Peres: Israeli-Palestinian peace urgent in light of Egypt crisis
President tells 11th annual Herzliya conference that the sluggish pace of the peace process means that the conflict is being 'exploited to the detriment of all sides'.
President Shimon Peres urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to move quickly toward a solution in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in light of the crisis that has wracked Egypt over the last two weeks.
"The dramatic events of the recent period make it necessary for us to take the Israeli-Palestinian conflict off the regional agenda," Peres said in his remarks to the 11th annual Israeli security conference, which opened Sunday in Herzliya. "We must do this as soon as possible because the conflict is being exploited to the detriment of all sides."
The president added that Israel's "deterrence must be faith as well as an intention for peace with our neighbors."
Egypt's Internet Crackdown 'Had US Help'
A California-based company helped Egypt surreptitiously inspect internet messaging by protesters since the beginning of the uprising in Cairo and other cities, according to an advocacy group.
"Free Press" says the firm, Narus, located in Sunnyvale, Ca., provided Telecom Egypt with the technology enabling government security forces to "peek in" on internet traffic from browsers, emails, Twitter and Facebook posts.
Network providers have used so-called "deep packet inspection" (DPI) software for years in order to examine the bits of digital information, called packets, that make up an email or other transmission, in order to find spam, computer viruses, and other malicious code on their systems.
"Anything that comes through (an Internet protocol network), we can record. We can reconstruct all of their e-mails along with attachments, see what web pages they clicked on, we can reconstruct their [Voice Over Internet Protocol] calls," Narus Vice President of Marketing Steve Bannerman told Wired Magazine
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Soldiers deliver, save Palestinian baby
Infant born with breathing problems rescued by medics alerted to Jordan Valley at 2 am
|An IDF force was alerted Monday to treat a Palestinian woman who went into labor near the Jordan Valley. The soldiers helped move the woman to a military ambulance where she gave birth.
The infant, who had difficulty breathing, was resuscitated and then evacuated to a Jerusalem hospital by helicopter. "There is a great deal of satisfaction in giving life," Sergeant Gilad Nesher, a paramedic who treated the woman and child, told Ynet.
Sgt. Nesher practices CPR (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Office)
At around 2 am the IDF received a call about a Palestinian woman in labor. A medical task force, which included a paramedic and three army medics, was led by Lieutenant-Colonel Shalom Eisner to the scene.
The soldiers said it was very dark and that at first they had trouble locating the woman, who was in a tent on high territory inaccessible by car.
White House lauds Mubarak's Monumental Changes
Softening in American calls for Egyptian president to take immediate action seen as "acknowledgment of reality."
WASHINGTON - The White House on Monday eased its calls on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to relax his grip on government, as the Egyptian leader remained in office despite massive protests calling for his ouster.
After days of calling on Mubarak to take immediate action to respond to antigovernment protesters and expressing frustration that his moves toward reform had not been bold or made fast enough, the White House on Monday labeled the steps he'd taken to date "monumental changes."
Some Optimism in Herzliya Panel on Iran
Iran's ballistic missiles can reach New Delhi, Moscow and Athens, and in 2-3 years will be able to hit Brussels, Paris and Berlin, Former Deputy Defense Minister Efraim Sneh warned Monday in a debate on Iran at the Herzliya Conference. He quoted the head of the US agency in charge of ballistic missile defense, who estimated that by 2015, Iranian missiles could hit the territory of the United States.
Allowing Iran to have such global leverage with nuclear arms is unacceptable, Sneh stated, and added that when people use the word 'containment' with regard to a nuclear-armed Iran, he hears the word 'acquiescence.'
Other speakers sounded somewhat resigned to the prospect that Iran would achieve nuclear capability, but Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, was optimistic.
"In this difficult region of the world, America and Israel are the strong horses," he said. "They are the ones that set the agenda and can shape events, and in the instance of Iran over last two years what we have seen is a very assertive approach."
Jews in Damascus Restore Synagogues as Syria Tries to Foster Secular Image
"Assad sees the rebuilding of Jewish Damascus in the context of preserving the secularism of Syria," said Josh Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Photographer: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images
Albert Cameo, leader of what remains of the Jewish community in Syria, says he's trying to fulfill an obligation to his religious heritage.
