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>JN June 29, 2000, Vol. 8, No 112
SLA Sources: 3 SLA Men Tortured to Death
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Senior SLA commanders in Israel claim that they learned today that
three of their comrades have died in Lebanese prison. The three
were arrested immediately after the Israeli withdrawal last month,
sentenced to long prison terms, and died after being tortured in
prison. Col. Sharbal Barakhat, currently in Israel, says that the
Israeli government is fully aware of the deaths, having received
the information from the same sources as did Barakhat. The SLA
officers in Israel further claim that seven of their comrades have
received death sentences in Lebanese courts.
Barak-Arafat-Clinton Summit Expected
By David Gollust (VOA-White House)
President Clinton, while still awaiting a report from Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright on her Middle East mission, says he thinks
a US-mediated summit will be necessary to achieve a final Israeli-
Palestinian peace accord.
Clinton says some world problems become easier to solve with the
passage of time but that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not
one of them. At his news conference (Wednesday), Clinton said
the final status issues, including Palestinian statehood and the
status of Jerusalem, are the most difficult of the entire regional
He said he believes top-level US intervention -- along the lines of
the 1978 Camp David summit -- will be needed to complete the final
status deal the parties are seeking by mid-September.
"I do not believe that they can resolve the final, most difficult
issues without having the leaders get together in some isolated
setting and make the last tough decisions, or decide not to make
them as the case may be."
In September of 1978, then-President Jimmy Carter took the late
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and the late Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin to the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland
for 13 days of intensive talks that produced the framework for the
Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.
Some US and Israeli officials had expected the Albright mission to
produce an agreement for a similar three-way summit early next
month. However, Clinton said no date was set during Albright's two
days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and that he
will await a report from the secretary of state before deciding
what the administration's next diplomatic move will be.
Palestinian officials say there should be more expert-level
negotiations to narrow differences before a summit would be
worthwhile, though Israel says those talks are at an impasse and a
summit is the only way to get a final agreement.
Soldiers Threw Classified Documents Into Trash
Soldiers serving in a southern IDF base threw classified documents
in the trash as they made their way to the city dump. Following an
Israel Radio report, military officials assigned to the field
security unit were dispatched to the southern city garbage dump.
The were shocked to find among the trash were night-vision
equipment, bullets, magazines, training grenades, along with
classified documents, including training information for certain
unspecified weapons. The items were discarded from an anti-aircraft
and Nahal base.
Millions of Jellyfish Off Coast
A swarm of millions of jellyfish, 100 kilometers
long (60 miles) and one-and-a-half kilometers wide (9/10 mile), is
currently located 1/2 kilometers off the coast of Israel, from
north of Haifa Bay to south of Ashdod.
Within a few days the jellyfish could arrive at Israel's beaches.
Dr. Bella Galil, of the Institute of Sea and Lake Research, has
stated that the jellyfish are of the normal variety.
Bathers are recommended to leave the sea as soon as they see
jellyfish, since their sting is especially painful.
Palestinians Steal Water From Israel
The national water company revealed that
the PLO Authority is stealing water from Israel.
The PA draws water legally from Ramallah. According to agreements,
the PA is allowed to pump 24,000 cubic meters of water a day, but
they have drilled additional wells and have been taking another
3,000 cubic meters of water per day for the past four years.
The theft of the water would have continued to go unnoticed, but
the PA issued a complaint that they are receiving less water than
authorized. When the national water company investigated the
problem they discovered the illegal wells.
Israel has demanded that the PA cease the stealing of water, close
up the wells, and to also close up an additional well recently dug.
To date, nothing has been done. According to PA sources, the PA is
suffering a water shortage, and will continue to pump water, even
at the cost of discord with Israel.
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