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Woman Strips at Kotel

By Israel Faxx News Services

A woman is in Israeli police custody after stripping off her clothes at the Western Wall. Police said a woman in her 20s entered the men's section of the Kotel during evening and Chanukah prayers on Tuesday night took off her clothes and lay on the floor.

According to Ma'ariv, she muttered "holy temple" and "it's from God" -- an indication of mental instability. Worshipers could only look on since they were in the middle of the Shemonah Esrai prayer, which is said standing still and cannot be interrupted. Police said the woman was sent for psychiatric evaluation and, as of Thursday, had yet to be freed from protective custody.

Barak Agreed To Hand Temple Mount & Yesha to Arabs in 2000 Talks


According to a document brought out of mothballs seven years after it was signed, Defense Minister Ehud Barak – then Prime Minister of Israel – agreed to transfer the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Judaism's holiest site, to Arab sovereignty.

The document entitled "The Status of the Diplomatic Process with the Palestinians - Points to Update the Incoming Prime Minister" outlined the many points of disagreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, but noted significant agreement on at least three core issues.

The talks at Camp David and Taba in 2000 and 2001 resulted in agreements on the issues of borders, "refugees" and Jerusalem, according to a 26-page document obtained by the Ha'aretz news service.

Signed by Gilad Sher, bureau chief to then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the document included plans for an "initiated separation" in the event that talks would break down. It was the precursor to Israel's plan to withdraw from Gaza, which was carried out in then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's 2005 Disengagement operation, and to withdraw from Judea and Samaria which the current government is planning.

All aspects of life were to be covered in a plan that was to be carried out over a number of years -- leaving enough time for adjustment and change as conditions warranted, including updated negotiations. The document indicated the cabinet gave its final approval for the plan in October 2000.

On Dec. 23, 2000, then President Bill Clinton sent a document entitled "The Ideas Raised by President Clinton" to Israel and the PA. Those ideas were for Israel to annex 4 to 6 percent of Judea and Samaria for Jewish settlement, with 94-96 percent of the region going to a PA state, providing that Israel allow all PLO Arabs free passage through Israel.

The Temple Mount would go to the PLO, with the Western Wall, the City of David, the Mount of Olives and other holy sites being given to Israel. According to Ha'aretz, Israel told Clinton that it wanted a special authority to ensure freedom of worship to Jews and Muslims at Jerusalem holy sites.

In the Israeli response, Barak stated that the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria would not fit into Clinton's proposed annexed territory. He also stated that Israel should be in charge of securing safe passage to all worshippers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Joseph's Tomb in Shechem, and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem.

Barak and Clinton agreed to keep Israel's seven-page response a secret, but Barak sent letters before he left office to Clinton, George W. Bush, Yasir Arafat and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak saying that Israel was not bound by Clinton's manifesto.

Recently Barak, who is now the Defense Minister and Labor party chairman, has said he is advocating a plan to entice Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria to leave their homes in exchange for financial compensation.

Russia, France, Germany, Algeria and USA Training Fatah Commandos


PA Arabs belonging to the Fatah terrorist group loyal to PA President Mahmoud Abbas are being trained in Russia, France, Germany and Algeria for "counter-terror" operations against Hamas.

According to the New York Daily News, the PA forces are receiving covert training at a secret Russian base in Moscow in an effort to stave off a Hamas takeover of Judea and Samaria. The Fatah men are being trained by Russian commandos who fought Islamist terrorists in Chechnya.

The PA force is named "al-Himaya Wal-Isnad" (defense and reinforcement) according to the report and includes 25 PA intelligence officers. The course will last for a month and will involve extensive weapons and combat training.

According to the Daily News report, similar training courses are being provided in France, Germany and Algeria – with plans to send PA units to other countries for training as well. "They are getting good training over there," PA official Dr. Ibrahim Khraishi told the Daily News.

Meanwhile, in Judea and Samaria, PA forces continue to receive equipment and training from the US, with Gen. Keith Dayton continuing to oversee the program even after the American-supplied arms and equipment supplied to Fatah in Gaza was inherited by Hamas with little resistance shown by Fatah forces.

Dayton even testified to Congress just a few weeks before the fall of Fatah in Gaza, saying that the PA forces his men trained had progressed significantly.

Abu Yousuf, a Fatah terrorist from Abba's own Force 17 security forces, told WorldNetDaily earlier this year that while some of the weapons may be used in confrontations against Hamas, the bulk of the American arms and training would be utilized to "hit the Zionists." He also said if there is a major conflict with Israel, U.S. weapons provided to Fatah may be shared with other "Palestinian resistance organizations."

PA Children Promise to 'Wipe Out' Zionists


Two children have made an appearance on Hamas Television's children's show called "Liberate" to exhort a liberation of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and to promise to "wipe out" Zionists.

The new video captured from Hamas Television is being made available by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors and publicizes media reports throughout the Middle East. MEMRI also has a web page that is devoted to Al-Aqsa television clips.

The boy, in the Dec. 3, 2007, appearance, launches the message: "My beloved brothers, as you know, today the Al-Aqsa Mosque is crying out: 'Where are the people of the frontline, the Palestinian people?' Yes, my dear brothers, that is the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The subject of our lesson today is Jerusalem, to where your Prophet made his nocturnal journey - the Al-Aqsa Mosque," he says.

