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>PD OCTOBER 11, 1994, V2,#185
BOMB SCARE ON BEERSHEVA-TEL AVIV BUS
The double-decker Egged bus left the Beersheva station at 1:40 p.m.
The bus from Beersheva to Tel-Aviv was between Chafetz Chaim
and Kanot interchange (near Gadera). Police cars signaled the bus
to pull over. The 55 passengers began to panic. The police received
a "tip" that the bus had an explosive device on it. Only after
evacuating the bus and checking it for over one hour,
were the passengers permitted back on to complete the trip.
Terrorists Attack Jerusalem Shopping Mall
By Moshe Tzvi (Hatikvah News Service)
Late Sunday night, terrorists armed with automatic weapons,
explosives and grenades attacked the cafe area in downtown
Jerusalem. Police killed two and were still searching for
additional terrorists at early morning.
Hamas, the Islamic fundamentalist organization has claimed
responsibility for the attack in which two were killed and 13
wounded. Bystanders said the attack was well organized and took
everyone by surprise due to its location.
The terrorists first started shooting at about 11:30 p.m. clearly
knowing that this was the time of maximum density for nightgoers in
the area near Yoel Salomon Street near Zion Square. As they ran
down the street to Hillel Street, they continued their onslaught
and wounded a number more. They attempted to use their grenades in
this busy area, but none exploded. The police later found four
grenades and detonated them with sappers.
The area, Nahalat Shiva, is an outgrowth of the Ben Yehuda Mall
and is usually very crowded and packed with visitors. It is packed
with outdoor cafes and coffee shops and caters to Israelis and
People hid until the police notified them it was safe to leave
their hiding places. The location of this attack in the heart of
Jerusalem augers poorly for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as his
policy of seeking peace is thwarted by Arab terrorists who have
driven home to the Israeli populace that they are not safe within
Israel proper and "peace" agreements are no more than paper
This comes at a time when Rabin is fighting an uphill battle to
surrender the Golan based on his statements that the Arabs have
changed. Bystanders shouted, Rabin is correct, the Arabs have
changed, they have become bolder.
This is certain to weaken his position on surrendering the Golan
as Israelis find his word impossible to believe and realize that
they will not be safe anywhere, especially now that the Arabs
terrorists have safe areas for refuge within a short distance away
Many Israelis assumed that since they did not live in the
territories, their future is safe and it was only the settlers that
had to worry, a small percentage of Israel's Jewish population. Now
that they find themselves exposed to danger they haven't faced
since the Arab/Jewish wars, Rabin can expect a tough time as he
will find his excuse, "causalities for peace," wearing thin.
Jerusalem Mayor Olmert and President Ezer Weizman were at the
scene and expressed concern at the gravity of the incident. Olmert
viewed the attack as directed specifically to the Jewish State and
said he expected a strong reaction by the government
U.S. Aide Wounded During Hamas Attack
By Ron Pemstein (Jerusalem)
Secretary of State Warren Christopher was staying only a few
blocks away from the shooting spree started by two Arabs armed
with grenades and rifles in downtown jerusalem. He was not
personally affected by the incident but an American aide official
assigned to Tel Aviv was one of the wounded in the attack.
The Hamas movement claimed responsibility for the terrorist
attack that Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin says cast a
shadow on Christopher's talks here. Both the prime minister and
the secretary of state vowed that similar incidents will not
prevent them from carrying on with the Middle East peace process.
The secretary of state goes to Damascus today to see if he can
narrow the gaps that both Israel and Syria say prevent them from
agreeing on a schedule for Israeli troop withdrawal from the
Golan Heights and eventual peaceful relations.
In answer to a reporter's question, the secretary of state says
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat has a stake in condemning the Jerusalem
attack even though Hamas took the responsibility. "I think that
Chairman Arafat should respond to that and condemn it strongly. I
think that is part of his commitment. There will be incidents but
certainly I think it is up to him to give a strong condemnation of
that incident because it is an interference with his efforts
to achieve peace in the region. It is as much an interference with
his hopes for peace as it is with any of the rest of us."
The secretary of state plans to see Arafat when he visits
Cairo at the end of the week. The attack in Jerusalem was not
the only regional diversion from the peace process. Iraq's troop
buildup on Kuwait's border was another subject Christopher
discussed with Prime Minister Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon
Rabin said Israel can cope with any eventuality. This country was
hit by Iraqi Scud missiles during the Gulf war in 1991.
Christopher says they agreed Iraq will not succeed this time.
"Here we expressed our resolve that Saddam Hussein would not be
permitted to intimidate the people of Kuwait or the people of this
region. Our resolve is clear that the Iraqis must comply with all
the relevant Security Council resolutions and there should be no
easing of the sanctions until that happens."
After meeting with Christopher, Rabin said Israel would not allow
attacks such as the one in Jerusalem to derail the peace process.
"We will fight these murderous organizations, we will prevent them
to our best to kill Israelis, and by no means we will allow them
to achieve their goal, to interfere in our move towards peace."
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