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                             ISRAEL
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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 peace.

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 industry.

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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