Obama has withdrawn the US submarines and most other Naval assets from Libyan waters, the UK has stopped firing Tomahawk missiles at Qaddafi targets, and France has stopped its air raids. Qaddafi is smart; rather than proclaiming victory, he has sent Obama a letter pleading for a ceasefire.
In the meantime, the Libyan rebels suffer heavy losses under the quiet, but steady onslaught of Qaddafi’s forces. NATO could have lifted Qaddafi’s siege of the rebel stronghold of Misrata in a brink, but it stands idle.
As in so many countries, from Hungary and Czechoslovakia to Lebanon, the United States incited the opposition to come into the open, then abandoned it to its death.
Even in Egypt, where the White House succeeded in ousting Mubarak, the Americans quit before stabilizing the situation. As a result, Egypt is falling to radical Muslims and possibly falling apart. via samsonblinded.org image via ndtv.com
A student of a high school in Turkey repeated actions in a scandalous advertisement of Vodafone mobile operator and was attacked by the teacher during the lesson.
One of the students recorded a video when his classmate shouted “Allah” and threw himself on the floor, repeating Shafak Sasser’s steps in the scandalous video. The teacher attacked a student and started kicking him.
TURKEY IS GOING DOWN HILL THANKS TO ALLAH...The Following is translated News. To see the actual cell phone video of what happened AND then A talk Show where the teacher was interviewed and a panelist LOL made a further joke (watch the talk shows host face--and her saying SHARIA SHARIA)
GAZA: An Israeli air strike killed a Hamas commander in the southern Gaza Strip and two of his bodyguards in their vehicle on Saturday, Palestinian medics said.
Israel had no immediate comment on the attack, which raised to 17 the number of Palestinians killed in retaliatory strikes since a rocket fired from the Hamas-ruled territory struck an Israeli school bus on Thursday seriously wounding a teenager.
In all 35 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed since the start on March 20 of the latest round of bloodletting, which has included dozens of rockets and mortar bombs fired by Palestinian militants at the Jewish state.
An Israeli missile was fired before dawn on Saturday targeting a vehicle whose passengers included a Hamas commander for the Rafah area, near the border with Egypt, and two of his bodyguards, medical officials said. All three were killed instantly.
Violence has escalated dramatically since Gaza militants fired an anti-tank rocket at a yellow school bus in southern Israel on Thursday, seriously wounding a 16-year-old Israeli and wounding an adult. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
Israel has said it wants to teach Hamas a lesson for that attack which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday amounted to "crossing a line" adding that "whoever tries to attack and murder children puts his life on the line".
Israeli air strikes killed nine Palestinian militants and civilians on Friday, including an 11-year-old boy and an adult found dismembered by a cemetery in a densely populated town east of Gaza City.
Rockets shot at Israel
An Israeli military spokesman said that strike had targeted Palestinians firing rockets at Israel, and that more than 50 rockets were shot at Israel on Friday. Israeli media said a house was damaged and one soldier was slightly injured by these rockets and mortar attacks.
Several of the rockets fired from Gaza on Friday were intercepted by Israel's "Iron Dome" anti-missile system deployed earlier in the week for the first time.
Among those killed in Gaza on Friday were militants, and an elderly Palestinian and two women killed when their house in Khan Younis was hit. Three other women were wounded, according to hospital sources.
The Israeli military said "uninvolved civilians have apparently been injured" in one strike on Friday.
"The IDF regrets that the Hamas terrorist organisation chooses to operate from within its civilian population, using it as a 'human shield'," the statement said.
Two years of low-level skirmishing on the border escalated suddenly last month when Hamas, which rules Gaza, fired a barrage of rockets at Israel. Hamas had largely withheld fire at Israel since a Gaza war of late 2008 in which 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.
This incident may yet be regarded as a watershed in the campaign by 'Palestinians' and their supporters to characterize Israel as an 'apartheid state.' The incident took place at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts this past week. Kadima MK and former Shin Bet director Avi Dichter was the speaker. The morons from 'Students for Justice in Palestine' were there.There are more details on the incident here.
In response, a group of African American student leaders from traditionally 'black colleges' have taken out advertisements in student newspapers all over the US in which they have published an open letter to the 'Students for Justice in Palestine.' Their message: You guys are clueless (Hat Tip: Herb G).
"The use of the word 'apartheid' by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) in its characterization of Israel is patently false and deeply offensive to all who feel a connection to the state of Israel," the letter, which ran or is slated to run in papers at Brown University, University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Maryland and Columbia University over the next few days, reads. "Your organization's campaign against Israel is spreading misinformation about its policies, fostering bias in the media, and jeopardizing prospects for a timely resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Such irresponsibility is a blemish on your efforts."It's great to see that the next generation includes kids who can think independently and who aren't sucked in by the false rhetoric of the mainstream media. Apartheid is probably the most overused word in current discourse.
