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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 4A THE PALM BEACH POST rz RALPH EDWARDS rX KALf n CUWAKuD ft Talks begin on lasting Mideast pact U jr 1 QUALITY cJ3vVL service FURNITURE t ikon nmF hwv i antama u:.7Rnn - o;vut mto V i if r ". - LOSE up to 55 LBS. by Thanksgiving! v. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS! , TfT ' m,. . 'If s 'the moment of truth,' one 'official said as negotiators ibegan work on a final accord. . jjie.Associated Press ' '-I: EREZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip Six years rto :ihe day after Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser i Arafat exchanged their historic White House .-handshake, Israelis and Palestinians opened -ialk's Monday on a final peace accord. The friendly atmosphere including a smiling handshake between Israeli Foreign .-Minister David Levy and chief Palestinian Mirfoftator Mahmoud Abbas belied the MifficMlties ahead. After immersing them-felvC for years in details, number-crunching f3 .moving pins on maps, negotiators from 'both sides now must confront their most j deeply held beliefs. Li-Tissues like Palestinian statehood, the lights of Palestinian refugees to repatriation and the status of Jerusalem go straight to how each side frames its past and views its future and are all the more daunting for the one-yeaf deadline the sides have set. The opening of the talks Monday at a 3sJavrted army base between Israel and the jGaJaStrip came after two false starts toward fflngr talks, in May 1996 and November 1998. IjjAt a joint news conference after a brief jfrSjapig with Abbas, Levy said: "This agree-fnrtinjt will bring to an end, God willing, the jjd-year conflict that has caused so much sull ering between Israel and the Palestinians. i'No one among us has illusions," he said. face a difficult task. The permanent stall agreement is the final block in building Jpgace, but it is the most complex of them all." JAbbas, Arafat's deputy, urged a speedy JJ)lution, saying, "We cannot afford to lose tt(fre time, for lots of precious time was I jijJJjhe Past was marked with denial. Let the Wture be based on mutual recognition of ist-tfetermination. It is time to feel. It is time 6 jrjconstruct It is the time for peace and fieiefimakers." mm r M i 1 ' ' Traditional Holiday Tablecloths Visit Pioneer Linens for the largest selection of better quality tablecloths. In stock for immediate use, rounds and oblongs up to 180 inches long. Astor - fine while damask Blooms - elegant eggshell damask , . Colleen - classic hemstitched linen Palm Royal - box stitched with Austrian trim Elegance - embroidered Swiss dot, easy care , r Pioneer Linens W 210 Clematis St. West Palm Beach, Downtown at the Fountain. s 655-8553 1-800-207-5463 FREE attendant parking lot at the front entrance. Open 9AM-5:30PM closed Sunday NASSER ISSTAYtHIhe Associated Press A burning Israeli flag held by a masked the path to a final peace accord will not be Palestinian on the West Bank shows that without its detractors. DOE? YPAY.KV2 DOUBLE YOUR MINUTES! f -umii in rear zuw up. r , - t I The breadth of the talks dwarf last week's breakthrough agreement on prisoner releases and land transfers. Within five months, by Feb. 15, negotia-torymust present the outlines of an agreement on the nature and borders of a Palestinian entity, the status of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the future of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. A full accord is to be reached by September 2000. "bennis Ross, the U.S. envoy to the Middle East, called the deadline ambitious, but realistic. , "With the right kind of spirit, with the right kind of determination, if the will is there and there is a genuine effort to negotiate in good faith, I believe the parties are not being too ambitious," he said. "I believe it is possible".; The sides' opening positions remain as far apart as on Sept. 3, 1993, when Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized each other with the White House handshake between Rabin and Arafat. T;tPhe Palestinians want to establish a state in all of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with east Jerusalem as its capital. They demand the repatriation of 3 million Palestinian refugees and the dismantling of Jewish settlements unwilling to remain under Palestinian sovereignty. srael, in turn, wants to annex parts of the West Bank and Gaza to keep a majority of its 200,000 settlers under Israeli rule. Israel also at&t Advantage Plus Plans service in over 7500 Cities Nationwide! 