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>PD December 20, 1994, V2,#228
The World's Newest McDonald's opens in Mecca
If you happen to be in Mecca, you shouldn't be there, unless
you're Muslim. As you're forcibly taken off to the Saudi version of
jail, take a glance at the new McDonald's that opened in Islam's
holiest city last week. Until now, construction was a secret and if
you happened to see Ronald al-McDonald in front of the golden
arches waving goodbye...well, maybe he literally means bye-bye.
Israeli President Visits Cairo
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
Israeli President Ezer Weizman is in Cairo for a three-day official
visit, his first as Israeli President. The two countries signed a
peace treaty 15 years ago, but relations have remained chilly.
Weizman's visit will open the way for Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak to pay his first visit to Israel, now expected in the first
half of 1995.
After a brief welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace,
Weizman's first stop was the 10th of Ramadan industrial area on the
outskirts of the Egyptian capital. The Israeli leader is trying to
encourage more trade and investment between the two countries.
Egypt and Israel have been officially at peace for 15 years, but
have done little to cultivate closer ties. Two-way trade averaged
about $10 million a year for each country.
Weizman's talks with Mubarak Monday evening and with other Egyptian
officials today touched on the Middle East peace process and
efforts to break the deadlock in Syrian-Israeli talks.
As part of the peace process, Foreign Minister Amr Moussa says
Egypt also wants Israel to sign the nuclear non-proliferation
treaty. "We hope there will be a concrete step on the part of the
government of Israel towards satisfying the general perception in
the area that weapons of mass destruction will have to be dealt
with and immediately in connection with the peace process and the
general outlook for the future of the area."
During the next two days, the Israeli leader will meet with former
Prime Minister Mustafa Khalil -- his negotiating partner during the
Camp David talks that led to the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty in
Monday afternoon, Weizman laid a wreath at the tomb of Egyptian
President Anwar al-Sadat, who made an historic trip to Jerusalem in
1977 to open the way for peace between Israel and Egypt.
Two IDF Soldiers Killed in Lebanon: Israel Vows Retaliation
By Susan Sappir (Jerusalem)
An Israeli soldier and two guerrillas have been killed in fighting
in south Lebanon. Israeli forces and their Lebanese allies clashed
with pro-Iranian guerrillas in southern Lebanon. An Israeli army
spokesman said the Hizbullah guerrillas shelled an Israeli position
with anti-tank missiles, mortar shells and katyusha rockets.
Another IDF soldier was killed in a separate incident.
Israel occupies a buffer strip along its border with Lebanon and
patrols it with its ally, the south Lebanon army militia. Israeli
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Syria must bear the
responsibility for getting the guerrillas to end their attacks
against Israeli targets.
After increased Israeli threats of military action against
Hizbullah, the group's leader -- Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah --
threatened to launch suicide attacks on Israel and on Israeli
Israel's army chief said after Monday's fighting that Israel
would continue to strike out against the guerrillas.
Rabin to Cabinet: No Linkage Between Palestinian Elections and
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin told the cabinet that in
negotiations with the Palestinians, the problem is not elections in
the territories but security arrangements in the West Bank,
Rabin, speaking at Sunday's weekly Cabinet meeting, reportedly said
the Palestinians should not link the issue of elections to the
redeployment of IDF forces. The prime minister added that under no
circumstances will Israel agree to any compromises regarding
Divorcee-Cohen Marriage in 580 BCE Nullifies 1982 Marriage
Shoshana Hadad's ancestor, a Cohen (a descendent of the Temple
priesthood), illegally married a divorced woman 2,500 years ago.
Cohens are expected to follow specific laws in family matters.
Because of that transgression, rabbis forbade daughters born from
that marriage and in generations to come, could never again marry
In 1982 Shoshana Hadad married Masoud Cohen. The wrath of Orthodox
Judaism fell on them and the rabbi that married them. Hadad and
Cohen could face criminal charges for misleading the rabbi. The
1982 marriage was ruled void.
"This is scandalous," Hadad told the Israeli newspaper Yediot
Ahronot. "It's intolerable."
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