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Hatikvah Written in 1886
Israel's national anthem Hatikvah actually was written in 1886, 62 years before the
re-establishment of the State of Israel. The author was Naphtali Hertz Imber, an English
poet from Bohemia. A Moldavia immigrant, Samuel Cohen, wrote the melody based on a musical
theme from Moldau by Bedrich Smetana.
US Says Hamas Itself to Blame for Palestinian Financial Crisis
By David Gollust (VOA-State Department)
The Bush administration said Wednesday the Hamas-led Palestinian government has only
itself to blame for the financial crisis it finds itself in. The comments follow charges
from Hamas that the United States is disrupting the delivery of aid to the Palestinian
Authority pledged by the Arab League and others.
The State Department accused Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya of trying to
shift the blame to others for a crisis the Hamas-led government brought on itself by
refusing to accept peace-making terms endorsed by its predecessor.
State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack delivered a sharp rejoinder to an assertion
by Haniyeh that the United States was blocking delivery of money pledged by the Arab
League and others to meet the payroll for 165,000 public sector Palestinian workers.
McCormack accused Haniyeh and his colleagues of a concerted effort to try to blame
someone else for a financial predicament he said resulted from their departure from the
Palestinian Authority's past role as a positive player in efforts for a two-state solution
to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
"The difficulties that the Palestinian Hamas-led government might be experiencing now
are wholly of their own making," said McCormack. "They are going to want to blame others
for that. But the Palestinian people need to understand that it is, at this moment, the
Hamas-led government that is the single biggest obstacle to their realizing a two-state
solution. They are the ones who are standing in the way of that, nobody else."
The United States and the European Union among others have halted direct aid to the
Palestinian Authority after the Hamas-led administration spurned a call from the
international Middle East "Quartet" that it accept Israel's right to exist, renounce
terrorism, and accept previous Palestinian commitments, including endorsement of the
Quartet's 2003 road map to peace.
Arab League member states and other Islamic countries, including Iran, have pledged
funds to help make up the shortfall. But Haniyeh said delivery of those funds has been
blocked by what he termed an economic siege by the United States and European allies.
Arab League officials have cited problems in getting commercial banks to transfer funds
to the Palestinian Authority because of fears of sanctions by the United States, which
lists Hamas as a terrorist organization.
Spokesman McCormack said the United States has no problem with legitimate commerce
between private businesses and entities in the Palestinian areas, though he said firms
doing business with Palestinians would have to comply with whatever licensing requirements
McCormack said the reason the Palestinians may be having problems is because private
firms are "making their own decisions" about the risk of doing business in the Palestinian
areas, where he said "you have a government led by a terrorist organization."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and colleagues from the other Quartet members -
Russia, the European Union and the United Nations - are expected to discuss the financial
situation in the West Bank and Gaza and related issues next Tuesday in a ministerial-level
meeting of the informal grouping in New York.
Some EU countries have suggested channeling money for Palestinian civil servants
through the office of moderate Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, but the
United States has shown no interest in the idea.
The Bush administration said it would increase U.S. humanitarian aid to the
Palestinians, while restructuring the program to ensure that no U.S. money goes through
Hamas: We'll Move Toward Peace if Israel Leaves Occupied Lands
Hamas could reciprocate moves toward peace if Israel agrees to withdraw from all lands
occupied in 1967 and recognizes Palestinian rights, the group's leader Khaled Mashaal said
Mashaal told a packed auditorium at Damascus University, however, that did not think
Israel would be likely to make such commitments in the foreseeable future, leaving the
Palestinians no option but to continue to resist occupation.
"If Israel withdrew to the 1967 borders, including Jerusalem, acknowledges the right of
return, lifts its siege, dismantles the settlements and the wall and releases the
prisoners, then it is possible for us as Palestinians and Arabs to make a serious step to
match the Zionist step," Mashaal said.
"Anything ahead of this is hypothetical; the main Israeli parties have four objections:
they are unanimous in their rejection of the 1967 borders, Jerusalem, the right of return
and dismantling the settlements, so there is no chance for a compromise," added Mashaal,
who has been in exile in Syria for years.
The Islamist terrorist group, which carried out nearly 60 suicide bombings against
Israeli targets since the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising in 2000, won Palestinian
general elections in January and formed its first government in March.
The group has since been under increasing Western and Israeli pressure to recognize
Israel, abandon armed struggle and accept interim peace deals signed by the Palestine
Liberation Organization and Israel. "We have a natural right to resist occupation,"
Mashaal said. "We are for war if it is being waged on us; we are for peace if it is not on
the expense of our rights and dignity."
Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of Hamas' political bureau, said earlier Wednesday that
his group would not obstruct attempts to revive an initiative endorsed by Arab leaders at
a 2002 Beirut summit, though he said such initiatives were doomed to fail. "When Israel
agrees to the Arab initiative, Hamas will make a decision," Marzouk told The Associated
Press by telephone from Damascus.
