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Arab Arrested Smuggling a Mortar North of Jerusalem
Soldiers manning a standard IDF checkpoint arrested a 50- year-old Arab on Sunday as he tried to smuggle a mortar shell, described as "almost operational", in the Binyamin region.

 1. Arab Arrested Smuggling a Mortar North of Jerusalem
 2. International Community Seeks to Strengthen Faltering PA
 3. Volunteers Join Search for Temple Relics
 4. Police Defy Ruling Allowing Jews to Pray at Temple Mount
 5. US Urges Restraint Following Fatah Terror Attacks
 6. Funeral of Gush Katif Evictee Costs Family NIS 30,000
 7. Leading Kabbalist Urges Jews to Israel - More Disasters Coming

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
16 Tishrei 5766

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1. Arab Arrested Smuggling a Mortar North of Jerusalem
By Naomi Grossman

Soldiers manning a standard IDF checkpoint arrested a 50-year-old Arab on Sunday as he tried to smuggle a mortar shell, described as "almost operational", in the Binyamin region.

IDF reservists were stationed at the Bir Zeit roadblock, where they checked the identification documents of those seeking to pass through from among the local Arab population, when they discovered the mortar shell hidden in the trunk of the suspect's car, along with a spare firing mechanism. The driver did not think that he would be stopped at the roadblock, which had been moved from its former position at the edge of town to a more effective location. The driver has been taken to the Jerusalem police headquarters at the Russian Compound for interrogation.

The mortar, which was homemade, was manufactured to a high standard and was very similar to a missile in range - up to five kilometers.

Bir Zeit is adjacent to the community of Ateret in Binyamin, north of Jerusalem.

The Jewish communities in the Samaria-Binyamin region have seen an escalation in violence among the Arabs of Judea and Samaria, particularly in villages nearby and along local roads. There have been an escalating series of shooting, firebomb and rock-throwing attacks on Jews on the roads in recent weeks. Three Israelis were murdered and six wounded in two drive-by shootings by Arab terrorists on Sunday.

In June, Arutz Sheva reported that terrorist organizations in Arab villages of Judea and Samaria have acquired various weapons. At the same time, Arab villagers have stocked up on medicines and food in preparation for long periods of curfew.

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2. International Community Seeks to Strengthen Faltering PA
By Naomi Grossman

As the situation in the Palestinian Authority deteriorates, world leaders are seeking to prop up the PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, primarily by allowing appeasement of Hamas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called upon Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to continue efforts toward renewed dialogue in order to avoid "losing the momentum" created by the implementation of the Disengagement Plan by Israel.

In a letter to President Moshe Katsav and PA leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), the Russian leader calls for continued diplomatic talks between the two, offering Russia as a forum to host an international summit.

At the same time, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called upon Israel to cease putting too much pressure on the Palestinian Authority regarding the Hamas terror organization. He asked Israel not to set the disarming of Hamas as a precondition for the Islamist organization's inclusion in the upcoming PA elections in January. Annan said that so doing would prevent the elections, and this would "harm the pragmatic ones, most of all PA leader Abu Mazen."

Annan made these remarks during a meeting with veteran Knesset Member Yossi Sarid of the left-wing Meretz party. Annan did state that he opposes "armed militias taking part in the parliament and therefore, if Hamas is successful, it must lay down its arms prior to entering government."

Yet, despite these statements from leaders abroad, anarchy continues to rage in the Palestinian Authority, while its leader is currently traveling between France and the United States.

One example of the chronic state of disharmony and lawlessness that continues to prevail in Gaza is another Fatah kidnapping that has been reported in Khan Yunis. Meanwhile, 244 members of Abu Mazen's ruling Fatah faction have announced their resignations in a demonstration of no-confidence in the PA leader.

In addition, earlier this week, hundreds of unemployed PA residents protested outside a Gaza government office, blaming the PA leader for the deteriorating situation.

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3. Volunteers Join Search for Temple Relics
By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz & Naomi Grossman

A nature reserve below Mount Scopus in Jerusalem was the scene of an ongoing archaeological rescue project Wednesday.

