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Chadashoth m'Israel

Chaim Herzog s''l 1918 - 1997

Chaim Herzog, der aus England stammende sechste und am laengsten amtierende Praesident des States Israel starb am Morgen des 17.April 1997.

27.04.97 CIS IsraForum
**Israeli attorney-general: No ethnic bias in decision
to indict lawmaker Aryeh Deri.
**High Court annuls Israel Prize for columnist
who wrote of Ethiopian Jews as "contaminated
with diseases."
**MiG 29 which arrived with pilot flies over Israeli
Negev. Military sources say possibility of
renovating them being considered.

**9000 Israelis besuchten waehrend der Pesah-Tage Aegypten.
**Justizminister Zahi haNegbi (Sohn v. Ge'ulah Cohen): Fuer mich
ist der Fall erledigt.
**Shas: Weitere Untersuchungen sind eine Kriegserklaeung an uns
und an alles wofuer wir stehen.
Deri wird sich waehrend der Feiertage nicht zur Bar-On Affaere aeussern.
Shas: Die staendigen Korruptionsverdaechtigungen gegen Deri und
andere sind eine gegen die orientalischen Einwanderer gerichtete
Hetzkampagne der sozialdemokratischen europaeischen Opposition.
**Shimon Peres: Netanyahu kann im Schatten solcher Vorwuerfe und
Zweifel die Staatsgeschaefte nicht mit voller Aufmerksamkeit leiten.
**Yedioth Aharonoth Umfrage: 58% gegen Ruechtritt Netanyahus,
56% fuer Ruecktritt Zachi haNegbis.

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"Jehi Sikhram Barukh"

Lt. Shai Abukasis, 22 (Michmoret)
Sgt. Itai Adler, 19 (Ra'anana)
St.-Sgt. Avraham Afner, 21 (Kiryat Tivon)
St.-Sgt. Idan Alper, 20 (Bat-Yam)
St.-Sgt. Avner Alter, 20 (Kibbutz Ashdot Ya'acov Ihud)
St.-Sgt. Yonatan Amadi, 20 (Ma'aleh Adumim)
Sgt. 1st Cl. Saguy Arazi, 22 (Kfar Yona)
St.-Sgt. Ran Arman, 20 (Ra'anana)
St.-Sgt. Emil Azoulai, 20 (Ashkelon)
Lt. Alon Babayan, 21 (Givat Ze'ev)
St.-Sgt. Rafi Balalti, 20 (Migdal Ha-emek)
St.-Sgt. Nir Ben-Haim, 20 (Kibbutz Yifat)
Lt. Kobi Ben-Shem, 20 (Ramat Hasharon)
Lt. Saguy Berkovitz, 21 (Alfei Menashe)
1st Sgt. Maj. Paul Bivas, 26 (Ashdod)
Lt. Dotan Cohen, 21 (Hadera)
Maj. Yirmi Cohen, 23 (Rosh Ha'ayin)
St.-Sgt. Assaf Dahan, 19 (Jerusalem)
Maj. (Res.) Yasys Eden, 44 (Ramat Hasharon)
Lt. Gil Eisen, 21 (Nes Ziona)
Sgt. Noam Etzioni, 20 (Megadim)
Sgt. Menahem Feldman, 20 (Haifa)
Sgt. Moleto Gideon, 21 (Lod)
Sgt. Avishai Gidron, 19 (Kiryat Motzkin)
Sgt. 1st Cl. Tamir Glazer, 24 (Holon)
Sgt. Tomer Goldberg, 19 (Moshav Dishon)
St.-Sgt. Aviv Gonen, 20 (Petah Tikva)
St.-Sgt. Micha Gottlieb, 20 (Tel-Aviv)
Maj. Ronen Halfon, 35 (Tiberias)
Sgt. Alejander Hoffman, 19 (Misgav Am)
Maj. Yisrael Hushni, 34 (Tel-Aviv)
St.-Sgt. Shahar Kasus, 20 (Alfei Menashe)
St.-Sgt. Michael Katz, 20 (Mitzpe Natufa)
Sgt. Fadi Kazamel, 19 (Beit Jann)
Sgt. Tomer Kedar, 21 (Kibbutz Negba)
St.-Sgt. Tom Kita'in, 20 (Neve Shalom)
St.-Sgt. Ilan Lanchitski, 20 (Haifa)
Lt. Dvir Lanir, 21 (Moshav Moledet)
Capt. Avishai Levy, 27 (Tel-Aviv)
St.-Sgt. Shilo Levy, 21 (Karnei Shomron)
St.-Sgt. Nadav Lishinski, 20 (Sde Avraham)
Sgt. 1st Cl. Eitan Maman, 25 (Beersheba)
Sgt. 1st Cl. Gal Meisels, 24 (Kiryat Ata)
Capt. Dr. Vadim Melnick, 34 (Safed)
Sgt. Vladislav Michaelov, 22 (Tel-Aviv)
Sgt. Idan Minker, 20 (Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak)
St.-Sgt. Gilad Mishaiker, 20 (Jerusalem)
St.-Sgt. Gilad Moshel, 20 (Tel-Aviv)
Lt.-Col. Moshe Mualem, 31 (Beersheba)
St.-Sgt. Haran Eliezer Parnas, 20 (Herzliya)
Lt. Eren Hai Peretz, 21 (Kibbutz Deganya Alef)
Sgt. Vitali Pesahov, 19 (Acre)
Cpl. Shlomo Pizuati, 19 (Tiberias)
Sgt. Gidon Posner, 22 (Tel-Aviv)
Capt. Dr. Vitaly Radinsky, 33 (Or Akiva)
Sgt. 1st Cl. Kamal Rahal, 27 (Beit Zarzir)
Sgt. Shahar Rosenberg, 19 (Nes Ziona)
St.-Sgt. Assaf Rotenberg, 20 (Tel-Aviv)
Sgt. Moshe Saban, 19 (Hod Hasharon)
Lt. Nir Schreibman, 20 (Kfar Sava)
St.-Sgt. Omer Shalit, 19 (Jerusalem)
Sgt. Yiftah Shalpuberski, 20 (Hod Hasharon)
St.-Sgt. Gil Sharabi, 20 (Rehovot)
St.-Sgt. Tsafrir Sharoni, 22 (Netanya)
St.-Sgt. Tsafrir Shoval, 22 (Kibbutz Baram)
Lt. Erez Shtark, 21 (Kiryat Ata)
St.-Sgt. Assaf Siboni, 20 (Kibbutz Nir-Am)
Sgt. Yaron Tsofiof, 20 (Tel-Aviv)
Sgt. Dani Zahavi, 19 (Haifa)
Sgt. 1st Cl. Hussein Bashir, 34 (Beit Zarzir)
St.-Sgt. Aviv Golan, 23 (Beit Yosef)
St.-Sgt. Itamar Shai, 20 (Jerusalem)
Sgt. Yaakov Melamed, 20 (Petach Tikva)

