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Ahmadinejad: Israelis Afraid to Strike Us: Israel Tests New missile

By Israel Faxx News Services

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad taunted Israel Thursday, telling Al-Jazeera TV that the Israelis "do not have the courage to attack Iran, the Iranian response will cause them to regret it and they know it."

Regarding Israel's successful test of a rocket Thursday morning, Ahmadinejad said that the nations of the region are not impressed "by a criminal entity that tries to display its weapons through threats.

The Jericho-2 is believed to be capable of carrying non-conventional warheads to distances of up to 1,000 miles. Ahmadinejad said the Zionists have lost their philosophy of existence and they do not have the courage to attack Iran," he said.

Sderot: As Rockets Continue to Fall, Protesters Get Arrested


Following a Kassam rocket barrage on their city, launched by the terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza, residents of Sderot went out into the street in a spontaneous protest demonstration Thursday night and two people were arrested.

In a single barrage on Thursday afternoon, terrorists in Gaza fired six rockets at communities in the western Negev. Three of them landed within the town of Sderot and three others fell in empty fields outside the town. One rocket hit an electricity pole, causing a blackout in a few dozen homes.

The ongoing attacks eventually led to a gathering of about 150 people on Histadrut Street in Sderot. Their spontaneous gathering turned into a full-fledged demonstration, including burning tires, against the lack of security in the city. Police detained two protesters for questioning in relation to charges of disturbing the peace.

Shortly after the protest dispersed, three more rockets slammed into an area near Sderot. One of the projectiles landed near the Sapir College. Two women were hurt as a result of the attacks, according to Magen David Adom emergency services. One woman was lightly hit by fallout from the missile; the other broke her foot when she ran for cover.

Four other people reportedly suffered from shock. A fourth rocket fired by PA terrorists in northern Gaza exploded near a kibbutz in the Shaar HaNegev regional council region. There were no reports of casualties or damage in the latter incident. Since Thursday morning, the Gaza-based enemy has fired over 40 rockets at Jewish communities in the Negev.

In IDF counter-terrorism operations on Thursday night, a military aircraft fired on a car in Beit Lahya, in northern Gaza. Arab sources reported that three people who were inside the car were killed, and that they were probably members of Islamic Jihad. A different report indicated that two terrorists died in the airstrike.

Olmert Vows 'War' Against Gaza

By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israel's prime minister on Thursday vowed to wage war against Palestinian militants who are continuing to fire homemade rockets at southern Israel. An Israeli air strike killed three Palestinian terrorists in Gaza on Thursday. Twenty-five Palestinians, mostly militants and one foreign worker in Israel have been killed so far this week in the Gaza violence.

Israeli officials said some 30 Kassam rockets and two mortars struck the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Thursday. A retaliatory Israeli air strike killed a leading Palestinian militant and his wife who belonged to the so-called Popular Resistance Committees, responsible for many of the rocket attacks.

Speaking to a business group in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the continued rocket attacks intolerable and said Israel would wage war against the Gaza militants. He said the Israeli strikes are not the last strikes that the Palestinian militants would absorb in light of their continued firing of rockets on the residents of southern Israel.

For now, Olmert and his military commanders have ruled out a large scale military operation in Gaza. Previous operations have resulted in large-scale casualties among Palestinian civilians as well as significant Israeli army casualties and no end to the rocket attacks.

The Israeli air strikes and ground incursions in Gaza are being condemned by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other leading members of his Fatah-led administration in the West Bank, who say if the Israeli actions continue it will be difficult to continue peace negotiations with Israel.

On Thursday Abbas went so far as to call his bitter enemy, Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar and offer condolences for the death of his son who was killed fighting Israeli troops earlier this week. Ahmed Yousef, a senior Hamas leader, said the Israeli attacks are helping to bring Hamas and Fatah closer together. Yousef said Abbas' telephone call is a sign that Palestinians would soon be united and facing Israel together.

Hamas and Fatah have been bitter enemies for years. Since the militant Islamic group ousted Fatah forces from Gaza last year, the Palestinian territories have been divided, with Fatah running the West Bank, and Hamas in control of Gaza.

Palestinian terrorists have fired about 4,000 of the homemade Kassams at southern Israel since Israeli troops and settlers disengaged from the Gaza Strip in 2005. While the rockets have not resulted in large numbers of casualties, concerns are growing because the range of the rockets is growing, with some now reaching the city of Ashkelon, home to more than 100,000 Israelis about 15 kilometers from the Gaza border.

U.S. Peace Partner's Group Shoots at Jew

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YeshaNews reported an Israeli suffering a gunshot wound to the shoulder showed up Thursday evening at the Naalin checkpoint near Modi'in. His wounds were listed as moderate and he was transported to Tel Hashomer Hospital.

According to Magen David Adom and Voice of Israel Radio, he is a 40 year old man from Kiryat Sefer. He was shot by terrorists who passed his car in their car, near Dir Kadis on Route 446. He managed to drive to the checkpoint despite his wounds.

While peace talks between Israel and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization continued this week, Fatah's declared military wing called WND Thursday to take credit for shooting at the Israeli motorist. "We are proud to declare that we shot at this Israeli and that we are back to leading the Palestinian armed struggle," said Abu Oudai, a chief of Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group.

