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    Is a WMD Pearl Harbor Imminent We do not know. We certainly hope not. However there are some very disturbing pieces of information out there. We would
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      Is a WMD Pearl Harbor Imminent
      We do not know. We certainly hope not. However there are some
      very disturbing pieces of information out there. We would appreciate
      your
      opinions about this topic. We are also continuing to expose LIE
      AFTER LIE AFTER
      LIE AFTER LIE. The enemy standard operating procedure of telling lie
      after lie
      after lie after lie and having its media friends repeat those lies
      endlessly.
      This post exposes some of those big lies. With your help we can
      expose them all.

      Source for the first piece below is:
      http://themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=14490
      Understand the Importance of Laylat al-Sira'a wa al-Miira'aj
      Written by Farid Ghadry
      Published Monday, July 24, 2006

      Is the Hezbollah attack against Israel on July 12 that started this
      chain of events by Israel against Lebanon embedded into the
      beginning of something much more sinister?
      People of the Middle East are obsessed with symbolism, especially
      when it strongly supports honor and dignity. When a statement by the
      Supreme National Security Council of Iran says it will reply by Aug.
      22 to the Western incentive package to stop enriching uranium, it
      chose that date for a very precise reason.
      August 21, 2006 (Rajab 27, 1427) is known in the Islamic calendar as
      the Night of the Sira'a and Miira'aj, the night Prophet Mohammed
      (saas) ascended to heaven from the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on a
      Bourak (Half animal, half man), while a great light lit-up the night
      sky, and visited Heaven and Hell also Beit al-Saada and Beit al-
      Shaqaa (House of Happiness and House of Misery) and then descended
      back to Mecca. The night of August 21 is a very, very important
      night in Shia'a Islam. What Iran's Ahmadinajead is promising the
      world by August 22 is the light in the sky over the Aqsa Mosque that
      took place the night before. That is his answer to the package of
      incentives the international community offered Iran on June 6.
      The world and especially the US State Department should take this
      date seriously. Nothing happens without a reason in Iran and the
      events in Lebanon were intentionally started by Hezbollah, with
      Iran's tacit knowledge and approval leading to the Rajab 27 night
      when it delivers its answer, in the form of "light in the sky", over
      the Aqsa Mosque.
      Farid Ghadry is the president of the Reform Party of Syria.
      Have comments? Email editor@....

      excerpted from another source:
      "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced (recetly) that
      Israel has begun the process of its annihilation at the hands of the
      Islamic nation. Both Hamas and Hizbullah take orders from the
      regime.
      "Israel has pushed the button of its own destruction," said the
      Iranian president, who pulls the strings of its terrorist proxies on
      both of Israel's fronts. "The Zionists made their worst decision and
      triggered their extinction by attacking Lebanon."

      Ahmadinejad, addressing the 23rd Iranian Islamic Republic's
      nationwide meeting of the heads of educational bureaus, advised
      Jewish Israelis "to pack up and move out of the region before being
      caught in the fire they have started in Lebanon."

      (recently) Ahmadinejad was shown on Iranian television saying
      Israelis "Should know that the volcano of rage of the peoples of the
      region is boiling…I'm telling you…If this volcano erupts - and we
      are on the brink of eruption... and if this ocean rages, its waves
      will not be limited to the region.

      Ahmadinejad, seemingly responding to the first two planeloads of
      American Jews making Aliyah (immigrating to Israel) this summer,
      accused Israel of deceiving the olim. "They are even lying to the
      misfortunate people whom they have imported into occupied
      Palestine," he said. "They are using them as a shield to achieve
      their own goals."

      On Saturday, Ahmadinejad compared Israel to Hitler, saying "Just
      like Hitler, the Zionist regime is just looking for a pretext to
      launch military attacks." Israel has pointed out that due to the two-
      front proxy war orchestrated by Iran, the issues of Iran's dash
      toward nuclear capability has been pushed out of the spotlight,
      despite the regime's refusal to cooperate with international efforts
      to find a solution.

      The Iranian leader's statements about the Holocaust have made
      headlines several times over the past year. Last week, he sent a
      letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which German officials
      said asks her to assist Iran in "dealing with" Zionism.

      In May Ahmadinejad wrote US President George W. Bush a lengthy
      letter containing an invitation to become a Muslim and veiled
      threats regarding continued alliance with Israel.

      The Iranian president, whose previous positions included acting as a
      trainer for child suicide soldiers sent to blow up mines in his
      country's war against Iraq, issued several statements implying that
      a battle to annihilate the Jewish State is at hand. "The day of joy
      for the regional nations is approaching and the world is on the
      verge of new developments," he said in a speech in northwest Iran
      Tuesday.

      Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, US President George W. Bush and even
      Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt have blamed Iran explicitly for
      deploying Hamas and Hizbullah against the Jewish State.

      The Iranian government has placed billboards of Hizbullah chief
      Hassan Nasrallah around the country, with boldface slogans reminding
      Muslims of their duty to wipe out Israel. Meanwhile, members of the
      tiny Jewish community of Shiraz were seemingly compelled to attend a
      rally in the town's square, calling for Israel's destruction and
      praising Hizbullah.

      Meanwhile, Syria has also issued a threat to become directly
      involved in the war. Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal said
      Sunday, "If Israel invades Lebanon over ground and comes near to us,
      Syria will not sit tight. She will join the conflict."

      During his weekly radio address Saturday, US President Bush warned
      Syria to stay away. "For many years, Syria has been a primary
      sponsor of Hizbullah and it has helped provide Hizbullah with
      shipments of Iranian-made weapons,'' he said. "Iran's regime has
      also repeatedly defied the international community with its ambition
      for nuclear weapons and aid to terrorist groups. Their actions
      threaten the entire Middle East and stand in the way of resolving
      the current crisis and bringing lasting peace to this troubled
      region."
      This piece is excerpted from:
      Arutz Sheva News Service
      http://www.IsraelNationalNews.com
      Subscribe (free): http://subscribe.a7.org/subscribe.asp

      EVIDENCE MOUNTS THAT KANA "MASSACRE" WAS A FAKE

      The world awoke to the news that an Israeli air strike had
      killed 57 Lebanese civilians, leading Israel to stop air strikes for
      2
      days - but evidence shows the "massacre" was just a fraud.
      The supposed massacre caused a major turnabout in world diplomacy. US
      Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suddenly canceled her plans to
      fly
      to Beirut, saying "my work towards a ceasefire is really here [in
      Jerusalem] today." The implication was clearly that the onus was now
      upon
      Israel. French President Jacques Chirac condemned
      Israel's "unjustified
      action which demonstrates more than ever the need for an immediate
      ceasefire," Jordan's King Abdullah called it an "ugly crime," and
      other
      world leaders echoed these sentiments.

      Though Israel emphasized that Hizbullah was to blame for waging its
      rocket war against Israel from within a civilian population, Foreign
      Ministry officials repeated their "deep regret at the loss of
      innocent life
      in the campaign against Hizbullah," and were forced to promise a
      "thorough and comprehensive examination."

      Apparently, however, the incident was all one big fraud, staged by
      Arab
      elements for the world media in order to lead precisely to the
      situation described above.

