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Florida Teenager Suicide Bombing Victim Dies Israel Faxx News Service

A Florida teenager wounded in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv last month died Sunday of organ failure, a hospital spokeswoman said. Daniel Wultz, 16, of Weston, Fla., is to be flown home for burial on Monday, said Yael Tzuberi, a spokeswoman for the Tel Aviv Medical Center where he was hospitalized. Wultz and his father, Tuly, were having lunch at a Tel Aviv restaurant on April 17 when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated about 10 pounds of explosives. Eleven people including Wultz were killed. His father was wounded but survived.


Israel High Court Upholds Law Barring Palestinian Residency

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) & IsraelNationalNews.com

Israel's Supreme Court ruled Sunday that the State may continue to prevent Arabs of the Hamas Authority who married Israeli-Arabs from receiving automatic Israeli citizenship.

The ruling, a 260-page book, was decided by a margin of 6-5. The majority opinion was written by Supreme Court Justice Mishael Heshin, and the minority opinion was authored by Chief Justice Aharon Barak. The case pits security and demographic issues against human rights. The government says Palestinians living in Israel pose a security threat and could assist terrorist elements in the West Bank.

Many of the marriages in question are fictitious affairs, designed merely to allow the PA Arab freedom of movement and other basic rights of Israelis.

The law states that only Palestinian women over the age of 25 and men over 35 are eligible to join their families in Israel, and eventually receive citizenship. "This law is racist, and it is a very bad day for human rights in the state of Israel," Orna Cohen, a lawyer for the petitioners, told reporters.

Israeli Arab petitioner Murad al-Sana is married to a Palestinian woman from the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Now, they will be separated. He said it is an "intolerable and inhumane" situation and that "the government is preventing people from living a normal family life because of their nationality."

While the government says it is an anti-terrorism measure, officials admit that it is also about demographics. Israeli Arabs compose 20 percent of the population and their birthrate is higher than the Jews. So Israel fears the Jewish majority could be threatened if too many Palestinians are granted citizenship.

"We have to preserve the state of Israel, he said, as a state of the Jewish people," said Cabinet Minister Ze'ev Boim.


Former IDF Chief Ya'alon: `Israel's Leaders Selling Illusions'

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon has broken his relative silence, decrying the entire notion of a Palestinian state and urging Israel to be strong rather than appease the global Jihad.

The longtime warrior drew a comparison between the events leading up to the Holocaust and the present, comparing Ehud Olmert to Neville Chamberlain. "We look back to what the West experienced before World War Two. There was denial of reality, denial of threat. The attitude was, 'Let's leave it to next year, to the next generation,' "Ya'alon said."We don't need Chamberlains, we need Churchills. We are flooded with lies, manipulated by Al Qaeda, but, most prominently, by the Palestinians."

Ya'alon spoke at Manhattan's Lincoln Square Synagogue last week, registering harsh criticism of Israel's leadership for offering "illusions" to the Israeli people. Ya'alon was Chief of Staff up until just before the implementation of Ariel Sharon's Disengagement Plan, of which his criticism was well known. His tenure was not extended and he was replaced with the current COS, Dan Halutz.

The retired general criticized the notion of withdrawing from parts of Judea and Samaria, in addition to the building of the Partition Wall, which he believes is an illusion in terms of security. "The best defense is a good offense, not a fence," he said. "The best way to deal with terrorists is to arrest them or kill them in their beds.

"The IDF has intelligence capability to intercept terrorists. They use their civilians as human shields, knowing our sensitivities to killing civilians – but we do have the capability to intercept them in real time. Without dealing with the roots, we can cut down the weeds – to deal with the roots would be to force them to reform their education and culture. I am not sure we will succeed but we should be under no pressure to make any concessions until this change."

The former Chief of Staff says that not only did the Disengagement propel the Hamas terror group to a landslide victory in PA elections earlier this year, but "what we are doing is leaving a legacy for the next generation who will deal with Palestinians who believe that terrorism pays, that Israel cuts and runs under pressure," Ya'alon explained.

He said that at this point, when Kassam missiles are already falling regularly on Israeli towns, "we must stop getting used to these constant missile attacks as if they are rain. We can't tolerate this missile threat from Gaza or continued terrorism…We must step up military actions in Gaza despite the problems of not being able to have laser-like accuracy against the terrorists there."

Ya'alon doesn't see negotiations as a reality any time in the future. "I do not see any prospect for peace and reconciliation on the Palestinian side," he said. "I needed no sophisticated intelligence to reach this conclusion – I only had to look at their textbooks, posters and so on. We should not be surprised but we ignored it. Without this kind of change, not just in Israel but the West, all Western powers will have to fight them. They believe they can defeat the West and Israel first. We need a wake-up call here and across the West. Under no circumstances should we surrender to terror. As long as they see our appeasement policy, they will continue."


Fatal Attraction: The Hamas-Iran Alliance

By Anna Mahjar-Barducci, Daily Star (Lebanon) Commentary

The Iranian regime and Hamas are currently upgrading their alliance, which is over a decade long. It is an alliance across the great Islamic divide, between a Sunni group and a Shiite regional power. Radical religious movements do not easily form alliances; they tend to fight each other, at times over small details of doctrine. On the rare occasions they do unite, it is generally to jointly suppress other schools of thought.

