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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      Sept. 12, 1996 V4, #169
All the News the Big Guys Missed

Rabin Promised to Give Over Entire Golan

The late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin promised the Syrians that Israel would withdraw from the entire Golan, in exchange for all of the security precautions requested by Israel. This was revealed by the daily newspaper Yediot Acharonot, which published a chapter from a new book by journalist Orli Azulai-Katz about the defeat of the Labor party in the recent elections.

In her book, "The Man Who Didn't Know How to Win," Azulai-Katz claims that Shimon Peres found out about the concession only hours before Rabin's funeral. President Clinton, upon arriving in Israel for the funeral, asked Peres if he was planning to stand by Rabin's commitment. Peres immediately called in senior Defense Ministry officials to find out what had transpired on the Syrian track.

Rabin Assassins Found Guilty

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

An Israeli court has returned a guilty verdict in the conspiracy trial of the man already convicted of killing Yitzhak Rabin. The court also convicted the assassin's brother and a friend.

When Rabin was assassinated nearly a year ago, it was clear who had shot him and what the killer's political motives were. But questions about whether the assassin, right-wing Israeli Yigal Amir, had acted alone or as part of a conspiracy were more difficult to answer.

A court in Tel Aviv has decided Amir's brother, Hagai, and their friend, Dror Adani, participated in a conspiracy to kill the prime minister, and also to carry out attacks against Arabs.

Prosecutors said Hagai Amir discussed various assassination plans with his brother, and provided the lethal hollow-point bullets used in the shooting. The brothers claimed their conversations about killing the prime minister were only theoretical and that Yigal acted alone.

The brothers also said although their friend, Dror, was involved in various discussions, he opposed the idea of killing Rabin.

The three men will be sentenced next month and could each receive up to 29-years in prison. Their lawyers plan to appeal the verdict.

Yigal Amir is serving a life sentence for the murder.

Netanyahu: Peace is Within Reach

By Max Ruston (VOA-New York)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he believes peace is within reach in the Middle East, but will not be easy to achieve. Netanyahu made the remarks in New York at the 40th anniversary of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Netanyahu's remarks are seen by some analysts as the latest in a series of actions designed to show his desire for peace in the Middle East. Last week, he met with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. This week, he has been holding talks with US leaders, looking for ways to improve ties with the Palestinians and bring about a resumption of talks with Syria.

In his speech to American Jewish leaders, the Israeli prime minister expressed cautious optimism about efforts to achieve peace in the region.

"And as we work now to achieve it, it is not something that is out of sight. It is there, with all the difficulties. Without painting the Middle East in pastel pink colors, and recognizing the difficulties, the dangers and the opportunities that we have, I think these goals are achievable."

Vice President Al Gore also spoke at the event. He says the US administration will have differences of opinion with the Israeli government, but will always remain an inseparable friend of the country. He praised Netanyahu's peace efforts and warned Israel's neighbors not to misunderstand his actions.

"I do not for one moment doubt that this prime minister will seek peace with all of Israel's neighbors; seek it cautiously, but energetically. These neighbors should not for one moment mistake his sternness for belligerence. These neighbors should understand that he seeks peace with security."

Gore also spoke about the security situation in Iraq, saying Baghdad is eager to harm Israel. He says Washington will help protect Israel from any Iraqi threat and says both countries should strengthen their support for Jordan when it is challenged by Iraq.

Chabad Leaders Encouraged After Meeting with Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Chabad leaders in New York Tuesday, following his visit to the gravesite of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; they said that they were "encouraged" by the meeting.

Rabbi Menachem Brod, chairman of the Youth Wing of Chabad, told Arutz-7 the Prime Minister spoke very adamantly and positively about the communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and particularly in Hebron.

When asked about the possibility of demonstrating against Netanyahu, Brod said, "We must remember that basically the prime minister thinks as we do. We have to help him withstand the pressures placed upon him from other directions by placing a little pressure from our side. But we don't see him as a target of criticism or demonstrations."

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