The fast of the fifth month (Av), Zechariah 8:19
The name of the month, Av, is commonly used before the ninth of the month, Menachem Av after the ninth, in anticipation of the consolation which the Jewish people have hoped for and awaited; the return of the Exiles (Jer 31:1-13), the building of the Temple and the Mashiach. "Menachem" in Hebrew means the Comforter; "Av" means "father." In the name "Menachem Av," "The One Who comforts, the Av;" Hashem, the Father of Israel (Jeremiah 31:8), Who is the only One Who has the ability to comfort the Jewish People for all the tragedies that they have suffered in this month.


On this day, during the time of Moses, Jews in the desert accepted the slanderous report of the spies, resulting in the decree postponing entry into the Land of Israel.

 

"Two years ago, I publicly committed to a solution of two states for two peoples -- a Palestinian state alongside a Jewish state... I'm willing to make painful compromises... I recognize that in a genuine peace, we'll be required to give up parts of the ancestral Jewish homeland... (Netanyahu's Address to U.S. Congress, May 24, 2011). Will G-d decree that the entire generation of the Exodus from the north prophesied by Ezekiel-shall die out in the desert?


Do you accept this report? You cannot accept an 'agreement' which is based on years of lies, breach of commitments, prejudiced and preempted negotiations and agreements.

Tisha B’Av 2011: Mourning Destruction but Hoping for Redemption: The fast of Tisha B'Av, "saddest" day in the Jewish calendar, begins Monday eve 08/08/11 at sundown. Temple's fall mourned, rebuilding awaited (INN).

Chief Rabbis: This is a Time for Self-Examination: Israel's Chief Rabbis issue special call in preparation for Tisha B'Av. "We must remove the jealousy and hatred, and increase love."

 

Israel’s chief rabbis, Rabbi Yona Metzger and Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, issued on Sunday what they termed “A Call for Self-Examination and Awakening.” The Three Weeks [between the Tammuz 17 and Av 9] are days of mourning for the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem, but it is not only over this destruction that we mourn,” the rabbis wrote.

 

“We are also crying over what is going on now,” they continued. “In the past year we have experienced many disasters, all of which were doubled in the horrible disaster of the death of Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira. Not since the killing of the prophet Zechariah has such horror fallen on the people of Israel.” (INN, 08/08/11).


Time for Self-Examination and Awakening: Who Was Zechariah's Father? Matthew 23:34-35 "Therefore, indeed, I (Jesus) send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar."

 

Answer: 2 Chronicles 24:18-21 " And they forsook the House of the Lord, the God of their fathers, and they worshiped the asherim and the idols, and there was wrath upon Judah and Jerusalem because of this, their guilt. And He sent prophets among them, to return them to the Lord, and they warned them, but they did not incline their ears.

And the spirit of God enveloped Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, and he stood above the people and said to them, "So said God: Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord? You will not succeed because you have forsaken the Lord, and He has forsaken you." And they conspired against him and stoned him by the king's command, in the forecourt of the House of the Lord."

VIDEO:
All for One: Tisha B'av and the secret of Jewish unity (Aish.com).

United With Israel? Still Crying After 2000 Years? One August day (it was on Tisha b’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, the day that marks the destruction of both the First and Second Temple) Napoleon was walking along a street when he stopped in front of a synagogue. He heard crying from within. “What are those Jews doing?” He asked the soldier at his side. “They are mourning over the destruction of their Temple.”

“When did that happen?”

“Around 2000 years ago.”

“They are still crying after 2000 years? A nation that mourns so long will never cease. They will surely return to their land and see the rebuilding of their Temple” (United with Israel). 

Zechariah 8:19,16-17 "So said the Lord of Hosts: The fast of the fourth [month, Tammuz], the fast of the fifth [month, Av], the fast of the seventh [month, Tishri], and the fast of the tenth [month, Teves] shall be for the house of Judah for joy and happiness and for happy holidays-BUT LOVE TRUTH and PEACE." With the rebuilding of the Temple, the four mandatory public fast-days in the Torah calendar (besides Yom Kippur), will turn into festivals.

"These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth each one with his neighbor; truth, and judgment of peace you shall judge in your cities. And let no one think evil of his neighbors in your heart, nor shall you love a false oath-for all these are what I hate, says the Lord."

