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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      July 27, 1995, V3, #136
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Knesset Rejects Super-Majority for Approval of Golan Withdrawal

The Knesset rejected Wednesday a preliminary proposal to amend the Golan Basic Law to require a majority of 70 Knesset members for approval of a withdrawal on the Golan Heights. The final tally showed 59 MKs supporting the amendment and 59 MKs in opposition. Because of the tie vote, the amendment failed.

Israel Wants Peace Talks Moved to Europe; PLO Says No

By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held consultations Wednesday to try to determine the time and place for the resumption of talks on expanding Palestinian autonomy. It appears the talks, which were supposed to be concluded by July 25 might not resume until next week.

Officials say the chief negotiators are speaking by phone, or meeting in a secret location, as they have from time to time for several months. But this time, rather than dealing with substantive issues, they are focused on the logistics of when and where to resume formal negotiations.

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has said the talks should resume after the funerals of all of the victims of Monday's suicide bus bombing in a Tel Aviv suburb. Five victims were buried Tuesday, and a sixth who died late Tuesday was buried Wednesday. At least one other person is reported to be in critical condition. Members of Rabin's political party quoted him as saying at a closed-door meeting Wednesday the talks will not resume until next week.

Israel is reported to want to move the talks to Europe, away from the local media spotlight. Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has rejected such proposals in the past. After saying agreement was close last week, Israeli officials now say they do not expect a signing ceremony until September.

Alleged JCC Bombers May Be Set Free

By George Meek (Rio de Janeiro)

An Argentine judge has 10-days to decide whether there is enough evidence to hold seven suspects extradited from Paraguay on charges of illegal arms trafficking. There has been some confusion about the nationality of the suspects.

Media reports have identified the suspects as six Lebanese men and a Brazilian woman, but the Lebanese embassy in Buenos Aires says this is not the case. The embassy says the six men are of Lebanese origin, but only two have Lebanese passports. The other four could apply for Lebanese passports, but have not done so. They have Brazilian passports.

The suspects, detained at an army base near Buenos Aires, were questioned Tuesday by Judge Roberto Marquevich in connection with a an arsenal discovered last year on an island in the Parana River. The arsenal was on the property of former Argentine army intelligence officer Alejandro Sucksdorf, who is a neo-Nazi.

A lawyer representing some of the suspects says the case is flimsy, and he expects them to be freed. He says they were only extradited from Paraguay because of political pressure in Argentina to resolve the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, and the 1994 bombing of a Jewish Cultural Center there.

Marquevich says he is only investigating the arms cache incident, and has no evidence linking the suspects with the bombings, which killed more than 100 people. Argentina, Israel, and the US have blamed the bombings on Islamic fundamentalists linked to Iran.

Jordan's Parliament Ends Ban on Business with Israel

By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)

Jordan's parliament has approved legislation to repeal laws that contradict Jordan's peace treaty with Israel, including a ban on direct dealings with the Jewish state. The new legislation will end the ban on doing business with Israel and allow bilateral business transactions, including the sale of Jordanian land to Israelis. The Finance Committee has recommended land sales should be reciprocal and apply to all foreigners.

Demonstrators outside the building in central Amman carried banners that read -- whoever sells his land sells his country.

The approval coincides with the one-year anniversary of an agreement reached between King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to officially end the 46-year state of war.

Islamist deputies and independents opposed to normalizing relations with Israel have fought against repealing the three laws that contradict Jordan's peace treaty, signed last October with Israel. But the final vote was overwhelmingly in favor of repealing the anti-Israeli laws. Only one-fourth of the 80-member parliament voted against it.

The new legislation is expected to be quickly approved by the Senate and by King Hussein.

Sixth Fatality in Bus Bombing Dies in Hospital

Mordecai Tuvia, 38, died at Ichilov Hospital from injuries sustained in the bus attack in Ramat Gan. Tuvia is the sixth fatality in the suicide bombing of Dan bus No. 20 on Monday outside the Israel Diamond Exchange. Of the 18 people who remain hospitalized, one is listed in serious condition.

According to Ma'ariv, the suicide bomber has not yet been identified. Fingerprints taken from the body were not found in the police department's computerized data base for criminal identification.

Palestinian Police Chief Nasser Yousuf said preliminary investigations conducted by Palestinian intelligence in Gaza and Jericho did not reveal any evidence that the terrorists departed from areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Meanwhile, Fatah distributed a bitter leaflet in the Gaza Strip claiming that the attack hurt the interests of the Palestinian people.

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