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>PD OCTOBER 12, 1994, V2, #186
ISRAELI TROOPS SHOOT ISRAELI CIVILIAN
Israeli undercover troops fatally wounded an Israeli civilian as he
drove in the Hebron area of the West Bank, the army said Wednesday.
The unidentified man was shot in the head Monday night near the Dir
Zamout village when he failed to follow orders to stop, the army
said. He died of his injuries today.
Nobel Peace Prize to Rabin and Arafat
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat
will be awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize for Peace. One member of the
five-person committee that picks the recipients of the prize
declared that he may resign from the committee if Arafat, "who
remains a terrorist and a murderer," receives the award.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation said that Rabin, Arafat
and King Hussein of Jordan would share the 1994 Ronald Reagan
Hamas Jerusalem Terrorist Held Egyptian Passport
Six of those wounded in Sunday night's terrorist attack in downtown
Jerusalem remain hospitalized; one of the six is listed in critical
condition. An Egyptian passport, which included a visa to visit
Israel, was found on the body of Issam al-Johari, one of the two
terrorists killed at the scene of the deadly attack. Israel has
asked Egypt for additional details on al-Johari. The two terrorists
who carried out the attack were both members of Hamas, residents of
the Gaza Strip, and, contrary to earlier reports, were not members
of the Palestinian police. They were Palestinians, however.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said that it was impossible that the
two terrorists managed to travel from the Gaza Strip to Jerusalem
with their weapons. Rabin added that it can be assumed that someone
in the Jerusalem area assisted them. The police and the General
Security Services are pursuing those suspected of assisting the
Hamas Kidnaps Israeli Soldier
By Susan Sappir (Jerusalem)
The militant Moslem group Hamas says it kidnapped an
Israeli soldier and threatens to kill him unless Israel frees
some of its men.
The Islamic resistance movement Hamas says in a videotaped
statement it kidnapped an Israeli soldier who had been missing
A masked Hamas terrorist presented the identity card and weapon
of the soldier Nachshon Waxman and said he was alive. He said the
soldier would be killed by 9 p.m. Friday local time unless Israel
met its demands to free Hamas leaders held in Israeli jails.
The statement demanded the release of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed
Yassin as well as other leaders. News of the abduction came just
two days after Hamas carried out a murderous attack in the center
Christopher Meets Syrian Leader
By Ron Pemstein (Damascus)
Secretary of State Warren Christopher has held almost four hours of
talks with Syria's President, Hafez al-Assad. The two men discussed
the peace process with Israel, and Iraq's troop and tank threat
There are still gaps between Israel and Syria over an eventual
peace agreement but Christopher, after his meeting with Assad, used
hopeful language to describe the current status of the talks.
"I'm more convinced more than ever of the seriousness of both
President Assad and, based upon yesterday's conversations with
Prime Minister Rabin, gaps do remain but we're moving in the right
direction. I think the parties are determined to try to seek a
comprehensive peace and there is hope that can be achieved."
A senior American official refused to go into details. But he
says some gaps between Israel and Syria have been narrowed this
week. (Editor's note: When former Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger was conducting his shuttle diplomacy during the Nixon
presidency, off-the-record quotes were usually attributed to a
senior American official).
The secretary of state meets the Israeli and Syrian leaders meet
again on Thursday to see if more progress can be achieved.
However, the US official cautions as long as some gaps do remain
on the timing of Israel's withdrawal from the Golan Heights and
the security arrangements to accompany any peace between Israel
and Syria, no agreement can be set.
Christopher flies to Kuwait today to deliver support in person to
the Kuwaiti government. He will also be meeting the foreign
ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council in a session along with
British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd. Christopher will greet the
newly-arrived American troops in Kuwait before resuming his peace
mission in Jerusalem to relay what he learned here.
Now King Hussein is Against Saddam
By Ron Pemstein (Amman)
Jordan's King Hussein has expressed anger at Iraq's movement of
troops toward Kuwait. This time the king has changed his mind.
In 1990, Hussein supported Iraq during the Gulf war but now he
agrees with the United States that United Nations sanctions against
Iraq are justified. "As far as we are concerned here in Jordan and
I, in particular at this point in time would like to express
my very deep sadness and disappointment and anger over this recent
movement of troops in southern Iraq."
King Hussein says every country has the right to move troops where
it wants inside its borders, but the perception now is that Iraq's
move toward Kuwait this time is a repeat of four years ago when he
says misery was brought to the region. The Jordanian monarch says
if Iraq invades Kuwait, Jordan will be against Iraq clearly and
King Hussein's comments, alongside visiting Secretary of State
Warren Christopher, are the sharpest criticisms he has made to
date of the Iraqi leadership.
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