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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 IsraelNationalNews.com 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
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
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
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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