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>JN Jan. 6, 1998, Vol. 8. No. 3
A Veteran Illegal Driver
By IINS News Service
A Nazareth man, who has been driving for 23-years without a
license, was arrested by police over the weekend. A Nazareth Court
sentenced the man to 6-months in jail and fined him NIS 5,000. He
is also barred from obtaining a driver's license for 10-years.
Knesset Approves Netanyahu's Budget
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's parliament has approved the government budget, following
an acrimonious process that resulted in the resignation of the
foreign minister and could hurt efforts to restart the peace
It was a big buildup to just a few seconds of electronic voting.
Parliament Speaker Dan Tichon announced the result. Fifty-eight
votes in favor, 52 opposed and one abstention.
But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's moment of victory could
be short-lived. Several right-wing members who supported him on
the budget say they will oppose him on any further moves in the
peace process, particularly territorial concessions which are
And Sunday's resignation by the relatively liberal Foreign Minister
David Levy, which takes effect Tuesday -- unless it is rescinded --
will further limit Netanyahu's maneuvering room.
The peace process retakes center stage here Tuesday with the
arrival of the senior U.S. mediator, Dennis Ross.
Israel's Government Approves Plan for National Railway
By IINS News Service
The government approved Sunday a proposal to set up a national
railway under full state ownership, the Prime Minister's office
said. National Infrastructures Minister Ariel Sharon submitted the
plan for the operation and development of both passenger and
freight railways throughout the country as well as for
Government ministers also agreed on funding for an express railway
line between Tel-Aviv and Beersheva, at an investment of $100
million for 1998 alone, the National Infrastructures Ministry
said. An investment of $245 million is earmarked for the entire
project in 1998. The plan will separate Israel Railways from the
Ports Authority and fall under the complete control of the
Sharon stressed the project will help spur economic growth in the
country's southern desert region, as well as help distribute
population more evenly throughout the country, the ministry release
Sabbath-Friendly Phones for Government Figures
By Arutz-7 News Service
Attorney-General Elyakim Rubenstein and Interior Minister Eli
Suissa have ordered new telephones for their office: the special
Technology and Halakhah Institute Sabbath-friendly model.
This is a phone that can be used in emergency situations with a
minimal desecration of the Sabbath. The late President Chaim
Herzog and Prime Minister Menachem Begin, among many others, owned
a phone of this sort. A time-mechanism and a beam of light emitted by
a peg combine to cause the phone to dial any one of several
Rabbi Levy Yitzchak Halperin, head of the Institute, explains that
in this way, the user does not directly dial the number. Incoming
calls are also received in a non-interventive manner. The need for
such a phone was felt by Rubenstein during the failed assassination
attempt of a Hamas political leader in Jordan last September, when
he was telephoned by Prime Minister Netanyahu on the Sabbath and
asked to leave immediately for the Jordanian capital of Amman.
Education Minister Zevulun Hammer, of the National Religious Party,
is also considering having such a phone installed.
Turkey-Israel-US War Games
By IINS News Service
On Sunday, the Arab League denounced the Jan. 7 military exercise,
planned to take place in the Mediterranean between Israel, Turkey
and the US, saying it will hurt the peace process.
Among those Arab League members who were particularly critical of
the joint maneuvers were Egypt and Syria. They maintain the
maneuvers are another attempt by Israel to increase its military
superiority over its Arab neighbors. Despite the objection of the
Arab League, Jordan will participate as an observer.
Arab League members attacked Israel's policies, which they maintain
are stalling the peace process in the area. They say the recent
treaties signed with Turkey are an attempt to weaken the Syrian
regime and thereby force President Hafez al-Assad into reaching an
agreement with Israel.
Israel and Turkey, whose thriving military alliance has raised
hackles in the Arab-Muslim world, are now considering a joint
project for developing an anti-missile system. The idea was
discussed during a strategic dialogue between the two countries'
security officials two weeks ago.
During the discussions, the Turkish officials expressed concern
over Iran's long-range missile program which would put all Turkish
cities within striking range.
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