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Tuesday, May 15 '12, Iyar 23, 5772
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Concession to PA Prisoners A 'Gesture' to Abbas
King David's 3,025th Birthday Bash at New Museum
Concrete Bunkers Protect Israeli TV from Missiles
Givat Ulpana Residents Withdraw High Court Motion
Israel Critics Give Obama Foreign Policy Advice
Hareidi Enlistment: Shas won't Cooperate
Arabs Raise PLO Flags in Hebrew U
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1. Terrorists Begin Nakba Day with Kassam Rocket, Firebombs
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu Terrorists Begin Nakba Day with Kassam Rocket

Arab terrorists attacked southern Israel with a Kassam rocket early Tuesday and attacked Jews in the Hevron area with two firebombs overnight as “Nakba Day” began. No one was injured.

The rocket, fired from northern Gaza, exploded in an open area near Sderot, and the firebombs were hurled at IDF soldiers stationed at the village of El-Aroub, located less than one mile south of the Gush Etzion junction on Highway 60 leading to Kiryat Arba-Hevron.

The attacks coincided with the beginning of what Arabs call Nakba Day, or the day of catastrophe, referring to the English date of May 15 when the State of Israel was re-established with a declaration of independence in 1948.

Security services are expecting the worst and hoping for the best on Tuesday. Along the northern border, the military said it will not allow a repeat of last year’s Syrian infiltration into the Golan Heights.

Soldiers also have been deployed along the Egyptian and Lebanese borders to prevent disturbances.

The government may have prevented some violence on Tuesday by signing an agreement with Palestinian Authority prisoners to end their hunger strike, which has been gaining international sympathy.

The agreement was seen by Israel as another concession to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who has demanded that Israel release all terrorists and security prisoners.

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2. Concession to PA Prisoners A 'Gesture' to Abbas
by Chana Ya'ar Concession to PA Prisoners A 'Gesture' to Abbas

The deal that ended the hunger strike by hundreds of Palestinian Authority prisoners in Israel is a goodwill gesture to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the Prime Minister's Office says.

Speaking for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, spokesman Mark Regev on Monday night called the deal brokered by Egyptian mediators a confidence-building gesture.

The hunger strike by some 1,600 PA Arab prisoners in Israeli jails had lasted more than 40 days – and in the case of a few prisoners, past 70 days.

Israeli security officials and representatives of PA terrorist organizations agreed to the deal after a meeting Monday at a prison in Ashkelon – and, said Regev, a request from Abbas.

The request was one among a list of other issues that were sent to Netanyahu in an exchange of letters between the two leaders over the weekend.

"It is our hope that this gesture by Israel will serve to build confidence between the parties and advance peace,” Regev said. 

A second issue discussed between the two men was the transfer of 100 bodies of PA Arab terrorists currently buried in Israel. 

Netanyahu envoy Yitzchak Molcho conveyed a request by Abbas Saturday night to have the bodies transferred from Israel to Ramallah for interment in PA-controlled territory.

On Monday evening, the Netanyahu administration instructed security officials to prepare to transfer the bodies to the PA in another apparent gesture of conciliation to Abbas.

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3. King David's 3,025th Birthday Celebrated at New Museum
by Gil Ronen King David's 3,025th Birthday Bash at New Museum

A new museum in Tel Aviv – the Beit David Museum, dedicated to the House of David – offers two fun-filled free days honoring the holiday of Shavuot, which is also celebrated as the 3,025th birthday of greatest Jewish king ever.

The twin-day treat will take place on Monday, 21.5, and Tuesday, 22.5. It will include a lecture at 7:00 p.m. Monday by Dr. Chaim Luria on genealogy and King David's DNA, and events for children starting at 11:00 a.m. on the following day. These will include actors dressed as biblical characters who will teach the children about King David in a fun way.

The museum, located on 5 Brenner St. in central Tel Aviv, opened just four months ago. It contains archeological exhibits from First and Second Temple times and includes artifacts of special significance in the story of King David: for instance, one section displays slingshot stones found in the Emek HaEla region, where David killed Goliath with a single accurate stone to the head.

In another room, a video shows the life of King David, from his humble beginning as a lonely shepherd until his anointment as king. Another video explains the art of lyre-making, and based on writings that describe how King David built the lyres he played.

The museum prides itself on the Genealogy Center, a database that traces the descendants of King David to this very day. It is centered on Rashi, a famous descendant of David, and his progeny. It includes over 100 surnames of present-day families descended from the greatest king of all. The results of the research are presented in the museum and can be accessed through a special website

Susan Roth, founder of the King David Museum and the Genealogy Center, is herself a direct descendant of King David.

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4. Concrete Bunkers Protect Israeli TV from Missiles
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu Concrete Bunkers Protect Israeli TV from Missiles

Part of Israel’s preparation for war includes building a new TV station under concrete bunkers 23 feet underground in Haifa.

Hizbullah missiles in the Second Lebanon War in 2006 knocked telecasts in northern Israel off the air.

The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) showed off its new underground studio to the media on Monday, RTT News reported. It was built seven meters – 23 feet – underground and its concrete walls are 12 inches thick. The control room includes a radio booth.

The underground studio will allow the broadcast of news and emergency information in time of war, and the IBA plans to build similar facilities in three other cites. They were not named, but one of them presumably will be in metropolitan Tel Aviv.

The talk of a regional or even world war has been in the air the past two years as Iran continues to develop unsupervised nuclear facilities while evidence piles up that it is trying to manufacture a nuclear weapon.

One of the obstacles to a military attack on Iran’s nuclear plants is their being located underneath concrete bunkers located in mountainous areas.

