Dear Arab Countries

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Please check
🙂 JIWON: Dear Arab Countries (Short Web-Mail)
🙂 JIWON: Dear European Countries (WEDO in Europe) (From Aug 13, 2008 to Present)
🙂 JIWON: Dear European Countries (Short Web-Mail) (Short messages to each country to introduce this mailing, in case they only offer Web-mail.)
🙂 Music in Middle East
🙂 Music in Palestine: Daniel Barenboim, Tania Nasir and The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (also in Gaza…)
🙂 Music in Israel

Please check
🙂 Banana-Republic in my Knesset-blog (This is where you can find collection of articles.)
🙂 Before Gaza-Truce (Ma’an: No unilateral ceasefire. Hamas won’t let Palestinians starve)
🙂 Gaza cease-fire to take effect on June 19 (No limit in West Bank)
🙂 After Gaza Truce
🙂 Operation Cast Lead starting from Dec 27, 2008

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DEAR ARAB READERs,

JIWON:
My mailing started on Jan 3, 2009. Are you still in the middle of reading Dear-Arab-Readers? It will take time… so… it will be easier if you follow this order.

1. Curiously, one Jew wrote a short novel, about what kind of powerful coalition of law and media brought Israeli 12th PM Olmert down. When I found it, it was all after I finished Dear-Arab-Readers. If I organized all the possible Jewish articles, this Jew wrote a simple novel in excellent English. Why don’t you read it first? Please click this, Master of Discourse: Sages Rule.

2. Below is a format of this section, Dear-Arab-Readers. Fifth of All is where a real story starts with TWO Jewish Sex-Scandals; one from ex-Justice Minister Ramon and another from ex-President Katsav. But Seventh of All is where Israeli 13th PM Netanyahu’s porn-video appears. (Bibi is his nickname!) I hope you to enjoy this comical Jewish story. It is not a novel. If you check Banana-Republic in my Knesset-blog, you can find collection of articles and it will be easy to imagine all the stories about Dorit Beinisch without reading this part, Dear-Arab-Readers, such as
🙂 Beinisch Politics has nothing to do with LAW or
🙂 Supreme Court Inside/Outside Israel or
🙂 Settlers are above LAW or
🙂 Dorit Beinisch toward/during/after Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination or
🙂 Dorit Beinisch had a story with KACH members! So, this female jurist used Barenboim as a human shield to protect her family!! SIC!!!:

2-1. First of All: Incomprehensible collaboration between the Jewish left-Branja, Bibi’s secular right-wing guys and Religious groups, in order to attack PM Olmert’s Corruption or Winograd-Report on Second Lebanon War.
2-2. Second and Third of All: PM Olmert as Jerusalem’s inferior ex-mayor. His luxurious life.
2-3. Fourth of All: Religious Parties, Supreme Court and Mr. Netanyahu
2-4. Fifth of All: Dorit Beinisch (president of Israeli Supreme Court), Daniel Friedmann (PM Olmert’s Justice Minister), Sex-Scandal and Corruption. -> Beinisch’s Secret Society Can’t Accept Olmert/Friedmann
2-5. Sixth of All: The Identity of Commenters in Jewish Newspaper.
2-6. Seventh of All: Poverty in Israel, Netanyahu legacy, and Supreme Court (Beinisch’s left Branja) + “Benjamin Netanyahu: Sex, Lies, Videotape, & BIBIGATE
2-7. LAST of All: MY REAL MESSAGE, “in defense of Jerusalem.”

3. Unfortunately, the story didn’t end with Dear-Arab-Readers, so I had to write and write. You can find them in Banana-Republic too. As time passed, Music and Politics started to merge into one story, Bimbo-Battle, which was born in Chicago but grew up in [Berlin + Jerusalem + the entire Spain] and is now going to end up at Silvio’s La Scala in Barenboim’s Italy. Do you want to check what a similarity can be found in both cases? Please click this,
🙂 When bimbo got a power: Whoever she is, no matter how high her IQ is, bimbo was a bimbo:

3-1. JIWON: In sum, I will travel ALL over the world and plead Palestinian Right to Targeted Killing of DORIT BEINISCH (Oct 2 – Dec 19, 2008).
3-2. JIWON: Dear Germany / Israel / Palestine, FINALLY… (German Sound & Eurotrash) (Feb 17, 2008 to Present)
3-3. JIWON: Dear Palestinians, (Concerning Barenboim’s Divan-Project) (Sep 25 – Nov 17, 2008).
3-4. JIWON: Dear Italian Government, (Barenboim, La Scala, Belcanto, Heldentenor, and Eurotrash) (Feb 12, 2008 – Present).

In between, there are quite MUSIC writings and you can find them in Banana-Republic too. I hope you Arab guys to enjoy all those comical Jewish stories. It sure sounds comical. But what are you going to do when all those disgusting stories resulted in Massacre of Palestinian Kids during Operation Cast Lead starting from Dec 27, 2008? It will happen again. Do you think it still sounds comical? Who wants to blame me when I write my wish to build the most beautiful gas chamber to burn Ahron Barak and his bimbo, Dorit Beinisch, and her Jewish Pigs?

I also hope Italian 81st Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to make a great success in his political reform, which should exist for the better future of Barenboim’s La Scala and its beautiful Italy.

One thing must be added at the end of this introductory part. Please check what kind of human beings tried to interfere with my computer work. Do you know how much Zapatero’s Spanish Government welcomed my decision when I deleted Palestinian side of information from Knesset-blog? Please check their recent behaviors. Those musicians, starting from Zubin Mehta (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) or several members of Berliner Staatskapelle or Gidon Kremer (Bashkirova’s ex) or Jewish Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, were nothing compared to those Spanish Politicians. Presently, Italian 81st Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is the only one who knows the real picture of Daniel Barenboim’s Mideast vision and his real intention. Therefore, my future computer work will entirely depend upon his Italian decision about Daniel Barenboim’s professional career. German and Spanish Government will have to follow Barenboim’s Italian life. Of course, I will let you know what it is. By the way, I am still in the middle of talk with FACEBOOK in Obama’s America. Do you think this place also works for Dorit Beinisch’s Banana Republic? If you were me, what would you do? I am tired out but can never accept all those trashy happenings in this small/huge place.

🙂 JIWON: Dear Spanish Government Officials, (Regarding Government Fund / Spanish Culture / Barenboim’s Involvement in Spanish Politics) (Apr 3, 2008 – Present).
🙂 Members of Bashkirova-Gang
🙂 DEAR FACEBOOK (Why is it so hard to follow FACEBOOK RULEs?)

In sum, I hope you Arab guys to join me. I really hope you to help me build the healthiest Palestinian State. Thanks.

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JANUARY 29, 2009
DEAR ARAB READERs,

JIWON:

As I wrote before, EVERYBODY will share the SAME information.

After Gaza Truce happened on Jun 19, 2008. It will happen sometime soon. It will happen in West Bank too. Below is what happened when Hamas announced SIX MONTH TRUCE with Israel. Am I a nut if I insist that EVERYTHING was up to HAMAS? Is there more diligent human being than I in this case? There are only 24 hours a day, and I literally stuck to the computer to organize, organize and organize all the happenings during this period.

🙂 Format of After Gaza Truce

NEW PART, Israel & Gaza
(JIWON: Dear Kadima Party, see… it took months to create this new part. This is exactly why you’re having a hard time during this election period. I know it was ALL due to Bibi’s big mouth, which has been funded by Hamas. However… How many experts live in both Israel and Palestine? The only thing I did was daily reading YOUR newspapers and organizing YOUR articles in chronological order. It was simple, but what a headache… because in both Israel and Palestine, EVERYTHING sounds vague while EVERYBODY only wants to fight. Meanwhile, Daniel Barenboim is soon going to be 2008-1942 years old. Now that I only remember what a job this SOB did on my birthday…)

PART 1, Palestine & Gaza

PART 2, Egypt & Two Palestines
From time to time… Hamas/Fatah arrests/frees Fatah/Hamas members.

PART 3, Ceasefire Rattles as Rocket Strikes
Impossible to post every each Truce-Violation-by-Hamas or Gaza-Crossings or Resuming-Fuel-Supplies-to-Gaza…

PART 4, Hamas grip on Gaza-andthen-WestBank

PART 5, Gaza’s Lifelines

PART 6, Who is blaming whom? Where, When & Why?

JIWON:
After Gaza Truce happened on Jun 19, 2008. It will happen sometime soon. It will happen in West Bank too. Do you have a better idea? I just hope…

🙂 From After Gaza Truce

NEW PART, Strategy & Tactics
(JIWON: Dear International Community, including EU/UN, and all the Jewish/Palestinian electorates, please let me know if you have a better idea. I’ll update this part whenever find one.)
🙂 Strategy: Nonviolent Palestinian demonstration as blackout hits Gaza (Nov 11, 2008). (I prefer this title to Olmert: Israel won’t reconcile with Gaza rocket fire (Nov 14, 2008).. Hamas will never give up and then it’s even threatened by young, more radical sub-groups.)
🙂 Tactics 1: UN’s Ban, EU call on Israel to open Gaza’s border crossings (Nov 15, 2008). (Notice: Daniel Barenboim is now 2008-1942 years old.)
🙂 Tactics 2: Ramon+Friedmann: Shell ‘launch pad’ Gaza villages (Nov 11, 2008).
🙂 Tactics 3: Friedmann: Visits to Gaza should be allowed only if delegates meet Schalit (Nov 13, 2008).
🙂 Tactics 4: Israel to permit entry to Gaza in humanitarian cases only (Foreign reporters furious over Gaza ban) (Nov 13, 2008).
🙂 Tactics 5: BIBI’s Voodoo dolls for Palestinian kids (Timeless)
🙂 Not-sure-of-Tactics 1: Likud’s MK Erdan: Use Hamas Prisoners as Human Shields in Gaza Belt (Dec 1, 2008). (JIWON: I’ve read that almost every Palestinian family has a member in Israeli jail. Even now, Palestinian suicide bombers are praised as martyrs. What if this project only ignites ‘desire’ of other members of ‘every’ Palestinian family? This is a real interesting idea, but I am not sure of its aftermath.)
🙂 Can’t-be-Tactics 1: Likud MK: Resume targeted assassinations of terror group heads (Nov 14, 2008). (Whenever I read Likud MK’s big-mouth, I just can’t help doubting their (collective) IQ. Sigh… especially when they resume this job after reading my report. See, one brilliant Talkbacker already answered WHY this can’t work.)

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DEAR ARAB READERs,

JIWON:
Could you please check JIWON: Dear European Countries (Short Web-Mail) while reading my report on Operation Cast Lead starting from Dec 27, 2008? What will happen if Hamas violates cease fire truce again? How many Palestinian civilians will suffer again?

Could you please, please check Phoenix-Bibi and Dorit Beinisch’s Banana Republic at every each moment? Don’t you think Phoenix-Bibi should be responsible for what he had done as an Opposition Leader no matter who becomes Israeli 13th or 14th or 100th prime minister? Please check his Settlement comments. Please check his Jerusalem comments, too. If I were you, I would simply ignore Kadima’s Livni, who will anyway lose in Israeli election. You INTERNATIONAL guys have been doing a terrific job to destroy Livni’s fate. Why not more? If I were you, I would just focus on all the details of Phoenix-Bibi again and again until NO Jewish Opposition Leader dares to imitate Phoenix-Bibi. There should be countless Israeli prime ministers, who should survive no longer than months until Palestinians receive what they deserve. This is the only way. It was not a difficult job to create my Knesset-blog, but during this job, I almost saw bloody stool in morning toilet. I can never accept this in my future again.

🙂 From Operation Cast Lead starting from Dec 27, 2008

♥ PART 3-plus, TWO PALESTINEs – TOWARD UNITY GOVERNMENT ♥
JIWON: Do you follow ideology or religion? I only follow money… and it always worked.