      The central piece of evidence leading to this conclusion is the fact,
      mentioned by IDF officials from the very beginning, that the building
      collapsed a full seven hours after the Israel Air Force bombing. Why,
      then, would the residents inside not have been evacuated in the
      meantime?
      As Brig.-Gen. Amir Eshel of the Israeli Air Force told reporters
      Sunday
      night, It is difficult for me to believe that they waited eight hours
      to evacuate it.? Without additional evidence, Eshel merely left open
      the possibility that Hizbullah terrorists, or explosives they left
      behind, caused the explosion.

      "Indeed," writes Robert Spencer for
      http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=23655"
      FrontPageMagazine
      "it strains credulity that not only did these Lebanese civilians
      remain
      in a house that had been bombed for eight hours, but peacefully went
      to
      sleep in it after the bombing ?since the victims were all apparently
      sleeping, despite continuing Israeli air bombardment in the area,
      when
      the building collapsed."

      Gen. Eshel also said that the building was used by Hizbullah to store
      explosives. This was supported by a letter by Dr. Mounir Herzallah, a
      southern Lebanese Shiite, who wrote that Hizbullah terrorists came to
      his town, dug a munitions depot and then built a school and a
      residence
      directly over it.

      In addition, as Reuven Koret writes for
      http://web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Diplomacy/8997.htm
      IsraelInsider
      the bombing of the area occurred in three waves. The first bombs,
      according to CNN correspondent Brent Sadler, did not hit the
      building in
      question, but rather landed "20 or 30 meters" away. The second strike
      hit targets further away, and the third strike, around 7:30 in the
      morning, landed over 400 meters away. The first reports of a
      collapsed
      building arrived a half-hour later.

      Another CNN correspondent, Ben Wedeman, noted that there was a larger
      crater next to the building. He observed that the roof of the
      building
      was intact and that the building appeared not to have collapsed as a
      result of the Israeli strike.

      Thus, the building was used to store explosives, was apparently not
      destroyed by the bombing, and sheltered dozens of women and children
      throughout a night of bombing. The identity of the victims was also
      not
      clear, except that they were not the original occupants of the
      building; a
      National Public Radio correspondent reported that they had left. "The
      victims were non-residents who chose to shelter in the building that
      night," Koret writes, and who were "'too poor' to leave the town, one
      resident told CNN's Wedeman. Who were these people?"

      http://www.IsraelNationalRadio.com/Asx/Yishai-w-1.asx"
      Hear Koret speak about the Hizbullah manipulation on
      IsraelNationalRadio.com


      Other facts brought by Koret and Spencer:

      * Sometime after dawn a call went out to journalists and rescue
      workers
      to come to the scene. Though Hizbullah has been claiming that
      civilians
      could not freely flee the scene due to Israeli destruction of bridges
      and roads, the journalists and rescue teams from nearby Tyre had no
      problem getting there.

      * Lebanese rescue teams did not start evacuating the building until
      after the camera crews came. The absence of a real rescue effort was
      explained by saying that equipment was lacking. There were no scenes
      of
      live
      or injured people being extracted.

      * There was little blood, CNN's Wedeman noted, concluding that the
      victims appeared to have died while they were sleeping - despite the
      thunderous Israeli air attacks. Rescue workers equipped with cameras
      were
      removing the bodies from one opening in the collapsed structure, and
      journalists were not allowed near it.

      * Rescue workers carrying the victims on stretchers occasionally
      flipped up the blankets so that cameras could show the faces and
      bodies of
      the dead. But, Koret noted, the ashen-gray faces of the victims gave
      cause to think that the bodies looked like they had been dead for
      days.

      * Photos of the rescue operation transmitted all over the world are
      "extremely suspicious," Spencer writes, citing work by
      http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006/07/milking-it.html
      EU Referendum showing numerous anomalies in the photos. "Most
      notably," he writes, "the dating of the various photos suggests that
      the same
      bodies were paraded before reporters on different occasions, each
      time as if
      they had just been pulled from the rubble. [In addition], some
      workers are
      wearing different gear in different photos, yet clearly carrying the
      same
      corpse."

      * The Christian Lebanese (French-language)
      http://www.libanoscopie.com/fulldoc.asp?doccode=994&cat=2 website
      LIBANOSCOPIE has charged that Hizbullah staged the entire incident in
      order to stimulate calls for a ceasefire, thereby staving off its
      destruction by Israel and Lebanese plans to rid themselves of this
      terrorist
      plague.

      Spencer concludes, "Americans and Westerners are not used to dealing
      with carefully orchestrated and large-scale deception of this kind.
      It is
      time that it be recognized as a weapon of warfare, and an extremely
      potent one at that."

      This piece is excerpted from a bylined article by BY ELI LAKE - Staff
      Reporter of the Sun
      August 3, 2006
      URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/37288
      TEL AVIV, Israel In the aftermath of Qana, some of Israel's
      supporters
      encouraged on
      background at times by Israeli officials explored the theory that
      perhaps
      the entire incident was a hoax. Such an idea is not without
      precedence. In
      2002, during Operation Defensive Shield, the (so-
      called) :"palestinian"
      Authority told
      reporters that Israel's offensive into Jenin was a massacre with
      thousands of
      civilian casualties. It turned out that 52 Palestinians, most of
      whom were
      gunmen, died in the attack along with 23 Israeli soldiers. Since the
      initial
      casualty estimates of Qana of nearly 60 dead, those numbers have been
      revised to 28.
      The statement issued yesterday by Israel's military does not address
      the
      initial question posed by some military officers here as to why
      there was
      nearly a seven hour gap between when the missiles struck the
      residential
      building and it was first reported to have collapsed.
      Earlier this week a former senior Israeli military officer said that
      the IDF
      was "certain that the building hit on Sunday was the residence of two
      Hezbollah operatives." The report says that the building was
      targeted in
      accordance with IDF guidelines "regarding the use of fire against
      suspicious
      structures inside villages whose residents have been warned to
      evacuate, and
      which were adjacent to areas from where rockets are fired towards
      Israel." It
      goes on to say, "The guidelines were drafted based on surveillance
      and study
      of the behavior of the terrorists, who use civilian structures
      inside villages
      to
      store weaponry and hide in after launching rockets attacks." Israel
      boasts of
      a network of human sources in southern Lebanon and a variety of
      electronic
      means to survey Hezbollah activities.

      We also need to not only know the enemy
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KnowTheEnemy/
      http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/KnowTheEnemy/photos

      We need to be brave and strong in the face of the enemy. "We
      say hazak, hazak, v'nithazek: be strong, be strong, and strengthen
      one another."



      This piece describes Fatah, the group formerly headed by arafat now
      run by
      arafat's former deputy and Holocaust Denier so-called Abu Mazen
      a.k.a. Abu Abbas
      Arutz Sheva News Service
      http://www.IsraelNationalNews.com
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      thru Friday
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      FATAH SUPPORTS HIZBULLAH CALLS TO BOMB TEL AVIV


      (IsraelNN.com) The "moderate" Fatah faction organized a rally in
      Ramallah Tuesday in which protestors carried Hizbullah flags and
      called
      on Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah to bomb Tel Aviv. They also
      burned
      American and Israeli flags.

