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>JN Oct. 6. 1997, Vol. 5, No. 181
Attempted Terror Attack in Northern Tel-Aviv
By IINS News Service
An Arab man boarded a Number 5 bus in northern Tel-Aviv,
on Bavli Street, Sunday night, at the intersection of Namir Avenue.
He attracted the suspicion of the driver who asked him what he had
in the package he was carrying. The man threw the package in the
trash receptacle. The driver immediately evacuated the bus, and
shortly thereafter, the parcel exploded. No one was injured thanks
to the quick actions of the bus driver.
Jewish Astronaut Marks Holiday on Mir
By IINS News Service
SPACE CENTER, Houston, - As Jews around the world celebrate the
High Holy Day, for the first time a Jew marked the holidays aboard
the Mir space station.
NASA astronaut David Wolf is foregoing the traditional Rosh
Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) liturgies.
But even without the requisite religious symbols and ceremonies,
Wolf said, We can do it in mind."
During interviews before his launch aboard the space shuttle
Atlantis, Wolf said he did plan to observe a traditional Yom Kippur
fast Oct. 10-11. Wolf's preparations for flight included more than
a year of training in Russia.
Despite the former Soviet republic's history of religious
intolerance, Wolf said in a preflight interview with United Press
International, he did not experience any anti-Semitism during his
Said the 41-year-old physician, "A number of people warned me of
that. I did not make it a secret that I'm Jewish. It just seemed to
be a non-issue. They are the most gentle, kind, friendly people you
Wolf does expect to celebrate Chanukah while in orbit, with a
menorah and traditional holiday gifts slated for delivery aboard a
Russian resupply ship scheduled for launch Wednesday.
The astronaut has with him on Mir two Mezuzahs, encased in scrolls
containing a Hebrew prayer which will be given to his hometown
synagogue in Indianapolis, and to a nursing home where his aunt
Netanyahu Under Fire for Botched Assassination Attempt
By IINS News Service
A failed assassination attempt in Jordan is the central item in
Israel's Sunday media.
First, the background: Two Mossad agents, posing as Canadian
tourists, attempted to kill leading Hamas figure Khaled Mash'al in
Amman 12 days ago. After a short chase, they were apprehended by
Jordanian security officials. In the meantime, the condition of
Mash'al began to deteriorate, and doctors said that his life was in
King Hussein phoned President Clinton to tell him that if Mash'al
died, the consequences might be catastrophic. Clinton reportedly
contacted Netanyahu, asking him to disclose which poison had been
used so that the correct antidote could be administered. Israel
then dispatched to Jordan a senior security official and a
physician with a drug to neutralize the poison used against
In an interview with a Jordanian newspaper, Hussein said ominously,
"If we had not received a treatment for Khaled Mash'al, which
enabled us to restore his health, we would have taken many actions
Last Sunday, Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai, National
Infrastructure Minister Ariel Sharon, Cabinet Secretary Danny Naveh
- as well Netanyahu, according to some reports - made a secret trip
to Jordan to meet with Crown Prince Hassan about the issue. Israel
understood that the release of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, which occurred
last week, together with the dispatching of the antidote, would
gain the release of the two Mossad agents.
So far, however, the agents have not been released, and it is
possible that Israel will have to free additional Hamas terrorists
imprisoned in Israel. King Hussein was reportedly furious that the
attempted assassination took place on Jordanian soil. It is
believed that, following the peace treaty with Jordan in 1994,
Yitzchak Rabin forbade Mossad operations in Jordan. It has also
been reported, though, that at the same time, Rabin demanded that
Hussein not allow Hamas to act freely in Jordan, and that the king
in fact acceded to the request, allowing only political activities.
The opposition has widely criticized Netanyahu for his
"inexperience and arrogance." Labor MK Dalia Itzik said, "He has
brought us a diplomatic crisis with Jordan and Canada [which
objects to the use of Canadian identities for the agents], anger
from the U.S., and a situation where Hamas is pictured as being the
victim of terror."
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