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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

No Injuries as IDF Force Attacked with Mortars

Source: Arutz Sheva
By Elad Benari


Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists fired five mortar shells on Monday afternoon at an IDF force that was operating near the Kissufim crossing in central Gaza.


The IDF Spokesman said that there were no physical injuries or damage. The soldiers fired shots towards suspicious areas after the attack.


The terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza have upped their attacks in recent days. An Israeli woman suffered light injuries while running for shelter during a Sabbath rocket attack on the city of Sderot.


Terrorists from Gaza fired at least four rockets towards the city throughout the day on Saturday. Three of them exploded in open areas outside the city and the fourth exploded in an open area inside the city. Another two rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no physical injuries or damages.


On Friday night, terrorists from Gaza shattered the calm of the Sabbath as they fired two rockets which exploded in agricultural areas in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no physical injuries or property damage.


Last Wednesday, a rocket was fired into Israel from Gaza, striking an open area in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. The Color Red early warning siren sounded in the region. There were no reports of any physical injuries or property damage.


In June, Hamas terrorists fired more than 100 rockets at Israel within several days, eventually announcing they had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire. However, the Gaza-based terrorist groups always take advantage of the ‘ceasefires’ to periodically send a reminder to Israelis that they have the ability to fire rockets.


Between 2001 and January 2009, over 8,600 rockets were launched, leading to 28 deaths and several hundred injuries, as well as widespread psychological trauma and disruption of daily life.


Since Israel's Operation Cast Lead in late 2008 and early 2009, an estimated 1,964 rocket and mortar attacks have been launched on Israeli communities from Gaza, with four fatalities and scores of injuries recorded.

MK: Netanyahu must 'unmask' US spying on Israel

Source: Jerusalem Post
By Gil Hoffman


At Knesset c'tee meeting on efforts to secure Jonathan Pollard's release, National Union MK Arieh Eldad accuses US of spying on Israel; Knesset panel may issue injunction forcing Netanyahu to testify on Pollard.


If US President Barack Obama does not commute the life sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard by the November 6 US election, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should expose American efforts to spy on Israel, National Union MK Arieh Eldad said Tuesday at a Knesset State Control Committee meeting monitoring progress in efforts to bring about Pollard's release.


Eldad noted an Associated Press report over the weekend about a break-in at a CIA-owned apartment in Tel Aviv. While the report sought to prove that Israel was monitoring American intelligence operatives, Eldad said it should have raised the question of why the US was operating in Israel.


"If Obama realizes that he needs American Jewish votes or money, there is hope to bring about Pollard's release by November,” Eldad said. “But if not, Israel must remove the [US's] mask. They say one of the problems of the Pollard case is that countries do not spy on their friends. It's time to say out out loud what the CIA was doing in that apartment and what is happening on the roof of the US embassy in Tel Aviv. They are spying on a friendly country.”


Eldad blasted President Shimon Peres for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama at a June 13 ceremony in Washington, calling it shameful for him to accept the prize while Obama was preventing Pollard's freedom.


Committee chairman Uri Ariel (National Union) complained that the Americans reneged on agreements with Israel when they sought the life sentence Pollard was given in 1987 and when then-US president Bill Clinton broke a promise to Netanyahu to release him as part of the 1998 Wye River Accords.


Ariel expressed disappointment that the Prime Minister's Office did not send a representative to the hearing despite repeated requests made to cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser and Netanyahu's senior adviser Ron Dermer. Ariel said Netanyahu's advisers told him they did not have anything to report to the committee.


"It was a very bad mistake by the Prime Minister's Office not to send anyone,” Ariel said. “We tried for a long time to coordinate the meeting with them but they are clearly avoiding coming. I see this as very grave, and I will consider issuing an injunction requiring the prime minister to come.”


Forcing a prime minister to testify to a Knesset committee rarely happens. An injunction requires a majority of the 13 MKs on the committee.


Effi Lahav, who heads the Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home testified to the MKs that there has been a rise in support for clemency from from American Jews and top current and former American officials.


