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>JN March 21, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 50
Rock Throwing and Fire Bombs at Rachel's Tomb
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The tension -- and deadlock -- in the Israel-Palestinian peace
process continued thursday, with Palestinian officials rejecting a
new Israeli proposal, and Palestinian youths clashing with Israeli
troops near Bethlehem.
A protest march by several hundred Palestinians turned violent in
autonomous Bethlehem Thursday when demonstrators broke through
Palestinian police lines and hurled stones and firebombs at Israeli
soldiers guarding the tomb of the biblical matriarch "Rachel." The
soldiers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. No serious
injuries were reported.
The incident was just a few kilometers from the east Jerusalem
construction site where Israel's building of a new Jewish
neighborhood has sparked a crisis in the peace process.
Meanwhile, Israeli-Palestinian relations remained deadlocked, with
the Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, saying he can not be
responsible for the consequences of what he called Israel's
destruction of the peace process. Arafat was responding to a
proposal by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to skip
several planned West Bank withdrawals and try to speed up talks on
a permanent settlement. The Palestinians say, why not do both?
But for now, the two sides can not agree on either talks or
Israel Police Chief Warns of Attacks Over Settlement
Israel's police chief said the construction of a new Jewish
settlement in east Jerusalem had harmed security cooperation with
the PLO and raised the likelihood of terrorist attacks.
His assessment came as Israeli bulldozers ripped into the
pine-covered hill, angering Palestinians and drawing international
condemnation. Israel plans to build 6,500 homes for Jews on the
land. Palestinian officials said they were doing all they could to
prevent violence but warned an angry outburst was inevitable.
U.S. to Netanyahu: Speak with Arafat
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-State Department)
The United States has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu to share his ideas about peace negotiations with the
Palestinians directly. The State Department has given the prime
minister's suggestion of skipping additional Israeli troop
withdrawals from the West Bank in favor of going directly to final
status peace talks a lukewarm response.
State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns says the prime minister
should make his proposals in a negotiating session with the
Palestinians rather than sending messages through Jordan's King
Hussein. "If one party to a negotiation has a proposal to make, it
ought to make it but it ought to make it to the other party in a
negotiating forum. That's what the Israelis and Palestinians must
The Palestinians have already rejected the proposal to try to
negotiate a final peace in the next six months. In return, Israel
reportedly wants to avoid the parallel troop withdrawals from the
West Bank. The size of the first stage was criticized by the
Palestinians earlier this month as disappointingly small. The State
Department expressed hope Israeli troop withdrawals would be bigger
in the second and third stages.
Sperm Bank for Fish
Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael on the Mediterranean coast in central
Israel has demonstrated a new project. It set up a sperm bank for
fishes. The initiative was presented to the national kibbutz
industrial association to help find investments.
The sperm bank is being developed in technological workshops in
various kibbutzim. It is designed to enrich the quality of the
various fish by importing superior sperm from abroad to fertilize
female fish in the ponds in Israel. At first, it is being used for
aquarium fish, but will soon be used for edible fish through
distributing the sperm to kibbutzim with ponds for raising fish.
You Can't Judge the Contents by the Box
A Kiryat Ata resident did not tell his wife that he had hidden
$30,000 in an old shoe box. While cleaning the house, the wife
found the box. Not suspecting that there was anything out of the
ordinary in the box, she threw it into the garbage. Fortunately the
husband very quickly discovered the mistake.
He immediately contacted the garbage company which in turn located
the garbage truck before it dumped that day's load. The truck
emptied in an empty spot and the husband commenced to wade through
13 tons of compressed garbage. Lo and behold! Many dirty hours
later the shoe box was actually found with the money intact.
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