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Libya's Gaddafi on Way to Israel?

By Ynetnews.com

Sources in the Libyan press reported "Israel and Libya have agreed on a surprise visit by Muammar Gaddafi to Israel, this following a failure to arrange a visit of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Tripoli." Gaddafi is expected to hold meetings with several Arab leaders before he visits Israel, in order to obtain legitimization for the visit, one of the sources added. In recent years Gaddafi has promoted the idea of a united state for the Israelis and Palestinians, which he calls "Isratine," as a resolution for the dispute between the two nations. During the last Arab Nations summit held in March, Gaddafi said: "I cannot recognize either the Palestinian State or the State of Israel. The Palestinians and the Israelis are idiots. The solution must be one state. It's impossible for two states to exist."


Shalom Expresses Growing Concerns Over Iranian Nuclear Program

By IsraelNationalNews.com & YnetNews.com

Iran may be as little as six months away from completing the know-how to build a nuclear bomb, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said on Monday.

His comment contrasted with a recent assessment by the authoritative, independent International Institute for Strategic Studies that Tehran is at least five years away from producing enough fissile material for a single bomb, and 15 years was a more likely timeframe. Shalom told a meeting of U.S. Jewish leaders in New York: "The question is not if they are going to hold that bomb in 2009 or 2010 or 2011, the question is when they will have the full knowledge. "According to our people, security and intelligence, they are very, very close. It may be only six months before they will have that full knowledge."

Iran insists its nuclear program is purely civilian to make electricity. The United States and Europe suspect Tehran of seeking a weapons capability but think it is less far advanced. Israel is widely assumed to have a sizable arsenal of nuclear weapons, although it does not publicly acknowledge that and maintains a policy of ambiguity.

Shalom warned that if the IAEA hesitated in reporting Iran to the Security Council, it would be very difficult to do so in future, and it might be too late as the Iranians were pushing ahead with their nuclear research. "They have some technical problems recently," Shalom said, but he added that they were continuing with experiments to complete their research. He declined to give further details or discuss the source of his information. "That's all the information that I can give," he told reporters. "That's our assessment, that the Iranians are very close and it might be only six months before they will have the full knowledge to develop this nuclear bomb."

During Shalom's Tuesday speech to the United Nations General Assembly, he said, "Israel's contacts with Arab and Muslim states are growing, at a rate never seen before. Countries - like Pakistan and others - who in the past refused to acknowledge our shared humanity, today are extending their hand in friendship and recognition. The iron wall that has defined Israel's relations with most of the Arab and Muslim world for generations is coming down."

He asked for partnerships. "Indeed, those who genuinely wish to help the Palestinian people - and to bring them the benefits of peace and prosperity - must realize, that building contact and cooperation with Israel, is a crucial element in this process. We need a partner." Shalom said that in fields such as agriculture, health, environment, transportation and electricity, the potential benefits of Middle East regional cooperation, is immense. "Such cooperation can bring tangible and immediate economic benefits, as Israel's improving relations with Jordan and Egypt have shown. Unfortunately, many of our ties with the Arab and Muslim world are still deep in the shadows, away from the public eye," he said.

Shalom said the responsibility for the affairs of Gaza and its residents is now in Palestinian hands. "We are committed to the Roadmap, and we wish to get back to its full implementation. For this, we need a partner," he said, adding that, "The transfer of responsibility for Gaza, provides the Palestinian side with the chance to take their fate into their own hands. An opportunity not just to say that they want to govern, but to show that they are ready and able, to do so.

"Today, I call on my Arab and Muslim colleagues to bring our contacts out into the open, so that our peoples may understand our shared desire to work with each other, to bring peace and prosperity to our region. I call on the leaders of the Arab and Muslim world, to join us in speaking to our publics, of peace rather than conflict, of reasons to cooperate, rather than reasons to boycott."

The foreign minister continued: The Palestinian Authority must also deliver on its commitment to end the campaign of terror against Israel. For Israel, security is an issue on which we will never compromise. We insist on the end of terror, and the dismantlement of its infrastructure for the safety of our citizens, and so that our peace efforts can succeed. Regarding Hamas' plans to participate in the upcoming Palestinian elections, the foreign minister said, "Israel can not - and will not - grant legitimacy to such an organization. We will not cooperate with its desire to participate in the forthcoming Palestinian elections," he said.


