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Men Make More Money than Women on Kibbutzim

By Newswise

Just as in the rest of the world, men also make more money than women on kibbutzim, according to a survey conducted by Prof. Michal Palgi and Eliette Orchan of the University of Haifa's Institute for Research on the Kibbutz.

Although the communal farms were once thought of as egalitarian communities, the current reality shows a different picture. Fifty-three percent of male kibbutz members earn more than the NIS 7,300 monthly average gross wage, while only 23 percent of women members do so. 66 percent of the men think their work provides a proper livelihood while only 47 percent of the women do.


Israel Decides to Keep Up Air Strikes on Palestinian Terrorists

By VOA News

Israel's Security Cabinet has decided to continue military strikes against Palestinian terrorists firing rockets from Gaza into Israel.

The cabinet said it based the decision on the relative decrease in rocket attacks since Israeli air strikes started almost two weeks ago. Israel has also conducted a limited number of ground raids against the militants. A statement from the office of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert added that Israel is not involved in any ceasefire talks with those Palestinians.

Earlier Wednesday, an Israeli air strike killed two Hamas terrorists in a northern Gaza refugee camp. About 50 Palestinians, mostly militants, have been killed in the Israeli attacks. Palestinian rockets have killed two Israelis since mid-May.


Terror Leader Arrested Having Car Sex near Arafat's Grave

By WorldNetDaily.com

Israel has arrested a longtime wanted terror leader in the West Bank city of Ramallah. According to Israeli security officials and Palestinian sources in Ramallah speaking to WND, the terrorist was arrested while having car sex just a few hundred feet from late PLO leader Yasir Arafat's gravesite.

Khaled Shawish, an officer in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Force 17 presidential guards, was captured by undercover Israeli police forces following scores of shooting attacks he is suspected of carrying out.

Shawish, who doubles as the Ramallah chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, previously boasted of involvement in a West Bank shooting attack in December 2000 that killed Israeli ultranationalist leader Benjamin Kahane and Kahane's wife, Talya. The Brigades is the declared "military wing" of Abbas' Fatah party.

After the Kahane murder, Shawish was extended refuge by Arafat to live in the late PLO leader's Ramallah compound, widely known as the Muqata. Arafat is buried at the entrance to the Muqata.

Shawish continued for the past seven years to live in the Muqata, from which, according to Israeli security officials, he directed the Brigades to carry out scores of shootings against Israelis driving on West Bank roads. Several years ago Shawish sustained an injury during a gun battle with the Israel Defense Forces and has since been confined to a wheelchair, although he is still able to drive.

According to Israeli security officials and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades sources in Ramallah, Shawish was arrested after the Israeli police stormed his jeep, which was parked in a lot outside the Muqata, about 200 feet from Arafat's grave.

The sources said at the time of his arrest, Shawish was having intercourse in the back seat of his jeep with a Palestinian woman, whose identity is being withheld by WND. The woman was not his wife.

The Brigades, founded by Arafat, largely considers the late PLO leader's resting place to be a sacred site.


Russians Bidding for Control in Downtown Jerusalem

By IsraelNationalNews.com

If current negotiations with the Russians succeed, a large complex in central Jerusalem will be handed over to control of the Russian government.

The area in question is part or all of what is known as the Russian Compound, so named because it was built and once owned by the Russian government. It was originally constructed as one of the first complexes outside the Old City of Jerusalem, for the purpose of housing the thousands of Christian Russian pilgrims who wished to visit the holy city.

Though the 17-acre area in the heart of Jerusalem, between Jaffa, HaNeviim, and Shivtei Yisrael Streets, was once a bustling center with impressively-built structures, it now is used largely as a courthouse and detention center. The Russian government has of late informed various Israeli prime ministers that it would like to reclaim the area - at a price of $100 million.

Negotiations have been underway during the regimes of Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Ehud Olmert - very secretly, so as not to arouse the expected storm of public protest.

Despite the secret nature of the talks, Arutz-7's Shimon Cohen reports that Foreign Ministry sources said the talks "regarding the Russian property are proceeding to the satisfaction of both sides... though a final agreement has not yet been reached." The Foreign Ministry emphasized that the area is not being sold, but rather being "returned" to its former owners.

It is assumed that the deal will only be finalized after the Jerusalem Magistrates Court is able to be relocated to a new building currently being constructed.

Legend says that the current-day location of the Russian Compound was the jump-off point for the armies of both Sennacherib and Titus in their respective military campaigns, centuries apart, against the Jewish city. (Sennacherib lost, Titus succeeded.)


