Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 59, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 17, 2005 Page: 1 of 28
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TJP V59-07 02-17-05 p01-04 2/15/05 7:04 PM Page 1
Thursday, February 17,2005
8 Adar 5765
J Since 1947
UNT helps revive
music in Israel.
meet at The Wise
Academy's annual expo.
VOLUME 59 NO. 7
Steps forward are tempered
by doubts and fears
By Leslie Susser
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The dust is
still settling after last week's summit
at the Egyptian resort town of
Sharm el-Sheik, but early signs on
the ground are highly contradic-
Last week, just 48 hours after the
summit, Palestinian terrorist
groups fired more than 50 mortar
shells at Jewish settlements in the
Gaza Strip — yet now Hamas, the
largest and most important of the
terrorist groups, says it's committed
to the cease-fire announced at the
Israel's security service, Shin Bet,
says the cease-fire won't last, but the
Israel Defense Forces say everything
must be done to give Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas a chance to impose law and
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon is doing all he can to help
Abbas, but right-wing efforts to
subvert Sharon's policy are taking
on a more menacing character.
And while Israeli officials say
peacemaking will succeed only if
the terrorist groups are disarmed —
a key component of the interna-
tionally backed "road map" peace
plan — Abbas makes clear that he
has no intention of moving against
the terrorists any time soon.
Not surprisingly, assessments
differ as to whether this latest
Israeli-Palestinian peace bid will
Sharon is accentuating the posi-
tive. He returned from the summit
in high spirits, emphasizing two
major achievements: All the key
players, including Egyptian Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak, Jordan's King
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BlueStar's Jonathan Carey (left), with colleagues Meirav Yaron (center) and Peter Altman have created a series of eye-
catching posters, flyers, postcards and other materials, all preaching the same "Hooray for Israel" message that Carey says
"push the edge." Photo: Cathleen MaclearieJ. the Jewish news weekly
Texas buys $2 million more in Israel Bonds
AUSTIN - The State of Texas Trea-
sury increased its investment in
Israel Bonds to $20 million last
month, Texas Comptroller Carole
Keeton Strayhorn disclosed last
"This is the largest one-time pur-
chase of Israel Bonds ever made in
Texas," said Robert Abrahms of
Houston, executive director for
Israel Bonds in Texas.
By purchasing $2 million in new
bonds and renewing $2 million in
maturing bonds, Texas boosted its
total investment in Israel Bonds to
"This is the highest level of
investment in State of Israel bonds
since Texas began purchasing them
in 1994," Strayhorn said. "I am a
staunch believer in the State of
Israel. The Texas Treasury's invest-
ment in State of Israel bonds has
increased 67 percent since I took
Abrahms cited efforts by Nate
Levine of Dallas in the new bond
sales. Levine, Southwest regional
chair of Israel Bonds, noted the
bonds are "a better investment than
a CD (certificate of deposit)" and
Israel has "a perfect record" of pay-
ment, yielding "in essence, a
"Once people realize that, it's a
fairly easy sell," Levine said. Texas is
among more than 35 states that
invest in Israel Bonds, he added.
Texas' new and renewed bonds
are AA-rated, five-year bonds that
will mature in February 2010 and
will yield 4.25 percent, Strayhorn
Abrahms also announced that
Israel Bonds will host a dinner for
Carole Strayhorn in Houston on
May 3 "for her longtime support of
Israel and all democracies."
He stressed the gesture is non-
partisan, noting that Israel Bonds
leaders worked with John Sharp, a
Democrat and former longtime
state comptroller and treasurer.
Abrahms credited Texas Sen. Flo-
rence Shapiro of Piano with
promoting legislation that originally
enabled Texas to buy Israel Bonds.
Levine said it comes as a surprise
to many that, except for the New
York and Chicago areas, the Texas-
Oklahoma-Louisiana region is "the
leader in bond sales."
"I'm very proud of the fact that
Texas continues to show confidence
in Israel Bonds and the State of
Israel," Levine said. It's not unusual
for $30 million to $40 million of
bonds to be sold in a year in the
southwest, he said.
for Israel PR
at a time
By Dan Pine
j. the Jewish news weekly
of Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO — Apparently,
pro-Israel posters have a short
About eight days, maximum.
That's how long most BlueStar
PR posters and billboards, all of
which celebrate Israel, survive at
some local bus stops before vandals
vent their fury upon them.
But as soon as one poster is
defaced, another goes up. To
BlueStar PR founder Jonathan
Carey, the struggle to win hearts
and minds for Israel never ends.
A professional trial consultant,
Carey has waged many battles in
American courts of law. But ever
since launching the not-for-profit
BlueStar in San Francisco 18
months ago, he's been making the
case for Israel in the court of public
opinion. His core strategy: accen-
tuate the positive.
"Our goal is to push the edge,"
says Carey. "To be provocative and
persuasive, not safe and boring."
BlueStar has created a series of
eye-catching posters, flyers, post-
cards and other materials, all
preaching the same "Hooray for
Israel" message. They are posted in
colleges throughout the country.
Locally, many have been posted in
BART stations and bus stops.
Others are printed up as "Go cards"
and given away in kiosks at bars,
clubs and other public places. As
fast as he and his staff can design
them, the posters go up on
BlueStar's Web site for free and easy
see SELLING ISRAEL p. 3
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