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Clinton: Divide Israel into

2 states

NEW YORK (AP) - President Clinton told the
people of Israel yesterday that their land is also
the Palestinians' homeland and "there is no choice
but for you to divide this land into two states for
two people."
Clinton also urged the Palestinians in a major
address to find the courage to accept his framework for
a negotiated settlement and "not hold out for the
impossible more."
He vowed to use his remaining days in the White
House to narrow differences between Israel and the
Palestinians, but with less than two weeks left he made
no prediction of success.
SWe've got a mess on our hands," Clinton said.
In a speech to the Israel Policy Forum, a think tank
on the Middle East, Clinton disclosed key elements of
his framework for a negotiated settlement and said it
was a fair one that "responds to each side's essential
needs if not to their utmost desires."
He said he was sending veteran U.S. mediator Den-
nis Ross to the region this week to talk to Israeli and
Palestinian leaders again. Ross will seek their approval
for an accord that would give the Palestinians a state
with its capital in Jerusalem and give Israel a Jewish
Jerusalem "that is larger and more vibrant than any
seen in history"
On Palestinian refugees, a key sticking point, Clin-
ton appeared to hold to his position that they should
have the right to return to a Palestinian homeland -

not to Israel - or to help in finding new homes,
whether in the Arab countries in which they now live
or elsewhere.
Israel cannot be expected to take in an unlimited
number of refugees and thereby "undermine" its pur-
pose in being, he said.
The president said the incoming Bush administra-
tion was not bound by his proposals. "These parame-
ters originated with me and will go with me when I
leave officehe said.
Addressing the people of Israel before a largely .Jew-
ish audience, Clinton said "you have hardly had one
day of peace and quiet since your state was created."
He said "your dream of a homeland has come true,"
but when the Jewish people returned home beginning a
century ago, they found "it was not vacant. You discov-
ered that your land was also their land, the homeland of
two peoples."
And, Clinton went on, "the hard reality is that there
is no choice but for you to divide this land into two
states for two people."
"Whether it happens today or after more bloodshed,
it will happen," he said..
Before Clinton spoke, a senior U.S. official said the
administration was not optimistic of reaching a final
deal before George W Bush becomes president on Jan.
An accord that included all the tough issues would
be "a difficult undertaking," said the official, who

accompanied Clinton to New York and spoke on con-
dition of anonymity.
"But we hope to continue to narrow the gap and
move them closer together on a foundation on which
they can build," the official added.
As he left the White House for New York, the presi-
dent responded to a shouted question about the Middle
East by crossing his fingers.
Ross, expected to go to the Middle East tomorrow,
intends to meet separately with Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to
discuss "what is possible and advisableto do in the next
14 days," the official said.
Clinton spoke with evident emotion. A peace agree-
ment between Israel and the Palestinians has been his
highest foreign policy priority.
"Sometimes you just have to do the right
thing," he said. "Sometimes you just have to do
the rightthing. Sometimes it works out; some-
times it does not."
Clinton also praised Barak, whose concessions
to the Palestinians has left him trailing in the
polls to Ariel Sharon, the Likud party leader,
who will run against him for prime minister Feb.
"ie has demonstrated as much bravery in the office
of prime minister as he ever did on the field of battle,"
Clinton said in tribute to the former Israeli military
chief of staff.

Cole security lapses to go unpunished
WASHINGTON - The admiral overseeing the investigation of the actions
of the captain and crew of the USS Cole when the warship was bombed three
months ago in a Yemeni harbor has concluded that no one should be pun-
ished even though dozens of security lapses occurred, Pentagon officials
Adm. Robert J. Natter rejected the conclusion of a lower-ranking investi-
gating officer that some security precautions if taken could have mitigate
the effects of the explosion of a small boat that killed 17 sailors and tore a
40-foot hole in the side of the destroyer as it was refueling in the port of
Aden on Oct. 12.
The Navy investigation found that at least 30 of 62 planned "force protection"
measures weren't implemented by the Cole's crew. The investigating officer
found that 20 of those omitted steps were irrelevant but concluded that at least
11 possibly could have stopped the attack or lessened its impact.
Among the unexecuted steps he deemed crucial were a system of verifying the
authenticity of small boats approaching the warship and having fie hoses ready to
spray at boats that didn't properly identify themselves and wouldn't withdraw, one
source said.
Natter, the commander of the Atlantic fleet, agreed with a lower-ranking adni
ral who rejected that conclusion of the investigating officer.

Dems criticize attorney general choice

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic senators
criticized John Ashcroft yesterday as a "divisive"
pick for attorney general, previewing a bruising con-
firmation hearing for President-elect Bush's most
contentious Cabinet choice.
At least one Democrat said he might oppose the
former Missouri senator. The Judiciary Committee's
top Republican defended the conservative Ashcroft's
ability to impartially enforce all the nation's laws and
said he would "resent" any votes against him.
The committee has not scheduled a hearing, but
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Democrat who is
chairman until Bush takes office Jan. 20, has said he
wants to begin before then and continue after inaugura-
Among Ashcroft's most vocal critics on yester-
day's talk shows was Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.),
who said it was "a divisive not unifying nomination"
even though Bush "has specifically said he is a unifi-
er, not a divider."
Kerry said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that
Ashcroft has been "on the fringe of a number of dif-
ferent issues that really challenge the ... minority
community that the president-elect is going to have
to bring together."
Jesse Jackson and civil rights groups are mobiliz-
ing against Ashcroft, who last year helped scuttle the
nomination of a black Missouri Supreme Court
judge, Ronnie White, to the federal bench. White

President-elect George W. Bush presents John
Ashcroft as his Attorney General choice last month.

