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>PD Nov. 12, 1996 V4, #205
Internat'l Calls From Israel to be Unmonopolized
The monopoly of Bezek International over Israel's international
phone calls will end in seven months. Two companies - Barak and
Kavei Zahav - have been granted the rights to share in the
country's international phone business. International phone rates
from Israel, which are now among the highest in the world, are
expected to drop up to 70% as a result of the two companies' entry
into the field. Barak is associated with Southwestern Bell, and
Kavei Zahav with Sprint.
Secret U.S. Files: 7 Million Jews May Have Died in Holocaust
Long before the Holocaust was publicized in the West, as early as
the summer of 1941, according to previously secret documents,
Allied intelligence officials knew German soldiers were targeting
Jews for extermination.
"Enigma," a British code-breaking operation intercepted more than
1 million pages of German messages which they shared with U.S.
"In yesterday's cleansing action in Slonim, carried out by police
regiment... 1,153 Jewish plunderers were shot" read one of the
The messages, intercepted from July to September 1941, include this
from a German commander in the western Soviet republics of Belarus
to his superiors in Berlin.
Sunday's Washington Post reported the cable is one of the first
documentary pieces of Holocaust evidence and revealed much of the
killing was done by ordinary German units, and not just the elite
A study of the documents may mean the total number of those killed
in the Holocaust may have to be increased from 6 million to 7
million. At least 500,000 Jews were killed in the Soviet Union
during the six months leading up to December 1941.
The papers are available to the public in the reading room of the
Economic Conference Starts Today in Cairo
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Middle East Economic Conference starts in Cairo today, the
third in a series of meetings designed to promote regional
cooperation, but particularly focusing on integrating Israel and
the Palestinians into the region's economy.
It was the Israeli-Palestinian peace three years ago which made
these regional economic meetings possible. And although many
countries are involved in trying to enhance trade and investment,
most of the attention has focused on Israel's entry into the Middle
East economic picture and on the need to stimulate the Palestinian
But this time there is a difference. Instead of the peacemaking
governments of Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, the Arab countries
are now facing the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu,
which they blame for slowing down the peace process. One result is
that Palestinian business owners, who should be among those with
the most to gain from such a conference, have decided to stay away.
In spite of the Palestinian complaints, the deputy director general
of Israel's Foreign Ministry, Oded Eran, says the government is
trying to treat this regional conference just like its
But one of the Israeli government ministries is boycotting the
Cairo conference. The Ministry of National Infrastructure, led by
Ariel Sharon, will not participate because of what Sharon sees
as the hostile atmosphere toward Israel among Arab countries.
No Deal Yet on Hebron Withdrawal
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Palestinian
leader, Yasir Arafat, Sunday night but failed to conclude a deal on
the long-delayed Israeli withdrawal from most of the West Bank town
Netanyahu called Arafat, apparently in an effort to satisfy some
Palestinian demands with a verbal commitment to continue
implementing the latest peace accord after a Hebron withdrawal is
completed. But Palestinian officials say Arafat was not willing
to accept such a verbal assurance, and continues to insist on a
written commitment from the new Israeli government.
There had been some hope that a Hebron accord could be signed
during this week's regional economic conference in Cairo. It now
appears that although there will be some talks during the
conference, involving Secretary of State Warren Christopher, there
is no guarantee the issues will be resolved.
Arafat will be in Cairo, Netanyahu will not. And the Israeli
prime minister leaves Wednesday for a week in the United States,
which could further delay agreement.
Islamic Jihad Targeted Tel Aviv's Shalom Tower
Security officials confirmed that Islamic Jihad intended to carry
out a terrorist attack at the Shalom Tower in Tel Aviv, and that
knowledge of this resulted in the high alert last week.
The officials said that additional warnings of attacks have been
received. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said an attack was
averted on Sunday thanks to American cooperation. He noted,
however, that the danger has not passed.
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