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Stalactite Cave at the Avshalom Reserve
"The Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve, also called Soreq Cave, is dedicated to the memory
of Avshalom Shoham. The 82-meter-long, 60-meter-wide cave is on the western slopes of the
Judean Hills." "Although the Soreq Cave is relatively small, the variety of its formations
rivals that seen in much larger stalactite caves... Scientists use them to study climactic
changes that have transpired in this area from the time of their formation until the
Israel, PA to Announce Mutual Cease-Fire at Sharma Summit
Israel and the Palestinians will effectively end more than four years of hostilities
Tuesday at a summit meeting in the Egyptian resort town of Sharma el-Sheikh. The summit
participants will be Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah of Jordan. The Egyptian
protocol officers have decided that Abdullah will arrive first, followed by Abbas and then
According to Israeli sources, Abbas will announce a cease-fire at the summit, while
Sharon will promise to end Israeli military operations in the territories if the
Palestinian violence stops. The two sides have been discussing the new security
arrangements to be announced at the summit for the past few weeks. The four leaders will
hold a news conference after their meeting at which each will deliver a speech, but to
avoid the emergence of public disagreements, they will not take questions from reporters.
Sharon, who will be on his first visit to Egypt since being elected, will also meet
separately with Mubarak during the summit.
On Monday, the Israeli and Palestinian teams exchanged copies of Sharon and Abbas'
speeches and tried to soften controversial passages. Sharon will speak of the importance
of not missing the opportunity that has been created, call for "deeds, not words" in the
war on terror and reiterate Israel's commitment to the road map peace plan. He will
emphasize his determination to carry out the disengagement plan, but will say that Israel
is interested in coordinating it with the Palestinians. He will also say that if the
disengagement passes peacefully, it could serve to "jump start" the road map. Finally, he
will detail Israel's planned goodwill gestures to the Palestinians, such as the release of
Abbas will reiterate his declaration from the 2003 Aqaba Summit about the need for the
PA to have a monopoly on armed force within its territory. He also will express his hope
that the current Israeli-Palestinian dialogue will lead to implementation of the road map,
while warning that many thorny issues, such as the separation fence and the settlements,
remain to be addressed in the future.
While the summit is taking place, Egyptian security officials will be continuing a
round of talks in the territories with Palestinian security officials and the heads of the
Palestinian militias in an effort to finalize the cease-fire arrangements. In Israel,
police will step up the alert level throughout the country this morning, due to numerous
intelligence warnings of possible attempts by terrorists to disrupt the summit with an
attack inside Israel. Police will beef up their deployment and establish mobile
checkpoints on various roads.
In Washington, President George Bush said Monday that he hopes to meet with the new
Palestinian leadership in the White House this spring to discuss ways of furthering
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Speaking to reporters prior to a cabinet meeting, Bush
noted that there is still much work to be done. However, he was full of praise for Abbas,
saying that he had been very impressed by the new Palestinian leader's commitment to fight
terror. Abbas, he added, received an electoral mandate from many Palestinians and enjoyed
his public's confidence.
Bush said that he planned separate meetings with Abbas and Sharon as part of the
American effort to build mutual confidence between Israelis and Palestinians. Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice delivered invitations to both leaders during her visit to the
region this week, and Monday, she expressed confidence that the Sharm summit would
Interior Ministry to Expel Prostitutes Who Testified Against Pimps
The Interior Ministry is planning to expel some 15 women who were brought into Israel
to work as prostitutes and agreed to testify against the men who imported and sold them.
The Justice Ministry, however, is planning to help them fight expulsion, through its
department for legal assistance to the needy.
The women are residents of a hostel set up by the state for the purpose of protecting
them. Some of them have already testified against the pimps and women-traffickers; others
have expressed the desire to do so, but are not needed. All would like to remain in Israel
and work for another year. Then Interior Minister Avraham Poraz and Meretz-Yahad MK Zahava
Gal-On, who headed a parliamentary committee on women trafficking, promised them they
would be able to do so.
Yasmin Keshet, the lawyer who is representing the victims, last week applied to the
Interior Ministry on behalf of a 19-year-old from the Ukraine, who infiltrated into Israel
via Egypt. She grew up with an alcoholic mother and a stepfather who abused her and agreed
to come to Israel as a prostitute. According to the charge sheet against her procurers,
she was sold at a Tel Aviv parking lot to the owner of an escort agency, where she worked
without being paid, ostensibly to pay for her travel expenses to Israel. She was raped by
the agency owner and suffered injuries. Because of her testimony, the pimp, Grig Sholkin,
was convicted of human trafficking, assault and other charges, by his own admission. He
has not yet been sentenced.
Hadas Shafir of the State Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the young woman cooperated
fully with the police and the prosecution, and provided evidence concerning several
suspects. As a result, she has received threats and is scared to return to the Ukraine.
She also tried to sue Sholkin in a labor court for not paying her, but withdrew her
lawsuit after her family - including her 10-year-old half-brother - was threatened.
Meanwhile, she received a temporary visa and is working in a cosmetics firm. The lawyer
said that the woman hopes to continue working there another year and to earn money before
I Fear for America
By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)
Mystical - Superstitious...perhaps. But, given the Bush plan to re-partition Israel, I
think the Bush conglomerate of family, oil interests, partnership with the Saudis and the
Palestinian Arab Muslims will bring disaster upon our nation.
The Bush spokesmen have told Israel that, not only will they have to deport Jews from
Gaza/Gush Katif but also everything East of Sharon's Ghetto Wall must be removed. All of
Judea and Samaria, including defensive border settlements of the Jordan Valley and that
part of Jerusalem occupied by Jordan for 19 years from 1948 to 1967, and very likely the
Although the nine major terrorist organizations still proclaim that they will destroy
Israel, nevertheless, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice carries with her President
Bush's words that this is his mandate - despite what he has learned about Arab Muslim
terrorists in Iraq.
Strange, isn't it, the Bush family with its roots in Germany is mandating that the Jews
of Israel, so many of whom escaped Nazi Germany, that the Jews must be deported to please
the Arab Muslims. I fear that the Bush Dynasty plans to defy God's Will and bring terrible
consequences onto America although we will be told this is all from Mother Nature.
I think we are likely to see a major seismic movement under the Ohio Valley with the
Great Lakes sloshing in their basins (something like an inland tsunami). Or perhaps the
San Andreas' Fault is likely to slip, making the San Francisco earthquake seem like minor
tremor. In any case, the message will be unmistakable.
In a previous article I commented that one must be either very brave or very stupid to
confront God's Will when He stated that the Tribe of Abraham (the Jewish people) were to
settle the Land of Israel. There are many players beyond Bush. God has His price. We have
already started to pay. The question now is: How much?
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