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PM Netanyahu’s Annual Meeting with Members of the International Press in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to members of the foreign press in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. Netanyahu insists that Iran will not stop its nuclear program unless economic sanctions are backed with a "credible military option." Netanyahu says the only time the Iranians stopped their nuclear development when they thought they were threatened with a military strike. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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January 11 ( KATAKAMI / PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE) —  Full transcript :

I would like to take your questions, but before I do that, I’d like to review the main events of last year.  We met a year ago when we spoke among other things, about the need to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and about my hope to advance the peace process. So before I take your questions, let me briefly take stock of these two issues.

2009 was a year in which Iran was unmasked and that unmasking continued in 2010.  People witnessed the brutal nature of this regime in the wake of its elections and Iran was caught red-handed building a nuclear facility, a secret nuclear facility in Qom.  And of course I think that in the parting year, people also understood the danger that such a regime would pose if it possessed nuclear weapons.  I think that’s become part of the international understanding of very broad segments of the world community.

Now 2010 was the year in which the international community began to take action based on this understanding.  The first significant action was the sanctions of the UN Security Council led by the United States and I think President Obama and Secretary Clinton should be congratulated for pushing this as well as advancing sanctions outside the United Nations – tougher sanctions – by the US, by the Europeans and by others.  And there’s no question that these questions have put real economic pressure on Iran.  They’ve put significant pressure on the banking system; they forced Iran to cut subsidies.  I can tell you, I cut subsidies as Finance Minister.  It’s not an easy thing to do.

And there’s no question that all these things have caused hardship, but they have not in any way altered Iran’s determination to pursue its nuclear program.  They’re determined to move ahead despite every difficulty, every obstacle, every setback to create nuclear weapons.  And since the purpose of the sanctions is to change that determination, those sanctions have not yet achieved their objective.  So I think they should be strictly enforced and I think they should be materially strengthened.

Now I said two months ago that the only chance that these sanctions would achieve their objectives would be to couple them with an understanding from Iran that no matter what, they’ll be followed – that is if they don’t achieve their goal they’ll be followed by a credible military option.  I said that because in the many years that I’ve been talking about this and that Iran has been pursuing its nuclear weapons program, there was only one respite, there was a momentary pause, in 2003 when Iran thought that there was a credible military option from the United States, it temporarily suspended its nuclear weapons program. I believe that today the same is true. They will only stop going through the hardship of economic pain and all the dislocations that the sanctions cause in Iran if they thought it was useless, if they thought that there would be this credible military option at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.

So I think this is a prerequisite to make it clear and the paradox is that if there is a credible military option, you won’t have to use it.

2010 was also the year of WikiLeaks, and you’ve heard about that. The WikiLeaks exposed the three main concerns of most, if not all, of the governments in this region. The first concern is Iran; the second concern is Iran; and the third concern is Iran. That’s not to say that they don’t want to see the advance in the peace process – they do; that they’re not concerned about the Arab-Israeli peace – they are. But they’re very much concerned that all of this would come to naught, and in fact their own interests (I’m speaking diplomatically now) would be tremendously jeopardized unless the Iranian nuclear program is stopped. Peace would be stopped and vital interests of just about every government in the region would be threatened.

So this information that came out, which wasn’t new to us, but I suppose was new to the world, refuted the conventional wisdom that the main concern of the governments in this region was the peace process. It certainly refuted the conventional wisdom that the only way to win backing for substantive, tough action against Iran from the governments in this region was to advance the peace process.

The peace process should be advanced for its own right. It should be advanced because we want to put an end to this conflict. It should be advanced because we owe it to our children and to the children of the Palestinians and others in this region to have peace. Anybody who’s been in the opposite of peace, in battle and in war, and knows the terrible suffering that we experience in war, understands and cherishes peace.

Peace should be pursued in its own right. But the pursuit of the peace process does not materially change people’s conception that Iran has to be stopped for the sake of peace and for the sake of vital interests of many governments in this area.

Now, about peace: I predict that the coming year will expose another central truth. Just as 2010 brought the truth about Iran and this region out to light, I think that 2011 will bring about another truth about who is seriously interested in peace in this region.

All of you know the conventional wisdom. It goes like this: the Palestinian Authority wants peace, but they may be too weak or they lack the capacity to do so, but they want to reach a peace agreement; and Israel – this narrative goes – does not want peace. It falsely accuses my government, or myself, or even the Israeli public (I read that too) of not being seriously interested in peace.

You have 60,000 rockets pointed on your cities, on your house. You have a lot of chutzpa to say to people that the Israeli people don’t want peace. I don’t think there’s any people in the world that want peace more, pray for peace, yearn for peace, hope for peace more than the Israeli people. So this is the conventional wisdom.

I want to challenge it with some very concrete facts from this past year. Well, one before that year. When my government was established we did the following: first of all we immediately called for direct peace negotiations. Secondly, we removed hundreds of roadblocks and checkpoints to facilitate the impressive growth of the Palestinian economy. Third, I gave the Bar Ilan Speech that called for a peace of two states for two peoples. Then we did a fourth thing, which was the unprecedented freeze of new construction in the settlements. No government did this before. And fifth, something you may not be aware of, some of you might know it but most of you don’t, we were willing to extend another three months and actually come to an agreement with the US about the conditions for such an extended freeze, another 90 days.

