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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 9, 1996 V4, #183
All the News the Big Guys Missed
A Threat of Terrorism
Security officials announced Tuesday that the Islamic Jihad group
is planning to carry out a large-scale terrorist attack within the
State of Israel. According to intelligence reports, the Islamic
Jihad hopes that the attack will disrupt the negotiations between
Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The Prime Minister's advisor
on terrorism, Yigal Pressler, has called upon the public to be on
the alert and report any suspicious items to the police.
Baram Attacks Chabad
Knesset member Uzi Baram (Labor) launched a sharp verbal attack
against the Chabad movement today. At a Tuesday press conference
held by the leaders of the Labor Party in Tel Aviv, Baram stated
Chabad is "the most dangerous movement in Israel today."
Baram said that the first one hundred days of the Likud government
had demonstrated that "Bibi was bad for the Jews but good for
Chabad." His attack was a play on the words of a Chabad-sponsored
election campaign ad which stated, "Bibi is good for the Jews."
Baram promised that the Labor party would "settle accounts with
them." Baram specifically attacked the philanthropist Joseph
Gutnick who, he said, financed the "terrible change of power."
Arafat's Role in the Rioting
Civil Administration Head Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor told the Knesset
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday that Yasir Arafat was
personally responsible for the spilling of blood at the Tomb of
Joseph in Shechem, and that it was Arafat who instigated the riots
throughout Judea, Samaria, and Gaza two weeks ago.
Shachor further told the committee that confrontations between IDF
soldiers and PLO paramilitary police could erupt again on any given
day for "different and strange reasons."
Arafat and Weizman Meet at Caesarea
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, has made his first official
visit to Israel, meeting with Israeli President Ezer Weizman at his
private home north of Tel Aviv. The two men papered over their main
policy differences and joined in calling for more progress toward
The two presidents sat side-by-side on lawn chairs outside
Weizman's house in the historic seaside town of Caesarea -- Weizman
in a business suit and Arafat in his trademark green military
jacket and Arab headscarf. They joined in calling for an end to
violence and for solving Israeli-Palestinian differences through
negotiations, and they mainly avoided the key issue on which they
Weizman's job is largely ceremonial, but last year, he angered
Arafat when he refused to approve the release of several female
Palestinian prisoners, as the Israeli government had promised.
Weizman said at the time that he could not approve the release of
anyone who had attacked Israelis. The release of the women is
still a key Palestinian demand.
Weizman said the issue was mentioned, but not discussed Tuesday.
Rather, he said the two men were simply trying to take a small step
to improve relations and move the peace process forward.
"In war you shoot, when you are trying to achieve peace, you talk. By
the chairman and myself sitting and talking, with the
colleagues, if we contribute just an iota to the continuation of
the peace process, we have achieved our aim."
Arafat called on Weizman to play a stronger role in the
Israeli-Palestinian peace process -- alluding to his involvement
in Israel-Egypt peace talks as defense minister in the late 1970s.
The Palestinian leader said he is also willing to do his part,
including an order to the Palestinian police not to shoot at
Israelis, designed to prevent the kind of violence which nearly
wrecked the peace process two-weeks ago.
"This is my permanent orders to our policemen because what is
important is to increase and to strengthen more and more the
relations and coordination between both of us."
Arafat also said he hopes the current peace talks on the
Israel-Gaza border will be continuous, and will move to a location
where the two delegations can spend more time working -- perhaps a
US officials have said it is important for the negotiations,
arranged by President Clinton, to achieve results as quickly as
possible to avoid further violence. But after just a few hours
of talks it is already clear there are significant differences on
the key issue of an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank town of
Hebron, and other topics.
Hope Expressed for Brain Damage to Heal by Itself
For the first time, Israeli scientists are expressing hope that a
new method can be found for self-healing in a damaged brain. The
approach involves the regeneration of harmed nerve threads, so they
can again function normally.
The emphasis is on the central nervous system including the spinal
cord. Professor Michal Schwartz of the Weizmann Institute of
Science has reported on the research in this field to the American
Association of Experimental Biology. She was aided by Dr. Aryeh
Solomon of the Sheba Medical Center, and two research student
assistants, Orly Lazarov-Spiegler and David Hirshberg at the
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