Saturday, August 2, 1997

Arafat travels to Alexandria to ask Pres. Mubarak's support against the "dangerous measures" taken by Israel since the 7/30 bombings. (NYT, WT 8/3; RE 8/2, MA 8/3 in WNC 8/5; MM 8/8)

Israeli, PA security officials discuss security conditions. (NYT 8/4)

Outside Bethlehem, a Palestinian woman tries to stab an IDF soldier, is captured without harming him. (NYT 8/3)

In the West Bank, the IDF arrests 2 Palestinian journalists for being too close to their roadblock, refusing orders to leave. (AFP 8/2 in WNC 8/5)

The Russian Orthodox Church Outside say that the PA has apologized for seizing its monastery in Hebron, barring the patriarch of Moscow when he arrived for a visit; has returned the monastery to the church. (JP 8/2) (see 7/5)

Israel's Civil Aviation Administration reports that during the 1st half of 1997, the number of tourists coming to Israel dropped by 13%. (JP 8/2)