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>JN June 17, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 108

Fatah Condemns American Decision, Justifies Terror

The Fatah arm of the PLO broadcast over the Voice of Palestine Radio a sharp condemnation of the American House of Representatives' decision regarding Jerusalem. The statement said that the American decision is an "act of aggression." It called the policy of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria is "organized terror against the Palestinians," and therefore they may "respond to this terror with all means of terror."

Fighting Continues in Hebron and Gaza Strip

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers clashed for a third day Monday in the West Bank town of Hebron, and there was another incident at an Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip. More than 30 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were injured.

It was a smaller crowd in Hebron, only about 100 people throwing rocks and bottles at Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

At the Morag settlement in Gaza, a settler opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators who are trying to block what they call a land-grab by the settlers. One Palestinian was wounded.

Meanwhile, a small group of prominent Palestinians demonstrated peacefully outside the US Consulate in Jerusalem. The Palestinians are angry about settlement expansion and about the House of Representatives vote calling for the US Embassy to Israel to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The now three-month old freeze in the peace process has sparked anger among many Palestinians, and efforts to ease the crisis have so far made no apparent progress.

Narkiss: Dayan Didn't Want to Take Jerusalem's Old City

In an interview broadcast on Israel Radio, Gen. Uzi Narkiss says Gen. Moshe Dayan, defense minister in the nation's 1967 Cabinet, did not want to capture Jerusalem's Old City during the Six Day War.

Narkiss, standing atop Mt. Scopus, the site of Hebrew University, told Dayan "Moshe, now I need the political approval to forge ahead to the Old City." Dayan replied "'What do we need it for, this Vatican?' That's what he called it, 'the Vatican,'" Narkiss said. Dayan, Narkiss said, believed the Old City, holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, should be an international city within Israel's borders. And that sovereignty over the Old City remains the most sensitive issue in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Narkiss' memories are among a series of disclosures that paint Dayan as a soldier who wanted to make peace with the Arabs. During that brief war, Israel destroyed the Jordanian, Syrian and Egyptian armies in a pre-emptive strike and captured huge amounts of land from all three countries.

Narkiss confirmed claims last month by an Israeli journalist that Dayan believed the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria, was not a strategic necessity, but rather a playing card for peace negotiations.

"We could have advanced to Damascus because the Syrian army was in such terrible shape, but Moshe wanted to stop the whole time," Narkiss recalled.

The reporter said Dayan told him capturing the Heights and allowing Jewish settlers to move into the West Bank town of Hebron were his two greatest regrets.

Dayan's daughter Yael, a Knesset member from the opposition Labor Party, confirmed Narkiss' account. In the end, she said, her father gave in to pressure and ordered the capture of the Old City.

All In A Day's Work

Henry Schwartz had a furniture store in a small midwestern city. His customers came from several miles away to buy furniture at his store as it was well known for having top quality furniture at very reasonable prices. His accountant came in twice a year to go over his figures. Last week he told Henry that his inventory was too high and was causing cash-flow problems. So Henry decided to run an ad which read as follows: CASH SALE ONE DAY ONLY 40% OFF ON ALL MERCHANDISE IN THE STORE, SALE STARTS NOON TOMORROW!

People who saw the ad got very excited. It was now 11:45 a.m. and a big line had formed measuring over five blocks long. The first man in line was nearly seven feet tall. He had got there at 5:00 a.m. so that he would have first choice at the furniture that he had been looking at previously.

Suddenly, a little Jewish man cut in front of him. He was so enraged that he punched the little guy in the jaw and sent him sprawling. The little fellow got up slowly, brushed himself off and then again cut in front of the seven-footer. Immediately, he was decked again. A police officer, seeing the big crowd had driven by and had witnessed the second punching event. He said to the little guy, "Are you alright and what's going on here?" The little Jewish guy answered him, "Officer, if that guy punches me again, I'm not going to let him in my store!"

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