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Poll: Jewish candidate preferred
More U.S. voters would vote for a Jewish presidential candidate than a Muslim, Mormon
or evangelical Christian one, according to a new poll. Fifteen percent of those questioned
in the Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll said they would not vote for a Jewish candidate,
as opposed to 54 percent who said they would not vote for a Muslim candidate, 37 percent
who would not vote for a Mormon and 21 percent who would not pull the lever for an
evangelical Christian. The poll of 1,321 adults, conducted in late June, has a margin of
error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Hamas Rocket Hits Israeli Coastal City of Ashkelon
By VOA News, Ha'aretz and IsraelNationalNews.com
A Palestinian rocket has landed in the center of Israel's southern coastal city of
Ashkelon for the first time, hitting a school but causing no casualties.
The armed wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack Tuesday. Rockets
previously fired at Ashkelon have landed on the southern edge of the city. Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert called the rocket attack a major escalation in Palestinian terror
against the Jewish state. He said there would be major consequences and warned Hamas would
be the first to feel them.
In response to the attack, Defense Minister Amir Peretz ordered Israeli forces to
increase the pace of their operation in the Gaza Strip aimed at freeing an Israeli
Earlier, Olmert threatened to use force against all those who strike his country. He
spoke as a terrorist-imposed deadline passed for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners
in exchange for a captured Israeli soldier.
Israeli officials have said Syria and Hamas leaders in Damascus are responsible for the
capture of the soldier. They have suggested they may retaliate against Syria. Terrorists
from the armed wing of Hamas and two other groups kidnapped the soldier June 25.
Likud Party Chairman, Binyamin Netanyahu, said that the unprecedented Kassam rocket
attack on the heart of Ashkelon did not surprise him. "We are always going up a level," he
said. Netanyahu suggested seizing part of Gaza and implementing a "determined and
forceful" operation against the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.
Netanyahu also said that now is the time to support the government. "At this time it's
important to support the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister," said Netanyahu.
The rocket hit the empty parking lot of the ORT Ronson High School building, causing
light damage but no injuries. In response to the strike, Defense Minister Amir Peretz on
Tuesday ordered the Israel Defense Forces to step up the pace and force of its operation
in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas said the rocket was an upgraded version of the original Kassam, reaching a range of
9 miles. But the Israel Defense Forces later disputed the claim, saying the rocket
possessed a range of 7.5 miles.
The army said the rocket was launched from the northern-most point of the northern Gaza
town of Beit Hanun. The dual-engine rocket traversed the longest distance of a projectile
ever launched from the Gaza Strip.
Islamic Jihad is known to possess Katyusha rockets of "Grad" type, which have a greater
range. Palestinians in Gaza have launched the rocket three times, but it has only
succeeded in reaching targets a few kilometers away, far short of its intended range.
Ultimatum from Palestinians Holding Israeli Soldier Expires
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraelNationalNews.com
An ultimatum from Palestinians holding an Israeli soldier has expired. The fate of the
soldier, who was abducted from an army base near the Gaza Strip nine days ago, is shrouded
The deadline expired with Israel refusing to meet the demand of Palestinian murderers
to release more than a 1,000 prisoners in exchange for the kidnapped soldier. Three
Palestinian groups, including the military wing of the ruling Hamas party, said they would
release no more information about the 19-year-old corporal, Gilad Shalit. However, they
said they would not kill him because Islam requires that captives be treated well.
Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad said Israel made a grave mistake by rejecting the prisoner
exchange. "You will not get the goal; you will not get the soldier alive by this way. You
will increase complication in this situation," Hamad says.
Israeli aircraft and artillery continued to pound terrorist targets in Gaza including
the Islamic university, a Hamas stronghold. Israeli spokesman Ra'anan Gissin said the aim
is to pressure Hamas to release the soldier.
"It's based on graduated measures in what can be termed, I would say, full court press.
Like in basketball, you know you put pressure on the full court and you apply the right
pressure at the right time and you wait for a response," Gissin said.
Israeli Interior Minister Roni Bar-On warned the Hamas-led Palestinian government that
the "sky would fall on them" if they harmed Shalit. "Hamas well understands ... that the
sky will fall on them if they harm Gilad Shalit," Bar-On said.
