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Ahmadinejad: Iran will Soon Produce Nuclear Fuel on Industrial Scale

By VOA News

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country would produce nuclear fuel on an industrial scale soon.

Speaking in a provincial city Wednesday he did not specify when, but noted that Tehran would not be intimidated by what he called bullying powers who want to deprive Iran of its nuclear ambitions.

Last month, the U.N. Security Council passed economic sanctions against Iran for its controversial nuclear enrichment program.

Fatah´s PA TV: Saddam and Arafat, the Ideal Men


Palestinian Authority TV (PA TV) continues its passionate condemnation of the hanging of Saddam Hussein while lauding the former Iraqi dictator and late PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat as "the men."

The latest PA TV programming focuses on a mammoth street poster displaying a joint portrait of Saddam and Arafat, with the caption, "Only... because we love the MEN." The PA media outlet is a mouthpiece for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Fatah faction, according to the Palestine Media Watch.

The program praised the PLO chief terrorist and his most generous benefactor as real men. Despite Saddam's secular lifestyle, the Fatah-backed media outlet highlighted the street-side billboard that used a passage from the Koran to raise the Iraqi murderer to Muslim martyrdom.

"Of the believers are men who are true to their covenant with Allah. Some of them have paid their vow by death [in battle], and some of them still are waiting," read the passage at the top of the street-side billboard.

The PA was a staunch supporter of the Iraqi dictator during the country's wars with the United States and continues to back insurgents in the country who carry out daily terror attacks against U.S. soldiers. The PMW report adds that the Fatah television network also regularly runs programs calling for Arabs to kill Americans.

'Hamas Training in Iran, Lebanon'


Hamas members have been flying to Iran and Lebanon for advanced military training with Iranian Revolutionary guard units and Hizbullah militants, according to a senior intelligence official from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.

The official was confirming reports last week quoting Israeli security sources saying dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Hamas terrorists left Gaza for training in Iran.

"We are sure, according to information that we have, that Hizbullah prepares Hamas for a confrontation with us (Fatah) and with Israel. None of these preparations takes place in Gaza, but they take place in Lebanon, in Iran and in other places where the Iranian and Hizbullah experts train Hamas militants," the senior Palestinian intelligence official told WND. The official oversees Fatah's police forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Israeli security officials last week told reporters Hamas has been training in Iran in Hizbullah-like guerrilla tactics. The officials said they fear the training will greatly improve Hamas' military capability in any future battle with Israeli troops in Gaza.

Abu Obayda, a spokesman for Hamas, declined to confirm to the Associated Press whether his group was training in Iran. "But I confirm that we have the right to train inside or outside the country," he said.

The reports followed a visit to Iran last month by Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian government. Iran reportedly provided Haniyeh's cash-strapped government with $120 million and pledged several millions more.

Last week WND reported Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups have been using a ceasefire with Israel to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip and build Hizbullah-like terrorist armies to confront the Jewish state, according to the Israeli Defense Forces.

Senior Israeli defense officials told WND Palestinian terror groups in Gaza have been focusing their weapons procurement and training efforts on mimicking guerrilla warfare actions carried out by Hizbullah during its confrontation against Israel in Lebanon last summer.

The officials said the Palestinian groups learned Hizbullah-like tactics, such as raids of military installations and the use of anti-tank fire can be more effective than ordinary terror attacks.

They also said more than 20 tons of weapons have been brought into Gaza from the neighboring Sinai desert in the last 10 months, including a large number of anti-tank missiles, which caused the highest number of Israeli military casualties during the last Lebanon war.

The officials said the Palestinian terror groups are also focusing much of their efforts on smuggling from Egypt longer-range missiles such as advanced Kassams and Katyusha rockets, which could target Jewish communities deeper into Israel similar to Hizbullah's use of Katyusha rockets that devastated northern Israel last summer.

Israel withdrew from Gaza in August 2005. In a deal brokered in November by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Egypt-Gaza border, once controlled by the Jewish state, now is manned by Egyptian and Palestinian security officials and observed by European monitors. The monitors reportedly have fled their duty several times the past few months.

Israeli security officials have noted multiple breaches in border security, including the open transport of terrorists and weapons across the border. They say several key sections of the border are penetrable and that smuggling tunnels that snake under the border are "thriving."

Speaking to WND, senior terror leaders in Gaza, including militants from Palestinian Authority President Abbas' Fatah party, admitted they are working to copy Hizbullah warfare tactics. "We are turning Gaza into south Lebanon," Abu Ahmed, northern Gaza leader for the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group told WND.

"We learned from Hizbullah's victory that Israel can be defeated if we know how to hit them and if we are well prepared," Abu Ahmed said. "We are importing rockets and the knowledge to launch them and we are also making many plans for battle."

Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas' so-called "military wing" told WND his group is preparing for war against Israel. "In the last 15 months, even though the fighters of Hamas kept the ceasefire, we did not stop making important advancements and professional training on the military level. In the future, after Hamas is obliged to stop the ceasefire, the world shall see our new military capabilities," said Abu Abdullah, who is considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas' Izzedine al-Qassam Martyrs Brigades, Hamas' declared "resistance" department.

Al Aqsa's Abu Ahmed said his group is receiving help from Hizbullah to import long-range rockets and train in guerrilla warfare tactics. "We have warm relations with Hizbullah, which helps with some of the training programs," Abu Ahmed said. "We don't have anything to be ashamed of – that we are dealing with Hizbullah and that we are receiving training and information from them."

He said Hizbullah maintains cells in the Sinai. "The Sinai is an excellent ground for training, the exchange of information and weapons and for meetings on how to turn every piece of land into usable territory for a confrontation with Israel," Abu Ahmed said.

