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In a previous interview with WND, Kamal Hatib, vice-chairman of the Islamic Movement, claimed the Al-Aqsa Mosque was built by angels and that a Jewish Temple may have existed but not in Jerusalem. "When the First Temple was built by Solomon - God bless him - Al Aqsa was already built. We don't believe that a prophet like Solomon would have built the temple at a place where a mosque existed," said Hatib.

Halutz: Israel Must Prepare for Iran to Push the Button

By Gamla News Service

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said earlier there is no reason for Israel "the greatest insult to human dignity" to exist and it would soon disappear.

Israel's Chief of Staff Dan Halutz also warned Israel to prepare for possible war with Syria, whose missile threat to Israel's population is similar to that of Hizbullah.

Another of his outrageous speeches was delivered Friday to a pro-Palestinian rally marking the Islamic Republic's "al Quds Day" (Jerusalem Liberation Day). In further inflammatory remarks, Ahmadinejad said "the world knows the US and Britain are enemies of the Iranian nation."

He warned European nations not to harm Iran, saying that if anger in the region boiled over, Europe would get hurt because of its support for Israel. "Europe must distance itself from Israel at once. That is Iran's ultimatum. "He went on to brand the UN Security Council and its decisions "illegitimate."

DEBKAfile added "These words amounted to an Iranian threat of harm to the European UN forces deployed in Lebanon unless they left forthwith."

The Iran president's harsh words followed two events: one, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's statement in Moscow last week after he met with Russian leaders: "They need to fear that something that they do not want to happen will happen. In no case, Olmert stressed, "will we reconcile with nuclear arms in Iranian hands. There is no margin for error here."

The other event was the arrival in the Persian Gulf of the giant US carrier Iwo Jima with its Expeditionary Strike Group to join the American naval, air and marine might piling up opposite Iran's shores.

This week, the Security Council convenes to discuss sanctions against Iran for refusing to desist from enriching uranium.

Palestinian Police Launch Protests

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) &

Members of the Palestinian security forces launched a wave of anti-government protests Sunday in the Gaza Strip demanding salaries that are long overdue. The dire economic situation and differing political agendas have put rival Palestinian factions on a collision course.

The armed Palestinian police took to the streets of Gaza City in a fresh wave of protests against the government, led by the Islamic terrorist group Hamas. The police, from the rival Fatah faction, have not received their salaries since Hamas took power seven months ago. Hamas has been crippled by international sanctions and has been unable to pay the salaries of 165,000 government employees, half of them from the security forces.

Angry policemen forced merchants to close their shops and vandalized the property of those who refused. They also burned tires on main highways, sending black plumes of smoke into the air and snarling traffic.

The protests erupted hours after a senior Fatah activist was killed in a gun battle with Hamas militiamen. It is the latest episode in a deepening power struggle between the two factions that has raised fears of a Palestinian civil war. "I don't see any kind of possible co-existence nowadays between Fatah and Hamas under the current circumstances, so therefore I believe the friction will prevail," said Palestinian analyst Wadia Abu Nasser.

In a bid to resolve the crisis, moderate Palestinian president and Fatah leader, Mahmoud Abbas, has tried to form a national unity government with Hamas that would be more acceptable to the international community. Abbas supports reviving the peace process with Israel. But talks on a unity government collapsed when Hamas refused to recognize Israel, a key international demand for ending sanctions.

The unrest comes on the eve of the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid el-Fitr that begins Monday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It is supposed to be a joyful time of festive meals and buying gifts. But cash-strapped Palestinians feel the economic crunch especially at times like these, making for a tense holiday in Gaza.

And sources in the Hamas terrorist organization reported that Fatah security forces plan to take control of Palestinian Authority (PA) ministries and institutions, according to the PA's Palestine News Network (PNN), which claims to be an independent news agency.

Hamas leaders charged that the coup would take place several days after the Eid Al Fitr holiday Monday and has the backing of the United States, Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the European Union. According to the scenario, Abbas would meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert within 24 hours after the coup in order to unfreeze money slated for the PA.

World War III: The Islamic Plan (Part 1)

By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)

Most people would agree that wars are horrible and should never occur -- the destruction, the loss of lives, the pain and suffering the total and utter waste.

From 1914 to 1918 there was a World War that was called "The Great War. The war to end all wars." Mankind fooled themselves. Then there was World War II, after which the United Nations was formed to prevent future wars. Well guess again, yes now we are in World War III a different type of war but a world war.

Many people in the United Sates and around the world do not believe there is a world war going on or, they are succeeding in ignoring the reality and its ramifications. Although it is not countries fighting other countries it is still war. To illuminate this point Israel, a country, is fighting organizations such as, Hamas, Hizbullah, and the Islamic Brotherhood, which are not countries.

At first glance this Middle East conflict appears to be a localized war that has nothing to do with the rest of the world. In time I hope to show you that this may be part of a war with the prize being the entire world, if the good guys lose.

