VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 20 December 2012: Cut off from water and electricity grids, Arab Abu Farda stands alone

20 December 2012 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Despite US criticism, Israel continues with plan to construct 6,000 new settlement units
IMEMC – The US State Department issued a statement this week that included a rare criticism of Israeli policy, calling the ongoing construction of settlements on Palestinian land a “pattern of provocative action” that prevented the renewal of peace talks. Despite this critique, the Israeli government announced plans to move ahead with 6,000 new settlement units, mainly in the Jerusalem area. …

Ma’an News

Israeli settlements leave US odd man out at UN
12/20/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — In a rare move on Wednesday, all but one of the 15 members of the UN Security Council made statements at the United Nations opposing Israeli plans to expand Jewish settlements around Jerusalem after the United States repeatedly blocked attempts to take stronger action. India’s UN ambassador, Hardeep Singh Puri….

Palestinian media attacks ‘unlawful’
12/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s attacks on journalists and media facilities during its assault on Gaza in November violated the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The attacks in mid-November killed two cameramen, wounded 10 employees of media organizations and caused serious damage to media and offices housing them. Human Rights….

Official: Settlers burn cars near Nablus
12/20/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers in the Nablus area set fire to two cars south of Nablus and sprayed graffiti, an official who monitors settlements in the northern West Bank said. Ghassan Daughlas said the cars in Majdal Bani were completely burned. A third car belonging to resident Khalid Anan was also damaged. He said….

Study: Older children hit hardest by Gaza war
12/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Older children were more affected by Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip than younger children, a survey by UNICEF found. UNICEF worked with the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution and Birzeit University to conduct a rapid psycho-social assessment of children in the hardest-hit areas of the Gaza….

Israel detains 3 from PA security in Nablus
12/20/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces crossed into Nablus overnight Wednesday and inspected seven houses belonging to Palestinians who work in the security services in Tal village, locals said. Israeli forces detained Sayel Tahseen Ramadan, 25, who works in the Palestinian security forces. They also detained Mohammad Ibrahim Ramadan, 25, and Jaafar al-Turabi, 28 and….

Official: Israel lets 557 Christians out of Gaza for holidays
12/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel will allow 557 Christians from the Gaza Strip to leave to the West Bank to participate in holiday celebrations, Palestinian officials and the Israeli army said. A Palestinian official told Ma’an that the Israeli side delivered 557 permits to Christians seeking to temporarily leave Gaza to join….

Nablus prisoner released after 10 years
12/20/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Thursday released Fatah member Mohammad Hashah Abu Salam after detaining him for 10 years. Crowds gathered at the entrances of Nablus and Balata refugee camp to welcome Abu Salam with fireworks and songs. Abu Salam said his happiness was not complete because thousands of Palestinians remained in Israeli….

Shaath: Boycott, civil disobedience to escalate in 2013
12/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will escalate its diplomatic and non-violent struggle in 2013 but will not confront Israel militarily, senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath said Thursday.”The struggle will evolve and take new forms of boycott of Israeli goods and civil disobedience,” Shaath told Ma’an, adding that grassroots and international….

Ambassador: Palestinian refugees can return to Damascus camp
12/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An agreement between Palestinian factions in Damascus will allow residents of the Yarmouk refugee camp to return after fleeing violence, the Palestinian ambassador to Syria said Thursday. Mahmud al-Khalidi said Syrian and Palestinian factions will not allow gunmen to enter the camp. In turn, troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad….

Ministry: Schools to reopen Sunday
12/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Schools in the West Bank will reopen on Sunday, the education ministry said Thursday, after closing during a teachers’ strike over unpaid salaries. Ministry undersecretary Mohammad Abu Zeid said classes would resume Sunday and end-of-term exams will be held Wednesday, after the Christmas holiday. Abu Zeid praised teachers for their….

Finance minister, union discuss salary crisis
12/20/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The government employees union met with PA Finance Minister Nabil Qassis on Thursday to discuss the payment of public sector salaries. Union chief Bassam Zakarneh said PA employees had to borrow money for transport to work but were determined to support the government against Israeli “piracy.” Around 153,000 PA staff have….

436 couples wed in mass ceremony in Gaza
12/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Some 436 couples wed in a mass ceremony on Thursday in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Leaders of Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian People’s Party and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine attended the wedding, which was paid for by UAE President Khalifa bin….

Officials: 3 swine flu deaths in West Bank
12/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that three Palestinians died of the H1N1 flu in the occupied West Bank, and 45 are ill. Asaad al-Ramlawi, the director of primary healthcare in the ministry, confirmed that three died and 45 Palestinians are diagnosed with the illness, also known as….

UAE shuts down office of US research institute Rand
12/20/2012 – ABU DHABI (Reuters) — The United Arab Emirates has shut down the Abu Dhabi office of the RAND Corporation, the American policy research institute, in the latest of several closures of foreign research institutions and think tanks in the Gulf Arab state this year. The UAE, a major oil exporter and regional business hub, has not….

Top aide to Iran’s Ahmadinejad temporarily freed from prison
12/20/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — A top aide to Iran’s president was temporarily freed from prison on Wednesday, Iranian media said, in the latest twist in a case seen as reflecting the waning influence of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the country’s factionalised politics. Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad’s press adviser and head of the….

Egypt opposition vows to fight on against Islamist charter
12/20/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s opposition, facing defeat over a new constitution in a referendum this weekend, urged its supporters to reject the Islamist-backed charter and pledged to fight on to amend it during elections expected next year. Forty-eight hours before the second round of the plebiscite, the main opposition coalition of liberals, leftist, Christians….

