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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-08-10

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Friday, August 10, 1919

Autonomy Talks Are Called Successful After UN Resolution 242 Issue Is Dropped

Participants at the latest
round of the Palestinian au-
tonomy talks, which wound
up in Haifa Tuesday after-
noon, reported success in
drafting a list of issues to be
negotiated in connection
with "modalities" for elec-

tions. Egypt's chief dele-
gate, Premier Mustafa
Khalil, termed this result of
the two-day session "very
important progress." He
said the "misunderstand-
ing" that had arisen during
the session over UN Resolu-
tion 242 should be seen as



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"behind our backs."
Israel's chief negotiator,
Yosef Burg, sought to couch
his summation statement in
a positive way, saying that
if the "ups" had been more
numerous than the "downs"
this must mean the session
had been successful..
Israeli sources reported
that the Egyptians had
dropped demands on key is-
sues: the right of Palesti-
nians living abroad to vote
and the question of interna-
tional supervision of the
But while there was
satisfaction in the Israeli
camp at this — Burg
termed it an achievement
— it was not at all clear
whether by agreeing to
omit these points from
the agreed list of issues
Egypt had in fact con-
ceded its substantive
position on them.
Egypt's Khalil, indeed,
noted at the end of the ses-
sion that the agreed list
could be interpreted in
different ways.
The lists specifies the fol-
lowing issues: the election
campaign — rules for run-
ning it, regions into which
the area will be divided for
the purposes of the election,
electoral procedures, the
right to vote, the right to
stand as candidate, supervi-
sion of the election.

These issues will be dealt
with in detail in the weeks
ahead by the "modalities"
working group.
There has been no
agreement yet on a list of
issues to guide the second
working group, whose
mandate is the "powers
and responsibilities" of
the self-governing
The plenary committee
will meet again only after

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Egyptian President Sadat's
visit to Haifa on Sept. 5.
The "misunderstanding"
that Khalil referred to was
his reference Monday to
Egyptian support for efforts
to change Resolution 242, a
statement which im-
mediately drew sharp reac-
tions from Burg and Shmuel
Tamir on the Israel side.
Plainly, both Burg and
Khalil were anxious to veer
away from this sensitive
issue and steer their
dialogue back to the rela-
tively less contentious prob-
lems of creating the au-
tonomy. "We are not the
`baalabatim' for the 242 af-
fair" Burg told an inter-
viewer after the Haifa ses-
sion ended.
Khalil explained ear-
lier that by a "balanced
change" in 242 he meant
condemnation of Pales-
tinian terrorism, along
with the recognition of
Palestinian rights. He
also said that any party
which would not recog-
nize Israel's right to exist,
would not be a party for
the negotiations.
But Tamir, in a radio
interview, rejected any
changes, whether or not
thy are called balanced. He

said "We are resolved . . .
that no independent Pales-
tinian state will be formed
in Judaea, Samaria and the
Gaza Strip because this is a
direct threat to Israel. I be-
lieve that our good friends
in the U.S. and our new
friends in Egypt will under-
stand that any process in
such a direction will
endanger a process so
highly important."

The tension eased some-
what after Khalil told Burg
that Egypt would not in-
itiate any changes in Reso-
lution 242, but would sup-
port it if a third party pro-
posed changes.

Khalil also caused a stir
when he suggested writ-
ing into the text of elec-
tion modalities that all
political organizations
had a right to function.
He argued that this could
weaken the Palestine
Liberation Organization.
But the Israelis argued
the opposite. They said this
would only legitimize the
establishment of a party
calling for the destruction of
Israel. Here Khalil agreed
that no party with such a
declared platform should be

He further recommended
that Israel, Egypt and the
U.S. supervise the elections
leading to autonomy. Al-
though Israel did not im-
mediately react to this pro-
posal, the reply is likely to
be negative, since it is Is-
rael's policy that it has pro-
ven in the past it can main-
tain free elections in the
territories, and no supervi-
sion is necessary.
Last week, the Israeli
team at the autonomy talks
blasted American envoy
James Leonard for propos
ing on instructions from
Washington that authority
in the West Bank and Gaza
lie with the residents, not
with Israeli troops; that
Palestinians be given a
legislature, a body not men-
tioned in the Camp David
agreements; and that Pales-
tinian refugees be allowed
to return freely.