"Jehi Sikhram Barukh"

Places of entertainment were closed and Israel radio and TV read the names of the dead at top of every newscast. All the bodies were recovered from the wreckage of two CH-53 Sikorsky transport helicopters that collided in the upper Galil and crashed five miles south of the border with Lebanon. Funerals are planned throughout the next days.

**Netanyahu: Syria must restrain Hizbollah
guerrillas in Lebanon.
**Israeli consulates in San Francisco, Philadelphia
may be closed in money-saving move.
**Police investigator says there has been progress
in investigation of the attorney-general affair
and there's certainly a point to continuing it.
**Summer time to be shortened from 220 days to 175
on request of religious parties.
**3 soldiers were killed in Lebanon.
**Assad demands good will gesture from Netanyahu
before renewing talks.
**Elyakim Rubenstein to enter attorney general
office without polygraph test.

**Army examined possibilities for defending northern Israel
without parts of the Golan. The examination was on orders
of Defence Minister Yitzhak Mordechai ahead of resumed
talks with Syria.
**Knesset mobilizes public relations firm to improve image.
**Greek and Israeli navies to conduct joint maneouvres this
summer in Aegean Sea, says Greek ambassador to Israel.

**Eli Rubinstein, former peacemaker with Egypt
and Jordan, is named attorney-general.
**Likud, Labour MPs sign plan for final-status
with Palestinians.
**70 percent of Israelis are in permanent overdraft.
**Arafat: I'll declare a state only after the
final-status agreement.
**Channel One agrees to cooperate with police in
investigation on appointment of attorney-general but
refuses to name sources.
**Prime Minister and top aide willing to undergo
lie-detector tests.
**Acting attorney-general, police to confer
today on Bar-On probe.

24.01.97 Compuserve Israel Forum
**Netanyahu denies "Bar-On for Hebron" deal.
Opposition calls for criminal probe.
**Rising opposition to bill that would give Israelis
abroad the right to vote.

