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Iran: We Can Offer Nuclear Technology to Neighbors


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday that Iran is now ready to offer nuclear technology to its neighbors. "The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to transfer the experience, knowledge and technology of its scientists," he said. Al-Bashir congratulated the Iranian Supreme leader for his country's successful uranium enrichment, saying "Iran's capability and progress is, in fact, an increase in the power of the Islamic world." His remarks were broadcast on state-run television.

Israel Launches New Spy Satellite Aimed at Iran


As Holocaust Remembrance Day ended Tuesday evening, Israel launched a new ultra-sophisticated spy satellite aimed at Iran, a country that has threatened more than once to destroy the Jewish State.

The Eros B satellite, launched from Siberia, will be able to photograph objects on the ground as small as 70 centimeters (27.6 inches), according to an official in Israel's defense ministry.

Such resolution would be sufficient to provide Israel with substantial information on Iran's nuclear program and its long-rage missiles which can strike Israel, said the official, who was quoted by the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. "The satellite has very high resolution, and Israel Aircraft Industries has a great ability to process information that is relayed," he said.

As recently as Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened Israel with destruction, calling Israel a "fake regime" that "cannot logically continue to live."

President Moshe Katzav said at Holocaust Remembrance ceremonies that "hatred of Israel has still not vanished from the earth… it's mainly thriving here in the Middle East, revealing itself in calls for the destruction of Israel. I call on the free world not to be complacent about these statements."

Katzav's words were directed implicitly at the threat posed by Iran, a country on the verge of developing nuclear weapons, and its client Hamas, the terrorist organization which governs the Palestinian Authority. Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz said on Tuesday that since the start of the year, Iran has funneled more than $10 million to finance such terrorist groups.

Katzav ended his speech with the words, "Never Again," a rallying cry denoting Israel's dedication to preventing another Holocaust.

Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Israel's new spy satellite will be positioned between 480–600 kilometers (300–372 miles) above the earth, taking about an hour and a half to make an orbit. Ground control for the satellite's flight and operations will be in the Israeli town of Yehud.

Eros B complements two other operational Israeli spy satellites, Eros A and Ofek 5. According to reports, Israel's new spy satellite will be able to take pictures at night, and will be unhindered by cloud cover.

Israelis Remember Holocaust Victims

By VOA News &

Sirens wailed across Israel Tuesday in remembrance of victims of the Holocaust, with citizens briefly standing in silence and motorists stopping their cars at the sides of major highways.

Commemorations honoring the estimated six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II were held at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

Thousands of people also marched in silence in southern Poland at the site of the Auschwitz death camp. Former Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres joined the commemoration.

A shofar or ram's horn sounded as about 8,000 people began the three-kilometer trek to the gas chambers at Birkenau, where the Nazis killed at least 1.1 million Jews, Roma (Gypsies) and others.

The first such march was held 20 years ago and now takes place as an annual memorial to the victims of Nazi Germany's extermination campaign.

Both places, located in Poland, were actually part of a single complex, one of many set up by the Germans to rapidly and efficiently destroy European Jewry. Israeli officials, representing the Jewish state that arose out of the ashes of the Holocaust, typically accompany the marchers.

Peres, 82, and Hershson completed the entire two-mile journey that started with the blast of a shofar, a ram's horn that signifies Israel's redemption from exile.

Among the 8000 marchers were Jews from around the world, as well as many non-Jews who made up about 30% of the participants. This year's march was smaller than the one last year which marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Russian troops.

Diana Katz, a 23-year-old history teacher from Jerusalem, accompanied her grandmother, Lubia Tanenbaum, to this year's march. Tanenbaum survived the camp after arriving as a 14-year-old from Hungary.

Interviewed by Fox news, Katz said, "I am here with my son to show the evil people in the world that we are here, that we are alive, that we want to live and we want future generations to live."

As she pushed a baby carriage holding her three-month old son, Yosef, she said, "We will not forget, and we have won."

Israeli Counter-Terrorism Expert Warns More Sinai Attacks to Come

By Ha'aretz & VOA News

Militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula are already plotting their next attack in the popular resort area, an Israeli anti-terrorism expert said Tuesday, a day after a triple bombing killed at least 30 people and wounded many more than in the resort town of Dahab.

Brig. Gen. Elkana Har-Nof, an official in the prime minister's counter-terrorism department, said the Red Sea coast area is a desirable target because it is popular with Israeli and Western tourists, and important for the economy of pro-Western Egypt. "The coast combines all the elements that are a target, especially for global jihad," he told Army Radio, referring to terrorist Islamic groups such as Al-Qaeda.