The 70-year-old is organizing the restoration of a synagogue called Al-Raqi in the old Jewish quarter of Damascus, the Syrian capital, built during the Ottoman Empire some 400 years ago. The project, which began in December, will be completed this month as part of a plan to restore 10 synagogues with the backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and funding from Syrian Jews.
"Assad sees the rebuilding of Jewish Damascus in the context of preserving the secularism of Syria," said Josh Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. "This is an effort by the regime to show its seriousness and an olive branch to the Jewish community in America, which they have been wooing."
Hezbollah chief: Israel will be left more isolated after Egypt uprising
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah praised protesters, saying they were as significant as those that resisted Israel in Lebanon war in 2006 and Gaza war in 2008.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah predicted on Monday that whatever leadership emerges in Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak will move away from Israel, leaving it more isolated.
"Your movement will entirely change the face of our region for the interest of its own people," Nasrallah said in a televised address to a conference in Beirut, held to support the popular uprising in Egypt. He added that the protesters were changing the Middle East with their battle for "Arab dignity."
"You are going through the battle of Arab dignity, restoring the dignity of Arab people," he said.
Egypt has been rocked by two weeks of protests demanding Mubarak, who has ruled for 30 years, step down before his term expires in September. Mubarak has refused, saying his departure would cause chaos in the Arab world's most populous nation, however, he claims he will not run for re-election in September.
|Intel invests $2.7 billion in its Israeli chip facility|
The 22-nanometer technology that promises to make computers faster, smaller and lighter is coming out of an Intel Israel plant in Kiryat Gat.
Intel Israel's Kiryat Gat chip manufacturing facility.
In an unstable business environment, where US companies are scaling back and weathering bad times, Intel has made a surprising business move. The chipmaker announced in January that it will invest $2.7 billion in its Israeli plant in southern Israel, which will produce next-generation 22-nanometer chips.
It is expected that 22-nanometer technology will make our computers faster, smaller and lighter.
Not willing to elaborate on what exactly this will mean for our everyday lives, Intel Israel's spokesman Koby Bahar tells ISRAEL21c that "it will be the most advanced technology" available.
The investment is earmarked for upgrading the technology, and not for enlarging the existing fabrication plant, he stresses.
Bahar notes that Intel has also made new investments in the United States and has spent $500 million to re-open a facility in Ireland. Adding Israel to its investment plans just makes business sense.
The Quebec-Israel Committee welcomes the Quebec National Assembly's rejection of Amir Khadir's anti-Israel boycott campaign.
The Quebec-Israel Committee (QIC) welcomes the motion presented this morning in the National Assembly by François Bonnardel (ADQ), Martin Lemay (PQ) and Lawrence Bergman (PLQ), which "deplores the boycott campaign which has been taking place for several weeks in front of the shoe store Le Marcheur in Montreal", of which Québec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir has been an active participant.
In addition, the motion states that "the National Assembly reiterates its support for the Entente de cooperation between the Government of Quebec and Government of the State of Israel, which was signed in Jerusalem in 1997 and renewed in 2007.
QIC Executive Director Luciano G. Del Negro added that "although this motion was technically blocked by Québec Solidaire's lone MNA, we are not only witnessing a stinging and widespread disavowal of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel promoted by Amir Khadir and his party, but also a rejection of the anti-Zionist ideological war that Mr. Khadir is fighting in the National Assembly and in the streets."
"This unprecedented disavowal of the BDS campaign by the legislature confirms QIC's long-held contention that the boycott campaign of Israel enjoys no significant support in Quebec", added QIC Research and Communications Director David Ouellette.
Luciano G. Del Negro
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I remember the greenery. I remember the amazing work done to create water for agriculture out of the desert land. I remember the greenhouses. I remember the world's finest tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and herbs. I remember a time with no daily rockets. I remember a country sacrificing their homes and jobs in the name of peace. I remember the $14million dollars raised by philanthropists to keep the greenhouses that were destroyed moments after the departure of those who worked them. I remember an opportunity given to a people to rise up and show the world they can govern themselves. I remember sacrifice and opportunity wasted.
This week SPHR is doing a "Remember Gaza Week"... I too remember Gaza.