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may testify against Ashcroft.
Ashcroft also has criticized desegregation lawsuits
in Kansas City, Mo., and St. Louis.
Some Democrats wonder how Ashcroft, an abor-
tion opponent, would enforce federal laws banning
violence against abortion clinics or laws that restrict
gun ownership.
Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) said Ashcroft, who lost
his re-election bid in November, said must convinced
the Senate he "will vigorously pursue the civil rights
laws that he has - with good reason, from his per-
spective - argued against for the past 20 years."
Added Biden: "There's only two places race can
be resolved - the courts and the justice system. I
may oppose his nomination"
Sen. Orrin Hatch, who resumes his post as Judi-
ciary Committee chairman once Bush is sworn in,
said Ashcroft is "a man of high quality."
"I would personally resent any votes against him. I
really think that it's ridiculous, and I think we've gone
way too far in this country just because you differ with
somebody on abortion ... or because you find some
fault one side or the other and try to make a racial issue
out of something that is not," Hatch (R-Utah) said on
"Fox News Sunday." "And I get a little sick and tired of
Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.) said the attacks on
Ashcroft were "outrageous" and would ruin a bipar-
tisan spirit Congress is trying to build.
Continued from Page 1A
applicants went through a "probing
but polite" question-and-answer
For those interested in applying,
the council plans to address many
issues that will affect the its stu-
dents and the University.
One of the more important issues
facing the council is the budget,
Icom which Pollay said, "is not getting
much bigger, but service demands
are growing."
If property taxes increase to off-
set community costs, so will the
rent of students living in off-cam-
pus housing, which Pollay said the
city is trying to avoid.
Issues of parking and traffic will
be dealt with in the upcoming year,
as well.
a "The University is growing and I
hope the city will grow sensitive to
the students living here," Johnson
said. Since students make up more
than 35,000 of the city's popula-
tion, new and old members of
council will have to work together
with the University community in
setting policy, Pollay said.
Applications for the vacant Ward
V seat are due tomorrow by 8 p.m.,
and applicants should be approved
at the Jan. 22 meeting. The term of
@0 office will run from the time of
selection through Election Day.
Continued from Pge 1A
. a
Bollinger said.
Curt Levey, director of Legal
a and Public Affairs at CIR, said it
does not matter if the two systems
are different but that the underlying
principle of using race is wrong.
The University's policies, he said,
"go way beyond what Powell was
talking about."
"Diversity can never be a com-
pelling interest for racial discrimi-
nation," Levey said.
The intervening defendants, a
coalition of Law School applicants,
students and affirmative action
advocates, intend to maximize the
opportunities of a trial.
"A trial allows for a fuller air-
-* ing," said Miranda Massie, lead
counsel for the Law School inter-

Clinton set to unveil the group that fought for the statue,,
"The statue will become a shrine, o
statue of Roosevelt people with disabilities, but it will
also inspire everyone to overcome
WASHINGTON - President obstacles. When you see the memorial
Clinton will unveil a statue of that follows the statue, what will be in
Franklin D. Roosevelt seated in his your mind is that he did all this from a
wheelchair on Wednesday at the FDR wheelchair"
Memorial, ending an emotional six-
year campaign led by disability advo-
cacy groups to show the 32nd NYT announces job
president as he lived, not as he por- Cuts COI division
trayed himself to the public in aIf C i
bygone era. NEW YORK - The New York
The life-size bronze statue, with Times Co. yesterday said it was cut-
FDR's upturned face beaming the ting staff at its Internet division by 17
faith and optimism that inspired the percent to meet its goal of profitability
nation during the depths of the Great for the unit by the end of 2002.
Depression and World War II, is at Sixty-nine positions will be elimi-
ground level. Its small scale, in stark nated at New York Times Digit
contrast to the larger-than-life monu- which operates Internet sites inclu
ments to Lincoln and Jefferson near- ing NYTimes.com, Boston.com and
by, is designed to show the humanity newyorktoday.com.
of the man and the personal difficul- The New York Times Co. had
ties he overcame. intended to issue a tracking stock for
"The unveiling is a major national the division, but plans for an initial
moment, the removal of the shroud of public offering were scuttled in Octo-
shame that cloaks disability," said ber when the company said a down-
Alan A. Reich, president of the turn in financial markets made the
National Organization on Disability, move undesirable.
Turkish troops push ern third of the Iraqi Kurdah
p enclave - has been clashing with
into northern Iraq the Turkish Kurd PKK since Sep-
ANKARA, Turkey - Iraqi Kur- "The PKK has occupied 45 of
dish officials confirmed yesterday our villages since September"
that at least 500 Turkish troops PUK official who request
have pushed 100 miles into north- anonymity said. "They are terroriz-
er Iraq in their deepest incursion ing our people and should leave our
into the Kurdish-controlled enclave territory at once."
in 15 years of war against Kurdish
The officials described the move Paraiitary group
as preparation for a major offen- releases 1.7captive
sive against about 2,500 rebels
belonging to the Kurdistan Work- BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia's
ers Party, or PKK, who are dug in largest paramilitary group has freed
along a 25-mile-long swath of of 24 farmers it kidnapped last week,
mountainous territory on the Iran- military authorities said yesterday.
Iraq border. Rebels from the staunchly right-wing
The mass-circulation Turkish United Self-Defense Forces of Colom-
daily Sabah repeated earlier reports bia snatched the group in the northern
that as many as 10,000 Turkish provinceofBolivaronNewYear'sDay.
troops have poured into northern The freed captives.were discovered
Iraq since Dec. 20 in response to by naval officers Saturday night on the
pleas for help from one of the main banks of the Cimitarra River, near the
Iraqi Kurdish factions there. The area where the group was captured.
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, or
PUK - which controls the south- - Compiled from Daily wire repo.
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