Norway Opens its Money Bag for Greece: Norway reopens its EEA contributions to Greece after the Greeks breach of contract. Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein suspended the paying, because Greece broke their commitments to the agreement. The payments which were suspended, were for the period 2004-2009. Aboud 13 million NKR were paid. The problem was that Greece could not give an account for the use of the money.  The rest, about 235 million NKR, were frozen (ABC Nyheter, 08.08.2011).

 

It is not known what caused the Greeks to regain confidence. A peace agreement between two parts, within western culture (which is built on original Jewish Law), is understood to be a declared,  binding agreement, for generations, to which both parts agree and have to comply with the 'rules'. Both parts have something they can live with or respect as a solution to proceed.


In the Arab world, peace agreements, however, are something quite different than in the West. Peace agreements may last until the overthrow of the leader of the tribe, clan or sect (i.e., the Alawi, the Assad family, Syria,Twelver Shi'ism, the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan) or regime  (i.e., late President Mubarak of Egypt). Abba's PA/Fatah/Hamas have for years broken their commitments to the agreements and have not given a satisfactory account for the use of the money - for all that, they still receive financial aid.


ElBaradei: Israel Has Peace Agreement With Mubarak, Not Egypt:
SPIEGEL:
Are you now saying that a government that included participation by the Muslim Brotherhood would continue on with Mubarak's policies toward Israel?

ElBaradei: No. Something the Israelis also need to grasp is that it's impossible to make peace with a single man. At the moment, they have a peace treaty with Mubarak, but not one with the Egyptian people. The Israelis should understand that it is in their long-term interest to have a democratic Egypt as a neighbor, and that it is prudent to acknowledge the legitimate interests of the Palestinians and to grant them their own state" (02/06/2011).

‘Zionist Envoy, Leave Egypt or Die,” Demonstrators Demand: The Muslim Brotherhood threatens to kill Israel's ambassador to Cairo if he does not leave the country. “All of Egypt is Hamas.” The Muslim Brotherhood has threatend to kill Israel's ambassador to Cairo if he does not leave the country. The radical Muslim group has been leading daily protests at the Israeli embassy in Cairo, demanding the expulsion of the envoy and a break in relations between Egypt and Israel (INN, 23/08/11).


The Alawite claim to represent the furthest extension of Twelver Shi'ism (a mixture of Christendom and Islam "the iron mixed with miry clay"  Daniel 2:40-44). Twelvers (as Khomeini, Khamenei, Ahmadinejad) - believe that al-Mahdi will return as a messiah with Jesus to bring peace to the world and establish Islam as the ruling faith across the globe. The Twelver beliefs have raised concern in conjunction with Iran's steeped interest in furiously pressing forward with its nuclear program, combined with threats against Israel and the West. See 'Radical Islam'


Families of Suicide Bombers Given £5M in British Aid Cash (Daily Mail-UK, Aug 8 2011): The Palestinian Authority, which gets £86 million of British aid a year, has authorized payments of almost £5 million to the families of "martyrs." Another £3 million has been given to 5,500 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

According to the official Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, payments to the families of "martyrs" - those killed fighting Israel, including suicide bombers - totaled 3.5% of the PA budget.

Tory MP Philip Davies called the payments "ludicrous." He added: "People think overseas aid is to try to alleviate terrible poverty in places where they can't afford to look after themselves. But it's being put to these kind of purposes."

Norways is the leader of the group of donor nations (AHLC), and has a central role when it comes to exert pressure on the group of countries which constantly have to pay billions insupport to Abbas' PA/Fatah and Hamas so that they can continue their terrorism and Jewhatred.

PMW: US Funds PA, Money Goes to Terrorist Prisoner Salaries: While the Palestinian Authority bemoans its cash-strapped state and pleads with donor nations to make good on their pledges, its government continues to pay monthly salaries to convicted terrorists serving time in Israeli prisons.

 

Members of the U.S. Congress last week were given documentation on the PA's support for imprisoned terrorists. The report was presented by the Palestinian Media Watch, a watchdog group that translates Arabic-language newspaper articles and broadcasts. The organization enables people around the world to see the difference between the claims PA leaders make in English and Hebrew in public forums, and their statements to their constituents in their own language.

