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Israel, Palestinians Announce Second Summit in Egypt
By VOA News
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has announced plans for a summit with Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas on June 21 in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh. A
statement from Sharon's office on Wednesday said officials from both sides would hold
talks before the summit to discuss an ongoing truce and Israel's planned withdrawal from
the Gaza Strip in August. Separately, Israeli police say they have arrested five members
of the Islamic Jihad militant group who they said were planning to carry out a bomb attack
in Jerusalem on Thursday.
Police Discover Ring of Neo-Nazi Immigrants From Former USSR
Israel's police have uncovered a group of at least 20 neo-Nazis who immigrated to Israel
from the former Soviet Union under the Law of Return. Police are not certain how to
proceed due to the lack of legal basis for prosecuting Israelis espousing anti-Semitic
ideology. The neo-Nazi group was discovered following the arrest of a 20-year-old IDF
soldier on drug charges. That resulted in the discovery of neo-Nazi material in his home
and a swastika tattooed on his arm.
During the investigation of the arrested neo-Nazi and his mother, who also professed
hatred for Jews and Israel, other members of the group were revealed. Police detective
Haim Fadlon told Ma'ariv that the suspects are believed to have met each other in
anti-Semitic chat rooms on the Internet. They have held meeting and performed ceremonies
with swastika banners and other Nazi paraphernalia as well. "We cannot disclose details of
the inquiry, but it's chilling," Fadlon said. "It appears these are people living in this
country who are talking among themselves about extermination of the Jews."
Under the current 'Law of Return,' anybody with a Jewish grandparent can immigrate to
Israel and receive citizenship and benefits. Immigrant groups representing Jews from the
former Soviet Union have long called for reform in the law due to immigrants moving to
Israel for financial reasons, bringing their enmity for Jews and Israel along with them.
Interior Minister Ofir Pines-Paz has asked Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to interpret
the law regarding new immigrants and citizenship to examine the legal procedure under
which a new immigrant's status can be revoked.
Israeli Police Uncover Massive, Trojan Horse-Based Industrial Spy Ring
Israeli police have uncovered a massive industrial spy ring that allegedly used Trojan
horse software to snoop into some of the country's leading companies. The case will have
major implications for the business community in Israel--and possibly beyond--as all the
companies accused of having used the software are themselves leading companies.
A report in Ha'aretz details how a wide range of businesses--including TV, mobile
phone, car import, and utility companies--used a Trojan horse program, believed to have
been written by two people living in the United Kingdom, to spy on their immediate
business rivals with a high degree of success. The London-based pair, Michael Haephrati,
and his wife Ruth Brier-Haephrati, have now been arrested pending extradition procedures
on June 3; in Israel, another 21 people have been detained for questioning.
Police believe that the companies started using the software after engaging the
services of any one of three private investigation agencies, which were given the task of
carrying out the industrial espionage." It is hard to believe that the most senior people
at a business [employing one of the agencies] did not know about the spyware," Ha'aretz
quoted an Israeli police source as saying. "Even if it was ordered by some head of a
security department from a private investigator, it was passed on to the CE--and it is
clear to us they must have guessed how the material was gathered."
The program appears to have been extremely effective both at stealing confidential
documents from target companies and at monitoring activity on infected machines. Police
are said to have gained access to a number of FTP servers based in the United States and
Israel and discovered "tens of thousands" of documents pillaged by the malware from target
The fraudsters are believed to have used two quite simple methods of attack, both of
which bypassed normal safeguards such as perimeter security or antivirus programs. The
first was to send a targeted individual a disc purporting to contain a business proposal;
when explored, however, the disc would load the Trojan horse on that person's PC.
Alternatively, the same process could be undertaken via e-mail, again catching recipients
off guard. Whether antivirus or other security software would have detected this
previously unknown software depends on how they were configured and on which other types
of security software were present.
The fraud only started to come to light some months ago, after Israeli author Amnon
Jacont complained that passages of a book he was writing had appeared on the Internet,
despite its never having left his PC. Subsequent investigations led police to believe that
the Trojan horse allegedly co-written by Michael Haephrati was responsible, and so the
whole scheme started to unravel. Remarkably, the breakthrough came not from company
security systems in one of the world's most paranoid business communities, but from the
suspicions of an ordinary member of the public. If it weren't for Jacont's complaint, the
Trojan horse could still be out there, silently stealing information on a huge scale.
Prophesying the Destruction of Israel
By Ha'aretz (Editorial)
Following a too-lengthy and too-expensive farewell, which also included an aerial
salute by F-15 fighter jets over his home on Kibbutz Grofit, Moshe Ya'alon took time out
to give a prophetic interview on the destruction of the state to the Ha'aretz weekend
magazine. Ya'alon will be remembered as a chief of staff who believed in burning into the
consciousness of the Palestinians, by means of force, that terror doesn't pay.
In his farewell interview, he says that this burning was to no avail, and that we are
destined to an eternal war. His claim that the Palestinians only understand force was
replaced by the argument that no force in the world will overcome their hunger to retake
Jaffa and Safed. His prophecy is that the combination of terror and demographics, with
question marks as to the justness of the course, is a recipe for the destruction of the
One can treat the former chief of staff's statements as the opinion of security expert
No. 1, lose hope, and sit hidden away in bomb shelters in anticipation of the next wave of
terror that he predicts. Regrettably, one can also say that it is, in fact, the State of
Israel - and first and foremost the former chief of staff - which has proved that it
understands only force.
