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>JN Sept. 22, 2000, Vol. 8, No, 164
Master Terrorist Living in Gaza
Achille Lauro terrorist Abu Abas is reportedly living in Iraq and
Gaza, in the PLO Authority (PA) autonomous areas, with the
knowledge of Israel government officials. Abas and his
associates were responsible for the hijacking of the luxury liner
and the killing of an American Jew, Lion Klinghoffer.
Barak Entertains Additional Concessions on Jerusalem
Despite Prime Minister Ehud Barak's previous declaration that
Israel had "reached the limits of its concessions," it is becoming
clear that there is still further he can go - and the division of
Jerusalem may in fact be coming closer to a reality.
The Prime Minister has expressed a willingness to entertain
international control for the Temple Mount, while granting
Palestinian sovereignty to the mosques there and to two Old City
quarters. The Americans will decide whether to officially propose
the above; they may, alternatively, suggest that Jerusalem be left
for future negotiations.
Barak held a consultation Thursday to discuss the proposed division
of Jerusalem and withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza with lead
negotiators Acting Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami and Atty. Gilad
"Israel will not give up its connection with the Temple Mount, but
does not negate the Palestinian connection with the area, either,"
Ben-Ami said. Regarding the question of how such an agreement will
fare in a national referendum, he said, "I assume that the public
will vote for the government's final-status agreement, even if it
would not accept each of the agreement's individual components."
Iranian Jews' Sentences are Reduced
The Iranian Appeals Court Thursday reduced the sentences meted out
to some of the 10 Iranian Jews convicted of spying for Israel. Two
13-year sentences were lowered to nine and seven years,
respectively, while an 11-year sentence was reduced to seven years,
and another 10-year sentence was reduced to eight years. The 10 men
received prison terms, July 1, ranging from four to 13 years.
IDF: Hizbullah May Renew Belligerence
Haaretz reports that Israel Defense Forces Intelligence chief Maj.
Gen. Amos Malka said Hizbullah may resume hostilities against
Israel, such as terror attacks and attempts to kidnap Israeli
soldiers and civilians along the Lebanese border.
Addressing the Knesset's Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Malka
said that Hizbullah was disappointed by the results of the recent
elections in Lebanon that weakened incumbent President Emile
Lahoud. Malka assessed that Hizbullah may resume hostile operations
particularly in the Har Dov area.
He said that Hizbullah leaders claim the border dispute in the area
has not been resolved, viewing it as occupied territory. He added
that the border dispute, along with the military nature of the Har
Dov outpost, make it a desirable target for Hizbullah to launch an
Malka said that the organization may also attempt kidnappings of
Israeli soldiers or civilians using them as bargaining chips in an
attempt to free detained Hizbullah leaders Mustafa Dirani and Sheik
Child Labor in Israel
Several 10- and 11-year-old children from the Arab village of Yata,
south of Hebron, were left off at an intersection of the
Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway on Tuesday by an Israeli who had
An Israeli driver, Moshe Flam, found the children later that
evening, bought them food, and brought them to the Tarkumiye
checkpoint, from where a Palestinian man took them home.
Labor and Welfare Minister Ra'anan Cohen called for increased
vigilance by inspectors against violations of the law forbidding
child labor. "Employing children is a grave phenomenon that has no
place in an enlightened society," he said.
New Dead Sea Settlement
For the first time since the 1960s, a new Jewish settlement will be
established along the Dead Sea shore. The new town, to be called
N'vei Zohar, will have 140 houses, the owners of which will each be
licensed to construct and operate three or four "tzimmers" (bed and
breakfast). The town will thus provide a cheaper alternative for
international and Israeli tourists to the Dead Sea who do not wish
to vacation in the area's hotels.
Stolen Car with Babies Recovered
A gray KIA that was stolen on Thursday from Pardes Hana was
recovered 90-minutes later with the two missing children inside
unharmed. The mother of 18-month and 6-month-old children left the
car for several moments to go to an ATM at a Bank Hapoalim. She
told police she left the car running to enable the air conditioner
to continue operating. She quickly realized her car was stolen with
her children inside.
She called police who acted quickly, setting up roadblocks and
dispatching a helicopter. Police used public address systems and
the media to alert citizens of the incident and details of the
About 90 minutes later, a resident of Pardes Hana called telling
police he believes he saw the car in front of his building. Police
responded and the car was recovered with the children inside,
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