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Beilin: Sharon Can Fool AIPAC but Not Us


Yahad opposition party leader. Yossi Beilin stated on Tuesday that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon may raise eyebrows with his impressive remarks to the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference, but he does not fool us here at home. Beilin added the prime minister's message is a clear one - following the implementation of the Gaza/Shomron Disengagement Plan there will not be any additional progress in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Beilin stated the key to understanding the prime minister is his choice of words, the "elimination" of terror, not the "prevention" of terror, explaining this guarantees there would be no additional progress vis-à-vis the implementation of the road map plan.

Sharon: Israel will Help Abbas

By Meredith Buel (VOA-Washington)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is renewing his pledge to cooperate with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and said he will release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in the near future. Sharon told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, that the Jewish state wants to work with the Palestinians to coordinate the coming withdrawal of about 8,500 settlers from the Gaza Strip and a small part of the West Bank.

Sharon said such coordination could serve as a springboard toward the renewal of peace negotiations. "I call upon the leaders of the Palestinian Authority to meet the challenge and coordinate the disengagement with us. The successful coordination of the disengagement plan will allow us to embark on a new era of trust and build our relations with the Palestinian Authority."

Sharon told members of AIPAC, which is a powerful pro-Israeli lobbying group, that he would ask his cabinet for approval to release 400 more Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to Abbas. Abbas is due to arrive in Washington later this week for meetings with top government officials, including President Bush.

Both Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to the internationally backed road map peace plan, but neither side has taken any major steps to implement it. Sharon said there could be no progress on the road map until Abbas disarms Palestinian militant groups. "Terrorist activities have not yet ceased. The smuggling of weapons and arms production continues and there is no real prevention of terrorist actions. The progress toward the road map can be achieved only after the terrorist organizations are dismantled."

Sharon, who met with Bush last month, said relations between the United States and Israel are stronger than ever before. A heckler opposed to the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip briefly interrupted the prime minister's speech.

Baghdad in Jerusalem

By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)

What will Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Defense Minister Saul Mofaz, Deputy PM Ehud Olmert, Deputy PM Shimon Peres, etc. do when their "Disengagement" brings the radical Islamist Mujahadeen into Jerusalem - as it has in Baghdad? Clearly, so many fat behinds cannot crowd under the same table when the Kassam Rockets start falling.

Doubtless, after the Mujahadeen have done as much damage in Iraq against the Americans, they will again lift up like a flock of locusts and head for Israel. There will be plenty of room in the cities of Ram'Allah, Tulkarem, Nablus and the large area of Gaza. Like locusts who devour all the greenery in sight, so too will the Mujahadeen. But - while locusts eat greenery, the Mujahadeen feed on human flesh and suffering.

As in Iraq, they will try to terrorize the local Jewish population into obeying their Sha'aria laws (strict laws of Islam), interpreted at did the Taliban with a mix of Wahaabism preached by the Saudis. Where will you run then, Mr. Sharon? Will you evacuate Tel Aviv, Jerusalem? Will you circle the Israeli Defense Force wagons around your Sycamore Ranch?

Yes, I do think we will again see car and bus bombing, individual homicide/suicide bombers, in addition to Kassam & Kaytusha Rockets, mortars, snipers, artillery coming in from Gaza, the Lebanon border (courtesy of Ehud Barak's cowardly retreat). I have no doubt that the Mujahadeen will pour in to all the areas turned over to the Muslim Arab Palestinians.

The loss of Israelis to these unremitting attacks will fall squarely on the shoulders of Sharon, Mofaz, Olmert and Peres, 'et al'. For their participation and initiation of this opening of the city gates to the Muslim Arab Terrorists, each should pay a price. I suggest a Nuremberg Tribunal for their crimes against humanity, the Jewish people and the Jewish State. If confirmed guilty, to be hanged as were Hitler's enablers and Haman's family.

While I entitled this article: Baghdad in Jerusalem, you can be certain that every city in Israel will come under fire, thanks to a government who has become co-conspirators with the Muslim 'Jihadists.' Sharon and company know that the cities turned over by the Osloids (by the Oslo Accords) already have operational cells of Hamas, Hezb'Allah, Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigade of Fatah, and dozens of other Terrorist organizations - each with its own agenda. Jenin, Nablus, Bethlehem, etc. are back in the Terror business, despite occasional visits by IDF troops retaliating for their Terror attacks. The ability of the IDF to counter Terror or to chase in 'hot pursuit' or to stop a 'ticking bomb' will be emasculated by the inexplicable ethnic cleansing/retreat/withdrawal/deportation policies of the former great warrior, Arik Sharon and his cohorts.

Sharon, in lockstep with President George W. Bush's agenda to 'win the hearts and minds of the Arab Muslim people (for the sake of the oil they sit upon) has signed a death certificate for the Jewish Nation and the Jewish people worldwide. If we Jews didn't have enough museums, memorials, day to honor our Jewish fallen - no doubt, there will be more. Too appropriately, Sharon picked Tisha B'av (or the day after) to begin his uprooting of Jews - again.

Sharon, like all of us who have grown into our 70s and 80s, there is a certain decline in our ability to defy, think as we used to, climb a ladder or drive with a steady hand. You are old, Arik Sharon, clearly past your days of competence and you are killing your own nation and your own people. Go away and take your gang with you. You have SHAMED the nation and we have no forgiveness for you.

CNN, White House Falling for Palestinian Mythology?


A White House photo and a CNN article include "misleading" information about Jewish historic connections to Judaism's holiest site, the Temple Mount - playing into the hands of PA incitement. A photo released by the White House of First Lady Laura Bush's visit to the Western Wall Tunnel had no mistakes - but the caption had several.

