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One Is What One Says


The Israel Broadcasting Authority has instructed broadcasters on Channel One television and Reshet Bet newsradio to stop using the Arab words intifada (uprising) and hudna (temporary cease-fire). The proposal was submitted by a left-leaning representative of the IBA Executive Board, and was accepted unanimously. Alon Ro'i, a Likud-associated member of the IBA board, told Arutz-7 that more nationalistic terms will replace these words, but "they have not yet been determined." One of the goals, said another representative, is to "stop allowing the Arabs to determine how we view the situation."

Arafat Appoints New Security Advisor

By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)

Palestinian Chairman Yasir Arafat appointed a new security adviser in what observers say is a move to prevent his U.S.-backed prime minister from gaining control over the Palestinian police forces. Arafat appointed Brig. Gen. Jibril Rajoub, a former head of the security forces in the West Bank, to oversee operations of the Palestinian police.

Palestinian officials said the appointment is part of Arafat's efforts to retain full control over security forces. Arafat has sparked an internal crisis within the Palestinian Authority by refusing to relinquish his control over the various Palestinian forces that are responsible for law and order.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and his security chief, Mohammed Dahlan, have mounted a challenge to Arafat's rule, declaring that they need to have responsibility for all security forces to confront the Palestinian militant groups that continue to carry out terror attacks.

But Arafat rejected their appeal and enlisted Rajoub, whom he had fired last year following a heated argument. At the time, the Palestinian president reportedly tried to punch Rajoub and drew his pistol before being restrained by some of his aides. But the two men appear to have patched up their differences and have found common cause in their opposition to Dahlan, regarded by Rajoub as a strong rival.

Rajoub confirmed he had accepted the position and said a new national security council would be established under the leadership of Arafat. This body would oversee what he described as the reform of the various Palestinian police forces. Rajoub also said his appointment could help heal the rift between Arafat and Abbas, rejecting claims that it would only increase tensions within the Palestinian leadership

Hamas Official Says More Than 'Road Map' Needed to Bring Mideast Peace

By VOA News

A Hamas official said it would take more than the road map peace plan to bring an end to fighting between Israelis and Palestinians. A senior Hamas official in Lebanon restated the group's position that efforts to achieve peace in the region, including the U.S. backed road map for peace, would not work until Israel completely withdrew from all occupied Palestinian territories.

Hamas, an organization on the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist groups, said the international peace proposal between the Israelis and Palestinians known as the road map is not a plan that will lead to peace, and does not get Hamas' support.

Hamas spokesman in Lebanon, Osama Abu Hemdan, told VOA that the road map does not offer a political solution. He said that while it addresses issues of security, it does not address the political process for achieving lasting peace. And, he said, the plan would never be implemented unless there is international pressure. "There is no real pressure applied on the road map. There is no pressure to do anything of the requirements of the peace process. So, I believe, if there is no change here or there, there would be no hope of bringing peace to the region."

Osama el Baz is a political adviser to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. He agrees pressure must be applied on both sides to follow the road map. Speaking Sunday in Alexandria, Egypt, Baz said that if both sides were made to adhere to the plan, he believes a Palestinian state could be created within two-to-three years.

But according to Hemdan of Hamas, the only way lasting peace can be achieved is if Israel first pulls out of all Palestinian occupied territories. "We want to end the occupation of the Palestinian lands," he said. "To let the Palestinians establish their own state without any kind of control from the Israelis, without any kind of interference from the Israelis."

Hemdan said once the Palestinians have their own state then the issue of lasting peace can truly be negotiated because, he said, it would be between two separate and recognized governments. Until then, Hemdan said, Hamas would continue to seek revenge for any act by Israel it considers to be hostile.

Hamas Vows Revenge for Latest Killing

By Larry James (VOA-Jerusalem)

The Palestinian militant group Hamas has vowed revenge for the latest killing of its members by Israel. Palestinian officials said such targeted attacks would only undermine their efforts to clamp down on militants.

Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was quoted by Israel Radio as saying that Israel would pay the price for, what he called Sunday's "murder." The missile strike in Gaza City came just hours after Israeli army chief Moshe Yaalon said all leaders of Hamas are targets for assassination. He also vowed that Israeli forces would take action against Islamic militant groups if Palestinian security forces do not.

Among those killed were two members of Ezzedine al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas, the group responsible for the suicide bombing on a bus in Jerusalem last week that killed 21 people.

The Palestinian Authority said the strike would only hurt its efforts to rein in militants. The attack was carried out not long after Palestinian security officials ordered forces to prevent rocket and mortar attacks against Israelis.

Late Saturday, Palestinian security forces shut down several tunnels used by militants to smuggle weapons to Gaza from Egypt. At least nine people were arrested during the raids.

Palestinian militant groups last week called off their June 29th agreement to stop attacking Israelis, as both sides renewed violent attacks that began in a Palestinian uprising nearly three years ago. On Thursday, Israeli helicopters fired at a car in Gaza City killing Ismail Abu Shanab and two other Hamas members.

Before the latest attack in Gaza, members of the Palestinian Cabinet proposed that the Palestinian militant groups agree to a new truce on condition that Israel was also bound to the agreement. Israeli officials immediately rejected the idea, saying that the Palestinian Cabinet must first disarm and dismantle Islamic and other militia groups.

Air Force to Commemorate Liberation of Death Camp


Next Thursday, Sept. 4, six Israel Air Force F-16 fighter planes will fly over the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

The fly-by will coincide with a ceremony on the ground below, which will include the reading of the names of the survivors who were liberated from the death camp. All the pilots and navigators taking part in the fly-by are children of survivors.

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