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25% of Germans Say Nazi Rule Had Some Good Things

By NY Daily News

A quarter of Germans believe there were some good things about Nazi rule, according to a poll published Wednesday. The poll follows the firing last month of a popular talk show host who praised the Third Reich's attitude toward motherhood. The Forsa agency, which conducted the survey for Stern, asked Germans whether National Socialism also had some "good sides [such as] the construction of the highway system, the elimination of unemployment, the low criminality rate [and] the encouragement of the family." Forsa said 25% responded "yes" while 70% said "no." People 60 or older were most likely to see a positive side to the Nazi era, with 37% answering "yes."

Israeli TV Stations Showing 'Gog and Magog' Charts

By & Ha'aretz

Israeli evening newscasts Wednesday prominently featured George W. Bush's comments regarding a possible breakout of World War III.

Both Channel 2 and Channel 10 showed the world map and sketched the basic alignment of the two opposing axes in the possible world war, in a way that is bound to evoke associations of the Gog and Magog prophecy for many viewers. On one side were Israel, the United States, Britain, France and Germany. On the other were Iran, Russia, China, Syria and North Korea.

The prophecy of Gog and Magog refers to a great world war centered on the Holy Land and Jerusalem and first appears in the book of Ezekiel.

Bush on Wednesday warned that a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to a third world war because of the Islamic state's determination to destroy Israel. "We've got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel," Bush said, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Wednesday called for a new United Nations Security Council resolution on Iran, aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Israel considers Iran a serious threat because of repeated calls by its president for the destruction of Israel and its assumed goal of building nuclear weapons. Iran denies that its nuclear program is military in nature.

Former Mossad Chief: Israel Cannot be Destroyed


Israel cannot be destroyed, former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy said Wednesday evening. "(Russian President Vladimir) Putin is not interested in a nuclear Iran," he said, adding that there was a big chance the Iranians would not achieve what they were after.

Speaking at an event organized by the Lander Institute in Jerusalem, a day before Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's visit to Moscow and a day after Russian President Putin's visit to Tehran, Halevy said that "all the problems Israel had were not the result of unidentified threats.

"Iran must be dealt with in two simultaneous ways: They must be pressured through the global economy, and they must be given an opportunity to talk once they change their ways. We cannot say that the Iranian threat is an existential threat on the State of Israel. I believe that the State of Israel cannot be eliminated. It cannot be destroyed because of things you know and because of things you can imagine."

According to the former Mossad chief, Iran was the big loser of the Second Lebanon War. "What happened in Lebanon was an Israeli move which hit the Iranians right between the eyes. They did nothing, absolutely nothing. It was a powerful and direct move by Israel, and they did nothing. This should teach us that the Iranians are not huge. We saw ourselves as grasshoppers compared to them. This is our problem."

As for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, "Had he not existed, we would have had to create him. He is doing great things for us."

Addressing Israel's activity in the face of the Iranian nuclear program, Halevy said, "You should assume that things have been done and things are being done, and assume that the Jewish mind can create amazing things. Iran is a bitter enemy, but this does not mean that it should be an enemy forever.

"The situation in Iran has not been particularly good over the past year. The economic situation is worsening, there is 30 percent inflation, an official unemployment of 25 percent, and in Tehran the unemployment rate is 50 percent.

"Those who elected Ahmadinejad president did not elect him to develop nuclear weapons, but rather to serve as a successful mayor in Tehran. Students at Tehran's university chant, 'Death to Ahmadinejad,'" the former Mossad chief concluded.

Rice: There Is Opportunity For Peace in Mideast

By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ended four days of talks with Israelis and Palestinians late Wednesday, saying a Mideast peace conference will take place, but much work needs to be done in bilateral talks between Israelis and Palestinians before the meeting gets underway.

Rice said the current situation offers a moment of opportunity for peace between Israelis and Palestinians -- but she cautioned against raising expectations for the peace conference which is scheduled to take place in Annapolis, Maryland next month.

"The November meeting is a stop in a process," she said. "There are discussions and negotiations going on now between Israelis and Palestinians to try and come to understandings about how they move forward toward the establishment of a Palestinian state."

Rice says she expects regional participation in the conference and will meet Thursday with Jordan's King Abdullah in London. Egyptian officials expressed cautious support for the conference following their talks with Secretary Rice. However, no other Arab states have so far said whether they will attend the meeting.

Rice said her shuttle diplomacy is the most serious effort yet made by the Bush administration to bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but ultimately Israelis and Palestinians will have to settle their differences between themselves.

"We, the U.S. cannot substitute for bilateral discussions or agreements between the parties, but we will try to help when it becomes obvious that perhaps someone is stuck and our help is needed," said Rice.

After several days of intensive discussions Israelis and Palestinians have yet to agree on the agenda for the conference. Palestinians say they want a detailed statement of principles with a timetable for resolving issues like the status of Jerusalem, the dismantling of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and the issue of refugees.

Israeli officials like Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni say Israel wants to reach agreement on a broad agenda, but she says Israel is reluctant to offer specific proposals at the current time, because that could lead to stalemate.

