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>JN June 4, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 101
PKK to hit Turkish tourism, U.S., Israeli targets
The Kurdistan Workers Party has threatened worldwide attacks
against Israeli and U.S. targets if the two countries continued to
"support Turkish massacres against Kurds." PKK central committee
member Halil Atas, who said a campaign against Kurds was carried
out under a strategic deal between the three countries, told
reporters in Beirut that attacks against tourist centers in Turkey,
and U.S. and Israeli "non-civilian" targets were planned.
Labor Elects Barak to Replace Peres
Israel's former military chief, Ehud Barak, has been elected
the new leader of Israel's opposition Labor Party, replacing former
Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
Barak's selection Tuesday was widely expected, and exist polls also
projected him as the winner by a wide margin. Barak becomes the
main opposition to Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative government.
Israeli television projected Barak the winner at 10 p.m. (Israel
time). The projection said Barak would get 57 percent of the vote,
compared to 28 percent for Yossi Beilin, who advocates the peace
process. The actual vote count is expected to be completed early
Rabin's widow, Leah, who endorsed Barak in the Labor race, was
ecstatic when results of the exit polls were announced. "I trust
him and I know he will lead the way so that the message will be
clearly heard that we are heading towards peace, period. No
zigzags, no detours, no excuses."
For the first time, Israel's two main parties will be headed by
native Israelis who grew up in the Jewish state, rather than
And the defeat marks the end of Peres' five-decade political and
military career, in which he helped build Israel's defenses, and
served as defense minister, foreign minister and twice as prime
"I congratulated Ehud on his victory...Now we must move forward,"
Netanyahu beat Peres in an upset election victory in May 1996, in
part by characterizing the Nobel peace laureate as soft on
security. "I wish all the (Labor) candidates success and hope
Labor voters pick an opposition leader who will remain such for
many years," Netanyahu said earlier Tuesday.
The leadership vote marked an historic passing of Labor's political
torch to a younger generation from Peres, 73, and his assassinated
predecessor Yitzhak Rabin, whose rival camps divided the party for
nearly 25 years.
Barak, 55, presents himself in the warrior-turned-peacemaker mold
of slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. "I see myself as (Rabin's)
follower and the one to continue his legacy," Barak said at a news
Barak, who once served as Prime Minister Benjamin Metanyahu's
commander in an elite military unit -- was confident he could
topple Peres' attempt to retain the party's leadership.
During a 1973 commando raid against Palestinian terrorists in
Beirut, Barak disguised himself as a woman. "I believe I can bring
Labor back to power," he said.
Opinion polls have shown Barak and Netanyahu, 47, in a near dead
heat with elections scheduled for 2000. However, elections could
come sooner if Netanyahu's coalition government collapses.
Barak said Labor was "committed to take calculated risks in the
Middle East in order to achieve peace."
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