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God Turned to the Angels and Said:

"I am going to create a land called Israel. It will be a land of mountains full of snow, sparkling lakes, forests with all kind of trees, sandy beaches and wonderful sea life. I shall make the land rich and the people there wealthy. The people shall be called Israelis and all the people on earth will know of them." "But Lord," the Angels said, "don't you think you are being too generous to these Israelis." "Not really" God said, "Just wait till you see the neighbors I'm going to give them."

One Day Before Elections: Israel on High Terrorist Alert


Israeli security forces are still on top alert, as the number of possible terrorist attack warnings has now topped 70, including 16 "specific" ones. Eight Kassams were fired since Friday.

It has long been feared that Islamic Jihad and Fatah terrorists - and not necessarily those of Hamas - would try to carry out attacks against Israelis before the Tuesday elections. Two major attacks were thwarted last week: one on Tuesday when the would-be suicide terrorist was captured after a manhunt near Shaalvim, and a later one in which the perpetrator was captured near Ramallah.

Terrorists in Gaza fired five Kassam rockets over the weekend, causing no casualties, but damaging a building just south of Ashkelon. In retaliation, IDF artillery shelled the rocket launch areas.

Three more Kassam rockets were fired at once towards southern Ashkelon shortly after noon Sunday. Though the Voice of Israel Radio reporter Nissim Keinan said, "No one was hurt, and that is what is most important," some analysts feel that what is even more important is that the rockets continue to be fired with barely any substantial Israeli response.

The Sunday Times reported in London that Kadima government figures are considering plans for a major military operation in Judea and Samaria after the election. The objective would be to destroy terrorist infrastructures there. Political commentators said that it is possible that the reports, based on an unidentified Israeli security official, are timed to bring back right-wing voters to Kadima.

Israeli Arabs Struggle to Make Vote Count

By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)

Arab voters in Israel face some difficult choices in Tuesday's parliamentary elections. They will have to decide whether to vote for Arab parties, or for mainstream Jewish parties that are courting the Arab vote. A new law could affect Arab representation in Israel's Knesset, or parliament.

The latest poll taken to gauge the opinion of Arab voters in Israel shows voter interest picking up among many of Israel's 600,000 Arab voters.

Arabs will need to vote in large numbers this year, or they could face political oblivion in Israel. A new law says that any Israeli political party that seeks a seat in Israel's Knesset must get at least two-percent of the vote. In previous elections it was one-point-five-percent.

Elie Rekhess studies Arab voting patterns at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University. He says the new law could mean at least some Arab parties will lose parliamentary representation, adding the new law will also affect smaller Jewish parties, but Arabs, he says, vote overwhelmingly for Arab parties, and generally do not support the large national parties, such as Labor, Likud and Kadima, which are referred to in the Arab community as Zionist parties.

Arabs make up about 20 percent of Israel's population of more than six-million people. Yet, the Arab parties control just eight seats in Israel's 120-seat Knesset, and the four main Arab parties are seen as perpetually on the margins of Israel's political life.

Now, with the prospect of political oblivion facing them, Israel's Arab parties have organized an intensive get-out-the vote drive. Lutfy Mash'our is the publisher and editor of the influential weekly As-Sennara newspaper in the Israeli-Arab city of Nazareth. He says Arab parties this year face another obstacle, a newly energized Labor Party under the leadership of Amir Peretz, who is actively seeking Arab votes.

"In recent weeks, they (the Labor Party) are showing that it is trying to be part of the Arab community, not like the other Zionist parties," Mash'our says. "Amir Peretz was always with the Arabs. He visits all the time, unlike other Jewish leaders."

But Mash'our said most Israeli Arabs will vote for one of the Arab parties. Mistrust of the Israeli government and the main Jewish-dominated parties is an overwhelming fact of life among most Israeli Arabs, says Mash'our, even though, he said, Israeli Arabs have little faith in their own parties, which tend to be characterized by political infighting and rampant corruption.

Incoming Palestinian PM Voices Hopes for Peace With Israel

By VOA News

The incoming prime minister of the new Palestinian government has voiced hopes for peace with Israel. Ismail Haniyeh of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas said Sunday Palestinian leaders do not - in his words - seek a "whirlpool of blood" in the region.

He called for an end to the complications between Israel and the Palestinians but voiced objection to what he described as Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.

Meanwhile, Hamas asked Arab countries to increase their financial support to the Palestinians to $170 million a month. Hamas' political chief, Khaled Meshaal, made the appeal in Kuwait Sunday before this week's Arab summit in Sudan. The request is more than triple the amount previously pledged by Arab governments.

The Hamas-led Palestinian government is expected to take power this week. The United States and the European Union have threatened to cut aid unless Hamas renounces violence and recognizes existing peace deals with Israel.

J'Accuse By Mike Levine (Commentary)

I, Mike Levine, citizen of Israel and the United States, accuse you, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Denver Post, the Atlanta Constitution, CNN, the Times of London, and thousands of other newspapers and TV networks worldwide. I accuse you of gross bias against, and naked hatred towards, the Jewish State of Israel.

For years, most of you have shown a clear bias in favor of the Arab Muslims and Palestinians, taking every opportunity to demonize Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, and the only Jewish State in the world.

While coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Asia has been extensive, and your reporting of international fundraising and rescue efforts has been massive, you wrote hardly a word about the fact that Israel was one of the very first to offer substantial aid and send medical rescue missions to the stricken areas. Within hours, planeloads of well-trained rescue people and experienced trauma doctors were on their way.

