NEW ´AXIS´ VS. ISRAEL (NEW YORK POST) By URI DAN JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 02/02/05)
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February 2, 2005 -- JERUSALEM — A new "axis of evil," composed of
terror groups and foreign governments, is trying to sabotage the
emerging Palestinian-Israeli truce, Israel´s military intelligence
chief said yesterday.
Newly installed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is serious about
bringing calm to the region through dialogue with militant groups,
Major Gen. Aharon Zeevi told Israeli lawmakers.
"But Hezbollah, Syria and Iran," along with Hamas, "have decided to
do everything to disrupt the situation," he said. "This is the axis
of evil against the cease-fire."
In other Mideast developments:
* Israeli officials said 38 families of settlers in the northern Gaza
Strip have agreed to voluntarily leave their homes and accept
compensation before the planned evacuation of the strip later this
* Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is scheduled to bring a timetable on
the Gaza withdrawal for approval by his key ministers on Feb. 13 —
the first of four crucial votes on the pullback.
* Palestinian security officials said they had arrested a Palestinian
man for firing a gun into the air Monday and accidentally killing a
Gaza Strip girl, 10.
Terrorists launched mortar and rocket attacks Monday against Jewish
settlements on the grounds that an Israeli tank killed the girl.
* Several more mortar shells and two homemade Qassam rockets were
fired yesterday but there were no casualties reported.
* Israel fully reopened Gaza´s important border crossing with Egypt
after weeks of closure. With Post Wire Services (Copyright 2005 NYP
Holdings, Inc. 02/02/05)
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