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>JN March 27. 1997. Vol. 5. Number 54

Ross Returns to Revive Peace Process

By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)

For the sixth day in a row, Palestinians have clashed with Israeli soldiers near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Meanwhile, the US special envoy to the Middle East, Dennis Ross, is returning to Israel and the Palestinian territories in an effort to quell the fighting and revive the peace process.

Ross enters a heated environment when he returns Friday and he may be facing his most difficult mission yet in trying to calm the violence that is rapidly eroding the peace process.

There were fresh outbreaks of stone throwing near Bethlehem again Wednesday. Palestinian students burned Israeli and US flags. Israeli officials are insisting that Palestinian Authority head Yasir Arafat stop the rioting and rein-in Islamic militants. The Palestinians are demanding a halt to Israeli settlement building in Jerusalem.

The Israeli government is accusing the Palestinian leadership of inciting the rioters. Meir Dagan, head of the Israeli government committee on counter-terrorism, says the Palestinian Authority is obliged to cooperate with the Israelis under the peace agreement.

The Palestinians say Israel has violated the peace accords by sending in bulldozers to the Jewish-owned area in east Jerusalem the Palestinians claim as the capital of their future state. The Israelis say there can be no political talks until the Palestinian leadership takes steps to prevent a recurrence of last Friday's suicide bombing in a Tel Aviv cafe.

Nabil Shaath, a minister in the Palestinian Authority and a top negotiator, denies Israeli charges that Arafat gave a green light to the radical groups to carry out terror attacks. He says Palestinians will work to contain violence but will not accept Israeli dictates.

At the moment, there's no sign either side is willing to reach an accommodation. Violent disturbances have become something of a daily routine -- thought they haven't descended into fire-fights, as happened in September. But both sides seem to be saying to Ross that it's up to the Americans again.

Arafat Before Trade Center Bombing: "Either Americans Talk to

Me, or Else "Bombs"

Deputy Education Minister Moshe Peled told Arutz-7 that Israeli intelligence has evidence Yasir Arafat was involved in the planning of the World Trade Center bombing in New York in February 1993. Peled said that Arafat helped plan the attack during a visit to Khartoum, capital of Sudan.

Arab affairs commentator Yehoshua Meiri said that, according to Israeli intelligence officials, Arafat met several days before the bombing with the chairman of the Islamic Front in Sudan, Hassan al-Tourabi, head of an international terrorist network. Arafat said at the meeting, "It'll be good for the Americans to understand that if they don't talk with me, they'll talk with bombs."

Shabtai Shavit, Mossad chief at the time, would not confirm or deny Israel has such information. Arutz-7 News Service reported on Feb. 3 of this year that the official Iranian government newspaper Keyhan hinted at Arafat's responsibility for the World Trade Center bombing. Commentator Meiri said then that Arafat helped organize the attack as a reaction to the American suspension of talks with him at the time.

The Jerusalem Post Wednesday reported that Yonah Alexander, a Pentagon consultant on terrorism, said, "Arafat continues to maintain a training base in Sudan where the Fatah people work closely with the regime and with Iran. If there hadn't been an agreement with Israel, then Fatah would definitely have been on the U.S. list of terror organizations."

The FBI later arrested two Sudanese diplomats in connection with planning the attack. Six people were killed in the World Trade Center blast; thousands of people were in the building when the bomb shook the supporting beams of the 104-story structure.

Nazis Sold More Than $7 Billion in Gold -- Documents

Nazi Germany sold more than $700 million of looted gold--worth about $7 billion at 1997 prices--to the neutral nations of Europe during World War II, according to an analysis of wartime documents. An internal memorandum prepared by the World Jewish Congress, based on British and American documents, said Switzerland bought the most gold from Germany followed by Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. The memorandum said the five countries gave back less than 10 percent of the gold after the war.

Terror Warnings in Effect Friday and Sunday

The IDF Central Command has directed the security officers in the communities of the West Bank not to allow Arab workers into the communities this coming Friday and Sunday, for fear of terror attacks. The security forces have received many warnings concerning such attacks on Sunday, Land Day, traditionally a day marked by relatively violent Arab demonstrations.

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