West Bank Palestinians Hope To Meet Arafat In Jordan
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) _ Three prominent Palestinians from the occupied West Bank will seek Israeli permission to go to Jordan to ask PLO leader Yasser Arafat to recognize Israel, a newspaper reported Friday.
The English-language Jerusalem Post said the three hope to meet Arafat in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Monday and persuade him to accept U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242, which implicitly recognize Israel’s right to exist.
It said the idea for the trip came after a meeting a last week with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Murphy at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.
Arafat has said the Palestine Liberation Organization wants Resolution 242 amended to include Palestinian national aspirations.
The resolution, adopted in November 1967, refers to a Palestinian refugee problem but not to a Palestinian national homeland.
The Jerusalem Post said the three Palestinians planning to go to Amman are Hanna Siniora, a newspaper editor; Mustafa Natshe, who was removed as the mayor of Hebron by Israeli occupation authorities, and Nablus Mayor Zafer al- Masri.
Bethlehem Mayor Elias Freij declined to join the group because of the approaching Christmas celebrations in his city, the newspaper said.
It did not say when the Palestinians would apply for travel documents or indicate what the Israeli response might be.