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Saudi Ambassador Endorses Israel's 1981 Attack on Iraq
Israel Faxx News Services
Israel's 1981 attack on Iraq's nuclear reactor was "probably" fortunate, Saudi Arabia's
ambassador to Washington said. Turki al-Faisal was asked recently whether Saudis now
welcomed the attack on the Osirak nuclear reactor, given Iraq's subsequent aggression
against Kuwait. He answered, "Probably, yes." The ambassador appeared to have been caught
off guard by the question, which came when he called on Israel to disarm to create a
nuclear-free Middle East. "We all know that Israel has atomic weapons and that's why
removing these threats from the Middle East on a uniform basis would serve Israel's
purpose as well as the rest of the countries in the area," he said. At the time, Israel's
attack on Iraq was widely condemned by many nations.
Kadima Party Fears Voters' Last-Minute Switch at Polls
By Ha'aretz and YnetNews.com
"Get out and vote" is one of the sentences most closely identified with Ariel Sharon,
and it is also the mantra officials from his party, Kadima, repeated on Monday during
campaign visits and talks ahead of today's elections.
Kadima sees a high voter turnout as key to winning a large number of seats, and the
many undecided voters are the party's greatest concern. Undecided voters account for 28
seats, according to a Ha'aretz-Channel 10 poll published on Monday.
Although Kadima has scored well in the polls, Monday's survey predicted it would win 36
seats - the combination of complacency and undecided votes leave room for Election Day
surprises. Kadima fears that the voters whose support it has been expecting will change
their minds at the last minute and end up going with the parties they have traditionally
(Editor: In a conversation with a new American immigrant to Israel, whose Israeli
family is Sephardic and from former Spanish Morocco, Israel News Faxx was told that his
family members would be voting for the Likud Party's Binyamin Netanyahu. A very high
percentage of Israeli voters have a Moroccan background.)
Kadima officials have been trying to fix any damage caused by Acting Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert's comments that the elections have already been decided. Party representatives
said it was essential for Kadima to be a strong party and said that if people didn't vote
for it on the assumption that it would win anyway, the party would not be strong enough to
form a stable coalition. This argument is targeting voters choosing between Kadima and the
Labor Party which, although it appears to be a future coalition partner, has this week
become Kadima's primary rival.
Unlike Labor chairman Amir Peretz, who handed out flowers in Tel Aviv
on Monday, and Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, who closed his election campaign at the
Western Wall, Olmert held meetings in his office on Monday out of security considerations
as well as the desire to maintain the image of running a campaign while filling the office
of prime minister.
Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police went on high alert Monday evening less than 12
hours before polls were set to open for Knesset elections.
The border crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip - Karni, Erez and Kerem Shalom -
will be closed on Tuesday. The Israel Defense Forces also tightened a closure on the West
Thousands of police officers and Border Police troops will be deployed Tuesday
throughout the country, particularly in Jerusalem and along the seam line boundary with
the West Bank.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 22,000 uniformed and undercover officers would
deploy at city entrances and at shopping malls and other public places deemed possible
The Jerusalem District Police on Monday closed off the Temple Mount to visitors ahead
of general elections Tuesday, following warnings of planned attacks by extremists aiming
to disrupt elections.
Police have received alerts that right-wing Jewish extremists and Palestinian militants
are planning to use the politically charged time to cause provocations on the Temple
Jerusalem police also instructed its officers to be on heightened alert in light of the
possibility of an attack by extremists looking to cause riots within Jerusalem's Old City.
Police plan to increase significantly the number of policemen deployed in East Jerusalem
and around the Temple Mount.
Security forces were put on high alert status throughout the country at the beginning
of the week as more than 70 warnings of planned terror attacks were registered, 16 of them
'focused' warnings, Israel Radio reported. Fears have mounted that Palestinian terrorists
would try to carry out attacks ahead the general elections.
Military intelligence has received information that Islamic Jihad and Fatah in the
northern West Bank are trying to launch attacks against Israeli targets. Defense Minister
Shaul Mofaz instructed security forces to do everything possible to ensure that elections
will not be disrupted.
More than five million eligible voters will go to the polls starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday
(Midnight EST). The polls close at 10 p.m. Tuesday (3 p.m. EST).
It all started with the "Big Bang" and ailing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's departure
from Likud and decision to set up a new party, Kadima, although some observers say the
Gaza and northern West Bank disengagement was the first indication of the political storm
Labor party officials are counting on assistance from trade unions, and particularly
the Histadrut labor union federation, which aided party leader Amir Peretz during his
Party officials cannot recall an election campaign where Likud started from such an
inferior position, as tensions mount ahead of the moment of truth. The party earmarked NIS
5 million and designated 70 call-center operators for Election Day in a bid to encourage
voters to hit the polls. Another 2,000 vehicles have been prepared to assist supporters
who have difficulties in reaching polling stations. Overall, 25,000 activists, both
volunteers and hired help, will take part in a last-ditch effort to bring disappointed
Likudniks back home.
Lies and Distortions
By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)
By nature, human beings are curious about one thing or another. If that were not so
there would be no newspapers or radio and television news programs. To this, now add
another source of information, the Internet.
Because this is the reality, news media plays an important role in shaping opinions.
Therein is the danger. Some news media attempt to be non-biased but some clearly are
biased. It is understandable that readers of biased media tend to develop similar biases.
When most, if not all, of the media one is exposed to is biased in a like way it is highly
probable that the reader will become biased, if not, fanatically so.
When you or I hear or read highly biased material, contrary to our beliefs,
particularly when produced by those sworn to kill us, we may become angry, laugh or simply
find it absurd. However, we are not their target audience. Such media are skilled at
infuriating their readers to hate the Jews and "infidels" even more than they already do.
