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Israel to Issue Pilot IDs

By Israel Faxx News Services

Israel plans to require pilots on all incoming commercial aircraft to use a locally designed anti-terror identification device. Israel's Transportation Ministry plans to issue a system called Code Positive to all pilots who plan to fly commuter aircraft into the Jewish state. Designed by the Israeli firm Elbit, Code Positive uses classified technology to verify for ground staff that a plane is being flown by its authorized pilot rather than a hijacker.

Carter Interceded on Behalf of Nazi SS Guard


A former U.S. Justice Department official disclosed to Arutz-7 that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's advocacy extended beyond the Palestinians, when he interceded on behalf of a Nazi SS man.

Neil Sher, a veteran of the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigation, described a letter he received from Carter in 1987 in an interview with Israel National Radio's Tovia Singer. The letter, written and signed by Carter, asked that Sher show "special consideration" for a man proven to have murdered Jews in the Mauthausen death camp in Austria.

"In 1987, Carter had been out of office for seven years or so," Sher recalled. "It was a very active period for my office. We had just barred Kurt Waldheim – he was then president of Austria and former head of the United Nations – from entering the U.S. because of his Nazi past and his involvement in the persecution of civilians during the war. We had just deported an Estonian Nazi Commandant back to the Soviet Union after a bruising battle after which we were attacked by Reagan White House Communications Director Patrick Buchanan.

"Also around that time, in the spring of 1987, we deported a series of SS guards from concentration camps, whose names nobody would know. One such character we sent back to Austria was a man named Martin Bartesch."

Bartesch, who had immigrated to the U.S. and lived in Chicago, admitted to Sher's office and the court that he had voluntarily joined the Waffen SS and had served in the notorious SS Death's Head Division at the Mauthausen concentration camp where, at the hands of Bartesch and his cohorts, many thousands of prisoners were gassed, shot, starved and worked to death. He also confessed to having concealed his service at the infamous camp from U.S. immigration officials.

"We had an extraordinary piece of evidence against him – a book that was kept by the SS and captured by the American armed forces when they liberated Mauthausen," Sher said. "We called it the death book. It was a roster that the Germans required them to keep that identified SS guards as they extended weapons to murder the inmates and prisoners."

An entry in the book for October 10, 1943 registered the shooting death of Max Oschorn, a French Jewish prisoner. His murderer was also recorded: SS guard Martin Bartesch. "It was a most chilling document," Sher recalled.

The same evidence was used by the U.S. military in postwar trials as the basis for execution or long prison sentences for many identified SS guards.

"We kicked him out and he went back to Austria. In the meantime, his family – he had adult kids – went on a campaign, also supported by his church, to try to get special treatment. In so doing they attacked the activities of our office and me personally. They claimed we used phony evidence from the Soviet Union – which was nonsense. They claimed he was a young man of only 17 or 18 when he joined the Nazi forces, asking for some sympathetic treatment and defense from our office, which they claimed was just after vengeance."

The family approached several members of Congress. "The congressmen would, very understandably, forward their claims over to our office and when they learned the facts they would invariably drop the case," Sher recalled.

But there was one politician who accepted the claims without asking for any further information. "One day, in the fall of '87, my secretary walks in and gives me a letter with a Georgia return address reading `Jimmy Carter.' I assumed it was a prank from some old college buddies, but it wasn't. It was the original copy of the letter Bartesch's daughter sent to Carter, after Bartesch had already been deported.

"In the letter, she claimed we were un-American, only after vengeance, and persecuting a man for what he did when he was only 17 and 18 years old. I couldn't help thinking of my own father who returned home with shrapnel wounds after he joined the U.S. Army as a teenager to fight the Nazis and hit the beaches at Normandy at that same age on D-day.

"On the upper corner of the letter was a note signed by Jimmy Carter saying that in cases such as this, he wanted `special consideration for the family for humanitarian reasons.'

"I didn't respond to the letter – the case was already over and he was out of the country – but it always stuck in my craw. A former president who didn't do what I would expect him to do - with a full staff at his disposal – to find out the facts before he took up the side of this person. But I wasn't going to pick a fight with a former president. We had enough on our plate."

Now, following Carter's book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Sher has decided to go public with the hope that a public made aware of Carter's support and defense of a Nazi SS man will help illustrate why the arbiter of the Camp David Accords came out with a book defending the Palestinians after the landslide election of the Islamist Hamas terror group.

"It always bothered me, but I didn't go public with it until recently, when he wrote this book and let it spill out where his sentiments really lie," Sher said. "Here was Jimmy Carter jumping in on behalf of someone who did not deserve in any way, shape or form special consideration. And the things he has now said about the Jewish lobby really exposes where his heart really lies."

U.S.-Backed Militia to Include Palestinian Terrorists


A unified Palestinian security force financed, armed and trained by the United States is set to include members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, one of the most active, anti-Israel terror organizations, WND has learned. Also a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees – a major Palestinian terror group – pledged in a WND interview to infiltrate U.S. training programs for Palestinians and to obtain American weapons provided to Palestinian forces.

On her visit to Israel last week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters that the U.S. would ensure weapons and aid reportedly being provided to militias affiliated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party would not be used to attack Israel.

The Bush administration reportedly plans to grant $86.4 million to strengthen the Fatah forces, including Force 17, Abbas' security detail, which also serves as de facto police units in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

The U.S. aid is meant to bolster Fatah, which the U.S. considers moderate, against Hamas. Fatah and Hamas have engaged in weeks of deadly factional clashes after Abbas' call last month for new Palestinian elections in a move widely seen as an attempt to dismantle the Hamas-led PA.

Rice said the U.S. is working with Fatah to create a unified Palestinian security force, which she said would combine Fatah factions and afford more control over the distribution of aid and weapons.