State Department offi-
cials denied the reports
from Isral, stating that the
U.S. had taken no position.
They said that lists were
being made of subjects that
would have to be covered
during the talks and that
the U.S. had taken no posi-

Bond Leaders Meet in Israel

than 60 American and
Canadian Jewish leaders,
including two Detroiters,
representing Israel Bonds
National Campaign
Cabinet, were in Israel last
week for a three-day confer-
ence with Israeli officials.
Their discussions centered
on the new $1 billion Eco-
nomic Development for
Peace Loan that will be
made available under au-
spices of the Israel Bond
Detroiters at the meeting
were David B. Holtzman
and Harold Beznos.
The Bond leaders toured
the Negev by helicopter to
inspect ongoing and
planned development. They
also met with President
Yitzhak Navon, Deputy
Prime Minister Yigael

Press Service
Request Nixed

The official Corporations
Register in Jerusalem has
refused to register the
"Palestinian News Serv-
ice," operated by nationalist
Raymonda Tawil, on the
grounds that the name of
the organization "insulted
the public feelings."
Tawil, a well-known per-
sonality in the West Bank,
who was under house arrest
for an extended period of
time for her anti-Israeli ac-
tivities, heads the East
Jerusalem office which
supplies press services,
especially for overseas con-
Her organization is not
recognized by the govern-
ment as a legitimate foreign
service, and the move to reg-
ister the organization was
probably meant to force the
press office to give it such

Yadin, Finance Minister
Simha Erlich and Dr. Josef
Burg, minister of interior
and police.
At the same time a new
$50 million issue of pref-
erence shares of the
Industrial Development
Bank of Israel has been
made available by Capi-
tal for Israel, Inc. (CFI).
Funds received from the
sale of the shares will de-
velop and expand indus-
trial projects and many
regions of the country,
including the Negev, the
Jerusalem area and the
The Industrial Develop- -

ment Bank of Israel assists
in establishing and expand-
ing industrial enterprises in
Israel through long-term
loans. The cumulative re-
deemable preference shares
are being offered in $1,000
units. A fixed dividend of
7 1/2 percent will be paid
quarterly in U.S. dollars.

Stock purchased any time
in a calendar quarter will
earn interest for the full
quarter. Shares may be pur-
chased with dollars, State of
Israel 5 1/2 percent Develop-
ment Issue Bonds or other
Israel Bonds at least five
years old.

Israel Envoy Is Accused
of Timerman Case Meddling

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) summoned Nirgad to com-
— The Argentine Foreign plain about his statement to
Ministry has accused outgo- the news agency.
Timerman was ar-
ing Israeli Ambassador
Ram Nirgad of "clearly and rested without charges
openly" interfering in more than two years ago,
Argentine domestic affairs but was ordered released
by calling for the release of by the Argentine Sup-
Jacobo Timerman, the - reme Court last year. But
former editor and publisher since then he has been
of La Opinion, now under held under house arrest
in his apartment. His wife
house arrest here.
Nirgad, in an interview is with him but his three
with the local news agency sons are in Israel.
Meanwhile, the interces-
Noticias Argentinas, said
that Timerman is "at the sion of the Canadian gov-
moment in limbo" but ernment is being sought by
should be freed and as a Jew Hector Timerman in behalf
he has a right to live in Is- of his imprisoned father in
Timerman asked officials
"I am not a judge but
Argentine judges must be of the Canadian Depart-
respected," he said. ment of External Affairs to
"Timerman was tried and appeal to Argentine
found not guilty by both authorities for the release of
military and civil courts, the elder Timerman.
the verdict being that he
There's nothing that
was not a subversive."
The Israeli Ambassador you help you understand
said he has discussed the your beliefs more than try-
Timerman case with the ing to explain them to an
government several times. inquisitive child.
—Frank A. Clark
The Foreign Ministry

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