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FROM NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS, BEST RABBIS AND GREATEST MINDS TO THE WORST POLITICIANS, SEXIEST STARS AND AMERICA’S BEST LOOKING MEN… ALL ARE LISTED IN THE BOOK

“WORLD LIST OF BEST AND WORST”

By Shoshanna Rosenstein

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Photo: Cover of the Book "The World's List of Best and Worst" which is driving people nuts!

The best and worst ideas, events, people, news and personalities of our time. Thousands of names and hundreds of lists from the around the world. The book is filled with captivating stories, unbelievable hilarious facts, and personal secrets of top names in politics, entertainment and world affairs. The author in a bursting simplicity explains the characteristic features and personality of Americans and people in 135 countries, and provides a huge roster of the greatest people of our time. If you are a list fanatic, this book is for you to grab. The author is in a privileged position to write the book and compile all those lists. Maximillien de Lafayette has traveled through forty-six countries. He is fluent in seven languages, and the author of numerous books. The lists are not totally compiled by him. They are the results and collection of global opinions, serious research, statistics, polls, and surveys, by socialites, famous and infamous figures, world media and various journalists, as well as the general public. The commentaries are all by the author, and are fascinating, intelligent, and humoristic. The book has just about every list you can look for. It covers entertainment, rabbis, tele-evangelists, madams, politics, war, art,  food, restaurants, shows, literature, unhappy wives, screwed up famous husbands, best and worst ideas, mistakes, customs, and funny events, all mixed up with Nobel Prize winners and the most hated and loved people in history.

The book contains zillion of lists such as: 1-List of the world’s 100 biggest hoaxes and practical jokes. 2- List of the 300 most influential African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Italian Americans. 3- List of the dumbest celebrities, stars, politicians and leaders quotes. 4- List of the dream-girls. 5- List of the world’s best and worst places to be a mother. 6- List of the best little pick-up joints in the world. 7- List of 1,000 stuff, names, events, bizarre facts only very intelligent people would know. 8- List of the best and worst destinations for women worldwide. 9- List of the most bizarre laws in the United States. 10- List of the 100 people who are screwing up America. 11- List of the 50 biggest celeb scandals since 1982. 12-Politicians’ most sexually scandalous emails. 13- List of the 100 people who matter.

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Photo: Cover of Volume II of "The Ultimate Book of World List."

This book has it all; all the lists you need. From the world’s top 100 people, most influential persons in the United States, the most beautiful women in America, to the best and worst books, politicians, celebrities, music, novels, leaders, fashion and those who are screwing up America today. What caught my eyes are two sections; first, a survey on what Americans and people from around the world love and hate most; second, the list of celebrities, journalists and stars booking fees and how much you have to pay each one of them to come to your party or to speak in your event! Oh yes, they charge for that. In this book, you will know how much!! The author, Maximillien de Lafayette who wrote over 100 books, and visited so many countries gathered a fleet of researchers to conduct a survey worldwide on the most important, funniest and silliest things in our life. Almost one million people were interviewed. It is so interesting to learn about the similarities and differences that exist between people around the globe. The survey is shocking! It covers so many angles ranging from people who love or hate “talking during intercourse” to “the greatest minds and inventions of our time.”

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 First, it was one volume of 740 pages: THE WORLD LIST OF BEST AND WORST. The book is doing great. Then, the editors began to compile more and more lists sent by fanatic readers and unhappy lists’ buffs. People are going crazy about the book, and readers are grabbing copies right and left. So, the publishers decided to expand the book, and print 2 new volumes with revised and added lists. So now we have the first print which is still the “master file” and two new tomes: THE ULTIMATE BOOK OF LISTS containing 1,780 pages, and the fun continues. It you are a lists’ reader, you found your destination. These three volumes or any of them will take your breath away and throw you off your chair. It is so fun and so informative. So much stuff to find and to learn from in this crazy and wonderful set. It is like a huge encyclopedia but fun and hilarious. Don’t think for a second it is plain gossip. On  the contrary, it has lots of depth, intelligent insight and wealth of information. The author has a great sense of humor. Yep! That’s the book of the year, period! Published and sold by Amazon and Times Square Press.

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FAMSPA REMEMBERS AND HONORS THE LEGENDARY CHAYELA ROSENTHAL, STAR OF THE VILNA JEWISH GHETTO THEATER!  Chayela Rosenthal was an extraordinary human being; singer, actress, comedienne, and stage pioneer. She was born in 1924 in Vilna, Lithuania, became known as the Star of the Vilna Ghetto Theatre, when at age seventeen, during the  brutal Nazi occupation, she sang her lyricist brother Layb's songs and starred in his satirical musical plays written especially for the theatre established to boost morale in the tiny overcrowded ghetto. Read

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BOOKS AND DIVAS: THE WAR OF THE ROSES AND JAZZ DIVAS IN MAXIMILLIEN de LAFAYETTE'S NEW BOOK

ENTERTAINMENT DIVAS CABARET JAZZ THEN AND NOW IS THE BOOK OF THE YEAR!

Photo: The legendary Marlene Verplanck graced the cover of the book Entertainment, divas, cabaret, jazz then and now.

We had a ball reading Maximillien de Lafayette's most recent book Entertainment Divas Cabaret Jazz Then And Now. It was such a fun!

Photos from L to R: the beautiful Quinn Lemley and the incomparable Dottie Burman.

On one hand, we were impressed by the wealth of information and analytical and social studies of the development and origin of music  and live entertainment in America. And on the other hand, we were amused and joyfully entertained by the bizarre and most unusual stories, anecdotes and gossip about stars and starlets of the world of steamy cabaret and effervescent contempo Jazz. Full story.

CDs Reviews by Shoshanna Rosenstein                                  Special Turkey of the Year: Bruce Gaitsch

Bruce Gaitsch released  a new  CD "Sincerely". Don't waste a penny on this ridiculous and most boring so-called album. It is funny and incomprehensible how third rate guitar players like Gaitsch manage to stay in business. This guy is the perfect living example of mediocre musicians who produce nuisance with the blessing of studios operated by people who lack taste and knowledge of real music. Rating: Just below zero. Don't expect much from a person who knows little about refined music, class and civility. I am talking about Bruce Gaitsch. Read more

 

ALLEGEDLY, TERRORISTS AND FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAMISTS OBTAIN MALAYSIAN PASSPORTS AND VISAS TO SEVERAL COUNTRIES

Kula Lumpur, Malaysia-Malaysian Passport holders are granted 'visa on arrival status' in European Union. Malaysia has become The Launching Pad for non Malaysian Terrorists to secure original Malaysian Passport through bribe. The Bush Administration realized that it is against US interest (after 9/11) that it pressured Canada to revoked 'visa on arrival status' for Malaysian Passport holders. Malaysia being a multi racial nation makes it a better choice for Terrorist Groups to seek its passport. Among such outfits are Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ezham of North Sri Lanka, Patani Liberation Organization of South Thailand, Mindanao Liberation Organization of South Philippines, Jemaah Islamiya of Indonesia etc. Further claims are posted on page 28 of the website: www.pdrm-ms.com - By Dr. N. Mahadevan. Read

