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Joint Chiefs Chairman Visits Israel

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John

Shalishkavili, begins an official visit to Israel today. Shalishkavili will meet with Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Yitzhak Rabin and other top military officials. Shalishkavili plans to discuss the possibility of stationing U.S. peacekeeping forces on the Golan Heights as part of an Israeli-Syrian peace agreement.

Arab Murders Girl Soldier with Ax

By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)

An Arab man wielding an ax has killed a 19-year-old female Israeli soldier in Afula in northern Israel. The woman was walking near the bus station when she was attacked.

After hitting her with an ax several times, the attacker fled, but he was apprehended by people passing by. The army identified the woman as Liat Gabai, a resident of Afula.

Israeli women are required to register for military service and most of them spend about a year-and-a-half in the army between the ages of 18 and 20.

Earlier, medical workers said Gabai was brought to the local hospital unconscious, with the ax lodged in her head, and was kept alive by life-support equipment. Her death was announced about three hours after the attack.

Afula was the scene of a bus bombing by the radical Palestinian group Hamas in April, which killed eight Israelis.

Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin says Wednesday's attacker (identified by police as Wahib abu Alrub, age 25) was also a Hamas member, who had been arrested several times. Police say the man is from a West Bank town (Qabatiya, near Jenin) just 12 miles south of Afula, in an area they say was headquarters for a terrorist ring broken with 40 arrests announced on Tuesday.

Palestinians Receive Tax Authority Today

By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)

Israel will give the Palestinian Autonomy Authority control of taxation and health care in the West Bank today. This is the last stage of a process called early empowerment meant as a prelude to full autonomy in the region.

At ceremonies in the West Bank towns of Ramallah and Nablus, the Israeli military governor of the West Bank will give Palestinian officials responsibility for taxation and health care.

In the past two months, Israel has also given the Palestinians authority for education, welfare and tourism in the West Bank. The transfer of taxation authority is particularly important because revenues are supposed to help pay for the other autonomy activities.

This process of early empowerment was designed to ease Palestinian dissatisfaction with delays in expanding full autonomy from Gaza and Jericho to all of the West Bank, except the Israeli settlements. But dissatisfaction and terrorism continue. Still, Israel and the Palestinian Autonomy Authority have vowed to continue implementing their peace accord. They begin talks in Cairo next week on the details of expanding full autonomy.

Rabin: Israel Will Not Hold Negotiations with Syria in the 1996

Election Year

"If there is no progress in the Israeli-Syrian track by the end

of 1995, a peace agreement between the two countries will not be reached during the tenure of this government", said Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

The Prime Minister told a group of settlers from the Golan Heights that there are still major gaps between Israel and Syria in all the issues of negotiation.

Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq a-Shara said that Syria will accept normalized ties with Israel when neither country is occupying any part of the other. This is the first time a senior Syrian official has used the word 'normalization' regarding Syrian negotiations with Israel.

Israeli Satellite Set to Launch in Late 1995

The Israeli satellite AMOS will be launched from a French

"Arien" rocket which is due to lift off from the island of French Guinea in either September or December 1995. The satellite will be used for television, voice-service and telecommunications.

Rabin 'Wrong About Troops on Golan'

When asked by columnist William Safire why Israel needed

Americans on the Golan, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin appeared angry and lit one cigarette after another and spoke loudly. U.S. Secretary of State warren Christopher, who sat between Safire and Rabin, tried to support Rabin's arguments. Rabin tried to explain the stationing of troops in the Golan by comparing it with the forces in the Sinai.

When Safire asked Rabin about his poor performance in public opinion polls, Rabin replied "I don't care about polls - I act according to what I think is correct." At the end of the event, Safire said "I have known Rabin for over 20 years and we are friends, but he is wrong about troops on the Golan. I could not believe that I would live to see the day that the Secretary of Sate and the Prime Minister of Israel would agree with each other in an argument with me."

Rabin claimed that the multinational force on the Golan would serve only as an observer force and will not endanger themselves for Israel's security.

'You Can Expect Attacks Every Friday'

The advisor to Yasir Arafat, Dr. Achmed Tibi, warned of

continuing attacks if the "settlers" in the area are not removed.

In an interview with Gaalei Tzahal, Tibi said: "I don't understand why they are insisting on remaining in Netzarim. I have some very bad news for you. If the settlement of Netzarim is not closed down, you can expect attacks every Friday. Someone in the government has to take the initiative and make the decision to close the place down. "

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