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THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY. DECEMBER 2. 1997 8A i Palestinians reject Israel's West Bank withdrawal offer 4 . . 1 W 1 1. UTAH Israel onlv would if ntwars unlikelv. however, that decide on the extent of a possible wit drawal after ministers have agreed on Israel's opening position for talks on a permanent peace agreement. In such negotiations, the two sides are to discuss the most sensitive issues borders, the status of Jerusalem and the future of Jewish settlements. ; Under a U.S.-brokered agreement signed a year ago, Israel promised to pull back troops in the West Bank in three stages by mid-1998. The Palestinians rejected as insufficient the initial Israeli offer in March of a pullback from 2 percent 4f the West Bank. "It is like throwing sand in our eyes," said Abdel Rahim, who speaks for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Israel's Cabinet decided in principle Sunday to pull back troops in the West Bank. It set no date and attached five demands, including a crackdown on Islamic militants and the release to Israel of Palestinians suspected of killing Israelis. The Cabinet decision, considered inadequate by the opposition in parliament, prompted a no-confidence vote, which Netanyahu survived by a 50-45 margin. The prime minister, in a Monday phone conversation with Arafat, described the redeployment decision as an important move forward in the peace process. " "ki-" - ' - , Arafat would carry out arrests on a scale that would satisfy Israel. Netanyahu's hard-line policies have steadily eroded Arafat's standing, and he is reluctant to risk a showdown with his most powerful political rival, the Islamic militant group Hamas. The Palestinian Authority, not wanting to be seen by its people as Israel's lackey, also has refused to hand over suspects sought by Israel in connection with attacks on Israelis. Israeli Justice Minister Tsahi Hanegbi said Monday that the West Bank troops would not move until Arafat has fulfilled the demands. The Palestinian Authority claimed the recent proposal was deceptive. The Associated Press - JERUSALEM Israel's plan to pull its troops from more West Bank land an offer with several strings attached is merely a ploy to keep control of the territory, Palestinians officials said Monday as they rejected the plan. Tayeb Abdel Rahim, secretary general of the Palestinian Authority, said the Israeli Cabinet's offer was deceptive, and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was violating past agreements signed by Israel. 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He said other countries have pledged up to $150 million to help Russia destroy its arsenal as required under the treaty. Out of that amount, $100 million will come from the United Ststes Already, 105 countries have ratified the treaty, including the United States and all four other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. Council must decide whether to renew the program, which permits Iraq to sell $2.14 billion worth of oil every six months in order to purchase food, medicine and humanitarian items. Economic sanctions imposed after Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, which led to the Persian Gulf War, have left Iraq desperately short of supplies. In New York, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan reminded the Security Council of the dire situation facing Iraqis. He asked the council to consider raising the amount of oil revenue Iraq can spend on food and medicine, though he did not recommend a specific increase in oil exports. U.N. officials said they urged him to double the amount of oil Iraq can export but he backed off on figures at the requests of the United States. The Clinton administration has said it has no objections to studying ways to improve the program. Vie Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraq said Monday it will reject any renewed oil-for-food program unless the United Nations ensures that the United States will not block humanitarian purchases allowed under the deal. v Iraq has "received commitments" from other countries that the program's procedures will be changed to help keep Washington in check, Foreign Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf said. He did not elaborate. Baghdad repeatedly has accused Washington of using its clout to delay approval for Iraqi purchases of food and other items allowed under the year-old program, which is set to expire Thursday. 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