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Listen to the world's fears, Blair tells US
The Guardian, January 8, 2003
Tony Blair yesterday warned President George Bush to "listen back" to the international community's fears over Iraq and other global concerns or risk "pent-up feelings of injustice and alienation" pushing mainstream world opinion into the anti-US corner.

PM: loan affair is 'despicable political plot'
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
Attorney General Rubinstein: Investigation into affair will not be over by January 28 elections. -- During a tour of the West Bank separation fence Wednesday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon responded for the first time to the loan allegations against him and his family. The prime minister termed the affair, "a despicable political plot, which I will disprove with documents and facts. It has one single goal - to bring about the downfall of the prime minister."

Clash on Syrian- Israeli border: Israel kills infiltrator, captures Syrian soldier; Two Palestinians dead in PA areas
Al-Bawaba, January 8, 2003
Israeli troops killed an armed man, likely a Syrian soldier, who tried to infiltrate into Israel from the meeting point of the Syrian, Jordanian and Israeli borders in the southern occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, Israeli media reports said.

IDF suspects infiltrators were Syrian soldiers
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
The IDF said Wednesday afternoon that the terrorists who tried to infiltrate Israel's northern border may be a group of Syrian soldiers.

Attorney-General creates team to find leak in Sharon loan scandal
Jerusalem Post, January 8, 2003 
Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein and State Comptroller Eliezer Goldberg are to create a team to investigate who leaked information from the police investigation into a loan received by Ariel Sharon's sons to the Ha'aretz newspaper, Israel Radio reported Wednesday.

Rumors that US rejected Israel aid request push shekel down
Globes, January 8, 2003
Yesterday’s shekel depreciation is continuing today. The shekel fell 1.6% yesterday again the dollar to NIS 4.842/$, and against the euro to NIS 5.04/€. Market sources attribute the depreciation to a number of key factors. The most important is the rumors circulating in the market that the US administration rejected Israel’s request for loan guarantees, and that the special Israeli delegation in the US is now meeting with senior US officials to try to change their mind.

Treasury's Marani: U.S. aid talks are productive, will continue
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
Finance Ministry Director-General Ohad Marani on Wednesday described talks with Washington this week on a request for a $12 billion package of aid and loan guarantees to prop Israel's battered economy as very productive.

Third of Israeli Jews Say Sharon Should Resign over Loan-scam Scandal
Palestine Media Center, January 8, 2003
Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was on Tuesday linked to corruption allegations for the first time, widening a scandal that has eroded support for his Likud Party as campaigning for the January 28 election hit high gear.

Police wraps up Likud primary irregularities investigation
Jerusalem Post, January 8, 2003 
Police wrapped up Wednesday evening the investigation of suspected irregularities in the Likud's primary elections, and submitted its findings to the General Prosecution, which will later decide whom of the party's activists to indict, Israel Radio reported.

Labor Party team plans details of withdrawal from Gaza Strip
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip will be transferred to the Negev and the southern coastal plain within one year under a Labor-led government, according to an internal Labor Party document obtained by Ha'aretz.

Sharon adviser and Egypt's FM fail to see eye to eye
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
National Security Advisor Ephraim Halevy and Egypt's foreign minister Ahmed Maher held talks in Cairo on Wednesday, but failed to agree on ways to handle the Palestinian uprising.

Fatah Declares Responsibility for Tel Aviv Bombings
Palestine Chronicle, January 8, 2003
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM - Fatah, the mainstream PLO faction, has claimed responsibility for the double bombings in Tel Aviv on Sunday which killed some 23 persons and injured dozens others. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military wing, issued a leaflet Monday, saying the “double martyrdom operation” in Tel Aviv was carried out by two of its fighters.

Dutch activist Gretta Duisenberg meets Arafat on tour of West Bank
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
The activist wife of European Central Bank chief Wim Duisenberg met Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat on Wednesday and said Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip should end.

Palestinian police operating in West Bank cities
Jerusalem Post, January 8, 2003 
Palestinian police have begun operating in West Bank cities during hours where the IDF has lifted the curfews, Israel Radio reported Wednesday.

