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Six village candidates vie for council, five will win

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Six village residents are contending for five open positions this General Election,November 4, for four full term positions and one partial term opening....more >>
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District to hold public forums on Weiming dorm

Oxford Schools is holding two public forums to discuss and get input from residents on the dormitory for international students that could potentially be built and paid for by the Weiming Education Group (WEG), a private Chinese company....more >>

Fire equipment a need, not a want, chief and rescuers explain

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The first priority Fire Chief Robert Smith would have if he was guaranteed additional funding would be to purchase new turnout gear for his fire rescue teams....more >>

$300K settlement proposed in Paad's suit against village

A six-figure settlement was proposed last week in U.S. District Court regarding Marion Patricia Paad's federal lawsuit alleging malicious prosecution and constitutional rights violations on the part of Oxford Village and two of its officials....more >>

Lake Orion bands bring 'spooktacular' event to Orion's daring

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Orion Township has its own home grown, family friendly spooktacular event brought to you by the Lake Orion Community Schools' (LOCS) band programs....more >>

Student count up

Student count is once again increasing in the Oxford school district. The district supplied the numbers after the Oxford Leader submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request last week....more >>
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Village police honor fire rescuers

Emily Bates, 33, and officer David Presnell, left, stand with Village Police Chief Jerry Narsh at the village council meeting Monday, Oct. 13 for a special award. On Sept. 24, Bates did what would seem for many the unthinkable: she ran into her own burning apartment building to warn the five other sleeping tenants a fire had sprung up on the porch of 35 N....more >>
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OHS equestrians are reserve state champs

The Oxford High School Equestrian Team is the reserve state champion. The Wildcats were the first runner ups at the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association State Championship Oct....more >>

Green Hippo Gifts opens with local and global thinkers in mind

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Local business owner Jennifer Meier walked into the previous downtown business Tesori's Gifts and left not with a present in her bag. She left with the store....more >>

PC gives White Pine plan preliminary OK despite opposition

Despite strong opposition from residents who favor low density and larger lots in their area, a recommendation to approve the preliminary plan for White Pine Estates a 32-unit residential development proposed for the southwest corner of Oxford Township was given Oct....more >>

Paint Creek Bicycles' owner rides through mayhem to win race

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Local cyclist and the owner of Lake Orion's Paint Creek Bicycles Keith Riege won first place in his age group and seventh overall in the Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Grinder....more >>

Plans approved for fire station addition

Plans for a substantial addition to Oxford Fire Station #1, located at 96 N. Washington St., were approved 4-0 last week by the village planning commission. Site plan approval was conditioned on the fire department submitting a landscape plan for administrative review/approval and all of the issues raised by the village engineer being addressed within 10 days....more >>

Zombies to attack runners on Polly Ann Trail!

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor A horde of gruesome, rotting zombies is poised to descend on the Polly Ann Trail where they will satisfy their unnatural hunger by feasting upon the tender flesh of innocent runners....more >>

Twp. officials set tax rates, OK 2015 budgets

Good news for Oxford Township taxpayers they won't see an increase in their municipality's operating millage rate when they receive their winter tax bills in December. As it has since the 1990s, the board once again kept the township's operating tax at 0....more >>

Girls volleyball keep it up

The Lake Orion Dragons continued their domination as one of the top volleyball teams in the state by rolling to victories in recent weeks. The Dragons dominated several teams in a recent tournament held by Mt....more >>

Varsity girls golf team prepares for battle of state championship this weekend

Just one hurdle remains for Lake Orion's girls golf team. The squad has won the Oakland County title and last week won the state regional championship. On Friday and Saturday of this week, the Dragon ladies are competing for a state championship in Battle Creek....more >>
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Village council race has 5 write-in candidates

Voting for Oxford Village Council candidates is going to require a little more effort than simply filling in the ovals next to some names on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. A total of nine candidates are running for five seats and five of those candidates are write-ins....more >>

Boys tennis teams give back

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The junior varsity and varsity boys' tennis teams traded in their rackets for landscaping tools last week offering their outdoor services to two elementary schools....more >>
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Twp. wants to sell Vets Hall through real estate agent

Officials reject giving developer exclusive rights

A step toward potentially selling the Oxford Veterans Memorial Civic Center was taken by the township board last week. Officials voted 7-0 to "consider the sale" of the 28 N. Washington St....more >>

Dragons raise intensity, score comeback win against Bloomfield Hills

By Joe St. Henry Review Special Writer It was gut check time for Lake Orion's football team last Friday, with the Dragons behind by two scores to upstart Bloomfield Hills midway through the third quarter....more >>
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Lots of fun to crow about in Oxford!

