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>JN Nov. 17, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 211
Increased Demand for Gas Masks
As United States forces increase their presence in the area,
Israelis are preparing for the possibility of another war with
Iraq. IDF Home Front Command gas mask distribution centers reported
a noticeable increase in requests for new masks and refreshing of
old gas mask kits.
Israel Issues Warning to Iraq
Israel, in a message relayed by Jordan, has warned Iraq that
Israel will respond on a massive scale if attacked, Ma'ariv
Minister of National Infrastructure Ariel Sharon, who was in
Jordan, delivered the message to Jordan's Crown Prince Hassan
several hours before Hassan's meeting with Iraqi Deputy Prime
Minister Tariq Aziz. The warning was issued despite appeals from
the United States for Israel to keep a low profile as Washington
tries to bring Arab states into an international coalition against
Security officials estimate that the chances of an Iraqi missile
attack on Israel are slim. However, Israel Defense Force Home Front
Command and other appropriate units are conducting large civil
defense exercises, involving dealing with mass casualty incidents.
The exercises are concentrating on the treatment of many injured
persons who have been hit with non-conventional weaponry, such as
biological and/or chemical warfare.
By IINS News Service
In the 19th day of the crisis over Iraq's expulsion of American UN
arms inspectors, Baghdad and Washington traded bitter accusations
Sunday. Iraq accused the United States of playing for time, while
it built up forces in the Gulf. Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright charged Iraq with lies and obstruction in the six years
since the Gulf War.
The al-Thawra newspaper said Sunday: "America is impeding any
dialogue between Iraq and the (UN) Security Council...It is
investing in the time of diplomacy in order to complete its
Albright, who is in Qatar on a diplomatic mission said, "When the
Gulf War ended six years ago, the world spelled out in UN Security
Council resolutions what Iraq had to do to return to the family of
nations. Unfortunately for the Iraqi people, instead of meeting
these requirements, for six years Saddam Hussein has lied, delayed,
obstructed and tried to deceive."
French President Jacques Chirac said Sunday that he supported
diplomatic efforts to end the crisis with Iraq. At a news
conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, Chirac said, "The way their leaders
are acting at the moment is unacceptable and...I condemn it."
The US aircraft carrier George Washington resumed sailing through
the Suez Canal on its way to the Gulf Sunday, after fog delayed it
for several hours. The nuclear-powered carrier and its escort
ships passed the city of Ismailia at 5:00 a.m. EST, after being
held up earlier in the northern half of the 100-mile canal.
The Sunday Times of London was reporting on Sunday that Iraq has
been manufacturing poisonous gas at a secret location in Sudan.
The newspaper, citing intelligence and diplomatic sources in
Uganda, said that Sudan has been working together with Iraq to
produce and stockpile mustard gas. The gas is being made at Wau, in
The report claims Sudanese armed forces already have used the gas
twice, in a civil war against rebels of the Sudan People's
Production of the relatively inexpensive gas began in 1995
following a visit by an Iraqi military delegation that included the
army's leading chemical weapons expert. Under terms of the alleged
deal, Iraq supplied pilots and weapons to help the Sudan war
IDF Soldier Denied Permission to Attend Sister's Wedding
By IINS News Service
Sagit Ukshi was married last week, but could not hide her
disappointment that her brother, Avishai, who is in basic training
in the IDF, was not present.
Despite clear standing orders of the IDF that a soldier is
permitted leave to participate in a family wedding, Avishai was
refused permission by his superior officers to attend his sister's
Seventy guests waited impatiently for Avishai to arrive in the
Jerusalem Office of the Chief Rabbinate. Sagit had said she could
not start the wedding until he arrived. Finally, they had to go on
The morning of the wedding, Avishai asked his commander when he
would be permitted to leave from the base in southern Israel. He
was sent to kitchen duty. When he asked later on, he was told "If
you ask again, you will not see the wedding." Avishai explained he
was scared to ask again.
As the hour grew later, he realized it was not likely he would make
the wedding and broke down crying. When his commander witnessed
this, he told him, "Forget the wedding. This is your punishment for
The IDF spokesman stated that the matter will be dealt with and
disciplinary actions will be taken against those responsible. The
spokesman's office acknowledged that in accordance with IDF law,
the soldier was entitled to obtain leave to attend the wedding.
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