|Israel Resource Review
||27th October, 2006
David Bedein's coverage of Israel for the Evening Bulletin of Philadelphia,
Seven Armed Palestinian Terrorists Killed In Gaza
The IDF fire resulted in the death of Atta Fuad Shanbari, the commander of the Popular Resistance Committees in the northern Gaza Strip, and six others. Israeli security officials said that Shanbari, 32, was responsible for much of the Kassam rocket fire into Israel. Two of Shanbari's brothers were also killed in the exchanges of fire.
10/23/06 Israel: We're Still Going To Fly Over Lebanon
Regarding the possibility that the anti-aircraft troops of the U.N. would open fire at Air Force aircraft, security officials believe that it is "difficult to see a situation in which French troops fire on us, but in any case, in the current situation the cessation of flights is completely out of the question."
10/23/06 $50 Million Iran Deal Sabotages Release Of
--a few days after it appeared that an agreement had been reached, a delegation from Iran secretly arrived in
Damascus and gave Khaled Mashaal $50 million on condition that he torpedo the deal. Following the fund transfer,
Mashaal's position became more inflexible and he demanded the release of dozens more prisoners, including those
described as "tough prisoners."
--Putin Offers Moderate Support
--More Action In Gaza
10/20/06 Intelligence: More Rocket Fire In Gaza Strip
An Israeli armored vehicle enters the Philadelphi corridor near the Palestinian town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday. The Intelligence and Terrorism Center in Israel reports that anti-tank rocket fire in the Gaza Strip has increased recently. Photo by Tsafrir Abayov/Associated Press.
During anoperation which focused in the Khan Yunis area of the Gaza Strip and was meant to uncover tunnels and capture wanted terrorists, strong exchanges of fire took place between the IDF and the Palestinians. That fire included anti-tank rocket fire, shells and bombs.
10/19/06 Helping Non-Jews Who Are Loyal To The State Of Israel
40 percent of the Israeli population who live in the Galilee region are not Jews. Indeed, the villages with no Jewish population whatsoever in the Galilee were also under the gun of the Hezbollah this past summer. Of the 52 Israeli citizens who were killed by Hezbollah artillery, 24 were non-Jewish Israeli citizens.
10/19/06 France To Israel: Fly Over Lebanon And We'll Shoot
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gestures as he speaks to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, not seen, during their talks in Moscow yesterday. While Olmert's appeals to Russia to help block the Iranian nuclear threat were rebuffed, the French are threatening to fire at any Israeli planes that fly over Lebanon. Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz says they will keep flying. Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Associated Press.
Israel Defense Minister Amir Peretz noted that Syria had renewed the flow of weapons to Hezbollah and that Israel has begun to collect evidence to prove the Syrian activity on this matter. The mounting international pressure on Israel includes all surveillance flights over Lebanon, including that of unmanned aerial vehicles that are sent to collect intelligence.
10/16/06 Israeli Forces Take Down 15 In Reaction To Bombing
The IDF destroyed a three-story building in Rafah that was owned by Hamdi al-Kasi, who is a member of Hamas. The decision to destroy the building was made after Israeli intelligence confirmed that a tunnel was being dug from beneath it. The residents were called to vacate their apartments approximately half an hour before the building was bombed from the air.
10/13/06 Secretary Of State Rice Offers To Arm Fatah
Asked about how the U.S. could consider arming a group the U.S. itself officially links to a terrorist organization, an American government official stuck by the official position of the U.S. State Department, which is that "the US does not regard the Fatah as a terrorist organization." When this reporter asked the American government official to examine the U.S. State Department Web site in this regard, the U.S. government official said that the official was not familiar with the Web site in this regard, saying only that "Arafat signed a document denouncing violence and terrorism."
10/12/06 What Does Test Mean For The Middle East?
