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U.S. Poll: Few Blame Israel for War


A new poll has shown that 39 percent of Americans blame the Hizbullah terrorist organization for the war while less than 10 percent blame Israel. The survey by the Washington Post and ABC also revealed that almost half of the respondents blame both sides for the conflict. Hizbullah tried to infiltrate the Israeli border on July 12 and then kidnapped two Israeli soldiers and began to attack the north with Katyusha rockets. Israel retaliated in an effort to bring back the soldiers, and Hizbullah has escalated the conflict by bombing Haifa and communities to the south.

15 Reservists Killed in Battle in Lebanon


Fifteen IDF soldiers were killed in battle against enemy forces in four different incidents in southern Lebanon on Wednesday. It has been the IDF's most bloody day of the month-long, and still ongoing, war against the Hizbullah terror organization.

One soldier died in a "friendly fire" accident early Wednesday morning, leading to a brief halt in the operations in the eastern sector of south Lebanon.

Four of the soldiers of the armored corps died when an anti-tank missile hit their tank. Nine others died when a building they were in collapsed after sustaining a missile strike. And one soldier died in the eastern sector of southern Lebanon when a Hizbullah mortar shell struck its target.

Another five soldiers are hospitalized as a result of clashes with Hizbullah forces, with several of them in serious-to-moderate condition.

Israel Approves Expansion of Lebanon Campaign

By Margaret Besheer (VOA News-Beirut)

Israeli air strikes killed at least seven people in Lebanon Wednesday, as Israel's security cabinet approved an expansion of its military campaign targeting Lebanon-based Hizbullah fighters. A top U.S. envoy visited the Lebanese capital Wednesday, as international efforts to end the conflict continued.

Lebanese officials said the casualties resulted from Israeli air strikes in the eastern Bekaa Valley and in a Palestinian refugee camp near the southern port city of Sidon.

Late in the afternoon, a series of large explosions rocked Beirut's southern suburbs, and dark gray cloud of smoke billowed up over a Shi'ite neighborhood known to be Hizbullah stronghold.

As the Israeli offensive continued Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah expressed support for a Lebanese government plan to deploy 15,000 soldiers in south Lebanon once a cease-fire is reached and Israel pulls out its forces.

Israel has expressed skepticism about the offer, saying it wants an international force to move into Southern Lebanon before it will withdraw its troops from the area. Israel has also demanded the Lebanese government disarm Hizbullah as part of a long-term solution that will end border instability and rocket attacks.

The U.S. envoy also met with Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri, an ally of Hizbullah, and with Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh. The Lebanese foreign minister said efforts were still continuing to reach a solution agreeable to the Lebanese. The U.S. emissary did not speak with reporters.

Lebanon, with support from other Arab nations, said any U.N. resolution to end the fighting, must also call for the immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces and the deployment of the Lebanese army to the south.

In other developments, aid agencies say they are having great difficulty reaching some of the hardest hit areas of southern Lebanon. Many truck drivers are refusing to deliver aid for fear of being targeted by Israel, which has warned that it would strike any vehicle traveling south of the Litani River, an area that includes the port city of Tyre.

Nasrallah: We'll Turn Lebanon into Graveyard for IDF

By Reuters &

A defiant Hizbullah chief vowed on Wednesday to turn south Lebanon into a "graveyard" for invading Israeli troops, hours after the Jewish state ordered an expanded ground offensive.

In a televised speech, Hassan Nasrallah said Israeli attacks had not weakened its rocket capabilities and called on the Arab residents of Haifa to quit the Israeli city to avoid being hurt by the guerrilla group's barrages. "Please leave the area. We are grieving with you, we are weeping with you."

Turning to the Israeli cabinet's decision to further engage Hizbullah, Nasrallah said, "You won't be able to stay in our land, and if you come in, we'll force you out. We will turn our precious southern land into a graveyard for the invading Zionists."

Israel decided on Wednesday to expand its ground offensive in Lebanon, increasing pressure on major powers struggling to win agreement on a United Nations resolution to end the 29-day-old war.

