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Hamas Leader: We Plan to Carry Out Terror from Judea and Samaria


Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar declared on Sunday that the terrorist movement is planning to develop its capabilities to carry out terror attacks against Israel from Judea and Samaria, and that it intends to continue to lead the Palestinian camp which advocates for armed struggle until Israel is destroyed.

Al-Zahar, who spoke in Gaza, said that the movement views the carrying out of terror attacks from Judea and Samaria as important, and plans to use available means and new methods, such as stabbing and hit-and-run attacks, against Israelis.

He further said that in the last war, Hamas' rockets reached as far as Haifa, and that now the time has come to increase the range and destructive power of the missiles so that they can hit any point in Israel. Al-Zahar added that Hamas' terror tunnels destroyed Israel's security strategy as well as its plan to establish a buffer zone along Gaza.

He went on to say that there are two different streams in the Palestinian arena. The first one is represented by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations, and it views Israel as an enemy that must be fought against and believes that armed struggle is the only way to "liberate Palestine" and bring about the return of the refugees.

The second stream, said Al-Zahar, is Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, which sees Israel as a partner for peace and negotiations and believes that only some of the refugees will return to Israel.

The threats of terrorism come just days after Hamas' "military wing" warned of renewed violence unless Israel allows the reconstruction of Gaza. "We are saying to all sides -- if the siege on Gaza and the obstacles for reconstruction remain, there will be a new explosion," said Abu Obeida, a spokesman for the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Iranian Cleric Threatens to 'Raze Tel Aviv, Haifa to the Ground'


A leading Iranian cleric has threatened to "raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground" if Israel attacks the country over its nuclear program. Speaking in a televised public sermon in the capital Tehran, Ayatollah Ali Movahedi-Kermani boasted that "the Sejjil ballistic missile can hit and raise to the ground any place in Israel, as well as any America base in the region." See His comments were translated from Iranian Channel 1 by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Kermani, who serves as Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei's official representative to the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards, claimed that "none of Israel's atomic or missile centers are safe" from Iran's "powerful, fast and awe-inspiring missiles. Even the Iron Dome cannot protect Israel from these missiles," he claimed.

He is, of course, correct; the Iron Dome missile defense system is made to intercept short- and medium-range missiles of the type used by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. Israel's Arrow and David's Sling systems, on the other hand, are designed to intercept long-range ballistic missiles such as the Sejjil.

Despite the aggressive rhetoric, Kermani insisted that "all our (military) means are intended for defense... defense is the right of every country, and even of every person. However, if Israel goes crazy one day and considers attacking Iran... we will, as our supreme leader said, raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground."

Turning to ongoing nuclear negotiations with western powers just over a week before a November 24 deadline for a deal, Kermani said that Iran's military capabilities meant that it was "idiotic to use threats against a country as powerful as Iran," and that "the other side has no choice" but to negotiate. That said, he declared that "Iran will not go back even one step from the R&D and the enrichment of uranium, and will not relinquish its full right to nuclear energy."

Arab Knesset Member There Was No Jewish Temple on Temple Mount

By Israel Hayom

Balad leader MK Jamal Zahalka said at a protest in Kafr Qara that Israeli Arabs would no longer suffer attempts "to harm Al-Aqsa mosque or other [Muslim] holy places. The [Jewish] temple is a myth and nothing more, while Al-Aqsa mosque exists in the here and now."

Zahalka participated in the protest with about 150 people, some of whom were masked, burned tires and clashed with police.

The Kafr Qara demonstration was one of many protests that took place on Friday all over the country, in memory of Kafr Kanna resident Kheir Hamdan, who a week earlier threatened police with a knife and was shot dead.

In Umm al-Fahm, about 1,000 people marched in a protest, including MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad), MK Basel Ghattas (Balad), MK Afu Agbaria (Hadash) and the head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Raad Salah. Many people waived Palestinian Authority flags and condemned the Israeli government.

Several protestors called for the firing of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and said the government is "a government of terror." They also called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas a "traitor" for ongoing security cooperation with Israel. The Umm al-Fahm protest ended without incident.

Israel Sees Sharp Rise in Tourists from Arab States


The warming relations between Israel and the moderate Muslim world on the backdrop of the crisis with Iran and the global jihad threat can be felt in the tourism industry as well.

The past six years have seen a dramatic rise in the number of tourists arriving in Israel from Islamic and Arab states which have no diplomatic ties with the Jewish state. Since 2009, more than 250,000 Muslim and Arab tourists have visited Israel secretly. Almost all of them arrived in the country for religious reasons, but some also for business and shopping.

Some 124,000 tourists came from Indonesia, 81,000 from Jordan, 23,483 from Malaysia, 38 from Saudi Arabia, 168 from the United Arab Emirates and 147 from Qatar and Oman.

