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>JN May 7, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 86
Israel's Vanunu to Appeal Parole Decision
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Israel's nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu will appeal against a parole
board ruling that he should remain in jail, one of his lawyers said
Tuesday. "We are going to appeal to the Beersheva District Court
later this week," lawyer Ronit Robinson said. Vanunu, 43, was found
guilty of espionage in 1986 after telling Britain's Sunday Times
newspaper that Israel was secretly building atomic bombs. The
parole board ruled the former nuclear technician, who has served
two-thirds of his 18-year sentence, should complete his term.
Gingrich: Clinton Administration "Pro-Arafat"
By Deborah Tate (VOA-White House)
President Clinton is defending US efforts to try to move the Middle
East peace process forward. This, amid criticism from Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of Congress that the US is
trying to dictate the terms. Clinton denies he is trying to
pressure Israel. He says his goal is to get the Israelis and
Palestinians to final status negotiations as soon as possible.
"I don't believe Israel or any other country should accept the
dictates of the United States in a peace process. We cannot and
should not impose a peace on parties because they have to live with
the consequences. What we have tried to do for a good year now is
to listen to both parties, look at the situation on the ground,
understand their respective concerns and come forward with a set of
ideas that we believe are most likely to get the parties to final
Speaking at a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister
Romano Prodi, Clinton noted it was Netanyahu who first proposed a
stepped-up timetable toward a final agreement. He expressed hope
the Israeli leader would accept his invitation to come to
The president invited Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat
to Washington to launch talks on a final settlement -- but only on
condition that Israel accept a US plan to withdraw from 13 percent
of the West Bank.
The Israeli prime minister says he is prepared to make the visit,
but says he does not want to be pressured into agreeing to what he
calls 'certain conditions' that are unacceptable to Israel.
US lawmakers are also taking issue with the administration's
conditional offer. A bipartisan majority in the House of
Representatives signed a letter to Clinton expressing its
House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke to reporters about the issue.
"The Clinton administration continues to be pro-Arafat, continues
to prop up the Palestinian position, and has now moved in a public
way, to deliver an ultimatum -- decide by next week or else. You
can only come to Washington if you do what the Clinton
administration dictates. Now that is precisely the opposite of
what was promised. What was promised was the United States
would convene meetings at which the two parties would negotiate.
Now it has become the Clinton administration and Arafat against
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
A senior Palestinian official has expressed concern that the United
States might wrestle a new withdrawal commitment from Israel, only
to see it go unfulfilled and lead to a new crisis.
Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo says he spoke to
the palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, after Tuesday's talks and
that there are concerns in his delegation that even if Israel
accepts the US plan, there could still be serious problems ahead.
Abed Rabbo says Palestinian officials have no faith in Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and are worried that any
agreement signed in Washington Monday, might not be fully
implemented because of disputes that arise later -- as has happened
with previous accords.
Israeli spokesman David bar Illan seemed to raise that possibility
Wednesday, saying any actual Israeli troop movements would depend
on the Palestinians first fulfilling their commitments on fighting
militants and other issues.
Landau Calls for Defense Cooperation
By IINS News Service
Likud MK Uzi Landau, chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs
Committee, called for strengthened strategic cooperation with
countries such as Ethiopia, Eritrea and India as a means of
countering military build-up of Iran and Iraq.
He told 200 Hadassah International Convention delegates, meeting in
Jerusalem, that Iran is already developing a missile with attack
range of 780 miles, and would like to extend that threat to 1,500
miles, which would include Europe, and perhaps even 6,000 miles,
which would bring the US eastern coastline into range.
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