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HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man and General Maintenance Conditioning Electrical Plumbing Carpentry Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-896q] Sudoku solution from page 7 864312957 1 2.5967843 3795.48162 58263947"1 647281395 91-3475628 498723516 736154.289 251896734 E1 From page 1A It is this tranquil space that represents the newest contro- versy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The area, known as El, acts as a dual corridor, connecting Maale Adumim to Jerusalem nowhere else to go. Maale Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel says Mev- asseret Adumim is necessary for the burgeoning growth of his city, home to some 40,000 people. He doesn't think Israel will ever cede the land to the Palestinians. "We will be an Israeli city, and our land has to be in Israeli on theeast-west axis and Ra- territory," he said. "We need mallah to Bethlehem on the it for residential expansion. north-south axis. The cities are two of the largest in the Palestinian Authority. Israeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu caused a diplomatic stir last week when he announced Israel's intention to build there--a controversial plan that has been started and aborted since itwas first announced in 1994. The Palestinians charge that if Israel develops E1 itwill bisect any future Palestinian state, rendering a two-state "s'olutionimpossible.Netanya-" hu's government claims that El's development is necessary to connect Maale Adumim to the Israeli capital. For now, E1 sits empty. Its only building, an Israeli police station, sits on a plateau like a fortress, surrounded by fences and towers. Nearby, a bright red-and-white sign welcomes the rare visitor to Mevasseret Adumim, the name of the planned development. But there's no neighborhood there. Instead, a road winds through empty hills to the police station. Traffic circles punctuate the road every so often, but they open in only one direction. There's HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 14, 2012 It's important strategically because it's on the hills." Some of the mayor's con- stituents are more blase about what happens. "It won't bother me if they build or not," said Maayan, 21, adding that she was not really following the controversy. Many Israelis refer to Maale Ben Sale Adumim, along with two other The Israeli police station in El, the only Israeli structure large Jewish settlement blocs in the area. in the West Bank, as "con-' said its development is nec- "I'm not happy about hav- sensus" settlements--areas i essary for practical reasons, ing two or three homes in of the disputed territory that Maale Adumim is toO big to a hole that we need to pro- will remain part of Israel in a give up and evacuate in the tect, just big cities," Ahuva two-state solution. And the event of a peace settlement, Nachmani said, derisively residentsofMaaleAdumimre- they say, so why not connect referring to far-flung Jewish flect Israel's consensus on the it to Jerusalem and provide settlements. Israeli-Palestinian conflict; extra living space? Maayan, like many resi- They want a peace deal but "It's very important todents of Maale Adumim, are skeptical that the conflict connect to Jerusalem," said moved to the city not because will be,resolved anytime soon. Chaim Pe'er, 35. "There's no of its West Bank location but "Ibelievewecanandshould optiontoevacuateMaaleAdu- because it is cheap, quiet and live in peace," said Batsheva, mira. When you're not going near Jerusalem. who has lived in Mitzpe Jeri- to be evacuated, you're going Maale Adumim resident cho, near Maale Adumim, for to be calmer." Itzik Naim sees his role as 30 years. "No one wants to Several Maale Adumim more ideological. Along with be at war. Everyone wants to residents interviewed by JTA El, Israelisshouldtrytopopu- accept each other's rights. If drew a distinction between lateasmuchoftheWestBank I knew the other side would themselvesandsettlersdeeper as possible, he said. accept our right to exist, that in the West Bank, who are "If we had a prime minister would be ideal." more ideological about hold- who was a real Jew and who It's hard to find anyone in ingontotheterritorytheycall believed in God, we wouldn't Maale Adumim who opposes by its biblical names, Judea need excuses to build," Naim developing the E1 area;most and Samaria. said. Kadima From page 1A are unhappy that the prime minister agreed to a cease-fire rather, than pressing ahead with a ground operation. But with Netanyahu still control- ling a daunting lead, center- left parties are scrambling to find a strategy that gives them a shot at winning the premiership. Yachimovich's focus on social issues, including calls for lower prices and