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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 21, 1996 V4, #154
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Soldier Killed by Friendly Fire
IDF Sergeant Valery Gantzman, 22, of Nazareth Illit, was killed
Tuesday in a case of mistaken shooting. Two groups of soldiers were
returning from a routine exercise in the eastern sector of Southern
Lebanon, when the soldiers of one group noticed suspicious
movements in the thick brush nearby. One soldier opened fire,
accidentally killing Gantzman, and seriously wounding a second
Israel Test Fires Arrow-2 Missile
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel successfully tested a new anti-missile missile Tuesday, the
day after Israeli media reported Syria had tested a new,
more-sophisticated SCUD missile capable of hitting Israel's major
An Israeli missile code-named the "Arrow-2" arched into the sky
over the Mediterranean Tuesday afternoon and destroyed an incoming
missile, launched for test purposes. It was the first time an
Arrow had been launched against an incoming missile, and the
director general of Israel Aircraft Industries, Moshe Keret,
was gratified that it successfully destroyed the target.
"We think it's a great test today with the real missile that will
be the operational version in the future. We still have a few
tests to go, intercepts with different profiles, and I hope that in
the very near future we will be successful also with the coming
Israel Aircraft Industries is the primary contractor for the $1.5
billion dollar Arrow project, which is a joint Israel/US effort.
Keret says the Arrows should be ready for deployment in about two
years. They are designed to replace the "Patriot" missiles the
United States provided to Israel during the Gulf War to counter
Iraqi SCUDs, which were launched into Tel Aviv and other Israeli
Tuesday's test came the day after Israel's "Channel Two" television
reported Syria had successfully test-launched a more sophisticated
version of the SCUD, called the "SCUD-'C.'"
There has been no fighting between Israel and Syria since 1973,
but Syria allows the Hizbullah terrorists to operate against Israel
from southern Lebanon, where the intensity of fighting often
mirrors the intensity of Israel-Syria tension. Since Israel's
change of government May 28, Syrian rhetoric has been sharp. On
Tuesday, the ruling party's newspaper "Al-Baath," said Israel's
new, right-wing government has retreated from all Israel's peace
process commitments and that Israel no longer is interested in
The director of Tel Aviv University's Jaffe Center for Strategic
Studies, Ze'ev Ma'oz, says with an Israel-Syria missile technology
competition in progress, that is a potentially dangerous conclusion
for Syrian leaders to draw.
"I don't think that escalation, unless the parties lose control of
the situation, is very likely in very short range. But I think
that we can not rule out that if political deadlock continues for
a long time and Syria reaches the conclusion that there is no
future in the political option -- an option in which it had
invested for the last four years -- then it may reconsider the
military option as a viable one."
But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated Tuesday
he is not particularly concerned by Syria's reported missile
test. Netanyahu told the Israeli parliament's Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee the SCUD-'C' missiles would not represent a new
threat to Israel. Netanyahu has said he is ready to resume talks
with Syria, but that he will not grant Syria its primary demand
-- the return of the Golan Heights.
The "Hebrew Hammer" Fights for Judaism
Tim Puller, 27, who promotes himself as the Hebrew Hammer wants to
become the first Jewish heavyweight champion of the world. He wants
to show that Jews can fight. Puller, 225 pounds and 6-foot
six-inches, who is also a part-time actor, says he loves boxing and
has appeared in several low-budget movies.
He was born in Israel to a Yemenite father and a Dutch mother, who
spent four years in concentration camps during World War II. His
left arm is tattooed with a Star of David and a ring of barbed
"I don't want anyone to forget what happened during the war." After
winning his first six fights, Puller was stopped in the fifth round by
Sim Warrior. "That's the first time I wasn't in shape," he said.
"Boxing is the only sport where it's scary not to be in shape."
Puller, who lives in Los Angeles trains in El Paso, Texas, wears
two large earrings and boxing trunks decorated with a Star of David
and the flags of Israel and the United States.
He says like his Hebrew Hammer nickname and Magen David, his trunks
are promotional and symbolic. "It's the entertainment business.In
boxing, you need a good gimmick."
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