When the State of Israel was declared on 14 May 1948, some 200 dignitaries were invited to the ceremony, held at the Museum of Art in Tel Aviv. Of those present, only one, Arieh Handler, now 93, is known to still be alive. Here he recounts his personal recollections of that historic day.
He handed it to me and did not say another word. I asked him what it was, and he said he was not allowed to tell me.
At the same time I got a telephone call, from one of Ben Gurion’s staff, and they asked me not to tell anybody that I had got this invitation.
By Arlene Kushner
I want to call your attention to a JINSA Report (#769).
Says JINSA: Rice has been pushing Israel to surrender 95% of Judea and Samaria. In return for this we would allegedly receive US “security commitments” and a pledge from Abbas that this would represent “end of hostilities” and withdrawal of claims for “right of return.”
Abbas, however, according to information from MiddleEast Newsline, (MNL) refused, saying he would resign before agreeing to this. This provides a new perspective on reports that he would quit, which had come from Abu Toameh. While I tend not to take Abbas’s all-too-frequent threats to quit seriously, in light of this information it would seem that this time he means it.
Hezbollah-led opposition protesters blocked streets in central Beirut and on the road to the international airport Wednesday to enforce an anti-government labor strike that has turned into a showdown between the militant Shiite group and Western-backed Prime Minister Fuad Saniora.
Thousands of soldiers and police fanned out in the city and on major highways, deploying armored vehicles at intersections. But security forces largely stayed on the sidelines as the protesters blocked roads with burning tires although they were on alert to prevent any confrontation between pro- and anti-government supporters.
‘They couldn’t even get near the stronghold without retreating’
By Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily
JERUSALEM – They are billed as the most professional Palestinian police force ever assembled.
They received advanced U.S. training and were deployed this week amid much fanfare and claims they would fight crime and terrorism.
But less than 30 minutes into their first mission, the force ran scared from armed terrorists they were charged with combating. Meet the new elite police unit of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization.
Yoram Ettinger, “The Jewish Press” New York weekly.
Recent congressional hearings about the destruction, by Israel’s air force, of a Syrian-North Korean nuclear facility, has shed light on the mutually-beneficial nature of US-Israel relations. The Spetember 2007 Israeli military operation in Syria has dealt a setback to the Syria-North Korea-Iran-Hizballah axis, while advancing US and Israeli interests. It has bolstered US posture of deterrence, has extended US’ strategic arm and has provided the US with vital information to penetrate Russian air defense systems, which are also employed by Iran. It has refuted the claim that US-Israel relations have been shaped by political expediency.
Former Secretary of State and NATO Supreme Commander, General (ret.) Al Haig refers to Israel as the largest, cost-effective, combat- experienced US aircraft carrier that does not require US personnel, cannot be sunk and is located in a most critical region for US national security interests.
Yoram Ettinger – The Jerusalem Summit
The Strategic Goal
The post-9/11 world has highlighted the fact that the primary feature of anti-US Islamic terrorism is State Sponsorship (in the Middle East and beyond), rather than merely a law enforcement challenge (in the US). The strategic goal of the US and Israel is to defeat terrorism and stabilize the Middle East, which is inconsistent with the establishment of a new terror-supporting regime on the shores of the Mediterranean.
I. The Root Cause of Anti-US and Mideast Terrorism
The establishment of a Palestinian state will not bring down Middle East terrorism in general and anti-US terrorism in particular. The Palestinian issue has not been the root cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Regardless of the Palestinian issue, of Israel’s policy and Israel’s existence, the following factors should be considered concerning anti-US Islamic terrorism:
Ben Fefferman, the Hasbara Fellowships campus co-ordinator, at U of Toronto, produced a compelling video on Israel Apartheid Week.
The first time this event was staged was four years ago at the University of Toronto and the Major Jewish Organization decided the best thing to do is nothing.
It is now held in 8 countries on 40 campuses.
This is what our students must endure.
