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Soldier Stabbed to Death, Kassams Keep Falling on Western Negev
An IDF soldier was murdered north of Jerusalem, 5 rockets were fired at Sderot and environs, and 3 terrorists were killed in two targeted killings in Gaza - all between Wed. night and Thurs.
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 1. Soldier Stabbed to Death, Kassams Keep Falling on Western Negev
 2. UN Ceremony Includes Map of ´Palestine´ in Place of Israel
 3. RedCross Accepts New Diamond Symbol; Jewish Star Can Fit Inside
 4. HaNegbi: "I´ve Changed, Am Willing to Cede Things"
 5. U.S. Supports PA's Bid for Free Passages Through Israel
 6. Presbyterian Leaders Meet Hizbullah Terror Chief
 7. On A7radio: Jewish Justice and Jewish Credit

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1. Soldier Stabbed to Death, Kassams Keep Falling on Western Negev
By Hillel Fendel

An IDF soldier was murdered north of Jerusalem, 5 rockets were fired at Sderot and environs, and 3 terrorists were killed in two targeted killings in Gaza - all between Wed. night and Thurs.

Thursday afternoon, near Atarot, north of Jerusalem, an Israeli soldier was stabbed in his neck and died. The Arab murderer was caught.

Palestinian terrorists fired five rockets from Gaza last night and today. Two rockets were fired at Sderot, two more were launched north of Gaza, and another rocket hit the western Negev this afternoon. The IDF responded with artillery, and, late this afternoon, killed two Al-Aqsa Brigades terrorists with a precisely-guided missile into Gaza.

One of the Arab-fired rockets hit an open area in Sderot, and another one landed near the Gevim Junction just south of the city. Rockets were also fired at Netiv HaAsarah and Erez. No one was injured in these attacks.

The IDF responded with artillery fire towards northern Gaza before dawn, and again this afternoon following the fifth rocket launch.

Sderot residents said that in addition to last night's loud IDF attacks, the Red Dawn early warning system did not work last night. Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal said that he himself did not sleep much: "I received dozens of phone calls from people who were scared, and there was an especially strong IDF bombardment... People woke up from the booms and from the shooting."

Though Palestinian terrorists have fired several rockets over the course of the past week, they justified the latest attacks with Israel's targeted killing of wanted terrorist Mahmoud Al-Arkan in Gaza last night. He was involved in many attacks against Israelis, including the murder of David and Rachel Kol this past July, the murder a month earlier of IDF soldier Avi Karuchi along the Philadelphi Route, and more.

Yesterday's guided missile attack on Al-Arkan's car, which also injured ten Arabs, was the first targeted killing of a terrorist in over a month. Israel’s Security Cabinet decided to renew the measure following Monday's terrorist attack at the HaSharon Mall in Netanya, in which five Israelis were murdered and scores were wounded.

Israeli forces last night arrested more than 20 wanted terrorists, mostly Hamas members, near Ramallah and elsewhere in Judea and Samaria.

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2. UN Ceremony Includes Map of ´Palestine´ in Place of Israel
By Ezra HaLevi

The United Nations held a "Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" last week. A large map of “Palestine,” with Israel literally wiped off the map, featured prominently in the festivities.

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The ceremony was held at the UN headquarters in New York and was attended by Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Presidents of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly.

During the festivities, a map labeled a "map of Palestine” was displayed prominently between UN and PLO flags. The map, with “Palestine” written in Arabic atop it, does not include Israel, a member of the UN for 56 years. The map does not even demarcate the partition lines of November 29, 1947, marking a Jewish state alongside an Arab state. The partition was dictated by the UN General Assembly itself.

With the map hanging behind him, Secretary-General Annan addressed the public meeting at UN Headquarters.

Click here to view a video clip of the ceremony with the map in the background.

At the start of the ceremony, the dignitaries present asked attendees to observe a moment of silence. “I invite everyone present to rise and observe a minute of silence in memory of all those who have given their lives for the cause of the Palestinian people,” the master of ceremonies said, “and the return of peace between Israel and Palestine.“

Anne Bayefsky, who reported on the event for the Eye on the UN organization, said that the ceremony's wording was aimed at giving honor to the worst of Palestinian terrorists. "It was a moment ... crafted to include the commemoration of suicide-bombers,” she wrote.

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In response to the event, Bayefsky and her organization have once again asked the U.S. to withhold funding from the UN.

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3. RedCross Accepts New Diamond Symbol; Jewish Star Can Fit Inside
By Hillel Fendel

The new symbol's recognition means that Israel's Magen David Adom is now only a step away from acceptance in the International Red Cross - but the Shield of David will have to be "shielded" inside.

The new symbol is a red diamond, which now joins the red cross and red crescent as officially recognized emblems. The benefit for Israel is that it has been allowed to place its traditional Shield of David - a six-pointed star - inside the diamond, under certain conditions. Israeli ambulances and vehicles at home may use the diamond/Shield of David design, as well as abroad - if the host country agrees. Israeli rescue services often operate outside Israel in emergency situations.

