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Iran Displays Missile Capable of Hitting Israel or US Bases

By Greg Lamotte (VOA-Cairo)

While Iran faces a deadline of late October to prove that its nuclear facilities are not a cover for building nuclear weapons, Iran's newest weapon was publicly paraded before dignitaries in Tehran Monday. Iran showed off its military might, publicly parading its newly-deployed Shahab-3 ballistic missiles before a crowd of dignitaries in Tehran, including President Mohammad Khatami, military leaders and members of the media.

The Iranian Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile means Meteor-3 or Shooting Star-3 in Farsi [alternatively designated Zelzal (Earthquake)] is derived from the 806-930 mile range North Korean No-dong missile. The Shahab-3 reportedly is capable of carrying a 3,872-pound warhead.

Six of the sand-colored missiles, which experts say are capable of reaching Israel or U.S. bases in the Gulf, were rolled out at the end of a parade marking the anniversary of Iran's war with Iraq that began in 1980. Iran, using North Korean designs and Russian technology, announced in July it had completed testing the missile system.

Arafat Offers Ceasefire with International Supervision

By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)

Palestinian chief Yasir Arafat has offered to reach a "total ceasefire" with Israel, on condition that international monitors supervise peacemaking efforts.

Arafat proposed the latest truce, despite moves by the United States and Israel to isolate him from the international community. Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat confirmed Monday that Arafat made the offer in meetings with three of the representatives of the so-called Quartet of Mideast peacemakers - Russia, the European Union and the United Nations. The fourth representative, the United States, has refused to deal with Arafat.

Erekat said Arafat had cited conditions for reaching what he called a total ceasefire, including sending international monitors to encourage implementation of the road map to peace plan. The plan, which is supported by the Quartet, calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state by 2005.

Israel has given its support to the road map, but has ruled out negotiations with Arafat, whom it blames for orchestrating much of the violence.

President Bush's administration has also broken off contacts with Arafat. Bush said Arafat has failed as a leader of the Palestinian people. Bush made the comment as Arafat received a boost in popularity, following Israel's recent threat to remove the Palestinian leader.

Meanwhile, in the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to search for suspected Palestinian militants. On Monday, Israeli soldiers used bulldozers to demolish a building in Hebron, crushing to death a wanted Hamas activist. Authorities said the fugitive had gone into hiding in the house, refused to surrender and opened fire on troops attempting to arrest him. Israeli soldiers then razed the building on top of the gunman, who continued to shoot until he was buried by the collapsing walls.

Reports: Israel May Free Arab Prisoners in Deal with Hizbullah

By VOA News

Reports from Jerusalem say Israel may free hundreds of Arab prisoners - the majority of them Palestinians - in a swap with the Lebanese terrorist group Hizbullah. The reports, which quote Israeli and Palestinian sources familiar with the negotiations, said the release might include Marwan Barghouti, the most senior Palestinian in Israeli custody. Germany is mediating the talks, which Israeli security sources said are at an advanced stage.

Hizbullah wants the release of Abdel Karim Obeid and Mustafa Dirani, two terrorist leaders whom Israel kidnapped in 1989 and 1994. Israel wants the release of an Israeli businessman, Elhanan Tannenbaum, and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers captured by Hizbullah in 2000.

The reports said the deal would also include an undetermined number of Syrians, Jordanians, and Palestinians. Israel has also sought information on the fate of Israeli airman Ron Arad, who was shot down over Lebanon in 1986.

Egyptian Jurists to Sue 'The Jews' for Exodus Compensation Israel Faxx News Services

A recent edition of the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram Al-Arabi featured an interview with Dr. Nabil Hilmi, dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Al-Zaqaziq who, together with a group of Egyptian expatriates in Switzerland, is preparing an enormous lawsuit against "all the Jews of the world."

Hilmi: "Since the Jews make various demands of the Arabs and the world, and claim rights that they base on historical and religious sources, a group of Egyptians in Switzerland has opened the case of the so-called 'great exodus of the Jews from Pharaonic Egypt.' At that time, they stole from the Pharaonic Egyptians gold, jewelry, cooking utensils, silver ornaments, clothing, and more, leaving Egypt in the middle of the night with all this wealth, which today is priceless...

"We set up a legal team to prepare the necessary legal confrontation aimed at restoring what the Jews stole a long time ago, to which the statute of limitations cannot possibly apply. Furthermore, [the theft] is based on their holy book, the same source on which they relied when they invaded other peoples...

"The Egyptian Pharaoh was surprised one day to discover thousands of Egyptian women crying under the palace balcony, asking for help and complaining that the Jews stole their clothing and jewels, in the greatest collective fraud history has ever known.

"The theft was not limited to gold alone. The thieves stole everything imaginable. They emptied the Egyptian homes of cooking utensils. One of the women approached Pharaoh, her eyes downcast, and said that her Jewish neighbor who lived in the house on the right of her house had come to her and asked to borrow her gold items, claiming she had been invited to a wedding... The Jewish neighbor took [the items] and promised to return them the next day. A few minutes later, the neighbor to the left knocked on the door and asked to borrow the cooking utensils, because she was having guests for dinner. Using this same deceitful system, they took possession of all the cooking utensils...

"They left in a convoy of 600,000, that is, about 120,000 families. There were a few wagons in the convoy, and a long line of donkeys loaded with the stolen goods... They crossed the desert in the heart of Sinai, in an attempt to confuse Pharaoh's army, which was on their trail... Later they rested and began to count the stolen gold, and discovered that it reached 300,000 kg of gold."

Question: "What is the religious evidence you said is in the Torah?" Hilmi:"Naturally, the Jews cast doubt on this story because that is in their interest. But the answer would be that the story is based on what is written in the Torah. It can be found in Exodus, [Chapter] 35, verses 12 through 36..."

Question: "What do you think is the value of the gold, silver, and clothing that was stolen, and how do you calculate their value today?"

Hilmi: "If we assume that the weight of what was stolen was one ton, [its worth] doubled every 20 years, even if the annual interest is only 5%. In one ton of gold is 700 kg of pure gold - and we must remember that what was stolen was jewelry, that is, alloyed with copper. Hence, after 1,000 years, it would be worth 1,125,898,240 million tons, which equals 1,125,898 billion tons for 1,000 years. In other words, 1,125 trillion tons of gold, that is, a million multiplied by a million tons of gold. This is for one stolen ton. The stolen gold is estimated at 300 tons, and it was not stolen for 1,000 years, but for 5,758 years, by the Jewish reckoning. Therefore, the debt is very large...

"The value must be calculated precisely in accordance with the information collected, and afterward a lawsuit must be filed against all the Jews of the world, and against the Jews of Israel in particular, so they will repay the Egyptians the debt that appears in the Torah."

Question: "Is a compromise solution possible?" Hilmi: "There may be a compromise solution. The debt can be rescheduled over 1,000 years, with the addition of the cumulative interest during that period."

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