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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
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
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
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
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
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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