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July 13th I received the following email from Shoshanna, my cousin, and this is from her son...he lives in Israel as well.......I was struck by the intimacy and immediacy of what she relayed  creating a drama not evident in the news that reaches us so I have chosen to share her emails as a more accurate report of the war than what we receive nationally and officially:

"It became very dangerous in Tzefat as in all the north.  Haifa was
hit three times, and resulted in 2 deaths.  Three residents of Tzefat
were killed.  In the first round of rockets, 8 rockets landed in
Tzefat - some of them in the center of town.  In the evening another
round of rockets hit.   A residence right literally next door to
Avichai's yeshiva was hit and damaged and a child feared trapped
inside, but I didn't hear more about that, they must have accounted
for him/her...
Four Miracles in Tzefat:
1. Two days ago the annual Klezemer music Festival of Tzefat ended.
There were still tourists but much less. The main street where they
traveled a few days ago was so packed that you could hardly fit
anybody or anything in the street. Today, Thursday, that street was
empty when the Katyushas fell.
2.  A store owner on the same street just closed his store and went
home before the Katyusha fell in his store and nobody was hurt.
3.  A girls College Seminary sent their students home at 10 or 11.
Their shelter was via the library. When the rocket fell, it hit the
library seriously to gravely injuring only one lady working in the
school. Can you imagine what would have happened if the shelter door
was open and tens of young women were filing through the library!

and the fourth one:  My son went to the bank to withdraw money from
the machine, a rocket fell ACROSS THE STREET WHERE HE HAD JUST COME
FROM.  By that time he couldn't take it anymore, he and his
girlfriend fled, took a bus to Jerusalem to her father's house.
SOME of the Yeshuvim and Cities that were attacked today (these are
early figures, there were more rockets and more deaths and injuries
by night time)  by Katyushas:  3 kibbutzim near Tiberius.  Nahariya
with one dead and 23 to 29 injured. Haifa, Kiriat Ata, Sefat with
close to 20 injured one serious to grave and one moderate and one
dead, Rosh Pina, Machanayim including the airport, Beit Hillel, (arab
village) Madjal Krams, other towns and Kibbutzim along the border.
The woman in Nahariya that was killed was sitting on her porch eating
breakfast on the 5th floor. The rocket went through the Penthouse
through the 5th floor and down to the 4th. She died instantly. The
Nahariya hospital was attacked and the patients brought down to the
basement from the top floors. One lady gave birth underground. All in
all well over 100 Katyushas fell today."

Sunday, July 16, 2006
Gingrich: This is World War III

Ex-U.S. House speaker asks public: 'Which side do you
think should win?'

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is using
bold language to describe the recent escalation of
violence in the Middle East, calling it the beginning
of the Third World War.
"This is World War III," the Georgia Republican told
the Seattle Times.
He repeated his assertion on NBC's "Meet the Press"
"We're in the early stages of what I would describe as
the Third World War and, frankly, our bureaucracy's
not responding fast enough and we don't have the right
attitude. And this is the 58th year of the war to
destroy Israel and, frankly, the Israelis have every
right to insist that every single missile leave south
Lebanon, and the United States ought to be helping the
Lebanese government have the strength to eliminate
Hezbollah as a military force - not as a political
force in the parliament - but as a military force in
south Lebanon."

Asked NBC host Tim Russert, "This is World War III?"
"I believe if you take all the countries I just listed
that you've been covering, put them on a map, look at
all the different connectivity, you have to say to
yourself: this is, in fact, World War III," Gingrich

The potential candidate for president in 2008 said
today's deaths of eight Israelis from Hezbollah
missile attacks is the equivalent of losing 500
Americans, based on population.
"Imagine we woke up this morning, and 500 Americans
were dead in Miami from missiles fired from Cuba. Do
you think any American would say, 'No, we should have
proportionate response. We shouldn't overreact.'? No
we would say, 'Get rid of the missiles.' And John F.
Kennedy, a Democrat who understood the importance of
power in the world, was prepared to go to nuclear war
to stop missiles from being in Cuba."
In the interview with the Seattle Times, Gingrich said
once the World War III terminology is accepted, calls
for restraint would fall away:
"Israel wouldn't leave southern Lebanon as long as
there was a single missile there. I would go in and
clean them all out and I would announce that any
Iranian airplane trying to bring missiles to resupply
them would be shot down. This idea that we have this
one-sided war where the other team gets to plan how to
kill us and we get to talk, is nuts."
He noted there would be a public-relations value as
well, with the message being, "'OK, if we're in the
Third World War, which side do you think should win?"

 7?19: Harvey Tannenbaum reports:

TSFAT electricity partially burned out due to this morning's
katyushas (10:00 AM).
Kibbutz Baram hit by katyusha
Nasrallah and gang went underground in Beirut after their community
of homes is wiped out by IAF last night 10,000Jews left Nahariya
heading south
Haifa Chemicals emptying out its storage tanks to special undisclosed location
Haifa bomb shelters being opened up for shabbat

report from a Tzfat resident:
 Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2006 09:04:56 -0000

