Contents: Jerusalem News nos 451-480

Jerusalem News-451
1. Sweden Relents on Israeli Wine Ban
2. Longevity in Newfoundland
3. World Double Standard Against Israel
4. Rabbi Lapin: The Real War, Bible Values
5. Baron Rothschild: Anti-semitism in France exaggerated?
6. France and Europe not so negative?

1. Sweden Relents on Israeli Wine Ban
From: Orjan <>
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20:09 , 06.16.06
Policy Change
[] Israeli wines. Political decision?

Sweden backs down on 'occupied territory' labeling

Sweden's state-run alcohol monopoly backtracks on a controversial policy to label some Israeli wines as coming from 'Syrian occupied territory'

Sweden's state-run wines and spirits monopoly Systembolaget has backtracked on a controversial policy to label some Israeli wines as coming from 'occupied territory'

Initial Policy
Sweden: Israeli wine made in occupied territory / Itamar Eichner
State alcohol retail monopoly labels Golan Heights wines as produced in 'Syrian occupied territory,' due to customer complaints. Winery CEO enraged, says: 'We're not selling politics'
Full Story

For a short period Israeli wines bearing the Golan and Yarden labels were being branded "Produce of Israeli-occupied Syrian territory" in the company's catalogues.

Systembolaget spokesperson, Bjorn Rydberg, said that the decision was taken following customer complaints about the label under which the wines were previously sold, which stated the wine was produced in Israel. He added that the decision to alter the labeling was taken following consultations with the Swedish Foreign Ministry.

However on June 9 the company announced it reversed the decision as it was "perceived as 'political' and negative by the customer group that can be assumed to be interested in buying such wines".

The Systembolaget is the only store in Sweden which is allowed to sell drinks with alcohol content higher than 3.5 percent.

Political campaign

Before the cancellation, the labeling decision garnered opposition amongst a number of Swedish politicians.

Christian Democrat MP Annelie Enochsson, said she believed it was a result of a highly focused and political campaign by pro-Palestinian activists to force all Israeli products off the Swedish market.

These include the website which appealed to activists to "Write letters! Write to your local shop, to Systembolaget ? or anyone else who sells or markets Israeli products."

Rydberg maintained that the company was not trying to make a political statement, emphasizing "we have no foreign policy ambitions."

Systembolaget MD, Anitra Steen claimed that when the subject of labelling the wines came up, the company "turned to the Foreign Office to ask what text the catalogue should carry."

Peter Tejler, director of the Foreign Office's Middle East and North Africa Unit, explained that the initiative for marking the wine from Israel originated from Systembolaget.

"They asked us how we view the legal status of the Golan Heights, and we gave Sweden's view. We have no opinion whatsoever regarding the wording of their presentation," said Tejler, adding that this was the first time he had ever encountered a query from Systembolaget regarding labeling of drinks produced in the Middle East.

2. Longevity in Newfoundland
From: mary

If you were to consider Newfoundland a country in itself rather than a part of Canada (which in many respects it is) they have the highest life expectancy.  Last time I checked it was 87.

3. World Double Standard Against Israel
From: Gary S <>
Subject: From Jerusalem Post

From The Jerusalem Post
15 June 2006
Extracts Only
        Last Friday, an explosion on a beach in the Gaza Strip killed seven Palestinian civilians. While it was not immediately clear what caused the incident, and while Israel said it would investigate, that didn't prevent an immediate chorus of condemnation from around the world in which Israel was unanimously blamed for the deaths.

        The US State Department, for example, expressed its regret for "the killing and wounding of innocent Palestinians as a result of artillery fire by the IDF." The UK Foreign Office stated its deep concern for "the deaths from Israeli shelling of civilians." Not to be outdone, the French Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it "deplores the Israeli bombing on a beach in the Gaza Strip...," while India and Japan made sure to blame Israel as well.

        Perhaps most notable was the reaction of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who demanded an investigation into the incident and then reportedly called Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Saturday night and asked that Israel respond proportionately to the fire from Gaza.

        Olmert is said to have responded: "Why didn't you phone me after 30 rockets were fired at Israel and say you wanted this investigated?" Astonishingly, Annan reportedly replied that he was not aware of the extent of the Kassam attacks.

        Then, hours before Annan and the world got the results of the IDF investigation - which concluded the IDF was not responsible for Friday's blast - the situation became even more complicated on Tuesday when Israel struck an Islamic Jihad terror cell on its way to launch long-range Katyusha-type (Grad) rockets. Three terrorists were killed, but so were eight Palestinian bystanders.

        Annan subsequently announced he doubted the results of the IDF investigation into Friday's explosion and said he would send a representative to investigate the beach blast on his behalf. He also called on Israel to "respect international law and human life."

4. Rabbi Lapin: The Real War, Bible Values
From: Rabbi Daniel Lapin <>
Subject: A Message from Rabbi Lapin: This war is for Real
A message from Toward Tradition...
This War is For Real!

Rabbi Daniel Lapin

This week, Major General Dr. Vernon Chong, command surgeon, U.S. European Command Headquarters, Stuttgart, Germany wrote an impassioned piece about the war against terror.  He claims that our country is facing the most serious threat to its existence in the last seventy-five years.

He writes that Islam has been consistently attacking us since the Iranians seized our Teheran embassy in 1979.  He explains that since we have done absolutely nothing to provoke them, Moslems must hate us because they envy our position, our success, and our freedoms.  Though he is not alone in his views, I am not sure that the General is correct on why they hate us.

No sooner had the dust settled on September 11th, 2001, than we saw America divided into two camps.  Camp One comprised those who began an anguished search for whatever it was that we did to provoke them.  Then there was Camp Two, those of us quite indifferent to what made them do it.  All that concerned us was that we do whatever it took to deprive them of the ability to ever do it again.

In nearly every instance in which America is divided, one can easily identify the two camps as the Judeo Christian camp and the secular camp.  One camp, that in which I am proud to play a modest role, insists that Biblical values (not necessarily Biblical lawsbut that is for another column) are vital for our nations survival.  The other camp regards Judeo-Christian values as primitive taboos obstructing our progress towards utopia.  Many of our national debates do seem to come down to Biblical faith.

For instance, in Americas twenty-five-year debate on abortion, America is clearly divided into the two camps I describe.  The same can be said for the debates on same-gender marriage and euthanasia.  Many major American debates turn out to hinge on this religious-secular chasm that cuts through our culture.

Could the debate on Islamic terror be yet another example of being able to predict a citizens viewpoint on the basis of his feelings toward faith?  I suspect that most who probe for our provocation are viewing the conflict through the lens of secularism.

The American poet, T. S. Eliot who won the Nobel literature prize in 1948 put it this way during a speech at Oxford University in 1939.

As political philosophy derives its sanction from ethics, and ethics from the truth of religion, it is only by returning to the eternal source of truth that we can hope for any social organization which will not, to its ultimate destruction, ignore some essential aspect of reality.

Eliot was saying that secularism ignores an essential aspect of reality. However, secularists often dont realize that they are secularists.  For those of you unsure, here is a way to clarify whether you best fit in the Judeo-Christian Camp or whether you are intuitively drawn to the Camp of Secularism:

If you cherish the belief (even to the point of mistaking it as a provable fact) that humans arrived on the planet by a totally unaided process of utterly materialistic evolution, you are a secularist.  It follows that you must regard humans as nothing but sophisticated animals.  In other words, to you, humans are only evolved chimpanzees.

If, on the other hand, you make important life decisions on the presumption that God created us in His image then you belong in the Judeo-Christian Camp.  You view humans as quite unique, the only species touched by the finger of the Divine and endowed with a soul.
Regardless of which camp you belong in, it doesnt mean that you agree with all others in your camp on all matters.  It just means that on one basic question you agree with most others in your camp more than you do with most of the members in the opposing camp.

The one basic question is whether we humans are closer to the angels or to the apes.  Since politics is nothing more than the practical application of our most deeply held beliefs, it follows that spiritual beliefs do have real-world consequences.

If we are closer to the angels, then knowing why we misbehave is not nearly as important as acknowledging that we did.  We know that we are not only capable of evil but also drawn to it.  We recognize that we must exert discipline to escape evil and its consequences.  The next steps are atonement and ensuring a change in our behavior.  For instance, if my young son regularly pushes over playmates in the park, I am not very interested in what psychological motives provoke his cruelty.
tead, I am determined to stamp out his behavior and will impart a rather practical lesson on the permanent principles of punishment.  If necessary, I will be prepared to inflict the pain King Solomon had in mind when he said He who spares his rod hates his son; but he who loves him disciplines him early. (Proverbs 13:24).  I dont care what it takes, but my son will stop assaulting other kids.
If, however, we are closer to the apes, then knowing what made someone misbehave is the only way to proceed toward solving the problem.  We cannot substantively change the behavior of animals other than for the few domesticated species.  If our interaction with an animal turns out badly, we accept that it was probably our own fault.  We must have provoked the animal.
Apes, along with all other animals, possess no soul and no ability to distinguish between good and evil. Thus when animals commit some act we find inconvenient, we say that they are merely reacting to us and doing whatever they do.  For instance, when we hear that a zoo lion mauled a tourist we always assume the visitor somehow molested the creature and put himself in harms way.

When a secularists young son knocks over a little girl in the park it makes perfect sense for me when I see the father earnestly engaging the tiny thug in a discussion along these lines:  Can you explain to daddy what made you do that?  Naturally, the hooligan-in-training quickly catches on to a world in which there is always something or someone that made him do it.  He is never any more responsible for his actions than a raccoon would be.

With this in mind, I offer yet another simple, try-it-at-home quiz to help you determine whether you tend toward a Biblical lens on reality or prefer a secular prism through which to gaze at the world.

If you responded to the attacks of 9-11 by wondering what we did to make them do it, you are probably more comfortable in the Camp of Secularism.  Spurred by your commitment to secularism, you sought out our provocation.  Perhaps we are too supportive of Israel.  Maybe we are just too affluent and successful thus making them jealous. Oh, I know, it is our freedom that really irritates them.  Like the zoo lion, Moslem terrorists can not be blamed for their attacks.  We must have molested them.

If, however, you reacted to 9-11 with indignation at the horribly evil interpretation of a faith that encourages murder and suicide, your worldview is Biblically sculpted.  If you intuitively know that some people perform indescribably evil acts and the best response is not to try and understand them, but to punish them severely, you belong in the Camp of Judeo-Christian enthusiasts.

Major General Chong is right; we are facing one of the most serious threat to our existence.  This is a real war that was launched against us by really evil people.  Our capacity to fight those evil people is dissipated by impotent examinations of motive.  Even worse, our will to fight is eroded by the Camp of the Secularists which finds evil only in the fervent faiths of the Bible, Judaism and Christianity.

5. Baron Rothschild: Anti-semitism in France exagerrated?

6. France and Europe not so negative?
From: Guysen Israel News <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News - June 16, 2006
[] 2006-06-15 , 19 Sivan 5766

[]On the occasion of his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy reaffirmed his friendhsip towards Israel. "I am a friend of Israel, I was there when others were not and I shall continue to be", he said

According to a poll carried out by the American research institute Pew, Israel has a wide support base in Europe. In Germany, 37% of those interviewed were in favor of the Jewish State in the conflict with the Palestinians and 18% on the side of their enemies, whereas two years ago, 24% sided with Israel and a similar amount with the Palestinians. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
In France, 38% side with Israel against 38% who are pro-Palestinian. In 2002, only 19% were pro-Israel (and 36% pro-Palestinian). The poll was carried out with the participation of 17,000 people.

7.  Entertainment
English show features Yekutiel Ben Yaakov and Daniel Pinner, with a
young talented singer "Eliyahu"

Jerusalem News-452
1. Another Palestinian False Report?
2. Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9:8 (an interesting week)
3. Dennis McGinlay:  Judean Voice Video Amateurish
4.  Guysen Israel News - June 19, 2006
5. Red Cross befriended War Criminals,
Red Cross Befriends Palestinians, Recognizes Red Crescent
but Refuses to recognize Magen David Adom

1. Another Palestinian False Report?,7340,L-3264158,00.html

2. Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9:8
From: david meadows <>

explorator 9.8                                     June 18, 2006

Not often one reads in the news about anything about the Edomites:

Trying to reassemble a manuscript of Maimonides: (AP via Yahoo) (Seattle PI)

Tons of coverage of a tombarolo leading archaeologists to the
site of an Etruscan tomb dubbed 'the tomb of the roaring lions': (photo) (AFP via Yahoo) (AP via Yahoo ... photo) (Boston Globe) (CTV) (LA Times),,13509-2229278,00.html,,1800464,00.html (Bloomberg) (Guardian) (La Tercera ... Spanish)

... actually, here's all the photos making the rounds:

A Roman coin hoard from Wales:

A Roman mosaic from Dorchester: (Echo)

The Bryn Celli Ddu [Anglesey, Wales] chamber appears to have been aligned to the
summer solstice: (BBC)

More coverage of those Basque inscriptions:,2106,3702437a12,00.html

A metal detectorist and some research have turned up a medieval
ring of importance: (Daily Mail)

A state-of-the research sort of thing on the Endeavour: (SMH)

Excavating early Tucson:

Pioneer burials in West Des Moines: (WOI)

Native American remains found in a Bloomington (Ind.) house
are to be studied:

Looking for James Madison's gate:

It appears William Davie's home was not put to the torch:

Rescuing/reusing church 'artifacts':

Review of James Campbell, *Middle Passages: African American
Journeys to Africa": (NYT)

An ancient (jade) trading network in the Caribbean?: (NG)

Last week, Scotland 'reclaimed' the origins of golf ... this week
they're claiming to be the origin of 'the beautiful game' [football] based
on a 17th century Latin schoolmaster's book (my Sicilian
mother-in-law would argue otherwise):

The folks who built Stonehenge might have had help from glaciers
(I can't believe this hasn't been suggested before): (icWales)

Interesting item on the U.S. Institute of Heraldry:



================================================================ Archaeology:


Archaeology Briefs:

Moshe Dayan's collection of potentially-illicit antiquities is
in the news again for some reason: (Boston Globe) (AP via Yahoo) (Seattle PI)


... and the History Lost exhibition:

Ancient Coin Collecting:

Ancient Coins:

Constantine the Great:

Some flags from the American Revolution reached a major price
at auction:

Rome in Egypt:

Leslie Alcock (Archaeologist): (Telegraph)

James Cameron (Black Holocaust Museum Founder):

 3. Dennis McGinlay:  Judean Voice Video Amateurish
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-451
#7.  Entertainment
English show features Yekutiel Ben Yaakov and Daniel Pinner, with a
young talented singer "Eliyahu"

Dear Yair

I watched the video from Voice of Judea TV  with growing amusement and a
little horror. OK, so they're  on a tight budget, but the production in the
studio was very, very poor and amateurish.
I have been in 'show-business' for over forty years as a singer, musician,
recording studio owner and manager, artiste manager, music publisher, record
company owner and producer with TV and Radio work, record producer with
records played on radio television, music and song writer etc. etc. but I
have never seen anything quite as bad as this video.
This is not to criticize you or BRIT-AM  but merely a comment on the video.
They really should do better than this.!

Dennis McGinlay

Brit-Am Reply: As Dennis noted Brit-Am has nothing to do with the Voice of Judea.
We posted the reference to the Video-clip-URL
because we found the dialogue of some interest and thought the songs were
worth hearing even though they are in Hebrew.

4.  Guysen Israel News - June 19, 2006
[] 2006-06-18 , 22 Sivan 5766
14:41  The 29th international Red Cross and Red Crescent conference has begun with the announcement that a vote is to be held in order to decide whether to accept Magen David Adom (Red Star of David) as part of their movement. The voting will take place on Tuesday. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
13:49  Whereas three major British newspapers have shone doubt over the weekend on the veracity of the IDF's investigation into the death of the Ghalia family on June 8th in Gaza, the German ''Sued Deutsche Zeitung'' is questioning the authenticity of the ''heartbreaking'' images of the little Palestinian girl crying over her dead family, filed by a Palestinian cameraman from the Ramattan agency. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
The German paper asks in particular how the little girl managed to come out from the sea completely dry and how a man, who in the first clip appeared standing up and armed, managed to later be lying on the ground, motionless.
08:46  The Australian Prime Minister John Howard, considered one of George Bush's most faithful partners, has announced that Australian soldiers deployed in the south of Iraq will stay in place after the transfer of power in the region to the Iraqis. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

5. Red Cross befriended War Criminals,
Red Cross Befriends Palestinians, Recognizes Red crescent but Refuses to recognize Magen David Adom


Did the Red Cross Co-Operate with the Nazis?
As reports of extermination camps began to spread in 1944, the Red Cross visited the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia at the invitation of the Nazis. The Nazis cleaned up the ghetto by lessening overcrowded conditions by sending prisoners to Auschwitz and adding a bank, shops and schools.
The ruse worked. The Red Cross reported that allegations of extermination camps were unfounded. In the latter stages of the war, the Red Cross did work with Jewish organizations in rescuing Jews, according to Yehuda Bauer, the director of research at Yad Vashem.

Did the International Red Cross use its influence to help the Jews?
   * During the course of World <>War II, the International Red Cross (IRC) did very little to aid the <>Jewish victims of Nazi <>persecution. Its activities can basically be divided into three periods:
   * 1. September, 1939 - June 22, 1941: The IRC confined its activities to sending food packages to those in distress in Nazi-<>occupied Europe. Packages were distributed in accordance with the directives of the German Red Cross. Throughout this time, the IRC complied with the German contention that those in ghettos and camps constituted a threat to the <>security of the Reich and, therefore, were not allowed to receive aid from the IRC.
   * 2. June 22, 1941 - Summer 1944: Despite numerous requests by <>Jewish organizations, the IRC refused to publicly protest the mass <>annihilation of <>Jews and non-<>Jews in the camps, or to intervene on their behalf. It maintained that any public action on behalf of those under Nazi rule would ultimately prove detrimental to their welfare. At the same time, the IRC attempted to send food parcels to those individuals whose addresses it possessed.
   * 3. Summer 1944 - May 1945: Following intervention by such prominent figures as President Franklin Roosevelt and the King of Sweden, the IRC appealed to Mikl?s Horthy, Regent of Hungary, to stop the deportation of Hungarian <>Jews.
   * The IRC did insist that it be allowed to visit concentration camps, and a delegation did visit the "model ghetto" of Terezin (Theresienstadt). The IRC request came following the receipt of information about the harsh living conditions in the camp. The IRC requested permission to investigate the situation, but the Germans only agreed to allow the visit nine months after submission of the request. This delay provided time for the Nazis to complete a "beautification" program, designed to fool the delegation into thinking that conditions at Terezin were quite good and that inmates were allowed to live out their lives in relative tranquility.
   * The visit, which took place on July 23, 1944, was followed by a favorable report on Terezin to the members of the IRC which <>Jewish organizations protested vigorously, demanding that another delegation visit the camp. Such a visit was not permitted until shortly before the end of the <>war. In <>reality, the majority were subsequently deported to Auschwitz where they were murdered.
   * - <>Simon Wiesenthal Center

Jerusalem News-453
1. The Arab-Saudi Plot against New York
2. Appreciated Video
3. Arabs Plot Against Canada
4. Israelis to Transform Desert? Conversion to be Simplified?
5. Trouble with Brit-Am URL References?
6. Brit-Am Foresaw Arab Terrorism and Western Placation of the Arabs.
7. Home and Business Security in Canada and the USA
8. Arutz Sheva News Service -
9.  South Amerindian-Asian Connections?

1. The Arab-Saudi Plot against New York


NEW YORK, 19 June 2006 - US officials received intelligence that Al-Qaeda
operatives had been 45 days away from releasing a deadly gas into the city's
subways when the plan was called off by Osama Bin Laden's deputy in 2003,
according to a book excerpt released yesterday on Time magazine's website.
According to the investigative report by Ron Suskind, an informant close to
Al-Qaeda leaders told US officials that Ayman Al-Zawahiri had canceled the
plan in January 2003, despite the likelihood that the strike would have
killed as many people as the Sept. 11 attacks.
The informant said the operatives had planned to use a small, easily
concealed device to release hydrogen cyanide into multiple subway cars. US
officials had already discovered plans for the device on the hard drive of a
computer of a Bahraini jehadist arrested in February 2003, and they had been
able to construct a working model from the plans.
The easy-to-make device, called "the mubtakkar," meaning "invention" in
Arabic or "initiative" in Farsi, represented a breakthrough in weapons
technology that "was the equivalent of splitting the atom," Suskind writes
in his book. All previous attempts to use the deadly gas, similar to that
used in Holocaust-era gas chambers, in mass attacks had failed.
The FBI declined to confirm the details of Suskind's account. Spokesman Bill
Carter in Washington said Saturday the bureau would have no comment on the
excerpted material.
A New York Police Department spokesman said authorities had known of the
planned attack. "We were aware of the plot and took appropriate precaution,"
Paul Browne said.
New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Tom Kelly
declined comment.
According to the report, President George W. Bush was shown a model of the
weapon in March 2003 and ordered alerts sent through the US government. When
intelligence arrived that Al-Zawahiri had called off the attack, Bush
worried that something worse was in the works, Suskind writes.
At least two of Suskind's sources remembered Bush saying, "This is bad
enough. What does calling this off say about what else they're planning? ...
What could be the bigger operation Zawahiri didn't want to mess up?" the
author said.
"What has been concluded for the most part is this: Al-Qaeda's thinking is
that a second-wave attack should be more destructive and more disruptive
than 9/11," Suskind told the magazine in an interview.
The informant, who had become disgruntled with Al-Qaeda's leadership, linked
the organization's top operative on the Arabian Peninsula to the plot,
Suskind writes. The operative was later killed in a standoff with Saudi
The excerpt of Suskind's book, "The One Percent Doctrine," was to appear in
Time's issue hitting newsstands today. Suskind is a former Pulitzer
Prize-winning reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

2. Appreciated Video
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-452
#3. Dennis McGinlay:  Judean Voice Video Amateurish

In a message dated 6/19/2006 12:48:32 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, writes:

Brit-Am Reply: As Dennis noted Brit-Am has nothing to do with the Voice of
We posted the reference to the Video-clip-URL
because we found the dialogue of some interest and thought the songs were
worth hearing even though they are in Hebrew.

I was very happy to view the video clip from this site......I understand that they have no money to put into it but appreciated whatever they could do to inform me.

Pattie, in Spokane, Washington

3. Arabs Plot Against Canada
Why Strike Canada?

4. Israelis to Transform Desert? Conversion to be Simplified?
 Guysen Israel News - June 20, 2006
[] 2006-06-19 , 23 Sivan 5766

22:17  Israeli researchers are at the forefront of the struggle to transform the desert climate. Although this process troubles world scientists, the teams at the Hebrew University are among the global leaders of finding new solutions to dessalinate sea water and recycle used water. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
According to Eli Feinerman, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, "a chronic shortage of water is a reality of life in Israel" .

18:55  The Ministry of Immigration wishes to simplify the conversion process in Israel. Zeev Boim requested aid from Chief Rabbi of Israel, Shlomo Amar in diminishing obstacles encountered by candidates for conversion.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
According to Zeev Boim, currently 3 000 people wish to convert in Israel.

5. Trouble with Brit-Am URL References?
None of your sites, by the way, that appear on your emails including frequent updates work, at least not at my end of the line.  I can never simply click on a "blue" address and get it to come up.

Reply: I checked. It seems to work at my end. If anybody else has the same problem please let us know.
Better still, if anybody else knows of the problem and has a SOLUTION please tells us ASAP.

6. Brit-Am Foresaw Arab Terrorism and Western Placation of the Arabs.
We are not prophets and NEVER pretended to be.
We have been wrong on occasion in the past and may well be wrong again in
the future.
We are also often right and so deserve some recognition when we are.
Our book "Ephraim" was first published in 1994-1995.
This was a period when the Arabs appeared to be pro-Western
and Arab terrorism against the west appeared to be unlikely.
In "Ephraim" we warned that the Bible indicated that the west
(specifically "Ephraim") would attempt a closer rapport with the Muslims
and that this was likely to end in disaster.
An excerpt in full of the relevant section will be given
in the coming posting of
 "Brit-Am Now"-726.
Our source was the simple implication of the Hebrew Bible
based on the following section of Hosea:
[Hos 9:5] What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?
[Hos 9:6] For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles. Read Hosea 9;6 as "For behold they are gone due to looting Egypt (Mitsrayim), Moph (Memphis) gathers them, Machmad [i.e. Mahomad] buries them, their silver ensnared, the thorn in their tents (tabernacles) inherits them (9;6).
[Hos 9:7] The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred. Read Hosea 9;7 as "The days of visitation have arrived, the days of payment have come, Israel shall know, the prophet is evil, mad*l [Hebrew: "Meshuga"] a man of spirit because of your transgression and of great hatred (9;7): The muslims are not rational. Anyone in the west who acted as islam seems to require its adherents to think and act would not be considered normal. On the other hand similar things could be said about the adherents of many religions in different contexes so it is perhaps best to concentrate upon our own duties. Nevertheless the verses are there and they did have a specific intention.
[Hos 9:8] The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.  Also translatable as: "Ephraim looked out with the god of the prophet, a hidden snare on all his paths, hatred in the house of his god (9;8):

7. Home and Business Security in Canada and the USA
Security, Safety, Consumer Electronic Products for Home and Business

8. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 24 Sivan 5766
By Scott Shiloh

Peace Now, a far-left Israeli-based organization promoting Israeli
withdrawal to pre-1967 borders and removal of all Jewish communities
in Judea/Samaria, is largely funded by foreign governments.

The organization, which spends large sums of money finding and
detailing every new Israeli structure in Judea and Samaria, is
effectively on the payroll of at least three European governments,
according to Israeli investigative reporter David Bedein.

Those governments provide the financial support for the activities of
Dror Etkes, whose staff researches and publicizes data relating to
every aspect of the Israeli government's support for the
quarter-million Israelis living in Judea and Samaria.

Etkes, who is studying for an M.A. in history, draws a salary of NIS
150,000 ($34,000) per year for his anti-settlement activities for
Peace Now, a large sum by Israeli standards.

The foreign governments which fund Etkes and Peace Now, such as
Britain and Norway, are fundamentally opposed to the existence of all
Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. The money Peace Now receives
to promote an Israeli withdrawal from those territories, therefore,
may invariably serve those governments' foreign policy interests.

Such an outcome would not be surprising, as Bedein claims Peace Now
has accepted funding directly from the British and Norwegian
Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

Bedein claims he has documents detailing the extent of Peace Now's
funding by foreign governments. In 2005, he says, Peace Now received
direct payments from three European governments, Britain, Norway, and
Finland, totaling nearly a half million dollars.

For its 2006, budget, the group has approached six foreign governments
- Britain, Norway, Canada, Germany, Holland, and Finland - and has
received commitments for larger budgets from Britain, Norway, and
Finland, according to Bedein.

Yesterday, representatives of Peace Now met with a ministerial
committee headed by Justice Minister Chaim Ramon (Kadima) in an effort
to convince the committee to dismantle a number of Israeli communities
in Judea and Samaria.

The legal status of those communities has been repeatedly challenged
by Peace Now. Such challenges often have direct impact on government
policy and on the country's fragile social and political fabric. The
government's decision to dismantle nine homes in the town of Amona,
for example, followed a Supreme Court petition filed by Peace Now,
claiming the homes were built illegally.  The homes were destroyed in
a violent police action, in which hundreds were injured.

The violence and sharp polarization of Israeli society ensuing from
the Amona tragedy may be playing into the hands of the same foreign
governments which fund Peace Now.  This is so to the extent that
divisions within  Israel's political communitiy weaken the
government's ability to maintain Israeli control of Judea and Samaria
in the face of world criticism.

Regarding Finland's contribution to Peace Now, Bedein said a member of
the Finnish Parliament told him the money was forwarded to Finland by
the U.S. government.

Bedein said another source of financing for Peace Now is the Economic
Cooperation Foundation, a group funded directly by the European Union.
The EFC was the subject of controversy last year when the Israeli
media revealed that the organization was funding the activities of
left-wing MK Yossi Beilin (Meretz).

Despite the funding Peace Now receives from foreign governments, the
organization is not required under Israeli law to register as a
foreign agent. In contrast, if the organization were operating in the
United States, it would have to register as a foreign agent with the
U.S. Justice Department, Bedein explained.

Bedein said Peace Now was not just a foreign agent operating in Israel
but was "in effect spying on Israel for foreign governments." He said
the organization not only engages in surveillance activities relating
to Israeli settlements and their security, but "reports on and
photographs military installations" belonging to the IDF.

Bedein said Peace Now's association with foreign governments also
calls into question the financial support the organization receives
from American Friends for Peace Now, a group based in the United
States. He said the U.S. group's affiliation with Peace Now may
require the American group to register as a foreign agent in the U.S.

9.  South Amerindian-Asian Connections?
There is the study involving the Olmec [Mexican] "celt" inscriptions versus the Chinese Shang writing, which in many cases is very close.
Researchers studied Native Americans from the Navajo, Chamorro and Flathead tribes. They then determined that all three groups possess a unique type of retrovirus gene, JCV, found only in China and Japan (National Academy of Sciences, 1197). Would seem to suggest travel by boat.

DNA from bone marrow of 1,500 year old mummies found in northern Chile was analyzed. The results show that a virus associated with adult T-cell leukemia was prevalent in native Andeans and in a small section of people from southwest Japan.

Jerusalem News-454
1. URL solution in sight.
2. The Brit-Am version of explorator 9.9
3. Concessions: Cause and effect
4. Arutz Sheva News Service -
5.  Jews in Danger Everywhere?

1. URL solution in sight.
re Jerusalem News-453
#5. Trouble with Brit-Am URL References?

Sometimes the hyperlinks work and sometimes they do not.
We hope within a few days to find a solution.
This will probably involve acquiring a new e-mail processing program
unless someone has an alternative solution.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
It is good that someone brought the problem to our attention.

2. The Brit-Am version of explorator 9.9
In the Brit-Am version of explorator 9.9 you may find the URLs not working.
If you wish to view the articles in question you may need to copy and paste
them to your surfing program.

The Brit-Am version of explorator 9.9
Note: They who are interested in  archaeology in general
and wish to be updated with ALL the latest discoveries
will find the complete version of explorator of interest.
A good portion of our subscribers HOWEVER are not in this category.

The Brit-Am version is an adaptation wherein those items of potential special
interest to Brit-Am studies are emphasized along with some items of interest
to the understanding of Brit-Am Israelite national history in general.

From: david meadows <>
Subject: [Explorator] explorator 9.9

explorator 9.9 June 25, 2006

Hittite burials from Adana:

A Second Temple neighbourhood in the City of David:

More historic "hills" (mounds?) have been found near the
Burnt City [Iran]:

Recent finds from Hormozgan [Iran]:

Plans are afoot to excavate the salt mine where those 'salt
men' were recently found [Iran]:

An Italian article in which it is claimed that Jean-Yves
Empereur is close to finding the location of the tomb of
Alexander the Great: (Il Sole)

Caistor Roman Town will be the focus of a major research
project [Norfolk, England]: (EDP24)

A Roman road to nowhere [Norfolk, England]?: (EDP 24)

Mesolithic finds from Denmark:

More coverage of (and solstice activities associated with) that
Bryn Celli Ddu [Wales] tomb:

Nice feature on Castlelaw Hillfort [Scotland]:

A recently (re)discovered 7th century sword has a unique
construction: (Telegraph)

Archaeologists have found remains of what they're claiming
is Robin Hood's house: (Mirror)

Searching for the Bonhomme Richard: (BBC)

Archaeology in Europe Blog:

Oh oh ... archaeologists have found some 3000 b.p. tombs in
China shaped like 'pyramids':

... and double oh oh ... a 'pyramid' at the bottom of a Chinese


Surveying sites in southern Utah:

Excavating a 19th century Chinese community in Oregon: (Oregonian)

Interesting new method for dating prints and maps:,71215-0.html

Recent research suggests bog bodies were members of their
society's elite: (Daily Mail)

A Kabbalist refrigerator repair man:

Followup on dna and Genghis' kin ... whoops:

Athens: (USA Today)

St. Petersburg:

Folks should be made aware of a new online publication ... the
New Archaeology Review (hmmm): Archaeology:


Archaeology Briefs:

3. Concessions: Cause and effect
From: Gary S <>

Extracts Only

Concessions: Cause and effect
June 15, 2006

Israel's international standing is at an all-time low. Academics and journalists are questioning whether Israel even has a right to exist; it is increasingly described as an "apartheid state"; and campaigns to boycott and/or divest from it are gaining momentum. And, contrary to the prevailing wisdom, which holds that Israel's standing is bolstered by concessions to the Palestinians, these developments occurred not while Israel was still refusing to recognize the PLO or evacuate settlements, but after a string of major Israeli concessions.
EVER SINCE it signed the Oslo Accord in 1993, Israel has been ditching its former "red lines" with increasing rapidity. No negotiations with a terrorist organization; no Palestinian state; no concessions on Jerusalem; no negotiations under fire; no unilateral withdrawals; no withdrawals under fire - all these positions enjoyed a massive Israeli consensus before Oslo, but have been abandoned since.
Moreover, these concessions were made in response to pressure, and in exchange for constantly decreasing diplomatic and security returns - thereby undermining the once widespread belief that Israeli concessions could best be obtained by offering meaningful compensation.
When Israel agreed to return Sinai to Egypt in 1978, for instance, it did so following a five-year cease-fire, and in exchange for a full-fledged peace treaty backed by international guarantees, including a multinational force in Sinai.
By contrast, when Israel gave Gaza and Jericho to the PLO in 1994, it did so following six years of terrorist violence (the first intifada) and unprecedented diplomatic pressure: America's conditioning of loan guarantees for immigrant absorption on a settlement freeze. And in exchange, it received only an interim agreement, with no international guarantees.
The Palestinians proceeded to massively violate their main obligation under this accord, which was to end terror: In the 30 months after Oslo, Palestinian terrorists killed more Israelis than during the entire preceding decade. Yet in 1995-97, Israel transferred six other West Bank cities to Palestinian control - again partly due to American pressure, and in exchange for nothing more than a Palestinian reiteration of their previously disregarded no-violence pledge.

Then, in July 2000, Israel offered the Palestinians some 88 percent of the territories, including part of east Jerusalem. The Palestinians refused and launched the second intifada, the worst terrorist violence Israel has ever known. But the violence, instead of generating international support for Israel, generated pressure for additional concessions. And Israel responded by upping its offer at the subsequent Washington and Taba talks, to about 95 percent of the territories, plus the Temple Mount.
Not only did the Palestinians still refuse, but over the next five years, Palestinian terror claimed over 1,000 Israeli lives - more than during the entire preceding 52 years. Yet much of the world continued to demand more Israeli concessions. And Israel's response? In summer 2005, it evacuated every last settler and soldier from Gaza - something it had previously refused to do without a final-status accord - without receiving anything, even an interim agreement, in exchange.
THE PALESTINIAN response was twofold: daily rocket fire on southern Israel from evacuated Gaza, and a landslide electoral victory for Hamas, which does not even pay lip service to peace with Israel. Yet Israel responded by proposing a much larger unilateral withdrawal, from about 90 percent of the West Bank, which will entail evacuating some 80,000 settlers - 10 times the number evacuated from Gaza. And while initially, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that he would demand international recognition of the new lines as Israel's border in exchange, he is now declaring that the withdrawal will take place no matter what - even for no diplomatic return at all.

4. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Sunday, June 25, 2006, 29 Sivan 5766

By Hillel Fendel

Before dawn: An 8-man force crawled through an underground tunnel into
Israel and killed two IDF soldiers.  Hamas, which endorsed the
well-planned attack, abducted another soldier. IDF: He's alive.

The enemy force entered Israel through a deep tunnel they had built
for the occasion, and then, at 5:30 AM, attacked on different fronts.
One group attacked and blew up an empty IDF armed personnel carrier.
Brig.-Gen. Aviv Kokhavi, head of the Gaza Formation, said that the
vehicle "had been placed there for that very purpose" - diverting a
terrorist force and drawing fire.

At the same time, another group of terrorists opened fire at soldiers,
who returned fire and killed two Hamas men.  A third group attacked an
IDF tank, killing an officer and a soldier, seriously wounding another
soldier, and kidnapping a fourth.  The group escaped back towards Gaza
by blowing open a hole in the border fence.

IDF forces followed the terrorists and the abducted soldier into Gaza
soon afterwards, but did not find them.  The search continues for the
soldier - Gilad [ben Aviva] Shalit, 19, of Hila in the Galilee, just
five miles from the Lebanese border.

Two other soldiers were lightly wounded in the multi-pronged attack,
though the condition of one of them has since deteriorated, and he is
now listed in "moderate" condition.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz said at a press conference
today that the abducted soldier is alive, and then added, "as far as
we know."  His announcement did not put an end to hours of
speculation, beginning immediately after the incident, as to whether
the soldier had been taken alive or dead.  The Shalit family has been
informed that the army believes him to be alive.

On Oct. 7, 2000, at the beginning of the Oslo War, three IDF soldiers
were killed and abducted by Hizbullah on the Israeli-Lebanese border.
For over a year, they were believed to be alive - but they were in
fact killed within hours of their encounter with the terrorists.  In
early 2004, Israel released hundreds of terrorists in exchange for
Elchanan Tenenbaum and the bodies of the three soldiers.

The Red Cross has asked to see the abducted soldier.  The kidnappers
say they will not release any information on the soldier unless Israel
pays for it in some form or other.

The dead soldiers in today's attack: Lt. Chanan Barak, 20, of Arad,
and Sgt. Pavel Slotzker, 20, of Dimona.

Between two and four terrorists were reported killed in the incident,
and the others returned to Gaza.  Not all of them were accounted for
at first, however, and the residents of the nearby communities - Kerem
Shalom (adjacent to the border fence), Sufa, and others - were told to
remain in their homes.

Shortly before 10 AM, the residents were told they could begin their
regular daily routine, even as IDF gunfire and helicopter fire
continued to be heard.  At around the same time, the Palestinian
Authority reported that the terrorists had returned to Gaza via the
same tunnel, and would soon appear in a press conference with "good
news for the Palestinian people."

The Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings into and out of southern Gaza
were not opened this morning.  Rafah was closed last week for a day
and a half because of Israeli intelligence warnings of an attack of
this nature, but was reopened because of Arab pressure on the European
Union monitors at the crossing.

A Kassam rocket was fired at Sderot this morning, causing no
casualties or damage.

By Hillel Fendel

MK Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Effie Eitam says the IDF must carry out a major
ground offensive in Gaza, kill dozens or hundreds of terrorists,
including Hamas leaders, and find the abducted soldier.

MK Eitam (National Union/NRP), speaking on Voice of Israel Radio, said
that the IDF's ground offensive in Gaza must have three objectives:
toppling the Hamas government, killing terrorists all over Gaza, and
finding the abducted soldier.

Asked how the Hamas government could be toppled, Eitam - who headed
the Galilee Formation in the IDF - said, "We have to kill or capture
its leaders, and cause the rest of them to run for their lives out to
sea on small boats.  The PA public must know that this will be the
fate of any government that declares war on Israel."

Eitam further explained that Israel must restore its power of
deterrence, "by killing dozens or hundreds of terrorists, those who
attack us, those who dispatch the killers - wherever they are.  It
must be similar to Operation Defensive Shield that we did in Jenin and
Yesha four years ago, which the Palestinians still well remember..."

The third objective, Eitam explained, is "to turn over every stone and
every house in order to find the kidnapped soldier, dead or alive.  We
must not let the story of Ron Arad repeat itself, and must not enter
into weary negotiations with Hamas."

Reminded that the number of Israeli casualties is still much lower
than when Israel controlled and was present in Gaza, Eitam said, "It's
not a question of number of casualties, but rather sovereignty.  It's
not Russian roulette, where we see how many people are killed or not
killed by a Kassam.  No country can tolerate attacks on its civilian
population or on its military, and such attacks are cause for war."

5.  Jews in Danger Everywhere?
Jews Are Under Siege: A Call For Action
Charles Jacobs and Seth A. Klarman

A rush of shocking events is creating a "tipping point" in Jewish consciousness. Increasingly, Jews feel their situation has substantially changed, and for the worse. The recent events include Iran's nuclear threats and Holocaust denial, Hamas' electoral victory, the torture and murder of Ilan Halimi in Paris by a Muslim gang, the "discovery" by a Harvard dean that Jews actually do conspire to control Congress and American foreign policy in the service of Israel and to the detriment of U.S. interests, and the British academic boycott.

All of these demonstrate for many that there is a new assault on the world's Jews. The hostility is based on a unique and intense hatred of Israel and deep resentment of its supporters, accompanied by a growing willingness to use violence.

As though in a "perfect storm," two global ideologies, rooted in different radical critiques of the West, have suddenly aligned against us.

Islamic anti-Semitism. Fueled by Saudi petro-dollars and Iranian revolutionary zeal, a global campaign in mosques and madrassas (Islamic schools) teaches hundreds of millions of Muslims that Jews are the sons of monkeys and pigs, and that killing them is a holy deed. The Internet and television embellish the message. Docudramas in Iran, Egypt and Jordan depict Jews harvesting the organs of Muslim children, killing non-Jews to make matzah, and plotting to rule the world.

This poison reaches Muslims in the West. Europe's Jews are besieged and violently assaulted both on the streets and in the rhetoric of polite society. In America, Freedom House told Congress it found Saudi-produced hate literature aimed at Americans and Christians, but mostly Jews in mosques across the U.S.

In the West, "Palestinianism," the notion that an innocent, indigenous people suffers a senseless, cruel oppression by the Jews of Israel (who ought to know better), threatens to become the standard view. It is the basis for an attack by Western radicals on Zionism, Jewish national self-determination, and by extension on Jews everywhere. The "oppression" of an Arab people by Westerners is, for the far left, morally and politically more consequential than the massacres, enslavements, beheadings, bombings, and ethnic cleansings committed by Arabs and Muslims from London to Sudan, from Spain to Indonesia.

Islam and the radical left, rooted in separate critiques of the West, are now allied in Europe and increasingly in segments of America's academics, media, human rights community, and the leadership of certain Protestant churches.

