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Sen. Howell Heflin reached into his pocket for a handkerchief. It
was a totally unremarkable act--except that the Alabama senator
pulled from his pocket not the white handkerchief that he expected,
but a pair of his wife's white underpants. His explanation:
"Because her panties are white I mistakenly picked them up while
rushing out the door to go to work. Rather than take a chance of
being embarrassed again, I'm going to start buying colored
Mubarak-Rabin Meet in Sinai
By Laurie Kassman (Taba)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin met for about an hour Sunday in the Egyptian Gulf of Eilat
(Aqaba) resort of Taba to discuss the Mideast peace process. The
Egyptian leader expects a breakthrough in the Syrian-Israeli
negotiations that could lead to results before the end of the year.
Mubarak says he detects a change in Syrian attitudes toward making
peace with Israel. The Egyptian leader met with Syrian President
Hafez al-Assad last week. He says there are still requirements
that must be met but did not explain what they are.
Mubarak expresses hopes of a breakthrough when US Secretary of
State Warren Christopher resumes his shuttle diplomacy between
Syria and Israel next week.
After his hour long chat with Mubarak, Rabin expressed optimism
too but he refused to be more specific. I am not a prophet, just
a prime minister. The Israeli leader says he is still looking for
a clear signal from Syria that it is committed to peace.
Syria is demanding a full Israeli withdrawal from the Golan
Heights. Israel has talked about a partial pullout and wants to
see a Syrian commitment to normalized relations first.
Israel Sees Eventual Syrian Breakthrough
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
Just days after the historic meeting between Jordan's King Hussein
and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a top Israeli official
says he sees a hint of progress with another of Israel's Arab
neighbors. But no one is predicting a quick breakthrough.
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres told Israel Radio Syria is very
interested in continuing the peace process. Peres said he has
detected what he called a "softening" in Syria's position. But the
Israeli official said there is no sign of an immediate
The main dispute centers on the Golan Heights, the strategic high
ground Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 war. Israel says
any giveback must be in stages, with security guarantees. Syria
wants the Golan back on a faster timetable, if not immediately.
The two nations also differ on where the ultimate border should
The Syrian-Israeli dispute has moved to center stage following
the Israel-Jordan rapprochement, and the earlier agreement between
Israel and the Palestinians.
Who Blew up the Buenos Aires Building?
By Roger Wilkison (Rio de Janeiro)
Representatives of the Jewish community are asking the Argentine
government to be more forthright in providing information on the
status of the inquiry into the recent bombing of Jewish offices in
which at least 95 people died. The head of Argentina's federal
police has confirmed that three men are under detention on
suspicion of involvement in the attack.
Ruben Beraja, the head of the Coalition of Argentine Jewish
Organization whose offices were destroyed by the blast July 18th,
called on the government Friday to speak with one voice when
referring to the investigation into the bombing. He told a Buenos
Aires radio station (Radio Mitre) that contradictory statements by
officials are sowing confusion among the public.
Beraja was referring to conflicting remarks earlier by Interior
Minister Carlos Ruckauf, who said that police know nearly
everything about the crime, and Foreign Minister Guido di Tella,
who said things are not at all clear.
Also speaking out was Israeli Ambassador Isaac Aviran, who urged
the Argentine government to provide answers to the questions
about the attack that he said are being asked not only by Jews
but by the entire international community.
One answer came late Thursday when federal Police Chief Adrian
Pelacchi confirmed that three Argentine men have been detained on
suspicion of involvement in the crime. Relacchi told reporters
that the investigation is now centered on the purchase and use of
the minivan police say was used as a car bomb in the attack on the
Jewish organization's headquarters.
Argentine news media quote investigators as saying that they are
closing in on the individuals who prepared the car bomb. The
reports also say most investigators believe a single terrorist
drove the car into the building and committed suicide in the
Argentina Asks U.N. for Help
By Elaine Johanson (United Nations)
Argentina's Foreign Minister, Guido di Tello, has proposed the
creation of an international mechanism to combat terrorism --
similar to the one that tracks illegal drug traffic. The foreign
minister briefed the United Nations Security Council Friday following
bombing attacks against Jewish targets in Buenos Aires and in
The Argentine foreign minister suggested in the Security Council
that the international community should fight terrorism as
vigorously as it does illegal drugs. He said the United Nations
should set up a special unit -- not to replace national efforts but
to coordinate the tracking of terrorists worldwide.