"I believe the right thing to do is to discuss it in a closed room with the Palestinian side," said Livni. "Basically the idea is not to raise expectations that can lead to frustration and violence. In the past the idea that we could solve the conflict in a few days led to frustration and violence."

Palestinians however are expressing frustration with how the talks have proceeded so far. Following his meeting with Rice, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of hindering the effort to reach agreement on a statement of principles. Abbas warned that time was running out, saying Palestinians will not pay any price to attend the conference.

Speaking in Washington on Wednesday, President Bush said he believes now is the time for both Israelis and Palestinians to try and resolve their differences. The meeting he says offers Palestinians the chance for a future state.

"The Palestinians who have been made promises all these years need to see there is a serious focused effort to step up a state," he said. "And that is important for the people who reject extremism have something to be for."

Bush also urged other Arab states to participate in the conference. Following the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June international efforts to support President Abbas with aid and diplomatic support were renewed and intensified.

Syrian Confirms Then Denies That Israel Destroyed Nuclear Facility


The United Nations on Wednesday blamed an interpreter's error for an erroneous report that Syria said an Israeli airstrike hit a Syrian nuclear facility, a mistake that made headlines in the Middle East and heightened concerns over Damascus' nuclear ambitions.

The earlier report said that a Syrian official admitted that the Israeli operation on September 6 destroyed a nuclear facility. Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad had previously claimed that Israel attacked an abandoned army base or an agricultural facility.

During a meeting of the UN Disarmament Commission, the Syrian representative acknowledged that the target had been the nuclear facility. Israeli Foreign Ministry officials were also attending. He accused Israel of aggression for targeting the facility.

In Israel, details of the strike, beyond the fact that an operation took place on September 6 in Syria, are still under gag order. Local media continued to skirt the order by leaking information to foreign papers and then citing their reports.

Some analysts have said the reason for the continued silence of the Israeli government on the September 6 attack is to avoid humiliating Assad and leading to a possible military escalation.

Ahmadinejad: Iran Doesn't Have Tyrannical Dictators by Kevin Ray (Humor)

After a controversial speech at Columbia University in which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad now famously said, "Iran doesn't have homosexuals. We do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who has told you that we have it but they are wrong."

He has now made another seemingly strange comment at an appearance at the King Fahd University of Saudi Arabia. "Iran doesn't have any tyrannical dictators who pursue nuclear weapons under the guise of civilian energy programs and who foment war in Iraq and who want to wipe the Zionist entity off the map. We don't have this phenomenon. I don't know who has told you that we have it but they are wrong."

According to Ahmadinejad there are a number of other things that also don't exist in Iran. These things include: crying babies, athlete's foot, inclement weather, body odor, splinters, gingivitis and pistachios.

Columbia President Lee Bollinger was quick to jump on Ahmadinejad's remarks commenting, "Mr. Ahmadinejad has demonstrated once again that he is not just a liar, but he is also deranged. I have been to Iran myself. I have eaten their pistachios. They are lightly salted and actually quite tasty. The fact that he would claim that they do not exist, well, the world just doesn't need a person who spreads lies like that. If however, he would like to come to Columbia University and engage in an open an honest discussion on the matter, we would love to have him."

In an interesting twist, Bollinger added, "We at Columbia do not invite enemies of the United States to speak at our University and give them a platform to promulgate their distorted and dangerous propaganda to the world. We don't have this phenomenon. I don't know who has told you that we have it, but they are wrong."

(Kevin Ray teaches high school physical education. On weekends he plays goal keeper for his soccer team the Hamber Griffins.)

'Finish Off What Hitler Started'

By Ha'aretz

A right-wing extremist has been disseminating calls for the assassination of leftists and Ashkenazim on Internet sites in Israel and abroad.

One film clip posted on YouTube, for instance, declares: "You are about to view a handful of leftist Ashkenazim that Hitler and Eichmann did not manage to incinerate. Before we begin, please remember: 90 percent of the moderate left are Ashkenazim!! 100 percent of the extreme left is Ashkenazim."

Next comes a picture of President Shimon Peres with the caption: "The murderer!" It is followed by pictures of Benjamin Netanyahu, Yossi Beilin and other politicians.

The clip concludes: "Now, after you have seen these unclean Ashkenazim, how degraded the Ashkenazi race is, and what a pity it is that Hitler and Eichmann did not finish off the Ashkenazim, I ask of you: Search for information on Google about Stiven Malik; there 'the document' awaits you."

The document in question is also full of incitement to violence: "If only we, too, could finish what Hitler began by destroying all the Ashkenazim, the descendants of the Jews who betrayed Germany."

Supportive comments have been posted on the Stiven Malik forum on the Israeli portal 2all; the forum has received thousands of visitors in recent month. Malik's anti-Ashkenazi incitement can also be found on the Israeli portals Tapuz and and on sites such as

A Ha'aretz investigation has concluded that "Malik" is a fictitious name used by a right-wing extremist who was once affiliated with Baruch Marzel's Jewish Front party, but was later expelled from it.

After Ha'aretz approached the relevant Israeli portals, some of Malik's writings were removed. Tapuz said it had given the material to the police, and Peres' office said it had given it to the Shin Bet security service. YouTube had not responded by press time.

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