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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      Sept. 13, 1996 V4, #170
All the News the Big Guys Missed

Netanyahu Confirms Rabin's Syrian Deal

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed a journalist's report that the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin offered to withdraw from all of the Golan Heights in return for peace with Syria. But the new prime minister says he is not bound by that offer.

Netanyahu told his Cabinet Rabin had informed the United States Israel was ready to make a full withdrawal, to a line demanded by Syria, in return for unspecified Syrian concessions and a peace treaty.

It was widely believed Rabin had offered to withdraw to a slightly different line -- the old international border -- but even that had never been confirmed.

Rabin was assassinated nearly one year ago and his successor, Shimon Peres, lost to Netanyahu in May's elections, in large part because many Israelis believed the Labor Party was willing to make too many concessions in talks with Syria and the Palestinians. In public, Rabin and Peres said only that any Golan withdrawal would be commensurate with Syrian concessions.

Netanyahu is now in a dispute with Syria over the basis for resuming peace talks. He wants to proceed, in his words, "without preconditions." But Syria wants him to adopt the concessions made by the previous government.

Netanyahu says he will not do that. And he told his Cabinet he was assured during his just-concluded visit to Washington that the United States agrees he is not obligated to do so.

Ha'aretz reported that Netanyahu and President Clinton discussed Syrian army movements during their meeting at the White House on Monday. Netanyahu told Clinton that he does not believe that Damascus has aggressive intentions towards Israel, but the risk of misunderstanding and misinterpretation still exists.

The Americans reportedly told the Prime Minister that they are also monitoring Syrian army movements. The two leaders agreed that Israel and the U.S. will continue to coordinate and exchange information on the matter.

The newspaper reported that Netanyahu told Clinton of the importance of security revisions regarding the IDF redeployment in Hebron. "It is important that the U.S. explains to the Palestinians the importance of this matter to prevent an explosion," Netanyahu said.

Israel is a Desired Port-of-Call

The Ministry of the Interior and the Israel police have tightened supervision on the arrival of passengers at Haifa port. This is the result of the significant increase of illegal workers who enter Israel in the guise of tourists. Recently, a number of Ghanaian citizens were caught when they attempted to enter Israel dressed as United Nations soldiers. Interior Ministry officials say that thorough supervision in Haifa is more difficult than in Ben Gurion Airport, and that therefore they are considering sending officials to foreign ports to check the passengers even before they embark.

Day and Night, Jerusalem...

English painter, D. Henry (Henry Dentith) has announced the release of "Jerusalem" and "Jerusalem at Night." Along with the release of the two original oils, a set of 850 limited edition prints hand-signed by the creator of "Jerusalem" will be released.

D. Henry's work has been reproduced by The New York Graphic Society and belongs to the Permanent Collection of The London Tate Gallery. In addition, his art is found in private collections internationally, including the office of Gerald Kaufman (British Member of Parliament), the chairman of Seiko Watches in Japan, Lord Harry Kissin, and actor Oliver Reed in London, Alexander of Paris, The Ben Gurion family and The Elite family in Israel.

The new oils, Jerusalem and Jerusalem at Night clearly translate the Jewish influence on the artist. Although he was born in Birmingham, England, D. Henry lived in Israel for 21 years, and during those years became one of the country's leading artists. His work can be seen in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem at several major art galleries.

Henry's landscapes evoke a tranquility that transcends the clamor of modern day society. Henry feels unabashedly drawn to the magnetism of the earth. This is strongly apparent as the viewer is enticed into his works.

D. Henry's Gallery of Art can be visited physically by appointment or anytime (24 hours a day) in his virtual showcase on the Internet's World Wide Web located at

You can reach the artist via e-mail at or by telephone at (818) 766-5574 in California.

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