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A September 13 survey by Israel television of 1,000 telephone
interviews of adult Hebrew speakers including Israeli Arabs found
that only 17% support a full withdrawal from the Golan. This
represents a major setback for the Rabin government. Results are:
Against any withdrawal, 48%; For partial withdrawal, 35%; For
complete withdrawal, 17%.
Arafat Tries Hamas Reconciliation
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has moved to reduce tensions with
the radical group, Hamas, by meeting with two Hamas leaders and
releasing three of their followers from prison. One of the radical
leaders who met with Arafat into the early hours of Thursday
(Ismail Haniyeh) said the release "defused a bomb" which could have
exploded into a bloody civil war among Palestinians.
The controversy arose after an incident during the weekend in which
Palestinian policemen of Arafat's Autonomy Authority stopped a car
of Hamas activists in Gaza's Rafah refugee camp and tried to disarm
them. A shootout followed, leaving one policeman dead and two
Hamas activists wounded.
The police chief in Gaza, Gazi al-Jabali, confirms that three of
the Hamas supporters arrested afterwards were released on Thursday,
following Arafat's meeting with their leaders.
Jabali says three others are still being held in connection with
the weekend shooting. But news reports say they may be released
Arafat has been walking a thin line between controlling terrorists
-- as Israel demands -- and not antagonizing his opponents into
launching more violent operations.
He did not speak to reporters about the meeting, but one of the
Hamas officials, Mahmoud al-Zahar, says there was also agreement
on how Palestinian police and Hamas fighters will interact with
each other, in an effort to avoid similar violent incidents in
Hamas wants clear acknowledgement from Arafat that its members who
are sought by Israel can carry weapons to defend themselves. But
the Palestinian leader has not yet decided whether to give that
Zahar says Arafat promised to respond to that and several other
Hamas requests within two days. The Hamas official says agreement
could open a new period of cooperation with the Palestinian
authority. But Hamas has vowed to continue opposing the peace
accord with Israel, which it considers a sell-out of Palestinian
claims to all Israeli territory.
U.S. Peace Team Holds Talks in Jerusalem
U.S. Special Middle East Coordinator Dennis Ross says that Syrian
President Hafez Assad is convinced that Israel is intent on
achieving peace. Ross, who traveled to Damascus before coming to
Israel, added that the Syrian president is leading the negotiations
and is confident with the decisions that he is making.
Assad reportedly told Ross that there is no turning back from steps
that have already been taken. Ross, along with Ambassador-designate
to Israel Martin Indyk, met with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres Wednesday telling the Israeli leaders
that the Syrians have not changed their positions. He reiterated
that disagreements on both sides still center on the depth of an
Israeli withdrawal on the Golan Heights, the stages of the
withdrawal and the normalization of ties.
Ross said he believes the question of dividing water resources in
the Golan Heights is critical to the arrangements. In response,
Peres said the only solution is to increase, rather than divide,
water resources. Ross added that U.S. Secretary of State Warren
Christopher will soon visit the region in an effort to accelerate
the Israeli-Syrian negotiations.
Israel Asks Palestinians to Extradite Two Gazans Suspected of
Murdering Israeli Last Year
Israel has asked the Palestinians to extradite two brothers from
the Gaza Strip who are suspected of murdering Uri Megadish over a
year ago at the Gazan settlement of Gan Or.
The request, which was personally approved by Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin, was delivered to the Palestinians at a meeting of
the Israeli-Palestinian liaison committee. The two suspects, Amru
and Rajah Sita, are from Rafah in the Gaza Strip and are known
members of the Fatah Hawks group.
Has Israel Formed an Elite Unit to Fight Settlers?
Hatikvah News Service
A new unit has been formed by the IDF and has already started to
train. Its main objective is to fight against the settlers of
Judea-Samaria, the Gaza strip and the Golan if it is decided to
Members of the new unit were very carefully screened and were
required to sign a far-reaching obligation to maintain secrecy.
Candidates for recruitment to the unit were asked a number of
questions to establish whether they meet three criteria for
acceptance to the unit: Their political views must be remote from
those of the settlers, they must have no relatives or friends in
the settlements of Judea-Samaria and the Gaza strip, and they must
have no religious family members or friends.
Evidence received by Ma'ariv indicates that the new unit has
started to train. Their training includes commando training, sniping
and fighting in built-up stress. Factors close to the unit admitted
that its main purpose is to intervene in cases of conflicts with
settlers who refuse to evacuate their homes. Government and IDF
leaders decided to establish the unit after fears were expressed
that in ordinary IDF units asked to evacuate settlements there
might be refusals to execute orders.
A number of men asked to join the new unit refused to do so on
Second Rabbi Held as Terror Suspect
Hatikvah News Service
Police on Sunday night arrested Kiryat Arba Rabbi Meir Koren on
suspicion of involvement in a new Jewish terrorist underground,
bringing to 10 the number arrested so far. Eight are still in
Koren, 28, a teacher, has lived in the settlement for seven years.
One Kiryat Arba source said Koren is not involved with Kach and not
known for extremist views. David Ramati, a neighbor, said GSS
agents arrested Koren on his way home after Shabbat in front of
some two dozen neighbors. He said Koren put up no resistance and
was quickly placed in a car and sped out of the settlement.
Ramati described Koren as an "excellent" member of the community
and probably the most respected resident arrested so far. On
Friday, Haifa District Court Judge Micha Lindenstrauss rejected the
appeal of Kiryat Arba brothers Eitan and Yehoyada Kahalani against
the extension of their remand and against the conditions of their
detention, including allegations of mistreatment by the General
Eitan Kahalani, 29, who had been barred from meeting with his
lawyers since the brothers were arrested on August 26 on suspicion
of stealing IDF weapons and conspiring to attack Arabs, complained
to the court that this action "recalls the vilest regimes" and that
"it has made me into a danger to the security of the state and an
enemy of the country."
He saw his lawyers for the first time in the courtroom - without
being allowed to speak with them. This followed an order signed by
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin after consultations with GSS officials
and his military aide extending the GSS ban.
Yehoyada Kahalani, 24, met with his attorneys on Friday, after the
expiration of the GSS ban. After their meeting, Yehoyada Kahalani's
lawyers claimed the police and GSS have no basis for the
allegations against their clients. They also complained about
Yehoyada's interrogation, saying he had been questioned for 48
hours straight by teams of four to eight investigators.
The lawyers said his interrogators had constantly insulted
Kahalani in an effort to break his will. Such insults allegedly
included telling him he had been molested by Arabs when he was a
child, referring to his family as sexual deviates, and calling him
"homosexual" and "a vile murderer like the Arabs we investigate."
The attorneys also complained that Kahalani had not been allowed to
change his underwear for two weeks.
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