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>PD Dec. 27, Col. 4, No. 235
Parties Optimistic About Hebron
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are continuing their talks in
Jerusalem, amid predictions from all sides that agreement will be
reached next week on an Israeli withdrawal from most of Hebron.
The senior US Middle East Mediator, Dennis Ross, left for the
weekend to brief President Clinton on the talks. But the meetings
continued with the US Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, as the
lead mediator. And he joined Israeli and Palestinian officials in
saying the remaining issues are small and there should be an
agreement by next week.
"He'll be returning on monday and hopefully we can reach an
agreement soon after that. There are a few remaining issues that
have to be resolved and we're hopeful that with all the progress
that's been made as a result of the meeting between the prime
minister and Chairman Arafat that it'll be possible to reach an
agreement fairly soon."
Negotiators say they are trying to draft a document to reflect
agreements made at Tuesday's Israeli-Palestinian summit, and to
settle a few remaining issues related to the Hebron withdrawal
and what comes afterward.
Netanyahu Letter Promised No Further Withdrawals
By Arutz-7 Radio News
"A government under my leadership will ensure that a Palestinian
state will not be established, and that no further territories be
handed over to foreign sovereignty. The IDF and the security forces
will have complete freedom of action against terrorists."
This is the essence of a letter written by Benjamin Netanyahu to
Chabad leaders shortly before the previous elections. The letter,
which was released to the media yesterday by a Chabad leader, Rabbi
Shmuel Hefer, was also signed by Ariel Sharon.
Hefer told Arutz-7 that Chabad supported Netanyahu solely on the
basis of his promise to preserve the integrity of the Land of
Israel. He said, "In certain aspects, a Labor-led government would
be better than the Likud. If the Oslo process is to be implemented,
we may as well have Peres in power."
Iran Seen as Middle East Nuclear Threat
By Maxim Kniazkov (VOA-Washington)
With nuclear proliferation singled out as a major threat to world
peace, the newly selected US national security team is expected to
keep a close watch on Iran. US officials and nuclear experts say
Tehran is moving ahead in its drive to build nuclear weapons.
Publicly, Iran claims its nuclear program is exclusively peaceful
and open to international inspections. But experts say the problem
is that Iran's nuclear program has a double bottom.
They say the country's nuclear power plants, as well as its
purportedly peaceful research facilities, hide secret programs
designed to turn Iran into a nuclear power.
A recent item in US News and World Report, citing intelligence
sources, says Iran is building in Yazd, the country's uranium
mining center, a network of suspicious underground shafts.
According to the magazine, intelligence sources believe those
shafts could be used for future nuclear tests.
But that, says Gary Milhollin, executive director of the Wisconsin
Project on Nuclear Arms Control, is only the tip of the iceberg.
Milhollin says the reach of Tehran's nuclear program is indeed
Published reports say one of Iran's secret nuclear facilities is
located north of Tehran, in underground chambers dug beneath the
village of Moallem Kalayeh. Another nuclear complex is believed
to be hidden at Darkhovin, a military base run by the Revolutionary
Guards, Iran's elite military service.
On top of that, US officials say Tehran is trying to use its
peaceful facilities as a guise for obtaining nuclear technology
that could be applied for manufacturing weapons.
US officials have repeatedly warned that, dangerous as they are
in themselves, Iran's nuclear pursuits become a real nightmare in
light of the country's support for international terrorist
As for nuclear warheads, US officials and proliferation specialists
agree that Tehran will probably have them within 10 years, if its
nuclear drive goes unimpeded.
Stress Enables Passage of Materials From Blood to the Brain
Researchers from the Hebrew University and the Soroka Hospital
have found that conditions of stress harm the effectiveness of
barriers between the blood and the brain, preventing the passage of
materials in the blood. In this way, medications in the body can
also enter the brain. The results were published in "Nature
Professor Hermona Schwarts of the Hebrew University said "we can
conclude that people under stress must get much lower doses of
medicines which are not supposed to enter the brain." The brain is
normally the only organ blocked off from the transfer of materials
in the blood stream.
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