there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
The Palestinian Front
Nearly 50% of Palestinians want PA to accept int'l terms
By Reuters Haaretz 3-26-07
48 percent of respondents want the Hamas-Fatah coalition
to meet the international demands - a step that would
mean an end to a punishing year-long boycott of the Palestinian
Authority that has driven many Palestinians deeper into poverty.
greed, hatred and corruption engulfed a Palestinian village
By Reuven Koret Israel Insider March 30, 2007
worst may lie ahead, since the underlying problems are not
being addressed. Further deadly sewage floods are feared.
The collapse has been blamed on residents stealing
sand from an embankment. Funds and intended for improving
infrastructure were diverted for making weapons to attack
will enter every house'
Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar: Religion of Islam will take over
By Yaakov Lappin Yediot Aharonot 3-27-07
will enter "every house" and become the dominant
religion across the entire planet, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar
said during a mass rally in Gaza this week. . . . Commenting
on Zahar's comments, PMW Director Itamar Marcus and Associate
Director Barbara Crook wrote: "While the Hamas
goal of destroying Israel is well known, its aspiration for
Islamic subjugation of the entire world is just as basic to
Sheikh’s murder highlights new power struggle
By Khaled Abu Toameh Jerusalem Post Apr. 1, 2007
assassination over the weekend of a prominent sheikh in Gaza
City has brought to the surface a behind-the-scenes power
struggle that has been raging in recent months between Hamas
and a new al-Qaida-affiliated group identified with Salafism
- a school of thought that takes the pious ancestors (Salaf)
of the patristic period of early Islam as exemplary models.
summit - microcosm of contradictions
By Mark A. Heller Jerusalem Post Mar. 20, 2007
March 3, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid his first
official visit to Saudi Arabia. . . . That should not have
been surprising. After all, while Iran and Saudi Arabia may
share certain short-term interests, they embody the fundamentally
conflicting forces that could potentially fuel a Middle Eastern
clash of civilizations.
peace plan is like asking for war, say Saudis
Ynet Yediot Aharonot 3-28-07
foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Tuesday that
if Israel rejects the Arab peace proposal, its fate will be
determined by the "lords of war."
Arab initiative /The last chance summit
By Zvi Bar’el Haaretz 3-29-07
warm embrace Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah gave Syria's Bashar
Assad, with whom he did not speak for the past eight months,
was the only sign of political romance evident in the summit
that has already been described as "the summit of the
last chance for peace." Because the sum of the
internal conflicts between Syria and Lebanon, Saudi Arabia
and Qatar, Fatah and Hamas, the Arab states and Iran, and
inside Iraq itself, suggest not for the first time
that there are major question marks regarding the
strength and abilities of the Arab League.
'Not one refugee can return'
By Herb Keinon and David Horovitz Jerusalem Post
Mar. 30, 2007
reiterated that Israel would not accept the return to Israel
of any refugees. It is "out of the question,"
he said. "I'll never accept a solution that is
based on their return to Israel, any number."
decided to destabilize Lebanon’s Chouf region
YaLibnan Beirut, Lebanon 1 April, 2007
According to Lebanese security sources, the Syrian
intelligence headquarters has decided to destabilize the Chouf
region of Mount Lebanon, to divert the attention away from
the International tribunal and to send a clear message
to Walid Jumblatt.
house speaker refuses to open session
By Associated Press BEIRUT, Lebanon Jerusalem Post Apr.
Speaker Nabih Berri, a key opposition figure, locked out pro-government
lawmakers from the chamber Tuesday, refusing to call
the legislature into session to approve an international tribunal
to try suspects in the assassination of a former prime minister.
. . .
The power struggle has paralyzed other branches of the government.
President Emile Lahoud, a staunch pro-Syrian Christian,
is boycotted by his prime minister and his allies in the anti-Syrian
majority. Saniora also is in dispute with Berri. Berri
and Lahoud consider the Cabinet unconstitutional
after six pro-Hezbollah Cabinet ministers
- all five Shi'ite Muslim representatives and a Christian
- resigned in November.
Change in Attitude, Lebanon as a Model
By Abdullah Iskandar Al-Hayat 4-1-07
analysis at Al-Hayat of the recent Arab Summit with
inclusion of Syria and the recent international diplomatic
visits to Syria by Pelosi Ki-moon and EU officials.
invites Arab leaders to peace summit
By Herb Keinon Jerusalem Post Apr. 1, 2007
am proposing a meeting of all the heads of the Arab states,
including - obviously - the Saudi king, who I see as a very
important leader, to have discussions with us," Olmert
said at a Jerusalem press conference with visiting German
Chancellor Angela Merkel. . . . Olmert said there
was a "significant gap" between the Israeli and
Arab positions, but that "in a correct, responsible and
careful process we can move forward toward negotiations."
says Olmert offer on Arab talks 'positive'
Washington hails prime minister's call to hold talks
with Arab leaders on Saudi-drafted plan for Middle
AFP Yediot Aharonot 4-3-07
idea that the Israelis and Arab states could get together
in some form, just to have initial discussions about where
the situation stood and the ideas and proposals for how to
move a process of reconciliation forward, is positive,"
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.
