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November 2, 2006
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A right-wing Israeli Cabinet minister was criticized for suggesting that the army fight Palestinian terrorists by adopting Russia’s tactics in Chechnya. Israel Radio on Wednesday quoted Avigdor Lieberman, the new minister for strategic threats, as telling fellow Cabinet members that Israeli forces fighting in Gaza should “adopt the Russian model in Chechnya.”

Jerusalem churches called for the formation of a committee to consider access to holy sites in the wake of Israel’s West Bank security barrier. “With the construction of the wall many of our faithful are excluded from the precincts of the holy city, and according to plans published in the local press, many more will also be excluded in the future,” said the statement signed by the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran and other Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic leaders.

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