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Israeli Tourist Strips for New Zealand Construction Workers
By Israel Faxx News Services
An Israeli woman visiting New Zealand surprised a group of workmen by stripping when
they cat-called her. The unidentified tourist was trying to withdraw money from an ATM in
the northern town of Kerikeri when she heard suggestive whistles from construction
workers, the New Zealand Press Association reported Thursday.
Surprising her harassers, she stripped bare and then, cash in hand, got dressed again,
but was still questioned about the incident by police. "She gave the explanation that she
had been pestered by New Zealand men," Peter Masters, a police sergeant, told NZPA. "She's
not an unattractive-looking lady."
Olmert: Syria Peace Talks will Not Detract from Palestinians
By VOA News
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Thursday that peace talks with Syria would not detract
from negotiations on the Palestinian front. A statement from Olmert's office said he gave
that assurance during talks with visiting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. Olmert
also said Israel hopes to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians in the coming year.
Earlier Thursday, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Syria must cut ties with
Iran and Arab militant groups if it wants peace with Israel. She called Syria's ties to
groups like Hizbullah and Hamas problematic and said Damascus would have to stop
supporting terrorists for a peace deal to move forward.
Israel and Syria said Wednesday they have resumed peace talks through Turkish mediators
after an eight-year freeze. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Israel has
expressed a willingness to return the Golan Heights, the strategic plateau taken from
Syria in the 1967 Six-Day war.
Olmert said his government is prepared to make substantial concessions for peace with
Syria. But he has not specified the nature of those concessions. The two governments said
the talks are a "serious and continuous" dialogue aimed at reaching a "comprehensive
Previous U.S.-mediated peace talks between Israel and Syria collapsed in 2000 over the
extent of an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights.
Florida's GOP Governor: Hamas Nod Dooms Obama in Sunshine State
Citing the controversy that began with WND's interview with a Hamas leader, Florida
Gov. Charlie Crist said citizens of the Sunshine State will find Sen. Barack Obama's
positions on foreign policy out of the mainstream.
Crist, who is on a vice presidential short list, is credited with helping Sen. John
McCain win the Florida Republican primary, told a New York Times reporter he believes the
Arizona senator will be successful this fall in the crucial swing state, because Obama "is
for higher taxes, and I think the whole Hamas issue is a drag."
Crist was referring to the fallout from an interview by WND's Aaron Klein, author of
"Schmoozing with Terrorists," and WABC radio with a top Hamas official who said he hopes
the Illinois senator becomes president. Ahmed Yousef, Hamas' chief political adviser in
the Gaza Strip, also compared Obama to President John F. Kennedy.
McCain seized on the "endorsement," with campaign manager Brian Rogers asserting "the
reason for Hamas' praise of Senator Obama's foreign policy is his commitment to meet
unconditionally with Iran."
Crist told the Times' Kevin Sack he believes Obama's stances on foreign policy and
taxes won't win over the citizens of his state. "I think Floridians are pretty mainstream.
I'm not sure Sen. Obama is. I believe some group rated him as the most liberal senator. I
don't think that will go over well in Florida."
The governor was referring to the National Journal's annual Senate vote ratings,
published in January, which ranked Obama most liberal.
In the interview with Yousef, the Hamas leader said, "We like Mr. Obama, and we hope
that he will win the elections. I hope Mr. Obama and the Democrats will change the
political discourse. ... I do believe [Obama] is like John Kennedy, a great man with a
great principal. And he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead
the world community, but not with humiliation and arrogance."
Yousef volunteered his statements about Obama in response to a question inquiring
whether he was surprised the senator and other presidential candidates criticized Jimmy
Carter's recent meetings with Hamas.
Responding to the Hamas leader's comments, McCain contended Obama wants to "sit down
and negotiate with a government exporting most lethal devices used against soldiers. He
wants to sit down face to face with a government that is very clear about developing
nuclear weapons. ... They are sponsors of terrorist organizations. That's a huge
difference in my opinion. And I'll let the American people decide whether that's a
significant difference or not. I believe it is."
French Court Rules Gaza `Martyrdom' a Hoax
The French Court of Appeals issued a ruling Thursday favoring an activist who claims
the purported shooting death of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy used to spark the "Al
Aqsa intifada," or uprising was a hoax.
The court overturned a lower court decision against Jewish activist Philippe Karsenty,
who had been convicted of libeling a French state-owned television channel and its
Jerusalem correspondent, Charles Enderlin, the Jerusalem Post reported. Karsenty contended
France 2 knowingly misled the world about the event in the Gaza Strip in September
Karsenty told the Post that the verdict "means we have the right to say France 2
broadcast a fake news report, that [al-Dura's shooting] was a staged hoax and that they
duped everybody without being sued."
Enderlin insisted, however, the appeals court ruled Karsenty failed to prove the news
report was staged. The lower court decision was overturned, Enderlin said in a statement
to the Post, because "the court believed Karsenty had the right to stridently criticize
the [France 2] report, since it dealt with an emotional topic, and that Karsenty's
investigation into the matter convinced the court he was being sincere."
A source close to Enderlin's side told the Post he and France 2 would appeal the
verdict. Karsenty replied, however, the only appeal left would be to France's Supreme
Court. "If they continue to insist they are correct, we will have victims of terror
attacks that directly resulted from the [al-Dura] footage sue France 2," he said.
Karsenty called on French President Nicolas Sarkozy "to take responsibility for the
French state's defense of the worst anti-Semitic lie around. It's time to apologize to the
world for broadcasting a fake news report that has inflamed the Muslim world and
endangered world peace."
