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Saudi Ambassador Endorses Israel's 1981 Attack on Iraq Israel Faxx News Services

Israel's 1981 attack on Iraq's nuclear reactor was "probably" fortunate, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington said. Turki al-Faisal was asked recently whether Saudis now welcomed the attack on the Osirak nuclear reactor, given Iraq's subsequent aggression against Kuwait. He answered, "Probably, yes." The ambassador appeared to have been caught off guard by the question, which came when he called on Israel to disarm to create a nuclear-free Middle East. "We all know that Israel has atomic weapons and that's why removing these threats from the Middle East on a uniform basis would serve Israel's purpose as well as the rest of the countries in the area," he said. At the time, Israel's attack on Iraq was widely condemned by many nations.

Kadima Party Fears Voters' Last-Minute Switch at Polls

By Ha'aretz and

"Get out and vote" is one of the sentences most closely identified with Ariel Sharon, and it is also the mantra officials from his party, Kadima, repeated on Monday during campaign visits and talks ahead of today's elections.

Kadima sees a high voter turnout as key to winning a large number of seats, and the many undecided voters are the party's greatest concern. Undecided voters account for 28 seats, according to a Ha'aretz-Channel 10 poll published on Monday.

Although Kadima has scored well in the polls, Monday's survey predicted it would win 36 seats - the combination of complacency and undecided votes leave room for Election Day surprises. Kadima fears that the voters whose support it has been expecting will change their minds at the last minute and end up going with the parties they have traditionally supported.

(Editor: In a conversation with a new American immigrant to Israel, whose Israeli family is Sephardic and from former Spanish Morocco, Israel News Faxx was told that his family members would be voting for the Likud Party's Binyamin Netanyahu. A very high percentage of Israeli voters have a Moroccan background.)

Kadima officials have been trying to fix any damage caused by Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's comments that the elections have already been decided. Party representatives said it was essential for Kadima to be a strong party and said that if people didn't vote for it on the assumption that it would win anyway, the party would not be strong enough to form a stable coalition. This argument is targeting voters choosing between Kadima and the Labor Party which, although it appears to be a future coalition partner, has this week become Kadima's primary rival.

Unlike Labor chairman Amir Peretz, who handed out flowers in Tel Aviv on Monday, and Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, who closed his election campaign at the Western Wall, Olmert held meetings in his office on Monday out of security considerations as well as the desire to maintain the image of running a campaign while filling the office of prime minister.

Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police went on high alert Monday evening less than 12 hours before polls were set to open for Knesset elections.

The border crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip - Karni, Erez and Kerem Shalom - will be closed on Tuesday. The Israel Defense Forces also tightened a closure on the West Bank.

Thousands of police officers and Border Police troops will be deployed Tuesday throughout the country, particularly in Jerusalem and along the seam line boundary with the West Bank.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 22,000 uniformed and undercover officers would deploy at city entrances and at shopping malls and other public places deemed possible targets.

The Jerusalem District Police on Monday closed off the Temple Mount to visitors ahead of general elections Tuesday, following warnings of planned attacks by extremists aiming to disrupt elections.

Police have received alerts that right-wing Jewish extremists and Palestinian militants are planning to use the politically charged time to cause provocations on the Temple Mount.

Jerusalem police also instructed its officers to be on heightened alert in light of the possibility of an attack by extremists looking to cause riots within Jerusalem's Old City. Police plan to increase significantly the number of policemen deployed in East Jerusalem and around the Temple Mount.

Security forces were put on high alert status throughout the country at the beginning of the week as more than 70 warnings of planned terror attacks were registered, 16 of them 'focused' warnings, Israel Radio reported. Fears have mounted that Palestinian terrorists would try to carry out attacks ahead the general elections.

Military intelligence has received information that Islamic Jihad and Fatah in the northern West Bank are trying to launch attacks against Israeli targets. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz instructed security forces to do everything possible to ensure that elections will not be disrupted.

More than five million eligible voters will go to the polls starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday (Midnight EST). The polls close at 10 p.m. Tuesday (3 p.m. EST).

It all started with the "Big Bang" and ailing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's departure from Likud and decision to set up a new party, Kadima, although some observers say the Gaza and northern West Bank disengagement was the first indication of the political storm to follow.

Labor party officials are counting on assistance from trade unions, and particularly the Histadrut labor union federation, which aided party leader Amir Peretz during his primaries win.

Party officials cannot recall an election campaign where Likud started from such an inferior position, as tensions mount ahead of the moment of truth. The party earmarked NIS 5 million and designated 70 call-center operators for Election Day in a bid to encourage voters to hit the polls. Another 2,000 vehicles have been prepared to assist supporters who have difficulties in reaching polling stations. Overall, 25,000 activists, both volunteers and hired help, will take part in a last-ditch effort to bring disappointed Likudniks back home.

Lies and Distortions

By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)

By nature, human beings are curious about one thing or another. If that were not so there would be no newspapers or radio and television news programs. To this, now add another source of information, the Internet.

Because this is the reality, news media plays an important role in shaping opinions. Therein is the danger. Some news media attempt to be non-biased but some clearly are biased. It is understandable that readers of biased media tend to develop similar biases. When most, if not all, of the media one is exposed to is biased in a like way it is highly probable that the reader will become biased, if not, fanatically so.

When you or I hear or read highly biased material, contrary to our beliefs, particularly when produced by those sworn to kill us, we may become angry, laugh or simply find it absurd. However, we are not their target audience. Such media are skilled at infuriating their readers to hate the Jews and "infidels" even more than they already do.

