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>JN Aug. 28, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 148
Mifal HaPayis Birthday Gift Wins Big
A one-day old baby has become Israel's latest millionaire, having
struck it big in the Mifal HaPayis national lottery last month. The
baby received the standard four lottery tickets awarded to all
newborns, one of which hit the NIS 1.5 million prize (approx.
Soldiers May Have Been Killed by IDF Fire
By IsraelWire and Arutz-7 News Services
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Shaul Mofaz on Sunday said that a
shootout, which took place in Samaria on Saturday night between IDF
elite Duvdevan commandos and Hamas terrorists, and which resulted
in the death of three Israelis and the wounding of a fourth, is
Mofaz said the events that took place would be investigated with
scrutiny, adding that it appears possible all three commandos were
killed by IDF fire, perhaps due to their mistakenly being
identified by other IDF forces as terrorists.
Efforts to capture one of the most-wanted Palestinian terrorists
have failed. In an attempt to soften the blow of the botched
mission, Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh said that several
weeks ago, the army did confiscate tons of explosives in a
laboratory overseen by the terrorist.
The incident began at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, when IDF troops arrived
in Kfar Atzira, north of the Shomron town of Shechem; the mission
was to apprehend arch-terrorist Mahmoud Abu-Hunud, who was hiding
in one of the houses there. For reasons not yet clear, Abu-Hunud
was able to spot the unit, and shot at the soldiers from the
rooftop of his house.
"After a difficult chase through orchards and terraced farms
near the village, Abu-Hunud reached an Arab-run hospital in
Shechem, and soon turned himself into the Palestinian Authority
paramilitary police," reported Arutz-7. "It was during the pursuit
through those orchards that the fourth soldier was injured, it
seems, from 'friendly IDF fire.'"
Prime Minister Ehud Barak issued a statement offering his
sympathies for the deaths, and expressing understanding for "the
deep mourning of the families who lost their sons in the incident."
He said that "despite the high price, Israel will continue to fight
terrorism with all its strength. The terrorists and those who
dispatch them will not escape. The IDF and the security forces will
continue to stand guard and defend the State of Israel and its
IDF sources dismissed early rumors that PA paramilitary police had
leaked information about the mission to Abu Hunud. Arutz-7
explained that, as a matter of routine, the IDF establishes contact
with the PA forces in a given village shortly before launching such
a mission: "The reason for this is simple: the area is categorized
as 'Area B-plus'-joint Israeli and PA control, with the addition of
a PA police station. If we were not to warn them that we are
entering, we risk being shot at by the PA forces.
Mahmoud Abu Hunud is responsible for the deaths of at least 21
Israelis over the past five years. Arutz-7's Kobi Finkler reviewed
Israel's file on the terrorist.
"Abu Hunud's worst atrocities were the Machane Yehuda and
Ben-Yehuda street suicide bombings in the summer of 1997, attacks
that killed 19 people. Of the six suicide bombers dispatched to
carry out those attacks, four were from his village of Kfar Atzira.
He began organizing 'local militias' about 10 years ago, but
intensified his activity when he took the helm of a unit of the
Hamas Izadin-el-Kassam terrorist cell. He was first cited in
connection with the shooting of a Jewish doctor in the vicinity of
the community of Elon Moreh in 1995, and he helped plan the 1996
murder of high-school student David Boim on the outskirts of Beit
Barak said that Israel will, in the future, demand that Abu Hunud
be turned over to Israeli authorities. In August 1997, Palestine
National Council member Hanan Ashrawi told a Voice of Palestine
interviewer: "No Palestinian will ever be extradited to Israel. A
decision has been made to this effect, and it is inconceivable
to think that such a thing would ever happen."
For the Barak to pretend otherwise, National Religious Party leader
Rabbi Yitzchak Levy said Sunday, is an "embarrassment and a
Barak: Israel will Maintain Sovereignty Over Temple Mount
During a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Thorbjoern Jagland
in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ehud Barak stated that no prime
minister of Israel would agree to turning over sovereignty of
Jerusalem's Temple Mount to a foreign nation.
Barak told the visiting dignitary that the PLO Authority (PA) would
have to show a willingness to achieve a comprehensive peace that is
acceptable to both parties and Yasir Arafat's continued
unwillingness to make necessary compromises would lead to a
breakdown of the Oslo process.
Israeli forces liberated the Temple Mount from Jordanian occupation
in the June 1867 Six Day War. It has since placed the day-to-day
control over the Mount in the hands of the Wakf Islamic Authority.
The PA is now demanding that Israel turn over control of the Mount
to be included as part of the capital of a Palestinian state.
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