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>PD Dec. 1, 1994, V2, #215
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
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
"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
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
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
'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
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