The letter continues to state that "playing the 'apartheid card' is a calculated attempt to conjure up images associated with the racist South African regimes of the 20th century," and calls the strategy "as transparent as it is base."
"Beyond that, it is highly objectionable to those who know the truth about the Israel's record on human rights and how it so clearly contrasts with South Africa's," the letter reads, noting that under apartheid, black South Africans had no rights in a country in which they were the majority of the population.
Saying that the analogy manipulates rather than informs, the letter requests SJP to "immediately stop referring to Israel as an apartheid society and to acknowledge that the Arab minority in Israel enjoys full citizenship with voting rights and representation in the government."
"Decency, justice, and the hope of peace and reconciliation in the Middle East compel us to demand an immediate cessation to the deliberate misappropriation of words and of the flagrant mischaracterizations of Israel," the letter concludes. "Your compliance with this request will be viewed as a responsible and appropriate first step toward raising the level of discourse."
It was the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who, in 1995, first began openly to negotiate for Jonathan's release as part of the peace process.
Although President Clinton promised Prime Minister Rabin that he would release Jonathan as part of a Middle East peace settlement, the President refused to honor his promise after Rabin was assassinated. via jonathanpollard.org
Just in case you weren’t convinced that the White House’s “anonymous foreign donors” scare-mongering during the midterm campaigns last year was a complete fabrication, the Los Angeles Times provides all the evidence you need:Democrats putting together new independent political organizations for the 2012 campaign are embracing a model that will allow them to conceal their donors — the very tactic for which they criticized Republicans in 2010.Two former Obama White House officials, Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, are behind the planning of one of these groups, which will lend support to the president’s reelection bid. “As a spokesman for Obama, Burton repeatedly hammered Republican groups for their lack of transparency in 2010,” the Times reports.
“This is stunning in its hypocrisy,” said Jonathan Collegio, spokesman for American Crossroads.
But it’s not just hypocrisy. Democrats had no problem taking money from undisclosed donors in the past, and even did so during the midterms—in between criticizing Republicans for the same thing, of course. And after all of the unfounded attacks on the Chamber of Commerce, the dark insinuations about the GOP’s reliance upon “anonymous foreign donors,” and the phony posturing about transparency, the Democrats’ decision to ramp up their fundraising from undisclosed donors further illustrates the political cynicism of the White House’s strategy last fall.
Listen to Obama adviser David Axelrod on State of the Nation last October:
They say, trust us, trust us, everything is cool, everything is kosher, don’t worry about it, but we’re not going to disclose. Let me tell you something: people don’t disclose, there’s a reason. Ask these folks why they feel it’s necessary to keep these funds secret. We tried to make them public, even the Democratic funds, Democratic-leaning funds. We don’t think anybody should keep these things secret.
The White House should be kicking itself for its strategy. If Obama ends up taking a significant amount of money from these groups, assertions like Axelrod’s will undoubtedly come back to haunt him.
Here’s the Sky News report on Anjem Choudary as promised earlier by Nick. It seems that Andy has got himself into a spot of bother with the Parisian gendarmes for protesting the implementation of the burqa ban:
Radical Cleric's 'Outrage' Over French Ban
The radical cleric Anjem Choudary has been permanently banned from entering France, Sky News has learned.
The former head of the now outlawed group Islam4UK was stopped with a coach load of his followers as he arrived in the French port of Calais this afternoon.
He had been heading to Paris for a demonstration against the French Government's controversial decision to ban women from wearing the burka.
The legislation outlawing the full Islamic face veil comes into effect on Monday.
Mr Choudary was detained briefly by French border officials, who handed him a legal notice informing him that the Minister of Interior had decided to deny him entry into France on a permanent basis.
The document cites his membership of the banned groups Islam4UK and Al-Muhajiroun, which he jointly led with the Cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed.
Bakri Mohammed, an extremist preacher originally from Syria, was banned from re-entering the UK, after he travelled to Lebanon in 2005.
Mr Choudary has also caused controversy with remarks he has made in recent years and protests he and his followers have taken part in.
There was uproar last year when he announced he planned to march 500 coffins through the town of Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, a community which gained a reputation for regularly honouring British service-personnel killed in Afghanistan.
He wanted to highlight the 'tens of thousands' of Muslims who have died in the conflict in Afghanistan, but later called off his plans for the march after officials indicated they would not give permission for it to go ahead.
Mr Choudary said the decision to ban him permanently from France was an "outrage" as he had not broken any law.
He said: "The actions of the French authorities today will only entrench Muslims more in their belief that sovereignty must belong to God alone and any challenge against this will be resisted and rejected."
While Mr Choudary's followers were allowed to continue their journey to Paris, he was placed back on a ferry to Dover.
