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>PD Dec. 30, 1996, Vol. 4, No. 236

Netanyahu: We Will Stay in Hebron "Forever--For All Time"

By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)

As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators continue talks in Jerusalem on the much-delayed plan for Israeli troop redeployment in the disputed West Bank city, Hebron -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared Israel will remain in the city forever.

In their continued attempts to wrap up an agreement on Hebron, Palestinian and Israeli negotiators have been meeting again. Discussions are said to focus on both civil and security matters that remain unresolved.

Palestinians are said to be demanding joint Israeli-Palestinian patrols at the Cave of the Patriarchs -- known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque. It is revered as the burial site of biblical figures, including Abraham and Sara. But Netanyahu rejects any shared control, insisting Israel alone will maintain security at the holy site.

Sunday, the prime minister told a Jewish audience in Jerusalem security arrangements in the Hebron accord will bring stability and create better cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians.

"There is continual talk about redeploying from Hebron. No, we are redeploying in Hebron. And, Hebron is going to be arranged in a way where the Arab parts of the city -- roughly 80 percent -- are going to be under the control of the Palestinian police and the areas that include the Jewish Quarter, the Jewish residents and "Mararat Hamachpela," the Cave of the Patriarchs, will remain under Israeli security control complete Israeli security patrol."

The prime minister says the Israeli army will have no limitations in those parts of Hebron where there are Jews and Jewish religious sites. "But anyone that tells you that we are leaving Hebron is telling you a lie. We are there and we are there to stay forever -- for all time."

The Israeli prime minister's comments were quickly denounced by Palestinian officials, who say such statements negate the spirit of peace. Other outstanding issues include the opening of a main street closed to Palestinians and creation of buffer zones separating the Jewish areas from the Palestinian Autonomy Zone.

Passions in Hebron remained high. Sunday, there was another firebomb attack a building in the Jewish enclave. There were no injuries. Israeli troops rounded up a number of Palestinian suspects.

Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai Sunday called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to use his influence on Palestinian chief Yasir Arafat to close a deal on Hebron.

New Palestinian Demands in Hebron

By Arutz-7 Radio

New difficulties have arisen in the Hebron talks. Our correspondent Haggai Huberman reports that the Palestinians are now saying that they will not agree to the establishment of buffer zones around the Jewish homes. They are further demanding that their paramilitary police be freely armed with submachine guns. Israel has agreed to the stationing of an Arab liaison officer in the Machpelah Cave.

Our reporter notes that IDF experts have assessed that Arafat's decision to sign the Hebron redeployment agreement on this coming Wednesday is purposeful. The choice of day stems from the fact that the anniversary of the founding of the Palestine Liberation Organization falls on Wednesday.

The Palestinians are demanding the release of additional incarcerated terrorists as a precondition to the signing of the agreement, beginning with the release of all female terrorists on the day of the signing. U.S. envoy Dennis Ross will return today to the region to mediate any last-minute problems before the planned signing of the Hebron agreement.

Iran to Support Syria

The London-based paper Al Hayat reported from Iran that Iran will support Syria if Israel attacks. The Syrian government is confident of the support of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as nationalist and Moslem groups who would activate the Arab public against Israel. The senior leadership of Tehran "promised to do everything in its power to insure the ability of Syria to stand up to difficulties" if it has them with Israel.

Meanwhile, Iran is pressuring the leadership of Hamas to return to their former increased level of attacks against Israeli targets. In addition, Iran is beginning to "urge" other Arab terrorist groups to strike out against Israeli targets. This assessment was reported by Hillary Mann of the Washington Institute of Middle East Affairs. The report goes on to report of a cooperative effort between the governments of Iran and Syria against the ongoing peace process.

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