539.99 300 in: 600 Min $49.99 5Q(Hytffi:i000Min.' "WE HAVE WHAT YOU NEED!" cept a Palestinian state on land the Palestinian Authority controls now, in exchange for ing some of the final status issues, such as Jerusalem and refugees, for open negotiations." Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin also took a harsh view of long-term interim agreements. "That would be an invitation to the extremists on both sides to torpedo the agreement," he said. Both sides have strong incentives. If no agreement is reached, Israel will have to continue living with the threat of terror attacks while its international standing and its peace-driven economy will suffer. The Palestinians, in turn, will be left with only 40 percent of the West Bank and about two-thirds of the Gaza Strip if they declare independence unilaterally after September 2000. A top Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, acknowledged a sense among both peoples that this is the last chance to make peace. "It is the moment of truth," he said. says it will never relinquish parts of Jerusalem, which it insists will remain the undivided capital of the Jewish state, and will not permit the return of refugees to areas under its sovereignty. Asked about the Palestinian position after Monday's opening, Levy replied: "We have heard these declarations. They don't surprise me. There is not one Israeli that agrees with them. We will stick to our positions." Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has set his sights low. In a radio interview Sunday, he said if the two sides didn't agree on an outline by February, they might have to forego a final peace accord and instead by mutual consent negotiate several long-term interim agreements. "Long-term interim agreements on most of the issues" would also be a "very important achievement," he said. Not for the Palestinians, who seek an all-or-nothing outcome. Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo insisted Monday the Palestinians "will never accept a deal by which we can ac AT&T GROUP CALLING Unlimited Cell to Cell Calls in Home Area. AT&T PERSONAL NETWORK - Includes Cellular Long Distance. AT&T DIGITAL ONE-RATE Includes Nationwide Roaming & Long Distance. keepers, ETC. 726 Pari Av. Lak Park, FL 681-9001 "Call One of Our Trained Cellular Consultants ? TODAY for Full Details PLUS Free Delivery!" "WNbw activation on any plan 29 99 or higher. Exp 93099 West Palm Beach Jupiter Lake Worth E.I m CE4 71M Dinh'xrfl a Unllu 7Afl.9fi77 H CU UJU f 131 liibiiuiu vim VIVJ uttiiy nw fcwi i H 'Require NEW AclfvatKm and one year contract Certain restriction apply Can tor run details ITlfrffMUffr'au Education boss proposing bonus grants for teachers who mentor other teachers crease works out to 4 percent. Other big-ticket items: B $80 million added to the SPORTSMAN wmmm $527 million being spent on re like a teacher's aide, to a mentor teacher, which would be a supervising teacher. The pay for all would be tied to student performance. To qualify as a mentor teach mediation and enhancement programs this year. $20 million to hire more psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors and behavior specialists to form safe-school intervention teams. B $20 million added to the $70 million now dedicated to dni Gallagher The Associated Press , JALLAHASSEE Florida's toji'leachers could make up to $80,000 as mentors who oversee other teachers under a plan proposed Monday by Education Commissioner Tom Gallagher. The average teacher salary now ranges between $30,000 and $40,000, Gallagher said. 'JThe goal is to have a career p$trCfor teachers," he said as he elt$ctissed the $20 million pro-$jral, part of his budget priorities fjSirjlext year. -Gallagher proposes dividing $$20 million he wants to spend rt$jientor teachers into $50,000 gMrts for 400 schools. The mon-ejr jwuld be to plan programs that wtjd be implemented in the 2b0-O2 school year. vHTie commissioner's idea is to teacher, not be an administrator, and make $80,000-plus as the years go on." Gallagher wants the state to devote an extra $804 million in general tax dollars to education next year. Public schools this year get $8 billion. His recommendations will be reviewed by Gov. Jeb Bush, who will propose a spending plan to lawmakers before the next legislative session. Lawmakers, however, are the ones who actually write the budget, which is their top priority during the two-month session every March and April. Under