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IDF will Invade Syria if Missiles Fly

By Israel Faxx News Services

The IDF under Defense Minister Ehud Barak is planning a ground assault deep into Syrian territory if Syria attacks Israel with missiles, according to Channel 10's military affairs correspondent. The reporter said Syria possesses thousands of missiles capable of hitting virtually any point within Israel. The only way to counter this threat, he said, would be to launch a swift strategic ground assault into Syria until the missile attack ceases.

N Y C Scales Down Extra Security Measures

By DEBKAfile

New York City police reduced the extra security procedures that were introduced Friday night after DEBKAfile reported a surge in on al Qaeda Websites threatening New York, Los Angeles and Miami with dirty bomb attack by trucks carrying radioactive bombs.

While stressing the security hike was precautionary and the report unsubstantiated, NY police posted radiological sensors on vehicles, boats and helicopters and set up vehicle checkpoints in Wall Street, lower Manhattan's financial district, and at bridges and tunnels. Not all have been removed.

The police department also confirmed to Reuters additional information received that a dirty bomb may go off on Friday evening around 34th Street in Manhattan, where the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and Macy's department store are located.

The threat was picked up by DEBKAfile's monitors from a rush of electronic chatter on al Qaeda sites on Thursday, August 8th.

T he al Qaeda communications accused the Americans of the grave error of failing to take seriously the videotape released by the American al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gaddahn. "They will soon realize their mistake when American cities are hit by quality operations," said one message.

Another said t he attacks would be carried out "by means of trucks loaded with radioactive material against America's biggest city and financial nerve center."

A third message mentioned New York, Los Angeles and Miami as targets. It drew the answer: "T he attack, with Allah's help, will cause an economic meltdown, many dead, and a financial crisis on a scale that compels the United States to pull its military forces out of many part s of t he world, including Iraq, for lack of any other way of cutting down costs."

Confirmed: Arafat Died of AIDS


Arch-terrorist Yasir Arafat's doctor has confirmed the long-circulating rumors that the PLO chairman had AIDS ­ though the doctor insisted that Israel poisoned Arafat as well, causing his death.

Rumors have long circulated in both Israel and the Palestinian Authority that Arafat's symptoms prior to his death were caused by AIDS. Within the P A, Israel has always been accused poisoning the PLO chairman.

Now, Arafat's private doctor has joined other PLO officials in acknowledging that Arafat had the HIV virus, but is holding on to the claim that Israel was responsible for his ultimate demise, in a French hospital.

Dr. Ashraf al-Kurdi told t he Jordanian Amman News Agency that Arafat did, in fact, have AIDS ­ but insisted that the HIV virus was injected into the chairman's bloodstream, and not the result of illicit sexual activity.

French doctors who treated Arafat insisted after his death that he had died of a massive stroke after suffering intestinal inflammation, jaundice and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a blood condition.

Even before Arafat died, U.S. author and intelligence expert John Loftus said on the John Batchelor Show on WABC radio on October 26 that it was widely known in CIA circles that Arafat was dying from AIDS. Loftus further said that was the reason the US kept preventing Israel from killing Arafat ­ to allow him to be discredited by the ailment.

A 1987 book by Lt. Gen. Ion Pacepa, the deputy chief of Romania's intelligence service under Communist dictator Nicola Ceausescu may explain how Arafat contracted the sexually transmitted disease.

In his memoirs "Red Horizons," Pacepa relates a 1978 conversation with the general assigned to teach Arafat and t he PLO techniques to deceive the West into granting the organization recognition. T he general told him about Arafat's nightly relations with his young male bodyguards and multiple partners.

"Beginning with his teacher when he was a teenager and ending with his current bodyguards. After reading the report, I felt a compulsion to take a shower whenever I had been kissed by Arafat, or even just shaken his hand," Pacepa wrote.

Senior U.S. intelligence official James J. Welsh, the National Security Agency's former PA analyst, told WorldNetDaily, "One of the things we looked for when we were intercepting Fatah communications were messages about Ashbal [Lion cub] members who would be called to Beirut from bases outside of Beirut. The Ashbal were often orphaned or abandoned boys who were brought into the organization, ostensibly to train for later entry into Fedayeen fighter units.

Arafat always had several of these 13-15 year old boys in his entourage. We figured out that he would often recall several of these boys to Beirut just before he would leave for a trip outside Lebanon. It proved to be a good indicator of Arafat's travel plans. While Arafat did have a regular security detail, many of those thought to be security personnel - the teenage boys - were actually there for other purposes."

Kaddish Read at Lustiger's Funeral

By Reuters

France bade farewell to Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger on Friday in a ceremony that mixed prayers from his Jewish roots with the rites of the Roman Catholic Church, a faith to which he converted during World War Two.

