Saturday, August 03, 2013

Nasrallah: Destroying Israel is the Interest of All Arabs

The head of the Hizbullah terror group makes a rare public appearance in honor of Iran’s Quds Day.

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah
AFP photo
Destroying Israel is the interest of the entire Arab world, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah declared on Friday.
AFP reported that the head of the Lebanese terror group made a rare public appearance at a Beirut rally held to mark Iran’s Quds Day.
It was a first appearance in public since last September for Nasrallah who, according to AFP attended the rally in Rweiss, in the southern suburbs of Beirut.
In his speech, Nasrallah thanked "Iran and Syria for all they are doing for Palestine and Jerusalem, and for all they have given to resistance movements (fighting Israel) in Lebanon and Palestine".

Report: Iranian economy in crisis

On eve of Rohani inauguration, Iran's economic crisis worsens

Before Hassan Rohani's inauguration, Washington Post publishes report detailing Iran's deteriorating economy, as congress confirms new round of sanctions, analyist wonder whether economic woes will have positive or negative influence on nuclear talks
Published: 08.03.13, 10:36 / Israel News      

Hours before Iran's new president Hassan Rohani will take office, the Iranian economy seems to be on the brink of collapse, the Washington Post reported.

According to the paper, growing international sanctions in wake of the Islamic Republic's reluctance to reach a deal regarding its nuclear program are cutting deep into the country's main financial lifeline – oil exports – causing inflation and numerous other issues for Rohani to deal with.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Op-Ed: The Five Flaws of Kerry's Peace Process

The flaws listed are an inherent part of the process, making peace impossible to achieve.

1) No Palestinian reciprocity at the outset. Israel agreed to release 104 convicted terrorists just to get the Palestinians to talk peace. Would the U.S. agree to release 104 Guantanamo prisoners for talks with anyone?
Israel will undoubtedly be blamed if negotiations fail, so it's unlikely that fair judgment by the international community motivated the release. Perhaps it was the price that Israel had to pay for a U.S. promise to prevent Iranian nukes and/or support Israel's efforts to stop them. If so, is the U.S. good for its word (despite Obama's repeated demonstrations that his Mideast "red lines" are meaningless)?
Whatever the explanation for Israel's good-faith opening, there were plenty of ways for the Palestinians to reciprocate: removing anti-Israel incitement from their textbooks and/or official media, recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, promising to "freeze" their anti-Israel diplomatic offensives, etc.
But Secretary of State John Kerry preferred to establish that Palestinian reciprocity is optional: if Israel isn't volunteering what the Palestinians demand, they need only threaten to leave the talks and Kerry will compel the Israelis to comply.

Another Tack: Who’s the sucker?

Posted on August 2, 2013 by
If you’re playing poker and look around the table to see who the sucker is, it¹s doubtless you (by Spanish artist Ulpiano Checa y Sanz, 1891)
Almost five years ago the foreign ministry, then under the aegis of Tzipi Livni, published the following official press release:
On 25 August 2008, Israel released 198 convicted Palestinian terrorists. Israel undertook this risky measure in the hope of promoting dialogue with the pragmatic Palestinians who reject terrorism and are engaged in diplomacy with Israel.
It is never easy for Israel to decide on the early release of convicted Palestinian terrorists. The issue is one fraught with emotional overtones, for Israelis in general and the families of terrorism victims in particular.
In these instances, Israel’s decision-makers have been faced with both political and moral dilemmas. All the while, they remain fully cognizant of the security risks posed to the Israeli public by such measures.
Yet Israel decided on 17 August 2008 to unilaterally initiate the release of approximately 200 Palestinian prisoners, a decision that was realized the next week, with the 25 August release of 198 convicted terrorists. Among them were Palestinians serving long-term sentences for the murder of Israeli civilians; their release came at the personal request of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Israel undertook this dramatic step in the hope of promoting dialogue with those pragmatic Palestinians who are both engaged in diplomacy with Israel (most specifically, the Annapolis process) and opposed to terrorism.

Palestinians from many factions have often expressed their interest in seeing prisoners released. The 198 prisoners came from the ranks of those factions that support the leadership of PA President Abbas.