Jerusalem Mayor: Women Should Have Full Equality at the Western Wall. Mayor Lupolianski has accepted requests to expand the women's section of the Wall. By Gideon Schmerling, Jerusalem Municipality Spokesman. For the first time since Jerusalem was re-unified, the Western Wall plaza is about to expand significantly. Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski has accepted the requests made by female worshipers who said the space allocated for the women's section is too narrow. Read

Thwarting of suicide bombing attempt in Israel's home front. IDF, ISA and Police forces thwarted yesterday afternoon,  an attempt to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel's home front. Following specific intelligence information received in the early morning hours from the ISA, concerning a terror cell en route to carry out a suicide bombing, temporary roadblocks were set up along the Trans-Samaria road. Read

Jesus the Palestinian In Palestinian Authority ideology. By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook. The cartoon in today's Al Quds depicts a Palestinian and an Iraqi being crucified on the same cross. This expresses a common Palestinian motif, found in both text and cartoons, that depicts Palestinians as Jesus, and Jesus as a Palestinian. [See below for more cartoons of Palestinians on cross like Jesus.]

Palestinian historical revisionism: Historical revision is a backbone of Palestinian political and academic behavior, as the leaders attempt to create a separate "Palestinian Arab" history and identity for themselves, distinct from the general Arab and Islamic history. "Palestinian" Arabs are a very recent creation, and did not exist before the advent of PLO terror in 1965. Note, for example, that under UN resolution 194 in 1948, refugees were not called "Palestinian Refugees," relating to a national identity, but were called "Palestine Refugees," referring to geography - from where they came. Read

Murderers of Eliyahu Asheri arrested. Early this morning, July 4th 2006, IDF forces arrested three of the murderers of Eliyahu Asheri, 18, who was abducted and murdered on June 25th 2006. IDF forces surrounded the Palestinian police building in Ramallah where three of the murderers of Eliyahu Asheri were hiding and called for them to exit the building. After several hours the three turned themselves in and were taken for questioning by security forces. Read

Unknown Gunmen Kill Hamas Leader,  Dr. Hussein Abu Ajwa in Gaza City. Dr. Hussein Ahmad Mustafa Abu Ajwa, a 43-year old resident of El-Tuffah Quarter in Gaza City, was killed yesterday by unknown gunmen. He worked as an associate professor at Al-Aqsa University, and was a leader in Hamas. Read

2 Members of Izzedeen El-Qassam Battalions Killed in a Mysterious Explosion Gaza City. At approximately 13:10 on Wednesday, 5 July 2006, two Palestinians were killed in a mysterious explosion in a house located in the densely-populated Zaitoon Quarter in Gaza City. Read

Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms. Armed Personal and Clan Clashes. Small Girl Killed in a Clan Clash in Nuseirat Refugee Camp. A 12-year old girl was killed this morning in an armed intra-clan clash in Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 6 July 2006, a dispute within the Abu M'hadi clan erupted in the western part of Nuseirat refugee camp over an old dispute on a piece of land. Read

PM Olmert: "I Believe That We Will Succeed in Bringing Gilad Back Home."
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser). Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held a working meeting today (Tuesday), 4.7.06, in Sderot.  Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Director-General Ra'anan Dinur, Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal, Sdot Gaza Regional Council Chairman Shimon Cohen, Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council Chairman Alon Shuster, Eshkol Regional Council Chairman Uri Na'amati, and the Prime Minister's Military Secretary, Maj.-Gen. Gadi Shamni, attended the meeting.
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Photo: Reproduction: Hagai AharonCorporal Gilad Shalit, was injured in the Sunday raid in which he was captured but was alive.

Photo: Corporal Gilad Shalit is alive.

GAZA CITY: Palestinian militants holding an Israeli soldier issued a new set of demands, calling for the release of 1,000 prisoners and a halt to Israel's military offensive in Gaza. But Israel rejected them, even as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said indecision within Hamas is one obstacle to ending the crisis. The Palestinian deputy minister of prisoner affairs, Ziad Abu Aen, said mediators had told him the Israeli soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit, was injured in the Sunday raid in which he was captured but was alive. "He has three wounds. Read

United States warns Israel not to harm Abbas and Palestinian civilians, By Peggy North, World Jewish News Agency, Foreign Correspondent.

Photo: Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

The United States is very concerned with the "Israel's intensified military operations in Gaza " said a spokesman at the US State Department. The United States government has instructed the Israeli government not to harm President Abbas, civilian Palestinians and vital social infrastructure in the West Bank. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is in the process of briefing the Israeli cabinet on the situation, the IAF flight over Damascus and the coordination she deemed necessary between the UN, the European Union and the United States. Read

StandWithUs.com & StandWithUsCampus.comGaza militants say fired chemical-tipped warhead. A spokesman for gunmen in the Gaza Strip said they had fired a rocket tipped with a chemical warhead at Israel early on Sunday. The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the claim by the spokesman from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement. The group had recently claimed to possess about 20 biological warheads for the makeshift rockets commonly fired from Gaza at Israeli towns. This was the first time the group had claimed firing such a rocket. "The al-Aqsa Brigades have fired one rocket with a chemical warhead" at southern Israel, Abu Qusai, a spokesman for the group, said in Gaza. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the army had not detected that any such rocket was fired, nor was there any report of such a weapon hitting Israel.

STATEMENT FROM PM OLMERT'S BUREAU: "ISRAEL WILL NOT GIVE IN TO EXTORTION". "ISRAEL WILL NOT GIVE IN TO EXTORTION" BY THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND THE HAMAS GOVERNMENT, WHICH ARE LED BY MURDEROUS TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS.  WE WILL NOT CONDUCT ANY NEGOTIATIONS ON THE RELEASE OF PRISONERS.  THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY BEARS FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WELFARE OF GILAD SHALIT AND FOR RETURNING HIM SAFE AND SOUND TO ISRAEL."

IAF fly over the Presidential Palace in Syria. IAF planes carried out early, this morning, an operational fly over above the Presidential Palace near the city of Latakia in Syria. The fly over is part of IDF activity based on the understanding that Syria provides patronage and support for the leaders of terror organizations, for most the Hamas, responsible for the abduction of Cpl. Gilad Shalit. Read

QASSAM ROCKETS: A Qassam rocket landed in kibbutz Nir Am in the western Negev. There are no reports of injuries or damage.

