President Moshe Katsav the necessity of deciding to declare the Knesset disbanded as a result of a request from the acting prime minister, Ariel Sharon. New national elections will take place in the month of March, 2006.
  • Israel’s Sharon to Quit Likud, Form New Political Party

    11/20/2005 7:07:16 PM PST · by DallasMike · 22 replies · 807+ views
    24x7updates, India ^ | November 20, 2005 | 24x7updates
    Jerusalem -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will quit his ruling Likud party to run separately in national elections and will ask Israel’s president to dissolve parliament for a snap poll, a source in Sharon’s office said on Sunday. Sharon is to visit President Moshe Katsav on Monday and ask him to dissolve the Knesset, said Shariv, the media advisor in Sharon’s office, adding this would set off a process that would lead to elections in 60 days, unless a Knesset (parliament) member succeeds in forming a new coalition within the next three weeks. Israel began moving toward early elections after...
  • Sharon To Leave Political Party

    11/20/2005 5:49:45 PM PST · by DallasMike · 7 replies · 402+ views
    WJZ Baltimore ^ | November 20, 2005 | Associated Press
    AP) JERUSALEM Israel's dovish Labor Party voted Sunday to pull out of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government, and Sharon reportedly decided to quit his Likud Party to set up a new movement — beginning a campaign for elections expected in March. Sharon is expected to take several prominent Likud Cabinet ministers with him to his new party, along with some from Labor — possibly including its ousted chairman Shimon Peres. Advancing Israel's election from the original November 2006 date would likely sideline Mideast peace moves and counter whatever momentum was gained from Israel's withdrawal from Gaza and part of the...
  • Poll: PM (Sharon) leads Netanyahu by 30%

    11/17/2005 9:28:44 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 5 replies · 257+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | November 17, 2005 | GIL HOFFMAN AND JPOST STAFF
    If Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is considering whether to split the Likud and form a new party, he may want to draw his attention to a recent poll that found that he would defeat his main challenger, MK Binyamin Netanyahu, by over 30 percent. The poll, which was commissioned by Channel 10 and conducted among Likud voters, found that nearly 49% would vote for Sharon, while only 19.4% would support Netanyahu. Rebel leader Uzi Landau received 11.7% of the vote. Meanwhile in Wednesday's Likud faction meeting in the Knesset, Sharon said that he was unimpressed with the fervent calls for...
  • Gaza Synagogues to be Left Intact

    09/11/2005 9:59:25 AM PDT · by dervish · 21 replies · 482+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/11/05 | HERB KEINON
    The cabinet voted Sunday to leave about two dozen synagogues in the Gaza Strip intact, leaving the fate of the houses of worship in the hands of the Palestinians. The cabinet voted 14-2 against razing the structures, even though a year ago the same ministers approved the demolitions. Critics said last-minute considerations - including a desire to win the support of leading rabbis ahead of general elections - prompted several Cabinet members to change their minds. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told his cabinet ministers Sunday morning that he opposed the demolition of the synagogues in the Gaza Strip as part...
  • WSJ: Gaza: Where People Are Puppets on a String - It would be simpler if clear titles were private

    08/23/2005 6:13:41 AM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 577+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 23, 2005 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    ...The U.N. took on the Mideast as one of its first big projects after World War II and, unfortunately, has never left. After granting Israel statehood in 1948, the U.N. turned to the Arabs the Israelis had defeated in battle. Under Resolution 302, the General Assembly in 1949 created the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Today, it is the largest U.N. bureaucracy, with 25,000 employees providing health care, schooling and social services to some 4 million Palestinians in 59 refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza. The...
  • Israeli-Arab suspected of planning Knesset attack

    03/07/2005 9:16:35 AM PST · by Alouette · 6 replies · 233+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 7, 2005 | David Rudge and Nina Gilbert
    Police and the Shin Bet arrested an Israeli-Arab from the western Galilee three weeks ago on suspicion of planning to carry out an attack in the Knesset, details released for publication on Monday afternoon revealed. The 20-year-old suspect, who was arrested at the Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem, also allegedly planned to carry out an attack against an IDF base and kidnap a soldier. The man planned to apply for a job as a construction worker at the parliament building. He had already begun preparing explosives for the attack. The case was subject to a court-imposed publicity ban that was only...
  • Netanyahu to Vote Against Pullout [making move against Sharon]

