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George Burns, 98, was released from a Los Angeles hospital on Friday. He'd been there because he'd fallen in a bathtub the previous week and needed two stitches for a cut on his head. Doctors wanted to make sure the fall hadn't had more serious effects. After he got out of the hospital, Burns spent the rest of the day playing cards and smoking cigars ... with time to drink his customary martini before dinner.

Rabin and Hussein Address Joint Houses of Congress

By Paula Wolfson (Congress)

For the first time in the history of the US Congress, two world leaders have shared the platform to address the legislature. Jordan's King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin spoke as former enemies determined to make peace.

As they walked into the House chamber, they were greeted with loud sustained applause. House and Senate members stood to honor two men who spoke of their dreams for the future, a shared dream....a dream of peace.

King Hussein spoke first. He talked about the common heritage of Arabs and Jews. "I come before you today fully conscious of the need to secure a peace for all the children of Abraham. Our land is the birthplace of the divine faiths and the cradle of the heavenly messages to all humanity."

But Jordan also sits in a region with a history of bloodshed. And in his address to the legislature, King Hussein made a brief veiled reference to the possibility of American arms sales to Jordan once a formal peace agreement with Israel is in place.

"I also come before you today as a soldier who seeks to bear arms solely in the defense of his homeland. A man who understands the fears of his neighbors, and who wishes only to live in peace with them."

Prime Minister Rabin also talked about military hardware. But his comments came in references to the relics of former battles, the rusting remains of military convoys left along the road to Jerusalem as silent monuments to the past.

"Today we are embarking on a battle which has  no  dead and  no
wounded,  no  blood and  no  anguish.  This is the only battle
which is a pleasure to wage: the battle for peace."

Rabin said Israelis plan to cover those hulks of metal with flowers. He said he will not refrain from weeping for his slain countrymen. But he told the Congress of the United States that this is a time for looking forward.

And then he closed the historic joint appearance by two world leaders in the same way that all sessions of Congress begin -- with a prayer--a Hebrew prayer of thanksgiving, one heard often in Jewish homes at moments of celebration. When he finished, Rabin added a few extra words in English. "God," he said, "Bless the peace."

Israelis Approve Peace with Jordan

By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)

Most Israelis appear to have given their approval to the Washington declaration ending the state of war with Jordan. But there was little sense of the historic turning point that accompanied the last big handshake on the White House lawn.

Last year, when PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shook hands over the Gaza-Jericho plan for Palestinian self-rule, there was a sense of shock in Israel because Arafat had long been reviled as a terrorist.

But it was different Monday. It is an open secret that King Hussein has had discreet meetings not only with Rabin, but with most of Israel's leaders going back four decades. The border with Jordan has been quiet for years, and the disputes between the two countries are, by international standards, not particularly noteworthy. Tel Aviv University's Dore Gold said the two countries have had "de-facto peace" for many years.

Japan Approves Israeli-Jordanian Accord

By Jerry McKinney (Tokyo)

Japan Tuesday said it welcomes the accord between Israel and Jordan. Japan's Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the nation heartily welcomes the signing of the Washington declaration and "highly values the efforts made by the negotiators and the countries which co-hosted the peace process."

The statement went on to say the Japanese government hopes the accord will have a good effect on peace negotiations between Israel and Syria -- as well as between Israel and Lebanon -- and will mark what it calls "a fresh step toward a comprehensive peace."

It says Japan will continue to assist in the process, through contact with those participating in the peace negotiations and through financial assistance to the nations involved.

Peres Defends Jerusalem's Israeli Future

By Victor Beattie (Washington)

For economic, religious, and political reasons the status of Jerusalem remains one of the most difficult issues to resolve between Arabs and Jews. The joint Israel-Jordanian declaration includes a clause saying Jerusalem would not lead to any problems in the Arab-Israeli peace process. Israel promises to give high priority to the Jordanian historic role in managing some of Islam's most holy sites in the city. Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres refers to Jerusalem -- which Israel united in 1967 -- as politically closed to negotiation, but religiously open: "No serious person will suggest to make out of Jerusalem another Berlin with a wall and split. Jerusalem is united politically, is the capital of Israel, and you can not have two capitals in one city...But when it comes to the religious sites we are going to respect fully, completely, responsibility the rights, the hopes and the worship of the Christians and the Muslims."

