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Gaddafi Invites Expelled Jews

By Reuters

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ended a first visit to former colonial power Italy by inviting Italians expelled in the wake of his 1969 revolution to return to the North African country. Gaddafi promised a delegation of Italians expelled from Libya that the doors of his country were open to them.

David Jerbi, one of thousands of Libyan Jews forced to flee the country, said "It's a very good start on his behalf: he has approached us and is opening possibilities." But Gaddafi angered Rome's Jewish community by calling the meeting on a Saturday, the sacred Sabbath day.

Netanyahu Would Accept a Demilitarized Palestinian State

By Luis Ramirez (VOA-Jerusalem), Ha'aretz &

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he would accept a Palestinian state as long as it has no military force and recognizes Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. His remarks came in a major policy speech in which he said he believes peace is possible.

"I call on you, our Palestinian neighbors, and to the leadership of the Palestinian Authority: Let us begin peace negotiations immediately, without preconditions," he said. "Israel is committed to international agreements and expects all the other parties to fulfill their obligations as well." But "Israel cannot agree to a Palestinian state unless it gets guarantees it is demilitarized."

It was the first time the Israeli Prime Minister has called for the creation of a Palestinian state since taking office this year. The speech, delivered at Bar Ilan University near Tel Aviv, was aimed at easing tensions with Washington.

Netanyahu's earlier refusal to endorse a Palestinian state is one of the issues that have put him at odds with the administration of President Barack Obama, who said Palestinian statehood is the only way to resolve the conflict.

Netanyahu said he is willing to restart negotiations, and he laid out Israel's conditions for agreeing to Palestinian statehood. First, he said, the Palestinians must explicitly recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.

He also said that in any peace agreement, the territory under Palestinian control must be disarmed, with solid security guarantees for Israel. He added that Israel would continue to control the airspace of any future Palestinian state.

Netanyahu said that if Israel gets a guarantee for demilitarization and security arrangements, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Israel would be willing to reach a peace agreement that includes a demilitarized Palestinian state.

The Israeli leader's speech drew immediate criticism from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. A spokesman for Abbas accused the Israeli leader of sabotaging the peace process. The spokesman said Netanyahu's conditions would not lead to a complete and just peace.

Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi, a former aide to the late Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, said she does not see Netanyahu's remarks pushing the peace process forward. "The first condition is that all Palestinians transform themselves suddenly to become Zionists, i.e., to adopt the Zionist ideology that our homeland is not ours, that our history not ours, that our future and our future state is not ours. In a sense, he's saying, 'Okay, you can have whatever entity you want. You can call it a state, but it will have none of the attributes of sovereignty or your own genuine control.'"

Ashrawi called Netanyahu's position "regressive. It is just a new formulation - not even new," she said. "It's a reformulation of an old and tired and failed ideology, and it's not going to get us anywhere."

The Israeli leader said the issue of Jewish settlements in the West Bank - one of the key sticking points in the peace process - would be discussed as part of a final peace agreement. He suggested that there would be no immediate moves to remove the settlements and said the settlers should be allowed to live normal lives for the time being.

Netanyahu repeated Israel's longstanding position that it will not allow a return of the Palestinian refugees displaced in 1948 after the creation of the State Israel. He said Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as the capital of their future state, would remain the undivided capital of Israel.

Some analysts said Netanyahu's new willingness to negotiate might represent a move forward in the peace process. With the Israeli leadership's position now clearer, it remains to be seen whether the Palestinians will return to negotiations under Israel's new terms.

In a World Net Daily interview Sunday, the Hamas terrorist organization claimed that Netanyahu is a "war criminal" and denounced the Israeli leader's major address as contradicting the policies of President Obama.

"Netanyahu is a war criminal," said Ahmed Yousef, chief political adviser to Hamas in the Gaza Strip. "I don't think any Palestinians trust him in anything he says. From the day when he first came to power in the 1990s, he's been saying the same thing - no Palestinian state," said Yousef, speaking to WND from Gaza.

"It is clear Netanyahu will continue the Israeli expansionist policy," said Yousef, responding to a section of Netanyahu's speech in which he said Israel will continue the "natural growth" of Jewish communities in the West Bank.

Continued Yousef: "All this doesn't comply with what Obama suggested, which is to lay the foundations for a settlement to the Palestinian question. ... All the things Netanyahu said are contrary to what Obama actually said in the speech in Cairo."

And in Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said any country that dared to attack Iran would "deeply regret" such a move, dashing hopes that his re-election Saturday would temper his confrontational stance toward the world.

"Who dares to attack Iran? Who even dares to think about it?" Ahmadinejad said at a news conference in response to a question.

Iran's refusal to halt nuclear work the West suspects is aimed at making bombs, a charge Tehran denies, has sparked persistent speculation that Israel or the United States might strike at the country's nuclear facilities.

Ahmadinejad added that Iran's nuclear issue "belongs in the past," indicating there would be no change in nuclear policy during his second term in office.

Is Iran Nuking Up as Obama Fiddles?


President Barack Obama's "learning curve" regarding his policies toward Iran might buy Tehran enough time to produce nuclear weapons, Shabtai Shavit, former chief of the Mossad intelligence agency, warned in an exclusive WND interview.

"I do know that Obama is taking a very long learning curve experience in order to reach a conclusion about whether his thinking of diplomacy with Iran was right or wrong. I am really worried there will be a heavy price for us," Shavit said. "Until Obama is convinced personally that his policies may not work and until he has undergone the whole experience, it may be too late."

Shavit served as director of the Mossad from 1989 through 1996. He spoke two days after the reelection of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whom the former Mossad chief referred to as "the most evil candidate."

