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Syria Sees No Peace with Bush in Office
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a French newspaper his country is unlikely to
enter direct peace talks with Israel while President George W. Bush remains in office.
However, in an interview published on the website of Le Figaro on Monday, Assad said he
was betting that the next US leader would get more involved in the peace process. Assad
said Syria and Israel were looking for common ground to start face-to-face negotiations,
adding that it was vital to find the right country to mediate such talks. (
Iran Launches Military Exercises
By YnetNews.com & Israel Faxx News Services
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has launched a ground and naval military exercise, the
Iranian news agency Fars reported Monday.
According to the report, the drill dubbed "Prophet 3" was meant to "up
the level of readiness by the Guard's missile carriers and units." Earlier Monday, the US
announced it had completed a military drill in the Persian Gulf.
Western diplomats said, according to intelligence reports, that Iran has resumed work
on constructing highly sophisticated equipment that nuclear experts say is primarily used
for building atomic weapons.
Tehran announced that it has no intention of halting its uranium enrichment program.
The work is aimed at developing the blueprint provided by Dr AQ Khan, the "father" of
Pakistan's nuclear bomb, who sold Iran details of how to build atom bombs in the early
Iran's Revolutionary Guard, which has overall responsibility for the country's nuclear
program, has set up several civilian companies to work on the program whose activities are
being deliberately concealed from the United Nations nuclear inspection teams.
The companies, based on the outskirts of Tehran, are working on constructing components
for the advanced P2 gas centrifuge, which can enrich uranium to weapons grade two to three
times faster than conventional P1 centrifuges.
Iran's controversial nuclear enrichment program at Natanz, which Tehran insists is
designed to produce fuel for nuclear power, runs on P1 centrifuges. But Iranian nuclear
scientists recently conducted successful tests on a prototype P2 centrifuge at Natanz, and
the Revolutionary Guard has now set up a network of companies to build components for the
This has raised concerns among Western experts that Iran is continuing work on its
nuclear weapons program, despite Tehran's protestations that its intentions are peaceful.
"If Iran's nuclear intentions were peaceful there would be no need for it to undertake
this work in secret," said an official familiar with the intelligence reports.
Reports that Iran has resumed work on sophisticated uranium enrichment technology
follow Tehran's announcement at the weekend that it has no intention of halting its
uranium enrichment program at Natanz.
According to recent intelligence reports, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President,
personally ordered the Revolutionary Guard to set up companies for the secret manufacture
of components for P2 centrifuges this year.
One of the companies is in a residential building in Amir Abad, western Tehran, where
its work is unlikely to be detected by UN nuclear inspectors. One of the facilities is
said to be run by a company owned by the Revolutionary Guard.
The operation is a direct copy of the Revolutionary Guard's previous attempt to develop
P2 centrifuges, when research work was undertaken by the Kalaye Electric Company, which
claimed it was manufacturing watches.
When its true activity was revealed to UN nuclear inspectors in 2004, they found the
company had succeeded in building the centrifuges and enriching small quantities of
uranium to weapons grade.
Senior officials from Iran's Atomic Energy Agency are supervising the current
clandestine program, which is based on the atomic weapons blueprint sold to Iran by Dr.
Khan in 1994. Reports that Iran is actively working on Khan's blueprint will deepen
suspicions that Tehran has resumed work on its nuclear weapons program.
Israeli Arab Terrorists Threaten 'Unprecedented Attacks'
An Israeli Arab terrorist group calling itself the "Galilee Liberation Brigades" (GLB)
claimed responsibility for the deadly bulldozer attack in Jerusalem last week.
In an interview with a London-based Arabic daily this weekend, a purported leader of
the group claimed that GLB committed several other terrorist murders, he threatened more
attacks to come and added that they are holding a female IDF soldier hostage.
In an interview conducted by way of third-party email, a journalist for the
London-based Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi posed a series of questions to someone claiming
to be the commander of the GLB. In his replies, the
The GLB spokesperson hinted that they are holding Dana Bennet, 17, who was reported
missing in August 2003. The group made a similar announcement in 2005. Asked why Israel
has thus far refused to acknowledge the GLB's claims that they are holding a hostage, the
spokesperson said, "Because it is causing considerable embarrassment to them."
The GLB's ransom demands, according to the Al-Quds Al-Arabi interview, include the
release of six Israeli Arabs imprisoned on terrorist-related offenses. The objective of
GLB, according to the spokesperson, is "to sow terror in the hearts of Zionists" and to
"pursue the enemy wherever he is to be found."
'Obama will Immediately Birth Palestinian State'
The Palestinian Authority is hoping Sen. Barack Obama wins the presidential election in
November and expects the Illinois Democrat to immediately set out to create a Palestinian
state once he takes office, a top PA official said.
"We would like to see Obama elected. If he is elected, an agreement about the
foundation of a Palestinian state (would be) reached," PA Planning Minister Samir Abdullah
told reporters in Tokyo this weekend.
Abdullah, who is the former head of the Palestinian Communist Party, said the PA
expects Obama to win in November. He said once Obama takes office, "He will immediately
study the Palestinian cause and will try to push it forward."
"Obama promised he will not wait until the last period of his office to relaunch
negotiations ... he will begin doing this since his first day in office unlike President
Bush, who waited until his last period of power."
Abdullah's remarks were published Sunday in the Firas Press Network, a Palestinian news
website identified with PA President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization.
