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Israeli Lottery Wants to Add Internet Action
The Israeli lottery, Mifal Hapayis, has asked the Ministry of Finance to allow the
agency to open a casino and sell tickets online, according to Army Radio. In the first
quarter of 2006, the national lottery game earned NIS 212 million (about $47 million).
Iran's Revolutionary Guards to Deploy on Israel's Golan Border
Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Mustafa Najjar said: "Syria's security
is part of Iran's security," when he signed a new military treaty with his visiting Syrian
counterpart, Gen. Hassan Turkmani in Tehran on June 15.
On June 18, Israel's parliamentary foreign affairs and defense
committee inspected its northern border, along with the deputy chief
of staff Moshe Kaplinsky and OC Northern command Udi Adam. Both
Tehran and Damascus referred to the tour as Israel's response to
their new treaty.
DEBKAfile's military sources reported: At the signing ceremony, the Syrian
official waved away reporters' questions on whether Iran would be
establishing a military base in Syria - "The language of a (foreign)
military base in our country is alien to us. I want to say that it is
not on the agenda."
Nonetheless, military sources note that he rejected the term "bases" - but did not rule
out "foreign forces" in Syrian bases, which Persian Gulf and Pakistani military sources
are certain was agreed secretly between the two countries. They have learned that Iran has
offered to deploy Revolutionary Guards on the Golan border with Israel by the end of
summer, because as Najjar said at the signing:
"We have a common front against Israel's threats."
DEBKAfile's Tehran sources disclosed the Iranians seek to attain three objectives by
deploying RG units to the Golan heights: Another direct front line against Israel; A
forward position for an Iranian electronic warning station to
sound a timely alarm of the takeoff of American warplanes or missiles
from the eastern Mediterranean basin on their way to attack and; the station can also keep
electronic track of movements on Israeli air and missile bases, covering also Arrow
anti-missile missile systems.
The Syrian military delegation, which spent five days in Tehran, brought a year of
secret negotiations to their conclusion. The breadth of Syrian-Iranian military relations
can be measured by the military treaty's financial scope of $800 m and the size of the
delegation Damascus sent to Tehran - 60 officers representing every branch of the Syrian
armed forces, including intelligence and
For years, both countries have supported the Lebanese Hizbullah militia and
anti-Israeli Palestinian factions including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which maintain
headquarters in Damascus.
Foreign Governments Are Key Backers of Peace Now
Peace Now, an Israeli-based organization promoting Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967
borders and removal of all Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, reportedly is largely
funded by foreign governments.
The organization, which spends large sums of money finding and detailing every new
Israeli structure in Judea and Samaria, is effectively on the payroll of at least three
European governments, according to Israeli investigative reporter David Bedein.
Those governments provide the financial support for the activities of Dror Etkes, whose
staff researches and publicize data relating to every aspect of the Israeli government's
support for the 250,000 Israelis living in Judea and Samaria.
Etkes, who is studying for an M.A. in history, draws a salary of NIS 150,000 ($34,000)
per year for his anti-settlement activities for Peace Now, a large sum by Israeli
The foreign governments which fund Etkes and Peace Now, such as Britain and Norway, are
fundamentally opposed to the existence of all Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.
The money Peace Now receives to promote an Israeli withdrawal from those territories,
therefore, may invariably serve those governments' foreign policy interests. Such an
outcome would not be surprising; as Bedein claims Peace Now has accepted funding directly
from the British and Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
Bedein claims he has documents detailing the extent of Peace Now's funding by foreign
governments. In 2005, Bedein says Peace Now received direct payments from three European
governments, Britain, Norway, and Finland, totaling nearly $500,000.
For its 2006, budget, the group has approached six foreign governments, Britain,
Norway, Canada, Germany, Holland, and Finland, and has received commitments for larger
budgets from Britain, Norway, and Finland, according to Bedein.
Regarding Finland's contribution to Peace Now, Bedein said a member of the Finnish
Parliament told him the money was forwarded to Finland by the U.S. government.
Despite the funding Peace Now receives from foreign governments, the organization is
not required under Israeli law to register as a foreign agent. In contrast, if the
organization were operating in the United States, it would have to register as a foreign
agent with the Justice Department, Bedein explained.
Convergence Plan: Fatah and Hamas Agree on Destroying Israel
Short of civil war, Fatah and Hamas negotiators are finding a common denominator in an
effort to set up a national unity government in the Palestinian Authority. The formula:
hatred of Israel.
The negotiations are based on the "prisoners' document", a proposal for a PA state
formulated by convicted terrorists serving life sentences in Israeli prisons.
The Hamas has refused to accept the document as a basis for an emerging Arab state
because the proposal talks about establishing the state in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.
Agreeing to such a state would imply recognition of Israel, an idea anathema to Hamas
Fatah leader and PA chief Mahmoud Abbas' bid to adopt the prisoner's document as
official PA policy has led to violent clashes between Fatah and Hamas terrorists. Those
clashes reached a peak last week when mobs aligned with the Fatah set PA parliament and
cabinet buildings ablaze in Ramallah. The PA parliament and cabinet are controlled by the
But now, in an effort to stave off civil war, Fatah officials have been emphasizing
that the prisoners' document does not imply tacit recognition of the Jewish state.
