June 30, 2005

Are you kidding me?

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that the Quartet for Middle East peace, which includes the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, should work to bring the three major regional actors -- Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan, into the efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Are you kidding me – “resolve the conflict”!! Do you mean destroy Israel by including her mortal enemies in the discussion! How would we like calling in Nazi Germany as a mediator in our war against Japan in WWII?

Oh, I forgot, America first destroys her enemies and then dictates the peace to whomever is left. And that works! Why is not Israel given the same privilege Or would the American government prefer to create yet another Arab terrorist nation dedicated to eliminating us both?

Still highly recommended is the article WW IV by Norman Podhoretz, Commentary Magazine, September, 2004, for an honest assessment of the current reality.

jsk


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June 27, 2005

Prime Minister Sharon: Profile Of A Dictatorship

By Professor Paul Eidelberg
The Jewish Press

1. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (Likud) has not only betrayed his party’s Zionist principles, but also the hundreds of thousands of citizens who voted Likud in the Knesset election of January 28, 2003, and who thus gave his party a two to one victory over the Labor Party something unprecedented in Israel’s history.

2. The all-consuming issue of that election was ‘unilateral disengagement” from Gaza and northern Samaria. “Disengagement” is a euphemism for retreat and the deportation of Jews. Retreat from Gaza alone requires the expulsion of 8,500 Jewish residents from their homes and schools, their synagogues and yeshivas, their farms and factories and turning this ancient and now flourishing Jewish land over to the Palestinian Authority — a terrorist organization.

3. Sharon and his Likud Party campaigned against disengagement, while the Labor Party campaigned for disengagement. Likud won 38 Knesset seats, while Labor won only 19, an all time low. In fact, the parties that opposed disengagement won 84 seats, or 70% of the Knesset’s 120-membership. Sharon betrayed, therefore, an overwhelming majority of the voters when he announced, in December 2003, that he would implement Labor’s disengagement policy!

4. Early in 2004, Sharon agreed to hold a referendum of the Likud membership on disengagement and promised to abide by the result. The referendum was held on May 2. Disengagement was rejected by 60% of the 100,000 Likud participants. Sharon reneged on his promise.

5. Realizing he lacked a cabinet majority for disengagement — his cabinet consisted of a coalition of the Likud, Shinui, National Union, and the National Religious Party, Sharon went to Washington D.C. to obtain President George W. Bush’s approval of disengagement. This he did before submitting the proposal to his cabinet - an unheard of maneuver.

6. He also fired two ministers, solely because they opposed disengagement — a dismissal upheld by Israel’s left-wing dominated Supreme Court, even though Sharon’s act makes nonsense of cabinet government. But this was enough to intimidate several other ministers and bend the cabinet to Sharon’s will.

7. When National Union and the National Religious Party resigned from the government on the issue of disengagement and when Shinui resigned for other reasons, Sharon had to form a new government or hold new elections. He
chose to form a new government with the Labor Party, contrary to an overwhelming vote of his own party’s Central Committee.

8. Although Labor had only 16% of the Knesset members it received almost 50% of the cabinet ministries. Indeed, Labor chairman Shimon Peres, the discredited architect of Oslo, was made Vice Premier in charge of implementing disengagement.

9. But Sharon needed another party to form a majority coalition. Hence he promised to allocate 290 million shekels to United Torah Judaism for its education and religious services. With UTJ, the new government had 64 Knesset mandates. However, the government still had to receive Knesset approval. This it did by a bare plurality of 58 to 56 votes.

10. Now Sharon (in June) could submit the disengagement bill to the Knesset. The bill passed by a comfortable majority, but only because Sharon had threatened Likud MKs that they might lose their place on their party list in the next election.

11. It follows from the preceding that Sharon nullified the January 2003 election and has made a mockery of democracy. Nor is this all.

12. Israel’s highest security officials, Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, head of IDF Intelligence, and Avi Dichter, director of the Shin Bet (General Security Service) conveyed dire warnings about disengagement before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee,Ex-Deputy IDF Intelligence Chief, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, was prompted to say: “The Israeli government has not succeeded in producing a single serious argument that can refute objections to disengagement and justify the grave step that it is taking.”

13. Precisely because Sharon has not been able to justify disengagement on rational and evidentiary grounds, he and his cronies have resorted to intimidation to stifle dissent against the expulsion of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria.

On February 13, 2005, Sharon told his cabinet, - “Anyone who speaks or writes against the Disengagement Plan is guilty of incitement.” The Prime Minister of Israel thus went on record saying that the expression of even the slightest opposition to his highly controversial plan is a criminal offense.

The next day Likud Minister of Internal Security Gideon Ezra, in a live interview on Israel Radio, said that people who shout at ministers should be placed under administrative detention involving imprisonment up to six months without trial.

Likud Transportation Minister (and former minister of justice) Meir Shetreet told Israel Radio that Likud party members are guilty of incitement when they write letters to Likud MKs informing them that future political support for these politicians is dependent on their voting against the withdrawal expulsion plan.

MK Effi Eltam declared in the Knesset: “I must tell you, Mr. Prime Minister — and though you are not honoring us with your presence, the words will certainly reach you — that I have served the country for many years on the battlefield, and during difficult and tense moments, but I have never heard from government elements in the State of Israel, such unrestrained incitement as that which was heard from your confidantes and coalition partners this week. “Break their bones!” your confidantes whispered, and the headlines blared it. Whose bones precisely do you intend to break, Mr. Prime Minister? Those of little children? Pregnant women? Civilian protestors?”

On February 27 the cabinet approved Justice Minister Tzipi Livni’s proposal to establish a new ministry unit, with 15 full-time lawyers, devoted solely to combating incitement and violence by disengagement opponents. She also proposed that the incitement law be made more flexible by stating that criminal action could be taken if there were “reasonable grounds” to believe that such calls could lead to violence. This cannot but stifle dissent. Indeed, dozens of opponents of Disengagement have already been incarcerated.

Finally, those resisting the expulsion of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria will be incarcerated or herded into detention camps.

Clearly, Sharon is transforming Israel into a police state. The Gush Katif area will be a military zone, which means its 8,500 Jewish residents will be placed under martial law. The question arises: What is there about Israel’s system of governance that makes is possible for Sharon to act like a dictator? This will be the subject of Position Paper II.

Testifying before the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on January 5, 2005, Dichter described certain threats inherent in Sharon’s plan to pull the IDF out of Gaza and northern Samaria. “In a situation where Israel is not in control of the Philadelphi corridor [which separates Gaza from the Sinai Peninsula) terrorists arriving from Lebanon are liable to infiltrate through it into the Gaza Strip and there is the distinct possibility that in a short while Gaza will turn into south Lebanon.” He cautioned that the current “trickle” of arms smuggling through the corridor is liable to turn into a “river.” According to Dichter, the number of Kassam rockets fired from Gaza nearly doubled following the cabinet approval of the disengagement plan in June. As to northern Samaria, Dichter said that “Samaria is an area with terrorist potential that already proved itself in the past.” By the way, contrary to precedent. Sharon nullified any extension of Dichter’s term of office, as he did with Ya’alon’s, to the Knesset’s astonishment.


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June 25, 2005

Does the United States get its money’s worth?

By FLAME

Israel and Egypt are the two largest recipients of U.S. aid. For its minimal “participation” in the Gull War, Egypt was forgiven its indebtedness of $9 billion and annually receives about 1.5 billion. Israel pays its bills, had no debt of that magnitude ever “forgiven” and receives $2 8 billion every year. Of that amount, $2 0 billion is for military aid. The far greater portion of this money is spent back to the United States for desperately needed military hardware. It’s fair to ask whether this is a good deal for the American taxpayer


What are the facts?

Israel is America’s only genuine reliable ally and democratic state in the Middle East. It is committed to freedom and equality and the rule of law. It embodies the fundamental values that are in tune with those of America and that America has traditionally supported. Israel’s military and political importance in the Middle East and its strategic position stabilize the entire area, including the oil fields of the Persian Gulf.

During the Cold War, it was America’s indispensable rampart against the inroads and expansionist ambitions of the Soviet Union. It is now a western bulwark against the aggressive intents of Iran and other bellicose nations that threaten the interests of the United States. It is a most reliable partner in the promotion of Western strategic interests and in the stabilization of the Middle East. Over 20% of its budget goes for defense, compared to 7% in the US and less than 1% in Japan. Israel has one of the best armies in the world. Its navy and air force are the major deterrent forces in the eastern Mediterranean.

Israel effectively secures NATO’s southeastern flank, without having a single American soldier stationed in its territory. Still, the superb military installations, the air and sea lift capabilities, the equipment and food storage capacity, and the trained manpower to maintain and repair sophisticated U.S. equipment are instantly at hand in Israel. It is the only country in the area that makes itself available to the United States in any contingency.

Only a fraction of aid stays in Israel. There is no other country in the Middle East except Israel that can be considered to have a stable government or people friendly to the United States. There is much danger that any military aid to Arab countries and military equipment given of sold to them will suffer the same fate as the untold billions of dollars and priceless military secrets that were lost to our enemies in the debacle of Iran. Is Saudi Arabia more stable? Egypt? Jordan? Kuwait? Judge for yourself.

