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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
July 12, 1996 V4, #126
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Dole Meets Bibi at New York Hotel
By Jim Malone (VOA-Washington)
Presumptive GOP candidate Bob Dole met with Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday in New York. Afterward, Dole told
reporters that he would strengthen ties with Israel if he becomes
After their meeting, the two men answered questions. Netanyahu
says his meeting with Dole, was a traditional gesture of courtesy
extended by previous Israeli prime ministers who usually meet with
both major candidates during a US presidential election year.
"I think the relationship between Israel and the United States is
one that cuts across both parties in Israel, both parties in the
United States. And it is a relationship between two peoples bonded
in common values, common ideals and common interests. And this
meeting, I think, is an expression of precisely that common bond
that transcends politics."
Dole says the bond between the United States and Israel is strong
but says he would make it even stronger in a Dole administration.
"We have a strong relationship. It will continue. It will certainly
continue in a Dole administration. We talked about missile defense.
We talked about keeping Jerusalem an undivided city."
Arabs Upset Over Netanyahu's Congressional Speech
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo) & Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's talks with President
Clinton in Washington this week dashed already fading hopes among
Arab countries he might soften his approach to the peace process.
Netanyahu said his government would never agree to share Jerusalem
with the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinians are also angry at
the members of Congress, who gave the statement a standing ovation.
The controversy was sparked by Netanyahu's statement: "There have
been efforts to redivide the city by those who claim that peace can
come through division, that it can be secured through multiple
sovereignties, multiple laws, multiple police forces. This is a
groundless and dangerous assumption, and it impels me to declare
today, there will never be such a re-division of Jerusalem, never!
Palestinian President Yasir Arafat was the mildest in his reaction.
Arafat offered these words of caution to the members of Congress
and others who agree with Netanyahu. "They have to understand that
peace is not only a Palestinian need. Peace is an Israeli need, an
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al Shara'a told El Hayat newspaper
he is not surprised by Netanyahu's comments in Washington. He says
Syria did not expect the Israeli leader to change his politics,
which Shara'a describes as a clear refusal of the basis of the
five-year-old peace process.
The official Baath Party newspaper in Damascus warns the United
States will be held responsible for the failure of the peace
process. Appeasing the aggressor and rewarding him for his crimes,
the editorial says, exceeds the American bias to Israel.
Netanyahu's rejection of the principle of land for peace has dashed
hopes for a quick resumption of the Syrian-Israeli talks. Egypt's
Ambassador to Israel says without the return of occupied lands,
there will be no peace or stability in the region.
Netanyahu's opposition to a divided Jerusalem has angered
Palestinians who want east Jerusalem as the capital of a future
Palestinian state. Arab League Secretary General Esmet Abdel-Meguid
says simply Netanyahu is playing with fire.
Prime Minister Visits Most Populous Jewish City on Earth
By Barbara Schoetzau (VOA-New York)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in New York
through Saturday. Netanyahu is a familiar figure in New York, where
he lived in the 1980s when he served as Israel's Ambassador to the
United Nations. He was educated in the United States and speaks
fluent English with an American accent.
The prime minister has a busy schedule, meeting with US politicians
and influential American Jewish groups. Netanyahu is expected to
face some tough questioning from these Jewish groups, several of
which supported the peace process undertaken by the former Labor
government of Shimon Peres.
Netanyahu's government wants to privatize much of Israel's
state-controlled economy. He took a step in the direction of
promoting investment in Israel during a luncheon with Wall Street
Netanyahu Demands Pollard Pardon
During Tuesday's private conversation between Prime Minister
Netanyahu and President Clinton, Netanyahu demanded in firm and
unambiguous terms that Jonathan Pollard be pardoned, and that
America do all in its power to bring about the return of Israel's
MIA's held captive in Arab countries.
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