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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
March, 21, 1995, V3, #51
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Israeli Tourist Service Set Up
A new service for tourists, Galilphone, operated by the Kfar Blum
and Ma'ayan Baruch kibbutzim provides ongoing information 24 hours
a day on tourist sites, excursions, available beds and various
attractions. The service also plans itineraries and timetables.
Hebron Gunmen Still at Large
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israeli authorities have clamped a curfew on the occupied West Bank
town of Hebron in an effort to prevent trouble as the victims of
Sunday night's shooting attack on an Israeli bus were buried.
Israeli opponents of the peace process said the attack is evidence
the process should be stopped, while government officials vowed it
Troops continued searching for Sunday night's gunmen as two funeral
processions wound their way around Hebron and the adjacent Israeli
settlement of Kiryat Arba.
Opposition leaders blamed the peace process for the attack. A
senior member of the opposition Likud Party, Zalman Shoval, says
the government relies on the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, to
stop attacks, but adds Arafat is not capable of doing so. "Arafat
bears responsibility for yesterday's outrage, but I cannot absolve
the government of Israel of its responsibilities either."
Shoval says the peace process should be stopped and re-examined,
and that his party, if it takes power in next year's elections,
would not feel obligated to fulfill any agreements it believes
are a threat to Israel's security. "It's not a matter of fixing
it, you can't fix it. You probably have to take it apart and see
how are you going to construct a peace process with the
Palestinians in a different way."
Shoval proposes a more limited type of autonomy, with Israel
retaining responsibility for security throughout the Palestinian
areas, rather than giving it to the new Palestinian police force,
which now operates in autonomous Gaza and Jericho.
Palestinian and Israeli officials say in spite of Sunday's attack
the peace process will continue, including talks on expanding
Negotiators are working under a July 1 deadline. But under the
1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, even with expanded autonomy,
Israel will continue to have responsibility for the security of
Jewish settlers in Palestinian areas, such as Hebron. And Deputy
Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin says it is a responsibility the
government takes seriously.
"It is our duty to protect Israeli citizens wherever they are under
our control. And they are there under our control (in the occupied
territories). And it (the attack) upsets us and it is our duty to
help them and to assist them and to protect them if they are there
or if they are in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. There is no question
whatsoever about it."
The eventual fate of the settlements and the settlers is to be
determined in Israeli-Palestinian talks scheduled to start in the
middle of next year. That will be just a few months before Israeli
voters are scheduled to go to the polls and decide whether they
want the peace process to continue as it is, or whether they want
to take it apart and reconstruct it as the opposition suggests.
Gore Condemns Hebron Killings
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
US Vice President Al Gore has condemned the terrorist attack on a
bus outside Hebron. Two Jewish settlers were killed and five
others wounded. Gore made the remarks after a meeting with
President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, the first stop of his five-nation
Middle East tour, aimed at promoting the peace process and better
trade ties. Mubarak also condemned the attack but said it should
not stop the peace talks.
Gore condemns the latest terrorist attack and says it further
underlines the urgent need to push the peace process forward.
"This attack emphasizes that the survival of the peace process
hinges directly on the determination of the parties to live up to
their respective responsibilities. It has stiffened the resolve of
the United States and Egypt to do all we can to help bring the
peace process to a successful conclusion."
Gore and Mubarak both underlined their commitment to fostering
peace talks between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The vice
president is visiting Egypt to boost the role of the US private
sector in Egypt's economic development.
ORT Will Open School for Israelis and Jordanians
An Israeli-Jordanian ORT vocational college is planned for the
Eilat-Aqaba 40-acre border zone on the Red Sea. Both governments
are involved. Forty-four classrooms will be built, half for
technical engineering subjects, and half for academic studies.
About 1,300 Israeli and Jordanian students are expected to study at
The project will cost about $38-million, financed by the two
governments and international foundations. Studies will be
conducted in Hebrew, Arabic and English in social sciences, water
engineering, agricultural development in desert zones and
exploiting solar energy.
Israeli Innovation Eases Birth Pains
An Israeli innovation for easing birth pain is being exhibited this
year at a congress of gynecologists in the U.S. It is called
"Tense" and made by Titan Electronics of Tiberias. It is based on
a device which sends electric waves through the skin to nerves in
the birth area.
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