In America, Jews fret as a vicious anti-Israel movement has taken root on American campuses. Jewish organizations reeled last summer when five mainline Protestant denominations passed anti-Israel resolutions. Most Jews don't yet know the extent to which public high school texts and teachers are de-legitimizing Israel.

Anti-Semitism is a virus that morphs. In the West now, hostility to Jews has little to do with the familiar hatreds of Judaism and the Jewish "race." Today's antipathy makes Israel "the Jew" and its "crimes" the old "Jewish crimes," including killing of the innocent, theft (this time of land), arrogance, and the control of business, finance, government and the media by international cabals. As before, "Jewish crimes" stand out as uniquely, even cosmically evil. And as such, they call for correction.

We are unprepared and confused. Arab and Muslim Jew-hatred was misread as mere "street talk" that would dissipate when Oslo brought peace. Instead, Jew-hate is an engine of the global jihad. We are flummoxed by the new breed of Western adversaries. After centuries of attack by brutes, illiterates, right wing lunatics, and Christian anti-Semites, antagonism to the Jewish collective is now generated by soft-spoken moralists with high ideals and by "anti-racists," some of the most articulate of whom are Jews. Set to defend against thugs yelling "kike," we are attacked instead by college professors, today a far more insidious enemy, who berate us for supporting "immorality."

No one wants to think that 60 years after the Holocaust, a new evil threatens Jews everywhere. But reality cannot be avoided or minimized. Jews need to consider the profound impact of losing an ideological battle that could destroy the Jewish state. Such a threat requires courageous and talented leaders to grasp these new realities and create strategies to defeat the latest defamations based on a libelous portrayal of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

A leadership correctly prioritizing the threat would convince us to lay aside our furious left-right debates, and teach us instead to make Israel's basic case from the left as well as from the right. It would gather the support of non-Jews and distinguish clearly friends from enemies. Most important, a new leadership would bravely and tirelessly tell us the truth about our new situation and apply our talent and resources to the task.

If the Jewish leadership in this country, which has been so good to the Jewish people, can't or won't do these things, then this small but enormously talented people will have to get new leaders. For in this, the Jewish community cannot and must not fail.

Jerusalem News-455
1. Thomas Gray: Appeasement  - A Repeated Mistake
2. DNA traces criminals in the family
3. Conspiracy Theories - The Curse of Arab Thinking
(a) Arabian Nightmares
(b) Daniel Pipes: How Muslims Think
4. Conspiracy Theories - The Curse of Israelite Realization
5. Israel seizes Hamas leaders
6. Ultra-Orthodox threaten protest against GayPride
7. WMDs in Iraq

1. Thomas Gray: Appeasement  - A Repeated Mistake
From: Thomas Gray
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-454

We are really seeing a repeat of the mistakes of Chamberlain Britain before
WW II of thinking that there must be some way to peace.  When we are dealing
with a Hitler who openly states that he will not tolerate peace, or a HAMAS
that openly states that Israel must be destroyed, the only recourse is to
hold firm and prepare to fight as a nation.  Unfortunately, the leadership
of Israel are unbelievers in spite of the victories of the Independence War,
the Six-day War and the Yom Kippur War against "impossible odds", and can't
seem to understand that the Lord will give victory to all who trust Him, and
that it sometmes is impossible to have peace.  To the people of Israel, the
words of Winston Churchill should be echoing in your ears: "They had to
choose between dishonor or war. They chose dishonor.  They will have war."

Thomas Gray.

2. DNA traces criminals in the family
This article is interesting and shows that criminality tends to run
in families.
This may be true but should not be taken too far.
There are also outstanding exceptions in just the opposite direction
that sometimes are worth all those who fit the "general rule" put together.

3. Conspiracy Theories - The Curse of Arab Thinking
(a) Arabian Nightmares
[Extracts Only]
Mark Silverberg - Jun 24, 2006

"A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."
J. Paul Getty (1892 - 1976) U.S. oil magnate

According to the UN Arab Human Development Reports of 2002, 2003 and 2004, written by an independent group of leading Arab scholars and intellectuals, oil has become a curse rather than a blessing for the Arab world. Unlike Japan, Taiwan, Israel, Singapore and many other countries who recognized early on that their scarce resources required them to turn their lack of material resources into technological strengths in order to become competitive in the world economy, the Arabs relied exclusively on the great sea of oil beneath their deserts as a substitute for intellect, creativity and entrepreneurship. It has now cost them their future and saddled the world with a parasitic and pathologically suicidal movement that has proven its capacity to destroy and its incapacity to create anything of substance to human civilization.

Arab societies, for the most part, are dysfunctional and have immersed themselves in a culture of denial. They emphasize struggle, negative competition and the rejection of alternate approaches or ways of thinking. Arab governments live in a state of internal fear that avoids investigating their failures or acquainting themselves with or opening their societies up to the cultures of others. [1] Their societies will never be able to hand down positive achievements to future generations unless they overcome their secretiveness, their isolation, and especially their need to blame others for their own failings. Several years ago, Abd Al-Munim Said, head of the Al-Ahram Research Center in Egypt, wrote: "We thought that by the end of the 20th century, the Arab mind would be open enough not to explain everything with a 'conspiracy theory'...the biggest problem with conspiracy theories is that they keep us not only from the truth, but also from confronting our faults and problems...This way of thinking relates any given problem to external elements, and thus does not [lead] to a rational policy to confront the problem." In Arab politics today, from Egypt to Tehran, opponents are not answered or rebutted. They are discredited, imprisoned or destroyed. [2] Each time Arab peoples are afflicted with disaster, defeats, or tragedies, it is always blamed on Zionists, colonialists, or American imperialist conspiracies. As a result, the obstacles the Arabs have erected for themselves have become enormous.

For all the oil revenues that have flowed into the wealthier Arab countries, the overall state of the Arab world is appalling. It does not produce a single manufactured product of sufficient quality to sell on world markets. Arab productivity is the lowest in the world. Nowhere in the Arab world is there a single world-class university. The once-great tradition of Arab scientific achievement that flowed from Andalusia has degenerated into a few research programs in the fields of chemical and biological warfare. There is not one true democracy in the Arab world. No Arab State genuinely respects human rights. No Arab State hosts a responsible media. No Arab society fully respects the rights of women or minorities, and no Arab government has ever-accepted public responsibility for its own shortcomings. Worse, the Arab Middle East has become the world's first entirely parasitical culture; (it) imitates poorly, consumes voraciously, spits hatred, exports death, and creates nothing Blame is the opium of the Arabs, and the sweetest blame for their failures is that directed at the United States (and, of course, Israel). It is our power itself, not its uses, that enrages Arabs trapped in their self-made weakness. [3]

Saudi Wahhabism teaches them that it is the infidel (Christian/Jewish) West that is the source of all evil in the Islamic world.

Barry Rubin, Director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center and Editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs has analyzed the manner in which anti-Americanism (as opposed to modernization) has been used in the Arab world as an excuse for corruption, repression and stagnation. He contends that anti-Americanism is not a response to actual U.S. policies, but the product of self-interested manipulation by various regimes and groups within Arab society, groups that use anti-Americanism as a foil to distract public attention from other, far more serious problems within their societies. According to Rubin: For years now, anti-Americanism has served as a means of last resort by which failed political systems and movements in the Middle East try to improve their standing. The United States is blamed for much that is bad in the Arab world, and it is used as an excuse for political and social oppression and economic stagnation. By assigning responsibility for their own shortcomings to Washington, Arab leaders distract their subjects' attention from the internal weaknesses that are their real problems. And thus, rather than pushing for greater privatization, equality for women, democracy, civil society, freedom of speech, due process of law, or other similar developments sorely needed in the Arab world, the public focuses instead on hating the United States. [7] Instead of responding to demands for democracy, human rights, higher living standards, less corruption and incompetence, reducing illiteracy or improving education and educational standards, Arab rulers blame America for their societies' ills and refocus popular anger against it.

A dark, long winter has descended upon Arab civilization. Despite hundreds of billions of dollars of income from oil, the Arabs have yet to create one single monument to human achievement. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Arab leaders blamed everything on Western Imperialism. From the 1970s on, the Islamists chose to cast the blame on the secular Arab Left and the corrupt, opulent monarchies of Arabia as well as the cultural influences of the Western world. In fact, at different times, the Arabs have pointed the finger of blame at colonialists, multinationals, missionaries, communists, liberals, religious and/or ethnic minorities, middle classes and even poor Orientalists. But the blame rests only in themselves. [12]

(b) Daniel Pipes: How Muslims Think
From: "D. Pipes Mailing List" <>
Subject: #683 Pipes in NY Sun: "[Pew Poll on] How Muslims Think"

by Daniel Pipes
New York Sun
June 27, 2006

[NY Sun title: "Survey of World's Muslims Yields Dismaying Results"]
[Extracts Only]
How do Muslims worldwide think?

To find out, the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press carried out a large-scale attitudinal survey this spring. Titled "The Great Divide: How Westerners and Muslims View Each Other," it interviewed Muslims in two batches of countries: six of them with long-standing, majority-Muslim populations (Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey) and four of them in Western Europe with new, minority Muslim populations (France, Germany, Britain, and Spain).

The survey, which also looks at Western views of Muslims, yielded some dismaying but not altogether surprising results. Its themes can be grouped under three rubrics.

A proclivity to conspiracy theories: In not one Muslim population polled does a majority believe that Arabs carried out the attacks of September 11, 2001, on America. The proportions range from a mere 15% in Pakistan holding Arabs responsible, to 48% among French Muslims. Confirming recent negative trends in Turkey, the number of Turks who point the finger at Arabs has declined to 16% today from 46% in 2002. In other words, in every one of these 10 Muslim communities, a majority views September 11 as a hoax perpetrated by the American government, Israel, or some other agency.

Likewise, Muslims are widely prejudiced against Jews, ranging from 28% unfavorable ratings among French Muslims to 98% in Jordan (which, despite the monarchy's moderation, has a majority Palestinian Arab population). Further, Muslims in certain countries (especially Egypt and Jordan) see Jews conspiratorially, as being responsible for bad relations between Muslims and Westerners.

Conspiracy theories also pertain to larger topics. Asked, "What is most responsible for Muslim nations' lack of prosperity?" between 14% (in Pakistan) and 43% (in Jordan) blame the policies of America and other Western states, as opposed to indigenous problems, such as a lack of democracy or education, or the presence of corruption or radical Islam.

This conspiracism points to a widespread unwillingness in the umma to deal with realities, preferring the safer bromides of plots, schemes, and intrigues. It also exposes major problems adjusting to modernity.

Support for terrorism: All the Muslim populations polled display a solid majority of support for Osama bin Laden. Asked whether they have confidence in him, Muslims replied positively, ranging between 8% (in Turkey) and 72% (in Nigeria). Likewise, suicide bombing is popular. Muslims who call it justified range from 13% (in Germany) to 69% (in Nigeria). These appalling numbers suggest that terrorism by Muslims has deep roots and will remain a danger for years to come.

4. Conspiracy Theories - The Curse of Israelite Realization
People who believe in the Bible, good people with family values
and honest ways want the best for their countries and their kin.
Instead of working to achieve what they want however more often than not
they let liberal fairy types take control.
After that they listen to scum who tell them about secret societies who allegedly
 run a Conspiracy operation to steal everybody else's money and freedom.
This provides our good "Israelites" with another reason to keep doing nothing positive about
their society.
Conspiracy Freaks tell outright lies, make assertions without proof
and have a pagan mindset.
They work against both Judah and Israel.

5. Israel seizes Hamas leaders
The Age (Australia)
Ed O'Loughlin, Gaza
June 30, 2006

ISRAELI troops have seized most of the political leadership of the Palestinian Authority as the crisis over a captured Israeli soldier yesterday escalated towards open war.

In a series of night-time raids across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israeli troops rounded up most of the ministers and members of parliament representing the non-Gaza wing of Hamas, the Palestinian ruling party.

Some ministers were blindfolded and handcuffed as they were seized, Israeli military sources said.

Hamas has described the blow as an act of "open war" against the elected Palestinian government and its people and said Israel would have to face the consequences.

Israeli spokesmen have denied that the Hamas leaders reported to number 64 [latest reports: ca 83] were seized as bargaining chips for the release of 19-year-old Corporal Gilad Shalit, captured by Palestinian fighters in a raid on the edge of Gaza on Sunday.

Israeli Foreign Ministry official Mark Regev said that Hamas was formally regarded as a terrorist organisation in Israel, the US, EU and Australia. Its leaders would be brought before an Israeli judge and charged with terrorist offences.

"If the Government of the Palestinian Authority says it's OK to send rockets into Israel, to kidnap Israelis, to behave like terrorists, then they will be treated like terrorists," he said.

Among those seized were the Hamas Finance Minister Omar Abdel Razeq, Religious Affairs Minister Nayef Rajoub, Planning Minister Samir Abu Aisheh and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Khaled Abu Arafeh.

Israel's move represents a major threat to the continuing existence of the Palestinian Authority, the last remnant of the failed Oslo peace accord. It is the most serious of a number of developments threatening to escalate a fraught situation into a humanitarian disaster.

On Wednesday, Israeli jets buzzed the summer palace of Syrian President Bashar Assad, driving home Israel's threat to assassinate Hamas leaders both in Gaza and in exile in Syria. Syria said it fired on the aircraft without hitting them.

Early yesterday, Israeli troops found the body of an 18-year-old Jewish settler who was abducted and murdered by Palestinian militants in the West Bank.

6. Ultra-Orthodox threaten protest against GayPride

By Shahar Ilan

"Conflagration" shouted the announcement published by the religious court of the Eda Haredit. "We heard a rumor that angered our souls ... because preparations are being made in the temple of the King of Jerusalem for a parade of sin and ugliness of the worst sort, and to bring hundreds of thousands of wicked people from all over the world to contaminate the Holy City and dishonor it."

The members of the ultra-Orthodox court called on "our brothers in Israel, wherever they may be" to prepare for a holy war and gather for a massive demonstration of unprecedented size." Jerusalem WorldPride 2006 is only a little more than a month away, kicking off on August 6 and culminating in the parade on the 10th. Yet the struggle in the religious community is just getting under way, and for good reason. The dilemma: Haredi newspapers do not write about homosexuals and of course the public debate in the ultra-Orthodox community does not take up the issue either.

If they must, they will speak about perverts, acts of abomination and the like. On the other hand, Haredim feel that they must protest against the parade. How can you fight something for which you have no vocabulary?

Beyond the discomfort involved, there is the important issue of education. Many ultra-Orthodox parents would rather let the parade circle the city three times than hear their children asking, "Daddy, what's a homosexual?"

The poster issued by the Haredi Council heralds an escalation of the conflict, but the council is an extreme and marginal part of the ultra-Orthodox community. The Haredi High Court was once nearly as important of the Torah Guardians of Agudat Yisrael, but no longer. The dilemma is further complicated by the biblical warning contained in Leviticus 18. God lists forbidden sexual relationships including, "Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman" [Lev. 18:22], warning, "So let not the land spew you out for defiling it, as it spewed out the nation that came before you" [Lev. 18:28].

The editor-in-chief of the Haredi newspaper Hamishpacha, Moshe Grylak, meanwhile, who is usually a moderate man, warns against a new exile as a result of the parade.

Two weeks ago the head of Har Etzion Yeshiva, Rabbi Yaacov Medan, a particularly harsh opinion piece against the parade in the right-wing newspaper Makor Rishon, entitled "Stopping the parade of abomination." Medan heads one of the more moderate national-religious yeshivas. ...

In Makor Rishon Modan writes: "It is doubtful whether since the shrine of Tophet in the Ben-Hinnom Valley and the introduction of idol worship into the Temple at the end of the First Temple period has there been such blasphemy in Jerusalem ... [T]his disgrace can be stopped," Medan claims. He suggests holding a rally like the one against the Supreme Court in early 1999. "No police," Medan writes, "will succeed in dispersing such a crowd from the streets that we will block. We will not have to use any violence, God forbid. Our presence alone shall suffice. I am doubtful whether the Israel Police will risk the violence of teargas, rubber-tipped bullets and the like against such a huge crowd for such a trivial purpose as holding the parade of abomination."

Last year an ultra-Orthodox demonstrator, Yishai Schlissel, leaped into the parade and stabbed three participants.

The first letter written by rabbis against the parade was published early this month. Signatories included former chief rabbi Mordechai Eliahu, a leader in the national-religious sector and Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach of Degel Hatorah. They wrote: "We come to cry out from the bottom of our heart and to awaken the honor of rabbis everywhere to pray, protest and use all their connections and skills against the villainy that the wicked of Israel are planning, the men of 'Sodom and Gomorrah' who want to pollute the holy city of Jerusalem for a full week."

The rabbis noted that the sages prophesied a "great storm" as punishment for the grave sin of single-sex marriage, "just like the tsunami in Thailand that killed hundreds of thousands of men, women and children." They even sought, and found, a special verse for their battle: "For then I will remove the proud and exultant within you" [Tzephania 3.11] [The Hebrew words given here as "proud" and "exultant," aliz and ga'ava, are the Hebrew words adopted by Israeli homosexuals to describe themselves.]

500 will get AIDS

In every religious struggle, there are those who go between the rabbis and the politicians and stir things up. The "machers" in WorldPride are Ephraim Holtzberg and Yehuda Levine. Holtzberg's (toned-down) text is not recommended for the weak of heart. "It is impossible to take the city that is called the throne of God and turn it into San Francisco," says Holtzberg. "This is the Holy Land, not homo-land." He warns that "holding the parade will bring on a punishment that will not leave Jerusalem standing. God will throw us like a ballistic missile. It's 'to be or not to be.' Even the Haredi High Court will say that it's permitted. People will stand on the road, they will be hit and they won't allow it to take place. They won't beat anyone up, God forbid, but let's see them move a million people off the street."

Holtzberg says the argument that they don't want the children to know about homosexuality is "stupid, because in any event a child will ask about the man in the underpants near the Western Wall." He also warns of the possibility of pedophiles participating in the march, and also that "if 10,000 people with AIDS come and let's say 500 people contract AIDS, then the Health Ministry will collapse."

7. WMDs in Iraq
 Did Germany sell Sarin to Iraq?


By FrontPage Magazine | June 22, 2006

The antiwar Lefts claim that Bush lied about Saddam Hussein possessing Weapons of Mass Destruction has itself been proven a lie.

Sen. Rick Santorum, R-PA, and Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-MI, released the declassified overview of a report produced by the National Ground Intelligence Center, the group that has searched Iraq for Saddam Husseins WMDs since 2004. Its stunning revelation: there were WMDs, after all.

Since 2003, Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions, which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf war chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf war chemical munitions are assessed to still exist. That means in addition to the 500, there are filled and unfilled munitions still believed to exist within the country. [emphasis mine]

Did Germany sell Iraq and other Nazi-Muslim nations such deadly material?

"During the 1970s, US codebreakers found dramatic evidence that West German companies were selling the Sarin secret to several Arab nations... [emphasis mine].

No one has ever examined the role of West German intelligence as a merchant of death for GRU clients such as Libya and Iraq. The greatest scandal may involve the German bankers...

Even more alarming are reports that West Germany is behind the secret proliferation of nuclear weapons. According to a former Argentine diplomat, a secret nuclear protocol was attached to a West German-Argentine Trade Treaty during the 1960s. The rationale was that West Germany was afraid that some day the Americans would pull out of NATO or withdraw their nuclear shield. Because of Soviet antipathy to German possession of the atomic bomb, it was decided to develop the nuclear weapons secretly by utilizing the large emigre communities of German scientists in Argentina and South Africa."

Unholy Trinity by Aarons & Loftus, pg. 273

Jerusalem News-456
1. The Shawn Report
2. The Gaza Situation: Quotations
3. Gypsies
4. Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9:10
5. An Israeli Cure for Cancer?

1. The Shawn Report
(a) Super-Mensch

(b) Free US flags
American Flags is giving away free flags ($5.99 for the shipping) in honor of our troops. Here's the link:

2. The Gaza Situation: Quotations
Subject: Quote of the day:

Dr. Aaron Lerner                   Date: 2 July 2006

"I wish 10 months ago they [AL: the Palestinians] had hit a strategic
facility in Ashkelon - then we would have taken action and we would not be
in this mess today."
Former commander of Israel's Southern Command, reserve Maj. Gen. Yom-Tov
Samia, commenting on the situation in the Gaza Strip today in a live
interview broadcast on Israel Radio this morning

3. Gypsies
An interesting and informative article

4. Brit-Am Version of Explorator 9:10
From: david meadows <>
Subject: [Explorator] explorator 9.10

explorator 9.10 July 2, 2006

Opening a sarcophagus in KV 63 has revealed a bunch of flowers
and embalming stuff: (Discovery) (SMH) (ME Times) (NG),1249,640190849,00.html

More KV 63 coverage (with a different focus): (Discovery) (Discovery) (Australian)

Excavating a Second Temple dump:

We'll probably hear more about this one ... they're going to
remove that Temple Mount ramp:

A Firefox extension of interest to those involved in
Mishna studies:

More coverage of the moving of that model of the Temple
to the Israel Museum:


Good coverage of recent finds at an Etruscan site at Cetamura: (EurekAlert)

Recreating Roman makeup:

A debate is raging in the UK over the 'difficulty' of Latin:,,170-2243519,00.html

... subsequent letters:,,59-2246063_2,00.html

... and Mary Beard:

Robert Graves' house on Mallorca is now a museum:,,1810336,00.html

A 400 000 b.p. elephant butcher site in Britain:

Some Paleolithic artifacts from China:

This is interesting ... among the remains of the workers who
helped put together Qin's tomb are those of someone of European


Excavating a bison kill/processing site in North Dakota: (Tribune)

Mathematically, we're all related: (Seattle PI) (ABC)

On transliterating Hebrew: (JPost)

Mycenean Presence in Sicily:
... while we now have a new claim that someone has found the
remains of Noah's Ark: (AOL News)

... but how to reconcile that with these claims: (DB Journal)
[puts the Garden of Eden in Florida]

5. An Israeli Cure for Cancer?
Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2006 08:17:05 +0100
From: Guysen Israel News <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News - July 3, 2006

[] 2006-07-02 , 6 Tammuz 5766

23:33  Researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem working on the improvement of the quality of fruit have discovered a way to stop the growth and spread of cancerous cells in humans and animals, without adverse affects on normal cells, such as result from traditional methods of treatment (chemotherapy). (Guysen.Isra l.News)
The method discovered involves isolating the malignant tumor from its nutritients and oxygen, stopping the metastase process (the spread of cancerous cells to other parts of the body). The researchers are using actibind, a protein, which is not poisonous for other (non-cancerous) cells, that stops the supply of blood to the tumor. They have published an article on their findings in the American Cancer Society periodical "Cancer" .

Jerusalem News-457
1. Entertainment
"It's the Conspiracy, Stupid!"
2. Inadvertently Deleted?
3. Qassam Rockets Kill - the Agony of Sderot

1. Entertainment
"It's the Conspiracy, Stupid!"
Chamish cronies accused by fellow Chamish mentor and
fellow traveller of
being communist agents:
The same elements were also apparently behind the recent
slurs against Brit-Am
"Brit-Am Now"-686
#3. Attacks on Brit-Am from the Deranged

2. Inadvertently Deleted?
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-370: The Retreat and Expulsion


I seem to have been inadvertently removed from your mailings, as the below
is the last time I received a newsletter from you.

Would you please RE-add me to your list of newsletter recipients?

Thank you.

Brit-Am Comment: Every now and again we cull our list
of e-mail addresses that are not working.
In most cases the addresses do not work because they have become defunct.
It happens however that other explanations exists.
Sometimes the local server has decided it does not want mail
from Israel, or from bulk senders, or some other factor is responsible.
It could also be a fault at our end.
We want to send our postings to whomsoever wishes to receive them.
If you are in such a category and you suddenly cease to hear from us for
more than a week (at the most) then something is wrong.

3. Qassam Rockets Kill - the Agony of Sderot
Read especially about
Ella Abukasis:
Qassam Rocket Victim

Jerusalem News-458
1. Chamish Mentor accused of fraud!
2. Remember What Happened Here, Time Magazine, Charles Krauthammer
3. A Lesson from History: The British in Palestine in 1938

1. Chamish Mentor accused of fraud!
MS Antelman (a notorious Conspiracy Freak) tries to sell  cure for AIDS
said to be bogus
Chamish considers Antelman a kind of personal guru but Antelman seems to
consider the major supporters of Chamish (and ?) in Israel to be  Communist agents!

2. Remember What Happened Here, Time Magazine, Charles Krauthammer

3. A Lesson from History: The British in Palestine in 1938

Jewish News Letters

History Lesson For Israel's Detractors

Dear Sir
I hear and see the BBC and the left wing press inevitably traducing Israel because of her justified retaliation in trying to ensure that the captured Israeli soldier is returned alive. These biased mediums will no doubt be joined by those hordes of self-styled peace activists emerging from the woodwork to their favourite pastime of demonising the 'brutal' Israelis.
While researching my books I found and filed much interesting data, such as the following:
Secret 1938 Whitehall files were belatedly declassified and released in 1989. They detailed atrocities committed by British forces in Jenin during the Mandate. In the summer of 1938 a British district commissioner was assassinated in that town.
The alleged murderer was caught, placed in custody and shot 'while trying to escape'. Then the British, on August 25, inflicted massive reprisals against the Arab residents of Jenin by blowing up a large part of the town.
The Colonial Office condoned this response with one senior official noting that the British were dealing not with a chivalrous opponent playing the game according to the rules but with gangsters and murderers.
Are they different today? Without doubt the Hamas leaders knew about the kidnapping. To dig the tunnel required tools and time. The weapons and vehicle to whisk away any capture was on tap. The hiding place for the captured soldier was waiting and so many Hamas leaders claimed to know where he was being held.
What for Hamas went wrong? Israel, rightly, did not capitulate to Hamas demands and retaliated and thus gave the hostage his best chance to live.
Morris Beckman
South Hampstead

Jerusalem News-459

1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of explorator 9.11
2. Yair Davidiy: Preliminary Remarks to "Remember Dresden"
3. Eugene Narrett: "Remember Dresden"

1. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of explorator 9.11
From: david meadows <>
Subject: [Explorator] explorator 9.11
explorator 9.11 July 9, 2006

... a quiet week

Work on the Acre railway line is resuming:

Folks might be interested in the Ulu Burun shipwreck recreation:

An Exodus documentary: (JPost)

More coverage of the Second Temple model thing: (JPost),7340,L-3271211,00.html

More coverage of the imminent removal of the Kotel ramp: (JPost)


Reconstructing the ancient Greek chorus:,,1813964,00.html

Recreating Roman cosmetics:

There's going to be Latin news bulletins from the European
Union:,,1812166,00.html (IOL)

Review of the Loeb Classical Library Reader: (Weekly Standard)


Archaeology in Europe Blog:
What some Tang Dynasty porcelain drums are revealing:

New Zealand Archaeology eNews:

A mystery Bison 'bone bed' in Nebraska: (RMN)

A 'mystery graveyard' is rediscovered in Boston: (Globe) (Telegram)

Interesting OpEd piece on Devil's Island:

... and one on Valley Forge:

Ancient medical stuff: (Kathimerini)

Stephen Fry's speech on why folks should study history:,,1815961,00.html

That big storm that hit Washington D.C. (and environs) claimed
as a casualty one of the trees depicted on the US twenty
dollar bill:


Troy: (SMH)

Dogs in Art:

A terracotta army may soon be in the UK:

The American University in Beirut's museum is getting a facelift: (Daily Star)

Interesting book auction in Edinburgh:
[adapted  with permission  from  the full-version of
explorator 9.11]

2. Yair Davidiy: Preliminary Remarks to "Remember Dresden"
by Eugene Narrett
The next item (no.3 below) is a worth-reading piece
 by Prof. Eugene Narrett.
It brings out a very valid point: If any other nation was in the same situation as Israel they would most likely
react ten or a hundred times more strongly and take very very vigorous steps against the Arabs who wish to destroy them. Protests against Israel on this matter are hypocritical.
Nevertheless, the article also exhibits faults in Israeli and Jewish "right-wing" historical thinking
that are lamentable:
a. Germany in WW11 was a formidable and dangerous enemy. The Jews before everybody else should be aware of that.
Frederick Taylor In "Dresden" (2005) shows that the city of Dresden produced military and industrial goods used in the German war effort and had an infra-structure of potential importance to the Germans for use against advancing Russian armies from the east. Russia was an ally of Britain and the USA therefore the Allies were justified in bombing Dresden. The destruction of German civilians did produce military advantages and in light of the situation was justified.
It is bad enough that Jews cry over casualties amongst the Palestinians but for Germans in WW11??
b. Underestimating the German determination in WW11 and the attitude of most host populations in Eastern Europe
has led certain Jewish writers to imagine that significantly more Jews could have been saved than in fact were.
Read "The Myth of Rescue" by William D. Rubinstein (1997).
By exaggerating British "complicity" with the deaths of Jews in WW11 the guilt of they
who actually did the killing is "spread thinner".
c. The British White Paper of 1939 limited Jewish immigration to Palestine
to 75,000 for the first five years and would later be contingent on Arab consent.
It was a wicked piece of work  deserving thorough excoriation.
Nevertheless under the circumstances one cannot be certain that any other authority would have acted much differently. The number of Jews who could have been saved if it was not for this piece of work
may (or may not) number in the thousands but one cannot say that their deaths were a deliberate
outcome of the adopted policy.
It was a wicked mistake but other mistakes were also made.
In my opinion the recent Oslo Peace "Agreement" (1993) was just as wicked.
d. The article below says, "the Germans had no intentions of exterminating the British".
This may not be exactly the case, read The Prologue in "The Tribes" by Yair Davidiy.
The Germans and their friends did indeed have intention of exterminating the Jews/
Elements existed in Britain that did not want to allow it and were prepared to do whatever it
took to prevent it which meant fighting a war including bombing places like Dresden.
Go lament for Dresden if you will. We will not.

3. Eugene Narrett: "Remember Dresden"
Arab Casualties? Remember Dresden: End of Story, , EN
by Prof. Eugene Narrett
9 July 2006

Stopping for gasoline this evening (after taking out another mortgage to finance the trip to the grocery store, gas and food), while paying I heard a female BBC newsperson nattering an Israeli official of some sort about the deaths of some "Palestinians" in Gaza. The poor fellow was sputtering, straining for justifications without straying from the corral of leftist, 'peace process' categories of thought and word which send Israel to the incinerator every time.

Rubbish and damnation ! Especially when talking to a Brit about collateral damage during war (and that's what the jihadists have been doing to Jews for six years, minimum, shooting rockets within the borders of pre 1967 Israel.

No need to review here the evidence that the so-called 'Palestinians" are a hostile population that plots to murder and wars on Jews everywhere in Israel and even outside it. During a war, a hostile population is subject to attack and their death, as 'collateral' (unintended) casualties or even if targeted is legal and to be expected.

You don't want to get killed, don't war on another people. Even Jews eventually will strike back and defend themselves, although the "world community" frequently considers 'motions' to withdraw this right from Jews.

That's right: they want us to just get in the cattle cars again without any resistance or fuss...

Given the restrictions under which the entire IDF operates when striking back against Arabs (thanks to all the Labor 'Zionists' and their suicidal havlaga), and given initial studies from the field, those much-ballyhooed deaths were not the result of IAF weaponry. Too bad; and this is what anyone should tell any BBC or other twit chattering and slathering to finger the Jews.

DRESDEN, March 1945: a scarcely fortified city in east central Germany a few weeks before the end of the war in Europe. The British decided it was time for payback for the blitz of 1940. So they fire-bombed Dresden and basically melted it, slaughtering about 200,000 civilians. The British idea of an apology? When they put up a statue to RAF General 'Bomber' Harris a few years ago the Germans whimpered about it not being quite cricket. The British told them to stuff it.

End of story.

The British government and its institutions, not least their armed forces, were major accomplices of the Germans 'final solution' to the Jewish problem, that the BBC still wants to solve. Why: because of their total perversion, 1920 -48 of the League of Nations Mandate to re-establish the Jewish national home and facilitate Jewish immigration into it. the British bombed civilian populations daily for years during WW II even though the Germans had no intentions of exterminating the British as the Muslims have for exterminating the Jews (you can read it in their sermons or Koran).

The best answer to all such criticism from the "world community" and its media is to unleash the IAF, protect the lives of Jewish soldiers, and to obliterate the hostile population in Gaza and in their rotten terror-haven cities in Judea and Samaria. Annihilate them and remind the 'bleeding hearts' about Dresden and about how they had no room for any Jews during the shoah.


Jerusalem News-460
1. Archaeology: Weapons and Ships Reconstructed
2. The Israel Enigma by Victor Davis Hanson
3.  Why is "MAP" (Movement of Arab Populations) the Only Realistic Solution Ignored?
4. Rockets over Haifa?
5. Remember Entebbe
6. Arutz Sheva News Service -
7. Support from Florida, USA

1. Archaeology: Weapons and Ships Reconstructed

Bronze Ages Weapons Reconstructed:

Ancient Ships

2. The Israel Enigma
by Victor Davis Hanson

3.  Why is "MAP" (Movement of Arab Populations) the Only Realistic Solution Ignored?
Re Jerusalem News-459
#3. Eugene Narrett: "Remember Dresden"
The following expression occurred:
<<The best answer to all such criticism from the "world community" and its media is to unleash the IAF.... to obliterate the hostile population in Gaza and in their rotten terror-haven cities in Judea and Samaria. Annihilate them and remind the 'bleeding hearts' about Dresden and about how they had no room for any Jews during the shoah.>>

This DOES NOT reflect the attitude of Brit-Am.
It is not what we believe in and not what we allow in our postings
but it slipped through without being seen.
(Apparently we were too busy thinking about how to reply to the Dresden libel to read the whole article through)
This should not have happened.
We are NOT about to discuss the ethics (or lack of them) concerning this matter with anybody BUT
such a solution never be acceptable neither to the Jews nor to the Gentiles.

There is however a potential solution:
This is MAP i.e. Movement of Arab Populations.
For some Brit-Am sources on this matter see:

At least 70% of the Arab Palestinian population would be prepared to leave
almost immediately if given a practical alternative.

If the Palestinians  were to leave of their own free will (as they indeed would) to a better place
for themselves the "world" would not like it since that would be for the good of the
Jews but what could it do?

4. Rockets over Haifa?
By <>Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
[Extracts Only]

A rocket slammed into the northern port city of Haifa on Thursday evening. There were no reported casualties when the rockets hit the Stella Maris area near French Carmel.

Hezbollah denied on Thursday evening firing the rocket at Haifa, after a day in which two people were killed and another 120 were wounded when scores of Katyusha rockets fired by Hezbollah guerillas rained down across northern Israel.

In Nahariya, rocket fire killed a woman in her home, and wounded another 29 people, including a number of children. Most of the casualties were lightly hurt;

Four rockets hit Safed again Thursday evening, killing one person and wounding 11.

Hezbollah has declared it has over 10,000 rockets to use against Israel.

The government is working on the assumption that Hezbollah will use rockets with a longer range than they have previously had to strike civilians areas in Israel. Should that happen, the IDF will then consider sending ground troops into Lebanon.

5. Remember Entebbe,7340,L-4254,00.html

6. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Thursday, July 13, 2006, 17 Tammuz 5766

[Extracts Only]

By Hillel Fendel

Dozens of Hizbullah-fired Katyusha rockets struck all over the north
Thursday morning, killing two. Northern Israel had six years of quiet,
and Hizbullah had six years to build up its rocket forces.

Israel has essentially imposed a total blockade on Lebanon, having
taken out the runways of the Beirut International Airport and imposing
a naval blockade of Lebanese seaports.

Israel also continues to attack dozens of targets throughout Lebanon,
destroying bridges, roads, military positions, arms storehouses and
missile battery locations.  The city of Baalbek - the main Hizbullah
stronghold in Lebanon, some 100 kilometers north of Israel - was also
bombed.  Close to 50 Lebanese have been reported killed in the Israeli

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz says that Israel has warned
residents of a southern Beirut suburb - home to Hizbullah chief Sheikh
Nasrallah and many other leading Hizbullah terrorists - to evacuate
the area.  "It is unreasonable to assume that they will be allowed to
live there in serenity for much longer," Halutz said.  Hizbullah
threatens to bomb Haifa if southern Beirut is bombed.

The Beirut-Damascus highway is also a target that "will be taken care
of," IDF sources said.

By Hillel Fendel

Maj.-Gen. Yaakov Amidror says that for the past six years, the
government made a conscious decision to allow Hizbullah to build up
its military capabilities on the border with Israel.

Amidror formerly served as Deputy Chief of IDF Intelligence and the
head of its Research and Assessment Department.

"The Hizbullah attack was no surprise for the IDF," Amidror told IsraelNationalRadio's
Alex Traiman and Baruch Gordon.  "It was always understood that
Hizbullah is preparing something against us; the only question was
exactly what and when."

"Then why didn't the IDF stop it?" Gordon asked.  Amidror replied,
"This is an important question.  Ever since our retreat from Lebanon
[in May 2000], Israel's political decision-makers decided that Israel
would not take the initiative anywhere on the Lebanese border.  We
were able to see, hear, and detect what Hizbullah was preparing, but
we would not take the initiative against them.  Because of the
political arrangements with the international community, it was
decided to let them shoot first - and the consequences are now very
clear.  If you don't take the initiative, and you allow the enemy to
shoot whenever and wherever he wants, then even if he fails 20 times,
at the end he succeeds."

By Hillel Fendel

Jews around the world mark the beginning of a three-week commemoration
of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temples with a day of
fasting today.

The "Three Weeks" begin on the 17th of Tammuz, and end on the 9th of
Av - both of which are days of fasting, according to Jewish Law and
custom.  Both Holy Temples were destroyed on the 9th of Av, some 2000
and 2500 years ago, respectively.

The 17th of Tammuz is a day of mourning because it marks the day the
Romans broke down Jerusalem's walls, shortly before they laid waste to
the city.  In addition, it was the day that:
* Moses broke the tablets at Mount Sinai following the sin of the
Golden Calf;
* the Priests were forced to suspend the First Temple's daily
offerings, for lack of lambs;
* at some point during the Second Temple, a Roman general named
Apustamos burned a Torah scroll;
* and an idolatrous image was brazenly placed in the Holy Temple.

"The purpose of a fast day," writes Rabbi Shraga Simmons for Aish HaTorah , "is to
awaken our sense of loss over the destroyed Temple - and the
subsequent Jewish journey into exile."  Eating and drinking is not
permitted until evening today, while some of the laws of mourning -
such as no joyous public events or haircuts - are observed with
increasing severity as the Three Weeks proceed.

Special prayers known as S'lichot are recited on the Fast of the 17 of
Tammuz; on Tisha B'Av, they are known as Kinot and are much more
numerous.  Most of today's S'lichot recall the suffering of the Jewish
People during the First Temple periods of conquest and destruction.
Some of the passages have taken on timely significance in light of the
latest war forced upon Israel:

"I was ill and trembling when... the viper of the north overran me...

"Rebuild the Temple, and bring us back within the borders of Carmel
and Bashan, open Your eyes and take vengeance... Judge the cause of
the mute, so that the destroyer shall pay for the day when the enemy
prevailed and the city was breached...

"We rebelled against Him Who dwells in Heaven, therefore we were
scattered in all directions, and our dancing was turned into

"Let truth and peace cause the Fasts to be erased and turned into days
of joy  and gladness and festive occasions."

7. Support from Florida, USA

Mr. Davidiy,

Just wanted to express my families thoughts prayers go out to you and your family as well as the nation of Israel.  These are tough times, but hopefully out of this will bring a prolong peace and prosperity for both Israel and the US.

Take care,

Rob Jones

Jerusalem News-461
1. Steven Collins: Time to Support Israel
2. The Shawn Report
3. Stranger than Fiction: Marsupalian Fossils
4. YNet News Updates
5. Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Friend of the Jews?

1. Steven Collins: Time to Support Israel
From: Steve Collins <>
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News-460

Shalom Yair,

    As an American, please allow me the opportunity to urge Americans on the Britam list to personally so something to support Israelis at this time when warfare has again been forced upon them.  In 2000, I visited some of the towns in northern Israel now experiencing Hezbollah rocket attacks (indeed, Yair and I stood right at the military border fence together). I can sympathize with the situation now experienced by Israel's northern residents.

    Palestinian/Islamic terrorists based in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon have again attacked Israel, and I urge Britam readers who are US citizens to email or write not only your state's senators and congressional representatives but also the White House to express your support for Israeli actions against these terrorist attacks. Every nation has a legitimate right of self-defense and even the UN charter recognizes this right. However, it is well known that hypocrisy reigns supreme at the UN. Therefore, we should do what we can to ensure that the USA firmly supports Israel both at the UN and in the Mideast region. If you wish to urge President Bush to support Israel's actions in its war on terrorism and its right of self-defense, you may do so by emailing President Bush at: Hopefully, readers in other nations will also contact their elected officials to also urge support for Israel.

    The Israelis have yielded territory in the Sinai, in Southern Lebanon and in Gaza in an effort to achieve a just peace in the region. Israel's governments have responded to numerous provocations with incredible restraint in recent years. All these concessions have done; however, is embolden Israel's enemies. At no time have the Palestinians responded with any good-faith actions or concessions of their own. The attacks against Israeli bases and the kidnapping of Israeli troops are, as Israeli Prime Minister Olmert has rightly said, acts of war. The Israelis have every right to respond as firmly as they wish to protect their people and borders. Please join me in urging President Bush and our US Congress to stand by and support Israel in this crisis!