Official denies reports on Abbas' plan to form emergency government.GAZA-Mohamed Dahlan, a Fatah lawmaker, denied on Saturday reports that President Mahmoud Abbas was planning to form an emergency government to replace the Hamas-led one. It was reported that after Israel detained one third of Hamas-led cabinet ministers in the West Bank, Abbas was weighing the formation of an emergency government.  "These reports are totally untrue.  Read

The Gaza invasion What should Abu Mazen do? Prompted by the arrests of 8 Ministers of the Hamas-led PA government and a further 25 Hamas-affiliated PLC members, in addition to the 12 PLC members who were already in prison, the Near East Consulting team on Thursday night 29 June and Friday morning 30 June conducted a short phone survey in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip mainly asking the respondents what Abu Mazen should do given the current situation. In total, 704 interviews were successfully completed. Read
 

ErdoganErdogan slams Israel's Gaza operation, arrest of Palestinian politicians. Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday denounced Israel's offensive in the Palestinian territories and the arrest of dozens of Palestinian politicians as a disproportionate and mistaken response to the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier. "I find it hard to understand the abduction of (Palestinian politicians) and cannot see it as a contribution to Middle East peace," Erdogan told reporters in Ankara, the Anatolia news agency reported. "It is a very, very mistaken attitude," he added. Read

Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms Using Weapons in Personal and Clan Disputes. PCHR: Four Palestinians Killed and Six Injured, including One Child, in Armed Clan and Personal Disputes. Four Palestinians were killed and another six injured, including one child, during armed clan and personal disputes, which took place over the past 24 hours in Salfit, Beit Lahya and Rafah. Read

the color greenPalestinian Presidency Calls International Community to Prevent Israel from its Reaction. GAZA, (WAFA - PLO news agency)- Presidency said that it will launch an immediate and comprehensive investigation on the operation against Israeli military post east of Gaza. In a statement issued Sunday, Presidency called on the international community and the Quartet Committee to prevent Israel from exploiting the operation for carrying out wide aggression against the Gaza Strip. Presidency said that such expected aggression would be a gift for those parties who want escalation in which the Palestinian people would "pay the price." Presidency said that all Palestinian factions agreed on the resumption of the truce and halting all actions against Israeli occupation for not offering them the opportunity to close Rafah Border Crossing or to escalate aggression against Gaza. Presidency asserted that such operation (against military post) contradicts  the internal Palestinian understandings. The statement of Presidency wondered on how factions agreed on halting operations against Israeli military while carrying out such operations. Presidency affirmed that such operations are against the Palestinian  "national consensus."
 

PA PM Haniya: No peace unless refugees return to inside Israel and also compensated for years of expulsion.   Read

VPM Peres kept Tranport Min. Mofaz out of the loop? Unaware of Jordanian-Israeli airport venture. Mofaz says unaware of planned discussion of Jordanian-Israeli airport venture. Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said Thursday he is unaware of planned talks between Jordanian and Israeli experts to discuss plans to build a joint airport in Aqaba. On Wednesday it was reported that Mofaz and Vice Premier Shimon Peres will meet next week to discuss the project. Dr. Aaron Lerner: "VPM Peres discussed the plan yesterday with the King of Jordan.]"


Qassam rocket lands in western Negev; no injuries. A Qassam rocket landed near an Israeli community in the western Negev. There are no reports of injuries but a greenhouse was lightly damaged.
 

Channel 2 News: Pollard Won't Let Rafi Eitan Sleep. Israel's Channel 2 Television News reported tonight that supporters of Jonathan Pollard won't let Pensioner Party head Rafi Eitan sleep. Anchorwoman, Yonit Levy, reported that for the second time this month scores of  Pollard supporters gathered outside of Eitan's home at bedtime with whistles and noisemakers and shouted slogans and chants to keep Eitan, (Pollard's former handler), from sleep. The demonstrators held posters of Pollard aloft as they shouted, "Rafi, how can you sleep when you betrayed and abandoned Pollard?" and "Rafi, if your lack of conscience lets you sleep, we won't!" The news report referenced Jonathan Pollard's lawsuit which seeks to establish that Rafi Eitan is morally unfit to be a government minister. Pollard's petition is still before the courts. Eitan, it was reported, responded to tonight's events saying that he did not abandon Pollard. According to the Channel 2 report, Eitan and his neighbors on the usually quiet Tel Aviv Street summoned the police, who arrived with the GSS to disperse the crowd of demonstrators. Protestors vowed to return and continue the protests until Eitan resigns. A film clip showed the Pollard protestors whistling, shouting and chanting: "Rafi Eitan! Teet-pat-tair! Pollard shaveh yotair!" [Rafi Eitan, resign! Pollard is worth more (than you!)]. Following the film clip, anchorwoman Yonit Levy concluded the report with the comment: "Lo shochachim; lo solchim." (We do not forget; we do not forgive.) Source: Israel Channel 2 Television News

MK Yossi Beilin: Only idiot would not shoot at rocket launching team preparing to launch. By Dr. Aaron Lerner.

Speaking in a live interview broadcast on Israel Radio's noon news magazine, MK Yossi Beilin proposed that Israel unilaterally announce a complete cease fire to be in place for several days.  If the cease fire fails to be honored by the Palestinians, Beilin noted, Israel would then have not choice but to act. The program anchor asked Beilin if by "complete cease fire" this means that if Israel observes a Qassam launching team on the way to launching rockets towards Israel that Israel should do nothing. "Only an idiot would not shoot to stop them from launching", Beilin replied. Beilin suggested, however, that some of the Israeli attacks were not against  launching teams preparing to launch.

Two Qassams land in open areas in western Negev. Two Qassam rockets were fired from the northern Gaza Strip. According to assessments by security officials, on landed in an open area near Gavim junction and the other landed in an open area near kibbutz Erez. No one was wounded and no damages were reported. Defense Minister Amir Peretz met with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz following the botched missile strike in Khan Younis and received a detailed report on the initial investigations into the incident. Peretz directed Halutz to stress the directive at every level of command that in carrying out operations, it is always preferable to cancel a mission than risk harming innocent civilians.

VPM Peres attacks own government via Peres Peace Center? Peres Center for Peace: Severe, Ongoing Harm to Palestinian, Israeli Private Sectors due to Limited Functioning of Karni.  Read

EGYPT: A quarter-century after Camp David, Palestinians face discrimination, say experts. . Read

DM Peretz veto's IDF plan to destroy Palestinian rocket factories in Gaza. By Dr. Aaron Lerner. Israel Television Channel Two military affair correspondent Ronnie Daniel reported this evening that Defense Minister Amir Peretz vetoed a plan presented by the IDF for a massive attack against the terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip that would include destroying the Qassam rocket factories. Daniel noted that the Palestinians have recently stepped up the production of rockets.
 

Sderot: Qassams land during president's visit Read

Hamas weaponry manufacturing facility targeted [are there more?] IDF SPOKESPERSON ANNOUNCEMENT: Hamas weaponry manufacturing facility targeted. Early this morning, the IDF targeted a structure used by the Hamas terror organization as part of the weaponry manufacturing industry in the Gaza Strip. The structure, located in Gaza City, was used by Hamas to manufacture weaponry, including projectile rockets meant for attacks against Israel. Over 130 rockets have been fired at Israel over the course of the past 10 days alone. The Palestinian Authority is fully responsible for any attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip. Unfortunately, it continues to take no action in order to prevent the daily attacks against Israeli civilians. The IDF will continue to act with determination and to employ all means at  its disposal to combat terrorists and their infrastructure, in order to defend the citizens of Israel.

