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PAGE 14 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS FEBRUARY 14 Custom Windows and Doors Will your windows weather the next storm? Energy efficient replacement windows Gutters and down spouts i Screen enclosures Siding , Soffit and facia S. Klein Contractors ]3]3][3 Financing T Available 2478 Tahoe Circle Steve Klein Winter Park, FL 32792 407-657-0158 By Matthew E. Berger WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA) -- Neither the United States nor Israel wants the Jewish state involved in an anticipated war against Iraq. To minimize the chances of that happening, however, Israel has become very involved in planning an attack. U.S.-Israel coordination be- comes ever more crucial after U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's briefing to the U.N. Se- curity Council on Wednesday. Discover new interests and explore new possibilities. Assisted Living at Brighton Gardens. Call Today Assisted Living now starting at $69 / day * At Brighton Gardens, residents have plenty of opportunities to make new friends. Pursue new interests. Participate in social activities. And with a compassionate staff and personalized service plan, we provide a way of life residents can feel proud of-all within a close-knit community where residents thrive and friendships grow. Brighton Gardens 1301 West Maitland Blvd. Maitland (407) 645-3990 BRIGHTON GARDENS ASSISTED LIVING *Move in by March 10, 2003 AL #8447 The briefing is seen as the major U.S. effort to convince the in- ternational community that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is flouting weapons inspections and must be disarmed by force. Powell used audio tapes and satellite images to prove that Iraq has been hiding weapons materials from U.N. inspectors and continues to produce dan- gerous weapons. He also claimed that members of the Al-Qaida terrorist network are hiding in Iraq. The presentation touched only briefly on Saddam's sup- port for Palestinian terrorists and the threat Iraq poses to Israel. "Baghdad trains Palestine Liberation Front members in small arms and explosives," Powell said. "Saddam uses the Arab Liberation Front to funnel money to the families of Pales- tinian suicide bombers in order to prolong the intifada. And it's no secret that Saddam's own intelligence service was involved in dozensofattacks orattempted assassinations in the 1990s." Both Israel and the United States are trying to minimize reports of their coordination ahead of any U.S.-led attack on Iraq. But if the United States does go to war with Iraq, Israel's finger- printswill be on the battle plans. The two counties have been spending years coordinating in- formation, developing technol- ogy for battle in the Middle East and trying to protect Israel from weapons of mass destruction. The most visible sign of such cooperation is the Arrow Mis- sile Program, a joint U.S.-Is- raeli program to protect Israel from missiles. In the 1991 Persian Gulf War, when Iraq fired 39 Scud missiles at Israel, Israel and the United States used Patriot missiles in an attempt to bring the Scuds down. photo by UN Security Council hears US Secretary of State Poweil deliver briefing on evidence of Iraqi New York, February 5, 2003. "It's as reliable as anything in use is the HAVE NAP the position it's in, which is not ground missile, usedyetinwartime,"saidMarvin raelis call Popeye. Feuer, director of defense and destro' strategic issues at the American militarybunkers from Israel Public Affairs Committee. tances, and can be "The Arrow does what we had while already in the air. hoped the Patriot would do in The thefirstwar."BothIsraelandthe ing Israeli-made United States have been im- AerialVehicles pressedwiththeArrow'ssuccess military to in test firings, Feuer said. assess bomb damage An improved version of the risking pilots' lives. Patriot missile was tested Tues- The Israeli-made day in Israel. Israeli and Ameri- device uses can officials say the tests were able aircraft to routine, but analysts say the bad weather. Patriot will be an impo Cant Israel and the United I Visit the Restaurant Stay to Shop Fresh Daily Specials! Breakfast, Lunch Dinner RD! % 0 KOSHER PARVE T~t~oule, Ire, now produces Tabo~e, ~. Coul, Co~ & Bah- Ghannoul under Ihe h-a~ ]~/, t ORB 830 S. County I Road 427 BE #Longwood FIRST 1000 GUESTS RECEIVE MEMBERSHIP/DISCOUNT CA US KOS -IE] GREEK # [TA LIAN $ I EDIITERRANEAN INDI[AN # H SPAN C $ M[III13 I LE EASTERN FOOl ern desert from which it could attack Israel. Iraq is believed to have far fewer weapons than it did in 1991, but Pentagon officials be- lieve that Iraqi missile bases will be targeted in the early stages of a war to minimize the possibil- ity that Israel will be attacked and will feel obligated to re- spond. "America has made a com- mitment, to take out Scud launchers in the west within 72 hours" of the beginning of a war, said Tom Neumann, ex- ecutive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Still,similarpromises in 1991 didn't stop the Iraqi Scuds. "We did a very poor job of stopping Scuds, and we learned from it,"said Gen. DavidGrange, who during the 1991 war worked in Army Special Forces to eliminate Iraq's Scud capa- bilities. "I believe that intelli- gence and information will be Israel is qualitatively from the first war Senior officials of Bush administration, Paul Wolfowitz, who an undersecretary and the deput3 Lawrence sent to Israel late first Iraqi crisis. This time, the United; rael and other regional s priority. Gen. Charles Wald, commander of the pean Command put in charge of ties Israel. Gen. Charles rector of air tions at the mand, liaison between the two tries if war begins. Feuer said the has allowed Israel and the sharedinmore robustwaysthan ments about the n 1991. Neumannsald some ofawar. American military officials re- sented the effort to protect Is- hinted that rael during the Gulf War, view- to retai iatei ing it as a diversion from the onsofraass main battle, missiles Protecting Israel is less of an alties. But both the IJ. issue this time around, as U.S.- Israeli g)vernl sv Israel coordination has ce- fer that Israel not haVe mented their mutual agenda, involved. Even if Israel does stay out of the war, its technology and Britain do not want equipment will not. have to Among the Israeli technol- said. "They will ogy that American forces may narymeasures"tol Featuring Is Proud to Announce ~NTE]~NATI~ONAL much broader footprint, and is viewed as the only missile that can shoot down another missile at high altitudes and speeds. However, Patriots are designed backup if the Arrow does not also share to protect airbases and specific perform as well as anticipated, channels that could pro landmarks, not full cities, and Still, analysts say the surest in any war. proved largely ineffective, way to keep Israel safe is, to take "This kind of The Arrow was crafted with a out missile bases in Iraq s west- between