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October 31, 2006

America Wake Up

Preachers: Ramadan prayers caused US deaths in Iraq

Palestinian preachers, terrorists call record casualties 'gift from Allah,' emboldened by calls for withdrawal

Aaron Klein, WND
Published: 10.31.06, 21:47

With October becoming the most deadly month for US troops in Iraq in nearly two years, Palestinian preachers in several major mosques in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are celebrating the anti-American violence as a gift from Allah bestowed upon Muslims through prayer during the holy month of Ramadan, according to congregants.

Terror leaders told WND the insurgency in Iraq exposed US weakness and will soon force an American withdrawal, citing as proof the "many" people in the US who are comparing the war in Iraq to Vietnam.

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Abu Ayman, a leader of the Islamic Jihad terror group in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, told WND, "We saw in Iraq this month how Allah helped the mujahedeen fighters to mark a great victory, a victory that brought the Americans to speak for the first time seriously and sincerely that Iraq is becoming a new Vietnam and that they should fix a schedule for their withdrawal from Iraq."

Continued the terror leader: "During Ramadan (which ended last week), it is known that the motivation of the Muslims and of the mujahedeen in particular is higher than in any other period of the year. The good acts of the Muslims and the mujahedeen are better paid in this month in which the gates of paradise are open and those of hell are closed."

One preacher in the West Bank city of Hebron told WND the death of American troops is "promised by Allah in the holy Quran."

"It is the realization of the verse of El Phil (the elephant) where Allah hit the Prophet's enemies with special and very warm Sejeel stones. The rockets and mortars of the Mujahedeen in Iraq are the Sejeel stones of our days."

The preacher was referring to the Quranic story of "unbelievers" advancing on an elephant to kill Muhammad. According to the Quran, birds from heaven lobbed "Sejeel stones" at the elephant, scaring the animal away and thwarting the attack.

Also in Hebron this past weekend, Hizb A-Tahrir, a popular Palestinian Islamist political party, distributed a pamphlet stating the holiness of Ramadan, which ended last week, was responsible for the large number of American casualties in Iraq.

The pamphlet went on to claim the popular Muslim phrase "Allah Hu Akbar" (Allah is the greatest) has "huge significance in the world."

"The Arab traitor leaders think that America is the Akbar, is the greatest, but the deaths in Iraq this month proves what we knew all along that Allah is the greatest and no power is stronger than Allah. May Allah keep cooling our hearts and souls with more and more American soldiers killed," stated the pamphlet.

'Timetable for withdrawal means defeat'

In several Internet chat rooms associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, which is partially funded by the US, users this weekend spoke of an American withdrawal from Iraq as imminent.

One user hailed the "good and divine news that comes from Iraq," referring to the high number of deaths. The user wrote it is "only a question of time" before the US withdraws from the country.

With the announcement Saturday of the death of a US marine, October became the deadliest month for American soldiers in Iraq in nearly twenty-two months, bringing the number of US forces killed so far this month to 98, the highest since January 2005 when 107 died in action.

President George Bush last Wednesday said he was unsatisfied with elements of the war but that the US was ultimately winning and must stay the course in Iraq.

"I know many Americans are not satisfied with the situation in Iraq," said Bush at a press conference. "I'm not satisfied either."

"The events of the past month have been a serious concern to me and a serious concern to the American people," the president said. Bush said the US is changing tactics to deal with circumstances in Iraq but shouldn't change the overall direction of the war.

"Absolutely we're winning," the president asserted.

When the World Trade Center fell, Palestinian's rose to their feet and cheered.

As American's die in Iraq fighting to give freedom in a region of the world that has never known freedom, Palestinians cheer American dead.

But America still pushes for a Palestinian State and even arms and trains the Palestinians in the face of evidence that they have in the past used the training and weapons given by America to terrorist and they have been used to kill Israeli's.

America gave the Palestinians sniper training and the most powerful sniper rifle in the world which can shoot through armored vehicles, as soon as the training was over the Palestinians were shooting through Jewish apartments in Jerusalem.

America wake up Palestinians are today's Nazi's and only deserve to go the way of the Third Reich.

PA Offensive Capabilities Increasing, With US Help

PA Offensive Capabilities Increasing, With US Help 17:58 Oct 31, '06 / 9 Cheshvan 5767 by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

Fatah terrorists are receiving US arms and training, while Hamas terrorists are preparing missile and anti-tank divisions.

Speaking before the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday, the IDF Southern Command chief warned that the Palestinian Authority's ruling Hamas organization is planning to establish missile and anti-tank units. The new units were decided upon in light of the lessons Hamas learned from the Hizbullah's successes against Israel during the recent war in Lebanon, the IDF commander explained.

"Hamas is establishing an organized division with a capability against tanks and with missiles that could reach threatening distances," Major General Yoav Galant told the Knesset committee.

Anti-tank missiles caused about a third of the IDF casualties in Lebanon during the recent campaign against the Hizbullah. Military analysts, as well as Hamas propagandists and strategists, have noted that long-range missiles of the type used by Hizbullah deployed in Judea, Samaria and Gaza would place many Israeli strategic facilities in danger.

In an initiative presented as an effort to counter the growing strength and influence of Hamas, the United States has been arming and training a militia affiliated with the Fatah terrorist group, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The premise for the American support is that Fatah and Hamas are headed for a violent civil war, and the US prefers a Fatah victory.

According to security analyst Aluf Benn, American security coordinator General Keith Dayton appeared before representatives of the Quartet in London last week, presenting them with a program for training the PA's presidential guard - Force 17, controlled by Abbas - using Egyptian, British and Jordanian instructors. PA sources say the training by Americans started more than a month ago, at a compound near the Intercontinental Hotel in Jericho.

In the past, official PA militias were found to have used weapons provided by the US and Israel in terrorist attacks on Jewish targets.

Earlier this month, in an interview with WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein, a Force 17 terrorist implied that weapons supplied to Fatah from the United States would be transferred to the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, which is recognized as a terrorist organization under US law.

October 30, 2006

Over 300 injured by Qassams in 2 years

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Over 300 injured by Qassams in 2 years

Data from Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon indicate that during 2005, 87 people were rushed to hospital compared to 202 in 2006 so far. Emergency room istill not protected

New details gathered from Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon indicate that since January 2005, about 300 people were hurt by Qassam rocket attacks in the city of Sderot and the communities of the western Negev.

Surprisingly, the hospital which absorbs most of the wounded from Qassam attacks is not adequately protected from them.

The numbers indicate that during the first nine and a half months of 2006, 202 people were hurt by Qassams, more than double of the 87 from last year.

The most active month in that aspect was July of 2006 during the war in the north with 85 people. Before that, when the Gilad Shalit was kidnapped 27 people were hurt.

During August of 2005, the time of the disengagement from Gaza, there were virtually no rocket attacks from Gaza, and only one person was evacuated to the emergency room of the hospital.

Meital Yasur-Beit Or
Published: 10.30.06, 21:05

What country lets 85 rockets fall on one it's city in one year and use all of it's power to stop the attacks?

Then due to lack of real action the number of rockets more than double in the first 9 months of the following year,
we didn't pray for 2,000 years to return to such a State.

We are G-D's people living in the Land that G-D gave us and it is time we start acting like it!

Despite failures: Division commanders won't be dismissed

Despite failures: Division commanders won't be dismissed

General Staff decides to allow four commanders of divisions that took part in Lebanon war to remain in their positions or be appointed to other roles in army; decision represents vote of confidence on army chief's part

The four commanders of the military divisions that took part in the recent war in Lebanon will not be dismissed from their positions, despite the findings of inquiries conducted after the ceasefire went into force that revealed failures in their conduct.

Some of the generals will continue to serve in their roles, while others will be appointed to administrative posts after completing serving their term in office.

During a prolonged debate held throughout the afternoon at the office of IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz and attended by army generals, it has been decided that the commander of the Galilee Division, Brigadier-General Gal Hirsch, will complete his term in office and afterwards be appointed head of the Strategy Unit at the IDF's Planning Directorate.

Hirsch will be replaced by Brigadier-General Imad Fares, who currently serves as commander of the Edom Division. Commander of the Givati Brigade, Colonel Yoel Streek will take Fares' place and be appointed head of the Edom Division.

Commander of the 162 Division, Brigadier-General Guy Zur will be appointed head of the Tze'elim base and replaced by Brigadier-General Uzi Moskovitz.

The two other division commanders, Brigadier-General Eyal Eisenberg (commander of the Paratrooper Division) and Brigadier-General Erez Zuckerman (commander of the Reserve Division at the Northern Command), will remain in their positions.

Vote of confidence
It appears that the officers whose names became linked to a series of deficiencies during the war can be satisfied with the decision not to reprimand them too heavily, and to allow them the possibility to continue moving up in the ranks.

The decision to leave Brig.-Gen. Eisenberg and Brig.-Gen. Zuckerman in their roles represents a vote of confidence on the part of the army chief, as well as a desire to prevent more turbulence among the ranks following the war.

The General Staff has recently been presented with the interim reports on nine inquiries into the war. In the meetings, the heads of the investigations presented the directions and issues regarding the war with Hizbullah and the performance of the General Staff and the army's primary Commands during the fighting.

All the reports reveal numerous failures in the military's functioning during the battles and throughout the war itself.

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 10.30.06, 21:23

I can find no fault in this, only because if the true leadership will never be forced to pay the price for the loss that was the war in Lebanon, then why should the commanders in the field.

I would love to see all leaders from Olmert down pay the price for the failures of the war but we must face facts that it will never happen.

Military official: Gaza operation to be expanded soon

Military official: Gaza operation to be expanded soon

Army chief, defense minister okay plans for several operations in different areas in Strip. IDF official explains: 'We can't ignore what's happening in Gaza, we have to act at least until we see internal change there'

Pressure rises: Less than a week after leaving the Khan Younis area following an operation to apprehend wanted suspects and locate tunnels used for the smuggling of weapons, the IDF is planning another, broader operation in the Gaza Strip, to be launched in the coming days.

"We can't hold on to areas in the Strip for an extended period of time, but we must act all the more forcefully against the terror infrastructures," army officials told Ynet, adding that "an expansion of the operation in Gaza is expected soon."

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 10.31.06, 00:47

How can the Army say that we can't hold onto parts of the Gaza Strip when we were able to hold the whole of Gaza for over three decades?

October 29, 2006

5 terror suspects caught in Wadi Ara

Oct. 29, 2006 17:50 | Updated Oct. 29, 2006 23:07
5 terror suspects caught in Wadi Ara
A suspected terror plot was foiled on Sunday when police and security forces arrested five suspected terrorists who had infiltrated the Wadi Ara region, and the high alert, which had been declared earlier in the day, was lowered.

Police discovered a car laden with explosives and sappers safely detonated the device.

Isreal Radio reported that four of those arrested were Palestinians and the other was an Israeli Arab.

In the early afternoon, security forces received concrete information that a would-be terrorist had arrived in the sensitive Wadi Ara area en route to carrying out a terror attack.

Wadi Ara, a narrow valley through which a main east-west road runs, is an area mostly compromised of Israeli Arab towns, and backs on to the Menahse region of Samaria. Its proximity to the West Bank and demographic make-up create a situation in which it is relatively easy for a terrorist to infiltrate and disappear into the surroundings.

Immediately after receiving the warning, police beefed up their forces all along the northern reaches of the Green Line, setting up checkpoints and even "hermetically" closing off key roadways.

Route 65 - the Wadi Ara road - was closed at one point in both directions, across a dozens-of-kilometer-long stretch between Caesarea and Megiddo Junctions.

Hours later, police re-opened the eastbound lanes, but maintained a full closure on the westbound lanes, also closing the approaches to the Cross-Israel Highway which intersects the route just east of Hadera.

Northern District Cmdr. Dan Ronen opened a temporary operations control center based in the Iron Police Station, a former British Taggart fortress overlooking the sensitive highway. Umm el-Fahm, the largest of the cities in the Wadi Ara area was sealed off at all of its entrances and exits.

Security sources said that the initial alert was unclear as to whether the man entered Israel with a bomb or whether he was meant to be given a bomb immediately before carrying out the attack.

Israeli Arab charged in foiled attack

Oct. 29, 2006 11:38 | Updated Oct. 29, 2006 22:07
Israeli Arab charged in foiled attack

The state has charged a 20-year-old Arab Israeli woman with membership in a terrorist organization, aiding the enemy in a time of war, contact with a foreign agent, illegally carrying weapons and membership in a terrorist organization.

The defendant, Varud Kassem, will be tried in Tel Aviv District Court.

According to the indictment released Sunday, Kassem joined Fatah's Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades in May during a visit to a Palestinian member of an Aksa cell living in Bala. During that visit, she fired a pistol.

The following month, Kassem returned to Bala. The terrorist asked her if she would help smuggle weapons between Israel and the West Bank, and Kassem agreed. She also agreed to suggest places within the Green Line to plant bombs.

In July, the terrorist acquired a seven kilogram bomb activated by two mobile phones. He asked Kassem and another cell member to meet him at Hawara south of Nablus, where he tried to persuade her to smuggle the bomb into Israel. She refused, saying she might be searched.

Kassem than told the terrorist she would ask her cousin Muhammad Boubli to help transport the bomb to the Spaghettim restaurant in Ra'anana, where he worked. It was to be detonated there, but it never crossed the Green Line.

On another occasion, Kassem met the Aksa Brigades' Ramallah head and was photographed wearing a Koran and a kerchief bearing nationalist slogans.

Earlier this month, police reported a similar instance in which an Israeli Arab from Kafr Kasim confessed to knowingly driving a suicide bomber and his accomplice to a 2002 bombing that killed one woman and wounded dozens.

Islam Badir, 27, said that in March 2002, he drove a man across the Green Line who later blew himself up at the My Coffee Shop Cafe at the corner of Rehov Bialik and Rehov Allenby in Tel Aviv.

Like Kassem, Badir took advantage of his yellow, Israeli license plates to avoid suspicion, this time to escort a bomber across the Green Line and into Petah Tikvah.

Police have frequently emphasized the connection between Palestinian working illegally in Israel and terrorist attacks. Badir became acquainted with the suicide bomber through connections made while the latter worked illegally in Israel. Similarly, Kassem helped make a connection between the terrorist group and her cousin, who was working in the restaurant illegally.

Police said terrorists monitor the ways illegal workers make their way from the West Bank, and use the same methods - including cars with Israeli license plates - to cross the Green Line and carry out attacks.

Israeli Jews have also been arrested in the past year for aiding terrorists.

Rebecca Anna Stoil contributed to this report.

October 28, 2006

Qassams in Negev, hundreds protest

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Qassams in Negev, hundreds protest

Sderots residents sick of Qassam rockets falling on their city nearly every day. Hundreds of town's residents protest in front of Defense Minister Amir Peretz's Sderot residence. In meantime, Qassams fired at western Negev

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 10.28.06, 23:37

While hundreds of Sderot residents demonstrated outside Defense Minister Amir Peretz's house against the unending firing of Qassam rockets at the city, Palestinian gunmen fired two rockets at the western Negev. One of the rockets landed in the town of Nativ Ha'asara, and the other in Palestinian territory. There has been no report of injuries or damage.

The residents of Sderot are sick of hearing the Red Dawn alert system go off nearly every day warning them of an incoming attack, and after it, an explosion. Hundreds of protestors carried torches and signs on which were written, "Shame on you, Government. You left us at war."

The demonstration was organized by Alon Davidi, head of Sderot’s protest committee, Batya Katar, head of the Parent-Teachers' Association in the city, and Rina Mor-Yosef, a resident of the city. In the past, the three have gone on a hunger strike outside the defense minister's house in a protest tent they set up. The tent was dismantled only after promises made them. However, they are now considering setting up the tent again.

This week, a few thousand manifestos were distributed to residents' houses, which called the government to act decisively against the Qassams. Attached were the telephone numbers of the cabinet members along with a request to call after every Qassam is fired at Sderot.

'Sderot becoming a ghost town'
According to Davidi, the protestors carried torches in order "to light up the government's path through the dark. We are prepared to be the light for this struggle." According to the protestors, Sderot is becoming a ghost town and this requires government attention.

Davidi, who spoke at the rally, said, "We charge the cabinet members, who are meeting this week, to instruct the IDF to embark on a large operation in Beit Hanoun in order to clean the territory of terrorists and Qassams and to return quiet to Sderot.

It is forbidden to continue only with targeted operations, which have proven unsuccessful in stopping the Qassams."

The protestors asked Israel Our Home Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman, expected to be appointed minister of strategic affairs, to keep his promise to the residents of the city when he visited their protest tent.

