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Arabs Faking Attacks to Earn Matriculation Diplomas
Arab residents of Judea and Samaria are faking terror attacks, carrying knives or other
weapons at IDF checkpoints in the hope of getting arrested. Doing so permits them an
opportunity to spend time in an Israeli jail, where they can quietly study for a high
school matriculation diploma, at no cost. According to a report filed by an
IsraelNationalNews.com correspondent, sitting in jail a number of weeks or months is a
small price to pay considering the gain and the prestige of becoming a "freed
IAF Missile Strike on Hamas Man's Gaza Home Kills Three
Three Palestinians were killed and at least seven injured in an Israel Air Force
missile strike on the Gaza City home of a Hamas leader Thursday night.
An IDF spokesman confirmed the air strike targeted the house of a Hamas commander,
Sharaf Farwana, in the Sajaiyeh section of Gaza City near the border with Israel. The army
said Farwana was involved in attacks against Israel and supplying weapons to Hamas
Farwana survived the attack, but the strike killed his brother, 25-year-old Aiman
Farwana, a two-year-old girl, and her father. Both Aiman Farwana and the girl's father
were said to be militants, the Associated Press reported.
A second air strike close to midnight Thursday targeted a metal workshop suspected of
manufacturing weapons in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City. No casualties were
The latest strikes came after six Palestinians were killed in a clash between the
Israel Defense Forces and terrorists in southern Gaza earlier in the day. Shortly after
the IAF strike, Palestinian gunners fired a Kassam rocket at Sderot. The rocket slammed
into an electrical power line and plunged the city into darkness.
There were no reported casualties and the Israel Electric Corporation was able to
restore power quickly to much of the city. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the
A spokesman for the Hamas military wing earlier on Thursday vowed the group would take
harsh revenge for the IDF operation in Gaza, in which six people - including four
terrorists - were killed. Five of the dead were members of the same family.
"In light of the ugly crimes in Khan Yunis and the northern Gaza Strip, we will bombard
and strike in every place, north and south. The response will be powerful and will cause
the earth to tremble. The enemy must now wait patiently for our actions," he said.
Witnesses and medics that said troops backed by helicopter gunships entered the village
of Abassan, east of Khan Yunis, at dark, touching off clashes.
Of the five family members killed, three were armed terrorists of the ruling party's
militant wing. They were identified as Abed Rahman Kadiah, 25, Salah Kadiah, 25, and Naeel
Kadiah, 22. The other two family members were bystanders, named as Adal Kadiah, 40, and
his 13-year-old son Suhaib Kadiah.
The fourth militant, Mohammed Barakha, 23, was killed later Thursday as clashes raged
into the afternoon. IDF troops opened fire on Barakha as he advanced toward them under
cover of a large crowd.
The IDF confirmed its forces were operating in the area looking for facilities used by
terrorists. Troops fired on gunmen who tried to attack them, an army spokesman said. At
least 11 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes. "This is an area believed to conceal
tunnels and other forms of infrastructure used by terrorist groups," he said.
Syria Rejects Israeli Invitation for Summit in Jerusalem
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
Syria has rejected an Israeli invitation for a summit meeting in Jerusalem. There is
little hope of reviving Israeli-Syrian peace talks following the war in Lebanon.
Syria turned down an invitation from Israel's Deputy Premier Shimon Peres, who urged
President Bashar Assad to visit Jerusalem. In a bid to defuse mounting tensions between
the two countries, Peres said Assad should address the Israeli parliament and declare that
he's ready to make peace.
But Syria said the invitation reflects Israel's weak position in the wake of the war in
Lebanon. A front page editorial in the ruling Al-Baath party newspaper said Israel has
failed to accept what it described as "the victory of the Lebanese resistance." That is a
reference to the Islamic terrorist group Hizbullah, which survived a 34-day Israeli
assault in July and August and rained 4,000 rockets on northern Israel.
Israel accuses Syria of supplying weapons to Hizbullah and the war put the two
countries on a collision course. Assad has declared that if the peace process fails, war
is an option.
"Now after the victory, so to speak, of Hizbullah, he cannot lag behind. He has to also
show his might and to threaten Israel," said Israeli analyst Moshe Maoz.
Assad wants to retrieve the strategic Golan Heights, captured by Israel during the Six
Day War in 1967. But peace talks collapsed in 2000, and since then Syria has made radical
alliances, hosting Palestinian militant groups in Damascus and strengthening ties with
Assad says he prefers negotiations to war, but he won't visit Jerusalem because Israel
has shown no willingness to relinquish the Golan. Maoz says Assad is trying to pressure
Israel to soften its position. "So this is the game of the Middle East to voice some
military threat," he said.
But these threats, along with Syrian backing for Hizbullah, have left Israelis with
little enthusiasm for territorial concessions. A poll shows that only 16 percent of
Israeli Jews would support trading the Golan Heights for a peace agreement with Syria.
