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August 19, 1994 Volume 2, #155 / /\__/_/\
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Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz died of a heart attack at his home in
Jerusalem early Thursday. Leibowitz, an authority on Jewish
philosophy and religion, was an editor of the Hebrew Encyclopedia
Israel Radio hailed Leibowitz as "one of the great Jews of our
Israeli and Jordanian Tourism Ministers Meet
Israel and Jordan have ended three days of talks about normalizing
relations. Leaders of the two delegations signaled progress in
Neither nation reported a breakthrough, but the negotiators appear
to be making steady progress on issues including a border dispute
and the sharing of water resources.
Israel and Jordan formally ended their state of war last month in
a declaration signed in Washington. The declaration is not a
peace treaty, but under it, the two countries have already opened
telephone links and created the first of two new border crossings
for holders of third country passports.
On Wednesday, Minister of Tourism Uzi Baram and Jordanian Minister
of Tourism Mohammed Afash Adwan met Wednesday at the Moriah hotel
on the Israeli side of the Dead Sea. The Jordanian Minister's
three-hour visit came in response to an invitation from his Israeli
counterpart. Adwan met with about 70 Israeli travel agents who
convened at the hotel for a briefing on tourism in Jordan. Baram
will reportedly participate in a similar meeting of Jordanian
travel agents at a site in Jordan on August 28th and 29th. The two
ministers agreed on marketing joint tourism packages in the United
States. The packages include stops in Jerusalem, Eilat, Tiberias,
Petra, Amman and Aqaba.
Hizbullah Terrorists Killed Attacking Israeli Patrol
By Edward Yeranian (Beirut)
Three pro-Iranian Hizbullah guerrillas were reported killed
Thursday in a clash with an Israeli army patrol in southern
Lebanon. Some reports say two Israeli soldiers were wounded in the
Hizbullah guerrillas in southern Lebanon detonated an explosive
device Thursday afternoon as an Israeli convoy passed by. A number
of guerrillas were killed and one was taken prisoner by Israeli
forces in an exchange of gunfire.
Some news reports told of several Israeli casualties in the attack.
One news agency -- quoting United Nations sources --reported an
Israeli helicopter evacuated the wounded Israeli soldiers.
PLO-Israel End Marathon Session
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks appear to be back on track after
a marathon nine-hour meeting between top PLO negotiator Nabil
Shaath and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. The two men met
in the Egyptian resort of Alexandria to resolve some problems that
were delaying efforts to expand Palestinian self-rule to the rest
of the West Bank.
The two sides have untangled some snags in the process implementing
self rule in Gaza and Jericho. And they have made progress on the
timetable for extending Palestinian control in the West Bank in
five key areas.
Peres and Shaath agreed to turn over education and cultural affairs
to Palestinian control by the end of the month. They also agreed on
starting safe-passage links between the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
The special routes had been approved in the self-rule agreement
signed last May but not yet put into practice.
Portrait of a Terrorist as a Young Man
By Roger Wilkison (Rio de Janeiro)
People who knew the international terrorist known as Carlos when he
was a young student in Venezuela have contradictory impressions of
the man who in later years was to inspire fear throughout Europe.
Several of Carlos' acquaintances, in talking to Venezuelan news
media Wednesday, painted different portraits of Ilyich Ramirez
Sanchez, the name by which they knew the youth who became one of
the world's most notorious terrorists.
Social Democratic Congressman Pastor Heydra, who described himself
as Carlos' boss in Venezuela's Communist Youth Movement during the
1960s, called his former colleague inept and unreliable. Heydra
said Carlos was shy and would never commit himself to anything.
Another acquaintance from high school days, Ivan Roa, called Carlos
a good student but worthless as an activist.
People who knew Carlos after he moved to Europe have a different
impression of the man. Leftist Congressman Manuel Molina, who
met Carlos in Moscow, said the future terrorist tried to enlist
him into joining Middle Eastern guerrilla movements. Molina
said that neither he nor the other Venezuelans who frequented
Carlos in Moscow thought he would ever become an activist in the
Palestinian movement, as he eventually did. According to
Molina, Carlos was a talkative, happy-go-lucky sort, who enjoyed
singing and playing the guitar. Social Christian Congressman
Nelson Chitty, who knew Carlos in Paris, agreed. He said the man
who became known as the jackal was intelligent, had a strong
personality and loved music.
Meanwhile, a former cabinet minister denied press reports that
the transition government of former President Ramon Velasquez
sought to persuade Carlos to return to Venezuela. Luis Horacio
Vivas Pena, who served as labor minister under Velasquez, said that
in September 1993, Carlos' father, Altagracia Ramirez, asked for
and was given an audience with the former President. Vivas Pena
said Ramirez showed up at the presidential palace with Magdalena
Kopp, Carlos' German wife and one of their children.
The former cabinet minister said the only thing Ramirez asked
of the president was to grant Carlos' wife and children permanent
residence in Venezuela and allow them to obtain Venezuelan
citizenship. He said the foreign ministry acceded to the request
for what Vivas Pena called "humanitarian reasons."
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