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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 25, 1995, V3, #156
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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25 Right-Wing Leaders Begin Hunger Strike
A group of right-wing leaders are taking part in a hunger strike
outside of the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem. The 25
participants include Knesset Members, reserve IDF and police
officers, mayors and professors. The hunger strike is planned to
last a week to mourn the victims of Monday's terrorist attack in
U.N. Report: Iraqi Biological Missiles Were Aimed at Israel
Information relayed to Israel contained in a report by the U.N.
committee to examine Iraq's nuclear and biological weapons
confirms for the first time that during the Gulf War, Iraq
possessed operational biological weapons aimed at Israel.
According to the report, Iraq continued its effort to develop
nuclear weapons long after the end of the Gulf War. Israel's
Ambassador to the U.N. Gad Yaacobi said Wednesday that the new
information proves Israel was in great danger during the war.
King Hussein/President Mubarak Speak About Saddam
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Jordan's King Hussein has publicly distanced himself from Iraqi
ruler Saddam Hussein and is taking the Western position sanctions
should remain until Iraq complies with all UN ceasefire
Iraqi television broadcast the 45-minute speech without commentary.
It was a rare opportunity for Iraqi citizens to hear such a public
and sharp criticism of the leadership.
King Hussein complained Iraq's invasion of Kuwait had damaged Arab
credibility and he criticized Saddam Hussein for endangering
Jordanians when he launched missiles across Jordan to attack
Israel. He said he was shocked to learn the Iraqi leadership had
considered invading Kuwait last October and attacking it again
Not surprisingly, Kuwait welcomed the king's remarks as very
positive. "Al Qabas" newspaper said it is another step toward
tightening the pressure on the Iraqi regime to serve the Iraqi
people and on the Arab nation as a whole in getting rid of it.
King Hussein defended his granting asylum to Saddam Hussein's
son-in-law who defected earlier this month. He insisted he would
not harbor a traitor or a foreign agent, and said the high-ranking
military officer had cleared a blurred vision of Iraq's reality.
Iraqi's state-run newspapers did not mention the speech. Instead,
they attacked the US for its new show of force in the Gulf. Al
Qadissiya newspaper also accused the US of trying to choke Iraq by
pushing Jordan to halt its oil purchases.
In his speech, King Hussein dismissed the reports and said the
border with Iraq will remain open to keep up the flow of
much-needed food and medicine for Iraqis suffering from five-years
of tough trade sanctions.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warns getting rid of Saddam
Hussein is a matter for Iraqis to decide, not foreign powers. In
a hastily-arranged news conference for Egyptian reporters, Mubarak
also described Iraq's new openness with UN inspectors as a
political tactic. These are Mubarak's first public comments about
the Iraqi situation and the defection of a high-ranking Iraqi
military officer. They come a day after Jordan's King Hussein
publicly distanced himself from Saddam Hussein. Mubarak says the
downfall or survival of the Iraqi leadership is for the Iraqi
people to decide. His remarks are seen as a warning to foreign
powers to reduce efforts to bring down Saddam Hussein.
Egypt was a key member of the anti-Iraq coalition during the Gulf
war. Mubarak dismisses reports Iraq is getting ready to invade
Kuwait again. He told reporters he does not think Iraq is in any
position to carry out military operations like the 1990 invasion.
His remarks differ from King Hussein, who said Wednesday he was
shocked by the news Iraq had planned to attack Kuwait and Saudi
Mubarak also wonders about the motives behind the defection of Gen.
Hussein Kamel Hassan -- Saddam Hussein's son-in-law. The general
had directed Iraq's secret weapons programs. Mubarak says the
defection is not clear cut, but he doubts it means the downfall of
the Baghdad government.
PLO Agreement will be Signed Sunday
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
PLO and Israeli negotiators are to sign an agreement Sunday in
cairo to transfer power in eight areas of civilian authority in the
West Bank. It is part of the second phase of the PLO/Israeli deal
on autonomy that expands self-rule in the West Bank. But an
overall interim agreement is still at least a month away.
PLO negotiator Jamil Tarifi and Israeli Gen. Oren Shahor will sign
the partial agreement in Cairo. It covers the details of
transferring power in eight areas -- including labor, trade,
industry, insurance, agriculture, local government, gas and fuel.
Authority in at least three dozen other spheres have already been
transferred. But the signing on Sunday does not mean the deal
Negotiating teams are continuing their talks in the Israeli resort
of Eilat. They are trying to narrow their differences in several
key areas, especially security in the West Bank and water rights.
The teams have already missed several self-imposed deadlines. A
new one has been set for the end of September.
The stalled talks are holding up Palestinian elections, which PLO
leader Yasir Arafat had wanted to get underway before the end of
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