Welcome to the real world
By Yoel Marcus
They say America
is a single-issue country.
that is a luxury.
Israel must fend off nuclear threats while paving the way for peace, operate an
efficient government while squabbling over seats, fight
the "wars of the Jews" while stamping out corruption, and never forget, throughout it all, that we've got a country
here to think of.
to the real world.
MI chief: Al-Qaeda
operatives flocking to Lebanon
By Miri Chason Yediot Aharonot 1-9-07
Intelligence Chief Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin
said Tuesday that the al-Qaeda
terror organization is seeking to widen its base in the
Middle East by dispatching hundreds of operative to Lebanon,
and Egypt. "Dozens, if not hundreds, of al-Qaeda operatives
arrived in Lebanon.
These operatives are trained and have terror knowledge.
According to estimates, the organization's number 2, Ayman
al-Zwahiri, gave orders to operatives to spread in Syria, Lebanon
he told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
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jury sees footage of suicide bomber suspect
By Michael Holden The Washington
Post Reuters January
16, 2007; 8:35 AM
LONDON (Reuters) - A
British court was shown dramatic footage on Tuesday that
prosecutors said showed a would-be suicide bomber trying
to detonate his bomb on a London underground train
packed with terrified passengers.
Jurors at the trial of six men accused of failed
attacks on London's transport system
in July 2005, two weeks after bombings that killed 52
people and wounded about 700, watched in silence as the
closed circuit television footage was played in court.
Chicago Jury currently in Deliberations
case prosecutor tells of recorded telephone calls
By Azam Ahmed and Rudolph
Bush Chicago Tribune January 10, 2007
Among the documents were minutes
of meetings between Hamas, Hezbollah and Iranian officials,
as well as minutes of high-level
meetings between Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Agents also recovered address books and records of millions of dollars sent to Hamas
cells and operatives via money transfers, which prosecutors
allege Ashqar was instrumental in facilitating.
grad student headed terrorist group, prosecutor says
By Mike Robinson AP Legal Affairs Writer January 9, 2007
Federal agents found that Ashqar spoke on his telephone 568 times in several
years with Mousa Abu Marzook,
an alleged top Hamas leader who also is charged in the
case and is a fugitive believed to be living in Damascus,
Abu Marzuk: ‘Olmert’s Egypt
visit delayed Shalit talks’
By Ali Waked Yediot Aharonot 1-13-07
Musa Abu Marzuk,
the deputy of Hamas
political leader Khaled Mashaal in Damascus, said Saturday that progress was being made
mediation attempts regarding kidnapped soldier Gilad
Shalit until Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s visit to the country.
Wikipedia: Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook
is a senior member of the Palestinian terrorist organization
Hamas. He is believed to have fled from or to Syria
in September 2004. Marzook
was listed as a Specially
Designated Terrorist by the U.S. Treasury Department
in 1995, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist with
aliases Dr. Musa Abu-Marzuq; Sa'id
Mousa Mohamed Abou Marzook; Musa Abu Marzouk; Musa
PA security foils Hamas assassinations
The Palestinian Authority security forces have foiled an attempt
by Hamas to assassinate senior PA leaders in the Gaza
Strip, including PA Chairman Mahmoud
Abbas and Fatah
legislator Muhammed Dahlan,
Palestinian security sources said Monday. The sources
said the security forces discovered
over the past few days a number of underground tunnels
in the northern Gaza Strip that were dug along
major roads used by PA and Fatah
leaders. Some of the tunnels were also discovered
beneath the homes
of top Fatah officials in
the same area, the sources said.
Real World, Real Talk
Expert: Clash over Iran nukes inevitable
Although a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program is preferable,
a clash between the West and the Islamic Republic on the
issue in the coming years is inevitable, an Israeli expert
on Iranian affairs said Tuesday. . . . He noted that Iran's
main goal was to create a united Islamic Empire or a 'new
Islam', which would unite both Shi'ites
and Sunnis under one Pan-Islamic ideology and with one
Busting Arab-Israel peace-making myths
As Condoleezza Rice visits the region, she should dispel some
of the mythology that exists in the Arab world on Middle
East peacemaking. …[for example:] 5. Everything in the Middle East
is linked to the Arab-Israel conflict.
Endorse New U.S. Strategy for Iraq
Thom Shanker New
York Times Jan 16, 2007
agree fully with the goals set by the new strategy, which
in our view are the goals that — if implemented would
solve the problems that face Iraq,” said Prince Saud al-Faisal,
the foreign minister. . . . the
prince declined to be drawn into a discussion of potential
Saudi actions in the event that Iraq
slides into full-blown sectarian civil war. “Why speculate
on such dire consequences? Why not speculate on the positive
side?” he said, urging unity among Iraq’s
Shiites, Sunni Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, the main groups
in its population. “I cannot for the life of me concede
that a country like that would commit suicide, given the
goodwill and the desire of all to help in this.”
Please Say This . . .
(Advice on the State of the Union. No charge.)
by David Gelernter The Weekly Standard 01/22/2007, Volume
012, Issue 18
I have spelled out good reasons
for Americans to be impatient with our war, good reasons
for us to ask more of our Iraqi allies, good reasons to
change our own plans. We must fight this war the best
and smartest way we can. But
realism is a two-way street. So now let me tell you why
I am optimistic and why I know we will win; and then let
me show you the big picture.
