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>JN Sept. 12, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 156
Radio Shack is Coming to Israel
Radio Shack is planning to enter the Israeli market, promising to
open 70 stores across the country by 2007. The first store is
scheduled to open in Tel Aviv this month. Radio Shack officials
predict three stores will be operating in the Tel Aviv area by
year's end. Company officials indicate that another 10 stores are
planned for 2001, setting their sights on malls around the country.
Arab Reaction to Palestinian Postponement is Mixed
By the VOA's Scott Bobb (Cairo) & Ross Dunn (Jerusalem)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat visited Egypt Monday to brief
President Hosni Mubarak on the latest developments in the Middle
East peace process.
Arafat's trip followed a Palestinian Central Council decision to
postpone a declaration of Palestinian statehood for two-months.
Across the Middle East, reaction to this development has been
The 129-member council announced after a two day meeting in Gaza
City that the planned declaration of statehood on Sept. 13 would
not go ahead. This is the target date that Israel and the
Palestinians had set for reaching a final peace treaty.
Arafat had threatened to unilaterally declare statehood on Sept.
13, but left the matter in the hands of the council.
Postponement of the declaration of Palestinian statehood was widely
expected in the Arab world. Many Arab governments did not react
immediately to the announcement.
Palestinian Planning Minister Nabil Shaath told Egyptian radio that
Palestinian negotiators are determined to do what has to be done in
order to save the peace process and regain Palestinian land and
His sentiments were echoed by other Palestinian leaders, who
expressed hope that the postponement will allow negotiators to
conclude a final peace accord in the coming months.
Other Palestinian groups criticized the decision. A spokesman for
the Syria-based Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,
Maher al-Taher, said his group is against postponement, because it
only aids the negotiations, which his group opposes.
Taher said "it is time to put an end to the transitional period and
declare the Palestinian state over all land occupied by Israel in
the 1967 war." He added that his group rejects any attempt to cut
up sovereignty into separate parts as part of a peace agreement and
demands full implementation of UN resolutions on the issue.
Another Syria-based group, the Democratic Front for the Liberation
of Palestine, also rejected postponement. Its leader says this
only furthers Israel's aim to establish an unarmed Palestinian
state and cancel any claims by Palestinian refugees to return to
The leader of the Gaza-based Hamas group, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, said
the Palestinian Authority lost credibility by postponing the
declaration. He said the only option for the liberation of
Palestine and Jerusalem is resistance (jihad).
Analysts believe the decision to delay declaring a state was aimed
at avoiding a direct confrontation with Israel and the
Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, welcomed the council's decision
to postpone any unilateral move towards statehood, in the coming
weeks. A spokesman for Barak says that such a declaration could
have damaged efforts to reach a negotiated settlement of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel Asks For Uzbekistan's Assistance to Fight Terrorism
Haaretz reports that Uzbekistan has asked Israel to help it fight
a wave of Islamic terror, and Israeli officials tend to "favorably
examine" the possibility of doing so.
The outlawed "Islamic Movement" has been responsible for a wave of
attacks in recent weeks aimed at establishing an Islamic state.
Uzbekistan's relations with Israel have been good and Uzbekistan's
president, Islam Karimov, visited Israel two years ago. Haaretz
said Tashkent has asked Israel for equipment and training.
Hareidi Nahal Soldiers Enter Officer Training School
Two members of the hareidi (ultra-Orthodox) Nahal Brigade unit have
entered officers training in the IDF's Training Base One. Sgts.
Yossi Katzelbogen and Eliyahu Phillip became the first soldiers
from the new unit to move on towards becoming officers. The two
made certain to enter into the officers training for combat
infantry units in the hope of one day returning to serve as
commanders of the Nahal unit.
Do Students Really Hate
A major story in Monday's Yediot Acharonot blares of a survey
showing that about half the high school student population "hates
settlers, Arabs, and hareidim."
The exact numbers found by the survey of 6,200 students, as
reported by Yediot, were that 51 percent, 50 percent, and 47
percent "hate" the settlers, Arabs, and hareidim, respectively.
In addition, 39 percent feel that way about the Likud, and 24
percent - the Labor party; 47 percent answered that they "hate"
Binyamin Netanyahu, while 27 percent feel the same about Ehud
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