 

The report informed the lawmakers that the PA government is using funds from its general budget to pay the monthly salaries of the imprisoned PA Arab and Israeli Arab terrorists under a law passed in April that simply “formalizes what has long been a PA practice.” The total amount spent by the PA government on terrorist prisoner salaries is a whopping $5 million-plus, according to the PMW report.

 

In addition, the group documented the ways in which the PA actively honors those who are serving life sentences for murder. The government has repeatedly honored such terrorists by naming summer camps and schools after them.

 

U.S. Representative Trent Franks (AZ-R) said bluntly that he could not back funding for the PA after hearing the report. “I cannot support sending millions of American taxpayer dollars to such an organization, especially when they are currently paying salaries to over 5,500 terrorists sitting in Israeli prison,” he was quoted as saying by Fox News .

“No American funds to the West Bank were ever to be made available for the purpose of recognizing or otherwise honoring individuals who commit or have committed acts of terrorism. This disgraceful waste of taxpayer dollars is an affront to freedom and an insult to Israel, the most precious ally America has in the world” (INN, 08/08/11).


US Helps Pay PA Terrorists Who Murdered Americans: Every single PA terrorist in Israel's jails receives a monthly salary from the PA, courtesy of American taxpayers (INN, 15/08/11).

 

U.S. Threatens to Halt Gaza Aid Over Hamas Audits : The State Department sent a message to Gaza's Hamas leaders on Thursday that it would withdraw some $100 million it is spending in Gaza on health care, agriculture and water infrastructure if they did not back off a demand to audit the books of American-financed charities operating there. The threat, delivered via an intermediary, came after Hamas officials suspended the operation of the International Medical Corps on Sunday for its refusal to submit to a Hamas audit at the charity's site.

Early this year, Hamas asked all such groups to register with the central government, pay a fee and submit financial reports. U.S. policy forbids direct contact with Hamas, labeled a terrorist group. As a result, on-site audits by Hamas officials would lead to suspension of aid, American officials said (Ethan Bronner, New York Times) . Aid to Gaza to Continue as Hamas and USAID Reach Compromise (AFP-Al Arabiya).


U.S. report recommends ending loan guarantees to Israel at end of 2011, (Haaretz, 28.07.11): One of the main issues the OIG team dealt with on its visit in Tel Aviv was the loan guarantee package the United States granted Israel in 2002. The Americans gave Israel loan guarantees of up to $9 billion in world banks to help its economy over the recession.


A condition of the guarantees was that Israel would not use the money for construction in the settlements. The OIG report says the embassy "devotes considerable time to monitoring Israel's compliance with conditions in the loan guarantee agreements," especially as the program has "accomplished its purpose - stabilizing Israel's economy."

The US loan guarantees (JPost, 08/07/2011): "Standard & Poor’s decision on Friday to cut the long term US credit rating may spur Washington to stop its loan guarantee program to Israel. The recommendation to end this important piece of US economic assistance should raise eyebrows and questions about the effects it might have on the Israeli economy.


...However, the change in attitude may also be related to a January 2010 interview with PBS in which special envoy George Mitchell claimed America might use the loan guarantees as leverage to end Israeli housing construction in the West Bank. If the intention to end the program represents a policy shift by the State Department and pressure against Israel to end construction in the West Bank, this should be viewed as an important development.

The loan guarantee program is seen by US Jewish organizations and American diplomats alike as a highly successful and efficient way to aid Israel at no cost to US taxpayers."

"Borrowed funds must be used within the pre-1967 borders and it is agreed that the amount of the guarantees can be reduced by an amount equal to Israel's expenditures on settlements in the territories." (INN: 2009: Israel Loan Guarantee Program Re-Approved by US).

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”Unfortunately, for over a decade the State hasn't invested a shekel in the settlements. Not roads, not infrastructure and not development plans. Not only is there no state investment in the parts of the Land of Israel invaded by King Abdullah in 1948 (with the generous help of Britain) and liberated by the Israel Defense Forces 19 years later, but the State of Israel also absolutely blocks private investment and does not authorize any new construction there.

 

In my community, three young families now share a divided house that used to house one family. Each family pays rent for its third equal to the rents paid in Israel's center. The high rents are not the result of an authentic shortage similar to what people are complaining about in Tel Aviv: it is the result of deliberate policy. The only funds allocated to the municipalities over the Green Line are those earmarked for basic municipal functions such as upkeep of roads and sidewalks, transportation for students and the like. This is the same funding that all municipalities in Israel receive (How Much Do They Cost Us? : By Moshe Feiglin, Ma’ariv, Aug. 7,11).

