there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
Winograd Commission - Israel's
Iraq Study Group Report
Excuse for everyone with an axe to grind)
“respects” Israel for damning war report
Aljazeera.com May 3, 2007
charismatic leader also said that the Winograd commission
“admitted the defeat. The word 'defeat' has appeared
more than 100 times" in its interim report.”
first important result of the commission is that it has settled
-- officially and for good -- the issue of victory and defeat,"
Sheikh Nasrallah stressed. However he said "It's a pity
that we have to wait for an Israeli commission to confirm
media trumpet signs of Israel's defeat
By Khaled Abu Toameh Ramallah Jerusalem Post May.
For many Palestinians and Arabs, the results of the
report are an indication of Israel's "bankruptcy on all
levels, especially the security and political level."
Political commentators throughout the Arab world said the
report was also a sign of Israel's military weakness
and hailed Hizbullah for defeating the "invincible"
Winograd report is proof we were victorious
By Yoav Stern Haaretz Correspondent and News Agencies
Winograd report stressed that Hezbollah was victorious and
that Israel is beatable," a senior spokesman
for the Iranian-backed group told the organization's Al-Manar
television channel. Nawaf Musawi, head of international
relations for Hezbollah, called the war a "divine victory"
against Israel. He said that the report proves that senior
Israeli officials had underestimated Hezbollah's power, adding
that "no one will take us lightly from now on, especially
since we have only gained strength of late."
anti-war message of Winograd
Rattling the Cage column By Larry Derfner Jerusalem Post
May. 2, 2007
wouldn't know it from the tsunami of commentary, but the Winograd
Committee's report takes a decidedly dovish position on the
Second Lebanon War. . . . Despite the impression
given by the media, the Winograd report is no vindication
of the hawkishness that has informed the Israeli public's
post-war backlash against Ehud Olmert, Amir Peretz
and Dan Halutz. . . . THE ISRAELI "street" thinks
the Winograd Report confirmed its judgment that Israel's only
problem in the war was that it was led by a bunch of screw-ups;
the media, inevitably, echo this consensus. . . . Amnesia,
denial, a need for scapegoats, a desperate belief
in military force - all of this will be on display tonight
in Rabin Square as masses of Israelis chant for Olmert's resignation.
Interesting Times column by Saul Singer Jerusalem Post
May. 3, 2007
least I can do when looking back…is not to ignore what
I wrote at the time. While it may be fair to demand
of our leaders wisdom that we pundits don't possess, we should
at least have the humility to admit that that is what we are
doing. . . . there is a difference between productive
soul-searching and wallowing in self-criticism..
. . Renowned Iran expert Amir Taheri, in
his May 3 Jerusalem Post interview, said the war "destroyed"
"That Hizbullah tried to camouflage its defeat
by provoking a political crisis in Lebanon indicates
its understanding that the situation has changed... Usually
in war, you talk of "decimation" - an army's losing
one-tenth of its manpower. In this case, Hizbullah
lost about a quarter of its fighters. It also lost literally
all of its missile launching pads in the south... In other
words, it lost manpower, territory and weaponry.
What else do you want?"
horse and its rider
By Nehemia Shtrasler Haaretz 5-6-07
been a long time since I've felt so out of place. I stood
in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Thursday evening ….Around
me stood people wearing yarmulkas, settlers and Likudniks,
their eyes shining, chanting "Olmert go home." They
hadn't come to throw out the prime minister who failed in
Lebanon. They came to take revenge on the man who was behind
the Gaza disengagement plan, who supported former
prime minister Ariel Sharon, who masterminded the convergence
plan that has since died yet still talks about a Palestinian
returns fire: Those seeking political gain should 'slow down'
By Haaretz Service and agencies May 2, 2007
"Anyone who runs to exploit the situation in order to
make political gains of one kind or another, I advise you
to slow down," Olmert told his adversaries.
. . . Olmert said that "it is clear that the report points
to serious failures in the functioning of the government and
I, who is at its head," but he added, "while submitting
the report, the Winograd panel stressed, that the
most important thing is to look towards the future."
of the Winograd Committee interim report
By Jerusalem Post Staff April 30, 2007
summary unclassified report of Justice Eliyahu Winograd, Law
Professor Ruth Gavison, Political Science Professor Yehezkel
Dror, General (ret.) Menachem Einan, General (ret.) Chaim
the War in Congress Not in Iraq
By Walid Phares PoliticalMavens .com April 24, 2007
simple statement made by a national legislative leader in
Washington this week indicates that a war is being
lost, but it is not the war in Iraq. It is the defeat of the
War of Ideas taking place nowadays in the US Congress.
Walid Phares is author of the War of Ideas: Jihadism
He is the Director of the Future Terrorism Project at the
Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
suspected of aiding Hizbullah for money
By Efrat Weiss Ynetnews
Yediot Aharonot 5-2-07
Gag order on investigation against former Israeli
Arab Knesset Minister was lifted Wednesday. According
to suspicions, Bishara gave Hizbullah information
on strategic locations in Israel that should be attacked with
rockets during last summer's war, in exchange for
hundreds of thousands of shekels
allegedly gave the enemy targets, classified info
By Yaakov Katz Jerusalem Post May. 2, 2007
Former Balad chairman Azmi Bishara is suspected of
spying for Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War and providing
the group with targets and classified military information,
the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on Wednesday.