"We know from our meetings with Americans that they have never challenged us with facts that disprove our case," Lahav said. "We want to believe there has been a change for the better in how the issue is being handled by the [Israeli] government. But what matters to us is results. As long as Pollard is in jail, there must be oversight and that's why this meeting is so important."

If Mitt Romney had talked about Palestinians the way Obama spoke about Pennsylvanians

Source: Le∙gal In∙sur∙rec∙tion 
By William A. Jacobs


Mitt Romney is under furious attack from the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and pro-Obama media for pointing out the truth about why culture matters in the economic success of Israel.


How would these people have reacted if Romney gave this speech:
You go into these small towns in 
Pennsylvania
 the Palestinian Territories, and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest Middle East, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Rabin administration, and the Bush Netanyahu administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
 And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-
immigrant
Israeli sentiment or anti-tradeJewish sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.


I suspect the reaction would have been what it now is, with absurd charges of racism and cultural insensitivity.


What a difference a continent makes.


Video: White House Rejects Israel’s Naming Its Capital

Source: Arutz Sheva
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


The White House criticized Mitt Romney on Monday for adopting a policy on Jerusalem that is different from previous administrations'.


The presumptive Republican presidential nominee declared in Jerusalem that the city is the capital of Israel, while the Obama administration and predecessors have refused to do because it includes areas of the city unrecognized by the United States.


Josh Earnest, White House spokesman, responded at a press conference to a reporter’s question on Romney’s remarks and criticized the Republican candidate for disagreeing with previously stated policies.


“Some people are scratching their heads a bit” over his comments, Earnest said. “The capital is something that should be determined in final status negotiations between the parties.” He added that the Obama position on Jerusalem is the same “that’s been held by previous administrations, both Democratic and Republican. So if Mr. Romney disagrees with that position, he’s also disagreeing with the position that was taken by Presidents like Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan."


Congress passed a law in 1995 declaring that Jerusalem is the capital and that the United States shall move its embassy there from Tel Aviv. However, the law included a waiver that allows the president to postpone the move every six months if he cites issues of “national security."

(Iran's) War Games


By Dan Frienman, NYC
July, 31, 2012

If you are an Israeli military planner planning a strike against Iran, Romney’s speech last night in Jerusalem – although reassuring – changed nothing. Looking at your calendar there are two dates circled in red: the date of America’s presidential election and the date of the presidential inauguration. The two and a half months in-between are simply labeled “no man’s land.” Locked away in your safe, or encrypted on your computer, is another document, “Iran’s nuclear timeline.”

Here’s your problem. The recommendation you’ve been asked to make can’t rely on predicting the future. The fate of Israel and the Jewish people is too important to be decided by speculation or a roll of the dice. The only factors that count are the bitter experiences of history  –  including the last three and one-half years of Barack Hussein Obama’s reign. 

Still, you find it tempting to daydream “what if” based on the outcome of America’s election. If Obama wins, Pharaoh’s heart is not going to be softened. Israel can expect the man to double his efforts to back Israel into a corner and make it difficult-to-impossible for her to neutralize the Iranian nuclear threat without help. After all, Obama would no longer need Jewish money.

If Romney wins on November 6th, there’s no telling what Obama might do while he runs the country in “no man’s land” unshackled with nothing to lose. Under those circumstances, the Ayatollahs will draw a similar conclusion and have every incentive to speed up the demons’ work freed of the bothersome ruse to keep it secret from the world. Moreover, if Israelchooses to hold off until Romney gets the keys to the Oval Office, and Romney wobbles for any reason, the “timeline” gets revised and now tells you by then it could be too late.

On the other hand, during the critical period before the election, which is where we are today, Obama is forced to bottle-up his bile. While he needs Jewish votes and gelt, his hands are tied until November 7th.  By the process of elimination, that makes our military planner’s recommendation much clearer. The time to go is between now and then.

Did facebook close Netanyahu's page?

Source: YNet News
By Vita Kairys



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Facebook page has been filling up with angry comments from citizens protesting over the planned budget cuts. The person behind the virtual struggle is Tali Oz-Albo who posted a status on his Facebook page that has already received over 42,000 likes.

