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>JN Feb. 5, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 25

Israeli Singer Mati Caspi Convicted of Bigamy

Israel Faxx Staff Report

Singer-songwriter Mati Caspi was convicted of bigamy in the Tel Aviv Magistrate's court on Tuesday. The court ruled that Caspi married Gal (Rachel) Wenger in October 1994 in the U.S., before he divorced his first wife Dorine Lubotsky Caspi, whom he married in August of 1975.

In 1994, Caspi married Wenger in a civil ceremony, according to California law. The maximum sentence for bigamy in Israel is five years, but Caspi's sentence will be determined by California law. The maximum sentence for bigamy in California state is three years.

IDF Chief: We Are Ready, Prepared Against Iranian Threats


IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz said Tuesday that Israel is well prepared to deal with Iranian threats and has the necessary defense means, as well as "other capabilities" to deal with the threats that may present themselves.

Mofaz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee that in the event of a regional war, he is willing to state with caution that Israel is ready to deal with the threats that she may be required to face.

Transportation Minister Ephraim Sneh, a former general, said earlier Tuesday that Iran's goal was to "wipe Israel off the map." The present regime in Tehran, he told Israel Radio, believes that "from a religious point of view, Israel has no right to exist. Its army, the rockets in south Lebanon are all meant for this purpose. This is the regime's ideology and strategy." He added that Israel had "no intention of attacking Iran."

The latest comments are part of the escalating rhetoric between Jerusalem and Tehran in recent days. Iran warned Israel on Monday not to consider attacking its nuclear power plant, saying the Islamic republic would retaliate in ways "unimaginable" to Israel.

"If Israel carries out any military action against Iran, it will face a response that will be unimaginable to any Israeli politician," Defense Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani told the Arabic-language Al Jazeera television. He said he was not referring to a nuclear response.

Radical Palestinian Groups Criticize Arafat

By VOA News

Two radical Palestinian groups have condemned Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's article that appeared in Sunday's New York Times.

The leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said Tuesday that Arafat's article could compromise the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people. It said it cannot accept Arafat's argument that Israel's demographic concerns should be taken into account when discussing the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

On Monday, the Islamic radical group Hamas accused Arafat of using what it calls "Israeli logic" and begging favors from the United States. Hamas said Arafat has failed the Palestinian people by calling fighters and martyrs "terrorists."

Arafat wrote that those who attack innocent Israeli civilians are terrorists, who do not represent the Palestinian people or its aspirations for freedom. He did not refer to Hamas or any other group by name, but said he is determined to put an end to all terrorist activities. The Palestinian leader also said he is ready to resume peace talks with any Israeli leader.

Palestinian Gunmen Storm Court, Slay 3 Convicted Killers

By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)

Palestinian gunmen, backed by an angry mob, stormed into a Palestinian military court in the West Bank Tuesday and killed three men. The three had just been convicted of killing a policeman.

Eyewitnesses say hundreds of Palestinians, including several masked gunmen, forced police aside and burst into the court building in the West Bank town of Jenin. The gunmen then opened fire, killing the three convicted men. They then dragged the bodies into the streets and shot into the air in triumph.

The victims had just been convicted of murdering Osama Qmeil. Two of the three killed had been sentenced to death and the third to 15 years hard labor.

The three told the presiding judge of the military tribunal in Jenin, they had acted in revenge for the killing of six people by Qmeil a decade ago. A member of the Palestinian security services, Qmeil was suspected of killing Palestinians who collaborated with Israel.

Witnesses say many of those who stormed the courtroom belonged to PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat's Fatah faction, the security forces, or were relatives of Qmeil. He was killed last week, after he was lured to a garbage dump on the outskirts of Jenin.

Islamic Jihad in Cairo Publishes Suicide Bombers Handbook By

Three leaders of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in Egypt have just released their handbook for suicide terrorists in the ongoing "holy war."

The book calls on bombers not to target little children, the elderly and handicapped, women and others, explaining the significance of "jihad" in Islam -- adding prior to perpetrating an attack, a bomber must decide what will benefit Islam and what will harm it. Special mention is made instructing bombers to be certain not to target tourists in Arab countries.

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