|The Mossad and the Iranian Graph That Never Was||Richard Silverstein -
"In my story, I noted my grave skepticism that the document was what it claimed to be. But I did, at the time, accept that it was at least Iranian in origin, since my own Israeli source told me the graph had been stolen from an Iranian computer via Israeli malware that hacked into it.After hearing the scientific judgments of Prof. Muhammad Sahimi, two specialists at the Federation of Atomic Scientists, and the reporting of Glenn Greenwald, it’s likely my source was wrong and that the diagram probably isn’t Iranian in origin. Since the source of the leak was the Mossad, it appears it is a forgery created by the Mossad (or possibly its Iranian proxies, the MEK) with the help of Israeli technical experts and Israeli Farsi-speakers." ca
|The democracies of Europe will vote to recognise Palestine at the UN. Will Cameron stand with them? ||Robert Fisk -
"For the Israeli Left, this was essential. They have been frightened that if solely the world`s non-democracies and dictatorships vote for Palestine, Mr Netanyahu would be able to say that since Mahmoud Abbas could only get his vote with the help of extremists, despots and potentates, then Israel would be able to claim a moral victory and brush off the whole affair. But if the real democracies of Europe will have supported Palestine, it will be a catastrophe for Netanyahu. Of course, until tonight – if this deadline is met - we don’t know how Germany will vote. And we all know why." ca
|Rules for Targeted Killing||Editorial -
"The White House reportedly is developing rules for when to kill terrorists around the world. The world may never see them, given the Obama administration’s inclination toward unnecessary secrecy regarding its national security policy. But the effort itself is a first step toward acknowledging that when the government kills people away from the battlefield, it must stay within formal guidelines based on the rule of law — especially when the life of an American citizen is at stake." ca||30/11/2012|
|Experts exhume Arafat’s remains||Associated Press -
Israel Hayom -
"But the exhumation and the testing of the remains might not resolve the mystery. Polonium-210 decomposes rapidly, and some experts say it is not clear whether any remaining samples will be sufficient for testing." - id
|I am not the enemy||Rawia Aburabia -
"Those who routinely treat others with racism and hatred are the ones defeated long ago - their human experience is damaged and tainted." - id
|Israel won`t punish Palestinians for UN statehood bid||Barak Ravid -
"Lieberman and his colleagues in the nine-man ministerial forum have realized in the past two days - that the Palestinian move in the United Nations is unavoidable, as is the humiliating and painful diplomatic defeat that Israel is about to suffer." ||28/11/2012|
|Netanyahu trying to convince Israeli hawks he won the Gaza war ||Yossi Verter -
"It takes great courage to stand in front of your voters when they are mad at you and don`t understand you. They seemed to have thought Netanyahu was what he said he was, but they will most likely calm down by January 22." ca||23/11/2012|
|Gaza conflict turns into battle of missile vs. missile||Aluf Benn -
"If a stable cease-fire is reached and Israel balks at a land incursion
into the Gaza Strip, the achievement will be chalked up to the people
who developed and operated the Iron Dome system." - id
|Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli bashed for not being ‘pro-Israel’ enough||Ami Kaufman -
"That’ll teach her. She better not stick her neck out again. Or else!" -
| Live Blog: Day 7 of Gaza operation||Haaretz - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are expected to arrive in Israel on Tuesday, where they will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.
More than 60 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Tuesday morning. The Palestinians reported that five people were killed in the Strip on Tuesday morning. ||20/11/2012|
|Gaza live report: Day 7||Ma`an - 14:31 Ahmad al-Dada killed in new airstrike on Gaza City, according to Gaza health official.
14:29 A BBC reporter uploads an audio recording of a rocket fired at Jerusalem from central Gaza.
14:24 Update: Israeli police say rocket fired at Jerusalem landed in open area, no injuries reported.