3-1. Abbas to tell visiting U.S. envoy: Israel does not want peace Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz
“We want a state in the 1967 borders, a fair solution to the refugee issue, removal of settlements. There will be no going beyond these points or bargaining,” said Abbas, on the defensive in the Arab world before Hamas’ rhetoric of “resistance”.

2-3. Egypt: Palestinian reconciliation talks to begin on February 22 Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz

1-7. Haniyeh supports independent body to supervise Gaza aid Jan 28, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-1. 01:47 UN humanitarian official: Hundreds of millions of dollars needed to rebuilt Gaza (AP) Jan 20, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

1-7. Haniyeh supports independent body to supervise Gaza aid Jan 28, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
(…) Haniyeh has been in hiding since the beginning of Operation Cast Lead. His aides said that he would reappear only after a cease-fire with Israel is formally reached. Kuwait said on Tuesday that it would not channel funds to the Gaza Strip through the Palestinian Authority leadership in Ramallah. Instead, the Kuwaiti government will deposit the financial aid with the Arab Development Fund, an independent body consisting of representatives of different Arab countries. The decision came at the request of a number of Kuwaiti parliamentarians who said that they don’t trust Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salaam Fayad because of reports about financial corruption in the PA. (…) Meanwhile, PA security forces in the West Bank have arrested five Palestinian journalists in the past week as part of an ongoing massive crackdown on Hamas supporters and members. One of the journalists arrested by the PA security forces is Khaled Amayreh, a resident of Hebron who has long been reporting about financial corruption in the PA. Amayreh was arrested on suspicion of being affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, a PA security commander told The Jerusalem Post. “His arrest had nothing to do with the fact that he’s a journalist,” the commander said. “He was arrested because of his links to Islamic organizations.” (…)

♥ PART 1, OPERATION CAST LEAD – 1 ♥

3-7. Study: 20 years of conflict has cost Middle East $12 trillion Jan 23, 2009 / By Haaretz
3-6. 01:47 UN humanitarian official: Hundreds of millions of dollars needed to rebuilt Gaza (AP) Jan 20, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
3-2. Gaza civilians tell ‘Post’ their city has ‘gone backward 50 years’ Jan 5, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
3-1. TIMELINE / Israeli-Hamas violence since truce ended Jan 2, 2009 / By Haaretz

2-6. Social networking Web site links Israeli, Gaza journalists during wartime Jan 19, 2009 / By Haaretz (Frames of Reality was established by the Peres Center for Peace and “Edut Mekomit – Local testimony”)
2-4. Furious Israeli Foreign Ministry to Internaional Media: ‘Ask Egypt to let you into the Gaza Strip’ Jan 7, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post

1-13. Hamas’ expected comments to West, USA’s Obama and so on… while receiving Iran’s support. Also, NO need to post Expected Happenings or Air Strikes starting from Jan 27 and First Qassam since end of Gaza op on Jan 28, 2009.
1-11. Report: Hamas leader admits surprise at IDF use of force in Gaza Jan 20, 2009 / By Haaretz (Egyptian newspaper: Meshal says group thought IDF offensive in Gaza would not last longer than 3 days)
1-9. Ahmadinejad congratulates Mashaal on Hamas’s victory over IDF Jan 19, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post

♥ PART 1-plus, OPERATION CAST LEAD – ARMS SMUGGLING ♥

2-2. Operation Cast Lead heads to the courtroom Jan 19, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post

1-8. IAF commander: Bombing of tunnels not a solution to Gaza arms smuggling Jan 29, 2009 / By Haaretz (“If we hit them today, they’ll open again tomorrow and they’ll be dug in the future, too.”)
1-7. In Egypt’s Rafah, tunnel denial is the way of life Jan 26, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-6. Maj-Gen. (res.) Eiland: Egypt halting the arms flow? Forget it! Jan 22, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-5. Report: Arms smuggling into Gaza continued during Israel’s offensive Jan 22, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-4. Iran renews efforts to supply weaponry to bruised Hamas Jan 20, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-3. Hamas: We’ll keep smuggling weapons Jan 19, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-2. Shin Bet: Hamas will resume arms smuggling within months Jan 18, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-1. Amos Harel & Avi Issacharoff: The ball is now in Hamas’ court in Gaza Jan 18, 2009 / By Haaretz

2-2. Operation Cast Lead heads to the courtroom Jan 19, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
These allegations may find their way into foreign courts – with Britain and Spain likely sites for suits and even attempts at criminal prosecution. (…) It is less likely that Israel will find itself protesting innocence before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Only nations that are a party to the ICC can be tried there, unless the UN Security Council votes to try a nonmember state. (…) Sabel added, “it would be interesting if someone tried the same against Hamas.”

1-7. In Egypt’s Rafah, tunnel denial is the way of life Jan 26, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
(…) In Egyptian Rafah, one gets the sense that denial is more than just a river. (…) Abdul Wahab even denied that Egyptian border guards had ever been bribed. (…) Egypt claims that most of the weapons smuggled into Gaza come by sea, something that Israel disputes. A front page article on Friday in Al-Ahram cited an Egyptian official who said there was evidence that most of the smuggling of weapons into Gaza was done through Israel by Israeli citizens. He did not detail the evidence, however. (…) Ahmad, a convenience store employee who has relatives on the Palestinian side of Rafah, also denied that arms had been taken through these tunnels. “These words are not true,” she said. And if the tunnels were used to smuggle arms into the Gaza Strip? “Does this land belong to Israel or to Palestine?” she asked, suggesting that Gazans had a right to fight Israel. “It belongs to Palestine,” she said.

1-6. Maj-Gen. (res.) Eiland: Egypt halting the arms flow? Forget it! Jan 22, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
[Q: What about the issue of arms smuggling into Gaza?] That’s much more more problematic. To be polite, the Egyptians are telling us stories and we are deluding ourselves. Egypt was not effective in the past. It doesn’t care about weapons in Gaza. The smuggling tunnel apparatus also features drugs and televisions and mobile phones, and keeps whole tribes in business. So either Egypt has to truly confront this whole industry or pay off the smugglers. And I’m not sure it’s going to do that. (…) The only truly effective way to prevent the smuggling would be for the Egyptians to build a buffer zone five kilometers from the border, fence it off, and control the only road through the sand. But they won’t do that. (…) Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland is a former national security adviser and former head of the IDF’s Planning and Operation branches.

1-1. Amos Harel & Avi Issacharoff: The ball is now in Hamas’ court in Gaza Jan 18, 2009 / By Haaretz
The key question as far as Israel is concerned is, starting Sunday, how to respond to the next rocket that lands in the western Negev. We have already failed that very test at least three times in the past: After the pullout from Lebanon in 2000, after the disengagement from Gaza in 2005 and during the cease-fire with Hamas in 2008. In all the aforementioned cases, the threat of a harsh response on Israel’s part turned out to be an empty one, and hostilities against Israel continued to trickle in, eventually resulting in a major conflagration. (…) Should the fighting indeed subside, we are in store for a fierce struggle to set the narrative for the war. Three weeks before the elections, the government will seek (…) Hamas, in turn, will try (…) The deal concerning Hamas will be tough to market in Israel because it does not include an arrangement for the retrieval of Gilad Shalit. This in an emotional issue, as can be seen in the graffiti that IDF soldiers left in many houses in the Strip: “Gilad, we were here.” (…)

♥ PART 2-plus, OPERATION CAST LEAD – SCHALIT & HIS Israeli/Palestinian FRIENDS ♥

4-13. Olmert to Mitchell: No deal on Gaza crossings until Shalit issue resolved Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz
4-4. JIWON: NO answer from Red Cross. BTW, it was Hamas too, who violated International Law on this issue. Please check Wikipedia: Gilad Shalit.
4-3. Livni urges Red Cross to press Hamas for access to Gilad Shalit Jan 15, 2009 / By Haaretz
4-2. JIWON: Funny… Do the Jewish electorates know that Hamas’ demanding the highest price to release Schalit was the Labor’s greatest achievement? Please check
🙂 In sum, I will travel ALL over the world and plead Palestinian Right to Targeted Killing of DORIT BEINISCH (Oct 2 – Dec 19, 2008).
4-1. Friedmann: Shalit must be included in ceasefire deal Jan 13, 2009 / By Ynetnews, Israel (Talkbacks 1/17: Why don’t we hear this from Livni? – Why don’t we hear this from Barak? Actually, why don’t we hear this from the entire Knesset? / Terry, Eilat, Israel (01.13.09))

3-1. From time to time, Hamas also fires rockets at southern Israel.

2-2. IDF says Qassam attacks down 50% since Cast Lead launched Jan 12, 2009 / By Haaretz

1-12. JIWON: Whenever there is no information in the Jewish Media, I have to go to Google to find it.
1-10. Hamas use of children was ‘monstrous’ Jan 22, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (While Palestinians reported that some 1,300 were killed…)
1-9. Israel disputes Gaza death toll Jan 22, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (So far only the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) and Italian journalist Lorenzo Cremonesi have publicly attempted to verify the death count on their own, with vastly differing results.)
1-6. 17:49 IDF official: 75% of those killed by Israel during Gaza op were militants (Army Radio) Jan 21, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-5. Hamas: Only 48 of our 1,300 Gazam fatalities were group militants Jan 19, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-3. Latest reports on death toll after Israel’s military offensive into Gaza Strip Jan 20, 2009 / By APA, Azerbaijan

1-10. Hamas use of children was ‘monstrous’ Jan 22, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
While Palestinians reported that some 1,300 were killed during the operation, there have been reports that fewer than half that number were actually killed. Eisenberg said that more than half were Hamas operatives. “Most of the dead are adult Hamas operatives with blood on their hands,” he said.

1-3. Latest reports on death toll after Israel’s military offensive into Gaza Strip Jan 20, 2009 / By APA, Azerbaijan
Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been left homeless and 400,000 people still have no running water, APA reports quoting UN press release. (…) according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 1,314 people had been killed, including 416 children and 106 women; and 5,320 people had been injured, including 1,855 children and 795 women. That brought the total number of dead and injured to over 6,600. On the Israeli side, 4 civilians had been killed and 84 injured since 27 December. Also, nine soldiers had been killed. A total of 50 United Nations facilities had been damaged in the fighting, he added. On the medical side, primary health-care care was resuming, but there was still an enormous strain on hospitals and intensive care units, not least because 21 medical facilities had been damaged. The Al Quds hospital, damaged by shelling, was still closed, and other facilities were only partially opened. During the conflict, 13 health personnel had been killed and 22 injured, while on duty.

