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>JN July 2, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 115
Netanyahu, Weizman Privatize Problems
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's president and prime minister met Wednesday, after two days
of making harsh public statements about each other.
After the meeting, the two men did not speak in public, but sent
out their spokesmen. The prime minister's spokesman, Shai Bazak,
said they had explained their positions to each other, and agreed
that the good of the country requires them to settle their
differences in private.
"President Weizman and Prime Minister Netanyahu, both agreed
everything they have to discuss between them, they will speak about
it between both of them, and not publicly."
That would be a break from recent practice, and Israeli reporters
immediately put the headline on the story: "No Agreement Between
the President and the Prime Minister."
In recent days, the two officials have clashed sharply over the
prime minister's handling of the peace process, and the president's
penchant for political statements.
President Ezer Weizman, whose role is largely ceremonial, called
for early elections and said Netanyahu is out of touch with
reality. The prime minister countered that the president is
overstepping his authority, and strengthening and hardening the
Arab position in current negotiations.
Israeli presidents and prime ministers have clashed before. But
veteran Israeli analysts say the issues involved and the harshness
of the rhetoric are unprecedented.
Chareidi Women Arrested in Gold Smuggling Operation
Six chareidi (ultra-Orthodox) women were arrested on suspicion of
smuggling NIS 40 million (about $11 million) of gold into the
country -- approximately 2,200 lbs.
Customs police, working in cooperation with police in Belgium,
already arrested the six women from the Meah Shearim area of
Jerusalem and two men, who are believed to be senior players in the
Yekeutiel Lichtenstein, a chief suspect, refused to open his home
to police, and police had to use force to enter his home, only to
find him hiding in a corner of his kitchen.
The entire episode began when two passengers chose to leave Ben
Gurion International Airport, using the green line at customs, in
place of the red line, indicating they had nothing to declare. When
they were stopped and checked, customs officials found large
amounts of gold.
Police report that Lichtenstein and Yosef Uziel, among the leaders
of the ring, have already laundered about NIS 100 million (nearly
$28 million) in Belgium. The laundered money is then returned to
Israel in the form of foreign currency or gold bars.
IDF Widow Wins and Loses Caribbean Time Share Vacation
A 50-year-old woman from Kiryat Chaim, a widow of an IDF soldier,
was more than pleased when she learned that she had won a vacation
to the Caribbean worth NIS 11,500 (about $3,175), providing she met
the contest's criteria.
According to the rules of the V.M.C. Company, Esther Fisher was a
winner. She later learned that the rules according to Israel Time
Sharing Ltd., stipulate a winner must be married.
Attempts to reason with the contest sponsors by Fisher and Ma'ariv,
which reported the story, were in vain. Ma'ariv reports that when
it called the company for a response, the person at the other hung
up the phone.
Teenager Girl Abused by Multiple Family Members
Police report that a 13-year-old girl was the victim of rape by two
family members, each unaware of the other's actions. The teenager
went to the principal of her school one month ago, stating she
thought she might be pregnant since she was feeling nauseous and
under the weather.
It was the principal who uncovered the story, which involved two
family members who had intercourse and committed acts of sodomy
with the girl for a one-year period.
Police and government authorities were notified and they began to
take action. The two family members were placed under arrest,
independent of one another. They were remanded separately, and are
currently in jail, without one being made aware of the actions of
Police report the two met one another in the prison, but according
to witnesses, both were too embarrassed to tell why they were in
lock up, each unaware of the other's crime.
Both of the suspects, in separate interrogations, told police their
actions were done with the consent of the teenager. The two then
met one another again, this time in court, when they heard the
handing down of the joint indictment against them.
74 Percent of Israelis Unhappy with Weight
Despite the large number of Israelis unhappy with their current
weight, 65 percent have not attempted any diet over the past
2-years and 82 percent are unwilling to spend any money to loose
The survey was commissioned for "Modern Times. According to a
Teleseker poll commissioned by the SuperFarm Pharmaceutical chain,
74 percent of all Israelis are unhappy with their present weight,
while 42 percent classify their bodies as full-figured or very
full-figured. Only 21 percent consider themselves "thin."
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