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Is Israel Planning an Iran Strike?
Israel has proposed to the United States to strike Iran on several occasions this year,
Saudi newspaper al-Watan reported Sunday morning. According to the report, the latest
proposal was raised during the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee's visit to
Washington several days ago, where committee members apparently attempted to "market one
agenda: Launching a war on Iran."
The newspaper quoted Knesset Member Arieh Eldad saying that "nothing will restrain Iran
aside from the use of force" and adding that Teheran's nuclear project will not end
"unless it is convinced it will be destroyed through military force."
Meanwhile, Knesset Member Yosef Lapid reportedly said threats of sanctions and
isolation have no effect on Iran. "We won't accept the fact we need to live under the
threat of an Iranian nuclear bomb and therefore we feel we should warn our friends we
don't see any solution except for acting on our own," Lapid said according to the Saudi
The newspaper said this was not the first time Israel demanded to strike Iran.
President Bush rejected Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's offer to use military force during
the latter's latest visit to Washington, the report said. Sharon reportedly presented
Bush with satellite photos of Iran's nuclear facilities and asked to attack them. The
president apparently "coldly" referred him to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who
told the PM the U.S. chose to pursue the diplomatic channel, in conjunction with European
states, to resolve the problem.
Earlier reports said Sharon informed Washington in a special letter that Iranian
nuclear arms would threaten the safety of Israelis more than any other nation. The PM
reportedly said Israel would consider postponing military action against Teheran out of
consideration for the U.S., but added Israel would not "wait forever." According to
al-Watan, Israel made it clear that it would only be able to wait until a certain date
next year and would strike at Iran if no progress is made by that time.
Israel Suspends Offensive Against Palestinian Militants
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel ended a week of punishing air strikes against Islamic militants in Gaza, and
arrest raids in the West Bank. The Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza that sparked the
raids stopped, and Israel said the goal of the offensive was achieved. The tough military
response shows that Israel has set out new rules of deterrence since it pulled out of Gaza
three-weeks ago. "If there is terrorist activity from Gaza into Israel, the Israeli public
will demand of the Israeli government, that we defend the citizens of Israel," government
spokesman Mark Regev told VOA.
The Palestinian Authority welcomed the end of the offensive, but Israel said that was
not enough. Regev said terrorist groups must be disarmed, as demanded by the
internationally backed "Roadmap" peace plan. "We have fully pulled out of the Gaza Strip,
the Gaza Strip today is totally under Palestinian control. We expect the Palestinian
Authority and the Palestinian leadership now to deal effectively with the terrorists," he
Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Redeineh said his government was determined
to end armed chaos. "This is a national Palestinian target and we hope that with the end
of occupation there will not be any weapons. The only weapons is the weapons of the
Authority," said Redeineh.
With the end of the offensive, both sides are taking steps to get the peace process
back on track. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon, and they agreed to hold a summit by Oct. 20. Abbas conveyed best wishes for the
Jewish New Year, and Sharon sent greetings for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Both
holidays begin this week.
Meanwhile, Palestinian police and Hamas militants fought gun battles in Gaza City. The
fighting erupted after police tried to arrest the son of Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the late
Hamas leader who was assassinated by Israel last year. Witnesses say police stopped
Rantisi's car, but he refused to hand himself over. Police began shooting when an angry
crowd surrounded them, sparking a firefight. Then, Hamas terrorists armed with rifles,
rocket propelled grenades and hand grenades stormed several police stations.
The clashes point to a growing power struggle between the Palestinian Authority and
Hamas since Israel pulled out of Gaza three weeks ago. So far, Abbas has had little
success in his efforts to restore law and order. Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat
accused Hamas of acting like a "parallel authority." He told VOA: "Seeking revenge or
violence will only add to the complexities and will harm Palestinian interests.:
Since Gaza is seen as a test case for Palestinian statehood, Abbas is anxious to show
the world that he can restore the rule of law. But for now, the well-armed Hamas rule the
PFLP Leadership Moving From Syria to Gaza
Syrian terrorist leader Ahmed Jibril is likely to enter Gaza via Rafiah, granting what
at least one member says will be "renewed momentum" to the PFLP terror organization.
