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>PD Dec. 7, 1994, V2, #219
Beersheva Mosaic Discovered
A rare mosaic in color, illustrating a dove with an olive leaf
in its beak, has been discovered by the Antiquities Authority in a Byzantine
church dating between the 4th and 7th centuries of the
Common Era, in the center of Beersheva. The excavators have named
it the Church of Peace.
Christopher Arrives in Israel
By Ron Pemstein (Jerusalem)
US Secretary of State Warren Christopher arrived in Israel Tuesday.
He meets with Israeli leaders today and then travels to Gaza City
to meet with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.
Syria's President, Hafez al-Assad, has said he prefers the status
quo to doing what Israel wants. Israel's Foreign Minister, Shimon
Peres, says he is skeptical about the chances for a peace agreement
American officials say these public signals from the two sides are
telling the other party that the positions they are hearing in
private discussions are unreasonable. However, Christopher arrived
in Israel after talks in Damascus, saying the United States will
continue trying to narrow their differences.
"I've just come from a four-and-a-half hour meeting with President
Assad in Damascus. Our discussions, as usual, were very serious
and detailed. We're continuing the hard work of narrowing the gaps
on the issues between the parties. Both sides have made it clear
to us that they're determined to work seriously in the quest for
peace and at their request we will continue to help them as we seek
to narrow the gaps and to try to achieve the goal of a
The secretary meets Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin this morning to
brief him on the status of talks that concern Israel's withdrawal
from the Golan Heights and the security arrangements and
normalization that will follow.
Later today, he goes to Gaza City for talks with Arafat. US
officials say the Palestinian authority is doing a better job of
creating governing institutions and the US wants to support the
German President Visits Holocaust Memorial
By Susan Sappir (Jerusalem)
German President Roman Herzog is in Israel on a two day visit that
concludes today. He began the second visit ever by a German
president to the Jewish state at Israel's memorial to the victims
of Nazi atrocities. At the Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem, he
laid a large wreath adorned with German flags in memory of the
Six-Million Jews killed in the Second World War.
Afterwards, the German president said he was horrified by what he
saw, and has spent his life fighting to ensure such atrocities
would not recur.
Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker visited Israel in
1985. Herzog's office said this was the first visit by the new
president outside of Europe and showed Germany's special relations
Joint Chiefs Head Views IDF Maneuvers
By Al Pessin (Tze'elim Training Range, Israel)
While Secretary of State Warren Christopher is
renewing his Israel-Syria shuttle diplomacy, the senior US military
officer is in israel discussing, among other things, the possible
use of US troops as peacekeepers on the Golan Heights.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John
Shalikashvili, watched a live fire exercise by Israeli tanks and
armored personnel carriers racing across the desert attacking an
imaginary, and unnamed, enemy. Earlier he had met with the prime
The general acknowledged he discussed the possible deployment of
US forces on the Golan Heights as part of an Israel-Syria peace
agreement. But he would not give any details. "I think it's fair
to say that it's much too early to talk about that. You know that
the United States has always supported the peace process, and when
the time comes to speak about specifics -- how to support that --
you can be sure that the United States will do so as it has in the
Shalikashvili said it would not be helpful for him to speculate
about exactly what form that US support might take. But he praised
the work of the multi-national force in the Sinai, which monitors
the peace between Israel and Egypt. He visited those troops on
Monday. "I think it has been extraordinarily successful in creating
confidence on both sides. And from the very first day, 15, 16
years ago until today, I think it has
served its purpose and it has been a real contribution to the
stability that now exists between Egypt and Israel."
Hizbullah Bombs IDF Convoy
By Edward Yeranian (Beirut)
One Israeli soldier has been killed and another seriously wounded
after a bomb exploded beneath their convoy in southern Lebanon.
Hizbullah guerrillas detonated an explosive device Tuesday
afternoon just as an Israeli army patrol went by on the outskirts
of their self-proclaimed security zone in southern Lebanon.
Lebanese police report that several casualties occurred in the
A spokesman for the Islamic fundamentalist Hizbullah militia told
the French Press Agency in Beirut that a direct hit was scored
against the patrol. The attack comes in the wake of a brief visit by
Secretary of State Warren Christopher to Damascus.
Observers in Beirut believe Hizbullah timed the attack to protest
Christopher's trip and the ongoing peace process. Hizbullah
-- which is supported by Iran -- is opposed to any Arab-Israeli
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