Uzi Dayan: Israel Must Destroy Another 32 Towns

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Uzi Dayan, former head of Israel's National Security Council and general in the IDF reserves said that Israel must destroy another 32 Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Dayan, whose strategic views are well respected among leading figures of Israel's establishment, said at a press conference held in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, that the towns of Yitzhar, Itamar, Har Bracha, Eli, Kfar Tapuah, Shavei Shomron, Emanuel, Otniel, and Tekoa, among others, must be destroyed. An estimated 20,000 Jews would become refugees under Dayan's proposal. Dayan said he was in favor of setting up a temporary border with the Palestinian Authority that would incorporate 28 Arab towns into the State of Israel.

If Israel fails to reach an agreement with the Palestinians, Israel would make a one-sided withdrawal to that temporary boundary that would likely become the de-facto border. Dayan said he doubted whether Israel could reach a permanent settlement with the Palestinians. He said that Arabs who fled Israel in the 1948 War of Independence should be given the right to return to formerly Jewish areas of Judea and Samaria, as well as to Gaza and other territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Today, millions of Arabs claim the status of refugees from that war.

Giving the reason for his plan, Dayan said, "The disengagement from Gaza has brought about the collapse of two fundamental concepts of Israeli politics, the end of retaining the entire land of Israel, and the end of the idea of territories for peace. Both concepts could not stand up to the test of reality." Dayan said that some blocs of communities in Judea and Samaria, such as Ma'ale Adumim, Ariel, Kiryat Arba, and Bet El, would be retained by Israel under his plan.

Dayan said Israel would be "stronger" without Gaza and without Shechem. Withdrawing from those places strengthens "Israel's national essence, eliminates ruling another nation, and provides an opening for co-existence." He estimated the expulsion and destruction of an additional 32 towns would cost Israeli taxpayers NIS 16 billion.

As head of the National Security Council in 2002, Dayan recommended to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to make a one-sided withdrawal from Gaza and build a security barrier along the pre-1967 cease-fire lines as a means of thwarting Arab terrorism. He explained that Sharon was unwilling to consider his proposals at that time. Dayan claims that the demographic issue eventually brought Sharon to adopt his ideas.


Simon Wiesenthal: "The Conscience of the Holocaust" Dies in Vienna at 96

By Israel News Faxx Service, VOA News

Simon Wiesenthal, the famous Nazi Hunter, has died in Vienna at the age of 96. Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the International Human Rights NGO named in Wiesenthal's honor said, "Simon Wiesenthal was the conscience of the Holocaust. When the Holocaust ended in 1945 and the whole world went home to forget, he alone remained behind to remember. He did not forget.

"He became the permanent representative of the victims, determined to bring the perpetrators of the history's greatest crime to justice. There was no press conference, and no president, prime minister, or world leader announced his appointment. He just took the job. It was a job no one else wanted.

The task was overwhelming. The cause had few friends. The Allies were already focused on the Cold War, the survivors were rebuilding their shattered lives and Simon Wiesenthal was all alone, combining the role of both prosecutor and detective at the same time. Overcoming the world's indifference and apathy, Simon Wiesenthal helped bring over 1,100 Nazi War Criminals before the bar of Justice."

Ariel Muzikant, president of the Israeli Jewish Cultural Community in Vienna told VOA he will would be missed." It's a great loss for the Austrian Jewish community, and for the World Jewish community," said Muzikant. "I think we have lost somebody who has all his life combined the fight against forgetting and has tried to put the Shoah and the Holocaust into something that is so unique that you shouldn't compare it with anything else and shouldn't forget it and at the same time he was looking for truth and justice and the third point he was trying to live a normal life and this combination is what made this man unique".

Wiesenthal was born in 1908 in a small town in today's Ukraine and was captured by the Germans in 1941. He spent the last years of World War II in different concentration camps but he survived the Holocaust.

Among those whom Wiesenthal helped bring to justice was the one-time SS leader Adolf Eichmann who was found in Argentina in 1960 and subsequently tried and hanged in Israel for crimes committed against the Jews. Wiesenthal is expected to be buried in Israel.









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