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9 Iyar 5761 - May 2, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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U.S. Terrorism Report Presents Israeli Charges in Arab Intifadah
by Mordecai Plaut

In its annual report on world terrorism, the United States Department of State said that the number of international terrorist attacks increased by 8 percent last year throughout the world. With regard to the situation in Israel, the report noted that the Israelis accuse Palestinian Authority security officials of involvement in terrorist attacks against Israel. However, the report stopped short of directly accusing the Palestinians of such actions.

Israel Demands Long Cease Fire Before Serious Talks
by Aryeh Zisman

Israel rejects the Egyptian-Jordanian initiative of only a four-week cease fire before the negotiations are resumed. Israel demands a longer waiting period to ensure that the Palestinians are serious. Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres will also argue, in his talks in the United States, that Arafat not be received in Washington as long as the terror continues, in order not to accord a prize to terror.

State Comptroller Report for 2000
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

State Comptroller and National Ombudsman Eliezer Goldberg presented the Knesset on Monday with the second part of the annual State Comptroller's report for 2000, Report 51B, and the annual National Ombudsman's Report for 2000. The State Comptroller's report points to numerous deficiencies and irregularities in government ministries, but found no criminal activity.

Cell Phone Ban for Yeshiva Students
by Betzalel Kahn

Maranan verabonon the gedolei Yisroel and the roshei yeshiva in Eretz Hakodesh, have determined that yeshiva students must not be in possession of cellular phones. "Such phones damage the spiritual edifice of the ben yeshiva and constitute pitfalls for those who possess them, Hashem yeracheim," said maranan verabonon.

Home-Grown Arms Help IDF
By Yated Ne'eman Staff

Top-secret until now, the IDF has unveiled some home-grown, hi-tech weaponry at its annual "salute to technology" fair at Latrun.

Hospitality in Teheran: 27 Hours of Terror at an Iranian Airport
By Betzalel Kahn

This sort of thing does not happen every day.

Five Israeli citizens land in the heart of a country, which is a sworn enemy of their homeland, remain there for twenty- seven hours and, despite their many fears, are received with cordiality and all the rules of hospitality.

Peres Launches US Media Blitz
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres' four-day visit to the United States this week -- which started in New York -- is planned to help restore Israel's media image, something that Peres does very effectively. During his visit Peres was scheduled to give no less then 12 interviews and press conferences to the foreign press, and another 3 to US-based Israeli correspondents.

HaRav Chaim Dov Rabinowitz zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Chaim Dov Rabinowitz zt"l, author of Da'as Sofrim on Tanach, was niftar in the 90th year of his life on 25 Nisan. Masses of people, headed by gedolei haTorah, accompanied him on his last earthly journey.

Shuvu Schools Excel in Science Education
By Jonathan Rosenblum

That the co-winner of this year's Intel-Israel Corp. high school science prize used to be named Pavel comes as no surprise. More surprising, David (formerly Pavel) Kovalev is a 10th grade student at a religious high school in Jerusalem.

Thousands at P'eylim / Lev L'Achim Annual Conference
by Eliezer Schwartz

You're strolling down the street on Shabbos afternoon dressed in your Shabbos best when suddenly a nonreligious Jew stops you and asks you a burning question about Yiddishkeit, which you do your best to answer. Your explanation leads him to ask another question, and before you know it, you are engaged in a full-blown kiruv conversation.

Stolen Sifrei Torah Found
by B. Rabinowitz

Jubilation resulted after the discovery of three sifrei Torah that had been stolen from the local synagogue two months ago in Moshav Yachini, near Shderot.

Solution for the Housing Problem: Get Rid of Prejudices
by Udi Mor

Before the outbreak of hostilities in the territories, some 63,000 Palestinians worked in the building sector in Israel, 22,000 with work permits and 41,000 illegally. Most of them worked in what is known as "wet" labor, which include the initial stages of the building process such as tiling, plastering, ironbending and scaffolding. There are currently only a few thousand Palestinian laborers working in Israel.

Global Positioning System: Knowing Where It's At
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In the early 1970s, the Defense Department needed a navigational tool that troops on the move could use to pinpoint their location. As a result, they created the Global Positioning System, or G.P.S., a hi-tech system of two dozen satellites, atomic clocks, microwave radio transmitters and some heavy-duty number-crunching hardware.

Israeli Author, Educator to Speak at Torah U'Mesorah Convention
By Malky Levitansky

Menucha Fuchs is a household name to both children and adults in religious communities throughout Eretz Yisroel. The accomplished author and educator has written 70 books for children, and her byline appears regularly in several Israeli newspapers. She also writes a popular parenting column.

Observations: The Danger of Cellular Terrorism
by V. Mandosh

Local Jerusalem weekly Kol Ha'ir recently reported that police headquarters is worried about explosive devices being triggered by citizens and police officers. Concerns arose following intelligence about the new method Palestinians organizations might begin to employ, which consists of placing explosives detonated by cell phone in cars.

Observations: Will Clinton be Impeached Next?
by M. Naftali

Scandals continue around former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Those who thought Clinton would no longer make the headlines after leaving office are sorely mistaken. It appears that the ex-president has left a sizable legacy of acts that border on the criminal, so much so that Congressional hearings are being held.

Observations: New Profile
by V. Mandosh

Monthly military organ, Bamachane, has revealed that the IDF plans to re-induct men discharged from army service over the last five years after their profile was reduced to 21 or 24 for health reasons, following the institution of the new criteria for a 30 profile, the minimum necessary for induction.

Observations: Hi-Tech Without a Mortgage
by V. Mandosh

The hi-tech crisis has had an effect on the housing market as well. Real estate was already in a slump before the crisis hit, and any financial difficulties within a certain sector make the situation more acute.

Observations: Cyber Supermarket Plummets on NASDAQ
by P. Moses

Although drastic declines have become typical of the hi-tech sector recently, when NASDAQ management warned WebVan two weeks ago that it could be delisted due to the low price at which its stock is traded, it came as a surprise for a company that was traded at a value of $10 billion not long ago and tried, for a short period, to turn the U.S. household economy upside-down.

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