Lieberman said then that Hamas leaders must be asked to leave their houses in Gaza so that the IDF could flatten them in response to the Qassam fire.

This is the strong man of the right?

Lieberman calls on Hamas leaders to leave their houses so that the IDF can blow up the houses.

If this is the strongest leader Israel can produce we are doomed.

The IDF should flatten the houses of the leadership of the Palestinians with the leadership inside of the homes including the house of Abbas.

October 27, 2006

Israel snubs EU delegation due to far-Right MP

Israel snubs EU delegation due to far-Right MP

Foreign Ministry says will not welcome delegation of EU parliamentarians due to inclusion of Marine Le Pen of France. FM spokesperson: Le Pen member of racist party that denies Holocaust

Published: 10.27.06, 21:47

Israel said on Friday it would not welcome a delegation of European Union parliamentarians planning to visit the country this week if it included a far-right French member.

The Foreign Ministry said Israel objected to the inclusion of Marine Le Pen, daughter of far-right French leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, in the delegation.

"The delegation contained a senior member (Marine Le Pen) of a political party which, unfortunately, is both racist and a Holocaust denier," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said.

"For that reason we said that if such a delegation with such a composition would come to Israel they would not receive official meetings," he added.

The delegation was scheduled to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories between October 28 and November 4. It was expected to meet Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

"We wanted to receive delegations from the European parliament, but the composition of the delegation made that impossible," Regev said.

A spokeswoman for the European Parliament said it was "a postponement due to technical problems that could affect the success of the mission", but a parliamentary source confirmed it was due to Israel's refusal to accept Le Pen.

Jean-Marie Le Pen said Israel's refusal to meet his daughter ran "contrary to diplomatic traditions" and "basic democracy".

Le Pen, who caused an upset in France's 2002 presidential election when he finished second, was convicted and fined in 1990 for inciting racial hatred and for saying in 1996 that the gas chambers used by the Nazis were "merely a detail in the history of the Second World War".

Marine Le Pen, who is seen as the most likely successor to her 78-year-old father, told Reuters last week that her planned trip to Israel would be an opportunity to "clear up a certain number of misunderstandings".

Peres tells Solana: Israel will not ease pressure on Hamas

Peres tells Solana: Israel will not ease pressure on Hamas
By Aluf Benn

Vice Premier Shimon Peres had an angry exchange with visiting European Union foreign policy coordinator Javier Solana yesterday, after Solana demanded to know why Israel is keeping the Gaza Strip's border crossings closed.

Solana argued that this causes hunger and frustration, which ultimately encourage anti-Israel violence.

But Peres snapped back that "Israel is first and foremost obliged to provide security for its citizens." Therefore, he said, as long as missiles are fired at Israeli communities and terrorist activity continues, the crossings will not be opened.

Peres also blamed Hamas for the Palestinians' difficulties and rejected Solana's request that Israel transfer the taxes and customs duties it collects on the Palestinians' behalf. "The European Union must look at the reality and understand that as long as Hamas continues with its policy of extremism, the Palestinian people will continue to suffer and there can be no progress toward a peace deal, which could have been signed some time ago," he said.

Peres also charged that Syria's peace feelers were meant solely to ease American pressure and did not indicate serious intent to reach a deal with Israel.

In separate talks with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Solana called for the evacuation of illegal settlement outposts.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz also met the visiting EU envoy and expressed Israel's concern over the Iranian nuclear program, describing it as "an international problem that should concern the entire free world."

3 Gunmen Killed in Counter-Terror Operations

3 Gunmen Killed in Counter-Terror Operations
08:48 Oct 27, '06 / 5 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) PA (Palestinian Authority) officials are now reporting that three gunmen were killed by IDF gunfire. In el-Yamoun near Jenin, one was killed and two wounded. Nearby, in el-Fhara, two other gunmen were killed.

IDF officials report soldiers detected a number of terrorists approaching them in el-Fhara armed with handguns and hatchets.

More Developments in the Olmert Corruption Cases

More Developments in the Olmert Corruption Cases
10:44 Oct 27, '06 / 5 Cheshvan 5767
by Hillel Fendel

Rapid developments in the various investigations of corruption against PM Olmert: The Supreme Court asks Atty.-Gen. why the "pens" case was closed, the Comptroller implies wrongdoing, and more.

The Supreme Court ordered Attorney General Menachem Mazuz (pictured) to explain within 30 days why he closed the investigation against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert regarding expensive gifts he received as gifts. It had been reported that Olmert, a known pen collector, was given pens by dozens of people over the course of the years when he served as Mayor of Jerusalem and Minister of Trade, among other positions.

The pens are worth between 1,500 and 25,000 shekels each, for a total of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and some of them were received from people who had dealings with Olmert in his governmental capacities. NFC.co.il investigative reporter Yoav Yitzchak, who first reported on the story, also wrote that Olmert was suspected of obstructing justice by removing 240 expensive fountain pens from his house when the investigation began.

The police investigated the matter and informed Mazuz that there was not sufficient evidence to indict Olmert. The Attorney General then ordered the case closed - but the Ometz organization appealed to the High Court, which has now reopened the case to some degree by ordering Mazuz to explain his decision.

Olmert is also under investigation in a case known as the Bank Leumi privatization sale, and State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss has submitted a letter to Mazuz implying that Olmert is suspected of criminal activity in that regard. This, in keeping with the law requiring the Comptroller to notify the Attorney General whenever he finds evidence of suspected criminal activity.

Olmert's representatives said that the entire set of accusations is merely a "blood libel" against the Prime Minister.

The Comptroller's Office has amassed evidence indicating that Olmert, who was Minister of Industry and Trade when Bank Leumi was being sold in 2005, should clearly have disqualified himself when dealing with two prospective buyers. One of them was a client of his father-in-law's law firm, and the other had sold Olmert an expensive house for just over half-price.

In yet another development in the above case, representatives of Olmert said that all of his actions in the Trade Ministry were taken under the supervision of the ministry's Legal Counsel - none other than Mazuz's sister, Yamima Mazuz. However, NFC reports, Ms. Mazuz was never informed of Olmert's likely conflict of interest, nor did Olmert consult with her as to whether he should disqualify himself.

Arutz-7 asked NFC's Yoav Yitzchak about his ongoing investigations into the Prime Minister's activities. Yitzchak said, "My goal is simply to uncover all the corruption of Prime Minister Olmert. I write about others as well, but of course the Prime Minister is the most interesting... Though this is not my stated goal, I am well aware that if the Prime Minister is forced to resign because of corruption, this will lead to far-reaching changes in the entire governmental structure."

October 26, 2006

Torah Dedicated in Memory of Shalhevet Techiya Pass

Torah Dedicated in Memory of Shalhevet Techiya Pass 16:15 Oct 26, '06 / 4 Cheshvan 5767

(IsraelNN.com) A Torah scroll was dedicated in Hevron in memory of 10-month-old terror victim Shalhevet Techiya Pass, who was murdered in March 2001.

Baby Shalhevet was shot dead by an Arab sniper while being held in her mother’s arms in front of their Hevron home. Also moderately wounded in the attack was her father Yitzchak.

I wear a braclet with Shalhevet's name on it, when people ask me about it, their reaction to the murder of this 10 month little girl wins Israel many supporters. It is a great tool to teach people that the Palestinians are todays Nazi's.

Olmert's Wife Implicated in Latest Scandal


Olmert's Wife Implicated in Latest Scandal
16:44 Oct 26, '06 / 4 Cheshvan 5767
by Hillel Fendel

Aliza Olmert, Prime Minister Olmert's wife, received a "salary" of 240,000 shekels in the year 2004 - though employees don't remember her, and the job doesn't appear on her resume.

The information was publicized by the Hebrew website NFC, whose frequent scoops regarding allegations of corruption by Ehud Olmert has earned it a hate-Olmert reputation.

In 2004, the year in which his wife received the pay, Ehud Olmert served as Minister of Industry, Trade and Employment, as well as Head of the Israel Lands Authority, and held the Communications portfolio. NFC reports that his wife Aliza received, over the course of 11 months, approximately 22,000 shekels each month from a private company owned by Avi Naor.

A frequent donor to public causes such as the Green Light anti-traffic accidents organization, Naor has frequent contact with government officials, NFC reports, and often requests budgetary allocations.

Aliza said that the money paid her was for services rendered, beginning shortly after Naor and others planned a public-social project set to cost two billion shekels. The project was designed to save children at risk currently living in poverty. A very small part of the project was ultimately carried out, in Afula and Kiryat Gat.

As Minister of Industry and Trade, Ehud Olmert was to be one of the central figures in the establishment of the project - including raising money. Senior ministry figures appeared at various committee sessions to promote the project, named Yaniv.

It was precisely at this time that Aliza Olmert was hired by Naor's company - though NFC says its investigation showed that people who worked there at the time did not know her and did not encounter her work. Moreover, the website of the Prime Minister's Office, which details Aliza Olmert's accomplishments, does not include her work at Naor's company.

Aliza's spokesman responded to the report as follows: "Mrs. Olmert, a social worker, worked in the RAMGA company as a full-time employee. She was hired by Avi Naor to be a partner in the establishment of the Yaniv Organization, and was responsible for the national service for treatment of young children at risk. She received a salary proportionate to her work."

Mrs. Olmert's job, according to her superior at RAMGA, was to study and then to prepare a comprehensive treatment program for young children at risk. "She studied the existing programs in Israel and around the world, and formulate a [new one]," he said. He said he did not have any of her papers, and Mrs. Olmert did not respond to NFC's request to supply a copy of one.

It must be nice to be the wife of one of the oligarchy that rules Israel, I wonder if she gave any of this money to charity to feed hungry Jewish children in Israel?

How much corruption should the Israeli public have to put up with?

The problem is the lack of alternatives for the voters, it is the same old corrupt people being recycled through the Knesset, help us provide an alternative.

Jewish Couple Nearly Lynched While Soldiers Stood By

Jewish Couple Nearly Lynched While Soldiers Stood By
18:06 Oct 26, '06 / 4 Cheshvan 5767
by Ezra HaLevi

Arabs nearly lynched two Jews north of Jerusalem on Wednesday, while IDF soldiers at a nearby lookout watched and took no action. A Jewish man was shot and wounded by terrorists near Kiryat Arba.

Yehuda Karpelis and his wife Suzy, the victims of the near-lynching, say soldiers manning a nearby lookout admitted doing nothing beyond reporting the incident on their radio, while a group of Arabs attacked them mercilessly. Arutz-7 asked the IDF for its response and is still awaiting a reply.

Yehuda and Suzy left their home in the Binyamin region town of Beit El at around 3 PM Tuesday. They drove down the main Highway 60 toward the capital, taking the Atarot road that connects to Route 443, the Jerusalem-Modiin highway which is the fastest route to Ben Gurion Airport and Tel Aviv.

As Yehuda approached the Kalandia Crossing, just before a traffic circle with a tall IDF lookout post in the middle, very close to a large checkpoint staffed by dozens of soldiers and police, the couple was attacked.

“We stopped at the circle, behind eight Arab vehicles, and others pulled up behind us," Karpelis told Arutz-7's Hebrew newsmagazine. “Three Arabs, about 17-years-old, saw that I was a Jew because of the kippa [yarmulke] on my head. One of them suddenly opened my door, grabbed my arm roughly and yelled in Arabic ‘inzil!’ [Get out! –ed.] He tried to drag me out of the car but I struggled with him. He then began hitting me with a large stone. As I fought him I beeped the horn. We weren’t able to escape because we were blocked in by Arab cars on all sides. One of [the Arabs] grabbed my cell phone and smashed the hands-free microphone installed in the car in the process. Another Arab reached in toward where my wife Suzy was sitting and grabbed her purse from her hands. They also stole my briefcase and my daughter’s backpack from the trunk.”

Chaos erupted at the scene, Karpelis recalled, when finally a middle-aged Arab man interceded on their behalf, yelling at the attackers to cease and grabbing one of them. Yehuda continued:

“The attacker freed himself, ran away a bit and grabbed a large stone which he hurled at my window. G-d saved me a second time when the shatter-proof windows did not give way. They also tried on my wife’s side.

“To my astonishment, the assailant, who was some distance from the vehicle at that point, began to run toward us again like a maniac, trying to kick in the window with his feet like a ninja. It was clear to me that they wanted to kidnap or lynch us. We felt like only G-d was protecting us.

“The attacker tried once again and managed to get his hand through the window, where he grabbed all the papers he could from the door pocket. At that point they decided to run away, with our bags, my wife’s purse, daughter’s knapsack and my cell phone.”

"Soldiers Didn't Lift a Finger"
When the cars in front of Karpelis finally moved, they pulled up to the guard booth at the checkpoint. “We drove past the crossing," Yehuda said, "and got to the armored guard booth. It was clear to me that the soldiers at the booth did not hear any of the riot, the beeping or the screams. When they heard the story, they alerted additional forces, and army and Border Police officers quickly arrived at the scene.”

Karpelis said that one of the border policemen was flabbergasted at the fact that the whole incident took place so close to a lookout post with nobody intervening on behalf of the endangered civilians. “He radioed the soldiers manning the lookout up in the pillbox,” Karpelis recounted. “The lookout confirmed that he had seen a number of Arabs fleeing the area with our bags. He asked the person at the lookout if he had seen what happened to us and if so why he didn’t do anything about it. The lookout answered that he reported what was occurring on his radio, but received no response. The border policeman asked why the lookout did not at least throw a shock grenade [which produces a frightening sound, but no shrapnel, and may have frightened away the attackers –ed.] or do something to help. The lookout had no answer.”

Karpelis believes that the men in the lookout simply did not want to complicate their lives with the investigations and legal problems that result from making a tough decision to intervene in such a crisis. “They saw everything that was happening to us and didn’t lift a finger.”

Yehuda and Suzy filed a complaint with Jerusalem's Neve Yaakov police department, which is in charge of the Kalandia Crossing. The local police confirmed to Arutz-7 that such a complaint was filed.

Karpelis stressed that the police officers who debriefed them and took their complaint were polite and courteous. He said that regional police commander Yaakov Cohen, joined them and said he realized the serious nature of the incident, promising it would be fully investigated.

“My goal in publicizing the incident,” Karpelis says, “is to prevent a situation where a soldier who sees a Jew in trouble will refrain from shooting because he is afraid that afterwards he will be investigated and face disciplinary action. I also wanted to publicize the fact that we were saved by G-d.”

"Trying to Make us Give Up the Road"
The IDF has tried to close the road to Jews in the past, but the move was deemed illegal. “The IDF is not interested in Jews using the road because they say it is extra work for them to secure it,” explains Daniella Chaouat of Beit El, who frequently uses the route. “This is illegal. The only entity that can change the status of such a road, built by the State of Israel and essential for the freedom of movement of Israelis living in the region, is the Knesset.”

The road was closed for a long while as construction on the new sophisticated crossing was completed and the partition wall built in the region. Once construction was over, Jews began to use the road regularly again.

Chaouat fears that certain elements in the police and security establishment are seeking to use other means to deter Jews from using the road. “I am not surprised by the report that the Karpelis family was not rescued from the attempted lynch,” she says. “They are trying to make it so we ourselves give up this road. This is illegal and it is not going to happen.”

Defense Minister Amir Peretz can be faxed at 02-649-6545, or by dialing your international access code + 972-2649-6545.

In another incident, Palestinian terrorists attacked a Jewish driver near Kiryat Arba on Wednesday afternoon from point-blank range. The driver managed to smack the gun away, but suffered bullet wounds to his hand and arm.

Arab Shepherds Shoot Jewish Motorist, PA Police Shoot Reservist

Arab Shepherds Shoot Jewish Motorist, PA Police Shoot Reservist
19:36 Oct 26, '06 / 4 Cheshvan 5767
by Ezra HaLevi

A Jewish man was shot by Arab shepherds who blocked the road and ambushed his vehicle Thursday.

The shepherds blocked Highway 35 near the Jewish community of Telem, forcing the motorist to slow down. One of the terrorists approached the vehicle and pulled out a gun, which he held to the man’s head.

The motorist pushed the gun away from his head but was shot in the arm in the process.

The driver sped off and called the emergency center in Kiryat Arba, which sent an ambulance to meet the vehicle at the junction with the main Highway 60. MDA ambulance driver Benny Teneh said that it was unclear exactly where the incident took place from the frantic emergency call they received, so two ambulances were dispatched to different possible locations.

The man was treated and transported to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital’s trauma ward.

The IDF launched a manhunt for the terrorist shepherds, but have not yet located them.

