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Open Letter to Bill O'Reilly:
By Jack DeLowe
If the Hizbullah is such a charitable organization, how is it that they are in the deep
tunnels and bunkers while their elderly, women and children are on the streets? Maybe if
the elderly, women & children stayed in the bunkers (like in Israel), the civilian
death toll would decrease. (Signed)Jack de Lowe, Raanana, Israel
Nasrallah Vows to Begin Launching Missiles Beyond Haifa
The Daily Star (Lebanon)
Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah vowed Wednesday that his fighters would begin
firing rockets deeper into Israel, beyond the northern port of Haifa, and said the Jewish
state's two-week-long military offensive against Lebanon was linked to a U.S.-Israeli plan
for "a new Middle East."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who just concluded the first American diplomatic
foray in the region since the fighting began July 12, had said there was no place in "a
new Middle East" for Hizbullah or other Islamist groups bent on Israel's destruction.
Nasrallah said his organization was ready to discuss an end to the fighting, but the
dignity and national interest of Lebanon was what he termed a "red line," a reference to
the heavy Israeli bombing and ground assaults on the country.
"There is no way that we can accept any humiliating conditions on us, our people or our
country...especially after all these sacrifices. ... We are open to political discussions
and solutions with flexibility, but the dignity and national interest is a red line."
Nasrallah, speaking on Hizbullah's al-Manar television, also said Israel would have
attacked his forces in southern Lebanon by October but lost the element of surprise and
were forced to move early after his guerrilla forces captured two Israeli soldiers in a
cross-border raid two weeks ago. Eight Israeli soldiers died in the attack.
"In an American and Zionist assessment, there are obstacles to a new Middle East. In
the new Middle East, the Palestinian cause should be liquidated," Nasrallah said in a
televised speech aired also aired on Lebanese and Arab satellite channels early
"In the new Middle East, there is no place for any resistance movement. The resistance
movements in Palestine and Lebanon must be eliminated," Nasrallah added, referring to
Hamas, fellow Islamic militants fighting in the Gaza Strip.
The bearded Shiite Muslim cleric also said Israel could not win a ground war against
his fighters, who would continue firing rockets into Israel no matter how far north
Israeli forces penetrated into Lebanon.
"The goal of the incursion to prevent the rocketing of the settlements will not be
achieved," he said. "The rocketing will continue no matter what the incursion is. We are
ready for a ground confrontation. We will have the upper hand in a ground confrontation.
We will recover any land occupied by the enemy," Nasrallah said.
Israeli Warplanes Blast Beirut While Troops Battle Hizbullah
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Washington)
Israeli warplanes blasted Beirut Tuesday as troops from the Jewish state continued to
battle Hizbullah terrorists in southern Lebanon two weeks into the conflict with no
immediate end in sight. The fierce fighting has claimed the lives of hundreds of
Lebanese, almost all civilians, and dozens of Israelis.
Massive explosions shook Beirut as plumes of smoke rose over Hizbullah strongholds in
the southern part of the city, while clashes continued along Lebanon's southern border as
Israeli tanks and troops fought Hizbullah in and around the town of Bint Jbail.
Lebanese officials said an Israeli missile strike on a house killed seven members of
one family, including several children, near the coastal town of Tyre.
Speaking to reporters in Washington, President Bush said the United States wants a
long-term solution to the conflict. "We want a sustainable cease-fire," said Bush. "We
don't want something that is short-term in duration. We want to address the root causes
of the violence in the area. Therefore, our mission and our goal is to have a lasting
peace, not a temporary peace, but something that lasts."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice continued her diplomatic efforts in the Middle
East, saying that an end to hostilities must come with conditions that help resolve what
Washington sees as the underlying causes of the conflict, a lack of democracy and Islamic
"The people of this region, Israeli, Lebanese and indeed Palestinian, have lived too
long in fear and in terror and in violence," said Rice. "A durable solution will be one
that strengthens the forces of peace and the forces of democracy in this region."
Rice spoke after meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who said his country would
continue its offensive to disarm Hizbullah and free two Israeli soldiers captured by the
militia earlier this month.
"Israel is determined to carry on the fight against Hizbullah," said Olmert. "We will
reach out for them. We will stop them. We will not hesitate to take the most severe
measures against those who are aiming thousands of rockets and missiles against innocent
civilians for one purpose, to kill them."
Rice also held a brief meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West
Bank city of Ramallah to discuss the fighting in Lebanon and continuing clashes between
Israeli troops and militants in the Gaza Strip. Abbas called for an immediate cease-fire
in Lebanon to stop the suffering of civilians.
Abbas also said his government is trying to broker a truce in Gaza, where more than 100
people have died during an Israeli military operation to free a captured soldier and halt
Rice said while much of the world's attention is on the fighting in Lebanon, the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict should not be forgotten. "We must remain focused on what is
happening here in the Palestinian territories, on our desire to get back on a course that
will lead ultimately to President Bush's vision but indeed the vision of President Abbas
of two states living side by side in peace," added Rice.
In another development, Saudi Arabia announced it would donate $1.5 billion in
humanitarian aid to Lebanon to help support the country's economy and reconstruction. The
Saudi donation came as Israel announced it would allow planes carrying humanitarian aid to
land at Beirut airport.
Druze Girl, 15, Killed by Katyusha
A 15-year-old girl in the Druze town of Meghar was killed Tuesday afternoon, when
Hizbullah stepped up its rocket attacks on northern Israel.
The teenager was killed when the Katyusha struck her family's apartment in a direct
hit. Her 30-year-old brother was seriously wounded and her 12-year-old sister suffered
light injuries. 20 other people in the town were treated for shock and light injuries.
