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>JN July 25, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 135
Netanyahu Backtracks on Golan Law
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retreated from his
support of a legislative bid that would make it harder to trade
parts of the occupied Golan Heights to Syria for peace. The
legislation, which passed a preliminary reading in parliament,
would make approval of territorial concessions on the Golan
conditional on the support of at least 80 legislators.
Nazis, Collaborators May Be On Swiss Bank List
The just-published list of almost 2,000 dormant Holocaust-era
Swiss bank accounts may include names of key Nazi figures and a man
who helped the Nazis loot the art treasures of Europe, Jewish
While Holocaust survivors and their heirs scoured the list, the Los
Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center and New York's World Jewish
Congress said several names were troubling. The Wiesenthal Center
said six names might be members of Hitler's Nazi elite, including
an aide to mass murderer Adolf Eichmann and the wife of the head of
Nationwide Strike Ends
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
The general strike by government corporations has ended. The heads
of the worker's committees from the various striking companies met
Thursday evening and decided to call the workers back to work.
Finance Minister Yaakov Ne'eman had declared Thursday afternoon
that the strike was unnecessary and unjust. Travel had been
paralyzed on commuter trains, and service disruptions continued at
Bezek, Israel's national phone company. The electric company had
also been on strike, although the company reported that all demand
for electricity had been met.
In the wake of the railway strike, the Egged national bus
cooperative announced that female soldiers would be permitted to
ride on the Haifa-Tel Aviv route free of charge.
Israeli unions had launched an open-ended strike which threatened
to cripple the country. The strike was called to protest government
plans to privatize state-owned companies.
The strike involved about 60,000 employees in 10 state-owned
companies and institutions. They included the electricity and
water companies, Israeli military industries, the post office and
oil refineries. Particularly hard hit by the stoppage was Tel
Aviv's (Ben-Gurion) International Airport, where all takeoffs were
The strike was called in solidarity with workers from the Bezeq
communications company, who walked off the job a week ago to
protest the sale of 12.5 Percent of Bezeq stock to the investment
house Merrill Lynch. Union leaders said the Merrill Lynch deal
violated government promises to involve the communication workers
in all aspects of the company's privatization.
The telecom strike had disrupted essential telephone services,
including overseas lines. The Communications Ministry issued
back-to-work orders to vital Bezeq workers, but a union spokesman
says it would take days to restore all the telecommunications.
Observers said the sympathy strike of other state company workers
was a clear message to the government that its declared intention
to privatize government-owned companies will not be easy.
Uzi Sub-Machine Gun Now Available in USA
By SNS News Service
After a 10-year American ban on the sale of the famous Israeli
"Uzi" 9mm sub-machine gun, the weapon may now be sold in the US.
In an exclusive interview with the Yediot Achronot Finance
Magazine, the president of the Uzi Company in the USA, Jonathan
Mossberg, made the announcement.
Mossberg explained that after a one year effort, the Bureau of
Tobacco, Alcohol and Firearms agreed to permit the sale
of the Uzi Carbine, with a long barrel. The weapons will only fire
single shots and not automatic. Mossberg explained that it is
almost impossible for someone to convert this particular model to
an automatic weapon.
The weapon will go on sale next year and will carry a price tag of
Court Allows Prayer on Temple Mount
A Jerusalem court has made a revolutionary decision regarding
Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. The chief judge of the
Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, Amnon Cohen, ordered the police
Thursday to permit the head of the Temple Mount Faithful, Yehuda
Etzion, to pray on the site. The prayer will take place without a
prayer book, prayer shawl, phylacteries, or minyan (prayer quorum),
and in silence.
Cohen also canceled the longstanding restraining order which had
prevented Etzion from entering Jerusalem's Old City. The
prosecution announced that it would appeal the decision, and the
judge ordered that his decision not be carried out before Sunday in
order to allow the police to prepare for the prayer. Yehuda Etzion
declared that this was an historic decision.
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