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God Turned to the Angels and Said:
"I am going to create a land called Israel. It will be a land of mountains full of
snow, sparkling lakes, forests with all kind of trees, sandy beaches and wonderful sea
life. I shall make the land rich and the people there wealthy. The people shall be
called Israelis and all the people on earth will know of them." "But Lord," the Angels
said, "don't you think you are being too generous to these Israelis." "Not really" God
said, "Just wait till you see the neighbors I'm going to give them."
One Day Before Elections: Israel on High Terrorist Alert
Israeli security forces are still on top alert, as the number of possible terrorist
attack warnings has now topped 70, including 16 "specific" ones. Eight Kassams were fired
It has long been feared that Islamic Jihad and Fatah terrorists - and not necessarily
those of Hamas - would try to carry out attacks against Israelis before the Tuesday
elections. Two major attacks were thwarted last week: one on Tuesday when the would-be
suicide terrorist was captured after a manhunt near Shaalvim, and a later one in which the
perpetrator was captured near Ramallah.
Terrorists in Gaza fired five Kassam rockets over the weekend, causing no casualties,
but damaging a building just south of Ashkelon. In retaliation, IDF artillery shelled the
rocket launch areas.
Three more Kassam rockets were fired at once towards southern Ashkelon shortly after
noon Sunday. Though the Voice of Israel Radio reporter Nissim Keinan said, "No one was
hurt, and that is what is most important," some analysts feel that what is even more
important is that the rockets continue to be fired with barely any substantial Israeli
The Sunday Times reported in London that Kadima government figures are considering
plans for a major military operation in Judea and Samaria after the election. The
objective would be to destroy terrorist infrastructures there. Political commentators said
that it is possible that the reports, based on an unidentified Israeli security official,
are timed to bring back right-wing voters to Kadima.
Israeli Arabs Struggle to Make Vote Count
By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)
Arab voters in Israel face some difficult choices in Tuesday's parliamentary elections.
They will have to decide whether to vote for Arab parties, or for mainstream Jewish
parties that are courting the Arab vote. A new law could affect Arab representation in
Israel's Knesset, or parliament.
The latest poll taken to gauge the opinion of Arab voters in Israel shows voter
interest picking up among many of Israel's 600,000 Arab voters.
Arabs will need to vote in large numbers this year, or they could face political
oblivion in Israel. A new law says that any Israeli political party that seeks a seat in
Israel's Knesset must get at least two-percent of the vote. In previous elections it was
Elie Rekhess studies Arab voting patterns at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv
University. He says the new law could mean at least some Arab parties will lose
parliamentary representation, adding the new law will also affect smaller Jewish parties,
but Arabs, he says, vote overwhelmingly for Arab parties, and generally do not support the
large national parties, such as Labor, Likud and Kadima, which are referred to in the Arab
community as Zionist parties.
Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israel's population of more than six-million people.
Yet, the Arab parties control just eight seats in Israel's 120-seat Knesset, and the four
main Arab parties are seen as perpetually on the margins of Israel's political life.
Now, with the prospect of political oblivion facing them, Israel's Arab parties have
organized an intensive get-out-the vote drive. Lutfy Mash'our is the publisher and editor
of the influential weekly As-Sennara newspaper in the Israeli-Arab city of Nazareth. He
says Arab parties this year face another obstacle, a newly energized Labor Party under the
leadership of Amir Peretz, who is actively seeking Arab votes.
"In recent weeks, they (the Labor Party) are showing that it is trying to be part of
the Arab community, not like the other Zionist parties," Mash'our says. "Amir Peretz was
always with the Arabs. He visits all the time, unlike other Jewish leaders."
But Mash'our said most Israeli Arabs will vote for one of the Arab parties. Mistrust
of the Israeli government and the main Jewish-dominated parties is an overwhelming fact of
life among most Israeli Arabs, says Mash'our, even though, he said, Israeli Arabs have
little faith in their own parties, which tend to be characterized by political infighting
and rampant corruption.
Incoming Palestinian PM Voices Hopes for Peace With Israel
By VOA News
The incoming prime minister of the new Palestinian government has voiced hopes for
peace with Israel. Ismail Haniyeh of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas said Sunday
Palestinian leaders do not - in his words - seek a "whirlpool of blood" in the region.
He called for an end to the complications between Israel and the Palestinians but
voiced objection to what he described as Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
Meanwhile, Hamas asked Arab countries to increase their financial support to the
Palestinians to $170 million a month. Hamas' political chief, Khaled Meshaal, made the
appeal in Kuwait Sunday before this week's Arab summit in Sudan. The request is more than
triple the amount previously pledged by Arab governments.
The Hamas-led Palestinian government is expected to take power this week. The United
States and the European Union have threatened to cut aid unless Hamas renounces violence
and recognizes existing peace deals with Israel.
J'Accuse By Mike Levine (Commentary)
I, Mike Levine, citizen of Israel and the United States, accuse you, the New York
Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Denver Post, the Atlanta Constitution,
CNN, the Times of London, and thousands of other newspapers and TV networks worldwide. I
accuse you of gross bias against, and naked hatred towards, the Jewish State of
For years, most of you have shown a clear bias in favor of the Arab Muslims and
Palestinians, taking every opportunity to demonize Israel, the only democracy in the
Middle East, and the only Jewish State in the world.
While coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Asia has been extensive, and your
reporting of international fundraising and rescue efforts has been massive, you wrote
hardly a word about the fact that Israel was one of the very first to offer substantial
aid and send medical rescue missions to the stricken areas. Within hours, planeloads of
well-trained rescue people and experienced trauma doctors were on their way.