**Poll: 67% of Israelis are satisfied with the
Hebron-agreement 25% are dissatisfied.
**A survey which was done by the Palestinian Institute
for Public Opinion in Nablus shows that at the
Palestinian population:
80% support the peace process
76% support Arafat
38% support terror against Israel
28% believe that they have a freedom of press

OnLine Diskussion mit Josi Belin

ISRAEL FORUM (CompuServe), v. Sonntag, den 26.01.97

Iris asks: Dr. Bellin, would you please explain why you decided to run for the
PM office in 2000 and how do you see your chances V. barak Ramon and

Dr. Yossi Beilin: Iris, my contest is against Mr. Barak. Neither Mr. Ramon or
Mr. Peres declared their candidancy.I believe that I am much more
experienced in public life than the other contender.I have led some very
important campaignsand the most important onewas the Oslo Process.I have
my solutions. I have my plans and I have proved that I can implement them in
the past.I am sure that I stand a chance to win this competition.But, I admit that
it is an uphill battle.

Hadassah Gourarie asks: Will forming a national unity goverment further the
peace process?

Dr. Yossi Beilin: Hadassah, My belief is thatit will not be possiblefor Mr.
Netanyahu to go for the permanent solutionbetween the Palestinians and
ourselveswithout changing his coalition.If he does change the coalitionand if he
asks us to join his governmenton the basis of new guidelinesI believe that we
should consider such a suggestion very seriously.

Iris asks: Would you change your mind if Peres decide to run?

Dr. Yossi Beilin: Iris, Mr. Peres already declared that he would not run
again. And there is no chance that he will change his mind.

Hani Ali asks: Mr. Belein, I am a Palestinian airline investor, if you were the
prime minister of Israel in 2000, would you allow a policy that permits a
Palestinian investor like myself to launch a Palestinian regional airline in
Jerusalem, operating alongside Arkia at Qalandia Airport (Atarot)?

Dr. Yossi Beilin: Hani Ali, the answer to your question has to do, of course,
with the results of the negotiations on the permanent solution.I believe that the
airport should servePalestinians and Israelis side by sideand that is why I would
encourage your investment in the idea of a regional airline.

