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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
"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
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
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
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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