      Fatah, which has been more popular than Hamas in the city, north of
      Jerusalem, also was told by a leader that its terrorists should be on
      alert against Israeli attacks in Judea and Samaria. Hani Al Hassan, a
      former Palestinian Authority (PA) minister, warned the crowd, "I know
      what I am talking about."
      Please contact President Bush http://www.whitehouse.gov
      and tell him that you oppose the creation of a so-called
      palestinian state.
      This piece is from ynet
      Blogs: Hizbullah 'milked' Qana attack

      UK, US weblogs question inconsistencies in photographs of Qana attack
      flooding international media
      Yaakov Lappin

      A number of web logs in the United States and Britain have claimed
      that a
      man who appeared in much of the international press's coverage of
      the Qana
      bombing lifting children's bodies may have been a Hizbullah agent who
      staged photo-ops for the international media.
      Time Gap

      IDF: Qana building fell hours after strike / Hanan Greenberg

      (VIDEO) IDF continuing to check difficult incident at Qana village,
      and
      attempting to account for strange gap between time of the strike on
      the
      building - midnight - and eight in the morning, when the building
      collapsed


      Under the headline "milking it?" the EU Referendum blog , a British
      website dedicated to taking the UK out of the European Union,
      states: "Certainly, the photographs are distressing, and indeed they
      are
      meant to be."

      The blog focuses in on a man dressed as a rescue worker who appears
      in
      many photographs in the international press: "Note the 'rescue
      worker' in
      the foreground, complete with olive green military-style helmet and
      fluorescent jacket, with what appears to be a flack jacket
      underneath."

      It then shows a number of pictures, taken from different angles, by
      Reuters
      and the Associated Press, of the man holding the same child's body -
      but
      notes that there is a 4 hour time discrepancy between the time logs
      of the
      photographs.



      The man in the green helmet holding a child's body (Photo: AP)

      The website posts a series of photographs of the same man holding the
      child, each picture being separated by a significant time gap,
      before finally
      showing an AP photograph of the child's body in an ambulance taken at
      7:21 in the morning - around nine hours before an AP photo was taken
      of
      the same child being held by the man in the green helmet.

      A photograph is shown of "the same girl, this time apparently being
      placed
      in the ambulance. Also taken by AP? Intriguingly, though, the
      dateline
      given is 10.25 am, three hours after she has already been
      photographed in
      the ambulance."

      While in previous photographs the man carrying the child's body is
      seen
      without a fluorescent jacket and helmet, the website then shows
      another AP
      photograph "of the same worker, showing obvious distress, carrying
      the
      same girl. But now he is wearing his fluorescent jacket and helmet
      and has
      acquired latex gloves."

      Additional questions

      An American weblog, Confederate Yankee, whose logo is
      that "liberalism is
      a vegetative state," says that "in a picture that hits the wires
      just one hour
      (9:06 AM) after the building collapse, a Lebanese Red cross member
      sits
      with bodies already displaying significant rigor mortis. About.com
      puts the
      timing of maximum stiffness at about 12-24 hours after death. These
      people
      were supposed to have died within one hour of these photos being
      taken."


      "Whatever else, the event in Qana was a human tragedy," EU Referendum
      said. "But the photographs do not show it honestly. Rather, they
      have been
      staged for effect, exploiting the victims in an unwholesome manner.
      In so
      doing, they are no longer news photographs - they are propaganda,"
      the blog
      concluded.

      It also asks whether the workers' "presence at Qana on Sunday, and
      his
      central, unchallenged role, cannot have been a coincidence. Is he a
      senior
      ranking Hizbullah official? If not, who is he?"

      Many other blogs have taken up the task of analyzing the photographs
      and
      news headlines from Qana, southern Lebanon, and the Middle East,
      including: Little Green Footballs , Hotair.com , Ms. Underestimated ,
      American columnist Michelle Malkin , and The Riehl World View .

      The Riehl blog compares photographs of bodies of men to those of
      women
      and children in Qana and notes: "They certainly seem to be going to
      a lot of
      trouble to cover up what looks like a number of adult males, most
      likely
      Hizbullah fighters, while making sure that images of any children or
      women
      killed in Qana are fully exposed."

      This piece is from Naomi Ragen:
      Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2006 13:12:09 +0200
      From: Naomi Ragen <nragen@...>
      Subject: Lebanese website blames Hizbullah for Qana deaths
      For those who couldn't find/read information at website:



      Lebanese website blames Hizbullah for Qana deaths

      [ IMRA: For original article in French:
      www.libanoscopie.com/FullDoc.asp?DocCode=994&Cat=2 ]

      Anti-Syrian elements in Lebanon openly point finger at
      Hizbullah as guilty of killing of dozens of civilians in
      order to curtail plans for disarming group. 'Hizbullah has
      placed rocket launcher on building's roof and brought
      invalid children inside in bid to provoke Israeli response,'
      they write Roee Nahmias YNET 1 August 2006

      Is Hizbullah behind the tragic incident in the village of
      Qana that claimed the lives of some 60 people? While the
      Israeli army continues to investigate the circumstances
      leading to the building's collapse, some in Lebanon do not
      hesitate to point the finger at the Shiite organization and
      claim it is to blame for the death of dozens.

      The Lebanese website LIBANOSCOPIE , associated with
      Christian elements in the country and which openly supports
      the anti-Syrian movement called the "March 14 Forces,"
      reported that Hizbullah has masterminded a plan that would
      result in the killing of innocents in the Qana village, in a
      bid to foil Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's "Seven
      Points Plan", which calls for deployment of the Lebanese
      army in southern Lebanon and the disarming of Hizbullah.

      'Disabled children placed inside building'

      "We have it from a credible source that Hizbullah, alarmed
      by Siniora's plan, has concocted an incident that would help
      thwart the negotiations.

      Knowing full well that Israel will not hesitate to bombard
      civilian targets, Hizbullah gunmen placed a rocket launcher
      on the roof in Qana and brought disabled children inside, in
      a bid to provoke a response by the Israeli Air Force. In
      this way, they were planning to take advantage of the death
      of innocents and curtail the negotiation initiative," the
      site stated.

      The site's editors also claimed that not only did Hizbullah
      stage the event, but that it also chose Qana for a specific
      reason: "They used Qana because the village had already
      turned into a symbol for massacring innocent civilians, and
      so they set up 'Qana 2'." Notably, the incident has indeed
      been dubbed "The second Qana massacre" by the Arab media.

      (08.01.06, 07:53)



