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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Sneh warns of more war

Israel’s recent war with Hezbollah was just the precursor to a “third World War between Islamists and the Western World,” a leading Israeli legislator said.

Efraim Sneh, a Knesset member from the Labor Party and former deputy defense minister, told a select Israel Policy Forum crowd Thursday in New York that Israel is the West’s first line of defense in an ideological war emanating from Tehran.

As long as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “is in power, the next round is unavoidable.

It will happen,” Sneh said.

Aside from replenishing its arsenal, Israel must make peace with the Palestinians, because that situation has both isolated Israel from the international community and eroded the strength of the army by turning it into what Sneh called a “border police.”

Sneh also advocated placing sanctions against Iran until it abandons its nuclear program.

Rice, Livni keeping lines open to Abbas

Israel and the United States agreed that they would maintain contact with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The agreement came after a meeting between Tzipi Livni, Israel’s foreign minister, and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

“He is someone who personally accepts the Quartet principles,” Rice said Wednesday, referring to the guidelines for peace set up by the international community.

Livni agreed, saying, “Israel was and is willing to meet with Mahmoud Abbas.”

The Quartet is demanding that the Palestinian government recognize Israel and reject terrorism, conditions that Hamas rejects.

Rice said that U.S officials would otherwise continue to shun P.A. officials as long as the government is led by Hamas.

Hamas ministers handed in their resignations late Wednesday, a step toward a national unity government planned by Abbas.

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