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PAGE 14 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 17, Lieberman "Every day along the way I of the accomplishments Jews will feel blessed by God to live in have been able to achieve in the Continued from page 1 a land where our dreams can 60 years since the Holocaust. come true," Lieberman said, Lieberman and his wife, speeches and for advocating a flanked by his family and class- Hadassah, frequently men- greater role for faith in Ameri- mates from the school, tioned this as they campaigned can life. "And everyday I will remem- in 2000. But on Monday, Lieberrnan berwhat President Kennedytold "I said to Joe that I was think- indicated that his style of cam- my generation, which is that ingabouthowmypresencehere paigning would continue here on earth, God'sworkmust wasavictory, avictoryoverevil, through 2004. truly be our own." A senator over people who wanted us Liebermansaidhewouldnot from Connecticut since 1989, dead," Hadassah wrote in a re- hesitatetoinvokefaithandGod's Liebermanbecameahousehold cently published book, "An name, when it comes naturally, name just over two years ago Amazing Adventure: Joe and while on the campaign trail, when he was chosen as the Hadassah's Personal Notes on He cited the Declaration of Democratic vice presidential the 2000 Campaign." "Here I Independenceasthesourcethat nominee to run with then-Vice am, the daughter of survivors, Americanpoliticalpowercomes PresidentAl Gore. marriedtoaUnitedStatessena- from the creator. Although the Democratictor ina great, free country," she "I think if the spirit moves ticket lost the race to President wrote. me on occasion to say a word or Bush, Gore won the popular "And I said, 'I'm thinking two of faith, I think it's a very vote, a point that Lieberman abouthowmyfistisupintheair American thing to do," highlighted on Monday. to Hitler,' "she wrote. Lieberman said to a strong Many Jews say Lieberman's On Monday, she told JTA: round of applause, bid - coming from an observant "Obviously it's historic. He's And Lieberrnan set that tone Jew with strong ties to the breaking a glass ceiling. But it's Monday in his announcement American Jewish community- importanttoseehimasacandi- speech, is a historic moment and a sign date who's been a politician for Top Quality Work At Typesetting & Reasonable Prices Printing for Newspapers Bulletins- Catalogs Advertising Flyers Books Resumes Magazines 834-1741 quite awhile now." Only two other Jews have sought a major party nomination for the presi- dency, according to the book "Jews inAmerican Politics." Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) pursued the Republican nomination in 1996 but dropped out before the first primary, and the late Milton Shapp, former governor of Pennsylvania, ran briefly for the Democratic nomination in 1976. Lieberman's base of support outside the Jewish community is expected to come from envi- ronmentalists, moderate and conservative Democrats, hawk- ish and pro-defense segments of the party and the business community in the New York metropolitan area. He is also expected to have strong support among Demo- crats in Florida, California and Texas. While there is clearly excite- ment about his candidacy, Jew- ish leaders and donors are not throwing their support behind Lieberman. In addition to his focus on faith, Lieberman's positions on some issues do not sit well with manyAmerican Jews, especially liberal Democrats. And there is some concern that people throughout the countrywill equate Lieberman's position statements with that of the Jewish community at large. In fact, on Monday, as Lieberman spoke briefly about preserving the U.S.-Israeli rela- Caravan tionship, two dozen protesters, They calling themselves "Jews been elected to other offices Against the Occupation" the Midwest and other partsi chanted that they will not back the country without a Lieberman. Jewish population. '`we're here to say that Joe Lieberman does not represent enough to know tha us as Jews," said Lorne Lieb, community is both who traveled from New York headed and pluralistic," CitytoholdsignsoutsideStam- David Harris, executive ford High School. toroftheAmerica~ "We wanted to show that mittee. there is dissension within the "There are any number Jewish community and not all Jewish voices speaking JewssupportJoe Lieberman for America president." Liebermanwas also not be seen as the onl, criticized by more hawkish voice.'IntheJewishworld American Jews after his recent is also some anxiety visit to the Middle East, where Lieberman's actions he expressed sympathy for the not succeed or makes a Palestinians and support for an gaffe, could reflect poorly ( Arab-led plan for peace, the community. On the domestic front, "There is an anxiousness Lieberman'spositioninfavorof how it will impact the faith-based initiatives and community if he school vouchers have angered if he doesn't do well," many in the Jewish community said. who worry that such programs At the same time, blur the line between church lysts suggest that and state. In his remarks on Monday, the American Jewish Liebermanqualifiedhissupport nity so as not to be for vouchers, saying he would Jewish only support them for a limited trolled period of time, and only for people below the poverty line. He also said the voucher funds gion, theissueisno could