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ABBAS – MAN OF PEACE?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

ABBAS’S PA SENTENCES MAN TO DEATH FOR FIGHTING TERRORISM
by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

A Palestinian Authority court in the city of Hevron sentenced a 25-year-old man to death Monday for giving Israel information that led to the elimination of four terrorists. The condemned man, Emad Saad, did not deny the charges.

Samih Staidi, a senior member of the PA’s official armed militia, said Saad, himself a former member of the PA forces, would be executed by a firing squad. Staidi expressed satisfaction with the verdict, saying, “Let it be an example to those who sell their homeland and their people.”

The court that sentenced Saad is under the control of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah organization. Abbas is currently involved in negotiations with Israel over what is being promoted as a peace agreement; however, Israel has predicated implementation on a concerted PA effort to fight anti-Israel terrorism. Earlier this month, Abbas granted an official award to two Arab terrorists responsible for the deaths of 16 Jews.

The last time the PA officially executed an Arab resident under its jurisdiction for assisting Israel was in 2001; however, dozens of Arabs who were said to have been offering assistance to Israel have been killed by PA lynch mobs or by Fatah and Hamas terrorists in recent years.

‘A Slap in the Face to Israel’
In reaction to news of the PA death sentence, the Land of Israel Legal Forum wrote an urgent letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak calling on them to take action to prevent the execution. The Forum’s Chairman, Nachi Eyal, wrote that the IDF should be sent into the PA-controlled area of Hevron to forcibly free the condemned man if the PA refuses to lift the sentence.

“The State of Israel, which aids the Palestinian Authority in many varied ways, can make it clear to [Abbas] that this [death sentence] crosses a red line of incomprehensible cruelty and of uncultured behavior,” Eyal wrote.

Noting that the execution of Arabs who assist Israel was characteristic of the rule of the late arch-terrorist and PLO leader Yasser Arafat, Eyal added that it also proves that “whosoever gives the Palestinian Authority any credit and transfers weapons and armored vehicles to it behaves irresponsibly.”

In March, the Israeli government implemented a series of “goodwill gestures” that included delivering dozens of APCs to Fatah-controlled PA militias in Judea and Samaria.

“Execution of someone for cooperating with the State of Israel is a stinging slap in the face to Israel,” Eyal explained in his letter to Olmert and Barak, “It is your moral obligation to make it clear to [Abbas], in whose hands approval of the sentence rests, that authorization of the sentence will be be treated extremely seriously by Israel.”

Abbas Rejects Meeting With Diplomats Who Honor Israel’s Independence Day
Meanwhile, PA officials said Monday that Abbas would not meet with foreign leaders and diplomats who visit Israel in honor of the country’s 60th Independence Day. At that time, they said, the PA will be commemorating the “Nakba”, or “Disaster,” as it refers to the creation of the modern state of Israel.

PA sources said visiting diplomats should “show sensitivity to the Palestinian people’s feelings” and realize that the PA will be mourning the creation of the state of Israel, not celebrating it.

GIVE UP THE GOLAN?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

SYRIAN REPORTS SAY OLMERT WILLING TO CEDE ENTIRE GOLAN!
by Hillel Fendel (Israel National News)

When Syria controlled the Golan, between 1948 and 1967, it systematically shelled and attacked the Israeli towns below, killing 140 Israelis and injuring many more. Syrian media are reporting that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has informed Syrian dictator Bashar Assad that he is willing to give up the entire Golan Heights. Olmert allegedly made the offer via Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Opposition MKs say Olmert is negligently forsaking Israeli security merely so he can survive politically. Sources in the Likud – the party that polls show will replace Olmert’s Kadima as Israel’s largest in the next elections – say Olmert is sorely misguided. “There is no limit to the dangerous concessions that Olmert is willing to make simply so that he can remain in office,” Likud Party elements were quoted as saying. “We now hear that Olmert is willing to make far-reaching concessions to Iran’s ally, Syria, which supports Hamas terror and arms Hizbullah.”

