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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

By DEBKAfile

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 benefit.

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

By Reuters

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 Ein-Eli.

"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 energy."

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