there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
A Nation Remembers the Cost of Liberty
committed to fighting racism, Olmert says
Israel's leadership gathers at Yad Vashem,
honors memory of six million victims
Lilach Shoval Yediot Aharonot Ynet.com 4-15-07
Minister Ehud Olmert, a keynote speaker at the ceremony,
warned of those who "had not yet learned the lesson the
Holocaust. Many gather at respectable academic institutions,
with hatred of Israel blinding them."
"Most of the world population is aware of the Holocaust
and aware of the evil agenda of Holocaust deniers," he
said. "They withhold from the Jewish people the right
to a sovereign state. They are the first to find an excuse
for any atrocity committed against Israeli civilians and the
loudest in censuring defensive operations of the State of
in the State of Israel, we shall build a society that is the
complete opposite of the agenda of evil that sought to destroy
us. We shall uproot any form of discrimination, any shred
of racism, extremism and xenophobia. This is our historic
duty and the call of Israel's conscience," Olmert
Press Consistently Downplay Threats
Against Christian Arabs in Palestinian Controlled Areas
is a developing story that has been covered in all three online
Israeli newspapers over the past months but even FOX News
Israel Bureau journalists reported this story incorrectly
today, claiming Christian Arabs usually aren’t troubled
in Gaza and the West Bank—as if this report is all
due to Al Qaeda infiltration into Palestinian controlled
areas. This is not true. Simply do a Google web search
with these keywords: Christian exodus Holy Land.
You will see documentation that most of the international
media on the ground in Israel is failing to report factually.
Hold their feet to the fire for the sake of those Arab believers
who have not fled, but are standing on dangerous ground in
the Holy Land.
hit Christian bookstore, two Internet cafes in Gaza City
By The Associated Press Haaretz 4-15-2007
one was hurt and no group claimed responsibility for the blasts,
which took place around 3 a.m. local time, Palestinian security
officials said. But heavy external damage was visible at the
three stores. At the bookstore, which is funded by American
Protestants and known as the Bible Society, a number of books
were also burned in the explosion.
library, Internet cafes bombed
Independent Online .com 4-15-2007
blast at the library, property of a Baptist church association,
blew off the entry doors and caused extensive damage inside,
a security source said. "This is a criminal and cowardly
act that casts a shadow over the entire Palestinian people,"
Rami Ayad, a member of the association, told AFP. "We
will not cave in and will continue our aim of helping our
Internet cafe owners seek protection
By Khaled Abu Toameh Jerusalem Post Apr. 5, 2007
appeal was made after unidentified assailants detonated explosive
charges inside an Internet cafe in the town of Jabalya in
the northern Gaza Strip. No one was hurt in the pre-dawn attack,
but the place was completely damaged, witnesses told The Jerusalem
Post. Wednesday's attack was the third of its kind in less
than a week and the 48th in the past five months. . . . PA
security sources said the attacks were the work of a radical
Islamic group that began operating in the Gaza Strip last
year. The group, which calls itself Swords of Islamic Righteousness,
is believed to be an offshoot of al-Qaida.
Baptist Church Seized
The Journal Chretien February 5, 2007
SANTA ANA, CA — Palestinian Authority (PA) police of
the Fatah party have seized the six-story Gaza Baptist Church
building as a watch point against militants supporting the
governing Hamas movement.
Hanna Massad, pastor of Gaza Baptist Church, wrote in a Feb.
3 prayer SOS that late on Feb. 2, PA police officers demanded
the building key from the church’s lone guard. The guard,
who had no key, informed church leaders, who refused to give
the key to police. Police then broke into the building, taking
up positions on the sixth floor. The guard called a church
leader, who informed Massad.
The forgotten people
By Etgar Lefkovits Jerusalem Post Dec. 29, 2006
"It is a reality that the Christian community is leaving
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip at a rapid pace - and it
seems that nothing can be done to stop this reality,"
said Rev. Alex Awad, dean of students at Bethlehem Bible College.
"Within 15 years Christians in the Holy Land will be
a totally insignificant minority, with just people running
the churches and the institutions and no viable Christian
community in the Holy Land."
Baptists Look Heavenward for End to Violence
By Ethan Cole The Gospel Herald .com 2-2-07
Christians are caught in the crossfire between Fatah and Hamas
in Gaza, as the political rivals exploded in gunfights on
Thursday after a three-day truce. “It is very dangerous
for everyone,” Khader Khoury, leader of the Gaza Baptist
Church, told Open Doors in a report on Wednesday.. .. Hanna
Massad, pastor of Gaza Baptist Church, reported that people
given an opportunity are fleeing Gaza.. .. Khoury, however,
has vowed to not leave. “I won’t leave,”
he said. “I love Gaza. I’m an intercessor for
Gaza. We will stay. This is our field.”
War on Terror
The world used to think it was just Israel's
war--Surprise! It's not.
