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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Sept. 9, 1996 V4, #166
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Peres Agreed to Palestinian State
Another secret Peres-Arafat agreement has been uncovered. The
French Jewish weekly "Tribune Juive" revealed that in a meeting
last spring, it was agreed that the establishment of a Palestinian
state is inevitable and unavoidable in light of the Oslo
agreements, and that Jerusalem would be a joint capital of both
Palestinians Building Third Mosque
Arutz Sheva has learned that Palestinian Authority employees are
working feverishly to complete the construction of another mosque
adjacent to the southern section of the Temple Mount. A restraining
order has been served against the works, and municipal officials
will visit the site to ensure that the orders are being honored.
Jerusalem Mufti Achram Sabari announced he will not honor the order
issued by a Jerusalem court to halt the construction works being
carried out by the WAQF at the Temple Mount. Palestinian employees
are reportedly working feverishly to construct a third mosque at
the site, which they plan to complete within a month, in honor of
the Ramadan fasts.
Netanyahu Will Meet Clinton Today
By Deborah Tate (VOA-White House), Ron Pemstein (VOA-London)
President Clinton meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu later today -- five days after the Israeli leader met
with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. It will be Netanyahu's second
visit to the White House since his election as prime minister last
May, and it may be marked by a warmer tone than the first.
During that visit in July, the Israeli leader said he had no plans
to meet with Arafat, even though the United States -- a co-sponsor
of the Middle East peace talks -- had urged him to do so.
After Netanyahu's high-profile meeting with Arafat last Wednesday,
it came as no surprise Clinton immediately welcomed the move as an
indication the parties are willing to find peace.
But Netanyahu came under fire from his own Likud Party for meeting
with Arafat, the man he had previously called "a terrorist."
The prime minister responded by defending the peace process while
pledging to take a hard line in negotiations with the Palestinians.
Netanyahu was elected on a vow to maintain Israel's security while
searching for peace.
In a statement released last week, Clinton says he looks forward to
reviewing progress in the peace process with Netanyahu.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher has met Israeli Foreign
Minister David Levy in London, before today's meeting in Washington
between Clinton and Netanyahu.
Christopher congratulated Israel on easing its economic blockade of
Palestinians as a concrete step to build on the first meeting
between Netanyahu and Arafat.
Israel has raised the number of work permits for Palestinians from
32,000 to 50,000. State Department officials say the United States
would like further economic opportunities for the Palestinians.
Levy told reporters after their one-hour meeting, Israel still
suffers scars from bombings earlier this year, blamed on
Palestinians holding work permits in Israel. The foreign minister
told Christopher Israel is putting together an economic package to
help the Palestinians.
The secretary says the United States is trying to resume
negotiations between Israel and Syria that were broken off before
the Israeli election, but he gave no details.
Arafat Briefs Mubarak on Netanyahu Meeting
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Palestinian Authority President Yasir Arafat briefed Egypt's
president Saturday on his first meeting earlier in the week with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Palestinian leader
warned that the slow pace of peace will fuel the extremists.
One of the most pressing issues for Arafat is the promised
redeployment of Israeli troops from the West Bank town of Hebron.
But his meeting Sunday with Israel's Defense Minister to pin down
the timing of the move was postponed. The talks are now expected to
take place sometime this week.
The Palestinian leader appealed to the European Union for help.
Palestinians have been frustrated by the lack of progress in peace
talks since Netanyahu was elected last May. Arafat says he warned
the Israeli leader that the slow pace only helps extremists on both
sides who want to sabotage the peace process.
Knesset Members to Visit Pollard Today
Three members of Knesset will be visiting Jonathan Pollard tomorrow
in his South Carolina prison cell. The MKs are Gideon Ezra (Likud),
Ofer Pines (Labor), and Yehuda Harel (Third Way). Pines said that
this would be the first visit of MKs to Pollard, and that the
composition of the delegation is a sign of the across-the-board
support for his cause in Israel.
El Al Direct to Chicago
A spokesman for El Al Israel Airlines announced today that
beginning Oct. 28, the company will commence direct flights to and
from Chicago. The flights will depart from Israel twice a week on
Mondays and Wednesdays, and continue from Chicago to Los Angeles.
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