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Two-Year-Old Found Dead

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The case of the missing two-year-old from Jerusalem came to a tragic end Tuesday afternoon when her body was found buried in a field near southern Jerusalem.

Hundreds of volunteers were continuing to search on a cold and rainy Tuesday morning for Hodayah Kedem-Fimshtein, 22-months-old, who had not been seen for three days, when news of the discovery reached them. The baby's father, who had reported her missing from his home on Saturday afternoon, is under arrest as the main - though not only - suspect in the case.

Volunteers are continuing to search for Nur Abu Tir, 5, who has been missing since Saturday night from her home in an Arab village east of Jerusalem. Police still suspect that a family feud is at the bottom of the case, and one person who has been held for two days still refuses to respond to police questioning. Police have questioned more than 12 persons connected to the case over the past two days.


U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests Israeli-Developed Air-to-Ground Missiles

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The U.S. Air Force is likely to procure revolutionary air-to-ground missiles developed in Israel, which will aid America in its war on terror. The new Have Light missile recently underwent successful tests by the Air Force.

The Have Light is an advanced air-to-ground precision guided system, which allows aircraft to destroy ground and sea targets, such as bunkers, power plants, missile sites, bridges and ships, from long range. The Have Light is extremely accurate, allowing an area as small as a building's doorway to become a possible target.

The U.S. Air Force is currently testing the missile and an operational test of the system was performed recently. An F-16 plane fired the missile, and the pilot successfully controlled it. Another test in Utah was described as successful, with the missile hitting a stationary target.

The Have Light missiles are accurate and cost effective, with a very high proven hit probability. The direction of the missile can be guided midcourse. With its ability to pinpoint targets at such a long range, the missile will minimize fighter aircraft exposure.

Another great advantage of the new missile is that it can be fired from ordinary fighter planes, not just heavy bombers, like the B-52, which fires other Rafael Popeye missiles. The new missile, actually a smaller version of the Popeye, is fired from a single-seat aircraft flying at 2,600 meters at Mach 0.7 speed.

The missiles are being marketed by a joint venture of Israel's Rafael Company and Lockheed-Martin. Rafael and Lockheed-Martin are partners in Precision Guided Systems US (PGSUS, which markets missiles worldwide, and has sales of $500 million to date).


IDF Bans Speaker For Calling Dir Yassin A Non-Massacre

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The IDF has decided that former Lechi fighter Ezra Yachin will no longer be allowed to lecture to soldiers as part of the army's educational seminars.

Meretz Knesset member Naomi Chazan complained that Yachin tells his audiences that Lechi soldiers did not carry out a massacre in Dir Yassin in 1948. Yachin himself, who took part in the Dir Yassin battle, says that the decision to keep him away from soldiers "astonishes" him. He says that just as there was no massacre in Jenin, there was none in Dir Yassin.

A work by ZOA National President Morton A. Klein, entitled, Dir Yassin: History of a Lie, brings to light important documents disproving the claim that 250-300 Arab civilians were massacred by Jewish fighters in the Jerusalem-area village. The study finds that Dir Yassin was actually a legitimate military target overlooking the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, from where Jewish traffic was regularly attacked.

Arutz-7's Nissan Ratzlav-Katz said that Hazen Nusseibeh, an editor for the Palestine Broadcasting Service's Arabic news in 1948, once told BBC the true origins of the "Dir Yassin massacre."

Nusseibeh said that in consultation with Hussein Khalidi, then-Secretary of the Arab Higher Committee, "we wrote a press release stating that at Dir Yassin children were murdered, pregnant women were raped. All sorts of atrocities." When residents of the village protested this portrayal of events, Nusseibeh said, they were told that the lies were necessary to incite Arab armies to help fight the Jews, and that Khalidi said outright, "We have to say this so the Arab armies will come to liberate Palestine from the Jews."


(Commentary) Pollard: What He Knows,

By IsraelNationalNews.com

As Jonathan Pollard continues to languish in tortuous conditions in a U.S. prison - he began his 18th year in prison last month - the questions continue to rankle: Why was he sentenced to life in prison in direct contrast to the terms of his plea bargain? Why are certain U.S. officials - past and present - so dead-set against any leniency to Pollard? Did a secret memo by then-Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger accuse Pollard of treason, even though neither the charges against him nor any evidence indicate anything close to that?

Some answers may be found in a letter by Pollard that was first published in The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 15, 1991 - but which takes on a more foreboding tone in the light of current events. The letter states that the photos he turned over to the Israelis "were of a number of Iraqi chemical weapons manufacturing plants which the government did not want to admit existed. Why? ... What the administration was really concerned about was [having] to admit that it had tacitly condoned the creation of an Iraqi chemical weapons manufacturing capability." In short, the Americans themselves may have brought about the very reason for the war for which the world is now bracing - and Pollard may be the one to confirm this.

The Justice for Jonathan Pollard website also features a recent New Yorker Magazine article that it says "provides a clear picture of the direct involvement of the United States in arming Iraq, and in providing Saddam Hussein with technology, weapons, intelligence and funding - even in contravention of American law - enabling Iraq to amass the nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons that threaten the world."

The organization concludes: "As long as the U.S. acknowledges no responsibility for its role in arming Iraq, Jonathan Pollard will continue to be buried alive in prison by successive American administrations fearing exposure and embarrassment."

An important article by Sara Levinsky-Rigler, published yesterday on Aish.com, states the following: "Contrary to widespread misconceptions, Pollard was never indicted for harming the United States. Pollard was never indicted for compromising codes, agents, or war plans, nor was he accused of nor convicted of treason.

Jonathan Pollard was indicted on only one charge: one count of passing classified information to an ally, with no intent to harm the United States. The median sentence for this offense is two to four years. Jonathan Pollard is the only person in the history of the United States to receive a life sentence for spying for an American ally. Appellate Court Justice Steven Williams has called the Pollard case 'a fundamental miscarriage of justice.'"


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