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>JN July 29, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 137
Palestinians Could Have Capital in Metropolitan Jerusalem
By Middle East Digest
Israel would agree to the establishment of "an independent
Palestinian political entity" and, under certain conditions, to
allow its "administrative centre" be based in the Jerusalem
metropolitan area, according to top secret documents prepared at
the Prime Minister's office in advance of "final status" talks
with the Palestinians, Ma'ariv reports.
However, PM Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman Shai Bazak, has denied
the existence of any document at the PM's office which calls for
the division of sovereignty in Jerusalem. The metropolitan area
would include places outside of the city's municipal boundaries,
such as Ram'Allah.
Peace Talks Will Reconvene
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel-Palestinian peace talks, stalled since March, are to resume
this week. The announcement was made after a meeting between
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy and Palestinian Planning
Minister Nabil Shaath. The two ministers say the Israeli and
Palestinian joint committees will reconvene later this week to try
to resolve outstanding issues in the peace process.
High on the agenda are the issues of a safe passage route for
Palestinians between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and
establishing air and sea ports in the Gaza Strip.
Talks broke down in March when Israel began construction of a
housing project for Jews in east Jerusalem, which Palestinians
want as part of a future capital. And Palestinians have been
angered anew by the announcement of another proposed Jewish housing
project in east Jerusalem. But Monday, Israeli officials suspended
the building permit granted to the US developer.
Levy says the Palestinian Authority has promised to act against
Palestinian policemen suspected of involvement in acts of violence
against Israeli civilians. Shaath says Israel is committed to
carrying out another troop redeployment from the West Bank, to
renew final status talks and to free Palestinian prisoners.
Iraq: All Arabs But Palestinians Can Be Citizens
By IINS News Service
The official Iraqi News Agency reported it will allow all Arabs
except for Palestinians to apply for citizenship. The Arab League
has long demanded that no Arab country grant citizenship to
Palestinians, saying that Palestinians must return to their
"All Arabs, except Palestinians, are allowed to request from the
Interior Ministry to be granted Iraqi citizenship," said a decree by
Iraq's top government body, the Revolution Command Council. It
wasn't clear why Iraq announced the decision to grant citizenship.
The decree said that applicants must be adults born to Arab parents
who have lived continuously in the Arab world. "Those who are
eligible for the citizenship will be granted Iraqi citizenship
within three months of the date of application," the decree
Excavations at the Western Wall are Complete
By Arutz 7
The archeological excavations at the Kings Valley project near the
Western Wall of the Temple Mount have been completed. The
excavations took three years at a cost of 55 million shekels.
Among the discoveries at the site: Remnants of Herodian edifices
towards the end of the Second Temple and from the period of the
destruction of the Second Temple. In addition, drainage canals and
ritual baths used by pilgrims to Jerusalem were also found.
The Antiquities Authority declared that the excavations at the King
Valley site are among the most important ever conducted in Israel.
The site will soon be opened to visitors, and it is estimated that
a half a million tourists will visit it each year.
Islamic Leaders: No Prayer for Jews on Temple Mount
By Arutz 7
The Chairman of the Islamic Endowment in Jerusalem, Adnan Al
Husseini, has warned that Islam will never, under any
circumstances, agree to Jews praying on the Temple Mount.
In an interview with Voice of Palestine Radio, Husseini threatened
to use violence against Jews if they attempt to pray on the Temple
Mount. He accused the rabbis of Judea, Samaria and Gaza of being
responsible for the attempts by Jews to pray on the Mount.
Additionally, the sheikh in the Al-Aqsa mosque attacked the
decision by the Supreme Court to allow Yehuda Etzion to pray on the
Temple Mount in last Friday's sermon. "We will not stand idly by,"
threatened the sheikh, "and we refuse to obey the decisions of this
racist court. The rabbis will not enter the Al-Aqsa mosque, not
over our dead bodies and shrouds." His speech was broadcast live on
Voice of Palestine Radio.
The Muslim Waqf, responsible for the Temple Mount and Moslem
affairs in the eastern part of the capital, says it will not pay a
debt of millions of shekels to Israeli income tax authorities.
Husseini has threatened that any attempt by the authorities to
physically collect the debt will be met with a "violent" response.
He claimed that Israel is a "conqueror," and he does not recognize
its authority to collect taxes.
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