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The Saudi fig leaf
By Anshel Pfeffer Jerusalem Post Mar. 12, 2007
Much has changed
in the five years since the Saudi initiative first emerged, but
two principles have remained sacrosanct. The Palestinians, backed
by the Arab leaders, have adamantly refused to back down from the
demand for the "right of return" of Palestinian refugees.
All Israeli governments continue to oppose any concession on the
issue, reflecting the consensus that allowing the refugees back
would amount to suicide of the Jewish state.
A temporary union for common purposes
...but is the purpose a pursuit of peace or funding?
rejects Hamas Fatah coalition in landslide vote
By Jerusalem Post and AP Mar. 18, 2007
The Cabinet on Sunday overwhelmingly approved Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert's call to boycott the new Palestinian Authority unity government.
. . . According to Olmert, "Israel expects the international
community to continue to impose sanctions on the Palestinian government
until it accepts the three conditions set by the Quartet."
'disturbed' by PA gov't platform
By Associated Press Jerusalem Post Mar. 18, 2007
Bush administration found little good to say Saturday about a Palestinian
coalition government that falls short of Western demands and complicates
US plans to revive long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
With Iranian help, Hamas forces growing faster than Fatah
By Reuters Ha’Aretz 3-21-07
Iranian help, Hamas forces are expanding fast and getting more sophisticated
weapons and training than do those under Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas' control, according to the U.S. security coordinator.
leader ordered out of J'lem
By Etgar Lefkovits Jerusalem Post Mar. 22, 2007
The interim decision handed down by the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court
comes two weeks after a previous court ruling barred Sheikh Raed
Salah from congregating with more than eight people in the city
following a series of run-ins the radical leader had with police
over a contested archeological excavation underway near the Temple
Mount. Salah, an Israeli citizen who heads the extremist northern
branch of the Islamic Movement of Israeli Arabs which denies Israel's
legitimacy, had previously called for an intifada over the archeological
dig by the Jerusalem holy site.
deadly epidemic sweeping across our world
Suicide bombings are a killer epidemic spawned from a tragically
erroneous world view.
Not an act of desperation
By Rabbi Levi Brackman Yediot Aharonot 3-23-07
long as this horrendous phenomenon was just contained to Israel
people were able to claim that suicide bombers were just groups
and individuals who had lost all hope and out of extreme desperation
resorted to killing others with explosives attached to their bodies.
Because of the pervasiveness of this sort of violence this argument
is now defunct. However the truth is that it should have never been
given any credibility in the first place, and its premise shows
a fundamental ignorance of both the possible causes of suicide and
radical Islamic society.
You Dig It?
works did not damage Temple Mount, UN says
UNESCO report, which will be published Wednesday, states Israel
adhered to international standards in Mugrabi Gate excavations
By Lilach Shoval Yediot Aharonot 3-13-07
the report, which was obtained by Ynet, UNESCO experts laud Israel
for the transparency with which the works were being carried out,
and note that the excavations conducted near the Temple Mount compound
do not jeopardize its stability.
Proposes Expanded Bill to Outlaw Missionary Activity
by Hana Levi Julian Arutz Sheva Israel National News [A
religious news source]
reported by the Interior Ministry indicated that 437 Jews abandoned
their faith to “accept Jesus” in 2003, rising to 884
converts to Christianity in 2004 and 733 in 2005. . . . “Whether
it is Christians coming from abroad or Jewish converts working in
Israel, they all have the same agenda – to destroy every trace
and memory of the people of Israel,” reads the proposed bill.
seeks harsher punishment for missionaries
Led by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, party proposes bill to completely forbid
proselytism in Israel, sentence violators to one year in prison
By Neta Sela Yediot Aharonot – Ynetnews.com 3-14-07
A war on missionaries
was declared Tuesday when Shas faction head MK Yakov Margi proposed
a bill stating that Israel 's laws against proselytism should be
aggravated. Backed by six other faction members and in concordance
with Shas' spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's instructions,
Margi proposed the sentence for preaching conversion should be one
deal produces 12 new ultra-Orthodox rabbinic court judges
By Amiram Barkat Haaretz 3-21-07
of the 15 judges appointed to rabbinic courts yesterday are relatives
of politicians, public figures or veteran rabbinic court judges,
and only one has a background in law. Women's rights organizations
said yesterday was a black day in the struggle for women's rights
in the rabbinic courts. Many view the rabbinic courts as favoring
men in divorce cases and as failing to do enough to minimize the
problem of women whose husbands refuse to divorce them.
