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>JN Oct. 4, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 171
Triple Suicide in Beersheva
35-year-old twins and their 60-year-old mother on Monday all made
the decision to take their own lives, apparently due to serious
financial difficulties and illness. According to Beersheva police,
the mother and one son were found handed in their home while the
second twin shot himself to death several hours later. Emergency
medical service personnel pronounced the three dead on the scene.
Police report the sons own a Jerusalem based construction company
that recently incurred heavy debts and the mother was terminally
Cease Fire Collapses: 'Worst May be Ahead'
By Arutz-7 News Service
Hints that Tuesday morning's Israeli-PLO ceasefire agreement had
failed began trickling in most of the day, but the clearest sign
came in late afternoon when Arabs began firing on distant Israeli
targets at the Ayosh junction, north of Ramallah.
Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon told reporters, "We
totally withdrew our forces from the area, so that it could not be
claimed that we were causing provocations - but it didn't work, and
the Palestinians resumed the violence. This is something that is
clearly organized by the PA, and could be stopped with one order
[from Arafat]." Ya'alon said that he believes the worst of the
riots are still ahead of us, and noted that Israeli-Arabs and Yesha
Arab instigators are working together.
The most severe violence took place in Hebron, western
Tulkarm, Netzarim, Shechem, and near Nazareth.
Israeli politicians are largely in consensus that Ariel Sharon's
visit to the Temple Mount last week was not to blame for the
current violence. In a letter to Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright, Sharon protested the State Department's accusation that
it was his visit to the Temple Mount that ignited the violence.
"I find it most regrettable and disturbing that your spokesman has
been swayed by slanderous propaganda on the part of the Palestinian
leaders and media, intended to put pressure on Israel and the U.S.
to make additional concessions in the negotiations, under threat of
violence if their demands are not met.
"The united city of Jerusalem [and the] Temple Mount are under full
Israeli sovereignty. Neither I, nor any Israeli citizen, need to
seek permission from the PA or from any foreign entity to visit
there or any other site which is sovereign territory of the State
Barak Tries to Buy Arab Loyalty
In another attempt to bring the increasing Arab violence to a halt,
Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday met with Arab elected
officials and community leaders, pledging large sums of money in
the hope of bringing the current wave of Islamic warfare to an end.
Barak appears increasingly concerned as the rioting and attacks
against Israel police continue to enjoy increasing support of the
Israeli Arab community and its leadership.
Over the past days, Barak made numerous statements attesting to the
loyalty of Israel's Arab community, while tens of Israeli Arabs
interviewed by the Israeli media continue to state that the word
"Israeli" on their identity cards is for "citizenship" purposes
only, reiterating their loyalty is that of "proud Palestinians."
In yet another attempt to buy their loyalty, Barak on Tuesday
promised to spend NIS millions to improve the social conditions of
the Israeli Arab community, as well as addressing education and
The Arab community leaders are demanding a complete response for
the "anger, degradation, frustration, humiliation and
discrimination," they have suffered over the past 50 years.
The Worst Remains Ahead
To the dismay of Yesha residents, IDF Deputy Chief of Staff
Major-General Moshe Ya'alon and OC Southern Commander Maj. Gen.
Yomtov Samiya stated on Tuesday that despite the intensity of the
fighting seen over past days throughout Yesha, the worst appears to
still be ahead of us and the military is making the necessary
preparations for the escalation in warfare.
IDF commanders continue to meet with their PLO Authority (PA)
counterparts in the hope of reaching an agreement that will end the
violence but all are in agreement that the key is being held by
Yasir Arafat who at this time seems to benefit from the warfare and
therefore, is not issuing the cease-fire order.
In the meantime, Yesha residents continue to endure the hardships
of living under curfews, cessation of public transportation,
cessation of postal services, and becoming targets for anyone
wishing to hurl a stone, firebomb or open fire using live
ammunition with weapons that in many cases, were distributed to the
PA by Israel.
Israelis Prefer Gambling Over Their Own Safety
Despite the ban on Israelis entering PLO Authority (PA) autonomous
areas, including Jericho, Israelis may still be seen in the PA-run
Oasis Casino in Jericho on Tuesday.
Despite confirmed reports of shooting attacks against the Jericho
District Coordinating Office, Israelis appear too serious about
their gambling to permit safety consideration interfere with their
Casino officials admit business is slow but insist they remain
committed to continued operation, even during these difficult
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