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Government Prepares to Uproot 28 More Outposts
It was learned Tuesday that the Defense Ministry has prepared a list of no fewer than
28 established and populated outposts that it plans to uproot and destroy, and whose
residents it plans to expel. The list includes locations such as Migron, Mitzpeh Yitzhar,
Nofei Nechemiah, Givat Assaf, Gilad Farm, Maaleh Rehavam, Nvei Daniel North, Givat
Avigayil and Asael.
Eichler: Israel Has Non-Jewish Majority
Knesset member Yisrael Eichler (UTJ) in a statement during Tuesday's budget
deliberations, called upon Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to, "Stop hiding from the public
the truth that the State of Israel has already lost its Jewish majority." Eichler was
referring to a report by the National Bureau of Statistics, which states that between the
Jordan, and the Mediterranean Jews are a minority.
He claimed the government has been playing "number games" and that the actual number of
non-Jews in Israel is extremely high. The actual number of Jews, according to Eichler,
should be calculated without including the non-Jewish relatives of Jews who have been
granted Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return. "This fraud is what I call upon
Sharon to tell the truth about to the public."
Eichler believes the disclosure of the actual numbers is of utmost importance. "If the
public knew the truth that already today there is not a Jewish majority in Israel, that we
are talking about a Jewish minority among Muslims, Christians and Bedouins, in addition to
a Christian Aliyah [normally a term reserved for Jewish immigration - ed.] from the former
Soviet Union, as well as the granting of Israeli citizenship to tens of thousands of
foreign workers - the public understanding would be different with regard to the
importance of the birth-rate in the Land of Israel."
Ex-Mossad Chief Halevy: PA Aims For One-State Solution
A former Mossad chief and ex-director of the National Security Council spoke out
Tuesday dismissing the Road Map and outlining the PA's strategy for the destruction of the
Jewish state. Ephraim Halevy stated the Road Map plan presented by the United States will
not work and that Israel, the PA, and the U.S. are fully aware of that fact.
Halevy said the Palestinian Authority couldn't confront, dismantle and disarm militant
groups as the road map demands. In addition, the plan's timeline - which calls for a
preliminary Palestinian state by 2003 and a permanent entity by 2005 - is irrelevant, he
told a group of foreign journalists.
He said it did not seem as though the Palestinian Authority has any desire for a state
at this point, noting they have taken almost none of the steps necessary to set up the
offices, bureaucracy, or legal and security networks needed to run a country. He said one
of the reasons the PA is so relaxed about setting up the infrastructure necessary to
establish a state is because they believe that time is on their side.
Halevy believes there has been a shift away from the phased-plan of using a Palestinian
state to launch further attacks on Israel to a patient holdout for an Arab majority
between the Jordan and Mediterranean thereby creating a Palestinian state from the river
to the sea. "Yasir Arafat has said very often that the future of the conflict will be
decided in the womb of the Palestinian mother." There are Palestinians who believe "one
should drag your feet... and bide time until these processes reach fruition."
Faced with a steady flow of Israeli concessions and the leverage of a demographic
conquest, the PA is therefore seen by Halevy as uninterested in a state covering 'only'
Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza). "I think that is the strategy which causes the continued
support for terrorist attacks."
Sharon's Office Plays Down Reports of Diplomatic Contacts with Libya
The Prime Minster's Office on Tuesday played down reports that Israel initiated
diplomatic contacts with Tripoli, and said that the contacts "do not appear to be
serious." The contacts followed the announcement by Col. Muammar Gaddafi last month that
Libya was willing to forego its weapons of mass destruction.
The head of the Foreign Ministry's diplomatic team, Ron Prosor, met in Paris last
month with Libyan diplomats, in order to establish a channel of communications with
Tripoli. The meeting was coordinated with Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon and Mossad chief Meir Dagan.
A high-ranking Israeli delegation is expected to visit Libya with the aim of reaching a
mutual understanding on the signing of a peace agreement, Kuwaiti newspaper A-Siyasa,
quoted on the Al Bawaba website, reported Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in comments published Tuesday, Gaddafi was quoted as saying he was ready to
compensate Libyan Jews whose properties were confiscated. He also said he was prepared to
allow Libyans to travel to Israel, according to Arab press reports.
According to Al Bawaba, the delegation, comprised of officials from the Foreign
Ministry, Defense Ministry and the Mossad, will visit Tripoli toward the end of this
month, with the aim of discussing the end of a formal state of hostility between Libya and
Israel, and building normal ties between both countries.
European diplomatic sources said Monday that senior Libyan and Israeli officials met in
Vienna last Friday in the presence of an American diplomat from the Vienna embassy, and
agreed to send an Israeli delegation in the new year. The sources told the newspaper that
Gaddafi's son, Saif al Islam, and the head of intelligence, Moussa Kousa, have met Israeli
officials more than once in Geneva and London during August and November with the help of
Israel Pushes Tourism with Tape to U.S. Protestants
A documentary on tourist attractions and holy sites in Israel is being distributed to
Protestant clergy throughout the U.S. in an effort to market Israel in America. Behind the
initiative is Pastor Jack Hayford, one of the leading Protestant Christian figures in the
U.S., who met recently in Los Angeles with the director-general of the Tourism Ministry,
Hayford, considered the spiritual mentor of most of the Protestant ministers in the
U.S., told Domb that the film would help ministers to arrange tour packages to Israel and
to convince many Christian groups to visit the country.
Domb also met in Los Angeles with Richard Shakarian, who heads a large organization of
Christian businesspeople. Shakarian promised Domb that he would hold his organization's
annual conference in Israel at the beginning of next year. The conference is expected to
attract 300 to 500 members of the organization. Both Hayford and Shakarian took up Domb's
offer for them to participate in the prime minister's conference on tourism scheduled for
February 2004, in Jerusalem.
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