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>JN Oct. 23, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 181
Arafat: "Let Him (Barak) Go To Hell"
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, PLO Authority Chairman Yasir
Arafat stated he was continuing his journey to statehood and onto
Jerusalem, and Prime Minister Ehud Barak can accept or not. "If he
does not like it, let him go to hell."
Barak Plans to Put Peace Process on Hold
By Jenny Badner (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's prime minister is calling for a break in the peace process
to re-evaluate diplomatic efforts after weeks of violence. The
prime minister's remarks came as Arab leaders wrapped up a summit
Israel's prime minister, Ehud Barak, told his cabinet that he would
declare a "time out" in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Barak said Israel would still pursue peace. But in a statement
released after the Cabinet meeting, he said Israel will reassess
the diplomatic process after more than three-weeks of violence in
the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Some Israeli Cabinet ministers are opposed to the break, saying
such a move will lead nowhere and will damage Israel's
Israel radio reported that Barak did not bring the call for a time
out to the Cabinet for approval. He is still trying to form a
national unity government with the opposition Likud party's
It was Sharon's visit to Jerusalem's Temple Mount, known to Arabs
as Haram al Sharif, that sparked the beginning of the clashes late
The move comes as Arab leaders wrapped up their emergency summit in
Cairo to confront the latest Israeli-Palestinian violence. In a
statement, Barak praised Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for
his summit effort "to maintain a balanced approach, which calls for
peace and restraint."
But Barak stressed that "Israel rejects the language of threats
and condemns the call for continued violence" that he says is
called for in the summit's closing statements.
The Arab leaders declared that they may consider cutting ties with
Israel. They also pledged $200 million for the families of
Palestinians killed or wounded in the uprising.
Some Palestinian leaders have implied that it did not go far enough
to take action against Israel. In a show of protest, Tunisia broke
off its low-level diplomatic ties with Israel. Egypt and Jordan are
the only Arab nations that have signed peace treaties and have full
diplomatic relations with Israel.
Meanwhile, fresh violence broke out in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip. At least one Palestinian was killed in clashes near the West
Bank town of Hebron. More than 115-people, almost all of them
Palestinian, have been killed since the clashes began nearly
Arafat Reacts to Barak's "Time Out" Statement
By Shoshana London Sappir (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat reacted angrily to a statement by
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak that Israel needs a break in the
Palestinians reacted in anger to an Israeli statement that a "time
out" from peace negotiations is needed in light of more than
three-weeks of violent clashes. Israel's Barak said the pause is
needed to reassess the diplomatic process, but he did not set a
time limit on the recess.
Asked for his response to the Israeli statement, Arafat, speaking
in English, told reporters, "Let him go to hell." He was apparently
referring to Barak.
Arafat said the Palestinian people would continue their road to
Jerusalem as the capital of their independent state.
Palestinian information minister Yasser Abed Rabbo called the
Israeli time-out statement "a message of war." He warned Israel
against imposing unilateral solutions on the Palestinians.
No Injuries Reported in Gilo Shooting Attack
At least five buildings were damaged in the Sunday night shooting
attack in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem. There were no
immediate reports of casualties.
Terrorists fired automatic weapons four streets, making certain to
hit areas that were not fortified by the IDF such as Anafa Street.
Following the first shooting attacks, the IDF installed concrete
barriers and took other measures to fortify the street against
The Sunday night shooting attack must be viewed as continued
defiance by the PLO Authority, especially in the shadow of the
stern warning issued over the weekend by IDF Colonel Marcel Aviv,
the Bethlehem area battalion commander.
Aviv stated that if there are shooting attacks in the future, the
retaliatory action would include the razing of the home(s) in Bet
Jala from which the shots are fired. He stated firmly that there
would be no additional warnings, just a mighty IDF response.
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