Israelis Kill Palestinian Teenager to Demolish Home
Islam Online, January 8, 2003
Since August Israel has blown up more than 100 houses in the West Bank. -- NABLUS, West Bank, January 8 (IslamOnline & News Agencies) - Israeli occupation soldiers shot dead a Palestinian early Wednesday, January 8, in the village of Saida, near Tulkarem, in the north of the West Bank, Palestinian witnesses said. They said Ahmad Ajaj, 18, was on the roof of a building near a house which the soldiers were in the process of demolishing when one of the Israelis opened fire on him, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

Israeli Troops Kill Gunman Near Syria
The Guardian, January 8, 2003
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli troops traded gunfire Wednesday with a small group of armed men who crossed into the Golan Heights from Syria, killing one of the men and capturing another.

Sharon investigated for illegal funding
The Guardian, January 8, 2003
Opposition calls for resignation as Israeli prime minister is accused of lying to the police about source of $1.5m  -- Israel's state attorney is investigating Ariel Sharon in connection with an allegation that he lied to the police about the source of $1.5m (930,000) used to repay illegal campaign funds.

Blair pleads for talks to go ahead
The Guardian, January 8, 2003
Mr Sharon's spokesman Ra'anan Gissin ruled out the reversal of the security cabinet's decision. "You think we are just going to let them blow up Tel Aviv one day and run off to London the next?" he said. -- Tony Blair has written to Ariel Sharon asking him to lift the bar on Palestinian delegates travelling to London next week for the latest British attempt to revive the Middle East peace process.

Israeli troops kill two Palestinians, unidentified gunman in Golan Heights
New Jersey.com, January 8, 2003
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli troops killed two Palestinians in separate clashes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip early Wednesday and demolished the home of a suspected militant, the army and witnesses said.

Israel Bans Movement of Palestinians Between Cities, Abroad
Palestine Media Center, January 8, 2003
IOF Kill Two Civilian, Demolish More Palestinian Homes -- Oblivious to international criticism over its collective punishment policy towards Palestinians in the occupied territories, the Israeli government on Wednesday announced a new series of restrictions to be imposed on Palestinian civilians and officials in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Border Police taken out of Gaza by IDF
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
The Border Police will today take over responsibility for the southern part of the Israel-Egypt border as part of a redeployment initiated by the Israel Defense Forces. This will mean the Border Police will be almost entirely removed from Gaza.

Sharon Denounces Reports of Election Investigation
New York Times, January 8, 2003
SALEM VILLAGE, Israel (AP) -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday denounced reports that he is under investigation for receiving $1.5 million from a South Africa-based businessman, calling it slander designed to prevent his re-election.

Sharon rejects corruption charge
BBC, January 8, 2003
Mr Sharon said he had documents to refute the charge -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has rejected as "despicable political libel" the allegation that he received an improper $1.5 million loan.

Sharon Adviser in Egypt for Talks on Peace Efforts
New York Times, January 8, 2003
CAIRO (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's national security adviser arrived in Egypt on Wednesday, airport sources said, ahead of talks with officials on ways of reviving moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Israeli troops kill unidentified gunman in Golan Heights, two Palestinians
New Jersey.com, January 8, 2003
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli troops traded gunfire Wednesday with a small group of armed men who crossed into the Golan Heights from Syria, killing one of the men and capturing another.

Hear Palestine, January 8, 2003
NEWS: Qalqilya: Raids, Arrests and Bulldozing Activities / Ramallah: 24 Arrested from Al-Jalazone Refugee Camp and Others / Nablus: Ongoing Raids and Arrests in City and Villages / Jenin: Ongoing Invasions and Arrests / Bethlehem: Ongoing Campaign of Arrests / Deir al-Balah: Military Invasion of al-Birka this Morning / Tulkarem: Youth Killed in Saida Town and 3 Arrested / Civilian Killed and Another Wounded in Khan Younis Refugee Camp  FEATURES: ccupation Roadblocks: Racist Israeli Measures Northeast Ramallah / Israeli Soldier Beaten Up By Colleagues for Sympathizing with Palestinians / Hebron: Ongoing Arrests and Oppressive Measures against Residents

Supreme Court upholds decision to bar Gesher from elections
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Gesher party will not be able to run in the elections for the 16th Knesset on January 28. In their ruling, Justices Aharon Barak, Eliyahu Mazza and Tova Strasberg-Cohen, rejected an appeal by several party members against a ruling by the Tel Aviv District Court.

