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>JN March 25, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 59
New Apartments for Jerusalem
Israel's government announced new development plans for Jerusalem
aimed at strengthening the country's claim to the disputed city.
The plans call for the construction of new housing to attract new
Jewish immigrants to the city. Some 120,000 housing units are to
be built during the next two decades. In addition, public services
are to be improved for Arab residents in east Jerusalem -- a move
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu suggests is aimed at curbing
Palestinian hopes to claim the area as the capital of a future
Strike Impacts All of Israel
By Deborah Tate (VOA-Jerusalem)
A nationwide strike by public service workers in Israel is
impacting government offices, airports, seaports and railways.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says politics is behind the
work stoppage, which comes six weeks before general elections.
The union denies the charge.
Nearly 400,000 public sector workers began an open-ended strike
Wednesday after wage talks with the Finance Ministry broke down.
The head of the striking union, Amir Peretz, is leading a party
that is running for parliament in the May 17 election. But he
denies Netanyahu's accusations that he is using the strike to win
concessions from the government and boost his standing in the
Peretz says the prime minister has to take responsibility. He says
Netanyahu should stop dealing with political issues and should call
the parties and try to solve the problem in a proper way, learning
all the details and make decisions as a prime minister should do.
The strike has affected business at the country's ports and
railways. Airports are open and flights are proceeding, but airport
services have slowed. The labor union timed the strike just days
ahead of the start of the peak tourist season in Israel.
But government spokesman Moshe Fogel says the situation has not yet
reached a critical stage. "At this point, it is basically an
inconvenience, bordering on actual damage to the economy. The main
factor is how long will it continue."
The union is seeking a 7 percent wage hike, but the Finance
Ministry is offering no more than an increase of 3.8 percent.
Ambassador Has "Intimate" Affair with SA Army Officer
Haaretz reports that Israel's Ambassador to Pretoria, South Africa,
Uri Oren, was involved in an "intimate" affair with a female
officer in the South African army who heads a foreign intelligence
Responding to the report, the Foreign Ministry has decided that
Oren will continue in his position, explaining the affair was a
personal matter that in no way compromised his representing the
interests of the State of Israel.
Haaretz added that the ambassador admitted to the affair but denied
reports the woman was an intelligence officer. Oren stated she was
an educational officer.
The story hit the local SA press following a break-in into the
ambassador's home. When a housekeeper was questioned as a suspect
in the case, she told of frequent visits of a woman in her 40s, not
the wife of the ambassador.
Take Me Off Life-Support
A new case involving the legality of euthanasia came to court
Tuesday: a 91-year-old woman from central Israel has petitioned the
Ramat Gan Family Court to terminate her life-support.
The woman's 70-year-old son was asked to affirm that it is his
mother's right not to continue living through artificial means of
life-support. The woman suffered repeated strokes recently
necessitating feeding via feeding tubes as well as full
life-support equipment . The woman's doctor submitted an affidavit
stating that her condition is life-threatening and irreversible.
Two previous court decisions from Scotland and Britain allowing
mercy killing of people who requested it were attached to the
woman's request. The medical center treating the woman refused her
request to end life-support and stated that their response will be
given in court.
Newest Israeli Export: the Kibbutz
By Arutz-7 News Service
The Israeli "kibbutz" is moving to South America. HaTzofeh reports
that a group of Argentinean entrepreneurs were impressed with the
communal life they observed in Israeli kibbutzim, and have begun
inquiring about ways to adapt the kibbutz model for use in their
country. Roni Bochman, director of planning of the Kibbutz
Industrial Cooperative, will depart for Argentina at the end of
March to help with the preliminary stages in the establishment of
the first kibbutz there. About 100 acres on the Argentina-Bolivia
border have been designated for the project, which is to be based
mainly on agriculture.
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