Cabinet Briefed on Iraq, Palestinians

(Jerusalem Post) - Herb Keinon Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the Israeli cabinet Sunday that despite the coalition forces' efforts to locate Scud launchers in western Iraq, the regime's ability to fire missiles at Israel still exists. Mofaz praised the coalition forces in western Iraq, especially Australian commandos, for exhibiting a great deal of devotion in looking for the missile launchers. Israel will cancel its state of alert only after it has received concrete information that coalition forces have succeeded in destroying the regime of Saddam Hussein and has clear-cut proof that Iraq no longer has the capability to launch missiles. Head of Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aharon Ze'evi told the cabinet to expect significant developments in Baghdad in the next few days. Regarding the Palestinian situation, Ze'evi said that although both newly appointed PA prime minister Abu Mazen and Muhammad Dahlan appear sincere in wanting to move away from armed conflict, Arafat is trying to scuttle them at every turn.

2003-03-31 00:00:00

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