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>JN Jan. 21, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 13
Israel Joins List of Developed Nations
In April, Israel will join the list of developed countries
published by the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of Israel
reported. The IMF reported that due to the rapid growth of the
Israeli economy and the rise in GDP, Israel will be included in the
list, which currently includes 23 countries. Joining Israel on the
expanded list for the first time will be Singapore, South Korea,
Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Prime Minister Responds to Arafat Speech
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel will
not accept the establishment of a Palestinian state. He warned
that if the Palestinian Authority unilaterally proclaims statehood,
Israel's response would be "severe."
Concerning Yasir Arafat's speech in Hebron Sunday, the prime
minister said that it had positive as well as negative overtones.
"He knows that we will never allow Jerusalem to be divided again,"
Netanyahu said. However, he applauded Arafat's conciliatory words
to the Jewish residents of Hebron, and he suggested that they and
the Arab residents hold meetings that would help establish a
In response to Arafat's call for an independent Palestinian state,
Netanyahu told reporters, "Does he mean control of the airspace?
Of course not. Does he mean that a Palestinian entity would have
control over the water aquifers and determine whether Israel will
have water to live with? Of course not. Does he mean that a
Palestinian entity could make military pacts with Iraq or with
Iran? Of course not. We view Palestinian self-government as the
reasonable solution to the problem, but not to grant it those
sovereign powers that can endanger the existence of Israel."
Concerning the Golan Heights, Netanyahu denied having said to a
French newspaper that Israel will "not give up one inch in the
Golan." The prime minister clarified that everything is open for
negotiations with Syria. Netanyahu told a CNN reporter that he
hoped to resume peace talks with Syria, but he indicated Israel
would not change its stance on the disputed Golan Heights." We
view the Golan as a territory of critical importance to our
security," he said.
Joint Israeli-Palestinian Patrols in Hebron
A joint IDF and Palestinian police patrol began operating in
Hebron Monday, three days after most of the West Bank city was
given to the Palestinians. Palestinian Authority President Yasir
Arafat's security chief said he would try to make the city safe for
Jewish settlers. The joint patrols, part of the Hebron agreement,
are aimed at ensuring peace and security for both Arabs and
settlers in the city.
Arafat's security chief in the West Bank, Jibril Rajoub, said
Islamic leaders who met with Arafat told the Palestinian president
"they will respect the Palestinian Authority and its law
The leaders included moderates from the Islamic group Hamas but
it was unclear whether the they spoke for Hamas hard-liners.
Rajoub said he would make Hebron a safe place for all, including
Jewish settlers, as long as they do not try to provoke and attack
Palestinians. Many of the settlers have complained of harassment by
Jewish Hebron Settlers Vow to Remain
Jewish settlers in Hebron say "terror" has prevailed, but they
vowed to remain in the West Bank city.
"My feeling is that terror has got a victory over the state of
Israel," said Noam Arnon, spokesman for about 400 Jews who live
amid more than 100,000 Palestinians in Hebron.
Anat Cohen said the situation was bad but her faith was
keeping her in the holy town.
"The Jewish people went through the Holocaust...certainly we trust
In an area where Jewish settlers live, Israeli soldiers forced
Palestinian Girl Scouts to take a detour to avoid the Jewish
The 40 girls, between the ages of 7 and 10 and holding little
Palestinian flags, made it past two Israeli checkpoints before
soldiers intervened to head off a possible confrontation.
The soldiers pointed the girls toward the market, away from the
enclaves where armed Jews live.
In 1929, Arabs killed 67 Jews in Hebron, virtually ending the
Jewish presence in the town until the 1967 Middle East war.
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