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>July 27, 2000 Vol. 8, No. 130
Man, 46, Suspected of Sodomizing Five-Year-Old Daughter
Police have arrested a 46-year-old Herzliya man on suspicion of
sodomizing his 5-year-old daughter. Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court
Justice Miri Diskin ordered the man remanded for three days,
during which time he is to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Police say the man told them that over the weekend, he went to the
beach with his wife and daughter. It was there the alleged attack
occurred. Police add the suspect has a psychiatric history and has
in the past been involuntarily committed to a mental health
Clinton Remains Optimistic as Barak, Arafat Return Home
By VOA's David Gollust (White House) and Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
One day after the breakdown of the Camp David Summit, President
Clinton says he still believes a way can be found to resolve the
issue on which the talks foundered: the political future of
Jerusalem. Administration officials say they will take some time
before deciding their next move in the peace process.
Clinton says the Jerusalem issue proved too difficult to overcome
in the time allotted for the summit. But he thinks a way can be
found to resolve the city's future in a manor that upholds each
side's interests and leaves neither appearing to have been routed.
In a talk with reporters, the president said he hopes the break in
negotiations will allow debate and contemplation about an honorable
"I'm convinced that if the issue is preserving the fundamental
interests of the Palestinians and the Israelis and the genuine
sanctity of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish interests in the
holy city, then I think we can do that. I just do."
Administration officials say they will the allow parties to rest
and assess the progress made at Camp David for a few days before
deciding on the next U.S. diplomatic move.
They say that could include the dispatch of a senior envoy to the
region, though they say there are no plans now for convening a
second-round summit at Camp David or elsewhere.
The president did not discuss specifics of the Jerusalem debate at
Camp David. But he made clear a solution upholding the legitimate
interests of both sides will require a considerable amount of
"That requires a certain imagination and flexibility in defining
those interests and then figuring out an institutional and legal
framework for them that, frankly, just takes more time and more
reflection and probably less pressure than was available in our 15
days at Camp David."
Clinton's remarks were in-line with the optimistic tone being
sounded by the administration and his top advisers since the
collapse of the summit Tuesday. White House officials say despite
the Jerusalem impasse here was progress on other key issues
including refugees, the borders of a Palestinian state and security
measures that would accompany an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.
Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart said the Israeli and Palestinian
teams, as he put it "broke the ice" and had serious discussion of
issues that were previously taboo.
Lockhart urged both sides to avoid any unilateral action on
final-status issues in the summit's aftermath and he said Israel
should carry out the third-phase troop withdrawal in the West Bank
it committed to make two years ago under the Wye River
Prime Minister Ehud Barak returned home and was greeted with full
honors at Ben Gurion airport where he pledged to continue the
pursuit of peace. At the airport, he said Israel is willing to
pay a big price for peace, but he said there are limits to what he
is willing to negotiate away.
Barak said the security of Israel, the holy places of Israel, and
the unity of Israel are not negotiable. While voicing his desire
for a peace deal, Barak at the same time warned Palestinians that
if there is violence, it will be met by force.
Earlier, Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat returned home to the Gaza
Strip after stopping in Egypt for consultations with President
Hosni Mubarak. Thousands of Palestinians greeted Arafat, who
promised them that Jerusalem would one day be the capital of their
SLA Children to Study Lebanese Curriculum in Israeli Schools
Children of South Lebanon Army soldiers who fled to Israel after
Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon in May, will study next year in
Israeli schools, Haaretz reported. They will be taught using
the Lebanese curriculum.
Aharon Zveida, director of the Haifa sector in the Ministry of
Education, in charge of integrating the Lebanese children into the
Israeli education system, said that Israel recently purchased
Lebanese textbooks for the 1,700 children. The books were
bought through an Arab middleman and imported via Jordan.
Zveida also mentioned that among the Lebanese who fled to Israel
are several teachers, who the Ministry of Education will employ to
help instruct the children. He added that these teachers will be
aided by French-speaking Israeli instructors as well as Israeli
Arab and Druze educators.
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