Category: Israel News

Snow Over Jerusalem

Classes in schools in northern Israel were postponed on Thursday
morning as a result of ice on the roads which could prove dangerous for
drivers.
Extreme weather conditions continued to sweep across Israel on
Wednesday, causing havoc throughout the country.
Following snowstorms in the Golan Heights, the Galilee and Hebron the
previous night, on Wednesday morning snow fell in the Negev desert and
later reached the central hills and Jerusalem.
Due to the snowy conditions in southern Israel, Route 40 was blocked
between Sde Boker and the Nifta prison, Route 31 was blocked between
Mishmar Hanegev and Lehavim and Route 204 was blocked between Yeroham
and Sde Boker.
Also in the South, hundreds of Beduins were injured when several tents
collapsed near the Lehavim Junction due to the stormy weather.
Meanwhile, one person was killed and three others injured in a car
accident on the Coastal Highway, when a bus collided with a car on the
section of the road between Fureidis and Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael.
The casualties were evacuated to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera.
In one of the most dramatic rescues of the day, police officers ferried
a woman about to give birth to safety, after the tent …

2nd Vice President Southern Baptist Convention invites All Christians to STAND, on Christmas Day against the WALL in Jesus' birth town of Bethlehem.

BETHLEHEM, Palestine/BUENA PARK, California 
CHRISTMAS day 2007 “The Wiley Drake Show” will broadcast from
BETHLEHEM, the City of Jesus Birth to ask all Christians and their
leaders to join UK Church Leaders to pledge to be “A Voice for the
Voiceless” in BETHLEHEM. 
 Leila Sansour, Open Bethlehem's Chief Executive, says ” Our U.S. poll
shows overwhelming support for Bethlehem's Christian heritage, yet our
survey of Bethlehem's own citizens shows the city cannot retain this
heritage and it's Christian community while the WALL remains.” 
“The choice is stark, Either the WALL stays and Bethlehem ceases to be
a Christian town. Or Bethlehem retains its Christian population – in
which case the WALL has to come down. The International community needs
to wake up to what is happening and choose” 
Pastor Wiley Drake urges all Christians to listen in, if for only a few
minutes Christmas Day Dec. 25, 2006 to PRAY FOR BETHLEHEM
To Listen go to www.crusaderadio.com and click on listen live Christmas
Day 9:00 am PST and 12:00 Noon EST 
Pastor Drake also encourages Christians to go to Open Bethlehem's web
sight  www.openbethlehem.org to know more how to pray and make
donations. 
Drake says,” In a free America as …

Bethlehem Christmas Pilgrims Scarce

By ARON HELLER
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) – Marching bands, children dressed as Santa
Claus and clergymen in magenta skullcaps gathered in the center of
Bethlehem on Sunday to celebrate Christmas Eve, doing their best to
dispel the gloom hovering over Jesus' traditional birthplace.
In an annual custom, townspeople enacted Christmas rituals that seem
out of place in the Middle East. Palestinian scouts marched through the
streets, some wearing kilts and berets, playing drums and bagpipes.
They passed inflatable Santas looking forlorn in the sunshine.
Other acts, however, could take place nowhere else. To get to the West
Bank town, Michel Sabbah, the Roman Catholic Church's highest official
in the Holy Land, rode in his motorcade through a huge steel gate in
the Israeli barrier that separates Jerusalem from Bethlehem.
Israel says it built the barrier to prevent Palestinian suicide bombers
from reaching Israeli population centers. Palestinians view the
structure, which dips into parts of the West Bank, as a land grab.
The robed clergyman was led into Palestinian-controlled territory by a
formal escort of five Israeli policemen on horseback. Two officers of
the Israeli Border Police closed the gate behind him.
“God wants us all to be peacemakers. He …

Al-Aqsa mosque could collapse

Yaakov Lappin
Hamas dismissed the Saturday afternoon meeting between Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert and PA President Mahmoud Abbas, saying it would “not serve
the Palestine question,” and adding that Hamas did not “hinge hopes” on
the encounter, the Hamas English language website reported.  
Ismail Redwan, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, was quoted as saying that the
“Zionist enemy exploits such meetings to politically blackmail the PA,”
the website said.  
“We don't attach high hopes to such meetings because they always fall
in line with pressures on Palestinians, denying them rights and
rejecting their legitimate demands,” Redwan added.  
Responding to reports that the meeting would help lift a number of
roadblocks in the West Bank, Redwan said: “We shifted from discussing
the essence of the question that we are under occupation to discussing
a road barrier or a supplies truck”.
Redwan was also quoted as saying that “the release of the Israeli
serviceman, Gilad Shalit, was still awaiting reply from the Hebrew
state to conditions of his captors.”  
'Al-Aqsa Mosque threatened by collapse'
The Hamas website also quoted the Palestinian chief justice of Islamic
courts, Sheikh Tayseer  
al-Tamimi, as claiming that “Israeli diggings have reached a …

Syria building 'death trap' villages

Warning that Israel may face a “Syrian intifada,” a high-ranking
officer in Northern Command has told The Jerusalem Post that villages
recently built by Syria along the border are planned to be used as
“death traps” for IDF troops in Hizbullah-inspired attacks.
Since this summer's war in Lebanon, Syria, the officer revealed, has
invested large amounts of money in replicating Hizbullah military
tactics, particularly in establishing additional commando units and
fortifying its short- and long-range missile array.
The idea is to draw Israel into an asymmetric war, the officer said,
like the warfare the IDF encounters in combat against the Palestinians
in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as well as against Hizbullah in
Lebanon.
Over the past two years, Syria has built a number of villages along the
border with Israel, some inhabited and some not. At first, the IDF was
not sure of their purpose. But now, following the war, the officer
said, it was understood.
“Syria drew motivation from Hizbullah's surprise success this summer,”
the high-ranking officer said. “They now want to copy that type of
guerrilla warfare.”
While for years it was assumed that Israel had a major edge against
Syria's military with regard to a …

