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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 peace."

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

By WorldNetDaily

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

By WorldNetDaily

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 2000.

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 bullets.

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 Israel.

Pelosi Denies Olmert Proposed U.S. Naval Blockade Against Iran

By Ha'aretz

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 comment further.

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 facilities.

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 of Russia?

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 come.

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 make war.

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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