Former Knesset Member and Haifa resident Issam Mahoul on Wednesday categorically rejected Nasrallah's call to Arab residents of Haifa to evacuate the city. "We have nothing to do outside of Haifa, and we have no reason to panic. The Palestinian people are especially unwilling to be refugees of any kind again," Mahoul told Ynet.

Mahoul said, "Nasrallah should have known that in 1948 the Communist party was also opposed to Arab residents leaving their homes." He added that in his opinion now was not the time to leave the city "in the hands of the supporters of the war," and he was working so both the Jewish and Arab populations would avoid panic.

"Simultaneously, we are issuing a call not hit civilian populations in principle – not in Haifa, not in Lebanon and not in Gaza. This is the time for political action by all opponents of the war," he said.

Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav also responded to Nasrallah's statements. "The Arabs residents of Haifa are rooted deep in the city's land, history and landscape. No Nasrallah will manage to uproot them from here, or distort the voices of this city."

Senior Terrorist: 'Hizbullah Agents Operating in Israel'

By Aaron Klein (© 2006

Hizbullah has an advanced spy network operating inside Israel consisting of "tens" of agents, mostly Arab-Israelis who provide the Lebanon-based terror group with strategic information such as rocket targets and locations of military installations, a senior terror leader told WorldNetDaily in an interview.

"Hizbullah agents have penetrated Palestine," said Abu Oudai, a chief rocket coordinator for the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the West Bank. "[Hizbullah] receives extremely high-quality information from their agents inside Palestine. We are talking about detailed maps of neighborhoods, locations of military bases and regular information every day from many sources to help the heroes (Hizbullah) fire rockets more accurately into [northern Israel].

The Al Aqsa Brigades, the declared "military wing" of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, is responsible for scores of shooting attacks, rocket launchings and, together with Islamic Jihad, every suicide bombing inside Israel the past two years.

Israel says senior Brigades leaders, particularly the group's cell in Nablus in the northern West Bank, coordinate their attacks with Hizbullah and receive funding from Iran and Syria funneled through Hizbullah channels. Several Brigades leaders have spoken openly to WorldNetDaily about their group's affiliation with Hizbullah.

Since Israel started its military campaign in Lebanon last month following a Hizbullah attack, the Lebanese militia has fired more than 2,000 rockets into northern Israeli cities, including into Haifa, the country's third largest. About one-third of the Israeli population is under rocket threat.

While Hizbullah rockets lack guidance systems, the projectiles are launched from specific areas in Lebanon using a rocket's known trajectory and travel distance to score hits on particular Israeli towns.

Israeli security officials say they have been surprised by the accuracy of Hizbullah's rocket attacks. Several Katyushas have scored direct hits on Israeli military installations and other strategic sites.

Abu Oudai, who heads Al Aqsa's rocket infrastructure, told WorldNetDaily "tens" of Hizbullah agents inside Israel provide Hizbullah with targeting information. He said after rocket attacks, Hizbullah agents send the terror group information on hits and misses.

Asked if the regular Israeli and international television footage of the aftermath of rocket strikes help Hizbullah with their targeting, Abu Oudai replied, "Hizbullah doesn't need help. The information they get from their agents is excellent."

Israeli intelligence officials told WND they are "very aware" of a possible Hizbullah spy network inside Israel and have been working to crack it. Security sources said they suspect most Hizbullah agents operating here are Arab-Israeli. They say Hizbullah's most successful recruiting ground is Mecca, where Arab-Israelis travel for the pilgrimage there required by Islam. While Saudi Arabia does not admit Israelis, Arab-Israelis can travel to Jordan where they turn in their passports temporarily for a Jordanian passport voucher they can use to enter Saudi Arabia.

The sources said Israeli Hizbullah agents receive advanced training by Hizbullah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard members, including in the use of intelligence gathering and secured communications. "Hizbullah, with the help of Iran, works like the army of a sovereign country," said a security official. "This includes the recruitment and development of spy networks."