Only a fraction of the aid given stays in Israel. By far the largest share remains with American defense contractors. Peter McPherson, former administrator of the Agency for International Development estimated that every billion dollars of aid to Israel creates 60,000 to 70,000 jobs in the United States.

Compared to the $2.0 billion yearly military aid to Israel the U.S. contributes more than $130 billion (!) every year to the defense of Europe and more than $30 billion to the defense of Japan Korea, and the Far East. Over 300,000 U.S. troops are stationed with NATO and over 30,000 troops in the Far East, In contrast, not one single U.S. soldier needs to be stationed and put at risk in Israel. U.S. military analysts estimate that the U.S. would have to the equivalent of $150 billion a year in the Middle East to maintain a force equivalent to Israel’s.

There are many other benefits that the U.S. military derives from Israel. Israel is the only country that has gained battlefield experience with U S weapons. This experience is immediately conveyed to the U S. Enormous quantities of captured Soviet weapons and defense systems were turned over to the U S military for analysis. Israel, in the light of its experience, continually modifies US weapons systems. For instance, Israeli scientists have made over 200 improvements in the F-15 alone and similar improvements, mostly in avionics, in later-generation planes. It would be more in line with reality if military aid to Israel were classified as part of the defense budget, rather than as “aid.” Israel is truly America’s unsinkable aircraft carrier in the Middle East. Former President Reagan put it well “The fall of Iran has increased Israel’s value as perhaps the only remaining strategic asset the region on which the United States can fully rely.” American aid to Israel is a two-way street making aid to Israel America’s greatest defense bargain

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June 23, 2005

The Koran - Something Lost in the Translation

By Jerome S. Kaufman

Published in www.worldjewishnewsagency.org

Now that all the politically correct and agenda-motivated rhetoric has been completed, maybe we can take a less emotional view of exactly what happened following the Newsweek magazine story of American guards at the Guantanamo prison flushing a Koran down the toilet? Shortly following publication, Newsweek admitted the story was a complete fabrication. After some investigation, the US military did conclude some isolated incidents of Koran abuse had occurred but determined that most of those were done by the prisoners themselves.

What was the reaction in the Muslim world? Reported were riots in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Sudan, Palestinian Arab territories, Iraq, wherever. About sixteen people were reportedly killed and hundreds injured. By some coincidence, many of these riots occurred immediately following Friday services in the mosques. Thus, this rioting of thousands of people did not occur spontaneously. These riots were, in the main, initiated by the inflammatory rhetoric of the mosques’ imams.

Why? Is not the transparent goal of the religious hierarchy, the imams, et al, to maintain their virtually absolute power over Muslim countries and their citizens? Every ploy, especially using the United States and Israel as the whipping boys, is used to maintain the imam’s destructive power and delude the Muslim people that their societies remaining in abject poverty and ignorance for the last 800 years is somehow our fault.

The West is also being subjected to a constant barrage of religious “information” on the Koran. We are told, “it glorifies Abraham, Moses and Jesus and teaches lessons of faith, family values, caring for orphans, feeding the poor, helping the suffering, removing racism and oppression from society and bringing the joy of justice and freedom to the people of God.”

But something surely got lost in this translation. Rather than grant Christianity and Judaism the respect claimed, M. Kedar, Professor of Arabic Studies points out that Muhammad, with a stroke of his imagination, has simply “Islamized” their religious leaders. He made Abraham the first Moslem and Jesus and St. John prophets, along with Adam, Joseph, Seth and Aaron. According to Muhammad’s dream, he then takes them to the Seventh Heaven to meet Allah, who obligingly accepts Muhammad as their master. Thus a religion of triumphalism was created wherein Christians and Jews have been designated as “dhimmis”, a “protected class” of people, whose rights in Muslim countries is completely subservient to those of the Muslim.

As to the statement that the Koran “defends family values, cares for the poor, removes oppression,” that also has somehow been lost in the translation. Mitchell Bard in Myths and Facts presents the real world of human rights in Arab Islamic countries. He writes,

“The popular press has chosen to virtually ignore violations of fundamental human rights that take place daily in almost every Arab country. According to annual reports by the American State Department, most of the Arab states are ruled by oppressive, dictatorial regimes, which deny their citizens basic freedoms of political expression, speech, press and due process. The Arab Human Development Report published by a group of Arab researchers from the UN Development Program concluded that out of the seven regions of the world, Arab countries had the lowest freedom score. They also had the lowest ranking for "voice and accountability," a measure of various aspects of the political process, civil liberties, political rights and independence of the media.

And what has been our own recent experience with religious desecration? Mary Mostert, political commentator, reports that in Serbian Kosovo alone since 1999, 140 Christian Churches were blown up with 25 churches destroyed just this past year!

When the Jordanians invaded Israel in 1948 and maintained Judea and Samaria (West Bank) as theirs for 19 years, 57 synagogues, in Jerusalem alone, were defaced and their Torah scrolls destroyed. The ancient Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery was decimated with 38,000 gravestones torn loose and used to pave roads and Jordanian army latrines. These are just two examples of the hundreds of desecrations of Christian and Jewish holy sites that have occurred in Muslim countries over the centuries. How does that compare with the recent purported Koran book desecration?

Certainly it is wrong to demean anyone else’s religion in this country. People are encouraged to believe whatever they want but please, in the process, do not make us the fall guys for their own self-inflicted problems.

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June 20, 2005

Who is owed the apology and much more?

Yesterday, (June 19, 2005) Israel apologized to the United States, via Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, for agreeing to sell Harpy attack drones and other advanced technology to China.

"It is impossible to hide the crisis between Israel and the United States with regard to the security industries. We are doing everything possible to put it behind us," Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said on Israel Radio.

"The United States is our biggest ally, and none of the things that were done were done with the intention of harming U.S. interests," he said.

Miss Rice had raised concerns about the deal on her way to the Middle East on Friday. "I believe that the Israelis now understand our concerns, and I'm certain that, as good partners can, that we can come to some resolution to allow us to proceed," she said yesterday.

It is absolutely impossible for me to understand why Israel has to constantly apologize to the United States for selling weaponry to China or India or anyone else. How dare the United States demand such an apology and such control over Israeli military exports to countries thousands of miles, fortunately from our borders, when the United States, at the very same time, has been supplying, in massive quantities, the most sophisticated weaponry to Israel’s mortal enemies - all of whom are either on her immediate borders or very short flying miles away?

Is Israel less needy of import funds than the gargantuan American Military Industrial complex that President Dwight Eisenhower so clairvoyantly warned us against 45 years ago?

According to the legally required Arms Sales Monitoring Project that keeps track of the administration's notifications to Congress of proposed government-negotiated Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreements, export licenses for industry-negotiated Direct Commercial Sales (DCS), leases of equipment, and reduced price or free excess defense article (EDA) transfers, the following countries have impending military sales, not to mention the billions of dollars of sophisticated military hardware furnished to them in the previous 10 years:

Saudi Arabia – 370 million, Egypt 2.7 billion, Jordan 161 million,Kuwait 113 billion, United Arab Emirates 455 billion!

Would you not think that only when the US stops these sales to Israel’s mortal enemies (current cosmetic peace treaties not withstanding) can the US legitimately raise concerns as to Israel’s arms sales?

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June 18, 2005

How about a Change of Pace?

From the Jewish Press, June 17, 2005

(Don't blame me if you have heard these. I still got a kick out of them, especially the first one.)

One Rosh Hashanah morning the rabbi noticed little Jacob staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the shule. It was covered with names and small American flags were mounted on either side of it.

The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time. The rabbi walked over to the little fellow and stood beside him and quietly said, “Good morning.”

The little fellow looked at the rabbi and asked, “Excuse me Rabbi, What is this?

The rabbi replied, “This is a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service,”

The little fellows voice was almost inaudible as he asked, “The Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur service?”

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It was mealtime on an El Al flight and the flight attendant asked Moshe, a passenger sitting in the front of the aircraft, “Would you like dinner?’

“What are my choices?” asked Moshe.

“Yes or no,” she replied.

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Bernie had a fight with his wife Rachel and went to a movie to cool off. Later that evening, he decided to phone home to see what the situation was and maybe even apologize.

“Hello, darling,” he said. “What are you making for dinner?"

“What am I making for dinner? After all the horrible things you said to me earlier you want to know what I’m making for dinner?" Poison, that’s what I'm making.”

Bernie replied, “Okay then, just make one portion. I'm not coming home”

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June 17, 2005

SHARON CAME UP WITH DISENGAGMENT PLAN TO AVOID INDICTMENT

Two veteran journalists, based on talks with persons very close to the Prime Minister, say that the Disengagement Plan was hatched up simply to avoid Sharon's indictment in the Greek Island scandal.

(What is the Greek Island Scandal?)

