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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
May 24, 1996 V4, #96
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Arafat Calls for Arab Solidarity on Jerusalem
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, has called for a summit of
Arab and Muslim countries to generate support for the Palestinians
as they enter final status talks with Israel, particularly
regarding the issue of Jerusalem. Arafat presented his 100-page
government program to the Palestinian Council in Gaza Thursday,
pledging to do everything he has promised in agreements with
Israel, and to insist Israel do the same.
He also said that in the final round of negotiations, which has
just begun, he will press for the creation of a Palestinian state
with Jerusalem as its capital. Israel says it will never share
sovereignty in Jerusalem with the Palestinians.
Perhaps with that in mind, Arafat said he wants a summit to build
solidarity on the Jerusalem issue and other Palestinian demands.
There have been reports of plans for such a meeting in Jordan next
Arafat also called for more international involvement in the peace
process, and for more help from Israel for the Palestinian economy.
Poll: Peres Ahead by 5 Percentage Points
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The last of the weekly pre-election public opinion polls in Israel
indicate Prime Minister Shimon Peres is holding a lead of about 5
percentage points over opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, with
the voting set for next Wednesday. The polls were published
Thursday, rather than today, because of Shavuot.
The surveys also indicate Peres' Labor Party will be the largest in
parliament, taking about one-third of the 120 seats, with
Netanyahu's Likud not far behind. Whichever man wins in Israel's
first direct election for the prime minister will have to form a
coalition with smaller parties representing the political right or
left, plus religious, immigrant and/or Israeli Arab parties.
Both candidates had interviews published Thursday in Yediot
Aharonot. Netanyahu pressed his accusation that Peres will agree to
share Jerusalem with the Palestinians, and he promised to take a
tougher line in negotiations with both the Palestinians and Syria.
Netanyahu also said he would call for a new Middle East peace
conference to reorganize the peace process established at the
Madrid Conference in 1991.
Peres strongly denied the charge he will divide Jerusalem, and said
Netanyahu's claim that he can make peace with Syria without
relinquishing the Golan Heights is false. He also renewed his
charge that Iran is trying to sponsor a terrorist attack aimed at
reducing his chances of reelection and derailing the peace process.
Israel has announced unprecedented security measures for the
election. There will be a full closure of the Palestinian
territories, and 20,000 police officers and soldiers will be
mobilized to provide security at polling stations and elsewhere.
Nearly 4 million Israelis are eligible to vote.
Documents Accuse Swiss, Swedes of Aiding Nazis
(RNS) Previously secret American intelligence reports from World
War II are now becoming public, embarrassing some of Europe's most
banks and companies by claiming they aided the Nazis.
Neither the International Red Cross nor the family of war hero
Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from the
Nazis, is spared from the scathing accusations.
Newly released documents named Switzerland as a major conduit for
hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gold looted by the Nazis
during the war.
The documents are among thousands from the files of "Operation
Safehaven," a U.S. intelligence effort just after the war that
tried to find out how Germany used Switzerland, Sweden and other
neutral countries to hide its assets.
Historians say the documents could shed new light on previously
unknown economic crimes committed during the war. Among the most
tantalizing of the documents is a 1944 one that recounts a secret
meeting in Strasbourg, France, at which Nazi leaders told top
German industrialists the war was lost and ordered the businessmen
to finance an underground network aimed at restoring the party to
"Operation Safehaven" came to light during a dispute late last
year between the World Jewish Congress and the Swiss Bankers
Association over whether Swiss banks kept assets of Holocaust
victims in their banks. When the bankers initially refused to
waive secrecy rules and allow an independent audit, the WJC
started combing the U.S. National Archives for material and the
U.S. Senate Banking Committee joined the hunt.
A 1945 document said the Red Cross smuggled Nazis' assets and
valuables across Europe in diplomatic pouches. Another said that
while Raoul Wallenberg tried to save the Jews of Budapest from
the Nazis, his family's bank collaborated with the Germans.
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