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Hamas Rocket Kills One Israeli, Israel Makes New Threats

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem) &

Two terror rockets hit Sderot at around 9 p.m. Sunday evening. One man was lightly injured and another person suffered shock and was evacuated by ambulance. One of the rockets exploded in a private home's yard and blasted a hole through an external wall.

Earlier this evening a terror rocket hit greenhouses in a community in the Eshkol Regional Council in the western Negev. No casualties were reported.

However, Israel is promising a harsh response to an earlier deadly Palestinian rocket attack. Palestinian rockets fired from the Gaza Strip crashed into the battered Israeli border town. The Islamic terrorist group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a 36-year-old Israeli man was killed when his car took a direct hit. He was the second Israeli fatality in the past two weeks, during which time Palestinian militants have fired more than 230 rockets at Israel.

The attack brought a stern warning from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. "There is no immunity for anyone involved in terror," he said, hinting that the leaders of Hamas could be targeted. "We will decide when, how and to what extent we will act," he said.

Olmert spoke hours after Israel launched a fresh wave of air strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza. About 50 Palestinians, most of them terrorists, have been killed in the raids which began 12 days ago.

Moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who shares power in a coalition government led by Hamas, is trying to end the violence. "The President is working hard on achieving a ceasefire, a mutual ceasefire. And we hope in the coming 48 hours we can reach results," said his spokesman Nabil Abu Redeineh.

Hamas said it is absurd to talk about a truce while Israeli air strikes continue. And in the wake of the deadly rocket attack, Israel's offensive shows no sign of letting up.

And in Jerusalem, Israeli-Arab Fatah terrorists attacked Israeli security forces near the Armon HaNetziv neighborhood Saturday evening. Two security officers were injured and two terrorists killed.

The shooting attack took place in the Sheikh Sa'id neighborhood, an area where construction continues on the Jerusalem section of the Partition Wall. One officer was wounded critically and a security guard moderately. They were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital.

The terrorists were killed in subsequent exchanges of gunfire. An Arab bystander was also shot dead during the gun battle, though police are investigating whether he was involved in the attack.

The two terrorists, Madchat Mohammed Shakirat, 23, and Mahmoud Naji Halaseh, 23, were both full Israeli citizens and reside in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabl Mukaber, which will be located within the Partition Wall even after its completion. Fatah's Al-Aksa Brigades terror group took responsibility for the attack.

Hamas: Islam Will Rule the World, Destroy Israel and the Jews


The Hamas terrorist organization is conducting a simultaneous battle against Israel and its coalition partner, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, but not without a "higher" purpose.

According to the Palestinian Media Watch, the Hamas charter specifically mandates the murder of Jews in compliance with what it believes is Divine will. Violence and terror, which Hamas refers to as "resistance," are considered legitimate tools to be used for this purpose.

Hamas has worked hard to promote this ideology and to train the current and future generations toward this end, using a Mickey Mouse-like character to teach the precepts to PA Arab children and other TV and radio programs to reach the adults.

The PA population has, for the most part, responded enthusiastically to this campaign. Others who are frightened by the fanaticism and culture of murder are doing their best to flee.

Branch offices of foreign ministries from various Arab countries report they have been besieged with tens of thousands of applications by PA Arabs who are desperate to take their families out of the madness.

Islamic clerics, meanwhile, exhort them to remain, resorting even to religious legal rulings that it is forbidden to leave the Palestinian Authority territories and abandon what they insist is their land.

It is clear that Hamas has no intention of ever recognizing the State of Israel's right to exist. Nor does it intend to end its terrorism, regardless of international mandates to do so.

"We will liberate Palestine, all of Palestine... Palestine will not be liberated by negotiations, committees and decisions. It will only be liberated by the rifle and the al-Kassam [rocket -ed.]. Therefore, prepare yourselves," declared Hamas spokesman Dr. Ismail Radwan in an April interview with the Hamas-controlled Al-Risalah newspaper.

Ultimately, states former Foreign Minister and Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar in a March interview with the Arabic Al-Ayyam newspaper, "Our position is the liberation of Palestine, all of Palestine. This is the final and strategic solution for us……Anyone who denies it must check his faith and his Islam."

Dry Bones Sweeps JIB Awards


The Dry Bones Blog has just been voted the Best Overall Jewish Blog of 2007 in this year's Jewish/Israeli Blogosphere (JIB) Award Competition. The popular site also took the gold for Best Jewish Humor Blog, Best Political/Current Events Blog, Best Jewish Culture Blog, and Best Pro-Israel Advocacy Blog.

The Dry Bones cartoon is featured at and in issues of Israel News Faxx. "I was sure we'd win in the 'Jewish Humor' category," said legendary Dry Bones cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen, "but taking the other first places shows that being funny can also be important in preserving our culture, guarding our history, and fighting for our survival."

Dry Bones has been Israel's political comic strip since 1973, and in August of 2005 the strip set up shop on the internet with the debut of the Dry Bones Blog ( The blog, updated every Monday through Friday, presents the cartoons and tells the story behind each one. "On Tuesdays and Thursdays we run "Golden Oldies," says Kirschen, the 69 -year-old American-Israeli behind the popular blog."They're like time machines to the truth in an age when our enemies are trying to rewrite history… that's why they're such a favorite with readers."

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