there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
When Necessity and Courage Meet
really aims to go out fighting
Analysis: By Anshel Pfeffer Jerusalem Post Apr. 18,
we hear from Washington points to the conclusion
that if Israel and the US are
going to foil Iran's genocidal plans, there is an
18 month window of opportunity: the time
left to Bush in the Oval Office.
world must learn from Israel about fighting terror'
By Ben Lando Jerusalem Post Correspondent WASHINGTON
Apr. 22, 2007
law dealing with terrorism is out of date and needs to be
reevaluated, Israel Air Force Col. (ret.) Uri Dromi
said on a trip here this past week. Doing so, in his opinion,
will strengthen the ability of Western countries to fight
terrorism. Currently the United States and Europe have incongruent
military legal and military strategies, which cause them to
lag behind Israel in fighting terrorism, Dromi said. He is
working to create an international "consortium"
of think tanks to consider how well the law is suited to handling
the Diaspora: Hallowing helplessness
By Samuel Freedman Jerusalem Post Apr. 19, 2007
Holocaust remembrance in the United States, very
much unlike Israel, centers almost singlehandedly on
mourning the dead. This worthy and necessary imperative
has turned over the years into something that mocks the memory
of the slain: a consecration of weakness, an association
of victimhood with morality…. But in Jewish
America, we like our communal heroes weak if not dead, and
we measure our worthiness in our ability to claim victim status.
Israel troubles us with its strength and its fallible
exercise of power.
on the Agenda?
threatens violence over Arab plan
By Jerusalem Post staff Apr. 16, 2007
Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal threatened on Monday
evening to return the Golan Heights to Syrian hands "by
way of resistance if Israel [rejects] the Arab peace initiative."
Bilal did not elaborate, but some analysts raised the possibility
of either a full scale conventional war or a terror campaign
in the Golan as one of the means to undertake a mukawama ("resistance"
Related Story by Yaacov Katz: Don't
underestimate Syria's military
Syria readying for war
By Ze’ev Schiff Haaretz 4-22-07
gist of the Israeli message in its recent talks with United
States Defense Secretary Robert Gates is that Syria is preparing
for a military confrontation with Israel
to UNSC on Hariri tribunal
By Associated Press WASHINGTON Jerusalem Post Apr.
panel to prosecute suspects in the 2005 assassination of former
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was meant to clear the air in
Lebanon's fractured and suspicious political culture. Instead,
it has become a defining symbol for the country's difficulties.
Prime Minister Fuad Saniora's weak government has demanded
the tribunal be created, but the opposition parliament speaker,
Nabih Berri, has not convened the legislature to approve the
court. The deadlock threatens Saniora's government.
a Terrorist Organization
Always a Terrorist Organization
Truce with Israel at end
CCTV.com | 04-25-2007 China Central Television English
militants have fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells
toward Israel as Israel celebrated its 59th independence day.
Hamas militants said they considered a five-month truce has
come to an end.
confrontation with Hamas in Gaza is inevitable
ANALYSIS: By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff Haaretz 04/25/2007
claim of responsibility for Monday's rocket and mortar fire
was unusual. Since November, it has refrained from such announcements.
This time, Hamas was apparently motivated by a desire to regain
its fighting image in the eyes of the Palestinian public.
Its statement even exaggerated the number of rockets and missiles
fired. The attack was apparently timed for Independence Day
to maximize its effect.
threatens to cut Hamas ties if rockets don't stop
By Khaled Abu Toameh Jerusalem Post Apr. 25, 2007
"The firing of the rockets and the resignation of Interior
Minister Hani Kawassmeh [earlier this week] are part of an
attempt by Hamas to extract concessions from President Abbas
ahead of his meeting with Mashaal," he told The Jerusalem
Post. "The meeting is supposed to focus on the possibility
of including Hamas in the PLO. Mashaal wants to be deputy
chairman of the PLO. At the meeting, Hamas will agree to a
cease-fire with Israel on condition that Mashaal is appointed
to a senior position in the PLO. This is extortion."