Jibril, 77, is the founder and leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine/General Command (PFLP-GC), which has staged numerous attacks against Israeli and
other targets, both military and civilian.
The London-based Al-Hayat newspaper quoted Dr. Adal Al-Hakim, a member of the PFLP's
diplomatic office, as saying that Jibril is expected to arrive in Gaza - though he did not
specify a time frame. Al-Hakim says that leading PFLP figures will arrive first in Gaza to
investigate and shore up the organization's infrastructure and prepare for the leader's
entry. Jibril's move will alleviate world pressure on Syria to get rid of Palestinian
In Al-Hakim's evaluation, Jibril's arrival in Gaza would grant "renewed momentum" to
the organization's activity in the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas. Jibril, like
PLO Oslo-opponent Farouk Kaddoumi, has refused to enter the PA-controlled areas until now,
so as not to have to receive Israeli permission. With the opening of the Rafiah border
crossing between Egypt and Gaza, Jibril will not have to face this issue.
Among the PFLP's attacks are the Nahariya/Avivim school bus attack (May 1970) along
Israel's northern border in which nine children and three adults were murdered; the
massacre of 18 people in a Kiryat Shmonah apartment building (April 1974), half of them
children; the bombing of a Swiss Air plane (Feb. 1970), killing 47 people; and the hang
glider attack from Lebanon (Nov. 1987) in which six Israeli soldiers were killed.
The most destructive attack attributed to the PFLP was apparently the infamous Pan Am
Flight 103 bombing. The plane was downed over Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988,
killing 270 people. Much cumulative evidence linked the PFLP to the attack, including the
finding of explosive devices similar to the one presumably used against the Pan Am plane
in the possession of a PFLP cell captured in West Germany. In fact, only seven weeks
before the Pan Am explosion, a terrorist cell of 16 members and supporters of Jibril's
gang was arrested in Germany, amidst evidence that they were planning a series of mid-air
attacks on five international aircraft. The Germans, however, released most of the
arrestees after a short period.
In May 2001, Jibril claimed responsibility for sending a boat filled with weapons to
Gaza; the Israeli Navy found and seized the ship in the Haifa port. Jibril said at the
time that it wasn't the first of its kind, nor would it be the last. A year later,
Jibril's son, the head of the PFLP-GC's military wing, was killed in a car bombing in
Beirut. The Arabs blamed Israel, but it was known that the Jibrils had many enemies in
Lebanon. Although the PFLP-GC has lost importance over the years in proportion to the rise
of Hamas, Jibril's gang has long been on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations.
Despite Warnings, Dozens of Israelis Enter Sinai
In spite of solid warnings that terrorists are planning to kidnap Israelis in Sinai,
dozens of Israelis refused to give up their travel plans and traversed the Taba Crossing
into Sinai. The Anti-Terrorism Task Force, working under the auspices of the Prime
Minister's Office, issues travel warnings to areas under terrorist threats. Its latest
declaration is against travel to Sinai, because of what it calls "specific and well-based
intelligence" indicating plans to kidnap vacationing Israelis there. The body also called
upon tourists already in Sinai to return home at once.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 Israelis were estimated to have been in Sinai over the weekend,
and some 30,000 have made plans to vacation there over the coming holidays. Several dozen
Israelis returned home today, but it is not yet clear how many will heed the warning and
return in the coming days. Israeli officials explained that they could not close the Taba
Crossing and forbid Israeli entry, because of the peace agreement with Egypt that
stipulates "open borders."
A year ago, on the Sukkot holiday, a car bomb at the Taba Hilton Hotel and a
simultaneous double bombing nearby killed over 30 people, including 12 Israelis. Three
months ago, some 90 people, including one Israeli - an Arab - were killed in another
terror bombing at Sharm el-Sheikh.
Holocaust Book Brought About 1985 Airlift Of Ethiopian Jews
A book about America's failure to rescue Jews from the Holocaust helped convince
then-Vice President George H. W. Bush to order the US airlift of 900 Ethiopian Jewish
refugees to Israel in 1985, a US ambassador has revealed.