Dozens of volunteers searched through refuse dumped at the site by the Muslim Wakf (religious authority) in Jerusalem's Old City during the Wakf's construction of underground mosques on the Temple Mount. Archaeologists have found among the refuse many artifacts of historical import, including seals discovered just three weeks ago that date from the era of the First Temple (that built by the Biblical King Solomon).

The volunteers are working at the Ein Tzurim reserve under the direction of archaeologist Tzachi Twig. The general public has been invited to take part in the work, although a poor response was expected due to rainy weather. Sukkas (booths), in honor of the Sukkot holiday, have been erected at the site to display the artifacts recently found during the excavations.

The organizers have faced a number of difficulties from the police regarding the construction of the booths at the site and a permit for the dig. They have lodged a petition with the High Court of Justice requesting an injunction against the police, which would allow the sukkas at Ein Tzurim, as was originally agreed with the Nature and Parks Authority.

"The police have caused problems for us," stated one of the organizers. "They said that the event wasn't authorized. This is the police - which is particularly unhelpful to the Jews."

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4. Police Defy Ruling Allowing Jews to Pray at Temple Mount
By Naomi Grossman & Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

The Jerusalem police station responsible for security on the Temple Mount defied a High Court of Justice ruling permitting Jews to worship on the Temple Mount Wednesday morning.

On Monday, the eve of the Sukkot holiday, the High Court of Justice handed down a ruling officially permitting Jews to pray on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on Wednesday, between 7:30-9:00am. The court’s decision was in response to a petition filed by the Temple Mount Faithful organization. The ruling stipulated that in order to prevent a confrontation with Muslims, prayers must conclude by 9:00 o'clock, when Islamic worshippers usually arrive.

The decision sets a precedent, as it permits Jews not only to visit the Mount but also to pray there. Such a position has not been taken by the court since at least 1976.

When worshippers arrived on the scene on Wednesday morning at the appointed time, however, the police did not allow them to enter the area, telling them that they were unaware of the High Court ruling. This was in spite of the fact that according to the conditions laid down by the court, the police do not have the authority to unilaterally decide to cancel the permit based on security concerns, as has generally been the case in previous rulings.

“I don’t recognize such a ruling at all,” stated one of the officers at the Temple Mount police station. In the end, officers allowed only three groups to enter the Temple Mount, but they informed them that prayer was strictly prohibited. One of the visitors later told Arutz Sheva that when he asked a policeman if he could pray at the site, the officer replied, “If you intend to pray, it’s better that you don’t go up at all because we’ll only bring you down again.”

However, according to some of those present this morning on the Mount, in practice, the police did not interfere when two groups of Jews ascended the Mount in succession and read from printed pages of the morning prayers. Those who were allowed to enter could only do so from 7:45 till 08:15, in contravention of the High Court ruling.

When the ruling was issued, Justices Cheshin, Beinish and Jubran agreed with the petitioners that a sweeping decision preventing Jews from praying on the Temple Mount only rewarded terror. However, they felt that it was important to take into account the possible dangers that such a visit could precipitate. When Commander Ilan Franco, police commissioner of the Jerusalem region, pointed out that the Arabs only visit the Temple Mount after 9:00am, the judges therefore ruled that the site could open for Jewish prayer before that time.

Originally, the Temple Mount Faithful wanted to visit the Temple Mount from 9:00-10:30am, from where they wished to hold a procession to the Shiloach spring in David’s City, where they wanted to hold a gathering. They also wished to lay a foundation stone for the next Temple at the Givati parking lot near the Temple Mount. However, the court accepted police opposition to the laying of the foundation stone due to concerns that this could lead to rioting. Despite lawyer Naftali Werzberger’s assertion that the police did not have any concrete information of any planned riots, the risk was considered to be too great.

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5. US Urges Restraint Following Fatah Terror Attacks
By Naomi Grossman & Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

The United States has criticized Israel after restrictions were placed on the movements of Arabs in Judea and Samaria in the wake of Sunday’s terror attacks in Gush Etzion and at the Eli Junction.

In a message relayed by Lieut. Gen. William Ward, the US security envoy to the Middle East, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s office asked Israel to “take steps to ease the daily suffering of the Palestinians.” At the same time, Rice added that “Israel has the right to defend itself against terror” and that the Palestinians are also obliged to fight against it.

