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>JN July 30, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 138
Turkey to Aid Israel in Case of Attack
A Turkish newspaper, the Daily Turkish, reports Tuesday that
Israel and Turkey signed a comprehensive military cooperation
agreement a few days ago. The newspaper reports extensively on the
details of the agreement, which, it says, include a Turkish
obligation to come to Israel's aid if the latter is attacked by
Iran, Iraq, or Syria. The IDF will be allowed to operate within
Turkish area in case of such an attack.
Syria Preparing, Israel Not Ready
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Amnon Lipkin-Shachak told the Knesset
Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Tuesday that Syria is
planning for war with Israel. He said that no decision to go to
war has yet been taken, but that Syria is willing to make many
sacrifices in order to surprise Israel.
Labor Knesset member Ephraim Sneh, chairman of the Foreign Affairs
and Security Subcommittee, published a report that says the IDF is
not ready for war, has no response to the threat of chemical
warfare, and its supplies of ammunition and vehicles have been
Iranian Missiles will Threaten Israel Within Two Years
By IINS News Service
According to senior security officials, Israel will face the threat
of Iranian long-range ground-to-ground missiles within two years.
The officials said that Iranian work on their missile project will
be concluded by 1999, and will result in missiles that can be
launched from Iran to strike targets in Israel.
.By October 1997, the Israel Air Force will begin preparing the
Arrow anti-missile missile for use and, by the beginning of next
year, a radar system developed specifically for the Arrow missile
will come into operation. The Arrow missiles are expected to be
fully functional by 1999.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed the Russian government
that Israel will not sign any significant economic agreement as
long as Russia continues to sell ground-to-ground missile
technology to Iran.
Bank Says Shredded Files May be Linked to Jewish Property
By IINS News Service
ZURICH, Switzerland - Switzerland's largest bank has confirmed that
documents discovered in its shredder room by a night watchman may
have been related to property sold by Jews under the Nazis.
The Union Bank of Switzerland had previously maintained that the
documents salvaged by the guard, Christoph Meili, were unrelated to
dormant accounts of Holocaust victims. But a statement acknowledged
the documents may have some relation to the victims. Jewish groups
have criticized Swiss banks for not being forthright in revealing
records of Jewish gold and assets that disappeared in Switzerland
following the war.
Some of the shredder room documents were relevant to the research
of an international panel of historians investigating Switzerland's
dealings with the Nazis, the panel's secretary, Linus von
Castelmur, told The Associated Press Monday. He declined to
Union Bank said it had copies of documents relating to "the case of
three properties, for the purchase of which a German bank in 1937
acted as intermediary and whose previous owners were possibly
Since Jews were under Nazi pressure to sell their property in
Germany at prices well below market values, the mortgages for a
1937 sale of property, possibly by Jews, could well come under the
scope of the commission's work. Documents related to the sale were
in the shredder room.
Meili, who lost his job over the incident and is under
investigation for breaking Switzerland's banking secrecy rules, has
fled to the United States with his wife and two children because he
said he felt their lives were in danger. The US Congress has moved
to give them permanent residence status.
Union Bank admitted that its chief archivist shredded documents
earlier this year, but it is not known how many or which documents
Seized Chabad Library will Go Public
The director of the Russian State Library, Mary Trifonenka, is
in Israel meeting with Israeli architect Yisrael Goodovitch. He has
been commissioned to design a special wing in the library for the
10,000 Chabad books there. The collection, which includes books
and manuscripts up to 500 years old on Jewish law and thought, was
owned by Rabbi Shalom Ber Schneerson, the fifth Rebbe in the
Lubavitcher Chassidic dynasty.
Upon fleeing from his hometown due to the approaching invasion of
Germany in World War I, he sent the collection to Moscow. Two
years later, during the Revolution, the Soviet government seized
the books. Subsequently, many Chabad leaders and spokesmen, with
the help of four U.S. presidents, have petitioned the Soviet
government to release the collection and return it to its rightful
Recently, Boris Yeltsin decided that he would not release the
books, but would rather build a special wing within the Russian
State Library to house them. The new wing to be designed by
world-renowned architect Goodovitch will be three stories high and
3500 square meters.
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