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Israel Jails Trojan Horse Spies by ComputerWeekly.com
The UK-based Israeli couple at the center of a Trojan horse industrial espionage
scandal in Israel has been jailed. After a previously reported plea bargain that was
accepted, Ruth Haephrati was sentenced to four years in prison, and her husband Michael
was jailed for two years. Ruth is said to have sold the Trojan horse spying virus to
private investigators, who then used it to steal information on major Israeli companies on
behalf of their clients.
Husband Michael is said to have written the virus, initially to be used against members of
his ex-wife's family. The couple were arrested at their London home last year and
extradited to Israel at the beginning of this year. The pair will also pay the victims of
their virus £250,000 in compensation, as part of the plea bargain. Israeli
authorities have already indicted others allegedly connected to the scandal.
Israeli Exit Polls Forecast Kadima Victory
By VOA News, IsraelNationalNews.com. Ha'aretz & YnetNews.com
The polls have closed in Israeli elections, and exit polls show that Ehud Olmert's
Kadima Party has won the mandate it sought to set Israel's final border with the
Palestinians during the next parliamentary term.
Exit polls show Kadima winning approximately 30 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. The
same polls show the center-left Labor Party winning more than 20 seats. Labor is a likely
coalition partner with Kadima.
Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni, a prominent Kadima leader, said the results validate
Ariel Sharon's decision to move Israeli politics to the center by forming Kadima last
year. She said the election results would allow Kadima to complete a full four-year
In a major political development exit polls show Israel's rightist Likud Party coming
in a distant third. However, some polls show Likud in fourth place with 10-12 seats,
behind the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu Party. Final results are expected Wednesday.
Ha'aretz commentator Ari Shavit said, "Ehud Olmert did not receive a mandate to carry
out a unilateral withdrawal from Judea and Samaria. Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas are clearly
against such a move." Even Labor has not come out enthusiastically in favor.
Other commentators pointed out that with the disappearance of Shinui, Kadima's number
of mandates is equal to the number of seats held by its members in the previous Knesset
plus Shinui's mandates, which appear to have transferred as a bloc.
Rafi Eitan, head of the Pensioners Party, expressed great joy at his party's success. A
former Israeli intelligence officer, and the recruiter and handler of imprisoned spy
Jonathan Pollard, said last month that if elected to the Knesset, he would work for
Pollard however, blames Eitan for his expulsion from the Israeli Embassy, into the
hands of U.S. authorities and said Eitan said he wished Pollard had been killed so as to
avoid the entire affair.
Asked to present his views on the diplomatic situation or on which government he would
prefer to sit in, Eitan simply said, "Any leader is acceptable to us, as long as he
accepts our demands. We will study the situation and present our positions."
The right-wing bloc, according to the preliminary exit polls, will receive only some
50-52 seats. If the Likud in fact receives as few as is foreseen, Silvan Shalom is
expected to demand the unseating of Binyamin Netanyahu as party leader. The Likud MKs
whose places in the Knesset are endangered, according to the exit polls, are Natan
Sharansky (#11 on the list), Yisrael Katz (12), Chaim Katz (13), Uzi Landau (14), Yuli
Edelstein (15) and others.
The Likud, assuming that it will have no genuine role in the next government, is
already working on whose fault the failure is. It is widely assumed that Netanyahu will be
deposed. Likud senior Ruby Rivlin said that the Likud has great traditions, but it must
"consider the reasons why it failed so deeply."
MK Danny Yatom (Labor) said that the results are a "great blow to Kadima, and bring
great joy to Labor."
Members of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, headed by Avigdor Lieberman, were not surprised
by their positive showing, which is estimated at between 12 and 15 seats according to the
The exit polls, which have not proven to be particularly accurate in the past, indicate
that a fair portion of the Knesset will be replaced next month. New Knesset members will
include 6-8 from the Pensioners Party, approximately 10 new Yisrael Beiteinu MKs and about
a dozen from Kadima,
As predicted by the surveys of the past few months, the anti-religious Shinui party
will not be present in the upcoming 17th Knesset. A statement from the party expressed its
disappointment but promised, "Shinui was established 30 years ago and will continue to
exist for at least 30 more years."
After Tuesday night's exit poll results Tuesday night, Acting Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert called the elections a victory for those in support of his West Bank unilateral
withdrawal plan. "I am satisfied with the results though we could have received more. It
is still early to talk about coalitions and building a government. We await the official
results," adding that he was proud that the party created by Ariel Sharon succeeded in
proving itself as a true centrist party.
"In any final outcome, this is a victory for Kadima," said another former Likud member,
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz. "Kadima will form the government. The intention is to
fulfill all of our commitments to the voters."
"What is important is that Kadima is alive and kicking," said Kadima MK Ruhama Avraham.
"All options are open to Ehud Olmert."
Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who refrained from campaigning for Peretz due to
political differences between the two, congratulated Peretz for preserving Labor's
Two Israeli Arabs Die in Blast Near Gaza During Elections
By VOA News
Two Israeli Bedouin Arabs were killed in an explosion near the Gaza Strip border
Tuesday, as voting was under way in Israeli parliamentary elections that could lead to new
borders with the Palestinians.
Israeli military officials said they are investigating if the blast near the
agricultural community of Nahal Oz was caused by a new rocket fired from Gaza or a stray
ordinance in the region. The Islamic Jihad terrorist group said it fired the rocket to
disrupt Israeli elections.
Meanwhile, in an article published Tuesday in Yedioth Ahronoth, Olmert said if his
Kadima party leads the next coalition government he planned to move quickly to dismantle
small Jewish settlements and merge large blocs into Israel. Olmert said he would not leave
any settlement on the other side of the West Bank separation barrier Israel is building.
Hamas: We Reject Olmert's Plan; PLO: We're Ready to Negotiate
Reacting to exit polls that predicted an election victory for the Kadima party, Hamas
said Tuesday night that the Palestinian people rejected Kadima leader Ehud Olmert's
pre-election declaration that Israel would unilaterally withdraw from parts of the West
"Our interest is that any party which rules in the occupation state should be brave to
recognize the rights of our people in establishing their full sovereign state with
Jerusalem as its capital and to free male and female prisoners in their jails and to
recognize the right of return," said Palestinian Prime Minister-designate Ismail
"Let's see how things will develop in the future, at the moment, what we see and what
is declared is a unilateral separation plan from Olmert. This plan is rejected by the
But the Palestinian Liberation Organization on Tuesday night expressed its readiness to
negotiate immediately with the next Israeli government on the implementation of the road
map peace plan, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said.
Speaking minutes after the announcement of exit polls in the Knesset election, Nabil
Abu Rudeineh said: "We hope to see an Israeli government ready to implement the road map
and ready to work toward peace."
Rudeineh, who accompanied Abbas to the Sudanese capital for a two-day Arab summit, said
the Arab leaders had recommitted themselves to Arab peace initiative and the road map plan
for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
"We're ready to go into direct and immediate negotiations to implement the road map,"
Rudeineh said. "If the Israeli government is ready, the PLO is ready."
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