♥ PART 2, OPERATION CAST LEAD – 2 ♥
JIWON: I wanted to post another article, but it is not written in English. This article explained why it is impossible to avoid Palestinian Civilian Blood and Tears despite IDF’s exact targeting. That Palestinian society is perhaps the most crowed community in the world and people are just scared of going out despite of the radio’s frequent advices and they never know whether Hamas members are living in next door or not, and therefore, they never know where to hide or how to protect themselves. It seems that only Hamas members know where they can find safe shelters to avoid Israeli air force attacks. Perhaps… Amira Hass’s three articles are related to what I read. (No.3-1, No.3-2 and No.3-4)

3-10. Amira Hass / ‘Legal’ weapons also kill Jan 23, 2009 / By Haaretz
3-9. Amira Hass: Gazans say IDF troops ignored white flags and shot at them Jan 20, 2009 / By Haaretz (JIWON: If this is true, it’s easy to imagine situation there. I promise. These IDF soldiers are Bibi’s settlers, who excitedly ran into Gaza in the hope of toppling Hamas.)
3-3. Amira Hass: Thousands of Gazans near Rafah displaced by IAF bombing of tunnels Jan 1, 2009 / By Haaretz
3-1. Amira Hass: ‘Gaza strike is not against Hamas, it’s against all Palestinians’ Dec 31, 2008 / By Haaretz

2-14. How many aid trucks Israel allowed to enter Gaza? It started on Dec 28, 2008, anyway, and the last information was found on Jan 19, 2009 with 200 trucks.
2-13. UN: Israel cooperating in efforts to improve Gaza humanitarian situation Jan 23, 2009 / By Haaretz
2-10. Israel accuses Hamas of deliberately preventing aid from entering Gaza Jan 21, 2009 / By Haaretz (Gov’t says Hamas attacking border crossing to stop aid; Shin Bet says Hamas looting supply trucks.)
2-9. Gazans stay away from Israeli clinic Jan 21, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (“I spent the whole day there [Monday] and not one person came to us for help,” said one doctor, who preferred to remain anonymous. “The people there are scared, scared of us and scared of Hamas.”)
2-5. Red Cross: Israel breaking law, letting children starve in Gaza Jan 8, 2009 / By Haaretz
2-2. IDF coordination chief: There is no humanitarian crisis Jan 1, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post

1-13. 01:47 UN humanitarian official: Hundreds of millions of dollars needed to rebuilt Gaza (AP) Jan 20, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-10. UN urges Gulf nations to donate money for Palestinians in Gaza Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post

3-3. Amira Hass: Thousands of Gazans near Rafah displaced by IAF bombing of tunnels Jan 1, 2009 / By Haaretz
Rafah residents came to the realization on Tuesday that the air force has adopted a new method for destroying weapons smuggling tunnels in the town. (…) The buzz of the drones and the shrieking missile fire interspersed with the exploding bombs were heard all day and all night. A total of 12 ordnances were counted on Tuesday, though 12 explosions were not heard. Instead of an explosion, people felt the ground shake beneath their feet. (…) All the residents of the neighborhoods adjacent to the tunnels – whose population is said to be in the thousands – have left their homes in recent days. Most are staying with relatives. Some 200 are being housed in an UNRWA-managed school. The UN body which is responsible for providing aid to refugees said it believes the numbers will only grow. Nonetheless, it appears that some Palestinians have continued work in the tunnels, as can be attested by a number of commodities that have suddenly emerged, like bananas. In contrast, fuel and diesel – which have been supplied by Egypt through underground pipes – have been cut off. Gas tanks have also ceased to arrive. And the shortage is critical. (…)

2-5. Red Cross: Israel breaking law, letting children starve in Gaza Jan 8, 2009 / By Haaretz
The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday accused Israel of delaying ambulance access to the Gaza Strip and demanded it grant safe access for Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances to return to evacuate more wounded. (…) The ICRC said it had been informed that there were more wounded sheltering in other destroyed houses in the area. “The ICRC believes that in this instance the Israeli military failed to meet its obligation under international humanitarian law to care for and evacuated the wounded. It considers the delay in allowing rescue services access unacceptable,” it said.

2-2. IDF coordination chief: There is no humanitarian crisis Jan 1, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
Hamas terrorists are using civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip – including hospitals, mosques and areas next to offices of international aid groups – to conduct terrorist activity and fire rockets at Israel, Col. Moshe Levi, commander of the IDF’s Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA), said Thursday. Levi, who is in charge of coordinating humanitarian efforts in the Gaza Strip, told The Jerusalem Post that since Sunday over 330 trucks carrying food, medicine and medical supplies had been allowed into the Gaza Strip despite the daily rocket barrages against the South. In addition, the CLA has facilitated the transfer of 10 ambulances and 2,000 blood units to Gaza, and has approved a Palestinian request to allow three Gazans wounded in the fighting into Israel for medical treatment, Levi said. He rejected Palestinian claims of a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. “Hamas is trying to create the appearance of a humanitarian crisis, but together with the international organizations, we are preventing this from happening,” he said. Levi said Israel was prepared to accept additional wounded Palestinians for medical treatment, but that the Palestinians had not submitted a request. He said 80 wounded had been allowed into Egypt for treatment as well. The CLA commander said it was possible that Hamas was preventing wounded from leaving Gaza for medical treatment, but that either way, the health system in Gaza was “stabilizing” and that there were 2,200 beds available for the wounded. “We asked if they wanted to send us more, and they said they were managing,” Levi said. “In recent years, the hospital system has improved in Gaza, and today there are hospitals in every district in the Strip.” Levi backed up comments made by Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yuval Diskin that Hamas operatives were conducting operations inside Gaza’s Shifa Hospital and in mosques. “Hamas uses civilian infrastructure to shoot at us,” he said. “They fire from next to buildings that belong to international organizations and from within urban centers.” The Palestinian people, he said, understood that Hamas was responsible for Operation Cast Lead and that Israel had made this clear by launching only surgical air strikes at Hamas targets. “The IAF is focused on Hamas installations and Hamas officials who are known to the Palestinian people,” he said. “The Palestinian street knows that our operations are directed solely against Hamas.”

♥ PART 2-plus, OPERATION CAST LEAD – PALESTINIAN CASUALTIES ♥
(JANUARY 10, 2009) JIWON: Weirdly enough, the moment I decided to create this new section, Ms. Rice’s article appears. Hum… Rice: It’s very difficult for IDF to avoid civilian casualties Now, I want to read some more about OPINIONs.)

2-25. UN seeks urgent Israeli explanation on attacking Gaza schools Jan 22, 2009 / By Haaretz
2-24. UN to probe claim Israel used depleted uranium bombs in Gaza Jan 22, 2009 / By Haaretz
2-18. Is Israel using illegal weapons in its offensive on Gaza? Yes… according to HRW. Jan 16, 2009 / By Haaretz (But even from afar, he has no doubt: Israel is using white phosphorus bombs.)
2-17. Barak’s apology: UN’s Ban met (…) that Hamas was using civilians as human shields and firing at IDF soldiers from positions near UN installations. “The IDF soldiers are responding, and will respond, as an act of self defense against any attempts to harm them,” Barak said. Jan 16, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post

1-31. UNRWA chief: Israeli offensive in Gaza boosted extremists Jan 23, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-30. Hamas blocks Gazan orphans’ two-week vacation to Israel Jan 29, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (Most of the children were orphans whose parents were killed during Operation Cast Lead. The Kibbutz Movement had sponsored the vacation for 47 children between the ages of four and 13.)
1-29. Top UN official blasts Hamas for ‘cynical’ use of civilian facilities Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-28. Hamas captives tell Shin Bet: We used Gaza mosques to hide arms, for training Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-27. Doctors: Many Palestinians in Gaza hospitals in danger of dying from their wounds Jan 23, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-26. Italian paper: Gazans say Hamas kept them in homes used by gunmen Jan 22, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-25. 20:44 World Health Organization chief says Gaza vulnerable to disease outbreak (Reuters) Jan 19, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-24. 22:17 Palestinian officials: Some 4,000 residential building in Gaza razed in war (Reuters) Jan 18, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-23. JIWON: Of course, I read more, including Zeev Sternhell: It depends on the political result and Aluf Benn: Israel declares victory in Gaza, but at what cost?, and decide NOT to post this meaningless debate any more. Why don’t they discuss Dorit Beinisch, Banana-Republic and their Phoenix-Bibi instead? It will be much more valuable for the better future of Palestinian Kids. The more time I spent with this meaningless debate, the more I incline to join Jewish Rebel No.1 Israel Shamir and his novel, Master of Discourse. I feel like wasting my time with Barenboim’s Divan-project.
1-22. Gideon Levy: An open response to A.B. Yehoshua Jan 18, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-21. A.B. Yehoshua: An open letter to Gideon Levy (The fact is that… We will need them again in the future…) Jan 16, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-20. Gideon Levy: Someone must stop Israel’s rampant madness in Gaza Jan 16, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-19. IDF: Gaza Strip electrical grid functioning at 74% capacity Jan 15, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-18. Gideon Levy: Compared to previous wars, Gaza op is child’s play Jan 15, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-17. Ashkenazi: Hamas in disguise as IDF troops Jan 14, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-16. Dichter: Hamas salaries paid at Shifa Hospital Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-15. Hamas raids aid trucks, sells supplies Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-14. 18:28 Int`l Committee of the Red Cross: No place is safe for civilians in Gaza (Reuters) Jan 12, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-13. 15:37 IAF attacks Gaza mosque, ground troops uncover mass pile of weaponry (Haaretz) Jan 12, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-12. Sources: Hamas leaders hiding in Israel-built Shifa Hospital basement Jan 12, 2009 / By Haaretz (Shin Bet Chief says militants hiding in the hospital because they know Israel will not target it.)
1-11. WATCH: IDF uncovers booby-trapped school next to Gaza zoo Jan 11, 2009 / By Haaretz (IDF spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said. “In one district of 150 houses, more than 30 were boobytrapped. Hamas boobytraps every house that residents leave.”)
1-10. Editor’s Notes: The foulest fight Jan. 9, 2009 / By Editor in Chief of Jerusalem Post
1-9. Avishai (Jerusalem) & Bahour (Ramallah): Playing into the hands of Hamas Jan 9, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-8. Hamas opens independent hospital for gunman Jan 6, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (Hamas is pilfering a significant portion of the medicine allowed into the strip (…) Since the beginning of Operation Cast Lead, the IDF has allowed some 450 trucks into the Gaza Strip.)
1-7. 21:34 Electricity to Gaza Strip completely cut off (Channel 2) Jan 5, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-6. ANALYSIS / Gaza 2009 – To win, all Israel has to do is survive Jan 4, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-5. Palestinian phone company: Gaza network close to collapse Jan 4, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-4. IDF phones Gaza residents to warn them of imminent strikes Jan 3, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-3. 12 Palestinians hurt in Gaza fighting being treated in Israeli hopsitals Jan 1, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-2. Red Cross: Gaza hospitals are overcapacity, turning away wounded Dec 28, 2008 / Jerusalem Post
1-1. Red Cross sends medical supplies to Gaza hospitals Dec 28, 2008 / Jerusalem Post

1-22. Gideon Levy: An open response to A.B. Yehoshua Jan 18, 2009 / By Haaretz
The residents of Gaza have never had ownership of “their own piece of land,” as you have claimed. We left Gaza because of our own interests and needs, and then we imprisoned them. (…) Hamas cannot be put down forcibly. Despite all the destructive force we used in this war, I still can’t see how the Palestinians have been influenced (…) Do you wish to live in a country with such a reputation? A country that proudly announces it has gone “crazy,” as some Israeli ministers have said in regard to the army’s operation in Gaza? I don’t. (…)

1-21. A.B. Yehoshua: An open letter to Gideon Levy (The fact is that… We will need them again in the future…) Jan 16, 2009 / By Haaretz
(…) There is something absurd in the comparison you draw about the number of those killed. When you ask how it can be that they killed three of our children and we cause the killing of a hundred and fifty (…) In other words, it is not the killing itself that troubles you but the number. On the face of it, one could answer you cynically by saying that when there will be two hundred million Jews in the Middle East it will be permissible to think in moral terms about comparing the number of victims on each side. But that is, of course, a debased argument. After all, you, Gideon, who live among the people, know very well that we are not bent on killing Palestinian children to avenge the killing of our children. All we are trying to do is get their leaders to stop this senseless and wicked aggression, and it is only because of the tragic and deliberate mingling between Hamas fighters and the civilian population that children, too, are unfortunately being killed. The fact is that since the disengagement, Hamas has fired only at civilians. Even in this war, to my astonishment, I see that they are not aiming at the army concentrations along the border but time and again at civilian communities. Please, preserve the moral authority and concern that you possessed, and your distinctive voice. We will need them again in the future, which promises further ordeals on the road to peace. In the meantime, it would be best for us all – we and the Palestinians and the rest of the world – to follow the simple moral imperative of Kantian philosophy: “Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.” In friendship always,
(JIWON: Of course, I read more, including Zeev Sternhell: It depends on the political result and Aluf Benn: Israel declares victory in Gaza, but at what cost?, and decide NOT to post this meaningless debate any more. Why don’t they discuss Dorit Beinisch, Banana-Republic and their Phoenix bibi instead? It will be much more valuable for the better future of Palestinian Kids. The more time I spent with this meaningless debate, the more time I incline to join Jewish Rebel No.1 Israel Shamir and his novel, Master of Discourse. I feel like wasting my time with Barenboim’s Divan-project. )

