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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 reached.

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 rushed.

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 area."

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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