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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 13, 1995, V3, #185
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Weizman Talks With 'Peace Now' Reps
President Ezer Weizman met Thursday with representatives of Peace
Now. Following the meeting, Peace Now activists said they believed
the president supports the continuation of the peace process.
Weizman does not intend to change his decision not to ease the
punishment of female Palestinian prisoners who murdered Israelis.
GOP Will Introduce Legislation About Jerusalem
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is scheduled to attend a Jerusalem
3000 celebration in Washington on Oct. 25. To mark the occasion,
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Senate
Majority Leader Bob Dole will submit legislation next week
mandating that the U.S. Embassy in Israel be moved from Tel Aviv to
Christopher Will Travel to Middle East
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-Washington)
Secretary of State Warren Christopher will be traveling to the
Middle East at the end of the month. The lack of progress in the
talks between Israel and Syria means Christopher will attend the
Middle East Economic Summit conference in Amman, Jordan, without
visiting Jerusalem or Damascus.
The secretary of state wants to attend both the opening of the
conference Oct. 29 that is supposed to set up a Middle East
development bank and the opening of Bosnia peace talks in the
United States on Oct. 31.
State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns insists if there were
no Bosnia developments, the secretary of state would have engaged
in a Middle East shuttle mission along with the economic
However, Burns says there is no breakthrough waiting to happen in
the Israel-Syria negotiations. "I don't believe there is any
imminent progress, dramatic breakthroughs, that will be made on
this track next week or the week after or the week after that.
It's a long range process."
Burns says Christopher is ready to return to the peace process when
Israel and Syria are ready for progress.
Security Establishment Concerned About Attacks on Ministers
Sources in the security establishment said they are concerned
about recent attempts to injure government ministers and the
severity of rhetoric expressed during anti-government
Repeated disruptions marred an address Tuesday by Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin at a conference of Israelis formerly from
English-speaking countries. In addition, Likud Knesset member
Tzachi Hanegbi, along with party activists, used loudspeakers to
interrupt a speech given by Rabin at a ceremony concluding
Wednesday's Jerusalem parade.
Rabin will reportedly convene a meeting next week to consider ways
of dealing with the disruptions. Ha'aretz quoted Likud Chairman
Benjamin Netanyahu as saying, "We will not agree to physical
violence against ministers. We will defeat this government at the
Assad to Egyptian newspaper: Talks Can Wait Until Israeli Elections
Syrian President Hafez el-Assad told the Egyptian newspaper al-
Ahram that peace talks with Israel will become more positive
after Israeli elections scheduled in November 1996.
"One could say that after the elections, both sides will be
able to widen their activity," Assad said.
Assad denied newspaper reports suggesting that progress had
been made in Israeli-Syrian talks on security arrangements.
Yediot Aharonot quoted a Syrian source in Rome as saying that
Damascus is waiting for a Likud-led government to sign a peace
treaty with Syria.
Israel officials expressed astonishment at Assad's comments that
he's not concerned about Israeli elections. "This is a very
surprising statement," said Uri Dromi, Director of the Government
200 Israeli Companies to Participate in Media Exhibition
Two hundred Israeli companies representing 700 foreign corporations
will participate in this year's international exhibition of media,
office equipment and office mechanization scheduled for the end of
the month in Tel Aviv. This year's exhibition will place a special
emphasis on the Internet -- a rapidly expanding field in both
Israel and around the world. Forty thousand Israelis are connected
to the internet.
IBM, Euronet, Netvision and Netmedia are included among the
companies to present internet exhibits. In addition, prominent
Israeli communication companies such as Bezeq, Eurocom and Selcom
will present new advancements in office communications.
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