His passport was confiscated and handed to the ferry's skipper to give to the UK authorities on his arrival back in Dover.
The cleric has told Sky News he plans another protest against the banning of the Burka by the French on Monday, but because of the new ban on him entering France, the protest will take place outside the French embassy in London instead.
Medieval savagery in the 21st century.
(Daily Mail) A woman flinches as she is about to be repeatedly caned for having an extramarital affair.
Irdayanti Mukhtar, 34, received nine lashes by Sharia Police for having a relationship with another man, even though she is said to be in the process of divorcing her husband.
The harsh punishment was meted out in front of a crowd of 200 people outside the Al Munawwarah Mosque in Jantho, Indonesia.
The jeering crowd recorded the brutal beating on their mobile phones and camcorders and shouted for more beatings in the strict Muslim city.
Mukhtar had been sentenced to the punishment the previous day by a Sharia court where prosecutors said that she was guilty of being in 'close proximity' to another man.
Under Sharia law the offence carries a maximum beating of nine strokes with a cane or a minimum of three.
Neighbours had seen Mukhtar with the man and had barged in on her while the couple were in her bedroom, although it is unclear what they were actually doing.
The mob then dragged them to the local police station to be charged.
It is believed Sharia Police are also investigating a claim that Mukhtar was molested by the crowd before they took her to be charged.
Shortly after the caning on Friday Mukhtar passed out and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.
She was one of four people, including the man she was caught with, to be caned for extramarital affairs.
US Debt Jumped $54.1 Billion in 8 Days Preceding Obama-Boehner Deal to Cut $38.5 Billion for the Rest of the YearLabels: debt» Harry Reid» John Boehner
The federal debt increased $54.1 billion in the eight days preceding the deal made by President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) to cut $38.5 billion in federal spending for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which runs through September. The debt was $14.2101 trillion on March 30, according to the Bureau of the Public Debt, and $14.2642 on April 7. Since the beginning of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2010, the national debt has increase by $653.4 billion. via CNSNews.com and eye-on-the-world.blogspot.com
Why should conservatives - and all across the political spectrum-applaud Fox’s recent decision to discontinue Glenn Beck’s show_on its news channel? After all, when Glenn Beck first appeared on Fox News to host his show in January 2009, right in the midst of the greatest economic crash since the Great Depression, his forecasts of doom and angry pessimism were able to attract some 3 million viewers a night.
His influence has subsequently become apparent as his reports led to the resignation of Van Jones, the White House’s former ‘green jobs’ adviser, in September 2009, and tens of thousands attended a rally he organized with Sarah Palin at the Lincoln Memorial in August 2010.
Nonetheless, two reasons come to mind that seal the case against Beck:
Promoting conspiracy theories: In contrast to Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, who stick to reality when commenting on the Obama administration (even if one does not generally agree with their analyses and interpretations), Beck has had a tendency to advance ridiculous conspiracy theories that defy the facts. For instance, on one showing of Fox and Friends, Beck warned that the Obama administration is guiding the United States in the direction of “a country heading towards socialism, totalitarianism, beyond your wildest dreams. ..If you have any kind of fear that we might be heading towards a totalitarian state: look out. Buckle up.” Such rhetoric has by no means been exceptional on Beck’s program. As David Frum points out, Beck has offered on a daily basis “alternative knowledge” that goes completely against reality, forming a “closed information system.”
Though corporate profits increase dramatically, Beck asserts that the free-market is under assault at the hands of socialism. While prices slump, he warns of imminent hyperinflation. As African-Americans suffer from Depression-level unemployment owing to the recession, he has the temerity to smear Obama and his government for supposedly harboring a “deep-seated hatred for white people.” In the meantime, he attributes the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa to a Leftist-Muslim conspiracy aiming to establish a global caliphate. Once Beck’s penchant for conspiracies is taken into account, the reason why he attracted so many viewers in the middle of the economic crisis becomes evident.
Dalliances with anti-Semitism: It is lamentable that even incisive analysts such as Dr. Daniel Pipes have appeared on Beck’s show, whilst remaining completely unaware of Beck’s affection for certain anti-Semites who share his tendencies to rely on conspiracy theories. Incidentally, none of this settles well with Beck’s declared support for Israel, but anti-Semitism frequently goes hand in hand with a conspiratorial mindset. Of course, there are many other cases of anti-Semitic groups and individuals such as the British National Party (BNP) and Srdja Trifkovic, who have no trouble in proclaiming themselves to be pro-Israel. In June 2010, Beck promoted on air the work of a Nazi sympathizer by the name of Elizabeth Dilling, who, in writings that Beck neglected to mention, derided Eisenhower as “Ike the kike” and Kennedy’s New Frontier as the “Jew Frontier.”