The reason it didn’t take place was not that we hadn’t come to an agreement with the United States. It’s that the United States decided – I think in a large part in good measure – that what would happen is we’d spend a lot of political capital to put forward this 90-day freeze. It’s not clear if they’d bring in the Palestinians and if they did, on day one of the 90 days they’d be discussing, the Palestinians, about their requirement for a freeze on day 91 and that would obviate all the serious discussion about the real issues of peace that are required.

So the United States chose not to move in this path, to go to another path. But it is a fact that we were willing to do these five things that I’ve just articulated, and some of them without precedent.

While we did these five things, this is what the Palestinians did: they refused to negotiate for the first time since the Oslo process began 18 years ago. They placed a settlement freeze as a precondition for negotiations. They wasted nine months before coming to the talks and then they left the talks after three weeks and all of six hours of direct negotiations.

These are the facts. Some may distort them; some may ignore them, but they still remain the facts.

There are many skeptics maybe among you and among the Israeli public and even among my government from across the spectrum who doubt that the Palestinians want to reach an agreement. You know, I can understand that skepticism after the previous efforts of very generous governments in 2000 at Camp David, and in 2008, they walked away from these agreements and I suppose there’s reason for skepticism.

But here’s the important point. My coalition, in no way prevented me from making these unprecedented steps towards peace. They didn’t stop me, they joined me. It’s an important point to make that what is preventing the advent of peace negotiations is that the Palestinians are doing everything in their power to avoid them.

This is a simple truth. So, no matter what the conventional wisdom the truth is that I want peace, and despite all the difficulties I’m determined to pursue it.

Israel has a peculiar electoral system. It makes for, how should I say it, interesting governance. No-one’s smiling, even. But the policy is set by the prime minister. The concrete steps that we take are the steps brought by the prime minister, and approved by the cabinet.

I’ve made it clear and I’ll make it clear again today that no coalition considerations will prevent me from pursuing a peace that I believe in. I’ll tell you something else. I think that if I bring a peace agreement, which means that I believe in the agreement that I will sign, I think that I will bring the support of the Israeli public. I don’t think, I know that. So I think the Palestinians are missing out on something very important.

I hate to use clichés.  I try to avoid them as best as I can.  But this is a cliché that I have to use.  The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

They’re not going to get an imposed settlement from the outside.  It doesn’t work.  There is no short-cut to negotiations.  The only way you get peace is negotiating peace.  The only government that I believe that can actually deliver a peace agreement because it will be trusted by the Israeli people to provide the elements of security and recognition that are so required, are so central to have a real peace, the only government that can do that is my government.  And I think I’m the only prime minister who can deliver that.

The Palestinians are walking away from peace because they’re walking away from the negotiation.  You know, they’re flying out to the world: South America, Asia, the far corners of the world.  Save a lot of air fuel, a lot of gas by just going ten minutes, coming here.  You want to negotiate peace, sit down and negotiate.  You want to talk peace, sit down and talk.  You want to conclude peace, sit down and let the white smoke come out – get a negotiation and get a conclusion.  There is no other way to achieve peace.  And I hope that, I hope they’ll change their mind – not only their tactics, but their substantive position.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he addresses members of the foreign media during a reception in Jerusalem January 11, 2011. Only the convincing threat of military action headed by the United States will persuade Iran to drop plans to build an atomic bomb, Netanyahu said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

You know that at the Bar Ilan speech that I gave, I laid out the fundamental elements of a peace which is a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish nation-State of Israel.  But what I hear the PA say are the three no’s.  No to a Jewish State.  I think they said they wouldn’t recognize the Jewish State for a thousand years.  That is not a phrase that resonates with Jews, I can tell you.  And the second no was no to any compromise on refugees.  I recently read an interesting article in the Guardian by the Palestinian negotiator.

And the third no is no to any Israeli presence in the Jordon Valley for any reasonable period of time.  This is absolutely required for demilitarization to take place because you know we left Lebanon, Hezbollah came in.  We left Gaza, and there was an Egyptian army that was there and is still there, and Iran walked in.  And we need to have some safeguards that we don’t repeat this a third time, because obviously the security of the nation is at stake, and the security of our people, the security of peace, is at stake.  We can’t allow this to happen a third time and I believe that security arrangements can be modified over time.  They can be tested, but they must include the one force that will not walk away, and the one force that will do the job.

How we do it and what precise configuration is something to be negotiated.  But to say automatically that we cannot have an Israeli presence in the Jordon Valley, is to go against any possible, any realistic arrangement that can provide demilitarization and demilitarization and security arrangements are the key – the key to keep the peace, that’s obvious.  And it may not be obvious to some of you, because you hear all the time a contrary statement that says, “well, what will keep the peace is the peace.” What will keep the peace and what will give the security to the peace is the actual signing of the peace.  It’ll certainly contribute to that effect.  It doesn’t guarantee it.

There’s a country with which we had tremendously close relations.  We had the exchange of the leaderships; there were exchanges between our security forces; economic trade, and that country is called Iran.  And that changed overnight.  There’s another country with which we had flowering peaceful relations: meeting of leaders; joint military exercises; 400,000 Israeli tourists a year – that country is called Turkey.  And I still hope we can arrest the slide in the relationship between Turkey and Israel.  It wasn’t eroded by our choice.

