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August 3, 1994 Volume 2, #143 / /\__/_/\
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Two meetings between Saudi and Israeli intelligence allegedly took
place last month. The first was on June 14 at the President Hotel
in Geneva and the second in Zurich on June 27. These two meetings
were attended by representatives from two Arab countries and two
European countries. Saudi intelligence was seeking help from
Israeli intelligence to suppress any form of opposition. (Source:
Israeli & Global News)
Hussein Accepts Invitation to Jerusalem
Jordan's King Hussein told journalists in London that he will
accept the invitation extended by Israeli leaders to visit
Jerusalem. Israel Radio reports that the Israeli and Jordanian
delegations to the peace talks between the two countries completed
a tour along the border to examine Israel's proposal for
According to Israel Radio, the Jordanians rejected Israel's
proposal and then adjourned for further discussions. Davar reports
that the negotiations between Israel and Jordan have shifted into
high gear. In the Arava region a road between Eilat and Aqaba will
be built and direct telephone links will be opened. The newspaper
also reports on a meeting between Israeli and Jordanian officials
to discuss traffic, tariffs and other issues.
Rabin: Jerusalem to Stay United Under Israeli Rule
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat said in a press conference in Gaza that
the Palestinians want to speed up the negotiations on the future of
Jerusalem. Arafat's demand is in response to the Washington
Declaration in which Israel recognized the special role of the
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Muslim Holy shrines in Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said that discussions on Jerusalem
will start within two years and will based on the Declaration of
Principles signed on September 13th, 1993. Rabin declared that
"Israel will adhere to its strong and clear position that Jerusalem
must stay united under Israeli sovereignty as the capital of the
State of Israel."
Argentinean Investigation: Iran is Responsible for the Bombing
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem) and EWCNEWS
President Carlos Menem said that the team investigating the
explosion that destroyed the Jewish Community Center building in
Buenos Aires on July 18th, believes that the city's Iranian Embassy
was involved in the bombing. The Argentinean police are currently
investigating five suspects in the bombing and reportedly will
publish preliminary findings on the explosion by the end of this
Israel Defense Force Chief of Staff General Ehud Barak said that
Israel maintains a dialogue with international intelligence
services concerning counterterrorism. Barak believes that the
international community recognizes that Iran is behind terrorist
Israel has repeated its belief that Iran was involved in recent
attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets in Argentina and
Britain. But Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin says there are no
plans to retaliate directly against Iran.
Rabin admits Israel still does not have any real proof of Iran's
involvement in the bombings. But he says the circumstantial
evidence is compelling. Nevertheless, the Israeli leader says there
are no plans for retaliation against Iran. "I don't believe that
at this stage there is any need to even ask this question."
At the same time, Rabin says Israel reserves the right to strike at
Iranian-backed Hizbullah guerrillas in Lebanon. "We are fighting
those who fight us from Lebanon. It's one part of the struggle
against those of Hizbullah and other terror organizations."
Israeli retaliation against guerrillas in Lebanon has been expected
since the London and Buenos aires bombings. But Rabin says the
fight against international terrorism will require international
Rabin to Arafat: Wait on Jerusalem Talks
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
Israel has ruled out early negotiations on the permanent status of
Jerusalem. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin told reporters Israel
insists Jerusalem should not be subject to early negotiations, as
called for by Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat on Monday.
"The negotiations on the permanent solution between them and us
will take place two years after the completion of the
implementation of "Gaza-Jericho first," which means the middle of
In fact, the Israel - PLO agreement says permanent status
negotiations will start "as soon as possible," but not later
than the two-year deadline cited by Rabin.
Arafat called for early negotiations on Jerusalem after Israel
acknowledged a special role for Jordan in administering Muslim holy
sites in the city. The Palestinians say they want Arab East
Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. The Israelis says
Jerusalem will remain undivided as their capital.
Germany Applauds President's Polish Apology
By Evans Hays (Bonn)
German President Roman Herzog's address in Poland on the 50th
anniversary of the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis has won
widespread praise in Germany.