Aljazeera

Israeli attacks on media in Gaza ‘unlawful’
AlJazeera 20 Dec 2012 – Israel violated international laws for raids carried out on media during recent attacks on Gaza, a rights group says.

Palestine News Network

Contradictory Israeli Stories Over the Death of the 17-Year-Old Martyr Salayma
Palestine News Network

A Public Poll Following the Gaza War and the UN Status Upgrade
Palestine News Network

Fact Sheet on Water and Sanitation in the Access Restricted Areas of the Gaza Strip
Palestine News Network

Turkey Condemns Israel’s Illegal Settlement Activities in the oPt
Palestine News Network

Christmas Message from President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestine News Network

EU’s Ashton Opposes the Expansion of Israeli Settlements In Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Human Rights Watch Accuses Israel of Violating Laws of War during last Escalation on Gaza
Palestine News Network

President Abbas: Let Palestinians in Syria Enter West Bank, Gaza
Palestine News Network

Aid Agencies Call for Halt to Recurring Demolitions of Water Cisterns in Area C
Palestine News Network

IOF Troops Arrest Palestinian from Hebron
Palestine News Network

Discussion on Confederation
Palestine News Network

Report: 4600 Prisoners in Israeli Jails including 182 Children, 184 Administrative Detainees
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Hosted by PCHR to Investigate War Crimes Committed by Israel in its latest Offensive on the Gaza Strip, The Delegation o…
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Relief Web

Lebanon: EU responds swiftly to new influx of Palestinian refugees to Lebanon
Relief Web 20 Dec 2012 – Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) The European Commission announced today the release of an additional € 2 million to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees arriving from Syria in…

World: Irish Aid Annual Report 2011: Accountable to People, Accounting for Aid
Relief Web 20 Dec 2012 – Source: Irish Aid Country: Ethiopia, Ireland, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, occupied Palestinian territory, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania (the), Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe The fight to end extreme poverty and hunger in the…

occupied Palestinian territory: 3 Palestinians dead from swine flu: health ministry
Relief Web 20 Dec 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 12/20/2012 14:21 GMT RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories, Dec 20, 2012 (AFP) – Three Palestinians in the West Bank have died in the past week from the H1N1 influenza strain known as swine flu, the…

Syrian Arab Republic (the): Thousands of Palestinians return to Damascus refugee camp
Relief Web 20 Dec 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) 12/20/2012 19:33 GMT DAMASCUS, Dec 20, 2012 (AFP) – Thousands of Palestinians returned on Thursday to a refugee camp in Damascus that has become a battle ground, as UN

occupied Palestinian territory: Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the expansion of Israeli settlements
Relief Web 20 Dec 2012 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice- President of the Commission issued the following statement today: “The approval of an additional 2610 housing units in…

The National

UAE has many reasons to be cheerful, Gallup survey finds
The National 20 Dec 2012 – The UAE is the 25th ‘most positive’ country in the world, with more than three quarters of Emiratis and Arab expatriates reporting cheerful emotions.

Maya apocalypse and Star Wars collide in Guatemalan temple
The National 20 Dec 2012 – At the centre of the rebel base where Luke Skywalker took off to destroy the Death Star and save his people from the clutches of Darth Vader, Guatemala is preparing for another momentous event: the end of an age for the Maya.

Something to cheer up the saddest 23 per cent
The National 20 Dec 2012 – From a ticklish camel to a Gangam Style parody.

Saleh cronies sacked in Yemen
The National 20 Dec 2012 – GCC backs decrees to remove remaining relatives of former Yemeni president from positions of power within the country’s security forces.

Stressed Singaporeans more gloomy than Iraqis
The National 20 Dec 2012 – Singaporeans are not surprised by the results of a Gallup poll that puts their home at the bottom of a global positivity index.

Latin Americans win the happiness poll by smiles
The National 20 Dec 2012 – Countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean topped the list of “most positive” nations released yesterday.

Emirati girls join workforce to better understand available job options
The National 20 Dec 2012 – The new high school at Dubai Women’s College has arranged internships for their pupils during the winter break.

UAE students open online world to poor Kenyans
The National 20 Dec 2012 – Students from Dubai Women¿s College help a needy school in Kenya set up a new computer lab.

Ha’aretz

Leader of right-wing Habayit Hayehudi: I would refuse IDF order to evacuate settlements
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

Weeks ahead of elections, Palestinian officials say they plan to isolate Israel
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

Early release for jailed ex-Finance Minister Hirschson as sentence is cut by a third
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

New Labor MK declares support for PM after being sworn in to Knesset
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

Former IDF Chief of Staff Lipkin-Shahak is laid to rest in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

Stormy weather causes damage and mishaps across Israel
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

Left-wing Israeli activist acquitted of crime after calling IDF soldiers ‘war criminals’
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

New Jerusalem highway to cut Arab neighborhood in half
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

Court rejects Israeli Arab class-action suit over airport discrimination
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

Human Rights Watch: IDF violated laws of war by attacking journalists in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

IDF to reduce time Palestinian minors may be held without seeing a judge
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

Amman warns: Jihadists hijacking Syria revolution, may target Israel, Jordan next
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

Disability access required in all Israel public spaces over next 5 years
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

Amnon Lipkin-Shahak: The last of the army’s princes
Ha’aretz – 20 Dec 2012

Herzliya Theater presents: A drama about Nixon and a political satire
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2012

Jerusalem Post

Fatah: PA to fight Israeli economic ‘blockade’
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Fatah spokesman: Int’l community would have to bear repercussions of the financial crisis in the Palestinian Authority. 

