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Staggering Poverty is Mentally Fatiguing
Report: 775,000 children live in poverty
1.5 million (1.63m.) Israelis live below the poverty line ….The National
Council for the Child stressed that
percentage of impoverished
children (one out of three) was the "highest in the world."
The War Wearied and the “Mentally
Chicago Terror Trial: Jury
still in Deliberations
jury suffering 'mental fatigue,' cuts work hours
By Mike Robinson AP Legal Affairs Writer
Chicago Tribune January 25, 2007
CHICAGO -- Jurors in the trial of two men charged with furnishing
money and fresh recruits to Hamas terrorists announced Thursday that
they are getting tired and are cutting their work hours.. . .Jurors said in the note that they are
suffering from "mental fatigue." ….Jurors heard three months of testimony in
the case and have deliberated on the evidence for nine days.
The First Word: Our bloodletting must stop
seems, has become endemic to the Palestinian mind-set and political
culture. … The chaos surrounding Palestinian social and political life is
indicative of our having the wrong priorities…. Palestinians need
to realize that this may be our last chance for self-determination.
If lost, it could be lost forever. We cannot afford to repeat the
mistakes of the past; we cannot afford another series of missed opportunities.
Do Not Bite and Devour…each
Debilitating public criticism
By Yagil Levy Haaretz 1-18-07
Dan Halutz is the first chief of staff to step down in the
wake of public pressure…. not because the political leadership pushed
him to do so, but because he has internalized the fact that public
confidence in him was at a nadir, making it difficult for him to function,
and causing an erosion of confidence in him within the organization
as well. … The resignation of the chief of staff actually symbolizes
the weakness of civilian monitoring…. means that the army is sliding over into the area
of formulating policy rather than merely implementing it, and
involving itself in political
controversy and political bargaining.
Give Ehud Olmert a break
The government is wounded; it's bleeding; and all
those near enough to smell the blood are sinking their teeth in the prime minister to take
yet another bite of his flesh.
Top US official urges more pressure against
"Iran is going to have to suffer the consequences of being
an international pariah," US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns told
the Herzliya conference at the IDC in Herzliya, emphasizing Washington's desire for
a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
announces new missile tests as Ahmadinejad dismisses criticism of
by Nasser Karimi,
Canadian Press January 21, 2007
(AP) - Determined not to budge under pressure, Iran announced new tests of short-range missiles
Sunday, and hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed criticism that the country's economy has been hurt
by UN sanctions imposed for its suspect nuclear program.
nuclear Holocaust warns Gingrich
Gingrich: Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem
facing mortal Iranian threat,
says former US
Speaker of the House
By Yaakov Lappin Yediot
war in Lebanon demonstrated that Israel is facing a jihadist threat that runs through
Tehran, to Damascus,
Hizbullah are not fighting for the coming
into being of a Palestinian state, but for the going out of being
of the Israeli state," he said.
The problem with Syria
interpretations of Syrian intentions are inspired by Military Intelligence,
while the skeptics are nesting in the Mossad. As Mossad chief Meir
Dagan et al. see it, the Syrians
have undergone no epiphany, and rather than reflect a strategic
change of attitude toward Israel,
their statements merely echo
momentary diplomatic distress.
provides an explanation of the Assad regime’s underlying religious
foundations and, therefore, regional moves.]
President Assad won't be disengaging from Iran
By Zalman Shoval Yediot Aharonot 12-27-06
In recent weeks Syria has engaged in a diplomatic and political
offensive against Israel
and the United
States, and not without success,
we must admit. It has been aided by quite a few rash and unwise remarks by certain Israeli politicians
and journalists, as well as American politicians hostile to the
Bush Administration's policy.
dimensional chess in a dark room”
of Defense News Briefing with British Lt. Gen. Lamb from Iraq
of Defense 1-19-07
On Iraq: “It's
hard pounding. This is as complex as I've ever seen anything
I've ever done. This is really difficult. This
is three-dimensional chess in a dark room. But hard pounding
is what Wellington said at Waterloo
before he went on to win as part of a coalition.”
The life and times of Moshe Katsav
most of its 58 years the Israeli presidency was mainly about laying
cornerstones, cutting ribbons, visiting charities, accepting ambassadorial
credentials and strolling alongside military bands with colorfully
dressed kings and well-tailored presidents.
.. .There is only that much you can do for your country when you are
so busy asking what you can do for yourself.
Rule of lawlessness
of Democracy against Terrorism By Emmanuel Gross University
We will return to the question of how a democratic state, committed to human rights and the rule of law
at home and in its international relations, is supposed to confront
terrorists who deliberately embed themselves among the civilian population.
But this issue is only one of the many that Gross addresses. Others
include the interrogation of terrorist suspects, the use of administrative
measures such as administrative arrests, house demolitions, imposition
of curfews, closures and roadblocks, the incarceration of "illegal
fighters," intelligence-gathering techniques that invade privacy,
the use of civilians as human shields, targeted assassinations and
how to cope with the terrorists' use of their own people as human
grateful to Nasrallah, Ahmadinejad
premier says Iranian president is doing a great job. 'Without him,
the world would not unite in an anti-Persian policy,' he tells Herzliya
By Yoav Kapshuk
Yediot Aharonot 1-22-07
Peres added that he supported
the US stance,
which views Syria
as part of the axis of evil. "The United
States believed that (Lebanese Prime Minister
Fouad) Siniora should control Lebanon and it cannot go with Syria, while Syria wants to strengthen Hizbullah and is sponsoring
Khaled Mashaal," he concluded.
Anglicans helped create Israel
Anglicans of the 19th century played a central role in the process
that led to the establishment of the State of Israel, according
to documents to be made available for the first time next week by
the Christ Church
Center near Jaffa Gate in
Jerusalem. "It is impossible
to understand the Balfour Declaration of 1917 without first understanding
the theological developments that reached their peak in 1850,"
said Kelvin Crombie, a historian and member of the Christian Missionary
Among the Jewish People (CMJ).
HOT, YES running Jews for Jesus ads
Jerusalem city councilwoman Mina Fenton, a prominent anti-missionary activist from
the National Religious Party, said that
the approval of the broadcasts in Israel by the Communications Ministry
represented "the corruption of Jewish morals," and was indicative
of a country facing a "crusade of money."
issue of TV missionary activity comes amid burgeoning ties between
Israel and the evangelical Christian world and follows a recent decision
by YES to drop Star World and by HOT to discontinue BBC Prime, moves
which have triggered a firestorm of protests by the English-speaking
public in Israel.
* “Jews for Jesus”
is anti-missionary code for any Jewish ministry that believes
Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel. The label is not limited to the
affiliation with organization known as Jews for Jesus. --dd