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Iran May Be Fueling New Palestinian Missile War On Israel
The Philadelphia Bulletin
The Middle East Newsline reports that Israel's military expects the next war to include intense rocket and missile attacks on the Jewish state, which will emanate from Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Authority.
"We experienced thousands of rockets in the second Lebanon war," Brig. Gen. Daniel Milo, commander of air defense forces, said. "We will experience more in the next war. This is clear to us."
In the 34-day war that ended in August 2006, Hezbollah fired an estimated 4,500 short- and medium-range rockets into Israel.
In an address to a missile seminar at Tel Aviv University on Tuesday, Milo suggested that the military might not be more effective in a future war with Hezbollah, which is expected as early as mid-2007. He said the air force could not detect Katyusha or other short-range rockets concealed in underbrush or in bunkers.
"If the Katyusha is under the bushes or sand, no F-15 [fighter-jet] will find it," Milo said.
Dr. Michael Widlanski, a journalist who holds a Ph.D. in Arabic language media assessment, has been carefully listening to the Hezbollah broadcasts in Arabic, and reports what Sheikh Naim Qassem, the deputy leader of the Hezbollah terror organization, declared this week, "We are prepared for the possibility of another adventure or the demand of American policy that might push the IDF [the Israeli Defense Force] in that direction."
Widlanski explains that "adventure" is the term used by Hezbollah to describe an Israeli preemptive strike, and that Qassem's claims "are taken seriously by Western analysts, including the director of Israeli military intelligence, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin. Iran, Hezbollah and Syria, he believes, are preparing for war this summer."
Qassem has been a deputy to Hassan Nasrallah, for more than a decade, and his remarks telegraph the policy of Hezbollah and its Iranian overlords.
Widlanski reports that IDF analysts say Hezbollah has already replenished stocks of arms, explosives and rockets lost during last summer's war with Israel. During that war, Hezbollah invaded Israel, killed several IDF soldiers and abducted two others, setting off several weeks of fighting. Israeli intelligence officials say the Lebanese-based and Iranian-run terror organization has brought in thousands of Katyusha and Grad rockets, like those fired at Israeli cities last summer. In addition, Hezbollah has replenished its stocks of anti-tank munitions, apparently intended to stave off a deep-penetration Israeli assault to uproot well-entrenched Hezbollah gunners in cement-lined tunnel complexes throughout southern Lebanon.
Widlanski recently conducted his own tour of the Israeli-Lebanese border and saw what he called "worrisome signs," reporting that "although Hezbollah has not put armed men on the fence, its men and informers are deployed all along the area.
The new factor that Widlanski reports is that Fatah, led by PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has now aligned itself with Iran.
Widlanski quotes a source in Israeli intelligence, Brig. Gen. Shalom Harari, who estimates that 40 percent of the various Palestinian organizations were directly funded by Iran. "There is a growing strategic alliance between Iran and the radical Palestinian forces in the territories," noted Harari during a recent briefing. "Iran is involved in supporting both the Islamic factions and Fatah as well. Today, at least 40 percent of Fatah's different fighting groups are also paid by Hezbollah and Iran. Hamas thinks it can build a new southern Lebanon in Gaza, and this is what it is busy doing."
One theory discussed in Israeli intelligence circles is that Iran is desperately trying to create a distraction, to divert attention from its nuclear development projects.
That would mean one thing: Israel would really be at war with Iran, not only with its neighboring Arab states.
This article appeared in the Philadelphia Bulletin, April 19th, 2007
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A direct hit during the "ceasefire" - detailed report from Sderot
Noam Bedein, CEO
CEO, Sderot Information Center for the Western Negev
At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, April 21st. 2007 , less than an hour after
the Bibiyen family finished the Sabbath with the traditional blessing over the spices, wine and a candle-- all the symbols of the hope to begin a new week of living -- a missile fired from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) camp in Jabalya in the Gaza strip scored a direct hit on the
The extended Bibiyen family consisting of two grandparents, Dvora 52 , and
Yigal, 64, had welcomed the families of their four sons and one daughter to
spend the Sabbath with them. Everything had ended on such a pleasant note.
This reporter spoke with the Bibiyen family on Sunday morning while they
were cleaning through the rubble.
All of them were stunned and still trying to comprehend the miracle that
occurred the previous night.
One of the sons, Yahav 31, still a bit shaken, said that he did not realize
until Sunday morning how close each family member was to being literally
blown to bits.
Yahav told the story, fresh in his mind, how the "Color Red" alarm had gone
off, and, only seconds later, how he heard a huge explosion upstairs on the
second floor; where his mother and his wife -- in her fifth month of
pregnancy-- were sitting and talking.
The missile tore through the staircase, flinging the stairs 30 meters away
to the street below, smashing into the roof of a car.
Yahav added that it took almost an one hour until his wife and mother were
evacuated from the second floor, from where a fire engine ladder lifted both
of them into a waiting ambulance -- both of whom diagnosed by a medic to be in a an advanced state of shock and in need of immediate treatment. On the
Sunday morning after, they were both resting in the hospital in Ashkelon.
