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Intelligence Chief Confirms Clinton's Version of Golan Talks
Former Chief of Military Intelligence Uri Saguy told Ha'aretz that former Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was willing to give away the Golan Heights in a deal with
Syria and pull back to the pre-June 4, 1967 boundary. Netanyahu denied statements
appearing in former President Bill Clinton's new book, insisting he never agreed to such
Army Told Not to Use Israeli Bullets in Iraq
Israeli-made bullets bought by the U.S. Army to plug a shortfall should be used for
training only, not to fight Muslim guerrillas in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. lawmakers told
Army generals on Thursday.
Since the Army has other stockpiled ammunition, "by no means, under any circumstances
should a round (from Israel) be utilized," said Rep. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, the top
Democrat on a House of Representatives Armed Services subcommittee with jurisdiction over
land forces. The Army contracted with Israel Military Industries Ltd. in December for $70
million in small-caliber ammunition.
The Israeli firm was one of only two worldwide that could meet U.S. technical
specifications and delivery needs, said Brig. Gen. Paul Izzo, the Army's program executive
officer for ammunition. The other was East Alton, Illinois-based Winchester Ammunition,
which also received a $70 million contract.
Although the Army should not have to worry about "political correctness," Abercrombie
was making a valid point about the propaganda pitfalls of using Israeli rounds in the
U.S.-declared war on terror, said Rep. Curt Weldon, the Pennsylvania Republican who chairs
the subcommittee on tactical air and land forces. "There's a sensitivity that I think all
of us recognize," Weldon told the Army witnesses, including Maj. Gen. Buford Blount, who
led the U.S. Third Infantry Division that captured Baghdad in April 2003.
Blount, now the Army's assistant deputy chief of staff, said the Army had sufficient
small caliber ammunition -- 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50 caliber -- to conduct current
operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. But taken together with training needs, the
United States had strained its production facilities, he testified. "To fight a major
combat operation in another theater will require the Army to impose restrictions on
training expenditures and to focus current inventory and new production on combat
IDF Forces Preventing Terrorism
The intended bomber, from Shechem, was a member of PLO leader Yasir Arafat's Fatah and
received orders from the Hizbullah in Lebanon. The plot was revealed when soldiers in the
Shomron near the community of Migdalim stopped a suspicious vehicle on Monday. A 22-pound
bomb the vehicle occupants were carrying was learned to be intended for the Fatah suicide
bomber, who planned to enter Jerusalem at the A-Ram Checkpoint area. On Tuesday night, the
suicide bomber and an accomplice were taken into custody in the northern Jerusalem area.
The courier, also imprisoned, received NIS 500 for transporting the bomb into Jerusalem;
it was being carried in a student's knapsack.
IDF sources report 80% of terror warnings originate from the would-be suicide bomber's
hometown of Shechem, with Fatah Tanzim terrorists as the perpetrators. In response,
Shechem became the target of a large ongoing counterterrorist operation today.
The IDF forces, including elite units, entered the Palestinian Authority area during
the night with the intention of arresting wanted suspects, and uncovering explosives and
weapons. The focus of the operation is in the Casba and Balata areas. A curfew has been
imposed and leaflets were distributed calling on the populace to turn in persons involved
in terrorist activities. Among other results of the operation, a 44-pound bomb vest was
found in a home. The vest was detonated without injuries, but it led to the collapse of
the building. Soldiers also neutralized a bomb intended to kill them, came under automatic
weapons fire and, later, a firebomb attack. There were no injuries to IDF troops.
In other preventative actions, IDF soldiers shot dead two terrorists detected
approaching a military outpost protecting the northern Gaza community of Dugit. The
terrorists, members of the Islamic Jihad, were dressed in IDF uniforms. Despite the
attack, the Dugit-area crossing point (out of the Palestinian Authority) was to reopen
this afternoon, according to IDF Lt.-Col. Yossi Hadad. In southern Gaza Wednesday night,
IDF troops shot and killed a terrorist as he attempted to place a bomb near the community
Palestinian PM Agrees to Egypt's Demands for Security Reforms
By VOA News
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Queira said Palestinian security agencies will soon be
consolidated, in exchange for Egypt's help in patrolling the Gaza Strip, if and when
Israelis leave. The Israeli government said it plans to pull settlers and troops from Gaza
by the end of 2005.
Queria's published comments came one day after Egyptian Gen. Omar Suleiman gave
Palestinians two months to carry out security reforms or lose Egypt's help. Cairo has
offered to send 200 security experts to Gaza.
Israeli officials say they are waiting to see if Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat
supports the consolidation plans. International mediators have strongly endorsed Egypt's
offer to train Palestinian security officers for duty in the Gaza Strip, if Israel carries
out its plan to withdraw from the territory.
In a statement, envoys from the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the
European Union, a grouping known as the Mideast Quartet, said Egypt's help would be
crucial to the planned pullout.
Pilgrimage for Israel's Lovelorn and Pious
By United Press International
Tradition has it that Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uziel gave a blessing to all those who are
unmarried that if they visited his resting place they would merit to meet their soul mates
and marry within the period of one year.
In Amuka, near Tzfat, Israel's religious and romantic have just completed an annual
pilgrimage to the grave of a pious rabbi who reputedly can help the lovelorn. Rabbi
Yonatan ben Uziel was a disciple of Hillel, the revered Talmudic sage of the first century
BCE, who studied God's Word with such burning passion that any bird flying overhead would
be incinerated; the New York Times said this week.
Every year on the anniversary of his death thousands of pilgrims in buses and cars
descend on this gorge of cedars and olive trees in the northern Galilee to recite Psalms
at Yonatan's grave.
There was certainly a carnival atmosphere this year. Vendors hawked prayer fringes,
amulets, candles, CDs and Kiddush cups. There were panhandlers with a variety of hard-luck
stories. There was klezmer music over a loudspeaker and barbecued food. Inside the shrine
were men and women holding battered books of Psalms and swaying and murmuring with fervor,
many pressing their fingers tightly against the faded blue velvet covering the rabbi's
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