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Hatikvah Written in 1886


Israel's national anthem Hatikvah actually was written in 1886, 62 years before the re-establishment of the State of Israel. The author was Naphtali Hertz Imber, an English poet from Bohemia. A Moldavia immigrant, Samuel Cohen, wrote the melody based on a musical theme from Moldau by Bedrich Smetana.

US Says Hamas Itself to Blame for Palestinian Financial Crisis

By David Gollust (VOA-State Department)

The Bush administration said Wednesday the Hamas-led Palestinian government has only itself to blame for the financial crisis it finds itself in. The comments follow charges from Hamas that the United States is disrupting the delivery of aid to the Palestinian Authority pledged by the Arab League and others.

The State Department accused Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya of trying to shift the blame to others for a crisis the Hamas-led government brought on itself by refusing to accept peace-making terms endorsed by its predecessor.

State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack delivered a sharp rejoinder to an assertion by Haniyeh that the United States was blocking delivery of money pledged by the Arab League and others to meet the payroll for 165,000 public sector Palestinian workers.

McCormack accused Haniyeh and his colleagues of a concerted effort to try to blame someone else for a financial predicament he said resulted from their departure from the Palestinian Authority's past role as a positive player in efforts for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

"The difficulties that the Palestinian Hamas-led government might be experiencing now are wholly of their own making," said McCormack. "They are going to want to blame others for that. But the Palestinian people need to understand that it is, at this moment, the Hamas-led government that is the single biggest obstacle to their realizing a two-state solution. They are the ones who are standing in the way of that, nobody else."

The United States and the European Union among others have halted direct aid to the Palestinian Authority after the Hamas-led administration spurned a call from the international Middle East "Quartet" that it accept Israel's right to exist, renounce terrorism, and accept previous Palestinian commitments, including endorsement of the Quartet's 2003 road map to peace.

Arab League member states and other Islamic countries, including Iran, have pledged funds to help make up the shortfall. But Haniyeh said delivery of those funds has been blocked by what he termed an economic siege by the United States and European allies.

Arab League officials have cited problems in getting commercial banks to transfer funds to the Palestinian Authority because of fears of sanctions by the United States, which lists Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Spokesman McCormack said the United States has no problem with legitimate commerce between private businesses and entities in the Palestinian areas, though he said firms doing business with Palestinians would have to comply with whatever licensing requirements might apply.

McCormack said the reason the Palestinians may be having problems is because private firms are "making their own decisions" about the risk of doing business in the Palestinian areas, where he said "you have a government led by a terrorist organization."

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and colleagues from the other Quartet members - Russia, the European Union and the United Nations - are expected to discuss the financial situation in the West Bank and Gaza and related issues next Tuesday in a ministerial-level meeting of the informal grouping in New York.

Some EU countries have suggested channeling money for Palestinian civil servants through the office of moderate Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, but the United States has shown no interest in the idea.

The Bush administration said it would increase U.S. humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, while restructuring the program to ensure that no U.S. money goes through Hamas-controlled ministries.

Hamas: We'll Move Toward Peace if Israel Leaves Occupied Lands

By Ha'aretz

Hamas could reciprocate moves toward peace if Israel agrees to withdraw from all lands occupied in 1967 and recognizes Palestinian rights, the group's leader Khaled Mashaal said on Wednesday.

Mashaal told a packed auditorium at Damascus University, however, that did not think Israel would be likely to make such commitments in the foreseeable future, leaving the Palestinians no option but to continue to resist occupation.

"If Israel withdrew to the 1967 borders, including Jerusalem, acknowledges the right of return, lifts its siege, dismantles the settlements and the wall and releases the prisoners, then it is possible for us as Palestinians and Arabs to make a serious step to match the Zionist step," Mashaal said.

"Anything ahead of this is hypothetical; the main Israeli parties have four objections: they are unanimous in their rejection of the 1967 borders, Jerusalem, the right of return and dismantling the settlements, so there is no chance for a compromise," added Mashaal, who has been in exile in Syria for years.

The Islamist terrorist group, which carried out nearly 60 suicide bombings against Israeli targets since the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising in 2000, won Palestinian general elections in January and formed its first government in March.

The group has since been under increasing Western and Israeli pressure to recognize Israel, abandon armed struggle and accept interim peace deals signed by the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel. "We have a natural right to resist occupation," Mashaal said. "We are for war if it is being waged on us; we are for peace if it is not on the expense of our rights and dignity."

Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of Hamas' political bureau, said earlier Wednesday that his group would not obstruct attempts to revive an initiative endorsed by Arab leaders at a 2002 Beirut summit, though he said such initiatives were doomed to fail. "When Israel agrees to the Arab initiative, Hamas will make a decision," Marzouk told The Associated Press by telephone from Damascus.

