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Barak Calls for Alertness to Prevent Terror Attacks

By IsraelWire

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 negotiations.


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 States.


Leah Rabin Offered Israel's UN Ambassadorship

By IsraelWire

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 anything."


Netanyahu Offered Directorship of New Right-Wing Weekly

By IsraelWire


Former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has received a job offer: the directorship of a new weekly publication affiliated with the moderate right-wing.


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 years.

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 the magazine.


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 high-tech field.


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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