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Stars to Celebrate Israel's 60th Birthday
By Israel Faxx News Services
Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg are among Jewish celebrities expected to attend
Israel's 60th Independence Day events. The famed musical diva and Hollywood director are
among those invited to a May 13 conference in Jerusalem being organized by Israeli
President Shimon Peres in honor of the Jewish state's 60th birthday, Ma'ariv reported.
Streisand will entertain by singing "Avinu Malkeinu," a Peres favorite. Among foreign
statesmen expected to attend the events are President Bush and his French counterpart,
Bolton: Israel May Have to Strike Iran Soon
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton hinted broadly Tuesday that
Israel will have to strike Iran's nuclear program on its own, and soon.
Speaking at the Eighth Herzliya Conference, Bolton said an Israeli strike could be the
last resort against Iran. Former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, who also spoke at the
conference, hinted that the military option is growing more likely with time.
Bolton devoted the first part of his speech to an attempt to push the Israeli press
into revealing details of the strike against the suspected Syrian nuclear facility four
months ago. "There is a lot that we don't know about the facility because of the veil of
secrecy that the Israel government and the American government have tried to throw over
it," he said.
"We don't know for example exactly what the facility was whether it was a clone
of the Yongbyon reactor; whether it was a uranium enrichment facility; whether it was a
storage location for North Korean plutonium or plutonium based weapons," he added Bolton
explained that he could speak freely at the conference because the U.S. Constitution's
First Amendment applied to him even when he was abroad (this elicited laughter from the
Bolton went on to list his conjectures: "We don't know if it was North Korea in effect
renting space in Syria to recreate the North Korean program. We don't know if it was a
sale of technology or equipment from North Korea directly to Syria and we don't know
whether it was a joint venture perhaps between Syria and North Korea working together," he
said. "Our governments, however, do know the answers to some of these questions."
He continued with a jab at Israel's media: "What I don't understand really is the timid
nature of the Israeli press which I know knows a lot more about this strike than it's been
willing to talk about. I am sure somewhere in the Israeli press there is a John Peter
Zenger who is willing to risk something in order to give the public more information about
[Zenger was an 18th century publisher who was arrested for libelous sedition after
printing criticism of the governor of New York and then acquitted, in what is considered a
landmark trial in the development of the freedom of the press in the U.S. ed.].
Bolton explained that in his opinion, "this information is being withheld for fear that
if it came out that North Korea once again, following its game plan, was engaged in
nuclear proliferation contrary to its obligations."
Regarding the IAF Syria raid, Bolton said: "The daring and successful Israeli military
has obvious significance for the potential of a military strike against
Iran's nuclear program. I think, given the debacle caused by our National Intelligence
Estimate that it's close to zero likelihood that President Bush will authorize use of
military force against Iran's program before he leaves office, absent some dramatic new
He concluded: "Certainly in Teheran you can bet that they took careful notice of what
the Israeli Defense Force did. Penetrating Russian supplied radars very similar to the air
defenses that Teheran has; using techniques that could be very useful for a long range
strike against Iran; this is the kind of operation that the Iranians need to continue to
worry about. Because I think with the collapse of American policy, the Israeli strike
against the Syrian/North Korea facility is the harbinger of what may be absent
regime change in Teheran the last resort
"Unless you are prepared to see Iran proceed unmolested toward a nuclear weapons
capability, which this NIE has given them free rein to do in my judgment, you are coming
very close to a decision point in this country of whether you will use military force to
Minister Shaul Mofaz hinted that Israel may indeed attack in Iran in order to prevent
it from acquiring nuclear weapons. He noted that the warming of relations between Arab
countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia with Iran is "moving fast very quickly, while the
world not only is not moving ahead it is moving backwards.
"This reality," Mofaz said, "is a clear deterioration in the effort to halt Iran by
diplomatic means and therefore the likelihood of the other options rises." He did cite a
window of opportunity for diplomacy, however: "We have to find other ways to renew the
momentum which has weakened
The diplomatic timetable is getting shorter, the next
two years are critical to halt Iran using diplomatic methods," he estimated.
