|Court cuts Anat Kam`s prison sentence ||Aviel Magnezi - Ynet - Supreme Court grants appeal of young woman convicted of leaking classified IDF documents to journalist, reduces her 4.5-year sentence by one year ||31/12/2012|
|A Person Called Nobody||Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "A respected public opinion poll posed a Nixonesque question: From which politician would you buy a used car? The answer was stunning: not a single politician reached the mark of even 10%. Except one who would be trusted by a massive 34% of potential voters: a certain Nobody"||31/12/2012|
|Likud-Beiteinu: Peres `disconnected` from Israeli public on Palestinian issue||Barak Ravid - Haaretz - President earlier criticized Lieberman`s handling of negotiations over the last four years, says `objective of diplomacy is to create friends, not point out enemies`; Netanyahu tries to soften Likud-Beiteinu response: I respect and admire Peres||31/12/2012|
|Israel lobby should not have veto over US president`s cabinet ||Larry Derfner - AlJazeera - Hagel`s presence in the Obama cabinet could easily, in some circumstances, make the difference between war and peace||31/12/2012|
|Israel denies Bedouins right to elect representatives||Jillian Kestler-D`Amours -
The Electronic Intifada -
"“[Bedouin] are excluded from democratic processes that [their] Jewish neighbors are not. People feel more alienated from the state authority. They feel a lack of trust. It’s also weakening leadership within the Bedouin society."" - id ||26/12/2012|
|Olmert: We`re on verge of 3rd intifada||Boaz Fyler -
""If we continue to refuse (peace), we will be dealt a painful blow that will affect all aspects of our lives."" - id||26/12/2012|
|The wrong way to defend Chuck Hagel from neoconservative smears||Alex Kane - Mondoweiss - 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 have taken to defending Hagel. But they’re doing it all wrong. Instead of defending Hagel on the slightly unorthodox positions he’s taken on the Israel lobby, Iran and Hamas, these groups have set out to prove he’s just as “pro-Israel” as anyone else.||25/12/2012|
|Top Israeli official: Netanyahu leading us to disaster||Itamar Eichner - Yediot Aharonot/Y-Net - "The prime minister discounts the entire world. He is not interested in the Palestinians, but this will all blow up in our faces. The Netanyahu government is leading Israel towards a disaster," the official, who asked to remain anonymous, told "Yediot Aharonot". ||25/12/2012|
|Former Military Intelligence chief: Israel losing international support||Shiri Hadar - Y-Net - Former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned that, unless Israel makes a credible proposal for the establishment of a Palestinian state, "we will lose international support." Yadlin believes that the Palestinians will reject such a proposal, but that then Israel will gain "the moral high ground" internationally. ||25/12/2012|
|Bedouin tribe leaves southern Israel home after 20-year battle||Yanir Yagna -
""We were required to leave by law," says Anwar Tarabin, who moved to the new village a month ago. "They issued court orders and left us no choice. We moved from shacks to other shacks. We would like to return because our real home was there."" - id
|Poll: Majority of Israelis prefer two state solution||Gabriella Weiniger - Jerusalem Post - 58% of Israelis who support for the two-state solution are mainly concerned with keeping Israel Jewish, rather than seeing it as a way of achieving peace with the Palestinians. Those supporting annexation of the Palestinian territories are mostly opposed to giving civil rights to their inhabitants. 7% do support annexation with civil rights.||18/12/2012|
|Preserve the free press||Haaretz Editorial - With only two TV channels and the same number of daily newspapers there won`t be a critical, competitive and biting press||17/12/2012|
|Liberman says he won’t resign right away despite imminent indictment||STAFF -
TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF -
" Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich said Liberman had to go, and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should fire him immediately. Meretz head Zehava Gal-on said she would seek to have him dismissed by order of the Supreme Court. Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party also urged him to resign as foreign minister and stay out of public life until the case was resolved.Liberman described the three female party leaders as “three vipers who attack me relentlessly.”" - id
|Israel’s repression of Palestinian students reached new level during Gaza attack||Yara Sa`di -
"The venomous atmosphere on campuses was reflected by comments on social media websites. Racist posts and petitions were widely circulated and attracted thousands of anti-Arab hate comments. For example, one petition which called for the punishment of those Palestinian students who observed a minute of silence at Haifa University has been signed by almost 2,400 persons.In another case, a post was circulated about a Palestinian student activist at Haifa University. Calls were made for “Jewish students” to report her personal information in order “to deal with her in a way that is commonly used with Arabs.” Moreover, people were asked to request that Facebook close her account." ca
|Israeli researchers slam Netanyahu policies during Merkel meet||Barak Ravid - Haaretz - Netanyahu spoke of the atmosphere of academic freedom in Israel, without mentioning Feldhay.