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5. Givat Ulpana Residents Withdraw High Court Motion
by Gil Ronen Givat Ulpana Residents Withdraw High Court Motion

David and Yifat Abudraham, residents of the threatened Givat HaUlpana neighborhood, have withdrawn a motion they filed with the High Court two days ago, against the planned demolition of their home. 

The decision was made because the motion's chances of being accepted were deemed very low, and also because of "pressure" being applied to the couple.

The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, which helped file the motion, said that several Knesset members and public figures had asked the couple to withdraw the motion because it could negatively affect the schedule for advancing bills legalizing disputed Jewish construction.

The motion had appealed to the High Court to postpone a demolition order, arguing that the order violated the Basic Law that protects “human dignity.”

The motion also stated that the High Court justices acted unreasonably in ordering the demolition of the homes before a lower court decided a lawsuit over ownership of the land.

Sources in the Ministry of Defense said Tuesday that the Arab claiming to be the owner of the land that Givat HaUlpana was built on refuses to compromise over it. He has told authorities that even though he will not be able to build on the land, he has no intention of selling it. In the Palestinian Authority, Arabs who sell land to Jews are subject to the death penalty.

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6. Obama Seeks Foreign Policy Advice from Israel's Critics
by Rachel Hirshfeld Israel Critics Give Obama Foreign Policy Advice

President Barack Obama reportedly held an off-the-record foreign policy meeting with nine editors and columnists to discuss Afghanistan, Israel, NATO and the G8 Summit at Camp David. Many of the participants are widely known for their extreme and unwarranted criticism of the Jewish state.

According to the reports, the meeting included Peter Beinart, author of the recent much-criticized book, “The Crisis of Zionism,”, which bashes the American Jewish establishment, claims US Jewish youth are abandoning Israel because of its actions and advocates a boycott on the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, calling the area "non-democratic Israel".  He calls Obama the "Jewish president" and blasts Netanyahu and his father, barely mentions Arab terror while excoriating "Jewish terror."

The meeting also included The New Yorker’s David Remnick, who has compared the democracy of the State of Israel to that of Syria and Egypt, and Time’s Joe Klein, who has disregarding the threat of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, stating that the regime is doing so merely to “deter Israel.”

Sources would not discuss the specific details of the conversation, as it was off the record, but did indicate that Obama looked to the group to “help improve messaging” on the aforementioned foreign policy matters in the run-up to the 2012 election, reported

White House National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor clarified the last point stating, “The President didn’t ask for messaging advice. He simply noted that before writing that we haven’t offered enough ‘specifics’ on a given issue, that we’d appreciate it if they called over and gave us the opportunity to provide more information.”

“If President Obama believes Peter Beinart’s opinions are credible or anywhere near mainstream thought, then that is a five-alarm fire for Israel supporters all across the world,” said one senior GOP adviser, according to the Free Beacon.

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7. Hareidi Enlistment: Shas won't Cooperate with Committee
by Gil Ronen Hareidi Enlistment: Shas won't Cooperate

Shas chairman Eli Yishai announced Monday that the party will not send a representative to the Plesner committee that has been appointed to work out an arrangement for enlisting more hareidim and Arabs to the military and national service. The law regulating the issue until now was ruled illegal by the High Court earlier this year.

"The studiers of Torah will not negotiate over quotas, or over their basic right to study Torah," he said. "The contribution of Torah students to the Jewish people and to the state of Israel is known and clear to all believing Jews."

Shas said that it would soon work out its own solution for the problem of sharing the burden of service, and present it to the public.

MK Rav Chaim Amsallem, who broke away from Shas to establish the Am Shalem movement, attacked Shas's decision.

"Shas proved again today that it is a satellite party of radical Ashkenazim," he said. "It uses its political power, which it receives from Zionist voters who serve [in the military] and work for a living, to serve a fanatical and separatist ideology."

"I call upon the heads of the parties hammering out the new law," he added, "to listen to the voice of the silent majority in the hareidi public, which is interested in fitting in with society and carrying the burden, and not to extremist hareidi politicians and representatives."

Meanwhile, Labor faction chairman MK Yitzchak Herzog wrote a letter Monday morning to the Knesset's Legal Adviser Eyal Yinon, and asked him to study the ethical and legal aspects of the appointment of MK Yochanan Plesner to head the committee charged with presenting an alternative to the Tal Law. Herzog asked whether the appointment does not violate the Knesset's regulations and contradict the principle of separation of branches of government.

Herzog explained that appointing a Knesset Member to a position that serves the government is forbidden because of the possible contradiction it poses to his duty of supervising the government as a parliamentarian.

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8. Arabs Raise PLO Flags in Hebrew U
by Gil Ronen Arabs Raise PLO Flags in Hebrew U

Zionist activists confronted Arabs and leftist sympathizers in Israeli campuses Tuesday for the second straight day as Arabs marked "Nakba Day," in which they mourn their failure to annihilate the Jews in the Land of Israel in 1948.

Arabs in the Har Hatzofim campus of Hebrew University waved PLO flags and chanted the PLO battle cry, "with blood and fire we will redeem Palestine."

They were confronted by activists from the grassroots Zionist Im Tirtzu movement, who handed out copies of their booklet – Nakba Harta – which dispels Arab lies about the 1948 War of Independence.

On Monday, hundreds of student activists and protesters showed up in Tel Aviv University to protest the radical left's attempt to mark "Nakba Day" on campus. The demonstrators were led by MKs Michael Ben Ari and Aryeh Eldad (National Union).  

The nationalist activists succeeded in disrupting a leftist ceremony honoring Arab victims of the war in 1948. MK Ben Ari denounced the "hypocrites in the university," which itself sits upon land that belonged to an Arab village, Sheikh Munis. "They dare to lecture us on occupied land? I wish our enemies many more Nakba days," he declared. "Happy Nakba Day."

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