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                             ISRAEL
                              FAXX

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 will continue.

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 Palestinian autonomy.

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 institution.

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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