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Iranian President to Bush: Convert to Islam: Goering to Jews: Accept Jesus


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote a letter last week to President George W. Bush, urging him to convert to Islam. "Liberalism and Western-style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity," he wrote. And the nephew of Nazi leader Herman Goering, who is undergoing conversion to Judaism, actually is a missionary, according to the Tikkun International missionary web site. The organization, which calls for "restoration of Israel and the church," wrote on its site that Goering's nephew Matthias "came to faith in Yeshua five years ago." The report of his conversion originally was reported in the Germany publication Der Spiegel, which did not mention his missionary activities.

Rockets Fired, IDF Base Struck, Jerusalem on Highest Alert


Six Kassam rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli towns Thursday afternoon, landing near the city of Ashkelon and striking an IDF army base. And Jerusalem has been placed on the highest security alert due to concrete threats.

Out of the six rockets, one landed in the sea, two fell short and landed in Gaza, and three landed south of Ashkelon. No injuries were reported, but a building in an IDF base was damaged in the attack.

IDF soldiers involved in counter-terrorism operations throughout Judea and Samaria arrested 10 suspects during the night. Arrests were made in and around Jenin and Bethlehem. Suspects in custody include Hamas, PFLP and Fatah Tanzim terrorists. No injuries were reported.

Interrogation of those arrested has frequently led to information that enabled security agencies to prevent terror attacks inside pre-1967 Green Line Israel.

Due to intelligence information of terrorists' intentions to carry out an attack in Jerusalem, the highest level of alert was activated Thursday morning in the capital. Checkpoints were erected at the entrances to the city and Magen David Adom ambulance drivers were told to sit inside their vehicles in preparation for the impending attack.

Senior Israeli, Palestinian Officials May Meet

By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem) &

Senior Israeli and Palestinian officials could hold informal talks in the next few days at an economic summit in Egypt. If the talks go forward, it will be the first high-level contact between Israeli and Palestinian officials since the Islamic terrorist group Hamas won Palestinian parliamentary elections in January.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will both attend a regional meeting Sunday of the World Economic Forum and both will participate in a joint panel discussion on regional issues, prompting speculation that the two will hold informal discussions on the sidelines of the conference.

A spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry says there are no formal plans for a meeting, but chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told VOA a meeting could take place, although he says it is unlikely to generate any breakthroughs.

"I am not undermining the meeting," he said. "I think it is a good sign, but, at the same time, I do not want to raise expectations. We need much more comprehensive resumption of contacts with the Israelis at all levels."

While Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have held several phone discussions recently, there has been no high-level meeting between an Israeli and Palestinian official since Hamas won parliamentary elections in January.

Olmert, who travels to Washington for talks with President Bush and other senior U.S. officials next week, said he sees no point in holding a meeting with Abbas, as long as Hamas refuses to recognize Israel.

During his Washington visit, Olmert is expected to outline details of his plan to dismantle most West Bank settlements, while consolidating settlers in three large settlement blocs in the West Bank, a plan Palestinians have condemned as a land grab.

Knesset member Natan Sharansky said on a radio program Thursday night that President Bush will try to discourage Olmert from pushing his plan for more destruction of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Speaking on the Voice of Israel program "From the Left and From the Right," the former Prisoner of Zion explained that the timing of the Olmert's policy is very unfavorable for the president, whose popularity continues to sink to new lows.

Meanwhile Abbas is demanding that Hamas officials, who now govern the Palestinian Authority, disband a 3,000-man security force they deployed Wednesday across the Gaza Strip. Saeb Erekat said if Hamas does not disband the force chaos could follow. "I hope they will do it, [disband the force], because not doing it will really mean very disastrous consequences for Palestinians everywhere."

Palestinian police, who are mostly loyal to Abbas' Fatah organization, and members of the new security force, believed to be loyal to Hamas, are facing off against each other in Gaza. Hamas and Fatah have been feuding over who controls the Palestinian security forces since Hamas officially took control of the Palestinian Authority in March.

Research Breakthrough May Help Women to Conceive


Some completely unexpected results of biopsies performed on women with fertility problems have led to a new path of scientific discovery that may hold hope for women trying to conceive.

Prof. Nava Dekel and her team in the Weizmann Institute's Biological Regulation Department began investigating a protein they suspected plays a role in the implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus – a crucial and sometimes failure-prone process. The team took biopsies at several stages in the menstrual cycles of 12 women with long histories of fertility problems and unsuccessful In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments to see if levels of this protein changed over the course of the cycle.

The team's research went according to plan and they found evidence pointing to the protein's role. But the surprise came soon after: Of the 12 women participating in the study, 11 became pregnant during the next round of IVF.

The idea of biopsy incisions - small wounds involving the removal and examination of tissue from the living body - leading to such a positive outcome was counterintuitive, and Dekel realized something interesting was happening. She and her team repeated the biopsies, this time on a group of 45 volunteers, and compared the results to a control group of 89 women who did not undergo biopsy.

The results were clear: The procedure doubled a woman's chances of becoming pregnant. On the basis of this and other evidence obtained from previous studies, the scientists suggest that some form of mild distress, such as a biopsy, may provoke a response that makes conditions in the uterus favorable for implantation. Dekel and her team are now looking for the exact mechanisms involved when an unreceptive uterus turns receptive following local injury. They are conducting both animal studies and human clinical trials to identify genes that may play a role in this process.