Israeli Democracy Dealt Blow with ‘Governance Act’

Last night, the "only democracy in the Middle East" became a lot less democracy and a lot more Middle East.
By: Yori Yanover 
Last night the Knesset voted to raise the threshold vote from 2 to 4 percent. This means that a political party must win 4.8 seats before it can receive its first seat in the Knesset. It was presented by the Likud-Beiteinu faction as a necessary measure to enable Israel’s government to govern without the constant fear of being toppled by a walkout of one of its minor coalition members.
The new threshold would effectively eliminate the small parties in Israel, forcing them to align in large power blocks or disappear. Meanwhile, their votes should be siphoned off to four or five major parties.

There’s an inherent problem in Israel’s parliamentary system, which has made it difficult for coalition governments over the past 65 years: the executive, meaning the prime minister, is also a member of the legislative body. In order to stay in power, he or she must juggle the Knesset membership around to maintain a majority of at least 61 out of 120 members. If they go below 60, their government is likely to lose a vote of no confidence (of which it endures about 10 a week), and the nation must go to new elections.

Beware: Indyk just might succeed


If someone is unwilling to pay the price for peace, no broker will ever be acceptable.

Ambassador Martin Indyk.
Ambassador Martin Indyk. Photo: REUTERS
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that someone had actually written an entire article in The Jerusalem Post last Friday in an effort to discredit one of Israel’s most prominent friends, Martin Indyk. The article by Isi Leibler even specifically stated that Indyk was unfit to act as a mediator between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Then I thought, maybe this was a sophisticated stunt to strengthen this important appointment: If the Palestinians see that someone from Israel’s far Right opposes the Indyk appointment, maybe they in turn will support him.

The only conclusion I could reach was that if someone is unwilling to pay the price for peace, no broker will ever be acceptable.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

IDF Opens Cutting-Edge Medical Institute to Care for Combat Soldiers

Israel Defense Forces
The IDF’s Ground Forces launched a special medical institute which will give advanced medical treatment to IDF combat soldiers. The institute will conduct research in all of the different aspects of health in operational service, from preventing injuries and incidents typical to combat service to continuous rehabilitation treatments.   

Besides giving medical treatment, the institute will be a national academic center for diagnosis and assessment. Its job is to provide full and comprehensive treatment to  combat soldiers in order to improve the quality of their service.

Senior IDF Officers Warn of Threats from Syria, say IDF is Prepared


Earlier today, two senior IDF officials warned against growing dangers in Syria, stressing that the IDF is prepared to meet any challenge facing Israel's security on its northern border.

As civil war rages in Syria, violence along the northern border threatens to spill into Israel. The officials addressed this challenge at a ceremony marking the appointment of Brig. Gen. Yizhak Turgeman as commander of the Ga'ash Unit.
IDF Chief of the General Staff Benny Gantz near Syria
IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz near Syria

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Morally Repugnant"

That Netanyahu agreed to release 104 Palestinian Arab prisoners was widely broadcast publicly -- starting with a letter to the Israeli public by the prime minister himself.  Heartache and fury, but no secret here.
However, release of the prisoners was only one of the three major demands of Mahmoud Abbas -- the others being agreement to begin negotiations on the basis of the '67 lines, and freezing of building beyond the '67 line, i.e., in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.  And we have pretty solid information that building will be slowed, if not terminated all together.  Actually, already has been slowed.

Flags displayed during meeting at Knesset's Caucus on Ending Israeli-Arab Conflict; last time flags displayed was 1999.

Palestinian flag at the Knesset, 31 July 2013.
Palestinian flag at the Knesset, 31 July 2013. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post
The Palestinian flag stood in the Knesset on Wednesday when Israeli and Palestinian officials met at The Knesset's Caucus on Ending the Israeli-Arab conflict on Wednesday.

It was not the first time a Palestinian flag flew at the Knesset. In July 1999, then-Knesset speaker Avraham Burg hosted his Palestinian counterpart Ahmed Qurei, and there were Palestinian flags all over the parliament.