A good example is an article published by the Syrian government's daily "Al-Thwart" on Jan. 31, 2006. The article suggested that Israel created the avian flu virus in order to damage "genes carried only by Arabs." Please make note that the paper only suggested. It did not make an outright accusation. The suggestion was sufficient for the reader to get the meaning.

In this same article the writer continued in a similar manner by speculating "Israel may have planted the virus in East Asia in order to mislead the world, and Israel tried a virus that was created to attack the yellow race - especially in China and Vietnam." I don't know why Israel would be interested in attacking China or Vietnam, but apparently the Syrian writer does.

To make the story even more powerful the paper stated, "The S Virus (This writer was unable to find an "S VIRUS" listed.) was developed to serve as a 'Race Bomb' against the blacks." Since they were on a roll, they further claimed Arafat was assassinated by Israel with a biological weapon. What an ingenuous weapon, that can attack only one person out of millions, Arafat.

On March 22, 2006 The Middle East Research Institute reported that the Saudi government daily "Al-Riyadh" published a blood libel article authored by Dr. Umayma Ahmad Al-Jalahma of King Faysal University in Al-Dammam, Saudi Arabia, that included a graphic description of how Jews supposedly murdered non-Jewish youths to obtain blood for pastries for the Purim holiday.

On Sunday March 19, 2006 the Islamic Republic News Agency reported that Frontier Province Senior Minister for Finance, Sirajul Haq, said "that newspapers in Muslim countries can play a positive role in combating the West's anti-Islam propaganda."

He pointed out that European countries were adopting a prejudiced and narrow-minded policy towards Islam and its followers were trying to trigger another "Christian Crusade" against the Muslim world. Do you think he employed the Crusades to inflame Muslims?

The Sept. 21, 2002 report by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, (MEMRI) declared that Palestinian spokesmen, Nabil Sha'ath, Hassan Abdel Rahman, Yasser Abed Rabbo, Ahmed Abdel Rahman and Saeb Erakat, fooled the Western media by claiming that Israel had committed a "massacre" in Jenin. They also falsely claimed that Israel utilized "blanket bombing" of the cities of Nablus and Jenin. Yet in August 2002 according to the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's report these six Palestinians were lying.

According to MEMRI, despite the United Nations report refuting their fictitious "massacre" these spokesmen were not challenged in any of four interviews on CNN's "Wolf Blitzer Show." Unfortunately, by not challenging their false claims, some viewers will most likely believe their lies.

How do you feel when you learn that on Sept. 22, 2004 the Hamas children's newspaper "Alfatah" praised Zainab Abu Salem, an 18 year-old suicide bomber? The paper stated, "Her place is in Paradise, where in the highest heavens, Zainab has been raised to the level of men." Furthermore a picture of her head separated from her body was displayed. To decorate her face her Ra'ala [Muslim headscarf] remained. What a way to educate the next generation to hate Jews, "infidels" and to condition children to aspire to kill and die.

The above lies and distortions generated by the fanatic Islamists, Arabs and the anti Jewish groups are but a miniscule sample of hate that they throw at the Jews and "Infidels" on a daily basis. It proves the old children's saying, "Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me." is a total fallacy.

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(Ed Ziegler is a board member of the New Jewish Congregation in The Villages, Florida, and past president of its Brotherhood. He can be reached at

Barak Asks to Rule on 'Who is a Jew' Before Retiring

By Ha'aretz

Supreme Court President Aharon Barak is pressuring the state to speed up its response to several petitions regarding the question of "Who is a Jew," so that he will be able to write the ruling on these cases before he retires in December.

However, the Justice Ministry said that the state cannot formulate its response until after the elections are held and a new government is formed.

The petitions demand that Reform and Conservative conversions in Israel be recognized for the purpose of obtaining citizenship under the Law of Return. They were submitted late last year by seven people who underwent non-Orthodox conversions in Israel, and now want to be granted citizenship.

The petitioners argue that all of the court's previous rulings on this subject lead to a single conclusion: that any conversion performed by a recognized Jewish community, including one in Israel, entitle the convert to citizenship under the Law of Return.

The court has already recognized non-Orthodox conversions overseas as sufficient for citizenship, even if the convert lives in Israel and merely made a quick visit overseas to undergo the ceremony. It has also entitled people who undergo non-Orthodox conversions in Israel to register as Jews in the Population Registry. However, it has yet to rule that non-Orthodox conversions in Israel are sufficient for citizenship under the Law of Return.

The Israel Religious Action Center, the legal arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, is representing the petitioners, and it has been urging that the case be concluded before Barak retires. During a recent hearing, he revealed that he shares this desire: He asked the state's attorney, Yochi Genessin, whether the state would be willing to combine the latest petitions with other conversion-related cases currently pending before the court and treat them as if a show-cause order had already been issued - something that would significantly speed up the proceedings.

Normally, the court first holds a preliminary hearing and then, if the case seems to have merit, it issues a show-cause order, giving the state a specified amount of time in which to submit a more detailed response. After this, another hearing is held. Treating the petitions as if a show-cause order had already been issued would thus save considerable time.

However, Genessin refused, saying that the state would need more time to formulate its response. Even the scheduled date for the next hearing, May 24, is likely to be too soon, she noted, because that will not give the new government formed after the March 28 elections enough time to determine its position.

"There will be no choice," she said, "but to postpone the hearing until after the summer recess."

"After the summer, I will no longer be here," Barak responded. By law, a justice must stop hearing cases three months before he retires; in his case, that means September.

"I'm not calculating our handling of the issue based on the end of your tenure," Genessin responded.

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