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                             ISRAEL
                              FAXX

Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      June 29, 1995, V3, #119
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Quick Diagnosis of AIDS Virus

Researchers at the Hebrew University have developed a series of electrical sensors for medical diagnosis making possible quicker discovery of the AIDS virus, as well as hepatitis in embryos, and blood sugar content. Commercial patents have been applied for by the Yissum Co., the university's research and development corporation. It is a relatively inexpensive method and works immediately.

Syrians and Israelis End D.C Talks Today

By Ron Pemstein (Washington)

Top military commanders from Israel and Syria have held their second day of talks at a military base in Washington. Other than saying the talks are serious and substantive, the State Department is saying little about what progress is being made by the Israeli and Syrian military chiefs of staff as they met for the second day at Fort McNair in Southwest Washington.

Israeli officials say they agree on the need for demilitarized zones for troops and equipment on the Golan Heights. The military leaders are discussing detailed security arrangements for a possible Israeli withdrawal from the Heights.

President Clinton is supposed to meet the commanders today and they are expected to finish their discussions later this afternoon.

State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns says the United States is playing an active role. "We are an active partner in the negotiations. We are not a bystander. We're not in separate rooms. That's the reason why Secretary Christopher had these two lunches. These were not symbolic. Ceremonial lunches, they were substantive--where substantive issues were discussed."

The Secretary of State opened the talks Tuesday and Christopher expects to takes part in today's concluding session.

Damascus is Home-in-Exile to Palestinian Rejectionists

By Laurie Kassman (Damascus)

Most of the Palestinian factions that reject the PLO/Israeli self-rule deal, known as the Oslo Accord, are based in Syria. Their voices of criticism mirror the mounting frustration inside the autonomy zones as disputes continue to delay full implementation of the self-rule agreement. But the prospect of an eventual Syrian peace accord with Israel could deprive the rejectionists -- as they are known -- with a place of operation.

The head of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine says the Oslo Accord is doomed to failure. Naef Hawatmeh is among the old-guard Palestinian leaders who have rejected Oslo and call for new leadership to negotiate a better deal. "The Oslo Accord did not bring peace, security, stability for the Palestinians or the Israelis inside the Palestinians' occupied territories and inside Israel. And Oslo did not bring solutions for the economic, social crisis and problems inside the Palestinian-occupied territories. And, all those who are in the diaspora are ignored 'til now."

The 10 radical Palestinian groups based in Damascus refuse to follow Yasir Arafat's leadership and say another approach is needed. But they have not yet come up with a political alternative -- only violence.

Fathi Shukaki heads the Islamic Jihad, which he established more than two decades ago. Islamic Jihad opposes any peace deal with Israel and even the existence of the Jewish state. He calls the Oslo deal Arafat's sell-out to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. "As they are accelerating their efforts to put all the partners very close to each other in this false peace, we have to do the opposite and accelerate our efforts, mainly our military efforts inside Palestine, against the occupation."

Islamic Jihad and the radical Islamic group Hamas have carried out a series of suicide bombings and attacks against Israeli targets.

Shukaki says he and other radical Palestinians in Damascus are not worried that an eventual peace deal between Syria and Israel could lead to their eviction from Syria. Analysts have suggested that a comprehensive peace settlement would probably include Syrian pledges to curb extremists in its territory. "Our organization was established inside Palestine. Our main body is inside Palestine. I am here because Rabin deported me seven years ago to Lebanon and then to Syria. So if I move to this or another country, this will not affect our struggle inside Palestine."

Some radical leaders like Naef Hawatmeh have tried to return home to the Palestinian Autonomy zones. "We are doing all our best to return home there but it is a problem of Rabin, not of us. Rabin opened all the doors and all the roads to those who support Oslo Accord and he put billion walls in the face of those who say no to Oslo or criticize Oslo."

So, for now the Palestinian rejectionists remain in Syria, looking on from the sidelines as the peace process they oppose moves forward.

Independent Units will Guard Settlements After IDF Redeployment The IDF will establish independent units responsible for protecting the 144 settlements in the West Bank. The plan, which is being prepared by the IDF's Central Command, will be part of the redeployment in the West Bank.

According to the plan, the size of each unit will be determined by the size of the settlement in which the unit is stationed. The soldiers in the units are expected to live at the settlements. A senior IDF source said the units' security mandate will include patrols within and around the settlements, and the escort of transportation both between settlements and to Jerusalem. A reinforcement of IDF forces in the West Bank will be needed after the redeployment, requiring more weapons, patrols and additions to the military budget.


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