VIDEO: Samaria Rep in Debate with Arab: Take Peace for Peace: The world is used to hearing Israel offer Arabs land in exchange for letting it be. In a recent debate, an Israeli had a new offer to make.The world is used to hearing apologetic Israeli spokesmen offering "painful concessions" to the Arabs if they only allow the Jewish state to live. A different voice was heard last month, in a debate held in the U.S. between a Jewish representative and an Arab one.

 

David Ha'ivri, Executive Director of the Shomron Liaison Office, debated Dr. Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, on the question "Palestinian State or Jewish Homeland?," on July 20, 2011 (INN, 07/08/11).


Negotiations between Jews and Arabs has taken place since the time of Muhammed. The Jews rejected Muhammed, and the Quran and some Hadits explicitly states that they have to be eliminated. With patience, negotiations through Hudnas or Tahidyas (temporary "truce," "armistice," "calm" or "quiet"), and repeated brutality the Arabs have managed to make most of the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East Judenfrei. What today remains is little Israel and the Jews of the West. ”Peace agreements” with Arabs are nothing more than a Hudna or a Tahidya.


Revived Mujahidin Faction Emerges in Gaza : Ansar Al-Mujahidin, a new break-away armed faction with declared links to Fatah, has emerged in Gaza, claiming to have thousands of members. The group's spokesman, Abu Bilal, said this week that the group had previously existed under the name Kataeb Al-Mujahidin, and had claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on Israelis in 2009 and 2010. "Mujahidin" means "holy warriors."

"We have successfully executed many jihad missions against Israel, our enemy, and we have given so many souls to Palestine because the Israeli enemy has assassinated many of our leaders and leading members," he said. "It's a growing headache for Hamas as the global jihad movement is growing in Gaza," said one Israeli security official. "They are Salafists or Jihadists and are setting up these organizations all the time" (Media Line-Jerusalem Post,
).


Hizbullah: Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Hizbullah Will Wipe Out Israel Following U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq (MEMRI, Aug. 7, 2011): Hizbullah MP Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Walid Sakariya told the London-based Arab TV station ANB on August 7:  "Iran is the country most hostile to Israel, but Iraq serves as a buffer between Iran and the Palestine front....Iran supports the forces of confrontation: Hamas, Hizbullah, and Syria."

"If, following the U.S. withdrawal, Iraq becomes a bridge linking Iran to Syria, the Iranian forces could cross Iraq and arrive in Syria, in order to participate in a direct war on the Golan front. In that case, Israel would not be fighting Hizbullah alone. It would be fighting Hizbullah, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. This is the so-called 'Shiite Crescent' that they fear."

"You will have the strategic superiority and a force large enough to pulverize Israel, even if this war costs you hundreds of thousands of martyrs - not just 1,000 or 2,000. You will enter this war with a population mass exceeding 100 million....Hizbullah, Syria, Iraq, and Iran will constitute a force that is militarily superior to Israel and will destroy it."

Iranian Commander: Netanyahu Should Prepare to Stand Trial Like Mubarak :  Commander of Iran's Basij forces Brig.-Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi said Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should prepare for a trial in a cage like former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. "Today Zionists are completely surrounded by the Mujahedin of Islam and we advise them to return to the countries of their origin soon to save their lives," Naqdi said (Fars-Iran, 2011-08-10).

Abbas' Vision of an Ethnically Cleansed Palestinian State : PA leader Mahmoud Abbas told visiting U.S. congressmen that the independent Palestinian state he says he wants will have no Jewish settlements. This demand for an ethnically cleansed Palestine would mean the forced removal of all Jews living in the territories. Since he is calling for that state to exist in all of the territory of the West Bank, Gaza and the part of Jerusalem that was illegally occupied by Jordan from 1949 to 1967, that would mean in theory the eviction of over half a million Jews to accommodate his ambition.


For the PA, the desire to remove the Jews stems more from ideology than pragmatism. Expunging every vestige of the Jewish presence is inextricably tied up in the enterprise of Palestinian sovereignty. Any Israeli who would call for the expulsion of Arabs from Israel is rightly branded as an extremist. Yet few in the West think there is anything odd about the fact that the Palestinians' vision of a two-state solution is to have one state with both Jews and Arabs and one Arab state where all Jews have been thrown out (Commentary).