In 30 days: Fundamentalism or Liberalism
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Savir’s Corner: Our very democratic foundations are endangered by a multitude of factions and by the prevailing reactionary set of nationalistic and xenophobic views of our leader and shakers. 

iENGAGE: The rise of domestic Israel
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – At a dangerous moment in Israel’s history, most parties are focusing on internal issues in the current election campaign. 

Behind the Lines: Coastal Retreat
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Is Syrian President Bashar Assad preparing a last stand in Syria’s Alawi mountains? 

NGO questions credibility of HRW over Israel attacks
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – NGO Monitor slams “unsubstantiated” claim by Human Rights Watch that Israel carried out unlawful strikes on Palestinian journalists. 

Building blocs
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – It is Palestinian intransigence, not Jewish building in consensus Jerusalem neighborhoods and settlement blocs, that is the real obstacle to a negotiated peace and a two-state solution. Perhaps one day the world will understand it. 

Prosor calls on EU to label Hezbollah ‘terrorists’
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Israeli envoy to UN also demands enforcement of Security Council Resolution 1701 calling for the disarmament of Hezbollah. 

Israeli-Arab fights guilt in suicide bomb film
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – ‘The Attack’ follows an Arab-Israeli surgeon, a model of successful integration in Jewish society, on a mission to find out if his wife was a suicide bomber. 

NYT: Assad’s forces resume firing of Scuds at rebels
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Citing senior US officials, ‘Times’ reports that the Syrian army has resumed using Scud missiles against rebel strongholds. 

NYT: Assad’s forces resume firing Scuds at rebels
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Citing senior US officials, ‘Times’ reports that the Syrian army has resumed using Scud missiles against rebel strongholds. 

Liberman: I haven’t read indictment, nor do I plan to
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Former foreign minister attacks A-G for indicting him without cause, adds: The fact that I have a beard, am a settler, and have a Russian accent automatically makes me a suspect; Ayalon takes over Foreign Ministry. 

Knesset set to approve perks for Ch. 2, Ch. 10
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Channel 10 will no longer have to close at year’s end; opposition: PM waging Intifada against free press. 

Malaysia lifts quotas on pilgrims to Israel
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Removal of restrictions reportedly will allow an unlimited number of Malaysian Christians to visit Israel for up to 21 days at a time. 

Landau: Large blocs favorable to splinter parties
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Energy and Water Minister Landau says Yisrael Beytenu head Liberman taking a ‘brave step’ with resignation for national interest. 

Bahrain, Kuwait accuse Iran of ‘interference’
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Tensions between Iran, Gulf states continue to flare amid inflammatory accusations by Tehran over ‘toxic gas,’ arms buys. 

Egypt prosecutor retracts resignation ahead of vote
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Move by Morsi-appointed chief public prosecutor sets stage for turmoil ahead of 2nd round of voting in constitutional referendum. 

The Weekly Schmooze: Carly Rose for the win!
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – A ‘Jpost’ column wrapping up the hottest Jewish culture news worldwide: Seinfeld Israel; Mandy Patinkin loves babies. 

C’tee allows Strong Israel, haredi parties to run
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Central Election Committee rejects petitions aiming to disqualify Strong Israel, Shas, UTJ from running in January 22 election. 

PM remembers Lipkin-Shahak as ‘a true hero’
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Leaders pay tribute to Israel’s 15th chief of staff after he succumbs to long battle with cancer at the age of 68. 

Chosen Bites: A trip down memory lane
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – There is nothing more comforting than a fresh shepherd’s pie. Try this modern take on a childhood classic. 

A moshav called Newtown
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Terrorism is not defined by boundaries and nationalities, it is defined as a threat to our livelihood. 

Man nabbed for smashing tiles in King David’s Tomb
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Suspect says another man at the scene told him his prayers would only be answered if he prayed to stones, under ceramic tiles. 

UN confirms Hezbollah fighting for Assad in Syria
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2012 – Report warns that civil war fighting has split along sectarian lines, pitting ruling Alawites against majority Sunnis. 

Abbas to UN: Let Palestinians in Syria enter W. Bank, Gaza
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2012PA president appeals to UN to intervene, allow thousands of Palestinians from Syria to enter W. Bank, Gaza to escape fighting. 

Ministry fight ‘enemy’ weeds along Sinai border
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2012 – Agriculture Ministry, IDF seek to combat weeds on Egypt’s border that could be used as a hideout for illegal visitors. 

Haredi moderates condemn Yesh Atid petition
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2012 – Tov movement slams party’s effort to prevent draft of 1,300 ultra-Orthodox into civilian service. 

Cornea transplant restores vision for war injured
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2012 – Operation restores sight for 47-year-old man who suffered a serious wound in his right eye 26 years ago in Lebanon. 

