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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 million.

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 control."

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 Gaza.

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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