(Sharon scandal grows By: Sonja PaceFrom: Something Jewish, Jewish.co.uk, March 29, 2004

Israel's Supreme Court has ordered Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's son to turn over documents in corruption scandals that loom as major threats to the Israeli leader. The ruling comes a day after Israel's chief prosecutor recommended that the prime minister be indicted in one of the cases.The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by Gilad Sharon that he not be required to hand over tapes and documents involving two corruption and bribery scandals. The lawyer for the prime minister's son said his client would comply with the court ruling, but that it would take time to get the documents. One case involves the so-called Greek Island Affair of the late 1990's, in which businessman and developer David Appel is alleged to have paid Gilad Sharon hundreds of thousands of dollars to help promote a tourism scheme on a Greek island. Ariel Sharon was foreign minister at the time. Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper cites a wiretapped telephone conversation between Mr. Appel and Ariel Sharon in which Mr. Appel says your son is going to make a lot of money. The paper quotes Mr. Sharon as suggesting he would use his influence to help the developer when he said, the island is in our hands. According to Ha'aretz, that conversation helped convince state prosecutor Edna Arbel to recommend that Ariel Sharon and his son be indicted in the case. The final decision on the matter now rests with the attorney general. )

Journalists Raviv Drucker of Channel Ten TV and Ofer Shelach of Yediot Acharonot newspaper appeared on Nissim Mishal's Channel Two television program last night, and summarized the results of their research. The main findings:
·  The evacuation plan was born because Sharon was sure that then-State Prosecutor Edna Arbel would indict him.
·  The decisions on the disengagement plan were made by marginalizing the army people, and without the participation of the ministers and the Cabinet.
·  Sharon proposed to one of the army's top generals that he be a "plant" and report to him on the goings-on in the General Staff.

Drucker and Shelach said that Sharon's fear of State Prosecutor Arbel was a determining factor in making this plan. "If not for the interrogations, this historic decision would not have been made," they said. "This can be seen by the timetable of events in February 2004" - the appointment of Gen. Eiland to begin working on the plan, the appointment of Meni Mazuz as Attorney General, a summons to Sharon for police interrogation, the rumors that Arbel was about to indict him, and finally the meeting of the Farm Forum [Sharon, his sons and one or two others very close to the Prime Minister].

This Farm Forum "did not state it outright," Drucker said, "but it was in the air that something had to be done, that there had to be some major diplomatic process that would swallow up everything and would change the public agenda [away from the corruption headlines against Sharon] - and they came up with this plan."

Drucker and Shelach further found that top Sharon-aide Dov Weisglass (pictured) led the way in preparing the disengagement plan, particularly in a private meeting with Condoleeza Rice in December 2003, and that those in the army and government who could have helped improve the plan for Israel were left out of the decision-making loop. "[National Security Advisor] Giora Eiland was in the midst of preparing a plan as to how Israel could get some benefit from its withdrawal," they said, "when suddenly he was presented with this new [unilateral] plan - and even now he objects to the plan [as it now stands]."

Narrator Nissim Mishal noted that the image of Prime Minister Sharon as depicted in the new book, entitled Boomerang, does not jibe with the common perception of him as strong and determined. "Instead," he said, "your book portrays him as one who is scared of police interrogations and led along by the Farm Forum and [top Sharon-aide] Duby Weisglass."

Raviv Drucker responded,
"We too were surprised by what we found. One government minister told us, 'This is the weakest Prime Minister I have seen, and I have seen many Prime Ministers.' The point is that Sharon is very strong at enforcing his decisions, but is weak at making decisions; he has no spine of his own today, and the best example of this is Duby Weisglass and the disengagement plan...

"Sharon wanted only to survive politically. Weisglass led the whole plan. In October 2003, before the plan had started, Weisglass asked staffers in the Prime Minister's Bureau for data on Gaza because he said he felt we had to withdraw from Gaza. Sharon did not yet agree then - but he would come around later. At that time, Weisglass also started spreading hints to other people that if Sharon didn't agree to this plan, he would end up leaving the political arena as an 'insignificant old man.' Weisglass also started pressuring [Defense Minister Sha'ul] Mofaz at this time. But more than anything - Weisglass felt that he had the right key to persuade Sharon."

Drucker's colleague Ofer Shelach continued:
"When Sharon arrived in office, he didn't know what to do; he was great in tactics, but had no strategy - not on the personal level, and not on the diplomatic-international level. He just doesn’t know what to do. Don't forget: after two years in office, he finds himself - the great terror-fighter Arik Sharon - with the highest amount of terror victims ever. And Weisglass - together with the Farm Forum, but mainly Weisglass - takes advantage of this to lead Sharon [by the nose]...

"In December '03, after Sharon's Herzliya speech introducing the disengagement concept but when this plan was still very vague - in fact, Sharon was still asking the Defense Minister and the Chief of Staff what they thought about taking down just one or two communities - Weisglass goes to Washington all by himself - without his Military Secretary Moshe Kaplinsky or National Security Advisor Giora Eiland, who usually accompany him - and speaks to then-U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice privately. Very senior army officials told us that this was the trip in which Weisglass made the following offer: In the first stage, we would quit Gaza, in the second stage there would be a deep withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, and in the third stage we'd even be willing to talk about the '67 lines.

"The important thing to note is that from that moment, there is no contact with those elements who were supposed to help Sharon decide about the plan, figure out what Israel would get in return, and help Israel get the best deal it could. And from that moment, the plan essentially rolls along on its own."

In answer to a question, Shelach said, "The people who are closest to Sharon told us absolutely that if it wasn't for those police interrogations, this decision [to quit Gaza] would not have been made. This can be seen by the timetable of events..."

Shelach and Drucker revealed that Sharon sought out a top IDF general to be a mole in the IDF General Staff. The authors refused to divulge the name of the general whom Sharon asked to be his "plant." They said, "The general himself told us that Sharon asked him to agree to report back to him on the goings-on in the General Staff... All along, Sharon was unhappy with the army, and always tried to form direct channels of communication [in this way]..."

They said that many top officers, such as former Chief of Staff Mofaz, Intelligence Chief Ze'evi-Farkash, and others, were originally very much against the disengagement plan. "Several months before Sharon's adoption of the Disengagement Plan, there was a deliberation amidst the top brass of the IDF in the presence of the Chief of Staff. Many options were presented. One of the options was unilateral disengagement from Gaza.

There was unanimous agreement regarding the idea: absolutely no. Mofaz said at the beginning, 'Whoever supports a unilateral retreat, apparently wasn't here for the last two and a half years,' and Farkash said it would be a catastrophe, and the head of IDF Research said it would be the worst thing... but after several months, when they saw that Sharon was so strongly in favor, they amazingly all fell in line and backed it..."

"We have a very biting claim," Drucker concluded. "In the past four and a half years, there were many opportunities to end or change the course of the intifada, but because of the way decisions were made, these chances were missed, and the bottom line - it's terrible to say - is that there were many people who were killed [by terrorists during the Oslo War] in vain."

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June 15, 2005

Prime Minister Sharon - Profile Of A Dictatorship

By Professor Paul Eidelberg
The Jewish Press, Friday June 10, 2005


1. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (Likud) has not only betrayed his party’s Zionist principles, but also the hundreds of thousands of citizens who voted Likud in the Knesset election of January 28, 2003, and who thus gave his party a two to one victory over the Labor Party something unprecedented in Israel’s history.

2. The all-consuming issue of that election was ‘unilateral disengagement” from Gaza and northern Samaria. “Disengagement” is a euphemism for retreat and the deportation of Jews. Retreat from Gaza alone requires the expulsion of 8,500 Jewish residents from their homes and schools, their synagogues and yeshivas, their farms and factories and turning this ancient and now flourishing Jewish land over to the Palestinian Authority — a terrorist organization.

3. Sharon and his Likud Party campaigned against disengagement, while the Labor Party campaigned for disengagement. Likud won 38 Knesset seats, while Labor won only 19, an all time low. In fact, the parties that opposed disengagement won 84 seats, or 70% of the Knesset’s 120-membership. Sharon betrayed, therefore, an overwhelming majority of the voters when he announced, in December 2003, that he would implement Labor’s disengagement policy!

4. Early in 2004, Sharon agreed to hold a referendum of the Likud membership on disengagement and promised to abide by the result. The referendum was held on May 2. Disengagement was rejected by 60% of the 100,000 Likud participants. Sharon reneged on his promise.

5. Realizing he lacked a cabinet majority for disengagement — his cabinet consisted of a coalition of the Likud, Shinui, National Union, and the National Religious Party, Sharon went to Washington D.C. to obtain President George W. Bush’s approval of disengagement. This he did before submitting the proposal to his cabinet - an unheard of maneuver.

6. He also fired two ministers, solely because they opposed disengagement — a dismissal upheld by Israel’s left-wing dominated Supreme Court, even though Sharon’s act makes nonsense of cabinet government. But this was enough to intimidate several other ministers and bend the cabinet to Sharon’s will.

7. When National Union and the National Religious Party resigned from the government on the issue of disengagement and when Shinui resigned for other reasons, Sharon had to form a new government or hold new elections. He
chose to form a new government with the Labor Party, contrary to an overwhelming vote of his own party’s Central Committee.

