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Abbas to Arab World: Don't Recognize Israel
According to A-Sharq Al-Awsat, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has asked
Arab nations not to recognize Israel until Israel agrees to give away Judea, Samaria and
all of the Jerusalem neighborhoods regained in the Six Day War.
Abbas reportedly said that Arab countries do not need to promote the normalization of
relations with Israel. Arab countries have already made their demands clear, and now
Israel must make the next step, he said.
China Rejects Israeli Push for Further Sanctions Against Iran
By Daniel Schearf (VOA-Beijing)
Israel's Foreign Minister has urged China to support more sanctions against Iran for
its refusal to stop its nuclear programs. But China has rejected new sanctions.
Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told a press briefing the time is ripe for more
sanctions against Iran. She said Iran's nuclear programs and what she called its support
for terrorist groups were a threat not only to Israel, but also to the world.
"We believe that there is a need for more sanctions in the United Nations Security
Council. China supported, of course, the past two decisions in the Security Council," said
Livni. "We believe that there is a need to enhance the sanctions in order to stop Iran
since sanctions are influential when it comes to the needs of Iran."
Livni made the comments at the end of a three-day visit to China where she hoped to
persuade Beijing to moderate its longstanding relationship with Tehran. Iran is a key
supplier of crude oil to energy-hungry China.
China has veto power in the U.N. Security Council and has supported past sanctions
against Iran. But China, along with fellow veto-wielding member Russia, has been reluctant
to support further sanctions.
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao Tuesday rejected any immediate
sanctions. "We think at the moment relevant parties are seeking dialogue with Iran to
solve the nuclear issue. [We] should [therefore] all the more avoid using sanctions so as
not to further complicate the issue."
Iran is developing a nuclear program it says is for peaceful energy purposes, but many
nations suspect Iran aims to develop nuclear weapons. Iran stands accused of supporting
terrorists and has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel. China has good
relations with both Israel and its Muslim neighbors.
Also visiting Beijing, Jordan's King Abdullah urged China to take a more active role in
the Middle East peace process. He described China as an honest broker, well respected in
his part of the world, whose diplomatic role would only grow in the years to come.
Chief Palestinian Negotiator: Talks with Israel Must Include Timetable for
By VOA News
The chief Palestinian negotiator says peace talks with Israel must include a timetable
for establishing Palestinian statehood.
Ahmed Qureia said in the West Bank city of Ramallah Tuesday that the Israeli prime
minister has said he will not accept a timetable. He said that the Palestinians would not
accept negotiations without one.
Israelis and Palestinians have been working to bridge differences ahead of a
U.S.-sponsored peace conference to be held in Annapolis, Md. The Palestinians have been
pressing for a detailed joint document addressing core issues, while the Israelis favor a
general declaration of principles. The United States has not yet announced a date for the
In violence Tuesday, Palestinian medical sources said Israeli forces shelled a police
station in southern Gaza Strip, killing at least four members of Hamas.
And Israeli Attorney General Menahem Mazuz has said Israel cannot reduce electricity to
the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip unless officials can ensure that it would not cause
Israel began reducing fuel deliveries to Gaza on Sunday and said it would wait for an
Israeli Supreme Court ruling before cutting electrical supplies. Israel said the cutting
of the supplies is in response to daily rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip aimed at
The United Nations said fuel and electricity reductions to Gaza are unacceptable. The
European Union and Russia also have expressed concern about the cuts.
Muslim Brotherhood Urges Jordan to Dissolve Treaty with Israel
The Islamist organization that is outlawed in Egypt but tolerated in Jordan has called
for the dissolution of the treaty signed 13 years ago between the Hashemite Kingdom and
The Islamic Action Front (IAF), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood
organization, claimed in a statement released Tuesday that political progress in Jordan
has been stunted since the agreement was signed on Oct. 26, 1994.
"Since the signing of the peace treaty with Israel, freedoms and the rights of citizens
have retreated in an unprecedented way. Political and economic reforms have stopped," said
the statement, according to the AFP news agency.