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Olmert jokes: Blair liked realignment so much he almost joined Kadima. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during a Kadima faction meeting reported on his visit to England and France last week. During the meeting he joked that UK Prime Minister Tony Blair "was so overjoyed by the realignment plan that he wasn't far from joining Kadima."

IDF Spokesperson's Office declines to comment on "target bank". Asked the IDF Spokesperson's Office this morning if the IDF is aware of targets similar to the Hamas weaponry manufacturing facility the IDF targeted this morning. The IDF Spokesperson's Office responded that it is against IDF policy to  make public operative security information.-By Dr. A. Lerner

Tourism to Israel Up 25 Per Cent in First Five Months of the Year 883,900 Visitors Enter the Country between January and May. 883,900 tourists entered Israel in the first five months of 2006, a 25 per cent increase over the same period last year. According to Isaac Herzog, Israel's Minister of Tourism, increased marketing efforts will see 2.6 million tourists arriving by the end of the year. The minister referred to the latest forecast and plans to re-launch English and Russian-language tourism websites. The majority of tourists, 739,400, arrived by air in the first five months of the year, up 20 per cent. 187,800 foreign tourists arrived in Israel in the month of May alone, nine per cent more than in May 2005.

PM Olmert Convenes Ministerial Disengagement Committee to Discuss Assistance to the Residents. Read

Abbas Calls Factions to Halt Shooting Rockets towards Israeli Areas. RAMALLAH,  (WAFA- PLO News Agency)- President Mahmoud Abbas called Tuesday on various Palestinian factions to immediately halt shooting (homemade) rockets towards the Israeli areas. Spokesman of Presidency said that President Abbas called for halting shooting the rockets and to totally abide by the truce with the Israeli side. Spokesman of Presidency added that Abbas called on the High Follow-up Committee (consists of all Palestinian organisations) to hold an extraordinary meeting in Gaza and to issue a joint statement reiterating truce and protecting the Palestinian people and land.

Aaron Lerner: "Israel Radio drops report of Qassam attacks from 9:00 AM news." Israel Radio's 9:00 AM news bulletin declined to mention the Qassam attacks that hit Israel over the course of the evening and early morning. Israel Radio reported on the 7:00 news broadcast that according to correspondent Nissim Keinan a total of six Qassams were launched from the Gaza Strip overnight, five of which landed in Israel [this is double the number reported on the 5:00 AM news].  He also reported that the IDF thwarted the launching of one Qassam by firing at the launching team. By Dr. Aaron Lerner.

'Israel's weapons used against Jews'.Read

More Evidence on Beach Killings Implicates IDF. Palestinians Agree to Independent Inquiry. . Read

Iranian Presidential Advisor Mohammad Ali Ramin: "The Resolution of the Holocaust Issue Will End in the Destruction of Israel". . Read

UN Sec'y Gen.: Israel can't defend itself if Palestinians use human shields. UN Secretary-General's press encounter following  Security Council Kofi Annan Meeting on Timor-Leste.  Read

Dozens of passengers hurt after train making its way from Tel Aviv to Haifa. Read

Abducted US student returned to Israel. Read

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WORLD REPORTS

UN Human Rights Special Session Targets Israel. The first-ever "special session" of the UN's new Human Rights Council was convened by the Arab Group today to censure Israel for alleged human rights violations stemming from the Gaza crisis. The Jewish state was already condemned on Friday by the Council, on the last day of its inaugural two-week session, in the new body's only country-specific resolution. Read

Russian anti-terror body to control search for diplomat killers. MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti) - Russia's anti-terrorist committee will coordinate the work of the country's secret services to hunt down the terrorists who killed five Russian diplomats in Iraq earlier this month, the chairman said Friday. One Russian Embassy employee was shot dead in a June 3 attack in Baghdad and four others were kidnapped before being executed by an al-Qaeda linked cell. Read

Red Cross Says Sorry for Misbehavior in Golan. Read

New Poll Shows French and Germans more Sympathetic toward Israel.  Read

Prime Minister Tony Blair says there is "no excuse" for the bloodshed to continue in Iraq with the formation of a new government.  Read

Russian Military Denies Seeking Mediterranean Naval Base in Syria.. Read

ISRAEL'S NEWS

Israel's Political-Security Cabinet Communique (Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser). The Political-Security Cabinet met today and issued the following statement: "The Cabinet expresses its support and appreciation for the actions carried out by the IDF and the security establishment, on instruction from Defense Minister Amir Peretz. The goals of the operation, as we have defined them from the outset, are and remain the release of abducted...Read

IDF activity in the northern Gaza Strip in order to expose tunnels and explosives. IDF forces are conducting a pinpoint operation in the area near the fence in the northern Gaza Strip in order to reveal explosives and tunnels dug into the ground by terror organizations and serving them for attacks against Israel. Due to the continued terror activity originating from the Gaza Strip, the IDF retains the right to operate against the terror organizations in the Gaza Strip, in accordance with operational requirements. The IDF has no intentions of causing harm to the daily lives of the civilian Palestinian population but will do all in its power in order to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of Israel. The IDF will continue to act with determination and to employ all means at its disposal against Palestinian terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip to allow the unconditional return of Cpl. Gilad Shalit and to stop terrorist attacks and the launching of rockets towards Israel.

Confiscation of documents and digital media belonging to the "Daawa'" facilities connected with the Hamas terror organization. Hamas is a terror organization which regularly plans and carries out attacks against Israel, including attacks over the past few weeks. Last night, July 6th  2006, IDF forces and Civil Administration representatives carried out an operation in the Jordan Valley region , confiscating documents and digital media belonging to the Hamas "Daawa" organizations in the Jericho region. Read

FOREIGN MINISTRY STATEMENT ON THE EXECUTION OF RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS IN IRAQ (Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman). An Al Qaida-lnked Iraqi terrorist organization announced on Sunday, 25.6.06, that it had executed four Russian diplomats who had been kidnapped on 3.6.06.  Israel expresses regret and outrage over the deaths of the Russian diplomats.  Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni extends her condolences to the diplomats' families and expresses her solidarity with the Russian people. She emphasizes Russia's, Israel's and the entire enlightened world's common struggle against terrorism and hopes that those who perpetrated this criminal act will be captured and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

IDF aerial attack against terror cell armed with an anti tank missile. This morning,  the IDF carried out an aerial attack in the northern Gaza Strip against a terrorist cell armed with an anti-tank missile, and confirmed striking the cell. The cell was identified near the northern section of the security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The IDF will continue to act against terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip, in order to secure the safe return of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, and to bring a stop to terrorist acts and rocket fire aimed at Israeli civilians.

