Friday, August 30, 1996

Israel's Gold, PA's Abbas meet in Tel Aviv; no details are disclosed. (MM 8/30, 9/2)

Rigid Israeli police cordon, continued closure of West Bank, Gaza keep turnout low at al-Aqsa Mosque. On 8/28, Arafat called on Palestinians to rally at the mosque today in protest of Israel's delay of implementation, negotiation process. (MM 8/30; NYT 8/31; RE 8/31 in WNC 9/5; MEI, PR 9/6)

Israeli cabinet appoints the negotiations oversight comm. formulated by PM Netanyahu, FM Levy 8/18. Israeli Infrastructure M Sharon protests his exclusion fr. the comm. (NYT 8/31; ITV 8/31 in WNC 9/4; MM, NYT 9/2; JP 9/7)

U.S. detects Iraqi troop movements toward the Kurdish zone in n. Iraq, sends warning to Iraqi Pres. Saddam Hussein, orders troops to prepare for possible deployment to the Gulf. (NYT, WP 8/31) (see 8/29)

PA says it has released approximately 100 Hamas mbrs. in the past wk. (IDF Radio 9/3 in WNC 9/9)