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>JN March 23, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 57
Air Force Chopper Opened Fire on Troops
The IDF reports that over two weeks ago, a Cobra attack helicopter
operating in southern Israel, unknowingly opened fire on IDF troops
participating in training exercises in the area. The report states
that it was sheer luck that no one was killed or injured. Despite
over two weeks having passed since the incident, no findings of the
investigation panel have been released.
Nation Braces for Large-scale Strike Before Passover
Once again, the Labor Party affiliate Histadrut National Labor
Union is flexing its muscles, threatening to shutdown the nation
and its airport one-week before the Passover Holiday. The
government is calling the strike an election ploy and is condemning
threats to once again bring the economy to a halt.
Histadrut officials are threatening to implement disruptions in the
public sector beginning Wednesday. The gap between the Finance
Ministry and Histadrut officials remains a large one and a
settlement appears most unlikely at this time. The Histadrut
officials will meet on Tuesday afternoon, at which time they
will make a final determination regarding nationwide work
Among the services to be hit by a strike will be: service at
Ben-Gurion International Airport, state-run hospitals, Clalit HMO
facilities, Mekorot Water Company, Israel Electric Company, Israel
Military Industries, Israel Aircraft Industries, sea ports, train
service and more. Bezeq and bank employees would only join the
strike next week or following Passover.
Arafat Calls on Clinton to Accept Palestinian Statehood
In a meeting Tuesday in Washington with President Clinton, PLO
Authority Chief Yasir Arafat will ask the president to accept the
entity of a Palestinian state. "This time he really is asking for
the moon," said a western source quoted by Reuters.
Officials in the PA added that if Arafat does not succeed in
obtaining the support of the president, he will at least seek US
backing from the US for a signed Israeli-PA peace agreement in the
next six months.
"President Arafat will ask Clinton to recognize the Palestinians'
right to self-determination," said Arafat's senior aide Tayeb
Abdel-Rahim. "When Clinton was in Gaza in December he said that the
Palestinians have a right to exercise their political rights on
their free land. We want him to go a step further now."
Arafat: "We're Ready to Fight"
By Arutz-7 News Service
The Israel Government Press Office reports that threats of violence
against Israel continue to be expressed by top Palestinian
"We carried out the longest intifada in history," said Arafat this
past Thursday, speaking to 3,000 Fatah members at a Ramallah
ceremony marking 31 years since Israeli forces clashed with
Jordanian soldiers defending the PLO terrorist base in Karameh,
"[The Israelis] should know that we can start it again if they try
to prevent us from exercising our rights...The state will be
established with Jerusalem as its capital whether they like it or
not. If they don't like it, they can drink from the waters of the
Dead Sea... We, the Fatah and the PLO, are ready to fight a new
battle of Karameh every single day if anyone tries to stop us from
exercising our rights, particularly that of proclaiming an
Only a few days earlier, PA "Minister" for Jerusalem Affairs Feisal
Husseini said, "The battle for Jerusalem is near. It requires
determination and it carries a heavy responsibility, for it is the
key to war and peace."
Temple Mount Security Failures May Lead to "Serious Incident"
According to an investigation conducted by Ma'ariv, there are
dangers lurking on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the holiest site of
the Jewish people and the third holiest site to Islam. Ma'ariv
reports that despite the sensitivity of the area, the police
generally assign low-profile personnel to duty on the Mount.
Ma'ariv reports police sources as acknowledging that it is doubtful
if the police troops assigned to the Mount would know how to react
in a time of an actual incident and the lack of properly trained
law-enforcement personnel at that location might be the cause of a
"serious incident or tragedy."
Ma'ariv reports that many policemen assigned to the Mount are
actually soldiers in their mandatory military service which were
assigned to the police department. They were never actually trained
as police and in most cases, have too low a medical profile to
qualify as combat soldiers.
Seders in Tibet, Chile and Thailand
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Twenty Passover seders will be conducted this year by Chabad
Hasidim for Israelis and other Jews touring the Far East and South
America. Many of the Chabadniks have already set off from Israel
and the U.S., equipped with four tons of matzos, wine, meat and
other food. The seders will be held in Bangkok, Katmandu, Shanghai,
Hong Kong, Tokyo, Peru, Chile and other locations.
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