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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 19, 2003 |1 ~anture Islamist extremists who have At least one Israeli analyst" flocked to help them, might said he did not approve of the Continued from page 1 well put up a last fight," said broadcasting of the videotape Jacky Hugi, Arab affairs corre- ofSaddam undergoinga medi- ism,whilearchterroristArafat spondent for Israel's daily calinspectionafterhiscapture. remains free." Some experts Ma'ariv. "It's humiliating and inap- warned of a surge in violence The parallels between the propriate," said Moti Kedar of by pan-Arab nationalists keen Iraqi and Palestinian fronts Bar-IianUniversity."Youwant to show they are not cowed by resonated recently with rev- to win over the Iraqis, not rub the loss of a major figurehead, elations that Israelwas export- their faces in it." Palestinian "Those normal citizens who ing its hard-learned Abdallah Abu-Hussein, a 40- have taken up arms against counterterroristtacticstoU.S, year-old West Bank engineer, the Americans in Iraq, and the forces operating in Iraq. told Reuters, "I wish all Arab PAGE 17 leaders would be hanged, but "Saddam is a dictator and "I expected him to resist or not by the Americans--by the Iraqi people suffered un- commit suicide before falling theirownpeople, because they derhim, butontheotherhand, into American hands," said are dictators." Elsewhere in itwas"U.S.forces"thatcaught teacher Mohammed Abdel the Arab world, the news ini- him," Mohammed Horani, a Qader Mohammadi, 50. "He tially was greeted with disbe- member of the Palestinian disappointed a iotofus. He'sa lief. But as the news was con- Authority Parliament, said in coward." Others celebrated. firmed, many expressed joy the Gaza Strip, according to "Saddam should not be that Saddam would never re- the Associated Press. "There spared. He should get the death turn to power in Iraq. Others will be a sense of confusion in penalty, which is the least he seemed disappointed that he the public." In Yemen, one deserves," The AP quoted had not fought back against man said he had expected Rasheed al-Osaimi, a 22-year- his American captors. Saddam to fight back. old Saudi student, as saying. History Continued from page 1 rhetoric, said Bengio, author ians and Jordanians to make bold stands against Israel and Most recently, Hussein en- took place between Israel and of"Saddam'sWorld."Saddam common cause, the United States. While other raged Israel during the cur- lraq. rooms with gas masks while "managed to put Israeli soci- Making Israel the focus of Arab nations entered into rent intifada by sending sub- Led by Moshe Shaval, an the government heeded a re- ety into a panic for more than his diatribes was politically peace talks with Israel and ac- stantial monetary rewards to Iraqi-bornIsraeliCabinetmin- quest by the United States-- a decade. There was no basis profitable for Saddam. Pre- ceded to U.S. pressure,the families of suicide bomb- ister, the secret talks aimed at which was trying to keep in- forsuch hysteria, but he man- senting himself as a leader of Hussein stood firm with his ers who perpetrated attacks securing minimal relations tact its alliance with the Arab aged to do it," she said. the Arab world, Hussein could belligerent stance, against Israelis. between the two countriesand world against Saddam--not But a serious Iraqi military use anti-Israeli sentiment to The Palestinians cheered Therewas, however, a brief permittingreturnvisitsto Iraq to counterattack, threat never materialized, she rally Arabs behind him.Saddam for supporting them, period in the 1980s, under by Israeli Jews from Iraq. The Saddam's power lay in part said, because Saddam was on He was seen by many in the evenwhentheScudshefiredat YitzhakRabin'sgovernment, talks collapsed shortly after in his image and forceful such bad terms with the Syr- Arabstreetasaherofortaking Israelendangeredthemaswell. when high-level contacts they began. Preschool Continued from page 1 well prepared academically pared for kindergarten at needs along with an excep- school." Sulkes agrees: "Our thatrefersanewfuli-timepre- and they come to Lake Dommerich." tional academic curriculum." kindergarten students who school studentwill receive two group, be confident and be- Sybelia as excellent elemen- Parents of JCC preschool For those going on to He- come from the JCC preschool weeks free tuition up to $300. come excited about trying new tary