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August 9, 1994 Volume 2, #147 / /\__/_/\
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The CIA has gone casual. The spy agency's estimated 20,000
employees in Langley, Va. have been told to feel free to dress down
on Fridays, at least during the hot summer months. Although the CIA
has not had a formal dress code, much of its work force, notably
those who are not undercover, dress as though they're on their way
to a banker's funeral.
German Press Says Israel Ready to Raid Iran
According to the German weekly Der Spiegel the Israeli air force is
preparing a daring raid into the training camps of the Islamic
Fundamentalists in Iran. The fingerprints of the recent terrorist
attacks in Buenos Aires and London point to Iran, Der Spiegel
writes, and those investigating the attacks believe that the
terrorists came out of a training camp in Meshed, a city in Iran
which is closed to visitors who are not Moslems. According to the
weekly there are hundreds of terrorists being trained there now.
German radio also reported that Israel is now in its advanced
stages of preparations for a massive retaliatory attack against
Iran and those elements around the world supporting it. "Zud West
Punk Radio in southwest Germany reported that Israel "is fed up
with the West's complacency towards the Iranian terror." According
to the radio, Israel's best units are training to attack the
leaders and assets of the Iranian terrorist operation.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said that Israeli and American
security officials will be meeting shortly to discuss
anti-terrorism measures to stem the recent wave of bomb blasts and
amid concern that the current wave of attacks is just the
beginning. Israel last week called for tighter security at Jewish
sites around the globe. The U.S. State Department said that Israeli
Embassy and Consulates in 10 American cities have been put under
increased security protection.
Jordanian-Israeli Eilat Border Opens to Foreigners
By Art Chimes (Israel-Jordan Border)
The new Israeli-Jordanian border crossing in the Arava just north
of Eilat was inaugurated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Jordanian Crown Prince Hassan and
U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher participated in the
In his speech at the ceremony, Rabin said that "Three weeks ago,
the dream of peace was far away. Today it is materializing...soon
it will seem as though this is the way it has always been." He
added that "it looks like the walls of hostility are tumbling down
before our eyes..."
Crown Prince Hassan, who quoted the Bible in Hebrew during his
speech, said "the opening of this border gate demonstrates our
joint commitment to make a concrete contribution to peacemaking."
Hassan continued "Let this gateway be a token of our resolve that
soon our peoples will be able to share, exchange and marvel at
their common legacy."
After the ceremony, Rabin led an Israeli delegation, which
included Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Supreme Court Chief Justice
Judge Meir Shamgar, IDF Chief of Staff Major General Ehud Barak and
former Foreign Minister Abba Eban, to King Hussein's palace in
Aqaba. Rabin and Hussein held a working meeting and later went on
a cruise together in the Gulf of Aqaba.
At a joint press conference with King Hussein, Rabin said that
invitations will soon go out for a meeting of Israeli, Jordanian
and Egyptian foreign ministers that will deal with problems
relating to the continuation of the peace process. The King said he
hopes to visit Jerusalem in the near future, and added that the new
border passage will soon be open to all Israelis.
Rabin Hits on Palestinian Procrastination
By Art Chimes (Eilat)
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has criticized Palestinian
leaders in the self-rule areas of Jericho and the Gaza Strip for
failing to get their economic situation in order. The Israeli
leader said he may meet with PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat tomorrow.
Rabin criticized the Palestinians for having failed to reach aid
agreements with donor countries. He told reporters the Palestinians
need up to $500 million for infrastructure projects and salaries in
Gaza and Jericho. If they don't get their finances in order, he
said, it will be difficult for them to form economic partnerships
Many economists believe the Gaza Strip will remain tied to the
Israeli economy for some time. And Rabin warned that unless
the Palestinians have a viable budget, any agreement with them,
as he put it, "is not even worth the price of the paper" it is
Peres Encouraged by Syrian Help
By Kyle King (Jerusalem)
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has credited Syria with
helping to bring about an end to the recent round of Hizbullah
attacks along the Israeli border in Southern Lebanon. Speaking at
an impromptu session with reporters aboard Secretary of State
Warren Christopher's plane as it flew back to Jerusalem, Peres said
he now feels the attacks are over.
