Europe and Israel – Partners for Peace
Jerusalem — After almost three years of unrelenting Palestinian violence and terrorism, hope appears to be returning to the Middle East and to the lives of the common citizen – Jew and Arab alike. The new climate of accommodation – a direct outgrowth of the strategic and geopolitical realities created by the resolute response to 9/11 and the removal of Saddam Hussein – has terrorism on the defensive, while the forces of moderation and stability enjoy renewed momentum over those of tyranny and fear. (Full Story)

U.S. Jewish Leader Speaks Out Against Unfair "Road Map" Demands
Speaking from New York, Jewish community leader Howard Winkler spoke out this week against the unfair demands that are facing Israel. It’s no surprise that these demands fit right into terrorists’ demands that are designed to destroy every Jew from their homeland, Israel. (Full Story)

Hundreds of North American Jews Make Aliyah to Israel
Hundreds of Jewish U.S. and Canadian immigrants to Israel arrived in their new homeland last week, THE JERUSALEM POST reported. The group, organized by the organization Nefesh B’ Nefesh ("Soul to Soul"), comprised about 330 U.S. and Canadian Jews. (Full Story)

Senate Includes Anti-Semitism Focus in State Department Authorization
NCSJ welcomed Senate inclusion of an amendment to require the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom to include a section on anti-Semitism. Senator George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) sponsored the measure as Amendment 1186 to S. 925, the bill authorizing appropriations for the Department of State and other international programs in fiscal year 2004, and it was accepted Thursday without objection. The Senate is likely to vote on the full authorization package within the week. (Full Story)

So Far, So Bad
by Chuck Chriss

The so-called Road Map was formally released on April 30, 2003, less than 3 weeks ago. Reading from the official document on the US State Dept. web site, we find the key requirements for Palestinian compliance in Phase I under the caption “Security”. That reads, in part:
“Palestinians declare an unequivocal end to violence and terrorism and undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt, and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks on Israelis anywhere.” (Full Story)

Freedom in Jeopardy: Judge Roy Moore and the Ten Commandments
by Tony Nassif

This case involves Roy S. Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court placing the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial Building. In November, a US district court ruled the monument unconstitutional, and Justice Moore is now appealing.
 The Birth of America was directly based on the principles and values of faith in the God of the Bible. (Full Story)

Syria Collaborated with Saddam’s Regime
by Yoram Ettinger

Intelligence sources say that Syria received members of Saddam regime who fled coalitions forces and that they have their own weapons of mass destruction program. Now comes a bi-partisan bill, introduced by two of the most experienced members of the House International Relations Committee, ELIOT ENGEL (D-NY) and ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (R-FL) to address some of the threats that Syria poses to regional and global peace. Senators Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) will introduce the bill in the Senate. You may want to share it with your own Congressman and Senators. (Full Story)

Iraq as a model for Palestine
by Chuck Chriss

Do you recognize this scenario? An evil dictator, whose corrupt regime oppresses and exploits his own people, obtains prohibited weapons and threatens neighboring countries with armed conflict while supporting international terrorism. The dictator commits serious human rights violations, uses lies and propaganda to cover his actions, and brands his enemies as the source of the problems. The international community of nations is split between those who see the dictator for the brutal menace he is vs. those who oppose any action against the dictator and find ways to heap blame on the democratic countries in conflict with the dictator. (Full Story)

State to Saddam Hussein’s Collaborators?
Source: Yoram Ettinger, The Jerusalem Cloakroom

1. THE PALESTINIAN-IRAQI AXIS, established during WW2, when COLLABORATING WITH THE NAZIS, is solid. The Iraq-PLO axis was employed by the Soviets against the US and its Mideast allies. It has been reinforced – since the establishment of the PLO – by personal, ideological, financial, political and terrorist webs. It has been nurtured by the entire PLO political infrastructure, including Arafat and his top deputy, ABU-MAZEN, who was a chief architect of PLO ties with the USSR and East European ruthless dictators (Would the US consider removing Saddam, while anointing one of his deputies?!). (Full Story)

Steven Spielberg’s Virtual Cinema Presents Rare Film of the Holocaust Era
by Chuck Chriss

Jack de Lowe of Raanana, Israel pointed me to the website of the Virtual Cinema at the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive. The Archive was founded at Hebrew University in the late 1960s and is the world’s prime location of documentary and artistic film about Israel and Jewish life. Since 1987 the Archive has been named in honor of Steven Spielberg. (Full Story)

Palestinian State, Israeli & US Public
Source: Yoram Ettinger, The Jerusalem Cloakroom

1. ISRAEL’s JEWISH ELECTORATE OPPOSES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PALESTINIAN STATE BY A 61%:31% MARGIN, according to a February 26, 2003 poll, conducted by the leading Israeli pollster, Geocarthography, and commissioned by the Ariel Center For Policy Research. The question posed was: "In light of the track record since the signing of the Oslo Accords, do you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian State?": (Full Report)

Media War: Why are the Palestinian Arabs Winning?
by Chuck Chriss

Israel’s supporters are dismayed by press coverage of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. While most of us supporters think it is transparently obvious that Israel is right and the homicide bombers are wrong, somehow the world press often reports it differently, preferring to focus sympathetically on the "brutal occupation", the "plight of the refugees", and the "cycle of violence". When they report the deaths of "innocent civilians" it is more often Arabs killed by the IDF than Israelis killed by terrorists. Why does this happen? (Full Story)

But, Mubarak is an Ally…
By Yoram Ettinger

THE INTENT OF THE $1.9BN ANNUAL U.S. AID TO EGYPT (over $30BN since 1980) has been to advance pro-US policies, to constrain anti-US elements, to promote regional peace, and to reduce proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. However…
     1. MUBARAK WAS LOBBYING WASHINGTON ON BEHALF OF SADDAM, in 1990, a few months before Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. He misguided key US officials and legislators, painting Saddam as a constructive ruler, thus facilitating US assistance to Saddam ($5BN loan guarantees, sensitive technologies, intelligence-sharing, etc.). In 2003, MUBARAK UNDERMINES USA WAR ON SADDAM, by convening a special session of Arab Foreign Ministers, intended to bolster UN, French, German, Belgian anti-US initiatives. (Full Story)