Mideast Report

JERUSALEM (JPS) — Security authorities say opposition leader Yossi Sarid, head of the leftist Meretz Party, and former justice minister Yossi Beilin have received death threats for their support of the peace process.

Settlers have called Sarid and Beilin "war criminals" for backing the Oslo Accords and say both should be put on trial, Israel Television Channel Two reported.

Sarid's Meretz Party was part of the late Yitzhak Rabin's government, which signed the accords with the PLO in 1993.

Beilin is often described as one of the architects of the accords..

Gender gap narrows: Woman earns wings

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Seven years after Israel's Supreme Court ordered the Israel Defense Force to open its pilots' training course to women, a female cadet is about to get her wings.

Since the court ruling, several women have successfully completed the course to become air navigators, but a woman identified only as Roni will soon become the first female air force combat pilot.

In a related development, Israel granted female soldiers the right to pray wearing tefillin.

The directive comes several months after several female soldiers from the Conservative movement were prevented by an army base rabbi from doing so, on the grounds it offended other soldiers.

Disco bomber's toll reaches 21 fatalities

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 15-year-old Israeli girl died Monday night of wounds she suffered in a June 1 suicide bombing outside a Tel Aviv disco.

Yevgenia Dorfman's death brought the number of people killed by the suicide bomber to 21.

After being critically wounded in the blast, Dorfman clung to life for nearly three weeks, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Twenty-three victims of the blast are still hospitalized.

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