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Daybreak: Israel Apologizes for “Embarrassment”

Plus, “Heroes of the Holocaust,” nighttime raids, and a morality poll

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• Israel’s interior minister says he is “very sorry for the embarrassment” resulting from his government’s approval yesterday of 1,600 new E. J’lem homes as Joe Biden arrived in the country to support peace talks—but the approval is still in effect. Biden’s now trying to reassure the P.A. that all is not lost. [AP]

• British PM Gordon Brown has awarded medals to 27 countrymen who saved Jews from Nazis, calling them “Heroes of the Holocaust.” [Telegraph]

• Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has accused Israeli military police of arresting Palestinian minors, who are accused of throwing stones at settlers, in violent nighttime raids. [AP]

• AIPAC has taken the unusual step of sending every Congress member a “sharply worded letter” demanding an investigation into how $107 billion in federal grants has been awarded to companies that do business in Iran. [JTA]

• Less surprisingly, a poll finds that 74 percent of Israel’s religious Jews believe they are “more moral” than the general public. [Ynet]

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fred lapides says:

It is in fact worse than embarrassing to apologize for what should not have been done and then continue doing it. Israel has lost my support. I have defended what Israel has done for many years now, but clearly a sticking point is where and when housing in questionable areas is to continue. That is an issue for peace table talks and arrangments. To proceed prior to talks is a slap in the face to the American attempt to bring about peace. Israel knows this but continues.

David Star says:

Fred Lapides states that “Israel has lost my support”, and states that his current disappointment regards,”…where and when housing in questionable areas is to continue.”
While I do not argue with his right to disagree, I am concerned regarding his knowledge of the map of Jerusalem.
The 1600 apartments receiving final approval from the planning commission are inside the municipal boundaries of the city and have been involved in the bureaucratic paperwork of any city anywhere. Lying between Ramot, the northwestern neighborhood of the city and French Hill to the northeast the neighborhood of Ramot Sharett has been growing for over 10 years.
Via the stupidity of some clerk or the duplicty of some politician wanting to score points, the annoucement was made on the day Joe Biden met with Bibi Netanyau. As in most countries, the head of state is usually unaware of building permits issued in the capital city of his nation. Bibi probably knows as much about new housing starts inside the city of Yerushelayim as Obama does about construction in Washington.
As the various nayors of the city have stated down through the years, Yerushelayim is a city of all it’s citizens. There is no “Arab East Jerusalem”, only north, east, south and west Yerushelayim. All of it’s citizens, Jews, Muslims and Christians have the right, and do live throughout the city.
As to Mr. Lapides’ need to “apologize” for our living our lives as Jews in our homeland, I absolve him of that onerous duty. We stand on our own feet, and would welcome him home.

Frank Fazzio says:

Yes, David, except that Arab East Jerusalem is, according to international law, not a part of your nation, and neither are any other territories occupied since 1967. And your nation, by the way, is not a nation for Christians, Muslims, and Jews, but rather a nation expressly and unashamedly for Jews first and all other people second. Events like this make the sham that is Israels supposed desire for peace all too apparent. Only intense pressure from the international community will force Israel to adhere to international law, and end the apartheid practices and humiliating conditions for non-jews in occupied territories.

David Star says:

To begin, I stand by my previous statements regarding apologies, however I must in turn apologize to the residents of Ramat Sharret. The proper name for the neighborhood involved is in fact Ramat Shlomo.
As to Frank Fazzio’s statement.
1. THere has never been a city called “Arab East Jerusalem”
at any time in the city’s history since the time of King David.
2. Yes Israel is a Jewish nation.
3. Christians, Muslims, Jews and many other religions have full and free access to all holy sites.
4. Any citizen of Israel receives identical medical care.
Muslims, Christians and others are among the staffs of health clinics and hospitals. My wife’s Endocrinologist is an Arab. The head nurse and several other members of the staff where I have been treated were Arabs. Many of my roommates while hositalized were Arabs. Anyone who claims that Arabs have no health care either has never visited a clinic or is an anti-Semitic liar.
5. During the 11 years I served in the Police Force I worked with Christian, Muslim and Druse colleagues.
6. The only time in the 62 years of the modern Israeli nation’s history when Jews and ONLY Jews, were prevented from prayer at our holy sites was during the illegal occupation of the land by the kingdom of Jordan. During that time period the various Christian churches remained silent. In fact, one Roman Catholic Archbishop was arrested at the Lebanese border attempting to smuggle guns and ammunition into the country for Arab terror groups. In order to prevent embarrasment to the church by his standing trial, Israel permitted him to be reassigned to the Vatican.
7. There are a number of Arab parties who have members sitting in our Parliament. One, a doctor, a graduate of Israeli university, regularly slanders the nation. Another has treason charges against him for providing information to the enemy in time of war.
8. As an American veteran of the US Navy, I recognized that I was born and raised in the greatest democracy of all times. I also recognize that the USA is a “Christian” country. I also know that Italy, Spain, Portugal and a number other democracies are “Catholic” countries, just as several of the Nordic nations are “Lutheran” countries.
I certain hope that Fazzio attempts to attend Mass in Saudi Arabia or most of the other “Muslim” countries spread across the world. It might open his eyes to the truth.
9. As to the Arab residents of the PA, they are not Israeli citizens. They must be checked when crossing the border. Since Oslo 1,500 Jews have been murdered by residents of the PA. Until they stop attemting to smuggle weapons and bombs and murderers including the use of ambulances, they will and should be stopped. This is what we call in the US “Guarding our borders”. This is what Fazzio’s anti-semitic friends call apartheid.
Here we say, never again!

9. The lie that Fazzio attempts to spread is “Apartheid”, meaning that we must also allow our enemies from Judea, Samaria and Gaza free entry. We stupidly did that as a result of the Oslo accords. That resulted in more than 1,500 murders of our citizens. Never Again!

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