SamDetroit asks: Can we really trust Arafat to carry out his pledges?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Sam, we can not choose our partners and our neighbors.As
they can not choose us. Mr. Arafat is the leader of the Palestinian people.He was
elected democratically on January 20, 1996.He is not an easy negotiator. He is
not an easy partner.I am afraid that we are not easy too.And we will have to
learn to live together, to cooperate, and to coordinatein the future despite the
difficulties and the impediments.
Leyzer asks: Sorry, I clicked a wrong button and not sure my ? was sent. I send
again:Mr.Beilin, is it true you had a secret deal with PLO about division of
Jerusalem? If this is true indeed, why did both you and Mr.Peres denied it before
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Leyzer, there was no agreement aboutthe division of
Jerusalem and there will not be suchan agreement in the future.The accusations
of the Likud leadership durinduring the electoral campaign were ugly and
unfair. I held informal talks withsome of the Palestinian leadersduring 1994
and 1995.Nothing was mentioned about the division of Jerusalem, but the other
way around.The recognition of the Palestinians of Jerusalem as our
capital.Regretfully, the understanding betweenmyself and the Palestinian
leadership was shelved before the elections.
Ian Wolk asks: What do you foresee regarding the future of the Golan Heights?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Ian, once we conclude the negotiationswith the Syriansthe
international border between us and themwill be the border since that is the
only recognized border between us.Israel should not accept the Syrian
demandthat we should withdraw to the June 4, 1967 border.since the
occupation of the land by forces shouldbe denied by both sides.The only
question is whether Syria is ready for a deal.So far, it is proven that even the
most moderateexpressions on the Israeli sidewere not enoughfor serious talks.
Michael asks: Do you think Netanyahu can carry out the Oslo agreements?
And Do you think his coalition will collapse and form a Labour-Likud
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Michael, I think that Mr. Netanyahu is committed to
continue the Oslo process in his own way.I am not sure I know his way.I am
sure he will not be able to conclude the processwith his current partners in the
Avrum Burg: Yossi,Why?? What motivates you to run to the topgun?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Avrum, I am running in order to fulfillthe Oslo Process
which I began.I am not sure whether the other candidatesintend to intend it the
same way.I was worried aboutthe reaction of Mr. Barakto the idea of an
intensive dialogue about thepermanent solution.And his preference to extend
the Interim Solution.I will do whatever is in my powerto speed up the pace of
the process and to concludethe negotiations on the permanent solution on
timewhich means by May 4, 1999.I also believe thatthe most important
development which might havedirection ramifications on the weaker strata in
Israelis peace which will bring about stabilitywhich will bring about
investments.It was the Oslo Processwhich cut unemployment in Israel in
halfand I am sure that a permanent solution with thePalestinians will contribute
much more to our economyand to the welfare system.
Varda asks: Dr. Beilin, out of Israel's many problems, what, in your opinion,
are the top three problems in Israel today?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Varda, we have in front of ussome very important
challenges.The first would be to conclude the negotiationswith the Palestinians
on a permanent solutions.The second is to sign an agreement with the
Syrians.And the third is to prepare ourselvesfor "the morning after"when peace
prevailsand the social challenges are waiting for us.
metin asks: how do you see, as an israeli rather than a candidate for the prime
minister's office, mr netanyahu's actions so far?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Metin, during the electoral campaignthe biggest question
was"who is Benjamin Netanyahu?"Seven months after his surprising victorythe
same question prevails.I do not know the answer.Perhaps you can help me.
From: dig a dog, 100264,1276 #121799 " mr. beilin- i am one of your
supporters and i truly believe that u should the labour partys candidate for the
prime ministers office. but at the same time i wonder. do u,as a person feel that
u have the mental strength to run for office and later keep that position?I was
very closeto our Prime Ministerssince 1984.I think that I knowwhat it means to
be Prime Ministermore than many other Israeli politicians.This makes me think
that I am competent for this job.But, I will not be surprised by the difficulties,
and I will always knowthat it is not a prize but a very difficult burden.
Leyzer asks: Dr.Beilin, At the time your team started secret negotiations with
plo that led to Oslo, Israeli law prohibited any contacts with PLO. Regardless
whether we like agrement or not, do you believe that members of government
can be above the state law?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Leyzer, the first contactwith Mr. Abu Alain Londontook
place48 hours after the first reading in the Knessetwhich changed this law.The
first part of the negotiations in Oslotook place one day afterthe law was fully
Michael asks: Dr. Beilin, What do you think Israel can do to stop the growing
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Michael, we have to cut the budget.As a part of the GNP.For
too long a time the budget is about 50% of the GNP, and I think it is possible to
decrease it to about 35%.Ofer Glanz: Do you think that Israelis living outside of
Israel should be granted the right to vote in the Israeli elections?We have to
close down some ministries, as I closed my ministry a year ago.and we have to
understand that there is a limit to the public expenditure.A lower interest rate
will of course help us in lowering the inflationbut that will happen onlyif the
government proves that the cut in the budgetis a real one and not only a
theoretical one.
Iris asks: Lately, we had in our forum a discussion about Israelies who choos to
leave Israel and live somewhere else. I was wondering how do you feel about
"Yordim" and what is your opinion about the suggestion to allow them to vote?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Iris, I think that we should permit Israelis who work abroad
for a limited timeand those who represent Israel in different areas to vote for
the Knesset.Time is not ripe for all Israelis who live abroad to votesince their
