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>JN April 6, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 63

81 Senators Sign Pro-israel Letter

By Arutz-7 News Service

Eighty-one U.S. senators signed a letter to President Clinton, calling upon him not to publicize his proposal for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria. The letter, which says that Israel should be allowed to determine its own security requirements, was initiated by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, and Republican Sen. Connie Mack.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who met with Minister of Industry and Trade Natan Sharansky last week, told him that she does not understand why Israel incites the Congress against the administration, which, she said, is very favorable to Israel.

Seymour Reich, president of the American Zionist Movement, was critical of AIPAC for organizing the Senate letter. He said that the American Jewish community is much more appreciative of Clinton's efforts on behalf of the Oslo process than was given expression in the letter.

However, Yoram Ettinger, who formerly served in the Israeli Embassy in Washington, told Arutz-7 that Reich's opinion is a minority one within the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Israel to Lend Kinneret Space to Jordan

By Arutz-7 News Service

Israel agreed to allow Jordan to use the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) as a reservoir, Haaretz reports. According to the joint agreement, the waters of the Yarmuk River will be diverted to the Kinneret, later to stream into Jordan. This is necessitated by the Jordanians' need to preserve for the summer the large amounts of winter rain and snow streaming into the Yarmuk.

At the same time, to make room for the Yarmuk waters, it is reported that Israel will divert the Jordan River near the Bnot Yaakov Bridge away from the Kinneret and directly to the National Water Carrier. This is known as the Bypass Kinneret project.

Hydrologist Dr. Chaim Gvirtzman told Arutz-7 that the numbers don't add up: Yarmuk waters total 20-30 million cubic meters, while the Bypass Kinneret project involves some 10 times as much. "Why would Israel need to divert 300 million cubic meters in order to make room for 30 million cubic meters?"

He said that it could be that a planned desalination project of Mediterranean waters could add a very large amount of desalinated water to the Kinneret, which would necessitate the diversion of such large amounts from the Kinneret in the Bypass project.

The agreement with Jordan has raised objections in Israel, for two reasons: the possibility of foreign elements helping in the administration of the Kinneret, and the salinity of the Yarmuk, which is greater than that of the Kinneret.

"The Analyzer" Rejected by IDF Computer Units

By IINS News Service

Ehud Tanenbaum, the Tel-Aviv teenager who gained international fame as "The Analyzer," was informed that the IDF will not accept him for military service.

The Analyzer, the computer hacker who successfully broke into the computer networks of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Pentagon and other major institutions, was questioned by FBI agents and the Israeli police following his apprehension.

Many persons thought that when Tanenbaum enlisted Sunday, the IDF computer personnel would have wanted him because of his expertise, but at this stage it appears they have labeled him as a security risk and do not want his computer talents.

Officials in the defense establishment felt it would be unwise to trust Tanenbaum with security codes and other information that is classified, following his performance as "The Analyzer."

Palestinians Hide Torture in Sharif Murder

By IINS News Service

According to the head of the Hamas terror organization in Gaza, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the PLO Authority Preventive Security Service, under the leadership of Gabril Rajoub, was responsible for last week's murder of senior Hamas terrorist Mohieddin Sharif.

In a Jerusalem Post interview, Rantisi said Sharif was placed under arrest by the PSS and subsequently tortured and executed. Following his death, he was placed into a car in the Ramallah industrial zone, and the car was then blown up to cover-up the death.

Officials in the PA have since issued official statements blaming Israeli agents for killing Sharif, based on alleged reports that were released by the PA medical examiner.

Despite releasing Israel from responsibility for the murder, Rantisi called upon Hamas to continue attacks against Israeli targets. Since the report released by senior PA officials, Israeli security forces have been on high alert, responding to threats by Hamas of impeding terror attacks.
Rantisi theorizes that Sharif broke down under torture and revealed information that led to the subsequent arrests of Hamas terrorists. Following the death of Sharif, about 20 Hamas terrorists were arrested.

Latvian Holocaust Memorial Desecrated

By IINS News Service

Following last week's arson attack on the Riga Synagogue, over the weekend the city's Holocaust memorial was desecrated by vandals as well. According to local police, black paint was thrown on the monument for the 70,000 Jews murdered in Latvia during World War 2.

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