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Sen. McCain: Military Force Must Remain Option With Iran
By VOA News
An influential U.S. lawmaker says military force cannot be ruled out if Iran does not
bow to diplomatic efforts to halt its alleged nuclear weapons program.
In a speech Saturday at an international security conference in Munich, Sen. John McCain
said the only thing worse than military action is a nuclear-armed Iran. McCain added that
military force is a "totally undesirable option" of last resort.
Palestinian Terrorist Stabs Woman to Death in Central Israel
A 58-year-old woman, Kinneret Ben-Shalom, is dead in Petah Tikvah, after a Palestinian
terrorist stabbed her and wounded five others, four of whom remain in serious
The terrorist, Ahmed Kafina, 23, is from the village of Sawiya near Shechem. The
village is located in northern Samaria, a region emptied of its Jewish communities last
summer as part of the Disengagement plan. An IDF court has extended his custody by nine
Kafina boarded a Route 51 minibus on Jabotinsky St., a main thoroughfare connecting
Petah Tikvah and Ramat Gan, shortly after 9:30 a.m. He suddenly drew a knife and began
The precise order of events is not yet clear, but he continued swinging his knife on
the street until he was overcome by two passers-by. As one man pointed a gun at him,
another hero smashed the terrorist in the legs with a board, causing him to fall. A
policeman then came and arrested the terrorist.
"I saw him just start slaughtering people," one eyewitness said. A passing driver said,
"I saw people falling, people who were stabbed, an older girl who was stabbed, a boy lying
down next to her, and three more. We heard people yelling, 'Terrorist, terrorist!' It's
the scariest thing that could be."
The wounded were taken to nearby Beilinson Hospital. Ben-Shalom died on the operating
table as doctors fought to save her life.
New IDF Southern Region Commander Maj.Gen. Yoav Galant issued a warning: "Whoever tries
to harm Israel, will get hurt seven times worse. Israel has many means at its disposal,
and we won't hesitate to use them."
Terror Groups Threaten to Bombard Central Israel with Kassams
The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a terror group from Gaza, is working to open
up an eastern front against Israel, based on firing Kassam rockets from Judea and Samaria
into central Israel.
The armed wing of the Fatah party, the Al-Aksa Brigades, and the PRC are joining forces
to smuggle the Kassam rocket technology from Gaza into Judea and Samaria. The two groups
said they would step up their efforts in response to Saturday night's Israel Air Force
strike in northern Gaza, which resulted in the deaths of three terrorists from the Al-Aksa
The groups said in an announcement that their response would be "everywhere the
occupation exists," meaning in this context, everywhere within the State of Israel.
Since Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza district last August, one of the main strategic
goals of the terrorist organizations based in the Palestinian Authority is to threaten
central Israel with Kassam rockets.
Abu Al-Sa'ad, commander of the PRC in northern Gaza, said in an interview for an
Internet site run by the Islamic Jihad that his group was planning on expanding "military"
operations against Israel in the near future. He said his goal was to open an eastern
front against the Jewish state from Judea and Samaria; a region located due east of
Israel's densely populated and heavily industrialized coastal plain.
Since the 1995 Oslo accords, the Palestinian Authority has ruled much of that area.
Israel has repeatedly accused the PA of providing terrorists with bases to carry out
attacks against Israel.
Al-Sa'ad said that the Kassam rocket has proved itself as an important and effective
weapon in the struggle against Israel during the most recent intifada or Arab uprising,
also known as the Oslo War, which began in September 2000. During that war, thousands of
Kassams were fired from Gaza into Gush Katif. Since the Israeli withdrawal last August,
Jewish towns and kibbutzim in the western Negev have borne the brunt of the Kassam
In contrast to Gaza, there has been documentation of only one Kassam missile fired from
Judea and Samaria. That incident reportedly occurred in December 2005, when a Kassam-1
rocket was fired by Fatah terrorists towards Afula, an Israeli city in the Jezreel Valley,
north of Samaria.
Israel is spending billions of dollars building a controversial security barrier
roughly along the pre-1967 cease-fire lines as a means of preventing terrorists from
infiltrating into central Israel. The use of Kassams to attack Israeli targets on the
coastal plain could severely reduce the barrier's effectiveness as a security
A few months ago, IDF troops captured PRC terrorists as they attempted to infiltrate
into Israel from Egypt. The terrorists had intended to reach Judea and Samaria in order to
develop the infrastructure for firing more sophisticated Kassam rockets into central
Al-Sa'ad said his group was not deterred by the IDF's policy of eliminating terrorist
leaders. He said the assassinations only serve to strengthen their resolve and desire for
revenge against Israel. The PRC, he said, was engaged in a jihad, or holy war, to liberate
all of "Palestine", from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, leaving no room for
the Jewish state.
Hamas Says It Will Form New Palestinian Government
By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)
Leaders of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas said they plan to form a new Palestinian
government by the end of February. The news comes as Israeli air strikes killed three
Palestinian terrorists on Sunday after a Palestinian stabbed five Israelis, killing
Hamas leaders said they would form the next Palestinian government after a new
Parliament convenes on February 16. The announcement came following talks between senior
Hamas leaders and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Gaza Strip. Hamas
won 74 seats in the 132-seat Palestinian Legislative Council in Palestinian elections on
January 25, soundly defeating Abbas' Fatah Party.