Mofaz added: "Reality is complex but the picture is very clear: Iran may be leading in
points but the final whistle is still far ahead
It is clear that the current trend
must be reversed; and all the means are justified. This is a historical time
time, no leader will be able to say 'We didn't know. We didn't understand the importance
of this time.' The world must do everything that is necessary in order to assure a future
of peace and prosperity for the next generations as well."
Israel Unveils Plans for Missile to Counter Hizbullah Missiles
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel's arms development firm, unveiled plans for a
new missile system Tuesday designed to intercept mid to long-range rockets and missiles of
the kind used by Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War. The firm introduced the
"Stunner" missile during a visit from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the Prime Minister's
Jointly developed by Rafael and the U.S. defense contractor Raytheon as a counter to
medium-range missiles and rockets, Stunner is likely to become operational in four years.
It will be incorporated into the new Magic Wand anti-missile system.
Because of the advanced technologies involved, the estimated cost of each individual
missile is the relatively high sum of several hundred thousand dollars.
A defense source said Tuesday that the missile is meant to serve as the interceptor
element of a defensive system called Magic Wand. The system is meant to provide a defense
against missiles and rockets whose range is between 40 and 250 kilometers, like
Hizbullah's Zilzal and Fajr missiles.
The first layer of this defensive structure will include Iron Dome, which Rafael is
developing against Kassam and Katyusha rockets. That system's intercepting missile is
dubbed Tamir. Magic Wand and Iron Dome will complement the Arrow missile defense system,
which intercepts long-range missiles and is already operational.
During Tuesday's visit to the Rafael headquarters, Olmert reviewed the development of
various systems. Last year, the government approved plans to push forward with upgrading
Israel's anti-missile capabilities.
Should Israel Kill Her Killers?
By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)
Israel, under her current Prime Minister Ehud Olmert fears the opinion and condemnation
of the world if he sends to the troops to stop daily bombardments of Israeli civilians by
Not much more to say about Olmert except that he was always a cowardly, scurrilous scum
who will sell out to anyone to keep his seat of (temporal) power.
But, let us take a brief look at the nations. What would they do in similar
circumstances? Would Russia accept daily bombardment from the Chechnyans and not strike
If the Mexican government or the drug smugglers started shelling Texas, New Mexico
and/or California would President George W. Bush fire back? (Maybe that's a bad question,
given that Bush has failed at the American borders and back away from Iran.) I guess Bush
isn't a very good example!
If Germany were shelled by any surrounding nation, would they crawl and beg not to be
shelled because other nations might disapprove. How about the French? Of course, they
always fold - not because they feared the opinion of other nations, they are ready to warn
Israel not to defend herself.
Egypt is a good example: Imagine if Libya tried to bomb Cairo or interfere with
shipping into Alexandria. The Egyptians, without mercy, would bomb men, women and children
into fragments with no apologies to the U.S., the U.N., or the E.U.
I wonder how many of the world's nations would accept daily bombardment as Israel has
like that cowardly Prime Minister who dives under the table at the first sound of battle.
Olmert will surely talk us all to death rather than defend his nation.
Does it really matter if the hostile U.N. or the infamous Jew-killing nations of Europe
would disapprove of Israel killing her killers? They are already funneling billions of
their own tax-payers' dollars to Hamas and so, one cannot expect them to approve of any
action Israel might take to survive.
Clearly, it is in Israel's interest at the next bombardment for Olmert to be loaded
into cannon and shot over to Hamas as a trade.
Why GOP Candidate Mike Huckabee Worries Jewish Voters
Southern-bred Evangelist Mike Huckabee has a long record of expressing a desire for a
more Christian America. Huckabee isn't said to have a particularly good chance at
snagging the Republican nomination. Irrespective of his achievements so far, the experts
simply find it hard to believe he can take the big, important states with most of the
After his win in Iowa, 32 percent of Republicans surveyed in the National Journal's
Political Insiders Poll said he was the candidate most likely to capture the nomination.
