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>JN Aug. 4, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 142
Operation Succeeds On 6-Year-Old Born Without Vocal Chords
A 6-year-old boy born without vocal chords can now speak after
undergoing a series of rare operations in the United States to
reconstruct his trachea. Guy Ben-Dor was born missing vocal chords
as one of twins from a test-tube fertilization. His father, Ronen,
said that Guy's first word was "Abba" (daddy), and that the family
is very happy. Ronen stated that they know of only two other cases
of children born without vocal chords.
Water Strike Hits Israel's Faucets
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Hundreds-of-thousands of Israelis were left without water for hours
Tuesday because of a labor dispute involving workers at the
state-owned water company.
Striking employees at Mekorot turned off the water in major cities
and towns across the country. Residents of Tel Aviv were among the
hundreds of thousands of Israelis without water. By afternoon,
service was restored in many places, but outages continue in some
parts of the country.
The water company workers walked off the job three weeks ago
because of a wage dispute and plans by the government to privatize
An Israeli court gave the workers the right to turn off the taps
but for no longer than four-hours per day. A spokeswoman for the
striking workers - Ester Turgeman - says wages and jobs are the
"I hope a solution will be found, because we are talking here about
the existence of the water company which has been in existence
for many, many years. There were talks about privatizing and
letting go some 300-400 families and to add them to the
unemployment circle. For a month, we were negotiating with
management. We made farfetched concessions, but we reached the
moment of truth. We have a management that is not willing to
Management accused workers of putting the public in danger and are
appealing to the National Labor Court to issue a temporary order
banning the union from cutting off water supplies while
Officials used emergency wells to supply hospitals, fire stations,
and other critical institutions. Tel Aviv water authorities say
the strike brought reservoirs to dangerously low levels. The strike
prompted a wave of complaints from exasperated Israelis who had no
water for drinking, bathing, or cleaning. Israel Army Radio
reported a 60-percent increase in bottled water sales.
Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem were
not immediately affected by the strike.
Hebron Shooting Update
Israel Radio reports the victims of Tuesday evening's shooting
attack in Hebron are being treated in Hadassah Hospital in Ein
Kerem. One was moderately injured, and was struck in his hand with
shrapnel fragments in his shoulder and face. The identities of the
two victims have not yet been released for publication.
Responding to the shooting attack, the first since he took office,
Prime Minister Ehud Barak said his administration would wage an
unyielding battle against terrorism. He added that the war against
terrorism was the highest priority of his administration and Israel
will continue to demand that the PLO Authority does whatever
necessary to combat Islamic terror.
The Hebron Jewish community's leaders said the Hebron protocol has
failed and the lands handed over to the PA have become a staging
area for attacks against the area's Jewish residents.
Attack Against Arafat by Syria's Defense Minister
Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlas, Tuesday, lashed out at PLO
Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat, accusing him of selling out his
people and Jerusalem. The remarks were made on Syrian Army Day,
during which the defense minister called Arafat obscenities,
accusing him of selling out his nation.
Senior PA officials called upon President Hafez al-Assad to dismiss
the defense minister for his remarks. Tlas accused Arafat of making
concession to Israel "like a stripper," but added "a stripper
becomes more beautiful with every layer she removes, while Arafat
Begin Was Willing to Forfeit Entire Golan Heights
Yehiel Kadish, who was the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin's
personal secretary, said at a memorial for the former prime
minister held in Tel Aviv that "Begin was willing to return the
entire Golan Heights to Syria after it was taken by Israel."
The text of his address may be found at http://www.bimcom.co.il/
(Hebrew only) in the Bimcom Internet Magazine (Issue 14, July 30,
Kadish stated that Begin was willing to return Sinai to Egypt for
peace, as he indicated as a cabinet minister in the government of
Levi Eshkol. According to Kadish, Begin stipulated his willingness
to return the lands on signing a true peace treaty with Egypt and
As far as Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem, Kadish reported that
Begin was unwilling to compromise since those areas are "integral
portions of Israel."
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