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Pope Plans to Pray in Hebrew
Israel Faxx News Services
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
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
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
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
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 http://www.rense.com/general66/chamish.htm 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 email@example.com Also, try to listen to my two-hour interview at rense.com)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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