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>JN July 22, 2003, Vol. 11, No. 123
Israelis May Deal With Iraq
Israel Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Monday that Israelis may have
business dealings with Iraq.
This includes importing and exporting. The decision comes following an expressed
interest by Israeli businesspeople to open dealings with Iraq.
Mofaz: Arrow System Can Counter Iranian Missile Threat
By Sharon Sadeh (Ha'aretz) and Reuters
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz reassured Knesset members Monday that Israel's Arrow
missile defense system was adequate to counter any threat by Iranian missiles, and
promised that missile defense would not be affected by budget cuts, Army Radio
Iran equipped its elite revolutionary guards Sunday with a locally made ballistic
missile, the Shihab-3. The missile, with its range of about 803 miles, is capable of
reaching Israel and U.S. forces stationed in Saudi Arabia and
Since the 1991 Gulf War, Israel - with U.S. financial backing - has developed the Arrow
anti-missile missile, the only operational missile killer system in the world. The Arrow-2
interceptor, which works in conjunction with Green Pine all-weather radar targeting
system, was successfully tested in August 2001, when it shot down a live missile dropped
from an IAF F-15 fighter jet at high altitude on the flight path of an incoming Scud
The deployment of the Shihab-3 missile came as Iran faces mounting scrutiny about a
nuclear energy program Washington says may be a front for a covert bid to make atomic
arms. The missile was officially inaugurated during a military parade before Iran's
supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is in charge of the country's armed forces,
The missile's official deployment comes after its final testing several weeks ago,
Iranian officials said. Earlier this month, Ha'aretz reported that the missile's recent
testing was its most successful of seven or eight launches
during the past five years.
Also Monday, Shalom accused Tehran of "trying to do everything" to build a nuclear
weapon, and warned that Iran would pose a threat to the whole world unless it was stopped.
Speaking to reporters following a meeting in Brussels with his European Union
counterparts, Shalom said that Tehran was enriching uranium and refusing to accept tougher
inspections of its nuclear program.
"Iran now is trying to do everything to have a nuclear weapon and that is threatening
not only the Middle East, it is threatening Europe, the southern part of Russia," he said.
"And I think the EU should take a key role in the last efforts to prevent them from having
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi later Monday denied that Tehran was seeking to
build a nuclear weapon, saying Israel represented a nuclear threat to the region. "It is
clear for us that we do not have any program for nuclear weapons production," Kharrazi
told a news conference in South Africa, where he is holding diplomatic meetings.
"Israel wants to justify its nuclear arsenal. They want to justify that they are under
threat when the source of the threat is Israeli capabilities. We don't find the
development of nuclear weapons increases security. Contrary to
that, we find it to be a threat to national security," Kharrazi said.
He said Tehran had embarked on a nuclear program as it was currently exporting most of
its 3.8 million barrel-per-day oil output and realized the need to develop alternative
sources of energy in the face of declining oil reserves
and a rapidly growing population.
Iranian officials have said reports that enriched uranium was found samples taken by UN
inspectors in Iran were questionable. Iran insists its nuclear facilities are geared to
producing electricity, and diplomats say the
presence of enriched uranium in the samples may in fact be the result of
Muslim Men Marrying Jewish Women
Israel Faxx News Services
Early morning. Nassar kisses his wife Marina goodbye. She also says goodbye to her
parents, Luda and Misha, and heads off to work. This is not a scene from a movie, the
theater or a passage from a book. This is Israeli reality happening in the city of Tira,
next to Kfar Saba. According to regional mayors there are hundreds of Jewish- Arab couples
that live in just this way, in happiness and tranquility.
The love story of Marina and Nassar is one example of a growing phenomenon- Jewish
women who marry young Arab men and go to live with them. Marina's unemployed parents also
moved to in to Nassar's apartment and they are full of praise for their new
Marina, 22 years old, immigrated to Israel seven years ago and lived in Hertzliya. A
smile appears on her face when she describes her meeting Nassar. "I was working for
Pelephone. One day he came in to have his cell-phone repaired and after briefly meeting
him I fell in love. He asked me to marry him and to move to Tira. I didn't even know where
this was. My parents were scared to come with us, but now that we've married they see that
it's not so terrible. There is a type of quiet here. Nassar takes care of us. They treat
us with respect here and give us a lot of help."
"You don't see something like this every day," says the Mayor of Tira, Halil Kassam,
with pride. "This is true co-existence. Brotherhood and peace between Jews and Arabs. Here
there is no intifada and no hatred. We accept the Jews without limitation, ad whoever
wants to visit is received with blessing." In the course of a tour of Tira Kassam mentions
that in his city alone there are between 90 and 100 Jewish women. There are those who have
been here a while and those who have arrived recently. Some are Israelis and some are
immigrants from the former Soviet Union."
According to the statistics provided by the leaders of cities in the Sharon at least
190 Jewish women have married Arabs while dozens of others live with them without having
gotten married. They come to Tira, to Taiba, and to Jaljuliya, almost always after a
romance. For instance Ora Abdul, who has lived in Tira for many years already. "I came
here because of love," Ora explains, "I have six children, 17 grandchildren and many
Jewish friends who live here." The strongest expression of the change Ora has gone through
is her decision to convert. "My friends and I have converted to Islam. It was difficult at
first, but in the course of years you have to adopt the customs of your husband," she
Riki also, a resident of the Sharon, who finished her army service 4 months ago is
involved in a romantic relationship with an Arab youth. "I have had a boyfriend from Kfar
Kassam for four years now," she says, "He is wonderful and we are considering marriage."
According to Riki many of her friends from the army also have romantic relationships with
Stella, who is married to a resident in the area, sums up the message that all of these
women are trying to get across, the ones who have been there awhile and the newer arrivals
as well. "We respect the Islamic religion, and they respect the Jewish religion. There is
no compulsion or pressure here, only love and patience. The leaders should come to Tira to
see how people live," she says with emotion.
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