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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
May 20, 1996 V4, #92
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Hizbullah Renews Attacks on Israel
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Renewed fighting in southern Lebanon between Hizbullah terrorists
and Israeli soldiers left at least two Hizbullah dead and a
Lebanese civilian and two Israeli soldiers wounded. Hizbullah is
charging Israel with violating the US mediated ceasefire accord
which forbids targeting civilians.
Hizbullah leaders say Israel violated the ceasefire Sunday when
Israel shelled suspected Hizbullah hideouts near the town of
Nabatiyeh. A Lebanese woman suffered shrapnel wounds during the
But Hizbullah also claims responsibility for the attack that
provoked the Israeli shelling. The exchange of gunfire took place
near the Israeli-held Beaufort Castle in the central area of
Israel's self-declared security zone in southern Lebanon.
Hizbullah terrorists have been fighting to oust the Israeli
military from the border area it has occupied since 1985.
Hamas Angry at Capture of Senior Terrorist
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli security forces in the West Bank town of Hebron have
arrested a man they say was the second ranking leader of the
military wing of the militant Hamas, and mastermind of three of the
four recent suicide bombings.
From a distance of about 120 feet, an IDF Golani Brigade sergeant
shot and seriously wounded Salameh, and subsequently captured
another terrorist who accompanied him, Razik Abdullah Rajoub. The
automobile that the two were driving contained handguns, rifles and
Salameh was arrested shortly afterward when he sought treatment for
a gunshot wound at a local hospital.
Israeli opposition candidates have made the bombings an issue in
the current election campaign, saying the government's peace policy
is putting Israelis in danger. The opposition also opposes the
government's plan to turn security in Hebron over to the
Prime Minister Shimon Peres has accused the militants of planning
more attacks during the election campaign to hurt his chances of
re-election. But Friday, Hamas political leaders called for a halt
in attacks, at least until after Israelis vote May 29.
The military wing of hamas threatened to carry out terror attacks
to avenge the capture of Salameh who is in stable condition and
under heavy guard at Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital.
The IDF has permitted Jibril Rajoub, brother of Razik and head of
PLO security, to talk with the two terrorists. The Jewish residents
of Hebron pointed out that had the IDF withdrawn from Hebron, the
capture would not have been able to be carried out.
Netanyahu, Peres in Statistically Dead Heat
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The weekly public opinion polls in Israel indicate Prime Minister
Shimon Peres continues to hold a narrow lead over his principal
challenger, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, of the
conservative Likud Party. Voting for prime minister and the
120-member parliament is set for May 29.
Opinion polls published Friday in three Israeli newspapers give
Peres a lead of between four and six percentage points. But the
polls also have about a four point margin of error, and they
indicate a growing number of undecided voters -- as many as 10
Peres and his peace policy have had about that same lead for
several weeks now. His campaign is emphasizing security and
promising a referendum on any major steps toward peace with Syria
or the Palestinians. Netanyahu's campaign calls the current peace
process a security failure, and promises a different version of
peace with more security.
Israelis will vote directly for prime minister for the first time,
and will cast a separate ballot for the party they want to
represent them in parliament. In the past the parliament chose
the prime minister. Neither Peres' Labor Party or Netanyahu's
Likud is expected to gain a majority in parliament, leaving the
winner to forge a coalition with smaller parties of the left or
right, plus a new immigrant party and possibly including parties
representing religious Jews or Israeli Arabs.
Israel's First Communications Satellite Successfully Launched
"Amos," Israel's first communications satellite was successfully
launched in French Guiana last Thursday at 4:56 a.m., Israel time.
Twenty-five minutes following the liftoff, "Amos" separated from
the launch rocket. Control room personnel burst into applause, and
the launch commander congratulated Israel on the excellent
performance in its first satellite launching.
The launching of Amos into space places Israel into a group of
eight countries with communications satellites in space. The Amos
project cost $200 million and the satellite is expected to remain
operable for 10 years.
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