Arabs Riot in Jerusalem Over Bin Laden’s Demise

Netanyahu in Britain

World leaders hail Bin Laden killing

World leaders on Monday hailed the death of al-Qaida chief by American forces in Pakistan as a decisive blow in the fight against terrorism, but some sounded a note of caution that reprisals by the Islamist group could follow.
Yedioth Ahronoth

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Never Again

More than any of the speeches given at Yad Vashem’s Warsaw Ghetto Square, the red berets of the IDF Paratroopers at the opening ceremony of Holocaust Memorial Day expressed the main message of the day: Never Again. All the symbols of the country’s leadership sat there on plastic chairs: The president, prime minister, government ministers. Behind them were Holocaust survivors and family members of righteous gentiles.
“The Holocaust proved once and for all: There is no replacement for a home of our own and the Israel Defense Forces,” said President Shimon Peres, “but even after the Holocaust there is still a regime whose leaders deny the Holocaust. The ayatollahs’ regime in Iran is dangerous to the entire world, not only to Israel.” Peres told the Holocaust survivors in the audience, “Israel is the realization of the dreams of 1.5 million children who were murdered before they had a chance to taste life. A classroom in Israel is what Janus Korchak dreamed of as he led his students to Treblinka. An ordinary Knesset debate is the realization of the dreams of freedom for millions of Jews whose citizenship was rescinded and rights trampled.”


Tension between Jerusalem and Washington

The White House is not waiting with bated breath for the expected foreign policy speech of Prime Minister Netanyahu before the US Congress on May 24, and US administration officials say that Obama is considering the option of preempting him, presenting principles of his own and thereby imposing a peace plan on the sides. The US State Department and the team of special envoy George Mitchell, believe that a peace plan should be presented with clear parameters for negotiations. They believe that the American failure to renew the negotiations in the past two years stems from the lack of a clear framework.
Some believe that the publication of the American plan can also be interpreted as a signal to Netanyahu to present more significant content in his speech to Congress. The administration expects Netanyahu to say in his own voice that he consents to the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with a land swap. A high-ranking Israeli source said yesterday: “Netanyahu cannot by any means accept the parameter of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. He is opposed to expressing this principle as a precondition for negotiations.”

Yedioth Ahronoth
Military official: Targeting a school bus is a ‘defining moment’

The anti-tank missile fired at the school bus yesterday in the Gaza erimeter was considered one of the most serious scenarios raised by the IDF. A high-ranking officer said that the high technical ability required to fire an accurate guided missile such as the Kornet was probably gained from Iranian organizations or from Hezbollah, and constitutes a significant step up in Palestinian capabilities. “The firing of the anti-tank rocket at a civilian target is certainly a defining event,” a high-ranking military official said yesterday. Now, in practice, all the patrols moving along the border fence are under direct threat from guided missiles.

