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Men Make More Money than Women on Kibbutzim
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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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