Bei einer Verhaftungsaktion in Qabatia werden zwei Mitlglieder des Islamic Jihad erschossen da sie sich der Verhftung widersetzten. Wohl bei der Siedlung Maskiot wird ein 15-jähriger Palästinenser aufgefunden, der nach Angaben des Bruders Foltermerkmale aufweist und einen Genickbruch erlitten hat. Nach Bruderangaben war er bei Siedlern beschäftigt [Kinderarbeit ist da Normalität], so daß eher von einem Arbeitsunfall auszugehen ist. Anschließend warf man allerdings die Leiche einfach in die Gegend. Derzeit ist sie von israelischer Seite konfiziert, was eher nichts Gutes für die Aufklärung des Falls bedeutet. Wie erst heute bekannt wurde ist eine Delegation des Rechtsausschußes des Deutschen Bundestages, darunter auch Jerzy Montag bei einem Besuch in Hebron mäßig von Siedlern "angesprochen" worden was für diplomatischen Verwirrungen sorgt. [albern.. eigentlich werden Delegationen wenn sie mit Begleitschutz unterwegs sind mit Steinen beworfen und die hier machen wegen "Gewaltandrohungen" ein trara. Eine andere Frage stellt sich nach dem sinn solcher Tourismustouren, die der Steuerzahler bezahlt.] Natürlich konnte die IDf nicht einschreiten das sie mit der Vorbereitung des die Bewegungsfreiheit der Palästinenser verordentlichenden "total closure" über die Pessah-Feiertage die im Übrigen am Sonntag beginnen beschäftigt. außerdem mußten noch schnell 20 Palästinenser verhaftet werden, davon elf in Nablus. [...] The foreign minister of the Palestinian Authority on Thursday offered an unusually bleak assessment of the status of the negotiations with Israel and said that President Mahmud Abbas would be asking for more active American intervention when he meets with President George W. Bush in Washington this month. Riad Malki, who also serves as minister of information in the West Bank-based government appointed by Abbas, told a gathering of the Foreign Press Association here that the talks on the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had yielded "no results." DAS ist falsch, es gab Ergebnisse! Israel has agreed to let settlers build new houses in existing West Bank settlements in exchange for dismantling unauthorized settlement outposts, residents and defense officials said Tuesday. [...] Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu has said if he is elected prime minister, he won't carry out any peace deal with the Palestinians reached by current Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a newspaper reported Thursday. [...] Eli Yishai: Don’t relinquish a symbol - Jerusalem is cornerstone of Jewish people and must not be divided. [...] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in televised speech Thursday that a release of all Palestinian prisoners must be part of any peace deal with Israel. Abbas delivered the televised address Thursday to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day. About 8,500 Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli jails and detention centers. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are trying to reach a peace deal by the end of the year.
Im Gazastreifen wird ein Hamas-Mitglied bei einem als Infiltrationsversuch gewerteten Annähern an den Kerem Shalom crossing getötet und zwei weitere Hamsniks verletzt. Zudem versterben zwei Al-Qassam-Mitglieder an den Folgen einer selbstverschuldeten Explosion vom Sonntag in Jabalia. Unterschiedliche Berichte gibt es über das Aufkommen von Qassam-Beschuß. Während Israel eine "Vielzahl" sieht sind es nach momentam Angabenstand sechs durch den Islamic Jihad gewesen. [...] The United Nations should "open lines of communication" between Israel, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority and bring all parties to the negotiating table, the U.N. human rights investigator for the Palestinian territories said on Thursday. John Dugard, a South African jurist who has served in the independent U.N. post since 2001, condemned Wednesday's violence in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, where 17 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers were killed. Islamist Hamas continues to say it will not formally recognise Israel and its 1988 founding charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. Dugard said Israel's unwillingness to talk to Hamas was understandable but he saw "no reason why the United Nations, acting through the Security Council or the secretary-general, should not intervene and assert its role as mediator." [...] Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Tzachi Hanegbi, said Thursday that in light of recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces must reoccupy the territory. In an interview with Army Radio, Hanegbi said that he meant to establish a strategic goal of toppling the Islamic rulers of the Gaza Strip Hamas. In order to achieve this goal, he said, "you must go into the territory and hold on to it for a long time." Hanegbi confessed that the decision to retake the Strip comes with a "complicated price tag, and has implications for our soldiers' lives as well as in the international arena." [...] Mahmoud al-Zahar, "No peace without Hamas": President Jimmy Carter's sensible plan to visit the Hamas leadership this week brings honesty and pragmatism to the Middle East while underscoring the fact that American policy has reached its dead end. