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US Rebuffs Israel's Last-Ditch Bid for Nuclear Constraints in Iran Accord
If approved into law, the bill voted in by a majlis majority Sunday would ban
international nuclear inspectors' access to Iran's military sites and scientists, and
require the lifting of all sanctions upon the signing of a final nuclear accord which is
scheduled for June 30.
The parliamentary vote merely formalized a concession already made by Washington for
inspections to be restricted to nuclear sites allowed by Tehran. Iran would justify
barring inspectors from military sites - where secret nuclear detonation tests are
suspected of taking place - simply by refusing to designate them nuclear facilities.
Israel's National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen was invited to join two top US officials
for dinner in Washington on June 15 to try and make Israel's case for amending the
disastrous nuclear accord taking shape in Vienna between the six world powers and Iran,
before it was too late.
This meeting is reported here by DEBKAfile for the first time. It was hosted by US
National Security Adviser Susan Rice and senior US nuclear negotiator Undersecretary of
State Wendy Sherman. The occasion was arranged by CIA Director John Brennan at the end of
his visit to Jerusalem in the first week of June. He had come to offer senior Israelis,
led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a behind-the-scenes briefing on the provisions
the Obama administration had accepted for the final nuclear accord with Iran due to be
signed by June 30.
This briefing was greeted in Jerusalem with shock and alarm. Very few of the conditions
for a deal stipulated by the US upon embarking on the negotiations had survived: Iran
would continue to enrich uranium, be allowed to bar international inspections of military
facilities suspected of hosting nuclear research activity. Israeli officials heard this
for the first time - the Iranian UCF facility at Isfahan would be expanded. This plant is
engaged in the conversion of "yellow cake" to enriched nuclear material.
They also discovered that President Obama, who had originally promised the deal would
provide for "snapping sanctions back" in the event of violations, had assured Tehran that
once sanctions were lifted, they would not be re-imposed.
Netanyahu asked Brennan for time to digest the full extent of the Obama
administration's retreat in the face of Iran's nuclear aspirations. He then asked for his
national security adviser to be given a chance to propose changes that would allay some of
Israel's concerns. Brennan quickly set up a date for Cohen to be received in
DEBKAfile's Washington sources reveal that at the dinner in Washington, the Israeli
official tried a new tack with his hostesses, Rice and Sherman. On the understanding that
the main clauses of the nuclear accord had been finalized and gone past the stage of
amendment, he nonetheless suggested a number of insertions in the various clauses that
would make it a better deal for American as well as Israeli security.
Rice and Sherman politely allowed him to finish talking and then turned his proposals
US and Israeli official sources agree that the invitation to Cohen had not been intended
for any serious discussion between the two governments on the Iranian nuclear issue. The
two top American officials dealing with the nuclear question barely heard a word that
Cohen said. His journey to Washington was a complete waste of time.
Bus Attacked by Rocks and Firebombs in Binyamin Region
Arabs on Sunday evening threw rocks and firebombs at a bus that was traveling the
communities of Adam and the Arab village of Hizma on Highway 437 in the Binyamin region.
The driver of the bus was lightly injured in the attack and several passengers were
treated for shock. Magen David Adom paramedics who were called to the scene evacuated the
injured driver to the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem.
Dvir Adani, a volunteer paramedic with United Hatzalah, said that "I drove behind the
bus and came across several young people who were standing on the side of the road and
threw rocks and firebombs, both at my car as well as at the bus. The bus driver continued
driving despite being lightly injured by broken glass. The windshield of the bus sustained
"I called additional forces of the army and police and kept driving until the bus
pulled over near the community of Adam," he continued. "Along with other volunteers we
provided care to the bus driver and several passengers who had suffered a panic attack and
minor injuries from glass shards, there is no doubt that by a miracle, a disaster was
IDF forces are searching the area in an attempt to locate the rioters. The attack on
Sunday evening came several hours after a border policeman was left seriously wounded in a
stabbing attack in Jerusalem, close to the Old City's Damascus Gate.
The victim, aged 20, is in critical condition and fighting for his life, with stab
wounds to his neck. Paramedics performed emergency first aid at the scene, and then
transferred him to Jerusalem's Shaare Tzedek hospital for further treatment. The terrorist
was transferred to Hadassah hospital in critical condition, and died of his wounds shortly
afterwards. He has been identified as an 18-year-old resident of Judea and Samaria.
On Friday afternoon, two Israeli hikers were gunned down by an Arab terrorist near the
town of Dolev in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem. One of the victims, 25-year-old
Danny Gonen of Lod, central Israel, died of his wounds shortly after. The second victim, a
friend of Gonen's also from Lod, was hospitalized with light-to-moderate gunshot wounds to
In that attack, the two men had just left a natural spring in the area, and had driven
around 300 meters before a Palestinian Arab man flagged them down, ostensibly asking for
their assistance. As soon as they stopped, the terrorist shot them at point-blank range
and escaped to a nearby Arab village.