68% of Israelis: Don't Trade Golan for Peace

By IsraelNationalNews.com

In a poll conducted by the Knesset Channel and the Dahaf Institute, and timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War, 68 percent of Israelis said they do not want Israel to give the Golan Heights to Syria in return for a peace treaty.

In addition, 86 percent were not willing to relinquish control of the Kotel (Western Wall) in exchange for a peace treaty (apparently, the poll did not include a question about the Temple Mount), while 53 percent said they did not want to hand over most of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority, even in exchange to what was defined as "real peace."

Sixty-five percent would oppose a unilateral withdrawal from Judea and Samaria if there was a plebiscite on the matter and 28 percent supported such a withdrawal. When asked whether the land conquered in the Six Day War improved or worsened Israel's standing, 51 percent said it made things better, while 29 percent said it made things worse.


`Peres Incriminated Pollard, Unworthy of Presidency'

By YnetNews.com

Members of the Free Jonathan Pollard Committee submitted to the Knesset a dossier claiming that during his tenure as prime minister Vice Premier Shimon Peres knowingly transferred to then Secretary of State George Shultz documents that led to the American spy's conviction.

The file was sent to the Knesset following Peres' announcement that he would run for president. "This was the only case in the history of modern espionage in which a prime minister directly assisted in incriminating an agent who acted on behalf of the country he headed," the dossier said.

In a letter attached to the file the committee members said, "In light of Peres' decision to run for president of the State of Israel, we feel an obligation to present this report to you. Peres said his election would bring the presidency the dignity and status it deserves, but we are certain that after reading the material you will reach the exact opposite conclusion."

According to the dossier, on the night of Pollard's arrest Shultz phoned Peres, who "didn't accept responsibility and claimed he had no knowledge of the agent's actions."

"Peres is the one who gave the Defense Ministry the order to relay the documents – these documents had Pollard's fingerprints on them and were used to incriminate him," Pollard's long-time attorney Larry Dub said.

Peres' conduct in the affair was also criticized in a report drafted by a commission set up to investigate the spy's arrest. "Prime Minister Shimon Peres' agreeing to return the documents that were brought in by Pollard was mistaken and caused severe damage," the report said. "These documents served as the basis for Pollard's conviction and the harsh sentence he received – life in prison.

However, the report said, the Americans promised Israel that the documents would not be used in the case against Pollard. "If in fact the Americans promised not to use the documents, why didn't we hear the State of Israel and the man who headed the country at the time, Mr. Peres, cry out against the breach of the agreement?" Dub said.

In a recent appeal to the High Court of Justice Pollard claimed the court must order Israel to pressure the Americans into annulling his conviction over the breach of the agreement between the countries. "To our surprise, during the trial the State claimed that no clear statement was made proving such an agreement ever existed," Dub said.

The committee said in the letter, "It is important that Knesset members who intend to vote for Peres for the role of president think for a moment who they are voting for; it is inconceivable that Peres act as president before Pollard is released."


Knesset Members' Proposal Would Hand Control of Gaza Strip to Arab League

By Ha'aretz

A diplomatic initiative to restore stability in Gaza would give the Arab League responsibility for the coastal strip and install a multi-national force, in cooperation with the European Union.

Meretz MKs Avshalom Vilan and Zahava Gal-On have been promoting this initiative for several weeks. They have already presented it to senior Palestinian figures and foreign diplomats.

The two MKs are seeking the support of senior ministers and government officials, and plan to present their proposal to Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni next week. Livni has also expressed interest in stationing a multi-national force in the Gaza Strip.

The call to the Arab League to take responsibility for the Gaza Strip is part of "a package deal," which would begin with negotiations between Arab and Israeli representatives on the Arab Peace Initiative. The next stage will include the exchange of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for Palestinian prisoners, including Hamas ministers and parliamentarians. Then, a mutual cease-fire will be declared and the Quartet - the U.S., Russia, EU and UN - will propose a multi-national force deployment in front of the UN Security Council.

The multi-national force would be deployed for two to five years, with the agreement of both Israel and the Palestinians. The force would have security and economic roles. In terms of security, the force would be deployed along the Philadelphi Route to prevent smuggling from Sinai, and along the border with Israel to prevent Kassam rocket attacks.

Its economic role would be in rebuilding the infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, assisting the population, rehabilitating Palestinian Authority institutions, and preventing the collapse of social services.

The initiative was prepared with the help of a team of experts, including senior legal specialists with experience in the defense establishment. Team members met with Livni several months ago to discuss the idea of a multi-national force.


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