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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
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
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
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
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
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