The Palestinians are getting very creative in fighting Israel with other tools besides bombs. Shin Bet, Israel's security service disclosed that both Fatah and Hamas groups were active in east Jerusalem to prevent Jews from buying property. An Egyptian cleric, Sheik Youssef al-Qaradawi, has $25 million to be given to Hamas activists in Jerusalem. Yes, they are there infiltrating, so we know that that part of Palestine will be fighting against Israel despite what Abbas has intimated. They are not going to be a peaceful group. Abbas lost the power he had in Gaza. This Sheik is a regular on the satellite Al-Jazeera network and a well known person to Arabs. He wants to buy apartments and plots of land and they say "build charitable institutions to broaden its base in the city". Hamas is a terrorist group and it is barred from operating in Jerusalem. Jerusalem still belongs to Israel. Saeb Erekat, Palestinian negotiator, said that Jewish expansion in east Jerusalem jeopardizes peace efforts, and Palestinians have refused to talk about peace until Israel halts all settlement expansion. They want Jerusalem.
They forget that peace efforts are useless anyway because the Palestinians seem to be divided with Abbas operating in the "West Bank" which is Judea and Samaria. While Gaza is ruled by the terrorists, Hamas, whose only goal is to get rid of Israel by any means, they will work at taking over Judea and Samaria from Abbas.
Foreigners have been getting into Gaza who are connected to global jihad. Of course, Fathi Hamad, the interior minister in Gaza, said that the charge was baseless propaganda. He said that there is no al Qaeda or any other group in Gaza. This information came from Yuval Diskin, head of Shin Bet in Israel, so I don't think he's wrong. Israeli intelligence has saved people many a time. They're probably the best in the world at gathering facts.
Now at the same time, Obama is demanding that Israel stop their planned housing project in east Jerusalem. In fact, Washington has summoned Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador, and told him that a project planned to create 20 apartments developed by an American should not go ahead. Netanyahu is resisting these American demands on "settlement expansion". "Settlements" is a political term used by Americans which denote something we saw in the wild west, people settling and land belonging only to the Indians. Jews do not or should not refer to building in Jerusalem as creating a settlement. Jerusalem is our eternal city and has been a part of our world since King David. Jerusalem is Jewish and there has been no restriction by Jews of keeping other people out such as the Arabs did until 1967 when Israel survived a huge attack and won.
Today Netanyahu told his Cabinet that there would be no limits on Jewish construction anywhere in "UNIFIED JERUSALEM." This we cannot accept. The idea that we can't be entitled to live and buy anywhere in Jerusalem is terrible. Israel has sovereignty over the whole city and is indisputable. What would happen if Jews could not live in certain neighborhoods in New York, London, Paris or Rome? That's what is being suggested for Jerusalem. Need I remind readers that Israel lost many lives in 1967 defending themselves when attacked. They earned the right to live in Jerusalem, but the world closes their minds at the circumstances and history. No Jew or Christian was allowed there under Arab rule. Graves were desecrated by human feces and urinating and destruction. Everyone is allowed there under Israel's rule. Everyone is much better off with Israel's ownership. People think this is a hotbed of turmoil because there are holy sites there of Jewish, Christian and Muslims. The Palestinians are trying to take it over by using the ploy that they intend for it to be their capital of their future state.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the administration was trying to reach an agreement with Israelis and the negotiations are ongoing and intense. I bet they are with words like DEMAND. We all wondered if Netanyahu could stand up to such pressure, and it looks like he is.
We have rejected Obama's demand to stop the housing project. Almost 300,000 Israelis live in Judea and Samaria, and about 180,000 Israelis live in Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem. That's right. Jews live there, too, and they would all have to leave if Abbas gets his way. He wants his state to be rid of Jews even though over a million Arabs live in Israel. In Israel you have a Democracy. In Palestine there will be no such thing; discrimination against Jews will prevail. I think Obama just wants to check off this problem quickly and has chosen his favorite side. He wants to accomplish what other past presidents haven't-the creation of Palestine. Well, I guess 23 Arab nations in the world and the future demise of Israel doesn't bother him, for he is trying to bring about only destructive things against this little state.
Opinions of writer, Nadene Goldfoot