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      http://www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?
      StoryID=20060723-034008-5614r
      Analysis: Chronology of a war
      By CLAUDE SALHANI
      UPI International Editor
      WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Last May Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
      Olmert paid his first visit to Washington as prime minister of the
      state of Israel where he met President George W. Bush. The two
      leaders had much to talk about; the war on terrorism, the war in
      Iraq and the emerging threat of Iran building nuclear weapons. No
      doubt also high on the agenda was the burning issue of Hamas, the
      Islamist group now controlling the government of the Palestinian
      authority. Hamas refuses to recognize the right of Israel to exist
      and its charter calls for Israel's destruction.
      Judging by the events now unfolding in the Middle East, there is
      little doubt Olmert must have received a very clear green light from
      Washington on how to deal with Hamas and Hezbollah.
      Both Israel and the United States consider Hezbollah and Hamas to be
      terrorist organizations, and Israel, with the blessing of the United
      States, has taken on the task of trying to eliminate both threats,
      particularly the one posed by Hezbollah.
      According to the June 2 edition of London-based magazine al-Watan al-
      Arabi, Hezbollah received intelligence that Olmert had obtained the
      green light from Bush in the event of an open confrontation between
      Hezbollah and Israel.
      A short time after the meeting in Washington, Hezbollah Secretary-
      General Hassan Nasrallah delivered a "Strategic Defense Plan," to
      the National Dialogue Committee (al-Hiwar al-Watani). The plan
      outlined what Hezbollah should do in the event of an Israeli air,
      land or sea assault on Lebanon.
      Nasrallah said his movement had "thousands of rockets still at the
      ready," rockets targeted to hit Israeli cities and towns at any
      time. His speech was reported in part by the Lebanese English
      language newspaper The Daily Star in its May 24 edition.
      Some days later, speaking at a "resistance culture" conference in
      Beirut in celebration of the sixth anniversary of Israel's pullout
      from south Lebanon, Nasrallah reiterated that "resistance is the
      only feasible strategy for defending Lebanon against future and
      current Israeli threats and violations."
      Nasrallah was quoted as saying "the Israelis know we have rockets...
      If today I go on television to tell the residents of the settlements
      (of northern Israel) that they should go down to the shelters, they
      will all be in Tel Aviv in no time."
      Nasrallah, according to The Daily Star, said the resistance's views
      on how to build a realistic defense strategy for Lebanon depended on
      how Israel's weaknesses and strengths were calculated in comparison
      with those of Lebanon. "Israel's weakest point lies on its northern
      border with Lebanon," said Nasrallah.
      "We believe Israel is still the enemy and our resistance proved that
      Israel can be defeated, while all other options have proven wrong
      for as long as Israel has existed," said Nasrallah,
      adding "guerrilla fighting was Lebanon's sole option in the face of
      the potential Israeli dangers."
      In other words, hints of luring Israel into an Iraq style situation.
      Nasrallah said Hezbollah would be happy to discuss other options to
      safeguard Lebanon's sovereignty and independence. "It is the only
      available alternative before us," he said, reiterating that northern
      Israel remained "under the firing line" of his group's more than
      12,000 rockets.
      Fast-forward to late June: Hamas militants attack an Israeli army
      outpost near Gaza and kidnap Cpl. Gilad Shalit. Israel's response
      was immediate and fierce. Seventeen days later, in a meticulously
      well-planned assault on an Israeli army position close to the south
      Lebanese border, Hezbollah militiamen raided the post, killing eight
      Israeli soldiers and kidnapping two.
      The intriguing question: knowing the fate reserved for Gaza for the
      kidnapping of one Israeli soldier, did Hezbollah miscalculate
      Israel's reaction when it abducted two soldiers, or did they
      anticipate it and therefore instigate it? And if so, why?
      Also intriguing is what roles did Iran and Syria play, if any? If
      Iran backed Hezbollah in escalating the conflict, what is it getting
      in return for practically sacrificing Hezbollah, other than
      diverting attention from its nuclear quest? Or does Iran hope to
      expand the conflict by dragging Israel (and possibly the United
      States) into a protracted guerrilla war in Lebanon? Does Iranian
      President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believe the war is going to buy him
      the time he needs to attain nuclear independence? Possibly. But the
      expansion of the Iraq conflict to the Mediterranean is a more likely
      scenario.
      Ahmadinejad informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that the
      Islamic republic would respond to the request that it stop its
      uranium-enriching program on Aug. 22. Why that date? Aug. 22, or 27
      Rajab (1422 AD) according to the Muslim calendar, is believed to be
      the day after which the Prophet Mohammed is said to have journeyed
      from Mecca to Jerusalem in a single night on a winged creature
      called Buraq, and from Jerusalem he ascended into heaven. It is
      known as Lailat al Miraj, when a great light lit the skies over
      Jerusalem. Is there something more sinister to be read in this?
      Another enigma is Syria. What does Damascus stand to gain from the
      sacking of Lebanon and the risk of an expanded regional war? Syria's
      economy is hurting and the risk of sanctions as a result of the
      investigation into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister
      Rafik Hariri would have been the coup de grace. Syria's Information
      Minister Mohsen Bilal, in an interview with Spanish paper ABC said
      Sunday Syria would enter the war in support of Hezbollah if Israel
      launched a ground offensive and invaded Lebanon, and in the process,
      approached the Syrian border.

      (Comments may be sent to Claude@....)


      Mark Steyn: If only they had refused to indulge Arafat
      The myth that the Muslim world's problems are directly linked to the
      (so-called) "palestinian" question has gone up in flames, argues
      Mark Steyn


      26 July 2006

      A FEW years back, when folks talked airily about "the Middle East
      peace process" and "a two-state solution", I used to say that the
      trouble was the Palestinians saw a two-state solution as an interim
      stage en route to a one-state solution. I underestimated Islamist
      depravity. As we now see in Gaza and southern Lebanon, any two-state
      solution would be an interim stage en route to a no-state solution.