The caucus's chairman, Labor MK Hilik Bar, said that just like he got 30 of the 120 MKs to come to meet the Palestinian delegation at the Knesset, when the group comes to Ramallah, he expects one fourth of the Palestinian parliament to greet them. It will be up to One Voice, a pro-peace lobby at the parliaments in Jerusalem and Ramallah to work on the Palestinian turn-out.

Besides Madani and Zananiri, the Palestinian delegation included Prisoners Affairs Minister Ashraf Al-Ajami, Palestinian Center for Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development in East Jerusalem director Walid Salem, and Abdallah Abdallah, a former deputy foreign minister who chairs the Political Committee of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

Hamdan: Abbas is involved in a conspiracy to liquidate the Palestinian cause

 Hamdan: Abbas is involved in a conspiracy to liquidate the Palestinian cause 31-07-2013
Al Qassam website- Beirut- Osama Hamdan, a leader in Hamas movement, stated that PA president Mahmoud Abbas leads a serious scheme to drive a wedge between Gaza and Egypt, as part of a systematic policy to take revenge on Hamas movement.
Hamdan confirmed that Hamas movement has managed to get official documents to prove PA involvement in a conspiracy in coordination with US and Israel to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

Abbas is involved in paving the way for an Israeli aggression against the Gaza strip, the leader in Hamas movement said.

Meanwhile, MP Ismail al-Ashqar, who is in charge of the security and interior committee of the PLC, called on Egyptian authorities to exercise caution regarding the fabricated information provided by the PA and Abbas.

He pointed out to the false accusations which are fabricated in Ramallah to implicate Hamas movement in Egyptian interior affairs.

IDF Field Intelligence Soldiers Predict and Prevent Future Terrorist Attacks from Gaza

Israel Defense Forces
Major Orian Pundak is the commander of an observation company in the Gaza Division’s Northern Brigade. Her soldiers keep a close eye on the border, preventing attacks and protecting the quiet.
All hours of the day, seven days a week, the Gaza Division’s Nesher Observation Battalion keeps a close eye on the Gaza Strip. Major Orian Pundak, a company commander in the battalion, admits that there are no shortage of challenges when it comes to being the IDF’s eyes in the field. However, after two years in her position, she knows that her soldiers’ work has prevented attacks and kept the civilians in the region safe.

Paying in Advance

Shoshana Bryen
American Thinker

Like the dog that finally caught the bus he chased, Secretary of State John Kerry now has to figure out what to do with what he's got. He induced, bribed, cajoled, and threatened Israelis and Palestinians to return to the "negotiating table." The Palestinians were promised up to $4 billion in "investment" and aid, and up to 104 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel from the pre-Oslo era; terrorists with blood on their hands and previously thought to be unreleasable.

What the Palestinians paid, if anything, is unclear, but they are trumpeting a victory -- that Israel will release prisoners and that the prisoners cannot be banished to Gaza; that Israel will not be able to seek an interim agreement, but must to go "final status" issues; and that Kerry agreed with them that the 1949 lines (the so-called 1967 border) are the starting point. Almost as a throwaway line, Mahmoud Abbas said he was committed to a "two state solution" and Kerry has referred vaguely to the promise that that Arab States might make peace with Israel if the Palestinians were satisfied (more on that later).


In the magazine Israel Today (July 29, 2013) my friend Ryan Jones wrote about the renewal of the so-called peace negotiations that have just been held in Washington DC.

It is truly remarkable and, at the same time, deeply disturbing, that those who have believed in this notion - that there is any real wish for peace on the Palestinian side - have been so blinded by their own repeated deception that they are unable or unwilling to see the truth when it is right in front of their eyes!

Here is Ryan's article headlined "PA minister: New peace talks will help us conquer Israel later."

There are more than a few in the Palestinian Authority who are upset over the pending renewal of peace talks with Israel. Hamas in particular believes the move to be a detriment to the Palestinian cause.

But Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash reassured everyone last week that the political peace process is just a ruse, and part of a larger scheme to defeat their enemy.

A Shameful Day for America

Daryl Temkin, Ph.D.

It appears that America decided to acquiesce to the Palestinian demand that in order for Israel to show “good faith” for starting the peace process, Israel must be required to release 104 seasoned terrorists killers with a long history of blood on their hands. The Palestinians need these people to go free as a condition to making peace?

