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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
Ahmadinejad Addresses Hizbullah Rally in Lebanon
By VOA News, IsraelNationalNews.com & 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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