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This Week

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During the past two years of
Palestinian violence against Israel,
Yasser Arafat first did nothing to
stop the bloodshed and then
blamed Israel's defensive measures
in the territories for weakening his
ability to stop terror. But his latest
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Arafat's statement to Palestinian
officials last Saturday, calling on his
people to practice "self-restraint as
the Israeli election date [Jan. 28] is
getting closer," reveals that he does
have control over the population.
Further, his call, in an effort to
influence Israeli voters, is a cynical
use of the on-again/off-again cam-
paign of terror.

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tions, it's OK to continue. Here, we
clearly see Yasser Arafat's true face,
which is so well known to us."
The prime minister added: "One
cannot negotiate with such a man"
since "any attempt to do so will only
harm our ability to achieve security
and peace in this land. All those who
aspire to peace between peoples must
understand that Yasser Arafat is an
obstacle to peace who must leave the
political stage."
Also Sunday, Sharon told the British
ambassador that Israel did not intend
to reverse its decision to bar a
Palestinian delegation from attending
a conference originally scheduled to be
held in London this week on
Palestinian Authority reform.
The Israeli Cabinet issued the travel
ban as part of its response to the Jan. 5
terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in which 22
people were killed and more than 100
wounded.
Sharon told the ambassador that
Israel considers British Prime Minister
Tony . Blair a friend of Israel, but the
Palestinians must implement reform in
the territories, not in London.
In another development, Palestinian
official Saeb Erekat accused Sharon of
stepping up military actions in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip to divert
attention from corruption allegations
that have eroded support for his Likud
Party in the upcoming election.



MONEY TRAIL from page 21

all of the Jewish money. Steve
Grossman, former national chairman of
the Democratic National Committee,
has been working the phones for for-
mer Vermont Gov. Howard Dean,
soliciting numerous Jewish donors. He
says the Jewish community is much less
monolithic than people believe, and he
is not writing off the constituency for
his candidate.
"There's a vast number of Jews who
can write $2,000 checks who don't
affiliate with Jewish entities," said
Grossman, a former president of the
American Israel Public Affairs
Committee. "For those people not
imbued with the Jewish community,
Joe Lieberman will not have any partic-
ular advantage over other candidates."
Those groups include Jewish trial
lawyers, who have a former member of
their profession in a candidate, Sen.
John Edwards, D-N.C., health care
professionals who may largely support .
Dean, a physician, and gays and les-
bians also back Dean because he sup-
ported gay civil unions in Vermont.
If Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., enters
the race, his strong ties to Florida's
Jewish community could also come at
a cost to Lieberman, as will the rela-
tions Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has
cultivated in his home state. Having
been in the Democratic leadership for
more than 15 years, Rep. Richard
Gephardt, D-Mo., has links to Jewish
donors around the country.
Support fdr a candidate is "based on
access, past support and friendships,"
said Morris Amitay, a Jewish fund-
raiser and former executive director of
AIPAC. "A lot of it is personal."
In addition, many Jewish voters
may base their support for candidates
on Israel, especially with the Jewish
state under attack as it fraTs been in
recent times.
Lieberman's comments' last month,
in which he expressed support for an
Arab-led plan for peace and concern
for the humanitarian conditions of
the Palestinians, have alarmed some
hawkish members of the Jewish com-
munity, and might hurt his fund-rais-
ing in some Jewish circles. He was
scheduled to meet with the
Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations, the
Jewish community's umbrella group,
on Jan. 15 to address those concerns.
On the other hand, those in the
Jewish community who advocate a
more proactive Washington stance vis-
a-vis the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
might welcome such remarks.

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