Root of the Conflict not Territorial
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that an Israeli
withdrawal would not bring peace with the Palestinians because the heart of the
conflict was their refusal to recognise Israel as
a Jewish state.
“You saw what happened when we left the Gaza Strip. We evacuated the last
settlers and what did we get? Missiles,” he said of Israel’s
withdrawal of all troops and settlers from the coastal enclave in 2005.
“The Palestinians’ lack of will to recognise the state of Israel as
the national state of the Jewish people is the root of the conflict,” he said,
in remarks communicated by a senior government source.
The Saudi-led proposal, which offers full diplomatic ties with the Arab
world in exchange for Israel’s withdrawal from land occupied in 1967, now includes a reference to the
principle of mutually agreed land swaps, in a move hailed by Washington as
“a very big step forward.”
But Netanyahu has categorically ruled out any withdrawal to the
“indefensible” 1967 lines, and on Wednesday said such a move would not solve
the conflict, which was not about land but about “the very existence of a
Jewish state,” the source said.
“If we reach a peace agreement I want to know that the conflict will not
continue. That there won’t be any more Palestinian claims afterwards,”
Netanyahu told the diplomats.
“The root of the conflict is Acre, Jaffa and Ashkelon and you need to say it. You don’t need to apologise. You need to say the
truth,” he told them.
(The Saudi plan, with or without land swaps, is a
trick to force Israel to take all the so-called refugees and their descendants. Item 1 is a
“just solution” based on UN resolution 194, which requires all countries to
take all the refugees who want to “return”. In other words, the idea is to turn
Israel into another Arab state.)
Declaration of War or Prevention of Terror
Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the strike
at Syria overnight represented a "declaration of war" by Israel.
He spoke in the wake of Israel’s renewed strikes against Iranian missiles bound for Hizballah
and other targets around Damascus. Tehran condemned “Israeli aggression against Syria.”
Russia Today claimed killed at least 300 members of the Syrian Army’s 501st
Unit. This unit operates the chemical weapon facility at the foot of Mt. Qassioun north of Damascus.
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
More and more
ordinary Europeans - Poles, Ukrainians, Russians etc - are mindlessly shouting
“Heil Hitler” now! The hate for others, not just Jews, made them ignore the fact
that not long ago Nazis killed millions of their own compatriots. How long will
it take for governments to join them?
Hamas has No Plan for Peace with Israel
movement has rejected a revised Middle East peace
initiative put forward by the Arab League. Arab states appeared to soften their
2002 peace plan, acknowledging that Israelis and Palestinians may have to swap
land in any eventual peace deal. "The so-called new Arab initiative is
rejected by our people, by our nation(?) and no one can accept
it," Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas
government in the coastal enclave, said. "The initiative contains numerous
dangers to our people in the occupied land of 1967, 1948 and to our people in
exile." He was referring to the partition of British-mandate Palestine in 1948 when the United Nations voted to divide the
territory into a Jewish state and an Arab state. (Which
Strikes Syria while US ‘Considers’
launched an airstrike into Syria. Israel
has targeted weapons site in the past that it believes are being delivered to
the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah. In 2007, Israeli jets bombed a
suspected nuclear reactor site along the Euphrates River in
north eastern Syria.
Arab Enemies in the Knesset
of Knesset Jamal Zahalka has refused to condemn the
murder Tuesday of a young father-of-five. A terrorist stabbed actor Evyatar “Napo” Borovsky to death. When asked to condemn
Tuesday’s attack, Zahalka instead addressed Israelis
living in Judea and Samaria. “Get out of there. You’re thieves and criminals. You come to steal and
to take what belongs to us…” (“to us“ - he admitted that he and all Arab-Israelis do not
consider themselves members of Israeli society. It is time to recognise it and
start working toward removal of this ‘cancer’ from Jewish land!)
Will She Receive
a Life Sentence?
