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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 third country.

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