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PAGE 2 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JTA Weekly Summary Following are Jewish Telegraphic Agency's news briefs for Tuesday, October 5, 2004. U.S. vetoes Gaza resolution at U.N. The United States vetoed a U.S. Security Council reso- lution calling on Israel to halt its military operation in the Gaza Strip. Eleven countries backed the resolution Tuesday in the Security Council, with Germany, Britain and Romania abstaining. In explaining the U.S. veto, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Danforth, said the resolution "does not mention even one of the 450 Kassam rocket attacks launched against Israel over the past two years" nor does it acknowledge two Israeli children killed by one of those attacks last week. Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, said he was satisfied with the U.S. veto, but added that the resolution should never have been presented. Israel arrests U.N. employees Israel arrested 13 United Nations employees who are suspected of participating in terrorism against the Jewish state. This week's arrests come amid Israeli allegations that UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, aided Palestinian terrorism in the Gaza Strip. Groups: Stop aiding UNRWA Jewish groups are calling on the United States and Canada to suspend payments to UNRWA until a probe into the U.N. agency's alleged links to Palestinian terrorism is completed. The calls by the Simon Wiesenthal Center regarding both countries, and by B'nai Brith Canada regarding Canada, came after the head of UNRWA, Peter Hansen, admitted that members of Hamas are working for UNRWA, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees. Israel hits terrorists An Israeli airstrike killed two Islamic Jihad fugitives. The terrorists were killed in their car as it drove through Gaza City on Tuesday night. Israeli security sources said one of the dead was Islamic Jihad's chief military planner in the Gaza Strip. Emigre faces deportation A Jewish immigrant to the United States from the former Soviet Union may be deported on a technicality. Vladimir Karsaev is currently in a U.S. jail, awaiting deportation by the Department of Homeland Security because his papers for asylum were not filed after he came to the United States from Belarus, a problem he blames on a quack lawyer, the Intermountain Jewish News reported. Homeland Security officials quoted by the paper confirmed that Karsaev is being deported. Karsaev is hoping that ongoing anti-Semitism in Belarus will help his cause if he is deported and has to reapply for asylum. By Leslie Susser JERUSALEM (JTA)--After months of high-profile lob- bying against Iran's nuclear program, Israeli officials are confident that the in- ternational community will impose sanctions on Tehran if it fails to meet a Nov. 25 deadline to halt its nuclear weapons program. They base their optimism on a series of meetings with American and European offi- cials, mainly during the recent U.N. General Assembly session in New York. They say they de- tect a major shift in the Eu- ropean position, which could lead to the Europeans joining a U.S.-led move on sanctions at the U.N. Security Council. If the sanctions fail, Israeli analysts believe the United States has the capacity to stop Iran going nuclear by military means. They are also not ruling out a strike by Is- rael, if the Iranians go past the point of no return in nuclear bomb manufacturing and the international community fails to take effective action. Israeli officials, however, make it clear that Israel sees Iran's nuclear program as a global rather than an Israeli problem, and would much prefer to see the international community dealing with it. The hardening of the European line came after the Iranians rejected a mid- September demand from the International Atomic Energy Agency not to produce the en- .riched uranium from which nuclear bombs are made. The defiant Iranian re- sponse was to announce that it had begun converting large amounts of raw uranium and that it had test-fireda newver- sion of the Shihab-3 missile, capable of reaching Israel and most European capitals. A few days later, at the U.N. General Assembly session in New York, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said he was encouraged by the new.Eu- ropean stance. The time, he said, was now ripe "to move the Iranian case to the Security Council in order to put an end to this nightmare." At the same time, Israel's national security council chief, Giora Eiland, came away from talks with American officials convinced that they realized the gravity of the situation and would be ready to act. NOvember, Eiland stressed in his talks, would be the very last chance to do something effective to halt the Iranian nuclear drive without having to resort to force. Gerald Steinberg, an ex- pert on nuclear proliferation at Bar Ilan University's BESA Institute, asserts that the Eu- ropeans, tired of Iran's double game, will now be ready to fol- low an American lead. "The British, the Germans and to some