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                             ISRAEL
                              FAXX

Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                       Oct. 9, 1996 V4, #183
All the News the Big Guys Missed

A Threat of Terrorism

Security officials announced Tuesday that the Islamic Jihad group is planning to carry out a large-scale terrorist attack within the State of Israel. According to intelligence reports, the Islamic Jihad hopes that the attack will disrupt the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The Prime Minister's advisor on terrorism, Yigal Pressler, has called upon the public to be on the alert and report any suspicious items to the police.

Baram Attacks Chabad

Knesset member Uzi Baram (Labor) launched a sharp verbal attack against the Chabad movement today. At a Tuesday press conference held by the leaders of the Labor Party in Tel Aviv, Baram stated Chabad is "the most dangerous movement in Israel today."

Baram said that the first one hundred days of the Likud government had demonstrated that "Bibi was bad for the Jews but good for Chabad." His attack was a play on the words of a Chabad-sponsored election campaign ad which stated, "Bibi is good for the Jews." Baram promised that the Labor party would "settle accounts with them." Baram specifically attacked the philanthropist Joseph Gutnick who, he said, financed the "terrible change of power."

Arafat's Role in the Rioting

Civil Administration Head Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday that Yasir Arafat was personally responsible for the spilling of blood at the Tomb of Joseph in Shechem, and that it was Arafat who instigated the riots throughout Judea, Samaria, and Gaza two weeks ago.

Shachor further told the committee that confrontations between IDF soldiers and PLO paramilitary police could erupt again on any given day for "different and strange reasons."

Arafat and Weizman Meet at Caesarea

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

The palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, has made his first official visit to Israel, meeting with Israeli President Ezer Weizman at his private home north of Tel Aviv. The two men papered over their main policy differences and joined in calling for more progress toward peace.

The two presidents sat side-by-side on lawn chairs outside Weizman's house in the historic seaside town of Caesarea -- Weizman in a business suit and Arafat in his trademark green military jacket and Arab headscarf. They joined in calling for an end to violence and for solving Israeli-Palestinian differences through negotiations, and they mainly avoided the key issue on which they disagree.

Weizman's job is largely ceremonial, but last year, he angered Arafat when he refused to approve the release of several female Palestinian prisoners, as the Israeli government had promised. Weizman said at the time that he could not approve the release of anyone who had attacked Israelis. The release of the women is still a key Palestinian demand.

Weizman said the issue was mentioned, but not discussed Tuesday. Rather, he said the two men were simply trying to take a small step to improve relations and move the peace process forward.

"In war you shoot, when you are trying to achieve peace, you talk. By the chairman and myself sitting and talking, with the colleagues, if we contribute just an iota to the continuation of the peace process, we have achieved our aim."

Arafat called on Weizman to play a stronger role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process -- alluding to his involvement in Israel-Egypt peace talks as defense minister in the late 1970s. The Palestinian leader said he is also willing to do his part, including an order to the Palestinian police not to shoot at Israelis, designed to prevent the kind of violence which nearly wrecked the peace process two-weeks ago.

"This is my permanent orders to our policemen because what is important is to increase and to strengthen more and more the relations and coordination between both of us."

Arafat also said he hopes the current peace talks on the Israel-Gaza border will be continuous, and will move to a location where the two delegations can spend more time working -- perhaps a hotel.

US officials have said it is important for the negotiations, arranged by President Clinton, to achieve results as quickly as possible to avoid further violence. But after just a few hours of talks it is already clear there are significant differences on the key issue of an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank town of Hebron, and other topics.

Hope Expressed for Brain Damage to Heal by Itself

For the first time, Israeli scientists are expressing hope that a new method can be found for self-healing in a damaged brain. The approach involves the regeneration of harmed nerve threads, so they can again function normally.

The emphasis is on the central nervous system including the spinal cord. Professor Michal Schwartz of the Weizmann Institute of Science has reported on the research in this field to the American Association of Experimental Biology. She was aided by Dr. Aryeh Solomon of the Sheba Medical Center, and two research student assistants, Orly Lazarov-Spiegler and David Hirshberg at the Weizmann Institute.

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