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>PD Dec. 9, 1996, Vol. 4, No. 222
Senator Charges Swiss Flew Nazis to Safety
Swissair and KLM flew Nazis to safety in South America after
World War II, and Swiss officials provided false travel documents,
said Sen. Alfonse D'Amato. He attacked Switzerland over its
dealings with Nazi Germany and said the new charges were based on
papers discovered in the U.S. Archives. The World Jewish Congress
has charged the German army high command deposited 1 million Swiss
francs in a Swiss bank in 1942, and it was withdrawn two years
later by a Swiss citizen.
Arafat Predicts War May Erupt
By Jessica Jones (VOA-Cairo)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is meeting with Arab and European
leaders to push forward the stalled Middle East peace process. The
high-level meetings are an effort to resolve the issue of
withdrawing Israeli troops from Hebron.
Two European leaders -- Polish Prime Minister Wlodzimierz
Cimoszewicz and the European Union's Middle East envoy, Miguel
Moratinos -- met with Mubarak Sunday. Both are focusing on the
stalled Middle East peace process -- and searching for ways to help
Their visits come one day after Palestinian Leader Yasir Arafat's
stop in Cairo. Talks between Arafat and the Egyptian president
were private. But the Arabic Al-Hayat newspaper quoted Arafat as
saying the peace process is in real danger. Failing to restart it,
he said, could lead to more conflict in the region.
Israel Prepared for Golan Attack
The Israel Defense Force is prepared to turn back any attack by
Syria, even a surprise attack aimed at grabbing a small piece of
the Golan Heights, Israeli officials said.
Israeli planners have taken into account the possibility that
President Hafez al Assad will launch a small-scale military option
aimed at a sensitive strategic target such as Mount Hermon, which
overlooks all of northern Israel, the officials said.
One official speaking on condition of anonymity conceded the
Syrians might be able to establish a beachhead in the Golan Heights
but said Syrian forces would be driven out in a day or two at most.
The comments came after a Time magazine report that Israel's army
had begun preparations for a possible Syrian military attack on the
Golan Heights and that senior Israeli officers were concerned their
troops might not be ready for war.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters in
Lisbon last week that there were pronounced indications of a
relaxation of tensions with Syria on the Golan Heights, Ha'Aretz
Ha'Aretz reports Netanyahu believes the primary threat to Israel in
the coming years is the massive arming of the Arab armies and Iran
in surface to surface missiles which can hit Israeli population
centers and interfere with the deployment of the IDF in the case of
war. He is particularly concerned that Iran will get nuclear arms
as this would change the balance of power in the regime. He
believes that Iranian nuclear weapons could serve as a "deterrent
umbrella" for a conventional Arab attack against Israel by
countering Israel's nuclear option.
Rewriting the History of Jerusalem
[Ed: The following is an excerpt from "Jerusalem, A City Crying
Out For Justice" researched and prepared by Walid Awad, director of
foreign publications, Palestine Ministry of Information, as it
appears on the Palestinian Authority's official WEB site.]
"Any reading of the history of Jerusalem shows that the city took
the bulk of its shape, its divine character and historical ambiance
since the Muslim Caomar Ibn Al Kattab took Jerusalem without
bloodshed in 639 AD. 300 years before that, the city was under the
uninterrupted hegemony of Romans converted to Christianity in 313
AD. Under the Omayyad Caliphs (660-750) Jerusalem flourished, and
from this period important buildings survive: Al Aqsa Mosque and
the Dome of the Rock above all...
"Immediately after Israeli soldiers occupied Arab East Jerusalem
back in 1967, the Hebrew University, the Israeli Ministry of
Religious Affairs, and the Department of Antiquities collectively
and individually began a massive excavation campaign in Arab East
Jerusalem in a bid to find and locate traces of Jewish existence
from the so called 'Temple Mount Era.'
"The fact of the matter is that almost 30 years of excavations did
not reveal anything Jewish, no tangible evidence of theirs was
unearthed. Much to their chagrin, what surfaced from their
underground excavations turned out to be more Muslim palaces,
courts and mosques. Other excavations revealed archeological ruins
belonging to the Romans, Greeks and Canaanites...
"Jerusalem is not a Jewish city, despite the biblical myth
implanted in some minds. Nothing tangible has been found to give
credibility to these claims."
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