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>PD November 3, 1994, V2, #202
Zhirinovsky to Visit U.S.A.
By Victor Beattie (Washington)
The United States has granted a tourist visa to Russian
ultra-nationalist parliamentarian Vladimir Zhirinovsky saying the
decision is not an endorsement of his views. The decision to grant
the limited visa has been criticized by Jewish and human rights
Zhirinovsky is scheduled to give an address to the World Affairs
Council in San Francisco Monday on "The New Russia." He hopes to
visit Los Angeles, New York and Washington.
State Department spokesman David Johnson says the decision should
not be regarded as an endorsement of Zhirinovsky's views or
support for his political ambitions. He says the US Government
finds his views anathema. He said the Russian lawmaker's movements
would not be restricted but there are no plans for a meeting with
His views -- which include a revived Soviet Union that might
incorporate other countries -- have been denounced by US Secretary
of State Warren Christopher as "beyond the pale."
Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
calls the US decision unfortunate: "It's a terrible signal
domestically to the people in Russia and to the democratic forces
there that are constantly under attack and for the life of me I
don't understand why such a decision was made."
Cooper was joined by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry in
condemning Zhirinovsky's views as anti-religious, anti-Semitic and
IDF Officer Says Hizbullah Attacks Up 50 Percent This Year
An investigation into this weekend's Hizbullah attack on an IDF
post in southern Lebanon, in which one Israeli soldier was killed,
is according to Israel Radio, almost completed. The soldier was
killed because, the report will conclude, Israeli forces
failed to spot the Hizbullah detachment and alert IDF soldiers at
A senior IDF officer told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee that Hizbullah attacks in southern Lebanon are up 50
percent this year, the report added.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin also told the committee that the
Hizbullah receives its weapons from Iran via Syria.
Israeli Newspapers Comment on Jerusalem Muslim Holy Sites
In editorials published Wednesday, two Israeli newspapers
analyze Jordanian Crown Prince Hassan's statement that Jordan would
be prepared, at some future date, to concede its rights over
Islamic holy places in Jerusalem to either the Palestinians or some
Ma'ariv believes that the Crown Prince's statement signifies "a
Jordanian surrender to the Palestinian reality," and suggests that
"the Jordanian royal house's failure in securing the appointment of
its own mufti in Jerusalem taught Hussein and Hassan a lesson." In
fact, Jordan has now relinquished its political and religious
influence over the territories. The paper notes that "the Jordanian
concession negates the possibility of Israel exploiting the rivalry
between Hussein and Arafat in the struggle for control of the
Temple Mount," but adds that "all of this is based on the
assumption that Crown Prince Hassan's statement will not be denied
or proven false."
Yediot Ahronot says that the Casablanca conference did herald a
virtual end to the "Berlin wall" syndrome of the Middle East.
Politically, the conference's most important event was Prince
Hassan's announcement on Jerusalem -- i.e. that "Jordan's Hashemite
dynasty has stopped demanding exclusive responsibility over the
Islamic holy places in Jerusalem;" the paper suspects that "it was
pan-Arab pressure which led to this surprising step." The editors
believe that Crown Prince Hassan's statement hints at Jordan's
preferred solution to the Jerusalem quandary: "administration of
the holy places by a pan-Islamic, supra-national committee --
separate from the Palestinian Waqf -- that would continue to
administer Palestinian religious affairs in Jerusalem and in all
areas to be put under their control." Moreover, "this solution is
likely to be acceptable to Israel as well, given that there is no
reason to oppose it."
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