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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 8, 1996 V4, #145
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Announcement - Jerusalem Telephone Numbers
As of this week, all Jerusalem telephone numbers have 7 digits.
Numbers beginning with 3, 6, or 8 now begin with an additional 5.
Numbers beginning with 2, 4, or 7 received an additional 6 at the
Assad Says He's Not in a Rush
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Syrian President Hafez al-Assad has met with Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria, Egypt, to discuss prospects for
resuming Syrian-Israeli peace talks. But Assad indicates he is in
no rush to move forward as long as the new Israeli leader, Benjamin
Netanyahu, rejects basing the negotiations on land for peace. The
syrian leader also rejects Israel's proposal to deal with Lebanon
Assad rejects Israel's proposal to negotiate a withdrawal from
southern Lebanon before talking about a pullout from the Golan
Heights. He told a news conference in Alexandria peace talks will
be about Lebanon and Syria together -- at the same time, and in the
Assad says he is ready to resume peace talks with Israel -- if they
build on the foundation of the past five years. But he says he is
not going to start all over. He tried to counter Netanyahu's
peacemaker image by noting Israel's recent invitation to resume
talks had failed to reassure Syria of any commitment to land for
He spoke through an interpreter. "It is not necessary today to go
through the details of the invitation. However, whoever reads the
invitation sent by Netanyahu would not understand or see that this
invitation leads to peace or that those who wrote it are committed
The Syrian leader says he is not in a rush, and will resume talks
after what he calls the appropriate conditions are in place.
"When things are ready, when the appropriate conditions are, then
we are ready to resume peace talks. We hope, of course, that
matters develop and that people would see in the future what they
are incapable of seeing at the present. And that we would not hear
the same expressions we are hearing today."
Assad's meeting comes after the Egyptian leader's meetings last
month with the Israeli leader and later with President Bill Clinton
in Washington. It also took place two days after the Israeli
leader met with King Hussein in Jordan and renewed his call for a
resumption of peace to talks with Syria.
First Drilling on Tel Aviv Subway Scheduled
Two companies, Fibi from the U.S. and Supereto from France, will
begin initial drillings within two weeks at 30 sites along the
planned route of the Tel Aviv subway system. Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, National Infrastructure Minister Ariel Sharon
and Transportation Minister Yitzhak Levy will attend the first
The purpose of the initial drilling, which will commence
construction on the Tel Aviv subway project, is to examine the
route and ensure that all existing site survey information is still
correct. Tel Aviv Mayor Roni Milo called the drillings a
breakthrough on the subway project. He estimated that the Tel Aviv
subway will begin operating within several years.
The project's price tag is estimated at 2.5 billion shekels
(approximately $800 million). According to Milo, the project will
be financed by an issuing of government bonds.
Arafat Releases 50 Terrorists
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat ordered the release of 50 Hamas
terrorists today who are incarcerated in prisons within the
autonomous areas. The Hamas militants were rounded up following the
wave of terrorist bombings which shook Israel several months ago.
The release is part of a PA attempt to appease the Hamas following
the torture-to-death of a prisoner earlier this week and other
human rights violations.
Pollard's Birthday Celebrated; Wife Continues Hunger Strike
The 42nd birthday of Jonathan Pollard, incarcerated in the United
States, was celebrated today in the Hamashbir Plaza in downtown
Jerusalem. His wife, Esther, is in the 12TH day of a hunger strike,
demanding that the Israeli Government make efforts to attain the
immediate release of her husband.
Multiplication Table 3,500 Years Old
Four artifacts were recently found at the Hatzor of Galilee
archeological site, dating back 3,500 years. They include a
multiplication table, and commercial deals and disputes. In
addition, ancient weapons were found as well as artistic artifacts,
busts of gods.
The finds confirm the belief that there were two important archives
at Hatzor detailing the history of that period. They are located in
the palace of the kings of Hatzor, built in the Middle Bronze Age,
and written in the local Ancient Accadian language and in Canaanite
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