      In one of the most admirably straightforward of Islamist
      declarations, Hussein Massawi, the Hezbollah leader behind the
      slaughter of US and French forces 20 years ago, put it this way: "We
      are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are
      fighting to eliminate you."
      Swell. But suppose he got his way, what then? Suppose every last Jew
      in Israel were dead or fled, what would rise in place of the Zionist
      entity? It would be something like the Hamas-Hezbollah terror squats
      in Gaza and Lebanon writ large. Hamas won a landslide in the
      Palestinian elections, and Hezbollah similarly won formal control of
      key Lebanese cabinet ministries. But they're not Mussolini: they
      have no interest in making the trains run on time. And, to be
      honest, who can blame them?
      If you're a big-time terrorist mastermind, it's frankly a bit of a
      bore to find yourself deputy under-secretary at the ministry of
      pensions, particularly when you're no good at it, and no matter how
      lavishly the European Union throws money at you, there never seems
      to be any in the kitty when it comes to making the payroll. So, like
      a business that has over-diversified, Hamas and Hezbollah retreated
      to their core activity: Jew-killing.
      In Causeries du Lundi, Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve recalls a
      Parisian dramatist watching the revolutionary mob rampaging through
      the street below and beaming: "See my pageant passing!" That's how
      opportunist Arabs and indulgent Europeans looked on the intifada and
      the terrorists and the schoolgirl suicide bombers: as a kind of uber-
      authentic piece of performance art with which to torment the Jews
      and the Americans. They never paused to ask themselves: Hey, what if
      it doesn't stop there?
      Well, about 30 years too late, they're asking it now. For the first
      quarter-century of Israel's existence, the Arab states fought more
      or less conventional wars against the Zionists and kept losing. So
      then they figured it was easier to anoint a terrorist movement and
      in 1974 declared Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organisation
      to be the "sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian
      people", which is quite a claim for an organisation then barely a
      decade old. Amazingly, the Arab League persuaded the UN, the EU,
      Bill Clinton and everyone else to go along with it and to treat the
      old monster as a head of state who lacked only a state to head.
      It's true that many nationalist movements have found it convenient
      to adopt the guise of terrorists.
      But, as the Palestinian movement descended from airline hijackings
      to the intifada to self-detonating in pizza parlours, it never
      occurred to its glamorous patrons to wonder if maybe this was, in
      fact, a terrorist movement conveniently adopting the guise of
      nationalism.
      In 1971, in the lobby of the Cairo Sheraton, Palestinian terrorists
      shot Wasfi al-Tal, the prime minister of Jordan, at point-blank
      range. As he fell to the floor dying, one of his killers began
      drinking the blood gushing from his wounds. Doesn't that strike you
      as a little, um, overwrought? Three decades later, when bombs went
      off in Bali, killing hundreds of tourists plus local waiters and
      barmen, Bruce Haigh, a former Aussie diplomat in Indonesia, Pakistan
      and Saudi Arabia, had no doubt where to put the blame. As he told
      Australia's Nine Network: "The root cause of this issue has been
      America's backing of Israel on Palestine."
      Suppose this were true: that terrorists blew up Australian
      honeymooners and Scandinavian stoners in Balinese nightclubs because
      of "the Palestinian question". Doesn't this suggest that these
      people are, at a certain level, nuts? After all, there are plenty of
      Irish Republican Army sympathisers across the world (try making the
      Ulster Unionist case in a Boston bar), yet they never thought to
      protest against British rule in Northern Ireland by blowing up, say,
      German tourists in Thailand.
      Yet the more the thin skein of Palestinian grievance was stretched
      to justify atrocities halfway around the world, the more the Arab
      League big-shot emirs and EU foreign ministers looked down from
      their windows and cooed, "See my parade passing!"
      They've now belatedly realised they're at that stage in the creature
      feature where the monster has mutated into something bigger and
      crazier. Until the remarkably kinda-robust statement by the Group of
      Eight and the unprecedented denunciation of Hezbollah by the Arab
      League, the rule in any conflict in which Israel is involved -
      Israel v PLO, Israel v Lebanon, Israel v (Your Team Here) - is that
      the Jews are to blame. But Saudi-Egyptian-Jordanian opportunism on
      Palestine has caught up with them: it has finally dawned on them
      that a strategy of consciously avoiding resolution of the
      Palestinian question has helped deliver Gaza and Lebanon and Syria
      into the hands of a regime that's a far bigger threat to the Arab
      world than the Zionist entity.
      Cairo and co grew so accustomed to whining about the Palestinian
      pseudo-crisis decade in, decade out, that it never occurred to them
      that they might face a real crisis one day: a Middle East dominated
      by an apocalyptic Iran and its local enforcers, in which Arab self-
      rule turns out to have been a mere interlude between the Ottoman
      sultans and the eternal eclipse of a Persian nuclear umbrella.
      The Zionists got out of Gaza and it's now Talibanistan redux. The
      Zionists got out of Lebanon and the most powerful force in the
      country (with an ever-growing demographic advantage) are Iran's Shia
      enforcers. There haven't been any Zionists anywhere near Damascus in
      60 years and Syria is in effect Iran's first Sunni Arab prison
      bitch. For the other regimes in the region, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria
      are dead states that have risen as vampires.
      Meanwhile, Kofi Annan in a remarkable display of urgency (at least
      when compared with Sudan, Rwanda, Congo and others) is proposing
      apropos Israel and Hezbollah that UN peacekeepers go in to keep the
      peace not between two sovereign states but between a sovereign state
      and a usurper terrorist gang. Contemptible as he is, the secretary-
      general shows a shrewd understanding of the way the world is
      heading: already, non-state actors have more sophisticated rocketry
      than many EU nations; and if Iran has its way, its proxies will be
      implied nuclear powers. Maybe we should put them on the UN Security
      Council.
      So, what is in reality Israel's first non-Arab war is a glimpse of
      the world the day after tomorrow: the EU and the Arab League won't
      quite spell it out but, to modify that Le Monde headline, they are
      all Jews now.
      Mark Steyn, a Canadian and US columnist, is a regular contributor to
      The Australian's opinion page. He will address the Centre for
      Independent Studies in Sydney on August 14 and the Institute of
      Public Affairs in Melbourne on August 17.
      UPDATE 3-Saudi says Israel attacks threaten regional war
      Tuesday 25 July 2006, 10:25am EST


      (Adds details throughout)
      By Andrew Hammond
      RIYADH, July 25 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah warned on
      Tuesday of war in the Middle East if Israel continues attacking
      Lebanon and the Palestinians, in an apparent appeal to key ally the
      United States to end the fighting.
      "Saudi Arabia warns everybody that if the peace option fails because
      of Israeli arrogance, there will be no other option but war," state-
      owned media quoted the king as saying.
      His comments were unusually forthright for Saudi Arabia, which has
      called for a ceasefire but has also blamed Lebanon's Hizbollah
      guerrilla group for starting the fighting which has so far claimed
      almost 400 lives in Lebanon and 41 in Israel.
      Analysts say the kingdom, the world's top oil exporter, and other
      key U.S. allies such as Jordan and Egypt fear that popular anger
      could escalate and force them to take an aggressive stance over
      Israel that angers Washington and worsens the crisis.
      Arab governments have often said that since the last Arab-Israeli
      war in 1973 they have decided to pursue peace as a means to end
      disputes over occupied land and the status of the Palestinians, who
      do not have a state.
      The king's comments suggested that Arab governments could decide to
      rethink that approach.
      "No one can predict what will happen if things get out of control,"
      said the statement from the king, who was due to hold talks with
      Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak later on Tuesday.
      "The Arabs have declared peace as a strategic choice... and put
      forward a clear and fair proposal of land for peace and have ignored
      (Arab) extremist calls opposing the peace proposal... but patience
      cannot last forever."
      The king was referring to an Arab peace initiative, proposed by
      Saudi Arabia and adopted in a 2002 Arab summit, which offers Israel
      a comprehensive peace in return for land it seized in a 1967 Middle
      East war.
      CONCERN OVER IRAN
      Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia also sees Hizbollah, which has the backing
      of many ordinary Arabs, as a tool for Shi'ite powerhouse Iran to
      expand its influence in the Middle East.
      "I think they are scared of being against public opinion which could
      turn against them. As this goes on longer and more and more Lebanese
      are killed, it looks bad for them," said a Western diplomat in
      Riyadh.
      Saudi Arabia has repeatedly warned of Iran's "interference" in the
      region, but its criticism of Hizbollah comes amid growing Arab anger
      at the Israeli strikes which have ravaged Lebanon.
      Most Arabs see Israel, which does not want to return all of the Arab
      territories it seized in 1967, as more of a threat than Iran, whose
      help is welcomed.
      Israel launched its offensive after Hizbollah killed eight soldiers
      and abducted two others in a July 12 border raid.
      State media said Saudi Arabia had pledged $500 million to rebuild
      Lebanon and $250 million for the Palestinians, who are also under
      Israeli military siege following the capture of an Israeli soldier.
      Saudi Arabia has been a major political and economic sponsor of
      Lebanon since the 1975-1990 civil war was ended by a 1989 agreement
      made in the Saudi city of Taif.
      Late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who led reconstruction efforts,
      was a Saudi national. Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is
      one of Lebanon's major foreign investors, and Saudi Arabia has
      played a key role in propping up the Lebanese pound.
      Saudi television will hold a "telethon" on Wednesday to raise money
      for Lebanon.
      (Additional reporting by Souhail Karam)

      Iran - Syria

      Al-Din: Israel's end is near Photo: AP

      Iran threatens response if Syria attacked

      Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad-Reza Sheybani says 'Israel
      can't deal with our capabilities' Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon
      Mohammad-Reza Sheybani says 'Israel can't deal with our
      capabilities; Lebanon war beginning of end of Israel'
      Dudi Cohen

      Iranian threats against Israel continue: Iranian media outlets
      published sections of interviews given by Iranian Ambassador to
      Lebanon Mohammad-Reza Sheybani, who said that Hizbullah's military
      capability has greatly increased in the last decade, and threatened
      that if Israel harmed Syria, the Iranians would respond with force.

