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Israel's Jewish Population Rises to 5,260,000


According to statistics released by the Interior Ministry, there are 5,260,000 Jews living in Israel, making up 76% of the total population. The country also has 1,350,000 Arabs (not including Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) who make up 20% of the population. There are an additional 290,000 non-Jews living in the country, many immigrants from the former Soviet bloc, who make up 4% of the total. Since last Independence Day, 26,000 new Jewish immigrants arrived in Israel, 9,900 from the former Soviet bloc and 4,400 from Ethiopia. The country's total population stands at 6.9 million (excluding Arabs from Judea, Samaria, and Gaza

Knesset Speaker: Sharon Will Divide Jerusalem


Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has leaked that once Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has completed the withdrawal from Gaza and northern Samaria, Sharon intends to divide Jerusalem, Israel's capital.

Sharon vehemently denied the claim, saying it was a "baseless lie." Sharon added, "I am the last person who would divide Jerusalem. I have said this on many occasions. I don't plan to discuss any division of Jerusalem."

Army Radio reported that Rivlin was planning on accusing the Prime Minister publicly during the Knesset Speaker's Memorial Day speech of handing the eastern half of Jerusalem over to Arab sovereignty. Up until the 1967 Six-Day War, the city of Jerusalem was a divided city, with the eastern half occupied by Jordan.

Rivlin has reportedly rewritten his speech eight times, in an attempt to balance his criticism of government policy to expel Jews from Jewish Gaza with the atmosphere of national unity on Remembrance and Independence Days.

Rivlin dedicated last year's Memorial Day torch, which he lit, to the Jews of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. This year, Rivlin is accusing Sharon of delegitimizing those same citizens and leading the country to disaster.

"During the Lebanon war," Rivlin, a long-time Likud member and close personal friend of Sharon, told Ha'aretz, "there were members of the Herut Party who objected to Arik's [Sharon's] handling of the war, and considered the war to be a mistake. But the minute that people on the left delegitimized him, we stood behind him, and said, `This is where it stops.' We will not permit the delegitimization of a hero of Israel. And now, the same Sharon, with a stroke of his pen, delegitimizes the settlers."

Rivlin added that if he knew this withdrawal from Gaza and northern Samaria was the only planned withdrawal he would be able to reluctantly accept it. "I fear that if we give in now, it will only be the first stage in a series of concessions regarding the existence of the state."

The Knesset Speaker said that Sharon's current coalition partners aim to see a full withdrawal from all parts of Israel liberated in the 1967 Six-Day War. He said that after this summer's withdrawal, Sharon would immediately embark on further withdrawals using the excuse that his coalition partners demand it. He says that Sharon will turn to the parties representing those he has just expelled from their homes and say, "Now that the disengagement is fact, let's establish a new government with Shinui, because otherwise we will be forced to surrender to pressure from the Labor Party and the left-wing to implement further withdrawals, which I oppose."

Sharon Says Gaza Disengagement Plan Will Go Ahead

By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli officials, concerned about the rising power of the terrorist Islamic group Hamas, are sending mixed signals about whether Israel would go ahead with its planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and small portions of the West Bank. But, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon insisted the withdrawal would take place in mid-August.

The prime minister's closest allies are busy shoring up support for the withdrawal plan among a divided populace, while others are expressing doubts about going through with it. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said the withdrawal must go ahead even if Hamas were to score a significant victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections July 17. The militant Islamic group has done very well in recent local council elections and emerged as a serious rival to Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas' mainstream Fatah faction.

But some in the Israeli government see the gains by Hamas as a warning and are publicly expressing doubts about the wisdom of the disengagement plan. Among the doubters is Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom who wonders how Israel would deal with a Palestinian leadership that included members of Hamas. "What would happen then? Do you think there is a way to negotiate with them (Hamas) while their main aim and main goal is to destroy the state of Israel," Shalom said. Shalom has given only lukewarm support to the withdrawal plan from the beginning.

But, the rising power of Hamas is of concern to others in Israel as well. The group has claimed responsibility for hundreds of attacks against Israelis and even though it has agreed to the current truce, it is still considered a terrorist organization by Israel.

