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Published Oct. 18, 2005

Arab countries are discussing a PLO proposal to stop trying to expel Israel from the United Nations. Arab diplomats say they are instead considering a plan under which the General Assembly would reaffirm Israel's obligation to obey resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly. Among these are resolutions that: condemn Israel's declaration of a unified Jerusalem as its capital; call for separate homelands for Palestinians and Jews; and guarantee the right of Palestinian exiles to go home to the new Palestine. The first sign of a shift may come today, when the General Assembly is to debate a report of its credentials committee. For the last eight years the Arabs have sought to amend the credentials committee's report to strike out the Israeli delegation, effectively expelling Israel from the General Assembly. The bid has repeatedly been turned down. Arab diplomats say they might drop their challenge this year, citing falling support and their expectation that the Soviet Union would vote in favor of admitting Israel. THREE ARABS KILLED. A Palestinian was killed while planting a bomb near Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning and two Arabs were shot and killed in the West Bank, police reported. The violence occurred as the government took new measures to restrict the entry of Arabs into Israel. In the Tel Aviv incident, the police said an unidentified Palestinian was killed and two were injured when a bomb they were setting in a vegetable market exploded. The three were employed at the market in the Orthodox Jewish suburb of Bnei Brak, east of Tel Aviv, police said. In Nablus, the army imposed a curfew on the city after an Arab youth reportedly stabbed the Jewish guard of an Israeli oil delivery truck. The guard, who was slightly wounded, shot and killed the youth. At the same time, soldiers in Tulkarem shot and killed a man who was among a group of Palestinian youths throwing stones at troops. And in East Jerusalem, a Jewish policeman was stabbed and slightly wounded by an Arab attacker who fled, police said. Last week, a series of knifings across the country prompted the government to seal the boundary between Israel and the occupied territories, banning 120,000 Palestinian workers from the country. Tuesday morning, the military began putting into effect regulations that will permanently bar any West Bank or Gaza Palestinian with a record of security offenses from entering Israel.

MILITIAS LEAVING BEIRUT. Lebanon's strongest militia, the Christian Lebanese Forces, agreed Tuesday to pull out of Beirut, becoming the seventh armed group to fall in with a government plan to reunite the capital. President Elias Hrawi is seeking support from all militias for his plan to unite divided Beirut under one army, disband all militias and collect their guns and seize all militia-run ports. The leader of the Lebanese Forces militia, Samir Geagea, said the boundaries of greater Beirut had been tentatively drawn. The city would include large areas to the north and south and could reach the eastern Bekaa valley, he said. He called for tightening security in Christian east Beirut, controlled by Lebanese and Syrian troops who moved in and crushed the rebellion of Gen. Michel Aoun Oct. 13. The Druze party and both factions of the Syrian Nationalist Social Party said they would withdraw from the capital. The pro-Iranian Hezbollah, the Syrian-backed Amal and the Lebanese Communist party have already agreed to leave Beirut. Amal and Hezbollah officials reached a cease-fire agreement late Tuesday after intensive talks at the headquarters of Syrian officers in Moslem west Beirut. Amal and Hezbollah, vying for leadership of Lebanon's 1.3-million Shiites, have fought on-and-off for the past three years. More than 1,250 people have been killed.

_ Information from Reuters, the Associated Press and the New York Times was used in this report.