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Plot to Target El Al Flight Uncovered in Time

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The Dutch media is reporting a 19-year-old suspect is in custody for planning to shoot down an El Al flight in Schiphol Airport. According to the reports, Samir Azzouz was allegedly planning the attack but Dutch authorities apprehended him before he could carry out the deadly act. The website of Nova, which reported the breaking story, indicates Azzouz spoke of taking revenge in Allah's name, and targeting the United States as well with his ideology of hate and violence. Nova's website quotes Samir as targeting America for Washington's continued support of Israel.


Report: Fatah Terrorists in North Shomron Have Heavy Weaponry

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Middle East Newsline reports that the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades terror group has successfully stolen heavy weapons from the IDF in northern Samaria. "Sources said Al-Aksa has obtained heavy machine guns as well as anti-tank rockets," the report said. "Most of this was stolen from Israel's military,"

The armed wing of Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority, and of PA chief Mahmoud Abbas, has called for wiping the State of Israel off the map.

Fatah's military wing, the Al Aksa Brigades, said in a pamphlet distributed in the Gaza district, "anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury. Any [Islamic leader] who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world."

Harking back to its pre-Oslo days when Fatah, an international terrorist organization, led the Arab struggle against the Jewish state, the group's armed wing has become the first Palestinian organization to publicly identify with Iran's president's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call to "wipe Israel off the map."

Ahmadinejad said, "Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury. Any [Islamic leader] who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world."

Israel responded to Ahmadinejad's statement by demanding that the United Nations revoke Iran's membership in the world body.

The statement published in the Fatah group's leaflet strongly supported Ahmadinejad's bellicose remark. "We affirm our support and backing for the positions of the Iranian president toward the Zionist state which, by God's will, will cease to exist," read the pamphlet. "Recognizing Israel's right to exist means underestimating the Palestinian people, who are making daily sacrifices to liberate Palestine and Jerusalem."

Israel has not responded to the Fatah group's statements. Officially, Israel has backed the creation of a Palestinian under the U.S. road map plan. Both the United States and Israel had been hoping that Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority, and of PA chief Mahmoud Abbas, would lead such a state.

Israel opposes Hamas participation in the upcoming PA elections because that terror group vehemently opposes the existence of the state of Israel. In regard to the Hamas, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said ironically at Sunday's cabinet meeting, "Do we really believe that an organization that has engraved on its banner the goal of destroying Israel would give up its party platform after being elected?"

Under a plan supported by the United States and Israel, hundreds of terrorists from the Fatah's Al Aksa Brigades have been recruited into the PA's security forces. The PA cabinet decided last month to set up five training camps in territories it controls in Judea and Samaria, to prepare the recruits for their new tasks.

The Fatah group's brazen invective against Israel, however, runs in direct contravention of the Oslo accords. According to those agreements signed by the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1993, the Palestine Liberation Organization, led by Fatah leader Yasir Arafat, formerly recognized Israel's right to exist.

The ideas behind the Fatah group's recent statements have received support from PA academia. A professor at Al Najah University in Shechem, Abdel Sattar Kessem, berated western countries, such as the United States, Britain, and France for condemning the Iranian leader's anti-Israel remarks.

"These aggressive countries, which specialize in political fraud and the exploitation of other people, did not express reservations when Palestine was wiped off the map in 1948," he said.

"Millions of Palestinian refugees have been living for the past 60 years under harsh conditions so that Israel could continue to exist. And these countries, which have been emphasizing their keenness about human rights, insist on preventing these refugees from returning to their homes and property. Israel remains an alien organ in the Arab and Muslim region," the professor said.


No Breakthrough in Talks on Opening Gaza-Egypt Border

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraelNationalNews.com

High-level talks in the Middle East have failed to yield a breakthrough on opening the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. The latest sticking point is the deployment of European inspectors.

Israeli, Palestinian and European negotiators failed to make progress in a fresh round of talks on opening the Rafah border terminal on the volatile Egypt-Gaza border. Israel closed the terminal when it pulled out of Gaza a month and a half ago, and talks to reopen the border have bogged down.

The border crossing is vital to the impoverished Gaza economy, because it would give Palestinians a gateway to the world. But Israel has security concerns because the border is known as a haven for weapons smuggling from Egypt to Palestinian militants in Gaza.

"And the sad truth is that, today, unfortunately, the Palestinians are just not up to the challenge of policing their own border and preventing extremist, terrorist elements from coming in to the Gaza Strip," Israeli spokesman Mark Regev told VOA.

Senior Palestinian Authority official Saeb Erekat stated on Sunday the Palestinian Authority would not agree to Israeli demands for surveillance cameras to be installed at the Rafiah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt. He called the Israeli demand an effort to take control of the crossing.

PA sources believe that ultimately, the PA would agree to recording cameras at the border crossing facility, but not closed-circuit real-time viewing of border activities.

The Palestinians rejected Israel's demand for a presence on the border, insisting that the occupation should have ended when the last Israeli soldier left Gaza. As a compromise, Israel agreed to allow European inspectors to be posted on the border to prevent smuggling.

