2007 Presidential Inventory & Resolution
Bush is my hero
By Former New York Mayor, Ed Koch for the Jerusalem Post
Dec. 31, 2006
enormous defeat President Bush suffered with the loss of
both Houses of Congress has not caused him to retreat
from his position that the US alone now stands between a
radical Islamic takeover of many of the world's governments
in the next 30 or more years. If that takeover
occurs, we will suffer an enslavement that will threaten
our personal freedoms and take much of the world back into
the Dark Ages.
U.S. Buries Former President, Our Heritage is Recalled
from the State Funeral12/30/06
by Sen. Stevens, Dennis
Hastert and Dick Cheney.
Gerald R. Ford, 1913-2006.
by Fred Barnes The Weekly Standard
It was two decades before Ford's success
as president began to be appreciated. When presidential
scholar Fred Greenstein of Princeton developed a half-dozen
non-partisan, non-ideological measures for judging modern
presidents, he found that Ford scored surprisingly well.
Greenstein labeled Ford "underappreciated." Ford's
greatest strength, Greenstein wrote in his book The
Presidential Difference, was his "emotional intelligence."
This is the quality of emotional soundness
that allows a president to avoid distractions, not
be intimidated by his high office and its obligations,
and to take criticism and even policy defeats with
axis of destabilization
Ksenia Svetlova Jerusalem Post Dec. 21, 2006
WHILE A full strategic alliance between Iran and
al-Qaida is still work in progress, it is already
a nightmare for Western intelligence organizations.
"On the level of intelligence organizations, specialists
agree that an Iran-al-Qaida alliance could become a reality,"
Karmon said, presenting the new axis of evil in the Middle
East - "Iran, Iranian-backed Shi'ite Iraq,
Syria, Hizbullah in Lebanon and the PA, its most recent
member." He called it "the axis of destabilization."
How do the Iranian elections affect Israel?
By Elliott Cappell Jerusalem Post Dec. 21, 2006
In addition to local elections, Iranians also balloted
for the Assembly of Experts, a body of clerics who oversee
Iran's Supreme Leader. Former President Hashemi Rafsanjani,
who lost to Ahmadinejad in the 2005 presidential runoff
election, was elected to the Assembly by a wide margin.
He won the most votes of any candidate from Tehran, a half
a million more than the next candidate. . . .Rafsanjani
garnished nearly double the votes of Mesbah-Yazdi. "This
is the most important result of the election - a
clear expression of dissatisfaction with the current government
policy on the part of the Iranian people."
building 'death trap' villages
By Yaakov Katz Jerusalem Post Dec. 21,
Warning that Israel may face a "Syrian intifada,"
a high-ranking officer in Northern Command has told The
Jerusalem Post that villages recently built by
Syria along the border are planned to be used as "death
traps" for IDF troops in Hizbullah-inspired attacks.
has no intention of separating from Lebanon
By Gil Hoffman and JPost Staff Jerusalem
Post Dec. 26, 2006
Minister Livni went on to say that the immediate interest
of Syria was its fear of the international tribunal in to
political assassinations in Lebanon including that of former
prime minister Rafik Hariri. "The Syrians are worried
that the tribunal will list Syrian names in its report and
could harm the Syrian regime," she said, adding that
they saw it as a threat to the entire regime and they were
doing everything possible to overcome the threat.
Strong Ties With Syria Complicate U.S. Overtures
By Michael Slackman The New York Times
December 28, 2006
Some Western analysts contend that Syria, with a government
more pragmatic than ideological, can be pried away from
Iran’s influence and convinced that its long-term
interests lie instead with the West. But Washington has
spent years trying to isolate Syria, while Iran has for
decades moved to entwine itself with Syria on many levels
— political, military, economic and religious.
want my Enemy TV"
slams Abbas on elections
By Associated Press Jerusalem Post Dec.
20, 2006 CAIRO, Egypt
Al-Zawahri rebuked Hamas particularly for
not pushing for an Islamic constitution before
it contested the elections. "Aren't they an Islamic
movement? Aren't they campaigning for the word of
God to be supreme?" he said, adding the party
should have insisted on the drafting of "an Islamic
constitution for Palestine."
