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>PD Feb. 7, 1995, V3, #26

Rabin Prefers Foreign Workers to Arabs

Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin says he prefers importing foreign workers to employing Arabs from the territories. "There is no need for shame because we must import foreign labor,'' Rabin told the Labor Party's moshav sector. ``I prefer to have workers from Thailand here instead of Arab knifers stabbing innocent passersby in sovereign Israel.'' Rabin said 12,000 Thais now work in Israel.

Terrorists Attack Israelis in Gasoline Truck

By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)

One Israeli security guard was killed and another was seriously wounded Monday when they were fired on as they drove along a road in autonomous Gaza.

The two men were protecting a convoy of gasoline trucks making a delivery to a gas station at an Israeli settlement in Gaza. The assailants fired dozens of shots into their small truck from a roadside grove of trees, and then fled. Palestinian policemen also protecting the trucks went to the aid of the Israelis and summoned help.

Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat was angered by the attack. He said such criminal attacks will not pass without punishment. He said he is running out of patience with groups he accused of trying "to squeeze the Palestinian people" and "destroy the peace process" through what he called "dirty work."

Peres Proposes Gazan Industrial Border

By Victor Beattie (Washington)

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has urged the Palestinians to bring violence and instability under control as the key to peace and economic well-being. Peres, unveiled plans for the construction of four industrial parks on the Israeli frontier with the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

The Israeli diplomat revealed details of a plan to cover the Israeli frontier with industrial parks: "We hope to start it rather soon. It will take a little bit of time until it will be completed -- probably six months to a year. Actually -- instead of having Palestinian workers coming to Israel maybe it's more logical to have Israeli work going to Gaza."

Peres says such a joint venture will result in tens of thousands of Palestinian jobs.

AJC Asks Pope for Anti-Semitism Encyclical

By Peggy Polk (Rome)
American Jewish leaders meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican have called on the Roman Catholic pontiff to issue an encyclical denouncing anti-Semitism. The Jewish group hopes an encyclical -- the highest form of papal teaching -- would help to contain the new outbreak of anti-Semitism that has followed the collapse of communism in Europe.

The pope received a delegation from the American Jewish Committee at a private audience marking the 30th anniversary of a historic declaration by the Second Vatican Council that repudiated any collective Jewish guilt for the death of Christ.

The president of AJC -- New York lawyer Robert Rifkind -- said his delegation raised three issues at its meeting with the pope. "The first was our desire and request that he issue an encyclical on anti-Semitism as the consolidation of his teachings over his entire ministry, denouncing anti-Semitism as a sin against man and God."

Expressing "deep concern" over the rise in xenophobia, ethnic hatred and anti-Semitism in Europe since the collapse of communism, the Jewish leader also asked the pope to join in exposing attempts to rewrite history by denying that the Nazis killed millions of Jews in the Holocaust of World War 2.

He said that one way to fight this revisionism would be for Catholic and Jewish scholars to make a joint study of still secret documents in the Vatican archives relating to the Holocaust period.

Netanyahu Calls Palestinian Rule an 'Abject Failure'

By David Gollust (Washington)

The leader of Israel's opposition Likud party is calling for a halt to further transfers of territory to Palestinian authority in light of mounting terrorist attacks against Israelis. The Israeli politician -- Benjamin Netanyahu -- is in Washington for a round of meetings with US officials and congressional leaders.

Netanyahu says the experiment of Palestinian rule in Gaza and Jericho has been an "abject failure."

Netanyahu -- considered the Likud party's likely choice for prime minister in a new Israeli election -- spoke in Washington following meetings with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other leaders of the newly Republican-controlled Congress.

Yasir Arafat's Gaza-based administration, Netanyahu said -- is collapsing under the weight of its own corruption, and is incapable of halting terrorist operations in areas it controls: "The idea that Yasir Arafat would fight Islamic terrorists for Israel, or fight any terrorist for Israel, was ludicrous. So Israel must seize control of security and it must say to the Israeli armed forces and the Israeli security services -- you have the freedom of action to act against terrorists. And we must say to the terrorists, including to those in Gaza, including the PLO that shelters them, there are no safe-havens for terrorism. You will not be able to hide."

Netanyahu -- whose party enjoys a wide lead over Rabin's Labor party in opinion polls -- said that rather than ceding other parts of the West Bank to Palestinian control, Israel should offer only local autonomy. He flatly ruled out any pullback from the Golan Heights in a deal with Syria -- saying it has been Israel's control of the strategic Heights that has kept the peace with Damascus over the years.

He also urged the United States to take the lead in a concerted effort to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. He said Iran may be only five to 10 years away from acquiring such a capability, which he said would reshape the strategic situation in the Middle East.

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