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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 18, 1995, V3, #151
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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One Million Tourists Expected for Jerusalem 3000 Celebration
One million tourists are expected to participate in a year-long
celebration marking Jerusalem's 3,000-year anniversary starting
in three weeks. Tourism Minister Uzi Baram and Jerusalem Mayor Ehud
Olmert criticized a recent statement by the European Union
that it would not participate in the celebration.
"The 3000th anniversary celebration of the city is not a political
event, but a celebration of three religions -- Judaism,
Christianity and Islam -- by presenting their contributions to
the city," Olmert said.
Carrier's Aircraft will Overfly Israel from Haifa
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
The US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt -- now anchored in Haifa
-- is taking part in joint exercises with Israel's neighbor,
Jordan. President Clinton ordered the Roosevelt to the eastern
Mediterranean as a deterrent to possible Iraqi aggression against
Jordan following the defection of two Iraqi ministers.
Following last week's high-level defections to Jordan, the aircraft
carrier changed course and sailed to Haifa. A US Defense
Department spokesman says the carrier will take part in a set of
amphibious-landing war games involving Jordan and the United
States, due to start today in the Red Sea area.
The joint exercises were planned in advance, but a US official
says -- in light of the recent events in the region -- the
Roosevelt's repositioning demonstrates Clinton's commitment to
Jordan. The president praised Jordan's King Hussein for what he
calls heroic action in granting political asylum to Hussein Kamel
Hassan, who ran Iraq's military and civil industries.
Jordanian officials say they fear possible retaliation. Earlier
this week, Israel agreed to Washington's request to let US planes
fly over the country, in the event of an Iraqi attack on Jordan.
The nuclear-powered Roosevelt -- which launched aircraft that
bombed Iraq from the Red Sea during the 1991 Gulf War -- has a
crew of 5,500.
Pentagon Readies Might if Saddam Decides to Fight
By David Swan (Washington)
The Pentagon is taking what it calls prudent defensive steps in
response to unusual military movements in Iraq. Officials say these
latest Iraqi actions are not directly tied to the defection of
two of President Saddam Hussein's sons-in-law.
For about five weeks, officials say, the Pentagon has seen small
but unusual activity by elements of Baghdad's armed forces,
including Republican Guard, air and air defense units. Officials
say these movements, which involve stepped-up training and
repositioning of aircraft, are not a cause for alarm. But there
is concern about potential threats toward Iraq's southern neighbors
-- like the one last year when Republican Guard forces suddenly
moved toward the Kuwaiti border.
At that time, the Pentagon dispatched thousands of its own troops
and hundreds of aircraft to the Gulf. This time, the response is
more limited. Cargo ships with weapons and equipment for about
20,000 soldiers and marines are steaming closer to the region.
Officials say some troops have been told they may be sent later,
but are not on alert status, as they would be if deployment were
U.S VIPs Meet with King Hussein
By David Gollust (Washington)
Members of a high-level US delegation have met with Jordan's King
Hussein in what is reported to be a new Clinton administration
effort to persuade Jordan to tighten economic pressure on Iraq. US
officials believe last week's defection to Jordan of two senior
Iraqi figures has created an opportunity to further isolate the
The team headed by Assistant Secretary of State Robert Pelletreau
and Presidential Aide Mark Parris met with King Hussein in Amman in
a continuing flurry of diplomatic activity following the defection
of the Iraqi leaders.
US officials say the king's decision to give asylum to the Iraqis
-- both sons-in-law of President Saddam Hussein -- suggests a new
willingness by Jordan to distance itself from the Baghdad regime,
with which it has carried on extensive trade in violation of UN
Jordan has been dependent on Iraq for its oil supplies since Saudi
Arabia suspended shipments to punish Amman for its perceived tilt
toward Iraq in the Gulf War. The Jordanians have reportedly allowed
Iraq to import food and other goods through its territory in
exchange for Iraqi oil. The Clinton administration is understood
to be asking Jordan to sever most of its economic relationship with
Iraq now, while urging Saudi Arabia and Kuwait -- whose relations
with Jordan have been gradually improving -- to replace the lost
State Department spokesman David Johnson, while declining extensive
comment on the US mission to the region, said the United States and
the Gulf countries should reward Jordan for its new stance toward
Iraq has been suffering greatly from effects of the UN sanctions
imposed at the close of the Gulf War and discontent over the
economic situation may have figured in the decision by the two
Iraqis to defect.
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