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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
July 15, 1996 V4, #127
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Arafat Meets With Mubarak
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat met Sunday with Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak -- before the Egyptian leader meets this
week with Israel's new prime minister. The two Arab leaders
discussed the peace process and rising tensions in the Palestinian
Saturday, a Palestinian official in Gaza warned the new Israeli
government that its hardline approach will spark, what he called,
a new explosion. During his visit to Washington, Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his opposition to the principle of land
for peace, a future Palestinian state, or a divided Jerusalem.
Arafat has also complained Israel is not implementing agreements
already signed, including the re-deployment of troops from Hebron
on the West Bank.
Mubarak meets with the Israeli leader later this week and is
expected to press Netanyahu to honor the agreements and push
forward with the peace process. Egypt was the first Arab state to
sign a peace treaty with Israel 17-years ago, and has played an
active role as mediator in the current peace process.
Bibi Speaks With American Jews
By Barbara Schoetzau (VOA-New York)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met last week in New York
with a group of influential American Jewish leaders, telling them
he wants to pursue his own vision of peace with the Palestinians.
In his first visit to New York since becoming prime minister a
little over one month ago, Netanyahu told a prominent group of
Jewish Americans his government's two highest objectives are peace
and security and reforming Israel's economy.
Netanyahu said he wants to find a way for Palestinian Arabs to
conduct their lives with maximum freedom while Israeli Jews conduct
their lives with maximum security.
"What I would like to see happen and where I am going to pursue
this process is to say to the Palestinians: you have your own
affairs. You have your own institutions. You have your own elected
representatives. You can run every aspect of your life. We are not
interested in governing you. We are not interested in running your
lives or dominating you. But there are three central powers of
sovereignty that are important for us. One is security, not only
against terrorism but against the imposition of foreign armies
right next to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv...So what I am looking for is
a solution that would enable them to run their affairs but would
enable us to stay alive and for both of us to prosper. In any case,
I want to tell you that my mandate is to handle the national
aspiration of the Jews and not of the Palestinians."
Peace and security issues have traditionally topped the agenda of
Israeli governments. Netanyahu's emphasis on moving the Israeli
economy away from state-control toward free market conditions sets
him apart from his predecessors. He says Israel has the potential
to be one of the richest nations in the world.
"It has the ability to produce conceptual products. Software is a
conceptual product. Computer networking is a conceptual product.
Home shopping through these computer labyrinths, through these
communication lines, that is a conceptual product. Now Israel is
doing very well with these conceptual products and the countries
that are going to be rich are those countries that are going to be
high-brain countries in their industries and production. We have
the capacity because we have a highly trained and scientifically
oriented workforce, primarily because we have a large defense
Netanyahu says Israel's economy is ready to take off and he wants
to liberate the economy from bureaucratic bonds. He says
improvements in the economy and educational opportunities will
also benefit the Palestinians.
Moses: Circumcision Offers AIDS Protection
By David McAlary (VOA-Vancouver, Canada)
An ancient hygiene and religious ritual for males may offer some
protection against the AIDS virus, HIV. Studies presented at the
International AIDS Conference in Vancouver show that circumcision
seems to lower the risk for acquiring the disease during sexual
The findings were summarized by Stephen Moses of the University
of Nairobi, Kenya, and the University of Manitoba in Canada. Moses
pointed out that 27 out of 39 studies conducted in Africa and the
United States found that uncircumcised men have about twice the
risk of becoming infected with AIDS than their circumcised
The biological explanation for this finding is that the moist, warm
inside of the male foreskin is a perfect environment for
microorganisms like the AIDS virus. During sexual activity, the
tender tissue is subject to tiny tears and abrasions which provide
a gateway for the virus into the blood.
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