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to Sell Uranium to Iran - Gideon Alon (Ha'aretz/Jerusalem
Teaches U.S. Soldiers Guerilla Response - Margot Dudkevitch
See also IDF
Creates Course in Checkpoint Control - Menachem Pritzker
Prayer Area Opened at Western Wall - Etgar Lefkovits (Jerusalem
|News Resources - North America, Europe, and
Eight British men arrested two weeks ago as part of a nationwide anti-terrorist operation against suspected Muslim extremists were charged Tuesday with plotting to commit murders and to launch radiological, chemical, gas, or bomb attacks. Some members of the terrorist gang are accused of possessing "reconnaissance" plans of financial institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Washington. One of the men was charged with having "an extract of the Terrorist's Handbook containing information on the preparation of chemicals, explosive recipes, and other information about explosives." (Telegraph-UK)
Iran told British, French, and German officials last month that it could produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear bomb within a year, Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton said Tuesday, characterizing Iran as a grave danger. (Washington Post)
News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:
Israel on Tuesday published tenders for the construction of 1,000 new housing units in existing West Bank localities, after initially freezing the process at the request of the Americans in order to first check that they did not contradict previous understandings with the U.S. Housing and Construction Minister Tzipi Livni said, "These are settlement blocs at the very heart of the consensus. This has nothing to do with the disengagement plan....There is no reason for a big drama." The tenders include 604 homes in Betar Ilit, 214 in Ariel, 141 in Ma'ale Adumim, and 42 in Karnei Shomron. (Ha'aretz)
See also Housing Tenders Don't Contradict Promises to U.S. - Herb Keinon and Janine Zacharia
The tenders are consistent with Israeli commitments to the U.S. on settlement construction, senior diplomatic officials said Tuesday. The new homes will be built inside built-up areas in line with understandings Israel has with the U.S. According to Israeli officials, there is an informal understanding dating back two years, drawn up between Secretary of State Powell and then Foreign Minister Peres that construction for natural growth in the settlements can continue if it takes place within the existing construction line.
While phase one of the Road Map calls for Israel to freeze all settlement activity, including natural growth of settlements, Israel only accepted this plan with 14 reservations. According to Israel's interpretation, it is not obligated to freeze settlement construction until the Palestinians fulfill their obligation to dismantle the terror infrastructure and fight terror. The officials also said that building will take place in settlements that clearly fall within President Bush's definition of "new realities on the ground." (Jerusalem Post)
Relying on high-quality intelligence, IDF soldiers Tuesday found two unarmed Kassam rockets in Nablus, along with a training manual on manufacturing the rockets. Such rockets were previously discovered in Ramallah in January. The IDF also found two explosive belts that had not yet been loaded and four pipe bombs. (Ha'aretz)
An attempt to eliminate Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari failed Tuesday when the Israel Air Force fired missiles at a Gaza City building where a meeting between Hamas heads was reportedly taking place. Five people were killed in the attack, but Jabari was reportedly only lightly wounded. Hamas said among the dead were three of its members, as well as a member of Islamic Jihad. (AP/Jerusalem Post)
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
We are only in the very early stages of what promises to be a very long war against a truly malignant force in radical Islamism and in the states breeding, sheltering, or financing its terrorist armory. This new enemy has already attacked us on our own soil - a feat neither Nazi Germany nor Soviet Russia ever managed to pull off - and openly announces his intention to hit us again, only this time with weapons of infinitely greater and deadlier power than those used on 9/11. His objective is not merely to murder as many of us as possible and to conquer our land. Like the Nazis and Communists before him, he is dedicated to the destruction of everything good for which America stands. (Commentary)
Both the anti-war left and the pro-war right commit the same narcissistic fallacy of thinking that the Islamist holy war against the West revolves solely around ourselves, around the moral drama of our goodness or our wickedness, rather than having something to do with Islam itself. A very different perspective on the Islamist challenge comes from Mary Habeck, a military historian at Yale University, who says the various jihadist groups base their war against non-Moslems on the paradigms provided by the stages of Muhammed's political and military career. It is this internally driven logic of Islam, and not any particular provocation, real or imagined, by some outside power, that is the key to understanding why the jihadis do what they do.
Wahhabism began in the 18th century when there was no Western colonial power in the Islamic world; it was not set off by any Western intrusion into Moslem lands. (FrontPageMagazine)
With time running out, the International Atomic Energy Agency is increasingly faced with the obligation of finding Iran in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and asking the UN Security Council to take action. But the IAEA leadership fears that economic sanctions or authorizing the use of force will lead Iran to renounce the NPT, and destroy what is left of this structure. In the background are some unverified reports of preparation for unilateral military action in the event that the IAEA and UN fail to act. Thus, although economic sanctions authorized by the Security Council, and with the full support of the U.S., EU, and Russia, will be difficult, the alternatives are far worse.
IAEA head Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei is planning a conference on Nuclear Weapons-Free Zones around the world, including the Middle East. No purpose will be served by yet another forum in which Egypt and the Arab states - whose territory, populations, and resources dwarf those of Israel - again demand that Israel give up its main source of deterrence. (Jerusalem Post)
The 9/11 Commission fails to identify the major sources of financing for al-Qaeda, ignoring volumes of information provided by the U.S. government and foreign nations regarding Muslim and Arab regimes that have supported al-Qaeda either financially or in kind. Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Libya, Syria, and Yemen are all totalitarian police states that - as documented evidence has shown - have actively been supporting al-Qaeda.
The Saudi government sponsors and controls charitable organizations that funded al-Qaeda. Prince Turki al Faisal - the former longtime head of Saudi intelligence, and current ambassador to London - reportedly gave bin Laden $200 million in 1998 to move to Afghanistan. Interior Minister Prince Naif oversaw and sponsored "most of the major [Saudi] charities," according to David Aufhauser, a former general counsel of the Treasury Department, who testified before Congress that "Saudi Arabia has been an 'epicenter' of terrorist financing." (National Review)
See also Saudis Use 9/11 Report in U.S Ad Campaign
Saudi Arabia has launched a radio advertising campaign in 19 U.S. cities citing the Sept. 11 commission report as proof that it has been a loyal ally in the fight against al-Qaeda. (AP/Washington Post)
Tunnel Vision in Gaza - Doron Almog (Middle East Quarterly)
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