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                             ISRAEL
                              FAXX

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 attacks.

"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 today.

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 international help.

"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 fight terrorism.

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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