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                             ISRAEL
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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      Sept. 6, 1995, V3, #163
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Jerusalem Names Street After Lubavicher Rebbe;

Jerusalem's street naming committee has approved the naming of a street after Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavicher Rebbe. This is breaking with previous policy to wait until three years had passed from the time of death of the person proposed for naming.

West Bank U.S. Olim Killed and Wounded

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

An Israeli settler was stabbed to death in his home on the West Bank early Tuesday, and his pregnant wife was injured, in an attack which is raising new security concerns as Israel prepares to expand Palestinian autonomy in the area.

An intruder entered the couple's home before dawn Tuesday in Maaleh Michmash near Ramallah. The injured woman, a recent immigrant from the United States, was treated for wounds in her side and arm.

The Israeli army commander for the West Bank said he assumes the attack was politically motivated, but police said they were investigating the possibility it was an ordinary burglary. A call to an international news agency in Jerusalem claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a leftist group. But the claim could not be confirmed.

Leaders of Israeli settler organizations said the attack provides fresh evidence that plans to expand Palestinian autonomy will endanger Israelis. The settlers say if such attacks can be launched under Israeli security controls, it will be even easier to do so if responsibility for security in Ramallah and other places is given to the Palestinian Authority.

Meanwhile, talks continue on the exact terms of the expansion of Palestinian autonomy. The senior Palestinian negotiator, Sa'eb Erakat, says a 400-page document has been drafted and includes about 20 points of disagreement. Israeli officials give a similar account of the status of the talks, but they say only a few of the disagreements are really significant.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin toured the largest West Bank city, Hebron, where security arrangements are the most difficult.

Negotiators say agreement could be about two weeks away -- but that is what they have been saying for months now.

Jerusalem 3000 Celebration Officially Opened

The opening ceremony of Jerusalem 3000 was held Monday night, beginning a year-long series of festivals and celebrations marking three millennia of history in the City of David.

"Three thousand years of Jerusalem are for us, now and forever, a message of tolerance between religions of love between peoples, of understanding between the nations, of the penetrating awareness that there is no State of Israel without Jerusalem, and no peace without Jerusalem united -- the City of Peace," Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said in an address at the opening ceremony.

"Three thousand years of history look down upon us today, in the city where the Jewish priestly blessing mingles with the calls of the Muslim muezzins and bells of the Christian churches; where in every alley and in every stone house, the admonitions of the Prophets were heard; whose towers saw nations rise, whose towers saw nations fall -- and Jerusalem stands forever."

Rabin expressed disappointment at the absence of U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk from the opening ceremonies.

The Israeli Philatelic Service has issued special stamps for the 3,000th Anniversary of Jerusalem. The new three-stamp series was designed by Ruth Kantor and Anat Friedman. One shows a mosaic from the time of King David, another shows Jerusalem on the world map painted by Rabbi Piniya of Safed, and the third is an aerial photo of the City and its highlights. First-day albums are also being offered by the Postal Authority.

Israel to Upgrade Turkish Air Force Phantoms

The governments of Israel and Turkey, and banks and companies in both countries, are involved in the project in which 54 Turkish Air Force Phantom jet fighter-bombers will be modernized in Israel, at a cost of $600 million.

Israel competed against other countries for the contract. The Israeli Aircraft Industries will carry out the work which includes installing equipment such as that used by the Israeli Air Force's renovated Phantoms. The electronic and avionic components will be carried out by various Israeli electronic companies.

Largest Canaanite Statue Found

Hebrew University archaeologists have found the largest Canaanite statue ever discovered in this country in excavations at Tel Hatzor. The sixth season of diggings there has just ended. The remnants of the statue were under layers of ruins from the Israelite Period.
The area included a large palace of the Canaanite kings of Hatzor. Next to the human statue was one of a cobra -- both of bronze. There were indications that the palace had been burned. The human statue was over one and a half meters tall and on the chest there was a royal emblem.

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