Abu Ahmed said Palestinian groups are developing war bunkers inside Gaza similar to the underground Hizbullah lairs Israel found during the war in Lebanon. "Our preparations include the building of special bunkers. Of course, we are taking into consideration that Gaza is not the same topography as Lebanon," Abu Ahmed said.

During its confrontation with Hizbullah, Israel destroyed scores of complex bunkers that snaked along the Lebanese side of the Israel-Lebanon border. Military officials said they were surprised by the scale of the Hizbullah bunkers, in which Israeli troops reportedly found war rooms stocked with advanced eavesdropping and surveillance equipment they noted were made by Iran.

Abu Ahmed said the most important "tool" in the Palestinian resistance arsenal was rockets. He said his group learned from Hizbullah that Israel can be defeated with missiles. "We saw that with the capacity to bombard the Israeli population with hundreds of rockets every day we can change the strategic balance with Israel," he said.

Since Israel's Gaza withdrawal, Palestinian terror groups have been regularly firing rockets at nearby Jewish communities, even after a ceasefire went into effect last month. The terrorists generally have fired three versions of Kassam rockets, improvised steel projectiles filled with explosives and fuel. Kassams can travel between one and five miles depending on the sophistication of the particular rocket.

Israel has noted improvements in Kassams, including rockets carrying double engines. Israeli security officials said a large number of Katyusha rockets have been brought into Gaza. Katyushas can travel about 12 miles and can deliver large payloads. Hizbullah fired more than 2,800 Katyusha rockets into Israel in July and August.

In August, Islamic Jihad fired a Katyusha rocket into the Israeli Negev. It landed in an empty area. In June, the group fired a Katyusha-like rocket that traveled about nine miles. "The Katyusha we fired (in August) shows we can have every weapon we need," said Abu Ahmed. "It is only a matter of a small period before Gaza is ready for war."

Fatah Leader: We Wish al-Qaeda Success


A Fatah leader and former minister in the Palestinian Authority has wished al-Qaeda success in attacking Americans during an appearance on PA TV, according to a report by Palestinian Media Watch.

During the January 1 interview, made available by PMW in video format, Abu Ali Shahin, addressing al-Qaeda, said: "Do to Bush whatever you want, and we wish you success... We are fighting the Americans and hate the Americans more than you!"

According to a brief by PMW, "Shahin was responding to a statement by Al-Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, criticizing Palestinian Fatah leaders for contacts with the US."

"Oh (Al-Qaeda) brother, leave us and focus on your business. You have Bush! Do to Bush what you want, and we wish you success with Bush, even more. I, Abu Ali Shahin, wish you success with Bush," Shahin said.

"Whoever is interested in creating a split in the Palestinian camp, is not serving anyone but the Americans and their protégé, the Zionist Imperialist Project. We are fighting the Americans and hate the Americans more than you!" he added.

"We know we are described as enemies of the Americans. About Americans, we say, publicly: the central, head enemy to the Arab Palestinian people and to the national struggle, is this American leadership embodied by the White House and this George Bush sitting there," Shahin said.

PMW added in its brief that "according to a December 2005 public opinion poll," carried out by the Fato Institute for Applied International Studies in Norway, "65% of Palestinians support Al-Qaeda actions in the US and Europe."

University Students on Strike


Some 125,000 students of higher education played hooky Wednesday, protesting against the intention to raise tuition. The students demand that the recommendations to lower tuition, adopted by the government in 2001, be adopted.

Studies in 10 universities and colleges were struck, and tires were burned and gates were forcibly closed in some places. In Jerusalem, students held a mock funeral for higher education in Israel.

Shai Pesel, head of the Students Union at the College of Judea and Samaria in Ariel, told Arutz-7's Hebrew newsmagazine, "We are just starting our struggle. If the situation continues as it is, we will take sharper steps and we will strike the studies completely."

Golan Canaan, a graduate student at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. told Israel News Faxx editor Don Canaan, "Yup, I had the day off but I have been studying all day instead."

The Shochat Commission, appointed by the government to recommend reforms in Israel's higher education system, appears likely to propose a tuition hike. The commission does not include representatives of either students or lecturers.

Pesel said that in recent meetings between students and Education Minister Yuli Tamir (Labor), "her body language told us, 'you don't interest me.' Whatever we told her, she tried to excuse and explain, but not to learn something new. She remained with the same conclusions she had before."

The national Histadrut Labor Union supports the student strikers. Chairman Ofer Eini said, "In addition to a potential blow to the student public, the Shochat Commission is liable to also recommend a differential salary system - something that is opposed to the existing agreements. In addition, it would hurt higher education in general, because only lecturers in the more attractive subjects will be paid well."

Bar Ilan University "Responsa Project" Goes Online


The world's largest electronic collection of Torah literature is now available online. The Bar Ilan University Responsa Project, launched in 1991 in its CD format, was recently uploaded to the Internet at

The virtual library encompasses all major rabbinic sources representing more than 3,000 years of Hebrew and Aramaic literature. The website includes the Hebrew Bible and its principal commentaries, both the Babylonian and the Jerusalem Talmud with commentaries, Midrashim, the Kabbala's main book - the Zohar, Maimonides' Mishneh Torah, Rabbi Yosef Karo's compilation of halacha - the Shulchan Aruch with commentaries, and the collection of Responsa questions and answers on matters of Jewish law.

The internet version of the Responsa Project includes a variety of tools and capabilities in its various features of search, navigation of texts, and hypertext links between books in different databases.

Parts of the site are free, while full access requires a paid subscription.

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