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For Zion's Sake Judaica.

By Israel News Faxx

A new web site is dedicated to helping the Jewish People by purchasing products made in Israel. The site, www.forzionssakejudaica, can also be accessed via its online eBay Store.

For Zion's Sake Judaica supports small businesses in Israel by donating a tithe directly to its needy. It's owner, Daniel Vineski, of Houston, says For Zion's Sake Judaica purchases products made in Israel, mostly by hand in small family owned shops, and ships them directly to your door. He added that hus love for Israel is revealed in his company's goals with a desire to see food on the tables of every person in need throughout the Holy Land.


Israel Says It Cannot Tolerate a Nuclear Iran, Iran Vows Counter-Strike

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

Israel is expressing growing concern about Iran's nuclear capabilities and is hinting at a military option.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Israel couldn't tolerate a situation in which Iran will become a nuclear power. He told a news conference that Iran poses a great danger, and not only to the Jewish state. "A nuclear Iran poses a global threat," Sharon said, adding that Israel is not spearheading efforts to block Iran from becoming a nuclear power, and that the international community must take the lead.

But Israeli Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz doubts that diplomatic pressure will halt Iran's nuclear ambitions. He said Iran has dodged international pressure time and again, and that encourages the country to continue its nuclear project.

Israel has grown increasingly alarmed about Iran's nuclear program since late October, when the Iranian president publicly called for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map. Israeli officials say they expect Iran to reach the "point of no return" in developing a nuclear weapon next year.

Halutz said there is a military option against Iran, but he refused to say who should take it. There is a precedent for Israeli military action. Israel's air force destroyed Iraq's nuclear facility in 1981. Asked how far Israel is ready to go to stop Iran's nuclear program, General Halutz quipped, "2,000 kilometers." That is the distance from Israel to Iran.

An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Hamid Riza Asaffi, said recent Israeli statements on Iran's nuclear project show Israeli government is frustrated from failure to bring international community to pressure Iran: "Zionist authorities are well aware that if they make a foolish mistake against Iran, Iran's harsh response will be destructive and determined"

He claimed that a "serious crisis" within the "Zionist authorities" was the main factor behind what he described as Israeli threats. The Islamic Republic News Agency reported his comments.

"The Zionist authorities are well aware that if they make a foolish mistake against Iran, Iran's harsh response will be destructive and determined," said the spokesman. "Their approach comes from their anger over the fact that they can't realize their plans," he added.

Earlier, Binyamin Netanyahu told the Voice of Israel national radio network "Israel must take every necessary step to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Iran must be prevented from developing this threat to the State of Israel. If, by the elections, the current government works to achieve this, I will give it my full support - and if it does not, I intend on establishing the next government, and then we'll act."

"The Iranian threat is an existential one, as it is a country that declared its plans to destroy Israel and is developing the tools to carry out this destruction. In this regard, I will continue the legacy of Menachem Begin, who thwarted Iran's neighbor, Iraq, from acquiring nuclear weapons by adopting bold and daring measures. I believe that is what Israel needs to do," Netanyahu told Israel Radio.

In 1981, Begin ordered an air strike on Iraq's nuclear facility in Osirak, near Baghdad. As a result of the attack, Iraq's nuclear armament plan was thwarted.

Netanyahu said he has stated, in various forums, that everything possible must be done to prevent Iran's nuclear armament. "This is the Israeli government's primary obligation. If it is not done by the current government, I plan to lead the next government to stop the Iranians."

Netanyahu clarified that he was referring to, "all actions necessary to prevent a situation in which Iran will threaten us with nuclear weapons."


Israeli Aircraft Target Gaza

By VOA News

An Israeli aircraft has fired a missile at a target in the Gaza Strip. Witnesses said an Israeli helicopter gunship fired the missile at a building housing the offices of an Islamic charity. The Israeli military says the attack targeted an office of a terrorist group in Gaza city. There were no reports of casualties.

The attack was the latest in a series of Israeli strikes that began Saturday after Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired three rockets into southern Israel.

Earlier, Israel accused the Palestinian Authority of allowing wanted terrorists to cross into Gaza from Egypt in violation of the security agreement brokered by the United States last month. Palestinian security officials admit some people have crossed the border, but said Israel's demand that they be kept out is not part of the agreement.


Navy Sinks Illegal PA Boat

By IsraelNationalNews.com

An Arab fishing boat crossed into prohibited waters off the Gaza coast Saturday and fired at an Israel navy vessel, whose return fire killed one. The Arab vessel, designed to carry two people, sailed from Egypt towards the Gaza area, the IDF reported. The area is prohibited to Arab ships, in order to prevent weapons smuggling and attacks.

