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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
June 26, 1996 V4, #114
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Peace Talks Appear Stalled
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-Jerusalem)
Secretary of State Warren Christopher was scheduled to arrive in
Cairo at about 4 a.m. (Cincinnati time) to brief Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat on his talks
in Jerusalem with the new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and to tell them the Middle East peace process appears
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa has taken little comfort from
the remarks of Christopher and Netanyahu after their press
conference here. There was no mention of the principle of land
for peace reaffirmed at last weekend's Arab summit meeting.
Instead, Christopher and Netanyahu agreed on the need for Middle
East peace negotiations to resume with no prior conditions.
Moussa interprets that agreement as Israel's attempt to throw away
the principles agreed at the Madrid peace conference in 1991.
Moussa says this only reaffirms Egypt's fears of a negative
direction in Middle East peace efforts. Christopher will be trying
to convince Mubarak and Arafat that they should be patient in
dealing with Netanyahu who has been in office just a short time.
American officials say the Arabs have no alternative to dealing
with the Israeli government. Netanyahu says the Madrid framework
permits talks on a variety of levels below the most contentious
"I think the Madrid framework was a very useful one because it
allowed us, in fact, to engage, despite conflicting positions, in
what could be a productive process and I think no side is forced to
change its positions and yet there are many, many areas of
potential common interests below the question, or beyond, or before
the question of territorial disputes on which we disagree."
Netanyahu meets President Clinton in Washington July 9 by which
time his policies may be clearer. There was no hint in the prime
minister's remarks that he would favor lifting Israel's economic
blockade of the West Bank and Gaza or that he would go ahead with
the Israeli troop re-deployment in the West Bank town of Hebron.
Netanyahu says the Hebron question has historical, religious and
security complexities of the highest order. These issues are of
primary concern to Arafat who has been gloomy about the prospect of
dealing with a right wing government in Israel.
Christopher says the Israeli prime minister indicated there should
be good communication between the Palestinian Authority and the
government of Israel. Netanyahu says he will consider meeting
Arafat himself if he thinks it is vital to the future of peace and
the security of Israel.
Netanyahu: No Land for Peace
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-Jerusalem)
The words, land for peace, were not mentioned publicly when
Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu faced reporters after their first meeting. The Arabs
insist on that approach to negotiations and the United States
publicly favored territorial compromise when the Labor government
was in power here.
Netanyahu says Israel wants to negotiate with the Arabs without
preconditions. Christopher says he agrees with that position but
he wants to preserve the American mediation role by not stating
American preferences in public on strategy or about expanding
Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
The United States had praised Netanyahu's pledge to carry out
international agreements with the focus on the long delayed
Israeli troop re-deployment out of Hebron. Instead, the prime
minister told Christopher he has to study the issue some more.
"We are studying the question of Hebron in all its complexity,
historical complexity, religious complexity, security complexity of
the highest order and that's exactly what I told him. "
Netanyahu says agreements with the Palestinians are contingent on
security and terrorism is incompatible with peace. He calls on
Syria to negotiate on other issues besides the future of the Golan
Heights where they clearly disagree. To the United States, which
in the past has called Jewish settlements in the West Bank, an
obstacle to peace, he says Jews have the right to settle anywhere
in the Land of Israel but the details have not been worked out.
Miniature Heart Bypass Operation Performed for First Time
A "minimal invasive coronary bypass" operation was performed in
Israel for the first time at the Carmel Medical Center in Haifa.
The patient was a 46-year-old man from Nazareth with a severe heart
blockage. A 3-cm. incision was made and a small TV camera inserted
inside his chest to check the artery on the left side. It was
joined up to the blocked vessel, while medication was given to slow
down the heartbeat. There was no need for a heart-lung machine
during the operation. The patient was sent home after 48 hours. It
is valuable for operations on patients who cannot take prolonged
general anesthesia or have lung problems.
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