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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 1996
Arafat talk peace


- With his arm twisted, Benjamin
Netanyahu yesterday shook the hand of
',asser Arafat, a man he once con-
demned as a murderer. Then the Israeli
-lard-liner and the former guerrilla
"alked peace.
b The historic meeting at the Israel-
,aza border - arranged after months
f U.S. pressure and Palestinian threats
helped clear the air of animosity that
F thickened after Netanyahu's Likud
Party came to power in May.
- It also signaled to the Palestinians
,:that the other half of a deeply divided
irael has finally accepted them, and
...especially Arafat, as peace partners.
But it yielded few concrete results.
At a news conference after the hour-

long meeting, Netanyahu said he was
prepared to negotiate a final peace
agreement and, in his most generous
moment, added he hoped to "improve
the prosperity and economic conditions
of the Palestinian population."
Arafat said the meeting set the stage
for progress in restarting the peace
process, which has been frozen since
Israel's election.
"The path was cleared for us to nego-
tiate on all levels and in all aspects,' he
Netanyahu and Arafat arrived sepa-
rately yesterday evening at the Erez
crossing between Israel and Gaza.
Inside the meeting room, a grim-
faced Netanyahu buttoned his jacket
and reached across a table to briefly

FBI reassigns 500 anti-terrorist agents
WASH INGTON - The FBI will reassign at least 500 agents to contend with
the heightened threat of domestic and international terrorism, senior federal law-
enforcement officials said yesterday.
The decision to shift the special agents to the counter-terrorism program from
other duties followed several incidents this summer that have stretched the capacities
of the existing program, the officials said. These include the June 25 bombing
Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. airmen, the suspicious explosion of Trans Wote
Airlines Flight 800 on July 17 and the July 27 bombing at Atlanta's Centennial Park.
Reflecting on these events, FBI Director Louis Freeh said in congressional tes-
timony last month, "I think the country and the American people have been expe-
riencing an increasing war against them by terrorists and terrorist-supported activ-
The number of agents assigned to the counter-terrorism program is classified
The FBI divides its investigative resources into seven programs including civil
rights, organized crime and counter-terrorism.
The total number of FBI agents has increased by nearly 10 percent since 1994
and is expected to reach 10,662 when the federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. Tht
figure is expected to increase even further next year because Congress is now c
sidering a number of bills that would further boost FBI strength in several areas.

Main iih& d
Benjamin Netanyahu and Yasser Arafat shake hands before their meeting at the
Isreal-Gaza boarder yesterday.

grasp the hand of Arafat, dressed in his
usual black-and-white checkered head-
dress and olive military-style outfit.
Israeli TV stations played the footage of
the handshake over and over, some-
times in slow motion.

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Even as the leaders spoke, aides bick-
ered about the height of the podiums set
up for the news conference, with the
Palestinians charging Netanyahu's was
taller and insisting it be changed.
The two men stood side-by-side dur-
ing the joint 15-minute news confer-
ence -- and the usually polished
Netanyahu appeared stiff and uncom-
The meeting did not address key out-
standing issues, such as Israel's desire
to change the terms of its promised
pullout from Hebron and the
Palestinians' demand that Israel ease
the six-month closure of their territo-
The sides had earlier agreed on a
vague statement declaring a liaison
committee would start meeting today to
oversee implementation of agreements
already signed, including on Hebron.
Netanyahu drew harsh attacks from
hard-line Israeli politicians for meeting
with Arafat. They accused him of
breaking campaign promises and buck-
ling under U.S. pressure. "It's a grave
mistake," veteran Likud lawmaker Uzi
Landau said.
Former Premier Shimon Peres, archi-
tect of the Israel-PLO accords, said the
summit was an "enormous moral victo-
ry" for his policies.
Outside the meeting site, Israeli
peace activists waved a sign saying,
"It's about time."
Israeli elder statesman Abba Eban,
said Netanyahu had no choice but to
honor existing agreements, terming the
summit "a shotgun wedding."
Still, the encounter was the first
recognition of Arafat by an Israeli pre-
mier from the Likud Party, which long
opposed Israel-PLO peacemaking.
As late as February, Netanyahu had
said he would not hold talks with
Arafat. But as the May elections
approached, he softened his position,
saying he would only meet Arafat if it
was vital for Israel's security.
Netanyahu said later yesterday that
the meeting became possible after he
received assurances the Palestinians
would cease what he considered viola-
tions of the peace accords.

Ethcs probe looms
over Gingrich
WASHINGTON - Two years after
the first ethics complaint was filed
against him, a House ethics committee
investigation still looms over House
Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) amid
signs the matter may not be resolved
before Congress heads home for the fall
campaigns later this month.
House Majority Leader Richard
Armey (R-Texas) said yesterday that
Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) the
ethics committee's chairman, had asked
to meet with him to discuss whether the
panel could meet after Congress
"It is my understanding that the com-
mittee can meet after adjournment,
Armey said at his weekly briefing for
reporters. "We want to make sure that
parliamentary rulings are complete and
Because all members of the 10-mem-
ber panel, which is equally divided
between Republicans and Democrats,
are candidates for re-election Nov. 5, it
is unlikely they would meet during

October, putting off a resolution of the
investigation until after the elections.
Diet study reveals
healthier habits
After decades of gradual diet
improvement, upscale white Americans
are finally eating nearly as well as poor
blacks did 30 years ago.
That's the paradoxical conclusion of
a new study that tracks changesvin
American eating habits, based on gov-
ernment surveys. Judged by current
nutritional guidelines, the study found
that in 1965, blacks of low socioeco-
nomic status had the most healthful
diets, while whites of high socioed
nomic status had the least healthful
ones - mainly because of their high fat
consumption. By 1991, the quality-of
the diet had improved for all population
groups in the study, but poor blacks
were still the group most likely to eat a
healthful diet. However, only 20 per-
cent of relatively affluent whites were
close to recommended dietary goals in
1991, up fourfold from 4.7 percent


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Poachers slaughter
elephants in Congo
Authorities found some 200 slaugh-
tered elephants whose tusks had
been sheared off in what they said
yesterday was the worst ever case of
poaching in the central African
"Never in all my years as a forester
have I seen such a massacre," said
Dr. Oko Rufin Antoine of the min-
istry of water and forests. "The hor-
rible spectacle was enough to give
you a heart attack."
The poachers used rifles to kill the
elephants, many of the either preg-
nant females or infants, and then cut
off their ivory tusks, leaving behind
tons of rotting meat, he said.
The site of the killing, a large salt
marsh some 500 miles north of the
capital, Brazzaville, is a popular
watering hole for animal herds,
despite decades of heavy poaching in
the region, Oko said.
He said the government had
recently placed the marsh under pro-

tection of the National Park of
Odzala, Congo's largest game park.
The commercial sale of ivory is
banned in Congo as in most Afridan
Farrakhan meets
Castro, tours Cuba
MEXICO CITY - Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan praised Fidel
Castro yesterday, saying his talks with
the Cuban leader were wide-ranging
and "wonderful."
The black leader met briefly v
Castro after arriving Tuesday i
Havana, the last stop on a trip that has
taken Farrakhan to Libya, Iran and Iraq.
"It was a wonderful conversation, we
touched on many subjects, but the fun-
damental one was social relations," the
Cuban government news agency Prensa
Latina quoted him as saying. Farrakhan
was to return to the United States on
today, but reports indicate he left yes-
- Compiled from Daily wire services.

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