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rock miningThe ultra-left group Yesh Din (“There is Justice”) has filed a case—as usual, directly with the Supreme Court. This time, the nuts accuse their country of the “war crime” of plundering Palestinian natural resources.

In case you thought there were no such resources, Yesh Din has realized that Israeli companies mine rocks and gravel in Judea and Samaria. Never mind that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians benefit from Israeli construction jobs.

Cannot Jews mine rocks in the areas where Palestinians throw rocks at them?

A second major lawsuit has been filed in Nazareth court in Israel seeking $200 million in compensation from the Israeli government for the wrongful death of a number of the Samoni clan during the Gaza operation. The clan was first shelled in its house in Zeitoun, then in the tent city they had moved to.

Though an Israeli court will probably reject the claims on the grounds of military necessity, the precedent set by accepting the case for hearing is already dangerous. By establishing its jurisdiction over compensations, the Supreme Court puts itself in charge of Israeli wars, because judges can punish the government and military officials at a whim.

The court’s reasoning is legally questionable: if Gaza is merely a hostile territory, rather than enemy state, Israel’s right to wage a war there is doubtful. Thus, at any time, the courts may decide to award damages to Palestinians in similar cases.

Israeli victims of terror don’t claim damages in Palestinian courts. Though a year ago the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Jews can sue Fatah in Israeli courts and impound Fatah’s tax transfers from Israel, no money has actually been seized, as the Israeli establishment shields the PA from lawsuits that could bankrupt it.

Assad, MubarakMubarak and Assad will meet in Saudi Arabia to repair their strained relations. Arab countries are trying to isolate Iran. Morocco broke off diplomatic relations with the mullahs under the flimsy pretext of Shiite missionary work, and the Saudi FM called for confronting “Iran’s challenge.”

The rush contrasts with their previously lax attitude toward the Iranian nuclear program. Though Iran won’t nuke other Muslim countries preemptively, Egypt and the Saudis fear Iran’s regional hegemony. For the Saudis, that would spell Shiite unrest in their oilfield region. Mubarak, already exhausted from fighting the Muslim Brotherhood, cannot afford Shia proselytizing because Shiites are loyal to Tehran’s ayatollah, rather than the local Sunni ruler.

Arabs probably are praying now for Israel to attack Iran, but perhaps we can profit from allowing Iran nukes and embroiling the Muslim countries in major confrontations.

bank of israelIf you’re not fed up yet with the government that bans new construction of private hospitals and refuses licenses to private power generators, here comes the purportedly free-market Bank of Israel.

The BOI’s head has revealed his anti-crisis program:

- massive government investments in infrastructure, primarily railroads (a failed Keynesian solution of the Great Depression era. Why squander the state’s resources for something that private investors deem unfeasible?)
- improving education (very good, but the better-educated pupils would not join the economy until a decade from now, and thus cannot solve the current crisis)
- increase the term of unemployment benefits (turn taxpayers into spongers).

Israel cannot borrow huge amounts like America does, the dollar being a reserve currency. Stanley Fischer thus earmarked mere $1.2 billion for investment programs, which is ridiculously insufficient.

The solution to Israeli unemployment is, in fact, simple:

- expel the 1.5 million illegal migrants who take local jobs.
- ban Palestinian workers completely.
- restrict unemployment benefits to two months so that people will take any jobs.
- remove the minimum wage limit to allow Jews to compete with Arabs in low-wage sectors where Arabs are hired illegally.
- ban Histadrut trade unions and dismantle the red-tape bureaucracy.

The Israeli government has released the bulldozer terrorist’s corpse to the PA. Now the would-be murderer of dozens of Jewish girls will receive an honorable burial in the Palestinian-occupied territories.

Instead of burning him in pig skins.

TalibanFollowing Russia, Iran, and Syria, the Taliban rebuffed Obama’s offer to negotiate with their moderates. Their answer was evident to anyone acquainted with Mujaheddin resistance to the Soviets: the foreign army must leave their land, period. The Mujaheddin continued killing Soviet soldiers even as they were retreating from Afghanistan, and afterward hanged Soviet quisling Najibullah after castrating him, as indeed will be Karzai’s fate unless he runs really fast.

According to Agudat HaGalil report, 95 percent of Israeli Arabs own their houses; half of those houses are larger than 1,800 sq ft. We can add that no less than a third of those houses are built illegally, often on public land.
65 percent of Arab families own cars.
18 percent of Arabs are married to their sisters or cousins.

Two Arabs stabbed an IDF soldier with a knife in Beer Sheba, tried kidnapping him. The wounded Jew fought the Arabs off and they drove away.

During WWII, similar incidents led to summary executions of sympathetic locals.

A Jerusalem court has released Zeev Braude from house arrest. Police have refused to drop the charges: despite thirty-six stitches on his head and bouts of amnesia from the concussion, Zeev is still accused of assaulting peaceful Arabs.

The Syrian dictator clarified his demand for Israeli-Palestinian peace as a precondition for an Israeli-Syrian treaty. He says he cannot sign a peace treaty with Israel while 1.5 million Palestinian refugees live in Syria; the commonly cited number is half of that. Assad talks sense, actually: a separate Israeli-Syrian peace would spell Palestinian unrest in Syria. Though Assad’s army can quash the refugees, he’s afraid of suffering Sadat’s fate. The problem is, Syrian Palestinians, just like the Lebanese ones, have nowhere to go: the West Bankers would fight them as they fought the Gazans whom Sharon attempted to resettle; no one wants the degraded, criminalized refugees.

Assad also said that he can sign a peace treaty with Israel but cannot guarantee normalization unless Israel resolves her conflicts with all other Muslim countries. That also makes sense, as for example Israeli-Egyptian relations remain deeply hostile after thirty years of formal peace.

Assad seems to desire rapprochement with the Israeli-Egyptian-American axis, but is deeply wary of Iran’s reaction and that of the Arab world in general. At the Riyadh talks, Mubarak will try to assuage his fears.

Israel has pardoned and stopped hunting another batch of Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades terrorists—about eighty of them. They have sold their weapons to the PA and signed a pledge to abandon terrorism. The trick is, IDF often assassinates those who renege on their promises.

In the meantime, the PA pays Al Aqsa Martyrs’ salaries out of Israeli tax transfers.

Oddly, Dennis Blair’s message to the Senate sharply diverged with Obama’s policy. We’ll see whether Obama has abandoned his silly attempts to negotiate with the mullahs or just cannot control his own appointees.

Blair notably abandoned the earlier NIE that Iran has no nuclear weapons program, but in a politically correct way: he based his estimates on the NIE’s statement that Iran actually ran a military nukes program in 2003, and implied that the program continues.

Violence resumes in Northern Ireland as IRA radicals kill another policeman. How’s that relevant to Israel? Obama’s Mideast envoy George Mitchell bases his negotiator’s credentials on achieving peace in Northern Ireland. The problem is, Mitchell had nothing to do with it. London and the IRA genuinely sought an agreement but, despising each other, wanted mediation from a third party—the United States. Mitchell was merely a talking parrot in the negotiations, relaying to each side the other’s offers. Likewise, Carter took credit for the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, which Begin and Sadat had worked out between themselves from scratch.