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>JN June 26, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 111
Plane with Israeli Remains Leaves Beirut
Israel Faxx Staff Report
A plane carrying the remains of Israeli soldiers killed in south
Lebanon departed Beirut for Israel Thursday as part of a deal to
swap them for the corpses of Lebanese guerrillas and the release of
prisoners The remains of at least three Israeli soldiers were
placed aboard a French plane destined for Tel Aviv.
Israel Stages Last Airlift from Ethiopian Capital
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Israel conducted its final airlift of Ethiopian immigrants of
Jewish descent Thursday and said it would shut down a compound that
has housed thousands more in Addis Ababa since 1991. The Jewish
state's Absorption Ministry said 60 of the Ethiopians, known as
Falash Mora, were due to arrive at Ben-Gurion airport near Tel Aviv
Thursday evening. It said a few dozen more at the compound faced
"bureaucratic" problems in Ethiopia and would trickle in to Israel
over the coming weeks before the facility is closed.
Afghanistan Rejects Israel Earthquake Aid
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli aid for the victims of last month's earthquake in
Afghanistan has been delayed for political reasons. Israel
delivered the supply of tents and blankets to Dushanbe, Tajikistan
last week, as requested by the International Red Cross. The
material -- reported to be worth about $100,000 -- was not marked
in any way, and was the kind of thing the Red Cross said was
particularly needed in the earthquake-ravaged area.
Israel was pleased with the opportunity to send help, particularly
for an Islamic country with which it has no relations. It invited
the media to film the aid material leaving the Tel Aviv airport.
That may have been where Israel went wrong.
Red Cross officials report that the Afghan embassy in Dushanbe
objected to inclusion of the Israeli aid in any deliveries into
Afghanistan for what the Red Cross calls "political reasons."
The Red Cross reports Afghan officials say they never requested
any aid from the Jewish state.
For the last three weeks, the Israeli supplies have been
languishing in a Dushanbe warehouse. Israel says the Red Cross
hopes to quietly distribute the material after the furor over it
Meanwhile, an Israeli newspaper reports Israel has had secret
official contacts with both the Taleban government which rules
most of Afghanistan, and the previous government which still
controls the north of the country. Yediot Aharonot says there has
been a series of meetings in Europe and at United Nations
headquarters in New York, and that some Afghan officials secretly
The Israeli Foreign Ministry would not comment on the report, but
one knowledgeable Israeli source called it a combination of
"fabrication and exaggeration of a few small facts."
Chief Rabbi to Meet Iranian Religious Leaders in US
In nine days, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron will be
flying to Los Angeles to meet with senior Iranian religious
Several months ago, the chief rabbi requested that Iranian
officials permit him to meet with leaders of the 30,000-strong
Iranian Jewish community. During his meetings in Los Angeles, the
rabbi is hopeful his request will receive a positive response.
The secret meetings of the chief rabbi have been going on for more
than one year, in conjunction with officials in the Foreign
14 Year-Old Girl Wants Permission to Wed
A 14-year-old two-month pregnant girl in northern Israel is
requesting a court permit her to marry the 28-year-old father of
her child. "We are in love and he is the father of the child. I do
not feel too young and we want to be married," stated the
Chabad at the World Cup
The international Chabad/Lubavitch Movement has set up a kosher
food stand at the World Cup Games, taking place at the Stade de
France Stadium, near Paris. In addition to the kosher foods
available at the stand, one may also avail oneself of the other
Jewish-related data, such as synagogue locations, general
information on Judaism, and males may put on tefilin(
The vendor-rabbi had to arrange for the World Cup officials to meet
his criteria for the stand, that it be distanced from the
non-kosher vendors and that they stadium officials honor his need
to close the stand on the Sabbath. The rabbi expects 200-300
persons to stop at his World Cup booth daily.
Syria Nearing Completion of Nerve Gas Production
According to a report given by a senior officer in the IDF
intelligence community to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee, Syria is moving ahead with its manufacturing of Scud "C"
missiles. The IDF assessment of the Syrian situation has not
changed, and the consensus remains that Syria is not making
preparations for a military offensive against Israel, but
nevertheless the Syrians continue to develop military options.
The senior intelligence officer explained that the Syrians are also
nearing completion of research that will enable them to produce VX
nerve gas, which may be then placed in the warheads of the Scud
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