not come out of public be as profound as in 2000. schools' budgets. "This is not breaking While there is some concern, rier in the Jewish analysts say they are not was broken in 2000 concerned that Lieberman will Sabato, director of the be seenas thevoice oftheAmeri- sity of Virg can Jewish community, tics. Continued from page 1 Whether Jews support Is- rael through contributions to made completely in Campus in Maitland is yet an- theAnnualCampaign, the spe- Shipley emphasized. The other opportunity for Jews in cial Israel Emergency Cam- ceeds from the sales of Orlando to support the People paign or by purchasing Israeli merchandise will go of Israel. The intifada has products at the Caravan (OR to the retailers. The wrecked havoc on Israel's ALL THREE!), it is awin-win will be at the Jewish .economy. Jews in Orlando can for everyone, nity Campus in the filltheirhomeswithIsraeliprod- The Israel Vendors Caravan sium from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. uctsandbuygiftsfortheirfami- will be in Orlando for just one Monday, liesandforotherlifecycleevents day, Feb. 10. The Caravan will free. For more informationa (weddings, b'nai and b'not beshowingthewaresandarti- to find out how you can mitzvah, births) and support facts of over 35 retailers from call 407-889-8245 the economy at the same time. the major cities in Israel. "Ev- NEWS SPECIAL CELEBRATION ISSUE ANUARY 31, 2003 Hundreds of different parties will be held in the Jewish community throughout the coming year. HERITAGE readers will be in need of a variety of products and services, including hotels, hair salons, clothing stores, jewelers, printers, florists, restaurants and many others. You can reach this exclusive buying market by placing your advertising message in the HERITAGE Special Celebration Issue. Don't let those weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other simchas pass you by. Make sure business is included on our readers' shopping lists. Advertising Deadline: January 22, 2003 FOR MORE Sharon Continued from page 1 of debate in Israel. His own Fatah Party claimed responsi- bility for a Jan. 5 double sui- cide bombing in Tel Aviv that killed 23 people. On Sunday, two more Israelis were killed in attacks, one on a farming community in the Galilee and one in the Negev near the Egyptian border. Left wingers might have hoped that continuing terror would hurt Sharon by demon- strating that he had failed to provide security for the Israeli public. In fact, it seemed to aid Sharon, as voters felt he would be better equipped to deal with Palestinian terrorists than Mitzna, who has said he would unilaterally uproot Israeli settlements from the West Bank and Gaza Strip within a year if he can't strike a deal first with the Palestinians. In addition, even if Arafat wants to help Labor, his em- brace could prove fatal: his support of Labor ends up hurt- ing the party, as Ma'ariv col- umnist Ben-Dror Yemini noted over the weekend. Even Mitzna this week went out of his way to declare that Arafat was "irrelevant," a term taken straight from Sharon's political dictionary. But he quickly added that a Labor-led government would negotiate with Arafat, regardless. Whether Arafat condemns or condones terror, much of the Israeli public interpret such statements as meddling in Israel's elections. In any case, the leaders of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah's own AI-Aksa Brigade show no sign of silencing their guns. This may tip the scale in favor of the right, as in past elections, but they couldn't care less. Though Arafat says terror attacks harm Palestinian in- terests both in the realm of international opinion and by preventing the ascension of an Israeli government willing to make concessions under fire the terrorist groups See fur- ther escalation of the conflict as a Palestinian interest. Sharon's tack in the cam- paign has been away from the right and toward the center, but Palestinians say he wants to keep the election campaign bloody to secure right-wing support. "Sharon will not leave us alone," PA. official Saeb Erekat said. "He is determined to mark the election campaign with more Palestinian blood." Even if Arafat's embrace is of dubious value, the Supreme Court's decision to allow fire- brand legislatorsAzmi Beshara and Ahmed Tibi to run in the elections has averted the threat of an Israeli Arab boycott and put an important constituency in Mitzna's camp. Columnist Gideon Levy wrote in Ha'aretz over the weekend that the court's deci- sion gives Israeli Arabs an op- portunity to help mold the t ofthecountr "They should come to polls with no ifs and Levy wrote. to indicate that they will do That would contrast with the 2001 elections, only 18 percent of Arab showed up at the polls to the killing of 12 The latest polls show the various Arab parties win 11 Knesset seats. tribute two or three Jewish parties such as and Meretz. However, some voices int Israeli Arab community are urging voters to the elections. These the fundamentalist ers from the northern of the Islamic which refuses to conferring legitimacy on Jewish state. Party recently ordered the c sure of an Islamic , newspaper, accusing it of i citing against the state. The Hi due to review the case. Butl Islamic Movement's Sheikh Ra'ed Salah the move really was "an tempt by the Likud to increase their centage in the Jewish