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October 14, 2010
PA Rejects Inferred Recognition of Jewish State - Kevin Flower (CNN)
Fayyad's Advisor Demonizes Israel - Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook (Palestinian Media Watch)
The First Muslim IDF Officer - Yana Pevzner (Ynet News)
Iraqi Child Saved in Israel - Bat-Hen Epstein Elias (Ynet News)
New YouTube Channel: Israel Beyond Politics (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
News Resources - North America, Europe, and Asia:
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah echoed Iran's call on Wednesday for Israel to disappear, speaking during a mass rally in Beirut organized in honor of visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "President Ahmadinejad is right when he says Israel is illegitimate and should cease to exist," Nasrallah told an ecstatic crowd. Ahmadinejad, who has called Israel a "tumor," has denied the Holocaust and repeatedly said the Jewish state is "doomed to be wiped off the map." Last month he said the people of the Middle East are "capable of removing the Zionist regime" from the world scene. (AFP)
See also Ahmadinejad: Lebanon a School of Jihad - Attila Somfalvi (Ynet News)
See also Ahmadinejad Denounces U.S. "Colonial Goals" at Hizbullah Rally - Nicholas Blanford (Christian Science Monitor)
See also U.S. Lawmakers: Lebanon's Embrace of Ahmadinejad May Affect Military Aid - Jack Khoury (Ha'aretz)
An explosion on Tuesday at an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps base near Khorramabad in southwestern Iran killed 18 and wounded 14 more, Iranian state media reported Wednesday. The Revolutionary Guards said the blast was caused by a fire spreading to an ammunition store at the base, which the research group Global Security says houses underground launching and storage facilities for Iran's medium-range Shahab-3 ballistic missiles. The base is close to Iran's restive Kurdistan region, the site in recent months of several attacks on Revolutionary Guards installations and personnel. (New York Times)
Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said Tuesday that top officials doubt a peace deal with the Palestinians can be reached soon even though the prime minister has committed to try to reach an agreement within a year. "I don't know a single minister in the septet who thinks it's possible to reach a deal in the foreseeable future," he said, referring to the seven-member decision-making body in the Cabinet. Yaalon, speaking to Army Radio, accused the Palestinians of being intransigent and of carrying out repeated violence and incitement since 1993, when the two sides signed their first, interim peace accord. (AP)
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
Ahmadinejad in Lebanon is "like a landlord coming to inspect his domain," Foreign Minister spokesman Yigal Palmor said. Netanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev said that "Iran's domination of Lebanon, through its proxy Hizbullah, has prevented Lebanon from being a partner in peace and turned Lebanon into an Iranian satellite and a hub of regional terror and instability."
Sources in Jerusalem said the visit demonstrates that Lebanon - thanks to Hizbullah - has turned into an Iranian client state firmly in the axis of extreme countries that support terrorism and are opposed to peace. (Jerusalem Post)
Israel dismissed as "preaching to the converted" a comment by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's spokeswoman on Tuesday that Europe expected Israel to guarantee equal rights for all its citizens, "whether they are Jewish or not." Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor responded, "It was never on anyone's agenda to deny equality of rights to all citizens of Israel, as is guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence and by constitutional law....Warning against a phantom danger does not contribute to advancing the debate."
Another diplomatic official said there was "no question whatsoever that Israel's non-Jewish citizens will continue to enjoy full civil and legal equality. This is fundamental for Israel and not a matter of debate - it is something we demand of ourselves." The official questioned what exactly equality for Jews would mean in a future Palestinian state - where the PA recently reaffirmed that the death penalty would be applied to anyone convicted of selling land to Jews. (Jerusalem Post)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
The demand to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is a legitimate one. That is why we came here. The supreme goal of Zionism is that in the Land of Israel the people of Israel will have a national home. Those who don't believe in the right of the Jewish people to a national home are racists.
This is the heart of the conflict. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict stems from the fact that for a century, the Jewish national movement and the Palestinian national movement refused to recognize each other. In 1993, Israel recognized the Palestinian people and its rights. But to this day the Palestinians have not recognized the Jewish people and its rights. For true peace to prevail, there must be peace between the Arab Palestinian nation-state and the Jewish Israeli nation-state. (Ha'aretz)
No one in Lebanon seems to know who invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Beirut for a two-day "official visit." No Lebanese official has claimed credit for the trip, but it's shaping up as a huge political embarrassment for Lebanon. Ahmadinejad has visited southern Lebanon before. More than two decades ago, he came to the Bekaa Valley as an officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps to help train the Lebanese Shiites who became the nascent Hizbullah.
Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah was giving speeches in the late 1980s declaring that "Lebanon should not be an Islamic republic on its own, but rather, part of the Greater Islamic Republic, governed by the Master of Time [the Mahdi], and his rightful deputy, the Jurisprudent Ruler, Imam Khomeini," according to a speech published by MEMRI. (Fox News)
Contrary to everything that is being said about the Iranian president's visit to Lebanon, I believe that this is an important visit that will contribute to raising awareness in Lebanon and the region to the reality of Hizbullah and its subservience to Tehran, and the danger of following Iranian slogans. Hizbullah is welcoming a man that is opposed by half the people of Iran, and criticized by the Iranian conservatives more than the reformists due to the deteriorating economic conditions in his country.
Nasrallah, who has excelled at corrupting the entire political process in Lebanon, is welcoming a guest that shares his hostility towards almost all Arab countries and the international community. Many in the region need to be shocked in order to see what is being plotted against them, and Ahmadinejad's visit is one such beneficial shock. This will help the Lebanese and Arabs see the danger that Hizbullah's subservience to Iran represents to Lebanon. The writer is the editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat. (Asharq Al-Awsat-UK)
See also Arab Media Slam Ahmadinejad over Visit - Meris Lutz (Los Angeles Times)
Efforts to Reinforce Israel's Jewish Identity - Ruth Gavison (Ynet News)
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