Gallagher's proposal, the biggest chunk $184 million would go to the basic financing formula for school operations, which now cost $5.8 billion. With an additional 44,000 students expected to enroll in public schools next year, the per-student in Huge Indoor Tackle Sale Fishing Boats of All Sizes safe-school programs like conflict resolution programs, alternative schools, resource officers and security equipment. er, teachers would have to earn national board certification, be acknowledged as a regional teacher of the year or meet a comparable standard not yet decided by the state. "It should be an advantage to us in Florida to recruit teachers because we are facing teacher shortages," Gallagher said. "It should help us get people to go into the teaching profession, realizing that they can stay as a $11 million added to the $15 million now spent on reading programs. B S1U million to start re warding schools that improve the attendance records of their stu dents. fKjrte five levels of employment, rt$r0jing from a paraprofessional, D learn from the Pros Continuous seminars at the Ranger Floating Inshore Stage and the Pro Sports Offshore Stage B Florida's Biggest and Best Fishing Gear Retailers, Fishing Boats, Guides and More n Cast netting Demonstrations B Flycasiing and Spincasting Ponds B Half Hitch Tackle Kids ' Casting Pond B Free Tcipie Fish Spool Fill With Reel Purchase B Meet Florida Sportsman's Staff and Other Authorities " Florida State Casting Championship Over S 10,000 in Prizes Instant Winners Spin Plug Fly Quality tor State Championship -m fla. lottery vote pits governor vs. churches pers carry the Georgia or Florida lottery numbers. Why? Because they know what you and I know: Their readers are buying lottery tickets and they want to know if they won. Emu HtniNGTON The money Alabama residents now spend on the lottery in Florida and Georgia needs to stay in Alabama to create a better-educated ept. ASH! workforce, Siegelman said "If the people opposed to the education Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m South Florida Fair Grounds 9067 Southern Blvd. lottery have their way, things will stay just as they are, he said. 1 hey ought to be ashamed Tarver said Siegelman's proposed lottery is the only way his three children will go to college, unless they get some kind of military assistance "I can't afford it," said Tarver, 39. "That's the only thing I hope for is a lottery." Siegelman wants to use lottery proceeds to give high school students with at least a B average scholarships to a private or public college in Alabama. Lottery money would also go toward pre-kindergarten programs and school computers. Siegelman used the lottery issue to help oust the Republican governor last November. His plan moved through the legislature with little resistance and is on the ballot Oct. 12. Recent polls show the public is strongly in favor. As the governor told state lawmakers, Alabama practically has a lottery already: "Eighteen out of 24 Alabama daily newspa I I ne Assocuiieu vj VMONTGOMERY, Ala. Gov. Don Sfcgelman is asking Alabama voters to ignore fJejr church leaders and get in line with other Hs&ifhern states that are bucking the Bible Belt image and cashing in on gambling to help py for schools and college scholarships. ft'GMmisters are condemning the Democratic governor's proposed state lottery, saying it would replace respect for hard work with get-rich-quick dreams. But they aren't able to stop the cheers 1 Siegelman gets when he points to neighboring Georgia, where a lottery that pays for college scholarships and other education v,,programs has been a huge success since its creation in 1993. "It's helping the kids with college," said Ray Tarver, a school custodian in Montgomery. "They can at least get something I didn't get." of themselves. ADMISSION ONLY $6 Alabama already allows gambling at four KIDS 12 S UNDER WITH PARENTS FRtE dog tracks, and it is only a short trip to river boat casinos in Mississippi. The pitch to keep the gambling money at SPORTSM M A U YU home was also used successfully last year m South Carolina, where Democrat Jim Hodges Find out where the action is! Tune in every Saturday morning 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on WBZT 1290 for up-to-the-minute fishing coverage with Capt. Eden White and Capt. George LaBonte. was elected governor over a GOP incumbent uttt l I T W O K K and a proposed lottery is set for a statewide vote in November 2000. V

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