You may not agree with President Bush's claim that World War III is in progress. Let's note a few of the so many mass murder events happening around the world in which Islamic terrorists are involved or have caused to happen.

First, look at the fighting in the Middle East that has been going on since Israel was established in 1948. A large number, if not all the countries in the area, such as Syria, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon are at odds with Israel but most of the fighting has been perpetuated by terrorist organizations within these countries -- not the countries themselves. These countries all have populations that are primarily Arab and/or Muslim and have been preaching that it is a blessing to eliminate Israel and kill Jews around the world.

Let us mention a few of the terrorist events that were clearly planned to inflict considerable death and destruction of civilians to achieve maximum publicity for the terrorists. In Madrid, Spain on March 11, 2004 there were 10 explosions on four commuter trains at the height of rush hour.

How about the September 2004 Beslan School Crisis in Russia where Arab-Muslim terrorists from Chechnya and other countries took 1200 children and adults hostage during school hours? This resulted in the death of approximately 300 children and adults. Then there was Britain in September 2005; there were closely timed explosions on buses and trains again at the height of rush hour.

We cannot forget 9/11, when Muslim terrorists commandeered three passenger aircraft to crash into The World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and the White House. All these murdering fanatics were very willing to die in order to kill civilians.

Most of the terrorist events occurring around the world may appear unrelated except for their intent to indiscriminately kill civilians and their willingness to die for their cause. However, there is another common thread, fanatic Muslims caused all of these atrocities. Their intent is to maximize publicity to intimidate and instill fear.

You might wonder why there are so many acts of terrorism throughout the world caused by fanatic Muslims. There are some quick and easy excuses such as poverty, limited opportunity and lack of education. This may be true to some extent but absolutely not in all cases. Other groups of people are poor and uneducated and are not grooming murderous suicide bombers. There may be another consideration that is there is some form of a master plan to create a world governed by Islamic Law.

Suggesting a group or groups may be planning to take over the world and have it governed by Shari`ah (Islamic Law) as interpreted by Islamic clergy does sound remote. But is it possible? Give yourself time to contemplate the possibility. It may not be so far fetched.

According to Yassin Musharash author of "What al-Qaida Wants" and Joseph Farah author of "Islam's 20 year plan for U.S." there is an Islamic plan to take over the United States and ultimately the World and institute Islamic Law. Just remember that approximately 26 percent, almost 1/3, of the world's population is Islamic.

Maybe they are wrong, but what if they are right? Dare we ignore the possibility that they are correct? In my next article I will provide additional information that will lend credence to their opinions.

In the meantime imagine what your life would be like if you were forced to conform to strict Islamic law as decreed by fanatic Muslim clergy. It is up to you. Remember Never Again

(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

Poll: 81% of U.S. Jews Believe Arabs Want to Destroy Israel

By Ha'aretz

Eighty-one percent of American Jews believe that the real goal of the Arabs is the destruction of Israel and not the return of occupied land, according to the annual survey of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) on various issues.

While 54 percent said they supported the establishment of a Palestinian state, only 38 percent said Israel and the Arabs could solve the conflict peacefully. Another 56 percent said they believed the conflict could not be resolved.

According to the survey, a slim majority of American Jews do not believe that the United States should act militarily to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Fifty-four percent opposed such action and 38 percent supported it. However, 57 percent said Israel would be justified in taking military action against Iran, while 35 percent were opposed to Israel's taking such action.

The poll's 958 respondents were asked about the recent war in Lebanon, both its justification and its management. Fifty-five percent of those polled said Israel acted correctly in going to war, and 35 percent said it did not. Only 24 percent believe Israel won the war against Hizbullah, while 15 percent believe Hizbullah won. Nearly half, 49 percent said neither side could be considered the winner.

A little over half of those polled, 54 percent, identified themselves as Democrats and only 15 percent as Republican. Conservative and Reform Jews dominated the poll, comprising 33 and 31 percent of respondents respectively, with 8 percent identifying themselves as Orthodox.

Seventy-four percent responded that "caring about Israel is a very important part of my being a Jew."

Yedioth Takes Aim at Right-Wing Commuter Paper


The left-leaning Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper is launching a free daily to compete with the successful Yisraeli commuter paper, which has injected a right-wing perspective into Israel's print media.

Yisraeli, a "metro" paper distributed free and financed by advertising, was first distributed on Israel's trains and is now available at bus stations, on public buses and gas stations.

The paper takes stronger ideological stands than the three leading print papers Ha'aretz, Ma'ariv and Yedioth and is owned by Shlomo Ben-Zvi, who also owns part of the Makor Rishon (`Primary Source') weekly. Now, according to a report in Ha'aretz' business publication The Marker, Yedioth Ahronoth plans to go head-to-head with Yisraeli.

A hallmark of the paper has become the right-leaning editorial cartoons, which use humor to mercilessly lampoon the Israeli left-wing, as well as the Olmert government, especially in the wake of the summer's war with Hizbullah.

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