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Bush Will "Look Into" Pollard File
Israel Faxx News Services
President Bush, meeting with 15 rabbis in the White House this week, said he would look
into the plight of Jonathan Pollard, but gave no hint as to whether he would pardon him.
Pollard, a former civilian analyst for Navy intelligence, is completing his 18th year of a
life sentence for the crime of "passing classified information to a U.S. ally." Pollard
supporters in Israel emphasize that his sentence is totally out of proportion compared
with the sentences meted out to others who were convicted on the same charge.
Palestinians Ask World Leaders to Help Stop Israeli Barrier
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Palestinian Authority has appealed to the world powers behind Middle-East
peacemaking to stop Israel from extending its security barrier in the West Bank. Israel is
risking more controversy by announcing plans to build new homes for Jewish settlers.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinian Authority sent out
letters to the members of the so-called "Quartet" on Middle East peace making, the United
States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations. The letters call for
international intervention following the decision Wednesday of the Israeli Cabinet to
approve a new phase of its security barrier in the West Bank.
Israel said the project is necessary to prevent Palestinians from crossing into the
Jewish State to carry out terror attacks. Israel also plans to build separate barriers
around some Jewish settlements.
The government advertised in Ha'aretz Thursday for builders to submit bids for publicly
funded projects in three West Bank settlements. Israel said it would continue to build to
accommodate what it calls natural growth.
Erekat said such moves are threatening, to "demolish" efforts by Bush to promote the
international road map to peace.
"The Israeli Government decision to continue building the wall and to add the settlement
of Ariel to it is leading to the biggest failure of President Bush's two-state solution.
It is undermining and sabotaging President Bush vision of a two-state solution, is
undermining and sabotaging the peace process, undermining and sabotaging the 'road map'."
Erekat also said that the project would cut Palestinians off not only from Israel but also
from fellow Palestinians.
In a separate move, Israel announced it had approved the building of 550 new homes for
Jewish settlers in the West Bank. The Israeli group, Peace Now, which opposes Jewish
settlements, has condemned the decision.
That organization says that since the beginning of the year, Israel has approved
tenders for the building of a total of 1,300 new homes in settlements, with a capacity for
5,000 new settlers. The Palestinian leadership says such communities take away land on
which they want to found a future independent state.
Senior U.S. officials have also warned that an expansion of Jewish settlements
threatens to destroy efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Secretary of State
Colin Powell said Thursday that Bush continues to believe the barrier presents "a
Chief Rabbi Meets With Iranians
Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger met this past week with Muslim and Iranian religious leaders
in Kazakhstan, and explained that his position as "Rabbi of the Jews" stood him in good
"The story began two months ago," he told Arutz-7, "when a third party arranged a
meeting for me two months ago with the President of Kazakhstan, who is both a good friend
of the President of his neighboring country, Iran, and someone who helped free the 13 Jews
imprisoned in Iran. My goal, of course, was to help in the efforts to obtain information
on and the release of Ron Arad and the captives of Hizbullah.
"In my meeting two months ago, which was the first time that a Chief Rabbi of Israel
set foot in an officially Muslim nation, I asked him if he could help us to obtain any and
all information on the captives, and explained with great emotion how important it was for
their wives and families to know the truth. My words apparently penetrated his heart, and
at this last meeting, he told me that since we met two months ago, he had spoken to the
President of Iran at least five times on this matter, and he said, 'I hope that you will
now hear regards and a new tone in the Middle East.' ... It's hard to know how much of a
role I played, but the fact is that [Hizbullah chief] Nasrallah is now saying that he will
make great efforts to get information on Ron Arad - for the first time in many years..."
"If so," asked Arutz-7's Emanuel Shilo, "why do we need Hizbullah? Let's just talk
straight with the Iranians!"
Metzger said, "It's not conclusive that the Iranians are holding Arad, and in fact the
Iranians in the delegation argued among themselves on this point... I told them that we
are all the sons of one father - Abraham - and that we will mention the merit of Abraham
in our Rosh HaShanah prayers. 'Do you think it's pleasant for him to look down upon his
children and see them fighting and committing suicide in order to kill their brothers?' I
asked them. 'He would certainly much rather see us like this, talking at one table.' They
said openly that they had never heard talk like this, and admitted that it was easier for
them to talk to us as Jews than as Israelis; they always say they have nothing against
Judaism, but only against Israel. I was presented not as Chief Rabbi of Israel, but as
Rabbi of the Jews. It's clear that this is a very long process, and this step was merely
an aid to the contacts that have long been going on and hopefully in the end will bring
back the captives, or at least information on them."
Egyptian Experts: Relations with Israel Deteriorating 25 Years After Camp David
By Greg LaMotte (VOA-Cairo)
On the 25th anniversary of the Camp David peace accords, signed by Israel and Egypt,
both sides are acknowledging their relations are worsening. VOA's Greg LaMotte spoke with
scholars and political experts in Egypt who say the main reason is disagreement over the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Peace between Egypt and Israel began Sept. 17, 1978 when the
Camp David peace accords were signed at the White House.
But on the 25th anniversary of that historic day, which at the time made Egypt the only
Arab country to have signed a peace treaty with Israel, there were no celebrations
anywhere in Egypt. In fact, Egyptian politicians and scholars said relations with Israel
are at an all-time low, mostly because of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Emad Gad, an expert on Egyptian-Israeli relations at the al-Ahram Center for Political
and Strategic Studies in Cairo, noted that both countries describe their relations as
being cold. "The Israeli press describes the relations with Egypt as a cold peace. I think
the relations between Egypt and Israel (are) in a critical situation and we can describe
it as not in relation to a cold peace, but we can speak about cold war between Egypt and
Israel because of the Israeli aggression on the Palestinians."
President Hosni Mubarak has only set foot once in Israel, in 1995 for the funeral of
former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Last month, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Egypt
could not be involved in the Middle East peace process unless it releases Israeli national
Azzam Azzam, who is jailed in Egypt for spying.
Pigs Can't Fly But Can Detect Terrorists
Israel Faxx News Services
Geva Zion, 26, a veteran of the I.D.F. K-9 unit has developed a system to detect Arab
terrorists and bombs. He is training wild boars to find mines and bombs. Zion claims that
his two pigs "Soda" and "Chaziza" can track explosives quicker and better than any dog or
electronic detection device.
The Jewish Legion, a volunteer organization that helps secure towns in Israel with the help of specially trained K-9's, is looking into the possibility of contracting Zion to help create a new Pig Unit. Ezra Stein, PR director for the Jewish Legion conceded that the Legion was seeking rabbinic advice and initiating contact with Zion to test his findings. People interested in joining/supporting the Jewish Legion K-9 unit or pig unit, should it be formed, or the regular guard program can contact JewishLegion@aol.com
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