"This is a bad development in every way," a high-ranking Israeli political official said Monday. "When the axis of evil gets stronger, Israel should be worried, particularly in light of the effect it could have on the Iranian nuclear question." High-ranking political officials in Jerusalem believe that the absence of a sharp and effective international response to North Korea's test will encourage Iran to speed up its nuclear program.
10/10/06 Israeli Sources: Hezbollah Reeling From Setbacks
Despite the fact that Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah declared a "divine victory," his popularity is in a sharp decline. In public opinion polls held over the past few days in Beirut and towns in northern and southern Lebanon, 51 percent said that they support disarming Hezbollah. Forty-nine percent believe that Hezbollah suffered defeat in a war that was "completely illegitimate."
10/6/06 Secretary Of State Rice Scheduled To Meet Terrorist Organization Sponsor Fatah
Associated Press Condoleezza Rice and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki give a joint statement in Baghdad.
Photo by Associated Press.
--United States Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is scheduled to meet with Fatah, the parent organization
of the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade, which the U.S. State Department placed on the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations
on March 27, 2002, and which remains on the official list of terrorist organizations on the U.S. government's terror
--The Palestinian Media Itself Trumpets The Fatah-Aksa Link
--Documentation Of Fatah Financing Of Al Aksa Brigades
10/4/06 Spokesman: U.N. Will Not Honor Request To Disarm Hezbollah
Farhan Haq's response to Lerner was direct and to the point: that the Secretary-General briefed the U.N. Security Council in a closed meeting that he remains "convinced that the disarming of Hezbollah and other militia should take place through a political process that will lead to the full restoration of the authority of the Government of Lebanon so that there will be no weapons or authority other than its own."
10/2/06 Israel Abandons Nasrallah Assassination Plan
Hezbollah held its victory rally in Beirut, and promised that Nasrallah would be there for his first public appearance since he went underground. Before the rally IDF officers took the view that it would be possible to kill him from the air, but only at the cost of killing dozens of bystanders. This time the political echelon accepted the army's recommendation that an assassination would not be appropriate.
After that there was a growing acceptance by the political echelon that the possibility of assassinating Nasrallah should be removed from the agenda and that the hunt for him should be discontinued - at least for the next few months.
9/29/06 Israeli Military Intelligence: Assad Seriously Considering War With Israel
A man looks at banners of captured Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser, left, Gilad Shalit, center, and Eldad Regev, right, placed in protest outside the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem. Recent Israeli military reports say Syria is seriously considering war with Israel. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Associated Press.
For many years, Israeli military intelligence thought that Syria did not have a genuine military option against Israel. According to this generally accepted view, the possibility of embarking on a war against Israel or launching a surprise attack for the purpose of limited gains was not taken seriously by the Syrian military leadership and was not within the range of its relevant options.
9/27/06 Hezbollah Supporters Converge On Border
Hezbollah supporters approached the Lebanese/Israeli border fence on Monday, near the spot where three soldiers were killed and kidnapped in October 2000. They hoisted the organization's flag and chanted in praise of Hassan Nasrallah and his force. In the words of a senior Israeli journalist and commentator, Dan Margolit, "That is how it begins. That is how the previous war began. That is the way it always begins . . .
9/25/06 Israeli Intel: Assad Favors Another War
--"We think Assad and the Syrian military were very impressed with Hezbollah's ability to fight from urban areas
and our unwillingness to hit civilians," the source said. "We think the Syrians will adopt this model."
--Israel Continues To Acquire Bombs
9/22/06 Taking Time On Rosh Hashanah
One year ago this week, on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, President George W. Bush exuded a clear, unequivocal appreciation of and commitment to Israel. On that same occasion, President Bush called for a democratic state of Palestine to be created alongside Israel, as a way to foster peace in the Middle East.
9/22/06 Buffett Personally Visits His Israeli Investment
Buffett was a businessman who had never stepped foot in Israel, yet gave the Israeli economy an unexpected vote of confidence. The shrewd investor calculated the profitability and the potential of a leading Israeli enterprise, which led him to invest $4 billion to acquire 80 percent of the shares of the company.
