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Middle East / Israel and Hamas / Yassin's Release / Ashrawi Interview #412169

CNN Evening News for Monday, Oct 06, 1997
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) The fallout in the Middle East from Israel's bungled attempted assassination of a senior Hamas official in Jordan examined; details given of the resulting prisoner exchange. [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NETANYAHU - (thru translator) admits in every war there are failures.]

(Gaza City: Jerrold Kessel) The return home to Gaza of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the founder of Hamas, who has been imprisoned in Israel for eight years, featured; scenes shown of the reception for the sheik in Gaza City. [Suha ARAFAT - hopes now there will be less pressure of her husband Palestinian Authority president Yasir Arafat.] [PALESTINIAN - comments.]

(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Interview held with Palestinian cabinet member Hanan Ashrawi about the prisoner exchange. [ASHRAWI - comments on the state-sponsored assassination attempt that was carried out in Jordan and the consequent prisoner exchange; says that Netanyahu improvises policy instead of making it; talks about the pressure on the Palestinian Authority to crack down on Hamas and the conciliatory measure offered by Yassin.]

Kessel, Jerrold;
Shaw, Bernard;
Woodruff, Judy

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