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Israeli Navy officers took part last week in joint naval
exercises with officers from Qatar, Tunisia, Egypt, Italy, Canada
and the United States. The exercises, which focused on search and
rescue operations and safety procedures for avoiding naval
accidents, took place in the Adriatic Sea near Venice, Italy.
Rabin and Hussein Meet with Clinton
By Deborah Tate (Washington)
President Clinton welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
and Jordan's King Hussein to the White House today. Although the
Israeli and Jordanian leaders are not expected to sign a peace
agreement during their White House visit, they are likely to
reaffirm their commitment to ending the 46-year conflict between
their two countries.
The Jordanian monarch and the Israeli prime minister are expected
to sign a series of agreements pledging bilateral cooperation in
several areas. But Clinton administration officials say the
signing of a formal peace treaty between the two nations is not
likely during this visit.
Clinton's meeting with Hussein and Rabin comes just days after
US Secretary of State Warren Christopher met with Israeli Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres and Jordanian Prime Minister Abdel Salam
Majali. During those talks, the Israeli and Jordanian officials
pledged to stay the course toward resolving the conflict between
their two nations.
Later today, Clinton will join the prime minister and King
Hussein for a working lunch, and then in the evening, host a
formal dinner for them in the State Room of the White House.
On Tuesday, King Hussein and Prime Minister Rabin are to address
a joint meeting of the Congress.
Israeli Medical Team Helping Rwandan Refugees
By Susan Sappir (Jerusalem)
Israel has joined the international effort to bring
relief to Rwanda's refugees. Israel sent a medical aid
team to Rwanda to help treat some the more than one-million
refugees camped on the border with Zaire. The refugees are
dying by the thousands from disease and starvation.
An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman says six air force planes,
carrying a field hospital, left late Sunday for Rwanda.
The 60-member Israeli relief team, including pediatric doctors,
is headed by Environment Minister Yossi Sarid. Supplies sent
with the team included UN specified medicines against
cholera and other infectious epidemics.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman says the mission is to remain in
Africa for several weeks. He stressed the effort is part of
Israel's policy not to remain indifferent in the face of
Last week, Israel sent a large rescue team to Argentina to assist
in searching for survivors in the rubble of Buenos Aires' Jewish
Community Center, that was devastated by a bomb Monday.
Argentineans Show Solidarity
By Dawn Makinson (Buenos Aires)
Some 50,000 people braved cold temperatures and rain to attend a
rally for peace late last week in Buenos Aires. The rally
follows the bombing of a Jewish center last Monday which killed
at least 41 people. Marchers came to protest the bombing and
asked for justice.
Subways bogged down, downtown shops closed and for a dozen city
blocks all that could be seen were slow moving crowds and tens of
thousands of umbrellas. They came, some tearful, most silent, to
listen to community and religious leaders. Speakers, like Oscar
Hackman of the Argentine Zionist Organization, said the explosion
was an attack on all of Argentina.
There are a quarter of a million Jews living in Argentina, but
the march drew from the non-Jewish community as well. Crowds
applauded as Ruben Baraja, president of the Jewish community's
political arm in Argentina, said a real show of support following
the disaster would be to find those responsible.
There has been criticism inside and outside of Argentina over
the investigation of a similar bombing against Israeli Embassy
in 1992. That investigation proved inconclusive.
PLO Tries Brings Jerusalem to Forefront
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
Palestinian leaders have called on Israel to move the issue of
Jerusalem up on the negotiating agenda. That is not something
Israeli officials want to hear.
The top Palestinian leader in Jerusalem says Israel should begin
immediate negotiations on the status of Jerusalem. Palestinian
Minister-Without-Portfolio Faisal Husseini charged Israel would
be in violation of its agreement with the PLO unless it agrees to
start negotiations on the Jerusalem issue.
"If any believe that neglecting Jerusalem or considering that the
file of Jerusalem is closed, it is such an idea [that] goes
directly against and is completely contradictory to the peace
agreement, and it is a violation of this peace agreement."
Husseini's comments came at a news conference at Orient House,
the Palestinian headquarters in Arab East Jerusalem. The status
of Orient House, which functions something like a Palestinian
Foreign Ministry, has been deeply disturbing to opposition
politicians in Israel. The government apparently agrees and is
expected to propose new laws to ban the Palestinian government
from operating in Israel, including in East Jerusalem.
Israel's position on the status of the city is that Jerusalem
should remain Israel's undivided capital. Palestinians insist
that Jerusalem -- or at least the city's Arab neighborhoods --
will be the capital of the Palestinian state they hope to
establish. The two sides have agreed to negotiate the issue at a
later stage in the peace process, and most analysts agree it will
be one of the toughest issues on the agenda.
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