This e-mail is being circulated in Tzfat -- to give outsiders an idea
of what's happening here, and let the locals know where the missles
The writer doesn't mention last night's 7:30 p.m. katyusha landing in
the Artist Quarter, on the path that goes down tot he Resnik's house.
TheMor family of 5 young children was taken to the hospital with
varying injuries...the last update is that they will all be OK.  The
missile landed in their living room.
This morning, the katyushas that landed about 10:00 a.m. were,
evidently, centered around Ibikur and the Pikud HaTzafon area.
"It's 3 a.m. here and I can't sleep, so I got up to write to you.
It has been quiet since I came back from the bomb shelter the second
time, around 11:00 or 11:30 p.m., baruch Hashem.
We hear lots and lots of Israeli army airplanes overhead all evening
and all night long.  The skies are full with them.  Their steady,
long whirrrrrrr is a very comforting sound, and very different from
the sudden, loud whizzzzz and then BANG!!!! of the enemy's ketusha
rockets.  If they get too close, we hear a loud, shrill, long whistle
as the ketusha is coming down, before the bang.
The second wave of attacks at almost break-the-fast time, around
8:15pm,  came the closest to me.  The one I heard the whistle on,
crashed just off Kikar Maginim.  They tell me it was outside of
Chernobyl Shul, but I haven't seen any of these yet to confirm.  A
few minutes later, a man died when a ketusha crashed up the street
the other way, about 3 blocks away from me, where the Rimon Inn Road
begins after you turn in from behind the Midrachov.  That's half a
block up from the Macabee Clinic & Bank Poalim.  Yes, Ida Lewis, it's
about a few meters from where you used to park your car.  The third
rocket that hit in the second wave hit in the Old City, just a few
doors down from the Tachover Hedder, into a house.  I think no one
was home, but I'm not sure.
The earlier, first wave of attacks this afternoon hit more strategic
places, and a home.  The home was near the Jacksons somewhere on the
road up to Cana'an neighborhood (they're OK).  The more strategic
hits were the Community College, next to Gan Ha Ir, just after they
sent all the students home; either the Central Bus Station (a small
part of it) or maybe just a bus stop somewhere near it-- people
aren't saying the same thing;  a community center around the corner
from the Wolfson Center  Clock Tower (not Beit Knesset Noam inside
Wolfson,); a housewares-electrical store called Beit Maimon; and
somewhere on Rachov
Yershalayim, our   one-way, one-lane, main street -- Yoram said it
hit about 100 feet from his produce store, but I can't figure out
where.  And Yoram's is across the street from the Machon Alte
(Chabad) Women's Seminary, so I can imagine the screaming of 20 or 30
young women.
After round two, which lasted until about 10:30 but no one left the
shelters until 11:00 pm just to be safe, we only heard occasional
distant hits, aiming at neighboring villages and towns, Hashem should
protect them.
So now while some of us are sleeping, it's an excellent time for you
Yidden across the oceans to be praying and saying tehillim on our
People are still amazingly calm, even with the one or possibly two
[three] fatalities in town, and one or two critically or seriously
injured, Hashem should heal them.  One man was out walking his dog
when I was coming back from the bomb shelter.  We even had tourists
in town who ran around to see where the shells had struck.  I imagine
some locals did that too.
My friend's husband was the one to unlock all the bomb shelters in
our neighborhood. As soon as he got his family inside (and me), he
went out.  He never did come in, except to check in on us.  He was
advising people outside where the shelters were, directing them so
that they could safely get their families inside.  I'm sure there
were many citizens like him, taking care of their neighbors, in every
It'll be the quietest Shabbas in Tsfas in years.  Everyone who had
come up to visit already left, and NOBODY is coming up who doesn't
live here. My friends didn't know what to do when I asked them
yesterday to host an additional two guests this Shabbas, plus the six
that we had already planned on.  No problem now -- there aren't any
guests!  If it's quiet, people will shop and cook tomorrow.  If not,
it might be tuna fish for   Shabbas.
Most people are staying in their own homes.  All the new homes have a
small bomb shelter in every apartment -- mandatory building
regulations. And the old homes are pretty solid, so people are
staying in their downstairs rooms.
Wish I could be sending you more cheerful news.  Maybe tomorrow, G-d willing."

major katyushas attack now in North 5:30  pm 7/18/2006

from Harvey Tannenbaum

Haifa, Nahariya, Tsfat, Tiberias, all under major katyusha
attack....heavy damage, confirmation of deaths(yet)
25katyushas fell in residential areas

Jerusalem Post -- July 18, 2006 11:39
'Don't forget our kidnapped children'

 The families of kidnapped soldiers Gilad Shalit and Ehud Goldwasser
met Saturday to support each other, share their experiences and
discuss how they could work together to secure their sons' freedom.

It was a first meeting," said Noam Shalit, father of Gilad who was
captured by Hamas on June 25 near Kerem Shalom on the border with
"They [the Goldwasser family] asked to meet with us to learn about
our own experiences."
Shalit said he did not meet with the family of the third kidnapped
soldier, Elad Regev, 26, from Kiryat Motzkin, who was taken by
Hizbullah along with Goldwasser last Wednesday on the
Israeli-Lebanese border.

"We talked about how we should organize ourselves for the future,"
said Shalit in an interview with The Jerusalem Post Monday. He said
that the families had decided to wait and see what happens in the
next few days.
"The agenda has gone in a different direction, towards a war,"
continued Shalit. "People, civilians, are getting killed, more
soldiers are getting killed but we won't let people forget about us."
Mikki and Shlomo Goldwasser - who had been working as emissaries in
Durban, South Africa when they found out their son had been kidnapped
- also met in the past few days with the parents of Benny Avraham and
Omar Sawayid, soldiers who were kidnapped along with Adi Avitan in a
Hizbullah ambush in the Mount Dov region in October 2000. The bodies
of the three soldiers were returned to Israel in a 2004 prisoner swap.
"They asked me to meet with them to help them with my experience,"
said Benny's father, Haim, adding that he had also spoken with
Regev's family.
"The first few hours and days after the kidnapping the families are
always in shock, I didn't want them to make the same mistakes that we
made in the beginning."
Avraham went on to describe how, when his son was taken, the family
"sat in silence, that was a big mistake. We should have spoken out
and met with the right people."
He added that he had passed onto the Goldwasser and Regev families
important telephone numbers of international humanitarian
organizations and had advised them on how to obtain accurate
information and updates on the status of their sons from army and
government bodies.
"They gave us a lot of hope and reminded us to be strong," commented
Yair Goldwasser, the brother of Ehud. "They also gave us advice on
how to handle things and how to emotionally stay together."
Despite the escalation of violence between Israel and Lebanon, the
families of the kidnapped soldiers are remaining optimistic.
Avraham said he believed the Israeli government was doing all it could to get "these boys back." "Even during the fighting, all the
staff are there to help them get through this difficult time," he
Shalit said that because of the growing intensity of the situation,
it might take a little longer to secure the release of his son.
"I know there are things going on under the surface to get Gilad
released," he said, but would not elaborate. "Regarding the other two
soldiers taken by Hizbullah, their situation is a little different."
According to Yair Goldwasser, the army has not disclosed any
information about Ehud's whereabouts or about any plans regarding
upcoming military courses of action.
For now, "the most important thing is for us to be all together and
to remain optimistic," he said.

