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Israeli Cabinet agrees on troop removal
former allies criticize Netanyahus deal
By Karin Laub
JERUSALEM—A divided Israeli
Cabinet agreed Wednesday to pull
troops from most of Hebron and rural
West Bank areas.
During the tumultuous, daylong
session, former hard-line allies bitterly
denounced Prime Minister Benjamin
“The prime minister committed
Siimself to give away sections of the
ewish homeland. He gets zero from
Arafat,” said Science Minister Begny
Begin, who resigned in angry protest
of the 11-7 vote.
The Hebron accord—wrapped up
in a predawn session Wednesday af
ter 3 'A months of tortuous negotiations
— sailed through the Palestinian
Cabinet and PLO executive commit
tee, with Palestinian government min
isters passing it by a large majority.
* Despite the revolt of the hard-lin
ers — including legislators from
Netanyahu's ruling coalition — par
liament approval is all-but guaranteed
because of the support of the peace
favoring opposition parties for the
The Israeli withdrawal from four
fifths of Hebron was expected to be
gin as soon as parliament approves the
pact, Israel TV said.
Hours into the tumultuous Israeli
There was no trust,
but gradually it has
started to grow "
lesser Arafat’s deputy
Cabinet session, Netanyahu had to call
a recess amid sudden confusion over
U.S. guarantees to Israel.
The crisis was sparked by an Is
rael TV report that quoted an uniden
tified senior American official in
Washington as saying Israel could not
unilaterally decide how much of the
West Bank it would turn over to the
The report reached the Cabinet,
and ministers immediately demanded
an explanation from Netanyahu. He
had cited Israel’s ability to determine
the size of the pullback as his biggest
achievement in the accord.
Netanyahu aides demanded a clari
fication from the Americans.
In response, the U.S. State Depart
ment issued a new statement saying
“further redeployment phases are is
sues for implementation by Israel
rather than issues for negotiation with
The accord initiated Wednesday
says Israeli troops should pull out of
West Bank rural areas in three stages,
starting in the first week of March and
ending no lata- than mid-1998. It says
Israel should withdraw to Jewish
settlements and military locations, but
does not stipulate their exact dimen
The agreement was accompanied
by separate letters of assurance to Is
rael and the Palestinians, written by
U.S. Secretary of State Warren Chris
Christopher’s letter to Israel im
plies that it would be up to Israel to
decide how far to pull back in each of
However, several Cabinet minis
ters said they were still suspicious and
demanded to see the content of the
Christopher letter to the Palestinians.
Netanyahu said he had not seen that
letter, only a draft, according to Israel
TV. The Palestinians refused to pub
lish the Christopher letter.
“Trust me,” Netanyahu was quoted
as telling the ministers.
Netanyahu is now for the first time
personally committed to the peace
agreements he had once denounced as
a foolish gamble with Israeli security,
and the Palestinians said they could
“There was no trust, but gradually
it has started to grow,” said Mahmoud
Abbas, Arafat’s deputy.
Affirmative action speech
marks Rev. King birthdav
ney General Janet Reno observed
the birthday of the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. Wednesday with a
promise to push a civil rights
agenda that includes strong support
of affirmative action.
“I recognize that there are those
who believe that affirmative action
is unfair,” Reno said. “However,
the fact that many minorities and
women are still struggling at the
bottom of the economic ladder sug
gests that this criticism misses the
Speaking at a church where
four black girls were killed in a
1963 racist bombing, Reno recalled
the civil rights violence of that year
in Birmingham and King’s role in
leading protests that ended legal
segregation in the city.
“Martin Luther King was a man
who saw injustice and feirthe
weight of oppression but refused to
be broken by it,” she said. “His life
embodied and helped to define the
true spirit of America — the quest
She told the standing-room
only crowd that there is disagree
ment in America today about what
the term “civil rights” even means.
“Some Americans, including
some minorities, now question by
We must talk
openly about race
relations in this
country and try to
leave the angry
rhetoric behind ”
word or by deed whether integra
tion is still a valid goal,” she said.
“I fear that what national consen
sus we have on civil rights may be
at risk of unraveling. We must talk
openly about race relations in this
country and try to leave the angry
She called efforts in Congress
to curtail affirmative action “mis
guided and counterproductive” and
said California's Proposition 209
ban on it was “both unconstitu
tional and bad policy.”
