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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
March 20, 1996 V4, #52
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Peres Threatens Action Against Hizbullah
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel and Syria are accusing each other of creating obstacles to
resumption of their peace talks -- suspended in the midst of the
recent series of attacks in Israel by the militant Palestinian
group Hamas, which has offices in Damascus.
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres says Israel wants to see some
action by Syria to end its role as what he called on Monday "a
center for terror." Peres says the United States conveyed that
message to Syria, asking for specific action, including, at the
very least, a condemnation of the recent bombings and an expression
of condolences to the families of the victims.
Asked about the future of the Israel-Syria negotiations, Peres said
he is waiting for the Syrian response. But Tuesday, Syria called
the Israeli demand a "retreat" in the peace process. The official
Syrian news agency quotes the Syrian vice-president as saying the
demand indicates Israel is not serious about making peace, and
accusing Israel of trying to use the bombings as an excuse to
suspend the negotiations. In addition, the official newspaper
Al-Baath says Syria will not accept any Israeli demands under
Indeed, an end to Syrian support for violent Palestinian groups,
such as Hamas, has been a goal Israel wanted to achieve through
the negotiations. Now, it seems Israel has made at least some
movement toward that goal a condition for resuming the talks.
Senior Israeli and Syrian officials had been meeting at a secluded
location near Washington. But the talks appeared to remain stalled
over several key issues, including terrorism, but also the timing
and extent of an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights and the
definition of future peaceful Israel-Syrian relations.
Israeli officials have also called on Syria to rein-in the Lebanese
terrorist group Hizbullah. Israel and its militia allies in
southern Lebanon fight Hizbullah almost daily in the zone Israel
occupies, and the group sometimes shoots rockets into northern
Israel. In recent weeks, there has been an increase in Hizbullah
attacks, and in the past few days there have been reports of an
Israeli troop buildup in the area, and of Israeli aircraft flying
mock combat missions.
Analysts believe Israel could be building up for a major offensive
against Hizbullah, if Syria does not take action, or for the
deportation to Lebanon of some Palestinian militants as was done in
spite of an international outcry of protest in 1992.
During a visit to an Israeli air force base in the north on
Tuesday, Peres said Hizbullah will be made to pay for its recent
attacks. But he indicated any retaliation might not come
immediately because it is expected and many of the Hizbullah forces
Peres also confirmed the government is checking the legal aspects
of a possible deportation. Still, the analysts also note Israel
could simply be demonstrating what it is capable of doing in
southern Lebanon, without necessarily launching any operation or
making any deportations.
Either way, the Israel-Syria talks remain stalled, the
Israel-Lebanon border is more tense than usual, and Israel's effort
to cripple the militant Palestinian groups continues, with all
three linked in the complex web of issues which make up the now
troubled Middle East peace process.
Soroka Hospital Tries Brain Surgery Without Opening Skull
Brain operations without opening the skull have lately been
performed at the Soroka Hospital in Beersheva in southern Israel.
The system is new and used in a few hospitals around the world. It
was developed in Switzerland by a surgeon from Israel.
The surgery is carried out by ear-nose-and-throat specialists and
entry is effected through the nose. In most cases, the operation is
to remove malignant growths at the base of the skull, or to relive
effects of traffic accidents, and the operations have largely
succeeded. Post-operative hospitalization has been reduced to
Fruit Essences to Treat AIDS Patients
A fruit essence called "Minovir" has been produced by Professor
David Lavi and his son Dr. Gad Lavi, scientists and
micro-biologists of the Weizmann Institute of Scientific Research.
It contains active agents for use against the AIDS and hepatitis
viruses. It may also be used for cancer patients. Twenty AIDS
patients in Germany have already been treated with this essence and
there has been an improvement in their conditions.
The prescription has not yet been registered in Israel, but has
been approved by the U.S. and European food authorities. The German
Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl has thanked the inventors and suggested
Israeli-German cooperation in medical fields of herbal cures.
Israeli Instrument Removes Skin Markings:
The I.S.C. Company in Tirat Hacarmel, near Haifa, has developed
an instrument to remove skin discolorations including birthmarks,
and tattoos. It is called Photo-Dram and works on electro-optical
principles. It can work in conjunction with another instrument
developed by the company for the removal of varicose veins in the
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