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Shamir rejects demand for Palestinian expulsion
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir refused demands by
possible coalition partners Thursday
to annex the occupied lands and expel
Palestinians from them, but he sup
ports more Jewish settlements, an
The United States considers such
settlements in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip an obstacle to peace be
tween Israel and its Arab neighbors.
Violence continued in the occu
pied territories, where a rebellion that
began Dec. 8,1987, has cost the lives
of 10 Israelis and more than 300 Pal
estinians. Israeli soldiers blew up four
houses Thursday, and nine Palestini
ans were reported wounded by army
Sources in the Labor Party said
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres might
be dumped as leader after the center
left party’s poor showing in
Tuesday’s general election.
Critics say the Labor campaign
focused loo closely cm the leader’s
personality and his support for an
international conference on Middle
East peace, an Arab demand that stirs
controversy in Israel.
Shamir’s right-wing Likud bloc,
which has been in a tenuous “national
unity” coalition with Labor since
indecisive 1984 elections, opposes a
conference and wants to retain all the
lands captured in the 1967 war. Peres
has expressed willingness to trade
some land for peace.
Likud won 39 seats in the 120
member parliament, one more than
Labor, arid seeks a coalition with
small religious and rightist parties.
Labor also has courted religious par
ties, but its chances for a coalition are
Leaders of the National Religious
Party, which has five seats, on Th .us
day ruled out a coalition with the
Labor Party and said they preferred
joining a government headed by the
right-w ing Likud bloc.
The 73-year-old prime minister
expressed confidence Thursday that
he could form a government “I can’t
give an exact date, but I hope it won’t
take long," he said on Israel televi
He complete a first round of coali
tion talks Thursday after meeting
with the Moledet (Homeland) and
Tzomet (Crossroads) parties, which
want to annex the occupied territo
ries. Each has two seats in the
Knesset, as Israel’s parliament is
sion to Arab countries of the 1.5 mil
lion Palestinians living in the territo
ries. Party leader Rehavam Zeevi, a
retired general, calls the policy
“Shamir clarified that the idea of
transfer will not be included in the
guidelines of the next government,'
said Yossi Ahimcir, the prime
minister’s aide. ‘The concept is re
jected by the Likud.”
Zeevi said he would join a Likud
government even without acceptance
of his platform.
Ahimeir said Shamir also told
Tzomet and the right-wing party
Tehiya that annexing the West Bank
and Gaze would violate the 1978
Camp David accords that led to the
1979 peace treaty with Egypt. The
accords call for negotiations on Pales
tinian autonomy and the final status of
the occupied lands.
Shamir agreed, however, that a
government led by Likud would in
crease Jewish settlement in the occu
pied territories dramatically, Ahimeir
said, and “the only restraint will be
Bush defends views; Dukakis:
Voters taking ‘second look’
Michael Dukakis asserted Thursday that
voters by the millions are giving his under
dog campaign "a very strong second look”
in the waning days of the race for the White
House. George Bush said Democrats were
“grossly unfair” to say his advertising is
tinged with racism.
you’re looking at a man who was out
front for cK il rights and I will be again,” the
vice president said in a network television
interview. He defended running mate Dan
Quaylc on the same score and said any
political wounds would heal quickly after
Dukakis combined an attack on the
R aguit-Bush administration’s record on
dr igs with ritual declarations that the politi
co ti e was turning in his favor. “His ad
lu.iusiraLH n has cut deals with foreign drug
runners. I'm going to cut aid” to their na
' lions, said the Democratic nominee.
Most of the national attention was on the
White House campaign, but not all.
D uiocrats were expressing confidence
the) \ u'.l control both houses of the new
Congress, although Republicans said they
had a chance of picking up a seal or two in
the Senate. A dozen gubernatorial contests
dotted ballots being printed for next
Tuesday’ Election Day.
The public opinion polls in the White
House campaign continued to provide en
couragement for Bush.
