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>JN March 24, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 51
PA Claims Israelis Spread HIV
According to PLO Authority representative Nabil Ramlawi, during
the years of the Intifada, Israeli infected 300 Arab children with
the HIV virus. The claim was made to the 53rd Session of the UN
Commission on Human Rights.
Israel May Suspend Talks with Palestinians
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's Cabinet has been meeting in the wake of Friday's suicide
bombing in Tel Aviv that killed three Israeli women. The militant
Islamic group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. There
are reports Israel may suspend political talks with the
Israeli security forces have been on high alert, with troops
stationed at shopping centers and parks where Israelis have been
celebrating the festival of Purim. The military wing of Hamas has
threatened more attacks if Israel continues building a new Jewish
housing project in disputed east Jerusalem.
Israel has imposed a strict closure on the West Bank and Gaza,
preventing thousands of Palestinians from entering Israel. In the
West Bank city of Hebron, there were riots for a third day. Israeli
troops fired tear gas to disperse Palestinian protesters hurling
Palestinian Preventive Security chief Jibril Rajoub was in Hebron
to try to calm the situation. He warned it will be a mistake for
Israel to suspend political talks. "The only solution is to respect
and implement the peace treaty, the peace agreement and to continue
in the peace process. This is the only way for the Israelis,
otherwise I think that the situation is very difficult."
Rajoub met with Israeli Public Security Minister Avigdor Kahalani
later in Jerusalem. The two promised to improve coordination
between the Israeli and Palestinian security services.
Israeli military officials say the Palestinian Authority is
conditioning cooperation in fighting terror on a change in the
political situation. Maj. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, head of Israel's
military intelligence, charges the PA is not cooperating with
Israeli intelligence to foil terror actions. In a briefing to
journalists, the general repeated the Israeli government accusation
the Palestinian Authority headed by Yasir Arafat had given the
green light to commit attacks against Israel.
Relations between Israel and the Palestinians have deteriorated
dramatically in the past few weeks, following Israel's decision
to proceed with a housing project on a hill in east Jerusalem.
Last week's groundbreaking set off violent protests in Hebron and
Israeli Chief of Staff Amnon Shahak says he believes the clashes
between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian protesters were encouraged by
some Palestinian officials. "It is no secret the opposition
groups in the territories, the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad,
understand that they are allowed, or even it might be welcomed by
the Palestinian Authority to use terror attacks. This is totally
unacceptable by us, we cannot continue a dialogue while terror
attacks coming, and done, by Palestinians is part of the process."
Rajoub maintains the Palestinians are mobilized to control
terror. "The Palestinian police and the Palestinian Authority, we
are taking all the necessary measures in order to enable the
leaders of both sides to continue the peace process."
Netanyahu Sees No Cause and Effect Relationship
By John Pitman (VOA-Washington)
Following Friday's suicide bomb attack on a cafe in Tel Aviv, the
fate of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is, again, in
question. The Israeli prime minister granted a number of interviews
Sunday for US TV, in which he fended off questions that his
government's decision to start work on a new Jewish housing project
in east Jerusalem was directly responsible for sparking the recent
Netanyahu dismissed any cause-and-effect relationship, saying if
his government backed down each time Palestinians protested or
warned of violence, there would be no future for the State of
He also defended the housing project, saying it is being
constructed on land already owned by Jews, in a city Israel holds
to be its eternal capital. "We have every right to build here, as
the United States has to build in Washington, or Britain in London,
or France in Paris ... or, for that matter, Arafat in Gaza."
Netanyahu said Friday's bombing shows Palestinian terrorist
organizations are not willing to accept this. By placing the blame
on what he called terrorist organizations, Netanyahu avoided
directly criticizing Arafat and the Palestinian Authority. But
later in the interview, he repeated his charge Arafat had
personally given groups like Hamas a -- green light -- to use
violence against Israelis.
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