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Olmert: Terror will Continue After Disengagement
Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, one of the major backers of the Prime Minister's
unilateral "disengagement" plan, told Israel Radio that Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza
Strip "is not an answer to terror" and that "terror will continue" even after Israel
retreats. However, even after Israeli withdrawal, Olmert said, "we will continue to fight
terror everywhere, at all times, in the day and at night... in every corner and without
any restriction." He added that Israel should withdraw even if there is no understanding
with the United States regarding the plan.
Hamas Plots Knockout Blow with 800 Suicide Bombers
DEBKAfile Special Report
No sooner had the tens of thousands of mourners dispersed after the ceremonies and
demonstrations of strength marking the death of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin last Tuesday, March
22, in an Israeli missile attack, when a thousand Hamas top and middle-ranking activists
dived underground. This was reported by DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources.
Since then, known Hamas operatives have maintained perfect telephone silence, their
relatives are in the dark about their whereabouts and contacts are maintained only through
trusted couriers. This situation presented the Hamas command center in Damascus with the
problem of communicating urgent instructions to the men on the ground in the Gaza
The method finally hit on was to take to the airwaves. Last Friday, the Hamas liaison
man in Lebanon, Osama
Hamdan, who managed the Mishaal-Rantisi compromise, was interviewed on Hizbullah Radio
Nur. On the assumption that the Gaza contingent in hiding were listening in case of coded
messages, Hamdan addressed the Hamas "military" wing, the Izz el-Deen al-Qasseem Brigades,
directly - not in code but in plain language.
DEBKAfile monitored his statement, as follows: "The lone suicide martyr method has
scored great achievements, but
now, as we stand at the threshold of a decisive stage, we must resort to a tactic that
brings us the desired results. Ideally, we would round up 70,000 to 80,000 martyrs and
have them blow themselves up simultaneously in the enemy's urban centers and so finally
vanquish him. But that is not realistic. One tenth or even one-hundredth part of that
number should suffice to inflict a shock on a strategic scale. I therefore tell you not to
hurry to exact revenge. We have to be sure our assault is concerted and perfectly
orchestrated. Don't waste resources and manpower on small operations. No one is pushing
you. Take all the time you need and then pick a date and hour that are most advantageous
to our project."
Hamdan's words freely translated are a directive from Damascus HQ to Muhammed Deif,
commander of the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam, to muster an army of several hundred suicide
killers to reach the hubs of Israeli cities and blow themselves up at the same moment. The
Damascus Hamas command reckons that, even if not all the massacres come off, Israel will
not be able to withstand a shock and casualties of the magnitude projected.
Sharon to Seek Approval for Gaza Pullout
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday that he would seek cabinet and parliamentary
approval next month for his planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. He said the plan would
be put to the vote immediately after he returns from talks with President George W. Bush
Sharon said his first step is to win the backing of Bush for his plan to withdraw
troops and settlements from the Gaza Strip. The two leaders are scheduled to meet at the
White House on April 14. Sharon said that on his return to Israel he would first put the
withdrawal plan before his cabinet, and then ask at once for a vote in the parliament.
The Israeli leader spoke during a meeting of the Israeli parliamentary foreign affairs
and defense committee. Sharon said he would form a new coalition on the same day if the
cabinet refused to support the plan. But a spokesman for the prime minister said Sharon
had made it clear he would not be forced to call an election over the issue.
Instead, the spokesman said Sharon's intention would be to remove members of the
cabinet who voted against him and replace them with representatives from other political
factions ready to support the Gaza plan. During his briefing to the parliamentary
committee, Sharon also outlined areas of the Gaza Strip where Israel will maintain a
military presence after a troop withdrawal from the rest of the territory.
He said that for the foreseeable future Israeli troops would continue to patrol the
so-called Philadelphia Corridor along the Egyptian border to prevent arms smuggling into
the Gaza Strip. Sharon said that for security reasons Israel would also prevent the Gaza
international airport from re-opening, and block the building of a Palestinian port on the
The prime minister said Israel also intended to keep control of the northernmost part
of the Gaza Strip, which has been used by Palestinian militants to fire rockets into the
Pat Robertson Attacks Judaism Through "The Passion"
With worldwide Jewry still reeling from Mel Gibson's stinging blockbuster film of
graphic violence and gratuitous bloodshed which portrays the Jews as conspiring,
blood-thirsty Christ-killers, the Rev. Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcast Network
(CBN.com) has launched a stunning assault on the Jewish faith.
"It is hard to believe that anyone would be using a vast media empire to attack Judaism
at a time when Jewish communities are feeling intensely vulnerable. But, that's precisely
what Robertson's organization is doing," says Rabbi Tovia Singer, the New York-based radio
show host of Israel National Radio who was formally thrown off New York's WMCA for being
"too Jewish." Singer is also the founder Outreach Judaism, a counter-missionary
organization that fights against Christian missionaries.
A misleading article prominent on CBN.com makes the claim that the Jews manipulate
their Sabbath services so that temple worshipers reject Jesus. The article "The Passion
According to Isaiah" claims that the weekly recitation of verses from the Prophets
(Haftorah) in synagogues worldwide were specifically designed to avoid a passage in Isaiah
which Christians interpret as a reference to Jesus.
"This is a serious charge against Judaism for which there is not a single shred of
evidence to support it. The absurdity of this claim lies in the fact that the selections
for the weekly reading of verses from the Prophets including those from Isaiah predate
Christianity by two centuries. What motive did Jews have for preventing worshipers from
converting to Christianity, when at the time the custom to read from the Prophets was
created, Christianity and Jesus didn't even exist?" asked Singer.
The website asserts that a portion of Isaiah, used as a front piece to Gibson's "The
Passion," was withheld from the ears of congregants because of what "Jews might think" of
the passage. In essence, The Jews are charged by the 700 Club's founder for conspiring to
manipulate the synagogue service in order to prevent uneducated Jews from believing in
Jesus. "In fact," stated Singer, "only a very tiny portion of the Book of Prophets is even
read in the synagogue."
"This preposterous claim not only slanders the Jewish faith, but is an affront to any
Jewish organization that has presented Robertson any recognition," said Singer. "Most Jews
do not realize that the ultimate goal of fundamentalists like Pat Robertson is a 100
percent Christian America, which is why he supports predatory cults that seek to destroy
the Jewish faith. Doesn't he understand that militant Islam is a far greater danger to
America than Judaism?"
"This unwelcome development is particularly shocking given that people like Robertson
are zealously defending Mel Gibson's film against the charge of promoting anti-Semitism.
Robinson's CBN.com is collaborating with some of the most offensive organizations
dedicated to attacking the Jewish faith while deceptively targeting vulnerable Jews for
conversion to Christianity," said Singer.
While (60 Minutes commentator) Andy Rooney said God had spoken to him, saying "that
both Pat Robertson and Mel Gibson strike me as wackos," Singer is more concerned with what
danger their misleading and slanderous propaganda posses to the Jewish people. "If either
Pat Robertson or Mel Gibson ever wish to be regarded as a friend of the Jews," declares
Singer, "they must abandon their obsession with converting them.
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