The Guardian

In defence of Chuck Hagel, as the Washington Post declares war | Michael Cohen
The Guardian 20 Dec 2012 – Chuck Hagel would bring welcome realism to Defense, but the Post prefers to cheerlead for delusions of American power There’s an old proverb that says you can judge a man by the reputation of his enemies…

Israeli attacks on journalists in Gaza ‘violated the laws of war’
The Guardian 20 Dec 2012 – Four Israeli attacks on journalists and media facilities in Gaza during the November 2012 conflict violated the laws of war by targeting civilians and civilian objects, says a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). It has…

Inter Press Service

Marching Toward a Third Uprising?
IPS While the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip hasn’t been so quiet for the past two decades, it’s now the turn of the occupied West Bank to show signs of eruption. As Hamas tries to export its resistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) territories, President Mahmoud Abbas’ repeated warnings of a third, yet…

Uruknet

Jailed PFLP leader calls for solidarity with hunger strikers
Uruknet

On ”punishment”
Uruknet

Cut off from water and electricity grids, Arab Abu Farda stands alone
Uruknet

A global perspective on American child deaths
Uruknet

Morsi’s Democracy Devoid of Press and Media Freedoms
Uruknet

We will remain rooted here, says defiant father of Gaza boy killed by Israel
Uruknet

Mali: West Africa’s Gate to Convenient Chaos, Intervention
Uruknet

Egypt : Round one referendum results marred by reports of critical violations
Uruknet

Gaza: “They can attack our bodies but not our strength.”
Uruknet

4600 Palestinians, Including 182 Children, Imprisoned By Israel
Uruknet

Daily Star

Israeli attacks on media ‘violated laws of war’: HRW
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 Israeli attacks on journalists and media facilities in the Gaza Strip during an eight-day flare up last month “violated the laws of war,” Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Iraq finance minister says staff members kidnapped
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 Iraq’s finance minister on Thursday accused a “militia force” of kidnapping members of his staff and said he holds the prime minister personally responsible for their safety.

UN authorizes African force to take on al Qaeda in Mali
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 The 15-nation U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously authorized the deployment of an African-led military force to help defeat al Qaeda and other Islamist militants in northern Mali.

Wall St advances on ‘fiscal cliff’ talks
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 U.S. stocks edged up in a thinly traded session after Republican House Speaker John Boehner pledged to keep working on a solution to the “fiscal cliff” while still criticizing President Barack Obama’s approach to budget talks.

Love online challenges Pakistan taboos
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 Sania was just a schoolgirl when she logged onto an Internet chat room and met a young college student called Mohammad.

Iraq finance minister demands PM’s resignation
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 Iraqi Finance Minister Rafa al-Essawi demanded that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki resign after a “militia force” allegedly raided the ministry and detained its guards on Thursday.

U.S. Republicans push their own plan, fiscal talks languish
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 Republicans in the U.S. Congress pushed ahead with a “fiscal cliff” plan that stands no chance of becoming law as time runs short to reach a deal with President Barack Obama to avert a Washington-induced economic…

Strife-torn Syria wins West Asian cup
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 After nearly two years of war, fate smiled on Syria for a brief moment on Thursday as its national football team scored a historic 1-0 victory in the West Asia Cup.

New tensions in Egypt over top prosecutor
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 Egypt’s top prosecutor retracted his resignation, a decision that could cause a new uproar in the country after he was accused of pressuring a judge not to release protesters opposed to the Islamist president.

Four killed in clash in Libya’s Benghazi-officials
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 Four people were killed when security forces clashed with armed demonstrators outside a police station in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, security sources said.

UN hits out at Syria, Iran, N. Korea over rights
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to rebuke Syria, Iran and North Korea for human rights abuses.

US urges talks over Bahrain labor unrest
Daily Star 20 Dec 2012 The government of Bahrain has fallen short of commitments to recognize labor rights and prevent employment discrimination under a free trade agreement with the United States.

YNet News

UN sanctions two Iranian firms over Syria arms supplies
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Sacred cows
YNet News, 20 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: Kashrut laws must be revised to reduce suffering of slaughtered animals ….

Missing soldier found safe and sound
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UN authorizes African force to take on al Qaeda in Mali 
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Prime Minister’s Award given to 6 Shin Bet teams
YNet News, 20 Dec 2012 – ….

Kadima fights bus companies for banning election campaign ad 
YNet News, 20 Dec 2012 – ….

General turned peacemaker 
YNet News, 20 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: Martin Indyk says deceased IDF Chief Lipkin-Shahak never gave up on the dream of peace ….

Obama wants gun policy recommendations in a month 
YNet News, 19 Dec 2012 – President tells news conference Biden will lead efforts to craft policies to crack down on gun violence. Newtown massacre was a ‘wake-up call for all of us,’ he says ….

IAF chief: We’ll know how to deal with Syrian WMDs
YNet News, 19 Dec 2012 – Addressing possibility that chemical weapons will leak to Hezbollah, Maj.-Gen. Eshel says ‘we have the capabilities to deal with this threat.’ On blasts at Hezbollah arms caches: It’s not safe to sleep near rockets ….

UN steps up pressure on Israel over settlements
YNet News, 19 Dec 2012 – France, Britain, Germany and Portugal issue joint statement that construction in E1 area ‘could also entail forced transfer of civilian population.’ Israeli ambassador: What about Israel’s contiguity? What about Jewish contiguity? ….

Obama named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’
YNet News, 19 Dec 2012 – Magazine honors US president for second time, calling him ‘architect of the wew America’ ….

Galant cleared of charges in land affair 
YNet News, 19 Dec 2012 – Two years after scandal broke, regional council determines that mistake in building plan led to allegations that former IDF chief candidate seized public land when building his home in Amikam. Galant: Better late than never ….