There was plenty of kid-friendly fall fun to be had in downtown Oxford Saturday as the popular Scarecrow Festival returned. Costume contests, pumpkin bowling, piping hot chili, children's activities and a hay maze made for a wonderful day....more >>
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Tattoo tales

Brandon Twp.- R.J. Munger got his first tattoo 20 years ago, when he was 16-years-old. The 1997 Brandon High School graduate talked his mom into giving him consent for the court jester that was inked onto his calf, and she accompanied him to the tattoo shop, getting her first tattoo as well— a rendering of Tweety, the cartoon bird....more >>


Deer poacher charged under harsher guidelines

Groveland Twp.- At about 8:20 a.m., Oct. 10, a gunshot rang out in the township. A resident who heard the shot called the Department of Natural Resources poaching hotline, and a conservation officer responded to investigate, ultimately ticketing another township resident....more >>


Insurance company denies village coverage in lawsuit

The village is on their own. That's the statement from Thomas McKenney, village attorney who attended the council meeting on Monday night and addressed a pending class suit that was filed last summer "The insurance company looked at the policy and the allegations and determined the village is not covered," he said....more >>


'They can't get it together'

Rec subcomittee meeting over before it begins

Brandon Twp.- The first meeting of the newly formed township parks and recreation subcommittee was scheduled at 9 a.m., Oct. 16 and ended less than 15 minutes later in confusion and anger....more >>


From down under to Goodrich; visiting Aussie now a Martian

Yellow school buses and really amazing hamburgers. "Before I left home, friends told me what to expect in America," laughed Lyall Beveridge, 15, an Australian native who has lived in Goodrich as a visiting student since August....more >>


Mental Illness Workshop

Brandon Twp.- While there may still be a stigma attached to mental illness, Emily Thomas is finding a growing acceptance by society of depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders. In an effort to help both those suffering from these ailments as well as their family members, Thomas is hosting a Mental Illness Workshop from 2-4 p....more >>


The 'Urban Warrior'—a person of change

Brandon Twp.- What possesses a man to give up all the creature comforts in his life to bring justice to a community? This is the question Lynne Kishell Huff seeks to answer in her new book, "Urban Warrior," a biography of Motor City Blight Busters founder and Ceo John Joseph George....more >>


'New' board aims for better recreation

Brandon Twp.- Reformation of a recreation subcommittee will retain two of the current members, but add three new ones and will take a page or two from the fire authority. "It's obvious things are not working in the best interest of the committee or recreation," said Bob McArthur at the township board's Oct....more >>


Township board fires 'well-liked' employee amidst drug charges

Brandon Twp.- After nearly two and a half hours of deliberation behind closed doors, the township board came out of a closed session at a special meeting Monday night and made the unanimous decision to terminate Christine Fisher as a township employee....more >>


Library takes aim at recouping $270K from fired director

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The library has filed suit against former director Paula Gauthier, seeking damages in excess of $270,000. The complaint filed with the Oakland County Clerk on Sept....more >>


Ortonville's 34th Crop Walk

Ortonville- For the past eight years, Sharon Voyer has invited students to participate in the annual Ortonville CROP Walk with her, in an effort to build a sense of community within them, as well as raise money for a good cause....more >>


Blackhawks win one for veterans

Brandon Twp.-Arguably the best moments at the Blackhawks game against Clio had nothing to do with touchdowns or defensive plays, but everything to do with sportsmanlike conduct. On Sept....more >>


Lawsuit dropped by family of boy stuck in classroom desk

A Goodrich classroom incident that drew local and national attention may have reached its conclusion. The family representing the 10-year-old student with Asperger's Syndrome who became lodged in a desk chair while Oaktree Elementary fifth grade teacher Nicole McVey recorded the incident, voluntarily dismissed the pending litigation last month without prejudice to all of the defendants....more >>


Pink Pride shines at GHS

Goodrich- Matt Flotemersch has worn many jerseys in more than 12 years of soccer. During the fall the 16 year-old GHS junior proudly sports the number "5" Martian jersey—a symbol of pride for the accomplished varsity player....more >>


Whippet back in shape

Groveland Twp.- In some small way John Dargel rescued a dog. "It was pretty sad when I found the Whippet in a field near Holly in the fall of 2013," said Dargel, a township resident and retired auto-body specialist....more >>