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acts as if a few alterations here and there would make the hideous straitjacket of apartheid fit better. While Rice persuades Israeli occupation forces to cut a few dozen meaningless roadblocks from among the more than 500 West Bank control points, these forces simultaneously choke off fuel supplies to Gaza; blockade its 1.5 million people; approve illegal housing projects on West Bank land; and attack Gaza City with F-16s, killing men, women and children. Sadly, this is "business as usual" for the Palestinians. [...] Editor: ON THE OPPOSITE page today we publish an article by the "foreign minister" of Hamas, Mahmoud al-Zahar, that drips with hatred for Israel, and with praise for former president Jimmy Carter. We believe Mr. Zahar's words are worth publishing because they provide some clarity about the group he helps to lead, a group that Mr. Carter contends is worthy of being included in the Middle East peace process. [...] Diskussion über das Thema. [...] Tiny darts sprayed from a controversial missile used by Israel killed a Reuters cameraman in Gaza, local doctors said on Thursday -- though Israeli forces would not say whether one of their tanks fired the fatal shot. A medical examination and X-rays showed several 3 cm (inch) -long spikes, known as flechettes, in the body of Fadel Shana, a 23-year-old Palestinian. He was killed on Wednesday as he filmed an Israeli tank dug in about a kilometre (1,000 yards) away. The last few seconds of video shot on Shana's tripod-mounted camera show the tank firing, then a mid-air explosion consistent with the burst of a missile. The camera was shattered in the explosion that killed Shana. Black metal darts were embedded in his body armour, which bore a fluorescent strip reading "PRESS" + In a statement, B'Tselem demanded Thursday that the Military Advocate General "immediately issue instructions to suspend the use of this deplorable form of munition in the Gaza Strip, and launch a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident."
Dan williams, "Could Israel use ... german ... submarines against Iran?": Anticipating a showdown with Iran, Israel decides secretly to deploy a submarine off its arch-foe's coast. But how? The quickest route from Israel's Mediterranean coast is via the Suez Canal, which runs through Egypt and which the classified vessels shun. So the submarine is hidden in the belly of a commercial tanker, which delivers it to the Gulf. Such is the plot of an Israeli thriller, "Undersea Diplomacy". Does it hold water? Perhaps not. Then again, the author, Shlomo Erell, is no mere novelist. He's an ex-admiral with experience in Israel's most sensitive military planning. "It's pure fiction, but it's informed fiction," he said simply, when asked if his book reflects how the Israeli fleet of Dolphin-class submarines could be used against Iran, whose leadership has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map", stoking international concern over Tehran's nuclear programme. Israel has three Dolphins, with two more on order from Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, a German shipyard custom-building them at a steep discount as part of Berlin's bid to shore up a Jewish state founded in the wake of the Nazi Holocaust. The submarines are a subject of deepest secrecy given speculation that they carry nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. [...] Speaking at the Democratic Presidential debate Wednesday, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton threatened to launch a "massive retaliation" if Iran decided to attack Israel. [...] Link dead, momentan: Defense officials: Iran increasing smuggling efforts to Gaza - Senior officials to 'Post': Teheran using floatable devices to drop arms near Gaza coast; say rockets, other arms getting through. [...] Hezbollah's TV station Al-Manar reported on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Assad has said that Syria is preparing for war with Israel as a real possibility. Assad noted, speaking at a conference in Damascus, however, that he did not expect a conflict between the two states to break out under the current circumstances. [...] The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Corporation (IRIB) has begun a training course for war journalists, who will be sent to Syria and Lebanon in case these countries engage in war with Israel, the Iranian news agency 'A'sr Iran reported. [...] Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Damascus does not pose a nuclear threat to Israel, making the comments in response to a question in a newspaper interview about an Israeli air strike in Syria. Israel has given no details on the identity of the target its planes struck inside Syria on Sept. 6. Some U.S. officials linked the raid to suspicions of secret nuclear cooperation between Syria and North Korea. "There are things I am not willing to discuss," Olmert, asked about the air strike, said in an interview published on Thursday in Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. "I will only say this: To the best of my knowledge, Israelis are not under Syrian nuclear threat."
Yossi Melman: It is difficult to see Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani as a promoter of peace. But that is precisely how he was defined recently by several analysts in important newspapers in the United States, Britain and other Western countries, because of his involvement in the negotiations to broker a cease-fire in the war in Iraq between the Shiite militias and the government. The efforts by the Iranian general, the commander of the al-Quds brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, brought results. The cease-fire after a week of bloody battles at the end of March that was achieved between the government of Iraq headed by Premier Nouri al-Maliki and the "Mahdi Army," the Shiite militia under the leadership of the cleric Muqtada a-Sadr, has been attributed to him.
Ari Shavit, "A deal with thugs": We have a neighbor who is a murderer. Not the criminal kind, thank God. Not a psychopath, God forbid. No, our neighbor is a religious murderer. A murderer in the name of God and for God. A murderer who wants to eradicate us and get rid of us so that we will not pollute his sacred soil with our presence. A murderer who believes that the world will be better, purer, if we are not here. A serious murderer, a murderer with values, a murderer with a mission.