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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
March 15, 1996 V4, #49
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Shimon Peres Introduces Bill Clinton
"Mr. President and ladies and gentlemen. Under the administration
of President Clinton, this is the fourth important move that took
place in the Middle East.
First, was the agreement -- the first agreement with the PLO; then
the agreement with Jordan; then the second agreement with the PLO;
now the fourth agreement in the Middle East, to confront terrorism.
Those are events that exceed any normal political achievement.
The Palestinian conflict looked like insolvable. The Jordanians
were not quick at the beginning to make peace and then it became
a great success. Then we have encountered the danger to all this
great achievements by acts of terror. In my eyes, President
Clinton is the first world leader that put on the agenda peace in
our time as the major goal.
If you look back at history, most of the time was spent on wars
and cold wars and confrontations. Here is a chance for the first
time to escape all the bitter histories of blood and terror. And,
then, we have encountered again another uninvited and unprecedented
problem: How to go ahead with peace when you have acts of terror.
I think, yesterday, the foundation was laid down to do both mainly
to go ahead with peace and reject terror.
May I tell you Mr. President that in our eyes you, your
administration, the American Congress have changed the whole
destiny of the Middle East. The importance of the Middle East is
not just because it has produced religions and Bible. The
importance of the Middle East that in our times this is the first
testing ground to take many conflicts that were so difficult to
solve and try to solve them. If you shall succeed, I think it may
serve as a model to other places.
For us, President Clinton is really a great leader -- but not less
than that -- a moving friend. He has a tear in eyes when we go
through a difficult period of time and we have a tear in our eyes
when we are listening reaction.
Thank you very much Mr. President."
Clinton Leaves for Washington
By David Borgida (VOA-Jerusalem)
President Clinton has concluded a visit to Israel on an
inspirational note, telling Israelis they must continue to
withstand the forces of terror if they hope to see a lasting
Middle East peace. The president also pledged unwavering US
support, calling on the US Congress to approve funds for advanced
equipment to help Israel combat terrorism.
Clinton plunged into an appreciative crowd of young Israelis at the
Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center after urging them to carry on in
the face of the Hamas-sponsored terror attacks that have killed
more than 60 people. "It is the great challenge of your generation
to overcome those fears, in perhaps the hardest place in the world
to do it."
Earlier, he announced he is asking Congress to approve $100 million
-- $50 million this year, $50 million next year -- so Israel can
obtain advanced bomb detection equipment, thermal and radar
sensors, X-ray equipment, and more, to combat terrorism.
His aim is to warn radical Islamic terrorists they cannot continue
their campaign of violence, and to reassure worried Israelis they
are not alone.
"We are determined to stand with you in that effort. We know that
overcoming adversity is the genius of the
Jewish people and the history of the State of Israel. No nation
on earth knows better that the path of triumph often passes through
tragedy. No people know better through millennia of exile and
persecution, inquisition and pogroms, the ultimate evil of the
Holocaust, that you must deny victory to oppressors."
The president had met during the day with Prime Minister Shimon
Peres, opposition party leader Benjamin Netanyahu, and visited
the gravesite of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. There,
to honor his friend, he followed Jewish custom, placing a stone he
brought with him from the White House South Lawn.
The president arrived here from the summit of peacemakers in Sharm
el Sheik, Egypt, a Red Sea resort known for its scuba diving.
World and regional leaders -- except Lebanon and Syria -- agreed to
work to combat terrorism. In his Tel Aviv speech, Clinton hailed
the consensus achieved there, even though the Jerusalem Post
editorialized Thursday the summit produced what it called "mindless
The president also found himself denying suggestions from the
opposition Likud Party his visit here was aimed at boosting Peres
before the May 29 election. At a news conference, Clinton said he
had no intention of interfering with the domestic Israeli
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