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Sharon's New Plan: Uproot Towns in Exchange for Dollars
Ma'ariv reported Monday that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is planning on replace the
U.S. backed road map peace proposal with a new plan that would uproot Jewish communities
in Judea and Samaria in exchange for American compensation. Sharon reportedly would
implement his new plan despite any deterioration in Israel's security situation due to an
upsurge of terrorism from the PA. Details of Sharon's new plan were reported by sources
close to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Attack Was Planned on Dimona Nuclear Facility
By IsraelNationalNews.com, Ha'aretz & YnetNews.com
An indictment was handed down in the Be'er Sheva District Court on Monday against
Palestinian Authority resident Ramzi Salah, 22, from the Jabalya area of Gaza. Salah had
infiltrated Israel with the intention to carry out a suicide attack. In his infiltration
attempt, Salah enlisted the assistance of Israeli and Egyptian collaborators.
A gag order was lifted on Monday on his arrest, which occurred some two weeks ago.
Authorities report a major attack was planned, a suicide bombing attack involving a number
of terrorists, targeting the Dimona nuclear facility. Other potential targets included the
Ashkelon Central Bus Station.
A 14-count indictment was filed against Salah on Monday, including charges of attempted
murder, taking part in illegal military training, conspiracy and related charges. Salah
was apprehended in the western Negev area near Kibbutz Nir Am.
The indictment charges Salah formed tied with the Popular Front and al-Aqsa Martyrs'
Brigades. The terror groups provided him with training and equipped him with weapons and
an explosive belt.
According to the charges, 24 hours before being caught, Salah arrived in Beit Hanoun in
northern Gaza wearing an explosives belt. He was met by two terror group members and a
contact man, whose job was to aid Salah in crossing the border and detonating the
Salah waited with his three abettors for a person on the Israeli side who was supposed
to receive them, but the individual failed to show, and the terrorists returned back
Only the next day was communication established with the individual on the Israeli
side, and at 4 a.m. Salah left Gaza in the direction of Israel. He cut the border fence
and entered the country but was eventually captured in the Nir Am region.
Salah's record shows that this was not his first involvement in terrorist activity. In
2000, when he was just 17, he began speaking to terrorist organizations in order to target
IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians.
In the last five years, he attempted to cross the border from Gaza into Israel a number
of times while strapped with an explosive belt, but was unable to do so. He also tried to
enter Israel through the Egyptian border, but Egyptian efforts prevented him from
crossing. According to the indictment, Salah was also involved in attempts to target IDF
soldiers in Gaza.
Salah wrote out a will, wore military cloths, and read his will before a video camera
while armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, RPG launcher, and grenades.
Israel Denies It's About to Bomb Iran Nuke Site
By Abraham Rabinovich for The Australian
Israeli military chief Dan Halutz has discounted an imminent air strike against Iranian
nuclear facilities as Iran's president delivered a diatribe against the Jewish state.
"I don't think an operation by the Israel defense forces against the Iranians will be
necessary soon," Halutz said. "All political options for halting the Iranian program must
be exhausted before other options are considered." He appeared to be toning down the
implications of recent statements by Israeli leaders that Iran was only three months away
from achieving the technological know-how for the production of a nuclear bomb.
Halutz, a former combat pilot, was until last year commander of the Israeli Air Force,
which is presumed to have long been planning a strike against Iranian nuclear facilities
in the event that one is ordered. In 1981, the air force destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor
before it started up.
London's The Sunday Times reported late last month that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had
ordered the military to prepare for a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities before
March. There has been no confirmation of that report.
Halutz's comments came as Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again hit out at Israel,
saying it was "anti-Islamic in nature" and the result of European "ethnic cleansing." He
said Europeans had "built a Jewish camp among the Islamic nations and got rid of the Jews
from the whole of Europe."
Britain's Chief Rabbi: Anti-Semitism Spreading Like a Tsunami
Britain's Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, said in an interview on BBC radio that ongoing
conflicts around the world have been having uncomfortable ramifications for Europe's
He said that global conflicts are acting like "a kind of tsunami of anti-Semitism,
which is taking place a long way from this country (Britain) but (of) which Europe seems
Sacks did not blame Israel for the threat to European Jewry. He pointed out that many
regional conflicts ignited by Islamic radicals in Chechnya, the Philippines, and
Indonesia, would be occurring, even if Israel did not exist.
He said that globalization was leading many people to view Israel as the cause of the
world's conflicts. He accused Islamic radicals of using Israel's alleged mistreatment of
Arabs to support their campaigns of violence around the world.
The rabbi blamed satellite television and the Internet for exposing Britain to a
globalized anti-Semitism. But anti-Semitism was also rearing its head on prime time TV and
best-selling books that deny the Holocaust, he warned.