14:20 Palestinian students protest outside Hebrew University in Jerusalem in solidarity with Gaza.||20/11/2012|
|Can West Bank Palestinians find justice in court?||Yonah Jeremy Bob - Jerusalem Post - Doing real justice is impossible because the Palestinians are a conquered people. Often there is no right for Palestinians to demonstrate, noted Gabi Lasky at the Israel Bar Association conference in Tel Aviv. So even if the courts were fine, they can be trying Palestinians for action, like demonstrating, that should not be crimes in the first place.
|Report: Israel negotiating imminent cease-fire||Jerusalem Post - Egyptian President Mohamad Morsi gave credence to the report, saying there are "some indications" of a cease-fire in Gaza, but that there were not yet any guarantees.
The agreement is backed by Turkey, Qatar, Egypt and the United States, according to Channel 2.
Senior Hamas officials demanded Egypt ease the blockade on Gaza, and asked them to ensure Israel will stop assassinations of Hamas leaders
The Prime Minister`s Office denied reports that Israel had sent an official to Cairo for the negotiations. bz||17/11/2012|
|IDF Colonel Accused of War Crimes Promoted to General||Richard Silverstein -
"The IDF likes to reverse the old saying: “Let no good deed go unpunished.” It likes to ensure that no war crime goes unrewarded. Col. Ilan Malka, who was named by the Goldstone Report as possibly responsible for two sets of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead (one of them was the murder of the al-Samouni family, resulting in the deaths of 20 civilians including women and children), just received a promotion from the IDF chief of staff. He will be the new chief of staff of the Central Command, assigned to protect settlements and provide the security necessary for expanding the settler enterprise in the West Bank. He will rise in rank from Colonel to Brigadier General." ca||16/11/2012|
|British attorney general takes Israel to task for use of administrative detention||Raphael Ahren -
Times of Israel -
"“This speech would not do justice to the open and frank friendship
between our two countries without my referring to those issues where the
international community does believe Israel fails, at times, to adhere
to international law,” he said." - id||14/11/2012|
|Israel: We will annul Oslo Accords when Palestinians seek upgraded UN status||Barak Ravid -
"Israeli ambassadors around the world were instructed to deliver a
message to the presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers of the
countries in which they serve, stating Israel will consider partial or
full cancellation of the Oslo Accords if the United Nations General
Assembly adopts the resolution to upgrade the status of Palestine to
that of a non-member observer state in the organization." - id||14/11/2012|
|Syria pledges to halt fire on Israel ||Yoav Zitun -
"In message conveyed through UN, Damascus regime says will prevent
accidental shelling of Israeli territories." - id
|Beinart: Obama doesn’t think it`s his job to stop Israel driving off a cliff||Chemi Shalev - Haaretz - “This is what President Obama believes: that if the American Jewish community, in tandem with the Israeli government, are dead set on driving off a cliff towards a one-state solution, it is not his job to lay down on the train tracks and sacrifice his political career in order to stop them.” Beinart warned against the current Israeli policy of maintaining the status quo, saying “I don’t see how you can look at the current trends and think you will be better off in ten years. America will be weaker, other powers that are not so sentimental will be stronger, and rejectionist in the Arab world will be emboldened.” Beinart would like for Obama to make his position on the need for a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders plus land swaps public before the upcoming elections, but doubts whether that will happen. bz||13/11/2012|
|Palestinians: 12 EU nations to support our UN bid||Khaled Abu Toameh, Tovah Lazarof - The Jerusalem Post - Official tells `Post` 5 EU countries openly support bid to upgrade status to non-member state, 7 others also set to take same stand||12/11/2012|
|Fatah: Oslo Accords will cease to exist after UN bid||Khaled Abu Toameh - "The Palestinian leadership will respond if the Israeli government carries out its threats against the Palestinian Authority," Saleh Ra`fat, member of the PLO Executive Committee, told the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds daily. The PA would consider itself free of all its commitments under the agreements signed with Israel, including economic and security obligations. (...) The Palestinians would cancel the Paris Economic Protocol if the Israeli government imposed financial sanctions on the PA after the UN vote. "We will stop importing everything that is Israeli." bz||9/11/2012|
