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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
July 5, 1995, V3, #122
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New Finds at Massada
Parts of clothing, baskets and inscriptions on clay in Hebrew and
Latin have been found in new archeological excavations at Massada by
the Dead Sea by a team from the Hebrew University's
archeological institute. The dig continues for two years, under a
project financed by the Ministry of Tourism and the National Parks
Authority. Professor Ehud Netzer said the purpose is to complete
the excavations started in the 1960s under the late Prof. Yigael
Israel Will Withdraw on July 25
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israel and the Palestinian Autonomy Authority have agreed on most
aspects of the expansion of Palestinian autonomy, and have set July
25 as the date for reaching full agreement.
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, and Israeli Foreign Minister
Shimon Peres announced Tuesday they had settled most of the issues
which have delayed Palestinian elections and an Israeli withdrawal
from several West Bank cities for more than a year. After nearly
three hours of talks, they said they still did not have a full
agreement, but they had enough to instruct their lead negotiators
to begin drafting a formal accord.
Peres told Israel television a full agreement is "somewhat close"
and that he and Arafat agreed to commit themselves to have a
complete, written agreement ready by July 25. Arafat called the
meeting "very important" and said he hopes they can say they
"achieved something concrete."
Neither man would go into details about what was agreed on, but
Peres said Israel had not deviated from its demands on security,
and that the Palestinians had accepted those demands. He said the
Israeli army will begin its withdrawal from some West Bank cities
after the agreement is signed, but he said there is no specific
date yet for the start of troop movements.
The exact timing and extent of that withdrawal, some before
Palestinian elections and some afterwards, were among the main
sticking points in these talks. There was also a dispute over
some terms of the election, and over the movement of Israeli
troops and Palestinian police in West Bank territory controlled by
the other side.
Israel is believed to have agreed to remove its troops from at
least four West Bank cities before the elections, and to withdraw
from other areas later. But the Palestinians wanted a broader
withdrawal before the elections, and a guaranteed timetable.
Other talks are continuing aimed at transferring to the Palestinian
authority responsibility for all civilian affairs throughout the
West Bank, including areas where the Israeli army will retain
control over security.
The interim agreement Israeli and Palestinian leaders hope to
sign this month is already more than a year behind schedule and
is to remain in effect until 1999, by which time a final settlement
is to be negotiated.
Wild Fires Cause Light Injuries, $30 Million in Damage
Firefighters spread across the approaches to Jerusalem Monday to
prevent fires from rekindling in the areas of Shoresh and Neve
Ilan. Thirty-seven people were injured in Sunday's wild fires, most
only lightly. Others treated at hospitals for smoke inhalation
have been released.
More than $30 million in property damage was caused by the fires.
The cause of the largest fire in Israel's history is still unknown.
Police and fire authorities in Jerusalem are continuing to
The fires destroyed approximately 2 million trees over a 5,000
acres area in the Jerusalem corridor of the Judean Hills. Most
residents of Shoresh, Sho'evah, and Neve Ilan have not yet returned
An emergency team of the Ministry of Tourism is working to re-open
hostels at Shoresh and Neve Ilan closed by the fires. Three
hundred tourists and vacationing Israelis were moved to hotels in
Tourism Minister Uzi Baram announced that the ministry will aid in
the refurbishment of the hostels and vacation sites.
Sunday was one of the hottest days in Israel in decades and in the
forests leading to Jerusalem, temperatures reached 102 degrees
Fahrenheit. In Tel Aviv, temperatures of 99 degrees Fahrenheit
were recorded, breaking a 111-year old record for July.
Shahak Reports to Cabinet on Military Talks
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Amnon Shahak briefed the weekly cabinet
meeting on last week's military talks with Syrian Army Chief of
Staff Hikmat Shihabi.
Shahak said that Syria has proposed a 10:6 ratio for the
demilitarized areas on either side of the peace border. For every
kilometer demilitarized by Syria, Israel will demilitarize 600
Under this proposal, a demilitarization of the Golan Heights will
require an Israeli demilitarization up to Safed. Shahak said
Shihabi called the ratio an appropriate reflection of the
territorial differences between Israel and Syria.
The talks also focused on the two sides' conceptions of early
warning, Shahak said. Syria proposed that each country will
monitor the other from its own territory, and each will receive
satellite photography from the United States. The Chief of Staff
said Israel favors mutual early-warning stations located on the
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