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July 20, 1994 Volume 2, #133 / /\__/_/\
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Maine is famous for lobsters, and now it's a bit more famous.
Researchers at the University of Maine have found a giant lobster.
They say it weighs about 18 pounds and was hard to lift out of the
water. Lobster dinners are popular in Maine, and the giant lobster
could have fed a lot of people. But that didn't happen; the
researchers set the lobster free.
Search Through Rubble Continues; 28 Dead
By Dawn Makinson (Buenos Aires)
Rescue workers in Buenos Aires pulled three survivors and struggled
to pry loose a fourth from the rubble of a seven-story building
leveled by an explosion that destroyed Argentina's main Jewish
organizations. At least 28 people were killed and 136 injured by
the blast that heavily damaged buildings in a block-long area and
destroyed nearby cars. Israel blamed the attack, in the heart of
Latin America's largest Jewish community, on Islamic extremists
sponsored by Iran. Iran has denied involvement.
Rescue efforts continued following the bombing. International
controversy is mounting over the incident, which has been labeled
as an effort to stall the Middle East peace process. Security in
Argentina is being tightened as a team of Israeli investigators
makes its way to the city.
Work continues in piles of concrete that were once a seven story
building. Buckets of debris were being passed hand to hand by
rescue workers. Barricades surround the site after accusations that
security was lax. Monday, looters masquerading as journalists
infiltrated the site.
A team of special Argentine prosecutors is going through the
rubble, hoping to salvage important evidence before it disappears.
They are waiting for Israeli agents to arrive and double check the
investigation. Two people are being held for questioning; an Iraqi
and an Iranian man.
But while this incident has focused international attention on
terrorism and the Middle East peace process, Iran has strongly
denied any involvement. Shortly after the incident, Islamic
fundamentalists were mentioned as possible suspects. Iran said
it deplored the act, and any acts of violence against innocent
President Bill Clinton called the act cowardly. Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin called it a work of satanic terror, and
Argentine President Carlos Menem said the bombing was the work of
Mossad agents from Israel are already on their way to help pick up
The last time there was a bombing in Argentina directed at the
Jewish community was in 1992. At that time, the Israeli Embassy
was blown up. The subsequent investigation into the bombing was
inconclusive, and raised criticism about loose ends and slips in
In and effort to stop a replay of 1992, Argentina acted swiftly
with various security measures. Tight borders and cancelled
flights snarled the international airport in Buenos Aires, but may
have prevented any terrorists from fleeing from the country.
President Menem announced a three-day period of national mourning
following the explosion. Israeli security sources believe that
a terrorist organization connected with Iran and operating in
coordination with the Hizbullah is responsible for the attack.
In a speech before the Knesset, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said
that Israel will do anything all it can to capture the terrorists
who perpetrated the attack.
Minister of Education Amnon Rubinstein told Israel's ambassador to
Argentina Yitzhak Aviram that Israel is ready to send psychologists
and counselors to schools in Argentina to help students cope with
the attack. The London Arabic daily El-Hayat said that Iran was
responsible for the attack in Argentina.
Rabin: Attack Was Act of 'Islamic Terror'
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
The bombing of a building in Buenos Aires, housing the offices of
Jewish groups has prompted reaction in Jerusalem. Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin described the attack as a work of "Islamic terror,"
calling it a "cowardly, evil and heinous act."
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said the attackers had both
anti-Jewish and anti-Israel motives.
Visiting US Secretary of State Warren Christopher said the bombing
is a reminder that peace still has its enemies.
Assad Tuesday; King Hussein Today
By Kyle King (Damascus)
US Secretary of State Warren Christopher met with Syrian President
Hafez al Assad in Damascus Tuesday, the second stop on his week
long Mid-East peace mission. The secretary is trying to find a way
to break the deadlock between Syria and Israel, something all sides
agree will have to happen before there can ever be a comprehensive
Middle East peace settlement.
