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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 3, 1995, V3, #180
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Peres Calls for Syrian and Lebanese Peace
By Michele Keleman (VOA-New York) & Elaine Johanson (VOA United
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Monday he is confident
parliament will approve the accord signed in Washington last week
extending Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank. But, he admits
the vote will be close.
Speaking after his address to the UN General Assembly in New York,
Peres said despite some internal opposition he is optimistic the
new PLO-Israeli accord will be approved when it comes before the
Israeli parliament Thursday.
Peres acknowledged Israel's dispute with the Palestinians over the
release of prisoners will be difficult to resolve, but pledged
Israel will follow through on its promises. "We are going to
release prisoners, but we are not going to release, at least for
now, prisoners who have stains of blood on their hands."
A top aide to PLO leader Yasir Arafat has warned that Israel will
violate the peace deal if it refuses to release Palestinian women
Prisoners, including one who was convicted of killing Jews. Israel
is delaying any action until parliament considers the autonomy
agreement on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Peres has urged Arab nations to help Palestinians
financially to ensure the peace agreement succeeds. He says he
thinks his message is getting through.
Peres says he firmly believes the difference between a peace
agreement and peace in reality is economic development.
Peres called on Syria and Lebanon to contribute to Middle East
stability by making peace with Israel. The Israeli official
pressed his message in the General Assembly. Peres delivered an
impassioned plea to Syria and Lebanon to follow the Palestinian
example -- to do what Jordan was brave enough to do -- get more
involved in the peace process. He said the fruits of peace will be
greater security and prosperity for the younger generation:
"I would like to use this occasion to tell to the Syrians and to
tell to the Lebanese to stop hesitating, to stop wandering. They
have to come in and follow-up...not that we want to have a new
Middle East. But we want the Middle East to join in a new age, for
the good of their people.
The Israeli foreign minister also called on rich Arab countries
to make a greater contribution and help lift the region out of
poverty. He said economic growth is the best guarantee of peace.
Israelis Demonstrate in Jordan
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli settlers crossed illegally into Jordan Monday to gain
publicity for their effort to block the Israeli government's
plan to give control of much of the West Bank to the Palestinian
About 100-settlers tore down a fence along the Jordan River and
walked across -- in chest-high water -- to demonstrate on the
Jordanian side. They gave a letter for King Hussein to a Jordanian
soldier, and then crossed back about an hour later. Israeli police
detained some of them briefly and officials say charges might be
filed against them.
The settlers say the government's plan to give the Palestinian
Authority civil responsibility in areas near the Jordan River puts
nearby Israeli settlements at risk, and also endangers all of
Israel by surrendering the strategic river valley. But the
government says it is not giving up security control in the area,
and that its moves to expand Palestinian autonomy under the new
agreement will not endanger settlements.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin met with his Cabinet Monday
and said the interim agreement calls for a slight expansion of
the Jericho autonomous zone, from 62 to 68 square kilometers.
But he said the expansion will enlarge Jericho to the west, away
from the river and the Israeli security zone along it. Israel
is also to give full autonomy, including security control, to six
other Palestinian cities and much of a seventh -- the tense town
of Hebron. It will also give partial autonomy -- with a
continuing, reduced role for the Israeli army -- to 450 villages
and some rural areas.
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has announced there will be a
symbolic withdrawal from some villages this week, and the
larger-scale withdrawal will begin in November. Israel has also
promised to release 2,000 Palestinian prisoners under the
agreement, but the country's Supreme Court ruled Monday no
prisoners may be released until after the Israeli parliament
ratifies the accord.
The parliament is to debate the agreement Thursday, and is expected
to approve it by a narrow margin.
Security Forces Placed on High Alert for Holidays
The IDF and the police are reinforcing detachments in the
territories and inside Israel following reports extremist Muslim
groups will attempt to carry out attacks.
In addition, the closure on Judea, Samaria and Gaza has been
extended to Thursday. Intelligence and General Security Service
officials believe that organizations opposed to the Interim
Agreement will attempt to protest the accord by carrying out a
deadly suicide attack in a populated area inside Israel.
Ma'ariv reports the upcoming holidays of Yom Kippur and Succot are
thought of as the preferred dates for an attack by Hamas' military
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