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Israeli Lottery Wants to Add Internet Action


The Israeli lottery, Mifal Hapayis, has asked the Ministry of Finance to allow the agency to open a casino and sell tickets online, according to Army Radio. In the first quarter of 2006, the national lottery game earned NIS 212 million (about $47 million).

Iran's Revolutionary Guards to Deploy on Israel's Golan Border

By DEBKAfile

Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Mustafa Najjar said: "Syria's security is part of Iran's security," when he signed a new military treaty with his visiting Syrian counterpart, Gen. Hassan Turkmani in Tehran on June 15.

On June 18, Israel's parliamentary foreign affairs and defense committee inspected its northern border, along with the deputy chief of staff Moshe Kaplinsky and OC Northern command Udi Adam. Both Tehran and Damascus referred to the tour as Israel's response to their new treaty.

DEBKAfile's military sources reported: At the signing ceremony, the Syrian official waved away reporters' questions on whether Iran would be establishing a military base in Syria - "The language of a (foreign) military base in our country is alien to us. I want to say that it is not on the agenda."

Nonetheless, military sources note that he rejected the term "bases" - but did not rule out "foreign forces" in Syrian bases, which Persian Gulf and Pakistani military sources are certain was agreed secretly between the two countries. They have learned that Iran has offered to deploy Revolutionary Guards on the Golan border with Israel by the end of summer, because as Najjar said at the signing: "We have a common front against Israel's threats."

DEBKAfile's Tehran sources disclosed the Iranians seek to attain three objectives by deploying RG units to the Golan heights: Another direct front line against Israel; A forward position for an Iranian electronic warning station to sound a timely alarm of the takeoff of American warplanes or missiles from the eastern Mediterranean basin on their way to attack and; the station can also keep electronic track of movements on Israeli air and missile bases, covering also Arrow anti-missile missile systems.

The Syrian military delegation, which spent five days in Tehran, brought a year of secret negotiations to their conclusion. The breadth of Syrian-Iranian military relations can be measured by the military treaty's financial scope of $800 m and the size of the delegation Damascus sent to Tehran - 60 officers representing every branch of the Syrian armed forces, including intelligence and munitions industries.

For years, both countries have supported the Lebanese Hizbullah militia and anti-Israeli Palestinian factions including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which maintain headquarters in Damascus.

Foreign Governments Are Key Backers of Peace Now


Peace Now, an Israeli-based organization promoting Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders and removal of all Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, reportedly is largely funded by foreign governments.

The organization, which spends large sums of money finding and detailing every new Israeli structure in Judea and Samaria, is effectively on the payroll of at least three European governments, according to Israeli investigative reporter David Bedein.

Those governments provide the financial support for the activities of Dror Etkes, whose staff researches and publicize data relating to every aspect of the Israeli government's support for the 250,000 Israelis living in Judea and Samaria.

Etkes, who is studying for an M.A. in history, draws a salary of NIS 150,000 ($34,000) per year for his anti-settlement activities for Peace Now, a large sum by Israeli standards.

The foreign governments which fund Etkes and Peace Now, such as Britain and Norway, are fundamentally opposed to the existence of all Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. The money Peace Now receives to promote an Israeli withdrawal from those territories, therefore, may invariably serve those governments' foreign policy interests. Such an outcome would not be surprising; as Bedein claims Peace Now has accepted funding directly from the British and Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

Bedein claims he has documents detailing the extent of Peace Now's funding by foreign governments. In 2005, Bedein says Peace Now received direct payments from three European governments, Britain, Norway, and Finland, totaling nearly $500,000.

For its 2006, budget, the group has approached six foreign governments, Britain, Norway, Canada, Germany, Holland, and Finland, and has received commitments for larger budgets from Britain, Norway, and Finland, according to Bedein.

Regarding Finland's contribution to Peace Now, Bedein said a member of the Finnish Parliament told him the money was forwarded to Finland by the U.S. government.

Despite the funding Peace Now receives from foreign governments, the organization is not required under Israeli law to register as a foreign agent. In contrast, if the organization were operating in the United States, it would have to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department, Bedein explained.

Convergence Plan: Fatah and Hamas Agree on Destroying Israel


Short of civil war, Fatah and Hamas negotiators are finding a common denominator in an effort to set up a national unity government in the Palestinian Authority. The formula: hatred of Israel.

The negotiations are based on the "prisoners' document", a proposal for a PA state formulated by convicted terrorists serving life sentences in Israeli prisons.

The Hamas has refused to accept the document as a basis for an emerging Arab state because the proposal talks about establishing the state in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. Agreeing to such a state would imply recognition of Israel, an idea anathema to Hamas ideology.

Fatah leader and PA chief Mahmoud Abbas' bid to adopt the prisoner's document as official PA policy has led to violent clashes between Fatah and Hamas terrorists. Those clashes reached a peak last week when mobs aligned with the Fatah set PA parliament and cabinet buildings ablaze in Ramallah. The PA parliament and cabinet are controlled by the Hamas.

But now, in an effort to stave off civil war, Fatah officials have been emphasizing that the prisoners' document does not imply tacit recognition of the Jewish state.

