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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 8, 1996 V4, #182
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Oldest Immigrant Arrives
A new immigrant, aged 111, arrived late Sunday night in Israel.
Rachel Shimshiashvili, who was born in 1885, arrived on a Jewish
Agency flight from her hometown of Tbilisi. Several family members
arrived together with her, including her 67-year old grandson.
According to Jewish Agency employees in Georgia, Rachel is an alert
and active woman.
Talks Continue at Israel-Gaza Border
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Secretary of State Warren Christopher says both Israel and the
Palestinian Authority are ready to move forward with their new
round of intensive, US-sponsored talks. The goal is to implement
existing agreements, including an Israeli withdrawal from Hebron,
as quickly as possible. US and Israeli officials say the talks,
which resumed Monday, have gotten off to a good start.
Christopher says there is agreement the violence which broke out in
the West Bank and Gaza 10 days ago makes quick progress essential.
"I found a recognition on the part of all the parties I've talked
to since I've been here that this is an important time, that the
parties are at a crossroads, and that it's important to reach
agreement on the steps to implement the existing agreements."
The secretary says both sides appear to be ready to implement the
existing agreements, without amendments, although Israel's new
government wants some security enhancements in the implementation
stage which lies ahead. After meeting with Israeli Foreign
Minister David Levy Monday morning, Christopher expressed
some sympathy for the Israeli view.
"The United States places great emphasis on the statements of both
the prime minister and the foreign minister that they do not
intend to modify or rescind the existing agreements, but really to
move to implement them. Now, within the implementation, practical
questions arise, and I think it's only fair to say that those
practical questions now involve the recent violence in that area.
We can't really blind our eyes to the reality of the current
According to Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Daniel Shek, that
fits with the Israeli viewpoint. "Within the framework of these
existing agreements there is flexibility and there's a need for
adjustments, essentially on security matters, both in Hebron and
elsewhere, because a new situation has been created by the
unfortunate events of 10 days ago."
Shek says the most important aspect of the new negotiations
is that the violence has stopped and Israel and the Palestinians
have begun talking again. He says the creation of five joint
committees to deal with the substantive issues was a good first
step. And Levy, in Hebrew remarks, emphasized the Israeli
government's commitment to implementing the peace accords.
Christopher says the negotiations will not be easy, but he is
encouraged by what he calls the "improved relationship" between the
top Israeli and Palestinian leaders, forged at last week's
500 Years in Each 30 Centimeters
The Antiquities Department has been carrying out rescue diggings of
wide scope along one side of Jaffa's main street, Yephet Street,
including businesses located there. These have uncovered part of
the industrial section of the city during the late Bronze Age and
subsequently. Another ancient industrial zone has been excavated in
rescue diggings near the Herzliya marina on the Mediterranean
The Jaffa excavations cover four acres, (or about one-tenth the
area of the major Roman-Hellenist area at Beit Shean). A defensive
wall from the Middle Ages has also been found east of the city. For
the past year, the area outside the wall has been dug up, and
uncovered a mixed residential and production area. Earlier digging
at Jaffa had disclosed the city gate from the Bronze Age, and ruins
of Israeli and Persian structures, as well as part of the Hellenist
One prominent discovery was a Hebrew stone seal from the Israelite
period of six or seven centuries before the Common Era. The name
"Ananya Ben-Shmaryahu" appears on the seal, indicating it belonged
to the Kingdom of Judea.
London Police Force to Use Israeli Pistol Ammunition
The Israeli Military Industries has won a tender to supply 6
million pistol bullets for the London Metropolitan Police Force,
after competing successfully against the Winchester Gun Company.
Another order has been placed for ammunition by the Royal Air
Force. The police bullets are soft-point, designed to injure but
not to kill. The Military Industries' Yitzhak plant is in Nazareth
and employs 320 people.
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