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Olmert: We Love to Complain
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told 50 new immigrant soldiers who he hosted in his
Jerusalem sukkah that "We are people who love to complain about ourselves and the state
but there is no placed more beloved than Israel. There is only one home and one nation and
it is that simple. It is temping to think that in Baltimore or Los Angeles things are more
certain but history teaches us that nowhere is safer than our land."
Israel Rejects Syrian Offer for Peace Talks
By VOA News
Israel has rejected a Syrian offer of peace talks. A spokeswoman for Israel's Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday Israel would not negotiate with Syria as long as
Damascus welcomes terrorist organizations.
The spokeswoman, Miri Eisin, also criticized Syria for pro-Hizbullah statements made by
its foreign minister Walid Moualem during the month long Israel-Hizbullah war. Israel
accuses Syria of providing weapons to Hizbullah.
In an interview broadcast Monday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he was ready to
hold talks with Israel but that an impartial arbiter should mediate between the two sides.
The Syrian leader said he doubts whether the U.S. could play that role because, he said,
Washington lacks the will and the vision to pursue peace in the Middle East.
Talks between Syria and Israel broke down in 2000. Syria has demanded that Israel
return the entire Golan Heights. Israel seized the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six-Day
Peres Happy with Israel's Nuclear Policy
By Israel Faxx News Services
Shimon Peres said he sees no reason for Israel to go public with its nuclear
capabilities. The Israeli vice premier, who helped found the Dimona reactor a half-century
ago, said Monday that the Jewish state's policy of "strategic ambiguity" over whether it
has an atomic arsenal is a success.
"Look, we have not conducted nuclear tests. We never said we have nuclear weaponry. We
made do with the suspicions that were directed at us, as a deterrent power. I think that
this was the right decision. I think such calculations are still relevant," he told Army
Peres confirmed before an American Jewish audience in 2003 that Israel has nuclear
weapons, but the admission was not considered official because Peres was not in government
at the time.
With Iran seen as trying to developing nuclear weapons, some experts have speculated
that Israel could go public with its own strategic capabilities to maintain
Synagogue Planned For Temple Mount, Hashemites to Add Minaret
Knesset member Uri Ariel (National Union) is drawing up plans to construct a synagogue
on the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site. And Jordan's King Hussein plans to build a
fifth minaret on the site as well.
The synagogue would be build upon the Temple Mount, but in an area that is indisputably
not within the areas that require immersion and other preparations, according to Jewish
Ariel said that the synagogue would not change the Muslim status quo on the mount,
which is home to the Al-Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. "This is not a new idea. It
has been brought up and considered countless times since the  Six Day War [during
which the Temple Mount was liberated from Jordanian occupation Ed.]."
The plan will be submitted to the Jerusalem municipality and the Committee for Design
and Construction for approval. Ariel says that every aspect of the plan would be submitted
to leading Torah scholars for approval.
The National Union MK, who visited the Temple Mount himself Monday, said that such a
plan was an opportunity for the Muslim world to prove it is capable of rising above the
violence and intolerance that have surfaced in the past year as a result of papal remarks
and political cartoon portraying Islam's founder Muhammad. Referring to Ariel's visit to
the holy site, MK Talab el-Sana (Ta'al) said the "provocation" would bring nothing but
"war and bloodshed."
Ariel pointed out that every ruling by Israel's Supreme Court regarding the matter of
the Temple Mount has recognized the right of every Jew to pray on the Temple Mount. "This
is rectification of a historic injustice, much more than the transport to Israel of
[Theodore] Herzl's children's bones [as was done recently, in accordance with his wishes
"Since the destruction of the Holy Temple, the loss of our independence and the start
of our exile and oppression during the destruction of the Second Temple, the Jewish
presence at the site of our temple has always been an unmistakable symbol. The Romans,
Byzantines and Crusaders expelled us and prevented Jews from entering Jerusalem, because
they couldn't stand to allow the Jewish nation to serve its God at this holy site. This
synagogue will not interfere with believing Muslims who wish to pray at the Al-Aksa
Mosque. On the contrary, this is an opportunity for the Moslem world to demonstrate and
prove that it is tolerant enough."
Meanwhile, Jordan's King Abdullah II has donated a huge carpet to the Al-Aqsa Mosque
and has announced a contest to design a fifth minaret for the mosque. The existing
minarets have been affixed with green neon lights in recent years, dominating the
Jerusalem skyline. The planned minaret would be constructed along the eastern wall of the
Temple Mount and would be clearly visible towering above the Western Wall. The project
requires approval by the Israeli government before it can begin.
