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>JN Sept. 11, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 155
Gambia Issues Pope-Rabbi Stamp
The West African country of The Gambia has decided to eternalize
the historic meeting of Pope John Paul II with Israel's Chief
Rabbis in Israel earlier this year. A photograph of the meeting
has been turned into a 25D Gambian postage stamp.
Palestinian-Israeli Contacts to Continue
The negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians will
continue over the coming weeks, despite the dead end reached in New
York last week. Acting Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami and Atty.
Gilad Sher will represent Israel in the relatively low-level talks,
and their PA counterparts will be Muhammad Dahlan and Saeb Erekat.
Ben-Ami's announcement of the talks contradicts Saturday's claims by
official spokesmen of Prime Minister Ehud Barak that further
contacts are not foreseen, but are in line with predictions by
Ben-Ami hinted that on the agenda at present is no longer a
final-status, end-of-conflict agreement, but rather a limited
agreement that will leave Jerusalem for later; the Palestinians
will not announce an "end to the conflict," but rather "an end to
their demands on Israel, except for Jerusalem."
Arutz-7 reported Sunday that although Barak is personally against
such an arrangement, and continues to insist on a conclusive
agreement that will put a final end to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, "there is tremendous internal party pressure upon him to
reach some sort of agreement, even if not a final one - call it an
'expanded third withdrawal.' The question is whether Barak will be
able to stand up to the pressure emanating from within his party to
The PLO Central Council convened Saturday to vote on the
postponement of the declaration of a Palestinian state. The
probable next target date for the declaration: Nov. 15. Council
Chairman Sal'im Za'nun says that a date no later than Jan. 1, 2001
must be chosen, for if not, "this will mean the permanent
perpetuation of the autonomy."
Correspondent Huberman reports that Arafat always likes to choose
meaningful dates for his deadlines: Sept. 13, the original date for
the declaration, is the seventh anniversary of the first
Rabin-Arafat handshake on the White House lawn at the signing of
the first Oslo agreement; Nov. 15 will be the 12th anniversary of
the PLO's declaration of a state-in-exile in Algiers; while Jan. 1
is the 35th anniversary of the first Fatah terrorist attack in
Leah Rabin: Yitzhak Would Turn Over in His Grave
In yet another blow to Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Leah Rabin, the
wife of slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, stated last week that
"Yitzhak would turn over in his grave" over the concessions Israel
is willing to give to the PLO Authority.
In an interview with Yediot Ahronot, Mrs. Rabin was quoted as
saying that Barak was no longer carrying on in her husband's path
since he is willing to make large concessions that her late husband
would never have supported, even in the name of peace.
She explained that the relationship between her husband and PA
Chairman Yasir Arafat was one of mutual respect but added that
Barak is moving ahead, willing to make large concessions, and
receiving nothing in return.
Barak, a former IDF chief of staff and the most highly decorated
soldier/officer in the history of the IDF, was seen as the
successor of Yitzhak Rabin, having rose up through the ranks of the
IDF while Rabin was a senior officer and chief of staff. Barak was
seen as Rabin's protege and the natural successor after an assassin
killed him in 1995.
Israelis Who Violated Pork Law Won't be Prosecuted
The Attorney General's Office announced that it will not enforce
laws banning the sale of pigs and pork by-products in Israel. The
law today permits local municipalities to make their own decision
regarding the sale of "Basar Lavan" (white meat) as it is
known in Israel.
In what is being hailed another pro-secularist victory, stores
wishing to sell pork and related by-products no longer must fear
legal ramifications. The ruling by Attorney General Elyakim
Rubinstein's office results from a request by the attorney for the
municipality of Carmiel who requested permission from Rubinstein's
office to file charges against 13 persons for the sale of pork.
The current pork law permits local municipalities to make their own
decision vis-a-vis pork stores. Some areas permit it while most
still enforce the ban.
'Israel Day' to Take Place in Olympic Park
An Israeli cultural festival will be held in the Olympic Park in
Sydney during the Olympic games. "Israel Day," scheduled for Sept.
18, will include live performances by Israeli musicians, Israeli
video clips, and art exhibits as well as appearances by athletes
from the Israeli delegation to the Olympic games. Israel is one of
15 countries organizing a national day at the Olympics.
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