ISRAEL'S MILITARY DEMANDS DECISION ON GAZA

TEL AVIV [MENL] -- Israel's military, encountering fresh Hamas threats, has urged the government not to maintain a limited ground troop presence in the Gaza Strip. Officials said Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz has demanded that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz either expand the current military operation in the Gaza Strip or order a withdrawal. Halutz, officials said, has argued that a static force in the Gaza Strip would result in Israeli casualties. "We can't remain in a stationary position for much longer," a military source said. "We're either inside and fighting or outside the Gaza Strip." Today, several elite battalion units, backed by 50 main battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and bulldozers, penetrated the northern Gaza Strip as part of Operation Summer Rain. The incursion took place three days after Olmert and Peretz blocked an attack on Bet Hanoun, a town in the northern Gaza Strip regarded as the launch pad for Palestinian missile strikes against Israel.

Sealing of "Daawa'" facilities connected with the Hamas terror organization. Hamas is a terror organization which regularly plans and carries out attacks against Israel, including attacks in the past few weeks. Last night, July 3rd 2006, IDF forces and Civil Administration representatives carried out an operation in the regions of Nablus, Tulkarm, Bethlehem and Hebron, confiscating documents and digital media belonging to the Hamas "Daawa" organizations. In addition, forces sealed several offices belonging to "Daawa" organizations. Under the guise of a charity association, the "Daawa'" organizations function as system for the flow of terror funds. The "Daawa'" organizations were declared illegal following the financial support they provided for families of suicide bombers and imprisoned terrorists. This financial and social support provides an incentive for terrorists to carry out attacks and stems an increase of public support of these terror organizations.

Suicide Bombing against IDF forces in the Gaza Strip thwarted. Three armed Palestinians attempted to attack IDF forces located in the southern Gaza Strip near the airport in Dahaniya, earlier tonight. The forces identified the three gunmen approaching and fired at them, as a result of which the three were killed. Upon closer inspection of the bodies, two of the gunmen were found to be wearing explosive belts. The IDF will continue to act with determination and to employ all means at its disposal against Palestinian terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip to allow the unconditional return of Cpl. Gilad Shalit and to stop terror attacks and the launching of rockets towards Israel.


IDF targets an Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades weapons storage facility and an operations center in the northern Gaza Strip. Early this morning, July 3 rd 2006, the IDF carried out an aerial attack on a facility in Beit Hanun used by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror organization to produce and store weapons. The IDF also carried out an aerial attack against an operations center of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the city of Gaza. The IDF will continue to act with determination and to employ all means at its disposal against Palestinian terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip to allow the unconditional return of Cpl. Gilad Shalit and to stop terror attacks and the launching of rockets towards Israel.

Further easing of the closure on Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. IDF SPOKESPERSON ANNOUNCEMENT: Further easing of the closure on Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. As part of the IDF policy and effort to ease limitations on the civilian Palestinian population that is not involved in terror activity, the Civil Administration has authorized 3,000 additional merchants to enter Israel for work purposes. This raises the total number of merchants authorized to work in Israel to 10,000, in addition to the 16,500 general workers authorized to work in Israel.

As Qassam attacks continue DM Peretz devotes day to planning evacuation of outposts. Peretz speeds up evacuation preparations. Defense minister instructs army to expedite preparations for plan to evacuate illegal outposts in West Bank. He gave the Israel Defense Forces two weeks to complete preparations for a plan to evacuate illegal outposts in the West Bank. Peretz ordered the army to concentrate its preparation efforts on settlements with a history of violence against soldiers, policemen and Palestinians. In talks with chief of general staff Lit.-Gen. Dan Halutz, and senior military and legal officials Peretz was presented with the legal criterions for the planned evacuations. "I attach great importance to maintaining law and order and to places where people take the law in their hands and mock law enforcement authorities."

IDF aerial attack against terror cell en route to launch Katyushas (Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson). Read

Peretz signals end of military restraint.  Read

IAF strike kills top PA official. Read

 

ARAB WORLD NEWS

Director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights denies Palestinian commitment to peaceful resolution? Read

Justice Minister Directs Letter to Human Rights Watch over the Arrest of For MPs. Read

Syria and Iran to Enhance Defense Relations. TEHRAN, (SANA - Syrian News Agency). Defense Minister Hasan Turkmani on Tuesday said that the Israeli continued aggressive policy and the unlimited support extended to Israel stand behind the continuation of conflict, tension and instability in the Middle East. Turkmani's comments came during a meeting with Chief of the General Leadership of the Iranian Armed Forces Sayyed Hasan Fayrouz Abadi where both sides underlined the importance of exchanging defense delegations between both sides. Turkmani, also Deputy Leader of the Army and Armed Forces, stressed the significance of the standing relations between Syria and Iran, particularly in the defensive ties. Abadi, for his part, referred to the distinguished role played by Syria in resisting the occupation, stressing the necessity of continuing resistance until the Israeli full withdrawal from the occupied Arab lands.

Arab League Foreign Ministers Adopt Draft Resolution Rejecting Israeli  Acting PM's Unilateral Plan for West Bank Read

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 PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY NEWS

Abbas blames Hamas for crisis

GAZA CITY: Palestinian militants holding an Israeli soldier issued a new set of demands on Saturday, calling for the release of 1,000 prisoners and a halt to Israel's military offensive in Gaza. But Israel rejected them, even as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said indecision within Hamas is one obstacle to ending the crisis. The Palestinian deputy minister of prisoner affairs, Ziad Abu Aen, said mediators had told him the Israeli soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit, was injured in the Sunday raid in which he was captured but was alive. "He has three wounds. Read

President Calls the Arab League to Transfer Money. GAZA, (WAFA - PLO news agency)- President Mahmoud Abbas called on the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Amr Moussa, to transfer the money to the account of the Palestinian National Authority. In a statement to WAFA, Spokesperson of Presidency, Nabil Abu Rdina, said that President Abbas sent a letter to Moussa calling him to transfer money, specified for the Palestinian people, to the account of the PNA. He added that his call comes as an attempt to face the difficult situation the Palestinian people live.
 

President Abbas Renews Call on Israelis to Return to Negotiating Table.  Read

President Abbas Calls for Halting Rockets at Israel Amidst Israeli threats of Wide Offensive on the Strip. Read

Abbas Puts Security Personnel on High Alert to End Security Looseness.  Read
 

Serious Escalation in Tensions between Fatah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip and  West Bank.  Read

Abbas, Haniyeh Differ on Referendum, Agree on Dialogue. Ehud Olmert Torpedoes Referendum as 'Meaningless Internal Game'.  Read

 

ARAB MEDIA WATCH by Sue Lerner, World Jewish News Agency Arab Media Watch Editor, Israel.