9/21/06 Egypt Prepared To Go Nuclear
Deputy chief of National Democratic Party Gamal Mubarak urged the nation to consider developing nuclear energy, a proposal that could help establish his own credentials as a serious politician and publicly distance him from the United States. Photo provided by Associated Press.
"The whole world - I don't want to say all, but many developing countries - have proposed and started to execute the issue of alternative energy," Gamal Mubarak, the president's son, said. "It is time for Egypt to put forth, and the party will put forth, this proposal for discussion about its future energy policies, the issue of alternative energy, including nuclear energy, as one of the alternatives."
9/20/06 Getting To The Issue With Livni
Monday night, Israel's Foreign Minister Tzippy Livni met with Machmud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen.
Before the Livni-Abbas meeting, The Evening Bulletin posed the following questions to Livni, through her spokesperson, Ido Aharoni, and through the spokesperson of the Israel Foreign Ministry, Mr. Mark Regev.
Those questions were: (please review article)
9/19/06 Washington Maintains Contact With Abu Mazen; PA Denies Impasse
--Yesterday, the U.S. administration summoned Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to Washington
with the express intention of making it clear to him that it takes a dim view of forming a unity government
--Palestinian Authority: No Impasse In Government Talks
9/18/06 Israel Forms Panel To Examine 'Ill Preparedness'
One area that the investigation panel will examine will be the " . . . management of the political echelon as it related to the . . . preparedness and readiness of the threat from Lebanon, including intelligence preparedness and the force building and its readiness . . . " (Clause C)
In that context, American citizens who witnessed security briefings from Israeli officials over the past few years may be called upon to testify at the Winograd panel.
9/15/06 New Palestinian Initiative For Israeli War
Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian terrorist organizations have formed a common front to make war on the state of Israel, while orchestrating a sophisticated public relations campaign throughout the world and especially in Israel to convey the specious notion that Hamas and Fateh have formed a "national unity government" that "implicitly" recognizes Israel.
9/12/06 Israel Update: Negotiation With Palestinians A Top Priority
--Israeli left-wing leader Yossi Beilin gave a speech in which he called on the Israeli government to "seize
the opportunity being presented by Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and to create a breakthrough in the peace
process by accepting their peace plan instead of trying to scuttle it."
--Terror Feared On Golan Heights
--Terror Organizations In Gaza Have Shoulder-Launched Missiles
--Planes That Brought Aid To Iran In Earthquake Were Used To Send Weapons To Hezbollah
9/11/06 I Was There
A shot by Evening Bulletin reporter David Bedein of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Bedein was in New York for a series of lectures. Photo by David Bedein of The Evening Bulletin.
One source at the Israeli prime minister's office noted that Israel was warning the U.S. to examine the cooperation of several governments, NOT individuals, in the perpetration of the act: Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, coordinated with Syria and the PLO.
9/8/06 Israel Lifts Its Blockade On Lebanon
The decision was angrily greeted by the families of the two soldiers who were kidnapped to Lebanon July 12. Shlomo Goldwasser, the father of Ehud, said that the decision contradicted a former pledge by Foreign Minister Livni not to lift the blockade at least until a sign of life of the two kidnapped reservists was received.
Jesse Jackson Visits Israel, Assures Families That Kidnapped Soldiers Are Alive And Well
Last week, the Reverand Jesse Jackson arrived in Israel to act as an intermediary in helping to return abducted Israeli hostages to Israel. The Evening Bulletin made a personal call to him at his hotel room, with one question. Since the Red Cross had not even been allowed to visit the Israeli captives, on what basis could he say that they were alive?
9/6/06 Is There A Gaza Prisoner Swap In The Offing?
--Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen said that a prisoner exchange agreement has been reached
in which Gilad Shalit will be returned to Israel. In an interview with a Bahraini newspaper, Abu Mazen said Shalit will be transferred to Egypt and held there until Israel carries out its part of the deal.
