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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 3, 1995, V3, #140
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Special Museum for Ancient Vessel
Ten years after an ancient Phoenician trading vessel was discovered
off the coast of Ma'agan Michael in central Israel, a museum is
being built to house it at the Center for Maritime Studies of Haifa
University. The ship sank 2,400 years ago but was exceptionally
well-preserved under several levels of sand. Maritime
archaeologists and divers partially raised it and discovered
possessions belonging to its passengers. These included clay
pottery and perfume bottles. The ship has been restored to its
original condition, 12.5 members long, four meters wide, with a
displacement of 15 tons.
Settlers Removed for the Third Day
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israeli security forces moved a small group of Jewish settlers from
a hilltop in the West Bank on Wednesday. It was the third
consecutive day of such action, but also the smallest of the series
of hilltop incidents.
There were only about 100 settlers on Dagan Hill, south of
Bethlehem on Wednesday. Police and soldiers moved in and carried
them away, in scenes reminiscent of larger confrontations on that
hill and others on Monday and Tuesday.
The settlers are trying to take control of more land in an effort
to block the government's plan to expand Palestinian autonomy on
the West Bank. The settlers have vowed to continue their protests,
and say they will intensify the campaign because of the arrest on
Wednesday of two of their leaders, one of them a senior rabbi.
Meanwhile, at the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the southern
city of Eilat, Israeli negotiators said they are making good
progress. But their Palestinian counterparts complained of a
lack of progress on key issues. Israel's Cabinet postponed
discussion of handing over control of eight more aspects of
civilian administration to the Palestinians because the lead
Israeli negotiator -- who was supposed to present the plan -- said
he wanted to stay in Eilat to continue the talks.
Syria Doesn't Care if Labor or Likud Wins the Election
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
Syria's official media is not put off by Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin's pessimistic assessment of the stalled negotiations.
The leading state-run Al Baath newspaper says Syria will not be
rushed into a peace agreement no matter who runs Israel. The
newspaper suggests both the Labor and Likud parties in Israel have
the same goals when it comes to making peace with Syria. So, the
newspaper says it does not matter who runs Israel as long as the
two parties realize peace depends on Israel returning all of the
Golan Heights to Syria.
Israel seized the Heights during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and
later annexed the territory. Negotiations between military
officers from both sides have snagged on what security system to
put in place on the strategic Heights once a peace agreement is
Each side is blaming the other for delays. Earlier this week,
Rabin indicated they are still far from agreement.
US and Israeli officials had believed the threat of a change of
government in Israel after next year's elections could give new
impetus to the peace talks. Syria does not appear willing to be
Jericho Bypass Road Opened in Jordan Valley
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was on hand Tuesday in the Jordan
Valley at the opening ceremony of the Jericho bypass road.
Construction lasted one year and cost the government $11 million.
In addition, the government has transferred millions of dollars in
the last two years to the settlements located in the Jordan Valley
and north of the Dead Sea.
Responding to the residents' request for increased economic
support, Rabin said, "We need $170 million. Entrepreneurs are ready
to invest more than $660 million in the hotel industry in the
Phosphorus Compounds Help Cure Bone Disease
A new medical preparation for treating the bone disease,
osteoporosis, based on phosphorus compounds, has been developed at
the Pharmacy School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Teva
Company and a Finnish company will conduct clinical tests of the
new preparation. This was announced at an international medical
congress in Jerusalem, attended by participants from 34 countries,
including Egypt, China and India.
Gold Cobra Artifact from 7th Century B.C.E. Unearthed.
At the archeological excavations at Tel Makneh, east of the ancient
Philistine city of Ekron, in southern Israel, a gold artifact in
the shape of a 10-centimeter-long cobra has been discovered, with
a raised head. It was in a seventh-century B.C.E. palace near
Kibbutz Revadim. The excavations were jointly carried out by
Professor Trude Dotan of the Hebrew University's Archeological
Institute, and Professor Seymour Gittin of the Allbright Institute
for Archeological Research in Jerusalem. The snake sculpture was
found near the dais of the king's throne, in a neo-Assyrian style
chamber. Digging in the area has continued since 1981, and this
year more than 150 people participated, including students from
Israel, the U.S., Canada and Europe, as well as three Palestinian
students from Beir Zeit University and a Jordanian university.
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