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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
April 30, 1996 V4, #78
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Arafat and Peres Will Meet Clinton
By Christopher Gollust (VOA-State Department)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat will be in Washington this week for
a meeting with President Clinton as the pace of Middle East
diplomacy picks up speed. Arafat and Israel leaders open a
critical round of peace negotiations early next month.
Arafat will meet Clinton, Secretary of State Warren Christopher and
other senior officials in what will be his first visit to
Washington since his election in January as president of the
The visit comes in advance of the opening May 5 of the so-called
"final status" negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
They are to tackle the most intractable issues of the peace process
including the future of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the
West Bank and Gaza, as well as the rights of Palestinian refugees.
US diplomats are pleased with Arafat's role in the landmark
decision last week by the Palestinian National Council last week
to revoke language in its covenant calling for Israel's
The Labor Party of Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres has since
dropped its opposition to Palestinian statehood. But in response
to a reporter's question here, Christopher said the United States
is not ready to change its long-held policy opposing an
independent Palestinian state.
Arafat is expected to arrive late today as Peres continues his
Washington visit. Palestinian sources say the two leaders may meet
here, and diplomats say there have been consultations about a
possible three-way meeting with Clinton, though no decisions have
Peres is due to meet Clinton at the White House today and sign an
anti-terrorism agreement. In Washington appearances, Peres has
praised Arafat and the Palestinian Authority for making increased
efforts to preempt anti-Israel attacks by Islamic militants from
the West Bank and Gaza.
Clinton Assures Israel That Terrorists Won't Succeed
By David Borgida (VOA-White House)
Here in Washington, President Clinton and visiting Israeli Prime
Minister Shimon Peres offered American supporters of Israel twin
messages of optimism late Sunday in separate speeches to the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee -- an influential
pro-Israel lobbying group. Both vowed that terrorists would not
succeed in derailing the drive for a comprehensive Middle East
With the US brokered ceasefire along the Israel-Lebanon border
holding, Clinton told his Washington audience the United States
would not let those who promote violence undermine peace.
The president paid tribute to the innocent Lebanese children killed
in the recent Israeli attack on the United Nations compound in
southern Lebanon, and placed some of the blame on what he called
the "deliberate tactics" of Hizbullah. Israeli officials said
Hizbullah fired rockets into Israel from around that compound.
In his remarks, Peres said he thought the new ceasefire, having
been approved by Syria, raised prospects for a comprehensive peace.
"Once we have achieved peace with Syria and Lebanon, I'm convinced
that the other Arab countries will follow. Mr. President, I believe
that the lawns of the White House can withstand another great
He was referring to the historic peace signing ceremony between
Israel and the Palestinians, which took place on the White House
Members of the pro-Israel lobby were delighted to hear Clinton
underscore his commitment to the US-Israel security relationship.
"Let me say to you what I hope you already know: The breakthroughs
of the past were possible because we built together a bond of
trust, and I pledge to you today that this relationship will remain
strong and vital, so strong and vital that no one will ever drive
a wedge between us."
Hizbullah May be Training in South Africa
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel has expressed concern to the South African government about
the possible existence in South Africa of training camps operated by
the Hizbullah. A senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official says
Israel received some information about the possible existence of
Hizbullah training camps in South Africa, and asked the South
African government to investigate the matter during a meeting
earlier this month in Pretoria.
The Israeli official, Zvi Mazel, who heads the Africa Department
of the Foreign Ministry, says Israel is concerned about a range
of activities in South Africa by militant Islamic groups, including
South Africa's ambassador to Israel, Malcolm Ferguson, issued a
statement Monday, after a meeting with Israeli officials, calling
the reports of Hizbullah training camps "rumors."
Mazel would not give any details about Israel's information on
possible Hizbullah activities in South Africa. But he says Israel
is also concerned about protests by South African Islamic groups
directed at the Israeli Embassy and at Jewish institutions in South
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