A good example is an article published by the Syrian government's daily "Al-Thwart" on
Jan. 31, 2006. The article suggested that Israel created the avian flu virus in order to
damage "genes carried only by Arabs." Please make note that the paper only suggested. It
did not make an outright accusation. The suggestion was sufficient for the reader to get
In this same article the writer continued in a similar manner by speculating "Israel
may have planted the virus in East Asia in order to mislead the world, and Israel tried a
virus that was created to attack the yellow race - especially in China and Vietnam." I
don't know why Israel would be interested in attacking China or Vietnam, but apparently
the Syrian writer does.
To make the story even more powerful the paper stated, "The S Virus (This writer was
unable to find an "S VIRUS" listed.) was developed to serve as a 'Race Bomb' against the
blacks." Since they were on a roll, they further claimed Arafat was assassinated by Israel
with a biological weapon. What an ingenuous weapon, that can attack only one person out of
On March 22, 2006 The Middle East Research Institute reported that the Saudi government
daily "Al-Riyadh" published a blood libel article authored by Dr. Umayma Ahmad Al-Jalahma
of King Faysal University in Al-Dammam, Saudi Arabia, that included a graphic description
of how Jews supposedly murdered non-Jewish youths to obtain blood for pastries for the
On Sunday March 19, 2006 the Islamic Republic News Agency reported that Frontier
Province Senior Minister for Finance, Sirajul Haq, said "that newspapers in Muslim
countries can play a positive role in combating the West's anti-Islam propaganda."
He pointed out that European countries were adopting a prejudiced and narrow-minded
policy towards Islam and its followers were trying to trigger another "Christian Crusade"
against the Muslim world. Do you think he employed the Crusades to inflame Muslims?
The Sept. 21, 2002 report by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in
America, (MEMRI) declared that Palestinian spokesmen, Nabil Sha'ath, Hassan Abdel Rahman,
Yasser Abed Rabbo, Ahmed Abdel Rahman and Saeb Erakat, fooled the Western media by
claiming that Israel had committed a "massacre" in Jenin. They also falsely claimed that
Israel utilized "blanket bombing" of the cities of Nablus and Jenin. Yet in August 2002
according to the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's report these six
Palestinians were lying.
According to MEMRI, despite the United Nations report refuting their fictitious
"massacre" these spokesmen were not challenged in any of four interviews on CNN's "Wolf
Blitzer Show." Unfortunately, by not challenging their false claims, some viewers will
most likely believe their lies.
How do you feel when you learn that on Sept. 22, 2004 the Hamas children's newspaper
"Alfatah" praised Zainab Abu Salem, an 18 year-old suicide bomber? The paper stated, "Her
place is in Paradise, where in the highest heavens, Zainab has been raised to the level of
men." Furthermore a picture of her head separated from her body was displayed. To decorate
her face her Ra'ala [Muslim headscarf] remained. What a way to educate the next
generation to hate Jews, "infidels" and to condition children to aspire to kill and
The above lies and distortions generated by the fanatic Islamists, Arabs and the anti
Jewish groups are but a miniscule sample of hate that they throw at the Jews and
"Infidels" on a daily basis. It proves the old children's saying, "Sticks and stones will
break my bones but names will never hurt me." is a total fallacy.
REMEMBER NEVER AGAIN. Affiliate and help defend our freedom and safety.
(Ed Ziegler is a board member of the New Jewish Congregation in The Villages, Florida, and past president of its Brotherhood. He can be reached at EZ14@comcast.net)
Barak Asks to Rule on 'Who is a Jew' Before Retiring
Supreme Court President Aharon Barak is pressuring the state to speed up its response
to several petitions regarding the question of "Who is a Jew," so that he will be able to
write the ruling on these cases before he retires in December.
However, the Justice Ministry said that the state cannot formulate its response until
after the elections are held and a new government is formed.
The petitions demand that Reform and Conservative conversions in Israel be recognized
for the purpose of obtaining citizenship under the Law of Return. They were submitted late
last year by seven people who underwent non-Orthodox conversions in Israel, and now want
to be granted citizenship.
The petitioners argue that all of the court's previous rulings on this subject lead to
a single conclusion: that any conversion performed by a recognized Jewish community,
including one in Israel, entitle the convert to citizenship under the Law of Return.
The court has already recognized non-Orthodox conversions overseas as sufficient for
citizenship, even if the convert lives in Israel and merely made a quick visit overseas to
undergo the ceremony. It has also entitled people who undergo non-Orthodox conversions in
Israel to register as Jews in the Population Registry. However, it has yet to rule that
non-Orthodox conversions in Israel are sufficient for citizenship under the Law of
The Israel Religious Action Center, the legal arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, is
representing the petitioners, and it has been urging that the case be concluded before
Barak retires. During a recent hearing, he revealed that he shares this desire: He asked
the state's attorney, Yochi Genessin, whether the state would be willing to combine the
latest petitions with other conversion-related cases currently pending before the court
and treat them as if a show-cause order had already been issued - something that would
significantly speed up the proceedings.
Normally, the court first holds a preliminary hearing and then, if the case seems to
have merit, it issues a show-cause order, giving the state a specified amount of time in
which to submit a more detailed response. After this, another hearing is held. Treating
the petitions as if a show-cause order had already been issued would thus save
However, Genessin refused, saying that the state would need more time to formulate its
response. Even the scheduled date for the next hearing, May 24, is likely to be too soon,
she noted, because that will not give the new government formed after the March 28
elections enough time to determine its position.
"There will be no choice," she said, "but to postpone the hearing until after the
"After the summer, I will no longer be here," Barak responded. By law, a justice must
stop hearing cases three months before he retires; in his case, that means September.
"I'm not calculating our handling of the issue based on the end of your tenure,"
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