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>JN May 27, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 97
Netanyahu in China
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting in China, met with the
Chinese prime minister, president and foreign minister. They
promised him that China would not aid Iran in acquiring nuclear
weapons and long-range missiles. The announcement to this effect
has aggravated the already tense relations between China and Iran.
Business ties between the two countries are dominating the talks
Hamas, Marxist Group Forming Anti-Israel Alliance
By Arutz-7 News Service
The militant Islamic group Hamas and a radical Marxist Palestinian
group announced from Damascus they would form an alliance to
confront Israel "with all possible means. The collapse of the
Palestinian-Israeli peace talks has proved to all that peace could
not be achieved with Israel," said George Habash, leader of the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
"We believe that the political situation at present is appropriate
to establish such an alliance. The political views of Hamas and the
PFLP are the same," the PFLP leader said. He did not elaborate but
Maher al-Taher, politburo member of the PFLP who was present at the
meeting, said other factions could join the new front.
Saudi Newspaper: Arafat Vows State and War Against Israel
By Arutz-7 News Service
Ahmed Abdel Rahman, secretary of the Palestinian "cabinet," told a
Saudi Arabian newspaper that Yasir Arafat has vowed to declare a
Palestinian state next year, "leading to a war with Israel, with
the first target being the destruction of the settlements."
Rahman said that the declaration of the state would cover "all the
territories conquered since 1967, including eastern Jerusalem."
Palestinian Authority Deputy Chairman Abu Mazen told Labor MK Dalia
Itzik that if an agreement is not signed between Israel and the
Palestinians, there will be unprecedented bloodshed.
Gingrich Scheduled to Meet Arafat
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is to meet Wednesday with
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. The meeting comes after Gingrich's
four-day visit to Israel that was full of strong pro-Israel
statements and expressions of skepticism about Palestinian
In a speech to Israel's parliament Tuesday, Gingrich said Congress
supports Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem as its eternal capital.
That is the latest in a series of moves by the congressman that are
Gingrich's spokesmen have accused Palestinian peace negotiator
Sa'eb Erakat of inciting violence when he warned of a possible
violent reaction if Gingrich had visited the embassy site and laid
a symbolic cornerstone as planned.
At a news conference, Gingrich expressed strong and continuing
congressional support for Israel, and he echoed Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying only Israel can determine its
security needs. But the Speaker said he is looking forward to
meeting with Arafat in autonomous Ramallah.
Gingrich declined to say whether he believes the Palestinians
have the right to a state, or to any role in Jerusalem, saying
those are issues for future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Historians: Swiss Banks Bought Holocaust Victims' Gold
By Lisa Schlein (VOA-Geneva)
An international panel of historians has confirmed that Swiss banks
bought gold from Nazi Germany which belonged to Holocaust victims.
The 230-page study is the first by the nine-member panel, which was
set up by the Swiss government to investigate Switzerland's
dealings with Nazi Germany during World War 2. The historians say
about 264 pounds of gold taken from Holocaust victims in Nazi
concentration camps was sent to Switzerland.
They say they have found no evidence indicating Swiss bankers knew
the source of the gold. But, they add the Swiss made no effort
until the war was almost over to find out if any of the gold they
received from the Nazis had been stolen from individuals or looted
from other countries' central banks.
The report says the Nazis melted down the gold from stolen watches,
coins and gold bars, processed it into standard bars which they
then shipped to Switzerland. However, the historians say they do
not know if any of the gold included dental gold, as claimed by
many Jewish groups.
The historians put the value of the gold stolen from death camp
victims at $1.2 million at today's prices. This is only a tiny
fraction of the more than $2.5 billion worth of gold that Swiss
bankers are believed to have bought from the Nazis during the war.
Switzerland's central bank expresses what it calls its profound
regret at having unintentionally bought gold that Nazi Germany
stole from Holocaust victims. But, it says the bank has already
contributed $68 million to a humanitarian fund for Holocaust
victims. And, it says it sees no need to make more amends for its
The Swiss government says there is nothing in the study which
suggests that Switzerland should offer more compensation to
countries or individuals whose assets were stolen by the Nazis.
Under a 1946 agreement, Switzerland paid the Allies more than 250
million Swiss francs worth of gold. In return, the Allies dropped
all further claims. Some critics want the accord renegotiated.
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