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Middle East / Unrest / Jerusalem Tunnel / Levy and Erakat Interviews #410317

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 25, 1996
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(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Report introduced.

(Jerusalem: Jerrold Kessel) The outbreak of violence between Israel and Palestinians following Israel's opening of a tunnel in Jerusalem's Old City near sacred Moslem holy sites featured; scenes shown from the self-rule areas of the West Bank of clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians and uniformed Palestinian police. [Palestinian Authority president Yasir ARAFAT - opposes the use of guns against Palestinians.] [Israeli OFFICIAL - comments.] [Jerusalem Mayor Ehud OLMERT - says the mosque's foundations are not affected.] [Palestinian Council member Hanan ASHRAWI - comments.]

(Studio: Hilary Bowker, Bernard Shaw) Statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the violence noted. [NETANYAHU - says it is not an attack on Islam holy places.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Interview held with Israeli foreign minister David Levy, who is attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting. [LEVY - (thru translator) says the peace process will proceed; defends Israeli's opening of the tunnel in Jerusalem for safety reasons and for the benefits of tourists of all religions; calls for wisdom from all the parties for calm to be restored so the peace agreement can go forward; adds that closing the tunnel will not determine the peace process.]

(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Report introduced.

(Jerusalem: Jerrold Kessel) Interview held with Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erakat about the future of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. [ERAKAT - lists the fait accomplis actions taken by Israel that indicate the new government wants to make peace with Israeli extremists; affirms that the peace process has been in limbo because of the lack of implementation on the Israeli side; questions Netanyahu's commitment to the peace process; points out that Jerusalem was supposed to be negotiated, but Netanyahu has taken unilateral actions that have caused provocation rather than reciprocity.]

Bowker, Hilary;
Kessel, Jerrold;
Shaw, Bernard;
Woodruff, Judy

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