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The Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri announced shortly after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice left his country that Lebanon rejected her ideas for bringing peace to the region. Berri serves in essence as the spokesman for Hizbullah. Rice had met with Berri earlier on Monday. Rice is scheduled to meet Tuesday with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem

Two Israeli pilots were killed in a helicopter crash in northern Israel. Earlier reports had said the pilots were only injured.

A major U.S. Jewish umbrella group launched an initiative to bolster tourism to Israel during the Israel-Hizbullah conflict. The program, launched by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, allows tourists to place reservations that will be valid for up to a year in northern Israeli hotels and kibbutzim.

A U.S. Senate committee approved $25 million for a joint American and Israeli project to develop a new missile system. Globes, an Israeli financial newspaper, reported this week that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved funding for the short-range ballistic missile defense system.

Jewish, Israeli Targets in U.S. on Heightened Alert


Israel has raised the level of alert for its embassies and consulates worldwide, including in America, for fear Hizbullah sleeper agents are seeking to attack Israeli targets oversees, WND has learned.

Israeli security officials also recommended some Jewish institutions in the United States and abroad heighten their alert level as Israel's military campaign in Lebanon enters its third week following a Hizbullah raid earlier this month in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped.

The information comes after FBI officials told reporters last week they were searching for possible Hizbullah agents operating inside the US amid concerns escalating tensions with Iran could trigger attacks on American soil.

It also follows a WND exclusive interview last week in which Abu Nasser, second-in-command of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, warned it is only a "question of time" before Palestinian terror groups and other Islamic organizations in the Middle East target the United States both abroad and on the home front.

According to Israeli security officials, Abu Nasser and the overall leader of the al-Aqsa Brigades in northern Samaria, Ala Senakreh, coordinate their group's activities directly with Hizbullah. Sources in the Brigades admitted to WND they work in tandem with Hizbullah, which they say provides funding and training.

"The Americans deserve to be targeted because of their support to the enemy... It is a question of time before the revolutionary organizations in the Middle East will start targeting the Americans," said Abu Nasser, speaking to WND from Nablus.

The al-Aqsa Brigades, the declared "military wing" of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, is responsible for scores of rocket and shooting attacks, and – together with Islamic Jihad – for every suicide bombing since last February's so-called cease-fire.

"One can say that these threats are just rhetoric, but the near past proved that these threats come more and more into reality," said Abu Nasser. "Believe me, it is a new era and I am suggesting to the American people to adopt a different policy and strategy because very soon they will deal with a unified Muslim world, but without the help of their agents in the Middle East."

The al-Aqsa Brigades are not thought to possess the ability to attack inside the US, but there are concerns its ally, Hizbullah, has infiltrated America and is seeking to attack. Hizbullah representatives in Iran warned last week the group stood ready to target US and Israeli interests worldwide.

American law enforcement officials said they are taking the Hizbullah threats seriously. "Because of the heightened difficulties surrounding US-Iranian relations, the FBI has increased its focus on Hizbullah," said FBI spokesman Paul Bresson in Washington. "Those investigations relate particularly to the potential presence of Hizbullah members on US soil."

William Kowalski, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI in Detroit, asked, "If the situation escalates, will Hizbullah take the gloves off, so to speak, and attack here in the United States, which they've been reluctant to do until now?"

Detroit is home to one of the largest Muslim communities in the United States. Hizbullah sympathizers have been caught fund-raising in the city. Two men pled guilty earlier this month to racketeering charges in which a smuggling ring based in Michigan is accused of funneling profits to Hizbullah.

US law enforcement agencies reportedly have indications Hizbullah agents are on US soil and may be planning attacks. In May, the New York Post cited law-enforcement and intelligence officials stating Hizbullah may be planning to activate sleeper cells in New York and other big cities as the US confrontation with Iran escalates.

The sources told the Post about a dozen hard-core supporters of Hizbullah are operating in the New York area. They said the possible Hizbullah agents have been placed under heavy surveillance.

Hizbullah never has launched a strike on US soil, but prior to al-Qaeda's September 11, 2001, attacks, it was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist group.

Hizbullah is accused of attacking the US embassy in Lebanon, killing 63, and of a spate of kidnappings and murders of Americans in Lebanon. Hizbullah's deadliest attack against Americans was the 1983 bombing of Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 US servicemen.

Hizbullah is also suspected of striking Jewish targets abroad, including the truck bombing in 1992 of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in which 29 people were killed, and a bombing two years later of an Israeli-owned building in Buenos Aires in 1994, killing 85 civilians.

Rice in Israel for Talks

By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Israel for talks on how to end the conflict with Hizbullah in neighboring Lebanon. The secretary's visit comes as the violence enters its second week amid continued cross-border attacks and ground fighting.