"It is going to be the Europeans, I hope, who will supplement the Palestinian forces, and provide professionalism, and provide a presence on the ground that will create, I think, better confidence to reopen all the crossings," said Israeli spokesman Regev.

Senior Palestinian Authority official Saeb Erekat stated on Sunday the Palestinian Authority would not agree to Israeli demands for surveillance cameras to be installed at the Rafiah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt. He called the Israeli demand an effort to take control of the crossing.

PA sources believe that ultimately, the PA will agree to recording cameras at the border crossing facility, but not closed-circuit real-time viewing of border activities.

Israel has already backed away from a number of security demands pertaining to the crossing, including the PA's demand to station European Union observers at the crossing instead of an Israeli presence.


Slain Palestinian Boy's Organs Donated to Israeli Children

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)

A heartwarming gesture of reconciliation in the Middle East, from the parents of a Palestinian boy killed in an accidental shooting by Israeli soldiers.

Israeli troops on a raid in the West Bank town of Jenin last Thursday shot a 12-year-old Palestinian boy who was carrying a toy M-16 assault rifle. The army said soldiers were caught in an exchange of fire, and they mistook the boy, Ahmed Ismail Khatib, for an armed militant. Israel apologized for what it described as a "tragic mistake."

The boy was rushed to a hospital in Jerusalem with wounds to his head and stomach. Israeli doctors fought for his life, but the boy died two days later. Now, the child's family has decided to donate his organs to Israeli children. "Despite the pain, they made a very courageous decision," the boy's uncle, Jamal Khatib, told Israel Television. "This is part of our culture. As Muslims," he said, "we can tell the world that we are not terrorists."

The boy's father said the donated heart, lung, kidneys and liver would save Jewish lives. "Israeli children are our children," he said. "We are doing this because we believe in peace."


Archaeologists Uncover 'Oldest Church' in Holy Land

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)

The archaeological world is buzzing with news of a major find in Israel. Christian leaders, who see it as an affirmation of the faith, are hailing the discovery.

Israeli archaeologists uncovered the ruins of a third- or fourth-century church in northern Israel, which they believe could be the oldest ever found in the Holy Land. The church contains a well-preserved mosaic, with references to Jesus Christ and images of fish - an ancient Christian symbol. "This find is once in a lifetime," Chief archaeologist Yotam Tefer told VOA. "It is very, very exciting."

The church was found during renovations at a prison in Megiddo - what the New Testament calls Armageddon - the site of the final apocalyptic war marking the end of the world. "This is the place, the site of the last battle, Armageddon," said Tefer. "Of course, this is the place. So, this is why it's so important to the Christian world."

Word of the find has electrified the Christian world. "Surely it is a great discovery, which will be a confirmation for all the Christians all over the world," said Pietro Sambi, the Vatican's ambassador to Israel, told Israeli television. "Of course, all the Christians are convinced of the historicity of Jesus Christ," he added. "But it is extremely important to have archaeological proof of a church dedicated to Him."

It is also good news for the Israeli tourism industry, which has been battered by five years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. "This find made my heart palpitate!" said Israel's tourism minister, Avraham Hirschzon. "It could bring a very large flow of tourists to the country," he said. Israel is considering moving the prison where the church was found, so it can open the site to the public. That would enable Christian pilgrims visiting Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Galilee, to include a stop at Armageddon.


Are National Park Service Concessionaires Discriminating Against Jews?

By Don Canaan (Editorial)

When this transplanted Ohioan first relocated to Florida, a good friend introduced me to the marvelous Alexander Springs Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest.

Since that time I have enjoyed our national parks and forest by purchasing a Golden Age Passport, lifetime free admissions permit to all of our nation's beauty. The card says the "passport signee and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle" will be admitted to the facility without charge.

I thank the National Park Service and other federal agencies for this way that allows senior citizens and guests to see the wonders of America.

However, on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. I took my visiting son to see the majesty of Alexander Springs. It was a 80-mile round trip. I was wearing a cap which was promoting my website, which said For Israeli News www.israelfaxx.com. My son was wearing a T-shirt in English and Hebrew promoting aliyah (immigration to Israel).

We approached the entry gate and I showed my Golden Passport to the two women on duty. In a snide, condescending voice one of the women said I could not use that federally-issues passport at their site. (I guess they were trying to throw their power around their miniscule empire.

They told me, in an obnoxious and disrespectful, sneering manner that a federal passport did not mean anything to them and that if we wanted to enter we would have to give them (not the federal government) $7 for my son and I.

The brochure for Alexander Springs clearly states: "The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability. political beliefs sexual orientation, or marital or family status."

This editor refused to pay the outrageous ransom and returned to the Ocala National Forest Visitor Center where a most courteous employee named Del told me what I had already read on the passport.

At the very least I believe the two female gate employees should be severely reprimanded and, if it were up to me, I would have them fired.

When this concessionaire's contract comes up for renewal, I would like to testify against granting them an extension. Isn't it about time we as Jews and/or senior citizens raise our voice against religious and/or age discrimination by petty emperors?


















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