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>Nov. 27, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 196

Peres Warns of Fading Jewish Majority


Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on Monday warned that Israeli was close to losing its Jewish majority. Peres stated that between the Mediterranean and the Jordan, there is only a 51% Jewish majority.

He made his comments in an address in Hebrew University before members of Labor party youth and added that Israel must contemplate the concept of "two nations for two nations," making yet another call for support of an independent Palestinian state.

Israel Admits Planting Deadly Explosive

By VOA News

The Israeli army admitted that its soldiers planted the explosive device that killed five Palestinian boys in the Gaza Strip last Thursday. The boys, all from one clan in Khan Younis, triggered the device as they were on their way to school.

An Israeli army statement says an investigation found the bomb was placed by Israeli soldiers in a spot that was used regularly by Palestinian gunmen who often fire at a military post and Jewish settlement in southern Gaza. The statement said the death of the five children was serious and regrettable.

Palestinian Suicide Bomber Wounds Israeli Soldiers

By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)

A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up Monday, lightly wounding two Israeli soldiers. The attack came as U.S. envoys were arriving in the region on a mission to end 14 months of bloodshed.

The Israeli army says the Palestinian man exploded charges that were strapped to his body near the Erez checkpoint in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinians enter Israel to work.

The militant Islamic group Hamas claimed responsibility for the explosion, saying the bomber was from a refugee camp in Gaza City. Hamas has been threatening revenge since Israel killed one of its leaders, Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, in a helicopter strike on Friday.

Israel said Abu Hanoud was the mastermind behind suicide bombings that killed dozens of Israelis.

State Department envoy William Burns and retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni will try to negotiate a viable ceasefire leading to renewed peace talks.
Earlier this year the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, George Tenet, negotiated a truce, but it was never implemented.

An international commission led by former Senator George Mitchell recommended a blueprint for peace beginning with a ceasefire, a cooling off period and confidence-building measures leading to negotiations.

Both Israel and the Palestinians accepted the truce negotiated by Tenet and the recommendations of the Mitchell committee. However, the violence has continued to rage since the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation erupted in September of last year.

Most Israelis Favor Palestinian State

By VOA News

In Israel, a new public opinion poll shows a majority of Israelis say they favor creation of a Palestinian state.

The results of the Gallup poll were published by Maariv and showed that 59 percent of those questioned support creation of an independent Palestinian state. A clear majority of those polled, 55 percent, also favor speeded-up Middle East peace talks. The poll results showed deep differences of opinion on the issues.

Fifty-nine percent said Prime Minister Ariel Sharon should not give in on his demand for a total end to violence before starting new peace talks, and 20 percent favored declaring war on the Palestinians.

Seventy-three percent of the Israelis questioned said they believe a Palestinian state will come about regardless of their opinions.

P.A. Textbooks: New State Will Replace Israel


The Palestinian Authority is educating its young that a future Palestinian state will not live alongside Israel in peace, but will rather replace Israel.

Thus reports David Bedein of The Israel Resource News Agency based on excerpts from more than 60 new Palestinian Authority textbooks, published on the website of the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, ""

The following shows that the PA is continuing its policy of educating its students to liberate all of Palestine - not just Judea, Samaria, and Gaza - for an independent Palestinian state and that the school system does not envision a Palestinian state living peacefully side-by-side with Israel, but actually replacing Israel:

"In the case of our country, Palestine, this interaction [between the inhabitants' efforts and the available resources] faces challenges of which the most important ones are: the establishment of the independent Palestinian state on our entire national soil." (The Palestinian Society - Demographic Education, Grade 11, p. 134)

"The Jewish claim to historical rights to Palestine has no justification, it is a deceitful and disproved claim with no parallel in history, it is a blatant lie...." (Introduction to the "Our Country, Palestine" encyclopedia). "There is no alternative to destroying Israel" (ibid., p. 13).

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