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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
May 13, 1996 V4, #87
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Peres Doesn't Rule Out Arab Minister
Prime Minister Peres met with Israeli Arab and Druze leaders to win
their backing in the upcoming elections. Peres stressed that he
doesn't rule out the appointment of an Arab minister if he wins the
election. The Arab leaders are still withholding a public
declaration of support.
Palestinians Prepare for Jerusalem Intifada
Security sources have confirmed that the Palestinian Authority is
behind the campaign calling for a renewed intifada in Jerusalem. In
the last several days, the eastern section of Jerusalem has been
saturated with posters encouraging a popular uprising of Jerusalem
Arabs following the elections, in order to put pressure on Israel
to quickly conclude the final-status negotiations concerning the
Ads to this effect have also appeared in the daily newspaper
Al-Kuds. Israeli security sources have said that Feisal Husseini
and Ziad abu Ziad, officials of the PLO stationed in Orient House,
and Hanan Ashrawi are responsible for the campaign. The Egyptian
weekly Ruz al-Yusuf has reported that the Palestinian Authority
and the anti-Oslo organizations have established a joint committee
to coordinate policies and actions in case Israel "attempts to
delay the final-status negotiations."
Hamas Activist Group Uncovered in East Jerusalem
The General Security Service and the Jerusalem Police arrested 11
Israeli Arabs last Friday, five of whom provided suicide bombers
with explosives and transported terrorists to the site of three bus
attacks in Jerusalem and Ashkelon.
The remaining individuals are connected to Hamas' military wing in
east Jerusalem and were involved in activities such as road blocks,
rock throwing and slogan writing. Indictments were recently
issued, and their trial will begin soon in a Lod military court.
The investigation of the activists under arrest has uncovered new
information regarding Hamas' compartmentalized operational
During questioning, the 11 said they had been recruited to Hamas'
military wing approximately one year ago in the Gaza Strip. They
were told their training was intended to transform them into a
military unit that would operate in east Jerusalem to aid attacks
against targets in Israel.
Shortly before the three suicide bombings, five members of the cell
brought explosives to Jerusalem that were supplied by their
operators in Gaza. Soon after, the Hamas activists drove suicide
bombers from a refugee camp south of Hebron into east Jerusalem.
Both the explosives and the suicide bombers were transported in the
cars of the activists, which bore Israeli license plates and passed
IDF checkpoints without difficulty.
Arab leaders hold Cairo Summit
By Peyman Pejman (VOA-Cairo)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, King Hussein of Jordan and
Palestinian President Yasir Arafat met Sunday in Cairo to
coordinate a unified strategy in future negotiations with Israel.
The summit was called by Mubarak, who for several months has urged
a common Arab stand in the crucial final phase of
Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.
The three leaders told reporters after the talks they would resume
their meeting in Jordan the first week in June, after the May 29
general election in Israel. The election could install a right
wing government observers say would make the final stage of peace
negotiations more difficult.
The most serious aspects of the peace settlement -- the future
status of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees and Jewish
settlers in the West Bank -- must be resolved in the final
negotiations, due to be concluded in three years.
Following the Cairo summit, Arafat said he still hopes Jerusalem
would eventually form the capital of an independent Palestinian
state. King Hussein, who ruled Arab east Jerusalem before the 1967
Arab-Israeli war, wants the holy shrines of the city to be shared by
Muslims, Jews and Christians.
Terrorists Attack Israelis in Southern Lebanon
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli forces and the Lebanese Hizbullah terrorists clashed Sunday
for the first time since a partial ceasefire ended fighting last
month. Five Israeli soldiers were reported wounded Sunday, but
there was no immediate word on Lebanese casualties.
Reports from southern Lebanon indicate the terrorists set off a
roadside bomb inside the zone Israel occupies, injuring the
soldiers and setting off an exchange of mortar and artillery fire.
In addition, Israeli jets bombed suspected terrorist bases in a
hilly area north of the occupied zone.
Hizbullah fighters often infiltrate the zone, set bombs or Katyusha
launchers with timers or trip wires, and flee long before the
Israel carried out a two-and-one-half week campaign of heavy
bombing and artillery strikes last month designed to cripple
Hizbullah operations and to convince the terrorists to stop
launching Katyusha rockets at Israeli civilians.
Under a US mediated agreement both sides agreed not to fire from
or target civilian areas, or to use them as bases. But Hizbullah
says it retains the right, under international law, to fight the
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