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>JN Sept. 15, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 159
Israeli Progress in Studying Alzheimer's
An Israeli medical team claims to have discovered the first
evidence of a recessive gene that may cause Alzheimer's disease.
Neurologist Prof. Amos Korczyn of Tel Aviv University and Ichilov
Hospital said his team studied 821 elderly residents of the
Israeli-Arab city of Um el-Fahm - where the rate of Alzheimer's
disease seems to be the highest in the world - and found evidence
of a gene variant that may be behind the debilitating disease.
Results of the research was published in the latest issue of the
American Academy of Neurology's journal, Neurology.
Israel Predicts an Olympic Terrorist Attack
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's deputy Defense Minister, Ephraim Sneh, warns that the
Olympics - and Israeli athletes in particular - are potential
targets for international terrorists. The official made his
comments with final preparations underway for today's opening of
the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Sneh says everything possible should be done to prevent a tragedy
at the Sydney games, and that nearly three-decades after the
massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, the danger
of an attack has not diminished.
"We must learn from history. Since Munich in 1972, the Israeli
delegation was a target, we have to think in the same terms because
for 28 years the culture of terrorism has not been changed."
Sneh's comments follow recent reports that police in New Zealand
uncovered a possible plot to target the Lucas Heights nuclear
reactor in Sydney during the Olympic Games.
Australian and New Zealand officials have played down the danger to
the research reactor, located about 15 miles from the main Olympic
stadium, and say the risk of attack is low.
But Sneh says the possibility that the Sydney Olympics will be
targeted by terrorists should not be discounted.
"I believe that if someone wants to defy the international order,
maybe the best way for him do it is something crazy at the
Olympics. And why? Because the Olympics has a meaning. Maybe
the Olympics is the symbol of international positive cooperation,
where athletes from all over the world are coming to compete in the
arena of sport professions. And to hit the Olympics can be very...
I would say, it is a very typical and profitable target for one who
wants to defy brutally the international order."
Sneh says the danger of another attack at the Olympics - aimed at
Israelis in particular - is just as real now. "I believe that those
terrorists who would like to show that they do not accept the fact
that people from all nations come to a peaceful, sporting
competition. They would try do it, and we of course we assume that
Israel has to be one of the targets, because Israel is one the
countries that terrorists love to hate."
Australian officials have promised proper security at the Olympics.
The New Zealand Herald says police have arrested members of a group
believed to include supporters of Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden
- the Afghanistan-based fugitive who tops America's most-wanted
list of suspected terrorists.
Israeli security forces claim to have uncovered evidence that
Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement, has given funds and offered
suicide bombers to Palestinian activists trained by bin Laden.
Sneh says it is now clear that bin Laden is ready to target
Israelis and Israeli institutions around the world.
Israeli-Palestinian Talks Continue -- Separately
By Nick Simeone (VOA-New York)
The United States is renewing high level contacts with Israeli and
Palestinian officials in New York in yet another attempt to move
both sides closer to a final peace agreement - something President
Clinton was unable to do when he met with the leaders of both sides
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will hold discussions on
Thursday with Israeli acting Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami,
American negotiators are also holding talks with the Palestinian
side, but there are no plans at this point to bring the two
together for a resumption of direct discussions.
In an address to Jewish groups here in New York Wednesday night,
acting Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami held out hope for a
peace agreement but says it's up to the Palestinian side to show
"Let us hope on the eve of this new Jewish year, we will be able to
come to our people and indeed to all friends of peace in the region
and throughout the world with the good news of peace."
Arrow Successfully Launched
A successful test-launch of the Arrow anti-missile was conducted
Thursday at the Palmachim Air Force base near Ashkelon. A Scud-like
missile was fired toward the ocean, and the Arrow, which received
the target's vital details by electronic means, was dispatched at
the bomb and exploded it in mid-air.
A U.S. Pentagon delegation was on hand to observe the experiment.
The director of the Arrow project for Israel Aircraft Industries,
Dr. Danny Peretz, said that the trial launch was conducted under
total combat conditions, and that it showed that the Arrow is now
ready for action.
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