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Wednesday’s “News in Review” Round-Up

 

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Weekly Quotes 

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Egyptian Cleric Threatens Copts With Genocide: Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute, Dec. 28, 2012

Hizbullah Partners with Mexican Drug Cartels: Eldad Beck, YNet News, Dec. 29, 2012

Iran Wakes to New Syrian Reality : Walter Russell Mead, American Interest, Dec. 30, 2012

 

 

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“In choosing not to stand idly by as the age-old hatred of the Jewish people has been transferred to the ‘collective Jew,’ I have been speaking up against the new anti-Semitism that is so pervasive today in the world. It targets the Jewish people by targeting the Jewish homeland as the source of injustice and conflict in the world. It is perversely couched in the language of human rights. Just as conventional anti-Semitism denied Jews the right to live as equal members of humanity, the new anti-Semitism denies the State of Israel the right to live as an equal member of the international community.  Worse still, when this new anti- Semitism expresses itself in the call for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people, it is no longer hate speech, it is incitement to genocide. And we have to name it for what it is.” —Canada’s Foreign Minister, John Baird quoted by Malcolm Hedding in “A Grave Decision”, Jerusalem Post. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 26, 2012)

 

“The Zionist self-haters are different than the anti-Zionists in that the former are as firm in their commitment to a Jewish State as they are to an Arab one. Since they have deluded themselves into believing that the Arab world has accommodated itself to the existence of Israel, to them the core of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict has already been resolved. What is necessary to end the current violence is only to expunge the Israeli sin of “occupation,” a sin that has badly stained their blanched humanitarian consciences. Indeed, they see resistance to the “occupation” as legitimate and believe that returning to the pre-1967 lines will end the conflict and secure Israel’s future.”—Ron Dermer, an influential aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and considered a favourite to become Israel’s next ambassador to the United States, quoted by Alison Hoffman in “Bibi’s Brain”, Tablet. (Tablet Magazine, Sept. 3, 2011)

 

"Any sensible person can understand Hamas is able to replace the Palestinian Authority – before an agreement or after an agreement – as witnessed in Gaza."—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an apparent response to President Shimon Peres's call to renew talks with "partner for peace"–Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Netanyahu said that, as opposed to the "voices that I have heard recently urging me to make concessions and withdraw," he would continue to manage the diplomatic process "responsibly and sagaciously and not in undue haste," adding that Israel must avoid allowing a "third Iranian terror base in the heart of the country." (Jerusalem Post, Jan. 1, 2013)

 

“Let us ensure that we have full sovereignty within the 1948 armistice lines,” before attempting to extend sovereignty to the areas liberated in the 1967 Six Day War. “Go to the Temple Mount and you will see Israeli police quaking in their boots from fear of the Waqf. We do not even have sovereignty over many parts of Jerusalem.”—Likud Knesset candidate Moshe Feiglin. (Arutz Sheva, Jan. 1, 2013)
 

“I just want quiet for my children and my country. [But], I don’t think any contract we’d do with them [the Palestinians] would give us quiet. We want to pay the price [for peace], but we don’t believe in the other side.”—Ayal Sheffer, a publishing executive in Rishon LeZion commenting on the aftermath of Operation Pillar of Defense. His sentiments reflect a recent poll on behalf of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs that found that 83 percent of Israeli Jews do not believe that a withdrawal to the 1967 borders and a division of Jerusalem would bring an end to the conflict. (New York Times, Dec. 31, 2012)

 

"There will be no such thing as Israel, instead there will be Palestine which will be home to Jews, Muslims and Druze and all of the people who were there from the start. Those who want to stay will stay as Palestinian citizens. Those who conquered Palestine will have to go back to their countries. Palestine houses people who conquered it and those occupiers have previous homelands."—Essam al-Aryan, Muslim Brotherhood official, Freedom and Justice Party's deputy chairman, and advisor to the Egyptian president, on his Facebook page in response to criticism across Egypt for his statement Thursday, [Dec. 27] that the return of Egyptian Jews to Egypt [would] enable Palestinians to return to their homeland: "Every Egyptian has a right to return especially if he is making room for a Palestinian. I want to enable the Palestinians to return to their land," he said. "I call upon the Jews, Egypt is worthier of you than Israel." Distancing itself from al-Aryan , Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Mahmoud Ghozlan said the statements do not represent the movement's stance, [rather] "Egyptian Jews are criminals who must be punished for what they did to Egypt and the Palestinians," he said. (YNet News, Jan. 1. 2013)

 

"This is the first time the Palestinian authorities have issued such a ban, which poses a serious threat to freedom of information. It will also create problems for the not insignificant number of Palestinian journalists in the Gaza Strip who work for Israeli TV stations and newspapers. We urge the Hamas government to rescind this order."Reporters Without Borders in shocked response to the ban imposed by Hamas on Palestinian journalists in Gaza from co-operating with the Israeli media. (The Guardian, Dec. 27, 2013)

"Given there has been no let-up in the conflict since the end of November, we can assume that more than 60,000 people have been killed by the beginning of 2013. The number of casualties is much higher than we expected, and is truly shocking. The failure of the international community, in particular the Security Council, to take concrete actions to stop the blood-letting, shames us all. Collectively, we have fiddled at the edges while Syria burns."—U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay Wednesday [Jan. 2] following the release of an exhaustive UN study on the killings in Syria. (National Post, Jan. 2, 2013)

 

“People are talking about a divided Syria being split into a number of small states like Yugoslavia. This is not what is going to happen. What will happen is Somalization — warlords.” Without a peace deal Syria would be “transformed into hell.”—Lakhdar Brahimi, international envoy to Syria, at a news conference at Arab League headquarters in Cairo. (New York Times, Dec. 31, 2012)

 

“My message to the State Department has been very simple, and that is we’re going to solve this. We’re not going to be defensive about it; we’re not going to pretend that this was not a problem — this was a huge problem. It confirms what we had already seen based on some of our internal reviews; there was just some sloppiness, not intentional, in terms of how we secure embassies in areas where you essentially don’t have governments that have a lot of capacity to protect those embassies,” —U.S. President Barak Obama commenting on the independent inquiry’s report on the attack against the American diplomatic compound in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11. (New York Times, Dec. 30, 2012)

"I love the army. If I was born and raised in Syria, I would have served in their army. But I live here, so I decided to do my part and enlist."—Samir (an alias), 26, an Israeli Arab who serves in the Tavor battalion, one of the Home Front Command's search and rescue battalions whose men also perform combat duties. A married father of one, Samir also had to persuade his wife to support his choice. "It is not simple, my wife opposed my enlistment; she wanted her husband close to home. But she came around in the end. She and my parents were the only ones who supported my decision.” Despite the difficulties and fears, Samir calls on Muslim youths to follow in his footsteps. "If you love this system, I definitely recommend it, it's very gratifying." (YNet News, Dec. 30, 2012) 

 

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RITA LEVI-MONTALCINI (1909-2012) NOBEL LAUREATE AND NEUROBIOLOGIST DIES AT 103 – (Rome) Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, a Nobel Prize-winning neurologist who discovered critical chemical tools that the body uses to direct cell growth and build nerve networks, opening the way for the study of how those processes can go wrong in diseases like dementia and cancer, died on Sunday at her home in Rome. She was 103. “I don’t use these words easily, but her work revolutionized the study of neural development, from how we think about it to how we intervene,” said Dr. Gerald D. Fishbach, a neuroscientist and professor emeritus at Columbia. (New york Times, December 31, 2012)

 

HUNDREDS PROTEST IN TEL AVIV, DEMAND MIGRANT DEPORTATIONS(Tel Aviv) Calling for the deportation of Sudanese and Eritrean migrants from Israel after an Eritrean man allegedly raped an 83-year-old Tel Aviv woman last weekend, hundreds of demonstrators marched from the city’s Hatikvah neighborhood to its central bus station Monday night. The event, called “Blowing up the Silence,” was organized by MK Michael Ben Ari, of the newly formed Otzma Leyisrael party…the demonstrators…operated under the slogan “Getting Sodom (and Gomorrah) out of Tel Aviv and returning it to Africa.”  Ben Ari told the crowd that southern Tel Aviv neighborhoods had been taken over by “infiltrators” saying, “When there are no police and there is no government, only we can stop the next rape.” (Times of Israel, Dec. 31, 2012)

 

FRENCH GOVERNMENT CUTS IMMIGRANTS WELFARE BY 83%(Paris) French Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced [Dec. 27] significant changes in the country’s migration policy. The government will reduce financial assistance to immigrants. Starting March 1 of [2013], French immigrant benefits will be reduced by 83 percent. The amount of compensation to immigrants who voluntarily want to return home will be also reduced. In March of 2013 monthly [welfare] amounts will be reduced from 300 to 50 euros for every adult and from 100 to 30 euros for every minor. If this is not done, Valls said, the costs for the maintenance of migrants now paid by the French Treasury will continue to devastate the economy of France. (EU Times, Dec. 28, 2012)

 

EGYPT PREVENTS LARGE-SCALE SMUGGLING OF WEAPONS INTO GAZA(Washington) Egypt has prevented three instances of large-scale smuggling of weapons into the Gaza Strip (two originating from Libya, and another from Iran through Sudan) since the end of operation Pillar of Defense, according to Western sources. The activity against the weaponry smuggling is part of Egyptian-US coordination, agreed upon in the discussions leading to the end of the operation. The agreement includes assistance with US technological measures made available for Egyptian use, and intelligence cooperation in order to counter the smuggling of weapons. Israel and the US now expect that Egypt will do everything against the smuggling of weapons through Egyptian territory into the Gaza Strip. (Israel Defense, Jan. 1, 2013)

 

JERUSALEM PRESSES CASE FOR EU TO BAN HEZBOLLAH(Berlin) The Israeli government is redoubling its efforts to convince the European Union to outlaw Hezbollah within the 27-member body because of the Lebanese group’s record of terrorism. According to reports in the Hebrew media, Israel’s new case involves showing Hezbollah’s role in the 2005 murder of Lebanese president Rafik Hariri, based on evidence culled from the international tribunal that investigated the bombing. Israel is slated to reveal documentary material about Hezbollah’s role in destabilizing Syria and joining forces with Bashar Assad’s regime in the ongoing campaign to obliterate that country’s pro-reform movement. Hezbollah’s narcotics and money-laundering operations are part of Israel’s dossier. (Jerusalem Post, Jan. 2, 2013)

 

LEBANESE MILITARY INVESTIGATING INVASION BY ISRAELI PEPPERS(Sidon, Lebanon) A Lebanese shopper discovered a bag of three kinds of [sweet] peppers made in Israel while shopping Tuesday at Spinneys, one of Lebanon’s largest retailers, in the coastal city of Sidon. He immediately contacted local authorities who in turn contacted the Lebanese Army. Members of military intelligence and police arrived to discover 13 similar bags that have the word “Israel” printed on the sale tag. The case was then referred to the military judiciary for investigation into how the products made it through the customs department at the port or the airport. (The Daily Star, Jan.1, 2013)

 

ARAB STATES ABANDON CASH-STRAPPED PA(Ramallah) Facing a billion-dollar deficit and with no funds to pay government employee salaries, the Palestinian Authority has asked Russia and China to help rescue it from financial collapse. Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki this week blasted Arab countries for not fulfilling financial pledges toward the Palestinian Authority. The Arab League decided last March to create a “financial safety net” of $100 million a month to protect the Palestinian Authority from financial collapse. Arab failure to fulfill a pledge to fund that safety net proved that “the Arab nation is, incredibly, moving away from the Palestinian issue,” Maliki said. (Times of Israel, January 2, 2013)

 

SAUDIS SWEAT AS ENERGY REVOLUTION CHANGES THE RULES—(Washington) The US shale gas boom, drastically cutting the cost of gas, is shaking the foundations of the Saudi Arabian economic model—and more is coming. The highly profitable $100bn Gulf petrochemical industry is taking a hit as its biggest customer—the U.S.—is importing less and relying instead on domestic production. The rapidly growing Saudi population wants to consume (subsidized) petrochemicals at home, air conditioning Saudi houses and running Saudi cars instead of exporting product abroad.  Falling production, demand, and prices are beginning to hurt. (American Interest, December 29, 2012)

 

EGYPT "ON THE VERGE OF BANKRUPTCY"—(Cairo) Egypt is effectively out of cash. With foreign exchange reserves at a “critical minimum,” Egypt’s central bank imposed exchange controls and let the Egyptian pound exchange rate fall by about 5 percent from the level prevailing through most of 2012. The central bank will ration foreign exchange by holding auctions at which a limited amount of hard currency is offered, and restrict corporate cash withdrawals to $30,000 per day as well as limiting the amount of cash an individual may transfer out of the country to $10,000. Because Egypt’s main source of foreign exchange is remittances from Egyptian citizens working overseas, the latest set of measures are likely to backfire. Individuals are likely to delay sending remittances until they believe that the Egyptian pound has stabilized, aggravating the foreign exchange shortage. (JINSA December 31, 2012)

 

VIEWS OF THE ISRAELI PUBLIC ON ISRAELI SECURITY AND RESOLUTION OF THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT"—(Jerusalem) Main points: 76% of Israelis (83% of Jews) believe that a withdrawal to the 1967 lines and a division of Jerusalem would not bring about an end of the conflict. 61% of the Jewish population believes that defensible borders are more important than peace for assuring Israel’s security (up from 49% in 2005). 78% of Jews indicated they would change their vote if the party they intended to support indicated that it was prepared to relinquish sovereignty in east Jerusalem. 59% of Jews said the same about the Jordan Valley. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs/Dahaf Institute Survey, Dec. 2012)

 

SENATE REPORT WIDENS FAULT FOR BENGHAZI FAILURES(Washington) The Senate report was harshly critical of the State Department for failing to recognize and respond to security risks. The State Department and Pentagon had no viable way to rescue Americans in Benghazi, Libya, falling short of their responsibility to develop plans to evacuate U.S. citizens. But it also [found] fault with the Obama administration for being "inconsistent" about whether the assaults on U.S. posts in Benghazi were a terrorist attack. The inconsistency "contributed to the confusion in the public discourse" about the attacks, write Sens. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) and Susan Collins (R., Maine), the chairman and senior Republican of the committee and the report's authors. Details turned up by the investigation show "a shocking irresponsibility to protect American diplomatic personnel in Benghazi," Mr. Lieberman said in an interview on Sunday [Dec. 30]. (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 30, 2012)

 

RENDITIONS CONTINUE UNDER OBAMA(Washington) Three European men with Somali roots were arrested on a murky pretext in August as they passed through the small African country of Djibouti. U.S. agents accused the men — two of them Swedes, the other a longtime resident of Britain — of supporting al-Shabab, an Islamist militia in Somalia that Washington considers a terrorist group. Two months after their arrest, the prisoners were secretly indicted by a federal grand jury in New York, then clandestinely taken into custody by the FBI and flown to the United States to face trial. The men are the latest example of how the Obama administration has embraced rendition — the practice of holding and interrogating terrorism suspects in other countries without due process — despite widespread condemnation of the tactic in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. (Washington Post, Jan. 1, 2013)

 

ISRAEL HOME TO 8 MILLION CITIZENS(Jerusalem) A new survey by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) says that as 2012 draws to an end Israel's population numbers 7,981,000 people. According to the CBS, 6,015,000 (75.4%) of Israelis are Jews, 1,648,000 are Arabs and 319,000 are affiliated with other various religions and ethnic groups.  In the course of 2012, the population of Israel increased by 145,000 people, or 1.8%, similar to the increase in the last decade. Some 170,000 babies were born in 2012, in addition to the arrival of 16,500 new immigrants. (YNet News, Dec. 30, 2012) 

 

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Egyptian Cleric Threatens Egypt's Copts With Genocide: Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute, Dec. 28, 2012—"The day Egyptians…feel you [Copts] are against them, you will be wiped off the face of the Earth." — Dr. Wagdi Goneim. Islamic leaders continue to portray the popular protests against President Morsi and his recently passed Sharia-heavy constitution as products of Egypt's Christians.

 

Hizbullah Partners with Mexican Drug Cartels: Eldad Beck, YNet News, Dec. 29, 2012—U.S. intelligence indicates that Mexico is home to some 200,000 Syrian and Lebanese immigrants – most of them illegal – who were able to cross the border via an extensive web of contacts with drug cartels. Western intelligence agencies have gathered ample evidence suggesting that the drug cartels in Mexico – which are the de facto rulers of the northern districts bordering the U.S. – are in cahoots with Islamic terror organizations.

