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let Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu consults with Cabinet Secretary Danney Naveh yesterday at the start of the
iy government meeting In Jerusalem.
srael: Target in Jordan attack
high-level Hamas leader
JERUSALEM - A top aide to
Piime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
said yesterday that Khaled Meshaal,
who was attacked on the streets of
A man, Jordan, 10 days ago, is a
p-level Hamas leader with direct
rsponsibility for murdering Israelis.
In a defiant statement issued after
the weekly Cabinet meeting, Cabinet
Secretary Panny Naveh declined to
say whether agents of the Mossad
secret service had tried to assassinate
leshaal, but went out of his way to
indicate that such an operation would
not be unjustified.
"It is the responsibility of the gov-
sment of Israel to protect the lives
of its citizens and to fight uncompro-
misingly against .terrorism," Naveh
laid. "Meshaal is considered the No.
:I0gure in Hamas, responsible forthe
murder of innocent Israeli citizens."
Another administration official,
speaking on condition of anonymity,
aid yesterday that Meshaal had given
'e order for the two terrorist bomb-
ings in Jerusalem in July and
9h tember, which killed 21 people
°._l for which the Islamic militant
rginiastion Hamas claimed respon-
sibility. The official confirmed that
Israel had indeed sent the two
NMossad agents to assassinate him by
iooting atoxic chemical into his ear.
Meshaal, in an interview with
Newsday yesterday, said the two men
attacked him from behind.
"They used a very highly devel-
oped device which did not touch me,
but made a big boom sound in my
ear," Meshaal said. "My ear started
ringing and my whole body shivered
like an electrical shock."
Although they were close enough,
the Israelis did not shoot him,
because they wanted to send a mes-
sage to Hamas without creating an
iternational incident, said the Israeli
"He was supposed to collapse and
die mysteriously," said the official,
"Hamas was supposed to get the hint,
while we maintained deniability."
Instead, when the assassination
backfired and the men were arrested,
Israel felt it could do little but agree
to the demands of King Hussein, the
Israeli official said. An Israeli doctor
was sent to Jordan carrying the anti-.
dote to the poison, and a deal was
made under which Jordan would free
the two Mossad agents in Amman in
return for the release of Sheik Ahmed
Yassin, founder and spiritual leader
of Hamas, from an Israeli prison, the
But now, the Israeli official said
Hussein is reneging on his end and is
asking for the release of still more
senior Hamas officials in Israeli jails.
Others suggested there might have
been a misunderstanding. Either way,
it is unclear whether Israel will com-
ply, since such a move would increase
the threat of terrorism and, at the
same time, further undercut Israel's
demand that the Palestinian Authority
crack down on Hamas.
Meshaal denied that he was
involved in any way in the bombings.
Now the story is moving away
from Amman and back across the
Jordan River. Yassin announced that
he expects to retum to Gaza today to
be reunited with his family after eight
years in Israeli prisons. Palestinian
sources said they were planning an
official welcome for the Hamas
leader. All sides agree that the events
will be a terrible embarrassment for
Israel, which has been calling for
months for a crackdown on Hamas
and its leaders.
Meanwhile, opposition members
denounced the alleged Jordan opera-
tion - one said it sounded like the
plot of a bad spy thriller - and the
Knesset will return from its recess to
hold a special session on the issue.
"If it turns out that Netanyahu did,
in fact, give the order to assassinate
Meshaal, then he should resign," for-
mer Prime Minister Shimon Peres
told Israel radio yesterday.
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gound in global warming talks
WASHINGTON (AP) - When President Clinton sits Five years ago, at the last international conference on
dotih today tohear scientists, environmentalists and business global warming, industrial countries set a goal of emis-
leadrs discuss how to deal with emissions from power plants sions at the 1990 level by 2000. Instead, even more car-
and other industries, he might find trouble wherever he looks. bon is pouring into the atmosphere, so much that getting
With both sides digging in, the meeting is unlikely to pro- to 1990 levels in the United States even by 2010 would
d a consensus. That means Clinton will probably be criti- require U.S. industry and cars to reduce them by 20 per-
c d no matter what proposal the United States takes to an cent from current levels.
international climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, at the end Because serious consequences may be years away, there is
of the year. little public pressure yet on members of Congress, who must
"The science is solid,"Clinton said recently, adding that the ratify any treaty that comes out of the Kyoto conference.
U.S. will press for "realistic and binding" commitments to Clinton made that point last week in a White House meeting
reduce carbon emissions. "We have a responsibility to cut with dozens of television weather forecasters.
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Environmentalists, some leading scientists and European
lie administration has not hinted how far it is willing to go leaders want a treaty that would cut emissions by the United
to control emissions or what timetable it will suggest. The States and other industrial countries well below 1990 levels.
ans ers depend in part on an assessment of the economic Even with that, they contend, carbon concentrations in the
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