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Syria Able To Free
The 7 Hostages: Israel
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Washington (JTA) — Syria has
the power to free seven American
hostages still held by Shiite Mos-
lem extremists in Lebanon, an Is-
raeli Foreign Ministry official
said last week, adding that Israel,
if asked by the United States,
would try to help secure the re-
lease of the seven by delaying re-
lease of some of the Shiite pris-
oners in Israel.
David Kimche, Director Gen-
eral of the Foreign Ministry, said
in a meeting with editors and re-
porters from the Washington Post,
that Israel believes that if the Sy-
rians were indeed so helpful in
bringing about the release of the
39 American hostages in Beirut,
"we believe they could have done
something about the seven."
Meanwhile, 300 Lebanese
Shiites detained at the Atlit
Camp were released and trans-
ported to Lebanon.
Government officials and army
officers stress that arrangements
for their release were being made
at the beginning of June but were
postponed, first because of the
clash between Finnish UNIFIL
soldiers and the SLA and later be-
cause of the TWA hijacking on
They insist that the move, like
the release of 31 detainees two
weeks ago, had no connection
with the hijacking and the release
of the hostages.
However, Premier Shimon
Peres received a letter from Secre-
tary of State George Shultz last
week praising Israel for its "coop-
eration" and "solidarity" with the
U.S. during the Beirut hostage
The letter was not immediately
made public. Sources said Shultz
expressed America's gratitude for
Israel's "strong support" while
Washington "worked for the re-
lease of the hostages." According
to the sources, Shultz worte that
the cooperation betweeri the two
countries "defied the attempts of
those who would divide us" and
"contributed greatly to the resolu-
tion of the situation."
It was not clear from Shultz's
letter whether the "cooperation"
he hailed referred to Israel's post-
ponement of the release of the 750
Shiite prisoners it holds for the
duration of the hostage crisis, or
its commitment to release them
once ,the crisis was over.
In a related incident concerning
the crisis, only one of the four
TWA hijack victims separated
from the others because of their
"Jewish sounding" names is in
fact Jewish. He is Richard
Herzberg, 33, of Norfolk, Va. The
Jewish Telegraphic Agency re-
ported erroneously that Michael
Brown, 27, of North Miami Beach,
Fla., was among the four. Brown
is Jewish but was not separated.
Robert Brown of Stow, Mass., who
is not Jewish, was separated.
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