Jerusalem/JTA. — Binyamin
Netanyahu was sworn in as Israel's for-
eign miiiister. The position in Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's minority
government is Netanyahu's first politi-
cal office since Ehud Barak ousted him
as prime minister ha, 1999.
In his first statement as foreign min-
ister, Netanyahu announced_ ,
Wednesday that the U.S.-sporiored
road map for Middle East peace was
"not on the agenda" because of an
anticipated U.S. attack on Iraq.
Washington/JTA — There would have
been a comprehensive Israeli-
Palestinian peace deal in 1998 if
Yitzhak Rabin had not been assassinat-
ed, former President Clinton said.
"I never loved another man more than
I loved Yitzhak Rabin," Clinton said at a
memorial for the former Israeli prime
minister at the Israeli Embassy in
Washington. The event was attended by
three former U.S. secretaries of state and
numerous officials of the first Bush and
Clinton administrations, as well as by
Rabin's son, Yuval.
Clinton later told reporters that he
believed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon and incoming Foreign Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu are capable of
doing "the/fight thing," noting their par-
ticipation at the Wye River talks with
the Palestiiiians in 1998.
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Paris/JTA — French officials arrested
eight suspects in connection with a
synagogue attack earlier this year in
The suspects were arrested near
Lyon in southern France and are being
questioned by agents from France's
counterintelligence service, according
to French authorities. Nineteen peo-
ple, including 14 German tourists,
were killed in April after a gas truck
exploded when it rammed a wall pro-
tecting the Ghriba Synagogue on the
Tunisian island of Jerba. In June, a
spokesman for Al Qaida said the terror
network was responsible for the attack.
One of the arrested this week was
identified as Walid Naouar, the broth-
er of the man believed to have been
driving the truck. Naouar's parents
and three people close to the family
were among the others detained, a
French official said.
New York/JTA --- The American
Jewish Congress urged the U.S. gov-
ernment to take action against firms
that respect an Arab boycott of Israel.
Eighteen members of the Arab
League pledged last week to reactivate
a decades-old ban on trade with Israel
that had lapsed in recent years.
The AJCongress asked the U.S.
Commerce Department's Office of
Boycott Compliance to move "vigor-
ously" against any American firms that
join the reinstated boycott in order to
do business with the Arab world..
New York/JTA — A top adviser. to
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
was heckled during a speech at the
State University of New York at
"Don't mess with us," Ra'anan
Gissin told a protester bearing a sign
that said "Free Palestine," according to
the Albany Times Union. "When we
offer you reason, you offer us the
blood trail of suicide bombings and
Outside, a crowd of about 50 stood
with signs and a megaphone demon-
strating for the rights of Palestinians.
"We are in World War III," Gissin also
said, referring to Sept. 11, the Bali
bombing and the hostage-taking in
Moscow. "It's already here, my
Washington/JTA — A collection doc-
umenting shtetl life in Luboml,
Poland, was donated to the U.S.
Library of Congress.
New York real estate magnate Aaron
Ziegelman, who created the collection
of photographs, letters, Judaica, maps
and other materials documenting
everyday life in a typical shtetl com-
munity in Poland, on Oct. 30 turned
over the collection, which will be per-
manently housed in the library's