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`World War III is Already Here'


Israel's U.N. Ambassador, Danny Gillerman, told assembled national representatives that the global war with Islamist terrorism is World War III. Speaking during a UN meeting on international terrorism on Tuesday, the ambassador went on to charge that there is a terrorist axis that includes Iran, Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas, which is funding and instigating indiscriminate violence and killing. "World War III is already here," Gillerman said bluntly.

Israeli Troops Enter Gaza, Raid West Bank, 7 Palestinians Killed

By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli troops carried out a major military operation in the Gaza Strip for the first time since Israel disengaged from the area last year. At least seven Palestinians were killed in a series of clashes with Israeli forces - both in Gaza and the West Bank.

A squad of Israeli commandos moved about three kilometers into the Gaza Strip and engaged Islamic Jihad terrorists in a fierce gun battle, killing four militants. Israeli troops said the strike was a preemptive effort aimed at stopping the terrorists from launching rockets against targets in southern Israel.

Since Israel's disengagement from Gaza last year Israeli troops have crossed into Gaza to search for and disarm mines but their incursions have been limited to just a few meters. Israeli Army Captain Jacob Dallal said from now on, the IDF would take whatever action is necessary to stop the ongoing rocket attacks.

"Our policy has been and remains that we are going to do what we need to do to stop the Kassam rocket fir," he said. "We have asked the Palestinians in every possible way to stop the fire and they simply do not."

There was also violence in the West Bank, where Israeli troops killed three Palestinian terrorists in separate incidents.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has called for the militant groups to stop the rocket attacks against Israel, called the Israeli raid an unjustified escalation that will lead to further instability.

Meanwhile, four Hamas legislators who represent Jerusalem in the Palestinian parliament said they would fight an order by Israel demanding they give up their Jerusalem residence permits. Israel's interior minister said he would revoke the residency permits unless the four legislators resign their seats. The Hamas legislators said they would appeal the order to Israel's Supreme Court.

Hamas refuses to recognize Israel, and Israeli officials say because of that the Hamas legislators have no right to the residency permits, which give Jerusalem residents freedom of movement inside Israel and numerous social benefits.

Hizbullah Becomes Strategic Threat; Rockets Can Strike Tel Aviv

By and WorldNetDaily

Hizbullah, an Islamic terrorist organization closely allied with Iran, long a security nuisance on the northern border, now poses a strategic threat to Israel.

Sunday's rocket strike at a military base near Tzefat was the deepest a rocket fired from southern Lebanon has ever penetrated Israel. The attack, which Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres termed "coincidental," may have been a deliberate effort by Hizbullah to showcase its new strategic weapons.

Those weapons, according to an article in Ha'aretz, are now able to strike virtually everywhere in Israel from the Galilee to the northern Negev. With such range, a border skirmish with Hizbullah could potentially prompt an attack on Tel Aviv, or any location in Israel's densely populated, industrial heartland.

Though not highly accurate, Hizbullah's rockets, supplied by Iran, carry 600 kilograms of explosives capable of causing severe damage to any target. Since the rockets are propelled by solid fuel, they are easily mobile. That would make it difficult for Israel to remove the threat, in the event of a wider conflict.

Israel would almost certainly need to take Hizbullah's rocket threat into account, when considering the possibility of military engagement against Iran or Syria.

Dr. David Buk'ai, a professor at Haifa University, said the potential for the Hizbullah to use the missiles effectively increases the need for the IDF to retaliate more harshly against minor Hizbullah provocations, in order to preserve the balance of deterrence.

Buk'ai explained that up until Sunday's incident, the IDF responded to border skirmishes by aiming at empty facilities, minimizing damage and casualties, with the goal of precluding an escalation of the conflict.

In contrast, Sunday's response left Hizbullah with 15 dead and heavy damage to a number of military installations. "This needs to represent a new policy, one that will maintain deterrence vis-à-vis Hizbullah," Buk'ai said.

Last week WND reported Iran estimates Israel would strike Tehran's nuclear facilities within a year, according to senior Lebanese political sources.

The sources, speaking to WorldNetDaily on condition of anonymity, said Iran believes Israel has been practicing raids in Kurdish regions of Iraq, a report Israel denies. They said Tehran has held a series of meetings with leaders of Hizbullah about attacking the Jewish state in the event of any Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear sites.

The Lebanese political sources said while Iran is expecting lone Israeli military action, Iranian intelligence estimates the Jewish state is coordinating a planned attack with the U.S.

"The Iranians currently are operating under the working assumption that Israel is going to strike in less than a year and that this strike is highly coordinated with America," said a senior Lebanese politician.

Officially, Israel denies it is planning military action against Iran. Israeli leaders regularly call Iran a "world problem" and urge the international community to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions through diplomacy and the threat of economic sanctions.