Hizbullah many times has boasted of infiltrating Israel. Last Saturday, Hizbullah's al-Manar television network aired what appeared to be home video footage of a building in Haifa collapsing last week after a rocket strike. News coverage here only had captured the aftermath of the building collapse and not footage of the structure falling. Al-Manar claimed the video was recorded by a Hizbullah agent operating inside Israel and boasted the group has many agents in the Jewish state. Israel says it is investigating the claim.

Jerusalem Mayor Halts Sirens


Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski has implemented a change, temporarily doing away with the Sabbath siren in the capital. Customarily, the air raid siren sounds in Sabbath-observant neighborhoods marking the start of the holy day. The mayor recently noticed that the sounding of the siren plummeted visiting northern residents, especially the children, into anxiety attacks or worse.

As a result, in some areas last Friday night, the music track for "Shalom Aleichem" was sounded in place of the siren, with City Hall promising an even more widespread implementation of the new program this Friday night.

Middle East Expert: Iranians May Bring on Apocalypse August 22 By

A top expert on the Middle East says it is possible Iran could pick August 22, the anniversary of one of Islam's holiest events, for a cataclysm Shiite Muslims believe will forever resolve the battle between "good" and "evil."

Princeton's Bernard Lewis has written an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal advising that the rest of the world would be wise to bear in mind that for those who believe the end of the world is imminent and good, there is no deterrent even to nuclear warfare.

As WorldNetDaily has reported, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged his people to prepare for the coming of an Islamic "messiah," raising concerns a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic could trigger the kind of global conflagration he envisions will set the stage for the end of the world.

He's also said, in a WND report, that Islam and its followers must prepare to rule the world, because it is a "universal ideology that leads the world to justice." Now comes Lewis, who notes that the world must be concerned about a leader for whom the possibility of death is not a deterrent.

"In this context, mutual assured destruction, the deterrent that worked so well during the Cold War, would have no meaning," Lewis wrote. "At the end of time, there will be general destruction anyway. What will matter will be the final destination of the dead – hell for the infidels, and heaven for the believers. For people with this mindset, MAD is not a constraint, it is an inducement," he said.

Lewis noted that Ahmadinejad has referred to August 22 several times, including when he rejected – until that date – United Nations requests for nuclear program information. Lewis, joining several other Middle East experts who have expressed similar concerns, said August 22 corresponds to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427.

"This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to 'the farthest mosque,' usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back," Lewis wrote.

In Islam, as in other religious, certain beliefs describe the "cosmic struggle" at the end of time. For Shiite Muslims, Lewis wrote, this will be "the long awaited return of the Hidden Imam, ending in the final victory of the forces of good over evil."

The significance, he said, is that there's a "radical" difference between Iran and other governments with nuclear weapons. "This difference is expressed in what can only be described as the apocalyptic world view of Iran's present rulers," he wrote. Iran's leaders now "clearly believe that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has already begun and is indeed well advanced."

As for intent, a passage from the Ayatollah Khomeini, quoted in an 11th-grade Iranian schoolbook, reveals priorities: "I am decisively announcing to the whole world that if the world-devourers (i.e., the infidel powers) wish to stand against our religion, we will stand against their whole world and will not cease until the annihilation of all them. Either we all become free, or we will go to the greater freedom which is martyrdom."

Lewis wrote, "This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and if necessary the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadanejad plans any such cataclysmic events precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind."

Lewis, the Cleveland E. Dodge professor emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, specializes in Muslim history and interaction between Muslims and the West. His comments echoed those made just a few days earlier by Robert Spencer, another scholar of Islamic history, theology and law and the director of Jihad Watch.

In an article for, he wrote that Farid Ghadry, president of the Reform Party of Syria, noted the commemoration of Muhammad's ascent to heaven from the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Spencer said the Night Journey, or Miraj, is what makes Jerusalem a holy site for Islam, and Islamic tradition believes Muhammad, along with the angel Gabriel, went to the Temple Mount, and then to heaven in a bathing of light over Jerusalem. Spencer reported that Ghadry talked of Ahmadinejad's plans for an illumination of the night sky over Jerusalem to rival the light of that Islamic belief.

