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        7/16/2008, Tammuz 13, 5768

      A Year Ago Today at IsraelNN.com


      Aides to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas against joining forces with Hamas a second time. Two leaders met in Jerusalem, where Prime Minister Olmert offered to release hundreds of terrorists, remove hundreds more from Israel’s wanted list, and stop arresting terrorists in Judea and Samaria. "The gestures are a calculated risk and not a dangerous calculation," his aides said.

      Two Years Today at IsraelINN.com

      Prime Minister Ehud Olmert continued to stand by his government’s policy that the military offensive in Gaza is intended to bring an end the rocket fire into southern Israel and obtain the release of hostage soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit. He said the offensive would continue until the soldier is released unconditionally.

      --Eight people were killed, one person is in critical condition and five others were seriously wounded in a Hizbullah terrorist rocket attack on Haifa.

      This Day in Israel's History

      1934: Tens of thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Chaim Nahman Bialik, the poet who died in Vienna just a few days earlier while undergoing surgery. 

      1975: A conference of foreign ministers of Muslim states called for the expulsion of Israel from the United Nations.