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                             ISRAEL
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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      Sept. 5, 1995, V3, #162
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Assad Meets with Mubarak

By Peyman Pejman (VOA-Cairo)

Syrian President Hafez Assad flew to Cairo this weekend to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The meeting was to discuss the faltering Syrian-Israeli peace agreement and the growing political problems in Iraq.

Egyptian officials describe the meeting part of regular consultations between the Egyptian and Syrian presidents. Their last meeting was in Damascus in June.

Accompanied by his foreign minister, Arouk al-Sharaa, Assad was scheduled to brief Mubarak on the obstacles still blocking progress on Syria's peace talks with Israel.

Those negotiations have been stalled over whether Israel should withdraw from the Golan Heights before or after the signing of a peace treaty. Syria wants Israeli troops out first; the Israelis want to wait.

The two presidents were also expected to discuss the changing situation in Iraq following last month's defection to Jordan by two senior Iraqi officers, both married to daughters of President Saddam Hussein.

While both the Syrian and the Egyptian leaders are on less-than-friendly terms with the Iraqi president, they have cautioned against the recent US military buildup in the region and emphasized that Iraqi sovereignty should be respected.

Suicidal Israeli Shot by Palestinians

By Susan Sappir (VOA-Jerusalem)

Palestinian police in self ruled Saza shot and killed an apparently deranged Israeli motorist. The man's wife said he had talked about suicide and a joint investigation has been started.

The possibly suicidal Israeli, 50-year-old Emanuel Maloul, burst through three Israeli roadblocks at the entrance to the Palestinian ruled Gaza after refusing orders to stop.

He continued speeding through the Palestinian area until he was shot in the back by Palestinian police and killed. It was the first time Palestinian police killed an Israeli since they took charge of the Gaza self rule area 15 months ago. Security officials on both sides said the man's wife said he had expressed his intention to commit suicide. No weapons were found on his body or in the car and there seemed to be no apparent political motive for his behavior.

The palestinians have asked Israel for an urgent meeting on the incident. Israel agreed to a joint investigation and the incident did not seem to set back the fragile peace process.

Gadhafi May Throw Palestinians Out of Libya

By Peyman Pejman (VOA-Cairo)

Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi says all Arab countries should expel their Palestinian residents as a way of exposing what he calls the "deception" of the peace agreement between Israel and the PLO.

Speaking on the 26th anniversary of the military coup that brought him to power, Gadhafi said if all the millions of Palestinans living in the Arab world were forced to return to their homeland it would expose "this story of peace."

Gadhafi has strongly criticized PLO leader Yasir Arafat for making too many concessions to the government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Since signing the peace agreement with the Israelis in 1993, the Palestinians have taken control of only the Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Jericho. Negotiations are still going on to extend Palestinian authority in the rest of the West Bank occupied by Israel since 1967.

The Libyan leader did not say whether he would expel the Palestinians who live in Libya, some of them since the State of Israel was created in 1948. Under the current agreement, many of them would not have the right to live in territories coming under Palestinian control.

Gadhafi's two-hour speech was made in his birthplace, the Mediterranean city of Sirte.

Peres Meets Arafat in Italy, Possibly Also Bill Gates

By Polly Stroud (VOA-Rome)

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat met this weekend at Lake Como in Northern Italy. The Israeli foreign minister said before the meeting they will evaluate progress made so far in negotiations on Palestinian autonomy on the West Bank.

The site of the meeting is the lakeside town of Cernobbio where both Peres and Arafat were attending a private symposium of prominent bankers, businessmen and political figures. Peres previously said he would meet with Microsoft CEO Bill Gates at the conference, and would ask him to participate in the Middle East peace talks.

This is not the first Israeli-Palestinian meeting in Italy. The Israeli foreign minister disclosed that secret talks were held at an undisclosed location in Italy in June, arranged by Italian Foreign Minister Susanna Agnelli.

Peres called them a "very important part" of the negotiations. He said he expects agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization on autonomy by the end of this month and Palestinian elections by the end of the year.

The United States has proposed the earlier target date of Sept. 18 For the accord, but key issues remain resolved - among them the release of Palestinian prisoners, security in the West Bank town of Hebron and elections in Israeli East Jerusalem.

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