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>JN Nov. 12, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 187
El Al Requests Sky Marshals on Domestic US Routes
Israel has filed an official request with U.S. transportation
officials to permit its sky marshals on board domestic U.S. flights
on Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami routes.
According to the request made by Minister of Transportation Ephraim
Sneh, if U.S. officials will not permit Israeli agents on the
flights, Israel will at least demand the deployment of American
agents trained by Israeli security agencies.
Report: Bin Laden Admits Launching Attacks on U.S.
By the Sunday Telegraph
The (UK) Sunday Telegraph reported Sunday that Osama bin Laden
admitted that he and his al-Qaida network were responsible for the
terrorist assault on the United States. The newspaper claimed
possession of a video in which bin Laden admits responsibility and
called the sites that were hit "legitimate targets."
Bin Laden described the killing of thousands of people as
"justified... because they were not ordinary citizens but worked
for the American system." He said it is "every Muslim's duty to
Bin Laden also said that killing Americans was "legal from a
religious point of view" and that history would judge that it had
been a worthy deed.
Alleged Traitor Arrested in Israel
By IsraelNationalNews.com, Ha'aretz and Itim
Mark Idan, a Catholic and Australian citizen who was born in Italy,
has been arrested and indicted for volunteering his espionage
services to Iran. Idan received new-immigrant status after he
married an Israeli; the couple later divorced.
In 1998, Idan entered the Iranian Embassy in Cyprus and informed a
clerk that he is an Israeli soldier who would like to spy for Iran.
He was in touch with the Embassy twice more, and finally the
Iranians turned down his offer.
Idan served in the IDF and identified himself to Iranian officials
as an Israeli citizen, willing to serve Iran according to the
charges. The Shin Bet security service and the police detained and
began questioning Idan on October 31, however the gag order on the
information was only relaxed Sunday.
During questioning, Idan admitted to sailing to Cyprus with
the intention of offering his services to Iran. Between 1983 and
1987, Idan worked in several countries before arriving in
In Israel he met his wife, obtaining Israeli citizenship and
permanent resident status when they married. He was then required
to serve in the IDF.
Arafat Urges UN Observers to Protect Palestinians
By VOA News
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has accused Israel of state
terrorism against Palestinians, and he repeated his call for the
United Nations to send an observer force to protect Palestinians
from Israeli troops.
On the second day of debate at the U.N. General Assembly in New
York Sunday, Arafat said a U.N. observer force would also help
consolidate a ceasefire between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Israel has rejected the deployment of an international observer
force and has accused Palestinian authorities of failing to crack
down on terrorists.
The United States said it would not attend a Geneva Convention
conference next month dealing with the security of Palestinian
civilians in Israeli-occupied territories.
The State Department said it believed such a meeting will be
counterproductive and has no legal basis under the Convention,
which the United States strongly supports.
Israel to Stay in Two West Bank Towns
By VOA News
Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Israeli troops would
remain in two Palestinian-ruled towns in the West Bank, despite
international pressure for their withdrawal.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday, Ben-Eliezer
said there are clear warnings that Palestinians are planning to
launch new terrorist attacks against Israel from the two towns,
Jenin and Tulkarem.
Ben-Eliezer warned that Palestinian radicals are plotting to carry
out attacks that are more lethal than in the past. He acknowledged
that the level of violence has fallen in recent days, but said
Israel must remain vigilant.
One Israeli civilian was killed and another wounded Sunday when a
suspected Palestinian gunman opened fire on a car in central
Israel. An Israeli spokesman said the attack took place at the
entrance to an agricultural commune near the town of Kfar Sava.
Netanya Links with Cincinnati's Jews
As part of the Jewish Agency's Partnership 2000 Project, cities in
Israel are twinned with Jewish communities in cities and countries
The linkages include ties between schools, assistance with
immigrant absorption, joint promotion of leadership programs and
other projects designed to increase Israel-Diaspora connectedness.
The new partnerships are between Netanya and Cincinnati, and Ramleh
and Kansas City, bringing to more than 80 the number of
participating Israeli communities, twinned with over 500 Jewish
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