Daily Israel Report

Masses Deliver Message To Sharon:

Close to 100,000 people gathered in Zion Square in Jerusalem last night to demand that Israel expel Arafat and fight the terrorism-sponsoring Palestinian Authority. Among the speakers was New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who addressed the crowd by phone (on an Arutz-7 line) and said...

First Publish: 10/23/2001, 5:48 PM

Close to 100,000 people gathered in Zion Square in Jerusalem last night to demand that Israel expel Arafat and fight the terrorism-sponsoring Palestinian Authority. Among the speakers was New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who addressed the crowd by phone (on an Arutz-7 line) and said,
\"Mayor Olmert, and all of my friends in Israel: I am very confident that together we are going to overcome terrorism, we are going to prevail, because our values are the correct ones. We believe in democracy, we believe in the rule of law, in the respect for human life and human dignity, and these are the values that our enemies are attempting to suppress. If those ideas are allowed to grow in the places they oppress, then they\'re going to be overthrown. So, we\'re together, we\'re very, very good friends, and we have exactly the same values that we\'re seeking to defend and perpetuate… We are closer than ever before.\"

Other speakers included National Infrastructures Minister Avigdor Lieberman, NRP leader Rabbi Yitzchak Levy, Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed of Bracha, MK Benny Elon, the Mayor of Hadera, and many others.

Rabbi Levy said, \"The government is speaking with two voices: One says that Arafat is a partner, while the other says he is a terrorist. If he is a terrorist, Mr. Prime Minister, then you must fire Peres!\"

Minister Lieberman (National Union-Yisrael Beiteinu): \"Not only the left [in Israel], but the whole world is running away from the truth, namely, that this is a war between civilizations - the Western civilization, of which we are a part, and that of extremist Islam.\"

MK Benny Elon (NUYB): \"We can no longer tolerate a zig-zag policy within the government… I remember when you, Arik [Sharon], stood here [at a similar rally against then-Prime Minister Barak] and demanded, \'Let the IDF win!\'\"

Opposition MK Michael Kleiner (Herut): \"Arafat need not merely be expelled, he is a murderer who is deserving of death. A government that allows him to live is responsible for the blood of hundreds of innocent citizens killed by Arafat.\"

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu of Tzfat called out questions to the crowd and received positive answers for each: \"Are you willing to fight for Eretz Yisrael?! Do you love Eretz Yisrael?! Do you want the Beit HaMikdash [Holy Temple]?! Do you want Geulah [redemption]?! Do you want Moshiach?! So let\'s all call out: We want Beit HaMikdash!\" He then led the crowd in the recital of several verses of prayer.

Following the murder of National Union-Yisrael Beiteinu leader Minister Rehavam Ze\'evi six days ago, the rally\'s organizers made two major decisions: to dedicate the rally to his memory, and not to attack Prime Minister Sharon personally. Yesha Council sources say that despite the general lack of personal criticism, Sharon will not be able to ignore the show of strength of those who demand Arafat\'s expulsion.

Labor MK Effie Oshaya has asked the Attorney-General to open an investigation against the rally\'s organizers on suspicion of inciting against Foreign Minister Peres. Oshaya says that some of the demonstration\'s participants may have been influenced by signs that read, \"Peres = Destruction,\" \"Expel Peres,\" and \"Oslo Criminals to Trial.\" A show host on Israel Radio who related to this issue asked rhetorically, \"What is there to investigate? These are citizens in a democratic country who attended a demonstration and held signs expressing their opposition to the policies of the Foreign Minister!\"