Abu Taiyer, spokesman for the Al Aksa Brigades, the military wing of Fatah, said at a news conference in Gaza that his group remains loyal to Fatah's pre-Oslo charter which calls for "liberating all Palestinian land, and the elimination of the Zionist entity, economically, politically, militarily, and culturally."

Abu Taiyer's statement was echoed by a senior Fatah official, Issa Krak'a, who said specifically that the prisoners' document does not express any recognition of the State of Israel.

In another concession to Hamas, Fatah negotiators have agreed to incorporate both the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations into the PLO. Such a move could render mute the PLO's recognition of Israel, which formed the backbone of the Oslo accords, the legal basis of the Palestinian Authority.

Though terrorist chieftain Yasir Arafat recognized Israel's right to exist on behalf of the Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) when he signed the Oslo accords in 1993, the deceased Fatah leader led the PA into war with Israel in September 2000.

Mormon/Jewish Controversy: The Problem That Won't Go Away

By (Commentary)

Helen Radkey, the whistle-blower of the Mormon/Jewish controversy, has been banned from the Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It is unclear whether she is banned forever or for just 72 hours as one of the men who evicted her stated. She was threatened with arrest if she returned. At the time Radkey was approached in the Mormon facility, she was adding to her list of Dutch Jews murdered in the Holocaust who have been rebaptized by the Church. These Jews were removed in 1995 as part of the agreement between the Church and Jewish organizations. In the past few months she has found that more than 1,500 names have been added back and her list is growing.

Radkey started making headlines about six years ago when she disclosed to the press that the Mormon Church was not fulfilling its obligation to the Jewish community to limit posthumous baptism to "direct ancestors" as stated in the 1995 agreement.

At first, I did not believe her claims because the names that made the headlines were famous Jews, and my investigation of the IGI concluded these famous people were all baptized before the 1995 agreement. But Radkey provided me with additional information that demonstrated that not only were Jews being posthumously baptized after the signing of the 1995 agreement, but that the numbers were in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions.

I am now convinced that when the Church signed the agreement, they had no intent of stopping the practice. This is based on two statements made by a Church spokesman recently. One stated that it is Church doctrine that their mission is the salvation of the entire human race, both living and dead. The second statement was the Church does not go against its doctrine. The agreement they signed goes against Church doctrine.

Rather than being mad at Radkey for bringing to the attention of the Jewish community that the Church is not meeting its commitment, the Church should hire her and give her complete access to the IGI. Since they have stated in the press that they have met the commitment to the Jewish community that they signed in 1995, Radkey should be asked to demonstrate to them how they have violated this commitment, and if she can't, they should call a press conference where Radkey would admit she was wrong.

Fury in Egypt over Ghana's Israeli Flag Waver


Ghana defender John Paintsil's waving of an Israeli flag to celebrate his team's World Cup goals has drawn a barrage of insults and furious reactions in Egyptian newspapers.

Paintsil, who plays for the Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv, celebrated the two goals in Ghana's 2-0 win over the Czech Republic by pulling an Israeli flag out of his sock and waving it at the cameras.

"The ignorant and stupid Paintsil, who spent 20 days in Egypt during the last African Nations Cup, plays for Hapoel," sports commentator Alaa Sadek wrote in the daily Al-Akhbar, explaining to baffled Egyptian audiences Painstil's link to Israel.

"Egyptians supported the Ghanaian team all the way until the 82nd minute, and regretted it after the Israeli flag (waving)," screamed a bold red headline in the independent daily Al-Masry al-Yom Monday.

"As soon as the referee blew his whistle to start the match, Egyptians were out enthusiastically, almost hysterically supporting Ghana, until defender Paintsil took out the Israeli flag," read the paper's front page article.

The live commentator on the Arab satellite channel broadcasting all World Cup matches in the region abruptly cut short his trademark "goooaaaaaaal" when Paintsil brought out the flag. "What are you doing, man?" the bewildered commentator said.

The main question on Egyptian lips after the match was "why?" Some papers described Paintsil as a "Mossad agent," others said "an Israeli had paid him to do it" but the most elaborate theory was offered by the top-selling state-owned daily Al-Ahram.

"The real reason," sports analyst Hassan el-Mestekawi wrote, stems from the fact that many Ghanaian players go through football training camps set up by an Israeli coach who "discovered the treasure of African talent, and abused the poverty of the continent's children" with the ultimate goal of selling them off to European clubs. The training program for these children starts every morning with a salute to the Israeli flag."

FIFA said they had taken note of the flag-waving and that although there was nothing in the rules to prevent it, they hoped not to see a repetition.

"We were totally supporting Ghana and we were so excited by how well they were doing," Ashraf al-Berri, who watched the match with a dozen friends told AFP. "We were screaming with joy, but the whole room went quiet when Paintsil took out the flag. We didn't really know how to react," he said.

"As an Egyptian I am very sensitive when it comes to Israel," Osama Mohy, who watched the match at a friend's house, told AFP. "If Mido scores, would he wave the England flag? And if he did everyone would hate him for it," he said referring to Egyptian striker Mido (Ahmed Hossam) who plays for England's Tottenham Hotspurs.

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