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>JN July 20, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 131
Hizbullah Vows to Continue Fight
Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Hizbullah, stated that
the planned peace initiatives by the new Israeli administration
would not stop his guerilla forces from attacking Israeli and SLA
targets. IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Oded Ben-Ami stated that
Hizbullah has not "laid down its arms" and plans to continue its
war against Israel.
Pollard in Ill Health
Jonathan Pollard's health is deteriorating as he serves a life
sentence in a Butner, N.C. federal prison for spying on behalf of
Pollard was taken last week to Duke University Medical Center for
a CAT-Scan. He continues to suffer from physical symptoms related
to unbiopsied growths in his sinus cavities, and complains of
nausea, dizziness and blinding headaches.
In an interview with Arutz-7, Pollard's wife Esther said that she
was "disappointed and heartbroken that we have not had contact with
the Barak government. We are hoping that this is a forgivable
lapse, but we are flying in the dark at this point - and that is
not fair after 14 years of incarceration on behalf of the State of
Mrs. Pollard also confirmed Binyamin Netanyahu's claim that in the
hours prior to the signing of the Wye Accord, President Clinton
executed a "double-cross" when he suddenly backed down on his
explicit commitment to free Pollard in exchange for Netanyahu's
signature on the Wye Accord.
Meanwhile, Middle East News Line reported that President Clinton
"seems to have dismissed the effort of Prime Minister Ehud Barak"
to win Pollard's release. MENL also reported that Barak will not
seek Pollard's release, but rather a commitment from Clinton to
reduce Pollard's sentence. Speaking on CNN's Late Edition Sunday,
Barak stated he felt Pollard should be released and permitted to
travel to Israel but disagreed with dealing with the sensitive
issues at hand in the media.
Security Officials Warn of Tourism 2000 Bug
Senior officials in the security establishment have warned
government leaders that preparations to host millions of expected
Christian pilgrims in the year 2000 are seriously lagging and the
event could develop into a catastrophe that would dwarf any
expected problems developing from the Y2K computer bug.
The millions of expected tourists will begin arriving during the
Christmas 1999 holiday season, with the majority traveling to holy
sites under the control of Israel and the PLO Authority. Officials
concur that the pilgrims will come during relatively small windows
of time, creating a situation in which many persons will be
arriving at site at the same time.
Security officials realize that many of the holy sites are unable
to accommodate the anticipated number of visitors and the
overcrowding may lead to a disaster. There is also a need for
increased and more comprehensive cooperation between Israeli and PA
Security experts add the situation, which will exist during the
period when pilgrims are in the region, provides an opportune time
and target for extremists to carry out a terror attack.
Police are also concerned over the Christian cult whose members
feel they must commit suicide in Jerusalem in 2000. To date, over
a dozen members of the cult have been tracked down in Israel and
deported but it is feared that other cult members are currently in
Israel, in hiding, awaiting the turn of the century.
Civil officials point out the nation's infrastructure, including
Ben-Gurion International Airport, public transportation, hotels,
medical facilities and other necessities are unprepared to
accommodate the masses. The picture in autonomous areas under the
control of the PA is even bleaker. There is no master plan that
will provide a solution according to officials who acknowledge the
potential for chaos but one thing is for certain, the millennium is
Cult Suspected of Hanging and Burning Dog
Police suspect youths have taken part in "Satan Cult" rituals of
hanging and burning a German Shepherd. The dog was discovered by a
citizen, hanging from a tree on a metal chain, partially burnt.
The investigators are checking the possibility that the animal
sacrifice was done by youths who take part in "Satan Cult" rituals.
Similar incidents have happened in the area in the past.
Husband Sentenced for Cutting Wife's Hair with Razor Knife
"I acted the way I did towards my wife because I love her and am
crazy about her," stated a Mevaseret Tzion resident to police,
explaining his actions over the past 25 years.
The 41-year-old woman told police she has suffered over her years
of marriage but has always been too afraid to report events to
police. Of late, she did get the courage to report to police that
her 44-year-old husband has abused her for a quarter of a century.
Investigators report the husband at times beat his wife without
mercy and on occasion would cut her hair against her will.
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