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>JN Oct. 16, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 177

Terrorists Ensure That Ambulances are Present

By Arutz=7 News Service

Arutz-7 reports that the PA's Red Crescent emergency medical services are informed in advance of Palestinian attacks on Jewish targets. It says that defense sources have found that the ambulances show up at the intended sites several minutes beforehand in order to proffer aid to Palestinians who might be injured, and shows the extent of the cooperation between the Red Crescent and those who carry out the attacks.

Palestinians Incite Murder of Jews

By Arutz-7 News Service

Palestinian TV continued over the weekend to re-broadcast excerpts from a Friday sermon in the Zayed bin Sultan Aal Nahyan mosque in Gaza. Translation was supplied by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

"The Jews are Jews, whether Labor or Likud... They do not have any moderates or any advocates of peace. They are all liars... Oh brother believers, the criminals, the terrorists are the Jews, who have butchered our children, orphaned them, widowed our women and desecrated our holy places and sacred sites. They are the terrorists.

"They are the ones who must be butchered and killed, as Allah the Almighty said: 'Fight them: Allah will torture them at your hands...Even if an agreement of Gaza is signed, we shall not forget Haifa, and Acre, and the Galilee, and Jaffa, and the Triangle and the Negev, and the rest of our cities and villages. It is only a matter of time... Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them. Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them."

Preparing for the Summit

By VOA's Larry James in Moscow and Meredith Buel in Jerusalem

Russia says it is ready to take part in the Middle East summit Monday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. A Foreign Ministry statement says Russia is ready for a role in the talks at the same level as the other participants, a suggestion that President Vladimir Putin will attend, although the statement did not specifically say so. It said that Russia, a co-sponsor of the peace process, is making every effort to stabilize the situation.

Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, President Clinton, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and King Abdullah II of Jordan will attend, along with a senior representative of the European Union.

Israeli and Palestinian officials say they have low expectations that the summit will lead to any major progress in the Middle East peace process. About 100 people, mostly Palestinians, have died in more than two-weeks of violence.

Israel and the Palestinians say there is little hope Monday's summit in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh will result in progress in the peace process. More than two-weeks of bloody violence has badly eroded trust between both sides.

Kofi Annan says there is a risk the crisis could expand beyond the Middle East and threaten countries around the world.

"It is a crisis that has affected this region, but it is broader than that. We have seen demonstrations outside this region, in Indonesia, even in the United States. It is going to affect global economic growth. Oil prices have hit their highest level in 10-years. It is going to affect all countries, rich and poor. We have also seen what is happening in stock markets around the world. This is an urgent and major crisis for all of us."

In a statement about the summit, the Israeli government says it wants an immediate stop to the fighting and the establishment of "mechanisms to prevent further acts of violence."

The statement says Israel wants the Palestinians to arrest militants from the Islamic Jihad and Hamas groups recently released from prison. Israel is also calling for a halt to incitement by the Palestinian media and the preservation of Jewish holy places in the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian officials say Arafat is expected to demand that an international inquiry be setup to investigate the violence. The Israelis are rejecting that idea and say they will support a fact-finding probe led by the United States. The Palestinians also want Israel to pull its tanks and troops back from flash points in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and lift the closure of the territories.

Hizbullah Captures a Fourth Israeli

By Sonja Pace (VOA-Jerusalem)

An Israeli reserve officer was kidnapped Sunday by Islamic fundamentalist Hizbullah terrorists. The Israel Defense Ministry gave few details and would only say that an Israeli citizen, an officer in the military reserve, had been kidnapped. The ministry would not say where the kidnapping occurred, but did say the unidentified man had left Israel of his own accord about 10 days ago.
Israeli media report the man was a businessman working in Switzerland. Earlier Sunday, Hizbullah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah announced his group had captured an Israeli colonel during a special security operation. He said the operation was dedicated to the Palestinians and to Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails.

One week ago, Hizbullah captured three Israeli soldiers along the Israeli-Lebanese border area and said it wanted to swap them for Lebanese and other Arab prisoners being held by the Israelis.

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