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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
March 21, 1996 V4, #53
All the News the Big Guys Missed
IDF Maj. Gen. Danny Yatom, who currently serves as the prime
minister's military secretary, will become the new Mossad director
in June. The publication of Yatom's name marks the first time in
Israel's history that the military censor has revealed a Mossad
chief's identity during his tenure. The Mossad is Israel's
organization that carries out covert operations abroad.
Hizbullah Suicide Bomber kills one, wounds seven
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
A suicide bomber has killed an Israeli army officer and wounded
seven other people in the zone Israel occupies in southern Lebanon.
In recent weeks, a series of attacks by the Lebanese terrorist
group Hizbullah has killed a total of six Israeli soldiers in the
The Israeli army says the bomber set off his charge in the midst of
a military convoy in the eastern part of the border zone Israel
occupies. Hizbullah claimed the attack and said it was a response
to the peace and anti-terrorism summit in Sharm al-Sheik, Egypt,
The summit itself was a response to the series of suicide bombings
in Israel by Palestinian militants, who, like Hizbullah, oppose the
moves by moderate Palestinians and many Arab states to make peace
Wednesday's bombing was followed by mortar attacks in several parts
of the occupied zone. A soldier of the Lebanese militia allied
with Israel was killed by a road-side bomb.
There has been intense speculation about a possible major Israeli
retaliation for the recent attacks in Lebanon. Israeli Prime
Minister Shimon Peres said Wednesday Israel will show restraint if
Hizbullah will, but he also said that if attacked, Israel will make
what he called a "fitting" response. On Tuesday, Peres said this
is not a good time to strike Hizbullah, because such a move is
expected and many of its leaders have fled from southern Lebanon.
White House Urges Restraint in Lebanon
By David Borgida (VOA-White House)
The Clinton administration is expressing concern about the
Hizbullah attack on Israeli soldiers in south Lebanon and calling
on all sides to exercise restraint. Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry
says Washington is very concerned about what he called the
escalation of incidents in south Lebanon.
"There had been a pattern of these activities and we are obviously
well aware of the concern of the Israeli government as they deal
with these terrorist incidents. At the same time, we have urged the
sides to exercise restraint, to see that things don't escalate
In an indirect reference to Syria, McCurry said the United States
has called on those who are in a position to exercise influence on
the parties to do so. He said there have been "a variety of
discussions in a variety of channels."
McCurry called the attack another example of how enemies of peace
wreak their havoc on the Middle East peace process. He said Clinton
is following events carefully. Just last week, the president
co-sponsored with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak an
anti-terrorism summit that produced some Arab agreement on the need
to fight regional terrorism.
Institute's Research Raises Issue of Jerusalem's Status
Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert said three maps prepared by a Jerusalem
research institute describing options for the final status of
Jerusalem had been forwarded to Minister without Portfolio Yossi
Beilin, and subsequently passed on to Faisal Husseini.
Israel Radio quoted Prime Minister Shimon Peres as saying Likud is
raising the issue of Jerusalem even though it knows there is no
intention of dividing the city. Peres added that Olmert knows that
the recent reports alleging that Jerusalem will be divided are
Ora Ahimeir, the director of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel
Research, told Israel Radio that a limited number of copies of the
document were also sent to senior figures in the Knesset
opposition. She said media reports on the maps have only described
two out of a wide variety of future options included in the
institute's research on the status of Jerusalem.
Ahimeir noted that the institute has previously published a book
containing overviews of 60 possible arrangements for the city of
Jerusalem. She emphasized that the institute performs a broad range
of research on Jerusalem.
Deep-Sea Fish Farming
Fish breeding and farming is proceeding in three deep-sea ocean
cages about seven miles out at sea from the Tel Aviv shore to raise
Denis fishes for the local market. The first crop of about 40 tons
has already gone to market.The system is a breakthrough in terms of
scope, in international terms.
The supply of fish from ponds and rivers has been declining and
prices have been rising. For ecological reasons, this process will
continue. Israelis consume 60,000 tons of fish annually. The
specialized cages can be laid and lifted whenever needed, and the
breeding area is not affected by the weather. The project so far
has cost $1.9 million.
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