Barak approves 523 additional West Bank housing units 
YNet News, 19 Dec 2012 – Ynet learns defense minister okayed expansion of Gva’ot settlement in Gush Etzion prior to Palestinians’ UN bid. Netanyahu to Asian envoys: All Israeli governments built in Jerusalem. We’re not going to change that ….

Uniformed rightists urge IDF disobedience 
YNet News, 19 Dec 2012 – New videos by right-wing group call on soldiers, teens to actively hinder any military operation involving settlement eviction ….

Former IDF Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak dies
YNet News, 19 Dec 2012IDF‘s 15th chief of staff dies at 68 after long battle with cancer. Mofaz: We lost an extraordinary man. Yachimovich: He was an officer and a gentleman ….

Washington Post vs. Pentagon candidate 
YNet News, 19 Dec 2012 – Joining several senators objecting Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary, major newspaper wonders if his fringe positions on critical issues won’t serve as obstacle to Obama’s policy ….

State Dept. slammed over Libya attack 
YNet News, 19 Dec 2012 – Official inquiry says security at US mission in Benghazi was grossly inadequate to deal with September 11 attack that killed ambassador, three others because of failures within State Department ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian child wounded in explosion of Israeli army ordnance
PIC – A 12-year-old Palestinian child was wounded when an Israeli army ordnance exploded near Jericho in the northern Jordan Valley on Thursday.

IOF soldiers storm Hebron village, serves summonses
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, at dawn Thursday and served summonses to two brothers.

The “Elite” begins empty stomachs battle in solidarity with striking prisoners
PIC – Ministry of Detainees’ and Ex-detainees’ Affairs revealed that the captive movement agreed to launch early next week the elite strike in solidarity with the strikers Sharawna and al-Issawi..

IOF rounds up more than thirty Palestinians
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) nabbed more than thirty Palestinians at dawn Thursday mostly from occupied Jerusalem.

Abu Zuhri appreciates neutralizing the Yarmouk refugee camp
PIC – Hamas welcomed the Palestinian consensus plan to save the Palestinian refugees in Syria, that aims to neutralize the Yarmouk refugee camp in the conflict..

EMOHR calls for the relief of Palestinians in the Yarmouk and Dar’a refugee camp
PIC – The Euro-Mediterranean Observatory for Human Rights (EMOHR) called for providing protection and emergency relief to Palestinian refugees in the refugee camps of Syria..

Mishaal discusses ways to stop targeting Palestinian refugee camps in Syria
PIC – Hamas Political Leader Khaled Mishaal made numerous contacts concerning bombing and air raids of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, where number of martyrs and wounded were reported..

IOA charges Tel Aviv bus bomb suspect
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) charged the young man Mohammed Mafarja, 18, on Wednesday over a bomb explosion on a Tel Aviv bus during Israel’s November military offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Mishaal phones Sabra on conditions of Palestinian refugee camps in Syria
PIC – Khaled Mishaal, the political bureau chairman of Hamas, has reached George Sabra, the chairman of the Syrian national council, for a discussion of the conditions of Palestinian refugee camps in Syria.

WAFA

Israel will be Held Accountable for its Settlement Crimes, says Presidency
WAFA – 20 Dec 2012

Japan Deplores Israeli Settlement Plans
WAFA – 20 Dec 2012

Quartet’s Blair says Settlements Undermine Prospects of Talks
WAFA – 20 Dec 2012

EUPOL COPPS: Police, Justice Press Officers Conclude Media Workshop
WAFA – 20 Dec 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 20 Dec 2012

EU’s Ashton Strongly Opposes Israeli Settlements’ Expansion
WAFA – 20 Dec 2012

Settlers Burn Vehicles, Spray Racist Slogans south Nablus
WAFA – 20 Dec 2012

Weather Forecast: Stormy, Rainy and Cold Weather
WAFA – 20 Dec 2012

Misc

4 State Department officials quit after report on Benghazi attack
LA Times 19 Dec 2012 – The four officials resign after a high-level panel held them responsible for failing to act on requests for greater security for the U.S. mission in Libya. WASHINGTON — Four senior State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday after an independent review board determined that they…

Syrian Forces Lobbing More Scud Missiles at Rebels, U.S. Says
New York Times 20 Dec 2012 – American officials, who have been monitoring Syrian military actions via aerial surveillance, said there was no indication that the missiles were armed with chemical weapons. 

Egypt’s Chief Prosecutor Retracts His Resignation
New York Times 20 Dec 2012 – The move was the latest bizarre turn in a complicated three-way struggle among the new Islamist president, the institutions of the old government and the president’s opposition in the streets. 

Putin Defends Position on Syria and Chastises U.S. on Libya
New York Times 20 Dec 2012 – President Vladimir V. Putin reiterated Russia’s opposition to military intervention in Syria and suggested that the United States’ role in toppling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi ultimately led to the Benghazi catastrophe. 

The Lede Blog: Assange Addresses Dozens in London
New York Times 20 Dec 2012 – Video and a transcript of Julian Assange’s complete remarks to supporters at Ecuadorean Embassy in London on Thursday night. 

Palestinian Premier Fayyad Calls for Boycott on Israeli Goods
New York Times 20 Dec 2012 – Israel’s refusal this month to transfer tax revenue to the West Bank has undermined the Palestinian Authority’s already dire finances, the prime minister, Salam Fayyad, said. 

Iraqi President Is Flown to Germany for Treatment After Stroke
New York Times 20 Dec 2012 – Jalal Talabani was said to be in “stable” condition after he suffered a stroke earlier this week. 