Highlights of recent survey by Tel Aviv University’s War and Peace Index: April 2008
– Some 75% of the Israeli Jewish public thinks that in the next five years Israel will find itself at war with one or more Arab states.
– (interestingly, the younger age groups are more pessimistic on this issue than the older ones, and also show less support for negotiating with the Palestinian Authority).
– But as for achieving a settlement with Syria and the Palestinians, the two most relevant regional actors, assessments of the chances are much lower: 66% of the entire Jewish public does not believe in the chances of an agreement with Syria and 70% think the same regarding the Palestinians.
-At present the Jewish public’s willingness to “pay” for a peace agreement is particularly low. Only 19% support an Israeli withdrawal from all of the Golan Heights for a full peace treaty with Syria while the overwhelming majority—75%—oppose it (6% did not know).
Methodists overwhelmingly defeated measures calling for divestment from companies that allegedly enable Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
The resolutions, targeting companies like Caterpillar, which manufactures tractors, and Motorola, which manufactures security systems, had drawn much media scrutiny before this week’s United Methodist Church General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jewish groups were even more offended by a background document prepared in connection with the motions than they were by the notion of divestment itself. According to Jewish groups, the document was dismissive of Jewish concerns about anti-Semitism and ventured into “replacement theology,” the belief that Christianity has superseded Judaism.
An alliance of grassroots church activists who nurture ties to the Jewish community helped defeat five divestment resolutions, often in the early stages of the conference.
“THIS, DESPITE SO MANY OF THEIR GREATEST INTELLECTS DYING IN THE GAS CHAMBERS”
Happy birthday, Israel and Shalom
By Andrew Roberts, The Daily Express
The State of Israel has packed more history into her sixty years on the planet – which she celebrates this week – than many other nations have in six hundred. There are many surprising things about this tiny, feisty, brave nation the size of Wales, but the most astonishing is that she has lived to see this birthday at all. The very day after the new state was established, she was invaded by the armies of no fewer than five Arab countries, and she has been struggling for her right to life ever since.
From Morocco to Afghanistan, from the Caspian Sea to Aden, the 5.25 million square miles of territory belonging to members of the Arab League is home to over 330 million people, whereas Israel covers only eight thousand square miles, and is home to seven million citizens, one-fifth of whom are Arabs. The Jews of the Holy Land are thus surrounded by hostile states 650 times their size in territory and sixty times their population, yet their last, best hope of ending two millennia of international persecution – the State of Israel – has somehow survived.
By Ted Belman
Arutz Sheva reports that Olmert Willing to Give 90% of Territory
Nothing is conclusive but the rumours are that he wants to retain 8% and the PA is demanding that this be reduced to 2%. There does not appear to be a “dramatic breakthrough” as reported elsewhere. Olmert is prepared to sweeten the deal by offering a land swap of 4% to 6% of Israeli land.
Apparently Israel has agreed to a land corridor linking Gaza to the Westbank.
Thus, if true, Israel isn’t accepting the Saudi Plan which demands a return to the greenline with minor adjustments. And the US is not talking about the Saudi Plan any more. The US seems to be more concerned with lifting roadblocks and reestablishing PA security control.
Jerusalem is not the talk of the town anymore.
There is no chance that the PA will accept this deal. So either Olmert capitulates or we have never ending negotiations until Abbas resigns.
Gil Troy , THE JERUSALEM POST May. 6, 2008
Today, too many friends and foes define Israel, and Zionism, by the Arab world’s hostility. Doing so misses Israel’s everyday miracles, the millions who live and learn, laugh and play, in
the Middle East’s only functional democracy. Doing so ignores the achievements of Zionism, a gutsy, visionary movement which rescued a shattered people by reuniting a scattered people.
