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>JN Sept. 26, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 166
Israelis will Gain 5.5 lbs Over Rosh Hashanah
The average Israeli will gain 5.5 lbs over the upcoming two-day
Rosh Hashanah holiday according to the Clalit HMO's chief
dietician, Irit Poraz. Poraz stated that the average holiday
meal will be 1,500 calories and persons must exercise a modicum of
control to keep one's waistline in check over the holiday season.
Successful Syrian Scud Launch
Syria successfully tested its Korean Scud-D missile on Saturday, a
reality that has Israel's intelligence community on its toes. The
missile has a 360 mile range and experts stated with confidence
that the Arrow anti ballistic missile system can intercept an
Prime Minister Ehud Barak told reporters that he was concerned over
the successful launching. Amid concerns by Israel's defense
community, Barak added that Israel was capable of dealing with the
new threat, but senior military experts pointed out that the new
missile with its extended range enables the Syrians to place
launchers deeper into Syrian territory, making it more difficult
for Israel to locate them. Israeli officials acknowledged the new
missiles are within striking range of Tel Aviv.
West Nile Virus Claims Three Lives on Monday
Health officials confirmed late Monday night that three persons
died of the West Nile virus in Israel on Monday, bringing the death
toll to 17.
Health Ministry officials remain divided regarding the severity of
the illness which Dr. Boaz Lev, the director-general of the
ministry has labeled an "epidemic." Minister of Health Roni Milo,
in an effort to instill calm, rejected the doctor's labeling of the
virus as an epidemic, with other senior officials pointing out that
more persons die annually of the flu than the numbers of illnesses
and fatalities connected to the virus.
Officials at the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba report that the
Ministry of Health has banned them from reporting deaths due to the
West Nile virus.
Arab Media: Indyk Spied for Israel
Arab media around the world did not waste time following the
reports of the suspension of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel
Martin Indyk, for breaches of security protocols, accusing him of
spying for Israel.
The media in Kuwait, Jordan, Cairo, Syria, and other Arab states
have already accused Indyk, who is Jewish, of spying for Israel.
This despite official State Department announcements that the
investigation against Indyk stems from his using a non-classified
laptop computer to record his work, a violation of State Department
security protocol. Officials in the U.S. were quick to state
without hesitation that the investigation, involving the FBI and
Department of State, was in no way espionage related.
Chabad Emissaries in Jerusalem Fined
The Chabad emissaries who have become part of the scenery of
downtown Jerusalem, manning their tefilin (phylactery) booths near
the Mashbir department store and Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall, have
been issued summonses by city inspectors for their efforts.
When it was learned that the booths are not licensed, left-wing
city council members demanded they be fined as any vendor
attempting to do business in the city without an operating license.
Chabad officials admitted that if the booths are targeted daily by
inspectors, they will have no alternative but to shutdown, adding
the organization lacks the fund to pay for licenses even if they
desired to operate legally, adding all booths are manned on a
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