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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 4, 1995, V3, #141
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Dozens of Jordanian Students Want to Study in Israel
Following the decision of the Jordanian Parliament to cancel
boycott laws against Israel, dozens of Jordanian students have
called the Israeli Embassy in Amman requesting information on
attending Israeli universities.
Two Sides Remain Apart on Water
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have concluded another
difficult week of talks, saying significant differences remain on
key issues blocking the expansion of Palestinian autonomy.
Frustrated Palestinian negotiators ended a meeting about water
rights early Thursday, prompting fears of a crisis in the talks.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry says despite problems on some topics,
there is progress overall.
Still, the two sides remain far apart on the water issue, and on
the other key issue in the talks, security arrangements surrounding
an Israeli withdrawal from much of the occupied West Bank. A month
ago, officials said agreement was close, but now they will not
predict when the talks might end. One Palestinian negotiator said
it could be another month or more.
The agreement for expanding Palestinian autonomy and the holding
of Palestinian elections is already one-year behind schedule.
Officials say if there is no agreement this month, it will be
difficult to hold the elections by December, as had been hoped.
The talks are expected to be in recess for at least three days,
after which the lead negotiators are to consult about how to
Settlers Declare Truce with IDF
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israeli settlers defied the government for the fourth consecutive
day Thursday, occupying two hilltops on the West Bank and forcing
security officers to carry them off. Late in the day, the settlers
declared a three-day truce.
Security forces cleared one hilltop Thursday morning and moved in
on the second one, near Nablus, late in the afternoon to begin the by
now familiar task of carrying settlers to waiting buses. But in
the midst of the operation, a settler leader declared a three-day
truce and the settlers began leaving the hill on their own.
A spokeswoman for the settlers said the truce would cover today,
the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday, and an annual Jewish fast day
which falls on Sunday, Tisha b'Av.
The spokeswoman, Michal Shrut, said the stoppage in the daily
series of protests came at the request of Israeli President Ezer
Weizman. She said settlers would hold a series of meetings during
the truce to discuss how to pursue their goal -- to block the
government's plan to expand Palestinian autonomy on the West Bank.
The series of protests has been a somewhat wrenching experience
for Israeli society, with the unusual sight of Israeli police
picking up screaming Jewish women and children and carrying them
away. But newspaper editorials have criticized the settlers for
creating the confrontations, and government officials say they
will not allow such protests or emotions to change their policy.
Israel Holds Syria to its Commitment to Continue Military Talks
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin rejected a Syrian appeal -- relayed
through American intermediaries -- to renew talks between the
countries' ambassadors in Washington.
Rabin said Israel will refuse to renew the ambassador talks as
long as the Syrians resist the resumption of military talks in
keeping with a commitment given to U.S. Secretary of State Warren
Christopher. The Syrian appeal to renew the ambassador talks is
an attempt to avoid fulfilling its commitment on military talks,
In recent days, the Americans have tried to bring about a
resumption of the ambassadors talks, but the attempt was snagged by
According to reports from the Prime Minister's office Wednesday
night, Israel explained that it is willing to immediately renew
military talks and simultaneously renew ambassadors talks. Sources
in the Prime Minister's office said that as long as there is no
change in the Syrian's inflexible position, the peace process will
continue to be deadlocked -- with Syria to blame.
Conference of Presidents Supports Continued Financial Aid to
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
decided overwhelmingly on Tuesday to support a bill sponsored by
U.S. Senator Jesse Helms extending American financial aid to the
This marks the first time that the Conference of Presidents has
publicly and unambiguously expressed its support on the issue of
aid to the Palestinian Authority. A group of rabbis representing
650 members of the Jewish clergy who support the peace process is
scheduled to meet with U.S.
Senator Robert Dole to convey their support for the continuation
of the peace process, Israel Radio reported.
Israel Radio said the rabbis represent religious leaders from all
major American Jewish denominations.
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