Written by Right Side News
4 Elul 5768
September 4, 2008
Israeli Police Want Indictment Against Olmert
National Fraud Unit investigators will meet today to discuss the evidence gathered in the cases against Prime Minister Olmert, and are expected to file their recommendation for indictment with the State Prosecutor's Office by next week.
1) The Talansky Affair - in which the PM is suspected of received illicit funds from American businessman Morris Talansky.
2) The "Olmertours" case, in which he is suspected of receiving illicit benefits form non-profit groups which funded his trips abroad.
3) The Investment Center scandal, in which he is suspected of improprieties that took place during hit term as industry, trade and Labor minister.
It is expected that any indictment would be filed right after the High Holy Days.
Israel-Syria Talks Delayed
Syrian president, Bashar Assad, announced this morning that the fifth round of indirect talks between Israel and Syria, which was scheduled to begin this coming Sunday, has been postponed due to the resignation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's top diplomatic aide Yoram Turbowicz.
Assad's statement confirmed an the Al-Arabiya TV report, which quoted the Syrian President as telling his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy that the talks have been frozen due to "the domestic situation in Israel" and the "resignation of the Israeli emissary".
The Prime Minister's Office has confirmed that the fifth round of talks has been postponed following Turbowicz's resignation and is now awaiting legal authorization for Turbowicz's continued involvement in the negotiations.
Assad made the announcement at a four-way summit in Damascus with Sarkozy, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.
Assad said Damascus has relayed several offers for a peace agreement to Jerusalem, and is now awaiting its reply before going ahead with formal peace talks.
Palin and Israel
Senator McCain's running mate in the US presidential election, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, met with the board of directors of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Wednesday and expressed her admiration for Israel.
Palin, joined by Sen. Joe Lieberman, expressed her "heartfelt support for Israel" and spoke of the threats it faces from Iran and others, the campaign official said. She had planned a visit to the country in November of 2007, but had to cancel because of her pregnancy.
AIPAC spokesman Josh Block was pleased with the meeting. "We had a good productive discussion on the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, we were pleased that Gov. Palin expressed her deep, personal, and lifelong commitment to the safety and well-being of Israel," he said. "Like Sen. McCain, the vice presidential nominee understands and believes in the special friendship between the two democracies and would work to expand and deepen the strategic partnership in a McCain/Palin Administration."
Additionally, Rabbi Yossi Greenberg, the Chabad emissary in Alaska, reports that Palin, who enjoys wide popularity in her home state, also has the respect and support of the Jewish community there.
"She's established a great relationship with the Jewish community over recent years, and has attended several of our Jewish cultural gala events," he said.
Palin has shown solidarity with Israel by signing a State of Alaska Resolution recognizing Israel's 60th Anniversary and its relationship with Alaska. In the resolution, Governor Palin pointed to Alaska's special connection to Israel dating back to Alaska Airlines' participation in the rescue of 40,000 Yemenite Jews when it airlifted them from Yemen to Tel Aviv during 1948 and 1949. Drafted by members of the Alaska Legislation and heavily supported by Speaker of the House, Representative John Harris, Governor Palin signed the resolution in the presence of Alaska's Jewish community leaders this June.
Rabbi Greenberg affirmed that Governor Palin had plans to visit Israel with members of the Jewish community, and the trip was delayed only because of scheduling conflicts.
On a personal level, Greenberg was "impressed by Governor Palin's remarks of hope and faith when she gave birth to a child with special needs." Her words, he observed, were completely aligned with Judaism's traditional views on embracing the birth of child with special needs as a gift of G-d, no less than is the birth of any baby.
Though Greenberg was unequivocal in stating that Chabad representatives do not endorse political candidates, and as spiritual leaders reach out to anyone regardless of political affiliation, he did say, "We all feel that the Governor is a remarkable, energetic, and good person."
As they did last week, many Israelis are getting up at very early hours this week to listen to the speeches at the Republican National Convention. My inbox already has a few dozen comments from Israelis about Sarah Palin's speech.
NOT ONE is negative. Across the board, vast numbers of Israelis are vocally supportive of the McCain-Palin ticket based on security and leadership issues both in the US and, of course, as regards Israel. Obama's visit to Israel did nothing to inspire confidence in Israelis about his stance toward us if he were elected.
Israeli Filmaker Lauds Palin
"Sarah Palin is a very special woman. She has a tranquility about her, no matter what the situation is," this is how Elan Frank, a California-based Israeli filmmaker, chooses to describe the Republican Party's newly chosen vice-presidential hopeful.
Frank, pictured here with the Governor, shadowed Palin, who is the presiding governor of Alaska, for three days some three months ago, as part of a documentary he made about extraordinary women around the world.