The International Red Cross refused to allow the Star of David to stand on its own, despite its agreement to allow Moslem countries to use a Red Crescent.

The new decision was a compromise between a long-standing Israeli demand to use its Red Star of David (the literal translation of Magen David Adom), and the objections of the Arab countries.

The new diamond emblem can also be used by any national Red Cross society when it fears that the red cross or crescent identifying its ambulances and workers would not be respected by combatants.

The diamond compromise was enabled following an agreement signed ten days ago between Israel's Magen David Adom and the Palestinian Authority's Red Crescent.

The deal on "operational arrangements" was signed at a ceremony in Geneva by Noam Yifrach, chairman of the Magen David Adom, and Younis Al-Khatib, president of the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC). The agreement basically grants the PRC official authorities in the Arab areas of Judea and Samaria. The two groups have long cooperated on the ground, but the new accord signifies their formal mutual recognition.

The new diamond emblem was voted on last night by a majority vote of the 192 signatories of the Geneva Conventions. The vote was 98 in favor, 27 against and 10 abstentions, with many states - mainly small ones - not present.

"Unfortunately, it has not been possible to adopt the protocol by consensus, but it has been adopted by a clear majority," said Didier Pfirter, a Swiss diplomat who has been coordinating global efforts to muster support for the new emblem. The lack of unanimity was caused by Syria's insistence on authorized use of its vehicles in the Golan, just as the PRC received in Judea and Samaria. Israel, however, has officially annexed the Golan Heights, and refuses to allow Syrian entry.

"The most important thing is the result," said Noam Yifrach, president of Magen David Adom. "Tomorrow nobody will remember the numbers, the votes. Everybody will have the third protocol [the diamond] and more protection."

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies must still convene this spring to change the organization's statutes to incorporate the new emblem, after which Israeli membership will be considered and, most likely, approved. Israel has been excluded from the organization since 1949.

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4. HaNegbi: "I´ve Changed, Am Willing to Cede Things"
By Hillel Fendel

Tzachi HaNegbi, who left his long-time political home in the Likud yesterday for Ariel Sharon's Kadima party, says he is against unilateral moves, but is willing to accept whatever Sharon does.

HaNegbi says he will be the "right-wing marker" of the new party, and is in fact the only member of the Kadima Party who voted against the Disengagement Plan. Even that position, it now turns out, was not unequivocal. "Whenever I voted against it," he told Maariv last night, "I knew that my vote was not the decisive one, because there was a solid majority without me. If I would have known that my vote would defeat it, I have no idea what I would have done."

HaNegbi began his political career in the ultra-right-wing camp, leading a dramatic and well-publicized student protest atop a tall monument against the withdrawal from the Sinai Desert in 1982. Just three years ago, in December 2002, in response to Prime Minister Sharon's request/demand that the Likud ministers support his position on the establishment of a Palestinian state, HaNegbi said, "I haven't been a member of the Likud for over two decades in order to find myself supporting a Palestinian state."

Like Sharon, Ehud Olmert, and other former right-wing figures, however, HaNegbi now says that he has changed. "It didn't just happen yesterday," he said. "I am now willing to give up on things that I wasn't willing to give up in the past."

"I objected to the disengagement," HaNegbi said, "because I am against unilateral steps. I know that Sharon said there won't be another disengagement, but I also know that this situation can change quickly." Without explaining what situation could cause a need for another disengagement that does not currently exist, HaNegbi continued, "I'm not afraid of that [a change]. I trust him - so much so that even if he goes for another unilateral measure, I have no doubt that it will be to the point and public-minded. I know that every decision he makes will be for the good of the country."

Confirming the appellation given Sharon of "bulldozer," HaNegbi said, "I don't know of anyone anywhere, and certainly not in the Likud, who has his capacity to withstand pressures. They don’t have the personality and the strength to push off pressures the way he can."

In a final stab in the back of traditional Likud voters, HaNegbi said that the Greater Land of Israel dream is dead: "It's been dead for many years already, ever since [Menachem] Begin agreed to give autonomy [in Judea and Samaria]."

Adopting traditional left-wing terminology, he said, "When we left Hevron... my mother [former Lechi fighter and MK Geulah Cohen] lived there, and she cried bitterly. I told her that we have nothing to look for in Palestinian cities. I have no interest in patrolling the Kasba [market] of Shechem, or Hevron, or Jenin, or Tul Karem. My ideological maturity is a result of the last years. I continue to believe in the use of force against terrorism, and continue to object to unilateral measures. It could be that if I become convinced that we are receiving something worthy in exchange, in the future I would support such moves."

