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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      Aug. 2, 1995, V3, #139
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Test Firing of Arrow 2 Called Successful

The first test-firing of the Arrow 2 anti-missile missile Sunday afternoon has been called a success. The Arrow reached a speed of Mach 10 as it rose dozens of kilometers high. Following a flight lasting 68.2 seconds, the missile self-destructed as planned. The missile was fired for the first time from an air force base on land instead of from a sea-based site. Six additional test firings are planned. The missile is expected to be operationable in 18 months.

Israel Soldiers Use Force on Settlers

By Al Pessin (Artis Hill, West Bank)

Israeli police and soldiers used force to remove Jewish settlers from land on the West Bank Tuesday, for the second consecutive day.

This barren hill is next to the Israeli settlement of Beit El, which is alongside the Palestinian city of Ramallah.Several hundred settlers moved onto the hill late Monday, after security forces earlier removed another group from another hill to the south. Both groups received the same treatment, as police moved in, picked them up, and put them in a waiting bus.

The settlers are demonstrating their opposition to the Israeli government's plan to expand Palestinian autonomy to much of the West Bank, including the Ramallah area. The settlers oppose the plan on religious grounds, and also because they fear their towns scattered throughout the West Bank will be endangered. About 135,000 Israeli settlers live on the West Bank, along with more than 1 million Palestinians.

One of the settler leaders involved in Tuesday's incident was Rabbi Benny Eilon, who spoke through the window of the police bus where he and dozens of other protesters were being detained.

"It is a great honor to be arrested under temporarily, minority government that represents the Arabs in Israel, and those leftists that want to uproot us from the land of Israel, from the tradition of Israel, and from all of the values that we were educated on."

The confrontations between the settlers and the police have become an issue in Israeli society. Police spokesman Eric Bar Chen says the police will do their duty, no matter who is committing illegal activity.

"I think the police sort of take it in their stride. We have had demonstrations all over the country on all sorts of matters. And the police here are used to dealing with demonstrations. We try to keep things as peaceful as we can, even when we do have to use a minimum amount of force."

The newspaper Ma'ariv wrote in an editorial Monday the settlers have legitimate security concerns, but said most Israelis will not support them if they defy the government and confront the security forces. The newspaper Ha'aretz wrote the police action against the settlers was needed and the settlers must accept the new reality of expanded Palestinian autonomy.

At Tuesday's demonstration, Rabbi Eilon said that is not likely to happen. "It will be tomorrow in another place, and the day after it in another place. If they want to uproot 150,000 Jews from their own homeland, from the heartland, they will understand that it is not so easy."

That attitude, combined with expectations that agreement will be reached soon on expanding Palestinian autonomy during the next several months, led Israel's Police Minister Moshe Shahal to say Tuesday the country could be facing what he called -- a long hot winter.

Hussein Meets Mubarak, Discuss Israeli Peace

By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)

Jordan's King Hussein met Tuesday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the Egyptian leaders' summer residence in the Mediterranean port of Alexandria. They discussed the obstacles blocking Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

The two leaders talked about what is being done to narrow the differences between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators. Israel and the Palestinians had promised to complete their talks on expanding self-rule in the West Bank by July 1, but that deadline came and went without agreement.

The teams changed location and tried again, but the second deadline was also missed because of lingering differences about a few key issues like water-sharing rights. The negotiators have moved to the Israeli resort of Eilat to try to finish their agreement later this month.

Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab states so far to have signed peace treaties with Israel. Egypt's president has played an active mediator role in the PLO negotiations.

Israelis will be Allowed to Buy Jordanian Land; and Vice Versa

By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)

Jordan moved one step closer to ending its participation in the Arab boycott against Israel when the Jordanian Senate approved, as expected, a law allowing bilateral business deals with the Jewish state. The Senate approved the bill by an overwhelming majority. All it needs now is King Hussein's signature, which is expected later in the week.

The new law will end a long-standing statute that forbids business dealings with Israel. That will put Jordanian legislation in line with the peace treaty signed last October with Israel. The new law will also allow Israelis to buy land in Jordan on condition of reciprocity.

Removing restrictions to bilateral business deals in effect removes Jordan from the Arab boycott of Israel. The other Arab state conducting business openly with Israel is Egypt, which signed its peace treaty with the Jewish state in 1979.

Jordanian, Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian business executives have been holding a series of meetings during the past year to figure out ways to improve trade and cooperation. In Cairo Monday, they agreed to set up a regional business council.

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