France 2's report, purporting to show the young al-Dura lying dead after cowering with
his father behind a barrel during an Israeli-Palestinian firefight, enflamed countless
Arab youth to seek "martyrdom." The boy's image became iconic, appearing on murals and
posters in Palestinian towns. Palestinian TV used an actor to portray the boy in
"Paradise," exhorting other Muslim youth to jihad. Streets, squares and academies in the
Arab world have been named after him.
But controversy has raged over the veracity of the film for eight years, with WND first
reporting in December 2000 that the Israeli military could not possibly have shot the boy
and later documenting massive evidence the entire incident had been staged.
Israel Defense Forces soldiers stationed at the junction testified they did not
participate in any firefight that day. The IDF initially apologized for the incident but
later conducted a probe in which it concluded the boy could not have been hit by Israeli
Iranian Conference to Focus on 'Israel's End'
An Iranian university is holding an international conference on the liquidation of the
Jewish state, according to Iran's state run news service.
"Iranian Justice Seeking University Students Movement and University Students
Mobilization Basij will jointly sponsor International Conference on Israel's End on May
26th, 2008," the government-run IRNA News Agency reported. "The timing of the conference
is adjusted to coincide with the sad 60th anniversary of Palestine's occupation by the
Zionists," organizers told IRNA.
The organizers said guests of the conference would include "intellectuals and
university professors from Egypt, Venezuela, Morocco, Lebanon, Indonesia, the United
States, Pakistan, Argentina, India, Iraq, Syria, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, France,
Tunisia, and a number of other countries."
The conference literature states that the conference will deal with supporting the
various PA Arab terrorist organizations and issues surrounding the "upcoming downfall" of
Pelosi Denies Olmert Proposed U.S. Naval Blockade Against Iran
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert did not propose a U.S. naval blockade of Iran during talks
with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat's office
said on Thursday.
Responding to a report this week in Ha'aretz, Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said the
lawmaker and the U.S. delegation she led met only once with Olmert during a May 16-20
visit to Israel and Iraq.
"During the luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Olmert, there was never any mention of
a U.S. naval blockade of Iranian ports," Elshami said in a statement. He declined to
Olmert has proposed in discussions with Pelosi that a naval blockade be imposed on Iran
as one of several ways to pressure Iran into stopping its uranium enrichment program.
Although the White House denied a published report that U.S. President George W. Bush
intends to attack Iran before the end of his term in January, the Bush administration is
said not to have ruled out entirely the possibility of an attack on Iran's nuclear
A story in the Jerusalem Post quoted an unidentified official as claiming that a
"senior member" of Bush's entourage to Israel last week made the statement about attacking
Iran in a closed meeting. However, White House press secretary Dana Perino said the
article is "not worth the paper it's written on." She added that the administration's
preference and actions for dealing with Iran remain through peaceful diplomatic means.
Israelis who spoke to Bush and his entourage while they were in Israel last week said
they had the impression that the military option "is on the table," and that the president
felt a sense of deep obligation to overcome the Iranian threat.
600 Missiles Daily Threatened by Hizbullah Against Israel
By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)
What shall Israel do when Hizbullah launches 600 missiles a day against Israeli cities
- as they threaten to do?
What shall Israel do when Hamas joins in this saturation missile attack with the Kassam
Rockets they built in Gaza and the long-range Grad missiles received from Iran through
Syria - slipped through the willing fingers of Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Vladimir Putin
Shall Israel accept Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's orders to "restrain" the
Israeli army? Shall Israel worry about world opinion and only target a handful of
terrorist leaders while the missile launching teams of radical Islamist "Jihadists'
laughter Jews with impunity?
Must Israel go down in flames because a hostile U.S. Secretary of State issues
restraining orders through the Arabist State Department while the multi-national oil
companies and oil-rich countries are urging her on to appease the Muslim Arabs?
Must Israel succumb to the rabble that comprises the United Nations because they wish
to please the Arab block? Shall Israel give aid, comfort and obedience to the Quartet of
Russia, the European Union, the U.S. and the United Nations - with Tony Blair leading? Are
all of the above, the pagan worshipers of the oil gods, to be appeased as Israel is
churned to bits by the Jew-haters, the new era barbarians?
I think that the Jews of Israel had better look to themselves because, promises aside,
no one will come to their aid - other than to ship in body bags after the battle to
Are there pre-emptive solutions?
In recognition of Muslim Arab willingness to target Israeli cities and Jewish
civilians, then Israel's response must similarly ignore so-called collateral damage. If
Israel's enemies pledge genocide, then that shall also be the rules of engagement for
their adversaries' cities and populations that harbor terrorists and missile launchers.
Recognize that this is a permanent war of civilizations, where a pagan blood-thirsty
culture offers no compromise, no pity - where death is their god.
Israel is an advanced, humanitarian society - having proven her value to all of
mankind. She cannot bow to a primitive society that worships death for its children. She
cannot accept extinction because oil-producing nations and their clients will it so.
Therefore, it is vital that Israel must not restrain herself from fighting back, using
every (I repeat: "EVERY") weapon at her disposal to defeat her enemy leaders in their
deepest strongholds. Nor is she required to give advance warnings for civilians to flee
when they are being used by their terrorist leaders as human shields. This would also give
the terrorist leaders time to flee into their deepest bunkers - to survive and continue to
As for the so-called civilized nations who urge restraint or who are allied with these
state sponsors of terror, let them fear Israel's worst weapons, pre-positioned in their
harbors and cities. Let them share the pain they wish inflicted upon Israel. This applies
to nations like Russia who supply deadly weapons to Iran and Syria who will all know that
they too will perish in the Armageddon they provoked and facilitated.
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