PA Police Engage IDF
One IDF soldier was wounded in southern Gaza when Palestinian Authority police, armed by the Israeli government under the Oslo Accords, opened fire on IDF troops. The soldier, a reservist, is in moderate condition at Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Hospital.

The IDF returned fire and killed the PA policemen. The operation is taking place in the town of Khan Younis, which borders the demolished Gush Katif town of N’vei Dekalim.

Elsewhere, PA Arabs fired two anti-tank rockets at IDF soldiers operating in Gaza.

Counter-Terror Operations
IDF soldiers taking part in counter-terror operations in Judea and Samaria overnight arrested 21 wanted terrorists from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah.

The arrests took place in Shechem, where a large cache of weapons was discovered in one of the homes; in Tul Karem; in Ramallah and in Bir Zeit, the village known for its militant PA university.

Attacks Thwarted
Several pounds of weapons-grade TNT were intercepted by the Shabak (General Security Service) Sunday. The explosives were being smuggled out of Gaza with the aim of manufacturing Kassam rockets from the material in Tul Karem.

On Thursday, IDF soldiers identified a suspicious object buried in the ground in the Jenin region. The bomb squad was called in and a 66-pound bomb attached to a propane tank was diffused.

October 25, 2006

Expert: Prepare for war

Expert: Prepare for war

Middle East experts give their forecasts for the coming months in the region, warn of 'terrible deterioration' on Israel's northern border

Yaakov Lappin
Published: 10.25.06, 18:28

The coming months will present Israel with strategic threats from three different directions, Dr. Boaz Ganor, founder of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism told Ynetnews.

The first threat, stemming from the Shiite alliance of Iran and Hizbullah, will result in "terrible deterioration" on Israel's northern border, according to Ganor.

"The year 2007 is going to be a critical year, as the international arena will do its utmost to narrow down the nuclear capabilities of Iran. It could be done by using more affirmative sanctions, or even a military campaign," Ganor said. "And the ramification of such an attempt, even if it's only sanctions, will cause a terrible deterioration of the situation on the northern border, where Iran will use its proxy Hizbullah to retaliate against Israel, and make clear that Israel has to pay for any activities against Iran," Ganor added.

Turning to the Palestinian arena, Ganor said that "the Palestinians are now at the stage of shaping their self-identities," a process he described as ultimately "positive." They are torn between "terrorism and violence against Israel, definitely the concept used by Yasser Arafat under the Oslo accords," as well as today's "Islamic radical terrorist organizations," and the "alternative option, which is actually being represented by (PA President Mahmoud Abbas) Abu Mazen," based on the idea that "terrorism and violence will never fulfill the Palestinian national interest."

"The problem is that this is not a smooth process. It involves battles within the Palestinian arena. And I think in the coming months this may spill over into Israel," Ganor said.

Ganor then pointed out the "third process, which I have to admit that many Israelis, including decision makers and security services in Israel underestimate, is the threat of global jihadists against Israel," posed by al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

"In my view, in the coming months, global jihadists will try to launch what we call a major attack against Israel. Zawahiri (deputy leader of al-Qaeda) has announced that. I tend to believe him. The activities of al-Qaeda and global jihadist movements are surrounding Israel, from Sinai, Amman, Jordan, some involvement in Lebanon, and ongoing and growing involvement in Gaza Strip. And it's only a matter of time before they infiltrate Israel soon. So this is in my view a very negative process and I have to admit that… we are under-prepared," Ganor added.

'Very little time until next war'

In a document made available to Ynetnews by Professor Moshe Sharon, an expert on Islamic history at the Hebrew University, Sharon declared that the next war Israel would have to fight was almost here.

"Today it is clear to everyone who is prepared to confront unadorned reality, and they are the majority of people in Israeli society with the wish to live, that we have to take advantage of the short period of time left to us to prepare the army for the inevitable next war. It is already on the way," Sharon wrote.

He added: "Hizbullah is the immediate enemy. No one will disarm it because it has no intention of disarming and there is no one to coerce it to do so. The UN is collaborating with Hizbullah and none of its member nations has any interest in dealing with it."

"The Shiite of Hizbullah has taken control of Lebanon with the generous help of Iran and Syria and it will not relinquish it even if this means bringing about its total destruction. Lebanon will gradually be emptied of its remaining Christian population and zealous Islam will have achieved an important objective: One of the only two non-Muslim countries in the Middle East will just disappear," Sharon said.

"Islam came into being as a fighting religion. Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, imposed his authority, first and foremost, by means of his military strength. He understood that even when speaking in the name of Allah, this must be accompanied by tens of thousands of fighters with drawn swords," the professor added.

"The Muslims consider the State of Israel to be an advance position of the "House of War" established on Islamic territory conquered from Islam. Israel, therefore, must first disappear. All paths to that end are legitimate," Sharon said.

Describing peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan as tactical breaks in their war against Israel, Sharon declared: "The Egyptian authorities turn a blind eye, or worse, allow the unimpeded flow of arms, above and below ground, to terrorist organizations in Gaza. Is it necessary to ask, to fight against whom did Egypt create an army of close to a million soldiers?"

Peretz: Israel didn't fire at German ship

Peretz: Israel didn't fire at German ship

Defense Minister Amir Peretz denies report that two IAF jets fired shots towards German vessel off shores of Lebanon. Peretz speaks with his German counterpart, guarantees him Israel will not attack country's ships

Defense Minister Amir Peretz stated Wednesday that that reports that IAF jets had fired shots at a German ship were completely untrue.

According to a report by the Defense Ministry in Berlin, two Israeli warplanes and a German navy vessel have clashed off the Lebanese coast.

Germany daily Der Tagesspiegel earlier on Wednesday quoted a junior German Defense Ministry official as telling a parliamentary committee that two Israeli F-16 fighters flew low over the German ship and fired two shots.

The minister did not say when the incident happened or what had caused it, the paper said.

"I can confirm that there was an incident," a ministry spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday. An investigation was underway and he therefore was unable to provide further information, he added.

Germany assumed command of a United Nations naval force off the coast of Lebanon 10 days ago and has sent a force of eight ships and 1,000 service personnel to join the international peace operation in the region.

The naval force is charged with preventing weapons smuggling and helping maintain a ceasefire between Israel and radical Lebanese-based Islamic group Hizbullah.

Report: Syria ups military alert level

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Oct. 25, 2006 11:23 | Updated Oct. 25, 2006 17:03
Report: Syria ups military alert level

The Syrian Defense Minister has raised the army's alert level following IDF training exercises in the Golan Heights on Monday.

According to a report published on Wednesday in the Qatari newspaper, Al-Watan, Damascus became worried after IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz visited the area as part of a surprise inspection.

# What was behind Halutz's surprise visit to the Golan?

The report also stated that the Syrians were concerned about the addition of the right-wing Israel Beiteinu party to the government coalition.

Halutz made a surprise visit to the 36th Division in the Golan Heights Monday morning as part of a comprehensive inspection to be conducted throughout the week.

Some 60 officers and military staff members who accompanied Halutz will be evaluating the level of readiness and fitness in the division and its units.

October 24, 2006

More Investigations Against Olmert

More Investigations Against Olmert
16:47 Oct 24, '06 / 2 Cheshvan 5767
by Hillel Fendel

AG Menachem Mazuz is investigating new criminal allegations against PM Ehud Olmert. The PM is is suspected of accepting bribes in the state's sale of Bank Leumi and illegal political appointments.

The Bank Leumi deal is the fifth in a series of criminal investigations against Olmert which NFC, the website of investigative journalist Yoav Yitzchak, has led in researching and reporting.

The latest case involves suspicions that in 2005, when Olmert served as Acting Finance Minister, he advanced the interests of two wealthy men who wished to purchase controlling interest in Bank Leumi. One of them had contributed large sums to Olmert's campaign for Mayor of Jerusalem, and the other one is a client of Olmert's father-in-law's law firm.

NFC reports that the investigation is being waged secretly, "despite Olmert's status, and despite the importance of publicizing this information at this time when Olmert is seeking the Knesset's support in expanding his government."

At this stage of the Bank Leumi investigation, a comprehensive review is underway by two senior State Prosecution attorneys, under the auspices of Deputy State Prosecutor Shuki Lemberger. They are investigating evidence of bribery, and the next stage, NFC reports, is the "near-certain public announcement of a full criminal investigation."

The financial department of the police detective department will run the investigation. Headed by Yoav Segelovitz, the top detective in the President Katzav case, the department will designate its top men to investigate the Olmert-Leumi case within the coming days, when the Katzav investigation is completed.

NFC quotes a "senior Justice Ministry source" as saying that activities are underway that cannot be revealed, both because of their great sensitivity and because of the danger that certain aspects of the investigation would be put at risk.

In response to a query from Arutz-7, the Justice Ministry's spokesman responded:
"A number of weeks ago, the State Comptroller's Office submitted to the Attorney General materials regarding the tender for the sale of the controlling interest in Bank Leumi. The Attorney General submitted these materials, as is customary, to the State Prosecutor for Prosecution review and the preparation of an opinion as to how to proceed with them. At this stage, no decisions have yet been made, no criminal proceeding is underway on the issue, and the police are not involved in the matter."

Political Appointments, Too
In a separate development, an official in the State Comptroller's Office told the Knesset Control Committee Tuesday about material linking Olmert with political appointments in the Small Business Authority. Former police official Yaakov Borovsky, who oversees a campaign against government corruption, says the findings raise suspicions of criminal acts.

Knesset Control Committee Chairperson MK Esterina Tartman (Yisrael Beiteinu) strongly censured Prime Minister Olmert for not showing up to the session. She said that the timing of the session was specifically coordinated in advance with Olmert's office, and that a few days ago he said he could not appear because of an important security meeting. She said that such security meetings are usually held on Sundays, and that Olmert's behavior was "disgraceful" and a "mockery of the Knesset, the Committee, and the nation."

After it was reported that evidence against Olmert regarding his political appointments had been submitted to the Attorney General, MK Avshalom Vilan (Meretz) said to Tartman, "Now you understand why he didn't show up today."

Yoav Yitzchak has reported in the past on investigations by the State Comptroller and/or Attorney General against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Among them are the German Colony building sale, currently under investigation by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss; the Kaf-Tet B'November Street house sale; and the "expensive pens" gifts. NFC notes that other Israeli media have been ignoring most of the allegations against the Prime Minister, "thus not fulfilling their public mission."

Iran's Ayatollah: Israel's Defeat is a 'New Chapter'

Iran's Ayatollah: Israel's Defeat is a 'New Chapter' 19:00 Oct 24, '06 / 2 Cheshvan 5767 by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz & Ezra HaLevi

Iran's Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenaei said on Tuesday that the recent Israeli war in Lebanon opened a "new chapter" in the Middle East.

Khamenaei, referred to as the "Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution" by Iran's official English-language news web site, was quoted as saying that "victory in Lebanon and Israel's defeat in the war fronts opened a new chapter in history of the Middle East."

Addressing worshipers in a sermon after the Eid El-Fitr holiday prayers at Tehran's Mossalla Prayer Grounds, the Ayatollah said, "The policy the US wished to implement in the Middle East has failed. ...Nations of Lebanon, Iran, Palestine, other Arab states of the region, of Iraq and of other Muslim nations should be watchful not to take any move to help the treacherous plans of the US and Zionists. Whatever is regarded as a success for the US and the Israeli regime is harmful to all Muslim states. Whatever pleases the aggressors and plunderers in the region, would make all regional nations unhappy and depressed."

In another message from the Iranian leadership to the Persian nation, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on Muslims to create a baby boom to double his country's population. He said birth control policies should be scrapped, and that women should work less so they can spend more time on the "main mission" of raising children.

Ahmadinejad said, "I am against saying two children are enough. Our country has a lot of capacity. It has the capacity for many children to grow in it. It even has the capacity for 120 million people. Westerners have problems. Because their population growth is negative they are worried and fear that if our population increases, we will triumph over them."

Regarding Iran, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz stated that the nation's nuclear program represents an existential threat to Israel. "We must be prepared," Halutz told an industrial forum on Friday, because Tehran is capable of using a nuclear weapon against the Jewish State.

Meanwhile, Knesset Member Muhammad Barakeh of the Arab-Communist Hadash party declared that the government vote this week to bring Avigdor Lieberman's nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party into the coalition is a "declaration of war against Iran." Lieberman will be appointed to the newly created position of minister for coordinating Israel's strategic response, a role developed with an eye towards countering the Iranian nuclear threat.

While both American and Israeli leaders still talk of peace in the Middle East the Muslim leaders are talking in the language of war.

The enemies of Israel are still talking of destroying Israel which would result in the murder of 6,000.000 Jews.

My daughter just came back from Poland where she now has become a witness to the evil that once tried to murder every Jew in the world, at one of the camps there is 7 tons of human ash.

The thing that was most striking for her is that until now the holocaust was black and white since all the photos and movies of this crime were of course in black and white since their was no color film at the time. Now with her visit to the death camps of Poland the holocaust has been painted in color.

The world leadership 60 years ago failed the Jewish people and they are it seems going to fail us once again.

Help us build towards bringing strong leadership to the Jewish people, so that w can save our people from a horror filled future and as we save ourselves we will also save the world.

October 23, 2006

2 Qassams hit Sderot; no injuries

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2 Qassams hit Sderot; no injuries

Rockets land in open fields; no injuries reported. Army estimates Palestinians responding to Beit Hanoun incident

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 10.23.06, 22:07

Two Qassam rockets fired from north Gaza toward Sderot Monday evening landed in open areas in the western Negev city.

No injuries were reported but the Sderot Municipality said several residents suffered from shock. Damage was caused to two vehicles.

The Color Red alert system was activated just before 9:30 p.m., and loud explosions were heard a short time later. The alert level in Sderot has been heightened due to the IDF’s activity in Gaza, and it was estimated that the Palestinians will attempt to respond to the operation in Beit Hanoun, in which seven locals were killed and 30 others were wounded.

Lt. Col. Guy Biton, commander of the Givati battalion that operated in the Strip, said, "We only hit gunmen who were firing at our forces. If we didn't, those gunmen would be launching Qassam rockets on Sderot tomorrow."

The Palestinians, however, claimed that six of those killed were family members of Atta Shanbari, a commander at the Salah al-Din Brigades, the Popular Resistance Committees' military wing.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killing, describing the incident as a "heinous massacre." Abbas urged the international community to intervene in order to prevent a further escalation in the situation. He called on Israel and Palestinian armed groups to halt the fighting.

October 22, 2006

Poll: One-Third of PA Arabs Blame U.S. for Problems

Poll: One-Third of PA Arabs Blame U.S. for Problems 20:10 Oct 22, '06 / 30 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) One-third of Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza blame United States foreign policy for the political problems in the Palestinian Authority (PA), according to a new poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion.

Slightly less than 28 percent said that Hamas's unwillingness to change its positions is to blame for the political crisis, while 13.9 percent blamed PA president Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Fatah faction.

More than half of the respondents oppose Hamas's refusal to accept the Quartet's conditions for receiving foreign aid, but almost one-third rate Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who is PA prime minister, as the most credible personality to be charged with forming a national unity government.

Lebanese Muslim Leader, Nasrallah Accuse U.S. of ´Sowing Strife´

Lebanese Muslim Leader, Nasrallah Accuse U.S. of ´Sowing Strife´ 21:36 Oct 22, '06 / 30 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Lebanon's senior Muslim cleric and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah have accused the United States of trying "to sow strife among Muslims in more than one region of the Islamic world." Nasrallah met with Mohamed Fadlallah, who said in his weekly sermon that Lebanon is being put under "direct international tutelage" and is becoming an international protectorate.

Nasrallah reiterated claims that Hizbullah won the war against Israel this summer, and the two leaders accused the United Nations of not doing anything to stop what they called Israeli violations of Lebanon's sovereignty

Olmert: IDF preparing for Iranian threat

Olmert: IDF preparing for Iranian threat

After sending firm messages to Iran following Moscow visit, on Sunday prime minister tells Kadima activists IDF troops already training to face new threats

Prime Minster Ehud Olmert spoke with a group of 100 Kadima activists at his home in Jerusalem on Sunday and referred to the readiness of the Israel Defense Forces in light of the new dangers faced by Israel, saying that the troops will be trained to face any such threat.

"Our soldiers will be trained to deal with any of the dangers Israel is facing, including the Iranian threat, and we have already begun the work," he said.
at "there will leave no stone unturned, and no warehouse unchecked."

During the past week Olmert expressed his opinion several times regarding the Iranian threat. During his visit to Moscow last week, Olmert told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel will not accept a nuclear Iran.

