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Lenin's Maternal Grandfather was Jewish
The Moscow State History Museum has put on display letters written by Vladimir Ilyich
Lenin's eldest sister, Anna Ulyanova, revealing that Lenin's maternal grandfather was a
Ukrainian Jew named Blank. He converted to Christianity to escape the territorial
restrictions imposed on Jews in Tzarist times and gain access to higher education.
This information came in a letter that Ulyanova wrote Lenin's successor, Joseph Stalin.
"Vladimir Ilych had always thought of Jews highly," she wrote. "I am very sorry that the
fact of our origin which I had suspected before was not known during his
Congress Gives Netanyahu Speech an Enthusiastic Response
By VOA News & IsraelNationalNews.com
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has received an exuberant welcome from a
joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. The Israeli leader told lawmakers his vision of how
to achieve a lasting peace with the Palestinians.
He emphasized the strong bonds between Israel and the United States. "In an unstable
Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting alliances,
Israel is America's unwavering ally. Israel has always been pro-American, Israel will
always be pro-American," Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu's speech was interrupted at least 29 times for standing ovations, and once by a young woman protester, a left-wing Jewish CODEPINK activist, who unfurled a banner and shouted, "No more occupation, end Israeli war crimes." She was quickly removed from the House gallery. ." http://youtu.be/hDoZfLxzeeo
Rae Abileah, in her late 20s and one of the group's national organizers, made her
comment as the Prime Minister congratulated President Barack Obama for the elimination of
Osama Bin Laden, adding "Good riddance."
After the incident, she said in a statement released by CODEPINK, "Prime Minister
Netanyahu says that the 1967 borders are indefensible. But what is really indefensible is
the occupation of land, the starvation of Gaza, the jailing of dissenters and the lack of
equal rights in the alleged Israeli democracy. As a Jew and an American taxpayer, I can't
be silent when these crimes are being committed in my name and with my tax money."
The Prime Minister, who has faced much worse taunts in Israel's contentious Knesset,
laughed off the remark by praising the United States for being a "real democracy," unlike
the "farcical" regimes of Iran and elsewhere. He suggested that Congressmen watch the
Knesset in action to get a real taste of what heckling is like.
Netanyahu said the Middle East now stands at a crossroads, and commended the courageous
Arab protesters who have taken to the streets in a number of countries. He pointed out
that Israel has long had a robust democracy and that its citizens enjoy civil liberties
denied elsewhere in the Middle East. "In a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged,
Christians are persecuted, Israel stands out. It is different," he said.
The Israeli Prime Minister singled out Iran as one of the most powerful forces opposing
democracy in the region, and warned of the ongoing danger he said Iran's efforts to
develop nuclear weapons poses. "After six million Jews were murdered, Iran's leaders deny
the Holocaust of the Jewish people, while calling for the annihilation of the Jewish
state. Leaders who spew such venom should be banned from every respectable forum on the
planet," he said.
In his address to Congress, Netanyahu emphasized the points of agreement with President
Obama and praised him repeatedly, without giving any ground on his own position on the
borders in a future peace agreement. "We will be generous about the size of the future
Palestinian state, but as President Obama said, the border will be different than the one
that existed on June 4, 1967," he said. "Israel will not return to the indefensible
boundaries of 1967.
Netanyahu also called for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to stand before his
people and declare that he will accept a Jewish state, and to tear up his unity pact with
the terrorist organization Hamas. He also said Israel must continue to have a military
presence in the Jordan Valley, and that Jerusalem must never be divided.
A spokesman for the Palestinian president quickly responded to the Israeli leader's
speech to Congress, saying Netanyahu had put more obstacles in the way of a Middle East
peace agreement by imposing impossible conditions.
The two-decade old Israeli-Palestinian peace process has been at a standstill since
September due to a dispute over Jewish settlement building on land captured in the 1967
war. Palestinians say peace must be based on the 1967 boundaries and they will not accept
any Israeli military presence in their future state.
Hamas and Fatah Unified against Netanyahu's Speech
Hamas and Fatah were united in their reactions to Netanyahu's speech in Congress, while
Israeli reactions, with few exceptions, fell along party lines.
Saeb Erekat, a senior member of the Ramallah-Based Palestinian Authority and the senior
negotiator during the period of talks with Israel, accused Prime Minister Netanyahu of
distorting history. The Israeli leader told Congress that all of Judea and Samaria,
including parts he would be willing to surrender for a "true peace," are part of the
ancient Jewish homeland.
He also said that Israel's ancient ties to the land do not allow for charges that Jews
are "occupying" Judea and Samaria.
