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Al Aqsa Claims 18-Kilometer Rocket
Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorists claimed Thursday they have developed a Kassam
rocket with a range of 1l miles, putting most major Israeli population centers within
range of an attack from Gaza, Judea and Samaria. Terrorist leader Mustafa Abud Kichalot
told an Arab news agency that his gang has the advanced weapons and also is planning
suicide attacks. His comments were reported days before Thursday's rocket strike, one of
which hit a southern Ashkelon industrial area. In the past two weeks, Arab terrorists have
fired 92 rocket and mortar shells on Israel.
Shalom: Iran Would Destroy Israel
In an exclusive interview with Ynet on Thursday, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said,
"Latest statements made by (the) Iranian president regarding the relocation of Israel to
Europe, Canada, U.S. or Alaska prove how extreme the regime is; he is stating very clearly
what Iran will do with a nuclear bomb."
Shalom added that a nuclear Iran "would be a nightmare for everyone, not just for
Israel" Iran would destroy Israel if it was in possession of a nuclear bomb.
Speaking in response to recent statements made by Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, who once again denied the Holocaust and said Israel should be moved to
'Europe, Canada, the United States, or Alaska,' Shalom said, "This president is saying
very clearly what the Iranians will do if they have a nuclear bomb - they would like to
destroy the State of Israel.
"Israel can't live with the idea that they (Iran) will hold a nuclear bomb," the
foreign minister added. When asked on his solution to the Iranian threat, Shalom said the
matter must be referred to the U.N. Security Council and dealt with on the international
"The time has come for the Europeans to put an end to the Iranians' efforts to develop
a nuclear bomb. If the Iranians will have a nuclear bomb, it will be a nightmare for
everyone, not only for Israel.
Last week, speaking at an Islamic conference in Mecca, Ahmadinejad said: "Some European
countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces and
they insist on it to the extent that if anyone proves something contrary to that they
condemn that person and throw them in jail."
"Although we don't accept this claim," he said, "if we suppose it is true, our question
for the Europeans is: Is the killing of innocent Jewish people by Hitler the reason for
their support to the occupiers of Jerusalem? If the Europeans are honest they should give
some of their provinces in Europe - like in Germany, Austria or other countries - to the
Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe. You offer part of Europe
and we will support it."
Raanan Gissin, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said in Tel Aviv
Ahmadinejad was voicing "the consensus that exists in many circles in the Arab world that
the Jewish people ... do not have the right to establish a Jewish, democratic state in
their ancestral homeland. Just to remind Mr. Ahmadinejad, we've been here long before his
ancestors. Therefore, we have a birthright to be here in the land of our forefathers and
to live here. Thank God we have the capability to deter and to prevent such a statement
from becoming a reality."
Ruling Palestinian Fatah Party Splits
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
Young Palestinian activists have split from the old guard in the ruling Fatah movement,
symbolized by the late Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and led today by President Mahmoud
Abbas. The young guard has been winning in Fatah primaries in the West Bank and Gaza,
before landmark parliamentary elections on January 25.
The younger generation rebelled when Abbas appointed traditional candidates to the top
of the Fatah list. In several instances, gunmen loyal to the young leadership stormed
into election offices and closed them down.
Palestinian analyst Mahdi Abdul Hadi said the old guard has fallen from grace, because
it is widely seen as corrupt. "Corruption can be political corruption, can be financial
corruption (and) can be social corruption. It is exactly another Arab regime."
The old guard returned to the Palestinian territories from exile with Arafat in 1994.
But with Arafat's death a year ago, times have changed. "He was the one to protect, to
preserve and to deliver," Hadi noted. "Now, nobody is there to do that. That is why the
young generation are moving very fast and very quickly and visibly to tell the old guard,
'It is time for us.'"
The breakaway faction, called "The Future," is led by Palestinian uprising leader
Marwan Barghouti, 46, who is serving a life term in an Israeli prison on terrorism
Abdul Hadi said the young guard leaders have won popularity by serving on the front
lines of the conflict with Israel, and spending time in Israeli jails. "We are witnessing
the election of the prison, the culture of the prison," he added. "It is people that have
been serving and resisting Israeli occupation."
But Barghouti will have a hard time ascending to power. Israel said he is a terrorist
who will remain in jail.
In a related election story, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia has submitted his
resignation to run for a seat in the Palestinian parliament in next month's elections.
Qureia, a former Fatah party peace negotiator under Arafat, was required by law to
leave office ahead of the January 25 polls. PA President Mahmoud Abbas did not immediately
name a replacement.
Rabbi, Raba or Rabbanit?
In 1983, Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon, the first woman to actively serve as a rabbi in
Israel, approached the Academy of the Hebrew Language and asked how her job is described
in Hebrew. The answer she received was that "the correct term is rabbanit [the Hebrew
feminine form of the Yiddish word, rebbetzin, the feminine word for rabbi, i.e., rebbe],
but since it is also used to refer to a rabbi's wife, we recommend adopting another
Ten years later, Rabbi Einat Ramon-Ascherman, the first Israeli-born woman ordained as
a rabbi (abroad), posed a similar question. This time the Academy of the Hebrew Language
was more decisive and determined that "it should be rabbanit, just like hazzanit [the
feminine form of the Hebrew word for cantor, hazzan], and from now on, this word will have
Five years later, the academy was asked for its opinion on the title raba (the feminine
form of the Hebrew word for rabbi) and responded that, "the masculine form in Hebrew
refers to women as well, whereas the feminine form denotes only the feminine. That is the
way Hebrew is and the academy does consider itself permitted to determine something that
is contrary to this method."
Another five years passed and in 2003 the Academy of the Hebrew Language offered a
clearer response to Raba Dr. Dalia Marks and wrote with admirable candor: "Were we the
arbiters, we would decide in favor of raba, but then we would be accused of recognizing
this phenomenon ... the same happened with regard to the correct Hebrew spelling of the
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