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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tourists Wounded in Rock Attack

Example of rock attack
Source: Arutz Sheva
By Maayana Miskin

Two young women were wounded Tuesday when Arabs attacked a bus in Jerusalem. The attack took place opposite Shaar Haashpot in the Old City.

A group of Arabs threw rocks at the bus, causing damage and injuring the two women.

The women, both tourists, were taken to Shaarei Tzedek Hospital for treatment. Both are in light condition.

At approximately the same time Palestinian Authority Arabs stoned cars in Samaria (Shomron). A driver traveling between Maaleh Shomron and Alfei Menashe was hit, but luckily the attack did not cause injury.

The IDF is searching for the perpetrators.

Egyptian Child Preacher Calls for Destruction of Israel

Source: Israel Hayom
Israel Hayom Staff

Child preacher appears on Egyptian Al-Rahma television station, says martyrdom is a religious duty for Muslim believers and refers to "the accursed Sharon, Bush and Obama," according to translation provided by MEMRI.

Child preacher on Egyptian television says martyrdom is a religious duty for Muslim believers. | Photo credit:

A child preacher identified as Ibrahim Adham called for the destruction of Israel on the Egyptian Al-Rahma television station this month, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

"Oh Islamic nation, oh all Muslims ... martyrdom on the path of Allah is a religious duty incumbent upon you, oh believers," the child said. "It is your path for salvation in the eyes of the Lord ... Pray: Oh Allah, destroy Israel. May Jerusalem live on until the Day of Judgment."

The child also later referred to "the accursed Sharon, Bush and Obama."

A robed man is also seen in the clip, telling the child, "You are such a beautiful boy, by Allah!"

Earlier this month, the Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a strong condemnation of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, after Morsi attended a sermon where the preacher called for the "destruction and dispersal of the Jews."

A video emailed by the center showed Morsi at a mosque in the Mediterranean town of Marsa Matruh, where the congregation, including Morsi, answers "amen" to a cleric who recites a list of prayers in a traditional ritual.

In one of the prayers, the cleric asked God to "destroy the Jews and their supporters and disperse them, rend them asunder." Morsi is then seen continuing to say "amen." The prayers were aired on state TV and caught on video by MEMRI.

Photos: Inspired by US, Palestine solidarity billboards go up across South Africa

Source: The Electronic Intifada
By Ali Abunimah
Posted by Sheryl Goodson on ISRAELI FRONTLINE facebook group

welve billboards have gone up across South Africa showing how Israeli colonization has gradually taken away Palestinian land.

According to an emailed statement from the group BDS South Africa, whose name appears on the ads:

A local black businessman from Johannesburg was inspired by a similar campaign initiated by Henry Clifford in the USA and decided to embark on the same initiative here in South Africa. Earlier on this year Clifford personally backed a campaign with more than R200,000 [$22,000] of his own money to have adverts explaining the Israeli occupation put up in New York metro stations.

The ads sponsored by Clifford in the New York area earlier this year caused a considerable reaction and controversy.

The series of maps in the ad showing how Palestinians have been confined by Israeli colonization to ever smaller enclaves over time is well-known in the Palestine solidarity.

It may also remind South Africans of the map of the “bantustans” under apartheid, the nominally independent “homelands” in which the apartheid regime attempted to corral millions of Africans.

BDS South Africa notes that:

The launch of the South African Palestine solidarity billboards campaign coincides with the month that the African National Congress (ANC) celebrates its longest-serving president, Oliver Tambo. Hundreds of international guests are expected to arrive later this month for an international conference commemorating the life of Oliver Tambo. Tambo was crucial in building the successful international isolation of Apartheid South Africa, a strategy that the Palestine solidarity movement is now applying to Israel in an attempt to bring it in line with international law via the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign, which has gained significant ground in recent years.

Ishmael Khaldi tells Trinity College Dublin of his pride in being an Israeli Arab

Source: YouTube
By ClontarMedia Dublin

Ishmael Khaldi is Bedouin, Arab, Muslim and Israeli, a combination of identities in which he is proud. Invited to address the Theological Society of Trinity College Dublin, he shares his experience of growing in a Bedouin village, living in a tent, until age 8, walking barefoot to school and tending sheep to help his family survive. He tells with pride his journey to becoming the first Bedouin diplomat to represent Israel. Ishmael humanises his narrative when relating the culture shock he initially experienced in making the transition from beginnings a traditional culture to emerging as a diplomat in the consulate in San Francisco.


