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Irving Denies Gas Chambers Existed
By Israel Faxx News Services
Holocaust denier David Irving said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. "At
Auschwitz they did not have gas chambers, or at least there is no proof that I am
satisfied with," the British revisionist said in an interview with Italy's Sky TG24 News.
Irving was convicted and jailed in February 2006 by Austrian authorities for Holocaust
denial. His three-year sentence was reduced in an appeal and he was released last month on
Kadima Proposes Handing Judea and Samaria to Europe
By World Net Daily
A member of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima party proposed transferring control of
Judea and Samaria to a European task force until the establishment of a Palestinian
Following the establishment of the state, the strategic territory would be handed to
security forces associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The proposal comes after WND broke the story earlier this week according to top
European and Egyptian diplomatic sources Israel has been conducting behind-the-scene
negotiations to hand over most of Judea and Samaria to Abbas' security forces. The sources
said the transfer of security control to Abbas would be coordinated by the European Union
Judea and Samaria encompass Jerusalem and are within rocket-firing range of Tel Aviv
and Israel's international airport.
At Israel's prestigious Herzliya Conference, Knesset Member Shlomo Breznitz, reportedly
a close confidante of Olmert, said the Judea and Samaria should be temporarily transferred
to the Europeans and that most of the territory's Jewish communities should be
"The only way to get out of the impasse is to transfer the territories, for a limited
time, to an international mandate, that will run them until the establishment of a
Palestinian state," said Breznitz at the conference.
The Herzliya Conference is attended by Israel's top leadership and regularly maps out
the country's agenda for the coming year. In 2004, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced
his plan to withdraw from Gaza at the conference.
Breznitz told Ma'ariv that the territories should be transferred to the European
community and not the United States because, he said, after the invasion of Iraq America
"lost its status as an honest broker in the view of the Palestinians and the Arab states."
He said his proposal received a warm reception from European and Palestinian officials.
"I have reason to believe, and I don't want to expand on this, that the Palestinians
will support the proposal. Ambassadors and diplomatic representatives from European
countries who were shown the proposal also believe that without international help it will
not be possible to resolve the conflict," said Breznitz.
According to the Israel Resource News Agency, Olmert regularly consults with Breznitz
and is known to spend vacation time with the Breznitz family.
The Knesset member's plan comes after WND quoted top Egyptian and European diplomatic
sources stating Israel and the Palestinians have been conducting behind-the-scenes
negotiations in which Israel agreed in principal to hand over most of the West Bank in a
deal with Abbas.
It also comes after WND reported the EU is in the process of expanding its offices in
Israel, including in the PA controlled areas, in anticipation of an increased security
role here following what European diplomatic sources say is new momentum regarding an
Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.
The sources, who said they were directly involved in behind-the-scene negotiations,
said one proposal being considered is for the EU and Jordan to supervise the transfer of
northern Samaria to Abbas' security forces, which reportedly are receiving aid, weapons
and training from the U.S. The sources said major changes in Israeli-Palestinian affairs
are expected within a few weeks to two months.
According to an aide to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, speaking on condition of
anonymity, there will be a "historic political evolution and movement in negotiations in
the next few weeks and few months, unseen since the Camp David peace talks in 2000."
During the Camp David talks, then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered then-Palestinian
leader Yasir Arafat a state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, as well as eastern sections of
According to the diplomatic sources, still being debated in the purported West Bank
negotiations is the role of Hamas, which leads the PA and maintains the majority of seats
in the Palestinian parliament. Negotiations between Abbas and Hamas leaders for a national
unity government have mostly fallen through.
On Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said he viewed any Palestinian elements
recognizing the state of Israel as a partner for negotiations "even if it is Hamas."
Olmert has made similar comments.
So far, Hamas has refused to recognize Israel but recently offered a 10-year truce with
the Jewish state. In a series of interviews this past weekend, Hamas leaders told WND
during any 10-year truce period they would build a large Palestinian army and plan for the
destruction of Israel.
Olmert's office this week denied the WND reports on negotiations to withdraw from Judea
and Samaria. "There were no negotiations regarding a West Bank withdrawal. This would go
contrary to other things we have said in the recent past," said spokesperson, Miri Eisin.
"Perhaps the officials talking to WorldNetDaily were referring to general expectations for
movement in the Israeli-Palestinian arena," she added.
But the European and Egyptian sources stood by their statements that Israel agreed in
principal to transfer West Bank security control to Abbas.
Israeli leaders previously have denied reports of pending withdrawals only to later
carry them out. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, elected in 2001 on a platform against
unilateral withdrawal, at first denied media reports Israel was planning to evacuate the
Gaza Strip but later announced his Gaza withdrawal plan.
Olmert was elected prime minister on the platform of carrying out a withdrawal from
most of Judea and Samaria, but after this summer's Lebanon war, he has stated another
withdrawal would not occur.
Several recent public opinion polls showed the majority of Israelis now oppose a
withdrawal. The leaders of Egypt and Jordan have expressed reservations about withdrawal
plans, fearing terrorism can spill over into their respective countries.
Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000. It had occupied a small section of
Lebanon's border with Israel following repeated attacks by Palestinian terrorists in the
area. Since the withdrawal, Hizbullah has staged numerous attacks against Israel,
including rocket bombardments of civilian population centers, raids against military
outposts and ambushes and kidnappings of Israeli troops. Hizbullah built an arsenal in
south Lebanon of more than 13,000 short- and medium-range rockets capable of hitting
central sections of the Jewish state
Israel withdrew last August from Gaza. Since then, rockets have been fired almost daily
into nearby Jewish communities, Hamas has been elected to power and both Israeli and
Palestinian officials have stated al-Qaeda has infiltrated the territory. Israel said the
Palestinians have smuggled hundreds of tons of heavy weaponry into Gaza and are preparing
for a large-scale confrontation.
