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OCTOBER22,2004 PAGE 13 from page 1 than the work of in- terrorists. 30 Bedouins who in and around Taba and had been brought g following to CNN, some government the terrorists--eight in number--may have Sinai by boat from or Saudi Arabia and their explosives rt lOcal Bedouins. the dead were and Ludmilla Paizkov, Were spending their ,at the since immigrat- Israel from the former The attack or- their two sons, aged and eight. withher 11, and Lior, survived by their father, Zohar. en-year-old Khalil who lost his father tear accident, was at the uncle.The boy diedalongwithanother Israeli Arab, Hafez Khafi. Fate was even crueller for Asaf Greenvald, who stopped at the Hilton merely to use the restroom en route back to the nearby Israeli border. The Taba Hilton, built by Israelis before the handover of the Sinai as part of the Camp David peace accords, had been the site of several rounds of peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. "I would like to stress once more that although the attacks occurred in Egypt and struck a blow against it, they were directed against citizens of the state of Israel," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told his Cabinet. The Sinai ttacks resonated in Jerusalem in more ways than one. A secretary from Sharon's office, Michal Alex- ander, died along with fellow backpackers Einat Naor and Avisaf in Ras Satan. Sharon voiced gratitude for Cairo's handling of the attacks. "I want to thank President Mubarak and the Egyptian government again for the close cooperation," he said. Sharon and the Egyptian president talked by phone after the attacks. On October 9, Shin Bet chiefAvi Dichter met Egyptian counterparts at Taba. In the past year, Israelis had begun to return to the Sinai, a long- favored holiday destination, after a hiatus due to the Palestinian inti- fada. Drawn to its beaches, views of a sparkling blue sea and crinkly paper mache-like mountains as well as cheap prices, tens of thousands of Israelis shrugged off govern- ment warnings of possible terror attacks and headed across the border. The attacks bore outa Sinai terror alert put out by Israeli intelligence before the High Holidays. After the attack, a modern- day Exodus of wounded and shocked Israelis streamed back across the Israeli-Egyp- tian border--some by military rescue helicopters, others by ambulance and Israeli buses or on foot, their eyes wide with shock, wrenched from holiday merriment to the long reach of terror. A pregnant Israeli woman, from page 5 fence that Proved so effective at it a "bar- Later, when he that the 1,000 Israeli untenable, course. Surprisingly, Ameri- Israel do not have deal of confidence Ls president, Kerry sttpport Israel in of European, Arab pressure. Having Winning the support parties a central in his campaign, here are concerned Israel will pay the for Kerry's hopes of )ected abroad." example, how would Kerry respond to the recent French foreign minister's call that Yasser Arafat, an unrepentant terrorist who President Bush has refused to meet, be included in peace negotiations? When Kerry calls for more U.N. involvement in the war on terror, Americans in Israel see it as a strategy of appease- ment. Will an institution that allows Libya to chair a human rights commission and Syria to sit on the Security Council help the United States defend democracy and confront ter- ror? Likewise,whenAmericans in Israel hear Kerry claim that European leaders would rather have him as president, they are no less concerned. After all, this is the same Europe that has counseled appeasement time and again and which has done so little to combat a rising tide of global anti-Semitism. Will a President Kerry rely on the resolve and supposed moral clarity of European leaders to confront an evil that threatens our entire world? According to the polls, Bush and Kerry are still running neck and neck. But judging from what I have seen and heard over the last few months, B sh will win the votes of American in Israel by a landslide. I sup- pose backbone counts for a little more when you are on the front lines. tfory Bardash is the chair- man of the Israeli branch of Republicans Abroad (www.RAlsrael.org). from page 5 attacks in the St. was selling ,Saudi Arabia (how Israel?), Kerry One of the first to write igating ;for funding :ions. Bush members of the Bin the figures noted in Kerry's 1992 W.'S campaign. 12-year, highly targeted at record of be- ing passive on intelligence, coddling Saudis, making the wrong connection be- tween Iraq, weapons of mass destruction and 9/11, and talking tough while Iran and North Korea fester. Despite his rhetoric, the administration has cut State Department counter-terror- ism programs by an average of 20 percent every year since 9/11. Kerry is unburdened by the Republicans' chronic dual loyalty to Arab oil barons alongside America's security, which led them to defeat a bill banning oil com- panies from doing business with terrorist states--this past June. When the election dust set- ties, Bush will no longer need to buy Jewish votes--so there is no guarantee that actions he eventually does take would fa- vor Israel. And after four years of Bush's leadership, Israel isa more dangerous place, a more hated place and a more hope- less place. How can we reject a candi- date who understands, with unwavering support, what Israel needs? Dahlia Scheindlin is an international political con- sultant and public opinion analyst based in Tel Aviv. her head bandaged and blood splattered on her lilac dress was seen in media reports being attended to by para- medics, an israeli boy was photographed on a stretcher, his T-shirt soaked in blood. But the fact that thou- sands of Israelis still crossed the border, many of them re- maining on the beaches even after thebombings, was cause for much head-scratching in Jerusalem. "It is inconceivable that our intelligence services should be working so hard for a few thousand Israelis who choose to spend their vacation in Sinai despite the warnings," said Welfare Minister Zevu- lun Orlev, who suggested that citizens who knowingly flout government terror warnings forfeit any national insurance benefits should they fall victim to attacks. JTA correspondent Dina Kraft in Tel Aviv contributed to this report. 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