Thursday, July 18, 1996

On his 1st visit to an Arab capital since his election, Israeli PM Netanyahu meets with Egyptian Pres. Mubarak in Cairo. (MM 7/18; MENA, QY 7/18 in FBIS 7/18; IDF Radio, ITV, MENA, RE 7/18, MENA 7/19 in FBIS 7/19; CSM, MM, NYT, WP, WT 7/19; MENA 7/20, YA 7/22 in FBIS 7/23; CSM 7/22; WP 7/23; NYT 7/31; MEI 8/2)

Israeli DM Mordechai meets with YESHA settlers' council mbrs., who ask that mbrs. of their civil guard be attached to the regular army patrols in the West Bank, Gaza; more land be zoned for settlement expansion. (QY 7/18 in FBIS 7/18)

Mayor of Ma'ale Adumim settlement presents plans to link the settlement with Jerusalem through construction of 2,000 housing units, 3,000 hotel units on state-owned land stretching fr. Ma'ale Adumim to Pisgat Ze'ev settlement, thereby doubling Ma'ale Adumim's population to 40,000. (MA 7/18 in FBIS 7/18)

In Gaza, ceremony is held to establish the Islamic Renaissance Party (IRP). `Abd al-Halim al-Sutari, the party's sec. gen., says the IRP will participate in the PA. (al-Quds 7/20 in FBIS 7/29)