The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 21, 1998- 7
West Bank accord near, parties say
QUEENSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Under President Clinton's
prodding, Israel and the Palestinians neared a West Bank
agreement yesterday that calls for the CIA to supervise the
jailing of suspected terrorists, two parties to the Middle East
Clinton finalized the arrangement during dinner Monday
wi h Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the sources said.
The suspects wanted in Israel would not be extradited to
Israel for trial, as Israel initially demanded. But the presence
of the CIA to verify punishment evidently satisfies Israel's
concerns, said the sources, who spoke only on condition of
With Jordan's King Hussein on hand to help, Israel and the
Palestinians began shaping the framework of a West Bank
land-for-peace accord on the sixth day of their summit talks.
The pace of negotiations picked up, with Israel and the
Palestinians getting down to hard bargaining. Clinton, in his
Wp day at a secluded Maryland retreat, met for 45 minutes
wih Arafat and scheduled a session later with Netanyahu.
Clinton had been briefed on his arrival from Washington
by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. He then conferred
with Hussein, who joined the talks at the administration's
"There is important work going on here but significant gaps
are still there;" White House spokesperson Joe Lockhart said.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said
that while several knotty issues remained, Israel and the
Palestinians had succeeded in reaching a preliminary under-
stiding on several points.
These included a 12-week Israeli pullback from a further
13 percent of the West Bank, with the Palestinians respond-
ing with the confiscation of illegally held weapons from mil-
itant groups on territory they already control and the jailing
of suspect terrorists.
- Israel claims 17 suspects remain free in Palestinian-held land
and 13 serve in the Palestinian police force. Initially, Israeli
negotiators demanded their extradition for trial in Israel, but is
settling for trial and punishment by Palestinian authorities.
The United States would assume the role of verifying both
t weapons seizure and the jailings, the sources told The
'CIA Director George Tenet has played a behind-the-scene
role in the summit talks. He made several trips to the Mideast
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emotionally exhausted with "a lifetime of scars."
"The law wasn't just violated; I was violated," she told
the court. "I seriously believe giving him jail time may
make him realize what he actually did."
At Nadel's preliminary hearing last spring, the court
found probable cause to try Nadel on two counts of
fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Lawyers
arranged a plea bargain during the summer and the case
never went to trial. The plea did not state the specific
punishment for which the defense asked.
"I'm guilty," Nadel told the court. "I can't take back
my actions. All I can do is assure (the victim's) friends
and family and the court I am never going to get in any
trouble like this ever again."
Shelton sentenced Nadel to serve three years of pro-
bation, with the last year to be served in Washtenaw
But State Probation Officer Phil King said that if
Nadel serves his probation without violation he would
avoid jail and would be able to get the charge removed
from his criminal record.
Before the sentencing, Shelton asked Nadel to explain
"I'm sorry," he said, looking the victim in the eye.
"You may think I'm not sincere, but I swear on my life I
am. I'm very sorry."
The victim said the assault was emotionally devastat-
ing and said she does not think an apology is enough.
"I have been suffering since the morning I woke up
Feb. 13, 1998, and it will last the rest of my life," she
said. "How can anyone expunge this from the record
when I can't expunge this from my mind?"
Douglas Mulkoff, Nadel's attorney, said Nadel was an
18-year-old boy who made a mistake and told Shelton
that it's important for "the court to be able to show for-
"It is not indicative of his character," Mulkoff said.
"The probation department said ... most likely the
action was a result of an 'immature thought process.' We
agree with this."
Shelton told Nadel he'll be held to strict standards
during his probation.
"My experience is people say a lot of things at this
stand" Shelton said. "Your actions will do the talking. If
you violate any portion of probation you will go to
U.S. State Department spokesperson James Rubin answers questions about the status of the Middle East peace talks during
talks during briefing at Chesapeake College in Queenstown, Md. yesterday.
to develop intelligence cooperation between Israel and
Arafat's Palestinian Authority.
The Israeli pullback and the Palestinian counterterrorism
moves would be carried out in parallel phases. A major stick-
ing point remained whether and when Israel would carry out
another pullback. It has offered to withdraw from an addi-
tional 1 percent.
While the Palestinians are demanding an unspecified,
larger swath of land, the negotiators were examining an
Israeli proposal that the dispute be taken up by an Israeli-
Palestinian committee with no U.S. participation in its
According to Israel's proposal, the talks would be held
simultaneously with negotiations over a final settlement with
In the search for a compromise, the negotiators were con-
sidering having Clinton write a letter to Netanyahu and to
Arafat backing the committee approach.
Still in hot dispute, meanwhile, was Israel's demand that
the Palestinian National Council meet within three months of
the start of the Israeli pullback to nullify all anti-Israel provi-
sions in the charter, of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
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defeated Larry Owen and Doug Ross in
the August primary and his victory over
these more conventional candidates
cked and divided the party estab-
State Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-
Salem Twp.) has thrown her hat in the
ring for Fieger, but some party mem-
bers, including state Rep. Kirk Profit
(D-Ypsilanti), have said they will cast
their ballots for Engler. When asked if
specifically she endorses Fieger,
Democratic Attorney General candidate
Jennifer Granholm would only say "I
endorse the entire ticket."
*ieger brushed these party differ-
enoes aside and said he is proud to be
the first gubernatorial candidate in his-
tory who was not anointed "by the
power brokers" in Lansing.
