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there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
You Really Know the Players?
The revived Sanhedrin:
addresses event for revived Sanhedrin
By Matthew Wagner Jerusalem Post Mar. 1, 2007
Israel Ariel, the head of the capital's Temple Institute
and a leading member of the Sanhedrin, also addressed the
conference. On Monday, he was arrested and questioned by
police regarding alleged threats and incitement to violence
against [Israeli Defense Forces] OC Central Command Maj-Gen Yair
Naveh. Prof. Hillel Weiss of Bar-Ilan University, spokesman for
the Sanhedrin said, "We are here to strengthen the spirit of
the Jewish people and to show that we can take control of our destiny."
right and wrong, or how to ruin Judaism
By Bradley Burston Haaretz 3-9-07
Given free rein, in the end they'd [the radical
right] ruin Judaism as well, replacing it with their own
belief system . If the rest of us would only let them.
How would it look? Something like this perhaps: THE NEW 13 ARTICLES
A good short list of how regular Israeli citizens
view some of the radical religious right positions.
on Religious’ IDF Service
following Op-Ed is a widely held opinion among Israeli citizens:
shalt not serve
It's tantamount to treason to refuse your time in the Israeli
army - unless, that is, you are an ultra-Orthodox Jew.
By Seth Freedman for the UK Guardian Unlimited 3-1-07
change must come from within the Haredi world. They, and they
alone, have to dismount from their high horses, connect with the
real world, and see that the sons of the Hilonim [secular] are just
as precious as their own. They need to "love thy neighbour
as thyself", before sealing themselves up inside their yeshiva
walls and sticking two fingers up at the rest of their country.
more black skullcaps and beards in Haredi battalion
By Yair Ettinger Haaretz (the Land) 2-17-07
[Nahal Haredi] battalion was founded in 1999 as an attempt
to allow Haredi Israelis to serve in the IDF in an atmosphere
conducive to their religious beliefs…. Despite its rapid growth,
the unit failed in its main goal: to be ultra-Orthodox.
It did not enlist yeshiva students but those who dropped out of
them…. About a year ago IDF OC Manpower Major General
Elazar Stern gave ordered that 70 percent of recruits be ultra-Orthodox.
As part of this new policy, the recruits must be graduates of ultra-Orthodox
yeshivas from a list prepared with the help of the NGO.
Haredi recruits US, European youth
By Yaakov Katz Jerusalem Post Mar. 12, 2007
Most of the battalion's 650 soldiers are recruited in Israel
and come from from a haredi or national religious background. For
various reasons, they chose not to continue their yeshiva learning
and enlisted. After completing their service, Nahal Haredi helps
them complete their matriculation and pre-college studies, study
for a profession or return to yeshiva. The Nahal Haredi
Organization facilitates the enlisting process for haredi youth
from abroad who come to Israel to serve in the IDF for just under
a year in the Mahal program. The battalion has close to
100 Mahal soldiers, including 40 from France.
is whose lead many follow? Oy veh.
leaders are cursed, argues the religious right
By Nadav Shragai Ha’Aretz (the Land) 3-12-07
the "crime and punishment" part of The International Campaign
to Save the Nation and the Land - associated with an offshoot of
the Chabad movement [a branch of Hasidic Judaism] - the
sin is "the crime of the disengagement" and the "expulsion"
of 10,000 people from their homes. … The campaign
called "There is Justice and a Judge," which the organization
embarked on recently, asserts that everyone who was a partner
to the "crime of expulsion" or did not act to prevent
it has received or will receive his punishment from heaven.
one out of every four religious and ultra-Orthodox people
in Israel believes former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's illness
is a punishment from heaven in the wake of the disengagement plan.
… However, within the religious and ultra-Orthodox
public, there are those who are shocked and angered by the campaign.
