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Haifa is the flagship of Jewish-Arab assimilation. In Tel Aviv, they speak of peace, but don’t employ Arabs in the municipal sphere; in Haifa, Arabs are fully integrated.

So, a twenty-eight-year-old Arab driver from Nazareth ran his bus over two Jews, a man and a woman, near Check Post Junction in Haifa.

Arab drivers commonly exploit their right of way, deliberately causing traffic accidents with Jewish cars when Jews violate traffic rules, even when the Arabs can stop easily.

The Red Cross’s chief announced that Gaza’s infrastructure is fully rebuilt to its December, pre-war state. Just 2,800 houses remain destroyed, but presumably their inhabitants found shelter in UNRWA installations. The reconstruction is financed partly by Israeli tax transfers to Fatah.
What goes unmentioned is that the rocket fire from Gaza is also back to its December level.

The ICRC has long departed from its original function to serve the battlefield wounded and POWs and became another ultra-left outfit that promotes a political agenda. This time the Red Cross calls for Israeli-Palestinian peace—meaning Israeli surrender of core Jewish lands to defeated and unrepentant enemies.

Police barred young Arab males from praying on the Temple Mount this Friday because they are expected to riot. During the previous ban recently, women rioted instead.

Jews, on other hand, are completely banned from praying at the Temple Mount, and Israeli police arrest those caught with their lips moving suspiciously in silent prayer.

Shas, Likud, and Lieberman have agreed on a hypocritical version of civil marriages: they would only be allowed to non-Jews. UTJ’s Rabbi Eliyashiv rejected that approach on the practical grounds that the Supreme Court is likely to overturn the “racial” restriction in the law and allow civil marriages to Jews as well—which would allow them to marry non-Jews, who are plentiful in Israel.

Theoretically, the Supreme Court should not intervene because Israel maintains two different marriage systems, one for Jews, another for Muslims. Logically, a third system might be offered to other denominations. But Rabbi Eliyashiv realized correctly that the Supreme Court treats Muslims preferentially to Jews and won’t allow the later a separate binding marriage jurisdiction.

Netanyahu cannot form a right-wing coalition without UTJ, and Lieberman is unlikely to compromise on assimilationist marriages. The fuss is odd; this is a Jewish state, and if non-Jews cannot marry conveniently, that is the least of our problems.
Netanyahu can try splitting a few members from Kadima into the coalition in order to compensate for UTJ.

Meanwhile, Olmert remains in office, and probably laughs at them all.

As the Fatah-Hamas unity-government talks progress in Cairo, a question remains: what would be the role of the massive US-trained Fatah force? They were meant originally to combat Hamas terrorists. The well-trained militants would be left without action, susceptible to infiltration by Hamas.

Hamas would also protest Fatah’s monopoly on brute power and demand legitimization of its own forces.

Like Hezbollah, Hamas would eventually take over the government, or at least receive veto power in it, and would appear to be in control of two military forces—its own and the US-trained Fatah’s.

Obama would welcome a Fatah-Hamas unity government, as it would allow him to continue the peace process and wire funds to Gaza.

Israel can really look to Egypt to learn many things.

The Egyptians have closed Gaza’s border without apology. They shoot Gazans without much reason and with no remorse. Despite all that, Hamas would not even think of staging a terrorist attack inside Egypt, or kidnapping Egyptian soldiers.
When Iranians staged a single demonstration against Mubarak, Egypt almost broke relations with the mullahs.

Today, the Egyptian FM sharply rebuked the United States for the State Department’s negative review of its human rights record. Egypt receives just a bit less American aid than Israel, and that aid is much more important for impoverished Egypt than for Israel. But unlike Jews, Egyptians are sensible and realize than America needs them more than vice versa—and they can look at Americans as partners rather than masters.

Maddeningly, the US Administration continues its efforts at democratizing stable countries. In Iraq, democracy turned into violent anarchy. In Pakistan, it brought Islamists to power. In Lebanon and Palestine, the elections handed victory to Hezbollah and Hamas, respectively. In Egypt, democratic elections would mean the victory of Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas’ parent organization.

A Madrid court decided to continue the hearings against Binyamin Ben Eliezer and other IDF figures for crimes against humanity. The humanity in question was Salah Shehadeh and his relatives, duly killed by IAF’s mega-bomb in Gaza.

Since crimes against humanity have no statute of limitations and can be prosecuted retroactively, why doesn’t Israel indict the Spaniards for evicting Jews five centuries ago?

Short of assassinating the Spanish judge, Israel can easily terminate the proceedings by staging a “fair trial” of her own.