With a sigh of relief, Yahav said that "I am glad that everyone is ok
--physically-- , and when I think of how my brother had just left with his
two children 10 minutes before after watching TV exactly where the wall had
fallen down, how my other brother with his 8 months pregnant wife had left
5 minutes before, and how my sister and father had just come downstairs into
the kitchen, I am overwhelmed . . . "
Yahav walked through the house, and pointed out that the pictures of the
Rabbis on the walls weren't damaged, while all other pictures and fixtures were destroyed, and carefully marked the places where each and every one from the family was standing where one could see the hole that the rocket bore through the wall and the staircase was blown away.
Yahav said that he could not understand how this miracle had happened,
because if anyone in the family had been standing a few steps away, from where they were standing, this would have meant certain death.
"If we had 2 more seconds to start running down the staircase -- we
wouldn't be here today. If my brother would have decided to stay a bit longer with his children, who knows what could have happened" said Yahav, who also noticed that the missile had barely missed the gas balloons.
Yuval, Yahav's older brother, was asked how his two children were doing
who had left the house only ten minutes before.
They heard the blast and ran back to the house and watched their grandmother
and Aunt being rescued from the second floor.
Yuval said that his children are only worried about their grandmother,
Devorah, and they keep asking what happened to her.
Yuval said that he would have trouble taking his children to visit their
grandparents' home again. They will simply not understand why and how it was
Yahav goes back to work on Lag B'omer, the day that wedding season resumes
on the Jewish calendar. That is because Yahav is a wedding video photographer for his livelihood.
Yahav used a cover missile attacks for Israel TV and quit because he
wanted to film happier events. That is, happier events than the 212th
missile to hit the western Negev since Israel declared a self-imposed "cease-fire" on November 26th, 2006.
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Russian Teens of Sderot Seek Peaceful Boston Summer
Jewish Journal of the North Shore of Boston
Sderot in southern Israel has been hit by more than 1,300
Kassam missiles since Israel pulled its civilians and soldiers
out of Gaza in 2005.
Seven People have been killed by these missiles.
There is no neighborhood, street, road, family, or child in the small, working class town in southern Israel that has not experienced a missile landing somewhere nearby.
"The greatest tragedy in this town lies with the children," said
Masha Rifkin, a Massachusetts student attending Cornell
University. The Russian-Jewish immigrant is spending a semester
in Tel Aviv and works with Russian immigrant teenagers of
Sderot twice a week. They are traumatized by the constant
"tzeva adom" or "color red" alert, after which they have a scant
15 seconds to race into a bomb shelter, Rifkin said. Living like
this has taken its toll on them.
"These people feel abandoned, not only by the government — which has turned a very cold shoulder to them — but especially the Russians here feel
like the black sheep of Israel."
While working with the Russian teens to stage a play about their lives under a constant barrage of missiles (Sderot averages 3.2 hits a day), Rifkin wishes to assist them in coping with the aftereffects of shock, anxiety
and stress. She is determined to fly the Russian teens to the
Boston area to spend a month here in the summer performing
their play before American audiences to highlight what they
must live with each day. In the meantime, the teens will receive
a vital respite from living under terrorism, and enjoy a summer
free from the fear of being hit by a missile.
The project, "Children of Sderot," was initiated by Rifkin's
mother, Inna, and the effort has gathered steam. Greater Boston's
Russian-Jewish community is enlisting help to raise funds to
bring 20 Sderot children to summer camps in Brighton, Mass.,
and Lake Sunapee, N.H. The Russian School of Mathematics
of Newton, headed by Inna Rifkin, and the Shaloh House of Brighton
pledged to fund the cost of the overnight camps.
"When I learned about my daughter's involvement with these children, and knowing how important it is for Masha to go there twice a week, I couldn't be more proud and more scared for my daughter," said Mrs. Rifkin.
"Then I realized that the Greater Boston Jewish community has to
know what's going on in Sderot, that we have to bring these kids
to America and show the play in Boston and possibly in other big
Russian-Jewish communities in New York, Chicago and maybe
Rabbi Dan Rodkin of the Shaloh House of Brighton has committed
to bring 10 of the Russian-Jewish teens to the Shaloh House summer
Organizers of the project estimate that they must quickly raise
$36,000 to cover the traveling expenses for 20 children.
The Russian Jewish Community Foundation of Waltham has created
a special fund to accept taxdeductible contributions to bring
the Russian teens to the Boston area.
"We want to give these children, even for just a little while,
what they don't have at home: happiness, safety and care," Inna
Rifkin said. Members of the Russian-speaking Jewish community north of
Boston are helping to organize a fundraiser. Maria and Dmitry
Gofstein of Marblehead, who recently traveled to Sderot and
witnessed the devastation caused by the missiles, made a documentary
about the town and its children. The film is scheduled to be
shown at the JCC in Marblehead. On May 12, at 6 p.m., the
Gofsteins will hold a fundraising concert and auction of fine art,
ceramics, jewelry and other items donated by local artists (donations
of items are still being accepted) at their home on 22 Ida Road. All
proceeds will go to the fund.
