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PAGE 2 III I I I JTA Weekly Summary Followhl~ are Jewish Telegraphic Agency's news briefs fl)r Tuesday, October 14. 2003. Israel raids Rafah again Six t'alestinians were injured in an Israeli raid to destroy weapons smuggling, tunnels in tile (;aza Strip, The raid was Israel's second in the Rafah refugee camp in less than a week. Eight Palestinians were killed in the earlier raid. Israel to deport prisoners Israel wants to deport to the Gaza Strip 15 prisoners it is holding in the West Bank. An army official gave the orders Tuesday to transfer the Palestinians to the l='rez crossing in Gaza, where they will be held for 48 hours to give them a chance to appeal the decision. Israel says all 1,5 were involved in terrorist attacks. Israel's high- est court has approved such deportations, but some lawyers have said the practice violates international law. CC IS By Leslie Susser routed tile fence along tile pre- 1967 border, known as the JERUSAIJgM(JTA) Prime "Green IJne," he risked pay Minister Ariel Sharon's deci- mg the way for a I'alestinian sion in early October to corn- state in all of the West Bank plete the security fence be- and (;aza Strip. tween lsraelandtheWest Bank That would antagonize the may have seemed like a tim- settler movement, cause coil- reality. But it may well turn siderable unrest in Sharon's out to bc tile most important own IJkud Party and return decision of his ?,O-year politi- Israel's densely populated cal career, coastal plain to dimensions so At any rate, the deadly sui narrow that former Foreign cidebombin#,in t laifa which Minister Abba Eban once la- left 19 Israelis dead--showed haled them "Auschwitz bor- why Sharon could not have ders." On the other hand, if continued procrastinating, the fence cut deeply into the For months, Sharon had West Bank to encircle cities avoided making a final deci- such as Ariel, Sharon risked sion on the fence, tie didn't confrontation with the Bush HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 17,~ for Sharo (.;reenlJne. Thepl:m istoerect Domestically, the most horseshoe-shaped fences hement criticism of thefe~ around tile settlements and route comes from the lsra then .--unless the t'alest inians left. (J'l have had a radical change of I,abor legislator Matan, heart and abandoned terror- Vilnaisaysthatbuildingafer Avi ism link them to the main with gaps left by the ur~Ce sw fence in six months to a year. netted horseshoes is abSt Clearly, Sharon hopes the and will leave central Is1: to( decision to include large Jew- vulnerable to terrorism. ish settlements inside ti~e M(n-eover.oppositionr# Die fence will silence the right berschargeltheaddedle~f: us, wing. ln addition, the fact that of the fence means thatr~Li on the horseshoe perimeter soldiers will be needed to; th~ fenceswillnotimmediatelybe fend it, it will take longel wh connected to the main fence build and it will cost al c vi~ will buy him some time from four times as much. Th the Bush administration. There also is the questi0! tur Accordingtosomeanalysts, Israel's image. Chemi Sha~ tip Sharon is banking on the oftheMa'arivnewspapeff th~