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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 in Iran.

"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 followers.

For anyone wanting to send Hizbullah a message, the site is at: <> (email: <>)

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 accord.

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 mass arrests.

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 revenue.

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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