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>JN July 1, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 119
AJC: Insurance Companies Willing to Make Compensation
American Jewish Congress leaders say that insurance companies that
issued policies prior to World War 2 are willing to make good on
those policies to survivors and their heirs. The policies will be
paid out in full with 2% interest and linkage to inflation. The
final technical details of compensation will be worked out in a
meeting in Washington in about three weeks.
Coalition Government Complete
By Susan Sappir (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's key ultra-Orthodox "Shas" party has agreed to enter a
coalition government led by Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak, giving
him the solid majority he needs to take office next week.
Shas controls 17 of parliament's 120 seats. Together with Barak's
own Labor party and four smaller factions that have already agreed
to enter the coalition, Barak is likely to secure the substantial
majority support of 77 members for future peace moves.
Despite his decisive 56-44 percent victory over Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu in elections six weeks ago, Barak has had to
work hard to forge alliances between often opposing parties. He
succeeded in bringing together the dovish and secular "Meretz" on
the one hand, and three religious parties on the other.
While two of the religious factions are opposed to territorial
compromise in the West Bank, Barak obtained their support by
offering a lenient approach to religious affairs. Shas, a party
representing religious Jews of Middle Eastern descent, has taken a
dovish position on ceding land for peace.
Barak has stated his intention of handing over much of the
West Bank to the Palestinians. He would also relinquish much or
all of the Golan Heights to Syria. Barak intends to serve both as
prime minister and defense minister. Former Prime Minister Shimon
Peres is expected to become Minister of Regional Development. The
Foreign Ministry will go to former Foreign Minister David Levy, a
moderate. Yossi Beilin, an architect of the Oslo Peace Accords,
is also likely to get a senior job.
Pope to Make Holy Land Pilgrimage in 2000
Pope John Paul II announced his intention to visit the holy sites
in Israel, Iraq, and Egypt. He stated that he wants to pray at the
holy places next year.
The pope did not actually mention Israel or Jerusalem, nor Iraq or
Egypt when discussing holy sites, but they were mentioned in the
original statement. The pope said that his pilgrimage would be
private and apolitical. The reason for the lack of mention of
specific countries may be due to United States opposition to Iraq
being included in the pilgrimage.
Israel's ambassador to the Vatican, Boaz Moda'i, stated that the
Vatican's people in Israel have been preparing for the year 2000
for a long time, and that, with the pope's announcement, plans will
go into high gear.
Palestinians Looking at Tel Aviv Real Estate
Faisal Husseini, who holds the Jerusalem portfolio in the PLO
Authority, is negotiating a deal by which the PA would acquire
Bet Ussishkin, in Tel Aviv.
According to Haaretz, the PA is negotiating with LLMI Properties to
buy the real estate on the corner of Allenby and HaYarkon Streets
in Tel Aviv. The PA is scheduled to make a decision regarding the
possibility of purchasing the building some time next week.
Bet Ussishkin was constructed in 1922 and in the 1930s, a third
story was added to the original property. The 16 apartment complex
is selling for $12 million
Arab Man Accuses El Al of Discrimination
Jabour Jabour, 30, an Israeli Arab man who has always dreamed of
becoming a member of a commercial airline flight crew is accusing
El Al, the national carrier, of discrimination. He told reporters
that he was denied entry to a course for flight attendants because
of his nationality. El Al denied allegations of discrimination but
acknowledged that there are no Arabs employed among its over 3,000
employees. El Al pointed out however that there have been Arab
employees in the past.
According to airline spokesman Nachman Kleiman, Jabour was
permitted to retake the entrance exam three times but he failed all
the attempts. Kleiman stated his reason for being rejected was his
test score and there was no truth to the discrimination charges.
Spray for Angina Pectoris
A new spray has been developed that could prevent heart attacks and
end strong heart pain in 30 seconds. The spray called
"nitrolingual" is meant to replace, or be used in conjunction with,
pills used during heart attacks. According to Professor Avraham
Caspi, head of the heart unit in the Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot,
the spray is a modern replacement for the traditional pills, but is
more convenient for patients.
Angina pectoris is common in heart patients with hardened arteries.
As a result of increased efforts, the arteries that carry the blood
to the heart contract, causing serious pain. The spray causes the
blood vessels to open immediately as does the familiar
nitroglycerin tablets taken under one's tongue.
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