By Mazal Mualem, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
Tags: Israel, peace process
Shas Chairman Eli Yishai on Monday stepped up his party's threats to
resign from the government over the ongoing peace talks with the
Palestinians, warning against moving forward in the peace process as
long as terrorism against Israelis continues.
“If there is any diplomatic progress in the negotiations with
Palestinians beyond the current situation, and we are still under fire
from Qassams and West Bank incidents, Shas will quit the government
immediately,” he said.
Shas has taken a tougher stance on diplomatic issues, and stepped up
threats to resign from the government, since the right-wing Yisrael
Beiteinu party walked out of the government in protest over the
decision to launch talks on the core issues of the conflict, including
Jerusalem, refugees, and borders.
The ultra-Orthodox Sephardic party has said that talks on Jerusalem
would constitute a red line, and in recent weeks has demanded that
other core issues like permanent borders and refugees be kept off the
table as well.
On Thursday, the Shas Knesset faction intends to tour the City of David
in Jerusalem in order to express its commitment to the capital and make
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By Stan Goodenough
The Israel Defense Forces have been ordered to prepare for a ground
invasion of the Gaza Strip as terrorism from the “Palestinians” there
So said Defense Minister Ehud Barak in a meeting of the Knesset Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee Monday as anger boiled over in the Negev
town of Sderot following a week of intensive Kassam rocket attacks
which left a number of residents wounded, some seriously.
“The residents of Sderot and the Gaza periphery are in the midst of a
severe trial,” Barak said, according to The Jerusalem Post.
“The cry and the pain are difficult and understandable, and it is the
duty of our government – in conjunction with the military and defensive
effort – to assist them in every way.”
Cynics wondered whether the minister's threat of a Gaza invasion was
made simply to pacify citizens' anger.
Israelis have been calling with increasing stridency for effective
action to defend the south. While the IDF has upped its targeted
killings of Hamas and other “Palestinian” terrorists, however, the
attacks have only increased in intensity and efficiency.
Some commentators questioned the wisdom of sending the IDF into the
Gaza Strip on the ground….
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Prime minister repeatedly denies negotiations to split up holy city
By Aaron Klein
JERUSALEM – Current behind-the-scenes Israeli-Palestinian talks include
negotiations aimed at dividing Jerusalem, according to a senior
Palestinian negotiator involved in the negotiations.
“Since [last November's U.S.-sponsored] Annapolis [summit], our regular
meetings have been dealing with all the core issues, yes, of course
including Jerusalem,” said the Palestinian negotiator, who agreed to
speak only on condition of anonymity.
The official said he was talking off-the-record for fear of
contradicting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has repeatedly insisted
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are not dealing with the status of
The Israeli Shas party, an important coalition partner in Olmert's
government, has stated it would bolt the prime minister's coalition if
it becomes clear the Israeli government is negotiating the ceding any
part of Jerusalem. Shas' departure could collapse Olmert's government.
“Nobody is talking about Jerusalem. The moment Jerusalem is being
discussed Shas will leave the government – period,” Shas Spokesman Roi
Lachmanovitch told Israel National News.
Olmert must maintain a majority of the Knesset's 120 seats to continue
ruling. He currently rules with a slight plurality. If Shas, with its
12 seats, bolts the government, Olmert would be forced …
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Says Jews drove out Arabs even though town was founded on empty sand
By Aaron Klein
TEL AVIV – An Israeli town is suing Internet giant Google after
surprised municipal officials discovered Google Earth, the popular,
user-driven satellite map, labels their city as stolen Palestinian land.
“[The label] is simply complete nonsense,” Yossi Ben-Artzi, a history
professor at Israel's Haifa University told Yediot Ahronot, Israel's
leading daily. “Kiryat Yam was built on sand dunes, and there wasn't
any Palestinian village in the area. The lands were bought in 1939 by
the Gav Yam construction company.”
The professor was responding to a criminal complaint filed by the
northern Israeli coastal town of Kiryat Yam, which a Google Earth user
mapped as stolen by Jews when Israel was founded in 1948.
About 600,000 Arabs fled Israel after surrounding Arab countries warned
they would destroy the Jewish state in 1948. Some Arabs also were
driven out by Jewish forces while they were trying to push back
invading Arab armies. At the same time, over 800,000 Jews were expelled
or left Arab countries under threat after Israel was founded.
The Google Earth user, identified as Palestinian physician Thameen
Darby, inserted a note on …
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by James R. Crowe
Anything or anyone is better than Hillary Rodham Clinton
KENTUCKY – USA – Imperial Wizard, Ronald Edwards has stated that,
“anything is better than Hillary Clinton.”
White Christian Supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan has endorsed Barack
Obama to be the next President of the United States of America.
Speaking from his Kentucky office in Dawson Springs, the Imperial
Wizard exclaimed that anything or anyone is better than having that
“crazy ass bitch” as President.
This is the first time in Klan history that any member of the KKK has
ever publicly supported an African American candidate for the
KKK lodges all over America have been gathering and holding rallies
supporting the black presidential candidate.
KKK members in Tennessee rally against Hillary Clinton and support
Grand Turk Cletus Monroe has also been very vocal about the election
and has donated thousands of dollars to Obama's election fund.
“The boy's gonna do it. My Klan group has donated up to $250,000 to the
Obama fund. Anything is better than Hillary Clinton. Hell I'll even
adopt a black kid from Africa before I vote for Hillary.”
“A few years back we were lynching Negroes. …
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SOMARK Innovations, Inc. recently completed a field demo of its
patented Chipless RFID Ink Tattoo animal ID system.
St. Louis, Mo. (PRWEB) February 6, 2008 — SOMARK Innovations, Inc.
recently completed a field demo of its patented Chipless RFID Ink
Tattoo animal ID system. The demo proved the SOMARK system's ability to
apply a tattoo in less than three seconds and read the tattoo
(translate the tattoo into a unique ID, with a handheld reader in real
time). The demo was conducted at a private facility in the U.S.
“This is a giant leap for the company,” said Mark C. Pydynowski, SOMARK
President. “This demo proves our system's ability to function quickly
and automatically. Previous tests, which confirmed the technology's
feasibility, were slower and required some tasks to be performed
SOMARK's system includes a disposable ink cartridge, a multi-needle
applicator and a handheld reader. This technology combines features of
several common technologies, including human tattoos (ink-based and
inexpensive), chipless RFID (machine-readable and no-line-of-sight),
biometrics (unique to the individual) and hot-iron brands (permanent
“Although potential applications include cattle, pigs, horses, sheep,
dogs, cats, mice, rats and prime cuts of meat, our primary focus is
cattle,” said Ramos M. …
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