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>JN Oct. 26, 2000, Vol. 8, No 184
Calls For Saddam Hussein To Bomb Israel
More than 20,000 persons participated in a demonstration in Jordan
on Tuesday during which participants called on Iraqi dictator
Saddam Hussein to launch a missile attack against Israel. When the
demonstrators got too close to the Allenby Bridge Crossing to
Israel, Jordanian police used water cannon, teargas and batons to
Israel/U.S. Intelligence Monitoring Iraqi Troop Movements
A senior member of Israel's intelligence community confirms that,
as the unrest continues in Israel, the eyes of the Western
community are once again focused on the actions of Iraqi dictator
Saddam Hussein. Israel and the United States are carefully
monitoring Iraqi troop movements on the Iraqi border with Jordan
The unidentified senior intelligence official acknowledged that
recent Iraqi troop movements may be harmless, but quickly added
that during the Gulf War, we saw what the Iraqi troops did to
Kuwait, adding that the Iraqi force could easily pass through
Jordan to Israel as well.
IDF intelligence reports indicate the Saddam may send combat
aircraft over heavy population centers, even before advancing
ground forces. It is not expected that he would try launching Scud
missiles. It remains uncertain if he has Scuds that remain
operational, and launching of Scuds would also be testimony that
Saddam lied to UNSCOM inspectors.
Israeli sources reminded international allies that whenever a
crisis develops involving Israel and the PA, we are reminded of the
good relations between Yasir Arafat and Saddam Hussein. Arafat was
among the few who publicly supported Saddam Hussein after he opted
to invade Kuwait.
Spokesman Nachman Shai stated, "Iraq is an unpredictable nation.
When Iraq exhibits signs of nervousness, we too have reason to be
concerned. Iraqi forces are relatively far from Jordan but when the
Middle East ball begins to roll, no one knows where it will stop."
Clinton Blasts Arafat's Attitude
By David Gollust (VOA-White House)
President Clinton has renewed his call on Israel and the
Palestinians to honor truce commitments made at last week's Sharm
El-Sheikh summit. He said Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, in
particular, is capable of actions that can "dramatically" reduce
the level of violence.
The president, who has invited both Arafat and Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Barak to Washington for separate meetings, says
events of the next several days will determine whether the peace
process can be put back on track or if the region is headed for a
long-term worsening of tensions.
In a talk with reporters, Clinton said both sides must adhere
to commitments made to him at last week's summit in Egypt, while
dismissing the notion Arafat is no longer able to control events in
"There are probably some people within the Palestinian territories,
and probably some people within Israel that are not within total
control of Chairman Arafat or even the Israeli government. But I do
think Chairman Arafat can dramatically reduce the level of
The President also expressed sympathy for the situation of Barak,
who finds himself having to deal with Palestinian unrest and
political attacks from right-wing opponents that could drive him
from office. But he said Barak understood the difficulties he would
face in seeking a final-status peace accord:
"Prime Minister Barak knew what he was doing. He took a big chance.
He did it because, after years in the Israeli military, he reached
the same conclusion that Yitzhak Rabin reached: that in the end the
best guarantee of Israel's security is a sustainable peace with all
of her neighbors."
State Department Warns Americans in Israel
By Art Chimes (VOA-Washington)
The State Department is warning US citizens not to travel to
Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The travel advisory
cites a heightened risk of terrorist attack in the troubled region.
The travel warning was issued after weeks of deadly violence in the
region. The State Department says Americans should keep a low
profile, avoiding shopping areas, buses and demonstrations.
US employees have been barred from travel to the Palestinian
territories and have been urged to avoid Arab East Jerusalem.
The State Department says Americans who live in the West Bank or
Gaza strip should consider moving to a safe location.
Israel's Netvision Hosts PA Web Site
Israel's largest Internet Service Provider, Netvision, confirmed it
hosts the PIS Company which in turn hosts all the websites in the
PLO Authority, including the official web site of the PA. Since the
start of the violence about a month ago, the PA has undertaken an
unprecedented propaganda campaign, with a good deal being waged via
the Internet, including the "Battle over Jerusalem."
Netvision spokeswoman Orit Saham confirmed reports that Netvision
continues to host PA sites, many of which are espousing anti-Israel
and anti-Semitic propaganda, which has been on the rise in light of
the ongoing conflict between Israel and the PA over the past month.
Saham added that if served with a court order to cut off the PA
services, Netvision would comply immediately.
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