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>JN June 23, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 112
Syria Prepares Chemical Missiles
Yediot Acharonot reports Syria is building secret fortification
sites for ballistic missiles. The report says the Syrians have
built missile launching sites over the past few months, and they
are speeding up development of chemical warfare heads. Defense
Ministry advisor Maj. Gen. David Ivri called the missile plan
"Israel's number one strategic threat." Israeli military experts
believe Syria assumes Israel doesn't have any deterrent against the
Israeli Thief Praised for Finding Terrorist Bomb
A drug-addicted thief prevented a major disaster this weekend
when he stole a large bag from a Tel Aviv beach. Upon emptying the
contents of his day's work, he found that the bag contained a huge
explosive device attached to a timer. He notified the police, who
were able to deactivate it. It is assumed that the bomb was placed
on the beach by terrorists, and that a large-scale terrorist attack
The bag contained several kilograms of explosive materials, alarm
clock, metallic balls and nails. (As seen in past attacks, the
metallic balls and nails serve to compound the damage and injury
caused by an explosion).
The man called police who safely neutralized the explosive device.
The man who called the police was also taken in for questioning.
Following the incident, police presence on the beaches from Bat Yam
to Herzliya was increased. Police announced checkpoints were
established at all entry points to Tel Aviv and cars were subjected
to spot checks.
"This was a man known to us...who took the bag in order to try and
steal things from it," Tel Aviv district police chief Nitzav Shlomo
Aharonishki told Army radio.
"It wasn't exactly his goal, but the instant he positively
identified the device, he demonstrated good citizenship...this is
what we expect from other citizens."
The thief, Motti Ashkenazi, denied he had intended to steal the
bag. "I was known to police because I was a drug-user. Because of
this they built it up as if I was a thief," Ashkenazi told Israel
Radio. "I didn't serve in the army. I didn't serve the state.
Perhaps this is my contribution to the country. I hope after this
someone will come and rehabilitate me."
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
Hundreds of Palestinian and Israeli peace activists marched through
Jerusalem Saturday calling for east and west Jerusalem to serve as
the capitals of Israel and a Palestinian state. The protest march
was the final event in a week-long series of activities organized by
Israeli and Palestinian women's organizations.
The week-long festival of cultural and political events billed as
"Sharing Jerusalem" was organized by the Israeli Bat Shalom
(Daughter of Peace) Feminist Center and its Palestinian
counterpart, the Jerusalem Center for Women.
Demonstrators released a flock of doves over the walls of the Old
City. The peace demonstration was to have ended with a concert
featuring Irish popular singer Sinead O'Conner. But a few days
before she was to perform, the singer canceled her appearance,
following death threats. The concert by the outspoken O'Conner had
provoked complaints by city officials and an unsuccessful appeal to
the Supreme Court by right-wing activists against what they
considered her politically-charged appearance.
Israel captured east Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war and
annexed it. The Palestinians want to establish part of the city
as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
The two women's peace groups organized the "two capitals for two
states" event, believing women have a seldom-voiced special
perspective towards issues associated with the Arab-Israeli
conflict. International women's groups attended, and the audiences
were made up mostly of women. But men were equally represented on
The central theme of the symposium was that it is possible to find
ways of sharing Jerusalem, without it being physically divided.
A recent survey has shown Israelis and Palestinians have differing
perceptions of what actually constitutes Jerusalem, geographically.
Often, it is not even the same neighborhoods. Last week the Hebrew
University issued results of its latest study on attitudes on the
final status of the city which show a sizable minority of the
city's Arab and Jewish residents is willing to consider a solution
which would allow two capitals for two states.
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