Ahmadinejad: Palestine is the Front Line
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Thursday that, "Palestine is the front
line of the Islamic nations in their struggle against the aggressive superpowers."
In a chilling prelude of what a nuclear Iran will bring, Ahamdinejad also told Hamas
official Sa'eed Seeyam that, "Iran has no problem transferring its successes and
experience in any field to the Hamas government."
Hamas has killed more Israelis than any other terrorist group, using suicide bomb
attacks and other means to target civilians.
Ahmadinejad praised the "victories" of Hamas and Hizbullah, saying, "Such victories
have called the fake Zionist regime to challenge inside the occupied territory and have
raised questions on the existence of this regime throughout the world, including Europe
and the US."
According to the typographical error in the official Iranian release of Ahmadinejad's
statements, "The chief executive said that reliance on Gold Almighty [sic] and resistance
are the secret to the victory of the Palestinian nation in various fields."
Hamas official Seeyam said at the close of the meeting that all Muslims are credited
with the victory of every Islamic state, adding: "Muslims across the world should take
pride in the victory of Islamic resistance in Lebanon, that of the popular Hamas
government in Palestine and remarkable success of Iran in various domains."
About You and Me
By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)
I have been forecasting the plans of our enemies for over 40 years. Sometimes I forgot
about us, the Israeli Jewish people. Take a look in the mirror and then look down, deep
inside yourself and you will find a mensch.
We Jews are a special people who have always been a great boon to the civilized world.
They may not like us and they may take what we gift grudgingly but we know what we have
done. We have fulfilled our mission to be a light unto the other nations - even when they
choose to wear blinders.
We - you, have given all we had and yet, we still trek onwards.
It's sometimes a lonely path when, instead of being cheered, the mob throws stones. We
are generous to a fault and cannot help ourselves, but too often we help other before we
Feel proud as a Jew, as an Israeli who has returned home, defeated well-armed Arab
Muslim armies and created a new State. From nothing we turned Land God gave us which was
full of rocks into green gardens and farms but, for a moment, the world stood in shock and
awe. It's hard when you hand the world your best and all you get back is hatred. Just know
that you gave it your best - not holding anything back. Sure, maybe they will change one
day - although you and I doubt it. Take a look at the children you are raising and take
your hope from them.
When you look deep inside yourself, feel free to take pride in your Jewishness. We were
born to bring something to this war planet and it was not more war, although we have had
to fight often to survive.
Know that we, you and I, have a destiny to fulfill. You will know what to do without
being told. We Jews find it hard to hate, despite the provocations...let's keep it that
Tourist: Netanya is Home to World's Prettiest Women
Israelis may not be aware of this, but it appears that the global capital of feminine
beauty is located right here in the heart of Israel.
A 67-year-old Australian tourist who arrived at the Allenby border crossing between
Jordan and Israel Wednesday, declared that the purpose of his visit in Israel was to "find
The traveler explained to the baffled border guards that he recently divorced his wife
after 40 years of marriage, and that he was hoping to find a life companion in Israel. "My
friends told me that the best place to find a gorgeous bride is Netanya in Israel. In
Australia they say that the most beautiful women in the world can be found in Netanya," he
The man added that he did not know anything about Israel, and that he would not have
dreamed of coming to the country if he did not hear so much about the Netanya girls.
Persuaded by the optimistic tourist's explanations, the guards allowed him to enter the
country and perhaps even wished him good luck in his quest. Officials at the Interior
Ministry noted that this was not the first time tourists have commented on the
attractiveness of Netanya's women.
A Date at the Synagogue
The holiday period is the time to come closer to religion. It attracts a host of
singles to the local synagogue who come to check out the autumn 2006 singles scene.
The new collection was naturally designed in the orthodox or traditional sector, and if
you missed Yom Kippur, you can always try your luck during the Hakafot of Simchat
It appears that the sanctity of the place is inspiring and increases motivation to
embark on a first step towards fulfilling the mitzvah of pru urvu.
Strangely, the place that pays particular attention to separating the men from the
women becomes a vibrant singles arena, where love can be ignited from afar in a festive
and non-binding atmosphere, after which worshippers can return home with a new
In the Diaspora, by the way, picking up a date at the synagogue is quite common
practice and even somewhat established, as synagogues overseas are the main meeting place
between Jews. But in Israel as well, synagogues lend a respectable ambience to those
seeking a partner with a Jewish background.
The selection at the synagogues is huge, particularly during the holy days. It is
relatively easy to "test" a shidduch as it is void of the pressure prevalent at an
official pick up site, and all the means for courting are kosher:
A note can be slipped down from the women's quarter; a request for date can be passed
via the prayer book; prospective dates can wink at each during moments of eye contact;
friends can serve as matchmakers; and of course the prospective date can be invited to
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