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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 14, 1996 V4, #149
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Netanyahu Will Visit Clinton
Representatives of Tel Aviv and Izmer, Turkey, will sign an
agreement to become sister cities. The event will mark the
first time cities in Turkey and Israel have established such a
relationship. Israel's Ambassador to Turkey, Zvi Alpeleg, says the
relationship is important given the current political situation in
Turkey and the ascendance to power of the Islamic Party.
Netanyahu to Meet Clinton Next Month
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with U.S.
President Bill Clinton in New York next month. The Prime Minister
will participate in a gathering marking the 40th anniversary of the
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Sources close to Netanyahu said the Prime Minister intends to
formulate a strategy with Clinton for continuing Arab-Israeli
Likud Winks Towards Syria
Representatives of the Golan Residents' Committee have expressed
dismay over hints coming from Prime Minister Netanyahu regarding
negotiations with Syria. Netanyahu sent a message to the U.S.
administration saying that he "does not rule out" negotiations with
Syria on the subject of the Golan Heights.
In addition, when asked by a delegation of Israeli Arab leaders if
he would compromise in the Golan, he said that they should "check
if Assad is prepared for compromise in the Golan, and then get back
to me." Likud's Michael Eitan told Arutz-7 Tuesday that the Likud
does not rule out "cosmetic changes" in the border with Syria.
The Golan residents say that statements such as these are
"unnecessary, damaging, invite pressures, and weaken the bargaining
position of the State of Israel." Since the elections, 130 families
have moved to the Golan, and the value of apartments has risen by
tens of percent.
Germany Calls for Priebke's Extradition
By Dagmar Breitenbach (VOA-Bonn)
Germany has officially requested from Italy the extradition of
former Nazi Capt. Erich Priebke, who was recently freed by a
military court after being tried for war crimes.
The German Embassy in Rome handed the extradition request to the
Italian government late Monday. There has so far been no official
response from Italy.
Priebke had lived for decades in Argentina before his extradition
to Italy last November. Argentina would have to give its assent
before Italy could extradite Priebke to Germany.
Earlier this month, an Italian military court had found Priebke
guilty of involvement in the 1944 massacre of 335 Italian civilians
in Rome, but cleared him of acting with cruelty and premeditation
because he was following orders. The court had to release him
under a 30-year statute of limitations. That unleashed a worldwide
wave of anger.
After Germany said it would seek his extradition, the 83-year-old
was swiftly re-arrested on a temporary detention order.
New Towns to Sprout in Negev
Deputy Minister of Housing Meir Porush has instructed that several
towns be established in the Negev within the coming years. The
settlement effort will be a joint project of the Takam Kibbutz
Movement, the National Kibbutz Movement, Amanah - Gush Emunim, the
Jewish Agency, and the Bedouin Administration. The exact locations
of the new communities have not yet been set. National
Infrastructure Minister Ariel Sharon has promised the cooperation
of his ministry for the project.
Letter From Esther Pollard to Prime Minister Netanyahu
My husband Jonathan Pollard has languished for 11 years now in an
American prison, for his activities on behalf of the State of
Israel. He has no more strength left. I do not know how much longer
he can hang on.
Mr. Prime Minister, what you did do or what you did not do on
Jonathan's behalf during your last trip to Washington is of little
import at this time. What does matter is what you intend to do now
to save the life of Jonathan Pollard...It is time for the Jewish
leader of the Jewish State to act in a manner befitting a Jewish
leader and through strong actions to let the Americans know that
Jewish blood is not cheap. That as a nation we demand equal
justice, and we insist on fair and equal treatment as a close and
Mr. Prime Minister, all that the nation expects of you is to stand
strong, and do the right thing. And if indeed you do so, then with
the help of God, and in the merit of the nation's complete unity on
the issue of freeing Jonathan Pollard, Jonathan will be released
and speedily returned home.
Mr. Prime Minister, I implore you from the bottom of my heart, act
now to save my husband's life. All you have to do is your part as
the leader of the Jewish People; and the God of Israel will do the
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