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Government Prepares to Uproot 28 More Outposts

By IsraelNationalNews.com

It was learned Tuesday that the Defense Ministry has prepared a list of no fewer than 28 established and populated outposts that it plans to uproot and destroy, and whose residents it plans to expel. The list includes locations such as Migron, Mitzpeh Yitzhar, Nofei Nechemiah, Givat Assaf, Gilad Farm, Maaleh Rehavam, Nvei Daniel North, Givat Avigayil and Asael.


Eichler: Israel Has Non-Jewish Majority

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Knesset member Yisrael Eichler (UTJ) in a statement during Tuesday's budget deliberations, called upon Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to, "Stop hiding from the public the truth that the State of Israel has already lost its Jewish majority." Eichler was referring to a report by the National Bureau of Statistics, which states that between the Jordan, and the Mediterranean Jews are a minority.

He claimed the government has been playing "number games" and that the actual number of non-Jews in Israel is extremely high. The actual number of Jews, according to Eichler, should be calculated without including the non-Jewish relatives of Jews who have been granted Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return. "This fraud is what I call upon Sharon to tell the truth about to the public."

Eichler believes the disclosure of the actual numbers is of utmost importance. "If the public knew the truth that already today there is not a Jewish majority in Israel, that we are talking about a Jewish minority among Muslims, Christians and Bedouins, in addition to a Christian Aliyah [normally a term reserved for Jewish immigration - ed.] from the former Soviet Union, as well as the granting of Israeli citizenship to tens of thousands of foreign workers - the public understanding would be different with regard to the importance of the birth-rate in the Land of Israel."


Ex-Mossad Chief Halevy: PA Aims For One-State Solution

By IsraelNationalNews.com

A former Mossad chief and ex-director of the National Security Council spoke out Tuesday dismissing the Road Map and outlining the PA's strategy for the destruction of the Jewish state. Ephraim Halevy stated the Road Map plan presented by the United States will not work and that Israel, the PA, and the U.S. are fully aware of that fact.

Halevy said the Palestinian Authority couldn't confront, dismantle and disarm militant groups as the road map demands. In addition, the plan's timeline - which calls for a preliminary Palestinian state by 2003 and a permanent entity by 2005 - is irrelevant, he told a group of foreign journalists.

He said it did not seem as though the Palestinian Authority has any desire for a state at this point, noting they have taken almost none of the steps necessary to set up the offices, bureaucracy, or legal and security networks needed to run a country. He said one of the reasons the PA is so relaxed about setting up the infrastructure necessary to establish a state is because they believe that time is on their side.

Halevy believes there has been a shift away from the phased-plan of using a Palestinian state to launch further attacks on Israel to a patient holdout for an Arab majority between the Jordan and Mediterranean thereby creating a Palestinian state from the river to the sea. "Yasir Arafat has said very often that the future of the conflict will be decided in the womb of the Palestinian mother." There are Palestinians who believe "one should drag your feet... and bide time until these processes reach fruition."

Faced with a steady flow of Israeli concessions and the leverage of a demographic conquest, the PA is therefore seen by Halevy as uninterested in a state covering 'only' Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza). "I think that is the strategy which causes the continued support for terrorist attacks."


Sharon's Office Plays Down Reports of Diplomatic Contacts with Libya

By Ha'aretz

The Prime Minster's Office on Tuesday played down reports that Israel initiated diplomatic contacts with Tripoli, and said that the contacts "do not appear to be serious." The contacts followed the announcement by Col. Muammar Gaddafi last month that Libya was willing to forego its weapons of mass destruction.

The head of the Foreign Ministry's diplomatic team, Ron Prosor, met in Paris last month with Libyan diplomats, in order to establish a channel of communications with Tripoli. The meeting was coordinated with Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Mossad chief Meir Dagan.

A high-ranking Israeli delegation is expected to visit Libya with the aim of reaching a mutual understanding on the signing of a peace agreement, Kuwaiti newspaper A-Siyasa, quoted on the Al Bawaba website, reported Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in comments published Tuesday, Gaddafi was quoted as saying he was ready to compensate Libyan Jews whose properties were confiscated. He also said he was prepared to allow Libyans to travel to Israel, according to Arab press reports.

According to Al Bawaba, the delegation, comprised of officials from the Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry and the Mossad, will visit Tripoli toward the end of this month, with the aim of discussing the end of a formal state of hostility between Libya and Israel, and building normal ties between both countries.

European diplomatic sources said Monday that senior Libyan and Israeli officials met in Vienna last Friday in the presence of an American diplomat from the Vienna embassy, and agreed to send an Israeli delegation in the new year. The sources told the newspaper that Gaddafi's son, Saif al Islam, and the head of intelligence, Moussa Kousa, have met Israeli officials more than once in Geneva and London during August and November with the help of Qatar's mediation.


Israel Pushes Tourism with Tape to U.S. Protestants

By Ha'aretz

A documentary on tourist attractions and holy sites in Israel is being distributed to Protestant clergy throughout the U.S. in an effort to market Israel in America. Behind the initiative is Pastor Jack Hayford, one of the leading Protestant Christian figures in the U.S., who met recently in Los Angeles with the director-general of the Tourism Ministry, Aharon Domb.

Hayford, considered the spiritual mentor of most of the Protestant ministers in the U.S., told Domb that the film would help ministers to arrange tour packages to Israel and to convince many Christian groups to visit the country.

Domb also met in Los Angeles with Richard Shakarian, who heads a large organization of Christian businesspeople. Shakarian promised Domb that he would hold his organization's annual conference in Israel at the beginning of next year. The conference is expected to attract 300 to 500 members of the organization. Both Hayford and Shakarian took up Domb's offer for them to participate in the prime minister's conference on tourism scheduled for February 2004, in Jerusalem.

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