Despite those concerns opinion polls show that the majority of Israelis support disengagement (withdrawal), while a very vocal minority remains opposed. Speaking on Israeli television late Monday, Sharon repeated the plan's importance to Israel. He said the decision to pull out of those specific Palestinian areas is in Israel's interests and designed to improve Israel's situation.

He confirmed earlier reports that the withdrawal would start between August 15 to 17 - almost a month later than originally scheduled. The delay is to avoid conflict with a traditional Jewish mourning period from late July to mid-August.

Tuesday, Sharon repeated his often-stated belief that withdrawing from Gaza would strengthen Israel's position to maintain control over large Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank. He has already secured American support for holding onto the main settlements under a future final peace agreement with the Palestinians. Palestinians reject that position, saying final borders and control over land must be negotiated, not given away beforehand.

To Be a 'Judenratter'

By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)

The mindset of the "Judenrat" must be understood within the context in which it was formed. We will not go back to the times of the Romans but the Jewish "Judenrat" has always been with us. Today it is called the Labor Party and those who surround Sharon.

The "Judenratters" did not necessarily hate the Jewish people whom they sent to their deaths. They convinced themselves that, by giving up 'some' of the Jewish people, they would save others...especially their own families.

During the times of the German Nazi rule when a number of Jews had to be listed for transport to the death camps, the "Judenrat" salved their consciences by offering perhaps 100 names for transport, saying to themselves that they were saving another 100 whom they did not list.

Today we see Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon carrying on the tradition of the "Judenrat" by offering some Jews for transportation out of Gush Katif (only 21 farming communities) and four Northern Samarian 'small' settlements. That is 9,000 Jewish men, women and children who did nothing wrong except to make the barren Land fertile. Sharon tells us he is saving more Jews of YESHA (Yehuda, Shomron and Gaza).

When questioned about his extraordinary reversal of strategy and policy, Sharon tells us that - like the "Judenrat" before him, he is saving a greater part of the Land and the Jewish People. But, that did not happen all during the 1940s when the Germans, the Europeans and the Americans chose to ignore the daily quota of Jews to be disposed of.

Today, we see a crippled Sharon adopting the role of today's "Judenratters" as he tries to appease the Arab Muslims, the Bush Administration, the Europeans and the United Nations by offering up lists of Jews to be deported from Gaza and Samaria. He is certain that his appeasement will bring forth the good will of the Arab Muslims and the World's nations so the remaining Jews can live - merely live.

But, at each gesture of abandonment, the World's anti-Israel influentials say more and more are need to be sacrificed after the first 9,000. The new King of "Judenratters," Sharon accommodates their ambitions to result in there being no Jewish State. Jews, who are well beyond being merely shortsighted liberal Leftist Jews, 'think' they are saving other Jews by offering up a sample sacrifice. Other Jews cannot even be called "Judenrat" because they know exactly what they are doing and intend to save no more.

This is a killer species that has not a twinge of conscience in setting up the vulnerability of the Jews they wish destroyed. These are the radical Leftists, with such a reservoir of hate that making common cause with the Muslim Arab Palestinians to kill Jews is acceptable. To be named "Judenrat" would be equal to a pardon for lesser charges. There must be another name or title for this group of Jews who betray those who they should defend as their own people.

But, as a practical matter, these "Judenratters" are not new to the Jewish nation from our earliest beginnings. They have attached themselves to the Jewish people like parasites feeding on their hosts. We have had them with us even before Moshe Rebbeinu allowed the "Erev Rav" (non-Jews and trash of Egypt) to join the exodus of Jews from Egypt.

The "Erev Rav" have betrayed us at every opportunity, trying to destroy us from within. Sometimes they are all Leftists or other cover names but they are always the same collective "Judenratters". Now they wear suits, receive Nobel Prizes along with Master Terrorists because they have always been reliable traitors to the Jewish people.

How they are loved, funded and collaborated with by the Jew-hating Europeans and the pro-Arab U.S. State Department - who (just like the "Judenratters" betray the Jewish people), they betray the American people because they are allies of the oil maggots - the oil industrial/military complex. Yes, it always comes back to oil with the extra twist of Jew Hatred thrown into the mix.

Sharon, Peres, Beilin most certainly would find it difficult to prove that they are NOT "Judenratters" of the worst order IF they had to face an honest judicial process.

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