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6 Teves 5764 - December 31, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Four Outposts to be Removed
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Major General Moshe Kaplinski, Commander of the IDF's Central Region, signed an order for the removal of four unauthorized West Bank outposts. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz had signed an order a day earlier to evacuate them.

What Will Happen to the Functions of the Ministry of Religions
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

According to the government's decisions and as tabled at the Knesset, the responsibilities and realms of activity handled by the Ministry of Religious Affairs will be divided among the various other ministries as follows:

Education Minister Threatens to Cut Budget of Chareidi Institutions That Do Not Accept Core Program
by Eliezer Rauchberger

United Torah Jewry representatives in the Knesset Finance Committee attacked the Education Ministry for its plans to cut budgets for chareidi educational institutions that do not commit to the Core Program, which includes a general curriculum inappropriate for chareidi educational institutions.

Missionary Gathering in Jerusalem Flops
by E. Rauchberger

The Moonies gathering at Jerusalem's Independence Park last week was a big flop, drawing only Christians from abroad and a group of Arabs from Eastern Jerusalem, along with a handful of Jews who were unaware of the dangerous nature of the event.

Knesset Approves Dismantling of Religious Affairs Ministry
by Eliezer Rauchberger

"Am Yisroel must express dread over the exultation and cries of joy displayed by Shinui figures who embraced each other and celebrated their victory of secularism after the vote. We must consider carefully how to confront such a State." -- Rabbi Ravitz

32nd European Yarchei Kalloh Lifts Off
by A Participant

Sunday afternoon, 28th December 2003, at the Normandie Hotel Bournemouth is the start of the much awaited European Yarchei Kalloh. Attended by some 200 baalei batim, some accompanied by their wives, the week-long gathering begins with a grand pesichah. This takes the form of short addresses by three of the maggidei shiur and two guest speakers including HaRav Padwa, the moro de'asra of London.

by HonestReporting

HonestReporting regretfully presented its third annual Dishonest Reporting "Award," its yearly recognition of the most skewed and biased coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

British General Cautiously Predicts US Success in Iraq
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

As Maj. Gen. Graeme Lamb prepared to hand his command in southeastern Iraq to another British general last week, he said that Saddam Hussein's capture, and progress in restoring oil installations, power stations and running water, as well as the Iraqis' fast-rising prosperity, and some other factors had led him and others to conclude that the American-led occupation force can eventually hand a politically stable Iraq back to its people.

Route for High-Speed Train to Jerusalem Approved
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The National Council for Planning and Construction, headed by Mr. Amram Kalegi, approved a detailed master plan for the route for the high-speed train to Jerusalem and recommended government approval.

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