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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 imagine.

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 17, 1997)

"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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