Source: The Winnipeg Jewish Review
By Maj (Res) Nissan Sharify and others
Posted by Orly Avior on ISRAELI FRONTLINE facebook group

To residents of the United States of America, wherever you may be,

We, a group of officers and commanders serving in the Israel Defense Forces reserves, wish to hereby express our deep concern regarding the severe decline of the status of the United States in the world, and the helplessness that has overcome your country in facing the evil presently prevailing in this world, and which is now directed against you.

We must stress that this concern is not only ours. We train and conduct numerous maneuvers with the United States Army, and have discovered that military officers and commanders responsible for your country's security are immersed in deep anger and lack of trust in the country's leadership because of the severe restrictions they face in the context of their war against the forces of evil in our world. Indeed, the American government activates a mechanism of repression in everything it sees and senses. And it is quite evident that despite the fact that the policies of the person who stands at the head of this government, Barack Hussien Obama, have totally collapsed and been shattered to pieces, because of the upcoming elections, the present administration refuses to admit its failures.

It is a well known fact that Israel was, and still is, a true and loyal ally of the United States. The symbiosis between our two armies is complete, yet Obama repeatedly tries to bury to the ground this everlasting covenant, and it is very clear that he will not hesitate to offer the sacrifice of the State of Israel to appease the devil of extremist Islam, which has been recently unleashed in all its fury. His underhanded and deceptive handling of the question of Iran's nuclear reactor shows that he truly feels that sacrificing Israel will appease the predators, and this without realizing in his great foolishness that he is planting the seed of calamity against the United States itself , since Iran has already established terror bases near U.S. borders (the outskirts of Nicaragua and Venezuela), as well as "sleeper terrorist cells" within the U.S. itself, ready and waiting for the right time to attack and strike.

Space does not allow us to say everything we would like to express, and even a brief outline of Obama's mistakes cannot be described here. However, we will emphasize that the State of Israel, since its inception, has always acted as a sort of an advance defense of the West against radical Islam, and if, God forbid, this defense should collapse, then phenomena like the attack on the Twin Towers in Manhattan will become all too common, which must be prevented at all costs.

Therefore, we call upon you to help yourselves. Send Mr. Barack Hussein Obama home. Vote for the better, more talented and more serious candidate, Mr. Mitt Romney.
Truly and sincerely yours,

Signed by 50 members of the IDF

If you are interested in the names and ranks of the signers please contact the editor for the list

Bernard-Henri Lévy: Jews of Diaspora and Israel are under attack

Source: The Jerusalem Post
By Jeremy Sharon

Prominent French-Jewish intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy declared on Tuesday night that Jews in Israel and around the world are under attack from the twin threats of anti-Semitism in the guise of anti-Zionism, and total war against the State of Israel.

Speaking at a conference on the future of the Jewish people organized by the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI), Lévy labeled the phenomenon of anti-Zionism as “the new mutation of the anti-Semitism virus.”

“The challenge we have to face is the new shape of old anti-Semitism, a new system of legitimacy to express anti-Semitism that revolves around hatred of Israel and anti-Zionism,” he said.

Hatred of Israel, denial or partial denial of the Holocaust, and the identification of Palestinians as the only legitimate victims, he explained, form the basis of the anti-Zionist and anti- Semitic onslaught.

In addition, he said, Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas are planning a total war constituting a serious threat to the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

“For the moment they don’t have the means to wage total war; maybe they will never have it. But when you listen to Hamas, to Hassan Nasrallah, to the men in power in Tehran including the so-called moderates such as Rafsanjani, the words they speak have to be considered as a plan for a form of total war,” Lévy suggested.

Prof. Suzanne Last Stone, academic counsel to JPPI, said the conference was designed to approach challenges to the Jewish people in a more holistic fashion.

One of the overarching challenges, she said, was the importance of building “mutual understanding” to develop and improve Israel-Diaspora relations.

One focus of misunderstanding between the two communities was the lack of understanding among US Jewry regarding the matter of religion and state in Israel.

“The Israeli way of arranging religion and state is strange and troubling for US Jews, and part of a larger set of differences between Israel and the Diaspora,” Last Stone said.

