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Hizbullah Theme Park Glorifies War against Israel

{image_1}Hizbullah has opened a theme park glorifying its battles against Israel on a mountaintop in southern Lebanon. The launch of the tourist site was timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Israel’s unilateral pullout from Lebanon, for which Hizbullah claims credit. The site itself—at Mlita, about 20 miles [32 kilometers] north of the Israel–Lebanon border—was a secret underground Hizbullah base during the years Israeli troops patrolled southern Lebanon.

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Tel Aviv in M600 Missile Range of Hizbullah

{image_1}Syria has provided Hizbullah with a supply of M600 missiles during the past year, according to the head of research for Israel’s Military Intelligence. The Syrian copy of an Iranian design has a range of 187 miles [301 kilometers], which places Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city, within Hizbullah’s sights. The weapon carries an explosive payload of up to one-half ton. The majority of Israel’s population is clustered within the greater Tel Aviv area.

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Gaza Flotilla Preplanned Attack on Soldiers

{image_1}Deadly violence erupted May 31 as activists on one of the boats claiming to bring humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip attacked Israeli soldiers after they boarded the flotilla to enforce Israel’s naval blockade of Hamas-run Gaza. According to press statements from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), at least nine activists were killed in the confrontation and seven Israeli soldiers were wounded, four moderately, of which two were initially in critical condition. During the confrontation, two guns belonging to the Israeli soldiers were taken by the activists and used against the IDF.

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Investment in Israeli Venture Capital Drops

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Israeli venture capital firms are finding it difficult to find investors for the country’s high-tech sector, a recent report found. Venture capital funds function as a bridge between investors and start-up companies requiring initial investments to develop new products and services. According to a report by the Israeli Venture Capital Research Center (IVCRC), 2009 was the third worst year in the last decade for the country’s venture capital funds, as only US $228 million was raised compared to US $803 in 2008, a drop of 72%.

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UNICEF Supports Palestinian Hate Ad

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Donor organizations to the Palestinian Authority [PA] have been challenged for years to prevent their well-intentioned contributions from being directed towards hate promotion by the PA, its institutions, and its NGOs.

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Mauritania Cuts Ties with Israel

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Israel’s last official ambassador to Mauritania said he was surprised by the country’s announcement that it had completely severed ties with the Jewish state. “To be honest,” Boaz Bismut told The Media Line, “I didn’t believe it would happen because I knew the relations were something good and had positive consequences on both sides.

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New Gas Masks Distributed

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In February, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began the long-anticipated distribution of gas masks to all of Israel’s residents, according to a report on the IDF Web site. Though masks have been distributed before—most notably in conjunction with the First Gulf War in 1991 when Saddam Hussein fired Scud missiles at Israel—the masks have needed to be upgraded.

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IDF Simulates Biological Attack

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In January, the Israel Defense Forces [IDF] Medical Corps held a drill to simulate a mass casualty biological weapons attack in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.

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UNIFIL Finds Bombs near Lebanon

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Members of the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon report finding a number of bombs planted near the border with the Israeli town of Metula. Described as sophisticated and well made, the weapons each contained about 660 pounds [272 kilograms]  of explosives and are believed to have been set to kill Israeli soldiers entering Lebanese territory, presumably in pursuit of cross-border raiders from Hizbullah.

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Keeping a Strong Israeli Border Presence

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Israel will maintain a strong military presence along the eastern border of the Palestinian state—its border with Jordan—once it’s created, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He told foreign reporters in Jerusalem that “the ability to proliferate into contiguous areas thousands of rockets and missiles” creates a “monumental security problem.”

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