“I made it clear to President Putin that the Iranian issue is at the head of Israel’s concern. We don’t have the privilege of allowing a situation that gives a country like Iran unconventional abilities,” Olmert said. "For us, when a leader of another country says he wants to destroy us, it does not sound like a haphazard statement. This is an issue we must be prepared for and prevent in any way possible."

October 21, 2006

Rockets Strike Western Negev Over Sabbath

Rockets Strike Western Negev Over Sabbath
21:07 Oct 21, '06 / 29 Tishrei 5767
by Ezra HaLevi

Rockets fired from Gaza struck towns and communities in the western Negev Friday and Saturday, injuring residents and disrupting life in the region. IDF anti-tunnel operations continue.

Four Kassam rockets were fired from northern Gaza toward areas in the western Negev and in the direction of the city of Ashkelon Saturday.

Friday night, as residents gathered in synagogues in the town of Sderot, two rockets struck, one of them landing in a family’s backyard, wounding one person in the chest with shrapnel. The other lightly injured two people. Others were treated for shock.

Five other rockets were fired Friday morning. One more was fired in the afternoon, landing near Ashkelon’s chemical and power facilities.

IDF Continues Anti-Tunnel Operations
The IDF continues to make its way systematically across the Philadelphi Corridor, between the Egyptian and Gazan sides of the smuggling capital of Rafiah. Additional tunnels were discovered, including one that led inside a private home. During the night, the IDF carried out an aerial attack on the building after warning residents to leave structures containing such tunnels and weapons storage facilities.

An anti-tank rocket was fired at IDF soldiers taking part in the tunnel-locating operation.

Several tunnels have also been discovered leading from Gaza toward the western Negev region surrounding the PA-controlled area that Israel withdrew from during last year’s Disengagement Plan. The tunnels were near completion, leading IDF officials to believe additional attacks are in the works.

In June, terrorists used such a tunnel to sneak into Israel and attack an IDF position near the community of Kerem Shalom from behind, killing two soldiers and capturing Corporal Gilad Shalit, who remains in Hamas hands.

Egypt Intercepts Arms Shipment
Egyptian police, under fire for inaction in preventing the large-scale smuggling on their side of the border, announced Friday that they had intercepted a large arms shipment that was on its way to Gaza.

The Egyptians arrested three Bedouins with 200 crates of assault rifles and ammunition early Friday in the village of Ballouza, 100 km from the border. They said the men confessed to planning to use underground tunnels to smuggle the weapons into Rafiah.

Counter-Terror Arrests
IDF soldiers involved in counter-terrorism operations throughout Judea and Samaria during the night arrested four wanted terrorists in Ramallah and Hevron.

In Shechem, soldiers were targeted by terrorist gunfire. There were no reports of injuries to soldiers, however.

October 20, 2006

Halutz-On the Palestinians: ‘In the end they’ll find consensus – us’

On the Palestinians: ‘In the end they’ll find consensus – us’

The IDF chief also addressed the threats and missions Israel and the army are faced with.

Regarding the Palestinian arena, he noted: “The solution to the Palestinian issue seems distant. The Palestinian system is in a situation of anarchy, especially in Gaza, as opposed to in Judea and Samara, where we are physically present. In Gaza there is anarchy.

There is not ‘king’ to take the law into his hands and make order.

"There are internal wars that find an escape route through us. In the end, they won’t fight a civil war but will settle on a consensus – and that is us,” he warned.

Halutz reiterated warnings that the Palestinians were smuggling large quantities of weapons into Gaza. He said Palestinians were linked to a smuggling chain that goes from Damascus and Tehran all the way to the Gaza Strip.

As for Syria, Halutz said he considered Syrian President Bashar Assad as having his “right foot in the hot water of a war and his left foot is in the cold water of peace.”

“We need to be alert to the fact that the capabilities Syria is building are a bad dream compared to what we saw with Hizbullah. They have rockets systems that could hit the home front, if there is a confrontation. They have an army which we tend to belittle, but I suggest to take it seriously. The Syrians understand and harbor part of the terror operating against Israel – they stand behind Hizbullah, Hamas and the Jihad.”

Halutz also addressed the Iranian threat and the danger ambushing Israel. In Iran there exists “the combination of fanatic ideology and the strong will to attain nuclear weapons. And their flag is the desire to destroy Israel. We can’t remain indifferent; we need to look at things from a temporal perspective. We need to be ready for this insane possibility. This is a real, unequivocal threat, and they’ve already declared their intentions.”

Haniyeh escapes convoy attack

Haniyeh escapes convoy attack

Palestinian security officials: Disgruntled relatives of Fatah activist killed in recent internecine fighting with Hamas fire at Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's motorcade as it drives through Gaza, but Hamas leader's armored Mercedes car not hit, no injuries reported

Palestinian security officials said disgruntled relatives of a Fatah activist killed in recent internecine fighting with Hamas fired at Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's motorcade as it drove through Gaza on Friday, but the Hamas leader's armored Mercedes car was not hit and nobody was injured.

Officials in Haniyeh's office said the attack did not appear to be an assassination attempt, but it comes at a time of growing tensions between rival Palestinian factions that have sparked fears of civil war.

"The prime minister is alright and he is out of the area which witnessed the gunfire. His car was not attacked," one official in Haniyeh's office said.

Officials said gunfire hit vehicles of a Hamas-led police force that was behind cars carrying Haniyeh, who had just finished a speech at a mosque. One of the vehicles was torched. Hamas security officials returned fire, officials said.

During his speech, Haniyeh said he would reject any moves by President Mahmoud Abbas to oust his government.

Abbas has hinted he might fire the Hamas government after efforts to form a unity cabinet foundered over the Islamist movement's refusal to soften its stance toward Israel.

The incident occurred less than 12 hours after the rival factions reached an agreement through the mediation of Egypt’s permanent security delegation to Gaza which calls for an immediate cessation of violence and an end to incitement and mudslinging on Palestinian media outlets.

This article was taken from Ynet and below the article are comments that people have written about the article, I want to share one with you so you can get a flavor of how the Palestinians can think.

5. General Haniyeh

This could have been a tragedy, this man has given so much to the world with his knowledge and education, his thoughtfulness and vision for the future for his people, the jobs he has created, the advancements in science and technology and humanity, his gift of peace to his people and a brighter future, a true visionary, this man who surely will win a nobel prize one day, ................thank goodness he was not harmed, we may have taken a giant leap backward if he was hurt.......
ahamed ahabal , gaza (10.20.06)

Al-Zahar: Israel an abscess on Middle East


Al-Zahar: Israel an abscess on Middle East

During Hamas rally in Khan Younis, Palestinian foreign minister says Israel has no historical, religious or cultural justification, and Hamas will never recognize Zionist state

Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar said Friday that Israel was “an abscess” on the Middle East, and that Hamas would never recognize it.

Al-Zahar made the comments to a rally of Hamas supporters in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.

According to al-Zahar, “Israel is an abscess supplanted onto our lands. It has no historical, religious or cultural justification, and we will never have relations with this ‘abscess’. We will never recognize Israel, and that is a final decision and is not up for negotiation.”

Al-Zahar’s comments join a series of remarks against Israel made recently by Hamas leaders. About one month ago, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh made a speech to demonstrators in Gaza in which he declared that he did not intend to accept the conditions set by the Quartet to recognize Israel, accept previous agreements and disarm.

Hamas’ refusal to recognize Israel in effect brought about thefailure of negotiations to establish a unity government between Fatah and Hamas. Fatah members asserted that Hamas must understand that the conditions set by the international community require the group to chance its tactics. Fatah blamed Hamas’ belligerent comments on Israel for torpedoing efforts towards a unity government.

In light of the tense situation in the PA, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in Ramallah with members of the Central Election Committee. Abbas discussed the possibility of early elections with the committee.

In the past few days Hamas members have continued to threaten that if Abbas dismantles the parliament, negating the results of democratic elections, would be considered a coup against the government .

October 19, 2006

Twenty Handed Administrative Orders Without Trial

Twenty Handed Administrative Orders Without Trial 19:03 Oct 19, '06 / 27 Tishrei 5767 by Hillel Fendel

A protest will be held Sunday outside the IDF Central District Commander's home, against the detention orders given to 20 Yesha residents - including one who has no place to go and has been jailed.

Over the past few weeks and months, 20 activist Jews from various outpost neighborhoods in Judea and Samaria have received orders keeping them out of the entire region. The orders are for between three and six months. Some of the men have families with up to five children, and some have no relatives outside Yesha.

The expelled residents and many of their neighbors feel that the government is merely trying to pave the way for the destruction of the outposts and neighborhoods in which they live.

(See below for details of the demonstration.)

Among the 20 is Elad Keller, aged 19, who lives in Maon with his parents. He was violently arrested this week - receiving bruises on his neck and above his eye - after he refused to adhere to the orders throwing him out of his home.

As Elad explained in court today, "A group of policemen came into my house one morning suddenly, telling me I have to leave Yesha. I asked why, and they said, 'Because.'"

"Two days ago," Elad continued, "I was in court, and I heard the judge give the decision that can be released if I deposit 2,500 shekels. But I have no place to go! I did not even try to raise the money, because my family lives in Yesha and I have no place outside Yesha to live! If the other alternative is for me to sit in jail, then I'll sit in jail."

Keller added, "I would like someone to explain to me why I'm considered dangerous... Is this a democratic state?" The Jerusalem Magistrates Court judge said he had no choice but to send Elad back to jail. He will be brought before a judge again on Sunday.

The Honenu Civil Rights organization has represented him in court until now, but Elad said, "It's no longer a judicial issue; all the points have been made," and says he will speak on his own behalf from now on. Honenu representatives continue to accompany him to court, encouraging and advising him.

Among the others who have been served with unexplained administrative orders keeping them out of their homes are fathers of five children, and more. The following list is based on one that is currently making the rounds of the internet and email, but with necessary corrections:

Distanced for a full year from Judea and Samaria, four months ago:
* Boaz Albert, married + 5, a resident of Hilltop 725 in Yitzhar. With his family living in Yitzhar, he has not yet found a permanent solution.
* Yehoyariv Meguri, married + 1, a resident of the young Ronen neighborhood in Brachah. Currently living in the north.

Distanced for a half year from Judea and Samaria: * Neriah Ofan, married + 5, a resident of the Lehavah outpost (where live ten families) in Yitzhar. Currently in Jerusalem.
* Eran Schwartz , married + 1, a resident of the Lehava outpost in Yitzhar. Currently in Jerusalem.
* Noam Mordechai, a student at Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai. He has no place to go, as his parents live in the Yesha town of Beit El. Recently became engaged.
* Elyashiv Gelbard, single, a student at Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai. He is under house arrest in Elon Moreh.
* Meir Brettler, married + 1, living in Havat Yishuv HaDaat, also known as the Bayit HaAdom (Red House).
* Baruch Sariel, 20, from Elon Moreh. In a contradictory situation: He is restricted to Elon Moreh in the Shomron, and is also distanced from Judea and Samaria.
* Yehudah Meir, single, a student at Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai, became engaged two days ago to Baruch Marzel's daughter.
* Uriah Cohen, single, a student at Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai. He has no place to go, as his parents live in the Yesha town of Karnei Shomron.
* Raz Hen, single, a student at Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai.
* Hillel Shalom, single, a student of Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai. He has no place to go, as his parents live in the Yesha town of Elon Moreh.
* Yehudah Goldberg, 18, of Tapuah. The police tried to arrest him on Tuesday in Tapuah.
* Chanan Herbst, a newlywed from Yitzhar, currently in Jerusalem.
* Ariel Gruner, married + 1, under house arrest in the Jordan Valley community of Rotem for another six weeks.

Distanced for three months from Judea and Samaria - they returned home this week:
* Shlomo Meir, married + 1, a resident of the Ronen hilltop in Brachah
* Idan Melul, single, a student in the Od Yosef Chai yeshivah

In addition, Hanokh Albert, married + 3, a resident of Ahiyah near Shilo, was under extended house arrest at the home of his wife’s parents. He returned home this week.

Honenu chairman Shmuel Medad said that three men were arrested on Sunday on charges of having set fire to an army officer's car after the Amona violence - and were released three days later without any restrictions. "This means that they were arrested without any evidence, just for nothing," Medad said bitterly. The three are a father of five and two newlyweds.

Medad said that the public can have a major say in having these orders revoked:

"If everyone would send a fax to Gen. Naveh, simply asking him to revoke the orders he signed, this could be very effective. In addition, certainly Prime Minister Olmert and Defense Minister Peretz are also involved in the decision. If people would also like to fax us a copy for publication - please specify whether you wish your name to be used - this could be of great help as well."

Fax numbers:
Gen. Naveh: 08-8680240; from abroad, the number is country code 972, followed by 8868-0240
Defense Minister Peretz: 02-649-6545, or 972-2649-6545
Prime Minister Olmert: 02-670-5475, or 972-2670-5475
The Honenu fax number is 0508-966-047, or 972-508-966-047 from abroad.

The protest on Sunday will be held at 6 PM, on Rabbi Yehudah Halevi Street in Givat Shmuel (near Bar Ilan University), opposite the home of Gen. Ya'ir Naveh, who signed the orders. The rally is being organized by many groups, including the Land of Israel Loyalists, Land of Israel Youth, Komemiyut, Mateh HaTzafon, Women in Green, Meginei Eretz, Gamla Will Not Fall Again - and the families of the expelled citizens.

Another young man arrested in connection with the events at Amona is Aryeh Tessler, 18, from Jerusalem. A student at the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva, he is currently in the Shikmah Prison in Ashkelon. Friends say he would appreciate letters of support. Aryeh's current address:
Aryeh Tessler
Shikmah Prison
P.O.B. 17
Ezor Taasiyah Tzfoni, Ashkelon.

In an effort to please the puppet masters in Washington D.C. the cowards, scum and traitors that run Israel are once again arresting and placing in jail Jews without charges.

Why are our leader’s cowards, because they no longer have the courage to fight to keep Israel strong?

Since they are corrupt and abuse their offices, to push themselves sexually on Jewish women in their offices such as the former Justice Minister and the President and since 10% of the Knesset is under investigation for corruption according to Fox News and that they have done nothing to keep more and more Israeli's from sliding into poverty they are scum.

Lastly for 2,000 of have prayed to return to our land, the Land of the Bible, Hevron, Bet lhem, Schem, Shilo and the current leaders in Israel either have giving these lands to our enemy or will do so in the future.

Where is the leadership that speaks of victory over our enemies?

Is it Bibi, no he gave up Hevron?

Where are the leaders that have faith in G-D and are willing to stand tall?

Not in the Knesset that is for sure.

Gaza: 13 tunnels unearthed

Gaza: 13 tunnels unearthed

IDF discovers 13 tunnels in southern Gaza in 300 meter stretch. Local commander warns: Dozens of tunnels are in the area used to smuggle weapons to Palestinians

Since Tuesday, IDF forces have uncovered 13 tunnels under the Philadelphi Route used to smuggle weapons into Gaza from Egypt in a major operation aimed at foiling the illegal arming of terrorist forces in Gaza.

The tunnels were all discovered under a 300 meter stretch of the border route separating Gaza and Egypt, and are all similar to the tunnels the IDF has seen when Israel was still in control of the border.

Lt. Colonel Yossi Drory of the Givati infantry brigade said that most of the tunnels are operational and are designed to smuggle weapons from Egypt into Gaza.

October 18, 2006

Congresswoman: Safeguard US aid to Abbas

Congresswoman: Safeguard US aid to Abbas

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., chairwoman of the House International Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East, says America must make sure weapons, financial aid reportedly being given to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Force 17 personal security detail do not wind up in possession of Palestinian terror groups

The United States must provide safeguards to ensure American weapons and financial aid reportedly being given to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Force 17 personal security detail do not wind up in the possession of Palestinian terror groups, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., chairwoman of the House International Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East, told WND.

Ros-Lehtinen was responding to a WND exclusive interview last week in which Abu Yousuf, a Force 17 officer, said weapons and aid the US may provide to his group could be shared with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror organization, the declared "military wing" of Fatah.

Abu Yousuf, who also serves in the Al Aqsa Brigades, hinted previous American assault rifles sent by the US to Force 17 in May were used in a spate of shooting attacks against Israeli civilians.

"We cannot be blinded to the fact that in this case, there is a propensity that US assistance could, whether deliberately or inadvertently, find its way to extremist groups," said Ros-Lehtinen.

"With the representation within the ranks of Abbas' Fatah party of militants with ties to the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, there is a potential that our own weapons could later be used against our ally, Israel and potentially against US priorities in the region.

