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Sept 2, 1994 Volume 2, #164 / /\__/_/\
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During World War 2, "V-mail" was a term for mail sent from home to
American soldiers. The "V" stood for "victory." Now the United
States military is getting ready for "E-mail," or electronic mail.
The Army Signal Corps is testing an e-mail system that would
connect all branches of the military. Planners say future
personnel might have small computer monitors strapped to their
waists to receive messages.
Foreign Ministry Examining Project to Bring Thousands of Jewish Teens to Israel
The Foreign Ministry is currently examining a plan to bring 100,000
Jewish teenagers to Israel. Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin
says that the proposal is part of a project to increase immigration
to Israel from Western countries and strengthen ties between Israel
and the Diaspora. The cost of the project is estimated at $250
Israel and Morocco Establish Diplomatic Relations
Israel and Morocco established diplomatic relations Thursday. The
two countries agreed to initially open liaison offices in Tel Aviv
and Rabat. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said that the
establishment of relations was made possible by progress in the
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and by Morocco's desire to advance
regional economic cooperation. Israel Radio quotes Tsomet party
leader MK Rafael Eitan who welcomed the agreement, saying it is an
excellent example of "peace for peace". Approximately 600,000
Israelis - nearly one in 10 - are of Moroccan descent.
Arms Control Main Issue in Peres-Mussa Talks
Arms control was the central issue in talks this week in Jerusalem
between Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Egyptian Foreign Minister
Amr Mussa. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin reportedly rejected the
Egyptian demand that Israel sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT). The prime minister said that as long as countries in
the region like Iraq, Iran and Libya refuse to participate in the
peace process, "there is no room for the discussion of arms
President Ezer Weizman and Foreign Minister Mussa discussed the
peace process and Israeli MIA's when the two met Wednesday. Weizman
reportedly invited Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to visit
Israel, adding that after being in office for 12 years, it is
important that Mubarak visit Israel.
Israeli and Jordanian Officials Meet In Washington to Discuss Multi-Billion Dollar
Development Plan for Jordan Valley
Israeli and Jordanian representatives met in Washington Wednesday
to discuss a multi-billion dollar development plan for the Jordan
Valley. Among the projects under consideration, as part of the
Jordan Rift Valley Joint Master Plan, is a proposal to build a Red
Sea-Dead Sea canal. The Trilateral Israeli-Jordanian-U.S. Economic
Committee is currently examining ways to finance the plan.
Rabin: Palestinian Authority Must Curb Hamas Terrorist Activity
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin told a meeting of the Knesset's Labor
faction Wednesday that Israel will not tolerate the situation in
which the Palestinian Authority does not act to curb Hamas
terrorist activities. According to Rabin the transfer of
approximately $400-500 million in aid is being held up because the
donor countries want to establish accounting procedures to
guarantee that the aid is properly used. This issue will reportedly
be discussed at the September 8th donor countries meeting in Paris.
Israeli Medical Team in Rwanda Return to Israel
The Israel Defense Forces medical team in Rwanda returned to Israel
Thursday. As part of Operation Interns for Hope, the IDF set up a
field hospital near the Rwandan-Zairian border which treated
approximately 3,000 Rwandan refugees over the last six weeks. IDF
sources hope that the Finance Ministry will reimburse the IDF for
the cost of the operation, estimated at 20 million New Israeli
Shekel's (approximately $7 million). Sources in the IDF Medical
Corps said that the cholera epidemic near the Rwandan border has
been fully contained.
Pakistan Pokes Rabin's Manners
By Douglas Bakshian (Islamabad)
Pakistan has accused Israel's prime minister of displaying bad
manners concerning a visit to the Gaza Strip September 4. Pakistan
has made clear it does not recognize Israeli authority over Gaza
or any of the Israeli-occupied territories.
A Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Pakistan does
not recognize any Israeli authority in the occupied territories --
so Pakistan does not need any permission from Israel to go to
The question of authority is sensitive because Pakistan does not
recognize the Jewish state. Bhutto was invited to Gaza by PLO
leader Yasir Arafat.
Then there is the debate about manners concerning the Gaza affair.
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said "the
lady from Pakistan must be taught some manners." He criticized her
for deciding to go to Gaza without consulting Israeli authorities.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman suggested that Rabin
himself has been rude.
"Mr. Rabin has displayed extremely bad manners and bad judgment in
the remarks he has made on our prime minister's visit. It does
not behoove someone who is in illegal occupation of another
people's land to display such arrogance."
The whole issue began a week ago when Pakistan first announced the
trip and Bhutto the same day called it off. There were reports
again this week that the trip was on, and the Pakistani government
again called it off. Now it is once again on. Observers say, the
whole matter appears lost in the fog of diplomacy.
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