Bomb Explodes Outside London's Israeli Consulate

By Andre de Nesnera (London)

A bomb has exploded outside the Israeli Consulate in London. At least 11 people were injured -- none seriously.

Police cordoned off the area around the Israeli Consulate and some parts of London's fashionable High Street Kensington shopping district following the explosion of a powerful bomb.

Mike Cobb from Scotland Yard says the bomb was hidden in a car parked outside the consulate. "At approximately 12:10 p.m., an explosion occurred in Kensington Palace Gardens. It would appear to be outside the Israeli Consulate which is just inside Kensington Palace Gardens. The explosion -- I've been told by the anti-terrorist branch -- is connected to a car that was parked outside the front."

A worker at the consulate said the damage to the building was extensive -- part of it even collapsed. That was confirmed by Peter Seabright, a worker in a hotel casino located near the consulate. He said he was in the casino when the explosion occurred and rushed out after the hotel shook.

"As I looked across, the Israeli Embassy (consulate) was flat. There is a load of wreckage in front of it -- of cars, or vans -- I don't know what it belongs to -- the Israeli Embassy, or whether it was driven into or whether it was blown up from the inside. I could not tell you."

Buenos Aires Trail Leads to Venezuela

By Rodger Wilkison

Officials in Venezuela say that Argentine investigators of last week's bombing at the Buenos Aires headquarters of two Jewish organizations are in Caracas looking into the possibility that Iranian diplomats there may have ties to terrorists.

A top Foreign Ministry official confirmed that Argentine Federal Judge Juan Jose Galeano is looking into the activities of Iran's embassy in Caracas. The Venezuelan official said the Argentine team and Venezuelan intelligence officers have been struck by the fact that while there are no more than five employees at Venezuela's embassy in Teheran, there are at least 22 staffers at Iran's embassy in Caracas.

A member of Venezuela's military intelligence service, though not involved in the investigation, said he learned that an Iranian defector who was the object several days ago of a kidnapping attempt by Iranian diplomats in Caracas told investigators that Iranian embassies in Latin America often support terrorists. The military intelligence officer said the defector, a former Iranian official unidentified only as Moutamer, told Venezuelan investigators and Judge Galeano that Iran's embassy in Argentina cooperates with the terrorists who blew up the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 killing at last 22 people. Venezuela ordered the expulsion last week of Iran's ambassador and four other diplomats for their role in the attempted kidnapping of the defector.

Venezuela Foreign Ministry officials were quoted last week by Caracas news media as saying that Iran's embassy in the Venezuelan capital has spurred the creation of what the reports called Islamic fundamentalist cells in various parts of Venezuela. One Foreign Ministry official said Venezuelan police are investigating whether these alleged cells intend to attack Jewish targets in Venezuela. The Caracas Jewish community has asked President Rafael Caldera to take whatever measures are required to prevent any such occurrence.

Meanwhile, investigators in Buenos Aires--including Israeli and American experts-- are looking into possible links between Islamic fundamentalists and Argentine neo-Nazi groups. The Israeli general who leads the team searching for victims under the rubble left by the bombing said the blast was caused by hundreds of kilograms of explosives packed inside a motor vehicle.

Israel Alarmed at Neo-Nazi Violence

By Evans Hays (Bonn)

Israel's Ambassador to Germany, Avi Primor, says right-wing extremist violence in Germany is alarming. But he says the situation today is not the same as that of the 1930s when Hitler came to power. The ambassador was speaking in a radio interview one day after he toured the destruction caused by right-wing vandals at the former Nazi death camp of Buchenwald.

Buchenwald is now a memorial, one of several dedicated to the Six Million Jews who were exterminated by the Nazis. The memorial and others like it have been frequent targets of neo-Nazi attacks.

The Israeli ambassador says there is a small, hard core of right-wing hatred in Germany. But he says experience of the Hitler years has "inoculated Germans against another dictatorship."

The ambassador said it has been a long time since Germany has lived under a dictatorship. But he added that he cannot fully understand why extremists who are caught by police are almost always released by the courts.

Police have arrested at least one person in the Buchenwald attack over the weekend.


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