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Editorials 4 Op-Ed 5 Calendar 6 Synagogue Directory 7 B'nai Mitzvah 8 Scene Around 9 Classified 20 j photo courtesy of BP Images/JTA fi Seaeli police forensic experts laok for evidence at the site of a suicide bombing in a restaurant in the northern '. eli elh, of Haifa Saturday, Oct 4, 2003 A Palestinian woman blew herself uo in the Arab, Israeli-owned "U W grim beach restaurant Saturday, killing 19 people, including several children and wounding 45. Dan Baron restau- riot been turned into a charred of twisted metal and broken Maxim's staff would have spent quietly packing up for Yom and Arabs together day of rest, for some, for others. Saturday a Palestinian sui- group sworn to s destruction ended almost four atthe it restaurant, which its Arab and Jewish s and clientele as it was for its a tasty meat dish. balways assumed Maxim's e immune from this sort of said architect Naomi a restaurant regular. "The question remaining is where was deliberate or op- , though neither option is a comfort." The bombing, on an oth- The security guard likely thought erwise quiet Shabbat afternoon in Jaradat was just another customer this largely secular city, killed at least seeking to enjoy the sea breeze and 19 people and wounded 45. Islamic Maxim's ambience of ethnic coexist- Jihad claimed responsibility for the ence. attack. Authorities suggested Jaradat and The bomber, a Palestinian woman Islamic Jihad probably chose the tar- named Hanadi Tayseer Jaradat, re- get based on the relative ease with portedly was a law student from the whichanArab-lookingwomancould West Bank city of Jenin. She reached enter the restaurant. The location Haifa by circumventing the as-yet- also could have afforded Jaradat's uncompletedsecurityfencethatsepa- handlers a quick getaway via the rates Israel from the densely popu- nearby coastal highway. iated Palestinian areas of the West Immediately after the attack, as Bank, the Ha'aretz newspaper re- Zaka volunteers went about their ported, grim task of collecting victims' body The blast came as Maxim, at the parts for burial, condemnations of southern entrance to the city, was the bombing came from all corners packed with a Saturday-afternoon of the globe. crowd. Both Jews and Arabs were They came, too, from the West among the dead in the attack, in- Bank, where Palestinian Authority cluding three children. President Yasser Arafat issued his Among the four IsraeliArabs killed routine tepid statement of criticism, was the doorman who failed to spot the lawyer-turned-terrorist in time. See "Bombing" on page 18 II$iMatthew E. Berger D.C. (JTA)-- Bush marked the Jewish by telling a roomful of his faith and how it make him a better man. t5 rabbis representing the denominations spent an a range of topics, includ- Palestinian-Israeli con- faith-based initia- ! photo by Eric Draper/White House Steven Pruzanski of President Bush meets with congregational rabbis in the Eisenhower N.J said Bush twice be- Executive Office Building, Monday, Sept. 29, 2003. discussinghis theAuschwitz Some of the rabbis described the ish servicemen support his efforts in ,talkedabout president as warm and engaging and Iraq. "The message I was asked to pray for him. said he had a firm grasp on the issues, bring was 'Stay the course,' "he said. about his drink- "I was so impressed by the candor Rabbi Amy Schwartzman, of Falls the of the president," said Rabbi Irving Church, Va said she was disap- played a role in his Elson, a chaplain and commander in pointed that more of the participants the remarks in a the U.S. Navy. "He exuded confidence did not challenge Bush on some of about faith-based initia- in his love of America." Eison said he told Bush that Jew- See "Faith" on page 17 By Dan Baron TEL AVIV (JTA)--This week's Is- raeli airstrike on an Islamic Jihad training camp near Damascus, which followed the group's deadly suicide bombing in Haifa on Saturday, was a sign to the Arab world that Israel will not be constrained by borders when it comes to the war on terrorism. The attack came hours before the 30th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, when Israel was blindsided by Syria and Egypt. Combined with Israel's anti-ter- ror operations in the West Bank and Gaza and the construction of the security fence, the strike against ter- rorist camps in Syria appears to show that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is not willing to