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Tuesday, June 03, 2003

If Israel is not the "Jewish state," then there is no Jewish state

Summit Speculations
Regarding the upcoming tripartite summit in Jordan, senior Israeli sources say they have received the address that Mahmoud (Abu Mazen) Abbas plans to deliver at the conclusion of the Aqaba summit. In it, the sources said, he will declare that the Palestinian Authority will make every effort to bring an end to the "military nature" of the Oslo War. This is a step back from the requested announcement that he would fight terrorism and the terrorist infrastructure. Abu Mazen also refuses to explicitly recognize the Jewish State in his remarks. Not just Abu Mazen, however. It has just come to light that President George Bush will also refrain from explicitly mentioning the right of Israel to exist as a "Jewish state" in his remarks. Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Israel will urge the U.S. to include the terminology in President Bush' s summary statement, but if it is not so included, then Prime Minister Sharon would include it in his own remarks at the end of the summit.

Ahead of tomorrow's Aqaba summit, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will hold consultations with those ministers joining him for the talks. They are Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Trade and Industry Minister Ehud Olmert, and Justice Minister Yosef Lapid. Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu refused to join the Israeli delegation to Aqaba, due to his opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian State in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

Sorry, I don't have the source for this piece. Y.