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PA Removes Jewish Tour Guide from Congressman's Tour


Jordan closed Bethlehem to Christians from 1949 until 1967 when Israel opened the gates. Now the Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, prohibited a Jewish guide from attending a Congressman's tour.

Allen West (R-FL) said "When we went to Bethlehem to visit the birthplace of Jesus- a Jew- our group was not allowed to have our regular Jewish guides or bus drivers because Israeli citizens are not allowed in Bethlehem or the ancient city of Jericho."

PA Terror Attack in Tel Aviv Targeted 2,000 Teenagers


Police prevented a huge catastrophe by stopping a Palestinian Authority terrorist who wounded eight people at a Tel Aviv nightclub patronized by approximately 2,000 young people.

Border Police had been preparing for terrorist attacks, and their presence enabled them to stop the terrorist, hailing from Shechem (Nablus) in the Shomron (Samaria), before he could continue his assault with a knife. The police "prevented a big disaster," said Police Commander Yochanan Danino.

Dozens of police officers brought down the terrorist, age 25, after he hijacked a taxicab, wounding its driver, and was surprised by a police roadblock, which he slammed into. He then drove on for another half a mile. He then reached a nightclub holding approximately 2,000 young people at a party and continued knifing his victims for a short while until police, alert to his presence and therefore out in numbers, apprehended him.

One Border Police officer suffered wounds in his neck, and the taxi driver was cut on his hands when he tried to yank the knife away from the terrorist. All of those wounded suffered light to moderate injuries.

The Palestinian Authority has not commented on the terrorist attack. Shechem, from where the terrorist arrived, is under control by the Palestinian Authority, which is committed to dismantling the terrorist infrastructure. "The incident was further proof of the motivation of terrorists to attack," Danino said.

The attack still is under investigation, but the Public Security Minister said that the terrorist appears to have acted on his own, bearing out warnings from intelligence officers that "lone terrorists," without direct involvement of a terrorist organization, are prepared to carry out attacks at any time throughout the country.

Eilat on High Alert for Possible Terrorist Attack


Israeli soldiers and security personnel scoured the Negev Desert Monday night, searching for terrorists in the Eilat area. The IDF was operating on high alert over the possibility of an attack in the same area in which eight people were murdered and 40 others were wounded in a multi-pronged terrorist operation less than two weeks ago.

The attack, carried out by the Palestinian Authority's Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) terrorist organization, ignited a daily barrage of rocket and mortar attacks launched from Gaza that has since sent families racing for bomb shelters as sirens wail and "Red Alert" is broadcast across southern Israel.

Extra personnel were out in force patrolling the Eilat area Monday night. Instructions were also issued to drivers on the roads on what to do in case of an attack, according to a report broadcast on Channel 2 TV.

In addition, some 1,500 additional Egyptian security personnel were authorized by Israel, a procedure mandated in the Oslo Accords, to enter the Sinai Peninsula to search for terrorist gangs who were reported to be in the area, Voice of Israel state-run radio reported earlier in the day.

Israeli Officials: Gaza Palestinians Received Libyan Anti-Aircraft Missiles

By Reuters

Palestinians in Gaza have acquired anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets from Libya during its six-month civil war, enlarging but not significantly improving their arsenal, Israeli officials said on Monday.

While the rebellion against Muammar Gadhafi has stirred concern abroad about the fate of Libya's ageing chemical weapons stockpiles, Israel has no indication Hamas or other Palestinian factions have sought these, the officials said.

Instead, Israeli officials have detected an inflow of SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), said one official, describing an overland supply route that opened up between eastern Libya - after it fell to the rebels - and the Gaza Strip via Egypt. "We've been seeing more SA-7s and RPGs coming across," said the official. "It's not a major qualitative enhancement for them."

The Soviet-designed SA-7 is a shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missile which Israel said Palestinians had previously smuggled into Gaza. Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), designed to penetrate armor, are plentiful in the territory.

Another Israeli official said "thousands" of the weapons had reached Gaza in recent months, but did not provide figures on how many had originated in Libya.

Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which borders both Israel and Gaza, has long seen traffic in arms bound for Palestinians. The weapons come up through Sudan or arrive by ship via the Mediterranean.

State television reported in Cairo on Monday that Egyptian border guards had discovered "a large quantity" of weapons at the border with Libya, giving no more details. Hamas, an Islamist group that governs Gaza, and smaller armed factions declined comment on the Israeli statements.

Former IAF Commander Recommends Online Warfare


A former commander of the Israeli Air Force recently suggested that Israel take advantage of the possibility of planting online viruses as a method of combat. Maj. Gen. (res.) David Ivry made the comments in a special panel held by the Israel Defense Magazine, along with Maj. Gen. (res.) Yiftah Ron-Tal and Maj. Gen (res.) David Ben Ba'ashat.

"Today, when considering using military force, one should take into consideration aspects that did not exist before," Ivry said. "In the online era one has to consider planting a virus or worm as a deterrent before a military operation is carried out."

Ivry stressed, however, that "one should never give up on a military option, because the worm may not fulfill all the expectations. However, where possible, why go to war in the physical world if you can get the same results in the online world? With correct thinking and intelligent planning you can do almost anything in the online world."

He described the current trends which the IDF must deal with, including the geo-political changes in the region, and noted among the trends "the intensive use of space and cyberspace."

"Space is part of the online war," added Ivry, "and we should expand the scope of investment in this field. Cyberspace is substantially the same as classical electronic warfare. The biggest challenge in this field is to develop new systems quickly. If you do not protect yourself well enough, you'll find yourself paralyzed by new technology. Technological infrastructures should be prepared based on the industry." More on this topic

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