Interior Minister Sheetrit Uses Office in Attempts to Stifle Religious Aliyah

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As is so often the case, Barak of IRIS hits the mark again with the post ‘Israel Should No Longer Grant Automatic Citizenship to Jews.’

In speaking before a Jewish Agency Board of Governors meeting in Jerusalem, Sheetrit was not merely addressing the issue the B’nei Menashe from India. He called for a five-year waiting period for citizenship.

He explained that “Israel should become like every other country. I want to see that [the immigrant] is not a criminal, that he’s learning Hebrew; that he’s here for five years before getting citizenship.” [...]  Click here to read more.

Short-Range Missile Interception: The High Cost Band-aid of Avoidance of Elimination

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Commentary;

The Olmert, Barak, Ramon regime will stop at nothing; sanctions, short-range missile interception systems, etc. in order to avoid doing what needs to be done — to eliminate the weapons smuggling, manufacture and the army which launches the missiles in the first place.

Former defense minister Moshe Arens writes (excerpt of full article below);

One does not have to be a rocket scientist or nuclear physicist to understand that the shorter the range of the ballistic missile to be intercepted, the more difficult interception becomes. When our defense minister announces that within two and a half years we will have an operational interception system against Kassam rockets – rockets which have a range of only a few kilometers – one should wonder whether this is a reasonable time scale and whether the Defense Ministry’s estimates on how much this will cost are correct. [...]  Click here to read more.

Wednesday War News: Gaza Terrorists Killed, Other Terrorists Bombard Negev; Hezbollah Tools Up on Land-to-Sea Missiles; Jihad Operative Arrested, Ma’arat HaMachpela Terrorist Attack Foiled

Feiglin, Manhigut Yehudit Confront Olmert’s and Ramon’s Plans and Schemes to Divide Jerusalem Sovereignty With Abbas

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Commentary;

Recently Bitterlemons.org conducted an interview with Palestinian Waqf supervisor Adnan Husseini. Here is the text of the point he made;

Husseini: We want a city with two sovereignties, open to each other and with full recognition between the two sides. There will certainly be technical issues that will need practical resolution, but nothing to do with the fundamental issues of land sovereignty.

The holy places are a closed file. This is not negotiable. The Aqsa Mosque is not something that can be compromised on, nor is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This is a closed file. The Old City is the heart of East Jerusalem, and everything else is the natural extension of this city. [...]  Click here to read more.

Very Predictable: Mazuz Bleeds for Arabs, Ignores Sderot’s Children

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Commentary;

As predicted on this blog a few days ago, electrical power cut sanctions against Gaza are to be suspended. The suspension is upon order of Attorney General Mazuz.

For context regarding Israel’s planned sactions against Gaza,
click here. MB

Atty. Gen. Mazuz Orders Power Cuts in Gaza Suspended, by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz (Israel National News)

Excerpts;

While not rejecting outright the option of power cuts to the Hamas-controlled Gaza region in response to continued enemy rocket attacks from the PA, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz said Monday night that the measure should be suspended. The government requires Mazuz’s approval in order to carry out the sanctions. [...]  Click here to read more.

Tuesday War News: Kassams Hit Sderot, Negev; Pipe Bombs in East Jerusalem; IDF, Police Arrest Terrorists, Illegals

To the Regime: Stop Apologizing for Israel’s Legitimate Right to Self-Defense

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The cloaking of sanctions against Gaza, i.e. reduction in provision of Israeli power and other supplies, by Israel’s current regime as a continuation of “disengagement” is nothing less than apologetics for Israel’s legitimate, inalienable rights as a sovereign nation to defend itself and to secure it’s people and it’s sacred national land. Any sovereign nation, on its own land, has this inherent national entitlement.

Here are pertinent quotes from the Jerusalem Post opinion piece No Security, No Power which make this fundamental point; [...]  Click here to read more.

The Rabin Assassination: 12 Years Later and in Perspective

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Professor Steven Plaut writes about Maariv columnist Nadav Haetzni and his [Haetzni’s] recent piece wrote which seems to bring the Rabin assassination back from overblown leftist fervor and into some perspective;

Excerpts;

Nadav Haetzni is hands down the best columnist and commentator in the Israeli mainstream press. He writes in Maariv, the only Hebrew newspaper having a real semblance of political pluralism.

Unfortunately, Haetzni writes almost always only in Hebrew. He is a prominent lawyer and is the son of longtime activist Elyakim Haetzni. This past weekend Nadav has a superb article in Maariv. It is a bit long to be fully translated here, but let me give you the gist and sum it up for you. (Some of what follows is my own opinion – for Haetzni’s own text see Maariv October 26, although unfortunately it is not on their web site.) [...]  Click here to read more.

Yitzchak Rabin’s Final Knesset Speech — Obscured on the Israel Foreign Ministry’s Memorial Website

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Yitzchak Rabin’s final Knesset speech before the assassination was discussed in a recent Israel National News commentary piece penned by Hillel Fendel.

In the run-up to the 12th Yahrtzeit of Rabin’s murder, Fendel writes;

Left-wing spokesmen continue to refer to the widespread right-wing protests against Rabin’s policies prior to the murder as “incitement to violence.

Fendel then writes further down in the piece;

However, a speech Rabin delivered in the Knesset in October 1995, in which he opposed the formation of a Palestinian state – a stance he repeated on several occasions – was not released. In that speech, Rabin also spoke of his vision for a united Jerusalem: “These are some of the changes that we see and want in the final status agreement: First and foremost, a united Jerusalem, including Maaleh Adumim and Givat Ze’ev, as Israel’s capital… a security border for Israel’s protection in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest sense of this term… the inclusion of Gush Etzion, Efrat, Beitar [south of Jerusalem] and other communities.” [...]  Click here to read more.

Monday War News: 1 Soldier Dead, 1 Wounded in Gaza Ground and Air Fighting; Action In and Near Shechem; 12 “Pals(sic) Arrested for Vandalism; 20 Terrorists Arrested