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Pope Plans to Pray in Hebrew
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Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne announced that Pope Benedict XVI plans to recite prayers in Hebrew when he visits a Cologne, Germany, synagogue next month. The pontiff was invited by Jewish representatives while visiting the city for the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day scheduled from Aug. 18-21. The visit will include a prayer service in which the psalms will be "prayed," said Meisner. "We have learned them in Hebrew," he said. Since his Benedict XVI's election as pope on April 19, he has reached out to Jews while denouncing Nazi crimes. The pope served in the Hitler Youth organization as a teenager and later deserted from the Nazi army in the waning days of World War II.

Israel Speeds Up Construction of West Bank Barrier

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ordered quicker work to complete construction of Israel's West Bank separation barrier, especially in the area of Jerusalem. Israel began building the nearly 440-mile long barrier two years ago, but only a third has been completed. Israeli officials say that's way too slow. "Let's just get it done," said Cabinet Minister and former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. "This is a security fence, it is not a political border, it is not meant to keep people in like the Berlin Wall, it is meant to keep terrorists out."

It is not clear how the government will speed up construction of the barrier in light of previous rulings by the Israeli Supreme Court. In the past, the Court has ruled that the government is illegally confiscating West Bank land and creating hardship for Palestinians. Israeli analyst Dan Schueftan told VOA that many Israelis believe the court is favoring the Palestinians over Israeli security. "And the more they take decisions in this direction, the more Israelis will question the wisdom of the Supreme Court."

So by ordering rapid construction of the barrier, Sharon is responding to public opinion. But the Palestinians say it's a land grab. "The only thing that's growing on the ground now is more Israeli settlements, more walls, and more dictations and more harming of the Palestinian people," said Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled last year that the barrier is illegal and must be torn down. But after more than 100 suicide bombings during the past 4.5 years of conflict, Israel is determined to build the barrier as quickly as possible.

IDF Dilemma over 'Nationalist' Soldiers


Army commanders are in a quandary over the scenario of hundreds of nationalist "refuseniks," mainly religious soldiers who have swelled the ranks of junior officers the past few years.

Gen. Dan Halutz, new IDF Chief of Staff, again has repeated warnings that insubordination will not be tolerated when orders are given to soldiers to back up police in the planned evacuation of Jews from their homes in August.

Maj. Gen. Dan Harel, head of the Southern Command, said the army will "have to act in creative ways" to combat insubordination. Dispatching the Golani soldiers to the dangerous duty of entering the heart of Arab Gaza to prevent terrorist attacks during the evacuation was one way of avoiding the impracticality of jailing an entire elite unit. A confrontation with the unit could ignite a wave of announcements from soldiers that they are not able emotionally or physically to carry out evacuation orders.

The army estimates the operation will take at least three weeks, beginning about Aug. 16, two days after the Fast of the Ninth of Av (Tisha B'Av). The problem for the IDF is highlighted by the popular pre-Army military academy (Mechina) program. Soldiers from the 24-mechina institutions, a few of which are not religious, make up a disproportionate number of IDF officers. Alienating the officers could discourage leading officers from re-enlisting and thereby leaving the IDF with a large number of less motivated and less experienced commanders.

Halutz last week had to backtrack after threatening to shut down the country's Hesder yeshiva program, but officers remain worried about the determination of many soldiers who view the army's participation in the evacuation as a violation of the IDF's Code of Conduct.

Several leading rabbis have told soldiers they should not refuse orders but should state that they are not emotionally or physically able to back up police forcing Jews out of their homes. Several soldiers broke down in tears last week when the army and police destroyed an outpost in Gush Katif and evicted residents from a refurbished hotel.

The code states, "Service in the IDF stands for the love of the homeland [and] the IDF and its soldiers are obligated to protect human dignity." Israel's High Court rejected an appeal questioning the validity of the evacuation law but said the government's low compensation for Jewish residents in Gaza violated their dignity as human beings. Although the government has raised the amount of compensation, many soldiers, secular as well as observant, view the evacuation as going against their conscience.

The army has called up virtually all of its 8,000 reserve soldiers for evacuation duty, and many already have said they will become "sick" or simply will schedule themselves to be out of the country in order to avoid having to refuse orders.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon reiterated on Tuesday his oft-repeated vow that there will be no "evacuation under fire." However, he has remained silent concerning continuing terrorist attacks beforehand and the prospect of worse terror after the evacuation. The assessment of virtually all IDF commanders is that Arab terrorists will escalate violence against Israel immediately following the military withdrawal from Gaza and the dismantling of 21 Jewish communities.

U.S. Base in Israel Reportedly Can Hold 18,000 Protesters.

By Barry Chamish (Commentary)

A huge American Army base is nearing completion in Israel. Reportedly, it has holding facilities for as many as 18,000 protesters.

After visiting it yesterday, I'd say way more. This base is massive. I counted ten enormous U.S. Army issue prefab warehouses and more were going up. At the base guard post, the American flag is waving in the wind. A sign proclaims that the project manager is one Jerry Ray.

I start taking photos of the base with a cheap camera. The guard asked what I was doing. I replied, "I'm a journalist proving that a huge American military base is being constructed on Israeli soil."