Rice: UN sanctions on Iran 'not enough'
"The United Nations Security Council
resolution will help. It sends a strong message to Iran that the world is united against
the path that they have embarked on," Rice said,
but she added that sanctions
alone were still not enough. Later in the interview,
Rice defended Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's decision not
to engage in dialogue with the Syrians, despite the latter's
recent peace overtures. "There
is no indication that the Syrians have anything but disruptive
plans for the Middle East,"
Meet the spineless members of Congress.
Weekly Standard 01/22/2007, Volume 012, Issue 18
Say you're an average congressman. How do you react to President
speech? You suspect,
deep down, that he's probably doing more or less what
he needs to do. We can't just click our heels and
get out of Iraq--the
consequences would be disastrous. And the current strategy
isn't working. You have said so yourself. Last fall you
called for replacing Rumsfeld.
You've complained that there weren't enough troops. What's
more, you've heard good things about General David Petraeus
from colleagues with military expertise. So now Bush has
fired Rumsfeld, put Petraeus
in command, and sent in more troops. Maybe this new approach
deserves a chance to work?
But, hey . . . look at those polls! And those
You didn't come to Washington
to support an unpopular president conducting an unpopular
China, Israel agree on Iran sanctions
a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has strong
trade ties with Iran
and has been leery about imposing punitive measures, but
it supported the UN resolution that orders all countries
to stop supplying Iran with materials and technology
that could contribute to its nuclear and missile programs.
It also froze Iranian assets of 10 key companies and 12
individuals related to those programs.
Group Signals Iran To Avoid Meddling
By Glenn Kessler Washington
Post January 17,
2007; Page A13
foreign ministers are meeting in Kuwait
precisely to prevent Iraq
from slipping into civil war," said Kuwait's foreign minister, Mohammed
al-Sabah, at a news conference with Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice. The statement was also joined by five
other Gulf Arab states – Saudi Arabia, Qatar,
Oman and the United
Arab Emirates – and Egypt
and Jordan.. . . "There are concerns about whether the Maliki government is prepared to take an even-handed, nonsectarian
path here. There is no doubt about that," Rice said,
referring to the Shiite-led administration of Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki. "After all
the years of deep grievance in the region, within Iraq, it's not surprising that that's
the case. But everyone wants to give this a chance. That's
the position of people in the region."
Ahmadinejad: Israel won't dare attack us
In interview with Spanish newspaper during visit to South America,
Iranian president says, 'They are aware of Iran's strength. I believe they won't
do such a stupid thing.' He reiterates Israel
will vanish 'like Soviet Union,'
By Dudi Cohen Yediot Aharonot 1-17-07
Ahmadinejad was asked in the interview whether he wants to see Israel
destroyed, but failed to provide a direct answer. He referred
in his answer to things he said in the past about Israel
being wiped off the map "like the Soviet
Union was wiped off the map."
"Where is the Soviet
Union? It vanished," the president said.
"We are not interested in war, we are only trying to solve the problem called the Zionist
regime, which is the source of hatred."
minister: We'll mull Barghouti's
By Hanan Greenberg
Is the defense establishment set to revise its stance regarding
the release of jailed Fatah
leader Marwan Barghouti? During a lecture
Sunday, Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh
said that there would come a time when this issue would
have to be looked into. . . . "Hamas is trying to
create a situation of distress, despair and diplomatic
dead-end, in a bid to draw the public in the direction
of the terrorist stance. We need to work in the exact
opposite direction, and find the moderate elements in
order to act against Hamas' strategy," Sneh said.
president may face rape, sex harassment charges after
Keeping it in Perspective
Much Moral Bankruptcy; How Much Political Hardball?
By Joshua Pantesco The Jurist Legal News & Research 1-16-06
… the police have
recommended charges against every
prime minister investigated over the last 10 years,
though none were ever brought to trial.
Sources reject allegations against PM
Two of the main allegations against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert regarding the tender for the state's controlling interest
in Bank Leumi are false and were deliberately leaked to the media in an attempt to harm
Olmert, sources close to the bidders told The Jerusalem
Post over the weekend. . . . The sources added that
since the Bank Leumi tender
was conducted out in the open, with so many officials
involved, it would have been virtually impossible for
Olmert to secretly influence the Finance Ministry's decision
one way or the other.
Are you talkin’
Rice brings 'perilous vision' to Middle East
By Gil Hoffman Jerusalem
Post and AP Jan 15, 2007
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail
Haniyeh on Monday accused US
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of bringing a "perilous
vision" to the region, shortly after she announced
plans to join an Israeli-Palestinian summit in the coming
Hizbullah: Climax by month's end
Organization's MP: Soon we will only
be satisfied by early elections
By Yaakov Lappin
The vow of an escalation in the coming days in Beirut protests represent yet another attempt by Hizbullah to create sufficient momentum
to bring down the Siniora government,
which has so far withstood the repeated attempts on its
political life. According to the Daily Star, Lebanese Parliament
Berri, said a storm was heading
in the direction of Lebanon,
and he warned that the crisis will "only get bigger
and much worse." Berri said he hoped "this time someone will listen
in time," the report added.
Lahoud, who is backed by the Syrians, and is viewed by
his opponents as
a puppet of Damascus, said that the
Siniora government "no
longer exists," and dismissed all cabinet decisions as "null and void," the