"As such, I am committed to working with my colleagues to ensure that, if such assistance is provided, proper safeguards and monitoring are in place to avoid diversion of weapons and resources into the hands of Islamist jihadists operating in the Palestinian territories or working with Hamas and other entities classified by the US as foreign terrorist organizations," Ros-Lehtinen said

While I would like to thank the Congresswoman for a job well done I can’t, she is just not informed enough to understand who and what Force 17 is. The information I will post below was information I obtained by doing a Google search on Force 17 and not from any Israeli sources that may or may not be classified.

In other words the information below is all open source information that is available for every one to see if they will to learn who and what Force 17 is.

Force 17 Terrorist Mohand Said Muniyer Diriya
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
March 5, 2002

On Tuesday evening (March 5) in Ramallah, the IDF targeted Force 17
terrorist Mohand Said Muniyer Diriya. Diriyah, 22, was from Akraba
(Bekaot), and was a member of Force 17 in Ramallah and Tanzim leader
Marwan Barghouti's operations officer. Another cell member, Fawzi
Hamdi Mustafa Maher, 27, from Ramallah, was killed along with
Diriyah, as was Oman Kaidan, another Force 17 member.

Diriya became involved in terrorist activity at the end of October
2000. He was a member of a Ramallah-based terrorist cell along with
other Force 17 members. The cell was active since September 2000 and
perpetrated a number of murderous terrorist attacks against Israeli
citizens in Jerusalem, the Ramallah area and the northern West Bank.
Diriya personally took part in the following terror attacks, many
along with Fawzi Maher:

1. 30.10.2000 - A shooting attack in the branch of the National
Insurance building in eastern Jerusalem. A security guard,
Eish-Kodesh Gilmore, 25, from Mevoh Modi'in was killed, and another
guard was wounded.

2. 13.11.2000 - A shooting attack from a passing car on a bus of
soldiers near the community of Ofra. In the attack, Elad Wallenstein,
18 from Ashkelon and Amit Zaneh, 19 from Netanya were killed and
other soldiers were wounded. Immediately afterwards, there was a
shooting attack from a passing car near the community of Ofra in
which Sarah Leisha from Neve Tzuf was killed.

3. 24.11.2000 - A shooting attack in an ambush on Tapuah Junction. In
the attack, Ariel Jeraffi, 42 from Petah Tikva was killed.

4. 1.12.2000 - A shooting attack on a bus on its way to Shilo at the
French Hill junction.

5. 12.12.2000 - A shooting attack on an Israeli vehicle at Bekaot
junction; one person was wounded lightly in the head.

6. 17.12.2000 - A shooting attack on an Israeli vehicle at Yabed
junction, one person was wounded lightly in the head and hand.

7. 21.12.2000 - A shooting attack on route 433 Modi'in-Jerusalem
road, in which Eliahu Cohen, 30 from Modi'in, was killed.

8. 24.12.2000 - A shooting attack on an Israeli vehicle traveling on
the Atarot bypass road from the direction of Givat Ze'ev.

9. 31.12.2000 - A shooting attack on the Ramallah bypass road south
of Ofra. In the attack, Talia and Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane were killed.

10. 27.2.2001 - A shooting attack on the Givat Ze'ev-Atarot route. In
the attack, an Israeli girl was seriously wounded and two others were
wounded lightly.

11. March 2001 - Diriya placed a roadside bomb adjacent to the Surda
junction. The bomb was activated at an IDF patrol.

12. 12.6.2001 - Diriya dispatched the cell that carried out the
attack on the Ma'aleh Adumim road in which a Greek-Orthodox monk was

Following these incidents, Diriya continued in his terrorist
activities, and was promoted to become Marwan Barghouti's operations
officer. In this capacity, he directed and initiated the following
terrorist operations, in which Fawzi Maher also participated:

1. The murder of an Israeli citizen on the Atarot-Givat Ze'ev road in
January 2002.

2. The dispatching of a female suicide bomber near the Maccabim
checkpoint on February 27, 2002.

The following information is from Wikipedia:

Force 17 is an elite VIP protection unit of the Palestinian Fatah movement and later of the Office of the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. It is also known to be a terrorist organization.

Force 17 was formed in the early 1970s by senior Fatah militant Ali Hassan Salameh (Abu Hassan)

Unlike various units formed within Fatah previously the premise of Force 17 was assasinating Israeli political figures. The importance of such a unit was made clear by the humiliating losses suffered by the PLO leadership in Operation Spring of Youth (1973). Force 17 was used by Fatah to protect PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, his top lieutenants, as well as diplomats of the organization. They accompanied Arafat during his 1974 address to the United Nations in New York City.

As we can now see Force 17 was started with the idea of assassinating Israeli political leaders and that as noted above are still in the business of terrorism. So why is America giving these people weapons when we know the last time America gave Force 17 weapons within weeks these weapons were used to murder innocent Israeli civilians.

Lastly the man behind the bombing of the Marines in Beirut and the hijacking of a TWA aircraft that resulted in the death of an U.S. Navy sailor who is on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorist, one Immad Mugniyeh. Started out with Force 17 before he switched over to Hizbullah to continue his reign of terror.

October 17, 2006

U.S. protests restrictions on its citizens entering West Bank

Last update - 02:37 18/10/2006 U.S. protests restrictions on its citizens entering West Bank By Aluff Benn, Haaretz Correspondent

The United States government has lodged a vigorous protest with Israel over its restrictions on the entry of Palestinian-Americans into the territories.

State Department officials told senior Israeli diplomats in Washington that they find it "hard to understand" Israel's discriminating against American citizens based on their ethnic background.

The officials also stressed that in the past, the U.S. had encouraged Palestinian-Americans to settle in the territories, in order to facilitate Palestinian economic growth. Some of these individuals own homes and businesses in the territories, and the Israeli restrictions make it hard for them to look after their assets.

Israel promised to look into the American complaint. A diplomatic source in Jerusalem said on Tuesday that the individuals involved have been blacklisted for security reasons, based on targeted intelligence.

I don't get it American citizens are supporting terrorism in Israel and the American State Department takes the side of the terrorist. I am sure that the roles these” American" Palestinians play is moving funds for terrorist, I say the next time these "Americans" come back to Israel, Israel needs to kill them as a message to all that hiding behind an American passport will not allow you to engage in acts that will result in dead Jews.

But we all know the Israeli government most likely will go no farther than barring these terrorist from entering Judea and Samaria (west bank).

Peretz Calls on Army to Step Up Gaza Anti-Terror Activities

Peretz Calls on Army to Step Up Gaza Anti-Terror Activities 01:01 Oct 17, '06 / 25 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee on Monday that he has instructed the security establishment to step up counter-terror activities in Gaza.

The senior minister added that at present, he is not instructing the IDF to prepare for a major ground incursion into Gaza.

French UNIFIL Commanders Threatening to Shoot Down Israeli Planes

French UNIFIL Commanders Threatening to Shoot Down Israeli Planes 13:28 Oct 17, '06 / 25 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) French military commanders in Lebanon under the auspices of the UNIFIL force deployed as part of the UN-brokered cease-fire say they will shoot down Israeli planes if flights over Lebanese territory continue.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz confirmed the threats in his testimony to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

The Defense Minister said, however, that Israel would continue to patrol the skies over Lebanon until United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 was fulfilled, saying such operations are critical for Israel's security.

Peretz also said that there was clear evidence that Syria was using the UN deployment as cover to transfer arms to Hizbullah.

Just one more piece of evidence at how badly not only was the "war" managed, but the UN Resolution as well.

In the end their will be Israeli and EU violence.

12 Meter Tunnel Found Under Philadelphia Route

12 Meter Tunnel Found Under Philadelphia Route
16:15 Oct 17, '06 / 25 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) A 12 meter (40 ft) tunnel was discovered under the Philadelphia route along the southern Gaza border Tuesday by IDF soldiers.

Sappers destroyed the tunnel, used by terrorists to smuggle in arms and other materiel, as well as two additional shafts in a controlled explosion.

Kassam Attack on Kibbutz Mefalsim, No Injuries

Kassam Attack on Kibbutz Mefalsim, No Injuries 16:45 Oct 17, '06 / 25 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) A Kassam rocket attack on Kibbutz mefalsim generated community-wide panic but no physical injuries Tuesday afternoon.

One rocket was located in an open area near the kibbutz after a large explosion alerted residents to the attack.

No damage was reported.

IDF kills 2 Palestinian gunmen near Jenin

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IDF kills 2 Palestinian gunmen near Jenin

Large army forces raid town of Kabatiya Monday night, attacked by gunmen. Troops respond with fire, kill Islamic Jihad operative, additional gunme
Two Palestinians, an Islamic Jihad gunman and additional gunman whose affiliation is not yet know were killed and at least two others were injured during an army operation in the town of Kabatiya, near Jenin. Sources in town said that the operative killed is 19-year-old Omar al-Sakhou. None of the troops was injured.

According to the Palestinians, some 20 IDF jeeps and vehicles raided the town early Tuesday morning in a bid to arrest wanted suspects. When the forces entered the town, Palestinian gunmen opened fire at the soldiers. The troops responded with gunfire, wounding several of the gunmen.

The Palestinians reported that soldiers conducted searches in several houses, and that at least one activist was detained. They said that the troops also took over some of the houses' rooftops, and added that the operation was continuing.

Earlier, Palestinian gunmen opened fire and tossed roadside bombs at an IDF force operating south of Jenin. None of the soldiers was hurt. The force identified two gunmen and returned fire.

In a separate incident, Palestinians in Qalandiya, south of Jerusalem, threw Molotov cocktails at an IDF force. There are no injuries. An IDF force in the Balata refugee camp identified an armed man and shot at him.

October 16, 2006

Hamas: Israel's tanks will be destroyed

Hamas: Israel's tanks will be destroyed

Southern front heats up and Hamas signals they are ready for all-out conflict Monday evening. Spokesman for group says: 'Your destroyed tanks will become the eternal testimony of your failure.' Group is known to be accumulating advanced antitank missiles

The military wing of Hamas announced Monday evening that it had completed its preparations towards a possible all-out conflict with Israel should the IDF launch a ground offensive inside Gaza. A spokesman for the organization warns that "the fighters of the al-Qassam brigades will not have mercy on your cowardly soldiers. Your destroyed tanks will become the eternal testimony of your failure and of your running away from the Strip." The statement was made at a time when the IDF has evidence showing that dozens of advanced anti-tank missiles have been smuggled into Gaza.

According to the Hamas spokesman Israeli reports regarding the advanced weaponry that Hamas allegedly smuggled into Gaza are "in preparation for an attack, an excuse for the planned invasion of Gaza and for the planned crimes (it plans to commit)."

The spokesman, Abu Ubaida, said that his organization has the weapons it needs to withstand the Israeli arsenal: "We have the tools and ammunition to deal with the Zionist enemy and it is our right to have all the weapons means to defend our people in light of the enemy's intention to hurt civilians and innocents. We have a right to any arms we can get."

He added that Hamas is ready for the challenge that Israel poses, should it decide to open an all-out front. "We are ready willing and able," said Abu Ubaida, "we have completed our preparations to teach the Zionist enemy a lesson that he, with Allah's help, will never forget. This attack will become a nightmare that will haunt the Zionists everywhere. Your failure in Gaza will repeat itself, but this time the lesson will be much harder. Our fighters are already lying in wait to ambush the enemy. If the enemy thinks that invading Gaza and confronting Hamas is a simple thing, then he is living in an illusion."

Despite the IDF's ongoing activity, a Qassam rocket landed near a residential building in Sderot Monday evening. Two people were wounded from shrapnel and six more were treated for shock. Another rocket landed in an open area near Kibbutz Nir-Am in the western Negev earlier Monday, no injuries or damage were reported.

The sappers who handled the remains of the rockets discovered that the Islamic Jihad had written 'Al-Quds 3' on them in Hebrew. The Islamic Jihad's spokesman in Gaza, Abu Abdullah, explained the writing in a conversation with the Reuters news agency, saying that the organization decided to write the name in Hebrew to make sure that the attack was credited properly: "It is intended to discern our rockets from the rockets of other organizations," he said.

Israeli authorities nearly always refer to the makeshift rockets fired from Gaza as Qassams, the name of those made by Hamas, the ruling party and Fatah's chief rival.

Hamas was the first to fire rockets into Israel and so its Qassam moniker has become the generic term. As a result, other militant groups feel they are not getting enough credit among the Palestinian populace for the attacks they launch against Israel .

Abu Ubaida said that Hamas had no plans to label their rockets in Hebrew. He called it a boon for Hamas that the "factions are running an honest and positive competition in rocket firing".

"When everybody competes to strike the enemy, this is a victory to Hamas's agenda of Jihad (holy war) and resistance," Abu Ubaida said.

What the world starting with the Israeli left and then the administration in both Jerusalem and Washington D.C. must learn and learn in very short order this is the true face of the Palestinian people.

The Palestinians are today’s Nazi's and seek to destroy Am Israel the Jewish people and our State Israel.

Soldiers Uninjured in Shootouts With Terrorists

Soldiers Uninjured in Shootouts With Terrorists
07:39 Oct 16, '06 / 24 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) IDF soldiers involved in counter-terror operations in Samaria during the night were involved in shootouts with terrorists in Shechem and Kabatia, near Jenin. There are no reports of injuries to IDF soldiers.

Iranian official: US, Zionist assault spells defeat

Iranian official: US, Zionist assault spells defeat

Islamic Revolution Guards head says, ‘If Americans and Zionists want to try their luck in Iran, they will experience a larger defeat than in Iraq’

Dudi Cohen
Published: 10.16.06, 15:54

According to Iranian news agencies, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi addressed the possibility of an attack on Iran and said, “If Americans and Zionists want to try their luck in Iran, they will experience a larger defeat than in Iraq.”

Safavi added during a memorial service held at his headquarters: “We are obligated to our fallen to maintain the readiness and deal a powerful blow on the enemies in case of an attack.

“The Basij (branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) and the Revolutionary Guards are so strong they will not allow the enemy to even think of launching an operation against Iran,” he said.

“The blood of our shahids will bring about not only the liberation of Jerusalem and Karbala (Iraq) but the liberation of all mankind from the evil powers of the world; the blood of our shahids boiled the blood of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon, and they will overcome the evil Americans and Israel.”

Safavi’s comments were made amid growing fears of an American attack in case Iran resists the sanctions expected to be imposed against the country.

In addition, senior Iranian officials have traditionally intensified their rhetoric against and the United States during the Ramadan holiday and ahead of Jerusalem Day, which was established by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who led the Islamic revolution in Iran.

During this holiday, which takes place on the last Friday of Ramadan, mass processions are expected to be held throughout Iran and the Muslim world in support of the Palestinian nation.

On the diplomatic front, Mustafa Muslah-Zada, a senior advisor to the Iranian foreign minister suggested a different way to resolve the crisis surrounding the country’s nuclear program.

“We can work to form a bloc of non-governmental organizations worldwide to fight nuclear armament,” he proposed. He even suggested organizing international conventions during which mock trials would be held for countries that produce nuclear and chemical weapons.

“We can use satellites, the internet, magazines and propaganda films to present the crimes committed by the US,” Muslah-Zada said. “In this way we can expose the despicableness of the US in the nuclear field so America and Israel will not be able to make any complaints on the matter.”

In an interview with the FARS news agency, Muslah-Zada also discussed what is referred to in Iran as the “injustice” of the international system.

“We must try to change this unbalanced atmosphere through diplomacy,” he said, adding that this ‘injustice’ breeds double standards.

“If they are American, European or Israeli – then it is forbidden to launch a military attack against them, but if they are Iraqi, Palestinian, Lebanese, Iranian or Afghan – then there is no problem killing thousands of them.

“If hundreds of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian buildings are attacked there is no problem – but if two buildings in the US collapse (World Trade Center), then the American planes have a right to arrest anyone without a trial anywhere in the world and attack any country in direct violation of international law,” Muslah-Zada said.

October 13, 2006

US launches plan to help Hamas opponents

US launches plan to help Hamas opponents

Bush Administration starts USD 42 million campaign projected to bolster Hamas' political opponents ahead of possible early Palestinian elections

The United States has quietly started a campaign projected to cost up to USD 42 million to

bolster Hamas' political opponents ahead of possible early Palestinian elections, say officials linked to the program.

The plan to promote alternatives to Hamas includes funding to help restructure President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah group and provide training and strategic advice to politicians and secular parties opposed to Hamas Islamists.

"This project supports (the) objective to create democratic alternatives to authoritarian or radical Islamist political options," said one official US document obtained by Reuters.