The contemporary strife between Sunnis and Shiites can be traced back to the 1979 revolution in Iran, a revolution that, once it was commandeered by the clergy, aspired to embrace the entire Islamic world. The huge surge of pride in, and support for, the revolution in the Muslim world, threatened Sunni religious hegemony, led by the Saudi custodians of the two holy places in Mecca and Medina.

The Saudi and Sunni reaction was not long in coming, and it led to two great victories that restored Sunni predominance in the Islamic world: a 10-year effort, where Saudi Arabia used a great deal of its resources to support the jihad in Afghanistan, leading to the defeat of the Soviet empire; and an equally substantial effort by the kingdom to spread Sunni, albeit Wahhabi, Islam through its funding of Islamic centers and mosques worldwide, and through the formation of a network of alliances.

More recently, however, the election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked the start of a second Islamic Revolution and with it a revival of radical aspirations dating back to the days of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. During the second Intifada it was assisted by the Iranian-supported Lebanese Shiite group, Hizbullah. This evolved into significant military support and financial assistance. These ties were sponsored by the Iranian regime and strengthened the relationship between Hamas and Iran. This alliance was further reinforced by the fact that senior Hamas official Khaled Meshaal is headquartered in Syria, so that the movement effectively became part of the Iranian-Syrian-Hizbullah Axis. However, Hamas has never submitted to the directives of its Shiite-supported benefactors.

Western states decided to freeze financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) after Hamas' victory in the January Palestinian legislative elections. PA President Mahmoud Abbas, for his part, also chose to politically confront the movement, in an attempt to force Hamas to honor prior agreements between the PA and Israel. However, for Hamas changing its strategy effectively means ceasing to exist. Survival also means securing new funding, which is why Hamas' only real option was to turn to Iran, the one government that officially and fully shares its goals. Improving the alliance was exactly what Hamas needed at that critical juncture.

Iran, for its own part, needs Hamas too - maybe even more than Hamas needs Iran. But while the Islamic Republic, in supporting the Sunni militant movement, is pursuing its own interests, Hamas, by aligning itself with Iran, is pursuing its own destruction.

The alliance with Iran will increase Hamas' isolation from the West. But Hamas does not want to transform itself from a resistance movement into a political party. The extent of the financial aid it will receive from Tehran is also unclear: Reports range from $50 million to $100 million. But even the higher sum is hardly enough to sustain the PA, considering its yawning deficit. Hamas still hasn't realized the difference between governing a country and supporting poor Palestinian refugees. Moreover, the alliance with Iran will cost Hamas the support of its Sunni hinterland: Saudi Arabia has already delayed the $92 million it promised the PA, releasing only $20 million at the personal request of Abbas. Thus, Hamas' only gain from its alliance with Iran will be support for its resistance against Israel.

The Hamas-Iran alliance is a fatal attraction. Hamas and Ahmadinejad are true "holy" warriors. As the Arabic saying goes, they are the type who fights in the khanadiq (trenches), not the fanadiq (hotels). The Hamas leadership identifies more with Ahmadinejad, the popular leader who wears second-hand jackets like they do, than with the Muslim Brotherhood sheikhs who wear expensive robes and own shares in American chain-stores, like Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradhawi. Hamas and the Iranian president share not only religious ideals and positions on Israel, but also, and especially, their social outlook. Both came to power on the basis of platforms in which they vowed, among other things, to fight corruption and respond to the needs of the poor.

At the Al-Quds conference in Tehran in mid-April, Meshaal publicly thanked the Iranian regime for its help, confirming the tighter alliance with Iran. The summit took place a few days after Ahmadinejad's speech about progress in the Iranian nuclear program. Tehran needed the conference to demonstrate that it was not alone, and to show its deterrence capabilities. By saying that Iran was building an army of suicide bombers, Ahmadinejad wanted to make clear to the United States and Israel that it they decided to bomb Iranian nuclear sites, Hizbullah and Hamas were ready to retaliate.

As in the Persian "Shahnameh" epic, Ahmadinejad is leading the battle of the forces of good against the forces of evil - the West and Israel. In joining this battle, Hamas is entering a long dark tunnel with no way out. Now, with Fatah split and virtually dying, maybe it's time for the Palestinian people to think about building a new national movement.

Anna Mahjar-Barducci is a Tunis-based Moroccan-Italian journalist. She was correspondent in Israel's administered territories during the second Intifada. Her commentaries are regularly published in the Italian daily Il Foglio.


Captain James T. Kirk (AKA Denny Crain) to Visit Israel on Do-Good Mission

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Jewish actor William Shatner, famous for his role in the Star Trek series, as well as Boston Legal, plans to visit Israel in the coming weeks.

Shatner, whose parents immigrated to Canada from Ukraine, will visit Israel as part of the Jewish National Fund's efforts to raise $10 million for therapeutic riding centers across Israel.

Shatner has a 360-acre horse farm in Kentucky named Bellreve, where he raises the winning horses. The actor said he is excited about the construction of centers using riding as therapy across Israel. One such center is located at Kibbutz Grofit. It offers psychological evaluations and therapy designed to meet the needs of physically, emotionally, and mentally handicapped children. The center, staffed by medical professionals and using horses, runs the length of the school year, September through July.

Shatner said he hopes to create cooperation on the project between Israelis and Arabs from both the PA-controlled areas and the Hashemite Kingdom in Jordan. "What better way to create dialogue than by helping handicapped children from different countries feel good about themselves?" Shatner said of the project.

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