Israel, Palestinians Pledge New Peace Efforts
By Lisa Bryant (VOA-Paris)
A week before the Bush administration tries to revive stalled Middle East peace talks,
Israeli and Palestinian politicians pledged new efforts Thursday to secure a breakthrough
during a high-level conference in Davos, Switzerland.
At the World Economic Forum, Israel Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni made an emotional
appeal for Israel and Palestinians to live side by side, and pledged her government would
work with Palestinian moderates.
But in an obvious reference to Hamas, the hard-line political faction that controls the
Palestinian government, she warned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas against working
with extremists. She also held firm to the notion of separate Israeli and Palestinian
"The establishment of a Palestinian state as a homeland for the Palestinians is the
answer, the national answer to the Palestinians wherever they are," she said. "Those who
live in the territories and those who live outside of the territories. And including the
Livni's remarks came during a special panel on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the
World Economic Forum, a four-day meeting of politicians and business leaders that takes
place annually at the Swiss resort of Davos. Meanwhile, Israeli and Palestinian
negotiators meeting separately in Davos Thursday called for direct peace talks and said
they wanted to reach a final agreement within a two-year time frame.
Ex-CIA Director: PA Arabs Are Too Murderous to Have a State
James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA, said in a special interview to
IsraelNationalRadio's Alex Traiman that a Palestinian state should wait "many decades."
Traiman asked about Woolsey's choice of terminology in calling the present conflict
between the West and Islam as World War Four.
Woolsey explained that shortly after 9/11, "I saw an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal
by Eliot Cohen of Johns Hopkins University where he wrote that the Cold War was World War
III and that the war against what I call Islamist totalitarianism is World War IV... We
have a situation where democracies in the west such as Israel and the US, and Japan and
others too, are at war with a group of Islamist totalitarianism ideologies and movements -
very loosely analogous to the movements of the 20s and 30s - Fascism, Nazism, Communism,
and Japanese imperialism."
Woolsey said that it could take the West "decades to win this war; the Cold War took us
four decades to win, and I see no reason to expect this one to be less than that."
Traiman asked, "Iran is actively working on a nuclear bomb and calls for Israel's
destruction. How long can Israel afford to wait before taking action? And how long can the
US afford to wait?"
Woolsey did not offer a direct answer, but rather some background:
"We can only hope that the Israeli and American governments have a better handle on the
precise details of the Iranian nuclear program... The Persians [precursors of today's
Iranians -ed.] invented chess, and they are playing it well. Hamas and Hizbullah and other
groups are their pawns, and the Syrian government is a rook, and their most precious piece
- their queen - is their nuclear weapons program. They are moving the pieces around quite
cleverly, this week using Hizbullah to overthrow the government of Lebanon; next week it
may be something else. They are moving their pieces with skill, and they're a very serious
Asked his opinion on the establishment of a Palestinian state, the former CIA director
recommended that it not happen in the coming decades. He said that though the Jewish
presence in this region precedes the Muslim claim - "for some Muslims like Arafat to deny
that Jews were ever present here is idiotic" - the Muslims also have national rights in
Openly avoiding the question of the nature or borders of a Palestinian state, he
emphasized his opinion that "the Palestinians should not be granted the right to statehood
until they start to treat Israeli Jews who settle in the West Bank as fairly as Israel
treats its Muslim citizens."
"An Arab Muslim living in Jaffa," Woolsey said, "enjoys freedom of speech, religion,
and expression, and can vote for his representatives in the Knesset, and doesn't go to
sleep worrying that some government element might come and kill him. I think that once the
Palestinians start treating Jewish settlers with that same degree of humanity - and
they're very, very far from doing that now - at that point I think we have to seriously
consider how they could have some degree of self-governing.
"I won't get into the question of borders, but what I think is that the Palestinians
must be held to the same standards as Israel regarding how they treat the other. I am sure
this will be many decades from now, though, because their children are taught the Wahhabi
doctrine of being suicide bombers and the like."
Asked his opinion on Jonathan Pollard, Woolsey said that though he has favored a
significant punishment for Pollard in the past, "now that he has served [over] 20 years in
prison, my view is that 20 years is enough. I also think that the close relationship
between the US and Israel is also of some consideration, and at this point I think he's
served long enough. I won't go any further than that."
Bus Segregation Challenged
By Israel Faxx News Services
Orthodox novelist Naomi Ragen is leading efforts by Israeli women to end sexual
segregation on some bus lines in Israel. Ragen and five other women this week petitioned
Israel's High Court of Justice to order the national bus lines not to go along with
demands from fervently Orthodox communities that female commuters sit in the back and
The biggest bus company, Egged, says that 30 of its lines are segregated by gender at
the passengers' request. Ragen told Israel Radio that her campaign was prompted by the
experience of being ordered to the back of a bus by a male passenger.
"The driver didn't even open his mouth in my defense," she said. "I got off the bus
with the dreadful, dreadful feeling that in my country I have to take a public bus home
that is under Taliban rule."
Another woman was forced off a bus in the middle of the highway for wearing a skirt
that came only to her knees.
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