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>JN May 8. 1998, Vol. 6, No. 87
Iraq Says it Rejected Nuclear Bomb Offer in 1990
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Iraq said Thursday it turned down an offer of help in 1990 to build
an atomic bomb with Pakistani expertise and reported the matter to
the world's nuclear watchdog organization. An Iraqi spokesman said
the offer was made by a Greek intermediary, who asked whether Iraq
would be interested in contact with a Pakistani scientist to help
build a nuclear bomb. Iraq dismissed the offer, calling it an
"intelligence trick," and documented the offer with the
International Atomic Energy Agency.
Mrs. Clinton Expresses Support for Palestinian State
By David Gollust (VOA-White House)
In a television hook-up with Israeli and Palestinian young people,
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said she supported the eventual
creation of a Palestinian state.
Officials rushed to assert that Mrs. Clinton was expressing a
personal view and that US policy -- that the statehood issue is
to be decided by the parties in negotiations -- remains unchanged.
White House spokesman Mike McCurry insisted Mrs. Clinton's comment
was not a message to either side or a signal of an impending policy
"This was not part of any calculated strategy. And I think it
speaks for itself when an immediate clarification is issued by her
staff -- that this is something that she did not say in the context
of any formal administration policy-making role."
Mrs. Clinton told the youth gathering -- held in Switzerland --
that statehood would be very important for the Palestinian people
and for the broader goal of peace in the Middle East.
President Clinton is sending envoy Dennis Ross back to the Middle
East to try to iron out remaining obstacles to a Washington summit
with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian
leader Yasir Arafat Monday.
The administration has come under attack from Israelis and
congressional Republicans for making Israel's acceptance of US
proposals for a West Bank withdrawal a condition attending the
summit. But in a statement volunteered to reporters here, Clinton
insisted he is not trying to dictate terms to either side.
"What we are trying to do now is simply to regain the momentum that
has been lost in the past few months -- not by imposing our ideas
on anyone. Because only the parties can make decisions that will
affect the lives they have to live -- their security and their
future. What we're searching for is common ground to achieve what
Prime Minister Netanyahu asked us to pursue a year ago -- the start
of accelerated permanent status negotiations."
The peace process has been stalled for more than a year over the
withdrawal issue. The US proposal, already endorsed by Arafat, is
understood to call for Israel to pull back from another 13 percent
of the West Bank.
Netanyahu's complaints about what he has called US "dictates" on
the issue have been picked up congressional Republicans -- with
House Speaker Newt Gingrich condemning what he termed
administration "blackmail" on behalf of Arafat.
The final-status negotiations -- which are supposed to be completed
next year -- would focus on the core issues of the peace process
including the political future of Jerusalem and the question of
West Bank Homes on Sale on Paris' Left Bank
By Arutz-7 News Service
The Yesha settlement organization Amanah has started selling
apartments to the French Jewish community. Ronit Douek, marketing
director for Amanah, told Arutz-7 that Amanah is appearing in an
Israeli housing fair in Paris, together with many other Israeli
"The 27 Yesha communities in which we offer homes can provide
things that no one else can," she said, "such as an unparalleled
quality of life, a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and attractive
prices." This is the first time that Amanah homes are being
offered outside of Israel.
Douek said that the French Jewish community is an appropriate
target for Amanah's marketing efforts, as many French Jews feel a
strong affinity towards Israel in general and Yesha in particular.
She also said that many of them have already integrated
successfully into these communities. Douek that the media in
France, both Jewish and not, has shown a great interest in
Amanah's presence at the fair.
In other French Jewry news, conservative extremist French leader
Jean-Marie LePen said that his country has the right to view the
entire Jewish community there as "foreigners," because the Jews in
France are more loyal to Israel than to France. "My remarks are
not racism," said LePen, "they are merely patriotism."
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