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Ex-CIA Man: Mossad Killed Mughniyeh
The killing of Imad Mughniyeh looks as if was carried out by Israel's Mossad, said
Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and Senior Director in the U.S. National Security
Council on Wednesday. Riedel said Israel has carried out similar hits in Damascus in the
"This is a meaningful operation, regardless of whether Israel wants to admit it is
behind it." Riedel said that the elimination of Mughniyeh shows that Israel successfully
penetrated the Hizbullah in the aftermath of the Second Lebanon War and that the
organization's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, knows he is also in the crosshairs.
Top Hizbullah Commander Killed in Damascus Car Bombing
By VOA News & WorldNetDaily
Lebanon's pro-Iranian Hizbullah guerilla group is accusing Israel in the car bomb
explosion in Damascus, overnight, that killed Hizbullah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh - wanted
in dozens of terror attacks in Lebanon and elsewhere. Israel denied responsibility.
Mughniyeh was reputed to have led a group which hijacked a TWA plane to Beirut in 1985.
A U.S. Navy diver was killed in the incident. He has also been implicated in bloody terror
attacks in Lebanon against the U.S. Embassy and the Marine barracks in 1983, in which 241
Marines were killed.
Al Arabiya TV said that a small explosive device placed inside Mughniyeh's car, in an
upscale Damascus neighborhood, exploded in the early morning, killing Mughniyeh instantly.
A Hizbullah statement called Mughniyeh a "martyr," saying that he had "joined other
martyrs of the Zionist Israelis."
Intelligence sources said that Mughniyeh had undergone plastic surgery, to alter his
facial features, and that he spent much of his time in Iran and Syria. Al Jazeera TV said
the United States mounted several secret operations, in recent years, trying repeatedly to
capture or kill Mughniyeh, but without success. There was a $25 million U.S. bounty on
Israel has accused Mughniyeh of playing a part in the 1992 bombing of a Jewish
community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mughniyeh was being sought by 42 countries,
for various terrorist acts.
Lebanese "journalist" Faisal abd al Satter, who is close to Hizbullah, called
Mughniyeh's killing a "cowardly act," and said that those that criticize Hizbullah are
betraying Lebanon to the United States and Israel. Al Satter called the bombing a
Hizbullah said that Mughniyeh would be buried in his home village, Teyr Dibbah, in
southern Lebanon, Thursday afternoon.
Officials in Israel said they are not responsible for the death of Mughniyeh, adding
Mughniyeh was responsible for some of the worst attacks ever carried out against Israel
and Jews around the world. The officials said it is safe to say that they feel that his
death was long overdue.
Mughniyeh had haunted Israeli officials for three decades, ever since he was a teenage
sniper in Beirut working for Yasir Arafat's Force 17 militia. Two years ago he reportedly
masterminded the abduction of two Israeli soldiers from Israel's northern border - an
incident that led to the second Lebanon War.
Moshe Marzuk the former head of Lebanon intelligence for the Israeli Defense Forces
says Israel considered Mughniyeh to be even more dangerous than Hizbullah's leader Hassan
"He was very dangerous because he was the same level as (Hizbullah leader) Hassan
Nasrallah or even more," Marzuk said. "Because he was involved in any direct military
attacks against Israel (and) brought the Iranian policy behind these attacks with all his
hatred against Israel."
Marzuk said Israeli intelligence officials always went on alert when they heard Imad
Mughniyeh was in southern Lebanon because it usually meant an attack was imminent.
Israeli officials said Mughniyeh attacked Israeli interests and Jews around the world -
saying he was responsible for the 1992 bombings of the Israeli Embassy and a Jewish
Cultural center in Buenos Aires that killed more than 100 people.
As to who killed Imad Mughniyeh? "Maybe it can be another side, not exactly Israel,"
Marzuk said. "Imad Mughniyeh had other enemies, not only Israel, of course the Americans
and maybe Syria also. And maybe elements in Iraq, because we know that in the last few
years Mughniyeh was also acting in Iraq. He was behind the training of the Mahdi army,
the Shia army in Iraq, and behind many terrorist acts in Iraq against Americans there, and
he connected to Iran there."
Marzuk says whoever killed Imad Mughniyeh; his death is unlikely to lead to a direct
Hizbullah attack on Israel from Lebanon. Marzuk says while Hizbullah will probably try
and attack Israel, one of the lessons Mughniyeh taught Hizbullah is that Israel can be
attacked from anywhere in the world.
A representative of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas praised Mughniyeh as
a hero. Abbas Zakki, the ambassador to Lebanon for the PA president's Fatah organization,
called Mughniyeh a "hero and a loss for the Palestinian people and the Muslim nation. We
mourn with our brothers in Hizbullah this great leader who died today," Zakki said on
Hizbullah's Al Manar TV as screened and translated by WND.
Zakki said he is "proud that Mughniyeh was part of the Fatah revolutionary movement and
that he fought Western Zionist and American imperialism as part of Fatah."
Danny Yatom, a former Mossad chief and current Knesset member, said Mughniyeh's death
was "a great achievement for the free world in its fight on terror. Mughniyeh was one of
the most dangerous and cruel terrorists of all time.
Iran Reported Making Nuke Warhead Component
Iran has begun enriching small amounts of uranium gas in order to make fissile material
that is used in nuclear warheads, diplomats in the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) said Wednesday in Vienna.
The IAEA diplomats said Iran is using ten advanced centrifuges in the Natanz nuclear
installation to accomplish the technological feat. A week ago, the diplomats said Iran was
experimenting with the centrifuges without using nuclear material, but now they have
reported that nuclear material has been placed in the centrifuges.