MK Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Effie Eitam (National Union), a former IDF Galilee Formation commander and a resident of the Golan Heights town of Nov, said simply, “Olmert is abandoning Israel’s security.”

Eitam added, “In a last-ditch effort to present to the voters some kind of diplomatic achievement, Olmert is willing to give up a security and national asset. Israel’s control of the Golan has led to more than 40 years of quiet on Israel’s border with Syria.”

Governmental talk of giving away the Golan in 1996 and 1999-2000 was repressed by widespread popular national campaigns opposing Golan withdrawals. In the mid-90’s, thousands of banners and a million stickers reading “HaAm Im HaGolan” (The Nation is With the Golan) graced porches, billboards and cars throughout the country, and in January 2000, some 300,000 people took part in one of the largest demonstrations in Israeli history, calling on then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak not to agree to an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights.

Referring to the above campaigns, MK Eitam said, “I recommend that Olmert take advantage of his vacation in the Golan to meet and talk with Israeli citizens touring and hiking in the Golan this week, and he’ll see that ‘the nation is with the Golan’ and will allow no one to give it away to the Syrians.”

MK David Tal, of Olmert’s own Kadima party, said Israel’s departure from the Golan would lead to the entry of Hizbullah terrorists into the area. Tal said he plans to advance legislation that would require a referendum on any Golan giveaway.

MK Yuval Shteinitz (Likud) said, “This is an unprecedented security blunder… Without the Golan, Israel will have difficulty defending its existence or maintaining the Kinneret Sea and the water sources there. I have no doubt that the ‘nation is with the Golan’ and not with the Prime Minister.”

The Syrian reports about Olmert’s willingness to cede the Golan were broadcast on an internet site and a television station. Olmert himself, in his pre-Passover interviews last week, confirmed that he and Assad were exchanging messages. Though Israel and Syria have no diplomatic relations, Olmert said, “I can only say that I am very interested in a peace process with the Syrians, I am working to this end, and I hope that my efforts will result in something significant.”

Syria controlled the Golan for 19 years, beginning in 1948, and used it to systematically shell and attack the Israeli towns below, such as Ein Gev and others in the eastern Galilee. 140 Israelis were killed in these attacks, many more were injured, and heavy property damage was also inflicted.

Israel liberated the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six Day War, thus freeing northern Israel of the Syrian threat. Israel soon realized that the Golan was vital not only militarily, but also in terms of water, history, and more. The Golan was officially annexed to Israel in 1981, and over the years, 33 Jewish communities were built, including the full-fledged town of Katzrin.

Today, close to 17,000 Jewish residents in 33 communities (27 kibbutzim and moshavim, 5 communal settlements and the town of Katzrin) live on the Golan Heights and the slopes of Mt. Hermon. In addition, 19,000 Druze and 2,000 Muslims live there as well.

MORE CARTER CONFUSION!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

FORMER US PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER INSISTS THAT HAMAS REALLY WANTS PEACE, BUT THAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS ISRAEL!

Former US President Jimmy Carter on Monday said that following a meeting with the Hamas leadership in Damascus late last week, he can confidently announce that Hamas truly desires peace with Israel. The premature claim was almost immediately rebuffed by Hamas.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, Carter asserted that Hamas is prepared to accept a Palestinian Arab state in Gaza and the West Bank and Israel’s right to exist in the rest of the land west of the Jordan River.

The self-styled peace envoy said that Hamas’ top leadership had assured him that it would accept such a solution to the conflict if approved by a majority of Palestinians in a referendum.

Having established Hamas’ willingness to make peace, Carter went on to imply that the only obstacle remaining was Israel’s unwillingness to hold talks with the terror group.

However, almost immediately after Carter spoke, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told reporters that the American had apparently gotten ahead of himself, or misinterpreted statements by the Hamas leadership to fit his own agenda.

