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Most US Jews Support Military Strike on Iran


A new poll has found that most American Jews support a military strike on Iran to stop it from acquiring nuclear weapons. Some 72% believe there is "little" or "no" chance that a combination of diplomacy and sanctions can stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, while 23% believe these approaches do have a chance.

59% support, and 35% oppose, U.S. military action to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Meanwhile 70% would support Israeli military action, while 26% are opposed.

Ahmadinejad Addresses Hizbullah Rally in Lebanon

By VOA News, & DPA

Tens of thousands of people gathered at a soccer field in southern Beirut, Wednesday, as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed a rally for the terrorist group Hizbullah.

Ahmadinejad criticized Israel, accusing the Jewish state of violating Palestinian rights by carrying out indiscriminate killings and attacking aid convoys in international waters. He also called Lebanon a "school" of resistance against, in his words, the world's "tyrants."

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah addressed the crowd via video link. The French News Agency (AFP) said he voiced support for the Iranian leader's assertion that Israel is "illegitimate" and should cease to exist.

The United States criticized the controversial visit that widened a political divide in Lebanon. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the trip shows the Iranian leader is continuing his "provocative ways" as he leads his country into more economic distress as a result of international sanctions.

The Iranian president has called frequently for Israel's destruction. Israel accuses the Iranian government of trying to develop nuclear weapons and views a nuclear-armed Iran as an existential threat. Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful.

Earlier Wednesday Ahmadinejad praised Lebanon for what he called its "resistance" to Israel. During a news conference with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, he also called for an end to what he characterized as Israel's "occupation" of Lebanese and Palestinian lands.

Suleiman called for strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries. Iran is a major donor country to Lebanon and is expected to invest $450 million into Lebanon's energy and water sectors.

Some members of Lebanon's pro-Western parliamentary majority have criticized Ahmadinejad's support of Hizbullah and accused him of portraying Lebanon as "an Iranian base on the Mediterranean."

On Thursday, Mr. Ahmadinejad tours southern Lebanon, where he will inspect villages damaged in Hizbullah's 2006 war with Israel. He is expected to visit a border area where Hizbullah supporters throw stones toward the Israeli side.

Ahmadinejad wants to visit the southern Lebanese border with Israel to show that Israel "doesn't have the guts" to shoot him, according to Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University.

During his planned tour of southern Lebanon, the expert said, Ahmadinejad can be expected to extol the "resistance" of Lebanon against Israel and to express a wish that Israel will one day completely vanish.

Far-right MK Aryeh Eldad called Wednesday for the assassination of Ahmadinejad, and to use his current visit to Lebanon as the opportunity to do so. "On the eve of World War II, had there been a man who had succeeded in assassinating (Nazi German dictator Adolf) Hitler, he would have changed the course of history and for certain the course of the Jewish people," said Eldad, of the National Union party.

"The state of Israel, which was founded so that the Jewish people would always responsible for its own fate and never again face the danger of extermination, is today in a position to assassinate, in southern Lebanon, the man who delegitimizes our very existence and threatens to annihilate us.

"To assassinate Ahmadinejad today is like assassinating Hitler in 1939," he told Israel Radio. The National Union is a small opposition party with four mandates in the 120-seat Knesset, Israel's parliament.

Helen Thomas Blames Israel in New Interview


Veteran journalist Helen Thomas, 90, gave an interview that aired Wednesday, her first since resigning in June due to backlash over her statement that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine." Thomas stood by her remarks, and accused "them" – apparently a reference to Israelis – of distorting her remarks.

Thomas defended the statements she made in June, which included a demand that Israeli Jews "go home" to Poland, Germany and America. The statements were "exactly what I thought," she told radio interviewer Scott Spears. She added, "I hit the third rail. You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive."

She accused "them" – an apparent reference to Israel – of putting her remarks in a bad light. "They distorted my remarks, which they obviously have to do for their own propaganda purposes, otherwise people might wonder why they continue to take Palestinian land," she said.

Thomas said "Baloney," to the suggestion that she may be anti-Semitic, and expressed hope that she will be remembered for "integrity, honesty, and my belief in good journalism."

She also criticized senior figures in United States politics, calling Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "a hawk," and saying, "I thought women in politics would have more compassion, be more liberal." She described the possibility that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will run for president as "a national tragedy."

Thomas made headlines in June for her statements that Jews do not belong in the Land of Israel. The statements were made in an impromptu interview with Rabbi David Nessenoff.

At the time Thomas, a veteran White House correspondent and then-reporter for Hearst newspapers, expressed regret for her remarks. "I deeply regret my comments... They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance," she said.

While Thomas' remarks were widely condemned, she later received a lifetime achievement award from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Polish Jews Find Their Roots


After the Holocaust destroyed Polish Jewry, many Jews in Poland still hide or are unaware of their identity. Some now are rediscovering their roots and making trips to Israel

Before the Holocaust, Jews in Poland numbered some three million. According to Shavei Israel, there are some 4,000 Jews in Poland today, though it is thought that others still hide their Jewish identity or are simply unaware of it.

In recent years, many Jews who lost all connection with Judaism or even converted to Christianity because of ignorance and anti-Semitism in Poland are returning to their Jewish roots. Some hid their Judaism from the communist authorities and now feel free to regain their family's lost identity.

In addition, young Jews who were adopted by Catholic families and institutions during the Holocaust and had no knowledge of their Jewish roots are being exposed to their Jewish past in various ways.

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