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>JN Oct. 19, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 180

Ongoing Warfare Causing Sleep Disturbances

By IsraelWire

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 related symptoms.


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 Ehud Barak.

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

By IsraelWire

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

By IsraelWire

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 superior.


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