The foreign minister also recommended changes in the rules on
diplomatic immunity. At the same time, the Argentine official
stressed his government had no hard evidence that diplomats were
involved in the recent bombing of a Jewish Center in Buenos Aires.
However, Israel has charged involvement by Iran -- despite official
denials by the Iranian government. Israel says the bombings in
Argentina followed by similar attacks in London this month were
carried out by Islamic fundamentalists determined to destroy the
Middle East peace process.
Israel's UN Ambassador Gad Yaacobi says the terrorist plan will
not work: "Israel is fully committed to the continuation of the
peace process and will not give a hand to any interruption of the
peace process by those fanatic terrorist activities that are aiming
to undermine the peace process between Israel and its Arab
The Security Council issued a statement condemning the bombings
and stressed the need to strengthen international cooperation
Holocaust Museum Secures Building
By Lauri Neff (Washington)
Israeli diplomatic missions in Washington and New York
City are on alert after learning of a possible threat against
them. The actions
follow attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets in Europe and
Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Itamar
Rabinovitch, says security was increased after Israeli officials
received a warning from US officials.
"There was a specific warning that was passed on to us by
the American authorities concerning a potential attack
against this embassy or against the Israeli Consulate
General in New York. Now, we take it very seriously."
Concrete barriers and sandbags have been set up around the
Israeli Consulate in New York. Concrete barriers also have gone up
around the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Museum
officials say it is their policy not to discuss security
measures, but take what a spokesman calls "prudent steps."
Such security measures are not evident at the Israel Embassy.
Rabinovitch says that in each city, Israeli and local authorities
decide what security measures are appropriate for each site. He
says the museum and the consulate -- located in busy, downtown
areas -- may feel they need more visible protection than the
embassy which is in a diplomatic, well-guarded area in Washington.
Rabinovitch says Israeli diplomatic workers have gone over security
routines and drills. And he says the mission is watching for car
bombs -- which were used in recent attacks against Israeli and
Jewish targets in London and Buenos Aires. "We've always protected
the building from the outside as well. I think we are more
sensitive to movements of cars in the neighborhood of the building
in view of these recent warnings."
Despite the security alert, the ambassador says embassy staff is
not, in his words "besieged or beleaguered." He says Israeli
diplomats have become used to living under the threat of terrorism
and that for them, life goes on as usual.
Israeli Hospital In Goma Zaire, Expanded
Israel's field hospital sent to Goma, Zaire to aid Rwanda's
refugees has been enlarged. At the request of the Red Cross,
Israeli doctors began operating on the refugees. Previously the
Israeli team was only involved in providing non-surgical aid to the
refugees which saved the lives of more than 300 people.
Neo-Nazis Detained in Buchenwald Attack
By Evans Hays (Bonn)
German authorities say they have detained 19 people in connection
with the anti-Jewish attack against a memorial at the former Nazi
death camp of Buchenwald.
The latest arrests follow criticism of the police for not keeping
more people in jail following the gang attack at the Buchenwald
memorial. Police had originally identified 22 suspects, but
detained only one of them. The others were not originally charged
with crimes. The suspects now detained are accused of disturbing
The suspects went on a rampage that included throwing stones,
shouting pro-Nazi slogans, and in the case of one suspect,
threatening to set a memorial worker on fire.
Jewish leaders and others have often said police and justice
authorities do not show the same zeal in arresting and prosecuting
right-wing extremists as they have when going against left-wing
However, the Israeli Embassy in Bonn says it is satisfied with
security precautions Germany has taken in the wake of anti-Israeli
terrorist attacks elsewhere in the world.