more social welfare, represents an effort to harness the energy of the mass social protests Israel saw in the summer of 2011, when hundreds of thousands took to the streets to agitate for more help for the middle class. But Labor thus far has failed to reignite the spark that propelled the protests. With the Israeli left in shambles--less than 10 per- ~cent of Jewish Israelis identify with left-wing ideology, polls show--Labor has pivoted to the center, trying to rebrand itself from a left-wing party to a centrist one. for the Palestinians' benefit zbollah, when at one point he "The Labor Party is located or out of some idealistic vi- was photographed observing and has always been located sion of coexistence, but as a the fighting through binocu- in the center of the political pragmatic necessity to secure lars that had the lens cap on. map,"YachimovichtoldArmy Israel's democratic future. But Peretz's reputation was RadioonNov.25."Itsstrength Not everyone believes the revived in recent weeks as a is from its pragmatism, its fragmentation of the center result of the success of the Zionism, its very pragmatic is bad for the centrists' cause. Iron Dome missile defense struggle for peace and espe- "What's important is the system during the mini-war cially from Labor's being a size of the bloc, not the party," in, Gaza; Peretz had been social democratic party." says Hebrew University politi- the main champion of Iron Yossi Klein Halevi, a senior cal science professor Gideon Dome and overcame military fellow at the SHalom Hartman Rahat."Every partywill try to resistance to its development. Institute, said, "Labor finally emphasize a different aspect While Netanyahu watches figuredoutthattheonlywayit of policy. It'll be the same, as the centrist infighting from a has achance for a comebackis if they were united.',distance, his Likudhas shifted ifitdistancesitselffromOslo," In her speech announcing further to the right. In last the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian her return to politics, Livni month's party primaries, sev- peace accords. Labor under said the Movement aims tO eralhawkishsettleradvocates YitzhakRabinengineeredthat take votes from Likud and captured topspots, including peace accord, which many "provide an answer for people Moshe Feiglin, leader of the Israelis now view as having who have no one to vote for." Jewish Leadership faction failed. (Livni had quit after losing of the party Occupying spot "We're seeing a revision of an election in March" for No. 15 on the Likud list, Fei- the left," Halevi told JTA. "The Kadima's chairmanship to glin advocates for annexing mainstream left is trying to Shaul Mofaz.) the West Bank and wants to return to the mainstream'of Livni's decision is likely eficou 'age Israeli Arabs to Israeli society, to deal .the biggest blow to leave the Jewish state. Some But the center is already Kadima, once the flag-bearer moderate Netanyahu allies, crowded with other Israeli ofthe political center in Israel by contrast, won'tgetanother political parties all compet- and, fromitsfoundingin2005 term in the Knesset. ing for the same votes. Yesh until 2009, the party of the Hermann says it's still too Arid, anew party led by former prime minister--first Sharon, earlyto predict awinnerbased journalistYair Lapid, has gen- then Ehud Olmert. on how the polls fluctuate in erated excitement by calling On Dec. 6, former Labor ISrael. for a lower cost of living and leaderAmirPeretzsaidhewas "There are new issues at universal military-service, joining Livni's party. Peretz, play, sothree, fourorfiveseats Livni's new party is stressing who served as defense minis- can change the picture," she theimportanceofreachingan ter under Olmert, had been a said. In polls, "a few Knesset Israeli-Palestiniansettlement subject of much derision for seats are w thin the margin that would result in partition his disastrous performance of error. You can't -build a and a Palestinian state not duringthe 2006warwith He- theory on it." Bluffing From page 1A Aseniorlsraeliofficialwould "Assad knew that Western n0tconfirmthereport, butdid intelligence agencies would reported that Israel has asked say "there is close coordination pick up the movement at the Jordan for permission for a with the Americans over the chemicalweaponssites,"Eldad green light to attack Syrian chemical weapons issue," Pardo, anexpertonSyriaatthe chemical weapons facilities, Some.Israelianalysts sayit Hebrew University of Jerusa- but Jordan said "no." The is doubtful that Syria would lemtoldThe Media Line. "The report said Israel could go it use chemical weapons, even regime is trying to intimidate alone but does not want ten- - if the regime was on its last the insurgents and make it an sions with its neighbor, legs. ' international issue,"