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The Jewish House Party chairman, Daniel Herschkowitz, made official what everyone knows: many “illegal” outposts are built with full government support and approval in order to grab strategic hilltops from the Palestinians. Through municipalities, the government pays for roads and power lines to the outposts.

Scores of ministers and MKs protested Netanyahu’s acceptance of Obama’a settlment freeze. Bibi’s move is not that wrong: during the nine-month moratorium, settlers will complete 2,500 housing units without hindrance, and be ready to start new construction.

The freeze is not a done deal: Obama and the Palestinians need an official stop to East Jerusalem construction, which Netanyahu cannot offer. Abbas has hardened his position because he cannot sign peace, anyway, as there is Hamas. Arab countries have taken hardline positions because they want Obama to concentrate on Iran and dump the peace process for now.

90,000 Muslims will pray on the Temple Mount on the occasion of Ramadan.

Since Israel liberated the Temple Mount in 1967, no Jew is allowed to pray, there lest we disturb the Muslims.

After discussing the settlement freeze with Angela Merkel, Netanyahu was presented with Auschwitz blueprints from the German archives. He also toured the site of Berlin’s Wannsee Conference, which defined the goal of annihilating all the Jews.

Given Obama’s demands, Netanyahu needs all the experience he can get.

The IAEA lamented the lack of clarification from Iran on the “possible military dimensions” of its nuclear program. As before, Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA is limited to weasel answers.

Israel should be the last country to criticize Iran’s efforts to evade the IAEA’s inspections. Bomb Iran, yes; but let’s not be so hypocritical as to condemn it for behavior that is after all similar to Israel’s over the last forty years.

Eleven haredim were arrested as crowds protested the municipality’s desecration of the Sabbath. In contrast to this crackdown, only four Arabs were arrested on Friday, when 90,000 Palestinians swarmed the Temple Mount.

For the first time since the allegedly rigged elections, Ahmadinejad came out strongly for prosecuting the opposition leaders who organized the riots.

Ahmadinejad’s escalation comes as Ayatollah Khamenei is trying to scale back the repressions. Khamenei wants to demolish the infamous Kahrizak jail, and has defended the opposition leaders against accusations that they are American puppets (they are closer to Britain, actually).

Having recovered from the shock of the riots, Ahmedinejad’s backers from the Revolutionary Guards want blood. Ayatollah Khamenei, on other hand, cannot clash head-on with the other grand ayatollahs, who support the opposition and can impeach him through the Rafsanjani-led Council of Experts.

The Israeli government reportedly issued Hamas an ultimatum: accept the Israeli list of terrorists for exchange, or Israel will break off the talks.

Under Netanyahu, Barak can offer Hamas slightly less than he could have in Olmert’s government—he probably cannot free the murderers. Like Olmert, Netanyahu wants to confine the released terrorists to Gaza.

Hamas needs the prisoner release to happen before the January elections in order to prove that their tactics are superior to Abbas’. For that very reason Abbas and Obama would rather break the deal.

Hamas, however, would find it very hard to explain to its voters and prisoners why it scaled back its demands for the exchange.

August 2009
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