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12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 22, 1998


Arafat demands more of
West Bank from Israel

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* PLO leader arrives in Washington
saying Israelis must honor agreements
made in 1993 and 1995
WASHINGTON (AP) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat,
arriving here for talks with President Clinton, demanded Yes-
teiday that Israel abide by its agreement to cede West Bank
pd to the Palestinians.
"I'm not asking for the moon; I am asking for what was
signed at the White House," Arafat said, referring to 1993 and
1995peace agreements signed between the Palestinians and
Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to
Washington, Arafat was Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright's guest for a late evening meal yesterday. He will see
Clinton today.
In Arabic, Arafat said his work-
ing 90-minute dinner with Albright
was held in a very constructive " ' not e
atmosphere and that he expected
any U.S. ideas to break the stale- pressuredii
mate with Israel would be offered
today. .jeopa rdizin
Albright then went with
Netanyahu to Andrews Air Force securiy.
Base in suburban Maryland to see
the Israeli leader off.
Netanyahu, during his meetings
Tuesday with Clinton, proposed
only a modest withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West
Bank. He made clear yesterday that Israel would not put its
own security at risk by ceding land. "We'll not ever be pres-
sured into jeopardizing our security," he said after meeting
with congressional leaders.
Before departing from Washington, Netanyahu said in an
interview taped for CNN's Larry King Live show that Clinton
had asked him to weave a pullback of Israeli troops with
Palestinian action against terrorists.
"We worked on a number of possibilities, we haven't fin-
ished that job," Netanyahu said, adding that a face-to-face
meeting with Arafat was possible in the near future.
"I think the United States wants to have a chance to hear
him out the way they heard me out and then we'll probably
meet again in this way or in other ways in a week or two," he
said. "These things aren't resolved overnight."
Clinton characterized his meeting with the Israeli leader as
"We worked with Mr. Netanyahu yesterday, exhaustively,
to try to, you know, narrow the differences,, and we didn't get
them all eliminated, but we made some headway," Clinton
said in an interview on PBS' "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."
"And we're going to work with Mr. Arafat tomorrow to try to
do that. And then we're going to try to see if there's some way
we can put them together.... It's not good for them to keep on
fooling with this and not making progress."
Arafat said he expected Israel to implement "accurately
and honestly" its commitments under the agreements he
signed at the White House with Netanyahu's predecessor. the
late Yitzhak Rabin.
State Department officials said Albright would ask Arafat
to boost anti-terrorism measures, as was agreed to. "He needs
to understand the linkage between any movement forward by
the Israelis and the question of security," State Department
spokesman James Rubin told reporters.

Although the two Mideast leaders' visits overlapped by
several hours, they had no plans to meet. Albright planned to
meet once again with Netanyahu before his departure
Wednesday night.
Netanyahu. saying he remains committed to the peace
process, nonetheless declared that his government is unwill-
ing to ever give up large chunks of the West Bank, which he
said has protected Israel's eastern border from Arab aggres-
sion since the 1967 war.
"If you ask us to withdraw from that wall, we know the
whole peace process would collapse because Israel would
revert again to a narrow band along the Mediterranean that
will invite aggression and future conflict," Netanyahu said in
speech at the National Press Club. "We must strike a balance
between the Palestinians who live on that wall - about one
million of them - and Israel's need to defend itself and
defend the peace.... I believe such a balance is possible."
Clinton is promoting a plan that
would have Israel cede smaller
rer be portions of land in phases as
Palestinians, in turn, agree to Israel
TO demands for concrete measures
against terrorism, including turn-
our ing over murder suspects.
Netanyahu also is insisting that
the Palestinian Authority annul its
-- Yasser Arafat charter that calls for the destruc-
- Y lseaer tion of Israel, a condition of the
1993 Oslo accords that started the
peace process, now stalled since



U.S. officials concede both sides have a long way to
go to close the gaps in exactly how much of the West
Bank Israel will eventually cede to the Palestinians, who
now control 27 percent but want most of the .
Netanyahu's government wants to maintain control of up
to half of the West Bank, including areas surrounding
major Jewish settlements.
"Clearly, both sides have a lot of work to do if we're going
to get the peace process back on track," the State
Department's Rubin said. He conceded not much progress
has been made so far. "...We're in the midst of an intensive
phase right now."
Netanyahu claimed Israel has met its commitments under
the Oslo accords and an agreement last year turning over
most of Hebron to Palestinian control. But. in realitv, several
issues are unresolved. Among them: Israel's promised release
of about 3.000 Palestinian security prisoners. opening a "safe
passage" allowing free Palestinian travel between the West
Bank and Gaza Strip, and opening a Palestinian airport and
seaport in Gaza.
The Palestinians branded Netanyahu's talks w ith Clinton a
failure, saying the Israeli leader was stalling for time.
"It is very clear that Netanyahu is creating artificial obsta-
cles and fabricating new preconditions," Palestinian Cabinet
Minister Hanan Ashrawi said in Jerusalem.
Ashrawi said Arafat was approaching his talks with
Clinton "with a very constructive and positive spirit."
"Hew v ill deal with any American proposals that are ...
aimed at implementing agreements." she said.
While in Washington. Arafat may also x isit the tJ.5.
H olocaust Memorial Museum. An invitation to tour the
museum as a VIP was formally made Wednesday by its exec-
utive committee. The museum last week had rescinded plans
to invite Arafat for a VIP tour.


