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                             ISRAEL
                              FAXX

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 circumstances."

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 Washington summit.

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 coast.

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 Acropolis.

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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