The conclusion of a formal peace doesn’t guarantee the continuation of the peace. But the security arrangements that are there, they help buttress the peace and they also protect us in case peace unravels, in case Iran walks in or tries to walk in.

This is why the elements of security, alongside the elements of recognition, are absolutely essential to the achievement of peace.

This is what I hope to discuss with Abu Mazen, with President Abbas. I want to sit down with him. These are our concerns. I know he has his concerns. I’m prepared to discuss this, directly. We don’t have to go to another place. We can sit down right here. This is what people do if they actually want to make peace.

I’m not putting these issues as preconditions for negotiations. I have no preconditions for negotiations. The only precondition for negotiation is negotiation. It’s the only one.

So I hope the Palestinians are not putting these three no’s as a substantive opposition. I hope it’s a tactical move. But if they’re prepared to actually engage in substantive negotiation, if they’re prepared to negotiate, then I think that they will find that this government – my government, this prime minister – me, that I’m prepared and able to achieve an historic peace which they need, I believe, as much as we do.

In any case, I’ll tell you that in 2011, everyone, I believe, will come out of that year knowing who really wants peace. We’ll meet here in a year and I think you’ll see that I’m right.

If you have questions, ask them.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the annual meeting of the Foreign Press in Jerusalem January 11, 2011. (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Crispian Balmer, Reuters: Thank you. Going back to the question of Iran, do you agree with the assessment of the outgoing Mossad Chief that Iran now won’t or can’t get its nuclear bomb before 2015.  And then you were talking about the need for a credible military threat.  Don’t you think that this sort of comments that we’ve been hearing from senior Israeli security officials including the Mossad Chief who urged count cautioned against preemptive attacks, -don’t you think that makes such a threat from Israel evaporate basically? Thank you.

PM Netanyahu: Well, I think that intelligence estimates are exactly that, they’re estimates.  They range from best case to worst case possibilities and there’s quite a range there.  I think there’s room for some differing assessments.  But there’s no debate about three things.  First, that the goal of Iran is to develop nuclear weapons.  Not nuclear material, not isotopes for medical treatment.  The goal is to get nuclear weapons.

The second is that they’re amassing the material for that purpose.  They’ve amassed now the significant amount of LEU, low-enriched uranium, and they’re enriching to a higher level this material as well.

The third thing that there’s no question about is that they are a brutal regime and very dangerous.  So I think that the conclusion that is led is that you have to ratchet up the pressure.  And as I said, I don’t think that this pressure will be sufficient to change course, to have this regime change course without a credible military option that is put before them by the international community led by the United States.

Harriet Sherwood, the Guardian: Thank you, Prime Minister, Tzipi Livni yesterday said that there was an evil spirit sweeping across Israel.  Today she’s accused the government of trying to silence opposition, and said the government is hurting the State of Israel.  She’s largely referring to policies being pushed by your foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman and his party.  Are you comfortable with the policies of your key coalition partner and are you worried that he and his party are doing more to delegitimize Israel in the eyes of the world than those who accuse us of doing the very same thing?

PM Netanyahu: Let me answer two parts of that question.  First is the assumption that Israel is moving towards a bad place.  You have to ask where is the government going because we are committed and I’m committed to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with its democratic values.  When I see, for example, some calls from a handful of individuals, in this case some rabbis who said don’t sell land or don’t sell property, real estate to Israel’s Arab citizens, I was outraged, I just spoke out directly and I attacked it.  And I think that shows it’s what the government does. It’s the values that we have that I think are important.

Now since you asked that question, I want to ask you a question.  Do you think it’s pertinent that ten minutes from here there’s a government decree that says that if you sell land to Jews that’s punishable by death.  Do you think that’s something worthy of reporting?  Can I ask you a question?  How many of you have reported that? Anyone can raise their hands?  Wow! I’m impressed.  Three, four, five. Five!  We’re doing well.  Can we reach 10%?

You think that’s worthy of reporting?  If you want to assume then ask the question where do you have a society in which the norms are democratic norms that respect the rights of all the citizens of any creed, of any faith, to equal treatment under the law and equal treatment beyond the law.  That’s here in Israel.  That’s the only place. And I give you this example of selling… This was one of the most egregious points. Selling land, or selling an apartment or a house to an Arab? Somebody says you shouldn’t do that even though they’re well within their rights.  Somebody is suggesting that and I as the Prime Minister of Israel forcefully attacked that, immediately.

Yet 10 minutes from here in the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, there is a law, a decree that says that if you sell land to Jews it’s punishable by death.  That’s worthy of your reporting.  It tells a lot about this asymmetry.  Israel is decried, Israel is attacked, Israel is criticized when it’s really a democratic country that upholds the rights of everyone, of all its citizens, of Jews and Arabs, Muslims, Christians, Druze, women, gays, minorities.  We stand up for those rights.  We have a legal system that upholds them and we have a governmental system that upholds them.

Yet right across here, there’s something else. It’s not as bad as Hamas, It’s not as bad as Iran, but it’s bad.  Because you have laws that say that you will sentence to death somebody who sells a piece of property to Jews.  I urge you to ask those questions in Ramallah, because I think you’ll be making a contribution for peace.

