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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Sept. 19, 1995, V3, #172
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Technicolor Sabra Fruit
Israeli agronomists have succeeded in producing the cactus fruit,
sabra, in a variety of colors, including purple, red, orange and
yellow, at the Orly Farm in the Negev. The plant now produces fruit
not just during August but for eight months each year. It is rich
in vitamins and minerals, very sweet, and almost free of prickles.
Taba Progress; But it May Not be Enough
By David Gollust (VOA-Cairo)
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are holding more talks in Egypt
on expanding Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank. The two sides
report some progress, but apparently not enough to make a Thursday
signing ceremony in Washington. The talks at the Egyptian Red Sea
resort of Taba resumed after a break of several hours with sources
in both delegations speaking of progress, but reluctant to predict
when the long delayed agreement might be ready.
Israel Foreign Minister Shimon Peres returned to Taba after meeting
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Jerusalem, while PLO leader Yasir
Arafat briefed his key advisers in Gaza during the pause in
The talks are blocked over security arrangements for Hebron, the
only major Arab town in the West Bank with a Jewish settler
population. Israel is resisting Palestinian demands for a firm
timetable for removing its forces from Hebron -- and reportedly
has tabled a plan that would leave it in control of areas around
the settlements near Hebron's business center.
Officials in both delegations say they do not feel pressured by
any deadline, though US officials had hoped an agreement could
be initialed at Taba in time to arrange a White House signing
ceremony Thursday. Neither side believes that goal can be met.
Rabin Meets with Japanese Prime Minister
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin met Sunday with Japanese Prime
Minister Tomiichi Murayama. Murayama, whose visit marks the first
time a Japanese prime minister has come to Israel, told Rabin that
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad is willing to renew peace
negotiations. Having met with Assad on Saturday, Murayama said the
Syrian president understands that peace will give Syria economic
and political advantages.
The Japanese prime minister promised that his country will open
an office of JETRO, Japan's export institution, in Israel. He said
Japan plans to invest in economic projects in the Middle East in
order to advance peace.
In response to Rabin's request to raise the issue of IDF missing
soldiers, Murayama said he would do so during his upcoming visit to
Iran. Rabin told his guest that Israel places high importance on
economic development in the Middle East as a stabilizing factor in
the peace process. He also expressed his appreciation of Japan's
involvement in the multilateral negotiations. He suggested that
Japan could participate in the construction of new bridges spanning
the Jordan river. The two prime ministers also agreed on the
establishment of a joint committee on science and technology.
"This is Our Land" Attempts to Disturb Electricity Flow
The right-wing movement "This is Our Land" will attempt this
evening to disturb the flow of electricity has asked activists to
turn off all lights at a coordinated time and then to turn lights
back on 10 minutes later.
Electrical engineers said the action could damage sensitive home
electric devices such as computers and televisions. They advised
people not to use these devices during the "This is Our Land"
An Israel Electric Corporation spokesman said the action could
cause damage as a result of sudden electricity surges to customers'
houses. "This is Our Land" activists said if the Electric
Corporation believes that damage could result from the operation,
it is the company's responsibility to inform customers of
Kindergarten Studies to Include Math, Art and Science
The Ministry of Education is planning a new curriculum for the
country's kindergartens to include some knowledge of basic
mathematics, art, literature, social and natural sciences and
technology. It will be nicknamed the "2000 Program" for the next
decade and will expand on some elements in these subjects already
being presented in state and state-religious kindergartens as well
as those in minority sectors.
The director of pre-elementary education at the ministry, Dr. Rina
Michaelovitch, says there is a basic conviction that children have
the ability to learn and understand the world when exposed to
challenges to learn. In nature studies, for instance, children
between two and six years old, will learn about plants and life
cycles; physical education and health training will also be
included. They will be taught about the Earth, climate, and similar
themes. In social sciences, the lessons will include family and
environmental aspects, as well as communications and current
events. Bible studies will be taught in the non-religious
kindergartens as well.
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