INTRODUCTION: The Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, has met with Sheikh Ali el Ja'Abari of Jordan, the West Bank leader and former mayor of Hebron.
INTRODUCTION: The Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, has met with Sheikh Ali el Ja'Abari of Jordan, the West Bank leader and former mayor of Hebron. The Sheikh had returned from Amman, the Jordanian capital, after discussions with King Hussein and other leaders of the country.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place on Wednesday (26 January) in the Israeli Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem. The Sheikh arrived from the Allen by Bridge in a limousine put at his disposal by King Hussein. According to press reports the Sheikh had been given a royal welcome while visiting Amman.
The meeting in Jerusalem was also attended by General Goel, the Israeli commanding officer in Judea and Samaria. Sheikh Ja'Abari said he wanted to meet Prime Minister Rabin to discuss the future of the West Bank Arabs.
Proposals to resume the 1973 Middle East conference in Geneva was the other subject discussed during the meeting. Earlier the Sheikh conferred with the Israeli Defence Minister, Shimon Peres. He said he was taking messages to and from King Hussein and wanted to be a peace dove between Israel and Jordan.
Talking to newsmen after the meeting, the Sheikh said he told Mr. Peres that King Hussein was still very interested in West Bank affairs. In my opinion, the only one who can have anything to do with the West Bank and its inhabitants is King Hussein -- he said. He also declared that the West Bank Arabs will be represented at the Middle East conference in Geneva by a Jordanian delegation. Later interviewed on Israeli radio the Sheikh called openly for the return of the West Bank to Jordan.