You asked me about the Foreign Minister.  As I said, we have a peculiar political system.  It’s coalition system.  So the Prime Minister is from the Likud, myself. The defense Minister is from Labor, the Foreign Minister is from Yisrael Beitaynu and we have different points of view.  We coalesce on the main policy actions.  We disagree on some things, we agree on others.  We have to agree in the end on the conduct of policy.  I can appreciate quite a few things that the foreign Minister has done, especially in opening up relations, broadening relations is the word I would use, with Eastern Europe, Russia, the Former Soviet Union, the Balkans and others.

But I don’t appreciate, and I told him this personally yesterday, I don’t appreciate his criticism of my colleagues, the Likud ministers.  Because I don’t think there’s anyone that can teach them patriotism, concern for Israel’s security or the standards of Israeli democracy.  The Likud is a national party and we’re committed to a democratic Israel, democratic values.  And I want to assure you the Likud will stay that way, and I also want to assure you that the government will stay that way. (*)

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Tirulah Presiden Rusia, SBY Perhatikan Dong Perumahan TNI, POLRI & Kejaksaan

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev

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Jakarta 13/1/2011 (KATAKAMI) —  Bagi pengguna jejaring sosial TWITTER, kecepatan memperoleh informasi kelas dunia akan sangat cepat dan mudah sekali diperoleh.

Itulah yang terjadi pada hari Rabu ( 12/1/2011) kemarin, saat Presiden Rusia Dmitry Medvedev memuat informasi gambar terbaru di salah satu akun TWITTER dirinya bahwa ia baru saja mengunjungi perumahan bagi militer Rusia yang sedang dibangun.

KREMLINRUSSIA_E :   Dmitry Medvedev has inspected the construction of housing for military personnel in Podolsk outside Moscow http://twitpic.com/3pd2ux

Presiden Rusia Dmitry Medvedev didampingi Menteri Pertahanan Anatoly Serdyukov sedang melakukan peninjauan terharap pembangunan perumahan bagi militer Rusia di wilayah Podolsk ( Moscow), 12 Januari 2011. Foto inilah yang dirilis oleh Kantor Kepresidenan Rusia lewat jejaring sosial TWITTER

Dan itu bukan kunjungan Medvedev yang pertama untuk urusan militernya.

Yang ingin dibahas disini, betapa besarnya perbedaan “TAKDIR” antara prajurit MILITER di Rusia dan Indonesia.

Yang lebih menyedihkan lagi, di tanah air Indonesia ini tak cuma TNI yang sengsara dalam masalah perumahan. Kesengsaraan dan keterbatasan ( yang benar-benar sangat terbatas) di bidang perumahan ini juga dialami oleh POLRI & KEJAKSAAN.

Ya betul bahwa negara kita masih memiliki keterbatasan kemampuan untuk memenuhi kesejahteraan para prajurit TNI, POLRI dan Kejaksaan.

Itulah sebabnya mulai tahun 2011 ini, ada kebijakan terbaru dari Pemerintah dengan dikeluarkannya sebuah jalan keluar atau solusi untuk masalah kesejahteraan yaitu RENUMERASI.

Pemerintah Indonesia sudah mengeluarkan KEBIJAKAN KENAIKAN PENDAPATAN RENUMERASI.

Lewat RENUMERASI ini, akan diperoleh peningkatan pendapatan sesuai dengan porsi dan prestasi kerja mereka masing-masing.

Tapi, cukupkah hanya sebatas mengeluarkan kebijakan RENUMERASI ?

Titik fokus pada pembahasan dalam tulisan ini adalah masalah PERUMAHAN.

Sudah menjadi rahasia umum bahwa di Indonesia ini, prajurit TNI sangat amat malang nasibnya untuk urusan perumahan.

Tak cuma prajurit TNI, tetapi anggota Kepolisian (POLRI) dan Kejaksaan juga bernasib sama.

Antara prajurit TNI,POLRI dan KEJAKSAAN untuk urusan perumahan bagi anggota-anggota mereka, sangat memprihatinkan sekali nasibnya.

Presiden Rusia Dmitry Medvedev didampingi Menteri Pertahanan Anatoly Serdyukov saat melakukan inspeksi pembangunan perumahan bagi prajurit militer Rusia di Podolsk ( 12/1/2011)

Sehingga ketika Presiden Rusia Dmitry Medvedev menunjukkan foto tentang kunjungannya untuk melakukan inspeksi pembangunan perumahan prajurit militer di negaranya, perasaan kita sebagai anak bangsa Indonesia menjadi sangat sedih sekali.

Betapa kasihannya prajurit di negara kita ini.

Salah satu bentuk permasalahan seputar perumahan prajurit TNI di Indonesia ini juga sangat unik yaitu banyak perumahan yang masih terus dihuni oleh penghuni-penghuni lama.

Bahkan bisa sampai belasan atau puluhan tahun masih mendiami perumahan dinas yang disediakan institusi.

Dan mari, kita telusuri gambaran singkat tentang situasi dan kondisi yang saat ini terjadi di jajaran TNI, POLRI dan KEJAKSAAN.

Khusus untuk TNI, ilustrasi yang dikemukakan disini tidak bisa menjadi acuan tentang situasi dan kondisi dari masalah perumahan dalam institusi TNI secara keseluruhan.