 

Iran Wakes to New Syrian Reality : Walter Russell Mead, American Interest, Dec. 30, 2012—Syria is crucial to Iran's grand design in the Middle East. It was also the means by which Iran was able to support Hizbullah in Lebanon and construct an anti-Israel alliance with Hamas that helped offset Iran's deep disadvantages on the Arab street, making it look less like a "Persian" and "heretical" anti-Arab power and more like a leader of global Islam in the fight against the West. The growing likelihood that decades of building this position will end in catastrophe represents the greatest threat to the Iranian regime since its failure in the Iran-Iraq war. 

 

 

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Wednesday’s “News in Review” Round-Up

 

ContentsDownload today's Daily Briefing.pdf

Weekly Quotes 

Short Takes

 

On Topic Links

 

 

 

Why Arabs Hate And Kill Palestinians: Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, Dec. 26, 2012

Biblical claim to the land?: David Ha'ivri, Jerusalem Post, Dec. 26, 2012

Canada takes sides, not a world referee: BairdLee Berthiaume, Postmedia News, Dec. 22, 2012

 

 

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"The Western Wall is not occupied territory, and I don't care what the United Nations says. We are living in the Jewish State and the capital of the Jewish state, for 3,000 years, has been Jerusalem. I want to say it clearly. We will build in Jerusalem because it’s our right."—Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in response to the international community's condemnation of prospective building plans for Jerusalem across the Green Line. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 22, 2012)

 

“Some people see Canada as being a great even-handed referee. Well, we’re not a referee. We have a side. The side is freedom. The side is human rights. The side is open economies. And I think that’s what people expect us to stand up for. We cannot be afraid to take difficult decisions for fear of consequences. We’ve taken a very hard line on Iran because the regime is inciting genocide. It’s an anti-Semitic regime that denies the Holocaust, which backs terrorism. I suppose if we kept quiet, some would think that would be better.” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird during an interview  with Postmedia News at Foreign Affairs headquarters in Ottawa. (Postmedia News, Dec. 22, 2012)

 

"This is a popular struggle. We still believe in all forms of the struggle. No one has removed the rifle from the equation. However, for us, the struggle is a means, and the end is freedom and independence."—Fatah Central Committee member, Jibril Rajoub. (Palestinian Media Watch, Nov. 5, 2012)

 

“After years of calling for peace, I decided that practicing peace is more important than talking about it. My visit is a message from the peaceful society of Egypt. We went through enough of violence and clashes and this situation has to end. We want to both live like human beings without violence, racism or walls. The main goal of my visit [to Israel] is to end my government’s monopoly on the peace process. Even If I fail, their [Egyptian government] feeling that there is a competitor will prompt them to work more seriously toward peace.”—Egyptian activist Maikel Nabil Sanad in a statement on his blog, according to an Al Arabiya report. Mr. Sanad spent ten months in military jails following Egypt’s revolution in early 2011 and is on a controversial visit to Israel. (Israel National News, Dec. 24, 2012)

 

“The economy is the basis of everything. Without services, boots, money, you cannot do anything. If the government cannot finance the army, they [soldiers] will simply go away.” —Samir Seifan, a prominent Syrian economist who fled last year commenting on the Syrian government’s serious depletion of currency reserves, speaking from Dubai. “Nobody is paying taxes. There is no fuel, and the electricity runs just a few hours a day. Everybody feels the government is going to fall.” —Abrahim Miro, a Syrian economist based in the Netherlands, who advises the opposition Syrian National Coalition. (Time World, Dec.  , 2012)

"The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in Judea at the time of the First Temple. The uniqueness of the structure is even more remarkable because of the vicinity of the site's proximity to the capital city of Jerusalem, which acted as the Kingdom's main sacred center at the time.” —Anna Eirikh, Dr. Hamoudi Khalaily and Shua Kisilevitz, directors of the excavation at Tel Moza, less than five miles west of Jerusalem, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The ritual building and a cache of sacred vessels date back approximately 2,750 years. (Times of Israel, Dec. 26, 2012)

 

“How silly it is to suggest that Jews not mention our biblical connection to the land of Shechem, Hebron and Jerusalem. If not for that connection, why would Jews have regathered from the nations here and not in Uganda? Could you imagine suggesting that America's patriots be advised not to mention the historic actions of those who threw tea in the sea and rebelled against the British?”—David Haivri, director of the Shomron Liaison Office, an NGO that works closely with the local government promoting public relations for the towns of the region, in a Ynet News op-ed. (Ynet News, Dec. 26 , 2012)

 

“The Palestinians have a long history of involving themselves in the internal affairs of Arab countries and later complaining when they fall victim to violence. They complain they are being killed but not saying why they keep getting into trouble. Palestinians are not always innocent victims. They bring tragedy on themselves and then want to blame everyone else but themselves.”—Khaled Abu Toameh, a Palestinian journalist based in Jerusalem. (Gatestone Institute, Dec. 26, 2012)

 

“Yasser Arafat had made a decision to launch the Intifada. Immediately after the failure of the Camp David [negotiations], I met him in Paris upon his return, in July 2001 [sic]. Camp David has failed, and he said to me: “You should remain in Paris.” I asked him why, and he said: “Because I am going to start an Intifada. They want me to betray the Palestinian cause. They want me to give up on our principles, and I will not do so. I do not want Zahwa’s friends in the future to say that Yasser Arafat abandoned the Palestinian cause and principles. I might be martyred, but I shall bequeath our historical heritage to Zahwa and to the children of Palestine.” —Suha Arafat, Yasser Arafat’s widow on Dubai TV. (MEMRI, Dec. 16, 2012

"Jesus is a Palestinian; the self-sacrificing Yasser Arafat is a Palestinian; Mahmoud Abbas, the messenger of peace on earth, is a Palestinian. How great is this nation of the holy Trinity!"—official PA daily op-ed. (Palestinian Media Watch, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2012)

 

"The Palestinian nation is rooted in this land since the Canaanites and the Jebusites. The Arab presence – Christian and Islamic – on this land is uninterrupted. Jesus is a Palestinian par excellence."—Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories.  (Palestinian Media Watch, PA TV (Fatah), Nov. 30, 2012)

"In the birthplace of Christianity, we have seen over the years that the Christmas holiday has been reduced to snowmen and bells." —Pastor Steven Khoury of Holy Land Missions, the ministry behind putting up a 1200 square foot sign which reads: “"Jesus born to die and rose again. Invite him into your heart so you might live – Merry Christmas". Under growing pressure to remove the billboard in Manger Square, hee added, "The essential message of the holiday season has been taken away for fear of what the dominant factors in Bethlehem would say." (Eder of Ziyon, Dec. 21, 2012)

 

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ISRAELI FIRM PRESENTS BREAST CANCER CURE(Tel Aviv) IceCure Medical has developed a revolutionary system allowing patients to be treated without surgery thanks to a technique that destroys tumors by turning them into ball of ice.  Doctors have begun treating women suffering from breast cancer, in trials, using a super-cooled needle tip to repeatedly freeze then defrost tumors, which has the ultimate effect of killing the harmful tissue. The technique can be completed in about 15 minutes, and provides an alternative to surgery. The device has already been approved for use in the United States, with IceCure hoping for European approval next year. (Ynet News, Dec. 20, 2012)

 

DISSIDENT EGYPTIAN BLOGGER LAUNCHES PEACE MISSION TO ISRAEL (Geneva) As reported today by the New York Times, Maikel Nabil, one of Egypt’s most famous human rights dissidents and democracy bloggers — a former political prisoner who is also his country’s most outspoken supporter of peace with Israel — has arrived in Jerusalem on a peace-building mission, where he will deliver university lectures, meet with leading public figures and peace activists, and visit the Palestinian territories. Mr. Nabil’s trip is organized by UN Watch." (UN Watch, Dec. 23, 2012)

 

STUDY: CHRISTIANITY 'CLOSE TO EXTINCTION' IN MIDDLE EAST(London) Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. The report, by the think tank Civitas, says: “It is generally accepted that many faith-based groups face discrimination or persecution to some degree. A far less widely grasped fact is that Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers.” (The Telegraph, Dec. 23, 2012)

 

ISRAEL TO JOIN NATO OPS DESPITE TURKEY TENSION(Washington) Israel has received approval to participate in NATO activities in 2013 that had been held up amid tensions with Turkey.  The officials said the approval had come as Turkey’s request that NATO station Patriot missile batteries along its border with Syria was granted, leading them to assess that NATO was using the deployment as leverage to induce Ankara to thaw its relations with Israel. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 23, 2012)

CONGRESS TO OBAMA: TIME TO PUNISH ARABS FOR BLOWING UP OSLO AND BLOWING OFF THE US(Washington) A bi-partisan majority of congressional members sent a letter to U.S. President Barak Obama late last week.  In the letter, the members insist that the time has come for this U.S. government to hold the Arab Palestinian leadership responsible for their bald refusal to comply with repeated requests from the United States government to refrain from seeking an enhanced status at the United Nations General Assembly, as is required of the Arabs under the Oslo Agreements under which it is bound. The PLO pledged in the Oslo Agreements that it would take no unilateral actions to change the status of the disputed territories and Gaza. (Jewish Press, Dec. 25, 2012)

SENIOR HAMAS LEADER CALLS FOR THIRD INTIFADA—(Jerusalem) A senior Hamas leader Tuesday called for a third intifada and the resumption of suicide bombings against Israel. Ahmed Halabiyeh, director of the Jerusalem Department in Hamas, said that armed Palestinian groups, including Hamas, should initiate a confrontation with Israel over its plans to build new houses in Jerusalem and its suburbs. The Palestinians, he added, should resort to various methods of resistance, first and foremost "martyrdom operations in the heart of Israel." Abu Halabiyeh urged Palestinians to "ignite a third intifada to save the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem." (Jerusalem Report, Dec. 25, 2012)

 

IT'S OFFICIAL: ARIEL UNIVERSITY RECOGNIZED(Ariel) Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed Central Command chief Nitzan Alon to officially recognize the Ariel University Center as a university, and a day after the change is already evident on the ground. The university has changed its logo as well as its signs which now read "Ariel University in Samaria." On Tuesday [Dec. 25], Alon signed the decree that upgraded the institution' status. Meanwhile, the Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities continues to try to torpedo the move. On Tuesday, it motioned the High Court of Justice to issue an interim order instructing the commander of IDF forces in Judea and Samaria not to recognize the university. (YNet News Dec. 25, 2012)

 

EGYPTIAN ARMY THWARTS ROCKET SMUGGLING TO GAZA(Cairo) Armed Forces personnel in North Sinai, in cooperation with local Bedouins, foiled an attempt on Monday to smuggle 17 rockets to Gaza, the Egyptian state news agency MENA reported. A military source told the agency that the rockets are a French-made TDI model, caliber 68 mm, range three kilometers ​​and can be used air to land or land to land. The Armed Forces have been engaged in an ongoing mission to secure the Sinai Peninsula and borders with Gaza and Israel, said MENA. (Israel National News, Dec. 25, 2012)

 

HIGH-RANKING SYRIAN GENERAL DEFECTS(Damascus) Syria’s embattled leadership suffered a new setback on Wednesday with the publicly broadcast defection of its military police chief, the highest-ranking officer to abandon President Bashar al-Assad since the uprising against him began nearly two years ago. The defector, Maj. Gen. Abdul Azia Jassem al-Shallal, announced his move in a video broadcast by Al Arabiya, saying that he had taken the step because of what he called the Syrian military’s deviation from “its fundamental mission to protect the nation and transformation into gangs of killing and destruction.” There was some indication that he was now inside Turkey. (New York Times, Dec. 26, 2012)

 

ARAB NATIONS STILL RENEGING ON PLEDGES TO THE PA(Jenin) Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Sunday criticized Arab states for evading their financial commitments to the PA. Arab countries have yet to follow through on a pledge in March to provide a financial safety net of $100 million monthly to the PA to mitigate Israeli sanctions, which were imposed in November. During a visit to Jenin, Fayyad called for an urgent Arab summit to address the PA's financial crisis. (Maan News Agency, Dec. 25, 2012)

 

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Why Arabs Hate And Kill Palestinians: Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, Dec. 26, 2012— The Arab League did not hold an emergency meeting to discuss what Palestinians describe as "massacres " against the refugees in a Syrian camp, home to more than 50,000 people. Those who meddle in the internal affairs of Arab countries should not be surprised when bombs start falling on their homes. Palestinians are not always innocent victims. They bring tragedy on themselves and then want to blame everyone else but themselves.

 

Biblical claim to the land?: David Ha'ivri, Jerusalem Post, Dec. 26, 2012—When I mention to my guests that the majority of the so called "settlers" in this region are secular Israelis, many ask "but why would seculars choose to live in the West Bank?" People have been taught by the media that it is only religious fanatics like myself who believe that this is part of Israel.
 

Canada takes sides, not a world referee: BairdLee Berthiaume, Postmedia News, Dec. 22, 2012—Canada is not an “even-handed referee” in the world and will be no more of an honest broker with those who support terrorism than it was with fascism and communism, says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. In a wide-ranging end-of-year interview with Postmedia News on Friday, Baird said the federal government won’t tolerate excuses for those who engage in terrorist activities, and that Canada will continue supporting right over wrong.

 

 

 

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Media-orcities of the Week

Weekly Quotes 

Short Takes

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Majority of Israelis prefer two-state solution: Gabriella Weiniger, Jerusalem Post, Dec. 18, 2012

Syrian Humanitarian Disaster Looms Face Bread Shortages: Luke Harding, The Guardian,  Dec.13, 2012

Syrian Opposition Hijacked By Islamists, Foreign Influence: Michel Kilo, al-Monitor, Dec 12, 2012

Three PMW reports for Dutch Parliament: Palestinian Media Watch, Dec. 17, 2012

 

 

 

 

DIVIDING THE WEST BANK, AND DEEPENING A RIFT

 

 

An article on Dec. 2 about Israel’s decision to move forward with planning and zoning for settlements in an area east of Jerusalem known as E1 described imprecisely the effect of such development on access to the cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem from Jerusalem, and on the West Bank. Development of E1 would limit access to Ramallah and Bethlehem, leaving narrow corridors far from the Old City and downtown Jerusalem; it would not completely cut off those cities from Jerusalem. It would also create a large block of Israeli settlements in the center of the West Bank; it would not divide the West Bank in two. And because of an editing error, the article referred incompletely to the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian state. Critics see E1 as a threat to the meaningful contiguity of such a state because it would leave some Palestinian areas connected by roads with few exits or by circuitous routes; the proposed development would not technically make a contiguous Palestinian state impossible. (New York Times (correction), Dec. 16, 2012)

 

A more honest correction would have said this: “The Times reported, not as opinion but as fact in a news story, that the new construction being planned by Israel would cut Ramallah and Bethlehem off from Jerusalem, divide the West Bank in two, and make a contiguous Palestinian state impossible. None of those assertions was true, so we have to withdraw all of them.” —Elliot Abrams, an attorney and conservative policy analyst who served in foreign policy positions under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush (Council on Foreign Relations, Dec. 18, 2012

 

 

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"I want to take the opportunity to point out a simple fact. The walls of Jerusalem that you see behind us represent the capital of the Jewish people for some 3,000 years." —Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, on the terrace of the King David Hotel, overlooking the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, to 11 envoys from Asian and Pacific countries.  Netanyahu said every Israeli government has built in Jerusalem, "and we will not change that.This is something natural, and I ask each of you to imagine that you would be restricted in building in your capitals. This is not logical, and for us what is important is that we are committed to our capital, to peace, and we will build in Jerusalem for all its residents." (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 19, 2012)

 

“In any conceivable political arrangement, Israel will not cede control of E-1. We refuse to accept that only a few weeks after missiles and rockets were fired from Gaza at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, there are some who view Israel’s decision to hold on to a strategic area around Jerusalem and to build in its capital as the biggest obstacle to peace. We are getting the impression that European countries are more concerned with establishing a Palestinian state than they are with ensuring the existence of the Jewish state. The Europeans are wrong in assuming that Israel’s existence is assured and obvious.”—Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin in a greeting for the new year he sent out to his acquaintances around the world saying that construction in Jerusalem is not subject to negotiations. (Jewish Press, Dec. 18, 2012) 

“We know it [the truce with Hamas] is temporary. We will have to take action. It’s a matter of time until we…bring down the Hamas regime….Unfortunately, when you have such forces, which are full of hatred and encitement, it’s only a matter of time until we will continue with the hatred again. And when you look at Gaza today, you don’t have any Jewish settlement today in the Gaza Strip. You ask yourself why they are sending missiles, why they are attacking the civilian population in Israel, and you understand the hatred. That’s something we have to realize. So it’s not about making more concessions or taking out more settlements. We did it in Gaza and we received missiles in return.” —MK Danny Danon, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, in an interview with Newsmax TV. (Newsmax, Dec. 17, 2012)

