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>JN Aug. 11, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 146
Survivors to Receive Stolen Gold
Six tons of looted Nazi gold for European central banks will
instead go to individual Holocaust survivors, sources said. They
said the decision is expected to be approved at a two-day 25-nation
December conference in London. The six tons of gold, worth $68
million, are the last of 377 tons captured by the Allies from the
Nazis at the end of World War 2. Two tons are stored at the Federal
Reserve Bank in New York and four tons at the Bank of England in
Syria-Iran Alliance "Potentially Hazardous"
Israeli defense officials regard the rapprochement between
Syria and Iran as "potentially hazardous" to Israel, Ma'ariv
reports. Syrian President Hafez al-Assad's recent visit to Tehran,
and friendly talks with Iran's new President Mohammad Khatami have
been viewed with concern. Hopes that Khatami is more moderate than
his predecessor, Hashemi Rafsanjani, have been dashed.
"The defense establishment's main concern stems from President
al-Assad's endeavor -- stepped up during his Tehran visit -- to
expand the Syrian-Iranian alliance by including additional
countries," Ma'ariv reports.
"According to the defense sources, al-Assad seeks to build an anti-
Israeli strategic alliance that will include Iraq and Egypt as
well, and this objective was the reason for President Mubarak's
unscheduled visit to Damascus, on the eve of President al- Assad's
departure for Tehran.
The strengthening alliance between Iran and Syria is seen as an
attempt to provide a counterbalance to the Israeli-Turkish
Al-Ittihad (Abu Dhabi) reported earlier this month that, according
to "ranking political sources", the establishment of a regional
bloc, supported by Syria and Iran, "remains one of the available
political options to restore Arab rights, particularly the Syrian
Golan Heights and southern Lebanon.
"The sources also noted that the two sides did not rule out Iran's
support for a lightning military operation to be carried out by the
Syrian forces to liberate the Golan.
Near-Tragedy in IAF Base
By IINS News Service
Two 13-years-old who stated they were "bored" managed to get into
the Israel Air Force base in Machanayim, last week. They tried
getting into a warehouse in which spare plane parts are kept. They
were spotted by a sentry who chased after them. The two ran onto a
runway and were almost hit by a light plane taking off. The sentry
was said to have miraculously saved their lives by getting them out
of the way the last second before being hit by the plane's wheels.
The incident caused quite an uproar in senior IAF circles, since
the two teenagers managed to get into an air force base and walk
around for quite some time prior to being detected.
Hollinger's Talks With Jerusalem Report Magazine Stalled
By IINS News Service
Discussions about Hollinger Inc. possibly buying into the Jerusalem
Report magazine have frozen," the magazine's editor in chief, Hirsh
Bloomberg had reported that Canada's largest newspaper company and
the magazine, which covers Jewish affairs worldwide, were in
discussions. Hollinger, parent of the Jerusalem Post, Israel's
English language daily, wanted to buy the whole magazine, Goodman
The stalled talks come as the Post faces a new potential
competitor: a joint venture between the International Herald
Tribune and the Hebrew-language daily Haaretz. The Paris-based IHT,
will begin printing at Haaretz's facilities for same-day delivery
in the coming weeks. Currently the publication is on newsstands one
The Tribune, jointly owned by the media companies Washington Post
Co. and New York Times Co., will include in its edition here a
cross-section of Ha'aretz's articles translated into English.
Goodman, 51, founded the twice-monthly magazine, which now in its
seventh year. It has a paid circulation of nearly 50,000 in 74
countries, predominantly in North America, and revenue of about $4
million a year. One-fifth of its readers are in Israel. The
magazine employs about 40 people full time.
The Report has spent $200,000 on a new system to enable it to
produce full color pages, probably beginning in October. On the
advertising front, Goodman said the magazine has always done well
in Israel. This year, for the first time, the magazine is seeing a
profitable return on its efforts to sell ads in the U.S. However,
overall, the magazine is not yet profitable.
Goodman is a former Israel correspondent for the Times of London
and was a defense correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. The
magazine is owned by Daniel Abrams of New York, Richard Pratt of
Australia, Stephen Florsheimer of Switzerland, Jonathan Kolber and
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