I.H.T. Special Report: The Syria Report Survives as Independent Publication
New York Times 20 Dec 2012 – Publisher Jihad Yazigi concedes that without the now-besieged Syrian dictator, there would have been no free-market reforms and no Syria Report, a weekly economic digest . 

Fears for 600 jobs at Flextronics Ofakim plant
Globes Main News – In a further blow to Israel’s electronics industry, the company has been unable to obtain credit insurance to cover production for ECI.

Netanyahu: Likud-Beitenu will keep Housing Ministry
Globes Main News – The prime minister told “Globes” housing was too important to hand over to a coalition partner after the elections.

Public sector wage agreements cost NIS 15b
Globes Main News – Treasury source: The problem is that there is no match between the agreements and the spending ceiling in the coming years.

Thu: Mellanox misery deepens
Globes Main News – Mellanox fell sharply and Teva again lost ground with the Tel Aviv 25 down 0.8% on the week.

Market fears profit warning from Mellanox
Globes Main News – Even if the company disappoints in the fourth quarter of 2012, the market will be forgiving if next quarter meets or exceeds expectations.

Shekel hits eight-month high against dollar
Globes Main News – Prico Group CEO Yossi Fraiman: In the long term, the shekel will again strengthen and move below NIS 3.7/$.

HSBC raises Israel 2013 growth forecast to 2.8%
Globes Macro Economics – The bank sees growth rising even further to 3.4% in 2014.

Letter to President Obama from American Rabbis
Jewish Voice for Peace – Dear President Obama, We are writing this letter to you as American rabbis, cantors and rabbinical students, serving a wide range of Jewish communities. We were dismayed to learn that, immediately following the recognition by the United Nations of observer status for Palestine, the government of…

Cut off from water and electricity grids, Arab Abu Farda stands alone
Palestine Monitor – Photos by Lazar Simeonov.   Arab Abu Farda is a Bedouin village which for the past 60 years has received no basic amenities such as water and electricity, and little help from the outside community….

The wrong way to defend Chuck Hagel from neoconservative smears
Mondoweiss – Chuck Hagel (Photo: CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES) The neoconservative smear-peddlers are working overtime to scuttle the not yet confirmed or announced appointment of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to the post of Defense Secretary. In response , liberals, Democrats and liberal Zionists (those groups overlap) have taken to…

Living under drones in Gaza
Mondoweiss – Living under drones is not only life threatening, but unbearably annoying.  At times, drones don’t leave the sky of Gaza for a long period of time, a week or more. It’s like having this huge fly in your room that can’t understand how the glass of…

Bin Laden execution has claimed more innocent victims
Mondoweiss – It looks like the Obama Administration’s proudest achievement in the international arena – the execution of Osama Bin Laden – has caused the death of nine UN health care workers and will continue to take a heavy toll in the health of ordinary Pakistanis and Afghans….

Israeli attacks on media in Gaza were war crimes–Human Rights Watch
Mondoweiss – Palestinian firemen working in front of the al-Shorouq building, a media center, which was hit by two missiles on the first floor, Gaza city, November 2012. As a result of it, Ramez Najeeb Harb, 36, the media officer of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of…

Update: South Africa turns up the pressure on Israel
Mondoweiss – Update: Breaking news: Electronic Intifada reporting South Africa’s ANC makes support for Israel boycott its official policy . This is an unprecedented development and represents a major breakthrough in the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement. BDS South Africa representative said the decision “by the ANC’s National Conference, its…

Exile and the Prophetic: Branding the Holocaust
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. ‘What if Hitler had access to the internet?’  As reported in the New York Times, that’s one of the big questions the…

Israel Strike on Gaza Media Illegal: Watchdog 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Dec 2012 – Israel’s killing of two Palestinian journalists and attacks on media facilities during its Gaza offensive last month violated the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Click here for the rest of the article…

U.N. General Assembly Adopts Nine Resolutions Condemning Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Dec 2012 – The United Nations General Assembly adopted nine resolutions on the topics of Palestinian rights and the Golan Heights. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Foreign Ministry Condemns Latest Israeli Settlement Plans 
allAfrica.com 20 Dec 2012 – [Egypt Online]The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday 19/12/2012 expressed to Israel its objection over a recent plan to build 2,600 new settler units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Egypt: Foreign Minister Receives Brahimi 
allAfrica.com 20 Dec 2012 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and visiting UNAL special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi met on Tuesday 18/12/2012 on the Syrian crisis.

Egypt prosecutor seeks to stay on 
BBC 20 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s new public prosecutor retracts a resignation offer, in a move that could re-ignite a row between President Mohammed Morsi and top judges.

US acts over Benghazi failings 
BBC 20 Dec 2012 – The US diplomatic security chief quits and other officials are suspended after a damning report into September’s killing of the US envoy to Libya.

Libya tribunal quits in Jalil row 
BBC 19 Dec 2012 – A military tribunal in Libya probing the murder of top rebel commander quits the case after it sparked protests by questioning Mustafa Abdel Jalil.