Video: PA Rejects ‘Two States for Two Peoples’: The PA continues to speak ‘two views for two media.” Fatah official Sha'ath tells Lebanese TV a PA state must include all Arabs with Israeli citizenship as well as millions of foreign “refugees.” The French Initiative reshaped the issue of the ’Jewish State,” a formula that is also unacceptable to us – two states for two peoples,” Sha'ath said. “They can describe Israel as a state for two peoples, but we will be a state for one people. “The story of two states for two peoples means that there will be a Jewish people over there and a Palestinian people here. We will never accept this…. (INN, 14/08/11).

PA Spurns Netanyahu Concession:
PA officials dismissed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's acceptance of pre-1967 borders as a basis for negotiations as "publicity stunt" (INN, 05/08/11). PMO: Abbas Avoiding Peace Talks: The Prime Minister's Office says the PA statehood bid at the UN set for September 20 proves Abbas is bypassing negotiating for peace.

MK Arye Eldad (National Union) on Saturday night called on Israel to cancel the Oslo Accords in reaction to the Palestinian announcement. Minister Uzi Landau (Yisrael Beitenu) said the same a day earlier. "The Government of Israel should announce immediately that with this application to the UN the Oslo Accords will be canceled and Israel should declare that Israeli law will be implemented in Judea and Samaria," Eldad said in a statement.  

(INN, 13/08/11).

VIDEO :: White House Cleanses Israel from its Website: The Blaze is reporting that the White House is attempting to sever any connection of Jerusalem to the State of Israel by erasing the word "Israel" from captions on the White House website of photos taken in Jerusalem - by saying they were taken in "Jerusalem" not "Jerusalem, Israel". Is this a random accident or is the White House doing its utmost to eradicate Israel's connection to its eternal capital? (onejerusalem.org).

In the words of Yitzchak Reuven, the Tempel Institute: "For over 1800 years Israel has cried to G-d and entreated G-d to enable her to return to the land of Israel, to return to the city of Jerusalem, and to rebuild the Holy Temple. For centuries G-d's silent reply was a nod to Israel to continue to lament on the 9th of Av, to continue to entreat G-d. But then in 1967, during the miraculous Six Day War, G-d did return Jerusalem to Israel. The Temple Mount - Mount Moriah - was back in Israel's hand, as during the day of King David. Was this, then, the time to desist from business as usual? Was this the time to stop our crying on the 9th of Av
   

For now that the place of the Holy Temple was back in our hands, and despite all of the incredibly difficult obstacles that still remain strewn across the path of rebuilding the Holy Temple, to continue to cry as if nothing happened, as if G-d had not just now answered our entreaty of nearly two millennia, WOULD BE TO CRY FOR NO REASON, just as we did in the desert when we harkened to the spies (Numb. 14:1). When G-d removes that reason (to cry), when He has answered your pleas, whether to your satisfaction or not, it is no longer the time for your tears."

 

Moshe, the paradigm of humility and faith, was able to accept with dignity G-d's final answer of "No" (to enter the land, Deut 3:23-28). We of this generation have been blessed to receive G-d's final answer of "Yes." It behooves us to dry our tears and harken to the words of our master Moshe, and to begin the task of reestablishing G-d's house, "a house of prayer for all nations." 
 

”If you cry for no reason" - will not God yet again give you a reason to cry – e.g to exile you from Judea and Samaria, Jerusalem, etc?


PA Slams Israel's New Housing Starts: The Palestinian Authority has slammed Israel's effort to relieve its housing shortage in two towns in Judea and Samaria. Of the 6,900 units to be provided throughout the country, less than 300 will be earmarked for two towns in Judea and Samaria: Beitar Illit, and Karnei Shomron.


It is specifically these 294 housing units that set off the firestorm in the PA administration, prompting the Ramallah-based government to renew its vow to seek recognition of independent sovereignty from the United Nations -- and find
another excuse not to negotiate with Israel. “This decision is another reason calling on us to go to the United Nations and the Security Council to ask for recognition of the state of Palestine and gaining full membership for it in the United Nations,” said Nabil Abu Rdaina, a spokesman for PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas.


