Warning to Shas: Jerusalem Has Already Been Given Away

by Hillel Fendel(IsraelNN.com) A 4-page pamphlet distributed in
synagogues around the country this past Sabbath is devoted to one
topic: Getting Shas to quit the government. It warns that Olmert is
using the continued presence of Shas in the government to formulate an
agreement endangering Jerusalem, other areas of the land of Israel –
and hundreds of thousands of Jews.
Shas chairman Eli Yeshai appeared to backtrack on previous promises to
quit the government as soon as negotiations over Jerusalem begin.  On
Monday, however, he changed “begin” to “continue.”  Speaking before a
Conference of Presidents audience in Jerusalem, Minister Yeshai said
the final decision to quit or remain will be made by his party's
rabbinical leaders, but “if negotiations on Jerusalem continue, Shas
will immediately leave the government.”
No address, organization or publisher is printed on the pamphlet
calling upon Shas to leave.  However, it does feature a full-page
article by Yossi Elituv, long-time Shas affairs commentator and writer
for the weekly Mishpacha magazine.
The top article is headlined, “Israel has Secretly Agreed to Divide
Jerusalem,” and cites a PA source bragging that major progress has been
made in “the secret talks, especially regarding Jerusalem.”  The source
said, “Today we …

Iran: Cancerous Israel to be destroyed by Hizbullah

In letter of condolence to Hizbullah secretary-general following Imad
Mugniyah's assassination, Revolutionary Guards commander says, 'In the
future we will bear witness to the disappearance of this cancerous
bacterium, Israel'
Dudi Cohen
General Mohammad Ali Jaafari, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary
Guards, has sent a letter of condolence to Hizbullah Secretary-General
Hassan Nasrallah following the assassination of the organization's
senior commander Imad Mugniyah, saying he believed “the cancerous
bacterium called Israel” would vanish soon, the Iranian news agency
Fars reported Monday. 
According to Jaafari, “I am convinced that with every day that passes
Hizbullah's power increases, and in the near future we will bear
witness to the disappearance of this cancerous bacterium, Israel, by
the Hizbullah's fighters.” 
In the letter comforting Nasrallah over the death of the “shahid”
(martyr) Mugniyah, Jaafari wrote, “There is no doubt that the death of
this loyal fighter will strengthen the determination of all the
revolutionary and warrior Muslims in their battle against the Zionist
regime, and particularly the determination of those fighting alongside
this shahid.”  
Mugniyah was considered close to the Revolutionary Guards, and
particularly to the Quds Force, which was recently designated by the
United States as a supporter of terror. Together …

Israel deploys Patriot in the North-

Israel has deployed a battery of US-made Patriot air defense missiles
near the northern port city of Haifa as part of precautions against a
possible attack by Lebanon's Hizbullah in response to the assassination
last week of the group's top commander, Israeli security officials said
The officials said the battery was put on standby Sunday for the first
time since Israel's monthlong war with Hizbullah in the summer of 2006,
when the Lebanese guerrillas fired nearly 4,000 rockets into northern
Israel. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the
sensitivity of the matter.
Patriot batteries were first deployed in Israel during the 1991 Gulf
War, but they failed to stop most of the 39 Scud missiles launched by
Saddam Hussein's Iraq. They were originally designed to intercept
aircraft, and Israeli media reported their role in the current
situation would be to shoot down bomb-laden pilotless planes as well as
The IDF said it was not its policy to comment on what a spokesman
called “operational readiness,”
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel is “prepared on all fronts” for
an attack.
Hizbullah and its Iranian backers swiftly blamed Israel for last week's
assassination of top Hizbullah commander …

State to build fortified rooms for 3,200 houses in Gaza periphery

Dan Izenberg
The state informed the High Court of Justice on Monday that the
government will start building security rooms for 3,200 homes in a
range of 4.5 kilometers from the Gaza Strip border pending cabinet
The state's brief came in response to a petition by Sderot residents
demanding that the state build security rooms for 800 housing units in
the city that have tiled, instead of concrete, roofs.
According to the plan, which was approved on Sunday by a special
ministerial committee, 2,100 security rooms will be build in Sderot and
1,100 in the surrounding rural communities including Nir Am, Kissufim,
Miflasim, Carmiya, Gavyam, Erez, Zikim, Netiv Ha'asarah, Ivim and Nahal
The state told the court that the plan will be brought before the
cabinet for approval no later than March 2.

Iran Starts Oil, Petrochemicals Exchange in Tehran (

By Ladane Nasseri and Ayesha Daya
 Iran, holder of the world's second- largest oil and gas reserves,
opened an exchange for crude and petrochemicals as the government
encourages private investment in the energy sector.
Trading began today in petroleum products such as light polyethylene, a
plastic used for packaging. The Tehran-based Iran Mercantile Exchange
is using “spot'' rather than futures trading, requiring immediate
payment and delivery of the physical product.
Iran, the second-largest producer in the Organization of Petroleum
Exporting Countries, wants to encourage local investors to participate
in the oil market as it tries to reduce the state's role in the
country's energy industry. Political pressures and the exchange's use
of spot contracts may reduce interest in the exchange, an analyst said.

“I don't expect there will be much liquidity on this market,'' said
Dalton Garis, economics professor at the Abu Dhabi Petroleum Institute.
“Traders use such exchanges to hedge against price risk, rather than
buy a commodity. Also, traders will be under pressure not to trade with
Oil derivatives and petrochemical products will be traded initially on
the exchange, Ali Akbar Hashemian, director general of Iran's
Mercantile Exchange Co., said.
Behind Dubai
Crude oil contracts will be …

Westerners must mount a united front against Islamic law

By Daniel Pipes      
 Westerners opposed to the application of the Islamic law (the Shari'a)
watch with dismay as it goes from strength to strength in their
countries — harems increasingly accepted, a church leader endorsing
Islamic law, a judge referring to the Koran, clandestine Muslim courts
meting out justice. What can be done to stop the progress of this
medieval legal system so deeply at odds with modern life, one that
oppresses women and turns non-Muslims into second-class citizens?
A first step is for Westerners to mount a united front against the
Shari'a. Facing near-unanimous hostility, Islamists back down. For one
example, note the retreat last week by the Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) in a dispute concerning guide dogs used by the blind.
Muslims traditionally consider dogs impure animals to be avoided,
creating an aversion that becomes problematic when Muslim store-owners
or taxi drivers deny service to blind Westerners relying on service
dogs. I have collected fifteen such cases on my weblog, at “Muslim Taxi
Drivers vs. Seeing-Eye Dogs”: five from the United States (New Orleans,
Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Brooksville, Fl.; Everett, Wash.); four from
Canada (Vancouver, twice in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Alberta); three
from the United Kingdom (Cambridge, twice …