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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
May 6, 1996 V4, #82
All the News the Big Guys Missed
FBI Confirms Possible Attacks on Jews Today
The FBI Saturday urged Jewish groups and law enforcement agencies
to use extra caution because of a possible threat against 1,200
Jewish physicians and executives in the United States.
The FBI said it received information concerning a possible murder
threat against 1,200 Jewish professionals in the United States
unless Israel withdrew its forces from Lebanon by today. The threat
also demanded a $12 billion payment to compensate for Lebanese
killed in Middle East fighting, the agency said.
Jerusalem Talks Start in the Sinai
By Al Pessin (VOA-Taba, Sinai)
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators began talks on the final stage
of their peace process Sunday at the Egyptian resort of Taba. The
two delegation leaders spent more than two-hours in private talks
before formally starting the negotiations with opening statements
in front of reporters and television cameras.
They both spoke about hopes for a peaceful future, but they also
began to stakeout their positions on the issues before them, which
both said are very tough.
Palestinian delegation leader Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians
want their own state in Gaza and all the West Bank, including east
Jerusalem, up to the border Israel had before it captured the
territory in 1967.
The Israeli delegation leader Uri Savir said his country has what
he called one eternal issue -- that Jerusalem should be its united
Savir said the two sides may sometimes face deep and bitter
differences. But he believes just starting to talk about such
difficult and emotional issues less than three years into the
often-troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace process is itself
The differences are equally stark on the questions of Palestinian
refugees and Israeli settlements. But both chief negotiators
indicated a commitment to make progress despite the difficulties.
During his opening statement, Abbas turned to Savir and said let us
be the peacemakers.
Wallenberg Identified as OSS Spy
By Victor Beattie (VOA-Washington)
A published report says Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited
with saving thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War 2,
provided information for US intelligence. Swedish officials are
downplaying the story in this week's edition of "US News & World
Report," preferring to call him an asset to the United States, but
not a spy.
The report centers on recently-declassified CIA documents and,
according to the magazine, shows conclusively Wallenberg was a
valued asset to US intelligence. The article says the Swedish
diplomat's links with what was then the Office of Strategic
Services, forerunner of the CIA, prompted Soviet occupation
authorities to spirit him out of Budapest in 1945 at the close of
US News says Sweden posted Wallenberg to Nazi-held Budapest in 1944
at the urging of the OSS. It is there that he is credited with
saving at least 20,000 Hungarian Jews from concentration camps in
part by using funds from the US War Refugee Board to bribe Nazi
The magazine says the Swedish diplomat also seems to have had a
broader OSS mandate to collect field intelligence in Hungary.
However, it says he was never on the OSS payroll.
Swedish Foreign Ministry official Jan Eliasson calls the article
an over-interpretation, insisting Wallenberg was never a spy
although he acknowledged he had contact with Americans.
Moscow insists Wallenberg died in a Soviet prison in 1947. However,
family members and Western officials have expressed doubts about
the Russian explanation. One Swedish official says it is possible
he may still be alive today.
The magazine said Washington should describe the true nature of
Wallenberg's links to US intelligence and Russia should disclose
what his fate was.
Swiss to Allow Investigation of Fate of Jewish Funds
In what was referred to as a "historic agreement," Swiss bankers
reneged on their law of secrecy and promised to allow an
independent committee investigate the fate of funds deposited
during World War 2 belonging to European Jews.
As a result of the agreement and the establishment of the
committee, 100,000 Holocaust survivors and their heirs are expected
to submit requests to investigate the whereabouts of funds and
property. The agreement was signed at the New York offices of the
World Jewish Congress.
The understanding is supposed to put to rest the debate surrounding
the bank accounts of Jews who deposited money in Switzerland before
and during World War 2. Many of the accounts were never reclaimed
because the depositors died.
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