"I can't sit idly by and watch and
allow special interests to control the des-
ti of this state," Fieger said.
Tieger's dynamic personality is noth-
ing new - it has followed him since his
ih school years. David Weiner, who
$ yed varsity football with Fieger at
Qak Park High School in Oak Park,
Mich., said Fieger wanted to be a rock
star. His brother, Doug Fieger, former
lead singer of "The Knack" is known
for the band's hit single "My Sherona"
But the elder Fieger lacked the musical
talent to make it in music.
Fieger was a "ladies
man (who) spoke
his mind freely, was
and very bright.
"He dated the
prettiest girl in
said. "She was a
"I can't ... allow special
interests to control the
destiny of this state."f
- Geoffrey Fieger
Democratic gubernatorial candidate
year older and he used to write and read
In spite of his eccentric personality,
Weiner said, Fieger always was sincere
in his beliefs.
"I'd love to see him win," Weiner said.
"It would be nice to know the governor."
After graduating high school in 1969,
Fieger obtained a theater degreefrom the
Bernie Porn, president of the
Lansing-based EPIC/MRA polling
firm, said Fieger is behind by 31 percent
in the governor's race and has been los-
ing ground since his primary victory.
With 61 percent of Michigan citizens
rating Fieger as "unfavorable;' Porn said
Republican candidates are doing every-
thing they can to associate their
Democratic opponents with Fieger.
"Fieger is obviously a bigger problem
for the Democrats than Clinton;" Porn
said. "Clinton has raised his numbers in
the polls and still holds a favorable rat-
ing in this state."
Michigan Republican Party Chair
Betsy DeVos said Fieger's behavior has
been an embarrassment to the
Democratic Party. She said the
Republican Party hopes to ride Engler's
coattails to regain control of the House
and win a larger margin in the Senate.
Fieger "wasn't the choice of the
Democratic Party, but (party leaders)
brought him upon themselves by not
adequately warning their voters who
they were voting for;' Devos said.
"Geoffrey Fieger has shown himself
incapable of any extended decorum in a
public setting. He's offended just about
anyone you can think of."
Porn said DeVos and other
Republicans must be careful to avoid
overconfidence in November. He said
Granholm would draw many Democrats
to the polls.
"Our most recent survey showed
there would not be a big decline in
Democratic voter participation" Porn
said. "There's as much of a problem if
Republicans stay home because they
think Engler is a shoe-in.
"No one really knows what's going to
happen," he said.
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third and final term as governor of
Michigan with current Senate
Majority Leader Posthumus as his run-
Posthumus said the two never dis-
cussed rising to the top two spots in
Michigan state government back in
their college days, but he does say that
continuing to work with Engler would
"The last eight years as majority
leader have been the most rewarding
of my career," due mostly to his work
with the governor, Posthumus said.
During his 1990 run against James
Blanchard, before voters passed term
limits, Engler said he anticipated run-
ning for only two terms. But eight
years after he defeated Blanchard,
Engler says he is ready for four more
Engler, once rumored as a possible
presidential or vice presidential candi-
date, remains focused and motivated
to make Michigan "first in the 21st
"I'm not running for President, I'll
be right here," Engler said.
While he attempts to deflect the
attacks from flamboyant opponent
Geoffrey Fieger, angler pledges to run
a campaign on the issues and his
"People want, to know something
about the people that are asking them
for their vote. They want to know what
their agenda is. And we've been talk-
ing about what we've done because I
feel that we've done a lot," Engler said
of his two terms.
Fieger, calling Engler everything
from fat to inept to a criminal, contin-
ues to attack the governor's policies
and call for a revolution in state gov-
"The effects of his policies are
obscene," Fieger said during a rally.
"He preys on hatred, preys on bigotry."
And other area state politicians,
including stateSen. Alma Wheeler
Smith (D-Salem Twp.) and state Rep.
Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor), have called
for an end to the Engler reign in
But Fieger is not the only candidate
with criticisms of his opponent.
"His ideas and thoughts are ill-
formed," Engler said of Fieger.
Engler, recently found to hold a 30-
point lead in the polls according to the
Lansing-based EPIC/MRA polling
firm, confidently touts his gubernator-
ial accomplishments - chief among
them his revival of the Michigan econ-
omy from the "pride of the Rust Belt"
to the keeper of the "Jobs Belt."
"You could almost sum up our eco-
nomic policy in saying that the state
with the best schools wins;" Engler
said. "The number one priority contin-
ues to be education."
"The number one
to be education."
- Gov. John Engler
Accepting Engler's offer to run for
lieutenant governor, Posthumus said,
required little diliberation. In addition
to his long-standing friendship with
the governor, Posthumus said that
working with Engler has shown him
the governor's value to the state.
"I thought that Gov. Engler has done
more for Michigan in the past eight
years than any other governor in the
United States," Posthumus said.
Engler, through criticism and critique,
continues to stand behind the record he
has in his 30 years of service to the state.
But the governor insists that there is a lot
more work to be done.
"With all we've done, what more is
there? There are several things that are
very important that will help us rise
above the competition, and in the long
term, really set Michigan up and distin-
guish it among the states;' Engler said
"If in other areas we can reach the
level of excellence that is set by
Michigan and Michigan State as uni-
versities ... you would have a terrific
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