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PA Majority Rejects Fayyad's Plan
While Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has won praise from the West
for unveiling a plan for a PA state, he faces opposition from within the PA
The Hamas terrorist group, which won the majority of parliament seats in the 2006
elections, has rejected the plan and accused Fayyad of serving Israeli interests.
"We have one path for our Palestinian state to be established," Hamas spokesman Fawzi
Barhoum told the PA news service Maan. "The only way to do so is through resistance."
Barhoum accused Fayyad of working with Israel, and said his plan "fulfills the desire of
The Islamic Jihad terrorist group rejected Fayyad's plan as well. Like Hamas, Islamic
Jihad expressed concern that the plan would be seen as a rejection of "resistance," a term
used to refer to terrorism against Israeli citizens.
Officials from the United States and the United Nations expressed satisfaction with the
plan, which Fayyad unveiled on Tuesday. The plan was "concrete" compared to previous PA
blueprints, said American consul general Jacob Walles.
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry said the document
was proof of "self empowerment." The PA plan "challenges all other players to step up to
their responsibilities," he said.
The plan includes calls for a PA airport, better trained and armed PA troops, and an
improved education system. The document did not detail the steps necessary to reach the
stated goals. Fayyad's goal is to create "a de facto state apparatus" by 2011. In order to
create a state apparatus, the PA will need more money from the international community, he
"We are going to seek this additional funding. Even after the state is established...
we will continue to need external financial support," Fayyad warned.
In his appeal for aid, Fayyad told U.S. officials that PA Arabs "want to receive
President (Barack) Obama in our airport." The PA would like to greet Obama as he descends
from his Air Force One plane, and not from an Israeli helicopter, he said.
Israeli officials were less pleased by Fayyad's stated goal of creating a de facto
state. "There is no place for either unilateral action or threats," said Finance Minister
Fayyad's plans for a PA state could come to naught if the PA does not fight terrorism,
Steinitz warned. "It is clear that a Palestinian state, no matter what its form, will not
see the light of day if Israel's security concerns are not taken into account."
Netanyahu Receives Auschwitz Blueprints
Architectural plans for the Auschwitz death camp that were discovered in Berlin last
year were given to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday for display at Israel's
official Holocaust memorial. "There is a connection between despotism and terrorism,
between freedom and peace. We must remember this," said Netanyahu upon receiving the
According to him, "We cannot allow evil to cause massive death. We must stop evil in
due time. Military barbarism knows no limits. We must prevent the spread of these armies
on time so that humanity can be saved.
"The second lesson is that world leaders must act in time to avoid the fate of the
Holocaust victims. We cannot allow those who are looking to cause mass death and threaten
the Jewish state to (carry out their plans)," he said.
The 29 sketches of the death camp that was built in Nazi-occupied Poland date back as
far as 1941, and include detailed blueprints for living barracks, delousing facilities and
crematoria, including gas chambers.
The sketches are considered important to helping understand the genesis of the Nazi
genocide. They are initialed by the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, and Auschwitz
commandant Rudolf Hoess. They turned up in an apartment in Berlin in 2008; how they got
there is not clear, but their authenticity has been verified by Germany's federal
While they are not the only original Auschwitz blueprints that still exist, others were
captured by the Soviet Red Army and brought back to Moscow, they will be the first for
Israel's Yad Vashem memorial, its chairman told The Associated Press in an interview.
"This set is a very early one, which was found here in Berlin, from the autumn of '41,"
Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev said. "It brings a better understanding of the whole
process, and the intention of the planners of the complex, and from this perspective it is
The blueprints were purchased from the unidentified finder by Germany's Axel Springer
Verlag, the publisher of top-selling Bild newspaper among others, and put on display in
the company's Berlin headquarters.
The director of Axel Springer Verlag said during the ceremony that "those who do not
remember the past can make mistakes in the future. The German people carry a deep shame,
this is the hellish building plan that we think should be in Yad Vashem, not here."
The blueprints include general plans for the original Auschwitz camp, and also the
expansion Auschwitz-Birkenau camp where most of the killings were carried out.
A large yellowed plan, dated April 30, 1942 and titled "general building plan
concentration camp Auschwitz" provides a wider view, showing the barracks but also roads,
other buildings, and the outlying area. Another drawing dated Oct. 14, 1941, shows the
plans for construction of a "Waffen SS prisoner of war camp" with rows of what appear to
be barracks. A notation in the bottom right says it was drafted by a prisoner, "Nr. 471."
More than 1 million people, mostly Jews, died in the gas chambers or through forced
labor, disease or starvation at the camp, which the Nazis built after occupying
Netanyahu on Thursday evening visited Wannsee Villa in Berlin the site where the
"Final Solution" for the destruction of Europe's Jews was planned in 1942 by Adolf Hitler
and leaders of the Third Reich.
"The destruction of the Jewish people was planned in detail in this place," Netanyahu
said. "As the prime minister of Israel, I have three words to say here, and I have written
them down in the guestbook: 'Am Yisrael Chai' (the Jewish people live)."
During his visit, Netanyahu received a thorough briefing from the historian running the
place, asked many questions and was presented with original documents displayed on the
site, including some documenting the historic conference.
Minister Yossi Peled, a Holocaust survivor, joined the prime minister's tour of the
place. "I never knew my father, who was murdered by the Nazis," said Peled. "But if he is
looking down from the sky and seeing his son, a major-general in the Israel Defense Forces
and an Israeli minister, he is probably proud."
Peled grew up as a Christian until the age of nine, and this is what saved his life.
Many years later, he became the Northern Command chief and an Israeli minister.
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