AUTHOR:G.
DATE:1/04/2003 11:00:00 AM
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BODY: If you’re bored

You can watch Likud’s election spots over here (It’s in Hebrew of course): tv1; tv2; radio1

Nothing brilliant nor interesting. It looks like the Likud is focusing in attacking Mitzna personally rather than referring to the Avodah party in general. My guess is that the Avodah will choose to do otherwise. Sharon is quite popular but his party is loosing credibility from day to day due to new details revealed about the scandal also known as the Likud’s primaries.




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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:1/03/2003 12:27:00 PM
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BODY: 2002

Palestinian terrorism claimed 453 Israeli lives in 2002.
Road accidents claimed 556 Israeli lives in 2002.

The chance to get killed on the road is bigger than the chance to get killed in a terror attack.

Update - I guess I didn’t make myself clear. My main point here is that life goes on and there is no need for Israelis to get all panicked because of the terror attacks. More people die in car accidents than in terror attacks but I haven’t heard of anyone that is avoiding driving cars or crossing roads. So what I’m saying is that there is no need to stay enclosed at home. Throughout the past 2 and so years I never restricted my life due to terror threats.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:1/01/2003 08:27:00 PM
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BODY: Welcome back Ribbity

Imshin has gone fishing but the frog has returned. I took him off my links list only yesterday, I thought the Frog had given up blogging but he is back.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/31/2002 10:48:00 PM
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BODY: Mitzna’s unilateral separation plan

Ben Kaspit, Ma’ariv’s political commentator published Mitzna’s map and plan a week or two ago (I’m guessing most of you don’t read Ma'ariv so here it is for you). So in a fashionable delay I’m posting it here, not because I support it rather cause I think it’s interesting and important to know what’s one of Israel’s 2 biggest parties has to offer. The map is the one published by Ma'arive. Click here or on the map for a larger one. The red parts are to be in Palestinian control, the white ones in Israeli control. (The red dot by the way is where I live - Hod Hasharon).

So this is the map that is more or less what Mitzna has in mind. The map and the plan is the work of a team of experts (most of them retired generals) headed by Dani Yatom, who was one of Ehud Barak’s closest men. Mitzna already stated that the map Ma’ariv had is not exactly his map and so on. Basically his map is more or less the same if not exactly the same, for tactical campaigning reasons Avodah didn’t go public with it.

So what’s the numbers behind the map: The unilateral withdraw is to take place a year after Mitzna forms a government. The Palestinian will have control over 65% of the West Bank (Mitzna plans to get out of all of the Gaza Strip up till one year after him being elected). Before the Palestinians waged their attack on Israel they had control over 42%, so Mitzna’s retreat is to leave them with 23% more. The remaining 35% will be under Israeli control 15% in large settlement blocks and 20% in a security zone stretching along the Jordan valley. 160,000 settlers will remain where they live, another 35,000 will be evacuated to the settlement blocks or into Israel. In the settlement blocks, in which Israel will fully control, will live about 55,000 Palestinians, the rest, about 1.8 million, will continue to live in the territories that Israel will abandon without any friction with the IDF.

Israel fully controls the border crossings, Air space and sea remains in Israeli control and so do the electromagnetic “field” – frequencies. Jerusalem stays in full Israeli control with free of access to all religious places.

According to Kaspit, Mitzna believes his plan is not accepted by the Palestinians and regarded by them as a disaster. Mitzna’s unilateral withdraw leaves them with much less than what Barak offered them in Camp David. Therefore he is going to use it as a way to pressure the Palestinians in the negotiations he’ll have with them in his first year in term. The fact that Mitzna will promise to unilaterally withdraw in 28 of January 2004 is supposed to pressure the Palestinians to settle for the Clinton plan and end the conflict.

So that’s basically Mitznas plan, as things look now he’ll need a miracle to be elected as Israel’s next Prime Minister.

Update: I forgot that most of you don’t read Hebrew, the blue dots on the map are all Israeli Settlements.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/30/2002 11:31:00 PM
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BODY: A must read

Over at Imshin's



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/29/2002 11:29:00 PM
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BODY: Koogle - the Jewish Google



Koogle could be an interesting index. From Koogle: “Koogle is not quite like any Jewish Index/Search engine site on the web. It looks like Google. (The look is, in fact, a parody). But, Koogle is an index of Jewish sites & Web pages. The name "KOOGLE" is actually the name of a Jewish dish - that is why this index relate to Jewish links.

My blog is already listed, what about yours?



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/29/2002 11:15:00 PM
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BODY: Who will replace Saddam Hussein?

Yediot Ahronot’s Nahum Barne’a reports of a rather amusing creative Jordanian idea. According to Barne’a both Israel and Jordan are uneasy with a thought of a democratic post-Saddam Iraq. The two countries fear that the Iraq’s majority, the Shiite Muslims, will be in control and till now Shiite states (Iran) were not such a huge success. Thus Israel and Jordan would like to see a Sunni general rules Iraq.

Anyway Barne’a writes that recently an American Delegation came to Jordan to discuss the Iraq subject with the Jordanians. In a meeting with the Americans one of Jordan’s King Abdullah advisers came with a brilliant idea. “What do you say about Former Avodah leader, Binyamin “Fuad” Ben Eliezer? He was born in Baghdad, he is a general, he is totally not Shiite and he is available”.



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AUTHOR:G.
DATE:12/29/2002 10:57:00 PM
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BODY: Friday’s slaughter in Otniel

It’s sad to say it but the vicious murder of 4 yeshiva students in Otniel on Friday was foreseen. Not that anyone knew it’s going to happen that Friday night and in Otniel but those attacks are part of the Palestinian strategy. The clock is ticking till the next similar attack happens. The settlements are an easy target for the terrorists, and isolated ones like Otniel are even more vulnerable. The army has no answers, there is not enough personal and money to fortify each and every settlement.




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