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                             ISRAEL
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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      Sept. 1, 1995, V3, #161
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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 Continue

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 fighting.

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 Accountability.

"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 added.

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 ceremony.

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 Singapore.

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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