Archive: Jan 2004

My home is alongside the ambulance route in Jerusalem so I don't need to listen to the radio to know when bombs go off in the city. If I don't hear the blasts themselves, I hear the ambulance convoys – their sirens screeching and howling as they pummel into traffic on their way to evacuate wounded and take them to the trauma wards. The sirens are a constant reminder that I live on the front lines of the war. By noon yesterday, I received a more personalized confirmation of this fac…
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Acting Attorney General and State Attorney Edna Arbel has had a busy week. On Sunday, she let it be known that she will find it difficult to defend the government's decision to build the security fence on land located in the disputed territories.  On Wednesday, she let it be known to Channel 2 that she supports indicting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on charges of accepting bribes from businessman David Appel.  These statements by the nation's top law-enforcement officer are shoc…
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Speaking to the press Wednesday after a Palestinian woman suicide bomber murdered four Israelis at Erez, Gaza Division commander Brig. Gen. Gad Shamni spoke of the seeming pointlessness of the attack. Erez, Shamni noted, is a tangible manifestation of Israel's commitment to coexistence with the Palestinians.  Some four thousand Gazans work at the Erez industrial park, which was built for the sole purpose of enabling Palestinians to work even when security closures prevented them from en…
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In an address at Haifa University on Tuesday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya'alon told his audience, "The dilemma regarding targeted killings [of terrorists] takes into account how the action will impact the public debate. As the chief of staff I have a dilemma: to wait for a terrorist attack in order to be just, or to attack in order to prevent casualties."  Contrast Ya'alon's statement with one made by Mrs. Hagit Mendellevich in a Haifa courtroom on Sunday. Men…
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This week The Los Angeles Times published an investigative report exposing the depth of Syria's collaboration with Saddam Hussein in the years, months and indeed weeks and days preceding the US-led invasion of Iraq last March.   The report, which ran under the headline "Paper trail leads to Syria as Iraq's main arms link," is nothing less than devastating to the Ba'athist regime in Damascus. Documents procured by the Times show that a Syrian trading company called…
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