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>JN June 30, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 117
Former Israelite Reporter Honored
The American Jewish Press Association has honored former
American Israelite reporter Aaron London with its Simon Rockower
Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. London took first place
for Excellence in Spot News Reporting in a category devoted to
newspapers with less than 15,000 circulation. He won for "Muhammad
Government to Block Anti-Missionary Bill
By SNS News Service
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to work to block a
bill that would outlaw the distribution of proselytizing materials
given out by missionaries.
It has been reported that earlier this month, the prime minister
promised the Christian "Friends of Israel" organization that he
would block the bill. The bill called for a one year jail term for
those distributing offensive missionary materials.
Christian messianic organizations protested to the prime minister,
Knesset speaker and other government officials over the proposed
bill. Among the opponents of the bill was United States Senator
Jesse Helms. Many Americans stated the bill was contrary to their
beliefs concerning freedom of religion.
Tel Aviv Court Rules Father Must Make Compensation
By SNS News Service
A Tel Aviv Court ruled that children may demand damages from their
father for physical and mental suffering due to neglect. The court
ruled pertaining to a case brought by three siblings, in their
30s, against their father who placed them in government
institutions as toddlers, after their mother committed suicide.
The case has been pending for 10 years and the court now ruled the
father is responsible for suffering endured by the three children.
According to one son, now 32, he was beaten and abused and did not
see his siblings for eight years.
Sara Netanyahu Erupts During TV Interview
The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara,
threatened to stop a videotaped television interview scheduled for
Sunday when the interviewer started asking about her husband's
admitted extramarital affairs, Reuters reported.
The taping of the interview stopped for 30 minutes after Mrs.
Netanyahu objected to the questions being asked. Witnesses told
Yediot Ahronot that she became angry 20 minutes into the interview
when asked if she tried to block the appointment of a woman cabinet
minister on suspicion she was romantically involved with the prime
"That's an unfair question," Mrs. Netanyahu said. Her anger grew
after a question about what is known in Israel as "the videotape
affair" -- Netanyahu's admission of adultery before becoming prime
"I am not prepared to continue like this...I want everything erased
and start (the interview) again," Yediot quoted Mrs. Netanyahu, the
prime minister's third wife, as saying.
Since he took office in May 1996, she has been a central figure in
reports about her alleged domineering behavior toward underlings
ranging from her children's nannies to her husband's aides.
"If you want me to say that whoever cheats is scum, I'll say it:
whoever cheats is scum," Mrs. Netanyahu was quoted as saying. But
she added, "What do you want from my husband? You know how many
times people tried to make a pass at me, and how many of them are
in the Knesset?"
Yediot also quoted Mrs. Netanyahu as saying her predecessor, Sonia
Peres, wife of former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, "washes dishes
and plays cards -- (but) that doesn't mean I also have to do that.
I am educated."
The director-general of the Israel Broadcasting Authority,
Mordechai Kirschenbaum, defended a decision to retape. He said it
was not a news program but an interview show and the television
had to respect the wishes of the interviewee.
Secret Meeting in Eilat
An unprecedented secret meeting of defense experts and
scientists took place last week in Eilat. Convened by the U.S
Defense Department in the southern Israeli port and beach resort of
Eilat, the meeting was called to discuss the "state of things to
come" in missile warfare. Representatives of the Israel Air Force,
Navy defense establishment and the CIA were present.
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