Ya'alon: Arab Propaganda Having an Impact Even in Israel
Former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon believes that Arab propaganda against Israel's
right to exist has found purchase even in Israeli society itself.
"Arab propaganda strengthens claims against the legitimacy of the existence of a Jewish
State," Ya'alon said, "and, very unfortunately, these claims are even seeping into Israeli
society, and among the Israeli youth who find themselves in a crisis of identity and of
ignorance of the history of the Jewish people."
Ya'alon made the comments as part of his address to a conference of Beit Morasha of
Jerusalem at the capital's Inbal Hotel.
The former military leader said that the State of Israel is in an ongoing struggle for
its very existence and, despite its strength as a regional superpower, it is struggling in
the international arena for the legitimacy to exist as a Jewish state in the Middle
Ya'alon continued, "Beyond military and economic strength, the key to Israeli national
well-being is education to values and to a Jewish Zionist identity. Therefore, I have
decided to take action in this area in the context of Beit Morasha and in collaboration
with [its founder] Professor Binyamin Ish-Shalom, with whom I have worked since the days
of my service as the chief of staff.... The establishment of the Center for Jewish Culture
at Beit Morasha will allow us to act together for the promotion of value-based education
and to address matters of identity, of Jewish culture, and issues of society and the
Founded in 1990, Beit Morasha of Jerusalem is dedicated to enhancing the Jewish and
Zionist character of the State of Israel, according to its mission statement. Beit Morasha
integrates intensive study of Talmud, Jewish Law and Jewish philosophy with formal
academic studies aimed at all sectors of Israeli society.
In an address to the Zionist Organization of America in May of this year, General
Ya'alon said: "In Israel, we must consolidate our Jewish Zionist narrative. Without
believing in our case, there is no way to convince someone else."
High Court: State Must Plan for Flooding of Dead Sea Hotels
The High Court of Justice has ordered the state to devise a timetable for a plan that
would protect hotels near the Dead Sea from being flooded by rising water levels, it was
The court made the ruling two weeks ago in response to a petition from area hotels
detailing the development of reservoir problems since the establishment of the state.
According to the attorney Gideon Fisher, the most imminent danger is the threat of
flooding beneath the structural foundations of the hotels.
The hotels were established in the 1950s next to the Dead Sea factories' reservoirs.
The excessive mineral production at these factories has caused water levels to rise in the
reservoirs at a rate of 20 centimeters (51 inches) each year. Although this problem has
been apparent for years, no permanent solution has been found.
At present, there are three options: building a new lagoon with walls that will prevent
flooding of the reservoirs, removing the extra salt from the bottom of the reservoirs or
demolishing all hotels on the Dead Sea shore and rebuilding them in alternative
Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog was appointed three weeks ago to launch a steering
committee charged with presenting the most advisable solution to the government.
The Supreme Court judges wrote in their ruling, "There is no doubt that there is an
urgent need to act on the hotels' petition."
Hotel owners said they hope the court's ruling would push the government to act
urgently to find a solution before further damage is done.
Polish Study Confirms Nazis Made Soap from Human Bodies
Poland's Nazi German occupiers used "substances" from the bodies of concentration camp
prisoners to make soap, a study carried out by Poland's National Remembrance Institute
(IPN) to counter the arguments of negationists showed Friday.
"We have determined that, without the shadow of a doubt, soap was produced using
substances obtained from human bodies at the anatomical institute of the Medical Academy
of Danzig, led by Professor Rudolf Spanner," Paulina Szumera of the IPN told AFP. Danzig
is the German name for the Polish city of Gdansk.
"We launched our investigation to still the voices denying that this ever happened,"
For the IPN probe, Polish scientists studied a bar of soap that was presented as
evidence during the Nuremberg Nazi war crime trials after World War II, which was in the
archives of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Szumera said.
Polish television station TVN24 cited IPN investigators as saying the bodies of
prisoners at the Nazi concentration camp of Stutthof, in northern Poland, and at Gdansk
municipal jail was used to make the soap. The bodies of patients at a psychiatric hospital
in Gdansk were also used, the investigators told TVN24.
Several dozen kilograms of soap were produced by the Nazis in Gdansk and used to clean
Spanner's laboratory work surfaces, the IPN said. Almond extract was added to the soap to
give it a palatable scent. Soaps are usually made from fats and oils that react with lye
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