      Sheybani stressed that Iran would support Syria if it is attacked by
      Israel. "There should be no doubt on this issue: If Syria is harmed,
      even in the slightest way, we will respond with force. This, on the
      basis of the joint defense agreement in effect between the two
      countries and already signed by the two ministers of defense," he
      said.

      Sheybani added that he thought "Israel did not have the ability to
      deal with Iran's capabilities."

      The Iranian news agency Fars, closely associated with Iranian
      President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, published parts of the interview, and
      reported that Sheybani denied that his country was transferring arms
      to Hizbullah, but said that the organization has been busy heavily
      arming itself since the IDF's withdrawal from Lebanon.

      "There are those who ask whether Hizbullah's military ability
      compares with that of Israel. Our answer is that the Hizbullah model
      of 2006 is very different to the Hizbullah model of 1996," Sheybani
      said.

      However, he denied that Iran armed the organization, and hinted that
      the organization could be using weapons left behind by Israel in
      Lebanon.

      "After the withdrawal of Israel in 2000, a lot of weapons arrived in
      the hands of Hizbullah. And therefore there is the possibility that
      the sound of the missiles exploding in Haifa are known to Israelis:
      These missiles were left there from 2000," he claimed.

      'Beginning of the end of Israel'

      Addressing the possibility that the IDF may conquer parts of
      Lebanon, Sheybani said: "In this war there is the chance that Israel
      could enter Lebanese soil and hold parts of it - that's certainly a
      possibility. But the problem is that if someone enters it's not sure
      he will be allowed to leave," the ambassador said.

      Sheybani repeated the claim of the Hizbullah Chief Hassan Nasrallah
      according to which no Hizbullah member was killed in IDF attacks,
      and added that there nothing to be happy about in reports of the IDF
      battle in Maroun al-Ras.

      Sheybani's comments came a day after Hizbullah representative in
      Iran, Hussein Sif al-Din, threatened that his organization planned
      to increase its attacks in Israel, until "no place in Israel will be
      safe."

      At a conference in Tehran, attended also by Hamas and Palestinian
      Authority representatives, al-Din threatened that "this war will be
      remembered as the beginning of the end of Israel." Arutz Sheva News
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      ISRAELI FORCES ATTACK ISLAMIC JIHAD WEAPONS WAREHOUSE IN GAZA

      The Israel Air Force and IDF Southern Command carried out a joint
      attack on an Islamic Jihad weapons factory and warehouse in the
      Zeitous
      neighborhood in Gaza on Monday.
      Secondary explosions were seen at the site following the IDF attack,
      confirming the existence of explosives in the warehouse.

      Five terrorists were eliminated and 9 injured during an IDF strike
      in
      Beit Lahiya, where at least 7 Kassam rockets were fired at southern
      Israel earlier in the day.

      PA Arabs in northern Gaza said that dozens of families were leaving
      their homes in the Awdah neighborhood near Beit Lahiya in
      anticipation of
      IDF attacks in the area.

      Two rockets were fired from Beit Lahiya at Ashkelon, with one
      landing
      close to a strategic facility in the fifth-largest city. The second
      landed in an open area. No injuries or damage was reported.

      Two Kassams landed in the city of Sderot, which has absorbed
      hundreds
      of rockets in the past year alone. One rocket fell near the
      entrance to
      the city. The other landed in the Rabin neighborhood. There, too,
      no
      one was hurt and no damage was reported.

      Later in the day, another rocket fell in the area of Kibbutz
      Zikkim.
      No injuries or damage reported.

      Meanwhile, Hamas chairman and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister
      Ismail Haniyeh appealed to the United States to intervene and put
      and end
      to Israel's incursion into Gaza. Haniyeh made his remarks during an
      interview with The Associated Press, calling on the U.S. "to
      restrain the
      Israeli aggression and stop it."

      Haniyeh added, "All that we ask of the American administration is to
      take a moral stance toward the Palestinian people, and the
      Palestinian
      suffering and to bear its responsibility as a superpower in this
      world."
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      AMIDST WAR, 650 FRENCH JEWS MOVE TO ISRAEL IN ONE DAY

      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.

      The new immigrants arrived on two chartered Israir flights, one with
      500 passengers from Paris and the other with 150 Jews from
      Marseille.
      They arrive in Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday afternoon and were greeted
      by
      Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

      The immigrants have received logistical assistance from AMI - the
      French Aliyah organization, similar to its North American (and
      British)
      counterpart Nefesh b'Nefesh.

      Similar to the lavish ceremonies organized by Nefesh b'Nefesh, the
      French arrivals were greeted with refreshments and a large stage set
      up at
      the airport, with hundreds of friends, relatives and Aliyah
      enthusiasts
      on hand to greet them.

      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 quarters.

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

      Whose war is it anyway?
      P.R. Kumaraswamy
      Posted online: Monday, July 24, 2006 at 0000 hrs Print Email
      In focusing on Israel, New Delhi is missing the point that Hezbollah
      is a force of extremism and misadventure, backed only by Syria and
      Iran

      PR Kumaraswamy

      Will Mottaki have the answers?Re-energising the gulf bilateralsArabs
      under a Persian moon




