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`Foreign Minister Lieberman warns. `Israel Will Go to War if Hizbullah Gets Chemical
Israel is prepared to intervene militarily if Hizbullah gets a hold of Assad's chemical
weapons, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned in Brussels on Tuesday.
"In the moment we see that the Syrians transfer chemical and biological weapons to
Hizbullah, this is a red line for us and from our point of view it`s a clear `casus
belli,'" Lieberman said, using the Latin expression justifying war. "We will act
decisively and without hesitation or restraint. It will be a completely different ball
game and we hope for the understanding of the international community."
He added that Israel knows that the terrorist organization wants "to achieve [access
to] chemical and biological weapons."
Syria admitted on Tuesday that it has chemical weapons but said it would use them only
if an outside force intervenes in the raging civil war that seems to have all but toppled
the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Opposition forces said Assad has moved chemical weapons to the northern border, despite
official declarations that Syria would "never" use chemical weapons inside its own
The EU considers Hizbullah a political party, regardless of its military activities.
The European Union rejected Israel's request that it categorize Hizbullah as a terrorist
Cypriot Foreign Minister Gujarat Cossack-Marcolis, who presently holds the EU's
rotating presidency, said "there is no consensus on the issue, because Hizbullah also has
an active political arm." She added that the matter is open for reconsideration if
"tangible evidence" that Hizbullah is involved in terrorist activity can be brought.
Lieberman had requested the EU classify Hizbullah as a terrorist organization after
last week's deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israelis and wounded scores
more. "It's time to declare Hizbullah as a terrorist organization," Lieberman told the EU.
"It will signal to the Israeli public that the international community stands for what is
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu immediately charged Iran and its proxy Hizbullah were
behind the attack. "This has great significance and demonstrates that Iran and Hizbullah
are responsible for a wave of terror operations on this continent (Europe)," he said. This
"wave of Iranian terrorism by Hizbullah we are encountering will bring about determined
Mossad chief Tamir Pardo and Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen briefed the cabinet earlier this
week, saying they were ramping up intelligence operations against Iran and Hizbullah
around the world. They noted that Iran and Hizbullah had targeted Israelis in more than 20
countries around the world the past two years, though the vast majority of attempts had
failed, or been thwarted.
Also this week, IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee that Israel had thwarted at least 15 attacks targeting Israelis abroad
prior to last week's bombing. While Hizbullah claims it does not carry out terror attacks,
Western and Israeli officials have long blamed Hizbullah for direct involvement in, or
orchestrating by proxy.
`Gas Masks Remain in High Demand
Israel is technically at war with Syria and occupies the Golan Heights. While they have
not traded blows in three decades, the Assad government's disclosure suggested there would
be no holds barred if its survival were to be threatened by foreign forces.
Underpinning Israel's concerns are holes in its home front defenses exposed during the
2006 Lebanon war by Hezbollah rockets. Those rockets are dwarfed by Syria's Scud missiles.
Since being hit by Iraqi Scuds during the 1991 Gulf war, Israel has required new homes be
built with dual-use fortified rooms that can be sealed off as bomb shelters. But around a
fifth of citizens still lack these or a public shelter in reach.
Gas masks are another precaution. Some critics say the kits, costing the state $60 to $175
are a pricey item with limited value against nerve agents.
But Israelis are taking up the offer, just in case. "There's a smell of chemical weapons
in the air, the sense that a war could be triggered," said Maya Knobler, 65, who collected
masks for herself and her daughter in a shopping mall in Mevasseret Zion, a town outside
The Israel Postal Company, which distributes them for the military, said 3,700 gas masks
were handed out on Monday, up from the daily average of 2,200. "The increase was without a
doubt connected to Syria," said company spokesman Merav Lapidot. She said there had been
swings in demand in the past and she knew of no orders to boost supply now. Of Israel's
7.8 million citizens, 4.2 million had been kitted out, Lapidot said, and the rest would be
reached within six months.
Among detractors of the drive was Amos Yadlin, former commander of Israel's military
intelligence. "I think that the panic which is being instilled in the public concerning
Syrian chemical weapons is superfluous and it would be best to turn down the volume," said
Yadlin, who runs Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies.
"Against the non-conventional threat it would be better to best to play up Israel's
deterrent factor," he told Army radio, in an apparent reference to superior Israeli
weaponry including missile shields and what is thought to be the region's only atomic
Austrian Governor Bans Religious Circumcision
The governor of Voralberg province in Austria has instructed hospitals to halt
non-medical circumcisions until the "legal situation is clarified" in his country. The
decision by Gov. Markus Wallner came after a German regional court ruled ritual
circumcision amounted to criminal bodily harm.