The United States has
indicted a former State Department employee now living in Sweden with conspiracy
to commit espionage for Cuba. Marta Rita Velazquez, 55, allegedly helped to
"spot, assess and recruit US citizens" in sensitive national security
positions to serve as Cuban intelligence agents. (Israeli
As long as
they are Killing Each Other
Hizballah’s elite Al Qods Brigade suffered a grinding defeat since intervening
in the Syrian civil war on Monday, April
The Al Qods Brigade commander, known as “Abu Ajib” and his lieutenant Hamza Ramloush, were killed along with scores of combatants dead
and wounded in a surprise ambush mounted by rebel militias reinforced by
radical Salafists from Lebanon. They
were newly armed with Grad rockets.
Return of the Temple Mount is a Good Step
MK Moshe Feiglin
(Likud-Beyteinu) wrote his party members "I have
decided to suspend all of my parliamentary activity and deal with only one
issue: The fact that the government has relinquished Israeli Temple Mount
sovereignty to the Muslim WAKF. Catering to their threats of violence in case I
set foot as an MK on the Mount, the government ordered the police to deny Moshe
Feiglin the right to ascend to our most sacred
(Jewish) site, abandoning our historic bond of heritage to the Temple Mount. This is
an imperative national concern, not a personal crusade. I will do all I can to
restore Israeli sovereignty to the Temple Mount."
The IAF killed a senior terrorist in Gaza. Mishal, 25, was behind an
attack two weeks ago in which rockets were fired at the city of Eilat. He was previously affiliated with the Salafim-Jahadim terrorist group, but in recent years had
switched to working with a variety of terrorist groups, helping each with his
knowledge of weapons.
Jahadism is without Borders
police arrested four men, who are suspected of planning terrorist attacks in Italy, the US and Israel. One of the arrested men is a Tunisian former imam.
The men aimed to train terrorists and send them to fight abroad, and are
suspected of conspiracy to commit international terrorism and incite racial hatred.
problem for Israel is
Google Replaces “Palestinian Territories” with “Palestine” on its search engine, giving recognition of the
PA’s unilateral bid at the United Nations. The domain name www.google.ps now
brings up a homepage with "Palestine" written underneath the Google logo.
Islamic Terrorism Supported by Muslim Population
many as four in ten (40%) Muslims living in Afghanistan and PA controlled areas support the use of suicide
bombing. In Egypt and Bangladesh support for terrorist actions is up to 29 per cent.
The worldwide poll of Muslims by the Washington-based Pew Forum found that in
most countries (only) three-quarters or more
rejected suicide bombing and other forms of violence. (But,
how many of them lied?)
Quote of the Week:
“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for
speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being
correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know
it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the
truth is still the truth.” - Mohandas (Mahatma) Ghandi
Democracies Cannot Defeat Terrorism
by Maayana Miskin
Academic College in Tzfat held a conference Monday on the subject,
“The Limitations of Democracies War on Terrorism.”
member and terrorism expert Shimon Carmi explained that the way society reacts
to terrorism affects the society itself, first and foremost.
States have more means of waging war at their disposal than do terrorist
organizations, he said. However, states cannot fully defeat terrorism.
“The state wants to create a certain balance between upholding its
democratic values - which do not discriminate between citizens based on ethnic
or religious identity - and defending the state’s citizens and its values,” he
“That means we have to work intelligently. To hold a covert dialog with
the other side - that is a cornerstone of coping with terrorism,” Carmi
continued. “We need to learn from the other side in order to counteract it in
the most effective, and most just, manner.”
“We need to do everything wisely, and not to overreact, because terrorism
was, is, and will continue to be… It’s easy to use violence but in the war on
terror we need to look forward - meaning less revenge, and more focus on our
future security,” he said.
He looked to Israel’s neighbours, “In Syria, the Alawi minority is slaughtering its own
people in the cities. It is attacking itself to purge the opposition. Do we
want to be like Syria?”
“I’m not talking about solving the problem, but about decreasing it,
turning down the flames,” he explained. “The nature of man is to be violent, there is violence in the streets and in our homes.
A violent response is not necessarily the right answer.”
“Personally,” he added, “I see more importance in the fact that the state
of Israel can produce seven or eight Nobel Prizes… That’s the direction we should
take. Terrorism never dies, but when we, as the opponents of terrorist groups,
prove that we are a better, more advanced society, more moral and ethical, we
destroy many of their arguments.”