8. Although Labor had only 16% of the Knesset members it received almost 50% of the cabinet ministries. Indeed, Labor chairman Shimon Peres, the discredited architect of Oslo, was made Vice Premier in charge of implementing disengagement.

9. But Sharon needed another party to form a majority coalition. Hence he promised to allocate 290 million shekels to United Torah Judaism for its education and religious services. With UTJ, the new government had 64 Knesset mandates. However, the government still had to receive Knesset approval. This it did by a bare plurality of 58 to 56 votes.

10. Now Sharon (in June) could submit the disengagement bill to the Knesset. The bill passed by a comfortable majority, but only because Sharon had threatened Likud MKs that they might lose their place on their party list in the next election.

11. It follows from the preceding that Sharon nullified the January 2003 election and has made a mockery of democracy. Nor is this all.

12. Israel’s highest security officials, Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, head of IDF Intelligence, and Avi Dichter, director of the Shin Bet (General Security Service) conveyed dire warnings about disengagement before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee,Ex-Deputy IDF Intelligence Chief, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, was prompted to say: “The Israeli government has not succeeded in producing a single serious argument that can refute objections to disengagement and justify the grave step that it is taking.”

13. Precisely because Sharon has not been able to justify disengagement on rational and evidentiary grounds, he and his cronies have resorted to intimidation to stifle dissent against the expulsion of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria.

On February 13, 2005, Sharon told his cabinet, - “Anyone who speaks or writes against the Disengagement Plan is guilty of incitement.” The Prime Minister of Israel thus went on record saying that the expression of even the slightest opposition to his highly controversial plan is a criminal offense.

The next day Likud Minister of Internal Security Gideon Ezra, in a live interview on Israel Radio, said that people who shout at ministers should be placed under administrative detention involving imprisonment up to six months without trial.

Likud Transportation Minister (and former minister of justice) Meir Shetreet told Israel Radio that Likud party members are guilty of incitement when they write letters to Likud MKs informing them that future political support for these politicians is dependent on their voting against the withdrawal expulsion plan.

MK Effi Eltam declared in the Knesset: “I must tell you, Mr. Prime Minister — and though you are not honoring us with your presence, the words will certainly reach you — that I have served the country for many years on the battlefield, and during difficult and tense moments, but I have never heard from government elements in the State of Israel, such unrestrained incitement as that which was heard from your confidantes and coalition partners this week. “Break their bones!” your confidantes whispered, and the headlines blared it. Whose bones precisely do you intend to break, Mr. Prime Minister? Those of little children? Pregnant women? Civilian protestors?”

On February 27 the cabinet approved Justice Minister Tzipi Livni’s proposal to establish a new ministry unit, with 15 full-time lawyers, devoted solely to combating incitement and violence by disengagement opponents. She also proposed that the incitement law be made more flexible by stating that criminal action could be taken if there were “reasonable grounds” to believe that such calls could lead to violence. This cannot but stifle dissent. Indeed, dozens of opponents of Disengagement have already been incarcerated.

Finally, those resisting the expulsion of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria will be incarcerated or herded into detention camps.

Clearly, Sharon is transforming Israel into a police state. The Gush Katif area will be a military zone, which means its 8,500 Jewish residents will be placed under martial law. The question arises: What is there about Israel’s system of governance that makes is possible for Sharon to act like a dictator? This will be the subject of Position Paper II.

Testifying before the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on January 5, 2005, Dichter described certain threats inherent in Sharon’s plan to pull the IDF out of Gaza and northern Samaria. “In a situation where Israel is not in control of the Philadelphi corridor [which separates Gaza from the Sinai Peninsula) terrorists arriving from Lebanon are liable to infiltrate through it into the Gaza Strip and there is the distinct possibility that in a short while Gaza will turn into south Lebanon.” He cautioned that the current “trickle” of arms smuggling through the corridor is liable to turn into a “river.” According to Dichter, the number of Kassam rockets fired from Gaza nearly doubled following the cabinet approval of the disengagement plan in June.

As to northern Samaria, Dichter said that “Samaria is an area with terrorist potential that already proved itself in the past.” By the way, contrary to precedent. Sharon nullified any extension of Dichter’s term of office, as he did with Ya’alon’s, to the Knesset’s astonishment.

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June 13, 2005

My Favorite quote relative to Shimon Peres

From an interview of Peres in the International Jerusalem Post
By HERB KEINON AND GIL HOFFMAN, June 2, 2005

In another life, Shimon Peres could have been a brilliant copywriter. He loves the clever turn of a phrase, the summing up of an idea in a few brief words, alliteration.

“It is either terrorism, or tourism,” he says in an interview

“In politics you have to jump, but the long jump, not the high jump,” goes another.

“If you’re a rain maker, you’re a thought maker as well.”

Peres talks about “privatizing peace” and needing to provide bread for the hungry even before the bakery is up and running.

Peres would have made a terrific advertising executive, thinking up the campaign slogan for soaps, or soft drinks, or potato chips.

One leaves a meeting with the Labor party head impressed by the aphorisms, but often scratching the head a little while later wondering exactly what they mean. Sometimes something sounds good at first, but – when you stop and think about it – doesn’t necessarily make sense.

(And this is the guy the Israelis have picked for major leadership roles for over 50 years - the guy, that designed and perpetrated the Oslo disaster. And the guy our local Federation picked to be their main speaker at their upcoming mission trip to Israel! Is it any wonder that we are now is such deep trouble? – Jsk)

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June 12, 2005

Jew or Gentile - a Basic difference

Excerpted from an article, The Jewish Mother

By Meir Soloveichik, AZURE Spring 2005

To speak of descent - matrilineal or patrilineal - implies a remarkable assumption: That Jewishness can be a matter of descent, rather than belief, that the foundation of Jewish identity is genealogy rather than theology. In Jewish chosenness, spiritual identity is inextricably bound up with familial identity. One born to Jewish parents is a Jew, a member of God’s covenant, no matter the extent to which one conforms to the tenets of the Torah or accepts Jewish dogma. In this respect Judaism differs fundamentally from Christianity, in which participation is essentially a matter of faith, rather than descent.

Reflecting on the theological commonalities and differences between Jews and Christians, the Christian theologian R. Kendall Soulen notes:

“Traditionally, Jews have understood themselves as God’s chosen people descended from the patriarchs and matriarchs. Hence the ordinary way of becoming a Jew is to be born of a Jewish mother.... Most Jews are members of the chosen people by birth, and the privileges and obligations of the covenant fall to them accordingly. Christians, on the other hand, understand themselves as a fellowship that can be entered only through repentance and re-birth into the messianic community. Hence, no one can be born a Christian... one becomes a Christian through faith in Jesus as Messiah and Lord, and through baptism in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Christianity, then, is a faith, while Judaism is also a family. Though Judaism involves a set of ideas, beliefs, values, and obligations, the Jewish theologian Michael Wyschogrod notes, “these are, in a sense, superstructure rather than foundation. The foundation of Judaism is the family identity of the Jewish people as the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

To be a Jew is to see all other Jews not only as fellow believers, but also as brothers and sisters. In choosing his monotheistic messengers, God bestowed religious obligations upon a natural family. Thus, Judaism is a faith founded on the natural familial bonds between Jews.

It is for this reason that according to the halacha, or Jewish law, once a Jew is born to a Jewish mother, he cannot abdicate his covenantal obligations or undo his Jewishness. Though one can abandon a faith, family ties can never be severed.

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June 10, 2005

As to the Sacrosanct Media and the First Amendment

A thought provoking, challenging editorial from The Jewish Ledger of Hartford, Connecticut

Nixon, ‘Deep Throat', AIPAC, CBS and The Washington Post

A monumental story is required to earn a coveted place in the history of journalism - no wonder then, last week's journalistic celebration. The great glee and self-congratulatory bravado occasioned by a former FBI agent claiming to be Woodward and Bernstein's mythical "Deep Throat" brings the media back to its salad days, a time when they got a footnote into the historical record by pushing an elected president from office.

For journalists, successes like these justify what they do. It allows many of them to bend the truth, hide behind unnamed sources, and determine what they think is best for the rest of us to know and what we'd be better off not knowing. The best in the media work in the open with verifiable sources, but the top of the profession is filled by those who'll use any means to pursue a story when they feel it is important enough, or the cause righteous enough.

Just look at the way the media greeted Mark Felt's admission last week. Ben Bradlee, the editor of The Washington Post during the heady days of Watergate, made it to every network, and he along with Woodward and Bernstein were quick to discuss the "story," but said little of Felt's disloyalty or the ultimate outcome of this whole affair. They disregarded Felt's breaking of the law and his violation of his sworn oath. The President, after all, had to go. The media, using illegally gained privileged information, overturned a presidential election.

Left unmentioned in all of this was how it weakened the President, leaving him unable to alter what we now know was a death sentence for several millions in Southeast Asia. Fortunately though, the wound wasn't deep enough to prevent Nixon from doing the right thing for Israel, but it was a close run thing. In the last weeks of his fragile and besieged presidency, while he was being advised by his State Department to "let the Jews bleed a little," he put the C-5A cargo planes in motion to re-supply Israel's beleaguered Army during its time of trial in 1973.

