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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
March 23, 1995, V3, #53
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Israeli Hairdresser Enters Jordanian Competition
For the first time, an Israeli women's hairdresser, Sami Daluya
from Beersheva, is entering an international hairdressing contest
in Jordan later this month. The 31-year-old Israeli will represent
his country after winning the local championship last month in a
peace festival in Tel Aviv.
Rabin Postpones Ministerial Meeting on Palestinian Prisoner Release
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin decided to postpone a ministerial
meeting scheduled for Wednesday on the issue of releasing
Palestinian prisoners. A meeting between President Ezer Weizman and
Minister of Justice David Libai on the same issue was also
The decisions to put off the meetings come in the aftermath of
Sunday's terrorist attack in Hebron in which two Israelis were
killed, and the arrest near Beersheva of two Palestinians from the
Gaza Strip who were driving a truck laden with explosives.
The two Palestinian terrorists were captured Tuesday near a mosque
in the Bedouin settlement of Tel Sheva, outside of Beersheva.
An initial investigation revealed that the Palestinians planned
to carry out a suicide attack in the center of Beersheva.
The discovery of the truck was made Monday by two Israeli policemen
manning a roadblock who believed the vehicle was suspicious.
The police called in an explosives expert who later discovered
that the truck was packed with gas cans and over 220 pounds of
explosives. Police decided to detonate the truck.
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat denounced Sunday's terrorist attack in
Hebron and the planned terrorist attack in Beersheva during an
address Tuesday in the Gaza Strip.
"These acts are harming the Palestinian people," said Arafat. "I
do not agree to such activity and I will not let it occur again in
Shahal Proposes to Ban Entry of all Vehicles from Gaza Strip
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin called a special meeting of top
security officials to discuss security issues following the
arrest of two Palestinians who had apparently planned a suicide
bombing in Beersheva. Police Minister Moshe Shahal said that no
vehicles from the Gaza Strip should be allowed to enter Israel.
IDF officers and other security officials at the meeting supported
Shahal's proposal. A decision was taken to increase IDF activity
along the border with the Gaza Strip.
Israel Demands Security Arrangements with Syria Reflect
Syrian Ambassador to the U.S. Walid Mualem told Israeli Ambassador
Itamar Rabinovich in their talks this week that security
arrangements between the two countries must be "equitable and
The statement reflects Syria's demand that any demilitarization
plans be "one-to-one," or equal on both sides. Israel rejects
Syria's position and believes any security arrangements must
reflect topographic conditions. Therefore, Israel is demanding
that a larger area be demilitarized on the Syrian side of a future
Israeli officials described the talks in Washington as "positive,"
although there are still many issues to overcome. Ambassador
Rabinovich is in Jerusalem today to prepare for Thursday's arrival
in Israel of U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
Rabinovich will return to Washington at the end of the week for
another meeting with Mualem. The main achievement of U.S. Secretary
of State Warren Christopher's recent visit to the Middle East was
the acceptance by both sides of a U.S. framework for military
arrangements between Israel and Syria. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad both reportedly approved the
The plan has four main points: talks in Washington will focus on
defining both the gaps between the positions and the points of
agreement; U.S. Special Middle East Coordinator Dennis Ross will
visit the region in order to achieve a high-level political
agreement on a draft accord; high-ranking military officers from
both sides will meet in Washington to translate the political
understandings into military terms; and military Chiefs of Staff
from both countries will meet to crystalize military solutions for
issues that remain unresolved.
Beilin and Oman's Foreign Minister Reach Principle Agreement to
Allow El Al to Use Omani Airspace
Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin met in Cairo with Omani
Foreign Minister Yousef Alawi Bin-Abdullah just as the Arab League
was beginning a meeting in the Egyptian capital.
Beilin said he sees great symbolism in the fact that the meeting
took place while the Arab League was preparing to convene, adding
that it demonstrates the great changes that have taken place in the
According to Beilin, Bin-Abdullah agreed in principle to allow
Israel's national airline El Al to use Omani airspace, though
details of an agreement will be worked out at a later date. In
addition, Beilin told reporters that Israeli industrialists will
soon travel to Oman to work on cooperative efforts to desalinate
water. Regarding diplomatic relations, Beilin said the matter "will
take some time."
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