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