degree the French now realize that their ap- proach, holding various kinds of dialogue with Iran, has failed," he said. Nor does he expect Russia or China to oppose a move for U.N. sanctions against Iran "RUssia, given its troubles in Chechnya, will find it difficult to condone a nuclear build-up in terror-supporting Iran," he said. "And China won't want to be the only permanent mem- ber of the Security Council to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons." Steinberg esti- mates that the Iranians are at least six months and per- haps some years away from producing a bomb, so that there is time to test whether a sanctions strategy works. If it doesn't, the next step could be an American-led military strike. Spelling out U.S. policy in late September, President Bush said he would prefer to use diplomacy, including sanctions, to stop the Iranian nuclear drive, but if necessary he would not shy away from the use of force. A leak in Newsweek maga- zine that American con- tingency plans to hit Iran were being updated seemed to underline the president's message. Both the president's tough talk and the Newsweek leak seemed calculated at the very least to put more pressure on Iran ahead of the November deadline, by presentingacred- ible U.S. military threat. Although Iranian nuclear facilities are spread out across the country, and in some cases protected by thick concrete bunkers, Steinberg believes that if sanctions don't work and the Iranians get very close to producing a bomb, the Americans would be capable of destroying Iran's entire nuclear program. "The U.S. certainly has the photo by Michelle I Silvan Shalom, minister of addresses the sembly on Sept. 23, military capability' the key facilities nian program," he could always ca years. Two Israeli strike nuclear reactor at 1981, the Iraqis not as close to a weapon as then." As for the facilities does not take Steinberg Israeli estab said the imminent 500 one-ton bombs to Israel United States should seen as directly See "Sa page 14 ng munity Do You Have Pre-Paid Funeral Arrangements With Another Funeral Home? We Can and Will Accept All Other Pre-Paid Plans r mli i i i i i i 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 mii : 10% Discount on . [ ] services and merchandise[ i on any new i i Pre-need contracts, i I I m. m -- -- .m -- -- -- -- m -- -- ,m -- J 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD James R. Cardinal, Executive Director Michael Meyer, Family Pre-need Counselor Tzvi Halikman, Ritual Director By Ron Kampeas and Dina Kraft JERUSALEM (JTA)--For Republicans and Democrats vying for Jewish votes, it's become a well-worn cliche: a handful of votes in Florida cbuld swing this year's presi- dential election. What's not so well known is that those Florida votes might not even be in Florida. Six thousand ex- Floridians living in Israel and the territo- ries are eligible to vote in U.S. elections in November--over 10 times the number that decided the 2000 election for George W. Bush. "One selling point I have for people is that I remind them that 537 votes made the dif- ference in Florida," said Mark Zober, who as the Israel head of Democrats Abroad has been canvassing the country to register votes. "It's sort of a shotgun ap- proach; you go to an event and hope there are Florida people," said Zober, in his mid-50s, who made aliyah in 1972 from Whittier, Calif. And not just Florida people. Zober's Republican counter- part, Kory Bardash, said his organization was focusing on all swing state expatriates. "We have made heavy ef- forts in trying to identify Americans from Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan," said Bardash, 39, who made aliyah from New York City nine years ago. photo by Ron Kampeas/JTA Phillip Foss, who lives in Tel Aviv and is from Mil- waukee, registers voters at a. Democrats in Israel event in Tel Aviv. Expatriates vote according to their last U.S. address. Such calculations are at the center of what officials from both parties are saying is the most intensive effort ever to get out the American and Palestinian voters in Israel and the territories. Howie Kahn, the nonpar- tisan program director for the Jerusalem branch of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, organized a registration evening in early September and said it was the largest turnout ever. "This is amazing," he said, watching Israelis from Jeru- salem and surrounding sub- urbs and settlements crowd into AACI headquarters in Jerusalem's genteel neighborhood. "The feeling is vote counts." Not Israel. Both parties are recordin seas, of req electoral officials states, they say. abroad in previous are automatically but each request first-time oversea means run thorough application. This whelming terest are not meetin mailing out the means that voters might not meet deadlines, Nov. 2 and 10. "I'm really it," said Joan licans Abroad. Her org encourag a request to the write-in ballot. The opentoa the military, was Oct. 3. Americans in Is count for about the estimated 4 to' Americans abroad. said to be the fifth expatriate See "Voters" on