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>JN June 30, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 113
Woman Bares Breasts on Bus
A new side of the ongoing culture war was exposed on a Hareidi
(ultra-Orthodox) bus running from Petah Tikvah to Bnei Brak.
On Sunday, a blond haired young women dressed in a halter top
surprised the commuters on the bus where men and women are seated
apart from one another, deciding to board. She was subjected to
verbal slurs during the trip according to some passengers who
explained that at one point, she stood up, walked to the front of
the bus, pulled up her top exposing her breasts, and then exited
the bus. Most of the passengers were in shock.
Albright Returns From Middle East
By Deborah Tate (VOA-White House)
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright - who returned to Washington
from the Middle East Thursday night - briefed President Clinton on
her talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Clinton must now
decide whether to hold a summit to help the parties reach a
framework peace agreement.
Clinton's meeting with Albright was closed to the media, but
earlier Thursday the president reaffirmed his commitment to
achieving a final status agreement between the Israelis and
"I am going to do whatever I can in the time I have left to help
them make peace, but whatever I do or do not do will be based on my
calculation that it will maximize the possibilities of ultimate
Clinton - who leaves office next January - told reporters he did
not expect to reach a decision for at least the next several days
on whether to invite Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat to meet in Washington. At a news
conference Wednesday he said he believes a summit will be necessary
to achieve an accord.
Israel agrees with that assessment. But Palestinian officials say
there should be more expert-level negotiations to narrow
differences before a summit would be worthwhile. The parties are
still far apart on such final status issues as the future of the
Jerusalem and Palestinian statehood.
The Palestinians and Israelis have committed themselves to a
self-imposed mid-September deadline for a final settlement.
PA Troops Exercising the Overrunning of Yesha Community
Knesset member Rechavam Ze'evi of the Nation Union/Yisrael
Beteinu faction, a former major-general in the IDF, has reported
that PLO Authority paramilitary forces are engaged in exercises to
overrun Jewish communities in Yesha, using mock settlements
established by the PA. Ze'evi chairs the Knesset Foreign Affairs &
Defense Subcomittee, in charge of IDF preparedness.
Following warning by the intelligence community of the likelihood
of renewed Islamic violence as was seen during the month of May,
Ze'evi explained that the PA forces are exercising overrunning
Yesha communities and a situation may arise in which thousands of
hostile forces attempt to take over Jewish communities throughout
the West Bank and Gaza. Ze'evi points out the PA is using Hizbullah
activities in southern Lebanon as a model of how to drive out
Israel from areas it wishes to "liberate."
Ze'evi explained the military is indeed preparing for the worst
eventuality but the real problem is on the political level, with
legislators not giving the IDF or Yesha civilians a clear direction
or protocol on how to react in the face of the growing threat.
Yatom Warns of PA Declaration of Palestinian Statehood
National Security Advisor Danny Yatom issued a warning to PLO
Authority leaders that a unilateral declaration of statehood would
have disastrous results. Yatom stated that such a move by Yasir
Arafat would signal the end of the Oslo process. He added that in
any situation following a declaration of statehood, Israel would
maintain the upper hand but there would be devastating results for
Yatom's statements come following repeated statements during the
week by Arafat that he intends to declare Palestinian statehood in
the coming weeks.
Transplanted Lung Diagnosed With TB
About six months after undergoing a lung transplant, physicians at
Beilinson Hospital have confirmed that the new lung is infected
with active tuberculosis. The lung was transplanted into
16-year-old Daniel Goreli of Ashdod in December of last year.
Doctors report the young patient is doing well following a
surgical procedure to remove the right lobe of his right lung. They
explain that the anti-rejection drugs required by transplant
recipients following the procedure also compromise one's immune
system, making the teen more susceptible to TB.
The first signs of TB were detected weeks following the surgery,
when Goreli presented a fever and other signs of infection. He
was subsequently treated with an antibiotic cocktail which brought
his disease under control and together with the removal of the
lobe, physicians are expressing optimism for a complete recovery.
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