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Eight 'Dangerous' Dog Breeds Banned from Entering Israel

By Ha'aretz

The Agriculture Ministry's veterinary services released new regulations Monday banning eight breeds of dog classified as dangerous from entering Israel, after an Amstaff attacked and killed a four-year-old girl last week. The regulations also require that dogs considered dangerous that are already in Israel be neutered by the end of the year. In addition to Amstaffs, other newly banned breeds include Bull Terriers, Pitbulls and Rottweilers. In addition, dogs of these breeds must be muzzled and on a leash while in public.

64% of Israeli Jews Support Encouraging Arabs to Leave

By Ha'aretz

A University of Haifa poll released Monday reveals that a majority of the Jewish public in Israel - 63.7 percent - believes that the government should encourage Israeli Arabs to emigrate from Israel. The survey, conducted by the university's National Security Studies Center, also found that 48.6 percent of the Israeli Jews polled said the government was overly sympathetic to the Arab population.

Compared to similar polls conducted in 2001 and 2003, the current survey indicates an increase in the public's extremism. The majority of Jewish respondents, 55.3 percent, said Israeli Arabs endangered national security, while 45.3 percent of those polled said they supported revoking Israeli Arabs' right to vote and hold political office. About one-quarter of the Jewish public said they would consider voting for an ultra-nationalist party like the outlawed Kach if such a party was to run in the next elections, the survey revealed.

The Mossawa Arab rights center called on Justice Minister Yosef Lapid to sponsor a bill to prevent incitement encouraging Arab Israelis to leave the country. The group also asked Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to ensure enforcement of the law against racist incitement.

The poll also examined Israeli attitudes toward illegal foreign workers. The vast majority of respondents - 72.1 percent - supported imposing entry restrictions on the workers. Fifty-four percent said foreign laborers who take the jobs of Israelis exacerbated the economic situation.

Research associate Dr. Dafna Kaneti-Nissim said the poll showcases a documented worldwide phenomenon in which people who feel threatened tend to develop hostility toward minorities living among them. "The public identifies the Israeli-Arab sector with the threat of terror. The foreign workers are perceived as an economic threat, despite the fact that they do not endanger the jobs of most Israelis."

Prof. Gabriel Ben-David supervised the poll, which tabulated the responses of 1,016 Israelis to phone interviews conducted in May.

Israel Moves to Relocate Jewish Settlers in Gaza

By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has asked the help of the Jewish Agency (a worldwide organization that works to support Israel) to relocate settlements from the Gaza Strip. Sharon said his government is moving ahead with plans to pull out of Gaza, even though he continues to face opposition within his own coalition government.

Speaking to representatives of the Jewish Agency late Sunday, Sharon asked for their support for his disengagement plan and to help relocate settlers from Gaza to new homes in the Negev in the south of Israel or in the Galilee area in the north. "Above all else, the disengagement plan gives the people of Israel hope for a better future," he said. "Following approval of the disengagement plan, the government approached the Jewish Agency with a request to take part in the challenge of relocating settlements to the Negev and the Galilee."

Sharon has said repeatedly that beginning a unilateral process of disengagement from the Palestinians is in Israel's vital interests. He has proposed to dismantle all 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip and pull out the soldiers that now protect them. The plan also includes dismantling four small settlements in the West Bank.

Stiff opposition to the plan from within Sharon's right-of-center coalition has led to a tenuous political situation for the prime minister. He no longer commands an outright majority in parliament and has faced several motions of no confidence, which were stopped only by support from the opposition Labor Party, which favors the Gaza withdrawal.

There continues to be talk of a major government shake-up and of Labor possibly joining a unity coalition with Sharon. But that does not appear imminent, as Labor wants a wider Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank as well and a resumption of negotiations with the Palestinians, which the Israeli leader opposes.

Despite all this, Sharon insists he is going ahead with plans for the Gaza withdrawal by the end of next year. Israeli officials have held talks with Egypt about helping to maintain security in Gaza once the Israelis pull out.

The military also says it is considering building a deep trench in the southern Gaza Strip, along the border with Egypt, to stop Palestinians from smuggling in weapons. Sharon says that the trench is not a done deal and would not be built without prior consultations with Egypt.

Peres Calls for Return to Pre '67 Borders


During an early Monday morning interview on Galei Tzahal (Army) Radio, opposition leader Shimon Peres stated the chances of his party entering a national unity coalition government are slim at best. He explained that Labor is providing a security net for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza plan, but the concept of a unilateral withdrawal will not work, explaining the government must negotiate with the PA and leave Gaza following mutual agreement.

Peres also expressed his adamant opposition to the government's economic policies, and spoke of the need to remove the yishuvim in Judea and Samaria, blaming those communities for the economic hardships faced inside the Green Line. The Labor Party leader called for the return "more or less" to the pre-1967 boundaries as per United Nations resolutions 242 and 338.

Peres also said there was no room for religious parties in Israel. The Labor chairman declared that religious MKs could join other existing parties. Religious and ultra-orthodox MKs are furious Peres made the remarks during a speech delivered at a Jewish Agency assembly in Jerusalem. According to Peres, there is a basic difference between politics and religious belief. "Faith is absolute and non-compromising whereas politics is premised on compromise. Therefore there is room for religious people in existing parties but there is no room for religious parties".

In response to Peres' comments, MK Shaul Yahalom (NRP) said: "Peres' declaration is understandable in light of his desire to join the government. The NRP constitutes an obstacle to this desire. The Israeli public chuckles when it hears those words, as it recalls the secular revolution promised by the Labor party under the leadership and Barak and Peres".

Thai Worker Killed In Palestinian Terror Attack


A terrorist taking part in a planned two-pronged attack in Kfar Darom in Gaza Monday morning fired at IDF soldiers, but hit a Thai worker instead.

The Thai was taken to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva, where he died of his wounds a few hours later. It appears that while the first shots were fired, and as the soldiers were returning fire, terrorists from another direction launched a mortar shell at the same IDF force. In addition, another terrorist was reportedly seen headed towards the scene on a tractor.

The Thai worker who was killed was the first casualty in the Palestinian terrorist war against Israel in over a month, and the fourth foreign worker to have been killed by Palestinian terrorism in the past year.

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