Captured Iraqi documents tell a different story.
by Thomas Joscelyn The Weekly Standard 04/13/2007
terrorism researcher shoots holes in the Washington Left “struggle
to prove that the connection between Iraq and al Qaeda was
nothing more than fiction.” ….”
Here is just a small sample of what some of the Iraqi intelligence
documents and other evidence collected in postwar Iraq has
A related quote
From the Courthouse to the White House: Fred Thompson auditions
for the leading role.
by Stephen F. Hayes The Weekly Standard 04/23/2007
potential presidential runner, former Senator Fred Thompson,
his years of service in the U.S. government
has served as special counsel to the Senate Intelligence
of the intel that Saddam had WMDs] "People
don't understand intelligence. They don't understand
[that] It's seldom clear. It's often caveated.
It's sometimes flat-out wrong. Different people often have
different ideas. That's what a president is faced with."
"The irony here is that intelligence services had consistently
over the years understated the capabilities
of enemies and potential enemies. Now, here there
was unanimity among the intelligence services,
some of whom are supposed to be better than ours."
Al Capone Model of Anti-Terror Policing
How old tactics are countering new threats.
by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & Kyle Dabruzzi The Weekly
CAPONE HAD BECOME a celebrity criminal by 1931. Everybody
knew what he was up to: his litany of offenses included
murder, bribery, and running illegal breweries. But
the government would have had trouble proving Capone's guilt
beyond a reasonable doubt for his most notorious activities.
Instead, it charged him with tax evasion… His conviction
for tax evasion is the most famous example of a model that
law enforcement adopted to combat the unique problem that
the mob posed--a model that is now being used address the
threat of terrorism.
Similarly, today prosecutors often find it difficult
to prove the most serious terrorism offenses, such as material
support, beyond a reasonable doubt. But the investigation
of suspected terrorists often reveals other illegal activities
that prosecutors can go after.
avoiding attacks on America to escape US wrath
By Hilary Leila Kreiger WASHINGTON Jerusalem Post
Apr. 12, 2007
hasn't conducted attacks in America out of concern
that it would provoke too strong a response and disrupt the
organization's fund-raising in the US, according
to Federal Bureau of Investigation assessments. "They
want to maintain a low profile by engaging in criminal
activity [but] not direct attacks," Thomas Fuentes,
special agent in charge of the FBI's International Operations,
said Wednesday at a foreign press briefing. "They've
not been enthusiastic about doing it on US soil because of
the attention and reaction that would occur." Fuentes
said any attack in America would mean a large boost in US
resources devoted to countering Hizbullah.
Most Embarrassing Mistake--Illusions of Grandeur
(She though she could
just sweep into the Middle East and peace would blossom?)
denies peace message to Assad
By Herb Keinon Jerusalem Post Apr. 5, 2007
Prime Minister's Office issued a rare "clarification"
Wednesday that, in gentle diplomatic terms, contradicted US
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's statement in Damascus
that she had brought a message from Israel about a willingness
to engage in peace talks.
Nancy Pelosi's foolish shuttle diplomacy
Editorial Washington Post April 5, 2007; Page A16
SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered an excellent
demonstration yesterday of why members of Congress should
not attempt to supplant the secretary of state when traveling
abroad. After a meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar
al-Assad in Damascus, Ms. Pelosi announced that she had delivered
a message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that "Israel
was ready to engage in peace talks" with Syria. What's
more, she added, Mr. Assad was ready to "resume the peace
process" as well. Having announced this seeming diplomatic
breakthrough, Ms. Pelosi suggested that her Kissingerian
shuttle diplomacy was just getting started. "We
expressed our interest in using our good offices in promoting
peace between Israel and Syria," she said.
view on foreign policy:
Pelosi steps out of bounds on ill-conceived trip to Syria
Editorial UsaToday 4-6-07
Democrats in Congress have been busy flexing their foreign
policy muscles almost from the moment they took power in January,
for the most part responsibly. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
crossed a line this week by visiting Syria, where she met
with President Bashar Assad. She violated a long-held
understanding that the United States should speak with one
official voice abroad — even if the country is deeply
divided on foreign policy back home.
a similar delusion:
Clinton says Syria & Israel could resolve conflict in
4-15-07 the paper citing a report fro the London-based Arabic
newspaper, Asharq Al-Aswat article on Sunday said that as
in the case of Oslo, Clinton favors secret negotiations, behind
closed doors prohibiting interference from the media and Iran....not
to mention MOST Israelis who would vehemently oppose Oslo-style
Defense Secretary to Israel--1st in 8 years
hopes to ease Israeli fears over arms sales to Saudi Arabia
Shmuel Rosner Haaretz 4-12-07
American defense establishment is determined to sell these
systems to Arab states and will seek a compromise
formula in order to prevent supporters of Israel in Congress
from foiling the deal. Israel has also expressed
interest in procuring a number of advanced systems from the
U.S. and it is possible that Washington will agree to reconsider
the sale of these to Israel in exchange for an easing of Israeli
objections to the Saudi deal.