While the situation for Jews in Britain was good overall, Sacks said that anti-Jewish
activities were rising throughout Europe, especially in France. "A number of rabbinical
colleagues throughout Europe have been assaulted and attacked on the streets," he said.
"We've had synagogues desecrated. We've had Jewish schools burn to the ground - not here
but in France."
The Community Services Trust, a UK based group that monitors anti-Semitic incidents
says there has been a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents over the past year. The
trust recorded 532 anti-Semitic incidents in 2004, 83 of which were physical assaults.
Arab Muslim Wants to Join IAF
An 18-year-old youth from northern Israel is an outstanding student who completed his
high school diploma with top grades. He is also a gifted civilian pilot. His dream is to
become a pilot in the Israeli air force, but one thing may stand in his way: He is an Arab
The young and motivated teen has already passed the IDF's first stages of the draft,
and recently submitted a request to be recruited to the IAF's prestigious pilot training
course, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday. If he succeeds, he is set to become the
country's first Israeli-Arab military pilot.
"I ask that you allow me to fulfill my dream and my civil duty to serve in the army...
my greatest dream and aspiration is to become a pilot. I feel I have the potential, the
knowledge and the ability to serve in the IAF, or in any other elite unit," he wrote in
his letter to the army.
According to IDF sources, the youth's request is unusual and will need to be examined
by the army's Personnel Directorate. If he qualifies for the force, he is to undergo a
"security suitability inspection," which will determine whether he is eligible for the
Notably, while the Arab Muslims in Israel constitute about 20 percent of the
population, only 20 join the army each year. Luckily for the teen, he already has one
devoted advocate who greatly supports his ambition to be recruited to the air force: Maj.
Michael (res.) trained him to be a civilian pilot and has much confidence in his young
"I was amazed by his capability and love of flying. He learned to fly quickly, feels
excellent while in the air, and the harder the maneuvers get, the more thrilled he is,"
Michael wrote in a recommendation letter submitted to the army.
He functions well, is very bright and highly motivated to succeed... I would very much
like to see the army enabling him to make his dream come true and join one of the IDF's
elite units, pending of course that he meets the requirements in full equality," Michael
said, adding that he believes this move would give the army a chance to exhibit its
openness to all citizens of Israel, and to display that equal opportunity is granted to
As Michael noted, his young student is bound to face the question of where his
loyalties lie. "I sincerely told him that there is the problem of loyalty. I told him that
it would be hard to send an Arab to bombard other Arabs, whether in Gaza or in Lebanon,"
Michael said. But he said 'I belong to the state of Israel, just try me and you'll see. I
live in this country, and am willing to do what is required of me,'" Michael recalled.
The teenager explained in his letter that his wish to enlist stems from true patriotism
to the state. "Although I am not obligated to join the IDF... I want to serve like any
other citizen in the country. I was raised on the values of loving Israel, and the moral
commitment to contribute to the state," he wrote.
His father, who backs his son's unorthodox move, claimed the request represents a test
for the army and the country as a whole. "The state must show it is open toward its Arab
citizens and that any citizen who puts the country first can be accepted anywhere. The
Arabs cannot be kept in one corner and blocked from participating in Israel's life," he
The IDF's Spokesperson Unit said Monday in response that "the army congratulates the
will of youngsters of all origins and religions eligible for the draft to join commando
units. This specific case of will be examined."
By Golan Canaan
Good day all. I have had quite a long day. It started by waking up at 8, instead of
the 7 that I set my alarm clock for. Didn't hurt my day too bad. I actually got to town
early and walked to five banks. Each told me that all the banks would rip me off. Great
news huh? But of course I couldn't start a bank account till I received my Teudat Zehut
(identity card), and so much more. I think I remember them also saying my first born.
Gosh I must've walked 5 to 10 miles around the city. Great work out but I don't need it
because I'm thin.
Tuesday, first thing I am heading to the army office. Wish me luck in getting out
without a hassle. Then hopefully I will be able to get all the other necessary paperwork
to progress my file.
Well I guess this will be it for today. Oh by the way, go Buckeyes.
Burger King Launches King-Size Meal
While most fast food chains across the globe are currently competing over offering
their costumers healthier menus, Burger King Israel remains unimpressed by this fitness
trend. The company has announced it will soon launch a "king size triple whopper" meal in
Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
The grand new meal will contain three hamburgers in one bun, as well as vegetables,
sauces, a giant French fries serving and an extra-big drink for NIS 42.99 (about $9.50).
The triple burger dish is already on the burger chain's menu in other countries, but has
yet to become available to carnivores in Israel.
The decision to add the king-size burger to the menu was made after a survey ordered by
the company revealed that Burger King's target audience is not a follower of the health
trend sweeping the country. The triple burger will be launched with a $300,000 campaign
that will focus on close-up photos of the gigantic burger.
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