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>July 27, 2000 Vol. 8, No. 130

Man, 46, Suspected of Sodomizing Five-Year-Old Daughter

By IsraelWire

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 facility.

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 compromise.

"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 diplomatic dexterity.

"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 accord.

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 state.

SLA Children to Study Lebanese Curriculum in Israeli Schools

By IsraelWire

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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