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>JN July 16, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 129
Netanyahu Was Close to Deal with Syria
In his first interview since his defeat in the national elections,
former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his Television host
that he was close to reaching a deal with Syrian President
Hafez al-Assad, admitting that no documents had been signed. The
deal would have permitted Israel to remain on Mount Hermon,
maintaining its early-warning station, while obtaining a peace
treaty with the Syrians.
The former prime minister stated however that despite reports to
the contrary, he informed Assad that he was unwilling to accept the
Syrian precondition for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre June 4,
1967 borders, namely the surrender of the entire Golan Heights.
Incitement Against Christians on Internet Missionaries
A Jerusalem yeshiva student was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of
publishing inciteful material on the Internet against Christians
living in Israel. The student is also suspected of threatening
Christians and their belongings.
Ariel Ben-Yaakov, 37, a student in the Diaspora Yeshiva, was
arrested after stating several times before fellow students, that
he planned on harming Christians and churches. Police revealed that
in a search of Ben-Yaakov's room, they discovered the computer from
which Ben-Yaakov disseminated incitement via the Internet.
Police have witnesses claiming that Ben-Yaakov threatened to kill
Christians and to defile churches. Ben-Yaakov denied that he had
threatened to kill Christians, but stated that it was his legal
right in a democratic country to work for a law limiting the number
of Christians in the country. The court ordered Ben-Yaakov held for
NIS 35 for Military Exemption
Non-religious girls in non-religious dress go to the rabbinate,
declare that they want an exemption from military service because
they are religious, and receive a deposition signed by a rabbinical
judge to take to the draft bureau for an almost guaranteed
The Ma'ariv L'noar weekly magazine for youth sent correspondents to
the offices of the rabbinate in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beersheva, and
revealed the story. In each city, the girl asked for an exemption
on religious grounds paid NIS 35, was shown into the rabbinical
judge's office, was asked several easy questions, and minutes later
was outside with a deposition for an exemption.
The reporters then called their local draft boards saying that they
had depositions from the rabbinate, and were told that all they had
to do was to mail the deposition in and they would receive their
exemption with no problem.
When asked to comment on the story, Eli Ben-Dahan, director of the
rabbinical courts stated that the rabbinical courts are not
responsible for military exemptions, only depositions, and that the
exemptions are the responsibility of the army.
The army spokesman stated that, by law, any female draftee who
swears before a court or rabbinical judge that she is religious is
exempt from military service, and that in any case in which the
girl's deposition is questionable, it is handed to a civil
investigation, and, if necessary, to legal proceedings.
Suspect in Moscow Stabbing Attack Admits Anti-Semitism
Nikita Krivchun, 20, the suspect in custody for the July 13
stabbing attack of a leading Moscow Jewish figure, told the local
NTV television station that he stabbed Leopold Kaymonovsky, 52, the
director of the Jewish Cultural Center at the Choral Synagogue in
Moscow because of his opposition to Judaism. He denied membership
to any organization and insisted that he acted on his own.
Krivchun is reported to be a second year law student and is being
held for stabbing the local Jewish leader in his abdomen, shoulder,
knee, thigh and face, using a large hunting knife in the attack.
Kaymonovsky remains in serious condition following a six hour
Russia's chief rabbi, Adolf Shayevich, told The Associated Press he
saw a reverse swastika tattooed on the youth's chest and said the
young man told him: "We will strangle you anyway. We are 50,000
Israeli officials are still waiting for a statement of condemnation
from Russian officials following the Tuesday stabbing attack of
Kaymonovsky. According to Salai Meridor, the chairman of the Jewish
Agency, his organization is still waiting for a response from local
officials regarding the stabbing attack. Meridor made his statement
at an assembly during which he pointed out there was a large
increase of immigrants arriving from Russia, pointing to the rise
in anti-Semitism as one of the compelling factors.
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