- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2003

Israel demands results

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon marked the anniversary of a bombing at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University with a demand that the Palestinian Authority “put an end to terror once and for all.”

Speaking after the visit last week of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the ambassador recalled the nine persons killed in the terrorist attack, including five Americans.

“Israel and our partner, the United States, demand that the Palestinian Authority put an end to terror once and for all by fully dismantling terrorist organizations and stopping all incitement and hate-filled rhetoric,” Mr. Ayalon said at an Israeli Embassy ceremony with Jewish-American leaders.

The ambassador predicted that a Palestinian state “will never be created by terror, and we will not allow their road to statehood to be stained by Israeli blood.”

He said Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership are facing a decisive moment.

“Israel, the United States and the world community will judge the Palestinian Authority not on their words and declarations but by their performance and real results,” Mr. Ayalon said. “An end to terror is the first step toward achieving peace.”

The ambassador thanked the Jewish-American community for its “undying dedication” to Israel and strong support during the past three years of violence.

He named the Americans killed in the bombing — Marla Bennet, Benjamin Blutstein, Dina Carter, Janis Coulter and David Gritz — and said they are “all of blessed memory.”

Mr. Ayalon recalled that Miss Bennet wrote of the fear of her family and friends in San Diego, who worried about her studying in Israel.

“But there is nowhere else in the world I would rather be right now,” she wrote. “I have a front-row seat for the history of the Jewish people. I am a part of the struggle for Israel’s survival.”

The ambassador added: “These young victims were in Israel, despite the threat of terror, because of their strong connection to the land. … We mourn their loss and pray for their friends and family.”

U.S. blames Aristide

The U.S. ambassador to Haiti blames the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide for an attack last month on diplomats and civic activists at a pro-democracy meeting in a sprawling slum in the country’s capital.

“We’ve developed quite a dossier on what actually happened,” Ambassador Brian Dean Curran told the Associated Press last week. “We talked to a lot of people. …We took it very seriously that our diplomats were attacked.”

A U.S. Embassy investigation, whose findings were sent to the State Department, linked Aristide supporters with two gang leaders accused of organizing attacks on Haitians at the rally in the Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soliel. U.S. diplomats and observers from France, the Bahamas and the Organization of American States attended the July 12 rally, where representatives of a group called G-184 were invited to talk about plans to restore law and order and end election fraud in one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere.

The group represents 184 organizations, including labor unions, business, women’s rights and media associations. Mr. Aristide’s government said it is investigating the attack.

Cyprus crossings

The divided Greek and Turkish communities of Cyprus apparently want to know more about each other as they continue taking advantage of border openings, the Cypriot Embassy reports.

Booksellers on both sides report brisk business in Greek-Turkish dictionaries and phrase books. About a half-million people have crossed each way since April, when the Turkish-Cypriot authority opened its borders with the internationally recognized government of Cyprus.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Belgrade Mayor Radmila Hrustanovic, who meets with D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams.


• Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who joins syndicated columnist Armstrong Williams for a 3:30 p.m. news conference at American University.


• Vladimir Ananich, president and chief producer of Russia’s World TV channel, who holds a 3 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club

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