Please see the extreme irony in this outrageous demand.

If the Palestinians sincerely wanted peace, wouldn’t they want those who are the most “devilish” destroyers of peace, the most dangerous and out of control wonton killers of innocent Jewish men, women and children to remain in prison and not be an extreme threat to possible peaceful co-existence?

If America was interested in making peace, wouldn’t it want the “best” sociopathic bomb makers and bomb detonators to be prevented from walking free, capable to exercise and perform their finely honed life destroying talents whenever they so please?

Danon: Livni Won't Think About Judea and Samaria

In New York, Deputy Defense Minister warns that the interests of Judea and Samaria will not be represented by the negotiating team.

By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/31/2013

As Israeli and Palestinian Authority negotiators met in Washington to restart peace talks, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) was in the U.S. as well, presenting his own view on the talks.
Danon, who also heads the Likud Central Committee, visited the offices of 5W Public Relations in New York, where he warned that Judea and Samaria had no representation at the talks.

“I don’t like the fact that Tzipi Livni is the chief negotiator of the State of Israel along with Abu Alaa and Martin Indyk,” Danon stated during the meeting. “Who is representing us? Who thinks about the Jews who are living in Judea and Samaria? No one! It was proven that all of them, in the past 10 years, were willing to sign agreements that were bad for Israel.”
He admitted that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu could legally take an agreement with the Palestinian Authority and bring it to a referendum, bypassing the Likud Central Committee.

Dear MK Shamir,

Pursuing a failed process only encourages more demands of Israel and we appear weak in the eyes of the international community.
Pres. Obama is a failed leader both domestically and internationally and is pressuring Israel for his legacy.
I made aliyah from the US to participate in the rebuilding of our homeland after 2000 years - not to see it being dismantled piece by piece!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Obama meets Israeli, Palestinian negotiators

LAST UPDATED: 07/30/2013
Livni: Keeping talks secret essential to creating mutual trust.         
Click here for live video coverage of Middle East peace process talks: -
US President Barack Obama met privately on Tuesday with lead Israeli and Palestinian negotiators the day after they restarted long-stalled peace negotiations in Washington, a White House official said.
The meeting at the White House came after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a US-brokered effort that US Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions.
The negotiators held bilateral meetings on Tuesday at the State Department.
Obama has so far stood back from the process, leaving it to Kerry to lead the effort to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the table.

PLO negotiator openly calls for destruction of Israel

Aussie Dave at Israellycool notes the cover photo on the Facebook page of Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh, one of the major PLO negotiators in Washington today to kick off "peace" talks.

Yes, that is a map of all of British Mandate Palestine, filled with Arabic, and no room for a Jewish state.

Hezbollah: If it quacks like a duck...


Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorists marching with flags
Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorists marching with flags Photo: Jamal Saidi/Reuters
After 30 years of hesitation, the European Union timidly admitted that Hezbollah’s armed wing was a terror organization. Catherine Ashton, who is in charge of EU foreign policy, hastened to say that this measure would in no way impact the ongoing dialogue between the EU and the organization. Or in other words for the EU, Hezbollah is a political party which may have strayed from the straight and narrow by setting up an “armed wing,” but can be made to see the error of its ways through “moderate pressure.”

Facts tell a different story. Hezbollah was created by Iran’s Khomeini in the early Eighties as a terror organization to serve as a stepping stone for that country’s ambition to export its “Islamic Revolution” to the Middle East – that is, to establish a Islamic Shi’ite regime led by Iran.

A Taliban "Apology"

 Fiamma Nirenstein

"The Taliban thought you were waging a campaign of defamation against their efforts to establish an Islamic system in Swat. Return home, adopt Islamic and Pastu culture and enroll yourself in a girl's Islamic madrassa." — Adnan Rashid, Taliban leader, to Malala Yousufzai, shot in the face by his group for wanting a education.
On July 17th, the leader of Pakistan's "Tehriru Taliban," Adnan Rashid, managing to make headlines around the world, apologized to Malala Yousufzai. She received a special message on her 16th birthday, July 12. She had given a moving speech at the UN on how the Taliban wanted to kill her because, despite widespread discrimination against women in Pakistan, she had wanted to go to school and learn. She urged children not get caught up in fear, but rise up against the ban on education. The UN, perhaps forgetting that this was a criticism of the Islamic world, responded with an enormous round of applause.