Hamas, said Abu Zuhri, was indeed prepared to allow a referendum on a two-state solution, but made no guarantees that it would accept the results.

And that, of course, is the primary reason Israel will not consider including Hamas in peace talks.

WHAT CARTER FAILED TO MENTION ABOUT HAMAS!

When former US President Jimmy Carter announced on Monday that he had managed to lay the foundations for peace by getting Hamas to agree to recognize and live side by side with Israel, he failed to mention that the terror group’s offer was a temporary one.

Speaking at a meeting of Israel’s Council on Foreign Relations following a weekend jaunt to visit the Hamas leadership in Damascus, Carter enthusiastically stated that Hamas leader Khaled Mashal had told him the leading Palestinian faction was prepared to accept a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank, and to recognize Israel’s sovereignty on the rest of the territory west of the Jordan River.

Carter went on to imply that the only remaining obstacle to peace was Israel’s refusal to talk with Hamas.

What the former president left out, and what Mashal revealed when speaking to reporters in Damascus later that day was that Hamas, in return for full Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders, would only implicitly recognize the Jewish state and would only halt its armed struggle for the liberation of all “Palestine” for a period of 10 years.

As dedicated Muslims, Hamas adheres to the dictates of their prophet Mohammed, which state that Muslims may agree to truces with superior infidel forces, but only temporarily in order to give the Muslims time to gain enough strength to complete their conquest.

YES, THERE IS A GOD!

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

We do not recommend, of course, many of the opinions and reasonings of secular thinkers; we also do not recommend movies that flow out of Hollywood “think tanks” of immoral and ungody opinion. However, once in awhile, there is something in the world around us that needs to be seen and heard. The following article is one of the most interesting – Passover and Unleavened Bread (Jewish celebrations and worship of the one true God, the LORD GOD of Israel) seems like an appropriate time to share this article with our readers:

Published on NewsBusters.org (http://newsbusters.org)

BEN STEIN VS. SPUTTERING ATHEISTS
By Brent Bozell

I confess that when the producers of Ben Stein’s new documentary “EXPELLED” called, offering me a private screening, I was less than excited.

It is a reality of PC liberalism: There is only one credible side to an issue, and any dissent is not only rejected, it is scorned. Global warming. Gay “rights.” Abortion “rights.” On these and so many other issues there is enlightenment, and then there is the idiotic other side. PC liberalism’s power centers are the news media, the entertainment industry and academia and all are in the clutches of an unmistakable hypocrisy: Theirs is an ideology that preaches the freedom of thought and expression at every opportunity, yet practices absolute intolerance toward dissension.

Evolution is another one of those one-sided debates. We know the concept of Intelligent Design is stifled in academic circles. An entire documentary to state the obvious? You can see my reluctance to view it.

I went into the screening bored. I came out of it stunned!

Ben Stein’s extraordinary presentation documents how the worlds of science and academia not only crush debate on the origins of life, but also crush the careers of professors who dare to question the Darwinian hypothesis of evolution and natural selection.

Stein asks a simple question: What if the universe began with an intelligent designer, a designer named God? He assembles a stable of academics – experts all — who dared to question Darwinist assumptions and found themselves “expelled” from intellectual discourse as a result. They include evolutionary biologist Richard Sternberg (sandbagged at the Smithsonian), biology professor Caroline Crocker (drummed out of George Mason University), and astrophysicist Guillermo Gonzalez (blackballed at Iowa State University).

That’s disturbing enough, but what Stein does next is truly shocking. He allows the principal advocates of Darwinism to speak their minds. These are experts with national reputations, regular welcomed guests on network television and the like. But the public knows them only by their careful seven-second soundbites. Stein engages them in conversation. They speak their minds. They become sputtering ranters, openly championing their sheer hatred of religion.