The IDF has taken a series of measures following the two attacks, in which three Israelis were killed and seven injured. Security forces in the Beit Lechem and Hevron areas have also been beefed up, and both cities have been encircled by an army presence. Roadblocks have been restored around Ramallah, Beit Lechem and Hevron. It was the removal of the blockades that facilitated the terrorists’ getaway on Sunday, providing them a clear escape route to nearby PA autonomous areas.

Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz also reversed an earlier decision to relax travel restrictions on PA residents. PA motorists are banned from driving on roads used by Israelis in private vehicles, a restriction that has proven effective in the war against terror.

PA leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is accusing Israel of inflaming the situation by renewing the roadblocks against PA motorists throughout Judea and Samaria.

At the same time, the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, associated with the Palestinian Authority leader's Fatah organization, has taken responsibility for the roadside shootings. According to Dr. Michael Widlanski, a specialist in Arab politics and communication, PA radio emphasized, "Both armed attacks were carried out by the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, which are part of the Fatah movement." No PA officials or media condemned the terrorist attacks, and an initial reaction by PA spokesmen denied Fatah involvement.

Al Aksa spokesman Abu Uday has denied reports that PA security forces have arrested two of the Brigades’ members in Beit Lechem, stating that the terror group has “good” relations with the PA security establishment. Members of the Brigades are included among Fatah’s list of candidates for PA parliamentary elections, due to take place in January 2006.

The terrorists responsible for the shooting attacks still remain at large, in spite of the military having sealed the area immediately following the attack and launching a manhunt. IDF officials are indicating that at this stage of the investigation, intelligence information will be the key factor in apprehending those responsible for the murders.

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6. Funeral of Gush Katif Evictee Costs Family NIS 30,000
By Naomi Grossman

When the late Chezi Chazani - of the destroyed community of Netzer Chazani - passed away last week, his family was forced to pay NIS 30,000 to conduct his funeral - because they are homeless.

The reason given for the fee, paid to the Chevra Kaddisha (Burial Society) of Rishon Lezion, is that the Chazanis - homeless since the Gaza expulsion - are not residents of the municipality and hence not entitled to burial services of the city.

Chezi Chazani (pictured above courtesy of was a leader in the struggle against the recent expulsion from Gaza and northern Samaria.

Chazani’s family wanted him to be laid to rest in Rishon Lezion, where the graves of his parents and grandparents are located. However, the local Chevra Kaddisha informed the family members that because they are not local residents they would have to pay. The family explained how difficult this would be because, since their expulsion from Netzer Chazani, they are living in temporary accommodation in Chispin in the Golan Heights.

According to reports in Yediot Acharonot, the director of the Chevra Kaddisha in Rishon Lezion started to bargain with the family. Chazani’s son told the paper that “they started at [NIS] 12,000, went up to 20,000 and settled for 30,000.” He added that, “the rabbi only agreed to the burial once the check was in his hand.”

The Chevra Kaddisha in Rishon Lezion have denied that this story is true. “It is insolence on the part of the family to make such claims. They didn’t have to pay. The state is paying for it. The deceased wasn’t a resident of Rishon Lezion and he doesn’t need to be buried here,” stated a spokesman.

According to the report, when Minister Matan Vilnai heard the story he intervened and has promised that the Prime Minister’s Office would reimburse the family for the expense.

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7. Leading Kabbalist Urges Jews to Israel - More Disasters Coming
By Baruch Gordon

On Thursday night, Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri said, "Jews must come to the land of Israel to receive our righteous Mashiach (Messiah), who has begun his influence and will reveal himself in the future."

It was during the meal after the 24-hour Yom Kippur fast that several followers approached the 104-year-old leading known Kabbalist Rabbi in Israel. A family member asked him about his remarks last month regarding natural disasters in the world. The Rabbi said that the disasters are directly related to the redemption process, which will culminate in the coming of the Mashiach.

The Rabbi added that in the near future, another wave of natural disasters will strike the world.