Har-Nof said international terrorist groups have recruited members of the local Bedouin community with cash. "Today you don't know which Bedouins are drafted, connected to the global Jihad," he said. "If they flood him with money, the nice Bedouin... tomorrow morning can become a terrorist Bedouin."

He said Egypt has done a "big job" cracking down on terrorists, but more work remains. "I don't think they cleaned out all of them, and new members have been drafted, and therefore Sinai remains a target," he said. "I don't see this issue evaporating and disappearing quickly. After this attack, they are already planning the next one."

Witnesses at the blast said smoke billowed up from the town's tourist bazaar, and residents said they saw body parts and debris on the street after an explosion at a restaurant. The explosions took place at the Nelson Restaurant, the Aladdin Cafeteria and the Ghazala Supermarket, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said.

The attackers struck a day after Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden issued a taped warning that ordinary Western citizens were legitimate targets because they supported governments that he said were conducting a crusade against Islam. The explosions were probably from time bombs planted on the ground rather than carried by suicide bombers, security officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, but the attack bore many of the hallmarks of a mysterious group that has set off two other clusters of bombs on Egypt's Red Sea coast in the last two years.

The dead in the budget resort town of Dahab, a beach and diving center for backpackers, included a young German boy and two other foreigners, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said.

An official with the local ambulance service said many of the dead appeared to be foreigners. However, the Israeli ambassador in Cairo and Israeli authorities said they did not know of any Israeli casualties.

The wounded included at least 20 foreigners, among them three Danes, three Britons, two Italians, two Germans, two French people, a South Korean, a Lebanese, a Palestinian, an American, and an Australian, it added.

Israeli divers often stay at the small beach and diving resort, which is popular among backpackers, and some Israelis were known to be in Dahab - but with the Passover holiday over, it appeared unlikely that many were actually there.

"We don't know of Israelis [who were hurt]," the ambassador, Shalom Cohen, told Channel 10. Israeli Embassy officials in Cairo went to Dahab after the attack to see if there were any Israelis among the casualties, and the Foreign Ministry's situation room was in emergency mode last night.

Cohen said the best thing Israeli tourists in Sinai could do now would be to "go home." Citing repeated Israeli warnings against visiting Sinai, where Israelis have been targeted in attacks in the past, Cohen said "unfortunately, the warnings came true."

Sassi Katzir, who heads the Population Registry at Israel's Interior Ministry, instructed border workers in Taba not to delay any Israelis who wanted to return home, even those who do not have a passport or other identifying document on them. Katzir said the Israelis should be questioned briefly and allowed into Israel immediately.

A Population Registry spokeswoman said Taba border officials were preparing for a long line of returning Israelis overnight. Channel 10 reported that stream of Israeli vehicles were leaving Sinai and that Israel had closed the Taba crossing to vehicles entering Egypt.

A café cook named Osama Abdel-Aziz was busy filling dinner orders when he heard the explosions, one of which was less than 200 meters from his kitchen. "People were panicking, shouting for their children, and running madly away from the blasts," he said. "A lot of them ran straight into the ocean with all their clothes on."

The man says he helped carry three wounded people, including a foreign tourist, to police cars because no ambulances were at the scene yet. He points to his chef's jacket, which lies crumpled up in the corner, covered in blood.

The bombs left shattered glass everywhere, and by Tuesday pools of blood were still drying on the sidewalks as the sun climbed higher. Bloody footprints could be seen leading away from the blast sites. "I am starting to realize how lucky I was," said one of the tourists.

The day after the attacks, the tiny resort town is still crawling with tourists and journalists. The streets are filled with a mixture of Westerners in shorts and tank tops, Bedouins in traditional white robes and checkered headgear, and uniformed police in riot gear.

German tourist Brigette Kienli has visited Dahab many times, and befriended some local business people with shops near the blast sites. She was walking through town with a friend, visibly distraught.

"We have friends inside, close to the place where the explosions hit," she said. "And we would like to know if they are okay. That is another reason we came."

Kienli and her friends calmly did not realize at first what had happened. They thought cooking gas canisters had exploded. She wipes a tear away from her eye as she describes how they calmly finished their dinner and asked for the check, only to find out from the waiter that people had been killed and wounded just a few-hundred meters away.

Down the street, Della Levanos is chalking a message of peace onto a blackboard outside her husband's bar and restaurant. Over and over, she writes, "Egypt: a great place to live", and then the restaurant's slogan: "Peace and Party."

Originally from Australia, Levanos has lived in Dahab for 20 years and has no intention of letting a few bombs chase her away.

"You know, Madrid, London, New York, Dahab.  It is a 21st century phenomenon, unfortunately," she noted.  "But every person on this planet has to stand up and say to the governments, we need peace.  Violence breeds violence.  We need peace."

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