school citizens," said graduates are also happy with brew Day School, italsomakes are always well prepared for In addition to a wonderful, things," added Brenda Sher, John Rowland, Principal of the school's success. "Carli's for an easy transition,kindergartenacademics.More nurturing environment for director of Early Childhood at Lake Sybelia Elementarylove for learning began at an "Tamara's readiness in both importantly, the transition for their children, the newly en- the JCC's south campus. School in Maitland. Robbie early age thanks to the caring readingand math far exceeded the children from the "J" to rolled family will also receive This nationally accredited, S. McNabb, the principal at" and enthusiastic staff at the our expectations," saidHDS is so easy." comparable discounts. This award-winning program in Dommerich Elementary JCC," said Karen and Tony Melanie and Jack Gluck. "She Over the next few months, offer is good through the end early chiidhooddevelopment School in Winter Parkagrees: Moreno. "The preschool pro- was very well prepared for the the JCC is holding a special of January 2004. For more in- has earned the respect of top "I find that our students who vided an environment that Hebrew Day School thanks to promotion for their preschool formation, please contact area school leaders. "The have attended the JCC pre- supported development of the strong academic curricu- aspartoftheir"JCCAmbassa- Maureenat407-645-0923,ext. children from the JCC are school program are well pre- both her social and emotional lure provided by the pre- dor" program. Every family 266. Lieberman Continued from page 2 flict are talking to each other Lieberman's appeal to Jews Lieberman'swarchestenough and, particularly, taking dif- on Friday was "very appropri- to change his standing in the thingsDeanhassaidhavebeen ferent approaches to peace." ate.""This doesn't offend me," race significantly. very troubling and inconsis- But, he said, "The first step hesaid."They'vealwaysplayed "He's saying, 'If you're ever tentwithahaif-centuryofU.S, has to be for the Palestinian theJewishcardwiththeJews." going to help me, and even if foreign policy." Lieberman leadership to make clear that Rabinowitz said he believed a youalreadyhave, Ineeditright praised recent unofficial pro- they're making a 100 percent push at this stage could draw now,'" Rabinowitz said. posals for Israeli-Palestinian effort to stop terrorism Jews who may have been drag- One Jewish political insider peacebutnotedthatthenego- against tsraeJis." Steve ging their feet to support said Lieberman's apical tiators do not represent either Rabinowitz, a Democratic Lieberman, or who may not showed the strain his cam- government, media strategist whose busi- support his policies but view paign is under. Lieberman said he is en- hess partner heads Dean's him favorably as a person. "This is the pointwhere the couraged %vhen individuals outreach to the Jewish corn- But analysts said new Jew- guys who are having the prob- from differentpeoples in con- munity, said he believes ish support wouldn't boost lems in the polls really feel the pressure,"saidtheinsider, who "Ethnic politics area little spokeon condition ofanonym- different." In campaigns, fami- ity."Theyaretryingtosqueeze lies often are asked to give out money to make them vi- first, give last and give the able for the first round of pri- most, Rabinowitz said, and the maries." But Rabinowitz said Jewish community is seen as Jewish voters might not mind extended family for the implication that Lieberman. Lieberman's campaign is "This isn't playing the Jew- struggling, ish card, this is playing the "Nobody buys a stock that's Jewish guilt card," he said. tanking, but to some givers JTA Staff Writer Matthew there's an emotional response, E. 8erger in Washington con- too," he said. tributed to this story. Pence Continued from page 2 rorism"; * contain "explicit ington enforced the doctrine against an alleged terrorist Sharon a green light to crack Negroponte Doctrine does condemnationofHamas, Pal- several times this fall. On training base in Syria.down on the Palestinians seem to be having some el- about the late-night debates, estinian Islamic Jihad, AI- Sept. 16, the United States The resolution omitted ref- "You can make the argu-fect. one Bush administration offi- Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades as or- vetoed a resolution demand- erence to the previous day's ment with some validity that