- >"Hebrew is the most wonderful of languages, a language of a thousand antonyms, hard and strong as steel, while soft and gleaming as gold."
LIVNI BLOCKS BILL LIMITING FOREIGN GOV'T DONATIONS TO FAR-LEFT
Minister Tzipi Livni appealed a bill declaring donations to anti-Israel
non-governmental organizations from foreign governments no longer exempt from
tax, after it was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on
Eight ministers from Likud, Yisrael Beytenu and Bayit Yehudi approved the
bill in the ministerial committee, while Hatnua and Yesh Atid ministers voted
PLO ASKS NBC TO CALL OFF PRODUCTION OF NEW TV SHOW A leading Palestinian official has asked US broadcaster NBC to halt all production on a major new US drama series set to be filmed next year in East Jerusalem.
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, called on NBC to scrap all plans for filming "DIG," an archaeological thriller from "Homeland" writer Gideon Raff, in the City of David National Park near the walls of the Old City. Much of the action of the show, which follows a US FBI agent who stumbles upon a massive conspiracy while struggling to solve a murder, is slated to be filmed within the walls and tunnels of the park.
The program, from the Israeli media giant Keshet, has garnered broad support from the Jerusalem mayor, who has pledged to grant production teams unfettered access to the city's historical sites. "With the support of Israeli authorities and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, the first season will brand Jerusalem's history and heritage as a Jewish city and the capital of Israel," the PLO said Tuesday in a press release, citing the show's potential influence over "hundreds of millions" of global viewers.
"Such a production will legitimize the annexation of Jerusalem and the destruction of the authenticity and character of the occupied city. Any business or organization that deals with Israel in Occupied Palestine is in flagrant breach of international law, conventions, and consensus, respectively," Ashrawi said. "It is evident that these efforts coincide with Israel's intensive and accelerated efforts to annex and ethnically cleanse Jerusalem. The choice to film the series in Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem is designed to endorse the occupation and the bitter reality experienced by Palestinian Jerusalemites."
"DIG" has been signed for six-episode deal with USA Network, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. It is the first-ever Israeli series to be bought for a season without first producing a pilot. Raff will serve as co-creator along with "Heroes" creator Tim Kring, and Keshet's CEO Avi Nir will serve as a co-producer, much as he did with "Homeland."
CHINA: SPACECRAFT LANDS ON MOON China's first lunar probe Chang'e-3, carrying the Yutu moon rover, landed on the moon on Dec. 14, making China the third country, after the United States and the Soviet Union, to achieve such a feat and the first to do so in more than three decades, according to Beijing Aerospace Control Center, Xinhua reported. During the process, the probe decelerated from 15 kilometers above the moon and hovered at 100 meters from the lunar surface before descending slowly to the landing spot.
China's strategic focus on space is less about national pride than about the importance of space for both the military and economic progress of the country. "It's still a significant technological challenge to land on another world," said Peter Bond, consultant editor for Jane's Space Systems and Industry. "Especially somewhere like the moon, which doesn't have an atmosphere so you can't use parachutes or anything like that. You have to use rocket motors for the descent and you have to make sure you go down at the right angle and the right rate of descent and you don't end up in a crater on top of a large rock."
2.TO JUDGE FROM AMERICA'S PAST ACTIONS TOWARDS ISRAEL AND JEWS, COULD THEY BE MORE TRUSTWORTHY TODAY? Ted Belman, Israpundit, lists 23 devastating blows dealt by the US to Israel. After 1956, Israel 'partnered' with France. Nuclear Israel was the result. The world is more fluid today than ever. France again has held out its hand. Muslims/Arabs no longer hold a monopoly on oil. Israel is a prize intellectually and, because of its 20 year partnership with Noble Energy, recent oil and gas finds have made Israel, and potentially all Europe, independent of totalitarian domination. As an aside, one wonders whether the EU with their dominant Islamic populations can ever reverse their anti-Israel platform - whether or not Israel's natural assets were their source of fuel?
3-SECRET REPORT REVEALED BY MARK LANGFAN OF KERRY'S PLAN A 'FRAUD'. Maps don't lie. Mark Langfan's studies rely entirely on maps. Did you know that Jewish schooling in the 15th and 16th century, and perhaps earlier, had Cartography, Military Science, Languages, Mathematics and Talmud. In the case of schooling documented by Hanna Mendes (Donna Gracia) c.1500, one whose family fled the Spanish inquisition to find temporary safety in Portugal, the course was open to girls. Very interesting reading: Naomi Ragen The Ghost of Hanna Mendes.
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror writes: Under UN Resolution 242 at the end of the 6 day war explicitly stated that it intended no restoration of the 1949 Armistice Line. Israel's struggle for "defensible borders" is unique in international diplomacy. It emanates from both the special legal and strategic circumstances that Israel faced in the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, when the Israel Defense Forces captured the West Bank and other territories in a war of self-defense. The previous armistice line of 1949 that separated the Israeli and Jordanian armies was only a military boundary and not a permanent political border, according to the armistice agreement itself. The Jordanian occupation of the West Bank occurred in conjunction with its illegal invasion of the State of Israel in 1948. In fact, Jordanian sovereignty in the West Bank was not recognized by a single Arab state. This provided the background for UN Security Council Resolution 242 of November 1967 which concluded that Israel would need "secure and recognized boundaries" that would necessarily be different from the 1967 lines. The previous status quo was not to be restored. In diplomatic shorthand, President George W. Bush stated on April 14, 2004, that Israel had a right to "defensible borders," in order to convey the same point.
7. Was against the creation of Israel. Fortunately countermanded by Pres Truman.
Modern History of Palestine in Maps http://www.shamrak.com/Masada2000-HistoryofPalestine.htm
The Palestinian Mandate - Legalised Robbery http://www.shamrak.com/sh_articles/EA_Mandate%20-%20%20Legalised%20Robbery.htm
Ethnic Make Up of so-called Palestinians http://www.shamrak.com/sh_editorials/EL_Palestinians%20Ethnic%20Make%20Up.htm
Arab-Israel Conflict - Forgotten Facts! http://www.shamrak.com/sh_editorials/EL_%20ForgottenFacts.htm
Why Israel is Suspicious of United Nations? http://www.shamrak.com/sh_editorials/EL_%20IsraelSuspicious.htm
The War on Terror - Containment Plan http://www.shamrak.com/sh_articles/EA_The%20Containment%20Plan.htm
The Sinai Option: Road to Permanent Peace! http://www.shamrak.com/sh_articles/EA_Sinai%20Option.htm