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Israel Will Do Utmost to Protect Israeli and Jewish Institutions

In a special meeting, Israel's cabinet has decided to take steps to catch and to punish the terrorists responsible for the July l8th bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires. It was also decided that Israel will its utmost to protect Israeli and Jewish institutions around the world.

Rabin: Progress With Syria Only Through Direct Negotiations

Prime Minster Yitzhak Rabin said Wednesday that Syria's leadership is wrong if it thinks the U.S. can force Israel to accept any form of agreements with Damascus. Rabin was speaking to the press at Ben-Gurion airport upon his arrival from Washington. The Prime Minister emphasized that the U.S can help two parties to diminish gaps but progress with Syria will be achieved only through direct negotiations.

Rabin recommended that U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher cancel his shuttle diplomacy tour between Jerusalem and Damascus, scheduled for August, because of Syria's inflexibility in the peace negotiations with Israel. Ha'aretz points to three major areas of dispute in the negotiations: the extent of the Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights, security arrangements and the normalization process between the two countries.

Peres Satisfied with Syrian Foreign Minister Statement

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, currently in Cyprus for a three-day visit, said upon arriving, that he is very pleased with the Syrian condemnation of the two bombings in London on July 26th and on July 27th which damaged part of Israel's Embassy and a building housing a Jewish fundraising organization. Peres was referring to Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq Al-Shara's statement that his country condemns the bombings.

Israel Asks U.S. for Status in NATO

Israel has requested the U.S. fulfil its promise to give Israel status in NATO. Israel requested status that would make it eligible to receive information on American military technology. The decision to grant the status depends on congressional legislature, a process which may take at least a year.

For One Jewish Sect, Arafat is also Their President (Hatikvah News Service)

Tel Aviv--One of the members of the Palestine National Council is Neturei Karta Rabbi Moshe Hirsch, whom Chief PLO Terrorist Yasir Arafat appointed as an adviser on Jewish Affairs. Although Hirsch says he is a "minister" in Arafat's government, Arafat's deputy, Nabil Shaath, said he was only an adviser.

According to the press reports here, Hirsch, who attended the Arafat reception in Jericho last week was described as the "clown of Jericho." Sources in the PLO said that no one takes Hirsch seriously. Hirsch arrived in Jericho with two of his Neturei Karta assistants and they were welcomed warmly. When Arafat arrived, he embraced and kissed Hirsch and his cronies.

Israel's daily Yediot Ahronot reported that PLO sources maintain that Arafat is making a joke out of himself by assigning Hirsch as a minister on Jewish affairs. They blame Faisal Husseini who, they say, "knows that Hirsch is a joke." Nevertheless, he is not trying to persuade Arafat to break off relations with him.

Hirsch was born in New York and immigrated to Israel in 1955. He married the daughter of Rabbi Chaim Katzenellenbogen, son of the founder of the Neturei Karta. Hirsch's relationship with Arafat goes back to 1975 after the chief terrorist made his first speech in the U.N. Hirsch then cabled him: "Accept our blessings. Your views conform with ours. We also want the Zionist state to disappear."

Throughout the entire time Hirsch kept in close contact with the terrorist organization. Arafat would send him a ticket at least once in two months to come visit him in Tunis. Two years ago he presented Arafat with a gold pen and the chief terrorist appointed him as a member of the PLO delegation along with other Jewish anti-Zionists. "I did not attend the negotiations in Madrid and in Washington because I didn't want to sit in one room around the same table as the Zionists," says Hirsch.

Hirsch has been an outcast among all of religious Jewry in Israel. Orthodox Jews cannot forget how six years ago he solicited $20,000 for Arabs wounded in the intifada and how on the 4th anniversary of the intifada he performed a memorial service for the Arabs who fell in the intifada.

Even the anti-Zionist Eda Chareidit opposes Hirsch's actions. "He's no rabbi and our Beth Din had issued a ruling a long time ago that he has no right to speak in the name of the Eda Chareidit," says a rabbi of the Eda Chareidit.

"He's a good-for-nothing, a nobody who will do anything for publicity. He cannot pray in any synagogue in Mea Shearim because no one wants him to be part of their minyan," Yehuda Meshi Zahav, an Eda Hachreidit spokesman told Yediot Ahronot. "I told him that the PLO is a murderous organization and he is a murderer just like them if he is a member of it. He has the Halachic classification of a rodef."

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