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>JN Oct. 29, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 198
Netanyahu's Mom Hospitalized
Tzila Netanyahu, 86, the mother of the prime minister was
admitted to Jerusalem's Shaare Tzedek Medical Center, for medical
problems of a cardiac nature. After complaining of chest pains
Monday, she was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. Tests
conducted by cardiologists indicate she did not suffer a myocardial
infarction but is remaining in the cardiology unit for observation.
The prime minister and his wife visited Mrs. Netanyahu in the
Compromise Accepted by Reform and Conservative Movements
By IINS News Service
The Reform and Conservative movements of Judaism gave Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a three-month reprieve Tuesday in
his dispute with American Jewry over which rabbis have the
authority to convert people.
The chief rabbis in Israel, adhering to strict religious
traditions, have absolute control over conversions,
according to understandings in effect since Israel was established
Following the intervention of President Ezer Weizman, the leaders
agreed to extend additional time to the Ne'eman Committee, to
attempt to achieve a solution acceptable by Orthodox, Reform and
The agreement to return to the discussion table has pushed off the
drastic moves by both sides and has averted a serious split between
the various religious factions in Israel and the Diaspora.
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef; "Israeli Courts are Unfit to Judge Jews"
By IINS News Service
Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef called upon Orthodox
Jews to boycott the secular court system in Israel, because in his
words, "They are not fit to judge Jews."
Yosef explained that the Israeli courts do not hand down verdicts
in accordance with Jewish law, and therefore, are not fit to hear
cases involving Jews and issues of Jewish law. If a man approaches
an attorney to represent him in a court of law, Yosef added, the
attorney is bound to tell him the courts do not function in
accordance with Torah law.
Yosef also called upon the justices of the High Court to remove
themselves from hearing petitions being filed by Conservative and
Reform Jews. "Isn't it absurd. They do not believe in Torah and
rule by the code of laws of the non-Jews," added the rabbi. "This
is an issue pertaining to religion. What are you placing yourselves
in the midst of this for."
Reform U.S. Jews Threaten to Cancel Financial Assistance
By IINS News Service
Leaders of America's Reform Jews are already planning their
response to the conversion law that is expected to be pushed
through the Knesset by coalition parties.
Among the actions being discussed, is the cancellation of tens of
millions of dollars of donations annually and boycotting all MKs
who vote in favor of the conversion bill.
Israel Hears Pollard's Voice
By Arutz-7 News Service
Esther Pollard, wife of Jonathan Pollard, provided Arutz-7
Tuesday with a recording of her husband speaking to her by phone:
"They know what I've been living in for years... I've had people
here, non-Jews -- inmates, officers, administrators -- come up to
me, and they ask me, Gee, it seems that when your government -- my
government, get that? [with great irony] -- when they want to
rescue an agent, it knows how to do it [referring to the two Mossad
agents involved in the Mish'al assassination incident].
"And I look at them and I just smile -- and I feel [emphatically]
ashamed. Not over the fact that we were able to get them out of
Jordan, but that the government has refused to make an even minimal
effort on my behalf. Clearly, this Mish'al affair shows that when
it wants to, it knows how to do it... [Those agents] didn't have to
watch their wife tormented, on a hunger strike, in our capital
[emphatically] at the end of the 20th century, pleading for their
lives. And they sure as hell didn't have to take their government
to court, to sue them to take responsibility and to do the right
This is the first time that the Israeli public has been able to
hear Pollard's voice. Excerpts of the tape were broadcast on the
"What's Going On" show, and later this week, on Arutz-7's English
The Pollards are suing the government, demanding that it admit that
he acted as their agent; the court trial begins today. Mrs.
Pollard further told Arutz-7 that a television poll conducted this
morning in Israel found that 92% of the respondents feel that
Israel has "betrayed" Jonathan Pollard.
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