Ramon Considers Returning to Politics, By Dan Izenberg (Jerusalem Post)
Associates of former justice minister Haim Ramon said Thursday that he was to decide on whether to return to politics only after the Pessah holidays.
Earlier, the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court decided to uphold the Ramon’s conviction of committing an indecent act, but ruled that the felony would not carry with it moral turpitude, which would enable Ramon to return to public life, if he chose to do so.
Ramon will still have to carry out 120 hours of community service. [...]
DF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday that the buildup of terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip required a swift and urgent response, Army Radio reported.
At his first appearance before the committee, Ashkenazi said that one of the main immediate goals he had set for himself was to stem the smuggling of weapons and technology from the Gaza Strip into the West Bank.
Following the meeting, MKs expressed satisfaction with Ashkenazi’s presentation, and did not hesitiate to compare him to his predecessor, Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz. [...]
“The two suspects allegedly scouted several Jerusalem neighborhoods — including Neve Yaakov, Givat Shaul, Har Nof, and Beit Hakerem — in one of their vehicles and offered haredim rides.”
Police began evacuating settlers one by one from the former settlement of Homesh on Wednesday morning, after the hundreds of demonstrators spent two nights at the site in an attempt to reclaim it.
According to a report on Israel Radio, a bulldozer was on the way to the settlement to dismantle the makeshift shelters and tents that the settlers had set up.
Police were picking up protesters bodily and taking them away, with officers commanding the operations by megaphone, the report said. [...]
Related report: IAF Strikes Kassam Cell in Hot Pursuit
“Israel’s Air Force struck a Gaza terrorist cell engaged in launching Kassam rockets Wednesday, striking back for the first time in four months in response to a volley of missiles fired toward Ashkelon.”
Settlers stationed in Homesh were celebrating on Tuesday afternoon the ritual circumcision of the son of one of the families evacuated from the settlement in 2005.
Family members came to the settlement especially for the occasion, which was approved after negotiations between the IDF and settler representatives.
Hundreds of settlers who arrived at the ruins of the settlement on Monday morning also participated in the event.
The settlers have refused to leave the site, vowing to reclaim the home they lost in the disengagement from Gaza. [...]
20 Months Without a Home: Gush Katif Report, by Hillel Fendel (Israel National News)
Out of 1,667 families expelled from Gush Katif in August 2005 by the Ariel Sharon government, 1,405 are living together in 26 temporary sites. Not one permanent home has begun to be built.
In order to turn a temporary site into a permanent one, a contract must be signed between the government, the residents, and the permanent community already there or the owners. [...]
Embrace of Jihadist ‘Peace’ By Caroline Glick (Jerusalem Post)
Sunday, the Olmert-Livni-Peretz government has announced that it is open to negotiating on the basis of the Arab plan. As one government official told The Jerusalem Post, Israel will “not dismiss” the plan.
THIS IS Israel’s position in spite of the fact that the Arab plan calls for Israel to surrender east, north and south Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights to Hamas and Syria and for Israel to permit four to five million hostile, foreign-born Arabs posing as Palestinian “refugees” to immigrate to its truncated territory. As the “peace” plan makes clear, all these suicidal Israeli moves must come before the Arab states will be willing to have “regular” (whatever that means) relations with the indefensible, overrun Jewish state. [...]