Steven Collins

2. The Shawn Report

 Jews in France

Eretz Israel by Ben Stein

International LIne-Up: Who is for and Who is Against Israel
FrontPage Magazine
Here is the situation: World leaders are lining up, either on the side of the Islamic terrorists (Chirac and Putin) or the side of their victims (the United States and -- somewhat -- Great Britain). The Vatican,  which has an unsavory record in regard to the periodic slaughters of the Jews has thrown its moral weight (such as it is these days) onto the scales against the Jews. As the Hizbollah terrorists fire hundreds of rockets into Israeli cities from Lebanon and the Pope condemns Israel's attempts to destroy the rockets aimed at its citizens, Israel's chief of staff is forced to concede that those rockets can reach farther than previously thought, putting more Israelis in danger. Meanwhile, the Syrian terrorist state tells Time magazine that it could destroy Israel's nuclear sites. Hizbollah, Hamas, Iran and Syria occupy areas that are one hundred times the size of Israel and the populations they control are ten times the size of Israel's.

Hizbollah and Hamas, and their patron Iran, have sworn to remove Israel from the face of the earth -- in those very words. Iran has defied the world community in asserting its determination to complete its nuclear program. Syria supports Iran, hosts Hamas and is a party to this malignant Islamic crusade. Behind them stand Russia and China and North Korea, and also apparently the international left which is lining up squarely behind  the jihadists -- and has been doing so throughout the open preparation of this second holocaust.

3. Stranger than Fiction: Marsupalian Fossils
[Extracts Only]
SYDNEY (AP) - Before there were cuddly
koalas, hoards of flesh-eating kangaroos,
"demon ducks," and marsupial lions roamed
Australia's Outback, according to recent fossil
discoveries by paleontologists.
A team of researchers, from the University of
New South Wales working in the eastern state of
Queensland made the discoveries in three new
fossil deposits during a recent two-week dig.

A saber-toothed kangaroo and a giant 3
meter-tall, 400-kilogram bird scientists nick
named the "demon duck of doom" were
among the largely unknown species uncovered
in the dig, [Prof. Mike Archer, the University's dean of science]
 told reporters Wednesday.
"They were galloping kangaroos, they didn't hop," Archer said.
 "They were also far more muscly than the kangaroos- we know, with
sharp saber-like' incisors and powerful fore-
limbs to help rip and tear their prey"
The remains of ancient tree-climbing crocodiles
and marsupial lions were also uncovered in the rocks.

Archer said many of the animals were similar
 or related to others elsewhere in the world,
but had evolved uniquely in Australia. Hundreds have no living representative.
"They are that bizarre. There are literally,
probably in the order of about 500 extinct
creatures in these rocks," he said.
Archer said a detailed study of the fossils was
expected to provide answers about the evolution of climate and creatures in the past, as
well as about the directions they might follow  over
thousands ands of years to come.
"The biggest excitement is what's going to
 happen over the next year in, the labs as the
labs as the rocks dissolve and the treasure inside emerges," he said.

4. YNet News Updates,7340,L-3276249,00.html
500 Israelis injured since fighting began

About 700 Katyusha rockets fired at Israel, 500 citizens injured, four killed since fighting in northern border began. Home Front Command prepares for worst scenario rockets reaching center of Israel; Lebanese report of more than 100 killed, hundreds wounded in IDF strikes

More than 700 rockets and Katyushas have been fired since the fighting on the northern border began, and Israel Defense Forces officials did not reject the possibility that the rockets will also land south of Haifa.

Saturday's Attacks
Tiberias attacked by Hizbullah rockets
Second rocket barrage hits northern city, lightly injuring one person; 31 people suffer from shock. Third barrage hits open areas north of city. Tiberias bombed for first time Saturday afternoon, all its beaches evacuated. Residents: 'City not prepared, we feel unprotected here'

In the last 24 hours, more than 100 Katyusha rockets were fired at northern communities. The residents spent the entire day in bomb shelters. On Saturday afternoon, Tiberias joined the list of rocket-battered communities, but rockets did not only land there.

Nahariy and Safed were attacked once and again and suffered great damages. About 34 rockets hit Safed by Saturday afternoon, while 24 rockets landed in Nahariya. Dozens were hurt and some buildings suffered a direct hit.

The Ministry of Health opened a situation room in Tel Aviv, which issues orders to the hospitals in northern Israel. The hospitals have treated more than 500 people since Wednesday, most of whom were released to their homes.

The Israel Air Force on Saturday night struck Hizbullah's main headquarters in a southern suburb of Beirut. Hizbullah's television station al-Manar was also attacked.

The Israel Air Force continued its war against Hizbullah strongholds in Lebanon, attacking Beirut's coastal radars, Hizbulla's High Council building and the organization's headquarters in the Lebanese capital. The naval ports of Tripoli and Beirut were also struck.

5. Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Friend of the Jews?
Note: Conspiracy Freaks attack FDR for declaring War on Japan
after Pearl Harbor (December, 1941). According to them, FDR knew the Japs were about to
attack and did nothing in order to arouse the American people
against virtuous Nippon and company.
This seems extremely doubtful BUT
at that time there did exist a very very powerful German
and (shame to say) Irish lobby that was if anything in favor
of the Japan-German Axis.
By entering the War the USA did save its honor and possibly the
Would the alternative have been better?
The impression is that many Conspiracy Freaks apparently think so.

Jerusalem News-462
1. What Plague Really Killed the Aztecs?
2. The Shawn Report
3. About 25 percent of Hizbullah's capabilities have been hit,
4. Guysen News Updates
5. Why Israel is Good for America
6. The Media and Israel
7. Conversions in Israel
8. Archaeology: The Brit-Am Version of explorator 9
9. Haifa under rocket attack again

1. What Plague Really Killed the Aztecs?
Epidemics followed the Spanish arrival in the New World, but the worst killer may have been a shadowy nativea killer that could still be out there.

2. The Shawn Report

A US Marine's Letter on Israel (recommended)

"Why the Katyushas are Falling" by Professor Steven Plaut

3. About 25 percent of Hizbullah's capabilities have been hit,
 operation expecteded to end in the middle of next week

Senior officer: Group's chain of command still functioning
Yaakov Katz, Jpost staff and AP, THE JERUSALEM POST Jul. 15, 2006

About 25 percent of Hizbullah's capabilities have been hit, a high-ranking
IDF officer estimated on Sunday night at the end of the fifth day of
Operation Just Reward.
According to the officer, the group's chain of command is still functioning.
He estimated that the Lebanese group would not be annihilated when the dust
settles, only severely damaged.

The officer predicted that the operation would end in the middle of next

Since the Lebanon operation began, the IAF has launched close to 2,000
sorties over Lebanon.

In addition, overnight strikes in northern Lebanon near Tyre killed several
senior Hizbullah officials. On Sunday, the Post was told, the IDF destroyed
five long-range rocket launchers in southern Lebanon, some of which were
used to fire rockets at northern Israel over the past few days, including at
Meanwhile, Al-Arabiya television reported that the Syrian military was
mobilizing its own reserve divisions.

4. Guysen News Updates
 Guysen Israel News <>

[] 2006-07-16 , 20 Tammuz 5766

[]Rockets on Haifa : Sunday, July 16, a Katiyusha landed in the area surrounding the train station, causing 8 deaths and more than 50 wounded. The IDF has released, in return, an operation of very large scale against the Hezbollah.

22:31  French Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, declared that Israel has the right to defend itself. ''An agressive player exists in the Middle East : the Hezbollah. As Israel's friend, we encourage Israel to maintain its composure'', he added. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

21:27  Since the beginning of the attacks on the northern border, 600 people have been hospitalised; 42 people are still hospitalised, three are seriously injured and five have considerable wounds. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

20:38  Qassam rockets have hit the Rottenberg electrical plant in Ashkelon. Shots have been reported in Mavkiim and Carmia (other localities in the western Negev).

17:09  Condoleezza Rice would like to see Hezbollah disarmed. The American Secretary of State is currently opposed to any diplomatic solution. ''The U.S. will not demand a cease-fire that will permit the Hezbollah and the Hamas to increase the firing of rockets targeting Israel'', she declared. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

16:39  ''The Hezbollah has been strongly undermined by our military operations, but we have neither crushed, nor dismantled it'', declared Israeli Chief of General Staff, Dan Haloutz. Haloutz, while responding to the questioning of the government's ministers, added that he considered it ''impossible to completely eradicate the terrorist movement''. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

5. Why Israel is Good for America
Eidelberg Report: Israel's Moment of Truth
By Prof. Paul Eidelberg
[Limited Extracts Only]
In a previous report, I discussed Israels dependence on U.S. military aid. Here are some basic facts:
1) Since 1985 the U.S. has provided $3 billion in grants annually to Israel. Until recently, this $3 billion consisted of $1.8 billion in military and $1.2 billion in economic aid.
2) For FY2005, the U.S. provided $2.22 billion in military and $360 million in economic aida total of almost $2.6 billion. 
3)  Admittedly, Israel also received $200 million to develop the Merkava tank, $130 million to develop the high energy laser anti-missile system, and other military projects.  But the U.S. has itself benefited enormously from these grants,
Summing up, since 1990, Israel has received approximately $45 billion in U.S. military and economic aid.  What has the U.S. received in return?
Some years ago Joseph Sisco, former Assistant Secretary of State, told Israeli author Shmuel Katz, "I want to assure you, Mr. Katz, that if we were not getting full value for our money, you would not get a cent from us."  American foreign policy-makers are pragmatists, not moralists.  U.S. aid to Israel is animated by national self-interestpious platitudes to the contrary notwithstanding.  Israel is and has been America's biggest strategic bargain. 
1) First of all, about 85% of the money Israel receives in military aid must be spent in the U.S., where it provides jobs for an estimated 50,000 American workingmen.
2) Conversely, total exports from the 50 United States to Israel between 1991and 2005 was $95.4 billionmore than twice the $45 billion Israel received in U.S. aid during this period.   The annual average of U.S. exports to Israel was $6.4 billion, more than twice the average American aid package.  In 2005 the total exports to Israel from the 50 states was $18.5 billionmore than six times the U.S. military-economic aid package!
By the way: the $2.6 billion Israel received from the U.S last year amounts to less than 2% of Israels Gross Domestic Productcurrently more than $135 billion.  Israel could easily dispense with this aid if massive tax evasion were curtailed along with the notorious corruption and inefficiency of Israels government.  But this is only the tip of iceberg of U.S. dependence on Israel.
3) According to Gen. George Keegan, a former chief of U.S. Air Force Intelligence, between 1974 and 1990, Israeli aid to America was worth between $50-80 billion in intelligence, research and development savings, Soviet weapons systems captured and transferred to the Pentagon, and testing Soviet military doctrines up to 1990, when the USSR collapsed.  Senator Daniel Inouye recently put it this way:  The contribution made by Israeli intelligence to America is greater than that provided by all NATO countries combined.

Now a few points from a report of Yoram Ettinger, a consultant on U.S.-Israel relations.
4) Every day, Israel relays to the U.S. lessons of battle and counter-terrorism, which reduce American losses in Iraq and Afghanistan, prevent attacks on U.S. soil, upgrade American weapons, and contribute to the U.S. economy. Innovative Israeli technologies boost U.S. industries.

5) The vice president of the company that produces the F16 fighter jets told Ettinger that Israel is responsible for 600 improvements in the planes systems, modifications estimated to be worth billions of dollars, which spared dozens of research and development years.

6) Without Israel, the U.S. would have to deploy tens of thousands of American troops in the eastern Mediterranean Basin, at a cost of billions of dollars a year.
7) In 1981, Israel bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor, providing the U.S. with the option of engaging in conventional wars with Iraq in 1991 and 2003 and preventing a possible nuclear war and a terrible price of thousands killed.
8) In 2005, Israel provided America with the worlds most extensive experience in homeland defense and warfare against suicide bombers and car bombs. American soldiers train in IDF facilities and Israeli-made drones fly above the Sunni Triangle in Iraq, as well as in Afghanistan, providing U.S. Marines with vital intelligence which saves many American lives.
Its ironic that Israel wouldnt need U.S. military aid were it not for huge American arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  U.S. aid to Israel creates a demand for, and the purchase of, tens of billions of dollars worth of U.S. weaponry by these and other Arab states.  U.S. grants to Israelfar from imposing a burden on the American tax-payeractually enriches the American economy!
American Congressmen and corporations know this.  They have a vested interest in opposing any sanctions against Israel if its government were to take a more independent and vigorous stand against its enemies.  I attribute Israels failure to do so primarily to the intellectual poverty and timidity of Israeli prime ministers, whose policy of self-restraint and territorial retreat encourages the enemy, prolongs the bloodshed, and endangers Israels existence.

6. The Media and Israel
Honest Reporting

7. Conversions in Israel

How many non-Muslims in Israel convert to Islam and how many Muslims convert to Judaism? According to statistics from the Population Administration of the Interior Ministry, and reported on by Nurit Palter in Yedi`ot Aharonot, conversions to Islam, which take place at an Islamic religious court, numbered 40 in 2003, 27 in 2004; and 33 in 2004. In the first half of 2006, the number has jumped to 42 conversions. Most converts are Jewish or Christian women who marry Muslim men, with a handful of men converting as well.
In the first half of 2006, just 7 Muslims converted to Judaism. Many more Christians converted to Judaism: 437 in 2003, 884 in 2004, 733 in 2005, and 210 in the first half of 2006. (July 13, 2006)

"D. Pipes Mailing List" <>

8. Archaeology: The Brit-Am Version of explorator 9
explorator 9.12 July 16, 2006


.... and one on Tel Megiddo: (JPost)

More hype about that documentary about the Exodus: (JPost)


Cornwall's ancient mines have been given UNESCO World Heritage

A sort of top ten list of finds from Scotland:


Marking Genghis Khan's establishment of the Mongol Empire:

9. Haifa under rocket attack again,7340,L-3277194,00.html
At least seven blasts heard in northern city, whose residents already woke up to siren sounds Monday morning; three-story building takes direct hit, collapses. Firefighters pull two people out of wreckage - one seriously injured. Carmiel, Safed, Tiberius Akko also come under attack
Ahiya Raved

On the day after the deadly attack on the Haifa Bay, rockets hit the city again Monday afternoon. Seven explosions were heard in the northern city following air raid sirens at 14:00. A number of rockets landed in central Haifa. After another hour of sirens, a second
barrage hit at 15:00. One rocket struck a three-story building in the city causing it to collapse. Magen David Adom ambulances and firefighters are on their way to the scene. Rescue services have pulled two people out of the wreckage - one of them is seriously injured, while the other lightly wounded. Both have been taken to the nearby Rambam hospital.

A suicide bomber was apprehended in Jerusalem en route to carry out an attack in the capital.  

Jerusalem News-463
1. Prayers and Support for Israel from Brit-Am Supporters
2. President Bush Attributes Hizbollah Hostilities to Syria?
3. Israel returns to Lebanon and its Water Sources

1. Prayers and Support for Israel from Brit-Am Supporters

From: Dennis McGinlay <>

Dear Yair

The news from Israel is unsettling to say the least, but fear not, the God
of Israel is with you and all of Israel. May you and your family remain safe
and under Gods protection.

Dennis McGinlay

From: Timothy F Murray <>

Yair, my Friend,

May the God of Israel give His armies success in battle!  And may you and
your loved ones and all innocent life be spared.

Tim Murray
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 09:01:21 -0500
From: Robert Graves <>
Subject: Prayers

Shalom Yair,
I just wanted to encourage you by letting you know that you and all of Israel, especially, are in our prayers. 
We remember and remind Adonai that He has delivered our people from their enemies throughout our history and that we rely on him to confound those who come against us to destroy Israel which He created as His own people.
In my view, shared by all my friends, those dastardly attacks by the Muslim infidels are nothing less than an attack upon the All Mighty One Himself!  And if I understand His Word correctly they will  be destroyed.
We know His Great Plan for Judah and Ephraim.  All of us who are bound to Him by covenant promises need to 'turn from our wicked ways and seek His face with all our hearts and return to His Torah; then perhaps; Messiah will come and destroy His and our enemies.
May Adonai preserve you and yours and all Israel!
Robert H Graves, FTW, USA

From: martha rae
Subject: Re: Jerusalem News Now Online

Just to let you know that I am praying for the situation in Israel and I am praying for the peace of Jerusalem.
Shalom and may you be safe and secure, you and your family and all.

2. President Bush Attributes Hizbollah Hostilities to Syria?

3. Israel returns to Lebanon and its Water Sources
Subject: IDF forces conquer area inside Lebanese territory

IDF forces conquer area inside Lebanese territory
Yaakov Katz, THE JERUSALEM POST Jul. 17, 2006

IDF forces conquered Ghajar, an area inside Lebanese territory, it was
released for publication on Monday.

The troops remained in the area and built a barrier to fortify their

Brit-Am Comment:
For the importance of Ghajar see:
The area controls the Wazani Springs source of the Hasbani River.
Technically the area may well legally belong to Israel though officially it is
not certain  whether the administrator should be  Syria or
Ghajar, is "a village split between Lebanon and Israeli-occupied Syria".

 The inhabitants are Alawis (a non-Muslim sect to which the ruling caste of Syria
belongs) who once requested to be annexed to Israel.
The Wazani Springs and
Hasbani River (Marjayoun Region) are a source of the Jordan.
The area is also close to the Litani River.
For some background on the importance of this area to Israel see:

Could Israel die of thirst?
Lebanon has unilaterally initiated a program to provide water for communities in its south by tapping the Wazzani Spring, a tributary to the Hatzbani River that flows, in turn, into Israel's Sea of Galilee. By some estimates, Lebanon controls as much as 20% of the Jewish State's fresh water resources and its plan for the Wazzani would divert as much as 50 million cubic meters a year from downstream Israel. According to the Jerusalem Post, "This is the same amount of water Israel supplies to Jordan each year under the peace accord between the two countries and more than the allotted amount given to the Palestinians. It is equivalent to the quantity of fresh water proposed to be imported from Turkey and the total annual production capacity of a major seawater desalination plant."

Water from Turkey is no longer practical and another "major seawater desalination plant"
is problematic.

Jerusalem News-464
1. Joan Griffith: Info on WW2
2. The Shawn Report:
(a) cartoons
(b) France's disproportionate response
(1) in 2004 in the Ivory Coast and
(2) in 1994 in Yugoslavia
(c) The View from Haifa September 10th Syndrome
by  Steven Plaut
4. Arutz Sheva News Tuesday
World Reactions: Israel is Right, and Talk of World War III
5. Lebanese Christians thank Israel
6. War Against Israel in Order to Hurt USA
7. New 1-minute film on Israel  (Very Good)
8. Arutz Sheva News Wednesday
[Brief Extracts Only]
9. Agudath Yisrael Calls for Worldwide Prayers

1. Joan Griffith: Info on WW2
From: Joan Griffith
Subject: Roosevelt

I can't remember if I sent this or not! I started to, then I was trying to locate a source.

According to the book, "While 6 Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy," by Arthur Morse,  Roosevelt certainly knew about the death camps, and so did other countries that rejected the Jews who sought safety from persecution. I was completely shocked to find that people did know about these camps. But they had not yet SEEN them. (See: <>

I just read a book about the beginnings of the CIA/US spy network, then called the OSS, run by "Wild Bill" Donovan at the personal request of Roosevelt: "A Man Called Intrepid," written by William Stevenson. According to that book, the spies knew a lot, but allowed terrible events to continue so as not to let the enemies know the allies had their codes. So Roosevelt knew that Pearl Harbor was to be bombed, because the US had the Japanese code. In the entertainment world, every now and then someone mentions the death of the actor Leslie Howard, whose aircraft was shot down I believe in the English Channel. This is specified as having been known in advance by the OSS spies, but nothing was done so the enemy would not change their codes.

Those "conspiracy" folks you mentioned just happened to be right about that, according to historical facts. Roosevelt wanted to get into the war badly--altho off the top of my head I can't think what he was so pressed about, because  it had nothing to do with preventing the murder of Jews. I was surprised, after all of the World War II-era movies I've seen, to find that Americans did NOT want to go to war. I guess they had enough in World War I. Perhaps Roosevelt wanted to support our allies. My mother always said he wanted to use the war to get America out of the Great Depression.

I know that certain Jewish financiers on Wall Street loaned money to Russia (a U.S. ally) for their War operations,  not because they wanted war or loved Russia, but because they hated England and would not lend war funds to the British. Another fascinating story!

Talent instantly recognizes genius.--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

2. The Shawn Report:
(a) cartoons

Hamas Cartoons

Iran Cartoons

Jew-hating cartoons from the Arab/Islamic world

(b) France's disproportionate response
(1) in 2004
in the Ivory Coast
<<I don't know enough about the situation then to say whether the French actions were justified, but killing 20-60 people and destroying an entire air force in response to the killings of 9 sounds disproportionate to me! Why, it is a ratio of up to 6-1! And innocent civilians lost their lives!

<<Amazingly, the UN didn't condemn the French then.

<<Today, Chirac went beyond the "disproportionate" tripe and called Israeli actions "aberrant."

(2) in 1994 in Yugoslavia
Straying from military targets is a bad trend
Elizabeth Sullivan

France should know whereof its speaks when it brands Israel for "disproportionate" force in bombing bridges, airfields and civilian power plants.

Seven years ago, French pilots went after similar targets during NATO's 72-day air war against Yugoslavia.
<<In 1999, dozens of NATO bombs and missiles hit Yugoslav bridges, communications grids, power plants and a television station, killing at least 498 civilians.

<<French fighter pilots flew more than 1,100 of the war's air strikes, or about 11 percent of the alliance's missions, according to Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine.

(c) The View from Haifa September 10th Syndrome
by Steven Plaut

<<"All you do all day is threaten that there will be Katyusha rockets landing in Ashkelon. Would you mind telling me why there are no rockets fired from Aqaba to Eilat?"

Foreign Minister and Labor MK Shimon Peres, Knesset minutes, September 9, 1993

I could still hear Peres's words echoing when Katyusha rockets began exploding in Haifa a few days ago, some of them just several blocks from my home. Filled with thousands of lead pellets to maximize the carnage, one of them ended the lives of nine people in a Haifa train depot.>>

4. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 22 Tammuz 5766
World Reactions: Israel is Right, and Talk of World War III
By Hillel Fendel

The G-8 leaders, including Bush, Blair, and Putin, are showing no signs of pressuring Israel to go easy - yet. In the U.S., there's talk of World War Three.

World leaders meeting in a suburb of the Russian city of St. Petersburg at the G-8 summit have come down squarely on Israel's side. They called for Hamas and Hizbullah to return the Israeli soldiers they are holding captive and for the cessation of rocket attacks on Israel - as conditions for Israel's cessation of its offensive on Lebanon.

The G-8 is a self-proclaimed Group of Eight industrialized nations, namely, the U.S.,
Russia, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan.

Canada took a surprisingly pro-Israel approach when Prime Minister Stephen Harper told reporters before the summit that Israel "has a right to defend itself," and that Israel's offensive in Lebanon was a "measured" manifestation of that right. He clearly blamed the current warfare on Hamas and Hizbullah.

In response to calls for a more "proportionate" Israeli response to Hizbullah and Hamas, an Israel Radio correspondent in Washington quoted observers who said that such a response would have to include indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians, just as both terrorist groups have done. Israel should therefore be commended for not acting "proportionately," the observers say.

Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has described the Israel-Lebanon-Hamas warfare as part of the beginning of World War III. The Republican Senator from the southern state of Georgia, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, mentioned a series of locations in which the west and Muslim terrorists are clashing. Noting the "question of the survival of Israel," as well as bombs in India, the war in Afghanistan, the "Iran/Syria/Hamas/Hizbullah alliance," the "war in Iraq funded largely from Saudi Arabia and supplied largely from Syria and Iran," and Muslim terrorist threats in Britain and the United States, as well as the missiles from North Korea, Gingrich concluded, "I mean, we are in the early stages of what I would describe as the third world war."

Sen. John McCain (R, Az.), appearing on CNN on Monday, was only a shade more conservative, saying, "We need to make our European allies understand that this is the most serious challenge we have faced in the Middle East in a long time." McCain added that the U.S. might have to take direct action itself.

"Frankly," Gingrich said, "the Israelis have every right to insist that every single missile leave south Lebanon, and the United States ought to be helping the Lebanese government have the strength to eliminate Hizbullah as a military force."

"The threat to the United States," Gingrich said, "is an ideological wing of Islam that is irreconcilable to modern civilization as we know it throughout most of the world. The United States and her allies face a long war with this irreconcilable wing of Islam."

5. Lebanese Christians thank Israel
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 15:21:58 +1000
From: razl dazl <>
"Thank you Israel "
By Brigitte Gabriel

[Extracts Only]
For the millions of Christian Lebanese, driven out of our
homeland, "Thank you Israel," is the sentiment echoing from
around the world. The Lebanese Foundation for Peace, an
international group of Lebanese Christians, made the
following statement in a press release to Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert concerning the latest Israeli attacks
against Hezbollah:

"We urge you to hit them hard and destroy their terror
infrastructure. It is not  Israel who is fed up with
this situation, but the majority of the silent Lebanese in
Lebanon who are fed up with Hezbollah and are powerless to
do anything out of fear of terror retaliation."

Their statement continues,

"On behalf of thousands of Lebanese, we ask you to open the
doors of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport to thousands of
volunteers in the Diaspora willing to bear arms and liberate
their homeland from  [Islamic] fundamentalism. We ask you for
support, facilitation and logistics in order to win this
struggle and achieve together the same objectives: Peace and
Security for Lebanon and Israel and our future generations
to come."

The once dominate Lebanese Christians responsible for giving
the world "the Paris of the Middle East" as Lebanon used to
be known, have been killed, massacred, driven out of their
homes and scattered around the world as radical Islam
declared its holy war in the 70s and took hold of the
country. They voice an opinion that they and Israel have
learned from personal experience, which is now belatedly
being discovered by the rest of the world.

While the world protected the PLO withdrawing from Lebanon
in 1983 with Israel hot on their heals, another more
volatile and religiously idealistic organization was being
born: Hezbollah, "the Party of God," founded by Ayatollah
Khomeini and financed by Iran. It was Hezbollah who blew up
the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon in October,1983 killing
241 Americans and 67 French paratroopers that same day.
President Reagan ordered U.S. Multilateral Force units to
withdraw and closed the books on the marine massacre and US
involvement in Lebanon February 1984.

the Israeli pull out in 2000, Lebanon has become a terrorist
base completely run and controlled by Syria with its puppet
Lebanese President Lahood and the Hezbollah "state within a

The Lebanese army has less than 10,000 military troops.
Hezbollah has over 4,000 trained militia forces and there
are approximately 700 Iranian Revolutionary Guards in
Southern Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley. So why can't the army
do the job? Because the majority of Lebanese Muslims making
up the army will split and unite along religious lines with
the Islamic forces just like what happened in 1976 at the
start of the Lebanese civil war.

It all boils down to a war of Islamic Jihad ideology vs.
Judeo Christian Westernism. Muslims who are now the majority
of Lebanon's population, support Hezbollah because they are
part of the Islamic Ummah-the nation. This is the taboo
subject everyone is trying to avoid.

The latest attacks on Israel have been orchestrated by Iran
and Syria driven by two different interests. Syria considers
Lebanon a part of "greater" Syria. Young Syrian President
Assad and his Ba'athist military intelligence henchmen in
Damascus are using this latest eruption of violence to prove
to the Lebanese that they need the Syrian presence to
protect them from the Israeli aggression and to stabilize
the country. Iran is conveniently using its Lebanese puppet
army Hezbollah, to distract the attention of world leaders
meeting at the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, from its
pursuit of nuclear weapons. Apocalyptic Iranian President
Ahmadinejad and the ruling Mullah clerics in Tehran want to
assert hegemony in the Islamic world under the banner of
Shia Mahdist madness. Ahmadinejad wants to seal his place as
top Jihadist for Allah by make good his promise to "wipe
Israel off the map.

....This is
the same Hezbollah that Iran is threatening to unleash in
America with suicide bomb attacks if America tries to stop
Iran from developing nuclear weapon. They have cells in over
10 cities in the United States. Hamas, has the largest
terrorist infrastructure on American soil. This is what
happens when you turn a blind eye to evil for decades,
hoping it will go away.

Sheik Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, is an Iranian agent.
He is not a free actor in this play. He has been involved in
terrorism for over 25 years. Iran with its Islamic vision
for a Shia Middle East now has its agents, troops and money
in Gaza in the Palestinian territories, Lebanon, Syria, and

At this point the civilized world must unite in fighting the
same enemies plaguing Israel and the world with terrorism.
We need to stop analyzing the enemies' differences as
Sunni-Hamas or Shiite-Hezbollah, and start understanding
that their common bond in their fight against us is radical


6. War Against Israel in Order to Hurt USA
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 10:53:01 -0400 (EDT)

A Strategic Assessment of the Hizballah War:
Defeating the Iranian-Syrian Axis in Lebanon

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror and Dan Diker
[Extracts Only]
Israel's current military operations to uproot Hizballah and to destroy it
as a formidable military and terror organization is not merely an operation
against another determined terror group like Hamas in Gaza. Hizballah has a
disciplined, well-trained army with sophisticated weaponry, backed directly
by Syria and Iran.

A high-level Iranian official recently emphasized to Western diplomats in
London Hizballah's importance to Iran: "Hizballah is one of the pillars of
our security strategy, and forms Iran's first line of defense against
Israel." Walid Jumblatt, the Lebanese Druze leader, shares this perspective:
"The war is no longer Lebanon' is an Iranian war. Iran is telling the
United States: You want to fight me in the Gulf and destroy my nuclear
program? I will hit you at home, in Israel."

Iran's Revolutionary Guards provide the majority of Hizballah's weaponry,
financing, instruction, and strategic command and control. Hizballah's
short- and medium-range missiles are manufactured in Iran and exported to
Lebanon via the Damascus International Airport. Iranian officers from the
Revolutionary Guards are on the ground in Lebanon, playing active roles in
supervising terror actions and training Hizballah operatives to launch
rockets against Israel.

Israel's overnight unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon in May 2000, Hizballah
built itself into a deterrent military force possessing 13,000 to 15,000
short- and medium-range missiles. The terror organization exploited Israel's
political preference to maintain the relative quiet for the residents of its
northern border communities instead of uprooting the Hizballah terror
infrastructure and risking war. ....
More at:

7. New 1-minute film on Israel  (Very Good)

8.  Arutz Sheva News Service -
Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 23 Tammuz 5766
[Extracts Only]
By Hillel Fendel

"We must no longer say, 'there was no damage and no casualties,'" says
Yaakov (Ketzaleh) Katz, Executive-Director of Arutz-7.  "Every rocket
that falls causes irreversible damage - tremendous psychological harm,
children can't function, families cannot run normally, and even
property values keep dropping."

Some 25 Katyushas were fired at northern Israel by early this
afternoon (Wednesday), and another 70 in the hours afterwards.  
....Fires are raging in many places in the Galilee, including
very close to the town of Tivon.  Targeted towns today include
Carmiel, the Krayot north of Haifa, Maalot, Hatzor, Kiryat Shmonah and

The IDF carried out aerial attacks against more than 100 targets in
Lebanon in the course of Tuesday.  Among the targets were 12 access
roads between Lebanon and Syria, used to supply Hizbullah with weapons
from Syria and to help Hizbullah terrorists escape to Syria.  Four
trucks carrying weaponry were also bombed, as was a long-range missile
launching truck, 75 Hizbullah missile-launching sites, bridges,
weapons warehouses, terrorist cells, and more. 

Since the original Hizbullah attack on Israel on July 13th, Israel has
targeted more than 180 missile launching sites.

By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

Arab press sources close to the Hizbullah say that residents of Tel
Aviv will be given one hour to flee before the terrorist group
launches a barrage of missiles at the city.

By Hillel Fendel

Some 30 armored vehicles entered a terrorist stronghold neighborhood
in Gaza overnight; 17 terrorists were killed. Two soldiers were
moderately wounded. Terrorist alert in Petach Tikvah.

A large IDF force entered the Marazi area and began clearing large
areas of overgrowth generally used to camouflage Kassam-launching
terrorists.  Fierce gunbattles ensued between IDF forces stationed
atop roofs and armed Arabs; the IDF reports that 17 Arab terrorists
were killed in Gaza today.

IDF forces also operated against terror infrastructures in Beit
Hanoun, in northern Gaza.  Some of the forces entered on foot.

Israel Air Force craft also attacked three terrorist cells, as well as
one Kassam launching cell and a tunnel in the Karni Crossing area.
Warnings had been received of an attempt to smuggle terrorists into
Israel via the tunnel.

Just two days ago, a would-be suicide terrorist was caught in Tzahal
Square in downtown Jerusalem - between Jaffa Rd. and the Old City -
wearing an explosive vest.  The three policemen who arrested him
received a certificate of honor from Prime Minister Olmert today.

In Shechem (Nablus), IDF forces are surrounding a building in which
Fatah terrorists are hiding out.  Six terrorists have been reported
killed, and dozens have already given themselves up.

By Ezra HaLevi

EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana arrived in Israel Wednesday with
suggestions that Israel "act proportionately" and with excuses as to
why the EU does not consider Hizbullah a terror group.

9. Agudath Yisrael Calls for Worldwide Prayers
Note: Agudath Yisrael ["Agudas Yisroel"] is the primary organization
of the "Ultra-Orthodox" Religious Jews.

- Jul 15, 2006

( Agudath Israel of America is calling on Jews around the world to respond to the alarming situation in Eretz Yisrael with intensified determination to merit Hashem's help for our brethren in the Holy Land.

The organization is calling for increased prayers, as well as the recitation of Psalms, especially Chapters 83, 130, and 142, every morning following prayer services.

Jerusalem News-465
1. Hizballah Repeats Nazi Message
2. Guysen  Israel News [Extracts]
3. Climate Change
4. Arutz Sheva News Thursday -
5. USA Backs Israel (for the present)

1. Hizballah Repeats Nazi Message
[Extracts Only]
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 22:21:57 -0400 (EDT)


By Michael Widlanski 19 July 2006
[Extracts Only]

   Hizballah's propaganda machine continues to threaten death and
destruction to all Israelis in its regular radio, television and internet
shows, and this message is being echoed by some of the most important Arab

   "Al-Mawt le-Isra'il"-"Death to Israel" chants Sheikh Hassan Nasserallah
repeatedly  in a montage television film shown many times daily on Hizballah's
Al-Manar television station.

   Pictures show the terrorist leader in his black turban and dark jalaba
robe striking the air with his fist as a crowd answers his chant with their
own chant of "Death to Israel."

   The films show Nasserallah's followers marching in uniforms,
goose-stepping as they frequently give an open-palm salute that is identical
to the Nazi "zig-heil."

   Nasserallah, the Iranian-educated and financed terror leader, has not
been seen in public or on live television for several days, but his message
of death and destruction for Israel-and for the United States and other
Western "infidels"-is preserved by the miracles of video-tape, audio-tape
and computer technology.

   Al-Manar television and Al-Nur radio rebroadcast Nasserallah's words
several times a day-sometimes several times an hour, and other video and
audio clips make it clear that this is not some abstract message but a

    "Nastarjiu Khaybar"-"We will return to Khaybar" declares a sonorous
narrator, recalling the oasis of Khaybar where Muhammad slaughtered all the
local Jews who opposed his views and leadership 1400 years ago.

   Several times an hour, Al-Manar television places a bull-eye on the name
of different Israeli cities on a map, followed by explosions signaling the
fate in store for the people living there.

   Israel itself is almost never mentioned by name in Nasserallah's
speeches. He and the Hizballah officials generally call Israel al-'udu
al-sihyouni-"The Zionist Enemy" or "Al-kiyaan al-sihyouni"-The Zionist

    Israelis do not exist, only 'sahayyan'-Zionists, with a tone that
indicates that they are some lower dangerous life form which endangers
higher life forms, such as Arabs and Muslims.

   Hizballah's web-site is called Net-and its net
message is rather gross: total destruction and annihilation for all Jews
leaving in the "settlement" or "colonies" of Palestine: in other words all
Israeli towns, villages and cities.


2. Guysen  Israel News [Extracts]
From: Guysen  Israel News <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News - July 20, 2006
[] 2006-07-19 , 23 Tammuz 5766
[Extracts Only]

Lebanon : the IAF has dumped 23 tons of bombs on a Hezbollah bunker located in south-east Beirut, where according to some, Hassan Nasrallah is hiding, as well as other leaders of the terrorist organisation.

23:54  The Israeli Red Cross (Mada) has released the estimates for the day : 74 new victims of the security situation, including 4 deaths, 1 critically wounded, 1 seriously injured, 20 lightly hurt and 48 who suffered shock. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

23:19  Lebanese sources report that Israel has bombarded a central bridge that connects two strategic points in the North of the country, not far from the Syria-Lebanon border. No victims were located. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

22:43  In the operation aiming to dismantle the terrorist organisations in the Gaza Strip, the Air Force attacked a group of 20 armed Palestinians preparing to open fire on IDF forces present in the region. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

21:45  ''The Hezbollah built special rooms within residential buildings, serving as launching pads for rockets, but they did not know that Israeli military intelligence was aware of this strategy, and was surprised'', claimed former Chief of Staff, Moshe Yaalon, in a lecture at the ''The Washington Institute for Near East Policy''. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

21:19  Lt. General Youval Halamish, officer of military intelligence, indicated that more than 100 rockets were fired Wednesday. Some of them had a diameter measuring 220 mm and were Syrian manufactured. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

20:34  The White House considers the operations led by the IDF as an ''essential part of the international war against terror''. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

20:01  During this entire week, watermelon, ice cream, drinks, etc... have been distributed to people in shelters and to soldiers stationed along the Lebanese border. The initiative is being led by ABSI-Keren Or, of Hatzlacha-Yoch, SSF, KKL, RADIO J Paris and Guysen.
We call on you to stand with us in solidarity.
You can join this venture by making a donation by clicking on the following link: (Guysen.Isra l.News)

15:06  During a statement made at the Champs Elysees, at the end of a meeting of ministers, which treated the situation in Lebanon, the French president Jacques Chirac called for the installation of humanitarian corridors in Lebanon, which would allow the population to move safely within the country or eventually leave it. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

The head of the French State announced that equipment (generators intended for hospitals, water purification systems) and medicine would be sent by France to aid the Lebanese population. Chirac specified that this aid would be transported via Cyprus by a cargo plane, and then sent onward to Lebanon by boat.

14:42  Alert in the Sharon region : police arrested 4 terrorists in a building under construction in Hod HaSharon, one of whom was preparing to blow himself up in the center of the country. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

07:50  The American Senate has expressed its support for Israel by signing a resolution condemning the Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria and Iran. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
At the closure of the Senate meeting, a statement was released, which read "Israel has the right to defend itself against attack. The Israeli government should not have any doubts concerning our stance in this crisis"

During the night, the IAF attacked more than 20 targets in southern Lebanon, including a launching pad for long range Zilzal-type rockets, as well as an armory, a truck transporting arms, and about 15 Hezbollah buildings housing financial operations for the Shiite militia. Since the beginning of the operation in Lebanon, the IDF has struck more than 1,000 targets.

France is accused as having chosen Israel over Palestine  
(Barbara Szerer for Guysen Isra l News)
[]Review of the Arabic press - Sunday July 9, 2006

The Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Ahram has fiercely accused France of having switched camps, strengthening ties with Israel, while strengthening its position against the Palestinians. Criticism following the example of the sort received by the Palestinians is out of the question for the Jewish state; the good graces of the Jewish community must not be lost, protests the writer.

3. Climate Change

The Climate is Changing. This is almost certain.
What the causes are and if anything can or should be done to
prevent it are matters of dispute.

From: Bruce Chesley <>
Subject: [prj] Fw: Global Warming?  Hyping a Hoax
[Extracts Only]
Hyping a Hoax
"Global warming helped fuel 2005's destructive hurricane season" Gray, in the 7th paragraph of the story, called that "ridiculous."

Gray, former director of the National Hurricane Center, has told the Washington Post that global warming is "one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American people." That is also the claim made by Senator James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Environment Committee. Gray placed that quote on the cover of one of his scientific papers analyzing global warming and hurricanes.

Global Dimming
The effect was first spotted by Gerry Stanhill, an English scientist working in Israel. Comparing Israeli sunlight records from the 1950s with current ones, Stanhill was astonished to find a large fall in solar radiation. "There was a staggering 22% drop in the sunlight, and that really amazed me," he says.

Intrigued, he searched out records from all around the world, and found the same story almost everywhere he looked, with sunlight falling by 10% over the USA, nearly 30% in parts of the former Soviet Union, and even by 16% in parts of the British Isles. Although the effect varied greatly from place to place, overall the decline amounted to 1-2% globally per decade between the 1950s and the 1990s.

More than 17,000 scientists, to date, have signed a petition sponsored by Dr. Frederick Seitz, past president of the National Academy of Sciences, refuting Gore's claims that global warming is human-induced. The petition states: "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."


MYTH 1:  Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate.
FACT:  Accurate satellite, balloon and mountain top observations made over the last three decades have not shown any significant change in the long term rate of increase in global temperatures. Average ground station readings do show a mild warming of 0.6 to 0.8Cover the last 100 years, which is well within the natural variations recorded in the last millennium. The ground station network suffers from an uneven distribution across the globe; the stations are preferentially located in growing urban and industrial areas ("heat islands"), which show substantially higher readings than adjacent rural areas ("land use effects").
There has been no catastrophic warming recorded.

MYTH 2:  The "hockey stick" graph proves that the earth has experienced a steady, very gradual temperature increase for 1000 years, then recently began a sudden increase.
FACT:  Significant changes in climate have continually occurred throughout geologic time. For instance, the Medieval Warm Period, from around 1000 to1200 AD (when the Vikings farmed on Greenland) was followed by a period known as the Little Ice Age. Since the end of the 17th Century the "average global temperature" has been rising at the low steady rate mentioned above; although from 1940 1970 temperatures actually dropped, leading to a Global Cooling scare.
The "hockey stick", a poster boy of both the UN's IPCC and Canada's Environment Department, ignores historical recorded climatic swings, and has now also been proven to be flawed and statistically unreliable as well. It is a computer construct and a faulty one at that.

