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IAF Helicopter Rescues PA Man Who Fell From Cliff


IDF sources said that a Palestinian Authority man approached the Lamed Hey passage in the Etzion Bloc south west of Bethlehem on Wednesday and told IDF on-duty reservists that his friend had fallen from a cliff in the nearby Wadi Etziona area.

Conditions in the area prevented medical forces from the Etzion Brigade from reaching the man. An IAF rescue helicopter was dispatched and the wounded man was evacuated to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

'Ark of the Covenant' to be Unveiled?

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An Ethiopian church leader said that Friday, June 26, marks the right time to unveil the Biblical Ark of the Covenant, which he said has been hidden in his church for centuries.

Abuna Pauolos, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, was in Rome this week to meet with Pope Benedict XVI. While there, he told reporters that the time had come to reveal before the world the Holy Ark. He said that the holy container has been in the custody of his church for hundreds of years.

Pauolos said he would make the full announcement Friday, 3 p.m. Israel time, 8 a.m. New York time) at a press conference in Rome.

The claim that the Biblical Holy Ark has been kept at the Church, in the city of Axum, is an old one, but this is the first time that the Church plans to actually reveal the actual container, or news of it. It is not known whether the Church claims that the actual Tablets of the Law are inside it.

The news of the impending announcement was first reported by the Italian news agency Adnkronos. Pauolos told the news outlet, "Soon the world will be able to admire the Ark of the Covenant described in the Bible as the container of the tablets of the law that God delivered to Moses, and the center of searches and studies for centuries."

Pauolos said "The Ark of the Covenant has been in Ethiopia for many centuries. As Patriarch, I have seen it with my own eyes, and only a few, highly-qualified persons could do the same - until now."

According to Pauolos, the actual Ark has been kept in one church, but to defend the treasure, a copy was placed in every single church in Ethiopia. He said a museum is being built in Axum, Ethiopia, where the Ark will be displayed. A foundation of D'Acosta will fund the project.

The Ark of the Covenant is the sacred container of the Ten Commandments as well as Aaron's rod and a sample of manna, the mysterious food that kept the Israelites alive while wandering in the wilderness during their journey to the Promised Land.

The idea that the Ark is presently in Ethiopia is a well-documented, albeit disputed, tradition dating back to at least 642 BCE. Tradition says it was moved to Elephantine Island in Egypt, then to Tana Kirkos Island in Ethiopia and finally to its present site at St. Mary's of Zion Church in Axum. Ethiopians believe it is destined to be delivered to the Messiah when He reigns on Mount Zion – the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 3:16 points to a time when the Ark will vanish not only physically, but from the minds of the people: "And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more."

The Book of Revelation says the Ark is in the temple of God in heaven (Rev. 11:19). Muslim scholars say it will be found near the end of times by the Mahdi – a messianic figure in Islam.

Stuart Munro-Hay, author of "Quest for the Ark of the Covenant: The True History of the Tablets of Moses," concluded that the object in question is definitely not the original Holy Ark.

The building of the Ark of the Covenant – also known as the Ark of Testimony and the Ark of God's Covenant – in accordance with Divine instructions is recounted in the Book of Exodus. The Ark held the Tablets of the Law, and traveled with the People of Israel, leading the way into the Promised Land.

It was placed first in the Tabernacle in Shilo, and centuries later in the Holy Temple built by King Solomon. Since then, its whereabouts have been unknown, though one popular legend says it was brought to Ethiopia. Alternatively, it could be under the Temple Mount or in a cave at Mt. Nebo in Jordan.

PA Citizens Fear Hamas Coup in Judea and Samaria


Arabs in Kalkilya, adjacent to the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, fear that Hamas will stage a coup similar to the one on Gaza two years ago, residents and political leaders told American National Public Radio.

"The Hamas leadership wants to take over [Judea and Samaria] and the proof is that they have discovered large weapons cache right here in Kalkilya in Hamas areas," Kalkilya's Fatah representative Ahmed Shreen told NPR.

He dismissed unity talks between the rival Fatah and Hamas factions as being remote. "What I am worried about is that while we are talking in Cairo, Hamas will be planning the coup." The terrorist organization, which won the Palestinian Authority legislative elections in 2006 while the rival Fatah party won the position of chairman, has constantly charged Fatah with

Most citizens were too afraid to express their opinions in public but said privately they fear an all-out war. Interviews with local officials and residents were conducted on the background of two recent gun battles, one of which killed four gunmen from each side in Kalkilya. One of the victims was the nephew of the mayor of the city, where Hamas handily defeated Fatah in local elections.

The mother of one of the slain Hamas terrorists said that Fatah trained her son and they turned against him. "Fatah is the foundation of the resistance in Palestinian society," she said. Now they have sold out and they have betrayed the young men who followed them. This is what happened to my son. I thought he would die in battle with Israelis, not by Palestinian Authority forces."

Hamas spokesman Ihab Al-Ghussain told NPR, "They are continuously arresting our men. They committed an awful crime against a group that was fighting Israel for more than six years. The Israelis could not capture them so the PA security forces did the Israelis' dirty work and assassinated them."

Many of those interviewed viewed the PA as trying to please President Barack Obama by showing that its US-trained forces are fighting terrorism. The PA and the United States have used the drop in terrorist attacks against Israel as a tool to force the Defense Ministry to remove blockades and eliminate most checkpoints.

