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U.N. Documents Show Arab Collusion Against Jews

By IsraelNationalNews.com

United Nations documents dating from 1948 revealing collusion against Jews by Arab countries are to be shown at a conference next week of Justice of Jews from Arab countries.

More than one million Jews have been displaced from Arab countries, where human rights violations have gone virtually unnoticed. U.S. congressmen are considering resolutions that require the plight of Jews from Arab countries to be raised along with the claim by Arabs of millions of refugees from families who fled Israel in the War of Independence in 1948. Arab countries encouraged Israel's Arabs to leave, promising they would return after the annihilation of the new Jewish State.


Knesset Member: 'Israel Will Have To Attack Iran'

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The time will come that Israel will have to defend itself and attack Iran to stop it from becoming a nuclear power, Knesset Member Effie Eitam has warned.

Speaking recently at the town of Beit El in Samaria, he declared, "Israel has the right and the ability to defend itself and that day is around the corner" but expressed confidence that the United States would stand by Israel. He said the Iranian threat is very real. "There is no exaggeration and we should not underestimate that cloud which hangs over the State of Israel."

Eitam, a decorated hero in the Yom Kippur War, commander in the Gaza region during the first Intifada and an officer in the daring 1976 Entebbe rescue mission of Israeli hostages in Uganda, maintained that Israel cannot rely only its military strength. Power by itself will not end the threat that Israel faces in maintaining its true strength of "morals and principals [that] lie in its Jewish identity," he said.

"The ultimate solution is education, awareness [and] lifestyle of how Jews should be and live as individuals, as communities and as a state." Reflecting his strong position on the place of Israel for Jews, he declared, "Israel is not a state of the Israelis. It is a state of the Jewish people."


Al Aqsa Uses Google Earth to Target Israel

By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz

Google Earth images are helping Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorists target Israel, its Gaza commander Khaled Ja'abari told the British Guardian newspaper. "We obtain the details from Google Earth and check them against our maps of the city center and sensitive areas," he explained. Google Earth provides satellite images which the terrorist group can post as 3D images on the Internet.

Ja'abari, whose terrorist nickname is Abu Walid, showed the Guardian an aerial image of Sderot, the terrorists' favorite target for Kassam rockets because of its proximity to launching areas of the short-range weapon. However, the Kassam has no guidance system and the terrorists can only aim it in the general direction of Sderot without the ability to pinpoint an impact site.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is the military wing of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction. Ja'abari also told the paper that the Palestinians have succeeded in improving the range of the Kassam rocket through the cultivation of sea salt.

The Palestinians are not the first to employ Google Earth for military gains. According to the report, British authorities expressed concerns that Iraqi insurgents were using aerial images from Google Earth to target British bases near the southern Iraqi town of Basra.

When queried about the use of Google Earth by militants, Google issued a statement saying "We have paid close attention to concerns that Google Earth creates new security risks. The imagery visible on Google Earth and Google Maps is not unique; commercial high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery of every country in the world is widely available from numerous sources. Indeed, anyone who flies above or drives by a piece of property can obtain similar information."

"Google has engaged, and will continue to engage, in substantive dialogue with recognized security experts and relevant agencies worldwide," continued the statement, which was released to The Guardian

One internet site, Flash Earth, consolidates at least five such mapping sites, all of which offer satellite imagery across the globe, albeit of different qualities. Google Maps tops the list and features the sharpest imagery.

Google also allows one to draw closer to the targeted area of interest than the other services, although recently that ability has been blunted. However, type in even a small Israeli city with little military significance, such as Arad, and the technology enables one to find a specific house.

That is not the case with cities such as Sderot, Jerusalem, Ashdod and Dimona; it is possible to approach the cities in enough detail to get a general sense of where things are, but not close enough to obtain specific details.

Magnify the resolution too high, and numerous international STOP signs (the circle bisected with a diagonal bar) appear on a filmy white background that blurs the "sensitive" image.

Several cities are altogether inaccessible, such as Tel Aviv, Kiryat Shmona, Tzfat, Haifa and Ashkelon. "Please try another location," politely suggests the service.

The latitude and longitude of each requested location are obligingly provided, despite the lack of visual detail. "We have paid close attention to concerns that Google Earth creates new security risks," said Google in a company statement, but contended that "commercial high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery of every country in the world is widely available from numerous sources."


Barak OKs Gaza Sanctions

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Israel's defense minister has approved cutting power and fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip. Ehud Barak on Thursday approved a set of sanctions designed to counter Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza. Their implementation was expected to take several days.

Political sources said that Israel, which supplies about two-thirds of the electricity used by Gaza's 1.5 million Palestinians, plans to suspend power supplies gradually.

"We are talking about a gradual disengagement from Gaza in matters to do with electricity, so that they know they have to provide for themselves," Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i told Army Radio ahead of Barak's decision.

"Because this is an entity that is hostile to us, there is no reason for us to supply them with electricity beyond the minimum required to prevent a humanitarian crisis." There will be limitations as well on the amount of fuel imported to the territory.

Foreign powers have cautioned Israel against imposing "collective punishment" on Gaza. Israel argues that the only alternative for countering the rocket salvos would be to mount a major military invasion, which would have a far greater cost in terms of casualties.


U.S. Had Emergency Plan for Attacking Israel in 1967

By Ha'aretz

For some time, the United States had had an emergency plan to attack Israel, a plan updated just prior to the 1967 war, aimed at preventing Israel from expanding westward, into Sinai, or eastward, into the West Bank.

