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>JN April 21, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 71
Netanyahu Won't be Indicted, But New Elections are Possible
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Shortly after Israel's attorney general announced that Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be indicted, Netanyahu went
on national television to charge his accusers with having political
motives and to say the prosecutor's report proves he did nothing
wrong. Netanyahu said he made some mistakes, but did not
commit any crime.
The prime minister charged that people who do not like him tried
to undermine the legitimacy of his government, and failed. He
was particularly harsh on the government-run television station,
which first broke the influence peddling story three months ago.
Netanyahu said he will make any necessary improvements to the
operations of his government, but aside from that he declared
this affair over.
Analysts say that is not likely. The Supreme Court is expected
to be asked to rule on the attorney general's decision. And key
members of the ruling coalition must now decide whether the report
issued Sunday contains enough criticism of Netanyahu to justify a
parliamentary vote of no-confidence, and new elections.
The attorney general's report refers to a "black box" of missing
information about the prime minister's role in alleged efforts to
get lenient treatment for one of his political allies, who is on
trial for corruption.
Argentina Investigates Past as Nazi Haven
Argentina is setting up a commission to investigate its role as
a haven for Nazi war criminals, including reports that gold stolen
from Holocaust victims was hidden in the country, the government
said. The commission of Argentine and foreign experts will have
one year to carry out its investigations and create a final report.
Recently declassified U.S. wartime documents estimate that the
Nazis secretly sent more than $1 billion to be invested in
Argentina one month before the war ended.
Pesach on the Internet
Virtual Jerusalem announced the official launch of its Passover
WWW extravaganza. Accessible at http://www.virtual.co.il, the
Passover page is the world's one-stop headquarters for the holiday.
Visitors who would like to experience a comprehensive and
interactive Passover adventure can visit the site for
features and editorials spanning the entire Passover experience.
The Passover site at Virtual Jerusalem uses the multimedia
capabilities of the Internet including graphics, sound, video,
animation, Java and links to other pages in presenting this
Virtual Jerusalem's "Passover Central" offers Virtual Email
Greeting Cards, a how-to matzah baking video and a worldwide
Passover host locator to find a place for the traditional Seder.
The Virtual Jerusalem online Passover Educator's Guide features
Kotel Kam for viewing the bi-annual Priests Blessing at the Western
Virtual Jerusalem is also the center for Passover holiday shopping.
The newly released Amazing Family Album CD-ROM brings the exodus
from Egypt to life and the Interactive Haggadah is an educational
CD-ROM that will keep the entire family captivated with hundreds
of animations, music, humor and surprises.
Virtual Jerusalem, Ltd. is the Internet's largest source for Jewish
and Israel related content. With information updated around the
clock and new content added daily, the site includes daily news
and analysis direct from Israel and its client newspapers, wire
services and radio stations.
IDF on Alert for Terrorist Attacks
Israelis are busy preparing for the start of the seven day
Pesach holiday which starts Monday evening and is celebrated for
eight days outside of Israel.
Security forces are on high alert nationwide following intelligence
reports indicating Arab terrorists will try to carry out terror
attacks against Israeli security forces, Jewish residents of the
West Bank and Gaza, and against those in the rest of Israel.
Increased manpower has been deployed to so-called "sensitive"
areas. The IDF has resumed "Operation Bi'ur Hametz," a plan that
was abandoned about a year ago which entails entering mosques and
other suspected areas of incitement and anti-Israel terror
According to reports released from major supermarket chains,
Saturday night's pre-Pesach shopping represented about 10 times the
normal Saturday night shopping, nationwide. The supermarkets
report about NIS 3 billion, or about $882 million, in revenues from
this year's Passover shopping. The average Passover basket for a
family is reported to be a minimum of 800 Sheqels (about $234).
Seders for Hundreds Around the World
Chabad emissaries are preparing to conduct Passover seders for
thousands of Jewish hikers and tourists in far corners of the
world. Seders designed for hundreds of Jews each will take place in
Katmandu, Peru, Alaska, and Thailand and Cincinnati.
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