No Israeli government official would comment on this report.
--Qatar First Arab State To Pledge Troops To UNIFIL Force
--Hamas Man Wanted For Murder Of American Now In Egypt
9/1/06 IDF Sources: Israel Should Leave Lebanon ASAP
--Now that UNIFIL troops in southern Lebanon have been greatly beefed up, and are expected to reach
5,000 soldiers by the end of the week, some IDF officials said that the IDF withdrawal is "very close."
--U.S. CONSIDERS SPECIAL WAR GRANT TO ISRAEL
--JESSE JACKSON WORKED ON ISRAEL'S BEHALF IN LEBANON AND IN SYRIA
8/30/06 Hezbollah Leader Has Surprised Many With Latest Comments
The Hezbollah leader, who has his own political problems, helped the Israeli prime minister and his government more than any strategic adviser. From now on, until the next elections, Amir Peretz and Olmert can repeatedly state to the public what they learned about "who won the war" by means of Nasrallah's resounding remorse.
8/29/06 Olmert To Create Panels To Investigate Handling Of Conflict
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks in Haifa in northern Israel yesterday. Olmert initially rejected a state inquiry into the government's handling of the Lebanon war, but relented somewhat by creating three blue ribbon panels. Photo by Ariel Schalit/Associated Press.
--New Corruption Charges Leveled At Olmert
--Hezbollah's "Underground City" Blown Up
8/28/06 Figs On Rosh Hodesh, Or
And so it came to be. On Rosh Hodesh Elul, we will sit with our family in our garden for Shabbat dinner, fulfilling the prophecies of old, that foresaw a time when we would all sit in peace under our fig trees and appreciate the peace of mind that the land of Israel can at times provide.
8/28/06 On The Palestinian School Curriculum: Erasing Israel
As this is being written, in late August 2006, news wires around the world are running a story that Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, has launched a new peace initiative with Israel. However, the new school books that the same Mahmoud Abbas has now introduced in the Palestinian Authority school system - run independently of Hamas - represent a curriculum that prepares a new generation of Palestinians to destroy Israel.
8/16/06 Israelis Dissatisfied With Cease-Fire
In the meantime, Israel has begun to coordinate the handover of southern Lebanon to UNIFIL and the Lebanese army, and a three-way coordination meeting was already held yesterday at UNIFIL headquarters in Nakoura.
Hizbullah guerrillas are expected to hamper the deployment of the Lebanese army in the south. IDF intelligence assessments expect Hizbullah to try to renew its activities in southern Lebanon, starting with civilian affairs.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in an address given on Monday in the Knesset, predicted further warfare is to be expected in the future.
8/15/06 Israeli Government Sends Mixed Messages To Media
Israel's top military brass told the media that the Israeli media had achieved its goal, which was to "weaken Hezbollah" so that a political process could be facilitated - for the U.N. and the Lebanese government to enforce U.N. resolutions which state that Lebanon must disarm all foreign and terrorist troops from its soil.
8/11/06 a.m.erica Preventing Israel From Escalating Ground War
An Israeli Arab woman, relative of Marim Asadi, 26, grieves during a joint funeral for Asadi and her son Fathi, in the Arab town of Deir Al-Assad, in northern Israel on Thursdat. Asadi and her son Fathi, 5, were killed earlier Thursday in a Hezbollah rocket attack in the town. Photo by Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press.
The Israeli security cabinet approved Israeli military plans to expand the ground offensive under way in southern Lebanon on Wednesday. While three government ministers abstained, none voted against authorizing the military to move northwards to the Litani River and perhaps beyond.
8/9/06 Palestinian President Expresses Support For Hezbollah On Air
'We Definitely Perceive The Resistance In Lebanon As
Noble Arab Resistance,' Says Abbas On Al Arabiya TV
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