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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
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
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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