PC liberalism has showered accolades on atheist author Richard Dawkins’ best-selling book “The God Delusion.” But when Stein suggests to Dawkins that he’s been critical of the Old Testament God, Dawkins protests – not that Stein is wrong, but that he’s being too mild. He then reads from this jaw-dropping paragraph of his book:

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, blood-thirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

Dawkins has a website. Its slogan is “A clear-thinking oasis.”

It’s understood that God had nothing to do with the origins of life on Earth. What, then, is the alternate explanation? Stein asks these experts, and their very serious answers are priceless. One theorizes that life began somehow on the backs of crystals. Another states electric sparks from a lightning storm created organic matter (out of nothing). Another declares that life was brought to Earth by aliens. Anything but God!

The most controversial part of the film follows Stein to the Dachau concentration camp, underlining how Darwin’s theories of natural selection led to the eugenics movement, embraced by Adolf Hitler. If there is no God, but only a planetary lab waiting for scientists to perfect the human race, where can Darwinism lead? Stein insists that he isn’t accusing today’s Darwinists of Nazism. He points out, however, that Hitler’s mad science was inspired by Darwinism.

Now that the film is complete, the evolutionist prophets featured in the film are on the warpath inveighing against it, and the alleged idiots who would lower themselves to watching it. Richard Dawkins laments how the film will solicit “cheap laughs that could only be raised in an audience of scientific ignoramuses.” Minnesota professor and blogger P.Z. Myers predicts the movie is “going to appeal strongly to the religious, the paranoid, the conspiracy theorists, and the ignorant –– which means they’re going to draw in about 90% of the American market.” Myers and Dawkins now both complain they were “duped” into appearing in the movie (for pay).

Everyone should take the opportunity to see “EXPELLED” – if nothing else, as a bracing antidote to the atheism-friendly culture of PC liberalism. But it’s far more than that. It’s a spotlight on the arrogance of this movement and its leaders, a spotlight on the choking intolerance of academia, and a spotlight on the ignorance of so many who say so much, yet know so very little.

NETANYAHU WARNS ABOUT IRAN

Friday, April 18th, 2008

NETANYAHU WARNS WORLD OF A NUCLEAR IRAN

Benjamin Netanyahu, the former and possibly future prime minister of Israel, said the “civilized community of nations” must not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

“This is not merely a local problem, this is a global problem. If Iran acquires nuclear weapons everything we have been talking about will pale in comparison,” Netanyahu said.

“Their goals are unlimited. Whatever successes they have had so far, they don’t intend to stop. The militant Shiites in Iran are openly boasting that they are racing to develop nuclear weapons with the explicit announced goal of wiping Israel off the face of the map, and of reestablishing the caliphate, of course under militant Iranian rule.”

Netanyahu, head of the Likud opposition party, warned that a nuclear-armed Iran will put the oil reserves of the Persian Gulf under their control and could easily bring down governments or fold them into Iran’s realm.

Iran’s influence in the region is growing, Netanyahu said in comments reported by the Middle East Times.

Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite movement supported by Iran, now has some 40,000 rockets aimed at Israel. “That’s a lot more than they had before the Second Lebanon war,” Netanyahu told the Times. He said that Hezbollah’s newer rockets have a much longer range and could now reach most of Israel. They are also far more lethal than those used in that Lebanon war two years ago.

“And this is all done by Iran. It cannot be understood as anything but an Iranian operation,” he added. “I said a year and a half ago that the year is 1938 and Iran is Germany and it’s racing to acquire nuclear weapons. If that’s the case, were now 1939. There is about two years left before Iran becomes a nuclear power.

“The bottom line is that the army of Iran with nuclear weapons must be stopped.” Netanyahu said “the first thing we must do – and by we, I mean the civilized community of nations – [is] to do everything in our power to prevent the arming of Iran with nuclear weapons.”