Police are checking reports that a mosque was also damaged in the attack.
One person was injured lightly in a barrage of at least seven rockets on the area of
Kiryat Shemona in the Upper Galilee. Missiles fired at Tzfat in the afternoon landed in
open fields, although two missiles landed in the city earlier in the day, sending one man
Ten Katyushas struck Ma'alot, south of Tzfat, wounding 11 people. Three people were
injured in attacks on Carmiel. Tiberias and Acre also were hit with a number of rockets,
but no injuries were reported. In addition, a Katyusha fell near the Israeli Arab city of
Shfaram for the first time on Tuesday.
The stepped-up rocket attacks throughout northern Israel have also caused great
property damage. In one case, a rocket scored a direct hit on a residence in Nahariya, and
another missile damaged a building in a Haifa suburb. A number of areas in Nahariya have
reported power outages, with Israel Electric Company teams working to restore power as of
Tuesday afternoon. Nahariya has suffered at least eight Hizbullah rocket strikes during
the day Tuesday, five of them in the mid-afternoon alone.
The Home Front Command ordered residents of all northern communities to remain in bomb
shelters and protected rooms throughout the day.
UN: Four UN Observers Killed in Israeli Air Strike in Lebanon
By VOA News
The United Nations says four U.N. peacekeepers have been killed in an Israeli air
strike on a U.N. post in southern Lebanon.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, speaking in Rome, called on Israel to investigate
what he called the "apparently deliberate targeting" of the U.N. post. A spokesman for the
U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, said the air strike was a direct hit on the
U.N. post in the town of Khiam.
To the north, Israeli forces pounded Beirut for the first time in nearly two days.
Smoke hovered over Hizbullah strongholds in the city's southern districts.
Meanwhile, a senior Hizbullah official told the Associated Press that the group did not
expect Israel to have responded so strongly to the recent capture of two Israeli soldiers.
The official, Mahmoud Komati, said Hizbullah expected "the usual, limited" response from
Israel began its offensive against Hizbullah after terrorists captured two Israeli
soldiers. The violence has claimed the lives of more than 370 Lebanese, almost all
civilians, and 37 Israelis. About 20 Israeli troops have died in the fighting.
The Future: Freeze-Dried Blood Packs for Soldiers
An Israeli firm is developing a small product with big implications: personal packs of
freeze-dried blood which soldiers can carry into battle for their own medical care on the
The packs will look like the freeze-dried coffee you find in the supermarket, according
to Lt. Col. Amir Blumenfeld, head of the IDF Medical Corps' Trauma Unit. The little packs
will be included in each soldier's mandatory personal kit, he said, according to the
Ha'aretz news service.
"The idea is to take a soldier's blood, freeze it under laboratory conditions and
remove the ice crystals, leaving only the blood components," explained Blumenfeld. A blood
transfusion using the soldier's own reconstituted blood would eliminate compatibility
problems and the dangers of infection.
At present, combat medics and doctors are forced to use a saline solution in
transfusions on the battlefield until the injured soldier can be evacuated to a regular
medical facility. Blood transfusions are also available in evacuation aircraft for
The Ness Tziona company which is working on the product for the IDF recently carried
out an experiment that showed the blood powder would be able to carry 80 percent oxygen
once it is reconstituted with water. IDF Chief Medical Officer Hezi Levy hailed the news.
"This is an excellent achievement," he said.
The personal powdered blood packs have been under development for several years, said
Levy. "We support the idea and the research and have been following it for three years.
It's looking good. The United States Army is also very interested in this research. It
looks very promising." Levy said it is hoped that the project would be completed in the
next two years.
US Renews Warning to Iran over Uranium Enrichment
By Deborah Tate (VOA-Washington)
The United States reiterated its warning to Iran Tuesday to halt uranium enrichment and
return to nuclear negotiations, saying world powers are prepared to seek punitive action
against Tehran if does otherwise. The comments of a top State Department official came
during a congressional hearing on Iran.
In testimony before the joint House-Senate Economic Committee, the State Department's
deputy assistant secretary for energy, sanctions and commodities, Paul Simons, urged Iran
to suspend its uranium enrichment program and return to talks with the European Union.
He warned Iran against doing otherwise. "If Iran chooses the other path and continues
on its current course, it will face greater international isolation and strong U.N.
Security Council action," he said.
The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany early last month
offered Iran a package of incentives, including assistance for its civilian nuclear
program, if it halts enrichment and returns to the talks.
Iran said it would respond to the offer next month.
Despite denials from Tehran, the United States believes Iran is pursuing a nuclear
While Simons held out the prospect of international sanctions if Iran does not respond
positively to the offer, another witness argued that such action may not stop Iran from
pursuing nuclear weapons.
Jeffery Schott is a senior fellow at the Washington-based Institute for International
Economics. "Leaders in Iran feel that nuclear weapons will bring them regional dominance
and that just like India and Pakistan, the west will grudgingly accept their accession to
the nuclear club without significant retribution," he said.
Still, Senator Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat and member of the Senate Armed
Services Committee, says sanctions remain useful. "Targeted sanctions may not cripple the
Iranian economy to the point where it is financially incapable of developing a nuclear
weapon; however, coupled with concerted diplomatic efforts, the right mix of sanctions has
the potential to convince Iran to abandon any nuclear weapons ambitions it may harbor."
Meanwhile, Congress is considering renewing decade-old U.S. sanctions against Iran that
are aimed at deterring foreign companies from energy sector investments in that
The Iran Sanctions Extension Act of 2006, which has been endorsed by the Bush
administration, would replace the 1996 Iran-Libya Sanctions Act. With the warming of
relations between Washington and Tripoli, any sanctions legislation would exclude
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