Excerpts .....
Broadcasting from Kiryat Shmona:
By Asaf Carmel  -- Haaretz -- July 18, 2006

Channel 2 reporter Nessli Barda worked very hard this past weekend.
On Friday she broadcast for many long hours from places where
Katyushas had fallen in Safed, Rosh Pina and Miron. At night, on the
way to the guest house at Kibbutz Hagoshrim, she also managed to
cover a fall at the Gomeh Junction. On Saturday morning she rushed to
Hatzor Haglilit. "As we were broadcasting from Hatzor," she
recapitulates, "we received reports about Tiberias. We went there,
hopping from Katyusha to Katyusha."

Barda, until not long ago a crime reporter in Tel Aviv, has managed
during her short journalistic career to broadcast from a number of
terror attack sites. This time, she says, her experience has been
completely different.

Like the inhabitants of the north who chose to remain in their homes,
the hundreds of media people who are rushing around are vulnerable to
dangers of the rocket strikes. On Thursday, producer Ortal Salman and
recording technician Eyal Vermus from Channel 1 crew were hurt by
shrapnel from a Katyusha that fell in Safed. "In seven years of work
I had already experienced quite a number of terror attacks and
difficult sights," relates Salman. "I was at the Dolphinarium and at
the Versailles disaster, and it
took a while for me to realize that this time is different. I think
that this happened as we were driving from Shtula to Safed, a short
time before we were hit. All of the sounds and all of the sights of
the artillery pieces were completely different from those to which I
am accustomed. I wasn't afraid, but I realized that rockets could
fall anywhere and that I didn't really have any way to take
precautions." Gilad Adin, the director general of Channel 2 News,
reports on a real dilemma in the decision to send people
to the danger zone. "Last Wednesday Ofer Shelah and I went to Kiryat
Shmona to broadcast from the special studio there," reconstructs
Adin. "A few minutes before the broadcast began we heard on the
system an instruction to go down into the shelters. As a reporter, I
often had occasion to broadcast from that place in a similar
situation, and I never hesitated. But now I was in the position of an
administrator who is responsible for many people, who were asked to
expose themselves to a completely tangible risk. I said to them that
whoever was interested in going down to the shelter should feel free,
but no one went down."


IDF needs another week to alleviate Hizbullah threat

yaakov katz, jpost staff, and AP, THE JERUSALEM POST     Jul. 18, 2006
Forty to fifty percent of Hizbullah's military capability has been
destroyed in the six days of the IDF counter-attack following last
Wednesday's Hizbullah raid in northern Israel, The Jerusalem Post has
The IDF, it is understood, believes it needs another week or so
minimum to achieve its military goals in terms of alleviating
Hizbullah's capacity to threaten Israel.
The IDF further believes, it is understood, that it will be given at
least that long to continue its actions, in light of the G8 nations'
essential support for Israel and those nations' branding Hizbullah
and Hamas as being responsible for the current escalation.
Operations in Lebanon, the Post has learned, are costing Israel NIS
50-100 million a day.
Only Tuesday afternoon, IAF aircraft attacked two weapons-filled
trucks parked on the coastal road in the town of Byblos, north of
Beirut. They also hit two similar trucks on the narrow mountain road
between Beirut and Syria, which has become the main route to Damascus
since the air attacks made the highway unusable.
The IAF has recently begun targeting vehicles in Lebanon it suspects
of transporting missiles for Hizbullah.

Television showed pictures of one truck on fire and another damaged
on the mountain road. One driver was reported wounded.

In other attacks Tuesday, IAF jets carried out two raids on southern
Beirut - where Hizbullah is known to occupy many buildings - and the
eastern city of Baalbek.
Earlier, Deputy IDF Chief of General Staff Maj.-Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky
said in an interview to Army Radio that the offensive against
Hizbullah would reach its completion "in a matter of weeks."

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Amir Peretz approved a call-up of three
additional reserve battalions.
The reservists are set to replace troops currently operating in the
West Bank, allowing those soldiers to be deployed in the north, to
assist in the conflict with Hizbullah. The orders were expected to be
distributed on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, Kaplinsky said a massive ground incursion was not
necessary at the moment
"At this stage we do not think we have to activate massive ground
forces into Lebanon but if we have to do this, we will. We are not
ruling it out," Kaplinski told Israel Radio.
The deputy chief of staff added that Hizbullah had a very large
system of different types of rockets. "The (group) still has the
ability to fire at the north and residents still feel this. We will
do everything to shorten this suffering," he said.

On Monday night, the IDF continued its assault on Lebanon, attacking
some 100 targets throughout the country, including five rocket
launching sites. The IAF bombed bunkers in the neighborhood of Dahiya
in southern Beirut. Also, a weapons cache and trucks used to carry
arms were also hit near Ba'al Bek in eastern Lebanon.
Eleven Lebanese soldiers were killed and 41 others wounded in an
overnight strike on a Lebanese army base, Lebanese security officials
said Tuesday, as Israel renewed its attacks on Beirut and northern
The security officials said warplanes swooped down on the area of
Kfar Chima early Tuesday, firing missiles near a local army base.
As the soldiers were rushing to their bomb shelters, the base took a
direct hit, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity
because the army had not issued a communique.
In one attack in southern Lebanon, a building collapsed and 13 people
were killed, witnesses reported. The bombing of the southern region
continued into Tuesday morning.
Also on Monday night, the IDF thwarted an infiltration attempt when
the forces identified a Hizbullah cell attempting to enter Israel
along the central region of the border. The soldiers opened fire at
the infiltrators, striking the target.
The IDF stepped up its offensive against Hizbullah on Monday and, in
pinpointed ground incursions, razed the group's military outposts
along the northern border as IAF fighter jets bombed stockpiles of
long-range missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv.
This article can also be read at here

Former Air Force Chief Surprised at Few IDF Casualties
14:25 Jul 18, '06 / 22 Tammuz 5766
( Ya'akov Turner, former chief of the Air Force and now
mayor of Be'er Sheva, has stated he is surprised at the low number of
IDF casualties in the Hizbullah terrorist war.
Turner noted that the Air Force of today has a big advantage compared
to years ago because they can fly at higher altitudes and still hit
their targets. "In my time, we had to fly low in order to hit
efficiently and therefore it was more dangerous."

