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Jerusalem (JTA) — Not all Is-
raeli leaders are sharing Prime
Minister Shimon Peres' enthusi-
asm for the PalestineNational
Council's decision to amend its
Prime Minister Shimon Peres
hailed the vote in Gaza, saying,
"Maybe ideologically it is the
most important change in the
last 100 years."
Mr. Peres said, "The Pales-
tinians removed all that was
written in the covenant as re-
quired by Israel in the 1993 let-
ters of mutual recognition" signed
by Palestinian leader Yassir
Arafat and Israeli Prime Minis-
ter Yitzhak Rabin, who was as-
sassinated Nov. 4.
But Likud opposition leader
Benjamin Netanyahu played
down the vote's significance.
"I would be cautious about giv-
ing unlimited credit to this step,"
Mr. Netanyahu said.
The PNC "gave a committee
the power to amend clauses
sometime in the future which it
rules run counter" to the Israel-
Palestinian agreements, he told
In its decision, the PNC did not
adopt a new covenant, but ap-
pointed a legal committee to
draw one up. The new document
is not expected to be completed
for several months.
The Israeli group PeaceWatch,
which monitors implementation
of the Israeli-Palestinian peace
accords by both sides, also said
the PNC decision fell short of
what was required by those
"The PNC did not actually
amend the covenant, but instead
approved in principle that
changes would be made, without
specifying which clauses would
be changed, in what manner or
- by what date," the group said in
In legal terms, "there is a
sharp difference between calling
for something to change and ac-
tually implementing the
changes," PeaceWatch added.
For U.S. Man?
New York (JTA) — The U.S. Jus-
tice Department has begun de-
portation proceedings against a
New Jersey man who promoted
the persecution of Jews in Hun-
gary during World War II.
The proceedings against Fer-
enc Koreh, 86, were launched
April 19, after a federal court up-
held a 1994 decision to strip Mr.
Koreh of his U.S. citizenship.
Mr. Koreh, a retired Radio
Free Europe producer and broad-
caster, admitted two years ago in
U.S. District Court in Newark to
being the founder and editor of a
virulently anti-Semitic, anti-
American newspaper between
1941 and 1944 in Hungary.
"Propagandists such as Koreh
laid the foundation for Nazi geno-
cide by fostering a climate of hate
in which inhumane measures
could be carried out without
protest," Eli Rosenbaum, direc-
tor of the Justice Department's
Office of Special Investigations,
said in a statement after the de-
portation proceedings began.
Some 435,000 Hungarian
Jews were sent to Nazi concen-
tration and death camps between -
May and July of 1944.
In February, the 3rd U.S. Cir-
cuit Court of Appeals upheld the
lower court's decision regarding
Mr. Koreh's citizenship.
The court noted that as editor
of the Hungarian newspaper, Mr.
Koreh fostered "a climate of anti-
Semitism in northern Transyl-
vania which conditioned the
Hungarian public to acquiesce,
to encourage and to carry out the
abominable anti-Semitic policies
of the Hungarian government in
the early 1940s."
The Justice Department al-
leges that Mr. Koreh served as a
press officer and then deputy sec-
tion chief in the information sec-
tion of the Hungarian
government's Ministry of Na-
tional Defense and Propaganda
and that he was an editor and
writer for three other pro-Nazi,
Remain A Threat
Jerusalem (JTA) — Police Com-
missioner Assaf Hefetz has
warned that terrorist groups may
launch attacks in order to change
the course of Israel's May 29 na-
Addressing a meeting of police
commanders to review prepara-
tions in the run-up to the elec-
tions, Mr. Hefetz said that even
though Israeli security forces
have cracked down on terrorist
groups, some of these groups may
still be able to carry out attacks.
Mr. Hefetz said special secu-
rity measures were being taken.
Recently, police found the body
of a terrorist in eastern Jerusalem.
They say he was killed when a
bomb he was preparing exploded
Police think that the terror-
ist was on his way to carry out
a suicide bombing against Is-
raelis in downtown Jerusalem.
The man planned to detonate the
explosive, which was estimated
to have weighed more than 20
pounds, at a bus stop or on a bus,
Support for the government of
Prime Minister Shimon Pere
slipped after the series of suicide
bombings in late February and