HaNegbi did not stop there. Asked if he was aware that under the next government, "many settlements will be evacuated," he said, "Yes. I support the approach of settlement blocs. I am aware of this. This is a deep and painful concession. But Sharon said there would be painful concessions, and we chose him to be the Likud head, and I did not resign when he was chosen."

It may be noted that when Sharon spoke of these concessions, he did not imply anything near a unilateral withdrawal from all of Gaza. In fact, the main campaign issue in 2003 was Labor's Gaza withdrawal plan, which Sharon attacked mercilessly. Sharon did use the phrase "painful concessions" when asked if he would ever agree to withdraw from any Yesha communities, but on the other hand, MK Benny Elon (National Union) has said that Sharon "told me himself that he was not referring to specific communities, but rather to giving the PA more control over areas that they already controlled administratively [Area B]."

"Yes," continued HaNegbi, "there may be a need to evacuate more communities. I'll be there. I'm not afraid of it. I hope that it won't be in a unilateral manner."

HaNegbi drew much criticism for his transfer to Kadima. Much of it was on the backdrop of the announcement that the police plan to recommend his indictment on charges of making illegal appointments while serving as Environment Minister, filing a false affidavit, and more.

Likud MK Gilad Erdan said, "It is sad to see how a person who began his career as an
uncompromising ideologue, is ending it as an opportunist." Peace Now Chairman Yariv Oppenheimer said, "HaNegbi's move to Kadima shows that the common denominator [in Kadima] is lust for power." Shinui MK Reshef Chen said, "It will be interesting to see which of the corrupt Kadima politicians will take upon himself the job of explaining the party's position on 'clean government.'"

Aides to HaNegbi said he had been promised one of the top ten spots on
Kadima's list of Knesset candidates.

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5. U.S. Supports PA's Bid for Free Passages Through Israel
By Hillel Fendel

Negotiations over the "free passage" for Gaza Arabs to Judea are stalled. A host of issues are unresolved, but the fired-up security situation has forced a halt altogether.

Arutz-7's Haggai Huberman reports that the United States and the European Union support the Palestinian Authority's demand for not only one, but three "free passages" via Israeli territory to PA-controlled areas.

Israel is willing only to entertain the possibility of a one-route passage, from Gaza to Tarkumiye in the Hevron region. The PA demands that "free passage" be afforded to Ramallah and Shechem as well.

Another point of dispute concerns the number of trips. Israel agrees to five two-way trips each day, while the PA demands that the five buses be able to travel freely throughout the day. The PA also demands that the buses be its own, while Israel demands that its buses be used.

In any event, Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz has suspended the talks, because of the current rocket firings from Gaza at the Negev.

In addition, the newly-opened Rafiah passage between Egypt and Gaza is an issue. Israel says that under the current arrangements, it does not learn the identity of those entering Gaza until several minutes after their entry - allowing wanted terrorists to "lose themselves" in Gaza before Israel can react. Israel says that until this issue is resolved, the talks on the "free passage" will remain suspended.

United States officials, discussing the matter with Defense Ministry representatives, support the PA's demand for routes leading directly to Ramallah and Shechem. The officials reportedly said that to force the Gazan Arabs to travel through Samaria on their own would be unfair, given all the checkpoints they would have to pass through.

The "safe passage" talks were being conducted between Israel's Maj-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, the head of the Defense Ministry's foreign policy department, and the PA's Muhammed Dahlan.

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6. Presbyterian Leaders Meet Hizbullah Terror Chief
By Ezra HaLevi

Presbyterian Christians from Chicago met recently with Hizbullah terror chief Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon.

The meeting took place during a trip co-sponsored by the Chicago Presbytery’s Middle East Task Force, in which Rev. Bob Reynolds of the Presbytery’s executive board took part.

The trip’s leader, Dr. Robert Worley, praised Hizbullah and expressed understanding for the terror group’s struggle against the Jewish State. Worley said that Presbyterians “have suffered much pressure on the part of Jewish organizations.” Worley also told Nasrallah that Jewish influence in America leads to the perception that Hizbullah is a terrorist organization.

Another Presbyterian leader, Ronald Stone, met with the southern Lebanese Hizbullah chief Sheikh Nabil Kauq and agreed to the terror chief's denouncement of US policies. The meeting, which was broadcast on Al-Manar TV, can be viewed by clicking here.

Hizbullah terrorists have killed scores of Israelis and kidnapped Israeli soldiers and civilians.

Local Jewish Federation and Anti-Defamation League officials contacted the Chicago Presbytery leadership, which refused to condemn the statements or meeting, saying instead that the trip was unofficial and not the responsibility of the group.

"The goal of my trip was educational," Reynolds told the Associated Press. "I think one way people can learn from one another is to learn the way people talk about themselves and describe their own reality."

The Presbyterian Church (USA) embarked on a campaign of divesting from Israeli companies last year. The move was widely condemned, including by other Christian groups.

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