"What's wrong with that?" he asked. "Who else will protect us from the Palestinians?" "Where are the Americans?" I probed. "What do you mean, they're everywhere here. Everyone in charge is American." We drove away. My friend at the wheel was even more depressed than me. "It's a concentration camp," he said.

To witness Israel's loss of sovereignty, take Route 443 to the Rosh Haayin junction. Drive 10 minutes until you see Rantis Junction. The sign points to Beit Arye, and Halamish. Turn right. The base is a mile away on the left side. To salute the American flag, turn left at the entrance road. The base is located 10 minutes from Ben Gurion Airport. Luckily, a new terminal opened last year, so the Americans have the spacious old terminal to store and move whatever they're planning to import once Gush Katif and the rest of the settler vermin are rid of.

My previous article prompted a reporter from a large American radio network to call me. He wanted to see the base and photograph it. I met him an hour later and off we went. First stop, the base gate. The reporter is amazed to see the American flag waving and to read on a sign that the contractor for the base is an Arab named Mustafa. He notes what a huge security fiasco hiring an Arab contractor to build an IDF base would be. Then we see busloads of Arab workers leaving the base by bus.

We continue down the road and photograph the massive buildings and underground digging. Then we reach the checkpoint at the border of the Green Line. The base stops precisely there, the border the Americans have planned for us. We turn into the dirt road to the left and start following the circumference of the base.

(Go to to see photographs of the base. Photos 1 and 2 - Old Glory flies proudly at the base entrance; 3. Road work within the base; 4-9. The massive "warehouses"; 10. Lots more building on the way; 11-13. Electronics tower. Below, what appears to be an entrance to a tunnel. There is a car in the shadow. Compare it to the height of the entrance doors; 14. Border of Eastern base fence. Far in the distance are the "warehouses." If anyone wants the photos to examine, I'll forward the originals to you.. E-mail Also, try to listen to my two-hour interview at

The base is enormous, far huger than any other base in the country. We estimate that several tens of billions of dollars are going into the base itself but the new road surrounding the complex currently being blasted out of the rock has to add another billion dollars to the price tag. As for the value of 50 square miles of prime Israeli real estate: more billions.

Neither of us knows what the base will be used for so I suggest, "Let's go inside and ask someone. We reach the entrance where two guards are seated. I ask one if we can speak to someone in charge of the project and photograph inside. The guards agree to call headquarters and see. One guard calls, the other points to a path to the right and says, "Let's see if they'll let you photograph up there. You've never seen so many computers and cameras in your life."

The base construction manager agrees to talk to us. We are escorted to his trailer/office where he is sitting with three other sub-managers. The radio reporter wastes no time asking, "Are those buildings going to be used to hold evacuated settlers and protesters?" The project manager laughs. I agree. That is not the purpose of this base. Next question: "What is this base going to be used for?"

"A storage facility for the IDF." I respond: "Suddenly the IDF is suffering a huge lack of warehouse space? I mean, how big is this base?" "It will be half the area of all Tel Aviv." "For storage? What is the American role then in this base?" "They are building it for us. All the supervisors are American." "What are those underground tunnels for?" "No tunnels. It just looks that way because of the topography. Look, you came to the wrong person. I'm a simple builder from Rosh Haayin. What do I know?"

We didn't know either. We now knew the U.S. was building this complex with an Arab chief contractor. It will not likely or primarily be for IDF use. One guess was that it will replace all the vital IDF bases in Yesha after a pullout but that wasn't satisfying. Nothing could replace men overlooking the enemy. I received the reporter's permission to distribute the photos, six hours before I was to do a two-hour interview of the Jeff Rense radio program. I sent him the photos and then chose a select few experts to tell me what they were of.

My first two replies were: Barry, I have seen these kind of installations when I was in the military for years I was stationed at a base where a major part of it was like this. These are not barracks of any kind. The metal facilities built up on the rocks are huge electronic facilities probably filled with CIA and extensive phone and other electronic monitoring stuff. The bunker is one just like the ones I was around at the base I was at here in California. It is a missile launch bunker. Somewhere within a mile to 5 miles are silos with the missiles in them, This kind of a facility has minimal personal but filled with covered electronics that can even be monitored from the U.S. itself. Not one of those large buildings is for people to live in or even really work in.

This is exactly what I was told in 2001, and I quote: "It is the intention of the U.S. administration, to ultimately turn over to the United Nations, the military base that is being considered for construction in the heart of Israel. It is the leaders of the NWO/Illuminati who will decide the appropriate time when all that will occur. The U.S. is to build the military base within Israel under the guise that it is for the use of the U.S. military. It is not. It is to be turned over to the United Nations at the appropriate time. The sole purpose of this base is for the United Nations use, not the U.S., and not Israel. This base will be a disaster to the best interests of Israel. It will be used against Israelis."

Forget Israeli sovereignty. Our precious and holy land will soon be used as a forward base for the impending New Middle East. My new DVD, The Deadly War Against The Settlers, and Hebrew edition of Shabtai Tzvi Labor Zionism And The Holocaust are available at So are my English books; Shabtai Tzvi, Labor Zionism And The Holocaust; Save Israel!; Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin; Israel Betrayed; The Last Days of Israel;

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