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Eldad: 'Remove Olmert or Israel Is Finished'


In response to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's statement, "Two states or Israel is finished," Knesset Member Dr. Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said, "Olmert must be removed, or Israel is finished."

Eldad further said that if Olmert continues as prime minister, he would adopt policies that endanger the very existence of the state. "In the Second Lebanon War, it was proven that Olmert consistently succeeds to make the worst decisions."

Hamas Calls on UN to Rescind 1947 Partition Vote

By VOA News, Ha'aretz &

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has called on the United Nations to rescind its 1947 vote that partitioned then British-ruled Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab.

Hamas said in a statement Thursday, which is the 60th anniversary of the U.N. vote, that correcting mistakes is nothing to be ashamed of. "It is not shameful to correct a mistake. Palestine is Arab-Islamic land from the river to the sea, including Jerusalem, and Jews have no place there," Israel Army Radio quoted a Hamas statement as saying.

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly approved, 33 to 13, Resolution 181, a partition plan that would have created two states, one Jewish and the other Arab, in what was then the British-controlled Palestine Mandate. According to the resolution, Jerusalem was to be a separate, international city, under UN jurisdiction.

The November 29 decision was also a rare instance of the Soviet Union and the United States voting on the same side of a major foreign policy issue, which allowed their satellite nations to vote in favor of partition as well.

The Jewish people accepted the U.N. plan, which led to the creation of the state of Israel. Arab states and Palestinian groups rejected it, and local Palestinians have since been without a sovereign homeland.

Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip in June, calls for Israel's destruction in its charter. Israel, the United States and the European Union consider Hamas a terrorist group.

Meanwhile, Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday called an exchange of territories the only viable solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

"Only a territory exchange can prevent a situation where we have a half a state for one people and a half a state for another. It will allow us to attain a two state solution," the minister and head of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party said.

Time magazine of Dec. 8 1947, reported that a rabbi who attended the historic UN vote recited from a psalm of praise, "This is the day the Lord hath made, let us be glad and rejoice therein!"

As Jews danced in the streets of what was to become the State of Israel, Arab delegates to the UN left the plenum in a huff. They said that their nations rejected the plan and that they were prepared to wage war to prevent partition. According to the 1947 Time magazine article, "All Arab delegations announced that they would boycott the partition plan, have nothing more to do with UN discussions of Palestine."

The failure of the British government and the United Nations to implement UN Resolution 181, and an Arab onslaught to strangle the new Jewish entity, led to Israel's War of Independence. As a result of the war, the borders of the new Jewish State were significantly expanded beyond the UN partition lines. Most of the lands that were to have become an Arab state under the terms of the partition, along with Jerusalem, were conquered and incorporated by Jordan and Egypt.

Neither of those two states offered to create a Palestinian state in the lands of Judea, Samaria and Gaza at any time during their 19-year occupations.

Kissinger: Israel Swiped Nuclear Fuel

By Israel Faxx News Services

Henry Kissinger told President Richard Nixon that he suspected Israel stole nuclear material from the United States.

The suspicions by Nixon's national security adviser emerged in documents from 1969, declassified and released Wednesday by the Nixon Presidential Library and the National Archives and reported in The New York Times.

"This is one program on which the Israelis have persistently deceived us and may even have stolen from us," Kissinger wrote in a memorandum. "There is circumstantial evidence that some fissionable material available for Israel's weapons development was illegally obtained from the United States about 1965."

Israel does not acknowledge a nuclear weapons program. Most accounts say that fissile material for the weapons originally was obtained from France.

Kissinger wrote the notes ahead of a meeting in July 1969 between Nixon and Golda Meir, then the Israeli prime minister. Relations between the two nations were close, and Nixon and Meir admired one another.

Kissinger wondered about the best way to confront Meir about Israel's nuclear program. He contemplated withholding fighter jets from Israel, but worried that this would prove hugely unpopular in the United States. He also dismissed forcing Israel's hand by revealing what the United States knew of the Jewish state's nuclear weapons, worrying that such a revelation might lead to an arms race.

Historians believe the current status quo emerged from the Nixon-Meir meeting. Israel does not acknowledge its nuclear weapons program, but has pledged not to be the first nation to use nuclear arms. The United States refrains from pressuring Israel to join a non-proliferation treaty.

PA Official: Olmert Lying About Temple Mount


Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's statements on Wednesday that Israel's sovereignty over the Temple Mount is not up for negotiation are "false," according to a chief Palestinian negotiator, who told WND the Israeli leader already agreed to forfeit Judaism's holiest site to a coalition of Arab countries.