numbers are so large.And it is very different that the situation of Americans
who live abroad and vote abroad.Maybe in the future, things will
change.Today, it is indirectly legitimizing emigration from Israel.This is why I
will vote against it.
SamDetroit asks: Can the presence of the 450 settlers in Hebron continue
indefinitely without some flare-up?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Sam, I believe that Jewsshould be permitted to livein the city
of Hebron as they should be permitted to live elsewhere.The problem is thatthe
Jewish inhabitants of Hebronor at least many of them are extremists.That is
why I hope we will not witnessany explosion between them and thePalestinians
in that Old City.
Hani Ali asks: Dr Beilin, what is your position as regards to the 1948 refugees
dispersed around the world. Are you willing to allow their return (to Israel) if
they wish? What can be done about documents that prove the ownership of
property prior to 1948.
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Hani Ali, the solutionfor the refugees would bethat the
Palestinian State which will be establishedwill be ready to absorb them if the
Palestinians wish.It will not be possible to absorbthe refugees in Israel, but an
internationalorganizationin which Israel will be very activewill have to deal
with rehabitation and compensationfor the refugees.
Varda asks: Dr. Beilin, what is your stand on the issue of separation of religion
from state?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Varda, I think thatin the 21st centurythe citizens of Israel
will have to livetheir lives without the need to be dependent on the religious
institutes if they wish.Many of them, so I believe,will still prefer to use the
religious authorities,but it is very important that they will do itout of their own
will and not becausethey are forced to do that.Israel will always remain a
Jewish State, and it should bea democratic and liberal Jewish State.
Michael asks: Do you support the establishment of a palestinian state?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Michael,I support a permanent solution withthe
Palestinians.I believe that is the Call of the Arab-Israeli conflict.There is no
solution without a Palestinian State which will bedemilitarized and with
borders which are different thanthe 1967 borders.
Arcady @ Boston asks: Dr. Beilin:Can Labour consider any possible alliance
with such new movement in Israeli politics like Sharansky's party and do you
agree with popular opinion that Big Aliah from Russia brought mostly negative
effect to Israeli society? Does Israel really need more repatrees now?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Arcady, Labor may consider an alliance with Yisrael
B'Aliyah, the party which represents the Russian Jews.I see this immigration
waveas the most important blessing in recent years.There is nothing more
important for Israel as a Jewish State thanimmigration. And, yes, we need more
immigrants.I hope that more and more people from all over the worldwill come
to Israel.
metin asks: i am 18 and soon i am drafted to the army. do u believe that there
will be a war with syria? and another question.how do u feel about the
motivatio problem in joining the army?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Metin, I don't think there is a real problem concerning
motivation in the army.I think that it is a mood rather than reality.And I hope
very muchthe references to a possible war with Syriaare not serious since there
is no real reasonfor such a war.
Rochelle asks: Why is the refusal of the PLO to change its charter almost
ignored, while Israel is portrayed as stubborn and an obstacle for peace?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Rochelle, the PLO has changed its charter according to
itscommittment in September 1993.
Richard H.Feit asks: Dr. Beilin, do you have any comment on the current
government scandal involving theAttorney General appointment? Is there a
realistic chance the current government willfall as a result??
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Richard, I hope and pray that the whole storyis unbased. If,
G-d forbid, there is something to it,then I do not believe that the Likud
government will survive.
Evan asks: There has been a lot written in the Jerusalem Report regarding the
eventuality that Jerusalem will become a "Dati" city- with the non-Orthodox
population moving elsdwhere i.e. Tel Aviv, Haifa. Is this a reality?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Evan, regretfully, there is such a problem. More and more
secular Jews prefer to leave Jerusalemrather than to live there with the
difficulties, demonstrations,closing down streets, and so on.If we want to live
with each other, if we don't want to excludeneither religious nor secular
Jewsthan we will have to learn to toleratethe behaviors of each other and the
norms of each other.If this is done, it would be possible to stopthe wave of
secular "emigrants" from Jerusalem.
Leyzer asks: Dr.Beilin, if palestinian state will be established how one can
make sure it would remain demilitarized?Remember what happened to
Vietnam and Kambogia after peace agrements?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Leyzer, there are demilitarized States in the world.And Israel
has enough leverage on the Palestinians which will enable her to ensure that the
Palestinians do not have an army. Don't think that it is a real interest of the
Palestinians to have an army. Army is not always a blessing. Sometimes it is a
very difficult problem and an expensive one. If the Palestinians want to build
their own cities and develop their country, they know it is better not to invest
their poor resources in ammunition and weapons.
NANCY ABBAS asks: Do you support a nuclear -free Middle East?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Nancy, yes, I do support this idea. We will need a Middle
Eastwhich is free of any mass destruction weapons and we will be able to have
such a Middle East once peace prevails in all the countries of this region. A
question from the board: Mr. Beilin, what kind of sport you like?I like walking.
If this is a sport, so then I am a sportsman.
Iris asks: Dr. Beilin, what can you tell us about your new book?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: Iris, the book includes a description of the Oslo Processfrom
its inception.There is a chapter about the permanent solution and the secret
talks with Mr. Abu Mazen and his team in Stokholm.It also refers to the
different issueson the agenda of Israel while peace prevails.The name of the
book is Touching Peace, published byYediot Ahronot.It will be translated into
English very soon.

