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Copyright 1993 The Jerusalem Post
The Jerusalem Post

November 24, 1993



Tami Arad is somewhere in Europe today, presumably pursuing new leads that will help secure the release of her husband, IAF Captain Ron Arad, missing since 1986 and believed held in Lebanon by Iranian-controlled forces.

She said yesterday in New York that she could not divulge the European country she was headed to last night, nor the people she would meet with today. She will return to Israel tomorrow night.

Asked whether her European visit would involve Syrian connections, Tami said she has no contact with Syrians, but that her husband's case is on the agenda under discussion by the Israeli and Syrian delegations in Washington.

Referring to the PLO announcement in Cairo two weeks ago that her husband is alive, she said, "Now that we know for sure he is alive, we have to work very fast. I don't know what condition he is in. We don't have a lot of time."

Tami wrapped up a week-long visit to Canada and the US yesterday, where she met with government officials and school groups to press for aid in securing her husband's release.

Monday she canceled a meeting with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to honor a last-minute invitation to meet with Vice President Al Gore.

Asked why she chose Gore over the secretary-general, Tami said she had always wanted to meet the vice president, and was convinced that he would help her.

She had hoped to meet with President Bill Clinton, but said she "understands that is not so easy." She also met yesterday with Cardinal John O'Connor, head of the Catholic Church in America. He promised to intercede with his contacts in Lebanon and Syria, and said he would write to Syrian President Assad.

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