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Al-Qaeda: More Attacks Threatened Against Israel
Israel Faxx News Services
The al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization that claimed responsibility for the
series of brutal attacks two weeks ago in Sinai published a threatening message promising
to continue attacks against Israel and Israeli interests. "Message to the damned [Prime
Minister Ariel] Sharon and [Defense Minister Shaul] Mofaz: We have prepared for you an
army of martyrs and we will not rest until you reach the depths of hell," the message
read. "We promise the masses of the Islamic nation to continue the Jihad until we destroy
the Zionist enemy," Channel 1 TV quoted the message. In the Sinai bombings, three separate
explosions killed 34 people, including 12 Israelis. Sinai is a popular vacation spot for
Peres: Sharon 'At Risk of Assassination'
By BBC News
Israel's opposition leader has said Ariel Sharon risks being assassinated by extremists
opposed to his Gaza withdrawal plan. Shimon Peres told Ma'ariv newspaper that he was
concerned by what he saw as mounting incitement by the far right. He said the atmosphere
reminded him of the days preceding the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak
Leading right-wing rabbis have been urging soldiers to refuse orders to dismantle
Jewish settlements in Gaza. "I am afraid someone will try and assassinate the prime
minister," Peres said. "I hope the defense establishment, which certainly drew its
conclusions after [Rabin's] murder, is keeping a close eye on Sharon .I am very fearful of
the incitement, from the grave things that are being heard."
In November 1995, after relentless criticism from hardliners over peace deals with the
Palestinians, an ultranationalist Israeli killed Yitzhak Rabin during a peace rally.
Military officials are reportedly concerned that religious soldiers may heed a call last
week by prominent rabbis to refuse orders to evacuate Jewish settlers. "We are very
worried," one official said in quotes reported by Associated Press. "We are pleading with
the political echelon to leave the army out of this," the officer said.
Polls suggest that most Israelis support the disengagement plan but it has sparked
fierce controversy. Settlers, who once considered Sharon a champion of their cause, have
branded him a traitor. Some have even warned of civil war if the plan goes ahead. Sharon
opposes a referendum on the issue or early elections on the grounds that they could delay
the withdrawal, which is set to begin early next year.
Netanyahu: Calls to Disobey Orders Endanger State
Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday strongly condemned recent calls for
soldiers to refuse orders to evacuate settlers and threats to physically harm Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon. Netanyahu was speaking at the annual conference of the Israel Bar
in Tel Aviv.
He called the recent refusal phenomena a cancer that needs to be uprooted before it
spreads and endangers the very existence of the state. "Military service is not dependent
on a soldiers' political ideology," Netanyahu said and added, "By introducing political
considerations one topples the very foundations of the army and of the state. I consider
threats to use violence, to disobey orders and to assassinate a cancer that can spread and
threaten the existence of the host body."
Netanyahu also rejected claims by left-wing refuseniks that their refusal to server in
the territories differed from the refusal to evacuate settlements, saying the claims were
absurd. Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon on Tuesday rebuked recent calls
by rabbis for soldiers to refuse orders to evacuate settlements. Ya'alon was speaking at a
memorial service for the Navy's fallen which was held in Ashdod.
"Refusal endangers our military, our society and our country," Ya'alon said, and added
that calls for refusal issued by rabbis and politicians present soldiers and commanders
with difficult dilemmas. "The IDF's strength stems from... the public support the military
receives. I call on people of all political backgrounds to avoid harming the IDF."
Leaders of the religious kibbutz movement spoke out Tuesday against a number of leading
rabbis who have called religious soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces to disobey orders
to evacuate settlements slated for dismantlement as part of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's
In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, the kibbutz movement said its right-wing
counterparts should not "involve the IDF, our sons and students in the argument over the
disengagement plan, even if they object to the plan." But both the kibbutz movement and
settlement rabbis agree that a nationwide referendum should be held to approve or reject
Sharon's pullout plan.
Training to Evict Jews
Border Guard forces are already training to evacuate and demolish Jewish communities
and outposts. The Yediot Achronot newspaper reported Tuesday that a mock "settlement" is
being erected in an army base on which to practice eviction of Jews from their homes.
Eyewitnesses to a training exercise Monday night - soldiers in the northern-Negev army
base in which the exercise was held - recounted that a large Border Guard unit split up
into two parts. One of the groups played the part of the soldiers, and the other were the
"settlers" who were to be evicted. The "settlers" cried out nationalist slogans, while
the "soldiers" followed orders to use great force and show no hesitation. "It was very
painful to see this," one soldier told Arutz-7. "They did it in the middle of the base,
in front of everyone. Some of them had real hatred in their eyes."
The soldiers said that as the exercise continued, religious and Yesha-resident soldiers
began arguing with the Border Guard commanders about it. The soldiers called aloud for
the Border Guardsmen to "train for a war against Arabs, and not against Jews." The unit
commander attempted to explain that the exercise was not necessarily designed for the
eviction of Jews, but also for possible clashes with Arabs.
The Yediot Achronot report stated that the training camp to be opened would include
typical features often found in Yesha towns, such as watchtowers, caravans, memorial
monuments, and synagogues. The soldiers will train for violent clashes with Jewish
residents, for breaking into homes that may be mined or barricaded, and the like. The
plan is to try to collect all weapons from the residents two weeks before the scheduled
expulsion date. Police and Border Guard forces, headed by Deputy Police Commander Gabi
Orgil, will be responsible for the actual eviction, while army forces will defend
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