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Report: Syria Received Nuclear Weapons Technology from Pakistan - Bill Gertz (Washington Times)
Israel Campus Beat
- May 14, 2006
Should the West Extend Economic Aid to Non-Hamas Palestinians?
Florida Teen's Massacre Called "Gift from Allah" - Aaron Klein (WorldNetDaily)
UK Security Services Infiltrated by Al-Qaeda - Vincent Moss (Sunday Mirror-UK)
Al-Qaeda Threatens Norway, Denmark, France (Aftenposten-Norway)
News Resources - North America, Europe, and Asia:
The U.S. restored full diplomatic relations with Libya Monday, marking the end of a quarter-century of enmity and signaling to Iran and North Korea that similar rewards await countries that scrap their weapons of mass destruction. (Washington Post)
See also The Complex Surrender of Libya's WMD - Judith Miller (Wall Street Journal)
Crawling in the sand, Muhammad Abu Mujahid leads a band of guerrillas on a training exercise. Their mock mission: freeing Western hostages held by rogue Palestinian gangs. Until last month, Abu Mujahid's men were one of those rogue gangs. Now they are part of a new paramilitary force, known as the Police Support Unit, being assembled by Hamas. He and his men come from the Hamas-affiliated Popular Resistance Committee, a militant group that specialized in firing rockets into Israel and shooting at Israeli army jeeps. Israeli army reserve Col. Yoni Fighel, an analyst at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism, an Israeli think tank, says the new security force is a Hamas proxy that might "provide law and order in the morning and terrorism in the evening." (USA Today)
Both Turkey and Iran have been launching military raids into northern Iraq against the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), labeled a terrorist group by the U.S., Britain, and the EU. Turkey recently launched a massive military operation involving more than 250,000 troops against the PKK in the mountains along Turkey's borders with Iran and Iraq. Extensive incursions into northern Iraq have been reported.
Iran, meanwhile, has begun attacks on PKK units based in Iran, and the Iranian military has entered Iraqi territory in hot pursuit of PKK militants. The PKK wants to create a Kurdish state out of southeastern Turkey, northeastern Iraq, northeastern Syria, and northwestern Iran. The PKK's violence all but ceased after its leader Abdullah Ocelan was arrested in 1998, but it resumed activities in June 2004. The writer is a Syrian political analyst. (Asia Times-Hong Kong)
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
The Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, on Monday threatened to strike at U.S. and European interests in response to international sanctions on the PA. "We will strike at the economic and civilian interests of these countries, here and abroad," said a leaflet issued by the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in Gaza. (Jerusalem Post)
"The Middle East is currently standing before a global Jihad tsunami," former Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. (res.) Aharon Farkash told a conference at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University on Monday. "Nowadays everyone is learning how to assemble a bomb in their home and is consulting with religious leaders to find out whether it is permissible to drop a nuclear bomb or commit a suicide [attack] in a place where there are Muslims." (Jerusalem Post)
Jordan reaffirmed Monday its refusal to receive a political delegation from Hamas before talks are held with security officials over an arms find in the kingdom and alleged plots by the militant group. "The Palestinian government must send a security delegation...and after that we can begin political contacts," said Jordanian government spokesman Nasser Jawdeh. Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian government, refused to dispatch a security team to Jordan. (Arab News-Saudi Arabia)
Palestinians in Gaza fired a Katyusha rocket Tuesday at the western Negev community of Nativ Haasara. The rocket, launched from the rubble of the evacuated community of Dugit, struck a chicken coop, killing thirty chickens, and damaged a greenhouse. (Ynet News)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
Terrorism is spreading. Less than a week ago, Jordanian television aired confessions of three Jordanians of Palestinian origin who testified to the involvement of Syrian-based Hamas officials in recruiting individuals and buying arms to target Jordanian installations and officials. These confessions were the outcome of investigations and security interrogations that encompassed more than 15 members of the Islamic Action Front, the political wing of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood.
What added to my worry was a news report by our correspondent in Gaza, Fathi Sabah. Part of the report explained the influence of al-Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on Palestinian youth, following his first-time televised appearance. The report also mentioned a "Zarqawi presence" in the streets and camps of the Gaza Strip: his ideology, tucked under his black turban, so to speak, was everywhere. (Dar Al-Hayat-Lebanon)
Ahmadinejad's primitiveness seems more true to Iran's brutal theocratic enterprise than Khatami's false spring. Ahmadinejad is a faithful son of Ayatollah Khomeini. He hails from the depth of Iranian society; he had his induction into politics through the Basij, a volunteer underclass militia that the merciless Khomeini had established to "deepen" the revolution and supply dispensable young foot soldiers for the terrible war of the 1980s against Iraq. The Basij were fed on a diet of "martyrdom" and sacrifice.
Men like Ahmadinejad are no mystery: They are awake at the apocalypse. They are believers and cynics at the same time. They set fires and have a way of walking away from them in the nick of time, leaving the heartbreak to others. What are we to make of Ahmadinejad's millenarianism - the belief he expressed in the return of the Hidden Imam, that apocalyptic moment in history when the wicked are punished and the lowly inherit the Earth? In the same vein, what is one to make of the man's threat to "wipe Israel off the map"? (U.S. News)
The Supreme Court on Sunday upheld Israel's right to determine who enters and may reside in it. Deputy Chief Justice Mishael Cheshin argued that "Israel isn't obliged to open its gates to citizens of an enemy state, with which it is engaged in armed conflict." Cheshin maintains that Hamas' ascendancy to power has turned the PA into a full-fledged enemy. Certainly under such circumstances, schemes for family reunification, whereby Israeli Arabs can bring in Palestinian spouses, "run counter to the common sense of self-preservation." (Jerusalem Post)
See also Legal Expert Supports Court Ruling - Dan Izenberg (Jerusalem Post)
How to Stop Iran (Without Firing a Shot) - Bret Stephens (Wall Street Journal)
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