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Many states have government-run lotteries, but the chances of
winning a lot of money are very slim. But Bob Young of Greenville,
Penn. estimates that he's won his state's lottery at least 25
times. In July he won $100,000. He says he's taken in about
$800,000 in all. Young says he selects numbers he dreams about,
numbers that show up in patterns and numbers that haven't come up
for a while but lottery officials point out that whatever system
Young thinks he's worked out, his winnings are simply the result of
Egypt Offers Israel Peace Advice
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
Egypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa says that Israel will have to
withdraw completely from the Golan Heights if it wants full peace
with Syria. Moussa was speaking in Israel during a two-day official
visit--the highest-profile visit of a senior-ranking Egyptian
official to Israel in years.
Moussa has visited Israel several times in the past, carrying
messages related to the peace process. But this is his first state
visit. The visit seems designed to show that Egypt wants to develop
bilateral ties with Israel. Israel and Egypt signed a peace accord
in 1979, but relations between the two countries since then have
been described as a "cold peace." However ties have warmed since
Mideast peace talks began in 1991.
In remarks in Jerusalem, the Egyptian foreign minister said he is
optimistic about chances of progress in peace talks between Israel
and Syria, which are stalled over the issue of the Golan Heights,
which Israel captured from Syria. Moussa said he hoped Egypt could
play a role in negotiations between Israel and Syria, but said
Israel must be prepared to withdraw from the strategic heights.
"Peace with Syria will require by necessity full withdrawal from
the Golan. It is all for all. Full peace for full withdrawal, there
is no question about that, let's not fool ourselves, there
couldn't be peace without full withdrawal from Syria."
The foreign minister's visit was overshadowed by criticism in
Israel about his initial refusal to visit the Holocaust museum
Yad Vashem,the memorial to the Six-Million Jews murdered by the
Nazis in World War 2. A visit to the memorial is considered a
must for all visiting foreign dignitaries to Israel.
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres telephoned Moussa several
times before his arrival to explain the sensitivity over the issue.
Soon after his arrival, Moussa announced he would visit the
Today the Egyptian foreign minister will hold meetings with
Palestinian leaders in Jerusalem. The meeting is scheduled to take
place in the Orient House, the center for the Palestinian
delegations and political activities.
In the past Israelis have strongly protested meetings of foreign
dignitaries with Palestinians at Orient House, believing they
strengthen Palestinian claims to East Jerusalem as the capital of
a future Palestinian state.
Jordanian Prime Minister Believes Confederation will Take Place
By Alan Silverman (Los Angeles)
The Jordanian prime minister believes Syria and Israel are on the
verge of a breakthrough accord and he predicts an eventual
Palestinian federation with Jordan. Prime Minister Abdel Salam
al-Majali spoke Monday night to the World Affairs Council in Los
The doctor-turned-diplomat and peace negotiator prescribes patience
to those anxiously watching for a sign that Syria is ready to
follow Jordan by ending the state of war with Israel:
"I think you'd better ask the Syrians and the Israelis! But from
the signals we get, I think through the United States being the
sponsor, they have covered a lot of ground. They have approved a
lot of points, but there are still some sticky ones. I predict
within a couple of months, something will come through. Once the
Syrian track moves, I think the Lebanese will be moving."
The Jordanian prime minister neither rules out nor endorses a
separate Palestinian state, but he would not be surprised if a
federation with Jordan is created: "In jordan, our policy is not to
interfere and not to impose ourselves on the Palestinians. They
ought to have their self-determination and decide themselves
whether they want to have a different state or to work with
Jordan. They must spell it out through their own freedom to say
so. I, personally, predict that if they have such a freedom, over
90-percent of them will ask to join efforts with Jordan. But I do
not want that dictated to them."