Amitai and Weiner then attacked Netanyahu.
A German professor also criticized Feldhay`s removal.
Netanyahu responded that everyone in Israel can say what they want, but as prime minister he could invite who he wanted to official meetings.
Merkel emphasized that Israel requested that Feldhay`s invitation be canceled and Germany honored the request.
After the meeting, the German premier spoke with Amitai and Weiner and asked them to send a personal greeting to Feldhay. ||11/12/2012|
|EU: Treaties with Israel apply only to pre-’67 lines||Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - The EU said all of its agreements with Israel “must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, namely the Golan Heights; the West Bank, including east Jerusalem; and the Gaza Strip.”
The council called for full implementation of existing EU legislations and bilateral arrangements applicable to settlement products.
|Soldiers: Our hands are being tied||Itamar Fleishman - Ynet - IDF inquiry determines troops chased away by Palestinian mob in Qaddum should not have retreated. But soldier claims troops being given intentionally vague orders||10/12/2012|
|Cold Revenge||Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "If I were Binyamin Netanyahu, I would not worry about Abbas, Ahmadinejad, Obama, Morsi and the combined opposition in the Knesset. All I would worry about would be Lieberman, somewhere behind my back. I would worry very, very much. Every minute, every second"||10/12/2012|
|Israeli Election Committee Nears Mass Bans on Arab Candidates, Parties||Jason Ditz - AntiWar - "Israel’s elections are about a month away, and that means a last ditch effort by the Central Elections Committee to ban Arab candidates and Arab parties. This year, the bannings are centering on MP Hanin Zoabi"||10/12/2012|
|Report: Israel threatens to cancel Hamas truce if Islamic Jihad leaders enter Gaza ||Associated Press -
"Two Islamic Jihad members said Thursday that Egypt had relayed warnings that Israel would consider the Gaza truce over if the group`s leaders enter Gaza. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to discuss the issue with the media. Israel`s Defense Ministry had no immediate comment." ca
|Chilly protesters of Oren call on NY Jewish community center to open its doors to dissenters||Philip Weiss -
"Michael Oren is not interested in the free exchange of ideas and information. In April 2012, Michael Oren called CBS to try to get a story about Palestinian Christians pulled from “60 Minutes” before he even saw it because he thought it would be a “hatchet job.” ca||7/12/2012|
|A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman, Featuring Vanessa Redgrave, Presented at Columbia Nov. 28-29||Adam Hetrick -
"Vanessa Redgrave directs and stars in a two-night presentation of A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman, which is presented by The Public Theater beginning Nov. 28 at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University. Based on the memoir of Wadad Makdisi Cortas, A World I Loved premiered last summer as part of the Brighton Festival." ca
|Knesset advisor: Jewish-only communities – racism||Telem Yahav - Ynetnews - Knesset Legal Advisor Eyal Yinon addressed the campaign urging Israelis to move to the Negev and the Galilee, saying "If (the campaigns`) slogans mean to block out minorities than they are of a racist nature, and are utterly invalid."-rh
|J`lem rejects UN call to open nuke program to probe||Herb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - While the US voted against the resolution, it voted for two paragraphs that were taken out for a separate vote and called for universal adherence to the NPT and for all countries who are not party to the treaty to join it at the earliest date. bz||5/12/2012|
|Israeli Security Services Oppose Government Decision To Build More Settlements||Saed Bannoura -IMEMC (quoting the Hebrew Ma`ariv daily) - The new decision that was also described as “an angry move" by Israeli security officials who also described the decision as hasty, as there is no need to punish the Palestinians for garnering UN General assembly overwhelming approval vote as a nonmember state as long as the Palestinians refrain from suing Israel at the International Criminal Court - saying that Israel must keep this option open, and should only implement it when the Palestinians do head to the Court.
|Olmert sets out the Case Against Netanyahu||Blake Hounshell - Foreign Policy - "Netanyahu`s announced building of 3000 settlement housing units, coming on the heels of a vote in which the United States was just one of nine opponents of Palestinian observer status, was the worst possible slap in the face to President Obama", former PM Olmert said. ak||4/12/2012|
|3 arrested for vandalizing Palestinian property ||Itamar Fleishman - Ynet - Young men apprehended after torching car, spray-painting `price tag` graffiti in Palestinian town||3/12/2012|
|Israel called to explain targeting reporters||AFP - Herald Sun - ISRAEL must provide an "immediate and detailed explanation" for its targeting of journalists during last month`s Gaza conflict||3/12/2012|
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