Sebab contoh yang akan kami sampaikan disini hanya fokus pada KOPASSUS.

DOKUMENTASI FOTO : Komandan Jenderal Kopassus Mayjen TNI Lodewijk F. Paulus (kiri), bertindak sebagai Inspektur Upacara pada upacara serah terima jabatan Wadanjen Kopassus, dari Brigjen TNI Nugroho Widyoutomo (tengah), kepada Brigjen TNI Agus Sutomo (kanan), di Gedung Balai Komando Makopassus, Kamis (21/10/2010)

Lewat percakapan dengan KATAKAMI.COM, Kamis (13/1/2011) di Jakarta, Brigjen TNI Agus Sutomo selaku Wakil Komandan Jenderal Kopassus mengemukakan bahwa hampir seluruhnya prajurit Kopassus di Indonesia dapat tertampung di perumahan dinas yang disediakan Markas Kopassus.

“Syukur Alhamdulilah, anggoata Kopassus itu dapat ditampung semua di rumah-rumah dinas. Memang ada satu atau dua orang yang meminta izin dari kami bahwa mereka ingin tinggal diluar komplek perumahan Kopassus. Biasanya karena mereka ingin tinggal bersama mertua. Kami izinkan. Tetapi secara keseluruhan, semua anggota Kopassus itu tinggal di perumahan dinas” kata Agus Sutomo.

Menurut mantan Komandan Group A Paspampres ini, Kopassus menyadari keterbatasan negara memenuhi kebutuhan perumahan bagi prajurit Kopassus sehingga para pimpinan di Kopasssus yang berinisiatif untuk memberikan perhatian dan bantuan besar untuk masalah perumahan ini.

“Untungnya di Kopassus ini, kami selalu mendapatkan warisan dari para pimpinan sebelumnya yang rata- rata meninggalkan warisan perumahan bagi prajurit. Misalnya Pak Edhie ( Mayjen TNI Pramono Edhie Wibowo, redaksi). Semasa beliau menjadi Danjen Kopassus, beliau membangun rumah susun sederhana untuk prajurit Kopassus di dalam komplek Cijantung ini. Begitu juga mantan-mantan Danjen Kopassus yang lain. Semua meninggalkan warisan perumahan untuk prajurit Kopassus” lanjut Agus Sutomo.

Danjen Kopassus. Mayjen TNI Lodewijk F. Paulus

Agus Sutomo menjelaskan bahwa para mantan Danjen Kopassus ( termasuk Danjen Kopassus saat ini ) sering melakukan kunjungan ke lapangan untuk melihat secara langsung kondisi perumahan prajurit.

“Itu sebabnya para pimpinan mengetahui situasi dan kondisi yang sebenarnya. Sedikit demi sedikit kalau ada rezeki, perumahan-perumahan yang sudah rusak akan diperbaiki. Malah saat ini Danjen Kopassus memberikan bantuan Rp. 5 juta untuk masing-masing perumahan prajurit di Group 1 Serang. Uang bantuan itu dapat mereka gunakan untuk memperbaiki perumahan yang mereka huni saat ini. Sedapat mungkin, Kopassus tidak akan pernah membebani prajurit untuk masalah perumahan atau anggaran apapun guna memperbaiki perumahan tempat mereka tinggal” ungkap Agus Sutomo.

Menurut Agus Sutomo, pimpinannya saat ini yaitu Danjen Kopassus Mayjen TNI Lodewijk F. Paulus telah mengeluarkan 5 perintah harian untuk seluruh prajurit Kopassus yaitu :

1. Tugas-tugas operasi harus berhasil dilaksanakan.

2  Tugas-tugas pertandingan atau perlombaan, baik olahraga umum atau militer, harus dapat dijuarai.

3. Tugas-tugas latihan atau pendidikan, harus mencapai tujuan dan sasarannya.

4. Setiap pelaksanaan tugas, baik dalam pelaksaaan operasi, latihan dan pendidikan, harus 0 (nol) kecelakaan atau zero accident.

5. Tidak boleh melakukan pelanggaran apapun dalam seluruh pelaksanaan tugas-tugas secara keseluruhan.

Kalau mencermati uraian Wadanjen Kopassus ini, tentu kita harus memberikan apresiasi kepada para pimpinan di Kopassus. Besarnya tanggung jawab dan kepedulian mereka terhadap nasib dan kesejahteraan prajuritnya, patut diacungi jempol.

Tetapi pertanyaannya, bagaimana dengan nasib TNI yang lain ( di luar Kopassus ) ?

Apakah para pimpinan memiliki tingkat kepedulian yang sama besarnya ?

Dan kalaupun mereka memilik tingkat kepedulian yang sama besar, apakah Pemerintah Indonesia tidak malu karena sampai detik ini tetap tidak bisa menanggulangi masalah perumahan prajurit TNI ( termasuk masalah perumahan POLRI dan KEJAKSAAN ) ?

Apalagi Presiden SBY sedang menjalankan masa kedua kekuasaannya.

Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (kiri) dan Kapolri Jenderal Polisi Timur Pradopo

Apakah nanti seorang Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ini tidak merasa malu bila dicatat dalam lembaran sejarah bahwa dalam 2 periode kekuasaannya, ia tidak memberikan kontribusi apapun untuk menolong para abdi negara ?