A few days later, Beck discussed George Soros’ Jewish ancestry, accused him of currency manipulation and mocked him for “disturbing hair in his nose,” besides claiming that Soros was a Nazi collaborator. More recently, Beck devoted an entire show around two weeks ago to a conspiracy theory on bankers such as the Rothschilds and the creation of the Federal Reserve. To promote his argument, he hosted the anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist G. Edward Griffin, who not only believes that “present-day political Zionists are promoting the New World Order,” but also that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion “accurately describe much of what is happening in our world today.”
At the same time, it is disheartening to see the number of conservatives who have defended Beck by employing the fallacious tu quoque argument, whenever moderate commentators such as Jennifer Rubin have exposed Beck’s extremism. As Rubin herself puts it, the argument in defense of Beck essentially boils down to “the left is worse.” This is simply not a valid line of reasoning to justify his conduct.
Conservatives need to give Fox credit for finally deciding to put an end to giving Beck any sort of respectable outlet for broadcasting his deranged opinions, despite the window-dressing in the joint statement with Beck’s production company that there will still be cooperation “to develop and produce a variety of television projects.” We can now be confident that Beck, a voice who has only served to tar and discredit the reputation of the American right as a whole, will be confined to the fringes of political discourse where he rightly belongs.
Aymenn Jawad is a Contributing Writer for The Propagandist
This means that Obama, who up until now has been categorically denying there would be any US involvement in ground operations in Libya, now seriously thinking about the opposite.
Did you hear any lib quacking about illegal war and quagmire yet?
WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) - The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over.
Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers Thursday that added American participation would not be ideal, and ground troops could erode the international coalition and make it more difficult to get Arab support for operations in Libya.
Ham said the operation was largely stalemated now and was more likely to remain that way since America has transferred control to NATO.
More... Image via Fuji Maxi via eye-on-the-world.blogspot.com
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Israeli air and artillery fire hit the coastal enclave ten times during the day. An Israeli military statement acknowledged the deaths, saying it "regrets that the Hamas terrorist organization chooses to operate from within its civilian population, using it as a 'human shield'."
An-Nunu said Israel was taking the opportunity while the world was "preoccupied with other events," in the near and far east, and said that by "carrying out a series of escalations of attacks." via maannews.net
The Muslim Brotherhood in America: Part I: Understanding the Threat
The Muslim Brotherhood in America: Part II: MB History & Their Arrival in America
The Muslim Brotherhood in America: Part III--'The Settlement Process'
...the Church still thinks there is a "Two State" solution when you have the Shia, the Sunni... not to mention Fatah, Hamas and Hezbollah... and these groups really do hate each other. Where in the two states is the Pope thinking this is possible?...I bet it pisses the Pope off that Israel will survive and Judaism will not submit to Rome. Not ever!....In final statement of two-week conference, bishops' synod says Biblical concept of 'promised land' cannot be used to justify settlements. Israel cannot use the Biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people to justify new "settlements" in Jerusalem or territorial claims, a Vatican synod on the Middle East said on Saturday. In its concluding message after two weeks of meetings, the synod of bishops from the Middle East also said it hoped a two-state solution for peace between Israel and the Palestinians could be lifted from dream to reality and called for peaceful conditions that would stop a Christian exodus from the region.
"We have meditated on the situation of the holy city of Jerusalem. We are anxious about the unilateral initiatives that threaten its composition and risk to change its demographic balance," the message said. US-brokered peace talks have stalled since Israel rejected appeals to extend a temporary moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank that expired last month. Since the freeze expired, Israel has announced plans to build another 238 homes in two east Jerusalem neighborhoods, drawing the condemnation of Palestinians and world leaders. In a separate part of the document, a section on cooperation with Jews, the synod fathers also took issue with Jews who use the Bible to justify settlements in the West Bank, which Israel captured in 1967. "Recourse to theological and biblical positions which use the Word of God to wrongly justify injustices is not acceptable," the document said. Many Jewish settlers and right-wing Israelis claim a biblical birthright to the West Bank, which they call Judea and Samaria and regard as a part of historical, ancient Israel given to the Jews by God. Asked about the passage at a news conference, Greek-Melchite Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros, said: "We Christians cannot speak about the promised land for the Jewish people. There is no longer a chosen people. All men and women of all countries have become the chosen people. "The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians," he added. "The justification of Israel's occupation of the land of Palestine cannot be based on sacred scriptures." The synod's concluding message repeated a Vatican call for Jerusalem to have a special status "which respects its particular character" as a city sacred to the three great monotheistic religions -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Jerusalem remains a key issue of dispute. Palestinians want east Jerusalem for capital of a future state. Israel has annexed the area, a move never recognized internationally, and has declared Jerusalem to be its "united and eternal" capital. Israel did not include east Jerusalem as part of its 10-month building freeze, though most plans there were put on hold in March, when the US protested reports of a new housing project leaked during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden. While recognizing "the suffering and insecurity in which Israelis live" and the need for Israel to enjoy peace within internationally recognized borders, the document was much more expansive and detailed on the situation of Palestinians. It said Palestinians "are suffering the consequences of the Israeli occupation: the lack of freedom of movement, the wall of separation and the military checkpoints, the political prisoners, the demolition of homes, the disturbance of socio-economic life and the thousands of refugees." It urged Christians in the region not to sell their homes and properties. "It is a vital aspect of the lives of those who remain there and for those who one day will return there." It condemned terrorism "from wherever it may proceed" as well as anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and discrimination against Christians.
