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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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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