1-20. Gideon Levy: Someone must stop Israel’s rampant madness in Gaza Jan 16, 2009 / By Haaretz
(…) The handful of journalists trying to cover the events, despite the outrageous media closure Israel has imposed, are also in danger. The Israel Defense Forces Thursday shelled the media building they were in and now they are all crowded in one office, as fearful and horrified as the rest of the scorched city’s residents. The BBC’s Arabic correspondent, furious and alarmed, swears hoarsely that nobody fired from the building or around it. Meanwhile, in our television studios, there is rejoicing. (…) FMi Livni explains, with intolerable arrogance (…) This is how Israel now looks to the outside world – its tanks in the burning streets of Gaza; more and more people being killed for nothing; tens of thousands of new refugees; an appallingly haughty foreign minister, and a growing clamor of condemnation and disgust from all over the globe. (…)

1-18. Gideon Levy: Compared to previous wars, Gaza op is child’s play Jan 15, 2009 / By Haaretz
(…) That’s how it goes when war is waged in such a densely populated area with a population so blessed with children. About half of Gaza’s residents are under 15. No pilot or soldier went to war to kill children. Not one among them intended to kill children, but it also seems neither did they intend not to kill them. They went to war after the IDF had already killed 952 Palestinian children and adolescents since May 2000. (…) A significant majority of the children killed in Gaza did not die because they were used as human shields or because they worked for Hamas. They were killed because the IDF bombed, shelled or fired at them, their families or their apartment buildings. That is why the blood of Gaza’s children is on our hands, not on Hamas’ hands, and we will never be able to escape that responsibility. The children of Gaza who survive this war will remember it. (…) A child who has seen his house destroyed, his brother killed and his father humiliated will not forgive. (…)
(JIWON: There is nothing wrong with this author’s viewpoint. However… Hamas knew this from the very beginning, and then all the situation here should also be interpreted as the best example of Hamas’ using human shields. Under the normal situation, of course, those kids should be protected. In a real situation like this, however, what else can Israeli side do as long as Hamas is receiving a hint of support from the OUTSIDERS? For Israelis, there is absolutely no choice left. They just have to decide HOW MANY and HOW LONG they should kill those human shields. And those kids only grow a desire of suicide bombing inside their heart just as Hamas wanted them to do, and the cycle continues…)

1-16. Dichter: Hamas salaries paid at Shifa Hospital Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
Regarding Israeli intelligence reports that Hamas’s leadership had taken refuge in the hospital, Dichter said, “Shifa Hospital has long ago ceased to be just a hospital, just as the UNRWA humanitarian and health services in Gaza long ago ceased to be just humanitarian services providing food and medical services.” “UN schools in Gaza long ago stopped being just schools,” he added. “All these services and places are refuges for Hamas terrorists and commanders.” Asked why Israel was not acting against Shifa Hospital, Dichter answered that an attack on a hospital could not be carried out “for obvious reasons.” “Shifa is in the middle of a very crowded area in Gaza, and you would have to get through half a million Gazans to get to the hospital and arrest Hamas people there. So that’s not doable,” he said. Dichter pointed out that it was common knowledge in Gaza that Hamas held meetings in the hospital. “Shifa Hospital, which is situated in the more wealthy western part of Gaza City, is a very big hospital, but you can hear from the Palestinians who visit there – it is somewhat of an open secret – that Hamas commanders walk around the hospital, in some instances wearing doctors’ robes,” he said. “In some cases the Hamas commanders kick medical teams out of rooms so that they can hold meetings.” In response to Dichter’s comments, a UNRWA spokesman in Israel said the UN was getting mixed messages from the Israeli establishment, and that with each “flip flop” the credibility of each Israeli assertion is “diminished incrementally.” Following two attacks against UNRWA employees last week, in one of which a Palestinian aid convoy driver was killed, allegedly by Hamas snipers, UNRWA briefly suspended its humanitarian operations, but restarted them after the Israeli coordinator of government activities in the territories expressed “deep regret” for the targeting of UN workers. “He [Amos Gilad] made it clear he wanted UNRWA’s 9,000-10,000 workers to resume their humanitarian efforts,” UNRWA’s Chris Gunness said. Regarding Dichter’s assertion that UNRWA facilities were shelters for terrorists, Gunness said that where there was a specific complaint about a UN installation or employee, it was always investigated. “Where any abuse of UN installations is discovered the UN carries out disciplinary action, including dismissals,” Gunness said. UNRWA keeps a list of all of its employees and cross-references them with the UN 1267 terror list as mandated by the Security Council. UNSCR 1267 concerns al-Qaida, the Taliban and any associated individuals and entities, and it works to freeze their assets. UNRWA also sends lists of all of its employees to the Israeli security establishment, a UN source said. “We have a zero-tolerance policy when we find abuses of our facilities,” Gunness said.

1-15. Hamas raids aid trucks, sells supplies Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
Hamas on Monday raided some 100 aid trucks that Israel had allowed into Gaza, stole their contents and sold them to the highest bidders. The IDF said that since terminal activity is coordinated with UNRWA and the Red Cross, Israel could do nothing to prevent such raids, Israel Radio reported. (…)

1-10. Editor’s Notes: The foulest fight Jan. 9, 2009 / By Editor in Chief of Jerusalem Post
(JIWON: This is not that I support this author. I just want to know the exact information about the way Hamas is training and using Palestinian civilians as Human Shields..)
(…) Israel is bombing mosques in Gaza. Six of them and counting. In recent years, the purported disrespect for Islam displayed in the writings of authors such as Salman Rushdie has been sufficient to provoke death sentences and mass rallies. (…) In a terrible incident on Tuesday, Israel hit an UNRWA school, and in the subsequent explosions a reported 40-plus people were killed, many of them civilians. An outraged UNRWA emphatically denied an IDF claim that a Hamas mortar battery had been firing from the school, and that secondary blasts indicated the presence of further explosives there; the Associated Press cited eyewitness accounts of “a small group of militants firing mortars near the school and running away.” The accusations and counter-accusations will rumble on, and there’s little likelihood of a definitive narrative emerging. (…) The name of that mosque rather gives the game away, of course. Maqadma was one of the founders of Hamas and its military chief. He was killed in an Israeli helicopter strike in Gaza in March 2003, soon after a series of Hamas terror attacks, including a suicide bombing on an Egged bus in Haifa that killed 17 people. Israeli security officials say the mosques that have been struck, long known as centers of Islamist indoctrination and vicious anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish incitement, are being used as weapons stores, command centers, as cover for networks of tunnels – in short, Hamas military positions. Again, there has been no frenzied rush by Gaza’s clerics to dispute this devastating accusation. (…) Civilians are supposed to be off limits. So too, by extension, homes, schools and places of worship. Yet Hamas stores its ammunition and manufacturers its weaponry in precisely such places. On the very first day of Operation Cast Lead – 10 days, that is, before the tragic incident at the UNRWA school – Israeli security sources specified that Hamas was operating at or close to schools in some of Gaza’s most dense population centers. The initial air strikes, which hit targets that had been evaluated for many months, eschewed numerous key Hamas positions precisely because they had been so callously established in the heart of civilian areas. (…) Hamas gunmen, even more cynical than their Hizbullah counterparts, are fighting out of uniform – they look like innocent civilians, deserving of protection, until they pull out guns or rush at IDF soldiers with suicide-bomber belts. Security officials say some are maintaining a years-long practice of taking children with them when they prepare missile attacks into Israel, confident that the IDF won’t touch them. Sometimes, the officials say, they have children with them when they confront soldiers at close quarters, as well. (…) In this cynical new theater of war, journalists discredit themselves and their profession if they fail to look beyond the immediate and into the context. Why is the Israel-Gaza border not quiet? Why has Hamas been firing rockets into Israel for years? Who is to blame for the presence of civilians in the combat zone? These are the kinds of questions that have not been asked enough, if at all, on would-be fair-minded TV and radio stations these past two weeks. Meanwhile, Israeli officials – whose government provides electricity for the enemy, sends in food and medicine, and telephones terror chiefs to warn them that their homes are about to be blown up so that their families can be evacuated – are relentlessly assailed for purported indifference to Gaza’s suffering. If no Palestinian official is available to answer the wider questions, then reporters have an obligation to explore them themselves. Gaza is by no means the only combat zone where Iranian-Islamist terror tactics are deliberately placing civilians in the line of fire. The footage is clearer than ever, but right and wrong are harder to discern these days in many places where the guns are firing and the bombs are falling. Death and injury to civilians on one side of the battle zone may not be principally the responsibility of the combatants on the other side. A keener focus is required. Too little journalism, for now, is keeping pace with the extremists’ cynically innovative methodologies. HAMAS EXPLOITATION of civilian suffering reaches its apogee when it comes to the hospitals. Earlier this week, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin briefed ministers to the effect that part of the Hamas leadership was operating from a bunker constructed under Gaza City’s main Shifa Hospital. There have been reports of sightings in the hospital wards, and of the commandeering of ambulances. Very early in Operation Cast Lead, Hamas announced, falsely, that it was moving all patients out of Shifa, because, it claimed, Israel was about to bomb the hospital. Israeli officials publicly and immediately dismissed the notion as Hamas propagandist misinformation, of which there has been plenty. This was more than a week before Diskin dropped his bunker bombshell. Plainly, Hamas knew it had every reason to fear an Israeli attack on the hospital. In fact, a senior security official said this week, Israel would under no circumstances target Shifa. Hamas leaders, safely protected by the civilians they deliberately placed in harm’s way, can evidently sleep soundly.

1-9. Avishai (Jerusalem) & Bahour (Ramallah): Playing into the hands of Hamas Jan 9, 2009 / By Haaretz
If Hamas thought…, they were wrong. On the other hand, if Israel thinks…, it is wrong too. There is no military solution to this conflict. (…) Israelis knew in advance that Hamas forces are not a regular army; they will not come out of hiding and be mowed down like soldiers in World War I. To go after them effectively, in, of all places, the Gaza Strip, one of the most densely populated places on earth, the IDF would have to level its towns and cities, block by block, and intensify the nightmare of the Gazan population, more than half of which is children under the age of 15. This cannot succeed in achieving Israel’s stated aim of degrading Hamas’ long-term capabilities and motivation. It will certainly not undermine Hamas’ appeal, especially since the electricity and water infrastructures are also inevitably targeted. Now that Israeli soldiers have been killed in this tragic operation, there are the unavoidable cries that the IDF “go all the way,” so their deaths would not have been in vain. But Israel cannot make Hamas surrender – it cannot “win.” Meanwhile, the carnage will help Hamas, and other Palestinian military factions, make their case – not only in Gaza, but across the West Bank too. A glorious stand will even turn them into cultural heroes among Israel’s Palestinian Arab citizens. It should be clear by now that Hamas’ appeal only grows when Israelis attacks Palestinians. It increased when Israel insisted that occupied territory was merely “disputed,” ignoring its obligations under international law, and tried to dissociate its unilateral “disengagement” from Gaza from the continuing occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Hamas appealed to circles upon circles of Palestinian youth, who, grieving for friends or relatives killed in clashes with occupation forces, or appalled by iron-fist policies, succumbed to rage or survivors’ guilt. Its appeal increased in the absence of any concrete progress toward peace, indeed, when the peacemaking process seemed endlessly stalled. Hamas’ appeal spread, finally, when Palestinian economic life seemed futile, or inevitably corrupt – when a fight to the last martyr seemed the only chance at a meaningful life – or death. Give Gazans open borders, relief from grinding poverty, and business opportunities with West Bank and foreign partners and, over time, this will win over Hamas-controlled tunnels and smuggling every time. The Palestinian private sector, centered in Ramallah, has begged Israel and the international community for 18 months to allow it access to Gaza, to build new businesses. Israel refused. Tragically, many who have been killed this past week were not Hamas militants, but rather Palestinians who worked in Hamas-run ministries or institutions because they had no choice if they wanted to feed and clothe their children. The critical point, surely, is that one cannot do in two weeks with force what you need to do over a generation with reciprocity. Even as it worked toward an overall solution to the conflict, Israel could have respected international law regarding occupation, observed the Geneva conventions, helped build Palestinian civil society, stopped settlement construction, invited international monitors, and allowed Palestinians to compete non-violently, politically, economically and socially. It could have, in short, allowed for unity and rationality in Palestinian politics. This is not, well, rocket science.

