Tuesday, December 3, 1996

In Tel Aviv, U.S. Amb. Indyk meets a delegation of rabbis fr. the International Rabbinical Coalition for the Land of Israel, which requests the U.S. lift its pressure for evacuating settlers fr. Hebron. (ITV 12/3 in WNC 12/6)

In Damascus, Iranian FM Ali Akbar Velayati delivers to Pres. Asad a letter fr. Pres. Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, discusses with Syrian FM Shara` measures to be adopted in case Israel launches an attack against Syria. (IRNA, VIRI 12/3 in WNC 12/4; WT 12/4; IRNA 12/4 in WNC 12/5; SANA 12/3 in WNC 12/6)

Egyptian Pres. Husni Mubarak says there is little more Egypt can do to help Butros-Ghali win a 2d term as UN secy. gen. if the U.S. continues to veto him, but Egypt will continue to support his bid. (NYT, WP 12/4) (see 11/29)

In Jericho, a PA jail guard shoots, kills prisoner Rashid Fityani, a suspected collaborator who was arrested 1/15/95 and never came to trial. PA Preventive Security Forces (PSF) says Fityani had been fighting with the guard. He is at least the 10th to die in PA custody. (NYT 12/6; PR 12/13; JP 12/14)