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ISRAEL has warned the United Nations that a new "axis of terror" - Iran, Syria and the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority - is sowing the seeds of a new world war.

But the Palestinians accuse Israel of an escalating military campaign using indiscriminate force to kill civilians and entrench its occupation.

The Israeli and Palestinian envoys traded charges at an open Security Council meeting held on Monday in response to the recent surge in Israeli attacks in Gaza.

It took place on a day that a Palestinian suicide bomber struck a packed fast-food restaurant in Tel Aviv, killing nine people in the deadliest bombing in Israel in more than a year.

Recent statements by the Palestinian government, Iran and Syria, including one by Hamas on Monday defending the suicide bombing, "are clear declarations of war, and I urge each and every one of you to listen carefully and take them at face value," said Israel's ambassador to the UN, Dan Gillerman.

"A dark cloud is looming above our region, and it is metastasising as a result of the statements and actions by leaders of Iran, Syria, and the newly elected government of the Palestinian Authority," he said.

The Palestinian UN observer, Riyad Mansour, condemned the suicide bombing and the loss of innocent civilians on both sides, but attacked Israel for trying to portray its latest military escalation - which killed 21 Palestinians between April 7 and 9 - as a response to violence from the Palestinian territories.

"Israel, the occupying power has been relentless in its grave breaches of international law, including the wilful killing and injury of civilians and the practice of extrajudicial executions," he said.

Israeli aircraft retaliated for the attack on Monday night, firing missiles at a metal workshop in Gaza City, and yesterday morning Israeli troops raided a West Bank village near Jenin, arresting the father of the suicide bomber responsible for the attack.

Yet there is also pressure on the acting Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, who has yet to form a government following general elections late last month, to moderate his response lest it undermine US-led efforts to isolate the Hamas government diplomatically and financially unless it renounces violence and recognises Israel.

On Monday the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, called the escalating violence "very worrying" and urged both sides to avoid putting civilians at risk.

He also announced that the Middle East Quartet of peacemakers - the UN, the US, the European Union and Russia - would meet in New York on May 9 to discuss how to advance the stalled roadmap to peace.

■ Japan has announced that it would not extend new aid to the Palestinians via the Palestinian Authority until it becomes clear that Hamas is committed to the Middle East peace process, Foreign Affairs Ministry officials said yesterday.

Japan - which has given $US840 million ($1.1 billion) in aid to Palestinians since 1993 - will however continue to offer fresh humanitarian aid if the need arises, said a spokesman, Akira Chiba.

"Until we have a clearer picture … there won't be a situation where new aid would be given."

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Japan - which has given $US840 million ($1.1 billion) in aid to Palestinians since 1993 - will however continue to offer fresh humanitarian aid if the need arises, said a spokesman, Akira Chiba.

Bet all that went on schools and hospitals :lol:

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Bleah, to have a world war, an opponent who is competent is required.

Right now, there doesn't seem to be anyone who can afford to try and take to world over.

Iran's tech "advances" are wishful thinking (of the fairytale kind), the "flying boat" was quite a hoot (evil tongues claim Maharishi was involved in the design), and the most dangerous thing about the Iranians messing with nuclear power is their use of Russian tech.

And even if they get to build a bomb or ten _and_ manage to deliver it -- then what?

We are living with random (and pointless) bombs already, but 9/11 and 7/7 didn't even make a dent in our substance. It got us angry, but that is all, in the big picture, it didn't matter at all to the country. Our worst enemy is our irrational paranoia here.

WWIII would be an issue if it was China & Russia vs the US. But it isn't, it is one of the world's failed, dysfunctional states that is trying to peddle the 'Islam ueber alles' rubbish, trolling to take on 'the world'.

Note that elephants may be scared of mice, but mice can only eat elephants that they have bagged one bite at the time.

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Bet all that went on schools and hospitals :lol:

Gotcha RichM.

Forget the christian forgiveness BS. You are just a counter-fundamentalist neocon mouthpiece.

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