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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Sept. 1, 1995, V3, #161
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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New Tourist Weekly Publication
A new weekly publication on tourism, "Israel Tourist Guide", has
appeared, with up-to-date information on all aspects of travel and
tourism, including currency exchange rates and special reductions.
Hostilities Escalate in Southern Lebanon as Artillery Salvos
For the third consecutive day, the IDF and the South Lebanon Army
engaged Wednesday in recurring and heavy exchanges of fire with the
Hizbullah in southern Lebanon.
At least six Hizbullah guerrillas have been killed in the fighting
since the beginning of the week. Early Wednesday several residents
of a Lebanese village just north of the Security Zone were injured
from Hizbullah artillery fire aimed at IDF and SLA position in the
Security Zone. No IDF or SLA soldiers were injured in this week's
Officials in the IDF's Northern Command believe that the situation
in southern Lebanon will continue to escalate and that Hizbullah is
attempting to break the understandings achieved following Operation
"Hizbullah has suffered many casualties in the last few days. This
bothers them and they are looking for ways to answer us," said IDF
Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Amnon Shahak.
"I have said in the past and I'll say again that in Lebanon, there
is a certain kind of war going on. This war will continue--it did
not begin two days ago and it will not end in two days," Shahak
Palestinians Commit to Abstain From Activity in Jerusalem
At a meeting in Eilat between Police Minister Moshe Shahal and
Palestinian Authority member Abu Alla, the Palestinians committed
to refrain from operating their institutions in eastern Jerusalem.
The two sides also agreed to cooperate on police matters. A
hotline will be installed in order to facilitate communication
between the two police chiefs in times of emergency.
The sides also appear to have reached a solution to the
disagreements surrounding Hebron. Israel and the Palestinian
Authority are likely to agree to the stationing of U.N. observers
in the city.
In addition, the IDF will remain in Israeli-populated areas and
the Palestinian police will assume control over the Palestinian
sections in which there are no Jewish residents.
Israeli sources said Wednesday that the Interim Agreement is
scheduled to be signed on Sept. 18. Jordan's King Hussein and
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be invited to the signing
Tourist Peace Congress Opens in September
About 3,000 tourism industry leaders around the world will take
part in the Prime Minister's Peace Tourism Congress in Israel this
month, at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv. It will be the biggest
tourism congress ever held in Israel, and will discuss the tourism
implications in the Middle East as a result of the peace process.
Revolutionary Heart Pacemaker
At the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, a "revolutionary" heart
pacemaker has been implanted for the first time, which not only
controls fatally irregular heartbeats, but can also provide an
electric shock for revival. The patient will not even feel
anything. The pacemaker is designed for patients with "wild" heart
beats exceeding 180 to 200 to the minute. Such a pace could cause
heart failure without any warning. The pacemaker includes special
sensors and can "anticipate" changes. It costs $25,000, and weighs
less than 100 grams. Its control mechanism can be adjusted from
outside the body by radio waves.
Special Jerusalem Gold Medallion for 3,000th Anniversary
In honor of Jerusalem's 3,000th Anniversary Year, starting this
month, the Government Coins and Medallions Authority has struck a
special medal of pure gold, and the first copies went to the
composer of the song "Jerusalem of Gold," Naomi Shemer, and to the
singer Shuli Natan who first performed it at the Song Festival in
Jerusalem in 1967 -- three weeks before the Six Day War.
Barkan Winery to Export to Thailand
The Barkan Winery in Israel has signed a contract to export 30,000
bottles of its wine to Thailand, for $80,000. These include red
wines of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Village varieties, and white
Riesling wine. The company previously exported 10,000 bottles of
Israeli-produced vodka to Thailand, and is preparing a deal with
Rise in Tourism in July
The number of visitors arriving in Israel during July was 200,700,
representing a 21 percent increase over the corresponding figure
last July. Those arriving by air totalled 153,300, by land 43,400
(across the Egyptian border) and 23,900 (across the Jordanian
border) while 4,000 tourists came by sea. In the first seven months
of this year, 1,251,600 tourists came to Israel, or 19 percent more
than in the first seven months of 1994.
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