The Dark Fate of Christians Under Palestinian Rule

The birthplace of Jesus is facing one of the darkest chapters in its
history, according to Bethlehem Mayor Victor Batarseh’s just-delivered
annual Christmas address, and of course it’s all the fault of the Jews.
The pro-Palestinian Middle East Online reports that the Roman Catholic
mayor, a 71-year-old Marxist former “activist” in the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), sees Bethlehem today as little more
than “a big prison,” thanks to the Israeli security fence. “Usually
around Christmastime Bethlehem used to be packed with tourists and
pilgrims,” the mayor said. “Now, as you can see, the little town seems
to be so quiet under the shadow of this wall.” The wall has devastated
Palestinian farmers as well, the mayor said, adding that acres of
arable land were confiscated to make way for the barrier’s cement
blocks and guard towers. “Many Palestinian farmers are denied access to
reach their lands to collect their harvest,” Batarseh said. “Many
others have no access to markets to sell their produce.” The dwindling
tourist numbers, Israeli closures and the severe limits on Palestinian
work permits are, he asserts, the reason why unemployment in Bethlehem
has soared to 65 percent. Meanwhile, the Hamas-led Palestinian
Authority …

Evangelical heads honored for support

Two leading Evangelical Christian leaders with a long record of support
for Israel were honored Monday in Jerusalem for their friendship and
work.
The two men – Pastor John C. Hagee of San Antonio, Texas and Rev.
Malcolm Hedding, executive director of the International Christian
Embassy in Jerusalem – were feted at a joint event by the Knesset's
Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC), and the World Jewish Congress (WJC).
The third annual event, entitled a “night to honor our Christian
allies,” recognized Hagee for establishing a pro-Israel Christian lobby
in the US – Christians United for Israel – which has been dubbed the
“Christian AIPAC,” a reference to the American Jewish lobby.
His newly formed organization aims to mobilize Christian grass roots
supporters of Israel in the US to lobby the American government at the
local, state and federal level on issues related to the Jewish state.
Hagee addressed the evening gathering via satellite television, while
Hedding, who is based in Jerusalem, received an award from the Ministry
of Tourism.
The International Christian Embassy is best known for its sponsorship
of the annual Feast of the Tabernacles celebrations, which is billed as
the largest tourism event of the year in Israel …

Jews Wake Up!

When the history of our times is written, this week will be remembered
as the week that Washington decided to let the Islamic Republic of Iran
go nuclear. Hopefully it will also be remembered as the moment the Jews
arose and refused to allow Iran to go nuclear.
With the publication of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group
chaired by former US secretary of state James Baker III and former
congressman Lee Hamilton, the debate about the war in Iraq changed.
From a war for victory against Islamofascism and for democracy and
freedom, the war became reduced to a conflict to be managed by
appeasing the US's sworn enemies in the interests of stability, and at
the expense of America's allies.
Baker and his associates claim that the US cannot win the war in Iraq
and so the US must negotiate with its primary enemies in Iraq and
throughout the world – Iran and Syria – in the hopes that they will be
persuaded to hold their fire for long enough to facilitate an
“honorable” American retreat from the country.
Like his unsupported assertion that the US cannot win in Iraq, Baker
also asserts – in the face of …

ISRAEL ON THE ALTER AGAIN

By David Dolan
Nearly four years ago, George W. Bush and Tony Blair led a small
international coalition into Iraq with the goal of toppling Saddam
Hussein's notorious regime and replacing it with a Western-style
democracy. I wrote then about my strong misgivings over this dramatic
action, despite the fact that I was as eager as anyone who suffered
Saddam's nightly 1991 Scud attacks upon Israel to see the evil dictator
removed from power. 
I noted that Israeli security experts were hardly unanamous in
expressing enthusiasm over the US-led military campaign.  Several told
me privately they were convinced that the coalition was focusing on a
relatively small player in the regional terrorist-WMD equation, which
would probably end up allowing more threatening actors like Iran and
Syria off the hook.  
Haifa's mayor Yonah Yahav told me during a TV interview just one week
before the war began that Israeli leaders were certain that Saddam had
already passed whatever mass destruction weapons he possessed into
Syria.  Decimated in the Gulf War, the Arab leader posed a relatively
small threat to regional stability, Yahav argued, and was unlikely to
prove to be a major backer of Osama bin Laden whose radical Muslim
views …

Time to fight back

Zionism is not about packing our bags; a response to Yossi Beilin
MK Benyamin Elon
It is no longer controversial to say that there is an axis of evil that
threatens the very existence of the State of Israel and the Jewish
people. Iran , Syria , Hizbullah , and Hamas have made themselves and
their intentions well known.  
My colleague, Dr. Beilin, believes that the best way to deal with this
menacing threat is to downplay the Iranian nuclear problem and to
surrender the Golan Heights as well as Judea and Samaria to those who
threaten our very existence. While our enemies threaten to cut our
collective throats, Dr. Beilin recommends that we expose our necks.  
When leaders see a disaster approaching, they have an obligation to
warn of immanent dangers in order to both prepare the public and to
gather domestic and international support for countering the threat
before it is too late.  
Beilin's Opinion  
Time to pack? / MK Yossi Beilin  
Hysteria over Iran nuke threat serves as refuge for peace refuseniks  
Full Story    
Mr. Beilin describes these warnings as a “scare campaign” and a
“hysterical reaction”. He states “If …