“There are no easy and immediate solutions, but the goal of this conference is to put the issues on the table and bring both communities to understand each other’s positions.”

Jerusalem names street after renowned Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum

Umm Kulthum (Uom Kalsoum)
Source: YouTube
By israelinDR
Submitted by Maro Balayan

In a ceremony held in Jerusalem, a street was dedicated in memory of renowned singer, Umm Kulthum, by the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat.

Mayor Barket said: "Look what respect is accorded to this singer, not only in Israel, not only in Egypt where she came from, but in the entire world, and it is a great honor for us to perpetuate her name by naming a street after her."

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says U.S. and Israel seek to divide Muslims

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Iran's most powerful authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Thursday accused the United States and Israel of fomenting divisions among Muslims to undermine "Islamic uprisings" across the Middle East.

"By exploiting inattention ... corrupt American, NATO and Zionist agents are trying to divert the deluge-like movement of Muslim youth and bring them into confrontation with one another in the name of Islam," he said in an annual message to Iranians who have gone to Saudi Arabia for the haj pilgrimage.

"They are trying to turn the jihad against colonialism and Zionism into blind terrorism in the streets ... so that Muslims shed each other's blood."

Officials in Shi'ite Muslim Iran often describe the "Arab Spring" uprisings as an "Islamic Awakening".

Some of those uprisings have brought Islamists to power, while others, notably in Syria and Bahrain, have pitted Sunnis against Shi'ites or Alawites, members of an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.

Iran has aligned itself with its regional ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah movement in what it calls an "axis of resistance" against Israel. At the same time it denies accusations from Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchies that it is encouraging Shi'ite uprisings in their countries.

"The aggressive and interventionist arrogant powers are making every effort to divert the course of these significant Islamic movements," Khamenei said, according to Iranian state television, urging Muslims to show solidarity.

He reiterated Iran's opposition to outside intervention in Syria, saying only Syrians could decide their own future, and said other unspecified nations could also be engulfed by Syria's turmoil.

On Wednesday, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said both the Syrian government and most opposition groups had agreed to the principle of a ceasefire during the three-day Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which starts on Friday.

(Reporting By Marcus George; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Turkish Reports: Turkey pleased with the crisis with Israel

Source: Haaretz
By Adar Primor

Dozens of children in school uniforms file past the grim sarcophagus of Ataturk. They leave the shadowy room, staring in amazement at the two fearsome soldiers on guard at the entrance, and descend the broad staircase. Down below, they march single file toward another corner of the impressive mausoleum inaugurated in Ankara in 1953 in memory of the Father of the Turks. They will not leave before they have their picture taken in front of Ataturk's black Cadillac. It gleams, and so do the children's eyes.

The children have come to the capital all the way from Istanbul, the city on the Bosporus, hundreds of miles away. There, on the eastern bank of the Golden Horn, stands a monument of another sort: the Mavi Marmara. This is also a kind of mausoleum; its purpose is to commemorate the nine people killed in the fatal 2010 clash with the Israel Navy. Several parts of the ship have been sent for repair, but the bullet holes remain. Commemoration requires it.

While the mausoleum in Ankara is intended to commemorate the founder of the Turkish republic, the ship where blood was spilled was intended to become a shrine connected directly to the present prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom his supporters describe as the greatest statesman in the republic since the death of its founder, while his critics see him as a neo-Ottoman sultan who suffers from hubris.

A recent visit to Turkey yielded a number of insights about the sultan/statesman and his attitude to the Jewish state.

First of all, Turkey does not really want reconciliation with Israel. That became clear during a conference sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Global Political Trends Center of Istanbul, which brought together Israeli and Turkish journalists to discuss relations between the two countries. The meeting that was organized for the journalists with Ibrahim Kalin, senior adviser to the prime minister, was canceled at the last minute. So was a meeting with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Attempts to interview senior Turkish officials were rebuffed. Everyone had a "crowded schedule."

Some of the Turkish people who attended the conference sought to enlighten the Israeli participants, telling us that not only is Turkey pleased with the crisis in bilateral relations, but actually initiated it. The Mavi Marmara incident was planned, they said, and so was the seemingly spontaneous tongue-lashing Erdogan gave President Shimon Peres in Davos in 2009: "Be patient, the show is about to begin," a journalist from the Turkish daily Milliyet was told moments before.

