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>JN Sept. 11, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 167
Weizmann Chastises Albright
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
President Ezer Weizmann told Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright she should pressure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to
make concessions. "Do you think that Begin and Sadat reached an
agreement without pressure from Carter? Use your imagination...
Knock their heads together [referring to Arafat and Netanyahu]."
Albright crosses from Israel into the autonomous Palestinian city
of Ramallah Thursday morning, carrying a strong message for
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.
Albright is only scheduled to be in Ramallah for a few hours, and
she will be carrying a message Arafat does not want to hear -- that
he is not doing enough to fight terrorism, and that he must do
more, much more, before she can pressure Israel to do what he
"I believe that it is very important for Chairman Arafat to be
realistic about dealing with the infrastructure of the terrorist
organizations, and not to try to deal in ways that obfuscate,
rather than deal specifically with what is the problem here,
which is the infrastructure that exists of the terrorist
organizations, and that he has to deal with that very clearly."
Israel has issued a four-page list of specific steps it wants
Arafat to take, including the deportation of the West Bank police
chief. US officials would not say exactly what they expect, but
a senior official said "We'll know it when we see it." The
official, who requested anonymity, said appropriate steps would
include openly sharing information with Israel on possible
Palestinian officials were critical of Albright's stance, among
them Cabinet member Hanan Ashrawi. "I feel that such a
wholeheartedly one-sided approach that adopts the Israeli position
is not going to be conducive to an even-handed approach in the
Albright also chided Israel Wednesday, saying it should do more to
advance the peace process, and should stop taking steps which erode
confidence. But officials say Albright expects the Palestinians to
move on security first. That was pleasing Wednesday to Israeli
officials, particularly Netanyahu, who held out the hope of future
concessions if the Palestinian Authority really cracks down on the
"If you are able to persuade the Palestinian Authority to wage war
against the terrorists, I believe the road will be open to the
continuation of the peace process to its successful conclusion.
We are interested in moving that process forward, but we also
understand the crucial importance of stopping the bombs from
Albright Visits Yad Vashem
By Mark Lavie (VOA-Jerusalem)
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright took time out from Middle
East politics Wednesday to visit Jerusalem's memorial to the 6
Million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. It was an especially
emotional moment for her.
Most dignitaries visiting Israel make the trip to Yad Vashem, a
complex of museums and memorials for the Jewish victims of the Nazi
plot to exterminate all the Jews of Europe.
For Albright, it was trip into her own past. She discovered just
a few months ago that her own parents were originally Jewish.. And
that members of her family were among the Jews killed by the Nazis,
although she was brought up as a Christian.
Albright laid a wreath in the Tent of Remembrance, a stark concrete
building with the names of the Nazi death camps engraved on the
black floor. Her voice choking with emotion, Albright said each
name is a warning for the future.
"May God grant us the wisdom and the will to recognize evil
whenever we see it, to oppose intolerance whenever we confront it,
to fight hate whenever we come into contact with it, and to
remember, in the name of all who are memorialized here, that no
one's blood is less precious than our own. I pay tribute to the
people of Israel for remembering at Yad Vashem. I know I will
never forget my visit."
Five Million Liters of Milk to be Thrown Away
Rosh Hashanah connects to the Sabbath this year and the Chief
Rabbinate has ordered dairy farmers that about 5 million liters of
milk must be thrown away. Because of problems involved with
transporting the milk, the rabbinate maintain there is no way to
save it without violating the laws of the holiday or the Sabbath,
which would render the milk unfit for use in the kosher market.
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