Excerpts: Nuclear Iran.  An Iran with a nuclear capability could act more aggressively toward its Arab neighbors and the GCC countries" "The Iranian government is facing a dilemma ... by making the nuclear  program an issue of nationalism". Read

"Who Are the Real Conjurors? ". Sorcery in the Arab world. "(media) obsessed with reports of scandals involving sorcerer, magicians and the black magic industry thrive in our country". Read

FROM THE ARAB PRESS

The international Red Cross has voted to admit Israeli and Palestinian relief agencies. Read

Saddam lawyer killed in Baghdad. Al-Obeidi is the third Saddam defence team lawyer to be killed. Read

"Islamic countries have every right to nuclear energy". Read

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NEW YORK JEWISH SOCIETY, EVENTS AND PEOPLE

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THE WORLD JEWISH NEWS AGENCY SELECTS THE MET COUNCIL " CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR".  Read

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Row in India delays Da Vinci Code.  Read

Martin Scorsese is to receive an award for his documentary work. .Read

Broadway boasts record new season. Read

Janet's breast flash fine upheld. US media regulators have rejected a second appeal by the CBS TV network to lift a fine for Janet Jackson's breast exposure during the 2004 Super Bowl. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fined CBS $550,000  for the infamous "wardrobe malfunction". The FCC said given the public outcry that followed, "it was CBS and not the commission that was out of touch with the standards of the American people". More than 500,000 complaints were received after the broadcast. Read

Dixie Chicks downplay tour claims.  Comments by Natalie Maines (seen in centre) prompted the controversy. Country music group the Dixie Chicks have downplayed reports that poor sales are forcing changes to their planned 43-date North American tour. A concert industry magazine claimed shows had been dropped in Republican states such as Oklahoma and Tennessee. The group's spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times there would be "some reshuffling of dates" but also some additions to the itinerary. Read

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JEWISH OPINIONS AND ANALYSES

A Master Plan to Defend Sderot, By Professor Steven Plaut, World Jewish News Agency Senior Political Commentator

Let us emphasize that Sderot is in pre-1967 Israel, well within the Green Line. It is not a "settlement", unless one considers Tel Aviv and Haifa also to be settlements. I hereby propose the organization of the Sderot Defense Forces (SDF). The SDF will be a militia entirely operated by and manned by the residents of Sderot. Its function will be to retaliate whenever Sderot is attacked. Read

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A Monument for Evil. Where should Zarqawi be buried? Read  

 Armies take captives.  Terrorists kidnap. By Micah Halpern, World Jewish News Agency, social and political commentator. Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli Defense Force soldiers and kidnapped a third, Gilad Sharit.  The Palestinian attack on an Israeli military outpost was well planned and executed. Read  

TAKING THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE.The prospect of Palestinian civil war is looming closer and closer.   It is a prospect that is daunting not only for Palestinians but for the entire Arab world.  Intra-Palestinian fighting frightens everyone. Read  

A Simple Solution for Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel. by Dr. Jerome Kaufman, World Jewish News Agency socio-political analyst. The local Jewish newspaper reported on the recent World Zionist Congress (WZC) election and the remarks of the National Secretary of the organization who was one of the 55 members of Association of Reform Zionists of America. (ARZA) that had been just elected. . Read

AS THE SHARON ERA DRAWS TO A CLOSE.  by Dr. Jerome Kaufman, World Jewish News Agency socio-political analyst. We will be hearing a lot of oft-repeated misinformation and some deliberate propaganda, concerning this true icon of Israeli history. Commonly presented is the unfortunate distortion relative to General Ariel Sharon, PM Menachem Begin and Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982.The episode is always described as some great mistake that Israel made without good cause and from which they have suffered the deserved consequences over the years. Read

Just Imagining. By Steven Shamrak. In 1964 a "Mexican Liberation Organization" for Independence of the South-West states of the USA" – MLO - was created with the help of the Mexican government. In 1972 the MLO murdered the members of US wrestling team at Olympic Games of Munich. Since then, the citizens of the United States have been subjected to random acts of terror by the members of various factions of the MLO. Read

Abbas: Terrorists are "our heroes". By Itamar Marcus. Israelis leaders anxiously look to Mahmoud Abbas as a potential peace partner, largely because of his moderate statements in English. However, his Arabic statements continue to show admiration for even the most depraved terrorists. Likewise, Abbas rejects terror for tactical reasons only -- not because it is immoral. During a television interview this week, Abbas twice referred to those terrorists serving "tens of life sentences" in Israeli jails as "our heroes." Read

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Anti-Semitism in France is getting worse every week. Once again, the real news is conveniently not being reported as it should. At present, in my Hebrew class, there is a woman who recently made aliya from Paris with her family. I have spoken with her about anti-Semitism in France and she confirmed that it is very, very serious and getting worse every week. She and her family fled Paris and came to Israel, fearing for their lives -- literally. Read

Palestinian Authority political leaders advocated kidnapping-for-hostage policy
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

Foreign Minister, Mahmud Al-Zahar: Hamas will not hesitate to kidnap Israeli soldiers "to exchange for [Palestinian] prisoners, should the opportunity arise." [Al-Sharq Al-Awsat). Interior Minister Saed Siam: "It is inevitable to kidnap soldiers to exchange for them... There is nothing the resistance cannot do. And when there is a goal and a good plan, the goal can be achieved... [In the past] Hamas succeeded in kidnapping and hiding bodies, but unfortunately, two bodies were handed over for nothing." [Undated video clip from Abu Dhabi TV - before Hamas came into power]. Read

Hamas: Islam will conquer US and Britain

By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

Hamas Video: A Hamas video just released on their web site focuses on the broader Palestinian Islamic ideology, promising the eventual conquering and subjugation of Christian countries under Islam. The way Israel "ran" from Gaza after terror is presented as the prototype for future Israeli and Western behavior in the face of Islamic force. The video is a collection of statements by Hamas terrorist leader, Yasser Ghalban, killed last week by Palestinians, in the ongoing internal fighting. To view this video, anticipating Islam's conquering of US and Britain, click here.
www.pmw.org.il/asx/PMW_yasserghalban.asx

The following is the transcript of selections from the Hamas video: "We will rule the nations, by Allah's will, the USA will be conquered, Israel will be conquered, Rome and Britain will be conquered. The Jihad for Allah... is the way of Truth and the way for Salvation and the way which will lead us to crush the Jews and expel them from our country Palestine. Just as the Jews ran from Gaza, the Americans will run from Iraq and Afghanistan and the Russians will run from Chechnya, and the Indian will run from Kashmir, and our children will be released from Guantanamo. The prisoners will be released by Allah's will, not by peaceful means and not by agreements, but they will be released by the sword, they will be released by the gun". The video identifies itself as from the "Al-Qassam Brigades Media Office."  "Al-Qassam Brigades" is the name the Hamas calls its military wing. (www.palestine-info.net) June 22 2006:

