Written by Right Side News
17 Av 5768
August 18, 2008
Olmert to Release More Palestinian Prisoners and Terrorists
For Shame! Despite furious uproar of politicians across the political spectrum, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday announced that as a "gesture" to the Palestinian Authority he will release 200 Palestinian security prisoners, including terrorists directly involved in killing Jews.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said today the Israeli Security cabinet (or better termed the IN-Security Cabinet!!) voted to release the prisoners as a way to bolster Israeli-Palestinian negotiations started at last November's U.S.-backed Annapolis Summit, which seeks to create a Palestinian state before President Bush leaves office in January.
The exact names of prisoners approved for release was not yet made public, but diplomatic sources said it included at least one terrorist who directly murdered a Jew and another senior terrorist who led a cell that staged attacks in which Israeli civilians were killed. Most of the terrorists to be released have been in prison for the past 15 - 20 years.
Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu strongly slammed the prisoner release as a victory for terror. "The cabinet decision is additional proof that the Kadima-Labor government is subverting ethical and security norms," Netanyahu said. "Instead of taking a position of attacking terror, the government is freeing terrorists with blood on their hands, in exchange for nothing, while Gilad Shalit continues to rot in jail. The inevitable result is that terror organizations will understand that they can send more terrorists to carry out more attacks in Israel - and they'll know that one day, they too will be freed," stated Netanyahu.
National Union Knesset Member Arieh Eldad said the Olmert government would be responsible if any of the freed prisoners go on to kill more Jews. "The blood of the innocent victims who will be killed by the released terrorists will be on the head of this government," Eldad said.
Gestures? For what? What have we gained from "gestures" in the past? Absolutely nothing!
There is a definition for insanity which comes to mind right here: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.
Shin Bet Angry Over Prisoner Release
The Cabinet's decision to release some 200 security prisoners - mainly from Fatah and including two with "blood on their hands" - to help Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is vehemently opposed by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), a senior defense official told The Jerusalem Post yesterday after the announcement was made public.
News of the impending release was received very negatively among Shin Bet handlers and agents, the source said. "You have to hear the responses inside the Shin Bet to the release. They work day and night to capture and neutralize terrorists, and all of it is gone in an instant," Dichter said. "People in the Shin Bet end up asking, 'Why do we capture these people? Where did all my work go? Where is the deterrence?'"
He added that similar responses were heard in the corridors of judicial departments within the security forces.
"A terrorist who plants an explosive device gets 10 years in prison but will end up being released after three or four years. This hurts the motivation in the Shin Bet," he said.
The same source said he was sure that the government chose to go ahead with the prisoner release deal with Hizbullah in July because the chances of a similar deal with Hamas to free kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit were very low.
"The government realized it could not do a southern hostage deal, so it went with the northern hostage deal to reduce public pressure on it. The government knew that they [Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser] were no longer alive. They figured that [child-killer Samir] Kuntar had been in prison for many years, and went for the deal.
"Hamas is demanding 450 heavyweight prisoners who took part in recent terrorist attacks. The memories of the victims' families are still very raw. I don't believe the government can go ahead with this," the defense official said.
Iran Launches Satellite
Both Israel and America are concerned about Iran's successful launch of a rocket carrying a 'dummy' satellite to outer space.
The launch is worrying and raises questions regarding Iran's intentions, US National Security Council's Gordon Johndroe said Saturday night. He added that rockets of the type Iran tested on Sunday could also double as ballistic missiles and carry payloads and that the test-launch was not in keeping with commitments Iran gave in the past to the UN Security Council.
Israeli security officials were quoted by Israel Radio as saying that even though a successful test-launch was no cause for panic in Israel, it did mean that Iran was making strides in its missile capabilities.
"Whoever can launch a satellite to space can also launch heavy payloads to very far distances," the unnamed source said. Iran's announcement, the source added, should serve as warning for Europe more than Israel, which has been within range of Iran's ballistic missiles before Sunday's announcement.