Her status update led dozens of Facebook users to post statuses in which they expressed their disappointment with the economic policy, and used Netanyahu's page to tell their personal stories.

Meanwhile, Oz-Albo has opened a Facebook group called "The Man on the Street". She writes that the purpose of the group is to "include the opinions of all citizens who feel hurt as a result of the new budget cuts. Let's discuss here as citizens what needs to be our next move so that we can live here like human beings."

The group already includes 1,500 members.

Allot Communications to Acquire Oversi Networks





Source: PR Newswire


Provides Allot with a leading video caching service offering
HOD HASHARON, Israel, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --


Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALLT), a leading provider of service optimization and revenue generation solutions for fixed and mobile data networks worldwide, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Oversi Networks, a leading global provider of rich-media caching and content delivery solutions for Internet video and peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic.


This transaction is another milestone in Allot's vision of further enhancing its industry-leading Allot Service Gateway by offering a comprehensive video solution, which now includes both video optimization and caching.  The incorporation of Oversi's technology with Allot's Service Gateway will allow fixed and mobile service providers to effectively manage the ever-increasing volume of video traffic on their networks.  Allot's fixed line customers report that video traffic currently uses over 50% of bandwidth and is rapidly increasing.  On the wireless side, according to Allot's latest Global MobileTrends report, video now represents 42% of mobile data traffic worldwide.


Oversi's innovative caching and acceleration solutions help both fixed and mobile service providers to relieve the heavy network congestion associated with Internet video traffic.   Its technology identifies popular content and caches it at the edge of the network, therefore achieving significant bandwidth saving and minimizing long delays in video delivery.   The end result is a dramatic improvement in the subscribers' quality of experience (QoE) for video applications. By assuring quality of experience, Oversi's solutions enable service providers to offer tiered services at different price levels, increasing average revenues per user (ARPU). Its solution has been widely deployed at several large and medium service providers to date. 

"The acquisition of Oversi is another step in realizing our Service Gateway vision," commented Rami Hadar, Allot's President and CEO.  "By adding video caching, Allot now offers its customers a comprehensive video solution that includes the critical caching and optimization services required to manage the ever-increasing volume of over-the-top video on the Internet.  Over the past year, we have seen an increase in customer interest in video caching solutions, which made clear to us the critical need for Allot to own a leading solution in this growing market instead of reselling a third-party offering.  With our shared vision of enabling service providers to monetize video traffic, we are excited about incorporating another excellent team and product offering into Allot."


"By joining Allot, we will now be able to further our joint market vision more effectively," commented Oversi's CEO, David Tolub. "While we have seen growing traction for our leading edge caching solutions, we believe that integrating our solution into the Allot Service Gateway will accelerate our market penetration by offering a more robust video solution.  We are excited about joining the Allot team."  


Under the terms of the acquisition, Allot will be paying $16 million in cash, as well as up to $5 million based on Oversi's performance during 2012.  The acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2012.  On a non-GAAP basis, management currently anticipates the following:


Oversi will contribute approximately $2.0 million in revenues per quarter.


Gross margins for the Oversi offering should be within Allot's current gross margin range.
Operating expenses will increase by approximately $2.0 million per quarter, which will impact earnings per share by approximately $0.02 per share in the 4th quarter.


The offering should reach break-even by the first quarter of 2013.


Non-GAAP financial measures exclude stock-based compensation expenses and amortization of acquired intangible assets, and add back the fair value of acquired deferred revenue written-off for GAAP purposes as part of purchase accounting.


About Allot


Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALLT) is a leading provider of intelligent data traffic optimization and monetization solutions for fixed and mobile broadband operators and large enterprises worldwide. Allot's scalable, carrier-grade solutions provide the visibility, topology awareness, security, application control and subscriber management that are vital to managing fixed and mobile data, enhancing user experience, containing operating costs, and enabling service providers to generate revenues from their broadband networks.  The company offers the broadest portfolio of value-added services, including a comprehensive and unique video optimization and caching suite.  Allot's rich portfolio of solutions leverages dynamic actionable recognition technology (DART) to transform broadband pipes into smart networks that can rapidly and efficiently deploy value added Internet services. For more information, please visit http://www.allot.com.