Peacekeepers in the Making?
and Defectors Welcome!
wants ability to fight Hizbullah
By Yaakov Katz and Herb Keinon Jerusalem Post Mar. 8, 2007
is a feeling of frustration within UNIFIL that under the
current rules of engagement they are not free to do their job, which
is to prevent Hizbullah rearmament in southern Lebanon,"
an Israeli defense official told the Post.
general defected with classified documents’
By Roee Nahmias Yediot Aharonot – Ynet 3-9-07
colleague says Ali Rez Asgari left Turkey with documents,
maps that shed light on Revolutionary Guards' links to Hizbullah,
Islamic Jihad; defector was privy to confidential information
regarding Iran’s plans in case of conflict with US,
Iranian Defense Official Talks to Western Intelligence
By Dafna Linzer Washington Post Staff Writer March 8, 2007;
Asgari served in the Iranian government until early 2005 under then-President
Mohammad Khatami. Asgari's background suggests that he would
have deep knowledge of Iran's national security infrastructure,
conventional weapons arsenal and ties to Hezbollah in south Lebanon.
Iranian officials said he was not involved in the country's
nuclear program, and the senior U.S. official said Asgari is not
being questioned about it. Former officers with Israel's Mossad
spy agency said yesterday that Asgari had been instrumental
in the founding of Hezbollah in the 1980s, around the time of the
bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.
I see the train a’comin’
It’s comin’ round the bend….
and Writing and Ramadan
The Muslim Council of Britain's plan for "sensitizing"
by Irfan al-Alawi & Stephen Schwartz Weekly Standard
03/12/2007, Volume 012, Issue 25
Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is the leading institution
representing Sunni Muslim fundamentalism in the United Kingdom….its
authentic agenda is discernible in its new recommended guidelines
for accommodating Muslim students in British state schools--equivalent
to the public school system in the United States. Just published,
the guidelines are entitled "Towards Greater Understanding--Meeting
the Needs of Muslim Pupils in State Schools: Information & Guidance
for Schools" and can be downloaded at www.mcb.org.uk. The
guidelines call upon British schools to "respond positively
to meeting the needs of Muslim pupils." It's a tall order.
on Terror is Worth Fighting to Win
Iraq withdrawal may harm Israel
By Jerusalem Post staff and AP Mar. 12, 2007
US Vice President Dick Cheney told the AIPAC annual conference in
Washington on Monday afternoon that "President Bush
is committed to the two-state vision, but will only agree to a peace
accord that acknowledges Israel's right to exist, as well as the
denunciation of all violence and terror." The vice
president stated that such a withdrawal would "give
extremists the taste of victory" and that they would
act to overthrow any moderate forces in the region. [Bush’s
pledge is uncompromised support of Israel]
to AIPAC: U.S. can't show weakness on Iraq, Iran
By Shmuel Rosner Haaretz Correspondent and The Associated
D.C. - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Monday warned
the U.S. not to show weakness in Iraq, during an address
to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington,
D.C. In a region where "impressions are important,"
said Livni, countries must be careful not to demonstrate weakness
and surrender to extremists.
arrested in IDF raid on PA compound
By Jerusalem Post, AP and Yaakov Katz Mar. 7, 2007
IDF said that despite several requests the army had made
that the official Palestinian security branches not provide sanctuary
for wanted terror suspects, the Tanzim terrorists were being protected
in the intelligence building, and the IDF requests were
Tomb of Jesus…NOT
respect over 'lost tomb of Jesus'
Millions of Christians are offended by the recent 'discovery'
of the 'tomb of Jesus'
by Malcolm Hedding International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
for Yediot Aharonot
documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" which claims that
the burial cave of Jesus and his family, including a child, has
been found in East Talpiot, in Jerusalem, has stirred controversy
and drawn widespread media attention, much of it disturbing and
even offensive. It has been disturbing because serious scholars
in the disciplines of archaeology and related scientific fields
here in Israel have long ago debunked this claim as, at the very
However, the glee with which some in the print and broadcast
media in Israel 'latched on' to this story was not only irresponsible
but worrying. The anchor on one evening news broadcast
pressed a scholar in an interview to assert that this discovery
would shake Christianity to its core. By this she meant that it
would break the foundations of the faith, since Christianity rests
squarely on the resurrection of Jesus! No resurrection, no Christianity!
It is as simple as that.
Other Controversial Dig
entries to site broadcasting Mugrabi Gate dig
By Ronny Sofer Yediot Aharonot YNET 3-7-07
government made a wise decision, allowing transparency to the world
in general, and the Muslim world in particular, proving there was
no harm to Islamic holy sites,” according to government Minster
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