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Israeli Police Joining Haiti Force; Training in Puerto Rico for the Mission

A 30-member Israeli police contingent left here last week to join an international peacekeeping force whose goal is to restore law and order in Haiti.

The 28 men and two women who volunteered to assist in the restoration of stability in the Caribbean island nation left Israel on Oct. 6.

The group left two days after the High Court of Justice ruled that sending an Israeli police force on an overseas mission did not contravene the country’s laws.

The Israeli Cabinet gave its approval to the mission a week earlier.

The Israeli police contingent arrived at New York’s Kennedy Airport on the evening of Oct. 6 and traveled from there to Puerto Rico.

There, they were to undergo training before being dispatched to Haiti.

Rabin authorized the contingent on Sept. 11, after President Clinton telephoned for Israeli assistance in the multinational effort to help restore democratic rule in Haiti.