Safe Harbor Statement


Information provided in this press release may contain statements relating to current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about future events that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally relate to the company's plans, objectives and expectations for future operations, including without limitation the company's integration vision and expected revenues and operating expenses in connection with the acquisition described in this press release. These forward-looking statements are based upon management's current estimates and projections of future results or trends. Actual future results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These factors include, but are not limited to: the integration of Oversi Networks technology, business, and operations with those of the company; increased demand for video optimization solutions in mobile networks; changes in general economic and business conditions and, specifically, a decline in demand for the company's products; the company's inability to develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications; loss of market; and other factors are discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the company's annual report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Investor Relations Contact:  
              
Jay Kalish
Executive Director Investor Relations
International access code +972-54-221-1365
jkalish@allot.com


Marketing Communications


Jonathon Gordon
Director of Marketing
International access code +972-9-762-8423
International access code +972-54-223-3589
jgordon@allot.com

Monday, July 30, 2012

PA Arab Suspect Killed after Speeding Past Checkpoint

Al-Za'im Checkpoint
This is more than likely an act of martyrdom, so critics can continue condemning Israel for killing PA Arabs "indiscriminately." What critics are bound to deny is that any car trying to escape through border police would be followed and shot if they did not stop. This could happen in any country, and not just in Israel. - Michelle


Source: Arutz Sheva
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Border Police killed one Palestinian Authority Arab and wounded two others after their car sped past a checkpoint near Maaleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem around 1 a.m. Monday morning. One policeman also was lightly wounded from shrapnel.


The driver refused to stop and sped past the checkpoint at high speed, raising the suspicion of Border Police, who immediately shot to stop the vehicle.


The driver escaped into a nearby Arab village, and Red Crescent officials shortly afterwards advised police that it was rushing to nearby hospitals with three people, one of them in critical condition - who later died, and the other with light wounds.


Police entered the village and found the car, but the driver had escaped.


Police are investigating to determine if the incident is related to terror or criminal activity.

'India blames Iran for attack on Israelis'

Source: Jerusalem Post


Delhi Police believe that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was responsible for a terrorist attack targeting Israelis in India, the Times of India reported Sunday, citing the results of a police investigation.


On February 13, terrorists operating in India bombed an Israeli embassy car injuring Tal Yehoshua Koren, wife of the Israeli defense attaché, and her driver.


According to the report, Delhi Police contacted Iran regarding details of the five IRGC cell members, identified as Houshang Afshar Irani, Sedaghatzadeh Masoud, Syed Ali Mahdiansadr, Mohammad Reza Abolghasemi and Ali Akbar Norouzishayan.


The Times report also stated that the IRGC members had been planning attacks against Israelis in other countries in addition to India.


Indian police have long suspected that the bombers were Iranian, and Israeli leaders have publicly blamed Iran for the attacks. Iran has denied complicity in the attack, and has even implicated Israel in bombing its own diplomatic personnel.



India, US looking to learn from Israel’s border security

Source: Jerusalem Post
By Yaakov Katz

A growing number of countries are flocking to Israel to study border security as the Defense Ministry works to complete the construction of a physical and technological barrier along the Egyptian border.


In August, a delegation from India will arrive to study the various technologies used by the IDF to secure the borders with the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Egypt, and which could be implemented as part of India’s own fence with Pakistan and Bangladesh.


The interest in Israeli border security has spiked since Israel began constructing a barrier along its border with Egypt to stem terrorism and infiltrations by illegal migrants. The Defense Ministry and IDF have so far completed about 150 km, of the fence; plans are to complete the remainder by the end of the year.


The fence is 5 meters in height and layered with barbed wire. It is supported by dozens of radars that are deployed along the border to issue alerts about possible crossings while the potential infiltrators are still kilometers away.






Israel’s primary concern is with the growing number of terror attacks along the border. Last week, shots were fired at a bus carrying IDF soldiers. While there was damage to the bus, no one was wounded. On June 18, terrorists crossed into Israel from Sinai and killed an Israeli contractor working on the border fence, while last August eight Israelis were killed in a cross-border attack.