Speaking with reporters before her meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Rice said there is great sympathy for the innocent civilians caught up in the conflict, but she said, any cease-fire must be sustainable and work toward long-term peace in the region.

"If we have learned anything, it is that any peace is going to have to be based on enduring principles and not temporary solutions. We will talk about how to get an enduring cessation of violence, how to deal with the significant humanitarian problems that are currently facing the people of Lebanon," she said.

Washington remains adamant any cease-fire between Israel and Hizbullah terrorists must not leave Hizbullah in place as an armed militia along the border, able to threaten Israel at any time.

But the growing humanitarian crisis in Lebanon is also on the agenda. The White House announced that President Bush has ordered helicopters and ships to Lebanon to provide immediate assistance.

In Lebanon, the U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland announced an appeal for $150 million in aid for the Lebanese people. "Eight hundred thousand are now displaced or in desperate need of international humanitarian assistance. But, of course, we're also asking for a cessation of hostilities. Far too many civilians are suffering - both in northern Israel and all over here in Lebanon," he said.

As the conflict enters its second week, nearly 400 people have been killed in Lebanon, most of them civilians and among them many children. Around 40 civilians and soldiers have been killed in Israel.

As Rice traveled to the region, Israeli warplanes continued to launch raids into southern Lebanon, troops battled Hizbullah fighters in the far south and Hizbullah sent rockets into northern Israel.

Rice meets Tuesday with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and then also holds talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before traveling on to Rome for a Lebanon conference on Wednesday.

Two IDF Soldiers Killed, 18 Wounded at Hizbullah Stronghold


Two IDF soldiers were killed and 18 were wounded on Monday as they fought for control of the south Lebanese town of Bint Jbil, also known as "the Hizbullah capital."

A battalion commander and a soldier were killed when their tank ran over an explosive device. One of the soldiers was 20-year-old Staff Sergeant Kobi Smilag of Rehovot. The families of the fallen soldiers have been notified. Some 18 other soldiers were wounded in the firefight.

Troops from the Golani Brigade, armored corps and paratroopers fought battles that raged all day as the operation to clean out the terrorist nest continued, with another five hurt by friendly fire from the Israel Air Force.

Hizbullah does not release information about its casualties, but IDF officials estimated that at least 10 terrorists were killed in the fighting.

Soldiers took over a hilltop looking over Bint Jbil on Monday after heavy fighting earlier in the day. Infantry soldiers entered the area to support the initial attacking force after troops were injured.

Also on Monday, IDF officials said the army had captured two Hizbullah fighters. The officers requested anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters. No further details were available and the IDF refused comment. The IDF also took control of the village of Maroun a-Ras after a fierce 48-hour battle to force Hizbullah terrorists out of the area on Sunday.

IDF Operations Branch Head, Maj. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said Monday evening that fighter pilots had flown some 800 sorties over enemy territory since the fighting began 12 days ago, with some 4,500 IDF soldiers fighting battles on the ground.

Eisenkot emphasized that Hizbullah had developed a complex and large infrastructure, and amassed a huge arsenal, network of bunkers and numerous weapons caches, and that it would take time to destroy them. "The operation we saw in Bint Jbil will be seen in other places as well," he said. "We are working according to the plan with the objective of entering the village and cleansing it of terrorists."

Eisenkot said, "In the operations, we take control of an area for a limited amount of time, then leave it." He added that the Israel navy is continuing to enforce a coastal blockade and destroy Mediterranean targets, while the Israel air force is providing cover for IDF ground troops.

He added that the campaign would take another few weeks and that the Israeli people would need patience to allow the IDF to dismantle the Hizbullah terrorist infrastructure and eliminate the threat from south Lebanon.

An Open Letter to the World

By the Late Rabbi Meir Kahane (Commentary 1988)

Dear World, I understand that you are upset with us, here in Israel. Indeed, it appears that you are quite upset, even angry. (Outraged?)

Indeed, every few years you seem to become upset by us. Today, it is the "brutal repression of the Palestinians"; yesterday it was Lebanon; before that it was the bombing of the nuclear reactor in Baghdad and the Yom Kippur War and the Sinai campaign. It appears that Jews who triumph and who, therefore, live, upset you most extraordinarily.

Of course, dear world, long before there was an Israel, we - the Jewish people - upset you. We upset the German people who elected Hitler and upset the Austrian people who cheered his entry into Vienna and we upset a whole slew of Slavic nations - Poles, Slovaks, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians and Romanians. And we go back a long, long way in the history of world upset.

We upset the Cossacks of Chmielnicki who massacred tens of thousands of us in 1648-49; we upset the Crusaders who, on their way to liberate the Holy Land, were so upset at Jews that they slaughtered untold numbers of us.