The group also urged the Jordanian government to boycott the upcoming U.S.-sponsored
Middle East Summit, to be held before the end of the year in Annapolis, Maryland. "We call
on Jordan and other Arab and Muslim countries to boycott the autumn meeting and not be
involved in a conspiracy of normalization [with Israel]," said the statement.
The Muslim Brotherhood is the largest political opposition organization in a number of
Arab nations, including Egypt, where it has been outlawed and where its members are often
arrested prior to elections. In Kuwait, the group opposes allowing women to vote.
The organization is tolerated in Jordan where the Islamic Action Front, which currently
holds 17 of the 110 seats in the Jordanian parliament, plans to run 22 candidates in next
month's elections. Five of its members were expelled for running in parliamentary
elections as independents without the permission of the party, according to a report by
the Associated Press.
Prominent Muslim Brotherhood member Sayyid Qutb called for the worldwide
re-establishment of Sharia (Islamic religious law) and the use of "physical power and
Jihad to abolish the organizations and authorities of the Jahili (pagan) system" in his
book, Milestones. The group believes all Islamic governments must eventually be united
under a global Caliphate.
Arabs Hate Cartoons
By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)
What do you think when someone mentions cartoons? If you are like me you will probably
think you're going to have a good laugh. You might even recall a few of your favorite
cartoons. What might come to mind? For example, you might think of "Dilbert," "Born Loser"
or "Garfield." Let's not forget some oldies like "Dick Tracy" or "Blondie" since they have
been pleasing people for many years.
A comprehensive history of caricatures and cartoons from ancient times to the 1870s was
published in 1875 by James Parton in" Harper's Magazine." Caricatures go back to Leonardo
da Vinci's artistic explorations of "the ideal type of deformity"-- the grotesque-- which
he supposedly used to better understand the concept of ideal beauty.
In mid 2005 and early 2006 the Danish newspaper "Jyllands-Posten" published 12 cartoons
depicting Mohammad. Many Muslims around the world consider any likeness of Mohammad, their
prophet, sacrilegious. Throughout the world Muslims protested, in many instances,
Ayman al-Zawahiri, an al Qaeda deputy, blamed freedom of speech for "the insult against
their Prophet Mohammed," according to a CNN translation. It was also reported that the
head of al-Qaeda in Iraq offered a $100,000 reward for the murder of Lars Vilks, the
Swedish cartoonist responsible for creating the 12 cartoons of Mohammad. The reward was to
be raised by 50 percent if Lars Vilks, was "slaughtered like a lamb."
(To see the 12 cartoons that infuriated oh so many Muslims world wide go to http://michellemalkin.com/2006/01/30/support-denmark-why-the-forbidden-cartoons-matter/)
In 1999 Islamic art expert, Wijdan Ali, wrote an overview of the Muslim tradition of
depicting Mohammed. Ali demonstrated that the prohibition against depicting Mohammed did
not arise until as late as the 16th or 17th century. Even after the 17th century, up to
modern times, Islamic depictions of Mohammed (especially in Shi'ite areas) continued to be
White House spokesman, Scott McClellan said "We would also urge people who are
criticizing these cartoons to speak out forcefully against all forms of hate speech,
including cartoons and articles throughout parts of the Arab world, which frequently
espouse anti-Semitic and anti-Christian views."
The 12 Danish cartoons caused Muslims around the world to adamantly protest, supposedly
causing 100 deaths. In retaliation Iran called for a Holocaust Cartoon Contest. It doesn't
make any common sense to pick on the Jews and Israel when the Muslims were offended by
cartoons published in a Danish newspaper. But so much of what the fanatic Muslims do
doesn't seem to make sense either. Many countries, including the United States, tried
pacifying Muslims by denouncing the Danish caricatures. Is anyone aware of governments
previously speaking out against cartoons?
