Newsletter : 6fax0515.txt
| Previous file
| Next file
Florida Teenager Suicide Bombing Victim Dies
Israel Faxx News Service
A Florida teenager wounded in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv last month died Sunday of
organ failure, a hospital spokeswoman said. Daniel Wultz, 16, of Weston, Fla., is to be
flown home for burial on Monday, said Yael Tzuberi, a spokeswoman for the Tel Aviv Medical
Center where he was hospitalized.
Wultz and his father, Tuly, were having lunch at a Tel Aviv restaurant on April 17 when a
Palestinian suicide bomber detonated about 10 pounds of explosives. Eleven people
including Wultz were killed. His father was wounded but survived.
Israel High Court Upholds Law Barring Palestinian Residency
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraelNationalNews.com
Israel's Supreme Court ruled Sunday that the State may continue to prevent Arabs of the
Hamas Authority who married Israeli-Arabs from receiving automatic Israeli
The ruling, a 260-page book, was decided by a margin of 6-5. The majority opinion was
written by Supreme Court Justice Mishael Heshin, and the minority opinion was authored by
Chief Justice Aharon Barak. The case pits security and demographic issues against human
rights. The government says Palestinians living in Israel pose a security threat and could
assist terrorist elements in the West Bank.
Many of the marriages in question are fictitious affairs, designed merely to allow the
PA Arab freedom of movement and other basic rights of Israelis.
The law states that only Palestinian women over the age of 25 and men over 35 are
eligible to join their families in Israel, and eventually receive citizenship. "This law
is racist, and it is a very bad day for human rights in the state of Israel," Orna Cohen,
a lawyer for the petitioners, told reporters.
Israeli Arab petitioner Murad al-Sana is married to a Palestinian woman from the West
Bank town of Bethlehem. Now, they will be separated. He said it is an "intolerable and
inhumane" situation and that "the government is preventing people from living a normal
family life because of their nationality."
While the government says it is an anti-terrorism measure, officials admit that it is
also about demographics. Israeli Arabs compose 20 percent of the population and their
birthrate is higher than the Jews. So Israel fears the Jewish majority could be threatened
if too many Palestinians are granted citizenship.
"We have to preserve the state of Israel, he said, as a state of the Jewish people,"
said Cabinet Minister Ze'ev Boim.
Former IDF Chief Ya'alon: `Israel's Leaders Selling Illusions'
Former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon has broken his relative silence, decrying the
entire notion of a Palestinian state and urging Israel to be strong rather than appease
the global Jihad.
The longtime warrior drew a comparison between the events leading up to the Holocaust
and the present, comparing Ehud Olmert to Neville Chamberlain. "We look back to what the
West experienced before World War Two. There was denial of reality, denial of threat. The
attitude was, 'Let's leave it to next year, to the next generation,' "Ya'alon said."We
don't need Chamberlains, we need Churchills. We are flooded with lies, manipulated by Al
Qaeda, but, most prominently, by the Palestinians."
Ya'alon spoke at Manhattan's Lincoln Square Synagogue last week, registering harsh
criticism of Israel's leadership for offering "illusions" to the Israeli people. Ya'alon
was Chief of Staff up until just before the implementation of Ariel Sharon's Disengagement
Plan, of which his criticism was well known. His tenure was not extended and he was
replaced with the current COS, Dan Halutz.
The retired general criticized the notion of withdrawing from parts of Judea and
Samaria, in addition to the building of the Partition Wall, which he believes is an
illusion in terms of security. "The best defense is a good offense, not a fence," he said.
"The best way to deal with terrorists is to arrest them or kill them in their beds.
"The IDF has intelligence capability to intercept terrorists. They use their civilians
as human shields, knowing our sensitivities to killing civilians but we do have the
capability to intercept them in real time. Without dealing with the roots, we can cut down
the weeds to deal with the roots would be to force them to reform their education
and culture. I am not sure we will succeed but we should be under no pressure to make any
concessions until this change."
The former Chief of Staff says that not only did the Disengagement propel the Hamas
terror group to a landslide victory in PA elections earlier this year, but "what we are
doing is leaving a legacy for the next generation who will deal with Palestinians who
believe that terrorism pays, that Israel cuts and runs under pressure," Ya'alon
He said that at this point, when Kassam missiles are already falling regularly on
Israeli towns, "we must stop getting used to these constant missile attacks as if they are
rain. We can't tolerate this missile threat from Gaza or continued terrorism
step up military actions in Gaza despite the problems of not being able to have laser-like
accuracy against the terrorists there."
Ya'alon doesn't see negotiations as a reality any time in the future. "I do not see any
prospect for peace and reconciliation on the Palestinian side," he said. "I needed no
sophisticated intelligence to reach this conclusion I only had to look at their
textbooks, posters and so on. We should not be surprised but we ignored it. Without this
kind of change, not just in Israel but the West, all Western powers will have to fight
them. They believe they can defeat the West and Israel first. We need a wake-up call here
and across the West. Under no circumstances should we surrender to terror. As long as they
see our appeasement policy, they will continue."
Fatal Attraction: The Hamas-Iran Alliance
By Anna Mahjar-Barducci, Daily Star (Lebanon) Commentary
The Iranian regime and Hamas are currently upgrading their alliance, which is over a
decade long. It is an alliance across the great Islamic divide, between a Sunni group and
a Shiite regional power.
Radical religious movements do not easily form alliances; they tend to fight each other,
at times over small details of doctrine. On the rare occasions they do unite, it is
generally to jointly suppress other schools of thought.