Abdullah is not the only Palestinian official to recently express support for Obama. In
a headline-making interview, Ahmed Yousuf, Hamas' chief political adviser in the Gaza
Strip, told WND and WABC Radio in April he "hopes" Obama becomes president. "We like Mr.
Obama, and we hope that he will win the elections."
Obama has repeatedly condemned Hamas as a terrorist organization that should be
isolated until it renounces violence and recognizes Israel.
Iranian 'Spy' Reveals Mossad's Methods
In interview with Iranian television, a man convicted of spying for Israel exposed
tactics and technology used by his Mossad handlers
The Islamic republic's news agencies quoted Ali Ashtari as stating that he met with
three Mossad agents abroad who he said took advantage of his occupation as a computer
broker whose clientele included top Iranian military officials.
"I was given a laptop computer so I could communicate with him and write to him by
encoded and ciphered email, and he gave me two encrypted communication devices that I was
to give to my clients, to test them out," said Ashtari, adding that he was told by his
handlers to plant bugging equipment in the electronics he sold to his customers.
Ashtari said that among his clients were military acquisition officers from the Iranian
defense ministry; and his handlers were apparently expecting to obtain information
regarding Iran's missile program.
"As for the three military acquisition experts who were in contact with me, they (the
handlers) asked me to bring them abroad under any possible pretext: tourism, special
seminars or exhibitions," said Ashtari.
In a staged interview in the grand tradition of Iran's state-owned media, the spy was
asked "if a senior military official asks to trade in an appliance or have it fixed, what
do you do with it and how do you switch it?"
In response Ashtari said: "I take it to the company and it agrees to exchange or fix
the appliance for him. The senior official who gave me the appliance becomes an
intelligence source without his knowledge and I pass that information on, and tell them he
has given me his equipment."
Ashtari went on to explain that by bugging GPS (Global Positioning System) units,
Mossad agents were able to "see where that person was, know what he has and where he can
Throughout the interview Ashtari appeared calm and composed though one might
expect someone convicted of an offense as grievous as spying for Israel to undergo
physical or psychological torture, and that some sign of this would be apparent in his
Israel has so far declined to respond to the affair save for a laconic statement from
the Foreign Affairs Ministry saying it was unaware of the case.
By putting a convicted spy sentenced to death on display at the present time is
undoubtedly an attempt by Iran to deter other Iranian citizens from aiding foreign
operations in exchange for money.
Secondly, Iran is also interested in showing that in the ongoing espionage war between
Tehran and the West, it has the upper hand and can thwart attempts by foreign spy agencies
to infiltrate Iran and obtain intelligence regarding its military or nuclear programs.
Biting the Hand That Feeds You
By YnetNews.com (Commentary by Gilad Sharon)
The repeated terror attacks carried out by Arab terrorists possessing Israeli ID cards
highlight the need for a frank and open discussion regarding relations between Arabs and
Jews in Israel and the future of these ties.
Several weeks ago, around Independence Day, I saw at the entrance to Tel Aviv
University a protest tent erected by Arab students to mark what they refer to as "Nakba
Day" their disaster. Yet there can be no greater contradiction or hypocrisy.
At the gates of the place that more than any other symbolizes Israel's success and
achievements, an institution that is open to all citizens of the country, both Arabs and
Jews, these Arab students chose to accept wholeheartedly what the State gives them, while
at the same time protest its establishment.
After all, the collapse among Israel's Arabs did not happen on the day the State was
established. Any other date in the course of the War of Independence could have been
chosen to mark the fact these people turned into refugees. Yet the Arabs chose our
Independence Day specifically. They view our revival as their disaster.
I have yet to see a protest by Arab Israelis where the Israeli flag was being held up,
yet many Palestinian flags can always be seen there. This is the stage where we hear the
cries about transfer and racism. Well, there is no transfer, everyone is staying at home,
although territorial tradeoffs are possible areas populated by Jews in Judea and
Samaria will be annexed to Israel, while areas populated by Arabs will switch sovereignty.
The border may be moved West of these communities, and as to racism, even the United
Nations recognized the fact that the Jews deserve a state.
Arab leaders in Israel are making false pretenses whereby should Israel withdraw to the
1967 borders, their hostility to the State will disappear and their dual loyalty problem
will be resolved. Would we see in such case Arab Israelis proudly waving the Israeli flag?
Would they call on their youngsters to join the army and enlist for national service? Of
Military service can serve as a good indication for identifying those who chose to tie
their destiny to that's of the people of Israel. Those who choose to serve will maintain
the status quo. Those who do not serve will only enjoy residency rights. Their right to
elect and be elected can be realized in a parliament that reflects their national
identity, the way they define it.
This pretention must stop: You shall stop pretending that you are loyal to the State
the way it is, and the State will stop pretending that it does not discriminates against
you, because it does. It has no choice, as you come out against its essence as a Jewish
state and are working to turn it into something else. For example, how can we not
discriminate against an elected representative such as Azmi Bishara or Ahmad Tibi, who
served as an advisor for Arafat the terrorist, when it comes to sharing sensitive security
This juggling act, whereby on the one hand Arab Israelis enjoy the State's health and
welfare services and freedom of expression unlike anywhere else in our region, while on
the other hand their representatives condemn and attack Israel at every opportunity, and
particularly in enemy states, must end.
You need to choose and be honest with yourselves: Do you wish to enjoy all the good
Israel bestows upon you? Then be completely loyal to it. If you cannot do it, be prepared
to pay the price. The current situation, whereby you bite the hand that feeds you, is
devoid of both pride and honor.
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