Much Information? Tip of the Iceberg.
confiscates video of interview with Prince Hassan
By The Associated Press Haaretz 04/22/2007
aired a statement by Ghassan Ben Jeddou, the network's bureau
chief in Beirut, Lebanon, who had interviewed Prince Hassan
in Amman and who said the tape contained remarks by the Jordanian
royal claiming that a national security adviser in
Saudi Arabia was financing Sunni militants to fight the Iran-backed
Hezbollah group. The network identified the Saudi
official as Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador
Middle East has become espionage hub teeming with secret agents
By Ronen Bergman Yediot Aharonot YNetnews.com 4-18-07
two … events, as well as other dramatic incidences that
have occurred in the Middle East lately - such the
disappearance of Iranian General Ali Reza-Asgari, the deaths
of Iranian nuclear scientists, the disappearance of others,
and the crash of an aircraft carrying revolutionary guard
members – again highlight the extent to which the Middle
East has become a hub teeming with secret agents operating
against each other in a covert war with only a tip
of it exposed.
of Hope on a Dark Horizon
disavow 'right of return'
'Our leaders exploit us to gain concessions from Israel,'
By Yaakov Lappin Yediot Aharonot Ynetnews.com 4-18-07
large and growing number of young Palestinians born
abroad have no interest in coming to the Palestinian Authority
or Israel, Palestinians in London have told Ynetnews.
They expressed anger at Palestinian leaders for continuing
to trumpet a "right of return," a call which is
neither desirable nor realistic, the men said, adding
that the demand is merely an attempt to force concessions
out of Israel during peace talks.
there is a moderate Islam - let's support it
By Daniel Pipes Jerusalem Post Apr. 17, 2007
Moderate Muslims do exist, I reply. Admittedly, they do not
constitute a movement but represent mere wisps in the face
of the Islamist onslaught. This means, I argue, that the
US government and other powerful institutions should give
priority to locating, meeting with, funding, forwarding, empowering
and celebrating those brave Muslims who, at personal risk,
stand up and confront the totalitarians.
killed in attack on Turkish Bible publisher
By Associated Press Jerusalem Post ISTANBUL, Turkey Apr. 18,
killed three people Wednesday at a publishing house
that had been the subject of protests for distributing
Bibles in Turkey, the government-run Anatolia news
[The publishing house was connected
with Campus Crusade for Christ.]
By Asher Intrater Revive-Israel 4-25-07
week we reported on the murder on Wednesday, April
18 of three Christian evangelists in the east Turkey city
of Malatya (46 year old German missionary and father
of three, Tilman Geske; 35 year old ex-Muslim, pastor of the
local church, and father of two Necati Aydin; and Ugur Yudsel,
a younger, ex-Muslim, already engaged to be married).
The young Muslims who performed the murder were university
students, all 19 years old (this was planned on
purpose, as Turkish criminal law prevents harsh punishment
for minors under 20). The details of the
murder are grotesque, reported as follows….
Muslim gang accused of using stolen documents to grab Christians'
By Khaled Abu Toameh Jerusalem Post Apr. 20, 2007
Dozens of Christian families from the Bethlehem
area are about to discover that their homes and lands
have been "sold" to Muslims without their knowledge,
Palestinian Authority security officials said Thursday. The
officials told The Jerusalem Post that members of a local
Muslim gang have been arrested on suspicion of stealing land
and property registration documents from the Bethlehem Magistrate's
'human rights' groups look the other way
By Amnon Rubinstein Jerusalem Post Apr. 16, 2007
could be more natural, then, than for the celebrated international
human-rights organizations, who rush to condemn Israel for
crimes real and imagined, to cry out in protest against this
ongoing cruelty to the soldiers' families?
[NOT MUCH TO SAY ON BEHALF
OF KIDNAPPED ISRAELI SOLIDERS: Human
Rights Watch, Amnesty International, The Association for
Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), together with the
Al-Mazen Center, Hamoked Center
for the Defense of the Individual, the Gaza
Mental Health Program, the Public Committee
against Torture in Israel, the Addamir
Prisoner Support Center and Physicians
for Human Rights]
Democracy in Iraq
It's starting to take root.
by Reuel Marc Gerecht The Weekly Standard 04/30/2007,
Volume 012, Issue 31
Democrats should admit that they are in a predicament: The
electoral interests of their party are at odds with the interests
of the country in Iraq…. And politically, Iraq is coming
alive again. A Shiite-led Iraqi democracy is taking root--an
astonishing achievement given the concerted efforts of the
Iraqi Sunnis, and the surrounding Sunni Arab states, to attack
and delegitimize the new Iraq.
This isn't just about politics.
by William Kristol The Weekly Standard 04/24/2007
politics is a murky business--gray upon gray, one set of mixed
motives jostling with another. But sometimes there is a
time for choosing--between courage and cynicism, between honor
John McCain's speech to the cadets of the Virginia Military
Institute is the best single analysis by any political
figure of where we stand in the war in Iraq. It is
a serious and sober attempt to persuade the American people
that the war is winnable….
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