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>JN July 19, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 124
Barak Offers PA 95% of Judea & Samaria in Swap for Jerusalem
Ma'ariv reports Prime Minister Ehud Barak is offering the PLO
Authority nearly 95 percent of Judea and Samaria in exchange for
total Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. PA officials indicated
that PA Chairman Yasir Arafat would reject any offers that do not
include PA sovereignty over at least eastern Jerusalem, including
the Old City and the Temple Mount, to serve as the capital of a
Down to the Wire at Camp David
By VOA's David Gollust (White House) & Ross Dunn (Jerusalem)
The Camp David Middle East summit moved Tuesday through its eighth
and perhaps most decisive day, with President Clinton working
almost non-stop to get an Israeli-Palestinian deal before a planned
trip to Japan Wednesday.
The White House is maintaining its news blackout on the substance
of talks, but it is clear from the hectic pace of Clinton's
activity that the summit may be in a decisive phase.
Spokesman Joe Lockhart said Clinton had a mid-day meeting with
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat after working all night in marathon
talks that included two sessions with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Barak -- the second of which lasted beyond four in the morning.
In a signal that Clinton might at least delay his departure on the
five-day Japan trip, Lockhart said the departure of a charter
flight for reporters covering the trip will be pushed back from
Tuesday evening to sometime Wednesday.
Similarly, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright cancelled plans
for a trip to London that was to have begun late Tuesday, though
her spokesman said the decision was not necessarily linked to
Despite the blackout enforced by the U.S. delegation, there has
been a flurry of reports from the region about possible scenarios
for the conclusion of the summit, including suggestions there could
be a partial agreement that would include an Israeli pledge to
recognize Palestinian statehood while talks continue on other
But spokesman Lockhart -- using a baseball analogy to discount the
reports - said the batting average of those reporting on what is
purportedly going on at Camp David is not so good.
Clinton wants an accord covering all the final status issues,
including the borders of a Palestinian state, the rights of
Palestinian refugees and probably the most difficult -- the
political future of Jerusalem. A final accord is certain to mean a
huge increase in U.S. aid to the parties, including contributions
to an international fund for the refugees.
The Speaker of Israel's parliament, Avraham Burg, said there was a
possibility that an agreement would be reached at Camp David but
the outcome may not be clear until the last moments of the talks.
Burg based his comments on a conversation with Barak. He says the
prime minister is cautious but highly motivated in his mission to
reach a final peace accord with the Palestinians.
But Cabinet Minister Haim Ramon, a close confidante of Barak, says
he doubts an agreement can be reached before Wednesday when Clinton
is due to leave Camp David for a meeting of the world's leading
industrialized nations in Japan.
Ramon says it will take extraordinary courage on the part of both
Barak and Arafat to achieve the much-needed breakthrough to bring
about an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"What both leaders have to do in Camp David is to make the
decisions of their lives and the life of their nations. And they
have to be very brave and they are very brave, and we are waiting
if they will make the peace of the brave."
Several Israeli newspapers reported that the summit is unlikely to
succeed because of the lack of progress on the key issues of
Jerusalem and the rights of Palestinian refugees.
Nahum Barnea, considered to be Israel's leading columnist, predicts
that Barak and Arafat will return to the region Wednesday without
Yad Vashem and JewishGen Sign Data Sharing Agreement
Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance
Authority, which holds the largest repository in the world of names
of Holocaust victims, and JewishGen Inc., an organization which
represents the leading Internet site for those researching their
Jewish heritage, have signed a data sharing agreement.
In the framework of the signed agreement Yad Vashem is to work with
JewishGen, which will be providing a network of volunteers from
special interest and research groups worldwide, to index and
digitize names from about 10,000 lists. These lists, stored in Yad
Vashem's archives now holding over 55 million pages of documents,
will be accessible on the Yad Vashem and JewishGen websites.
The names to be digitized as part of the project will add to the
more than 3 million names of Holocaust victims already digitized
and stored in Yad Vashem's Hall of Names. These names were taken
from Pages of Testimony, and from lists collected from different
sources, and continue to be received by way of Pages of Testimony
as part of the Campaign for the Collection and Commemoration of
Names of Holocaust Victims.
The digitization of the names from Yad Vashem's lists will go
toward the creation of the Jewish people's central worldwide
database at Yad Vashem to ensure the perpetual preservation and
commemoration of names of Holocaust victims.
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