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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 7, 1996 V4, #181
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Pollard to be Released?
The American newspaper "Jewish Week" reports Prime Minister
Netanyahu and Vice President Al Gore have formulated a plan of
action for the freeing of Pollard. However, Pollard's attorney,
Larry Dub, denies the reports.
According to the newspaper, Pollard is to be released following the
American elections in early November. The paper reported that
Pollard's father said that Netanyahu asked him to transmit a
message to his son that Jonathan would be released within two
Larry Dub told Arutz-7 in response that according to information
that he has obtained, no such deal has been made. "There is much
disinformation being disseminated both in Israel and in the U.S. on
the Pollard issue," Dub said.
Netanyahu, Arafat Meet With Christopher
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-Jerusalem) and Laurie Kassman (VOA-Gaza)
Secretary of State Warren Christopher met Israel's president and
foreign minister Sunday before flying to Mali to begin a
five-nation African tour.
The Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are underway at the Erez
checkpoint between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Before the talks
started Sunday night on procedural issues, Christopher met
separately with both leaders to insist those negotiations will not
re-open the existing Israeli-Palestinian agreement reached in Oslo.
Speaking to reporters in Gaza, Christopher says he was encouraged
to hear Prime Minister Netanyahu make the same pledge. "One of the
things that has been clarified during my visit here is that the
parties intend to negotiate within the four corners of the
agreement. They intend to take steps toward implementation that are
consistent with the agreement and do not seek to modify it. I think
that's an important clarification the prime minister made both in
private and public today in Jerusalem."
A senior US official says Yasir Arafat has been most worried that
the Israelis will use these new talks as a wedge to re-negotiate
the original Oslo agreement with the Palestinians. Netanyahu
campaigned against the Oslo agreement and has been slow until these
talks to negotiate the terms of the Israeli troop re-deployment
from the West Bank town of Hebron.
For his part, the Israeli prime minister told reporters he wants
security adjustments in the new talks because of the incidents in
recent days in Hebron.
"I said to President Clinton, as I'm telling you, that we have real
security concerns, brought about by the mass firings of the
Palestinian policemen who were supposed to protect the Jewish
population in Hebron against attackers. We are now very much
concerned that those policemen would not train their weapons
against the very population they are supposed to protect. And I
said we'll have to work out arrangements to ensure it does not
happen. I think it's possible to do it."
According to US officials, American negotiator Dennis Ross, told
both leaders they must take account of the concerns of the other
side. Ross will remain at the talks for at least a week and
then will leave other American officials to try to bridge the
differences between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Arafat made his own appeal to the Israelis. "We are committed to
the peace process and we will do our best from our side to
follow-up the peace process and we hope that the other side, the
Israelis especially, will follow up in the same line for the
accurate and honest implementation of what has been agreed upon."
U-s officials say Arafat told the secretary of state he is doing
everything possible to keep Palestinian areas calm while the
negotiations proceed. The officials say the usual suspects,
especially Islamic Jihad, are planning terrorist incidents to
take advantage of the still shaky relations between the Israelis
The consultations preceded the start of negotiations to resolve a
number of key points of the interim agreement that still need to be
implemented. Christopher assured the Palestinian leader that
Netanyahu agrees to continue talks within the framework of the
Arafat says what is important now is what he calls an accurate and
honest implementation of the interim agreement. Both sides are
stressing the need for quick progress toward concrete results to
avoid a new cycle of violence.
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