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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
June 17, 1996 V4, #107
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Policeman Killed by Terrorists
An Israeli policeman was murdered Sunday, and his wife and daughter
injured, when terrorists shot them near the Arab village of Bidia.
An eyewitness said he saw them park near a toy-store and enter the
store. The traffic was moving slowly. Suddenly a car with Arab
license plates came speeding around and stopped next to the store.
Three men carrying two Kalachnikov rifles and a pistol entered the
store. People who saw what was happening fled from the site.
Netanyahu Will Present Cabinet Today
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Egypt's foreign minister has offered some conciliatory words to
Israel's Prime Minister-elect, Benjamin Netanyahu, but he's also
called on Netanyahu to stop using the hard-line rhetoric which
characterized his election campaign. Meanwhile, Israeli voters,
who narrowly elected Netanyahu last month, have indicated some
flexibility on at least one key issue -- according to a public
In an interview with Israel's largest-circulation newspaper, Yediot
Aharonot, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amre Moussa says no Arab
country intends to "freeze" relations with Israel or to stop the
peace process. Moussa says the Arab countries, which are holding
a summit in Cairo this week, want to move the peace process forward
-- a goal Netanyahu says he shares.
But the Egyptian foreign minister says in order to do that,
Netanyahu will have to moderate both his rhetoric and his policies.
Moussa says the Israeli prime minister-elect must stop making what
he calls "negative statements" and must agree to trade territory
for peace, as his predecessors have done. Netanyahu has not
ruled out further Israeli withdrawals from occupied territory, but
he has indicated he will move more slowly and give less than his
more-liberal predecessors have.
But the same newspaper published a survey on Friday indicating
Israelis are more flexible than some of Netanyahu's campaign
rhetoric was, at least on one key issue. Fifty-seven per cent of
those surveyed said they would support proceeding with the troop
withdrawal from most of the West Bank town of Hebron, as the
current Israeli government has promised. Many of Netanyahu's right
wing supporters oppose such a move, and he has said he will not do
it unless he can be convinced that Israeli security can be
safeguarded after the troops withdraw.
Netanyahu is expected to present his government to the new
parliament at its first meeting today. But disputes continue among
members of his Likud Party, and with members of the five other
parties which are expected to join his coalition, over policy
statements and cabinet portfolios. Those disputes could cause a
delay in Netanyahu's swearing-in.
Tsomet leader Rafael Eitan is reportedly resigned to the fact that
he will not serve as internal security minister due to an ongoing
investigation into his use of a classified military document
against a member of his party. Eitan is expected to receive the
agriculture portfolio with expanded authority. At present, the two
leading candidates for the position of internal security minister
are Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi and Third Way leader Avigdor
Yisrael B'Aliyah leader Natan Sharansky is still insisting that his
party receive the housing portfolio and has declined an offer of
control over the ministries of science, absorption, and industry
and trade. United Torah Judaism is also interested in the housing
In addition, Likud MK Ariel Sharon is still insisting that he be
appointed finance minister. Likud MK Dan Meridor is also a
candidate for the position.
Shas is reportedly upset about Netanyahu's decision to grant the
National Religious Party the education, industry and trade, and
energy ministries. Shas claims that it is not receiving authority
that is proportional to the size of its Knesset representation.
Netanyahu met with Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef last
week in an attempt to reach a compromise.
Although he was directly elected as prime minister in the May 29
election, Netanyahu can not take office unless he and his
government receive a vote of confidence from the new parliament.
And the parliament can fire him and force new elections any time 61
of the 120 members want to.
Four Israelis to be Paid Gulf War Reparations
The U.N. informed Israel's justice ministry that reparation
payments totaling $38,710 have been approved for four Israeli
citizens injured by Iraqi Scud missiles during the Gulf War.
Justice Ministry Director-General Haim Klugman said the reparations
would be drawn from funds in Iraqi bank accounts in the West.
Klugman noted that a total of 250 Israeli citizens submitted
compensation claims totaling a maximum of $100,000 each. He said
it is unclear whether the current approval means that the remainder
of the Israeli claims were declined. Several months ago, the U.N.
approved compensation claims reaching a maximum of $2,500 each for
93 Israelis on damage incurred during the Gulf War.
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