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Netanyahu Goof 'Kills' Sharon


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mistakenly "buried" former PM Ariel Sharon during a family event. Speaking at the function, Netanyahu said "Ariel Sharon, may he rest in peace," but immediately regained his composure and apologized, wishing the former prime minister a long life.

Sharon served as Israel's prime minister from 2001-2006. In January of 2006 he suffered a stroke and has been in a coma ever since. Since suffering the stroke, Sharon has not been able to communicate with those around him and has not been seen in public.

Turkey Expels Senior Israeli Diplomats

By VOA News

Turkey is ordering all senior Israeli diplomats out of the country by Wednesday in a deepening rift between the two countries. The move comes after Turkey last week expelled the Israeli ambassador and downgraded diplomatic relations.

Israel refuses to apologize for the deaths of eight Turkish citizens and a Turkish-American during last year's Israeli raid on a shipload of aid headed to Palestinians in Gaza.

Israeli airline passengers complained they were detained and questioned by Turkish authorities at the airport in Istanbul Monday while Turkish citizens complained of similar treatment in Tel Aviv. Some tourists from both countries said they were strip searched and that their passports were temporarily taken away.

Also Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met in Ankara with Palestinian official Nabil Shaath. Davutoglu said Turkey would push for recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations General Assembly. Israel and the United States oppose such a move.

A UN report said Israel used excessive and unreasonable force when commandos boarded the aid ship last year. But the report said the raid was legal because of Israeli concerns that the ship was carrying arms to Palestinian terrorists. The report said Turkey and the flotilla organizers were also responsible for the deaths of nine people.

Top General Expects 'Islamic Winter'


'Arab Spring' revolutions have destabilized the region and have raised the likelihood of war, a top Israeli general said.

"It looks like the Arab Spring, but it can also be a radical Islamic winter," IDF Home Front Command chief Major General Eyal Eisenberg said during a speech at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv on Monday. "This leads us to the conclusion that through a long-term process, the likelihood of an all-out war is increasingly growing. Iran has not abandoned its nuclear program. The opposite it true; it continues full steam ahead," he said.

"In Egypt, the army is collapsing under the burden of regular security operations, and this is reflected in the loss of control in the Sinai and the turning of the border with Israel into a terror border, with the possibility that Sinai will fall under the control of an Islamic entity.

"In Lebanon, Hizbullah is growing stronger within government arms, but it has not lost its desire to harm Israel, and the ties with Turkey aren't at their best," he added.

Referring to what he characterized as the possibility of a "radical Islamic winter," Eisenberg warned "This raises the likelihood of an all-out, total war, with the possibility of weapons of mass destruction being used."

During his address, Eisenberg admitted new, more lethal arms surfaced in the hands of Gaza terror groups during the latest round of fighting in the area. As result of the disturbing development, Israeli civilians were instructed to adopt greater precautions, he said. "We discovered a new weapon, and as result of this we instructed the public to hide under two roofs, rather than only one."

PA Starts a Global Media Blitz


The Palestinian Authority has launched a campaign on its Voice of Palestine radio station that aims to gain support for its upcoming bid for UN recognition, even among Israelis.

Voice of Palestine General Manager Ahmad Zaki said that the station is set to broadcast frequent messages explaining the reasons and goals behind the bid – in multiple languages. The campaign is intended for audiences worldwide. Some 26 one-minute messages have been recorded as part of the campaign, each to be aired a few times every day – amounting to hundreds of such broadcasts a day.

The PA has expressed hope the initiative will reach Israeli listeners, which is why some of the jingles were recorded in Hebrew and Russian. It did not say whether it attempted to purchase advertising time on Israeli radio stations, however.

"The Russian message targets the million Israelis who immigrated from Commonwealth of Independent States, imploring them to recognize a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders. The establishment of the state will stabilize the region," Zaki said.

The Hebrew message, which calls 'Palestine' the 194th nation in the UN, urges Israelis "to support a two-state solution, so we can live side by side, Palestine and Israel. The choice is yours: peace for a bright future for you and us, or the continued struggle that leads to tragic results.

"Will you let your kids stay in tanks all their lives? You have suffered, and so have we. You can end everyone's suffering," the message, making use of textbook psychological warfare techniques, said.

The messages describe the "Palestinian people's suffering from 1948 to the present" while blaming Israel for closing the doors to peace, are to be aired in English, Spanish and French, among others.

Israel's officials responsible for public relations have not announced a multi-lingual counter-offensive in markets targeted by the PA. The entire set of multilingual ad spots have been uploaded in a single video on YouTube.

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