Written by Right Side News
22 Av 5768
August 23, 2008
'Take Back Jerusalem with Jihad'
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said yesterday that the Islamist group will not accept any future peace agreement that does not include the return of Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley to the Palestinians and the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes in Israel.
'Jerusalem will be returned to the Palestinians not by way of negotiations or hugging and kissing the enemy, but only through blood, shahids and resistance,' Haniyeh declared, adding that 'Muslims must protect Al-Aqsa Mosque'.
Haniyeh said that "according to most reports on secret peace talks or agreements, Israel is refusing to relinquish Jerusalem and the West Bank, refuses to accept the right of return of Palestinian refugees, refuses to dismantle the settlements and deems the Jordan Valley vital to its security.
"On behalf of the Palestinian nation and Muslims everywhere, I say that we will not accept any such agreements," he said.
'Hizbollah Ready for Revenge'
Sources affiliated with the terrorist organization, Hizbollah, told a Kuwaiti newspaper 'there is no escape' from taking vengeance against Israel over assassination of our senior organization commander', referring to Imad Mugniyah who was killed last February. 'This is a fact which will arrive sooner or later,' he adds.
Israel has denied having anything to do with Mugniyah's death and some analysts believe that the assassination was the work of Syrian interests. But proof of culpability doesn't seem to be an issue with Hizbollah. Whether or not Israel actually was involved is not a question Hizbollah is willing to even consider. They've made up their minds that Israel is responsible - period. Taking that position, of course, gives them every "justification" to resume terrorism.
The declaration came one day after a rare travel advisory was issued by the Counter-Terrorism Office of the Prime Minister, warning Israelis traveling abroad to exercise extreme caution in light of threats that Hizbollah has plans to kidnap or otherwise attack Israelis overseas.
Sheikh Ahmad Morad, a member of the Hizbullah leadership in southern Lebanon, speaking at a rally last night in southern Lebanon declared,
"The revenge will be shocking and huge surprises are in store. We will not allow Israel and its generals to enjoy stability."
Morad said that Hizbullah is ready for revenge and will act "when the opportunity on the ground allows it, while examining the ramifications of such an operation."
Another Hizbollah source added that "the timing must be right for the forces and the countries which are Hizbullah's allies, and out of the assumption that any response by Israel may affect everyone. This compels Hizbullah and its allies to be on the alert for an open war." Read that sentence again carefully and grasp what he is saying. This time it's not just Hizbollah who will fight Israel - but "its allies" as well is the clear implication. Hm - let's see - who could those allies be? Syria? Iran? Hamas? And what about that Russian warship set to dock in the Syrian port tomorrow?
Does the prophet Ezekiel come to mind? It should!
It would be a very good prophetic book to read this Shabbat!
Meanwhile, the Friday Saga Continues
It's Friday morning and once again, the Israeli Police National Fraud Unit has arrived at the residence of Prime Minister Olmert for his sixth round of questioning with relation to the multiple criminal investigations underway against him.
This session is expected to last some two and a half hours and will probably not be the last interrogation, police say.
Reportedly, Olmert will be questioned on funds he received from American businessman Morris Talansky and on allegations that he financed private trips abroad for his family by receiving duplicate travel expenses from different public bodies.
He may also be questioned on additional affairs he is involved in, such as the suspicions that he helped grant favors to a factory represented by his former partner, Attorney Uri Messer, during his tenure as industry, trade and labor minister.
Senior police sources say that the evidence collected so far in Israel and abroad as well as the prime minister's questioning sessions have strengthened the suspicions against Olmert, and that the police will hand over the case to the State Prosecutor's Office with a recommendation to indict the prime minister as early as the beginning of September.
Israeli Arab Charged with Spying for Al Qaeda
The Be'er Sheva District Court on Friday charged an Israeli Arab man with spying on Israel on behalf of the Al-Qaida terror organization.
A gag order lifted Friday revealed that Khaled Abu Rakak, a 24-year-old resident of Tel Sheva, was arrested in late July following a year-long Shin Bet investigation. Police said that Rakak was charged with alleged contact with Al-Qaida, as well as with the Islamic Jihad.
Israel security services revealed in early July that they had arrested two Israeli Bedouin from Rahat suspected of passing strategic information to Al-Qaida.
Later in July, six Arabs - two of them Israeli citizens and the other four Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem - were arrested also with alleged links to Al-Qaida.
The suspects allegedly planned to attack U.S. President George W. Bush's helicopter during one of his recent visits to the region. They also planned to carry out a suicide bombing at the busy Beer Sheva bus station shown in the photo.
Entire 'Lost Tribe of Israel' Welcomed Home
After years of diplomatic wrangling, the Israeli government has finally given permission to a community of Indian citizens who believe they are one of the "lost tribes" of Israel to move legally to the Jewish state.
This decision, first reported in Israel's Maariv newspaper, clears the way for the arrival here of 7,232 members of the Bnei Menashe. They believe they are the descendants of Manasseh, one of the biblical patriarch Joseph's two sons and a grandson of Jacob.
Yesterday the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz newspapers quoted an official in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office denying the government approved the immigration of the Bnei Menashe, stating Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit, whose office oversees the process of immigration and absorption, refused to sign off on the deal.
But a source close to the immigration negotiations confirmed that the Bnei Menashe indeed have been cleared to move to Israel. The source said government officials were upset the story was leaked to Maariv before the approval decision was formally announced.
Apparently Olmert's office had a press release written and ready to go announcing the decision and were miffed that the story got out before their "official" announcement.
Not Since 1940
Lebanon's unity cabinet has formally approved diplomatic ties with Syria and the opening of a Lebanese embassy in Damascus for the first time since 1940.
Information Minister Tarek Mitri said following a Cabinet meeting late Thursday that the Lebanese foreign minister has been entrusted with following up on the mechanism to set up the embassy. He did not set a time frame.
Lebanon and Syria agreed earlier this month to establish full diplomatic ties for the first time since they gained their independence from France in the 1940s. They also agreed to negotiate the demarcation of their border, a longtime demand of the Lebanese as they seek to normalize relations with their long dominant larger neighbor.
Analysts were quick to point out that this move could not have happened before the virtual take over of Lebanon by Hizbollah.
Do the weeks fly by for you, too? Or is it just me?
It's Friday morning again, the aromas of Shabbat fill our homes and our hearts prepare to honor the day which Hashem has ordained to be the weekly sign of His covenant with His people Israel.
This week's Torah portion includes one of the most basic of instructions to parents, grandparents and anyone who has influence on children. Once again, we see how precise the wording of the Torah is and how careful we must be to grasp its meaning correctly.
For this week's Torah study, please click below.
Shabbat Shalom and blessings to all of you,
This Week's Torah
For you are a holy people to Hashem your God: Hashem has chosen you to be His own treasure, out of all the peoples on the face of the earth. Hashem did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people - for you were the fewest of all peoples - but because Hashem loved you, and because He keeps the oath which He swore to your fathers, has Hashem brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
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