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>JN Aug. 29, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 149
Body of Missing Hiker Discovered Near Arad
The body of 32-year-old Gila Levy, who was missing for about 10
days, was discovered Friday near Mitzpei Moab, in the Arad region.
Police report that Levy apparently fell while hiking in the area,
then died as a result of dehydration. Police from the Arad District
working with members of the local search & rescue unit, sent Levy's
body to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute where pathologists hope to
determine the cause of death.
Arafat Kicks Off Jerusalem Conference
By Arutz-7 News Service
Sixteen Arab foreign ministers and the King of Morocco convened
Monday in Agadir, Morocco, for what is being dubbed, "The Jerusalem
Yasir Arafat asked the Islamic Council, which organized the event,
to come out with a position that either limits his diplomatic
flexibility or provides him with a green light to continue
negotiating with Israel.
Acting Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami said at an afternoon press
conference in Paris that conditions are not yet ripe for another
summit, but repeated his claim that gaps between the two sides have
closed. "We are on the verge of a final-status agreement," he
asserted, but added that Israel "cannot afford to be more
Arutz-7's Ariel Kahane reports that the Israeli Foreign Ministry
believes that Arafat wishes to see the foreign ministers take a
rigid stance, and that such a development would allow Arafat to
shift responsibility for the breakdown in negotiations with Israel,
to the Arab states.
In case the foreign ministers were unclear about his position,
Arafat opened the conference by delivering a fiery speech outlining
his political philosophy. He told the audience that Jerusalem and
its holy sites "belong to the Palestinians or the Christians," and
added that there is no foundation for Jewish claims to the Temple
Mount. Arafat also complained that "the Jews are trying to steal
holy Islamic property by establishing a synagogue on the site."
According to the PLO chief, although the Palestinians "have already
made a number of concessions to Israel," they would never agree to
forfeit their claims to Jerusalem holy sites. "This is a red line
from which we will never retreat," he thundered. "We will never
give up on the Temple Mount or Jerusalem."
Arafat also demanded that Israel retreat to the pre-1967 borders,
"just it did in Lebanon and in the Sinai Desert."
Arms Cache Discovered in Israeli Arab Village
By Arutz-7 News Service
West Bank Arabs are not alone in their quest to amass large caches
of arms. A raid by Israel police Monday uncovered a major arms
reserve in a raid on a house in the Arab village of Kfar Abu Snan
in the western Galilee.
Police confiscated mortar shells, a rocket launcher, magazines,
thousands of bullets, and three automatic weapons. Six suspects
were arrested for stealing and storing IDF ammunition. Among
those detained were an army tracker and another soldier who serves
in an elite undercover IDF unit. The police suspect that the
weapons were designated for use in internal village clashes that
are expected to precede village elections.
Exercise Evaluates Non-Conventional Warfare
The IDF's Home Front Command this week will be conducting a large
training exercise to evaluate the level of readiness of non-combat
forces responsible for responding to a non-conventional warfare
For the first time ever, the IDF will evaluate the performance of
personnel responsible for gas mask distribution centers, gas mask
and adjunct supplies inventory, and the military's ability to swing
into action if the need arises without warning. The warehouses are
responsible for ensuring that all Israelis, students and tourists,
are furnished with working gas masks in the event of an alert or
The exercise began Monday and continues through Wednesday. Home
Front officials have indicated that such an exercise will be an
The Desert Blooms
By Arutz-7 News Service
"Greening the desert" through genetic engineering of trees that can
withstand barren conditions is within reach, according to Prof.
Arie Altman, head of the Institute of Plant Sciences at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem.
Scientists at the institute have succeeded in isolating unique
proteins within the poplar tree that can preserve the activities of
the tree's cells in the dry and saline conditions typical of
Altman and his associates have found that stimulating higher
production of the proteins in the tree seedlings can help the trees
withstand severe conditions. The research is seen as particularly
significant given the forecasts of steadily increasing
desertification of the earth's surface. It is estimated that within
a few years, more than 60 percent of all irrigation water in Israel
will become saline.
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