"His blood be on us and on our children"
sorry about the vulgarity... but when I saw the headline what went through my head was... well something to do with Sodomy... and I got this image... which made me feel better... which I'm sure G-d will forgive me.
Summary of IDF Activity over the Weekend, in response to Children’s Bus Being Hit by Anti-Tank Missile and over 120 Grad Missiles, Rockets and Mortars fired at Israel
Over the past 48 hours, in response to the incident in which a children’s bus was hit with an anti-tank missile near Sa’ad on Thursday, April 7th 2011, combined Israel Air Force, Armored and Infantry forces are operating in the Gaza Strip in order to restore the calm to Israel’s southern communities.
IAF aircraft and armored forces targeted eleven squads of terrorists in the northern and southern Gaza Strip, immediately following their firing of rockets and mortars at the Israeli home front, deliberately targeting Israeli civilians.
IAF aircraft targeted fifteen terror activity sites in the Gaza Strip, including terror infrastructure sites, Hamas outposts, smuggling tunnels and weapons manufacturing and storage facilities. Direct hits were confirmed.
Additionally, during joint IDF- ISA activities, IAF aircraft targeted Hamas commanders and operatives, including a senior Hamas operative in the southern Gaza Strip, Tayser Abu Snima. Snima was directly and physically involved in the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. In addition, he held several major roles in the military wing of Hamas and was involved in a significant number of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Most recently, he was in charge of executing a terror attack from Sinai, firing rockets at the city of Eilat. The Shalit family was notified of the incident.
Over the past 48 hours, terrorist organizations in Gaza fired over 120 Grad missiles, rockets and mortars at the Israeli home front, 50 of which were fired since this morning. Since Thursday, approximately eight Grad missiles and rockets were intercepted by IAF Aerial Defense Corps forces, using the “Iron Dome” system.
The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will continue to operate with strength and determination against any terrorist organization using terror against the state of Israel. The Hamas terrorist organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.
“Use the Quran as toilet paper”
gets German girl a fatwa from Al Azharcleaning after defecation.”
There are rules of shari’a in everything. We have counted almost 70 rules about how to urinate and defecate. In contrast, how do those beasts in the West answer the call of nature? They stand in front of other people, in toilets at airports and other public places. They do not care about covering their private parts. Even their underwear is colored and not white, so it can conceal all that filth.
We are a nation that has long known the meaning of cleanliness, what to do when nature calls, and what the rules of hygiene are. The others, to this day, live like beasts. To this day, many of them are not circumcised, even though the World Health Organization has advised circumcising people as a treatment for AIDS, because it has been scientifically proven that circumcised people are less susceptible to AIDS, and are less likely to spread it than uncircumcised people. Muslim Fatwa Call to Kill a German Girl (Dena Milany) فتوى ازهرية تدعو لقتل الالمانية دينا Related: Did the prophet use toilet paper also? — Winds Of Jihad
Italy: Koran toilet seat cover angers cleric — The Science of Islamic Defecation (Part II): Islam will RULE THE WORLD because “..Western ‘Beasts’ Use Colored Underwear to Conceal Their Filth!” via sheikyermami.com
WikiLeaks: Avigdor Lieberman Moves Towards Israeli MainstreamSummary:In a meeting with the Ambassador on October 24, Yisrael Beiteinu (YB) party leader Avigdor Lieberman confirmed that he would join the governing coalition with the titles of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Threats, perhaps as early as October 25. Lieberman would not predict how Labor would react to YB joining the coalition, but he described Peretz as an “indecisive leader,” and echoed the press in claiming that the Labor Party central committee was against Labor leaving the coalition. (Note: Following two meetings with Olmert, Peretz announced that he will recommend to Labor Party members that Labor remain in the expanded coalition. End Note.) Lieberman maintained that YB would take a hit in the polls for joining the coalition due to disappointment from the right; he described his move as one intended to promote government stability that would allow Prime Minister Olmert the opportunity to focus on the major policy challenges facing Israel rather than worry about keeping his coalition together. The budget will not become a major hurdle now that Yisrael Beiteinu is in the coalition, in Lieberman’s view. Lieberman also discussed Iran — Israel’s number one strategic threat — and his ideas for dealing with the Palestinians and neighboring states. The Ambassador emphasized the importance the U.S. places on implementing the AMA and on Israeli commitments regarding outposts and settlements.