Second, the Turkish participants argued, Israel needs Turkey much more than Turkey needs Israel. There is no think tank today that is not discussing the "Turkish model" and the possibility of exporting it to the newly liberated Arab countries. The Arab Spring is giving Turkey an opportunity to take a leadership position in the Middle East, while it leaves Israel in splendid isolation.

If Israel does not apologize for the Mavi Marmara and compensate the families of those killed, it can forget normalization of relations, Turkish officials and observers have repeatedly said. But they also say that if Israel would have allowed Turkey to intercede between it and the Palestinians, Israeli-Turkish relations would already have returned to normal. And that is the crux of the matter.

Erdogan is here to stay. When his term as prime minister ends, he intends to move into the president's residence. This he will do after he completes a process granting that institution wide-ranging powers. Health permitting, he could lead his country for another 15 years. With a little help from Allah, he hopes to lead the entire region.

But until that time, Erdogan will have to make a great effort just to continue leading Turkey itself. In his nightmares he sees the disintegration of Bashar Assad's regime leading to an independent Kurdish entity in Syria that could link up with the one that already exists in northern Iraq. And who knows; the winds of a Kurdish Spring could also blow over Turkey (and Iran ) and revive the vision of pan-Kurdish independence.

The statesman who would be sultan must make certain he does not lose his own state.

Mother Places Suicide Belt on Child, on Fatah Facebook Page in Lebanon

After watching the videos below, anyone who supports the Arab cause really needs to do some serious soul searching. 
- Michelle

Source: Palestinian Media Watch
By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Submitted by Ira L. Jacobson

The Facebook page for Fatah in Lebanon has posted this picture of a mother dressing her young son with a suicide belt. Palestinian Media Watch has documented the ongoing glorification of violence and Martyrdom by the PA. This picture was posted on the Fatah site together with an imaginary conversation between the son who is being sent to his death and the mother encouraging it. "Why me and not you?" the child innocently asks his mother, who answers that she will continue to have more children "for the sake of Palestine":

"My mother dressed me in a strange belt (i.e., a suicide belt).
I asked her: 'What is this, mother?'
She said: 'I will put it on you and you will go to your death!'
I said to her: 'Mother, what have I done that you want me to die?'
She shed a tear that hurt my heart and said: 'The homeland needs you, son. Go and blow up the sons of Zion.'
I said to her: 'Why me and not you?'
She said: 'I will stay in order to give birth to more children for the sake of Palestine.'
I kissed her hand and said to her: 'Keep it up, mother, for you and for Palestine I will kill the impure and the damned.'"
[Fatah-Lebanon's Facebook page,
posted Sept. 3, 2012, accessed Oct. 28, 2012]

The Facebook page states that it is "the official page of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon," and is linked to from the official website of the Fatah Information and Culture Commission (

The PA-funded educational magazine for children, Zayzafuna, published an essay earlier this year written by an 11 year-old lauding death as a Martyr:

"How do you know that you're a Palestinian?"
by Asil Khaled, 5th grade student - El-Bireh

"If you know that you were born with a death sentence, and if you go to your death without caring - then you're a Palestinian!
If your song is the song of Martyrdom (Shahada), and death, for you, is birth - then you're a Palestinian!
If you love death, and you say the Shahada [declaration] (i.e., the Islamic creed: "There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is Allah's messenger.") aloud - then you're a Palestinian!
If you've ever felt that you're an exploding body and that your soul will long one day to be a knight for the homeland - then you're a Palestinian!
If the stone is your weapon against oppression, and if those who hate [you] criticize your struggle - then you're a Palestinian!
If you have saturated the tree of the homeland with your free blood, with love, and have offered the remnants of your bodily parts as a bridge for those who are yet to come - then you're a Palestinian!
If you have shattered the chains, and carried the key to the house from which [your] grandparents were expelled - then you're a Palestinian!
If your wedding (i.e., a Martyr's funeral in Islamic tradition is a wedding to 72 Maidens of Paradise) was amidst a hail of bullets between the shoulders of friends [who carried your body], against the sound of tears mingled with joy (i.e., of achieving Martyrdom) and the searing pain of separation- then you're a Palestinian, and you're full of pride at being a Palestinian."
[Zayzafuna, Jan. 2012]

During the years of the Palestinian Authority terror campaign (the Intifada, 2000 - 2005), Palestinian Media Watch documented that the PA actively promoted Martyrdom (Shahada) as an ideal that children should strive for. Music videos for children indoctrinating them to see Martyrdom as "sweet" were broadcast hundreds of times on PA TV. In recent years, Martyrdom for children continues to be glorified by the PA in contexts for children but with lesser frequency.