Background: A powerful Sharon could be his own undoing
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
For months, the only political force in Israel powerful enough to bring down Ariel Sharon was the prime minister himself - a circumstance that in the context of a potentially explosive corruption investigation has now become a conceivable, if distant, possibility.

PM under pressure to speak out about South African loan
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
Public pressure was mounting last night for Prime Minster Ariel Sharon to make a public statement on the loan he took from Cyril Kern, a South African businessman who served under him in the war of Independence. The loan was used to pay back illegal campaign contributions donated to Sharon in his 1999 primaries campaign for the Likud leadership.

Likud party fears losing power over $1.5 million loan scandal
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
For the first time since the Knesset disbanded late last year and the election campaign began, senior Likud politicians are getting worried about losing power on January 28.

Analysis: D.C. stays silent
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
A government delegation's visit to Washington this week aimed to advance Israel's request for additional economic and military aid from the United States. However, its immediate importance went beyond a technical discussion of budget line items or the extent of the deficit - it was a test of the American administration's support for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Egyptian FM Blasts Israel, Denies Convincing Saddam To Step Down
Islam Online, January 8, 2003
Maher distanced Egypt from reports that Cairo has been asked to provide asylum to Saddam -- CAIRO, January 8 (IslamOnline & News Agencies) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said he had criticized Israel's policy of force in dealing with the Palestinians during a meeting in Cairo Wednesday, January 8, with an aide to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Private breach and public observance
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
The fact that Ariel Sharon accepted collateral for a loan of $1.5 million when he was prime minister undoubtedly raises the question of whether benefits were involved, especially since the recipient holds such high public office. On the face of it, accepting such collateral while holding such high office appears to violate regulations that prohibit conflicts of interest by ministers and deputy ministers - the so-called Asher Committee rules.

Appelgate to Sharongate
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
The Sharon family is in the top one-thousandth of Israeli society, economically speaking. In addition to its ranch, which spreads over many dunams and employs foreign workers who live there, it also owns an expensive house in Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter, another house in Tel Aviv, property in Kfar Malal and other assets.

ECB president Duisenberg says he fully supports his pro-Palestinian wife
Jerusalem Post, January 8, 2003 
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Central Bank President Wim Duisenberg countered criticism of his wife'sb pro-Palestinian activism for the first time, telling the Dutch Foreign Ministry he fully supports her.

Court gives Palestinian life plus twenty years for Jerusalem Promenade killing
Jerusalem Post, January 8, 2003 
The Jerusalem District court on Wednesday handed Samir Riit a life sentence plus another twenty years for killing Moran Amit on the Jerusalem Promenade last year, Israel Radio reported.

Hizbullah: We won't retaliate against Israel for US strike on Iraq
Jerusalem Post, January 8, 2003 
A spokesman for the Lebanese guerilla group Hizbullah said Wednesday that they would not attack Israel automatically in the event of an US attack on Iraq, Israel Radio reported.

Soldier's sentence cut to allow for more severe steps later
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
The Israel Defense Forces' Judge Advocate General recently halved the sentence imposed on a soldier who killed a 95-year-old Palestinian woman last month - but only to keep open the possibility of taking more severe measures against him later on.

Paris U. boycott raises French furor
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
LONDON - French politicians, media and academics have joined forces to denounce an attempted academic boycott of Israel, in response to a petition by a leading Paris university demanding that the European Union bar the country from research programs.

The new Russian anti-Semitism targets Muslims
Ha'aretz, January 8, 2003
The slowdown in immigration from Russia has led to the formation of new, stronger Jewish communities by those who have remained. The institutionalization of religion has allowed the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic movement to increase its activities as have Conservative and Reform organizations. The ousting of tycoons Boris Berezovsky and Vladimir Gusinsky has weakened the image of Jewish dominance in politics. Only the authorities' response to racist expressions has not changed.

Pan-Islamic body calls for safeguarding Islamic sites in Palestine
Arabic News, January 8, 2003
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO, based in Rabat) on Tuesday called on the international community to safeguard Islamic monuments in Palestine.

