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