The Hamas-led Palestinian government has so far rejected pressure from fellow Arab
governments to accept the plan, which they have called the only option for ending conflict
A second senior Hamas official, however, said the organization was seriously debating
the plan. The official, who spoke from an Israeli jail and on condition of anonymity
because the debate was ongoing, said the group was unlikely to make a quick decision to
prevent the appearance of having bowed to external pressure.
Israel has rejected the plan because it calls for a total Israeli withdrawal from land
captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. The plan also proposes the creation of a
Palestinian state alongside Israel.
Meanwhile, the head of Hamas' political bureau called on Arab and Muslim states to take
"a courageous step" and transfer donations to the Hamas-led government after the U.S. and
some European countries cut off aid money.
In a speech at an Islamic symposium in Damascus, Khaled Mashaal said "the money is
available but it is not allowed to transfer it to the (Palestinian) Authority." He did not
elaborate. The U.S. has tried to pressure Arab banks to withhold funds from the Hamas
regime, which it considers a state sponsor of terrorism.
Marzouk's comments came after the leaders of Egypt and Jordan said Saturday that they
hoped to lure Israel back to negotiations with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud
Abbas, rather than his Hamas-led government. Hamas officials have issued mixed signals
about such talks.
On Monday, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he would not "oppose any
negotiating move that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas might take with any party,
including Israel. "But Abu Marzouk said he considered talks "worthless."
"Negotiations at the current time are futile and would inflict severe injustice on the
Palestinian cause because the Palestinian negotiator...has no power to match the Zionist
enemy's power," he said.
Also Tuesday, a delegation of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group was in Cairo for
talks with Egypt's chief of intelligence, Omar Suleiman, who was expected to press the
militant group to end its attacks on Israelis to revive the peace process.
Ultra Orthodox Sect Protests Independence Day
Some 150 members of the ultra-Orthodox Neturei Karta movement demonstrated Wednesday in
Ramat Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem, holding signs that read "anti-Zionism."
The protestors wore sacks as customary while mourning. Earlier Wednesday, in another
haredi neighborhood in Beit Shemesh, residents hung two PLO flags to commemorate the
"Nakba Day," the "Palestinian disaster day" following the establishment of the State of
The Neturei Karta movement holds the annual ceremony to protest Israel's existence.
Many other ultra-Orthodox people expressed their disgust at the act and one haredi man
even tried to take down the PLO flags himself, later taken down by the police.
An ultra-Orthodox man from Beit Shemesh said: "Neturei Karta is an extreme group that
does not recognize Israel and supports the Palestinian enemy. This is a case of several
individuals who act as they please and give haredi people a bad name. The haredi people
respect Memorial Day but not Independence Day it's an act of protest against the
government, not against the State."
About a month ago, the same haredi faction also visited the Palestinian parliament in
Ramallah and was praised by the Palestinian Legislative
Council Speaker Dr. Abdel Aziz Duwaik, who said that the group "is known for its support
of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause."
Back in March, five Neturei Karta Rabbis visited Iran in support of Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his plans to destroy Israel. Neturei Karta are known for their
hatred of Israel and Zionism and they voiced on Iranian Radio their wish for "a
disintegration of the Israeli government."
Coincidence or No Coincidence
By Israel Faxx News Service
New York City has 11 letters
Afghanistan has 11 letters.
Ramsin Yuseb (The terrorist who threatened to destroy the Twin Towers in 1993) has 11
George W Bush has 11 letters.
New York is the 11th state.
The first plane crashing against the Twin Towers was flight number 11.
Flight 11 was carrying 92 passengers. 9 + 2 = 11
Flight 77 which also hit Twin Towers, was carrying 65 passengers. 6+5 = 11
The tragedy was on September 11, or 9/11 as it is now known. 9 + 1 + 1 = 11
The date is equal to the US emergency services telephone number 911. 9 + 1 + 1 =
The total number of victims inside all the hi-jacked planes was 254. 2 + 5 + 4 =
September 11 is day number 254 of the calendar year. Again 2 + 5 + 4 = 11.
The Madrid bombing took place on 3/11/2004. 3+1+1+2+4 = 11.
The tragedy of Madrid happened 911 days after the Twin Towers incident.
Now this is where things get totally eerie: The most recognized symbol for the US,
after the Stars & Stripes, is the Eagle. The following verse is taken from the Quran,
the Islamic holy book.
"For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the
Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people
trembled in despair still more rejoiced: for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of
Allah and there was peace." That verse is number 9.11 of the Quran.
Still unconvinced about all of this.? Try this and see how you feel afterwards. It made my
hair stand on end:
Open Microsoft Word and do the following:
Type in capitals Q33 NY. This is the flight number of the first plane to hit one of the
Highlight the Q33 NY.
Change the font size to 48.
Change the actual font to WINGDINGS 1
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