Last week before Yom Kippur, Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri's grandson, Rabbi Yosef Kaduri had a private audience with the elder Rabbi, along with an Arutz-7 journalist who is closely linked to Kaduri's court. Rabbi Yosef Kaduri said to his grandfather, "Not many Jews are coming from overseas. Why should they come?" The Kabbalist answered, "Because of impending danger." Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri then added a quote from Deuteronomy 4:15: "Be extremely protective of your lives."

According to Rabbi Yosef Kaduri and the Arutz-7 journalist, the Kabbalist elder referred to a known esoteric concept of a "struggle between the oceans," and said that the large oceans [Haokeanus hagadol] would strike the world. Rabbi Yosef Kaduri said that grandfather's warning includes were Jews of the Americas.

The elder Rabbi Kaduri told the two that on Yom Kippur he would have more things to say.

During the afternoon Mincha prayer on Yom Kippur, the Kabbalist scholar surprised his students and fellow worshippers with secrets relating to the coming of the Mashiach. During the service, Rabbi Kaduri lowered his head and entered a deep mystical concentration which lasted uninterrupted for some 45 minutes. The Rabbi covered his eyes as though reciting the Sh'ma prayer and only his lips were seen moving.

Students who thought the elderly Rabbi was suffering an attack of sort tried to communicate with him, but he did not break his intense concentration for a moment, even to nod.

Only after some 45 minutes, the Rabbi raised his head and looked around the room at the students and worshippers who were gathered at his Nachalat Yitzhak Yeshiva, in the Bucharim neighborhood of Jerusalem. With a broad smile on his face familiar to his students when he has a revelation, he declared, "With the help of G- d, the soul of the Mashiach has attached itself to a person in Israel" [In the original Hebrew: 'Hit'abra bezrat hashem nishmat mashiach b'adam m'yisrael'].

At the conclusion of his short declaration, murmuring was heard among the congregants as the Kabbalists' words were repeated for those who could not hear.

Rabbi Kaduri has spoken repeatedly about the Final Redemption and referred to the calculations of the Vilna Gaon regarding the redemption, which appear in the Gaon's writings and are considered difficult to decipher.

According to the writings of the Vilna Gaon, a sign of the Gog and Magog war is its breaking out on the Jewish holiday of Hoshana Rabba (the 7th day of the Sukkot holiday), just after the conclusion of the 7th or shemittah [agricultural sabbatical] year.

On September 24, 2001, Channel One Israel TV broadcast an item on what Torah and other mystics were saying in the wake of the World Trade Center attack. Speaking from the room adjacent to where Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri receives visitors, Arutz Sheva Hebrew radio showhost Yehoshua Meiri, a close confident of the Kabbalist, explained to the cameras Rabbi Kaduri's understanding of the events based on the calculations of the Vilna Gaon: "On Hashanah Rabba, the actual war of Gog and Magog will commence and will last for some seven years," said Meiri. [ Click here to view the Channel One clip in Hebrew and Rabbi Kaduri's prediction communicated by Meiri at the 1:40 minute mark.]

Precise to the minute, 13 days later on October 7th as the sun was setting and the Jewish holiday of Hoshana Rabba was ushered in, US and British forces began an aerial bombing campaign targeting Taliban forces and Al-Qaida. That year was the Hoshana Rabba just after the shemitta year of 5761.

According to the calculation, a 7-year count from that Hoshana Rabba is the date of a major revelation associated with Mashiach. Those close to Rabbi Kaduri say in his name that the 5th year of this redemption process is now beginning.

They explain that the above-mentioned "attaching" of a righteous soul to a person of Israel makes the recipient a candidate for Mashiach, but not yet the actual Mashiach. This person gets an additional soul which finds expression in the adding of a letter to his name, without changing its pronunciation. The elder Rabbi Kaduri says that the letter added to this person's name is "vav" and the secret of his power is a Star of David hidden in his attire.

Before he reached the age of 13, the young Yitzhak Kaduri studied with the renowned Rabbi Yosef Chaim (the Ben Ish Chai) of Iraq. Rabbi Kaduri tells that the Ben Ish Chai blessed him that he would live to see the revelation of the Mashiach. The Ben Ish Chai passed away, and Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri immigrated to Israel soon after.

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