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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 11

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rr 12A THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 Israel: No more pullbacks without security assurances "I am ready to have any meeting which will lead to results, and I welcome 8 the idea suggested by the American initiative to hold a summit meeting in Washington, attended by a number of ' world leaders," Arafat said. Bar-Illan said he did not know of such a proposal, but noted that Netanyahu previously suggested a Camp David-?; style meeting with Arafat. "Obviously we would welcome that," he said. Meanwhile, Secretary of State . Madeleine Albright told a coalition of, American Jewish leaders that Israel must realize the United States is frustrated: with the stalled peace process but reafk firmed the Clinton administration is "very determined" to break the troop pullback from about 13 percent more of the West Bank over 12 weeks. The withdrawal would be carried out in tandem with Palestinian moves to do more to fight terrorism. Israel has said it cannot withdraw from more than 9 percent of the West Bank, and the Palestinians have demanded far more, but reports have circulated that a 10 percent to 12 percent pullback was being discussed. Asked about reports that he would accept a 10 percent withdrawal, Arafat said, "This is still under discussion." Arafat's comment that he would welcome a Washington summit came after he was asked if he was ready to meet with Netanyahu. The two have met only once in the past year, in a meeting arranged by Ross in October. Ross and Netanyahu, whose meeting Sunday night was to have been their last, agreed to meet again today, Bar-Illan said. After talking with Netanyahu, Ross went straight to Gaza and was holding late-night talks with Arafat. Ross, who arrived in the region Thursday, has been shuttling between the two sides in an effort to break the yearlong impasse in the peace talks. Earlier Sunday, Arafat welcomed what he said was an American proposal for an international summit in Washington, a meeting that could give him the political justification to continue the peace process even if Ross fails to win concessions from Israel. Ross has been trying to win acceptance of a U.S. proposal for an Israeli The U.S. is urging an Israeli troop pullback from about 13 percent more of the West Bank over 12 weeks. idea of reciprocal security steps in exchange for Israeli troop pullbacks. "The main problem today was that Arafat has not yet replied to our questions and those of the Americans on how much he would be willing to do to comply with the security requirements set out by the United States," Bar-Illan said. "There will be no redeployment unless we see some action on compliance." III jj LEGAL mm ' X n I I I I i I I I SB X , - I. TF' -T T' ' : '.. .2S r ... . , ww-uiiiiiiumi . , j khiiTiTiWi mm mm Mm ID"! 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Tlie .ssoeiated Press JERUSALEM Israeli ar chaeologists have found the world's oldest synagogue in the ruins of a 2,000-year-old palace outside the West Bank town of Jericho. The synagogue, which dates from 50-70 B.C., was uncovered by archaeologists in the ruins of a Maccabean winter palace, Ehud Netzer, a professor of archaeology at Hebrew University, said Sunday. Netzer said worshipers would have sat on a bench running along pillars in the synagogue's basilica-shaped hall. The Torah, the Jewish holy book, was most likely read in the middle of the room. In an adjoining room, archaeologists found a U-shaped bench that Netzer said likely was used for ceremonial meals. The synagogue was not lavish but its floors may have been carpeted, he said. Netzer said the synagogue was important not only because of its age and direct connection with the Maccabean monarchy, but gave scholars "a clearer picture of the nature and form of synagogues that existed in the land of Israel prior to the destruction of the Temple" in A.D. 70. The palace where the synagogue stands is adjacent to Wadi Kelt, then a Jewish town near Jericho that was a winter resort for the wealthy and year-round home to farmers. Today it is in the part of the West Bank that remains under Israeli control. The synagogue and the palace were destroyed in an earthquake in 31 B.C. and King Herod later built another palace over the ruins. Until the discovery of the Wadi Kelt synagogue in the last couple of months, the oldest known synagogue was in Gamle, in the Golan Heights. The Gamle synagogue was built about 50 years later than the Wadi Kelt synagogue, Netzer said. Iran rejects Israels offer on Lebanon Reuters DAMASCUS Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said after talks with Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam that Israel's offer of conditional withdrawal from south Lebanon was a trick and would be foiled. "We think the Israeli offer on Lebanon is a trick. It is aimed at creating confusion among countries of the region but the wisdom of the peoples and states of the region would foil the Israeli scheme," Kharrazi said. The minister said that Iran also stressed during the talks the importance of cooperation between Syria and Lebanon a reference to the linkage between the Syrian and Lebanese tracks at the Middle East peace process. Syria is the main foreign power broker in Lebanon where it has some 35,000 troops. Damascus and Beirut have rejected Israel's offer to pull back in return for security guarantees. They say U.N. 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