Ismail Haniyeh, a Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip said Hamas would work quickly to form
the new government. He said Hamas would seek to avoid any constitutional vacuum and move
quickly to assert its authority over a new government. He said Hamas would also take
control of Palestinian security forces.
Haniyeh said Hamas has asked Abbas' Fatah Party to join the new government but had
received no response. The Hamas leader also said Hamas would not negotiate with Israel
under any conditions. Since their election win, Hamas leaders have repeated their position
that they would not recognize Israel or disarm but would consider a long-term truce with
Israeli officials insist that Hamas must recognize Israel's right to exist and give up
terrorism. International donors to the Palestinian Authority such as the United States
and the European Union have classified Hamas as a terrorist organization and have said
they will not be able to work with any Hamas government.
Abbas, who was elected separately last year as president says even though parliament
will convene on February 16, it will take time to form a new government. The Palestinian
president said new committees to run various aspects of the Palestinian Authority would
have to be formed and the whole job would be a major undertaking.
Meanwhile, Israel carried out air and artillery strikes against targets in the Gaza
Strip on Sunday. In one attack Israeli aircraft fired missiles at a car leaving a building
in the northern Gaza Strip, killing three men linked to the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade, a
militant offshoot of Abbas' Fatah Party.
Israeli officials said the attack was in response to a missile attack on southern
Israel by the group, which destroyed a house and wounded two adults and an infant. Israeli
artillery and warplanes also targeted sites near the northern Gaza town of Beit Haanoun
that Israeli officials said were being used as sites to launch missiles into southern
Anti-Olmert Rally Brings 100,000 to Jerusalem's Zion Square
A rally protesting the political and security policies of Acting Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert brought an estimated 100,000 demonstrators to Jerusalem's Zion Square Sunday
The demonstration, the largest since the government uprooted 25 Jewish communities from
Gaza and northern Samaria last August, took place under the shadow of last week's
demolition of nine homes in Amona and the brutal police reaction to people who protested
Banners reading "Olmert is bad for the Jews" and "Olmert is bringing about civil war"
were positioned at the center of Sunday night's demonstration.
Speaking at the rally, Knesset member Uri Ariel (National Union) said, "Yes it's correct,
Olmert is bad for the Jews...Olmert wants to shed Jewish blood and we won't let him. We'll
remove him from office" on Election Day, scheduled for March 28.
Ariel called on the government to set up a special committee to investigate the
large-scale police brutality that characterized last week's demonstration to save Amona
from demolition. "I call on Olmert not to run away from an appointing a committee to
objectively investigate" the prime minister's involvement in calling for the brutal
confrontation, said Ariel.
Video footage showing mounted police attacking and beating back demonstrators at Amona
was shown on giant video screens during the rally. A video showing Effie Eitam (National
Union) being trampled and mauled by mounted police was repeatedly shown to counter
government claims that Eitam violently engaged the police by throwing rocks at them.
Tal Yahav, representing Amona residents said, "The number of people who came to us, to
Amona, was incredible, men, women, young adults and young couples with children...." Yahav
also demanded that the government investigate the police brutality against the unarmed
demonstrators. "This violence was deliberately directed against us," she said. "We never
dreamed that Jews in this country would beat other Jews without mercy with horses and
Russian Neo-Nazis Attack Jewish Websites
A Russian neo-Nazi group, Slavic Union, has claimed responsibility for attacks on the
web sites of the World Congress of Russian-Speaking Jewry, the Jewish Agency for Israel's
office in Rostov-on-Don, and the Jewish community of Saratov, according to the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency. The attacks took place last Friday.
According to a Slavic Union web site, the attacks were carried out on international
Holocaust Remembrance Day to mark what the group called a "virtual Holocaust" against
Russian Jewish web resources. The Slavic Union previously claimed responsibility for
attacks against several anti-fascist and liberal web sites.
Dutch Islamists post cartoons depicting Anne Frank, Hitler in bed
By Israel Faxx News Services
A Belgian-Dutch Islamic political organization posted anti-Jewish cartoons on its Web
site in response to the cartoons of the prophet Mohammad that appeared in Danish papers
last year and offended many Muslims. One cartoon showed a cloud of black smoke was
billowing from the site. The images of the prophet, forbidden in Islam, first appeared in
a Danish newspaper.
The anti-Semitic cartoons were posted on the Arab European League's site on Saturday.
The Islamic site carried a disclaimer saying the images were being shown as part of an
exercise in free speech rather than to endorse their content - just as European newspapers
have reprinted the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
One of the AEL cartoons displayed an image of Dutch Holocaust victim Anne Frank in bed
with Adolf Hitler, and another questioned whether the Holocaust actually occurred. Dyab
Abou Jahjah, the party's founder and best-known figure, defended the action on the Dutch
television program Nova Saturday. "Europe has its sacred cows, even if they're not
religious sacred cows," he told the program.
Denying the Holocaust is illegal under most European hate speech laws, which outlaw
intimidating or inciting hatred toward groups on the basis of their ethnic, cultural,
religious or sexual identity. Complaints about alleged hate speech are common but
prosecutions are rare and convictions very rare.
The AEL espouses nonviolence but has gained a reputation for extremist views, and
opposes Muslims integrating with non-Muslims. It promotes the
participation of Muslims in political dialogue in European countries, but is internally
divided as to whether or not to participate in elections directly.
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