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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
July 24, 1995, V3, #133
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Israeli-Chinese Cooperation in Identifying Hidden Indications
Cooperation between Israeli and Chinese scientists has resulted in
developing a new method for uncovering fingerprints and invisible
stains in body fluids, including blood, saliva and semen. The
Israeli police disclosed the invention at an international
fingerprint experts convention in Israel.
Palestinian Talks Move to the Dead Sea
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are continuing talks at a new
location this week and say they will miss Tuesday's target date for
reaching agreement on the next phase of Palestinian autonomy. The
negotiators have moved from a hilltop hotel in northern Israel, to
a hotel on the shore of the Dead Sea -- but the setting appears to
be the only thing new about the talks.
Officials on both sides say there are still serious disagreements
about several key issues related to a further Israeli withdrawal
from the West Bank and control of civilian affairs such as water
The two sides missed a July 1 target date, and say they will
certainly miss the new target of July 25. Some officials even
predict there will be no agreement by the end of the month. This
interim accord, detailing plans for the Israeli troop redeployment
and the holding of Palestinian elections, was originally scheduled
to be ready more than one-year ago. Negotiators say they have made
much progress, and some express the hope a summit meeting or two
this week could bridge the final gaps.
Arafat Promises Americans to Alter Palestinian Covenant
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat promised the U.S.
that he would cancel sections in the Palestinian Covenant calling
for the destruction of Israel and that he would support this
position in Palestinian elections.
Arafat's commitment assisted in a breakthrough on the dispute
of continued American aid to the PLO and the Palestinian
Authority. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms
is expected to present the committee with draft legislation --
agreed to by the U.S. administration and Israel -- on an 18-month
extension of aid to the Palestinians.
With the help of the pro-Israel lobby and U.S. Middle East
Coordinator Dennis Ross, Israel's American Embassy succeeded in
encouraging Helms to agree on the draft through behind-the-scenes
contacts. The legislation requires the Palestinian Authority to
cancel sections of the Palestinian Covenant calling for the
destruction of Israel within a reasonable time period after
elections. If the relevant sections are not canceled within six
months, additional aid will be withheld.
Aid will also be dependant on measures taken by the Palestinian
Authority to prevent continued terrorism. Such measures will
include the establishment of institutions for law enforcement and
for imprisoning terrorists, and a ban on the selling, production
or carrying of weapons.
The legislation also requires the Palestinian Authority to
extradite terrorists and cooperate with Israel on criminal issues.
In addition, the legislation requires President Clinton to report
to Congress on the steps taken by the Palestinian Authority
regarding the lifting of the Arab boycott.
Rabin: Price for Syria Accord will be Lower Than Camp David
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin says Israel wants to pay a lower price
for a peace treaty with Syria than was paid under the Camp David
accords with Egypt. "[Camp David] did not leave us a presence in
Sinai, and did not allow for early-warning systems," Rabin said.
The Prime Minister's office said aerial early warning systems
could only supplement ground-based early warning systems on the
Golan Heights. The statement came in response to a proposal
published in a Syrian newspaper to establish aerial early-warning
systems. "If the Syrians want an agreement, they will have no
choice but to compromise on this point, because Israel will in no
waycompromise on this issue," said the Prime Minister's office.
Israel is also still objecting to third-party administration of
Argentinean Officials Deny Nuclear Sales to Syria
Argentinean Foreign Ministry officials said their country is not
attempting to sell a nuclear reactor to Syria. Israeli officials
had recently expressed their concern about reports that Argentina
is selling nuclear equipment to Syria.
The Argentinean source explained that a 1992 law made it illegal to
sell nuclear equipment to states that have not signed the
Argentinean convention for nuclear cooperation. The sources
confirmed that talks on nuclear exports to Syria were held at the
beginning of 1990, before passage of the law.
"If Syria had signed the convention, Argentina would have examined
what type of equipment should be exported in order to advance peace
in the region," the official said.
Burial Cave Uncovered in Highway Construction
Bulldozers working on a new highway in the Ben-Shemen-Gimzu
Junction area struck a soft chalk rock and uncovered a cave, which
has been identified as an ancient burial cave. Additional
excavations by the Antiquities Authority's archeologist Oren
Shmueli found two more similar caves nearby, probably from the end
of the first and beginning of the second century. They were not
looted, though there were signs that people had entered them. The
central area is high enough to stand in, with cubicles on all sides
for the burials... They have been identified as Jewish burial
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