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Jordan Plans to 'Transfer' Arab Refugees to No-Man's Land
"Informed government sources" are quoted on the Jordanian newspaper Al-Arab al-Yawm's
website as saying that Jordan will transfer some 300 Iraqi refugees who consider
themselves "Palestinian" to the buffer zone between Jordan and Iraq in the next few weeks.
The government plans to offer the refugees two choices: either return to Iraq, or move to
the no-man's land.
Israel Urged to Conduct Preemptive Strikes on WMD
The full report appears at www.acpr.org.il/ENGLISH-NATIV/03-ISSUE/daniel-3.htm
Israel has been urged by leading strategists to plan preemptive strikes against weapons
of mass destruction arsenals
in the Middle East.
A report, entitled "Israel's Strategic Future," asserted that Israel must prevent the
formation of an enemy WMD coalition through such means as conventional preemptive strikes
against vital facilities. The report said the Jewish state has been threatened by a
biological or nuclear first-strike that seeks to exploit Israel's small space and high
"To meet its ultimate deterrence objectives -- that is, to deter the most
overwhelmingly destructive enemy first-strikes -- Israel must seek and achieve a visible
second-strike capability to target approximately 15 enemy cities," the report, presented
to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said.
"Ranges would be to cities in Libya and Iran, and recognizable nuclear bomb yields
would be at a level sufficient to fully
compromise the aggressor's viability as a functioning state. All enemy targets should be
selected with the view that their destruction would promptly force the enemy to cease all
nuclear/biological/chemical exchanges with Israel."
The report called on Israel to operate a multi-layered ballistic missile defense system
as well as establish a second-strike capability. Such a missile defense should include a
Boost Phase Intercept capability as well as enhanced real-time intelligence acquisition,
interpretation and transmission.
Powell to Palestinians: Prepare to Take Over Territories Returned by Israel
By VOA News
Secretary of State Colin Powell is calling for Palestinians to be ready to take over
any territories Israel returns to them. Jordan's King Abdullah, who also stressed that
resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a fundamental issue for many Arabs, echoed
In Jordan Sunday, Powell faced some tough questions about U.S. policy toward the Middle
East, and he seemed intent on reassuring the region about U.S. policies and motives.
Powell has been attending a Middle East economic forum on Jordan's Dead Sea coast.
He said he discussed Israeli plans to pull out of settlements in Gaza with Palestinian
Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia in Jordan on Saturday. Speaking on the ABC television program
This Week, Powell said he thinks the Palestinians should welcome this move and prepare
themselves for it.
"Now, this is the actual elimination of settlements, which people have been asking for
all these years," he said. "And what I need the Palestinians to do is get ready for that
transfer, get ready to take responsibility for Gaza, and security responsibilities in Gaza
and get ready to re-engage in the road map, so that we can get to those final status
issues that are so important and which must be mutually agreed upon by the parties." The
road map is an internationally developed Mideast peace plan that calls for the creation of
two separate states.
Meanwhile, Jordan's King Abdullah said he believed the Bush administration genuinely
supports the two-state solution. But added that the U.S. has an image problem in the
region. "The perception is that the United States is not fair and balanced on the core
issue in the Middle East, which is the Israeli-Palestinian problem. And then you compound
that with Iraq, so you get, unfortunately, the visuals with Israeli tanks and Palestinians
and American tanks and Iraqis."
King Abdullah said he believes that for many Arabs in the region, Iraq is not as
important an issue as resolving the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. But he added that he
thinks the Palestinians are in a weak negotiating position because their government is not
unified. "There is a window, an opportunity for Palestinian government to get back on
track," he said. "If Palestinian political society is too busy competing with each other,
then they are going to lose the opportunity."
He stressed that resolution of this issue would also help in the global war against
terrorism. "Solve this problem, we will take the bite out of extremism, we will shut the
recruiters of terrorism down, we will have a hope for all of us to have a life in this
part of the world," he said, adding Arab nations are ready to accept Israel as what he
called "part of the neighborhood," as long as Israel offers a future to the Palestinians.
Powell said the United States opposes Israel's destruction of Palestinian homes in the
Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. "We know that Israel has the right for self-defense,
but the kind of action they are taking in Rafah, with the destruction of Palestinian
homes, we oppose."
Israeli forces have destroyed at least dozens of Palestinian homes in Rafah amid fierce
fighting during the past week in the Gaza Strip. Thirteen Israeli soldiers and at least 29
Palestinians have been killed in the clashes.
Israel Threatens to Step-up Air Strikes, Demolish Hundreds of Palestinian Homes in
By VOA News
Israeli officials say they plan to increase military operations in the Gaza Strip,
including renewed house demolitions and intensive air strikes. The cabinet decision was
made after Israel's Supreme Court gave the army permission to resume demolishing homes in
order to broaden an Israeli security zone along the Gaza-Egypt border. The head of
Israel's army, Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, told the cabinet it might be necessary to destroy
hundreds of Palestinian homes in the Rafah refugee camp in order to improve security.
Earlier, Israel's Supreme Court rejected an appeal against the demolitions. The court
said the army is entitled to carry out the demolitions in the name of self-defense. U.N.
officials said the operation has left a thousand Palestinians homeless. Ya'alon said the
renewed home demolitions would be part of intensified military operations in Gaza,
including air strikes. He said the attacks would focus on Palestinian armed groups, which
he said are planning to launch more attacks against troops in the territory.
The general said some of these groups are trying to smuggle long-range Katyusha rockets
into Gaza from neighboring Egypt, and to use them to launch attacks from Gaza against
targets inside Israel. Secretary of State Colin Powell said the United States opposed
Israel's destruction of Palestinian homes in the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.
Arafat: 'Terrorize the Enemy'
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinian chief Yasir Arafat on Saturday called on his people to terrorize their
enemy, as he bitterly marked the founding of Israel 56 years ago. Thousands of
Palestinians took part in demonstrations across the West Bank and Gaza Strip for the
anniversary, which they call the Nakba - meaning the catastrophe.
A defiant Arafat delivered a fiery speech against Israel from his headquarters in the
West Bank city of Ramallah. Arafat called on his people to be steadfast in their struggle
against Israel. Quoting from the Muslim holy book, the Koran, he told his supporters to
"find what strength you have to terrorize your enemy and the enemy of God."
He said that the international community had no right to allow the establishment of a
Jewish State in 1948, and the Palestinian people were determined to press on with their
claim for an independent country of their own. Arafat said that millions of Palestinians
had become refugees following the birth of Israel and they still carried the dream of
returning to their former homes.
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