Political gain wasn't part of the calculus here, for he was beyond that by that time in his presidency. For all of the blather about the press being the guarantor of our democratic way of life, it actually, by a process of selecting what we should and shouldn't know and how we should know it, subverts it. Holding different presidents to varying standards of behavior treats our democracy poorly and only serves the priorities and prejudices of the unelected who make these choices.

And now it is the turn of the Bush presidency. Again, the media and a government insider are pursuing their own agenda. Ten months ago, weeks before we were to go to the polls to vote for President, the media breathlessly informed us about imminent indictments against people too closely tied to Israel and President Bush. Pat Buchanan was quick to point to "Pollardites" in the White House and insinuate dual loyalty on the part of the Neo-cons - Read Jews.

A variation of the race card, the Jewish card, was facilitated by the Washington Post with its week of front-page coverage and CBS's prime time exposure. It was a big story, but for one thing: there were no imminent indictments. We are told now that there are indictments, but this is a long way from the pre-election story 10 months ago. And the indictments look to be of lesser moment than initially thought. What this all says is that a government leak along with the media's complicity manufactured a narrative that they thought important, but was premature and unverifiable. Deep Throat all over again.

Even now, almost a year later, the question the media won't touch is who broke ranks in government to air this "news." The information could only have come from the State Department, the CIA or the FBI and if so, it was a breach of national security to disclose it - A breach of national security from agencies whose integrity is vital to that very same security. Those who saw a need to embarrass the President before the election ended up accusing Jews of dual loyalty and fanning an ancient hatred for current political gain. Who broke the law and who decided that a higher public good was served by all of this?

It wasn't Mark Felt, now 91 and out of government. But it was someone like him and the media still cannot see that its complicity in all of this is wrong. If there is an issue of grave national interest at stake, it is worthy of more than a "leak" and information passed in the shadows. Our process works best as an open one and is ill served by innuendo, insinuation and deep throats.

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June 09, 2005

Predicted Arab demographic problem for Israel untenable and inaccurate

By Bennett Zimmerman, Roberta Seid and Michael L. Wise
The International Jerusalem Post, June 2, 2005

(Just as in the U.S. where Arab propagandists declare 5-6 million residents while the U.S. census bureau found 1.25 million U.S. Arabs. Arab-generated population predictions in Israel are also found completely false) jsk

Demography is a central issue in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Conventional wisdom holds that Israel faces a demographic time bomb because the Palestinian Authority’s reported 3.8 million population, combined with Israel’s 1.3 million Arabs, - already almost equals the Jewish population (5.4 million). Some Israeli demographers contend that given high Arab birth rates, Jews will quickly become a minority between the Jordan and the Mediterranean.

But this doomsday scenario is wrong. Remarkably, no one had bothered to verify the Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) numbers until we formed a team of American and Israeli researchers to exhaustively study Palestinian, Israeli and third party sources. They revealed that the 2004 Arab population in the territories is closer to 2.4 million than to the PCBS claim of 3.8 million, a 60% overstatement.

This million-and-a-half gap arose because the PCBS figures are based on predictions, not on actual, real-time measurements. The PCBS also inflated its 1997 census, the base figure for its predictions, and then applied high birth and unrealistically high immigration assumptions to this inflated base, compounding the same errors year after year. Our audit found that the PCBS projections were not met for even one year between 1997 and 2004.

On top of the PCBS error, some Israeli demographers again applied the high growth rates and continued to build further errors, exponentially into the future. Together these groups have built a demographic house of cards. Until those projecting the future bother to correct the present, their discussions about the future are meaningless.

What our study found: We calculated a 2004 Arab population of 1.35 million in the West Bank and 1.07 million in Gaza, a total of 2.42 million, by correcting the following errors:

· Fewer births: Since 1997, the PA Ministry of Health (MOB) recorded fewer births than the PCBS predicted, These detailed records (including hospital and home births) were corroborated by PA Ministry of Education records for children entering school. Reduction: 238,000.

· Retrospective alterations of recorded - birth data: The PA MOH retroactively re-stated births to reflect the overseas residents included in the 1997 PA census. After the census, they included overseas births of nonresidents. We included only resident births. Reduction: 81,000.

· Net emigration: Instead of 236,000 immigrants moving to the territories since 1997, as the PCBS had predicted, 74,000 residents left. Reduction: 310,000.

· Internal immigration: Immigrants from the territories who received Israeli IDs over the past decade under family reunification programs (according to the Israeli Interior Ministry) must be removed from the PCBS count -Reduction: 150,000.

There were overstatements in the PCBS 1997 census, the base population used for the demographic projections:

· Double Counting: Jerusalem Arabs counted in Israel’s population were also counted in the PCBS 1997 census. Reduction 210,000

· Inclusion of non-residents: The PCBS claimed it conducted a residential census, but it also included people who had been living abroad for one or more years if they ever held residential identity cards. Reduction 374,000

IN MARCH 1998, the PCBS publicly acknowledged the inclusion of 325,000 overseas Palestinians In its 1997 census base. The anticipated growth of this non-resident population was included in the PCBS forecasts – a fact that has been ignored or neglected by demographers and government agenda. In October 2004, the PA’s Central Election Commission reported that the number of eligible voters aged 18 and above living in the territories was only 1.3 million, not the 1.85 million predicted and claimed by the PCBS.

These figures from the Election Commission are consistent only with our lower population measurements. The bottom line: The 2004 population between the Jordan and the Mediterranean Is 60% Jewish and 40%Arab, similar to the ratio since 1967. In the West Bank and Israel, the ratio is two Jews for every Arab and in pre-’67 Israel and Jerusalem it is four Jews for every Arab.

Growth rates since 1990 also undermine the demographic time-bomb scenario. The Gaza growth has declined from 4% to 3% and is much lower than the rates published by the PCBS. West Bank Arab growth was equal to Israeli Jewish growth of 2.5% per annum. Notably, fertility for West Bank women has declined to 3.3 births per woman, while the Israeli Jewish fertility has risen to 2.7. This half-child gap disappears when Israeli immigration and Arab emigration are fully considered. Abnormally high Israeli-Arab growth rates have been fueled by migration into pre-67 Israel.

Where are the demographers? Israeli demographers who warned that Arabs would become the majority, failed to verify the base PA population and to analyze the PCBS-supplied growth rates. These rates, the highest in the world, assumed immigration would soar. Since the publication of our study, the PCBS has removed these unrealistic assumptions, collapsing its own predictions about future growth from nearly 5% to 3.5%. If the PCBS factors in emigration, these rates will fall even further.

Professor Amon Soffer, a University of Haifa geographer, produced a series of wildly different population estimates. In his widely distributed 2004 booklet) Israel Demography 2004-2020, he claimed the Arab population In the territories was 3.8 million, One month later, in a pamphlet entitled Implementation of the Right of Return, he wrote that the population was only 2.8 million; a number he reconfirmed In an interview with the Arutz-7 radio station shortly after our study was released. These dramatic vacillations make his projections about the future questionable.

Prof. Sergio DellaPergola, a demographer at the Hebrew Un1iversity in recent Knesset committee hearings, publications and pubic forums claims that he applied high Arab birthrates to ICBS population figures from the mld-1990s. The problem with his estimate is that no conceivable fertility rate can expand the population from the last reported ICBS survey to his current claim of almost 3.5 million Arabs in the territories.

We use the actual number of births recorded by the PA Ministry of Health. These actual figures yield high birthrates against a smaller but more accurate base consistent with earlier ICES and PCBS measurements of a residents- only base.

Our study is available for public examination on the Internet. Researchers must demand that all claims be equally transparent and open to review. Black boxes should no longer be tolerated for issues of such great national importance for Israel. Some contend that the lower population we documented simply delays the demographic time bomb. The data indicate otherwise.

The current Jewish majority, with its rising birthrate combined with modest aliya and/or returning overseas Israelis, would easily maintain the demographic balance in favor of the Jews. Parity between Jew and Arab might never be reached if Arab migration and fertility trends continue. And in Israel and the West Bank, Jewish dominance is overwhelming, both in absolute numbers and in terms of growth rates.

Given these factors, demographers who predict that Arab dominance is inevitable are indulging in pure and fallacious conjecture.

The authors comprise the American team of this study. The Israel team includes Yoram Ettinger, Brig.-Gen. (ret) David Shahaf, Prof. Ezra Sohar, Dr. David Passig, Avraham Shvout, and Yakov Faitelson. wwwpademographics.com.

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June 08, 2005

Trying to create confusion when there is none ...

(In the statements of President GW Bush and Secretary of State C. Rice)

Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) – Report #494
June 8, 2005

In April 2004, President Bush gave a letter to Israel's Prime Minister Sharon, outlining key points of US policy toward Israel, the Palestinians and the future, including: "The United States reiterates its steadfast commitment to Israel's security, including secure, defensible borders, and to preserve and strengthen Israel's capability to deter and defend itself, by itself, against any threat or possible combination of threats...

In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion. It is realistic to expect that any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed to changes that reflect these realities."