restrict its military operations to reap the ben- efits of diplomatic restraint. Sunday's strike was also a message to Syria, which has offered support to Palestinian terrorist groups and is on the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist-sponsoring nations. The strike, Sharon spokesman Ra'anan Gissin said, "was a very clear, focused message" to Syria to "start dismantling the terror organizations that operate from its territory," Reuters reported. The bombing that prompted the strike killed at least 19 people in Haifa, including several children, and wounded 45. In an echo of President Bush'swarn- ing to state supporters of terrorists following the Sept. 11,2001 attacks in the United States, Israeli government spokesman Avi Pazner said, "Any By Dan Baron TEL AVIV (JTA)--Dashing in his eyepatch and brimmed general's cap, Moshe Dayan was disgraced by a stra- tegic oversight that cost his country dearly. Dayan'slowest moment has been immortalized in "Silence of the Si- rens," a television drama broadcast in Israel on Wednesday night in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Yore Kippur War. That the late defense minister is played by his bohemian actor son Assi is, perhaps, an irony appropriate to a country where the cataclysmic conflict with Egypt and Syria is still discussed in the hushed, hurtful tones of children robbed of their innocence. "Having Assi Dayan in the role of his father is significant," "Silence of the Sirens"screenwriter Motti Lerner said. "No less significant is the op- portunity to examine, in public, how Israel managed to get so badly taken by surprise." "Silence of the Sirens" focuses on the two weeks leading up to the outbreak of hostilities on Oct. 6,1973,when Dayan and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir ignored intelli- gence warnings about Egyptian forces massing on the Suez Canal and simi- lar Syrian designs for the Golan Heights. The decision meant Jerusalem was fatally slow to respond to the com- bined onslaught that caught Israelis at sleep or at prayer on Judaism's holiest day. In the 18 days it took to turn the war around, some 2,300 Israeli servicemen died. Though the war's final outcome was a resounding military victory for Israel, the early setbacks constituted country who harbors terrorism, who trains, supports and encourages them, will be responsible to answer for their actions," Ha'aretz reported. Syria's response to the first Israeli attack deep inside its territory in almost three decades was somewhat muted, though it called the strike a "grave escalation." The country's for- eign minister, Farouk al-Sharaa, said Syria would not respond militarily to the attack but that Syria would press the U.N. Security Council to convene and discuss the attack. In an apparent effort to minimize the affront to Syrian President Bashar Assad, israeli government spokespeople emphasized that the target inside Syrian territory was Palestinian and came strictly to"send a message" following Islamic Jihad's suicide bombing a Haifa restaurant. Jerusalem probably will not suffer too much diplomatic fallout as a re- sult of its strike in Syria. In recent months, the U.S. State Department has stepped up pressure on Assad to curtail the activities of terrorist groups operating inside Syria and headquartered in Dam- ascus, but to no avail. Washington also is unlikely to be impressed with Islamic Jihad's denial that Israel's target was one of its training camps. Also, early reports said the Israeli strike resulted in very few casualties, a fact likely to temper any negative diplomatic consequences. Some analysts said the Israeli ac-' tion could result in some serious soul-searching in Damascus. See "Israel" on page 18 MOSHE DAYAN a blow to national morale unparal- leled since the 1948 War of Indepen- dence. "it was about as'shocking as an act of man can be, especially coming on Yom Kippur," said Haifa engineer Pinhas Herzog, who saw action on both fronts as a paratrooper platoon commander. "Even after we had re- grouped and begun fighting back, we still knew we would be paying the price of our lack of preparedness for years to come." The ordeal bred the inevitable conspiracy theories---such as that Israel, having launched a pre- emptive strike to begin the 1967 Six- Day War, had been ordered by the United States to fight from a position of pure retaliation and self-defense to maintain international support. See "Yom Kippur" on page 18