Frank sent film crews to Nepal and the Negev, to follow two extraordinary women, and decided to follow three Alaskan women himself - a teacher, a pilot and the new governor.
"I wasn't planning on focusing on famous characters, but Palin's story is so unique I decided to include her. She is the first woman of Alaska, which isn't something to be treated lightly; not to mention a former beauty queen, basketball player, fisherwoman and hunter - and a mother of four (Frank's film followed Palin before she had her fifth child). I saw something amazing there," he said.
The two first met in Los Angeles to discuss his project and about a month later, Frank and his video camera showed up on Palin's doorstep. "I would get up in the morning, drive to her office and just follow her around all day. The amazing thing was that she never asked me to stop filming. I was there for everything - the phone calls and the meetings - and she would answer any question I had, she was very cooperative."
Frank also recorded Palin at home. "I have her with her family, making sandwiches for her daughter after school, watching television. I spoke to her husband and asked him about how it feels to be married to such a dominant woman. I have the two of them talking about private matters. I was able to catch very intimate moments on film. She even played the flute for me."
Palin is charming, he continued. "She struck me as an honest, direct person. She's under a lot of pressure but she always has time for everyone."
When asked about Palin's past support of Pat Buchanan, whose anti-Israeli views are common knowledge, Frank said that Palin's support of Buchanan stemmed from his positions on other issues, and that she did not agree with his views of Israel.
"She had an Israeli flag, of all the things, mounted on her office wall, and I have that on film" he said. "I was very surprised to see that and when I asked her about it, she said that she loves Israel and the she had friends who visited the country and brought her the flag."
Frank is elated with Senator McCain's choice of Palin for the vice presidential slot on the Republican ticket. "I knew she was shortlisted but her name wasn't the one that came popping up. all of a sudden, I turn on the TV and see her photo. I was elated, it's like my best friend was picked for the job," he said.
Frank is now looking into the possibility of filing a second documentary, shadowing Palin until election day. in light of the nomination, he added, he has also been approached by various media groups, which are interested in the footage he already has.
"I have a lot of authentic footage that shows who she really is. You can tell a lot about her from that. She really is one of us."
Barak on Palestinian State Capital
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that east Jerusalem could be the capital of a future Palestinian state.
"Our basic position is that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, but that we can find a formula under which certain neighborhoods, heavily populated Arab neighborhoods, could become, in a peace agreement, part of the Palestinian capital and it will of course include all of the neighboring [Arab] villages around Jerusalem," Barak told Al-Jazeera.
He also roundly rejected that the right of return for Palestinian refugees would ever be accepted by Israel.
"No Israeli prime minister, from the right or left will agree to accept even a single Palestinian refugee into Israel based on the right of return," he said. "That was my position when I was prime minister, it was the position of every other prime minister, from Rabin to Peres, from Shamir to Begin, and it will be the position of Israel in the future."
Guiliani Blasts Obama Waffle
Former Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani lashed out at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama last night, saying Obama's positions were inconsistent, including his views on Israel.
Giuliani blasted Barack Obama as "the least experienced candidate for president in at least 100 years" in the most biting speech so far delivered at the Republican National Convention.
"When speaking to a pro-Israel group, Obama favored an undivided Jerusalem, until the very next day - when he changed his mind," Giuliani said in his speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. "The choice in this election comes down to substance over style," Giuliani said, labeling Obama a "celebrity senator" without a track record of leadership or major legislative accomplishments. "John has been tested. Barack Obama has not. Tough times require strong leadership, and this is no time for on the job training."
The former New York mayor then compared Obama's ambivalence toward Israel to his stance on Georgia, saying Obama favored "showing restraint" to taking action.
Voicing his support of Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, Giuliani stressed McCain's military experience and his voting in favor of the surge in Iraq, even when the surge was "unpopular."
Another former presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee, in his remarks last night, defended Palin's qualifications, which have been under attack since she was named McCain's running mate Friday.
"I am so tired of hearing about her lack of experience," he said. "I want to tell you folks something. She got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States." The crowd roared its approval.
PA TV: 'A World Without Israel'
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) presents a new video which shows how the PA TV educates the children regarding the state of Israel.
PMW monitors the Palestinian Arabic language media and schoolbooks and documents the contradictions between the image the Palestinians present to the world in English and the messages to their own people in Arabic.
As can be seen in the following video the children are taught to see a world in which the state of "Palestine" exists and replaces all of Israel. The video shows a children's quiz broadcast this week on Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority television.
A World Without Israel
This is one of many videos shown to children, indoctrinating them to hate Israel and to imagine a world without Israel. Please visit Palestinian Media Watch
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