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>JN July 7. 1997, Vol. 5, No. 121
Can Pollard Serve His Sentence in Israel?
Minister of Justice Tzachi Hanegbi will confer with convicted
spy Jonathan Pollard's lawyers to ascertain if a petition will be
filed with US officials on his behalf. Following the implementation
of a new law, permitting Israelis to complete serving jail
sentences in Israel instead of abroad, it is now being investigated
if such an arrangement can be made for Pollard, an Israeli citizen.
Hizbullah Terrorists Attacked in Lebanon
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli warplanes have attacked suspected terrorist hideouts in
southern Lebanon. The attacks came after an Israeli soldier was
killed and three Lebanese villagers wounded in fighting with
Israeli planes launched three separate raids on positions belonging
to the Iranian-backed Hizbullah. There were also artillery duels
between Israeli troops and the terrorists.
According to an Israeli army spokesman, the fighting was sparked by
the death of an Israeli soldier during a firefight early Sunday
with gunmen near the village of Sojod -- in the eastern sector of
Israel's self-proclaimed security zone.
Shortly after the clash, Israeli warplanes fired rockets at
suspected Hizbullah hideouts, the Israeli army spokesman said were
used as firing positions.
Israel established the buffer zone -- which stretches along the
Israeli-Lebanese border -- in 1985 to prevent cross-border
terrorist attacks. The Shiite Muslim Hizbullah -- or Party of God
-- has led the fight to drive Israeli troops out of Lebanon.
In a recent visit to France, Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak
Mordechai raised the idea of improving the security situation in
south Lebanon by involving the French army. His proposal calls for
the French to strengthen the Lebanese government army so Lebanese
troops could be deployed in the south, allowing an Israeli army
While the French are said to be considering Mordechai's idea, other
government officials and members of the opposition say the plan has
little chance of implementation, without an agreement with Syria.
Israeli-Syrian negotiations have been stalemated for the past
The Old Testament According to Arafat
According to a television show aired on Palestinian Authority
TV, the stories of the Bible took place in Yemen, and not in
Israel. This, the producers say, dissolves any Jewish connection to
the Land of Israel.
The official station aired a show which claimed that there is no
connection between the Jews of today and those of the Bible. A
geographer and a historian participated in the broadcast, and said
that the true descendants of the biblical children of Israel are
the Palestinians of today.
One of the participants, Jarid Elkadaweh, said, "God is my witness
that in my blood there is more of the children of Israel than in
that of Ariel Sharon and Binyamin Netanyahu." On the official
Palestinian Ministry of Information Web site, the PA states that
the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest existing site, is not Jewish at
all but part of a 'conspiracy' to undermine the foundations of the
Al Aqsa mosque on Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
It states, "the Al-Boraq Wall...is part of the exterior facade of
the western wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque...Some Orthodox religious Jews
consider it as a holy place for them, and claim that the wall is
part of their temple which all historic studies and archeological
excavations have failed to find any proof for such a claim."
No Direct Early Warning for Israel in Case of Missile Attack
By SNS News Service
Contrary to previous reports, Israel will not receive direct
broadcasts from an American satellite in the event of a missile
attack. Despite the indirect method by which Israel will receive
notification, a missile fired from a distance of 300 kilometers
(180 miles) from a location in Iraq would provide Israel with about
three minutes advance notice prior to striking its target.
The point of the new arrangement is that Israeli officials will be
reliant on American goodwill to provide the information of an
Herodian Entrance to Palace Discovered at Masada
In the course of preservation work at the site at Masada, by
the Dead Sea, workers opened a passage built in the time of King
Herod, which was apparently shut after his rule, in 37 BCE.
It offered an alternative entrance to the northern palace at the
mountain fortress. The National Parks Authority is carrying out the
preservation work together with archaeologists from the Hebrew
University. Another passage was also discovered, linking the
storehouses and leading in the direction of the baths and the
palace. The site is expected to draw 1,250,000 visitors annually by
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