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>JN July 6, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 116
Knesset Bill Makes Calling Someone a "Nazi" Illegal
Fifteen members of Knesset, led by coalition leader Ofir Pines,
have introduced a bill which would make it illegal to call someone
in Israel a "Nazi" or equate their actions with that of the Nazis.
Three-Way at Camp David Could Become Hot
By VOA's David Gollust (White House) & Meredith Buel
President Clinton is bringing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and
Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat to the United States for
a three-way summit -- opening next Tuesday -- aimed at putting
stalemated peace talks back on track for a final-status agreement by
mid-September. The venue will be the Camp David presidential
retreat near Washington, scene of the 1978 summit that opened the
way to the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.
Clinton had originally intended the summit as a way to finalize
details of an Israeli-Palestinian deal. But in announcing next
week's meeting, he made clear it has become more of a rescue
operation for a peace process in stalemate. He told reporters that
unless the leaders seize the moment, the region could slide back
into hostility and perhaps bloodshed. And said there will be no
final-status deal unless both sides compromise. "Peace under
circumstances like these is never cost-free. Neither side can
achieve 100 percent of its goals."
Clinton said he hoped the Camp David venue -- with its historic
significance for the Middle East -- will be an inspiration for
Barak and Arafat. But he conceded that the issues confronting
them, including Palestinian statehood and the status of Jerusalem,
are far more difficult to resolve than those involved in Israel's
dealings with Egypt, Jordan or even Syria.
Barak told reporters he will attend the three-way summit at Camp
David. "Without a doubt it is an important moment in the history of
the attempts to solve the conflict between us and the Palestinians.
I will be there heading our team at Camp David with the heavy
feeling of responsibility for the future of the people of Israel."
Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath says Arafat will also attend
the summit. Shaath says the Palestinians appreciate Clinton's
determination to help both sides reach an agreement.
Palestinians Prepare for War
By Arutz-7 News
The Palestinian forces are equipped with dozens of machine guns,
hand grenades, mines, RPG launchers, and Lau missiles. So states a
security memorandum that was submitted to government leaders.
"The PA has a fighting military force numbering thousands of
soldiers armed with light weapons, anti-tank weapons," and more,
according to the memorandum. The report also discusses the internal
strife among the Palestinian forces, the PA's lack of territorial
contiguity, and the clear military advantage that Israel enjoys
over the Palestinians.
Barak Loses Majority as Sharansky Leaves Coalition
Yisrael B'Aliyah leader and Interior Minister Natan Sharansky is
quitting the Barak government. The announcement came at Wednesday
evening's giant rally of over 20,000 Russian immigrants in
Jerusalem's Safra Square.
Sharansky said that the only condition that would prompt him to
withdraw his resignation is if Ehud Barak proposes a National Unity
government to Likud leader Ariel Sharon. Sharansky colleague Yuli
Edelstein said that such a National Unity government would serve as
the basis for a policy that could unite most Israelis behind a
final-status agreement with the Palestinians.
The pressure in now on the National Religious Party to follow
through with its threat to leave the government prior to a Camp
David summit. Deputy Minister Sha'ul Yahalom told Itim news agency
that "it seems we will leave the government within the next 48
Israel May Drop China Aircraft Deal
By ICEJ News
Prime Minister Ehud Barak dropped yet another hint that Israel may
give in to the United States' demand to cancel an aircraft sale to
China. At a July 4th party at the home of U.S. Ambassador Martin
Indyk, Barak said that he would do nothing that would hurt the
trust that has been built up over the course of decades between the
two countries. Ha'aretz reported Tuesday that Russia is ready to
lease a similar airborne warning system to China in case the deal
between Beijing and Israel Aircraft Industries is canceled.
Smoking Tied to Back Pain
Smoking doubles the risk of suffering from severe back pain,
according to statistics presented over the weekend in a
conference on back pain in Haifa. A recent study, which was
presented at the conference, shows that smokers have twice the risk
of suffering back pain than non-smokers. The statistics were
presented by Dr. Edit Balan, director of the pain clinic in the
general health service of Haifa.
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