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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 important issues.

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 Palestinians.

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 exam.

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 officials.

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 may suffer.
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 deteriorate.

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