      While much of India's attention is devoted "excessive and
      disproportionate military retaliation by Israel which has targeted
      civilian infrastructure" as portrayed by the official statement, the
      ongoing violence in West Asia is far more complicated than normally
      recognised. The crisis underscores the perennial Lebanon struggle
      for independence and sovereignty not only vis-a-vis its power
      neighbours but also vis-a-vis militant groups inside.
      Hezbollah, the Party of God, precipitated the crisis by ambushing
      and kidnapping soldiers from inside the Israeli territory partly to
      ward off attempts by the Beirut government to disarm the militants.
      Its volley of rocket and missile attacks deep into Israel exhibited
      not only its military capabilities but also its willingness to take
      political risks against possible Israeli retaliation. In this
      asymmetrical conflict Israel is fighting a military group that
      operates independent of the central authority in Lebanon.
      By taking on Israel and its might, Hezbollah seeks to portray itself
      as a resistance force and thereby throttle any move by the Lebanese
      authority to exercise complete control over the southern part of the
      country, the traditional stronghold of Hezbollah. Even the
      resolution of the UN Security Council calling for the disarming of
      all militant groups remains on paper.
      This defiance by the Hezbollah comes into conflict with the interest
      of Lebanon, which in the past endured the consequences of such
      adventures. At one level, the government of Fouad Siniora claimed it
      was not involved in the kidnapping of the Israeli soldiers that
      precipitated the current crisis. At the same time, the international
      community cannot ignore that Hezbollah lawmaker Mohammed Fneish
      holds the Energy portfolio. In short, while Hezbollah is part of the
      government, Prime Minister Siniora was not party to Hezbollah's
      actions against Israel!
      This squarely puts Hezbollah at odds with the Lebanese government
      and Israel seeks to capitalise on the internal tensions within
      Lebanon. Through its massive retaliation against that country, it
      hopes to turn the Maronite Christians, Sunni Muslims and Druze of
      Lebanon against the pre-dominantly Shia Hezbollah. In other words,
      while the entire country suffers from the ongoing violence, the
      interests of Hezbollah and the non-Shia population of Lebanon are
      not co-terminus.
      At another level, the conflict also exhibits the inability of the
      Lebanese government to exercise complete control over its territory.
      For nearly three decades, Lebanon has been used as a battle field
      for not only Israel and Syria but also Hezbollah and various
      Palestinian militant groups. Until the summer of 2000, for nearly
      two decades, much of southern Lebanon remained under Israeli
      occupation.
      The position of Syria was more enduring. Like the position of Saddam
      Hussein vis-a-vis Kuwait, the Syrian leadership never recognized the
      sovereignty and independence of Lebanon. It had never reconciled to
      the formation of Lebanon and hence never recognized Lebanon as a
      sovereign state. Not many would know that the Syrian representative
      in Beirut was called `Governor' and not Ambassador. Hence the UN
      Security Council Resolution 1680 adopted in May categorically called
      on Damascus to "establish full diplomatic relations and
      representation" with Beirut and recognize "Lebanon's sovereignty,
      territorial integrity, and political independence."
      Three, since the April 2005 hasty withdrawal of the Syrian forces
      from Lebanon, Hezbollah has emerged as the principal supporter of
      Syrian interests in Lebanon. Despite the ideological differences
      between the Islamic militants and the Ba'athist rulers in Damascus,
      since the founding of Hezbollah in the early 1980s Syria has
      remained its principal patron, supporter and supplier.
      Without the logistical support provided by Syria, the Islamic
      republic of Iran, which was instrumental in the formation of
      Hezbollah, would not be able to provide political support, economic
      largesse, military supplies and above all ideological fervour.
      Hezbollah's serving the interest of these two countries puts it at
      variance with the interests of the rest of the Arab world, which
      sees the current crisis as an unnecessary, avoidable and
      costly "adventure."
      Likewise, Hezbollah also served the interest of the Islamic Republic
      and its periodic rhetoric vis-a-vis the Jewish state and the
      militant group enables Iran to overcome the geographic constraints
      and reach the borders of Israel. Their shared animosity towards the
      peace process enabled both to work in tandem.
      Above all, the kidnapping of the Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah took
      place on 12th July, the deadline set by the international community
      for the Iranian acceptance of the multilateral proposal for the
      nuclear standoff. Since then the crisis along the Israel-Lebanese
      border, and not Iran's suspected nuclear ambitions, has dominated
      the international agenda. Even the meeting of G8 leaders in St.
      Petersburg that was supposed to evolve a consensus stand vis-a-vis
      Iran was hijacked by the new crisis.
      Far from being under pressure from the international community over
      the nuclear question, Iran seeks to consolidate its interest by
      playing up its Hezbollah card.
      While the international community, including Saudi Arabia and the
      Arab League, blames the Hezbollah for its precipitating the current
      crisis, it is no accident that only Iran and Syria support the
      Hezbollah for its "misadventure."
      In short, not many in West Asia see the Hezbollah as a resistance
      force but rather one of extremism and misadventure. Should New Delhi
      see it differently?
      (The writer teaches at Jawaharlal Nehru University)

      p.r.kumaraswamy@...


      July 24, 2006 Edition > Section: Foreign > Printer-Friendly Version
      War Dead Flown to Iran
      BY AARON KLEIN - Special to the Sun
      July 24, 2006
      URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/36557
      JERUSALEM — The bodies of Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers
      killed by the Israeli army in Lebanon have been transported to Syria
      and flown to Tehran, senior Lebanese political sources said.
      Israeli and Egyptian security officials confirmed the news, which
      follows a report that first appeared in The New York Sun, that
      Iranian forces posted to southern Lebanon have been aiding Hezbollah
      terrorists in their attacks against Israel, including helping to
      fire rockets into Israeli population centers.
      The Lebanese sources said between six and nine dead Iranian
      Revolutionary Guard soldiers were brought in trucks last week into
      Syria for a flight back to Iran. They said the bodies were
      transported along with the tens of thousands of Lebanese civilians
      fleeing to Syria.
      Since Israel began its military campaign in Lebanon two weeks ago
      following a Hezbollah attack on the Jewish state in which two
      Israeli soldiers were kidnapped, Syrian authorities have reported
      that more than 140,000 Lebanese have entered their country, mostly
      through open areas along the Syria-Lebanon border.
      Israeli officials said Iranian Revolutionary Guards directed the
      firing two weeks ago of a radar-guided C–802 missile that hit an
      Israeli navy vessel off the coast of Lebanon, killing four soldiers.
      Israel says Iran acquired the missile from China.
      The officials said the Iranian soldiers' duties include keeping
      custody of long-range missiles within Hezbollah's arsenal, including
      Zalzal rockets that are said to have a range of 125 miles, placing
      Tel Aviv within firing range.
      Jordanian officials told the Sun they are "100% sure" Iranian
      Revolutionary Guard soldiers have fired rockets into Israel. They
      also said the Syrian army has provided Hezbollah with intelligence
      information on the locations of strategic Israeli targets to aid in
      Hezbollah rocket fire.
      A Baath Party official operating out of the Golan Heights told the
      Sun he has information that Iranian soldiers have been firing
      rockets into Israel.
      It would be "very logical" if Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers
      were helping Hezbollah fire the rockets, a senior Egyptian security
      official told the Sun.
      Israel has long maintained that Iranian Revolutionary Guard units
      have traveled regularly to south Lebanon to help train local
      Hezbollah fighters in terrorist tactics and to fortify Hezbollah
      positions along Israel's northern border.
      At times, Revolutionary Guard soldiers have been seen operating
      openly at Hezbollah outposts in plain view from the Israeli side,
      military officials say.
      Earlier, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mark Regev, said
      Israel has information that Hezbollah was trying to transfer the two
      soldiers it kidnapped to Iran.

      London: Thousands rally for Israel

      About 7,000 people rally for Israel in London day after anti-Israel
      demonstration
      Hagit Klaiman

      About 7,000 people took part on Sunday in a pro-Israel rally in
      London. The rally, which was organized by Jewish groups, took off
      from the Jewish Free School in the north of the capital.

      Protesters waved placards reading "Israel, you are in our hearts"
      and "Yes to peace, no to terror". Israel's Ambassador to Britain Zvi
      Hefetz said that Israel "was not alone" implicating the Jewish State
      is enjoying broad support by the international community.


      Protesters at pro-Israel rally in London (Photo: Reuters)

      The rally attracted not only Jews. Among participants one could see
      children, youth movement members, and adults.

      One of the rally's climaxes was a speech by a council leader of a
      community in northern Israel which was broadcast live.

      Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks said: "Israel is fighting today in
      Lebanon because six years ago it withdrew from Lebanon.

      "Israel is fighting today in Gaza because one year ago it withdrew
      from Gaza. And Israel discovered the terrible truth spoken by the
      late Mother Theresa - that no good deed goes unpunished."

      On Saturday, thousands of demonstrators marched through London to
      protest against Israeli attacks in Lebanon and the refusal of the US
      and British governments to condemn them.


      Police said around 7,000 people joined the London protest as it
      snaked from the banks of the Thames to Hyde Park, first in brilliant
      sunshine and then in torrential rain.

      Many carried red and white Lebanese flags and placards
      condemning "Israeli crimes in Lebanon."

      "We are all Hizbullah. Boycott Israel" read one. "Axis of evil:
      Bush, Blair, Olmert," read another, referring to the political
      leaders of the United States, Britain and Israel.Rally: All of
      California stands with Israel

      Governor Schwarzenegger addresses thousands of pro-Israel supporters
      in LA; Police prevent pro-Hizbullah Arab protesters from approaching
      areas
      Eitan Gilboa

      After a week of protests all around the world against the IDF's
      operations in Lebanon it was nice to hear different voices on
      Sunday.