Navy officers ordered the boat out of the area and fired warning shots into the air. In response, the Arab crew shot at the Israeli boat. Shots also were fired from the Gaza shore.

When the Arab boat attempted to flee, sailors aboard the Israel Navy's Shaldag gunboat shot at and sank the boat. Following an investigation, the IDF suspects that the boat was carrying at least one terrorist trying to infiltrate into Israel.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) claimed that fishermen were on the boat and did not intend any illegal activities. It also said the boat was not in prohibited waters. The body of a 22-year-old identified as Ziad Dardawel was recovered from the water.


Sharon Moves Closer to Geneva Proposal on Territorial Exchange

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told a Moroccan newspaper that if security and quiet are attained, he is definitely ready to recognize a Palestinian state and to "go a long way" in negotiations. In an interview in Le Economist, Sharon said that while Israel would not return to the borders that existed prior to the 1967 Six Day War, it was ready to exchange territories with a Palestinian state.

The idea of retaining settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria, in exchange for other territories liberated by Israel in the 1948 War of Independence, is similar to proposals set forth in the "Geneva Initiative," a draft agreement for a negotiated settlement, which would set up a Palestinian state.

That initiative has been strongly supported by Meretz-Yahad leader Yossi Beilin, and provides for handing over the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, to Arab control.

Regarding Jerusalem, Sharon said, "neighborhoods bordering Jerusalem, located outside Jerusalem's municipal boundaries where Palestinians live, will be returned in a comprehensive settlement to the State of Palestine, as we have no interest in annexing them."

According to reports, Sharon is willing to retain Maaleh Adumim, the northern part of Gush Etzion, and Ariel as settlement blocs. They are areas that are being included within Israel's security barrier. The Geneva Initiative, however, does not provide for retaining the city of Ariel under Israeli control.

The idea of retaining settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria in exchange for territories held prior to the Six Day War has also been touted by right-wing former MK Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party. Lieberman has proposed exchanging Arab populated towns within the pre-1967 borders, such as Taibe and Um el Fahm, for certain settlement blocs.

Under the maps outlined in the Geneva Initiative, Israel would give the PA territories in the western Negev adjacent to Gaza, as well as areas east of Hebron in the Lachish area in exchange for Maaleh Adumim and parts of Gush Etzion.

Sharon, ironically, initially justified the Disengagement Plan as a means of forestalling or precluding the adoption of the Geneva Initiative. Under that plan, which was implemented last August, Israel destroyed 25 Jewish communities in Gaza and northern Samaria, expelling close to 9,000 Jews from their homes. Following the demolition of the communities in Gush Katif, Israel relinquished control of the Gaza district to the Palestinian Authority.


Spielberg Says His New Film 'Munich' is a 'Prayer for Peace'

By Reuters

Director Steven Spielberg said his new film "Munich," the story of Israel's revenge for the killing of its athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics, is "a prayer for peace," Time magazine reported on Sunday.

Leaders of Jewish and Muslim groups as well as diplomats and foreign policy experts will preview the film before its December 23 U.S. opening but Spielberg has shied away from the media hype and costly promotional campaigns that typically precede a big-studio movie.

The magazine said its interview was the only one the Oscar-winning director planned to do before the release of the film, which focuses on Israel's response after a Palestinian group took members of its Olympic team hostage at the Munich Games. Eleven Israeli athletes, five kidnappers and one German policeman were killed.

"Somewhere inside all this intransigence there has to be a prayer for peace," Spielberg told Time, "because the biggest enemy is not the Palestinians or the Israelis. The biggest enemy in the region is intransigence."

The director also discussed another film project he is initiating in February, in which he is buying 250 video cameras and players and giving them to Israeli and Palestinian children so that they can make movies about their own lives.

"Not dramas," Spielberg said, "just little documentaries about who they are and what they believe in, who their parents are, where they go to school, what they had to eat, what movies they watch, what CDs they listen to."

Spielberg said the children would then exchange the videos with one another. "That's the kind of thing that can be effective, I think, in simply making people understand that there aren't as many differences that divide Israelis and Palestinians. Not as human beings anyway," he said.

The director told Time he's very proud of the fact that "Munich" doesn't demonize either the Israeli or Palestinian side. "We don't demonize our targets," Spielberg said. "They're individuals. They have families." The movie stars Eric Bana, Daniel Craig and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush.








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