Giora (HOST) Dr. Beilin would you like to have a closing remarks?
Dr. Yossi Beilin: I enjoyed very much this online conference. It was my debut.I
hope to do it once again quite soon.I am used to see the faces of those who ask
me the questions.But, I believe in this way, I can give more answers to more
people, and that may be the compensation.
Giora (HOST): I would like to thank Dr. Beilin for his time and energy. Thank
you all for coming and happy SuperBowl!

17. Januar 1997, Compuserve Israel Forum

**The Knesset approved the Hebron Agreement by 87 to 17
(1 abstained).
**The Army will hand the Hebron Police building to the PA Police
within hours.
**Hot Hebron Discussion in Knesset (Protokoll im CS Israel Forum 1)
Thursday PM Netanyahu addressed the Knesset. He said that
this party inherited bad agreements, 2 to 3 pages full
of holes. According to the PM, many of the past agreements
were unwritten, verbal agreements. Now everything is on paper.
The PM also said that before there was an understanding that
the Jewish settlement in Hebron would go away. The main
change in the new agreement is that the Jewish settlement in
Hebron is there to stay.
Following the PM's address, Labor Party Leader Ehud Barak
addressed the Knesset. According to Barak, this Hebron Accord is
no better than what the Labor government had negotiated months ago.
Barak said that Netanyahu should ask the forgiveness of Yitzhak
Rabin who was the one who started Israel on the path of peace.
As it televised the Knesset debate, Israeli television showed
photos of IDF soldiers taking down Israeli flags from Hebron and
of Palestinians hanging Palestinian flags in the background.
**Israeli Cabinet approved the Deal by 11 to 7 after
close to 12 hours of deliberation. Ze'ev Binyamin Begin, Science
Minister and son of Menachem Begin, resigned.


"The division of Hebron is so important also because it can be used
as a precedent for the arrangement in Jerusalem. The two problems
are similar: the problem with Jerusalem is harder to resolve.
There are many Israelis who are willing to consider dividing the
sovereignty of Jerusalem, but for the time being they are
considered in the best of cases to be wild eyed and in the eyes of
many they are traitors. The evacuation of Hebron will give them an
argument: We did it once. It did not hurt. It works, somehow.
It is worth doing. Come and lets try it also in Jerusalem. From
this standpoint it is worthwhile for the Palestinians to accept
almost anything offered them in Hebron. The important thing is
that there be a withdrawal and that it is seen on the television."
Tom Segev, "haArez" 9. Oktober 1996


"The most realistic solution will be to remove the Jewish settlers
from Hebron." Sa'eb Erekat, Minister of Local Government
("Haaretz" 10 October, 19096)


The Palestinian Ministry of Health is setting up a national
emergency committee in cooperation with government and
nongovernment groups to provide emergency medical services in the
case that there are renewed disturbances. Emergency stores of
three months supply of medicine are being set up in each city.
Arafat ordered the Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of
Finance to purchase tens of new ambulances.
("Haaretz" 10 October, 1996)


According to Israel Navy Commander Alex Tall, "the navies of the
Arab states are moving to advanced technology. We are witness to
a speed up in the arming of the Arab fleets." The Arabs are
equipped with Western made boats and advanced missiles and
helicopters as well as Chinese submarines. The Egyptians now have
a modern Western style capability to carry out long range naval
attacks. Tal also said that there is good cooperation with the
Palestinian Police and that during the closure fisherman were
allowed to go out to sea from Gaza. He noted that there was good
cooperation with the Jordanian Navy and that he is in almost daily
telephone contact with the Commander of the Jordanian Navy.
("Haaretz" 10 October, 1996)


"I can reveal to you now, that Arafat himself agreed that Israel
won't transfer Hebron to the Islamic extremists. Why? Simply
because at that time the Palestinian Authority did not have an
organized and efficient police."
MK Shimon Peres explaining why Israel did not redeploy in Hebron after
the Rabin assassination ("Haaretz" 6 October, 1996)


"The truth is that the Israelis pleaded to delay the redeployment
a month or two because they feared that it would hurt their
election campaign. Not because we were uncertain about our
control. I do not want to make problems for Peres, but the truth
is that the pleading to delay the redeployment came at a time that
we trusted Peres...We don't want to bother him [about his claim
that Arafat wanted the delay]. He [Peres] leads a large part of
the Israeli People, who want to see the realization of the peace
Nabil Shaat ("Haaretz" 8 October, 1996)


While Palestinians living in Lebanon for almost 50 years did not
have the right to vote in the recent elections in Lebanon, almost
half a million Syrians working in Lebanon were granted Lebanese
citizenship so that they could vote.
("Haaretz" 10 October, 1996)

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