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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
March 29, 1995, V3, #57
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Israeli Satellite Launched on Russian Rocket
An Israeli satellite developed by the Technion was launched into
space Tuesday by a Russian rocket at a site north of Moscow. The
team working on the satellite project is headed by the Technion's
Prof. Giora Shaviv and comprises both Israeli and Russian
Clinton Tells Jordan Debt will be Forgiven
By Deborah Tate (White House)
President Clinton has reaffirmed his commitment to forgive Jordan's
$480 million debt, despite lawmakers' efforts to reduce the
proposed debt relief.
During his meeting with King Hussein, Clinton expressed his
determination to work with Congress to write off all of Jordan's
debt. The House of Representatives earlier this month voted to cut
the debt relief to $50 million this year.
Clinton vowed to seek to reverse the action. White House Press
Secretary Mike McCurry says in a statement the president emphasized
to the king that the U.S. must demonstrate it stands by those who
take risks for peace.
Before their meeting ended, Clinton and Hussein discussed the
latest developments in the Middle East peace process, including the
decision by Israel and Syria to resume high level talks following
Secretary of State Christopher's recent trip to the region.
Congress Reluctant to Forgive Jordanian Debt
By Ron Pemstein (State Department)
Congress is reluctant to approve forgiving debts abroad when it is
looking for ways to control the federal budget. The Republican
controlled House has cut Jordan's debt relief to $50 million.
The Senate last week agreed to relieve $50 million of Jordan's debt
in 1995 and $225 million next year. The differences between the two
houses of Congress will be resolved in a conference before the
legislation is sent on to President Clinton.
King Hussein met with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and said here
at the State Department he is encouraged about the prospects for
winning debt relief. "The meeting was a very good one. We had the
opportunity to discuss many matters. I had the opportunity to
answer many questions about developments in our region and I
believe that the atmosphere is very, very promising."
Because of Jordan's peace treaty with Israel, Israeli diplomats
and American Jewish groups have put pressure on Congress to
forgive Jordan's debt. Jordan's economy has suffered from a
cutoff of aid from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states angered by
King Hussein's support of Iraq during the Gulf war.
Palestinians-Israelis Discuss Election
By Kim Reid (Cairo)
Israeli and Palestinian delegations have returned to Cairo for
another round of talks on how and when to hold Palestinian
elections. Palestinian officials in Gaza continue to be pessimistic
over Israel's commitment to meet a July 1 deadline on elections.
But Israeli delegation head Yoel Zinger has said repeatedly the
deadline will be met. He says that the two sides are drafting an
elections plan, and they are narrowing their differences.
With three months left, the two sides continue to debate the
details of how Palestinian elections will take place, and who will
be allowed to vote. Palestinian delegation head Saeb Erakat says
differences remain over whether the electorate will include
Palestinian residents of east Jerusalem.
Israeli officials have argued that allowing east Jerusalem
residents to vote in a Palestinian autonomy poll is tantamount to
acknowledging the Palestinian claim to east Jerusalem.
That aside, the Palestinians are still trying to figure out who
will vote, even in their own territories. No census has been
carried out in Gaza or the West bank in years. Palestinian
officials say it could take six months to record all citizens of
voting age, even with the use of Israeli records of the area.
But PLO officials insist all would go much faster once Israeli
troops withdraw from the autonomous territories. That is
something Erakat says the two sides must agree on by July 1, or
Palestinian elections simply cannot take place.
Government Decides to Dismantle Israel Shipyards
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has decided to dismantle the
state-owned Israel Shipyards. The move marks the first time the
government has decided to dismantle a state-owned company. In
recent years, the Haifa-based Israel Shipyards has recorded
mounting losses and has laid off hundreds of workers.
The decision came after the Knesset's Finance Committee rejected a
Finance Ministry request to sell the shipyard to a private company.
Head of the Government Companies Authority Yossi Nitzani said there
are now two possibilities; either immediately dismantle the
shipyard--thus dismissing all workers and selling all holdings--or
allow the courts to temporarily run the company until current
contracts are completed.
Israel Radio reports that employees of Israel Shipyards ended their
strike and returned to work Tuesday. Attorney Shmuel Tsur,
appointed as receiver for the company, is now holding talks with
the shipyard's management.
The Histadrut criticized the decision to dismantle the company and
said they will organize workers committees throughout Haifa in an
effort to save the shipyards.
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