Officials in Judea and Samaria fear that the U.S. has bought an illusion that will literally explode in Israel's collective faces in the future, similar to the years of violence that began in 2000 after the PA rejected an offer to accept a new PA state.

Europeans: Gilad Shalit Transfer to Egypt Imminent

By Ha'aretz

European diplomatic sources said Thursday that kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit will be transferred to Egypt in the coming hours or coming days. This information has yet to be confirmed by Israeli officials.

According to the European sources, Shalit's transfer is the first stage of an agreement between the various Palestinian factions, assisted by Egyptian mediation and done in coordination with the United States and with the support of Syria.

Shalit will be used as a "deposit" toward the completion of a prisoner exchange between the Palestinian factions, the sources said. The agreement will include the exchange of prisoners and the opening of crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip. According to Egyptian officials, a deal will be signed between Fatah, Hamas and other Palestinian factions by July 7 at the latest.

The deal would put the Gaza Strip under the leadership of a joint committee subordinate to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and not under the control of the government of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

On Tuesday Palestinian news agency Maan quoted Egyptian sources as saying that Shalit was about to be transferred from the Gaza Strip into Egypt within hours, a report that Israeli sources denied. Shalit was kidnapped in a cross-border raid by Gaza militants on June 25, 2006, exactly three years ago.

Iranian Dissident: Dear Israeli Brothers and Sisters - Help Us!


Iranian anti-regime activists are hoping for an Israeli technological hand to help them fight the Islamic Republic. As of now, hundreds of protesters have been killed by the regime, which is evidently using Arabic-speaking armed thugs from Hizbullah to help perpetrate the violence.

"Dear Israeli Brothers and Sisters," writes Iranian dissident Arash Irandoost, "Iran needs your help more than ever now. And we will be eternally grateful. Please help opposition television and radio stations which are blocked and being jammed by the Islamic Republic (Nokia and Siemens) resume broadcast to Iran.

"There is a total media blackout and Iranians inside Iran for the most part are not aware of their brave brothers and sisters fighting and losing their lives daily. And the unjust treatment and brutal massacre of the brave Iranians in the hands of the mullah's paid terrorist Hamas and Hizbullah gangs are not seen by the majority of the Iranians. Please help in any way you can to allow these stations resume broadcasting to Iran.

"And, please remember that we will remember, as you have remembered Cyrus the Great's treatment of you in your time of need," Irandoost concludes, signing his blogged call for help "Your Iranian Brothers and Sisters!"

In an interview with Israel National News, Iranian expatriate pro-democracy activist Amil Imani said that Irandoost's message represents the sentiments of much of the youth in the streets in Iran. They have a strong belief in the technological know-how of the Israelis to overcome the Iranian regime's attempts to block communications.

"This is going to be the most massive, impressive revolution of the 21st century," Imani said, "and we're seeing it live." However, he added, it is now too dependent on Internet communications, so the protesters are very much in need of outside assistance to fight the technological and information war. More generally, Imani said, the Iranian people are lionizing any leader of any nation who comes out strongly against the Islamic Republic at this time.

According to Imani, at least 500 people have been killed by Iranian government forces, with another 5,000 injured. But the hospitals are no longer safe, he added, as the gunmen from the basiji militia enter the emergency wards looking for wounded protesters. Therefore, Imani said, sympathetic doctors have taken to treating the wounded wherever they can, including in private homes.

As for the basijis themselves, Imani reported, many of them are Lebanese and Palestinian Authority Arabs hired by the regime to do its bidding. Iranians reportedly captured seven basijis who spoke no Persian, only Arabic. According to Imani, 10,000 more Arab hired guns arrived in Tehran to serve the mullah-led regime.

But they are not the only ones thinking about guns at this point. Some Iranian protesters, Imani reported, have taken to threatening their oppressors, "God help you when we get weapons!"

Israeli Study Shows Coffee Prevents Bad Breath


Researchers at Tel Aviv University have found that compounds in coffee stymie activity of bacteria responsible for causing bad breath and effectively block it from developing.

Prof. Mel Rosenberg from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine of Tel Aviv University has invested many years studying halitosis. Recently, he found that certain elements found in coffee effectively block the activity of bacteria that cause this unpleasant phenomenon and even succeed in preventing oral malodor all together. In the future, these active ingredients could be made into salves for treating bad breath.

Currently, it is known that bad breath has many causes, including bacterial deposits on the tonsils and dental problems.

Rosenberg decided to examine the impact of coffee on bad breath. In a lab experiment in collaboration with researcher Yael Gov, saliva samples were mixed with coffee extracts of three different brands: Elite Coffee, Landwer Turkish Coffee, and Tasters' Choice. Lab results showed that all three types of coffee successfully slowed bacterial activity.

By using tools that measure the gas released by the bacteria, the researchers found a significant decrease in the release of gases that cause bad breath in their lab samples.

"The study findings refuted what I believed – that coffee with milk actually causes bad breath," said Rosenberg. "In our studies, we found that all the types of coffee decreased the level of malodor in the lab samples. However, we still have yet to isolate the element in coffee that prevents malodor, so that in the future we perhaps will be able to add it to chewing gum, sucking candies, or salves for preventing halitosis."

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