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“Update, Monday, June 6, 2005.”

It is time to pray about the turn towards the P.A. that our U.S. administration has taken. In President Bush’s meeting with Mr. Abbas May 26, there were little-noted additions to the U.S. policy line. Pres. Bush called for a return to the pre-1967 border (in other words, leaving out Judea & Samaria and parts of Jerusalem). He even said that any changes to the 1949 armistice lines must be approved by the Prime Minister of the P.A. in negotiations. That would give Israel very narrow borders indeed. Pres. Bush also said that “Israel should not undertake any activity that prejudices final status negotiations with regard to Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem.” So he specifically reminds everyone that Jerusalem is subject to negotiation, unfortunately.

More details can be found in the report below, which is not necessary to read unless you have time.

Again he is ignoring the dangers in dividing up the land, that Joel chap. 3 warns about. This is not good for America and it goes against the Bible. He just doesn’t seem to know. Please write polite but firm letters to tell him we don’t agree with this plan: president@whitehouse.gov. You can send a cc or a separate letter to vice-president@whitehouse.gov. And please pray for President Bush to turn around; he is apparently affected by replacement theology in the Methodist and Episcopalian churches he is associated with.

We need to keep praying that Iran and N. Korea will be prevented from developing or using effective nuclear weapons. Please pray for the safety of our friends in Taiwan, as China grows in power and ambitions. Please pray for India and the gospel to spread there; there were several bombs that were set off in theaters there recently. Please pray against terrorist plans for the summer, against Djakarta, against our diplomatic facilities around the world, and against our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Finally, if you have a chance, please take a look at our revised web site for the Messianic Family Publishers: www.amhehome.org . I believe it has important information for all.

Thanks for praying, thanks for caring,



From: Leah Rafaeli [mailto:leahrafaeli@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, May 27, 2005 4:52 AM
To: Weinberger, David
Subject: The Lekarev Report

The Lekarev Report

From the heart of Israel direct to your home
May 27, 2005 18 Iyar 5765


I will never forget Your commandments; for with them, You have given me life. Psalm 119:93

Today's report contains some very crucial developments and I urge you to read carefully.

Abbas to Bush: 'Time is Our Greatest Enemy'
President George W. Bush praised Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' steps toward democracy and promised USD 50 million in housing aid for Palestinians in Gaza. "You have made a new start on a difficult journey, requiring courage and leadership each day. And we will take that journey together," Bush told Abbas.

The USD 50 million in new direct aid is part of a USD 150 million package Bush is seeking for the Palestinians from Congress. Bush said the money would help Palestinians settle into Gaza once the Israel withdrawal set for this summer is complete.

For his part, Abbas vowed to adhere to the U.S.- supported peace process but said, "Time is becoming our greatest enemy. We must end the Palestinian- Israeli conflict before it is too late." In two statements that many Israelis find naive at best, the President suggested that Palestinian voters would reject candidates who advocate violence. (That certainly did NOT happen in local elections recently.) Secondly, Bush said,"Palestinian moms want their children to grow up in peace just like American moms want their kids to grow up in peace." The sad truth is that too many Palestinian mothers give great value, as we have often seen, to their children becoming "shahids" (martyrs) and 'growing up in peace' for many would mean that their children grow up in a world where Israel no longer exists. These are the tragic realities on the ground here in the Middle East and no amount of political or diplomatic rhetoric can alter the facts.

I am NOT saying that every Palestinian feels this way. There are some lovely Palestinian families that I know personally, who want nothing to do with Hamas, violence, etc. But it is a proven fact that a significant majority do indeed support the elimination of Israel.

Bush said that both the Palestinians and Israel must live up to their obligations under the so-called "road map" peace process that calls for creation of an independent Palestinian state on lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war. "Israel must continue to take steps toward a peaceful future" and not take steps that contravene road map obligations, Bush said. He said Israel must "remove unauthorized outposts and stop settlement expansions." At the same time, the Palestinians must end violence against Israelis. "You cannot have a democracy based upon rule of law if you have armed bands of people who will use their weapons to try to achieve a political outcome," Bush said. "We must not lose sight of the path ahead," he added.

In yet another very troubling remark by the US President, Bush said that any final-status agreement must be reached between the two parties, and changes to the 1949 Armistice lines must be mutually agreed to. A viable two-state solution must ensure contiguity of the West Bank, and a state of scattered territories will not work, he stressed.

You cannot have territorial contiguity of BOTH Israel and Palestine. Several weeks ago, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called for territorial contiguity for the Palestinians, a move which would cut Israel in half. Why? Why must it be Israel that has to forfeit territorial contiguity? Needless to say, the reports out of Washington yesterday are deeply disturbing to us here. Our only comfort, particularly for those who are dual citizens of Israel and America, is that ultimately all of these events hasten us toward Ultimate Redemption. But at the cost of how much pain along the way?


