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                             ISRAEL
                              FAXX

Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      April 17, 1995, V3, #70
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Iran Receives Shipment of North Korean Long-Range Missiles

Iran has received its first shipment of No-Dong I long-range missiles from North Korea. News of the shipment was reported in the British magazine Jane's Intelligence Review, considered by many as a reliable source. The No-Dong reportedly has a range of 620-930 miles. Iran has signed an agreement with North Korea to supply hundreds of the missiles.

IDF Kills Three Arab Terrorists

By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)

Israel says its security forces have shot dead three suspected fugitives belonging to the militant Islamic group Hamas. The organization has carried out fatal attacks on Jewish settlers in an attempt to derail the Israel PLO peace accord.

The fire-fight in which the three Palestinians were killed took place in Hebron in the West Bank. The men were reportedly on Israel's most wanted list of fugitives responsible for a string of fatal attacks on Jewish settlers in the Hebron area. The army has released few details, except to say there are no other casualties.

Palestinian witnesses say Israeli soldiers, disguised as Arabs, ambushed the car carrying the three fugitives, assumed to have belonged to the military wing of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas.

The latest Hamas attack in the Hebron area was last month, when an Israeli civilian bus was ambushed and two Israelis were killed. Hebron has been under a night curfew since then.

That curfew was extended to a round-the-clock curfew on Friday, the beginning of Passover, apparently out of fear of attacks during the week-long festival.

Sunday's clash came a week after a double suicide car bombing near Jewish settlements in the Palestinian autonomous Gaza Strip. Following the attacks, Yasir Arafat's Palestinian Authority launched a crackdown on Hamas and another fundamentalist radical group, the Islamic Jihad.

Rabin Wants Arafat to Do More

By Jane Berger (Washington)

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin says he does not believe PLO leader Yasir Arafat is doing enough to stop terrorism in the territories under Palestinian control. Rabin and an Arafat aide, Nabil Sha'ath, appeared separately on ABC's This Week with David Brinkley.

Rabin said he does not believe the PLO leader has seriously tried to control the terrorist groups that are continuing to carry out violent incidents in the region.

"Terror today is carried out only by Hamas and the "Islamic Jihad. And the test is to the Palestinian authority -- to Chairman Arafat -- to prove that he can carry out his responsibility in accordance with the agreement to maintain law and order in the Gaza Strip and Jericho -- only in the territories under his control."

Rabin said there is no alternative to the peace process, and that Israel is committed to continue negotiations with its Arab neighbors, although there certainly may be setbacks along the way.

In a separate interview, Sha'ath said the peace process is irreversible, and that the Palestinian Authority is doing all it can to bring terrorist groups under control.

"Short of going into civil war, which definitely we don't want to, we are using both security measures, we are taking people to court for, in fact, conspiracy to commit actions against Israelis. And we are enforcing the rule in every way we can."

Sha'ath said 76 percent of the Palestinian people now support efforts to disarm the terrorists and bring them to justice. He said it has taken a great deal of effort to build public support for the peace process, and he said although there are frustrations on both sides, the important thing is to keep the momentum going toward a permanent peace agreement.

Charoset from Suriname

10 oz. sweetened grated coconut
7 oz. ground almonds
8 oz. mixed dried fruits, coarsely chopped 7 oz. dried apricots, coarsely chopped
8 oz. dried pears, coarsely chopped
2-3 tsp. cinnamon
3 cups water, approximately
12 oz. cherry preserves
2/3 cup malaga or other sweet wine

Combine coconut, almonds and 1/2 cups of water. Stir well and cook over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken. Stir in all the dried fruits and cinnamon. Continue cooking over medium-low heat, adding additional water as mixture thickens. After 45 minutes, stir in the cherry preserves. Cook approximately 15 minutes longer, until the coconut has softened and mixture is extremely thick. Cool about 15 minutes and stir in the wine. The mixture should be moist and thick. Refrigerate until serving. After the charoset as been refrigerated it may need additional wine to remoisten it. Serve at room temperature. Yields: about 8 cups (chill before serving)

Israeli Charoset
2 apples, peeled, cored & chopped
2 bananas, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced and peel grated
1/2 orange, juiced and peel grated
15 dates, pitted & chopped
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup pistachio nuts, ground
1/4 cup Passover sweet wine
5 Tbsp. matzah meal

In a large bowl, combine the apples, bananas, lemon and orange juice and peels, dates, nuts and mix well. Add cinnamon, wine and matzah meal and blend thoroughly. Chill.


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