In the future, this accidental finding may give birth to new treatments to improve the success rate of IVF or even tackle some types of fertility problems directly.

Prof. Dekel's team includes Drs. Yael Kalma and Yulia Gnainsky, working in collaboration with Drs. Amichai Barash and Irit Granot of the Kaplan Medical Center.

Why 'Jews for Jesus' is Evil

By Bradley Burston (Commentary-Ha'aretz)

We were driving in the Galilee, waiting for a red light to change, when they came up to the car. Their smiles were engagingly open as they wished us a fine trip. Then they offered us the flyer.

Jews for Jesus. Who says that evil can't be imported, and delivered, free of charge, direct to your car door?

Don't get me wrong. The members of Jews for Jesus are pure souls. They are among the most wholesome, guileless, truly well-meaning, fundamentally lovely people you will ever meet.

More's the pity, therefore, that there's a special place in hell just for them.

I would like to begin by saying that I have nothing personal against these people. But that would be a lie.

The reason is that, grinning all the way, they want to take something personal from me. My history, my belief system, my ancestry. The flyers say they are concerned for my soul, and I believe them with all my heart. It's precisely my soul they're after, all right, mine and as many others as possible.

They're out to harvest Jewish souls in the name of Christ. And they're out to do it right here.

Make no mistake, I believe that these Christians must have every freedom to worship Jesus as their lord and messiah, perform every ritual, and celebrate every holiday that they see fit. If they want to do Born-again Kiddush and Last Supper Kneidelach and Savior Shalosh S'eudes - gezunterheit.

And if missionary activity is a commandment in their view, I wish them every success - just one thing: Leave the Jews alone.

The world is a target-rich environment for the missionary, the Protestant Christian world in particular. There's no end of lapsed Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, Anabaptists, whom you're free to try to cajole into Christ. You don't need us. Jesus doesn't need us. Leave us alone.

It's a safe bet that the Jews for Jesus who may be reading this are rolling their eyes by now, classifying me as Unbeliever Type G-639-L and writing me off.

But bear with me for one brief moment, if only to read the next sentence, which has specifically to do with you, as well as with your Jewish prey, thousands of years of Jewish history, and evil: Proselytizing is persecution.

Granted, it's not the same as burning us at the stake for Christ's sake, firebombing our homes for Christ's sake, staging apres-church pogroms for Christ's sake, ostracizing and terrorizing and beating our children for having killed Christ, lynching Jewish adults for church-distributed blood libels, torturing Jews to force them to convert, converting entire Jewish communities on point of death, deporting entire Jewish communities on point of death for having resisted conversion, or, after eliminating the conversion option, annihilating entire Jewish communities with the blind eye of the Holy See.

But there's more than one way to wipe out a people, and poison, like gas, comes in many forms. Sometimes it looks like a leaflet. Sometimes it looks like the Internet. Sometimes it looks like a smile.

It should have occurred to you by now that Jews in the post-Holocaust era have a mission, no less than you. We have some saving to do of our own. In ways which are as individual as each Jew in the world, it has been left to us to save Jewry itself - its faith, its culture, its values, its memory, its history - from extinction.

Look around. There aren't that many of us left. There are 2 billion Christians in the world, and nearly a billion and a quarter Muslims.

There are barely 14 million Jews left alive on this planet. In 1933, that number was 15.3 million. Leave us alone.

The true evil of Jews for Jesus is the movement's readiness to take advantages of the weaknesses of Judaism in our day, in order to further weaken it. Judaism's agonizing inability to reach its estranged youth is the stuff of Jew for Jesus dreams, the fantasy that, in the end, they will succeed in converting us.

Sorry, I'm not supposed to use that word. Under the Jews for Jesus creed - which appears aimed at confusing its own adherents at least as much as it seeks to "turn" us non-believers - Jews for Jesus members do not convert you, they just get you to believe that Jesus Christ is the lord, and that only through Jesus can one be saved.

The faithful may well be much too busy with salvation to concern yourselves with extinction. There's clearly plenty for them to do, judging by some of their Websites, where I happened upon this useful piece of instruction from the founder of Jews for Jesus, Martin (Moishe) Rosen:

"Hey, if you don't know any Jewish people, you can look in the phone book for surnames that are always Jewish: Cohen, Katz, Levy, Rosen (and anything that begins with Rosen, like Rosenberg, Rosenbloom or Rosenfeld)."

And now, here in Israel, in a venture as predictable as it is indecent, they've set themselves a new target, Russian Jewish immigrants, descendants of the Jews Hitler didn't get the chance to kill. May they fail.

There are those who will say, and I applaud them, that we should engage and embrace members of Jews for Jesus, showing openness to them rather than the cold shoulder that drives them further away. I applaud those who say this and act accordingly, but I don't have it in me.

It really comes down to this: It's hard enough to be Jewish as it is. It's tough to be Jewish if you're secular, and it's no less difficult if you're religious. It's tough to be Jewish in the Diaspora if you live among non-Jews. It's tough to live there if you live among lots of Jews. And it's tough as nails to be Jewish in Israel, atheist, knitted kippa, Haredi or fusion JUBU.

If you're a Jew for Jesus and you're still reading this, you may well be thinking: This guy sounds riled. He needs a friend in Jesus.

You're thinking wrong. This guy needs you to keep your salvation to yourself. Believe whatever you want. Practice whatever you preach. Just stay the hell away from us.

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