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Militant gets 16 life terms for Sbarro bombing

A female Hamas activist was sentenced yesterday by a military tribunal at the Ofer camp to 16 consecutive life terms for assisting the terrorist who blew up the Sbarro restaurant in the center of Jerusalem two years ago, killing 15 and wounding more than 100 people. Hamas activist Ahlam Tamimi drove the suicide bomber, Ahmed Al-Masari, to the site of the attack on August 9, 2001. Tamimi was also sentenced to an additional 15 years. (Haaretz Service)

Rightists want Geneva deal creators probed

The Temple Mount Faithful yesterday petitioned the High Court of Justice against Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein's decision not to order a criminal investigation of Yossi Beilin and other Israelis involved in drafting the Geneva Accord. The petition also asked the court to forbid the gala "signing ceremony," slated to take place in Geneva next month. It argued that since the Israeli negotiators were acting on their own, without the government's knowledge or consent, their drafting of a peace deal with the Palestinians was in clear violation of the law. (Nadav Shragai)

U.S. opposes Russian initiative on road map

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Negroponte has made it clear to Israeli sources that the U.S. administration does not support the Russian initiative to push for the adoption of the road map by the international organization, with a prominent role to be played by the Quartet. The Americans have asked the Russians to delay their proposal to the Security Council with respect to the Mideast peace plan until November 5, when it will be clear whether Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia was successful in establishing a stable Palestinian government. (Aluf Benn)

Rivlin conditions Qureia visit on war on terror

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin declared his willingness to invite Palestinian PM Ahmed Qureia to the Knesset, but conditioned it on his effort to combat terrorism. Rivlin made the comments during a meeting with veteran Democratic Congressman from California, Tom Lantos. "If Abu Ala continues to convince the every Palestinian that he will return to his home from 1948, we will have no illusions or expectations from him," he said. (Gideon Alon)