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>JN Oct. 19, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 180
Ongoing Warfare Causing Sleep Disturbances
According to Dr Roni Brand, who heads community services for NATAL,
an organization assisting victims of trauma resulting from
terrorist attacks, the current situation in Israel is the cause of
an increase of sleep disturbances among Israelis. NATAL officials
manning the organization's hotline report a sharp increase in
complaints of sleep disturbances, fear, anxiety, depression and
Israel Arrests Eight Lynchers
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Israeli army and Palestinian security forces have begun
implementing a series of steps designed to reduce tensions after
three weeks of bloody violence. However, clashes did continue
Wednesday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Following a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian security
commanders, measures were taken to reduce tensions. Israel reopened
the international border crossings between the Palestinian
territories, Jordan and Egypt.
The airport in Gaza reopened, and an internal closure on the
territories was lifted, allowing travel within
Palestinian-controlled areas. A general closure prohibiting
Palestinians from entering Israel remains in effect.
The move follows a statement by Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat
calling on his supporters to implement an agreement reached at the
emergency Middle East summit to end the violence. If the clashes
die down, Israel is expected to withdraw its troops and tanks from
flash points in the Palestinian territories.
The Israeli Army says it has pulled back some tanks from the
outskirts of Nablus in a symbolic gesture, and would withdraw more
heavy equipment once the violence has ebbed.
New clashes did erupt in the West Bank and Gaza, where some
demonstrators are urging a continuation of the intifada, or
uprising. In Gaza, Palestinian protesters threw rocks and firebombs
at security posts, and Israeli soldiers fired back with tear gas
and rubber coated metal bullets.
In another development, the Israeli Army seized eight Palestinians
suspected of being involved in the mob killing of two Israeli
reserve soldiers last week in the West Bank town of Ramallah.
Israeli radio says among those tracked down was a Palestinian man
who emerged from the scene with his bloodied hands triumphantly
raised in the air, to signal to the frenzied crowd the soldiers had
been killed. The scenes were repeatedly played on television and a
photograph of the man appeared on front pages across the world.
Following the deaths of the soldiers, Israel launched rockets at
Palestinian targets in the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian
sources had earlier said that several suspects had been missing
from their homes for the last few days.
In Israeli politics, opposition leader Ariel Sharon says he is not
likely to join a "national unity government" with Prime Minister
Barak has left the door open for a resumption of peace talks with
the Palestinians -- a move Sharon opposes. Barak has a minority
government and faces a vote for early elections when the Israeli
parliament reconvenes late this month.
IDF Prepares for Increased Warfare
Among the scenarios being contemplated by the IDF, Prime Minister
Ehud Barak has ordered senior commanders to prepare for the
possibility of an all out war involving Arab nations against
Israel. Senior commanders feel that if a cease-fire is not observed
in the coming days, the situation throughout the West Bank and Gaza
may deteriorate rapidly and may lead to war involving neighboring
Arab nations. The intelligence community is also carefully
monitoring activity in Iraq.
Pentagon May Purchase Israeli Military Technology
The Pentagon is considering purchasing Israeli military
technologies for use in the U.S, Armed Forces, Haaretz reported.
The Pentagon is mainly interested in three technologies: a
miniature electronic warfare system for ground forces, photography
and sensor systems for the Air Force and atomic, biological and
chemical protective suits for pilots and Navy personnel.
The electronic warfare system, manufactured by Tadiran, locates the
existence and source of low intensity broadcast signals. The
battery-operated photography and sensor systems, manufactured by
Seraphim Optronika of Migdal HaEmek, transmits pictures at a very
long range under extreme weather conditions, day or night.
The Pentagon is also funding additional Israeli technologies such
as the modification of Merkava tank shells for use in USAF Abrams
tanks, a high-precision atomic clock and a system of automatic
infrared sensors for the US Air Force. According to U.S. law, the
Army may purchase only U.S,-manufactured products, unless such
technology does not meet military requirements. In order to
purchase foreign products, tests must show that the products are
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