The following are two examples of encouraging children to seek death as Martyrs for Allah, and one example of two girls embracing this ideal:

This video, designed to offset a child's natural fear of death, portrays Martyrdom as both heroic and tranquil. The film's hero, a teenager, leaves a farewell letter describing the death he is seeking as pleasurable:
"Don't be sad my dear [father], and don't cry over my parting.
My dear father, for my country, I sacrificed myself.
With determination and desire, I will keep my promise.
How sweet is Martyrdom (Shahada), when I am embraced by you, my land!
How sweet is Martyrdom (Shahada), when I am embraced by you, my land!
My beloved, my mother, most dear to me,
be joyous over my blood, don't cry for me."
[PA TV (Fatah), broadcast hundreds of times from 2001-2004]

Muhammad Al-Dura (a boy who was killed in a televised crossfire) calls other children to follow him to a joyous child-Martyr Paradise. Al-Dura runs on the beach with his kite, and even goes to an amusement park:
Text on screen: "I am waving to you, not in parting, but to say follow me. By Muhammad Al-Dura."
Narrator: "How sweet is the fragrance of the martyrs. How sweet is the fragrance of the earth, its thirst quenched by the gush of blood flowing from the youthful body. How sweet is the fragrance of the earth. The boy [Muhammad Al-Dura] cried: Oh father, till we meet, till we meet, father, till we meet, I will go with no fear and without crying. How sweet is the fragrance of the martyrs. I will go, father, to my place in heaven. How sweet is the fragrance of the martyrs. Oh father, till we meet, till we meet, Oh father, till we meet."
[PA TV (Fatah), hundreds of times, 2001-2008]

Host: "You described Martydrdom (Shahada) as something beautiful. Do you think it is beautiful?"
Walla, age 11: "Martyrdom (Shahada) is a very, very beautiful thing. Everyone yearns for Shahada. What could be sweeter than going to paradise?"
Host: "What is better, peace and full rights for the Palestinian people, or Shahada?"
Walla: "Shahada. I will achieve my rights after becoming a Shahida (Martyr)."
Host: "Ok, Yussra, would you agree with that?"
Yussra, age 11: "Of course; Shahada is sweet. We don't want this world, we want the Afterlife. We benefit not from this life, but from the Afterlife."
Host: "Do you actually love death? "
Yussra: "Death is not Shahada."
Host: "No, I mean the absence after death. "
Yussra: "No child loves death. The children of Palestine adopted the concept that Shahada is very good. Every Palestinian child, say someone aged 12, says: Oh Lord, I would like to become a Shahid."
Host: "We've got a call, Sabrine from Ramallah."
Sabrine (on telephone): "Ayyat Al-Akhras was 17 when she blew herself up -
Host: "Sabrine, are you for it or against it?"
Sabrine (on telephone): "Of course I support blowing up, it is our right."
Host: "Sabrine, now, is it natural that Ayyat Al-Akhras blows herself up?"
Sabrine (on telephone): "Of course it's natural."
[PA TV (Fatah), June 9, 2002]

European NGOs: Ban settlement products

Anti-Semtism in action! 

In other words, don't buy products from Jewish people who live in Judea and Samaria, buy only from the Arabs, so that the Jews will leave and allow the Arabs to turn the region into a Jew-free racist state. According to those who wish to boycott, Jewish homes built in Judea and Samaria are illegal under international law.  If that is not apartheid, I don't know what it. They obviously have not read The Levy Report.  -Michelle

Source: The Jerusalem Post
By Tovah Lazaroff

A group of 22 European NGO’s has recommended that its governments ban West Bank settlement products, in a report that it published on Tuesday morning.

It also called on the European Union and member states to pass legislation to more clearly label imports to its continent from West Bank settlements.

The report by the London based Crisis Action group highlighted World Bank data, provided by Israel, to argue that settlements goods remain part of Europe’s trade with Israel.

