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Gibson's Views Called anti-Semitic
Israel Faxx News Services
Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League has accused Mel
Gibson of holding anti-Semitic beliefs based on the actor's response to criticism of his
upcoming movie depicting Jesus' death. Foxman insisted he was not calling Gibson an
anti-Semite, but that Gibson "entertains views that can only be described as
anti-Semitic." Many conservative Christians who have attended private screenings of "The
Passion" have described the film as the most powerful depiction they have seen of Jesus'
Palestinian Militant Groups Won't Join Korei Government
By VOA News & Ha'aretz
The Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad said they would not join a new
Palestinian government to be headed by Prime Minister-designate Ahmed Korei. In a
statement Sunday, Hamas said it would not take part in any government whose agenda is
based on the Oslo peace accords with Israel from the 1990s.
Islamic Jihad said that before forming a government, Palestinian leaders must agree on
a strategy for advancing Palestinian national goals.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas resigned earlier this month, saying that
Israel and Palestinian chieftain Yasir Arafat had undermined his efforts to advance the
U.S.-backed "road map" plan for peace in the region. Arafat nominated. Korei to fill the
post one day later. Korei and leaders of various Palestinian factions held talks on a new
government Sunday in Gaza City.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Sunday that the Israeli threat to "remove" Arafat
appears to have compelled
him to act against terror. "It appears that the reprieve from terror attacks stems from
the fact that Arafat was
alarmed by the threat, and is acting to prevent terror attacks accordingly."
"We will not change our positions as a result of this or any other vote," Sharon said
in the weekly cabinet meeting. "Israel will find ways to prevent disturbances on the part
of the person who causes the country such major damage."
Sharon then accused the opposition of making contact with the Palestinian Authority
behind the government's back. The prime minister was referring to left-wing activist Uri
Avneri, who suggested creating a human shield around Arafat. Sharon also condemned the
anti-government demonstrations, saying Israel was going through a difficult time and must
Sharon was reacting to a minister's suggestion that Israel hold another discussion on
whether to "remove" Arafat, and
dismissed on Sunday the United Nations General Assembly vote demanding that Israel drop
the decision to get rid of the Palestinian leader The vote passed by 133 votes to 4, with
15 abstentions; the United States vetoed the resolution.
The United States and Israel voted "No," joined by the Marshall Islands and Micronesia.
Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Kenya and Colombia were among those abstaining.
EU members unanimously swung in line behind the resolution after its sponsors agreed at
the last minute to add phrases condemning both Palestinian suicide bombings and Israeli
targeted killings of Palestinian militants.
Two Protests: For Pollard and Against Peres
By IsraelNationalNews & Ha'aretz
Two protest events took place in Israel Sunday evening: one for Jonathan Pollard in
Jerusalem, and one against Shimon Peres and the Oslo process in Tel Aviv.
Several thousand people took part in an anti-government protest in Tel Aviv last night,
demanding the uprooting of all Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. They were on
hand to protest the 80th birthday celebration for Shimon Peres. Many of the protesters
want Peres to face criminal charges for his role as a major player in the Oslo process,
which they blame for the murders of over 1,000 Israelis and the injuring and maiming of
thousands and thousands of others.
On the fourth anniversary of the Oslo Accords (Sept. 13, 1997), when asked by an Israel Radio interviewer whether the "peace process" could be defeated by its opponents, Shimon Peres replied with a classic Freudian slip, "The Oslo process will obliterate everybody." (http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=9924 )
One may extend one's birthday wishes to Peres by visiting the website (http://www.peres80.com/ ) and clicking on "greetings" and then "send a greeting to Peres."
Among the VIPs attending the rally were Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and former
U.S. President Bill Clinton. "Tonight I leave you my title, 'The Comeback Kid,'" Clinton
said in front of about 400 public figures, including past
and present world leaders who had come to celebrate the life of Peres, Israel's iconic
dove who has played a role in
national politics since the days of David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister.
"You are about the most stubborn human being I have ever met," Clinton said, adding
that Peres has shown that "vision, will power and integrity are all one needs to change
the world." Earlier, while visiting the United Arab Emirates, Clinton said that Israel
must be willing to withdraw from "Judea and Samaria as well as East Jerusalem" for
Sharon dubbed Peres "the man who doesn't despair," and said that the two of them might
one day pursue a single
objective. "Perhaps, Shimon, we will again go together facing one common goal. Shimon is a
man of long-range vision."
Peres responded to Sharon's comments about working together, saying, "Arik, it may be
much closer than what you think, and even closer than I believe." Earlier, he said, "We
can renew the hope of peace."
Peres also reinforced Sharon's characterization of him, exhorting his guests not to
despair. The secret of his old age, said Peres, is knowing that "in every one of us is
hidden a much greater potential... don't despair too
soon, always look forward in faith."
Other guests at the event included former head of the Soviet Union of old, Mikhael
Gorbachev; former South African president F.W. de Klerk; German President Johannes Rau;
the presidents of Slovenia and Ivory Coast; CEOs of major international corporations;
well-known figures in the fields of economics and technology; ministers representing
such as Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Mozambique and South Africa; and the
mayors of Rome and Paris.
Peres, whose birthday was actually last month, says he only went along with the party
idea - organized by both supporters and the rightist Likud government whose policies he
opposes - to bring some cheer to the region. "I feel strange," Peres said Sunday,
commenting on the unusual event. "But it happens once in 80 years, so you can
Peres emigrated from Poland at age 11, but he retains a European accent and genteel
manner that - along with a penchant for parliamentary maneuvering, lofty pronouncements
and electoral defeat - brought him occasional ridicule. Nonetheless, he has walked the
corridors of Israeli power since his 20s, when as a top aide to its founder David
Ben-Gurion he helped build the young nation's defenses; in the 1960s, he was instrumental
in creating the Dimona nuclear facility where Israel reportedly has amassed a stockpile of
Although in the 1970s Peres was briefly considered a supporter of the Jewish settler
movement, he soon concluded Israel's occupation since 1967 of the West Bank and Gaza is
not just unfair to the millions of Palestinians who live in the areas but a disaster for
the Jewish state. He now supports a Palestinian state.
After a brief 1977 stint as acting premier he ran for the job five times and never won
outright. He served two years from 1984 to 1986 after a tied election, using the period to
bring down hyperinflation and withdraw troops from much of Lebanon - popular moves that
still failed to win him the hearts of the masses.
One may send a Rosh Hashanah New Year's greeting card to Jonathan Pollard, addressed
to: Jonathan Pollard, 09185-016
FCI Butner, POB 1000 Butner, NC 27509-1000, USA
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