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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
July 18, 1996 V4, #130
All the News the Big Guys Missed
44.4% of Israel's Population in Metropolitan Tel Aviv
According to statistics from the 1995 census, 44.4% of Israel's
population, or 774,800 households, live in the Metropolitan Tel
Aviv area, an increase of 61%, the Central Bureau of Statistics
Nazi Collaborator Dies in Prison
By Julian Nundy (VOA-Paris)
The only Frenchman ever convicted of crimes against humanity, Paul
Touvier, has died at the age of 81 in a French prison hospital
where he was serving a life sentence.
Touvier was sentenced to life imprisonment just two years ago for
his time as a pro-Nazi militiaman during World War 2. Sometimes
working for Klaus Barbie, the notorious Nazi police chief in the
city of Lyon who died in a French jail in 1991, Touvier was
accused, among other things, of ordering the executions of Jewish
Touvier was twice sentenced to death in absentia but he evaded
capture for 40 years. In 1971, he was pardoned under an amnesty
and he briefly reappeared in his home town in the French Alps.
But he was soon on the run again as the charge of crimes against
humanity, which is not subject to a statute of limitations, was
added to the French criminal code. Helicopter-borne police
finally seized him in a fundamentalist Catholic monastery in the
city of Nice in 1989. Last month, Touvier's children asked
President Jacques Chirac to let him leave jail because he was
suffering from prostate cancer.
Saddam Upset with Other Arabs
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein used the occasion of the 28th
anniversary of his Baath Party's rise to power to lash out against
his Arab neighbors for leaving him out of an Arab summit last
month. Iraq's leader called his Arab neighbors wicked for excluding
him from a summit last month that dealt with the stalled peace
process. It was the first Arab summit to be held in six years.
The last one was called after Iraq invaded Kuwait.
Iraq's Arab neighbors joined a US led multi-national coalition to
oust Iraqi troops from Kuwait. Relations in the region have been
strained ever since.
The Arab summit last month called on the Iraqi leader to stop
threatening his neighbors. But Hussein complained the summit
ignored the plight of his country, which has been suffering six
years of tough UN economic sanctions.
Levy will Meet with Arafat
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy says he intends to meet with
Palestinian President Yasir Arafat in the next few days. This
would be the first high-level Israeli-Palestinian meetings since
the may election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The meeting in Cairo between Netanyahu and Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak today will be the prime minister's first with an Arab head
of state since his May 29 election. His unyielding statements made
in Washington last week, rejecting the idea of land for peace, have
angered Arab leaders, including moderate Arab countries.
Jordan's King Hussein faces a difficult balancing act, maintaining
relations with his fellow Arab leaders who are suspicious of his
close links to Israel. The Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty is not
popular with the king's own subjects, who complain they have seen
few of the promised economic benefits from the peace deal.
Furthermore, the new Israeli government's apparent wish to freeze
the interim agreement with the Palestinians has disturbing
implications for Jordanians. About 60-70 percent of Jordanians are
Palestinian in origin.
The Palestinians want Netanyahu to press ahead with peace talks on
a final agreement, redeploy troops from the West Bank city of
Hebron as stipulated in the 1995 Israel/PLO accord, and ease the
strict Israeli closure of the West Bank and Gaza to allow
Palestinians to work in Israel. Netanyahu has said the closure
would be eased, but no specific steps have been taken.
Mubarak, Netanyahu Meet Today
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets Israel's new Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu today to discuss the Middle East peace process.
Mubarak is expected to reaffirm the Arab view that negotiations
must continue on the basis of land for peace.
The visit to Cairo marks Netanyahu's first trip to the Arab world
since taking office. He is expected to spend most of the day in
private consultations with Mubarak.
The Egyptian leader is sure to reiterate the Arab insistence that
peace talks continue to be based on the principle of land for
peace. He is expected to urge the Israeli leader to follow through
on commitments already made by the previous Israeli government in
its deal with the Palestinians.
Israel's decision this week to ease its closure of the West Bank
and Gaza has been seen here as a positive sign. But Mubarak and his
Arab allies are waiting for some sign of flexibility from Netanyahu
that could rekindle the peace process. So far the new Israeli
leader has rejected the ideas of a divided Jerusalem, a future
Palestinian state and giving up land for peace.
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