India is interested in beefing up its border security to prevent future incidents like the Mumbai attacks in 2008.


The Indian press reported Sunday on a tunnel that had been discovered under the border with Pakistan in the contested Kashmir region.


Another country closely following Israel’s decisions on border security is the US, which is building a barrier along its border with Mexico.


The Department of Homeland Security is, for example, testing the ELM-2112 family of persistent ground surveillance radars, developed by Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, and used by the IDF to detect intruders before they reach the border.


Five different versions detect individuals at ranges from 300 m. up to 20 km., and vehicles at up to 40 km.


The radars feature four stationary antennas, each covering a 90-degree sector enabling persistent surveillance and tracking over a wide area.


Several radars can be integrated into a single network to provide an integrated picture of a border area. In addition, the command-and- control interface features icons resembling an animal, vehicle or person based on the target detected by the radar.


Along the border with Egypt

India-Israel Call for Proposals



Source: Matimop

Deadline for Submission: July 30, 2012
Thematic Focus: Open to all technological fields 
India and Israel are announcing a new Call for Proposals for joint R&D projects in all technological fields.

The Call is jointly administered by MATIMOP – The Israeli Industry Center for R&D, on behalf of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor in Israel, and GITA, the Global Innovation and Technology Alliance, on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, in the framework of the India-Israel Initiative for Industrial R&D (i4RD).  

Program Overview:
Joint Indian-Israeli R&D projects can be presented in any area of mutual interest.
Applicants are expected to develop ready-to-market solutions for products, technology-based services or methods which have strong market potential for India and Israel
Companies can receive assistance in partner-matching from MATIMOP and GITA in the framework of the program

Eligibility:
This call is open to all projects based on merit that include science and technology (S&T) development leading to commercial success, social good and benefit to both countries. There is however a specific emphasis on the following technology areas:
Nanoscience / Nanotechnology
Water Management
Non-Conventional Energy Resources (particularly solar)
Biotechnology
Space Science and technology

Eligible Indian Applicants include: researchers and managers representing Indian companies (minimum 51% of Indian ownership), which operate and are headquartered and operate in India (see attached Call Document for more information).
Eligible Israeli Applicants will be R&D performing Israeli registered companies operating in Israel

Financing:
Funding support will be given to each partner by its own Implementing Organisation (GITA in India and MATIMOP in Israel) in accordance with the national laws, rules, regulations and procedures in effect.

In India: Funding will be limited to 50% of the eligible national cost with a limit of US$ 250,000/INR 125 Lakhs (approx) per project on the Indian Side. Industry may receive up to 50% of the eligible national cost of way of soft loan repayable upon successful completion of the project

In Israel: The total funding from the Government of Israel via the OCS, under the i4RD financial support, will not exceed 50% of the eligible and approved costs of the R&D, in accordance with the national laws and regulations.

In Order to Apply:
Review the “Call for Proposals” document attached to check your eligibility for the program. Learn more about the general Call for Proposals process here. Review the “Guidelines for Israeli Companies” document to learn even more.
If you don’t have a partner,  fill out a partner search form. Send it to the program manager (hadas@matimop.org.il)
Have a partner, think you are eligible, and want to apply? Contact the program manager to express interest in applying for the program
Review the Guidelines for Israeli Companies and fill out the Bilateral Cooperation Form. Submit by July 30, 2012.
Once your Bilateral Cooperation Form is approved, you will receive further application instructions.

For further assistance, please contact:
In Israel:
Ms. Hadas Kroitoru
Program Manager – India-Israel Cooperation Program
Tel: +972 3 5118117

In India:Mr. Samrat Ghatak
Programme Coordinator – Israel
Global Innovation & Technology Alliance

Partner Search Form - i4RD
Application Guidelines - i4RD - April 2012
Bilateral Cooperation Form - i4RD
Call for Proposals - i4RD - April 2012

Mitt Romney Policy Speech in Jerusalem

Source: YouTube
By RepublicHeritage


July 29, 2012: "Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, gave a policy speech in Jerusalem, Israel earlier today."


