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>JN Jan. 13, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 6
High Alert Status Continues
In light of intelligence information pointing at a planned
attack, Israeli security forces will remain on high alert in large
population areas throughout the country. Security officials have
received reports that terror groups are planning an attack inside
a large city in Israel.
More Snow in Israel
By IINS News Service & Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
A rare, heavy snowfall has blanketed much of Israel, the West Bank
and the Golan Heights including Jerusalem, forcing many roads,
schools and businesses to close.
It started Sunday evening and the snow continued all night long. By
Monday morning, Jerusalem was covered by about 15 centimeters of
wet snow and there was even more in the north. The morning English
newscast on Israel Radio sounded more like Chicago or Moscow.
"The Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway is closed in both directions.
Roads throughout the West Bank are closed. All schools and
kindergartens are closed in Jerusalem today. Public transport is
not running and police are advising drivers not to take their cars
on the road."
The army was mobilized to help in any emergencies, but in spite
of the inconvenience, there were no serious consequences to the
storm. And local children took advantage of the rare opportunity
to slide down hills and build snowmen.
There are significant accumulations in many areas. Schools in Tzfat
(Safed) and the Golan Heights regions are closed due to the
Roads are still closed in certain areas throughout the snow areas,
including the Jerusalem-Tel-Aviv Highway leading to the capital,
roads leading to Tzfat and other northern regions and the road in
the south leading to Ein Gedi. According to police of the Shai
(Shomron-Yehuda) District, all major roads throughout Judea and
Samaria are closed to vehicular traffic.
Germany will Pay Reparations to Eastern European Jews
By Kyle King (VOA Bonn)
Germany has agreed to pay more than $110 million to compensate
Holocaust victims in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Since the end of World War 2, Germany has paid hundreds of millions
of dollars in compensation to Holocaust survivors. But because of
cold war politics, virtually none of the money has gone to Nazi
victims in central and eastern Europe.
Now, after nearly a year of intense negotiations, Germany has
agreed to establish a special fund to assist needy Jewish survivors
in those areas.
Under an agreement reached with the Jewish claims conference,
Germany will provide a total of $110 million to the fund over the
next four years the JCC will administer the fund, which is
expected to provide monthly payments to Holocaust survivors. Jewish
leaders welcomed the agreement as a positive development.
Arafat Threatens Intifada
By IINS News Service
As Prime Minister Netanyahu and PLO Authority Chief Yasir Arafat
prepare for their meetings in Washington with President Bill
Clinton, the prime minister stated that threats made by Arafat and
his senior aides of a renewed, more violent Intifada will not
have an impact on his decision-making policy.
Arafat said the violent Arab uprising, known as the Intifada would
resume if Israel did not meet PA demands concerning the
controversial planned Israeli withdrawal from areas throughout
Judea and Samaria.
The prime minister remains insistent that the PA must once and for
all show its ability and willingness to comply with the signed
accords. Netanyahu wants the withdrawal to follow a five-month
waiting period, during which the PA compliance of the accords would
Sharansky Joins Kitchen Cabinet
By IINS News Service
Following the resignation of Foreign Minister David Levy from the
government, Minister of Building and Industry Natan Sharansky of
the Yisrael B'Aliyah Party has joined the "Kitchen Cabinet."
Sharansky has joined the elite decision-making forum, composed of
the prime minister, national infrastructure minister and defense
Sharansky does not necessarily share Levy's dove-like views and it
is predicted that he will maintain a more hard-line policy. It is
being predicted that Defense Minister Mordechai will replace Levy
in the elite cabinet forum, as the prime minister's opposition.
Mordechai has already stated that if the government does not carry
out the planned withdrawal from areas throughout Judea and Samaria
within 90-days, he will leave the government.
Saddam Buys Luxury Yacht from Finland
By IINS News Service
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reportedly has purchased a 420-foot
yacht from Finland, according to the French magazine "Il Express."
The report says the vessel is bulletproof, equipped with a
gymnasium and can accommodate more than 200 guests.
The yacht, named 'Al Mansour' (The Conqueror), was bought at a
Finnish shipyard in a secret deal, according to the magazine. The
publication says the story was broadcast recently on Finnish
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