    02/16/2005 9:49:20 AM PST · by Messianic Jews Net · 5 replies · 421+ views
    Jerusalem Post via Worthy News ^ | 16 Feb 05 | Gil Hoffman
    Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu intends to vote against disengagement in Sunday's cabinet vote unless Prime Minister Ariel Sharon agrees to a national referendum, sources close to him said on Tuesday. The minister is to vote in favor of the disengagement implementation bill in the Knesset on Wednesday. Netanyahu does not plan to announce how he intends to vote in Sunday's cabinet vote on the withdrawal until the last minute, but a source close to him said he has made up his mind and something very dramatic would have to happen for him to vote in favor. The source said that...
  • Thousands join anti-disengagement pray-in held in Jerusalem

    01/10/2005 1:50:54 PM PST · by anotherview · 19 replies · 448+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 10 January 2005 | Nadav Shragai
    Last Update: 10/01/2005 23:37 Thousands join anti-disengagement pray-in held in Jerusalem By Nadav Shragai, Haaretz Correspondent ettlers and supporters of the settlement movement holding an Israeli flag during a demonstration in front of the Knesset in Jerusalem on Monday. (AP) Thousands of protestors, including numerous rabbis, turned out for an anti-disengagement protest held in Jerusalem on Monday. The protestors stood for two hours outside the city's government buildings, including the Knesset and the Prime Minister's Office, reciting Biblical verses and praying for "an end to the disengagement order and to the uprooting of settlements." Throngs of rabbis, including former chief...
  • (Israeli) Government loses three no-confidence motions

    01/03/2005 1:11:13 PM PST · by anotherview · 9 replies · 390+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3 January 2005 | NINA GILBERT
    Jan. 3, 2005 21:05 Government loses three no-confidence motions By NINA GILBERT The government - which has only 40 MKs - lost in all three no-confidence votes in the Knesset on Monday, but stayed afloat, as the Labor Party did not participate in the vote. The Shinui no-confidence motion had a 39-36 majority, Shas's motion had a 43-34 result, and the National Union motion had 37 MKs supporting compared with 34 opponents. National Union MK Zvi Hendel called on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to call elections to "prevent a rift" in the people. National Religious Party MK Nissan Slomiansky said...
  • Settlers with orange badges forced out of Knesset (Israeli Parliament)

    12/22/2004 9:14:02 AM PST · by anotherview · 16 replies · 485+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 22 December 2004 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Dec. 22, 2004 18:13 Settlers with orange badges forced out of Knesset By JPOST.COM STAFF Residents of the Gush Katif settlements bloc, joined by other Israelis protesting the disengagement plan, were asked to leave the Knesset Wednesday afternoon after several demonstrators placed on their cloths an orange Star of David. The settlers new orange-badge campaign is aimed at shocking public opinion and crying out "against the uprooting of Jews from their homes." During the Holocaust, Jews were forced to wear a yellow Star of David. Knesset guards ordered the protestors to leave the compound. The settlers arrived at the Knesset...
  • Shinui MK Yehudit Naot dies (Israeli parliamentarian, former Environment Minister)

    12/16/2004 2:04:16 PM PST · by anotherview · 177+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 16 December 2004 | TONY JASSEN
    Dec. 16, 2004 23:28 | Updated Dec. 16, 2004 23:37 Shinui MK Yehudit Naot dies By TONY JASSEN Shinui MK Yehudit Naot, the former Environmental Minister died Thursday evening in Haifa at the age of 60. She had been suffering from throat cancer. Naot, elected to the Knesset in 1999 on the Shinui party list, was Environmental Minister from February 2003 until leaving her position in September to focus on treating her throat cancer. She was the first minister in history to request the Environmental portfolio. She leaves behind a husband and three children. Yosef Lapid, chairman of Shinui, described...
  • ADL slams racist remarks by Likud backbencher Hazan

    12/15/2004 12:28:29 PM PST · by anotherview · 9 replies · 444+ views
    Ma'ariv ^ | 15 December 2004 | Maariv international
    ADL slams racist remarks by Likud backbencher Hazan Maariv international The Anti-Defamation League has condemned the " inappropriate and prejudicial remarks" made by Likud MK Yehiel Hazan at the Knesset earlier this week. MK Hazan repeated likened the Palestinians to "worms" and stated that the Palestinians are a nation of "murderers" and "terrorists." (2004-12-15 18:41:47.0)
  • Egyptian parliament speaker sends letter to Knesset 'in Tel Aviv'

    12/06/2004 11:03:03 AM PST · by yonif · 2 replies · 301+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 5, 2004 | NINA GILBERT
    Despite expectations of warming ties between Jerusalem and Cairo, Egyptian People's Assembly Speaker Ahmed Fathi Sorour last week listed Tel Aviv as the address for an official letter to his counterpart, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin. The letter was in response to a dispatch from Rivlin reflecting on the Knesset's October 26 decision to endorse Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan. Rivlin intends to send Sorour a response on Monday in which he will thank him for the letter, addressed to him in Tel Aviv, but note that he "surely" is aware that Israel's parliament is located in Jerusalem – the...
  • MK Eldad: "At last he is dead" (translation)