Talk has been heating up that the U.S. is preparing to take such a step. A Newsmax.com report disclosed that contrary to some claims that the Bush administration will allow diplomacy to handle Iran’s nuclear weapons program, a leading member of America’s Jewish community told Newsmax that a military strike is not only on the table – but likely. Vice President Dick Cheney’s recent trip through the Middle East came in preparation for the U.S. attack, the source said. And President Bush said in a speech at the White House that Iran, along with al-Qaida, are “two of the greatest threats to America.”

Iran announced on April 8 that it had begun installing 6,000 new centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz. Centrifuges can enrich uranium to a low level to produce nuclear fuel — or a high level for use in weapons.

NETANYAHU SPEAKS OUT!

Friday, April 18th, 2008

NETANYAHU SAYS ANY ABBAS-OLMERT AGREEMENT WILL BE VOIDED!
by Ezra HaLevi

Likud Chairman and former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says any agreement reached between PM Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is null and void.

Widely expected to be the next prime minister, Netanyahu said he would not honor an agreement reached between Fatah chief Abbas and Olmert – who are currently engaged in frantic negotiations on final status issues. The nature of the hurried negotiations with the questionably-sovereign head of a fractured PA is to reach a US-imposed deadline of at least a theoretical deal for a Palestinian state by the end of 2008.

“The agreement that Olmert will or will not achieve is no more than a cynical invalid deal – not in legal terms, but in terms of reality,” Netanyahu is quoted saying in Friday’s Makor Rishon newspaper.

Israel’s main papers are carrying special holiday interviews with Prime Minister Olmert; Makor Rishon opted to interview Netanyahu instead.

Netanyahu acknowledged that Olmert would seek to present a US-backed deal as his election platform. “Then the public will be the judge,” Netanyahu said. “If [Kadima] wins the election – fine. But if they don’t, they can’t force upon the public, in a cynical and manipulative manner, something the public is not interested in.”

On a different topic, Netanyahu says he regrets not establishing a unity government with Shimon Peres after beating him in the 1996 elections.

“I have since learned to appreciate Shimon Peres on a personal level in a different way than I did back then,” Netanyahu told Makor Rishon. “Today I think that we should have established a unity government, especially in light of the awful polarization that resulted from the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.”

The 1996 elections were seen as a referendum on the Oslo Accords. Bringing Peres, the accords’ architect, in as co-PM would have been a controversial move considering Netanyahu’s anti-Oslo campaign.

At the time, when Netanyahu continued to carry out the stages of the accords, including handing over the majority of Hevron to the PA, he claimed he had inherited the accords and was doing his best with the circumstances he had been given.

LANDMARK DECISION!

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

IMPORTANT LEGAL VICTORY

In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court of Israel ratified a settlement between twelve Messianic Jewish believers and the State of Israel, which states that being a Messianic Jew does not prevent one from receiving citizenship in Israel under the Law of Return or the Law of Citizenship, if one is a descendent of Jews on one’s father’s side (and thus not Jewish according to halacha).

This Supreme Court decision brought an end to a legal battle that has carried on for two and a half years. The applicants were represented by Yuval Grayevsky and Calev Myers from the offices of Yehuda Raveh & Co., and their legal costs were subsidized by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice.

All twelve of the applicants were denied citizenship solely based on grounds that they belong to the Messianic Jewish community. Most of them received letters stating that they would not receive citizenship because they “commit missionary activity”. One of the applicants was told by a clerk at the Ministry of Interior that because she “committed missionary activity”, she is “acting against the interests of the State of Israel and against the Jewish people”. These allegations are not only untrue, but they also do not constitute legal grounds to deny one’s right to immigrate to Israel.

This important victory paves the way for persons who have Jewish ancestry on their father’s side to immigrate to Israel freely, whether or not they belong to the Messianic Jewish community. This is yet another battle won in our war to establish equality in Israel for the Messianic Jewish community just like every other legitimate stream of faith within the Jewish world.

