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Signs of the Times for Mon, 24 Jul 2006 2006-07-24 17:26:22
BEIRUT, July 24 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli troops advanced further into southern Lebanon in a bid to tighten their grip on the area, as the massive Israeli offensive entered its 13th day on Monday, Doha-based al-Jazeera TV channel reported.

After taking control of the hilltop village of Maroun al-Ras on Sunday, the troops are pushing their way further towards a major town Bint Jbeil, another Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon.

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Thursday July 20, 2006
Associated Press Writer
JERUSALEM (AP) - Here's some news you may never hear about Israel's war against Hezbollah: a missile falls into the sea, a strategic military installation is hit, a Cabinet minister plans to visit the front lines.

All these topics are subject to review by Israel's chief military censor, who has - in her own words - "extraordinary power." She can silence a broadcaster, block information and put journalists in jail.

"I can, for example, publish an order that no material can be published. I can close a newspaper or shut down a station. I can do almost anything," Col. Sima Vaknin said Wednesday.

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Comment: She can also deny Israeli Jews the FACT that their government has manipulated the current crisis and that it is engaged in ethnic cleansing of the Lebanese.

The New York Times
July 22. 2006
The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, American officials said Friday.

The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said. Its disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others because of the appearance that the United States is actively aiding the Israeli bombing campaign in a way that could be compared to Iran's efforts to arm and resupply Hezbollah.

The munitions that the United States is sending to Israel are part of a multimillion dollar arms sale package approved last year that Israel is able to draw on as needed, the officials said. But Israel's request for expedited delivery of the satellite and laser-guided bombs was described as unusual by some military officers, and as an indication that Israel had a long list of targets in Lebanon still to strike.

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Comment: Children are being indiscriminately butchered by the Israeli military and the unanimous reponse of the American government is to send bombs to Israel. 2006-07-24 07:35:36by Lin Jianyang, Amr Emam
CAIRO, July 23 (Xinhua) -- As a conflict between Israel and Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah entered the 12th day on Sunday, Egyptian experts said that the conflict was set to usher in a new Middle East.

"I think what is going on in Lebanon at the moment would open the door for a big change in the Middle East region," said Ramadan Abdul Kader, editor-in-chief of the English-language daily The Egyptian Gazette.

"Israel's military operations in Lebanon tell of one fact: Israel would not stop until Hezbollah is disarmed," Abdul Kader said.

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Condoleezza Rice has described the plight of Lebanon as a part of the "birth pangs of a new Middle East" and said that Israel should ignore calls for a ceasefire.

"This is a different Middle East. It's a new Middle East. It's hard, We're going through a very violent time," the US secretary of state said.

"A ceasefire would be a false promise if it simply returns us to the status quo.

"Such a step would allow terrorists to launch attacks at the time and terms of their choosing and to threaten innocent people, Arab and Israeli, throughout the region."

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Comment: Ah yes, the 'she-devil' herself. And what would Condi know about "birth pangs", being a soul-less sterlized, zombie? A woman who brings shame to the very concept of womanhood. Rice is a sick, disgusting individual. Birth pangs? What of the pangs of unimaginable grief of the mothers whose beautiful babies have been disemboweled and beheaded by Israeli "precision bombs"?

In their despair, Lebanon's mothers may be wishing they could turn back time and erase those pangs of birth that brought their children into a world where their fate was to be eviscerated by Israeli bombs, with Condi and Co cheering them on.

by Nayla Razzouk
July 23, 2006
BEIRUT - The UN relief chief condemned Israel for "violating humanitarian law" over its blistering raids on Lebanon as the Jewish state and Hezbollah killed more civilians in another wave of attacks.

As Israel tightened its grip on a strategic border village seized in south Lebanon, Syria fuelled fears the fighting could spread by issuing a warning that it would intervene if Israel dared launch a full-out invasion of Lebanon.

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by Jacques Pinto
July 23, 2006
JERUSALEM - The condition of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has worsened, doctors said, more than six months after the hawkish leader fell into a coma after suffering a massive stroke.

"Over the last two days the condition of Mr Sharon has worsened on the level of the kidneys and an examination of the brain showed a deterioration in the cerebral tissue," Orly Levy, a spokeswoman for the Tel Hashomer hospital in Tel Aviv where Sharon is being treated, told AFP.

Another hospital spokesowman said there was no "immediate threat" to his life. Doctors were "keeping a close eye on him" but were not planning any medical intervention for the moment, she said.

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The New York Times
July 23, 2006
KIRYAT SHMONA, Israel - As Israel again pounded south Lebanon from the air and ground on Sunday and the Hezbollah militia rained dozens more rockets on Israel's north, diplomatic efforts increased with growing discussion of a multinational armed force being placed in the area.

The Israeli defense minister, Amir Peretz, said Israel was interested in a NATO-led force and the prime minister, Ehud Olmert, spoke of one comprised of European Union members with combat experience and the authority to take control of Lebanon's border and crossing points.

American officials said that they too were open to the idea but did not expect American troops to be part of the force.

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Associated Press
July 24, 2006
SIDON, Lebanon - Israeli ground forces pushed deeper into Lebanon on Monday in heavy fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headed for Beirut in a surprise visit to launch diplomatic efforts aimed at ending 13 days of warfare.

Rice was expected in the Lebanese capital in the afternoon, Voice of Lebanon radio said. The previously unannounced stopover was coming before she went to Israel.

Last Updated Sun, 23 Jul 2006 12:03:13 EDT
CBC News
Syria says it is prepared to enter talks with the United States to try to resolve the crisis between Hezbollah - the Lebanon-based militant group that receives heavy backing from Damascus - and Israel.

Faisal al-Meqdad, Syria's deputy foreign minister, made the comment on Sunday amid a 12th day of violence, as Israel continued air strikes in Lebanon and Hezbollah militants kept on firing missiles into northern Israel.

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WASHINGTON, July 23 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Chief of Staff of White House Joshua Bolten said on Sunday that the United States is open to the deployment of peacekeeping troops on the Lebanon-Israel border but U.S. forces will not participate.

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Jul. 23, 2006 4:42 | Updated Jul. 23, 2006 15:08
Jerusalem Post
There are Katyusha rockets falling in villages and towns all around them, but for the "squadron" of 30 Israeli Yogic Flyers assembled at a hotel on Lake Kinneret all is quiet. That's because they have managed to create a shield of invincibility around their gathering place. Now they are calling for another 235 Flyers to come and join them to create a shield that would, they say, cover all of Israel.

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Chronicle Foreign Service
Friday, July 21, 2006
Israel's military response by air, land and sea to what it considered a provocation last week by Hezbollah militants is unfolding according to a plan finalized more than a year ago.

In the years since Israel ended its military occupation of southern Lebanon, it watched warily as Hezbollah built up its military presence in the region. When Hezbollah militants kidnapped two Israeli soldiers last week, the Israeli military was ready to react almost instantly.

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