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Passion Islam I May 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 15
Israel seeks U.S.
cannon to fight Gaza
Israel wants to buy a U.S. radar-
guided cannon to shoot down short-
range rockets and mortar bombs fired
at the Jewish state by Palestinians in
the Gaza Strip, an Israeli newspaper
The Raytheon Phalanx system,
designed to shred incoming shells
after spotting their launch, could
complement the Israeli Iron Dome
system that fires small interceptor
missiles and is due to be deployed on
Gaza’s border by 2010.
Phalanxes currently in production
are earmarked for U.S. forces in Iraq
and Afghanistan but Israeli Defence
Minister Ehud Barak would ask the
Pentagon to free up one unit -- costing
$25 million (17 million pounds) -- for
Israel, Haaretz said.
“The goal is to create a situation in Gaza that ended in January failed Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas’s secular
where as many rockets as possible to stamp out rocket salvoes from the rival.
launched at Israel are intercepted,” coastal enclave, ruled by the Islamist Barak has said a pullout must be
Barak was quoted as saying by the Hamas movement. predicated on Israel being confident
newspaper, which said the minister Such an apparatus could be crucial it could fend off shelling attacks from
would travel to Washington in June to for any future Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, should it also come
propose the Phalanx purchase. the occupied West Bank as part of under Hamas control.
Israel’s 22-day military offensive peace talks with Palestinian President
King to open International
media conference
King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Dr. Khoja pointed out that arrangements for the organization
Holy Mosques, will patronize here on international experts in the press and of the conference and has formed a
May 18-19 the 1st international media media industry from all over the world number of committees for planning
conference titled “Future of news will participate in the conference and preparing for the conference.
publishing.” The conference is being along with experts and consultants – SPA
organized by the Ministry of Culture from Afra and personnel of local press
and Information in coordination with and media.
International Afra Organization. He noted that the conference will
Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Khoja, Minister of be accompanied by several events
Culture and Information, said that the including organizing of an exhibition
King’s patronage of this international for sponsoring companies and Afra
conference will be in recognition organization for presenting the latest
of media members and their roles techniques in the field of press
in the development of thought and publication as well as organization
culture, adding that local, Arab and of various workshops to benefit from
international media will be honored their experiences in this area.
by the King’s inauguration of the Dr. Khoja pointed out that the
conference. ministry has taken all necessary
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