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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
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
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
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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