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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 negotiations.

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 reliable ally.

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 rest.

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