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Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinians in Separate Incidents
By VOA News
Palestinian witnesses say Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinian civilians in
separate incidents in the West Bank and Gaza Strip Tuesday. They say soldiers shot dead a
Palestinian bystander during a clash with terrorists in Nablus. Several Palestinians and
two soldiers were wounded in the clash that erupted when Israeli troops raided the
Palestinian city. In the Gaza Strip, witnesses say a Palestinian farmer was killed when
Israeli forces fired tank or artillery shells into the territory.
Israel: Iran Could Enrich Uranium in March
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's army said Iran is making swift progress toward developing a nuclear weapon.
An Israeli expert believes military action may be required to stop the Iranian nuclear
Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, the Israeli army chief of staff, said Iran could start enriching
uranium by March and might be capable of producing nuclear weapons within three years. He
spoke behind closed doors to parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. The head
of the committee reported his remarks.
Israel has expressed growing concern about Iran's nuclear program since late October,
when the Iranian president publicly called for the Jewish state to be "wiped off the map."
In remarks Monday, Iran's leader reiterated his doubts that the Holocaust ever took place
and he urged Muslim nations to take a more active approach to the Israeli-Palestinian
Israeli analyst Ephraim Inbar said Iran's radical regime is changing the strategic
equation in the Middle East. "The Iranians have long-range missiles that can reach
Israel," he said. "They are working on expanding the range of their missiles, and those
weapons can be tipped with nuclear weapons. I think this is a serious threat to the
Israel hopes the U.N. Security Council will take action to stop Iran from acquiring
nuclear weapons. But if diplomacy fails, Inbar said Israel and the U.S. should consider a
military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. "With a sustained air campaign, as well
as occasionally the use of Special Forces, this program can be stopped," he explained.
The Israeli air force destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981. Israel prefers that
the U.S. would deal with Iran, but with America tied up in Iraq Israeli officials have not
ruled out the military option. They say Israel cannot allow Iran to acquire the atom
Senior PA Chief Says: 'No Jerusalem, No Peace'
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
"No Jerusalem, no peace," declared Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Quriea at
a special cabinet meeting of the PA's government on Monday.
Quriea, also known by the name he used as a PLO terrorist, Abu Ala, is a senior PA
official, second to PA chief Mahmoud Abbas. He promised that the Palestinian Authority
would never give up its demand for sovereignty over Jerusalem and goal of making it the
capital of a Palestinian state. That goal, he said, has become the PA's primary
consideration for peace with Israel.
Quriea announced at the meeting that the PA would be taking positive steps to exert its
influence over Jerusalem. He said the PA planned to transfer income support payments to
Arab families living in the city.
He said the PA was trying to enlist donations for that purpose from countries that
contribute money to finance the operations of the PA government. The United States,
Europe, and various Arab countries regularly donate money to the Palestinian Authority.
Quriea thanked the government of Saudi Arabia for its contributions towards realizing the
PA's goals in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish State, is under Israeli sovereignty. The city was
liberated in two stages, the western part in the 1948 Independence War, and the eastern
part in the 1967 Six Day War. The eastern part of the city, which contains the Old City,
Western Wall and Temple Mount, also includes numerous Arab neighborhoods. The Israeli
government formally annexed the eastern part of the city shortly after the Six Day War.
The Palestinian Authority, set up by the Oslo accords in 1994, is based in Ramallah,
north of Jerusalem. PA operations in Jerusalem are forbidden, according to those
agreements. They are also illegal under Israeli law.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon published a special statement Tuesday night in which he
totally dissociated himself from quotes in Newsweek attributed to his pollster, Kalman
Gayer, in which Gayer claimed the prime minister was ready for territorial
"The remarks attributed to Kalman Gayer are in total contradiction to my positions and
opinions," Sharon's statement read. "If, indeed, these remarks were made, they were made
strictly on Mr. Gayer's initiative, and they are senseless and absurd.
"The entire united Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel forever. The road map is
the diplomatic plan that will guide Israel in the years to come, and whosoever says
anything different is doing so of his own accord and in total contradiction to my
position; and that is how the remarks should be treated," Sharon's statement added.
In the remarks attributed to him by Newsweek, Gayer said, "Sharon would accept a
Palestinian state in Gaza and 90 percent of the West Bank, and a compromise on Jerusalem,
in exchange for peace."
In the meantime, Gayer added, Sharon wanted to "lay the contours of an agreement with
the Palestinians," by creating a Palestinian state in half the West Bank and implementing
confidence-building measures, Newsweek said. Channel One carried the report Tuesday
Sharon's advisers hastened to extinguish the flames. They said Gayer explained he had
given the reporter background information, but denied the quotes attributed to him.
Likud's Limor Livnat and Gideon Sa'ar advised voters to "believe those who speak
English rather than the denials in Hebrew ... This is proof once again that Kadima's path
is the path of the left and of withdrawal."
Binyamin Netanyahu said, "Sharon's aides are revealing what he is trying to hide but
everyone already knows that Sharon will divide Jerusalem and bring the Palestinians back
to the 1967 borders."
