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Israel to Unveil World's Smallest Missile


Israel's Rafael Defense Systems will unveil the world's smallest military missile at the annual Eurosatory "Land and Airland Defense and Security" exhibition in Paris next week, Israel Defense reports.

The Mini-Spike electro-optic guided missile is the first missile to implement an anti-personnel precision attack missile. It has range of approximately three quarters of a mile (1.5 km) and is intended for deployment against enemy forces in shelters or trenches.

The entire missile weighs only 8.8 pounds (4 kilograms) and uses wireless communications to view and guide the missile to its target. The Mini-Spike is less than 30 inches long, and a soldier can carry four of them in one carrier. Another soldier carries the launch system.

Rafael also will display at Eurosatory the Iron Dome system that intercepts short-range rockets.

Israel's Foreign Ministry Condemns Violence Against African Migrants


The Foreign Ministry issued an unprecedented statement on Monday in which it harshly condemned the recent violence against African migrants living in Israel.

Referring to an arson attack on Sunday against an apartment rented by Eritrean migrants, the statement said, "There is no justification [for] such a heinous crime that puts people's lives in harm's way... No person has the right to violate the law and resort to violence against others, certainly not to endanger lives, for any reason whatsoever. Law and ethics prohibit any injury to the other, the guest and the foreigner. Jewish history compels us to take exceptional caution on these matters," it urged.

The statement was the first denunciation of violence by the Foreign Ministry against African migrants in Israel. Earlier on Monday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman harshly criticized Interior Minister Eli Yishai for his statements against African migrants.

During a conference in Eilat, Lieberman defined the Africans in Israel as "migrant workers" as opposed to "asylum seekers" and said that statements that come out against the African migrants, such as Yishai's, harm the Foreign Ministry's efforts to reach agreements with their countries of origin.

Dershowitz: Israel Should Propose Settlement Freeze to Restart Peace Talks

By Ha'aretz

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should propose a conditional freeze on settlement building in the West Bank in order to bring the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, Harvard law professor and prominent Israel supporter Alan Dershowitz wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

"Now that Israel has a broad and secure national unity government, the time is ripe for that government to make a bold peace offer to the Palestinian Authority," Dershowitz wrote.

Acknowledging the failure of a 10-month freeze on settlement construction in 2009, Dershowitz suggested that Israel offer to freeze all building in West Bank settlements "as soon as the Palestinian Authority sits down at the bargaining table, and the freeze will continue as long as the talks continue in good faith."

Such a move would leave the Palestinian side with "no further excuse for refusing the Israeli offer to try to resolve the conflict," while also testing the Israeli government's commitment, as the latter "would no longer have the excuse that any freeze would risk toppling a fragile coalition that relies on right-wingers."

In the piece, Dershowitz said he had recently proposed the idea to a "high-ranking Israeli official," who, he said, reacted positively but stressed the difficulty of imposing an absolute freeze on areas where Israeli families live.

"Both sides say they want peace," Dershowitz wrote. "I have repeatedly heard the view that 'everyone' knows what a pragmatic, compromise resolution will look like." Thus, he said, taking the controversial settlement freeze issue out of the equation could remove one of the most significant obstacles to real negotiations between the sides.

Dershowitz has been one of Israel's most outspoken defenders in the United States, frequently arguing in favor of Israeli government policies in public appearances and debates. In his 2005 book The Case for Peace, Dershowitz argued in support of the two-state solution, including a Palestinian state in Gaza and most of the West Bank, and divided sovereignty over greater Jerusalem.

'Jew,' the New Taunt of the Euro 2012 Championships


Supporters of England's Metalist Kharkiv team are being warned against traveling to the Ukraine for the European Soccer Championship, set to kick off June 8, for fears that they risk being attacked by Nazi mobs. Britain's Foreign Office's Euro 2012 travel advice warns: "Those of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals from religious minorities should take extra care" this year as they consider whether to attend the highly anticipated championship.

Both England and France have a following of hardcore, dedicated fans known as `Ultras' – a name given to football fans who put on displays of support using homemade banners, flares and chanting. Most notable, however, is their perpetual violence against foreigners.

"This is a country where football fans use the word Jew as an insult. In a match at Krakow, both sets of Ultras are caged like animals in their terraces behind metal fencing," wrote Chris Rodgers in an article published in The Daily Mail. "The Ultras supporting the team of Wisla are taunting their local rivals calling them Jewish `******' Many wear T-shirts with anti-Semitic slogans."

Fans can also be seen wearing custom-made T-shirts with the slogans such as `National Army Against The Jews'. In the supporter's bar, the bartender greets fans with a Nazi salute and customers can see a huge mural of the Celtic cross, often adopted as a symbol of white supremacy, on the wall, the newspaper reported.

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has downplayed the security concerns of many Europeans planning to travel to the country for the championship, including a warning by former English soccer captain Sol Campbell who warned fans to "stay at home, watch it on TV. Don't even risk it… because you could end up coming back in a coffin." When the Metalist team scores, hundreds of Ultras punch their chests, salute and shout `Sieg Heil!' Of their Nazi `Hail Victory' gesture. Fans, however, insist that `It's just a bit of fun.'

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