Real about the War on Terror
US intellectuals chart new rules of war for insurgencies
By Haviv Rettig Jerusalem Post Apr. 26, 2007 *
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did the West misunderstand what Hizbullah represented in terms
of the rules of war? For Ganor, the
problem is that the rules of war - whether
the Hague Convention of 1907 that regulates the conduct
of battle or the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949
that protects civilians caught in a war situation
- were not crafted to deal with present-day insurgents who
endanger civilians as a pillar of their strategy.
Grappling with New Realities
of Terror and Islamic Rule
Islamic-rooted party dealt blow
By Suzan Frazer The Ottawa Recorder
May 6, 2007
ANKARA, Turkey - The Islamic-rooted government suffered another
setback Sunday when parliament failed again to reach
a quorum to elect its presidential candidate in an ongoing
rift between the ruling party and the secular establishment..
..Turkey‘s secularism is enshrined in the constitution
and guarded by the judiciary and the powerful military, which
has threatened to intervene to ensure that secularism is enforced.
The election of conservative Nicolas Sarkozy as president
likely means stronger ties with the United States and Israel.
By Christopher Dickey Newsweek May 7, 2007
Sarkozy writes in the preface to the U.S. edition of “Testimony,”
“I have no intention of apologizing for feeling
an affinity with the greatest democracy in the world.”
Opting more for Bushism than Gaullism, Sarkozy extols
the transatlantic alliance with the United States
“that enabled France and Western Europe to preserve
a Finger on the Pulse
of Israeli-Arabs and PA-Palestinians
75% of Israeli Arabs support Jewish, democratic constitution
By Yoav Stern Haaretz Correspondent 04/29/2007
vast majority of Israeli Arabs would support a constitution
that maintained Israel's status as a Jewish and democratic
state while guaranteeing equal rights for minorities,
according to a poll whose results were published on Sunday..
. . Over the past year a number of Israeli Arab organizations,
such as Adalah and the Mossawa Center, have published plans
calling for a new "multi-cultural" constitution.
Palestinians increasingly disillusioned with unity government
YNet Updates Yediot Aharonot 4-29-07
are increasingly disillusioned with political
parties and their new unity government and feel more
threatened by growing lawlessness, according to a
poll released Sunday. . . .More than half, or 53 percent,
said they don’t expect the new Hamas-Fatah coalition,
set up in March, to be able to lift international
sanctions on the Palestinian Authority.
favorable to benchmarks plan, Hamas rejects it
By Avi Issacharoff Haaretz 5-7-07
Palestinian Authority has reacted favorably to the
U.S.'s so-called benchmarks plan offering an eight-month
timetable for steps to bolster prospects for peace talks between
Israel and the Palestinians, a Palestinian official told Haaretz.
The PLO Executive Committee had discussed the plan yesterday
in Ramallah.. . . PLO rival Hamas declared it was
rejecting the benchmarks proposal, whose existence
was first reported by Haaretz.
the Israeli govt
is going to let them do this?
Sanhedrin’s peace initiative
Jewish group devoted to rebuilding Temple in Jerusalem to
send letters to all world leaders, including Arab ones, inviting
them to take part in project, attend conference on Temple
Mount in Israel
By Kobi Nahshoni Ynetnews Yediot Aharonot 5-1-07
the letter, the rabbis of the self-proclaimed Sanhedrin
warn that the world is nearing a catastrophe, and write that
the only way to bring peace among nations, states, and religions
is by building a house for God, where Jews will worship, pray
and offer up sacrifice, according to the vision of the prophets.
IDF clash over army segregation
By Matthew Wagner Jerusalem Post May. 4, 2007
they are willing to serve in mixed units", said a source
in IDF human resources, "we will open the Golani and
paratrooper divisions to hesder. There's a lot of importance
to integrating religious and secular soldiers, and we
must remember that this is a people's army and a melting pot
for Israeli society - everyone should work together and there
is no reason to have homogenous units."
Sources acquainted with Stern said that he has always opposed
the segregation of religious Zionist soldiers from their secular
peers. However, in the wake of the disengagement from
Gaza and North Samaria, during which large numbers of hesder
soldiers and their rabbis threatened to refuse orders to evacuate
Jewish settlements, Stern began pushing more aggressively
for full integration of hesder soldiers. Stern sees
integration as a means of "watering down" the ideological
intensity of the hesder cliques in the IDF.
weighs moat for Gaza border
By Yaakov Katz Jerusalem Post May. 3, 2007
has expressed newfound interest in allowing Israel
to construct a moat along the Philadelphi Route separating
the Sinai Desert from the Gaza Strip to combat Palestinian
weapons smuggling, senior defense officials have
told The Jerusalem Post. . . . The official explained that
the moat was back on the table after the Egyptian
border police force of 750 soldiers had proven inadequate
in the fight against the tunnel operators on the
Egyptian side of the border.
enemies see us as one people. Why can’t we?
In the Trenches: Posted by David Harris Jerusalem Post
Blogs April 30 2007
calls for Israel’s destruction and seeks the means
to achieve it. Hizbullah is rebuilding its military strength
in Lebanon. Hamas is replicating the Hizbullah model in
Gaza. Holocaust denial, Mein Kampf and the Protocols of
the Elders of Zion all enjoy widespread popularity in the
Middle East. The Jews are depicted as the “sons of
monkeys and pigs” in too many mosques. And an increasing
number of Jewish institutions around the world are living
behind ever higher protective walls and other security measures.
Meanwhile, how are we Jews reacting?
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then position ourselves before God to pray as He leads.
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