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>JN Nov. 10. 1997, Vol. 5, No. 206
According to Jane's Defense Weekly, Defense Minister Yitzchak
Mordechai has said Israel is prepared to launch pre-emptive strikes
against Iran if it is threatened with missiles or non-conventional
weapons. Jane's added that his comments have also been seen as a
warning to Syria over its surface-to-surface missile capability.
Vatican Agreement Expected Today
By IINS News Service
According to the Israeli Embassy to the Vatican, an agreement is
scheduled to be signed today, which will detail the status of the
Roman Catholic Church in Israel.
The agreement will be signed by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs David Levy, and the Apostolic Nuncio in
Israel, Monsignor Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo.
The agreement constitutes an important milestone in the long,
ongoing process of the normalization of relations between the State
of Israel and the Holy See, and between the State of Israel and the
An historic turning point in these relations was the signing of the
Fundamental Agreement in December 1993, followed by the
establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the
Ethiopian Children Out of School
By IINS News Service
According to a newly-released government report pertaining to the
Ethiopian community in Israel, the situation vis-a-vis schooling
was found to be most alarming. An increasing number of members of
the Ethiopian community are having difficulties finding their
places in the nation's schools, contributing to a steady increase
in the number of dropouts.
There are an estimated 1,500 Ethiopians who have stopped going to
school. In 1996, only 25% of the Ethiopian students eligible for
matriculation exams actually completed the tests.
Officials are concerned and pointed out the increased truancies are
definitely related to the rise in crime involving Ethiopian
students, up from 53 reported cases in 1994 to 150 in 1996.
Four Percent of All Israelis Memorialize Rabin at Rally
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
More than 200,000 Israelis attended a Tel Aviv rally Saturday night
to mark the second anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak
Rabin. (The anniversary was Nov. 4, and will be marked on the
Hebrew calendar Wednesday.) It was an opportunity for Israel's left
wing to recommit itself to Rabin's peace policy, which the current
right wing government opposes.
Once again the square where Rabin was assassinated was filled with
his supporters, as it was the night he was killed, as it was a week
later at a memorial rally, as it was last year on the first
anniversary of his death. This year, the slogans were different --
"Save the peace," "We will not forget," and "Friend, I remember."
But the overflow crowd of Israelis from across the spectrum of
age, origin, profession and level of religious observance was
much the same. And the familiar peace songs Rabin joined in
singing on that fateful night two years ago were the same,
although they were mixed with the many memorial songs written
about him since then.
On the podium where Rabin delivered his final speech, his
successor, Shimon Peres, and other Labor Party figures called for
a return to his policies, saying there is no other way to achieve
peace or to create a secure future for Israel. Peres said if Rabin
had lived, Israel would by now have peace with the Palestinians and
also with Syria.
Rabin's widow, Leah, told the crowd to continue working for peace,
and that Israel longs for the peace her husband was working for,
and which she said is slipping away.
The anniversary of the assassination has been an occasion for
mourning and soul searching in Israel, but also for renewed
recriminations. Rabin's supporters continue to accuse rightists,
including those in the current government of Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, of inciting extremists against Rabin and
creating a violent atmosphere. The rightists disavow the actions
of the extremists, like the Jewish student who killed Rabin, and
say it was lax management by some in his government which did not
do enough to stop the extremists.
At the rally Saturday night, Minister Natan Sharansky almost could
not speak for the booing from the audience. But when he did speak
he called for an end to division, and said Israelis should look
beyond their political differences and renew their unity.
It Pays to Retire from Bezek Telecommunications Ltd.
By IINS News Service
Bezek employees over the age of 50, who retire from the company by
March 1998, will receive a payout package of about NIS 500,000
(approximately $140,845). These employees will receive monthly
pension payments amounting to approximately 70% of their income.
The directorate of the Israel's telephone service provider approved
the new retirement package in its meeting this weekend. The new
agreement calls for 1,800 employees to retire within two years, in
According to the head of the Bezek employees labor union, Shlomo
Kfir, there are currently over 2,000 employees over 50-years-old.
Those agreeing to retire at this time will receive a payout as if
they had worked until age 65.
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