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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
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
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
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
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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