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Most U.S. Jews Never Visit Israel

By Israel Faxx News Services

Sixty percent of American Jews have never visited Israel, according to the Jewish Agency.

In a report to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Cabinet this week, Jewish Agency head Ze'ev Bielski outlined problems in sustaining Diaspora ties to Israel. Olmert described the Jewish Agency as "the main axis of the relationship between the government and people in Israel and the Jewish communities around the world, and this government is committed to enhance this relationship."


Abbas' Newspaper: 'Allah, Kill Americans'

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Al-Hayat al-Jadida, the daily newspaper of the Palestinian Authority and the Fatah terror group, featured a cartoon this week that illustrated a prayer for the killing of Americans. A Muslim is shown kneeling in prayer facing a U.S. B-2 stealth bomber, silhouetted in the sky.

The words of the cartoon character's prayer adorn four missiles aimed at the American plane. These are his wishes: "Allah, scatter them; turn their wives into widows; turn their children into orphans; give us victory over them."

According to Palestinian Media Watch, which reported the story, this plea for the death and bereavement of Americans is a special prayer for Laylat Al-Qadr (the 27th day of Ramadan), as is noted in the corner of the cartoon.

Publications in the PA and by Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction have a history of promoting support for those who fight and kill Americans. The most recently published 12th grade PA schoolbooks, for example, use the phrase "brave resistance" to describe the insurgents who fight American soldiers in Iraq. "And turn their wives into widows. and turn their children into orphans!!

As the PA calls for the death of Americans, the American government is making preparations for a summit meeting it will host next month between Israel's leadership and the PA's Mahmoud Abbas, whom it regards as a moderate.


Barak: Israel Soon to be Able to Block 90% of Missile Launches

By Ha'aretz

Within a few years Israel will be able to defend itself against 90 percent of missiles fired against it, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday according to Army Radio.

Barak and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi appeared Tuesday morning before the State Control Committee to address the State Comptroller's report on the home front.

According to Barak, once development of Israel's anti-missile system is complete, the defense establishment will be able to prevent nearly all missile attempts from enemy states, from Kassam rockets to the Iran's Shihab missile.

Still, IDF Chief Asheknazi warned that the threat of missiles on the home front would not shrink in the near future. "We have been working for a long time to implement all matters of interest to the IDF and the Homefront Command. The comptroller has done well in publicizing these matters throughout the process of inspection, in order to allow us to fix what we consider to be right," he said.

"Since the threat on the home front will not become smaller in the near future, it is of utmost important to work with vigor and speed, and that's what we are doing," added the IDF chief.


Turmeric, the New Spice of Life in the Farmlands of Israel

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Turmeric, known in Israel as "kurkum," is a main component in the popular Yemenite spice mixture (hawaij), but has now also become the new centerpiece in a natural pesticide developed by Israeli Druze researcher Prof. Fadel Mansour.

The northern Israel scientist, who has worked for 35 years with the Israel Agriculture Ministry's Volcani Research Center in lower Galilee, uses the spice as the central ingredient in a substance used to treat plastic sheets spread on the ground before sowing or planting.

According to a report on the Israel21c website, the repellent sheets are manufactured by Biopack, the commercial venture founded by Mansour to market his discovery. Preliminary field tests of the product found that the invention prevented infiltration by even one pest into melon and date crops.

Turmeric is produced from the boiled, dried underground rhizome or rootstalk of the Curcuma longa plant. Native to tropical South Asia, it is a member of the ginger family. The pungent golden spice is used as a coloring and seasoning agent in numerous commercial food products as well as in Middle Eastern and South Asian cooking. It is also considered a powerful medicinal plant.


Love Letters Sent to Hitler Revealed

By YnetNews.com

The amount of fan mail sent to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler between the years 1925 and 1945 rivaled that of The Beatles, British newspaper The Independent reported Tuesday.

According to the report, the up to 1,000 letters a month written to Hitler during the course of his political career included not only fawning pledges of allegiance and declarations of love but bizarre requests from ordinary Germans for permission to bake cakes named after the Nazi leader.

The contents of the letters have been published in a new book by German historian Henrik Eberle, who unearthed a rich source of hitherto unseen Nazi fan mail in historical archives in Moscow.

According to The Independent, excerpts from Dr Eberle's book, Letters to Hitler – a People Writes to its Leader, were published Monday in Germany's Bild newspaper. Some of the letters praise Hitler's leadership, while others were written by people seeking to reveal the fuehrer's personal tastes and habits.

A telegram written by a Walter Zickler, dated June 1925, pledges "unalterable allegiance and unshakeable faith in our leader, Adolf Hitler", on behalf of the "College of German Farmers."

"How does HE stand regarding the question of alcohol?" asks Alfred Barg, in a letter written to Hitler in May 1925. According to the report, Eberle notes in his book that Hitler rarely set eyes on any of the letters himself but relied primarily on Rudolf Hess, his deputy, to read and reply to them.

To Barg's letter, Hess replies nine days later: "Herr Hitler does not drink any alcohol, except for a few drops on very special occasions. He does not smoke at all."

To a woman devotee who has sent the Nazi leader handkerchiefs embroidered with his images, Hess writes, "I am returning the hand-sewn handkerchiefs. Herr Hitler does not give permission for the manufacture of handkerchiefs with his picture on them."

However, in another letter, a woman bequeaths her potted plant to Hitler and Hess writes back asking how it will be delivered.

According to the Independent, The letters used for the basis of Eberle's book were kept in files in Hitler's Reich Chancellor's office in Berlin but removed by the Red Army and taken to Moscow at the end of the Second World War.


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