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>JN Aug. 27, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 157
Netanyahu Speaks About Syria in Japan
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting in Japan, said,
"There is no chance that Syria will receive the entire Golan
Heights." But he also said Syria was instrumental in calming the
Lebanese situation this week, thus increasing the chances for a
renewal of negotiations with the Syrians. Netanyahu met with the
Japanese Defense Minister, and then with heads of the Jewish
community in Tokyo. He departs for South Korea Wednesday.
Russia Government Aids Iran In Missile Manufacture
By IINS News Service
Israel obtained evidence that the Russian government is
helping Iran develop long-range missiles that could reach Israel,
Israeli television Channel Two reports. Hundreds of Russian
scientists are working on the missile project. The Russian embassy
in Jerusalem had no comment on the report.
US media have said US intelligence reports indicate Russia has
transferred technology for the Russian SS-4 missile to Iran. The
US government reportedly has increased pressure on Moscow to stop
the transfer of military know-how.
David Bar-Illan, a senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister
Netanyahu, said Israel has received conflicting reports about
whether the alleged Russian assistance to Iran came from the
Moscow government or private Russian companies.
Channel Two said that relations between Israel and Russia have
reached a crisis point over the missile project. Channel Two said
Russia was helping the Iranians develop the missile's navigational
and delivery system and provided knowledge on how to produce the
warheads. The aim is to eventually establish two missile factories
"Israel Tried to Sabotage Hizbullah Website"
The Israeli government tried unsuccessfully to sabotage the
Internet website of the Lebanon-based Islamist group, Hizbullah,
according to the current U.S. News & World Report.
"Spamming" an Internet is achieved by sending million of electronic
messages over a short period of time, causing the system to
overload and break down.
The report, which describes the Internet as a new battlefield for
enemies, said Israel's attempt to "spam" the site failed, as
Hizbullah returned Israel's messages to the sender, with virus
files attached. The magazine also said the US Defence Department
monitors 70 websites established by terrorist groups and their
For anyone wanting to send Hizbullah a message, the site is
at: <http://www.moqawama.org/> (email: <email@example.com>)
Israeli Computer Viruses Strike Again
By IINS News Service
An Israeli computer software company says the computer virus
"One-Half" is striking again, after 2-1/2 years, and might have
affected millions of computers around the world. ne-Half" works by
encrypting one of the 600 to 700 parts of the hard disk whenever
the computer is booted. It does not announce its presence until it
hits half the disk. An anti-virus solution can be downloaded free
from the Internet in the coming two weeks and is found at
Arafat Won't Agree to Oslo Freeze
By VOA's Jessica Jones (Cairo) & Laurie Kassman (Washington)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat says he will not freeze the
Oslo peace agreement despite strained relations between
Palestinians and Israelis. Arafat told reporters in Cairo he could
not freeze the Oslo agreement because it is an international
The Palestinian leader also told reporters upon his return to the
Gaza Strip that security ties with Israel have improved enough to
warrant a visit by Secretary of State Madeline Albright. She
has indicated she wants security cooperation improved between
Israel and Palestinians before she visits the region.
Israel has demanded that Palestinian leaders crack down on
militants and Islamic groups. Arafat has said he is cooperating on
security agreements but will not bow to Israeli demands to launch
Palestinians say the Israeli closure of the West Bank and Gaza is
costing the Palestinian economy more than $8 million daily in lost
wages and even more in terms of lost investments and trade.
Officials at the International Monetary Fund warn that the
Palestinian economy cannot survive a prolonged closure.
Economist Pussama Kanaan says a continued closure, which locks out
thousands of Palestinians from jobs in Israel, combined with
Israel's suspension of more than $40 million in tax payments to the
Palestinian Authority, is crippling the self-rule areas.
Kanaan lists several steps the Palestinians need to take to counter
the closure policy if it is not stopped. First, he says, the
Palestinians must insist on implementation of the interim accord
that allows a sea terminal and airport in Gaza; this would let
Palestinians export their goods without having to pass through
Israel or have their produce piled up at the border during
closures. Exports make up about half the total Palestinian
Kanaan says the current Palestinian boycott of Israeli products may
be a psychological boost for the people -- but it will not hurt
israel as much as it will burden the Palestinian economy.
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