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>JN Feb.13, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 28
Web Sites Features Israel at 50
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has expanded its website with a
comprehensive new section on Israel's first 50 years as a reborn
state Among other things the new pages, headlined 'Israel at
Fifty', include a timeline of events since 1948, a series of
posters, photo-gallery of all Israel's presidents and prime
ministers, and a display showing what newspapers around the world
said of Israel's declaration of independence. The site is at
Israel to Nuke Saddam Hussein?
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli's prime minister has issued a veiled threat to use his
country's suspected nuclear capability in response to any attack by
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel Radio he is not
relying on Iraqi assurances that it will only attack countries
which attack it first. Rather, he said, Israel is making all
Netanyahu said Israel is able to defend itself, and has what
he called "other capabilities" which he hopes it will not have to
use. That is an apparent reference to Israel's widely-reported --
but never officially acknowledged -- nuclear weapons capability.
Analysts have been speculating about whether Israel might use
such weapons against Iraq, if Iraq fires chemical or biological
weapons at Israel. Netanyahu appears to be signaling he might do
At the same time, Israeli officials and military experts continue
to say the likelihood of an Iraqi strike on Israel is very low,
and the possibility of a chemical or biological attack is even
lower. Iraq launched 39 Scud missiles on Israel during the 1991
Gulf war, but none of them had chemical or biological warheads.
Still, Israelis continue to line up at gas mask distribution
centers, and the government has ordered as many as 400,000 more
masks from abroad to make up for a shortfall. The additional masks
are partly to provide for tourists and other foreigners who were
left out of earlier plans.
Meanwhile, small but vocal numbers of Palestinians continue to
voice their support for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Several
hundred Palestinian students marched in the divided West Bank
city of Hebron Thursday, chanting "Dear Saddam, hit Tel Aviv."
They threw stones at Israeli soldiers manning the line between
the Israeli-and-Palestinian-controlled sectors of the city.
State Department Issues Advisory
By IINS News Service
According to an EmergencyNet News Agency report, a new announcement
has been addressed to Americans in the Middle East, European
countries and South Asia.
The State Department issued a fresh advisory to Americans abroad to
take security precautions because of the crisis with Iraq. The
announcement urged them to prepare for "a possible emergency." The
announcement followed a "worldwide caution" issued Feb. 5 that
advised US nationals abroad to beware of random acts of violence
linked to tensions with Iraq.
The new warning said that while diplomatic options had not been
exhausted in the dispute over United Nations arms inspections, and
"although we see no direct threat to the safety of American
citizens in the region at this time, we believe it prudent for
Americans to heed the standing preparedness advice for American
citizens living abroad."
US citizens abroad were advised to assemble documents in one place,
check that passports and visas were valid, make an inventory of
their household effects in duplicate, keep an adequate supply of
food and water, and check that their cars were in good order.
The announcement said: "These are precautionary measures only.
However, given the potential seriousness of the current situation,
we believe it is important for all citizens to maintain a high
state of readiness for a possible emergency."
The EmergencyNet reports are published by the Chicago-based
Emergency Response & Research Institute, which monitors military
operations, [anti]-terrorism, and other related activities
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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