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'40,000 Time Bombs in Iran'
MEMRI, the Arabic translation service, has obtained footage from the Al-Arabiya television network showing an Iranian suicide bomber recruitment drive. The Iranian Movement of Martyrdom Seekers says it has 40,000 "time bombs" ready to attack carry out suicide bombings in Israel and the United States. "This is our choice and we have no fear," a masked woman told a reporter from Al-Arabiya. "These young women have forsaken the temptations of life, and have chosen the hard way. Indeed, they have chosen martyrdom as a way of liberating Islamic lands," says the Al-Arabiya reporter. "40,000 time bombs in Iran - this is the number of volunteers so far, and the registration is still open." Video is at http://switch5.castup.net/frames/20050208_ynet/frame3.asp?clipurl=http%3A%2F%2Fswitch3%2Ecastup%2Enet%2Fcunet%2Fgm%2Easp%3FClipMediaID%3D66849%26ak%3D31699770%26nb%3D1
Israeli Settlers Vow to Defy Demonstration Ban
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) & Ynetnews.com
Israeli settlers have vowed to defy a government ban on a planned demonstration against
the pullout from the Gaza Strip. Jewish settlers and police are on a collision course,
after the Israeli government banned a demonstration planned for Tuesday. The settlers want
to bring tens-of-thousands of protesters to the Gaza settlements slated for evacuation.
With such a huge throng in Gaza, the settlers believe, it would be impossible to implement
the so-called "disengagement" plan, which is due to begin in just two weeks.
Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says the ban is justified. "In this particular case,
I think the effort is not to express an opinion, but to interfere with the decision of the
government to carry out the disengagement," he said. "It is, therefore, not in the realm
of the freedom of speech."
The settlers say the ban is anti-democratic, and they have vowed that the protest will
take place. "This demonstration is a popular expression of democracy," settlement leader
Benzi Lieberman told a news conference. "We do not want confrontations or violence," he
said, "but we will not be stopped from shouting out at injustice." Security forces are
prepared. Ten thousand police and soldiers will be deployed to prevent demonstrators from
marching on Gaza.
However, after intensive, daylong meetings, police and Yesha Council reportedly
reached an agreement that an anti-pullout demonstration would take place Tuesday at
Sderot, and afterwards, the protesters will go to Ofakim; what happens at Ofakim still up
According to the police, Yesha Council heads promised that at Ofakim the protesters
would start to go home. But the settler leadership denied such a deal: "There was never
such talk. From Ofakim, we will continue to march to the aid of our brothers in Gush
Iranian President Praises Suicide Terror
"Is there art that is more beautiful, more divine, and more eternal than the art of
martyrdom?" said the new Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Iran's Channel 1
television station.: "A nation with martyrdom knows no captivity. Those who wish to
undermine this principle undermine the foundations of our independence and national
security. They undermine the foundation of our eternity."
Ahmadinejad said that his ambition was to spread his government's Islamist ideology to
the world. "The message of the (Islamic) Revolution is global, and is not restricted to
specific place or time. It is a human message, and it will move forward. Have no doubt...
Allah willing, Islam will conquer what? It will conquer all the mountain tops of the
world," he said. Iran has recently acknowledged that it is drafting its citizens to become
suicide bombers, and is running camps to recruit and train potential future
Three Years After the Expulsion
By Shlomi Whitbrod (Isralert.com) Commentary
Three years ago, on Aug. 15, 2005, the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon began
to implement its "Disengagement" plan to expel the Jews of Gaza and northern Samaria from
their homes, destroy their homes and businesses, level their communities and hand over the
land to the Palestinian Authority.
Eventually the government succeeded in implementing the Expulsion and Destruction and
Transfer of the communities to the Palestinian Authority. The horrific, heartrending
scenes of children and grandparents being pulled from their homes, the beatings and
tear-gassing of unarmed protesters by masked and helmeted troopers with truncheons, the
"accidental" gunning down of protesters and screams of bereaved and devastated families --
these scenes are burned in the memories of all who lived through those days.
