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Abbas: Hamas Leaders Fled to Sinai During Gaza War
Hamas leaders used ambulances to flee to Sinai and left their men to die during the
Gaza war, charged Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas' comments were printed in the (PA)'s Al-Hayat Al-Jadida. The PA leader said he
would act in all ways to return Gaza to the PA, except by use of force and arms.
Le Canard Enchaine: Israel May Attack Iran After December
According to an unconfirmed report in the French Le Canard Enchaine of Wednesday, Oct.
14, Israel is preparing to bomb Iranian nuclear sites and pro-Iranian targets across the
Middle East after December 2009.
The prestigious satirical weekly reported that the IDF has notified Special Forces
reservists abroad to get ready to return home in November for immediate drafting to the
military operation against Iranian nuclear facilities. The weekly further reported Israel
has ordered combat rations from a French firm for these reservists to stay on long-term
missions far from home.
French military sources said that Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi met secretly in France
with US Armed Forces Chief of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and French Chief of Staff Gen.
Jean-Louis Georgelin, to inform that Israel planned to attack Iran after December, when it
became clear that the talks between the six powers and Tehran had failed to produce any
According to Le Canard Enchaine, Ashkenazi said Israel would not attack Iran by air but
rather use ground forces in coordinated operations on several Middle East fronts.
DEBKAfile's military sources added that if the information leaked to the newspaper from
French joint staffs sources is correct - and not a red herring to disguise the impending
attack's real nature - the IDF may be expected to branch out from Iran's nuclear
facilities to target its allies too, such as Syrian air force and missile batteries,
Hizbullah bases in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Le Canard Enchaine is not alone in predicting an Israeli attack on Iran after December.
A former Israeli deputy defense minister, Efraim Sneh, commented to US and British media
several times in the past week that if the US fails to rally fellow powers' support for
toughened sanctions against Iran by Christmas, Israel will have to attack its nuclear
installations. It may be assumed that Sneh was not just guessing on his own initiative.
Another sign of the growing military tensions surrounding the Iranian nuclear program
was a phone conversation late Wednesday night between President Barack Obama and French
President Nicola Sarkozy. The two discussed Iran. After Hillary Clinton failed to swing
Russian leaders round to supporting sanctions, when she visited Moscow Tuesday,
DEBKAfile's Washington sources reported that Obama has decided to work with the French
president for efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program.
Israel Urges West to Reject War Crimes Resolution
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
The U.N. Human Rights Council is meeting in Geneva to discuss alleged Israeli war
crimes in the Gaza Strip. Israel is worried about the repercussions. Israel is urging the
United States and other Western nations not to vote for a resolution of the U.N. Human
Rights Council to adopt the Goldstone Report.
The report, commissioned by the United Nations, accuses Israel of war crimes during the
three-week Gaza War last December and January. The resolution would also condemn Israel's
failure to cooperate with the report. A vote is expected Friday.
Israel has rejected the report as false and one-sided. It said it was acting in
legitimate self-defense against the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, after years of
Palestinian rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon: "What we have seen from this biased, and
unprofessional report I must add, is that it really strips away the right for self-defense
from democracies and gives it to terrorists." The Goldstone report also accuses Hamas of
war crimes, which the group denies, but the focus is on Israel.
In Jerusalem, Ayalon charged the U.N. Human Rights Council has become an instrument of
Palestinian propaganda. "The Palestinians can do whatever they want in this body," Ayalon
said. "And they have the majority there unfortunately, and it really undermines its
credibility and its effectiveness."
Israel fears that the Goldstone report could lead to international war crimes trials
against senior officials. But Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has vowed that Israel
would use every diplomatic and legal means so that would never happen.
Turkey: We Foiled al-Qaida Plot Against Israeli, U.S. Targets
Turkish security forces detained 32 suspected members of the terrorist group Al-Qaida
believed to have been planning attacks on Israeli, U.S. and NATO targets, state-run news
agency Anatolian reported on Thursday.
The suspects were detained in simultaneous raids across eight provinces, it said,
quoting security officials as saying some were believed to have been trained in Al-Qaida
camps in Afghanistan.
Security officials found documents linking the suspects to the outlawed group during
the raids. "Teams from the Istanbul Anti-Terror Squad have launched an operation against
Al-Qaida members found to be planning operations against U.S. and Israeli representative
offices and NATO installations," Anatolian reported.
Auschwitz Museum Launches Facebook Site
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The museum at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in Poland has launched an
official site on the social networking Web site Facebook.
A museum spokesman told the BBC that the purpose of the new site is to reach the
younger generation and to teach them about the Holocaust. Auschwitz also launched a
YouTube channel last year, in pursuit of this new endeavor.
More than a million people were killed at Auschwitz during World War II, 90% of whom
were Jews. "We're always trying for new ways of reaching people, and in today's world one
of the most popular tools is the internet, and on the internet millions of people use
Facebook," Auschwitz Museum official Pawel Sawicki told the BBC.
He was quoted as asking, "If our mission is to educate the younger generation to be
responsible in the contemporary world, what better tool can we use to reach them than the
tools they use themselves?"
Thousands of Hours of Power from New Israeli Battery
A new portable electrochemical battery developed at Haifa's Technion-Israel Institute
of Technology offers users thousands of hours of power for their hearing aids, sensors
and, eventually, cellphones, laptop computers and even electric cars.
The battery, developed by Prof. Yair Ein-Eli of the Technion's materials engineering
department, is based on silicon as a fuel that reverts to its original sand.
The new invention is not rechargeable and ranges from one square centimeter to several
square centimeters. "Think of an electric car battery made from silicon that will turn
into sand that would be recycled into silicon and then into power again," suggested
"This would take about 10 years more and be revolutionary. It could be used in any
portable electronic device or be integrated with solar or wind power as well as electric
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