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Protest in Downtown Jerusalem on Thursday
Activists are planning a massive rally on Thursday in downtown Jerusalem to protest
plans to split the city and create a Palestinian Authority state in Judea and Samaria.
The protest rally will begin with the recitation of psalms, and will include speeches
from public figures and security officials. Rabbi Dov Lior is expected to read a Halakhic
ruling saying that a government that plans to split Jerusalem and endanger the Jewish
people is invalid.
Israeli, Palestinian Negotiators Meet Before Bush Visit
By Jim Teeple (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's prime minister and the Palestinian president are scheduled to hold talks
Tuesday just a day before President Bush begins his visit to the region.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni held talks Monday with chief Palestinian
negotiator Ahmed Quriea, but the meeting got off to a bad start after Israeli officials
stopped Quriea, also known as Abu Ala, as he was crossing from Jordan into the West Bank -
a delay he said was politically motivated.
Israel apologized for the incident. The meeting went ahead with the two sides forming
working groups that will deal with specific negotiating issues as the two sides proceed
with peace talks later this year.
Mahdi Abdel Hadi, who heads the Palestinian policy group PASSIA, said Olmert and Abbas
are trying to reach agreement on some issues before they meet with Bush later this week.
"This meeting comes not as rescheduling the agenda but testing the waters, will they go
angry and frustrated to their meeting with President Bush or will they come with something
mutually agreed upon," said Hadi.
Since they agreed to restart negotiations at the Annapolis peace conference last
November, the two sides have found little common ground. Israeli officials have accused
Palestinians of not doing enough to control militant activity in the West Bank, and have
voiced frustration and anger at continuing rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip which is
under the control of Hamas terrorists.
The Palestinians have sharply criticized Israeli plans to build hundreds of new homes
in East Jerusalem which Israel recaptured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. (Editor's note:
The land had been seized by Jordan during the 1948 War for Independence,) Israel's Prime
Minister Olmert has pledged to dismantle West Bank outposts constructed since 2001, but
Israeli officials say current construction activity in East Jerusalem will not be affected
by that decision.
Bush to Encourage Peace Efforts During Mideast Tour
By Paula Wolfson (VOA-Washington)
President Bush heads to the Middle East this week to encourage Israeli-Palestinian
peace efforts, and strengthen ties with Gulf states. The trip follows up on the U.S.
sponsored Mideast conference held in November in Annapolis, Maryland.
Bush said his goal is to keep the momentum going. "This is a region of great strategic
importance to the United States, and I am looking forward to my visit."
The trip will mark his first visit to Israel and the West Bank as president, followed
by stops in Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The work will begin almost immediately after his arrival Wednesday in Jerusalem, with a
series of meetings with Israeli leaders. The next day, there will be similar talks with
the Palestinian side in Ramallah - the West Bank headquarters of the Palestinian
Bush said he knows the peace process is difficult, and hard choices are required on
both sides. "It will require tough decisions on complex questions. But I am optimistic
about the prospects," he said. "And I will make clear that America is deeply committed to
helping both parties realize the historic vision we share: two democratic states, Israel
and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security."
The president said he would seek support for the peace process in the Arab states on
his tour, adding that he also wants to talk to their leaders about the importance of
bolstering the young democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the need for a unified stand
In a series of interviews in the days prior to his departure from Washington, President
Bush said he is going to the Middle East because he believes conditions are "ripe for
peace." During a session with al-Hurra, the U.S. government's Arabic-language satellite
television network, he was asked how he hopes to be remembered in the region.
"I hope they remember me as the guy who was willing to fight extremists who murdered
the innocent to achieve political objectives, and at the same time had great faith in the
average citizen of the Middle East to self-govern," said Mr. Bush.
The president acknowledged he is not popular in parts of the region. But he said he
hopes people see his vision for the future is one of peace.
Bush to Snub Netanyahu on Israel Visit
President George W. Bush has declined to meet with former Prime Minister and current
Likud Opposition Leader Binyamin Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to Israel, slated to
begin on Wednesday, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Sources in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima party quoted in the report offered this
explanation: "At the White House, they think [Netanyahu] is a liar because of his behavior
when he was prime minister."
Outraged Likud officials accused Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of sabotaging what would
normally be a routine meeting between a visiting U.S. President and an Israeli Opposition
Leader, a long-established diplomatic custom.
"Given the extent to which the prime minister is willing to endanger the country to
survive politically, it is not surprising that the Prime Minister's Office is going out of
its way to prevent Bibi (Netanyahu) from meeting with Bush," said senior Likud
A spokesman for Olmert stated that he was unaware of any efforts to block a meeting
between Bush and Netanyahu. Bush has no plans to meet with any politician or other
officials opposed to the Annapolis process.
A Hypothetical Conversation Between Olmert and Bush
By Emanuel A. Winston (Commentary)
Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admission of guilt (speaking for the entire nation)
just before the visit by President Bush smacks of arranged disinformation. Olmert acts
like the flasher as he opens his coat and screams to the world that he can no longer hide
Come see for yourself how Israel defines the Bush, Rice, Baker slogan embodied in the
failed "Road Map" that we (he) will freeze all settlements - everywhere.
Dear President Bush,
"Come get me, Mr. President and lay down the law that I must stop all building - even
natural growth within existing municipal boundaries. Once you threaten me sufficiently,
based upon my admission of guilt, I can send in the troops to smash the pioneering
settlements and drive out the 250,000 Jewish men, women and children from Judea and
Samaria. Then I can go further and destroy the homes of 250,000 Jewish men, women and
children in Jerusalem from all those liberated areas that Jordan had controlled and
desecrated for 19 years from 1948 to 1967.
