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>PD Jan. 20, 1995, V3, #14
PLO Says Israel Discusses Secret Evacuation Plan
Palestinian spokesman Nabil Shaath says that Israel and the
PLO are already holding negotiations on the IDF withdrawal from
Judea and Samaria. In an interview on an Arab radio station,
Shaath said that Peres promised Arafat that Israel would not
renege on its obligations to the PLO as defined in the Oslo and
Rabin and Arafat Admit Differences
By Al Pessin (Israeli/Gaza Border)
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the Palestinian
leader, Yasir Arafat, have discussed sensitive issues which have
threatened to disrupt their peace process. And they declared
they will not allow that to happen. The two men met at the border
between Israel and the Gaza Strip for almost two hours Thursday.
The two leaders discussed the sensitive issues -- Israeli
settlements, Palestinian prisoners, and terrorism -- and came out
of their talks admitting there are differences. But Rabin said
they agreed not to let those issues derail their effort to move
on to the next stage of their peace accord -- Israeli withdrawal
from much of the West Bank and Palestinian elections.
"There are difficulties. The Israelis are bothered by the terror,
the Palestinians by the settlements and land. We have to focus on
the continuation of negotiations to implement what we are
committed to, the Declaration of Principles, to bring about
elections, to bring about the transfer of authority, to make sure
that security will prevail."
The leaders did not announce any decisions related to those
goals. But they did agree to establish a joint committee to work
on the issue of Palestinian prisoners still held by Israel.
Rabin said he also explained Israel's settlements policy to
Arafat, particularly the part which promises only limited
government spending for housing projects in settlements and its
policy of not confiscating Arab land for such housing. Rabin said
that recently, land has been confiscated only for bypass roads
around Palestinian towns, which he says are needed in order to
expand autonomy while maintaining security.
Asked whether he was satisfied with Rabin's assurances, Arafat
said "Somewhere in-between." And he also expressed some desire for
the peace process to move forward more quickly.
"We can understand, as I have mentioned before, your needs for
security and definitely, at the same time, our needs to have very
soon what has been agreed upon to be implemented."
Arafat also said the working-level Israeli-Palestinian talks
will resume early next week in Cairo to work on the issues of the
next stage of the peace plan. Many Palestinian officials and
community leaders had called for those talks to be suspended
until Israel stopped all construction in the settlements --
something Israeli leaders have said they will not do.
Cabinet to Consider New Building Regulations in the Territories
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is expected to present four new
proposals regarding building in the territories to the Cabinet on
The proposals include; continued suspension of construction in the
territories, the establishment of a ministerial committee to
oversee private construction, building fences closer to housing at
settlements, and only expropriating land for road construction
and/or security purposes - for which the Palestinians with be
provided with notification.
Peres: Egypt Ties Strong, Though There are Some 'Clouds'
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reportedly blamed Israel for
both problems in the peace process and difficulties in Israeli-
At the end of a visit to France, Mubarak said Israel must take
steps to allow the peace process to continue. He added that he
hopes the situation would not develop into a crisis. The Egyptian
President said ties with Israel are not improving, and encouraged
Europe to increase its involvement in Middle East events.
French sources say that the foreign ministers of the European
troika - France, Germany and Spain - will visit the Middle East in
the next two to three weeks.
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Wednesday during a discussion
in the Knesset that Israeli-Egyptian ties are strong. Nevertheless,
added Peres, sometimes there are "clouds" over the relationship.
"The last 16 years of Israeli-Egyptian relations have been a very
important chapter in the region's history."
Tel Aviv Computer School Trains Africans
Visiting Africans have found a place to prepare for their
future back home. The Yeda School of Business and Technology in Tel
Aviv is a small college which offers a range of computer and
business courses. It began two and a half years ago with a course
in technical writing which today remains one of its main programs.
The young Africans are anxious to learn useful business skills to
take back with them to Africa. They are mostly from Ghana. Other
students come from Nigeria, Liberia and other places. Already
over 30 African students have received certificates of completion
of Yeda School's computer program.
It all started when 23-year-old Sheridan Adagy of Ghana happened
upon the Yeda School and was impressed by their computer studies
program. An excellent student, Sheridan was asked to stay on at
the school by its owner and director, Mati Schwartz. Sheridan has
attracted many other African students who like him see computing as
an essential for developing modern businesses in their African
Schwartz emigrated from the US in 1985, is married to an Israeli
and has six children. He is delighted that his school has become
a success for these Africans. "Yeda has become a place where these
African students share information and prepare for their future."
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