Source: WikiLeaksCable dated:2006-10-25T16:56:00
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 TEL AVIV 004256
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/28/2011
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, PINR, KPAL, KWBG, IS, IR, EG, JO, LE, SY
SUBJECT: LIEBERMAN JOINS THE COALITION
Classified By: Ambassador Richard H. Jones. Reason 1.4 (B/D)
1. (C) Summary: In a meeting with the Ambassador on October 24, Yisrael Beiteinu (YB) party leader Avigdor Lieberman confirmed that he would join the governing coalition with the titles of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Threats, perhaps as early as October 25. Lieberman would not predict how Labor would react to YB joining the coalition, but he described Peretz as an “indecisive leader,” and echoed the press in claiming that the Labor Party central committee was against Labor leaving the coalition. (Note: Following two meetings with Olmert, Peretz announced that he will recommend to Labor Party members that Labor remain in the expanded coalition. End Note.) Lieberman maintained that YB would take a hit in the polls for joining the coalition due to disappointment from the right; he described his move as one intended to promote government stability that would allow Prime Minister Olmert the opportunity to focus on the major policy challenges facing Israel rather than worry about keeping his coalition together. The budget will not become a major hurdle now that Yisrael Beiteinu is in the coalition, in Lieberman’s view. Lieberman also discussed Iran — Israel’s number one strategic threat — and his ideas for dealing with the Palestinians and neighboring states. The Ambassador emphasized the importance the U.S. places on implementing the AMA and on Israeli commitments regarding outposts and settlements. End Summary.
LIEBERMAN’S ROLE IN THE GOVERNMENT
2. (C) Lieberman confirmed that his ministerial portfolio would be focused on strategic threats, namely Iran. In addition, he wants to assume the role of a Director of National Intelligence-like coordinator for Israeli security services (e.g., Mossad, Shin Bet, the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission – IAEC, National Security Council -NSC, etc.) so that the government decision-makers are provided with “the best of Israeli thinking.” He talked of having a “small” 15-20 person staff to assist him in his ministry, which media reports indicate will be located within the office of the Prime Minister.
IRAN IS THE STRATEGIC THREAT
3. (C) Lieberman said a comprehensive/global strategy is needed to deal first and foremost with Iran, which he compared with Nazi Germany. “The Iranian leader is not so stable, and could take dramatic steps…. They state their intention to destroy us very clearly.” All other regional challenges were dependent on how Israel and the U.S. dealt with Iran. The Ambassador noted that discussion of the Iranian threat has been a major component of our strategic dialogue with Israel. Lieberman went on to criticize the recent Lebanon war as failing to deal with Syria and Iran, and he assessed that Israel’s position is now “worse off” than before the war. “Iran has a strong incentive to push a confrontation between Syria and Israel.”
PALESTINIAN PROBLEM REQUIRES A COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION
4. (C) Lieberman complained that Israel’s approach to Palestinian issues had always been too narrow. He argued for an approach combining security/military action with economic development and political elements. The Ambassador noted that we also saw economic development and political solutions as critical. In this regard, the Ambassador described USG objectives vis a vis AMA, focusing on the importance of quality of life, freedom of movement, crossings and market access for Palestinians as the best way to prevent power from accruing to Hamas.
OUTPOSTS AND SETTLEMENTS
5. (C) The Ambassador emphasized the importance the U.S. attaches to Israeli commitments to President Bush on outposts and settlements. “These are not the main issues (now),” Lieberman responded, expressing his view that the question of outposts and settlements must be considered “together” as part of a final package rather than as a first, one-sided step. Lieberman, who lives in a West Bank settlement, reiterated that Palestinian economic issues are critical, and said that Israeli outposts and settlements provide jobs to Palestinians. He also claimed that Palestinians “like IDF security.” The Ambassador underscored that many of the outposts were “illegal” under Israeli law, but Lieberman scoffed that there were only 1,000 illegal houses in the West Bank while there were, he claimed, “100,000 illegal (Arab) houses in the Negev and Galilee.” He added that the outposts in the occupied territories were “encouraged — under the table — by former PM Sharon” and argued that their removal would provoke internal conflict in Israel without advancing a comprehensive settlement.
6. (C) Lieberman disparaged the current leadership of the Palestinian Authority. He called President Abbas “weak and corrupted, and no longer relevant;” Hamas are “fanatics;” and Mohammed Dahlan is unreliable and not a player in the West Bank. He said he thought the U.S. and Israel should first find the right Palestinian partner in the West Bank, and mentioned Mohammed Rashid as one Palestinian leader with potential — “Although he is no Woodrow Wilson.” Salam Fayyad would be a good “Number two or number three,” he added.