up the monopoly
By Haaretz Editorial 3-23-07
ultra-Orthodox may enjoy their achievements for a while, but this
is a pyrrhic victory because they are imposing decrees the public
is another test the new justice minister, Daniel Friedmann, has
failed. It is hard to understand why a man who conducted fierce
struggles against the ultra-Orthodox establishment and against nepotism
hastened to approve the improper appointments of judges who are
anti-liberal, lack legal education and are committed to the Haredi
Divorcing the rabbinical courts
By Anshel Pfeffer Jerusalem Post 3-19-07
Shas uses its clout as a coalition member to ensure that only a
token number of non-haredi rabbis receive the coveted positions.
As a result, the courts ascribe to the strictest version of Halacha,
as interpreted by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv.
… The attempts by more liberal-minded rabbis to solve serious
social and personal problems through more flexible views - even
if they are based on Orthodox literature - are a direct threat to
the infallibility of Halacha. Casting doubt on the validity or relevance
of any detail could bring the whole edifice crashing down. The dayanim
are the guardians of the flame.
in the Holy Land
By David Smith Jerusalem Post Mar. 8, 2007
a Baptist journalist in Israel for the past 25 years, I've often
been shocked at how little Israelis know about my denomination.
Of Note From the Nations
into Hariri killing: Int'l tribunal needed
By Associated Press UNITED NATIONS Jerusalem Post Mar.
chief investigator probing the assassination of former Lebanese
prime minister Rafik Hariri backed the creation of an international
tribunal to prosecute the alleged perpetrators, saying without a
court it is difficult to justify the investigation.
seizes up to 15 British troops in the Persian Gulf
By AP and Jerusalem Post Staff Mar. 23, 2007
British personnel from the frigate HMS Cornwall were "engaged
in routine boarding operations of merchant shipping in Iraqi territorial
waters," and had completed their inspection of a merchant ship
when they were accosted by Iranian vessels, the ministry said in
US backed Israel's bid to eliminate Hizbullah
By Associated Press LONDON Jerusalem Post Mar. 22, 2007
demand for an immediate cease-fire, backed by much of the international
community but ignored for weeks by the United States and Britain,
had been "dangerous and misguided," John Bolton said in
a British Broadcasting Corp. interview…. "Hizbullah had
committed an act of aggression and Israel was reacting in its own
self-defense. And if reacting in its own self defense meant the
defeat of the enemy that was perfectly legitimate under international
law and frankly under good politics."
Way of Defection
Is Iran hemorrhaging high-level officials?
By Michael Young Opinion Editor, Lebanon Daily Star March
is Ali Reza Asgari and why is he important? No one is quite sure
yet, but when the Iranian general and former deputy defense minister
disappeared in Istanbul earlier this year, suddenly everyone had
a good spy story to follow.
official reportedly defected is at NATO Germany
YaLibnan BEIRUT March 15, 2007
is a gold mine for western intelligence," an Israeli defense
source told the Times. ….According to the Times, the escape
took several months to plan, and at least 10 close members of Asgari's
family had to flee the country as well. Asgari has two sons, a daughter
and several grandchildren, and all are considered to have escaped
on the Book Shelf
Interview with Historian Michael Oren
on the Tangled Web of US Involvement from the age of Jefferson to
[author of Power, Faith, and Fantasy]
by Michael J. Totten Pajamasmedia.com February 20, 2007
cannot withdraw from Iraq and be confident that the enemy is not
going to follow you. Because the enemy is going to follow you. America
can’t detach from the Middle East because the Middle East
is not going to detach from America. And America’s going to
have to learn to fight this fight to win in a much more prudent
and effective way. And there are ways America can fight it more
effectively.” — Michael Oren
from Publisher’s Weekly
Power Faith and Fantasy
America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present
by Michael Oren
author of the acclaimed Six Days of War finds continuity
in U.S. relations with the Middle East from the early 19th-century
war against the Barbary pirates to today's Iraq war. As America's
power grew, he contends, strategic considerations became complicated
by the region's religious significance, especially to the Protestant
missionaries whose interests drove U.S. policy in the 19th century
and who championed a Jewish state in Palestine long before the Zionist
movement took up that cause.
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