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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
May 28, 1996 V4, #97
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Tomorrow is Peres or Netanyahu
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's two candidates for prime minister campaigned across the
country Monday, seeking votes in Wednesday's election. Experts say
the race is too close to call, and possibly getting closer.
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres spent much of the day in his
office, appearing prime ministerial. He then headed for
working-class suburbs of Tel Aviv, which are home to many voters
who are traditionally conservative but voted for his Labor Party
in the last election.
His rival, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, was in northern
Israel campaigning in front of religious Jews, most of whom support
him; and in Israeli Arab areas, which are expected to go heavily
The televised debate the two men had on Sunday appeared not to
have dramatically affected either's level of support. A public
opinion poll in one Israeli newspaper gave victory in the debate
to Peres by four percentage points, but a poll in a competing
newspaper gave the debate to Netanyahu by the same margin.
Other polls taken before the debate but published on Monday show
Peres' roughly five point lead narrowing slightly. The
large-circulation newspaper Yediot Aharonot tantalized its readers
with a poll showing Peres' lead at just two-and-one-half percent.
Pollsters say any pre-election lead of less than five percentage
points cannot be relied upon on election day.
Israeli Strike Slows Outward Flights
JERUSALEM--Several flights leaving Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport
have been delayed due to an aircraft maintenance workers' strike,
a spokesman for the Israel Airport Authority said Monday.
The striking workers are employees of Aviation Services, the
company that has the aircraft fueling concession at the airport.
At least five flights have been delayed since Sunday night because
they cannot refuel, and several airlines are refueling abroad so
their planes can leave the country.
Hundreds of stranded passengers were being put up in local hotels,
Israel Radio reported.
The strike is the second in the past week to affect traffic at the
airport and was one of a number of strikes in the public and
private sectors, seen as a pressure tactic in advance of Israeli
elections on May 29.
Arrested Palestinian Activist Released
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
A Palestinian human rights activist held by the Palestinian
Authority for nine days for allegedly slandering it, was released
late Sunday. By Monday he was promising to continue speaking out,
but perhaps in a more sensitive way.
Dr. Eyad Sarraj says his comments published in The New York Times
-- saying the Israelis did a better job protecting Palestinian
human rights than the Palestinian Authority has done -- personally
offended the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat. He says that is
what landed him in jail for the second time in six months.
Sarraj says he will continue to speak out against the Palestinian
Authority when necessary, but he might moderate his tone. "But at
the same time I would not take up any of my positions or stands
on the question of human rights."
Sarraj was back to expressing those views Monday. Just hours after
being released from jail, he was accusing the Palestinian Authority
of abusing its power, not respecting laws, using torture and
intimidation, and limiting freedom of speech, among other things.
Religious Hareidi Block Endorses Netanyahu
The Council of Torah Sages, associated with the United Torah
Judaism party, in a long-awaited decision, has endorsed Binyamin
Netanyahu for Prime Minister. The Council published its decision in
Ha'Modia calling upon the public to vote for "the candidate whose
party is closer to the ideals of Jewish tradition."
Egypt-Israel Relations Remain Cold
Foreign Minister Ehud Barak is worried about anti-Semitic
broadcasts and articles in the Egyptian press, and has promised
that the topic would be raised in his upcoming discussions with
his counterpart Egyptian Foreign Minister Amru Mussa and with
A Tel Aviv lawyer, Shlomo Cohen-Tsidon, informed the Israeli
Foreign Ministry of the anti-Semitism within the Egyptian press,
and a Ministry investigation found that Cairo Radio had broadcast
live a speech full of incitement given at a Cairo mosque. The
speaker called the Jews, "sons of pigs and monkeys," and said that
they bake dough with the blood of Christian children. The speaker
said that Jewish values are based on "betrayal, aggressiveness, and
Arab Party Reveals Peres' Promise
The leaders of the Arab party Mada called a press conference in
which they announced that Shimon Peres had expressly promised that
Sheikh Ahmad Yassin would be released from prison next month.
Yassin, head of Hamas, was sentenced to life in prison for the
murder of Israeli soldiers and civilians.
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