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December 20, 2002

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International Ad Campaign opposing Palestinian state

Fifty prominent Jewish and Christian leaders, as well as former U.S. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick and former Secretary of Education William Bennett, have signed a full-page newspaper advertisement opposing the creation of a Palestinian Arab state, sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). IMRA has the scoop.

The ad will be appearing in the days to come in the New York Times, the Washington Times, the Weekly Standard, leading Israeli newspapers such as Ha'aretz and the Jerusalem Post, and Jewish newspapers throughout the United States.

The ad is headlined "President Bush, Creating a Palestinian Arab State Means Creating a New Terrorist State. Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya were given sovereignty. That didn't turn them into peace-loving nations."

The ad is signed by:

Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; William J. Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education and author of Why We Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism; Ambassador Alan Keyes, former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs; Gary Bauer, president of American Values and former senior White House aide; the Rev. Dr. Pat Robertson, Chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network and host of the "700 Club" television show; ZOA National President Morton A. Klein; Former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz of Minnesota; Irwin Hochberg, Past Chairman of the Board of the UJA-Federation of New York and past National Campaign Chair of Israel Bonds; and Leon Levy and Rabbi Herschel Schachter, who are both past chairmen of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Other signatories include author Midge Decter; two past national executive directors of AIPAC, Neal Sher and Morris Amitay; Dr. Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum; Pastor Dr. James H. Hutchens, U.S. Army Brigadier-General (ret.), past Deputy Chief Chaplain of the U.S. Army, and president of Christians for Israel; Rabbi Joseph P. Sternstein, past president of the Jewish National Fund; Janet Parshall, the nationally syndicated radio talk show host; Daniel Weiss, National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans USA; Dr. Julio Messer, president of Americans Friends of Likud; Harvey Friedman, past National AIPAC Vice President; Dr. Arnold M. Soloway, president of the Center for Near East Policy Research; Dr. John C. Hague, host of the Worldwide TV Ministry and pastor of the Cornerstone Church; Frank J. Gaffney Jr., former Assistant Secretary of Defense and president of the Center for Security Policy; Dr. Alex Grobman, former director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Shlomo Z. Mostofsky, Esq., president of the National Council of Young Israel; Stephen M. Flatow, Esq., chairman of the Alisa Flatow Memorial Fund; Rev. Dr. Franklin H. Littell, a founding Board Member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Dr. Michael Franzblau, Life National Commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL); Richard A. Hellman, Esq., president of the Christians' Israel Public Action Campaign; Ed McAteer, president of the National Religious Roundtable; Shimon Erem, a member of the AIPAC Executive Committee; Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler, Professor of Medical Ethics & Talmudic Law at Yeshiva University; Michael D. Little, president and CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Network; Nathan Lewin, Esq., Honorary President of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists; Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld, past president of the Rabbinical Council of America; Ivan Novick, past chairman of the American Friends of Tel Aviv University; Rosalie Reich, Honorary President of Emunah of America; Gary Erlbaum, vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; Robert I. Lappin, past president of the Jewish Federation of North Shore (MA); Norman Hascoe, President, JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs);ZOA national officers Nina Rosenwald, Taffy Gould, Dr. Alan Mazurek, Henry Schwartz, Dr. Michael Goldblatt, Dr. Stanley Benzel, and Michael Orbach; and the singer and actor Ed Ames.

The text of the ad reads:

"President Bush, creating a Palestinian Arab state means creating a new terrorist state.

"Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya were given sovereignty. That didn't turn them into peace-loving nations.

"In his June 24, 2002 speech, President Bush spelled out specific conditions that the Palestinian Arabs must fulfill before the U.S. will support giving them a state.

Here's what happened since:

"Bush's condition: They must 'engage in a sustained fight against the terrorists and dismantle their infrastructure.'"

"The Palestinian Arabs' record: They haven't arrested terrorists, outlawed terror groups, shut down bomb factories, or confiscated the terrorists' tens of thousands of weapons. The Palestinian Authority (PA) itself regularly orders, pays for, and glorifies the murders of Israelis.

"Bush's condition: They must 'end incitement to violence in official media and publicly denounce homicide bombings.'"

"The Palestinian Arabs' record: The PA promotes a culture of anti-Jewish and anti-American hatred in its media, schools, summer camps, officials' speeches, and sermons by PA-appointed clergymen.

"Bush's condition: They must 'elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by terror.'"

"The Palestinian Arabs' record: Yasir Arafat and other arch-terrorists are still the leaders of the PA, and the "new" cabinet Arafat recently appointed consists almost entirely of his previous cabinet ministers.

"Bush's condition: They must 'build a practicing democracy based on tolerance and liberty.'"

"The Palestinian Arabs' record: Newspapers that dissent from Arafat's line are shut down ... Women are treated as second-class citizens ... Christians are persecuted and pressured to emigrate ... Jewish holy sites are desecrated.

"Mr. President, please don't ignore the Palestinian Arabs' record of violating your conditions. Giving the Palestinian Arabs a sovereign state will only strengthen their underlying culture of hatred and violence. It will enable them to bring in troops and advanced weaponry from Iran, Iraq, and other terror regimes, as well as shoulder-launched missiles --like the ones recently fired at an Israeli airplane in Kenya--which will threaten every plane taking off from Israel's airports.

"No wonder a recent poll by Israel's most respected polling agency, the Hanoch Smith Institute, found 68% of Israelis believe that 'regardless of the size or strength of a Palestinian state, if one is established it will constitute a threat to the State of Israel.'"

The ad concludes by urging readers to send a message to President Bush, applauding his pledge to end terrorist states and asking him to oppose creation of a Palestinian Arab state, which would be a terrorist state.