Deputy Chief of Staff: The Campaign in Lebanon will End in a Few Weeks
10:36 Jul 18, '06 / 22 Tammuz 5766
( Deputy Chief of Staff General Moshe Kaplinsky
estimated that the fighting in Lebanon would continue "a few more
weeks" but "not months". General Kaplinsky spoke on Army radio.
"We also hope that that it won't last many weeks but we need more time to complete our very clear objectives. Fighting terror requires precision and time."
Tuesday marks the seventh day of fighting since Hizbullah attacked
Israel and kidnapped two soldiers.

3 Battalions Being Activated for Reserve Duty
07:45 Jul 18, '06 /
22 Tammuz 5766
( Defense Minister Amir Peretz has authorized activating
three battalions for reserve duty in light of the current situation.
The reserve duty soldiers will be deployed in areas throughout Judea
and Samaria, thereby freeing up compulsory service troops to be
reassigned to the northern border area.

IDF Deputy Chief Briefing on the State of Warfare

00:30 Jul 18, '06 / 22 Tammuz 5766
( Giving a briefing on Monday evening regarding the
ongoing warfare on Israel's borders, IDF Deputy Chief of Staff
Major-General Moshe Kaplinski spoke of the "three fronts," Judea and
Samaria, Gaza, and the northern areas.
On the Gaza front, the senior commander stated Operation Summer Rains
is moving ahead and efforts continue to bring about new realities, a
halt to Kassam rocket attacks into southern pre-1967 Green Line
Changing to the northern border, Kaplinski stated Operation Change of
Direction will continue towards bringing a halt in the rocket attacks
into Israel, and distancing and disarming Hizbullah.
The deputy military commander stated that while Israel does not seek a conflict with Syria, supply vehicles moving towards Hizbullah will
not be permitted to pass. In addition, the air and ground blockade
being maintained on Lebanon will continue.
Jul. 18, 2006 0:34
IDF thwarts infiltration attempt from Lebanon

The IDF thwarted an infiltration attempt along the northern border on
Monday night.
The unit identified a Hizbullah cell attempting to enter Israel along
the central region of the border. The soldiers opened fire at the
infiltrators, striking the target.
None of the Israeli soldiers were wounded.

Special situation on the home front extended for five days
Statement by Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon
(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)
Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon has today (Monday), 17.7.06, released the
following statement:
"Pursuant to its authority under the 1951 Civil Defense Law, the Cabinet
decided today (Monday), 17.7.06, to extend Defense Minister Amir Peretz's
15.7.06 declaration of a special situation on the home front for five days
starting from 15.7.06, in the areas delineated on the approved map.
The Cabinet will immediately request the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee's approval to extend the validity of the aforesaid declaration
until such time as decided upon by the Cabinet.
The declaration will be published immediately on radio and television and
will be issued as soon as possible to the press and the official gazette.
The Cabinet also decided to establish a team chaired by Prime Minister's
Office Director-General Ra'anan Dinur, and with the participation of the
Finance Ministry Budget Division, to find solutions for the local
authorities covered by the declaration that have encountered financial
difficulties, in order to facilitate the operation of the emergency systems
under their responsibility.
The Cabinet also decided to establish a Directors-General Committee chaired
by the Finance Ministry Director-General to find solutions for issues
related to those sectors of the economy affected by the declaration.

Analysis: Meeting the missile challenge

Barry Rubin, THE JERUSALEM POST Jul. 16, 2006
"Regarding the initial border attack, Israel's policy is now to keep
Hizbullah away from the frontier".

Why is Israel having so much trouble defending against Hizbullah
attacks? Most simply put, because the Hizbullah offensive is based on
surprise and mobility.
Hizbullah can hit where and when it wishes.
Even military effectiveness is not important, since Hizbullah is
satisfied if a missile hits anything in Israel.

Another significant element is new technology, especially the more
advanced missiles supplied by Iran, including the one used against a
naval missile boat.

Yet such a strategy also makes Hizbullah vulnerable. First, once it's
been employed, Israel expects it and devises counter-measures.
Second, one cannot win a war this way - merely get headline-grabbing
small victories which are then built up into public relations

This approach is keyed to both real Israeli weaknesses -
overconfidence and some carelessness at first - and mistakenly
perceived ones, underestimating what intimidates Israel. It is also
in line with Hizbullah's own needs, which are to persuade its people
Israel can be defeated and that "miraculous" triumphs can be
attributed to divine support.

Regarding the initial border attack, Israel's policy is now to keep
Hizbullah away from the frontier.
To cope with protecting ships, new
drills and countermeasures will be developed, starting with the quick
identification and downing of such weapons. But the missiles are the
hardest and most sensitive problem. Hizbullah has many missiles that
can be moved easily and fired quickly. It has already fired 700 of
them. Their disadvantages are a relatively short range and no
reliable guidance system, making them useful to spread terror and
target civilians but not for military goals.

Because they carry a small warhead, they are just enough to wreck a
single building and kill people caught in the open or victims of a
direct hit. The large number of these missiles and their high
mobility make them hard to hit before firing and impossible to
intercept in the air. Their flight path is so fast, short, and low
that defensive missiles - useful against those fired from further
away (like from Iraq in 1991) - cannot work.  If Iran gives the green
light for Hizbullah to fire the small number of longer-range missiles
it has, however, Patriot anti-missile batteries would be effective.

Otherwise, unless some dramatic new technique is found, there are
three basic ways to combat them:
. Cut off the sources of missiles and fuel by closing down Beirut's
airport and the roads to Syria and attacking incoming shipments.
. Hit launchers on the ground before they fire.
. Force back Hizbullah forces far enough from the border to limit the
targets they can hit.
Aside from military efforts to reestablish Israeli deterrence,
inflicting a high cost on Hizbullah, and trying to force the Lebanese
government into action, Israeli forces are working on all three of
these fronts.
Reducing the effectiveness and numbers of missile attacks already
seems to be working to some extent, but stopping them altogether will
be a longer and more difficult task.

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International
Affairs (GLORIA) Center, and editor of Middle East Review of
International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.

