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Iran’s supreme leader ayatollah Khamenei finally made up his mind, announcing that Iran won’t stop its nuclear program. Khamenei was earlier more equivocal and even mildly critical of Ahmadinejad’s standoff with the West. Khamenei likely became firm because of Iran’s advances in nuclear technology, as Israeli secret services claim.

Trying to prove that Israel doesn’t expand the settlements to grab the Promised Land, Tzipi Livni told Rice that Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria won’t be an obstacle to withdrawal, just like Gush Katif weren’t.
While the rest of the country took the Gush Katif lesson, for Livni it is a proper example of the government being willing and able to repress Jews.
Rice asked Israeli government to do more to better the lives of Palestinians. The simple among us thought that fiduciary duty of a government is to help its citizens rather than enemies.

Rabbi Shlomo Amar is technically a Chief Sephardi Rabbi, but since the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger is a very dubious figure, Rabbi Amar is the highest rabbinical authority. Rabbi Shlomo Amar’s spokesman hinted that the High Rabbinical Court nullified all the conversions by the government rabbi Chaim Druckman against Rabbi Amar’s express order. Never mind that such an order to a rabbinical court is highly illegal. The High Rabbinical Court, infuriated with Rabbi Druckman’s practices, however, went ahead and nullified hundreds of his conversions retroactively. Rabbi Amar implied that the rabbinical establishment will ignore its High Court’s decision.

Though obviously true, the announcement by the US Army spokesman is one of the measures paving a way for attacking Iran which partially finances Hezbollah.
The infamous Israeli president Shimon Peres again changed his mind, and now speaks against the attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.


A few days after the new investigation against Olmert, which is trumpeted as devastating, the prime minister suddenly changed his mind and during today’s meeting with Abbas announced that Israel is ready to “tangible changes” in the West Bank, a code phrase for evacuating Jewish settlements where more than 200,000 people live.
Olmert’s announcement was expected after Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Rice yesterday that Jewish settlements are not obstacle to peace, just like Gush Katif was not. Tzipi meant that the Jewish government won’t hesitate destroying Israeli villages in Judea and Samaria just as it destroyed Gush Katif in Gaza.
Olmert’s change of mind is of the same stock as Ariel Sharon’s. Arik’s election campaign ridiculed the Labor’s program of unilateral disengagement from Gaza, but shortly after being elected, under the weight of criminal charges, Sharon adopted the very same platform. In return, the leftists who control Israeli security establishment provided Sharon with virtual safety net against criminal prosecution.
Shimon Peres, who certainly orchestrated the new round of criminal investigation against Olmert, announced his belief in Olmert’s innocence, signaling acceptance of his part of the deal: as long as Olmert cooperates with leftists on withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, he will be free from prosecution.
It is hardly coincidental that the new charges against Olmert were announced immediately before the meeting with Rice and involve Jewish American businessman. The US Administration likely helped Israeli leftists to dig out the new criminal allegations against Olmert.
The Labor and Kadima parties are able to arrange a Knesset majority to approve unilateral disengagement from Judea and Samaria.
In order to go on with the peace process, Israel would have to accept ceasefire with Hamas. The peace process will have to go on very fast while the ceasefire still stands.

in Modiin, headed by a female “rabbi”. Thus is established a precedent for state recognition and encouragement of reformism.

Russian magnate Arkady Gaydamak’s “Social Justice” Party received the Knesset representation after three MKs abandoned the Pensioners Party and joined his own. So much for the voters’ trust.

Israel’s relations with Switzerland worsened dramatically after the Swiss agreed to purchase a considerable volume of natural gas from Iran. But the supplies are expected to begin in 2011 and probably much later. By that time, Israel either has to destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities, or there is no longer any point in sanctions against Iran.

May 2008
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