Israel has yet to try the only solution acceptable to the Palestinians, most Israelis
and the entire world - the solution of a withdrawal from the occupied territories and the
dismantling of the settlements. The Palestinians are not alone in mistakenly dreaming
about a return. While they continue to dream of Jaffa, the Israelis not only dreamed of
returning to Hebron, but actually settled there. These two untenable dreams have dragged
the conflict down to its low point. The promise to evacuate the Gaza Strip settlements has
led to a temporary security lull, out of hope for a change in direction. Ya'alon is doing
his bit for the renewal of the violence by taking the wind out of the sails of the move,
by saying, in fact, that there is no point to it.
It is regrettable to note that Ya'alon sang a different tune a few months ago, when he
thought his term in office would be extended by another year. Then, he spoke of the
disengagement as a stage on the road to determining a new border for Israel, in an attempt
to divide the land in accordance with the dominant nationality in all of its parts. Today
he argues that the results of the disengagement depend on whether the Palestinians see it
as an "escape" or a "choice."
The disengagement must be perceived as Israel's choice to cut itself off from the
ongoing attempt to flee reality. The choice of disengagement is, above all, an internal
Israeli matter, and an attempt to prove that Israel is not run by settlers and officers,
but by the majority within the Green Line that wants normalization of the relations with
the Palestinians, in the hope that most of them want it too.
The question of what will happen the day after the pullout depends less on Mahmoud
Abbas and more on whether Ya'alon's pessimistic theories continue to rule the roost and
whether the captains of the disengagement see it as the end of the story.
"Israel is ready to give the Palestinians an independent Palestinian state, but the
Palestinians are not ready to give us an independent Jewish state," Ya'alon says. But the
reality is different: The State of Israel has already been established, and does not
require Palestinian approval. On the other hand, Israel doesn't have to give the
Palestinians an independent state, but to try, finally, to burn it into its
Bad Days in Washington
By Steve Sharon (Commentary)
This past week, America sunk to a new immoral low. A Holocaust-denier, no, worse than
that, a man who wrote books which blamed the Jews for purposely creating the Holocaust,
and simultaneously claimed it a considerably smaller event than documented, was feted in
the White House as a world leader, a president, a man of peace, a friend, an ally, and a
worthy recipient of American monetary aid and political support. No American could ever
foster these disgusting ideas, much less put them on paper numerous times, and ever come
close to setting foot on the White House grounds much less be treated as an honored
dignitary. Only an Arab could possibly pull this miracle off, for these are very strange
times in America's relationship with the Arab world, thus very tenuous times for Israel.
Much of America's time is spent arguing whether or not its military treats the Koran
with proper dignity and reverence. Muslims worldwide protest America's supposed callous
treatment of copies of their holy book, meanwhile other Muslims stay busy blowing up
fellow Muslims without ever being accused of not treating them with dignity and reverence.
Seventeen people, all Muslims, killed by fellow Muslims in riots protesting the possible
mishandling of Korans by American military police and the hundreds of other Muslims sent
to their death by being told, sometimes forced, to blow themselves up in order to kill
others with them are evidently totally unimportant.
Many Democrats and most of the major media in America join in Muslim protestations
seemingly gleeful in the ability to side with Muslims against the military on the Koran
issue because it strikes a blow to Republicans in general, and the President in
particular. Worse still, the President, countless generals and other leaders do their best
to counter these ridiculous Muslim claims by sympathizing with Muslims who get riled up
over the Koran issue. These same Muslims who either endorse or do not care of the murder
of their own by their own.
Amidst this climate of pandering to the Arab and Muslim world, Israel is tossed aside
like it was, say, Taiwan? Unfortunately for Israel, unlike Taiwan it is not actually an
island, just an island of freedom and Western values in a vast ocean of Arab and Muslim
hate, but unlike Taiwan, Israel still has one friend in the United States government who
would take up for it in the United Nations. That man's name is John Bolton.
Yes, that John Bolton. The one constantly excoriated by Democrats, a few Republicans,
and much of the media, so much so that his nomination to the post of ambassador, which
should have passed easily weeks ago, is in serious jeopardy. Even in a best case scenario,
if he ever wins approval from the Senate, Bolton will enter the UN a weakened man because
of this fight, meaning he will end up forced to tow the usual State Department line more
than originally hoped...more bad news for Israel, since Israel has as many friends in the
State Department as Saudi Arabia has synagogues.
So this past week at the very same moment a fine upstanding American citizen, John
Bolton, was raked over the coals in a public character assassination, another man, an Arab
of multiple names, Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazen, or whatever else he wishes to call himself
was lauded as a man of outstanding public character. Never mind that just a week earlier
while in South America he spent a great portion of his visit ripping the United States and
condemning the American people and their leaders for staging a worldwide hate war against
Muslims, and of course for invading Iraq, and any number of other supposed offenses.
This past week Mahmoud Abbas, the leader America desires to soon call the president of
Palestine was deemed a good man, and John Bolton, the would-be UN ambassador was deemed a
bad one. When morality in a society is this out of focus, Jews are always in peril.
(Steve Sharon may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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