In a recent speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, published and translated by
Palestinian Media Watch, he claimed that Palestinian history dates back 9,000 years,
making Palestinians "the owners of history."
After Netanyahu's speech, which was warmly received by Congress, Abbas' spokesman Nabil
Abu Rudaineh reiterated the PA's opposition to Israel's demand for a military presence
along the Jordan Valley and a de-militarized Palestinian Authority.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stated that the speech to American Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC) this week by "the Zionist Benjamin Netanyahu
makes the continuation
of negotiations with the Zionist entity is wrong and pointless."
Nationalist leaders in Israel chastised the Prime Minister for stating that he is
willing to surrender parts of Israel that he told Congress "is the land of our
forefathers." The Likud party leader also told the special session of Congress, "In Judea
and Samaria, the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers. We are not the British in India.
We are not the Belgians in the Congo...No distortion of history can deny the
4,000-year-old bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land."
Nabil Abu Rudaineh said there was "nothing new" in the Israeli peace guidelines that
Netanyahu presented Tuesday in a speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. He said
the Israeli leader has created "more obstacles" to peace by saying Jerusalem must remain
what Netanyahu called Israel's "united capital" and that final Israeli borders should
include major Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli prime minister said Israel also seeks to retain a "long-term military
presence" in the West Bank's Jordan Valley to prevent weapons smuggling into a future
Abbas' government has said it wants to establish a future state in all of the West Bank
and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Aides to Abbas said Tuesday his
government will continue to seek international recognition of a Palestinian state at the
United Nations in September.
The Hamas terrorist gang that rules Gaza said Netanyahu's speech denies the
Palestinians their rights. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu-Zuhri said the Palestinians must
pursue "resistance" rather than peace talks with Israel. Netanyahu has said that Israel
will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas.
Leftist Peace Now Group Accuses Netanyahu of Being Racist Toward Obama
Extreme left wing group Peace Now accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of racist
motivation for standing up to President Barack Obama in a White House press briefing last
week. In an op-ed piece for Ma'ariv, Peace Now Director-General Yariv Oppenheimer called
Netanyahu's behavior "unprecedented."
It was no coincidence, he explained, that the Prime Minister's "Israeli arrogance broke
records," and that "sentences that are supposed to be said behind closed doors and in
internal discussions were exhibited for all to see in a condescending and ugly
Netanyahu's "supercilious and patronizing attitude" in "scolding" Obama stems from the
fact that Obama, the first black American president, is not part of the same social milieu
as former presidents like Bush, Reagan and Clinton "and the like," he went on. Netanyahu
did everything he could to "humiliate and hurt" Obama, Oppenheimer told his Israeli
readers. Right-wing American Jews are also guilty of the same attitude, he went on.
Obama's speech would not have earned the same amount of public condemnations and
insults had Obama been "a rich white American president," concluded Oppenheimer.
Netanyahu, he said, should judge Obama by his deeds, which are supportive of Israel,
"rather than his ethnicity, his past and the background he grew up in."
Documents released by the White House this year showed that dark-skinned Obama earned
over $1.2 million in 2010, after taxes. Fair-complexioned Netanyahu, on the other hand,
earned $51,000 that year, after taxes. That means that for every dollar earned by
Netanyahu, Obama made $24.
Video: Survival Map of Israel
An animated video prepared by senior IDF generals for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) graphically describes Israel's territorial needs for self-survival.http://youtu.be/ytWmPqY8TE0
In light of a widening range of threats to Israel's security, the generals outlined the
basic principles of a defense policy, rooted in a consensus spanning past and present
Israeli governments and focusing on Israel's maintaining defensible borders.
Ahmadinejad: U.S. Plots to Divide Arab States in Order to Save Israel
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Arab countries against U.S. plots to sow
divisions in the region and save Israel, the state-run Press TV reported on Tuesday.
"Their scheme is to save the Zionist regime, global arrogance and U.S. interests
the main enemies of nations are the U.S., its allies and the Zionist regime," Ahmadinejad
was quoted by Press TV as saying about the U.S.
The Iranian president accused Washington of supporting dictatorial regimes and said the
U.S. had devised a scheme to sow divisions among Arab countries in the region in order to
reach its objectives. He also accused U.S. warmongering of being the reason for all the
bloodshed in the region.
Criticizing the U.S. government, he asked, "What is the difference between a country
ruled by one or two [dictators] for 30-40 years and a country dominated by two parties for
Ahmadinejad vowed that a new Mideast will emerge without the existence of neither
Israel nor U.S. influence. "The world of colonialism is about to fall apart and nations
will see the collapse of capitalism in the near future," he was quoted as saying.
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