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>JN Feb. 3, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 20
Israel Deploys U.S. Missiles Amid Iraq Fears
Israel, target of Iraqi Scud missile strikes in the 1991
Persian Gulf War, deployed four batteries of U.S. Patriot
anti-ballistic missiles on a hill in its southern Negev desert
Monday, witnesses said. The army, which at first declined comment
on the deployment, later called it a routine training drill. The
United States rushed Patriot missiles to Israel during the Gulf
War, when Iraq fired 39 Scud missiles at the Jewish state.
Palestinian Police Train Guns on Israeli Troops
Palestinian police aimed their guns at Israeli troops Monday
during a fourth day of violent protests by Palestinian youths,
highlighting mounting tension amid continuing deep deadlock in the
peace process. Witnesses said about eight Israeli soldiers advanced
from positions they control at the biblical site of Rachel's Tomb
in the West Bank town of Bethlehem firing tear gas and rubber
bullets at some 40 young Palestinians who had pelted them with
stones and bottles. The incident ended without shots being fired
when the Israelis moved back to their positions. Peacemaking has
been blocked for nearly a year, with the sides now deadlocked over
the West Bank pullback.
Netanyahu: Only Israel will Decide Response to Iraqi Threat
By Arutz-7 News Service
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responding to
speculation about Israel's reaction to a possible attack by Saddam
Hussein, said, "Israel, and only Israel, will decide its response
to an Iraqi threat."
The statement seemed designed to put paid to reports that Israel
would adhere to US dictates as to whether or not it can militarily
respond if targeted by Baghdad. In the 1991 Gulf War the US asked
for, and obtained, Israel's commitment not to respond to Saddam's
missile attacks. Israeli defense minister Yitzhak Mordechai warned
that Israel has the right to retaliate if attacked. And he
confirmed that America would give Israel early warning if it
decided to go ahead and hit Iraq.
Israelis Begin to Show Concern Over Iraqi Situation
By IINS News Service
The IDF Home Front Command gas mask distribution centers are
reporting a 100% increase in the number of persons reporting to
exchange or request gas masks. Persons are waiting on line for
hours in order to get newer masks or for many, getting a mask for
the first time.
Reports estimate about 200,000 persons without any type of mask,
most of whom are foreign workers. IDF officials also report they
have exhausted their supply of special masks for bearded persons
and those wishing to protect themselves now will be required to
take a standard mask and shave if an emergency arises.
Israeli experts predict that the likelihood of an Iraqi attack
using non-conventional warfare- as remaining very low. Experts
estimate that the Iraqi leader only has the ability to launch
between two and 10 non-conventional missiles. Senior military
officials have stressed the situation today is in no way similar to
that which existed seven years ago during the 1991 Gulf War.
What of the PA Threat against Israel?
By IINS News Service
According to the International edition of Time Magazine, the PLO
Authority is preparing for war, in the event of a total collapse of
the peace process. According to Time, the PA has acquired anti-tank
missiles, artillery and other weaponry, which would be used in an
assault against Israel -- should Yasir Arafat feel the talks with
Israel have collapsed.
Israeli intelligence reports also estimate the PA has acquired
anti-aircraft missiles as well as over 40 armored vehicles, which
were given to the PA by Russia some time ago.
As Israeli officials monitor the situation with Iraq carefully,
many leaders of communities of Judea, Samaria and Gaza are asking
what precautions, if any, are being taken against a possible
offensive assault by PA troops or Arab residents of PA areas, in
the event of an Iraqi assault on Israel.
During the 1991 Gulf War, Arab residents of areas now under PA
control did not hesitate to show their support for Iraq and
applauded missile attacks against Israel.
Dimona Resident Surprised upon Returning Home
By IINS News Service
A Dimona resident was surprised when he returned home last weekend.
He found that a strange person had taken a shower in his home, used
his toiletries, and got dressed in his clothes. Upon his arrival,
he found the stranger sitting and preparing himself a hearty meal.
The owner of the home quickly summoned police, who arrested the
man, a resident of Haifa. The suspect did not have a good
explanation to offer the Magistrate's Court judge. The man was
remanded to custody, pending psychiatric evaluation.
German Woman Wishes to Save at Least One Jew
A 35-year old German woman named Christine Hulbold recently
turned to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem with a unique
request. She wishes to donate an organ from her body as an
"atonement" for the crimes her people committed during the
In a letter to Hadassah, Hulbold wrote, "As a member of a nation
that destroyed millions of Jews, I would like to save at least one
Jewish life." Her grandfather fought as a German soldier during
World War 2.
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