MYTH 3:  Human produced carbon dioxide has increased over the last 100 years, adding to the Greenhouse effect, thus warming the earth.
FACT:  Carbon dioxide levels have indeed changed for various reasons, human and otherwise, just as they have throughout geologic time. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution the CO2 content of the atmosphere has increased from a rate of about 0.2% per year to the present 0.4% per year. But there is no proof that CO2 is the main driver of global warming. As measured in ice cores dated over many thousands of years, CO2 levels move up and down AFTER the temperature has done so, and thus are the RESULT OF, NOT THE CAUSE of warming. Geological field work in recent sediments confirms this causal relationship. There is solid evidence that, as temperatures move up and down naturally and cyclically through solar radiation, orbital and galactic influences, the warming surface layers of the earth's oceans expel more CO2 as a result.

MYTH 4:  CO2 is the most common greenhouse gas.
FACT:  Greenhouse gases form about 3 % of the atmosphere by volume. They consist of varying amounts, (about 97%) of water vapour and clouds, with the remainder being gases like CO2, CH4, Ozone and N2O, of which carbon dioxide is the largest amount. Hence, CO2 constitutes about 0.037% of the atmosphere. While the minor gases are more effective as "greenhouse agents" than water vapour and clouds, the latter are overwhelming the effect by their sheer volume and in the end are thought to be responsible for 60% of the "Greenhouse effect".
Those attributing climate change to CO2 rarely mention this important fact.

MYTH 5:  Computer models verify that CO2 increases will cause significant global warming.
FACT:  Computer models can be made to "verify" anything by changing some of the 5 million input parameters or any of a multitude of negative and positive feedbacks in the program used.. They do not "prove" anything. Also, computer models predicting global warming are incapable of properly including the effects of the sun, cosmic rays and the clouds. The sun is a major cause of temperature variation on the earth surface as its received radiation changes all the time, This happens largely in cyclical fashion. The number and the lengths in time of sunspots can be correlated very closely with average temperatures on earth, e.g. the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period. Varying intensity of solar heat radiation affects the surface temperature of the oceans and the currents. Warmer ocean water expels gases, some of which are CO. Solar radiation interferes with the cosmic ray flux, thus influencing the amount ionized nuclei which control cloud cover.

MYTH 7:  CO2 is a pollutant.
FACT:  This is absolutely not true. Nitrogen forms 80% of our atmosphere. We could not live in 100% nitrogen either. Carbon dioxide is no more a pollutant than nitrogen is.  CO2 is essential to life on earth. It is necessary for plant growth since increased CO2 intake as a result of increased atmospheric concentration causes many trees and other plants to grow more vigorously.

MYTH 9:  Receding glaciers and the calving of ice shelves are proof of global warming.
FACT:  Glaciers have been  receding and growing cyclically for hundreds of years. Recent glacier melting is a consequence of coming out of the very cool period of the Little Ice Age. Ice shelves have been breaking off for centuries. Scientists know of at least 33 periods of glaciers growing and then retreating. Its normal. Besides, glacier's health is dependent as much on precipitation as on temperature.

 MYTH 10:  The earths poles are warming; polar ice caps are breaking up and melting and the sea level rising.
FACT:  The earth is variable. The western Arctic may be getting somewhat warmer, due to unrelated cyclic events in the Pacific Ocean, but the Eastern Arctic and Greenland are getting colder. The small Palmer Peninsula of Antarctica is getting warmer, while the main Antarctic continent is actually cooling. Ice thicknesses are increasing both on Greenland and in Antarctica.
Sea level monitoring in the Pacific (Tuvalu) and Indian Oceans (Maldives) has shown no sign of any sea level rise.

4. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Thursday, July 20, 2006, 24 Tammuz 5766
[Extracts Only]

By Ezra HaLevi

A record-setting year of North American Aliyah continued Thursday,
with a plane full of immigrants touching down at Ben Gurion Airport.
They were not deterred by the war and some are going up north.

In what organizers have billed "the ultimate solidarity mission,"
hundreds of Jews from North America chose to pack their bags and leave
the comfort and stability of the United States and Canada for the
rocketed State of Israel Thursday.

The olim [new immigrants to Israel] were greeted by former Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Efrats Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, who
himself came on Aliyah more than two decades ago together with many
members of his congregation, Nefesh b'Nefesh co-founder Rabbi Yehoshua
Fass, and representatives of the Jewish Agency and the Absorption

"Israel is not Disneyland. We don't just come to Israel when it is fun
and sun," said Rabbi Riskin...

"Israel needs you," Riskin added, "but it is a two-way street - each
of you also needs Israel. What anyone does in the Diaspora is a
footnote in our history, what is being written here is the chapter

Rabbi Fass recalled the Jewish tribes of Gad, Reuven and Menashe, who
requested of Moses to be able to stay east of the Jordan River as the
Jewish nation crossed into the Land of Israel. They told him, We
like our comfortable houses and we dont want to go, Fass said. And
Moses asked them, How can you break the hearts of your brothers and
sisters in Israel? You olim [new immigrants] who are standing here today have mended
our hearts and are making the hearts of our nation complete.

Knesset opposition leader MK Netanyahu pointed to the crowd, saying,
You are the best answer to Hizbullah! He added that Aliyah is the
very essence and lifeline of Zionism, which never envisioned a world
where people would stop attacking us, but a world where we would
defend ourselves build cities and create industry.

By Hillel Fendel

Tense anticipation among opponents to the Gay Pride parade scheduled
for Jerusalem three weeks from now, as the Jerusalem Police Chief is
set to decide whether or not to issue the permit.

The international organization World Pride is planning to hold a
week-long homosexual celebration in Israel next month, featuring a
parade in downtown Jerusalem, a beach party, tours of Israel, and a
"Youth Day" outside the Knesset.

Much opposition has been voiced against the parade, and the final
decision as to whether to allow it will apparently be made - at least
formally - by Jerusalem Police Chief Ilan Franco.

Public Opinion
Tens of thousands of signatures have been gathered against the parade
by Jerusalem City Councilwoman Mina Fenton, yet some feel that not
enough has been done to galvanize public opinion against it.  Rabbi
Yehuda Levin of New York, who has spent the last several weeks in
Israel for the sole purpose of stopping the parade, says that
politicians, rabbis and the media will have to account for their
silence on the issue.

"I visited Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch [the head of the Eida Hareidit
hareidi-religious rabbinic court]  in the hospital this week," Levin
told Arutz-7, "and he gave me a letter saying that the reason for the
current war and the its accompanying tragedies is because we have not
done enough to protest this licentiousness."    

"We have not protested enough against this parade of abomination and
therefore we have received this warning," Rabbi Sternbuch's letter
states. "Who knows where things will get to if we do not act further
and more stringently against it."

Some rabbis have warned that there could be violence - a prime
consideration in the decision by Police Chief Franco.  "Franco,
accompanied by Shas Party leader Eli Yishai, went to visit Shas
spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef to ask him whether he felt there
could be violence," Levin told Arutz-7.  "Rabbi Yosef reportedly said,
'we are all Pinchas' [the Biblical figure who was praised for stabbing
two people engaged publicly in licentious behavior].  Now I'm sure he
didn't mean actual attempted murder, but I do think he meant that if
people are pushed, figuratively, by this parade, they will push right

Arab MK Sheikh Ibrahim Tzartzour recently said that a homosexual
parade in Jerusalem could lead to a violent Muslim response.

Franco is expected to make his decision very soon, and some groups
have asked that the public flood him with faxes to show where they
stand.  "Even if he plans to call off the parade," said a
representative of Jerusalem-based Women for Family Values, "he should
see that he has much support.  And certainly he should see that in
terms of democracy, the vast majority of Jerusalemites and others, in
Israel and abroad, are against having this affront to our values here.
 New York State just outlawed gay marriage; Israel, of all places,
should host a parade of this sort?!"

A recent poll presented by MK Yitzchak Levi (National Union/NRP) shows
that 85% of the Jerusalem public, including 63% of those who define
themselves as secular, oppose the march. 

Franco's office fax number in the Jerusalem Police District is (+9722)

Youth Day
Particularly troubling to many of the opponents of the parade is the
planned "Youth Day," to be held in the framework of the World Pride
events at the Knesset.  Rabbi Levin said that this is the part of the
event he finds most despicable, as it is intended to present
homosexuality as a viable life option to kids and young adults.

The Jonah
organization - dedicated to educating the world-wide Jewish
community about the prevention, intervention, and healing of the
underlying issues causing same-sex attractions - lists three other
organizations that offer similar help: Narth,  People Can Change,   and International
Healing Foundation. 

Arutz-7 asked City Council member Fenton if she felt that the ongoing
war situation would lead to a cancellation of the parade.  "I don't
accept this formulation," she said emphatically.  "I don't want it to
be canceled because of the war; that's not the issue.  It must be
canceled because of what it is.  Israel is always in a war for
existence - and this parade is also a matter of Israel's existence.
Some do not believe this, but most people do, even those who are not
religious. Among the tens of thousands of signatures that we have
gathered against the parade are people from all walks of life,
professionals from all fields, and from all political parties.  More
signatures keep coming in every day."

Fenton has also written to Police Chief Franco, imploring him to
realize that the right of "freedom of expression" must also take into
account the sensibilities of the public - "which, in the end, is
comprised of many individuals, who also have rights.  Judicial rulings
by Chief Justice Barak and Justice Procaccia say clearly that freedom
of expression must be balanced by considerations of the public

Rabbi Levin expressed concern that the parade has not yet been
canceled, despite the cancellation of many cultural activities around
the country because of the war.  "A Beitar activity was just canceled
in Jerusalem," he said, "so isn't it strange that this parade still
hasn't been?  It's an outrage that they're still contemplating this
parade.  It is clear that there are higher-ups who are still
pressuring to have it."

Christian Sentiment
"I spoke on some 800 Christian radio stations this week," he said,
"via the American Family Association and Concerned Women of America  -
and the message I gave was that they should tell Israel that if this
parade goes on, they might no longer come to Israel or support it
politically... After all, even the United States is liable to suffer
from this, because the Arab world sees the defilement of the Holy
Land, and will unleash its fury at the United States, the country that
has shipped its filth to Israel."

Asked if he does not feel that he is harming Israel by advising
outside elements how to blackmail Israel, Rabbi Levin said,
"Olmert is the duly-elected leader, but he has no importance in my
eyes, because by promoting this parade, he and his family are
promoting the spiritual destruction of the Jewish people and the
physical destruction by encouraging the Arabs to unleash their fury at
us for being so immoral.  This behavior is more dangerous to Israel
than my 'tough love' approach."

5. USA Backs Israel (for the present),7340,L-3278709,00.html
US to France: Too early for ceasefire
Yitzhak Benhorin
[Extracts Only]
Washington, which declared its support of Israel's right to defend itself, provides 'diplomatic umbrella' for strikes in Lebanon, convincing France not to promote ceasefire at this stage. Ambassador Ayalon: We have time
WASHINGTON France has sought to promote an initiative to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Hizbullah, but the United States managed to convince the French not to work to reach a ceasefire ahead of time, sources in Washington told Ynet.
The British Guardian newspaper and other western newspapers reported that the American government has given Israel a week to end the war, but in actual fact the US is blocking any attempt to "interrupt" the Israeli effort, out of an understanding that the Israel Defense Forces has to go "all the way."

Israeli Ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon told Ynet that the report in the Guardian, that there is an American schedule to stop the fighting, was "imaginary."

"I estimate the Americans will continue to offer full support, out of the understanding that this is a battle which is part of the global war on terror led by (US) President Bush," he added.

The feeling in the White House is that Hizbullah made a mistake in its estimation of its power and the situation, and now the Americans hope that the organization will pay for it.

Bush's spokesman Tony Snow said that Hizbullah thought they could kidnap soldiers and get some public relations, and instead they enraged not only Israel but the entire region.

Jerusalem News-466
1. The Smallness and Geographical Vulnerability of Israel
2. Background. THE ALAWIS; Rulers of Syria and the Hizbollah
(b) Syria After Asad by Daniel Pipes
3. Arutz Sheva News Sunday
4. The Shawn Report
Palestinian terrorists fleeing a battle with Israeli forces in a UN ambulance
5. Yair Lapid: Why they love to hate us

1. The Smallness and Geographical Vulnerability of Israel

2. Background
THE ALAWIS; Rulers of Syria
Note: The articles below help explain a little more how the rulership of Syria is linked
with Iran (a traditional source of Alewi support) and also its need for an outlet into
Muslims are dividied between Sunnis and Shiites.
Iran and the Hizbollah are Shiite whereas most Palestinians are Sunnis.
Most Muslims in Lebanon are Shiites.
For an interesting article about the Hizbollah see:
Most Syrians are Sunnis but the rulers of Syria are Alewis who are closer to the Shiites.
Historically the Sunnis derive from the Caliphate who were the political successors of Mahamot
whereas the Shiites followed Ali who was the son-in-law of Mahomet and was killed.
The Shiites tended to regard Ali as an incarnation of God and attracted the remnants of all kinds of pagan cults
to their ranks. The Alewis are sometimes considered an extreme form of Shiite but in effect are
a separate religion and before the time of Assad were never considered Muslims.
Nevertheless the Alewis of Syria could consider the Shiites of Iran and Lebanon
as potential allies against their fellow Syrians who are mainly Sunnis.


In the Jabal al-Nusayriyah, the mountain ranges of north-western Syria that overlook the Mediterranean Sea, the 'Alawi community has maintained itself for over one thousand years, fiercely clinging to its syncretistic secret religion. The 'Alawis have survived as a distinct group in spite of repeated persecution and the threat of extinction by the Sunni majority and rulers who considered them pagans and heretics who were not eligible for the status of a protected religion.

Also known as Nusayris, they are an Arabic speaking ethno-religious community, who also live in the Latakiah province of Syria and in the adjacent districts of northern Lebanon and southern Turkey. In recent years many 'Alawis have moved to the large cities of Syria. A small number still survive in Wadi al-Taym south of Mt Hermon.

World wide they number 2.2 million people, of whom 1.6 million live in Syria where they constitute 13% of the population and are the largest minority group. The second largest group is that of southern Turkey (0.5 million), where they are known as Alevis - a Turkish cover name for all extreme Shi'a groups.

Their religion is secret and seems to be a syncretistic mixture of extreme [Muslsem heretic] Shi'a (Ghulat), ancient pagan, gnostic [dualist, anti-Israelite and anti-Bible] and Christian elements. They are .... are actually an independent religion. They do not keep the five pillars of Islam, and they have no mosques but meet in private houses for their religious observances. Their festivals include Persian and Christian holy days. They have a ceremony similar to the Christian mass and believe in a trinitarian manifestation of God.

The 'Alawis are a tribal people (divided into four main tribes) with a closed society. They see themselves as a persecuted and despised people, who actually are the chosen people of God, the only ones to have seen the light in a world of darkness.

Their worst enemies were the Sunni majority who opressed and persecuted them cruelly over the centuries because they were labelled as heretics and pagans. The stories of their sufferings are transmitted from generation to generation creating a latent hatred for the Sunnis.

For centuries they were kept on the margins of Syrian society in a state of depressed poverty which forced some families to sell their daughters into servitude to rich Sunni families in the cities. They were mainly farmers who grew vines, wheat, tobacco and cotton in the hills.

The 'Alawis came to power in Syria in 1960 following a series of political upheavals. In 1971 Hafez Assad, an 'Alawi, was nominated president of Syria and has been in power ever since, giving the 'Alawis more power than they have ever had before. Much of his policy, especially his alliance with Shi'a Iran, can only be understood when we realise his 'Alawi background.

The 'Alawi Nusayriyah are one of several groups of extremist Shi'a sects known as the Ghulat (exaggerators). While most Shi'a groups revere 'Ali and his family, the Ghulat have gone beyond veneration, considering 'Ali to be the very manifestation God.

The mountainous areas of Syria have always been a safe haven for minority groups seeking security. Three Islamic sects found refuge there: the Assassins (Nizari Isma'ilis) and the Druze ... and the 'Alawis who were based on extreme Twelver Shi'a thought mixed with syncretic Christian and pagan influences.

Like these other groups, the 'Alawi religion has a strong gnostic base and is characterised by Syrio-Babylonian, Hellenistic, Persian and Christian influences.

The 'Alawis may be descendants of an ancient community that kept its own pagan basis and consecutively added to it elements of the new majority religions - Christianity in the Roman-Byzantine period and Shi'a Islam after the Muslim conquest. This local ethnic group was especially receptive to the gnostic ideas of the Ghulat and also absorbed Arabic and Persian tribes with similar beliefs who migrated to their mountains.

The founder of the 'Alawi sect was Abu Shu'ayb Muhammad ibn Nusayr (d.874)...He deified 'Ali and his successors in his teachings which started in Persia and Iraq but was brought to Syria by al-Khasibi (d. 957) in the second part of the tenth century. There it took root and survived whilst other centers of the sect disappeared.

Many of the Byzantines and Persians who turned to Islam after the Arab conquest, strongly resented the Arab dominance under which they were relegated to second class status. It was their effort to stress their cultural superiority over the Arabs that led them to accept Shi'a and extreme Shi'a (as well as Sufi) teaching, mixing it with their own ancient religious and philosophical systems. This was their "revenge" for the imposition of Arab rule upon them, and in this way they managed to change Islam into their own mold.

In the 'Alawi religion there is a definite stress on the superiority of Persia in a golden age before Islam. 'Ali is said to have manifested himself in the person of two Persian Kings before reappearing as an Arab. Before leaving, he deposited with the Persian Kings the divine wisdom and revelation of himself which the Persians (as Shi'as) have faithfully preserved, whilst the Arabs (as Sunnis) have lost. Most 'Alawi religious leaders and writers were of Persian origin.

The 'Alawis rebelled against the Ottomans in 1806, 1811 and 1852. It was only towards the end of the 19th century that the Ottomans introduced some reforms, giving the 'Alawis limited autonomy. A real change for the better came after WWI when the French took control of Syria. The French created a separate autonomous 'Alawi region which was given independent status in 1922. The economic conditions where improved and education introduced. Many young 'Alawis joined the army to improve their socio-economic prospects. This was encouraged by the French, who under the ancient "divide and rule" policy favoured the minority groups at the expense of the Sunni majority.

During the negotiations for Syrian independence, the 'Alawis would have preferred independence or attachment to Lebanon as they were afraid of renewed repression by the Sunni majority. They were however finally included in the Syrian territory when independence was granted in 1946.

The 'Alawis continued to infiltrate the army and the security forces, where they eventually came to control the centers of power. In the 1950s they also started to infiltrate the radical Ba'ath party and when it rose to power they where ready to take control of the Syrian State.

In 1971 Hafiz al-Assad, from the Matawira tribe, became the first 'Alawi president of Syria. Whilst keeping up the appearance of pan-Syrian nationalism and accepting Sunni Islam as state religion, Assad severely repressed the Islamic Brotherhood and all Sunni groups that threatened his position. At the same time he gave most positions of power in the security forces, the Ba'ath party and the Government to 'Alawis.

The 'Alawis, a minority group, now controlled the Syrian state. The Sunnis reacted by civil unrest and by assassinating key 'Alawi leaders. In 1982 the Muslim Brotherhood started a rebellion in Hama which was brutally put down by the Defense Companies commanded by Rif'at Assad, the president's brother. It is estimated that at least 20,000 people were killed and part of old Hama destroyed in the fighting. Assad has been firmly in control ever since.

Light is the very essence of God [say the Alawis], so the 'Alawis worship the sun and the moon seeing them as the abodes of 'Ali, Muhammad and Salman. Actually there are two divisions within the 'Alawis: The Shamsiya (from the Arabic Shams, meaning sun), identify 'Ali with the sun and Salman with the moon. The other group, the Qamariyah (from Qamar, the moon), identify 'Ali with the moon and Salman with the sun. Prayers are said facing the sun.

Another important 'Alawi principle is that of Taqiya - religious dissimulation, practiced also by Shi'as and the Druze. 'Alawis may pretend to adhere outwardly to the majority religion in order to ensure their own survival. This also means keeping the 'Alawi religion and its principles hidden from outsiders.

Religious knowledge is the exclusive privilege of the men, so only males are initiated. 'Alawis believe that women were created from devils. Women therefore have a low status in 'Alawi religion and society. They are not taught any prayers nor are they initiated into the secrets of their religion.

(b) Syria After Asad
by Daniel Pipes

Alienating the Sunnis

Sunnis make up about a 90 per cent majority of Muslims around the world, and almost 69 per cent of the population of Syria. In addition, they have a long tradition of political power; Sunnis expect to rule. When they do not, trouble usually ensues.

Traditionally, Sunnis did rule in Syria. They long formed the landlord class and owned the great commercial enterprises. Sunnis held nine-tenths of the administrative posts in the years before 1914 and, despite efforts to disenfranchise them by the French imperial power, they virtually maintained this power through independence in 1946. At independence, it was they who inherited the government. Through subsequent changes in government and shifting ideologies over the next twenty years, the conservative and wealthy Sunnis of Damascus and Aleppo controlled the capital.

The 'Alawis took power in 1966; .... The rise to power of this despised minority signaled, as Michael van Dusen has written, "the complete social, economic and political ruin of the traditional Syrian political elite." Van Dusen does not exaggerate when he calls this event "the most significant political fact of twentieth century Syrian history and politics."

Between 1966 and 1970, 'Alawis increasingly monopolized key political and military positions, a process that culminated with Hafiz al-Asad's seizure of power in 1970. Asad surrounded himself with fellow tribesmen and his own family; they staffed everything from the bodyguard to high positions of state.

In addition to 'Alawi control of the state and its resources, three specific aspects of life under 'Alawi rule deeply upset Sunnis: secularism, socialism, and foreign policy.

Looking forward to the day the 'Alawis lose power in Damascus, Sunnis believe that Asad is laying the groundwork to break off a part of Syria to form into a separate, 'Alawi-dominated state. One rumor has it that they are preparing the isolated Jazira region (in northeast Syria) as a refuge. Another sees the region from Latakia to Tartus as an 'Alawi bastion. Some point to the settlement of 40,000 'Alawis in the north Lebanese town of Tripoli as a first step toward an enlarged 'Alawi state along the Mediterranean coast. According to Annie Laurent: "The day when danger compels the 'Alawi community to withdraw to the mountains from which they come (in the northwest of Syria, along the Mediterranean coast), the 'Alawi state will no longer be an academic hypothesis and Tripoli might become its southern end." Yasir 'Arafat has asserted that the 'Alawis moved by the Syrian regime to northern Lebanon were brought from Alexandretta, Turkey. The settlement of 'Alawis in Hama after the massacre there in February 1982 was pointed to as part of this plot.

The stories that circulate among Sunnis about their 'Alawi rulers appear implausible to an outside observer. But it is precisely this that makes matters so explosive: anything can be believed, nothing strikes the Sunnis as too outlandish.

3. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Sunday, July 23, 2006, 27 Tammuz 5766


[Extracts Only]
By Ezra HaLevi

IDF forces conquered Hizbullah strongholds, destroyed missiles
batteries and located missile caches inside a mosque over the weekend
and early Sunday.

IDF forces took a ridge overlooking the Hizbullah stronghold of Bint
Jbail Sunday. The village is northwest of Maroun A-Ras, the site of
heavy battles, which was conquered over the Sabbath.

Maroun A-Ras was taken by IDF ground troops Saturday after days of
fierce battles in the area. The Hizbullah bunkers in, around and below
the village have all been raided and the IDF has now stationed troops
in the village. Security forces in the area report they found scores
of Katyusha shells, missile storage rooms and missile-launchers
concealed in the village's mosque.

In addition to all residents of Lebanon living south of the Litani
Rover, members of ten additional villages from which rockets have been
fired were warned to evacuate their homes by 7 PM Saturday, ahead of
IAF air strikes.

The Sayed al-Zahra facility in Sidon, run by a Hizbullah associated
Islamic leader, was directly hit. This was the first time a target was
hit in Sidon. Beirut was also hit early Sunday morning, with
Hizbullahs strongholds south of the city bearing the brunt of IAF
bombs. A Hizbullah compound in Baal Beck was also struck, and the
nearby Nabi Sheet.

Over the weekend, air strikes in Lebanon destroyed a building
described as Hizbullah Headquarters, a half-dozen missile launchers,
communications lines and a cache of long-range missiles, anti-tank
missiles and guns. Several television broadcast facilities were also
hit, presumably due to their complicity in broadcasting Hizbullah's
Al-Manar television channel.

More than 1,800 targets have been hit by Israel's Air Force since the
beginning of the Reengagement War.

Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said the air strikes will continue as long
as they have to. "It takes time to hit at terrorism," he told
reporters Friday. "We will fight terror wherever it is, because if we
do not fight it, it will fight us - if we don't reach it, it will
reach us."

Halutz added that Hizbullah has made a practice of using mosques to
hide their Katyusha missile launchers.

By Hana Levi Julian

At least two people were killed and twelve were injured, one
critically, in a massive Hizbullah terrorist attack on the Haifa area
Sunday morning.

One woman, whose home in Nesher took a direct hit, said she owed her
life to her husband.  I was suntanning on our balcony when my husband
came and practically dragged me into the shelter.  I didnt want to
go, but he insisted, and it was a good thing.  A few seconds later we
heard the explosion right above us.  If I had been on the balcony, I
would have been killed.  The familys dog and bird were saved as
well, she said.

By Yechiel Spira

Thousands of IDF soldiers have been called to active reserve duty,
thereby freeing up compulsory service soldiers for redeployment to the

Defense Minister Amir Peretz has authorized the continuation of the
ground forces incursion into southern Lebanon, as elite units continue
to operate on the ground, near Israels northern border, seeking to
push Hizbullah back while destroying the terror organizations

Five Egoz Soldiers Killed in Fighting
In heavy fighting in the Maroun a-Ras area near Moshav Avivim last
Thursday (20 July), five IDF soldiers fell in the line of duty.

Hizbullah is a Formidable Enemy
The battle will be a difficult one since Hizbullah has had six years
to prepare, since then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak ordered the
unilateral Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon. The area is mined
and there are bombs powerful enough to destroy the underbellies of
Israels tanks, as was seen ten days ago when the crew of a Merkavah-3
tank was burned alive when a 200kg (120 lbs) bomb was detonated near
Israels northern border.

It is also known that Russian-built Kornet missiles were sold to
Syria. The laser-guided missiles manufactured in the 1990s are
equipped with a thermal sight. They pose a threat to even the most
advanced tank.

A Sabbath of Heavy Rocket Attacks
The Sabbath brought another heavy day of rocket attacks, with over 160
rockets striking northern cities between 10:00am-7:00pm. Property
damage was extensive, and dozens of people were injured, including two
who were listed in serious condition on Saturday night.

Thousands of Israelis have fled their homes in Haifa and other cities,
explaining the relatively low number of people killed and wounded in
rocket attacks.

4. The Shawn Report
Palestinian terrorists fleeing a battle with Israeli forces in a UN ambulance

5. Yair Lapid: Why they love to hate us,7340,L-3280348,00.html
[Asks the question but does not answer]

Jerusalem News-467
1. Nicholas Blanford: Shia bloc bids to tip balance of power
2. A Cartoon so true you could cry:
3. Arutz Sheva News Tuesday
4. IDF controls 'terror capital' Bint Jbeil
5. War Updates
6. Anti-Semitism Increases in Canada
7.  Apocalyptic Muslim Jew Hatred

1. Nicholas Blanford: Shia bloc bids to tip balance of power
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 16:22:04 -0400 (EDT)

1. Shia bloc bids to tip balance of power
Nicholas Blanford, Beirut  [The Times]
18 July 2006,20867,19826091-31477,00.html

THE conflict between Hezbollah and Israel is not just a local quarrel
between foes who have fought each other in southern Lebanon for 25 years.

It is an attempt to redefine the balance of power in the Middle East, with
implications not only for Israel but also for Western-friendly, Sunni Arab
states such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.

The stakes are huge. By attacking Haifa, Hezbollah has transferred the
conflict to Israeli territory, undermining the latter's longstanding
military doctrine of defeating its enemies on foreign soil. "If the Israeli
public begins clamouring for a ceasefire, then the Israeli Army will have
been neutralised," said Amal SaadGhorayeb, a Lebanese expert on Hezbollah.
"It will shatter the myth of Israeli invincibility."

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel on television yesterday that
the guerillas' military capabilities remained strong and that "we are still
at the beginning" of the conflict. "Our fighters are still there and they
love the confrontation," he said.

"They are looking to show the world a new vision of victory."

Such defiance may dismay Israelis, but it will cause additional unease among
Sunni Arab countries, which view the conflagration as a naked attempt by
Shia-dominated Iran to project itself into the heart of the Arab world.

Saudi Arabia hinted at this irritation with Hezbollah and its patron in an
unusually frank statement following the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers
last week. It called the operation an "irresponsible action" and blamed
elements in Lebanon "and those behind them".

In recent months there has been a crystallisation of an anti-Western
alliance linking Iran, under the hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
some Shia factions in Iraq, Syria, which is ruled by the Alawites, a Shia
splinter group, Hezbollah and the Damascus branch of Hamas.

In December 2004, King Abdullah of Jordan famously described this emerging
alliance as a "Shia crescent", a synonym that outraged Tehran but spoke
tellingly of Sunni Arab fears about the ambitions of Iran to become a
regional superpower capable of facing up to Israel.

Although the inclusion of the Sunni Hamas movement in the alliance weakens
the notion of a Shia crescent, the idea is not entirely fanciful. Emboldened
by this partnership, Iran and Syria have refused to yield to intense
international pressure to comply with the demands of the West on several

Syria stands accused by many of assassinating former Lebanese prime minister
Rafik Hariri last year, as well as continuing to support anti-Israel
militants and insurgency groups in Iraq. The Iranians face possible UN
sanctions if they continue to pursue their nuclear ambitions.

Tehran, Damascus and their Hamas and Hezbollah allies calculate that the US,
bogged down in Iraq, is unable to back its demands by force, allowing them
to play some high-stakes poker, including a confrontation with Israel.

Iran increased the pressure at the weekend by raising the spectre of a
regional war, saying that Israel would suffer "unimaginable losses" if it
attacked Syria. In turn, Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal vowed a
"firm and direct response not limited in time or means" if Syria were

What worries the rulers of Sunni Arab countries is that, as their citizens
watch satellite television images of the destruction wreaked by Israel on
Lebanon, sympathy will grow for Hezbollah, regarded by many Arabs - Sunni
and Shia alike - as the only credible political and military force willing
to match words with actions by taking on the might of Israel's military

Perhaps that is why President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, who has little taste
for Hezbollah, admitted that "Israel will not be victorious in the current
conflict". He said: "Israel should stop the killing of defenceless Lebanese
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

2. A Cartoon so true you could cry:
From The
Good Old Jewish Boy From Brooklyn

3. Arutz Sheva News Service
Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 29 Tammuz 5766


By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

A 15-year-old girl in the Druze town of Meghar was killed Tuesday
afternoon, when Hizbullah stepped up its rocket attacks on northern

The teenager was killed when the Katyusha struck her family's
apartment in a direct hit. Her 30-year-old brother was seriously
wounded and her 12-year-old sister suffered light injuries. 20 other
people in the town were treated for shock and light injuries. Police
are checking reports that a mosque was also damaged in the attack.

One person was injured lightly in a barrage of at least seven rockets
on the area of Kiryat Shemona in the Upper Galilee. Missiles fired at
Tzfat in the afternoon landed in open fields, although two missiles
landed in the city earlier in the day, sending one man into shock. Ten
Katyushas struck Ma'alot, south of Tzfat, wounding 11 people. Three
people were injured in attacks on Carmiel. Tiberias and Acre also were
hit with a number of rockets, but no injuries were reported. In
addition, a Katyusha fell near the Israeli Arab city of Shfaram for
the first time on Tuesday.

By Hana Levi Julian

Israel Defense Forces surrounded the south Lebanon Hizbullah capital
of Bint Jbil on Tuesday morning, taking control of the town.  IAF
pilots destroyed 15 Katyusha rocket launch sites as well.

IDF soldiers from the infantry and armored divisions entered the
terrorist stronghold, seizing several houses and imposing a closure on
the town.

Fierce fighting was continuing, however, according to the deputy
brigade commander of a unit operating in the area.  There is fighting
from every direction, including from the air, said Lieutenant Colonel
Itzik Ronen in an interview on Army Radio.

"We have taken several prisoners in this battle. The enemy has
sustained more than a few casualties, and overall we are now preparing
to take over the entire town," he added.

Four IDF soldiers were wounded in a separate firefight with Hizbullah
terrorists in south Lebanon.  They were evacuated to Nahariya

While IDF troops were operating on the ground, Israel Air Force
fighter pilots were flying sorties over south Lebanon from the early
morning, knocking out Katyusha launch sites and other terrorist

By mid-morning, some 15 rocket launch sites were eliminated.  IAF
pilots also bombed six weapons warehouses throughout Lebanon and 18
buildings housing Hizbullah terrorists in Tyre.

By Ezra HaLevi

Despite the Re-Engagement War, 650 French Jews arrived on Aliyah
(immigrating to Israel) Tuesday - the largest number to arrive in a
single day since 1971.

AMI reports that many of the new immigrants will be moving to northern
Israel, and like the planeload of North Americans that arrived last
week, refused to postpone their plans due to the two-front war that
has two million Israelis living in bomb shelters and temporary

Recent polls have shown that more half of young French Jews do not see
themselves staying in France in the future.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

A U.N. official charged Hizbullah terrorists of acting "cowardly" by
exploiting civilians. His accusation helps balance criticism that
Israel has caused a humanitarian crisis in Lebanon.

European countries and foreign media, from the outset of Israel's
retaliation to the Hizbullah terrorist war against Israel, have
charged that the Jewish state has caused a humanitarian crisis in

However, Jan Egeland, head of the United Nationals humanitarian
efforts, accused Hizbullah of "cowardly blending" among women and
children." He said he heard that the terrorists were pleased that
civilians suffered more than their own terrorists. "I don't think
anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead
than armed men," he added.

Prime Minister Olmert told a visiting Jewish delegation Monday, "I
don't recall such an event in which it was absolutely clear to [so
many people] who were united in supporting the State of Israel and
accepting the Israeli reaction as inevitable and totally natural...The
attacks both in the south and the north were an outright violation of
the basic fundamental right of the State of Israel...and it was an act
of war.

"A nation that respects itself cannot afford to accept
these...[terrorist] threats....
We will fight Hizbullah and we will not stop unless we will able to
guarantee the security and safety of the State of Israel even if I
have to fight a year or two years.

"We are going to kill them one by one.

4. IDF controls 'terror capital' Bint Jbeil
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 07:35:25 -0400 (EDT)

IDF controls 'terror capital' Bint Jbeil
Yaakov Katz, THE JERUSALEM POST Jul. 25, 2006

Col. Amnon Eshel Assulin, Commander of the IDF Armored Brigade, told The
Jerusalem Post on Tuesday IDF troops operating in the village of Bint Jbeil,
considered the "capital of terror" in southern Lebanon, had proven their
ability to reach any location in Lebanon, and could even enter Beirut if the
government decided on that course of action.

Assulin told the Post that that IDF had taken control over Bint Jbeil and
had so far killed at least 40 Hizbullah guerrillas.
"The town is completely controlled by us," Asulin said, adding that dozens
of Hizbullah guerrillas had been killed in clashes with Golani troops,
paratroopers, and tanks.

Soldiers, Assulin said, took the guerrillas captive during the fighting. He
said that there were still pockets of resistance on the outskirts of the
village, and most of the Hizbullah guerrillas left inside, just under 100,
were hiding in the Kasbah marketplace.

The IDF was still encountering Hizbullah guerrillas who were shooting form
inside mosques, hospitals, and schools. They take advantage of the
population, Assulin said, "But the IDF has high moral values and does its
best to avoid harming anyone uninvolved."

The operation in Bint Jbeil, initially slated to take 48-72 hours, would
last as long as necessary to kill all the Hizbullah terrorists and destroy
the infrastructure there, Assulin said.

"Two tank battalions fought bravely, killed terrorists, and evacuated their
wounded comrades from the battlefield," Assulin told the Post when
describing the fighting in Bint Jbeil since early Monday. He said that
infantry battalions were working cohesively with tanks, and that "one could
not exist without the other."

Also on Tuesday, Lt.-Col. Avi Mano, commander of the Keren artillery
battalion, told the Post Tuesday that his cannons have fired 3000 shells at
Bint Jbeil since the beginning of operations there earlier this week.

Mano said artillery cannons are capable of making direct hits on houses and
other targets, while causing more damage than Katyusha rockets cause in

The artillery battery is stationed along the northern border in conjunction
with an artillery officer who accompanies infantry troops into Lebanon to
provide coordinates for artillery fire.

"One of our significant accomplishments is that we are helping infantry
troops in Lebanon fulfill their mission by providing them with artillery
cover fire," Mano said.

5. War Updates

Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 11:39:34 +0100
From: Guysen  Israel News <>

News Summary : Northern front: an officer and a soldier killed in South Lebanon as well as 12 injured
Northern front: Two helicopter pilots accidentally killed near Tsfat
Northern front: More than 100 missiles fired on the North of Israel
Southern front: A Kassam fired on the Western Negev
Southern front; Tsahal has destroyed a major arms depot in the Gaza Strip

6. Anti-Semitism Increases in Canada

As incidents against the Jewish community mount,
B'nai Brith Canada issues security alert

TORONTO, July 24, 2006 - B'nai Brith Canada has issued a security alert to
the community warning that Middle East tensions are having ugly
repercussions here in Canada.

"Dangerous ripples of the Middle East conflict are being felt right here at
home," said Frank Dimant, B'nai Brith Canada's Executive Vice President.
"Canada's Jewish community has come under increasing attack, including a
bomb threat against a synagogue, the stoning of worshippers emerging from
evening prayer, and a Jewish family being sent a decapitated pig.

"The tension here is palpable as Jewish individuals and community
organizations being targeted by persistent phone and email abuse and threats
linked directly to events in the Middle East. The community is in a
heightened state of alert and is taking these threats very seriously, as are
the relevant authorities investigating these matters.

"We have been in ongoing consultation with the RCMP, which has now launched
a 24-hour Hotline -1-800-420-5805 - for individuals to report suspicious
activity that may be linked to terrorism. B'nai Brith Canada is also
encouraging concerned individuals to call the organization's 24-7 Anti-Hate
Community Hotline at 1-800-892-2624."

For further information contact, Karen Lazar, Communications Director:
 416-633-6224 X 140 (office)
B'nai Brith has been active in Canada since 1875 as the Jewish community's
 foremost human rights organization.
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

7.   Apocalyptic Muslim Jew Hatred
By Andrew G. Bostom | July 18, 2006

[Brief Extracts Only]
 Ultimately, this chronic,
annihilationist jihad being waged against Israel by both Hizbollah and
Hamas, is driven by orthodox Islamic theology, and eschatology.

Georges Vajda-in a seminal 1937 essay 1-provides an overall assessment of
the portrayal of the Jews in the hadith collections (the putative words
and deeds of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, as recorded by pious
transmitters), complemented by Koranic verses, and observations from the
earliest Muslim biographies [or "sira"] of Muhammad.

Vajda's research demonstrates how Muslim eschatology emphasizes the Jews
supreme hostility to Islam. Jews are described as adherents of the
Dajjal-the Muslim equivalent of the Anti-Christ-and as per another
tradition, the Dajjl is in fact Jewish. At his appearance, other
traditions state that the  Dajjl  will be accompanied by 70,000 Jews from Isfahan
wrapped in their robes, and armed with polished sabers, their heads
covered with a sort of veil.  When the Dajjl is defeated, his Jewish
companions will be slaughtered- everything will deliver them up except for
the so-called gharkad tree. Thus, according to a canonical hadith (Sahih
Muslim, Book 40, Number 6985), if a Jew seeks refuge under a tree or a
stone, these objects will be able to speak to tell a Muslim: "There is a
Jew behind me; come and kill him!"

As Vajda observes,

Not only are the Jews vanquished in the eschatological war, but they will
serve as ransom for the Muslims in the fires of hell. The sins of certain
Muslims will weigh on them like mountains, but on the day of
resurrection, these sins will be lifted and laid upon the Jews.

Jews are represented in the darkest colors [i.e., in the Koran, hadith,
and sira].  Convinced by the clear testimony of their books that Mohammed was
the true prophet, they refused to convert, out of envy, jealousy and
national particularism, even out of private interest.  They have
falsified their sacred books and do not apply the laws of God; nevertheless, they
pursued Mohammed with their raillery and their oaths, and harassed him
with questions, an enterprise that turned to their own confusion and
merely corroborated the authenticity of the supernatural science of the
prophet. From words they moved to action: sorcery, poisoning,
assassination held no scruples for them.

Hizbollah and Hamas have constructed core ideologies based upon this
Islamic theology of Jew hatred, which one can glean readily from their
foundational documents, and subsequent pronouncements, made ad nauseum.
Hamas further demonstrates openly its adherence to a central motif of Jew
hatred in Muslim eschatology-Article 7 of the Hamas Charter concludes with
a verbatim reiteration of the apocalyptic hadith alluded to earlier: "The
Last Hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews
and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves
behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: `Muslim, or the
servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him'; but the
tree Gharkad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews." (Sahih
Muslim, Book 40, Number 6985). Both jihadist terror organizations believe
they can now take advantage of their political gains in Lebanon
(Hizbollah), and the Palestinian controlled areas of Gaza and the West
Bank (Hamas), and succeed in their goal to destroy Israel-motivated by a
primordial hatred of Jews, sanctioned in Muslim theology and eschatology.

Until such a moral awakening occurs (if ever), perhaps it is best
for Israel to heed the existential, street-wise advice of songwriter
extraordinaire Bob Dylan:

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Jerusalem News-468
1. Lebanese Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt Condemns Hizbollah, Syria, and Iran
2. Aryeh Galin: Heat on Europe
3. Shalom Pollack: Without a Doctorate in Expertise
4. Gay Pride March Postponed - But Other Events to Proceed
5. Guysen News Summary
6.  SEEING THROUGH THE FOG OF WAR by Bernard J. Shapiro
7.  Arutz Sheva News Wednesday

1. Lebanese Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt Condemns Hizbollah, Syria, and Iran

Special Dispatch - Lebanon
July 26, 2006
No. 1213

The following are excerpts from an interview with Lebanese Druze leader
Walid Jumblatt, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on July 20, 2006.(1)


"Today, the Lebanese state has become a kind of Red Cross. If tomorrow a
cease-fire is reached - even if the state is represented formally on the
issue of the prisoners - the Lebanese state would still be incapable of
[fulfilling] all its plans - to spread its sovereignty to South Lebanon and
to the refugee camps, and especially with regard to the weapons outside the
refugee camps."

