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Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Shoppers at the mall in Maale Adumim, whose residents support developing the E1 corridor but with the issue. Ben Sales are not preoccupied By Ben Sales city, customers get a panoramic view of The northwest side of the settlement the Judean Desert to the east.also offers a beautiful view: a sprawl- MAALEADUMIM, WestBank(JTA)-- ArabandJewishtownsdotthehilltops, ing landscape of rolling hills, shrubs From the terrace of the mall in Maale ...... snaking between them. A brightand rocks framed by Jerusalem in the Adumim, a West Bank settlement eight sun shines through the clouds, offering background. miles from Jerusalem that serves as a some warmth to offset the December bedroom community for Israel's capital breeze. E1 on page 18A 9 By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)--Two months ago, the strategy for victory was clear: To un- seat Benjamin Netanyahu in elections on Jan. 22, Israel's handful of center-left parties had to unite under one ban- ner and choose a leader who could challenge the Israeli prime minister on issues of diplomacy and security. Instead, the opposite has happened. Netanyahu's op- ponents have become more fragmented, and the center- 4 Yossi Zamir / Miriam Alster / Flash90/JTA Key players in the Israeli elections Jan. 22 are, from left: Prime Minister Benjamin Ne- tanyahu of Likud, Tzipi Livni of the new Movement party and Shelly Yachimovich of Labor. lefthasfocusedmoreonsocial parties but the fifth largest Meanwhile, the right wing issues than security, in the current Knesset--has has consolidated, virtuallyas- TheKnesset'slargestparty, made socioeconomic issues suringathirdtermforNetan- Kadima--founded in 2005 her focus, yahu. Recent polls show the by Ariel Sharon as a centrist The emphasis on socio- prime minister's ruling Likud breakaway from Likud, and economic policy represents Party, which has merged lists later led by Tzipi Livni--ap- "a reshuffling of the system with the nationalist Yisrael pears to be collapsing. Mere- far from the dominance of Beiteinu party, winning 38 of bers have rejoined Likud, security issues," says Tamar the Knesset's120 seats. Labor, defected to Labor or are join- Hermann, senior fellow at the pollingin second place, might ing Livni's new centrist party, Israel Democracy Institute. not break 20. called the Movement. Some But ceding the debate over Netanyahu's poll numbers polls are saying that Kadima security policytoNetanyahu, have fallen since the end of may not even make it into the who has more security ex- OperationPillarofDefensein next Knesset. perience than Yachimovich, Gaza last month. Some ana- Shelly Yachimovich, who a former journalist, clearly lysts say right-wing Israelis heads Labor--historically gives the prime minister the one of Israel's two biggest upper hand. Kadlma on page 18A Campaign Chair Ina Porth (right)presents a $5,000 check for Sifrat Pijama (PJ Library) to Galina Vromen, executive director of Keren Grinspoon Israel & Sifriyat Pijama. By Lisa Robbins, out over while the Maestro's Director of Outreach & music filled the room. Engagement Initiatives, It was the first performance Tampa JCC & Federation on the first full day of the Tampa-Orlando-Pinellas Jew- Maestro Isaak Tavior sat ish Federation Alliance Per- down to play the grand piano forming Arts Mission to Israel. in the living room of his home And this would be no ordi- overlooking the Galilee, his nary trip. fingers gracing its notes as The Federations of Tampa, he began eloquently playing Orlando, Pinellas and Pasco a Beethoven Sonata for the Counties came together for group of 20 people. The warm its first ever joint mission to airblewthroughtheopenwin- experience Israel through a dows, the view of the moun- tains available to all to gaze Arts on page 19A By Linda Gradstein that Syria has large stocks of The Media Line chemical weapons, although they have never officially As rebel forces move closer acknowledged them. Syria is to Damascus, thereare reports notasignatory to the chemical of activity in Syrian chemical weapons treaty. weapons sites, raising fears in Nadim Shehadi, a Middle the region that Syria could use East expert at Chatham House those chemicalweapons. NBC in London, believes that Syria News reported that the Syrian is trying to send a message army has loaded bombs with to the West that keeping the precursors of Sarin nerve gas, Assad regime in power means which could then be loaded more stability for the region. onto planes. "When Syria says it would Syrian officials dismissed never use chemical weapons the report as ludicrous, against its own people, the "Syriastresses again, for the subtext is that they would use tenth, the hundredth time, it against an invading force," that if we had such weapons, Shehadi told The Media Line. theywouidnotbeusedagainst "They also imply that if the its people. We would not corn- regime falls there is ahigh risk mit suicide," Deputy Foreign ofthesesubstances falling into Minister Faisal Maqdad said. the wrong hands. The regime Despite his denials, U.S. of- is trying to frighten the West." ficials issued harsh warnings Syria's neighbors are also about the consequences if nervous. Israel fears Syria Assad does decide to use them. could give some of the chemi- "Our concerns are that an calweapons to Hezbollah, the increasingly desperate Assad guerilla group in south Leba- regimemightturntochemical non. Israeli officials admitted weapons, or might lose control they are nervous. of them to one of the many "Wearecloselyfoliowingthe groups that are now operat- reports on chemical weapons ing within Syria," Secretary in Syria," Israeli foreign min- of State Hillary Clinton told a istry spokesman Yigal Palmor news conference after a meet- told The Media Line. "These ing of NATO foreign ministers, reports are of obvious concern "And so as part of the ab- for all neighboring countries solute unity that we all have including Israel. Possible use on this issue we have sent an of these weapons is absolutely unmistakable message that unacceptable." this would cross a red line The Atlantic magazine and those responsible would be held to account." Bluffing on page 18A The warnings come as the 20 months of fighting IIIl!!l!llJ!ll!!!!l!llll rebels reached the outskirts of Damascus. There is little question 6 5 O ' " ~