The Palestinians returned cial said. ganizations responsible for ing that Israel not harm or suicide bombing in Haifa, the fence is for security, has to the General Assembly on "They'd tell us, 'Just use the acts of terrorism"; *"call for expel Palestinian Authority which killed 21 people and something to dowith suicide Monday, not the Security veto word, so we can put it in dismantling the infrastruc- President Yasser Arafat. The reportedly was carried out by bombers and so forth, but Council. And the annual anti- ourstoriesandgohome,'"the ture, which supports these resolution came after Israel Islamic Jihad, which is head- there's a broader concern that Israel resolutions in the as- official said. terror operations, wherever threatened to deport Arafat. quartered in Damascus. The there is a conscious decision semblywere, for the first time, The United Statesthen for- located"; * "call upon all par- A month later, the United United States quashed the not to put Israel on the spot," narrowed from 22 to 20 this rnulated five criteria that had ties to make a commitment States killed a resolution con- resolution before it came to a Abington said. year. to be partofSecurity Council to pursue a negotiated settle- demning Israel's security vote. Jewishobserversrefutethat "The cause of Middle East resolutions on the Israeli-Pal- ment"; and * recognize that fence, which led the Palestin- "What do they expect when by pointing to the recent de- peace is not served by these estinian situation for the "the issue of Israeli with- ians to pursue the matter the a bomb goes off in Haifa and duction of $290 million from one-sided resolutions," United States to withhold drawal to the September 28, first time at the General As- they don't mention it?"the $3 billion in U.S. Negroponte said. "There are from exercising its veto 2000, positions is connected sembly. Negroponte said in an inter- loan guarantees to Israel. enough U.N. resolutions on Power: * Resolutions must to an improvement in the se- A thirdresolution, putforth view. "Some people see the The move was taken because this issue. Our view is that Contain "robust condemna- curity situation through re- by Syria, a member of the Se- fallacy in that sort of think- of Washington's displeasure whileoutsideactorscanplay a tion of acts of terrorism and ciprocal steps by the Pales- curity Council, came on the ing." Palestinian supporters with the fence and ongoing facilitating or supportive role, all formsofincitement toter- tinians and Israelis." Wash- heels of Israel's October strike say the Negroponte Doctrine Israeli settlement construc- it will have to be the Palestin- is Washington's means ofgiv- tion in the West Bank. ians and Israelis themselves ingIsraeliPrimeMinisterAriel Nevertheless, the that come tociosure on this." Flexible schedule. 8-20 hours per week. Perfect for college students. Tobin Continued from page 4 In his new book, Never Again? The Threat of the New ist. But as much as we should Anti-Semitism, Foxmanwrites be careful not to recklessly accuse all journalists who are critical of Israel of being anti- Semites, the anti-Zionist dodge must be exposed. Anyone who isn't willing to allow the Jews the same rights of self-defense and sovereignty granted to every other popula- tion is a Jew-hater, not a le- gitimate critic. This is a position shared by Abraham Foxman, national that ' hat some like to call anti-Zionism is in reality, anti- Semitism--always, every- where and for all time. Anti- Zionism is an expression of bigotry and hatred." He goes on to note "most of the current attacks on Israel and Zionism are not, at bot- tom, about the policies and the conduct of a particular nation-state. They are about Jews." details that divide left- and right-wing lines is wasted. What's at stake here is still the survival of the Jews and their state. It's as simple as that. While many of us may be weary of the struggle, we must persist. This "war of words" as Wisse put it, continues. It is, as she says, "a struggle that we dare not lose." Jonathan S. Tobin is execu- tive editor of the Jewish Expo- nent in Philadelphia. He can be reached via e-mail at director of the Anti-Defama- Seen in this context, it is I t r ntart l ff All7 tionLeague, a man who often readily apparent that much of ReadtheJewishExponenton- li 'lJlll6til~,16 ~ 1. 11 ~i.lllilll ~,lli ll (,11,16 "l'Vll kJqkD"l" Ull 1LJ|e . . . ] " differs with Camera on tac- the time the pro-Israel com- line at www.jewish