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                      Aug 23, 1995, V3, #154
All the News the Big Guys Missed

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Likud-Labor Face-off Over Monday's Bombing

By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)

Israel and the PLO say they will continue their peace talks, temporarily suspended after Monday's suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem. Both sides say they remain committed to the peace process. The militant Palestinian Islamic group Hamas took responsibility for the blast that killed five people and wounded 100.

Angry Israelis took to the streets in the evening after the bombing, denouncing Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Thousands of right-wing demonstrators tried to block road junctions throughout Israel.

More than 100 Israelis have been killed by Islamic militants opposed to the Israel/PLO peace accord since it was signed in September 1993. Each successive attack further erodes Israeli public support for the peace deal with the PLO, and for Rabin, who must call an election next year. Both he and PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat have staked their political lives on making Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza a success.

The victims of the latest suicide bombing were two Israelis, an American woman tourist and an unidentified man and woman -- either of whom could have been the bomber. It was the third such attack this year, and happened just as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were about to resume talks about finalizing the next stage of Palestinian self-rule.

After the bombing, Israel sealed off the West Bank and Gaza Strip, preventing Palestinians from entering Israel -- and Rabin ordered the temporary suspension of negotiations with the PLO. He said the attack will not change his government's policy.

"This is the policy of the government. It is a painful day, but it will not deter us to do both, fighting the extreme Islamic terrorism and continue after the funeral services, the negotiations with the Palestinians to move on."

Palestinian leaders condemned the bombing and say they also intend to press on with negotiations.

Israel's opposition Likud party has again called for early elections in view of what it says is the failure of the government's peace policies. Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu blames Arafat for stoking the fires of fanaticism.

Netanyahu says the government cannot continue negotiating with the PLO as if nothing had happened.

"There has to be a complete change in policy. There has to be not just a one day, two day, pro-forma suspension of these talks, but a full cessation, and a rethinking of who we are, where we are going, with whom we are going. The alternative of the government will lead to a PLO/Hamas state with a PLO army that is supposed to protect Israel against Palestinian terrorists."

Netanyahu says the Likud party's alternative is Palestinian autonomy, in which Israel has complete control of security.

The Muslim militant group Hamas, which claimed responsibility for the bombings said it would carry out more attacks until the Israeli elections in November 1996. Israel's parliament, now in its summer break, is likely to meet next week in special session to discuss the domestic security situation.

Funerals Held for Two Victims of Monday's Attack

Police officer Noam Eizenman, one of five killed in Monday's suicide bombing of Bus 26 in Jerusalem, was buried Tuesday at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem. Police Minister Moshe Shahal, National Police Chief Asaf Cheifetz and Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert attended the funeral.

Another victim, Rivka Cohen, was laid to rest Monday. Jerusalem school teacher Joan Davenny, 47, of Woodbridge, Conn., will be buried in Israel after her family arrives from the United States.

Twenty-nine of those injured in the explosion remain hospitalized. One person is listed in critical condition and four others are listed in serious condition. Two bodies from the wreckage remain unidentified as the police have received no missing person inquiries.

Hundreds of people outraged at Monday's suicide bombing of Bus 26 demonstrated Monday in Jerusalem and at several road junctions throughout Israel. Angry demonstrators blocked the Sandhendria junction in Jerusalem and threw rocks at police, who had not expected the large crowd.

One police officer was injured by thrown stones, and several journalists and photographers were verbally and physically confronted. "Even on this difficult day, people may not disturb the daily routine in the city," said a senior police officer at the demonstration.

At the site of the attack, local residents attempted to cross through police barricades into the street while others threw articles from their windows onto the police.

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