The contemporary strife between Sunnis and Shiites can be traced back to the
1979 revolution in Iran, a revolution that, once it was commandeered by the clergy,
aspired to embrace the entire Islamic world. The huge surge of pride in, and support for,
the revolution in the Muslim world, threatened Sunni religious hegemony, led by the Saudi
custodians of the two holy places in Mecca and Medina.
The Saudi and Sunni reaction was not long in coming, and it led to two great victories
that restored Sunni predominance in the Islamic world: a 10-year effort, where Saudi
Arabia used a great deal of its resources to support the jihad in Afghanistan, leading to
the defeat of the Soviet empire; and an equally substantial effort by the kingdom to
spread Sunni, albeit Wahhabi, Islam through its funding of Islamic centers and mosques
worldwide, and through the formation of a network of alliances.
More recently, however, the election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked
the start of a second Islamic Revolution and with it a revival of radical aspirations
dating back to the days of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. During the second Intifada
it was assisted by the Iranian-supported Lebanese Shiite group, Hizbullah. This evolved
into significant military support and financial assistance. These ties were sponsored by
the Iranian regime and strengthened the relationship between Hamas and Iran. This alliance
was further reinforced by the fact that senior Hamas official Khaled Meshaal is
headquartered in Syria, so that the movement effectively became part of the
Axis. However, Hamas has never submitted to the directives of its Shiite-supported
Western states decided to freeze financial aid to the Palestinian Authority
(PA) after Hamas' victory in the January Palestinian legislative elections.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas, for his part, also chose to politically confront the movement,
in an attempt to force Hamas to honor prior agreements between the PA and Israel. However,
for Hamas changing its strategy effectively means ceasing to exist. Survival also means
securing new funding, which is why Hamas' only real option was to turn to Iran, the one
government that officially and fully shares its goals. Improving the alliance was exactly
what Hamas needed at that
Iran, for its own part, needs Hamas too - maybe even more than Hamas needs Iran. But
while the Islamic Republic, in supporting the Sunni militant movement, is pursuing its own
interests, Hamas, by aligning itself with Iran, is pursuing its own destruction.
The alliance with Iran will increase Hamas' isolation from the West. But Hamas does not
want to transform itself from a resistance movement into a political party. The extent of
the financial aid it will receive from Tehran is also unclear: Reports range from $50
million to $100 million. But even the higher sum is hardly enough to sustain the PA,
considering its yawning deficit. Hamas still hasn't realized the difference between
governing a country and supporting poor Palestinian refugees. Moreover, the alliance with
Iran will cost Hamas the support of its Sunni hinterland: Saudi Arabia has already delayed
the $92 million it promised the PA, releasing only $20 million at the personal request of
Abbas. Thus, Hamas' only gain from its alliance with Iran will be support for its
resistance against Israel.
The Hamas-Iran alliance is a fatal attraction. Hamas and Ahmadinejad are true "holy"
warriors. As the Arabic saying goes, they are the type who fights in the khanadiq
(trenches), not the fanadiq (hotels). The Hamas leadership identifies more with
Ahmadinejad, the popular leader who wears second-hand jackets like they do, than with the
Muslim Brotherhood sheikhs who wear expensive robes and own shares in American
chain-stores, like Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradhawi. Hamas and
the Iranian president share not only religious ideals and positions on Israel, but also,
and especially, their social outlook. Both came to power on the basis of platforms in
which they vowed, among other things, to fight corruption and respond to the needs of the
At the Al-Quds conference in Tehran in mid-April, Meshaal publicly thanked the Iranian
regime for its help, confirming the tighter alliance with Iran. The summit took place a
few days after Ahmadinejad's speech about progress in the Iranian nuclear program. Tehran
needed the conference to demonstrate that it was not alone, and to show its deterrence
capabilities. By saying that Iran was building an army of suicide bombers, Ahmadinejad
wanted to make clear to the United States and Israel that it they decided to bomb Iranian
nuclear sites, Hizbullah and Hamas were ready to retaliate.
As in the Persian "Shahnameh" epic, Ahmadinejad is leading the battle of the forces of
good against the forces of evil - the West and Israel. In joining this battle, Hamas is
entering a long dark tunnel with no way out. Now, with Fatah split and virtually dying,
maybe it's time for the Palestinian people to think about building a new national
Anna Mahjar-Barducci is a Tunis-based Moroccan-Italian journalist. She was
correspondent in Israel's administered territories during the second Intifada. Her
commentaries are regularly published in the Italian daily Il Foglio.
Captain James T. Kirk (AKA Denny Crain) to Visit Israel on Do-Good Mission
Jewish actor William Shatner, famous for his role in the Star Trek series, as well as
Boston Legal, plans to visit Israel in the coming weeks.
Shatner, whose parents immigrated to Canada from Ukraine, will visit Israel as part of
the Jewish National Fund's efforts to raise $10 million for therapeutic riding centers
Shatner has a 360-acre horse farm in Kentucky named Bellreve, where he raises the
winning horses. The actor said he is excited about the construction of centers using
riding as therapy across Israel. One such center is located at Kibbutz Grofit. It offers
psychological evaluations and therapy designed to meet the needs of physically,
emotionally, and mentally handicapped children. The center, staffed by medical
professionals and using horses, runs the length of the school year, September through
Shatner said he hopes to create cooperation on the project between Israelis and Arabs
from both the PA-controlled areas and the Hashemite Kingdom in Jordan. "What better way to
create dialogue than by helping handicapped children from different countries feel good
about themselves?" Shatner said of the project.
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)