 

“[A democratic] future that felt certain has now become nothing more than a vague promise—which might not be kept by the Islamist groups known for their lies, lust for power and cooperation with foreign powers. It is very likely that we will be dragged into a deep pit of chaos, violence and civil war, and that serious efforts will be deployed to prevent any evolution toward democracy by stifling the voices of free, secular forces,”Syrian Christian opposition activist Michel Kilo writing in al-Monitor warning that light is not waiting at the end of the tunnel. Islamist hordes are. (Front Page Magazine, al-Monitor Dec. 19, 2012)

“The fact that one side commits occasional acts of terrorism does not justify state terrorism. In this case, there was not rocket fire of any consequence from the Gaza Strip prior to Israel’s inauguration of the military raid that killed the military leader of Hamas… You can’t bomb people into peaceful coexistence.” Chas Freeman, former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia under President George H. W. Bush, former assistant to former Secretary of Defense William Perry in an interview with Russia Today TV. Freeman suggested the timing of the operation was not a coincidence: “It’s popular in Israel to kill many Palestinians in Gaza…a war against Hamas wins votes.” (Jewish Press, Dec. 12, 2012)

 

"They kept us blindfolded, bound.” While he and his colleagues weren't physically tortured, “there was a lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed. They made us choose which one of us would be shot first, and when we refused, there were mock shootings."—Richard Engel, an NBC News foreign correspondent freed with colleagues Monday after five days of captivity in Syria, held by the militiamen believed to be allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 18, 2012)

 

“What is…outrageous is that these resolutions claim to care about Palestinians, yet the U.N. proves itself completely oblivious to the actual suffering on the ground, happening right now: Palestinians slaughtered, maimed and expelled by Assad’s forces. Today’s farce at the General Assembly underscores a simple fact: the U.N.’s automatic majority has no interest in truly helping Palestinians, nor in protecting anyone’s human rights; the goal of these ritual, one-sided condemnations remains the scapegoating of Israel.” —Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, responding to the latest series of anti-Israel resolutions passed by the General Assembly of the united Nations. (UN Watch, Dec. 19, 2012)

 

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COMMITTEE APPROVES 2,610 UNITS IN EAST JERUSALEM(Jerusalem) The Jerusalem Local Planning Committee on Wednesday afternoon [Dec. 19] gave final approval for plans to construct 2,610 new housing units in Givat Hamatos, a new neighborhood in southeast Jerusalem located across the Green Line.  The move comes amid widespread international censure of Israeli plans to build up to 6,500 new apartments in east Jerusalem. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 19, 2012)

 

COMMITEE BARS ZOABI, ALLOWS ARAB PARTIES TO RUN(Jerusalem) The Central Elections Committee decided on Wednesday [Dec. 19] to disqualify MK Haneen Zoabi from running for the 19th Knesset, but allowed Arab parties Balad and UAL-Ta'al to run. In his statements before the committee, MK Ben-Ari said his primary motivation for seeking Zoabi's disqualification was to ensure that "our kids will be able to live in a normal Jewish state, not one in which 30 Zoabis serve in the Knesset.” Ben-Ari cited an interview Zoabi gave immediately after becoming a member of the Knesset, in which she expressed hope Iran would obtain nuclear weapons because Israel needs to be afraid. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 19, 2012)

 

'MAN PLACED BOMB, RETURNED TO WORK AT MCDONALDS'(Tel Aviv) The central suspect in last month's bus bombing in Tel Aviv planted the explosive device and then took the train back to his job at the McDonald's in Modi'in, prosecutors stated in an indictment issued on Wednesday.  Muhammed Abed Al Jaffer Nasser Mafarja, an 18-year-old resident of Taibeh, was charged with aiding the enemy in a time of war, dozens of counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a crime, causing an explosion, aggravated assault, illegal transporting weapons, and giving assistance to an illegal organization. Mafarja, who could potentially receive several life sentences, was originally from the West Bank but was able to move within the Green Line and acquire a blue Israeli ID after a family reunification.. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 19, 2012)

 

BETTER BRAIN SURGERY, WITH FLIGHT SIMULATION TECH(Tel Aviv) Two Israel Air Force vets, officers Moty Avisar and Alon Geri, are behind the Selman Surgical Rehearsal Platform that lets neurosurgeons practice for difficult cases. Just as pilots can use flight simulators to practice for difficult missions before setting foot in a plane, now brain surgeons can rehearse challenging microsurgical procedures before making a single incision. The Selman Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) neurosurgery simulator generates 3D images from the individual patient’s standard CT and MRI scans. The lifelike preview shows how surgical instruments will interact with the patient’s tissue and how the delicate brain structures will respond. “It took us a while to understand how to translate a simulation into a realistic model. But according to surgeon feedback, we are there. They feel they are in the OR.” (Israel21C, Dec. 19, 2012)

 

DESCENDANTS OF MACCABEES, GREEKS, COOPERATE IN SKIES(Tel Aviv) 2,000 years after Judah the Maccabee fought against the decrees of Greek ruler Antiochus, the descendants of the Hasmoneans and the ancient Greeks are cooperating militarily. Cooperation with Greece has tightened following the deterioration in relations between Israel and Turkey in recent years. (Israel National News, Dec. 16, 2012)

 

THE 2012 DISHONEST REPORTER: GIDEON LEVY, HAARETZ(Tel Aviv) Gideon Levy’s front page article ”Most Israelis support an apartheid regime in Israel,” backed by a survey, made headlines around the world: His article opened with the following premise: “Most of the Jewish public in Israel supports the establishment of an apartheid regime in Israel if it formally annexes the West Bank.” Levy’s entire premise was based, however, on a hypothetical situation where Israel annexes the West Bank – a policy that the majority of Israelis are opposed to according to the very same poll.For his slander against the State of Israel and his persistent promotion of the falsehood even after he had been found out, HonestReporting readers judged Gideon Levy a worthy winner of the 2012 Dishonest Reporter Award. (Honest Reporting, Dec. 17,2012)

 

NARROW WIN FOR MORSI IN FIRST ROUND OF EGYPT VOTING(Cairo) Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood backers eked out a narrow win in the first round of voting on a controversial new constitution this weekend, but the results only threaten to further divide this riven nation. Unofficial counts indicate that the Islamist-written charter received the support of about 57 per cent of the 8.1 million people who cast ballots in the first half of the referendum. More than 43 per cent voted against the document. (Globe and Mail, Dec. 16, 2012)

 

FORMER IDF CHIEF OF STAFF LIPKIN-SHAHAK PASSES AWAY(Jerusalem) Former IDF chief of General Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak passed away Wednesday morning [Dec. 19] at Hadassah University Medical Center after a lengthy battle with cancer. A decorated military commander and 15th IDF chief of staff, Lipkin-Shahak twice was awarded the Medal of Honor. Lipkin-Shahak joined the IDF in the 1962, enlisting in the Paratroopers. He served as a company commander during the 1967 Six Day War and the following year took part in raids on PLO bases in Jordan.  In 1973, Lipkin-Shahak lead a commando force in a raid against PLO targets in Beirut, which resulted in the killing of some 100 PLO terrorists and three senior commanders. In the Yom Kippur War, Lipkin-Shahak fought on the southern front in Sinai as deputy brigade commander of the Paratroopers. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 19, 2012)

 

OPPOSITION PROTEST FIZZLES IN EGYPT—(Cairo) An opposition appeal for mass protests against a draft Egyptian constitution backfired Tuesday [Dec. 18], with a dismal turnout forcing leaders to acknowledge that they erred in calling their supporters to the streets. The failed rally suggested the waning power of protests after two years of nearly nonstop demonstrations that began with the exhilaration of an 18-day revolution, but that have since devolved into bitter infighting among former allies. The lackluster turnout also pointed to difficult choices ahead for the loosely organized group of liberals, leftists, seculars and Christians who oppose President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood backers.(Washington Post, Dec. 18, 2012)

 

UN ADOPTS 9 RESOLUTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL, SILENT ON SYRIAN MASSACRE OF PALESTINIANS —(Geneva) The U.N. General Assembly today adopted nine resolutions on Palestinian rights and the Golan, sharply criticizing Israel yet making no mention of Sunday’s massacre of Palestinians by Syrian warplanes firing missiles into a mosque in a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus. Nor did the texts mention the tens of thousands of Palestinians who continue to flee the camp. By the end of this week, the current 2012 UNGA session will have adopted 22 country-specific resolutions on Israel – and only four on the rest of the world combined, one each for Syria, Iran, North Korea and Burma. (UN Watch, Dec. 19, 2012)

 

'SYRIAN JETS BOMB PALESTINIAN CAMP, KILLING 25'—(Beirut) Syrian fighter jets rocketed the Palestinian Yarmouk camp in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 25 people sheltering in a mosque in an area where Syrian rebels have been trying to advance on the capital, opposition activists said. They said the deaths resulted from a rocket hitting a mosque in the camp, to which refugees have fled from other fighting in nearby suburbs of Damascus. It was the first reported aerial attack on the camp since the revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad erupted last year. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 16, 2012)

 

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Majority of Israelis prefer two-state solution: Gabriella Weiniger, Jerusalem Post, Dec. 18, 2012 Smith Research poll shows majority of Israelis fear a bi-national state; youth hold more right-wing positions. A clear majority of Israelis believe that the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state is Israel’s best chance to remain a Jewish and democratic state in 20 years’ time.

 

Syrian Humanitarian Disaster Looms as Internal Refugees Face Bread Shortages : Luke Harding, The Guardian,  Dec.13, 2012 With Assad's regime targeting bakeries, displaced families are starving as harsh weather compounds the struggle for food. The cardinal problem is bread – Syria's most important food staple. There is not enough to go round; bread is disappearing.

 

Syrian Opposition Hijacked By Islamists, Foreign Influence: Michel Kilo, al-Monitor, Dec 12, 2012—There was, at one point, a strong conviction among large segments of Syrian society that the fall or overthrow of the regime would inevitably lead to a democratic alternative. This conviction lasted for a while, during which the protest movement was peaceful, despite the bloodshed caused by the regime.

 

Three PMW reports for Dutch Parliament: Palestinian Media Watch, Dec. 17, 2012—Following PMW presentations to the Foreign Affairs Committee in 2011, Dutch Parliament passed a motion "to prevent the supply of funding to the Palestinian Authority if no concrete and effective measures are being taken [by the PA] to act against the glorification and whitewashing of terrorism." [Motion no. 1039, passed in March 2011]

 

 

 

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Weekly Quotes Short Takes|On Topic

 

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STICKS AND STONES AND DAMAGE FROM WORDS

 

Regarding David Feith's "Dancing Around Genocide" (op-ed, Dec. 5): International law, like U.S. law, makes clear that incitement to genocide occurs only if there is an imminent connection between words and actions. While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's anti-Semitic statements are thoroughly repulsive and unacceptable, that connection does not exist. Human Rights Watch sticks by the law and the facts in its analysis of Iran as with all its work around the world. — Iain Levine, Human Rights Watch, New York. (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 7, 2012) [What about Iran’s nuclear drive, Iain?-Ed.]

 

 

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“This weekend, the leaders of Hamas openly called for the destruction of Israel. Where was the outrage? Where were the UN resolutions? Where was President Abbas?  Why weren’t Palestinian diplomats summoned in European and other capitals to explain why the PA president not only refused to condemn this, but actually declared his intention to unite with Hamas? There was nothing. There was silence. And it was a deafening silence. Well, we can’t accept that. We can’t accept that, when Jews build homes in [Israel's] ancient capital, the international community has no problem finding its voice, but when Palestinian leaders openly call for the destruction of Israel, the one and only Jewish state, the world is silent.” —Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal’s statements during his recent visit to the Gaza Strip. (Times of Israel, Dec. 10, 2012)

 

“Palestine is ours from the river to the sea and from the south to the north. There will be no concession on any inch of the land.  We will never recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation, and therefore there is no legitimacy for Israel, no matter how long it will take.  We will free Jerusalem inch by inch, stone by stone. Israel has no right to be in Jerusalem.” —Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal during his recent visit to the Gaza Strip.

    “We are imposing a new reality on the Israeli occupation,” —Salah Bardawil, a Hamas spokesman. “All the factions are here, and the Hamas flags embrace the Palestinian flags and the Fatah flags. We need to extend the Arab revolution to all Palestine from the sea to the river, and every refugee returns to his home.” (New York Times, Dec. 8, 2012)

 

“I am not happy with Europe’s position that for another time in history it ignores calls to destroy Israel. Hamas leaders said repeatedly that their goal is clear – to destroy the State of Israel. And Europe is quiet. The EU’s call yesterday was not condemnation of Hamas’s statements, but a call for Hamas heads to refrain from inflammatory statements. We already went through that with Europe at the end of the 1930s and in the 1940s.”—Israeli  Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaking at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Hezliya. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 11, 2012)

 

"It doesn't matter what you think about settlements. We have settlement blocs close to the Green Line and the only way for the conflict with the Palestinians to end is for Israel to keep them. Any pre-agreement by the international community to a withdrawal to 1967 borders before the talks occur, makes it difficult to negotiate. It was clear in the talks I conducted with the Palestinians that there would not be return to 1967 borders." Tzipi Livini speaking at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Hezliya. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 12, 2012)

 

“The UN did not create the State of Israel with the partition resolution in 1947 and the UN cannot create the State of Palestine by recognizing one today. A Jewish state came into being in 1948-49 because Jews had returned to their land, built the institutions of statehood, fought to expel oppressors, declared the establishment of their state, fought to defend it and achieved sovereignty within its borders A Palestinian state in our homeland, on the other hand, is a danger we may never escape. But this danger is not inevitable.” —Daniel Tauber, executive director of Likud Anglos and a formal candidate on the Likud-Beytenu list for the Knesset. (Jeruslaem Post, Dec. 11, 2012)

 

"We in the government have no illusions. We want a true peace with our neighbours. But we will not close our eyes and stick our heads in the sand. They [Palestinians] have no intention of compromising with us. They want to destroy our country, but they will obviously fail." —Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to his Cabinet. (Calgary Herald, Dec. 10, 2012)

 

“They can forget about seeing a single agora for the next four months. First we will get back what we are owed, and then after four months we will check and see what to do.”—Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, referring to the NIS 400 million in tax and tariff revenue that Israel collects for the PA and normally passes on to it each month. Israel withheld NIS 900m. to pay PA debts, which includes unpaid electrical bills, and advanced it another NIS 700m. to pay salaries.

