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The Lekarev Report - Israel News July 28, 2008

25 Tammuz 5768
July 28, 2008

Police: Omert Lying Shamelessly
Officials from the State Prosecutor's Office and other law enforcement authorities slammed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for his recent statements that he is enduring a "sham trial" staged by  the prosecution. Prosecutors said Olmert was "lying shamelessly" and accused him of misleading the public, an intensification of criticism that began with a statement by the Attorney-General that the PM is the most difficult public official investigators have ever faced.

Olmert lashed out at the State Prosecutor's Office Friday. "They turned the investigation into a kangaroo trial at the market square. I see foam on their lips. They are hunting me," the PM was quoted as saying to his colleagues.

The prosecution fired back angrily. According to one prosecutor, "The prime minister is lying shamelessly and misleading the public." 
hub.jpgJerusalem Becoming a Hub of Terror
Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said during Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting that Jerusalem was fast becoming "a terror hub" and added that the increasing terror would require "a change in policies".

Mofaz called for the demolition of homes, sealing off of areas, and the deportation of terrorists and their families, to be supported by these new policies. "We need a plan of action that will give a correct response to the threat," he said. 

Regarding this issue, Vice Premier Haim Ramon said that "those who think Jerusalem's problems and terror are local, and that the destruction of houses will help, is burying his head in the sand. The real question is whether the government wants Jabel Mukaber and Sur Baher (two Arab villages) as part of the State of Israel or not."   Ramon continued, "Those who want the fence to be east of Sur Baher actually determine that Israel will live with the permanent terror unleashed by terrorists and murderers that will rise from the 175,000 Palestinians with no affinity to Israel."  Ramon has long espoused a policy of placing such neighborhoods and villages outside the fence lest the endanger Jerusalem's position as a Jewish Zionist city and capital of Israel.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni referred to the ceasefire in Gaza and once again called for a military response to every violation.  "Israel must respond to violations of the truce, fire for fire," she said, adding that retaliation was Israel's way of saying it will not accept fire coming from any organization.

The rumor is going around today that Prime Minister Olmert is now considering suspending himself before the Kadima primaries and appointing Shaul Mofaz to replace him as Interim Prime Minister as a direct 'slap in the face' to Tzipi Livni with whom he has been at odds lately and who has been consistently leading as the primary contender for Kadima leadership in the polls.

I guess we'll know soon enough.
shin_bet.jpgHamas Seizing the Opportunity
Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) chief Yuval Diskin has warned that Israel has abandoned several eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods within the separation barrier, leaving them without army or police patrols, giving Hamas the opening to move in.
"Neighborhoods are being abandoned and it leaves a vacuum where Hamas operates," he declared. Smuggling of weapons has increased, and police find it more difficult to deploy forces in neighborhoods where the terrorist infrastructure has strengthened.  He intimated that certain east Jerusalem neighborhoods are "out of control" and becoming locations for stockpiling weapons by Palestinians all too ready to adopt radical positions.
He also reported to the cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday, July 27, an increase of organized plans by terrorist groups to kidnap more Israeli soldiers.
Public Security Minister Avi Dichter (Kadima) pointed out that 20 percent of terrorist attacks in the past five years involved Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem. In the past few months there has been a dramatic change, raising a red flag through the direct involvement in terrorist attacks by Arabs residents of east Jerusalem and its border villages.

Three attacks this year that resulted in the deaths of 11 Jews were carried out by eastern Jerusalem Arabs who acted on their own, without any apparent ties to an organized terrorist movement. "It is extremely difficult to expect and to prevent these types of attacks," Dichter noted.

He reiterated a view, becoming more acceptable among political leaders, that demolition of  the homes of families housing terrorists and expelling them from the city are the most effective means of preventing attacks. The Public Security Minister emphasized that such moves must be thoroughly justified because they face the danger of being challenged by international law as a violation of human rights.

The separation barrier has left large swaths of the capital cut off from the rest of the city.   Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his deputy Vice Prime Minister Chaim Ramon are in favor of surrendering Israeli sovereignty over those areas of Jerusalem, a move strongly opposed by others in the Knesset.

turkeybomb.jpgTwin Bombings in Istanbul Kill 16
Two bombs exploded minutes apart in a packed Istanbul square Sunday night, killing 16 and injuring more than 150 in the deadliest attack against civilians in Turkey in almost five years.

The city's governor called it a "terror attack" and told reporters that the bombs were hidden in trash cans.  Officials did not blame any specific group and no one immediately claimed responsibility. CNN-Turk television, citing security sources, said police suspect Kurdish rebels may be behind it because intelligence reports had suggested the rebels were planning a bombing campaign in Turkish cities.

The first bomb went off in the residential neighborhood of Gungoren in a busy square closed to traffic where people congregate at night, witnesses said. A number of people had rushed over to see what happened and help the victims when a second, more powerful blast hit close by about 10 minutes after the first. Many of the casualties were from the second explosion, witnesses said.  Police noted that this is a typical Al-Qaeda strategy but as yet, no claim of responsibility has been made.

"The fact that there was a crowd in the area has increased the number of casualties," the governor said. The governor's office said 154 people were injured. Of those, 15 are in critical condition, a government official at the scene said.

An Associated Press reporter who arrived to the scene shortly after the explosions saw at least 12 people lying on the ground. Broken glass, clothing, shop mannequins and other debris were strewn on the ground and bomb squads in white overalls were inspecting the scene.
Many of the injured waited for medical treatment, their faces and bodies covered with blood. Several people who appeared seriously wounded were wrapped in blankets and carried to ambulances waiting near the site of the blasts.