Iranian state TV also announced Sunday that Iranian warplanes could now fly 3,000 kilometers without refueling, thereby easily reaching Israel. He didn't specify the aircraft type or explain how the range was extended.
Egypt Demands Hamas Stop Obstructing Shalit Release
Cairo has reportedly warned Hamas that it must stop obstructing progress in the deal to release abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and uphold its end of the Egyptian-brokered truce with Israel.
A senior government official in Jerusalem said that as far as Israel knows, Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman told Khaled Meshal, the Hamas political bureau head in Damascus, that Egypt would not agree to Hamas' ongoing hard-line stand in talks over Shalit's release.
The official said Suleiman also said talks between Israel and Hamas, mediated by Egypt, should move ahead again intensively in Cairo, as was agreed more than a month ago.
Egypt has made clear to both Israel and Hamas that it will not give up its position as broker in the Shalit talks, and will oppose any move to transfer responsibility for the negotiations to a European country such as Germany.
The government source said Egypt had demanded an answer from Hamas before the end of this week, ahead of meetings between Egyptian and Hamas officials in Damascus.
Livni Helps Palestinian with Israeli Citizenship
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni used her clout to help the daughter of top Fatah-PA negotiator Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala) to receive Israeli citizenship, Channel 10 reported Sunday.
At Qureia's behest, Livni relayed the request by his daughter Mona for an ID to the Ministry of Interior, which granted her request and issued her an Israeli ID card a few weeks ago. Mona, who lives in Abu Dis, had asked to be allowed to join her husband in Israeli eastern Jerusalem. The husband carries a blue Israeli ID card.
Livni did not deny that she received the request from Abu Ala eight months ago. She said that she transferred the request to the Interior Ministry "as is commonly done and as is required, without any kind of interference."
The card gives its carrier complete freedom of movement in Israel, as well as National Insurance Institute (Social Security) coverage for him and his children.
A 78 Year Old 'Bar Mitzvah Boy'
He survived the Holocaust as a young boy and only now, after a delay of 65 years, 78-year-old Arieh Czeizler will celebrate his bar mitzvah and read from the Torah.
Czeizler, who is one of Moshav Kerem Maharal's veteran residents, raises cattle for a living. Four years ago he relayed the story of his childhood during the Holocaust to the children of his community.
Amongst the children were the sons of a senior Air Force commander who told their father about what they heard. The officer was touched and invited Czeizler to join a military delegation at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland as part of a project called "Witnesses in Uniform." As part of the project, military delegations visit death camps and Jewish sites in order to conduct a memorial ceremony there and do some maintenance work. Each mission is accompanied by a Holocaust survivor who tells the story of that horrific period in time.
"My daughters were afraid about the trip, but I felt that I wanted to return to that place as a free man," said Czeizler, who lost his mother and 41 additional close family members. "When I entered Auschwitz with the IDF delegation I felt that this was my victory and my revenge."
Last month, Czeizler went on an additional mission headed by former Shayatet 13, Israel's naval commando commander, Brigadier General Ram Rotberg.
On the way, some of the group's members asked him if he had a bar mitzvah. "My grandfather taught me how to put on tefillin (phylacteries) and read the haftarah (Hebrew bible texts), but the Germans took us before I managed to read from the Torah," said Czeizler.
His sad story touched the delegation members' hearts and they offered to organize a bar mitzvah ceremony in which they would participate with their family members and Czeizler's children and grandchildren.
The excited Czeizler agreed, and his bar mitzvah ceremony will take place next month at the synagogue in his village.
A Rare Glimpse
CNN's Paula Hancock got a rare glimpse into a Hamas bomb factory in Gaza, proving that Hamas is using this so-called 'truce' to arm themselves more heavily.
See the video,
Rare Glimpse into Hamas Bomb Factory
Shalom and blessings
You shall diligently keep the commandments of Hashem your G-d, and His testimonies, and His statutes, which He commanded you. And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of Hashem; that it may go well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land which Hashem swore to your fathers. Deut. 6:17-18