 

"We are in a collapsing state now. We can't pay our salaries. So you have to offer this safety net. Do you agree, are you committed and how much will you pledge?" —Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, addressing delegates at a meeting of  the Arab League in Qatar's capital, Doha. (Windsor Star, Dec. 9, 2012)

 

“The Palestinians have ingeniously retreated to a two-track strategy of miring the shop-worn, flea-bitten, hacked and torn peace process in such complexities that they can continue in the palsied demand for the destruction of the Jewish state while apparently only seeking to advance an innocuous step on the road to the two-state solution that almost everyone now purports to espouse.”—Conrad Black in an op-ed article in the National Post. (National Post, Dec. 8, 2012)

 

“The [peace] settlement should be based upon the borders of June 4, 1967. When we say that the settlement should be based upon these borders, President [Abbas] understands, we understand, and everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go. If Israel withdraws from Jerusalem, evacuates the 650,000 settlers, and dismantles the wall – what will become of Israel? It will come to an end. If one says one wants to wipe Israel out, c’mon, it’s too difficult. It’s not (acceptable) policy to say so. Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself.” —Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, in an interview on Al-Jazeera TV network. (MEMRI, Sept. 23, 2011)

 

“The Muslim Brothers, who put him in power, and its Islamist allies are simply not interested in a compromise. They are now about to seize power fully and redraft the rules of the game to enshrine Islamist control in the constitution itself. This is precisely why so many Egyptians, most of them ordinary citizens who have not been involved in politics, are protesting. They feel trapped by Islamists who came to power through the door of democracy only to shut it behind them.” Mr. Choukri Fishere, a professor at the American University in Cairo. (Globe and Mail, Dec. 7, 2012)

   “The Egyptian revolution proved remarkable in its ability to deliver a fell blow to the Mubarak regime. … [But] its architects were wholly unprepared [to take power.]” For the Muslim Brotherhood, “the revolution had not so much given rise to a new political and social order as it had created a power vacuum which needed to be filled. [This] domestic power vacuum, underlined further by the pathetic demise of the [Supreme Council of the Armed Forces], strong Western, particularly American, backing, regional support from oil-rich Qatar … no less than the growingly Islamist stamp on the Arab Spring – all of which seemed to give credence to what Western pundits had begun parroting repeatedly: The Islamist moment had arrived finally in the Arab world. For an international movement – who sees the Muslim-majority world from Morocco to Indonesia as its ultimate constituency – the seductive force of such a compulsion cannot be overestimated.” Hani Shukrallah, managing editor of the Egyptian al-Ahram newspaper. The result, Mr. Shukrallah argues, has been a suicidal march to chaos caused by the movement’s arrogance. (Globe and Mail, Dec. 7, 2012)

 

“We are partly to blame [for the ongoing Syrian crisis], having made it impossible for Bashar [al-Assad] to even contemplate giving up. By continually extending international jurisdictions and law enforcement, we simultaneously criminalized politics and cut off escape routes for guilty and innocent parties alike. By now everybody in a conflict area is at the mercy of politicized UN investigators and tribunals. Brimming with left-liberal activists and buzzwords, they’re gullible, inexpert, tendentious, untrustworthy and untainted by any knowledge of the region in which they operate….international meddlers increase casualties by removing the option of abdication from tyrants. Prosecutorial activists extend conflicts they can neither prevent nor resolve, adding to the body-count and the suffering of the population” —George Jonas in an op-ed article in the National Post. (National Post, Dec 12, 2012)

 

“Islamism is a totalitarian ideology.” And just as there cannot be a “democratic totalitarianism” so there cannot be “democratic Islamism.” —Bassam Tibi, a Syrian raised in Damascus and currentlty a Koret Foundation senior fellow at Stanford University,  from his new book Islamism and Islam. (National Post, Dec 12, 2012)

 

“[Prime Minister Steven Harper] is totally transparent on Israel,  the public reasons he stated for the policy [to support Israel] are precisely the reasons he holds to it so strongly. He actually does oppose Hamas’ terrorism. He actually does support Israel for being a democracy. And he actually does think, based on his reading of history, that when you let the anti-Semites loose, eventually they destroy not just the Jews but liberal democracy.” —a former senior government official who worked closely with Mr. Harper.
   “This is a fundamental belief he has had since well before he became prime minister. In that region, Israel is an island of democracy and he thinks that must always be protected.” —Dimitri Soudas, a Harper staffer for nearly a decade. (National Post, Dec. 8, 2012)

 

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SYRIA HAS FIRED SCUD MISSILES AT REBELS: U.S. OFFICIAL(Kabul, Afghanistan) A U.S. official says Syrian government forces have fired Scud missiles at insurgents in recent days, a move that escalates the two-year-old conflict in the Mideast nation. The official confirmed a report that forces of President Bashar Assad have fired the missiles from the Damascus area into northern Syria. He estimated that the number of Scuds fired was more than a half dozen. (National Post, Dec 12, 2012)

 

JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO SPEAK AT ISLAMIC EVENT SPONSORED BY HAMAS-LINKED CHARITY GROUP(Toronto) One of the sponsors of an upcoming conference featuring Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau as a keynote speaker lost its charitable status last year after a Canada Revenue Agency audit found it had been providing support to Hamas. The Charities Directorate of the CRA wrote in a letter to IRFAN that it believed the Mississauga-based group was “an integral part of an international fundraising effort to support Hamas,” which has been a listed terrorist group in Canada since 2002. “Our findings indicate that IRFAN-Canada provided $14.6-million in resources to operating partners that were run by officials of Hamas, openly supported and provided funding to Hamas, or have been listed by various jurisdictions because of their support for Hamas or other terrorist entitles,” according to a summary of the CRA’s findings. IRFAN videos found at the group’s office “demonize Israel, characterize the Arab-Israel conflict as a religious war, appeal for all Arab and Muslim nations to join in the struggle against Israel and glorify martyrdom.” (National Post, Dec. 12, 2012)

 

MAURITANIA ELECTED TO UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (Geneva) UN Watch condemned today's [Dec. 10] election of Mauritania, a country that allows 800,000 of its citizens to live as slaves, as Vice-President of the UN Human Rights Council. "It is obscene for the U.N. to use the occasion of Human Rights Day, when we commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to elect the world's worst enabler of slavery to this prestigious post" —Hillel Neuer, UN Watch executive director. "The U.N. is making an arsonist head of the fire department. It defies both morality and common sense." (UN Watch, Dec. 10, 2012)

 

A ‘VACCINE’ TO BOOST GLOBAL FOOD PRODUCTION(Sharshoret, Negev Desert)A revolutionary new seed treatment from Morflora could improve the world’s agricultural output, without the need for worrying genetic engineering. The Israeli company Morflora now has an alternative seed treatment in the works that is so revolutionary it is short-listed for Best Novel Agricultural Biotechnology in the 2012 international AGROW awards.“Our technology is an innovative trait delivery platform. We can deliver any genetic trait to any seed, and the delivered gene does not transform the genome of the treated plant,” says Dotan Peleg, CEO of Morflora. “We will not have any moral issues that the GMO community faces. We keep the plant intact so that the next generation of seeds of the plants will look totally unchanged. It is a paradigm shift.” (Israel21c, Dec. 9, 2012)

 

ITALY STOPS WEAPONS SHIPMENT TO GAZA(Rome) Following a tip from Israel, Italian police seize a shipment of weapons intended for Egypt with a final destination of Gaza. The weapons, which included a rocket launcher among other things, were part of a shipment that was supposed to go on an Egyptian ship which has been detained by local authorities. The container in which the weapons were found was part of a shipment of five containers, and the four remaining containers are currently being examined by the Italian customs authorities. (Israel National News, Dec. 9, 2012)

 

US EXTENDS EXEMPTIONS TO IRAN OIL SANCTIONS—(Washington) Announcing that they would extend waivers to certain countries from having to fully comply with American sanctions targeting Iran’s oil exports, the United States Department of State has announced that nine countries, including India and China, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan would be eligible, citing their significant reduction in oil import from Teheran. (Jewish Voice, Dec. 12, 2012)

US RECOGNIZES SYRIA OPPOSITION GROUP—(Washington)  US President Barack Obama granted American recognition on Tuesday to a Syrian opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people but he stopped short of authorizing US arming of rebels fighting to overthrow Assad. France, Britain, Turkey and the Gulf states led the way last month in recognizing the opposition coalition. But little in the way of direct military or financial support is expected to be channeled to the coalition, partly because it lacks the ability to act as a provisional government and because Western powers are still wary of backing Islamist fighters in the rebel ranks. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 8, 2012)

 

OBAMA PLANNING DIRECT TALKS WITH IRAN(Washington)  Washington has reportedly decided to negotiate directly with Iran, and will resort to military force in four or five months if diplomacy can’t persuade Tehran to relinquish its alleged atomic weapons program, Israel’s Channel 10 News carried this report on Tuesday night, quoting a “senior American official”. The channel’s veteran diplomatic correspondent Emmanuel Rosen reported that President Barack Obama had decided to bypass Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and leave Israel out of the loop. Rosen said that Obama believed Netanyahu was personally behind a recent series of purported leaks from reports produced by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) about the Iranian program. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 12, 2012)

CANCELLING CANCER CELLS WITH NEW RADIATION(Ariel) Somewhere on the spectrum between electromagnetic waves that produce visible light, and those that cook food in a microwave oven, are millimeter waves that might hold the key to conquering cancer cells. When tested in an Israeli lab on human lung-cancer cells, millimeter wave radiation knocked out the cells’ ability to reproduce. “It disrupts their activity, although we don’t yet know how beyond some speculation regarding the mechanism,” says Asher Yahalom, head of Ariel University Center’s Free Electron Laser (FEL) Laboratory User Center, who also noted that the rays seem to have no effect on normal cells. (Israel21c, Dec. 10, 2012)
 

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UN Vote: from ‘Occupation’ to Border Dispute: Eugene Kontorovich, Jerusalem Post, Dec. 10, 2012If Israel was what it is often made out to be – a brutal occupier imposing its rule on others – how is it that the Palestinians managed to establish all the institutions of a state?

 

 

Justin Trudeau Keynote Speaker For Islamic Relief In Toronto: Point de Bascule, Dec. 6, 2012 Justin Trudeau, the frontrunner in the Liberal Party of Canada leadership race, will take part in a meeting sponsored by Islamic Relief, a charity linked to Hamas by Canada Revenue Agency, at the end of December in Toronto.

 

Dancing Around Genocide: David Feith, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 4, 2012— Is promoting genocide a human-rights violation? You might think that's an easy question. But it isn't at Human Rights Watch, where a bitter debate is raging over how to describe Iran's calls for the destruction of Israel. The infighting reveals a peculiar standard regarding dictatorships and human rights and especially the Jewish state.

 

 

 

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A MESS OF ISRAEL’S OWN MAKING

 

   But Israel has only itself to blame for what happened. Mr. Abbas and his prime minister, Salam Fayyad, have been more moderate, and more open to serious negotiations with Israel, than any Palestinian leaders before. The Palestinian police have co-operated with the Israelis to contain violence in the West Bank. Improving the economy, rather than violent confrontation, has been the Palestinian Authority’s main concern….

 

   Hamas also emerged as the moral victor after the latest military clash. Far from intimidating the Palestinians by bombing Gaza and mobilizing troops, the Israelis made Hamas look heroic in its resistance. Once again, Mr. Abbas looked feeble in comparison. This is why he desperately needed his victory at the UN. The diplomatic promotion of Palestine offered him a lifeline….

 

   Israeli policies are not genocidal, as some commentators, not always free from anti-Semitic animus, like to claim. Many Palestinians have been killed under Israeli rule, but their number is not even close to the number of Muslim civilians who are still being tortured, murdered and maimed by Muslim governments every day. Israel, however, is a semi-imperial power, using traditional colonial methods: ruling by proxy, dividing potential rebels, rewarding obeisance and punishing opposition. (The Globe and Mail, Dec. 04 2012)

 

[Ian Buruma is professor of democracy, human rights and journalism at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., and the author of  Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents.]

 

 

AT ONE WITH ISRAEL: CANADA AND … PALAU?

Canada used to have a Middle East policy. Now, it has an Israel policy….On a scale of Palestinian politics, the Abbas government is as moderate as they come. The Netanyahu government, by contrast, is among the least moderate in Israeli history, reflecting shifts in Israeli public opinion. —Jeffrey Simpson. (The Globe and Mail, Dec. 05 2012)

 

 

HILLARY CLINTON AT SABAN FORUM: ISRAEL LACKING IN GENEROSITY AND EMPATHY FOR “OPPRESSED” PALESTINIANS

 

“So, look, I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion. So, yes, there is more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds, and they want to figure out, within the bounds of security and a Jewish democratic state, what can be accomplished.” —Hillary Clinton at the Saban Forum on U.S.-Israel relations. (Algemeiner, Dec. 1, 2012)

 

 

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“Today I want to make absolutely clear to [President Assad] and those under his command: The world is watching. The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. If you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.” —US President Barack Obama during a speech at the National Defense University in Washington. (Wall Street Journal, Dec. 4, 2012)

 

“Suffice it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality [Syrian use of chemical weapons] were to occur.” — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a trip to Prague, (New York Post, Dec. 4, 2012)

 

“The world watched a defamatory and venomous speech that was full of mendacious propaganda against the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] and the citizens of Israel. Someone who wants peace does not talk in such a manner.…The way to peace between Jerusalem and Ramallah is in direct negotiations, without preconditions, and not in the one-sided UN decisions. By going to the UN, the Palestinians have violated the agreements with Israel and Israel will act accordingly.” —Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Palestinian Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN. (National Post, Nov. 30, 2012)

 

“The root of the conflict is not the settlements; it is the very existence of the State of Israel and the desire to wipe it off the face of the earth. We can anticipate many developments and changes in this evolving Middle East that we face, and some of them are very, very disturbing. Therefore, our top public diplomacy mission is to explain that the root of this conflict is not territorial. It is over our very existence in any borders whatsoever. From 1967 until today, for 45 years, day in, day out, and hour by hour, they [the Palestinians] have been preaching the complete opposite. So certainly the lie has taken root, and there is no way to fight a lie except with the truth. We must tell the truth; it is the only thing that we can do and we must certainly do so.” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing a meeting of the National Public Diplomacy Forum in Israel. (Israel National News, Dec. 5, 2012)

 

“Well, look, I think Israelis have good grounds to be suspicious….The Palestinians could have had a state as old as I am if they had made the right decision in 1947. They could have had a state if they had worked with my husband and then-Prime Minister Barak at Camp David. They could have had a state if they’d worked with Prime Minister Olmert and Foreign Minister Livni….When Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed to a 10-month settlement freeze I flew to Jerusalem.…I said it was unprecedented for any Israeli prime minister to have done that….[yet] we couldn’t get the Palestinians into the conversation until the tenth month. But in the last 20 years, I’ve seen Israeli leaders make an honest, good-faith effort and not be reciprocated in the way that was needed.” — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answering questions at the Saban Forum on U.S.-Israel Relations in Washington D.C. (Algemeiner, Dec. 1, 2012)

 

“I was actually on an Arab hit list, since when the Arabs see a Jewish shepherd walking in the Land of Israel – that endangers them, and pushes them back. When you have a flock you move beyond fences, and the Arabs understand that when a Jew walks on the Land, he controls the Land. Our roads in Israel aren’t our claim to the Land, it’s our fields.” —Avraham Herzlich, a resident of Samaria, commenting on the theft of his flock of goats by Arabs which he described as "agricultural terrorism." (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 4, 2012)

 

“I believe this [Canadian] government  is more Israeli than the Israelis, more settler than the settlers,” he said “I think they have disqualified themselves from playing any role in the Middle East peace process.” —Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator,  commenting on Canada’s decision to send Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to vote and speak at the UN and it’s threats of reprisal measures against the Palestinian Authority. (Globe and Mail, Dec. 1, 2012)

 

“There is so much danger out there now that many women are scared to leave their homes to get their hair done. Business is not working. Life gets more expensive. We really thought that things would get more stable after we elected a president, but the situation is actually getting worse. I cannot tell you exactly how much this has cost me. I can tell you that if it lasts much longer I will close my business.” — Mohammed Shabasi, a 66-year-old Cairo hairdresser. Summing up the gloom that is gripping Egypt an executive for a luxury hotel overlooking the Nile where the occupancy rate has plunged from 80% to 30% over the past two years said: “It has grown dark and there is no light at the of the tunnel.” (National Post, Dec. 3, 2012)

 

"We have accepted [our] death, so that Jerusalem will return. We are bombs, friends, when the homeland calls. My heart, with fury, exploded and scattered. The shrapnel of this life flew and the enemies were beheaded. Grieve not, Mother, shed no tears over my torn flesh. Gather [my] bones, Mother, return them to the earth…"Voice of Palestine radio, the official Palestinian Authority broadcaster, broadcasting a song glorifying suicide bombings targeting Israelis. The song was played on the radio station two days after the PA was granted observer status at the UN. (Palestinian Media Watch, Dec. 5, 2012)

 

“Maybe the Palestinians got something on paper and morally, but he got something on the ground. Netanyahu is trying to enforce something on the ground and gain the hearts and minds of the Israeli public. It’s a strong message to the Palestinian leadership that Netanyahu is not without cards in his hand.” —Zakaria al-Qaq, professor of national security at Al Quds University and a resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. (New York Times, Dec. 2, 2012)

 

“I have sent warnings to many people who know who they are, who may be committing crimes against the homeland. If anybody tries to derail the transition, I will not allow them.”—Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in an interview with [Egyptian] state television on Thursday night, referring repeatedly to secret information about a “conspiracy” and “real and imminent threats” that he would not disclose. In a speech to supporters that unveiled his new push to seize control of the transition’s end, Mr. Morsi was even more zealous. “To the corrupters who hide under respectable cover, I say, ‘Never imagine that I can’t see you.’ I’m on the lookout for them and will never let them go.” he declared. (New York Times, Dec. 3, 2012)

 

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THE UN’S NPT VOTE (New York) In yet another anti-Israel vote backed by an overwhelming majority, the UN General Assembly singled out Israel – not Iran or Syria – for supposedly violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  In a 174-6 with six abstentions vote, the General Assembly called on Israel Monday to join the NPT “without further delay,” and to open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Glibly calling for a “nuclear-free Middle East” ignores the predicament of Israel, a country built on the ashes of the Holocaust. Israel dismissed [the]  a resolution…as a “meaningless mechanical vote” …brought to the General Assembly, and passed overwhelmingly year after year.  (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 4, 2012)

