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  • February 18, 2013

    Aide: Egypt flooded tunnels to cut Gaza arms flow  

    YOU WILL RECALL THAT ONE OF THE EXPECTATIONS THAT WERE PART OF THE CEASEFIRE WAS THAT EGYPT WOULD STOP THE SMUGGLING INTO GAZA

    YNET

    ‘We don’t want to see these tunnels used for illegal ways of smuggling either people or weapons that can really harm Egyptian security.’ National security adviser to Morsi says, adding that president will respect peace treaty with Israel

    Egypt will not tolerate a two-way flow of smuggled arms with the Gaza Strip that is destabilizing its Sinai peninsula, a senior aide to its Islamist president said, explaining why Egyptian forces flooded sub-border tunnels last week.

    The network of tunnels has been a lifeline for some 1.7 million Palestinians in Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30% of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:53 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 20 Comments » | 1,391 views

    WJC ANALYSIS – Fatah enters the Syrian war theater  

    By Pinhas Inbari, WJC

    Zakariya al-Aga, the official in Fatah responsible for the Palestinian refugees, arrived in Damascus to conduct a series of meetings with officials of President Bashar al-Assad’s government on the plight of the Palestinian refugees caught in the crossfire between the regime and Salafist forces in various refugee camps and the Yarmuk refugee camp specifically, where al-Qaeda’s Nusra forces had taken over and turned the camp into an operations launching pad in the heart of Damascus.

    The question that worries the PLO most about the Palestinian refugees in Syria is the preservation of their right of return. The camps are slated to preserve the refugee status of Palestinians in Syria and concentrate them in one place until the day of return arrives. The events in Syria are achieving the exact opposite result. The civil war in Syria has led to the Palestinians’ dispersal around the country.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:20 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 9 Comments » | 1,046 views

    The legal case for Israel  

    By Eugene Kontorovich at the National Jewish Retreat

    My lecture “The Legal Case for Israel” is, for what it is worth, now the
    most popular lecture ever on Chabad’s TorahCafe website, which features
    something like 3000 videos by wonderful speakers. Over 70K views.


    Watch on TorahCafé.com!
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:39 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 6 Comments » | 1,207 views

    Likud Warns: New Elections are Possible  

    Likud is feeling the pressure of Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid’s united negotiating posture. Analysis.

    By Gil Ronen, INN

    A pact between Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid is causing serious consternation in Likud, and a senior source in the ruling party warns that new elections are a possibility. The improbable warning is a sign that Likud is feeling the pressure of the united front presented by Bayit Yehudi head Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid, each of whom is saying he will not enter the coalition without the other.

    “Bennett should not pull the rope too much,” the senior source told Maariv. “In the end it will snap.”

    “Netanyahu is ready to head for elections,” the source said. “The main thing is not to surrender to the pact between Bennett and Lapid. Netanyahu is unwilling to consider the possibility of leaving the hareidi parties out of the coalition.”
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 12:35 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 15 Comments » | 875 views

    Senate testimony: Obama uninvolved as Americans were killed  

    By Diana West: Below is my write-up from Dispatch International of jaw-dropping Senate testimony from both SecDef Panetta and JCC Gen. Dempsey that, following an initial briefing at 5pm on 9/11/12, neither President Obama nor anyone from his White House staff ever once checked in with either Panetta or Dempsey during the night and early morning of 9/11/12 and 9/12/12 while US personnel and interests were under attack in Benghazi.

    I have informally polled some experts and reporters (sometimes one and the same) as I have come across them since Panetta and Dempsey testified and they are roughly divided as to whether Panetta and Dempsey are telling the truth.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. As President Obama builds a cabinet for his second term, his nominees for the top spots are coming before the U.S. Senate for confirmation. Some – such as the new Secretary of State John Kerry – are sailing through. Others – such as former Sen. Chuck Hagel (Nebraska Republican) are foundering.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:39 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 21 Comments » | 1,038 views

    ‘PM livid at Lapid-Bennett anti-haredi conspiracy’  

    Clearly Bibi is stymied. He has returned to bashing Bennett. Bennett owes nothing to Bibi. He is within his rights to negotiate as he sees fit. To my mind, Shas and UTJ should be castigated for being unwilling to compromise. I believe the majority in the country want this. As for a new election strengthening the Left, I don’t think so. I think Lapid and Bennett will be strengthened. Bibi may lose his right to form the government. I don’t think he will take the chance. Why does Bibi want the Hareidim in the government? Is it because they can be bought off with money? If he really wants them in the government, it is incumbent on him to get them to compromise with Bennett on power sharing and sharing the burden. That’s how to untie the Gordian Knot. Ted Belman

    By GIL HOFFMAN, JPOST

    Netanyahu tells ministers Lapid and Bennett are advancing themselves at the country’s expense, according to Likud sources.

    Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Bayit Yehudi head Naftali Bennett at Knesset swear in, Feb 5, 2013.

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is furious at what he believes is a conspiracy by Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett to try to prevent Shas and United Torah Judaism from joining the coalition, Likud sources said on Sunday.

    Sources who attended Netanyahu’s meeting with Likud ministers said he spoke of Lapid and Bennett with contempt, complaining that “their strategy is not to reach solutions on key issues, only to push out the haredi parties.”
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:07 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 16 Comments » | 906 views

    IDF claims victory in Pillar of Defense social-media war  

    Social-media experts say official Israel effectively conveyed its narrative to unprecedented numbers

    By DAVID SHAMAH, TOI

    Last November’s Operation Pillar of Defense — in which Gaza terrorists fired some 1,500 rockets at Israel, and the Israeli air force flew a similar number of raids at terror targets — was notable for a number of reasons.

    The eight-day conflict, which ended with an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire that has held for the three months since, saw six Israelis killed, about 170 Palestinians killed (120 of whom were engaged in terrorism, according to the IDF), Gaza rocket fire hitting as far north as Rishon Lezion, and the Iron Dome defense system intercepting 84% of the rockets at which it was fired. It also marked the first time Israel beat the Palestinians in hasbara — public diplomacy — said Sascha Dratwa, the IDF director of new media.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:05 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » | 878 views

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