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Poll: Americans Have Overwhelming Support for Israel

By IsraelNatioalNews.com

Americans' support for Israel in the conflict with Arabs of Judea, Samaria & Gaza remains extremely high, with 62 percent of Americans considering themselves supporters of Israel and only 9 percent as "supporters of the Palestinians." These are some of the findings of a new bipartisan poll commissioned by The Israel Project.

The poll also shows Americans do not believe the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear projects and worry the NIE report will make the U.S. less safe. The survey shows that while 75 percent of likely voters had heard about the NIE report, only 27 percent believed its assessment that Iran's nuclear program ended in 2003, while 69 percent believe that the nuclear weapons program is still underway.


Israeli Delegation to Tell US Iran Still Pursuing Nuclear Arms

By VOA News

An Israeli delegation is making an unscheduled visit to the United States amid disagreements over the recent American intelligence report on Iran. The visit underscores growing Israeli anxiety about Iran's nuclear program.

Israel has sent intelligence officials to the United States with this message: Iran is still developing nuclear weapons.

Public Security Minister Avi Dichter said the U.S. intelligence report that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program four years ago is dead wrong. He said Israel cannot allow a "mistaken concept" to determine U.S. policy on Iran. He warned that the intelligence report could lead to another Middle East war.

Dichter said there could be a repeat of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, when neighboring Arab countries launched a surprise attack on Israel on the Day of Atonement, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. He said something went wrong in the American blueprint for analyzing the severity of the Iranian nuclear threat.

Iran said its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. But according to Israeli intelligence, Iran could have a nuclear weapon by the end of 2009.

The Israeli delegation will tell U.S. officials that Iran's enrichment of uranium, its development of long-range ballistic missiles, and its threats to wipe Israel "off the map" are proof that its intentions are not peaceful.

However, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has instructed his Cabinet ministers to avoid expressing their personal views about the U.S. intelligence report. Olmert made his remarks after Israel's public security minister, Avi Dichter, criticized the report in a speech Saturday.


Israeli Air Force is Training Abroad 'for Iran'

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The Israel Air Force has recently been conducting an increasing number of training missions outside of Israel, over the Mediterranean, in the United States, Canada, Italy and other countries.

According to a senior IAF officer who spoke to Ma'ariv/NRG, one of the reasons for this training policy is the Iranian threat: "The IAF's fighter jets need to train for missions against very distant targets, like Iran, and they therefore require long operational ranges," the officer explained. In addition, he said, the IAF fighters use long range radar guided missiles, and therefore need to practice over larger areas, like the sea.

There are other considerations for conducting training abroad, as well, he said: Israel's skies are cluttered with civilian traffic; there are experiments by security industries which hamper flight, and environmental factors, among others.


Abbas Leads Fatah - to Terrorism

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Though the world views Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas as a "moderate," the terrorist group Al-Agsa Martyrs Brigades declared last week that it follows his exclusive leadership - even as it continues terrorist attacks against Israel.

Despite this, Israel has been building the PA army anew - just five years after the IDF nearly totally dismantled it during Operation Defensive Shield in 2002.

The government has ordered the army to give the PA increasingly more security responsibility in cities and towns throughout Judea and Samaria. Just as in the early years of the Oslo Accords, some 20,000 PA security personnel from various organizations - including General Security, General Intelligence, Preventative Intelligence, PA Police, and more - are now active throughout Judea and Samaria.

Uniformed and armed PA police are once again operating openly in nearly all PA-controlled cities: Ramallah, Jenin, Tul Karem, Kalkilye, Bethlehem, Hebron and Jericho. The main training base for the PA forces is in Jericho.

At the same time, increasingly more evidence is being amassed that Fatah and Hamas are soon likely to re-merge. Though Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has threatened that Israel would greet such a move by calling off the talks with the PA, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has not said as much.

The talks in question, jump-started last month in Annapolis, are designed to reach a final-status in which a new Arab state, Palestine, is formed in the Land of Israel. Opposition to such a state has been steadily rising among American Jewry, according to the American Jewish Committee's just-released 2007 Survey of Jewish Public Opinion. The most recent findings show that only 46 percent support creation of a Palestinian state "in the current situation," compared to 54 percent in 2006 and 56 percent the year before that.


Exposed: U.S. Funded Hamas University

By WorldNetDaily.com

An audit has revealed the U.S. government authorized nearly $1 million in aid to a Hamas-controlled university senior terror leaders told WND is openly utilized by Hamas to recruit fighters, manufacture explosives and train on campus grounds for attacks.

The audit concluded the American tax dollars were provided to Gaza's Islamic University between 2002 and 2006. It stated officials from both the U.S. Agency for International Development in Tel Aviv, which initiated the fund request, and the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, which conducted an investigation, found no "derogatory information" on the university.

Also in March 2007 State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told WND U.S. officials concluded after a review Islamic University does not support terrorist activities.

But Israeli and Palestinian security officials and Palestinian terrorist leaders themselves scoffed at the State Department claims. An Israeli security official took offense with McCormack's statement. "It's the height of absurdity to hear Hamas' Islamic University is not involved in terrorism," the official said.

Islamic University was founded by Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin, who was assassinated by Israel in 2004. Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniya sits on the college board, which was raided in January by Palestinian security forces who seized rocket-propelled grenades and rockets.

Abu Abdullah, considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas' so-called military wing, told WND Islamic University is regularly used by Hamas to support "resistance activities."