 

U.S. BEARS DOWN ON TURKEY'S GOLD LINK TO IRAN(Istanbul) Washington and Ankara are on a collision course over Turkey's surging sales of gold to Iran, as the U.S. Congress and Treasury focus on cutting off a trade they believe is emerging as one of Tehran's primary conduits to export natural gas and evade Western sanctions. The Senate on Friday [Nov. 30] approved a measure that would tighten sanctions against Iran, targeting suppliers of materials that could be used to build ships and taking further aim at the country's port and energy businesses. Among other provisions, the new legislation would ban the transfer of precious metals to Iran, including gold. (Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2012)

 

NATO TO INSTALL MISSILES ON TURKISH/SYRIAN BORDER(Istanbul) NATO on Tuesday [Nov. 4] agreed to deploy Patriot missiles to the Turkish border to help defend Turkey against threats from Syria. “In response to Turkey's request, NATO has decided to augment Turkey's air defense capabilities in order to defend the population and territory of Turkey,” NATO foreign ministers said in a statement. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said concerns that Syria's beleaguered government might resort to using chemical weapons against the rebels added urgency to the issue. He called any use of chemical weapons “completely unacceptable,” and said it would cause “an immediate reaction.” (Voice of America, December 4th, 2012)

 

FLOW OF ARMS TO SYRIA THROUGH IRAQ PERSISTS(Washington) The American effort to stem the flow of Iranian arms to Syria has faltered because of Iraq’s reluctance to inspect aircraft carrying the weapons through its airspace, American officials say. The shipments have persisted at a critical time for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, who has come under increasing military pressure from rebel fighters. The air corridor over Iraq has emerged as a main supply route for weapons, including rockets, antitank missiles, rocket-propelled grenade and mortars.  (New York Times, December 1, 2012)

 

ISRAEL’S IRON SHIELD FLASHES WARNING TO IRAN(Tel Aviv) Israel is close to completing a a missile defence shield that will destroy Iranian ballistic missiles in space or on their launch pads. Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defence system successfully knocked out 421 rockets — an 84% success rate — in a stunning demonstration of its capabilities during the conflict with Gaza last month.  It is one part of a multi-tiered missile shield being developed by Israeli scientists that will defend the Jewish state from the vast stockpile of rockets held by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and Syria’s armoury of Scuds and SS-21 ballistic missiles. A second defensive system, Magic Wand – known outside Israel as David’s sling –will defend against medium-range missiles.  A third tier consists of Arrow-2 and soon to be introduced Arrow-3 – interceptors designed to destroy Iranian long-range ballistic missiles in space before they re-enter the atmosphere. (The Sunday Times, Dec. 2, 2012)

 

EGYPT'S MURSI: NEW POWERS MEANT TO STOP 'WEEVILS' (Cairo) Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s decision to assume sweeping powers caused fury amongst his opponents and prompted violent clashes in central Cairo and other cities on Tuesday [Nov. 21] Police fired tear gas near Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where thousands demanded Mursi quit and accused him of launching a “coup”. Angry youth hurled rocks at security forces and burned a police truck. Mr. Mursi’s speech came while thousands of opponents and supporters also clashed in the streets over the decree that critics fear allows him to be a virtual dictator.  “Political stability, social stability and economic stability are what I want and that is what I am working for. There are weevils [from Mubarak’s regime], eating away at Egypt’s nation,” Mr. Mursi said, accusing some judges of planning to disband the upper house of parliament. (Globe and Mail, Nov.23, 2012)

 

EGYPT'S DRAFT CONSTITUTION APPROVED BY ISLAMIST-DOMINATED ASSEMBLY (Cairo) Islamists have approved a draft constitution for Egypt without the participation of liberal and Christian members. [They were] seeking to pre-empt a court ruling that could dissolve their panel with a rushed, marathon vote that further inflamed the conflict between the opposition and the president, Mohamed Morsi. The vote by the constituent assembly advanced a charter with an Islamist bent that rights experts say could give Muslim clerics oversight over legislation and bring restrictions on freedom of speech, women's rights, the press and other liberties. (The Guardian, Nov. 30, 2012)

 

MEGA-DEAL TO PUT ISRAELI-MADE SOFTWARE ON CASH REGISTERS WORLDWIDE (Tel Aviv) The past week has seen one of this year’s biggest buyouts of an Israeli company by a large multinational: NCR, which makes checkout systems for retail, automated teller machines, cash dispensers and the like, bought Israel-based Retalix, a provider of retail software and services, in a deal valued at about $650 million. Retalix was already the world’s leading point-of-sale software company in this field. In 2011, Retalix was ranked among the top four software vendors for grocery retailers and among the top 10 large software vendors to retailers by retail industry publications. Now that it is joining forces with NCR, its systems will soon go worldwide (Times of Israel, Dec. 3, 2012)

 

ISRAELI RESEARCHERS USE RUST TO STORE SOLAR ENERGY — (Tel Aviv) Using the power of the sun and ultrathin films of iron oxide (commonly known as rust), researchers at the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, have found a novel way to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The breakthrough, published this week in the scientific journal Nature Materials, could lead to less expensive, more efficient ways to store solar energy in the form of hydrogen-based fuels. This could be a major step forward in the development of viable replacements for fossil fuels. “Our approach is the first of its kind,” says lead researcher, Associate Professor Avner Rothschild, of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. “We have found a way to trap light in ultrathin films of iron oxide that are 5,000 times thinner than office paper. This enables achieving high solar energy conversion efficiency and low materials and production costs.”

 

ISRAEL TO BUILD 3,000 HOMES TO RETALIATE FOR PALESTINIAN UN BID(Jerusalem) Israel is to build 3,000 new settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank after the Palestinians won recognition as a non-member state at the United Nations, an Israeli official said on Friday [Nov. 30]. Asked if he could confirm a report that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had decided to build the 3,000 units in response to the Palestinians success at the UN, he said: “It’s true – in (east) Jerusalem and the West Bank,” Some of the homes would be built in [area] E1, an  area of the West Bank which links annexed east Jerusalem with the Maaleh Adumim settlement. (Globe and Mail, Nov. 30, 2012)

 

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PA Radio Song Praises Suicide Bombings Against Israelis: Palestinian Media Watch, Dec. 5, 12— "We are bombs when the homeland calls…We strapped ourselves with explosives…and praised Him [Allah] for the Martyrdom"

 

The New Middle East’s New Problems: Joschka Fischer, Project Syndicate, Dec. 5, 12 —The political epicenter of this troubled region has shifted from the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians toward the Persian Gulf and the struggle for regional mastery between Iran on one side and Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and now Egypt on the other. In the emerging struggle between the region’s Shia and Sunni powers, the old Middle East conflict has become a sideshow.

 

A Scientist's Nazi-Era Past Haunts Prestigious Space Prize: Lucette Lagnado, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 1, 2012 Every year since 1963, the Space Medicine Association has given out the Hubertus Strughold Award to a top scientist or clinician for outstanding work in aviation medicine. Dr. Strughold, a former scientist for the Third Reich, was listed as one of 13 "persons, firms or organizations implicated" in some notorious Dachau concentration camp experiments, according to a 1946 memo by the staff of the Nuremberg Trials.

 

The Gaza Operation: Less a War than an Anti-Iran Coup: DEBKAfile,  November 28, 2012—The eight-day Gaza duel between Israel and Hamas was the showcase.  Behind it, a coup went forward… whose aim was to abort the military ties Tehran was cultivating with Hamas before the Gaza Strip is grabbed as Iran’s springboard to Cairo. 

 

 

 

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"The PLO’s UN bid [for unofficial statehood] is misguided and wrongheaded and will do nothing but add to the long list of historic mistakes made by Palestinian leadership which date back at least to November 29, 1947 when Palestinians failed to grab their chance for nationhood and self-determination."Jerusalem Post editorial. (Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2012)

 

“It won’t lastI don’t believe in it at all,” —Gavriel Yacobovich, a 22-year-old Israel reservist called to the Gaza border in anticipation of a possible ground invasion during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas. “I’m not sure we should have undertaken a ground invasion but we should have kept fighting until we were sure that our citizens in the south can sleep quietly without rocket fire. Of course, it is up to the political side to decide, but there was a sense [among the soldiers called up] that we didn’t do enough in Gaza. We should have finished the job.” (National Post, November 23, 2012)

 

“I know there are citizens expecting a more severe military action, and perhaps we shall need to do so.” —Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, agreeing to a cease-fire with Hamas after 8 days of fighting. He said he had agreed to “exhaust this opportunity for an extended truce.” (Canada.com, November 22, 2012)

 

 “What Qatar is trying to do is change the reality. They are trying to blaze a trail that will weaken the international isolation of [Hamas in] Gaza from the Israeli blockade.” —Slaman Shaikh, director of The Brookings Doha Centre in Qatar.

 

“[T]he Verfassungschutz, [domestic intelligence agency] whether in Germany or Austria, has to make the analytical leap in treating the Trotskyite/jihadist movements as they did regarding Nazi and Communist espionage or terrorism. These provide cover for a fifth column of sleeper [cells] and lone-wolf recruits that endanger the host societies as much as, if not more than, their Jewish citizens. Jews have somewhere to go. Germans and Austrians do not.”—Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations. “The Holocaust began with the word and brought the world to the abyss. The alarms in Israel under Hamas rockets should reverberate in Vienna and Berlin, for the indifferent and exposed Austrians and Germans who do not realize that they have no Iron Dome.” (Jerusalem Post, November 26, 2012)

 

“If democracy means that people decide who leads them, then [we] accept it; if it means that people can change the laws of Allah and follow what they wish to follow, then it is not acceptable.”—Muslim Brotherhood website, 2005. (The New Republic, November 26, 2012)

 

“The constitutional declaration announced by Morsy is a way of raping the country, and wholly abrogates the role of all judicial authorities,” —Wahid Abdel Meguid, a former Constituent Assembly speaker who withdrew last week. “No leader confident in his popular support would go as far as to abolish the very idea of the state in order to protect himself.”  

   "People have lost faith in him. Anyone who takes such immature decisions can do anything to us, like establish a religious state similar to the dark ages in Europe,"—a  protester in Cairo's Tahrir Square. (Egypt Independent, November 23, 2012)

 

“We are in a state of revolution. He is crazy if he [Mohammed Morsi] thinks we can go back to one-man rule. If the Brotherhood’s slogan is ‘Islam is the solution’ ours is ‘submission is not the solution. God does not call for submission to another man’s will.”—Sara Khalili, a mass communications professor at the American University in Cairo, demonstrating in Tahrir Square against President Morsi’s recent power grab. ((Associate Press, November 24, 2012)

 

“We are honoured to announce that we gave them [Palestinian terrorists] the technology of how to make Fajr-5 missiles and now they have their hands on plenty of them.” —Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. “[T]he weapons that are being used today to resist this Israeli aggression and arrogance…come mainly from Iran,”  —Islamic Jihad commander [in Gaza] Ramadan Abdullah Shallah to Al-Jazeera TV (National Post, November 24, 2012)

 

“You know that here, in this democratic country [Canada], one can never say anything offensive against the Israelis, because it can be costly, you know….[M]adam, in this beautiful country we have freedom of expression, but one can never make negative comments, whatever their nature, against the Jewish people. Otherwise, there will be consequences.”  —Jacques Fabi, Quebec radio station 98.5FM’s nighttime talk show host to Maria, a caller describing herself as being of Arab descent, who said on air, without any challenge from Mr. Fabi, that the Holocaust was “For me…the most beautiful thing that could happen in history.” (National Post, November 28, 2012)

 

“We were trying to live through the war, the hard times, in the ways which were known to us before the war,”  —Vladka Meed, a Warsaw Ghetto courier who posed as gentile during World War II, to the Jewish newspaper Forward in1995. Meed, born Feigel Peltel in Warsaw, smuggled weapons and documents into the ghetto and found hiding places for children outside. “Nobody imagined any gas chambers. Jewish resistance took different forms and shapes under Nazi occupation. Our defiance of the Germans, who wanted to dehumanize us, expressed itself in varied ways. To remain a human being in the ghetto, one had to live in constant defiance, to act illegally. We had illegal synagogues, illegal classes, illegal meetings and illegal publications." Vladka Meed died last week at the age of  90. (Ynet, November 28, 2012)

 

"[Oh] lovers of the trigger: Killing the occupiers [Israelis] is worship that Allah made into law…Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah. Arise, oh determined men. The color of [the Martyr's] blood protects the land. Oh masked one wearing a keffiyeh, terrifying the Jews… call out in Zionism's face: 'Muhammad's army has begun to return.'"—video aired on Hamas TV during the 8-day conflict with Israel. (Palestine Media Watch, November 28, 2012)

 

“I think such a conflict [in Gaza] makes it timely to tally up people of Jewish ancestry who live here, especially in the Hungarian Parliament and the Hungarian government, who pose a national security risk to Hungary.” —Hungarian political leader Marton Gyongyosi who is deputy leader of the far-right Jobbik party, the third-largest party in the Hungarian parliament.  In response, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, director of the SWC in Israel, said, “The fact that after making such a demand in the Hungarian Parliament, Gyongyosi has not been forced to resign, is a sad commentary on the current rise of anti-Semitism in Hungary, which is being propagated primarily by the Jobbik party, the heirs of the fascist Arrow Cross,” referring to the Hungarian Nazi party during World War II. (Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2012)

 

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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT CHANGED: IDF MAY NOT SHOOT BACK IN GAZA(Tel Aviv) One week after the conclusion of operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza the rules of engagement have been altered radically. [T]he IDF has been instructed to show restraint [and] farmers on both sides are permitted to stretch their tilled lands all the way to the border fence… If [a Palestinian] approaching the [Gaza border fence] engages in sabotaging the security fence…the IDF must treat them now as suspects to be arrested and shooting at those suspects is limited to the legs and not beyond. [The changes also apply to] terrorist cells in the process of launching a rocket. In the past, the IAF would be alerted and a plane would be sent directly to attack the target. Now the attack may take place only should the terrorist cell actually initiate the process of launching.(Jewish Press, November 28th, 2012)

 

 

EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT GIVES HIMSELF NEW POWERS(Cairo) President Mohamed Morsy issued a new constitutional declaration on Thursday [Nov. 22] to acquire more more power for the President. The seven-article declaration renders the President's decrees and laws immune from appeal or cancellation. It also protects both the Shura Council and the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly from dissolution by any judicial authority, and further protects the Assembly by extending its mandate to draft the constitution to eight months instead of six, as stipulated in an earlier constitutional declaration. (Egypt Independent, November 23, 2012)

 

FRANCE TO BACK PALESTINIAN BID FOR UN OBSERVER STATUS(Paris) France will vote in favour of the Palestinians’ request to heighten their profile at the United Nations, the French foreign minister told Parliament on Tuesday, embracing a move that Israel and the United States oppose. The support of France, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is the most significant boost to date for the Palestinians’ hopes to be granted non-member observer status and thus greater international recognition. Russia and China, two other permanent members, have also thrown their support behind the Palestinian bid. (National Post, November 28, 2012)

 

JERUSLAEM TO REBUILD OLD CITY SYNAGOGUE DESTROYED IN 1948(Jerusalem) The Jerusalem Municipality awarded initial approval to a plan to rebuild the iconic Tifereth Israel synagogue in the Old City’s Jewish Quarter, a magnificent domed synagogue from the 19th century which was destroyed in the 1948 War of Independence. The project will recreate the three-story-tall synagogue as well as the iconic dome on the top. Ashkenazi hassidim bought the land for Tifereth Israel Synagogue in 1843, though the building wasn’t inaugurated until 1872. (Jerusalem Post, November 28, 2012)

 

ISRAEL SUCCESSFULLY TESTS ‘DAVID'S SLING’ INTERCEPTOR(Tel Aviv)

Israel and the US successfully tested the David’s Sling defense system, designed to stop medium-range rockets and cruise missiles, bringing the country a step closer to having an active defense shield against Hezbollah’s arsenal of projectiles. The system would defend against Iranian missiles such as the M600, the Zelzal, Fajr and Fateh 110 deployed heavily in Hezbollah hands in Lebanon as well as other missiles with a range between 70 and 300 kilometers. It is slated to become operational in 2014. (Jerusalem Post, November 25, 2012)

 