IDF Soldier Killed in Southern Lebanon
IDF First Sergeant Ofer Harush was killed, and two other soldiers
were injured, in a clash Tuesday between an IDF patrol and
Hizbullah forces in the security zone in southern Lebanon. The head
of the IDF's Northern Command, Major General Yitzhak Mordechai,
said the incident came as a surprise to both the IDF and the
Hizbullah. Mordechai noted that following the clash, the IDF
concluded that the incident prevented the Hizbullah force from
carrying out a large-scale planned attack on another IDF patrol.
Israel and Jordan to Examine Sites for Additional Border Crossing
Members of the Israeli and Jordanian delegations to the peace talks
will travel today to northern Israel to examine several sites for
a new border crossing between the two countries.
Ma'ariv quotes head of the delegation to the talks with Jordan,
Elyakim Rubinstein, who said that the negotiations have been
accelerated since the July 25th meeting in Washington between Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein. The newspaper adds that
significant progress has been achieved in discussions on
agriculture, health and tourism.
Israeli-Jordanian talks included a first-ever meeting in Jordan
between Israeli and Jordanian business people. The next round of
talks is scheduled to begin September 12th at a site near the Sea
Knesset Committee Concludes Tomb of the Patriarchs Not Ready to
the Knesset Interior Committee traveled Tuesday to the Tomb of the
Patriarchs in Hebron, which has been closed since 29 Muslim
worshipers were killed there in February. The committee members,
who were accompanied by the head of the IDF's Central Command Major
General, Ilan Biran, concluded that the site is not ready to
Chief Rabbis Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron and Yisrael Meir Lau, who visited
the site last week, recommended that Jews and Muslims use separate
chambers for prayer and enter the site through separate entrances.
Gaddafi will Celebrate 25th Anniversary
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
Tomorrow, Muammar Gaddafi will celebrate a quarter of a century as
the leader of Libya, a nation of about 4.5 million people sitting
on oil reserves expected to last well into the next century.
Gaddafi's leadership has been controversial -- both inside and
outside the country.
Revolutionary songs still hail the man who wrote the Green Book
-- Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The Libyan leader was already in
power for seven years in 1976 when he published his three-volume
blueprint for government.
It rejected Western capitalism and Soviet-style communism and
called for a continuing revolution. He idolized Egyptian leader
Gamal abdel Nasser and his dreams of pan-Arab unity. And he
blended an anti-West Arab nationalism with his own eccentric view
of Islam and socialism.
Gaddafi sought to build his own chemical weapons stockpile and
openly welcomed terrorists to Libya. He funded rebellions in Chad
and seized territory there but finally had to give it up.
He is accused by many Western governments of supporting and even
masterminding terrorist activities across Europe and the Middle
East. The United States accuses Libya of links to more than two
dozen terrorist actions between 1986 and 1990, including the
bombing of a West Berlin discotheque, which killed a US soldier.
The US, British and French governments suspect his hand in the
1988 bombing of an American airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland,
and the 1989 bombing of a French airliner over Niger that
together killed more than 400 people.
Now analysts suggest the UN sanctions imposed after he refused
to hand over the Lockerbie suspects and his setback in Chad, have
made the Libyan leader more vulnerable.
Egyptian writer Mohammed el Sayeed monitors Libyan affairs
for Al Ahram newspaper here in Cairo. He says Gaddafi's
survival depends on his control of the army and the security
apparatus. Dissidents in exile like Mohammed Faez Jibril accuse
Gaddafi of using Libya's resources to keep himself in power
instead of improving the life of his people.
Gaddafi has survived several attempts on his rule and his life,
including a 1986 US air raid on military targets in Tripoli and
Benghazi. Bombs hit the barracks where he and his family were
living and killed his adopted daughter. He escaped without injury.
The most recent coup attempt from within his own military was
reported last February.
Libyans may be fed up with Muammar Gaddafi and his erratic
behavior. But Sayeed says his hold on the security apparatus
combined with a general political apathy after 25 years make a
popular uprising not likely.
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