FIGHTING INTENSIFIES IN GAZA!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

AIR STRIKES KILL 9 GAZA TERRORISTS, ISLAMIC JIHAD LEADER
by Ezra HaLevi

The IDF killed at least 9 terrorists in IDF air strikes across Gaza. Three IDF soldiers fell in heavy fighting. Prior to air strikes, terrorists fired dozens of rockets and mortars and shot at troops from inside a mosque.

One IDF strike in northern Gaza early Wednesday morning killed four Hamas terrorists. Late Tuesday night, Air Force gun ships struck Islamic Jihad commander Abdullah el-Rassin as he drove in Jabalya, Gaza.

Another air strike hit a terrorist lookout, killing at least one terrorist and wounding three. Yet another strike, on a motorcycle, took out two terrorists as they drove through Gaza City.

Israeli forces also carried out an air strike on DFLP (Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine) northern Gaza terror chief Ibrahim Alda earlier Tuesday, as he embarked on an attack.

Heavy fighting continues near Kibbutz Be’eri, along the Gaza border. IDF troops identified a group of terrorists heading toward the security fence and engaged them. IDF soldiers entered Gaza in pursuit of the terrorists. At least three IDF soldiers were killed in the ensuing battle. Others were wounded lightly as well. The wounded were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Soldiers returning from the battles reported that heavy fire had come from mosques and that the Islamic structures had been used to store bombs and explosives as well. The allegations were confirmed by the IDF.

One of the three Givati soldiers who died in clashes with Hamas early Wednesday morning has been identified as Matan Ovdati, 19, of Moshav Patish in the Negev. He was promoted to sergeant posthumously. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Terrorist groups continued firing rockets and mortar shells at Israeli communities on Tuesday and Wednesday. One rocket landed in an open area south of Ashkelon Wednesday morning. Ashkelon residents sought cover upon hearing the early-morning siren. Later in the day, the siren sounded mistakenly in Ashkelon.

Seven other rockets were fired at Sderot early Tuesday. A single rocket landed in the Sdot HaNegev region late on Tuesday night. No injuries were reported.

Two mortar shells hit the Nahal Oz area early Wednesday morning. Aside from shelling civilian targets, Arabs fired twelve mortar shells at IDF troops in and around Gaza Tuesday. Most of the attacks took place near the Kissufim Crossing, the main entrance to Gaza formerly used by residents of the Jewish towns of Gush Katif. No injuries were reported.

An IDF soldier was lightly to moderately wounded on Tuesday night during an operation in southern Gaza. The soldier was shot in the leg by enemy forces and was taken to Soroka hospital by helicopter. Three other soldiers suffered light injuries on Tuesday night after being bitten by snakes in three separate incidents. One was bitten at a checkpoint near the town of Avnei Hefetz, one was bitten at a firing range in Zikim, near Ashkelon, and the third was bitten during a training exercise in the north.

Hamas made efforts to inflict mass casualties on advancing IDF troops in Gaza, detonating car bombs near IDF vehicles Tuesday night in southern Gaza’s Dir el-Balah. No soldiers were hurt..

Gaza terrorists fired heavy machine gun rounds at Jews living in the Israeli town of Ein HaShlosha Tuesday night. They hit one Kibbutz home, damaging the roof; no people were hurt. Arabs threw a Molotov cocktail at the balcony of an apartment in Jerusalem on Tuesday night. It was on Naama Street in the mixed neighborhood of Abu Tor.
No injuries were reported in the attack. The apartment was damaged.

In Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan River Valley, IDF soldiers arrested 23 wanted terrorists early on Wednesday morning. IDF forces also arrested several terrorists in Gaza Tuesday. The terrorists were taken in for questioning.

PA media sources and witnesses report that Sami Khattab, a former PA Fatah-affiliated intelligence agent was found dead Tuesday morning in the former Jewish community of Netzarim, in central Gaza. Khattab’s family accused the PA police in Gaza of kidnapping and murdering their son earlier this week. The PA police there are controlled by Hamas, the main rival group to Fatah. Hamas’s interior ministry denied the Islamist group’s involvement and said its forces were investigating the crime. The group called the killing “hideous” and said it would bring the killers to justice.