"Yes, my beloved brothers, as you know today, and as you knew yesterday and the day before, the Al-Aqsa Mosque has fallen into oppressing and malicious hands, the hands of those who know nothing but injustice. But let me tell you how the Al-Aqsa Mosque will be returned, how we shall rescue it from the shackles of the occupation, from the shackles of the Zionist entity.

"Will it be through conferences? No, not through conferences, but by means of force, because the Zionist entity, your enemy, the enemy of Allah, the enemy of Islam, knows nothing but injustice and the killing of Palestinians, the persevering people on the frontline. Indeed, the [mosque] will be returned only by means of force," he says.

He continues to warn about "what the Zionist enemy has done," lumping Israel and America together. "But is it too late? No, it is not too late. If we all unite, the Al-Aqsa Mosque will not remain in the hands of the Zionist enemy, it will not remain in the hands of your enemy, despite all their conspiracies against the Palestinian people…" the boy says.

A girl then takes over, saying, "To Al-Aqsa, to Al-Aqsa - we shall unite our ranks. We will wipe out the people of Zion, and will not leave a single one of them."

The mosque has been the subject of discussion in recent weeks, as President Bush's Annapolis summit was held with the intention of getting a focus on the issues that remain to be negotiated for a two-state Middle East, a goal he has set to reach before his second term expires in a little more than a year.

Jerusalem and the Temple Mount have been included in those talks, and Palestinian leaders have told WND that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has expressed a willingness to give up control of the Temple Mount.

That is the location of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was built on the location where the first and second Jewish Temples, once housing the Holy of Holies and the Ark of the Covenant, stood.

The Temple Mount currently is under Israeli control, but both Jews and Christians are barred from praying there. It was opened to the general public until 2000, when Palestinians launched an intifada by throwing stones at Jewish worshippers.

The Israeli government closed the Mount to non-Muslims, but reopened it in 2003. The mosque, however, falls under control of the Waqf, which monitors and enforces its rules against visitors. The mosque was built around CE 709.

MEMRI is an independent, non-profit organization that translates and analyzes the media of the Middle East.

Poll: 63 Percent of Israelis would Welcome Ethiopian into their Family

By Ha'aretz

According to a new Ynet-Gesher poll, the majority of Israelis would not object to see their child marry an Ethiopian and would not hesitate to send their children to a school that has a large Ethiopian student body. And yet, 52 percent of the population admits that they do not have any personal friends of Ethiopian descent.

The poll was conducted by the Mutagim center and was based upon a representative sample of 500 adult, Hebrew-speaking Jewish Israelis.

When asked "Would you let your child marry an Ethiopian?" 63 percent answered they would gladly welcome the marriage while 19 percent said "absolutely not." Another 6 percent said they would be saddened but would not object. Religious segmentation points at a different attitude: 61 percent of ultra-Orthodox respondents said they would vehemently object to such a marriage. Only 25 percent would welcome an Ethiopian in-law.

The second question examined the degree of familiarity respondents have with community members: 32 percent admitted they do not have any Ethiopian friends and that they do not know any Ethiopians with whom they could build friendships. 20 percent do know Ethiopians but have no Ethiopian friends and 34 percent said they or their children have such a friend. Once again a religious segmentation points at a different trend in the ultra-Orthodox community: 72 percent don't have Ethiopian friends.

Age analysis reveals that 77 percent of the 65-and-over and 58 percent of 55-64 year olds said neither they nor their children have Ethiopian friends. Only younger Israelis, aged 18 through 44, have at least one Ethiopian friend.

Does the segregation in some of Petah Tikva schools reflect parents' wishes? 63 percent claim they have no problem sending their children to schools where 40 percent of the students are Ethiopians. On the other hand, 14 percent said they "would never" send their children to such institutions. Fifty percent of ultra-Orthodox respondents said they would not send their children to such a school.

Gesher director-general Shoshi Becker said that the findings are worrying and require immediate action: "It is difficult to understand how people who practice Judaism as a way of life choose to steer clear of Ethiopian immigrants."

Becker added that a Jewish-democratic society should view acceptance of the other as a challenge and a mission and convey a clear message to future generations: "This is our job as a society, a community and as individuals."

Record Number of Students to Take Part in Birthright Israel

By Ha'aretz

The first 300 of the this winter's 17,000 Birthright participants will land in Israel next week in the latest chance for Jews 18 to 26 years old to visit Israel on an educational trip. In the current program, they will be coming from 20 countries from around the globe, with the first group arriving from Australia and Uzbekistan.

The huge number of participants, a new record for Birthright (taglit in Hebrew), will bring the Israeli tourism industry about NIS 130 million over the four winter months. Six airlines will be carrying the participants: El Al, Israir, Arkia, Continental, Delta and Turkish Airlines.

Birthright participants spend 10 days in Israel touring historical and national heritage sites in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Galilee, the Golan Heights and the South, including Masada and the Dead Sea.

During the eight years of Birthright, over 150,000 participants from 52 countries have visited Israel. On the business side, this has generated tourism revenues of NIS 1.2 billion for services such as hotels, food, security, guides, entrance fees, buses and flights.

Birthright is a joint initiative of the Israeli government and a number of Jewish philanthropists and communities around the world. The founders were Charles Bronfman, Michael Steinhardt and Lynn Schusterman. Sheldon and Miriam Adelson have pledged $60 million to the program, which has allowed thousands of students who were on the waiting list to come to Israel on Birthright this year.

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