We begin with life. Most specifically that of little Zakkai, who has now successfully come through the surgery to remove that tumor from his thoracic cavity. The surgeons are saying they removed all of it. What is more, the aorta turned out not to be involved, which was a huge thing -- although a couple of lesser blood vessels were affected. This little boy is now recovering from an extensive procedure that involved such things as cutting the muscles of his chest. The first update from his parents indicated that he was in pain, and having trouble breathing because of those chest muscles. There is, however, considerable reason to believe that he will bounce back readily after an initial difficult period. Please G-d! Keep praying until he's all the way recovered.
Professor Netanyahu, an historian of considerable reputation, specialized in the Golden Age of Jewish life in Spain. A follower of Jabotinsky, he never abandoned his passionate Zionist/nationalist ideology.
"She was willing to release $88.6 million of the $147 million package under terms spelled out in a letter sent to Clinton and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah last month.
"But Clinton ignored those recommendations and unilaterally approved the full payment, in spite of an earlier statement indicating that Hamas would not be supported.
On-going flux in the dynamics between Mid-Eastern states...
-- Against a backdrop of enormous Israeli-Turkish diplomatic tensions, Turkey, acting on information from the Mossad, has reportedly foiled an Iranian plot to target Israeli tourists and facilities. As a result, the Israeli government reduced its warnings to Israelis traveling to Turkey to the lowest level; this is following earlier warning that there was an "imminent threat."
-- Information has now been released regarding the fact that some three months ago Egypt foiled an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Egypt.
-- But just three days ago Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Egypt and closed the embassy and consulates in Egypt for "security reasons." This was because of protests in Egypt outside the Saudi embassy following the arrest of an Egyptian human rights lawyer in Riyadh.
In response to charges of "war crimes" by B'Tselem, the ostensible human rights organization, Israel's Military Police investigated an incident in which 21 members of the al-Samouni family were killed during an IDF strike on Gaza's Zeitoun neighborhood during Operation Cast Lead in 2009.
Major Dorit Tuval, the deputy Military Advocate for Operational Matters, has now informed B'Tselem that the case has been closed:
"...the investigation completely disproved any claim about deliberate harm to civilians, as well as haste and recklessness about possible harm to civilians, or criminal negligence.
"The operational circumstances of Operation Cast Lead, which was conducted mainly in highly-populated urban areas, had direct implications on the manner in which operational decisions were reached during the incident in question."
In general terms, "the operational circumstances" refers to Hamas's use of civilian human shields and its proclivity for launching attacks from densely populated areas.
Col. Ilan Malka, the Givati Brigade commander who approved the airstrike, has been completely exonerated.