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Iranian Leader Obsessed With Hate of Israel
Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stated that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is
"obsessed with his anti-Semitic hate for Israel and her people. He is not the first
foreign leader to act in this fashion but I do not remember a leader of a large country in
recent years who has acted so aggressively in his hate towards Israel."
Rice: Hamas-Led Government Will Not Get US Aid
By VOA News
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said no U.S. aid would go to the Hamas-led Palestinian
government, but the United States would still contribute to humanitarian programs like
immunizing children in the Palestinian territories.
In testimony to a Senate committee Wednesday, Rice repeated the U.S. position that
Hamas must meet international demands to renounce violence and recognize Israel's right to
Hamas is preparing to take control of the Palestinian parliament when it convenes
Saturday. On Wednesday, the group nominated Abdel Aziz Duaik as parliament speaker and
Mahmoud Zahar as faction leader.
In Israel, top policy makers began a three-day review of how to deal with a
Hamas-dominated Palestinian government. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said Israel
would have no contacts with the Palestinians as long as Hamas is involved in terrorism and
refuses to recognize Israel.
Arab Knesset Merger Calls For Islamic Rule, Praises Hamas
Two Israeli Arab parties have merged ahead of Knesset elections, launching their
campaign by calling for Islamic rule in Israel and praising the Hamas terror group.
"Rule on earth, at least in Arab and Muslim land, should be by the Caliph [Islamic
ruler and heir to Muhammad's authority -ed.]," chairman of the new merger between the
United Arab List and the Ta'al Party Ibrahim Sarsour said Wednesday. "We believe in Islam
and in the Caliphate and not in separation between state and religion."
Sarsour made the statement during a joint press conference with Arab Knesset member
Ahmed Tibi to announce the joint list's platform and party list. The chairman took the
opportunity to blame Zionists and the U.S. government for a clash of civilizations being
forced upon the Muslim world.
"There is a hidden hand that acts in a bid to bring the world to a clash of
civilizations," Sarsour said, referring to the cartoons of Islam's founder published
recently in European newspapers. "I speak of that gang in the White House that tries to
force one society's culture on another's. This is a part of a campaign against Islam, a
campaign aimed at enlisting support in the West for military action against Iran."
Sarsour praised the Hamas terror group, which he said would lead the Arabs of the
Palestinian Authority to "progress and achievements, not catastrophes [the Arabic word for
catastrophe - Nakba - is how the Muslim world refers to the Arab defeat in the 1948 War of
The Arab politician said the overarching goal of the new merger of Arab parties is to
prevent the "Israelization" and "Zionization" Arabs of Israel have had to combat.
Specifically, Sarsour said the party would work to increase Arab immigration to the Jewish
state and increase relations between Arabs with Israeli citizenship and the PA.
Ahmed Tibi said that the sentiments outlined by Sarsour represent the wishes of Israeli
Arabs and said he did not think he was running against other Arab parties, but against
"Zionist parties attempting to win Arab votes."
Fellow Knesset member Taleb A-Sana promised that the party would support bills such as
those that brought about the withdrawal from Gaza and northern Samaria and budgets that
benefit the Arab public. He did not rule out sitting in a coalition government.
A-Sana, together with the Balad Party's Azmi Bishara were questioned earlier this week
by Israel's Police International Serious Crimes Unit in Petah Tikva regarding their recent
trips to enemy states such as Syria and Lebanon, which were taken without receiving
permission from the Interior Ministry. While in Syria, A-Sana met with Baath Party
officials and members of the Syrian parliament. Tibi was investigated for similar
infractions last June.
A spokesman for the Hamas terror organization, now in command of the Palestinian
Authority legislature, has threatened that his colleagues would kidnap Israeli soldiers in
order to free Arab terrorists in Israeli jails if the Arabs were not released
In an interview with the PA newspaper Al-Ayyam, published Tuesday, a Hamas
representative on the PA-based Prisoners Committee declared: "The next government will
increase its efforts to free the captives by all means and methods. Hamas can handle the
problem of the captives and kidnap soldiers if they fail to free the prisoners
According to a report in the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Hamas is admitting to the link
with Hizbullah, providing new information. Officials explain that to date, a Hizbullah
link has been in existence with both Fatah and Islamic Jihad, but this is the first time
such a link has been reported with Hamas.
Most Men Unhappy with Penis Enlargement
Thanks to the incessant spam, it's become the most hyped of all operations but Israeli
researchers said Tuesday that most men who have had penis enlargement surgery are not
satisfied with the results.
"The majority of these patients are dissatisfied after these procedures. Research
should be directed toward non-surgical options," said Yoram Vardi, of the Rambam Medical
Center in Haifa in an editorial in the Journal of European Urology.
Vardi was part of a team of urologists who questioned 42 men who had undergone
penis-enlargement surgery and found the dissatisfaction rate was very high. Often the men
requested additional surgical procedures. One of Vardi's colleagues, Nim Christopher, a
urologist at St Peter's Andrology Center in London concurred.
"For patients with psychological concern about the size of the penis -- particularly if
it is normal size -- there is little point in offering them surgery because it makes no
difference. "The average increase in length is 1.3 cm (0.5 inches) which isn't very much,
and the dissatisfaction rate was in excess of 70 percent," said Christopher. He added that
spam e-mails advertising penis enlargement surgery were inaccurate and gave men
Rather than having surgery, both Vardi and Christopher said the men should be referred
for psychological counseling.
New Israeli Stamp Honors Chabad
The Israeli Postal Authority will issue a new stamp on February 28 honoring
Chabad-Lubavitch. It marks the first time that the Israeli government accords an honor of
this type to a religious movement on official legal tender.
The stamp, valued at 2.50 shekels, depicts the movement's Brooklyn headquarters - the
building known as "770" because of its location at 770 Eastern Parkway - as a source of
waves of light. The picture represents the Chabad emphasis on spreading light and good
deeds throughout the world.
The Hebrew words for wisdom, understanding and knowledge (Chochmah, Bina, Daat; their
initials spell Chabad) are painted atop the stamp. The accompanying sheetlet features
Sabbath candles and tefillin, as well as the Hebrew word U'faratzta, meaning, "You shall
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