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>JN July 2, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 119
Less Than 10 Hours to New York
An El Al Israel Airlines flight set a new record, when it took
only 9:59 to fly from Israel to New York. This surpasses the
previous record of 10:19, which was set 12 years ago. However,
that may be due to the El Al report that only two meals, instead of
the scheduled three, were served.
Poll: Three of Four Israelis Want Change in Government
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
A new poll of Israeli voters shows three-quarters of Israelis say
they want a change in government. The survey by Israel Television
was released as Israeli foreign minister David Levy threatened to
quit the government in a dispute with Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. Levy is accusing Netanyahu of keeping him in the dark on
Levy is furious because he was not informed of a secret meeting two
weeks ago between Infrastructure Minister Ariel Sharon and senior
Palestinian peace negotiator Mahmoud Abbas. Sharon has said he will
accept the post of finance minister only if he is part of the inner
cabinet that shapes peace policy.
Levy says the government has no clear policy, with each minister
behaving as if he entered the government with his own agenda.
Netanyahu's right-wing government, which came to power one year
ago, has been beset by a series of scandals and political crises.
Two ministers have already quit the cabinet, and on Monday, another
senior minister said Netanyahu is leading the government to "the
edge of the abyss" by delaying resumption of peace talks with the
For his part, Netanyahu has reiterated his faith in Levy, promising
to work to resolve their dispute.
Israeli Students Cheat on Bible Exam
Israeli high school students taking their Bagrut matriculation
exams have been accused on cheating on the Bible section of the
Israeli police are questioning a government printing office worker,
who may have given his teenage daughter a copy of this year's test.
She allegedly gave the questions to a friend. From there copies of
the test may have been bought or obtained by 150 high school
seniors from Herzliya.
Education Ministry officials have decided to wait until the exam
results are issued and students who did well will be asked to
retake the examination.
Palestinians Call for Wednesday General Strike in Hebron
By SNS News Service & Arutz Sheva
Following the incident during which a Jerusalem woman distributed
a poster depicting the prophet Mohammed as a pig, Palestinian
Authority officials have called for a general strike Wednesday in
the Hebron area.
PA officials called this "another Israeli provocation." This
despite formal apologies by the prime minister, president, minister
of the interior, minister of internal security and other public
PA newspapers did not hesitate to publish pictures depicting Prime
Minister Netanyahu as a pig and IDF troops as Nazis.
Moslem religious leaders blame the pig posters for Tuesday's
violence and have issued a proclamation permitting the killing of
anyone responsible for the printing and distribution of the poster.
Residents called for the "murder of the settlers who are
responsible for the despicable crime" and the immediate expulsion
of all settlers from the area.
The woman arrested for the poster incident, 25-year-old Tatiana
Sosskind, will be indicted by the end of the week according to
police. She is currently being held without bail.
In response to the pamphlet, President Ezer Weizman published an
apology to the Muslim world saying that tremendous damage had been
caused by the stupidity of a single individual.
Nativ Magazine editor Dr. Arye Stav, who authored a book on
caricatures of Israel and Jews in the Arab press, told Arutz Sheva
that viciously anti-Semitic cartoons are an integral part of the
daily Arab press. Stav said that depiction of Jews as base animals
which must be exterminated and expressions of support for the Nazi
campaign to liquidate world Jewry are amongst the cartoons found in
government-operated Arab newspapers.
Hong Kong's Jewish Community
The Hong Kong Jewish community believes they will have no
problem living Jewish lives under Chinese rule, and say they do not
currently suffer anti-Semitism and have little problem with
assimilation. They are, however, concerned that their businesses
Foreign Ministry officials said that, as a result of the warm
Sino-Israeli relationship, they are not expecting a dramatic change
in the new government's attitude toward Hong Kong Jewry. The
British Desk of the Jewish Agency said that some Hong Kong Jews
have expressed interest in immigration to Israel should conditions
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