|Appalachian School of Law Shootings|
Thu, 17 Jan 2002
Nina Gilbert, Greer Fay Cashman, Gil Hoffman, Tal Muscal, AP
Burg ready to speak to PA body in Ramallah
Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg yesterday welcomed an invitation to address the Palestinian Legislative Assembly in Ramallah. Burg said, however, he is waiting for a formal invitation for him and a Knesset delegation to meet with the Palestinian lawmakers.
“Every opportunity must be exploited to open dialogue and end the cycle of violence,” Burg said from the US, after he learned of the invitation from broadcast on Israel Radio. Nina Gilbert Katsav interview with Egyptian TV to air today
President Moshe Katsav is to appear on Good Morning Egypt today, when Egyptian Television broadcasts an hour- long interview with Katsav filmed at Beit Hanassi, from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
In the interview, which Katsav called a goodwill gesture, the president invited Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek to pay a state visit to Israel, and also stressed the necessity for Egypt to return its ambassador to Israel. Katsav said exemplary Egyptian leadership has facilitated peace with Israel, and contrasted the Egyptian leadership with that of the Palestinians. Katsav has said PA Chairman Yasser Arafat must take strategic decisions to bring about an end to terrorism, and that he must emulate the courage of the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.
Greer Fay Cashman
High hopes for late-night budget meeting
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Finance Minister Silvan Shalom, and Shas chairman Eli Yishai met late last night at the Prime Minister’s Office in an effort to hammer out a compromise on the Large Families Law, the last obstacle to passing the budget. Spokesman for Shalom and Yishai said progress had been made in talks throughout the day and expressed confidence about last night’s meeting, which ended after press time. Shas and United Torah Judaism rejected one compromise, whereby child allowances would paid only for children under 16. Yishai prefers limiting the allowances to families that receive a monthly income of less than NIS 10,500. Gil Hoffman
PM may oust Government Companies head
The Prime Minister’s Office said Prime Minister Ariel Sharon expressed his dissatisfaction last night with Government Companies Authority Director Yaron Jacobs. Sharon said Jacobs has not acted according to his instructions, despite a September meeting during which both men discussed Jacob’s actions. Jacobs has been a main supporter of privatizing state-owned companies. Sharon called on Jacobs not to request a renewal of his special contract, which expires March 31. They will meet Tuesday. If the prime minister decides not to extend the contract, Civil Service Commissioner Shmuel Hollander will head a search committee for a new authority head. Tal Muscal
Three slain in shooting spree at US law school
GRUNDY, Virginia (AP) - A gunman killed three people and wounded three others during a shooting spree yesterday at the Appalachian School of Law in the western Virginia foothills, officials said. The slain included a student, a faculty member, and the dean, L. Anthony Sutin. State police believe students were able to apprehend the suspect, a spokeswoman said. Details on the suspect or the capture were not immediately available, but the weapon used was a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun. Three students were wounded but their conditions were not immediately known. The private law school has an enrollment of about 170 students.