The Hamas-led Palestinian government has so far rejected pressure from fellow Arab governments to accept the plan, which they have called the only option for ending conflict with Israel.

A second senior Hamas official, however, said the organization was seriously debating the plan. The official, who spoke from an Israeli jail and on condition of anonymity because the debate was ongoing, said the group was unlikely to make a quick decision to prevent the appearance of having bowed to external pressure.

Israel has rejected the plan because it calls for a total Israeli withdrawal from land captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. The plan also proposes the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Meanwhile, the head of Hamas' political bureau called on Arab and Muslim states to take "a courageous step" and transfer donations to the Hamas-led government after the U.S. and some European countries cut off aid money.

In a speech at an Islamic symposium in Damascus, Khaled Mashaal said "the money is available but it is not allowed to transfer it to the (Palestinian) Authority." He did not elaborate. The U.S. has tried to pressure Arab banks to withhold funds from the Hamas regime, which it considers a state sponsor of terrorism.

Marzouk's comments came after the leaders of Egypt and Jordan said Saturday that they hoped to lure Israel back to negotiations with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, rather than his Hamas-led government. Hamas officials have issued mixed signals about such talks.

On Monday, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he would not "oppose any negotiating move that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas might take with any party, including Israel. "But Abu Marzouk said he considered talks "worthless."

"Negotiations at the current time are futile and would inflict severe injustice on the Palestinian cause because the Palestinian negotiator...has no power to match the Zionist enemy's power," he said.

Also Tuesday, a delegation of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group was in Cairo for talks with Egypt's chief of intelligence, Omar Suleiman, who was expected to press the militant group to end its attacks on Israelis to revive the peace process.

Ultra Orthodox Sect Protests Independence Day


Some 150 members of the ultra-Orthodox Neturei Karta movement demonstrated Wednesday in Ramat Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem, holding signs that read "anti-Zionism."

The protestors wore sacks as customary while mourning. Earlier Wednesday, in another haredi neighborhood in Beit Shemesh, residents hung two PLO flags to commemorate the "Nakba Day," the "Palestinian disaster day" following the establishment of the State of Israel.

The Neturei Karta movement holds the annual ceremony to protest Israel's existence. Many other ultra-Orthodox people expressed their disgust at the act and one haredi man even tried to take down the PLO flags himself, later taken down by the police.

An ultra-Orthodox man from Beit Shemesh said: "Neturei Karta is an extreme group that does not recognize Israel and supports the Palestinian enemy. This is a case of several individuals who act as they please and give haredi people a bad name. The haredi people respect Memorial Day but not Independence Day – it's an act of protest against the government, not against the State."

About a month ago, the same haredi faction also visited the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah and was praised by the Palestinian Legislative Council Speaker Dr. Abdel Aziz Duwaik, who said that the group "is known for its support of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause."

Back in March, five Neturei Karta Rabbis visited Iran in support of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his plans to destroy Israel. Neturei Karta are known for their hatred of Israel and Zionism and they voiced on Iranian Radio their wish for "a disintegration of the Israeli government."

Coincidence or No Coincidence

By Israel Faxx News Service

  1. New York City has 11 letters
  2. Afghanistan has 11 letters.
  3. Ramsin Yuseb (The terrorist who threatened to destroy the Twin Towers in 1993) has 11 letters.
  4. George W Bush has 11 letters.
  5. New York is the 11th state.
  6. The first plane crashing against the Twin Towers was flight number 11.
  7. Flight 11 was carrying 92 passengers. 9 + 2 = 11
  8. Flight 77 which also hit Twin Towers, was carrying 65 passengers. 6+5 = 11
  9. The tragedy was on September 11, or 9/11 as it is now known. 9 + 1 + 1 = 11
  10. The date is equal to the US emergency services telephone number 911. 9 + 1 + 1 = 11.
  11. The total number of victims inside all the hi-jacked planes was 254. 2 + 5 + 4 = 11.
  12. September 11 is day number 254 of the calendar year. Again 2 + 5 + 4 = 11.
  13. The Madrid bombing took place on 3/11/2004. 3+1+1+2+4 = 11.
  14. The tragedy of Madrid happened 911 days after the Twin Towers incident.

Now this is where things get totally eerie: The most recognized symbol for the US, after the Stars & Stripes, is the Eagle. The following verse is taken from the Quran, the Islamic holy book.

"For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced: for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah and there was peace." That verse is number 9.11 of the Quran. Still unconvinced about all of this.? Try this and see how you feel afterwards. It made my hair stand on end:

Open Microsoft Word and do the following:

  1. Type in capitals Q33 NY. This is the flight number of the first plane to hit one of the Twin Towers.
  2. Highlight the Q33 NY.
  3. Change the font size to 48.
  4. Change the actual font to WINGDINGS 1

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