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                             ISRAEL
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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                     Nov. 10, 1995, V3, #205
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Roundup Continues: Internet Message Threatens Peres Death Nov. 16

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Two more suspects have been ordered held in connection with the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and police have accused one of them of being the principle activist in a terrorist organization. Jerusalem police also say they found a huge cache of explosives at the home of the confessed assassin.

At a hearing in a Tel Aviv court, the police said one of the men, 26-year-old Dror Adani, helped develop an assassination plan to be used against Rabin, and that he accumulated weapons and explosives. Officers charged in court Rabin was just one target of what they called a terrorist organization led by Adani.

Police accused the other man brought to court Thursday, 23-year-old Ohad Skornic, of knowing about the plan to kill Rabin and not doing anything to stop it.

Police also announced they found a large stockpile of weapons and explosives in a search of the home of confessed assassin Yigal Amir. A police officer says the collection of explosives, timing devices and other material would not be embarrassing to any terrorist organization.

Police now hold four people they allege had some involvement in or advance knowledge of a plot to kill Rabin, and one man who publicly praised the killing and called for the murder of Acting Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

Israel's Security Service has also received information that someone posted an electronic mail message on an Israeli bulletin board of the Internet threatening to kill Peres on Nov.16. The message had a false computer address and was signed with the name of the confessed assassin, who has been in jail since the shooting.

Meanwhile, Ha'aretz, says the Security Service is also investigating some rabbis it believes might have given religious authorization to kill the prime minister. Some militant rabbis believe it is permissible, even desirable, to kill anyone who surrenders Jewish control of any part of the biblical Holy Land -- or who endangers Jews, as they say the government is doing by allowing armed Palestinian police into the West Bank.

But other Israeli rabbis are uniting to try to remove any veneer of religious approval from the Rabin assassination and incitement to further violence in the name of Judaism. One prominent rabbi who lives on a West Bank settlement threatened to publish the names of rabbis who encourage radical behavior.

Rabbi Yoel Bin Nun of Ofra said that following the seven days of mourning, he will reveal the names of the rabbis who permitted the spilling of the blood of Rabin and Peres. Bin Nun said he would fight the rabbis even if it meant paying with his life.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs joined senior rabbis in urging all rabbis in the country to deliver sermons tonight and Saturday on the theme "Thou Shalt Not Kill."

What Will Happen to the Peace Process?

By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)

One of the questions raised after the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has been the fate of the peace process. Will it slow down or keep up the pace? Acting Prime Minister Shimon Peres already has resumed the Palestinian track. Syria now says it is ready to pick up the pace, too.

After days of official silence, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara'a has reaffirmed Syria's intention to continue its peace negotiations with Israel. The talks over the return of the Golan Heights have been deadlocked for months, with each side blaming the other for the delays.

The Syrian official has expressed hopes that out of what he calls the evil assassination of Rabin, there could come a new initiative to achieve progress in the peace effort.

The comments were made Wednesday after consultations between President Hafez al Assad and British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind.

Some analysts in the region have suggested Syria may see the possibility of more compromise in dealing with Shimon Peres. But they add that Peres may be hesitant to move too quickly on the controversial issue of a pullout from the Golan Heights until he shores up his own political support at home.

Oleh Sues to Become IAF Pilot

The High Court of Justice instructed the Israel Air Force to administer entry examinations to IDF officer Alice Miller for the pilot training program. The judges required that Miller agree to serve the full basic period of service following training, and the full period of reserve duty. Miller would not receive an exemption if she became pregnant.

Miller, who was born in South Africa and has a civilian flying license recognized in many countries outside of Israel, was not allowed to apply to the Air Force's pilot training course. In August of last year, she appealed the decision to the High Court of Justice. If accepted, she would become the first women to participate in the IAF's pilot training program.



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