Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, speaking on the House floor:Who ever thought a vegan Johnny-no-mate and Al Qaeda's head choppers would find that they have so much in common?"But this war can end another way. It can end if enough members of Congress consider and cosponsor H.J. Res 55, a bi-partisan bill introduced last week, to require the President to initiate troop withdrawal no later than October 1, 2006. Thank the troops, and bring them home."
US 'in talks with Iraq rebels' - Sunday Times - Times Online:The Iraqis had agreed beforehand to focus on their main demand, “a guaranteed timetable of American withdrawal from Iraq", the source said. “We told them it did not matter whether we are talking about one year or a five-year plan but that we insisted on having a timetable nonetheless."What esteemed company the authors of Res 55 find themselves in! The Americans were meeting with Ansar Al Sunnah, The Islamic Army of Iraq, the Iraqi Liberation Army, and Jaish Mohammed.
A Palestinian youth who converted to Judaism reportedly enlisted in the Israeli military.Israel gets Palestinian conscript
Amnon Yitzhak-Shachar, who was born Ayman Abu-Zubuch in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, reported to Israel’s main draft office last week and was mobilized, Ma’ariv said Sunday. According to the newspaper, Yitzhak-Shachar would not mind serving in a combat unit and fight his former compatriots in Gaza.
The Palestinian Israeli became interested in Judaism as a teenager, when he accompanied his father to work in Kfar Saba. He said his parents banished him from Khan Younis after his conversion, and that he chose his new first name, Amnon, after the surname of the Israeli family that adopted him.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has bowed to U.S. pressure to cancel an arms deal with China and will impose tighter controls on its weapons exports in general, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday.
The dispute with the United States centers on Israel's sale of Harpy attack drones and other advanced technology to China which the
Pentagon fears could tilt the balance of power and make it difficult to defend Taiwan.
Agreeing to U.S. demands, Israel will not return Harpy spare parts that China sent to their Israeli manufacturer for upgrading, Haaretz said.
Israel, the newspaper said, also accepted a U.S. demand to implement the 34-nation Wassenaar Arrangement on export controls for conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz made the decisions ahead of a visit this week to Washington by an Israeli delegation that will negotiate a memorandum of understanding on Israeli weapons exports, Haaretz reported.
Israeli officials were not immediately available to comment on the report.
Last week, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom publicly apologized to Washington over arms exports to China, saying "things were done that were not acceptable to the Americans" and insisting Israel had not meant to harm U.S. interests.
Haaretz said China would likely seek compensation from Israel over its failure to return the attack drone spare parts and avoid future weapons deals with the Jewish state.
Washington torpedoed Israel's multi-billion dollar sale of Phalcon strategic airborne radar systems to China in 2000, citing concerns it could upset the regional balance of power.
Members of a group calling itself "America's Nazi Party" waved flags bearing swastikas and shouted slogans like "Sieg Heil" at a rally on a historic American battlefield, while some 500 counter-demonstrators gathered on a field nearby.Hate group rallies at historic US battlefield
About 150 members of the National Socialist Movement and their supporters gathered at the Yorktown Battlefield to honor George Washington and other founding fathers whom they claim held separatist and anti-Semitic views - a position disputed by most scholars.
Many wore Nazi uniforms with swastika armbands, while others identified themselves as members of the Ku Klux Klan and various skinhead groups.
"This is sacred ground," said Jeff Schoep of Minneapolis, Commander of the National Socialist Movement, which bills itself as the largest Nazi party in the United States.
The counter-demonstrators, who came from as far away as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, gathered about 250 yards (229 meters) away. One group, Anti-Racist Action, marched in carrying a pink and red banner with black lettering that said, "Smash racism now."
Iron fences separated the groups and police said no one was arrested. The US Park Police said 15 law enforcement agencies were involved in maintaining security at the event. A helicopter circled the field continuously throughout the two-hour rallies.
An alley in the Old City’s Armenian Quarter.
A camel and donkey atop the Mount of Olives.
Ruins under the Temple Mount’s walls
Near Sha’ar Tziyon in the Armenian Quarter
The artists’ quarter in Tzfat.
Our soldier friend Ayelet at the café.
Columns in the Jerusalem Cardo
A view of the Old City’s Christian Quarter
The Temani healer in Machanei Yehudah with a cup of etrog juice.
Temani healer and his assistant.
Some of the ruins of the Crusader fortress atop Mt. Kenaan in Tzfat.
Arab Christians play with a German Shepherd in the Christian Quarter