ISRAEL SPOTS IRANIAN SHIP BEING LOADED WITH ROCKETS FOR GAZA(Tel Aviv) Israeli spy satellites have spotted an Iranian ship being loaded with missiles that analysts say may be headed for Gaza….According to the report, the cargo may include Fajr-5 rockets, in addition to Shahab-3 ballistic missiles, which could be stationed in Sudan to pose a direct threat to Israel. The cargo would travel via the Red Sea, Sudan and Egypt, following a well-established route used by Iran to smuggle arms into Gaza…“With a lot of effort, Iran has skillfully built a strategic arm pointing at Israel from the south,” an Israeli source was quoted as saying. “We believe that Iranian warships anchored in Eritrea will accompany the weapons ship as soon as it enters the Red Sea,” an Israeli source told the Times. (Ha’aretz, November 25, 2012)

 

EGYPT: COPTS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ANTI-ISLAM FILM—(Cairo) A Cairo court on Wednesday [Nov. 28} sentenced to death seven Egyptian Christians tried in absentia for participating in an anti-Islam video, "Innocence of Muslims", that…had prompted violent protests in many Muslim countries. "The seven accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam and its prophet," Judge Saif al-Nasr Soliman said. In his first public statements about the video, the creator, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, said he had no regrets about his negative portrayal of Islam, as he wanted to reveal what he called "the actual truth" about Mohammad and raise awareness of the violence committed "under the sign of Allah." (Jerusalem Post, November 28, 2012)

 

IRAN BLASTS CANADA AS ‘RACIST’ AND ‘SELF-CENTRED’(New York) Iran called Canada “racist” and “self-centred” at a UN meeting on Tuesday [Nov. 26], where it balked at a Canadian-led resolution condemning Iranian abuses. In a statement before the humanitarian affairs committee, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee, said Canada had “a long list of human rights violations” against immigrants, Muslims, aboriginals and “Afro-Canadian women,” and accused Ottawa of “abusing human rights mechanisms to advance its self-centred political interests. In fact, if any country had to get a resolution, [Canada] would have deserved it more than others because of their unsparing support of a regime [Israel] that has frequently committed genocide in the Palestinian Occupied Territories,” (National Post Nov 28, 2012)

 

CANADIAN PM PERSONALLY INTERVENED TO STOP PA STATEHOOD BID AT UN(Ottawa) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally intervened to pressure Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to drop his bid for upgraded status at the United Nations. Harper…told Mr. Abbas: If you keep doing what you're doing 'there will be consequences.'" Effectively, the Canadian government has warned the Palestinian Authority’s representatives that their ‘embassy’ in Ottawa – in fact a delegation office, because Palestine isn’t a state – might be closed, and the Palestinian envoy, Said Hamad, sent home.” (Israel National News, November 27, 2012)

 

EGYPT KIDNAP GANGS BURN ERITREAN CAPTIVES ALIVE(Sinai) More than 10,000 refugees from Eritrea, one of the poorest countries in Africa, have been abducted and held to ransom by Bedouin gangs in the Egyptian desert in the past four years…[M]ore than 2,000 have been murdered as impoverished families were unable to pay sums of up to £25,000 demanded for their return. Others may have had hearts, lungs or kidneys removed and sold to the illegal organ trade. A leading authority on the region said eight people, including a 22-year-old woman, had been burnt to death, after being dowsed with gasoline, in the past fortnight after relatives failed to pay ransoms. (Sunday Times of London, November 25, 2012)

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Arab Columnists Criticize Firing of Rockets from Gaza: MEMRI, Nov. 21, 2012—Alongside the official Arab condemnations of Israel's attack on Gaza, and the popular protests against it in some of the Arab countries, there has also been criticism against Hamas.

 

Will the Arab Spring Deliver for Hamas?: Fouad Ajami, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 20, 2012

Mr. Morsi didn't rise to power to carry the burden of the Palestinian question. Egyptians could rightly claim that they had paid their dues for Palestine. Enough was enough…

 

A Cease-Fire Named Iran? : Evelyn Gordon, Jerusalem Post, November 28, 2012 — Last week’s cease-fire agreement is a terrible deal for Israel. Yet even so, the government wasn’t necessarily wrong to accept it. The crucial question is whether it caved because it got cold feet, or whether it sensibly sacrificed a lesser gain now for a greater one later. The truce with Hamas is a lousy deal. But it’s justified if it facilitates IDF action against Iran. 

 

 

 

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ISRAEL-HAMAS CEASE FIRE TAKES EFFECT

 

After eight days of fierce fighting, Israel ends Operation Pillar of Defense undertaken to quell rocket fire from Gaza. Obama in phone call Netanyahu, lauds him for agreeing to truce. PM Netanyahu: More forceful action if it fails. (Ynet News, November 21, 2012)

 

FULL TEXT: TERMS OF ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN CEASE-FIRE(Jerusalem) The text of the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza was distributed at the news conference in Cairo with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr.

 

Understanding Regarding Ceasefire in Gaza Strip

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    1. a. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

 

    b. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.

 

    c. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents’ free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

 

    d. Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.

 

    2. Implementation Mechanism:

 

    a. Setting up the zero hour for the ceasefire understanding to enter into effect.

 

    b. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.

 

    c. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding.

 

In case of any observations Egypt as the sponsor of this understanding shall be informed to follow up. (Washington Post, November 21, 2012)

 

 

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“[Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] spoke a short while ago with President Barack Obama and agreed to his recommendation to give the Egyptian cease-fire proposal a chance, and in this way provide an opportunity to stabilize the situation and calm it before any more forceful action would be necessary," an Israeli [government] statement. The Prime Minister said that President Obama showed "unwavering support for Israel's right to defend itself." (Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2012)

 

"I estimate that we will get a lasting calm. We spoke with our colleagues around the world and explained that we want lasting quiet – not for a week, not for two weeks. After a week of suffering, (we want) at least five or six years of quiet, stability and security." —Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman when asked about what Israel's citizens should expect in the [Gaza] post-ceasefire era. Addressing the government's apparent decision not to launch a ground offensive in Gaza, Lieberman said, "My approach is simple – if our forces enter Gaza, we must go all the way. In Operation Cast Lead we invaded and paid a heavy price as far as global public opinion…and the…Goldstone reports. The government cannot take such a decision (invasion) two months before election. We should leave this decision for the next government.” (Ynet News, November 20, 2012)

 

“We must declare war on the terrorists wherever they may be. The time for restraint is over. It is time for us to initiate ‘Defensive Shield 2′ against the sources of terror in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, just like we did in 2002. At the same time, we must identify and apprehend those within Israel’s borders who cooperate with the terrorists.” —Likud MK and Deputy Knesset Speaker Danny Danon after learning of the terror attack in Tel Aviv. (Times of Israel, November 21, 2012)
 

 “It’s time to strike at terror with all our might. The IDF and the Shin Bet know how to reach anyone, anywhere. We need a decisive outcome,” —Opposition leader and Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz on Army Radio, adding that he “fully backs” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should he decide to continue and even expand the Gaza offensive.  (Times of Israel, November 21, 2012)
 

"If what has been done up to now will not return quiet to the south, we have no choice but to expand the operation. The residents of the south – and in recent days not only the south – cannot live under a constant barrage of missiles and rockets. This is an intolerable situation." —Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon. (Times of Israel, November 19, 2012)
 

“Our neighbors in the region are watching us, and they see this as a sign of weakness. They see that we have no deterrence left and we want a cease-fire. [Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu] has spoken for years about Iran, but he can’t even handle Gaza. He’s a nebbach [pathetic person], and Israel has to go do what we have to do and go into Gaza like we did in the West Bank in Operation Defensive Shield [in 2002], until the problem is solved.” —Nir Levy, a 45-year-old father of three who lives on the same street as the building [in Rishon Lezion] that was hit [by rocket fire from Gaza] (Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2012)

“I’m in favor of going in [to Gaza] and dealing with this like we need to. I don’t want us to agree to some cease-fire and then in another six months or a year just have them firing on us all over again. They only understand force.” —Erez Ozeri who was sitting with his son Miro in their ground-floor apartment when they heard the rocket warning siren and rushed to their safe room. After the attack, they said, they came outside only to see their apartment entirely ruined inside, even though it was seven floors below the impact. (Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2012)

 

"Like hidden snakes whose fangs bite in the darkness, the oppressing invaders (i.e., Israel) chase after our children… They have no shame. They are very happy to be snakes that stick out their tongues and slither with malice, and then attack, thirsty and hungry for human blood and liver."  —a regular columnist in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida. (Palestinian Media Watch, Nov. 19, 2012)

 

“Go ahead adults, explain to them, go explain Hamas to a child in Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheba, and now, both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, why did the world allow these religious terrorists to amass thousands of rockets and to deploy them from amongst their own unwilling civilians; how it is that NGOs, Christian activists and tenured professors still bestow the mantel of victimhood on thugs who hide behind the skirts of women and in bunkers under hospitals; how come so many in the international media depict suicide bombings and thousands of Hamas rocket attacks as legitimate responses to Israeli "occupiers" who occupy not one millimeter of the Gaza Strip?”  —Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center on a trip to Jerusalem during the Hamas rocket bombardment of Israel, during which a missile landed in Jerusalem for the first time in decades. (Fox News, November 20, 2012)
 

"Strike, Strike Tel Aviv," —Palestinian crowds in Nablus chanting, reciting the words made popular by a new hit song. (Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2012)

 

“The Egyptian people, the Egyptian leadership, Egyptian government and all of Egypt is standing with all its resources to stop this assault, to prevent the killing and bloodshed of the Palestinians. Israelis must recognize that we do not accept this aggression.” —Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, addressing the crisis in Gaza in a televised address. (New York Times, November 15, 2012)
 

“…We are always going to be on the side of restraint but we are always with Israel and its right to defend its citizens and its way of life. You cannot negotiate when you are under attack,” —Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay, commenting on the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.  Referring to the Iranian involvement in the conflict he said, “Their actions are despicable and the government is appalling. Knowing they are supplying Hamas [with Fajr-5 missiles] underscores how despicable.” (National Post, November 21, 2012)
 

“I know the term ‘militant’ is popular in the media, but a lot of people that contacted us feel it is inappropriate – and we do as well. —Sam Eskenasi, a spokesman for B’nai Brith Canada. “They [Hamas] are a recognized terrorist group in Canada.” He argued that Hamas militants are committing “a double war crime” – first by firing indiscriminately on Israeli civilians, and, second, by launching rockets from positions within schools, hospitals and homes. “Nobody in Gaza wants a rocket fired from their house because they know it will automatically make their house a target,” (Globe and Mail, Nov. 19 2012)
 

"There is nothing that makes our hearts bleed like the pictures of the martyrs killed in Gaza as a result of Israeli fire and the mistakes of Hamas, which hijacked the [Gaza] Strip and its residents and forced them to accept its control and the control of its allies, in order to carry out a worrying policy that caused dire results. The most dangerous [result] is transforming the Palestinian cause from a national cause based on land and people to a religious issue…Hamas's plans… are never meant to benefit Palestine and the Palestinian cause…Hamas and its dangerous policy… place the entire homeland under a threat, the most…devastating consequence of which would be granting Israel a pretext to invade Sinai and recapture it in response to military operations launched from Sinai by factions associated with jihad organizations like Al-Qaeda and with [organizations] linked to Hamas…"  Gamal Al-Ghitani, editor of the weekly culture supplement of the Egyptian government daily Al-Akhbar,  in an article. (MEMRI, November 20, 2012)

 

"…[W]e have a secret weapon which we can use better than guns and machine guns, and this is time. As long as we do not make peace with the Zionists, the war is not over, and as long as the war is not over, there is neither a victor nor vanquished. As soon as we recognize the existence of the State of Israel, we recognize by this act that we are conquered." —Azzam Pasha,  Secretary General of the Arab League, 1948. (Quoted in Ynet News, November 1, 2012)

 

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ISRAELIS OPPOSE CEASEFIRE 70% to 24% (Tel Aviv) Israel Television Channel 2 reported minutes before the ceasefire went into effect that a poll of Israelis finds strong opposition: 70% oppose, 24%  favor. (IMRA,November 21, 2012)

 

IDF ARRIVING AT RISHON LEZION BUILDING HIT BY ROCKETS(Rishon Lezion)

Yesterday, a long-range rocket fired from the Gaza Strip directly hit a residential building in Israel's fourth-largest city, Rishon Lezion. After the air raid siren sounded, the residents of the apartment entered the reinforced security room – required in all new buildings by Israeli law – and thus were saved. This video shows the severe damage caused to the building and the undamaged security room. Click for Video (IDF YouTube Channel, November 20, 2012) 

 

TERROR ATTACK ON TEL AVIV BUS INJURES 28 PEOPLE(Tel Aviv) A bomb on a central Tel Aviv bus wounded 28 people on Wednesday morning, in the first bombing in the city since 2006. The bomb exploded on the 142 bus line on Shaul Hamelech street near the Defense Ministry headquarters and around the corner from Ichilov Hospital, blowing out all the windows of the bus and leaving dozens in need of medical assistance. (Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2012)

ISRAEL ‘OUTSHOUTS’ HAMAS TV, RADIO(Cairo) The IDF took over Hamas television and radio broadcasts, replacing the regular broadcasts with special bulletins aimed at Gaza residents…[T]he messages included information on the success of the Iron Dome system, the importance of staying away from Hamas operatives who may be targeted by IDF missiles, and even information on how Gaza civilians can protect themselves during an IDF attack. Other broadcasts showed clips of the IDF’s successes in killing Gaza terrorists, accompanied by a voiceover urging Gazans to rise up against Hamas, which, it says, has only brought them death and destruction. There [were] also cartoons, such as a one that shows a telephone ringing, unanswered, with accompanying text telling Gazans that “Hamas has run away and is leaving you hanging on the line.” (Times of Israel, November 21, 2012)

 

LEBANON WAR VICTIMS ALTER GAME OF TERROR FINANCING(New York) Terror groups may no longer be able to do transactions in US dollars after a groundbreaking ruling by the highest state court in New York, the New York Court of Appeals, announced Shurat Hadin, the Israel Law Center, on Wednesday. (Nov 21) The ruling was issued on Tuesday in favor of victims of Hezbollah rocket attacks from the 2006 Lebanon War and could be a “game changer” in the global financial war on terror financing. Until now, terror financing could avoid scrutiny in the US by making fund transfers through American correspondent banks….[U]sing a new interpretation of an existing law, the appeals court ruled that correspondent banks will now be held liable for civil damages if it is found that they facilitated transactions that ultimately can be traced back to terror entities.  (Jerusalem Post, Nov. 21, 2012)

 

SYRIAN ISLAMIST GROUPS REJECT WESTERN-BACKED OPPOSITION —(Beirut)  Syria’s increasingly powerful Islamist rebel factions rejected the country’s new Western-backed opposition coalition and unilaterally declared an Islamic state in the key battleground of Aleppo, a sign of the seemingly intractable splits among those fighting to topple President Bashar Assad. The move highlights the struggle over the direction of the rebellion at a time when the opposition is trying to gain the West’s trust and secure a flow of weapons to fight the regime. The rising profile of the extremist faction among the rebels could doom those efforts. (Washington Post, November 19, 2012)

 

UN: IRAN TO DOUBLE OUTPUT OF URANIUM USED FOR NUKES(Salzburg, Austria) Iran is poised to double its output of higher-enriched uranium at its fortified underground facility, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday, a development that puts Tehran within months of being able to make the core of a nuclear warhead. In its report, the IAEA said Iran was ready within days to ramp up its production of 20 per cent enriched uranium at its plant at Fordo using 700 more centrifuges. That would double Iran’s present output and cut in half the time it would take to acquire enough of the substance needed to make a nuclear weapon, reducing it to just over three months. (Globe and Mail, Friday, Nov. 16 2012)

 

JORDANIANS CALL FOR END TO MONARCHY(Amman, Jordan) Public expressions of anger at the Jordanian monarchy intensified as protests sparked by rising prices evolved into a rare show of open defiance aimed directly at King Abdullah II. Thousands of protesters turned out Friday, the fourth consecutive day of demonstrations across the country. In downtown Amman, the capital, a large group of protesters drawn from various groups including Islamists, leftist liberals and independents called for a "revolution," chanting, "People want the toppling of the regime."  While demonstrations in Jordan that began during the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings have ebbed and flowed over the past 20 months, the protests this week have been unusually large. Open defiance of the king is illegal in Jordan. (Wall Street Journal,  November 16, 2012)

 