Regular readers know we advocate use of the words "1949 armistice lines." They are geographically the same as the Green Line/67 Line in the West Bank (not so in the Golan). NOT calling it a "border" (as in '67 Border) substantiates the fact that houses on the east side of the line have the same legal status as houses on the west side, i.e., they are not "illegal." It strengthens the American and Israeli determination that UN Resolution 242 does not require Israeli withdrawal from all the territory acquired in 1967 and the lines are not the fixed boundary of some presumed Palestinian state-in-waiting.

Fast forward.

In March 2005, Yediot Aharanot reported that US Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer told a group in the Israeli Foreign Ministry, "no such understandings were ever reached" with Washington that Israel would keep large settlement blocks in the West Bank. The New York Times printed Kurtzer's denial on March 26: "What I tried to explain is exactly what US policy is ... And US policy is the support that the president has given for the retention by Israel of major Israeli population centers as an outcome of negotiations."

Just in case it wasn't entirely clear, on April 7, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Israel Radio, "We do not appreciate people trying to create confusion where there is no confusion ... I understand this is a big issue in Israel but no one should say there's no agreement between our two governments. That's wrong. There is; it was reached on April 14 last year and it's clear." She added, "While we will not prejudice the outcome of final status negotiations, the changes on the ground, the 'existing major Israeli population centers' will have to be taken into account in any final status negotiations."

After all that, in writing, spread over time and enunciated by the three chief enunciators of American policy, it is hard to understand the furor over President Bush's words to Abu Mazen in the Rose Garden last week. "Any final status agreement must be reached between the two parties, and changes to the 1949 Armistice lines must be mutually agreed to."

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June 07, 2005

Sharon fires anti-Gaza disengagement Chief of Staff

Prime Minister Sharon, via Defense Minister Mofaz, changes Chief of Staff, Israel Defense Forces.

IDF Maj.-Gen. Dan Halutz is promoted to the rank of Lieut-Gen. and succeeds outgoing Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon.

Lieutenant General Yaalon thus ends an illustrious 37-year career in the army, marred only by what was generally perceived to be his firing by Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz. This occurred earlier this year, when Mofaz announced tersely that Yaalon's tenure, as Chief of Staff would not be given the customary extension from three years to four.

Yaalon was one of the first to warn of the dangers of the disengagement, having said well over a year ago that the withdrawal would provide a "tail wind" for terrorism. It is widely felt that this statement is one of the reasons why his tenure as Chief of Staff was prematurely ended.

"All signs point to [a renewal of terrorism]," Yaalon has said several times - most recently yesterday. He said in end-of-term interviews over the past few days that Jerusalem and Tel Aviv can expect to find themselves in Sderot-like situations, and Kassams and terrorist attacks in central Israel are also likely.

Yaalon told Haaretz. "There will be attacks of all types – shootings, bombs, suicide attacks, mortar shells, Kassams."

"If we don't give the Palestinians more and more, they will respond with violence. It will begin in Judea and Samaria, and the situation of Kfar Saba, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will be like that of Sderot. There is a high likelihood of a second terror war."

Yaalon also debunked a popular myth that Abu Mazen – PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas – has pragmatically given up on the "Right of Return" for millions of Arabs living in refugee camps and elsewhere around the world. "Abu Mazen has not given up on this demand, neither symbolically, nor practically. [He wants to] return to the houses and return to the villages – meaning that this would no longer be a Jewish state."

Yaalon also had harsh words for the Sharon-Bush plan for a PLO state alongside Israel west of the Jordan River. "The establishment of a Palestinian state will lead, at some stage, to war," the roundly admired outgoing Chief of Staff said. "Such a war is liable to be dangerous to Israel… the [PLO] state will try to undermine Israel."

Yaalon took a more dovish approach regarding the Golan Heights. In two other interviews, with a London Arabic-language paper and Israel's largest daily Yediot Acharonot, Yaalon implied that Israel could safely defend itself even without the Golan Heights.

However, he added the condition that this could only occur if Israel struck a peace deal with a “serious” Syrian leadership.

Israel captured the Golan in 1967, after Syria used those mountains to launch constant attacks against northern Israeli towns below.

Former Deputy IDF Intelligence Chief Gen. Yaakov Amidror said today that Yaalon's remarks on the Golan were insignificant, "as everyone agrees that if the border between us and Syria were similar to the borders in Western Europe, we might not need the Golan… The problem is not how to defend ourselves in peace time, but during war."

(How Yaalon can take such a naive view of Syria and such a realistic view of Judea, Samaria and Gaza is truly beyond comprehension - jsk)


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June 06, 2005

President Bush welcomes Mahmoud Abbas, Moderate and Man of Peace

Actual events present quite the opposite.

The information below is a summary of Israel Defense Forces reports from just last week’s Palestinian Arab attacks:

· 9 lightly injured from rock throwing along the work on the security fence

· Coordinated attacks by PA terrorists - 28 shootings, 8 bombs, dozens of rock throwing and Molotov throwing incidents

· Jerusalem - 2 terrorist planned attacks thwarted.

· Samaria - Terror attack near army headquarters in Samaria. One terrorist killed 2 arrested.

· 2 attempted smuggling arms stopped in Judea

· 3 attempted crossings from Gaza prevented. Six terrorist infiltrators caught.

· Israeli Air Force knocked out missile sights in Jabalia, Gaza

· 6 missile attacks on Egypt-Israel border

· 4 missile attacks in Katif, 4 in Western Negev

· Jerusalem Liberation Day: the Israeli government allowed dozens of Arabs Moslems up to the Temple Mount. Two Jews hurt by the intense stone throwing from on top of the Mount

· Sunday: shooting near Neve Dekalim. No injuries reported

· Shooting near Kissufim at an army position - road closed for army to search out snipers.

· Shooting at army position near Kadim, N. Shomron

· Soldier injured from violent attacks by leftists and Arabs at defense fence construction by Bilain village. Soldier lost sight in one of his eyes and is in Tel Hashomer hospital.

And Israel just released 400 more terrorists from their jails as a peace gesture??

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June 04, 2005

As to Muslim Sensitivity

By Jerome S. Kaufman

Published at www.worldjewishnewsagency.org

Perhaps we should re-evaluate the constant drumming we hear as to our lack of sensitivity toward Muslims and their religion. The latest episode revolved around an error made by Newsweek magazine in its blatant attempt to again discredit President Bush and our own armed forces. The ploy backfired. It turns out Newsweek created a false story describing the flushing of a Muslim holy book, the Koran, down the toilets at the Guantanemo prison Abu Ghraib. This tactic was supposedly used in order to extract information from Muslim prisoners, a doubtful strategy at best. The story proved false and Newsweek offered an inadequate apology.

But what happened in the Muslim world as a result? Reported were riots in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Sudan, Palestinian Arab territories, Iraq, wherever. About sixteen people were reportedly killed and hundreds injured. By some coincidence, many of these riots occurred immediately following Friday services in the mosques. Thus, this rioting of thousands of people did not, as usual, occur spontaneously. These riots were initiated by the inflammatory rhetoric of the mosques’ imams.

Then what about this Muslim sensitivity? The Muslims were rioting theoretically over a single episode of their holy book flushed down a toilet and, even that, proved to be false. There happens to be another much neglected side to the equation. Where is their “sensitivity” to us? Mary Mostert, political commentator reports that in Serbian Kosovo alone since 1999, 140 Christian Churches were blown up with 25 churches destroyed just this past year!

When the Jordanians invaded Israel in 1948 and maintained Judea and Samaria (West Bank) as theirs for 19 years, 57 synagogues were defaced and destroyed in Jerusalem alone. The ancient Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery was decimated with 38,000 gravestones torn loose and used to pave roads and Jordanian army latrines. These are just two examples of the thousands of desecrations of Christian and Jewish holy sites that have occurred over the centuries. How does that compare with the reporting of a Koran book desecration that in fact, never occurred?

But, never mind the “spontaneous riots?” What is really at play here?
Professor Robert A. Pape, associate professor of political science at the University of Chicago, declares after an extensive study of suicide bombings that, “What nearly all suicide terrorist attacks actually have in common is a specific secular and strategic goal: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory that the terrorists consider to be their homeland. Religion is often used as a tool by terrorist organizations in recruiting and in seeking aid from abroad, but is rarely the root cause.”

Cannot one easily apply the same conclusions to Islamic rioting? What is the common factor here? Is not the common factor the transparent goal of the religious hierarchy, the imams, et al, to maintain their virtually absolute power over Muslim countries and their citizens? Every ploy, especially using the United States and Israel as the whipping boys, is used to maintain their lethal power and delude the Muslim people that their societies remaining in abject poverty and ignorance for the last 800 years is somehow our fault.

The imams are rightfully very frightened that President Bush’s so-called War on Terror may actually result in bringing democracy to Islamic lands. In fact, it is already happening in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Palestinian Arab territories and the very thought itself, of Democracy, suddenly occurring to Islamic regimes in the rest of world. What might this do? Of course it would take a giant step toward removing the imams from their strangle hold of power, educate their people and hopefully help bring them into the 21st century.

