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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 9, 1996 V4, #146
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Mubarak Consulting Arab Leaders
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak traveled to Jeddah Thursday for
consultations with Saudi leaders, one day after meeting with Syrian
President Hafez al Assad. The consultations among Arab leaders
comes after Israel's prime minister offered to resume peace talks
with Syria, starting first with the issue of southern Lebanon.
Syria and Lebanon both have rejected the "Lebanon First" proposal.
The new round of consultations coincide with Assad's first public
response to Israel's offer to resume peace talks, starting with
southern Lebanon. Assad's response was simple -- Syria and Lebanon,
first and together. The Syrian leader said he is in no rush to
resume talks and will wait until conditions are right.
Thursday, Israeli warplanes bombarded suspected Hizbullah positions
in southern Lebanon. The pro-Iranian militants are waging battle
there against Israeli military occupation. The attack took place
just hours before the first meeting of a multi-national monitoring
committee, which was set up to supervise the April cease-fire in
Jordan's King Hussein and Palestinian Leader Yasir Arafat went
to Damascus for reconciliation talks. Mubarak and King Hussein
consulted with Syria's leader before and after their official
meetings with the Israeli prime minister. Arafat is due in Cairo
for briefings this weekend.
Passenger on Hijacked 1970 TWA Flight Speaks Out
A group of Israelis and Jews hijacked to Jordan 26 years ago
returned from Jordan after touring the country as Jordan's official
guests. The hijacking of the TWA airliner led to the outbreak of a
civil war in which King Hussein expelled the PLO from Jordan.
Arutz-7 Chief News Editor Haggai Segal interviewed one of the
passengers of the plane, David Raab:
"My mother, three brothers, sister and myself had completed a trip
to Israel and were on our way back to the U.S. After take-off from
Frankfurt, two terrorists ran forward to the cockpit, and we felt
the plane turning around and heading south instead of west. We
landed in the middle of a desert in Jordan and remained there a
week, along with two other planes which were hijacked shortly
"My family was held one week, but I was held for longer. We were
hijacked on Sunday, and my family was released on Saturday. I was
taken from the plane Thursday evening, and held in a refugee camp
for five days. I was then transferred along with 31 others to an
apartment within Amman, where we stayed for a week and a half,
while the civil war was raging outside.
"Nasser, then president of Egypt, arranged a cease-fire, and one of
the conditions of the cease-fire was that we would be freed. We
were freed, and right after that King Hussein resumed the war
against the PLO, and expelled them from Jordan."
Ekron of the Philistines Identified as Tel Makneh
For the first time, an inscribed stone tablet dating back to the
seventh century before the Common Era has served to identify with
certainty the site of Tel Makneh, near Gedera in southwest Israel,
as the site of the Philistine city of Ekron.
A team of the Allbright Institute for Archeological Research found
the tablet, which weighs more than 220 pounds. The team was led by
Professor Trudy Dotan and Prof. Seymour Gittin.
The site included ruins of a temple that was part of a monumental
palace. The entire town was burned to the ground in the year 603
before the Common Era by the army of Nebuchadnezzar, King of
Babylon. The stone tablet contains five lines of Phoenician
writing, and mentions the name Ekron and King Achish and his
father, King Padi. Achish built the temple in honor of an
Fighting Air Pollution
New standards and legislation are being prepared to reduce various
types of air pollution, by the Environment Ministry of Israel. They
cover organic and inorganic materials. The Shmuel Ne'eman Advanced
Research Institute at the Haifa Technion sponsored a conference
under the Ministry's auspices and the Israeli Association for
Environmental Sciences, where it was announced that more than 100
types of inorganic material are involved, causing smog and having
harmful effects. The details of the proposed legislation and
measuring techniques were disclosed at the conference.
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