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For those of you outside Israel who may have missed it, here is Israeli windsurfer Gal Friedman receiving the gold medal in Athens, and the playing of the national anthem, Hatikva: Http://video.nrg.co.il/lib/2004/sport/fridman_hatikva1.wmv
(The clip opens in Windows Media Player). It's a small thing in the overall picture of our
country and our people, but it is a great moral booster and I can assure you that there
were many tears shed while watching this scene. Not seen in this film clip is the scene
after the ceremony in which hundreds of Israeli spectators came down from the stands to
hug and kiss Gal in a very open show of emotion.
Israeli Dedicates First Gold to Munich Victims
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
Israel's first Olympic gold medalist dedicated his victory on Wednesday to his 11
countrymen killed in the Munich massacre of 1972, vowing he would visit their memorial to
show them his medal.
"I'm sure they're watching us," said Athens windsurfing Mistral champion Gal Fridman,
who was born three years after the Israeli athletes and coaches were killed following an
attack on the Olympic village in Germany by Palestinian terrorists.
"We think about them all the time. They're always in our mind," said Fridman, draped in an
Israeli flag. "When I get home I will go to the memorial place for them and show them the
Fridman's victory, the first since Israel first took part in the Olympics in 1952,
brought screams of delight in shops and offices across the country. Many were glued to
television sets, which repeatedly showed him crossing the finish line in triumph. "We are
all excited, all the people of Israel. I think also all of the Jewish people," said
Israeli President Moshe Katsav, "to see our flag displayed and hear our national anthem."
Fridman said in Athens Thursday that his plans for the immediate future were to take a
month-long break from the sport, after he won Israel's first ever-Olympic gold medal
Wednesday. The new national hero said that after his rest, he would start working toward
the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
"I work on a four-year program, but for the next month I won't touch my surf board,"
the Olympic champion said at a news conference in Athens. "But I'm planning to continue
doing what I'm best at. So right now I think I'll continue to the Beijing Olympics."
Wednesday's medal not only made Fridman Israel's first ever-gold medal winner, he also
became the first Israeli to take two Olympic medals after winning bronze at the 1996
Atlanta Games. Fridman said he hoped his achievements would promote sport in Israel. "I
hope it will bring Olympic sports to our country. I hope we will now get more government
money for sport, for both grass roots and elite sport development. Today there are kids
celebrating, tomorrow they'll want to be part of it. I'm really proud to be a role model,
and I hope it will inspire people to get into sport."
Roadside Bomb Explodes Beneath Public Bus
A roadside bomb, similar to those used by the Hizbullah in southern Lebanon, exploded
beneath a public Egged bus at around 10 p.m. Thursday. Miraculously, none of the
passengers were injured.
The number 160 bus was traveling from Jerusalem south to Kiryat Arba and Hebron when
shortly after the Gush Etzion junction a roadside bomb was detonated beneath it. The
explosion occurred near El Arub, 25 minutes south of Jerusalem. The bomb exploded, heavily
damaging the bus but failed to injure any passengers.
The segment of highway 60 between the Okfim and Gush Etzion junctions was closed
following the attack to allow security forces to inspect the area for further explosive
charges. "The Sharon government's decision to reward terrorism is leading to its natural
continuation: continued terror," said a spokesman for Hebron. "The Arabs have realized
that if Ariel Sharon is willing to uproot Jews from their home, killing a few more Jews
can only speed the process along."
Israeli Settlers Block Army from Closing West Bank Outpost
By VOA News
Israeli settlers in the West Bank have blocked an Israeli army attempt to dismantle a
Jewish settler outpost near the city of Nablus. Israeli media report hundreds of settlers
stopped soldiers conducting a late night military operation from removing trailers from an
Four people were reported arrested. The French news agency says about 20 religious
students were still guarding the outpost early Thursday morning. The
internationally-brokered "road map" peace plan endorsed by Israel last year calls such
outposts illegal and says they should be removed.
Meanwhile, settlers are reported planning a series of legal challenges to the placement
of Israel's West Bank separation barrier. Settlers claim that an earlier Supreme Court
order to move the fence to avoid harming Palestinians now infringes on the settlers'
And in the Gaza Strip Palestinians say Israeli forces have blocked roads, cutting the
crowded territory into three parts, after Palestinian militants fired homemade rockets
from Gaza into a nearby Israeli town. No one was reported hurt in the rocket attack on the
Israeli town of Sderot.
Meanwhile, in southern Gaza, Palestinians said Israeli forces were again conducting
operations Thursday in the Rafah refugee camp near the Egyptian border. The camp is a
frequent target of Israeli troops trying to cut off cross-border weapons smuggling from
Arrow Fails to Hit Test Target
The Arrow anti-ballistic missile system being developed by Israel and the United States
Thursday failed a test to destroy a target missile simulating an Iranian Shihab-3 and a
Scud-D of the type Syria possesses. The test at Point Mogu off the California coast came
about a month after a successful test in which a Scud missile was destroyed in a direct
Defense Ministry director-general Amos Yaron said Thursday night that the test was
substantive. "Most of the systems tested worked. There was a malfunction that needs to be
sorted out, and we will continue to prepare to meet development of any future threats.
At 10:30 a.m. California time, a C-17 cargo plane dropped the American target missile.
A short while later, the missile warhead separated from its engine, at an altitude of
dozens of kilometers. The aim was for the Arrow to distinguish between the missile engine
and warhead, intercept the warhead and blow it up.
The Israeli monitoring center found that the Arrow succeeded in identifying the warhead
in time, but the intercept failed because of an unidentified malfunction, possibly in the
guidance system. Aryeh Herzog, the Defense Ministry official in charge of the Arrow
project, said from California that the systemic test was a success, with the Arrow proving
itself capable of dealing with a separating target - between the warhead and the missile
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