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Sharon: Arafat 'Obstacle to Peace."
By VOA News
In a speech to Israel's parliament, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon branded Palestinian
leader Yasir Arafat "the greatest obstacle to peace" and reaffirmed the Jewish state's
determination to remove him from politics.
Israel Carries Out Fifth Strike in Gaza
By Arnon Regular, Ha'aretz
The Israel Defense Forces on Monday carried out five aerial strikes in the Gaza Strip
in which 14 Palestinians were killed and about 100 were wounded. In the fifth strike,
carried out Monday evening, at least one missile landed just east of
Gaza City, wounding one man, according to Palestinian sources. The target of the strike
was the house of Hamas
terrorist Sheikh Abdullah Shami, who was targeted earlier during the day by an IDF
Late Monday night, IDF troops were alerted to the area of Kibbutz Nahal Oz after
receiving reports of an attempt to infiltrate into Israel from the Gaza Strip. The troops
killed two Hamas men and then followed a pickup truck
carrying four Hamas terrorists who assisted the two men trying to infiltrate into
In the area of the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip helicopters fired at the
vehicle, killing its four occupants. Palestinians said that the car was owned by Imad
Akal, a senior member of the Hamas military wing and carrying
several of his entourage. But according to witnesses, the first missile did not kill all
the occupants of the car and
as they escaped, more missiles struck the main street in Nuseirat, a densely populated
refugee camp. Dozens of Palestinians rushed to the vehicle, including medical workers. The
helicopters fired two more missiles, killing
five civilians, among them a doctor, and wounding some 50 people.
The IDF said Monday that the attacks were carried out due to the large number of Qassam
rockets fired recently from the Gaza Strip into Israel, and not as a response to the
killing of three soldiers on Sunday near Ofra.
The IDF launched three other air strikes in Gaza City on Monday in the space of several
hours, killing two members of the Hamas military wing and a passerby. At least 23 other
people were wounded in the first two strikes, Palestinian hospital sources said, including
four children and a 70-year-old woman. Hamas on Monday vowed to avenge the strikes.
Ra'anan Gissin, an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said the strikes were part
of Israel's war on terrorism. "We will chase the terrorists everywhere. They will have no
In the first assault, in the Sajaiyeh neighborhood in the eastern part of the Gaza
Strip, combat planes struck a Hamas weapons factory, the military said. Seven people were
wounded in the strike, including two infants aged 2 and 3.
The militant group used the building to manufacture explosive devices, Qassam rockets,
mortars and anti-tank missiles, the IDF said. Palestinian sources said the structure
belonged to Amar Mushtaha, a Hamas military activist. Mushtaha was lightly wounded, and
was extracted from beneath the rubble of the destroyed building.
The building was 600 feet from the home of top Islamic Jihad official Abdullah Shami,
who was unharmed. But the IDF said Shami was not the target of the attack. The Shamis and
the Mushtahas are related, residents said. Most of the two-story house, which had been
under construction, was demolished. "I want to thank God for the survival of Sheikh
Abdullah Shami, and I assure you that he is OK," Islamic Jihad spokesman Khaled Batch said
at the scene.
Free Jerusalem: Heroes, Heroines and Rogues Who Created the State of Israel
By Zev Golan (Devora Publishing, 2003 ISBN: 1-930143-54-0 Hard Cover: $21.95)
Reviewed by Shawn D. Phillips
Zev Golan, one of the world's foremost experts on Israel's pre-state Jewish
underground, has authored an excellent new book, Free Jerusalem, a history of the early
days of Betar, Irgun, Stern Group (LEHI), Haganah and lesser known groups such as Abba
Achimier's Brit HaBirionim and Rabbi Moshe Zvi Segal's Brit HaShmonaim.
Free Jerusalem is a valuable and welcome addition to the tragically small number of
English language books available on the history and ideas of these brave men who fought to
create a modern Jewish State.
Although an American, Golan demonstrates complete mastery over his subject matter.
Early in his career, Golan was the assistant curator at the Hall of Heroism Museum, the
former Jerusalem Central Prison where many Irgunists and LEHI fighters were imprisoned by
the British during their revolt. Later, Golan spent years interviewing the soldiers
of the Irgun and LEHI and translating their memoirs and writings.
Of special interest in Free Jerusalem is an excerpt of Golan's translation of First
Tithe, the memoirs of Dr. Israel Eldad. Eldad, who died in 1996, was the chief
propagandist and ideologist of the LEHI and is a figure largely unknown to American
In addition to Eldad and Achimier, Golan also introduces his readers to the poet Uri
Zvi Greenberg, who had a profound influence on the commanders and fighters of the Irgun
and LEHI and was later a winner of the Israel Prize.
Golan examines the motivations and ideas of the fighters as well as the circumstances
that led to the formation of their organizations from a fresh perspective. Readers are
exposed to the underlying reasons for fighting as understood by the men themselves.
Free Jerusalem begins with an account of the attempts by Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Joseph
Trumpeldor and others to defend Jewish lives and property during the anti-Jewish Arab
riots of the 1920s. The stories of the origins of the Hagannah, Irgun and LEHI are told in
an original and exciting manner. As Golan has said "A teacher can be for or against what
happened, but to make history boring - that is unforgivable."
This book is a must for anyone seeking a better understanding of the Israeli-Arab
conflict. The subjects of Golan's book 75 and 80 years ago faced the same issues facing
Jews in Israel today.
In the face of Arab terrorism, the soldiers of the Irgun and LEHI chose to fight and to
defend Jewish lives, property and interests by any means necessary. The lessons that can
be learned from Free Jerusalem are valuable and especially applicable to today's Middle
East. Free Jerusalem is available through most major Internet book retailers, hopefully it
will find the audience it so richly deserves.
Shawn D. Phillips is the Senior Book Review Editor of www.JewishBooksUSA.com, the new Jewish literature supersite; he is
also the founder and publisher of www.SaveIsrael.com.
The Israeli Labor Strike Syndrome
By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)
Several flagship journals from America and Europe are sending reporters and TV crews
(unless they are already on site in Israel) to observe Israeli strikers "torture" incoming
visitors at Ben Gurion Airport. This will be a repeat of the last Histadrut strike where
striking customs inspectors stopped every single visitor, put every suitcase through the
X-ray machine and made a great show of slowly searching every suitcase.
They will again create a jam of very angry people who will not soon forget the
Histadrut's torture of visitors.
Jewish papers in America are already drafting the story. There is word that they are
going to do it again despite the fact that these tourists bring in the dollars that help
pay all the workers of Israel.
Those many journals and TV news programs already hostile to Israel are going to have a
field day as they get inundated with stories of tourists virtually held hostage to the
Histadrut strike plans to pressure the government to give them even more money.
We have all heard stories about the ugly American who acts badly. That is nothing
compared to the Ugly Israeli trampling on her visitors.
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