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                             ISRAEL
                              FAXX

Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                       Jan. 16, 1996 V4, #7
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Small Dishwasher Developed for Office Use

To overcome the bother and frustration of cleaning up coffee mugs and spoons and saucers in offices in regular sinks, Dudu Tzelniker and Avi Kaptzan have developed a mini-dishwasher for offices, called "Office Disher." In 30 seconds, it can rinse four cups, two saucers and several spoons. The appliance will be sold at about $250.

Weizman Discusses German-Israeli Relations

By Kyle King (VOA-Bonn)

Israeli President Ezer Weizman and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl have met in Bonn for talks on German-Israeli relations and the Middle East peace process. Special commando teams were standing by and hundreds of uniformed officers were on alert as the Israeli president landed at the Bonn-Cologne airport.

Weizman traveled by helicopter to a lunchtime meeting with Kohl. German officials say the talks focused on the Middle East peace process and German-Israeli relations, which officials from both countries say are good.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli president was in Berlin where he visited the Ploetzensee Memorial, to pay tribute to the hundreds of people who died resisting Hitler's Nazi regime.

Accompanied by German President Roman Herzog and the mayor of Berlin, Weizman laid a wreath at the prison in Berlin where the Nazis executed more than 2,000 resistance fighters.

The Israeli president also met with three members of the German resistance, including one who took part in the unsuccessful plot to kill Hitler with a bomb.

Weizman began his trip to Germany Sunday with a visit to the site of the Nazi concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, where he paid homage to the Jews and others who were killed there by the Nazis.

Today, the Israeli president is scheduled to address members of the upper and lower house of the German Parliament, becoming only the third world leader to do so.

Weizman's visit comes as the German government tries to work out details of an agreement signed with Israel last year. Under the terms of the accord, Germany is to make payments to about 35,000 survivors of Nazi violence, mostly German speaking Jews from Latvia and Romania who have settled in Israel and the United States.

Payments have been held up by an internal squabble in Kohl's conservative coalition government about what part of the budget the $140 million is to come from. Some officials say they expect the issue to be resolved this month.

Gore in Israel to Demonstrate U.S.'s Commitment

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Vice President Gore is in Israel for a series of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials about the Middle East peace process and related issues. The US ambassador to israel says the Gore visit is designed to demonstrate the Clinton Administration's commitment to Israel and to further progress in the Middle East peace process this year.

Upon arrival late Monday at Tel Aviv's airport, Gore said that process is a model for people around the world. "They have heard the people of Israel sing in one resounding voice the line of their national anthem, 'Our hope is not yet lost.' They see here in the Middle East, in Bosnia, in South Africa, in Haiti and Northern Ireland that peace and understanding are on the march in our world."

Gore said the US will continue to stand by Israel as it works to achieve "peace, security and prosperity."

US Secretary of State Warren Christopher was in the region last week to prepare for the next round of Israel-Syria peace talks, which will be held near Washington later this month.

Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres welcomed Gore and offered this description of Israel's view of the peace process. "The purpose is to put an end, once and for all, to the Israeli-Arab conflict, to replace it with stability and prosperity throughout the region, providing security to all, preventing violence from anybody."

Gore's activities in Israel Monday were largely ceremonial, including a meeting with the widow of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Gore has more substantive meetings with Peres and Foreign Minister Ehud Barak planned today, with some of the focus expected to be on economic and trade aspects of peace.

Gore is also to meet with the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, in autonomous Jericho. Their meeting this afternoon will come just four days before the Palestinian elections, in which Arafat is running for the office he now holds.

The vice president came to Israel from a day-long visit to Egypt, during which he said economic progress must accompany the peace process, so that peace does not become "a hollow legacy."

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