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Mossad: 40 Global Terror Alerts
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
In an address before the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee on Monday,
Mossad Intelligence Agency Chief Meir Dagan reported there are 40 terror alerts against
Israeli/Jewish targets around the world. He declined to give details. However, Dagan said
in reference to the terror attacks on two synagogues in Istanbul, in which 20 people, six
of them Jews, were killed, Israel had no specific alert of a plan to attack Jewish
institutions in Istanbul, only general
alerts of possible attacks in Turkey.
Turkish Officials: Synagogue Bombers Likely Turkish Nationals with al-Qaida Links
By Amberin Zaman (VOA-Ankara) & Ha'aretz
Turkey's foreign minister, Abdullah Gul, said the men who carried out Saturday's
attacks against two Istanbul synagogues were likely Turkish nationals who sympathized with
the al-Qaida terror network.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Gul said it was too early to determine
whether the four suspects in the bombings were actual members of al-Qaida, or merely
sympathizers. He said investigations showed they had what he termed the same mindset as
al-Qaida. Gul told the AP results of DNA tests carried out on relatives of the four
suspects would provide confirmation of their involvement.
Turkish media on Tuesday widely reported that the four men implicated in the synagogue
bombings had received training in Iran and Pakistan. A Turkish prosecutor has since
ordered a blackout on all news relating to the investigation.
The two suicide bombers were cousins and the brother of one of the bombers headed the
planning and execution of
the attack. The brother fled to Syria immediately following the Saturday morning attack.
Turkish government figures on Tuesday accused Syrians not connected with the ruling regime
of assisting the Istanbul terrorists in carrying
out their double attack.
The investigation has also revealed that all four individuals involved in the planning
and execution of the suicide bombings came from the city of Bingul in southeast
At least 25 people were killed and more than 300 were injured when suicide bombers
driving explosives-laden pickup trucks pulled up nearly simultaneously in front of two
synagogues in central Istanbul during worship services Saturday morning.
Thousands of mourners - Muslims and Jews - gathered at Istanbul's Ulus cemetery Tuesday
as six members of the Jewish community, including a young girl, who died in the attacks
were laid to rest. Prominent Turkish politicians, Western diplomats and Israel's
parliament speaker, Reuven Rivlin, were present at the funeral.
The six were named as eight-year-old Anita Rubinstein and her grandmother Anna, 85;
Avraham Idinvarul, 40; Yoel Cohen Ulcher, the 20-year-old security guard at one of the two
synagogues; Berta Usdawan, 34, who was killed along with her Muslim husband, Ahmed; and
Yona Romano, 50, who died of a heart attack as a result of the bombing.
Their coffins were draped with Turkey's red-and-white flag emblazoned with a crescent
and star, an honor normally given prominent citizens. Wreaths lined the walls of the
cemetery in an affluent hilltop district of Istanbul.
On Sunday, the London-based Al Quds-Al Arabi newspaper said it had received a statement
from a group linked to al-Qaida claiming responsibility for the Istanbul blasts. The
group, called the Brigades of the Martyr Abu Hafz al-Masri, also claimed responsibility
for the August attack on the U.N. offices in Baghdad, which killed 23 people. The group
said it targeted the Istanbul synagogues because Israeli intelligence agents frequented
Two Israelis Killed Near Jerusalem
By VOA News & Ha'aretz
Israeli troops have closed off a Palestinian village in the search for a gunman who
killed two Israeli soldiers.
Military officials say the gunman hid his rifle in a prayer rug before shooting the two
soldiers Tuesday at a West Bank checkpoint near Jerusalem. Officials say the man then fled
into El Khader village.
In a leaflet circulated in the Gaza Strip Tuesday evening, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades
claimed responsibility for the West Bank roadblock attack. The two soldiers - Sgt. Major
Shlomi Belsky, 23, of Haifa and Staff Sgt. Shaul Lahav, 20, of Kibbutz Shomrat - were shot
dead by a Palestinian gunman at around 6 a.m., as they were standing at a checkpoint on
the Tunnel Road linking Jerusalem and the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.
The Tunnel Road was originally built as a "bypass" highway, to afford Israeli motorists
protection from Palestinian attacks. But early in the three-year Palestinian uprising, the
Tunnel Road became a focus for Palestinian
sniping attacks and other deadly incidents.
An initial inquiry into the attack revealed operational failures in the conduct of the
troops, the IDF admitted on Tuesday evening. According to the military, seven soldiers,
only one of whom opened fire on the attacker, manned the position. The soldiers also
failed to chase the shooter.
In a separate incident, Israeli soldiers raided Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza
Strip, shooting and wounding at least eight Palestinians. Israeli officials said troops
demolished several homes and found one tunnel used for smuggling weapons in the camp. One
Israeli soldier was also injured in the operation.
Also Tuesday, Israel's foreign minister, Silvan Shalom, said Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon is scheduled to meet next week with his Palestinian counterpart, Ahmed Qureia. A
date was not announced. The talks would be the first such meeting since Qureia took
office more than a month ago.
Palestinian officials said Qureia was due to meet Wednesday with militant group leaders
to discuss a possible ceasefire. An aide for Egyptian negotiator Omar Suleiman is also
expected to meet with militant leaders to discuss ways to end violence against Israeli
'Savior Angel' Pushes Car from Railroad Track
David Darmon, 29, of Haifa was in the right place at the right time - and saved two
lives in the process.
Driving to military reserve duty this past Sunday morning, he saw a car stuck on the
railroad tracks just in front of him. With the barriers beginning to be lowered and the
warning bells ringing, he was close enough to hear the young woman in the passenger seat
screaming in fright as a train bore down on them. The woman driver in front of him
appeared to be frozen in fright as well, and Darmon acted instinctively: He drove ahead
into the car, pushing it off the tracks. "By the time the train passed, we were both
safely on the other side," he related afterwards.
Racheli, the 19-year-old sitting next to her mother the driver, told Yediot Achronot,
"We were on the tracks, and the train was coming closer. The engine died, because there
was some problem with the gears. For a second I thought of getting out and running away,
but I couldn't leave my mother alone in the car. She was paralyzed in shock. I saw there
was nothing to do, and that in another moment I would be dead. I started to scream so
that my mother would wake up, but it didn't work. I thought, that's it, it's the end.
Suddenly, I felt a bump from behind. For a second I didn't know where I was. Then we got
out of the car and burst out crying. The driver behind us was our savior angel."
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