Peres said he believes the Syrians must have contributed to ending
the latest round of Hizbullah attacks against Israel -- which
probably began when Syria closed its eyes to them.
Peres said he had called Christopher to talks about the issue on
Sunday before the secretary went to Damascus for talks with Syrian
President Hafez al-Assad.
Christopher said he and Assad had a serious discussion about the
issue during their marathon five-hour meeting, which the secretary
described as constructive.
The secretary said he felt there was common agreement that a
comprehensive Middle East peace settlement was the best way to
end the tensions in Southern Lebanon.
Peres said he thought Syrian efforts to halt the Hizbullah attacks
were an important gesture. But he said he did not yet think
President Assad was ready for direct peace talks with Israel.
Israel Donates Water to Jordan
Israel has begun transferring 40 million cubic feet of water from
the Yarmuk river to Jordan. The gift is valued at approximately two
million New Israeli Shekels (about $700,000). The amount of water
represents about one percent of Jordan's yearly water usage.
Israel's Water Commissioner Gideon Tzur said that Israel incurred
no expense with the transfer, it only had to divert waters from the
Yarmuk River. The transfer comes at the request of Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin as a gesture to King Hussein and is aimed at easing
Jordan's severe water shortage.
Yemen Allowing Jews to Leave for Israel
A senior Yemeni official said that Yemen has decided to allow Jews
to emigrate to Israel. He added that 19 Jews from Yemen left for
Israel last week and 30 more are expected to leave in a few days.
The official added that 5,000 Jews are believed to be living in
Yemen, a number five times larger than previously estimated. The
newspaper emphasizes that this is the first time that a Yemeni
government official has publicly announced that Yemen is allowing
Jews to emigrate to Israel.
Holocaust Reparations Are Not Income
Washington--The Senate passed legislation last week preventing
federal agencies from counting Holocaust restitution payments as
income when determining eligibility for federal assistance
"These payments are not income, but gifts from the people and the
government of Germany who are trying to make amends for one of the
darkest periods in human history," Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.)
DeConcini, who introduced the legislation in the Senate, did so
after receiving a letter from Fanny Schlomowitz, an 83-year- old
Holocaust survivor living in a government-subsidized one-room
apartment in Phoenix. Schlomowitz wrote that her rent was to
increase by four times the current amount because the Department of
Housing and Urban Development considered her restitution payments
Prior to the legislation, there was no law applying to all federal
agencies that determined if restitution payments are income or not.
President Clinton is expected to sign the bill into law later this
Hess Nazi Demonstrations Banned
By Dagmar Breitenbach (Bonn)
Authorities in Germany have banned neo-Nazi groups from staging
several rallies this weekend to mark the anniversary of the death
of Rudolf Hess, one of Hitler's closest aides. Hess died seven
years ago in a Berlin prison at the age of 93.
Authorities have banned neo-Nazi groups from gathering Saturday at
the grave of Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, in the small southern
German town of Wunsiedel. Hess committed suicide in Spandau prison
At least 22 other rallies to commemorate the anniversary of his
death are in the planning stages. The cities of Bremen and Hanover
have already banned them, and it is likely most or all of the
others will be prohibited as well.
PLO Terror Cell Uncovered
A PLO-affiliated terrorist cell that was organized and operated
after PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat vowed his organization had given up
terror has been uncovered by the Jerusalem police. A court order
prohibiting the publication of details of the case was lifted
Sunday. Police turned the case over to a prosecutor, recommending
that charges be brought against the 11 gang-members for nine
fire-bombings and dozens of stone-throwing incidents. The
terrorist group was organized by the PLO-affiliated Fatah Hawks,
but included members identified with Hamas, Jerusalem police
spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said in an official statement.
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