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>JN Oct. 31, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 185

Embarrassed IDF Pulls Tanks from Gilo

By IsraelWire

Israel Television reported that the IDF has pulled the tanks positioned in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo out of embarrassment. The IDF explained that they did not have permission to use the tanks to reply to PA fire. The IDF explained that it was embarrassing to have tanks sitting silently in an area under fire and that it was best, therefore, to remove the tanks.

Barak Warns Arafat About Violence

By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak says peace is still possible in the Middle East, but warned Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat that nothing will be achieved by the wave of recent violence that has left about 150 people, mostly Palestinians, dead.

Barak told a hostile session of the Israeli parliament that peace can be reached in the region, but not under the threat of violence. He told lawmakers that the window of opportunity for peace for the Palestinians is closing and warned Arafat that he will achieve nothing if clashes continue.

The prime minister said Israel remained united against violence and negotiation should be conducted around a table and not in the streets, with shooting and stones. He defended his policies against hecklers from the hawkish opposition parties, who accused him of not being tough enough with the Palestinians.

So far Barak has been unsuccessful in trying to form an emergency government with opposition leader Ariel Sharon. However Sharon, who spoke to the parliament after Barak, said he was still open to the idea if the details of a coalition agreement can be worked out.

Syria Held Responsible for Lebanese Attacks

By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israel said it will hold Syria responsible for renewed attacks by Lebanese guerrillas on Israel's northern border. Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh said Syria, which is considered the main power broker in Lebanon, will be held responsible for any attacks by Lebanese guerrillas on Israel's northern border.

Sneh accused Syria of allowing such attacks by Hizbullah guerrillas, and warned that Israel will retaliate. Ha'aretz said Israel's military commanders will recommend strikes on Syrian targets, if attacks along the border continue.

Israeli Guerrillas to Battle Palestinian Terrorists

By Jenny Badner (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli army officials Monday announced a new strategy to counter Palestinian gunmen who have been shooting at Israeli targets.

Israel's deputy defense minister, Efraim Sneh, says Israeli troops will no longer just respond to Palestinian fire. From now on, they will take the initiative, including using military units trained in guerrilla warfare.

Israeli army spokesman Ra'anan Gissen says Israel is adopting the new strategy to counter the sharp increase in Palestinian attacks against Jewish neighborhoods and settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"In the past, up to this point, we only reacted, now, with this new approach, the army, or the officers, I would say, will have a relatively free hand to initiate actions against gunmen, against the location in order to not just deter but to make it very difficult for them to concentrate on the shootings that they are doing during the night."

FBI Reveals Threats of Arab Attacks in NYC

By IsraelWire

The FBI revealed it has information that Arab groups are planning bomb attacks against the Sheraton and Hyatt Marquis hotels in New York City as well as against the Washington Post.

According to the New York Post, identical letters were received in the three location five days following the suicide attack that claimed the lives of U.S. sailors in Yemen. FBI officials have indicated they are uncertain regarding the validity of level of threat of the letters. Nevertheless, in light of recent events, security is being heightened for all three locations.

Holocaust Survivor Interrupts Wagner Concert

By IsraelWire

After the High Court of Justice ruled that the music of "Hitler's composer" Richard Wagner may be played in a live concert in Israel, the Rishon L'Tzion Symphony Orchestra went ahead with plans to break the long taboo over the music in Israel.

The High Court however could not break the taboo among survivors of Hitler's death machine, and an 80-year-old Holocaust survivor used a noisemaker to prevent the start of the event. Persons seated around him appeared annoyed, and eventually, one of the guests took the noisemaker away from the elderly survivor and the guests sat back and enjoyed the event.

The High Court of Justice upheld a decision of the District Court, refusing to ban the concert of the composer who became known as "Hitler's composer." For years, it was understood that the music of Richard Wagner was not to be played or listened to in Israel but persons such as conductor Mendi Rodan, also a Holocaust survivor, decided the time has come to place the ban behind us. Proponents explained that despite Wagner's personal mistakes, his music ranks among the finest in the world.

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