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>JN Jan. 7, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 4
Syria Says Israel's Government Crisis Fabricated
An official Syrian newspaper said Tuesday the Israeli
government crisis involving the resignation of Foreign Minister
David Levy was deliberately fabricated to block the peace process
further. The English-language Syria Times said Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not want to commit himself to the
requirements of peace and urged President Clinton not to allow him
to block the process. Levy announced his resignation Sunday, saying
he no longer wanted to stand alone on the issues of peace and
Joint Turkish-Israeli Maneuvers
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem) & Israel Faxx News Services
The controversial joint naval maneuver between Israel, Turkey and
the United States takes place Wednesday, 90 miles from the shores
of Israel and Lebanon. Defense Minister Yitzchak Mordechai praised
Jordan's decision to send a senior observer to the exercise, and
reiterated that the exercise - the rehearsal of a life-saving
mission - is not directed against any state in the region. Arab
countries and Greece continue to strongly condemn the mission.
The U.S. has sent a destroyer to participate, Turkey will dispatch
two 4,000-ton frigates, including one with a helicopter, and Israel
has allocated a Saar Five missile boat with an Atalef helicopter,
as well as a Saar Four missile boat. Haaretz reports that although
non-combative in nature, the exercise will demand a high level of
navigating and operational competence, particularly in coordinating
the landing of helicopters between participating vessels.
It is a search-and-rescue exercise -- the forces of the three
nations on the high seas, more or less as usual, receiving distress
calls and trying to work together to respond.
The commander of the Israeli forces in the operation, Rear Admiral
Yedidiya Ya'ari said, "The objective of this exercise is to
practice emergency coordinated search and rescue operations at sea,
no less, no more. We sail the same seas. We may be required to
respond to the same disasters. And we need to know how to work with
What other countries in the region are worried about is what could
follow coordination on search and rescue? That leaves the Turkish
commander, Col. Husnu Dag, somewhat on the defensive in discussing
this operation, which has been code-named "Reliant Mermaid."
"Turkey cooperates not only with Israel but with other countries
in the region -- in the context of her military training and
cooperation agreements with them. 'Reliant Mermaid' is one of the
search and rescue exercises, and it is not intended against any
Nazi Gold May Have Ended Up in China
By IINS News Service
AFP News Agency reported that Nazi gold stolen from Holocaust
victims and plundered from banks in occupied countries in the West
may have ended up in China after being rerouted from Portugal to
Those claims were made by a former senior official with the Gold
Import Commission of the Portuguese enclave of Macau. Fernando
Brito claimed that in 1969 four tons of Nazi gold ingots engraved
"Reichsbank" and bearing the eagle and swastika went through the
Portuguese enclave, the South China Morning Post said.
He was cited as saying that 180 pounds of the 1,120 pounds imported
each week to Macau in 1969 were Nazi gold ingots. Brito said some
gold may have come through Hong Kong during the Japanese
occupation, been taken to Macau and then sent to the mainland.
It is believed Portugal sold its gold after the war to Indonesia,
the Philippines, China and Macau. The daily said that Israel's
World Jewish Restitution Organization would "fully investigate"
Brito's claims which were published in Ponto Final, a
Portuguese-language magazine in Macau.
Naphtali Lavie, vice chairman of the organization said that the
issue of bullion moved through Macau and Hong Kong would be raised
at the next conference into missing gold in Washington next month.
Lavie said that it was the first time Macau had been revealed as a
beneficiary of Nazi gold.
By IINS News Service
When 48-year-old Tzion Zuderker came to the Kiryat Gat Cemetery to
place a headstone on his mother's grave, he was shocked when burial
society officials told him the location was not the burial site of
his mother. They told him no one was buried on the site.
Tzion stated that since his mother's death in 1983, he has been
visiting this site and there was no doubt in his mind that this was
her burial location. He told burial society officials his mother,
Rachel Shalom, was buried where he was placing the headstone. He
explained that since her death, he has been saving to purchase a
tombstone for her grave.
Tzion tracked down a member of the crew who helped bury his mother,
along with several rabbis. Subsequent investigation into the burial
of his mother proved Tzion was correct and he was on the right spot
in the cemetery. A spokesman for the burial society stated that a
computer error was responsible for the burial site of his mother
being listed in both locations and they apologized for any grief
caused to Tzion.
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