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The Lekarev Report - Israel News August 6, 2008

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August 6, 2008
ak003_m.jpgPatience Wearing Thin with Iran 

The US government is frustrated with Iran's response to an incentives package aimed at defusing a dispute over its nuclear program, calling Tehran's response "unacceptable."

Officials told The Associated Press that a one-page document Iran presented to European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Brussels is not the definitive reply that had been hoped for to the offer from major world powers to suspend uranium enrichment and reprocessing in exchange for economic and other benefits. 

Instead, the officials said it was a restatement of Tehran's earlier insistence on the right to conduct peaceful nuclear activities and essentially a transcription of portions of recent telephone conversations to that effect between Solana and chief Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili.

One official said it was just more "delay tactics" of which the world is growing weary.
 
130shranski150204.jpgSharanksy Speaks Out on US Election

Former 'Prisoner of Zion' Natan Sharansky has termed Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama a "risk" to Israel if he is elected president.  The former minister in the Sharon government, who resigned in protest to the Gush Katif Disengagement, told Shalom TV that he prefers Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain.  Shalom TV is an American Jewish cable network that reaches 18 million homes.

"In the case of McCain, we know exactly where his policy is," said Sharansky. "I have known, personally, McCain for 20 years. He is a person of principle, and he is also a person who has absolutely a great record of supporting Israel. Getting to Obama, there is no record. Nobody can know for sure what will be. It can happen to be good. It can happen to be very bad.  It's a very high risk."

Sen. Obama's recent trip to Israel has not gained him any points.  Sharansky noted that while here, Obama "said all the right things that Israelis want to hear" but everyone knows that he has no record to back up what he is saying.

Obama won enthusiastic applause several weeks ago in a rousing speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), who heard him announce the Jerusalem should be the united and eternal capital of Israel.

Fierce Arab protests forced him to backtrack within 24 hours, and he clarified his statement by saying that Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) must decide the future status of the city. He later said that the call for an "undivided" Jerusalem was his way of objecting to a barbed-wire barrier in the middle of the city, similar to the one that existed when eastern Jerusalem was under Jordanian occupation between 1949 and 1967.

Sharansky was a political prisoner in Russia for a number of years and has written a powerful book entitled THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY with the subtitle, The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror.  It has attracted worldwide acclaim and praise and is well worth reading, especially at the present time leading up to elections both in the US and, most likely, in Israel.

The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror
by Natan Sharansky by PublicAffairs
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gilad.jpgEgypt Pushing for Israel/Hamas Deal to Free Shalit

Egyptian officials told the Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat that no progress was made Tuesday in talks between Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman and Ofer Dekel, Israel's envoy to the negotiations for the release of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit,  but added that they are pushing both sides to achieve an agreement that will result in the kidnapped soldier's return to his family and country.

He also noted that Israel has made clear that it will not pay "too high a price".
Israel has offered to release 450 Arab terrorists in exchange for Shalit, but has so far refused to release 71 prisoners with blood on their hands. Security officials believe the individuals in question will return to terror activities if released.  Hamas is demanding the release of those 71.

The Egyptians are pressing Hamas to "follow the path of Hizbullah" in order to push negotiations forward, and bring the current stalemate to an end.  The source also said Hamas should capitalize on the Egyptian involvement in the talks to gain the "desired results" out of the negotiations.

I urge all of you to continue to pray for Shalit's safe return to Israel.


2_a.jpgArab Israeli Indicted for Enlisting in Hizbollah
 
An Arab Israeli was indicted yesterday for allegedly enlisting in Hizbullah and performing missions at the organization's behest during his studies in Germany.

Khaled Kashkush, 29, of the town of Kalansuwa, a medical student in Frankfurt, was arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport on July 16 in a joint operation of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the Israel Police.

Kashkush had allegedly been approached by Muhammad Hashem - who also goes by other names such as Rami or Mazen - a known Lebanese Hizbullah agent who travels throughout world in an attempt to recruit and activate Hizbullah agents.

According to the indictment Hashem met Kashkush, recruited him, paid him €13,000 and began giving him missions, providing him with the names of Israelis residing abroad who could be recruited.

Hashem also allegedly asked Kashkush to apply for a job at an Israeli hospital upon completing his studies, where he would gather information on soldiers and security personnel who were hospitalized.

Kashkush was also instructed in different ways to avoid detection and in how to work as an undercover agent, the indictment said.
 
r140794_484730.jpgOlmert Indictment Expected in Weeks
 
A former senior Israeli police officer told The Jerusalem Post this week that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will likely be indicted in the next few weeks.

The source, who did not wish to be named, said the timing of the indictment depended on a number of factors, such as whether the prime minister "makes himself fully available" to police detectives, and whether he provided "full answers" to the questions put to him.

The latest investigation, in which Olmert is suspected of double-billing several charities and a government ministry for the same trips and using the extra money to pay for family trips, has significantly added to the National Fraud Unit's workload and could delay an indictment while police complete lines of inquiry.
The source felt that within 2-3 months (8-12 weeks or so) an indictment would be handed down.

He added that every allegedly unlawfully funded flight taken by Olmert or a member of his family required hours of work on the part of the police and added that it was "unreasonable" for police to say which interrogation of Olmert would be the last, as new testimony or a new piece of evidence could always appear unexpectedly.

Meanwhile, despite saying that last week's fourth interrogation "could be the last," police have scheduled a fifth session with the prime minister this Friday.


38_header_image.gifA Horrifying Lead Story from WorldNetDaily

Blazing headlines on the highly respected website, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/ need to be brought to your attention this morning. 

Joseph Farah, president of WND, is an Arab Christian who has been a consistently strong supporter of Israel for many years.  I am aware that many of you frequent his site already as do I.  For those who may not be familiar with him, or his site, today you need to read what's there, all the more so in light of Natan Sharansky's comments reported above.  I'll say no more here.  Please go to the website and check out his lead story this morning: "Jews Must be Burned." 

Any response should be directed to Mr. Farah at the WND site.  His email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

I urge you to think, not just of the statements made, but the implications in light of the principle that for every person who speaks out on an issue, there are dozens more who think the same but don't speak out.  However, given the "right circumstances" who knows what could happen?  
 
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Mofaz Formally Announces Candidacy
 

Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz formally announced his candidacy in the Kadima primary elections at a small rally in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Mofaz kicked off his bid to succeed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as party chairman and, possibly, prime minister, with weighty rhetoric. Speaking before 350 of his supporters, Mofaz said he "vows to keep Jerusalem unified as the eternal capital of Israel. We will continue the magnificent dynasty of King David, who declared the city as Israel's capital 3,000 years ago."
 
Greeted by an enthusiastic crowd outside the walls of the Old City, Mofaz invoked his defense credentials: "Defense is the base foundation of our reality here. It is easy sometimes to fall under the temporary false illusion that defense issues are not pressing and should not be at the top of our priorities, particularly in times of relative calm. But this is a dangerous illusion.
 
"Experience and expertise the field of defense is not just an 'edge,' they are a necessity of the utmost importance to any prime minister in Israel."

Shalom and blessings,

Leah

Happy is the man whom You instruct, Hashem, and to whom You teach Your Torah;  that You may give him rest from the days of evil, until the pit is dug for the wicked.

Psalm 94:12-13
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