|IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz: `Force can`t solve everything, I have given explicit orders to limit use of Cluster bombs` ||Mijal Greenberg/ Nir Hasson and Meron Rapoport - Haaretz - IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, said that the use of force cannot resolve everything and that Israel must act with forethought and morality in the conflict with the Palestinians. Halutz also plans to order an investigation into the use of cluster bombs during the Lebanon war, and that he believed the orders he had given limiting their use had been "explicit."
|`I am not the assassination minister!`||Aluf Benn - Haaretz - "Abu Mazen [Abbas] called me and told me he is going to convene all the Palestinian factions and declare a cease-fire," Peretz told the prime minister. "Should they declare a cease-fire, they want us to do the same." Olmert asked Peretz not to intervene on the issue, which was already taken care of by Olmert`s own aides. This reportedly infuriated the defense minister, who responded "I am not the assassination minister! I am the only one who should talk about the cease-fire, I am not responsible just for the level of fire!"
|UN slams Israel over Beit Hanun strike, okays probe||Shlomo Shamir -- Haaretz -- "The UN General Assembly on Friday night overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning the errant shelling of a Beit Hanun house which killed some 20 Palestinians. Representatives of 156 countries voted in favor of the resolution, seven objected and six abstained"||18/11/2006|
|Spanish FM: Nothing in peace plan `Israel can reject`||Akiva Eldar and Avi Issacharoff, The Associated Press -- Haaretz -- "Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that Israel`s rejection of the initiative was `proof that Israel doesn`t want any form of stability or quiet in the region`"||18/11/2006|
|A committed intellectual||Dr. Mustafa Barghouti- Arabic Media Internet Network-"Said, .. was disturbed by the incompetence, recklessness and irresponsibility that characterised the Palestinian leadership`s approach to the negotiating process and its consequences. He railed incessantly against this leadership`s disregard for substance, and its obsession with appearances and, especially, the false trappings of power as a result of which emblems and official titles took the place of true sovereignty and sovereign powers, and economic subordination became the substitute for autonomous planning."||17/11/2006|
|Israeli firm gets Mexico border wall contract||Bill Weinberg`s blog -
Elbit Systems, an Israeli firm which is building the "Aparthied Wall" in occupied Palestine, has been awarded a contract, along with Boeing, to build the wall on the Mexican border..."Elbit Systems through its Ortek subsidiary is a major player in homeland security in Israel and throughout the world. The electronic deterrence system is key in providing customers in Israel and around the globe with comprehensive solutions for peripheral defense," said Joseph Ackerman, president and CEO of Elbit.
|Reporters on the Job: Good for the non-Jews too||AMIR MIZROCH -
The Jerusalem Post -
"Merom said that six percent of the $60 million that had reached Israel from the IEC had gone to help Arab and Druse villages in the north."||15/11/2006|
|Blair presses case for solution in Palestine||Patrick Wintour -
The Guardian -
"A settlement of the Palestinian-Israel dispute would be the single best way of calming the chaos in Iraq."
|Al Jazeera counts down to launch ||Ian Pannell -
BBC News -
"The Arabic television news channel Al Jazeera is about to launch its 24-hour English language service."||15/11/2006|
|Budget-saving, American-made cluster bombs left vicious legacy in Lebanon||Meron Rapoport - Haaretz - "During the second Lebanon war, Israel made use of American-made cluster bombs that left behind thousands of unexploded bomblets, even though Israel Military Industries produces cluster bombs that leave nearly no unexploded munitions. The main reason for the use of the U.S.-made weapons: Israel uses military aid funds to purchase cluster bombs from the U.S., and in order to buy IMI-made bombs, the Israel Defense Forces would have to dip into its own budget.
"The consideration is budgetary," a defense related source said."||14/11/2006|
| The first national unity government is on its way ||PNN -- "The first national unity government is on its way, but the devil is in the details as the saying goes. This will be government number 10 with ministers distributed between all national parties in the Gaza Strip and West Bank"||13/11/2006|
|Arabs lift Palestinian financial blockade||Agencies -- Aljazeera -- "Arab countries have agreed to lift the financial blockade on the Palestinians following the US vetoing of a draft United Nations resolution condemning the recent Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip"||13/11/2006|
|US vetoes Beit Hanoun resolution||al-Jazeera - The US has vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning an Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip that killed 19 Palestinian civilians.||12/11/2006|
|UN Security Council to vote on sending observers to Gaza||Shlomo Shamir - Haaretz - The proposed resolution, initiated by Qatar, originally called for an "immediate investigation into the massacre that took place in Beit Hanun" and for the deployment of UN observers in the area to oversee the implementation of the cease-fire outlined in the draft. In its current version, the resolution no longer calls the shelling a "massacre" in place of observers, the resolution now calls for an "international mechanism" to be deployed in Gaza in order to protect the civilian population. At least four council members disagree with the proposed resolution, and the United States may veto it.
|Threats by the newly installed Israeli Minister of Threats||1) Haaretz - " Lieberman: `Surgically remove` Israeli Arabs"; 2) Yoav Stern - Haaretz - "Lieberman: Haniyeh will be target if Shalit not returned" ||7/11/2006|
|An intifada in the Carmel ||Jack Khoury and Fadi Eyadat -
""There is no doubt that the battle for land is the most important campaign the Arab public in Israel faces today.""||1/11/2006|
|Open Letter to the Jewish Communities of Canada||Abraham Weizfeld - general email - Despite growing international opposition to these policies, Israel continues to pursue a primarily military strategy while claiming to speak in the name of Jewish people around the world. In the absence of an alternative public Jewish voice, all Jewish people are tainted by default with the fallout from such policies. In the absence of an alternative public Jewish voice, all Jewish people are tainted by default with the fallout from such policies.
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