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Tehran Sends Bin Laden's Son to Syria
Any question regarding cooperation between Iran and al-Qaeda should be answered by news
that Iran has 'freed' Usama bin Laden's son, Saad bin Laden, in order to get an al-Qaeda
foothold from Syria and project it against Israel. The degree to which Usama bin Laden's
son was 'freed' on July 28 should likely be interpreted as a deployment, not a release.
According to a German Die Welt article, this is not only a significant development in the
current war between Israel and Hizbullah, but more importantly, a clear indication that
the fight against Hizbullah is not an isolated conflict.
Ahmadinejad Reiterates Threat
By Israel News Faxx Services
Iran's president reiterated his call for Israel's destruction as a "solution" to the
Middle East crisis. Attending a meeting of the 56-member Organization of the Islamic
Conference in Malaysia on Thursday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad endorsed a resolution calling for
a cessation of hostilities between Israel and Lebanon, but added his own proviso.
"Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage
an immediate ceasefire must be implemented," he said. "Britain and America, as the main
associates of the Zionist regime in its offensive in Lebanon, should compensate Lebanon's
damages. Those governments should answer for their crimes in Lebanon."
IDF Renews Strikes on Hizbullah Targets in Beirut; Nasrallah: If Israel Hits Beirut,
We will Hit Tel Aviv
Senior Hizbullah officials have ordered the terror organization's "missile unit" to
launch attacks against Tel Aviv if Beirut is attacked. Such a response is to be immediate,
not dependent on additional consultations, the terror commanders are quoted as telling a
The senior terror officials stated if Israel attacks Beirut, Tel Aviv will be hit
immediately. Regarding targets "past Tel Aviv", such a decision will be depend how events
unfold, the newspaper reported.
Israel said it would retaliate harshly against an attack on Tel Aviv and would destroy
the entire infrastructure in Lebanon, according to a highly-positioned IDF officer quoted
by Channel One's Mabat news program.
Katyusha Barrage, Battles in Lebanon - 12 Killed
By IsraelNationalNews.com & VOA News
Twelve Israelis were killed Thursday in the war with Hizbullah: four soldiers in the
ground battles, and eight civilians in the terrorists' stepped-up Katyusha rocket
The news of the three separate incidents was broken all at once at approximately 4:30
p.m. The army first released for publication that two soldiers had been killed in battles
with Hizbullah in southern Lebanon in the course of the day. Later, it was announced that
a third soldier died of his wounds at Rambam Hospital. Early hints of the news had been
provided earlier with reports of "very heavy battles" in southern Lebanon. The death of
the fourth soldier was announced shortly before midnight.
The news was released just as a wave of Katyusha rockets hit the city of Acco (Acre),
north of Haifa, 12 miles south of the Lebanese border along the Mediterranean coast. It
was first reported that one person had been seriously injured, then that he and a fellow
passenger in his car were killed, and then that the number of dead had risen to three and
then four. Two other people were reported injured by the fatal blast.
Minutes later, it was learned that three other people had been killed in a similar
Katyusha strike in the Israeli-Arab neighborhood of Tarshiha, near Ma'alot, some 12 miles
to the northeast. The three dead in Ma'alot Tarshiha were Shnati Shnati, Amir Naim and
Muhammed Faor, all of them age 18.
Two of the victims in the Acco attack, father and daughter Shimon and Mazal Zribi, were
reportedly in a shelter when they heard a Katyusha fall; they went out to see what
happened, and were killed by a follow-up rocket. Also killed was 41-year-old Albert Ben
The number of dead in the war with Hizbullah now stands at 68, including 28 civilians
and 40 soldiers. Among the civilians killed by the Muslim-fired Katyushas were at least
A new report from the U.S. based Human Rights Watch said Israeli air strikes have
indiscriminately struck Lebanese civilians.
A military spokesman said expanding Israel's presence in Lebanon will require about
2,000 more troops. Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff, Dan Halutz said his forces will
stay in Lebanon as long as necessary. "We are going to provide our government the
flexibility to select its decision, either to stay or withdraw."
Israel dropped leaflets in Beirut warning residents of three Shiite neighborhoods to
leave - a sign the neighborhoods could be hit by air strikes.
Israel later resumed air strikes on the southern suburbs of Beirut. Planes carried out
strikes on southern Beirut as well as against targets in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley,
and on roads near the Syrian border Thursday.
Speaking to journalists, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he believes Israel's policy
towards civilian casualties in Lebanon is much different that that of Hizbullah's.
"Every time a civilian is killed by an Israeli we consider it a failure and we regret
it very much because it has never been our strategy and we do not want to achieve that,"
he said. "Every time an Israeli civilian is considered by Hizbullah it is considered by
them to be a victory."
About 10,000 Israeli ground troops are engaged in heavy fighting with Hizbullah
militants inside southern Lebanon. Israeli troops have seized ground near at least ten
Lebanese towns and villages in the area. Hizbullah on Thursday continued to launch rockets
against northern Israel.
Meanwhile, a large Israeli force of about 50 tanks accompanied by bulldozers pushed
about eight kilometers into the Gaza Strip on Thursday taking up position near the
Egyptian border. Israeli aircraft also attacked at least four groups of what Israel says
were Palestinian gunmen. At least four Palestinians were killed and more than 20 others
Netanyahu Tells Britain: Hizbullah Can Reach London
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
Knesset Member and Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu warned Britons on Thursday that
Iran has missiles which can reach London. Speaking on Sky News, the former Prime Minister
said that Hizbullah represents a new fascism and Hitler-ism that threatens the West.