Dukakis was trying desperately to re
verse »k»U deficits in several large Electoral
College battlegrounds at once. He ventured
unexpectedly into New Jersey, crooning a la
Brace Springsteen, “1 was bom to run and
born to win.” But Bush, Reagan, Quayle and
Co. were pouring it on in Ohio, where
private polls continued to show a solid
ABC said its survey of North Carolina -
once Dukakis’ strongest hope for a South
ern success - gave the vice president an 11
point edge. Dukakis held a four-point mar
gin in a New York survey.
Bush and Dukakis were spending mil
lions on campaign-closing television and
radio commercials, and both the Demo
cratic and Republican parties previewed a
spate of advertisements designed to maxi
mize party support.
Dukakis had an ad featuring one of the
most memorable television moments of the
campaign, with Democratic vice presiden
tial candidate Lloyd Bcniscn turning to
Quaylc during their debate and saying,
“Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”
Republicans ^btfntSred with the Great
Communicator. * :
“America is at peace, and we are prosper
ous once more.... On Tuesday, I hope you
will vote Republican - up and down the
ticket - to continue the change we began in
1981,” said President Reagan in a 30-sccond
GOP television commercial.
Bush and Dukakis both were on morning
television programs while embarking on
another dawn-to-dusk dash through key
In a live 30-minule interview on NBC’s
“Today” show and later at campaign appear
anccs in Illinois and elsewhere, Bush said
any political wounds would heal in the
weeks after the election. “I think the country
will come together,” he said. The vice presi
dent also renewed his no new-taxes pledge.
Kames: No apology necessary
for group staging mock rallies
Republican Dave Karnes said be opposes
the actions of ft grow that staged mock
rallies at campaign offices of Etemocratic
rival Bob Kerrey, but he said he won’t
apologize because he’s not responsible for
Karnes said on Wednesday he would not
apologize for the group, which called itself
“Conscientious Objectors and Deserters for
Dukakis-Kerrey.” Group members wore
combat fatigues with yeJlow stripes down
their backs when demonstrating Tuesday.
“I have no responsibility for the actions of
a group of this nature,” Karnes said.
.Kerrey continued to denounce the pro
testors. calling them “right-wing hood
lums,” and said they are supporters of Kar
“I was in Vietnam in 1969, unlike these
folks who were protesting,’ he said. “These
hoodlums have no idea what it i$; to serve
Kerrey, who won the Medal of Honor
while serving in Vietnam, said the group
offended all veterans. Kerrey said the dem
onstrators were Kamcs supporters and said
Kamcs should apologize.
Kamcs said on Wednesday that Kerrey’s
response was an attack and showed the
“momentum of the campaign is clearly with
Meanwhile, Karnes and Kerrey differ on
how the United Slate should resolve the
Vietnam MIA-POW controversy in letters to
the Nebraska MIA-POW network, based in
Kerrey said he favors diplomatic negotia
tions to normalize relations with Vietnam,
while Kamcs said he’s not in favor of such a
move at this time.
Many families of missing servicemen
fear that if the United States normalizes
relations, the Vietnamese government may
never provide a full accounting of the miss
Speaking in Hastings, Karnes echoed his
theme that ne should be elected because he
can work well with Republican George
Bush if Bush wins the presidential election.
He noted that Bush campaigned for him,
but Democratic presidential hopeful Mi
chael Dukakis has not campaigns for Ker
rey. .... ...
“I’m committed to the job. I’m prepared
to do the job. I want to do xhejob,” Karnes
But Kerrey, at a separate appearance in
Hastings, denounced Karnes for saying that
the late Democratic Sen. Edward Zorinsky
Was ineffective because he was indepcod: 1.
“Wc need more Ed Zorinskys in the U.S.
Senate,” Kerrey said, calling Karnes’ re
mark “a terrible mistake.”
Kerrey said Nebraskans don't elect "a
rubber stamp for anybody.”