Address by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
The Knesset, July 17, 2006
Madam Speaker,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Members of Knesset,
At the outset, I offer condolences, on my behalf and on behalf of the
government, the Knesset and the entire nation, to the families of the
victims - both civilian and IDF.  I also send best wishes for
recovery to the wounded, and a huge embrace for the families of those
kidnapped and the boys themselves.
Over the past few weeks, our enemies have challenged the sovereignty
of the State of Israel and the safety of its residents - first in the
southern sector, then on the northern border, and deeper into the
home front.
Israel did not seek these confrontations.  On the contrary.  We have
done a lot to prevent them.  We returned to the borders of the State
of Israel, recognized by the entire international community.  There
were those who misconstrued our desire for peace - for us and our
neighbors - as a sign of frailty.  Our enemies misinterpreted our
willingness to exercise restraint as a sign of weakness.
They were wrong!

Madam Speaker, Members of Knesset,

The State of Israel has no territorial conflict, neither on our
southern border nor on our northern one.
In these two areas, we are sitting on the recognized international
border - both vis-a-vis the Palestinian Authority in the Gaza Strip,
and in Lebanon.
We have no intention of interfering in their internal affairs.  On
the contrary, stability and tranquility in Lebanon, free of the rule
of foreign powers, and in the Palestinian Authority, are in Israel's
We yearn for the day when peace will prevail between us, for the
mutual benefit of our peoples from both sides of our common border.
The campaign we are engaged in these days is against the terror
organizations operating from Lebanon and Gaza.  These organizations
are nothing but "sub-contractors" operating under the inspiration,
permission, instigation and financing of the terror-sponsoring and
peace-rejecting regimes, on the Axis of Evil which stretches from
Tehran to Damascus.

Lebanon has suffered heavily in the past, when it allowed foreign
powers to gamble on its fate.

Iran and Syria still continue to meddle, from afar, in the affairs of
Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority, through Hizballah and the

Even if last Wednesday's criminal attack against an IDF patrol was
carried out without the consent of the Lebanese government and
without the assistance of its military, this does not absolve it of
full responsibility for the attack which emanated from its sovereign
territory. Just as the fact that the Chairman of the Palestinian
Authority opposes terrorism against Israel does not relieve him and
the Palestinian Authority of their responsibility for the attack
carried out from their territory against our soldiers in Kerem
Shalom.  They are both fully responsible for the safety of our
soldiers who were taken hostage.
Radical, terrorist and violent elements are sabotaging the life of
the entire region and placing its stability at risk.  The region in
which we live is threatened by these murderous terror groups.
It is a regional - as well as global - interest to take control and
terminate their activity.
We can all see how the majority of the international community
supports our battle against the terror organizations and our efforts
to remove this threat of the Middle East.
We intend to do this.  We will continue to operate in full force
until we achieve this.  On the Palestinian front, we will conduct a
tireless battle until terror ceases, Gilad Shalit is returned home
safely and the shooting of Qassam missiles stops

And in Lebanon, we will insist on compliance with the terms
stipulated long ago by the international community, as unequivocally
expressed only yesterday in the resolution of the 8 leading countries
of the world:
-          The return of the hostages, Ehud (Udi) Goldwasser and Eldad Regev;
-          A complete cease fire;
-          Deployment of the Lebanese army in all of Southern Lebanon;
-          Expulsion of Hizballah from the area, and fulfillment of
United Nations Resolution 1559.

We will not suspend our actions.

On both fronts we are exercising self-defense in the most basic and
essential sense.  In both cases, it is a matter whose importance and
significance go far beyond the size of the military units involved.

We are at a national moment of truth.  Will we consent to living
under the threat of this Axis of Evil or will we mobilize our inner
strength and show determination and equanimity?

Our answer is clear to every Israeli, and it echoes today throughout
the entire region.

We will search every compound, target every terrorist who assists in
attacking the citizens of Israel, and destroy every terrorist
infrastructure, everywhere.  We will persist until Hizballah and
Hamas comply with those basic and decent things required of them by
every civilized person.  Israel will not agree to live in the shadow
of missiles or rockets against its residents.

Citizens of Israel,
There are moments in the life of a nation, when it is compelled to
look directly into the face of reality and say: no more!

And I say to everyone: no more!Israel will not be held hostage - not
by terror gangs or by a terrorist authority or by any sovereign state.

In the life of a nation there are moments of transcendence, of
purification, when political and sectarian disputes which separate us
are replaced by a sense of mutual responsibility.  I highly value and
appreciate the way the Opposition has been conducting itself in the
Knesset these days.  The human competition and personal rivalries are
dissolved and instead our feeling of mutual responsibility arises,
our sense of partnership, and primarily, our eternal love for our
people and our land.

This is such a moment!

All of us - Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and Circassians - now
stand as one person, as one nation, subject together to the same
hatred and malice, and fighting against it in consensus and
partnership.   When missiles are launched at our residents and
cities, our answer will be war with all the strength, determination,
valor, sacrifice and dedication which characterize this nation.
There is nothing we want more than peace and good neighborly
relations - in the east, north and south.  We seek peace, we pursue
peace and we yearn for peace.  At the same time, there is nothing we
reject more than an attempt to harm us and make us give up our right
to live here, in our land, in security and peace.
On behalf of the people of Israel, on behalf of all the residents of
the country, I came here today, Madam Speaker, to announce to the
world: we seek neither war nor direct confrontation, but we will not
be deterred from them when the need arises.  Only a nation that can
defend its freedom truly deserves it.  We are entitled to our
freedom, and when necessary, we know how to fight for it and defend

My fellow Members of Knesset,
The strength of the State of Israel relies on the strength and
capability of the IDF.  This strength is the main guarantee to
preserving and defending our lives on this land.  The best economic
and human resources of Israeli society were invested in building this
I want to extend from here my heartfelt gratitude - and that of the
Government and the people of Israel - to the IDF soldiers and
commanders, the security services, the Israel Police, the rescue
forces, the firefighters and the other security forces.

The strength of a nation is measured not only by its military
capabilities. The strength of a nation is measured by its welfare and
morality, its strong and solid economy, its modern and developing
market, its export of technologies and products for the most advanced
world markets and its ground-breaking academic research.  In all
these, each and every one of us has good reason to be proud.
But above all, the strength of a nation is measured in times of
trial, when the home front becomes the front, when the citizens of
the country show admirable fortitude, patience and stamina and allow
it to operate against its enemies.

