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Libyan Leader Works the PR Circuit


Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi accused Israel of flooding Libya with drugs, adding the world remains indifferent to Israel's weapons of mass destruction (WMD)."The Israelis are throwing hashish along the Egyptian coast, in Syria and in North Africa. Maybe even the hashish that arrives in Libya comes from Israel. In fact, we're certain," he said.

Gadhafi recently announced he is abandoning his non-conventional weapons program, inviting international weapons inspectors to Libya to verify his statement. Since the dramatic announcement, Libya and other Arab nations have been calling on the world community to pressure Israel to abandon her WMD program.

Hamas Makes an Offer to Israel for a 10-year Ceasefire


Senior Hamas official Abdel Aziz Rantisi has made an offer to Israel, expressing a willingness to abide by a 10-year hudna ceasefire in return for Israel granting the PA an independent state whose borders would encompass pre-1967 Israel. This would include all of Yesha (Judea, Samaria & Gaza), the Golan Heights, the Jordan Valley, and liberated eastern Jerusalem, which would serve as the capital of that state.

The Israeli government dismissed Rantisi's remarks as a "smokescreen" for fresh military preparations. Hamas has been behind more suicide bombings than any other Palestinian militant faction, and claimed responsibility for the most recent, on Jan. 14, in which Reem al-Riashi, a mother of two small children, killed herself and four Israelis at a Gaza Strip border crossing.

But Hamas has taken a battering in recent months, after Israel launched a campaign of assassinations against its leadership last autumn. Suicide bombings and other militant attacks have dropped off. Rantisi, who narrowly survived an assassination attempt, has gone into hiding along with most of the group's leadership. They have disappeared into the maze of tiny alleys and tenements in Gaza, and no longer meet foreign journalists, as they used to,

Israel Prevents Suicide Bombing Planned for Tel Aviv

By Ha'aretz

Israel's security establishment last week prevented a suicide bombing planned for central Tel Aviv, according to details released Monday, Army Radio said. The blast was to have been caused by an explosive device hidden in a computer monitor, the radio said. The bomb was uncovered Monday.

Following his arrest in the Askar refugee camp in the West Bank on Sunday, the would-be bomber, 18-year-old Tanzim member Ahmed Ashkar, admitted that he intended to carry out the attack. Ashkar said he intended to lure Israel Defense Forces soldiers to the monitor, and then detonate the explosives.

Ashkar said that he had set out in the direction of Tel Aviv last Tuesday, accompanied by a number of other Palestinians. But when they reached the town of Bidya, close to the settlement of Elkana, the terrorists spotted an IDF unit, causing them to hide the device and flee back to the refugee camp.

Kerry & Dean's Anti-Israel Sentiments

By Ha'aretz and Reuters

Leading Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry on Monday said the government in Israel currently lacks someone who can provide the goods when it comes to negotiations with the Palestinians. "It's very difficult for Israel to negotiate, because in Israel there is nobody to negotiate to actually deliver," Kerry said at a political rally in New Hampshire ahead of Tuesday's primary.

Kerry also criticized the settlement policy of the Israeli government and said that it was a mistake to increase building there at this time. The Massachusetts senator called for strengthening the Palestinian Authority so that it will be stronger than Hamas. "It's important for us to leverage the Palestinian Authority in order for them to be stronger than Hamas on the ground," he said.

Israeli officials who analyzed Kerry's comments said they were, at worst, a misunderstanding. They believe he meant that Israel does not have a partner for talks on the Palestinian side, since the Palestinians are unable to provide the goods. Kerry promised that if elected president, he would ask former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter to serve as special envoys to the region.

Kerry's main rival, former frontrunner Howard Dean, said at a campaign event in Manchester that the U.S. should increase resources for the Palestinian Authority in order to persuade the Palestinians to relinquish the right of return. The former Vermont governor specified that Israel should demonstrate flexibility in regard to final borders in order to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

'State of Palestine' Under Islamic Sharta Law


The Palestinian Authority has adopted an official constitution based on Koranic "Sharia" Law, rendering all people living in the PA subject to Islamic Law. So writes independent investigative journalist David Bedein in

Over the past three years of the Oslo War, Bedein writes, hundred of Christians living in areas ruled by the PA have been arrested and imprisoned for holding church services or conducting public Christian practices without authorization. Some of the arrested Christians were set free in 2002 when the IDF took over control of what had been PA-controlled cities.

This eased their conditions only slightly, however, as they now take refuge by hiding throughout Israel and surreptitiously try to get their families out of PA cities to join them and immigrate to any safe haven they can find in the West. One organization that helps Arabs who wish to emigrate from Israel is called HaMotzi (

Bedein met with some of these former prisoners, and writes, "One of them, whom I shall call Joseph... described to me how his family cannot openly practice Christian holidays in Bethlehem under the watchful eyes of the PLO's Islamic police force. After all, the only place in the West Bank where the PLO army currently operates is in the Bethlehem area. Joseph also described how the U.S.-funded Palestinian public school system has become Islamicized, and how his late nephew was literally tortured to death at age 12 by his schoolmates because he expressed love and respect for his uncle as a practicing Christian."

The PA Constitution ( begins by stating that the territory of the "State of Palestine" is an "indivisible unit based upon its borders on the even of June 4, 1967" - which include, of course, all of Jerusalem and many of its Jewish suburbs. It also states, "All residents of this territory shall be subject to Palestinian law exclusively." Equally improbable is Article 3, which states, "Palestine is a peace loving state that condemns terror, occupation and aggression."

Bedein concentrates, however, on the PA Constitution's Article 5, which reads: "Arabic and Islam are the official Palestinian language and religion. Christianity and all other monotheistic religions shall be equally revered and respected." "In other words," Bedein explains, "as Archbishop Sambi noted, other religions such as Christianity, let alone Judaism, are only to be respected, while being denied any juridical status under the new Palestinian State Constitution." Similarly, Article 7 states, "The principles of Islamic Sharia are a major source for legislation."

Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran that have adopted Sharia Islamic Law have made life quite difficult for Christians, Bedein points out: "Under Sharia Islamic Law, Christians are considered 'dhimmis,' which in effect leaves them as second class citizens. The Archbishop was particularly worried that all Christian churches and schools will be placed under the authority of Islamic Law." Saudi Arabia, run by Sharia law, is in fact one of the most oppressive countries for Christians, according to a report released last year by the Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs, as is Iran.

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