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Egypt's Arabi Wants Camp David Accords Amended

By Israel

The Palestine Information Center claims Egyptian foreign minister Nabil al-Arabi is studying a proposal to amend the 1979 Camp David Accords signed between Israel and Egypt. Arabi was the force behind Egypt's recent attempt to raise the price Israel pays Egypt for gas retroactively to 2008.

Citing "senior Egyptian diplomats," PIC said Arabi has been overseeing a board of legal experts and diplomats for the past two months to study the Camp David accords and determine how Egypt and the Arabs can benefit from several items that have thus far been neglected.

Israel: 'Dangerous' to Open Rafiah Crossing


The Hamas rulers of Gaza are celebrating the impending opening of the Rafiah Crossing with Egypt on Saturday -- without European Union observers, who have not been invited to return.

In a statement released to the media, the terrorist organization said, "This decision reflects the spirit of revolution in Egypt and the depth of brotherhood between the Palestinian people and the Egyptian people, which has returned itself to its original role in the Palestinian matter."

But Israelis are deeply concerned by the interim Egyptian government's move. Vice Premier Silvan Shalom bluntly warned in an on Voice of Israel government radio Thursday, "This is a dangerous development that could lead to weapons and Al-Qaeda smuggling in Gaza."

However, an article posted on the COLLive website just prior to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington contended that perhaps the opening of the Rafiah Crossing would create a third option.

"Opening the gates of Rafiah passage will transform Gaza de facto into an Egyptian canton," the article opines. "By matching the demographic situation in the topographic mode, cantons in Judea and Samaria will hold a strong affinity to Israel... this will allow the practical realization of the canton system in Israel" (rather than creation of a PA state-ed.).

And there are opportunities to react for Israel's benefit. The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel appealed to the Prime Minister to stop money and goods transfer to Gaza, saying that if the crossing is opened against prior agreements, "Israel has no longer any humanitarian responsibility over the people of Gaza".

PA: Netanyahu More Popular Than Washington or Lincoln!


Tayeb Abdelrahim, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' chief of staff, said that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's warm reception in Washington showed clear bias on the part of US Congress, Agence France-Presse reported.

"The greeting given to the Israeli prime minister by the American Congress, where he was applauded more than 25 times, made us feel the complete partiality of Congress towards the Israeli prime minister who compromised all the foundations of a just peace in the region," Abdelrahim said in a statement.

"If George Washington or Abraham Lincoln were to return from the dead, they would not get such a welcome," he added, according to AFP.

In his address to Congress, Netanyahu said Israel was willing to make "painful compromises" for peace if the PA would recognize Israel as a Jewish state, but he ruled out a division of Jerusalem, any return of Arab refugees, or any withdrawal to the 1949 armistice lines.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Addresses AIPAC conference, May 22

By Israel Faxx News Services

The following story illustrates Israel's dilemma. A Palestinian woman from Gaza arrives at Soroka Hospital in Beersheba for lifesaving skin treatment for burns over half her body.

After the conclusion of her extensive treatment, the woman is invited back for follow-up visits to the outpatient clinic. One day she is caught at the border crossing wearing a suicide belt. Her intention? To blow herself up at the same clinic that saved her life.

What kind of culture leads one to do that? Sadly, it is a culture infused with resentment and hatred. It is this culture that underlies the Palestinians' and the broader Arab world's refusal to accept Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. This is the root of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. It is not about the '67 lines.

And until Israel's enemies come to terms with this reality, a true peace will be impossible.

And the reality, as we say in Hebrew, is "Am Yisrael Chai: The people of Israel live. And what they want is to live in peace. If the Palestinians want to live in peace in a state of their own, they must demonstrate that they are worthy of a state.

To Mr. Abbas, I say: Stop the incitement in your media and your schools. Stop naming public squares and athletic teams after suicide bombers. And come to the negotiating table when you have prepared your people to forego hatred and renounce terrorism—and Israel will embrace you. Until that day, there can be no peace with Hamas. Peace at any price isn't peace; it's surrender. For the survival of Israel, for the security of America and peace of the world, now is that time and right here is the place to begin.

'Ahmadinejad Wants Friendship with Israel'


An Iranian website associated with the opposition reported on Thursday that a Muslim cleric claims that Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who threatened to wipe the Jewish State off the map now wants diplomatic relations, but is unable to publicly say so due to a feud with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

According to religious scholar Mahmoud Nubian, Ahmadinejad's top adviser Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei stated three years ago that Iran should have "friendly ties" with the Jewish State, but Ahmadinejad has refrained from reiterating this position in public because of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's fierce objection.

Nubian further claimed that the Iranian president personally told him that he supported Mashaei's statement, but couldn't say anything out of respect to the leader.

According to the report, Nubian – who is associated with radical cleric Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi – said that since Mashaei entered the cabinet, "Khamenei has been forced to intervene," hinting at a split between the supreme leader and the president's top aide.

The report came after several stormy weeks in the Iranian political apparatus over the unprecedented feud between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei. The latter, who is known as having the final say on all state matters, has been increasingly worried about Mashaei's influence over the president, which is reinforced by their family relations, as Ahmadinejad's daughter is married to Mashaei's son.

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