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make the Palestinians' bid following
his address to the General Assembly.
Al-Malki said, however, that the
Palestinians were still open to other
The United States has said it will
use its veto in the Security Council,
after which the Palestinians are
expected to seek an enhanced sta-
tus short of statehood through the
General Assembly, where the United
States does not have a veto.
For weeks it has been unclear
whether Netanyahu would travel to
the opening meeting of the new U.N.
session, during which the Palestinian
statehood bid will likely take center
"We have to speak the truth,"
Netanyahu said at the news confer-
ence."The first truth is that to have
peace, we must have mutual respect
for other peoples. This is what we
seek with our Palestinian neighbors.
This is what we seek with all our
"We also believe that the way to
achieve this peace is through direct
negotiations. There is no way to
impose peace by dictat."
Netanyahu said that while Israel
does not get a fair hearing in the
General Assembly, "I've decided to go
there anyway — not to win applause,
but to speak the truth to every nation
that wants to hear the truth."
Israel Evacuates Jordanian
Embassy Ahead Of Protest
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel evacu-
ated its embassy in Jordan amid fears
that a planned anti-Israel protest
could turn violent.
The ambassador and staff of the
embassy, located in the capital city of
Amman, returned to Israel last week.
Jordanian activists have called for
a "million-man march" against the
embassy in a protest organized on
A similar demonstration in Egypt
led to the evacuation two weeks ago
of Israel's embassy in Cairo and the
emergency rescue of several members
of its security staff.
Staff members of Israel's Jordanian
embassy regularly return to their
homes in Israel on Thursday for the
weekend, as their families reside in
The evacuation order sent them
home one day earlier, with plans
to return on Sunday, according to
Security near the embassy report-
edly has been increased.
Israel Soccer Team Plays
In Turkey, Despite Tensions
JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli
soccer team arrived in Istanbul to
play a Turkish team, despite tensions
between the two countries.
The Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team
landed last week amid heavy security.
Turkish protesters waved Palestinian
flags and chanted anti-Israel slogans
outside the hotel in which the Israeli
team was staying ahead of a Europa
League game the following night
against Besiktas at Inonu Stadium in
The team was instructed to remain
inside the hotel and wait for armed
escorts to take them to practice and
Hundreds of Israeli fans had been
expected to attend the game before
rising tensions between Israel and
Turkey came to a head in recent days.
Only a handful of fans reportedly
arrived in Turkey with the team.
Jewish Groups Awarded
Nonprofit Security Grants
Federal funds awarded Aug. 23 will
help bolster the physical security of
nonprofit institutions deemed by the
Department of Homeland Security
to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks,
including many Jewish organizations
The Jewish Federations of North
America hailed the allocation of
$19 million to numerous nonprof-
its through the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security's Nonprofit
Security Grant Program (NPSG) —
more than 80 percent of the awards
went to Jewish groups.
The funding is the sixth installment
of the program. Since 2005, a total
of $118 million has been distributed
across the country to help nonprofits
acquire and install physical security
enhancements intended to deter and
detect terrorists and extremists, such
as: blast-proof windows; reinforced
doors, locks, gates and fences; video
surveillance; and other equipment
and enhancements. The grants were
also available to promote security-
related preparedness planning and
"The Department of Homeland
Security has demonstrated a great
commitment to protecting the
Jewish American community," said
Cheryl Fishbein, chair of the Jewish
Federations of North America
Domestic Affairs Cabinet.
"These effective security grants and
the recent targeted extension of the 'If
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