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Mofaz: Suicide Bombers Biggest Threat to Israel


Suicide bombings are the greatest threat to Israel's security, said Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz on Thursday. The IDF was told by Mofaz at a situation analysis meeting held at his headquarters that stopping suicide bombers should be its main priority. Mofaz pointed to Thursday morning's suicide attack at a checkpoint near Tulkarem in which an IDF officer and two Arabs were killed as proof that Israel is more at risk from suicide bombings than rocket attacks. Nine others were injured in the explosion.

Mass Attack Prevented, IDF Officer is Killed

By & VOA News

A Palestinian terrorist, prevented from crossing the Green Line, blew himself up near a group of Israelis and Arabs near Tulkarem. One Israeli and three Arabs died, nine people were wounded.

The attack occurred shortly before 10 a.m. Warnings of a possible terrorist attack planned for a densely populated area in Israel had been received - as has been the case in many areas over the past weeks.

At one of the impromptu checkpoints set up in the area as a result, soldiers stopped a suspicious-looking car and began to check the occupants. At one point, one of the passengers got out and, realizing he would not be allowed to proceed to his destination in an Israeli population center, detonated the explosives he was wearing under his clothing.

The IDF officer who tried to check the terrorist was killed, and three soldiers were wounded - one of them in serious condition. Two of the wounded were evacuated to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, and another one was flown to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera. In addition to the three Arabs who were reported killed, six more were lightly wounded.

The name of the killed officer was Lt. Uri Binamo, 21, of Kibbutz Nesher. "I am so proud of that boy," his father told Ynet. "We have lost a boy who gave his soul to the country... He would often visit his soldiers, to make sure they didn't have problems at home, rather than come home himself." His parents and three younger sisters survive Uri. He will be buried in the Haifa Military Cemetery Friday morning.

It had originally been thought that two terrorists blew themselves up, but it then became clear that a woman standing nearby was not involved in the attack.

Knesset members Uri Ariel (National Union) and Ehud Yatom (Likud) said that the current increase in terrorism is fueled by the government's soft response to Kassam attacks from Gaza and other terrorist activities.

Media reports said the terrorist Islamic Jihad group claimed responsibility. But Israel blamed the Palestinian Authority. "We expect the Palestinians to follow through on their commitments, and that is to disarm the different terrorist organizations," Israeli spokesman Mark Regev told VOA.

The bombing is threatening to collapse the 10-month-old cease-fire that is due to expire on Saturday. Palestinian Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat urged militant groups to renew the truce, known in Arabic as the "hudna."

"We still believe that exerting maximum effort to maintain the 'hudna' between the two sides mutually serves both sides' interests," said Erekat.

Tension is also running high in the northern Gaza Strip, where Palestinians have entered the area of abandoned Jewish settlements to fire rockets into Israel. In response, Israel has carved out a buffer zone.

"It's basically a no-go zone for Palestinians; anybody who is seen there could be attacked or even killed," said Jerusalem Post correspondent Matthew Gutman. "This is Israel's policy."

The Palestinian Authority condemned the policy and accused Israel of re-occupying Gaza.

A soldier was stabbed Thursday afternoon in his neck at the Atarot industrial zone north of Jerusalem, and is listed in moderate condition. Another attempted stabbing nearby, at the Kalandia checkpoint in the same area, was thwarted Wednesday night. Earlier this month, Border Guard Sgt. Nir Kahane was stabbed to death at that checkpoint.

My Aliyah

By Golan Canaan

Now that I am here in Israel...line up the falafel, shwarma, glida and whatever else I crave.

Today finally came. Why so important? Because today, December 28th, is the beginning of the rest of my new life.

Well I am finally a resident of this fine country of Israel. It is my first official day of citizenship and I am wide-awake. I totally crashed at 9 the previous night after I ate my first real shwarma in a long time.

Unfortunately, I woke up at 1:30 a.m. Thus here I am at 6 a.m. chillin on the computer. I am going to be so tired tomorrow. Who cares? All I have to do is make some phone calls.

The Nefesh flight I was on was cool. I met a ton of new olim, just like me. The actual flight was very uncomfortable and the food was like eating cardboard.

All in all, my move and transition has been going well. I really miss my family and friends back home in Cincinnati and the rest of the USA, but I can work on that.

Well I am so jet lagged that I fell asleep during two very short car rides. Today Moshe and I drove a sister of a good friend to the airport. Naomi was returning to Toronto.

Since we were near Tel Aviv, we stopped by the beach. We sat at a sand cafe, and enjoyed the sites. One of the sites was this beautiful sunset. Anther beautiful site was Mor, our waitress and she was soooo hitting on me. Whoa!! Anyway, after we left the beach we arrived in Modi'in to eat dinner. Burger Barn was the source, mmmm burger barn. Am I still awake?

(Golan Canaan, the son of Israel News Faxx editor Don Canaan, made aliyah this week as part of the nearly 250 Americans and Canadians arriving in Israel on the last Nefesh B'Nefesh charter flight of 2005. He will be contributing his thoughts to Israel News Faxx as his absorption continues. Canaan can be emailed at

British Jew Marries Dolphin


Till death do us part? An unusual wedding ceremony was held in the southern resort town of Eilat on Wednesday, as Sharon Tendler, a 41-year-old Jewish millionaire from London married her beloved Cindy, a 35-year-old dolphin, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.

The groom, a resident of the Eilat dolphin reef, met Tendler 15 years ago, when she first visited the resort. The British rock concert producer took a liking to the dolphin and has made a habit of traveling to Eilat two or three times a year and spending time with her underwater sweetheart.

"The peace and tranquility underwater, and his love, would calm me down," the excited bride said after the wedding.

After a years-long romance, Tendler decided to embark on the highly unusual path of tying the knot with her beloved dolphin. Last week, she approached Cindy's trainer Maya Zilber with the extraordinary request.

Zilber accepted the challenge and "talked the idea over with the fellow," who apparently consented.

And so on Wednesday afternoon, the thrilled bride, wearing a white dress, walked down the dock before hundreds of astounded visitors and kneeled down before her groom, who was waiting in the water.

Cindy, escorted by his fellow best-men dolphins, swam over to Tendler and she hugged him, whispered sweet nothings in his ear, and kissed him in front of the cheering crowd.

After the ceremony was sealed with some mackerels, her friends tossed Tendler into the water so that she could swim with her new husband. "I'm the happiest girl on earth," the bride said as she chocked back tears of emotion. "I made a dream come true, and I am not a pervert," she stressed.

Tendler said she and her newly wed husband would probably spend their wedding night bowling. "But what kind of children would they have?" one of the children in the crowd asked his father.

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