Abbas has gone fat on Jews' bribes
By Associated Press Yediot Aharonot 1-1-07
Al-Qaeda's no. 2 lashes out at Palestinian leaders for cooperating
with Jews, Americans, congratulates 'Islamic holy warriors'
on 'Americans' defeat' in Iraq, Afghanistan
confirms bolstering Assad opposition
By Jerusalem Post Dec. 20, 2006
The US government confirmed Thursday morning a
Time magazine report that it was working to secretly
strengthen factions opposing the Assad regime in Syria.
The Time website revealed a report Wednesday that
said the US government was working to affect
its support for the opposing factions before the
Syrian election in March 2007 - in an effort
to push towards a true democratic regime in the Syrian state.
Readies Security Aid Package
To Help Lebanon Counter Hezbollah
By Robin Wright Washington Post December
22, 2006; Page A29
package is part of an effort by the United States, France,
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and others to shore
up the Lebanese security forces so they can eventually extend
their control over the entire country for the first time
since civil war erupted there in 1975. It is also designed
to strengthen the government's hand over the influence of
Hezbollah, Lebanon's last militia and a force often
better-equipped than the country's army, the sources said.
signs law banning aid to Hamas government
Ynetnews Yediot Aharonot 12-22-06
Bush on Thursday signed into law legislation restricting
aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority until it recognizes
Israel's right to exist, makes financial reforms and takes
lauds UN sanctions on Iran
By Herb Keinon and AP Jerusalem Post Dec.
is a significant step because it is the first time, 17 months
after the Iranians began their overt enrichment program,
that the international community has taken concrete steps
against it," diplomatic officials in Jerusalem said.
The officials said the consensus in the Security Council
for the sanctions was also highly significant, because it
provided a "legal and moral groundwork" for countries
to take sanctions on their own, outside the UN framework.
Truth and Harsh Realities
Refusal to cooperate leaves Arab economies far behind Israel's
By Guy Bechor Yediot
Therefore, we are not just speaking
about two completely different economies, but rather, about
a clear distinction between the destitution of the
third world and the achievements of the first world; between
the marginal and the central; between those rejected by
globalization and those who are warmly embraced by it.
Right focuses on blood, fire
By Attila Somfalvi Yediot Aharonot
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert decided
to respond Monday to the criticism directed at him
regarding Israel’s restraint policy. During
a Kadima faction meeting in the Knesset the prime minister
said, “We hope to formulate a diplomatic plan soon.
The difference between us and the Right is that
they only speak of blood, sweat and tears, but they do not
offer a diplomatic plan or course. They have no
Jihad: We are firing rockets in bid to sabotage Gaza truce
By Aluf Benn, Amos Harel, Mijal
Grinberg and Yoav Stern Haaretz Correspondents, Service
and Agencies 12/27/2006
Iranian-backed militant group Islamic Jihad is firing
Qassam rockets at Israel with the intention of
sabotaging the month-long Gaza truce and provoking Israeli
retaliation, members of the group said Wednesday.
paying terrorists for Kassam attacks
By Herb Keinon and Yaakov Katz Jerusalem
Post Dec. 28, 2006
to security officials, Islamic Jihad gets the money via
its headquarters in Damascus while Fatah's Tanzim terror
group and the Popular Resistance Committees receive payment
from Hizbullah in Lebanon. All of the money originated in
Iran, the officials said.
overtakes George in list of most popular names in UK
By Sarah Womack The UK Telegraph
LONDON: Mohammed, and its most
common alternative spelling Muhammad, are now more popular
babies' names in the UK than George, reflecting the diverse
ethnic mix of the population.
Mahdi will defeat archenemy in Jerusalem
Yaakov Lappin Yediot Aharonot 12-31-06
State media says, ‘Shiite messiah will kill
archenemy in Jerusalem, could come during spring
equinox' . . . .“Then the Imam will send
10 thousand of his forces to the east and west to uproot
the oppressors. At this time God will facilitate things
for him and lands will come under his control one after