ISRAEL-US: RABIN'S VISIT

Created: 6/25/1988

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3. ISRAEL-US: RABIN'S VISIT

ON THE EVE OF HIS US VISIT, TSRAEI] DEFENSE MINISTER RABIN HAS ANNOUNCED THE RELEASEHALL NUMBER OF PALESTINIANS DETAINED FOR PROTEST TRYING TO HEAD OFF CRITICISM Of HIS TOUGH SECURITY MEASURES- HE ALSO HAS MET WITH PROMINENT PALESTINIANS AND REOPENED SOME HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE WEST BANK. IN ADDITION TO DISCUSSIONS ON ISRAELI MEASURES TO QUEL L THE PALESTINIAN UNREST, RABIN EXPECTS HIS VISIT TO FOCUS ON DEFENSE THE PROSPECTS FDR ISRAELI PARTICIPATION IN SJU PROJECTS AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER. HE IS LIKELY TO EXPLORE US THINKING ON THE PROLIFERATION OF MISSILES, NUCLEAR WEAPONS TECHNOLOGY, AND CHEMICAL MUNITIONS IN ARAB HORID.

COMMENT: RABIN MADE THE CONCILIATORY GESTURES TO COUNTERACT THE UNFLATTERING PORTRAYAL OF HIM IN FOREIGN MEDIA FOR HIS "IRONFIST" POLICY. RABIN PROBABLY TIMED THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RELEASES TO FORESTALL US CRITICISM OF CONTINUING PALESTINIAN CASUALTIES ANO

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VIOLENCE IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA STRIP. BY KEEPING CONTENTIOUS

nTcr-HSSION OF ISRAELI SECURITY MEASURESINIMUM. RABIN PROBABLY SoPES TOTuLTATI0NS ON ISRAELI ACQUISITIONS OF MILITARY HARDWARE AND ON ARAB WEAPONS PROGRAMS. HE IS LIKELY OCUS ON THE PROSPECTS FOR FURTHER SYRIAN MISSILE ACQUIS IT IONS--ESPECIALLVTHEAND THE STATUS OF SAUDI ARABIA'SITES.

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