"A cease-fire between who? [Israel] and the Lebanese state? Will Hizbullah
recognize the Lebanese state?"

Interviewer: "Nasrallah also said he was fighting for the sake of the

Walid Jumblatt: "No one empowered him to fight from Lebanon for the sake of
the nation."

"If Syrian patronage over Lebanon is restored, we will have a dictatorship,
like the Syrian and Iranian regimes."

"The question should be directed at Hassan [Nasrallah], and at the Syrians
and Iranians with their agenda: Do they really want a Lebanese state, or do
they want an open battlefield, which would serve Iran's nuclear interests
and expansionist goals in the Gulf? As for Syria, it benefits when Lebanon
turns into rubble. The poorer the Lebanese people gets, the more it is
destroyed, the more the elite emigrate. How does [Syrian President Bashar
Al-Assad] manage to rule Syria? Through poverty. He rules it through power
and intelligence agencies. He rules a people that is wretched, imprisoned.
He wants to do the same to Lebanon, because he envies us. He envies our
pluralism, our vitality, our culture, and our free press. What did he do to
the Syrian intellectuals? He imprisoned them. Why? Because they had the
courage to say: 'Let's make some changes.'"

"I believe that the first person to warn against the Iranian-Syrian alliance
was me, Walid Jumblatt. I tried to warn Saudi Arabia and Egypt about the
dangers. I traveled to America as well. I did not ask the Americans to
topple the Syrian regime. Not at all. I asked for a change of behavior - but
one cannot change the behavior of a terrorist regime."

2. Aryeh Galin: Heat on Europe
From: "Root & Branch Association, Ltd." <>

LARRY PFEFFER REPORTS:  "Germany stops all arms sales to Israel!  Please take a minute and read this message.  Important, please read!!  Several weeks ago, Germany announced its decision to stop all arms sales to Israel. Since then, other countries have followed suit".

G-D ANSWERS:  "No End in Sight to Europes Heat Wave -- New York Times -- 6 hours ago -- PARIS, July 25 - With Paris, London and Berlin experiencing peak temperatures above those of Bangkok, Hong Kong and New Delhi, Europes heat wave this summer already is one for the record books.

ARYEH COMMENTS:  Meanwhile, we have the most lovely, mild, breezy weather in Israel, not just up here in Jerusalem, but even down at the airport, on the coastal plain, where I was Monday morning.  Not even humid.  Thank you, G-d!,,1830298,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Boiled alive

The 2003 heatwave killed more than 30,000 people. It was the biggest natural disaster in Europe on record, according to the government's chief scientific adviser. And yet, as temperatures reach new highs, Britain is fretting about dried-out lawns and stuffy offices. Alok Jha looks at the dangers that really lie ahead - and how to survive them

Wednesday July 26, 2006
The Guardian

When the human body gets to 42C, it starts to cook. The heat causes the proteins in each cell to irreversibly change, like an egg white as it boils. Even before that, the brain shuts down because of a lack of blood coming from the overworked, overheated heart. Muscles stop working, the stomach cramps and the mind becomes delirious. Death is inevitable.

The gruesome effects of overheating have been largely forgotten as Europe swelters under record temperatures, from southern England's 36.5C to Bosnia's 41C. When weather forecasters predicted that the heat would get more intense across the continent today, most of us heaved a sigh at the thoughts of stuffy trains, sweaty buses, parched lawns and boiling offices. But perhaps we are being complacent.

Already, people across Europe are succumbing to the heat. In France, at least 40 people, mostly elderly, have already died. The latest reported victim was a 90-year-old woman found dead in Orly, near Paris - her body temperature had reached 41C. In Spain, six people have died so far. In Germany and Holland, two people have died from heat-related injuries.

Last weekend in Britain, 87-year-old Don Goodheart, a veteran of the second world war, died while on standard-bearing duty outside a church in Devon. He suffered a heart attack while standing under the blazing sun.

Heatwaves claim thousands of lives, killing more people each year than floods, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. And it is going to get worse. Scientists calculate that, as global warming bites and average temperatures around the world get higher, the risk of extreme heatwaves will also increase. The World Meteorological Organisation estimates that the number of heat-related deaths across the globe will double in the next 20 years.

To see these statistics in action, think back three years. In 2003, Europe was melting. It was the hottest summer ever recorded in the northern hemisphere and temperatures were consistently soaring to more than 40C across many parts of the continent. Britain recorded its first ever temperature of more than 100F on August 10.

The surprise at the heat was matched only by shock at the scale of the human casualties it caused: more than 2,000 people died in Britain, 7,000 in Germany, 4,000 in Spain and 1,000 in Italy. The largest casualties were in France, where almost 15,000 perished in the first three weeks of August, more than 19 times the global death toll from the Sars epidemic earlier that year.

The UK government's chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, says that the 2003 heatwave was "the biggest natural disaster in Europe on record. Thirty-two thousand fatalities makes it an enormous natural disaster." According to Janet Larsen of the Earth Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington DC-based thinktank, the 2003 heatwave in Europe was "the greatest such event the world has ever seen".

If the summer of 2003 had been a freak occurrence, northern Europeans may have been able to rest easy. But the latest climate models paint a very bleak picture, suggesting that the summer of 2003 will be the norm in Europe by the 2040s. For those countries that are not well adapted to dealing with excessively high temperatures, the consequences could be catastrophic.

Throughout its life, the human body battles to keep its core temperature at a steady 37C, whatever conditions it finds itself in. This is the temperature at which the organs function normally and there is little tolerance to change. To prevent overheating, the body starts pumping blood to the skin's surface when it senses that things are getting warm. This places extra strain on the heart and, as the water from the blood evaporates, it thickens the blood, leading to an increased risk of clotting - which can cause strokes or heart attacks.

If the core temperature continues to rise, muscles stop working properly because of the amount of water and salts being lost through sweating. Eventually, when the brain reaches 38.5C, the body suffers a heatstroke. If the temperature is not brought down quickly at this stage, death soon follows.

The problems of heat stress on the body get more serious with age. The older a person is, the less efficient their body's temperature regulation. "They are not as sensitive," says James Goodwin, a physiologist and head of research at Help the Aged. "An older person won't notice the cold as soon as a younger person does and that's a problem because they won't respond to it quite so quickly. In the heat, they don't perceive that temperatures are rising so quickly and don't make the behavioural adjustments to cool quite so quickly."

For all the danger, preventing heat deaths is very simple. "There's no reason anyone should die of the hot weather," says Sari Kovats, a researcher on the health implications of heatwaves at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "As long as the person's cool and given water and salts so they can sweat. It's very simple but you need some sort of active care."

Peter Stott, a climate scientist at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Exeter, looked at how the chances of getting a hot summer had changed as a result of greenhouse gas emissions and other human influences...

His model, published in the science journal Nature, showed that human influences had at least doubled the chance of summers as hot as the one Europe saw in 2003. ...

"According to the model predictions, by the 2040s, the 2003-type summers will be happening every year," says Stott.

How to prevent heatstroke

Shade south-facing windows and stay in during the hottest part of the day (11am-3pm)

Ensure rooms are well-ventilated

Drink plenty of water or fruit juice, even if you are not thirsty

Avoid alcohol, tea or coffee as these can lead to further dehydration

Wear light, loose-fitting clothing

Take regular showers to cool down

Eat cold foods such as salads or fruit as they have a high water content

Look in on elderly relatives or neighbours, particularly if they are living alone

How to spot it

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include cramp in the arms, legs or stomach, feelings of mild confusion, weakness or problems sleeping

The more serious heatstroke is a collapse in the body's functions, marked by dry skin, a rapid heart rate, delirium and, eventually, unconsciousness

Those at most risk include older people (especially those over 75), people suffering from mental ill-health or dementia, those who are bed-bound and people on certain medications such as beta blockers or anti-hypertension drugs

How to treat it

Cool people down gently with tepid water. Do not throw cold water on a person with heatstroke - it makes the body think it is losing heat, so it shuts down the circulation to the skin. That means all the hot blood in the skin is diverted inwards to the brain

Lift their feet to allow blood to flow back to the heart and brain

Apply a cold compress to face and neck

Avoid giving drugs such as aspirin

3. Without a Doctorate in Expertise
by Shalom Pollack
Jul 24, '06 / 28 Tammuz 5766
These are very hectic and thought-provoking days. In times like these, the media is full of experts. It seems their numbers grow from crisis to crisis. Well, I am not an official expert, but then again, my gut feeling was not wrong about what was right for the country and where events would lead; so, I feel I have as much right as any of the many authorities telling us yet again why we are in a mess and how things will turn out.

I am not a prophet, and not even an expert, but I am an avid observer and I do posses a normal memory. I remember the joy and how Prime Minister Ehud Barak beamed with self-satisfaction at the great coup he pulled off six years ago. Imagine the sweet sense of victory as the Israeli army fled Lebanon in the middle of the night, leaving mounds of equipment and personal effects behind for the enemy to plunder. Now, that certainly sent the Lebanese, and all our neighbors, a strong message, didn't it? Our south Lebanese allies were left in the dust. Yet, we were assured that if Hizbullah dared to cross that border, or shoot just one bullet, then we would respond with all our might. And all the experts assured us that this was cause for celebration.

Somehow, I did not feel like partying when I saw the tanks cross our border, leaving our allies abandoned and leaving Hizbullah to replace them on the fence. But I am not an expert.

Perhaps, because I am not an expert, I was not one of the revelers when our sophisticated intellectuals celebrated Mr. Yasser Arafat's arrival from Tunisia. Maybe I missed something when I thought it was not a good idea to create the Palestinian Authority and arm them. Who knows , perhaps I lacked the depth of perception to grasp the deeper meaning of the term "peace partner". I should then have later understood that if Arafat was perhaps a small disappointment, then Abu Mazen would certainly protect us from the really bad guys. Why am I so skeptical?

I probably am missing a doctorate in expert affairs, as I did not see how rewarding terror by handing over the victims' homes to the ones that shelled them for years would teach them that shelling won't work. Hadn't our handling of the Hizbullah taught them a lesson? What could I not see?

Why did I not grasp the advantage and wisdom of the policy of restraint? Restraint vis-a-vis our enemies that is; restraint vis-a-vis the demonized "settlers" was not in the cards. In Amona, Israel's democracy was saved. And all I saw was bloodied, unsophisticated, patriotic Jews.

I heard an interview the other day with General (res.) Dr. Yom-Tov Samia, former commander of the Gaza theater of operations. He claimed that we should not have restrained ourselves in the face of the provocations from Lebanon or from Gaza since the expulsion of the Jewish communities, which he supported. He emphatically said that he does not care about Jewish settlements or the "Land of our Fathers," rather, he is interested in security.

I thought about that statement. How far gone are we ? I actually came here only because it is the Land of our Fathers. What I am I missing this time?

4. Gay Pride March Postponed - But Other Events to Proceed

16:06 Jul 24, '06 / 28 Tammuz 5766
by Hillel Fendel

 Organizers of the Gay Pride events in Jerusalem have pre-empted what was likely to be a police cancellation of their parade, calling it off. But "no room for complacency," say anti-march activists.

The organizers of next month's Gay Pride events in Jerusalem say they will re-schedule the march after a cease-fire is achieved or announced between Israel and Moslem terrorists.

The week-long WorldPride event, however, including the conferences, film festival, exhibitions, and "Youth Day" outside the Knesset, are still scheduled to take place during the week of August 6-12 in Jerusalem.

For this reason, some leading opponents of the events are saying there is no room for complacency. "This is not a significant victory for those who want Jerusalem to be a moral haven," says Rabbi Yehuda Levin, of the Jews for Morality organization. Having come to Israel for weeks at a time on several different trips specifically to fight the Gay Pride events, Rabbi Levin calls upon Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupoliansky not to allow the organizers to use city facilities such as Binyanei HaUmah (the Jerusalem Convention Center) or the Cinematek for what he calls their "moral terrorism."

Levin told Arutz-7 he has been working with a group of doctors who sent the Health Ministry statistical proof that previous gatherings of homosexuals around the world have led to an increase in AIDS in those locations (see below).

Pre-empting the Police
The police had been under great pressure from political, religious and grassroots leaders to refuse to approve the march. Many assume that this is the explanation for the announcement issued yesterday (Sunday) by the Jerusalem Open House:
"As a result of the current hostilities in the region, the Jerusalem WorldPride march will be postponed. [It] requires extensive security, including police reinforcements from other parts of the country, which the police are unable to provide for at these volatile times. Therefore, Jerusalem Open House will hold the march at a later date, as soon as the circumstances in the region allow for the march to take place."

Statistics Show
Dr. Daisy Stern of Kiryat Arba, the initiator of the medical statistical study presented to the Health Ministry, quotes European researcher Francois Hamers. Hamers is an advocate of surveillance of sexually transmitted infections at a continental level, because of their sharp increase in many European countries.

The 22% increase of HIV diagnoses in 2002, for instance, was "largely driven by the UK," Hamers writes, but "increasing trends were also noted recently in most other countriesBelgium, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and especially Ireland, where the rise has been even more striking than in the UK. Except for Belgium, these countries were the sites of large international gay pride events.

Similarly, Stern writes, a study in Rome found that new HIV infections increased between 2000-2003 - right after "half a million gays and lesbians reveled there in a week-long homo-lesbian extravaganza."

Furthermore: In German, new HIV diagnoses among men who engaged in homosexual activity almost doubled from 2001 TO 2004 - more than twice the increase of previous years.

"If one correlates the figures of new incidence of HIV in the various years and localities where EuroPride, WorldPride, and such events occurred," Dr. Stern writes in her six-page study, "there is no doubt that the correlation with new cases of positive HIV... is striking. Add to that the dramatic rise in associated sexually transmitted diseases, the increase in high risk behavior, the use of recreational drugs, the mobility from country to country, and the fact that Israel, of all 'European' countries, has the largest relative rise in new HIV cases, and the recipe for an absolute disaster [is clear]."

5. Guysen News Summary
Guysen Israel News <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News july 26, 2006
[] 2006-07-25 , 29 Tammuz 5766
[]During a televised statement early Wednesday, Hassan Nasrallah declared that the Hezbollah would expand the range of the rockets fired to the South of Haifa.

Wednesday 26/07/2006
News Summary : More than 80 rockets on the North of Israel, 17 on Haifa alone
A young girl of 15 killed and a man died of a heart attack following a rocket attack
Lebanon: dozens of Hizbollah building bombarded in Beirut
Amir Peretz announced the creation of a security zone between Israel and Lebanon
Condoleezza Rice said that the USA is not setting a time limit for Israeli operations in Lebanon
Arrival of 650 Olim Hadashim from France

6.  SEEING THROUGH THE FOG OF WAR by Bernard J. Shapiro
From: Women in Green <>

Orwell Meets Alice - Through The Mid-East Looking Glass
by Bernard J. Shapiro
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Israel is at war and you need to know how to separate fantasy from reality. Understanding the meaning of words in such a situation is very difficult for even the best linguist or psychologist. We must go back and remember the classic book by George Orwell, 1984, in which a totalitarian government manipulates the meaning of words to confuse its citizens about reality. He called this new language "newspeak". While Orwells book was an attempt to satirize the Soviet communist regime, its meaning extends much more broadly.


(1. Remember that Arabs lie and the figures given for civilian casualties are greatly exaggerated. Since most Hizbollah and Hamas terrorists wear civilian clothes and mix with the local population, it is very easy to distort the true toll on civilians.

(2. Damage to Lebanese infrastructure is also greatly exaggerated. Photographers and reporters in Lebanon MUST repeat the Arab terrorist propaganda line or be tortured or executed. No such threat hangs over reporters in Israel. When the media reports from both sides, you can get a very distorted picture. We tend to think that the veracity of the two sides is equal.

(3. It is a hoax that there is NO MILITARY solution to Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran and genocidal terrorism. Those that come to kill Jews must be destroyed. There is no other choice. No "Mr. Nice Guy". The most moral position for Israel is to protect its own citizens and soldiers.

(4. It is a hoax that the UN can do anything good for Israel. That also goes for Europe, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The usefulness of international forces separating Arab terrorists from Israeli defenders is nil, nada, zero. In fact, it is a negative, inhibiting Israels defensive measures.

All diplomacy is also a hoax. Only the power of the IDF allows Israel to survive. Right and justice are nice, but in the final analysis, a nations ability to survive depends on raw military power. Treaties, cease fires and negotiations are useless.

(5. It is a hoax that public opinion is of great significance to Israels survival. A strong aggressive public relations campaign is quite important, but is NO substitute for unflinching resolve to protect Israels security and guarantee its survival.

Golda Meir once said: "I would rather have a thousand angry editorials directed at Israel, than one beautiful eulogy."

I would have to use the words of Harry Truman to express my contempt for the world that has murdered, raped, pillaged, expelled, forcibly converted and finally exterminated us. As Truman once said: "They aint worth a bucket of warm spit."

(6. Another hoax is that Israel depends on American aid and must be willing to sacrifice its security to the interest of its ally. The reality is that Israel and America have a very useful symbiotic relationship. The many ways in which the U.S. benefits from the relationship hardly need enumeration intelligence, technology, counterterrorism techniques and much more. America gets its moneys worth and more. BUT THIS IS NEVER MENTIONED IN POLITE CIRCLES.

For that matter, much or most of the monetary foreign aid to Israel is spent in the U.S. and goes into the American economy. It is Israeli leaders, for their own political purposes, who fail to utilize Israeli power to alter its asymmetric relationship to America.

(7. Another hoax of the Left and the Islamists, for the past 13 years, is that when Israel defends itself it hurts its cause. That is, it should try to "win the hearts and minds" of the enemy, and "harming civilians" is counterproductive. Of course, we know that Hamas and Hezbollah barbarically and illegally operate freely within civilian neighborhoods in S. Lebanon and the PA.

A very wise Rabbi Schiff gives the analogy:

"If you and I were neighbors, and I allowed a family to move into my house in my living room and shoot rockets at your house from my yard, and to store their rockets in my basement, and the police do nothing about it for years, and have Peace Now on my lawn telling you not to harm me standing in my kitchen - what would you do?"

Reality Check: Now Kach and Kahane Chai have been labeled as terrorist organizations, although they never have committed a single act of terror as a body. The PLO, which is guilty of thousands of murders of Arabs and Jews, continuing still, is labeled a "partner for peace" and will be given arms to kill some more (as "policemen").

Reality Check: Are Arabs in danger from armed Israelis in YESHA? Some research reveals the following figures since the famous handshake on September 13, 1993:

Israelis killed by Arabs = over 1600, plus 10,000 injured and maimed for life
Arabs killed by Arabs = over 500
Arab attacks on Israeli targets = 25,000+
(Of course MANY terrorists were killed in their FAILED attempts to murder Jews. This point is NOT relevant to this discussion).

It is clear that except for the attack by Goldstein, the Arabs have not been threatened by Jews and certainly need no special protection. If you travel to YESHA you will notice that every Jewish village needs a security fence, while every Arab village is open. Doesn't this tell you who is threatened and who isn't? All the talk about disarming the Jews is a cover for the Arab desire to murder them. And if you desire murder, wouldn't it be nice to disarm your victim first?

The media has begun to adopt another tactic which we should protest. In the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, CNN and most of the other media, opponents of the suicidal Oslo, Roadmap and Jewish Expulsion Plan are being referred to as rightwing extreme, Arab-hating and anti-peace groups. Do you ever remember the PLO, PA, Hezbollah or Hamas ever being referred to as Jew-hating groups, although their covenants and speeches are filled with hatred of Jews? Arafat and then Abbas often referred to Jews as "filthy, sons of monkeys and pigs", but are still rarely referred to in the media as Jew-haters.

Bernard J. Shapiro is the Executive Director of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies. He is also the editor of its publications including THE MACCABEAN ONLINE URL: and its daily subscriber list of news and commentary, The Freemanlist and the Freeman Center blog.

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7.  Arutz Sheva News Service -
Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 1 Av 5766


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By Hillel Fendel

The battle for the Hizbullah stronghold of Bint Jbeil sparked again
this morning into a major conflagration. Israel suffered 25-30
casualties, and dozens of Hizbullah bodies are strewn in the area.

The IDF announced on Tuesday that it had completed the takeover of the
village, which served as the capital of Hizbullah in southern Lebanon.
 Despite the announcement, it was known that dozens of Hizbullah
terrorists remained in the area, 3 miles from the Lebanese-Israeli
border - and in fact, around 5:00 this morning they surprised the
Israeli forces. 

Ten Israeli casualties were originally reported, with the number
gradually increasing over the course of the day.  The battle raged on
until around 2 PM.  Rescue forces were unable for several hours to
begin evacuating the wounded because of the heavy Hizbullah fire, but
finally completed the mission in the early afternoon - at which point
the number of reported casualties began to rise.  Some 20 wounded
soldiers have been taken to Rambam Hospital in Haifa, including two in
serious condition and four listed in "moderate" condition.

The terrorists, who suffered heavy losses, fired RPG (rocket propelled
grenade) missiles from within built-up urban areas.

The IDF had left a narrow corridor open for the terrorists to escape,
hoping to engage them further to the north.  Some 15 carloads of
terrorists did in fact leave, but many remained to fight.  The IDF
continues to hold a numerical and qualitative advantage.

Hizbullah is a faction in the Lebanese government, but is considered a
government-within-a-government in the south of the country - and its
capital is in Bint Jbeil.

Meanwhile, Katyusha rockets fell around 10:00 in Haifa and environs,
and one man is reported seriously wounded from a rocket that hit his
car and burst into flames.

By Hillel Fendel

Fighting is also underway in Gaza, and no IDF casualties have been

Fighting is also underway in Gaza, where 15 Hamas terrorists have been
reported killed and some 40 more were wounded.   No IDF casualties
have been reported.  In all, some 200 Hamas terrorists in Gaza have
been killed so far in the past weeks of anti-terror warfare. Israel
Air Force aircraft attacked terrorist stockrooms in Gaza City. 

No breakthrough in the destruction of the terrorist infrastructures in
Gaza has been reported, but a gradual decrease in their capabilities
has been noted.

Lt.-Col. Guy Biton told Ynet, "The fighting is very complex.
Terrorists are firing anti-tank rockets at us.  They come to within
100 meters in order to hit our vehicles and weapons."

Three Kassam rockets were fired from Gaza and hit the community of
Netiv HaAsarah early this afternoon.  Earlier today, a Kassam was
fired towards Ashkelon, and another one towards the western Negev; no
damage or casualties were reported.  Two Kassams were fired on
Tuesday, lightly wounding one person, and several others were launched
on Monday.

By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

Messages of solidarity with Israel are coming from delegations
visiting the country, as well as from rallies overseas. Even US troops
in Iraq have expressed their support.

The French Jewish umbrella organization, CRIF, organised its own
solidarity visit to Israel. Over 70 Jewish community leaders from
France arrived in Israel on Monday.

In London, several thousand people turned out at a solidarity rally on
Sunday. Israeli Ambassador Zvi Haifetz and British Chief Rabbi
Jonathan Sacks were among those on the list of speakers. The event
followed a large anti-Israel protest held earlier in the day.

In Rome, both right-wing and left-wing Italian politicians joined
hundreds of people in a public display of support for the Jewish
State. The rally was held outside Rome's main synagogue, in the former
Jewish ghetto, on Monday.

American soldiers stationed in Iraq have also sent messages of support
and encouragement to the IDF via a new website established to express
solidarity with Israel. "Take care of the Hizbullah; we will take care
of Iran," wrote one US soldier. Another wrote, "From Iraq, we wish
good tidings for you brave IDF soldiers. The American army is 100
percent for Israel."

More than 400 messages from outside Israel have been sent to IDF
soldiers via the new site thus far. British citizen John Wilkes, who
established the forum, says that he did so primarily out of concern
for a friend of his in the IDF.

By Baruch Gordon;

Thousands of Jews turned out at prayer vigils on Tuesday to entreat
the G-d of Israel to protect and defend the Jewish State. 

Tuesday marked the eve of a new Hebrew month - the month of Av - a day
that is traditionally set aside for special prayer.

The massive attacks on Israel's civilian population and army along the
Lebanese border in the north and the border with Gaza in the south
brought out Jews of all types to pour out their hearts in

The main vigil was held at the Western Wall in Jerusalem at 5:30 PM,
led by the Chief Rabbis of the State of Israel and other leading
Rabbinic figures.

At nightfall, a large crowd participated in the traditional march
around the former gates to the Holy Temple in the Old City of
Jerusalem, an event that is held near the eve of a new Hebrew month.

Jerusalem News-469
1. The Shawn Report
2. PM Olmert Quotes from Bible and Prays
3. The Last Day of Fighting: A Summary
4. IDF: Enemy hit hard in Bint Jbeil fighting
5. Israel Soldiers at Prayer: Very Good Photos
6. Etruscans: DNA Helps Resolve Historical Controversy
7. Caroline Glick: The good, the bad and the ugly

1. The Shawn Report

Hizballah used UN Post as Cover
Frontpage Magazine: Daily Blog
Retired Canadian Major General Lewis Mackenzie was interviewed on CBC
radio, and had some very interesting news about the UN observer post
hit by Israeli shells; the Canadian peacekeeper killed there had
previously emailed Mackenzie telling him that Hizballah was using their
post as cover.

<<We received emails from him a few days ago, and he was describing the
fact that he was taking fire within, in one case, three meters of his
position for tactical necessity, not being targeted. Now thats veiled
speech in the military. What he was telling us was Hezbollah soldiers
were all over his position and the IDF were targeting them. And thats
a favorite trick by people who dont have representation in the UN.
They use the UN as shields knowing that they cant be punished for it.>>

Subject: SLIDESHOW: When the Palestinians say "End of occupation",
 What do they mean?

Daniel Pipes: Arabs Disavow Hezbollah

2. PM Olmert Quotes from Bible and Prays
Subject: Fwd: Olmert's Spiritual Change???

Emuna News Special Report: Prime Minister Olmert's speech in Knesset

Courageous, dedicated, sensitive, committed, and a sanctification of Hashem's name - such is the character of Prime Minister Olmert's speech to the Knesset Monday evening. Among other things, he said:

"May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, blessed be He, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor. May He lead our enemies under our soldiers' sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory".

The PM concluded by saying, "I have no courage other than that which G-d, my faith in the justice of our
cause and my sense of supreme responsibility, have instilled in me and have prepared me for these fateful moments... I wish to conclude by reading an extract from Prophet Jeremiah: 'Thus said Hashem: a voice is heard on high, wailing, bitter weeping, Rachel weeps for her children; she refuses to be consoled for her children, for
they are gone. Thus said Hashem: restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; for there is reward for your accomplishment - the word of Hashem - and they will return from the enemy's land. There is hope for your future - the word of Hashem; And your children will return to their land".

May Hashem bless you and keep you, Mr. Prime Minister, and may you continue in the fearless path of emuna. The people of Israel proudly rally behind you.

3. The Last Day of Fighting: A Summary

July 27th 2006

Summary of IDF activity in Lebanon in the past 24 hours

Over the past 24 hours, more than 150 missiles landed inside Israel. Since
July 12th, approximately 1,400 missiles have landed in Israel.

IDF forces continue to focus operations against Hezbollah terrorists in
several areas close to the border in southern Lebanon, with the aim of
destroying Hezbollah's terror infrastructure, weapons facilities and missile
stores, in order to reshape the security situation along the border.

IDF forces moved into the town of Bint Jbeil, encountering heavy attacks by
Hezbollah gunmen. Eight soldiers were killed in the fighting and an
additional 22 were wounded, three of them severely.

Fighting continues in the area.

In Maroun A-Ras a Hezbollah cell fired an anti-tank rocket at a structure in
which IDF soldiers were present, killing one officer and wounding three
soldiers, two of them severely.

The IDF carried out over a 120 aerial attacks in the past 24 hours (8:00
July 26th - 8:00 July 27th), among them:
Hezbollah structures, posts and head quarters, including some used for
storage of weaponry
A number of rocket launchers, including a vehicle assembled with a launcher
south-east of Tyre.
Three vehicles carrying weaponry on the Beirut- Damascus road.
A Radar used by the Lebanese army, stationed north of Beirut. The targeting
of this radar follows the cooperation between the Hezbollah and the Lebanese
military, demonstrated in the attack on the Israeli missile ship on July
14th in which four IDF soldiers were killed.
Several rocket launching sites in southern Lebanon and routes used by
Hezbollah to reach these sites.

During the day, the IDF also continued firing artillery into southern
Lebanon, targeting terror infrastructure in southern Lebanon along the

The IDF will continue to use all means at its disposal in order to protect
the citizens of Israel and return the abducted IDF soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser
and Eldad Regev, to their homes.

4. IDF: Enemy hit hard in Bint Jbeil fighting,7340,L-3282372,00.html
Determination, sangfroid of Golani soldiers unscathed after tough battle in Bint Jbeil, as evident in remarks by Lieutenant Colonel Yaniv Asor, who lost eight of his men
Hanan Greenberg

Lieutenant Colonel Yaniv Asor, commander of Golani's Battalion 51, who lost eight soldiers in fierce fighting with Hizbullah in Bint Jbeil, says he is ready for any mission set by the Chief of Staff.

"What's my new mission? I am ready for everything," he said.

Commander Asor's motivation was relayed to the media by Colonel Ofek Boukhris, commander of special operations of the Galilee Division.
"Asor's tone showed how much he is hurt, but he is determined to carry on the fight," Boukhris told Ynet. "Everyone needs to understand that this is really war between a state that wants to exist and a blood-thirsty terror group that wants to kill. We are in this war now and it is impossible to promise that no more soldiers will get hurt. We have to be prepared for this too, to bite our lipsas Golani fighters are doing as we speak," he said.

Accounts of bravery
The Northern Command continues to investigate Wednesday's events in Bint Jbeil where three officers and five soldiers were killed and another 22 were injured.
Colonel Boukhris estimates that Hizbullah terrorists planned to kidnap an injured soldier but the fierce resistance of Golani fighters prevented that from happening.

 "Hizbullah men launched an attack. The fighting was face to face. It is true we lost fighters but the other side was really hurt. I admit that I am not happy with the results but that doesn't mean we will stop acting. It is a difficult battlefield and a war and instead of looking for mishaps we need to show responsibility."

 Colonel Boukhris notes that at least 20 Hizbullah fighters were killed in the battle.

 "The enemy was hit severely, not only in this fight. We need to remember that although in Israel people prefer to speak about our casualties,
Hizbullah is being hit and will continue to sustain blows and that's our focus," he added.

 Golani fighters who survived the battle recount that Major Roee Klein who lost his life in Bint Jbeil, saved the life of his commanders by throwing himself on a hand grenade. "I still don't know for sure what happened there, but I won't be surprised if the description is accurate. Roee was a top quality commander and this description suites him."
Boukhris said Golani soldiers are operating and will continue to cooperate in Lebanon despite the pain inflicted by the loss of eight of their comrades.

5. Israel Soldiers at Prayer: Very Good Photos
More such pictures:

6. Etruscans: DNA Helps Resolve Historical Controversy The Etruscans were a people who established an advanced and powerful civilization in the North of Italy. They preceded the Romans and the Romans received much from them.
Greek (e.g. Herodotus) and most Roman sources said that the Etruscans originally arrived from Lydia in Western Turkey.
There were however Roman writers who considered the Etruscans to have been natives of Italy.
Archaeologists did find much evidence of Etruscan connections with the Eastern Mediterranean but on the whole tended also to consider them natives of Italy deriving perhaps originally from Central Europe.

New DNA evidence now indicates that the original view was the correct one and the Etruscans indeed are to be associated with the region of Turkey.

mtDNA of Ancient Etruscans
All mitochondrial lineages observed among the Etruscans appear typically European or West Asian, but only a few haplotypes were found to have an exact match in a modern mitochondrial database, raising new questions about the Etruscans' fate after their assimilation into the Roman state.

The likely contributions of each parental population, or admixture coefficients, are similar for the three modern Italian populations, but Etruscans differ in two aspects: they show closer relationships both to North Africans and to Turks than any contemporary population. In particular, the Turkish component in their gene pool appears three times as large as in the other populations.

Social structure may have affected these results. All skeletons we typed were found in tombs containing artifacts that could be attributed with confidence to the Etruscan culture. Those tombs typically belong the social elites (Barker and Rasmussen 1998), and so the individuals we studied may represent a specific social group, the upper classes.

7. Caroline Glick: The good, the bad and the ugly
Column One: The good, the bad and the ugly
[Extracts Only]
In his address to the Knesset last week, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert framed
Israel's war in Lebanon as a war for "our right to be normal." His emphasis
on our right to drink coffee led many to wonder if he understands the
immensity of the threat we face as he curries favor with Israel's aging baby

As polls of the Arab and Muslim world's opinion of Israel make clear, The
Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh probably understated the magnitude of
their desire to destroy Israel when he wrote on Thursday: "Throughout the
Arab and Islamic world, hatred of Israel is so immense today that, if given
the chance, tens of thousands of women and men would join Hamas and
Hizbullah almost immediately."

The Arab world's desire to "wipe Israel off the map" is the result of their
total immersion in an anti-Jewish, jihadist, genocidal world view as a
result of the indoctrination efforts of their state-run schools, mosques and
media organs. In addition, their perception of Israel being on the retreat
ever since it opened negotiations with the PLO in 1993 has convinced them it
is possible to destroy Israel.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has made wiping Israel off the
map the central goal of his administration and is the primary sponsor of
Hizbullah and Hamas, says he will respond to the US and European demand that
Iran cease its uranium enrichment activities, on August 22. It is assumed
that Iran today is pushing forward with its enrichment program. It is now
accepted that Iran is collaborating with North Korea in its program to
develop intercontinental ballistic missiles.

And so it may well be that on August 22 Ahmadinejad will announce that Iran
has successfully completed the nuclear fuel cycle and so has the ability to
independently destroy Israel, and to attack its Arab neighbors, Europe and
the US with nuclear weapons. Such an announcement would push the Middle East
into a tailspin.

This is the context in which Israel now finds itself at war with Iran's
proxies. Both the Israeli people and Israel's allies must understand that
the clock is ticking. Come what may, Israel must win this war.

Given the gravity of the hour, after two and a half increasingly bloody
weeks of war, we Israelis must keep our heads and coldly assess where we
stand: our resources; our stumbling blocks; and our mistakes. In short, we
must assess the good, the bad and the ugly in our campaign in Lebanon.

The good

Our major ace in the hole is the unprecedented support we are receiving from
America. US support for Israel stems from clear strategic considerations
and, as a result, it is fairly stable. The Americans understand well just
how dangerous Hizbullah and the Iranian-Syrian-Hizbullah axis are. If Israel
loses this war, chances are the US will be unable to hold on in Iraq, where
the same forces are fuelling the violence.

The fact of the matter is that in Lebanon, the jihad against the US and its
allies has openly merged with the jihad against Israel. Because it
understands that our fortunes are directly linked, the US is blocking all
attempts by the UN, Arab governments and the EU to bring about an immediate
cease-fire, understanding that doing so would be perceived as an Israeli
defeat and a Hizbullah victory.

Finally, there is the strength of the Israeli people. The fact that in the
past week alone nearly 1,000 new olim have arrived from the US and France is
a testament to the strength of our nation. That tens of thousands of
families in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Judea and Samaria, and the Negev are taking
in refugees from the North is proof that in spite of our enemies' best
efforts, the will of our people remains steady.

The bad

Israel's strengths are formidable. Yet Israel also suffers from weaknesses
that must be immediately addressed.

The Olmert government insists that Israel can separate itself from terror
and jihad and live a "normal life" by building a big fence and hiding behind
it. The government knows that nothing will prove to the public the emptiness
of its political rhetoric better than a serious ground invasion of southern

The ugly

The battles in Bint Jbail this week were the result of a mistaken
operational concept. IDF generals constantly refer to Hizbullah fighters as
"terrorists." While this is a reasonable distinction for politicians, it is
fatal for those actually waging war. It is true that Hizbullah is a
terrorist organization. But on the ground in Lebanon, it has organized
itself as a near-conventional force that uses terror and guerrilla warfare
tactics along with standard flanking maneuvers and ambushes.

When military commanders define the enemy as "terrorists" rather than as
"fighters" they engender a perception of Hizbullah as an enemy little
different from Fatah or Hamas. The result of this intellectual indolence is
unwillingness on the part of IDF commanders to recognize the magnitude and
quality of the military challenge they face and to take appropriate measures
to surmount it.

When an army knows it is fighting a well trained opposition, its commander
remember to activate and man the electronic warfare defensive systems on
their missile boats.

When an army fights against a conventional foe that has trained continuously
for this exact war in earnest for the past six years and periodically for
the past 24 years, its spokesmen and commanders do not make empty,
unverifiable claims of victory.

When an army fights an army, it does not attempt to cordon off an entire
village with a single infantry battalion and it does not claim to have
cordoned off a village when it has only surrounded it from 270 degrees.

Wednesday, Olmert said that the war will last as long as the public supports
it. It is debatable whether it is proper for a premier who is leading his
nation in a war for survival to make such a statement. But since he has
placed the decision in our hands, we the Israeli people must make clear our
demand for victory.

A people that demands and requires victory cannot be deterred by obstacles
placed in its path. With Israel's international, social, economic and
strategic resources, it has the ability to win this war. And we have our
secret weapon: the IDF.
As the soldiers and officers of Battalion 51 of the Golani Brigade
demonstrated at that horrible battlefield of Bint Jbail Wednesday, our
soldiers are simply extraordinary. Their heroism under fire takes your
breath away. Without a doubt, it is the combination of its spirit and its
hardware that make the IDF a world class fighting force.

A nation that sends its best sons into battle to defend its liberty and its
very survival has the right and the duty to require its government to act
responsibly and to discard hallucinatory ideological agendas before they
lead us to yet another disaster.

Jerusalem News-470

1. Amnon Goldberg:
Lebanon in Prophecy
2. Barry Chamish and the Conspiracy Connections of Brit-Am
3. IDF Soldiers at Prayer: Photos
4. Arutz Sheva News Sunday
5. Steve Mathe: Call to Prayer by Chief Rabbi of Israel
6. IDF troops kill Jihad head
7. The Shawn Report
Full Service on Yahoo Groups
8. Ancient Australia a Cultural Center?
9. Caroline Glick:  The stake of the UK and USA in Israel

1. Amnon Goldberg: Lebanon in Prophecy
From: "." <>
Subject: Levanon in prophecy

Dear Yair
My tuppence worth on the current situation as printed in this week's Hamishpacha magazine
Amnon Goldberg

"Current events bring to mind:
"In the footsteps of the Moshiach the Galilee will be destroyed" (Sotah 49). "In the year 66 the Moshiach will appear in the Galilee....the Yishmaelites will stir up battles in the world, compelling the Edomites to come against them by sea and land to Jerusalem" (Zohar, Vaera). "The last ruler in the land of Israel will be called Harmalt (=Olmert?)" (Sefer Eliyahu). "Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one" (Yeshaya 10)."For the violence of Lebanon will cover you, for the violence of the land, of the city and of all that dwell there" (Chavakuk 2)."The ambassadors of peace will weep bitterly....Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down" (Yeshaya 33). "I am against you O Zidon and will execute judgment against you" (Yechezkel 28). "When Tyre is destroyed, Jerusalem will be rebuilt" (Rashi, Bereishis 25). "Warships will come from Kittim and attack Assyria (Syria?) and Eber (Iran?), and they too will be destroyed" (Bamidbar 24). "Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins" (Yeshaya 17). "Gaza will be forsaken, Ashkelon a desolation, and Ashdod emptied out at noon day" (Zefaniya 2) etc etc.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe strongly urged the encirclement and investment of Cairo and Damascus in 1973, of Tyre in 1978, and of Beirut in 1982, then being Divinely propitious times to defang the spiritual and military force of Yishmael once and for all. And he predicted that the failure to do so would merely ensure that the Israelis would be forced to one day reoccupy them once again. According to all Halachic opinions, Lebanon (and Syria!) is part of Eretz Yisrael, and once a part of it is occupied by Jewish forces, it is forbidden under Jewish Law to voluntarily relinquish it".

2. Barry Chamish  and the Conspiracy Connections of Brit-Am
RE: "Brit-Am Now"-738
#5. Is Brit-Am being left in the lurch?
  The "Judas" Syndrome

Vicky wrote:








(a) Division of Brit-Am output according to relevancy.
(b) Effect of Campaign against Conspiracy Nonsense on subscribers
(c) Connection of Brit-Am
(d) The issues between Brit-Am and Conspiracy.
(1) Details of specific events
(2) The underlying Conspiracy Philosophy.

(a) Division of Brit-Am output according to relevancy.
Our criticism of BC was part of our general campaign against Conspiracy Theories that slander the peoples of Judah and Joseph.
We considered this pertinent to our Brit-Am beliefs.
Nevertheless, at present our e-mail output is divided into categories:
(1) Matters directly regarding the identification of the Lost Ten Tribes or closely associated with such identification.
These are dealt with in most of our web-site articles, our publications, and Brit-Am Now postings.
(2) Matters that in our opinion derive from no (1) and are intrinsically connected (moral issues, international politics, etc) though others may not necessarily agree to their relevance.
Issues from no. (2) are to be found in some few of our web-site articles and in our Jerusalem News postings that at present are posted to the web.
A person interested in no (1) but disagreeing with us over no (2) for the most part should be able to almost avoid no(2) matters altogether.

