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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Sept. 4, 1996 V4, #163
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Netanyahu Calms Israeli Public; Air Force on Alert
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem) and Arutz-7 Staff
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is taking
precautions in case the conflict in Iraq results in attacks in
Israel, as it did five-years ago, when Iraq launched 39 SCUD
missiles against the Jewish state. However, Netanyahu says he does
not expect any such attacks anytime soon.
Netanyahu says he does not see any "imminent danger" of the
conflict having a direct impact on Israel. But he says Israel is
watching the situation closely.
"We are watching very carefully what is transpiring in Iraq. We
have been briefed by the government of the United States. We do
not see right now, a danger of this conflict spilling over in our
direction, but we always have to be vigilant. And so we are
vigilant and taking whatever precautions are necessary."
Netanyahu also says President Clinton has Israel's full support in
what he called -- stating the principle that aggression of this
kind must not go unpunished. He says all those who seek peace in
the Middle East should also support the US move.
Palestinian leaders have criticized the US strike, saying such
an approach will only bring more suffering on the people of Iraq.
Netanyahu says that the Israeli public has "no reason for
particular concern" in light of the events in Iraq. In a press
conference Tuesday morning, Netanyahu confirmed Israel first
learned of the attack Saturday night, and said that the Americans
are keeping Israel informed of the events there.
Only a short while after the attack, US Ambassador to Israel Martin
Indyk met with the prime minister and gave him comprehensive
information on the American military activity. Netanyahu said that
there are no signs of any Iraqi attempt to direct hostilities in
Israel's direction. Tuesday afternoon, Israel Air Force Commander
Maj. Gen. Eitan Ben-Eliyahu said that IAF airplanes are on alert in
case of an Iraqi air attack on Israel.
(In the event of dramatic developments in the region, Arutz-7 will
provide updated reports on its website at
Defense Committee Chairman: Israel Should Learn From US
Chairman of the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee Uzi
Landau says he fully supports President Clinton's decision
to punish Saddam Hussein.
"Israel should learn from the Americans that consistency in word
and action is a critical asset in the Middle East. America has
proven that it means what it says - an important goal in and of
itself. Our government, for instance, promised many times that
Netanyahu would not meet with Arafat as long as he continues to
violate the Oslo agreements. In fact, he brazenly continues
to do so, and the prime minister will be making a very grave
mistake if he meets with Arafat under these conditions."
Landau said that he hopes that the damage inflicted upon Hussein
would be enough to deter him and other regional dictators, "such as
in Syria and Iran," from unwarranted military action in the future.
Arabs Blast American Action
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
The US strike at Iraqi military sites in southern Iraq has sparked
concern among Iraq's neighbors. But Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani,
whose forces were ousted by the Iraqi incursion into the northern
city of Irbil, welcomes the US strike. The Arab League calls the
strike an infringement on Iraq's sovereignty.
Jordan expressed fears about the escalation of tensions and called
Egypt says it is worried about both military movements by Iraqi
troops into the Kurdish north, and the US missile attacks in
southern Iraq. An opposition newspaper in Cairo warns Arabs must
stand together to tell the United States it must stop playing
with the bodies of Iraqis.
Iran has condemned the US attack and called it an election ploy.
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein remains defiant. He told his military
to attack any US airplane targeting sites in Iraq. But Deputy Prime
Minister Tariq Aziz says Iraqi troops will be out of Iraq's
northern Kurdish area soon. The military incursion into the north
during the weekend provoked the US response.
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