    11/09/2004 4:14:20 PM PST · by yonif · 30 replies · 1,249+ views
    Maariv ^ | 11/9/2004 | Arik Bender
    <p>MK Eldad spoke from the podium and described Arafat as "the biggest murderer of Jews since the Holocaust of European Jewry." Eldad told about how he was asked by a foreign journalist who asked whether he had one good thing to say about Arafat. "I have one good thing to say about him - finally he is dead," Eldad said during his speech in the assembly.</p>
  • NRP votes to leave the government [Israel]

    11/08/2004 1:58:01 PM PST · by Alouette · 13 replies · 571+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Nov. 8, 2004
    The National Religious Party's executive committee voted nearly unanimously to quit Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's coalition on Monday, leaving Sharon with a minority coalition of only 55 Likud and Shinui MKs. Sharon met with the faction at the Prime Minister's Office and asked them to remain in the coalition for at least a couple more weeks in light of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's impending death and the problems passing the 2005 state budget. But the NRP MKs said they had no reason to remain in the coalition as long as there is no chance that Sharon will support a...
  • Life and Death (Israel, terrorism)

    09/15/2004 5:47:30 AM PDT · by OESY · 228+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 15, 2004 | EHUD OLMERT
    ...The stark moral contrast between the ushering out of this past year with images of murdered school children and our high hopes for the New Year and the future of humanity is difficult to assimilate. However, these days, the two seem to be relentlessly entwined. Countries that are determined to protect their citizens and safeguard their security now understand that they can no longer remain passive in the face of evil. The threat of terrorism no longer recognizes national borders and no country remains immune. Either democratic states will bury the terrorists and their patrons, or they will bury us....
  • Knesset Land-of-Israel Bills

    05/05/2004 1:04:05 PM PDT · by yonif · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 18:32 May 05, '04 / 14 Iyar 5764
    Three bills have been proposed in the newly-begun summer session of the current Knesset, all with the goal of cementing the bonds between the People of Israel and Land of Israel. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) proposed today a bill entitled "Setting Israel's Borders and Applying Israeli Sovereignty Within Those Borders." The proposal calls for defining Israel's borders as including all of the area currently under Israeli jurisdiction, from the Golan, through parts of the Shomron, the Jordan Valley, Judea and Gaza. In addition, the bill rules out the creation of any other sovereignty within those borders. Arabs who are...
  • Sharon Pushes To Cancel Knesset Debate On Retreat Plan

    04/20/2004 3:32:00 PM PDT · by yonif · 1 replies · 84+ views
    IMRA ^ | 20 April 2004
    After refusing to actually debate Minister Uzi Landau on the retreat plan (his team first claimed he would debate Landau twice but then came up with a novel description of "debate": each give a speech with PM Sharon speaking second with not rebuttal from Landau), Israel Radio reports this morning that the Sharon team plans to cancel the last remaining public discussion of the plan - a Knesset discussion. Sharon's moves to avoid debate are getting the absolute minimum coverage by the media - this when under other circumstances such brutal moves would be devoted hours of broadcast time with...
  • MK Ahmed Tibi's Demand to Enlarge Knesset Mosque Deemed "Provocation" (CHUTZPAH Alert!)

    03/03/2004 8:18:34 AM PST · by Alouette · 7 replies · 250+ views
    Arab MK Ahmed Tibi has filed a request with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin to expand the mosque in the Knesset sanctuary. The room is narrow, Tibi claims, and has no fan, and it must be expanded. The Arab MK said he filed the request on behalf of the increasing number of Muslims who come to pray at the Knesset. Knesset Speaker Rivlin responded that within a year, a new wing of the Knesset would be ready, thereby freeing up space to enlarge the room currently used as a mosque. MK Gila Finkelstein (NRP) called Tibi's request a provocation. "I pass...
  • [Israeli Knesset Member] Lieberman: Right needs its own agenda

    02/16/2004 7:20:22 PM PST · by yonif · 103+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 16, 2004 | GIL HOFFMAN
    National Union leader Avigdor Lieberman wrote a letter to 10 cabinet ministers in the nationalist camp on Monday, calling upon them to draft a diplomatic plan together to challenge the plans of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Lieberman said that at a time when dozens of overly generous diplomatic plans are circulating, the Right must have an agenda of its own. He asked the most hawkish ministers to convene for a series of meetings to devise a plan. "The nationalist camp does not initiate so it is perceived as responding passively to the initiatives of the Left," Lieberman wrote the ministers....