"The first explosion was in a telephone booth," said Huseyin Senturk, who owns a shoe shop yards away from where the blasts occurred. "The second explosion was some 40 meters away."

"The first explosion was not very strong," Senturk added. "Several people came to see what was going on. That's when the second explosion occurred and it injured many onlookers."

The attack was the country's worst since November 20, 2003 when al-Qaida linked suicide bombings struck the British consulate and a British bank, killing at least 30 people. Five days earlier, suicide truck bombs attacked two Istanbul synagogues, killing 27. 

livni_mfa.jpgLivni Said So Yesterday
Israel's Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, warned yesterday that the US State Department would pressure Israel to come to an agreement with the Palestinians before the end of the Bush Administration, just as Israel was pressured to make concessions in the waning months of the Clinton Administration.

It didn't take long for her prediction to manifest.  Palestinian sources report today that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in fact pressuring Israel and the Palestinian Authority to try to agree on a document of understandings by September, ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.

The sources said Rice wants to be able to present the document during the General Assembly to demonstrate that there is progress in the talks.ricearoni.jpg


The document would include agreed-on points particularly on borders, an issue where, according to an American diplomat, the gap is not significant. According to Palestinian sources, the gap regarding a right of return for Palestinian refugees has also narrowed.
The Israeli and PA teams, headed by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Ahmed Qureia, are set to arrive in Washington on Wednesday to continue negotiations. A three-way meeting with Rice is expected where she will be updated on the status of the talks. The United States and the PA have long been interested in holding such talks, but Israel says the meeting is routine.

According to the Israeli official, the main issue the Americans will bring up in the meeting is the document they hope to present at the General Assembly. But he added that "neither we nor the Palestinians want a deadline that can't be met. That will only hurt the talks and the good progress that has been achieved so far.".
From a Subscriber
A Lekarev subscriber forwarded this email to me, saying that she knows Jeff and Tiffany Porter who live in Virginia.  Jeff is an American soldier serving in Afghanistan.  Here is his eyewitness report on the visit of Sen. Barack Obama to Bagram Air Base, the US Military's largest base in the country..

Hello everyone,
As you know I am not a very political person. I just wanted to pass along that Senator Obama came to Bagram, Afghanistan for about an hour on his visit to 'The War Zone'. I wanted to share with you what happened. 

He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram.

As the Soldiers lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn't say a word as he  went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished,  the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with  weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing  basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service.

So really he was just here to make a showing for the Americans back home that he is their candidate for President.  I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you.

I swear, we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheer leaders than from one of the Senators, who wants to be the President of the United States. I just don't understand how anyone would want him to be our Commander-and-Chief.  It was almost as if he was scared to be around those that provide the freedom for him and our great country.

If this is blunt and to the point I am sorry but I wanted you all to know what kind of caliber of person he really is. What you see in the news is all fake.

In service,
CPT Jeffrey S. Porter, US Army
Battle Captain
TF Wasatch

Ed. Note:  I checked all of my sources as well as the internet on Obama's visit to Afghanistan and news reports confirm that he did in fact visit the Bagram base, the largest US Military base in the country to talk to senior U.S. military commanders there about security issues, which are seen as the weakest aspect of his presidential bid.  Every article I found noticeably lacked any reference whatsoever to his acknowledgement of the soldiers - only that he "talked with senior military officials at Bagram." 

It's important to "read" what is not said, as much as what is said, particularly in light of Captain Porter's onsite report.

Obama also cancelled a planned visit to wounded servicemen and women in Germany, which attracted harsh criticism from many, including Sen. John McCain who said, "It is never inappropriate to visit our servicemen."  The Obama campaign weakly defended the cancelled visit as "inappropriate during a campaign trip." 

You draw your own conclusions.
33% Muslim Students in England Support Jihad

About a third of British Muslim students polled in a new report to be published on Monday said that killing in the name of religion is justified.

The report by the London-based Center for Social Cohesion (CfSC), entitled "Islam on Campus: A Survey of UK Student Opinion," showed that 33 percent of Muslim students said killing in the name of religion could be justified, while 60% of active members of on-campus Islamic societies said the same. Only 2% of non-Muslims polled felt this way.

Based on a specially commissioned YouGov poll of 1,400 students as well as on field work and interviews, the report showed that most Muslim students who supported secularism and democratic values, were generally tolerant of other minorities and rejected violence in the name of their faith.

Notably, 40% percent of Muslim students polled supported the introduction of Sharia into British law for Muslims, and a third supported the introduction of a worldwide caliphate based on Sharia law; 58% of active members of Islamic societies supported the idea.

In addition, 43% of Muslim students said Islam was compatible with secularism.

"These findings are deeply alarming," said CfSC researcher Hannah Stuart, one of the report's authors. "Students in higher education are the future leaders of their communities. Yet significant numbers of them appear to hold beliefs which contravene liberal, democratic values. In addition, there are signs of growing religious segregation on campus. These results are deeply embarrassing for those who have said that there is no extremism in British universities."

'Merry ole England' won't be so merry if these students have their way.

Shalom and blessings,
Oh how abundant is Your goodness, which You have prepared for them that fear You; which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, in the sight of the sons of men!

Psalm 31:19  

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