Abu Mazen's future apartheid 'state': Not one Jew in 'Palestine'

'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen  told reporters in Egypt on Monday that his vision for 'Palestine' does not include a single Jew.
Abbas said that no Israeli settlers or border forces could remain in a future Palestinian state and that Palestinians deem illegal all Jewish settlement building within the land occupied in the 1967 Six Days War.
"In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands," Abbas said in a briefing to mostly Egyptian journalists.

Op-Ed: US and EU: Bad Cop, Worse Cop
It does not surprise the writer that the US did not protest the EU boycotts.

Mark Langfan
The writer, who often writes on security issues, has created an original educational 3d Topographic Map System of Israel to facilitate clear understanding of the dangers facing Israel and its water supply. It has been studied by US lawmakers and can be seen at

Some Israeli ministers are in shock at the European Union (EU) diktat attempting to impose the 1949 ceasefire line, also known as the  pre-1967 lines, as the proposed Israeli/Palestinian Authority border. The ministers, including Prime Minister Netanyau, protest that the EU is "undermining" the Kerry Mission.
I posit that these complaining ministers are deluded; I believe Obama co-planned the EU diktat.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Israeli Deputy Minister Slams Possible Involvement of Martin Indyk in Peace Talks, Calls for ‘Honest Broker’

Media reports that former United States Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk has been selected by the Obama administration to lead new negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority announced Friday, have elicited strong opposition, including from an Israeli deputy minister, The Algemeiner has learned.
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon penned a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposing a scenario whereby Indyk would take on the pivotal role in the talks, citing the veteran politician’s chairmanship at the New Israel Fund, an organization which has been criticized for supporting organizations that seek to harm the Jewish state.

The Top 100 Terrorist Targets in the United States

List compiled by Suzanne MacNevin, Editor of the Lilith eZine.
"Let us all take a moment to remember the 3000 people who died in the World Trade Center on September 11th. And let us all remember that it will likely happen again. Such is the nature of revenge that this war will never be won, but instead will be fought for as long as there is people with revenge in their hearts. May whatever god you worship forgive us all. May God teach us forgiveness, understanding and peace." - William Jefferson Clinton.

Enough Talking About Talks

Alon Ben-Meir

Secretary of State John Kerry is to be highly commended for his tireless efforts to persuade the Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations soon in Washington. Although the prospect of success of these negotiations is very slim, if there is any opportunity for a breakthrough, it will ultimately depend not only on major concessions both sides must make, but also on other critical elements, without which the prospect of success stands at zero.

I am not entirely sanguine that either the Palestinian Authority's President Mahmoud Abbas or Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu are ready, willing or able to make peace.
Netanyahu is an ideologue who does not really believe in a two-state solution, or at any rate, not one that would be established in most of the West Bank. From his perspective, Israel's historic and biblical claim to the entire "land of Israel," which includes the West Bank, is a given, if not divinely ordained, leaving little room for significant territorial compromises.

Shin Bet chief: Prisoner release dangerous

Shin Bet Director Yoram Cohen expressed reservation regarding the release of 104 security prisoners and said that "their release will damage security, both in terms of immediate threat to public safety and in terms of an erosion of deterrence."

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sanctions: Don't blame the EU

Woman signs Peace Now petition against settlements
Woman signs Peace Now petition against settlements Photo: Reuters
 It is indeed not a simple matter for me as an Israeli citizen to call on foreign organizations, unions and citizens to suspend cooperation with Israel. I am convinced that outside pressure is the only answer. I consequently have decided to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that was launched by Palestinian activists.
– Neve Gordon, “Boycott Israel,” Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2009

It’s difficult and painful, almost impossibly so, for an Israeli to call for such a boycott…The change won’t come from within. Change will only come from the outside. The call for an economic boycott has become a patriotic requirement.

– Gideon Levy, “The Israeli patriot’s final refuge: boycott,” Haaretz, July 16, 2013

The European Union’s decision to boycott the settlements struck the Israeli government like a bolt of lightning on a clear blue day; it’s a shame that there are some on the Israeli Left who longed for this day and blessed the EU decision.

