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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 Israeli tourists.

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 Rabin.

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

By Ha'aretz

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 disengagement plan.

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 them.

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