I had the privilege of witnessing these inner strengths in the years
when I was Mayor of Jerusalem. For years, our capital was subject to
the most murderous terror attacks.  The resilience, patience and
restraint of the residents of Jerusalem and the entire citizens of
Israel are exemplary.
I recall a conversation with Rudy Giuliani, who was Mayor of New York
during the terror attacks of September 2001.  I called to offer
encouragement to him and the residents of New York following the
collapse of the Twin Towers, and he replied: "Ehud, if the New
Yorkers can withstand it like the Jerusalemites do, then we will
defeat terrorism".

Madam Speaker,
Ladies and gentlemen Members of Knesset,
Citizens of Israel,

Even in these days, hundreds of thousands of Israelis stand at the
front line of fire, like soldiers in the battlefield, fighting for
our life and honor.
It is clear to us that the circumstances imposed upon the residents
compel us to address their special needs, in all aspects.  The
government will lend immediate assistance, everywhere.
The government of Israel, under my leadership, derives strength from
the stamina of the Israeli public.  We are a brave and determined
nation.  I am proud today - perhaps more than ever before - to be an
Israeli citizen.
Thanks to you, our enemies come up against a united nation, which
fights together, shoulder to shoulder.  We do not surrender and we do
not panic. We believe in the justice of our cause, because there is
no battle more just or moral than ours - a battle for the right to a
peaceful and normal life, like any other human being, any other
nation and any other state.

We fight for the right of children like Omer Pisachov, may his memory
be blessed, a 7 year old from Nahariya, who wanted to visit his
grandmother Yehudit Itzkovich, may her memory be blessed, and enjoy
the Sabbath dinner she prepared;
We fight for the right of citizens like Shmuel Ben-Shimon, may his
memory be blessed, a 41 year old from Yokne'am who left every morning
for work in the railway garage in Haifa to support his wife Natalie
and their small children;
We fight for the right of citizens like Monica Lerer, may her memory
be blessed, a 50 year old from Nahariya, to drink coffee on the
terrace in the country to which she immigrated from Argentina;
We fight for the right of girls like Ella Abukasis, may her memory be
blessed, a 13 year old from Sderot, to play the flute and read books,
as Ella enjoyed doing.
We fight for everything that everyone in the enlightened world takes
for granted and never imagined that they would have to fight for -
the right to a normal life.
It is a difficult battle! It may become even more difficult.  It is a
painful test, and we may have to bear more suffering.  Such a battle
is never easy.  It is strewn with pain and suffering, sacrifice, and
But, we have no intention of giving up our desire to live a normal
life.  We will not apologize for this desire, and we do not need
anyone's approval to defend ourselves.

Citizens of Israel,
This is a difficult time of trial for all of us.
The State of Israel has withstood much more complex trials - and triumphed.
We have always known how to mobilize our inner strength, equanimity,
wisdom and patience, in order to overcome our enemies.

Finally, I wish to speak on a more personal note to the families of
Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, the families of the soldiers who are
held hostage by the Hamas and Hizballah.
You, and mainly your children - our children - are always on my mind.
Last Wednesday, only five days ago, at 10:00 am, Aviva and Noam
Shalit sat in my office. They, and I, want Gilad home more than
anything.  While we were discussing the situation, I - and Aviva and
Noam - received the painful news that Ehud (Udi) Goldwasser and Eldad
Regev had been kidnapped.

On their departure, Noam and Aviva left a picture of Gilad, taken
close to the date of his kidnapping.
Unfortunately, pictures of three boys now stand in my room.  Many
times during the day I look in their faces, into their eyes, and
embrace them in my heart.  I do not forget them for one minute.  They
were there on our behalf and for our sake.  We will do everything and
make every effort to bring them home.  We will do this, but not in a
pattern that will encourage more kidnappings.
There is almost no one who can understand the place you are in.  Even
when we do not talk directly, I feel and hear what you want to say to
me, and I embrace you with love, understanding and agreement.
The place I am in compels me, ultimately, to make fateful decisions,
for life, and sometimes even for death.
I have no strength other than that which you have bestowed upon me.
I have no courage other than that which G-d, my faith in the justice
of our cause and my sense of supreme responsibility, have instilled
in me and have prepared me for these fateful moments.

Madam Speaker,
I see before me the kidnapped boys, those standing in the front line
and in the line of fire, those brave and determined ones who are
fighting today and who could - G-d forbid - be the target of
tomorrow's kidnapping.
We will defend all of them, on behalf of all of them we will fight,
and with all of them before our eyes - the civilians in the line of
fire, the kidnapped fighters and their families - we will continue,
without hesitating, without capitulating and without fretting, until
our goals are achieved.
 We will triumph!

Just in.....Summary of events from HonestReporting:
17 July - DAY SIX

** Syrian-made Farjar missiles strike Haifa on Sunday, killing eight
people in a railway depot.
** Five people wounded Monday afternoon in Haifa after building
collapses as a result of a direct Katyusha hit.
** Magen David Adom reported on Sunday evening that eight people
were killed and 39 people wounded, four seriously, nine moderately,
eight lightly and 18 suffering shock, since Sunday morning in
northern Israel.
** Since the fighting in the north began, as of Sunday night, a total of
20 Israelis have been killed including IDF troops.
** 377 have been wounded - seven seriously, 22 moderately, 127 lightly
and 201 have suffered shock.
** Katyushas land Sunday night in Afula, Upper Nazareth, Migdal
Hamemek, and Givat Ela - the furthest south that Hezbollah has
managed to hit so far.
** Six people treated for shock in Afula.
** Four lightly injured Monday morning in Katyusha strike on Mitzpe Tal El
in western Galilee; two more injured in attack near Acre.
** Katyusha barrage falls Monday morning on the western Galilee villages
of Julis, Abu Snaan, and Kfar Yasif, the city of Safed, as well as Tiberias.
** Karmiel struck by Katyushas on Monday afternoon; a number of
people reportedly suffering from shock.
** Between 5 and 10 Qassam missiles fired from Gaza at Sderot and its
environs - two Sderot residents lightly injured by shrapnel; 2
Qassams land in Ashkelon industrial zone Monday afternoon.

