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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                       May 31, 1995, V3, #100
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Paraguay to Extradite Seven Suspects in '92 Embassy Bombing

Paraguay will extradite to Argentina seven Brazilian nationals suspected of involvement in the deadly 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. Five of the suspects are reportedly of Lebanese origin. Twenty nine people were killed and over 100 were injured in the blast. Israeli Ambassador to Argentina Yitzhak Avidan said Monday that the investigation has been too lengthy. "We have been waiting too long," Avidan said.

Israel Readies Golan Heights Referendum

By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)

Israel is working on plans to hold a referendum on a possible peace treaty with Syria, with the deadlock in their negotiations broken just last week and officials saying many difficult issues remain to be discussed.

Israel's Justice minister has formed a team to work on the details of holding a referendum, as promised by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. There has never before been a referendum in Israel. Rabin repeated on Monday that he would not return even one centimeter of territory to Syria unless a peace treaty had been approved in such a vote.

The Justice Ministry team is studying plebiscites and related laws from other countries, and is trying to decide who would have the right to formulate the exact wording of the question Israelis will be asked -- a factor experts say can be crucial to whether something is approved or rejected.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and about 11,000 Israelis have established settlements there. The Heights give whoever holds them a significant tactical military advantage and many Israelis are reluctant to return the area to Syrian control. But Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has made clear that Israel is willing to return all, or nearly all, of the Golan to Syrian sovereignty under the right conditions.

A public opinion poll published in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz on Tuesday indicates that 56 per cent of Jewish Israelis oppose returning the Golan to Syria, even if the treaty includes security guarantees and normalized relations. According to the poll, 22 per cent would be willing to return the Golan and another 22 per cent are undecided or declined to answer. The poll did not include Israeli Arabs.
Israeli opposition politicians say a referendum should be held now on the emerging details of the government's talks with Syria. The opposition is also trying to get the Israeli Parliament to require a two-thirds majority for approval of an Israel-Syria treaty. But the government says it will not hold a referendum until the full details of the treaty have been agreed on and made public, and that a simple majority should be enough.

On Tuesday, a government-controlled Syrian newspaper called the Israeli referendum plan "procrastination" and a new "obstacle," and said it is not compatible with last week's agreement on the principles of security arrangements. That agreement is very general, and Israeli officials say it will only allow serious negotiations to proceed, without solving in advance any of the difficult issues to be discussed.

The main problems include the size of demilitarized zones on each side of a future border, the exact location of that border, the role of an international force, and the pace of the Israeli withdrawal. Rabin has offered only a small withdrawal in the initial stage -- if approved by the referendum -- to be followed by a three-year testing period before any further withdrawals.

Following last week's agreement, US Secretary of State Warren Christopher is expected to visit Israel and Syria next week to work out the details of a resumption of talks between Israeli and Syrian military officers by the end of June.

New Method of Exploring Interior of the Womb

A team of doctors headed by Dr. Ariel Yaffo of the ultra-sound department of the Kirya Maternity Hospital in Tel Aviv has devised a new system to examine the interior of the womb by injecting a physiological material through a catheter to highlight the interior in real time. It replaces hysteroscopic diagnosis through anesthesia and is a simple, painless, examination.

Computer Program for In Vitro Fertilization

The first computer program of its kind to conduct in vitro fertilization treatment has been developed in Israel in a project at the Beilinson Hospital fertility clinic, in cooperation with Tel Aviv University's Engineering Dept. It has been displayed at a scientific and medical congress on fertility in Tel Aviv. It is based on a neuron network which clarifies earlier cases of such fertilizations and recommends treatment, including medication.

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