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Arab Construction Worker Sees Jewish Home as His in Future
An Arab construction worker in B'nei Brak told his Jewish employer that the building
will be his in the future, according to a Palestine Times report quoted by Palestinian
The employer noticed that the Arab worker was preparing cement much stronger than
usual. He explained, "I did so to strengthen the foundations of the building since one day
these buildings may belong to us and our children."
GOP Congressman Visits Syria After Controversial Pelosi Trip
By VOA News
A Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives has held talks in Syria - one
day after the Democratic leader in that chamber sparked controversy by visiting
Congressman Darrell Issa of California met in the Syrian capital Thursday with
President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem. Issa is of Lebanese
descent, and is a member of President Bush's Republican Party.Issa told reporters that
members of Congress will continue to urge the Bush administration to hold a dialogue with
The White House sharply criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Syria
Wednesday, saying the California Democrat was undercutting efforts to isolate Damascus.
White House spokesman, Gordon Johndroe said Thursday that the administration does not
think it is productive or useful for members of Congress of either party to hold talks
Pelosi is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Syria in years. She said she
carried a message from Israel that it is ready for peace talks with Syria, and that it is
important to hold a dialogue with Damascus.
However, Israeli Cabinet minister Zeev Boim, a close associate of Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert, told Israel Radio that if al-Assad really wants peace with Israel he should take
some actions, even minor ones, to prove his intentions. Boim said just because Assad is
offering an olive branch, that does not mean he really wants peace. The Israeli
politician says the Syrian leader should act on his intentions.
Boim said Israel would be willing to go so far as to give up the Golan Heights, the
territory it captured from Syria in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War as part of an eventual peace
settlement with Syria.
Boim's comments followed those made by Pelosi on Wednesday in Damascus. After meeting
with Assad, Pelosi said the Syrian leader was willing to engage in peace negotiations with
Israel, and that Israel's prime minister had told her Israel was ready for peace talks
A statement from Olmert's office issued after her comments said peace talks with Syria
would only be possible if Syria stopped its support for Hizbullah in Lebanon and the
Palestinian "militant" (sic. Note change of adjective from previous description
'terrorist') group Hamas, and scaled back its ties with Iran.
Alon Liel is a former director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry who recently
held unofficial talks with a number of Syrians about the prospect or resuming peace talks
between Israel and Syria. He said the current public Israeli position on Syria means that
peace talks between the two countries are unlikely at this time.
"In the Middle East nobody is going to launch a peace before he gets a response or
goods from the other side," Liel said. "This is what I guess he (Olmert) told Nancy Pelosi
that if Syria will behave we will talk to her. She (Pelosi) stressed the positive part of
the deal, and probably almost hid the negative part."
Kabbalist Elder: Israel on Brink of War
A highly-regarded kabbalist elder from Bnei Brak has issued a warning that the next war
in Israel is on the way. Rabbi Eliyahu Leon Levi, who frequents the Western Wall every
Saturday night to recite Psalms and teach Torah, told his students that there is an "evil
decree" of war looming on the horizon.
According to the Rabbi, Syria is liable to join Lebanon in firing missiles at the
Jewish State in the pending war. The missiles will have a much greater range and carry
much larger warheads than the katyusha rockets fired against Israel this past summer in
the Second Lebanon War which claimed some 156 lives, he noted.
"It's not going to be 'katyushas shmatyushas' this time which have only tens of
kilograms of explosives. The enemy will launch, God forbid, rockets carrying 500 and 600
kilograms of explosives," Rabbi Levi told his students.
On several occasions, Rabbi Levi first alerted Israeli military authorities of security
threats and movements of massive amounts of enemy weapons that were subsequently verified
by IDF intelligence. The kabbalist rabbi said just before the Passover holiday that he
does not want to cause panic, but suggested that the Israeli public stock up on two weeks
of water, food supplies, candles and matches in case the delivery of basic commodities is
Rabbi Levi said that though Israel "may, God forbid, pay a heavy price initially, the
Jewish People would muster strength to crush their enemies leading to a great
sanctification of God's name through ultimate victory."
He emphasized that the decree can be annulled through prayer, repentance, and good
deeds. "In the spiritual world, things can rapidly change. But right now, it appears that
war could break out soon after or even during the Passover holiday." Rabbi Levi said that
the allocation of food to the needy and the great acts of charity which preceded the
Passover holiday made a great impression in the heavenly court and sweetened the judgment
to a degree.
"We are on the brink of redemption, and a great war is coming." he said. "Whoever
doesn't prepare himself spiritually is at great risk. A person must turn to God in prayer
and cry and confess his wrongdoings, and rectify his ways. A person must recite Psalms as
we do every Saturday night here at the site of our Holy Temple. The recitation of Psalms
constitutes a spiritual rinsing of the mouth from idle talk, as well as from the
transgression of causing others pain through our speech. Come with your children to cry
and pray before God and ask forgiveness."
Rabbi Levi said that once the rockets start falling, it is too late for a person to
wake up and begin to rectify his ways. "Now is the time to ask for mercy. If one doesn't
do so, God have mercy on his soul - there will be problems."