Al-Qaeda Video: The ideology is similar to the Al-Qaeda ideology, and this can be seen by viewing an Al-Qaeda video seen now on many sites on the Internet, likewise anticipating battles with other religions throughout the world. "They Are Coming" is 12 minute collection of scenes of Al-Qaeda's training around the world: Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Eritrea, Indonesia, Kashmir, Somalia, Philippines, UK, Algeria and Pakistan. This propaganda video addresses the American public with captions in English, images of dead and injured American soldiers, and threats such as: "They Are Coming", "Start digging your graves", and ends with a burning US flag. Click here to see Al-Qaeda video. www.pmw.org.il/asx/PMW_theyarecoming.asx

ONE QUARTER OF THE BRITISH MILITARY MEN POWER  WORKS FOR SAUDI ARABIA. THE MILITARY BRITS AND SAUDIS ARE IN SYNC. SECRET ARMS SALES AND DEALS BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND SAUDI ARABIA WORTH $12 BILLIONS. By Peggy North, World Jewish News Agency, Senior Correspondent in Great Britain. Read

IRAN HAS NUCLEAR BOMB: Report

Iran was said to have acquired a nuclear bomb. A leading U.S. nuclear proliferation expert said Teheran obtained an atomic bomb about a decade ago from the nuclear black market. The expert said Iran  sought to produce additional nuclear weapons through technology from Pakistan and other countries.
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COMMENTARY OF THE WEEK

Why has Israel launched "Operation White Flag?"



By  Dr. Aaron Lerner, World Jewish News Agency International Senior Commentator and IMRA Director, Israel. 

  
Unless COS Halutz, DM Peretz, PM Olmert and the rest of the team are engaged in a perfectly choreographed operation to trick the Palestinians into dropping their guard it would appear that instead the team is preparing the Israeli public for a prisoner exchange with the Qassams continuing to rain down until one manages to kill enough people that action might be taken - or not.

No.  Israel won't trade Palestinian prisoners in return for Gilad Shalit. But what if a week or two after Shalit's return Israel should decide - in a move to bolster Mahmoud Abbas' status - to release hundred of prisoners with this having absolutely nothing to do with the return of Shalit?  (wink wink). That's the plan that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been trying to work out.  And Israel is praising him for his efforts.  The catch appears to be that Hamas doesn't want to rely on Mubarak's guaranty that Israel with fill their side of the bargain. With COS Halutz saying that IDF operations alone can't free Shalit, DM Peretz explaining that there is no "magic solution" to fighting terror and the assessment carefully leaked from the meeting of the Olmert Government that the whole mess could take months to resolve, Israel sends a clear message to Hamas that it is, indeed, preparing the public to accept a prisoner exchange - subject of course to it being carried out under a face-saving label.

Yes, DM Peretz fired off yet another 3 ton warning - saying that Israel considers all the Hamas leadership to be fair game.  But with Israel Air Force chief Maj.-Gen. Eliezer Shkedy proudly explaining that even a terrorist about to fire a Qassam won't be stopped if he holds his son's hand while he launches the rocket, the Hamas leadership hardly has a reason to fear as long as they keep a child or two within arm's reach. How did this happen?   How did Israel lose its momentum? It isn't just that PM Olmert and DM Peretz are no longer able to procreate. Part of the problem is that Olmert, Peretz and many of the professionals involved in handling the situation genuinely believe that retreat to the '67 border would herald an era of peace and tranquility.  The problem isn't the Arabs but instead the Israeli public that must be taught, step-by-step, that all alternatives to full retreat are futile.

Yes, Hamas says they won't accept such an Israeli retreat.  Yes, the National Conciliation Document makes it clear that both Fatah and Hamas insist on destroying Israel via the exercise of the right of return.  But the retreat to the '67 border crowd is convinced that they know better than the Arabs.  Even if the retreat initially promises only a few months of quiet, they argue, the Palestinians will be overwhelmed with joy with their new situation during the lull and abandon their demands as they channel all their energies into building the new Palestinian state. Or so the argument goes. Given that the team is ambivalent about the importance of an Israeli victory in this episode, they then readily embrace the favorite excuse for a lack of intestinal fortitude: fear of sanctions. The spinners in the Olmert team set up this situation by first making it known that Israel can only act if Uncle Sam gives the nod, thus making it clear to Washington that it should pressure the Jewish State not to act decisively as the White House may find itself sharing the blame in Arab eyes. It was then only a matter of time before the fear of UN sanctions would be raised by those in the know to justify inaction. But does Israel really risk sanctions any more than it did when it carried out Operation Defensive Shield (which included a media circus over the Jenin "massacre")? With elections coming up in November would the Bush administration really not impose a veto at the UN if Israel took the kind of decisive action that many Americans are frankly puzzled Israel isn't carrying out already given the circumstances?

No.  It simply isn't true that Israel needs to be able to show rows of bodies shredded by a Qassam hit in order to "sell" decisive action to the American public. And if the Olmert team honestly feels that that is the case, then they are in the wrong profession.

       
Last Week Commentary
Olmert continues ignoring reality - but dramatic shift in  public opinion may clip his wings. By Dr. Aaron Lerner

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert disturbingly simplistic mantra that nothing will stop him from retreating may appeal to his household, but it hardly serves as a replacement for a well reasoned and coherent policy. Mr. Olmert's team's struggle to sell retreat to the world has become so desperate that they have gone so far as to try to package the retreat as implementation of the Road Map stripped of the Road Map's requirements of Palestinian compliance.

That's right.

The same Olmert who keeps saying that he won't negotiate with the Palestinians unless they first fulfill their security obligations is the Olmert whose team says is now planning to retreat from most of the West Bank and allow for the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state in the evacuated areas if the Palestinians don't fulfill their security obligations. That's a sovereign Palestinian state with access to the outside world via gateways not controlled by Israel. Either the Olmert team has been so busy working on the retreat that they haven't had a chance to keep up with the news or they simply don't care that the Rafah Crossing has been a security failure in the absence of Israeli control.

That's a sovereign Palestinian state turning the most populous areas of Israel into one big Sderot while Mr. Olmert is incapable or unwilling to protect Sderot from the consequences of the Gaza retreat. That's a sovereign Palestinian state that, as bizarre as this may sound, would probably be praised by the world - including the White House - if it "destroyed the terror infrastructure" by co-opting all the terrorists into a Palestinian army (as proposed by "moderate" Mahmoud Abbas).

That's a sovereign Palestinian state that in all likelihood would end up also in the vital Jordan Valley (the Olmert team now uses the same phraseology to describe control of the Jordan Valley that the Sharon team used to describe Israeli intentions to retain control of the Philadelphi Corridor - before Israel retreated out from this strategic wedge separating between Gaza and Egypt). Olmert insists that nothing can stop his retreat, much as Ariel Sharon did in the year approaching the retreat from Gaza.