1-6. ANALYSIS / Gaza 2009 – To win, all Israel has to do is survive Jan 4, 2009 / By Haaretz
No one knew Israel better than Nizar Ghayan. A professor at the Islamic University in Gaza City, as well as the most respected Hamas military and spiritual strategist since the 2004 assassination of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, no one knew better than Ghayan the maxim he taught his students: Whatever Israel does to Hamas, Hamas will win. If you kill us, we will become martyrs, the most beloved of God and the Palestinian people, and we will win. If you refrain from killing us, whether from fear or political expedience or moral considerations, we have only cemented our victory. (…) There was every reason to believe Ghayan was right in every respect. That is, until Israel gave the order to kill him on Thursday. Something has changed in the Mideast equation, and the killing of Ghayan [pronounced like Ryan with a hard R], is a telling indication of that change. Knowing Israel (having listened to the Israeli far-right as it condemned the IDF as an army of pansies afraid to fight, and to the Israeli far-left as it sympathized only with Gaza casualties and not those in Sderot), Ghayan knew that he could surround himself with the human shields of four wives and 11 children and survive this war. Knowing the UN and the international community, Ghayan knew that if he used mosques for Hamas armed wing headquarters and storage armories for longer-range rockets from Iran and China, Israeli military planners would not dare to attack them, fearing a grave diplomatic and public outcry. Knowing that the Israeli Air Force (in his view, demonstrating the Jew’s essential weakness) had begun warning Gazans of impending attacks, Ghayan refused to have his family take to the roof to cause Israel to call off the bombing. The human shield would suffice. In a matter of 24 hours, two mosques serving as Hamas military bases were destroyed, and Ghayan and his family killed. The world? The world has taken much more interest in New Years. The Palestinians? A central fact of the Mideast equation may, at long last, be dawning on them: To win, all that Israel has to do, is survive. (…) And many Palestinians, grieved and furious as they are over the civilian deaths in Israeli air raids, are coming to the same conclusion. (…)

♥ PART 3, TWO PALESTINEs ♥
(JANUARY 17, 2009) JIWON: This part might be merged into ♥ PART 5, ARABS ♥. After my mailing to Arab League on Jan 13, it’s great to find that they make a clear distinction between Hamas and Fatah supporters. Greater to find that both parties want to donate MONEY. As usual, whether they wear Kippah or not, I only follow money. IT ALWAYS WORKED!!! Please check Kippah-I & Kippah-II. So far, Fatah-sided Arabs give more money…

36. Just sick of reporting endless fighting between Hamas and Fatah. Feel NO need to post further happenings on this issue.

♥ PART 4, EGYPT ♥

23. Egypt FM: Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran cooperate to provoke conflict Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz

♥ PART 5-plus, HAMAS, IRAN, L-HEZBOLLAH and so on… ♥
(JANUARY 10, 2009) JIWON: This new section had to be added and you know why.)
(Iran + Venezuela + Syria + Indonesia + China + BinLaden…)
(Syria + Russia…)
(Venezuela + Bolivia… Finally, Iran wants to control the entire Latin America on Jan 27, 2009.)
(Turkey and Brazil: Busy anyway… Finally, Turkey returned to Western Countries on Jan 27, 2009.)

6-9. 00:55 Al-Qaida urges Muslims to attack Western capitals (AP) Jan 23, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
6-1. 22:51 Al-Qaida`s Zawahri calls on Muslim and Arabs to attack Israel over Gaza (Reuters) Jan 6, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

5-8. Turkey returned to Western Countries on Jan 27, 2009.
5-6. 06:13 Syria, Indonesia, Iran among countries to abstain from UN vote on Gaza (Haaretz) Jan 17, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
5-4. 20:17 Report: Iran signs oil deal with China (AP) Jan 14, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

4-10. Assad: We’ll talk to any Israeli leader Jan 28, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (Syrian president adds that Golan must be returned and Israel withdraw to ’67 borders, or no peace deal.)
4-8. Report: Assad ready to cooperate with U.S., won’t give up good relations with Iran Jan 17, 2009 / By Haaretz

3-9. Venezuela gov’t: We’re honored Israel expelled our diplomats Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz (Venezuelan FM Maduro also dismissed accusations that Venezuela itself supports militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.)
3-8. 21:41 U.S. defense sec.: Iran goading `subversive activity` in Latin America (Reuters) Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
3-7. Brazil’s President: I expect Chavez-Obama talks Jan 17, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
3-6. Bolivia cuts ties with Israel, seeks genocide charges against Israeli officials Jan 15, 2009 / By Haaretz

2-16. No need to post Iran’s expected comments to Hamas, Israel, and Obama’s America.
2-9. 13:47 Iranian official: Oil could be used as weapon against Israel, U.S. (Reuters) Jan 14, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

1-13. Report: Massive Hezbollah attack against Israeli target in Europe thwarted Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-10. Hizbullah Calls for Abolishing Arab peace Initiative Jan 18, 2009 / By Naharnet, Lebanon
1-8. 23:15 Israel demands UN launch probe into rocket fire from Lebanon into Israel (Haaretz) Jan 14, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

♥ PART 5, ARABS ♥

3-12. Full transcript of Obama’s interview with al-Arabiya TV Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz
3-11. No need to report Arabs’ comments on USA’s Obama.
3-9. Iraqi FM: Arabs unable to agree on Gaza statement Jan 20, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
3-8. 09:51 Report: Arab states agree World Bank should monitor aid transfer to Gaza (Haaretz) Jan 19, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
3-7. 13:24 UN Chief: Arab League needs to support Abbas in quest for Palestinian unity (Reuters) Jan 19, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
3-6. Arabs seek UN resolution to stop Gaza war Jan 4, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
3-5. Arabs continue diplomatic bid to slam Israel, halt IAF Jan 2, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
3-4. Turkey, Syria call on Islamic nations to pressure Israel to end Gaza offensive Dec 31, 2008 / By Haaretz
3-3. Arab leaders blame Israel’s Gaza offensive on Palestinian dischord Dec 31, 2008 / By Haaretz
3-2. Cairo offers mediation despite tension Dec 31, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post
3-1. Arab League and UN meetings, mixed international reactions Dec 28, 2008 / By Palestine News Network (Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya and Yemen are to hold an Arab summit after condemning the “Israeli aggression” in Gaza.)

2-6. Competing summits reinforce divisions in the Arab world Jan 18, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said Friday at the emergency Doha meeting on the Gaza conflict that there was no contradiction between the Qatari meeting and any other summit on Gaza. “I attended the Riyadh summit yesterday [Thursday] and we all, God willing, will attend another summit in Kuwait on Monday,” the Emir said from Doha)
2-5. Hamas at Qatar-Summit: Hamas will continue armed resistance until the offensive ends Jan 17, 2009 / By Haaretz
2-4. Arab summit in Qatar to support Hamas (Qatar, Mauritania cut ties with Israel Jan 16, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
2-3. Qatar calls Israel`s Gaza offensive a `war crime,` urges Arab summit Jan 5, 2009 / By Reuters
2-2. JIWON: Qatar received my Barenboim-message on Jan 3, 2009. Then Arab League on Jan 13, 2009
2-1. Israel to allow Qatar to bring in aid to Gaza Dec 29, 2008 / By Haaretz

1-16. 22:22 Obama: Now is the time for Arab states to act on Saudi peace plan (Haaretz) Jan 22, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-15. Saudi king warns Israel: Arab peace offer won’t last forever Jan 19, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-14. 19:16 Jordanian King Abdullah: 2002 Arab peace plan must stay alive (Reuters) Jan 18, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-11. JIWON: Members of Arab League received my Barenboim-message on Jan 13, 2009. And NO need to report Arab countries’ struggling such as Jordan, Iraq, Saudi and so on…
1-10. UN urges Gulf nations to donate money for Palestinians in Gaza Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post

♥ PART 6, WESTERN COUNTRIES – Vatican, UN and EU ♥

6. No need to collect Anti-Semitic strikes elsewhere… poor Israel.
5. From time to time, Outsiders’ pro-Hamas comments appear, starting from South Africa on Jan 4. No need to report UK’s pro-Hamas or USA’s pro-Israel call, BTW. (NOTICE: South Africa has been Dorit Beinisch’s best supporter.)

4-5. Pope renews full solidarity to Jews Jan 28, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post

3-8. Top UN official blasts Hamas for ‘cynical’ use of civilian facilities Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz
3-7. 01:17 Ban, Obama pledge to work together to tackle Mideast conflict, global conflicts (AP) Jan 24, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
3-6. Olmert to Ban: Probe into Gaza war devestation must take rocket damage into account, too Jan 21, 2009 / By Haaretz
3-5. Olmert to Ban: Rebuild Gaza not Hamas Jan 19, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
3-4. UN Security Council passes resolution on Gaza cease-fire (US abstained) Jan 9, 2009 / By Haaretz

2-12. Solana softens policy towards Hamas Jan 29, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (Solana said those two parameters were a two-state solution and the Arab League peace initiative.)
2-11. Europe suggests joint PA and Israel transport office Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz
2-10. Meshal urges West: Stop trying to eliminate Hamas, deal with us Jan 21, 2009 / By Haaretz
2-9. EU official: Gaza won’t be reconstructed under Hamas’s rule Jan 19, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
2-8. Report: EU to lift sanctions on Hamas if Palestinian unity gov’t formed Jan 19, 2009 / By Haaretz
2-7. EU leaders vow to help Israel prevent Hamas from rearming Jan 19, 2009 / By Haaretz (Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Czech (…) “We did not want to hurt them or their children. They are the victims of Hamas,” Olmert said. None of the European leaders condemned Israel for these casualties.)

1-11. JIWON: Finally, I had time to contact Czech Republic on Jan 9, 2009, so no need to make a separate collection on France and Czech. Turkey-section is added, instead.

3-8. Top UN official blasts Hamas for ‘cynical’ use of civilian facilities Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz
United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Chief John Holmes blasted Hamas Tuesday for its “cynical” use of civilian facilities during recent hostilities in the Gaza Strip. “The reckless and cynical use of civilian installations by Hamas and indiscriminate firing of rockets against civilian populations are clear violations of international humanitarian law,” Holmes told the UN Security Council.

2-4. EU leaders bring no concrete truce ideas Jan 6, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
(…) “We didn’t have a specific plan for the cease-fire because the cease-fire must be concluded by the parties. We can help it, mediate, assist a solution, but it is not up to us to propose the conditions of the cease-fire,” Schwarzenberg said. Senior diplomatic officials said that, to a certain extent, the visits by both Sarkozy and the EU delegation were meant more for domestic European consumption than anything else, to give the European public a feeling that their leaders were involved and looking for a solution.