During a break in the talks Tuesday, Christopher said his
discussions with Assad had been useful. He said they had discussed
some new approaches to the dispute and reviewed the latest
developments in the region.
The secretary, who held talks with Israeli officials on Monday,
said both nations appear to be serious and want to make progress.
Although he once again said he thought the overall conflict was
drawing to a close, the secretary was quick to point out that
making peace between Israel and Syria will be a complicated
process. "Are we going to have difficult times ahead? Of course.
Will there be areas where there will be sharp controversy? Of
Despite the caution, Christopher said the progress that had been
made with the Palestinians and in the recent talks between Israel
and Jordan had changed the situation and brought the process to a
In another sign of the changing political landscape, Christopher
will be on hand today for the first ever public meeting between
Israeli and Jordanian foreign ministers in Jordan.
Palestinian Say No to Textbook Selection
By Kim Reid (Cairo)
Palestinian negotiators in Cairo say Israel wants too much control
over education in the West Bank. The two sides are meeting to
determine how the Palestinian authority will take over schools and
other civil matters in the West Bank as it has in Gaza and Jericho.
Palestinian legal adviser Jonathan Kuttab says Israel doesn't want
Palestinians to control their own education system. He says Israel
wants to hand out the textbooks and say what will be taught.
Israeli officials say they merely made a suggestion that
Palestinians use textbooks already in use in Israeli-maintained
West Bank schools. Israel says the books follow the Jordanian
education system, and in no way represent an attempt by Israel
to control Palestinian education.
Israeli officials admit, however, that they do want the right to
look over what is taught to Palestinian youth, to make sure that
the curriculum is devoid of anything that is, in their words,
hostile to the Jewish state.
The education debate shows one more facet of the ongoing struggle
between the two sides -- which one will determine the future of the
region. The Palestinians are using every step in the negotiations
to try to claim more control, and to expand an autonomy deal into
the beginning of an independent state and Israel is trying to check
such aspirations every step of the way.
Dead Sea Meeting Concludes
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
Delegates from Israel and Jordan concluded two days of talks at a
desert location straddling their border. The two sides agreed on
a joint declaration, setting a positive scene for ministerial talks
in Jordan today.
The talks went on five hours longer than scheduled. Israel Radio
says there were problems in the negotiations about water sharing --
one of the most difficult issues facing the two countries. The two
sides considered a proposal to bring in a third party to mediate
In the end a joint statement promised cooperation on resolving
disputes and to continue negotiations -- first in Israel, then in
After the chief Jordanian delegate, Fayez Tarawneh, read their
joint declaration, his Israeli counterpart, Eliakim Rubenstein,
admitted there are issues still dividing the two sides, but he
chose to emphasize the positive. "We are working to the same end,
which is, hopefully, the treaty of peace."
These just-ended talks are the first in three sets of meetings
between Israel and Jordan, culminating with a summit at the White
House on Monday between King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak
IDF Lieutenant Guy Ovadiya from Kibbutz Yotvata was killed Tuesday
in a terrorist attack in the Gaza Strip near the border with Egypt.
Ovadiya was killed by gunfire that came directly from the Tel
Sultan neighborhood in the self-rule area. The soldier was with an
IDF patrol investigating an alarm that went off at the border
fence. IDF forces searching the area after the attack found a
pamphlet from the Iz-a-Din el-Kassam Hamas group which claimed that
the attack was in response to Sunday's riots at the Erez Crossing
from the Gaza Strip to Israel.
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat told Arabs in east Jerusalem not to sell
their properties to Jews, that the self-rule authorities would buy
their properties instead. Senior aide, Yasser Abed-Rabbo was
quoted as saying that the Palestinians would regain all of
Palestine and fly a flag over Jerusalem's Al-Aksa mosque. When
asked about Abed-Rabbo's comments, Arafat responded that flying the
flag in Jerusalem was his right.
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