But is this retreat truly unstoppable? There is a world of difference between the two situations. The debate over retreat from Gaza relied on speculation and conjecture. The disastrous consequences of the retreat from the Gaza Strip has served to dramatically change public support for Olmert's plan to retreat from the West Bank. Back on June 7th  the pollsters at  Dialog  found that 56% opposed Olmert's plan. A Shvakim Panorama poll released tonight finds that opposition has now jumped to some 70 percent. If the trend continues support for retreat may be limited to Mr. Olmert's immediate family and other diehard radicals. Mr. Olmert may want to ignore the polls, but he is surrounded by politicians more interested in protecting and advancing their own careers than in being loyal to their current leader, come-what-may.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is it moral to die for human shields? By Dr. Aaron Lerner

               
"I have always maintained that there has to be proportional use of force, and governments have to be careful not to take action in areas where civilians are remotely likely to be put in harm's way" UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan 13 June 2006. Kofi Annan may indeed think it is not nice for the Palestinians to manufacture, store and launch rockets from within the Palestinian civilian population, but he rewards such behavior by arguing that Israel must respect the human shields - even if this means sacrificing Israeli civilian lives. The Palestinians argue that they have the right to murder the residents of Sderot as part of their  "right to resist the occupation".  But Yasser Arafat's September 9, 1993 letter to Yitzhak Rabin committing on behalf of the Palestinian People to "a peaceful resolution of the conflict. . . resolved through negotiations" forfeited whatever "right" to violent "resistance" the Palestinians could have conceivably had prior to Oslo. That's not to say that Arafat's letter and the agreements that followed it stripped the Palestinians of the ability to struggle for their interests. It just limited them to pursuing them via non-violent means - both on the domestic and the international front. In an ideal world Israeli technology would zap the rockets out of the sky, thus avoiding Annan's criticism.  But there simply isn't such equipment available tonight to protect the residents of Sderot from the next barrage. By the same token, while Israel has made strides in its ability to identify and target rocket teams as they deploy to launch, a considerable number of launches are carried out before the teams can be taken out. As a result, Israel finds itself  constantly having to choose between exposing Israeli civilians to the risk of being murdered by Palestinian rockets or taking action against the rocket teams and the infrastructure supporting the teams  where Palestinian "civilians are remotely likely to be put in harm's way." Right now Defense Minister Amir Peretz is opting to prefer the safety of Palestinian human shields over that of his neighbors in Sderot. This may play well among radical Left circles and the Kofi Annans of the  world but it remains nothing more than a grotesque perversion of morality. Ironically, when one compares IDF operations in the West Bank, where crack ground teams are constantly operating in urban areas with most "civilian" casualties limited to people who actively decided to remain at the scene of an operation, to the almost exclusively airborne operations Israel carries out in the evacuated Gaza Strip, one could readily conclude that the best way to reduce the loss of "innocent" Palestinian lives is for Israel to retake the Gaza Strip.

Quote of the day: "I wish 10 months ago they had hit a strategic facility - then we would not be in this mess". Dr. Aaron Lerner
"I wish 10 months ago they [AL: the Palestinians] had hit a strategic facility in Ashkelon - then we would have taken action and we would not be in this mess today." Former commander of Israel's Southern Command, reserve Maj. Gen. Yom-Tov Samia, commenting on the situation in the Gaza Strip today in a live interview broadcast on Israel Radio this morning
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ABBAS' PLAN IS PRESCRIPTION FOR TERROR NOT PEACE
By Morton A. Klein, President of
Zionist Organization of America 


It seems you can't read an article about the Arab-Israeli conflict these days without someone promoting and praising the National Accord Document, formulated by jailed Palestinian terrorists and proposed for a referendum by Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority.  
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THINK LIKE A TERRORIST. By Micah Halpern

Think like a terrorist. If you want to stop terrorism, you have to think like a terrorist.  Not like a bureaucrat.  Read full article

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Peace Index
By Prof. Ephraim Yaar and Prof. Tamar Hermann
Prime Minister Olmert's visit to Washington is defined as a success by a clear majority of the Jewish public. As for the basic political position he presented regarding the immediate need for permanent borders, it appears he also has considerable public support at this time.
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The Finkelstein Syndrome, By Roz Rothstein. In May of 2006, I witnessed the bizarre rantings of the author and Holocaust revisionist Norman Finkelstein at UC Irvine. This was the second time that I had the misfortune of sitting through his lecture, the first time was at Cal State Fullerton.  Read full article

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University of Haifa Iraq Expert Baram: End of al-Qaida in Iraq
By A. M. Goldstein, Div. of External Relations

HAIFA. "The death of Zarqawi signals the beginning of the end of the al-Qaida organization and of Sunni rebellion in Iraq." Read

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ISRAEL'S PRIME MINISTER APOLOGIZES TO EGYPT...WHY?    By Emanuel A. Winston

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert apologizes to Egypt's President Mubarak for the killing of two Egyptian terrorists dressed in Egyptian uniforms.
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ALONG THE ISRAEL-DIASPORA FAULT LINE By David Borowich

By now, the tremor that A.B. Yehoshua set off along the relatively sensitive Israel-Diaspora fault line has subsided.  But the aftershocks have exposed a widening rift between the Israeli and American Jewish communities.  Read

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A Reply to Jimmy Carter. By Rachel Neuwirth. In recent years, former President Jimmy Carter has shown a growing animosity toward Israel.  Just this past January, at the Herzliya Conference, President Carter must have astounded his audience when he declared that “you can’t have a Palestinian state living in peace and dignity if it is filled with Israeli settlements.”  Read full article

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Is There A Diplomatic Solution  To The Iranian Nuclear Issue?
By Ephraim Asculai, Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University.

Last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected Europe's most recent offer to halt uranium enrichment in exchange for various incentives, this time including a light-water reactor.
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Thinking through retreat, by Dr. Aaron Lerner

What happens if  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert succeeds next week in getting enough votes to put together a stable "retreat coalition"?  Read

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EDITORIAL by Robert Novak: "WILL BUSH HELP ISRAELI CHRISTIANS?"

I just finished reading one of Robert Novak's screeds against the Jews. This was on the Editorial Page of the Chicago Sun-Times of May 25, 2006 but you may find it in your local newspapers. The title or I should say 'angle of attack' was "Will Bush Help Israeli Christians?"
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DE-POPULATING ISRAEL?

At the risk of boring you with repetition, I will point out that there is a second phase of evacuating the Jewish people off and out of their G-d given Land. Fortunately, the well-known DEBKAfile has picked up the issue. (Please see DEBKAfile's June 12th edition wherein it states): Sderot and its Negev neighbors are in danger of de-population. 
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Tree of Paradise: Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire features twenty-one Roman-period mosaics acquired by the Brooklyn Museum in 1905. Twelve of the mosaic panels on display were part of the sanctuary floor of the synagogue in Hammam Lif, Tunisia (the ancient Punic city of Naro, later the Roman Aquae Persianae), the primary subjects of which are Creation and Paradise. Read

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