Kuwait: Gulf States Assuming Israel will Destroy Iran's Nukes
A senior government official in Kuwait has hinted that Gulf States are expecting and
waiting for Israel to destroy Iran's nuclear reactor before the security situation reaches
Sami Alfaraj, advisor to the Kuwaiti government and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC),
said Kuwait and the other Gulf States might ask both the Jewish State and the United
States to guarantee their security if Israel attacks Iran's nuclear power station. "I
believe in something on the same Iraqi model
We are assuming in the Gulf that Israel
will take it out," Alfaraj told Reuters.
Israel destroyed Iraq's Osirak nuclear facility in a daring raid June 7, 1981 that
neutralized its ability to function before the reactor went "hot" thereby
protecting the surrounding countries as well. Israeli intelligence had confirmed that the
Iraqi government planned to produce nuclear weapons at the site.
Then, as now, Israeli officials were convinced that nuclear power in the hands of the
enemy constituted an existential threat to Israel. In his briefing to IAF fighter pilots
prior to the operation, then-IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Rafael Eitan said, "The
alternative is our destruction."
A report by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency to be published by
the end of next week indicates that questions remain about how the Islamic Republic plans
to utilize the nuclear power it plans to produce.
Although Iranian scientists were able to explain the traces of bomb-grade uranium found
during inspections of its nuclear research sites, they were unwilling to discuss the
suspected links between the uranium enrichment already in process, high explosives tests
and new missile design.
Western nations are concerned about boasts by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
that the Islamic Republic has been testing advanced centrifuges that would enhance and
streamline the nuclear power production process. According to the Associated Press, Iran
is currently producing more than 300 tons of uranium hexafluoride gas, a key component
used in the uranium enrichment process.
Iran has resisted all attempts by the international community, including increasingly
severe sanctions imposed upon it by the UN Security Council, to cease its uranium
Former US Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, said during his speech at the 8th Herzilya
Conference last month that an Israeli strike might be the last chance to stop Iran from
completing a nuclear weapon. Former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, who also spoke at the
conference, also hinted that the military option is growing more likely.
The United States and Israel in particular are convinced that Iran is intent upon
producing a nuclear weapon of mass destruction, to be aimed at the Jewish State.
Ahmadinejad has repeatedly vowed to "wipe Israel off the map."
'Civil Union' Goes Down Knesset Drain
By IsraelNationalNews.com & YnetNews.com
The Knesset on Wednesday rejected two bills calling for the recognition of couples not
wed by an Orthodox rabbi.
The much-touted initiative for making "civil unions" between men and women a legal
alternative to marriage was defeated by a vote of 59 to 20 against the bill that had been
introduced David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu).
Rotem angrily said that "a strange coalition has been formed in the Knesset between
Shelly Yechimovich of Labor and Meretz, who want the homosexuals and lesbians to like
them, and the Shas faction on the other hand." He claimed that Labor, Likud and Kadima had
"sold out their principles" in the hopes of building the next coalition with Shas.
The Minister for Religious Services, Yitzchak Cohen (Shas), took the stand after Rotem
and called out to him, paraphrasing God's words to Moses: "take your shoes off of your
feet when you bring a bill like this to the Knesset. This is a shame and a disgrace. This
is a Jewish state you are destroying its foundations, you cheeky, cheap
According to Rotem, "Their vote will be remembered as a spit in the face of the new
immigrants and the freedom-seeking public in the country. The public will remember this on
Single Mothers to Choose Father's Name
The Knesset has approved a law that will allow single mothers to decide what first name
they want to give for that of their child's father in cases in which the identity of the
father is unknown. MKs Zahava Gal-On (Meretz) and Amira Dotan (Kadima) proposed the
Previously the Interior Ministry listed the name of the child's maternal grandfather as
the name of the child's father, in order to give children a name to use on official
documents. If the name of the maternal grandfather was not known, officials would assign
Mothers will now be allowed to choose a name instead. Children will be allowed to
remove the name from their documents once they reach the age of 16, or to choose a name if
their mothers did not choose one already.
'Beaufort' Director Reveals Next Film
Top Israeli film director ("Beaufort," "Campfire") Joseph Cedar's next film will tell
the story of Veit Harlan, the leading German director who worked on behalf of Nazi
propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. As reported over the weekend on the Cinemascope blog,
Cedar received the offer to direct the film from Rainer Grupe, a London producer of German
origin who produced "Buffalo Soldiers."
The film will tell the story of Harlan, whose most famous film was "Jud Suss" (1940),
which gave a vicious anti-Semitic slant to the 1925 book of the same name. The book, by
German-Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger, tells the story of Joseph Suss Oppenheimer, an
18th-century Jew who was a financial adviser executed amid anti-Semitism.
Cedar's new film will move between the two eras, following Harlan's production of "Jud
Suss" and also reclaiming the story of Oppenheimer as a victim who was persecuted for his
business success and religious faith.
Variety reported over the weekend that the film would be shot in Berlin with a budget
of $10-12 million. Cedar told Variety that Harlan's film is one of the most despicable
films he has ever seen, but at the same time is brilliant.
"The story behind its production is so rich and complicated. It's about a director
blinded by ambition that sold his soul to Goebbels and had to deal with the consequences
of his decisions that stained him for the rest of his life," Cedar told the paper.
On Saturday night, Cedar flew with his family to Los Angeles in advance of the Oscar
Awards ceremony. "Beaufort," which earned him a Silver Bear award at last year's Berlin
Film Festival, is competing in the best foreign language film category.
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