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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
March 14, 1996 V4, #48
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Aftermath of the Sinai Summit
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Following the peace and anti-terrorism summit in Egypt, President
Clinton traveled to Israel for a show of solidarity with a nation
which has been hit by four suicide bombings in recent weeks,
killing 62 people. The president offered moral support, and is
scheduled to give more of that today. And he also held out the
possibility of more material support as well for Israel's fight
against palestinian militants.
A fanfare from a military band welcomed Clinton at the airport near
Tel Aviv. In an arrival ceremony, the president said he is
honored to stand with Israelis and grieve the dead from the recent
suicide attacks. And he said the United States will continue
working with Israel to fight the militants who carry out the
"We must not let the acts of the wicked few destroy the dreams of
the many. Together, we must restore the security that building
peace requires. Those who practice terror must not succeed. We
must root them out, and we will not let them kill the peace."
Clinton said the US will provide Israel with the means to fight the
terror groups. Some details on that are expected after the
president's formal meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon
Peres said the president has helped on what he called all three
fronts in the fight against terrorism -- Israel's own defenses,
urging the Palestinian authority to do all it can and generating
"Nobody can guarantee that from now on we shall see just nice
things, but I can say with a full heart that whatever could have
been done internationally, regionally, nationally and humanely, the
president took the initiative to do so, and did it with great
devotion and great understanding."
Peres and Clinton will have a formal meeting this morning and then
hold a news conference. After that, the president will visit the
graves of some of the victims of the four bombings, and will
address the Israeli people from the Opera House in Tel Aviv.
Israel's police chief says his forces are on alert throughout the
country, and particularly in Jerusalem, for the possibility the
militants might try to disrupt the president's visit with a bombing
or some other type of attack.
A Day in the Sharm el Sheik Sun
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-Sharm el Sheik)
In Egypt, nearly 30 leaders and senior officials have agreed to
work together to keep the Middle East peace process going and to
Nine prime ministers, including Shimon Peres from Israel and one
deputy prime minister from Yemen. Six presidents--Bill Clinton,
Boris Yeltsin, Hosni Mubarak, Jacques Chirac, Suleiman Demirel and
Yasir Arafat. The kings of Morocco and Jordan, the Crown Prince of
Bahrain and six foreign ministers including Saud ibn Faysal of
Saudi Arabia. Also in the same picture were Sheikh Sabah of Kuwait
and the secretary general of the United Nations.
Even more remarkable is that this high-level gathering of North
Americans, Europeans, Arabs and one Israeli could agree on a
united response to the suicide bombings in Israel. Clinton told the
leaders this meeting represents change.
"From all around the world we have come to the Sinai to deliver one
simple, unified message: peace will prevail. This summit is
unprecedented in the history of the Middle East. It would have been
inconceivable just a few short years ago. It stands as proof and
promise that this region has changed for good."
While the leaders agree on the need to combat terrorism, they put
different emphasis on the threats they see. Peres blamed Iran.
"Terrorism knows no borders, so borders must not restrain action to
smash the terrorist snake. This terrorism is not anonymous. It has
a name, it has an address. It has a bank account. It has an
infrastructure. It has a network, camouflaged as charity
organizations. It is spearheaded by a country, Iran. The Iranian
people are not our enemy. Religion is not our foe. It is the regime
that initiates, promotes and exports violence and fanaticism.
Tehran has become the capital of terror."
Arafat blames the Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad for
the latest outbreak of terror in Israel. However, the Palestinian
leader says Israel is embarrassing the Palestinian Authority with
its harsh response to the suicide bombings.
This summit of the peacemakers was most notable for those who came.
It was notable also for those not invited -- Iran, Iraq, Sudan and
Libya -- and those who chose who stay away, Syria and Lebanon.
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