Syria, and Hizbullah preparing for summer war'
By Herb Keinon and Yaakov Katz Jerusalem Post Apr.
OC Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin: stressed that
the enemy preparations were of a defensive nature.
The IDF has noticed, however, "an increase in
the potential for instability" in the Middle
East due to a number of processes, including the American
"failure" in Iraq.
ideological lines in concrete
By Andrew Silow-Carroll Jerusalem Post Mar. 28, 2007
once heard the leader of a large European Jewish community
lament, "I can't talk to the people I pray with,
and I can't pray with the people I can talk to."
can call that the dirge of the centrist, but that's not quite
it. I think what he meant is that his own Jewish community
had grown needlessly polarized, and that each side
had staked out orthodoxies (with a small "o") that
served to exclude the other side. The religious community
had begun to discourage critical thinking; the secular community
disparaged religious observance.
From America: Standing against the tide
By Jonathan Tobin Jerusalem Post Mar. 28, 2007
Prayer Pick/Quote of the Week: Lamenting the fervor of the
stop-the-war crowd and the corresponding growing apathy about
the war on terror, Sen. Joseph Lieberman
(Ind.-Conn.) noted "there is something profoundly
wrong when opposition to the war seems to inspire greater
passion than opposition to Islamist extremism."
the end there may be a putsch
(a coup, a takeover)
By Gideon Samet Haaretz 3-28-07
politics have already proven the degree to which they are
controlled by Murphy's Law: Anything that can go wrong, will.
That is how we must relate to the story of the settlement
Homesh. It was evacuated according to law, and its residents
received alternative housing and compensation. In
a farce that has been familiar since the early days of the
Hebron settlers on Pesach eve 39 years ago, a discussion is
now resuming in Homesh between violators of the law and those
who enforce it. It is liable to end badly, in the
same way a handful of extremists in the territories has become
over a quarter million settlers on the West Bank.
of the 'Righteous'
to Settler Nation. Now, obey!
By Bradley Burston A Special Place in Hell column
is here, and the radical settler movement has a message for
you: We're in charge. Resistance is futile. We know what's
good for you. Learn to take your medicine. Here's the way
it should be, and sooner or later, that's the way it will
You Can Do Business With
The religious left makes its peace with Ahmadinejad's Madhist
by Mark D. Tooley The Weekly Standard 03/29/2007
SHENK, who teaches at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg,
Virginia, attended a theology conference on "Madhist
doctrine" in Teheran last September. (For many
Shiite Muslims, the Twelfth Imam is the Mahdi, or messianic
savior, who returns at the end times to establish a reign
of righteousness. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prophesied
about the Twelfth Imam's glorious return when he addressed
the United Nations last October.) Apparently Shenk
liked a lot of what he heard and he has written about it in
a current issue of
stop planned goat sacrifice on Temple Mount
By Jerusalem Post staff Apr. 2, 2007
Right-wing activist Noam Federman was detained
for questioning Monday afternoon after police at the Dung
Gate of Jerusalem's Old City prevented Federman and
several other activists from entering the Temple Mount compound,
where they reportedly intended to sacrifice a goat.
What's wrong with Jews sacrificing on the Temple Mount? Nothing...providing
you don't mind the unleashing of a worldwide Islamic war of
Biblical proportions against the Jews of Israel. Christians
need to wake up to the real facts on the ground and begin
to discern what they are really backing in terms of Jewish
groups (even rabbinic!) who advocate taking possession of
the Temple Mount or committing acts like sacrificing on the
mount which would surely ignite an immediate genocidal rage.
By Israel Harel Haaretz 3-22-07
15 rabbinic court judges, 12 of whom are ultra-Orthodox, were
selected Monday, this was another step - whose significance
is difficult to overestimate - toward deepening the rift between
the religious and the secular.
rabbis petition court over judges
By Jerusalem Post Mar. 27, 2007
decision to submit the petition was made last week, after
the presence of 12 haredi rabbis among the new judges
caused an uproar in the National-Religious and women's rights
camps. According to the Tzohar group, the fact that
most of the new judges are haredi and never served in the
army will significantly impact both the functioning
of the court and the public's trust in it.
History in Jerusalem Ancient
Temple wall found in City of David
Etgar Lefkovits Jerusalem Post Mar. 29, 2007
A wall from the First Temple was recently uncovered in Jerusalem's
City of David, strengthening the claim that it is the site
of the palace of King David, an Israeli archeologist said
Thursday. The new find, made by Dr. Eilat Mazar, a senior
fellow at the Shalem Center's Institute for the Archeology
of the Jewish People, comes less than two years after she
said she had discovered the palace's location at the site
just outside the walls of the Old City. The monumental 10th
century BCE building found by Mazar in 2005 following a six
month dig has ignited debate among archaeologists about whether
it is indeed the palace built for the victorious David by
King Hiram of Tyre as recounted in Samuel II:5.