Sunday, September 27, 1992

PM Rabin warns of governing coalition's collapse as he sharply criticizes Education Min. Shulamit Aloni for her remarks on the Golan Heights, as well as for angering the ultra-Orthodox community with her secularist education program. (Qol Yisra'el 9/27 in FBIS 9/28; NYT, WP 9/28)

Over 3,000 Palestinian prisoners in 5 Israeli and 2 W. Bank jails embark on indefinite hunger strike to protest conditions in Israeli jails. (MM 9/28)

Iranian and UAE negotiators begin talks on status of Abu Musa island. (AFP 9/26, 9/27 in FBIS 9/28; MM 9/28)

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton says recent Lebanese elections were not free and fair, and that withdrawal of Syria's 40,000-strong "occupying" force is essential to Lebanon's independence. (MM 9/29)

U.S. bipartisan Congressional Budget Office reports that limits of weapons sales to the Middle East could save the U.S. $10 billion a year, while costing U.S. arms manufacturers $3 billion a year. Sales of arms for domestic rather than foreign policy reasons thwart the peace process and can damage long-term regional stability. Report also details European arms sales estimates. (Reuters 9/27 in MM 9/28)