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>July 7, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 118
Barak: Netanyahu Leads Israel to War
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Branding Benjamin Netanyahu a liar, the head of Israel's main
opposition party told the Knesset Monday that the prime minister
was leading the country towards war with the Palestinians. The
fiery attack by Labor party leader Ehud Barak blazed a new path in
the opposition's campaign to nudge Netanyahu towards a deal with
the Palestinians or push him out of office should he fail to fulfil
promises to achieve "peace with security."
Esther Pollard Meets Husband's Control Officer
By Arutz-7 News Service
Esther Pollard, wife of Jonathan Pollard, met her husband's direct
control officer, Rafi Eitan, for the first time Sunday and she told
Arutz-7 that neither she nor her husband, who has been incarcerated
for 13 years, are angry at Eitan.
Eitan told Mrs. Pollard that throughout this period, he attempted
to help behind the scenes, and said that now that Israel has
officially recognized Jonathan as an Israeli agent, it would be
easier for him to act openly. She said Eitan admitted that Israel
had not been fair to Pollard, and that Pollard had done only good
for Israel and no harm to the United States.
Mrs. Pollard brought Eitan a message from her husband: "Rafi, a
commander does not leave his men in the field. The State has
finally acknowledged that I was her agent, that I was your soldier.
I am asking you to bring me home."
Tanenbaum Cleared of U.S. Espionage Charges
The American government has cleared David Tanenbaum of all
suspicion of allegedly spying for Israel. Tanenbaum, an observant
Jew who lives in Detroit, was suspected of passing classified
information from the US to Israel. In his capacity working as a
senior engineer in the development of tanks for the U.S.
government, it was alleged that he passed information to an IDF
attache, who in turn passed it along to Israeli officials.
Last February, Tanenbaum's home was raided by FBI agents who
confiscated documents and computer disks, and claimed that
Tanenbaum was hiding some of the classified data intended for
Israel in his home.
Tanenbaum has maintained his innocence and accused the agents and
the government of defamation of character. His lawyer told
officials that any information that was obtained by the Israelis
was data that was shared in joint US-Israeli projects, and at
no time, did his client pass any classified data to Israel. The
agents were unable to establish a case against Tanenbaum, lacking
any incriminating evidence that would substantiate their claims of
The New License Plate Controversy
On June 18, we reported that new car license plates are being
issued for new cars, with an Israeli flag on them, similar to
European countries that display their respective flag. The current
version displays an Israeli flag on the left side of the license
plate with the large English initials "IL." In addition the word
"Israel" is written in Hebrew and Arabic.
It has been learned that Arabs and chareidi (ultra-Orthodox) Jews
have been informing one another by word of mouth, where license
plates without the flag can be obtained. Other Israelis are asking
for the license plates without the word "Israel" written in Arabic.
Right-wing members of the committee dealing with the different
changes in the license plates have already objected to proposals to
permit Arabs to obtain a plate with a blue square in place of the
In about six months, a newer version will be manufactured without
the initials. According to Transportation Minister Shaul Yahalom,
the flag on the license plates is another element that will make it
increasingly difficult to manufacture fraudulent license plates.
The new license plates is mandatory only for new cars sold in
Israel from this month onward.The majority of the cars, with the
license plates without the flags, will not be required to change
Turkey Refuses Husseini Request
By Arutz-7 News Service
Turkey says it is not interested in helping the Palestinian
Authority locate Arab properties in western Jerusalem. Feisal
Husseini visited Turkey last week, and requested that he be allowed
access to documents from the period of Ottoman control over the
Holy Land. He wishes to find proof of Arab ownership of Jerusalem
properties. The Turkish government refused to cooperate with his
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