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>JN Nov. 4, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 292

Egged; Bedouins in the Negev are Attacking Buses

According to officials from the Egged Bus Cooperative, Bedouin youths are throwing stones at public buses servicing the Negev area. There have been multiple reports of stone-throwing attacks on buses servicing the Beersheba and Dimona areas.

US Carrier Docks In Israel As Tension With Iraq Mounts

By IINS News Service

A US aircraft carrier and other US warships docked in the port of Haifa Monday as tensions mounted between the United States and Iraq over UN weapons inspection. The United States has warned Iraq against making good on threats to expel American members of the UN inspection teams in Iraq.

The USS George Washington, an aircraft carrier, and other ships of the Sixth Fleet arrived in Haifa for what US officials said was a routine recreation visit. A diplomatic official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the visit had nothing to do with events in the region. The official said he did not think the arrival of the aircraft carrier was a hint to the Iraqi government because officials in Washington have been making the US position quite clear.

The visit of the USS Washington came two days after the top American general in the region said his forces were monitoring the situation with Iraq and were ready to take action if necessary.

"The situation in the Gulf is tense even now. The possibility that operations could be conducted in our region is very real," said Gen. Anthony Zinni as his forces concluded maneuvers in Egypt with troops, ships and aircraft from Egypt and European countries.

Palestinian Talks Delayed by Procedural Problem

By Ron Pemstein (VOA-State Department)

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has met Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy and Yasir Arafat's chief aide, Mahmoud Abbas, in her office. The latest round of Israeli-Palestinian talks has been delayed by a procedural problem.

The Palestinians have said these talks are a waste of time. And to prove the point, their Washington delegation did not include their experts who negotiate the issues of a Palestinian airport, seaport and safe passage from Gaza to the West Bank.

State Department spokesman James Rubin says the planned week-long Israeli-Palestinian talks have been delayed. "Confirming for you, that they are not here and that a significant part of the morning was discussed about our concern that without them, we won't be able to make any progress. And that is what they are working on now, in trying to get them here."

Iraqi Jews Leaving Secretly

By IINS News Service

According to an exclusive report appearing Monday evening on Channel Two Evening News, 80 Jews have left Baghdad, Iraq, over the past five years.

The Channel Two report states that secretly, one family at a time has been taken out of Iraq. The agencies and organizations involved in the rescue efforts may not be revealed at this time, but it is assumed that the efforts will continue until the 57 remaining families are out.

According to the Cohen family, who now live in Ramat Gan, they waited 30-years to come home and they preferred not to discuss the painful journey with reporters. Most families leaving are making their way to Israel or European countries.

One of the problems is the government of Iraq does not permit physicians and engineers to leave. Large sums of money are required to pay off officials, to assist Jews in making their way out of Iraq.

Ministers Urge Probe of Rabin Death Mystery Man

By IINS News Service

Two senior Israeli ministers called for probes Monday into the alleged role of a shadowy Jewish militant in the killing of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin two years ago. Avishai Raviv, a once-prominent right-wing agitator and confidante of Rabin's assassin Yigal Amir has slipped from public view since soon after the murder at a Tel Aviv peace rally two years ago today. Israeli media have published allegations that Raviv was a mole for the Shin Bet secret service while he led far right-wing protests.

Israel Calls on International Red Cross to Recognize MDA

By IINS News Service

Starting with its first request to the International Red Cross in 1949, Israel has once again called upon the world body to accept Magen David Adom, [Israel's emergency medical service provider], and its well-known red Magen David symbol.

Israel has always been rejected, having been told the symbol was not in conformance with the red cross symbol of the international body. This despite the exceptions made for Moslem countries and the Red Crescent Society, functioning in PLO Authority autonomous areas throughout Israel.

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