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Defense Minister Says Anyone is A Potential Target
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz stated Tuesday that anyone in Gaza may be targeted by the
IDF in the ongoing war against terrorism. He was speaking while visiting soldiers on the
southern Gaza border with Egypt. Mofaz made his comments in response to a question
pertaining to senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders. He added that Gaza is a breeding
ground for terrorism.
Kenya Denies Allegations it Ignored Terrorist Attack Warnings
By VOA News
Kenya has denied charges that it ignored warnings of terrorist attacks before last
week's suicide car bombing in Mombassa that killed 16 people. Tuesday's denial came as
President Daniel arap Moi headed to Washington for talks on security in the Horn of Africa
region with President Bush on Thursday. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi will also be
included in the talks.
Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper said top government officials were warned four times since
March about impending attacks. It said the warnings named the Somalia-based Al Itihad Al
Islamiya group that is linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist network. The newspaper said the
names and photographs of two Iraqi suspects who planned to enter Kenya from Somalia to
carry out attacks were passed to authorities. The newspaper did not name its sources.
Last Thursday's car bombing at the Israeli-owned Paradise resort hotel in Mombassa killed
10 Kenyans, three Israelis, and three suicide bombers. Minutes before the blast, two
shoulder-launched missiles were fired at an Israeli-chartered passenger plane leaving the
city, narrowly missing their target.
The United States said there is increasing reason to believe al-Qaeda was involved in the
two Kenya attacks. A statement attributed to al-Qaeda claiming responsibility was posted
on an Islamic website on Monday. U.S. officials say they consider the claim to be
The website published a statement claiming that it was behind last Thursday's
double-pronged terrorist attacks on Israeli targets in Kenya. Simultaneously, a terror
organization calling itself "Islamic al-Qaeda in Palestine" has begun spreading its name
on the Internet, explaining that it is operating in Yasir Arafat's Palestinian Authority.
In a leaflet reportedly distributed in PA areas, potential al-Qaeda members are asked
to swear allegiance to Osama bin Laden. While the authenticity of the Internet
announcements cannot be verified, the presence of al-Qaeda operatives in Judea, Samaria
and Gaza was confirmed Monday by IDF Chief of Staff Moshe ("Bogi") Ya'alon during a visit
to a recruiting base. However, the Chief of Staff also stated that, thanks to intelligence
information, Israel has been able to eliminate certain al-Qaeda threats both in Israel and
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, also addressing the al-Qaeda threat, told the Knesset
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday that attempts by the organization to
infiltrate Israel have been frustrated by Israeli security services. Mofaz also warned
that the terrorist threat is likely to worsen in the coming months, with the Mombassa
attack being a watershed event
Meanwhile, an Israeli security official said Israeli intelligence had advance warning that
al-Qaeda was planning attacks with Kenya as a likely target. But the official, military
intelligence chief General Yossi Kuperwasser, is quoted by Israel radio as saying the
warning was only general -- without enough detail to have prevented the suicide bombing.
On Monday, an unidentified U.S. official said the Soviet-made missile launchers used in
Kenya appear to be from the same batch as a launcher used in a June attempt to shoot down
a U.S. warplane in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Ha'aretz reported that Israel's army chief, Lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon,
issued a warning this week that al-Qaeda's leader, Osama bin-Laden, is working with
Palestinian militants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Defending the Skies
By Israel Faxx News Sources
An Israeli defense consortium has developed an advanced on-board defense system for
civilian airliners. The system is designed to detect an incoming missile and deflect it
safely away from the airliner.
Israel Aircraft Industries subsidiary Elta Electronics Industries, Koor Industries
subsidiary Elisra Electronic Systems, and Rafael have developed the system in conjunction
with Israeli intelligence agencies. In addition, development of the system was funded in
part by the Israeli Transportation Ministry. Israeli financial sources have said that the
system will be offered to foreign airlines, as well as most likely being put into
operation on El Al and Arkia airplanes.
The system, among other advances, will be designed to counter shoulder-fired
anti-aircraft missiles, such as those fired at an Arkia flight last week over Kenya. Last
week's attempted downing of a civilian aircraft has increased interest in the Israeli
system and will most likely speed up the implementation schedule.
Bill Gates: Israel Represents the Leading Edge of Innovation
By Israel Faxx News Sources
Expressing confidence in the future of Israeli technology, Microsoft chairman Bill
Gates said that his company would expand its investment in Israel in the future, Yediot
"We are investing and continue to invest in our research and development in Israel. Our
team in Israel has recently been handed with some challenging and ambitious tasks. They
are working with new developments, particularly in the field of digital security. In this
area Israel has an impressive record of accomplishment," Gates said.
He added that despite the political and security situation, Israel continues to
represent the cutting edge of innovation, and Microsoft will continue to be a part of it.
"There is no connection between the war that Israel is fighting and the future of the
technology that is being created there." He said that while the company is always
concerned about the welfare of its employees, security concerns "won't stop us from
deepening our activities in Israel."
Microsoft Israel, founded in 1989, is one of the few Microsoft outposts abroad fully
owned and operated by the U.S. parent company. The Microsoft research and development
center in Haifa is one of a small group of overseas centers involved developing new
products for the company.
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