♥ PART 6-plus, WESTERN COUNTRIES – TURKEY, NEIGHBORS and RUSSIA ♥
(Neighbors: Italy, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark…)

JIWON: What is Russia’s Role in the Quartet? Simply curious… More curious when Israeli Russians are busy at their extremely right political opinions/behaviors and this has NEVER been a story behind the scene.
1-2. Channel 10: Russia docks aircraft carrier off Syrian coast Jan 14, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-1. Medvedev to PM: Russia concerned about humanitarian situation in Gaza Jan 4, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post

♥ PART 6-plus, WESTERN COUNTRIES – AMERICA ♥
(JANUARY 16, 2009) JIWON: Finally, this section is born to honor Settlement issue. Whatever I do and wherever I go, I can’t keep my work without ignoring this Settlement issue. Literally speechless…

2-11. Clinton: Israel has right to respond to Gaza rocket attacks Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz
2-7. U.S. may cut $1 billion in loan guarantees to Israel over West Bank settlements Jan 15, 2009 / By Haaretz (Loan guarantees arrangement specifies U.S. will reduce guarantees by amount Israel invests in settlements.)
2-6. 23:42 Poll: 56% of Americans blame Palestinians for Gaza war, 13% blame Israel (Haaretz) Jan 12, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

1-19. Top U.S official: There’s no way to stop Iran’s nuclear program Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-18. Full transcript of Obama’s interview with al-Arabiya TV Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-17. 05:29 Obama: My job is to communicate to Muslims that U.S. is not their enemy (Reuters) Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-16. 05:10 Obama praises Saudi King Abdullah for putting forward Arab peace plan (Reuters) Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-15. 01:17 Ban, Obama pledge to work together to tackle Mideast conflict, global conflicts (AP) Jan 24, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
1-9. (Toward/After Jan 20, 2009) Folks’ ‘expected’ remark on Obama administration… *.*
1-8. 05:02 Turkey: Lasting Mideast peace can only be achieved with U.S. help (Israel Radio) Jan 19, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

♥ PART 10-plus, ISRAEL – 4. BANANA REPUBLIC –BIBERMANN GOVERNMENT ♥
(JANUARY 29, 2009) JIWON: Dear EU,
Please check John Holms in Category-UN of my Knesset-blog. This British guy has been one opinion even before I organized all the happenings. What do you think about this? (To be honest, I was surprised to know that he was British…)
If I were UN’s John Holms or USA’s George Mitchell, I would simply ignore Kadima’s Livni, who will anyway lose in this coming election. You guys have been doing a terrific job to destroy Livni’s fate. Why not more? Finally… in these days, it’s better directly to face Bibi’s recent big mouth and watch out Dorit Beinisch’s future behaviors to handle Lieberman-case.
1. Avigdor Lieberman finished his deal with Dorit Beinisch by supporting Elena Bashkirova. It was months ago. (I reported it in my previous Knesset-mails.) However, Beinisch’s first choice is Bibi’s Likud, so no one knows what will happen to Lieberman-case in Banana-Republic during Bibi’s era.
2. Hadn’t this Russian immigrant Liebermann supported Elena Bashkirova, I would have openly supported part of his opinions. This guy is honest and direct, so supporting this guy rather means curing chronic disease in many ways. And I promise that Dorit Beinisch will make things dirtier by endlessly supporting Phoenix-Bibi behind the scene until all the vacant positions in higher/lower court are filled with her followers.
3. BTW, this Russian party is going to be above Labor, followed by Shas. And Kadima’s No.2 Mofaz is more extreme than moderate Likud.
4. I never understand why Phoenix-Bibi firmly believes that I would support Israeli 13th prime minister Netanyahu when he starts his moderate policy toward Palestinian state. Don’t you think he should be responsible for what he’d done as an opposition leader? This is what I am going to do with Arab guys. There should be countless Israeli prime ministers, who should survive no longer than months until Palestinians receive what they deserve. This is the only way. It was not a difficult job to create my Knesset-blog, but during this job, I almost saw bloody stool in morning toilet. I can never accept this in my future again.
Please check my analysis with UN’s John Holms.

3-2. Netanyahu: A divided J’lem would mean Iranian base mere meters away Jan 28, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
3-1. Settlements grow by 69 percent in 2008 Jan 28, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (Data published by Peace Now as the new US Mideast envoy George Mitchell arrives in Israel.)

2-8. Yisrael Beiteinu’s Lieberman: ‘Obama envoy’s efforts has absolutely no chance of success.’ Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz
2-7. Gideon Levy: A vote for Livni, Barak or Netanyahu is a vote for an extremist Jan 25, 2009 / By Haaretz (They don’t be alarmed by Lieberman – he, too, only talks. But at least he does so honestly, while Barak fires off salvos and deceives.)
2-6. Yoel Marcus: Watch out. A Biberman government is at the gate Jan 28, 2009 / By Haaretz (Bibi+Liebermann=Biberman… The Obama-Hillary Clinton team has put a confidence-building process into motion, and now the rest is up to us, says Livni.)
2-5. State Prosecutor: Lieberman probe not politically motivated Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz
As election looms, police question 7 suspected of conspiring to funnel funds to Lieberman.
2-4. 06:27 Police: 2,500 documents strengthen case against MK Lieberman (Haaretz) Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
2-3. 14:53 Meretz: We will not sit in same government as Yisrael Beiteinu`s Lieberman (Haaretz) Jan 21, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News (JIWON: We’ll see… both Meretz and YB’s Lieberman exist for Beinisch, who also has power over Barak’s Labor and Bibi’s Likud.)
2-2. A Potemkin victory Jan 21, 2009 / By Haaretz
Most Russian-speakers want continuation of Gaza op. (…) The post-Cast Lead reality among the ranks of the Russian-Israeli community benefits mainly two politicians: Likud Chair Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman.
2-1. Lieberman to Tibi: We must treat some Arab MKs like we treated Hamas Jan 20, 2009 / By Haaretz

(JANUARY 27, 2009) JIWON: Please check recent happenings. Arab parties urge constituents to vote. How much has Ahron Barak’s favorite legal idea helped to unite Israeli Arabs? Lieberman and his comical comments were doing this job and it is easy to imagine the real reason behind Dorit Beinisch and her Supreme Court. Jewish Media says… ‘In the spirit of the High Court’s past rulings, even if the Central Elections Committee disqualifies the election lists of Balad and United Arab List-Ta’al, the Court will approve their participation.’ And they did. What if Supreme court didn’t meddle in this affair so that Arab parties could establish an alternative Arab parliament while part of Israeli Arabs join Jewish party? The most effective shortcut toward Palestinian State and Divided-Jerusalem, in my view. Somehow, I can’t understand the reason of Arab parties’ hailing. Nor can I understand why there have to be so many Arab parties in this small place, where it is hard for even one united Israeli Arab party to beat minor Jewish party. And then… some Israeli Arabs don’t mind traveling to enemy’s countries during the war and they only complain about injustice. Hard to understand…

1-10. Arab parties urge constituents to vote Jan 27, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (Lieberman has been strengthened on a ticket of hatred towards Israeli Arabs, declares Ahmed Tibi.)
1-9. Court: Rightist march in Arab town can be held after election Jan 21, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-8. Hadash head Henin hails court decision to overturn Balad and UAL ban Jan 21, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-7. Supreme Court revokes ban on Arab parties from national elections Jan 21, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-6. Lieberman to Tibi: We must treat some Arab MKs like we treated Hamas Jan 20, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-5. Balad, UAL appeal ban in High Court Jan 19, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (Arab parties claim central elections c’tee violated rules of natural justice, ignored attorney-general.)
1-4. Arab parties: We’ll establish an alternative Arab parliament Jan 14, 2009 / By Haaretz
1-3. Meretz could attract some Arab voters if Balad goes Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-2. Balad, UAL to appeal ban in High Court Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
1-1. Israel bans Arab parties from running in upcoming elections Jan 12, 2009 / By Haaretz

♥ PART 10, ISRAEL – 4. BANANA REPUBLIC ♥
(SOMETIME during OCL) JIWON: I just realized that a core journalist in this collection, A Purge at Haaretz (Is Haaretz going to become another Bibi-ton? How long will it take?), got fired from Jerusalem Post right after my report on Oct 13, 2008, so I decided to print every each author’s name in the right place. Does Yoel Marcus hate Olmert or not? Doesn’t he want to be fired or not? Still unclear… Olmert, look for new digs (Jan 16, 2009)… In the end, he decides to be open-minded. (Jan 20, 2009) Still, he is the only Haaretz-man, who dared to criticize Dorit Beinisch and survived…

(JANUARY 16, 2009) JIWON: See… this Western guy, General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto, is helping BIBI. I recommend the readers to interpret Olmert-Rice scandal after reading series of happenings, including Israel’s Bibi and UN’s D’Escoto. I am the one who really want to blame Olmert on all the issues since the ground operation. Actually, I started today’s work with a strong intention to openly insult Olmert, but then… whenever I imagine myself in his shoes, when Beinisch’s Barak from INSIDE and Beinisch’s Bibi and Beinisch’s Meretz MKs from OUTSIDE are waiting to insult PM and FM Livni’s whatsoever decisions, there is absolutely no choice left. Barak’s idea of one-week humanitarian cease fire? (웬생쇼…?) It’s easy to imagine the real story behind it, all from Hamas, Bibi, Zigzagbarak, and Beinisch’s big smile hiding all behind them. I think this is why even this left-wing journalist, aka yoelmarcus came out to support Olmert’s aggressive but direct statement, which Beinsich’s Haaretz called ‘Defective judgment’. Then, I am just counting Palestinian causalities… Just sick of all those Jewish Pigs.

(JANUARY 14, 2009) JIWON: Olmert says bla-bla-bla, Barak says, Livni says… However… WHO is a real leader in this story? BIBI is the one. The rest of them are NOTHING but mere followers of BIBI’s Jewish POLL. Curiously, since my report of Banana-Republic, Beinsich’s Jewish media has quit publishing POLL.

(JANUARY 12, 2009) JIWON: Dear EU, See… Finally or As Usual, my report starts to suffer from the Settlement Issue AGAIN. Don’t you think it is now a time for me to contact ALL the members of Arab League? Weird that Labor’s Barak disappeared from this article. Instead, Haaretz is doing its usual job. Is it merely one journalist’ private opinion? Please check Labor MKs. This is real Barak. BTW, Son of Shelly Yechimovich (Labor) is no more in IDF, so she is now supporting more and more of Ground Operation. Probably, this comical female will vote against after reading this report. Why not?)

(JANUARY 10, 2009) JIWON: Dear EU, See… Just get out. Olmert’s JM Daniel Barenboim, who is destined to detest Dorit Beinsich, is right even in this story. (Ooops! Misspelling… not Barenboim but Friedmann…) Could you please check ♥ NEW PART, Strategy & Tactics ♥ before OCL? If I were an Israeli citizen, I would never agree on Tactics 1. I was mentioning this as a third party, and I still believe that this one should go with Tactics 2. Beinisch’s DM Barak was the most coward, the most disgusting Defense Minister during Olmert’s term, perhaps in entire Israeli history, even violating coalition agreement to support his boss, Dorit Beinisch, then working for his another boss, opposition leader Beinisch’s Bibi. Then, this guy has just destroyed everything that should prepare long term Settlement issue for his election campaign. It was right before OCL. Now… Please look what this Jew is doing now.)

(JANUARY 9, 2009) JIWON: It was right after the second stage of OCL, the ground operation, that I started suspecting… who and why? My suspicion started, as usual, while checking both Haaretz and Jerusalem Post. Something was weird, but I couldn’t explain the reason of my suspicion. I just felt that Dorit Beinisch and her Jewish media is preparing aftermath of the OCL so that the readers can find someone to blame after reading my report because Israel will anyway never make Hamas announce its defeat. I just found one journalist, who pointed out that IDF’s fighting method is very much alike 1982’s First Lebanon War. Hence, I started to feedback the old articles and decided to move ♥ BANANA REPUBLIC ♥ into the top of Israeli section.

♥ PART 10, ISRAEL – 4. BANANA REPUBLIC ♥

68. ONE more information should be added, but it will appear when Phoenix-Bibi resumes his original job as opposition leader.
67. Netanyahu: A divided J’lem would mean Iranian base mere meters away Jan 28, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
66. Settlements grow by 69 percent in 2008 Jan 28, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (Data published by Peace Now as the new US Mideast envoy George Mitchell arrives in Israel.)