|Netanyahu Rushes to Repair Damage With Obama||Jodi Rudoren - NYT - (...) Regarding the Palestinians, Israeli officials had been counting on the Obama administration to forcefully oppose the United Nations bid — as it did last year — and to chastise those countries that support it. But Palestinian leaders seemed unworried on Wednesday, making the bid for nonmember state status in the General Assembly a central focus of their congratulations. . bz||9/11/2012|
|Told that Norway is the West’s most anti-Semitic country, diplomat lashes out at Israel||Raphael Ahren -
Times of Israel -
"Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and 1978 invasion into Lebanon —
which he said was “not Israel’s finest hour” — contributed to a mainly
negative view of Israel among ordinary Norwegians." - id
|If Sandy hit Israel||Yoram Kaniuk -
"If a hospital would have been hit –maybe a rabbi would check to see
that the Shabbat elevators were working before allowing firefighters to
reach the top floors." ..."In times of crisis, it is far better to be a
Jew in powerful, orderly America." - id ||7/11/2012|
|US Jews stay strongly with Obama ||Ynetnews -
"American Jews give re-elected US president 70% of their vote – within
margin error of Jewish Democratic vote performance in 2008." - id
|For the right man, Israelis would make peace [or woman?]||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - The occupation splits the public between neo-Zionists who emphasize a nationalist-religious agenda and a moderate Zionist majority that focuses on a social agenda, according to a new survey by Tel Aviv University`s Walter Lebach Institute for Jewish-Arab Coexistence.
Therefore, the right is advancing its agenda unhindered, the researchers say. It`s exploiting the confusion among centrists who have lost faith in the ability to achieve peace; the occupation remains on the margins of their political concerns.||6/11/2012|
|US Jews: Ashamed of Israel, proud to be Jewish||Tali Farkash - Y-Net/Hartman Institute - "Israelis are always surprised when they discover that despite all the talk about Israel, most American Jews do not vote for a president based on his Middle East policy. There is a prevalent feeling of shame when the word Israel or Israelis is raised along with "occupation." Young Jews really feel ashamed, especially in light of what they hear on campus.||6/11/2012|
|From factories to farms, labor union champions rights of Palestinians in Israel||Alon Aviram - +972 - ‘There have been no institutions, no organizations for Palestinian workers within Israel to defend their rights.’ A young labor union is resisting exploitation and defending the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel, with a focus on the rights of women workers||5/11/2012|
|Was Israel on verge of war in 2010?||Yedioth Ahronoth reporter - Ynet - Channel 2 program reveals that in 2010 Netanyahu, Barak ordered then IDF chief Ashkenazi, Mossad director Dagan to prepare defense establishment for a strike ||5/11/2012|
|EU donates 19 million euros to help PA pay salaries||Ma`an - The European Union, Sweden and the Netherlands donated €19 million ($24 million) to the Palestinian Authority on Monday to help pay October salaries and pensions of around 84,200 civil servants.
|Abbas repeats offer of talks with Israel after UN upgrade||Ma`an - "If it is possible to start talks on the following day (after acquiring the observer status) then we are ready for that," Abbas added.
Abbas`s proposal, to be put to a vote in the General Assembly later this month, would implicitly recognize Palestinian statehood and could also grant access to bodies such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague.||13/11/2012|
|Against forgetting: An interview with Eyal Sivan||Charlotte Silver - Aljazeera.com - Last month in Tel Aviv an exhibit curated by filmmaker Eyal Sivan and historian Ilan Pappe presented over 100 testimonies given by the ageing perpetrators of the Nakba.
Sivan envisages the perpetrators` historic testimonies as forming a basis for truth without which a future reconciliation could not occur.
Yet despite the significance of the undertaking - and to the surprise of Sivan - the Israeli press has completely ignored the exhibit, hosted by Zochrot, save for one right-wing settler newspaper. ||13/11/2012|
|A week in photos: October 25-31||Activestills - +972 - A prisoner’s release, a fight for academic freedom, a demolition threat, and more. - bz||2/11/2012|
|Did you know? Obama eats hummus and other typical “Israeli” foods in the White House ||Ali Abunimah - electronicintifada.net - Where Israel cannot get away with claiming these cultural products exclusively, another trick – used also in this article – is to describe them as “Middle Eastern,” a generic term used to obscure their Arab origins. bz||2/11/2012|
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