Two hospitals in Switzerland last week also cited the German ruling when then announced
that they would temporarily stop performing circumcisions. Administrators at the
Children's Hospital in Zurich and the Hospital of St. Gaulle in northeast Switzerland
explained to AFP that that the decision was taken in order to "review the ethical and
legal implications of non-medical circumcisions."
For his part, Wallner says he sees the German court's decision, which rose from a case
where the religious circumcision of a child led to medical complications, as
However, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, Berlin's Federal Constitutional Court, has yet to
rule on whether ritual circumcision is protected under the principal of religious freedom
Critics of Wallner's decision say that even if the Bundesverfassungsgericht were to
uphold the ban on non-medical circumcisions, Austria's own courts could well issue a
The present ban on non-medical circumcisions in Voralberg does not apply to physicians
in private practice, or lay-experts within the Jewish community. According to local health
officials, only one of two circumcisions are performed for religious in Viralberg's
hospitals each month.
Baby-Eating Zionist Lizard on 'Peace Partner' TV
Palestinian Authority Television promoted paintings that would have pleased Adolf
Hitler 10 days ago. The art, which combined bas-relief with paint and resembles Egyptian
hieroglyphic art, depicts lizard-headed ogres wearing Jewish kippot, impaling Arab
children on bayonets and eating them up.
The segment was monitored, recorded and translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). See http://youtu.be/pcSY0OLik7E
The PA TV host asked the artist, Abd Al-Hai Msallam, to discuss one of his paintings
"dealing with the Palestinian nation's problems such as the Gaza massacres." The artist
said that the painting "is about the Gaza massacre... and the Zionist enemy's cruelty and
The painting shows a lizard-man impaling Arab children on his bayonet and eating them
one by one. On the lower right, dead children are piled up to be eaten and two baby
lizard-men are also shown eating children. The three monsters wear kippot with a Star of
The scene takes place in the ogre's underground lair, under cactuses that are growing
on the surface. A Star of David is also painted on the lock of the lair, and the butt of
the ogre's gun is imprinted with the letters "U.S.A."
PMW filed the interview under the headings of "Demonization of Jews/Israelis...
Animalization and dehumanization."
Iran Denies Athletes will Compete Against Israelis
By YnetNews.com and IsraelNationalNews.com
Iranian media on Tuesday denied a report quoting the head of the Iranian Olympic
Mission as saying that Iranian athletes would compete against Israelis at the London
"In a satanic step, Zionist media published the words of the head of Iran's Olympic
Mission who announced that the Iranian athletes will compete against the Zionist regime's
representatives at the Olympics," a Fars news agency report said. The report was quoted by
other Iranian media outlets.
Fars claimed the Bahram Afsharzadeh's words were taken out of context. "He said nothing
on the matter and did not name Israel," Fars said. Afsharzadeh's statements gained
widespread attention around the world Monday after the Associated Press suggested they
were a sign that Tehran was changing its traditional boycott policy against Israeli
The statements appear to be a carefully planned move by Iran aiming to show a peaceful
exterior amid the ongoing conflict between Iran and the West. The Iranians might also have
taken into account the fact that an actual Iranian-Israeli face-off was unlikely to occur
at the London Games.
And in other Olympic Games news, many members of the London Jewish community turned out
in the early morning to watch Goldstein carry the Olympic Torch for 330 meters,
approximately 1080 feet, in southeast London.
The British Jewish Defense League website described Goldstein as being so excited he
felt like was in "flames." He is 22 years old, and has started up and worked with
charities since the age of 16, including the London Shomrim organization, which has 300
The League noted he carried the torch in memory of the 11 Israelis who were massacred
in the Munich Olympics in 1972. The International Olympics Committee, which includes more
than 40 Muslim representatives, has refused to allow the opening ceremony next week to
include a one-minute silence in memory of the murdered athletes.
Goldstein told the League, "He told us he wanted people to know that he wanted to pay
homage to the 11 Israelis that were murdered by the Palestinian terrorists during the
Munich games in 1972, so we designed a banner to express his wishes."
"It's an honor and a privilege to carry the torch," Goldstein said. "It's a unique
opportunity in life and I'm very happy to be part of it."
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