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>JN April 26, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 72
Happy Birthday Israel:
By Golan (18.104.22.168), April 25, 2001 - 07:04 a.m.
And Mazel Tov! Its 53 years of growth from a small-nation-in-exile
into a strong democracy amidst a large swath of barbaric, hostile
and undemocratic region. Just when everyone thought that Israel and
the Jews would not make it during our independence, and after, they
were proven wrong time and time again! May our nation prosper and
bring unity into focus! And thank G_d Ariel Sharon is PM!
A Patriot Jew!
Sharon Says Iran's Secret Base Poses Threat to Israel
By Ross Dunn (VOA Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Iran is building a rocket
base for militant Islamic guerrillas based in Lebanon. The prime
minister told the Jerusalem Post that the base will enable
Hizbullah to fire long-range Katyusha rockets into the center of
Sharon said he raised the issue with the Bush administration
during his visit to Washington last month, as well as discussing
with U.S. officials ways to combat what he describes as a new
threat to regional security.
Sharon's warning comes as Iran is hosting a conference in the
capital Teheran, with the aim of giving greater support to the
Palestinian uprising, which is now in its seventh month.
The Israeli leader says that he does not see any short term
solution to the violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. At the
same time, Sharon said that Israel and the Palestinians are already
engaged in talks on possible joint economic projects, including a
train line to link the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
He also disclosed that Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres will
be traveling to Cairo Thursday to discuss with officials there a
joint Egyptian-Jordanian plan to end the violence and re-start
Sharon has called for revisions to the proposal, which recommends
that Israel ease sanctions against the Palestinians and pull its
troops back from areas of friction in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Iran has denied the Israeli allegation that it is building a rocket
base in Lebanon to mount attacks against the Jewish state. An
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said the accusation is totally
false. He said Israel raises such allegations in a bid to cover up
its aggression on Lebanon.
Blast Kills Four Palestinians in Gaza
By VOA News
An explosion has killed four Palestinians and wounded five others
in the southern Gaza Strip.
Palestinian witnesses said a charge went off at the border fence
between Gaza and Egypt as the group of people was passing by. They
blamed Israeli forces for planting the device. The Israeli army
said it was looking into the report.
The blast came as Israel maintained a tight blockade on the
Palestinian territories, while Israelis began Independence Day
festivities. Minor clashes broke out in the West Bank town of
Hebron and other occupied areas.
Israel says the restrictions will remain in place until early
Friday. The Palestinian militant group Hamas had threatened to
launch attacks during the Israeli holiday.
Radical Leaders Call on Muslims to Support Palestinians
By Dale Gavlak (VOA Cairo)
Radical Palestinian leaders are calling on Muslim states to step up
support for the fight against Israel. The Palestinian leaders are
in Tehran for the final day of a conference called by Iran to
galvanize support for Palestinians in their fight against Israel.
The conference attracted leaders from virtually every radical group
involved in the fight against Israel, including Lebanon's
Hizbullah, Palestinian Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Palestine. In addition, delegates from more
than 30 Arab and Islamic countries attended the conference.
In a speech early Wednesday, the leader of the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmed Jibril, called for the creation
of a "united Islamic Front" to fight Israel and liberate
Hamas General-Secretary Khaled Mashal was equally blunt. He told
the gathering that the radical groups want a political decision
from Muslim and Arab leaders to support, financially and
militarily, the Palestinian resistance.
Mohammad Khatami Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,
said the Islamic resistance should focus on crushing Israeli
actions, not diplomatic efforts. He said that Israel's attacks on
Palestinians, Lebanon and Syria, clearly showed what he called "the
satanic intentions of Israel and Western supporters."
The Iranian foreign ministry condemned Washington's criticism of
remarks Ayatollah Khamenei made to the conference on Tuesday, when
he accused Israel of exaggerating the World War II Holocaust to
justify its actions against the Palestinians. The State Department
called the statement "outrageous" and "deplorable."
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