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Shin Bet clears self in Zeevi assassination
JERUSALEM Israel's internal security service, the Shin Bet, was not at fault in the assassination of Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi Oct. 17, the government said this week.
An internal inquiry by the Shin Bet showed the conduct of its units involved in gathering intelligence on a potential threat was "focused and correct," and it stressed the difficulty of constantly guarding public figures who refuse bodyguards.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said the assassination was in revenge for Israel's liquidation of PFLP leader Abu Ali Mustapha in August.

Car bomb kills 2 in West Bank camp
NABLUS, West Bank Two leaders of the the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed offshoot of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, were killed yesterday in a car explosion in the Jenin refugee camp.
Khadura Mussa, a local Fatah leader, called the killings of Majdi Jaradat, 32, and Ikrima Istiti, 35, in the northern West Bank town an assassination by Israel.

2 U.S. ex-envoys say Arabs need to speak up
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia Arab states must do more to put their case across in the United States if they are to counter an often one-sided Middle East debate in Washington, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt said yesterday.
Ned Walker, now president of the Middle East Institute think tank in Washington, told Reuters news agency he was concerned by the absence of an effective voice to represent Arab viewpoints in the United States after the September 11 attacks on U.S. cities.
He and former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Wyche Fowler, also a member of the think tank, are on the final leg of a tour that also included Egypt, Israel and Syria.

Yemeni Jews reject probe of lost children
JERUSALEM Israel's Yemeni Jews rejected Monday the results of an official inquiry into the disappearances of more than 1,000 children during their tumultuous immigration a half-century ago.
The third commission to study the subject came to the same conclusion as the previous two: that the children were not stolen but became separated from their parents and died in makeshift immigration camps, mostly of disease.

Weekly notes
Israel is running out of time in the search for a breakthrough with the Palestinians, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres told private French TV station LCI in an interview yesterday. "We know there is no military solution to the conflict with the Palestinians," he said in Paris. … Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's second son, Qussay, has survived an assassination attempt by two senior security officers, an Iraqi opposition group claimed yesterday. The Tehran-based Supreme Assembly for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SAIRI) said the officers, Hussein al-Duri and Kamel Abbas al-Hadidi, tried to ram Qussay's car Oct. 19 as he left the presidential palace in Baghdad.

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