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Sept 9, 1994 Volume 2, #167 / /\__/_/\
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Police in Merchantville, N.J. say gambling didn't pay off for
Ronald Small. The reason: he robbed a bank in Merchantville, then
went to Atlantic City and gambled away almost all the money he
stole. Police say Small took $3,700 from the bank, went to
Atlantic City -- known for its gambling casinos-- and had only $310
left when he was arrested in a convenience store.
Rabin Offers Golan Staged Withdrawal
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israel's prime minister has offered a proposal for a partial
withdrawal from the Golan Heights, a period of peaceful relations
with Syria and then -- after three years -- negotiations about the
final status of the Heights. The plan was made public in response
to reports Israel had already agreed to a full withdrawal from the
former Syrian territory.
According to a statement issued by his office, Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin told the Cabinet Thursday he is offering only "a very
slight withdrawal" from the Golan Heights. In return, Rabin wants
Syria to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel and to
engage in normal trade and other exchanges.
The statement says if relations are successful over a three-year
period, Israel then would be willing to negotiate a further
withdrawal. But it stops short of promising ever to return all
of the Golan Heights to Syria.
The proposal follows a pattern set by Israel's peace accord with
Egypt, which involved a partial withdrawal, normalized relations,
and further withdrawals later until Israel gave Egypt back all
its territory. That happened over a little more than two years
in the early 1980s.
But Syria has said it is willing to have peace and normal
relations with Israel only after the return of all of the Golan
region, which Israel captured in the 1967 war. Israel formally
annexed parts of the area in 1981.
Israel is particularly sensitive about giving the Golan back to a
potentially hostile Syria because the high ground was used to
launch artillery shells into Israeli towns below for almost 20
years before Israel captured it.
Rabin's statement was issued Thursday after Israeli settlers
reported he had already agreed to give back all of the Golan
Heights. The settlers say they plan a protest campaign, and even
Rabin's effort to clarify his position sparked criticism from
some members of parliament.
There are about 13,000 Israeli settlers in the Golan Heights, but
any Israeli government promise to force them to move would be of
concern to tens of thousands of others on the West Bank, where
Palestinian autonomy is to be expanded. Israel removed settlements
from Yamit in the Sinai desert before returning it to Egypt.
Rabin was careful to say on Thursday that the initial, small
withdrawal he is proposing might not require any settlers to
move. He said any significant withdrawal from the Golan Heights
would require a referendum to test Israeli public opinion. But he
has also said that the next Israeli elections, scheduled for 1996,
could serve as that referendum.
In response to Rabin's statements, the Likud Party is calling for
early elections. Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu convened a
meeting of opposition leaders to discuss Rabin's comments regarding
the Golan Heights.
Syrian Foreign Minister Says Rabin-Assad Summit Meeting Inevitable
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara said in London that a
summit meeting between Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Syrian
President Hafez al Assad is inevitable. Al-Shara told a British
television program that it is possible for Israel and Syria to
reach a peace agreement by the end of this year. For the first
time, the Syrian Foreign Minister answered questions from
journalists who identified themselves as Israelis.
Palestinian Police in Gaza Discover Documents From Iran Calling for
Attacks Against Israeli Targets
Palestinian police officials in the Gaza Strip, in their
investigation of Islamic radicals detained during the past few
days, discovered faxed documents calling for attacks against
Israeli targets. The documents, reportedly approved by
fundamentalist Islamic elements in Iran, prove that Iran is behind
the attacks in the Gaza Strip since the establishment of
Palestinian self-rule, including last Sunday's murder of IDF
Sergeant Victor Sheichman.
In addition, the documents call on the Islamic Jihad to accelerate
attacks against the IDF and settlers in order to undermine the
Palestinian Authority and the self-rule arrangements. It remains
unclear whether the faxes were sent directly from Iran or via a
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