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Kadima MK Drawing Up Plan to Divide Jerusalem
Kadima Knesset Member Otniel Schneller is drawing up a plan to divide Jerusalem. His
blueprint would give turn over most of the Arab neighborhoods in the capital to the
Palestinian Authority, he told the Associated Press. The plan calls for moving the
separation barrier westward. The status of the Old City would be part of a "special region
with special understandings" but under Israeli sovereignty. Schneller stated, "Those same
neighborhoods will, in my assessment, be central to the makeup of the Palestinian capital
... al-Quds, [the Arabic name for Jerusalem). We will not divide Jerusalem, we will share
Israel's Incoming PM: Prepare for New Borders
By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem) & Ha'aretz
Ehud Olmert was sworn in as prime minister of Israel on Thursday, after the Knesset
plenum voted to approve his new government. Olmert officially takes the title of prime
minister, ending his stint as interim premier. The vote was carried by 65 to 49, Knesset
Speaker Dalia Itzik said. Itzik herself was sworn in as speaker earlier in the
Olmert said his country's new borders would be significantly different from its current
boundaries. Presenting his new government to the Knesset, Israel's parliament, Olmert said
Israel needs to get rid of numerous isolated settlements in the West Bank as part of his
plan to redraw Israel's borders in the next four years.
He said while Israel would pull back from numerous settlements in the West Bank he
intends to hold onto several large settlement blocs that are currently home to tens of
thousands of Israelis. He said he hopes to work with Palestinians through the road map
peace plan to draw Israel's final borders with the Palestinians, but if that fails his
government will act unilaterally.
Olmert said Israel would not wait forever and would not put off vital decisions about
its future waiting for the Palestinians to act responsibly.
Olmert's Kadima Party won Israeli elections on March 28, but holds only 29 seats in the
120-seat Knesset. Israel's center-left Labor Party has joined Olmert's coalition, as have
several smaller parties, including the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party, whose leaders have
voiced doubts about whether they will support the West Bank pullout plan.
In his Knesset speech, Olmert also singled out Iran, saying it has targeted Israel for
annihilation. Olmert said, however, that Israel is not helpless and has the ability to
defend itself against any threat. "We must not ignore what the president of Iran says - he
means everything he says. The State of Israel, which the evil leaders in Tehran have
turned into a target for annihilation, is not helpless and it has the ability to defend
itself against any threat."
Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged Israeli leaders to renew peace
talks, saying he intends to ask Palestinians to vote in a referendum on any peace deal
with Israel. The move is being seen as an effort to circumvent opposition to any peace
deal with Israel by the Hamas-led Palestinian government.
Lieberman: Execute Knesset Terrorist Collaborators
Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman and Knesset member Avigdor Lieberman managed to cause an
uproar in the Knesset when he called for the execution of Knesset members that collaborate
and meet with terrorist groups.
"We requested that in the government guidelines it would say explicitly that all the
inciters and collaborators with terrorism that sit in this house should bear the brunt of
the penalty for those actions," Lieberman said from the Knesset plenum. "All those who
continue to meet freely with Hamas and Hizbullah who go on monthly visits to
Lebanon. Those who declared Israel's Independence Day to be `Nakba' [Arabic for
`catastrophe' -ed.] Day and raised black flags
"World War Two ended with the Nuremberg Trials. The heads of the Nazi party went to be
executed but not just them, also those who collaborated with them. Just like [prime
minister of Vichy France during WWII Pierre] La Valle was later executed, I hope that this
is the fate of the collaborators in this house."
The Russian immigrant was loudly heckled by Arab MKs at that point, but pushed on with
his speech. "Just like La Valle was brought to justice you will be brought to
justice," he said, addressing the hecklers directly. "In exactly the same way!"
Lieberman also attacked the Kadima Party from various angles. "For the first time in
the history of Israel, a coalition has been formed that is anti-Aliyah," Lieberman
declared. "A coalition against Aliyah is the most damning trait of this government. Aliyah
was always the soul and the central path of Zionism nothing to do with Yisrael
Beiteinu or Avigdor Lieberman.
"This government rejected Aliyah as a priority. We carried out negotiations, with
Kadima. Kadima's proposed guidelines mentioning Aliyah only in the 55th clause the
last clause of the entire document. I see now in the final draft, it is still only the
42nd clause that is where the Kadima government places Aliyah in its order of
Lieberman said that Kadima, which had campaigned heavily among the Russian-speaking
public, had betrayed its Russian immigrant voters. "In all of its ads every week -
Kadima promised the Russian public civil marriages and immediately turned their back on
that promise to recruit Shas to the coalition," he said, adding a call to Kadima's Russian
members to quit the party in protest of their "betrayal."
"Fortunately," Lieberman declared, "this government won't last more than a year and a
half. Unfortunately, that is a year and a half too long."
Returning to his WWII-era French analogy, Lieberman warned: "The French were also very
strong before the Second World War. They had a much better and larger army than the
Germans. But they were divided and that led to a lack of political mobility and deterrence
- and eventually, to their downfall.
"If this government doesn't know how to carry out justice with collaborators and impose
its authority to create deterrence, no security budget will help. I really hope that this
government's days are numbered as few as possible - for the sake of the Nation of
Swastikas on Israeli synagogue
The Chief Rabbis will take part in a prayer rally against the overnight desecration of
Petach Tikvah's largest synagogue. Non-Jewish Russian immigrants and/or Satanic Cult
members are suspected
Twenty swastikas, as well as what police described as satanic symbols, were found
scrawled over the main synagogue in Petach Tikvah on Thursday. The Torah ark and stacks of
prayer books were ransacked. Locals said the synagogue previously had been vandalized but
never to such an extent.
The vandals painted swastikas on the Holy Ark, floor and signs of the synagogue. The
word Hitler was also painted, prayer books were thrown to the ground, and a parchment
scroll of biblical writings used to recite the weekly Haftarah was painted black.
Two months ago, a synagogue in the Far Abraham neighborhood of the city was similarly
vandalized; dozens of swastikas were painted on homes in the community, including on the
The discovery last year of a swastika tattoo on an Israeli soldier who had emigrated
from the former Soviet Union prompted legislation for a crackdown on neo-Nazis in the
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