Robotics season kicks off at Kettering

On Saturday Goodrich and Brandon students, along with others statewide, had an opportunity to participate in the 15th Annual Kettering Kickoff Robotics Competition and the grand opening of the FIRST Community Center at Kettering University in Flint....more >>


International Day of Peace for world, families, community

Ortonville- In a world filled with turmoil, Karyn Milligan hopes to foster peace with a quiet event in this town. The International Day of Peace is a worldwide event started by the United Nations to bring attention to world problems....more >>


Townships set to oppose latest Rover pipeline plans

ET Rover has submitted a new proposed natural gas pipeline route to the relief of some Brandon Township residents, but which causes angst among neighbors to the north, including residents of Atlas and Hadley townships....more >>


Employee charged in gas station embezzling case

The former manager of an Ortonville gas station has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from the business. Carin Day was arraigned Sept. 25 in front of 52-2 District Court Judge Joseph Fabrizio on three charges of embezzlement— the first for embezzlement over $100,000; the second for embezzlement over $50,000 but less than $100,000; and a third count of embezzlement over $1,000, but less than $20,000....more >>


Brandon Academy of Arts and Sciences growing

North Central Association Commission on Accreditation & School Improvement OK Academy

Brandon Twp.- When the Brandon Academy of Arts and Sciences opened a year ago in the district's former H.T. Burt Elementary, 30 students were enrolled. The academy finished the school year with 65 students and when the doors opened for the start of the school year earlier this month, 90 students entered, tripling their numbers from 2013....more >>


New home for Avenue of Flags

Groveland Twp.- Soon about 600 American flags will have a suitable home. On Tuesday morning Ortonville Cemetery Association members, Oakland County Vocational School students, and township officals gathered for the groundbreaking of a building to house the American flags displayed each Memorial Day to honor veterans....more >>


Friday storm takes toll on historic Goodrich Cemetery

Goodrich-The vicious storm that ripped through Atlas Township on Sept. 5 producing winds of nearly 70 mph took down trees and some local history. "The straight-line wind that came out of a thunderstorm was produced by the 90 degree temperatures and high humidity on Friday," said Dan Thompson, meteorologist from the National Weather Service in White Lake Township....more >>


Drain Commissioner moves forward with drain project

Despite a pending lawsuit from 19 plaintiffs seeking compensation after they were allegedly damaged by village drains, sewers, and the millpond in the village—the Genesee County Drain Commissioner's Office, one of seven defendants in the case, plans on moving forward with work on a major infrastructure upgrade project....more >>


Fall parenting and caregiver series at library

Brandon Twp.- Help your children learn to solve problems on their own with a new program at the library. A conflict resolution workshop which kicks off a fall parenting and caregiver series is planned for 6:30 p....more >>


Township employee arraigned on drug charges, on paid leave

A longtime Brandon Township employee has been placed on paid leave after her arraignment on felony drug charges last week. Christine Fisher, 46, was arrested Sept. 8 by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Enforcement Team after drugs including heroin, cocaine and marijuana, as well as various drug paraphernalia used for drug trafficking were discovered during a search of her Waterford residence....more >>


'What They Were Thinking: Reflections on Michigan Difference-Makers'

Brandon Twp.- The distance between an idea for a book and it's actual publication can be years. In the case of Bill Haney's latest work, that span was two decades. The seed for "What They Were Thinking: Reflections on Michigan Difference-Makers" was actually planted in Haney's mind 20 years ago, when the township resident published Michael Betzold's book, "Appointment with Doctor Death," chronicling Dr....more >>


Score one for Schollar

Long-time Goodrich basketball scorekeeper honored

Goodrich- Kathleen Schollar claims she makes way too much money at her job. "I'm overpaid for sitting at that scorer's table during basketball games," laughed Schollar. "And I don't make a dime....more >>


ET Rover: 'Surveyors are allowed on private property'

'You have to write and deny them access'

Groveland Twp.- Under pressure from legislators and township supervisors for information on their proposed natural gas pipeline, ET Rover representatives met with officials in a Tuesday morning meeting that was closed to residents and media....more >>


ET Rover pipeline survey crews draws ire of residents

Atlas Twp.- If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. ET Rover, the company that is proposing a natural gas pipeline currently slated to go through this township, took this popular proverb two steps further and after failing to gain permission for a land survey not once, not twice, but four times, finally succeeded in getting what they wanted— without permission....more >>


