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>JN Feb. 25. 1998, Vol. 6, No. 36

Mossad Head resigns Over Botched Assassination

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

The head of Israel's "Mossad" intelligence agency has resigned over last year's failed assassination attempt on a leader of the militant Palestinian group, "Hamas."

After one week of growing pressure to step down, Mossad chief Danny Yatom submitted his resignation to the prime minister. Last week, a special commission blamed the failed operation and its aftermath on overconfidence in Mossad and poor planning by Yatom.

Last September in Amman, Jordan, Mossad agents attacked Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, injecting him with a poison. But the agents were captured and exposed. Jordan's King Hussein insisted that Israel provide the antidote to keep Meshal alive, and forced the release of Hamas' spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, and dozens of other Palestinians held in Israeli jails.

The king remains angry over the incident, and refused to resume full cooperation with Israel as long as Yatom remained in office.

Shamir: "Not One Millimeter"

By Arutz-7 News Service

"Menachem Begin never returned Israeli land to our enemies. He felt that Sinai was not an integral part of Israel, and that it could be ceded for a true and lasting peace," said former Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir.

Shamir said during an Arutz-7 call-in radio program that there is no reason for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give up even a millimeter of land to the Palestinians.

Responding to a caller who asked why he attacks Netanyahu in public statements, Shamir said, "Of course I would rather have Netanyahu than Barak as prime minister, for Barak represents the Oslo regime. But as long as Netanyahu is already prime minister, I feel that I am certainly entitled to express my opinions if he gives in to Arafat."

Israel Was Ready With an Offensive

By IINS News Service

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israeli forces were prepared to carry out an offensive if attacked by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Various military responses were prepared to react to various scenarios of Iraqi attacks against Israel. The prime minister stressed that Israel was ready for any eventuality.

It was also revealed that Netanyahu did receive messages from Saddam Hussein, via unnamed messengers, that Iraq was not planning to attack Israel, even if it was attacked by the United States. Netanyahu had mentioned earlier, when reacting to public messages from Iraq, that he was unwilling to rely on promises delivered from Saddam Hussein.

Body of Slain Teen Found in Ramot Forest

By IINS News Service

The body of 17-year-old Ramot resident Noa Eyal was found Monday in the Ramot forest, several hundred meters from her home.

When Noa, who was seeing a movie and spending the evening with friends in downtown Jerusalem, failed to return home Sunday night, her parents reported her missing. Police theorize she missed the last bus to the Jerusalem suburb which left at midnight, and hitchhiked from Jerusalem's Davidka Square.

The badly beaten nude body of the girl was found by searchers at 6:30 p.m, Monday. The body was taken to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Preliminary reports indicate she died after being struck in the head with a large stone.

A resident told police she saw the teenager getting into a suspicious looking vehicle. Police have obtained the license number of that car from the witnesses.

Police stressed that all directions are still open in the investigation, including a terror attack, but at this time, the signs point to sexual assault/murder. Police added that at this time, it is unknown if she was raped prior to being killed.

Bnei Brak Students Driven to School with Turkeys

By IINS News Service

Many parents of students attending the "Uziel" School in Bnei Brak are waiting to hear an explanation as to why their children were compelled to sit squeezed next to one another in a van in order to accommodate live turkeys in the van.

Shimon Kashi waited for the van to pick up his son for school. When the van pulled in, he could not believe his eyes. The children were pushed together with the turkeys. Kashi's 8-year-old son got on the van but was too scared to remain and jumped off.

A spokesman for Bnei Brak, Avraham Tanenbaum, stated the incident was checked with the principal. It was learned that prior to taking the children, the driver took turkeys to a slaughterhouse but some of the turkeys were rejected for slaughter. Not wishing to be late for picking up the children, the driver brought them along for the ride.

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