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>JN June 30, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 113

Woman Bares Breasts on Bus

By IsraelWire

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 Palestinians.

"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 success."

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

By IsraelWire

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

By IsraelWire

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 all involved.

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

By IsraelWire

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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