(b) Effect of Campaign against Conspiracy Nonsense on subscribers
We lost some and gained some. The curse of the Conspiracy Theory Epidemic had threatened to pollute the entire Biblical Israelite Identification Movement (as distinct from the racist reprobate "Identity" Impostor school which is almost beyond hope of rehabilitation anyway) as those in the know are aware of.
Conspiracy Nonsense was also poisoning vital elements in Judah.
Surprisingly enough Brit-Am does have some influence beyond that of its limited membership and sometimes we are listened to.
"Fighting the Enemy. Conspiracy Watch".
(c) Connection of Brit-Am
Unfortunately Brit-Am has no connection (that we are aware of) to any such people.
It is true that Brit-Am does a great and mighty service for the State of Israel and for the Peoples of Judah and Israel.
It is also true that the Powers-that-be should recognize the worthiness of Brit-Am and endeavor to provide us with ample funding.
If you would not mind connecting up with those politicians you think Brit-Am may have rendered a service for perhaps you could let them know about us?
Perhaps you could hint to them that they should find a way to show their gratitude?

(d) The message of BC and most Conspiracy Freaks may be divided into two:
(1) Details of specific events in which Conspiracy Freaks usually get it all wrong but in some cases on specific details may yet bring up valid points.
(2) The underlying Conspiracy Philosophy.
(a) BC does not confine himself to matters of alleged political corruption.
He also systematically claims that anyone who raises their head (or threatens to do so) against the Israeli Establishment with some effectiveness is a murderer of their parents-in-law, or homosexual-rapist, or cannibal, or adulteress, or former KGB agent, etc.  These are nearly always palpable lies.

There do exist Israeli politicians who want to give part of the Land of Israel away which is bad enough but BC is against Jews having any of it under an independent Jewish government.

(b) Conspiracy Philosophy: BC is an extreme example of Conspiracy Philosophy in general. The Conspiracy Philosophy of BC says that the world is ruled by demon-like beings from Outer Space. The Zionists, the Americans, the Anglos, the Europeans, the Pope, etc are all agents of these creatures and they are all conspiring against the few good people that exists that in BC writings seem to consist of Arabs, a handful of people around BC, and some fellow Conspiracy Freaks who are nearly all Anti-Semites.
These beliefs are against the Bible and against the fundamental beliefs of Brit-Am.
Defenders of BC know well that this is what BC believes. They also often believe in it yet they try to present all opponents of BC as being concerned with (a) issues instead of (b) ones.

3. IDF Soldiers at Prayer: Photos
re Jerusalem News-469
#5. Israel Soldiers at Prayer: Very Good Photos
There was a complaint that the links we placed to the photos were not working.

Shalom, Yair,
Thank you for all your work.  My husband and I are
praying for the Lord to bless every aspect of your
work for the restoration of Israel, and for His favor
to keep you and yours safe.  We see the writings of
the prophets being fulfilled every day and feel that
we are much closer to the coming of Messiah than we
had ever dreamed....  I thought you would like
to know the group of women I have studied Scripture
with for several years is now beginning to read the
Law. I have given them each a copy of "Joseph" and am
praying they will be able to hear your message.  I
will let you know of their reaction.
On another subject, I was not able to download the
photographs of soldiers praying from the Brit-Am
website and I could not read the Masoret website.
Please help me to find some of these photos to copy.
Thank you

Following the above letter Brit-Am has posted the photos below
 while emphasizing that the source of these photos is
from the URLs listed in:
Jerusalem News-469
#5. Israel Soldiers at Prayer: Very Good Photos



4.Arutz Sheva News Service
Sunday, July 30, 2006, 5 Av 5766

By Hillel Fendel

Sunday morning wave of Katyushas hits northern Israel, causing
injuries, sending tens of thousands into shelters. The IDF hit targets
in Lebanon, including a house in terrorist-stronghold Kafr Kana.

Close to 100 Katyusha rockets were fired at northern Israel through
mid-afternoon on Sunday, wounding several people seriously and
moderately - including a reporter for Haaretz.  Targeted towns and
cities included Hatzor, Nahariya, Kiryat Shmonah, and more.

Some 25 Hizbullah-fired Katyusha rockets smashed into northern
Israel's Kiryat Shmonah and vicinity early Sunday morning, hitting at
least one building.  Seven rockets hit Acco, wounding ten people,
while in Nahariya, a Magen David Adom medical team evacuated two
wounded, including one who was hit by shrapnel.  More rockets were
fired at Haifa, Kfar Blum and elsewhere. 

Over the course of the Sabbath, close to 100 Katyushas landed in
Tzfat, Carmiel, Acco, Nahariya, Maalot, Tiberias, Kiryat Shmonah and
elsewhere.  Though tens of thousands of people were forced to spend
yet another Sabbath in their shelters, only one person was injured by
the rockets.  Heavy damage was caused to medical facility in Acco.

Tens of other thousands of people have left their homes for central
and southern Israel.

The official count of Katyusha rockets that have hit Israel in the
past 19 days is nearing 1,800.  Of these, close to a quarter fell, as
they were intended, in populated areas, killing 19 civilians.  In
addition, nearly 1,100 people have been wounded, including 66 in
critical or "moderate" condition, and 43 people are still

On Friday, for the first time, Hizbullah fired a much higher-quality
Katyusha, known as a Fajr-5.  The Fajr is a long-range missile that
can reach as far as Netanya, with a particularly heavy explosive
payload of 100 kilograms.  Five of them landed as far south as the
Beit She'an-Afula area; no one was hurt.  The IDF announced shortly
afterwards that Air Force planes succeeded in destroying the launcher
that fired the missiles.

In Kafr Kana, Lebanon, a three-story building bombed by the IDF was
totally destroyed, killing at least 50 people, many of whom were in
the shelter below.  Israel has repeatedly warned civilians in the area
to leave, but Hizbullah terrorists, who used them as "human shields,"
prevented them from doing so. 

A senior Israel Air Force officer said that the army has been bombing
the area for three days because of dozens of Katyushas fired from the
village.  Some of the Katyushas hit an Israeli hospital.

By Ezra HaLevi

Archaeologists in Ireland found an ancient Latin translation of King
David's Psalms  last week. Exactly which Psalm the book was open to
when preserved in the Irish bog is a subject of confusion.

(file photo)
The ancient book was discovered in a bog by a construction worker who
spotted it while driving the shovel of his backhoe into an area
nearby. The approximately 20-page book has been dated to the years

It was initially reported that the Latin Vulgate version of the book
was opened to Psalm 83, which
in the Hebrew Bible exhorts G-d to not hold Yourself silent as the
nations plot against Israel explicitly mentioning Edom, Ishmael and
the residents of Philistia and Tyre.

It turns out, however, that the Vulgate uses a different numbering of
the chapters than the Hebrew Bible, and the chapter that was actually
facing outwards was not Psalm 83.

It was then reported that the visible text on the bog book is from the
seventh verse of Psalm 82, which reads: "But you will die like mere
men; you will fall like every other ruler."

Finally, the the Director of Ireland's museum Patrick F. Wallace said
in a statement Friday that it was actually Psalm 84 that was exposed.
He said that the original announcement had led to misconceptions
about the revealed wording. It is hoped that this clarification will
serve comfort to anyone worried by earlier reports of the content of
the text.

The words of Psalm 84 are as
1. For the conductor, on the gittith, of the sons of Korah, a song.
2. How beloved are Your dwelling places, O L-rd of Hosts!
3. My soul yearns, yea, it pines for the courts of the Lord; my heart
and my flesh pray fervently to the living G-d.
4. Even a bird found a house and a swallow her nest, where she placed
her chicks upon Your altars, O Lord of Hosts, my King and my G-d.
5. Fortunate are those who stay in Your house; they will continually
praise You forever.
6. Fortunate is the man who has strength in You, in whose heart are
the highways.
7. Transgressors in the valley of Baka (weeping) make it into a
fountain; also with blessings they enwrap [their] Teacher.
8. They go from host to host; he will appear to G-d in Zion.
9. O L-rd, G-d of Hosts, hearken to my prayer; bend Your ear, O G-d of
Jacob, forever.
10. See our shield, O G-d, and look at the face of Your anointed.
11. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand; I chose to sit
on the threshold of the house of My G-d rather than dwell in tents of
12. For a sun and a shield is the L-rd G-d; the L-rd will give grace
and glory; He will not withhold good from those who go with sincerity.
13. O L-rd of Hosts, fortunate is the man who trusts in You.

The Psalm is recited by many Jews at the beginning of the afternoon
prayers on a daily basis. The Valley of Weeping can be read as the
Bekaa Valley, a Hizbullah stronghold in eastern Lebanon thought to
also host a Syrian military intelligence presence.

5. Steve Mathe: Call to Prayer by Chief Rabbi of Israel
From: Steve Mathe <>

Here is an urgent plea for a global concerted prayer project we can all join in. May I add that we need to pray for inspiration and Divine guidance for our leaders and "the spirit of repentance" to be poured out on our people.  The latter is key to a speedier and less traumatic Redemption.
Steve Mathe
"Only Torah and prayer will unify Israel."

Government Press Office Announcement
(Communicated by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger's Office)

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger ( has initiated a global project designed to unite approximately 1,000,000 Jews around the world to pray at the same time (19:00 Israel time on 1.8.06)  (12 noon USA time), via the Internet. Rabbi Metzger has composed the special prayer for well-being and safe return of abducted soldiers Gilad Shalit, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. There is also prayer for the well-being of IDF soldiers and for the recovery of those who have been wounded.

An interactive website ( ( click the right hand for Hebrew,the left hand for English) has been set up, in both Hebrew and English, in which people may add their names to the project. The site includes the texts of the aforementioned prayers, a message from Chief Rabbi Metzger and an interactive 'chain of hands' graphic with the names of those who have agreed to join the project.

May God protect us all. Shabbat Shalom,

6.   IDF troops kill Jihad head

Nablus: IDF troops kill Jihad head
Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST Jul. 30, 2006

IDF troops killed a top leader of the Islamic Jihad terror organization in a
West Bank raid Saturday, the group said.
In announcements from mosque loudspeakers, Islamic Jihad said the group's
Nablus leader, Hani Awijan, 29, was killed by undercover IDF troops. The
soldiers came to arrest him while he was playing soccer with friends and
relatives, the group said. Another Islamic Jihad operative was also killed
in the operation.

The army confirmed soldiers operated in Nablus and said a terrorist was
killed in an exchange of fire.

Israel Radio said Awijan was responsible for a series of attacks on
Israelis. Over the past 17 months, Islamic Jihad has been responsible for
all 12 suicide bombing attacks in Israel, which killed 71 people.

News of the raid spread through Nablus, and large crowds gathered at the
hospital. Jihad activists burned tires in the streets and called for a
general strike in the city. Shops were quickly closed.

7. The Shawn Report
Full Service on Yahoo Groups
Our regular feature "The Shawn Report" (which will continue)
is culled from another service which supplies the information
and much more.
The full service (together with the opportunity
for comment and dialogue) is now available (for they who are interested)
from Yahoo Groups

8. Ancient Australia a Cultural Center?,,25338-2286453,00.html

9. Caroline Glick:  The stake of the UK and USA in Israel
Our World: Seeing the war in its true colors
July 25, 2006
[Very brief Extracts]

On the other hand, other voices make clear that despite the best wishes of the government and the Israeli left-wing intelligentsia, it is far from clear that the IDF will end its operations without victory achieved.

For instance, writing in The Sunday Times, former Conservative MP Michael Portillo told his British countrymen that their hostility for Israel and the US aside, "The bloody truth is that Israel's war is our war." Portillo went on to argue that given the threat that Iran and Hizbullah pose to Britain itself, "for us to turn against Israel and America would be perverse and potentially suicidal."

STRENGTHENING the view that opposition to war against Iran and its proxies is suicidal, it was reported Sunday that Bulgarian border guards along their border with Romania had intercepted a British truck filled with radioactive materials for building a so-called dirty bomb. The components, which included dangerous quantities of radioactive caesium 137 and americium-beryllium, were stored in 10 lead-lined boxes addressed to the Iranian Ministry of Defense.

According to the Daily Mail, this was the second time in less than a year that a British shipment of nuclear materials had been stopped by Bulgarian border guards. Last August, Bulgaria stopped a shipment of zirconium silicate, which can be used as a component of a nuclear warhead, at its border with Turkey en route to Iran.

THE CURRENT campaign in northern Israel and Lebanon has brought into sharp focus the major pathologies and strengths of the West in fighting the Iranian-led jihadist axis. The British government's push for a cease-fire, together with the enthusiasm of the UN and France for sending their own troops to Lebanon to protect the Lebanese from the "disproportionate" Israelis; the demand of Israel's radical Left that a deal be made with Syria; and the demands of leftist ideologues in the US that an artificial deadline be set for the conclusion of Israel's operations in Lebanon all point to a similar pathology.

As a group, the ideological Left rejects the notion of victory in war for Western forces (although it is fine for jihadists); rejects the notion that there are enemies that are impossible to appease; and specifically rejects the idea that Israel has a right to defend itself against its enemies, let alone vanquish its foes.

LET US BE clear. The European foreign ministers and UN envoys who are tripping over one another on their way to Jerusalem are the same European foreign ministers and UN officials who brought about the misguided American decision to throw out 27 years of US practice and officially engage the mullahs in Teheran.

That is, the same European governments now jockeying for a place in an international force that will protect Hizbullah from destruction are the ones who have been stymieing American attempts to take concerted action against Iran's nuclear weapons programs for the past three years.

This is the pathology of the West. For if one takes the ideology of appeasing unappeasable foes to its logical conclusion, appeasing states will eventually join forces with their enemies against themselves, or, as Portillo put it, they will become suicidal.

AND SO, Britain's Department of Trade and Industry can give export licenses to dirty bomb components en route to Iran. And so American columnists named Cohen can tell the world that Israel's existence is a mistake. And so, Javier Solana, the EU's foreign policy chief, can refuse to acknowledge that Hizbullah is an Iranian-run terrorist organization dedicated to Islamic world domination even as its supporters throughout Europe hold mass demonstrations where they hold signs calling for Europe's destruction at the hands of Hizbullah and Iran in the name of Islam.

On the other hand, events of the past two weeks have also shown some of the West's greatest strengths in fighting the war so many of its powerful citizens and statesmen refuse to acknowledge.

First of all, the IDF has discarded its dangerous delusions that it will be possible to win this war by remote control. Today it fights like an army that knows it is both at war, and at war with an enemy that needs to be destroyed, whatever the price may be.

And now the IDF is fighting well, boldly and effectively on the ground. Halutz initiated a rolling mobilization of the reserves, and the IAF has pulled back to its proper supportive role.

As well, it is impossible not to recognize the Bush administration's centrality in the current campaign. Not only is the US rearming the IAF with bunker buster bombs, it is making certain that its own public and the international community recognize that what is at stake here is far greater than the well-being of Israel's citizens.

As President George W. Bush has made clear, this is not just Israel's war. This is a campaign of the Iranian-led axis of jihad that seeks to dominate the entire free world. And echoing Bush are voices like Portillo's that are heard from Beirut to Sydney.

Moreover, by rising to the challenge Hizbullah, Syria and Iran have placed before it, the entire Israeli public is setting an example for its army, its government and the world to follow. Families in the North are stoically accepting the around-the-clock bombardments and standing strong in their demand for victory. Families in the rest of the country are opening their homes to thousands of refugees from Haifa and Nahariya and Tiberias.

As a friend put it the other day, "Halutz has no choice but to win. Israel is a country with five million chiefs of staff and they are all breathing down his neck."

FINALLY, the campaign in Lebanon is indeed the opening salvo of Iran's war against the free world. But this works both ways.

Jerusalem News-471
VIDEO: IDF robot finds BOMB in Palestinian Ambulance
2. The Shawn Report
(a) Israel: One Nation Under Attack
by Michael B. Oren
(b) A War against All of Us
by Tashbih Sayyed, Ph. D.
(c) When You Sleep with a Missile
by Paula R. Stern
(d) Hezbollah is our enemy, too
by Jeff Jacoby
3. Arutz Sheva News Monday
4. Guysen News Summaries
5. Proverbs 6:12-15

1. VIDEO: IDF robot finds BOMB in Palestinian Ambulance

2. The Shawn Report
(a.) Israel: One Nation Under Attack
by Michael B. Oren

(b.) A War against All of Us
By: Tashbih Sayyed, Ph. D.
There are currently two wars pulling the world apart. The first is the global jihad in which radical Islamists are confronting the rest of the world. The second is the intra-religious struggle between Shiite Islam, led by Iran, and Sunni Islam, represented by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan, in a fight for regional domination. It is this conflict that has pushed the Middle East into the latest crisis.

Iran, which is an integral part of the global jihad, is determined to establish itself as the regional superpower but its Shiite government in a Sunni region is a major obstacle. But there is one major factor working in Iran's favor: whereas the masses of the region are anti-west, anti-Semitic, and totally committed to the destruction of the Jewish state, their Sunni governments have not shown the same zeal and commitment. In all the wars that the Arab governments launched against Israel, the Jewish state defeated them decisively.

As a result that Muslim masses long for leaders who have the courage to stand up to the Judeo-Christian powers. They are waiting for another Saladin, who defeated the crusaders in Jerusalem in 1187 C.E. Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to be that leader. He knows his Muslim history and its numerous examples where otherwise incompetent leaders like Gemal Abdul Nasser of Egypt won the love and loyalty of the masses just by defying the West and challenging the US

The leaders of the global jihad understand the willingness of a Muslim world that suffers from an acute sense of failure and a lasting inferiority complex to applaud anyone who takes on the Judeo-Christian powers. Many Muslims need to be assured that their leaders will not sell themselves for Western approval and are capable of fighting and humiliating the "infidels" in the name of Islam.

Iran's record in fighting invaders, resisting foreign influences, and expelling those who would exploit its resources is long and makes it a legitimate candidate for the leadership of global jihad. Since its Revolution, Iran has not betrayed its past and has been defying the Western powers, the United States in particular, since the very first day. The Muslim world recognizes this and Iran now wants to use this to win the Arabs' support. Iran's leaders are certain that if they can convince the Arab people that they are serious in their pledge to destroy the Jewish state and humiliate the United States, the Arabs will support them in their bid for regional leadership.

To win this intra-religious war, Iran is wooing each and every anti-West voice in the world. From Saudi-backed Hamas in the Palestinian Authority territories to Jemaah Islamiyah in Indonesia have all in one way or the other been benefited from Iran's ambitions. But the most trusted and capable group in Iran's army is Hezbollah in Lebanon. The weakness of Lebanon's central government has helped Hezbollah entrench itself as a state within a state. And Iran, with the help of Hezbollah, has positioned itself in the Middle East to sustain a long and arduous struggle.

Global jihad is waged both by states that support it openly and the non-state elements that appear to be operating on their own. Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Lashkar Taiba, Jemaah Islamiyah, Jamaat e Islami and the Muslim Brotherhood are all non-state participants in jihad, while Iran represents the state component. It participates both directly and indirectly in global jihad. By contrast, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states only use their proxies.

Iran uses its proxies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Britain, Latin America, the U.S., Palestine, Syria and Lebanon to further its ends. And both these components of global jihad use terror to reassure their followers that the good old days of jihad, when Islam could vanquish all adversaries, are back.

Aware of the fact that it is surrounded by countries dominated by Wahhabism, the Saudi version of Islam that considers Shiites as heretics and therefore unfit to lead the Muslims, Shiite Iran under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is determined to outmaneuver the Sunni world by establishing itself as the true leader in the global jihad and the only true champion of the Palestinian cause to destroy Israel.

The actions and diatribes of Iran's President Ahmadinejad are aimed at satisfying just such a sentiment. He had the attention of the Muslim world when he called for Israel to be wiped off the map and claimed that the Holocaust never happened. A growing proportion of the Muslim world now looks to him to restore honor and dignity to Islam.

Coalition failure to impose some kind of stability in Iraq, the emergence of Hamas as an elected power in Palestinian Authority territories, and a weak central government in Lebanon provided global jihad with a chance to test the will and the resolve of the U.S. and learn how far it is willing to going in thwarting the ambitions of jihadists.

Jihad in Iraq has proved to its constituents that it can successfully wage a war of attrition on the United States of America and keep it bogged down for some time. Taking advantage of the situation in Iraq, Hamas launched its offensive against the state of Israel and then Iran, in a show of its solidarity with Hamas, encouraged Hezbollah to open a second front from southern Lebanon.

All this illustrates a number of things. First, the present war in the Middle East is in reality a war against the United States of America. Second, failed states and those with weak central governments will be used by global jihad against the U.S. which is why the world must help the central government in Lebanon to become truly sovereign. And third, Israel is in its 59th year of defending its life. It must not be asked to use restrain in this war to expel the enemies either from Gaza or its northern borders.

(Tashbih Sayyed is the Editor in Chief of Pakistan Today and The Muslim World Today, President of Council for Democracy and Tolerance, an adjunct fellow of Hudson Institute, and a regular columnist for newspapers across the world.)

"the present war in the Middle East is in reality a war against the United States of America"

(c.) When You Sleep with a Missile
By Paula R. Stern

Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gilerman was just quoted as
saying, "When you sleep with a missile, you may not wake up." He then went
on to ask when was the last time Hizbollah apologized for any injury to
Israeli civilians. The answer is known to all of us, never.

Perhaps these difficult battles against Hizbollah in the north, Hamas in the
south, and preventing terror attacks in our cities is not so much about
where we fight as what we fight against. This is especially hard after the
tragedy in Kfar Qana, but even more important now than ever to remember. On
Friday, Hizbollah fired katyusha rockets into Nahariya and hit a hospital.
Only by the grace of God and the army's forward thinking had the hospital
been evacuated previously and despite massive damage to the building, no
loss of life occurred.

But there was no miracle in Kfar Qana today in Lebanon. Five days ago, the
Israeli army warned residents to leave these villages. Satellite images
publicized by the Israeli army show clearly what every resident of Kfar Qana
could not have avoided knowing, that Hizbollah was using their village as a
launching ground for at least 150 rockets fired into northern Israel. When
you sleep with a missile

Meanwhile, pictures continue to pour out of Lebanon that makes much of the
world angry and at odds with Israel. What is missing, they claim is
proportionality. It is wrong, says the world, to destroy a country for the
lives of two or three soldiers. As always, the world is partially correct
what is missing is proportionality.  BBC continues to show the bombed out
remnants of buildings in Beirut, but fails to make it clear that they are
centering their broadcasts from an area that compromises about 1% of the
total land area of Beirut. The other 99% remains untouched because there are
no Hizbollah targets there.

Our government and politicians are taking to the airwaves to explain to the
world why we do what we do, and how we do it. Kofi Annan's insulting comment
that we hit a UN base in Lebanon on purpose shows the extent that Annan has
been corrupted by his personal politics. The media shows pictures from
Lebanon and the tens of thousands of fleeing Lebanese with little regard to
the fact that more than 300,000 Israelis have fled the battle areas as well
and more than a million others have spent days and nights in bomb shelters.

Pictures, the tool of the media, can be misleading, for all the thousand
words they pretend to represent. Ultimately, perhaps the truth really lies
in the words, the real words that leaders use to describe their goals. The
General Secretary of Hizbollah, Hassan Nasrallah has summed up the battle we
face on all fronts, "We have discovered how to hit the Jews where they are
the most vulnerable. The Jews love life, so that is what we shall take away
from them. We are going to win because they love life and we love death."

Nasrallah is correct in that Jews love life, that we do all we can to
preserve the lives of our people and of those we must battle. It is not our
forces that hide weapons among civilians and shoot katyusha rockets at
cities indiscriminately. It was Israel that warned the Lebanese civilians to
leave Kfar Qana and the Hizbollah that prevented them from going. It was
Israel that warned civilians to distance themselves from Hizbollah bases,
and the UN that decided to leave their base so close to Hizbollah's training
camp. And finally, it was Hizbollah that chose Kfar Qana as a launching pad
for those rockets, Hizbollah that used the houses of Kfar Qana to hide the
missile launchers, and finally, Hizbollah that needs to explain the strange
time difference between when Israel launched missiles in the vicinity of a
house that only collapsed some 7 or 8 hours later.

But regardless of what happened in Kfar Qana, Nasrallah is right - we love
live and they love death. But he is wrong in the conclusion he draws from
this. Our loving life is not what makes us vulnerable, it is what makes us

And finally, Dan Gilerman is correct. "When you sleep with a missile, you
may not wake up."

(d.) Hezbollah is our enemy, too
By Jeff Jacoby
[Extracts Only]

According to a pair of Gallup polls released last week, 83 percent of Americans say Israel is justified in taking military action against Hezbollah, while 76 percent disapprove of Hezbollah's attacks on Israel. Yet when asked which side in the conflict the United States should take, 65 percent answer: neither side. Indeed, 3 in 4 Americans say they are concerned that the US military will be drawn into the fighting, or that it will increase the likelihood of terrorism against the United States.

Gallup's numbers suggest two things. First, that most Americans, sizing up the warfare in northern Israel and southern Lebanon, recognize that Hezbollah is the aggressor and that Israel is fighting in self-defense. And second, that most Americans believe this fight has nothing to do with the United States.

Welcome to Sept. 10.

For years Osama bin Laden had preached that it was "the duty of Muslims to confront, fight, and kill" Americans. His adherents had responded by blowing up the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and slamming a boat laden with explosives into the USS Cole. Yet most Americans paid no attention to Al Qaeda and its threats -- until 3,000 people lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Has nothing been learned from that experience?

Hezbollah's barbaric assault on Israel -- kidnapping and murdering soldiers who weren't engaged in hostilities, firing waves of missiles into cities and towns, packing rockets with ball bearings meant to maximize suffering by shredding human flesh -- is part and parcel of the radical Islamist jihad against the free world. Nothing to do with the United States? It has *everything* to do with the United States. Hezbollah hates Americans at least as implacably as Al Qaeda does, and rarely misses an opportunity to say so.

"We consider [America] to be an enemy because it wants to humiliate our governments, our regimes, and our peoples," railed Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, at an enormous rally in February 2005.

And from tens of thousands of Hezbollah supporters came the answering cry: "Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to America!"

These are anything but empty threats. Prior to 9/11, Hezbollah was responsible for more American casualties than any other terrorist organization in the world. Among its victims was Army officer William F. Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut who was abducted by Hezbollah in March 1984 and who died after 15 months in captivity of torture and illness.

And the young Navy diver Robert Stethem, singled out during the 1985 Hezbollah hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and brutally beaten before being shot to death.

And William Higgins, a colonel in the Marine Corps and commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, who was seized by Hezbollah in February 1988, tortured, and eventually hanged. (As Michelle Malkin perceptively noted last week, the tape of Higgins, bound and gagged and swinging from a rope, was one of the first publicly disseminated jihadi snuff films.)

And the 241 US servicemen murdered by Hezbollah on Oct. 23, 1983, when a suicide bomber drove a truck rigged with 12,000 pounds of TNT into their barracks at the Beirut airport.

And the 19 US servicemen killed in the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia.

For more than two decades, Hezbollah's Shi'ite fanatics, backed by Iran and sheltered by Syria, have made it their business to murder, maim, hijack, and kidnap Americans with the same irrational hostility they harbor for Israel.
They're serious about it -- deadly serious. Why aren't we?

3. Arutz Sheva News Service -
Monday, July 31, 2006, 6 Av 5766
By  Hana Levi Julian

An initial IDF inquiry has revealed that Israel may not have been to blame for the explosion that killed more than 50 civilians in the southern Lebanese village of Kafr Kana on Sunday.

Most of the worlds nations were in an uproar over an early Sunday attack on a cluster of buildings in Kafr Kana that reportedly killed 57 civilians, half of whom were children.

The condemnations came despite the fact that the IDF dropped leaflets into the village over the previous days, warning the residents to leave the war zone.

Israel initially took responsibility for the attack, since it was indeed carrying out strikes in the area where Hizbullah terrorists often store weapons caches in residential buildings.  The terrorists also set up their rocket launchers between the buildings in areas with concentrated civilian populations.

Senior IDF officers told reporters at a news conference Sunday evening, however, that there is a contradiction between the time of the bombing and reports of the explosion. Israel Air Force Gen. Amir Eshel left open the possibility that Hizbullah terrorists blew up the building themselves, or that an unknown cause set off explosives which were stored in the structure.

Eshel explained that recorded information shows that Israeli Air Force planes bombed the building between midnight and 1:00 a.m., and that the next attack was at 7:30 a.m. and was up to 500 yards away.  Eshel said reports of the explosion that caused the civilian deaths came around 8:00 a.m. "It is not clear what happened" between 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., he said.

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz told the Israeli daily Maariv after a meeting with President Moshe Katzav that the military did not know that civilians remained in the village. Halutz explained that IDF intelligence equipment can detect missile launchers but not civilians, who apparently were inside buildings where aerial surveillance could not detect them.

"Had we known there were that many civilians inside, especially women and children, we certainly would not have attacked it," a senior air force commander told Reuters.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday after the incident that Kafr Kana and environs are a "center for Katyusha firing on Kiryat Shmona and Afula... Dozens of Katyushas have been fired from there, and the terrorists hide there after firing the rockets." Olmert emphasized that the residents had often been warned that they must leave the area.

"Israel does not have a policy of killing innocent people," the Prime Minister added.
Brig.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan pointed out that Hizbullah terrorists have fired more than 150 rockets from the village since the beginning of the war.

Kafr Kana was the scene of a similar tragedy ten years ago in which 100 civilians were killed during Israel's Operation Grapes of Wrath, also aimed at ending Katyusha attacks on northern Israeli communities.

4.Guysen News Summaries
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 13:27:31 +0100
From: Guysen Israel News <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News july 31, 2006
[] 2006-07-30 , 5 Av 5766

[]According to the IDF, the collapse of the building in Kfar Cana was due to the bombardment the day before having weakened the structure or to its intentional destruction by the Hezbollah.

Monday 31/07/2006
News Summary : Israel expresses deep regrets after 60 dead in the South Lebanese village of Kana from where numerous rockets were fired on Israel and which was bombarded by Tsahal More than 140 rockets fired on the north of Israel, mainly in the region of Kiryat Shmona, 50 injured, one seriously and a lot of damage Tsahal is continuing its intensive cleansing of a one and a half kilometer wide strip in Lebanon, 4 soldiers injured Despite a call for a cease-fire by the UN, Olmert and Peretz estimate that Israel needs at least another 2 weeks before considering a cease fire Demonstrations of solidarity with the north of Israel are growing

23:10  French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Philippe Douste-Blazy, will travel to Beirut on Monday to attempt to negotiate a cease-fire in the region. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
22:53  Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared that ''the criminal attack on Kfar Cana will bring about Israel's demise''. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
21:36  Nine Englishmen who were planning on travelling to Ramallah, were refused entry to Israel. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
21:04  An IDF patrol discovered an expolsive charge of one and a half kilos near Itamar, in the Shomron. An explosives unit detonated the device. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
19:00  Northern Front : four Israeli soldiers were wounded in southern Lebanon by anti-tank shells. They have been evacuated to the Rambam hospital in Haifa.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
18:06  A positive start this week for the Tel Aviv stock market : The Tel Aviv Index25 and the Tel Aviv Index100 increased by 0.8% and the Teltec went up by 1.45%. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
17:34  Since the beginning of the hostilities on July 12th, Nahariya and Kiryat Shmona are the cities which have suffered the largest quantity of rocket strikes. 378 Katiyusha rockets landed in Kiryat Shmona and 339 hit Nahariya. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
15:58  A high ranking military official indicated that five suicide attacks have been foiled in the past 10 days. According to this same source, almost all of these attacks were planned and led by the Hezbollah, whose interest is to open up another front against Israel. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
14:59  According to the Lebanese Ministry of Health, at least 750 people, the majority civilians, have been killed and more than 2,000 wounded, since the beginning of the hostilities between Lebanon and Israel. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
14:58  Northern Front : four people were injured by Katiyusha fire near Kiryat Shmona; one of them is in critical condition. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
09:40  Former Foreign Minister of Israel, Silvan Shalom, was appointed by the Knesset and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the role of defending Israel's position to the English Jewish community, as well as to the British media.  (Guysen.Isra l.News)
08:21  Northern Front : according to a Lebanese police press release, a 3 storey building collapsed in Cana, southern Lebanon, following an IDF air raid. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
About 20 deaths were reported.
08:10  During the night Saturday, the IDF arrested 5 Tanzim terrorist wanted by security services in Kalykilya. Among these terrorists are those reponsible for the kidnapping of Dr Daniel Yaakobi from Yakir. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
Thursday, Dr Yaakobi had entered the village of Funduk, near Kedoumim, to repair his car. During the night, his body was found in the trunk of the charred remains of the vehicle, in a Palestinian village in the Kalkilya region.

5.Proverbs 6:12-15
<<A NAUGHTY PERSON<<: Hebrew "belial" interpreted to main someone who does not acknowledge the yoke of heaven.                  
This is explained to mean that the wicked person makes all kinds of signs and exaggerated gestures in order to mislead others. It could also be understood to indicate body language.                     
According to its simple meaning the above verses are speaking against a person who deceives others, causes harm to his fellow-man and dissension.
Rashi (ca. 1100 CE, Champagne, North France) explains the verses to be primary directed against someone who seeks create a barrier between God and man by causing man to sin or deviate from belief.                 

Jerusalem News-472
1. The
Planet Mars.
2. Were the Qana Killings Stage-Managed by the Hizbolah??
(a) Naomi Ragen: The Staging of Qana
(b) Qana: Sources Pictures and Explanations?
(c) Qana: Milking it?
3. Pitched Battles in Southern Lebanon
4.  Master of War by Tzvi Fishman
5. Proverbs 6:16-19

1. The Planet Mars

Report Wrong - Item Deleted
2. Were the Qana Killings Stage-Managed by the Hizbolah??

(a.) Naomi Ragen: The Staging of Qana
From: Naomi Ragen <>

A few things journalists might want to check out, re:Qana.

(1. The men parading around with dead children dressed as
"rescue workers" are the same man, photographed again and
again. He's the main actor.

(2. The same man was caught in similar photos in 1996
parading around with a dead child, which means that he is a
professional dead-child parader, a very prestigious job that
has been created by terrorists concerned about CNN's

(3. The Qana Killings- A Staged Setup?
A Lebanese blog says that Hezbollah filled the house in
Qana with crippled children who couldn't run away. It then
placed a rocket launcher above them, and waited.(

(4. Another possibility - the bodies may be the same ones
paraded around in Tyre a few days before for the benefit of

(5. If these things don't sound possible to you, that no one
could be that callous or horrible, then let me remind you of
Beslan, where hundreds of children were held hostage on the
first day of school, the little girls raped, and then the
building exploded. Might I remind you of the terrorist
massacre of Israeli children in Maalot. Might I remind you
of the flying of several passenger planes filled with women
and children into skyscrapers. Terrorists are not nice
people. Other questions: How did that building alone have
so many people when other buildings had none? And why so
many children? And why not a single man? And why, dafka,
the building in which they stored the rocket launchers? Why
would people have chosen to huddle there against the bombs
instead of somewhere else unless they were forced to?

And what about the gap of eight hours between the bombing
and the explosion?

Inquiring minds want to know. Isn't that what journalists
used to do, dig beneath the obvious to get the truth instead
of guzzling down and regurgitating staged propaganda like
so much draft beer in a cheap bar? And another question, if
the death of children is being staged for the benefit of
CNN, then isn't CNN responsible for their deaths?

(b.) Qana: Sources Pictures and Explanations?

(c.) Qana: Milking it?
3. Pitched Battles in Southern Lebanon
17:04 Aug 01, '06 / 7 Av 5766
by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
 IDF soldiers have been fighting pitched battles with enemy forces in the eastern sector of southern Lebanon since the early hours of Tuesday. There are reports of casualties on both sides.

IDF paratroopers and artillery have killed approximately 20 Hizbullah fighters and injured many others during battles in the area of the village of Ayta A-Sha'ab. Enemy forces deployed several anti-tank rockets against Israeli troops during the ongoing fighting. Israeli unmanned drones are in the air over the area of the confrontations, providing the forces on the ground with real-time visual intelligence.

The current IDF ground offensive against Hizbullah targets in the eastern sector of southern Lebanon is part of stepped-up operations authorized by the government's security cabinet Monday night. The immediate mission of the military, according to government sources, is to push the Hizbullah further northward, to beyond the Litani River in southern Lebanon. The Litani runs between 4 and 40 kilometers from the Israeli-Lebanese border.

The Hizbullah has repeated its commitment to fight Israeli forces wherever they enter into Lebanon, saying that, in any event, an IDF push into Lebanon would not prevent Hizbullah rocket fire on Israel. According to Hizbullah statements, the terrorists are firing rockets from anywhere up to 60 kilometers from the Israeli border, which would place at least some of the rocket launchers north of the Litani River.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Lebanese media is reporting that Israeli jet fighters are attacking targets all along the Litani River, accompanied by heavy artillery bombardments in the central sector of southern Lebanon.

As early as July 15, reports from Lebanon indicated that the civilian residents of Ayta A-Sha'ab had been evacuated, after the Israeli government had asked the Lebanese government to do so. At the time, Hizbullah fighters claimed that they had repulsed an Israeli offensive into the area.

4. Master of War
by Tzvi Fishman
Jul 31, '06 / 6 Av 5766

While the war is still raging in Lebanon, and everyone is talking about air strikes, ground offensives and cease-fires, it is worthwhile to remember what our sages have taught us about war.

The Biblical perspective on war can be summarized in David's confident proclamation to Goliath: "And all of this assembly shall know that the L-rd saves not with sword or spear; for the battle is the L-rd's, and He will deliver you into our hands." (I Samuel, 18:47)

Rabbi Uzi Kalcheim, in his book Aderet Emunah, writes that regarding the nations of the world, victory in war results from natural and physical causes, such as the military's size and weaponry, or the nation's resolve for battle. Israel's successes, however, come from the Living G-d. The Jewish soldier must make the necessary preparations and not rely on miracles; yet, he must know that salvation comes from G-d. Thus, we find in the Torah that "The L-rd is a Man of War." (Exodus, 15:3)

In the rise and fall of nations, and in the ever-changing sweep of history, our sages recognize that it is the Almighty who brings everything to pass. The Talmud presents an argument between G-d and the nations of the world, who claim that the deeds they did and the wars they fought were all for the sake of Israel.
The Holy One Blessed Be He answered: "Everything you did, you did for your own sakes. You built bridges to collect tolls; you conquered regions to impose taxes; and wars, I made, as it is written, 'the L-rd is a Man of War.'" (Avodah Zorah 2A)

In his book Orot, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook devotes a full chapter to war, explaining that war is an integral part of the redemption process of Israel. He writes:
When there is a great war in the world, the power of Mashiach (Messiah) awakens. The time of the songbird has come, the weeding away of tyrants. The evil ones are obliterated from the world, the world becomes more perfected, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in the land. (Orot, Ch.2:1)

Certainly, the death of Hizbullah and Hamas leaders and terrorist fighters would make the world a better place. But Rabbi Kook is saying much more.

His understanding evolves from the viewpoint that all of world history is subordinate to the development process of the Jewish People. Our sages teach that the world was created for Israel. From this perspective, international upheavals like wars come to advance the redemption of the Jewish People. For example, in modern times, the Balfour Declaration, which recognized the right of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel, was a direct outcome of the First World War. The aftermath of World War II marked an additional step in Israel's redemption, with the foundation of the State of Israel. The Six-Day War led to the re-establishment of Jewish sovereignty over all of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, the heartland of Biblical Israel.

These hallmarks of Jewish history, and their connection to the wars that preceded them, are obvious discernible facts. While textbooks and historians may expound a plethora of social, political and economic theories in explaining these great wars, the discerning Jewish eye can see a more exalted plan. These history-shaping wars were the instruments G-d used to return the nation of Israel to its Promised Land (War and Peace, Ch. 1, by Rabbi David Samson and Tzvi Fishman).

Thus, we say in our morning prayers, "The Master of Wars, the sower of righteousness, Who causes salvation to sprout... cause a new light to shine upon Zion." This is the step-by-step scheme of redemption. The salvation of the Jewish People and the new light on Zion come about through the Master of Wars. Rabbi Kook writes: "All of these flow forth from the Master of Wars, Who lays destruction in the land to bring forth the light of justice and holiness." (Letters of Rabbi Kook, Vol. 3:819)

Clearly, the present war in Lebanon and in Gaza is a compulsory war as commanded by the Torah. The Rambam defines a "compulsory war" as a war to save Israel from the hand of the enemy ("Laws of Kings", 5:1). The Ramban adds that the Torah's command to conquer the Land of Israel, and not abandon it to the sovereignty of other nations, is a Torah-ordained mitzvah [Commandment] that obligates us in every generation ("Supplement to the Sefer HaMitzvot of the Rambam", Positive Commandment 4).

While our incursion into Lebanon and Gaza are absolutely just and holy precepts of the Torah, there is yet another Torah viewpoint that calls upon us to cry out to G-d in repentance when enemy rockets shower down on our cities and homes. Throughout the Book of Judges, the Jewish People are attacked by surrounding enemies due to their neglecting to conquer all of the Land of Israel, and due to the transgressions of idol worship and sexual immorality.

The Torah warns: "But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall come to pass that those whom you allow to remain shall be as thorns in your eyes, and stings in your sides, and they shall vex you in the land where you dwell." (Numbers, 33:55) We must remember that all of the Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon are part of the Biblical borders of the Land of Israel. Furthermore, it wasn't so long ago that the Rebbe of Chabad warned that any surrendering of the Land of Israel to its enemies (like Ariel Sharon's Disengagement Plan) would put the whole nation in danger. As rockets explode in the north and south of Israel, his words cry out with a frightening accuracy.

 Rabbi Yaacov Abuchatzera wrote that all of the terrible trials and punishments that fall upon the Jewish People, as set forth in the Torah portion, Bechukotai, stem from sexual transgressions, known as transgressions against the Brit [Covenant]: "Both the early rabbinical authorities and later rabbinical authorities have stated that the majority of man's sufferings, whether through pestilence, war or famine, result from transgressions to the Brit." (Abir Yaacov, section Pitochei Chotam; Bechukotai)

5. Proverbs 6:16-19
The seventh (discord) in some ways is more despicable than all the others put together (Rashi).                 
 <<A PROUD LOOK>>: Also translatable as meaning "uplifted eyes". It is one thing to be proud but another to project it at the expense of others.
 A LYING TONGUE>>: One should endeavor to tell the truth.  If someone begins to lie then it becomes a habit and takes overs a person's  whole attitude and perception against their will.
<<HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD>>: This includes irresponsible behavior like careless driving as well as cromes of violence and condoning of abortion.

