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Fatah Leaders Applaud Bloodthirsty Terrorists at Convention

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Delegates to the Sixth Fatah General Convention in Bethlehem responded with loud applause Tuesday at the mention by a top Fatah leader of two terrorists who committed the worst terror attack in Israel's history.

The pair, Khaled Abu-Isbah and Dalal Mughrabi, were praised as heroic martyrs by former PA Prime Minister and current negotiator Ahmed Qurei. Qurei is currently the chairman of Fatah's Department for Recruitment and Organization.


Hizbullah Reportedly Stockpiling 40,000 Rockets

By Ha'aretz

The Lebanon-based terrorist group Hizbullah has stockpiled 40,000 rockets near the border with Israel and is training its guerillas to use missiles capable of striking Tel Aviv, The Times of London reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, militants are now being trained in the use of both long-range ground-to-ground missiles as well as anti-aircraft missiles to use against Israel.

Israel, the United Nations and Hizbullah itself have all said that the militia is stronger today than it was during the Second Lebanon War. While the northern front has been relatively quiet since the 2006 conflict, Deputy GOC Northern Command Alon Friedman told The Times that the peace could "explode at any minute."

Last month, Hizbullah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah predicted that Israel would attack Hizbullah strongholds in southern Lebanon sometime before next spring.

Nasrallah told Lebanese media his organization would launch missiles at Tel Aviv if Israel attacks the Shi'ite group's positions in Lebanon. He warned that "the equation had changed" in its method of resistance against Israel and threatened to attack Tel Aviv should the IDF bomb the southern suburbs of Beirut, as it did during the 2006 war.

Senior Israel Defense Forces staff and defense establishment personnel have expressed extreme concern over the possibility of a serious incident on the Lebanese border in the near future.

Tensions with Hizbullah have risen lately, especially since one of the organization's warehouses of Katyusha rockets in southern Lebanon blew up last month. In response, defense officials have held several high-level consultations on the situation.

The explosion revealed that Hizbullah was still stockpiling rockets south of the Litani River, in violation of Lebanon's obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which marked the end of the Second Lebanon War.

The Times obtained surveillance footage showing Hizbullah terrorists trying to extract rockets and munitions from the site of the explosion. UN peacekeeping forces were subsequently blocked from entering the site for investigation.

Israel, meanwhile, has said that UNIFIL had precise information about the cache and a number of other installations where Hizbullah is storing rockets, but that peacekeeping force had done nothing.

Senior IDF officers believe that Hizbullah has completely rebuilt its network of bunkers and arms stockpiles in south Lebanon, but has located them almost entirely inside Shi'ite villages rather than in open areas, as it did sometimes in the past. The warehouse explosion revealed this fact, and has prompted Hizbullah to worry that Israeli intelligence may know where its new bases are located.


Poll: Half of Israelis Feel Those Born Elsewhere Can't be 'True Israelis'

By Ha'aretz

About half of Israelis believe that in order to be a "true Israeli," one has to have been born in Israel, so finds the Israel Democracy Institute in its annual Israeli Democracy Index.

The report, which this year focused on the integration of Russian immigrants into Israeli society, tested the prevalent notion that the integration was smooth. The findings of the study, however, suggested otherwise. The study revealed that most Russian immigrants feel that they have no power to change their immediate reality; even 20 years after the immigration from the former Soviet Union began.

The democracy poll was conducted in March 2009, and included a random sample of adult Israelis, 1,191 people were polled in three different languages: Hebrew, Arabic and Russian. The margin of error is 2.8 percent.

The study found that the mood of the Russian immigrants is generally darker, the problems they face are tougher, and that their reactions are harsher than veteran Israelis'. The immigrant sector voices more concern over Israel's security threats is less connected to Israel, and fewer immigrants say that they would want their children to grow up in Israel.

The report found that 77 percent of Russian immigrants support promoting Arab migration from Israel, as opposed to 47 percent of native Jews who say they would support such a policy. 33 percent of the native Jews accept the existence of Arab political parties within the Knesset, while only 23 percent of the immigrants accept this fact.

Twenty seven percent of Israelis oppose the statement "a Jewish majority is necessary for fateful decisions for the country," in comparison with 38 percent who opposed the same statement in 2003. These figures indicate a growing support for the stripping of political rights from Israel's Arab minority. `
The study finds that 54 percent of the Israeli public, Jews and Arabs, agree that "only citizens loyal to their country should be eligible for civilian rights" (56 percent of native Jews, 67 percent of Russian immigrants and 30 percent of Israeli Arabs.) Thirty eight percent of the general Jewish population feel that Jewish citizens should have more rights than non-Jewish citizens (43 percent of native Jews as opposed to 23 percent of immigrants). Forty one percent of the native Jews believe that "Israel's Arabs are deprived, in comparison to Jews," while 28 percent of Russian immigrants also agree with this statement.

In regard to freedom of speech, it is safe to say that the Israeli public believes in it as a basic value, but most Israelis refuse to allow harsh criticism of its government, the study finds. Seventy four percent of Israelis support "freedom of speech for everyone regardless of status," while simultaneously, 58 percent agree that "a political speaker must be prohibited from voicing harsh criticism against the state of Israel." This number marks a significant increase since 2003, when the number of Israelis who agreed with the statement was 48 percent.



Horse Tramples Car in Israel
Israel Faxx News Services


The driver of one car had a lucky escape after a horse galloped over his vehicle, smashing the windscreen with its hooves and denting the bonnet and roof.

The dramatic footage was taken in northern Israel by tourists who had been filming a group of horses galloping along a highway, when one ploughed into an oncoming vehicle. (See http://tinyurl.com/nzpegd)

The driver of the car escaped with minor cuts and the horse only suffered light injuries in the head-on collision, according to a local newspaper.


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