Stephen Lendman: Netanyahu’s Rage to Judaize Palestine 
Sabbah report 20 Dec 2012 – Israel presses on with plans for 6,000 new settler homes. They won’t stop until virtually all Palestine is colonized. Israel planned it long ago. Netanyahu’s expediting what most Knesset members approve. Stephen Lendman: Netanyahu’s Rage to Judaize Palestine was published by Sabbah Report . Sign up for…

New Israeli Herods and Palestinian Christians 
Sabbah report 20 Dec 2012 – According to Israeli human rights groups, there was a portentous increase in religious hate crimes directed towards historical Christian monasteries, churches and graveyards in 2012. This Christmas, new Israeli Herods abetted by Western powers are driving Christians from their land and transforming native churches into Israeli…

St. Louis City Board Votes to Investigate Veolia Following Public Outcry 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 20 Dec 2012 – From our member group St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee . St. Louis, Missouri — At 2:30pm on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at a standing-room only meeting in the mayor’s office for the St. Louis City Board of Estimate & Apportionment (E & A), the Board declined to…

About Farouk al-Sharaa, Again 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 20 Dec 2012 – A boy stands near buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet of forces loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad at Zamalka near Damascus 19 December 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Karm Seif /Shaam News Network/HO) A boy stands…

Media Layoffs: LBC Employees and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2012 – Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal speaks during a news conference in Riyadh 9 March 2011. (Photo: Reuters – Fahad Shadeed) Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal speaks during a news conference in Riyadh 9 March 2011. (Photo: Reuters – Fahad Shadeed) In April 2012, Saudi billionaire and…

Thousands of Palestinians return to Damascus refugee camp 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2012 – Thousands of Palestinians returned on Thursday to a refugee camp in Damascus that has become a battle ground, as UN investigators warned of an openly sectarian conflict that threatens whole communities. Four days on from a first air strike on Yarmouk refugee camp, “thousands of Palestinians…

Syrian interior minister receiving treatment in Beirut 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2012Syria‘s interior minister was receiving treatment in Beirut on Thursday for wounds to his shoulder, stomach and legs suffered when his ministry in Damascus was bombed last week, Lebanese medical sources said. They said Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar’s condition was not life-threatening and that doctors were trying…

A Lebanese Comeback for Ziad Rahbani 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2012 – Of course, the choice of titles in the program fits the shape and size of his backup band. Works requiring an orchestra were naturally eliminated. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) Of course, the choice of titles in the program fits the shape and size of his backup band….

New Round of Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strikes 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2012 – Palestinian scouts wave Palestinian flags and carry placard reads: “15 of May: Refugees, prisoners, Gaza, West Bank, Jerusalem, Palestine 1948… they are all one and same (Photo: Reuters – Sharif Karim) Palestinian scouts wave Palestinian flags and carry placard reads: “15 of May: Refugees, prisoners, Gaza,…

US Army seeks death penalty against soldier 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2012 – The US Army is seeking the death penalty against a soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a predawn rampage in March, a punishment some experts say could be hard for prosecutors to obtain given that he was serving his fourth deployment at the time….

Syria: Religious Police Patrol Aleppo’s Countryside 
Al-Akhbar Politics 19 Dec 2012 – A Syrian man paints stripes on a side walk the northern Aleppo province, on 16 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Prashant Rao) A Syrian man paints stripes on a side walk the northern Aleppo province, on 16 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Prashant Rao) The Syrian…

The Extension of Rifi’s Term: April’s Fool 
Al-Akhbar Politics 19 Dec 2012 – The Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah both categorically reject this bid, despite all that is being said about Hezbollah’s consent. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) The Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah both categorically reject this bid, despite all that is being said about Hezbollah’s consent. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) The bid…

Refugees from Yarmouk: “We Left Everything Behind” 
Al-Akhbar Politics 19 Dec 2012 – A Palestinian refugee from the Syrian refugee camp of Yarmouk holds up his passport in front of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) offices in the Cola district of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on 19 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) A Palestinian…

Freedom for Georges Abdallah: Tomorrow is a Crucial Day 
Al-Akhbar Politics 19 Dec 2012 – “Down with imperialism, its Zionist guard dogs and tyrannical Arab collaborators.” (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) “Down with imperialism, its Zionist guard dogs and tyrannical Arab collaborators.” (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) This Thursday, 20 December 2012, all eyes will be on Paris in anticipation of the final ruling in…

Egypt prosecutor seeks to stay on 
BBC 20 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s new public prosecutor retracts a resignation offer, in a move that could re-ignite a row between President Mohammed Morsi and top judges.

Talabani in Germany for treatment 
BBC 20 Dec 2012 – Jalal Talabani arrives in Germany for further treatment following a reported stroke, after doctors said his condition had improved sufficiently to permit travel.

France notes Algerian suffering 
BBC 20 Dec 2012 – President Francois Hollande acknowledges the brutality of France’s colonisation of Algeria, but does not apologise.

US acts over Benghazi failings 
BBC 20 Dec 2012 – The US diplomatic security chief quits and other officials are suspended after a damning report into September’s killing of the US envoy to Libya.

Libya tribunal quits in Jalil row 
BBC 19 Dec 2012 – A military tribunal in Libya probing the murder of top rebel commander quits the case after it sparked protests by questioning Mustafa Abdel Jalil.