“The value of goods produced in West Bank settlements and exported to Europe is US$300 million per year,” the World Bank said in a September report.

The Crisis Group added in its report, that this was 15 times greater than Europe’s volume of trade with Palestinian products.

A former British Member of Parliament Phyllis Starkey told The Jerusalem Post that the report was released now because, “the issue of settlements has gone up the political agenda at the European Union.”

She pointed to the strong statement issued by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council in May, which affirmed a commitment to use existing EU legislation against settlement products.

The EU is moving from its long-standing rhetoric to action, Starkey said.

The Crisis Group’s report, “Trading Away Peace: How Europe Helps Sustain Illegal Israeli settlements” was addressed to European governments and the EU to help support what appears to be a policy shift, she said.

A number of European governments are discussing how to label settlement products for consumers, she said, but did not name the countries weighing those measures.

Starke noted that the report was also published in advance of Ireland’s six-month term as President of the EU, from January to June of 2013.

Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore has already said that the EU should consider banning settlement products.

According to the Crisis Action report, European states, should, “Ensure correct consumer labeling of all settlement products as a minimum measure, as done by the UK and Denmark but also covering manufactured products.”

Israel already places labels its products with the address of its origin within the country. It does so, because settlement products are not part of Israel’s tax-free agreement with the European Union, and as such are charged a tariff fee.

But the report said that this kind of labeling placed too much of a burden on European customs to determine if that location was in the West Bank.

European governments must insist that Israeli exporters stop labeling West Bank settlement exports as products of their country.

“Consumers are unwittingly contributing to the injustice by buying products that are inaccurately labeled as coming from Israel, when in fact they are from West Bank settlements,” said William Bell, Policy and Advocacy Officer at Christian Aid UK and Ireland.

Businesses should be discouraged from buying settlement goods, the report said.

“As a more comprehensive option,” the report also called on European governments “to ban the imports of settlements products.”

The report noted that it did not support a boycott of Israeli products, simply those produced over the pre-1967 line.

“Europe says settlements are illegal under international law and yet, continues to trade with them,” said Bell.

Israel and Greece Conduct a Joint Military Exercise - Hamas Terrorists Firing Rockets on Israel from Houses in Gaza

Source: Arutz Sheva
Elad Benari

The Israeli Air Force and the Greek Air Force recently concluded a two-day joint exercise on Greek soil, Channel 2 News reported on Monday.

According to the report, the Greek Air Force said that, as part of the exercise, F16i fighter pilots from both armies practiced dogfights, bomb raids and long term aerial refueling.

As Israel's relations with Turkey cooled over the past few years – its relationship with Greece, including security cooperation, has warmed up. In July, the Commander of the Greek Navy, Vice Admiral Kosmas Christidis, made his first visit to Israel.

Israeli, Greek and American aircraft held a joint drill in April of this year, reportedly in preparation for a possible war over Israel’s huge off-shore gas discoveries. 

Last year, Defense Minister Ehud Barak signed a security cooperation agreement with the Greek Defense Minister.

The joint Israel-Greek exercise took place as Austere Challenge 12, the IDF's joint exercise with the U.S. Army, got underway. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Israel on Sunday to observe the drill.

Dempsey met with Barak soon after his arrival. Following the meeting, Barak remarked that “the security relationship between the U.S. and Israel is deeper and stronger than it has been in recent years.”

On Monday, Dempsey met with President Shimon Peres, in which both Peres and Dempsey agreed that the good relations between Israel and the U.S. would discourage Israel's enemies from attacking.

The two discussed a variety of topics, including the Iranian nuclear threat, the strengthening of strategic relations between the two countries and developments in the region. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz also took part in the meeting.


Hamas Terrorists Firing Rockets on Israel from Houses in Gaza 

Source: YouTube
By idfnadesk

The terror group Hamas benefits from using its own people as human shields. When the IDF refrains from firing into densely populated areas, such as neighborhoods or suburbs, the terror organization becomes less vulnerable by default. Most of Hamas' military infrastructure is purposely placed in the middle of Gaza City and scattered throughout crowded refugee camps, further putting civilians in the direct line of fire.

In this video, uploaded online by Hamas only two days ago, you can see rockets being fired from urban living areas in the Gaza Strip. These are the same areas Hamas operatives convert to terror sites and weapon caches.