65. TIME TO REMEMBER Phoenix-Bibi . WHAT WAS BIBI’s PROMISE TO SHAS, WHO REFUSED LIVNI’s MONEY?
64. Shas to endorse Likud’s Netanyahu as next prime minister Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz
63. 08:10 Tzipi Livni`s brother announces he will support Netanyahu for PM (Channel 2) Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
62. 13:11 Labor: Netanyahu`s economic policies are bad for the poor and pensioners (Haaretz) Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News (JIWON: After the election, Labor will never ask Finance Ministry…)
61. 12:48 Netanyahu: If I win elections, finance ministry will remain in Likud hands (Haaretz) Jan 27, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
60. 05:57 Barak: Now is the time for drastic budgetary expansion (Haaretz) Jan 23, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
59. Netanyahu: I will use $4b in loan guarantees to ease credit shortage Jan 23, 2009 / By Haaretz
58. 23:29 23,000 jobs lost in Israel since September (TheMarker) Jan 21, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

57. Anonymous Israeli human rights activists: Arrest Olmert, Livni, and Barak for war crimes Jan 21, 2009 / By Haaretz (No known human rights organization is behind the site, whose founders refuse to give their names. The site, www.wanted.org.il.)
56. Kadima Council chairman: I’m voting Likud Jan 21, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
55. Barak declares victory as IDF completes Gaza withdrawal Jan 21, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
54. India, Israel closing weapons deals worth $600 million Jan 21, 2009 / By Haaretz (Indian gov’t decided to speed up purchase of coastal defense systems following Mumbai terror attacks.) (JIWON: JUST IN CASE…)

53. Winograd: Some lessons were learned in Gaza operation Jan 28, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
It appears that lessons from the Second Lebanon war regarding the media were learned in Operation Cast Lead, Winograd Committee chairman Judge (ret.) Eliyahu Winograd said. “Senior officers didn’t leak information, the ban on bringing phones into the Gaza Strip was fully implemented, and the former Chief of Staff’s [problematic] policy of ‘feeding’ the media… was abandoned,” said Winograd at a conference marking one year to the Winograd Report. Also speaking at the conference was committee member Ruth Gabizon, who warned against Israeli arrogance toward its enemies. “One must realize that we face an obstinate foe that will not easily succumb nor flee every time we gesture,” she said.

52. How did Kadima lose four seats in one week? Jan 22, 2009 / By Haaretz
51. Olmert’s office acted alone in barring foreign reporters from Gaza Jan 20, 2009 / By Haaretz
50. Report: Olmert privately proposed division of Jerusalem to Arab leaders Jan 20, 2009 / By Haaretz
49. 20:44 Poll: 41% of Israelis think Gaza op succeeded, equal number feel it failed (Ch. 10) Jan 18, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

48. Likud leading election polls with 29 seats, in wake of Gaza operation Jan 18, 2009 / By Haaretz
47. Likud, Israel Beiteinu, National Union MKs reject any unilateral truce Jan 18, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (JIWON: Weird that neither Haaretz nor JP reports the result of voting. They knew that I don’t have access to Internet during the weekend.)
46. Beinisch’s Meretz MK Gal-On: Staying in Gaza is a prize for Hamas Jan 18, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
45. 13:17 Beinisch’s Likud MK Sa`ar: Truce proposals put us on path to second round of fighting (Haaretz) Jan 17, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

44. Cabinet to decide on unilateral ceasefire Saturday evening Jan 17, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
A unilateral decision is likely after Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal rejected Israel’s conditions for a truce and called on all Arab countries to cut ties with the Jewish state during a summit of Arab leaders in Doha, Qatar. Iran and Syria gave Mashaal their full backing, but significantly, both Egypt and Saudi Arabia boycotted the summit. FM Livni was meanwhile in Washington, signing a “memorandum of understandings” (…) Olmert also does not want any agreement to include Hamas as a direct party because this would de facto legitimize the group. His preference was to conclude a ceasefire “over Hamas’s head” regardless of the terror group’s position, working with Egypt and the US. (…)

43. U.S., Israel sign pact to battle Iran arms smuggling into Gaza Jan 17, 2009 / By Haaretz
42. Text of U.S.-Israel anti Gaza arms-smuggling agreement Jan 17, 2009 / By Haaretz
41. ‘IDF kills Palestinian W. Bank rioter’ Jan 16, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post

40. ‘International force if truce bid fails’ Jan 16, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto blamed Israel, and specifically FM Livni, for using diplomacy to run out the clock for its military action. (…) D’Escoto, who in November compared Israel to apartheid South Africa, drew a rebuke from the Israeli mission last month for apparently trying to block Ambassador Gabriela Shalev from addressing a General Assembly meeting.
(JIWON: See… this Western guy is helping BIBI. I recommend the readers to interpret Olmert-Rice scandal after reading series of happenings, including Israel’s Bibi and UN’s D’Escoto. I am the one who really want to blame Olmert on all the issues since the ground operation. Actually, I started today’s work with a strong intention to openly insult Olmert, but then… whenever I imagine myself in his shoes, when Beinisch’s Barak from INSIDE and Beinisch’s Bibi and Beinisch’s Meretz MKs from OUTSIDE are waiting to insult PM and FM Livni’s whatsoever decisions, there is absolutely no choice left. Barak’s idea of one-week humanitarian cease fire? 웬생쇼…? It’s easy to imagine the real story behind it, all from Hamas, Bibi, Zigzagbarak, and Beinisch’s big smile hiding all behind them. I think this is why even this left-wing journalist, aka yoelmarcus came out to support Olmert’s aggressive but direct statement, which Beinsich’s Haaretz called ‘Defective judgment’. Then, I am just counting Palestinian causalities… Just sick of all those Jewish Pigs.)

39. Olmert is useless in any case (Defective judgment) Jan 16, 2009 / By Haaretz Editorial

38. UNRWA aid flow to go on despite IDF fire Jan 16, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
Ging and other officials in UNRWA have strongly denied charges that Hamas gunmen fired from their compound. (…) Ging said there had been no Hamas gunmen in the compound. He added that UNRWA had received an apology for the attack from both Barak and Olmert. Ban and Barak met (…) Barak issued a statement that stopped well short of an apology. According to the statement (…) that Hamas was using civilians as human shields and firing at IDF soldiers from positions near UN installations. “The IDF soldiers are responding, and will respond, as an act of self defense against any attempts to harm them,” Barak said.

37. 18:24 Defense official Gilad briefing Barak on Egypt truce talks (Haaretz) Jan 15, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

36. High Court: Mistakes Happen Jan 15, 2009 / By Arutz Sheva, Israel
High Court Justices Asher Grunis, Elyakim Rubenstein and Dorit Beinisch held a hearing Thursday on a complaint filed by various activist groups against the Cast Lead operation. The justices rejected many of the plaintiffs’ claims, saying civilian casualties in Gaza are not proof that the IDF targets civilians. (…) (Talkbacker 1. High Court & Cast Lead – The petitioners are not personally aggrieved and thus have no standing. It is insane our taxes go to having to prepare any response – the “distinguished” judges should have tossed this out right from the outset and it is a shanda they did not have the guts to do so. / Alon, Bet Shemesh (15/01/09))

35. Israeli groups: Probe IDF ‘war crimes’ Jan 15, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
JIWON: As usual, no one asks to probe Bibi and Beinisch on this issue.

34. Settler shooting suspect to be bailed Jan 15, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post

33. Beinisch’s Likud: Cease-Fire in Gaza was wrong (As cease-fire approaches, parties end their own truce) Jan 15, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
Sa’ar told Israel Radio that all citizens of Israel were now aware that Livni was wrong when she endorsed the Gaza Strip disengagement, abandoned the Philadelphi Corridor and supported the six-month cease-fire agreement with Hamas.

32. Poll: Overwhelming Israeli support of Gaza op (Less than 10% of Israeli public view Gaza op as `failure`) Jan 15, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
Poll: Backing comes despite civilian deaths in Gaza; 80% against truce lacking Gilad Schalit’s release.

31. Olmert, Barak at odds over ending op (Politics start spilling out of war room) Jan 15, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
(…) sources close to Olmert were quoted as saying that Hamas saw and heard what was going on in Israel and “draws encouragement” from this, concluding that Israel was searching for a way out of the military operation. (…)

30. 09:38 Netanyahu: We have no choice but to topple Hamas leadership in Gaza (Haaretz) Jan 14, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News

29. Netanyahu’s Gaza forecast won’t feature in election Jan 14, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
(…) “Everything we say can bounce back against us. But Tzipi has a lot more to be afraid of from her performance as foreign minister, especially in the last week” (…) When asked whether he felt strange defending the government as opposition leader, Netanyahu replied: “There are many elections. But we have only one state. This is the most just war in Israel’s history. “Israel needs to achieve a decisive victory,” Netanyahu added. “The goal has to be to topple the Hamas regime, and I would support the government if it did that. Hamas, a terrorist organization, must ultimately be removed from Gaza.”

28. JIWON: Olmert says bla-bla-bla, Barak says… Livni says… However… WHO is a real leader in this story? BIBI is the one. The rest of them are NOTHING but mere followers of BIBI’s Jewish POLL. Curiously, since my report of Banana-Republic, Beinsich’s Jewish media has quit publishing POLL.

27. Settler shoots, kills (West Bank) Palestinian who allegedly hurled rocks at him Jan 13, 2009 / By Haaretz
26. Discrepancies over number of Palestinian civilian deaths Jan 13, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
25. U.S.: Olmert never asked us to abstain from UN vote on Gaza truce Jan 13, 2009 / By Haaretz

24. Analysis: IDF still not there Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
Also, the IDF does not believe that Hamas is on the verge of collapse. Yes, the group has been seriously weakened, but the assumption in the IDF is that the group can continue to survive at its current level for several months. There have been terror and guerrilla groups that have survived against conventional militaries for even longer. For this reason, the IDF does not believe that it has achieved its goal and is therefore pushing deeper into Gaza.

23. PM seeks push in Cairo talks before Gaza op enters third stage Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
(…) PM Olmert sent a message to a number of world leaders that Israel wants to see a diplomatic move through Egypt (…)

22. Likud’s BIBI & Labor Officials accusing FM Livni over UNSC resolution Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
(JIWON: Weird that Labor’s Barak disappeared from this article. Instead, Haaretz is doing its usual job. Is it merely one journalist’ private opinion?)

21. Barak and Livni disagree with Olmert, want quick end to Gaza fighting Jan 12, 2009 / By Haaretz
(JIWON: Please check Labor MKs. This is real Barak. BTW, Son of Shelly Yechimovich (Labor) is no more in IDF, so she is now supporting more and more of Ground Operation. Probably, this comical female will vote against after reading this report. Why not?)

21. Ze’ev Segal: Elections in the shadow of war (But the overburdened court system is desperate for new judges…) Jan 12, 2009 / By Haaretz
Last week, the High Court of Justice ruled that a caretaker government may not appoint new judges, even if these are not political appointments. The court did not rule out appointing sitting judges to new posts – for instance, enabling the justice minister, with the Supreme Court president’s consent, to appoint new lower-court presidents. But the overburdened court system is desperate for new judges.

20. Gush Katif evacuees implore gov’t to let them resettle Gaza Jan 11, 2009 / By Haaretz

19. Dror Ektes: Don’t forget the West Bank: The exact moment of Settlement expansions and Settlers’ aggressiveness Jan. 9, 2009 / By Haaretz
The world’s attention is focused on Gaza right now (…) It is precisely at such times – when reporters, foreign leaders and the Israeli security apparatus are distracted – that the most destructive events tend to happen in the West Bank, the other Palestinian entity, where Israeli rule and Palestinian life are more consistently intermeshed. This is exactly the sort of moment when major expansions in settlement infrastructure are likely to occur, and settler aggressiveness becomes more overt. Such settlement growth occurred in 2001-2003, during the height of the second intifada, and in 2006, during the Second Lebanon War, as well, when attention was focused elsewhere, much as is true of Gaza today. During the second intifada and primarily during the interval between the rise of Ariel Sharon’s government, in March 2001, and the Aqaba summit in June 2003, the number of illegal settlement outposts doubled, reaching 102. Over the course of the bloody summer of 2002, I personally witnessed settlers, backed by the IDF, fencing off thousands of dunams of private Palestinian land. (…) The 2006 war in Lebanon was also a significant growth period for West Bank settlements. (…) With this in mind, it is especially critical that we not forget the 2.5 million Palestinians and almost 300,000 settlers in the West Bank. It is precisely at times like these that we must maintain (…)
(NOTICE: This article joined)
🙂 Settlers are above LAW (From Jul 25, 2008 to Present)

18. Just get out Jan 10, 2009 / By Haaretz Editorial
(…) The good news is that four ministers – Haim Ramon, Daniel Friedmann, Rafi Eitan and Meir Sheetrit – did not support expanding the operation. The bad news is that Prime Minster Ehud Olmert, his deputy Tzipi Livni, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak failed to bridge the differences in their viewpoints. (…)

17. JIWON: My daily report to EU on Jan 9-12, 2009

16. Time to check Phoenix-Bibi to remember two happenings from Everyone is a target: Sternhell attack shows that far right may target anyone who holds different views (RED FLAG for the RIGHT) to Bibi: PM Netanyahu will resume West Bank Settlement Activity (Sep 29, 2008). Bibi did this 4 days after Settler’s bombing the Jew and 2 days after Settlers’ another attack on Palestinian village.

