The director of the investigative department of the IDF’s Intelligence Branch, Brig. Gen. Yossi Baidetz,told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the calm allows the leaders of the Palestinian organizations’ military wings to meet with no fear that we will harm them.

The high-ranking officer said that Hamas had an interest in the calm.

“The pressures we applied have not harmed the strengthening of Hamas or smuggling to the Gaza Strip. Hamas is seeking to create a separation between a unity government in the Palestinian Authority, rocket fire and the case of Gilad Shalit. They have not been under pressure to establish a unity government because they have proof that those who persist can succeed in the same manner.”

Brig. Gen. Baidetz also said: “Hamas has spotted weak points in Israel. It watches television and reads newspapers. The Sderot effect resulted from the Kassam rocket fire.”

The IDF Intelligence Branch official also reported that Israel hasnoticed cracks in the economic boycott and that money is being smuggled into the Gaza Strip, including the transfer of USD 30 million from Kuwait. He said that the arms smuggling to the Gaza Strip is continuing and that the deployment of Palestinian troops disrupted the system somewhat, but not significantly.

Regarding Judea and Samaria, Brig. Gen. Baidetz said that the terrorist groups are constantly arranging suicide attacks in Israel. He added that because of the cease-fire, the main center of terrorist activity has moved to Judea and Samaria. “They try to perpetrate terror attacks all the time. They prepare car bombs. There was also an intention to establish a laboratory to manufacture high trajectory fire weapons, but our troops discovered it,” he said. He remarked that the terrorist organizations have managed to smuggle between 70 and 80 long-range rockets capable of reaching up to 20 kilometers into the Gaza Strip.

Anti-Semitism In Paris: Driver Refuses To Let Jews On Bus

Jewish students complained that a bus driver refused to let them on the bus only because of the skullcaps they were wearing. The movement against anti-Semitism in France announced that it condemned the harsh incident, during which the bus driver behaved in a discriminating and anti-Semitic fashion.

The severe incident occurred over the weekend. A group of 20 boys, accompanied by a teacher from the Jewish school in the 19th arrondissement in Paris, were traveling to the memorial site in the suburb of Drancy, north of Paris. They wanted to take part in the study tour at the place where the Jews of France were brought during WWII, before they were sent to the concentration camps in Nazi Germany.

“The bus was almost entirely empty,” said Richard Shimoni, the teacher who accompanied the boys. “The driver saw our students and saw that they were Jews, and told the first students who preceded me: ‘No, no, no, I will not take you, there is no room.’ He did not let them come on the bus. He spoke with one student, Elisha Fadida, who was first, andhe saw that he had a big black kippa on his head, and therefore he would not let us on.”

©The Bulletin 2006


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.