Consider the following: among the 26 Palestinian thugs, murderers and terrorists set free was Kassem Hazem Shabir, who picked up an axe and struck Yitzhak Rotenberg, a 67-yearold Holocaust survivor, in the back of the head, smashing his skull and killing him together with an accomplice in March 1994....Just six years ago, he was singing a very different tune when then-prime minister Ehud Olmert met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Sharm e-Sheikh in June 2007. During a joint press conference, Olmert announced that "as a gesture of goodwill to the Palestinians" he had agreed to release 250 Fatah prisoners "without blood on their hands."
Even for an electorate that has grown accustomed to profound political hypocrisy, the Israeli government's release of Palestinian prisoners this week proved to be breathtakingly scandalous and disturbing.
Consider the following: among the 26 Palestinian thugs, murderers and terrorists set free was Kassem Hazem Shabir, who picked up an axe and struck Yitzhak Rotenberg, a 67-yearold Holocaust survivor, in the back of the head, smashing his skull and killing him together with an accomplice in March 1994.
Rotenberg, a Polish Jew, had survived the horrors of the Sobibor death camp where most of his family was murdered before escaping to join the anti-Nazi resistance. After the war, he was interred by the British for attempting to move to the Land of Israel, but later managed to join the Israeli army and take part in the 1948 War of Independence.
And that is what makes this story so bitterly and painfully ironic.
After all, Rotenberg heroically survived the persecution of the German SS, the anti-Semitism of his fellow partisans, the cruelty of the British Mandatory authorities and even the battle against invading Arab armies.
But once Kassem Hazem Shabir chose to end Rotenberg's life prematurely, the government of the Jewish state that he had fought so valiantly to defend could not even muster the courage to lock his killer up and throw away the key.
And just why, exactly, has Rotenberg's killer been let go? So that Justice Minister Tzipi Livni can continue to sip coffee with Saeb Erekat and try to convince him to take parts of the Land of Israel away from us.
Let's be clear: the crass immorality of this prisoner release and the brazen disregard for justice that it represents should evoke repugnance and revulsion among us all.
Adding to the anguish is the audacious temerity of the premier in deciding to let these 26 fiends go free.
Just six years ago, he was singing a very different tune when then-prime minister Ehud Olmert met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Sharm e-Sheikh in June 2007. During a joint press conference, Olmert announced that "as a gesture of goodwill to the Palestinians" he had agreed to release 250 Fatah prisoners "without blood on their hands."
In response, Binyamin Netanyahu, then head of the opposition, had this to say: "Releasing their prisoners is a big mistake... for us, releasing prisoners would be crossing a red line. We must remember there are prices we can pay and prices we cannot afford to pay" (Jerusalem Post, June 25, 2007).
Several months later, on November 20, 2007, the Olmert government voted to approve the release of 411 Palestinian prisoners prior to the start of the ill-fated Annapolis peace parley.
Once again, Netanyahu reacted with scorn, saying that, "The release of prisoners before the conference is not the path to peace, it is the path to terror."
"The Olmert government," he declared, "is repeating the mistakes of the Barak government at Camp David -- then they gave everything, and all we received in return was terrorism."
Furthermore, he added, "The government decided today to free more terrorists without even getting recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. The Israeli public wants a sane peace not a hallucinatory peace" (cited by Ynet, July 22, 2013).
And then, in August 2008, after still another cabinet decision to free 199 Palestinian prisoners, the Knesset called a special summer session to discuss "the release of terrorists and murderers." Addressing the plenum, Netanyahu made statements that in retrospect one can only wish that he himself would heed.
"The government has decided to release prisoners, and I ask why? For what? What did we receive? This crossing of a line, this release of murderers, is a dangerous move in the war on terror," he said.
"This weakens Israel," Netanyahu insisted, "and strengthens the terror elements. Most of the public -- a huge part of the public -- understands that this is faulty and reflects weakness and loss of way" (Ynet, August 20, 2008 ).
If everything Netanyahu said five and six years ago on this subject was true, and I believe it was, then why on earth is he now pursuing the very same policy that he previously decried with such forcefulness? This is not strategy or diplomacy at work. It is perfidy and iniquity, plain and simple.
Setting Palestinian terrorists free is a betrayal of common sense, a trampling of Jewish values and an abhorrent display of moral infirmity.
Shame on every government minister who approved of this move.
These days, final preparations are being made for the fourth Sovereignty Conference, which will be held on Sunday, the 16th of Tevet, February 12th, in conjunction with the periodical Basheva (and will be broadcast live on Arutz 7). In this conference as well, in which ministers, members of Knesset and public figures will take part, the various ideas of how to promote sovereignty will be presented. However, in contrast to previous conferences, in this conference, Matar and Katsover intend to outline a plan that will offer a first response to the challenges of sovereignty.
Palestinian leaders preach nonstop hatred of Jews and continually incite murderous violence against them. Palestinian schools teach children of every age that suicide martyrdom must be their highest goal. These attitudes are deeply ingrained in their culture, and getting their own state wonít change them. In fact, any Palestinian state would almost certainly be taken over by Hamas, whose charter explicitly calls for the death of all Jews everywhere.
The government of Israel has evacuated Amona Ė Does the Left or the world like us any better? Do they respect us more? Isnít it better to apply the law in Judea and Samaria, to absorb exactly the same condemnations that we get in any case, but to do it to rescue the Land of Israel and Amona as part of it?
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BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
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Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]