Some of the "gestures," or concessions, that Israel gave Palestinian Arabs for the month
of Ramadan have been cancelled following the stabbing of a Border Policeman and the murder
of a Jewish man in Samaria Friday.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon instructed the
defense establishment to cancel entry permits into Israel for all residents of Sa'ir, the
village near Hebron from which the stabber came. In addition, 500 permits to fly abroad
through Ben Gurion Airport were canceled.
The Defense Ministry announced last Tuesday that it is making unprecedented "gestures"
and is letting in hundreds of Arab residents of Gaza, Judea and Samaria to pray at the
Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount the holiest site in Judaism for the
Muslim month of Ramadan.
Arab men aged over 40 and all Arab women in Judea-Samaria will have access to the
Mount, and 800 Arab residents of Gaza will be allowed in for Friday prayers. Another 500
Arabs in Judea-Samaria will be let into Gaza, and 300 Palestinian Arabs living abroad will
be allowed into Gaza to visit family..
"For the first time, the arrival of worshipers will be allowed via bus directly from
the city centers to the Temple Mount," Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai announced, indicating that
Arab residents of Judea and Samaria will have direct access from their cities in a
"first," with security checks presumably being conducted there by Palestinian Authority
(PA) security forces.
Israeli Kicked off Plane Says Muslim Stewardess Bullied Him
Yossi Davidov, the well-known Israeli photographer booted off an Austrian Airlines
flight to Tel Aviv for "unruly behavior" on Tuesday, gave his side of the story in an
interview with Channel 2 published Sunday.
According to Davidov, the dispute over the weight of his camera equipment began when a
Muslim flight attendant purposely singled him, as well as his three companions, out to
bully. "In this case, we fell into the hands of a Muslim flight attendant who decided to
abuse us," Davidov asserted. "She told us that our bags were too big and that she could
not fit them on the plane."
Davidov and his friends refused and boarded the plane despite the flight attendant's
objections. She then called the police, leading to Davidov and his friend's arrest. "I
asked her 'why are you abusing us?' And she answered that she'd learned it from us [i.e.
Israelis - ed.]. 'For years you've been doing it,' she said to me. After she said that, I
couldn't control myself."
Although Davidov acknowledged his angry reaction, and apologized for it, he stressed,
"it is advisable for everyone to know the real truth." Davidov was eventually released and
fined 100 Euros, his lawyer, Aharon Leviev said.
In a statement last week, Leviev backed up his client's account, stating "there was a
Muslim flight attendant with a headscarf, and it seems that she saw a necklace with a
Jewish Star of David on his neck, and decided to get back at him."
Teeth Found Near Tel Aviv Point to a New Prehistoric Human Species
Researchers found four teeth in the Qesem Cave near Rosh Ha'ayin (not far from Tel
Aviv), and they were astonished at test results that conclude the fossils to be some
400,000-years-old. The significance of this is that it's possible that the origin of
prehistoric man is in Israel, and not in East Africa. And an additional surprise is that
prehistoric man was mainly vegetarian and not carnivorous.
The cave is 10 meters deep and its surface area is approximately 300 square meters.
Researchers have been sifting through it for some 15 years to discover remains from
prehistoric times. The ancient teeth were discovered by scientists from Tel Aviv
University and other research institutions in the world.
Their examination revealed that they belong to a type of prehistoric man that lived in
Israel, and that until now no one knew existed. Science has until now held that humans
originated in Africa (Homo Sapiens who developed there about 200,000 years ago.)
Another prehistoric species was the Neanderthal, who became extinct, and originated in
Europe about 300,000 years ago. It is estimated that the teeth found in the cave in Israel
belong to more ancient species of human, who was in fact the father of Homo sapiens and
Tests of the tartar from the teeth revealed remnants of seeds and coal particles which
indicate that this species, which science has still not named, was mostly vegetarian. He
did eat meat but in very small quantities.
The rapid discovery on the teeth's composition was made possible by research done by
Professor Avi Gopher, Prof. Ran Barkai and Dr. Rachel Sarig of Tel Aviv University in
collaboration with foreign researchers.
Gopher said that the cave in Rosh HaAyin has already provided in recent years several
important discoveries, including proof of regular use fire to roast meat and the recycling
of tools in prehistoric times. "Now, with the discovery of the teeth, it provides early
evidence of a species that is likely to be the ancestor of modern man in our region. This
finding challenges the conventional view that Homo Sapiens originated in East Africa," he
According to Gopher, a close examination of the teeth revealed that they "belong
neither to our ancestor Homo Erectus nor to our brothers, the Neanderthals, but rather to
a species belonging to a new lineage of man unknown until now."
Gopher explained his vegetarianism by the disappearance of elephants in our region about
400,000 years ago, which forced the species, who ate them, to find an alternative source
of food. In addition, roasting meat in caves caused constant smoke which bothered them and
probably hurt their health.
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