– Dan Margalit, “A yellow star for settlers,” Israel Hayom, July 17, 2013

A letter to the Prime Minister

Memorial to Ofra and              Tal Moses, burned to death in 1987 when Mohammed Dawd threw              a firebomb into their car. Dawd is scheduled to go free in              the upcoming prisoner release.
Memorial to Ofra and Tal Moses, burned to death in 1987 when Mohammed Dawd threw a firebomb into their car. Dawd is scheduled to go free in the upcoming prisoner release.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
I will be returning to Israel next year, after more than 25 years in the US. So now that I will be an Israeli again, I think I am allowed to take the gloves off:

What you did by agreeing to release more than 100 Arab prisoners who have been convicted of crimes including multiple murders is beyond wrong. It is shameful. It is disgusting. It is immoral. And it is stupid.

I admit that I am shocked. I admired you. I thought that you learned Zionism from your father, and I know that you put your body on the line more than once for the state of Israel. So how could you do it?

Thoughts on the Release of 104 Palestinian Murderers

by Daniel Pipes
Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner

Israeli leaders have a long history of making lopsided trades with their Arab enemies. These include:
1985 – 1,150 prisoners for 3 captured Israelis
2000 – 450 Arab prisoners for 3 Israeli bodies and a kidnapped Israeli;
2008 – 5 Arab prisoners (including the psychopath Samir al-Kuntar) and 199 Arab bodies for 2 Israeli bodies;
2011 – 1,027 Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Schalit.
I strenuously opposed these unbalanced exchanges (e.g., the Schalit one), even as I acknowledged the honorable Israeli intent not to abandon soldiers.
But there is nothing redeeming whatsoever in the exchange that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu proposed today, releasing 104 murderers as a good-will gesture to encourage the Palestinian Authority to negotiate. Netanyahu justified this decision on the basis that "sometimes prime ministers are forced to make decisions that go against public opinion - when the issue is important for the country."

The real preconditions for peace

Op-ed: Victimization myth of Palestinians needs to give place to a concrete dialogue of shared interests

As Secretary of State Kerry is maintaining his push for renewed negotiations between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, attention is as always drawn to the presence or not of preconditions set by the Palestinians. These demands are in fact meant to precede the start of any substantial talk that may or may not lead to enhanced peace negotiations.

If there is absolutely no doubt that the questions relating to borders, Palestinian populations living in Arab countries, the status of Jerusalem and the development of housing and infrastructure projects in Judea and Samaria need to be fully addressed and answered clearly to make of any deal a lasting one, it is also absolutely true that these points are in no way the preconditions to peace, they are in fact the results of peace.

Terror Victims' Families: Netanyahu Caved...Again

The Almagor terror victims' organization has sent Netanyahu a letter of protest over his decision to release 104 terrorists.

By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/28/2013

Terrorists (illustration)
Terrorists (illustration)

The Almagor terror victims' organization has sent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a letter, on behalf of families whose loved ones were murdered in terrorist attacks, in which it protests his decision to release 104 terrorists in advance of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.
In the letter, the families accuse Netanyahu of caving, once again, to demands from the international community in order to enter peace negotiations.
"Netanyahu in his letter to the public tries to explain his capitulation to terrorism and his alarming willingness to release more murderers with blood on their hands. These are the most heinous killers,” wrote Almagor.

Who is a Palestinian?

Some people say that Arabs are "native Palestinians", while Jews are "invaders" and "settlers". But a researcher who read the biographies of Israeli and Palestinian political leaders, was confused.

Which of the Israeli or Palestinian leaders were born in Palestine ?
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, 21 Oct 1949, Tel Aviv.
EHUD BARAK, 12 Feb 1942 Mishmar HaSharon, British Mandate of Palestine
ARIEL SHARON , 26 Feb 1928 Kfar Malal, British Mandate of Palestine
EHUD OLMERT, 30 Sept 1945 Binyamina-Giv'at Ada , British Mandate of Palestine .
ITZHAK RABIN, 1 March 1922 Jerusalem , British Mandate of Palestine .