The PA has consistently refused to negotiate with Israel on a final status agreement, despite a
10-month freeze on Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria that began November 2009. A de facto freeze was also imposed in areas of Jerusalem desired by the PA for its hoped-for new country. With only one month remaining on the moratorium, Abbas grudgingly agreed to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu after intense pressure from the White House – but after three “photo op” meetings refused to negotiate unless the prime minister agreed to renew the building freeze as a precondition for talks (INN, 18/07/11).


Israel Will Advance Plans for Homes in Disputed Area : Israel said it is advancing public construction projects for thousands of new homes in contested East Jerusalem in response to a wave of domestic protests over the cost of living. Israel is accelerating building plans to ease a housing shortage that has pushed real-estate prices up by more than a third in three years, triggering mass demonstrations nationwide.


An aide to Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai, spokesman Roei Lachmanovich, said the project approvals in East Jerusalem are meant to satisfy the public outcry in Israel about a lack of affordable housing. "We need to build in Jerusalem. There is no room in the center of Jerusalem, so we are building in these places.''
Israel considers East Jerusalem, which it captured and annexed after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, part of its sovereign territory (Wall Street Journal).

International Law gives Israel the right to annex the Golan Heights as the result of the Syrian attack in 1967. The same applies for Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which was the starting point for a war of aggression against Israel. Jordanian and Egyptian rule there, came about as the result of their illegal invasion of 1948, in open contempt and rejection of UN General Assembly Resolution 181. ( DISPUTED TERRITORIES- Forgotten Facts About the West Bank and Gaza Strip : mfa.gov.il).

Barak Puts Stamp on Expansion in City of Ariel in Samaria: Barak, head of the left-wing flank of the government, approves construction of 277 more apartments in Ariel, located in central Samaria. The announcement furthers Israel’s unofficial policy that in any future Palestinian Authority state, Israel will surrender most of Judea and Samaria but not Ariel and other large Jewish population centers.


The announcement of another 277 apartments is bound to draw criticism from the Palestinian Authority, the European Union and the Obama administration, all of whom demand that Israel work toward eliminating any Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, as well in large parts of Jerusalem, to satisfy PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ conditions for creating the Palestinian Authority as a new Arab state (INN,
15/08/11 ).

US Slams Israeli Construction in Ariel: The United States slammed Israel's approval of 277 new homes in Ariel saying it was unhelpful to the process to try to get both parties back to the table," US Embassy spokesman Kurt Hoyer said.

 
Palestinian Authority Spokesperson Ghassan Khatib called recent building announcements by Israel an "escalation" and called on the international exert more pressure on the Jewish state. "The policies of every single country in the world (are) that settlement expansion is illegal and an obstacle to peace," Khatib said. "Israel is not taking this seriously. I think these countries have to introduce elements of accountability to their relations with Israel" (INN, 15/08/11).

Quartet Concerned Over Decision to Build in Ariel: In a joint announcement made by the US, Russia, the EU, and the UN the quartet says that “They are very concerned over the promotion of new construction plans in Ariel and in East Jerusalem.” (INN, 8/16/2011).


Jordan: A Demand to Expel Israeli Ambassador:
Jordanian members of parliament have demanded the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador in Jordan due to construction in the Jewish towns of Judea and Samaria, and in condemnation of the construction in Jerusalem. In early June this year, hundreds of political activists and opposition party representatives marched in Amman with similar demands, to “Protect PA Arab land” (INN, 8/15/2011).

Netanyahu: Solutions Within 'Weeks': Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu vowed to enact solutions to issues raised by Israel's 'social protests' within 'weeks.' "In addition to global issues Israel has specific problems. The first is housing, because Israelis pay three times what Americans do for housing and that's not fair... (INN, 15/08/11

Where will the Israeli Government settle over half a million Jews? - As Abbas 'within weeks' calls for a racist, Arab, apartheid state cleansed of Jews.

 

The concepts of ethnic cleansing , genocide, crimes against humanity and warcrimes has become firmly anchored within international law. It remains to see how the mechanisms to prevent and deal with ethnic cleansing, etc., when it comes to Jews, will develop and be implemented.

