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Coffman backs Israel on settlements

Coffman backs Israel on settlements

CONGRESSMAN Mike Coffman spent six days in Israel last week, doing his best to keep up with the frenetic pace characteristic of such whirlwind trips.

He talked to a lot of important people and saw a lot of important places, but doesn’t hesitate for a second when asked what impression was the most salient of his journey.

“Being on a piece of high ground that overlooks the northern section of the Gaza Strip,” the Colorado Republican replies quickly, “and being able to see the areas where the Israeli settlements had been torn down, where 8,500 Israeli settlers had been forcefully removed from the Gaza Strip in a land for peace exchange.”

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Fatah meets; wishy-washy on peace

Fatah meets; wishy-washy on peaceBETHLEHEM — Silver-haired Fatah Party members in dark, pinstriped suits draped with kaffiyeh scarves bearing the colors of the Palestinian flag greeted each other with kisses as they converged in Bethlehem for the movement’s first congress in 20 years.On Tuesday, Aug. 4, more than 2,000 delegates from all over the Arab world came to the conference, which was held in the hall of a private Christian school near the Church of the Nativity. The last time Fatah convened a congress was in Tunis in...
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Obama honor raises hackles

Obama honor raises hacklesWASHINGTON — The White House is facing mounting criticism over its decision to give a prestigious award to the former UN official who presided over the infamous 2001 Durban conference and has a history of Israel criticism.The ADL and the Zionist Organization of America were the latest to slam the pick of Mary Robinson, the former UN high commissioner for human rights, as one of 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian honor in the US.On Monday, Aug. 3, the tw...
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Israel

New twist on terror in Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM — Two people were killed on Saturday night, Aug. 1, and several others were injured when a gunman burst into the basement of a homosexual community center in Tel Aviv just off Rothschild Blvd., and opened fire with a machine gun. The gunman entered the club and began firing randomly as youths dove for cover, said Ori Gil, 26, in an interview with Israel reporters from a hospital wheelchair.The bodies of two casualties — Nir Katz, 26, a counselor at the center, and Liz Tarboushi, 17...

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Jewish groups assail Obama’s ‘favoritism’

Jewish groups assail Obama’s ‘favoritism’WASHINGTON — Any good therapist will tell you: There’s pressure that hurts and there’s pressure that heals.Two weeks after President Obama promised more of the latter, establishment Jewish groups are still squirming — complaining that the pressure on Israel is unrelenting, while pressure on Arabs and the Palestinians has yet to kick in.Jewish leaders, who reached out to JTA to describe in greater detail their White House meeting with the president on July 13, say they see progress, but a...
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