Israel is one of the tiniest nations on earth, with a total population far less than
many cities of the world, yet, in the first hours following the earthquake and flooding,
Israel assembled hundreds of doctors and other medical personnel, many planeloads of
medical supplies, tents, food, blankets, even baby diapers. While other, much larger, much
richer nations, were still rubbing their eyes in disbelief, Israel was already setting up
many aid stations in the worst hit areas.
Nor did you report the unbelievably hateful refusal of Sri Lanka, and Muslim states, to
accept the entry of Jewish medical and rescue personnel, although they did cynically
accept the supplies and equipment sent by Israel.
I accuse world media of gross incompetence. I accuse world media of abrogation of
journalistic integrity. I accuse world media of sheer and transparent prejudice against
Israel and the Jews. I accuse world media of pandering to the Islamic nations' hatred of
Only a few publications outside Israel mentioned the major contribution being made by
Israel. Only a very few pointed out that Israel's per capita contribution of manpower,
equipment, supplies and money was the highest in the world.
Only a few bothered to mention that only a tiny trickle of aid was offered by all of
the world's Muslim nations, nations sitting on half of the world's oil reserves, nations
raking in billions of dollars daily, nations whose elite live lives of such opulence as
can hardly be imagined by most of the world's masses.
Saudi Arabia sat unmoved for a week while the world scrambled to raise funds and send
massive aid, and then magnanimously pledged a measly $10 million, a pledge which has yet
to be paid. Imagine this from a brother Muslim State, a state that provided families of
Palestinian suicide bombers with $150,000,000 during the past year alone.
Kuwait, the second richest Muslim nation, pledged an equally paltry $10 million.
You people in Chicago - did you read any of this in your newspapers?
How about you good people in Dallas? Paris? Berlin? Melbourne? Did any of you read or hear
of Israel's incredible generosity of spirit, manpower and money? Did you read one
editorial praising the fact that the Jewish State unselfishly came to the immediate aid of
Muslim nations that have long called for the destruction of Israel?
No, chances are you did not. Maybe you ought to let your editors know how you feel
about their treatment of Israel and the Jewish people. Because if you don't speak out,
they will continue to believe no one gives a damn about Israel, they will continue
speaking of Israel only in negative terms, writing only about how the Jewish State
mistreats the Palestinians and their terrorists.
Join me when I say to world media loud and clear: J'accuse!
Hamas Festival Promotes Terror and Violence Among Children
The Hamas terror organization, which will take control of the Palestinian Authority this
week, has been promoting the use of children to perpetrate violence and terror.
The Hamas placed pictures of children in combat roles and combat dress on its web site for
one week. The pictures were taken at a "Palestinian Children's Festival" in Yemen.
The Yemenite press reported on the festival. Yemen News said, "A Hamas representative
[in Yemen] Jamal Issa
stated that the Palestinian children fight alongside the
adults in the resistance."
The pictures can be seen on the website of Palestinian Media Watch, or on a website
reporting on news and events in the Palestinian Authority.
Despite Yemenite complicity with the Hamas in using children to promote terror and
violence, U.S. News and World Report reported in its March 13th issue (page 38) that Yemen
"has become one of America's most unexpected allies in counter terrorism."
Harvard Distancing Itself From Paper Blaming Jews For U.S. Woes
Harvard University is distancing itself from a paper by a dean of its school of government
which blames a network of powerful Jews for the war in Iraq and other policies contrary to
The study by Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer runs through a list of recent
and not-so-recent events, purporting to explain how the U.S. was influenced by powerful
Jews to act on behalf of Israel, at its own expense.
The paper begins with the caveat, "Some readers will find this analysis disturbing, but
the facts recounted here are not in serious dispute among scholars." It goes on to outline
the "perfidy" of what it calls the "Israel Lobby," which consists of Jewish organizations,
major newspapers, politicians on both sides of the political divide, think tanks,
academics, Jewish congressional aids, AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and
most American Jews. The authors insist, though, that they are not suggesting "the sort of
conspiracy depicted in anti-Semitic tracts like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion."
Some of the report's claims include: "Since the Six Day War in 1967, the centerpiece of
U.S. Middle East policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of
unwavering U.S. support for Israel and the related effort to spread democracy throughout
the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardized U.S. security
has the United States been willing to set aside its own security in order to advance the
interests of another state?"
"The overall thrust of U.S. policy in the region is due almost entirely to U.S.
domestic politics, and especially to the activities of the `Israel Lobby'
has managed to divert U.S. foreign policy as far from what the American national interest
would otherwise suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that U.S. and Israeli
interests are essentially identical."
`The United States has a terrorism problem in good part because it is so closely allied
with Israel, not the other way around. U.S. support for Israel is not the only source of
anti-American terrorism, but it is an important one, and it makes winning the war on
terror more difficult. There is no question, for example, that many al Qaeda leaders,
including bin Laden, are motivated by Israel's presence in Jerusalem and the plight of the
Palestinians. According to the U.S. 9/11 Commission, bin Laden explicitly sought to punish
the United States for its policies in the Middle East, including its support for Israel,
and he even tried to time the attacks to highlight this issue."
Alan Dershowitz, also a professor at Harvard, called the study "ignorant propaganda,"
saying that nothing in the paper is original, but identical to the half-truths that appear
on hate sites across the Internet. "It could have been written by Pat Buchanan, by David
Duke, Noam Chomsky, and some of the less intelligent members of Hamas," Dershowitz told
the New York Sun. "An intelligent member of Hamas would not have made these mistakes."
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