Death undercuts man’s assisted suicide intent
LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — A man with Lou
Gehrig’s disease died Wednesday before he
could carry out his plan to kill himself in pro
test to Rhode Island’s ban on assisted suicides.
Heavily sedated on morphine, Noel Earley,
48, had been hovering between a deep sleep
and unconsciousness since Sunday.
Friends such as Steven Ames kept a vigil at
Earley’s bedside in his baserrfent apartment.
Ames said Earley thought he would know when
to kill himself before the disease left him too
weak, but he miscalculated.
“Now he’s going to die just the way he didn’t
want to,” Ames said hours before Earley’s
In September, Earley announced he would
inject himself with a lethal mix of drugs on
Dec. 4 to defy Rhode Island’s new law. The
law makes assisting a suicide punishable by up
to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
People around the country pleaded with
Earley to reconsider. He refused.
“I always try to say thank you for the
thoughts and the prayers, then I suggest they
expand their reading to more than just the Bible,
to the Koran, the Talmud,” Earley said last 1
Earley put off his suicide, however, saying
the disease was progressing more slowly than
expected. He said he would wait until he lost
On Friday, he tapped out the message, “I
want to die,” but did not refuse food and water
through a tube in his stomach. He said he was
hanging on because of “my work.”
REDEPLOYMENT The Israeli army will pull
troop* out of 80 percent of d* city. Troops will
remain in the city center where about 15,000 to
20,000 Palestinians live next to (he Israeli settlers.
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redeployment was postponed after a series of
suicide bombings killed 63 people in larseL
Netanyahu delayed it further, seeking negotiations
to increase security for the settlers.
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School-choice plan struck down
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state
judge Wednesday struck down Gov.
Tommy Thompson’s plan to use tax
payer money to send poor Milwaukee
children to religious schools.
The school-choice case is expected
to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judge Paul Higginbotham also
blocked the state from expanding its
first-in-the-nation program of giving
tuition vouchers to Milwaukee young
sters to attend private, nonreligious
schools. The state wanted to expand
it from 1,650 students to 15,000.
That ruling could force some stu
dents back into public schools next fall
unless a higher court acts otherwise
The Republican governor has pro
moted the tuition voucher program as
a national model.
‘“School choice’ may in fact be
sound public policy, especially consid
ering the sad plight of the Milwaukee
Public Schools system,”
But he said the plan to expand the
idea to parochial schools violates the
Wisconsin Constitution because it
“compels Wisconsin citizens of vary
ing religious faiths to support schools
with their tax dollars that proselytize
students and attempt to inculcate them
with beliefs contrary to their own.”
Higginbotham already had tempo
rarily blocked the vouchers for reli
Since 1990, Wisconsin has allowed
some poor children to attend private
schools in Milwaukee at state expense.
But Thompson proposed and the Leg
islature approved expanding the pro
gram to cover more students and in- ,
elude religious schools—an idea the
American Civil Liberties Union chal
lenged as violating the constitutional
separation of church and state.
The expansion’s defenders, includ
ing Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth
Stair, have argued that it is constitu
tional because the primary purpose is
to give parents freedom to choose
schools for their children.
Marijuana legal in reopened club
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The
Cannabis Cultivators Club opened its
doors Wednesday, enabling customers
to smoke marijuana, drink it or
sprinkle it on spaghetti under protec
tion of state law for the first time since
Protected by California's recently
passed Proposition 215 and a Sarr
Francisco judge's order, the club re
opened to sell to patients with pre
v It has already received 200 pre
scriptions from doctors.
On Tuesday, club founder Dennis
Peron showed off marijuana plants
beginning to grow in the club base
ment and said the room would even
tually be “a sea of green.”
The club offers smokable pot from
$5 to $60 for 3.5 grams, depending
on the quality, Peron said.
Many of'the club’s patients can’t
smoke or don’t want to smoke, so it
offers alternatives. These include
high-grade, pulverized marijuana in
gel capsules, tinctures of marijuana
soaked in 151-proof rum, pot-spiced
pesto sauce and marijuana brownies.
Peron ran the club’s predecessor
organization, the Cannabis Buyers’
Club, until it was raided and shut
down by California Attorney General
Dan Lungren during last fall’s cam
paign over Proposition 215, the refer
endum that legalized medical mari
juana use. Arizona voters approved a
Last week, a San Francisco judge
said the club could reopen, saying it
was protected under the new law.
Lungren reluctantly acknowledged
he was bound by 215, but vowed to
monitor the stub’s activities closely to
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