Exclusive: Key Pro-Israel Obama Ally Splits

"Low expectations. If Dennis Ross, a perennial peace processing failure who is constantly recreating himself has “the ear of the pro-Israel lobby,” what does that say about the pro-Israel lobby?" - Dan Friedman


Source: The Daily Beast
By Eli Lake
Submitted by Dan Friedman, NYC


As Republican donors are financing multimillion-dollar campaigns to bring Jewish voters over to Mitt Romney, one of President Obama’s most important liaisons to the pro-Israel community has opted to sit out the 2012 election cycle.


Dennis Ross, a longtime diplomat and a key architect of the Oslo peace process under President Clinton—a man who worked  for the Obama campaign during the 2008 Democratic primaries despite his previous loyalty to the Clintons—won’t be campaigning for Obama this time, Ross confirmed to The Daily Beast.


“I am the Counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy,” Ross said in an email on Friday. “The Washington Institute is a non-profit organization and I cannot do political work from here. When I acted for the campaign in 2008, I had to take a leave of absence to do so. Having only recently returned to the Institute, I cannot now again take a leave of absence.”


After his success stumping for Obama in the 2008 campaign, Ross went on to become a key Middle East policymaker, first at the State Department and later at the White House.


“Ambassador Ross was obviously the No. 1 pro-Israel surrogate for the Obama campaign in 2008,” said Josh Block, a former press aide for the Clinton administration and former top spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “The fact that after three years of working on Mideast policy side-by-side with the president, Ambassador Ross has decided to sit out this campaign, unlike other former top officials now at nonpartisan think tanks, will certainly be understood as a message of its own, intentionally or unintentionally.”


Ross himself said, “I can give substantive advice to the administration, the president’s campaign, or any campaign that would ask for it. And, of course, when I speak I can talk about my views on policy and I have been supportive of the president’s policy on leading foreign-policy issues.”


That’s a departure from Ross’s hands-on work with the Obama administration over the past four years.


In 2008, Obama had a big problem in the Democratic primaries. Prospective Jewish voters were being inundated with anonymous emails warning that Obama’s affiliations with Palestinian activists portended disaster for Israel. Locked in a tight contest with Hillary Clinton, the future president couldn’t afford to lose the constituency in the primary—and later in the general election, especially in the swing state of Florida.


“I wouldn’t want to try to sell Obama to the Jewish community in this environment,” said Aaron Miller.


Ross was a powerful asset for the campaign. He went to synagogues in swing states and participated in conference calls to tell Jewish voters that he was supporting Obama over Clinton’s first lady. He continued his work with the campaign during the general election, which Obama won with between 74 and 78 percent of the Jewish vote. (Democrats typically get at least 70 percent of the Jewish vote in presidential elections. The best any Republican has ever done with the Jewish vote was Ronald Reagan, who won 40 percent in 1980.)


This year, Obama is again mired in similar territory, but now he won’t have the benefit of Ross koshering his record with pro-Israel voters. Despite unprecedented levels of military cooperation with Israel, the president is being attacked by the right for a rocky relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he has pressured to stop settlement construction in the West Bank and housing construction in East Jerusalem. And instead of anonymous emails, Obama’s record on Israel is being attacked on the Web and in television ads paid for by unregulated and at times anonymous independent expenditures financed by big-money donors like casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.


Once he joined the Obama White House, Ross was known to be a critic of some of the administration’s policies. In 2009 and 2010, Ross disagreed with the foreign-policy team’s strategy to distance the president from Israel in order for the United States to have more credibility in the peace process. In an interview this month with The Washington Post, Ross said he thought Obama’s initial push for Israel to freeze settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as a condition for Palestinians to participate in peace talks was a mistake.


Ross’s views were well-known to the pro-Israel lobby in Washington, and he was often trotted out to relieve concerns the Jewish and pro-Israel community had with Obama’s initial approach to the Jewish state. Others, however, speculated that Ross was frustrated that the policies he pursued under Obama have not yet gotten results.


