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>JN Feb. 2, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 19
King Hussein in Ill Health
In a letter shown on Jordanian television, King Hussein of
Jordan wrote to his brother Crown Prince Hassan that he is losing
weight,ctired and is ill. The 62-year old king is presently in a
hospital in England, where he is being treated for an infection in
his lymph nodes. Four years ago a cancerous growth was removed from
Albright, Netanyahu Unable to Forge Mideast Breakthrough
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for more than four hours Sunday,
but made no apparent breakthrough in the stalled Mideast peace
process. U.S. State Department spokesman James Rubin said Albright
offered revisions to peace proposals presented last week by
President Bill Clinton. Rubin gave no details and made no claim of
US Agrees to Supply Anthrax Vaccine
By Arutz-7 and IINS News Services
The United States has agreed, in principle, to supply large
quantities of the vaccine against anthrax; a biological weapon in
the arsenal of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
According to a report in Haaretz, US production of the vaccine has
been significantly increased, to provide ample amounts for the US
forces serving in the Gulf Region. It was reported that in the
1991 Gulf War with Iraq, Israel purchased $10 million worth of the
vaccine, which has since expired.
Defense Minister Yitzchak Mordechai confirmed Sunday that Israel
had requested the U.S. to supply it with hundreds of thousands of
biological-attack inoculations. The American administration
acceded to the request. Mordechai said that the request was made
before the present American-Iraqi crisis broke out. The
government's mini-security cabinet - including Ministers Mordechai,
Sharon, Rafael Eitan and Matza - met after the regular weekly
government meeting to discuss the preparations of the Home Front
Command against chemical and biological attacks.
Most high-ranking Israeli security officers and government
officials have been sending out a message of calm to the nation. It
was announced that even if the United States leads an offensive
attack against Iraq, Saddam Hussein is unlikely to respond with
an attack against Israel.
Despite this, the country and the citizens are preparing. Lines at
the nation's gas mask distribution centers are reported to be
growing daily, as Israelis are preparing for the eventuality of
One Israeli television reporter explained the increasing rush by
citizens on Home Front Command gas mask supply stations by saying,
"The more the officials say that there is nothing to worry about,
the more the public starts to worry."
According to recently released figures, as many as 300,000 Israeli
children may not have access to bomb shelters, in the event of an
attack. Due to this shortage officials have already pointed out
that school classes may not be possible, should a situation arise
in which students may have to be moved to bomb shelters.
Arafat Publicly Cautious but PA Supports Hussein -- Again
By IINS News Service
Despite his public statements of support for Iraqi leader Saddam
Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War, PLO Authority leader Yasir Arafat
is being more cautious at this time.
Arafat to date has refrained from making any bold statements in
support of Saddam Hussein, while US officials are preparing for a
possible military strike against Iraq. Despite this, the PA media
have been making statements supporting Iraq and the PA-backed
newspapers are coming out with a definitive line in support for
Saddam Hussein, in opposition to American policy.
Iran To Execute German Businessman
By IINS News Service
An Islamic court in Iran has sentenced a German businessman to
death for having intercourse with a Muslim woman. 54-year-old
Helmut Hofer was sentenced last week for having a relationship with
a 26-year-old Iranian woman, during a business trip last year.
Hofer was found guilty of adultery for having had sex with a Muslim
woman. The woman was spared the death sentence, since she was not
married but she was given lashes for her crime.
Legal experts in Iran said the supreme court likely would overturn
the verdict. Under Islamic law, they said, the death sentence would
apply only if the woman was married or if she was raped.
In Germany, Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Erdmann said the
verdict was not final. He said the German government considered the
decision a violation of human rights.
300 Torah Scrolls Held in Lithuania
The Chief Rabbinate is looking into a possibility of bringing
to Israel 300 Torah scrolls belonging to Jewish communities in
Lithuania that were destroyed during the Holocaust. The scrolls
were stored in a monastery during World War 2, and were recently
found. The president of Lithuania presented one of the scrolls to
President Ezer Weizmann during an official visit to Israel, as a
result of which the Lithuanian government legislated a law that the
Torah scrolls are national property and may not be taken out of the
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