Trade volume increase between Jordan, Israel
Arabic News, January 8, 2003
Jordanian official statistics show that the volume of trade with Israel increased in the first 11 months of 2002 by 26.9% in comparison with the same period of 2001.

Israel trip is professional, not political, Kroeker says
Oregon Live, January 8, 2003
Portland police Chief Mark Kroeker tried to assure local Muslim and Jewish leaders Tuesday that his upcoming trip to Israel to attend a terrorism security conference will be professional and not political. But while Jewish community leaders congratulated the chief for traveling to the Middle East to learn from Israel's experiences, several Muslim leaders objected.

Intel to develop next-generation Dothan processor in Israel
Globes, January 8, 2003 
The new mobile computer processor will be developed at Intel Haifa. Intel today announced the launch of its Centrino processor. -- Intel (Nasdaq:INTC) today revealed the brand name for its new processor - “Centrino”. Designed for mobile computers, the processor was developed in Israel under the code name “Banias”.

Occupation Chronicle, January 8, 2003
IOF Kill Palestinian Civilian in Gaza / Occupation Soldiers Raid Saida Village, Kill Palestinian / IOF Raid West Bank Villages, Conduct Mass Detentions / Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Palestinian Houses Near Ramallah

Syrian-US unofficial dialogue ends in Damascus
Jerusalem Post, January 8, 2003
Intellectuals, business executives and opinion makers seeking to end long-strained US-Syrian relations ended a second round of talks Wednesday stressing their determination to continue and make their encounters more inclusive and productive, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said.

Prosecutor seeks stay on Erdogan ban
Arab News, January 8, 2003
ANKARA, 8 January 2003 — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader of Turkey’s ruling party, cannot stand in a by-election scheduled for March despite recent constitutional amendments aimed at paving the way for his election and his taking over as prime minister, the country’s top prosecutor said yesterday.

Jordanian parties ask King Abdullah for national dialogue on elections
Arabic News, January 8, 2003
Some 17 Jordanian parties representing various political strata ( opposition and moderate) called on, in a message to King Abdullah II, for the priority of opening national dialogue about the parliamentary elections and to amend its law to cope with requirements of the age.

Closed Lebanese opposition broadcasters vow to respect laws
Jordan Times, January 8, 2003   
BEIRUT (AFP) — Anti-Syrian private media outlets pledged Tuesday to respect media laws, a condition proposed by Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri for their being allowed to reopen, judicial sources said.

CIA: Libya, Syria and Sudan try to acquire weapons of mass destruction
Al-Bawaba, January 8, 2003 
States such as Libya, Syria and possibly Sudan are quietly trying to acquire or expand secret arsenals of weapons of mass destruction, the CIA has warned. The US Central Intelligence Agency has also concluded that Osama bin Laden "has a more sophisticated biological weapons research program than previously discovered."

Al-Anbaa: Kuwaiti- Russian talks to boost oil and gas cooperation
Arabic News, January 8, 2003
The Kuwaiti minister of information and acting minister of oil Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah announced that he had agreed with the Russian minister of energy Igore Yousovov during the latter's visit to Kuwait to form three joint committees between the two countries aiming at strengthening and developing bilateral cooperation.

Al-Seyaseh: Sabah al-Ahmad visits Tehran Saturday to discuss border demarcation
Arabic News, January 8, 2003
Kuwait's first deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah yesterday said that the talks he will hold with the Iranian officials during his visit to Tehran on Saturday will center on border demarcation between the two countries especially "the continental Rift."

Think Muslim, drink Muslim, says new rival to Coke
The Guardian, January 8, 2003
French firm capitalises on anti-US feeling to sell cola -- It is packaged in the lurid red and white of the Stars and Stripes and the logo mimics that famous swirl, but there is something different about this brand of cola.

 
 
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Official: Some Arabs Urge Saddam to Quit
The Guardian, January 8, 2003
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Some Arab governments are urging Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to step down and seek asylum in a third country to avoid war, the Philippines' foreign secretary said Wednesday.

Iraq: U.S. Wants to Subjugate Middle East
The Guardian, January 8, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A top Iraqi official said Wednesday the United States and Britain were preparing a ``devastating'' war against Iraq to subjugate the Middle East and renewed charges that U.N. weapons inspectors were exceeding their mandate.