Referring to the weapons previously supplied to Fatah with little control over distribution, Rice stated, "It was envisioned that the Palestinian Authority would have security forces. The problem is those security forces broke [up] into essentially personal militias under Arafat. They broke into too many that were often warring with each other."

Rice announced U.S. military envoys in Israel created "a plan for security forces that can be part of the solution, not part of the problem. And this plan is not just to equip them and train them, [but] it is also to professionalize them, to unify them, to put them under a single command."

"This is a train-and-equip program that is going to move over time," Rice said, "so it is not as if you simply arm the Palestinians on Day One and then have no input or control over what happens from then on. I think as a result you can maintain some control on what is being done."

According to Palestinian security sources, Fatah's strongman in Gaza, Mahmoud Dahlan, has been tasked with leading the effort to create the unified Fatah security forces under the auspices of Keith Dayton, the U.S. security coordinator in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

WND has learned the new unified Fatah forces, currently being set up in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, are set to include leaders of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror organization from Nablus and Jenin in the northern West Bank and from the Brigade's leadership in the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is the declared "military wing" of Fatah. Together with Islamic Jihad, the Brigades has taken responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel the past two years, including an attack in Tel Aviv in April that killed U.S. teenager Daniel Wultz and nine Israelis. The Brigades also has carried out scores of deadly shooting and rocket attacks against Israeli civilians in recent months.

According to sources in the Brigades, Dahlan held a series of meetings in recent weeks with the terror group's northern West Bank leadership, members of which also serve as officials in Fatah's Preventative Security Services, a major Palestinian police force. Dahlan told the Brigades leaders who are also members of the Preventative Security Services they would be part of the new U.S.-backed unified forces, which the U.S. expects to fight against Hamas, the Brigades sources said.

"Dahlan said he is with us. Whatever we need, arms, money, it will be provided to us as part of the new (unified) security forces," a senior Brigades leader said. "The project this time is supposed to be arming Fatah against Hamas, but Allah forbid, I will never shoot against my brothers in Hamas," the Brigades leader said. "The weapons and aid will protect the institutions of Fatah and be used to fight Israeli occupation."

All Brigades leaders are also members of Fatah. Abbas last June appointed senior Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades leader Mahmoud Damra as commander of Force 17. Damra, who was arrested by Israel in November, was on the Jewish state's most-wanted list of terrorists. Scores of Brigades leaders openly serve as members of Force 17.

Senior Brigades leaders in Nablus told WND they previously participated in U.S. training programs. Among American-trained Brigades leaders is a terrorist who openly boasts of carrying out anti-Israel shooting attacks and involvement in planning four suicide bombings.

Abu Yousuf, a Fatah terrorist from Abba's Force 17 security forces who also serves in the Brigades, told WND while some of the new U.S. aid and weapons may be used in confrontations against Hamas, the bulk of the American arms and training to Fatah would be utilized to "hit the Zionists."

"If Israel will deliver what it promised to Abu Mazen (Abbas), [meaning a] withdrawal from Palestinian lands, including east Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, remove all the checkpoints in the West Bank, release our prisoners, and find a clear solution for our refugees, we'll control our forces and the distribution of weapons

"But if Israel doesn't deliver, and we find ourselves manipulated by Israel, we cannot guarantee members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Force 17 will not use these weapons against Israel. Our goal is to change the occupation," said Abu Yousuf. "It's unnatural to think these American weapons won't be used against the Israelis."

Meanwhile, Muhammad Abdel-Al, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees terror organization, told WND his group would infiltrate the new unified security force aided by the U.S. "We have members in the Fatah security organizations, including in Force 17, who will be a part of this American training," Abdel-Al said. "There are activists in Fatah affiliated with all the Palestinian groups, including ours, and Hamas. We vow that should (American) arms reach us, we will use them against the occupation and the Zionist enemy."

The Popular Resistance Committees is a coalition of several Palestinian terror groups and is responsible for scores of anti-Israel shootings and rocket attacks. The Committees is also accused of carrying out a bombing in 2003 on a U.S. convoy in Gaza in which three American contractors were killed.

A Committees leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, told WND members of his organization who serve in Fatah security forces, including those slated for U.S. training, have been instructed to pledge allegiance to Abbas and keep their membership in the Committees confidential.

Also, Abu Oubaida, a spokesman for Hamas so-called "military wing," told WND last week his terror group will obtain any weapons transferred to Fatah militias or purchased by Fatah using the incoming U.S. aid.

"I am sure that like in the past, this $86 million from America will find its way to the Hamas resistance via the honorable persons in the Fatah security organizations, including in Force 17. I can confirm 100 percent that this money and purchased weapons will find its way to Hamas," said Abu Oubaida.

The Hamas spokesman and other Hamas officials said "scores" of Fatah militants have switched over to Hamas in recent months.

Sources close to Hamas said the Fatah militants, including members of Force 17, worked with Hamas after receiving larger paychecks from the terror group. "When they join Hamas, they bring along their new weapons," said a Hamas source.

A senior Fatah security official in the Gaza Strip, speaking on condition his name be withheld, confirmed to WND Fatah has a "significant problem" of its militia members in Gaza joining Hamas.

Ahmadinejad: Israel, U.S. Won't Attack
Israel Faxx News Services

Iran's president said neither Israel nor the United States would dare attack his country's nuclear sites. "That regime wants to hurt the Iranian people. They have many dreams but they are not all powerful," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a Spanish newspaper interview published Wednesday.

Israel has endorsed Western efforts to talk Tehran into curbing its atomic ambitions but has refused to rule out military strikes as a last resort to deny its arch-foe the bomb.

Speaking to the El Mundo daily, Ahmadinejad repeated his call for Israel's elimination, saying it was as inevitable as the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

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