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Israelis Devise Concealed Bomb Detector

By UPI

A private Israeli firm is developing a system that sees through clothing to detect bombs and firearms, Middle East Newsline reported Thursday.

The system, developed by Elbit Systems' subsidiary El-Op Electro-Optics, would allow the operator to detect concealed weapons and explosives under the clothing of an operative from what executives termed a safe distance.

A key technological challenge, executives said, is to ensure friend/foe identification, which would require the training of operators to prevent false alarms over the presence of Israeli soldiers or police officers, all of whom normally carry weapons.


Kerry Waffles on Pollard

By IsraelNationalNews.com

"If Kerry wants to learn about Pollard, it is not enough for him to say so; he must meet with Pollard's lawyers and actually do so, as he has been invited to do in the past." So said Aid Ginsburg, an activist on behalf of Jonathan Pollard, referring to the presidential candidate's recent comments.

In a conference call with Jewish leaders in Florida, the Democratic Party's about-to-be nominee was asked if he would pardon Pollard in the event that he was elected. Kerry responded that he is not sufficiently familiar with the matter, but that if he were elected, he would look into it more deeply.

The Justice for Jonathan Pollard organization expressed surprise at this response, as Kerry was one of 60 signatories to the infamous "Senators' Letter" against Pollard. If he is not familiar with the details, asked the organization, "then why did he sign a 1999 Senate letter condemning Jonathan Pollard and calling on then-President Bill Clinton not to release him? If indeed Kerry knows so little about this case - which Appeals Court Justice Steven Williams described as 'a fundamental miscarriage of justice' - why did he sign the letter?"

The Pollard organization announced that it "invites Mr. Kerry without delay to receive a briefing from Pollard's attorneys, Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman. After which, Kerry is urged remove his name from this infamous document, which he signed in ignorance of the facts; and with full knowledge, to publicly clarify his position on Jonathan Pollard and the State of Israel."


Israel Set Up Singapore's Army, Former Officers Reveal

By Ha'aretz

The Singaporean army, which is today considered one of the strongest in Southeast Asia, was set up by Israel. In December 1965, an Israeli military delegation headed by Maj. Gen. Ya'akov Elazari arrived in Singapore under a veil of secrecy and started to build the various branches of the armed forces there.

Since then, security ties between the two countries have strengthened, and Singapore is now considered one of the biggest customers for Israeli arms and weapons systems. Singapore's founding father and first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, asked Israel to help establish his country's army almost immediately after Singapore received independence from Malaysia in August 1965. He had earlier requested help from India and Egypt, but they turned him down.

The Israeli delegation consisted of six officers who were divided into two teams. One, headed by Elazari, set up the defense and internal security ministries, while the other, headed by Maj. Gen. Yehuda Golan, established the military infrastructure. They followed the model of the IDF, with a standing army and reserves.

The officers also served as instructors in the Singapore army's first basic training courses and its first course for officers, both commissioned and noncommissioned. The late cabinet minister Rehavam Ze'evi, who wrote the blueprint for Singapore's armed forces, trained the members of the delegation that went to Singapore.


New Drivers Require an Escort for Three Months

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The Knesset Economics Committee has approved Acting Transportation Minister Meir Sheetrit's legislation that places increased restrictions on new drivers. The new bill is expected to pass its second and third readings in the Knesset in the coming days, making it law.

New drivers will now be required to be accompanied by an experienced driver for a period of three months after becoming licensed as opposed to the current two months. In addition, new drivers will not be permitted to drive with more than two friends in the vehicle without an experienced driver being present. This is intended to prevent new drivers from joyriding and traveling with many friends to bars and pubs. The law will take effect on November 1st.


High Court Pts a Price on Man's Promise to Marry

By Ha'aretz

The High Court of Justice has ruled a married man who promised to marry his mistress must pay compensation for breaking his verbal promise. The precedent-setting ruling enables lovers to sue over a marital promise as though it were a legally binding contract.

The High Court overthrew a prior ruling made by the Tel Aviv District Court, which stated that the woman couldn't sue for compensation because the promise went against the public's best interest.

Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court ruled the woman is entitled to compensation for the broken promise of marriage and ordered that the man pay her NIS 35,000 in compensation. But the court overturned the lower court's ruling and said the promise was not legally binding.

The woman who made the petition met the man in a cigarette factory where they both worked in the city of Lod. When she met him she was unmarried, while he was married with children. The two conducted an affair for a few years, and the woman even became pregnant by the man four times, each time ending in an abortion.

Meanwhile, the woman married another man and bore his child. Her lover convinced her to divorce her new husband and promised her that if she did, he would divorce his wife and they would build a family together. But though she did divorce her husband, the man refused to leave his wife.

After her divorce, the woman became pregnant with the man's child for the fifth time, this time deciding to bear the child to term. She gave birth to the man's daughter, who is 16-years-old today. After the girl was born, the two terminated their relationship.

High Court Justice Aharon Barak ruled "the justice system can not be indifferent to the marital pact and must not leave decisions over such an agreement as a blank box, to be filled by any of the two parties. This is true because the promise of marriage can cause damage to the other party, but also because the legal contract in Israel does not end at the stoop of a familial home." He said this should not be viewed differently than a court's enforcing property laws between a couple.

Barak said the agreement made was not in opposition to the public's best interests because "over the years the social conceptions have changed and people accepted divorce as a part of the reality of life It is hard to see how the institute of marriage will benefit if we grant immunity to a married man who is conducting an extramarital affair and scattering promises around."

The court ruled the woman had "fulfilled all her obligations under the agreement, had divorced her husband and when she was unattached had intended to marry the man. She sacrificed the best years of life to do so. Justice demands - and it is difficult to imagine a more extreme case than this one - that the woman be compensated for all damages cause to her."

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