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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 & IsraelNationalNews.com
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
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
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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