EU to Send Mission to Arab States in Iraq Peace Bid
New York Times, January 8, 2003
ATHENS/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The European Union took its boldest step to avert war in Iraq Wednesday, saying it would send a mission to seven Arab nations in February soon after U.N. arms experts make a key report.

UK woos Turkey on Iraq
BBC, January 8, 2003
Turkey is under pressure to let the US use its bases -- British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has praised military co-operation with Turkey despite the country's reservations to a possible American-led war against Iraq.

Iraq inspectors prepare report
BBC, January 8, 2003
United Nations weapons teams have checked another eight suspect sites across Iraq amid fresh allegations that they are Western spies.

Britain Talks Peace, Braces for War with Iraq
New York Times, January 8, 2003
LONDON (Reuters) - As Britain mobilizes its biggest naval task force for two decades to confront Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, ministers are blowing hot and cold about the prospects of war with Baghdad.

Iraq resumes Gulf War missing talks
BBC, January 8, 2003
US soldiers are back in Kuwait training for war -- Iraqi and Kuwaiti officials have begun their first meeting in four years to discuss the fate of those who went missing during the 1991 Gulf War.

Iraq Holds Talks with Kuwait, Saudi on War Missing
New York Times, January 8, 2003
AMMAN (Reuters) - Iraq held talks Wednesday for the first time in four years with its Gulf War foes Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on the fate of hundreds of people who went missing during the 1990-1991 conflict, officials said.

Straw Says Oil Is “Key Priority”, Blair Stresses Alliance to U.S.
Islam Online, January 8, 2003
LONDON, January 8 (IslamOnline & News Agencies) – Speaking to a two day convention of British envoys, British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, said that one of the key priorities of the country's foreign policy is the security of energy sources.

Half Million Iraqis to Suffer Serious Injuries in 1st Phase of War: U.N. Report
Islam Online, January 8, 2003
NEW YORK, January 8 (IslamOnline & News Agencies) – According to a confidential U.N. report, nearly 500,000 Iraqis are prone to suffer serious injuries during the first phase of an attack, British media reported Tuesday, January 8.

Decision to join war rests on UN proof: Saud
Arab News, January 8, 2003
RIYADH, 8 January 2003 — Saudi Arabia said yesterday it would decide whether to support a US-led war on Iraq once it has seen proof from the United Nations that Baghdad was developing weapons of mass destruction.

IAEA asks US for specific intelligence on Iraq arms
Arab News, January 8, 2003
WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD, 8 January 2003 — International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed El-Baradei sought "more specific information" from Washington on Iraq’s banned arms as the United States poured planes and ships into the Gulf for a potential war.

Malaysia Issues Strong Anti-war Message to U.S.
Islam Online, January 8, 2003
KUALA LUMPUR, January 8 (IslamOnline) – U.S. Secretary for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton was issued a strong anti-war message by Malaysia while touring the South East Asian region in an attempt to drum up support for an upcoming U.S.-led war on Iraq.

Two Iraqis killed in US-British bombing; Saddam slams inspectors, believes in his army
Al-Bawaba, January 8, 2003 
Two Iraqi civilians were killed and 13 others wounded in the latest US-British air raids on southern Iraq, an Iraqi Air Defense Command spokesman said on Tuesday.

Khatami Sets Conditions for Sabri's Visit
Tehran Times, January 8, 2003
TEHRAN - The main reason for the postponement of visit of Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri to Tehran is that President Mohammad Khatami has set some preconditions for the visit, a source told the TEHRAN TIMES.

British defense minister in Turkey; Baghdad expects ''devastating aggression''
Al-Bawaba, January 8, 2003 
British Defense Minister Geoff Hoon said the international community must demonstrate to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein that it was serious about enforcing U.N. resolutions on weapons of mass destruction.

Iraqi Volunteers Say Ready to Fight U.S.
Tehran Times, January 8, 2003
BAQUBA, Iraq -- Thousands of armed Iraqi men and women took part in a military parade near Baghdad on Tuesday to declare their "readiness" to defend their country against any U.S. attack, Reuters reported.

British planes to hold joint exercise with Jordanian air force
Al-Bawaba, January 8, 2003 
Britain will deploy 14 fighter jets to Jordan later this month for a long-planned military exercise, the British Ministry of Defense said Wednesday.

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