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>JN Sept. 25, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 165

PA Blames Israel for Critical Gaza Water Shortage

By IsraelWire

The PLO Authority Sunday blamed Israel for the critical water shortage existing in PA autonomous areas in Gaza, explaining the Jewish "settlements" have depleted the area reserves, leaving Arab residents without water. Senior PA water officials explain that only about 20 percent of the wells in PA areas are pumping potable water and the situation is critical.

U.S. Strips Ambassador Indyk of Security Clearance

By IsraelWire and Arutz-7

The United States Department of State announced it has suspended the security clearance of its ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk. The explanation for the move is the current investigation against the ambassador for alleged security violations. The Washington Post reported that Indyk used unclassified laptop computers to prepare his work while in transit, possibility contributing to the decision to remove his clearance.

According to State Department officials, the FBI is involved in the investigation against Indyk, but it was pointed out that the ambassador is cooperating and there is no suspected espionage, but as a result of the State Department move, the ambassador may not handle classified materials and must be escorted upon visiting the State Department.

Officials emphasized that Indyk is not suspected of espionage, but only that he may be guilty of "possible sloppiness" in his handling of classified information. Charge d'affaires Paul Simons is now the most senior U.S. official in Israel.

Indyk reportedly often intervened in internal Israeli matters. For instance, sources told Arutz-7 that right after Indyk arrived in Israel, initiatives leaked to prepare the Israeli-Arab public for the Golan referendum - to encourage support of a transfer of the Golan Heights to Syria. Allegedly, he also intervened in the religious debate between Reform and Orthodox.

Germany to Compensate Families of Slain Munich Olympic Athletes

By IsraelWire

According to German media, the families of the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes killed by terrorists in Munich during the 1972 Olympic Games will receive compensation from the German government.

The families of the slain athletes had taken the case to the courts and the negotiations have been ongoing for nearly three decades. In a surprise move, the German government agreed to make compensatory payments to the survivors of the victims of the terrorist attack.

Poet Yehuda Amichai Dies at 76

By IsraelWire

Israel Prize laureate, poet Yehuda Amichai, passed away Friday morning in the Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem, Haaretz On Line reported. Amichai, 76, died of cancer.

Amichai, one of the most important and influential Israeli poets, was born in Germany in 1924. At the age of 10, he immigrated to Israel with his parents and lived in Jerusalem. He served in the British army during World War II, then studied to be a teacher and enlisted in the Palmach (the pre-state predecessor of the Israel Defense Forces).

He published his first book of poetry, entitled After First Wars and First Loves, at the age of 24. In total, he published 25 books of poetry, three children's books, two novels, a collection of short stories, a collection of plays and the radio play Bells and Trains, which won a prize in Italy. His last book, Open Closed Open was on Israel's best seller list for weeks.

Many of Amichai's books were translated into 37 languages, including Polish, Yiddish, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Albanian, Danish and Finnish. Ted Hughes, the late British Poet Laureate and a friend of Amichai, said that "Amichai is known and loved all over the world. His poetry exists as it is."

35 Percent of Standing Army Soldiers Drink Booze

By IsraelWire

According to a new study, 35 percent of soldiers serving in the IDF's standing army admit to drinking alcoholic beverages with 20 percent stating they drink while on duty. The statistics were revealed in a study commissioned by the Union to Prevent Alcoholism in Israel.

About 50 percent of the respondents stated they will drink two bottles of beer or the equivalent; 30 percent reported drinking four bottles of beer; and 20 percent, more than four bottles.

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