Ghadry said what the Iranian president is "promising the world by August 22 is the light in the sky over the Aqsa Mosque," Spencer said. He said a nuclear attack on Jerusalem, or even a conventional attack, would be consistent with the references that have been made, including Ahmadinejad's talk that Israel "pushed the button of its own destruction" by returning fire for Hizbullah's rocket barrage.

Also, "Atomic Iran" author Jerome Corsi notes that it's less significant whether Hizbullah survives, "but it's really the first chapter in the play for Iran and the Shiite Islam nation to come to ascendancy in the Muslim world."

First is the battle against Israel and the United States, he said, then against Sunni Islam. Where that group is more dominant, he said, is in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, where group members are "not unhappy to see Iran contained." "They may launch an attack, but I still think if they had a weapon they would just go ahead and use it," Corsi said. "Terrorists don't brag about things they're going to do until after they do it."

He said the recent comments are more typical of terrorists' efforts to get attention. "When Ahmadinejad is capable of taking action he will do it without any warning or bravado; he'll just do it," Corsi said.

In the updated edition of "Atomic Iran: How the Terrorist Regime Bought the Bomb and American Politicians," now available in paperback from WND Books, Corsi discusses many of the disturbing developments related to Iran.

Meanwhile, Tanzanian customs officials have uncovered an Iranian smuggling operation transporting large quantities of bomb-making uranium from the same mines in the Congo that provided the nuclear material for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima 61 years ago, according to a recent report in the London Sunday Times.

A United Nations report, outlining the interception last October, said there is "no doubt" the smuggled uranium-238 came from mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's mineral-rich Katanga province.

The smuggled uranium discovered by Tanzanian customs agents was hidden in shipment of coltan, a rare mineral used to make chips in mobile telephones. According to the manifest, the coltan was to be smelted in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan after being shipped to Bandar Abbas, Iran's largest port. Uranium-238, when used in a nuclear reactor, can be used to create plutonium for nuclear weapons.

Hitler Tried to Rewrite the Bible


Hitler's deranged racist hatred against the Jews had no boundaries. In his war against the Jews, Hitler instructed a group of German theologians to rewrite the Bible and the New Testament, in a bid to remove all mention of the Jews.

The German newspaper, Bilt Zeitung has revealed that in 1939 a group of Protestant theologians, loyal to the Nazi regime, established an institution for the "cleansing of Judaism from Christianity."

The institution's official purpose was to cleanse the Protestant Church of all ceremonies with non-Aryan influences, and to compile alternative scriptures derived from the Nazi ideology and spirit of the Church.

Church staff worked incessantly, conducting comprehensive surveys and publishing a large number of documents that imbued Christianity with Nazi commentary. One of these publications, the German Book of Faith, included the rewriting of the 10 Commandments in the spirit of Nazi ethics, and also added two more commandments.

Respect God and depend on him entirely; maintain silence before God; refrain from any form of hypocrisy; hold sacred thy body and life; hold sacred goodness and respect; hold sacred truth and loyalty; honor thy mother and thy father; help thy children and become a role model; maintain purity of blood and sanctity of marriage; much wisdom; always be prepared to help and forgive; respect thy Fuhrer; serve in joy thy people through labor and sacrifice – this is what God demands of us."

Needless to say, the heads of the Nazi regime didn't bother to abide by any of these commandments. Hitler himself despised Christianity and deported several of the Churches' leaders to concentration camps.

Another book compiled by the Nazi regime was The Institute for the Purification of Christianity, a new prayer book for Christians. Any mention of Hebrew words such as Hallelujah was carefully deleted from the book. Mention of Jerusalem was replaced with the words "Eternity – the Divine city of light."

The publications were intended to serve the war against the "eternal Jewish enemy." One of the scriptures, published in 1940, stated that Jesus could become sacred to the German people, only if he was not perceived as the founder of Judaism, but rather as a sworn enemy of the Jews.

To achieve this goal, the heads of the institute were forced to invent new roots for him. One of the Nazi researchers determined that Jesus' family came from the Kavkaz Mountains, and was therefore, not Jewish. The majority of these scriptures disappeared after World War II, or was transferred to various archives. The newspaper revealed the essence of the documents collected in recent years.

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