"What Olmert said (regarding the Mount) is absolutely false. I think he's not yet ready to tell the Israeli public and is waiting for the right time and he fears his coalition with religious extremists will fall apart if he announces it now," said a senior Palestinian negotiator Thursday on condition his name be withheld.

The chief Palestinian negotiator said in months leading up to Annapolis the Palestinian team was "surprised" by Olmert's willingness to give up the Mount. "We had intense debates on many topics, which remain open and unsettled, but the Harem Al-Sharif (Temple Mount) is not a sticking point. The Israelis didn't argue with us. We were pleasantly surprised Olmert didn't debate about giving the lower section of the Mount either, which was a sticking point in the past."

According to the chief Palestinian negotiator, Olmert agreed to evacuate the Mount but not to turn it over to the Palestinians alone. The negotiator said both sides agreed the Temple Mount would be given to joint Egypt, Jordan and Palestinian Authority control.

He said the Israeli government felt an umbrella group of several Arab countries controlling the holy site instead of only the PA would help ease Israeli domestic opposition to giving up the Temple Mount, since Egypt and Jordan are considered by Israeli policy to be moderate countries.

The Palestinian negotiator pointed out Israeli prime ministers previously denied withdrawal plans only to later carry them out. Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, elected on a platform against evacuating territory, denied for his first year in office he would retreat from the Gaza Strip but in 2005 he carried out a Gaza withdrawal.

In a briefing to reporters Wednesday, Olmert claimed Israel's sovereignty over the Temple Mount is not up for discussion. He said negotiations started at this week's Annapolis summit had no bearing on the situation on the Temple Mount.

At the start of Tuesday's summit, President Bush read a joint declaration agreed to by Olmert and PA President Mahmoud Abbas committing the two to launch immediate negotiations aimed at "two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side."

After Annapolis: PA Television Erases Israel from Map


Just after the Annapolis conference at which the PA recognized the State of Israel's right to exist in peace and security, the PA's official television station screened a map that shows a Palestinian state in place of Israel.

President George Bush, at the conference on Tuesday, read aloud the summit's agreed-upon joint statement, which declares, "In furtherance of the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, we agree to immediately launch good-faith bilateral negotiations in order to conclude a peace treaty."

However, Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported that just one day later, "Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority continues to paint a picture for its people of a world without Israel."

Specifically, PMW reported that an information clip produced a while ago by the PA's Central Bureau of Statistics was rebroadcast on Wednesday on Abbas-controlled PA television. The clip shows a map in which the Land of Israel is painted in the colors of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing the replacement of Israel by a Palestinian state.

The Palestinian entity depicted as replacing Israel includes all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, though not the Golan Heights.

Report: Rice Compares Life in U.S. South to Palestinians' Plight

By Ha'aretz

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a closed meeting of Arab and Israeli envoys in Annapolis this week that her childhood in the segregated U.S. south helped her to understand the plight of Palestinians and the fear felt by Israelis, the Dutch representative to the summit, Franz Timmermans, told the Washington Post on Thursday.

"I know what its like to hear that you can't use a certain road, or pass through a checkpoint because you are a Palestinian. I know what it is like to feel discriminated against and powerless," Rice was reported as saying.

Rice described her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama during the era of segregation and the killing of four young girls in the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963. Rice said the bombing, which killed one of her classmates, helps her understand the fear of terrorism felt by Israelis.

"Like Israelis, I understand what it's like to go to sleep not knowing if you will be hurt in an explosion, the feeling of terror walking around your own neighborhood, or walking to your house of prayer," Rice was quoted in the Washington Post as saying. The Washington Post's article dealt with events that took place behind closed doors at the Annapolis summit on Tuesday.

According to the Post, Rice reportedly closed her statements by saying that both sides in the conflict had endured great pain and for far too long.

Is That a Bomb Strapped to Your Forehead?


A Jewish passenger on a Chicago train was arrested after fellow passengers accused him of being a suicide bomber.

The incident took place on a train that left Chicago early in the morning – when Jewish men are obligated to put on tefillin (phylacteries). The passenger began strapping the head-tefillin to his forehead and passengers unfamiliar with the custom rushed to the conductor and told him there was a man on board who was fastening a box to his head with wires dangling from it."

The conductor approached the passenger but the latter refused to answer him as he was in the middle of the prayer, heightening the conductor's suspicions.

Meanwhile, the passengers grew even more frantic when they noticed that the passenger sitting next to the Jewish man had a Middle-Eastern appearance and wore a turban. "That was too much," said the Bob Byrd, NICTD chief of security.

The passengers panicked and the engine driver stopped the train. Police officers rushed into the train with a bomb-sniffing dog. Police investigators soon realized their mistake and apologized to the passenger. "This incident has given us all an opportunity to learn about other religions and their customs," said the chief of security.

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