In May 1967, one of the U.S. commands was charged with the task of removing the plan from the safe, refreshing it and preparing for an order to go into action. This unknown aspect of the war was revealed in what was originally a top-secret study conducted by the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington.

In February 1968, an institute expert, L. Weinstein, wrote an article called "Critical Incident No. 14," about the U.S. involvement in the Middle East crisis of May-June 1967.Only 30 copies of his study were printed for distribution. Years later the material was declassified and can now be read by everyone, although details that are liable to give away sources' identities and operational ideas have remained censored.

Strike Command, the entity that was to have launched the attack on Israel, no longer exists. It was annulled in 1971 for domestic American reasons and superseded by Readiness Command, which was abolished in the 1980s in favor of Central Command (CENTCOM) which today includes forces in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Afghanistan; and the Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The general who oversaw the planning in 1967 was Theodore John ("Ted") Conway, then 56 and a four-star general, the head of Strike Command.

On May 20, 1967, according to Weinstein's confidential study for the Institute for Defense Analyses, cable No. 5886 of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was sent to EUCOM and STRICOM. STRICOM was asked to refresh the emergency plans for intervention in an Israeli-Arab war: one plan on behalf of Israel and the other, on behalf of the Arabs.

The basis for the directive was Washington's policy of support for the existence, independence and territorial integrity of all the states of the region. This translated into adherence to the Israeli-Arab armistice lines of 1949. The policy was not to allow Egypt, or any combination of Arab states, to destroy Israel, but also not to allow Israel to expand westward, into Sinai, or eastward, into the West Bank.

The American pressure in this regard brought the IDF back from El Arish in Operation Horev in 1949 and from Sinai in 1956. A version of it would appear in Henry Kissinger's directives after the IDF encircled Egypt's Third Army at the end of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

Conway replied to the Joint Chiefs cable four days after it was sent. He was doubtful about combat intervention, and preferred an operation to evacuate American civilians from Israel and from Arab states.

The next day, the Joint Chiefs asked Conway for his opinion about how the United States should act if the war were to be launched by an Arab action or, alternatively, by an Israeli strike. "The ultimate objective would be to stop aggression and insure the territorial integrity of all the Middle Eastern states," he was informed in cable No. 6365 of the Joint Chiefs, with a copy to EUCOM.

Conway's reply to this, dated May 28, is described in the top-secret study as "a strong plea for complete impartiality." The United States was liable to lose its influence to the Soviets, the general warned, and therefore it must demonstrate "strict neutrality" and avoid open support for Israel.

The true importance of the Middle East lay in the American-Soviet context of the Cold War, Conway argued, and the American stance must derive from those considerations, not from "local issues."

Only as a last resort should the United States take unilateral action - and then only to put an end to the fighting. In the estimation of the STRICOM commander, the Egyptian forces were deployed defensively, whereas the Israelis were deployed in rapid-strike offensive capability.

On May 29, Conway recommended that any U.S. intervention be launched early in order to ensure the territorial integrity of all the countries involved; restoring the status quo ante would become more complicated as the attacking army captured more territory.

It might be difficult to determine which side had launched the hostilities, he noted, but the American response should be identical in both cases: a display of force, warnings to both sides, and if that should prove insufficient, "air and naval action to stabilize the situation, enforce grounding of aviation of both sides plus attacks on all moving armor or active artillery."

Following the cease-fire, U.S. ground forces would be moved in for peacekeeping missions. The return of territories would be achieved primarily by diplomatic means, with military force to be used only if "absolutely necessary."

Gen. Earle Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, barred the distribution of the planning concept to subordinate levels. A preliminary paper was prepared by June 5; the day the war erupted, and became outdated even before it could be used.

On June 6, when the success of the Israel Air Force was known, and as the divisions under IDF Generals Israel Tal, Ariel Sharon and Avraham Yoffe advanced into Sinai, the Joint Chiefs sent McNamara top-secret memorandum No. 315-67, recommending that the United States not intervene militarily, that it continue to work through the United Nations and bilateral diplomatic channels, including consultation with the Soviets, to stop the war, and that logistical support for all sides be suspended.

The American sigh of relief at the demise of the worst-case scenario - the danger that Israel would be destroyed - was replaced by the fear that the Arab defeat had been so crushing that the Soviets would intervene on their behalf, or at least would reap a diplomatic profit.

Because the United States did not know what Israel was aiming at, despite declarations by Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan that Israel had no territorial ambitions, the administration "now felt that it was necessary to limit [the Israeli] success to reasonable bounds."

Two retired IDF major generals, Israel Tal and Shlomo Gazit, who was then head of research in Military Intelligence, said recently, upon hearing the secret plan of the U.S. military, that Israel had no knowledge of this.

The IDF fought the Egyptians, the Jordanians and the Syrians without imagining that it might find itself confronting the Americans as well, in their desert camouflage fatigues.


Happy 107th Birthday to World's Oldest Jew

By IsraelNationalNews.com

A Moscow man believed to be the world's oldest Jew now is only 13 years away from the age of 120, the age of Moses when he died and which Jews bless each other that they should reach in good health.

Celebrating his 107th birthday is Boris Efimov, formerly Fridlan, who began studying Judaism seven years ago at a Chabad center in Moscow, where he celebrated his latest birthday. "It took a 100 [years] for that [Jewish education] to come true recently when I started to learn about Judaism and even put on tefillin," he related in Yiddish.


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