"Of course, America will have to pay for their new homes and infrastructure. But, you
understand that necessity, don't you, Mr. President. Maybe we can transfer our housing
problems over to you Mr. President, since you are having a hard time with your mortgages,
your foreclosures and your building program.
"Mr. President, I just need an excuse to turn loose my Yatom units of brutal soldiers,
who have been specially profiled for those brutal traits and then trained to smash
settlers, observant Jews and all those others who defy me.
"I stand before you, Mr. Bush, naked and vulnerable, so you can take any advantage you
wish. Without your vicious threats, the Jewish people will not listen to my `diktats.'
"The soldiers of Israel will defy my orders to harass those pioneering Jews who live on
the Land God gave them thousands of years ago - but that I wish to surrender to the Muslim
"Once you threaten me, what can I do but obey your orders? I will do anything you ask,
perhaps even arrange a fake assassination attempt so the people will hate the political
"You recall how Yitzhak Rabin had the GSS (Shabak, Israel's Secret Services) employ
Avishai Raviv to threaten himself (Rabin) and put up a poster of Rabin with an Arab
head-dress, a keffiyeh. It worked and the people of the political Right who defended the
Jewish State and her Land were blamed. Of course, they were innocent of this provocation
but the people of the political Left, believed they were guilty.
"The media then and now would go along with any trick we choose to play, Mr. President.
We could stage some negative event on your visit so that the American people will be
insulted for our having dishonored you. That's always a good ploy. After all, the dirty
tricks in politics such as using disinformation were used by your own election staff when
you ran for President.
"It's true, there will be legitimate protests against your plan to re-partition the
Jewish nation and divide Jerusalem. We only have to plant some rowdy demonstrators among
the protesters and we have an excellent scandal. Not to worry, we in the Kadima Party camp
and the Labor Party have many tricks available to turn the public toward abandoning the
Land. People are easy to fool, particularly with the media who is (sic) always cooperative
with whatever propaganda is needed.
"Besides, we work well with your vaunted State Department who wants the division of
Israel as badly as you and I do. On your visit to the Muslim Arab Palestinians and other
Arab Muslim, should they take a shot at you, we can always admit some sort of guilt and
you can blame it all on the Jews.
"Looking forward to your visit.
Scroll to Bush Reminds Him of His Historic Role
A historic document is planned to be submitted to visiting President George Bush upon
his arrival this week, calling upon him to choose to be remembered like Cyrus, and not
The document, grandly transcribed on parchment and furled into a scroll, is addressed
to the "Leader of the West." It reminds Bush to "declare to the world" that he will honor
God's word and act "towards settling the Jewish People throughout their entire Land."
The document was signed by three figures, including the world-renowned Torah scholar,
philosopher, social critic and author Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, once termed by Time magazine
as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar." Rabbi Chaim Richman, representing the Temple Mount
movements and Dr. Gadi Eshel of the New Jewish Congress;
The impressive document includes a detailed reminder to Bush that he has the chance to
help God's eternal word be fulfilled, and thus pave the way for world peace, or to take
the opposite path.
It begins by saying that Bush has the chance "to make a declaration, as did Cyrus, King
of Persia... who, in the year 538 BCE, returned the exiled nations to their lands,
recognized the full right of the Jewish people to reestablish their Holy Temple, the
"house of prayer for all nations" (Isaiah 56:7), and called upon them to return to their
"And thus," the manifesto continues, "if you truly desire peace and benevolence, and
you would be counted in the company of the truly righteous, we call upon you to declare to
all the world: The Land of Israel was bequeathed to the nation of Israel by the Creator
of the world. Neither could I, as a son of my faith, nor the Muslims according to their
faith, ever take away even the slightest grain from the Eternal's gift, which He gave to
His people Israel, the eternal people."
Bush is thus also bidden to declare, "I cannot simultaneously support the establishment
of a foreign state for an alien nation in the Land of Israel, and I will not lend my hand
to this wrong."
The proclamation also takes a foreboding tone: "Or Heaven forbid you can
choose the second option to willfully aid in the destruction, under the guise of
peace! You certainly know what the God of Israel did to Egypt and Assyria and to all
Israel's enemies from time immemorial: Do you imagine that you will be able to save
yourself if you have come to implement a plan that intends to steal the land of "the
people that survived the sword" (Jeremiah 31:1), and to cut off those who survived the
Holocaust, to rob the land that was given to them by the Creator?
"All of the peace treaties and initiatives which have been based upon the decisions of
the government of Israel, indeed the entire Oslo process, and the `Disengagement,' and the
establishment of a terrorist state within the Land of Israel known as `Palestine'
regrettably, all of these agreements are the result of a lack of sufficient faith in the
Divine promises that the Lord made to the patriarchs of our nation, and all that is
written in the Torah of Israel.
"Understand this well: the nations of the world cannot excuse their actions and their
decisions on account of the weakness of Israel and her government. God ordained that the
role of the nations of the world is to strengthen the nation of Israel. This will benefit
all humanity and bring about world peace, as the prophets have foretold.
"Do you imagine you can escape from the struggles in Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,
Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon, by offering up sacrifices of the Jews who are slaughtered daily
by their enemies who speak of peace but live by the sword?
The document also provides a list of biblical verses "for meditation" that "testify to
the eternal promise and the inexorable link between the land of Israel and the Jewish
people." The entire document is to be posted for viewing and reading on the
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