Kalau tadi dari pihak Kopassus, bagaimana dengan pihak POLRI ?

Lewat percakapan dengan KATAKAMI.COM, Kamis (13/1/2011) di Jakarta, Irjen. Polisi Anton Bachrul Alam selaku Kepala Divisi Humas POLRI menegaskan bahwa tidak semua anggota kepolisian yang beruntung mendapat jatah rumah dinas.

“Sudah beberapa tahun terakhir ini, POLRI memang tidak mendapatkan anggaran dari pemerintah untuk membangun perumahan dinas bagi anggota kepolisian. Di kepolisian, yang bernasib baik maka dia bisa mendapatkan jatah rumah dinas. Tetapi tidak semua bisa seberuntung itu karena rumah dinas di jajaran kepolisian sangat terbatas jumlahnya. Sehingga banyak anggota kepolisian yang terpaksa kos, mengontrak rumah atau menumpang di rumah temannya” kata Anton Bachrul Alam.

Menurut Anton, anggaran dari Pemerintah lebih difokuskan pada anggota operasional yang berguna dan dirasakan langsung untuk masyarakat.

Jaksa Agung Muda Bidang Pengawasan (JAMWAS) Marwan Effendy : "Banyak jaksa-jaksa yang terpaksa tinggal di rumah-rumah kos dekat kantor karena Kejaksaan tidak memiliki perumahan bagi para jaksa"

Nasib dari anggota kepolisian dalam sektor perumahan ini juga dialami oleh para JAKSA di Indonesia.

Dalam istilah anak gaul, BETI alias beda-beda tipis nasib dari anggota kepolisian yang tak tertampung dan tak mendapatkan fasilitas perumahan.

Dihubungi oleh KATAKAMI.COM, Kamis (13/1/2011), Marwan Effendy selaku Jaksa Agung Muda Bidang Pengawasan mengemukakan bahwa sangat besar jumlah jaksa-jaksa yang tidak mendapatkan fasilitas perumahan.

“Kejaksaan sebenarnya memiliki perumahan dinas tetapi hampir seluruhnya masih dihuni oleh penghuni-penghuni yang lama. Mereka tidak mau pindah. Dan kamipun tidak enak kalau harus mengusir mereka. Jadi untuk mengantisipasi itu, jaksa-jaksa yang tidak mendapatkan fasilitas perumahan terpaksa kos di rumah-rumah yang letaknya tidak jauh dari kantor-kantor Kejaksaan” kata Marwan Effendy.

Menurutnya, Kejaksaan Agung sebenarnya berkeinginan kuat untuk bisa menyediakan perumahan ini bagi para jaksa tetapi terkendala pada masalah anggaran.

“Kami sudah mengajukan permohonan sebenarnya untuk mengatasi masalah ini. Misalnya, rumah-rumah sitaan dijadikan perumahan untuk para jaksa. Tetapi belum bisa terelisasi. Kami tidak mendapatkan izin untuk melakukan itu. Salah satu penyebabnya karena rumah-rumah sitaan itu belum dilelang” lanjut Marwan Effendy.

Panglima TNI Laksamana Agus Suhartono (duduk), Kapolri Jenderal Timur Pradopo (tengah) dan Jaksa Agung Basrief Arief sedang berbincang sebelum mengikuti rapat terbatas di Kantor Kepresidenan ( 20/12/2010)

Sekarang yang dimintai tanggung-jawabnya adalah Pemerintah Indonesia.

Sampai kapan Pemerintah mau “bersembunyi” di balik alasan-alasan klise bahwa kemampuan keuangan negara sangat terbatas sekali sehingga sampai detik ini tidak mampu memenuhi tingkat kesejahteraan abdi-abdi negaranya para institusi TNI, POLRI dan KEJAKSAAN.

Kasihan betul Indonesia ini, uang yang begitu banyak justru dinikmati oleh para koruptor dan jaringan-jaringan mafia yang bisa memperbudak aparat-aparat di berbagai instansi untuk melakukan apapun yang dikehendaki oleh para koruptor dan mafia-mafia tadi.

Sementara para abdi negara kita, hidup dalam kepahitan dan kegetiran yang berkepanjangan.

Mereka ( para abdi negara dari institusi TNI, POLRI dan KEJAKSAAN yang bergaji minim ), entah harus mengatakan apa kepada isteri dan anak-anak mereka tentang tidak sepadannya pengorbanan dan kerja keras sebagai abdi negara di tanah air tercinta ini.

Eh SBY, bukankah seharusnya anda malu sama Presiden Rusia yang terus konsisten memperhatikan kesejahteraan (terutama masalah perumahan) bagi prajurit militer mereka ?

Lakukan dong hal yang sama !

Tidak ada salahnya meniru sesuatu yang memang baik !

Perhatikanlah masalah perumahan bagi aparat TNI, POLRI dan KEJAKSAAN.

Dan kalau ada waktu luang dalam agenda harian Presiden SBY, coba diperiksa kembali bahwa bantuan pemerintah untuk masalah perumahan kepada TNI dan POLRI diberikan terakhir kali pada tahun 2002 oleh Presiden Megawati Soekarnoputri.

Dan anda SBY, apa bantuan anda sebagai Kepala Negara untuk masalah perumahan ?