B-Hive case moves on to circuit court

Two felony fraud charges against a Goodrich woman arrested on Jan. 24 by Genesee County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly writing bad checks to pay sellers at her former consignment business have been dismissed by a 67th District Court Judge....more >>


Identity fraud reports spike

Brandon Twp.- Two reports of fraud this past week are just the latest in a string of identity thefts perpetrated against township residents. "We are being inundated with reports of fraud, they are non-stop," said Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>


Driver drags, strikes woman with vehicle

Brandon Twp.- A 34-year-old woman was injured this week after being dragged and then struck by a vehicle driven by her husband. According to an Oakland County Sheriff's Office report, Brandon deputies responded at about 2:03 a....more >>


Family Disaster, Safety and Planning Class

Brandon Twp.- Strong storms rolling through southeast Michigan just over a week ago knocked out power to nearly 400,000 homes and businesses. Power outages caused by storms are not uncommon in the township....more >>


Trustees join resolution for more control over drilling sites

Groveland Twp.-On Monday night the board of trustees voted 5-0 joining West Bloomfield Township along with other communities in Michigan supporting more local control over where gas and oil companies can locate drilling sites....more >>


Life aboard the USS Bush

Deployed aircraft carrier home to local sailor

(Groveland Township resident Heather Ricksgers corresponded with The Citizen newspaper through a series of emails while on active duty aboard the USS George H.W. Bush deployed in the Middle East....more >>


Tree stand safety key as archery deer season opens statewide

Heights did not bother Jeremy Shellnut. So, on Sept. 6, 2013, Shellnut climbed about 40 feet up in a tree stand in preparation for the Oct. 1, 2013 archery deer season. "I was just checking out the stand, "said Shellnut, a veteran Brandon Township deer hunter....more >>


Township coffers swell to more than $3.9M

Groveland Twp.- On Monday night the township board of trustees approved an audit presented by Ken Palka, from the accounting firm of Pfeffer, Hanniford and Palka. Palka reported on the township finances following the completion of the yearly audit....more >>


Man hospitalized after township shooting

At 12:07 p.m., Sept. 4, Michigan State Police responded to a home in the 11000 block of County Line Road in Groveland Township. The 9-1-1 call was from a 61-year-old victim that alleged he had been shot by his 88-year-old father when he arrived to deliver food to him....more >>


Alward named Coach of the Week

Coach Alward has been selected as the Detroit Lions/NFL Foundation/Farm Bureau 'Coach of the Week' for Week six of the 2014 season. "We are very proud of Coach Alward's accomplishment," said Dave Davis, athletic director....more >>


Five awards for The Citizen staff in MPA Better Newspaper Contest

The Citizen news staff has been honored with five awards in the 2014 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association reviewed 3,417 entries submitted by 119 Michigan newspapers in this year's contest, which covers a wide range of categories....more >>
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Martians remember

It's been 72 years since Isabel Rossman received her Goodrich High School diploma. At 99-years-old, Isabel was the "Senior Martian" and perhaps the last known member of the Goodrich Class of 1932, sharing memories of teachers, school and friends during the Martian Reunion on Sunday....more >>


O.A.T.S. to provide Horses for Heroes

Brandon Twp.- Chris Klann was a first class airman in the Air Force for six years, including time in South Korea, Alaska, and a 4-month stint in Qatar. He retired with a disability in 2009 and like many other veterans, found himself struggling to adapt post-service....more >>


Battle of the bands at BHS

Brandon Twp.- Bring on the bands. The Brandon Marching Band Invitational, planned for 10:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 18, at Brandon High School, 1025 S. Ortonville Road, is expected to be the largest ever....more >>


Village resident charged with CSC

A 59-year-old Ortonville man has been charged with criminal sexual conduct after assaulting his stepdaughter. Charles Spragg was arraigned Oct. 6 on one count of criminal sexual conduct, third degree, a 15-year felony, at 52-2 District Court....more >>


No antler restriction this fall for local hunters

As the Oct. 1 deer archery season and the Nov. 15 firearm season approaches, local hunters will not be counting points on their bucks. In 2013 regulations required hunters in the northern lower peninsula counties of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Osceola and Wexford to count horns for the first time during last deer hunting season....more >>


Goodrich Moo & Moore

Goodrich-An area ice cream destination just got a little sweeter. Goodrich Moo & Moore—formerly Moo Cow—reopened Oct. 1, adding a host of new desserts and lunches. Jennifer and Nick Mendoza purchased the established business, bringing locally produced Cook's Farm Dairy Ice Cream along with Michigan made Ashby's Ice Cream to town....more >>
Senior Paige Barnhardt, on right, cheers as the announcement is made during halftime senior classmate Jenny Lussenhop is the 2014 Homecoming Queen. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)