“Dennis is about doing things,” said Aaron Miller, who was Ross’s deputy on the peace process during the Clinton years and is now a scholar at the Wilson Center, a public-policy think tank in Washington, D.C. “The peace process is stuck and is likely to remain stuck. The fact is no amount of hand-holding is going to assuage the concerns and suspicions of a pro-Israel community which has now seen some of its fears realized. It may well be that this is the other piece of this. I wouldn’t want to try to sell Obama to the Jewish community in this environment.”


Alan Solow, a national co-chairman of the Obama campaign who often accompanied Ross on talks with synagogues and other Jewish groups, said Ross was still a supporter of the president.


“Dennis left the administration for the reason he stated—a promise to his wife—and not because of any disagreement with the president,” Solow said. “He was an important contributor to many of the president’s policies regarding Iran and the Middle East and I have every reason to believe that he continues to support the path being pursued by the president.”


For now, the Obama campaign is continuing its outreach to Jewish voters without Ross. An Obama campaign official told The Daily Beast it often uses Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and former Florida congressman Robert Wexler as surrogates with Jewish voters. The White House also conducts its own Jewish outreach with senior Obama-administration officials like Jack Lew, the president's chief of staff. This week, Bloomberg first reported that Haim Saban, an American television producer and billionaire, had donated to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action. Saban publicly criticized Obama in 2011 for airing out disagreements with Israel in public.


A Gallup poll released Friday showed registered Jewish voters favored Obama to Romney 68 to 25 percent. 
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Eli Lake is the senior national-security correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast. He previously covered national security and intelligence for the Washington Times. Lake has also been a contributing editor at The New Republic since 2008 and covered diplomacy, intelligence, and the military for the late New York Sun. He has lived in Cairo and traveled to war zones in Sudan, Iraq, and Gaza. He is one of the few journalists to report from all three members of President Bush’s axis of evil: Iraq, Iran, and North Korea.


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Red Sea Jazz Festival, Eilat - July 30-August 2, 2012

Source: Tourist Israel

The Red Sea Jazz Festival will take place in 2012 for the 26th time, first happening in 1987 and has been running every year since in the last week of August. A four day international jazz festival with 8 to 9 concerts per evening, 6 clinics with guest artists and nightly Jam sessions, The Red Sea Jazz Festival showcases a broad spectrum of jazz music from New Orleans jazz to the contemporary, including Latin and World music, bringing groups from across Israel and the world to Eilat. In 2012, the Red Sea Jazz Festival will be taking place between July 30 to August 2.


The Red Sea Jazz Festival, held in Israel’s window to the Red Sea, Eilat


Red Sea Jazz Festival 2012
Check out some previous performances at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, below:

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Have the skeletons of the Temple Mount massacre been found?

Jews, Christians or Muslims? An image from the film of the skeletons. | Photo credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch
Source: Israel Hayom
By Nadav Shragai
First seen posted on ISRAELI FRONTLINE facebook group by Phillip Pasmanick's Israel and Stuff


Veteran journalist Benny Liss releases movie he filmed of underground cave on Temple Mount where he found a mass grave • He believes the skeletons are the remains of Jews massacred by the Romans when they destroyed the Temple Mount, but urges the authorities to properly examine the area.


Remains of thousands of Jews massacred by the Romans on the Temple Mount at the time of the destruction of the Second Temple may have been uncovered in Jerusalem, according to a veteran archaeological journalist.


During a conference on Thursday at Megalim – the City of David Institute for Jerusalem Studies, journalist Benny Liss screened a movie recorded a few years ago that clearly shows thousands of skeletons and human bones in what appears to be a mass grave.


Liss, veteran archaeological correspondent for Israel's Channel 1, told the amazed audience that the film had been shot in a spacious, underground cavern in the area of the Mercy Gate, near the eastern wall of the Temple Mount, but just outside it. Liss raised the possibility that the skeletons were the remains of 6,000 Jews, mostly women and children, killed on the Temple Mount when the Romans destroyed the Second Temple, as described in the writings of Flavius Josephus, who witnessed the destruction.


