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Wigs No, Navy Yes
During the past few weeks the dominant news about Israel/Indian relations have dealt
with the use of human hair wigs manufactured in India. But now a different perspective has
emerged. According to the IDF's website, "This morning two war ships from the Indian Navy
docked in the Haifa harbor, despite the stressful security situation a friendly
relationship has been established between the two armies. The ships are about to dock
during the next 5 days, which will be used for Indian navy and Israeli navy officials, and
also for mutual visits on the navies' ships." Israel and India have recently finalized the
sale to India of advanced Falcon radar planes in a multibillion-dollar deal.
Israeli Troops Withdraw from Key Neighborhood of Rafah Refugee Camp
By VOA News
Israeli troops have withdrawn from one key neighborhood of the Rafah refugee camp in
the southern Gaza Strip, lifting a six-day siege and allowing residents out of their homes
to again move about freely. Some Israeli troops remain deployed in other parts of southern
The IDF said its withdrawal and the easing of its closure around Rafah is part of an
overall redeployment, but is also designed to ease conditions for Palestinians living
there. As Palestinians ventured out of their homes freely for the first time in six days,
most went in search of water, food and other basic supplies.
Palestinians said Israeli troops have not only demolished dozens of homes in Rafah, but
also have destroyed power lines, torn up streets and sewage pipes and flattened cars
during their week-long incursion.
Residents of the Brazil neighborhood also accused soldiers of destroying their small
zoo. They say soldiers set some of the animals free and killed others. The military
insisted the soldiers did their best to protect the animals as they moved through the
area. Some residents recounted how their families had been in their houses while Israeli
bulldozers began knocking down walls. Others told of seeing their fields, hothouses and
crops destroyed by the military.
The military said the incursion was necessary to flush out Palestinian militants and to
stop the flow of weapons being smuggled into Gaza through underground tunnels from
neighboring Egypt. A few tunnels were uncovered and more than 40 Palestinians were killed
and scores more injured in the weeklong operation. The incursion also sparked widespread
international criticism, including from the United States, and prompted sharp criticism
from within Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's own cabinet.
At the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Justice Minister Josef Lapid said images of an
elderly Palestinian woman searching through the rubble of what had once been her house
reminded him of his grandmother. Lapid is a Holocaust survivor and his comments sparked
outrage from other ministers who accused him of implying that the military's actions in
Gaza were comparable to the actions of the Nazis. Lapid insisted he was making no such
comparison, but he said the demolition of Palestinian homes must stop because it was not
humane and was against Jewish values.
Sharon insisted he would go ahead with his plan to withdraw Israeli settlements from
the Gaza Strip along with the soldiers that protect them. Members of his Likud party voted
down his original plan. The prime minister now says he will present a revised plan to his
cabinet for debate and possible approval next Sunday.
Israeli media report that revised plan is likely to include a phased withdrawal from
Gaza, to begin with the initial removal of only three, isolated settlements.
Thousands joined a funeral procession Monday for 16 people killed during the offensive.
In Rafah, thousands marched in a funeral procession Monday; just hours after Israeli
forces left some Palestinian neighborhoods.
Sharon´s New Plan Calls for Egyptian Forces in Gaza
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet Tuesday with the head of Egyptian Intelligence,
Omar Suleimon. The meeting follows Sharon's announcement Sunday that he is hoping for
Egyptian - as well as European and Jordanian - cooperation as he "unilaterally" withdraws
from Jewish Gaza.
Sharon gave more than a hint of this last week when he said in the Knesset that his new
plan would require "certain changes" in the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement that forbids
an Egyptian military presence near Israeli areas. In fact, Egyptian forces in Gaza would
be only some 40 miles from Tel Aviv.
The idea has come up before. Ma'ariv reported in February that Sharon proposed the
idea in meetings both with top Israeli military leaders and with Egyptian officials;
neither were reportedly very enthusiastic about the idea.
Now, however, Egypt appears to be more forthcoming. Following a series of intensive
Israeli-Egyptian meetings on the topic, Suleimon said that Egypt is "willing to grant
significant security aid to the Palestinian Authority in order to guarantee security in
the Gaza Strip after the disengagement. But Egypt wants an official Palestinian consent
to the Egyptian function."
Palestinian Terrorists Killed Two P.A. Children; Israel Was Blamed
Arab gunmen killed the two Palestinian Authority children who were killed last week
during a protest in Gaza -an incident for which Israel was roundly censored throughout the
IMRA (www.imra.org.il) reported that an official IDF source, confirming a May 21 Ha'aretz story, said that the two children were murdered not by Israeli tank fire or an Israeli-initiated explosion, as had been widely assumed, but rather by Palestinian terrorists. The Israeli army has photographs of the incident, but the IDF source explained that the pictures have not been released because information derived from the photographs would "compromise security in the field at this time."
Buried deep inside his article, Amir Oren of Ha'aretz wrote that the killing of the two
children took place shortly after "the procession with armed men in its midst set out in
the direction of the [Israeli] forces." At a certain point, "[when Arab] men obeyed the
calls over the loudspeakers to turn themselves in to the IDF authorities, they were
confronted by members of the terror organizations, who opened fire on them and killed two
children. A senior officer in Gaza reported yesterday that the IDF have in their
possession pictures of this incident, of Palestinians killing their children."
P.A. Opens Gaza Armories To Arm Terrorists
By Gamla News Service
Israel Television Channel Two Arab Affairs Correspondent Ehud Yaari reported that
according to a senior Israeli security official, the Palestinian Authority has opened its
armories in Gaza to distribute weapons to the various illegal Palestinian militias -
Hamas, Al Aqsa Brigade etc. to battle against the IDF.
With the exception of Preventive Security's armory, the armories of all the various PA
security forces, including the civil police, were opened to the terrorists to arm them.
Yaari noted that the very same Palestinian police forces that are supposed to be
strengthened by international contributions were transferring weapons to the terrorists
that they are ostensibly to be strengthened to fight against.
New on Mossad's Wanted List: Bus Driver and Waiter
Israel's Mossad intelligence agency has a new wanted list - want ads for its many
employment opportunities, including openings for a bus driver and an English-speaking
waiter. For the first time since its inception, the vaunted spy organization has mounted a
permanent Internet site.
The new site offers dozens of employment positions for engineers and technicians in
such fields as electro-optics and mechanical engineering. The Mossad is also looking for
multi-lingual personnel, among them a waiter with conversational English, and a bus
driver. A Mossad site seeking intelligence-processing officers was put up temporarily in
The current site, www.mossad.gov.il, produced by the Government Advertising Bureau, outlines the organization's history and includes an address by Mossad chief Meir Dagan on the organization's objectives. The site assures prospective job applicant that the "information you provide is confidential and will not be conveyed to anyone else".
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