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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
July 27, 1995, V3, #136
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Knesset Rejects Super-Majority for Approval of Golan Withdrawal
The Knesset rejected Wednesday a preliminary proposal to amend the
Golan Basic Law to require a majority of 70 Knesset members for
approval of a withdrawal on the Golan Heights. The final tally
showed 59 MKs supporting the amendment and 59 MKs in opposition.
Because of the tie vote, the amendment failed.
Israel Wants Peace Talks Moved to Europe; PLO Says No
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held consultations Wednesday to
try to determine the time and place for the resumption of talks on
expanding Palestinian autonomy. It appears the talks, which were
supposed to be concluded by July 25 might not resume until next
Officials say the chief negotiators are speaking by phone, or
meeting in a secret location, as they have from time to time for
several months. But this time, rather than dealing with
substantive issues, they are focused on the logistics of when and
where to resume formal negotiations.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has said the talks should
resume after the funerals of all of the victims of Monday's suicide
bus bombing in a Tel Aviv suburb. Five victims were buried
Tuesday, and a sixth who died late Tuesday was buried Wednesday.
At least one other person is reported to be in critical condition.
Members of Rabin's political party quoted him as saying at a
closed-door meeting Wednesday the talks will not resume until next
Israel is reported to want to move the talks to Europe, away from
the local media spotlight. Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has
rejected such proposals in the past. After saying agreement was
close last week, Israeli officials now say they do not expect a
signing ceremony until September.
Alleged JCC Bombers May Be Set Free
By George Meek (Rio de Janeiro)
An Argentine judge has 10-days to decide whether there is enough
evidence to hold seven suspects extradited from Paraguay on charges
of illegal arms trafficking. There has been some confusion about
the nationality of the suspects.
Media reports have identified the suspects as six Lebanese men and
a Brazilian woman, but the Lebanese embassy in Buenos Aires says
this is not the case. The embassy says the six men are of Lebanese
origin, but only two have Lebanese passports. The other four could
apply for Lebanese passports, but have not done so. They have
The suspects, detained at an army base near Buenos Aires, were
questioned Tuesday by Judge Roberto Marquevich in connection with
a an arsenal discovered last year on an island in the Parana River.
The arsenal was on the property of former Argentine army
intelligence officer Alejandro Sucksdorf, who is a neo-Nazi.
A lawyer representing some of the suspects says the case is flimsy,
and he expects them to be freed. He says they were only extradited
from Paraguay because of political pressure in Argentina to resolve
the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, and the
1994 bombing of a Jewish Cultural Center there.
Marquevich says he is only investigating the arms cache incident,
and has no evidence linking the suspects with the bombings, which
killed more than 100 people. Argentina, Israel, and the US have
blamed the bombings on Islamic fundamentalists linked to Iran.
Jordan's Parliament Ends Ban on Business with Israel
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
Jordan's parliament has approved legislation to repeal laws that
contradict Jordan's peace treaty with Israel, including a ban on
direct dealings with the Jewish state. The new legislation will end
the ban on doing business with Israel and allow bilateral business
transactions, including the sale of Jordanian land to Israelis.
The Finance Committee has recommended land sales should be
reciprocal and apply to all foreigners.
Demonstrators outside the building in central Amman carried banners
that read -- whoever sells his land sells his country.
The approval coincides with the one-year anniversary of an
agreement reached between King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin to officially end the 46-year state of war.
Islamist deputies and independents opposed to normalizing relations
with Israel have fought against repealing the three laws that
contradict Jordan's peace treaty, signed last October with Israel.
But the final vote was overwhelmingly in favor of repealing the
anti-Israeli laws. Only one-fourth of the 80-member parliament
voted against it.
The new legislation is expected to be quickly approved by the
Senate and by King Hussein.
Sixth Fatality in Bus Bombing Dies in Hospital
Mordecai Tuvia, 38, died at Ichilov Hospital from injuries
sustained in the bus attack in Ramat Gan. Tuvia is the sixth
fatality in the suicide bombing of Dan bus No. 20 on Monday outside
the Israel Diamond Exchange. Of the 18 people who remain
hospitalized, one is listed in serious condition.
According to Ma'ariv, the suicide bomber has not yet been
identified. Fingerprints taken from the body were not found in
the police department's computerized data base for criminal
Palestinian Police Chief Nasser Yousuf said preliminary
investigations conducted by Palestinian intelligence in Gaza and
Jericho did not reveal any evidence that the terrorists departed
from areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Meanwhile,
Fatah distributed a bitter leaflet in the Gaza Strip claiming that
the attack hurt the interests of the Palestinian people.
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