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>JN Nov. 13, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 188

One Israeli Among the Dead on AA Flight 587


Foreign Ministry officials confirmed that Ilan Wasserman, an Israeli living in New York, was among those who perished on American Airlines flight 587 that went down in NYC shortly following takeoff from JFK International Airport Monday morning.

No other Israelis were known to be on the flight. Wasserman's family is in NYC and has received official notification.

Israeli Troops Kill Hamas Man in West Bank

By VOA News, CNS News &

Israeli forces have raided a Palestinian village in the West Bank, where they detained 45 people and killed a member of the Islamic militant group Hamas. The slain man, Mohammed Reihan, was on Israel's wanted list for allegedly killing two Jewish settlers several years ago.

Reports say the Hamas man died in an exchange of gunfire after Israeli troops surrounded his house during the Monday predawn darkness in the village of Tell, near Nablus. Israeli forces also conducted searches in the village and left after 10 hours.

The army arrested 16 people on Israel's wanted list and another 29 on suspicion of involvement in militant activity. Israel has been making frequent incursions into Palestinian-controlled areas to arrest or kill militants it accuses of being behind anti-Israeli attacks during the current uprising against an Israeli presence. Meanwhile, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy died Monday in the Gaza Strip of gunshot wounds received from Israeli soldiers last week.

Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat sent a message to Arab leaders asking them to support the Palestinian uprising against Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins later this week.

In the message, Arafat said the Palestinian people are determined "not to give up" and would continue "their resistance to Israel's occupation" of Palestinian territory.

Speculation is rife that Arafat may soon declare a Palestinian state - without Israeli opposition. President Bush told the UN this weekend once again of the American vision of a Palestinian Arab state side-by-side with Israel.

Secretary of State Colin Powell, who met with Arafat at the United Nations, also made this point. He emphasized, both before and after his meeting with Arafat, that all violence must stop before the implementation of any diplomatic solution.

One estimation of the behind-the-scenes machinations is that a tacit Bush-Sharon-Arafat agreement would enable Arafat to declare a state without Israeli objections. According to the plan, Israel would follow the international community in recognizing the new state, but would annex settlement areas and other critical zones in Judea and Samaria.

A leading Likud government minister, Environment Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, has already expressed his opposition to the idea: "A Palestinian state is very dangerous, and I am against it. I and other Likud figures have said as much to Sharon, and the party will have to decide. I assume that the party [decision-makers] will remain loyal to the party platform."

Arafat has welcomed U.S. support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He thanked Bush for saying that the United States looked forward to Israel and Palestine living peacefully within secure and recognized borders.

An advisor to Sharon downplayed on Monday the impact of Bush's choice of the word "Palestine" to describe a future Palestinian state. Bush became the first American leader ever to refer to a future independent Palestinian entity as "Palestine."

Until now, "Palestine" was used by the State Department only in reference to the British-controlled territory that preceded the establishment of the State of Israel. Zalman Shoval, a political advisor to Sharon, described the word "Palestine" as a "geographical term," which had been "successfully appropriated" by the Arab political leadership during the last five decades.

"Ironically" before the establishment of the state of Israel, 53 years ago, the only people that called themselves "Palestinians" were Jews; the Arabs referred to themselves as "Arabs," he said.

The Palestinians are demanding that their future state include all the West Bank and Gaza Strip territories occupied by Jordan and Egypt from 1948 to 1967.

IDF Service Proposal to Include Ultra-Orthodox and Arabs

By Gideon Alon (Courtesy of Ha'aretz)

A revolutionary proposal for regular and reserve military service that would encompass all Israeli citizens - ultra-Orthodox and Israeli Arabs included - is being consolidated by the National Security Council, council head General Uzi Dayan told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

Dayan told the committee the plan is being prepared because the council thinks the current system cannot be sustained for much longer because of a drastic drop in motivation. The new plan proposes treating reserve duty as an additional place of employment.

Dayan reported on the council's other projects, such as evaluating possible scenarios of the Middle East in 2015 and 2020 and their likely effect on Israeli security.

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