In The Land of Israel - Hellenism: Nothing New

By Rabbi Lazer Brody
Submitted by Dan Friedman, NYC

As far as the Jews in the Land of Israel were concerned, Alexander the Great was a benevolent ruler. He was not a pagan and he had tremendous regard for the Jewish sages, particularly Simon the Just, the High Priest at the time (see tractate Yoma, 69a). 

Neither persecuting them nor making life miserable for them, Alexander made an arrangement with the Jews: as long as they remained loyal to him, all they had to do was to pay their taxes and they'd be allowed to remain autonomous. This was unheard of, definitely a stroke of Divine will, because Alexander was rarely merciful to any nation that he subdued, which meant almost the whole known world at the time. The Jews were so grateful to him that they named every child born that year “Alexander.” That is why the name Alexander (Sender in Yiddish or Sasha in Russian are common Jewish nicknames derived from Alexander) became so common among Jews to this day.

Alexander conquered the Land of Israel in the year 329 BCE when he was only 23 years old. His death at the tender age of 29 six years later left the world - and particularly the Middle East - in total chaos.

The wicked Seleucus, after whom the Seleucid Dynasty is named, seized control of the northern portion of Alexander's kingdom, which included most of the Land of Israel. Reigning in Damascus, Seleucus was the leader of whom we today refer to as the Syrian Greeks. These were the Syrians who had totally adopted Greek culture from A to Z. 

The official Seleucid policy with the nations under their control was "conditional benevolence." They offered full rights, full citizenship and equal opportunity, even membership in their elite and exclusive athletic clubs (comparable to today's country club). But there was one condition - the subdued nation must cast aside its culture, language and religion and completely accept Hellenism.

The Gemara tells us that the "benevolent" Syrian Greeks "only" demanded three things, namely, that the Jews discontinue circumcision, Shabbat observance, and Rosh Chodesh (new moon) observance. This was quite crafty, for without these three mitzvoth, there would be no continuation of Judaism, Heaven forbid. When the non-Hellenist Jews resisted, the Syrian Greeks added a fourth decree: every Jewish girl would be given for a night to a Syrian Greek officer before her wedding. For the loyalist Jews, these were unbearable. Despite the fact that they were a minority - a tenth of the Jewish people at most, their disgust at the Syrian Greeks were the seeds that sprouted the Maccabean revolt, which ultimately led to the triumph over the Syrian Greeks, the resanctification of the Holy Temple and the miracle of Chanuka.

But meanwhile, the "benevolent" regime placed spreading Hellenism among the Jews as its highest priority, and it was succeeding. The historian Josephus leads us to believe that over 90% of the Jews had turned to Hellenism.

The Syrian Greeks used Hellenism to first gain their power and influence among the wealthy class of Jews, whose social influence on the masses was tremendous, for money talks. Both the Syrian Greeks and the assimilated Jewish Hellenist elite who did their every bidding portrayed Hellenism as an enlightenist movement, the way of the future. But the elders of Judea, particularly the Hasmonian family, saw Hellenism as a danger to the very fiber and existence of Judaism. As such, the secular Hellenists hated the orthodox elders, accusing them of obstructing progress and giving the Jews a bad name with the regime.

The Jewish Hellenists used their relations with the authorities to try and control the loyalists. The Mishna in Yoma tells that sometimes, the High Priest lacked a knowledge of Torah. We ask ourselves, how could that be? Simply, on more than one occasion, the Hellenists secured the position of High Priest for one of their own reformers by bribing King Antiochus, the Syrian Greek monarch at the time.

The "enlightened" Hellenist High Priests sought to reform Judaism, selectively preserving the customs that were compatible with their modern lifestyle, but shelving Kashruth, Shabbat, family purity and circumcision. None of the Hellenistic High Priests came out alive the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur.

Stop and ponder the history of our people, particular the annals of the Hellenists prior to the miracle of Chanuka and the triumph of the Maccabees. Does it not ring dangerously similar, both in the USA and in Israel? Is there not a war against the holy Yeshivas and constant efforts by the secular media to portray the Haredim as backward, obstructing progress, and damaging to our relations with the neighbors of the world? And all this in the name of "liberalism" and enlightenment. And what about the appalling phenomena of intermarriage?

