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>JN July 24, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 131
Israel Will Do Whatever is Necessary to Defend Itself
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel has expressed concern about Iran's missile test and called
for international action to stop the country's missile development
The first report of the Iranian missile test came in the New York
Times which also speculated that Israel might try to destroy Iran's
missile capability before it becomes operational.
On Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai said only
that Israel will do what is necessary to defend itself, but he
would not elaborate.
Israel has been warning of the dangers of Iran's missile program
for nearly two years, and has been working with the United States
and other countries to stop the flow of technology into the program
from China, Russia and North Korea. Israeli Trade and Industry
Minister Natan Sharansky says more international action is needed
-- and immediately.
"This launch, even though it looks not very successful, shows Iran
can have such a type of a missile and that the efforts which we are
encouraging -- united efforts of the United States of America and
Russia and other countries -- to stop the leaking of the
technologies to Iran, should be strengthened. And we have to take
immediate measures to prevent it."
Israel is at the outer edge of the 812 mile range of the missile
Iran tested Wednesday. Experts say the missile is not very
accurate at such a distance. Israeli officials say the main
concern is what type of warhead Iran would put on such a missile.
There are many missiles in the region armed with conventional
warheads. But, Israeli officials say, if Iran put a
non-conventional warhead on such a missile, it would be a major
Present and former intelligence officials said the missile came
from North Korea, which has vowed to continue selling its weapons
to any nation that can provide that cash-starved regime with hard
currency. The official North Korean news agency issued a statement
last month saying that "our missile export is aimed at obtaining
foreign money we need at present."
Arab League: Inspect Israel's Nuclear Installations
The Jordan Times reports that the Arab League adopted a resolution
urging the international community to stop providing Israel with
material for its nuclear program until it allows inspection of its
The resolution will be submitted in September to the International
Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. "We urge all the countries to stop
supplying Israel material, equipment or assistance until its opens
all its nuclear installations to IAEA control."
Woman Reported Dead by Government Computer
Saleh Melamed, of Meitar in southern Israel, has had a most
difficult time, after the Ministry of the Interior computer listed
her as dead. Since that time, Saleh has been unable to obtain a
drivers license, retain medical coverage or replace her outdated
gas mask, since she is listed as deceased in all government
Her husband explained that when she attempts to reenter the country
from abroad, it is a nightmare as well. Now, he adds, she is in
Finland and he hopes her return will be uneventful, since the
ministry insists the problem has been corrected. "I think at the
very least, someone should send her a bouquet of flowers and an
apology for all the suffering she has endured," added her husband.
Two Teachers Suspected of Drug Use at 1st Grade Party
Two art teachers of a prestigious Gush Dan school, are suspected of
illegal use of drugs during an end of year party for first graders.
In addition, one of them is accused by parents of indecent behavior
during the school year.
One of the teachers told police that during the school year, he
would regularly drink alcoholic beverages while teaching in order
to "warm up."
According to some of the parents who attended the party for the
first graders, which was held at a swimming pool, one of the
teachers was intentionally rubbing her body up against those of
some of the children, in addition to smoking pot.
The male teacher admitted to police that he and the female teacher
did indeed smoke marijuana at the party. This was later denied by
the female teacher.
In addition, parents told police that the male teacher also was
guilty of committing indecent acts with some of the first graders
during the course of the year.
Arad Municipality Moves to Get Rid of Cats
The Arad Municipality is taking action to reduce the number of
stray cats in the city. Following two confirmed cases of rabies in
the city, officials fear cats may also be infected and they have
decided to poison the strays. Human society officials accuse the
municipality of panicking and condemn the planned actions.
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