"We no more respect the talks of our leadership for a ceasefire and for stopping attacks. ...We declare the Al Aqsa Brigades has returned and that Israel will learn in the coming days what we are capable of," Abu Oudai said.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah's military wing, is listed by the State Department as a terror group. It took responsibility, along with the Islamic Jihad terror organization, for every suicide bombing in Israel in 2005 and 2006 and for thousands of shootings and rocket attacks.

Thursday's attack by Abbas' group follows a visit to the region last week by President Bush in which the U.S. leader termed Abbas a "negotiating partner" and urged Israel to create a Palestinian state before the end of the year.

Immediately following the attack, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility during a news conference from the Gaza Strip and in a WND interview. Nevertheless, most major Israeli daily newspapers and television networks reported Hamas carried out the killings. Later, Israel's Shin Bet Security Services announced the two main culprits in the attack were members of Fatah's security forces and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

'Syrian Spy' Busted Before Israel's Nuke Attack


Israel arrested a suspected Syrian militant operating on Israeli soil accused of preparing attacks against the Jewish state, WND has learned.

The militant was arrested July 29, weeks before Israel's Sept. 6 air raid on a remote site in Syria that has been described by independent analysts and some U.S. politicians as a potential Syrian nuclear reactor.

Security officials would not say whether the arrest was tied to the air strike. According to security sources, his activities were known to Israeli intelligence agencies for at least one year prior to his arrest. Sources indicated the arrest was ordered as part of a series of other steps taken to ensure against Syrian retaliation following the Israeli air raid.

Israel has acknowledged carrying out the September air raid after earlier denials but has given no details on the target, which some analysts have said was a nascent Syrian nuclear reactor constructed with the aid of North Korea.

Earlier this week, an independent monitoring group told the New York Times that Syria has commenced construction on a new building at the same site bombed by Israel.

The Syrian, whose name is being withheld by security sources for operational reasons, was a legal resident of Buqata, a largely Druze village in the Israeli Golan Heights. He was arrested at his home during a nighttime police raid.

The Golan Heights is strategic mountainous territory captured by the Jewish state after Syria twice used the terrain to attack Israel. It has a population of about 35,000 – approximately 18,000 Jewish residents and 17,000 Arabs, mostly Druze. The Arab residents retain their Syrian citizenship, but under Israeli law they can also sue for Israeli citizenship.

The Israeli police withheld information about the July arrest of the suspected Syrian militant and imposed a complete Israeli media blackout on the case.

According to informed sources, the arrest docket officially charges the suspected militant with establishing relations with enemy agents. Security sources involved with the arrest told WND the militant is accused of gathering intelligence on Jewish communities and Israeli military positions in the Golan Heights and passing the information to the Syrian government and to elements in Syria seeking to use the information to mount Hizbullah-style guerrilla raids and attacks against the Golan.

In 2006, WND broke the story Syria was in the early stages of forming a guerrilla group threatening attacks against Israeli positions and Jewish communities in the Golan Heights, according to security sources. The Syrian militant arrested in July is suspected of working for the guerrilla group.

During a widely-circulated interview in August 2006, a senior official from Syrian President Bashar Assad's Baath party told WND the new guerrilla group, called the Syrian Committees for the Liberation of the Golan Heights, would launch "resistance operations" if Israel didn't vacate the Golan.

One month later, a man identified as the leader of the new Committees gave an interview to state-run Iranian television. Amos Yadlin, head of the Israel Defense Forces' intelligence branch, told the Knesset last October that Syria is indeed forming a Hizbullah-like group.

Last February, the Committees for the Liberation of the Golan faxed a letter to Israeli news agencies claiming it was holding Guy Hever, an Israeli soldier who went missing in the Golan in 1997. The Committees said they would release Hever in exchange for nine Syrians held in Israeli jails.

The White House's Travel Blog

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President George W. Bush has concluded a tour of the Mideast, and his advisers have created a travel blog to highlight some impressions from the trip.

Bush himself hasn't blogged, yet. But it's only a matter of time before our commander-in-chief does. After all, even the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has an official blog.

Here's a taste of the White House's travel blog. Wednesday's post was by White House press secretary Dana Perino. She offered insights into a state dinner held in Abu Dhabi, the capital and largest city of the United Arab Emirates, or U.A.E.

Perino wrote that dinner was held in tents in the desert: "Dinner consisted of a lot of food -- and it was all cooked in a traditional way, in large metal boxes with very hot coals. The food cooks for a long time - my favorite was the Sea Bream...and then for dessert I enjoyed the dates. A large fire roared in the center of the large, circular outdoor area where we ate. Everyone mixed and mingled - including several women from Abu Dhabi, including those who serve in high positions in the UAE government.

"Conversations ranged from educational student exchanges, renewable energy, foreign investment, sustainable development and...Seinfeld. Yes, Seinfeld. We all enjoyed the evening - and the President said it was one of his most memorable. I agree. It was a very casual evening, and it reminded me of a cookout we would host in the states.

"After the dinner, I headed to the press filing center to do an interview and say hi to the traveling press corps. In the elevator, I met a little girl of about 3 years old in the hotel where the press file is located -- she and I were both wearing lavender colored jackets. She looked at me and said, "purple and purple" - she was very cute. Outside, she started jumping up and down -- I didn't see much reason for excitement at 11 p.m. in the pouring rain, but her mom said she'd never seen rain I got into our car, she told me, "tomorrow, I'm going to see a rainbow." I so hope she did."

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