2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 13, 1997
King Hussein moves tU oost talk
The Washington Post
JERUSALEM - Jordan's King
Hussein, piloting his own helicopter
from Amman to Gaza to Tel Aviv, staged
a diplomatic rescue mission yesterday
for the deadlocked talks between his
Israeli and Palestinian neighbors.
The unexpected intervention of the
monarch, who has had uneasy relations
with both parties, came as Dennis Ross,
the Clinton administration's special
envoy, announced an empty-handed
departure from the region - and then,
for the second time in less than three
months, decided not to fly home after all.
Instead, Ross, the U.S. special
Middle East coordinator, huddled until
nearly midnight with Hussein and
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu at the Israeli Defense
Ministry in Tel Aviv. A top aide to
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat told
reporters in Gaza City that a long-
delayed accord on Israeli withdrawal
from the West Bank city of Hebron
could be initialed as soon as today, but
Hussein announced no more than "a
fresh beginning" for the talks when he
emerged last night.
"We're not there yet, but there is no
question that we
are closer than we
were," a drawn- T ere
looking Ross told
reporters waiting question
Israeli Foreign are close
Levy captured were.,N
something of the
spirit of the labori-
ous endgame of U.S. spec
the talks by
declaring it "a
matter of astrolo-
gy by now" to attempt a prediction on
their close. He made reference to Israel's
contention that the decision is entirely
Arafat's, adding, "If someone thinks that
by creating a stalemate he will improve
the situation, he is mistaken."
Israelis and Palestinians have negoti-
ated intensively for
months to complete
ar than we
- Dennis Ross
dial Middle East
now on Arafat's
more than three
their first accord
u n d e r
to an irnple-
for Israel's pre-
ment to with-
draw its army
from most of
the West Bank
city of Hebron.
The deal has
been stuck for
areas of the West Bank. Netanyahu is
refusing to say he will honor Israel's
signed commitment to a redeployment
schedule that would leave all but Jewish
settlements and Israeli "military loca-
tions" in Arafat's hands for limited self-
rule by September 1997.
The two sides were said to be bar-
gaining last night over a compromise
date in mid-1998, and over Israeli
demands for extradition of
Palestinians wanted on criminal
charges by the Jewish state and defini-
tive changes in the Palestinian
Before flying to Tel Aviv, Hussein
spent seven hours with Arafat, with
whom he has fought many skirmishes
and one all-out war over the years. Not
so many months ago, Hussein told an
Israeli newspaper that Arafat "is your
problem, and mine." But yesterday the
two embraced and kissed like the
warmest of friends.
Clinton's lawyers ask to delay lawsuit
WASHINGTON - It comes up one week before President
Clinton's second inauguration and it has the potential to tar-
nish, perhaps even ruin, his second term in office.
It is the sexual-harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Corbin
Jones, which will be heard before the Supreme Court today
with a ruling expected by June.
The president's lawyers are asking the justices to reverse
two lower courts and to block all further action in her law-
suit until Clinton leaves office. They argue a "temporary
deferral" of civil litigation involving the chief executive
serves "the public interest in protecting the presidency from Clinton
But they face an uphill fight in the high court, which has been stingy about
granting legal immunities to public officials.
If the court were to rule against the president, Clinton and the Arkansas state
troopers who once served him could be ordered to answer questions under o h
from Jones' lawyers and eventually forced to stand trial.
Even the pretrial depositions could prove embarrassing and politically damaging
if, as is likely, they were released to the public.
Netanyahu will stall or renege on subse-
quent Israeli withdrawals from rural
WASHINGTON - A wide variety of
speakers and performers, ranging from
Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel to the
fuzzy red Sesame Street sensation, will
appear next weekend in two days of free,
pre-inaugural festivities on the Mall.
Wiesel, Harvard professor Cornel
West, historian Ken Burns, actress
Whoopi Goldberg, feminist activist
Betty Friedan and pediatrician T. Berry
Brazelton are among the "great
thinkers" scheduled to discuss issues and
share their life stories, the Presidential
Inaugural Committee announced.
"When I first read about it in the
paper - the thinkers talking about
some of the big issues and possibilities
- I thought, 'That's great,' "Friedan
said yesterday. "Then I thought, 'As
usual, they're not going to invite
women,' but they did. It was women
who elected Clinton. I was terribly
pleased to be invited. I think I should
have been invited, and I was!"
The speakers and entertainers, select'..
ed to appeal to adults and children, will
perform in huge, heated tents on .the
Mall and at the Holocaust Memorial
Museum and three Smithsonian muse-
Whale improves, but
prognosis is cautious
SAN DIEGO - As veterinarians
kept an around-the-clock vigil at her
tankside, a baby gray whale who had
been near death Saturday night and&
was brought from Los Angeles'.
Venice Beach to San Diego's Sea
World showed improvement yes*
day, but officials warned it could be
weeks or months before it is known,
whether she will survive.
The calf, which arrived at Sea
World dehydrated, underweight and-
suffering from low blood sugar,
began swimming unassisted an
demanding to be fed.
Intervals between feedings wer
lengthened from every two hours to
every three hours.
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RASHAYA, Lebanon - Guerrillas
attacked Israeli-backed militiamen in
southern Lebanon yesterday with mor-
tars and rocket-propelled grenades,
security officials said. Israel responded
with artillery fire.
The officials, speaking on condi-
tion of anonymity, said they had no
reports of casualties from the attack
by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah
guerrillas on the Zoummaraya out-
post just inside Israel's self-styled
"security zone" in southern
Shortly after the 3 p.m. attack, Israeli
artillery blasted suspected guerrilla tar-
gets near the villages of Maidoun and
Ein el-Tineh southeast of Zoummaraya,
Guerrillas of the Shiite Muslim
Hezbollah want to drive out the 1,200
Israeli soldiers and 2,500 allied
Lebanese militiamen from the south
Lebanon border enclave.
The enclave, which Israel estab-
agree to talks
SOFIA, Bulgaria - Faced withl
Bulgaria's bloodiest uprising since the,,
end of Stalinist rule, the governing ex-
Communists agreed yesterday to hold
talks with opposition leaders demaod'
ing early elections.
Georgi Parvanov, leader of the
Socialist Party, said on television thats
talks could start today. He made it clear
however, that he expected his party to,
stay in power for at least another year to
"stabilize" Bulgaria, which is undergo-
ing its worst economic crisis since 1989.
The opposition vowed to keep up
daily protests until the government sets
an election date. Yesterday, 100,000 peo4
pIe demonstrated in Sofia to bacl;
demand for an early vote that could d -
the current government from power.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports?
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