Israel has avoided publishing these figures so as not to affect the positive trend. Every visa permit for a tourist from these countries is examined by the Shin Bet before being approved by the Foreign Ministry and the Population and Immigration Authority.

An updated report of the Population and Immigration Authority obtained by Yedioth Ahronoth summarizes the number of tourists who have arrived in Israel from 10 Arab and Muslim countries, only two of which (Jordan and Egypt) have diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

The highest number of tourists arrived from Indonesia – 124,719 visitors in the past six years. The year 2013 saw the arrival of 29,517 tourists from Indonesia, more than three times the number of tourists who arrived from that country in 2009 (9,442).

A total of 23,483 tourists arrived from Malaysia in the past six years. While only 584 arrived in 2009, the number of arrivals from Malaysia jumped to 7,859 in 2013.

The past six years saw the arrival of 168 tourists from the UAE, 38 from Saudi Arabia, 200 from Kuwait, 73 from Qatar (which is known for its support of Hamas) and 73 from Oman. Some 6,440 tourists arrived in Israel from Morocco in the past six years. A total of 2,239 Moroccan tourists have arrived since the beginning of 2014, compared to only 658 in 2009.

The number of tourists from Jordan has nearly doubled since 2009 with 81,575 Jordanian tourists in the past six years. A total of 13,333 tourists arrived from Egypt, including 4,368 since the beginning of 2014 (compared to only 1,018 in 2009).

Kuwait announced last month that it would allow its citizens to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority as part of a tour package with the government's approval. Tourists will fly from Kuwait to Amman, Jordan, and travel to Jerusalem on buses. They will stay in hotels in East Jerusalem, pray at the Temple Mount and shop in Jerusalem and in the Palestinian Authority.

The Kuwaiti foreign minister launched the trips to Israel with a visit to the Temple Mount, which he held in coordination with Israel. Kuwaiti officials stressed that their citizens' visits do not indicate in any way that they are recognizing the State of Israel. The added that the Kuwaiti tourists were expressing their support for the Palestinian people during their visits.

It should be noted that if tourists from these countries ask not to have their passports stamped upon entering or exiting Israel so as not to get in trouble when they enter Arab countries, the state agrees. The Arab and Muslim tourists arrive in Israel both through Ben-Gurion Airport and through the border crossings with Jordan.

Israeli Repeats Circumcision at Age 92


Bashi Gabai of the central Israeli city of Or Yehuda underwent a proper circumcision last week at the age of 92, after learning that the procedure he had gone through when he was eight days old was not performed according to Jewish Law.

This issue has been debated by circumcisers around the world for the past 18 months, after a random conversation provided by the chairman of the Brit Yosef Yitzchak organization, which specializes in circumcisions, revealed that Jews born in the Iranian city of Shiraz had undergone a "hatafat dam" process (in which a drop of blood is extracted from the penis), but that their foreskin was not fully removed as halachically required.

The penalty for not performing a full circumcision is known as "kareth" (spiritual excision from the Jewish nation). As the rumor about the problematic circumcisions spread, a father and his son were examined and pronounced uncircumcised about a year ago. As a result, the other men in their extended family were also examined and one of them was also pronounced uncircumcised. He decided to repeat the circumcision together with his brothers two weeks ago.

"After a short interview, one of the organization's activists asked him if his father was still alive," Rabbi Shimon Moshe Chai Rahamim, an expert circumciser in the Brit Yosef Yitzchak organization, told Ynet. "He said yes, and so we sent an expert circumciser to the father's home in Or Yehuda who discovered that he was completely uncircumcised, as if he had never undergone the process."

Bashi Gabai, the 92-year-old father, immediately agreed to undergo the proper circumcision, Rabbi Rahamim says. The procedure was performed at a medical center in Bat Yam last week under local anesthesia. Bashi was fully conscious and his son-in-law served as his "sandek," a person honored at a Jewish brit milah ceremony. According to the rabbi, there was a lot of excitement during the ceremony and the following meal.

The Brit Yosef Yitzchak organization has 5000 circumcisers and has performed about 62,000 brit ceremonies around the world so far. It is now particularly engaged in the issue of the problematic circumcisions in the city of Shiraz and its surroundings.

"Since the problem has been discovered, we have been encouraging Shiraz natives to have their circumcision examined," Rabbi Rahamim says. "We discovered that the circumcisers there did not perform the procedure properly."

So far, nearly 200 Shiraz natives, aged 25 to 92, have been examined and had their circumcision corrected by Rabbi Shlomo Mahfoud, one of the most important Sephardic rabbis.

"The organization is appealing to other Jews who were circumcised by the Shiraz circumcisers, who also performed the procedure in the city of Yazd and its surroundings, to get examined by Rabbi Shlomo Mahfoud, who is an expert in examining adult

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