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>JN Jan. 27, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 17
Israeli Cure for Psoriasis
Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center scientists have
produced a new medication against the skin disease psoriasis, and
has been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for
approval, before being clinically tested on humans. The medication
contains synthetic materials which have been effective against
psoriasis cells, and in some cases also against cancer cells.
Arafat Says Charter Won't be Amended
Over the weekend, Yasir Arafat was quoted in Paris as saying
that the Palestinians do not intend to amend the PLO charter as
long as Israel does not adopt a constitution.
"We have already canceled the articles that were in contradiction
to the Oslo agreements. We have fulfilled our commitments. The
Israelis want us to adopt a new charter. As far as I know, the
Israelis do not have a constitution. When they will have one, we
will do the same."
Arutz-7 Radio notes that the late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin
made the entire peace process contingent upon the formal changing
of the charter. The Israel Government Press Office Sunday released
a statement elaborating on the violation by the Palestinians that
fails to nullify their charter, which calls for Israel's
Arafat's helicopter flew Sunday, for the first time, in Israeli
air-space without Israel Air Force accompaniment. Arafat flew over
the greater Tel Aviv area on his way from the West Bank to Gaza.
Arafat said last week in Cairo that a Palestinian state would be
established at the appropriate time after Israel finishes its
redeployment from Judea and Samaria, during the second half of
"The establishment of a Palestinian state is a Palestinian, Arab
and international decision -- not an Israeli decision."
Israel Radio reports Saeb Erekat, head of the Palestinian
negotiating team, as saying, "I am sure that before the end of the
century there will be a Palestine next to Israel." When asked,
"With Jerusalem as its capital?" Erekat replied, "That's right."
Bibi: Jerusalem is Not Negotiable
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with
the French daily Le Figaro that he will never negotiate with the
Palestinian Authority on the status of Jerusalem. "Jerusalem will
never be negotiated. One should know this definitely."
He said that Jerusalem will remain the one and whole capital of the
State of Israel "eternally."
"There will never be any redeployment [of the IDF] in Jerusalem. In
the same way one will not build a wall [dividing] Jerusalem. And on
this point, there is a consensus in Israel and in the whole Jewish
community in the Diaspora," said the prime minister.
Natan Sharansky Returns to Russia
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, who is now Israel's
Minister of Trade and Industry, is making his first visit to his
homeland since he was allowed to emigrate as part of an East-West
prisoner exchange in 1986.
Sharansky says he is returning to Russia with a feeling of victory
and a hope for a new relationship. The former dissident spent nine
years in Soviet prisons on charges of spying for the United States,
and became one of the Soviet Union's most famous dissidents.
Since his release, he has lived in Israel, and last year he formed
a political party of mainly new immigrants which won a surprising
seven seats in the 120-member parliament. He joined the coalition
of the new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and is making his
return to Russia on an official mission as Minister of Trade and
One of his political party's main goals is to attract more Jewish
immigrants for Israel from the former Soviet republics. The party
also controls Israel's Ministry of Immigration.
Sharansky says he plans to visit his former prison in Russia,
buoyed by his view that, in his words -- I won, and they lost,
and lost big.
Saddam Hides Biological Weapons
A German newspaper reports Iraq may be hiding biological
weapons inside underground vaults in the Iraqi desert. After losing
the 1991 Gulf War, Iraq was supposed to dismantle all weapons of
mass destruction, under the terms of a treaty.
The Frankfurt newspaper that reported the story said that Saddam's
forces have apparently hidden warheads that are filled with the
toxic substance known as aflatoxin. Aflatoxin can cause long-term
sickness and cancer. The newspaper cited information from United
Nations inspectors' reports.
French Admit Holding 1,963 Stolen Jewish Paintings
France's state comptroller's office has determined that the
Louvre Museum and the D'Orsay Museum are illegally holding 1,963
works of art looted from the Jews during World War 2.
According to the comptroller, the Louvre has 1,878 works of art
looted from the Jews and another 85 works are at the D'Orsay
Museum. All of the works were looted from the Jews by the Germans
and the pro-Nazi Vichy regime. The works were transferred to the
museums after German officials took hundreds of choice pieces for
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