The movie shows a group of people accessing the cavern with construction tools. Liss goes in first, followed by a lighting technician and cameraman. The three first pass through a narrow passage and then enter the cave with the skeletal remains. Liss says he tried to work out the size of the pile of remains by putting his hand in as far as he could, but he could not reach the bottom. The movie shows Liss crumbling some of the carbonized materials near the skeletons. As soon as Liss left the cave, Antiquities Authority staff resealed the cave, he says.


During the lecture, Liss also cites historical sources that show that in the area of the Old City where the Muslim cemetery now stands, there was once a Jewish neighborhood and cemetery, which was moved to the Valley of Josaphat. He basis his theory that the skeletons are the remains of the people killed on the Temple Mount on the site of the mass grave, the soot in the cave and the written history.


"The Romans stayed on the Temple Mount for a month after the destruction of the temple until going on to conquer the upper city [today's Jewish Quarter],” says Liss. “They had to get rid of the thousands of decomposing bodies and the most obvious place to do this would have been the natural caves on the upper slope of the mount, around Mercy Gate."


The veteran journalist emphasized that this was just a theory. "Now, after publishing this information, the experts should go into the field and examine what we found back then, evaluate it and publish their own findings," he says.


Liss does not believe that the remains are Christian since on the lower levels of the mount he has documented systematic Christian burials where crosses, sandals and buckles clearly attest to the religion of the dead. The same cannot be said about the burial site closer to the Mercy Gate.


Asked why he waited until now to release his findings, Liss said that he was worried that they would ignite the situation and wanted to wait for a better time.


A host of senior archaeologists approached by Israel Hayom said that photographs were not enough to determine the history of the cave and that samples need to be taken from the site and dated.


Professor Dan Bahat, a former Jerusalem District archaeologist, said the bones could be Jewish, but also just as easily be Christian or Muslim. Prominent archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkai said that Muslim mass graves had been found in the area in the past, though he does not discount other possibilities. Archaeologist Dr. Ayelet Mazar said that such a finding was unprecedented, but refused to come to any conclusions without further investigations being carried out.


The chances of the site being reopened are very slim as it is located in a particularly sensitive area, where the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf keeps a close watch and interprets every movement by Jews or Israeli authorities on the mount.


The Antiquities Authority said in response that it was unaware of the findings presented in Liss' movie, and it would be happy to receive the materials. One official told Israel Hayom that he was aware of unsubstantiated reports of a cave with a large amount of human remains in the area, but because of the extreme sensitivity of the location and its close proximity to the Muslim cemetery, the cave had never been explored.

Iron Dome Defenses Increasing by 2013

Iron Dome intercepter in Ashkelon
Source: Arutz Sheva
By Chaya Ya'ar


Two more Iron Dome anti-missile defense systems are to be delivered to Israel by early next year.


In addition, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a bill over the weekend that expanded America's defense cooperation with Israel. The bill included a $70 million allocation for the Iron Dome that was approved by the Congress two months ago.


The Iron Dome system is equipped with a battery of three launchers and uses Tamir interceptor missiles to intercept and destroy rockets at ranges of 4 to 70 kilometers.


Both of the systems to be delivered in early 2013 come equipped with a new radar system that spans a wider geographic area, and new, upgraded software.


Thus far, each is to be classified as a reserve unit and will be operated by reservists who have already served their tour of duty, said the IDF source; however, both are on standby for “emergency” situations.


The country already has four such batteries installed in major population centers in the southern region – Ashdod, Ashkelon, Be'er Sheva and most recently, Eilat.


All were installed to intercept rocket attacks fired by Palestinian Authority terrorists from Gaza, mostly members of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations. The Eilat battery was placed in anticipation of an upswing in attacks following an increase in terror activity in the Sinai Peninsula.

Historic Coin from Jerusalem


There is nothing more accurate than archaeological evidence to prove what we have been saying all along. - Michelle 


Posted by Hanoch Young on facebook: "A picture I took last week at the Hecht Museum in Haifa of a coin minted during the Bar Kochba rebellion (132-135 CE). The front featured a representation of the Temple, and on the reverse, the last coins had the words, "for the freedom of Jerusalem"