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>JN Nov. 19, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 213
Cigarette Found in Rye Bread
A cigarette was found baked into a loaf of rye bread made by
the Eilat Bakery. A woman, who purchased the bread in the Jaffa
area, was shocked to see pieces of the baked cigarette in the bread
as she sliced it. The bakery refused to comment on the smoked
Netanyahu Consults with King Hussein
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel Radio reports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Jordan's
King Hussein near London last night in their first talks since
relations soured over a failed Israeli assassination bid in Amman.
The men met at Ascot, the radio said, however Israeli officials
were not available to comment.
Israeli Army Radio said King Hussein wanted assurances Israel would
not violate Jordan's sovereignty should the Persian Gulf standoff
develop into hostilities between Iraq and the Jewish state. An
Israeli air strike would involve Jordanian airspace, as would an
Iraqi missile launch against Israel. No one in Jerusalem or Amman
said much about the meeting, other than to confirm it happened and
Iraq was the top item on the agenda.
During the Gulf War, 39 Iraqi Scud missiles with conventional
warheads hit Israel. But Israel did not retaliate at the request
of the United States, which believed Israeli involvement might have
led Arab members of the anti-Iraq coalition to withdraw. This
time, the coalition is even more fragile, and many Arab countries
have indicated they do not want Iraq punished any more,
particularly through military action.
Israeli officials do not expect Iraq to strike Israel this time.
Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai says Iraq's capabilities are
severely limited and it has little or nothing to gain from such a
move. But Israel is carefully watching the situation, and
officials speaking on condition of anonymity say it could not stand by
silently if it were hit with chemical or biological weapons.
Meanwhile, Israelis are lining up to receive new gas masks designed
to protect against any such Iraqi attack. The army is providing
the masks to Israelis free of charge at special distribution
centers, but foreigners in Israel are being left to fend for
Millions of Israelis donned similar masks and stayed in sealed
rooms during the Gulf War Scud attacks, but some experts say even
such precautions might not be effective.
Iran May Soon Target USA with Nuclear Bomb
By IINS News Service
Iran is just four months away from complete nuclear capability,
according to a report in Britain's highly-regarded Janes
Intelligence Review. Janes warns unless Western countries
immediately act to block the transfer of highly-enriched uranium to
Iran, Tehran will be capable of implementing their "atomic
revolution" in the very near future.
The report also says that, in the early 1990s, Iraq was on the
verge of developing its first nuclear weapon, but was set back by
its defeat in the Gulf War.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran is secretly
building up a stock of nuclear and ballistic missiles that someday
may be targeted at the United States. "Iran is unseen, unperturbed
and undisturbed ... building a formidable arsenal of ballistic
missiles, actually inter-continental ballistic missiles" that
initially will reach the rest of the Middle East, Netanyahu said in
a BBC interview Sunday.
"Stage two it would reach Britain and stage three, believe it or
not, they actually plan to reach the eastern seaboard of the United
States, Manhattan," Netanyahu told interviewer David Frost.
"Now this sounds fantastic, but Iran is, wants to be a world power
with the world ideology of fundamentalist domination, seeing the
West as its great enemy and it seeks to have the weapons to back up
"That is even more dangerous than Saddam because there is a
fanaticism, an ideological fanaticism attached to these, to the
acquisition of these weapons," Netanyahu said.
CJF Ends Indianapolis Conference
By Michael Leland (VOA-Indianapolis)
Delegates to the General Assembly of the Council of Jewish
Federations were welcomed in Indianapolis, at a time when more
North American Jews are expressing disappointment with Israel.
Some are upset at the slow pace of the Middle East peace process
and many more are concerned about a pending law covering religious
conversions in Israel. The legislation has some worried that their
Jewish identity is being questioned.
Pamela Dubin of New York says she is upset over pending legislation
in Israel that would give the Orthodox branch of the faith formal
control over conversions in Israel. Orthodox rabbis already
control religious affairs in Israel and the proposed legislation
would only formalize that. But Dubin says she worries how this
change might affect North American Jews, most of whom are not
"Just if you want to move or if your children want to marry and be
there, if you want to attend some courses, God knows how it can
affect you? Who is to decide who is a Jew? I think in your heart
you know what you are and I think that is where the decisions are
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