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>JN May 6, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 85
Sweden Unites with U.S, UK on Holocaust campaign
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Sweden, smarting from a series of challenges to its neutrality
during World War 2, has joined forces with the United States and
Britain to spread information about the Holocaust. Government
representatives, historians and Jewish studies experts meet in
Stockholm Thursday to formulate a plan to disseminate information
about the Holocaust. A survey among Swedish school children last
year found over 10% did not know what the Holocaust was or that it
US Gives Israel a Monday Ultimatum?
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-London)
The American-mediated talks in London ended without result but with
a deadline of Monday for Israel to agree to President Clinton's
ideas for resolving the interim peace issues. The invitation to
launch talks on a permanent peace agreement is conditional.
If Israel does not accept Clinton's ideas to resolve the remaining
interim peace issues, there will be no ceremony Monday with
Clinton to launch discussions on a permanent status for the West
Bank and Jerusalem.
Secretary of State Albright tells reporters Yasir Arafat has
accepted the US ideas in principle. "If the issues are resolved,
President Clinton is prepared to invite the parties to Washington
on May 11, 1998 to launch accelerated permanent status
negotiations. I have discussed the American ideas with both leaders
and they have engaged with me in a serious and constructive manner.
We will need to have further discussions with both of them in the
coming days, but Chairman Arafat has accepted our ideas in
The best scenario, according to a senior American official, is
for the Israeli Cabinet to accept the American proposals for an
Israeli troop withdrawal from the West Bank and a freeze on
Jewish settlement construction on Sunday and then for Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to arrive on Monday at the White
Netanyahu, in his remarks before leaving London to return home,
says there has been considerable progress in resolving security
issues. Albright describes the prime minister's contribution to the
talks as constructive and helpful.
The idea to proceed with permanent status talks was originally an
Israeli idea to avoid giving up territory to the Palestinians in
the interim agreement. To get to Monday, the Israelis would need
to agree to give the Palestinians 13 percent of the West Bank, a
step they have refused to take.
So the London talks have produced an invitation in principle. If
the ceremony takes place, Clinton will meet with two leaders who
have refused to meet each other directly for several months. They
will begin a process of dealing with the most intractable problems
in the Israeli-Palestinian context. If it all falls apart, Albright
says the United States will re-examine its proposal. In other
words, making it public and assigning blame, a step Israel has
Achille Lauro Terror Leader Free in Gaza
By Arutz-7 News Service
The leader of a Palestinian faction which hijacked the luxury
Italian liner Achille Lauro in 1985, murdering a disabled American
citizen, has returned to live in Gaza City, reportedly with tacit
Mohammed Abbas (code-named Abu al-Abbas) was welcomed home by
hundreds of supporters and said: "I have no regrets about what I
did. I am proud to have been privileged to take part in the
[Palestinian] struggle." (Mohammed Zaidan Abbas is not to be
confused with Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, Yasir
The US issued an international writ for Palestine Liberation Front
leader Abbas' arrest for the murder of 69-year-old wheelchair-bound
hostage Leon Klinghoffer, but canceled it several years ago.
Yediot Ahronot reports that his entry was authorized by Israel's
Shin Bet domestic security service as a gesture to its Palestinian
counterpart and against the advice of Defense Ministry officials.
Just how much Arafat himself had to do with the Achille Lauro
hijacking is unclear. Abbas and Arafat held talks in Tunis two days
before the PLF team seized the ship, according to "Inside the PLO"
(David Halevy and Neil Livingstone, New York: Quill; William
The book also says that according to Israeli intelligence reports
and information relayed by Italian Defense Minister Giovanni
Spadolini, "the terrorists were in contact, via the ship's radio
telephone, with a PLF coordinator in Genoa. He, in turn, got in
touch with the PLO headquarters in Tunis for final instructions."
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