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Nephew Insists Israel Poisoned Arafat

By Ha'aretz

At the rally marking four years since the death of Yasir Arafat, the first president of the Palestinian Authority, Arafat's nephew, Nasser al-Qidwah, said that the circumstances surrounding his uncle's death will soon come to light, emphasizing that he believed that Arafat had been poisoned by Israel.

Speaking to the French news agency AFP, al-Qidwah said that "every day there are statements and clues about the elimination of Arafat and every day we draw closer to the poisoning theory. In a year or two, the nature of the poison administered to Yasir Arafat and the procedure used will be known," he added.

Hamas: We Met with Obama Advisers


Hamas held a meeting in the Gaza Strip several months ago with aides to President-elect Barack Obama, but the terror group was asked to keep the contacts secret until after last week's elections, according to a senior Hamas official.

Ahmed Yousef, Hamas' chief political adviser in Gaza, told the leading Al-Hayat Arabic-language newspaper Hamas has maintained regular communication with Obama aides that even continued during the past week.

"We were in contact with a number of Obama's aides through the Internet, and later met with some of them in Gaza, but they advised us not to come out with any statements, as they may have a negative effect on his election campaign and be used by Republican candidate John McCain (to attack Obama)," Yousuf told Al-Hayat.

Yousuf said Hamas's contact with Obama's advisers was ongoing, adding that relations were maintained after Obama's electoral victory last Tuesday. Yousef could not be reached by WND for immediate comment. It wasn't clear which Obama aides Hamas is claiming to have met in Gaza. Obama's transition team did not immediately respond to a WND e-mail and phone message requesting comment.

Obama's senior foreign policy adviser, Denis McDonough, told the Jerusalem Post Tuesday, "This assertion is just plain false."

Report: Obama's Views 'Have Serious Implications for Israel'


U.S. President-elect Barack Obama can be expected to have a rocky relationship with Israel, according to a new report.

The Begin-Sadat Center cited Obama's plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and reconcile with Iran and Syria in concluding that the forthcoming Obama administration was likely to clash with the next Israeli government.

"Obama's preferences regarding Iran and Iraq have serious implications for Israel," the report, titled "President Obama and the Middle East Challenge," said. "If the U.S. were to leave Iraq unstable, with the perception being one of American weakness and failure, it will strengthen the resolve of all radical forces in the region that threaten Israel and its de facto allies in the Arab world, such as Jordan."

The report, authored by Jonathan Rynhold, said Republican loser Sen. John McCain marked the "more comfortable option for Israel." Rynhold envisioned tense relations between Obama and any Likud-led government in Israel. Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu has been leading in most polls in the race for Israel's next prime minister.

"If Netanyahu does form the next Israeli government, there could be difficult times ahead," the report said. "This has happened previously, when Shamir and Bush Senior, as well as Clinton and Netanyahu, clashed in the 1990s. But this time Netanyahu's position would be weaker."

Abbas Praises Suicide Bombers


Palestinian Authority Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, speaking in Ramallah in memory of his predecessor Yasir Arafat, praised "the path of the shahids [martyrs]--"the path we cherish." He added, "It is aimed at upholding the Palestinians' nationalist and sovereign resolutions."

Israeli and Western governments almost always describe Abbas a as a "moderate," particularly when comparing him with leaders of Hamas, which the same governments have defined as a terrorist organization.

Abbas told thousands at the rally, "The Palestinian leadership will continue to follow Yasir Arafat's path until a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is established." Arafat carried out or ordered dozens of terrorist attacks before he died four years ago.

Foreign media generally omitted Abbas's remarks on martyrs, which usually refers to suicide bombers, and highlighted his comments on the need for PA unity.

The Government of Israel has Overthrown Itself

By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)

Through incitement and provocation, the present Government of Israel has deliberately incited part of her population to revolt. At the same time, this non-government has incited another part of the Israeli population to hate and attack those citizens being dispossessed of their rights, property - civilians who have had their lives put in great danger.

Whatever mandate this government thinks it may have had to rule, based upon pre-election promises has been squandered away with a cold and calculating policy of "dispossession."

This exceedingly corrupt assemblage of politicians within the Kadima Party has made a mockery of any law or rights of her citizens. They have corrupted an already biased court system. They have exercised control and influenced the office of Israel's Attorney General and have enlisted officers of the both the army and the police to attack and dispossess her citizens of their rights and property.

They use the methods of a provocateur to cause the citizens to protest and resist, thus allowing unconventional arrests, destruction of homes and beatings of the unarmed civilian protestors. Clearly, such a government follows the well-known path and techniques used by dictatorships, with tyrants giving orders much the same as a radical king or conqueror.

The Jewish nation of Israel and her citizens have every right - even an inalienable duty - to revolt, having been deliberately incited and provoked into her citizens' resistance to tyranny.

The rule of law is no longer relevant to this government as they create new laws to support their misuse of office. Where there is no justice, there is a no High Court of Justice.

This government uses the once admired Secret Services, IDF (Israel Defense Forces) and police to act on government orders to harass, expel and dispossess legal citizens whom they call "dangerous" to the State because they protest illegal and immoral government policy.

Acting like a gang of thugs, this government has become a democratic dictatorship. The word "democratic" is merely cover in a cynical attempt to legitimize what has become a rolling "coup d'état" designed to control all the citizens of Israel through incitement, provocation and other forms of corruption. Demanding silence and obedience are their credo or modus operandi, followed by threats, then arrests and dispossession of citizens' legal property.

We have all seen this sort of progression of latent dictatorship. Like a latent cancer, it awakens itself to spread and grow aggressive until it is likely to kill the victims that it feeds on. We have seen such horrors over time in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, communist Cuba, nuclear North Korea, Egypt, Syria, Nuclear Iran, across Africa.... Self-declared dictators always wish to control the people and often get exceedingly rich by bleeding their own people through taxes or simply confiscations.

The Olmert Kadima Party became the magnet for some of the most corrupt politicians the nation has ever produced. Even those who claim to be "clean" knew very well the corruption and criminal enterprise of these fellow Kadimites. They knew and stayed.

One can only be reminded of the time just before Sodom was destroyed for its licentious evil and corruptions. Regrettably, the people overall will share the pain because they elected the same scoundrels again and again, knowing full well they carried the stigma of thievery, corruption and a vicious evil nature.

Hopefully, the wiser among them will see that the government, at all levels, has left its position of responsibilities. The people must act to banish this government, the shameful courts and bring to a real and honest trial all those who carried out orders to harm the people.

Recall that many nations borrowed evolved law from Torah and built their judicial system on this wisdom. But the government of Israel has revised the process and borrowed new laws which are practiced by dictatorships, both in Christian Europe and the 57 nations of Islam.

Israel is no longer governed by leaders who speak or govern in the name of her people. Ethical people should rise up and take back the government, her courts, her police and her army for re-education in democracy for a free people.

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