Jerusalem Issue Brief
Institute for Contemporary Affairs
Vol. 6, No. 1 -17 July 2006
The Opening Round of Iran's War Against the West

Dore Gold

Since the 1982 Lebanon War, the United Nations Security Council has
repeatedly demanded that all foreign forces leave Lebanese territory.
This evacuation of outside armies and terrorist groups was rightly
seen as the prerequisite for the pacification of the volatile
Israel-Lebanon border and the restoration of Lebanese sovereignty.

It was disturbing to see Secretary-General Kofi Annan shaking hands
with Hizballah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on June 20, 2000,
during a visit to Beirut. The UN strategy was to give Hizballah some
recognition and thereby obtain good behavior on its part.

In 2002, Lebanese media reported the arrival of Iranian Revolutionary
Guards to train Hizballah in the use of Fajr 3 and Fajr 5
medium-range missiles with a range of 70 kilometers, deployed in
southern Lebanon and aimed at Israel's northern cities. So in return
for Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, it acquired a more powerful
Hizballah, as well as Iranian forces taking up positions directly on
its borders.

The chief aims of the entire Western alliance - including Israel - in
the current conflict are: full implementation of UN Security Council
resolutions that call for the complete dismantling of Hizballah and
the deployment of the Lebanese army along the Israel-Lebanon border;
and the removal of all Iranian forces and equipment from Lebanese
territory, along with any lingering Syrian presence.

Defeating Iran's opening shot in this Middle Eastern war is not just
Israel's interest, but the collective interest of the entire
civilized world. Israel's strategy depends upon isolating the
Hizballah insurgency in Lebanon from any reinforcement from Iran and
its allies by air, land, or sea.

The UN and Lebanon

Since the 1982 Lebanon War, the United Nations Security Council has
repeatedly demanded that all foreign forces leave Lebanese territory.
This evacuation of outside armies and terrorist groups was rightly
seen as the prerequisite for the pacification of the volatile
Israel-Lebanon border and the restoration of Lebanese
sovereignty. When the Israeli government completed its withdrawal
from its security zone in southern Lebanon in 2000, one might have
expected that this international principle would have been asserted,
and a concerted UN effort begun to rid Lebanon of the Syrian army and
other foreign forces - notably those of Iran.

Unfortunately, the situation in Lebanon was totally neglected, and
ominous developments followed. Israel's withdrawal to what the UN
called the "blue line" was recognized by Secretary-General Kofi Annan
as a full Israeli withdrawal from Lebanese territory. His
determination was confirmed by the UN Security Council on July 27,
2000, with the adoption of Resolution 1310. But the Iranian-backed
terrorist group Hizballah claimed that Israel actually had more land
to give to Lebanon. In particular, they wanted a tiny sliver of Golan
territory, called the Shebaa Farms, that had been disputed between
Israel and Syria.

This outstanding grievance, which had no international backing, was
used to justify Hizballah's continuing war against Israel. But rather
than forcefully reject Hizballah's stand, different UN agencies
seemed to treat the organization as a legitimate party to Lebanon's
conflict with Israel. It was disturbing to see Secretary-General Kofi
Annan shaking hands with Hizballah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on
June 20, 2000, during a visit to Beirut. The UN strategy was to give
Hizballah some recognition and thereby obtain good behavior on its
part. To make matters worse, UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force, sent
liaison officers to Hizballah. But this approach only legitimized an
organization that, prior to 9/11, was widely viewed as more dangerous
than al-Qaeda.

What made Hizballah's decision to maintain its dispute with Israel so
dangerous was Iran's decision to deploy medium-range missiles in
southern Lebanon, aimed at Israel's northern cities. In 2002,
Lebanese media reported the arrival of Iranian Revolutionary Guards
to train Hizballah in the use of these new weapons, known as the Fajr
3 and Fajr 5, which, unlike the older Soviet-made Katyusha rockets,
had a range of up to 70 kilometers. Israel had withdrawn from
Lebanon, but in return, not only had it acquired a more powerful
Hizballah, but also Iranian forces taking up positions directly on
its borders.

The situation was eerily reminiscent of the 1962 Cuban missile
crisis. Then, the Soviet Union had only unreliable intercontinental
ballistic missiles for striking the U.S., so they positioned
shorter-range missiles in nearby Cuba instead. Today, the Iranians
have a 1,300-kilometer-range Shahab missile for striking Israel, and
are working feverishly to improve its capabilities, while investing
in longer-range missiles aimed at Western Europe. Teheran doubtless
calculates that if the West tries to take measures against its
nuclear program, its Lebanese arsenal could hold Israel hostage. The
difference between 1962 and 2006 is that, while President Kennedy
made sure that the Soviets withdrew their missiles from Cuba, the
international community has done nothing about the growing missile
threat in Lebanon.

International attention was drawn again to Lebanon in 2005 after the
assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri by Syrian agents and the
"Cedar Revolution" that followed. The UN Security Council called yet
again (in Resolution 1559) for all non-Lebanese forces to leave
Lebanon. This time it added a call "for the disbanding and
disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias," and repeated
its 2004 call to the Lebanese government "to ensure its effective
authority throughout the south, including the deployment of Lebanese
armed forces." The UN Security Council wanted the Lebanese Army
sitting on the Israeli-Lebanese border - not Hizballah.

Had UN resolutions on Lebanon been implemented, then no Israeli
soldiers would have been kidnapped in northern Israel this month and
there would be no Hizballah rockets raining on Israeli civilians in
Haifa, Nahariya, Safed, and Tiberias.

So what should be the aims of the entire Western alliance - including
Israel - in the current conflict? The chief goals are:

First, full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions that
call for the complete dismantling of Hizballah and the deployment of
the Lebanese army along the Israel-Lebanon border instead.

Second, the removal of all Iranian forces and equipment from Lebanese
territory, along with any lingering Syrian presence.

A Regional War
At the same time, there is a need to recognize that this is a
regional war. Iran is seeking to dominate Iraq, particularly its
southern Shia areas - the provinces where British troops are deployed
- and hopes to encircle both Israel and the Sunni heartland of the
Arab world. Syria is Iran's main Arab ally in this effort. There is
no question that Iran's main aim is to dominate the oil-producing
areas by agitating the Shia populations of Kuwait, Bahrain, and the
eastern provinces of Saudi Arabia.

