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Sharon Again Threatens to Expel Arafat
By VOA News
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has again threatened to expel Palestinian leader Yasir
Arafat from the West Bank. Sharon renewed the threat in an interview with a leading
Israeli newspaper, Yediot Achronot, on the eve of the Jewish New Year holiday that begins
Wednesday evening. In response to a question about last year's cabinet decision to
"remove" Arafat, the Israeli leader said it will be done "at a time when it is convenient"
Israeli Police Probe Sharon Death Threats
By VOA News & Ha'aretz
Israeli police have launched an investigation into anonymous telephone death threats
against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Police officials said the threats have been received in recent days, and that one came
Tuesday when Israel's Security Cabinet approved a controversial buyout plan for Gaza
settlers. Many Jewish hardliners oppose that plan.
Israeli news reports quoted Jerusalem police chief Ilan Franco as saying he has given
the investigation high priority.
An ultra-nationalist Jew opposed to interim peace accords with the Palestinians
assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.
Rabbi Yosef Dayan, from the West Bank settlement of Psagot, told Channel Two news on
Tuesday that if asked to hold a Pulsa Denura, a mystical Kabala ceremony aimed at putting
a death curse on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, he would do so. Dayan conducted such a
ceremony targeting former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin prior to his assassination in 1995.
A Pulsa Denura ceremony is supposed to lead to the death of the ceremony's target.
Dayan also stated that he hoped that Sharon would die. After the Channel Two report was
aired, the head of the police criminal investigations unit, Moshe Mizrahi, ordered that
Judea and Samaria district police officers gather all information pertaining to the
matter, and transfer it immediately to the State Prosecution, to clarify whether the rabbi
is suspected of threats or incitement.
Sharon Rejects U.S. Proposal for Peace Talks With Syria
By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem)
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he rebuffed a U.S. effort last year to restart peace
talks with Syria. He made the surprise revelation during an interview published Tuesday in
a leading Israeli newspaper.
Sharon said White House envoy Elliot Abrams made the proposal during a meeting in Rome
last November. He said Abrams told him the Syrians were ready to enter into negotiations.
But Sharon told Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper that he rebuffed the American proposal for
talks, adding, the issue was never raised again. Talks between the two hostile neighbors
have been held under previous prime ministers, but they never reached an agreement.
In exchange for peace, Syria wants a complete return of the Golan Heights, land Israel
captured in the 1967 Mideast War and has since annexed. Sharon described previous talks
with Damascus as "dangerous to Israel" and ruled out agreeing to Syrian demands. Sharon
said if Syria really wants to talk it must first expel, what he calls, the "terrorist
headquarters" of Palestinian terrorist groups and rein in Hizbullah terrorist along the
A few weeks after the Rome meeting, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he was ready to
talk with the Israelis. He repeated the overture just last week. Sharon rejected both
offers, saying the Syrian leader was only trying to lessen American pressure on
Israeli Security Cabinet Approves Gaza Buyout Plan
By VOA News & IsraelNationalNews.com
Israel's Security Cabinet has approved the payment of cash advances of up to $500,000
per family for Jewish settlers ordered to leave the Gaza Strip under a controversial
settler evacuation plan. The 9-1 vote is the first legal step in a plan by Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon to pull all Israeli settlers from the territory and from several West Bank
enclaves by the end of 2005. Officials said further legislation and full compensation
packages must still be approved by parliament.
Tuesday's vote came hours after Sharon rejected a call from a rival in his own
political party for a national referendum on the withdrawal plan. Finance Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, a vocal opponent of the plan, made the surprise referendum call
Monday. Sharon said that such a national vote would delay his timetable for the
Former Justice Minister Amnon Rubenstein (Meretz) said Tuesday that as far as he's
concerned, Israel can withdraw its military forces from Gaza - and let the residents
decide on their own if they want to remain there or not.
Asked on Voice of Israel Radio if he was in favor of a referendum on the disengagement
issue, Rubenstein said that this would be a case of overkill: "To withdraw the IDF from
Gaza, not only is a referendum not necessary, but it doesn't even require a Knesset vote.
A Cabinet decision is sufficient."
Confirmed: Arafat Paid Father of Dolphinarium Terrorist
Recently released documents captured during Operation Defensive Shield have confirmed
that the family of the suicide bomber who attacked the beach front Dolphinarium dance club
in Tel Aviv was awarded $2,000 by Yasir Arafat. Arafat also sent the terrorist's father a
letter in which he praised his son's murderous act.
The attack on the Dolphinarium was one of the most brutal massacres of the entire Oslo
War, killing 21 people, mostly teens, on a Friday night in August 2001. Over 120 persons
were injured in the powerful bomb blast. Hassan Khutari, a Hamas terrorist, carried out
During Operation Defensive Shield, two documents from the "Institute for Caring for
Victims' Families" - a division of the "Palestinian Welfare Ministry" - were discovered in
Arafat's 'Mukata' headquarters in Ramallah. The captured data documented the transfer of
the $2,000 award to the terrorist's father, who was living in Jordan at the time. The
transfer took place despite the fact that the terrorist was a member of Hamas, and that
the both Arafat and the suicide bomber's father publicly denounced the attack.
Arutz-7 also reported that the transfer of funds to Jordan was done through a branch of
the Arab Bank, in El-Bireh, near Ramallah. The bank is known to be the preferred channel
of the PA and other terror groups for funneling money to the families of imprisoned
terrorists, terrorist operatives themselves and the families of dead terrorists.
Days after the money was transferred to Jordan, a German television station reported
that Arafat, via the PA "ambassador" to Jordan, sent the terrorist's father a letter
"praising" the "act" of his son, describing him as "an extraordinary model of strength,
manliness and willingness for self-sacrifice."
Arafat's office had denied the report, saying the letter was a forgery, but the release
of the documents discovered during Defensive Shield now confirm the German report.
Shin Bet Uncovers Terror Cell in Bedouin Suburb of Be'er Sheva
The Shin Bet security services and police have recently uncovered a terror cell they
said was operating in the Bedouin town of Tel Sheva, a Be'er Sheva suburb, in the Negev.
Tel Sheva is also located less than one kilometer from the suburb of Omer, where many
American immigrants and Ben Gurion University faculty reside.
The cell reportedly planned to kidnap and murder a soldier and to demand the release of
female Palestinian prisoners.
Three alleged members of the cell have been indicted in a Be'er Sheva court, and three
additional people will be charged on Wednesday. The terror cell included six residents of
Tel Sheva. One of them, a native of Rafah in the Gaza Strip, had applied for Israeli
residency after marrying an Israeli citizen.
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