A spokesman for the embassy in Bonn says German authorities are
doing everything necessary to guard against anti-Jewish attacks
like those that have occurred in other countries recently.
Former Hizbullah Chief Believes Arad is Dead
By Peyman Pejman (Cairo)
A Muslim fundamentalist leader in Lebanon says it is almost certain
that an Israeli airman captured in Lebanon eight years ago is dead.
A former leader of the fundamentalist Hizbullah organization in
Lebanon, Sheikh Sobhi Tofeily, told Lebanon's French-language
newspaper L'Orient le Jour that he is convinced Israeli airman Ron
Arad is dead.
The Israeli air force navigator was shot down over south Lebanon
in 1986. He was captured by Hizbullah gunmen. Of seven Israeli
servicemen captured in Lebanon, he was thought to be the only one
who might possibly still be alive.
But in his interview, Tofeily, who was secretary-general of
Hizbullah until 1992, said both Syria and Iran investigated the
case to learn the fate of Arad.
He said agents from both countries "tried hard at one certain time"
to locate the missing airman. He did not specify when "the
certain time" was. He said the two governments failed in their
Warsaw Uprising Against Nazis Celebrated
By Jolyon Naegele (Warsaw)
Poland is marking the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising
against Nazi German occupation. The ceremonies are attracting
veterans of the uprising as well as the presidents of Poland and
Germany, the British prime minister and US Vice President Al Gore.
Fifty years ago, Nazi-occupied Poland's poorly armed home army
launched an uprising to liberate Warsaw and install a non-communist
Polish government before the arrival of the approaching Red Army.
After 63 days of fierce fighting in the streets and sewers of
Warsaw as Soviet forces watched impassively from across the Vistula
River, 15,000 surviving Polish insurgents surrendered to the
Germans. A further 18,000 insurgents were already dead as were
17,000 German troops.
Civilian casualties were greatest: 180,000 killed, and the
survivors deported to concentration camps or to forced labor in
Germany. Ninety-four percent of Warsaw's historic monuments were
When the Red Army finally liberated the Polish capital a few months
later, there were only about 800 people still living amid the
rubble of a city that had been home to one million inhabitants.
Uprising Commander General Tadeusz Bor-Komorowski survived German
imprisonment and settled in Britain. His remains were returned
to a free and independent Poland last week and reburied with full
military honors during the weekend.
PLO Bans Arabic Magazine Published in Jerusalem
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
A close advisor to Jordan's King Hussein has announced he is
closing down his weekly Arabic-language magazine published in
Jerusalem. This follows the banning by the Palestinian Autonomous
Authority of the magazine and another pro-Jordanian newspaper. The
move reflects tensions between the PLO and Jordan over the future
On Thursday Palestinian policemen seized copies of the daily
An-Nahar slated for distribution in the Gaza Strip. An-Nahar and
the monthly Akhbar al-Balad, are written and published in Arab East
Jerusalem. The editorial policy of both publications favors Jordan
and has been critical of PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat.
No reason was given for banning the papers' distribution in the
Gaza Strip and Jericho. But tensions between the Palestinian
self-rule authority and Jordan have risen since Israel granted a
special role for King Hussein over Muslim holy places in Jerusalem.
Palestinian Security Chief Jibril Rajoub claims the banning does
not violate freedom of speech. He says it is unacceptable for
any country to use newspapers to spread propaganda in another
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip worry the move may
be an attempt by the Palestinian authority to crack down on
freedom of speech. The banning has drawn a protest from Hanan
Ashrawi, who heads a Palestinian Civil Rights Commission. She
calls the move a clear violation of the freedom of the press.
Kool-aid repels birds
The town of Rowe, Mass. Has been annoyed by a lot of geese ... And
there may be a surprising solution: grape Kool-Aid. When Kool-Aid
powder is mixed with water and sweetener, it's popular among
humans. But researchers have found the grape flavoring works as a
bird repellent. Scientists report birds react to it the way some
humans react to hot chili peppers. The makers of Kool-Aid's grape
flavoring say they've been given preliminary approval by the
government to use it to keep birds away.
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