Thursday, 30 July 2009

Ha'aretz today

'Netanyahu freezes East Jerusalem construction'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has frozen a project for the construction of some 900 apartments in East Jerusalem, Channel 10 television reported late Wednesday.

Settlers undermining legitimacy of Israel's existence
By Asher Susser

The representatives of the settler organizations have recently declared their intention to establish 11 new settlements in the territories, including some, according to media reports, on privately-owned Palestinian land. The operation is being depicted as having been inspired by the 11 tower and stockade communities in the northern Negev that were established just before Yom Kippur in 1946. This is not the first time the settlers have compared their efforts to the settlement activities that provided the foundation for the establishment of the state. There is no basis for such a comparison, which is nothing more than an act of forgery and fraud.

IDF combat soldiers up requests for material on morals in war
By Anshel Pfeffer

There has been a sharp rise in requests from Israel Defence Forces combat units to the Education Corps for material on military ethics and "values during wartime," says Brig. Gen. Eli Shermeister, the army's chief education officer.

'Turkey wants to mediate Hamas-Fatah reconciliation talks'
By Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz Service, and News Agencies

Turkey has formally requested to assume responsibility for inter-factional Palestinian talks, the pan-Arab satellite news network Al Jazeera reported on Thursday.

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