Muslims routinely publish cartoons far more offensive than the 12 Danish ones. Will the
free world continue to appease the fanatic Muslims who demand, and seem to be allowed, to
enjoy a double standard as with the use of cartoons? They threaten violence and death
when the world does not conform to their Islamic faith.
Remember Never Again. Like it or not it is up to you and everyone like you.
(Ed Ziegler is a member of the Temple Shalom Board Of Director (The Villages, Florida) and past president of its Brotherhood. Ziegler encourages your comments. Write to EdZiegler@comcast.net)
Sheetrit: Jews Should Not be Granted Automatic Israeli Citizenship
By Ha'aretz & YnetNews.com
Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit said during a Jewish Agency Board of Governors meeting
on Tuesday that the Law of Return, which grants Jews worldwide the right to Israeli
citizenship, should be amended. Sheetrit said that Jews who wish to settle in Israel
should have the right to do so, but the state should avoid giving them citizenship "five
He fiercely criticized the policy to encourage aliyah among "the lost tribes of Israel"
- communities who claim Jewish ancestry but are not halakhically Jewish - and said he
would do anything within his jurisdiction to stop it.
Sheetrit also said that his ministry has seen numerous cases of immigrants fraudulently
obtaining aliyah benefits. He also referred to the spread of neo-Nazism among young
immigrants from the former Soviet Union to support his call for tougher aliyah laws.
He said Israeli citizenship should only be granted to new immigrants after five
consecutive years of residence. "It is inconceivable that people who immigrate to Israel
are awarded citizenship in so short a period." Candidates would have to swear allegiance
to the country as well as pass a language test to ensure their knowledge of Hebrew is
Israel's Law of Return, one of the nation's founding principles, allows anyone of
Jewish parentage to immigrate freely to Israel and be eligible for citizenship.
The minister also addressed the issue of facilitating the immigration of more Ethiopian
Jews to Israel: "If the matter were up to me, I would invest more funds in aiding the
community already in Israel as opposed to bringing more here."
As for the lost tribes, Sheetrit urged Board members to concentrate their efforts on
the Jews already in Israel rather than investing resources in bringing the tribes to
Israel. Some of these immigrants, said Sheetrit, only came to Israel after having had
forged the papers proving their supposed eligibility.
The Jewish Agency said in response that "the State of Israel must remain open to any
Jew, without any conditions." The agency pledged it would continue to support the Law of
Return in its present format and stressed that Sheetrit's statements constituted his
private opinion and that he in no way spoke for the agency.
American Jews Act to Prevent Division of Jerusalem
Following hints from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his deputy Haim Ramon that the
status of Jerusalem may be discussed at the Annapolis peace conference, 18 Jewish
organizations in the US have announced that they would join forces to prevent such a
Rabbi Pesach Lerner, executive vice president of the National Council of Young Israel,
founded the council to serve as an umbrella for US Jewish organizations trying "to
preserve a united Jerusalem." The rabbi claims that the talk of dividing Jerusalem has
opened the door for relinquishing control over different parts of Jerusalem, including the
The council is made up of rightist and settler groups as well as non-religious and
apolitical organizations. Some of the groups did not even oppose the disengagement from
Gaza in 2005. The council claims that each group that counts itself among its supporters
has its own agenda and is not necessarily driven by rightwing politics.
Lerner claims that Jewish leaders from all over the world are combining forces and
uniting in order to make one thing clear: world Jewry opposes negotiations to relinquish
sovereignty over any section of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem has served as the focus of the Jewish people and has been part of Jewish
heritage each generation for 3,000 years, Lerner said. According to the Young Israel
leader, the Holy City belongs to all Jews, not just those that reside in Israel.
The different groups that merged to form the Young Israel organization represent a
minority of American Jews given their close connection to developments in Israel. Most
American Jews have little connection to the Jewish state.
Young Israel may be able to secure funding for a hasbara (public relations) campaign
against the division of Jerusalem from wealthy Jews from the US and Australia. In
addition, they may be able to gain the support of the Christian evangelical community in
the US which also opposes the partition of Jerusalem.
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