In Fatah-controlled Judea and Samaria, Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Brigades terror group warned the Palestinian Authority police forces under the command of Fatah chief and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that anyone attempting to interfere with the group’s attacks on Israelis will “meet the fate of traitors.” The communiqué came following an attempt by gunmen to harm Shechem PA government official Jamal Muheisen as he visited the Balata slums in the Samarian city. London daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that the shooters were from the Al-Aqsa Brigades, some of them prisoners who were let leave a PA jail one week ago. Shortly after that shooting, terrorists from the Al Aksa Brigades fought Palestinian Authority forces in the marketplace of Shechem on Tuesday evening. At least three passersby were wounded by stray bullets. The terrorists are among a group of 14 who left PA custody several days ago in protest of their living conditions. While four have since turned themselves in to the PA, the rest continue to hide and to fight PA policemen. The terrorists clashed with PA police last week as well. One escaped terrorist, two passersby, and three PA policemen were wounded in the incident.

Hamas announced on one of its web sites that the plan to rush the Egyptian border published by the Egyptian Al-Ahram newspaper Tuesday is false. Calling the report “unfounded lies,” Hamas spokesman Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, said the newspaper’s report about deploying mortar launchers along the Egyptian-Gaza border is “sheer fabrication that can be verified by any journalist visiting the border areas.” Dr. Abu Zuhri claimed the report is an “attempt to influence the Egyptian public opinion and prevent it from supporting the Palestinian cause, and on the other hand, to incite Egyptian soldiers at the borders against the Palestinians.”

Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced Wednesday that the IDF would be imposing a closure on Palestinian Authority-controlled areas in Judea and Samaria until after the Passover holiday. The closure is meant to prevent terrorist violence during Passover, as terrorist groups often prefer to strike on Jewish holidays and other special occasions.
During the closure, PA Arabs will not be allowed to enter pre-1967 Israel except in case of medical emergency, or other humanitarian concern. Police will be on high alert throughout the week of Passover. Police began increasing their manpower on Wednesday.

PA AMBASSADOR SPEAKS OUT!

Monday, April 14th, 2008

PA AMBASSADOR: “FIRST JERUSALEM, THEN WE’LL TAKE ALL OF PALESTINE!”
by Hillel Fendel

“When Israel’s ideology will collapse, and after we take Jerusalem, Israel’s ideology will collapse altogether, and then we will proceed with our own ideology, inshallah [if Allah wills], and we will throw them out of all of Palestine.” So said Abbas Zaki, the Palestinian Authority’s ambassador to Lebanon on Lebanese television last week, according to a translation by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute).

Expressing strong support for terror attacks against Israel, Zaki said, “We believe wholeheartedly that the Right of Return [of millions of Arabs and their descendants who left Israel in 1948 and 1967 -ed.] is guaranteed by our will, by our weapons, and by our faith.”

Asked if this means he believes “in weapons, not just in negotiations,” Zaki said that neither of them is effective by itself: “The use of weapons alone will not bring results, and the use of politics without weapons will not bring results. We act on the basis of our extensive experience. We analyze our situation carefully. We know what climate leads to victory and what climate leads to suicide.”

“We talk politics,” Zaki said, “but our principles are clear. It was our pioneering leader, Yasser Arafat, who persevered with this revolution, when empires collapsed. Our armed struggle has been going on for 43 years, and the political struggle, on all levels, has been going on for 50 years. We harvest U.N. resolutions…”

Speaking with young Arabs who see themselves as Palestinians, Zaki said, “The important thing is that in any [military] operation, Israel will pay a price. We don’t want cases in which you [Arabs] don’t kill even a chicken, but Israel kills 20 of you. I salute any operation that makes Israel pay a heavy price.”

