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>JN June 16, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 107

Netanyahu Won't Be Indicted

Israel's Supreme Court has let stand the state prosecutor's decision not to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of fraud and breach of trust. In a 4-1 ruling the court said it would not overturn the prosecutor's decision because it was not seriously unreasonable. The prosecutor had concluded there may have been misconduct in the appointment of a political crony to the post of attorney general, but that there was not enough evidence to indict the prime minister.


Poll: Palestinians Would Accept Divided Jerusalem

By Arutz-7 News

A majority of Palestinians would accept dividing Jerusalem into two separate cities, one Arab and the other Israeli, a poll conducted by the University of Maryland showed. Almost 70 percent of the 807 Palestinians polled said they would consider dividing the city, while a little more than half said they could share Jerusalem with Israel. The PLO wants East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state. The issue of Jewish settlement-building in the city has plunged Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking into crisis.

The US House of Representatives voted 406-17 to recognize united Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Among other things, it called upon the president and the secretary of state to state as a matter of United States policy that Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of Israel. The budget proposal currently on the Congressional table includes an allocation of $100 million for the relocation of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within two years.

Senior members of Israel's security establishment say there is no doubt that the US decision to is directly connected to the recent Arab violence seen in Hebron and Morag. According to security officials, Arafat is orchestrating the violence to force the US and other donor countries to take action and pressure Israel to make concessions to move the stalled peace talks. PLO Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Faisal Husseini told a reporter that, if the US approved the resolution, the peace process will be lost.

The security experts seem to feel that there will be no "green light" given for Hamas terror attacks, as was the case several months ago. They point out that once again, when pushed, Arafat resorts to violence to boost international pressure against Israel. Over the past week, PLO Radio has been pushing toward civil unrest and violence against Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.


Clashes Continue in Hebron

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops clashed for a second day Sunday in the West Bank town of Hebron, this time injuring at least 15 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers.

Rocks and bottles flew, and rubber bullets and tear gas flew back again along the line which divides the Israeli- and Palestinian-controlled sectors of Hebron. Palestinians said they were carrying on the fight against Israeli settlement expansion and also protesting the US House of Representatives' vote calling for the US embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Palestinian police did not intervene to keep the protesters back from the dividing line, as they are required to do and have sometimes done in the past.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the past two-days of rioting in Hebron were not spontaneous and there is what he called an organizational hand at work. He said such efforts to pressure his government to change its policies will fail.

The Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, said those Israeli policies are to blame for the Palestinian anger which has spilled over in recent days. Saturday, Arafat's Cabinet issued a statement saying the Palestinian people have been patient, and can not be patient anymore.

During the past week, Palestinian protesters have also clashed with Israeli troops near an Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Palestinian negotiators traveled to Cairo as part of the ongoing Egyptian effort to end the crisis in the peace process. The effort has so far failed to achieve any significant change in the situation.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who was one of the chief architects of the peace process, met with Arafat in Gaza Sunday and declared the process is in deep trouble, but he also said it will continue despite all obstacles.


Jerusalem Church Leader Praises Iranian Support

Greek Catholic Archbishop Hilarion Capucci of Jerusalem held talks recently with Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati on the question of Jerusalem and "Palestine." Tehran IRIB Television reported that Capucci told the Iranian that "the Muslim people of Iran are revolutionary standard-bearers of humanitarian and moral values."

Capucci, a longtime supporter of the PLO, was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment by Israel for smuggling weapons for the PLO in his church-registered vehicle in 1974. After serving just a third of the sentence, he was freed following strong pressure from the Vatican.

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