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>JN July 9, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 124
Mother of Imprisoned Iranian Jew Insists Her Son is Well
The mother of one of the 13 imprisoned Iranian Jews charged with
spying for Israel has stated her son, Navid Balazadeh, was being
treated well and is receiving kosher provisions. Navid's mother
added she was assured by Iranian officials that the justice who
will be presiding over the case would deal fairly with all of the
Barak Meets Today with Mubarak
By Scott Bobb (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli officials are seeking to lower expectations on the eve of
a series of meetings between Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who took
office Tuesday, and several Arab leaders. Arab leaders agree
preliminary consultations are vital in order to re-build confidence
before the serious negotiations can begin.
Foreign Minister David Levy says Barak's upcoming meetings will be
to break the ice and create a climate of mutual trust.
Speaking on Israel Radio, Levy said the Barak government wants to
advance the peace process. But first, he says, agreement must be
reached on what he called a code of behavior, so there will be no
Barak is to visit Egypt today to meet with President Hosni Mubarak.
He is to meet with Palestinian Leader Yasir Arafat Sunday and with
Jordanian King Abdullah next week before travelling to Washington
for talks with President Clinton.
The director of the Palestinian Academic Society, Mahdi Abdelhadi,
says Barak will tell Mubarak he wants to strengthen relations,
which have been cool because of the stalemated peace process. And
he believes Barak will seek to reassure the Egyptian leader that he
wants to pursue peace negotiations with Syria, but does not
intend to do so at the expense of the Palestinians.
"It's a matter of putting the credentials on the table, (and
saying) here I am back as a partner for the peace process. Trust
me. And if the Palestinians have been saying they want to test me,
I'm willing to go through the test."
Abdelhadi says he also expects Barak to ask the Egyptian president
for more time, saying he has to strengthen political support for
the negotiations at home. Abdelhadi says it is too early to trust
Barak, because of the military officers on his staff and because of
positions he took during the election campaign which, many
Palestinians believe, are almost as hardline as those of the
As a result, Abdelhadi says Palestinians want Barak first to
implement the suspended Wye River accords and resume the transfer
of West Bank land to the Palestinian Authority.
Abdelhadi says Palestinians have been weakened by their agreements
with the Israeli government. As a result, he says, they need the
support of regional partners -- Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon --
before they begin negotiations on final status issues, like
refugees, settlements and Jerusalem.
Palestinian Citizenship for Israeli Arabs
A suggestion to include the granting of Palestinian citizenship to
Israeli Arabs within the final status negotiations has been made by
a right-wing nationalist group, "Jewish Leadership" in its official
bulletin. The proposal is included in the most recent issue, number
51, of "L'Chatchila", the intellectual bi-weekly published by
Mordechai Karpel who recently ran for the Knesset but withdrew in
the final week.
While asserting that Arab residents in Israel must be accorded full
human and natural rights and the protection of their welfare and
good-being, the article suggests that the new Israel negotiating
team propose that within the framework of the final status talks
that the political rights of Arab residents of Israel be fulfilled
under the aegis of the PLO Authority.
Security Officials Prepare for Increased Terror Activity
Five members of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations
have been arrested over the past days in the Hebron area. They
are suspected of planning terrorist activities.
Senior officials in the security establishment have indicated that
with the new dovish government assuming control of the nation,
there is a likelihood that terrorist organization will increase
there efforts to carry out an attack against targets in Israel to
prevent the advancement of the Oslo process between Israel and the
High Court Supports Request for Gregorian Tombstone
The High Court of Justice has overruled the decision of the
district court ruling that a Rishon L'Tzion woman may order that
the Gregorian birth and death dates of her late mother be inscribed
on the tombstone, against the wishes of the local burial society.
Fredrika Shavir appealed to the High Court represented by an
organization headed by Rabbi Uri Regev who leads Israel's Reform
Jewish community. The court also ordered the burial society is to
pay all expenses in the case as well as expenses incurred in
redoing the tombstone of the grave of her mother.
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