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>JN March 5, 1999. Vol. 7, No. 45
Causes El Al Flight Out of the Sky
The discovery of a cat stowed away aboard an El Al flight
caused the plane with 225 passengers to make an unscheduled
landing. The plane left from Tel-Aviv's Ben-Gurion International
Airport unaware the cat was loose on the plane. Airline officials
explained the wandering feline could have caused damage to the
plane and was a safety hazard. The flight set down in Chicago and
the passengers were rerouted to different flights. A search was
then implemented to find the cat. The mission was accomplished
after about six hours.
Israel Denies Reports of White House Phone Taps
A senior aide to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, David
Bar-Illan, denied allegations that the Mossad Intelligence Agency
placed taps on White House phones to record conversations between
President Bill Clinton and former white House intern Monica
According to an upcoming book by Gordon Thomas, "Gideon's Spies -
The Secret History of the Mossad," Israel allegedly used the tapes
to blackmail the US president.
David Bar-Illan, told United Press International the allegation "is
beyond the pale and beneath contempt (and that it is) "beginning to
be worrisome that the Mossad is being blamed for all the ills of
the world. This brings to mind such things as medieval blood libels
and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a Czarist forgery of the
alleged plan for Jewish domination of the world.
Labor Allies with Centrist Parties
By David Gollust (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's opposition Labor party has concluded an alliance with two
smaller centrist factions in a move Labor leader Ehud Barak hopes
will help him unseat Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the May
Labor party leaders who met in Tel Aviv approved the deal, under
which Labor, the centrist "Gesher" party of former Foreign Minister
David Levy and the moderate Jewish religious party "Meimad" will
run together in the May election under a "One Israel" banner.
The Moroccan-born Levy, who is popular with working class Israelis,
split with Netanyahu last year over the breakdown of peace efforts
with the Palestinians and the government's austere budget. Under
the deal, he will be number-three on the "One Israel" movement's
slate of Knesset candidates and will get a senior Cabinet post if
Barak wins the race for prime minister.
At the Tel Aviv rally that launched the new slate, Barak repeated
his pledge to have Israeli troops out of Lebanon by June if he
Water is Israel's Major Concern
With this winter being among the driest on record, scientists are
now reporting there are real fears of the area's water supplies
being totally exhausted. A team of visiting international
scientists earlier in the week issued a message to Israel, the PLO
Authority and Jordan to put differences aside to work to head off
the area's real worry, the depletion of the water supply.
"Freshwater supplies in the Middle East now are barely sufficient
to maintain a quality standard of living," said Gilbert White.
White is heading a team of researchers from the United States,
Canada, Jordan, Israel and the PA.
The team's study -- "Water for the Future" -- the three countries
must work together if there is any hope of avoiding a disaster in
the region, namely, the depletion of the drinking water supply.
At present, there are an estimated 12 million persons living in
Israel (including Judea, Samaria and Gaza), and Jordan, and the
current population increase is about 3 percent annually. The study
said the region receives less than 10 inches of rainfall annually,
typical for a desert climate.
PA researchers accuse Israel of pumping about 85 percent of the
water available in Judea and Samaria for Jewish communities in
those areas, leaving Arab residents of PA areas without adequate
water resources. The PA blames Israel for its water problems.
Internet Chat with Netanyahu
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Israel-On-Line will present a special Internet chat in Hebrew with
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The chat will take place on
Monday, March 8 at 9 p.m. Israel time, and is expected to last
approximately 45 minutes.
This event will mark the first time that a sitting Israeli prime
minister has participated in a Hebrew language chat on the
Internet. A digital camera will also provide pictures of Netanyahu
during the chat.
Those wishing to participate in the IOL chat should download the
software from IOL's site: http://www.knesset-99.iol.co.il Questions
for the Prime Minister can also be sent - in advance - to the
following e-mail address: email@example.com
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