Would What the US Does or Doesn’t Do Be Critical to a Faith-Based Israel?

Column One: Postcards from Saigon, by Caroline Glick (Jerusalem Post)

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Today, the public debate in the US revolves around one question: When are we leaving Iraq? The conventional wisdom has become that US operations in Iraq are futile. Due in large part to politically driven press coverage, Americans have received the impression that the US cannot succeed in Iraq and that consequently, their leaders ought to be concentrating their efforts on building an exit strategy. Comparisons between the war in Iraq and the Vietnam War are legion. [...]  Click here to read more.

HCJ Asks AG Why “Pens” Case Was Closed: Trade Ministry’s Legal Counsel…

More Developments in the Olmert Corruption Cases, Hillel Fendel (Israel national News)

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Rapid developments in the various investigations of corruption against PM Olmert: The Supreme Court asks Atty.-Gen. why the “pens” case was closed, the Comptroller implies wrongdoing, and more.

NFC.co.il investigative reporter Yoav Yitzchak, who first reported on the story, also wrote that Olmert was suspected of obstructing justice by removing 240 expensive fountain pens from his house when the investigation began. [...]  Click here to read more.

Shabbos War News…

Kassam Lands in West Negev; No Injuries or Damage

Two Kassam Rockets strike Open Areas in Sderot

Robber Demands NIS 50,000 Ransom for General’s Car

Commentary;

The story states that “men stole the car at gunpoint Friday night in Hod Hasharon.”

Who, which men? Were they Israeli Arabs? P.A. Arabs? Who else would want a general’s car? And from whome did they steal it? Interesting how much vital information is missing from this story. A truly poor piece of journalism! MB [...]  Click here to read more.

This is the IDF of Olmert, Peretz, Halutz: Soldiers Stood By Not Wanting to Complicate Their Lives…

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Jewish Couple Nearly Lynched While Soldiers Stood By, by Ezra HaLevi (Israel National News)

“The men in the lookout simply did not want to complicate their lives with the investigations and legal problems that result from making a tough decision to intervene in such a crisis. ‘They saw everything that was happening to us and didn’t lift a finger.’”

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Arabs nearly lynched two Jews north of Jerusalem on Wednesday, while IDF soldiers at a nearby lookout watched and took no action. A Jewish man was shot and wounded by terrorists near Kiryat Arba. [...]  Click here to read more.

Is Gov’t Serious? Why Were Soldiers Withdrawn From Philadelphi After Huge Number of Smuggling Tunnels in 10% of Area?

Is the Olmert Administration Taking the Situation in Gaza Seriously? by Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 26 October, 2006 (IMRA)

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This week the IDF pulled out from the Philadelphi Corridor after only searching some 10% of the 15 kilometer long band that separates between Egyptian Sinai and the Gaza Strip.

No. The soldiers weren’t withdrawn because they failed to find anything in the 1.5 kilometer long area they checked. They stopped the operation despite the shockingly large number of smuggling tunnels they unearthed. [...]  Click here to read more.

With Friends like These…

Friends and Politics, by Jonathan Rosenblum (Jerusalem Post)

“Ruling out of court every possible Israeli response to attacks upon its citizenry effectively denies Israel the right to defend itself. In our rough neighborhood, nations that do not vigorously defend themselves will not long survive.”

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Friendship is an investment, we are reticent about acknowledging an investment gone sour.

To the extent that one’s life centers on a particular set of beliefs and around a particular community, it becomes less and less likely that one’s best friends will be found outside that community or not share those beliefs.  [...]  Click here to read more.

Stock Portfolios and Plasma Monitors, IDF Commanders Failed to Join Their Troops on Field of Battle…

Outside Panel: Israel Military Refused to Fight War (Middle East Newsline)

NOTE: The above is not the full item;

Israel’s military, refusing to treat the 34-day battle with Hizbullah as a war, kept its commanders away from the front and sent soldiers on poorly-planned missions in Lebanon.

An investigation by an outside panel concluded that the General Staff did not treat the Hizbullah rocket strikes against Israel as a war, rather a security exercise. The report by a team led by [Res.] Maj. Gen. Yoram Yair said commanders relayed unclear orders and failed to fulfill even tactical missions. [...]  Click here to read more.

With a Murderous Terror Enemy Bent on War, Peace Initiatives More Dangerous than Living With War…

Three Deadly Fallacies, by Evelyn Gordon (Jerusalem Post)

“If the other side is not ready for peace, bold initiatives – “there is no such thing as a government without a diplomatic agenda” – are often more dangerous than simply trying to manage the conflict until conditions do become ripe for real peace.”

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In an interview in last Thursday’s Haaretz, Justice Minister Meir Sheetrit provided a textbook example of what is wrong with Israel’s foreign policy.  [...]  Click here to read more.

2007 Israel Prize: The State of Israel’s Jew-to-Jew Morality?

Israel Prize: Gush Katif Settlers Nominated Too, by Ilan Marciano (Ynet)

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‘Enterprise of settlement in Gush Katif’ contending against former PM Ariel Sharon for Israel Prize recognizing life’s work. Nominator MK Yitzhak Levy: Award would be ‘gesture of appreciation and recognition by whole of Israeli society.’

The Israel Prize committee will have a complicated choice to make in handing out awards this year – between the prime minister who evacuated Gush Katif and the settlers who were evacuated from Gush katif. [...]  Click here to read more.