King Solomon in Ecclesiastes says that there's nothing new under the sun; what has been, will be. No wonder he was known as the wisest man who ever walked the face of the earth.

Our people have seen regimes come and go for thousands of years. We have also seen a consistently bitter end for all those Jews who acquiesced to the dictates of foreign powers and subsequently compromised their Judaism. An expression of the German Jews before the Holocaust used to be, "Be a Jew at home and a person outside the home" soon led them to forget about their Judaism in the home too.

Throughout our history, whenever Jews tried to blend with host or conquering nations, an Antiochus, Haman, or Hitler rose to remind them that they're still Jews, even though they dress, act, and speak like the locals. For a Jew, assimilation and imitation of their host or conquering nation never works. Hashem commands us more than once in the Torah to steer clear of the ways of the nations and to cling to the ways of Torah. In this area, there's zero margin for compromise, as history has proven time and again.

Who needs another tyrant? It's time to come back to the Torah. Let the press and the nations call us primitive. The last laugh will be ours, when we're still learning about the Chanuka story in the second chapter of Gemara Shabbat, and they'll no longer be in sight. When the smoke clears, there will only be more Jews strengthening themselves in Torah and in emuna. Wait and see. 

French Rock Icon, Johnny Hallyday, to woo Tel Aviv in an October concert! - Interview with Johnny Hallyday—100% Pro-Israel --- Nike Night Run Tel Aviv. October 30, 2012

In a recent interview, Johnny Hallyday, 69, said that he wanted to join the Israel Defence Force when the Six Day War broke out, but by the time he prepared to leave, the war was over. Hallyday is very enthusiastic about his trip to Israel, a country he says he always wanted to visit but never had the chance due to his busy schedule. - Michelle

Source: I googled Israel

Legendary French singer Johnny Hallyday – known as Jean-Philippe Smet to his mum – will be wooing Tel Aviv in an October concert! 

The legendary crooner, who has sold over 100 million records, will be performing in Tel Aviv as part of his current world tour, which is also set to include the USA, Russia, and a whole series of concerts in his homeland. He will also be accompanied by French singer Louis Bertignac.

Now almost 70, the French Elvis Presley (many consider him to be the French version!) is considered one of France’s true living icons. And with the huge numbers of French tourists in Israel these days, a Tel Aviv concert is perfect timing!

The concert is scheduled for October 30, at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Call 03-6023619 for ticket details (tickets start at 350 shekels).

      Interview with Johnny Hallyday—100% Pro-Israel

Translation by Michelle Cohen

Interviewer:  Do you know Israel?

J.H: I have a lot of Israeli friends, you know, so... and I lived for a long time with a family named Bloch. I lived with them for two years when I was younger. So I always....I always wanted to go to Israel, but the fact is I was always touring right and left and never had the occasion to visit. But now I have the opportunity to visit.

Interviewer: What will you do in Israel?

J.H.: I would like to visit the Wailing Wall, for one, because, well, it's mystical. I am atheist. I am Catholic and atheist, so I don't pay attention to religion like I don't pay attention to politics. I am a singer. I love visiting, I love seeing countries. That's it! I love people generally. I love...they can be of any religion. It's all the same to me. For me it's.......

Interviewer: What will you sing? What will be your repertoire in Israel?

J.H. Well, firstly, I think there is a large French community (yes), so I will sing for them the songs I know how to sing that they have perhaps already heard. Songs like 'That I Love You'..songs like that.

Interviewer: About the question of boycotts by certain artists...

J.H.: I am above that. I don't care! I profession is singing. I go to countries where I am welcomed, and to an audience that wants to watch me. The rest is all the same to me.  I am not...I'm not a frightful individual.  I'll tell them that I will go anyway, and if they are not happy, they can simply not come to the show. (laughter)

Interviewer: Thank you!

Nike Night Run Tel Aviv

And right after Johnny Hallyday's show...

By Ban Julius

The Nike Night Run Tel Aviv takes place each fall, a 10km run which takes place in the cool Tel Aviv night along the streets of the 24 hour city. The Nike Night Run follows a great route starting at Rabin Square in the center of town, and heading north along Ibn Gbirol Street continuing along Rokah Boulevard and into Hayarkon Park, before reaching the end point beside the river. The 2012 Nike Night Run Tel Aviv will take place on October 30.