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Main Headline in Iranian Newspaper: Tel Aviv Evacuated Israel Faxx News Services

The Iranian conservative newspaper, Kayhan, claimed Thursday in its top story that "Tel Aviv has been evacuated." The newspaper, associated with the spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, tends to exaggerate about anything connected to reports on Israel. It seemed Thursday that the imagination of the Iranian editors spilled over. According to the newspaper's editors, "Following the recent threats of Hassan Nasrallah, some of the Israeli government bodies were evacuated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


Al Qaeda Chief Declares Jihad Against Israel

By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz

The Al Qaeda world-wide terrorist network has issued a call to Muslims throughout the world to join in an international war against Jews "until [our] religion prevails. We will attack everywhere," threatened Ayman Al Zawahiri, second in command to Osama Bin Laden.

Speaking on Al Jazeera television, the terrorist leader declared a Jihad (holy war) against Israel on behalf of the global Jihadist movement. "All the world is a battlefield open in front of us," he said, rejecting the concept of an eventual cease-fire. "Oh Muslims everywhere, I call on you to fight and become martyrs in the war against the Zionists and the Crusaders.War with Israel does not depend on cease-fires. It is Jihad for sake of God and will last until our religion prevails from Spain to Iraq."

Islamists believe that since Spain was once controlled by Muslims, it must be wrested from the hands of "the infidels" in the same manner as Israel. "The shells and rockets ripping apart Muslim bodies in Gaza and Lebanon are not only Israeli, but are supplied by all the countries of the crusader coalition. Therefore, every participant in the crime will pay the price," al-Zawahiri said.

The Egyptian doctor was filmed in front of a photo of the World Trade Center and two top Al-Qaeda terrorists killed in recent years. It is unclear whether al-Zawahiri's declaration has a theological effect on his followers' desire to strike Israel. On Feb. 23, 1998, he issued a joint fatwa, Islamic ruling, with Osama bin Laden entitled "World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders," which called upon Muslims to destroy Israel.

The al-Qaeda number-two seemed to express a sense of admiration for Israel in his critique of the Muslim world. He also suggested that the world cared more about Israelis than Palestinians. "The 10,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israel's prisons do not move anything while three Israeli prisoners have shaken the world," he said.

And in Israel, Arab Knesset member Talab El-Sana told an anti-war rally Thursday that Israel's "extolled victory" in the Six-Day War not only did not lead to peace but also led to more wars. "In 1982, Israel created the Hizbullah and today, in 2006, it is creating the next generation of fighters," he told an angry crowd in Tel Aviv.

He said Israel does not have to disarm Hizbullah terrorists but has to adopt a policy "of peace processes." Demonstrators charged that "the war in Lebanon is an American war," and El-Sana added, "Israel is nothing more than a US subcontractor."


Cabinet Won't Expand Ground Operations, Calls Up 30,000+ Reserves

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the security cabinet rejected the army's recommendation for a larger-scale ground offensive on Thursday, but agreed to call up three more reserve divisions.

As predicted, the ministers voted to continue with only limited ground offensives and wide-ranging aerial attacks. This, despite the recommendations by army officers that a larger ground offensive was necessary.

The cabinet did agree to call up three more reserve divisions to free regular soldiers to fight in Lebanon, or to relieve those who have been engaged in combat until now.

The seven ministers who made the decision with Olmert in Tel Aviv are Foreign Minister Tzippy Livny, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, former Defense Ministers Sha'ul Mofaz and Shimon Peres, Public Security Minister Avi Dichter, Justice Minister Chaim Ramon and Shas Party leader Trade Minister Eli Yishai

The mini-Cabinet reconfirmed the goals of the current warfare, namely, to destroy Hizbullah infrastructures, headquarters and capabilities according to the current framework of operations. In addition, limited numbers of reserve soldiers will be called up for the purpose of preparedness for "possible developments" and to refresh the forces as needed.

Several ministers emphasized afterwards the importance and validity of destroying terrorist strongholds from the air, after warning the civilians to leave.

Many observers did not agree with the decision. IDF Col. (ret.) Yehoar Gal wrote in the daily Yisraeli, "It's time to go out to war for real. For nearly two weeks, the air force has attacked and led most of the war... It's time to draft thousands of reserve soldiers, despite all the hang-ups and dangers, and flood all of southern Lebanon - not just the small area of Bint Jbeil and Marun a-Ras. We should detour around places like Bint Jbeil and not get stuck there, and wage a full-strength ground war..."

Former three-time Defense Minister Moshe Arens said that if the war ends without a decisive Israeli victory - now, for instance - it will be a Hizbullah victory. "They will be able to say they fired thousands of Katyushas on Israel and still have the ability to do so," he told the Knesset channel. "They have fired 1,500 rockets, and still have many thousands remaining." Arens feels that the IDF should have initiated its ground offensive "right from the beginning, when the war started."


Palestinian President: Release of Israeli Soldier May Be Imminent

By VOA News

In Rome Thursday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the release of the Israeli soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, could be imminent. He did not offer details, but said ongoing efforts "lead us to believe in an imminent solution."

But Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat called the President's comments premature. He said the Israeli soldier is alive and negotiations to free him are ongoing. The armed wing of the terrorist Islamic group Hamas also responded. A spokesman said nothing has changed in the case of the Israeli soldier. The soldier's captors had demanded a release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.


