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>JN Feb. 9, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 24
Soldier Killed in Lebanon to be Buried in Russia
Sgt. Nikolai Rappaport was killed in Lebanon Saturday in an
hours-long battle with Hizbullah terrorists. He will be buried in
Russia, where his mother lives. He immigrated to Israel on his
own, and his father and sister recently joined him. Seven other
IDF soldiers were wounded in the clash, and three terrorists were
Palestinian Support for Iraq
By Arutz-7-News Service
Palestinian solidarity with Saddam Hussein continues as 100s of
Arabs -- some reports said 1,000 -- rallied violently Saturday in
support of Iraq in Bethlehem. They threw rocks and bottles on IDF
soldiers at Rachel's Tomb, waved Iraqi flags, and burned Israeli
and American flags. Eight residents of the Dahaisheh refugee camp
The official Palestinian Authority paper, Al Hayat al Jadida, has
expressed strong support in its editorials for Saddam Hussein.
Arafat sent a second letter of support last week to Saddam Hussein,
and the emissary -- the PLO minister for public works -- who
delivered both letters, said, "We are informing President Saddam
Hussein of the strong support of the Palestinian nation and the
Palestinian Liberation Organization for Iraq, and of our firm
objections to the American threats to use military strength."
In other Iraq-related reports, the German newspaper, Der Spiegel,
quotes a former head of Iraqi intelligence who fled to the West in
1994, as saying that Saddam Hussein has "enough biological weapons
to annihilate all of the inhabitants of the Middle East," including
at least 45 missiles with a 600 km range. The report was referred
to in Sunday's Ma'ariv, which said that the former official
believed that Hussein preferred suffering an American attack rather
than appearing weak by backing down.
Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig said Saturday that Israel
"must retaliate" if attacked by Iraqi missiles. Haig, who served
in the administration of Ronald Reagan when Israeli warplanes
bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981, said the prospect a US
retaliatory strike against Baghdad could push Hussein to unleash a
missile strike against Israel. Haig told Kol Israel, the Voice of
Israel Radio, that, should Israel be attacked by Iraq, it must
retaliate, without restraint.
After being turned down by alleged allies Saudi Arabia, Jordan,
Egypt, France and others, the United States has received permission
from the government of Germany for US forces to use its air bases
in a possible retaliatory strike against Saddam Hussein. German
Chancellor Helmut Kohl said his government would permit US forces
to use air force bases in an offensive. He added the threat posed by
Hussein is a most serious one.
Masks for Bearded Israelis
By IINS News Service
IDF Spokesman Oded Ben-Ami explained Sunday that all Israelis
wishing to acquire a gas mask that permits one to retain one's
beard, will be issued one upon request, (providing the individual
is bearded) regardless if the beard is for religious, fashion or
Ben-Ami added that at present, the batteries needed to operate the
pumps on the special masks are out of supply and as soon as they
arrive, the masks will once again be distributed.
For now, any bearded persons coming to a distribution center will
temporarily receive a regular mask and his name will be added to
the list of persons to receive the special mask.
Palestinians Purchasing Jerusalem Land
By Arutz-7 News Service
Haaretz reports the Palestinian Authority has made several
purchases of land in the eastern Jerusalem. PA senior Col. Tawfiq
Tirawi was instrumental in at least one case in frustrating a
near-sale to Jewish buyers.
Arutz-7 noted the government had once ordered the issuance of a
warrant for the Tirawi's arrest, on suspicion of being directly
responsible for the murder of Arab land-dealers who had sold
land to Jews.
Haaretz reports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a report
stating that since the beginning of 1997, the PA has been actively
pursuing real estate in Jerusalem.
Wine Flows Like Water
By Arutz-7 News Service
Almost 200,000 liters of wine were literally poured down the drain
Sunday, in Carmel Mizrachi's annual tithing ceremony. Arutz-7
reports that 20,000 liters, or 10% of the tithe, was given to the
charity organization Yad Eliezer as the "tithe for the poor." The
112-year old annual ceremony was held in Carmel Mizrachi
headquarters in Rishon LeZion.
Chief Rabbis Bakshi, Doron, Lau, along with other rabbis and
thousands of school children, participated in the ceremony. Rabbi
Yosef Azran, Chief Rabbi of Rishon LeZion, concluded with the
blessing: "We all hope for the day when King David will take a cup
of Carmel Mizrachi wine and with the help of God will merit to
recite the blessing on the Redemption."
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