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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 23, 1995, V3, #191
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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King Hussein Praises Israel Peace Treaty
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-United Nations)
As the United Nations marks its 50th anniversary celebrations,
Jordan's King Hussein spoke as the longest serving head of state
and paid tribute to Jordan's peace treaty with Israel.
It has been one year since Jordan signed its peace treaty with
Israel on their desert border. In his speech to the United
Nations' 50th anniversary celebration, King Hussein says Jordan
hopes the treaty will be a landmark on the way to a comprehensive
Speaking here through an interpreter, he says the treaty continues
to be implemented: "I am glad to announce from this platform, that
young pilots from the Royal Jordanian air force and the Israeli air
force flew today in joint formations in the skies of their two
countries to honor their comrades who have fallen, to salute their
peoples and to embody peace and the commitment to safeguard it."
Intel Will Build an Israeli Chip Factory
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
israel has signed a deal with the computer company Intel for the
construction of a large factory and a joint $1.6 billion
Investment. Israel's finance minister says this is the largest-ever
foreign investment in Israel. The Intel Corporation says it will
create 1,500 jobs.
The plan is to build a large facility in southern Israel, not
far from the autonomous Gaza Strip, to make semiconductors and
other components for computers. Officials say the facility will
produce more than $1 billion dollars worth of items for export
every year. It is to open in 1998.
Israel has been trying to promote itself as a center for
high-technology research, development, and production, seeking
the generally higher-paying jobs which come with the computer
The Israeli government is to provide 38 percent of the money to
build this project.
Jenin Withdrawal Scheduled for Wednesday
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jenin)
In the northern part of the West Bank, preparations are nearly
complete for Israel's withdrawal wednesday from the small city of
Jenin -- the first step in the expansion of Palestinian autonomy
provided for in the latest peace agreement.
At the office of the leading Palestinian official in Jenin, Qadura
Moussa, the activity is almost non-stop. People crowd the waiting
rooms seeking his attention, the telephone and fax machine are
almost always busy. In the midst of one conversation, Moussa makes
a decision on another issue, and reviews, stamps and signs a
document on a third subject.
Moussa and his staff have been preparing for autonomy for months,
but now, with the Israeli troops scheduled to withdraw on
Wednesday, it seems to be coming on fast.
Moussa says jenin has used the last year and a half of waiting for
autonomy to form 10 committees and many subcommittees and prepare
to take responsibility for a variety of civilian affairs. He
declares his administration is ready. And he says he has an active
dialogue with Palestinian groups which oppose the peace process,
and that they have agreed not to make any trouble which would
delay the expansion of autonomy.
But Moussa also knows his city of 60,000 people faces many
problems. Unemployment in Jenin is 70 per cent, the city's ability
to provide electricity and water to new enterprises is almost
non-existent and foreign investment is virtually zero. As a senior
official of Yasir Arafat's Fatah organization, Moussa says he
thinks the Autonomy Authority can begin to turn Jenin's economy
around in about a year.
On the streets of Jenin, autonomy is eagerly anticipated, and
celebrations are planned. But there are also some concerns.
People say they are worried about possible abuses by the new
Palestinian police, potential corruption and favoritism among
Palestinian officials, infighting among Palestinian groups,
economic obstacles from Israel and the specter of several more
years of tough economic times.
In Jenin's market, the cassette music stall of Naja Ahmed Salimah
makes conversation almost impossible. He says he is still wanted by
Israel for various activities during the seven-year Palestinian
uprising, which ended with the first peace agreement in 1993. He
says that uprising, and people like himself, helped create the
Autonomy Authority and will demand some benefits from it.
Salimah says autonomy will give the people of Jenin peace, dignity
and freedom, but he says it should also provide jobs and better
living conditions, like maybe paving the muddy alleys of the
market. He says it might take some time, and the people might have
to suffer a little longer, but he says he and his friends from the
uprising are ready to change from being fighters to being builders
of a new society.
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