Doing so neglects the transformative potential of Zionism, which could inspire new generations of Israeli and Diaspora Jews to find personal redemption by redeeming their old-new communal
Tragically, Zionism is embattled. Arabs have demonized Zionism as the modern bogeyman, and many have clumped Zionists, along with Americans and most Westerners, as the Great Satans. In Israel, trendy post-Zionists denigrate the state which showers them with privilege, while in the Diaspora a few Jewish anti-Zionists loudly curry favor with the Jewish state’s enemies.
[..] In her remarks Tuesday before the American Jewish Committee, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acknowledged that Palestinian society today overwhelmingly supports Israel’s annihilation through terrorism when she said: “Increasingly, Palestinians who talk about a two-state solution are my age. And I’m not that old, but I’m a lot older than most of the Palestinian population.”
But then, after acknowledging that most Palestinians do not support peaceful coexistence with Israel, Rice argued that Israel must give them more land, more guns and more money because as she sees it, now is the time for a Palestinian state and leaders need to “make hard decisions confidently for the sake of peace and for the sake of their people.”
AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH
May 6, 2008…
Dear Mr. President,
We are a group of people who were Prisoners of Conscience in the USSR (Russian prisoners of Zion, Russian dissidents). Our principle of identifying with our brethren and with Israel, with justice, freedom and the battle against obvious and veiled anti-Semitism took a toll of many years of imprisonment in the Soviet Union. However, none of us even came close to the period of imprisonment of a quarter of a century as is taking place in your country in the case of Jonathan Pollard.
We are referring to an ailing human being. If, God forbid, he passes away in prison, complex questions will remain unanswered that may damage the reputation and affect the conscience of America. Pollard functioned in a period when the evil Soviet empire of cruelty, espionage and world subversion was at its peak. Every clear-thinking person can ask himself: Is there any agent of this horrible and hostile power that remains in an American prison? We all know the answer is – Nyet.
Late last night I consulted with my experts regarding the situation.
Key among them is an Arabic-speaking Israeli journalist who is in contact with the Palestinians. “You will notice,” he observed, “that all of the news about the progress being made is coming from Olmert’s office. You can relax. They can’t agree on anything.”
And indeed, my contact was totally on the mark. For today it is being reported by Khaled Abu Toameh in the Post that the Palestinians are complaining that all they’re being offered in Judea and Samaria is a “mini-state of cantons,” which was “completely unacceptable” and “provocative.” What is more, they say the US Administration is supporting the Israeli position.
By KATE SHEEHY, NY POST
May 6, 2008 — A Long Island mogul is at the center of a sensational bribery scandal that could bring down embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, The Post has learned.
Millionaire financier Morris Talansky – who runs an investment firm out of his tony home in Woodmere – allegedly passed money to Olmert while the politician was mayor of Jerusalem in the ’90s, sources said.
In a highly unusual move, Israeli authorities have barred the country’s media from publishing Talansky’s name – revealed now in The Post – saying it could hamper their investigation. Israeli media has referred only to the involvement of an “American businessman.”
Don’t miss it.
By Ted Belman
I received this from a very reliable source.
I’m not sure whether or how you care to publish this, but I have now heard from a source I believe to be highly placed and reliable that Olmert and/or his surrogates not only are deep in the details of dividing Jerusalem but also are already agreeing in principle to a “Palestinian right of return”. The only specific I have heard is that they are contemplating about 100,000-150,000 but are considering whether spreading it out over 10 years will make it more palatable.
Another source tells me that Peter Munk financed a study of dividing Jerusalem and using an international police force.
By Ted Belman
We have been discussing whether the love of evangelicals is a Trojan horse enabling them to proselytize. I asked Rabbi Skobac who leads Jews for Jews in our fight against Jews for Jesus. He says most definitely and promised to send me articles he has written.
This morning I got this email from Ellen Horowitz who is writing a book on the subject.
Here is the cover this month’s issue of Charisma Magazine – The cover story hails missionaries and messianics as heroes “for sharing the love of Jesus in Israel”. This specific issue celebrates Israel’s 60th anniversary.
The publisher of Charisma is Stephen Strang of Strang Communications