EGYPT NABS 108 WARHEADS FROM LIBYA TO SINAI AND GAZA(Cairo) Egyptian security officials said Wednesday that authorities have confiscated trucks carrying explosive warheads and a variety of small-arms ammunition smuggled from Libya. They said authorities seized the pickup trucks, carrying some 108 warheads for Soviet-designed Grad rockets, near Marsa Matruh, 430 kilometers (270 miles) northwest of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast. A flood of weapons from Libya has added to security concerns in Egypt. Smuggled weapons reach Islamist groups in the Sinai Peninsula, or pass via underground tunnels to the Gaza Strip. (Israel Hayom, November 21, 2012)
 

GRAVESTONES DESTROYED AT POLISH JEWISH CEMETERY—(Warsaw, Poland) More than 20 gravestones were destroyed at the Jewish cemetery in Lodz, Poland. The damage was discovered on Tuesday; it is believed the vandals entered the cemetery on Monday. Some of the toppled and broken gravestones were from the 19th century. “It was not a random act, tombstones are not easy to topple,” said Symcha Keller, the head of the Jewish community in Lodz. “Some of them can’t be repaired.” Also destroyed was the recently renovated tomb of the Rabbi of Staszow, the grandson of Elimelech of Lizhensk. (Times of Israel, November 21, 2012)
 

FRENCH JEWS TURN OUT TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL —(Paris) Some 2,000 French Jews demonstrated in Paris to support of Israel’s offensive against Gaza. Addressing the crowd, the president of the Israelite Consistory of France, Joel Mergui, likened “terrorism that wants to kill in Israel” to “the same that attacks Jewish children in France.” A main axis was blocked off for Tuesday’s demonstration just off the famed Champs-Elysees, and riot police vans lined neighboring streets. (Times of Israel, November 21, 2012)
 

ARAB COLUMNISTS CRITICIZE FIRING OF ROCKETS FROM GAZA—(Washington, D.C.) Alongside the official Arab condemnations of Israel's attack on Gaza, and the popular protests against it in some of the Arab countries, there has also been criticism against Hamas. This criticism is mainly voiced in the countries of the moderate Arab camp (headed by the Gulf states, the PA and elements in Egypt), which opposes the resistance camp (headed by Iran, Syria and Hizbullah). The critics claimed that Hamas's rocket attacks on Israel are reckless and ineffective, and do nothing but give Israel an excuse to attack Gaza. Many also accused Iran of exploiting the Palestinian cause and of igniting the entire region in order to demonstrate its strength, improve its position in its nuclear negotiations, and draw attention away from the crisis in Syria. (MEMRI, November 20, 2012)

 

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Arab Columnists Criticize Firing of Rockets from Gaza: MEMRI, Nov. 21, 2012—Alongside the official Arab condemnations of Israel's attack on Gaza, and the popular protests against it in some of the Arab countries, there has also been criticism against Hamas.

 

Landmark Court Decision Opens Way for Claims Against Palestinian Authority: Stuart Winer, Times of Israel, Nov. 19, 2012—Israeli man twice kidnapped and tortured by PA security forces wins the right to sue for damages; terror victims may follow suit.

 

Will the Arab Spring Deliver for Hamas?: Fouad Ajami, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 20, 2012

Mr. Morsi didn't rise to power to carry the burden of the Palestinian question. Egyptians could rightly claim that they had paid their dues for Palestine. Enough was enough…

 

 

 

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“…[H]ere’s a leader [Barack Obama] who, using growth-based policies, has ended the recession in his country much earlier than those that resorted to austerity. He has negotiated an important public health program through his legislature. And he has forged a new electoral base from an emerging generation of voters, something that dozens of less fortunate leaders are struggling to do. The old America of force may have vanished from the scene. But people around the world would like to have a piece of this new America, the one that seems to be solving its problems.  Mr. Obama[’s] democrats will be ruling for at least four, and possibly eight, more years. So we might see a positive influence, say, in the January 22 [2013] Israeli election, where Mr. Netanyahu’s bellicose anti-Obama stand might cost him and help usher in a more peace-minded coalition.” [Doug Saunders op-ed in the Globe and Mail, November 10, 2012)

 

 

“As the Israeli columnist Ari Shavit noted in the newspaper Haaretz last week: In the past, both the Zionist movement and the Jewish state were careful to be identified with the progressive forces in the world. … But in recent decades more and more Israelis took to leaning on the reactionary forces in American society. It was convenient to lean on them….The Republican Party’s white, religious, conservative wing was not agitated when the Israeli Supreme Court was attacked and the rule of law in Israel was trampled.  Israel, Shavit added, assumed that under the patronage of a radical, rightist America we can conduct a radical, rightist policy without paying the price.  No more. Netanyahu can still get a standing ovation from the Israel lobby, but not at U.C.L.A….Don’t count on America to ride to the rescue. It has to start with you [Israelis]. My president is busy.” [Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, November 11, 2012)

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"If an alarm sounds, people in southern Israel – 1 million people – have 15 seconds to find shelter," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to a group of foreign ambassadors following increased rocket fire from Gaza over the weekend.  "I don't know if any of your governments will accept this reality. I cannot accept this. The world needs to understand that Israel has the right and duty to defend its citizens. We will act to stop the rocket fire." (Jerusalem Post, Nov. 12, 2012)

 

"The occupation has committed a grave crime and crossed all red lines." Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman commenting following the IDF’s assassination of Hamas’ top military commander, Ahmed Jabari. "This is a real declaration of war. The enemy will pay a heavy price for its crime and will regret the moment it thought of perpetrating it." (Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2012)

 

“Today we sent a clear message to the Hamas organization and to other terrorist organizations, and should the need arise, the IDF is prepared to broaden the operation,”—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a joint press conference with Defense Minster Ehud Barak. “We will continue to do everything to protect our citizens.” [Israel is] “not prepared to make peace with a situation in which Israel’s citizens are menaced by the terror of rocket fire. No country would agree to such a situation; Israel is not prepared to reconcile itself to such a situation.” (Times of Israel, November 14, 2012)
 

"Anyone who trusts the international community should look at its failure to stop 22 months of Syrian violence, with 40,000 dead," Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman commenting on a possible Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israel "knows how to act" to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb Lieberman continued,  saying that Israel's handling of the Iranian threat will be the same as actions taken against Iraq and Syria. [referring to Israel’s bombing of nuclear installations in both countries] (Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2012)

 

“To carry on an investigation of the CIA director [David Petraeus] that long, the FBI would have had to think it was serious — and if it was serious, they would have had to tell the President,” —  Rep. Peter King (R-LI), chairman of the house Committee on Homeland Security. “It’s hard to believe that the investigation was going on for six months and nothing serious happened until after the election. The whole thing just doesn’t add up.” (New York Post, November 11, 2012)

 

"I will explain how my parents raised you in an atmosphere of racism and hate before the Salafis could douse you in religious extremism."Abdelghani [Merah], brother of Mohamed Merah, who murdered three Jewish children, a rabbi and three paratroopers in and around the southern city of  Toulouse in March of this year, in his new book "My Brother, That Terrorist."…"My mother always said, ‘We, the Arabs, we were born to hate Jews.’ This speech, I heard it all throughout my childhood." (Ynet News, November 11, 2012)

 

“I have sworn to Allah, that any dog—for that is how Allah described them, for they are like dogs that are constantly panting—that any dog who mocks the Sharia, or mocks Islam, or blames it, we will cut out his tongue. I say this without hesitation: We will cut out his tongue! That's it. The time of transgressing against Islam, and speaking insolence, has passed—it is over. Today, the People of Lies [code for secular people] defend their falsehoods with great zeal; so shall we defend Islam with all our might—no matter what it costs, no matter what it costs! Let the whole world burn, but Islam not be mocked.” —Dr. Abdullah Badr, professor of Islamic exegesis at Cairo's preeminent Islamic university, Al Ahzar, on Egyptian television. (Gatestone Institute, November 12, 2012)

 

“The world cannot be left to what the five permanent members [of the UN Security Council] have to say,” —Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a conference in Indonesia bitterly denouncing the UN’s inability to respond to the Syrian crisis following a UN announcement that 11,000 Syrians had fled the civil war in one day, 9,000 of whom had fled to Turkey. “If we leave it to the five permanent members, humanity will continue to bleed.” (New York Times, November 10, 2012)

 

“We thought freedom was so near,” —Abu Ahmed, a Syrian rebel fighter speaking on Skype last month from Maarat al-Noaman, a strategic town on the Aleppo-Damascus highway. Hours earlier, a rebel victory there ended in disaster, as government airstrikes pulverized civilians returning to what they thought was safety. “This shows it was a big lie,” he said of the dream of self-government that he said had inspired him to lead a small rebel fighting group from his nearby village, Sinbol. “We cannot reach it. We can’t even think of democracy — we will be sad for years. We are losing victims from both sides.” Anna, a finance worker in Damascus added, “All the ugly stuff the regime practiced, the F.S.A. [Free Syrian Army] is copying,”, (New York Times, November 9, 2012)

 

“I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country,” —Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview with Russia Today in response to a Western proposal broached by British Prime Minister David Cameron, that he leave Syria to make room for a transitional government. “I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syrin” Responding to a question about the possibility of Western military intervention Assad said, “We are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region and coexistence. Let’s say, [a Western intervention] will have a domino effect that will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific and you know the implication on the rest of the world.”  He added he did not believe the West planned to intervene “but if they do so, nobody can tell what is next.” The price of an “invasion if it happened is going to be more than the whole world can afford,” (National Post, November 9, 2012)

 

"Last week an unidentified aircraft entered the airspace over Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, which was forced to flee due to the prompt, smart and decisive action of the Islamic Republic of Iran's armed forces." —Iranian Brig Gen. Ahmad Vahidi to Iranian state media Friday [Nov. 9] referring to Iran’s attack on a U.S. drone which Iran says breached Iranian airspace.  (Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2012)

 

"It was inappropriate for the president to wait seven days—until after the election—before making this serious national-security incident public, just as it is totally unacceptable that this administration still has not answered our repeated and numerous inquiries about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, which occurred two months ago," —Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), ranking GOP member on the Senate Armed Services Committee. (Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2012)

 

“This country [the United States] must prove that it has become a human being [has developed the faculty of reason] and in doing so has closed its military bases in fifty countries of the world, dissolves the CIA so that this agency no longer plans coups against other states, lets the Palestinian be free, and shuts down its torture chambers and prisons. And since this country is not domestically free and the American people do not have the freedom of choice, it should give freedoms to its people. Based on these principles, if it [the United States] desires relations with Iran, it must deliver these reforms and become humane." Iranian Basij Commander Mohammad-Reza Naqdi at the Islamic Republic’s yearly commemoration of the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the United States Embassy in Tehran. (The Commentator, November 5, 2012) 

 

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IRON DOME INTERCEPTS 13 GAZA ROCKETS; 6 LAND NEAR BEERSHEBA( Tel Aviv) Palestinians in Gaza launched at least 55 rockets into southern Israel following assassination of Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari and following the beginning of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense Wednesday night [Nov. 14], which struck terrorist targets in the Palestinian enclave.  The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted 17 rockets, most of which were Grad missiles launched toward Beersheba. Six rockets landed near Beersheba, one causing damage, and Channel 2 reported that for the first time, a rocket was fired toward Dimona, home of Israel's nuclear reactor. A rocket also damaged a house in Ashdod. (Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2012)

 

ISRAELI AIR STRIKE KILLS TOP HAMAS COMMANDER JABARI( Tel Aviv) The IAF struck and killed Hamas's head of military operations Ahmed Jabari in central Gaza on Wednesday. The airstrike marked the beginning of a campaign to target Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations in Gaza, IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai said. "The first aim of this operation is to bring back quiet to southern Israel, and the second target is to strike at terror organizations," Mordechai said. (Jerusalem Post,  November 14, 2012)

 

IDF HITS 20 UNDERGROUND LONG-RANGE ROCKET SITES IN GAZA( Tel Aviv)

The IDF has struck over 20 underground rocket launchers belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in an airstrike. The airstrikes targeted long-range rockets in the possession of terror organizations, such as the Fajr-5 and other rockets that are capable of striking Tel Aviv from Gaza. IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai said that Gaza is a "forward Iranian base," adding that the latest campaign of air strikes targeted most of the long-range offensive capabilities in the hands of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. (Jerusalem Post, November14, 2012)

 

EGYPT RECALLS AMBASSADOR FOLLOWING GAZA STRIKES ( Tel Aviv) Egypt recalled its ambassador from Israel on Wednesday [Nov. 14] after Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip killed Hamas's top military commander and at least six other Palestinians, Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said. "President Mohamed Morsi has followed the Israeli brutal assault in which a number of martyrs and sons of the Palestinian people were killed," Yasser Ali said in a statement on television…. "  On this basis he has recalled the Egyptian ambassador from Israel; has ordered the Egyptian representative at the United Nations to call for an emergency meeting at the Security Council … and summoned the Israeli ambassador in Egypt in protest over the assault," (Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2012)

 

MINISTERS UP RHETORIC AGAINST PALESTINIAN UN BID (Jerusalem)  Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz [Nov. 12] called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and said his determination to seek non-member [state] status at the UN later this month posed a “strategic threat” to Israel. “I am not in favor of crushing the Palestinian Authority, but if we have no choice in the face of a strategic threat, we should not fear taking such measures,” said Steinitz in an interview to Israel Radio. “Look at what happened in Gaza. The same thing would happen in Nablus, Kalkilya and Ramalla. We would see Kassam and Grad rockets fall on Kfar Saba and Petah Tikva. That — we cannot live with,” he said. Steinitz repeated his threat that Israel would not collect taxes on the Palestinians’ behalf, nor deliver the money to the PA, nor assist Ramallah in economic matters if the Palestinians insist on advancing their bid. (Times of Israel, November 14, 2012)

 

IAEA: DRAMATIC INCREASE OF URANIUM PRODUCTION IN IRAN( New York) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will soon issue a report showing that Iranian nuclear centrifuges are dramatically increasing their production, according to a report by the AFP. The watchdog group says Iran has completed the installation of 2,700 new centrifuges at its Fordo plant, which is buried deep in a mountain range and is considered impenetrable by air assault. Aerial photos have shown Iran conducting clean-ups of the areas around nuclear plants to eliminate evidence of their activities. (Jewish Press, November 14th, 2012)

 

IN ONE DAY, 11,000 FLEE SYRIA AS WAR AND HARDSHIP WORSEN —(New York)

The United Nations reported that 11,000 Syrians fled to neighboring countries on Friday, the vast majority clambering for safety over the Turkish border, in one of the largest single-day torrents of refugees since the Syrian conflict began. It came as mayhem and deprivations were worsening inside the country, its president more determined than ever to stay and his fractious enemies still politically paralyzed. (New York Times, November 9, 2012)

 

PALESTINIAN UN VOTE COULD CHALLENGE ISRAELI CONTROL OF AIRSPACE AND TERRITORIAL WATERS  —(New York) The vote in the UN General Assembly this month [Nov. 29] to make the Palestinian Authority an observer state could give the PA the right over its airspace and territorial waters, which are now under Israeli control, and to press charges against Israelis before the International Criminal Court. Observer state status would allow the authority to accede to treaties and join specialized UN agencies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Law of the Sea Treaty, and the International Criminal Court. Denis Changnon, an ICAO spokesman, said the treaty gives members full sovereign rights over airspace. The Law of the Sea Treaty would give the PA control of its national waters off Gaza, now under an Israeli naval blockade. The U.S. Congress has threatened to cut off $500 million in security and economic aid to the Authority if it becomes an observer state. (Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2012)

 

FRANCE RECOGNIZES SYRIAN OPPOSITION COALITION (Paris) France became the first Western country to recognize a newly created opposition coalition as Syria's only legitimate authority …"France recognizes the National Syrian Coalition as the only representative body of the Syrian people and therefore as the future government of a democratic Syria," French President François Hollande told reporters in Paris. Mr. Hollande also said Paris would "look again" into the question of arming Syrian opposition groups, now that they are offering better guarantees of representation. (Wall Street Journal, November 13, 2012)

 

ISRAEL FLYING AID GIVES FOOD, GENERATORS, GAS TO HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS (New York, NY) Israel Flying Aid, the Israeli global humanitarian organization which was first to land in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, has been distributing large supplies of gas to hospitals, food, batteries and generators to Hurricane Sandy victims. "We have many years of disaster relief experience," said Israel Flying Aid North American Operations Manager Moti Kahana. "Israel Flying Aid, in having Israelis on the ground here in New York and New Jersey, have made Israel the only foreign nation to provide humanitarian assistance to the US during this disaster. We are working in coordination with FEMA, local police, the American Red Cross and Jewish communities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut."(Israel News Agency, Jewish Week, November 4, 2012)

 

PETRAEUS WILL TESTIFY ON LIBYA (Washington, DC) Former Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify on Capitol Hill about the September attacks on the U.S. Consulate and a CIA annex in Libya, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) said Wednesday. The date for his appearance before Ms. Feinstein's panel, the Senate Intelligence Committee, is still being decided… (Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2012)

 

 

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Labor, Kadima, Olmert, Livni Back Government’s Air Assault On Hamas: Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel,  November 14, 2012— Israeli politicians from almost across the spectrum Wednesday hailed the government’s decision to embark on a major air operation in Gaza and the killing of the leader of Hamas’s military wing, Ahmed Jabari.