Anda punya anak, punya menantu dan punya cucu, tentu mereka semua ingin anda bahagiakan.

Begitu juga dengan prajurit-purajurit TNI dan anggota Kepolisian (termasuk pada jaksa) di Indonesia ini.

Jangan wajibkan mereka mengabdi kepada bangsa dan negara tetapi kepedulian negara sangat kecil pada masalah kesejahteraan mereka.

Tidak cukup hanya RENUMERASI.

Bantu mereka dalam masalah perumahan karena itu memang merupakan TANGGUNG-JAWAB penuh dari Pemerintah.

(MS)

 
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Photostream : House Speaker John Boehner, Leader Eric Cantor and Whip Hoyer Sign Books of Well-Wishes & Condolences Honoring Victims of Tucson Tragedy

Washington DC, Jan 12 (KATAKAMI / SPEAKER GOV) — Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) today signed Books of Well Wishes & Condolences for the victims of Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, AZ.  These books have been made available to the public in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building and will remain there throughout the week.  Below are photos of Boehner, Cantor and Hoyer signing the books:

 

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) signs the book of condolences and the book of well wishes for the victims of the Tucson, Arizona shooting before attending a prayer service for them in the Capitol in Washington January 12, 2011. A 22-year-old man has been charged with trying to assassinate assassinate Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 14 in Tucson. Giffords is fighting for her life in a Tucson hospital. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Speaker of the House John Boehner (L) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (R) sign the book of condolences and the book of well wishes for the victims of the Tucson, Arizona shooting before attending a prayer service for them in the Capitol in Washington January 12, 2011. Standing behind is House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. A 22-year-old man has been charged with trying to assassinate Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 14 in Tucson. Giffords is fighting for her life in a Tucson hospital. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Speaker of the House John Boehner (C) looks on as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (L) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer sign books of condolences for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords before attending a prayer service for her in the Capitol in Washington January 12, 2011. A 22-year-old man has been charged with trying to assassinate Giffords in a shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 14 in Tucson. Giffords is fighting for her life in a Tucson hospital. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 
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Photostream : One year for Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Search and Rescue soldiers since joining Haiti aid team

IDF Delegation Arrival in Haiti : The Israel Defense Forces aid delegation getting off the plane upon arrival at Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Israel sent a team of over 250 personnel to help in the rescue and medical efforts after Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake in January 2010. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 16, 2010)

Rescue of a Haitian Man from Government Building, Jan 2010 : The Israel Defense Forces Search and Rescue team extracted a 52 year old Haitian government employee, trapped in the ruins of the customs office in Port-au-Prince after 6 hours of work. The man was trapped under the rubble for 125 hours before being rescued by the team and was then taken to the IDF field hospital for treatment. The man was able to communicate his location via SMS. After the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent an aid delegation with over 250 personnel to help with search and rescue efforts and establish a field hospital. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 2010)

IDF Search and Rescue Team at Port-au-Prince University , Jan 2010 : A rescue team, led by Israel Defense Forces Search and Rescue platoon commanders, enters the university in Port-au-Prince, in order to assist in the evacuation of survivors and victims. One of the buildings on the campus collapsed while classes were in session. After a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent a team of over 250 personnel to help in the rescue and medical efforts. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 16, 2010)

Rescue of a Haitian Man from Government Building, Jan 2010 : The Israel Defense Forces search and rescue team extracted a 52 year old Haitian government employee, trapped in the ruins of the customs office in Port-au-Prince after 6 hours of work. The man was trapped under the rubble for 125 hours before being rescued by the team and was then taken to the IDF field hospital for treatment. The man was able to communicate his location via SMS. After the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent an aid delegation with over 250 personnel to help with search and rescue efforts and establish a field hospital. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 2010)

Dr. Col. Kryce Transporting Injured Girl, Jan 2010 : Doctor Colonel Itzik Kryce, the commander of the Israel Defense Forces field hospital in Haiti helps transport a wounded girl with a severe leg injury for treatment. After the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent an aid delegation of over 250 personnel to help with search and rescue efforts and establish a field hospital in Port-au-Prince. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 2010)

Doctors Check on Premature Baby, Jan 2010 : Dr. Maj. Yuval Levi and Nurse Captain Margarita Memdov are pictured treating a premature baby weighing 1.8 kg delivered in the IDF field hospital in Haiti. In total, 16 babies were successfully delivered at the field hospital during the time the IDF was in Haiti. The hospital features a special ward maternity ward and was equipped to handle complicated births and premature deliveries. After the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent an aid delegation of over 250 personnel to help with search and rescue efforts and establish a field hospital in Port-au-Prince. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 18,2010)

IDF Medical Aid Team Performing Surgery in Haiti Field Hospital, Jan 2010 : Then-Chief Medical Officer, Col. Dr. Ariel Bar, and Lt. Col. Dr. Chaim Levon performing surgery in the IDF field hospital in Haiti. After the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010, Israel sent an aid delegation of over 250 personnel to help with search and rescue efforts and establish a field hospital in Port-au-Prince. (Photo : IDF’s FLICKR, January 19, 2010)

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Photostream : Haiti marks earthquake anniversary

