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Sept. 2, 2014




Israel to Appropriate 1,000 Acres in Gush Etzion; US Urges Reversal of Move

By Israel Hayom and Reuters


The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories announced on Sunday that nearly 1,000 acres in the community of Gvaot in Judea would be declared state land. According to a statement issued by COGAT head Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the move constituted a continuation of "instructions from the political echelon when Operation Brother's Keeper ended."


The decision to declare the area state land came after the Civil Administration conducted a thorough check into the matter of the land's ownership. Before the Civil Administration began researching the ownership, a process that took a number of years, the land in question had not been declared the property of the state.


However, the process was recently expedited after Israeli teenagers Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gil-ad Shaer were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas not far from the area in question. "This is an answer to terrorism," Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett said during a visit to a yeshiva in Gush Etzion on Monday. "We will continue to build our land. The world has never loved this, but we will move ahead. Hamas murders and we build."


Opponents of the decision to declare the nearly 1,000-acre area state land have 45 days in which to submit an appeal. If none of the appeals are accepted, the land will be opened for construction. Gvaot is located a few kilometers from the community of Alon Shvut and among the facilities located there is a school for special needs students.


"The announcement paves the way to establishing a new city in Gush Etzion," Gush Etzion Regional Council head Davidi Pearl said Sunday, praising the decision. "I would like to congratulate the prime minister of Israel for promoting the initiative and the defense minister and head of the Civil Administration for pushing for it and implementing it," Pearl said.


According to Pearl, "The goal of the murderers of the three boys was to frighten us, disrupt our daily routine and challenge our right to the whole of the Land of Israel, and Gush Etzion in particular. Our answer is to strengthen the settlements and strengthen the sovereignty of Gush Etzion and Judea and Samaria by new construction both inside and outside the blocs.


"The announcement is a step on the way to establishing a new city in Gush Etzion, and I trust that the Israeli government will know how to keep on and promote construction in that new city, which will comprise tens of thousands of housing units."


The Palestinian Authority was furious at the announcement. A message of condemnation issued by the PLO steering committee in Ramallah said, "The Israeli government's decision to annex Palestinian land clearly represents Israel's desire to wipe the Palestinian presence out of the area and force a one-state solution." Sources in Ramallah said that they intended to appeal to international institutions in an attempt to pressure Israel to reverse the decision.


A U.S. State Department official called the decision "counterproductive" to peace efforts and urged the Israeli government to reverse it. "We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity," the U.S. official said. "This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve and construction tender they issue is counterproductive to Israel's stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians. We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision," the official said in Washington.



Jordan to NATO: ISIS Terrorists Have Infiltrated Our Borders

 By Israel Hayom


After breaking the siege against the Iraqi Yazidi people atop Mount Sinjar, the Iraqi army and the U.S. air force have set off on a new mission -- hitting Sunni militants who have besieged the Shiite Turkmen at the town of Amirli for two months.


Iraqi forces already made an incursion into the 12,000-person town on Sunday, backed by precise U.S. airstrikes. "Amirli has been liberated," said Mahdi Taqi, a member of the provincial council, speaking with The Washington Post. "We resisted these people and we won. Now all we need is food and water."


Meanwhile, former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command, Anthony Zinni, said the U.S. should not rule out putting "boots on the ground" to fight the Islamic State (ISIS). "Very simply put, if you put two brigades on the ground right now of U.S. forces, they would push ISIS back into Syria in a heartbeat. And probably take less time, less cost and, I think in the long run, fewer casualties overall," said Zinni.


Even Australia joined the battle, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott acceding the U.S. request to help drop weapons and munitions to Kurdish fighters, who are at the front lines against ISIS.


Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian media reported on Sunday that Jordan had handed secret intelligence over to the NATO with details about infiltrations of ISIS fighters into Jordanian territory through its borders with Syria and Iraq. The British ambassador to Jordan, Peter Millett, said the U.K. and NATO were prepared to assist Jordan in dealing with the dangers posed by ISIS.


Meanwhile, it appears as though ISIS is beheading their own people as well. Such was the fate of Abu Obeida al-Maghrebi, who was until recently commanding the prison in which American journalist James Foley, whose beheading was filmed by ISIS, was also being held. Members of ISIS apparently suspected, according to reports, that Maghrebi passed information along to British intelligence agency MI6.



