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>JN July 14, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 127
Barak Calls for Alertness to Prevent Terror Attacks
Prime Minister Ehud Barak called upon security agencies to increase
their alertness and resume cooperation between Israeli and PLO
Authority agencies to prevent terror attacks. Barak indicated that
with the resumption of talks between Israel and the PA, the
extremist elements such as the Islamic Jihad and Hamas, are likely
to attempt to renew terror attacks to interrupt the peace efforts.
Barak Meets with King Abdullah
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is concluding a series of
confidence-building meetings with Israel's Arab neighbors with a
trip to Jordan for talks with King Abdullah.
The talks between Barak and King Abdullah are taking place in the
Jordanian resort of Aqaba and will focus on efforts to revive the
Middle East peace process and the role Jordan may play in the
Jordan wants to be involved in the so-called final status talks
that are expected to determine the borders of a Palestinian state,
the rights of Palestinian refugees and the future of Jerusalem.
A report in the Jerusalem Post says Jordanian officials want to
make sure they play a significant part in the peace process.
Shimon Shamir is a former Israeli Ambassador to Jordan. "The
Jordanians have a traditional concern in this area whenever some
secret diplomacy develops within Israel, the United States, Syria
-- Jordanians were always concerned that this may be to some extent
at their expense and there are precedents of that in the past.
Now these suspicions are not helpful and it is better to put
everything on the table and have a peace process which enjoys the
whole support of the Arab peace camp."
King Abdullah has shown a great deal of interest in the expected
resumption of Israel's negotiations with Syria which broke down
more than three years ago. The king has engaged in extensive
contacts with Syria prior to his meeting with Barak and on the eve
of the discussions sent a personal envoy to discuss the peace
process with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.
Damascus has been sending positive signals to Barak since his
election in may with assad praising the Israeli prime minister's
personality and character. Jordan became the second Arab country
after Egypt to make peace with Israel when the two countries signed
a treaty in 1994.
Later this week, Barak will fly to Washington to meet with
President Clinton and other US officials. He is expected to begin
specific negotiations on the peace process after he concludes his
talks with Israel's Arab neighbors and his trip to the United
Leah Rabin Offered Israel's UN Ambassadorship
Leah Rabin, widow of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, told
reporters she was offered the position as Israel's Ambassador to
the United Nations, replacing Dore Gold.
Rabin reports the offer came up during the Peres administration
following the assassination of her husband prior to the 1996
national elections and has now come up once again. She admitted the
offer was only in the most preliminary stages to "feel out" the
situation and indicated that if a formal serious offer were made,
she would give it serious consideration.
She said, "I am not fighting [for any position] and no one owes me
Netanyahu Offered Directorship of New Right-Wing Weekly
Former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has received a job offer:
the directorship of a new weekly publication affiliated with the
Netanyahu received the offer from a group of Israeli and foreign
investors, who are planning a glossy weekly publication modeled
after prestigious American weekly magazines. The investors are
willing to commit to covering start-up and operation costs for five
The investors offered the directorship to Netanyahu, including
overseeing the inception of the publication and setting its
perspective, but not including the day-to-day running or editing of
Netanyahu confirmed that he was made this offer, but that he has
not yet responded to it. He stated that he has received tens of
offers since the elections from various investors, who have offered
him senior positions in their businesses, including in the
Netanyahu has not yet rejected or accepted any of the offers, and
said that he has only committed himself to two projects: writing a
memoir about his term as prime minister, and lecturing world-wide.
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