Hamas Seeks To Attack Israeli Skyscrapers with Planes

By Aaron Klein (New York Sun)

Hamas is seeking the ability to attack Israel using small airplanes laden with explosives to be flown September 11-style into important targets, possibly Tel Aviv skyscrapers, a leader of Hamas' so-called military wing, Abu Abdullah, told WorldNetDaily.

Abdullah is considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas' Izzedine al-Qassam Martyrs Brigades, Hamas' declared "resistance" department. He said his group would not immediately carry out airplane attacks, but that Hamas is preparing for the possibility the long-term truce it claims to abide by might end.

Abdullah's statements come after Palestinian Arab security officials told WorldNetDaily they believe Hamas recently smuggled into the Gaza Strip three small airplanes that can carry explosives and be used to attack Israel. They said information indicates the aircraft were purchased from eastern European dealers and that Hamas members received flight training from professionals in Sudan, Iran and Syria.

He refused to confirm the reports, but said his group has the right to acquire aircraft. "I cannot confirm whether this information is right or not, but for sure it is one of our goals to have these airplanes," Abdullah said. "It is part of our legitimate arming in case the enemy [Israel] thinks to launch a big attack against our people."

Abdullah said Hamas would fly the planes into Jewish targets, possibly Tel Aviv skyscrapers. "The goal is to have these planes carry maximum quantities of explosives and that they will be able to hit the targets that are fixed for its operation at a high level of accuracy. All the Zionist goals in our dear Palestine are legitimate. I estimate that this tool will not be used against regular targets. We will choose precious targets and I do not want to speak about strategic or any other targets. ...We know that the enemy is building new and high buildings in Tel Aviv."

The terror leader listed possible military targets, as well. "[Our target] could be important military and civil buildings and compounds and it could also be settlements in 1948 occupied Palestine [Israel]. We know that many of the decisions to kill our brothers are taken in the army headquarters in occupied Be'er Sheva [considered the capital of the Israeli Negev desert]. All these targets are legitimate ones," he said.

Abdullah would not specify whether the airplanes to be used in the attacks Hamas is seeking the ability to carry out would be piloted or flown by remote control.

He said Hamas is currently abiding by a truce with Israel it agreed to last February, but that at the same time his group was advancing its "resistance" capabilities in the eventuality the truce may fall apart.

"[Acquiring the airplanes] is part of the balance and the equilibrium with the enemy we have been working on these last years. It is not a secret that our military wing is very creative and works hard to improve its tools," Mr. Abdullah said.

Hamas in the past few months has claimed many times its "military wing" functions separately from the group's political leadership.

Since Hamas was elected to Palestinian Arab parliament in January, the terror group has refused to recognize Israel's right to exist. Some Hamas leaders have hinted at the possibility of negotiations. In a widely circulated report, Hamas Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar previously told World News Daily his group would consider talking with the Jewish state through a third party. But Hamas leaders, including al-Zahar and the group's overall leader, Khaled Meshaal, regularly declare they will not give up the right to "resistance."

Asked if Hamas' political leadership sanctions the acquiring of aircraft for attacks, Abdullah replied, "The acquiring of any weapon is a decision of the military wing and it depends on a number of conditions related to financial facilities and to the situation on the ground. The Hamas political leadership starts to play a role only when it comes to the question of time - when to come back to the military operations because as you know we are respecting the ceasefire."

Selling English to Americans


If you enter the office of the WhiteSmoke company in north Tel Aviv, you will feel as if you entered someone's living room, rather than someone's office.

The startup company with the strange name, which markets programs for the improvement of professional English texts, was started in 2003 by couple Hila and Liran Brenner, who were then in the their late 20s. Hila was a lawyer advising startup companies in Israel and New York. Liran, one of the founders of ICQ, worked as a development manager in the company.

It all started when Hila's father, Prof. Yoel Ovil, a heart surgery expert, wanted to improve medical texts he wrote in English, but didn't know how to go about it.

Liran then took a decision with Hila and her father to found the company, which will use the huge collection of texts on the internet to improve texts, so that they fit their target audience.

Six months ago, last October, the program began to market itself commercially, and up to now the couple say 40,000 downloads have been carried out from its website.

The program is sold at between $50-$120, in accordance with various versions. The couple succeeded in enlisting known investors, including Yair Goldfinger and Roger Gladstone, and they already have plans to develop the program for other languages, and to penetrate the mobile phone sector.

"What WhiteSmoke does is take processed texts to the next stage. At first in order to check if you were spelling a word right, you would go to the dictionary. Then spelling programs were introduced.

WhiteSmoke brings together existing texts and a reservoir of texts which exist within its data screen, and carries out a range of operations on the texts including correction of mistakes, the adding of various expressions that fit the relevant professional language, and more," Liran said.

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