National Religious Party Chairman Zevulun Orlev declared: "Kalman Gayer says aloud what
Sharon says behind closed doors. It is possible that Sharon once again plans to deceive
the voters who remember that he said Netzarim's fate was the same as that of Tel Aviv.
Hamas Election Video: Armed Struggle Until Israel is Destroyed
In a new Hamas election video (http://www.pmw.org.il/asx/PMW_Muayad.asx), the terror organization, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Jews, declared again that it would not give up its armed struggle until Israel is destroyed.
The Hamas, a major terror organization operating mainly out of the Palestinian
Authority, is running for a list of candidates in PA parliamentary elections scheduled for
The Hamas video carries a message celebrating its love of death as superior to Israel's
love of life. It also expresses support for Arabs citizens of Israel who wish to destroy
the country "from within." Hamas looks forward to a day when its flag will fly over not
only Jerusalem, but over all Israeli cities, including Acre and Haifa.
The release of the new video on the Hamas website, coincides with two polls this week
showing Hamas turning into a major political force in the PA, with between 32% - 45% of
Palestinians saying they would vote for Hamas in January's parliamentary elections.
What would be the implications for peace, if a large component of the Palestinian
Authority's parliament were made up of people who openly support Israel's destruction?
Presently the State Department has made clear that while it continues to transfer
hundreds of millions of dollars of American money to the PA, it will make no demands on it
to prevent the Hamas from participating in the upcoming elections. The EU and United
Nations have also agreed that Hamas can participate in the elections.
Ironically, Hamas' ideology is very close to that of al Qaeda or Hizbullah. The group
espouses a vehemently anti-American and anti-Western political agenda. Hamas operations
and suicide bombers in Israel have killed a number of American citizens.
The following quotes are taken from the new Hamas video: "We succeeded, with Allah's
grace, to raise an ideological generation that loves death like our enemies love life. We
will not abandon the way of Jihad and Shahada [Martyrdom] as long as one inch of our holy
land is in the hands of the Jews.
"Congratulations to our people of 1948 [Israeli Arabs] on the liberation of Gaza. You
wish to destroy them [the Israelis] from their interior. We will never forget you, and
never leave you. A day will come when our flag will fly above all the quarters of our
land. Our flag will fly on the minarets of Jerusalem, and the walls of Acre, and the
quarters of Haifa".
Missionaries Lobby Israeli Gov´t to Stop Demonstrations in Arad
Christian missionaries, primarily from the United States, have been pressuring the
Israeli government to prevent demonstrations against their activity.
The missionaries, who attempt to convert Jews to Christianity, have recently stepped up
their efforts in Arad, a city in the southeast Negev, with a large immigrant population of
Jews from Russia and other former Soviet republics. These immigrants, and others lacking
in Jewish education, are considered susceptible targets for missionary activity.
Under Jewish law, converting to Christianity is virtually synonymous with destroying a
person's soul. According to Israeli law, offering material benefits as an inducement to
convert to Christianity is a criminal offense.
Hareidi-Torah Jews, who have attempted to protest missionary activity in Arad, were
denied permits to demonstrate by the police department. While the Hareidi protestors have
appealed to the High Court to overturn the police decision, a missionary publication in
Hebrew says missionaries have been lobbying government ministers and senior police
officials to ensure that demonstrations against their activity do not take place.
The publication, called "Kivun" (or "Direction" in English), says that the missionaries
have been enlisting Christian supporters of Israel in the United States to pressure the
Israeli government to stop the demonstrations.
The extent of the missionaries' activities in Israel and their attempts to influence
the Israeli government can be learned from an article published in a recent edition of
The magazine writes: "The demonstrations, threats, shouts, and scheming against
Messianic Jews ["Jews for Jesus"] in Arad have been continuing on and off for more than a
year and a half already. All this began when the Yad L'Achim organization [a Jewish
anti-missionary organization] became aware that a youth, a local resident, was
"At the same time, we opened a chess club that distributed messianic [Christian]
material. These two events enraged Yad L' Achim activists, and they started inciting Gur
Hasidim which have a large yeshiva in the city."
The magazine goes on to explain that the missionaries "began writing to their friends
abroad" about the problems in Arad. "They began to apply pressure on the [Israeli]
government" to stop what they termed "religious persecution."
"They wrote to government ministries, the Prime Minister's office, the Internal
Security Ministry, the Interior Ministry the police...[saying] that that if the offices
get inundated with letters from Christians around the world, who are demanding safety for
believers in the Messiah [Jesus] in Arad, the offices will not be able to claim later that
they did not know" about the situation, writes Kivun.
"Write to your Senators," the magazine exhorted, "about how this situation is such a
great injustice, and that they who persecute us are absolutely evil and primitive." The
magazine reported that in a letter to Chief of Police Moshe Karadi, the missionaries
demanded that he act aggressively against the Haredi-Jewish community in Arad.
Rabbi Shalom Dov Lifshitz of Yad L'Achim said, in response to the quotes from the
missionary magazine, "The words of the missionaries and their activities speak for
themselves." He said his organization was waiting for the High Court to decide on their
right to demonstrate against the missionaries in Arad.
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