John R. Miller, a former Congressman (R-WA), who is now the US ambassador for combating
human trafficking, revealed the episode for the first time in public, in a statement
presented to more than 200 participants in a Sept. 18 conference at the Fordham University
Law School organized by the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.
Miller said that when the Ethiopian Jews became stranded in Sudan in early 1985, he
brought a copy of Prof. David S. Wyman's book about America and the Holocaust, The
Abandonment of the Jews, to Bush. "This is a chance to write a very different history
than the history of America's response to the Holocaust," Miller told the vice president.
Miller said that in a later conversation with Bush, the vice president confirmed that
Wyman's book "was a major influence in his decision to order to the airlift
Curriculum of Hate
By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)
It has been well established that there are numerous fanatic Muslims through out the
world who do and say anything that serves their purpose, lying and distorting the truth.
One of their techniques is to teach their children to hate their enemies.
According to the Hudson Institute they do teach hatred. The Institute reported that
textbooks used in Saudi Arabian schools are filled with anti-Jewish, anti-Christian and
anti-American bigotry along with violent interpretations of Islamic scriptures. What makes
this interesting is how they can lie so easily. Prince Sa'ud, of Saudi Arabia,
categorically denied that hate is propagated in Saudi schools. He stated, "Five percent
was actually abhorrent to us. So, we took a decision to change that, and we have changed."
However the evidence offered by the Hudson Institute gives a different story. It is widely
understood that control of the schools in Arabia has been conceded to hard line Islamists.
According to BBC News, the Malaysian government has accused its religious schools of
teaching hate, not religion, and has stopped their state subsidy. More than 125,000
children in Malaysia receive an Islamic education in such institutions. Prime Minister Dr.
Mahathir Mohamad also, accused the schools of teaching hate. Imagine what 125,000
misguided children can do. Then imagine what can happen when they become 125,000 fanatic
Pakistan has been under pressure to crack down on the schools for teaching hatred and
is viewed as training ground for Islamic militants. There is concern about the future of
about 1.500.000 graduates to be produced by their madrases (schools). There are no
regulations governing these schools. What complicates the situation is that this is the
primary education available.
There are schools and then, there are schools. Jeremy Cook, in Gaza, on the BBC, July
18, 2001 reported the Islamic Jihad is running a summer school - to teach boys the
benefits of becoming suicide bombers. Our children go to summer camp to enjoy themselves
while Palestinian boys aged 12 and 15 years old learn to kill and to enjoy blowing
themselves up. Who do you think has more fun?
An Islamic Jihad member, Mohammed el Hattab, one of the teachers on the program said,
"We are teaching the children that suicide bombing is the only thing that makes the
Israeli people very frightened. Furthermore, we are teaching them that we have the right
to do it, Mohammed, a 14-year-old boy, draws a picture of himself with explosives strapped
to his body, ready to blow him to pieces if it means killing Jews.
Bad enough but children in Arab countries, like Saudi Arabia, are being taught to hate
but how about in the United States? On Aug 9, 2005, FOX News asked, "Can it be true that
Islamic schools in the United States teach hatred towards Americans, Christians and Jews?"
The Washington Post, answered, reporting that there is an Islamic school outside of
Washington, D.C. that uses textbooks teaching 11th graders that "the Day of Judgment can't
come until Jesus Christ returns to Earth, breaks the cross and converts everyone to Islam,
and Muslims start attacking Jews."
At the Al-Qalam All-Girls School in Springfield, Va., seventh graders learn that Usama
bin Laden may not be a villain but a victim of Americans' biased views toward great
All too many freedom-loving Americans are totally unaware that there are many dangerous
Islamic fanatics here in the United States growing their children to hate all of us as
well as to hate any non-fanatic Islamists. Therefore we must "Never Forget" the Holocaust
to remember what one group of people can do to other groups
Ziegler is a board member of the New Jewish Congregation and president of its brotherhood. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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