Jerusalem Post
Merkel: We will oppose ‘unilateral’ Palestinian statehood

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday voiced her government’s opposition to a possible United Nations resolution creating an independent Palestinian state. “The Federal Republic of Germany is championing a two-state solution…Any kind of unilateral recognition does not promote this goal. This will be our position in September,” she said, during a joint press conference here with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Libya: a big mistake getting bigger by the day.
The Obama administration obsession with regime change in Libya is creating more enemies for the US and its allies. Eliminating secular regimes, to favor islamists, religious fundamentalist regimes, is only weakening American and European influence in the region and in the world and further isolating Israel in a sea of fundamentalist extremist fanatics.
The SAUDI Kingdom will be next to fall. Then Islamic fundamentalists will blackmail Europe to accept MILLIONS of new immigrants and later impose Sharia law. Not fiction, but a REAL possibility. The USA is also under attack, do not fool yourself. posted Feb 20, 2011. Protest begins in Saudi Kingdom. We continue to look up close to the developments in Lybia, since it may hint at the position of the Obama Administration in case of troubles in the Saudi Kingdom. March 15 Two Saudi brigades of 3,500 troops plus tank battalion in Bahrain.
Makor Rishon
Norwegian Labor MP: Holocaust Never Occurred Anders Mathisen, a Norwegian MP from the Labor Party, denied that the Holocaust ever occurred, noting in an interview to a Danish newspaper that “there is no evidence that the gas chambers or mass graves existed‖ in the concentration camps. The reaction of his fellow party members was not long in coming. “You have to resign immediately and free us of the disgrace that you have caused Norway,” he was told yesterday. Mathisen has announced that he has no intention of resigning from parliament.Makor Rishon Norwegian Labor MP: Holocaust Never Occurred Anders Mathisen, a Norwegian MP from the Labor Party, denied that the Holocaust ever occurred, noting in an interview to a Danish newspaper that “there is no evidence that the gas chambers or mass graves existed‖ in the concentration camps. The reaction of his fellow party members was not long in coming. “You have to resign immediately and free us of the disgrace that you have caused Norway,” he was told yesterday. Mathisen has announced that he has no intention of resigning from parliament.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
March 18 U.N. no-fly zone – Hours after the United Nations Security Council voted to authorize military action and the imposition of a no-flight zone on Libya, French and British officials said on Friday that military action could start soon. In London, Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament that Britain, a leading backer of the no-flight resolution, would deploy Tornado and Typhoon warplanes along with aerial refueling and surveillance aircraft. Italy will allow use of all its military bases. The New York Times writes: Libya calls for an “immediate ceasefire” Following the U.N. imposition of a no-flight zone, Libya performed what seemed a remarkable about-face after weeks of defiance, saying it would call an ―immediate ceasefire and the stoppage of all military operations‖ against rebels seeking the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. The pledge came from the Libyan foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, even as western powers said they were readying warplanes for imminent action to enforce the Security Council resolution.
Yedioth Ahronoth Israel send aid to Japan The extent of the disaster with which Japan is coping can also be learned from the emergency shipment that left Israel yesterday on its way to Tokyo: Japan‘s stock of Geiger counters, used to measure radiation, has run out, and the Japanese authorities relayed an urgent request for help. Yesterday 100 such devices were sent from Israel and another 200 will be sent next week. In addition to this shipment, a massive Israeli aid package is now being put together for Japan. Among other things, Israel offered to send water purification devices, casualty-identification teams, medication, mattresses and tents.

March 15, Makor Rishon
IDF seizes freighter of Iranian weapons headed to Gaza

The IDF seized a freighter ship with dozens of tons of weaponry from Iran headed for Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The ship, known as Victoria, was flying a Liberian flag, and was seized by the navy in the Mediterranean Sea, 200 miles off of Israel’s coast. The Victoria was boarded by commandos from the Israeli Navy’s Flotilla 13, also known as the Shayetet, and is expected to arrive in the Ashdod port on Tuesday evening.
Weapons on seized ship came from Iran through Syria‟
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the weapons seized from a ship earlier in the day were from Iran. “We are currently collecting information and the one thing that is certain is that the weapons are from Iran with a relay station in Syria,” Netanyahu said. “Last night, I granted permission to take over a ship for which we had the basis to think that there were weapons on it destined for Gaza,” Netanyahu said. “The source of the weapons is Iran, which continues to try to arm terrorist forces against Israel.” “It is our right and duty to stop the smuggling of these weapons,” the prime minister said, adding that all nations connected to the ship had been updated on the situation. The Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Unit said that the ship “Victoria” originated from the Lattakia port in Syria and sailed to Mersin, Turkey. It was seized while on its way from Turkey destined for the El-Arish port in Egypt.
Clinton to Travel to Egypt, Tunisia, Meet with Libyan Opposition
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she will go to Egypt and Tunisia next week and meet with members of the Libyan opposition. Clinton said the U.S. was reaching out to Libyan opposition leaders and she would be meeting with them in the weeks ahead. ―We know there are people we want to be associated with; we know there are people we don’t want to be associated with,‖ Clinton said. Clinton will carry with her a message from three U.S. senators who today announced plans to create an enterprise fund for each country that will invest in new ventures to spur their economies

U.S. Escalates Pressure on Libya Amid Mixed Signals
The White House announced a five-point program on Thursday of steps to isolate Libyan Col. Muammar Gaddafi and ultimately drive him from power, all stopping well short of military action. The steps include a partial embrace of the opposition movement as well as threats to track and prosecute, in international courts, Gaddafi loyalists who commit atrocities. In Brussels, NATO deferred until at least next week any decision on establishing a no-flight zone over Libya, amid hesitations in Washington and several European capitals over being drawn into a civil war in a country the West does not consider critical to its security.

