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                             ISRAEL
                              FAXX

Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                       Aug. 15, 1996 V4, #150
All the News the Big Guys Missed

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Demjanjuk Ban

The Ohio Supreme Court invalidated (Wednesday) an injunction limiting protests outside the home of accused Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk. The ruling overturns restrictions ordered in 1993 by a Cleveland court to limit picketing by Jewish groups near Demjanjuk's Seven Hills home.

Defense Minister to Present Hebron Plan

Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai will present this week a plan for IDF redeployment in Hebron to the prime minister. Arutz-7 notes that according to the suggested plan, eight outposts, to be jointly manned by the IDF and Palestinian paramilitary police, will be established along the Jewish-traveled routes in the city. In addition, joint patrols on a wider scale will be conducted throughout Hebron. The suggested plan recommends that the redeployment be conducted gradually.

Arafat Wants Clinton to Press Israel

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

The official Palestinian news agency says Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has written a letter to President Clinton, asking him to press Israel to live up to certain clauses of the interim peace agreement signed at the White House last year.

According to a text supplied by the WAFA news agency, Arafat's letter labels as irresponsible the new Israeli government's decision to ease restrictions on settlement construction. Arafat writes the decision shows the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not concerned with what he calls the dangers surrounding the peace process.

Arafat also asks Clinton to press Netanyahu to fulfill several commitments in the interim peace accord, including the promised and long-delayed withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank city of Hebron. The palestinian leader says intervention by Clinton can help push the peace process forward.

Arafat had said he would seek international help if he felt the Netanyahu government was violating the peace agreements. Netanyahu points to what he sees as several Palestinian violations, and says he will fulfill the accords if the Palestinians do, but only in a way which safeguards Israeli security to his satisfaction. That is a phrase Palestinians take to imply changing promises made by the previous Israeli government -- changes the Palestinians are not willing to accept.

Argentina Pooh-Poohs Car Bomb Theory

By George Meek (VOA-Rio de Janeiro)

Israel has rejected a new Argentine theory concerning the bombing at the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires four years ago that killed 29 people and injured 100 others.

Argentina's Supreme Court released a report by experts of the Academy of Engineers that said there is 99 percent certainty that the bomb was inside the Israeli mission -- not a car bomb as previously believed. The court did not release details of the report and said its findings are not definitive.

Israeli Ambassador Yitzhak Aviran said in a television interview that he is surprised by the report, and thinks the court is trying to cover up for four years of ineffective investigation of the case. The ambassador said intelligence services of four nations know the bomb was outside the embassy.

At the time of the blast, a pro-Iranian extremist group claimed responsibility and said a suicide bomber died in the attack.

Two years later, 86 people were killed in a bombing at a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires. Three Argentine police are under arrest as alleged accessories in that case.

Israel, Palestinians Resume Talks

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed talks Wednesday for the first time since February, and the first time under the new Israeli government.

The Joint Committee on Civil Affairs was the first of several Israeli-Palestinian committees to resume operations. The last time these negotiators met was just before the first of a series of suicide bombings by Palestinian militants in February and March.

This committee is charged with coordinating efforts on such public services as health care, transportation, and education throughout the West Bank -- where the Palestinians have full administrative responsibility, but the Israelis retain security control in wide areas.

Wednesday's meeting was taken up mainly by each side expressing complaints about the other's performance, including Israeli demands for the removal of Palestinian offices from Jerusalem and Palestinian complaints about Israel's plans to expand settlements.

The chief Palestinian negotiator, Jamil Tarifi, said just as Israel says no peace without security, the Palestinians say no peace with settlement construction. Still, the two top negotiators also said the meeting was positive, and they plan more sessions in the next several days.


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