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>JN Aug. 30, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 150
Israel Aids Greece and Turkey
Israel dispatched two Air Force helicopters and a cargo plane to
Greece over the weekend to help contain huge blazes throughout the
country. Prime Minister Ehud Barak gave his consent at the request
of the Greek government after seven people were killed and dozens
of homes burned last week. Meanwhile, 60 Israel Defense Forces Home
Front soldiers departed for Turkey Monday to train Turkish soldiers
in search and rescue techniques and to help establish a rescue
Ross Helps to Overcome Israeli, Palestinian Differences
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Middle East envoy Dennis Ross says differences remain between
Israel and the Palestinians over the future of Jerusalem, and the
United States is seeking ways to overcome the problems.
At the beginning of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Barak, Ross said all sides are looking for ways to bridge the
differences between Israel and the Palestinians over the future of
"I would say that there are differences that still have to be
overcome and we are still looking for ways to try to do that."
Ross briefed Barak on a meeting earlier in Cairo between President
Clinton and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The U.S. envoy declined to talk publicly about what proposals are
being discussed to solve the Jerusalem dispute, which is considered
the most difficult issue facing negotiators in the Middle East
There has been a flurry of diplomatic activity since negotiators
failed to reach agreement last month at the Camp David summit.
Palestinian chief Yasir Arafat, Barak, and Clinton are scheduled to
attend a meeting of the United Nations next week in New York.
Peres Attempts to Gain Control of Labor Party
Following his defeat in the recent race for the presidential seat,
Minister of Regional Cooperation Shimon Peres has established a new
Labor Party forum, comprised of veteran party members, perhaps as
a move to strengthen his position within the party in advance of
the national elections.
Peres told participants of the forum who met in the minister's Tel
Aviv office, that they would continue to meet on a regular basis.
The senior party member called upon supporters to work with him to
advance the ongoing Oslo process between Israel and the PLO
Authority. He added that the Oslo process must remain atop the
Political observers explain that Peres' statements may have been
aimed at Prime Minister Ehud Barak who has recently shifted gears,
placing an emphasis on the new constitution and the secularization
of the country. Despite his senior party position, Peres continues
to be a political adversary of Barak.
Explosion at Archeological Dig May Have Been Terror Attack
The explosion that occurred early Tuesday morning at an
archeological site near Rosh HaAyin may have been a terror attack.
Three employees of the Israel Antiquities Authority were injured in
the blast, which occurred near Rantis Junction, south of Rosh
According to Yediot Ahronot, quoting an unnamed senior police
official, the blast was the result of a pipe bomb left at the
location. Over past years, at the same location, other pipe bombs
were also discovered, but they were safely neutralized. The most
recent case was two months ago, when a large explosive device was
Two men injured in the Tuesday morning blast were transported to
Beilinson Hospital and a woman, the third victim, to the HaSharon
hospital. She is described as suffering from hysteria.
West Nile Virus Kills Israeli Man
Israel Faxx Staff Report and IsraelWire
An 84-year-old man died this week of complications from the West
Nile virus - the same virus that hit the New York City area this
Despite newspaper headlines and long reports on the radio,
officials tried to calm fears. Experts noted that the virus is
common in this region, and most Israelis have developed immunity.
In New York City, five people have been diagnosed with West Nile
virus this year, all 63 years old or older, officials say. The
virus killed seven people and sickened more than 60 in the New York
City area last year.
Health officials report that about 2,000 ducks in southern Israel
have been killed due to fears they were carrying the West Nile
Health officials insist there is no cause for alarm at this time,
explaining the ducks were killed in an effort to prevent the virus
from spreading. It was believed that the ducks were carrying the
disease and the decision was made to kill them to ensure that the
sickness was not spread.
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