Zaki said that the PLO [Palestinian Liberation Organization] is the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and that it remains true to its values and ideology: “In light of the weakness of the Arab nation and the lack of values, and in light of the American control over the world, the PLO proceeds through phases, without changing its strategy. Let me tell you, when the ideology of Israel collapses, and we take, at least, Jerusalem, the Israeli ideology will collapse in its entirety, and we will begin to progress with our own ideology, Allah willing, and drive them out of all of Palestine.”

A mastermind of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre of 11 Israeli athletes, Zaki has long been a leading inciter against Israel and an outspoken proponent of anti-Israel terrorism. Back in 1996, he was arrested by Israel for suspected involvement in setting fire to Jewish National Fund agricultural equipment, and later frequently led anti-Jewish rioters in Hevron.

Despite his warm words for Arafat, Zaki was one of his opponents at the end of Arafat’s career. In July 2002, Zaki – then a member of the Fatah Supreme Council – said that then-PA Chairman Arafat “has to go… Wherever he went, he brought with him corruption and instability.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The statement about millions of Arabs having he “right of return” is a bold-face lie!

CARTER GOES TO SYRIA!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Former US President Jimmy Carter is going to Syria this month to meet with the leader of Hamas!

NEW YORK CITY — Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly preparing an unprecedented meeting with the leader of Hamas, an organization that the U.S. government considers one of the leading terrorist threats in the world.

The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Tuesday that Carter was planning a trip to Syria for mid-April, during which he would meet with Khaled Meshal, the exiled head of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, on April 18.

Deanna Congileo, Carter’s press secretary, confirmed in an e-mail to FOXNews.com that Carter will be in the Mideast in April. Pressed for comment, Congileo did not deny that the former president is considering visiting Meshal.

“President Carter is planning a trip to the Mideast next week; however, we are still confirming details of the trip and will issue a press release by the end of this week,” wrote Congileo. “I cannot confirm any specific meetings at this point in time.”

Meshal, who lives in Syria to avoid being arrested by the Israeli government, leads Hamas from his seat in Damascus, where he is a guest of Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The State Department has designated Hamas a “foreign terrorist organization,” and some groups hold Meshal personally responsible for ordering the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack once said of the prospect of meeting with Meshal, “That’s not something that we could possibly conceive of.”

Some Carter critics called the latest reports typical of the ex-president. “It’s about par for the course from President Carter, demonstrating a lack of judgment typical of what he does,” said John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. “To go to Syria to visit Hamas at this point is just an ill-timed, ill-advised decision on his part.”

“I’m not surprised that Carter would do this, as he has been supporting Palestinian extremism for many years,” said Steve Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a watchdog group.

Carter would be the first Western leader of his stature to meet with the Hamas chief. Though Meshal met with Clinton officials in the 1990s, the Bush administration has sought to isolate Hamas, enforcing rigid sanctions on its government in Gaza and refusing to meet with its leaders unless it recognizes Israel and abandons terror.

“I think this [visit] undermines the U.S. policy of isolating Hamas,” said Emerson. “I think this encourages Europeans to further dilute their sanctions against the Hamas government.”

“When you put the prestige of a former president of the United States in a meeting with one of its terrorist leaders, you’re giving it a legitimacy and currency it never had,” said Bolton.

But Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a non-profit advocacy group, said Carter’s efforts demonstrate he’s a true partner in peace. “I think if true, this report would indicate that President Carter is willing to travel any road in search of peace,” he said. “I think President Carter would only undertake such a mission if he believed that something could be achieved in terms of peace and reconciliation in the region.”

Hooper added that because of Carter’s reputation among Palestinians he might be able to bring some pressure to bear. “Obviously President Carter has a great amount of credibility in the region because of his past efforts seeking peace internationally,” Hooper said.

The Al-Hayat report stated that Carter would be traveling in his capacity as head of the Carter Center, and not in his capacity as a former president.

“That’s a distinction that’s absurd,” said Emerson.

“Maybe he’ll give up his pension, but he’s always a former president,” said Bolton.


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