Defeating Iran's opening shot in this Middle Eastern war is not just
Israel's interest, but the collective interest of the entire
civilized world. Israel's strategy depends upon isolating the
Hizballah insurgency in Lebanon from any reinforcement from Iran and
its allies by air, land, or sea. Hence, Israel has had to bomb the
runways of Beirut International Airport and the Beirut-Damascus
highway, and impose a naval blockade around Lebanon.

The Gaza Front
Finally, there is a second front in this war: the Gaza Strip. The
Hamas movement, which came out of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, has
decided to throw in its lot with Shia Iran and Hizballah. Indeed,
just after Israel withdrew its settlements from the Gaza Strip last
August, Hizballah moved its headquarters for coordination with the
Palestinians from Beirut to Gaza itself. Iran is paying for
Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians. Like Hizballah, Hamas
has embedded its military capabilities in civilian areas. Israeli
planes drop leaflets to warn Palestinian civilians of impending
attacks, even if they give the terrorists advance warning as well.

Israel must protect its own civilians from ongoing missile attacks,
whether from Lebanon or the Gaza Strip. The first duty of any
government is the defense of its citizens. It is also Israel's legal
right as enshrined in Article 51 of the UN Charter. International
media are focusing on Israeli air strikes on Beirut, leading viewers
to forget that Israel is the victim in this conflict. Its air force
would not be in the skies of Lebanon and its tanks would not be in
northern Gaza if Israel had not been attacked first.

In this context, primary responsibility for what is happening rests
squarely with Iran and its local proxies. Our common adversaries want
to replace the hope for Arab democracy with a dictatorial theocracy.
The international community must see the UN resolutions on Lebanon
implemented and international security restored. That is the first
step towards securing a pluralistic Middle East, founded on
representative government and respect for international law.

Dore Gold is the President of the Jerusalem Center for Public
Affairs, and served as Israel's ambassador to the UN from 1997 to

This Jerusalem Issue Brief is available online at:

The following are excerpts from a speech given by Iranian leader Ali
Khamenei, which aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV, on July 16, 2006.

 *Clip # 1193 - Iranian leader Ali Khamenei: Hezbollah Will Not Be Disarmed

Ali Khamenei: The Zionists would like Lebanon to be meat between
their teeth, so they could do to it whatever they want, whenever they

Today, the strong arm of the Lebanese resistance and the Lebanese
Hezbollah has prevented this nightmare from coming true. This is why
the American president says Hezbollah must be disarmed. Yes, of
course this is what you want. Of course this is what the Zionists
want. But this will not happen.

The Lebanese people value Hezbollah and the resistance, because they
know it is this strong arm that has prevented the Zionists from doing
whatever they want, whenever they want, to Lebanon.

Man in crowd: Hezbollah is victorious. Israel is doomed.

Crowd: Hezbollah is victorious. Israel is doomed.
Hezbollah is victorious. Israel is doomed.
Hezbollah is victorious. Israel is doomed.
Hezbollah is victorious. Israel is doomed.
Ali Khamenei: Well, this is what I am saying too.


1 AM

Israel time, Sunday night: July 17
8:30 PM
Tsfat, Mt. Meron katyushaed now
Sderot \kassams just hit there too

Jews moving southward, nomads, Eilat 100% occupancy...Masada/Ein
Gedi/Dead Sea filled with Israelis and their luggage
Looking for Moses to lead them back to the Promised Land.   Jews from
Sderot are moving northward and traffic jams from northward bound and
southward bound Jewish nomads of 2006 are tying up the highways.
Gush Etzion and Hebron, remember those "West Bank" 'settlements'
are now hosting kids from Haifa and Sderot!!!!!!!!!
6 years since Barak ran away from S. Lebanon...long time to bring in
those long range missiles and set up properly.
Gush Katif evicted Jews still in trailers and hotels and some
temporary housing..offering spare rooms to Jews from Haifa and
Tiberias tonight.
Arik Sharon resting comfortably in Tel Hashomer...Ehud Olmert's
daughter cannot be found..usually hassling soldiers at
checkpoints...Olmert's sons still AWOL from IDF in Europe(never
really served)

"WE TOLD YOU SO" bumper stickers are being given out free in Jerusalem

Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006 21:32:05 +0200
From: harvey tannenbaum <>
Subject: 8 Dead Jews Haifa Today

Shlomi Mansora, from Nahariya, 35,
Reuven Levi,from Kiryat Atta,45
Dennis Lapidus, Kiryat Yam, 24
Shmuel Ben Shimon , Yokneam Illit, 41
Nisiim Elharar, Kiryat Ata, 43
Ashahel Damati, Kiryat Yam 39
David Feldman, Kiryat Yam, 28
Rafi Chazan, Haifa,30


19:33 Jul 13, '06 / 17 Tammuz 5766
( Hizbullah terrorists are firing Katyusha rockets at
this moment on the western Galilee, including Nahariya. Residents are
fleeing in panic. Rockets also fell in Kibbutz Menora and in Arab
villages in the area. It is not yet
known if there were injuries.
Residents of Kibbutz Ayelet HaShahar, in the eastern Galilee, and
moshavim Sde Eliezer and Hulta have been ordered into bomb shelters.


Summary of Injuries, Damage
20:29 Jul 13, '06 / 17 Tammuz 5766
( More than 100 people were injured from more than 100
Katyusha rockets that fell on northern Israel since Hizbullah
terrorists began their undeclared war Wednesday. One woman, a new
immigrant from Argentina, was killed in Nahariya.
More than 30 people were injured in Tzefat, and one person is in
critical condition. Twenty were wounded, one with moderate injuries,
in the (arab) village of Majd al-Krum, which was hit by four rockets.
Summary of Injuries, Damage
20:29 Jul 13, '06 / 17 Tammuz 5766

( More than 100 people were injured from more than 100
Katyusha rockets that fell on northern Israel since Hizbullah
terrorists began their undeclared war Wednesday. One woman, a new
immigrant from Argentina, was killed in Nahariya.

More than 30 people were injured in Tzefat, and one person is in
critical condition. Twenty were wounded, one with moderate injuries,
in the (arab) village of Majd al-Krum, which was hit by four rockets.

Most people suffered injuries from shrapnel or were in shock, but
several were hurt while fleeing in panic.
Most people suffered injuries from shrapnel or were in shock, but
several were hurt while fleeing in panic.