Senior Chief Petty Officer Timothy McVeigh holds his uniform as he leaves the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington yester-
day. McVeigh is fighting the dishonorable discharge he received after the Navy found out he was gay.
AOL adm-its errorInidentifying
saior avybelieves ' i ay*

WASHINGTON (AP) -- America Online said "human
error" caused the breach of policy that disclosed to a Navy
investigator the identity of a senior sailor now facing dis-
missal from the service as a homosexual.
"This was a case of human error under very unusual cir-
cumstances," AOL Inc. said Wednesday in a one-page state-
ment. "This clearly should not have happened, and we regret
Also yesterday. Senior Chief Petty Officer Timothy R.
McVeigh moved to save his Navy career by filing a case in
federal court in Washington. McVeigh charges the Navy pried
into his personal affairs in violation of an electronic privacy
law and the military's : don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in
the military.
The service began investigating McVeigh last fall after a
Navy spouse discovered information available through AOL
and apparently written by McVeigh that indicated a sexual
interest in young men. McVeigh, 36, is a highly decorated
senior enlisted man with 17 years in the service --three years
shy of the 20 needed to retire with a pension. Hle is no rela-
tion to the convicted Oklahoma City bomber.
"I don't have any bitterness against the Navy at all."
McVeigh said outside .,'.S. District Court. "My only regret is
that the Navy is unwilling to follow regulations."
McVeigh, in dress uniform festooned with rows of awards
and medals on his chest, stood at attention as U.S. District
Judge Stanley Sporkin entered the courtroom. Later McVeigh
changed into a business suit to speak with reporters, observ-
ing a regulation against uttering public statements in uniform.
McVeigh's attorney, Christopher Wolf, said the Navy
"broke the law" against wrestling confidential information
from online services. He also contended the Navy violated
the Pentagon policy on gays in the military, which prohibits
open homosexuality but bars the military from trying to dis-
cover a service member's sexual orientation.
Justice Department attorney David Glass argued that the
1986 law restricts online services from giving up confidential
information but contains no limits on how investigators can
go about seeking information.
Judge Sporkin appeared to embrace this argument, noting
that police routinely collect evidence volunteered to them that
they would otherwise have to obtain through search warrant.
He said McVeigh may have a stronger case against AOL, and

Wolf said after the hearing that lie and his client "are keeping
our options open with regard to (suing) AOL."
Sporkin closely questioned Glass about the don't-ask,
don't-tell policy.
"You're saying once somebody in an electronic instrument
says that they're gay, that that's enough for the Navy to go out
and start these (discharge) proceedings," Sporkin said.
"That's correct." Glass replied. He said the Navy investig*
for who called AOL "was entirely within the bounds of the
The case may hinge on whether McVeigh's online commu-
nications, none of which contained his full name, represented
an open, public statement of sexuality. McVeigh has denied
he is gay and told the Navy he had once been engaged and
attends social events with women.
The case began when McVeigh sent a routine e-mail to
Helen Hajny, wife of a shipmate of McVeigh's aboard the
USS Chicago, a nuclear-powered attack submarine. Mr.
Hajny was serving as an onshore ombudsman for sailo
aboard the sub, and she communicated regularly with
McVeigh. This message, signed "Tim," was about buying
presents for children of crew members for an upcoming
Christmas party.
Mrs. H ajny noticed that the screen name atop the message
was "Boysreh." She then went to the profile page in the AOL
system and found under that screen name a profile by "Tim"
from Honolulu, home port of the Chicago. Under marital sta-
tus, the author wrote, "gay." Under hobbies the profile page
listed "driving, boy watching, collecting pictures of other
young studs." The woman turned this information over to h
husband, who passed it up the chain of and until the subml
rine squadron commander ordered an investigation.
The Navy investigator who telephoned AOL testified at
McVeigh's discharge hearing that he told the AOL represen-
tative he was a "third party in receipt of a fax" and wanted the
full name of the sender.
AOL spokeswoman Ann Brackbill challenged that account
yesterday. In a telephone interview, she said that in AOLs
internal inquiry, the company's representative reported the
investigator "said he was a good friend" of McVeigh.
McVeigh's honorable discharge is to take effect at midnig
tomorrow night. But Sporkin told Glass, "I assume you'
keep him on while I decide this case."



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