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As of the beginning of the new year of 5765, the number of Jews in the world stands at
almost 13 million people. Of these, almost 40% - 5,094,000 - are in Israel, while almost
44% are in North America. Some 413,000 still remain in the former Soviet Union, and there
are 1,161,000 in Europe, 401,000 in South America, 19,000 in Asia, 84,000 in Africa, and
107,000 in Oceania. The Jewish People Policy Institute recent report on Jewish
demographics states that the Jewish people are approaching zero growth. It noted that
over the past 24 years, "the world's total population grew by nearly 2.5 billion, an
increase of over 70 percent. In contrast, the total Jewish population increased by only
250,000, or 2 percent."
Robertson: If Bush 'Touches' Jerusalem, We'll Form 3rd Party
Influential American evangelist Pat Robertson said Monday that Evangelical Christians
feel so deeply about Jerusalem, that if President George W. Bush were to "touch"
Jerusalem, Evangelicals would abandon their traditional Republican leanings and form a
Evangelical Christians - estimated at tens of millions of Americans - overwhelmingly
support Bush for his pro-Israel policies, Robertson told a Jerusalem news conference
Monday. But if Bush shifted his position toward support for Jerusalem as a capital for
both Israel and a Palestinian state, his Evangelical backing would disappear, Robertson
indicated. "The President has backed away from [the road map], but if he were to touch
Jerusalem, he'd lose all Evangelical support. Evangelicals would form a third party
because, though people don't know about Gaza, Jerusalem is an entirely different matter.
Robertson, an outspoken supporter of Israel who is in the country to celebrate Sukkoth,
the Feast of Tabernacles, also added that visitors to Israel should not be overly critical
of the government's political decisions. He has refrained from overtly criticizing Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan and says only that he hopes the "Israeli people
will make the right decision" in matters of territorial concessions. "It is unwise for a
visitor from America to get involved in Israeli politics," he stated at a press conference
in the capital's International Convention Center.
Together with an estimated 5,000 Christians from around the world, Robertson has been
touring the Holy Land this week, in effort to support and pray for the people of Israel.
He led a prayer service on Sunday outside the Knesset, where he blasted Hizbullah, Hamas
and the idea of jihad. "Arab nations want a conflict and want to keep the suffering of
people in Gaza," he said. "They don't want peace; they want the destruction of Israel...
"I see the rise of Islam to destroy Israel and take the land from the Jews and give
East Jerusalem to [Palestinian Authority Chairman] Yasir Arafat. I see that as Satan's
plan to prevent the return of Jesus Christ the Lord," said Robertson, a Christian
broadcaster. In two Jerusalem appearances, Robertson Sunday praised Israel as part of
God's plan and criticized Arab countries and some Muslims, saying their hopes to include
Israeli-controlled land in a Palestinian state are part of "Satan's plan."
Robertson, who has made critical statements of Islam in the past, called Israel's Arab
neighbors "a sea of dictatorial regimes." He said he "sends notice" to Osama bin Laden,
Arafat and Palestinian militant groups that "you will not frustrate God's plan" to have
Jews rule the Holy Land until the Second Coming of Jesus.
"Only God should decide if Israel should relinquish control of the lands it captured in
the 1967 war, including the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem," Robertson said, in
a reference to Sharon's plan to pull out of Gaza next year. "God says, 'I'm going to judge
those who carve up the West Bank and Gaza Strip,'" Robertson said. "'It's my land and keep
your hands off it.'"
Days of Penitence Striking Hard at Terrorists
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz stated that during the six days of Operation Days of
Penitence, 10 terror cells involved in firing Kassam rockets have been hit, along with
many terrorists, however, Israel Radio reported that 11 Palestinians were killed and two
IDF soldiers were lightly wounded Monday as an IDF raid in the northern Gaza Strip, aimed
at halting Kassam strikes on Israeli targets, entered its sixth day.
The 11 Palestinians killed Monday. Included a 4-year-old boy, 13-year-old girl, and at
least seven terrorists, bringing the death toll since the start of the raid to 73. PA
sources reported 77 dead and many more injured, An IDF source denied any shooting by the
army in the area where the boy was killed.
The boy was hit in the head when soldiers guarding IDF bulldozers clearing farmland
near the Palestinian town of Khan Yunis fired warning shots apparently aimed at keeping
residents away from the area, witnesses said. The army had no immediate comment on the
Two IDF soldiers were hurt when an anti-tank missile struck their armored bulldozer in
the teeming Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The soldiers were taken to
Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon for treatment. This is the second time since the start
of Operation "Days of Penitence," that IDF soldiers operating this type of bulldozer have
been wounded by anti-tank missile fire.
Mofaz stated that a "hard hand" is required in the unyielding war against terrorism.
Regarding the PA death toll figure, IDF officials stated the overwhelming number of dead
were terrorists, with many belonging to Hamas.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia on Monday condemned what he called
international indifference to Palestinian suffering in the face of Israel's offensive into
the Gaza Strip. Qureia, speaking before a meeting of the Palestinian Cabinet in the West
Bank town of Ramallah, criticized the "massive destruction" and called for heavy
international pressure on Israel. "This ugly Israeli crime is taking place in full view of
the world, and so far, we have not heard a strong word from the world community that can
bring an end to this aggression," he said.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat vowed Monday that Palestinian fighters in
the Gaza Strip would never surrender in their battle against IDF troops, but hinted that
the "militants" should end the rocket fire, although he did not mention it directly.
"Our people have never raised the white flag, we will never raise it ... in front of
the extremist Zionist aggression," Arafat said. "Our people in northern Gaza are defending
strongly and victory is coming, victory is coming, whatever we suffer."
And in a possibly related item, an IDF directive has banned soldiers taking part in
Operation Days of Penitence from using personal cellular telephones in the area. Soldiers
entering the area around Beit Hanun and Jabalya refugee camp have been ordered to leave
their cell phones at their unit's rearguard bases. The directive aims to preserve field
security and make it more difficult for Palestinians to gather intelligence on plans and
activities. A similar directive was issued a few months ago after an IDF operation in
Gaza's Zeitun neighborhood.
A Channel 2 news crew documented how soldiers were exchanging messages with their
families after reports that two Givati fighters had been killed in an attack on an armored
personnel carrier. It appears the directive is not being strictly enforced and some
soldiers have been taking their phones into the operational area.
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