‘Marshall Plan’ to Stop Islamism

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is trying to promote the tablishment of an international fund that would encourage democratic processes and major economic growth in Arab states in the Middle East, with the goal of preventing their regimes from being taken over by radical Islamic organizations and parties. Netanyahu’s model is the American Marshall Plan for rehabilitating the countries of Europe after WWII. As Netanyahu sees it, the money for the fund should come mainly from private donors. Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon also recently raised the identical idea, but he said that the money should come from the wealthy Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia and the Emirates.
A Soldier Story.
Top two Iranian opposition leaders secretly jailed
DEBKAfile Special Report
The White House strongly condemned Iran’s “intimidation campaign and blatant violation of its citizens’ universal rights,” Sunday night, Feb. 28 after a human-rights group said two opposition figures had been taken to an unknown location. They may be too late: DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources reveal that the two prominent opposition leaders, Mir-Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi, were secretly hauled out of their homes in sacks Thursday, Feb. 24 and taken to the infamous Parchin prison in Tehran. Their wives have also disappeared.Our sources have learned that when they were unloaded in the prison forecourt, the two men could not stand unaided and their faces were streaked with blood. They must have been seriously weakened by enforced hunger while still at home. Not permitted to shop for food, they were told to eat food supplied by their guards, which they refused for fear of poison. Iranian opposition activists were asking this week how come Western leaders are so ready to push Muammar Qaddafi’ out when Ayatollah Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rate no more than a slap on the wrist for the savage repression they mete out over the slightest expression of dissent.
This Is Just the Start
By Thomas L. Friedman
Americans have never fully appreciated what a radical thing we did — in the eyes of the rest of the world — in electing an African-American with the middle name Hussein as president. I‘m convinced that listening to Obama‘s 2009 Cairo speech — not the words, but the man — were more than a few young Arabs who were saying to themselves: ―mmm, let‘s see. He‘s young. I‘m young. He‘s dark-skinned. I‘m dark-skinned. His middle name is Hussein. My name is Hussein. His grandfather is a Muslim. My grandfather is a Muslim. He is president of the United States. And I‘m an unemployed young Arab with no vote and no voice in my future.‖I‘d put that in my mix of forces fueling these revolts. ……

February 28, 2011

Americans Maintain Broad Support for Israel

UK Considers Recognizing Palestinian State
The UK has hinted that it will recognize an independent Palestinian state unilaterally in September. The British are also considering issuing a statement placing blame for the failure of the negotiations on Israel. According to the British source, if the UK sees no progress in the negotiations, it will announce its intention to declare its recognition of an independent Palestinian state as early as September. A spokesperson for the British Foreign Office would not confirm the report. ―We continue to believe that the best way to achieve a permanent solution is by means of negotiations,‖said the spokesperson. ―We will do everything in our power to achieve that goal by September.‖
Israel Radio News
Norwegian Foreign Minister: Israel is Living on Borrowed Time Israel is living on borrowed time. If we fail to see any progress by September towards the establishment of a Palestinian state, we will expose Israel‟s true face and we will call it by its real name, said Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store in an interview to the Norwegian media.
Iranian warship enters Suez Canal
The Iranian warship and the ship that is escorting it entered the Suez Canal this morning on their way to the Mediterranean Sea. This was reported by the Suez Canal Authority in Ismailia. Israel has yet to comment officially but high-ranking officials in Jerusalem said that they were monitoring developments. They said that Israel knows where the ships are and is holding situation assessments with high-ranking American officials. Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the matter with US Ambassador to Israel James Cunningham. Egypt said yesterday that its decision to let the Iranian ships pass through the Suez Canal did not reflect any change in its foreign policy because international law mandated that it approve their passage.
Yedioth Ahronoth
Oslo Against the Israeli Embassy
The Israeli embassy in Oslo received official notice a few days ago emanding that it evacuate the premises within a year and move to another location. The reason: The Norwegians say that the embassy poses a security risk to its urroundings and damages the residents’ quality of life. A Foreign Ministry official said yesterday that the affair attested to an unprecedented low in the relations between Israel and Norway. “The authorities in Norway are giving in to public opinion, which is hostile toward Israel,” the officials said. Israel, apparently, is not alone. The Oslo municipality has succeeded in also removing the US embassy under similar circumstances.
Fatah Organizing “Day of Rage” Against U.S.
Palestinian Authority officials are furious with the United States, which decided to veto their motion to the UN Security Council to condemn Israel. Officials in Ramallah said they hoped that the American step would unite Palestinian ranks, and have called for a “day of rage” against Israel and the United States. PLO Executive Committee Secretary General Yasser Abed Rabbo said, “the step taken by the United States reflects the administration’s biased view regarding the illegitimate actions by Israel on the West Bank.” Abed Rabbo said that the US veto notwithstanding, the fact that 14 out of the 15 members of the UN Security Council had voted in favor of the resolution was a victory for the Palestinian position.  Top PA official Tawfik Tirawi yesterday called on all the factions of the Palestinian people, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to go into the streets on Friday for a demonstration of rage in response to the American decision. “We must not continue to be divided, and if we want to achieve the aspiration of the Palestinian people to have an independent state, we must close our ranks and send out hundreds of thousands of demonstrators into the streets,” said Tirawi.
Jerusalem Post

