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>PD November 22, 1994, V2, #209
Hizbullah Attacks Israel Patrol in Lebanon
An IDF soldier was moderately wounded Sunday when the Hizbullah
ambushed an Israeli unit in the Security Zone in southern Lebanon.
IDF forces responded with artillery and helicopter fire at
suspected Hizbullah targets.
Clinton Expects Continued Israel Foreign Aid
By David Borgida (White House) & Paula Wolfson (Congress)
President Clinton is pledging to visiting Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin continued US aid at current levels, a reassurance the
prime minister wanted to hear given Republican control of the next
US Congress. And following their meeting at the White House
Monday, Clinton said he expects to speed up multilateral aid to the
Palestinians to try to quell recent Gaza violence.
With Republicans expected to review the $3 billion in annual US
economic and security aid to Israel, the president offered a direct
message of reassurance: "We are going to have a very robust
security relationship with Israel and I believe the aid levels will
After his meeting with Rabin, the president also dodged a direct
response to the matter of direct US involvement in any monitoring
force at the Golan Heights. Rabin was expected to discuss this
directly with President Clinton. But in this response to a
reporter's question after their meeting, Clinton would not rule out
"We in the United States must await an agreement of peace between
Israel and Syria. If a peace agreement is reached, regarding the
Golan, in which we were asked to participate, obviously that is
something that I would consider. We have been in the Sinai as a
result of the agreement between Egypt and Israel for quite a long
time now without incident. I'm very proud of the role the United
States has been asked to play there as a monitor, not as a defender
of Israel's security, but as a monitor. But that has not been
discussed now. We're a good ways from that, and that is something
for Israel and for Syria to resolve."
With continued violence in the Gaza, there were reports Rabin would
ask the president for what was described as a quick infusion of US
aid to the Palestinians in an effort to quell the bloodshed. Senior
officials told reporters such a request was not directly made.
Later, Rabin went to Capitol Hill for the first in a series of
meetings with key members of Congress. He got some reassuring
news from Senate Republican leader Robert Dole.
The election of a new Congress has raised concerns among the
largest recipients of American foreign aid. The man expected to
chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ,Jesse Helms of North
Carolina, wants to slash assistance programs around the world.
That could mean a big cut for Israel -- which currently gets about
$3 billion a year.
There is sympathy for Helms' views among lawmakers anxious to
balance the budget and bring America's national debt under
control. But it now appears that aid to Israel, Egypt, and
other participants in the Middle East peace process will have
strong allies in the new Congress.
Senate Republican leader Robert Dole -- in a clear split with
Helms -- says these aid programs are essential if the push for
peace is to survive and thrive. "I would hope and I would guess
that at this time of great tension in the Middle East, when we are
trying to achieve peace, there wouldn't be any effort to reduce
the level of aid. I think that will be not just the Republican
view, but the bipartisan view of the Congress."
Dole says balancing the United States budget is important --
but so, too, is ending decades of bloodshed in a part of the
world that has known too much war and suffering. "We have to
establish our priorities. And certainly peace in the Middle East
is one that we have been searching for, yearning for, and trying to
help to bring about through a number of presidents -- Democratic
and Republican, as well as Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
And I think at this point we don't want to give any indication that
we've lessened our efforts."
As he sat down to talk to Rabin in his office at the Capitol
building, Dole also indicated he might be willing to support the
notion of sending American troops to the Golan Heights as part of
an international peacekeeping force. But Dole warned that so far,
there is no agreement between Israel and Syria on the Golan --
and he warned any discussion of US peacekeepers is premature.
Arafat and Hamas Agree to End Fighting
By Al Pessin (Gaza) & Susan Sappir (Jerusalem)
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat has reached an agreement with a rival
Muslim group to end fighting in Gaza that claimed at least 13
A negotiator for the agreement between Arafat and the Islamic
resistance movement Hamas says the agreement puts an end to the
bloodshed. He says it means relations will be conducted on the
basis of dialogue and not on the basis of confrontation and
The clashes between Palestinian police and Hamas supporters were
the worst internal violence in Gaza since Palestinians established
self-rule last May.
The PLO and Hamas still bitterly accuse each other of starting
the fighting. The parties agreed to a 20-member investigation
team to look into Friday's events. Arafat -- under pressure
from Israel to curb Muslim guerrillas -- has not disarmed the
Muslim groups. Several thousand Arafat supporters staged an
angry rally in Gaza on Monday, complete with automatic weapons
being fired into the air and a speech by Arafat harshly criticizing
his radical opponents. Radical leaders responded angrily. But
there was also conciliatory talk from both sides.
The Arafat supporters, marching 12-abreast, had swept through the
streets to a rally in a central square on Monday where they shouted
their loyalty to Arafat and said they would strike back at any
radicals who threaten him. At the rally, Arafat said he will not
allow any group to create disorder and threaten the autonomy he and
his supporters have built.
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