  <<AN HEART THAT DEVISETH WICKED IMAGINATIONS>>:  This could include, thinking how to cheat other people, suspecting others of things that are not so, or even taking offence when it is not necessary when no offence was meant or when you can easily afford to overlook it.                 
<< A FALSE WITNESS THAT SPEAKETH LIES>>:  From the  Hebrew this could also be translated as, "A spreader of falsehood" and  "A false witness" or  "A spreader of falsehood is  a false witness".   
<<HE THAT SOWETH DISCORD AMONG BRETHREN>>: One should be careful not to even inadvertently cause people to quarrel with each other or to become antagonistic one to another.
All of the above exhortations are very fine when they do not involve us personally. The trick is to remember them and act according to them even when our personal involvement and inter-personal passions pull us in the the opposite direction.        

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Qana: Hizbullah Exposed
2. Raid on Baal Bek
IDF Stepping-Up Ground Forces Operation in Lebanon
3. The Northern Biblical Apportionment at the Very Least according to a minimalist viewpoint

1. Qana: Hizbullah Exposed
Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2006 07:40:42 +0300

approved: SLOW
Subject: IDF video clips available on MFA website (Kafr Qana rockets, human shields)

IDF video clips available on MFA website

The footage shows Hizbullah's firing of rockets from Kafr Qana and behind buildings, and the use of civilians as human shields:

(1. Hizbullah missile fire from within the village of Kafr Qana

(2. Hizbullah firing rockets from behind buildings

(3. Hizbullah use of civilian shields

2. Raid on Baal Bek
IDF Stepping-Up Ground Forces Operation in Lebanon
Raid on Baal Bek
09:47 Aug 02, '06 / 8 Av 5766
by Yechiel Spira and Hillel Fendel

[Extracts Only]
[] IDF officials announced Wednesday morning that a major anti-Hizbullah operation in the Baalbek area of Lebanon has ended. They said the mission was successful.

The operation took place during the night, some 50 miles from Beirut and near the Syrian border. There were no reports of injuries to IDF soldiers.

Infantry soldiers were brought in by helicopter, receiving cover from the air. According to Lebanese sources, air force craft fired near a hospital in Baalbek, a known Hizbullah stronghold. Electricity to the area was cut shortly after the operation began, and IDF fighter craft began pounding Hizbullah targets in the area under cover of darkness.

According to an Al-Jazeera report, not confirmed by Israeli sources, commando forces landed in a hospital in Tel Al-Abayed in the hope of capturing a senior Hizbullah commander reportedly being treated in the hospital. They did not find him, but left with 3-5 other suspects in his stead.

The last time IDF forces were known to have operated so far into Lebanon was in 1994, when senior terror commander Mustafa Dirani was taken hostage. Israel hoped to use him towards negotiating the release of Air Force navigatorRon Arad, but he was released in a prisoner exchange ten years later after Israels Supreme Court ruled he could no longer be held as a negotiating pawn towards obtaining Arads release.

Galei Tzahal (Army) Radio reported that the Baalbek area operation ended without injuries to IDF troops, adding a number of Hizbullah gunmen were taken prisoner and an unspecified number were killed. Fighting was reported to have been heavy during the night.

On Tuesday, five brigades were operating in Lebanon, and that number is expected to increase in line with the Security Cabinet decision to step-up ground forces operations, seeking to push Hizbullah deeper into Lebanon in an effort to minimize the threat to Israels northern border. The security cabinet gave the green light for ground forces to operation as far as the Litani River, 25 kilometers to the north of Israel.

The major counter-terror offensive has not been without a toll to Israel as well. In Tuesdays heavy fighting in Ayta A-Shaab, three IDF paratroopers were killed, and 25 sustained light and light-to-moderate wounds.

Justice Minister Chaim Ramon, a member of the Security Cabinet, estimates as many as 300-400 Hizbullah gunmen have been killed, out of a total of 2,000, since the start of the fighting a little over three weeks ago. Intelligence community officials say Hizbullah has been hurt hard, and that the ongoing IDF operation is taking a major toll on the terror organization.

While public sentiment for the anti-Hizbullah effort remains strong, opposition continues to grow among Israeli-Arab citizens, with some taking part in a stormy anti-war protest in eastern Jerusalem on Tuesday. Analysts point out that while some Israeli-Arabs are chanting pro-Hizbullah slogans, the Katyusha rockets slamming into Israeli population centers do not discriminate between Jewish and Arab-Israelis, and have led to three deaths and several injuries among the latter. Nevertheless, Israeli-Arabs by and large are using the ongoing anti-terror war in Lebanon to show their support for Arab brethren against Israel.

On the southern front, one Israeli is listed in light-to-moderate condition after a Kassam rocket fired from Gaza hit the southern industrial area of Ashkelon this morning. The IDF continues to attacks Hamas strongholds in the Palestinian Authority (PA)-controlled area, and the Air Force targeted a number of Hamas weapons storage facilities over the night. Navy gunships also fired at Hamas targets in Gaza. Despite tenacious IDF efforts to date, the Kassam rockets have continued all the while to slam into civilian population centers in Sderot, the western Negev, and even deeper into southern Israel.

3. The Northern Biblical Apportionment at the Very Least according to a minimalist viewpoint

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Jerusalem News-474
1. "Planet
Mars" item - a Hoax!
2. The Shawn Report
Winston Churchill on Islam
3. New 2-minute film - Lebanon: Myths & Facts
4. Hezbollah executes Lebanese 'collaborators'
5. IAF attacks in Beirut
6. Katyusha Barrage, Battles in Lebanon - Twelve Killed
7. Steve Mathe: Rabbi Richman Telecast

1. "Planet Mars" item - a Hoax!

From: V Simons
Subject: Re: "Brit-Am Now"-742
Jerusalem News-472
#1. The Planet Mars.

FYI, the "Planet Mars" item is a hoax. The following page details the hoax below:

Fact: On August 27, 2006, Mars will be on the other side of the solar system, 385 million km from Earth and very dim. So forget about Mars. If you want to see something truly astronomical on August 27th, look east before dawn for a pretty conjunction of Venus and Saturn.

2. The Shawn Report

(a) Winston Churchill on Islam

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!
Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as
hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The
effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly
systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of
property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.A
degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the
next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every
woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a
child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of
slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities ... but the influence of
the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No
stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund,
Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already
spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every
step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms
of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the
civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of
ancient Rome. [The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pp. 248-50.]

3. New 2-minute film - Lebanon: Myths & Facts
aishcom: New 2-minute film - Lebanon: Myths & Facts

4. Hezbollah executes Lebanese 'collaborators'
Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 10:18 AM
Subject: Galil Report #17: 'Allah, bring rockets upon Tel Aviv'

Hezbollah executes Lebanese 'collaborators'
Brazen display took place just feet from Israeli soldiers

Hezbollah members yesterday executed several south Lebanese villagers it suspected of helping the Israeli army's military campaign, according to Israeli military sources.

The executions took place near Israeli positions at Bint Jbail, about two and a half miles from the Israel-Lebanon border. The village, which houses one of the largest Hezbollah infrastructures in close range to the Jewish state, was the scene last week of fierce fighting that left eight Israeli soldiers dead.

Bint Jbail is commonly called the "capital" of south Lebanon. The town has a population of about 30,000, but most residents fled after receiving Israeli warnings of an impending battle in the area.

Israel last week surrounded Bint Jbail then took over several important Hezbollah buildings and institutions in the city. It withdrew after a Hezbollah ambush killed eight Israeli soldiers.

The IDF yesterday reentered the town and is attempting to gain complete control of the area to carve out a buffer zone of four to five miles along the Israel-Lebanon border. The area the IDF is bringing under its control is comparable to the security zone Israel held until it withdrew from Lebanon in May 2000.

The Galil Report last week broke the story that during its initial incursion into Bin Jbail, the IDF received significant help from locals who did not flee ahead of the battle, according to military sources.

The sources said villagers provided the IDF with intelligence on the locations of Hezbollah members, buildings, institutions and, in one case, an underground bunker in which troops found war rooms with advanced eavesdropping and surveillance equipment made by Iran. The IDF also found large caches of weapons and communications devices.

"The locals see Hezbollah as having held them captive for years, using their village to fire rockets and plan attacks. They are eager to get Hezbollah out of their town," a military source told the Galil Report last week.

Prior to Israel's evacuation of Lebanon in 2000, the IDF maintained military bases inside Bint Jbail along with the South Lebanese Army. The town's residents largely "got along well" with the Israeli army until it withdrew from Lebanon, said a military source.

According to military officials, Hezbollah earlier this week took several locals from in and near Bint Jbail captive and executed them in front of dozens of witnesses yesterday just outside of town. Hezbollah accused those it executed of "collaborating" with Israel.

While the IDF was not within sight of the executions, it was operating within one-fifth of a mile from the execution site. Hezbollah continues to operate in and near Bint Jbail. About 50 to 100 Hezbollah members are thought to be in the immediate vicinity. The bodies of the executed villagers were retrieved by locals and returned to family members.

"It was a brazen display by Hezbollah," said a military source.

The source added most south Lebanese villagers are weary of working with the IDF in part because after Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, locals suspected of helping the Jewish state were savaged by Hezbollah.

5. IAF attacks in Beirut
Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2006 23:32:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: In defiance of Nasrallah threat    - IAF attacks in Beirut; 3 killed

IAF attacks in Beirut; 3 killed

Israel resumes air strikes on Hizbullah strongholds in Dahiya district of
Lebanese capital; local officials say three people killed; earlier Hizbullah
leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened to respond with rockets on Tel Aviv if
Beirut attacked; Lebanese residents report Israeli warplanes struck in
Baalbek, killing woman
Efrat Weiss YNET 4 August 2006,7340,L-3286060,00.html

Following the death of four IDF soldiers and eight civilians on Thursday,
the Israeli Air Force launched an attack on the Dayiha district in Beirut.

Witnesses reported of four huge explosions that rocked the capital, and
local officials said at least three people were killed in the attack.

IDF sources confirmed the attack, saying fighter jets targeted Hizbullah
buildings, the home of a senior Hizbullah member and a Hamas office.

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday threatened to launch rockets
at Tel Aviv should Israel strike Beirut. A senior Israeli defense source
told Israel's Channel 1 that Israel will destroy Lebanon's infrastructure if
Hizbullah fires rockets at Tel Aviv.

Lebanese residents said Thursday evening that Israeli warplanes struck in
the east again, firing two rockets at a house in Baalbek. One woman died and
three people were wounded officials said.

'Nasrallah a danger to you'

Earlier on Thursday Lebanese officials said the Israeli fighter jets
attacked Beirut suburbs after dropping leaflets calling on locals to
evacuate the area. Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday threaten to
launch rockets at Tel Aviv should Israel strike Beirut.

The leaflets, signed The State of Israel, told citizens that Nasrallah
constituted a danger to them and said residents of the al-Ruweis, Hay Madi
and Bir el-Abed neighborhoods should leave.

Reuters and The Associated Press reported that IAF planes also targeted
roads in Tyre and Sidon.

6. Katyusha Barrage, Battles in Lebanon - Twelve Killed
00:13 Aug 04, '06 / 10 Av 5766
by Hillel Fendel
[] Twelve Israelis were killed Thursday in the war with Hizbullah: four soldiers in the ground battles, and eight civilians in the terrorists' stepped-up Katyusha rocket attacks.

The news of the three separate incidents was broken all at once at approximately 4:30 PM. The army first released for publication that two soldiers had been killed in battles with Hizbullah in southern Lebanon in the course of the day. Later, it was announced that a third soldier died of his wounds at Rambam Hospital. Early hints of the news had been provided earlier with reports of "very heavy battles" in southern Lebanon. The death of the fourth soldier was announced shortly before midnight.

The news was released just as a wave of Katyusha rockets hit the city of Acco (Acre), north of Haifa, 20 kilometers south of the Lebanese border along the Mediterranean coast. It was first reported that one person had been seriously injured, then that he and a fellow passenger in his car were killed, and then that the number of dead had risen to three and then four. Two other people were reported injured by the fatal blast.

Minutes later, it was learned that three other people had been killed in a similar Katyusha strike in the Israeli-Arab neighborhood of Tarshiha, near Maalot, some 20 kilometers to the northeast.

Two of the victims in the Acco attack, father and daughter Shimon and Mazal Zribi, were reportedly in a shelter when they heard a Katyusha fall; they went out to see what happened, and were killed by a follow-up rocket.

The barrage of close to 100 Katyushas followed a relatively quiet morning and early afternoon, in which a total of 30 rockets had been fired. The most recent wave hit various towns in northern Israel, with sirens sounding in Haifa, Kiryat Shmonah, Nahariya, Shlomi and as far south as Afula. Ten people were lightly wounded when a rocket hit a building in the Druze village of Merar, while no one was hurt in a direct hit on four buildings in Kiryat Shmonah, nor in similar hits in Tzfat. One person was lightly wounded by shrapnel in Tiberias, and several people were treated for shock in several different locations.

The number of dead in the war with Hizbullah now stands at 68, including 28 civilians and 40 soldiers. Among the civilians killed by the Moslem-fired Katyushas were at least 8 Arabs.

7. Steve Mathe: Rabbi Richman Telecast
From: Steve Mathe <>
Subject: Tish'a B'Av Telecast from Temple Institute
Yair, Shalom,

I am calling attention to today's inaugural telecast by the Temple Institute.  To watch the promo go to. .  Then go to the calendar / schedule: to view the Tish'a B'Av - related program by Rabbi Richman on the Temple and what it has to do with all of us. This is a tremendous event the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has arranged for all of us on this day. Let us give thanks and may the Ruach guide all of us in the involvement of His works.
Ps.   Please pray for Israel, the IDF, our leaders, PM Olmert and President Bush..... especially the latter ... for his safety today. Please use Psalms 86 and 116 on his behalf.

Steve Mathe

Jerusalem News-475
1. The Shawn Report
(a) VIDEO: Hezbollah celebrates civilians' casualties
2. UK PM Tony Blair's historic LA speech
3. The tragedy of a one-time hero.
The New York Times on "Arik'" Sharon.
4. IDF Activity over Friday, Saturday
5. More Photos of IDF warriors at prayer
6. Steve Collins: The Danger of Iran
7. Steve Collins: The US Needs an Israeli Victory
8. Israel Must Reach Litani River
9.  Arutz Sheva News Sunday -
10. Terrorist Attack Prevented - An Almost Daily Occurrence

The Northern Biblical Apportionment at the Very Least according to a minimalist viewpoint

1.The Shawn Report
(a) VIDEO: Hezbollah celebrates civilians' casualties

2.UK PM Tony Blair's historic LA speech
Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2006 14:46:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Text: UK PM Tony Blair's historic LA speech    defining war on
 "Reactionary Islam"

Speech to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council by UK PM Tony Blair
1 August 2006

Extracts (for full text see URL above):

Overnight, the news came through that as well as continuing conflict in the
Lebanon, Britain's Armed Forces suffered losses in Iraq and Afghanistan. It
brings home yet again the extraordinary courage and commitment of our armed
forces who risk their lives and in some cases tragically lose them,
defending our country's security and that of the wider world. These are
people of whom we should be very proud.

I know the US has suffered heavy losses too in Iraq and in Afghanistan. We
should never forget how much we owe these people, how great their bravery,
and their sacrifice.

I planned the basis of this speech several weeks ago. The crisis in the
Lebanon has not changed its thesis. It has brought it into sharp relief.

The purpose of the provocation that began the conflict was clear. It was to
create chaos, division and bloodshed, to provoke retaliation by Israel that
would lead to Arab and Muslim opinion being inflamed, not against those who
started the aggression but against those who responded to it.

We will continue to do all we can to halt the hostilities. But once that has
happened, we must commit ourselves to a complete renaissance of our strategy
to defeat those that threaten us. There is an arc of extremism now
stretching across the Middle East and touching, with increasing definition,
countries far outside that region. To defeat it will need an alliance of
moderation, that paints a different future in which Muslim, Jew and
Christian; Arab and Western; wealthy and developing nations can make
progress in peace and harmony with each other. My argument to you today is
this: we will not win the battle against this global extremism unless we win
it at the level of values as much as force, unless we show we are
even-handed, fair and just in our application of those values to the world.

The point is this. This is war, but of a completely unconventional kind.

9/11 in the US, 7/7 in the UK, 11/3 in Madrid, the countless terrorist
attacks in countries as disparate as Indonesia or Algeria, what is now
happening in Afghanistan and in Indonesia, the continuing conflict in
Lebanon and Palestine, it is all part of the same thing. What are the values
that govern the future of the world? Are they those of tolerance, freedom,
respect for difference and diversity or those of reaction, division and
hatred? My point is that this war can't be won in a conventional way. It can
only be won by showing that our values are stronger, better and more just,
more fair than the alternative. Doing this, however, requires us to change
dramatically the focus of our policy.

What is happening today out in the Middle East, in Afghanistan and beyond is
an elemental struggle about the values that will shape our future.

 I am amazed at how many people
will say, in effect, there is increased terrorism today because we invaded
Afghanistan and Iraq. They seem to forget entirely that September 11th
predated either. The West didn't attack this movement. We were attacked.
Until then we had largely ignored it.

The reason I say our response was even more momentous than it seemed at the
time, is this. We could have chosen security
as the battleground. But we didn't. We chose values. We said we didn't want
another Taleban or a different Saddam. Rightly, in my view, we realised that
you can't defeat a fanatical ideology just by imprisoning or killing its
leaders; you have to defeat its ideas.

However, there was one cause which, the world over, unites Islam, one issue
that even the most westernised Muslims find unjust and, perhaps worse,
humiliating: Palestine. Here a moderate leadership was squeezed between its
own inability to control the radical elements and the political stagnation
of the peace process. When Prime Minister Sharon took the brave step of
disengagement from Gaza, it could have been and should have been the
opportunity to re-start the process. But the squeeze was too great and as
ever because these processes never stay still, instead of moving forward, it
fell back. Hamas won the election. Even then, had moderate elements in Hamas
been able to show progress, the situation might have been saved. But they

So the opportunity passed to Reactionary Islam and they seized it: first in
Gaza, then in Lebanon. They knew what would happen. Their terrorism would
provoke massive retaliation by Israel. Within days, the world would forget
the original provocation and be shocked by the retaliation. They want to
trap the Moderates between support for America and an Arab street furious at
what they see nightly on their television. This is what has happened.

For them, what is vital is that the struggle is defined in their terms:
Islam versus the West; that instead of Muslims seeing this as about
democracy versus dictatorship, they see only the bombs and the brutality of
war, and sent from Israel.

In this way, they hope that the arc of extremism that now stretches across
the region, will sweep away the fledgling but faltering steps Modern Islam
wants to take into the future.

To turn all of this around requires us first to perceive the nature of the
struggle we are fighting and secondly to have a realistic strategy to win
it. At present we are challenged on both fronts.

And most contemporaneously, and in some ways most perniciously, a very large
and, I fear, growing part of our opinion looks at Israel, and thinks we pay
too great a price for supporting it and sympathises with Muslim opinion that
condemns it. Absent from so much of the coverage, is any understanding of
the Israeli predicament.

I, and any halfway sentient human being, regards the loss of civilian life
in Lebanon as unacceptable, grieves for that nation, is sickened by its
plight and wants the war to stop now. But just for a moment, put yourself in
Israel's place. It has a crisis in Gaza, sparked by the kidnap of a solider
by Hamas. Suddenly, without warning, Hizbollah who have been continuing to
operate in Southern Lebanon for two years in defiance of UN Resolution 1559,
cross the UN blue line, kill eight Israeli soldiers and kidnap two more.
They then fire rockets indiscriminately at the civilian population in
Northern Israel.

Hizbollah gets their weapons from Iran. Iran are now also financing militant
elements in Hamas. Iran's President has called for Israel to be "wiped off
the map". And he's trying to acquire a nuclear weapon. Just to complete the
picture, Israel's main neighbour along its eastern flank is Syria who
support Hizbollah and house the hardline leaders of Hamas.

It's not exactly a situation conducive to a feeling of security is it?

But the central point is this. In the end, even the issue of Israel is just
part of the same, wider struggle for the soul of the region.

If we recognised this struggle for what it truly is, we would be at least
along the first steps of the path to winning it. But a vast part of the
Western opinion is not remotely near this yet.

Why are we not yet succeeding? Because we are not being bold enough,
consistent enough, thorough enough, in fighting for the values we believe

Is the answer to the pressure of mass migration, managed immigration or
closed borders?

Is the answer to global security threats, isolationism or engagement?

Those are very big questions for US and for Europe.

Without hesitation, I am on the open side of the argument. The way for us to
handle the challenge of globalisation, is to compete better, more
intelligently, more flexibly. We have to give our people confidence we can
compete. See competition as a threat and we are already on the way to

Immigration is the toughest issue in Europe right now and you know something
of it here in California. People get scared of it for understandable
reasons. It needs to be controlled. There have to be rules. Many of the
Conventions dealing with it post WWII are out of date. All that is true.
But, properly managed, immigrants give a country dynamism, drive, new ideas
as well as new blood.

And as for isolationism, that is a perennial risk in the US and EU policy.
My point here is very simple: global terrorism means we can't opt-out even
if we wanted to. The world is inter-dependent. To be engaged is only modern

But we only win people to these positions if our policy is not just about
interests but about values, not just about what is necessary but about what
is right.

Which brings me to my final reflection about US policy. My advice is: always
be in the lead, always at the forefront, always engaged in building
alliances, in reaching out, in showing that whereas unilateral action can
never be ruled out, it is not the preference.


Mr Prime Minister, can Britain take the lead in speaking to Iran and Syria

Prime Minister:

You know the thing that always surprises me about this is that people talk
about this issue of engagement with Iran and Syria as if there was some
doubt about what we were saying, or where we stood, or maybe the message
hadn't been clear enough.
Actually the message is absolutely clear, the message is if you stop
supporting terrorism, if you stop trying to acquire nuclear weapons and
breach your international obligations then we are willing to have a
partnership with you, but if you export terrorism around the region and
destabilise democracy in Iraq, we will confront you. Now I know there are
all sorts of people who engage, and of course we do, we send messages the
whole time to both governments, but I am afraid I have come to the
conclusion that this is not an issue of communication, it is not that people
can't read our handwriting, it is actually that they lack the will to do
what they need to do and we need to make sure they have that will.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

3. The tragedy of a one-time hero.
The New York Times on "Arik" Sharon.

4. IDF Activity over Friday and Saturday
August 4th 2006

Three IDF soldiers killed, two seriously wounded in IDF operations in
southern Lebanon

Two IDF soldiers and an IDF officer were killed, and two others were
seriously wounded in IDF operations against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon

In the village of Markabeh, Hezbollah gunmen fired anti-tank missiles at IDF
forces, killing two soldiers and an officer, and seriously wounding another
officer. Forces are operating against Hezbollah terror infrastructure in the
area, which has been used to fire rockets into Israel in the past few weeks.
Since entering the village, IDF forces have uncovered a weapons storage
warehouse which contained anti-tank missiles, intelligence data and
additional weapons.

Following the incident, exchanges of fire developed in the area, during
which forces identified hitting seven Hezbollah gunmen and destroyed one of
the gunmen's vehicles. The wounded soldiers were taken to hospitals, and the
families of the killed and wounded soldiers were notified.

In the village of A-Teibeh, an IDF soldier was seriously wounded and another
soldier was lightly wounded by Hezbollah anti-tank missiles. Forces are
operating against Hezbollah terror infrastructure in the area, which has
also been used to fire rockets into Israel in the past few weeks.

During the night, IDF forces identified hitting five Hezbollah gunmen in
exchanges of fire in the village. Forces also destroyed a weapons storage
warehouse and neutralized a rocket launcher in the village. Since entering
the village, over 20 Hezbollah terrorists have been killed in exchanges of
fire with IDF forces, and more have been injured. In the past days forces
have uncovered anti-tank missiles, explosives, rocket launchers and
intelligence data.

Since July 12th, approximately 400 Hezbolalh terrorists have been killed by
IDF forces

Date: Sun, 06 Aug 2006 03:22:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: IDF SPOKESPERSON:    IDF Activity in Lebanon in the Past 24 Hours

August 6th 2006
IDF activity in Lebanon in the past 24 hours

Over the weekend approximately 40 Hezbollah terrorists were killed by IDF
forces. Since July 12th over 400 Hezbollah terrorists have been killed by
IDF forces.

An IDF soldier was seriously injured today by a mortar shell which fell in
an Israeli base near the Lebanese border.

Over the past 24 hours, IDF infantry, armored and engineering forces
operated in southern Lebanon:

IDF Forces in the village of Aitaroun identified a number of armed gunmen
approaching them, fired at them and identified hitting them.
Forces operating in Yaroun uncovered stores of weaponry, including anti-tank
In Rajamin, forces identified several armed gunman, fired at them and
identified hitting them.
In Bint Jbeil forces destroyed a rocket launcher aimed at Israel.
In the village of Mahbib forces found 100 mortar shells.
In the area of Blaida, IDF forces came under anti-tank fire. Forces returned
fire towards the source of fire.

In the past 24 hours the IDF carried out 170 aerial attacks across Lebanon.
Today forces attacked, among other targets, Katyusha rocket launchers,
bridges used by the Hezbollah for ammunition supplies, and structures used
by Hezbollah.

The IDF will continue to use all means at its disposal in order to protect
the citizens of Israel and to create the conditions for the return of the
abducted IDF soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, to their homes.

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5. More Photos of IDF warriors at prayer
From: Cate Muegge <>
Subject: Fw: Israel's secret weapon
These pictures reflect the Heart of Israel which is Spiritual in spite of the media, in spite of what the world may think or believe.
May our prayers for the Shalom of Israel and the Middle East be answered soon in the days ahead.
> Take a look at some of Israel's soldiers . . .








6. Steve Collins: The Danger of Iran
From: Steve Collins <>

Shalom Yair,
This report is ominous. Hal Lindsey cites a high Mossad source for his information. This report confirms that the prophecy in Ezekiel 38 is coming to pass right before our eyes. The evil alliance led by Russia is prophesied to attack the nations of the house of Israel (the Western nations and their allies) at the end of our age. As I'm sure you know, Zechariah 14 also shows this evil alliance will also attack modern Judah.
Hal Lindsey is a respected Christian commentator who is pro-Israeli.
<< A Mossad General shared with me in confidence that he had personally traced the hiring and importation to Iran 283 of the defunct Soviet Unions top nuclear and missile scientists. This meeting took place in February of 1991.

 All Russian leaders continued and expanded this agreement to this day, especially our supposed friend, Vladimir Putin.

Russia has helped the Iranian nuclear program from its inception. Hundreds of Russian scientists with their families live around the some twenty scattered nuclear related facilities. Russian Spetznaz soldiers (special forces) guard all the key nuclear facilities.

This puts virtually all of Europe within range of the soon-coming nuclear tipped Iranian missiles and at the whim of Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Remember him?

7. Steve Collins: The US Needs an Israeli Victory

From: Steve Collins <>

Shalom Yair,
FYI. Krauthammer is a columnist who is also a regular on FOX News. He no doubt had top level sources for this piece on the views of the American government toward Olmert's policies.
----- Original Message -----
From: Gary Arvidson

This is by Charles Krauthammer.  It is serious business.  Consider the implications
<< America's green light for Israel to defend itself is seen as a favor to Israel. But that is a tendentious, misleadingly partial analysis. The green light indeed, the encouragement is also an act of clear self-interest. America wants, America needs, a decisive Hezbollah defeat.

8. Israel Must Reach Litani River
Date: Sun, 06 Aug 2006 14:19:45 -0400 (EDT)

Israel Television Channel Two defense affair correspondent Ronnie Daniel
noted this evening that none of the rockets that rained on Israel were fired
from within the areas now IDF control in Lebanon. The overwhelming majority
of the rockets (the short range rockets) were fired from the area south of
the Litani River  that the Olmert Administration has hesitated to order the
IDF to take (last week Defense Minister Peretz wanted to act but was

Daniel predicted that the Olmert Administration would find itself shortly
having no choice but to order the move.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)

9. Arutz Sheva News Sunday -
August 6, 2006, 12 Av 5766
[Extracts Only]
By Hillel Fendel

Nine Israelis are dead from a Katyusha that hit Kibbutz Kfar Giladi,
and another was killed nearby, in the latest rocket bombardment to hit
the Galilee. Joy in PA areas.

A massive wave of Hizbullah-fired rockets hit throughout northern
Israel around noon.  One of the rockets hit a group of people sitting
outside the Kfar Giladi cemetery, killing nine reserve soldiers and
critically wounding four more.  One person is listed in "moderate"
condition, and six or seven more were lightly hurt.  Heavy damage was
caused to the area, and two cars could be seen burning on television
footage two hours after the rocket hit.  It is possible that the
deaths were caused not only by the rocket, but indirectly by the
impact into the cars.

Ynet also reported that in Shechem (Nablus), the largest PA-controlled
city in the Shomron, dozens of cars set off in a joyous convoy,
honking and flaunting pictures of Hizbullah leader arch-terrorist
Sheikh Nasrallah.  Chants for rockets on Tel Aviv were heard.

Elsewhere in the area known as the Galilee Panhandle, another man was
killed, and a man was seriously wounded in Beit Hillel.  A state of
emergency has been declared in Kiryat Shmonah - where a building
suffered a direct hit - and environs. 

A series of rockets that hit Tiberias, 50 kilometers to the south,
sent several people to the hospital to be treated for shock.  Warning
sirens were sounded in Carmiel, Acco, Tsfat, and elsewhere; damage was

Army Radio reports that approximately 40 policemen have been injured
in the north in the line of duty since the war began.  Most of them
were not hospitalized for more than a few hours.

Three-Day War Round-Up
Before the Kfar Giladi attack, 25 Israelis had been killed in the past
three days of the Lebanese war since Thursday - 9 soldiers and 16
civilians (including nine Arabs). 

Five soldiers were killed over the weekend: In a pre-dawn battle
Friday morning in Markabeh in southern Lebanon, three soldiers fell:

Four civilians were killed in Katyusha attacks on Friday, including a
man from Sh'ar Yashuv, a woman from the Druze village of Mrar, and two
men from the Arab town of Majdal Krum.

Four more were killed on the Sabbath: An 85-year-old woman from Kiryat
Ata, north of Haifa, who ran to a shelter during a Katyusha siren,
suffered a fatal heart attack upon her return home.  In addition,
three Arab women - a mother and two grown daughters - were killed when
a Katyusha scored a direct hit on their home in Areb al-Aramsha, on
the Lebanese border, 10 kilometers east of the Mediterranean Sea.

By Hillel Fendel

As the UN considers a ceasefire resolution in southern Lebanon, heavy
battles between Israel and Hizbullah continue to rage.  More Katyushas
hit northern Israel Sunday morning.

Some 10,000 IDF infantry soldiers continue fighting in southern
Lebanon, together with armored units, combat engineers and other
specialized forces. Heavy battles raged Sunday morning, south of Tyre
in southwestern Lebanon.  The IDF forces destroyed rocket launchers,
and some casualties have been reported.  The IDF has been operating
south of Tyre for the past two days.

Barrages of dozens of Katyusha rockets were fired this morning
throughout the north, hitting various cities and causing ten deaths;

Israel's Air Force has carried out over 8,700 sorties over Lebanon
since the beginning of the war 25 days ago, attacking more than 4,600
targets.  The targets have included headquarters, buildings, bunkers,
tunnel openings, arms stockhouses, Katyusha launchers, vehicles,
bridges and launching areas.

By Debbie Berman

Two soldiers were seriously wounded when IDF naval commandos targeted
a Hizbullah long-range missile-launching site during a heroic
overnight raid on the Lebanese city of Tyre on Saturday.

Brig.-Gen. Noam Feig, head of naval shipyards, said the Naval Commando
13's operation in Tyre targeted senior Hizbullah operatives
responsible for the launch of long-range rockets, similar to those
fired at Hadera on Friday. The goal of the operation was a commando
raid against [those] senior Hizbullah operatives," he said. "Among
other things, they were involved in launching rockets at Hadera
Friday. The operation brought closure to all other operations."

Feig stressed that the heroic operation was deemed necessary to combat
the threat of long-term rocket launches into Israel, while minimizing
the possibility of Lebanese civilian casualties. "The force, under the
command of a Commando 13 commander, was made up of three separate
forces. Hizbullah's pattern of operations, hiding in apartments,
endangers the lives of Lebanese civilians and necessitates selective
and accurate capabilities," Feig stated.

The elite commando unit killed four terrorists, while two IDF soldiers
sustained serious injuries in the battle. At 3:15 a.m.," Feig said,
"the force forged their way into the target. In the fight over the
target in the apartment, the force killed four terrorists who belonged
to the launching unit. Upon entrance into the apartment, one of the
soldiers was injured. Another soldier in the inner circle was also

Feig presented a video documentary highlighting the mission that
showed the soldiers' entrance into the building complex and the
barrage of fire aimed at them when they emerged. The commandos worked
cooperatively with the Israel Air Force, which sent planes and drones
to clear a route for the unit to exit. 

The two soldiers were treated in the field by a medical unit under
the command of the unit's doctor," explained Feig, "and an operation
was performed in the field. The force evacuated under fire to the
coast, where a helicopter waited, as planned, to transport them back
to Israel at 5 a.m. All in all fighting and presence in the field -
one hour and 45 minutes."

10. Terrorist Attack Prevented - An Almost Daily Occurrence

22:59  A major attack was prevented in the central region. A terrorist was stopped in Judea-Samaria. A short while earlier, the state of alert was raised in the Sharon. (Guysen.Israel.News)

Note: The prevention, often at the very last minute, of terrorist attacks
happens almost daily sometimes more than once per day.
The prevention is usually carried out by the Police and Security Forces
who frequently demonstrate an anonymous selfless heroism
of the highest degree.

Jerusalem News-476
1. Reuters' manipulated photo is exposed
2. Thank President Bush for Supporting Israel
3.  Assistance Organizations: Who to Support?
4. IDF in Lebanon
5. Israeli Stamps: Tribal Symbols Online

1. Reuters' manipulated photo is exposed

2.Thank President Bush for Supporting Israel
Subject: Thank President Bush for Supporting Israel

Dear Yair,

I have just signed a letter to President Bush, thanking him for his support of Israel during this critical time.  Russia, the EU, the UN, and the Arab League have turned against Israel, and so far America’s president has withstood pressure to do the same.

Well over 2,000 missiles have been fired at Israel over the course of the past few months. Hezbollah has more than 12,000 missiles stockpiled.  A missile just hit a hospital.  Haifa is under siege, 11 were injured and six are dead following another missile attack.  Yet Hezbollah continues to act like a victim and has gained sympathy on the international stage.  And not one word is being said against Iran, which is behind all of this.  Using Hezbollah and HAMAS as proxies, Iran turned the eyes of the world on Israel

Please follow the link below to read the Jerusalem Prayer Team's letter to President Bush and add your signature.  The United States needs to remain strong and stand proud for Israel.

Marvin Thomas

3.  Assistance Organizations: Who to Support?
X wrote:
Hello Yair, Shalom

I am hoping you can recommend an organization of good repute that I can send my support to that would benefit people in Israel who are being devastated during this current crisis.

Blessings to you and yours.  My Prayers are for all in the Land.

I cannot really say.
Groups publicized by Arutz-7 could be the best.
Alternatively there is Chabad which is always good
and always does something.
A lot of people and organizations are helping out.
Find a group you yourself feel easy about.

4. IDF in Lebanon
Lebanon: IDF kills 3 terrorists and destroys 7 rocket launchers near Tyre
Efrat Weiss YNET 6 August 2006,7340,L-3287398,00.html

A special IDF force operating in the Tyre area succeeded, since Sunday
morning, in destroying seven rocket launchers in villages adjacent to the
city. Likewise, they killed three terrorists south of Tyre.

Forces from the IDF 'Steel Chariots' reserves unit killed eight terrorists
and demolished an armaments warehouse in the Lebanese village of Yarun.
(08.06.06, 22:46)

5. Israeli Stamps: Tribal Symbols Online

Jerusalem News-477.
Guysen Summary
2. Video Tribute to IDF Soldiers
3. Arutz Sheva News Monday, 
4. Sue Abramson: Online Support for Israel
5. United Nations an Accomplice in Hezbollah Kidnappings?
6. Palestinian Media News Forgeries
7. Arutz Sheva News Tuesday -
8. Lebanese Viewpoints
(a) The most hypocritical people on earth
By Michael Behe in Beirut [Extracts]
9. Yair Davidiy: Personal Recollection

1. Guysen Summary
From: Guysen Israel News <>
Subject: Mailinfo Guysen Israel News august 07, 2006
[] 2006-08-06 , 12 Av 5766

[]Sunday night, in Haifa, 3 people were killed, 100 more wounded, and another 100 suffered from concussions due to the collapse of a building after it was hit full force by a Katiyusha. In the morning, 12 reservists were killed by a Katiyusha in Kfar Guiladi.

Monday 08/07/2006
News Summary : A dark day for Israel more deaths than ever caused by Hizbollahs missiles. The count: 15 dead Tshahals operations continue in Lebanon Operation Smile is still with the soldiers despite the sirens and the katyushas that continue to fall

23:02  Reuters has admitted that black smoke and buildings were added to a photo of a fire in Beirut. The snapshot by Adnan Hajj was captioned ''the smoke of buildings burning due to a nightime raid by the Israeli Air Force on a suburb of Beirut, August 5. Many buildings were hit in this attack''. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
This photographer is also well known for his shot of a green helmeted rescue team member displaying a child from under the rubble of a collapsed building in Cana, July 30. According to the blog Little Green Footballs which revealed this act, the original photo of the fire transmitted August 5 from Beirut was a picture by Ben Curtis of the Associated Press.
22:44  Haifa : the last estimate reports more than 100 wounded, most of them lightly. 3 deaths total. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
22:00  Northern Front : a soldier was critically injured in fighting with the Hzbollah in southern Lebanon. (Guysen.Isra l.News)
21:39  Since the beginning of the war on the northern border, 58 soldiers and 36 civilians have been killed. (Guysen.Isra l.News)

2.Video Tribute to IDF Soldiers

3. Arutz Sheva News Monday,

August 7, 2006, 13 Av 5766

By Hillel Fendel

An IDF soldier was killed in a Monday morning battle with Hizbullah
terrorists in Bint Jbeil in southern Lebanon. Three soldiers were
lightly wounded - and 14 terrorists were reported killed.

A total of 12 soldiers have been killed in the current war in Bint
Jbeil, a Hizbullah stronghold village just a few kilometers from the
Israeli border in the central/east sector of southern Lebanon.  Moshe
Ambau, 22, from Lod, was killed, and three paratroopers were wounded
in today's battle.  In addition, a battalion officer and two Nachal
Brigade soldiers are listed in "moderate" condition following a battle
in Huleh in the eastern sector. 

In the western sector, the IDF has destroyed a Hizbullah headquarters,
as well as anti-tank missiles and rocket launchers. 

The number of victims since the current war began has now risen to
102, among them 58 soldiers, 38 civilians, and six killed in Gaza,
Sderot and the Shomron.  Fifteen of the civilians killed by the
Hizbullah-fired rockets were Arabs and Druze.

Ten Katyushas were fired at the Israeli city of Nahariya, on the
Mediterranean coast, late this morning, and several at Kiryat Shmonah
as well.  Sirens were heard as far south as Beit She'an.  One person
was lightly hurt in these attacks.

By Hillel Fendel

A new study initiative is taking hold of many yeshivot in Jerusalem
and elsewhere,  enabling every yeshiva student to dedicate himself to
the success of a specific soldier fighting on the front.

Project "Safra VeSayfa" - literally, book and sword, or study and
warfare - was formed for the express purpose of linking individual
yeshiva students with specific IDF soldiers.  The student "adopts" the
soldier by studying Torah in his name and praying for his safety.

"By connecting the soldier to Torah study and prayer," says Maayan Ohr
of Tekoa, who founded the project, "the yeshiva student lends strength
to the soldier on the battlefield, who then transforms this force into
defending and saving our homeland."

Maayan Ohr, whose Hebrew names mean "wellspring" and "light," says one
of the goals of the project is to enhance the bonds within the
different sectors of the Jewish People: "We hope to increase the sense
of mutual responsibility, build a deeper connection and encourage a
spirit of cooperation within our people. Unifying their strengths will
bring redemption to the world at large."  

 Each yeshiva is given a set of designer bookmarks, each with
the name of a soldier and his mother.  Each student chooses a
bookmark, and thus begins the spiritual connection.

By Hana Levi Julian

Three Israelis were killed and scores more wounded in a rocket barrage
that slammed into Haifa a few minutes before 8:00 pm Sunday evening.

Victims continued to arrive at Haifa hospitals hours after the attack
for which 160 people were treated for physical injuries and
psychological trauma. Four people were reported in serious but not
life-threatening condition, and seven others suffered moderate wounds.
 Security officials said at least one of the rockets was a 220-mm
Syrian-made missile.

The rocket barrage scored several direct hits, including two apartment
buildings and a car.  One building reportedly absorbed five rockets.
An eyewitness told the Haaretz news service that those who were killed
had not gone into bomb shelters or protected rooms when the air raid
siren sounded.

The three dead: Labiba Mazawi, 67, and Hone Hamam, 62 - both of whom
were buried in the Christian Arab cemetery in Haifa - and Roni
Rubinsky, 30 of Kiryat Motzkin.

Most of the victims were reported with moderate to light injuries,
including a small baby.  They were evacuted to Rambam Hospital and
other Haifa-area medical facilities, which were alerted to prepare for
a large number of injured civilians. 

4. Sue Abramson: Online Support for Israel

Dear Yair,

Thanks for sending Brit-Am Now, especially today with
its special offer (which I would love to take
advantage of if I can swing it) -- and also MAPS! Can
hardly wait to begin exploring them! 

But first: you must have some good news from

Not sure how familiar you might be with some websites that post "news" stories and online-readers comments, but a favorite is You might find readers' comments on the article, "Israeli Airstrikes Kill 15 in Lebanon," interesting.
(One has to read it TODAY or never get a chance to read it ever!)