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King and queen

Jenny Lussenhop and Isaac Mansour are this year's Clarkston High School Homecoming queen and king. Please see Page 17 for more pictures from their crowning and the entire Homecoming Court....more >>

Committee concerns

Proposed committee for school finances raises micromanagement fears

As Clarkston school administration and Board of Education puts its Strategic Plan into practice, a proposed finance committee is of concern to a board trustee. "Based on what's written here, I don't feel this is appropriate," said Trustee Cheryl McGinnis at the Oct....more >>

Township buys property for road improvements

Four pieces of property needed for road improvements now belong to Independence Township. At their Oct. 7 meeting, township trustees approved purchasing the last of four easements on Sashabaw Road at Waldon Road....more >>
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Crowd contest for foundation

Clarkston's Amyloidosis Foundation is in the running for thousands in grants in a crowd-funding contest this month. "We have raised over $4,000 and are in eighth place overall for donations so far," said Mary E....more >>
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Fire safety at Clarkston El

Kids at Clarkson Elementary know more about fire safety thanks to Independence Township Fire Department. Fire Marshall Bruce Harbin and other department employees told kids their homework was to make sure they had working smoke detectors in their home....more >>
Tori Thompson displays a Threads of Hope bracelet. She's selling them to raise money for a mission trip spanning 11 countries next year. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)


Mission trip planned around the world

Tori Thompson of Springfield Township has big plans for New Year's 2015 she's looking to head overseas for a World Race mission trip. "It'll be awesome to work with people of different cultures and language," said Thompson, 26....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Celebs help raise walls of habitat home

Not everyone can say super stars helped build their home. Veteran Shannon Chatman can say just that, after country superstar duo Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard from the band Florida Georgia Line paid an unannounced special visit to a work site of a My Habitat Clarkston build on Hogback Lake Road in Springfield Township....more >>
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Chili experts

Chili chefs and fans filled the backyard of Lowrie's Landscape and Plum Hollow on Dixie Highway for their annual Chili Cookoff, Oct. 9. Jennifer Detkowski earned top honors at the contest, in which tasters voted for their favorites....more >>
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The ladies sparkled and the men were dashing as the Clarkston High School Homecoming Court walked down the 50-yard line during the Wolves' half-time on Friday night. The sophomore class was presented by princess Sydney Houstina and prince Patrick McKillop....more >>
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Soaring spirit

The spirit and enthusiasm was loud at Clarkston High School on Friday as the students cheered and played games during the Homecoming Pep Rally. The weeklong festivities ended with the seniors winning the Spirit Cup....more >>
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The Clarkston JV and Varsity Dance teams show their love for Clarkston after their performance last Friday....more >>
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Let the music play

Hank Whitmore plays the trumpet with the Clarkston High School Marching Band as they perform last Friday. Join the band on Saturday when they host the Clarkston Invitational. The day long event ends with the Wolves performing at 9 p....more >>

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News in Brief

School candidate forum The League of Women Voters hosts a candidate forum for Clarkston Board of Education candidates, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at Clarkston Junior High School, 6595 Waldon Road....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Farmer Jack buys Clarkston Food Town" The end of an era came when long time grocery staple, Food Town, was sold to Farmer Jack. The decision affected 10 Food Towns including Clarkston's location on Sashabaw Road....more >>
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1901: Adelaide Hall, cabaret singer.
1925: Art Buchwald, humorist.
1931: Mickey Mantel, baseball great who played for the New York Yankees
1932: Michael McClure, beat poet.
1940: Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate.
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1944: U.S. troops and on Leyte in the Philippines, keeping General MacArthur's pledge I shall return.General George C. Kenney pioneered aerial warfare strategy and tactics in the Pacific theater.
1945: Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon form the Arab League to present a unified front against the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine.
1947: The House Un-American Activities Committee opens public hearings on alleged communist infiltration in Hollywood. Among those denounced as having un-American tendencies are: Katherine Hepburn, Charles Chaplin and Edward G. Robinson. Among those called to testify is Screen Actors Guild President Ronald Reagan, who denies that leftists ever controlled the Guild and refuses to label anyone a communist.
1968: Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis.
1973: Arab oil-producing nations ban oil exports to the United States, following the outbreak of Arab-Israeli war.