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March 23, 1990 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-23

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in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip and he included East
Jerusalem. He warned that

Jimmy Carter:
Arouse opposition?

settling immigrants from
the Soviet Union in those
areas would arouse opposi-
tion in the United States and
the Soviet Union.
Carter observed, after
meeting with outgoing
Defense Minister Yitzhak

Rabin, that the peace pro-
cess is now "in abeyance,
pending the formation of a
new government in Israel."
The former president rais-
ed hackles here by his strong
criticism of the human
rights situation in the ad-
ministered territories. He
was especially critical of
administrative arrests,
deploring the incarceration
of thousands of Palestinians
for up to a year without
charge or trial.
Officials who met with
Carter said they got the im-
pression he was misinform-
ed.
The officials included
Shlomo Goren, the coor-
dinator of government af-
fairs in the territories; Brig.
Gen. Shaike Erez, who heads
the civil administration in
the West Bank; and Israel
Defense Force Judge Ad-
vocate General Amnon
Strashnov.
It was made clear to Carter
that administrative arrests
are in accord with interna-
tional law, they said. Goren
doubted there would be
Israeli policy changes as a
result of Carter's criticism.

Palestinians Gloomy
Over Peace Prospects

Jerusalem (JPFS) — Pales-
tinian spokesmen in the ter-
ritories said the breakup of
the government dealt a
death-blow to the Middle
East peace process and to
efforts to convene an Israeli-
Palestinian dialogue in
Cairo.
The dissolution of the co-
alition was a de facto victory
for Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir, because it halted
the peace process and
sabotaged Israel's own dip-
lomatic initiative, the Pales-
tinians said.
"It is the last nail in the
coffin of the attempt to start
an American-style peace
process," said Sa'eb Erakat,
professor of political science
at An-Najah University in
Nablus. "It is a serious blow
to U.S. Secretary of State
James Baker; the Americans
put their eggs in the Shamir
basket, but it proved to have
no bottom."
Al Fajr editor Hanna
Siniora said the latest devel-
opments were "a victory for
Shamir and a defeat for
peace."
Bethlehem Mayor Elias
Freij said Israel had done

away with its own peace
plan after rejecting American
and Palestinian peace in-
initiatives. The current crisis
would have serious implica-
tions for the Middle East, for-
cing Egypt and the U.S. to
reassess their positions, he
said.
Ramallah lawyer Jamil
Tarifi, who met Shamir
several months ago, said the
prime minister "has suc-
ceeded in derailing the peace
process and bringing it to a
halt." Tarifi said he hoped
Labor could form a govern-
ment and move peace efforts
forward.
"What has happpened
demonstrates that Shamir
had no intention of ever go-
ing through with his in-
itiative," Simiora said. "We
had previously accused him
of obstructing the peace pro-
cess, of delaying and buying
time; now a party in his own
government makes the same
accusation. "In the next six
months there won't be any
peace process. Attention will
be turned to other matters,
possibly to elections, and
there won't be any talk of a
settlement."

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