For centuries, we upset the Roman Catholic Church that did its best to define our relationship through inquisitions, and we upset the arch-enemy of the church, Martin Luther, who, in his call to burn the synagogues and the Jews within them, showed an admirable Christian ecumenical spirit.

And it is because we became so upset over upsetting you, dear world that we decided to leave you - in a manner of speaking - and establish a Jewish state. The reasoning was that living in close contact with you, as resident-strangers in the various countries that comprise you, we upset you, irritate you and disturb you. What better notion, then, than to leave you (and thus love you)- and have you love us and so, we decided to come home - home to the same land we were driven out 1,900 years earlier by a Roman world that, apparently, we also upset.

Alas, dear world, it appears that you are hard to please.

Having left you and your pogroms and inquisitions and crusades and Holocausts, having taken our leave of the general world to live alone in our own little state, we continue to upset you. You are upset that we repress the poor Palestinians. You are deeply angered over the fact that we do not give up the lands of 1967, which are clearly the obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

Moscow is upset and Washington is upset. The "radical" Arabs are upset and the gentle Egyptian moderates are upset. Well, dear world, consider the reaction of a normal Jew from Israel.

In 1920 and 1921 and 1929, there were no territories of 1967 to impede peace between Jews and Arabs. Indeed, there was no Jewish State to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same oppressed and repressed Palestinians slaughtered tens of Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safed and Hebron. Indeed, 67 Jews were slaughtered one day in Hebron in 1929.

Dear world, why did the Arabs - the Palestinians - massacre 67 Jews in one day in 1929? Could it have been their anger over Israeli aggression in 1967? And why were 510 Jewish men, women and children slaughtered in Arab riots between 1936 and 1939? Was it because Arabs were upset over 1967?

And when you, dear world, proposed a UN Partition Plan in 1947 that would have created a "Palestinian State" alongside a tiny Israel and the Arabs cried "no" and went to war and killed 6,000 Jews - was that "upset" caused by the aggression of 1967? And, by the way, dear world, why did we not hear your cry of "upset" then?

The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are part of the same people who ­ when they had all the territories they now demand be given to them for their state -attempted to drive the Jewish state into the sea. The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of "itbach-al-yahud" (Massacre the Jew!) that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream - destroy Israel. What they failed to do yesterday, they dream of today, but we should not "repress" them.

Dear world, you stood by during the Holocaust and you stood by in 1948 as seven states launched a war that the Arab League proudly compared to the Mongol massacres.

You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel were facing extinction.

And since we know that the Arabs-Palestinians dream daily of that extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own land. If that bothers you, dear world, well ­ think of how many times in the past you bothered us.

In any event, dear world, if you are bothered by us, here is one Jew in Israel who could not care less.

(Rabbi Kahane was murdered on Nov. 5, 1990, at the Marriot Hotel in New York, minutes after he gave a lecture to American Jews on the subject of emergency Aliyah.)

Kohanim, Tribe of Levi Plan 'Family Reunion'


Recent scientific research and DNA testing has shown that today's descendents of the biblical priesthood known as Kohanim are genetically related.

Although the descendents of Aharon, the brother of Moses, have spread throughout the world over the past 3,300 years, the members of this extended family are being invited to participate in the first `family reunion' held since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE.

Participants from across the world will join tribe members for a stimulating and educational experience at the first ever international gathering of Kohanim and the Tribe of Levi, July 15-19, 2007 in Jerusalem. These dates coincide with the biblically noted date of Aharon the High Priest's death, the first day of the Hebrew month of Av.

"We are excited by the interest seen so far. This is not only the first family reunion of the Jewish priestly dynasty in nearly 2000 years, it is an important conference which will inform, inspire, and motivate," explains conference organizer Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman. "The research and information we will share will play an important role in appreciating and maintaining our unique and precious heritage." The "Kohanim and Tribe of Levi Conference" will address the importance of promoting and seeking peace among the Jewish nation. The program will thus include a wide-spectrum of speakers and activities in an effort to attract the interests and bridge gaps between Jews from all backgrounds.

Kohanim are the priestly family of the Jewish people. The Torah describes the anointment of Aharon, the brother of Moses, as the first High Priest. The books of Exodus and Leviticus describe the responsibilities of the Kohanim, which include the Temple service, blessing of the people and spiritual healing. The Kohanim are a family of the Tribe of Levi, the tribe that was chosen for Holy service.

Molecular geneticists have recently discovered the "Cohen Modal Haplotype" which is a Y- chromosome DNA lineage signature shared by a majority of both Ashkenazi and Sefardi Kohanim.

This indicates a direct patrilineal descent of present day Kohanim from a single ancient ancestor, genetically dated to have lived approximately 3300 years ago, a time corresponding to the Exodus from Egypt.

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