IMPORTANCE OF JORDAN; WEAKNESS OF EGYPT
7. (C) Jordan must be involved in any steps taken vis a vis the West Bank, which he saw as the place to start, Gaza being mired in chaos. He criticized Sharon for failing to involve Jordan in consultations regarding disengagement. Lieberman was less emphatic about the importance of Egypt. He faulted President Mubarak for being fixated on the political future of his son rather than serious national security challenges, such as Al-Qaeda’s presence in the Sinai. “Egypt may collapse in 15-20 years and become a really radical country.” Possibly mindful of the 2008 U.S. elections, Lieberman stressed: “We have two years to resolve the situation in the West Bank.” Otherwise, in his view, the situation there will become like Gaza. Lieberman argued that the status quo in Gaza was untenable; he anticipated the need for military operations to prevent the continued smuggling of weapons that could threaten southern Israeli cities such as Ashkelon and Ashdod.
8. (C) Lieberman closed the meeting with a caveat: he admitted that his information comes from the media and is neither complete nor fully informed. He sought a subsequent meeting with us on Palestinian issues once he had vetted ideas off the GOI security establishment. The Ambassador agreed to stay in touch.
9. (C) Avigdor Lieberman’s small parliamentary office barely contained the smoke from his Tip O’Neill-esque cigar, which he politely snuffed out before the meeting. Despite the media frenzy surrounding the coalition negotiations, Lieberman kept the meeting closed and confidential rather than opt for a photo-op. He speaks Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish fluently, and is conversant in English. During the meeting, Lieberman only occasionally asked his aide for assistance in finding the most appropriate English expression. He lives in the West Bank settlement of Nokdim (SE of Bethlehem), and professes to have a wide range of Palestinian contacts, both in the territories and abroad. Our Kadima contacts note that Lieberman and Olmert enjoy a comfortable personal relationship, one that will be crucial to coalition stability in the months to come.
10. (C) Comment: At first blush the deal that Olmert has worked out with Lieberman appears to give each something they critically need. Olmert gets a more stable coalition and hopefully can now focus on real issues rather than exclusively on his political situation. It also gives Olmert some respite from Labor and threats by Peretz and company whenever they don’t like the direction he is heading on policy matters close to Labor’s heart. Lieberman, in return, gets a prestigious title and a seat at the policy table. He will also probably gain access to the best daily intel available to Israeli leaders which will allow him to speak with more authority in public debates as well as within the security cabinet. More importantly, this is an important first step for Lieberman in getting into the mainstream of Israeli political life, which he undoubtedly hopes will bolster him when he launches a run at the PMship in the future. The key question is to what extent Olmert will be constrained in moving too far forward vis-a-vis the Palestinians given his new “partner.” It will also be interesting to see how Lieberman’s entry into the PMO affects the pecking order there. XXXXXXXXXXXXJONES
I assume if she recants her efforts, her support will be more secretive. Too good to check: Oprah not supporting Obama publicly in 2012?If sources are to believed, then TV mogul Oprah Winfrey will not publicly endorse Barack Obama during his 2012 re-election campaign. The decision comes after the influential talk show host feared that the step might alienate viewers from tuning into her recently-launched Oprah Winfrey Network. "Unlike in 2008, when a drop in ratings didn't matter as much for the queen of TV, Oprah is now fighting every day to get people to tune into OWN," the New York Daily News quoted a source as telling PopEater. The source said that although Winfrey is a big fan of the US. President, she won't make it public in his second run for the Oval Office. "Helping a friend keep the most important job in the world is great, but making sure her OWN network thrives is now her priority." "Oprah's support of President Obama has been and remains unwavering since she initially endorsed his candidacy in 2007. Any reports that suggest otherwise are untrue," the source added.
