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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
June 24, 1996 V4, #112
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Arab Summit Ends with Threats Against Israel
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo), Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Arab summit ended in Cairo with a warning to Israel not to
change the agreed ground rules for the peace process, which are
based on the principle of land for peace. The leaders sent a clear
message of their position to the new Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, whose hard-line policies toward the peace
process have worried them.
The summit declaration warns any setback in the peace process will
be Israel's responsibility. The Arab leaders say they are willing
to continue the process if it is based on the principle of land for
After the summit, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa repeated the
communique's warning that Arab leaders will reconsider their
approach to peace, if Israel deviates from the principles
established when the peace process was launched five-years ago.
Palestinian official Nabil Shaath was more blunt about warning
"You continue the peace process, we will honor all our past and
future commitments. You abort the peace process and the price will
be very hard for all of us to pay."
Syria's foreign minister says he is satisfied with the final text.
Syria had been pushing for a tougher stand linking normalization to
continuing the peace process. The issue of normalization is not
mentioned in the declaration.
The summit communique specifically calls for Israel to withdraw
from the Golan Heights, Lebanon, and east Jerusalem, which it says
should be the capital of a future Palestinian state.
But the leaders do not spell out what actions they will take if
Israel "deviates, procrastinates or retreats from its commitments."
Israel reacted strongly to the communique, calling it inconsistent
with peace negotiations. A formal statement from Netanyahu's office
says the Arab states issued a series of unilateral demands of the
type it said must be avoided.
The statement says the Arab countries did not help the peace
process move forward. Netanyahu's statement says peace talks must
be conducted without preconditions.
Other senior Israeli officials were even more harsh in their
reactions to the summit. Foreign Minister David Levy said peace
can not be achieved by the kind of dictates and threats he says are
in the communique. A senior foreign affairs adviser to the prime
minister, Zalman Shoval, called the communique hardline and
bellicose, and he said it creates the wrong atmosphere.
Humor: The Heavenly Marriage
There was a young couple, very much in love, who the night before
they were to be married, were both tragically killed in an
automobile accident. They found themselves at the pearly gates of
heaven being escorted in by an angel. After a couple of weeks in
heaven, the prospective groom took the angel aside and said,
"Listen, my fiance and I are very happy to be in heaven but we miss
very much the opportunity to have celebrated our wedding vows. Is
it possible for people in heaven to get married?"
The angel looked at him and said, "I'm sorry, I've never heard of
anyone in heaven wanting to get married. I'm afraid you'll have to
talk to the Almighty about that. I can get you an appointment for
two weeks from Wednesday."
Come the appointed day, the couple were escorted by the guardian
angels into the presence of God, where they repeat the request. The
Lord looked at them solemnly and said, "I tell you what, wait five
years and if you still want to get married, come back and we will
talk about it again."
Well five years went by, and the couple still very much wanting to
get married, came back. Again the God Almighty said, "Please you
must wait another five years and then I will consider your
Finally, they come before the Lord the third time, 10 years after
their first request, and ask God again. This time the Lord
answered, "Yes, you may marry. This Saturday at 2:00 p.m., we will
have a beautiful chupah in the main sanctuary. The reception will
be on me."
The wedding went beautifully, all the guests thought the bride was
beautiful. Moses even brought some flowers from the Nile River
Delta and Leah and Rachel were in the wedding party. But, you
guessed it, the couple was married but a few weeks when they
realized they had made a horrible mistake, they just couldn't stay
married to one another.
So they made another appointment to see the Lord, this time to ask
if they could get a divorce in heaven. When God heard their
request, he looked at them and said, "Look, it took us 10 years to
find a rabbi up here in heaven; do you have any idea how long
it'll take to find a lawyer?"
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