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Preliminary: Shooting Attack in Hevron Hills, One Wounded
Terrorists shot an Israeli motorist, wounding him critically and injuring two others in the southern Hevron Hills region Friday afternoon.
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 1. Preliminary: Shooting Attack in Hevron Hills, One Wounded
 2. Feiglin: No Difference Between Silvan Shalom and Netanyahu
 3. PA Arabs Vote Overwhelmingly For Hamas Terror Group
 4. Counter-Terror Operations in Gaza and N. Samaria Widen
 5. Arab Convoys From Gaza to Hevron in Coming Weeks
 6. Photo Essay: Nature Preserve on Partition Wall Chopping Block
 7. First Time Visitors to Israel and Stopping the Fence

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1. Preliminary: Shooting Attack in Hevron Hills, One Wounded
By Ezra HaLevi

Terrorists shot an Israeli motorist, wounding him critically and injuring two others in the southern Hevron Hills region Friday afternoon.

The attack took place in between Beit Haggai and Har Manoah - a region slated to be left on the "other" side of the Partition Fence.

The critically injured victim was transported to Hadassa Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem.

IDF forces have deployed in the region to search for the terrorists.

There have been increasing rock and Molotov Cocktail attacks in the region in recent weeks.

Hevron Hills Mayor Tzviki Bar-Chai called upon Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to order an all-out offensive on terror groups operating in the region. He blamed Israel's planned facilitation of Arab convoys from Gaza to Judea and Samaria for the brazen attack.

A full closure has been placed on Judea and Samaria and Gaza following the firing of Kassam rockets at Ashkelon Thursday night.

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2. Feiglin: No Difference Between Silvan Shalom and Netanyahu
By Ezra HaLevi

"The difference between Netanyahu and Silvan Shalom is that Netanyahu could have actually stopped the expulsion," Moshe Feiglin said Friday, responding to calls to drop out of race to head Likud.

According to polls, Jewish Leadership Faction head Moshe Feiglin trails behind ex-Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom in the race for Likud party chairman. The primaries are scheduled for this Monday.

Political analyst Dr. Aaron Lerner of Independent Media Review Analysis (IMRA) outlined the argument of those pressing Feiglin to pull out. "There is every indication that potential Feiglin supporters [in the Likud] will play a pivotal role [in Monday's primary]," Lerner wrote. He explained that supporters of Feiglin's Jewish Leadership faction, who would vote for Netanyahu if a second round of voting were to take place, should realize that Feiglin does not have a chance to win and vote Netanyahu in the first round to make sure Sharon-sympathizer Silvan Shalom does not take the election.

Feiglin told Arutz-7 Friday that there is no chance that he will pull out of the race. He said that those in Judea and Samaria who believe Netanyahu will save their homes from destruction are misguided.

"The bottom line is that both Netanyahu and Silvan Shalom left the voters for the Disengagement," he said. "The only difference between the two is that Netanyahu's influence could have actually stopped the expulsion and Shalom could not have. I really don't understand how people can still think that Netanyahu is less dangerous for Jewish settlement than Shalom. He actually had it within his power to stop the Disengagement and chose not to." Feiglin insists that Netanyahu knew he could lead a successful struggle from outside the government, but Shalom could not have.

"I can't understand how people can still think that voting for something that failed so many times is the answer instead of developing their own beliefs and alternatives," he said.

An alternative argument for voting Netanyahu, advanced at an informal meeting of Land of Israel Likud voters in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem, is that a strong Netanyahu, untainted by the 'extreme' image the media have painted Feiglin with, could win many middle-of-the-road voters away from Ariel Sharon's Kadima Party. Netanyahu, they argue, is the only one that could beat Sharon's Kadima Party and thereby prevent the destruction of communities like Beit El, situated outside the Partition Fence.

Feiglin responded to this reasoning: "If people think that the danger to Beit El with Netanyahu is less than that posed by Sharon, they are wrong. This thinking is what brought us to the collapse of the settlements. Instead of taking the bull by its horns, we are trying to think in a manipulative manner. The result of that kind of thinking is that all candidates know they have our votes because we are in their pockets. If I leave the race, the only forces pushing Netanyahu will be from the left. Look at [recently withdrawn candidate] Uzi Landau. Do you think he has any influence on Netanyahu? Netanyahu gave him a commitment just like he gave the Chabad rabbis before he became prime minister last time. It won't matter when [US Secretary of State] Condoleezza Rice tells him to erase Beit El and Shilo."

Feiglin says that should he be elected as Likud Party chairman, he would be happy to have Netanyahu serve as his finance minister.

Feiglin is urging everyone with a membership in the Likud to disregard the polls, which have repeatedly been revealed to be merely tools used to tell voters how to choose, and come out and vote in Monday's primaries.

"I believe that within five years, Israel will have a real Jewish leadership," Feiglin concluded. We must understand that our lives depend on it."

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3. PA Arabs Vote Overwhelmingly For Hamas Terror Group
By Ezra HaLevi

With the general PA elections a month away, Hamas victories in major PA-controlled cities foreshadow the election of the terrorist group as the representatives of the Arabs of the PA.

Hamas is responsible for many of the world's most gruesome attacks on civilians.

Hamas has won an estimated 75% of the votes in the municipal elections in Shechem (Nablus), 72% of the votes in El-Bireh (Ramallah's twin city) and took the leadership of the terror-capital of Jenin as well. In Ramallah, long the seat of power of Yassir Arafat and the ruling Fatah group, the PFLP terror group took the elections.

In a previous round of voting, Hamas and the PFLP won elections in Bethlehem and Beit Jala, both just south of Jerusalem. Fatah only chalked up a victory in the Bethlehem suburb of Beit Sahur.

