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US to China: Stop Helping Iran Develop Nukes
The Washington Post reports that the United States believes that Chinese companies are
helping Iran in its efforts to produce nuclear weapons and improve its missile
A senior administration official told the newspaper that Washington has asked Beijing
to stop helping Iran's nuclear program. The request was made by a delegation of US State
Department officials visiting China.
Netanyahu Agrees to Amend Loyalty Oath
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to amend the proposed bill that would
require new citizens to pledge loyalty to a "Jewish and democratic State of Israel." While
the bill approved by the cabinet last week only requires non-Jews to swear loyalty upon
receiving citizenship, the amended bill would require Jews who become citizens to recite
the pledge, too.
The Prime Minister has asked Justice Minister Ya'akov Ne'eman to prepare a new version
of the bill that would include Jews. Ne'eman had come out in favor of this change in the
cabinet meeting last Sunday, but the cabinet did not immediately accept his proposal and
voted in favor of the previous version, that exempted Jews from the oath.
Jewish people gain automatic citizenship in Israel, based on the Law of Return. Israel
was established as a Jewish State after nearly 2,000 years in which the Jews were
stateless. Therefore, citizenship of the new state was based on Jewish identity, but
eligibility for the Law of Return was not limited to those who were Jewish halakhically,
as established by the Jewish religion. Judaism is defined as both a religion and
Some analysts said that Netanyahu made the decision to change the bill after the
original measure came under criticism within Israel and outside it. Netanyahu's bureau
denied this, however, and explained that he had favored Ne'eman's proposal from the
Thousands of Arabs and leftists marched against the original bill in Tel Aviv Saturday
night and called it racist. However, not just left-wingers and Arabs opposed the bill. MK
Michael Ben-Ari, who is among the Knesset's most right-wing members, also opined that Jews
should be required to take the oath. The march in Tel Aviv only proved this point, he
said: "Today they march against the loyalty oath and tomorrow they will march against the
national anthem and call it racist."
Netanyahu: Gaza Terrorists Could Fire Missiles at Airliners
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Monday afternoon that terrorists could fire
anti-aircraft missiles at airliners arriving in Israel, if their flight path came close to
Netanyahu told Likud party members at a special meeting that he was reluctant to agree
to any final status deal with the Palestinian Authority that did not include firm security
arrangements. "Today we are experiencing difficulty flying close to Gaza, since [the
terrorists] possess anti-aircraft missiles," the prime minister explained during the
"Imagine if there were no security arrangements, and there would be missiles that could
bring down an aircraft while it is en route to Ben Gurion International Airport. We need
to find a long-term solution," he said.
Netanyahu also remarked on an interview with Palestinian Authority Chairman and Fatah
leader Mahmoud Abbas, broadcast Sunday on Israel's Channel One television, and the irony
of such a conversation being held in such close proximity, through the media, while it is
so difficult to arrange a similar conversation between the two leaders directly.
"I would rather talk to him face to face," the prime minister commented. "The interview
took place seven minutes from here. In order to reach an agreement, we must overcome
One such barrier, he added, is the conflict over Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria,
and the parts of Jerusalem the PA insists on claiming for the new country it hopes to
"The debate on construction is simply an artificial obstacle," Netanyahu said. "Even
the Palestinians say the construction is not significant, and barely has any effect on a
final status map. I say it has no impact at all. If the Palestinians want to continue the
conflict, they can find a way. But if they want to solve it, I have solutions."
First and foremost, however, said Netanyahu, the PA must be willing to recognize Israel
as a Jewish state. "Not just a statement that they are willing to recognize this at the
end of the conflict, but recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people,"
What matters is the PA's willingness to resolve the conflict, he added. "If they are
willing, the conflict will be resolved... I hope the Palestinians make the right choice
because this will be good for us, and good for them."
Algerian Newspaper Claims Torah Scroll Includes Name of Mohammed
A new Muslim claim surpasses all boundaries: an Algerian paper reports that an old
Torah scroll found near Temple Mount includes the name of Mohammed. However, the reporter
apparently has mixed up his understanding of "scrolls" and Hebrew adjectives.
This latest claim, reported in the Algerian Al Nahar newspaper by Ahmed Ibrahem Buray,
alleges that "the political circles, religious groups in Israel were shaken last week over
the impact of the discovery of the largest known history of the Jews fraught with
distortions in the Scriptures...and the fake people of God."
Buray wrote that the "Torah scroll" was found in a corner of the Old City near the Al
Aqsa mosque, located on the Temple Mount where the Jewish Temples once stood. Buray added
in Al Nahar, "The miracle of God came to frustrate their [the Jews'] opponents and their
claims... The original copy of the Torah written in Hebrew - according to sources familiar
with it - belongs to the second century AD, the oldest ever."
However, it turns out that Buray's supposed citing of the term "Mohammed" is not from
the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, but is from the Song of Solomon, one of the five
"scrolls" in the section of the Bible commonly referred to as "Writings," and is actually
the corruption of a Hebrew adjective. The other four "scrolls" are the Scrolls of Esther,
Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Ruth.
Buray's claim duplicates another report he filed several weeks ago that a documentary
film in Britain confirms scientific proof that Mohammed's name appears in the Hebrew
adjective "makhmad," meaning "lovely" or "delightful." This adjective appears in the Song
of Songs and in later Jewish poetry, and the name Mohammed may be based on it.
Undaunted by the Hebrew phrase, he explained that the "distorted" Hebrew version is
from the eighth century and that it replaced the name "Mohammed" with "makhmad."
Buray also reported that the scroll was discovered in excavations, was turned over to
the Chief Rabbinate and that its authenticity was verified. He stated that three
unidentified "rabbis" in San Francisco translated the scroll into Arabic.
His allegations follow Muslim allegations over the last several years that the "binding
of Isaac," as described in the Torah, actually refers to Ishmael, the son of Abraham and
Sarah's maidservant Hagar. The Arab world has followed this up with assertions that the
First and Second Holy Temples never existed. They also claim that the Western Wall, the
remaining outer wall surrounding the ancient Temple courtyard, really was a hitching post
for the horse of the prophet Mohammed.
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