Libya clashes reach Tripoli; central government building ablaze Protesters and security forces battled in the center of Tripoli as anti-government unrest spread to the Libyan capital on Monday, after Muammar Gadhafi’s son went on state television to proclaim that his father remained in charge with the army’s backing and would fight until “the last man, the last woman, the last bullet.” Even as Seif al-Islam Gadhafi spoke Sunday night, clashes were raging in and around Tripoli’s central Green Square, lasting until dawn Monday, witnesses said. They reported snipers opening fire on crowds trying to seize the square, and Gadhafi supporters speeding through in vehicles, shooting and running over protesters. According to Al Jazeera, witnesses have reported that the Libyan air force bombed protesters on their way to an army base. A major government building in the capital was on fire on Monday morning, a Reuters reporter said. The building is where the General People’s Congress (parliament) meets when it is in session in Tripoli.
Jerusalem Post
Palestinian Prime Minister offers united front to Hamas against US and Israel
The Palestinian prime minister on Sunday angrily denounced the US veto of a United Nations resolution condemning Israel’s West Bank settlements and offered to form a unity government with the rival Hamas militant group. Seeking to resolve the deadlock, Fayyad proposed forming a unity overnment with Hamas in order to hold the election on time. The details of Fayyad’s plan appeared vague but proposed leaving much of the status quo in place. He said Hamas could retain security control in Gaza under his proposal as long as it preserved a cease-fire with Israel. Fayyad would continue to govern from the West Bank, and would work with Hamas to place both territories under a single governing authority. “The split has been too long and should not continue, and it won’t end by itself. We need to move to end the split,” Fayyad said. In Gaza, Hamas officials refused to comment, saying they needed more details on Fayyad’s plan. Any unity government would likely end any hopes of reviving Mideast peace talks. Israel and the international community have said there will be no dealings with Hamas until it formally renounces violence and recognizes Israel’s right to exist. Palestinian officials in the West Bank appear willing to take this risk, saying they have little faith the U.S. can revive negotiations in any case.
Anti-Defamation League
ADL Welcomes U.S. Veto Of ‘Flawed’ UN ResolutionThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed appreciation to the United States for vetoing the “fundamentally flawed” U.N. Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements and for making clear to the Palestinian Authority that the only route to peace is through direct negotiations with Israel. Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following tatement: We express our strong appreciation to the United States for its forceful action in vetoing this resolution. The Obama Administration has made clear to the Palestinian Authority that it will not be a party to its efforts to avoid direct negotiations with Israel. We hope the Palestinians will now buckle down and return to direct talks with Israel”.
Support US aid for the State of Israel
President Obama has requested $3 billion in security assistance for Israel for fiscal year 2011. This aid reflects the third year of a 10-year U.S.-Israel security agreement signed in 2007 to gradually increase U.S. security assistance to the Jewish state in order to meet increasing threats, including a potential nuclear-armed Iran. Please urge your House and Senate member to support security assistance for Israel and the overall foreign aid bill.
Contact Congress : e-mail your Representative
Urge US Congress to impose sanctions on Iran
Last summer, President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (H.R. 2194), which aims to stifle Iran’s energy sector, restrict Tehran’s ability to conduct international financial transactions, and hamper its ability to obtain components for its nuclear and missile programs. Quick implementation and strong enforcement by the Obama administration hold the last best hope of persuading Iran to suspend its quest for nuclear weapons through political, economic, and diplomatic means. Please urge your members of Congress to maintain pressure on the administration to ensure that it fully implements the sanctions.
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