The Haitian national flag stands at half mast at the National Palace during the one-year anniversary of the 2010 quake in downtown Port-au-Prince, January 12, 2011. Thousands took part in memorial services, including one at the ruins of the National Cathedral in the wrecked capital Port-au-Prince attended by the Papal envoy to Haiti, other religious leaders, government officials and foreign dignitaries. REUTERS/Allison Shelley

A girl gazes out of a bus window in front of the Haitian national flag at the National Palace during the one-year anniversary of the 2010 quake in downtown Port-au-Prince, January 12, 2011. Thousands took part in memorial services, including one at the ruins of the National Cathedral in the wrecked capital Port-au-Prince attended by the Papal envoy to Haiti, other religious leaders, government officials and foreign dignitaries. REUTERS/Allison Shelley

A woman prays in front of the destroyed Haiti cathedral during the one-year anniversary of the 2010 quake in Port-au-Prince January 12, 2011. Haitians, many dressed in white in mourning, honored victims of the devastating 2010 earthquake on Wednesday in a somber anniversary clouded by pessimism over slow reconstruction and political uncertainty. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Haitians pray and sing outside the destroyed Port-au-Prince cathedral January 12, 2011 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Today is the one-year anniversary of the magnitude 7.0 Haitian earthquake which killed over 200,000 people. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A Haitian woman prays during a moment of silence at a ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 12, 2011. Thousands took part in memorial services, including one at the ruins of the National Cathedral in the wrecked capital Port-au-Prince attended by the Papal envoy to Haiti, other religious leaders, government officials and foreign dignitaries. REUTERS/Kena Betancur

A Haitian woman screams in the middle of the crowd during a moment of silence at a ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 12, 2011. Thousands took part in memorial services, including one at the ruins of the National Cathedral in the wrecked capital Port-au-Prince attended by the Papal envoy to Haiti, other religious leaders, government officials and foreign dignitaries. REUTERS/Kena Betancur

Haitians observe a minute of silence at 4:53 pm, the time the earthquake struck a year ago, in honor of the quake victims in Port-au-Prince January 12, 2011. Haiti mourned more than 300,000 victims of its devastating 2010 earthquake on Wednesday in a somber one-year anniversary clouded by pessimism over slow reconstruction and political uncertainty. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Special envoy for UNESCO Michaelle Jean speaks during a ceremony at Quisqueya University January 12, 2011 in memory of students and teachers killed in the earthquake of January 12, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Dressed in their best and clutching Bibles, thousands of Haitians gathered near a ruined cathedral Wednesday to mark the moment a year ago when the earth convulsed and savaged their nation. More than 220,000 people were killed and 1.3 million left homeless when at 4:53 pm (2153 GMT) on January 12, 2010 the Earth heaved for a few terrifying seconds, collapsing homes and businesses, churches and schools -- leaving hellish, nightmarish scenes of devastation and suffering. (Photo by THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images)

Haitian presidential candidate Michel Martelly (C) takes a moment to reflect after placing a wreath at the heavily damaged door of the main cathedral, during the one-year anniversary of the 2010 quake, in downtown Port-au-Prince, January 12, 2011. Thousands took part in memorial services, including one at the ruins of the National Cathedral in the wrecked capital Port-au-Prince attended by the Papal envoy to Haiti, other religious leaders, government officials and foreign dignitaries. REUTERS/Allison Shelley

Haitian President Rene Preval (C) and former U.S. President Bill Clinton (4th R) participate in an event in remembrance of the victims of the 2010 earthquake at the site of the national tax services building, in downtown Port-au-Prince, January 12, 2011. The building, which was leveled in the earthquake one year ago, is to be turned into a public park. Thousands took part in memorial services, including one at the ruins of the National Cathedral in the wrecked capital Port-au-Prince attended by the Papal envoy to Haiti, other religious leaders, government officials and foreign dignitaries. REUTERS/Allison Shelley

 
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Photostream : Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad meets Norway's Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (R) meets with Norway's Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere (L) on January 12, 2011 Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo by Fadi Arouri-Pool/Getty Images)

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (R) shakes hands with Norway's Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere in the West Bank city of Ramallah January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Fadi Arouri/Pool

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (R) and Norway's Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere attend a news conference after their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah January 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

 
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Palestinian aid dependence to dip in 2011 : Salam Fayyad

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RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 12 (KATAKAMI / Reuters) – The Palestinian Authority’s dependence on foreign aid will drop to less than $1 billion in 2011, from $1.2 billion in 2010, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Wednesday. Fayyad, a former World Bank economist, has reduced the territory’s annual dependence on international aid from around $2 billion since he took office in 2007. He wants to do away with foreign aid completely by 2013.

Financial support from the United States, the European Union and Arab states allows the Palestinian Authority to pay the salaries of around 150,000 bureaucrats, teachers and members of the Palestinian security forces.

“We expect that a deficit in this range (of less than $1 billion) … will be within the framework of what it is possible for the donors to finance,” he said.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, head of an international committee that oversees aid to the PA, praised Fayyad for lowering the foreign aid requirement. He was speaking alongside Fayyad at a news conference in Ramallah.

“I am looking forward to the day when I will stop any aid to the Palestinian Authority because I know that if this Palestinian economy will be run like any other economy it will do without aid,” he said.

The Palestinian Authority faced a financial crisis last year due to late payment of funds expected from its Arab backers. The crisis was eventually eased thanks to payments from states including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (*)

 
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