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>JN March 2, 1998, Vol. 2, No. 39
Iraq Prepares Drone for Bombing Mission
By IINS News Service
Foreign sources report Iraq is preparing drones (pilotless planes)
which are being designed to carry non-conventional weapons at a
maximum flying distance of 480 miles. The drones would not be in
violation of the weapons agreement, according to some
interpretations, since they do not fall under the category of
development of surface-to-surface missiles.
Israelis Flying to Washington
By Mark Lavie (VOA-Jerusalem)
A senior Israeli official has been dispatched to Washington to try
to stop the U.S from presenting a plan to break the deadlock in
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
David bar Illan, policy adviser to Israel's prime minister, is to
meet with administration officials in Washington. His goal is to
persuade the U.S. not to present Israel and the Palestinians with
a proposal about Israel's long-delayed pullback from parts of the
Reports reaching Jerusalem say the U.S. plan calls for Israel to
hand over an additional 13-percent of the territory to the
Palestinians now -- and an additional amount later. This is in
accordance with an agreement the two sides signed, with U.S.
mediation, one year ago.
Israel's Cabinet has approved a smaller pullback, on condition the
later withdrawal is canceled. The Palestinians reject the Israeli
approach. They say the upcoming pullback is not as important as
the next one -- after which, they say, they should be in control of
90-percent of the West Bank. Then negotiations for a permanent
peace agreement would begin.
The Israeli stand has received the backing of Jewish leaders from
the U.S., who are starting a four-day convention in Israel.
Executive director of the Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations, Malcolm Hoenlein, said if the U.S.
presents its plan it would be seen as pressure on Israel. He warned
that could be interpreted as a victory for Iraqi ruler Saddam
Hussein after the crisis in the Persian Gulf.
After the 1991 Gulf War, the U.S. took the initiative in the
decades-long Israel-Arab conflict and brought all the warring
parties together for a peace conference in Madrid. The Madrid
conference led to a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, peace
negotiations between Israel and Syria and Lebanon -- and
indirectly to the interim accords between the Palestinians and
The Palestinians are hoping that following resolution of the
current crisis over Iraq, the U.S. will press Israel to carry out
the terms of agreements already signed -- especially, turning over
significant parts of the West Bank to Palestinian civilian control.
Netanyahu May Attend Jews for Jesus Celebration
By IINS News Service
The Feb. 27 Jewish Week newspaper in New York reported, "What may
turn out to be the largest official Israel at 50 celebration in
America -- perhaps with participation by Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu -- has a roster full of speakers and
participants who are messianic Jews."
The event by the Christian Alliance For Israel is scheduled to
attract up to 18,000 people in Orlando, Fla., from April 29-May
77.2% Palestinians Want Iraqi Retaliation Strike
By Don Canaan
A poll last month by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center
of 1,188 Palestinian adults in the West Bank (including east
Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip found if the US launched a strike
against Iraq, the representative sample of 77.2 % of Palestinians
said they supported Iraq launching a strike against Israel, while
15.7% answered no, and 7.1 % had no opinion.
They were asked "If war breaks out between Iraq and the U.S. do you
expect Iraq will launch missiles against Israel like the last time?
52.2% agreed, 42.9% disagreed and 4.9% did not express an opinion.
And if Iraq launched missiles against Israel, the respondents were
asked if they were concerned that Palestinians in the West Bank and
Gaza would be injured. They answered: Yes 48.5%, No 46.9%, No
Asked if they supported Iraq and sympathize with that nation, 94.1%
answered affirmatively, 4.8% said no and 1.1% had no opinion.
Hamas Fundraising Operation Uncovered
By IINS News Service
The Israeli Police Department Fraud Division, working in
conjunction with IDF troops, have uncovered a Hamas terror
organization fundraising operation, in which moneys collected in
Israel and abroad were used for the organization's terrorist
activities and to make payments to families of suicide terrorists.
According to Reshet Bet Radio military corespondent Carmella
Menashe, about six-weeks ago, police and soldiers from an elite IDF
unit raided a home in the area of the PLO Authority autonomous city
of Ramallah, and found thousands of documents, many of which
indicated that millions of dollars have been collected and funneled
to Hamas for its activities.
Families of a suicide terrorist (who carried out a terror attack
against an Israeli target) or the family of a terrorist serving a
life prison sentence (for carrying out a terror attack against an
Israeli target) receive several hundred to several thousand
dollars, as monthly payments.
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