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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Busted - Orlando Mosque Finances Hamas Fundraiser

Vladimir “Ze’ev” Jabotinsky, A Giant of Jewish History - read more


[The following is a lecture delivered by Douglas J. Feith at the Park East Synagogue in New York City on August 18, 2010.]
There are few men or women who are remembered, let alone honored, 70 years after they’ve died.  But we do remember Vladimir “Ze’ev” Jabotinsky – and for good reason. Or, I should say, for good reasons. I’ll name three:
First, he played an instrumental role in the success of a great cause — the reconstitution of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.

Unreal. Obama Administration Funding Pro-Palestinian Billboard Campaign in Israel - read more


Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, August 30, 2010, 7:39 PM
The aim of the ad campaign is to persuade Israelis that peace partners on the Palestinian side truly exist.

A scene from a peaceful Fatah rally in the Palestinian territories. (CBC)
Unreal. The Obama Administration is funding a pro-Palestinian ad campaign in Israel.
The UPI reported, via FOX Nation:
The campaign launched Sunday includes the faces of senior Palestinian Authority officials Saeb Erekat, Jibril Rajoub and Yasser Abed Rabo, and Riad Malki, Palestinian foreign affairs minister, Yedioth Aharonoth said.
The aim of the campaign is to persuade Israelis that peace partners on the Palestinian side truly exist, and calls for support of a two-state solution, the Tel Aviv newspaper said.
The U.S. government was approached to fund the campaign by the Geneva Initiative founders, who drew up an agreement in 2003 to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the newspaper said.
The U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, invested close to $250,000 toward the creation of the billboards, the newspaper said.

Researchers, startups help keep the din down - read more


Syria reportedly signs pact with Hizbullah - read more


'I hope to find a brave partner as Begin found in Sadat' - read more

More talk about "peace talks" with people who want no peace.


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Happy Hour with Bryan Eisenberg

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Leviathan Oil Field Could Sustain Israel For Decades – Forbes (blog)

August 31, 2010

Forbes (blog)
Leviathan Oil Field Could Sustain Israel For Decades
Forbes (blog)
This is hugely important for Israel, which doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with its oil-rich Arab neighbors. Israel is almost completely reliant on imported …
Israel’s Leviathan Gas Field May Also Contain Oil (Wall Street Journal)
Offshore gas discoveries in Israel prompt squabbling over royaltiesWashington Post
Israel proposes undersea gas pipeline to EuropeGlobes
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'Moment of reckoning' nears for Israel and Palestinians - read more


HARRIET SHERWOOD in Ramallah
PALESTINIAN PRIME minister Salam Fayyad has warned that a “moment of reckoning” is approaching as Israel and the Palestinian Authority prepare to embark this week on their first direct negotiations for 20 months.
Setting out his plans to build the institutions and framework of a Palestinian state – which the US wants complete in 12 months – Mr Fayyad said the talks “can and must” succeed, or the chances of a two-state solution would fade.
“Every day that this conflict is not resolved, there are more facts on the ground that make a two-state solution less likely,” he told a press conference in Ramallah yesterday. The international community had a vested interest, he added. “It has invested heavily in this – not only economically, but morally and politically.”

Monday, August 30, 2010

Have a BEAUTIFUL and PRODUCTIVE Monday
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Partners to drill for oil beneath Leviathan gas find - read more

Illustrative photo

Contact lens wearers are blind to the risks - read more


Demand for homes in the periphery surges - Read more


Barak, Abdullah talk peace in Amman


Potential of 4 Billion Barrels of Oil Offshore


by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
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More optimistic reports continue to flow from the giant Leviathan energy fieldoff the Haifa coast. Following previous higher estimates of gas and “signs of oil,” the latest report points to a potential of 4 billion barrels of “black gold.”
The ramifications of the discovery are immense. If the estimates materialize, Israel will become self-sufficient in energy, enjoy aboon of employment for engineers and laborers, and will become an exporter of gas and oil. The shekel, barring a conflict with Hizbullah or Iran, may become rock-solid, dropping the representative rate; Israel's shekel is now worth about 26.3 cents (3.8 shekels) to the dollar.
The announcement of the new estimates states that there is a 17 percent chance of finding reserves equal to 3 billion barrels of oil at a depth of slightly more than a mile undersea. The oil field is slightly beneath the mammoth gas reserves that already have been estimated to contain 13 trillion cubic feet of gas.
There also is an 8 percent chance that another 1.2 billion barrels exist at an even lower level. Earlier this month, oil reserves at Rosh HaAyin, east of Tel Aviv and bordering Samaria, were estimated to have a possible potential of 1.5 billion barrels of oil but that commercial quantities will be much lower, if at all. Israel's estimated oil consumption is slightly less than 100 million barrels a year.
Yitzchak Teshuva, head of the Delek Group that is part of the consortium probing the Leviathan field, has jubilantly exclaimed that the gas reserves will turn Israel into an energy exporter.
Officials added that a decision on whether to drill for the oil reserves will not be made before October, when drilling for the gas reserves at “Leviathan 1” is to begin at a cost of $150 million. The operation will last five months, and a decision on drilling for oil may await the results of the gas exploration; analysts have emphasized that the chances of huge oil reserves are only 17 percent. However, every previous report has so far proven to be overly conservative.
A South African company will head the drilling, but if a decision is made to drill at deeper levels for oil, a North American company with experience at those levels will be contracted.
The estimated gas reserves already have encouraged government officials to sell back to Egypt natural gas that Israel is committed to buy. In addition, Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly suggested to Greece that it buy natural gas from Israel.
The energy discovery has brought two headaches: several Finance ministry officials want to hike the royalties on gas and oil discoveries to add more money to government coffers, raising heated protests from the energy consortium. Secondly, Hizbullah and Lebanon are claiming that the Leviathan reserves are in Lebanese territorial waters, and have threatened war with Israel over the energy field.
The Leviathan discovery is separate from the Tamar field, located to the south, which also is estimated to contain huge gas reserves that could possibly supply Israel’s gas needs at least until 2030.
(IsraelNationalNews.com)

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For the first time, an Israeli professor has been awarded the Fields Medal for Mathematics, said to be the equivalent of a Nobel Prize, by the International Mathematical Union.
Elon Lindenstrauss
Indian President Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil awards the Fields Medal for 2010 to Prof. Elon Lindenstrauss.
Prof. Elon Lindenstrauss of the Einstein Institute of Mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has become the first Israeli to receive the Fields Medal. Regarded as the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in mathematics, the award was bestowed on Lindenstrauss and three others by Indian President Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil at the quadrennial International Mathematical Union in Hyderabad on August 19.
Speaking to ISRAEL21c from India the following day, the tired but elated mathematician says he still has much to accomplish professionally, when he and his wife and three young daughters return from the festivities.
"I'm working all the time. There is a lot more to do," he says.