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>PD Jan. 6, 1995, V3, #4
Defense Ministry; Israel is Not Transferring U.S. Technology to
Defense Ministry Director General David Ivri said Israel is not
transferring U.S. technology to China. Ivri was responding to
recent media reports that Israel had transferred U.S. technology
used in the now dormant Lavi fighter-plane project to China without
Ivri said Israel is prepared to clarify for American officials
any questions regarding this matter. He added that Israel has only
transferred to China security-related aerospace technology from the
Lavi project that was developed solely by Israel.
Peres: Cairo Talks Went Well
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres says there was some
substantive discussion during his talks with his Palestinian
counterpart in Cairo earlier this week, in spite of tension
resulting from clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian
police. Peres believes that tensions will ease over time.
Reports from Cairo indicated no significant developments from
what had been planned as a substantive meeting on key issues.
Indeed, the reports said the only decision had been to hold another
Palestinian-Israeli summit to try again to make progress on those
issues. The reason for the apparent deadlock was a series of
shootouts between Israeli troops and Palestinian police.
But Peres said Thursday he and senior Palestinian official Nabil
Shaath did manage to do some serious negotiating, in spite of the
difficult situation. "I believe that while the talks with the
Palestinians opened in a sour mood, the conclusion was, again, more
positive and more promising and, as I told you, I believe that we
started already, informally, to negotiate the second stage."
That second stage involves the expansion of Palestinian autonomy
and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from some parts of the
territory they now occupy. There are many difficult issues
connected with that plan, and it appeared to be made even more
difficult by the fighting between Israeli troops and Palestinian
police in and around autonomous Gaza. But Peres says the Israeli
and Palestinian forces which work most closely together are
building a good relationship, and he believes it will spread to the
rest of the forces.
"It looks like the joint patrols became a success. This was the
most doubtful arrangement, and yet today it's the most promising
one. And I believe we shall see more and more of joint patrols and
that may increase the coordination and, for that reason, (may
increase) the confidence of the two parties in guarding the peace."
Peres also defended the Israeli government's position on expanding
Jewish settlements in the occupied territories -- which the
Palestinians see as a threat to the peace process. He says there
will be no new settlements, but existing ones must be allowed to
grow as their populations do. He also says that in the widely
publicized case of the Efrat settlement, in order to protect the
peace process, the government denied the settlers their legal right
to build on a hillside near a Palestinian village and forced them
to build on another, less controversial, site instead.
Peres says Israel's main concern in the current negotiations
is security, and it is willing to address a variety of
Palestinian concerns. But he says when Palestinian officials
publicly express dissatisfaction about Israel's settlements
policy or the pace of prisoner releases or slow progress on other
issues, they diminish their own achievements. Peres says the
two sides have accomplished much together in establishing the
Palestinian autonomous areas and should focus more on that. He
also acknowledges there are what he calls "many difficult
corridors" to pass through on the way to full Israeli-Palestinian
peace, but he believes the process is moving forward and will
Peace with Syria This Year or ...
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres says Syria must make it
possible for Israeli-Syrian peace talks to move more quickly, or
the opportunity for peace will be lost.
Peres says if Israel and Syria do not make peace by the middle of
this year, the Israeli government will not be able to take the
politically difficult steps necessary as it gets close to the 1996
Israeli officials have made similar statements before, but Peres
was more specific. He said the Israeli government is fully
occupied, implementing its peace agreements with Jordan and the
Palestinians, and trying to build regional cooperation. He says
implementation of a deal with Syria would therefore take more
time, and so must be reached sooner to be completed -- or at
least well launched -- by this time next year. Peres says
the Israeli government wants to make peace with Syria, but it
must happen soon.
"We shall continue to negotiate. We are not going to interrupt
it. Whether a miracle will happen or not, I don't know."
Later he said it might not take "a miracle," and that "a
breakthrough" might be enough.
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