The caption read, "Laura Bush tours the Western Wall in Jerusalem with Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, administrator of The Western Wall Heritage Foundation; Mosche Katsav, wife of Israeli President Moshe Katsav, center; and Mordechai "Suli" Eliav, manager of The Western Wall Heritage Foundation, May 22, 2005. The wall is a symbol of both Jewish worship and mourning for the Temple Mount, which was ordered constructed by King Herod the Great in 1500 A.D."

In fact, Rabinowitz is the rabbi of the Holy Sites, not the Foundation; the Israeli President's wife's name is Gila, not Mosche; the wall is not a symbol of worship, but rather a place of worship; and neither the wall nor the Temple Mount was constructed in the year 1500, but rather at least 15 centuries earlier.

In a related item, CNN's report on Mrs. Bush's visit described the Temple Mount as follows: "The site she visited on Sunday is Islam's third-holiest, and is built on a hill in Jerusalem known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif -- or the Noble Sanctuary. The hill also is believed to contain the ruins of Judaism's holiest temple."

In fact, the site is Judaism's first-holiest site, where the First Temple was built by King Solomon and was destroyed in the year 586 BCE., and where the Second Temple stood from approximately 70 years later until the year 68 CE.

A major feature of Palestinian Authority incitement against Jews and Israel is its claim that the Temple was never built on the Temple Mount. Palestinian Media Watch details many examples of this phenomenon, such as the following from PA Television on Aug. 2, 2004: [Moderator Mohammed] Albaz: "Where did the story of Solomon's Temple come from?"

Al-Qidwa: "Solomon's Temple, I believe, was built by the Canaanites who were the neighbors of the Israelis, the Israelites... I want to state several words clearly: the Bible became an archival document, not representing what the Israelis and the first Jews were, but what they thought they were, what they imagined. The Temple is the fruit of their imagination. In any case, when our nation or our Canaanite forefathers came to Palestine, they built the Temple... a temple in Jerusalem"

Sissalem: "We, as the Palestinian nation fighting for its freedom and liberation, must not focus to much attention on these false [biblical] legends. The history of our land continues more than 10,000 years. The land of battles and wars, [many] armies, tribes and commanders came through. I want to point out that we should not focus much on what is called the [biblical] Hebrew tribes, who are in fact Bedouin - Arab tribes. There is no connection between them and these Khazar Jews [of Israel today]. Those [Hebrew - Arab] tribes were erased and ceased to exist and no traces were left of them... That group did not have a pure religion. They claimed that Solomon, may he rest in peace, built the Temple. Does the land testify to this? Solomon was a prophet and we see him as a Muslim and part of our [Islamic] heritage... There is no historical text that proves the existence [of the temple] or that it has a real history other than the Bible, and the Bible as we have previously mentioned... was written based on ancient legends...

"The Quran came directly from the Prophet [Muhammad]... while supporting all that preceded it in the [biblical] Prophetic inscriptions, that, as you noted, appeared in the Quran as Muslims believing in the one and only God, and these [the Hebrew prophets of the Bible] are part of our [Muslim] heritage. They have no connection to the Imperialistic - Settlement Jews [Israelis] and nor to those that were destroyed."

Muslim Cleric Calls for Revenge Against Britain on PA TV


In a sermon broadcast live on TV supervised by the Palestinian Authority, a cleric affiliated with Hamas, said Islam must rule over the U.S. and Great Britain, and exact revenge against the British. The cleric called for exacting revenge against Great Britain in a virulent sermon broadcast live on Palestinian television on Friday, May 13. The cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiras, who has become a symbol of Palestinian hatred of Israel and the Western world, said the day will come when Islam "will rule Britain".

"We hold this opportunity to hold Britain accountable and say there is revenge we can never forget. We cannot forego the revenge we want to exact from Britain. We hold Britain responsible for what happened in Palestine. Britain is the cause, till this very minute, of every drop of blood dripping in this land," Mudeiras told Arab viewers in the Palestinian Authority.

Mudeiras set forth an Islamic program for world domination, claiming that Islam will ultimately prevail and rule both Britain and the United States. "I say to you: You must look at our situation with an outlook of confidence in Allah's victory! If you help Allah [spread Islam], Allah will bring you victory. We once ruled the world and the day will come when, by god, we will rule the entire world.

"The day will come when we will rule the United States, the day will come when we will rule Britain, we will rule the whole world [and all will live in peace and comfort under our rule] except the Jews. The Jews will not live in peace and comfort under our rule. Treachery will keep being their nature throughout history. The day will come when the whole world will rid itself of the Jews."

Israeli Scientists Find Sarcasm in the Brain

By (Based on an article at

Why do some people 'get' sarcastic, and some not? Israeli researchers have now published findings blaming the difference on a carefully orchestrated sequence of complex cognitive skills, done in specific parts of the brain. The research details an "anatomy of sarcasm" that explains how the mind puts sharp-tongued words into context. The findings appear in the May issue of Neuropsychology, published by the American Psychological Association.

Aside from dealing with sarcasm, the findings could provide vital clues to the best way of helping people with autism or some forms of brain damage to improve their communication skills. Simone Shamay-Tsoory PhD and colleagues at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa and the University of Haifa, who conducted the research, explain that for sarcasm to score, listeners must grasp the speaker's intentions in the context of the situation.

This calls for sophisticated social thinking and "theory of mind," which involves a given person understanding that other people think different thoughts. When "theory of mind" is limited or missing, autistic children, for example, have problems interpreting irony. The researchers classify irony as the more general category of social communication into which sarcasm falls.

Here is an example of sarcasm: Joe came to work, and instead of beginning to work, he sat down to rest. His boss noticed his behavior and said, "Joe, don't work too hard," meaning: "You're a real slacker!"

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