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>JN June 24, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 109
Satellite Launch Postponed to Wednesday
By Arutz-7 News Service
The launch of the Israeli satellite from Kazakhstan, scheduled for
Tuesday, was postponed for 24 hours, because of technical
difficulties. The Gurwin Tech-Sat 2 satellite is 19 inches tall,
and uses less electricity than a household light bulb. It will
serve as a long-range sensor for communications and for several
outer-space experiments, and will gather data on the ozone layer.
It will circle Earth every 119 minutes at a height of 519 miles.
D'Amato Threatens Hearings on 1946 Pact with Swiss
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, a major critic of Swiss conduct over
Holocaust-era claims, threatened to hold hearings aimed at
forcing the U.S. to reopen a postwar treaty it reached with
Switzerland on its handling of gold looted by Nazi Germany. The
comments by D'Amato came just three days after the big Swiss banks
made what they called a final offer of $600 million to settle
Holocaust-era claims made on them. D'Amato said he was dissatisfied
with the Swiss bank offer, saying it "comes nowhere near rectifying
the wrong done."
Swiss Rebuff Auschwitz Survivor's Pay Plea
Israel Faxx Staff Report
The Swiss government rebuffed a demand Tuesday for compensation
from a Jewish refugee who was detained in Switzerland in 1943,
handed over to a German army patrol and eventually sent to
The cabinet released a letter it had sent to Joseph Spring's lawyer
saying it deeply regretted the incident but insisting that the
Auschwitz camp survivor's demand for 100,000 Swiss francs ($66,800)
was neither legally valid nor justified by the facts.
Spring, 71, said he was disappointed that Berne had not found it
appropriate to compensate him for "betrayal" by Swiss border
guards. His lawyer said he would appeal the case to Switzerland's
Two Israeli Astronauts Named
NASA announced two Israeli astronauts have been named. The two are
Col. Eitan Ramon, 44, a pilot, and navigator Lt. Col. Yitzchak
Meiv, 44. They will begin their NASA training July 6, although
their space mission will not begin for at least another year.
The two were taken into the program to prepare for the eventuality
that one may not be able to perform his responsibilities, and there
will then be a readied standby. At this time, the two will
participate in all the training, but NASA officials stated they are
uncertain at this time which of the two will be launched into space
and who will be the backup.
Ramon was born in Beersheva has achieved excellence in all
endeavors, including his career in the Israel Air Force, where he
is reported to have been among the best. He was among the first
Israeli F-16 pilots and has considerable combat experience. Until
his recent NASA appointment, he was functioning as a commander of
an F-16 squadron and a deputy phantom commander.
Meiv has a long career as a navigator, working with a phantom
Officer Who Brought Food for Troops Pardoned
The IDF captain, who reportedly was sent to jail for one-week for
leaving his post to get food for his troops, has been pardoned.
After the story was reported by Kol Yisrael's IDF correspondent,
Carmella Menashe, the public opinion against the IDF was strong.
The officer realized his troops had not been left with sufficient
food for the weekend. So on Friday night, he phoned his wife, who
drove a considerable distance and brought food to a rendezvous
The officer was charged with abandoning his post, even though he
was on a mission for his men and had a two-way radio with him.
The IDF commander issued an order to release the reserve duty
officer, overriding the battalion commander's decision to send him
to jail for one week.
El Al Steward Commits Suicide
Yair Meor, 62, a veteran El Al Steward, shot himself to death in
the yard of the Ramat HaSharon police station over the weekend.
According to colleagues at El Al, since the 1994 death of his wife
from cancer, he never recovered from the pain.
Yair drove to the police station, sat on a bench outside the
entrance, and fired the fatal shot. He left a note in his car
telling his children that he is unable to live alone.
El Al officials said they were surprised to hear of the suicide.
They explained that recently, he was in better spirits and on his
last flight, he appeared to be snapping out of his depression.
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