Nevertheless, in this week's issue, a majority (56 percent) said that evangelical
Christian voters would still be more important for clinching the nomination than
"independent" voters, who are the main support base for candidates like John McCain.
If he fails to win the presidential nomination, Huckabee is considered the leading
candidate for the position of vice president. He's from the South (Arkansas), he is an
evangelical Christian and he could balance a ticket headed by Mitt Romney, a Mormon, or by
McCain or Rudy Giuliani, neither of whom are popular with the Christian right because of
their positions on issues such as abortion and immigration.
In Jewish circles, this prospect has been met with dismay. Huckabee has a long record
of expressing a longing for a more Christian America. Late last week, the American Jewish
Committee criticized him for views it characterized as "a prescription for theocracy."
This is what Huckabee said: "What we need to do is amend the Constitution so it's in
God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some
contemporary view of how we treat each other."
A rather opaque statement, but one message is clear: Huckabee wants to change the U.S.
Constitution to reflect what he sees as divine law. It's not exactly what the Jewish voter
It's not the first time Huckabee has butted heads with the principle of the separation
of church and state that is so dear, for obvious reasons, to America's Jewish minority. On
the eve of the Iowa caucus, an ad went on the air in which he declared himself a
The following day, he received a letter from Abraham Foxman, national director of the
Anti-Defamation League: "We presume you seek the presidency in order to be the leader of
all Americans, regardless of the faith they hold." The ad, Foxman said, causes us to be
"concerned." The relationship between the Jews and the Christian evangelical community is
delicate; containing both satisfactions for the latter's support for Israel as well as
fears about its domestic positions.
One month ago, Richard Cohen of The Washington Post wrote one of the most critical
columns against Huckabee in this context, comparing him with the president. "He infused
government with religion," Cohen wrote about George Bush." Even the war in Iraq had and
undeniably religious cast to it." About Huckabee, Cohen wrote he "shows a similar
religious inclination." There is already an argument over the extent of Huckabee's support
for Israel, and his reasoning.
"As president," Huckabee promises in a position paper, "I will always ensure that
Israel has access to the state-of-the-art weapons and technology she needs to defend
herself from those who seek her annihilation." He often mentions that he has visited
Israel nine times. "I've literally traveled from Dan to Be'er Sheva," he said in a
candidates' debate a few days ago.
He didn't mention that most of the visits were religious in character, not political.
He led believers to churches and archaeological sites. A few Jewish community leaders
question whether his support for Israel stems from his sense that "we've got one true ally
in the Middle East, and that's Israel," or whether it's linked to his desire to hasten the
End of Days, Armageddon.
Even the members of the Israel Factor panel, who have been following the U.S. election
campaign for Ha'aretz, have no clear answer to this question. They look at Huckabee and
see, first of all, a governor with no international experience and no clear record. For
that reason, Huckabee is still near the bottom of their candidates' list.
A contributory factor is Huckabee's frequent confusion: On one hand, he declares that a
nuclear Iran can be "contained," and is thus less dangerous than Jerusalem holds it to be.
On the other hand, he offers relatively radical statements, such as the one cited on the
Yeshiva World News Web site after he attended a campaign event in the home of Jason
Bedrick - the first Orthodox Jew elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives,
and one of Huckabee's few Jewish supporters.
Huckabee reportedly said he supported the establishment of a Palestinian state, as long
as it was formed outside of Israel. He meant outside of biblical Israel and suggested
Egypt or Saudi Arabia as possible locations. Recently, Rabbi Moshe Bleich of the
Wellesley-Weston (Massachusetts) Chabad Center, who asked the question about a Palestinian
state, confirmed Huckabee's response to Ha'aretz.
Bleich likes Huckabee, but as a resident of Massachusetts he also has an obligation to
Romney, a former governor of the Commonwealth, and as a former New Yorker he has a duty to
Giuliani. Bleich mentions that Huckabee has promised to move the U.S. embassy from Tel
Aviv to Jerusalem, but he has no illusions: Everyone promises to do so.
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