Samaria Residents to Protesters: Come Live Out Here!: Grassroots activists hand out flyers in Tel Aviv protest tent site, offering reasonably priced housing in Biblical heartland (INN, 16/08/11). Welcome to the Shomron: See here a list of towns and in each page see films, pictures and more information about the unique inner workings of each community (The Shomron Liaison Office, yeshuv.org). The Tanakh is filled with prophesies which promise that at the time God saves Zion, He will gather in the exiles, rebuild Jerusalem and the cities of Judah and Samaria, etc., and the people will possess it forever.


Countdown to September:
Israel, the Palestinians, and the UN General Assembly, Dore Gold, May-June 2011:  The 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement, also known as Oslo II, clearly established that "Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the Permanent Status negotiations" (Article 31).

The European Union actually signed Oslo II as a witness. How can the EU then support a Palestinian initiative at the UN which violates this core commitment in an international agreement, when the EU itself is a signatory to the agreement in question? Can EU countries go ahead and recognize a Palestinian state when they then become active participants in changing the status of the territories whose fate is supposed to be determined only by negotiations?

Moreover, because the Palestinians would be violating a signed international agreement with Israel by going to the UN in pursuit of unilateral change of the status of the West Bank and Gaza, they would be engaging in a clearly illegal act.

There are implications from this for how states treat the issue of recognition. For example, s
tates strictly adhering to international law would have grounds to deny recognition to a Palestinian state. After all, there is a general principle of law, noted by Professor Malcolm Shaw, that an "illegal act cannot produce legal rights." Furthermore, according to the Second Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States (1981), a state is required not to recognize or treat as a state any entity which has "attained the qualifications of statehood in violation of international law."

Paragraph 4 of Article V of the 1993 "Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles,"was included into the Israel-PLO agreement, apparently, to allow Israel to reverse the situation if needed. It stated: "The two parties agree that the outcome of the permanent status negotiations should not be prejudiced or preempted by agreements reached for the interim period." That means that Israel has all legal rights to return to any place that was under her control before it was transferred under the jurisdiction of the PA.  
 

The terms "Palestinian territories" and "occupation:" The terminology implies that the "territory" legally belongs to the "Palestinians," while in reality from the standpoint of the international law it is a disputed territory. Since it is a disputed territory, already mentioned Article V of the "Declaration of Principles," allows it to fall under Israel's jurisdiction. By using indiscriminately the ambiguous terminology they make an attempt to prejudice the fate of the disputed land (Op-Ed: Obfuscation of Truth (Reading Mitchell´s Report, INN, 23/05/01).  






Psalm 30:12-13 ”You have turned my lament into dancing for me; You loosened my sackcloth and girded me with joy. So that my soul will sing praises to You and not be silent. O Lord, my God, I will thank You forever.” In this Psalm, David praises HaShem, because He saved him from death. All pious people must praise Hashem, Who will turn weeping into joyful singing. David is giving thanks to HaShem BECAUSE He THROUGH DISTRESS SAVED him FROM FALSE SAFETY, and that is why David and all Israel in the very near future will thank Him FOREVER!

Isaiah Ch 30: In the words of Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum: "The contemporary parallel to the ancient "pro-Egyptian" party in Jerusalem is obviously the sizeable number of Jews today who believe that Israel is totally dependent upon the favor of America and other temporal powers for its survival, when the truth is that Israel's only true supporter is HaShem, and the only way to elicit His favor and compassion is through repentance, prayer and the fulfillment of His Torah.

"And the strength of Pharaoh shall be for shame and the trust in the shadow of Egypt for confusion" (Isaiah 30:3). The shuttle of treasure-bearing asses and camels carrying bribes down to Egypt (30:6) is reminiscent of the endless shuttle of briefcase-bearing Israeli officials trying to curry favor in Washington and other capitals. "For Egypt shall help in vain and to no purpose" (30:7).

Isaiah 12:1-6 "And you shall say on that day, "I will thank You, O Lord, for You were wroth with me; may Your wrath turn away and may You comfort me.
Here is the God of my salvation, I shall trust and not fear; for the strength and praise of the Eternal the Lord was my salvation."

And you shall draw water with joy from the fountains of the salvation. And you shall say on that day, "Thank the Lord, call in His Name, publicize His deeds among the peoples; keep it in remembrance, for His Name is exalted.  Sing to the Lord for He has performed mighty deeds; this is known throughout the land. 
Shout and praise, O dwellers of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."