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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
June 13, 1996 V4, #105
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Arafat to Cooperate in Attacks on Jews
Ha'aretz newspaper reports that Hamas and Arafat's Fatah wing have
reached an agreement to cooperate in attacks against "settlers" if
and when the new government resumes building in Judea and Samaria.
U.S. Says Russia limits Jewish Agency
By Sid Balman Jr. (UPI-Washington)
Russia has restricted the activities of a Jewish organization that
has helped 630,000 Jews migrate to Israel from the former Soviet
Union since 1989, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Although Moscow has not actually closed any offices of the Jewish
Agency, it is citing licensing and registration requirements as
justification for preventing the well-known group from carrying out
certain "cultural activities," they said.
"The problem is some of the activities of the Jewish Agency in
Russia are being restricted," State Department spokesman Nicholas
Burns said. "We are very concerned about it."
The United States is convinced that neither Russian President Boris
Yeltsin, the reform-minded leader the Clinton administration is
supporting in elections later this week, nor his senior advisers
ordered the change in policy toward the Jewish Agency. Burns said
it was most likely a product of low-level bureaucrats.
Burns and other U.S. officials dismiss any suggestion that Yeltsin
backed the restrictions as a way to win support among Russians who
may be leaning toward voting for Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov
or right-wing candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky, both of whom have
displayed a tendency toward anti-Semitic views.
Congress Questions Fate of Peace Process
By Paula Wolfson (VOA-Congress)
When Benjamin Netanyahu makes his first visit to Washington as
Israel's prime minister, chances are he will visit Capitol Hill.
During a meeting of the House International Relations Committee,
members of the Congress made clear they have many questions about
the fate of the Mideast peace process after the Israeli elections.
The mood in the committee hearing room could be summed up in one
Over and over again, lawmakers asked Assistant Secretary of State
Robert Pelletreau about the impact the election of a Likud
government in Israel will have on the search for peace.
Pelletreau was diplomatic. He avoided shouting matches with the
committee. And he skirted their questions in a polite way. His
answer was always the same -- we have to wait and see what the new
leaders of Israel decide to do.
"The new Israeli government has not yet developed its policies.
What you have out there are some campaign statements. But the new
Israeli government is in the process of negotiating -- a process of
give-and-take between those parties that eventually are going to be
represented in the government. And when that policy is formulated
and we have a chance to consult on it, we will."
The Assistant Secretary of State acknowledged that, at the moment,
there is more questioning than optimism in the Arab world. He said
the Clinton administration is trying to persuade Arab leaders to
also adopt a wait-and-see attitude.
"We have been urging Arab leaders not to close any doors at this
point -- not to prejudge what the policies of the new government
will be and I think that is the overall attitude and the approach
they are taking."
Clinton Meets King Hussein
By Paula Wolfson (VOA-Congress)
President Clinton meets today with Jordan's King Hussein. It is
their first face-to-face discussion since the dramatic election
victory of Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu. The session is likely to
focus on the fate of the Middle East peace process.
King Hussein's visit to Washington comes at a delicate moment in
the peace discussions. There are concerns in the Arab world that
the Israeli election might mean a setback for the peace process.
But at least in public, the king of Jordan is optimistic about the
As he sat down for talks Wednesday with congressional leaders, King
Hussein sounded positive when a reporter asked him to rate the
prospects for peace. "I don't think they have deteriorated at all.
I believe that the peace process is irreversible."
Commander Wants Freedom for IDF
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's military commander for the north, including the zone it
occupies in southern Lebanon, has called for more freedom for his
forces to attack Hizbullah terrorists, who have increased their
operations in the zone in recent weeks.
Maj. Gen. Amiram Levine says his forces are restrained by
government policy in what they can do to fight Hizbullah, and he
told Israeli newspapers he needs to be allowed to do more.
He told the newspaper Ha'aretz "The more they let me do, the
better." He said Israeli army units will have to pursue Hizbullah
forces beyond the occupied zone, and if they flee into villages
there could be civilian casualties. He told the Jerusalem Post
Israel must act to stop Hizbullah, even if that means using more
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