Israel Holds the Free World's Destiny in Her Hands

By  Giulio Meotti

(This Op-Ed was originally published in Israel National News on July 20, 2014)


These stubborn Israeli Jews are alone - alone in resisting in a battle for all of us. The people of Israel are valiant, going about their daily lives knowing that Muslim killers might explode a bomb or rocket in any public place at any time.


Even more valiant are the Israeli soldiers, who are now fighting inside Gaza, house by house, spied on by cruel eyes, hated by old and young, targeted by beheaders, longed for by their families. These lone Jews fighting in a long night hold the free world's destiny in their hands.


The world is burning with jealousy of Israel and what it achieved for its people in a mere 65 years. These stubborn Israeli Jews are alone - alone in resisting in a battle for all of us. It has been calculated that since the year of the founding of the state, more than 60,000 rockets have fallen on Israel. The Israelis are victimized and they are alone, abandoned by the world — now, just as then.


In the Second World War, hope didn't come from the Western avant garde, but from the Jews who rebelled against tyranny. The same is happening today Open any Western newspaper and you will read about the trendy Israeli life under Hamas' rockets, life as usual, while the Arabs die. No mention of Israel as the most heavy bombed nation in the world. No mention of the trauma inflicted on two generations of Jewish children.


Israel is the first line of Western defense in the battle for non-Muslim survival and prosperity in the world. And now that the Jews are running for shelters and employing their brilliant Iron Dome, the world is burning with jealousy of Israel and what it achieved for its people in a mere 65 years.


For the UN, for the Christian bodies, for the White House, for the European Union, for the complacent public opinion and its journalistic sentinels, an independent Jewish State bearing the name “Israel,” with Jerusalem as its capital, a renewal of life in the land of the Bible, a vital Jewish people restored after 2,000 years to its own holy land, has raised unresolved questions and disturbing conclusions.


The Israelis are a very special people because they know how to live in the present and make this present worth living, while the West has drained its peoples' souls and made their lives meaningless, with only shallow-minded hedonism and materialism remaining. This is why Gentiles often hate the Jews.


The sagacious American author Eric Hoffer gave voice to the most tragic Holocaust-related 20th-century truth: "I have a premonition that will not leave me, as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us." A peaceful and unique nation like Israel and its people have to resort to violent means to survive. My heart breaks for them



No More National Geographic Channel for Terrorist Prisoners



Terrorists who are imprisoned in the Megiddo prison will no longer be able to watch the National Geographic channel on prison televisions, Channel 10 News reported on Monday. According to the report, the channel was pulled for fear that the imprisoned terrorists would take advantage of its programming to plan escapes from prison.


The National Geographic channel, in addition to nature-related films, also features programming about daring and sophisticated escapes from prison around the world. Just last month, Prison Service officials uncovered a plot by Arab terrorists in a prison in northern Israel to tunnel their way out.


The terrorists managed to partially dig out an escape tunnel without prison staff being aware of their activity. Acting on a tip, officials discovered the well-hidden tunnel and removed the terrorists from their cell. The cell was occupied by eight members of Islamic Jihad, all of whom are serving terms for terror acts and endangering the lives of Israelis – with some carrying sentences of several decades.


In June, the Prisons Service was able to foil a plan by Islamic Jihad terrorists to escape from an Israeli prison using an underground tunnel which they had dug in the bathroom.



What Palestinians Think of the Holocaust: 'Respect to Hitler'



What do Palestinians think about the Holocaust?


It's a question Canadian filmmaker Corey Gil-Shuster asked to random people in Ramallah, the political capital of the Palestinian Authority. The results were not encouraging. See


Respondents typically gave one of three answers. Some did not actually know what it was, or had only a vague idea. The majority, however, either voiced the claim - popular in Arab countries - that the Nazi genocide was exaggerated by Jews for political purposes so that they could do the same to Arabs, or simply said they supported what Hitler had done because, as one smiling woman shared, "Jews are evil."


One of the most remarkable aspects of the interviews was not so much those who expressed their support for the Holocaust ("All respect to Hitler!" answered one man), but those who claimed they were experiencing precisely the same levels of brutality as Jews had faced under Nazi persecution, even as they shopped or sat freely smoking in cafes - a far cry from the deprivation and cruelty of European ghettos and concentration camps.


"So where are the concentration camps and the gas chambers?" an astonished Gil-Shuster asked one man, who said that Palestinians were suffering something "close to a holocaust" as he manned a stall brimming with sweets and drinks.


The video was part of a YouTube series called "Ask an Israeli, ask a Palestinian", in which random Israelis and Palestinians are asked their opinions or feelings on a wide variety of topics.



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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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