      Thousands of Jews and Israel supporters were not scared off by the
      hot weather - 32 degrees - and dedicate two hours of their day off
      to hold a demonstration in Los Angeles to support Israel and her war
      against Hizbullah.
      UK Support

      London: Thousands rally for Israel / Hagit Klaiman

      About 7,000 people rally for Israel in London day after anti-Israel
      demonstration
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      The demonstration, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Los
      Angeles, saw over ten thousand Jews and Israelis living in the
      United States and immigrants from the former Soviet Union, as well
      as Christians and many other non-Jews take part.

      In the early afternoon a long section of a Los Angeles' splendid
      Wiltshire Boluevard was closed to traffic.

      The street was packed with people and it was difficult to see where
      it ended. Large police forces guarded the area and prevented a
      handful of Arab supporters of Hizbullah and Hamas from approaching
      the demonstration.

      Speakers included California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los
      Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Wiesenthal Institute Head Rabbi
      Marvin Hier, Israel's General Consul Ehud Danoch, rabbis from all
      streams of Judaism and heads of Christian churches.

      The speakers harshly condemned Hizbullah, Hamas, Iran and Syria, and
      stressed Israel's right to self-defense.



      Thousands turned out to back Israel in LA (Photo: AP)

      They mocked the United Nations for failing to realize its own
      decision on disarming Hizbullah and the spreading out of the
      Lebanese army on the border with Israel (resolution 1559).

      Remembering kidnapped soldier

      At the start of the demonstration the names of three kidnapped IDF
      soldiers were mentioned - Gilad Shalit, Eldad Regev, and Ehud
      Goldwasser. Demonstrators carried placards showing, among others,
      pictures of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan shaking hands warmly
      with Nasrallah.


      Rabbi Hier criticized the Lebanese government for declaring that its
      army would fight the IDF when Israel uses ground forces in southern
      Lebanon.

      "For six years, they didn't do a thing to stop Hizbullah, but
      suddenly they have motivation and energy to fight Israel," Rabbi
      Hier said.

      Governor Schwarzenegger told of his many visits to Israel, and
      recalled that his first trip abroad after being voted into his role
      was to Israel.

      He offered support for the Israeli people and especially northern
      residents under attack and forced to sit in bomb shelters.

      All of California stands by Israel in its just struggle against
      extremist Islamic terror organizations who oppose all peace
      arrangements, said the former Hollywood star.

      Some speakers condemned what they said was the self-righteous
      criticism of countries and organizations, especially that of the
      European Union, and its claim that Israel is responding
      disproportionately to the Hizbullah attack. If they faced the same
      situation, the speakers said, their response (The EU) would be much
      harsher.

      Eitan Gilboa is a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and is currently a
      visiting professor at the University of Southern California in Los
      Angeles
      http://atangledweb.typepad.com/weblog/2006/07/the_meaning_of_.html
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      We've looked at some bloggers comments out there, and have excerpted
      from some
      of them below:
      "THE MEANING OF RAJAB 27
      Here's one for you to ponder. Why has Iran insisted that it be
      August 22nd, not June 6th, for it to reply to the nuclear package
      gifted by the EU3 and the US?
      Comes the answer
      http://vwt.d2g.com:8081/2006/07/_apocalyptic_signals_from_iran.html
      Apocalyptic signals from Iran worry U.S. intelligence
      The U.S. intelligence community has not been surprised by Iran's
      refusal to respond to a Western incentive package to suspend its
      uranium enrichment. Intelligence sources said Iran, following North
      Korea's model, intends to delay any response or negotiations for as
      long as possible.
      The European Union and the United States demanded that Iran reply to
      the Western incentive package of nuclear technology, fuel and
      aircraft by June 29. But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has
      said Teheran would submit an answer by Aug. 22.

      The U.S. intelligence community has been trying to figure out why
      Ahmadinejad chose that date. Sources said the community was stumped
      until some Islam experts translated the Gregorian date to that of
      the Muslim calendar.
      Then came the surprise that has the intelligence community worried.
      Aug. 22 corresponds to Rajab 27 on the Muslim calendar. The date is
      called Lailat Al Israa, when Mohammed ascended to heaven from the Al
      Aqsa mosque to receive the five daily prayers. Later, Al Aqsa came
      to represent Jerusalem.

      that August 22nd corresponds to Rajab 27 on the Muslim calendar.
      The date is called Lailat Al Israa, when Mohammed ascended to heaven
      from the Al Aqsa mosque to receive the five daily prayers. Later, Al
      Aqsa came to represent Jerusalem. The Muslim commemoration is meant
      to be a night of struggle, accompanied by thunder and lightening,
      resembling the story of Moses ascending Mount Sinai to receive the
      Old Testament.
      Ahmadinejad could be hinting to the West that he is preparing a
      major attack on Israel. Or, the Iranian president could be warning
      that unless the West caves in, he would escalate tension in the
      region. The lightening in Mohammed's story could represent Iranian
      missiles. What is clear is that Ahmadinejad does not see himself as
      an Iranian leader, but a Muslim prophet, using imagery to portray
      himself as a messiah for both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.
      And some think that we can do business with the loon????

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      http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/012223.php


      Afghanistan: Jihadist killed by his own grenade at religious
      school Iran threatens to quit nuclear treaty
      July 13, 2006
      Ahmadinejad: World will soon witness the demise of Israel
      The sooner the world witnesses the rapid collapse of this criminal's
      regime, the better. More Hitlerian saber-rattling from the Thug-In-
      Chief, via Iran Focus, with thanks to JE:
      Tehran, Iran, Jul. 12 – Hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud
      Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the world will soon witness the
      demise of Israel, the government-run news agency Fars reported.
      "In the near future we will witness the rapid collapse of the
      Zionist regime", Ahmadinejad told a crowd in the north-western city
      of Jolfa.
      "The nations of the region will record the names of states that
      support the Zionist regime alongside the Zionist's crimes", he added.



      Examine history. Those who threaten the existence of Jews or Israel,
      come to a very bad end. Dont let your stupidity bring a catastrophe
      on your own innocent people in Iran and the ME.

      Madhat plans to nuke Israel in 6 weeks.
      August 22

      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will find his own country in
      flames, and mostly likely very soon. l hope the iranian people hang
      him like they did to musolini in Italy!

      Who will be next on their insane list to genocide?

      Something About Islam,
      I've read that August 22 date elsewhere. Iran's stalling tactics the
      past few days give that date even more credibility,

      Is anyone listening to him? I hope also his citizens step in
      and take him down. If his people don't agree with his policies, they
      need to do something NOW and not let him succeed with his threats.
      If not, then the civilized world needs to take him out.

      We will definitely see the demise of the theocratic kleptocracy of
      Iran, sooner is better...

      A secular coup in Iran? Not a chance. Only religious coups happen in
      muslim countries.
      Madhat is intent on starting WW III to usher in the 12th imam. If
      you have stock, sell it. As soon as that bomb goes off, the stock
      exchange will plummet to nothing.
      I hate to sound like a nutty survivalist, but it might be a good
      idea to stock up on canned food and water.
      Madhat is not crazy. As a jihdist, he knows what he is doing and it
      will succeed. Not the 12th imam part, but the part about destroying
      the infidel society. That is clearly within his power to do.

      So much for a proxy war in Lebanon (the real combatants are
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