Articles


Cut off from water and electricity grids, Arab Abu Farda stands alone 
Calum Toogood, Palestine Monitor 12/19/2012
      Photos by Lazar Simeonov
     Arab Abu Farda is a Bedouin village which for the past 60 years has received no basic amenities such as water and electricity, and little help from the outside community.
     It is situated South of Qalqiliya in what is known as the ‘seam zone’, which is the land between the green line and the Apartheid Wall. This land is classified as a closed military zone, meaning construction in the area is prohibited. Even access through the checkpoint requires special permission.
     Since structures are not allowed to be built within the village due to the Israeli occupation policies, the houses are predominately made of corrugated metal, wooden pallets and anything else the villagers have been able to gather.
     The village is agriculturally based, as the residents breed livestock and sell the cheese from their animals in Nablus.
     During the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians embarked upon Jewish militia groups in 1948, the family that now lives in Arab Abu Farda was forced to flee from their home in a village close to Netanya.
     The residents of the village claim they still have papers showing the land which they owned near Netanya. They say their land consisted of 500 dunams, and a large quantity of livestock.
     Additionally, the residents say they have papers to show that they own the land on which they currently reside. Since they cannot expand however, they are forced to live practically alongside their animals in what appears to be a very unhygienic manner. more.. e-mail

The politics of resistance versus security coordination 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/20/2012
      In the aftermath of “Operation Pillar of Defence”, the Israelis have diverted their attention to the occupied West Bank. Mass arrests have been carried out by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) for alleged “recent violent and terrorist activity”. Palestinian detainees protesting against administrative detention have embarked upon a hunger strike, joining other prisoners who have sustained their strikes for over 100 days. With their health deteriorating seriously, the prisoners languishing in Israeli jails have refused to end the strike, citing the necessity to further Palestinian resistance, as well as instructing relatives on how to proceed with burial, as death manifests itself to an imminent certainty.
     Samer Al-Issawi, a Palestinian prisoner who has sustained his hunger strike for 141 days, has asked to be buried next to his brother, Fadi. The hunger strike, he stated, will continue until victory or death, emphasising that his decision was based upon “defending the dignity of the Palestinian people”.
     Meanwhile, Palestinians have voiced concern over misrepresentation by the Palestinian Authority, in the name of security coordination. Under the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority is obliged to cooperate with Israel regarding security matters. The political view that the agreement benefits both Palestinians and Israelis has failed to ingrain itself within Palestinians, who continue to struggle against the occupation without political support, especially in the West Bank.
     With Mahmoud Abbas’s inclination to engage in UN dialogue and appease the international community Palestinians feel that their reality is being sidelined to accommodate Israel and international diplomacy. Abbas failed to take a strong stance against the building of further illegal settlements in the West Bank, compromising the already limited land available to Palestinians in return for a fragment of international aid….. more.. e-mail

Israel’s new Herods and Palestine’s Christians 
Jamal Kanj, Redress 12/20/2012
      Jerusalem monastery defaced by Jews
     If Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary were to venture on their historic journey to Bethlehem today, they would have to navigate roads reserved for foreign settlers, overcome military checkpoints and scale high walls to get there.

     I’m writing from Finland this week, where the omnipresence of snowflakes and festive Christmas lights heralds another year celebrating the birth of Jesus.
     In parallel, the descendants of the Messiah in Palestine are marking another year of abominable Israeli occupation.
     Indulged with indifference towards the collective sorrow cloaking the hearts of native Christians in the Holy Land, the West turns another leaf, rejoicing the birth of the prince of peace.
     However, in present-day Palestine, Jesus is no longer a prince and peace remains a phantom.
     If Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary were to venture on their historic journey to Bethlehem today, they would have to navigate roads reserved for foreign settlers, overcome military checkpoints and scale high walls to get there.
     More than 2,000 years ago they fled Herod the Great, “King of the Jews”, to save their baby.
     Nowadays, Palestinian Christians are fleeing descendants of the King of Khazar – an aspiring flat copy of Herod – who has Polish pedigree and was christened Benjamin Mileikowsky.
     He later became known as Binyamin Netanyahu, the current Israeli prime minister whose main political ally is the Moldovan Evet Lvovich Liberman – Avigdor Lieberman.more.. e-mail

The Assault on Chuck Hagel 
Robert W. Merry, The National Interest 12/19/2012
      It didn’t take long for the assault on Chuck Hagel to commence, based on the powerfully held attitude of some in the journalistic establishment and elsewhere that he is insufficiently supportive of Israel. The aim is simple and clear—to generate enough political fear in the consciousness of President Obama that he refrains from nominating Hagel to the job of secretary of defense. Barring that, they want to thwart Senate confirmation.
     The assault began with The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol, who dismissed the former Nebraska senator and decorated Vietnam veteran as “out on the fringes” because he has questioned some Israeli policies, defied the Israel lobby on various matters, and questioned the wisdom of preventive war against Iran. According to Kristol, the test for Obama on this one is stark: “Is he serious about having Israel’s back? Is he serious about preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons?” In other words, a Hagel nomination would expose Obama as indifferent to Israel’s fate, given Hagel’s “anti-Israel, pro-appeasement-of-Iran bona fides.”
     Kristol seems particularly exercised over the endorsement Hagel received from Harvard’s Stephen Walt— “junior partner of the better-known Israel hater John Mearsheimer,” in Kristol’s back-handed description—who said such a nomination would be a “smart move,” in part because of Hagel’s independent stance over the years toward Israel’s right-wing Likud Party. Kristol dismissed Walt as being one of those “anti-Israel propagandists.”
     Steve Walt can take care of himself, as he did with considerable aplomb in his regular Foreign Policy blog. But Chuck Hagel, awaiting word on whether Obama truly does intend to nominate him for Defense, must remain mum in the face of such attacks. And none is likely to get more harsh and mean-spirited than the blast that emanated on Tuesday from the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, former editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, who demonstrated anew just how emotional he can get on matters involving Israel. — See also: Israel lobby rails against Pentagon favorite more.. e-mail

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