A cousin of the late archbishop of Paris, Arno Lustiger, read the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead said in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, at the start of the ceremony outside Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris.

Another family relation, Jonas Moses-Lustiger, read Psalm 113 in Hebrew and French, a psalm of special significance to both Jews and Catholics.

A large crowd had gathered in silence under overcast skies in front of a packed cathedral. French President Nicolas Sarkozy broke his summer vacation in the United States to lead political figures.

Lustiger, 80, who died from cancer on August 5th, was hidden in Catholic boarding schools during the 1940-1944 Nazi occupation of France and converted from Judaism during the war. His mother was arrested and died in the Auschwitz death camp.

Jewish religious and community leaders and dignitaries from other religions also attended the funeral, conducted by Lustiger's successor as Archbishop of Paris, Andre Vingt-Trois, and a message from Pope Benedict was read. Lustiger's coffin was borne into the cathedral by six priests and was laid to rest in the archbishop's crypt at Notre dame in line with tradition.

Egyptian cleric: OK to lie to women, Jews


Egypt's An-Nas TV recently featured a sermon to children by cleric Mahmoud Al-Masri, who explained that lying to Jews and women is permitted by Islam.

Al-Masri said: "If the wife asks her husband: "Do you love me, Abu Muhammad?" He should say: "Of course I love you, honey. How could anyone not love you?" He might not love her at all, but when he says: "I love you," she feels happy and stable... Right? But if he were to say to her: "The Prophet has forbidden lying, so I cannot tell a lie ­ I hate you, I want to kill you, and get rid of you..." Can they possibly continue to live together after this? No..."

"'My dears, the second kind is lying to the enemy in times of war," the Muslim cleric explained. "What does this mean? For example, somebody joins the army, and a war breaks out, between us and the Jews, for example. He is captured by the Jews, who ask him: 'Where do you keep your weapons, where is your artillery, and where are your airplanes, and so on?' He knows, but what will happen if he tells them the truth? He will destroy his country, right? So what should he do? If, for example, he knows that the tanks are at Heliopolis, he should say they are at Hilwan."

IDF chief wants to be a Druze in next life

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IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi elicited enthusiastic applause from a largely Druze audience when he told the crowd that in the next life, he wants to be a Druze.

Ashkenazi was speaking at a ceremony honoring Druze soldiers, in Karmiel. Members of the Druze minority serve in the IDF and are considered to be loyal to Israel.

The IDF celebrated its Druze soldiers' day Sunday, honoring the 110,000 Druze soldiers in its ranks. The IDF's Druze brigade also received the Commander in Chief's Citation, for their actions in the Second Lebanon War.

"It is our duty to serve our country and we take pride in it ­ that's the way I was brought up and that's the way I raised my children," Riad Assad, a Druze from Beit-Jan who served in the IDF in the 1970s and now has five sons serving in the army, told Ynet.

The service, said Assad is somewhat of a way of life in his family: His eldest served is the Druze brigade as a paramedic, his second son serves in the regular army, his third son serves as a deputy company commander, his fourth son is on the last legs of his service and his fifth son just finished basic training.

"No one won the last war," said Assad. "We have to do what we can for peace, but when war is forced on you, you must live up to the challenge and defend your country. My dream is to see the Druze brigade turn into one of the IDF's elite brigades. The hardest battle we face is that of making peace with out neighbors.

"I hope that my children and grandchildren would serve in the peace brigade of the north."

Correction: AACI Slams Insurance Discrimination

By Israel News Faxx Editor Don Canaan

Last week, Israel News Faxx reprinted and edited a news story that originally appeared in Ha'aretz that stated "The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI) has expressed outrage at U.S. insurance companies that deny life insurance coverage to Americans who plan to visit Israel or have done so in the past.

"AACI is appalled at this terrible treatment," AACI Executive Director David London said this week.

"According to recent reports, insurance carriers in several states have denied life insurance coverage to policyholders on the basis of past travel to Israel or plans to visit Israel in the future, on the grounds that such travel constitutes risky behavior."

Because of an editing error, the story erroneously neglected to include the following quote that appeared in the original Ha'aretz article: "AIG said the company `provides life insurance, as well as accident and health and travel insurance, to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who travel to Israel. All coverage decisions are determined by statistical risk analysis and other objective criteria. AIG is opposed to discrimination in any form, and our goal is to provide life insurance coverage whenever and wherever possible.

"AIG is also committed to its business operations in Israel - and throughout the Middle East - and we recently celebrated our 10-year anniversary in that country. We employ more than 700 persons who provide life, general and other insurance coverage to the people of Israel," the company said in a statement.

The original Ha'aretz story can be found at

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