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>JN April 30, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 77
Syria Prepares Poison Gas for Israel
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli officials have warned Syria about its reported manufacture
of a lethal nerve gas. They were responding to an Israeli news
report Syria has been manufacturing a new type of nerve gas and
mounting it on warheads.
The gas compound, called "V-X," is said to penetrate the skin and
is very difficult to disperse. A report in Tuesday's Israeli
newspaper Ha'aretz, by military analyst Ze'ev Schiff, says Syria
has reached the early stages of a process in which the gas can be
carried on surface-to-surface missiles.
The newspaper report says the issue was discussed recently in
high-level talks between the United States and Israel.
Schiff says the Syrians already possess the nerve gas known as
"Sarin" which acts via the respiratory system, but present gas
masks would be useless against V-X.
Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai says Israel discovered
a few months ago Syria has been manufacturing the gas, a fact he
says is known by Western countries.
Interviewed on Israel Radio, Foreign Minister David Levy said
anyone who manufactures such a weapon understands Israel has, what
he termed -- possibilities over and above what the other side can
Syria has not signed the new international chemical warfare
agreement, which bans the manufacture and storage of chemical
weapons. Israel has signed the agreement, which comes into effect
Tuesday, but has yet to ratify it.
In Their Own Words
"Five Zionist Jews are running the policy of the United States
in the Middle East: Madeleine Albright, William Cohen, Dennis Ross,
Miller and Martin Indyk. It is not possible that the American
nation, which consists of 250 million people, can not find anyone
other than five Zionist Jews to conduct the peace process with
the Palestinians." PA Justice Minister Freih Abu Middein (Yediot
Ahronot, April 13, 1997)
"We must not forget that the American administration suffers from
a disease whose name is the Zionist lobby in Washington." PA
Cabinet Secretary Ahmad Abdul Rahman in a radio interview (Voice of
Palestine, April 13, 1997)
"Israeli authorities...infected by injection 300 Palestinian
children with the HIV virus during the years of the intifada."
Palestinian representative Nabil Ramlawi at a session of the United
Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva (Jerusalem Post, March
"Dennis Ross is a biased Zionist who came here to fulfill his plot
to destroy the peace process." Farouk Kaddumi, head of the PLO
Political Department, speaking to reporters in Cairo (Israel Radio,
March 30, 1997)
"In any case, Israel doesn't control the Temple Mount, and those
who think otherwise are either stupid or are fooling themselves."
Interior Minister Eliyahu Suissa (Shas) (Ha'Aretz, April 17, 1997)
Micronesia Shows Gratefulness
Pandi Eliezer, deputy assistant to the Secretary of External
Affairs of the Federated States of Micronesia, granted an exclusive
interview to Arutz-7. His country voted against condemning Israel
for its construction in Har Homa in the United Nations; only Israel
and the United States voted similarly.
Eliezer, who said that he did not know the origin of his Hebrew
name, told our correspondent that his country does not maintain
diplomatic relations with any Arab country. He said that
Micronesia's strong feelings for Israel began with the latter's
immediate recognition of Micronesia's independence when it was
declared in 1986.
Technion will Launch Satellite in July
The Haifa Technion is due to launch a space satellite in July.
It will be the second attempt to launch a Technion satellite after
the first trial in March, two years ago, failed when the launching
rocket, an SS-25, disintegrated 14 seconds after takeoff.
The new satellite, "Techsat 2" will be launched in conjunction with
a Russian civilian company, "Zenit." The first launching, two years
ago, of "Techsat 1" was carried into space by a ballistic missile
which had undergone conversion from military to civilian use.
The head of the Technion Space Research Institute, Professor Giora
Shaviv, said the organization will pay $400,000 to the Russian
company for the launching. The cost of the satellite project has
been estimated at $8-million. Most of the budget will come from the
Ministry of Science.
The new satellite weighs 50 kilograms, and is 48 centimeters in
diameter. It will move by solar energy. It will be linked to a
computer which can change parts automatically for three years.
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