"Israel needs us here, the people of Israel are looking up
to America — its only ally in this world. It is very important for them
to know that we care, and we must help," said Maria Gofstein. "Being
Jewish and leading a comfortable life here on the North Shore, I feel
a personal responsibility to find a way to help our brothers and
sisters in Israel."
She contacted the Jewish Federation of the North Shore and
the Robert I. Lappin Foundation about this project, and said her
request was met positively. "I am very optimistic, in one
way or another, there will be help," Gofstein said.
Those interested in helping bring 20 children from Israel
to spend a safe summer in the Boston area, can make a taxdeductible
contribution to: RJCF Children of Sderot Fund,
and mail their check to: Russian Jewish Community Foundation,
800 South Street, Suite 600, Waltham, MA 02453.
Tickets to the concert cost $100, and should be mailed
to the Gofsteins' home, 22 Ida Road, Marblehead, MA 01945. To
donate an auction item or for further questions, call
(Published April 6th, 2007)
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PALESTINIAN REGIME RESUMES PRAISING TERROR AND ABDUCTION AGAINST ISRAELIS
Dr. MICHAEL WIDLANSKI
Official Palestinian Authority broadcast media have sharply increased anti-Israeli propaganda in recent days, including explicit and implicit calls for suicide attacks on Israeli civilians and kidnappings of Israeli soldiers.
"Oh, Lord, martyrdom is [being done] for you," crooned a singer, while
pictures of prominent Palestinian women suicide bombers, clad in white,
floated beatifically across the screen.
It was part of a music video aired today (April 22, 2006) on the PBC
television network under the direct control of Mahmoud Abbas, the PLO
Chairman and Palestinian Authority leader. The same video had appeared in
the past, but had disappeared after protests from Israel and the United
States, but it has now returned, and it is not alone.
Voice of Palestine radio, also controlled by Dr. Abbas and his Fatah
movement, have resumed regular airing of the song "Felastin
Arabiyyeh"-Palestine is Arab-which includes specific praise for "martyrs"
acting against "the cowardly enemy."
And the broadcasts of PBC television and V.O.P. radio have for the last
month left no doubt who that enemy is. It is Israel, which is increasingly
called "al-'udu al-sihiyouni" (The Zionist Enemy) or "al-kayaan al-sihyouni"
(The Zionist Entity) or simply "al-'udu"-The Enemy.
"The only language the enemy understands is force," declared several
different members of Abbas's Palestinian Authority cabinet in broadcasts
dedicated to "The Day of the Prisoner" in the last three days.
While PLO Chairman Abbas has told Israeli officials and American
officials that he is working for the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier
Gilad Shalit, Palestinian officials appearing before Palestinian audiences
say that the Palestinians are entitled to use the "Zionist soldier"
[Arabic-al-jundi al-sihyouni] to extricate thousands of convicted Arab
terrorists from Israeli jails.
Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns in the Negev, such as today
and yesterday, are ignored in the Palestinian media, while Israeli strikes
at the rocket launchers or terrorists trying to infiltrate bombs into
Israeli cities are regularly condemned as "aggression," and the terrorists
are lauded as "martyrs" and noble citizens.
"Nine more martyrs reached the heavens in the last 48 hours," observed
Voice of Palestinian radio, referring, in part, to a rocket crew that had
attacked the Israeli town of Sderot, destroying a house.
"These are crimes against humanity," declared Dr. Mustapha Barghouthi,
the PA Information Minister, in a statement to the foreign press, referring
to the Israeli "assassination" of members of the rocket crew in Gaza and
armed terrorists in the West Bank towns of Nablus and Jenin.
There are also indications that mosque speeches broadcast by the PA media
are turning back to the anti-Semitic themes which regularly appeared during
the leadership of Yasser Arafat and the early leadership of Abbas, and it
seems there is scant difference between the messages of Abbas's Fatah
movement and the Hamas movement.
In a mosque speech on March 30, Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan explicitly
called for killing Jews, during a Friday prayer address at the Sheikh Zayad
Bin-Sultan mosque in Gaza, citing a Hadith-or oral tradition-attributed to
Muhammad, Islam's founder:
"The Day of Judgment will not arrive until the Muslims fight the Jews and
kill them, until the Jew hides behind the stones and the trees; and each
stone or tree will say: Oh Muslim, Oh servant of God, there is a Jew hiding
behind me, come and kill him; except for the gharqad, which is the tree of
The upsurge in official Palestinian hate messages against Israelis
dovetails with a sharp rise in rocket attacks and attempted suicide bomb
attacks against Israeli targets.
Israeli Army intelligence reported that during the second half of March
there was an increase in the number of rockets fired at Israeli settlements
in the western Negev (22 confirmed rocket strikes), following a relative
reduction in attacks of the first two weeks of March (12 confirmed rocket
Dr. Michael Widlanski is a specialist in Arab politics, terror and
communication who has served as a special advisor to Israeli delegations to
peace talks in 1991-1992 and as Strategic Affairs Advisor to the Ministry of
Public Security, editing secret PLO Archives captured in Jerusalem.
Dr. Michael Widlanski
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