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April 24, 2014
Hamas, Abbas' PLO Announce Reconciliation Agreement
By VOA News & DEBKAfile.com
The Gaza-based terrorist Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestine Liberation Organization agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference. The move, coming after a long line of failed efforts to reconcile after seven years of internal bickering, envisions a unity government within five weeks and national elections six months later.
"This is the good news we tell our people: the era of division is over," Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said to loud applause at a Palestinian press conference also attended by representatives of the PLO.
Along with the
Palestinians have long hoped for a healing of the political rift between the PLO and terror-oriented Hamas, which won a Palestinian election in 2006 and seized control of the Gaza Strip from forces loyal to Western-backed Abbas in 2007.
But reconciliation dreams have been dashed repeatedly in the past. Since 2011,
Hamas and Fatah have failed to implement an Egyptian-brokered unity deal because
of disputes over power-sharing and the handling of the conflict with
Hamas has battled
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said the unity pact would not interfere with peace efforts. "There's no contradiction at all between unity and talks, and we're committed to establishing a just peace based on a two-state solution," he said in a statement following the deal.
The approval of the two influential Arab states, which have been at loggerheads
over the role of the Muslim Brotherhood of which Hamas is an offshoot, implied
the agreement had backing from the region as a whole. The deal could give Abbas
a measure of sovereignty in
Minutes after the announcement,
U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry revived the peace talks in July after a
nearly three-year hiatus. The negotiations stalled this month when
Netanyahu announced Wednesday night that
Yet Netanyahu did nothing to prevent a Fatah delegation traveling from Ramallah
These questions, put by DEBKAfile, betray the ridiculous state of the current
Two months ago, after posting Palestinian membership applications to 15 UN
bodies, Abbas sent one of his trusties, Jibril Rajoub, to
Yet he continued to travel around
On Tuesday, Abbas invited
One condition was to devote all future discussions to the question of borders.
He also announced that he was ready to dissolve the Palestinian Authority and
hand the keys over to
No one in
This one is different in one critical sense. Leaving aside its deleterious
impact on the peace process with
As an integral part of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas is also condemned as a foe
Suspected Organ Trafficking Ring
An alleged organ trafficking ring targeting young women has been uncovered in
According to the available details, two women between the ages of 18 and 20 from
The investigation began in March, after the parents of an 18-year-old woman
filed a missing persons report with the Be'er Sheva Police. After police
questioned several of her friends, they learned that she was on her way to
The woman returned to
The friend was detained upon her return to
The woman who received the kidney was also questioned by the police. She told
investigators that she did indeed receive the kidney itself for free, and paid
the hospital in
Police believe that other young women from financially struggling families sold their organs as well. Israel Police Negev District Commander Brig. Gen. Omer Peretz said some changed their minds before undergoing the procedure. Peretz said the organ transplant ring would seek out young women in financial straits and would offer them tens of thousands of shekels to donate their organs.
Police Superintendent Mazal Esterkahn, who is heading the investigation, said
the police were trying to deduce whether the ring operated in
Spanish Town with 'Kill Jews' in Name Mulls Change
Castrillo Matajudios, a tiny Spanish village of 56 residents, has as its second word "Kill Jews." An referendum takes place May 25 to decide if that name should be changed. The mayor, Lorenzo Rodriguez Perez, said that the name offends outsiders and embarrasses some residents.
Historical studies show the town's original name was Castrillo Motajudios, the second word of which translates to "Jews' Hill." The name dates back to 1035, when 66 Jews were killed in a nearby town and the remainder were expelled and settled on the hill.
The earliest records found with the name changed to "Kill Jews" is from 1627, more than a century after the 1492 edict by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella that required Jews to leave the country, convert to Catholicism or face being burned at the stake during the Spanish Inquisition.
Although Jews were killed in the area, researchers believe the town received its current name from Jewish residents who converted to Catholicism and wanted to convince Spaniards they opposed Jews, Rodriguez said. Others think it might have simply come from a slip of the pen.
"There are always the stories of people from here traveling to
No Jews live in the town, but Rodriguez said many residents have ancient Jewish
roots. The town's official shield includes the Star of David.
Spoon-Bending Psychic Geller Helps Israelis Defy Disasters
Celebrity psychic Uri Geller is the beaming new face of Israeli disaster-readiness, starring in army-sponsored TV and Internet advertisements on how to take shelter from missile attacks or earthquakes.
Launched on Wednesday, the campaign marks Geller's return to his native country
The 67-year-old entertainer was born in Tel Aviv, served in the Israeli Army's Paratroopers Brigade and was wounded in action during the 1967 Six-Day War. He is best known internationally for mental tricks such as bending spoons and stopping watches.
In the ads, Israelis are invited to submit their location at the military's Home Front Command website, where pre-recordings of Geller will "telepathically" inform them where and how quickly to seek cover if air-raid sirens sound. Such shelters are also meant to provide protection in the event of earthquakes.
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The Weekly Portion of Tanach
YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
By Frances Bernay-Cohen
I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.
Whether our forefathers and forI'm sure you will find some truth in this song.
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Air France flew from the U.S. to Israel during the early 1950s. They flew Lockheed Constellations and the flying time was 20 hours.
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 29th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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