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                             ISRAEL
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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                       July 17, 1996 V4, #129
All the News the Big Guys Missed

Egyptian-Libyan Nuclear Cooperation Reported

American intelligence sources report that Egypt and Libya are carrying out a joint military project in a secret installation near Tripoli. Egyptian nuclear scientists, formerly employed in Saddam Hussein's nuclear industry, are taking part in the project. It appears that they are working on the development of non-conventional missile-heads, and the range-expansion of Libyan SCUD missiles.

Preps Continue for Mubarak-Netanyahu Meeting

By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been consulting with Arab allies ahead of his meeting tomorrow with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It will be Netanyahu's first meeting with an Arab leader since he took office last May.

Jordan's prime minister and Syria's foreign minister were in Cairo Tuesday morning for separate talks with Mubarak. They later met each other for more consultations. Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat met Mubarak Sunday. Egypt's foreign minister is in Moscow to talk with Russian officials about the stalled peace process.

The flurry of consultations comes just a day before Mubarak is set to meet Netanyahu. Egypt was the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with Israel 17 years ago.

Netanyahu is also expected to meet Jordan's King Hussein next week in Amman. Jordan signed its peace treaty with Israel two years ago.

Jordanian officials have shown a more conciliatory attitude toward Israel's new hardline approach to the peace process. Reports from Amman say King Hussein will brief Syrian leader Hafez al Assad on his meeting with Netanyahu.

Syria says there will be no peace without the return of all the Golan Heights, which Israel seized in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Arab states are angry over Netanyahu's rejection of land for peace as the reference point for negotiations. An Arab summit of 21 leaders last month stressed that peace will not come without the return of all occupied lands.

Netanyahu Household Blocked by Nannygate

By Martin Fletcher (NBC News)

This is transition time for Israel. The country will ascend toward peace or backslide into war. But to Israelis, the burning questions are not about the peace process, a possible Netanyahu-Arafat meeting or ownership of the Land of Israel. What Israelis really want to know is: Did Netanyahu's nanny burn the soup? And who the heck is John J. Sullivan Jr.?

But the sudden scandal of the nanny and the burned soup, and the botched official response, makes many Israelis yearn for a calmer, more experienced team at the helm.

Tanya Shaw, a 21-year-old nanny to Netanyahu's two children, claims that when she burned vegetable soup, Mrs. Netanyahu went into a screaming fit, threw her out of the house, and for hours refused to allow her to return to collect her clothes.

Shaw claimed that she was not allowed to touch 1 1/2-year-old Avner or his clothes or bedsheets without washing her hands first. Nor could the prime minister. Netanyahu's office promptly retaliated with a statement claiming that the nanny was unstable and the Netanyahu family would do whatever possible to restore her balance.

There's more. One newspaper in Tel Aviv announced that United States Social Security file No. 020364537 is blocked. The paper claimed that the file belongs to none other than Benjamin Netanyahu, but that four different names asked for credit using the same file number for Netanyahu, Benjamin Nitai (Netanyahu's brief attempt to appear more American), John J. Sullivan and one John J. Sullivan Jr.

The newspaper then revealed that only three organizations can impose such a block: the CIA, FBI and IRS. And these agencies can inflict the bar on only five categories: employees, secret informers, witnesses in the government protection program, suspected wanted criminals, suspected terrorists.


Elbit's "Synergy" Ultrasound Machine Approved by FDA

Diasonics Israel, a company owned by Elbit Ultrasound, has gained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Authority to market and sell in the U.S. its "Synergy" system, which is an advanced diagnostic ultrasound machine. It is applicable in general cardiological and blood vessel tests, as well as for gynecological and obstetric needs.

Natural Insecticide Spray Against Lice

A natural insecticide spray, made of coconuts and anise oil, has been found to be effective in destroying lice in tests in labs of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem.

Dr. Orna Levin said the spray kills the insects within 10 minutes of being applied to hair. It can be used without restraint because it is made of natural substances, and is rubbed into the scalp. It also softens the hair.


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