Herzog's address at memorial events in Warsaw was his first major
public speech outside Germany since taking office last month.
German politicians and newspaper editorials praised Herzog's
In his remarks, Herzog asked Poland for forgiveness for "What
Germans did to you." One German radio commentator said it was good
that Herzog was so open in his speech and did not try to hide
behind mild expressions such as what was done, was carried out in
the name of Germany.
The main opposition Social Democrats said Herzog made a big
contribution to better relations with Poland. A spokesman said
Herzog, a conservative, continued the tradition of former
Chancellor Willy Brandt, a Social Democrat. Brandt once
attended a Warsaw Ghetto uprising ceremony and went down on his
knees to ask forgiveness for what Germany had done to Poland.
The conservative newspaper Die Welt said Herzog's speech in
Warsaw was not so dramatic, but it was of equal importance.
Other German newspaper editorials echoed that view, praising
Herzog for his effort to improve relations with Germany's
neighbor to the east. One Berlin newspaper said the German
president had done exactly the right thing.
Peace = Economic Freedom in Missle East
By Linda Cashdan (Washington)
Great economic gains are anticipated from last month's Israeli -
Jordan peace pledge, which brought the 46-year state of war between
the two countries to an end. Analysts expect Israel, Jordan, and
the Middle East region as a whole to all profit.
Jordan is expected to enjoy a rapid increase in tourism in the
months ahead, as the opening of border crossings, and the
establishment of electricity and telephone links make it easier for
Holy Land tourists to visit Jordanian attractions.
However, the most immediate change for Jordan, US Middle East
expert Joseph Sisco predicts, will not come in expanded commerce,
but rather in the removal of economic burdens.
"I think for King Hussein, Jordan is hurting economically, and
obviously this is going to be helpfully largely because much of
the debt that's owed to us (the United States) will be wiped out.
But equally important, we're going to encourage other countries, to
which Jordan is indebted, to take similar action, so it isn't only
the United States. There are a number of other European countries,
for example, and so on."
Jordan's cement, textile and wood products industries are primed to
take advantage of new trade opportunities in Israel. Patrick
Clawson of the US Institute for National Security studies, says
that since Israel's economy is about 12 times the size of Jordan's
economy, the trade benefits will be much more noticeable in Jordan
than in Israel.
However, the overall effects could be greater in Israel, he says,
because peace with Jordan could lead to peace with all the other
nations that have participated in the Arab economic boycott of
"The Arab countries as a whole have been coming closer to accepting
Israel as a normal business partner. It's an open secret that the
Israeli businessmen are in advanced discussions with businessmen in
Kuwait, and Qatar and Tunisia, about a variety of business
Once it becomes obvious that Arab businesses are taking steps to
trade with Israel, Clawson says, the rest of the world will follow,
and that will bring Israel the biggest peace dividend of all.
Companies in Asia and Europe have, in the past, been so dependent
upon Arab oil they have shunned investments in Israel in fear of
offending the Arab states. Clawson predicts those very companies
will soon begin investing in Israel.
That, Clawson predicts, will mark the first step of greater foreign
investment in the region as a whole.
Hostile Arab reaction to the 1979 Camp David Accord greatly
curtailed hopes for increased two-way trade between Egypt and
Israel. Lingering hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians
has hindered realization of the "peace dividend" that was supposed
to emerge from the Israeli agreement with the PLO.
What sets the Israel-Jordan agreement apart from those two
predecessors, Patrick Clawson predicts, is that the economic
payoff for both Jordan and Israel should come quickly.
** The United Nations has asked Israel to participate in the
supervision of elections in Mozambique to be held on October 27-28,
1994. The International Organizations Department at the Foreign
Ministry is dealing with the recruitment of volunteers.
** Amid much Jewish criticism, Pope John Paul II is bestowing papal
knighthood on former Austrian President (and former Nazi) Kurt
** US Secretary of State Warren Christopher will arrive in Israel
on Saturday night. During his visit he will try to work on
achieving progress in the Israel-Syria peace-talks arena.
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