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>JN Feb. 12, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 27
Jerusalem Killing Probably a Militant Attack
An ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed to death Wednesday while walking
to morning prayers in a Jewish enclave in Arab East Jerusalem has
caused tensions in the volatile city to increase. Jerusalem police
chief Yair Yitzhaki said the circumstances of the killing suggested
the work of militants. Last Thursday, a Jewish seminary student was
seriously wounded in a stabbing in the walled Old City.
Baghdad Assures Israel That It's Not a Target
By Mark Lavie (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's prime minister Wednesday called in senior ministers to
discuss the crisis over Iraq. Iraq is signaling that it will not
attack Israel, even if the United States leads an offensive against
Israeli sources say Iraq delivered a message through Russia and
other third parties, reassuring Israel that it would not be a
target if a military confrontation develops between Iraq and the
In Baghdad, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry denied sending the message,
declaring Iraq would never communicate with the "Zionist entity."
But Iraqi officials have insisted all along that they would not
fire missiles at Israel, because they have none left.
During the 1991 Gulf war, Iraq fired 39 Scud missiles at Israel,
all with conventional warheads. The Iraqis also say they have
no chemical or biological weapons left. But few in Israel
believe either claim.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called in senior ministers,
including two retired generals, for consultations about the Iraq
crisis. Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordecai estimated that Iraq
still has four or five missile launchers, and is able to hide them.
"The Israeli government has all the right to do everything that is
necessary for our defense now and for the future if we will be
attacked by Saddam Hussein or anyone else. Only the Israeli
government will decide what to do and how to do."
The Israeli defense minister also warned of what he called future
dangers posed by Iran. He charged that Russia is helping Iran to
build weapons systems that could threaten the Middle East and
Europe, as well.
"It's no doubt that Russia is supporting now Iran to produce
non-conventional weapons and ballistic missiles. And we know that
Iran has a project to produce non-conventional weapons--chemical
and biological weapons."
25% of Children Under Eight Lack Protective Masks
By IINS News Service
The IDF Home Front Command, which is responsible for the
distribution of gas masks nationwide, says 25% of the nation's
population under 8-years-old will not receive gas masks at this
time because of a shortage.
The IDF has repeatedly called upon Israelis possessing masks for
children that have been outgrown or masks for adults who are
deceased, to return them to any gas mask distribution center or
post office around the country.
Officials in the Shalom Chemicals Company have stated they only
have enough raw materials to produce the masks for another two
weeks, until the end of February. Shalom is the main Israeli mask
Brig. Gen. Oded Ben-Ami stated that 300,000 masks are enroute from
abroad and he emphasized the IDF is in control and there is no need
IDF officials stressed that there will be enough masks for all
those requiring them but they now urge Israelis to call prior to
setting out for a distribution centers and waiting on line. Some
stations have temporarily run out of certain sizes, such as the
pediatric and infant masks.
Ephraim Sneh, chairman of the Knesset Subcommittee on Military
Affairs asked to know why the deaf residents of Israel are not
being equipped with vibrators that will notify them of an air raid
situation, since they cannot hear the sirens. Sneh stated this
project alone will require several millions of shekels.
Other Knesset members have addressed what they are calling the lack
of action toward the non-Hebrew speaking population, mainly new
immigrants. Calls have been made repeatedly for more information to
be disseminated in Russian and Amharic.
Labor Party MK Adisu Massala, the representative of the Ethiopian
community, has called upon government officials to make plans to
relocate the thousands of Ethiopian residents of Israel living in
mobile homes, none of which can adequately be protected in the
event of an attack.
Special CNN Internet Event with Netanyahu
By IINS News Service
The Office of the Prime Minister and CNN Interactive will present
a first of its kind Internet chat with Israeli Prime Minister
Hosted by CNN's senior anchor Bernard Shaw, Internet users from
around the world are invited to pose their questions to the Prime
Minister from the CNN Interactive web site (www.cnn.com). The
questions, to be read by Shaw, along with Netanyahu's answers will
be broadcast live (video/audio) on the Internet.
The chat will take place Sunday, Feb. 15 at 1:00 p.m. EST and will
last for 30 minutes. For more information and the required
software, go to the Prime Minister's web site at:
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