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Memorial Services Tuesday to Mark Yom Kippur War

By Ha'aretz

Official memorial services will be held Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. The main ceremony will take place at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem. Ten additional ceremonies will take place in the afternoon hours Tuesday at cemeteries around the country.

Some 13,000 Israelis traveled to Sinai through the Taba border terminal on the Egyptian border near Eilat to spend the holiday on the peninsula. The director of the Taba border terminal said Saturday his Egyptian colleagues told him the hotels and resort villages along the entire sea front from Taba to Nueba were packed, mostly with Israelis.

Israelis returning from Sinai have said that the Egyptian officials at the border crossing were very friendly. "They welcome tourism from Israel; the bureaucracy still exists, but it's quicker and more polite; they must have really missed us over there," an Israeli who returned last week said


Bush: Israel Can Defend Itself, But Should Avoid Escalation

By Ha'aretz

President George W. Bush avoided criticizing Israel on Monday over its attack inside Syria and said the Jewish state must not feel constrained in its self-defense.

Referring to a conversation with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Sunday after the Israeli strike at an alleged militant training base, Bush said, "I made it very clear to the prime minister like I have consistently done, that Israel's got a right to defend herself, that Israel must not feel constrained in terms of defending the homeland. However, I said that it's very important that any action Israel take(s) should avoid escalation and creating higher tensions."

Israel Air Force planes bombed an area deep inside Syria that Israel claimed was the site of a base used to train Palestinian terrorist activities. The air strike followed a suicide bombing in a Haifa restaurant Saturday that left 19 people dead.

Syria on Monday urged the United States not to block a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's air raid overnight Sunday on a Palestinian terror training base northwest of Damascus, saying Washington should help prevent escalation of tensions in the Middle East.

"We hope that the United States does not use the veto and that it practices its role as a superpower in preventing aggression and escalation," an official Foreign Ministry source said. "We hope that the United States joins those who condemned this aggressive operation and those are the vast majority in the world community."

Syria, the only Arab country on the council, was seeking a resolution from the 15-member body condemning the Israeli air strike and calling on Israel to halt actions that could result in "uncalculated consequences that would endanger the peace in the region."

Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman, speaking after Mekdad, accused Syria of providing "safe harbor, training facilities, funding and logistical support" to terrorist organizations. He said it was ironic that Syria, which Israel accuses of harboring terrorists, should call for a meeting to condemn the attack and compared it to Osama bin Laden demanding a Security Council meeting after the Sept. 11 attacks. Gillerman also expressed anger that the meeting was called just before the holiest Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur.

U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte did not directly condemn the Israel airstrike, but instead called on "all sides to avoid heightening tensions and to think carefully about the consequences of their actions." He blamed Syria for harboring terrorists. "The United States believes that Syria is on the wrong of the side of the war on terrorism," he said. "We believe it is in Syria's interest, and in the broader interest of Middle East peace, for Syria to stop harboring and supporting the groups that perpetrate acts such as the one that occurred yesterday."

Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa lodged his country's complaint to Annan and the president of the Security Council, which is the United States during the month of October. In a letter, al-Sharaa said: "Syria is not incapable of creating a resisting and deterring balance that forces Israel to review its" actions." He urged the Security Council to "condemn, deter and prevent the repetition of this dangerous development that threatens regional and international security and stability."

On Sunday, a senior aide to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that Israel could launch new attacks on Syria if Damascus continues to shelter terrorist organizations.

Russia and Germany have joined the United States in objecting to a draft Security Council resolution condemning Israel's airstrike on a target in Syria. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov said the Syrian resolution is not balanced, because it accuses Israel of military aggression without condemning the terrorist attacks that prompted the strike.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is quoted separately by German public radio as saying Germany could not support the current draft because it is not balanced.

Israel said the Palestinian militant groups Islamic Jihad and Hamas train at the site and the strike was an act of self-defense against terrorists.


Palestinian PM: We Will Not Confront Militants

By VOA News

Palestinian chieftain Yasir Arafat has installed a new prime minister and cabinet by decree and declared a state of emergency in the Palestinian territories. The move is seen by some observers as an attempt to stop Israel from sending Arafat into exile, following a Palestinian suicide bombing that killed at least 19 people.

Arafat's new government for the Palestinian people includes eight ministers headed by a new prime minister, Ahmed Qureia. Qureia replaces Mahmoud Abbas, who resigned last month after losing a power struggle with Arafat over control of the Palestinian security forces.

The new Palestinian prime minister said he would not use force against Palestinian militants, despite a renewed U.S. call for a crackdown on armed factions. Qureia said in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday that he would listen to Palestinians' national rights, and will not promote a civil war by confronting militants.

White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said there is a need, now more than ever, for a Palestinian cabinet that is empowered and committed to fighting terror. The U.S. backed road map for peace requires the Palestinian leadership to act decisively against terrorism.


Pigs Can't Fly But Can Detect Terrorists

By Israel Faxx News Services

Geva Zion, 26, a veteran of the I.D.F. K-9 unit has developed a system to detect Arab terrorists and bombs. He is training wild boars to find mines and bombs. Zion claims that his two pigs "Soda" and "Chaziza" can track explosives quicker and better than any dog or electronic detection device.

The Jewish Legion, a volunteer organization that helps secure towns in Israel with the help of specially trained K-9's, is looking into the possibility of contracting Zion to help create a new Pig Unit. Ezra Stein, PR director for the Jewish Legion conceded that the Legion was seeking rabbinic advice and initiating contact with Zion to test his findings. People interested in joining/supporting the Jewish Legion K-9 unit or pig unit, should it be formed, or the regular guard program can contact JewishLegion@aol.com






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