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Jerusalem Resident Suspected Of Spreading Computer Virus
Israel Police detectives acting on a tip from Interpol arrested a Jerusalem resident
suspected of spreading the viper computer virus. Police report the suspect admitted to
spreading the email virus that has infected hundreds of thousands of computers
Israel Seals Gaza, Sharon, Abbas to Meet Friday
By VOA News & IsraelNationalNews.com
Officials say Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet with his Palestinian counterpart,
Mahmoud Abbas on Friday as Israel imposes a sweeping new travel ban on the Gaza Strip.
Both developments came just one day after Secretary of State Colin Powell met separately
with both leaders and urged them to take immediate steps to implement the "road map" peace
Powell urged Israel to ease harsh restrictions on Palestinian movement in the occupied
territories. Israel responded by lifting its closure of the West Bank and Gaza. However,
by nightfall Sunday, the new travel ban was in effect. Israeli media says the Gaza closure
follows new intelligence that terror groups were planning to carry out more suicide
bombings inside Israel.
Sharon has officially rejected the U.S. demand for a total freeze on construction
activity in Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza). It was learned Monday that Sharon told Powell
that he would not prevent young people who were born in the towns from building their
homes there. "I don't call them settlements, but rather communities," Sharon said, adding,
"We also won't force young mothers to have abortions."
Powell told Israel's Channel Two last night that President Bush "expects to speak to
[Prime Minister Sharon] in very open, straightforward, honest, candid terms about
settlement activity and settlements in general when he sees Sharon next week." Sharon,
however, rebuffed the veiled threat, telling Ynet that his relationship with Bush is not
one where Bush "makes demands."
Dr. Mati Erlichman of Beit El told Arutz-7 that the birthrate in Binyamin-area
communities is very high, "and just as significantly, very consistent. In Beit El, for
instance, we have a natural growth rate of 4%, which is very high, and there are 10-11
nurseries here... What this means is that these towns are dynamic, alive. Many of the
babies born here 20-25 years ago are now establishing their own families in other
communities nearby - children from Beit El are now in Ofrah, and some from Ofrah are now
in Eli, etc. We're alive!"
While calling for Israeli concessions, Powell also urged Palestinian leaders to rein-in
militant groups responsible for the suicide attacks. Powell continued his peace mission
Monday, meeting in Cairo with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak before traveling to the
Jordanian capital, Amman, for Tuesday talks with King Abdullah.
Jordan has been a staunch U.S. ally and is one of only two Arab countries to have
signed a peace treaty with Israel. Powell was expected to thank the Jordanian monarch for
his country's quiet support during the Iraq war and also promote the road map. A spokesman
for the royal court told VOA the king would emphasize the need to begin implementing the
road map immediately.
Powell's peace efforts have been met with disappointment and skepticism among Arabs.
There is disappointment that even after talks Sunday with Sharon, he could not get Israel
to endorse the road map, while the Palestinians have done so.
Powell said the important thing was that Israel and the Palestinians have found enough
common ground to at least take some steps toward defusing tensions. He says the two sides
need to sit down to negotiate other differences.
The peace plan - authored by the United States, the United Nations, the European Union
and Russia - calls for a series of goodwill concessions by both sides leading to the
establishment of a Palestinian state by the end of 2005.
Soviet Double Agent May Have Betrayed Wallenberg
A Soviet double agent may have betrayed the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who
saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps in World War II, a researcher said
Swedish author Wilhelm Agrell said his study of secret service correspondence in
Swedish and Soviet archives led him to believe his friend, Vilmos Bohm, turned in
Wallenberg, who was arrested by Soviet secret police in Hungary in January 1945. Agrell
said in an article in Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter the archives show Bohm was a Soviet
double agent codenamed Orestes, who may have told the Soviets of Wallenberg's
A Swedish government report in March says Wallenberg and Bohm both worked undercover
for Britain and the United States, with Bohm acting as a middleman in Stockholm. "If Bohm
reported to his Soviet employers what he reported to his superiors in the British
delegation, Raoul Wallenberg was betrayed and the fate he met no longer appears a
mystery," Agrell wrote in the newspaper.
Russia has said Wallenberg was taken to Moscow's notorious Lubyanka prison where he
died in 1947 and acknowledged the diplomat was held by the Soviets for political
Wallenberg helped thousands of Hungarian Jews escape transport to and near certain
death in Nazi Germany's concentration camps by issuing them Swedish passports.
A Hungarian, Bohm spent the war years in Sweden posing as a Social Democrat and
political refugee. He was later Hungary's ambassador to Sweden after the war.
Wallenberg's fate has been an unsolved mystery and critics have said Sweden has made
little effort to find out the truth - possibly because of Wallenberg's close ties with
Sweden was neutral in World War II and walked a diplomatic tightrope between the
superpowers during the Cold War. It has refused to declare Wallenberg legally dead without
"Information on Bohm's role as a Soviet agent does not solve all the puzzles around
Wallenberg, but they open another dark dimension in an intelligence game which the drama
of the young diplomat Raoul Wallenberg clearly was a part of," Agrell said.
Teen Dies When Loudspeaker Hits his Head at Graduation Party
By Uri Ash (Ha'aretz)
An 18-year-old boy from Kibbutz Maoz Haim in the Beit She'an area died overnight Monday
when a loudspeaker fell on top of him at his high school graduation party. The teen had
climbed up a stand to which a large speaker was attached, the Beit She'an police said. The
stand, which was in a chicken coop-cum-club in Kibbutz Hemdiya, north of Beit She'an -
where the party was held - then fell on top of him.
The loudspeaker hit the teen's head, seriously wounding him. He died from his wounds a
short time later and his body was taken to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute. The teen was
one of 60 12th graders celebrating their graduation from the Neve Eitan School, also in
the Beit She'an area, which is on the edge of the Jordan Valley.
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