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas on Tuesday afternoon called on
Shalit's captors to protect him, and expressed hope for a peaceful resolution to the
Earlier on Tuesday Palestinian terrorist factions behind Shalit's kidnap pulled out of
negotiations for his release after Israel rejected their 6 a.m. ultimatum, a Hamas leader
in Gaza said Tuesday. "The militant groups withdrew their representative from the talks
with the Egyptian mediators," Hamas' Osama al-Muzaini said.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert again ruled out negotiations with Shalit's kidnappers, warning
that the IDF would target all militants involved in his abduction. "We will strike all
terror elements and all those who strike the State of Israel will not be immune," Olmert
told a business conference in the Negev. "We will operate with all our might, but we won't
give in to blackmail," Olmert said. "We won't negotiate with terror elements and we won't
let anyone believe that kidnapping is a tool to bring Israel to its knees."
An American's Viewpoint
By Emily Garrett (Commentary)
When I was a little girl I used to imagine a chasm opening up in the ground and me
falling into it. I imagined that I would find an alternate world. Sometimes it would be a
world full of dinosaurs, at other times and in another period of history, just a fantasy
world where I could do whatever I wanted.
I've been thinking a lot of my childhood fantasies lately because sometimes I think
that perhaps that chasm actually did open up and that I did fall into it in my sleep
because the world makes very little sense to me any more. Right and wrong; evil and
goodness seems to have no bearing in the world any more. The world I thought I was growing
up in, no longer appears to be the world in which I'm living.
The good were awarded and the bad punished and it was easy to tell which was which. Now
people can't tell.
There are many things going on today that have me enraged. The New York Times and other
newspapers believing that they are justified in publishing highly-classified American
strategies that are crucial in our war against terrorism, the Supreme Court ruling against
tribunals, but most of all the nerve of the world telling Israel to show restraint against
the terrorists that want nothing but to see Israel and the Jews plowed into the Red Sea.
I am enraged beyond words. All the news seems to focus on are the poor little
Palestinians and how they are being mistreated by Israeli forces. I read a CNN article
about how Israeli strikes killed seven Palestinians on a beach leaving a screaming child
orphaned on the beach. Yet the funny thing is that I didn't read any retractions by them
when it became evident that the family was not killed by Israel, but rather by mines
planted by the Palestinians themselves.
What about the news blaming Israel for an attack on a car, when later we found out that
the car blew up because the terrorist was transporting explosives to prepare for yet
another attack on Israeli civilians?
And now... the world is crying out for Israel to show restraint! Show restraint against
these evil terrorists that want nothing but to see Israel wiped off the face of the
The time for diplomacy is long past. The only defense that Israel should take is an
aggressively physical one. No more talk, no more trying to convince the world that you are
on the right because the world has taken leave of its senses.
Israel, your only chance of survival is to state your position and follow through. Do
not worry about what the rest of the world thinks because they are fickle and if you wait
for them to back you, the dream of a Jewish state will be overcome by the mindless void of
the rest of the Middle East.
Do what you need to do Israel, and don't hold back. There's no place for both Israel
and Palestine. The Palestinians, even the civilians, made it clear where they stood when
they elected Hamas into power. Take no pity on them. Your pity will be your demise.
Egyptian TV Promotes Child "Martyrdom"
As Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak portrays himself as an honest broker in the Middle
East, recent Egyptian TV programs inculcate Arab children with Jew-hatred and the desire
for Jihad death.
On June 15, a TV program for children promoted death in the course of Jihad against
"infidels." The host of the program, Sheikh Muhammad Nassar of the Egyptian ministry of
religious endowment invited the children to "listen to a very beautiful story to learn
about the courage of a child, and how, when a child is brought up in a good home, and
receives proper education in faith, he loves martyrdom, which becomes like an instinct for
him. He can never give it up."
Nassar went on to describe and praise the insistence of a 15-year-old boy to join the
Islamic war against the Byzantine Empire, how that boy was killed in battle, and what
miraculous events surrounded his burial. He also explained the holiness of the Jihad
warrior killed by enemies of Islam and praised the boy in the story because he sought his
death in Jihad.
"He died happy," the sheikh told a studio audience of children and the child viewers at
home. To see that program with English subtitles, go to
Iran: Israel Exploiting World Cup
A spokesperson for the association of Iranian student unions said on Tuesday that
Israel is exploiting the World Cup soccer games in Germany to continue its aggression
against the Palestinians.
"It is forbidden to allow Israel to continue its attacks in the occupied territory
while exploiting for evil the World Cup games," said Mohsen Maksoudi.
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