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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Feb. 18, 1996 V4, #31
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Assassination Plot Revealed Against Peres
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's public security minister told the country's Cabinet Sunday
Jewish militants are planning attacks on Prime Minister Shimon
Peres and other officials. Peres' daughter also spoke publicly
about a threat against her father which she received.
Israel Radio reports Public Security Minister Moshe Shahal told the
Cabinet, in a closed meeting, the atmosphere among right-wing
groups is similar to the one which prevailed 3-1/2 months ago, when
a militant Jew assassinated then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Shahal is quoted as telling his fellow ministers he has
intelligence reports about plans for such an attack against Peres
and other Cabinet members.
Peres has been under much tighter security since the assassination.
But he and other officials are expected to make many potentially
dangerous public appearances during the next few months,
campaigning for the early elections he has called. Peres leads his
conservative opponent by as much as 20 percentage points in public
Also Sunday, Peres' daughter Zvia Valden, told Israel Radio she
received an anonymous telephone call warning her father would be
assassinated. She said some in the opposition are "losing their
minds." She said the Israeli political debate has degenerated into
something "wild, violent, dark and chilling."
Likud Accuses Peres of Planning to Give Part of Jerusalem to Arabs
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's main opposition party launched its campaign for the coming
elections Sunday, saying it will make the future of Jerusalem its
central issue. The party is accusing Israeli Prime Minister Shimon
Peres of being willing to see part of the city come under
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu told a news conference if
Peres wins re-election, Israelis can forget about maintaining a
He said Peres will agree to give part of the city to Palestinian
control, and will make other concessions Netanyahu views as
excessive and potentially dangerous.
"Jerusalem is not only the heart of the Jewish people. It is not
only the heart of the current debate. It is not only the heart of
all our aspirations. But Jerusalem also happens to encapsulate the
myriad concessions that this government is prepared to make in
other fronts. We will discuss those concessions and our
alternatives for it. But we will discuss above all the issue of
Jerusalem because it represents everything else."
Israel captured east Jerusalem and surrounding villages from Jordan
in the 1967 war, and annexed them. Jordan has given up its claims
to the area, but the Palestinians want east Jerusalem, including
the religiously important Old City, to be their capital.
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations about the city's future, and other
remaining issues, are to begin May 4, just a few weeks before
Israeli elections that have been called five-months ahead of
Jerusalem is an emotional issue for both sides, and Netanyahu
is seizing on concerns among many Israelis about where the peace
process is leading. Netanyahu trails Peres in public opinion
polls by as much as 20 percent.
Peres responded to the opposition charge Sunday, even before the
news conference, saying it borders on incitement to say he would
give up control of any part of the city. He told the weekly
Cabinet meeting there will be no dividing Jerusalem. But Netanyahu
is not convinced.
"I wish I could believe him, because all the Jewish people and all
the people of Israel want Jerusalem to remain united. But I have
a hard time believing him."
Netanyahu accused Peres of signing secret deals with the
Palestinians about their operations in Jerusalem in the past, and
of conducting secret negotiations with them about the city's
Officials of the ruling Labor party deny secret talks are under
way. Two professors who helped Labor begin contacts with the
Palestinians several-years ago have held informal meetings with
Palestinian academics in recent months to discuss Jerusalem and
other issues. But the professors and government officials on
both sides say those contacts are academic in nature and are not
Cabinet members said Sunday their position in the coming talks will
be to keep Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel, and Israel
only. But many Israeli academics and other experts believe some
change in status, at least in part of the city, will be needed in
order to reach a final agreement which the Palestinians will
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