A Blow to US - Israel Relations
The Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee says Thursday's Bush-Abu Mazen meeting is a great blow to Israeli-U.S. relations, and proves that Sharon is deceiving the public. The committee chairman, Likud MK Yuval Shteinitz (pictured), said today that everything Sharon has long said he was promised by U.S. President George Bush amounts to zero, because "Bush said yesterday that the basis for everything is the pre-1967 borders."

Prime Minister Sharon has long boasted that Bush has promised him that he would support Israel's right to retain large settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria in any final-status arrangement. However, Shteinitz said, Bush's remarks on Thursday represent "a regression even from previous American positions in favor of UN Resolution 242, which talked about 'defensible borders.'" In fact, Bush referred not to the 1967 borders, but rather to the 1949 Armistice Lines, which are even less generous to Israel in some areas.

"It is deception and misleading of the public," Shteinitz said, "when Prime Minister Sharon claimed that the United States and Bush would support the Israeli position in talks after the disengagement." Shteinitz further said, "Abu Mazen is doing nothing against terrorism, as the Shabak (GSS), and even Sharon himself, have said. The opposite: he is allowing Hamas and the terrorist organizations to get stronger, and even to run in the elections. And this same Abu Mazen receives compliments in Washington for his opposition to terrorism."

Associate Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Friday morning that the Bush "promise" regarding Israel's right to retain large settlement blocs no longer exists, for all intents and purposes. Peres explained that this is because Bush made sure to say in the press conference with Abu Mazen on Thursday that the future of the areas requires Palestinian Authority agreement.

In summary, these are the issues that cause deep concern to Israel and should cause equal concern to American supporters of Israel: 1) Explicit reference to Jerusalem in the phrase "Israel should not undertake any activity that prejudice final status negotiations with regard to Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem." 2) Acceptance of validity of a "terror" party running in the elections. 3) Implicit acceptance of the PA position that the "punishment" for murdering Israelis is a day job in the PA security forces.

I can only hope that the email inboxes at the White House are being jammed beyond belief by those of you who support Israel on a biblical and moral basis.


Peres Against Temporary Housing for Evacuated Residents
Vice Premier Shimon Peres and MK Yuval Steinitz differed sharply on Friday morning regarding the best way to house Gaza settlers after the evacuation. Peres told Israel Radio that he believes the government should not be building temporary housing for the settlers, rather it should be building permanent houses for the settlers. In the meantime, the government should pay for them to rent apartments.

Steinitz sharply disagreed saying that it was traumatic enough for the settlers that they have to leave their homes, at the very least they should be able to stay together and move as blocs.


Half of Neve Dekalim Votes to Move to Tent City in Negev
The residents of Neveh Dekalim, one of the largest communities in Gush Katif, decided in a dramatic meeting this week that half of them will move to a tent city so as not to split up the community and as a means of protesting disengagement. Out of the approximately 490 families in Neveh Dekalim, the largest settlement in Gush Katif, 250 confirmed at the meeting that they were interested in moving to the tents, a proposal that was met with rousing applause.

"We are very serious about this since the government has no proper solution for us. We are preparing this operation down to its smallest detail, like a `tower and stockade' operation," said settlement chair Sarita Maoz, referring to rural settlements thrown up overnight by Jews in defiance of British law in the 1940s.

The plan calls for the purchase of tents that can house 12 people, and other tents for kitchens, storage, a school, etc. The original plan was to put up the tents in the Nitzanim area, to pressure the government into establishing new communities there for the evacuees. But fear that families would have to spend the winter there caused a change in location to the northern Negev, which has more moderate weather.


13 IDF Soldiers Wounded in Accident
Thirteen IDF troops belonging to an elite unit were wounded when a military transport vehicle flipped over early Friday near the Sion River in the northern Mt. Dov region. Three of the soldiers are seriously hurt while the rest sustained less severe injuries.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the accident was caused by a failure of the vehicle's brake system. As the "Safari" is a heavily armored vehicle with relatively limited sitting space, some of the injured troops remained trapped inside it following the accident. Helicopters were summoned to the scene to evacuate the casualties to the Rivka Ziv Hospital in Safed and Haifa's Rambam Hospital. We pray that every soldier will heal quickly and completely.


Brits Lift Academic Boycott
After an enormous public outcry against it, the British Association of University Teachers (AUT) decided Thursday to lift the academic boycott imposed on Bar-Ilan and Haifa Universities about a month ago. British academicians claim Haifa University censors criticism of Israel's policies in territories, Bar-Ilan boycotted because it 'runs courses in colleges in the occupied West Bank. The last time Jews were boycotted in universities was in 1930's Germany.

A group representative announced the decision to end the ban was taken by a "very large majority." The decision to boycott the two universities was lauded by Palestinian Authority figures, who expressed their hope to see more international groups to exert pressure on Israel. Meanwhile, senior Jewish figures in London slammed the decision as irresponsible and dangerous.

In response to the decision, Israel's Ambassador to London Tzvi Hefetz told reporters, "We are very pleased with the result. Within two months they managed to understand what we have been trying to explain for 2000 years - you can't advance issues by way of a boycott. Ironically, the fact that the boycott was imposed and lifted within a month and stirred public outcry has strengthened our position" he said.

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