Local elections in Gaza and Hevron were delayed by the PA election committee. PA sources say the delay was due to concern of a wider-scale victory for Hamas, which appreciates massive support in both locales.

Crowds of Hamas supporters in Shechem celebrated in the streets Thursday night. The Hamas leadership, meanwhile, is promising future victories. "The big party will be when we win the parliamentary elections" Hamas spokesman Yasser Mansour said.

Hamas is listed as a terror organization in the United States and Europe. Fundraising for and affiliation with the group is a crime. It is unclear whether the world's nations, including Israel, will continue to assist the Palestinian Authority if a party advocating the destruction of Israel sits at its helm. In a recent election video, Hamas declared that it will not give up its armed struggle until Israel is destroyed.

In the aftermath of previous gains by Hamas and other terror groups, some commentators have suggested that support for Hamas indicates a rejection of Fatah corruption and not support for the group's terror attacks and public adulation of suicide-bombers. In the recent local elections, however ten other parties, many of them unaffiliated with terror groups, submitted candidates, yet Hamas won popular support.

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4. Counter-Terror Operations in Gaza and N. Samaria Widen
By Ezra HaLevi

With the firing of eight Kassam rockets from Gaza and an attempted bombing of the Gush Etzion Tunnel Road Thursday, the IDF has returned to Gaza and northern Samaria.


Nearly every night this past week, the IDF has carried out a counter-terror operation in Gaza. Following Thursday night's attacks, Israel's Air Force and artillery targeted thirteen roads in the area of Beit Hanoun and Jabalya, in northern Gaza. The IDF said that the routes are regularly used by terrorists to reach the areas from which they launch Kassam rockets at Israeli towns.

In northern Samaria, the region from which two Jewish towns were forcibly removed and destroyed during the Disengagement Plan, the IDF continues to thwart terror attacks on a daily basis.

During the past week, the following attacks were thwarted by the IDF presence in and around Shechem (Nablus) and Jenin:

* An explosives laboratory was uncovered by the IDF and General Security Service in the Massaken Sha'abiya neighborhood in Shechem. In the laboratory, forces found: an explosive belt ready for use, a projectile rocket, 160 pounds of explosives, an electronic system used for cellular activation of a network of explosive devices, a small explosive device and a large quantity of raw materials used for the manufacturing of explosives. The explosives laboratory was detonated in a controlled manner by IDF sappers.

* A number of explosive devices, weighing hundreds of pounds, were uncovered in a well in the village of Kabatya, southeast of Jenin. The explosives were detonated in a controlled manner by sappers. Four wanted Islamic Jihad terrorists were arrested in the operation, during which the Arabs opened fire several times at the force and activated two explosive devices. In addition, a Border Police officer was injured lightly when Arabs hurled firebombs and rocks at additional forces in the area.

* Two metal cans filled with explosives were found in the possession of a 15-year-old Arab boy who arrived at the Hawara Crossing, south of Shechem. A 6-inch knife was found on an Arab man at the crossing and three other men were found with four firebombs and a number of rifle bullets.

* Two pipe bombs were found and confiscated at a temporary roadblock west of Jenin and a belt full of ammunition confiscated at such a roadblock south of the city.

* A 16-year-old Palestinian tried to stab Border Police at the Salem Crossing after a metal detector determined he had a large knife on his person. An Arab woman was found with a large knife on her person at the Beit Eba checkpoint near Shechem. The woman admitted that she intended to stab soldiers at the checkpoint.

* Soldiers were alerted of contact with the separation fence near the Jenin suburb of Kafin and were targeted with an explosive device when they arrived at the scene.

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5. Arab Convoys From Gaza to Hevron in Coming Weeks
By Ezra HaLevi

Despite a Cabinet decision not to implement such an arrangement until the PA acts against terror groups, the Sharon government has agreed to allow convoys between Gaza and Hevron in the near future.


Sharon committed to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Israel would begin facilitating “safe-passage” from Gaza to the Tarkumiya crossing near Hevron Thursday, but they were delayed due to the bombing of the Sharon Mall in Netanya last week and again due to the barrage of Kassam rockets Thursday.

Following the Netanya attack, the Cabinet decided to freeze talks on such convoys until the PA takes measures against terror groups. Such steps have not been taken and it is unclear whether the cabinet has retracted its decision or whether Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans to implement the convoys regardless.

IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz told Army Radio Monday that the convoys will not operate until rocket fire on Israeli towns stop and Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz announced Thursday that the convoys would be delayed.

Defense Ministry officials report that another reason for the convoys’ delay is the violation of recently made agreements regarding the Rafiah Crossing from Gaza to Egypt. Data on who is using the crossing has not been transferred to Israel in a timely or comprehensive manner.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs C. David Welch told a London conference of donors to the PA Wednesday that bus convoys would begin as scheduled, regardless of Israeli reservations. "We fully expect Israel and the Palestinians to implement all aspects of the movement agreement on schedule and we will help them to do so," Welch said.

Deputy Defense Minister Ze'ev Boim (Likud) sharply attacked the plan on Army Radio, calling it foolish and saying Israel should “just say no” to US demands.

Some Israeli reservations include the demand that one route instead of three separate routes be operated, that men between 16 and 35 not be allowed to use the safe-passage and the amount of time travelers are allowed to stay be limited to ten days.

Security officials are concerned that with Gaza now in the hands of various terror groups, the convoys will serve to import Gazan terrorism to Judea and Samaria.

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6. Photo Essay: Nature Preserve on Partition Wall Chopping Block
By Ezra HaLevi

Residents of Gush Etzion took to the streets Thursday to protest the Partition Wall and physically block efforts by the Defense Ministry to cut down a nature preserve to build the wall.

Email subscribers, click here to view the photo essay
(Photos: Ezra HaLevi)

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7. First Time Visitors to Israel and Stopping the Fence
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