Our looking the other way will not work anymore and did not really work in the first place. If we are truly to have some remote chance of relative peace, than the root causes must be unequivocally addressed.

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June 03, 2005

PM Netanyahu, Is there some unknown source of pressure on PM Sharon?

(From interview of Bibi Netanyahu by David Horovitz, editor of Jerusalem Post and Gil Hoffman May 26, 2005)

PM Netanyahu:

I don’t think there’s pressure. Certainly there’s not American pressure. This is one of the friendliest administrations, if not the friendliest administrations ever, as far as not applying pressure on Israel to withdraw.

We should advocate massive and continuous American application of pressure on the Palestinians as on others in the Arab world [to democratize]. There has been no place in the world where the process of democratization has taken place without external pressure.

I don’t think we’re doing enough to focus American pressure on the Palestinians to achieve this transformation. We just think that if we separate ourselves, put up a fence, things will be all right. It’s not going to be all right. Missiles fly over the fence. Tunnels can be dug under it. Armies can be amassed on one side of it. The fence can be breached. The fence is a defensive means, an important one, but that’s all it is.

Jerusalem Post:

How credible is Sharon’s talk of the Americans giving him a quid pro quo - that Israel is not going to have to give up the major settlement blocs?

PM Netanyahu:

I think that the Bush statement that there’ll have to be geographic adjustments to reflect demographic realities, is important. But what are the demographic realities? Is it Ariel or is it the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot? It’s not been defined. It’s been left vague.

When the US says we’re in trouble building houses in Ma’aleh Adumim, that gets me worried. Can you imagine that we dismantle? How many people live in Ma’aleh Adumim? [More than 30,000.] The human misery! Look at what’s happening when we’re trying to take a few thousand people out of Gaza. Look at the enormous strain. The lives of families that are just torn away from their homes and children that are dislocated. It’s a tremendous toll. And Ma’aleh Adumim is part of Jerusalem for God’s sake. So the principle is good, but I have some problem with the application.

Jerusalem Post:

What do you think we should do about the Gaza withdrawal?

PM Netanyahu:

I said I think we should do three things and I haven’t changed my view.
One: keep the Philadelphi Corridor in our hands. I don’t expect the Egyptians to fight and die for us. I think it would be a mistake to ask them. The entry into the Sinai and right up to our border of a large Egyptian contingent that could actually endanger the peace would be a grave mistake. The peace with Egypt has worked for several decades. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Second: I told PM Sharon we should create a counterbalance to our withdrawals by including the main settlement blocs in the main fence - that is, they should be part of the territorial contiguity of Israel, and I think this should be complete before the withdrawal so at least we mitigate the perception of the terrorists that we are just giving. We are giving and taking. We are not formally annexing. We are just putting a line that makes sense in terms of security but also has significance for the future. It’s not that we give up what’s beyond the fence, but what we’ve included in the fence is permanent. We can still argue about what’s beyond the fence and we will.

Third: I said we should get the president of the world’s sole solitary superpower to say categorically that the United States will not recognize the so-called right of return.

The third proposal was achieved, the first is still being debated and the second has not been achieved.

Jerusalem Post:

Let’s be clear: You would be prepared to leave Gaza?

PM Netanyahu:

My preference and my thinking is that this would happen when we get a final settlement. I would not have initiated a unilateral disengagement. I think it’s problematic at best. I think the only way you can do it [disengage unilaterally] is by compensating Israel for territory, which it cedes, by territory and other assets which it takes.

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June 02, 2005

Wishful thinking and dangerous self-delusion

‘THE OSLO SYNDROME’

From: The Center for Security Policy, Washington, DC 20036

Last week, the President of the United States effusively praised Mahmoud Abbas, Yasser Arafat’s right-hand man for some forty years. In the White House Rose Garden, Mr. Bush described Abbas as a “man of courage,” explaining that he takes “great faith in not only his personal character, but the fact that he campaigned on a platform of peace – he said, ‘Vote for me, I am for peace.’ And the Palestinians voted overwhelmingly to support him.”

In light of what is actually happening in the proto-state Abbas (a.k.a. Abu Mazen) was elected last January to govern, such characterizations seem at best to be wishful thinking, at worst willful and dangerous self-delusion. As a new web ad (www.CenterforSecurityPolicy.org) makes clear, if the Palestinian people truly want peace, there is very little evidence that they are moving in that direction under Abu Mazen.

To the contrary, terrorist organizations are not being dismantled by Abbas. Instead, groups like Hamas with the avowed mission of destroying Israel are ascendant. They are winning local elections and taking full advantage of the “hudna” (temporary suspension of hostilities) to rebuild their offensive capabilities against Israel. Hamas and other terrorists are being integrated into Palestinian security forces, receiving valuable training and even arms from American and European personnel. In addition, burgeoning quantities of ever-more powerful weapons are being smuggled into Gaza from Egypt.

Meanwhile, Palestinians are being encouraged by official imams whose sermons are broadcast on Abbas-controlled media to kill Jews and destroy America. For example, less than two weeks before Mr. Bush welcomed Abu Mazen to the White House, Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris claimed on Palestinian Authority TV that history showed the torture, exile and murder of Jews to be legitimate and the Muslim conquest of the United States inevitable.

If the evidence is so clear that the Palestinian state Abu Mazen is a-building will be but a new state-sponsor of terror, how could President Bush – who in June 2002 rejected that prospect and has devoted his presidency to eliminating such sponsors – possibly be turning a blind eye to the facts on the ground? How could he be insisting that Israel make still further territorial and political concessions, including over Jerusalem, let alone be handing over directly to the Palestinian Authority $50 million in U.S. taxpayers’ funds?

Call it “the Oslo Syndrome.” This is the title of an important new book (Smith and Kraus Global, 2005) by Dr. Kenneth Levin, a psychiatrist and historian who is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. As the subtitle – “Delusions of a People Under Siege” – makes clear, Dr. Levin is concerned with a pathology that has prompted the Jews of Israel to embrace the false promise of peace ostensibly on offer first from Arafat, now from his former right-hand man. A similar malady appears to be afflicting official Washington, as well.

Dr. Levin describes the roots of this pathology as follows: “[It] lies in psychological responses common among chronically besieged populations, whether minorities subjected to defamation, discrimination and assault or small nations under persistent attack by their neighbors. People living under such stressful conditions often choose to accept at face value the indictments of their accusers in the hope of thereby escaping their predicament.”

“The Oslo Syndrome” chronicles the delusions of successive groups within the Jewish world, with a particular focus on the most prominent and contemporary of the phenomena – that of politicians and organizations associated with “the Peace Movement.” Dr. Levin explains: “The Peace Movement’s stance in fact was as divorced from reality as had been German Jews’ blaming of Polish Jews for anti-Semitism, or secular European Jews’ blaming of the religious, or socialist Jews’ blaming of the Jewish bourgeoisie. But proponents of the Movement, cowed by the persistence of the siege and desperate to see its end, chose to delude themselves. They grasped at any seemingly positive statement coming from an Arab political figure and ignored all the countervailing evidence.”

For example, the self-deluded chose to ignore unwelcome statements by Faisal al-Husseini, an Arafat and Abbas crony who was for years the Palestine Liberation Organization’s proxy representative in Jerusalem. Al-Husseini declared in 2001 that the Oslo “peace” accords of 1992 between Israel and Arafat were but a “Trojan Horse,” designed to advance the Palestinians’ abiding goal of liberating their “country,” whose boundaries would be “from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea.” In other words: No Israel.

Al-Husseini’s ambitions were of a piece with those long espoused by his relative, Haj Amin al-Husseini, the notorious Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, whose complicity with Adolf Hitler helped advance the Fuhrer’s “Final Solution” for the Jews and deny the latter refuge in their historic homeland. Incredibly, even the Holocaust Museum in Washington – a magnificent institution designed to serve as a conscience for all time – is in denial and contributing to the Oslo Syndrome: It refuses to include in its permanent exhibition anything about the Mufti’s role in past Arab anti-Semitism, or to address manifestations of this form of systemic racism so evident in the Muslim world today.

Dr. Levin notes in an article published at www.JewishPress.com that, “The ongoing Arab siege does cast a shadow over the lives of Israelis. At the same time, they have created a free, vibrant, extraordinarily successful society. It remains to be seen whether they are prepared to go on nurturing what they have built as they await changes in the Arab world that will open it to genuine peace, or they will instead, in their eagerness for ‘normalcy’ and an end to the siege, once more delude themselves into pursuing fantasies of peace that will threaten everything they have created.” Or, he might have added, whether the U.S. government will, in its own act of self-delusion, encourage or compel Israel to do the latter?

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June 01, 2005

Israelis and Diaspora Jews Shep Nachus

(Yiddish – to experience enormous pride)

(Pew, Pew, Pew – Yiddish custom of spitting three times to drive away the evil spirits of jealousy)


Despite 57 years of relentless adversity and attempts at its annihilation, Israel produces a truly astonishing record:

From: Israel21c – A Focus Beyond the Conflict

Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can make claim to the following:

Israeli research shows that we can find out more about what is buried beneath the earth's surface by launching a satellite into the sky.