The US campaign coincides with signs that Abbas is considering sacking the government led by Hamas, which defeated Fatah in January elections, in a process that could lead to a new parliamentary vote.

US Officials and consultants say the effort is being conducted without fanfare in order to protect the Palestinians who are receiving US Help -- some already branded by Hamas leaders as collaborators with Washington and Israel.

"We don't operate with firecrackers and neon signs to attract attention to ourselves," said one of the contractors working with Fatah on behalf of the US State Department.

This is wrong it is 100% America supporting evil.

I again have to ask the question does America care about dead Jews?

I know from people I know that in cases where American citizens that happened to be Jewish and were murdered by the Palestinians that America turned a blind eye to the terrorism and murder. I know this because it happened to a friend of mine.

President Bush and his administration are hypocrites of the highest nature, America will fight terror against its citizens every where in the world. But if you read the fine print it does not apply if the victims of terrorism and murder happen to be Jews.

In the case of Jews being murdered America will give weapons to terrorist that will be used to murder more Jews and money to line the vaults in Swiss bank account to prop up the murdering scum that America wants to back.

Why does America do this to try to pretend that some fantasy world can be created in the Middle East, where Palestinians and Jews live in peace?

Don't worry America is willing to allow Jews to be murdered in order to achieve America policy in the Middle East.

IDF: Dozens of antitank missiles in Gaza

IDF: Dozens of antitank missiles in Gaza

Army officials estimate that at least 20 antitank missiles similar to those used by Hizbullah in Lebanon smuggled into Strip from Egypt through underground tunnels situated along Philadelphi Route

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 10.13.06, 19:18

Operation “Rain man” is continuing in Gaza for the second consecutive day, and on Friday IDF soldiers opened fire at an armed terrorists as he was approaching them; his condition remains unclear.

Army sources said 15 terrorists have been targeted so far, adding that during the operation a number of antitank missiles were fired at
IDF forces. The IDF estimates that at least 20 advanced antitank missiles similar to those used by Hizbullah in Lebanon have been smuggled into the Strip from Egypt through underground tunnels along the Philadelphi Route.

With the conclusion of the fighting in the north, army officials have repeatedly warned of attempts by Palestinian terror groups to arm themselves with advanced antitank missiles, with the assistance of Syrian and Iran.

About two months ago Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin said during a cabinet meeting that "the intensification of terror sources in Gaza is a strategic problem which, if not treated properly, will result in a reality like in Lebanon. We don't have to wait three years and then launch investigations."

3 lightly wounded in Sderot rocket attack

3 lightly wounded in Sderot rocket attack

Palestinians in Gaza fire two Qassams toward western Negev city; three people lightly wounded; one rocket lands in soccer stadium where game was held just hours before attack; mayor considers calling off Simchat Torah activities

Palestinians in Gaza fired two Qassam rockets toward the western Negev city of Sderot Friday night, the eve of the Simchat Torah holiday.

Three people, sustained light injuries in the attack, while a few others suffered from anxiety. The “Color Red” rocket alert was activated at 9:10 p.m., and loud explosions were heard throughout the city.

One rocket landed in a soccer stadium in the Neveh Eshkol neighborhood, where a game was held just a few hours prior to the attack; no injuries were reported. The second Qassam landed in the yard of a home, resulting in light injuries to three residents.

Mayor Eli Moyal said that he is considering the cancellation of the Simchat Torah processions (Hakafot), which were scheduled to take place on Saturday at the city’s center.

“The IDF says it is doing all it can so there will be quiet in Sderot, but so far we are only being attacked repeatedly,” he said.

October 12, 2006

Ethiopian Students Protest MK Solodkin’s Remarks

Ethiopian Students Protest MK Solodkin’s Remarks 15:34 Oct 12, '06 / 20 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Ethiopian students on Thursday morning protested outside the Knesset against remarks made this week by Kadima MK Marina Solodkin. Solodkin, who has been suggested as a candidate for Minister of Immigrant Absorption, suggested that foreign workers from Thailand be replaced by Ethiopians.

Their is a segment of the Israeli "elite" that think they are above working and have long felt that the hard work in Israel should be done by the Jews that happen to have darker skin.

This started with Ben Gurion who said the only reason that he brought the Yemenite Jews is so they could do the dirty work and so the children of the "elite" could study in university.

It to our shame is an idea that is still alive in Israel today.

In normal country MK from Kadima Marina Solodkin would be out on her ear, but in Israel of today I am sure she will make a "fine" Minister of Immigration.

For those of you that have never had the pleasure and the honor of meeting any of the Jews from Ethiopia, they as a group have been some the finest and warmest people that you could ever hope to meet.

Meshal Will Never Recognize Israel

Meshal Will Never Recognize Israel 15:25 Oct 12, '06 / 20 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) In an interview in the London-based al-Hayat Arabic newspaper, Hamas politburo leader Khaled Meshal, who is based in Damascus, announced Hamas will never formally recognize Israel or the “occupation”.

Meshal stated that he would, however, accept a Palestinian state inside the post ’67 borders, adding there is a possibility of a hudna ceasefire with Israel, but the occupation must end.

The Hamas leader added that his organization is willing to make widespread concessions towards the establishment of a coalition government with Fatah.

While admitting the “Zionist enemy” does exist, he added he does not have to recognize that entity.

Four Kassams In and Near Sderot

Four Kassams In and Near Sderot; Faking Terror to Graduate 15:33 Oct 12, '06 / 20 Tishrei 5767 by Hillel Fendel

Four Kassam rockets were fired at the western Negev today, causing damage but no casualties. New Arab phenomenon: Faking terror in order to graduate.

IDF sappers found the remains of three Kassam rockets fired at the western Negev this morning, landing near Kibbutzim Gevim and Nir Am. A fourth rocket landed in the Ben Gurion neighborhood of Sderot in the afternoon hours, similarly causing no damage.

IDF forces stationed at the ruins of the former northern-Gaza Jewish community of Dugit were targeted by Palestinian terrorists last night (Wednesday). The Arabs fired five mortar shells and an anti-tank missile, causing no casualties or damage.
The Al-Aksa Brigades of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction attacked several IDF vehicles in Shechem this morning, causing damage to one of them. In Tul Karem, as well, IDF forces were attacked, without incident.

Near what used to be N'vei Dekalim in southern Gaza, just east of Khan Yunis, six Palestinian terrorists were wounded or killed in three separate clashes with IDF forces this morning. Among them were a man and three of his sons, all armed Hamas terrorists, as well as another 12-year-old son. In northern Gaza, the IDF attacked yet another weapons storehouse, after warning the occupants and neighbors of the impending bombing. Secondary explosions occurred after the attack, signaling the presence of large amounts of explosive material and/or arms in the building.

IDF forces arrested 12 wanted terrorists during the course of the night, including four in and around Hevron, three in Shechem and three north of Ramallah.

Faking Attacks in Order to GraduateCorrespondent Haggai Huberman reports on a new phenomenon among the Arabs of Judea and Samaria: Youths carry knives or small bombs across checkpoints in order to get themselves arrested so that they can study for high school matriculation exams at the State of Israel's expense.

Sitting in jail for a number of weeks or months is a small price to pay, and the returns are significant: A high school diploma, and a high social standing as a "freed terrorist."

Huberman notes that earlier this week, IDF soldiers reported that they had thwarted an attack in the northern Shomron when they arrested two 19-year-old boys carrying two pipebombs of one kilogram (2.2 lbs.) each. However, the IDF later concluded that the boys were merely trying to get arrested for the purpose of matriculation exams, and that the pipebombs were not designed to cause significant damage.

October 11, 2006

Rice: Palestinians deserve better than the 'humiliation of occupation'

Last update - 02:56 12/10/2006 Rice: Palestinians deserve better than the 'humiliation of occupation' By The Associated Press

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Palestinians deserve to live better than they do and be "free of the humiliation of occupation" in a state of their own.

"I promise you my personal commitment to that goal," Rice said at a dinner marking the third anniversary of the American Task Force on Palestine.

"There could be no greater legacy for America," Rice told the group, which describes itself as nonpartisan and supportive of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel.

"The Palestinian people deserve a better life ... free of the humiliation of occupation," she said.

Rice has made five trips to the region as secretary of state, looking for ways to promote President George W. Bush's advocacy of a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

This woman is STUPID.

The Palestinians are the Nazi's of today they don't deserve anything more than a harsh war fought with no quarter given to them.

Rice saying this makes as much sense as saying the KKK deserves to be free of the humiliation of occupation of the USA by normal people so that they can be free to spread their filth and hate.

Report: American youth kidnapped in Nablus

Report: American youth kidnapped in Nablus

Ansar A-Sunna group, know to be operating in Iraq, sends fax to Reuters news agency saying it kidnapped American youth in Nablus

Palestinian security officials are verifying claims made by an extremist Islamic group that it kidnapped an American youth in the West Bank city of Nablus, officials said Wednesday.

A fax sent to the Reuters news agency by Ansar A-Sunna, a group affiliated with al-Qaeda in Iraq, shows a copy of an American citizens' passport and a copy of his entry visa to Israel.

Ali Waked
Published: 10.11.06, 15:37

Terrorist carrying explosive belt shot dead

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Terrorist carrying explosive belt shot dead

Security forces open fire at Palestinian attempting to infiltrate Israel from nothern Gaza Strip. Military sources: Belt was ready to be activated; terrorist's body transferred back to Gaza

Security forces on Tuesday night killed a terrorist who tried to infiltrate Israel from the northern Gaza Strip with an explosive belt. The terrorist was shot shortly after crossing the border fence south of the Karni crossin, and his body was later transferred back to the Gaza Strip.

The details of the incident and its circumstances have not been cleared for publication by the defense establishment and the Israel Defense Forces. No details were given on the terrorist and on his organization.

According to military sources, the incident illustrates the high motivation among terror organizations in the Strip to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets.

According to the sources, although recently terror organizations have begun referring to the Gaza Strip border fence as "the wall of death," in light of the large number of terrorists killed there since the disengagement plan, there are still attempts to cross the fence.

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 10.11.06, 13:21

October 09, 2006

Police Commander Briefs AG on Presidential Investigations

Police Commander Briefs AG on Presidential Investigations 22:22 Oct 09, '06 / 17 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Israel Police Commander Yochanan Daninu, a senior investigator on the team investigating alleged sexual attacks perpetrated by President Moshe Katsav, conferred with Attorney General Menachem Mazuz.

Daninu and another senior commander involved in the investigation met with Mazuz in the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem on Tuesday, briefing him on the evidence gathered against Mr. Katsav in the case.

Mazuz is expected to move ahead with a multi-count indictment against Katsav which will include charges of sexual assault.

Largest Priestly Blessing Crowd Since Temple Mount Liberation


Largest Priestly Blessing Crowd Since Temple Mount Liberation
15:54 Oct 09, '06 / 17 Tishrei 5767
by Ezra HaLevi

A record number of Jews gathered Monday at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City for the traditional massive Birkat Kohanim, priestly blessings.

The ceremony has become a tradition ever since the liberation of the Temple Mount during the Six-Day War in 1967 and is seen as an observance of the Jewish obligation to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Temple three times a year, on Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost) and Sukkot (Tabernacles). During the weeklong Pesach and Sukkot holidays, the ceremony is held on the second of the Hol haMoed (intermediate) days.

Hundreds of kohanim, Jews who trace their lineage to Aaron, the first High Priest, stood closest to the Western Wall to take part in the special blessings. Attending the Western Wall prayers Monday were Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yonah Metzger, as well as Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch. Rabbi Rabinovitch told Arutz-7 that Monday's priestly blessing marked the largest such gathering for prayers at the site since the first Sukkot after the Six Day War.

Police were forced to close the gates leading to the Western Wall Plaza due to its being filled to capacity by worshippers. "The blessing, however, reaches those stuck outside the plaza as well, obviously," Rabbi Rabinovitch said. He added that many of those packing the plaza were not outwardly observant. "Many secular Jews have adopted the custom of making a pilgrimage to the Western Wall on the holiday," he said.

October 08, 2006

War With Syria?

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Golan Heights: Alert level not raised at present

Assad declares he is preparing for war, but where is he really headed? Israeli officials say it is a 'clumsy diplomatic maneuver' in light of international pressure, but do not belittle statement coming from Damascus. In spite of calming messages, forces facing Syrian front feel a change: 'Issue suddenly widely discussed in security meetings'

Israel is not belittling the Syrian president's remarks that his country is "prepared for war." Although diplomatic officials in Jerusalem are saying that there is not an immediate threat, both the army and the political echelon are closely following the statements coming from Damascus and closely examining Bashar Assad 's moves.

In the meantime, in spite of the tension and the fear, no decision has been made to raise the Israel Defense Forces' alert level in the face of the Syrian front, a move which may contribute to an escalation.

However, following an instruction issued by the political echelon, all the Israeli intelligence collection means are aimed at clarifying what the Syrian president is attempting to achieve.

Under high "preparedness," the defense establishment is now talking about "being alert" on the Syrian front.

Officially, the Prime Minister's Office refused to respond to the recent Syrian remarks. Diplomatic sources estimated that Assad's statements were made in light of the heavy international pressure he has been experiencing since the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and due to the assistance provided by Syria to terrorists in Iraq.

Officials in Jerusalem referred to the statements as "a clumsy diplomatic maneuver."

Israel believes Assad was encouraged by the recent war in Lebanon , but it also taught him that the IDF would respond harshly to any challenging or violations of the Israeli sovereignty.

"The recent declarations, whether on his desire for peace or on his preparedness for war, also have to do with this lesson," security officials in Israel said.

Assad, sources in Jerusalem say, is seeing the changes taking place in the region, and understands that while coalitions of moderate countries – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and some of the Persian Gulf countries are being built – he remains isolated, far behind.

In such a situation, he cannot rely on the support of Arab countries during a crisis with Israel. In any case, Israeli officials estimate, no Syrian move will be initiated without directly coordinating with Iran .

"After the recent confrontation opposite Hizbullah, a military source told Ynet, "Israel's alert against any possible threat has been raised. The IDF is preparing for any possibility, and beyond that it is not wise to elaborate."

In spite of the calming messages, defense establishment officials admitted that the alert level in the Golan Heights is higher than before the war in southern Lebanon and the issue is widely discussed in any security meeting, including those held by Defense Minister Amir Peretz.

Sources in the IDF said that it is no secret that the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Lebanese border were the "hot" areas to most forces and means were directed, but the Golan Heights have now entered the picture as well.

Reserve soldiers said that during the war against Hizbullah, an order was issued to use almost all means in the Golan Heights in order to prepare for any scenario. In the meantime, the war tools were returned to the hangars and the number of soldiers along the border has been reduced, but a heightened alert level has recently been felt in Division 36.

"The probability for a military confrontation against Syria is not high, and the statements being voiced there should not be translated into moves in the field so fast. We just have to stay alert," a source in the division said.

"We are mainly concerned about radical elements, who will interpret the remarks into moves in the field, or different elements who will create provocations which will heat up the area," the source added

October 06, 2006

PA official: Early elections amount to civil war

PA official: Early elections amount to civil war

Deputy Palestinian Parliament Chairman tells Ynet: Abu Mazen (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) doesn’t have authority to dismantle Hamas government; Hamas prepared for another round against IDF

Negotiations for a unified government in the Palestinian Authority halted, the West enforced a financial siege, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to dismantle the government and parliament.

Still, Hamas already prepared itself for another possible round against the IDF, and was determined to stay in power without acknowledging Israel.

“Hamas wants a unified government, but if that doesn’t happen, we are prepared to stay in power according to the mandate given us by the people,” Deputy Palestinian Parliament Chairman Ahmed Bahar told Ynet.

He continued, “No one will make us disappear, we will stay, as part of a unified government or on our own. That’s what we were voted into power for, and Abu Mazen (Abbas) doesn’t have the authority to dismantle the elected institutions.”

The international community placed three main demands on Hamas to serve as conditions for an end to its boycott and resumed talks with the Palestinians. The first was to denounce terror, the second to acknowledge Israel, and the last was to honor past agreements with Israel. Hamas has not yet complied with any of the conditions.

When asked what he thought of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s opinion that the current crisis would best be solved with early elections, Bahar replied that there was no need for early elections.

“Elections now would mean civil war. A unified government, based on the prisoner’s document, is what is needed,” he said.

Bahar mentioned talks by an international committee in Sharm-el-Sheikh in 1996, which he said plotted against Hamas and the resistance. “That scheme failed. All of these pressures won’t work this time either. The Palestinian people will not surrender, and we will not acknowledge Israel,” Bahar said.