Abu Taiyer, spokesman for the Al Aksa Brigades, the military wing of Fatah, said at a
news conference in Gaza that his group remains loyal to Fatah's pre-Oslo charter which
calls for "liberating all Palestinian land, and the elimination of the Zionist entity,
economically, politically, militarily, and culturally."
Abu Taiyer's statement was echoed by a senior Fatah official, Issa Krak'a, who said
specifically that the prisoners' document does not express any recognition of the State of
In another concession to Hamas, Fatah negotiators have agreed to incorporate both the
Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations into the PLO. Such a move could render
mute the PLO's recognition of Israel, which formed the backbone of the Oslo accords, the
legal basis of the Palestinian Authority.
Though terrorist chieftain Yasir Arafat recognized Israel's right to exist on behalf of
the Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) when he signed the Oslo accords
in 1993, the deceased Fatah leader led the PA into war with Israel in September 2000.
Mormon/Jewish Controversy: The Problem That Won't Go Away
By Avotaynu.com (Commentary)
Helen Radkey, the whistle-blower of the Mormon/Jewish controversy, has been banned from
the Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It is unclear whether she is banned
forever or for just 72 hours as one of the men who evicted her stated. She was threatened
with arrest if she returned.
At the time Radkey was approached in the Mormon facility, she was adding to her list of
Dutch Jews murdered in the Holocaust who have been rebaptized by the Church. These Jews
were removed in 1995 as part of the agreement between the Church and Jewish organizations.
In the past few months she has found that more than 1,500 names have been added back and
her list is growing.
Radkey started making headlines about six years ago when she disclosed to the press
that the Mormon Church was not fulfilling its obligation to the Jewish community to limit
posthumous baptism to "direct ancestors" as stated in the 1995 agreement.
At first, I did not believe her claims because the names that made the headlines were
famous Jews, and my investigation of the IGI concluded these famous people were all
baptized before the 1995 agreement. But Radkey provided me with additional information
that demonstrated that not only were Jews being posthumously baptized after the signing of
the 1995 agreement, but that the numbers were in the hundreds of thousands, if not
I am now convinced that when the Church signed the agreement, they had no intent of
stopping the practice. This is based on two statements made by a Church spokesman
recently. One stated that it is Church doctrine that their mission is the salvation of the
entire human race, both living and dead. The second statement was the Church does not go
against its doctrine. The agreement they signed goes against Church doctrine.
Rather than being mad at Radkey for bringing to the attention of the Jewish community
that the Church is not meeting its commitment, the Church should hire her and give her
complete access to the IGI. Since they have stated in the press that they have met the
commitment to the Jewish community that they signed in 1995, Radkey should be asked to
demonstrate to them how they have violated this commitment, and if she can't, they should
call a press conference where Radkey would admit she was wrong.
Fury in Egypt over Ghana's Israeli Flag Waver
Ghana defender John Paintsil's waving of an Israeli flag to celebrate his team's World
Cup goals has drawn a barrage of insults and furious reactions in Egyptian newspapers.
Paintsil, who plays for the Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv, celebrated the two goals in
Ghana's 2-0 win over the Czech Republic by pulling an Israeli flag out of his sock and
waving it at the cameras.
"The ignorant and stupid Paintsil, who spent 20 days in Egypt during the last African
Nations Cup, plays for Hapoel," sports commentator Alaa Sadek wrote in the daily
Al-Akhbar, explaining to baffled Egyptian audiences Painstil's link to Israel.
"Egyptians supported the Ghanaian team all the way until the 82nd minute, and regretted
it after the Israeli flag (waving)," screamed a bold red headline in the independent daily
Al-Masry al-Yom Monday.
"As soon as the referee blew his whistle to start the match, Egyptians were out
enthusiastically, almost hysterically supporting Ghana, until defender Paintsil took out
the Israeli flag," read the paper's front page article.
The live commentator on the Arab satellite channel broadcasting all World Cup matches
in the region abruptly cut short his trademark "goooaaaaaaal" when Paintsil brought out
the flag. "What are you doing, man?" the bewildered commentator said.
The main question on Egyptian lips after the match was "why?" Some papers described
Paintsil as a "Mossad agent," others said "an Israeli had paid him to do it" but the most
elaborate theory was offered by the top-selling state-owned daily Al-Ahram.
"The real reason," sports analyst Hassan el-Mestekawi wrote, stems from the fact that
many Ghanaian players go through football training camps set up by an Israeli coach who
"discovered the treasure of African talent, and abused the poverty of the continent's
children" with the ultimate goal of selling them off to European clubs. The training
program for these children starts every morning with a salute to the Israeli flag."
FIFA said they had taken note of the flag-waving and that although there was nothing in
the rules to prevent it, they hoped not to see a repetition.
"We were totally supporting Ghana and we were so excited by how well they were doing,"
Ashraf al-Berri, who watched the match with a dozen friends told AFP. "We were screaming
with joy, but the whole room went quiet when Paintsil took out the flag. We didn't really
know how to react," he said.
"As an Egyptian I am very sensitive when it comes to Israel," Osama Mohy, who watched
the match at a friend's house, told AFP. "If Mido scores, would he wave the England flag?
And if he did everyone would hate him for it," he said referring to Egyptian striker Mido
(Ahmed Hossam) who plays for England's Tottenham Hotspurs.
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