Newsletter : 0fax0913.txt
| Previous file
| Next file
>JN Sept. 13, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 157
Foreign Minister: No Shared Sovereignty on Temple Mount
Prime Minister Ehud Barak said Monday. "The Israeli proposals
offered at Camp David are no longer valid," but denied media
reports that he is doing so in order to enable the Likud to join a
"As long as negotiations with the Palestinians continue, there is
no point in inviting the Likud to join such a government," he said.
Barak also said that his government will not agree to transfer the
Temple Mount to foreign sovereignty: "Two thousand years ago, there
was no mosque or church on the Temple Mount, but only the Jews'
Holy Temple... This holy place is a fundamental anchor of our
Zionist and Jewish essence."
Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Shlomo Ben-Ami has proposed a
symbolic functional sovereignty over Jerusalem's Temple Mount for
the PLO Authority (PA) but has rejected any joint control over the
holiest site to the Jewish nation.
Ben-Ami suggested a temporary solution that he felt might satisfy
the PA while permitting both sides to move forward. Responding to
the PA's decision to postpone the declaration of statehood, Ben-Ami
stated, "It is not gesture that needs to be compensated,"
explaining the PA made a wise decision that will permit moving
ahead with the Oslo process.
Yehuda Etzion, leader of the Chai V'Kayam movement working to
increase Temple Mount awareness, reacted: "We see it as miraculous
how the Temple Mount has become the stick in the spokes of the
entire process. I and my colleagues always knew that the Mount was
the center of everything, but now it is becoming clear that this is
the feeling of many in the nation... On the other hand, we cannot
"The strong feelings of Barak and Ben-Ami for the Temple Mount are
not deep-rooted, and we are liable to find ourselves very soon with
some sort of 'creative formula' that will mean the end of the
Israeli presence on the Temple Mount. I call upon all Jews to show
their bonds with the holiest place to the Jewish people and go
American Victims Demand Abu-Honod's Extradition
Forty-four American victims of Palestinian Arab violence have
called upon President Clinton to demand the extradition of
terrorist Abu-Honod to the United States, in light of what they
called the "lenient sentence" given him by a Palestinian court.
Abu-Honod, who is responsible for the deaths of three American
citizens, 19 Israelis, and the wounding of many others, recently
gave himself up to the PA after being wounded in a shootout
with Israeli soldiers. He was sentenced there to 12 years in prison
- not for murder, but for "harming Palestinian interests."
The victims' statement said they were "outraged" by the sentence,
and that the terrorist should have been charged with mass murder.
Given PA policies, they wrote, "there is reason to doubt that
Abu-Honod will remain in prison even for the period of his
sentence." Abu-Honod was responsible for the murder of David Boim
outside Beit El in 1996, the Machane Yehuda marketplace bombing in
Jerusalem in July 1997, and the Ben Yehuda street bombing a month
Israel Islamic Movement Members Indicted
Twenty-four Arabs have been indicted over the past two months in
connection with attacks planned against Arab informants working for
Israeli security agencies. Most of the persons who have been
indicted to date are residents of the Israeli Arab municipality
of Um el-Fahm, Wadi Ara and other areas in the region and are
reported to be members of the Israel Islamic Association (IIA).
Some of those indicted are also facing charges of dealing in
According to police Northern District Commander Alik Ron, this is
the largest nationalist conspiracy uncovered in Israel since the
Last year, the IIA came under attack from law-enforcement officials
who alleged the Israel non-profit organization was engaged in
terrorist activities. Israeli Arab clergy associated with the IIA
denied the allegations, rejecting attempts to besmirch the
organization which they insisted is involved only in religious and
Despite proof to the contrary, government ministers decided to
permit the investigation to take a back seat to other issues,
fearing that engaging into a legal battle with the IIA would
endanger the ongoing Oslo process with the PLO Authority, despite
warnings from the most senior members of the law-enforcement
community that the IIA was involved in illegal and inciteful
Are Bedouin Taking Over the Negev?
Ramat HaNegev Regional Council head Shmuel Rifman met with Prime
Minister Ehud Barak Tuesday to discuss the worsening situation of
Bedouin take-over of state-owned lands in the Negev.
Monday, a Bedouin mob forcefully prevented officials from
delivering a demolition order against a new mosque currently being
illegally constructed. Rifman says that the Bedouin are carrying
out a purposeful policy of taking over all empty spaces in the
Negev and elsewhere.
"I am afraid, for instance, that if this mosque is built, the
politicians will come and not allow us to take it down. Little by
little, we are losing the Negev."
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)