But the violence and strife of those terrible days paled in comparison to what was to
follow. True to intelligence estimates, the Arabs in the West Bank saw the Gaza and
Samaria withdrawals as previews of coming attractions and heated up the area with sniping
attacks on motorists, infiltrations of settlements, and kidnappings and murders of
soldiers and citizens. Rockets and mortars began to fall on Israeli cities previously
immune to air attacks, like Afula, Hadera, Kfar Saba and Raanana.
In Gaza, the Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as expected, made strong showings in the
parliamentary elections and dictated an agenda of continuing attacks against Israel,
mostly by rockets and mortars with improved ranges and larger, more lethal payloads.
Sderot residents soon left their city and the southern coastal city of Ashkelon came under
regular fire. When rockets began to land in Jerusalem, the seat of government was moved to
the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Aviv. Then longer-range Kassam missiles started hitting Tel
As the situation continued to deteriorate, the government lost all control of internal
security and all confidence of its citizens. Resistance of the Jewish population and
refusal of soldiers to obey illegal and immoral orders spread like wildfire. More and more
citizens "disappeared" in the middle of the night, to be locked away with no need for a
trial. Soldiers increasingly deserted their units, or refused to obey orders to crack down
on protesters. The government announced plans to surrender all "isolated settlements,"
Jewish Hebron and East Jerusalem.
The breaking point came with the mega-terror attacks of 2006. A hand-held missile
launcher imported through the Palestinian's unchecked airport in Gaza and carried over
their "free passage" land route to the West Bank shot down an El Al plane. Hundreds were
killed in that attack, but thousands more were killed in the ensuing chemical attacks,
delivered by suicide bombers and rockets. A suitcase-borne "dirty radiation a-bomb" was
barely averted in early 2007.
The First Jewish Uprising occurred in the Spring of 2007 when the Zionist "loyalists",
led by IDF officers and soldiers who had been imprisoned by the Sharon Regime for
"refusing orders" and insubordination and even treason -- surrounded and broke into
government buildings in Jerusalem and took over radio and television stations. The Knesset
was over-run, the Prime Minister and his Cabinet was forced to flee or resign in disgrace,
and a Provisional Government, led by senior former military officers, took control of the
country, vowing to restore law and order, to mete out punishment to the "traitors" and
"kapos" who brought about the end of democracy and sought to persecute Jewish practice in
Israel. Some Regime leaders were lynched, shamefully, while others managed to escape the
country to European capitals.
The Jewish Leadership of the Israeli Revolution came to be called the Orange Wave.
There was scattered resistance to these dramatic moves, of course, from scholars and
bureaucrats, but the ruling junta would have none of it. Protesters were treated in the
same manner as disengagement protesters: arrested without charges and detained for months
without a hearing. Some were beaten. Others were publicly humiliated, and sent -- as
Orange protesters had been sent in 2005 to socialist kibbutzim for re-education -- to
religious seminaries for refresher courses in Jewish values.
The leaders of Israel in the Spring of 2007 were almost exclusively represented by
those courageous men and women who had actively opposed the Sharon regime, especially
those who, following their consciences, had paid the price with active resistance and
prison time. Anyone who did not "stand up and be counted" in the Orange Resistance of 2005
was viewed with suspicion.
When the Sanhedrin replaced the Knesset as the ruling body of Israel, the initial
decisions were harsh. Israeli leaders who survived the fall of the Sharon regime were put
on trial, and the death penalty was not spared for the most prominent politicians,
bureaucrats, army and police officers who led the 2005 persecutions. The same legal
shortcuts and abuses used against the Orange protesters were turn on the "Blue and White"
leaders. Religious leaders and Yesha council members who collaborated with the Sharon
Regime were not forgiven.