An Israeli company has unveiled a blood test that via the telephone diagnoses heart attacks.

The Israeli-developed Ex-Press shunt is providing relief for American glaucoma sufferers.

An Israeli research team has found that the combination of electrical stimulation and chemotherapy makes cancerous metastases disappear.

Israel has designed the first flight system to protect passenger and freighter aircraft against missile attack.

Jewish and Arab students at Hebrew University participate in the 'Billy Crystal Workshops - Peace Through the Performing Arts' project.

Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.

Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people - as well as one of the highest per-capita rates of patents filed.

In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the US (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).

Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the US.

Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.

Israel's $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.

On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech start-ups.

Israel has the largest raptor migration in the world, with hundreds of thousands of African birds of prey crossing as they fan out into Asia.

Twenty-four percent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees - ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland - and 12 percent hold advanced degrees.

Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.

In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews at risk in Ethiopia to safety in Israel.

When Gold Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she became the world's second elected female leader in modern times.

When the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed in 1998, Israeli rescue teams were on the scene within a day - and saved three victims from the rubble.

Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship - and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 - in the world.

Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity.

Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as "conflict free."

According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry's most impenetrable flight security. U.S. officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.

Israel's Maccabi basketball team won the European championships in 2001.

Israeli tennis player Anna Smashnova is the 15th ranked female player in the world.

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was produced by Haim Saban, an Israeli whose family fled persecution in Egypt.

Israel has the world's second highest per capita of new books.

Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.

Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.

Israel has two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic.

Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.

An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U.S. hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.

Israel's Given Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used the view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.

Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with congestive heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley).

In response to serious water shortages, Israeli engineers and agriculturalists developed a revolutionary drip irrigation system to minimize the amount of water used to grow crops.

Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.

Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U.S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions, Israel places first in this category as well.

The cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.

Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel.

The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.

Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.

Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.

The technology for AOL Instant Messenger was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.

A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct - all without damaging surroundings skin or tissue.

An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California's Mojave Desert.

The first PC anti-virus software was developed in Israel in 1979.

Christopher Reeve called Israel the "world center" for research on paralysis treatment.

That Israel is becoming integrally involved in helping to reshape the post-war Iraqi landscape?

Israeli researchers are playing an important role in identifying a defective gene that causes a rare and usually fatal disease in Arab infants.

An Israeli company has been given a U.S. grant to develop an anti-smallpox first aid treatment kit.

The top women's magazine in the world - Cosmopolitan - is launching a Hebrew version in Israel?

An Israeli company M-Systems was the first to patent and introduce key chain storage.

Israeli microbiologists have developed the first passive vaccine against the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

A team of Israeli and US researchers has designed a watermelon-picking robot endowed with artificial vision to do the job of harvesting.

Israeli researchers are using video games to investigate future treatments for memory disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

An Israeli company has developed sensors that pick up signs of stress in plants.

Israeli medical researchers have shown that lycopene - the red pigment found in tomatoes - lowers blood pressure.

A small Israel company called Lenslet has developed a revolutionary electro-optic processor, which operates one thousand times faster than any known Digital Signal Processor.

Israeli stem-cell technology is being used in the U.S. to regenerate heart tissue.

An Israeli company has developed a device that could enable millions of American diabetics to painlessly inject themselves with insulin.

An Israeli company is providing the technology behind an American all-electric bus for urban use.

An Israeli medical delegation from the 'Save a Child's Heart' project recently spent two weeks in China performing open heart surgery on children.

Israeli-developed security precautions have been adopted in Maryland and Washington.

Scientists in Israel have used strands of DNA to create tiny transistors that can literally build themselves.

A week-old Iraqi infant underwent an emergency operation in Israel to correct a congenital heart defect.

A new generation of "Sesame Street" programs aimed at teaching tolerance is being produced and broadcast in Israel, Jordan, and in the Palestinian Authority.

Some 500 million birds representing 300 species migrate across Israel's skies twice a year in the autumn and spring along the Great Valley Rift.

Israeli research shows that a tonsillectomy could be the key solving sleep apnea in children.

An Israeli company has developed a new device for monitoring coronary disease that will be integrated into future generation of cell phones.

An Israeli-developed alogrithm enabled NASA to transmit images from Mars.

An Israeli has invented a 'bone glue' that will reduce the need for bone transplants and heal bone defects caused by cancer.

An Israeli team will compete in the Women's International Flag Football Championships.

Israeli researchers have developed a 'bone glue' that respectively stimulate speedy bone and cartilage repair, and enable faster and improved healing of injuries.

Research by three scientists from the Haifa Technion made the transmission of video pictures Video transmissions from Mars by the NASA explorer "Spirit" have been made possible thanks to a unique algorithm developed by Technion graduates.

A joint Israeli-Palestinian expedition recently scaled a peak in Antarctica in the name of coexistence.

Over 50 million Israeli flowers were sent to Europe for sale on Valentine's Day.

The families of the Columbia shuttle astronauts are going to be the Israeli government's guests on a weeklong visit in March.

Israeli researchers have found a connection between sleep apnea and impotence.

Israel, American and Canadian researchers are working together to develop nanotech-based solutions to the water shortage in the Middle East.

The founder of the Cancer Prevention and Wellness Program at New York's prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is Israeli.

Between 150 to 200 multinational clinical trials are regularly taking place in Israel.

An Israeli company is the world's leading sleep disorder sensors manufacturer.

Israeli biologists have successfully managed, for the first time, to prepare the flowering of the "Madonna Lily" - a rare white Easter lily - in time for Easter.

Over 65,000 patients worldwide have swallowed the M2A capsule, the incredible 'camera in a capsule' technology developed by Israel's Given Imaging.

Israel hosts IBM's largest R&D facilities outside the United States.

Israeli researchers have developed an engineless, nano-RPV (remote piloted vehicle).

Israeli researchers are successfully using magnets to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

Israeli scientists have created a DNA nano-computer that not only detects cancer, but also releases drugs to treat the disease.

Tel Aviv has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The U.S. Marines in Iraq are using an Israel-developed hand-held computer for communication purposes.

Israel engineers are behind the development of the largest communications router in the world, launched by Cisco.

An Israeli doctor claims that he has succeeded in developing a female equivalent to Viagra called Sheagra.

An Israeli company - Evogene - is developing cotton plants that are resistant to adverse salinity conditions and drought.

An Israeli company has developed the world's first jellyfish repellent.

Israel has helped farmers in Niger develop a horticultural production system called the African Market Garden (AMG).

Jerusalem has been chosen to host an international gay rights parade WorldPride 2005.

A newly developed Israeli cooking oil is capable of breaking up blood fats such as cholesterol.

Israeli scientists have alleviated Parkinson's-like symptoms in rats.

Israeli scientists are developing a nose drop that will provide a five-year flu vaccine.

Israeli researchers have solved the mystery of Lenin's death.

An Israeli vaccine for West Nile virus is being tested in the U.S.

Israeli scientists have discovered how to turn mismatched cells into cancer fighters.

Over 20 Israeli companies are providing security and services for the 2004 Olympic games in Athens.

Israeli scientists have shown that hypnotism doubles the chances of success of in vitro fertilization.

An Israeli two-flush system can save Americans billions of gallons of water a year.

A group of 40 American sheriffs were in Israel last week to learn about Israeli counter-terrorism techniques.

An Israeli-developed device can painlessly administer medications through microscopic pores in the skin.

Israeli air force pilot technology is being used to train American college basketball players.

Israeli researchers have shown that a daily dosage of Vitamin E is effective in helping to regain hearing loss.

Israeli researchers have created a 'biological pacemaker' which corrects faulty heart rhythms when injected into the failing hearts of pigs.

Two Israelis have won the 2004 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their groundbreaking work in cancer research.

An Israeli physicist-turned-inventor has developed the world's first air-conditioned motorcycle.

Israeli researchers have proven that Prozac can improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

An Israeli-developed elderberry extract is one of America's best-selling flu prevention medicines.

Millions of American youngsters will soon be able to surf safely in Internet chat rooms thanks to Israeli technology.

Children injured in the school siege in Beslan, Russia two months ago are convalescing at an Israeli coastal resort in Ashkelon - at the invitation of that city's mayor.

An Israeli company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and more severe cases of MS.

Israeli scientists have discovered the cause of chronic bad breath and a painless solution.

Israeli technology is behind the successful testing of in-flight cell phone use.

Israeli research has found that citrus oils may hold the key for asthma treatment.

An Israeli study has shown that anger may trigger strokes.

Israel is sending medical teams and supplies to the Far East to aid victims of this week's earthquake.

An Israeli company - Patus Ltd. - has donated thousands of its OdorScreen olfactory gel product to counter the crippling odors faced by on-scene Tsunami disaster workers.

An Israeli company has developed a nano-lubricant that one day could mean the end of changing your car oil.

A young Israeli scientist was among those chosen as an example of carrying on the work of Albert Einstein 100 years later.

Intel has sold more than $5 billion worth of the Israeli-developed Centrino chipsets since they were introduced in March 2003.


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