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E photo by Paul Morse/White House , President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister 8baron laugh together during their joint news in the Rose Garden, Tuesday, July 29, photo by Paul MorsefVVhite House President Bush and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas address the media during their meeting at the White House, Friday, July 25, 2003. E. Berger D.C. (JTA)-- Authority Prime Mahmoud Abbas received treatment from the he received a much reception on Capitol Hill. first official trip gave the to Bush for $20 mil- n direct aid and for the support for the prime toward peace. congressional meetings, sharp questions from his ability to lead, to date to combat terror- criticisms of Israeli ac- L sharp contrast to Israeli Ariel Sharon, whose rs were lira- but who often welcomes from con- "gets a much warmer re- a "sympathetic ear," Engel (D-N.Y.), a member of the House International Relations Committee's Middle East subcommittee. He said lawmakers are sympathetic to Abbas because they see him as an alternative to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, but they have yet to see substance. Many members of Congress sup- port Sharon's anti-terrorism mea- sures and his timetable for moving forward in the peace process. So, for example, while Bush called on Sharon to keep in mind how his defensive measures affect the peace process -- presumably referring to the fence Israel is building to keep out terrorists -- some lawmakers wrote Bush on the eve of Sharon's visit to emphasize how the fence is necessary for Israel's security. Abbas spent considerable time on Capitol Hill during his first official visit last week. He met with congressional lead- ers in both the Senate and the House of Representatives on July 24, pre- senting them with a wish list of ways to strengthen his government and promote the international "road map" for peace. Among his requests was help to pressure Israel to release Palestinian prisoners, to reconsider the security fence and to allow Arafat freedom of movement. "Abbas was businesslike," said a Democratic House aide. "He said, 'This is what I need and this is why I need it.'" But while Abbas impressed some with what they called his straightfor- ward responses, others said they were concerned about his reluctance to dismantle Palestinian terrorist groups, Many in Israel believe that unless the groups are dismantled, they will use the three-month cease-fire to which they agreed to rebuild and expand their infrastructure, leading to an eventual escalation in attacks. "I don't think that he's particu- larly keen on cracking down on ter- rorist groups the way we would like but wants to emphasize the predomi- See "Abbas" on page 15 E. Berger IGTON, D.C. (JTA)--- Sharon took the micro- press con- President Bush this in with the usual U.S.-Israeli bond case for U.S. aid. ,the Israeli prime minister ' U.S.-led war against Iraq Saddam Hussein's EasL YOu, Mr. President, have determination needed to spearhead gn to oust this despot, his dy- evil regime," Sharon said first time since World and peace-seek- had the wis- rers and evil to justice." Israel has laid low ,trying to avoid that the war was similar to Israel's fears 1991 Persian Gulf War. This time around, many anti-war ele- ments suggested that influential Jews in the Bush administration were push- ing for war in order to help Israel. But now, with President Bush under growing criticism for using erroneous intelligence information to make the case for war, Sharon's support is seen as an important shot in the arm from an ally. "It's standing behind a friend and reminding people of the importance of removing a threat from the re- gion," said Malcolm Hoenlein, ex- ecutive vice chairman of the Confer- ence of Presidents of Major Ameri- can Jewish Organizations. "With the president under siege, this was really a statement of appreciation." Asked to explain Sharon's state- ment, a senior Israeli official said Israel was aware of the Bush administration's political problems. But it goes beyond that. The offi- cial said the U.S. victory in Iraq is viewed as the catalyst for positive change in the region and that Sharon wants to encourage the United States to remain engaged. The war "opened a new window of opportunity in our area," the official said. "Without that, it would be harder Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified .19 The Business and Professional Networking Division and the Com- munity Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando invite all community members to its Power Lunch and Town Hall Meet- ing. Chairman Richard Crottywill be the featured speaker on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 11:45 a.m. at the Law firm of Greenberg, Traurig at 450 South Orange Ave Orlando. Crotty is the chief executive of the Orange County government that pro- vides complete urban services to over 860,000 citizens, nearly two-thirds of whom live in the unincorporated areas of the county. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the county government, overseeing nearly 6,000 employees and an an- nual budget of over $2 billion, Crotty will speak on the findings of the Transportation Commission "Mo- bility 20/20." The Business and Professional Networking Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando meets four times a year at various locations in the downtown area. This group reaches out to members of the Jew- ish community with diverse speak- ers and leaders. It also allows busi- ness and professional leaders to net- workwith colleagues and, at the same RICHARD CROTTY time, broaden their understanding of critical issues of the day. All com- munity members are invited. The cost of the luncheon is $15. If you would like to make a reservation to attend the Aug. 27 Power Lunch or to learn more about the group in general, call JoAnne Kane at the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando at 407-645-5933, ext. 237 or e-mail joannek@orlandojewishfed.org. to move forward with what we're doing with the Palestinians." photo by Brian Hendler/JTA Some Israelis are concerned that Billy Shapira points to her sister-in-law's name on a memorial plaque, the rising death toll in Iraq could Sunday, July 27, 2003, on the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Mt. lead to an early withdrawal of U.S. Scopus campus. Nine people were killed and 80 injured in a bomb attack troops, possibly sparking more un- at the school's Frank Sinatra cafeteria last year. rest. They want Bush to stay the course and use the current U.S. in- By Jonathan Udren told JTA. "Our roots were shaken fluence in the region to bring about but, just like the tree, we keep grow- changes in Syria and Iran.JERUSALEM (JTA)--Inside theing and going forward." On Thurs- WhenSecretaryofStateColinPowell cafeteria next to Hebrew University's day, July 31 at 1:30 p.m exactly a visited Syria right after thewar and Frank Sinatra Building, Arab and year after the bombing, Magidor, told President Bashar Assad to close Jewish students gather for lunch. Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, the Damascus offices of Palestinian Though they sit at separate tables, other university officials and family terrorist groups, Assad felt pressured they chat and laugh together, seem- and friends of the victims were to to shape up, the'Israeli official said. ingly carefree, pause for a moment at a memorial But such pressure needs to be con- The blown-out windows have been ceremony that would include songs, tinuous, he said. repaired, the blackened walls re- poetry and speeches intmemory of Syrian officials "were worried" painted. Almost no trace can be seen the tragedy -- and continued hopes then, he said."They're not worried of the bomb that killed nine m in- for real peace. today." cluding five Americans -- and in- Ceremonies also were to be held in Sharon's statement also is seen as jured more than 80 at the university New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleve- an endorsement of Bush's efforts and last July 31. land, Washington, Los Angeles, San tacticsagainstintemationalterrorism. Yet directly in front of the cafete- Francisco and Boca Raton, Fla. One U.S. Jewish leader said empa- ria grows an unusual-looking tree: Despite the challenges it has faced thy also may have played a role in the Its leaves are hearty and vibrant but over the past year -- mourning, re- comments. Israel, with its extensive its trunk is tilted and its roots jet out placing lost faculty, increasing secu- experience against guerrilla-style of the ground at various angles, rity and drawing new students adversaries, understands the con- ''We have planted a living tree" as Hebrew University is pushing for- stant threat of small- or large-scale a memorial for the bombingvictims, ward. attacks thatAmericansoldiers inIraq %vhich is symbolic," Hebrew Univer- face, he said. sit), President Menachem Magidor See "Hebrew U." on page 16.