"It is no secret that we utilize all tools at our disposal, including our fighters at Islamic University in preparations to fight the Zionists," said Abu Abdullah of Hamas' Izzedine al-Qassam Martyrs Brigades, Hamas' declared "resistance" department.

According to Israeli and Palestinian intelligence officials Islamic University's main campus in Gaza City has been used by Hamas' so-called military wing to recruit terrorists and suicide bombers. The officials told WND chemistry labs were used to manufacture and improve explosives for Hamas-affiliated militias.

Officials from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party last February claimed they captured seven Iranian military trainers – including a general of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards – inside Gaza City's Islamic University, which they said was being utilized as a Hamas military training ground.

The Fatah officials said they also found some 1,000 Qassam rockets, rocket-propelled grenades and equipment to manufacture the rockets inside the university. They previously suspected kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was being held for a time on the university grounds.


Demanding By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)

All people have desires. An individual's desire can be minimal or grandiose like becoming a billionaire. It is good to have desires for it is these dreams that can lead to a better life for all with future successes like finding the cure for cancer.

Unfortunately there are dreamers who have a desire that most would consider negative, such as a vision of taking over the world. Crazy you say? No not as impossible as you might think. In Islamic communities throughout the world many of their leaders are preaching just that and their followers believe deeply.

In 1990 Muslims in Britain were dissatisfied with the British Government's lack of suppression of Solomon Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses," a book they considered offensive to Islam. The Muslim Institute in England prepared the Muslim Manifesto which states `The Satanic Verses is not an ordinary `book'; it amounts to a declaration of war on Islam and Muslims."

In the 1990s Imam Musa founded As-Sabiqun, an Islamic organization, now based in Washington DC. As leader, Musa, has grown the organization with branches in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Philadelphia.

Look at As-Sabiqun's web site, http://www.sabiqun.net/join.html, and you will see that this movement believes in having the Islamic State of North America no later than 2050. They also invite people to join in this "great struggle to change the world." Yes, change the world. During a rally in July 1999 Imam Musa displayed a cashier's check made out to "Hamas Palestine" a terrorist organization.

In May 2006 the Student Union owned restaurant at the University Of Toronto, Scarborough Campus, began offering halal-certified meats in response to Muslim customer requests. However, because the restaurant serves alcohol, the student Muslim Association will not endorse the restaurant for its members. Now the Student Muslim Association is pushing for the university to find space for an approved halal eatery on campus.

At Minneapolis Community and Technical College, there seems to be a double standard. Where Christianity is concerned, the college avoids any hint of what the courts call "entanglement" or support of the church. Yet the college is planning to install facilities for Muslims to use in preparing for daily prayers.

According to Katherine Kersten, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune" a cultural clash is occurring involving Islam. Most taxi drivers servicing the airport are Muslim. The Muslim drivers have refused to transport people carrying alcohol claiming the Quran forbids alcohol. While, at Target Stores Muslim cashiers have refused to scan pork products claiming the Quran forbids the use of pork.

In each case the Muslims, drivers, cashiers etc., were aware of the job responsibilities prior to accepting employment. In essence, Muslims are demanding that everyone adhere to their personal faith, reasonable or not.

In May 2007 "One News Now" reported that dozens of Muslim workers walked off their job at the Swift and Company meat packing plant in Grand Island, Nebraska. The company refused to accommodate the extra prayer time breaks demanded by the Muslim workers. Again these workers were aware of the work schedule at the time of employment. In essence they demanded that the Swift Company and non-Islamic employees bend to their Islamic faith.

The June 13, 2006 issue of USA Today reported a number of situations where business and public facilities are being asked (demanded) to accommodate Islamic law. In Lincoln Park, MI., Fitness USA relented when Muslim women demanded that the gym be walled off because men could see them working out. While in North Seattle, Wash., a public pool set up a swim time for Muslim women in which men, even male lifeguards, are banned.

The one that is most upsetting is in Bridgeview, Ill. A Muslim school says it wants its girls' basketball team to play road games against non-Muslim schools provided the public schools ban men and teenage boys from the game. If this were permitted than fathers of non-Muslim female basketball team members would be forced to give up their current right of watching their daughters play. Again non-Muslims are being asked to adhere to the Muslim faith.

In August 2007 the UK News reported that even a few leading Muslim politicians condemned calls for Islamic religious festivals to be marked by public holidays in Britain. In addition to the holiday demand there was a call for Sharia law to cover family situations. Does this mean Sharia law would supersede British law in these matters for Muslims and non-Muslims, or will there be separate standards.

Zuhdi Jasser, a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander, is the chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Zuhdi wrote, "Political Islam's ideological battle fronts are many. However, an ideological front which is gaining traction among Islamists is that of religious accommodations (or demands) in our free society." Zuhdi also stated "We must all ask -- at what point do Muslim requests for accommodations to religious practices and beliefs cross the line of the fundamental basis of American liberty and freedom?"

Zuhdi asks at what point do Muslims cross the line. This article presents only a handful of the multitude of instances where some Muslims have requested or demanded or threatened in order to have their demands satisfied even if their demands impose on the freedom of others. I feel this article shows that we have allowed the line to be crossed. It is up to each one of us to stay informed, speak up, lobby our leaders and support active organizations. Remember it is up to you, each one of us.

(Ed Ziegler is a columnist for the Heritage Florida Jewish News and a board member of Temple Shalom in The Villages, FL. He encourages your feedback at EZ14@comcast.net)






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