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>JN July 19, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 130
Man Fined for Killing and Eating a Dog
A man was fined NIS 1,000 by the Safed Magistrate's Court for
killing and eating a dog. He was also given a five month suspended
prison sentence for his actions. The 20-year-old defendant told the
court he ate the animal because he was hungry and did not see the
difference between eating a dog or a pig. He did promise the court
however that he would refrain from such activity in the future.
Israel Calls for a November 2000 Peace Consensus
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's Foreign Minister David Levy has strongly defended his
country's decision to set a 15-month target date for reaching a
consensus on peace with key Arab neighbors. The Israeli timetable
is linked to the next US presidential elections.
Levy told Israel Radio, Sunday, he fully supports Prime Minister
Ehud Barak's objective of negotiating peace accords with both Syria
and the Palestinians before US presidential elections one-year from
The agenda suggests Barak wants to complete as much as possible
before President Bill Clinton is replaced by a new American leader
who may have different views about Middle East peacemaking.
Levy rejected criticism a timetable would encourage Arab
negotiators to resist striking any deals in a bid to extract
last-minute concessions from the Jewish state. He says that by
setting a target, Israel is demonstrating that it does not want to
delay the process and expects Arab leaders to also make a serious
effort to bring peace to the Middle East.
Levy says Barak has made it clear to Clinton, during his current
visit to the United States, that Israel will never agree to hand
back territory vital to the security and unity of the Jewish state.
He said Israel will not withdraw to the borders it held before
capturing the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 war.
Nor would Israel ever agree to east Jerusalem becoming the capital
of a future Palestinian state. He said Israel would also forbid
the Palestinians from having their own army.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat says his side continues
to dispute these points. He declined to comment on whether the
15-month timetable is realistic. He would only say Palestinians
want to reach a final peace agreement with the Israelis as soon as
Sharansky to Ease Immigration Process
Minister of the Interior Natan Sharansky has announced his
intentions to ease the immigration process for new immigrants.
Sharansky indicated his plans to drastically change the current
barrage of exams and questions, as well as the burden of potential
immigrants to prove their Jewishness to the satisfaction of
Sharansky indicated that repeated questionnaires are not necessary
and one will only be required to complete forms one time and the
information would then be processed and a decision made based on
data available. Sharansky added that data accumulated by his
ministry would be fed to a major database and be available to all
government agencies seeking information on a new immigrant,
eliminating the need for duplicated questionnaires and other
requests for information.
Sharansky did add however that Israel will not become a nation
which accepts anyone wishing to come and obtain citizenship. His
new policies are catering to the problems of the many immigrants
from the former Soviet Union who says are encountering significant
difficulties proving their Jewishness to ministry officials.
Italian Court to Render Decision in Custody Battle
Two Israeli girls, ages 14 and 10, whose ultra-Orthodox mother
lives in Bnei Brak and secular father lives in Italy are the
subject of a custody suit today in an Italian court.
The Israeli couple that was living in Italy divorced in 1991. The
mother became more observant and became a resident of the Bnei Brak
The husband rejected requests to permit his daughters to be raised
in Israel in an observant way of life. In 1996, the father filed
suit in an Italian court, describing his ex-wife's lifestyle as a
follower of a cult.
The father told the court the girls we being denied many basic
freedoms as a result of their mother's new life and he believed it
in their best interests to permit them to be raised in Italy. He
pointed out that as secular girls living in Italy, they would be
permitted visits to their mother in Bnei Brak but the reverse is
The court ruled in the petition for custody case in favor of the
father, stipulating the girls would be permitted visits to Israel
during the winter. In December 1996, the mother took her daughters
to Israel and they were not returned. Israeli authorities, without
conducting a custody hearing, ordered the girls returned in
compliance with the Hague Convention. The women went underground,
assisted by the local Orthodox community, and were not found for
more than one year. The girls were returned to Italy in April 1997.
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