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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                       Jan. 30, 1996 V4, #17
All the News the Big Guys Missed

Peres Apologizes to Ethiopian Immigrants

"I want to apologize in my name and on behalf of the Government of Israel. This was not done intentionally. You have always maintained Jewish traditions and heritage. I understand the depth of your injury, and that it will not be easily fixed." Prime Minister Shimon Peres

Barak to PLO: Amend Charter or No Jerusalem Talks

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli Foreign Minister Ehud Barak says Israel will not continue negotiations with the Palestinians in May, as scheduled, unless the Palestinian National Council amends its charter to eliminate several anti-Israel clauses.

Barak says newly-elected Palestinian President Yasir Arafat must do more to fight violent Palestinian groups. He also said Arafat must get the charter amended or Israel will not be able to move to the next and final round of negotiations (Editor: the final status of Jerusalem).

Barak says this must include preventive action against militant groups, particularly Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and a virtual rewriting of the charter, which the Israeli-Palestinian agreement requires by mid-April.

"We do feel that he might face certain pressures not to comply with this commitment, but we think that it became a litmus test to the seriousness of the Palestinians. We find if very difficult to proceed to the next phase of permanent status dialogue before Arafat lives up to this commitment."

Arafat is expected to face serious opposition to amending the charter when he convenes the PNC for its first meeting in five years, which is expected in Gaza in February or March.

Israel to Syria: Are You Ready for 'Daring Talks?'

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli Foreign Minister Ehud Barak says peace negotiations with Syria will likely take a long time and can only be completed this year if "daring talks begin immediately on a wide range of issues."

Barak says 50-years of conflict can not be settled in a few weeks. He says talks with Syria will likely take a long time and have ups and downs along the way. He said it will not be clear whether the time is right for such talks until after the next visit to the region by Secretary of State Warren Christopher, expected within the next two weeks.

Barak listed 15 issues which he said must be addressed immediately if there is to be a chance for a peace agreement this year. Among the issues are trade and tourism, water, fighting terrorism, bi-lateral security arrangements, and an end to the fighting in Lebanon.

"If all these are done in an open manner and a daring readiness to go ahead, maybe it could be achieved this year. But I can not answer for the Syrians."

Barak said Israel has not heard enough from Syria about what future peaceful relations will look like. He said such information must come before Israel will be willing to address Syria's main concern -- the depth of an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights.

"It is only if all these elements are solved and good security arrangements are established that we would be able to consider the depth of withdrawal. The depth of withdrawal will be commensurate with the quality of implemented peace and the effectiveness of the security arrangements."

Barak says the current Israel-Syria talks on Maryland's eastern shore have made modest, but stable progress, and he described the remaining gaps as too wide to be bridged by US proposals. He said any US proposals should come later, but he also said he believes an Israeli-Syrian agreement would have a greater chance of success if the two countries settle their disagreements themselves.

Israel Editorial Comment on Ethiopian Blood Clash

Ma'ariv calls on the public, the media and the authorities to be sympathetic to the frustration of the Ethiopian immigrant community whose violent demonstration yesterday (although inexcusable) was the outgrowth of what they perceive as humiliating treatment, culminating in the destruction of their blood donations. At the same time, the editors call on the Ethiopian community to understand that the blood bank's policy is not intended to be racist or to stigmatize them; it is merely based on a statistical determination that they represent a "high risk" group.

Yediot Ahronot claims that, even if there are proven medical reasons behind the decision to disqualify the blood donations of Ethiopians, there can be no justification for the secrecy invoked in this matter. The paper welcomes the prime minister's apology to the Ethiopian community, and the creation of a committee to examine the blood bank affair -- but regrets that this did not come before the Ethiopians sank into despair.

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