"(Candidate) Mir Hossein Mousavi comes from the same school of thought as Ahmadinejad, but people perceive him as much more moderate, someone who is ready to introduce reforms into the system," Shavit said. "Ahmadinejad ran on a purely evil platform."

Shavit told WND that if Obama is intent on pursuing talks, the diplomatic road to halting Iran's nuclear program runs through Russia. Moscow has been cooperating with Tehran militarily and reportedly is supplying Iran with some of the infrastructure used to build the country's nuclear facilities.

The former intelligence official believes, however, that Russia is talking out of both sides of its mouth. "Consider the contradiction," noted Shavit. "One the one hand, Russia and the U.S. are ready to start negotiations on a strategy of reducing nuclear capability on both sides and also with the rest of the nuclear powers in the world. On the other hand, Russia continues to supply Tehran the tools it needs to further Iran's nuclear ambitions."


`Hating Christians'

By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)

When we hear the fanatic Muslims expressing hatred it is usually toward Israel and the Jewish people. You may not have heard of them hating any other group. But yes such Muslims around the world do exhibit displeasure of all religions except their own (Islam.)

After Judaism they seem to show the most disapproval toward Christians. There appears to be a number of reasons why Muslims hate Christians. One reason is Christians have not converted to Islam. Another reason is that Muslims keep referring to the bloody Crusades forced upon them by Christianity. They justify their hatred because of their prophet's directive "Drive the Jews and Christians out of the Arabian Peninsula."

Since we hear so little, if any, of the persecution of Christians by the Muslim extremists you might assume that there isn't any. However, the acts of persecution are diverse ranging from being treated as second class to outright murder.

On Oct. 27, 2008 "Compass Direct News" reported that in Nairobi, Kenya, 24 aide workers were killed. One of these humanitarian workers, Mansuur Mohammed 25, was beheaded on September 23 for converting from Islam to Christianity.

On April 23, 2009 the "Asian News" reported that in Taiser, Pakistan radical Muslims attacked and shot six Christians, one of whom was an 11-year-old boy. The attackers set fire to six Christian homes and called on Christians to convert to Islam by writing on church walls.

On April 26, 2009, 700 Egyptian State Security forces attacked and demolished the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Masrah services building. In addition to the building destruction they also beat congregants and the priest, the Rev. Matta Zakaria.

On May 5, 2009 Sheikhh Adel Al-Kalbani, imam of the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, appeared on BBC. He said "Christians are allowed to pray in their homes. We have no problem with them praying where they live. But for the bells to be sounded in the land of the Prophet Muhammad – that runs counter to the Prophet's guidance. The Prophet's guidance, by which we act, dictates: `Drive the Jews and the Christians out of the `Arabian Peninsula.'"

On May 25, 2009, it was reported that the Palestinian Authority Muslims went on a rampage and desecrated 70 Christian graves. According to Greek Orthodox Church official, George Abdo, who said "in the town of Jiffna gravestones were smashed, crosses were knocked down and the hands of the Madonna were severed." The town of Jiffna has 900 Christians and 700 Muslims. It appears that this was not important enough for the Palestine News Network, to report on this display of hatred.

On May 27,2009 "Compass Direct News" reported that nine pastors from, Martinpur and Youngsnabad, two neighboring villages in Pakistan, could face prison time for using loudspeakers to broadcast prayers and sermons from their churches on Easter Sunday. The police claim amplified Easter Sunday services defame Islam. If this was not so serious it would be pathetically funny in that throughout the world Muslims are called to pray, five times a day, by use of loudspeaker systems where possible. This includes within the United States.

In Singapore, on May 28, 2009, the Associated Press was told by a court official that a Christian couple, Ong Kian Cheong and his wife Dorothy Chan, were found guilty of sedition for distributing evangelical publications that cast Islam in a negative light.

On June 1, 2009 "Compass Direct News" reported that in Bangladesh, 15 to 20 radical Islamists wanting to know the contents of the film "Jesus" viciously beat Edward Biswas of "Christian Life Bangladesh" forcing him to show the film." After about 20 minutes of viewing the film, the Islamists deemed the content demeaning to Islam and resumed punching and kicking Biswas and his Muslim driver while a crowd of about 200 Muslims looked on.

It is hoped that people of the world accept the fact that fanatic Muslims and their sympathizers are at war with all infidels. This includes everyone who in not Muslim. Christians fall into that category as well as Jews. What can you do? Notify your local media to consistently report on these types of incidents.

Ed Ziegler is a Board Member of the New Jewish Congregation – Temple Shalom in The Villages, Florida, as well as President of its Brotherhood. He can be reached at

Holocaust Survivor, 81, Completes PhD on Labor Camps


Holocaust survivor Eliezer Schwartz recently completed a PhD at Haifa University at the age of 81. He drew on his own experiences to help him write his thesis, "Forced Laborers in the Third Reich."

"At 16 I was taken to Auschwitz and then moved from camp to camp for a year until the end of the war," Schwartz said. "After liberation, I returned to my hometown in Hungary, but I saw that no other members of my family had returned, so I decided to immigrate to Israel."

Schwartz completed his Bachelor's degree at the age of 45 and afterwards earned two Master's degrees in anthropology and urban planning. But it was only when he retired at age 75 that he had time to tackle his doctorate.

Despite the late start, Schwartz says his doctorate "went smoothly." He drew on his past in labor camps as a unique source of information. "I have first-hand familiarity with the topic and how the process was managed," he explained. "It is a source of information that no other historian had access to.

On the other hand, the 81-year-old couldn't let his past unduly cloud his research attempts. "I cut myself completely from my personal and emotional story," he said. "I forced myself to."

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