The conquered site in question is where Muslims built the “Golden Dome” on top of the ruins of Solomon’s Temple. It appears the group complaining was, or is related to, terrorist group Hamas. via Muslims offended by Trinny & Susannah – Ynetnews. h/t Boots
Newspaper ads for the“Trinny and Susannah Do Israel” show has sparked a row among Muslims, as it shows the two British fashion advisers dressed in immodest clothing against the backdrop of the al-Aqsa Mosque and Western Wall.Channel 10 apologized for the incident on Wednesday evening and promised to change the ads immediately.The Islamic Movement‘s al-Aqsa institution association slammed Channel 10 for publishing a picture of the two women wearing strapless dresses against the backdrop of the mosque.The association released a statement saying that “the publication of such abomination against the backdrop of an image of the al-Aqsa Mosque, in order to promote a television program on fashion and clothes, is a blatant violation and a desecration of Islam’s holy mosque. This is an insult to more than one and a half billion Muslims in the world.”The association demanded that Channel 10 remove the ads immediately. “This is not the first time Israelis make use of pictures of the al-Aqsa Mosque, which violate the sanctity of Islam, whether with alcohol bottles or in order to promote tourism to occupied Jerusalem. We call for the immediate removal of the newspaper ads.”After apologizing for the ad, Channel 10 decided to change it immediately, using PR photos instead of images of Jerusalem.Channel 10 offered the following response: “The television show has no intention of offending any religion or faith in any way. The publication of the discussed ads will be stopped immediately.”We had no intention and have no intention of hurting the feelings of Jews, Muslims, Christians or any other people. We apologize if these ads have offended any religious sentiments.”Hamas is also known as the Islamic Resistance Movement, and the al Aqsa Brigades is a military wing of Hamas.
Michael D. D. White, in his Noticing New York blog, suggests that Jay-Z's take from Forest City Ratner might be going up because of a "reverse morals clause" triggered by the company's questionable behavior.
Perhaps, but Jay-Z himself is hardly pure, not merely his unquestioning endorsement of Atlantic Yards, but the $50,000 fine the Nets recently incurred because Jay-Z inappropriately visited the locker room of the Kentrucky Wildcats.
Ultimately, I suspect Jay-Z's fine with it all as long as he can open the Barclays Center with some hugely promoted concerts.
Israel believes Turkey is actively helping Iran to sidestep economic sanctions and has also turned a blind eye to Iranian weapons smuggling into Syria, according to leaked US diplomatic cables published on Friday.Hezbollah would be able to strike Tel Aviv directly from an arsenal of more than 20,000 missiles a recent WikiLeaks cable revealed to the Israeli press by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Citing documents obtained by WikiLeaks, Haaretz said senior Israeli officials had told the United States that Turkey was moving ever-closer to Iran because it needed Iranian energy supplies and because it was revising its global strategy.
During Joint Political Military Group meeting in November 2009, Israeli intelligence officials told their US counterparts that "Hezbollah was preparing for a long conflict with Israel in which it hopes to launch a massive number of rockets at Israel per day," with plans to send "400-600 rockets and missiles...per day, 100 of which will be aimed at Tel Aviv."
Tel Aviv's mayor Ron Holdai responded to the claim that Hezbollah could slam the city with sustained rocket fire during the Tel Aviv Marathon, saying "we live in Israel, and we have threats made to us all the time. If something were to happen we could cope," Israel Radio reported.
The Islamophile princeling of Wales wants to promote student exchanges between Britain and Morocco.While in Fez,he complains about the‘ridicule’he says he receives for promoting diversity and accepting people of different faiths.Is he speaking coded Islam? He spouts_the same apologetics churned out by the_Muslim Council of Britain and other Islamist bodies. We have quite a dossier on this kook:In a 1997_Middle East Quarterly article titled “Prince Charles of Arabia,” Ronni L. Gordon and David M. Stillman looked at evidence that Britain’s Prince Charles might be a secret convert to Islam. They shifted through his public statements (defending Islamic law, praising the status of Muslim women, seeing in Islam a solution for Britain’s ailments) and actions (setting up a panel of twelve “wise men” to advise him on Islamic religion and culture), then concluded that, “should Charles persist in his admiration of Islam and defamation of his own culture,” his accession to the throne will indeed usher in a “different kind of monarchy.” (source)
No member of the British royal family has yet visited Israel in an official capacity. Prince Philip was there in 1994 to attend a Yad Vashem ceremony to honour his late mother, and Prince Charles attended the funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. But there has never been an official visit. Why is Prince Charles Supporting Hamas?
Pam Geller’s new poster vandalized by leftist, so sanctimonious she can’t even see why she was arrestedMona Eltahawy is a darling of the feminist progressive left. She was recently attacked in Egypt's Tahrir square. ...another left win...
well, good! This will allow the public to talk about Islam. The more free conversation on the issue the better. they can't frame the con...
it did work for Obama though. Remember Obama Girl? image from the South Florida Chronicle It_is_not_clear_where_or_how the g...
Liberal multiculturalists insist that Islam is the same as other major world religions. As usual, they are full of shit.. The l...
but the Third Intifada pages are OK?
MFS - The Other News: Former counter terrorism head: FBI never called Ft.Hood 'Workplace Violence'.
Israel Matzav: It's official: Government inquiry finds al-Dura 'killing' was a hoax
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"We Didn't Target the Juice" - IRS reinstates Zionist Organization of America's tax exempt status. HT: ManyFaces / Israe...
...they couldn't argue with the facts. Doing things that give you pleasure... is in fact... GOOD FOR YOU : Staring at BOOBIES increas...