The same principle of "an eye for an eye" was applied to the Arabs. The precedent of
legally transferring whole communities from their homes -- applied in 2005 to the Jews --
was applied to the hostile Israeli Arab and "Palestinian" populations, who had risen up
again in unprecedented violence after the Expulsions. Terrorists, their families, and
their supporters were driven out of their homes during the ensuing hostilities with
neighboring Arab states, expelled to Jordan, Lebanon and the Sinai Desert.
Arguments about the immorality of these expulsions were undercut by the former Regime's
previous approval and implementation, with worldwide support, of massive Jewish expulsions
and the bloody worldwide upsurge in seemingly unstoppable Islamic terrorism. Israelis
finally reached the conclusion that they needed to disengage, completely, from the Arabs
and form Jihadist Islam. The only practical solution was reconquering and resettling all
of Gaza, Judea and Samaria -- this time without the violent resistance of a hostile Arab
The Arab States threatened, Europeans and Americans sanctioned, but the Western World
continued to have its acute problems with Islamic Terrorism, including periodic
mega-attacks as well as the first uses of unconventional WMD agents in the cities of the
Continent and the United States. Thirty years after Entebbe, there arose many throughout
the increasingly alarmed non-Islamic world who suddenly spoke out in admiration for the
new Israeli government for once again taking bold, creative, and fearless actions in
response to surging Islamic terrorism.
The lightning war of June 2007, in which Egypt, Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia planned a
surprise unconventional attack on Israel, only to be pre-empted by strategic air strikes
by the IAF against Aswan, Bushehr, Damascus, Mecca, and takeovers of the Saudi oil fields,
sent a message to the world that the deterrent power of Israeli might was once again to be
directed against mortal enemies, not against brothers and sisters, grandparents and
Now, with the economy picking up, social wounds healing, and domestic terrorism
virtually eliminated, the Jewish State of Israel is beginning once again to function and
even thrive. An influx of immigrants from Western nations, fleeing anti-Semitism and
Islamization, injected new blood and creativity in the economy. There was a land rush to
settle and develop the former locations of Arabs who had fled or been expelled, just as
Arabs with international funding had rushed to take over formerly Jewish communities in
There was talk everywhere and architectural sketches abounding as to how best to build
on Jerusalem's Temple Mount a new Jewish tabernacle on the ruins of the Muslim mosques,
which collapsed so suddenly and mysteriously in the recent earthquake. During the
following Sukkoth, much as happened following the Six Day War 40 years before, pilgrims
from around the world streamed to the sacred city, which had become, with the sudden
departure of all the Islamic terror elements, the most peaceful center of spiritual
learning and artistic expression on Earth.
Even erstwhile enemies and lukewarm friends were gaining a newfound respect and
appreciation for the plucky little country which had, despite a period of great pain and
confusion, sorted out its internal problems, returned to itself and, in a joyous "Rishrush
Renaissance" had ushered in a new era of tolerance for diversity and pride in the national
heritage, with a new generosity to share that precious, some dared to say messianic,
legacy with the world.
Three years after the Jewish Expulsion of 2005, the Mega-Terror of 2006, and the Orange
Wave revolution of 2007, the Jewish People cautiously can look in the mirror and say that
it had survived, barely, another cataclysm and repelled another attempt -- this one
initiated by an internal foreign-controlled corrupt clique installed and paid by foreign
masters -- to exterminate the small nation of the Jews, starting from within.
In the terror-weary and spiritually battered world of 2008, a sobered but internally
strengthened Israel shows signs of returning to itself, seeking to reconstruct a new form
of Jewish State, balancing religious principles with democratic practices, trying to put
together the pieces of a nation so torn asunder in the preceding years of traumatic civil
strife and bloody mega-terror wars, and looking to be once again indivisible, a free
people in our own land.
The Hope of Two Thousand Years was not yet lost.
(Shlomi Whitbrod is an author, dreamer and lover of the Land and People of Israel. Comment on this article can be sent to Israel News Faxx at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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