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>JN May 10, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 81
IDF Reserve General: Eradicate PA
IDF Brigadier-General (res.) Efi Eitam on Wednesday called for
eradicating the PA and the killing of some of the senior officials.
In a Tel Aviv speech Wednesday night, the former senior commander
stated, "We are approaching the time that we will have to eradicate
the PA." When asked about PA officials he responded, "Some of them
are simply our enemies and they have to be killed".
Two Israeli Teenagers Found Dead in Cave
By Jenny Badner (VOA-Jerusalem)
The bodies of two 14-year old Israeli boys have been found in a
cave in the Judean desert. Police suspect the boys were murdered by
The two teenagers were found dead in a cave near the West Bank town
of Bethlehem. Police said marks on the boys' bodies led to the
suspicion that they were beaten to death by Palestinian militants.
The teenagers, Yosef Ishran and Kobi Mendel, lived in the Jewish
settlement of Teqoa, southeast of Bethlehem.
A rescue team started searching for the teenagers after they failed
to return home on Tuesday. Israel's army radio reports that the
pair had skipped school to hike in the desert.
Israeli forces arrested about 20 Palestinians in connection with
the killings, including several shepherds. Earlier, an extremist
Palestinian group had claimed responsibility. The State Department
condemned the killing of the two teenagers as "horrible." One of
the two had dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and had lived in the
Washington, D.C. area.
Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he holds the Palestinian
Authority responsible for the murder and for not doing more to stop
Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said a
three-month-old baby was critically injured when Israel destroyed
a Palestinian security post near the Rafah refugee camp.
Palestinian cabinet member, Saeb Erekat condemned the murders,
saying the Palestinian authority considers the killing of children
and civilians, Israeli or Palestinian, unacceptable.
A Sharon adviser, Ra'anan Gissen, told VOA, Israel will continue
its policy of pursuing Palestinian militants wherever they are,
including areas under full Palestinian control.
"This is no doubt an escalation in the despicable type of
cold-blooded murder that has been conducted. And of course, those
who did it will receive their due punishment. We will continue to
pursue terrorists wherever they are and we will go into areas where
they hide, if necessary, to stop those kinds of activities."
Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat placed the blame for the
months of violence solely on the shoulders of Israel.
Ben-Gurion Airport Wary of Shoulder Missiles
Acting on IDF intelligence information, security precautions
against attacks with Strela shoulder-held missiles are being taken by
the Civil Air Administration. There are now concerns that
terrorists may launch an attack using the ground-to-air missiles.
Flights departing and arriving from the nation's commercial
international airport via an eastern route are being instructed to
remain at an altitude of over 7,000 feet while traveling over the
"Green Line" and Jerusalem areas. Planes approaching Ben-Gurion
International Airport from the east must remain at the minimum
height until reaching a distance of seven miles from the runway,
namely crossing the "Green Line" into "Israel proper."
Flights approaching the runway from west to east that are unable to
make the landing attempt, must then raise up above 7,000 feet as a
safety precaution. Planes unable to climb to the required altitude
in the short period of time due to technical reasons are being
instructed to circle until obtaining the proper altitude.
Egypt Denies Involvement in Arms Smuggling
By Dale Gavlak (VOA-Cairo)
Egypt has rejected Israeli accusations that it is aiding
Palestinians to smuggle weapons for their uprising. Egyptian
officials are also urging the United States to assume a more
prominent role to help end the violence.
Egyptian presidential advisor Osama El Baz, speaking to foreign
journalists in Cairo, denied Israeli charges that Egypt is helping
Palestinians smuggle in arms for the uprising. He called the
allegations "absolutely false."
Israel said it has destroyed a number of tunnels between Egypt and
Gaza used by Palestinians to smuggle arms.
Assad: We're Not Anti-Semitic
Israel Faxx Staff
Syrian President Bashar Assad, responding to sharp Israeli and U.S.
criticism for anti-Jewish comments, has said Arabs could not be
accused of being anti-Semitic as they were Semites themselves.
"There are many people in this world who are still afraid to even
mention the historic facts...and accuse us, the Semites, of being
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