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                             ISRAEL
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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      Oct. 26, 1995, V3, #195
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Rabin Invites Other Countries to Move Embassies to Jerusalem

Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin called on other countries to follow Congress' decision to relocate the American Embassy to Jerusalem. "In Israel there is one subject on which there is no disagreement: the unity of Jerusalem and its continued status as Israel's capital. From our perspective, Jerusalem is not an issue for compromise."

Avocados Prevent Ulcers; Increase Male Potency

The International Avocado Growers Union meeting in Tel Aviv reports avocados protect the human stomach and prevent ulcers. Professor Moshe Hashmonai of the Surgical Department of the Rambam Medical Center told avocado growers from around the world of the results of his research on the beneficial effects of eating the fruit. If ulcers already exist, avocados can help to heal them. They are also good in lowering cholesterol levels and increasing male potency.

UJA Honors Clinton for Peace Efforts

By Deborah Tate (VOA-Washington)

President Clinton has reaffirmed the US commitment to be a force for peace and prosperity in the Middle East. Clinton made his comments as he accepted an award from a Jewish organization for his efforts to promote Middle East peace. The president made no mention of a congressional vote to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem -- a move he opposes.

Clinton says the US will continue to support those who take risks for peace in the Middle East, and fight what he calls 'the forces of terror' that are aimed at reversing the peace process. "The road ahead will not be easy, and it will not be even. But we must remain steadfast."

Clinton, who spoke to a Washington meeting of the United Jewish Appeal, made no reference to Tuesday's vote by the House and Senate to move the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by May 1999. The administration sees the legislation as a threat to the fragile peace process because of Jerusalem's disputed status.

Officials say the president will allow the bill to become law because he sees no way to get enough votes to sustain a veto, but they say Clinton will take advantage of a provision in the bill that will allow him to delay the move. The status of Jerusalem is to be discussed by Israelis and Palestinians in talks to begin next year.

Israel captured Arab east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East War. Palestinians consider east Jerusalem capital of a future Palestinian state.

The UJA gave Clinton an award for his efforts to seek peace in the Middle East. The award was presented by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who praised Clinton for his work in support of Israel.

Palestinians Accuse Israel of Taking Arab Land

By Al Pessin (VOA-El Bireh, West Bank)

A senior Palestinian official has accused Israel of violating the peace agreement and threatening the future of the peace process by confiscating Palestinian land to build roads around cities gaining autonomy. But Israel says the roads are necessary to grant autonomy in the first place. Al Pessin reports from the town of El Bireh on the West Bank on this latest of several controversies that have come up in the month since the agreement was signed.

The Palestinian Economics Minister and chief negotiator, Ahmed Qureia, says Israel is using its desire to build the bypass roads as an excuse to take Palestinian land. "The bypass roads come as a way of land confiscation. And you know it is land confiscation. This is not part of the agreement. It's a real violation of the agreement. The agreement cannot continue to be implemented thoroughly and in a good way if the violation will continue."

Qureia, who is also known as Abu Alaa, says some of the Israeli roads will uproot farms and vineyards which are vital to the Palestinian economy, including the road planned to go around the city of Hebron.

During his news conference in El Bireh, near Ramallah, an official brought in a document which Qureia said was a notice of another land confiscation, right in that area. He accused Israel of trying to use the roads to divide Palestinian population centers and to create borders which will be difficult to change when negotiations on the final status of the West Bank begin next year.

The spokesman for Israel's military government on the West Bank, Shlomo Dror, says the bypass roads are an integral part of the agreement to give the Palestinians broad autonomy on the West Bank, while also keeping 140 Israeli settlements in the area, at least for now.

"Without those roads we can't get out of the big cities and the agreement is not going to continue. They know about the roads. It is part of the agreement."

Dror says Israel can give up control of the main roads through the Palestinian cities only if it builds new ones around them. And he says the roads do not create future borders, and could even be made part of the Palestinian territory in future negotiations.

Even now, he says, Palestinians will be able to use the roads even though they will be under Israeli control. The Israeli spokesman also says the army must go through civilian courts and prove it really needs the land, and it pays compensation to the owners.


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