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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 24, 1995, V3, #192
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Israel: No Withdrawal from Southern Lebanon
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
A senior official of Israel's Foreign Ministry says Israel is not
considering a unilateral withdrawal from southern Lebanon, as some
cabinet ministers have suggested. And, the Israeli official says
Syria would risk the future of the peace process if it tries to use
the Lebanon situation to put pressure on Israel.
Foreign Ministry Director-General Uri Savir says the zone Israel
occupies in southern Lebanon is needed to protect northern Israel
from attacks by the guerrillas of the Hizbullah group, supported by
Iran and Syria. He says that is a very real security concern which
makes unilateral withdrawal impossible.
"There is no thought to withdraw from the security zone because
of Hizbullah attacks. And the security policy will be pursued the
way it has been defined by the government, going after the
Hizbullah. And ultimately any change in the political status quo
can only come as a result of a broader agreement, but definitely
not through any unilateral israeli move out southern Lebanon. That
remains government policy."
Several Cabinet ministers have suggested during the past week that
Israel should reexamine the necessity of maintaining its occupation
of southern Lebanon.
Israeli officials have said that if there is no significant
progress with Syria by the end of the year, there will be no peace
agreement until after Israel's elections next November. Some have
said the process is already dead.
But Savir also contradicted that view, saying it is not yet time
to bury the Israel-Syria peace process. And he said he does not
know exactly what the deadline is for declaring it dead.
He said Israel remains ready to negotiate if Syria is, and he urged
Syria to resume talks between senior military officers as promised.
Savir also repeated Israel's view that there can be no breakthrough
in the talks unless there is a high-level meeting, which Syria has
so far refused to hold.
Jenin Evacuation is Set for Tomorrow
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinians in the West Bank town of Jenin are planning
celebrations for an expected Israeli troop withdrawal tomorrow.
Israeli officials say the troops will stay a while longer, and
tomorrow will be only the start of a three-week process of
familiarization, liaison and consultation.
Palestinian flags are sprouting in windows and on rooftops in
Jenin, and local citizens tell foreign visitors they expect the
Israeli troops to withdraw tomorrow -- the first day of an
agreed-upon three-week period for the transfer of authority in the
But Israeli officials say that is a misconception. Israel's top
negotiator with the Palestinians, Uri Savir, says the only thing
that will happen on tomorrow is the opening of a district
coordination office on the edge of town and the arrival of a few
Palestinian police officers for meetings with their Israeli
Several house trailers were set up for this purpose yesterday, on
land cleared by Israeli construction crews last week.
Savir, who is director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry,
says full civil authority will not be transferred until Nov. 5. He
says the Israeli troop withdrawal from Jenin -- and the arrival of
the Palestinian police force -- will be a few days later.
Even then, Savir says, the process is not complete. Once Israeli
troops are out of the city, it will take another week to deploy the
Palestinian police in nearby villages, where they will work
together with Israeli troops in this interim phase.
The schedule presented by Savir is bound to disappoint many people
in Jenin and in other cities which have been expecting dramatic
changes on the dates when their three-week withdrawal periods are
But Israeli and Palestinian officials say that after 28 years of
occupation, including two years of negotiations, another couple
of weeks devoted to having an orderly handover should not bother
anyone too much.
New Drug Will Delay Development of AIDS
A new drug which can prolong the lives of AIDS victims while not
curing the disease has been announced by an Israeli physician at
the University of Stanford in California.
Dr. Yonatan Shapira carried out research at the University's
institute on AIDS and said the drug was tested on 40 AIDS patients.
He said the drug in the past had slowed the disease, with minor
side effects. He doubled and then quadrupled the dosage with
encouraging results -- with immunity systems increasing in strength
and more of the viruses destroyed in the blood. Shapira, 35,
studied at Ben Gurion University in Israel, specializing in
internal medicine at Beilinson Hospital.
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