Ahmed Jabari: The Ruthless Terror Chief Whose Bloody End Was Only A Matter Of Time: Mitch Ginsburg, Times of Israel, November 14, 2012—For the past 10 years Jabari has been the commander of the military wing of the organization. He was promoted to that post in everything but title on September 26, 2002, when an Israeli Hellfire missile slammed into the car carrying the previous commander, Mohammed Deif, who was seen crawling out of the smoldering vehicle, badly injured, and has never returned to a true command position.

 

Israel Destroys Hamas Drone Program: Jewish Press, November 14th, 2012 —IDF announces that not only did they destroy most of the long-range Fajr missiles, but also Hamas’s unmanned military drone program. Hamas didn’t even know that Israel knew all about it.

 

 

 

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Wednesday’s “News in Review” Round-Up

 

Contents: Media-ocrity of the Week | Weekly Quotes |  Short Takes |  On Topic Links

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Media-ocrity of the Week

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is turning Israel into South Africa, opposition leader Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) said in his speech opening the Knesset’s winter session on Monday. “Stop trying to scare everyone and say we could turn into Greece or Spain,” Mofaz said. “I think you’re turning us into South Africa of last century.”  Mofaz did not specify whether he was calling Netanyahu’s policies apartheid-like or if he meant the prime minister is leading Israel to international isolation.

 

[A once leading Israeli politician provides ammunition to the forces of delegitimation, likening Israel to South Africa from the rostrum of the Knesset!! – Ed.] (Jerusalem Post, October 16, 2012)

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"Are you telling us that the day after the Benghazi attack you stood in the Rose Garden and called it an act of terror? Is that what you are saying? Let's get that on the record." —Mitt Romney to President Barak Obama in disbelief during the second presidential debates. (Newsday presidential debate transcript, October 17, 2012)

 

“And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the secretary of state, our U.N. ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, Governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president. That’s not what I do as commander in chief.” —President Barak Obama’s heated response to Mitt Romney who said that “the president the day after [the assassination of the United States ambassador] flies to Las Vegas for a political fundraiser, then the next day to Colorado for…another political event, I think these actions taken by a president and a leader have symbolic significance, and perhaps even material significance, in that you'd hoped that during that time we could call in the people who were actually eyewitnesses. We've read their accounts now about what happened. It was very clear this was not a demonstration. This was an attack by terrorists.” (Newsday presidential debate transcript, October 17, 2012)

 

"We weren't told they wanted more security there, we did not know they wanted more security again." —US Vice President Joe Biden during the vice-presidential debate (Oct. 12). "The vice president directly contradicted the sworn testimony of State Department officials. He's doubling down on denial." candidate for president, Mitt Romney in response. (Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2012)

 

“The Global Jihad is stepping up its efforts to target us, and we will continue to interdict it with aggression and might, in terms of both response and pre-emption,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Israeli cabinet in Jerusalem on Sunday (Oct. 14) following increased Gaza rocket attacks from al-Qaeda linked terrorists against communities in southern Israel where two people were treated for shock. (Matzav, October 14, 2012)

 

“Iran has provided Hezbollah with the funds, training and advanced weapons to hijack the Lebanese state and turn it into an outpost of terror.” Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, in an address to the UN Security Council. “One does not need any further evidence that Hezbollah is a direct proxy of the Iranian Regime. Hezbollah’s continued provocations could have devastating consequences for the region.” In a clear reference to the European Union which refuses to list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, he said: “…some countries around this table continue to define Hezbollah as a charitable and political group, not a terrorist organization. This is no less ridiculous than describing the Mafia as a gentlemen’s social club….It is time for all responsible nations to call Hezbollah exactly what it is: a global terrorist organization” (National Post, October 16, 2012)

 

"The Jews have…spread corruption on earth, spilled the blood of believers and in their actions profane holy places, including their own … [Badie called on Arabs to confront Israel] "…through Holy Jihad, high sacrifices and all forms of resistance. … Zionists only understand the language of force and will not relent without duress." — Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie, in Egypt's Official Government-Owned Al Ahram Newspaper, October 11, 2012 (Simon Weisenthal Center, October 14, 2012)

 

“They have used violence, which now everyone has seen. They are worse than Mubarak.” —Alef el-Sayyed , 45, a liberal author and columnist who said Islamists had torn her shirt during a clash in Tahrir Square between opponents and supporters of Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi.  Waleed Sayed, 22, returning to the square with his head bandaged and a bloody shirt in his hand, said an Islamist had hit him with a rock. “We did not do anything,” he said. “We were just protesting the situation in the country. We have no jobs. We have no money.” (New York Times, October 13, 2012)

 

“We were discussing a clause [proposed for the constitution] prohibiting forced labor and sex trafficking in women and children. I and some other members objected to this clause. We said that "trafficking in women" in the UN covenants refers to child marriage….Then they wanted to add an article protecting women from violence. With such a clause, you wouldn't be allowed to say anything to her, let alone touch her. And there were things worse still… If your wife claims that you were intimate with her without her consent, it will be considered rape according to the law. This is part of women's protection from violence. If you have full sexual relations with your wife against her will, she will be able to file a complaint against you. That's where things are headed.” Muhammad Saad Al-Azhari, a member of the Egyptian Constituent Assembly responsible for drafting the new Egyptian constitution, on an Egyptian TV talk show broadcast on Al-Nas TV, September 24, 2012. (Elder of Ziyon, MEMRI, September 24, 2012)

 

"The Nobel Peace Prize isn’t so much a peace prize as it is an appeasement prize. There is nothing that I can think of that would recommend giving this honor to a bunch of unelected bureaucrats sitting in Brussels. All too often, the EU’s foreign policy interventions have been marked by cowardice….[and] there is one policy dilemma that symbolizes the EU’s weakness better than any other: its refusal to designate the Lebanese Islamist organization Hezbollah as a terrorist group." —Ben Cohen commenting on the recent awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union. (Algemeiner, October 15, 2012)

 

“There was great mirth on Friday of the “at least the Nobel committee did not give the European Union the economics prize” variety. Except that the use of the Nobel Peace Prize as a morale boost for Eurocrats struggling to contain a currency crisis is no laughing matter. It diminishes the prestige of the prize – and the achievements of those who truly deserve it. Worse, the pretext offered, that the EU gave Europe peace, is an insult to the role of Canadians and Americans in ending centuries of European bloodshed….Want to trace the origins of European peace? Read Article 1 of the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949, which calls for members to settle international disputes “by peaceful means.” Article 2 committed members to maintain a “free” political system. This was backed up by military muscle…The year NATO should have been given the prize was 1991, when the West won the Cold War. Except that would have meant giving the Nobel Peace Prize to NATO militaries, with the U.S. military earning the biggest share in it, something the leftish Norwegian Nobel Committee could not countenance.” —Globe and Mail editorial. (Globe and Mail, October 13, 2012)

 

“This negligence [on the part of the United Nations concerning Bosnia] 20 years ago was explained by the international community being caught unprepared in dealing with the issues of the post-cold-war era,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashing out at the UN’s inaction vis-à-vis Syria, in a sign of escalating frustration in Turkey after days of cross-border shelling with Syria. “Well, how can the injustice and weakness displayed in the Syrian issue be explained today?” (New York Times, October 14, 2012)

 

“Human Rights Watch found that the authorities in Gaza have a broken justice system,” Bill Van Esveld, author of a Human Rights Watch report about Hamas justice in Gaza. “They are putting people in prison without warrants, denying people access to their lawyers while in detention, cases of abuse in detention are not being investigated and some people have been executed on the basis of confessions that were extracted under torture.” Mr. Van Esveld says at least 100 Palestinians said they had been tortured in 2011, although he believes the number to be much higher as many are afraid to speak out. “We were in Cairo,” Mr. Van Esveld said “and urged members of the Muslim Brotherhood to use their influence on Hamas,” which is an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood. (National Post, October 12, 2012) (Top of Page)

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ROMNEY LEADS NATIONALLY BY 4 IN GALLUP POLL (Columbus, Ohio)A new Gallup national poll has Romney up among likely voters by 50-46 percent. Gallup’s daily tracking poll out [Tuesday] was the latest evidence of the Romney surge that began after the first presidential debate two weeks ago, giving the Republican a 4-point margin over his rival. And Gallup found the president’s lead among women — one of his key voting blocks — eroding to 6 points. In 2008, Obama won the election with a commanding 14 percent margin among women. Among men who are likely voters, Gallup showed Obama trailing by 14 points. In Obama’s race against John McCain four years ago, they split the male vote. Even college grads seemed to be fleeing the president, with Romney leading 61-39 when likely voters were counted. In 2008, Obama won this group by a 2-point margin. (New York Post, October 17, 2012)

 

CANDY CROWLEY’S BENGHAZI LIFELINE TO OBAMA (Hempstead, New York)

[T]he moderator [Candy Crowley, CNN] of  [Tuesday’s] hotly contested presidential debate uttered an untruth about President Obama’s deadly bungling in Libya after Obama overtly asked her on live television to support his dishonest version of it. During the debate, GOP candidate Mitt Romney stated –correctly— that “it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.” After Romney’s statement, Obama interjected, “Get the transcript.” At that cue, Crowley cut off Romney, claiming that Obama had in fact called the attack an “act of terror” around the time it took place. “He did call it an act of terror,” [Crowley] said of the president.  Crowley also happens to be wrong.  In the White House’s Rose Garden on Sept. 12, Obama suggested that an anti-Islam video had provoked the attack. He then offered a throw-away line, making a general statement that “no acts of terror would shake the resolve of this great nation.” At no time did he say the events in Benghazi were instigated by terrorists. (Front Page Magazine, October 17, 2012)

 

NETANYAHU MOVES TO ADOPT ‘LEVY REPORT’ ON SETTLEMENTS (Jerusalem)

Israel Radio reported that Netanyahu was seeking to implement sections of the Levy Report, which recommends the legalization of unauthorized Jewish settlements in the West Bank and declares Israel’s presence in the territory legal under international law. In the report, Supreme Court justice Edmund Levy, former Israeli Ambassador to Canada Allan Baker, and retired justice Techiya Shapira wrote that ever since the 1917 Balfour Declaration, no sovereign state had formally annexed the West Bank territory and that, consequently, the Geneva Convention was not applicable. “A belligerent occupation is between two sovereigns,” Baker said. “We could not accept the definition that this is a classic occupation. That is the novelty of this report.” (Times of Israel, October 17, 2012)

 

FIGHTING ISRAEL HATERS WITH THE LAW (Netanya) Shurat HaDin's director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Esq., speaks at Netanya Academic College, during a conference titled "Countering Assaults on Israel's Legitimacy." In her remarks, she discusses the battle Shurat Hadin is waging against delegitimation and Arab lawfare against Israel.  To view the video click here: Shurat Hadin. (Israel Video Network, October 16  , 2012)

 

IAF KILLS TOP GAZA AL-QAEDA LEADER(Tel Aviv) Israel Air Force planes targeted a terrorist cell in the southern Gaza Strip that was preparing to launch a rocket into Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said. Two Gaza terrorists killed by Israel on Saturday (Oct. 13) were the most senior al-Qaeda affiliates in the Palestinian enclave, and one had links to jihadi networks in Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, (Matzav, October 14, 2012)

 

GAZANS FIRE FIRST ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILE AT IAF —(Gaza)Gaza terrorists fired shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft missiles last week at Israeli aircraft, according to Yediot Aharonot. The missiles missed and no injuries or damage were reported. Sources said the missiles were probably the Strela-2/SA7, a Soviet-era shoulder mounted missile. This is the first time these missiles were used by Gaza terrorists, although there have been reports that Gaza groups had them for years. (Elder of Ziyon, October 17, 2012)

 

VIDEO SHOWS PALESTINIANS CUTTING DOWN OLIVE TREES(Shomron)A video entitled “Harvesting Incitement” released by the Shomron Regional Council on YouTube purports to show Palestinians and left-wing activists cutting down olive trees in a tactic meant to frame West Bank settlers as the perpetrators according to an unnamed witness in the video. “They cut down these trees to start a fire in the media or in their ovens. It’s suspicious because it comes close to the Jewish settlements.” the witness says. In all more than 450 trees were vandalized last week as the harvest began. This is not the first time that Palestinians have been accused of framing settlers. In 2010, Israeli news service Tazpit claimed to have documented the destruction of trees in an effort to accuse settlers. (Algemeiner, October 15, 2012)

 

NOBEL GIVES PEACE PRIZE TO CRISIS-RIDDEN EU(Oslo, Norway) Norway's Nobel Committee handed its 2012 Peace Prize to the European Union, even as the bloc faces its most serious crisis since it emerged from the ruins of two world wars, an award that served as both endorsement and warning. The committee, whose decision Europeans both celebrated and mocked, said the prize recognized more than six decades during which the conflict-ridden continent pulled together and became a harbinger of "peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights" at home and beyond. (Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2012)

 

EUROPEAN SATELLITE PROVIDER CUTS OFF IRANIAN TV (Paris)A top European satellite provider took 19 Iranian television and radio broadcasters off the air as a result of European Union sanctions aimed at punishing human rights abusers. Satellite provider Eutelsat agreed with media services company Arqiva to block the Irib channels as of Monday morning [Oct 15] because of "reinforced EU council sanctions" Eutelsat spokeswoman Vanessa O'Connor said. Critics have long argued that Iran’s state-run Press TV and the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (Irib) are plagued by hatred of the West and contain anti-Semitic broadcasts denigrating Israel, Jews and Zionists. (Jerusalem Post, Honest Reporting, October 15, 2012)

 

AT BAR ILAN, 100 YIDDISH STUDENTS ARE – ARAB! (Tel Aviv) About a quarter of the 400 students studying Yiddish at Bar Ilan University are Arabs, says Ber Kotlerman, academic director of Bar Ilan’s Center for Yiddish Studies. According to Kotlerman, some of the Israeli Arabs are searching for a way to connect to the Jewish culture with which they must cope, and it is not easy for them. “Even Jews in the Diaspora search for this — a way to connect to the local culture — and it is wonderful that Yiddish can be a sort of ambassador, a bridge between nations and cultures,” he says. (Al Monitor, October 15, 2012)

THE HIDDEN HORROR OF ‘THE SCREAM’ (New York) Already under fire by heirs who claim their art was stolen during the Nazi era, the Museum of Modern Art plans to display what one man claims is another painting with a shady Nazi past — “The Scream.” MoMA will unveil an exhibit of the Edvard Munch masterpiece next week. But relatives of German-Jewish banker Hugo Simon, who owned the work in the 1920s and ’30s, came forward before a Sotheby’s auction this spring to contest its sale, and they say it’s wrong for the museum to display it without at least explaining its tragic history. Rafael Cardoso, a Brazilian curator and Simon’s great-grandson, says his forbear had to sell the treasure when he was declared an enemy of the state and driven from Germany after the Nazis came to power in 1933. The Nazis deemed it “degenerate” art and would have sold or destroyed it. (New York Post, October 14, 2012) (Top of Page)

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A Presidency Squandered  :Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, October 16, 2012

The Obama narrative is that he inherited the worst mess in memory and has been stymied ever since by a partisan Congress — while everything from new ATM technology to the Japanese tsunami conspired against him. But how true are those claims?

 

How Will History Remember Obama’s ‘Cairo Speech’? : Mary Grabar, Front Page Magazine, October 16, 2012

Obama felt his words would heal the wounds inflicted by the United States before his tenure and therefore titled his speech “A New Beginning.”  By falsifying history, he built up the Middle East and Islam, while he disparaged the United States, the West, and, of course, President George W. Bush. 

 

Syrian refugees flocking to Turkey push the limit : Linda Gradstein, Jerusalem Post, October 17, 2012

For weeks now, the Ankara government has been saying that the number of 100,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey was a “psychological limit” – the point at which the border crossings would be closed.

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