Iran Publicizes Statement of Support Allegedly From Local Jews
Iranian government news agency IRNA reported on Sunday that an organization identified
as the Association of Iranian Jews issued a statement expressing "its commitment to defend
the national interests of Iranians with the advent of the Iranian new year (1386), which
the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution declared to be year [sic] of 'national unity
and Islamic solidarity.'"
Evidencing little understanding of Judaism, the statement appears to be a forgery by
the Iranian regime. According to IRNA, the Association of Iranian Jews declared: "In
obedience to the instructions of Jesus, in the new Iranian year, which has been declared
[sic] year of national unity and Islamic solidarity, Iranian Jews voice their readiness to
defend all national interests of Iranians and to observe the guidelines set by Supreme
Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) for the sake of strengthening national unity and
solidarity in the fight against present-day pharaohs."
However, Judaism does not accept the authority or divinity of Jesus of Nazareth. Hence,
authentic believers in the Jewish faith would not issue a proclamation "in obedience to...
While correctly stating that the Passover festival begins on the night of the 15th of
the month of Nissan in the Jewish calendar, the Iranian news agency commented that "[this]
annual Jewish festival celebrates the escape of Jews from the slaughter of the first-born
Contrary to the statement by the Iranian regime's media arm, Passover celebrates the
Divine deliverance of the Jews from Egyptian slavery. The killing of the first born sons,
in contrast, is recorded in the Bible as the 10th and ultimate plague sent by God upon the
Egyptians before Pharaoh agreed to free his Israelite slaves.
Islamic tradition and the Koran tell a parallel story of the exodus of the children of
Israel from ancient Egypt, although a great many of the details recorded therein differ
from the Biblical text.
In a further twist, IRNA reported that the Jewish association attached particular
significance to "the remarkable coincidence" that Passover coincides with the Iranian New
Film Claims Earthquake, Not Moses, Parted the Red Sea
A volcanic eruption on the Greek island of Santorini, rare geologic phenomena in the
vicinity of the Suez Canal and archaeological findings prove the historical veracity of
the Exodus from Egypt, according to the Jewish-Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, who
directed and wrote the script for "The Exodus Decoded," which was released last year and
broadcast recently in the United States.
Jacobovici came to public attention with an earlier documentary he made ("The Lost Tomb
of Jesus") in which he claimed that Jesus and members of his family had been buried in
southern Jerusalem. Just as in the case of the Jesus film, leading experts have attacked
Jacobovici's theories about the Exodus. The films were said to serve Jacobovici's personal
beliefs as an observant Jew.
In an interview with Ha'aretz during a visit to Israel, Jacobovici rejected this
argument. "They said that I tried to prove the Bible in my film about the Exodus, and that
in the film about Jesus, I tried to disprove the New Testament, but I just did my job," he
"The theological significance that people derive from my films is not of interest to
me." At the same time, he admitted he was motivated by anger at the theories of those who
"deny" there was an Exodus.
Jacobovici claimed his theory is based on a combination of findings from various
scientific fields. "Archaeologists are used to speaking only among themselves, and that is
true also of geologists," he said. "We spoke to everyone, and we did a journalistic
investigation of everything. The archaeologists are not used to accepting criticism from
people like me, and therefore I was attacked personally."
Jacobovici's main contention is that the Exodus from Egypt did not take place in 1270
BCE, as is accepted thinking, but rather 300 years earlier. Jacobovici claims that the
Children of Israel were in fact the Hyksos tribes that ruled Egypt from 1640-1540 BCE. He
bases his claim on wall paintings from the period that show the Hyksos as extremely
similar to the biblical descriptions of Jacob and his sons, as well as on nine seals that
bear the name Jacob, which were found in a dig at the site of the assumed Hyksos capital.
On the basis of the new dating of the expulsion of the Israelites from Egypt,
Jacobovici claims the Exodus took place at the time of the volcanic eruption on the island
of Santorini, which is considered one of the strongest volcanic eruptions of all time.
Basing himself on geologists, he claims that "extreme seismic activity" caused the
outburst, and that it led to the plague of darkness and others described in the biblical
story and to the killing of the first born. He bases his theory on similar phenomena that
occurred during a natural disaster at Lake Nyos in Cameroon in 1986, which was also caused
by irregular seismic activity.
Jacobovici believes that seismic activity led to a parting of the Red Sea and the
drowning of the Egyptian army. Basing himself on a hieroglyphic tablet on show at the
museum in Ismailiya, Jacobovici claims that the Red Sea mentioned in the biblical tale is,
in fact, a sweet water lake by the name of el-Bala, which dried up in the 19th century
following the building of the Suez Canal.
The most damning criticism of Jacobovici was voiced by the Austrian archaeologist
Manfred Bietak, who conducted excavations at Avaris and whose findings the film uses to
claim the Hyksos were the Children of Israel. In an article in the Biblical Archaeological
Review, Bietak says Jacobovici took his remarks out of context through biased editing.
Bietak also claims there is no archaeological evidence to support the view that the
Children of Israel existed before the Iron Age that is 1200 BCE.
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