(Need I say they are Israel supporters?) One sample:

"Reply 5 - Posted by: Bluestocking, 8/7/2006 8:29:07
If a nations air force "repeatedly bombs" and "pounds" an enemy city during a war and kills only 15 people, that nation deserves every international humanitarian award available for painstakingly targeting non-civilian areas. Especially if at the same time the nation's enemy is indiscriminately carpet-bombing its cities. But, alas, if the nation is Israel, it receives only unending criticism."

And not sure how familiar you are with some of the terms used and understood by posters and readers;
"MSM' and "LSM" mean:
"MainStreamMedia" and "LameStreamMedia"  (of the unreliably slanted liberal persuasion). "DBM" is "DriveByMedia" - coined by  national radio host, Rush (Limbaugh), referring to hoodlums (outlaws) in crime-ravaged areas who shoot at other hoodlums from speeding cars: a popular and exciting action scene in recent films and on TV. "NYSlimes," when included, is the NY Times.
"L-Dotters" are posters and fans of Lucianne dot com.

Thank you, Yair. It is also nice to see a notice to "Thank President Bush for supporting Israel."

One Brit-Am News reader,
Sue Abramson, a proud American (of Menashe!)

5. United Nations an Accomplice in Hezbollah Kidnapping?
[ in the Past  and  Now?]
David Kopel:

On October 7, 2000, Hezbollah terrorists entered Israel, attacked three Israeli soldiers on Mount Dov, and abducted them Lebanon. The kidnapping was witnessed by several dozen UNIFIL soldiers who stood idle. One of the soldier witnesses described the kidnapping: the terrorists set of an explosive which stunned the Israeli soldiers. Clad in UN uniforms, the terrorists called out, "Come, come, well help you."
[This was videotaped]
Israel found out about the videotape, and demanded that the UN let Israeli investigators see it. Kofi Annan and his Special Envoy denied that any videotape existed.
See also:

6. Palestinian Media News Forgeries
What Really Happens In Pallywood

7. Arutz Sheva News Tuesday -
August 08, 2006, 14 Av 5766

By Hillel Fendel

IDF captures 5 Hizbullah fighters overnight, including a cell that had
fallen asleep. Two soldiers killed. Olmert meets with Katzav, says
Lebanese proposal to take over south is "interesting."

In the Bint Jbeil area of southern Lebanon, Israeli paratroopers
discovered a small group of sleeping Hizbullah terrorists, complete
with heavy weaponry and other equipment.  The Israelis woke them up
and brought them to Israel. 

In a separate incident, a unit of reservists captured a Hizbullah unit
with rockets ready for firing.  Five Hizbullah terrorists were
captured in total, and between 7 and 15 were killed.  Heavy fighting
continues in the area, and only at 1:30 PM was it released for
publication that two soldiers had been killed.  One soldier was
brought to an Israeli hospital with a serious head wound, and seven
others were lightly wounded.

Over 110 Katyushas have been fired at various Israeli cities in the
north since this morning, including Kiryat Shmonah, Tzfat, Maalot,
Nahariya and more.  Sirens continue to sound all over the region,
sending people to their shelters and generally increasing the feelings
of helplessness and uncertainty suffered by the residents for the past

One person in Maalot suffered "moderate" wounds and four were wounded
when a building was hit, while a similar strike in the Arab village of
Kasuta wounded two.  Over a dozen people were treated for shock - in
addition to 17 people, including five children, treated for such in
one afternoon attack in Tzfat.

More than 160 Katyushas were fired on Monday, wounding 17 people.
Close to 3,150 rockets have been fired at Israel since the beginning
of the war four weeks ago; 75 people are still hospitalized as a

Four soldiers were killed on Monday in three separate battles with
Hizbullah terrorists.  One, 22-year-old Staff Sergeant Malko (Moshe)
Ambao of Lod, was killed Monday morning in a fierce exchange of
gunfire with Hizbullah terrorists. Two other soldiers - Maj. Yotam
Lotan from Kibbutz Beit HaShitah and Sgt. Noam Meirson, 23, of
Jerusalem - were killed in a later incident when a rocket hit their
tank nearby.  Still later, an anti-tank rocket hit an IDF force in the
village of Debl, killing First Sgt. Philip Mosko, 21, of Maaleh Adumim
and lightly wounding five soldiers.

By Hillel Fendel

The Jewish Agency says that reports it has received in recent days
indicate a "dramatic increase" in the amount and severity of
anti-Semitic incidents around the world.

Many anti-Israel protests held around the world in the past days
deteriorated quickly into anti-Semitic events featuring unrestrained
incitement against the local Jewish communities.  The protestors
unfurl Hizbullah flags and swastikas, and equate IDF soldiers with
Nazi thugs. 

At least 50 anti-Semitic incidents have been recorded worldwide in the
past two weeks, Ynet reports, including ten violent ones.  On July 28,
a Muslim-American opened fire in a Jewish Federation building in
Seattle, killing one woman and wounding five others.  Other incidents
included an assault on two Israeli families in Turkey, attacks on at
least two Jewish communal buildings in Sydney, Australia, vandalism
against a youth and a synagogue in Oslo, and anti-Semitic vandalism in

The Jewish Agency reports that the situation is reminiscent of Oslo
War period, in that Jewish installations have been attacked, as have
kippa-wearing and beard-sporting Jews.  Anti-Semitic emails and phone
messages have been left at Jewish institutions.  The increase has been
noted in areas that have large numbers of Lebanese immigrants and

Some ten days ago, 2,500 people participated in a pro-Israel rally in
Berlin. The rally's, whose motto was "Israel has the right to defend
itself," was organized by several organizations, including non-Jewish
ones.  The participants marched through the streets of Berlin under
heavy protection by police and additional security forces, out of
concern for violence perpetrated by Iranians and Arabs.

8. Lebanese Viewpoints
(a.) The most hypocritical people on earth
By Michael Behe in Beirut
[Brief Excerpts to see complete article (which is well worth reading) go to above URL]

The politicians, journalists and intellectuals of Lebanon have, of late, been experiencing the shock of their lives. They knew full well that Hezbollah had created an independent state in our country, a state including all the ministers and parallel institutions, duplicating those of Lebanon. What they did not know and are discovering with this war, and what has petrified them with surprise and terror is the extent of this phagocytosis.
In fact, our country had become an extension of Iran, and our so-called political power also served as a political and military cover for the Islamists of Teheran. We suddenly discovered that Teheran had stocked more than 12,000 missiles, of all types and calibers, on our territory and that they had patiently, systematically, organized a suppletive force, with the help of the Syrians, that took over, day after day, all the rooms in the House of Lebanon. Just imagine it : we stock ground-to-ground missiles, Zilzals, on our territory and that the firing of such devices without our knowledge, has the power to spark a regional strategic conflict and, potentially, bring about the annihilation of Lebanon.
We knew that Iran, by means of Hezbollah, was building a veritable Maginot line in the south but it was the pictures of Maroun el-Ras and Bint Jbail that revealed to us the magnitude of these constructions. This amplitude made us understand several things at once : that we were no longer masters of our destiny. That we do not possess the most basic means necessary to reverse the course of this state of things and that those who turned our country into an outpost of their islamic doctrines combat against Israel did not have the slightest intention of willingly giving up their hold over us.
Of course, our army, reshaped over the years by the Syrian occupier so it could no longer fulfill its role as protector of the nation, did not have the capacity to tackle the militamen of the Hezb [hezb-Allah : the party of Allah. Translators note]. Our army whom it is more dangerous to call upon because of the explosive equilibrium that constitutes each of its brigades than to shut up behind locked doors in its barracks. A force that is still largely loyal to its former foreign masters, to the point of being uncontrollable ; to the point of having collaborated with the Iranians to put OUR coastal radar stations at the disposal of their missiles, that almost sunk an Israeli boat off the shores of Beirut. As for the non-Hezbollah elements in the government, they knew nothing of the existence of land-to-sea missiles on our territory That caused the totally justified destruction of all OUR radar stations by the Hebrews army. And even then we are getting off lightly in these goings-on.
All those who assume public and communicational responsibilities in this country are responsible for this catastrophe. Except those of my colleagues, journalists and editors, who are dead, assassinated by the Syrian thugs, because they were clearly less cowardly than those who survived. And Lahoud remained at Baadb [the president of the Lebanese Republics palace. Editors note]!
And when I speak of a catastrophe, I do not mean the action accomplished by Israel in response to the aggression against its civilians and its army, which was produced from our soil and that we did strictly nothing to avoid, and for which we are consequently responsible. Any avoiding of this responsibility some people here do not have the minimal notions of international law necessary to understand! means that Lebanon, as a state, does not exist.
Before the Israeli attack, Lebanon no longer existed, it was no more than a hologram. At Beirut innocent citizens like myself were forbidden access to certain areas of their own capital. But our police, our army and our judges were also excluded. That was the case, for example, of Hezbollahs and the Syrians command zone in the Haret Hreik quarter (in red on the satellite map). ....A government that, alone decided, in the place of the figureheads of the Lebanese government in which Hezbollah also had its ministers! to attack a neighboring state, with which we had no substantial or grounded quarrel, and to plunge US into a bloody conflict. And if attacking a sovereign nation on its territory, assassinating eight of its soldiers, kidnapping two others and, simultaneously, launching missiles on nine of its towns does not constitute a casus belli, the latter juridical principle will seriously need revising.
Thus almost all of these cowardly politicians, including numerous shiah leaders and religious personalities themselves, are blessing each bomb that falls from a Jewish F-16 turning the insult to our sovereignty that was Haret Hreik, right in the heart of Beirut, into a lunar landscape. Without the Israelis, how could we have received another chance that we in no way deserve! to rebuild our country?
Each Irano-Syrian fort that Jerusalem destroys, each islamic fighter they eliminate, and Lebanon proportionally starts to live again! Once again, the soldiers of Israel are doing our work. Once again, like in 1982, we are watching cowardly, lying low, despicable, and insulting them to boot their heroic sacrifice that allows us to keep hoping. To not be swallowed up in the bowels of the earth. Because, of course, by dint of not giving a damn for southern Lebanon, of letting foreigners take hold of the privileges that belong to us, we no longer had the ability to recover our independence and sovereignty. If, at the end of this war, the Lebanese army retakes control over its territory and gets rid of the state within a state that tried to suffocate the latter , it will only be thanks to Tsahal [the Israeli Defense Forces. Translators note], .....
As for the destruction caused by the Israelis that is another imposture : look at the satellite map! I have situated, as best I could, BUT IN THEIR CORRECT PROPORTIONS, the parts of my capital that have been destroyed by Israel. They are Haret Hreik in its totality and the dwellings of Hezbollahs leaders, situated in the large Shia suburb of Dayaa (as they spell it) and that I have circled in blue.
In addition to these two zones, Tsahal has exploded a nine-storied building that housed Hezbollahs command, in Beiruts city center, above and slightly to the left (to the north west) of Haret Hreik on the map. It was Nasrallahs perch inside the city, whereby he asserted his presence and domination over us. A depot of Syrian arms in the port, two army radars that the Shiite officers had put at the Hezbs disposal, and a truck suspected of transporting arms, in the Christian quarter of Ashrafieh.
Moreover the road and airport infrastructures were put out of working order : they served to provide Hezbollah with arms and munitions. Apart from that, Tsahal has neither hit nor deteriorated anything, and all those who speak of the destruction of Beirut are either liars, Iranians, anti-Semites or absent. Even the houses situated one alleys distance from the targets I mentioned have not been hit, they have not even suffered a scratch; on contemplating these results of this work you understand the meaning of the concept surgical strikes and you can admire the dexterity of the Jewish pilots.
Satellite map of Beirut (Google Earth)
Circled in red, the razed area, in blue, area where the dwellings belonging to the terrorist organizations top brass have been destroyed (Michael Bh)
Beirut, all the rest of Beirut, 95% of Beirut, lives and breathes better than a fortnight ago. All those who have not sided with terrorism know they have strictly nothing to fear from the Israeli planes, on the contrary! One example: last night the restaurant where I went to eat was jammed full and I had to wait until 9:30 pm to get a table. Everyone was smiling, relaxed, but no one filmed them: a strange destruction of Beirut, is it not?
Of course, there are some 500,000 refugees from the south who are experiencing a veritable tragedy and who are not smiling. But Jean [Tsadik. Editors note], who has his eyes fixed on Kfar Kileh, and from whom I have learned to believe each word he says, assures me that practically all the houses of the aforesaid refugees are intact. So they will be able to come back as soon as Hezbollah is vanquished.
The defeat of the Shia fundamentalists of Iranian allegiance is imminent. The figures communicated by Nasrallahs minions and by the Lebanese Red-Cross are deceiving: firstly, of the 400 dead declared by Lebanon, only 150 are real collateral civilian victims of the war, the others were militiamen without uniform serving Iran. ...
Moreover, Hassan Nasrallahs organization has not lost 200 combatants, as Tsahal claims. This figure only concerns the combats taking place on the border and even then the Israelis underestimate it, for a reason that escapes me, by about a hundred militiamen eliminated. The real count of Hezbollahs casualties, that includes those dead in Beirut, the Bekaa Valley, Baalbek and their other camps, rocket and missile launchers and arms and munition depots amounts to 1,100 supplementary Hezbollah militiamen who have definitively ceased to terrorize and humiliate my country.
Like the overwhelming majority of Lebanese, I pray that no one puts an end to the Israeli attack before it finishes shattering the terrorists. I pray that the Hebrew soldiers will penetrate all the hidden recesses of southern Lebanon and will hunt out, in our stead, the vermin that has taken root there. Like the overwhelming majority of Lebanese, I have put the champagne ready in the refrigerator to celebrate the Israeli victory.
But contrary to them and to paraphrase Michel Sardou [a French singer. Translators note] , I recognize that they are also fighting for our liberty, another battle where you were not present! And in the name of my people, I wish to express my infinite gratitude to the relatives of the Israeli victims civilian and military whose loved ones have fallen so that I can live standing upright in my identity. They should know that I weep with them.

(b.) ON the other hand

9. Yair Davidiy: Personal Recollection
In 1982 Israel conducted a war in Lebanon known as "Operation Peace of the Galilee"
The War was against the PLO who at that time had established an infrastructure of their own (similar to that of the Hizballah at present) in Southern Lebanon.
I participated very briefly in the War as a member of a Reservist Armored Infantry Force. After that for several years together with other members of my group we would find ourselves in Southern Lebanon for about a month each year either maintaining an outpost or undergoing advanced training exercises.
The local population seem to like us. The main danger was considered the Syrians opposite whom we were more or less encamped.
At first, the Shiites had greeted Israeli IDF with expressions of joy and celebration since the PLO (who are Sunni Moslems) had been terrorizing them and molesting their womenfolk.
The main Shiite organization was called Amal which at first appeared to be moderately muslim.
Numerous Shiites served in the Southern Lebanese Militia that worked alongside the Israeli Forces.
Later the Shiites were radicalized by outside muslim clericals extremists who used latent anti-Jewish sentiment as one of its trading points.
It is easy to be wise after the event but if Israel had at that stage simply related to they who were inciting against us as the traitors to humanity they indeed are the the local population would have understood and even supported our actions. Tolerance for anti-Jewish sentiment should not be tolerated.

Jerusalem News-478.
1. Another
Lebanese reaction of Interest
2. Shawn Report
(a) PHOTO: "dead" Qana "victim" miraculously sitting up?
(b)  The Rotating Wailing Home Owner
3. Billy Alvey: The Arab Moloch
4. Arutz Sheva News Wednesday -
IDF Reservists - Day to day Routine, Good Photos
[Day of Reconciliation between the Tribes]

5. Once, long before Nasrallah was born
By Danny Rubinstein

1. Another Lebanese reaction of Interest
Thank You, Hezbollah
By Dr. Joseph Hitti

2. Shawn Report
(a) PHOTO: "dead" Qana "victim" miraculously sitting up?
Jihadis Playing Possum
Tuesday, August 8, 2006 3:21 p.m. EDT

(b)  The Rotating Wailing Home Owner
AP Beirut photo faces questions,7340,L-3288406,00.html
<<A woman has made two appearances in photographs used by the Associated Press and Reuters, allegedly wailing over the destruction of her Beirut home.... two weeks apart from each other.... the photographs were taken in different locations.
"Either this woman is the unluckiest multiple home owner in Beirut, or something isn't quite right,"... >>

3. Billy Alvey: The Arab Moloch
Subject: parents in Arab nations proudly seen their kids die via suicide

When kids blow themselves up in Arab nations to kill others. Parents of the children are very proud. Is that any difference than what we read in the bible, 2 Kings 17:17. CHILD SACRIFICE!!! So they can please the god Moloch! Parents offer their children to be killed via fire in biblical times and today parents offer their children to be killed  via bombs. It seems times has not changed. Billy Alvey

Arutz Sheva News Wednesday -

By Ezra HaLevi

Despite the two-front war, the thousands of missiles, and the
evacuation of northern communities, more than 800 North American and
British Jews are moving to Israel this week.

The August 16, 2006 influx will constitute the largest number of Jews
in history making Aliyah to Israel from Western countries in a single

Greeting the arrivals Thursday will be Minister of Public Security and
former Shabak Chief Avi Dichter (Kadima) and Minister of Immigrant
Absorption Ze'ev Boim (Kadima). Opposition leader MK Binyamin
Netanyahu greeted the last group of arrivals last month.

By Ezra HaLevi

In Lebanon during the night, the Air Force struck over 120 Hizbullah
targets, including 80 buildings, several weapons storage facilities,
four rocket launchers, 25 access roads and seven bridges.

A Hizbullah headquarters in Bint Jbeil was one of the hardest struck
targets. The structure, from which at least ten gunmen were firing at
IDF paratroopers, was leveled.

4a. IDF Reservists - Day to day Routine, Good Photos
Click here for an uplifting glimpse into the day to day life of an IDF reservist serving in Lebanon.
The captions are in Russian, but the pictures are self-explanatory.

[Day of Reconciliation between the Tribes
By Ezra HaLevi

Wednesday is the Jewish day of joy and love called Tu B'Av, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Av.

Though required observance of the day has been reduced to omitting the confession prayer from daily prayers, the Talmud (Taanit 30b-31a) describes Tu B'av as one of the most festive days for the Jewish people during the time of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

One practice described entailed single women lending each other simple white garments, in order that the wealthy not be differentiated from the poor, and dancing in the vineyards around Jerusalem."And the daughters of Jerusalem would go out and dance in the vineyards located on the outskirts of the city. And everyone who didn't have a wife would go there," the Talmud states. "And what would they say?"

"Young man, lift up your eyes and choose wisely," the Talmud advises the Jewish men who would go out to the fields to meet their soulmate.
"Do not look only at physical beauty - look rather at the family - 'For charm is false, and beauty is vanity. A G-d - fearing woman is the one to be praised...' ("Mishlei"/Proverbs 31:30)"

Other joyous aspects of Tu B'av include:

* During the Jewish people's 40-years in the desert, female orphans with no brothers could only marry within their tribe. On Tu B'Av of the fortieth year, this ban was lifted.

* Also during their time in the desert the men of the generation that accepted the ten spies' negative report about the Land of Israel would die each year on that day. It was well known that the Jewish people would not enter the land while members of that generation (barring Joshua and Caleb) were still living. In the fortieth year, the dying ceased and it was clear the Jewish people would be entering the Land of Israel in the near future.

* It was also on Tu B'av that the Tribe of Benjamin was allowed to marry the other tribes of Israel once more following the incident with the murder and mutilation of the Concubine of Giv'ah (Judges 19-20).

* King Hosea, the king of the Northern Kingdom, removed the restrictions of King Yeravam [Jeroboam] prohibiting the northerners to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem (Kings I 12:29, Kings II 18:4).

* It is the last day in the series of nine wood offerings to the

* The Roman occupiers of Israel permitted burial of Bar Kochba's Jewish rebels from Beitar on Tu B'av. The bodies, although lying exposed for over a year, were found miraculously to have not decomposed at all a traditional Jewish sign of righteousness.

Many Jewish weddings take place on the 15th of Av, and secular Israelis celebrate the day, calling it Love Day.

In modern times, the Binyamin town of Shilo holds a celebration on Tu B'Av each year. Shilo resident Orit Rapaport told Arutz-7 that residents of Shilo see great importance in the reinstitution of the tradition Tu B'Av festivities. She says they have issued an invitation to residents of the Tel Aviv region to make a pilgrimage to Shilo in order to celebrate the festival of love in its authentic manner love between man and his fellow, between man and G-d and between man and our land.

Lectures and workshops on everything from relationship to preparing the incense for the Tabernacle, which rested in Shilo, will take place throughout the day. Musicians and performers will also be located throughout the town and tours of the region available as well.

5. Once, long before Nasrallah was born
By Danny Rubinstein
Article describes period when Jewish settlers in Northern Galilee lived on good terms with their Shiite Muslim neighbors.
Interesting historical account of a past that will not return.

Jerusalem News-479.
1. The Shawn Report
(a) Major News Services Caught with Systematically Doctored Photos??
(b) A Few More Little Facts by Ben Stein
2. Aircraft Bomb Plot Thwarted in Britain
3.  War Casualties
4. Israel Arabs ask to be drafted to serve IDF
5. Arutz Sheva, Thursday
August 10, 2006, 16 Av 5766
( 5.  Lieberman: Hamas Plans Southern War on Hizbullah Military Model
( 7.  Security Cabinet to IDF: Expand and Take it to the Litani River
 (8.  Rocket Attack [On Arab Village] Kills  Mother and Child, Wounds 11

1. The Shawn Report
(a) Major News Services Caught with Systematically Doctored Photos??
"Fauxtography" alert: NYTimes and USNews; plus Time and Reuters

(b) A Few More Little Facts by Ben Stein

2. Aircraft Bomb Plot Thwarted in Britain

3. War Casualties
Most IDF dead Wednesday killed by anti-tank missiles
yaakov katz and jpost staff, THE JERUSALEM POST Aug. 9, 2006

Fifteen IDF soldiers were killed in fighting in south Lebanon Wednesday.

Nine reserve infantry soldiers from an elite unit were killed on Wednesday
afternoon when an anti-tank missile was fired at the house they were
stationed in during clashes with Hizbullah forces in the village of Dbil in
the western sector of south Lebanon.

Also on Wednesday afternoon, in a fierce gun battle in the village of Ayta
al-Shaab in the western sector, Hizbullah guerillas fired an anti-tank
missile at an IDF tank, killing four reservists from the 847th Brigade.

Another soldier was killed in a mortar attack in Kliya south of Marjayoun in
south Lebanon.

On Wednesday morning, one soldier was killed, two were seriously wounded and
two others were lightly wounded when an IDF tank crew exchanged fire with an
IDF infantry reserve force on Wednesday morning. The friendly fire incident
took place in the village of Atayba in south Lebanon during which infantry
troops opened fire on a Lebanese home that fellow IDF tank men were
stationed in.

Immediately after the event, troops operating in Atayba were ordered to
suspend their gunfire activity. Clashes between the IDF and the Hizbullah
resumed in Atayba later Wednesday afternoon.

There have been several incidents of friendly fire since the launch of
Operation Change of Direction last month. One case involved an unmanned
aerial vehicle (UAV) that opened fire on troops in the south Lebanese
village of Bint Jbail.

At least 37 soldiers were wounded in various degrees in the fighting. Most
were evacuated to Haifa's Rambam Hospital.

At least 30 Hizbullah gunmen were killed in the fighting.

During IDF operations in the village of Rajamin, reserve forces killed nine
Hizbullah guerrillas and wounded two.

Earlier, a Golani soldier was moderately wounded in an exchange of gunfire
with the Hizbullah in Bint Jbail.

The IAF targeted Hizbullah headquarters in the city, killing 10 guerrillas.
Later on, IDF troops killed another eight guerillas in the same town.

Meanwhile, a top Hizbullah official, Hassan A-Sader, and an additional four
people were killed by an IAF airstrike on Wednesday morning in the Lebanese
city of Masjara.

The other four other people were suspected to be A-Sader's family.

A reservist force operating in the village of Ayta a-Shaab on Wednesday
killed two Hizbullah gunmen as well.

On Wednesday, the air force and navy renewed attacks on Beirut, hitting four
buildings, including one belonging to Hizbullah's Al-Manar television.

On Tuesday night, the IAF carried out 120 airstrikes on Lebanese targets,
attacking close to 80 buildings and headquarters of Hizbullah. Also targeted
were four rocket launchers, 25 roads, several vehicles and seven bridges,
mostly along the Litani river.

Also on Tuesday night, two IDF soldiers were killed in an operation in the
south Lebanese village of Bint Jbail, the IDF announced early Wednesday.

The two were identified as St.-Sgt. Oren Lifshitz, 21, of Gazit and St.-Sgt.
Moran Cohen, 21, of Ashdot Ya'akov.
They belonged to a force from the Paratroopers Brigade that was engaged in
fierce firefights in the village.

One of the soldiers was seriously wounded when the force came under heavy
fire from a group of Hizbullah guerrillas. The second soldier was hit during
the evacuation of the first when Hizbullah forces fired at the rescue squad.

A third soldier was lightly wounded in the second gun battle.

The rescue operation lasted several hours, during which the soldier who was
seriously wounded died of his wounds.
At least 20 Hizbullah guerrillas were killed in the operation.

4. Israel Arabs ask to be drafted to serve IDF

Israel Arabs ask to be drafted to serve IDF in response to Nasrallah
Aaron Lerner                   Date: 10 August, 2006

Ziad Muadi of the ITIM news service reports today  on the MSN  website

that a group of young Arabs, headed by Fuad Nasser, wrote a letter to
Minister of Defense Amir Peretz asking to be drafted to serve in the IDF in
response to Nasrallah's call for the Arabs of Haifa to leave the city.

"We are proud of Israel, and its just struggle," the letter reads, "and are
prepared to carry out any mission that the IDF gives us."

5. Arutz Sheva, Thursday
August 10, 2006, 16 Av 5766
( 5.  Lieberman: Hamas Plans Southern War on Hizbullah Military Model
( 7.  Security Cabinet to IDF: Expand and Take it to the Litani River
 (8.  Rocket Attack [On Arab Village] Kills  Mother and Child, Wounds 11

(5.  Lieberman: Hamas Plans Southern War on Hizbullah Military Model
By Hana Levi Julian and Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

Yisrael Beitenu party Chairman and MK Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that Hamas is planning to change the way it is waging war on Israels southern front based on the Hizbullah model.

Lieberman said the PA is preparing to wage a war on southern Israel modeled on the Hizbullah military strategy against communities in northern Israel. He also expressed criticism of the media for ignoring the ongoing PA Kassam rocket attacks on the cities of the Negev.

Lieberman said that PA terrorists are "smuggling Katyushas and Grad missiles into the Gaza Strip. The southern Lebanon script must be prevented in southern Israel."

Prior to the Gaza withdrawal, even many proponents of the Disengagement were wary of handing over the Philadelphi Corridor, between Gaza and Egypt - where the IDF fought a constant battle against weapons smuggling.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon told reporters in May that the threat of Katyusha rockets being smuggled via tunnels from Sinai into Gaza is a major concern.

Two Katyusha missiles have already been fired toward Israeli towns from Gaza - one in Marhc, on the day of the elections, and then again in May.

Lieberman further criticized the government for failing to keep the Knesset apprised of Hamas war preparations, charging that better information can be found on the Internet than in parliamentary committee sessions.

He added that the government must not close its eyes to the fact that Hamas intentions are to destroy Israel, a goal the terror group does not hide.

The groups party platform focused on its refusal to formally recognize the State of Israel, disarm or renounce terrorism. Foreign funding to the PA by most western nations was frozen when the terrorist organization took over the government.

If Hamas obtained similar Katyusha's to those used by Hizbullah in the early days of the Re-Engagement war, it would place cities such as Ashdod, Ashkelon and Kiryat Gat within striking range.

If the IDF were to create an anti-missile security zone in Gaza similar to that it is carving out in southern Lebanon, it would entail re-entering all of Gaza.

(7.  Security Cabinet to IDF: Expand and Take it to the Litani River
By Hana Levi Julian

The security cabinet gave the IDF the go-ahead on Wednesday to broaden ground operations and take control of southern Lebanon up to the Litani River. Thousands of troops and reservists stand ready.

The vote was unanimous, with three abstentions. Meanwhile, at least 40,000 IDF soldiers waited to cross the border Wednesday evening and begin the push to the Litani River and possibly beyond.

Estimates on how long the operation would take varied from one month to six weeks, and senior IDF officials said it was likely that several hundred soldiers would lose their lives in the war.

Shas party Chairman and Industry and Trade Minister Eli Yishai spoke to reporters after the meeting, which took several hours. The assessment is that it is going to last 30 days, he said somberly. I think it is wrong to make this assessment. I think it will take a lot longer. Yishai was one of the ministers who abstained from the vote. Vice Premier Shimon Peres (Labor) and Minister Ofir Pines also abstained.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz were charged with the task of defining the timing and scope of the operation, which is aimed at finding and destroying the rocket launchers used to attack communities in northern Israel.

(8.  Rocket Attack Kills Mother and Child, Wounds 11
By Hana Levi Julian

A three year old boy and his mother were killed in a rocket attack Thursday morning in the Muslim Arab village of Dir el-Assad near the western Galilee community of Carmiel.

The boy and his 22 year old mother were killed as she watched her children play in their yard. Her four year old son and mother-in-law were seriously injured in the attack. Another person was moderately injured and eight others suffer light wounds.They were taken to Nahariya Hospital.

More than 90 rockets were fired at northern communities by 3:00 PM Thursday.

[Note: Most (but not all, despite claims to the contrary) of the Arabs in Israel and in Israeli territories
support Hizbullah. Despite this, it has been noticed that Arab villages and population centers seem to take
their full proportional share of the casualties maybe even slightly more.
This is unlikely not to be deliberate. Why?]

Jerusalem News-
1. Popular Mechanic: Debunking 9/11 Myths
2. Media Anti-Israel Frauds
(a) Photo Fraud in Lebanon
(b) HEZBOLLYWOOD - QANA Staged Production
3. Italian Pro-Palestinian Peace Activist Murdered by Palestinian
4. All eyes on Lebanon
by Joseph Farah
5. The Shawn Report
16 Important Facts About Jews, Arabs and Israel
6. President Bush Makes Anti-Terrorist Speech
7. 24 IDF soldiers killed Saturday in South Lebanon

1. Popular Mechanic: Debunking 9/11 Myths

2. Media Anti-Israel Frauds
2. (a) Photo Fraud in Lebanon's new movie.

2. (b) HEZBOLLYWOOD  - QANA Staged Production:
From: Steven Shamrak <>

Reuters admits altering Beirut photo.,7340,L-3286966,00.html 
Reuters has withdrawn a second photograph and admitted that the image was doctored.

Incredibly, from CNN: Lebanese-Christian about Hesbollah.

3. Italian Pro-Palestinian Peace Activist Murdered by Palestinian,7340,L-3289726,00.html
Angelo Frammartino, a 24 year-old student from Italy who arrived in
Israel as a human rights organization activist, was stabbed to death
Thursday by an Arab knifeman.
"He believed in what he did and was always ready to help others," a
friend described him.
The website of Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera reported that
Frammartino was working for the setting up of a children's supper camp
for Palestinians in Jerusalem's Old City, and was supposed to return to
Italy on Friday.

4. All eyes on Lebanon
By Joseph Farah
Tuesday, August 1, 2006

You know, it's funny.

For years I've been trying to get people to pay attention to the deaths and destruction and injustices being perpetrated on my beloved Lebanon.

And nobody cared.

When Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Liberation Organization tried to take over the country and make it his terrorist playground, nobody cared.

When people were dying by the thousands in the civil war, nobody cared.

When Syria had its boot on the neck of its tiny neighbor for 25 years, nobody cared.

When Iran dispatched Hezbollah terrorists into the country to undermine home rule by Lebanese, nobody cared.

When Muslims chased millions of Christians from the country, tipping the balance of power, nobody cared.

But now, all eyes are on Lebanon.

Do you know why?

Because Israel has tried to clean up this hornet's nest. Yet, all we hear about is how many Lebanese are dying.

Can I let you in on a little secret?

Guess what the total death toll is among Lebanese during the extent of this war including Hezbollah terrorists, many of whom are not really Lebanese?

You better sit down.

The total death toll is just over 500.

Now, far be it for me to minimize death tolls. One innocent death is a tragedy. But this is the total all terrorists, civilians, Lebanese army, everything.

The whole world is going nuts over this "slaughter."

What is needed is some perspective here. May I offer it?

Last month alone, U.S. troops in Afghanistan announced killing 600 "suspected" Taliban. That's one month alone. We've been occupying this foreign country since 2002. It began in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. U.S. forces went halfway around the world to attack a sovereign nation, to overthrow the government and kill as many people as it deemed necessary over the last five years to prevent more terrorist attacks in the future. Few would suggest that Afghanistan represents any imminent threat to the U.S. today. By the way, according to U.S. military spokesmen, a total of 1,700 Afghanis have been killed since the start of the year. That includes some civilians, some aid workers and more than 70 foreign troops.

But, last time I checked, there weren't demonstrations in the streets of the U.S. or elsewhere around the world over this war.

Instead, everybody is going ape over Lebanon.

By the way, the government of Afghanistan, installed by the U.S., is happy about the war. President Hamid Karzai wants to see the terrorists rooted out of his country. He recognizes it represents the best chance for his nation to be free.

Meanwhile, back in Lebanon, a government that has tolerated terrorist bases on its soil for years and years is suddenly indignant about Israel's retaliation against incessant attacks from those strongholds.

Does any of this make sense?

Do you think those screaming about the bloodshed in Lebanon really give a hoot about Lebanon? If so, where have they been for the last 30 years?

Why is Lebanon the top story in every newscast? Why is Lebanon on the front page of every newspaper? Don't you get the impression that the violence there is probably worse than anywhere else on the planet from this focus?

Clearly it is not.

And the only difference is who's doing the butt kicking in Lebanon.

5. The Shawn Report
16 Important Facts About Jews, Arabs and Israel
(1. Israel became a state circa 1030 B.C., more than two millennia
before Islam.
(2. Arabs from Israel first began to be called "Palestinians" in 1967
by Yasser Arafat and other Arab leaders, two decades after modern
Israeli statehood.
(3. After conquering the land in about 1250 B.C., Jews ruled it for
more than 1,300 years and have maintained a continuous presence
there for 3,300 years.
(4. For over 3,000 years, Jerusalem was the Jewish capital. It was
never the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even under Jordanian
rule, (East) Jerusalem was not made the capital, and no Arab leader
came to visit it.
(5. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in the Bible, but not once
is it mentioned in the Qur'an.
(6. King David founded Jerusalem; Mohammed never set foot in it.
(7. Jews pray facing Jerusalem; Muslims face Mecca. If they are between the two cities, Muslims pray facing Mecca, with their backs
to Jerusalem
(8. In 1948, Arab leaders urged their people to leave, promising to cleanse the land of Jewish presence some 70% of them fled without ever being ordered by Israel to leave, most of those without ever having seen an Israeli soldier.
(9. Virtually the entire Jewish population of Muslim countries had to
flee as the result of violence and pogroms.
(10. Some 650,000 Arabs left Israel in 1948, while about 850,000 Jews
were forced to leave Muslim countries.

(11. In spite of the vast territories at their disposal, Arab refugees from Palestine were deliberately prevented from assimilating into their host countries. Of 100 million refugees
following World War II, they are the only group to have never
integrated with their coreligionists. Most of the Jewish refugees
from Europe and Arab lands were settled in Israel, a country no
larger than New Jersey.
(12. There are 22 Arab countries (with 800 times the land mass of
Israel), not counting the Palestinian territories. There is only one
Jewish state. Arabs started all five wars against Israel, and lost
every one of them.
(13. The Fatah and Hamas constitutions still call for the destruction
of Israel. Israel has agreed under several proposals to cede most of
the West Bank and all of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority, and even
supported the arming of its police force after the Oslo Accords in
(14. During the Jordanian occupation, Jewish holy sites were
vandalized and were off limits to Jews. Under Israeli rule, all
Muslim and Christian holy sites are accessible to all faiths and
maintained in good order at Israel's expense.
(15. Out of 175 United Nations Security Council resolutions up to
1990, 97 were against Israel; out of 690 General Assembly
resolutions, 429 were against Israel;
(16. The U.N. was silent when the Jordanians destroyed 58 synagogues
in the old city of Jerusalem. It remained silent while Jordan
systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount
of Olives, and it remained silent when Jordan enforced apartheid
laws preventing Jews from accessing the Temple Mount and Western
Wall (Kotel).

6. President Bush Makes Anti-Terrorist Speech
[Extracts Only]

For Immediate Release
Office of the White House Press Secretary
August 12, 2006
President's Radio Address

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week, America received a stark reminder
that terrorists are still plotting attacks to kill our people. Beginning on
Wednesday night, authorities in Great Britain arrested more than 20
individuals who we believe were plotting to detonate liquid explosives
aboard flights from the United Kingdom to the United States. If these
terrorists had succeeded, they could have caused death on a massive scale.
The plot appears to have been carefully planned and well-advanced. They
planned to bring the components of their explosives on board in their
carry-on luggage, disguised as bottled drinks and electronic devices.

This plot is further evidence that the terrorists we face are sophisticated,
and constantly changing their tactics. On September the 11th, 2001, they
used box cutters to hijack airplanes and kill thousands of innocent people.
This time, we believe they planned to use liquid explosives to blow up
planes in mid-air...

I'm grateful for the outstanding work of intelligence and law enforcement
officers in the United Kingdom and in our country. This week's arrests were
the culmination of hard work, cooperation, and information-sharing across
different agencies and different governments. We're dealing with a new enemy
that uses new means of attack and new methods to communicate. This week's
events demonstrate the vital importance of ensuring that our intelligence
and law enforcement personnel have all the tools they need to track down the
terrorists, and prevent attacks on our country.

Because of the measures we've taken to protect the American people, our
Nation is safer than it was prior to September the 11th. Still, we must
never make the mistake of thinking the danger of terrorism has passed. This
week's experience reminds us of a hard fact: The terrorists have to succeed
only once to achieve their goal of mass murder, while we have to succeed
every time to stop them.

America is fighting a tough war against an enemy whose ruthlessness is clear
for all to see. The terrorists attempt to bring down airplanes full of
innocent men, women, and children. They kill civilians and American
servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they deliberately hide behind
civilians in Lebanon. They are seeking to spread their totalitarian
ideology. They're seeking to take over countries like Afghanistan and Iraq
so they can establish safe havens from which to attack free nations. These
killers need to know that America, Great Britain, and our allies are
determined to defend ourselves and advance the cause of liberty. With
patience, courage, and untiring resolve, we will defend our freedom, and we
will win the war on terror
Thank you for listening.
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

7. 24 IDF soldiers killed Saturday in south Lebanon
[Extracts Only]
By Amos Harel, Yoav Stern and Eli Ashkenazi, Haaretz Correspondents, and Agencies

Twenty-four Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed and another 11 seriously wounded in heavy clashes Saturday with Hezbollah forces in south Lebanon, after Israel dramatically expanded its ground operation in the area.

Five air crewmen were believed to be dead after an Israel Air Force helicopter was shot down by Hezbollah fire late Saturday, the IDF said. Hezbollah claimed the helicopter was struck by an anti-tank missile. IDF sources confirmed a helicopter had gone down and that the five crewmen were missing.

As part of the expanded operation, IAF helicopters dropped a large number of Israeli troops deep inside Lebanese territory on Saturday, in the largest operation of its kind since 1973.

IDF troops were engaged in heavy exchanges of fire with Hezbollah, as forces thrust northward to the Litani River under cover of intense artillery fire. IDF sources said more than 80 Hezbollah fighters had been killed in the clashes over the weekend, at least 40 of them on Saturday.

Israel has nearly tripled the number of forces in Lebanon as part of its expanded ground war, and expects to fight for another week, despite a United Nations cease-fire resolution, IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said Saturday. Halutz said IDF troops would stay in Lebanon until an international force arrives. "We have almost tripled our forces that are operating in Lebanon," Halutz told reporters.

A top IDF official has said that the army will stop its offensive as soon as it is ordered to do so by the political leadership and later it will begin to retrace its steps to uncover any pockets of resistance that may remain in the area.

UN Middle East envoy Alvaro de Soto told Reuters on Saturday the UN force could begin deploying in seven to 10 days, suggesting there is still some time before the "immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations," as called for in the resolution.

At least 23 soldiers taken to Rambam Hospital
Dozens of soldiers were hurt during the fighting in Lebanon on Saturday. At least 23 of them were taken to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa for treatment.

An IDF spokeswoman said an IDF officer and two soldiers were killed Saturday when Hezbollah fighters fired an anti-tank missile at their tank.

She said another soldier died when Hezbollah launched a similar attack on a structure in the area where he and other troops had taken position.

Two soldiers from the Golani Brigade were killed in an accident that occured when an IDF tank accidentally ran them over in the village of Shakif-al-Amal in the East. Two other soldiers were wounded in the accident, one seriously and the other lightly.

In the eastern section, one soldier was killed when an anti-tank missile hit his tank close to the village of Kanatra. Another soldier was killed when troops exchanged fire near the village of Hadata on the eastern section.

Three other soldiers were seriously wounded in separate attacks on tanks and an armored vehicle near the villages of Tyre and Dir Sirin.

With the expansion of the ground offensive in Lebanon, four divisions were operating in south Lebanon and most of the activity was focused in areas from where Hezbollah has been firing short-range rockets into Israel. Sources in the IDF General Staff said four to seven days would be needed to complete the occupation of the area.

An IDF soldier was killed in clashes with Hezbollah in the village of Rashef in south Lebanon on Friday and another sustained moderate wounds. According to the IDF, at least ten Hezbollah militants were killed overnight.

IAF strikes and ground assaults kill at least 19 across Lebanon
Israel Air Force jets dropped leaflets over Beirut on Saturday with leaflets urging residents to "shake the destroyers of Lebanon off your shoulders," referring to Hezbollah.

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