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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 Jerusalem.

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 conference.

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 demonstrations.

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 ballot box."

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 Press Office.

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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