As a U.S. senator, Kerrey said he is pre
pared to lead Nebraska and the nation to a
Nebraska has set an example of such
leadership with programs like resource dis
tricts, block grants, job training and environ
mental policy, Kerrey said.
“Wc ought to be looking for opportuni
ties to leid this country, particularly in ag
policy,” he said.
Karnes said his priorities, if elected, are
agriculture and reducing the federal deficit.
Thrown chair gives host bloody nose
Geraldo Rivera injured in talk-show studio melee
NEW YORK — Gcraldo Rivera
was hit in the nose by a flying chair on
his talk-show set Thursday as he tried
to break up a melee involving right
. wing “skinheads” and black civil
rights activist Roy Innis.
The brawl broke out when one of
the guests on the show, John Metzger
of California, began shouting racist
remarks at the audience during the
taping and called Innis an “Uncle
Tom,” said Jennifer Gecrtz, spokes
woman for the syndicated ‘‘Geraldo’
Innis walked over to Metzger, his
fists balled, then turned to another
young man next to him who was
warning him off. Metzger then began
to stand and Innis put his hands
around Metzger’s neck.
Supporters of Metzger then moved
toward Innis, punches were thrown
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and audience members - more skin
heads among them - stormed the set,
the videotape showed.
“About naif the audience emptied
in a free-swinging melee,” said Ms.
Geertz. “Punches were thrown, fists
were flying, bodies were flying.”
At one point, a chair was thrown
and Rivera was struck in the head.
Rivera, dabbing at blood on his
nose, calted for calm as several push
ing and shoving matches continued
around him. Eventually, studio secu
rity escorted the skinheads out, she
said, and Rivera resumed the show.
Rivera declined medical treatment
and taped two more shows, she said.
“These racist thugs have to know
that we’re not backing down,” Rivera
said in a statement. “They’re like
roaches who scurry in the light of
The show’s topic was “hate-mon
gers,” and featured members of the
White Aryan Resistance Youth, The
American Front and Skinheads of the
Other guests included Rabbi A.
Bruce Goldman, Innts and Bayonne,
N J. resident Bill Stump and his wife,
who said they were attacked and ter
rorized by skinheads at a PATH train
station Saturday night.
Soviets'favorite can't be president again
musc.uw — i ne soviets nave a
clear favorite in next week’s U.S.
presidential election. Unfortunately
for them, his name is Ronald Reagan,
and the Constitution won ’ t let him run
As George Bush and Michael
Dukakis make their last campaign
swings before Tuesday’s election,
Soviets are waung nostalgic about
the outgoing eight-year tenant in the
While House who once called their
country an “evil empire’’ and joked
about bombing it into oblivion.
They are also looking ahead to a
Bush victory, although without ap
“To be quite frank, 1 can’t say I’ve
personally been earned away by the
statements of either Bush or Dukakis
when they spoke of Soviet-American
relations,” Nikolai V. Shishlin, a
spokesman for the Communist Party
Central Committee, told a news brief
Reagan, once caricatured by the
party daily Pravda as a missile-toting
cowboy, now is portrayed as a reliable
bargaining partner who sal down with
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and
negotiated a nuclear missile treaty
and instigated negotiations in Geneva
for a 50 percent cut in strategic arms.
But such expressions of respect
don’t mean Soviet officials have
fallen wholeheartedly for Reagan.
Shishlin made a point of rejecting
outright his most recent pronounce
ment that the diplomatic warming
between Moscow and Washington
was due to the Reagan administration
policy of nesotiali ng ‘‘from a position
Kremlin watchers have been h ird
putno find a preference in Soviet news
accounts or official statements tor
either the Republican vice president
or the Democratic Massachusetts
“Wc prefer the winner,” Foreign
Ministry spokesman Gennady 1.
Gerasimov said Thursday when
asked which candidate the Soviets
wanuxl to sec in the White House.
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