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IDF Reserve General: Eradicate PA

By IsraelNationalNews.com

IDF Brigadier-General (res.) Efi Eitam on Wednesday called for eradicating the PA and the killing of some of the senior officials.

In a Tel Aviv speech Wednesday night, the former senior commander stated, "We are approaching the time that we will have to eradicate the PA." When asked about PA officials he responded, "Some of them are simply our enemies and they have to be killed".


Two Israeli Teenagers Found Dead in Cave

By Jenny Badner (VOA-Jerusalem)

The bodies of two 14-year old Israeli boys have been found in a cave in the Judean desert. Police suspect the boys were murdered by Palestinian militants.

The two teenagers were found dead in a cave near the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Police said marks on the boys' bodies led to the suspicion that they were beaten to death by Palestinian militants.

The teenagers, Yosef Ishran and Kobi Mendel, lived in the Jewish settlement of Teqoa, southeast of Bethlehem.

A rescue team started searching for the teenagers after they failed to return home on Tuesday. Israel's army radio reports that the pair had skipped school to hike in the desert.

Israeli forces arrested about 20 Palestinians in connection with the killings, including several shepherds. Earlier, an extremist Palestinian group had claimed responsibility. The State Department condemned the killing of the two teenagers as "horrible." One of the two had dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and had lived in the Washington, D.C. area.

Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for the murder and for not doing more to stop terrorism.

Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said a three-month-old baby was critically injured when Israel destroyed a Palestinian security post near the Rafah refugee camp.

Palestinian cabinet member, Saeb Erekat condemned the murders, saying the Palestinian authority considers the killing of children and civilians, Israeli or Palestinian, unacceptable.

A Sharon adviser, Ra'anan Gissen, told VOA, Israel will continue its policy of pursuing Palestinian militants wherever they are, including areas under full Palestinian control.

"This is no doubt an escalation in the despicable type of cold-blooded murder that has been conducted. And of course, those who did it will receive their due punishment. We will continue to pursue terrorists wherever they are and we will go into areas where they hide, if necessary, to stop those kinds of activities." Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat placed the blame for the months of violence solely on the shoulders of Israel.


Ben-Gurion Airport Wary of Shoulder Missiles

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Acting on IDF intelligence information, security precautions against attacks with Strela shoulder-held missiles are being taken by the Civil Air Administration. There are now concerns that terrorists may launch an attack using the ground-to-air missiles.

Flights departing and arriving from the nation's commercial international airport via an eastern route are being instructed to remain at an altitude of over 7,000 feet while traveling over the "Green Line" and Jerusalem areas. Planes approaching Ben-Gurion International Airport from the east must remain at the minimum height until reaching a distance of seven miles from the runway, namely crossing the "Green Line" into "Israel proper."

Flights approaching the runway from west to east that are unable to make the landing attempt, must then raise up above 7,000 feet as a safety precaution. Planes unable to climb to the required altitude in the short period of time due to technical reasons are being instructed to circle until obtaining the proper altitude.


Egypt Denies Involvement in Arms Smuggling

By Dale Gavlak (VOA-Cairo)

Egypt has rejected Israeli accusations that it is aiding Palestinians to smuggle weapons for their uprising. Egyptian officials are also urging the United States to assume a more prominent role to help end the violence.

Egyptian presidential advisor Osama El Baz, speaking to foreign journalists in Cairo, denied Israeli charges that Egypt is helping Palestinians smuggle in arms for the uprising. He called the allegations "absolutely false."

Israel said it has destroyed a number of tunnels between Egypt and Gaza used by Palestinians to smuggle arms.


Assad: We're Not Anti-Semitic

Israel Faxx Staff
Syrian President Bashar Assad, responding to sharp Israeli and U.S. criticism for anti-Jewish comments, has said Arabs could not be accused of being anti-Semitic as they were Semites themselves.

"There are many people in this world who are still afraid to even mention the historic facts...and accuse us, the Semites, of being anti-Semitic.

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