Meir Panim’s Tiberias Free Restaurant not only provides warm meals, but the opportunity to socialize as well.
JERUSALEM – As Shiite Hizbullah and Sunni anti-Syrian government rebels battle across Syria and Lebanon, and Egyptian and Jordanian forces confront al Qaeda terrorists in the Sinai and southern Jordan, the emir of Qatar blamed Israel for the chaos that threatens to plunge the entire region into war.
At a conference in Doha, Qatar’s capital, the emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, said, “We heard in the past that reform in the Arab world must wait until a peaceful settlement with Israel is achieved, but everybody should realize that such [a] belief is now unfounded after the Arab Spring revolts. The reason is that the Arab Spring has today put Israel in direct confrontation with the Arab people, not only with their rulers. These people will no longer accept that negotiations are the goal in themselves. Our region will not see peace unless we see a resolution to the Palestinian issue.”
The emir’s comments run counter to a secret WikiLeaks document discovered late last year, which quoted the emir as praising Israel in 2009 for trying to achieve peace despite Middle East upheaval. According to the document, Al Thani opined that Israel had been “under threat” for years and cannot be held accountable for not trusting the Arabs or Iranians in the search for peace. He also said that the Mideast is still not ready for peace.
Al Thani has been a staunch supporter of both the anti-Syrian government rebels fighting Iranian-backed Hizbullah forces in Syria and the Hamas government in Gaza. The WikiLeaks cables also maintained that Al Thani could influence Hamas to make peace with Israel, but would have trouble selling that idea to Hamas’s radical constituency in Gaza.
Al Thani’s controversial comments came as IDF forces fired rockets at several Syrian army positions in the central Golan Heights after an IDF jeep was attacked on Monday. The IDF reported that the Syrian army had fired three times at IDF units patrolling the border during the past few days. On Shavuot, an unknown terrorist group fired mortars at Mt. Hermon. Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah have threatened to attack the Israeli side of the Golan Heights as retaliation for several recent targeted Israeli attacks on Syrian military convoys laden with advanced weapons that were destined for Hizbullah arsenals in Lebanon.
According to sources, American officials told a high-ranking member of the Lebanese government that if Hizbullah or Syria fired an advanced weapon at Israel, the Israel Air Force and IDF elite units would destroy significant parts of Lebanon.
IDF units, as well as an Iron Dome anti-missile battery, remain on alert in the Eilat region. For its part, Egyptian armored units and commandos poured into the lawless Sinai Peninsula this week to battle Bedouin terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda. These terrorists have kidnapped Egyptian police while attempting to inflict damage upon Eilat’s hotel industry via Grad rocket attacks.
Amid the escalating regional violence, Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to return to Israel sometime this week with the goal of getting the Palestinians and Israelis back to the negotiating table. Israel’s Minister of Finance Yair Lapid has publicly supported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position of restarting negotiations on the basis of a two-state solution without preconditions. That would include the freezing of settlement construction in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.
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Mike Huckabee doesn’t understand why Jews support Obama as “pro-Israel” because he doesn’t understand the psyche of a liberal American Jewish Democrat.
Maybe Bibi was right to stay home and avoid the ceremony – who knows what this guy would have said he said…
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – In the early 1940s, at a time when it was virtually impossible for a South African of color to secure a professional apprenticeship, the Jewish law firm Witkin, Sidelsky and Eidelman gave a young black man a job as a clerk.
WASHINGTON – Amid simmering tensions over Iran policy, the Obama and Netanyahu governments appear to have quietly forged common ground in recent weeks on Israeli-Palestinian talks, with the United States accepting that a possible “framework” agreement might not address every outstanding issue in the negotiations.
“If the Israeli Left has no place for those who … wage battle against those who seek to delegitimize Israel, it will not return to lead the country.”
What were a dozen Hasidim doing out on the street at 4:30 AM, and how could they tell the victim was gay?
JERUSALEM – As the Iranians move closer to acquiring a nuclear bomb, an unprecedented meeting and a startling admission have buttressed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertions that President Obama’s Iran policy is alienating America’s Mideast allies.
JERUSALEM – For the first time since Israel’s founding in 1948, a high-ranking member of the Saudi royal family has publicly acknowledged that a country other than Israel is “the real danger” in the Middle East.
JERUSALEM – The public dispute between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Secretary of State John Kerry extends beyond the issue of Iranian nuclear compliance. Sources report that Netanyahu and Kerry have had several heated arguments behind closed doors about the course of America’s Middle East foreign policy as it relates to Iran, the peace process with the Palestinians, Hizbullah, Syria, and Hamas.
I love being in Jerusalem. The first time I visited the Holy City and the Western Wall I was filled with overwhelming joy. God is everywhere, but I feel his presence especially strongly in Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM – Despite prolonged diplomatic efforts by much of the international community to convince Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program, a prominent former member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), along with a respected think tank, have confirmed what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the U.S., EU and UN: Iran has essentially “passed the point of no return” and is only weeks away from assembling a nuclear weapon.
JERUSALEM – As of Tuesday afternoon, election experts in Israel were tabulating ballots cast by millions of citizens in major municipalities across the country. Orthodox and Anglo voters were expected to play influential roles in the Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh outcomes.
JERUSALEM – As the U.S., EU and UN restart negotiations with Iran to find a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Israel’s political and military policymakers heightened their rhetoric and increased their military preparedness this week. This strategy is meant to convince the world that Israel is prepared for any eventuality.
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