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    In a message dated 8/2/00 3:57:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time, nycon@interport.net writes:
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 2, 2000
      In a message dated 8/2/00 3:57:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
      nycon@... writes:

      << ATTENTION ISRAEL LINE RECIPIENTS

      Wednesday, August 2, 2000

      *GOVERNMENT TO EXPLORE COALITION OPTIONS AFTER LEVY RESIGNATION AND
      KNESSET BILL
      *HAMAS WEAPONS LAB UNCOVERED IN WEST BANK
      *BARAK, MUBARAK TO MEET ON
      *SOLDIERS TO RECEIVE INCREASED GRANTS UPON DISCHARGE
      *ECONOMIC BRIEFS

      GOVERNMENT TO EXPLORE COALITION OPTIONS AFTER LEVY RESIGNATION AND KNESSET
      BILL
      In the aftermath of the resignation of Minister of Foreign Affairs David
      Levy, and the approval of preliminary bills on the dissolution of the
      Knesset earlier today, Prime Minister Ehud Barak will hold a round of
      meetings with the heads of Knesset parties to explore the coalition's
      options, HA'ARETZ ON-LINE reported.
      Barak met with Meretz leader MK Yossi Sarid and Shas leader MK Eli Yishai
      on Tuesday to discuss the respective parties' positions regarding the
      Government coalition. Barak also had contacts with opposition leader MK
      Ariel Sharon (Likud) to examine the possibility of a national unity
      government. In a televised interview with Channel 1 on Tuesday night, Barak
      said that despite the recent political events he still intends to form "the
      best government for Israel by expanding the present basis, which is indeed
      narrow."
      Levy announced that he was resigning at a press conference earlier today
      because he was not satisfied with the Government's attempts to form a
      national unity government with the Likudor with suggested concessions on
      Jerusalem. Later in the day, the Knesset approved the first reading of five
      different bills for the dissolution of the Knesset. The first bill was
      submitted by MK Silvan Shalom (Likud) and passed by a vote of 61-51 with 6
      abstentions. Barak responded to the news stating that he believes all
      parties have a right to their respsective opinions, but that he intended to
      "continue to lead the government in order to carry out the necessary changes
      for strengthening the future of Israel."

      HAMAS WEAPONS LAB UNCOVERED IN WEST BANK
      Palestinian Authority security forces discovered a large Hamas weapons
      laboratory in the center of Nablus today, Israel Radio, KOL YISRAEL,
      reported. Seeveral Hamas actvists were arrested following the discovery.
      Israeli security officials said that the existence of the lab signals a
      clear intent by Hamas to damage the peace process. The lab was apparently
      run by Mahmud Abu-Hunud, the most sought after terrorist residing in the
      Palestinian Authority controlled territory, and the mastermind of deadly
      attacks at the Jerusalem promenade and Mahaneh Yehuda.
      Meanwhile, according to Yediot Achronot, a cell of terrorists under the
      command of international terrorist Osama Bin-Laden was recently apprehended
      by Israeli and Palestinian security forces. Members of the cell were
      residing in the West Bank and Gaza, and intended to kidnap soldiers and blow
      up explosives using cellular devices.

      BARAK, MUBARAK TO MEET ON
      Prime Minister Ehud Barak is slated to meet with Egyptian President Hosni
      Mubarak on Thursday to review the results of the Camp David Summit and to
      exchange assessments of the peace process, HA'ARETZ ON-LINE reported. Barak
      and Mubarak will attempt to set a date for future talks at Camp David.
      According to Israel Radio, KOL YISRAEL, French President Jacques Chirac
      told Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat during a meeting on
      Saturday that France would not recognize a Palestinian unilateral
      declaration of independence before all other negotiation options were
      explored. He added that many European nations would refuse to recognize a
      unilateral declaration.

      SOLDIERS TO RECEIVE INCREASED GRANTS UPON DISCHARGE
      Grants for soldiers who have completed a full 32-month army service in
      combat unit will be increased as of January 2001, HA'ARETZ reported. The
      raises are part of a new law sponsored by MK Ra'anan Cohen (One Israel) and
      passed by the Knesset on Tuesday.
      Soldiers who served in fighting roles in combat units will receive NIS
      30,000 (approximately $7,500) on their last day of service, soldiers in
      supporting roles in combat units will receive NIS 25,000, (approximately
      $6,250), and non-combat soldiers will receive NIS 20,000 ( approximately
      $5,000).
      Under the new law, grants for female soldiers will be calculated
      accordingly.

      New President Moshe Katsav has assumed his responsibilities at the
      President's Residence in Jerusalem this morning, Israel Radio, KOL YISRAEL,
      reported.

      ECONOMIC BRIEFS

      * Exports of polished diamonds increased by 12.8 percent in July 1999,
      reaching a total of $520 million, HA'ARETZ reported. Total exports of
      polished diamonds from Israel in the first seven months of this year jumped
      28 percent, compared to the same period last year, totaling $3.192 billion.

      * Shamrock Group, the U.S- based investment arm of Roy E. Disney family,
      acquired 26.5 percent of the New Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv from Mishor
      Hahof, THE JERUSALEM POST reported. Shamrock recently completed a number of
      high-tech transactions, including a $25 million investment in Gilat
      Communications and the acquisition last year of Tadiran Communications from
      Koor for $155 million.

      Today's Israel Line was prepared by Aylon Slater, Jonathan Schienberg,
      Jeremy Bob, and Michal Rachlevsky at the Consulate General of Israel in New
      York.

      Israel Line Is a daily summary of major news items taken directly from the
      Israeli media. >>
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