When asked to comment on the fact that the world would not acknowledge a country that did not acknowledge Israel, Bahar said that it was unfair of the world to dictate what the Palestinian people did.

“Any government to be established, be it a unified government, a technocratic government, or any other government, what worth would it have if it depended on dictations? What sovereignty could it claim?” Bahar concluded.

Ali Waked
Latest Update: 10.06.06, 13:28

Haniyeh promises right of return

Haniyeh promises right of return

During Hamas support rally in Gaza, PA prime minister promises thousands of supporters: We won’t give up, you will yet return to Palestine, al-Aqsa. Haniyeh nearly collapses during speech due to Ramadan fast and heat, but quickly resumes speech

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh collapsed Friday while giving a speech at a Hamas support rally in Gaza. Apparently Haniyeh felt ill due to the Ramadan fast and the oppressive heat. After resting a few minutes, he recovered and resumed his speech.

Haniyeh sharply condemned the international community’s economic blockade on the Palestinians. “The American regime is leading this seige to make us surrender and to politically exhaust us, but we are telling you – they won’t wring us out and our fortress won’t fall

"Any other government in any other place in the world, if they had to withstand what we are facing – sanctions, murder, arrests, and aggression – would have collapsed after one month. Our opponents thought our government would last one or two months, but despite the war the US waged against us, we held fast – because we get our strength from Allah.”

The government was “prepared to establish a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, but only in exchange for a long term Hudna and not conceding one more foot of the land of historic Palestine,” he said. “The Palestinian government will not give up on one foot of Palestinian land, nor on the right of return and the establishment on a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

The Palestinian prime minister declared that his government enjoyed democratic legitimacy, as it was voted in at the ballots. “We didn’t take over our people on horseback, or come in tanks, or by cutting deals with the Americans – we were chosen by the people,” Haniyeh said.

“But we also enjoy the legitimacy of Jihad,” he added. “We were born out of the womb of the Jihad and out of the womb of the resistance.”

Haniyeh complained that from the moment the Hamas government was established, efforts were made to cause it to fail – efforts which some officials within the PA collaborated with, he charged. “There was an economic blockade and a war of diplomatic and media incitement against us, so much so that I was not invited to visit a single country – except Qatar,” he said.

Meanwhile, earlier Friday, Deputy Palestinian Parliament Chairman Ahmed Bahar told Ynet in an interview that Hamas still wanted a unity government, but if such an arrangement failed, “We plan to stay in the government in accordance with the mandate we got

from the people. No one can make us disappear. We will stay – with a coalition or alone. That’s what we were voted to do, and Abbas doesn’t have the authority to dismantle the elected institutions.”

As for recognizing Israel, Bahar said: “We will never recognize it. No Palestinian child will recognize it. We are not making any moves to cooperate with the Knesset. The Knesset is a symbol of the enemy, which pours it poisons onto us and our people every day. How could we talk to them?”

President Bush please open your ears and hear the truth, the Palestinians want 6,000,000 dead Jews and Israel destroyed.

It is a mockery of the war on terror to supply the PA with weapons, weapons that in the past when given by the USA were used to murder Jews.

October 05, 2006

Police to recommend: Indict Katsav


Police to recommend: Indict Katsav

State Prosecutor's Office to receive investigation material in a number of days, with a recommendation to put president on trial. Legal sources imply president 'would be forced to make decisions' following recommendation

The police are expected to recommend in the coming days that President Moshe Katsav be indicted, Ynet learned Thursday evening.

The State Prosecutor's Office is expected to receive the investigation material regarding the presidential affairs, and legal sources believe that after the recommendation is submitted, the president would be forced to make decisions.

After the material is received, the State Prosecutor's Office will have to make a quick decision on whether to indict Katsav. In the meantime, no decision has been made, as the evidence has not been fully examined.

During the president's investigation on suspicion of committing sex offenses, police sources told Ynet that it appears there will be no other option but to put him on trial, mainly because of the large number of complaints.

They added that there allegedly is enough evidence for three indictments, but the legal situation makes it difficult to put the president on trial unless no longer serves as president.

Following the probe, the dispute heated up over whether the president should participate in the upcoming induction of the Knesset’s winter parliamentary session. The disagreement might solve itself, however, if and when the police issue a recommendation that Katsav stand trial.

Katsav himself is putting on “business as usual” airs and is continuing to manage his affairs despite the heavy cloud of allegations hovering over him.

Last Thursday, Katsav swore in Justice Eliezer Rivlin as vice president of the Supreme Court in a formal ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. A week earlier, however, Katsav took a day-long leave of absence and skirted participating in the swearing in of Supreme Court President Justice Dorit Beinish.

This week, sources familiar with the investigation told Ynet that there was evidence supporting three charges against Katsav, for sexual offenses, wiretapping, and breach of faith. With that, the sources noted that the investigative team was laboring to finish collecting evidence on the latter two charges

Published: 10.05.06, 20:46

Moshe Katsav, should resign now from the office of the President of Israel.
He has brought shame and dishonor to both the office and himself and if he follows the current model of behavior for Israeli public figures he will not. Which will only make himself look worse than he all ready does.

Why no state inquiry into war?

Court: Why no state inquiry into war?

High Court orders State to explain why it won't establish state commission of inquiry into war in Lebanon. State Prosecutor's Office ordered to submit its response within five days

Winograd Commission to be canceled? The High Court of Justice on Thursday evening instructed the State to explain within five days why a state commission of inquiry into the political and military echelon's conduct during the second war in Lebanon will not be established.

The court reached its decision following a petition filed by the Movement for Quality Government in Israel about two weeks ago.

In the petition, the movement asked the High Court to annul the appointment of the Wingorad Commission, claiming that the establishment of a governmental committee instead of a state commission of inquiry was against the law, and asked that a state commission of inquiry be established.

Aviram Zino
Published: 10.05.06, 19:39

Halutz to Fire General for Criticizing Disengagement

Halutz to Fire General for Criticizing Disengagement
02:33 Oct 05, '06 / 13 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz plans to fire outgoing OC Ground Forces Maj.-Gen. Yiftah Ron-Tal for criticizing the army's participation in the expulsion of Jews from Gaza and its performance in the recent Lebanon war.

Ron-Tal made several critical remarks concerning Halutz and said that he should resign.

Ron-Tal also claimed that the army was unprepared for the fighting in Lebanon because it had spent so much time training for disengagement.

"The IDF, from a readiness standpoint, was well-prepared for this war," he said. "That wasn't the problem with this war...Our army last June and July was in a sufficient state of fitness to subdue Hezbollah, but the army dedicated most of its time to training for the disengagement, and therefore the training suffered."

"Did the army have to participate in the disengagement? It wasn't its job to evacuate Jews, which was non-consensual, and it, as the army of the people, was not supposed to do that," Ron-Tal said.

General Ron-Tal has only one month left of a one-year period of pre-retirement inactive service. IDF officers are not allowed to express political opinions or publicly criticize the army.

Peretz: Tax Rebate Funds to PA -- Olmert Aides: Nice Try

Peretz: Tax Rebate Funds to PA -- Olmert Aides: Nice Try
15:55 Oct 05, '06 / 13 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) A suggestion by Defense Minister Amir Peretz to release tax rebates collected on behalf of Palestinian Authority Arabs was shot down on Thursday by aides to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Olmert aides said the present agenda does not include liquidating funds to the PA, and told the Ynet news service, “It is very beautiful that Amir Peretz is distributing checks, but it is a shame that he has no right to sign them.”

More Scoops Against Olmert

More Scoops Against Olmert
16:05 Oct 05, '06 / 13 Tishrei 5767
by Hillel Fendel

Investigative journalist Yoav Yitzchak, whose scoops have led to criminal investigations against PM Ehud Olmert, has dug up additional information on what he calls Olmert's "dirty tactics."

One case under investigation by the State Comptroller is the purchase by Olmert and his wife of a luxury apartment in Jerusalem's German Colony neighborhood for hundreds of thousands of dollars less than its value; some estimates are that he actually "saved" one million dollars.

In return, Olmert is alleged to have intervened with Jerusalem city officials on behalf of the developer, convincing them to raze the city-declared historic landmark that had previously stood on the site and allow him to double the number of units he was going to build there.

Yitzchak now reports how the behind-the-scenes action in the City Council allegedly worked. Roughly, the story is that high-ranking municipal planning officials rejected a request to expand a building, leaving the owners with little option other than to sell it to the neighboring plot's owner - whose similar request to build there had already been approved. The latter owner was therefore enabled to increase his profits on a double-the-size project.

Evacuees offer officers chance to repent

Evacuees offer officers chance to repent

‘Confession’ fliers sent to disengagement officers, ‘admit’ betrayal and destruction of Israel

“Confession of an evacuator” fliers, signed by Hamate Hameshutaf (an evacuees organization), arrived at the homes of northern district police officers in recent days.

The police expressed surprise and rage at the fact that the fliers were sent to individuals who had participated in the disengagement, meaning those who sent them had exact information on their identities.

The police told Ynet Thursday that they meant to convey the documents to the police national headquarters for investigation.

The fliers began arriving at the officers’ homes a day before Yom Kippur, and were addressed to “every minister, Knesset member, politician, clerk, soldier, policeman, officer, driver, crane operator, tractor driver, bulldozer operator, cook, guard, etc. – all of them”.

The fliers contained ‘admissions’ such as “we blamed, we betrayed, we took from our people and our country. We oppressed, we abused, we expelled our brothers and sisters.”

One officer who received a flier commented to Ynet, “This is audacity, among other things, since the documents were sent directly to the officers homes. If anyone has objections or complaints, they should appeal to the appropriate deciding political echelon.”

The northern district noted that this was not a new phenomenon, and that similar letters had been sent to officers in the past.

Ahiya Raved
Published: 10.05.06, 14:53

October 04, 2006

Zyklon B or M16's What's the Difference

Abbas to request more weapons from US

Militants admit last American arms transfer shared with Palestinian terrorists

Following deadly clashes the past few days between his Fatah organization and Hamas members, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is planning to request a large shipment of weapons from the United States purportedly to arm his group against rival factions, a senior Palestinian official told WND today.

The US government previously sent weapons to Abbas in May after the Palestinian leader requested the arms to bolster Fatah's Force 17
security forces against possible clashes with Hamas.

In June, WND broke the story about how assault rifles that were part of a cache of weapons transferred by the US made its way to members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, some of whom are also officers of Force 17. The weapons may have been used in a string of shootings, including an ambush against a busload of Israeli school girls here, Al Aqsa members told WND.

In some of the worst infighting since Hamas won the majority of parliamentary seats earlier this year, 11 Palestinians were killed and more than 100 were injured in Gaza Strip clashes that broke out two days ago when a 3,500-strong Hamas militia confronted members of Fatah's security forces protesting the government's inability to pay their wages.

Last night Hamas attacked several Fatah officers in Gaza. In retaliation, Fatah supporters reportedly attacked and torched Hamas offices throughout the West Bank, including the prime minister's offices in Ramallah.

Fatah clans are known to be more dominant in the West Bank than in Gaza.

Palestinian schools today were closed in Gaza for fear of further clashes.

In a marked escalation of rhetoric, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the declared "military wing" of Fatah, threatened this morning to kill Hamas leaders, including Damascus-based Hamas chieftain Khaled Meshal.

The Brigades, along with the Islamic Jihad terror group, are responsible for every suicide bombing in Israel the past two years. The group has also carried out scores of shooting and rocket attacks against Israeli civilians.

A senior Palestinian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told WND today Fatah security officials noted that in Sunday's firefights Hamas members used weaponry more advanced than what was known to have been in the Hamas arsonal, including newer styles of assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades.

The official said Abbas has enlisted senior Egyptian and Jordanian officials to help him petition the US for more weapons to arm his group, particularly Fatah security forces in Gaza, against Hamas.

The official said the request will be brought up in meetings with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is in the region this week.

The US considers Abbas to be a "moderate," and regularly supports his Fatah organization with money and weapons.

In May, Egypt, Jordan and Israel were reportedly involved in talks requesting weapons from the US, stating rifles and ammunition were needed to arm Fatah for possible clashes with Hamas. America reportedly agreed.

The weapons were transported in late-May into Israel from the Jordanian border and were delivered to Force 17 by a convoy protected by the Israeli Defense Forces. The cache was driven to Ramallah and to the Gaza Strip border.

In Ramallah, the US weapons were trucked to the main Fatah government building, which is used by both Force 17 and members of the Al Aqsa Brigades, Palestinian officials involved in the transfer told WND.

The US weapons transfer reportedly included 3,000 American-made M-16 assault rifles and over 1 million rounds of ammunition.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced he had approved the shipment of weapons and ammunition, explaining the transfer was meant for Abbas' personal protection.

"I did this because we are running out of time and we need to help Abu Mazen," Olmert told reporters.

But following the transfer, Force 17 senior officer Abu Yousuf told WND in an exclusive interview the American weapons will be shared with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and utilized for attacks against Jews.

Abu Yousuf is also a member of the Al Aqsa Brigades. He hinted the weapons were used in shooting attacks in June that killed one Israeli civilian and wounded another.

Many Force 17 officers are also members of the Brigades. In June Abbas appointed senior Brigades leader Mahmoud Damra to head Force 17. Damra is on Israel's most wanted list of terrorists. He is accused of masterminding a string of attacks. Damra was arrested by Israel last month.

Abu Yousuf told WND the US and Israel facilitated the May transfer of weapons to his Force 17 unit "for its own political purposes. We are not concerned with the reasons. The weapons will not be used against our brothers, only (against) Israelis."

Sources close to the Al Aqsa Brigades told WND the American assault rifles were used in three separate anti-Israel shooting attacks in June. One attack killed a 35-year-old Israeli Arab on a major West Bank highway on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Israeli security officials say the shooters likely mistook the victim for a Jew. The second attack, which occurred June 13 on the same highway, lightly wounded an Israeli.

In the third attack, the Al Aqsa Brigades on June 19 on a West Bank highway ambushed a bus carrying Israeli school girls. The bus was armored. The school girls escaped unharmed.

Abu Yousuf refused to confirm whether the American weapons were used in the spate of highway shootings, but he hinted the information was accurate.

"It is no coincidence that as soon as these American weapons arrived, we were able to carry out these accurate shootings," Abu Yousuf said.

Aaron Klein, WND
Published: 10.04.06, 21:13

I just can't believe that the Administration in Washington D.C. is this stupid.

Or maybe the Administration in Washington D.C. really doesn't give a damn about dead Jews.

Once again the Administration wants to believe in the tooth fairy, and is working hard to try to redeem one Jew hating murdering piece of scum like Abbas the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority over an other Jew hating murdering piece of scum like Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of the Palestinian Authority.

This is the same as offering one group in the SS more Zyklon B gas than an other group in the SS because the Administration thinks one group of SS was more moderate than an other.

No you STUPID idiots Abbas wants 6,000,000 dead Jews just like Haniyeh, the fact that Secretary Rice is today in Ramallah meeting with Abbas and giving him weapons that soon will be used to murder Jews make me very angry.

Maybe Israel should look for an Islamic terror cell in America and give them a couple of nukes, it makes about as much sense to me.

I mean the per capita damage to America might even be close to the damage these weapons America is giving to the terrorist in charge Abbas will cause to Israel.

The Arabs are correct in saying America is not an honest broker in the Middle East. America turns a blind eye to Palestinian terror while at the same time it fights two wars in an attempt to keep America safe from Islamic terror.

The time has come for a new change in Israel it is time for a political party to rise up and tell the world our salvation comes from G-D and not from Washington D.C., and then the American Administration must be warned that it risks Israel cutting ties with America if it keeps siding with the enemies of the Jewish people.

I know my G-D trumps Washington D.C. every time if we will only have the faith to believe.

By the way I don't want to see America get nuked. It is only given as an example of how stupid this policy is.

Kidnapping Thwarted in Kiryat Sefer

Kidnapping Thwarted in Kiryat Sefer
16:18 Oct 04, '06 / 12 Tishrei 5767
by Ezra HaLevi

A group of Arabs attempted to kidnap a Jewish man Wednesday in the hareidi-religious Yesha town of Kiryat Sefer, near Modiin. The man repelled the attackers using his personal weapon.

The man, who owns a cement factory, was approached in the morning hours by six Arab men, four of them armed. The man acted quickly and opened fire with his personal pistol in their direction. One of the kidnappers was hit, the Jewish man later said, and the rest fled in the direction of PA-controlled villages in the region.

IDF forces are sweeping the area, located just across the pre-1967 Green Line border, searching for the armed men. Police found several items dropped by the fleeing men along their escape route. A hole was found in the fence around the factory, along with a pistol, a trail of blood and plastic handcuffs.

