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Gush Etzion: "We Are Fighting for Our Homes"
Shaul Goldstein, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, said: "We are fighting for
our homes. Today they took over empty mobile homes, tomorrow they will take over
communities and family homes." He made the comments at an emergency meeting of the Judea,
Samaria and Gaza Council Monday evening, during which it was decided to begin a determined
struggle against the evacuation of Jewish outposts and neighborhoods. Goldstein called on
the Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza to carry out their struggle free of
Israel Begins Taking Down Some West Bank Outposts
By VOA News & Ha'aretz
The Israeli army has begun tearing down unauthorized Jewish settlements in the West
Bank - a move dismissed by Palestinian officials as insignificant. Palestinian Cabinet
Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo says the dismantling of uninhabited outposts is "just a
Israeli military officials have not said which outposts they are removing. But earlier
Monday soldiers dismantled the Amona outpost, consisting of a single water tower. More
than 100 settlers blocked troops who tried to remove the tower after the army tore it
down. Settlers warned they would stage demonstrations if soldiers try to tear down
inhabited outposts. Removing Jewish settlements is a key point in the road map plan for
Middle East peace.
Military sources said that the army intended to remove a total of 94 outposts in the
near future, and that in the coming days populated outposts would also be evacuated. The
order to began dismantling the outposts was issued about an hour
after a meeting between Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Yesha Council leaders, during
which the sides failed to reach an agreement.
The dismantling proceeded without any major incidents, but hundreds of settlers -
including many children - came to Amona and attempted to prevent the movement of military
forces and formed a human blockade to prevent IDF trucks from moving.
The army said that many valuable lessons were learned from such evacuation operations
in the past, and that this time the IDF is dismantling several outposts simultaneously in
different areas, in order to prevent thousands of settlers from gathering at every site to
At last week's peace summit in Jordan, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said some of the
outposts would be torn down as part of efforts to advance the "road map" plan for Middle
Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas said he would not use force against
Palestinian militant groups Israel wants disarmed before going ahead with the peace plan.
He said he wants a dialogue with the groups, which have refused to stop their attacks on
Israelis. Palestinian militants killed five Israeli soldiers on Sunday.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Palestinian militants who attack Israeli
targets are not just the enemies of peace, but also of the creation of a Palestinian
The United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia drafted the "road map"
plan, which calls for Israelis and Palestinians to take a series of steps leading to an
independent Palestinian state by 2005, living side by side in peace with Israel.
Yesha Council spokesman Yehoshua Mor-Yosef said that settlers would do everything they
could to avoid clashes with soldiers, but "if we are evacuated, and I assume that the army
will use force to evacuate us in the end, then we will
return the next day to 10 hilltops. We will do everything we can to torpedo, obstruct, and
to prolong this step." He accused Sharon of "hiding behind the army and had not shown even
the minimal amount of courage to look us in the eye and tell us, 'Guys, we're about to
He said the prime minister was "cynically and manipulatively" exploiting settlers in an
effort to place them in conflict with the IDF. "We will not fall into Ariel Sharon's
President George W. Bush said he remained optimistic about the Middle East peace
process, despite a new round of violence in the region. The president made clear he is
undeterred by the violence and will continue to push the peace process forward. He said he
left the summit in Aqaba convinced that Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas were prepared to work for
"I am optimistic that responsible leaders have now got the message that we must combine
to work to fight off the terror attacks, so that a peaceful Palestinian state can emerge,"
Bush added that he knows the process will not be quick or easy. "I understand there is
going to be a lot of work to do," he acknowledged. "But I am prepared to lead."
Kahane Books Offered Free
By Israel Faxx News Services
A number of copies of Meir Kahane's "Story of the Jewish Defense League" are being
offered free to Jewish libraries. This is the first edition (1975), however the books were
not stored properly and have "minor" signs of dampness. The donor is willing to pay for
postage within the U.S. Libby Kahane 14/8 Kotler St. - Jerusalem, Israel - Tel-Fax
A note regarding this offer was received by the HaSafran listserv: "Please be very
cautious about adding these books to your collection. If the books were stored under
damp conditions, no matter how "MINOR" the signs, it means that there are
activated mold spores in the pages and covers. Spores exist everywhere,
of course, but the problem here is that they are very likely no longer in a dormant
"Unless the books are properly treated to kill off the active mold, there's a very
good chance that the mold can spread to adjoining books which were previously clean. It
is to the credit of the donor that the condition of the books has been
made known." B'shalom, Bernard Katz, former Head, Special Collections and Library
Development McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph (Ontario).
Israel Commences Privatization of El Al
By Sharmila Devi (Financial Times)
The long-delayed privatization of El Al Israel Airlines gets under way on Tuesday when
the government starts to sell its 97 per cent stake in the country's flag carrier on the
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
The government is issuing combinations of stock and options, which can be converted
within nine months to four years. The state and El Al employees will retain just more than
half of the company after the flotation until options are converted.
After years during which the government failed to find a strategic investor for the
airline, the issue marks a boost for privatization. With little interest expected from
international investors, the government appealed to domestic investors, saying the low
price was a key selling point.
Soon after privatization, the company is expected to authorize flights on the Jewish
Sabbath, which runs from Friday to Saturday evening. Such a move is deemed vital to
reverse losses of $23.7 million in 2002 and debts of $900 million.
On offer are five combinations of stocks, options and warrants. Kobby Finkelstein of
Investec Israel said that, if the first and cheapest package was chosen, the government
would retain 76 per cent of El Al. At the end of the process, the government was planning
to reduce its stake to 1 per cent.
Immediately after Tuesday's sale, if one group wins at least 31 per cent of the
company, it would be able to gain control if employees voted with them. A group of
investors led by Arkia, a domestic airline, was considering such a stake.
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