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18 Road Map ONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 likely at a later date. But the Palestinians were wary of Israel's decision, arguing that inclusion of the reservations robs the initiative of its content. The Palestinians have accepted the road map as is, and insist that Israel do so as well. Speaking after talks in Ramallah with "the visiting French foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, P. President Yasser Arafat wel- comed the Ismeh move but said Israel's reservations raised "ques- tion marks." Meanwhile, Israeli-right- wingers assailed Sharon for agreeing to what settler lead- ers decried as a proposal "worse than the Oslo accords." "We are not talking about ges- nares, but rather about a policy that Sharon will have to implement, arti- cle by article, with the same serious- hess that he wants us to fight ter- ror,"one PA. Cabinet minister told the Israeh deldy Ha ' aretz. The road map calls on Israel to uproot illegal settlement outposts, withdraw' troops to the positions they held before the Palestinian intifada began in ptember 2000 and stop anti-terror measures that target terrorist kingpins and harm civilians Meanwhile, Israeli right-wingers assailed Sharon for agreeing to what settler leaders decried as a proposal "'worse than the Oslo accords." Settler ideologue Ely',&im Haet- zni compared supporters of the peace plan to Holocaust-era Jews who "willingly boarded those trains"to the concentration camps, "believing everything that the Ger- mans told them." Responding to praise for the vote as a historic development, Haetzni said it was historic "in the same sense that the destruction of the Temple was historic?' Settler leaders who met with leg- islators in the Knesset said they would launch a campaign to oppose Israeli implementation of the accord. The far-fight National Union bloc was debating whether to quit the government. Though they were outraged by the vote, some mem- bers of the bloc said they could more effectively scuttle the plan from inside the government than from outside. Even Sharon's defense minister, Shaul Mofaz, appeared to distance himself from the decision, a day after he voted for the proposal. Mofaz said that the Cabinet vote was not legally binding, but was merely a "declaration of diplomatic intentions." Even Sharon, who said Israel must be willing to pay a "painful price"to resolve the conflict with the Palestinians, acknowledged that the vote was "not a happy decision." Addressing angry members of his Likud Party, Sharon said that Israel's occupation of 3.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip would be "bad for Israel, bad for the Palesfinians and bad for the economy." Israel does not want to sit indefi- nitely in the West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus, Sharon said, adding that diplomatic progress is critical for economic improvement. "I know that there are doubts"Sharon continued. "Every- one has doubts. I have doubts as well. But I know one thing: We must try." Tri-faith group to meet June 8 Do religious beliefs impact your life decision? Abraham's Children Togettm- (ACT) a tri-faith group of Jews, Christians, and Muslims is hosting: "3 Faiths Approach Life's Challenges: How Our Faith Effects the Way We Live". The event will take place on Sunday, June 8, from 2 to 4 in the Parish Hall at Blessed Sacrament Church (located directly behind De Paul Hospital on Newport Avenue in Norfolk). Speakers include Rabbi Michael Panitz from Temple Israel, Rev. Thomas J. Quinlan, Pastor at Holy Family Catholic Church and Dr. Almaed Noor,  at the Mosqtm and Islamic Center in Hampton, who will offer perspec- tives on how faith and experience impact challenges and choices. A question and answer session will follow facilitated by Bob Glover, Executive Director of the DSC Community Mediation Center. The event is free and open to the public. Abraham's Children Together aspires tO promote greater under- standing, empathy and mutual respect and is working to create a greater appreciation for diversity in our society. In a world fractured by fear and suspicion, the group strives to stand together as a force of goodness against the power of evil. For nx infomaation contact Barbara Hughes at or Bob Glover at Southeastern Virginia Jewish News Jewish Education June 1, 2003 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Chai award recipient Vivian Forman, right, with presenter Hannah Baer. Rabbi Michael Panitz, JEC immediate past chairman. Other Learning Organizations mentioned were: Chabad LubaV" itch, Florence Melton Adult Mini- School, Norfolk Area Community Kollel. After all the schools were rec- ognized every teacher present was asked to come up, give Ms/her name and the school where he/s teaches. Then each person was pre- sented with a copy of Rabbi Josepla Telushkin's book on Jewish Values as a "thank you" from the cornmU" nity for the service they give Jewish Educators. Rabbi Israel Zoberman gave tlae closing prayer as the evening ended with a dessert reception and an opportunity for those in attetv dance to socialize and exchange good wishes. Double Chai Award recipients Rabbi Israel Zoberman Bachman and Virginia Rosen. Festival to present opera on era in Jewish histOrYhlc00 If your smmnerplans have you July 16 and 18 and on Sunday tumultuous oeriod in w'ot -- d Betltv: Nabucco takes place, an ..ol will perform liturgical natt selections appropriate to that oo in Hampton Roads in mid-July, spend some of that time in Portsmouth for the 2nd Annual TodiMusicFest. The highlight of the festival will be the first regional performance of the grand opera Nabucco which relates the story of the Hebrew nation during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylonia, which today is Iraq. Featuring international caliber talent, Nabuc- co will be performed at Willett Hall in Portsmouth on the evenings of afternoon, July 20. Call 393-5182 for ticket infor- mation. To get ready for Nabucco, though, come to St. John's Episco- pal Church in Portsmouth on Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. as Rabbi Michael Pamtz of Temple Israel, a renowned Jewish histori- an, and opera tenor and TodiMu- sicFest director Howard Bender, collaborate on an evening of edu- cation and song. Rabbi Panitz will talk about the Jewish history. Th, e historic and ch John s Episcopal is located air er of Washin on St and L corn gt ,,,^oat don Boulevard in Olde .t'"0tt Portsmouth. For more intol," --t on this seminar and other evl during TodiMusicFest (JULY 27), call 397-8651.