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>JN Feb. 24, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 31
Non-Conventional Terror Warning
Israel's chief anti-terrorism advisor says Israel is preparing
for the possibility of nuclear or chemical terrorism. According to
Major-General Meir Dagan, the collapse of the former USSR has made
weapons of mass destruction and their technology easier to obtain.
Dagan says the Soviet collapse "could lead to states supporting
terrorism, (such as Iran), to giving the terrorists
Netanyahu Outlines His View of Peace
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has outlined his view of
the next and final stage of the peace process with the
Palestinians, scheduled to begin next month. The prime minister
offered his views after a meeting with Jordan's King Hussein in
The two men indicated they had disagreed on some issues, including
Israeli plans to build new neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.
Netanyahu says he believes the Palestinian Authority can reach
agreement on a final peace settlement, in talks starting next
month, despite of sharp disagreements on the sensitive issues
involved, including the future of Jerusalem and Palestinian
statehood. Without going into detail, Netanyahu laid out three
principles for the coming talks.
"I am not saying that this is easy. I am saying it is possible.
I believe it. If we follow these three principles of reciprocity,
non-violence and realistic expectations on both sides, we shall
achieve a historic breakthrough."
Netanyahu made his declaration with King Hussein sitting by his
side. The king played a key role in helping Israel and the
Palestinians conclude last month's Hebron agreement.
The two men pledged to continue working together for peace, but
also acknowledged disagreements about some key issues -- most
important among them, Israeli plans to build new neighborhoods in
Mubarak and Assad Coordinate Efforts
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met with Syrian leader Hafez al
Assad this weekend to discuss the status of Syria's stalled peace
talks with Israel. The meeting comes before Mubarak's trip March
10 to Washington and just after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu's meetings with President Clinton.
Assad has never wavered from his public position -- insisting on
the full return of the Golan Heights in exchange for peaceful
relations. Netanyahu rejects the concept of land for peace and
wants to resume negotiations without preconditions.
Syria argues that position is a precondition because the 1991
Madrid conference that launched the peace process is based on the
Syria is adamant about regaining the strategic 1,250 square
kilometers of border area Israel seized in the 1967 Arab-Israeli
war. The previous Israeli government appeared more willing to
relinquish most of the Golan Heights in exchange for full
diplomatic and economic relations.
The issue of returning the Heights has become more sensitive for
Israel amid growing concern about the future of Syria's political
leadership. The 66-year-old Syrian leader recently underwent a
prostate operation and has been reported in failing health for
PLO to Join British Commonwealth?
The PLO is exploring the prospect of the autonomous territory
it controls joining the Commonwealth, London's Guardian newspaper
reported. The report quoted diplomatic sources as saying
'Palestine' would like to take its place among the 51 sovereign
states that are, or were at some time, ruled by Britain.
The PLO's "ambassador" in London, Afif Safieh, held talks with
Commonwealth secretary-general Chief Emeka Anyaoku, and was told
future membership was possible. Anyaoku reportedly told Safieh that
the question of "Palestine not being an independent state was not
a bar to any discussion of the [membership] issue until
independence or sovereignty comes about."
Is Tenenbaum an Israeli Spy?
According to the Detroit Free Press, David Tenenbaum, an
American Jewish engineer, transferred confidential information to
Israeli liaison officers posted in the US, Ha'Aretz reported.
Tenenbaum is employed at the Tank Automotive Research and
Development Engineering Center of the US's Army Tank and Armaments
Command, in Warren, Mich. An FBI spokesman in Detroit said a
"search warrant has been executed" by the bureau of Tenenbaum's
home in suburban Southfield. He emphasized, though, that "no
arrests have been made."
Tenenbaum's attorney denies the charges leveled against his client,
and that the report, which was a fabrication, has done irreparable
damage to his client's career and he hopes to show that all
allegations leveled against him are untrue.
According to Ha'Aretz, American officials have not made any contact
with Israel regarding the situation.
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