'Psalm in (Irish) Bog' Linked to Israel's Current War

By WorldNetDaily.com

The "miraculous" find of ancient psalms in an Irish bog has some wondering if there's any special modern relevance, since the discovery dealt with the enemies of Israel attempting to destroy the nation. The ancient book of psalms was opened to Psalm 83

A construction worker in Ireland came across the ancient 20-page book dated to the years 800-1000 CE while driving his backhoe's shovel into the mud last week. Experts say it's impossible to say how the manuscript ended up there, but speculate it may have been lost in transit or dumped after a raid some 1,000 to 1,200 years ago.

The National Museum of Ireland issued a statement saying, "In discovery terms, this Irish equivalent to the Dead Sea Scrolls is being hailed by the museum's experts as the greatest find ever from a European bog."

But it's the fact the book was discovered opened to Psalm 83 that is attracting attention across the globe. The ancient psalm deals with a plea to God not to let the enemies of Israel eradicate God's chosen nation.

"Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance." (Psalm 83:1-4) It then lists a number of Israel's ancient enemies bent on its destruction.

Stan Goodenough, a South African journalist living in Israel for the past 12 years calls the timing of the discovery "incredible." For right now Israel's enemies are again united in their desire to "cut Israel off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more." They purpose to take for themselves the "pastures of God for a possession." And that they are in league – or in a confederacy – is clear.

Goodenough pointed out the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, just before the modern state of Israel was declared.

The bog find was heralded by the museum on Tuesday, one day after a call for global prayer on behalf of Israel. Psalm 83 was one of three psalms recited at locations worldwide Tuesday at the request of the governing council of Israel's Chief Rabbinate.


Is Iran Testing Israel Ahead of Confrontation?

By WorldNetSaily.com

Tehran is using Hizbullah's confrontation with the Jewish state to test the abilities of Iranian weapons and to observe Israeli military capabilities, Lebanon's Druze leader Walid Jumblatt charged in a WorldNetDaily interview Wednesday.

Jumblatt also said he fears Syria will take advantage of the growing crisis in Lebanon to reassert its influence in the country and convince the international community Syrian domination of Lebanon is crucial to the stability of the Middle East.

He warned Damascus might initiate a wave of terror in Lebanon following Israel's military campaign there to further destabilize the country, including by assassinating the Lebanese prime minister.

"Iran is bringing in [to Lebanon] sophisticated weaponry," said Jumblatt who is head of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party and is largely considered the most prominent anti-Syrian Lebanese politician. "The Iranians are actually experimenting with different kinds of missiles in Lebanon by shooting them at the Israelis. Iran is using this violence to test certain of [Israel's] abilities."

Iran is accused of supplying Hizbullah was thousands of rockets the terror group has launched the past three weeks into northern Israeli population centers, including Haifa, the country's third largest city. Many of the fired rockets have been Katyushas he says were upgraded by Iran. Hizbullah is also in possession of Iranian Zalzel missiles, with a range of about 125 miles, making Tel Aviv vulnerable.

Earlier this month, an Iranian Silkworm C-802 radar-guided anti-ship cruise missile struck an Israeli naval vessel, killing four soldiers. It was the first time the missile had been introduced in the battle with Israel. Military officials here say the Israeli ship's radar system was not calibrated to detect the Silkworm, which is equipped with an advanced anti-tracking system.

Jumblatt said he is worried Syria might try to gain more control of Lebanon following Israel's military campaign. "Syria will likely try to tell the world, 'Look, see, since we left Lebanon the Cedar Revolution and the forces in Lebanon that got our military out through popular support, those forces are not able to control Lebanon. While we (the Syrians) were in control, Lebanon was a safe place. Now it's not. We need to come back in.

"I would not be surprised if they even try to wiggle their way into a deal by convincing the Americans that Syrian influence in Lebanon will stabilize the region," Jumblatt said.


Will German Soldiers Be Pointing Their Weapons at Jewish Soldiers?

By YnetNews.com

The possibility that German soldiers will be stationed on Israel's northern border as part of a multinational force creates a complicated dilemma for Germany, well-covered by the media and discussed among the public. The BBC reported that, in recent days, German newspapers were busy reporting the as of yet theoretical issue, with many arguments for and against.

"History is part of the past, but the history of the Holocaust is part of the German present," read German newspaper 'Frankfurter Rundschau'. We cannot allow a German soldier, even in theory, "to be put in a situation where he may point his weapon at an Israeli," the article continued.

A survey from last weekend's edition of Der Speigel weekly magazine revealed that 53 percent of those surveyed opposed German participation in such a force. "In that area, Germans should be diplomats and mediators, but not soldiers," Green Party member Jerzy Montag told the newspaper.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany's largest newspapers, wrote that the fact politicians have the audacity even to debate such a topic is "amazing". Austrian paper Der Standard wrote that it was "impossible that grandchildren of Holocaust perpetrators potentially find themselves in a situation where they shoot at grandchildren of Holocaust survivors."

The German constitution after the Holocaust originally forbade the deployment of German soldiers outside of national borders. Twelve years ago, the constitution was changed to allow German troops to take part in peace-keeping missions around the world.

Jorg Himmelreich, a transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund, conjectures that the controversial scenario is unrealistic and that it is likelier that German soldiers would come into conflict with Hizbullah operatives, not Israeli soldiers.

Despite this possibility, Stephen Kramer, Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, believes that at no point in time will German soldiers be able to approach Israeli borders. "Neither great-grandchildren or great-great-grandchildren…I cannot imagine it. Anywhere else in the world, yes, but not where there is a possibility of armed conflict between a German soldier and an Israeli soldier."


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