Israel is one of the tiniest nations on earth, with a total population far less than many cities of the world, yet, in the first hours following the earthquake and flooding, Israel assembled hundreds of doctors and other medical personnel, many planeloads of medical supplies, tents, food, blankets, even baby diapers. While other, much larger, much richer nations, were still rubbing their eyes in disbelief, Israel was already setting up many aid stations in the worst hit areas.

Nor did you report the unbelievably hateful refusal of Sri Lanka, and Muslim states, to accept the entry of Jewish medical and rescue personnel, although they did cynically accept the supplies and equipment sent by Israel.

I accuse world media of gross incompetence. I accuse world media of abrogation of journalistic integrity. I accuse world media of sheer and transparent prejudice against Israel and the Jews. I accuse world media of pandering to the Islamic nations' hatred of anything Jewish.

Only a few publications outside Israel mentioned the major contribution being made by Israel. Only a very few pointed out that Israel's per capita contribution of manpower, equipment, supplies and money was the highest in the world.

Only a few bothered to mention that only a tiny trickle of aid was offered by all of the world's Muslim nations, nations sitting on half of the world's oil reserves, nations raking in billions of dollars daily, nations whose elite live lives of such opulence as can hardly be imagined by most of the world's masses.

Saudi Arabia sat unmoved for a week while the world scrambled to raise funds and send massive aid, and then magnanimously pledged a measly $10 million, a pledge which has yet to be paid. Imagine this from a brother Muslim State, a state that provided families of Palestinian suicide bombers with $150,000,000 during the past year alone.

Kuwait, the second richest Muslim nation, pledged an equally paltry $10 million.

You people in Chicago - did you read any of this in your newspapers? How about you good people in Dallas? Paris? Berlin? Melbourne? Did any of you read or hear of Israel's incredible generosity of spirit, manpower and money? Did you read one editorial praising the fact that the Jewish State unselfishly came to the immediate aid of Muslim nations that have long called for the destruction of Israel?

No, chances are you did not. Maybe you ought to let your editors know how you feel about their treatment of Israel and the Jewish people. Because if you don't speak out, they will continue to believe no one gives a damn about Israel, they will continue speaking of Israel only in negative terms, writing only about how the Jewish State mistreats the Palestinians and their terrorists.

Join me when I say to world media loud and clear: J'accuse!

Hamas Festival Promotes Terror and Violence Among Children


The Hamas terror organization, which will take control of the Palestinian Authority this week, has been promoting the use of children to perpetrate violence and terror.

The Hamas placed pictures of children in combat roles and combat dress on its web site for one week. The pictures were taken at a "Palestinian Children's Festival" in Yemen.

The Yemenite press reported on the festival. Yemen News said, "A Hamas representative [in Yemen] Jamal Issa … stated that the Palestinian children fight alongside the adults in the resistance."

The pictures can be seen on the website of Palestinian Media Watch, or on a website reporting on news and events in the Palestinian Authority.

Despite Yemenite complicity with the Hamas in using children to promote terror and violence, U.S. News and World Report reported in its March 13th issue (page 38) that Yemen "has become one of America's most unexpected allies in counter terrorism."

Harvard Distancing Itself From Paper Blaming Jews For U.S. Woes


Harvard University is distancing itself from a paper by a dean of its school of government which blames a network of powerful Jews for the war in Iraq and other policies contrary to American interests.

The study by Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer runs through a list of recent and not-so-recent events, purporting to explain how the U.S. was influenced by powerful Jews to act on behalf of Israel, at its own expense.

The paper begins with the caveat, "Some readers will find this analysis disturbing, but the facts recounted here are not in serious dispute among scholars." It goes on to outline the "perfidy" of what it calls the "Israel Lobby," which consists of Jewish organizations, major newspapers, politicians on both sides of the political divide, think tanks, academics, Jewish congressional aids, AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and most American Jews. The authors insist, though, that they are not suggesting "the sort of conspiracy depicted in anti-Semitic tracts like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

Some of the report's claims include: "Since the Six Day War in 1967, the centerpiece of U.S. Middle East policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering U.S. support for Israel and the related effort to spread democracy throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardized U.S. security… Why has the United States been willing to set aside its own security in order to advance the interests of another state?"

"The overall thrust of U.S. policy in the region is due almost entirely to U.S. domestic politics, and especially to the activities of the `Israel Lobby'…no lobby has managed to divert U.S. foreign policy as far from what the American national interest would otherwise suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that U.S. and Israeli interests are essentially identical."

`The United States has a terrorism problem in good part because it is so closely allied with Israel, not the other way around. U.S. support for Israel is not the only source of anti-American terrorism, but it is an important one, and it makes winning the war on terror more difficult. There is no question, for example, that many al Qaeda leaders, including bin Laden, are motivated by Israel's presence in Jerusalem and the plight of the Palestinians. According to the U.S. 9/11 Commission, bin Laden explicitly sought to punish the United States for its policies in the Middle East, including its support for Israel, and he even tried to time the attacks to highlight this issue."

Alan Dershowitz, also a professor at Harvard, called the study "ignorant propaganda," saying that nothing in the paper is original, but identical to the half-truths that appear on hate sites across the Internet. "It could have been written by Pat Buchanan, by David Duke, Noam Chomsky, and some of the less intelligent members of Hamas," Dershowitz told the New York Sun. "An intelligent member of Hamas would not have made these mistakes."

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