15. Banana Republic (Israel) : For this we don’t nee a UN decision or international force… (‘Political motives may be dictating op’) Jan 9, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
(…) “For this we don’t need a UN decision or an international force,” he said. “We saw how the UN decision that ended the Second Lebanon War and the UNIFIL force in Lebanon have allowed Hizbullah to rearm and didn’t stop Katyushas from being fired today.” (…)

15. Banana Republic (Bibi’s Israel) : ‘Political motives may be dictating op’ Jan 9, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
Former IDF chief of General Staff Ya’alon, (BiBi’s DM candidate), concerned decisions over Gaza made by Olmert, Livni, Barak made for political reasons. (…) (…) While Netanyahu and Ya’alon support toppling Hamas, they believe it must be done in a staged process that brings the Palestinian people to realize that Hamas’s ideology is not good for them. This follows the Likud’s diplomatic approach of first building up the PA economically before trying to make progress on final-status issues.
(JIWON: 야… 정말이지 내가 할말이 없다. 돌대가리냐 아님 미친놈이냐…)

14. ‘Israel mishandling Gush Katif evacuees’ Jan 8, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (Three-and-a-half years after Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, two-thirds of the 8,500 evacuees are still living in temporary housing sites, and the move-in date for their permanent housing is still far off (…))
13. BIBI says bla-bla-bla Jan 5, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
12. Barak’s political fortunes seen rising with each missile that pounds Gaza Jan 5, 2009 / By Haaretz (The Israel Defense Forces operation in Gaza has prompted a surge in the number of people volunteering at the Labor Party’s campaign headquarters.)

11. Attacks on Jewish Settlement… (No. of wounded in attacks from Gaza more than doubled in ’08 Jan 5, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
Shootings, stabbings, rocket and missile fire, and a bulldozer attack by Palestinian and Arab terrorists killed 36 Israelis and tourists in Israel in 2008, compared to 12 in 2007 and 29 in 2006. (…) The organization also reported a sharp rise in the number of injuries by Kassam rockets, Grads and mortar fire compared to the past two years. These attacks on Jewish settlements within firing range of Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, wounded 947 in 2008. A total of 464 were wounded in 2007 and 227 in 2006. A total of 1,683 Kassam rockets fell in Israel near Gaza and another 108 shot from Gaza fell back into Palestinian areas. In Israel, eight people were killed in 2008 by rocket attacks, 19 were killed in shootings, one person was stabbed to death, one was killed in a suicide bombing, one in a bulldozer attack, and an additional eight soldiers were killed in battle. Ephraim Goldman, spokesman for Hatzalah Judea and Samaria, said that the rise in the number of fatalities and injuries from rockets and missiles was the direct result of the escalation in terror that led to the present conflagration in Gaza. “In the past few weeks leading up to the operation in Gaza as the cease-fire ended, we witnessed a sharp rise in rocket and missile fire,” said Goldman. “This is what changed the entire report and explains the rise in fatalities and injuries in 2008 compared to previous years.”

10. Yishai: Operations is a key opportunity to ensure that Hamas’s rule over Gaza would end. (‘It’s too soon to discuss exit strategy’) Jan 4, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
(NOTICE: Shas’s Yishai doesn’t want his kids to serve in IDF. Instead, ‘Shas broke (election) law by distributing flyers with prayer for IDF soldiers’ (Jan 6).)
(…) The only ministers who abstained on the ground operation in Friday’s security cabinet meeting, Shas Chairman Eli Yishai and Vice Premier Haim Ramon, did so because they wanted the decision to specifically call for toppling the Hamas regime in the Strip. Yishai said the operations were a key opportunity to ensure that Hamas’s rule over Gaza would end. Asked who should control Gaza if Israel were to topple Hamas, Yishai said that it did not matter as long as the IDF did not have to remain there to prevent further rocket attacks on the South. Even Meretz continued to express cautious support for the ongoing operations even though they expressed opposition to a ground attack last week. (…)

9. ‘Post’ poll: War boosting Likud, Labor Jan 2, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
8. Benny Begin: I side with Dorit Beinisch. I promise you that the Likud-appointed minister of justice will not behave like Friedmann and the Likud will not behave like Kadima. Current Gaza crisis is direct result of the disengagement (Theater of the absurd) Jan 2, 2009 / By Haaretz (NOTICE: Benny Begin is another Phoenix-Bibi. Please check Phoenix-Bibi.)
7. Hold the election as scheduled Jan 1, 2009 / By Haaretz Editorial
6. Court decision eases Netanyahu’s fear of far-right Likud faction Dec 30, 2008 / By Haaretz
5. Barak knows how to start an operation, but does he know when to end it? Dec 30, 2008 / By Haaretz
4. Netanyahu joins Gaza op PR effort Dec 30, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post (NOTICE: This article should join Knesset-Jokes.)

3. ANALYSIS / With Gaza raid, Barak is back in the political ring Dec 28, 2008 / By Haaretz
Two months after Ehud Olmert was elected as Israel’s prime minister, the Second Lebanon War broke out. Two months before Olmert departs, the military campaign in the south breaks out. But Olmert isn’t the story here; he’s on his way to the Prime Minister’s Bureau pensioners’ ward. Ehud Barak is the story here. (…) In case of failure, Barak will not be able to hide behind the prime minister, who is nearing the end of his political road, nor will he be able to point an accusing finger at a pilot chief-of-staff or an untrained army. The failure will be all his. In case of success, no one will be able to take it away from him. If, by the end of the operation, the general sentiment will be that Israel has once again failed to meet its goals, if rockets continue to land and Gilad Shalit remain captive, the public will turn their anger at Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and power will drop like a ripe fruit into Benjamin Netanyahu’s lap. But if Hamas is beaten and Israel receives some peace under favorable terms, Labor and Barak may gain force, primarily at the expense of Kadima and Livni. (…)

2. Netanyahu urges gov’t to fire Minister Ghaleb Majadle Dec 28, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post
1. Supreme Court accepts Likud’s appeal to keep Feiglin in 36th slot Dec 28, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post

0. Time to read Beinisch-article at this moment. Please notice that neither Haaretz nor JP reported these:

-1. JIWON: Meanwhile, articles about Ruth Gavison keep appearing… (Need to organize.) I just hope American President Obama, who practiced as a civil rights lawyer and taught constitutional law at Chicago University, have free time to read those. I know I don’t have a genius brain to understand all those legal issues… but… Am I a nut if I consider this female Jew a genius jurist? With no doubt, Israel is never same as India, where there is no Israeli Arabs, no Palestinian neighbors and no Haredim.

-2. India, Israel set up bilateral legal colloquium Dec 30, 2008 / By Times of India, India
“Our legal systems being based on the same model and both the countries being vibrant democracies somehow also seem to be facing the problems. Backlog of cases, the issue of human rights and so many other issues of mutual interest can be outlined for discussions”, a spokesperson for the Israeli Supreme Court said. Israeli participants in the discussion felt that adopting the three-tier Indian Judiciary system can be a solution to huge backlog of cases that the Israeli judiciary system also faces.
(JIWON: Why India? Is Zubin Mehta involved in? Time will tell… Perhaps, I should send all these information to Supreme Court of India.)

-3. Beinish to introduce appellate court bid Ynetnews, Israel – Dec 25, 2008
Supreme Court president to present peers with plan for new judicial instance within days. Though meant to simplify appellate process, initiative set to encounter broad opposition within judicial system (…) Beinish has been pushing the appellate court initiative since she took office in September of 2006. However, her frequent strifes with Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann have delayed it. (…) Opposition aside, Beinish seems adamant to present her plan before the new justice minister – who ever it may be after February’s general election. Nevertheless, her plan is expected to encounter opposition within the Knesset as well, as the House is often wary of any Supreme Court initiatives, which may turn it – inadvertently or otherwise – into the constitutional court (Talkbacker 2. Beinish want to make law too????? / cordier (12.25.08).)

-4. Please check
🙂 In sum, I will travel ALL over the world and plead Palestinian Right to Targeted Killing of DORIT BEINISCH (Oct 2 – Dec 19, 2008).

♥ PART 7, ISRAEL – 1 ♥

16. Poll: 55% of Israelis want deal with PA Jan 23, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (The poll, taken during IDF OCL in Gaza, found that a solid 73% of the general public oppose any negotiations with Hamas, up 18% from July 2008, when only 55% opposed.)
15. 20:44 Poll: 41% of Israelis think Gaza op succeeded, equal number feel it failed (Ch. 10) Jan 18, 2009 / By Haaretz Flash News
13. Since story is getting a real headache, I will organize them in Kippah-I & Kippah-II.
10. European Jews launch series of pro-Israel rallies Jan 9, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post (Move follows anti-Semitic attacks in UK, Belgium, France, Sweden.)
6. Anshel Pfeffer: Right and Left, Diaspora Jews more critical of Israel than ever (Some Diaspora Jews support Israel, but mourn Palestinian deaths) Jan 2, 2009 / By Haaretz
4. Poll: Most Israelis support continuing Gaza military op Jan 2, 2009 / By Haaretz

♥ PART 8, ISRAEL – 2 ♥

17. This section now joins Banana-Republic.

♥ PART 9, ISRAEL – 3 ♥

21. When will this section join Banana-Republic?

♥ PART 11, ISRAEL – 5. DEFENSE MINISTER CANDIDATES ♥

10. DANIEL BARENBOIM is NOT the one who will miss this golden opportunity to boast his Notorious Naivety right in front of international media, but this time, this Jewish Palestinian took his position right between David Grossman and Amos Oz. HUM…
8. Arab-Israeli leaders: Immediately halt 16-day military operation! Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
6. The surrender lobby Jan 9, 2009 / By Haaretz
2. David Grossman / Is Israel too imprisoned in the familiar ceremony of war? Dec 31, 2008 / By Haaretz (JIWON: This Jew lost his son during 2006 Lebanon War. MORE in David Grossman / Israel’s success in Gaza only proves it is strong, not right (Jan 20, 2009) )

8. Arab-Israeli leaders: Immediately halt 16-day military operation! Jan 12, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post
The protest was organized by the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee. (…) “I understand the need for quiet but we don’t achieve quiet through war, but by renewing the agreement for a tahadiyeh (calm), and opening the crossings and stopping the siege on Gaza,” he said. (…) “If there was a Palestinian state, and the Palestinians were given all their rights…there would be no need to launch rockets,” he said.

6. The surrender lobby Jan 9, 2009 / By Haaretz
When Israel launched Operation Cast Lead, the organized American Jewish community was unanimous in its support. Except J Street. The self-styled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization immediately released a statement that was a parody of moral equivalence. (…) This was too much even for Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism and one of the most prominent American liberal Jewish leaders, who condemned J Street’s posturing as “morally deficient,” “appallingly naive” and “out of touch” with mainstream Jewish opinion. A self-described “dove,” Yoffie, writing in the Forward newspaper, acknowledged that he initially “welcomed the founding of J Street,” but that its reaction to Cast Lead went too far. “Doves take note,” he warned. “To be a dove of influence, you must be a realist, firm in your principles but shorn of all illusions.”

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