In a separate interview with The Times of London, Netanyahu also doubted that a
proposed international peacekeeping force in Lebanon can prevent future attacks on Israel
by Hizbullah. "The record of multi-national forces so far has been mixed one," he
"In Iraq, a dozen nations started out and one by one they fell by the wayside as
Islamic terrorists targeted the soldiers of the international force. Ukrainian, Spanish
and Japanese mothers asked why should our sons fight and die in Iraq. This is undoubtedly
a tactic that Hizbullah and its Iranian patrons will try to replicate here."
The Speaker of the Knesset, Dalia Itzik (Kadima), asked on Thursday the Knesset's
Ethics Committee to sanction member Jamal Zahlaka (Balad) for improper conduct.
In a letter to committee chairman Haim Oron(Meretz-Yahad), Itzik asked to suspend the
Israeli Arab from 10 Knesset sessions for calling opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu an
"angel of death" and interrupting Vice Premier Shimon Peres' speech.
Evidence Mounts that Qana "Massacre" Was a Fake
The world awoke last Sunday to the news that an Israeli air strike had killed 57
Lebanese civilians, leading Israel to stop air strikes for two days - but evidence shows
the "massacre" was just a fraud.
The supposed massacre caused a major turnabout in world diplomacy. Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice suddenly canceled her plans to fly to Beirut, saying "my work towards a
ceasefire is really here [in Jerusalem] today."
The implication was clearly that the onus was now upon Israel. French President Jacques
Chirac condemned Israel's "unjustified action which demonstrates more than ever the need
for an immediate ceasefire," Jordan's King Abdullah called it an "ugly crime," and other
world leaders echoed these sentiments.
Though Israel emphasized that Hizbullah was to blame for waging its rocket war against
Israel from within a civilian population, Foreign Ministry officials repeated their "deep
regret at the loss of innocent life in the campaign against Hizbullah," and were forced to
promise a "thorough and comprehensive examination."
Apparently, however, the incident was all one big fraud, staged by Arab elements for
the world media in order to lead precisely to the situation described above.
The central piece of evidence leading to this conclusion is the fact, mentioned by IDF
officials from the very beginning that the building collapsed a full seven hours after the
Israel Air Force bombing. Why, then, would the residents inside not have been evacuated in
As Brig. Gen. Amir Eshel of the Israeli Air Force told reporters Sunday night, "It is
difficult for me to believe that they waited eight hours to evacuate it." Without
additional evidence, Eshel merely left open the possibility that Hizbullah terrorists, or
explosives they left behind, caused the explosion.
"Indeed," writes Robert Spencer for FrontPageMagazine, "it strains credulity that not
only did these Lebanese civilians remain in a house that had been bombed for eight hours,
but peacefully went to sleep in it after the bombing since the victims were all
apparently sleeping, despite continuing Israeli air bombardment in the area, when the
Gen. Eshel also said that the building was used by Hizbullah to store explosives. This
was supported by a letter by Dr. Mounir Herzallah, a southern Lebanese Shiite, who wrote
that Hizbullah terrorists came to his town, dug a munitions depot and then built a school
and a residence directly over it.
In addition, as Reuven Koret writes for IsraelInsider, the bombing of the area occurred
in three waves. The first bombs, according to CNN correspondent Brent Sadler, did not hit
the building in question, but rather landed "20 or 30 meters" away. The second strike hit
targets further away, and the third strike, around 7:30 in the morning, landed over 400
meters away. The first reports of a collapsed building arrived a half-hour later.
Another CNN correspondent, Ben Wedeman, noted that there was a larger crater next to
the building. He observed that the roof of the building was intact and that the building
appeared not to have collapsed as a result of the Israeli strike.
Thus, the building was used to store explosives, was apparently not destroyed by the
bombing, and sheltered dozens of women and children throughout a night of bombing. The
identity of the victims was also not clear, except that they were not the original
occupants of the building; a National Public Radio correspondent reported that they had
left. "The victims were non-residents who chose to shelter in the building that night,"
Koret writes, and who were "'too poor' to leave the town, one resident told CNN's Wedeman.
Who were these people?"
Police Bar Non-Muslims From Temple Mount Despite Court Order
Despite an Israeli High Court decision, Jerusalem's Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest
site, was closed to Jews on the Fast of Tisha B'Av, which mourns the destruction of the
Holy Temple. Despite the fact that the Mount represents the focal point of the fast, only
Muslim women and Muslim men over the age of 45 were permitted entry Thursday.
Israel's Supreme Court ruled two days ago that members of the Temple Mount Faithful
could ascend the mount on Tisha B'Av during the normal hours during which non-Muslims are
usually allowed on the Mount, Sunday-Thursday. The court ruled that the group could not
carry placards, dress in a provocative fashion or draw any attention to themselves - and
the group's founder, Gershon Solomon, was to be barred from the Mount altogether.
In response, the head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, Sheikh Raed Selah,
told Israel Radio that the Supreme Court does not have the authority to rule on the
matter, "because Israel does not have sovereignty over [the Temple Mount]." He also issued
a call for Muslims to flock to the Al Aqsa Mosque Thursday to confront Jewish worshipers.
Following additional threats by Arab Knesset members Ibrahim Sarsour and Abbas Zkoor
(Ra'am-Ta'al), Police barred not only members of the Temple Mount Faithful group
but all non-Muslims. They said the decision was due to a fear of violent clashes between
Temple Mount Faithful activists and Muslim protesters.
Police detained one Jewish man who requested to be allowed to visit the Temple Mount
Thursday morning, claiming he obstructed the entrance to the Western Wall to
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