Abbas hints at elections, Hamas arming

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Abbas hints at elections, Hamas arming

Group preparing for 'Judgment Day' when Abbas disbands Hamas-led gov't and Palestinian parliament, declares new elections and total chaos engulfs PA. Sources tell Ynet at least 600 new weapons transferred to activists

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared Wednesday afternoon that "the talks with Hamas on the establishment of a unity government have ended and are not being held anymore."

He also hinted that he may disband the Hamas-led government and the Palestinian parliament.

"We are serious about our plan to establish a new unity government. We will see where things are going in the next two weeks and by then we will decide how to act. I will use my constitutional authorities when the time is right," he told reporters at the Muqataa, accompanied by Bahrain's foreign minister.

Meanwhile, Hamas is embracing for an armed confrontation with Fatah in the West Bank should Abbas disband the government and call for new elections in the Palestinian Authority – a scenario the Islamic group says would plunge the Palestinian territories into total chaos.

Violent clashes between Hamas and rivals Fatah continued Tuesday night in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. A Hamas political activist was assassinated in Qalqilya at close range.

Hamas officials told Ynet that hundreds of automatic rifles have been smuggled into the West Bank to bolster the group's military presence there.

At least 600 new rifles and various shells have been distributed to operatives in the West Bank, the officials said.

Mashaal overseeing rearmament efforts

Hamas is intent on preventing Fatah from toppling the government of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. In any case, they will not accept a situation in which the military inferiority opposite Fatah in the West Bank will constitute a balance of terror.

Efforts of rearmament are being overseen from Damascus by Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal who believes the group should be prepared for "the moment of truth" should President Abbas dare to dissolve parliament and declare new elections.
Hamas also fears Israel could cash in on the spate of internal strife to step up military operations against its operatives in Gaza and the West Bank.

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) is believed to have offered Hamas full military backing in any armed confrontation with Fatah or Israel.

Jordanian intelligence officers are trying to prevent a full-scale armed confrontation between Hamas and Fatah by seeking talks with Hamas and PRC leaders.

Ali Waked, Ramallah
Published: 10.04.06, 14:13

October 03, 2006

Elad: Terror attack foiled

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Elad: Terror attack foiled

Large security forces raid community of Elad Tuesday noon in search of terrorist; residents ordered to remain indoors. Forces eventually apprehend unarmed illegal alien apparently planning to carry out terror attack

Dozens of policemen and security personnel raided Tuesday noon the haredi community of Elad, located south of Rosh Haayin, in search of a Palestinian suspected of planning to carry out a terror attack in Israel.

The searches concentrated on the eastern part of the community, near the seam line area, and resulted in the arrest of the illegal alien.

One of the residents recounted the events: "It was frightening to see special forces roaming the streets with their guns drawn and faces masked."

According to the residents, the incident began at about 11 a.m., after security forces were notified that a terrorist has entered the community. They said that roads were blocked by security forces' vehicles, and that people were prevented from returning to their houses.

Eyewitnesses reported that the forces went door to door with their guns drawn in search of the suspect.

"We're not used to seeing such large numbers of security personnel in the community. This isn't the first time there are alerts, but this time the number is unprecedented, as well as the urgency and determination exercised by the forces. The people who saw the forces in the course of their intensive searches, got scared, ran to their houses and closed themselves up inside," an Elad local reported.

Raanan Ben-Zur
Published: 10.03.06, 20:53

Assad: Could be Peace in Six Months

Assad: Could be Peace in Six Months 08:04 Oct 03, '06 / 11 Tishrei 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Syrian President Bashar Assad stated in an interview with a Spanish newspaper that if negotiations between Syria and Israel are renewed, an agreement could be reached within six months.

According to Assad, European mediators should be appointed to lead the talks since the United States could not fulfill this function fairly. He also hinted that Syria may strike against Israel if it does not withdraw from the Golan Heights.

The fact that Assad made this statement on Yom Kippur means he is trying to tie his statement into the start of the Yom Kippur war in 1973.

His statement combined with the statement of the Palestinians that they are building to war means one thing for Israel.

Hit first hit hard and end the problem with the Palestinians and Syria once and for all. Hit them like they have never been hit and give Israel peace for at least 20 years.

Fatah Fighters Threaten to Kill Hamas Leaders

Fatah Fighters Threaten to Kill Hamas Leaders 15:46 Oct 03, '06 / 11 Tishrei 5767 by Hillel Fendel and Hana Levi Julian

Following a day-long break coinciding with Yom Kippur, Fatah-Hamas violence resumed Monday night, with the death toll rising to ten. Fatah Al-Aksa terrorists threaten to target Hamas leaders.

The fighting erupted on Sunday when PA interior minister Said Siyam sent Hamas fighters to quell a protest by Fatah policemen complaining at not having been paid in months. Last night's fighting added three deaths to the toll, with at least 22 injured.

Fatah blames Hamas for the deadly violence, and members of Fatah's Al-Aksa Brigades, who have amassed experience in murdering Jews, say they will target Hamas leaders. An announcement released by Fatah reads, "Khaled Meshal, Said Siyam, and Yusuf A-Zahar [of Hamas] are the ones responsible for the incitement, and they will therefore be executed, to serve as an example for others... This is a natural reaction to minister Siyam's decision to sent his men to fight with protestors in the streets."

In response, Hamas legislator Mushir Al-Masri said, "Fatah is merely pouring oil on the fire. Hamas will show no mercy if its leaders are targeted by the leaders of the overthrow."

I am just sitting on the side waiting and praying that we will get to see a full blown civil war, the only thing that could be better than watching the Palestinians sink into civil war would be to figure out a way to sell tickets to watch it.

Report: Hamas weighing large-scale conflict with Israel

Report: Hamas weighing large-scale conflict with Israel

Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party says Hamas smuggled hundreds of tons of weapons from Egypt into Gaza Strip

Hamas has succeeded in smuggling "hundreds of tons" of weapons from Egypt into the Gaza Strip and is preparing for the possibility of launching a large-scale conflict with Israel, according to a report by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.

The report, drafted by Fatah's General Security Services and obtained by WND, statedHamas has smuggled from the Egyptian Sinai desert between several hundred and 1,300 tons of advanced rockets; anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles; rocket propelled grenades; raw explosives; rifles; ammunition; and other heavy weaponry.

Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip last year. In a deal brokered in November by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Egypt-Gaza border, once controlled by the Jewish state, now is manned by Egyptian and Palestinian security officials and is observed by European monitors. The monitors reportedly have fled their duty several times the past few months.

Israeli security officials have noted multiple breaches in border security, including the transport of terrorists and weapons across the border. They say several key sections of the border are penetrable and that smuggling tunnels that snake under the border are "thriving."

The Fatah report follows statements last month by Yuval Diskin, director of Israel's Shin Bet Security Services, warning since the Jewish state withdrew from Gaza, the Palestinians successfully have transferred hundreds of tons of weapons into the Strip.

"If we don't move to counter this smuggling, it will continue and create a situation in Gaza similar to the one in southern Lebanon," Diskin said.

Diskin was referring to Hizbullah's development of large rocket and weapons arsenals in south Lebanon for use against Israel.

Speaking to WND, senior terror leaders in Gaza, including militants from Abbas' Fatah party, agreed with Diskin's assessment.

"I think Diskin made those statements to try to distract the Israelis from their losses in Lebanon by focusing on another area, but he is right. We are turning Gaza into south Lebanon," said Abu Ahmed, northern Gaza leader for the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group.

"We learned from Hizbullah's victory that Israel can be defeated if we know how to hit them and if we are well prepared," Abu Ahmed said. "We are importing rockets and the knowledge to launch them and we are also making many plans for battle."

Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas' so-called "military wing" told WND his group is preparing for war against Israel.

"In the last 15 months, even though the fighters of Hamas kept the cease-fire, we did not stop making important advancements and professional training on the military level. In the future, after Hamas is obliged to stop the cease-fire, the world shall see our new military capabilities," said Abu Abdullah, who is considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas' Izzedine al-Qassam Martyrs Brigades, Hamas' declared "resistance" department.

Al Aqsa's Abu Ahmed said his group is receiving help from Hizbullah to import long-range rockets and train in guerrilla warfare tactics.

"We have warm relations with Hizbullah, which helps with some of the training programs," Abu Ahmed said. "We don't have anything to be ashamed of – that we are dealing with Hizbullah and that we are receiving training and information from them."

"The Sinai is an excellent ground for training, the exchange of information and weapons and for meetings on how to turn every piece of land into usable territory for a confrontation with Israel," Abu Ahmed said.

The terror leader said Palestinian groups are developing war bunkers inside Gaza similar to the underground Hizbullah lairs Israel found during last month's war in Lebanon.

"Our preparations include the building of special bunkers. Of course, we are taking into consideration that Gaza is not the same topography as Lebanon," Abu Ahmed said.

During its confrontation with Hizbullah, Israel destroyed scores of complex bunkers that snaked along the Lebanese side of the Israel-Lebanon border. Military officials said they were surprised by the scale of the Hizbullah bunkers, in which Israeli troops reportedly found war rooms stocked with advanced eavesdropping and surveillance equipment they noted were made by Iran.

Abu Ahmed said the most important "tool" in the "Palestinian resistance arsenal was rockets. He said his group learned from Hizbullah that Israel can be defeated with missiles.

"We saw that with the capacity to bombard the Israeli population with hundreds of rockets every day we can change the strategic balance with Israel," he said.

Since Israel's Gaza withdrawal, Palestinian terror groups have been regularly firing rockets at nearby Jewish communities. The terrorists generally have fired three versions of Qassam rockets, improvised steel projectiles filled with explosives and fuel. Qassams can travel between one and five miles depending on the sophistication of the particular rocket.

Israel has noted improvements in Qassams, including rockets carrying double engines.

Israeli security officials say a large number of Katyusha rockets have been brought into Gaza. Katyushas can travel about 12 miles and can deliver large payloads. Hizbullah fired more than 2,800 Katyusha rockets into Israel in July and August, devastating many northern towns.

In August, Islamic Jihad fired a Katyusha rocket into the Israeli Negev. It landed in an empty area. In June the group fired a Katyusha-like rocket that traveled about nine miles.

"The Katyusha we fired (in August) shows we can have every weapon we need," said Abu Ahmed. "It is only a matter of a small period before Gaza is ready for war.

Aaron Klein, WND
Published: 10.03.06, 11:17

This as well as Assad's statement yesterday that if "peace" is not acheived in 6 months then he will be willing to go to war is just the most recent piece of evidence that Olmert lost the war in Lebanon.

This spring will bring a major war to the Middle East, with a good chance of nuclear weapons being used.

October 01, 2006

This will be the last post before Yom Kippur.

May everyone have an easy fast and if I have wronged any of you during this last year please forgive me.

7 Dead In Arab on Arab Fighting

7 killed, dozens hurt in Gaza clashes

Intra-Palestinian conflict escalates: Seven killed, dozens wounded when striking Hamas security apparatus tries to

At least 75 Palestinians – including security officers, passersby, and members of Hamas’ special security force – were hurt in violent confrontations and gun battles that erupted in Khan Younis Sunday morning.

A Palestinian was killed near the parliament building in Gaza, and another four were wounded. Shortly afterwards it was reported that a teenagers who was injured in the clashes died of his wounded. A member of the Palestinian presidential guard was also killed in exchanges of fire in Gaza City. Another four people were killed in other incidents, two of them Palestinian security personnel.

In the afternoon hours, Palestinian sources reported that Hamas members kidnapped a Fatah member in Gaza City, and the man's home was burned to the ground. Sources said it was believed that other members of the household were taken hostage as well.

Clashes erupted between Palestinian security forces demonstrating in Khan Younis to demand months of unpaid wages from the Hamas government, and the Hamas special security detail. A gun battle erupted between the two sides – using light weapons and hand grenades – after Hamas security demanded Interior Minister Said Siyam quash the protest.

Medical sources in Gaza City said on Sunday that a cameraman working for al-Arabia satellite channel has been moderately injured in the clashes.

The clashes started in Khan Younis but within a few hours had spread to Gaza City as well. In the Gaza Strip, concerns were high that the situation would escalate and the violence would spread to other sites. The special Hamas security apparatus was deployed in great numbers at central junctions.

Following the clashes, Fatah activists set fire to the Palestinian parliament building in Ramallah. Eyewitnesses reported that the activists broke into the building, and set an office on the second floor on fire. Shortly afterwards, the fire spread to all parts of the building, which was empty at the time.

Meanwhile, Hamas called up members of its military wing, the Izz a-din al-Qassam Brigades, to join in the fighting against the Palestinian Authority security forces in Gaza City, security sources said.

Fatah and rivals Hamas blamed one another for stirring a civil war in the Palestinian Authority shortly after Sunday's clashes.

While Fatah officials said Hamas was stirring "a war among brothers," Hamas operatives said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah was collaborating with the international community to topple the Hamas-led government.

In an effort to prevent further escalations, Abbas issued a statement on Sunday calling on members of the security forces to halt clashes with Hamas gunmen.

During a Ramallah protest, members of Fatah's military wing, the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, blamed Hamas for the violence and threatened to target Hamas institutions in the West Bank if gun battles in Gaza persist.

Over the past few days, Palestinian Authority security forces, mostly Fatah members who have been serving since that party’s tenure in government, have been demonstrating to demand months of unpaid wages from the Hamas government.

Security forces blocked central junctions and intersections, burned tires and fired off rounds of gunshots into the air. The Hamas government’s special security force asked to suppress “the security rebellion and stop the armed protests at all cost.”

Already Saturday, during a security forces protest in Dir al-Balak in central Gaza, a grenade was thrown towards protestors, wounding five people. Following the events, the striking security forces decided to instruct its members to conduct non-violent protests, refrain
from bearing arms, and concentrate demonstrations to the areas of the protest tents set up around the Strip.

“We must do all we can not to play into the hands of those who want to drag the Palestinian sphere into civil war to cover for their own failures,” the protest leaders said, hinting at the Hamas government.

The message also accused the interior minister of fanning the flames and pushing for bloodshed.

suppress protests by Palestinian security officers demanding months of unpaid wages. Abbas calls for calm

Ali Waked
Latest Update: 10.01.06, 19:08

IDF threatens Lebanon raids

IDF threatens Lebanon raids

Officers say army would not hesitate to carry out incursions into Lebanon if UN peacekeeping force fails to prevent Hizbullah from reclaiming border posts or waging attacks

The withdrawal from Lebanon has been completed - Israel Defense Forces soldiers have redeployed along the international border between Israel and Lebanon and are preparing for possible attacks – a real test for the shaky ceasefire.

The Northern Command estimates that the coming months will be quiet as Hizbullah is busy with rearming and restructuring its forces after the war.

"We are likely to fall on protests, gatherings, and shepherds or unarmed individuals who lost their way," a senior officer said.

"That would be the first sign of Hizbullah's awakening, as that's how they test the ground, check the response and collect intelligence. Hizbullah never acted in a coincidental manner, as no operation was coincidental or without preplanning, including the kidnappings. If we see innocent people returning to the border, that would be a red light as far as we are concerned."

The army estimates that the political echelon shares its position that Hizbullah should not be allowed to return to the border.

Should the United Nations peacekeeping force and the Lebanese Army fail to prove their determination, the IDF could act: "At the moment that's not on the agenda, but if we have to, we are likely to see in Lebanon a mode of operation similar to that in the Gaza Strip after the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, such as incursions into Lebanese territories under aerial cover to carry out pinpoint operations to thwart threats."

Hanan Greenberg
Latest Update: 10.01.06, 14:59

Halutz: Did I make the right decisions?

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Oct. 1, 2006 10:50 | Updated Oct. 1, 2006 13:34


The Lebanon war's failure to meet the public's expectations explains the sense of disappointment among Israelis, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz told Yediot Aharonot in an interview published on the eve of Yom Kippur.

"I ask myself whether things could have been done differently, and if so- how?" Halutz asked. "I'm trying to ask myself if I'm convinced that our direction was the right one from an operational perspective."

"Did I make the right decisions?" he continued.

"If there was one thing I worried about throughout the war with Hizbullah, it was people's lives," Halutz confessed. "When I hear that a soldier dies it affects me deeply. This is the hardest time in my life."

"It's not how it looks," he explained, "but that's how I feel inside. Everything is hard for me - the price of the war, it's personally hard for me. I can't compare it to anything I've ever experienced."

To most people the depth of their errors would be self evident if they had been the Chief of Staff during the war in Lebanon this last summer.

How can it be so hard for this man to see the errors that he made and do the right thing and resign?

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