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>JN Feb. 8, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 27

Iranian Nuclear Capability Predicted by 2005

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told reporters that Iran would possess nuclear capability by 2005.

The senior minister expressed his hope that the governments of the United States and Russia will utilize their relationship with Iran to eliminate the global threat.

He added there are signs that Osama bin-Laden's el-Qaeda and Hizbullah, both supported by Iran, were increasing cooperating and are operating in Lebanon.


Israel Retaliates After Palestinian Gunman Kills 3

By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem) & Ha'aretz

Israeli warplanes have attacked a Palestinian Authority building in the West Bank. The attacks came hours after a Palestinian terrorists killed three Israelis Wednesday night at a Jewish settlement in the Jordan Valley.

The gunman, who was wearing an Israeli military uniform, entered a home in the settlement and shot dead a 45-year-old mother, her baby, and her disabled 11-year-old daughter. The terrorist gang infiltrated Moshav Hamra in the Jordan Valley east of Nablus.

The attack on Hamra began around 8 p.m., when shots were fired from the moshav's greenhouses toward a patrol jeep. The moshav guard, who was in the jeep, was not injured. But troops stationed at the moshav responded to the gunfire, opening their own fire toward the greenhouses. One soldier was killed during that exchange, while two other Israelis were wounded.

One terrorist managed to make his way under the fire to a moshav house, taking a woman, her baby and 11-year-old daughter hostage. He holed up in the house, which was gradually surrounded by IDF troops called in by the guards. They began applying a military tactic to isolate him from any other civilians in the area and to prevent his escape.

A police anti-terrorist unit arrived on the scene but before it could act, the terrorist shot the three inside the house, mortally wounding them all. The anti-terror commandos then raided the house, killing the terrorist. They found the three on the floor, in a pool of blood. Medics tried to resuscitate them, but the mother and baby died on the scene. The 11-year-old girl was evacuated by helicopter to Tel Hashomer Hospital.
Four other Israelis were wounded in the attack, and one terrorist was killed. The rest of the gang apparently disappeared into the night.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he held Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat responsible for the killings.

The raid sparked a retaliatory strike by Israeli warplanes against a Palestinian Authority building in the West Bank city of Nablus that wounded 11 people.

The latest round of fighting comes just one week after Sharon, for the first time since becoming prime minister, held face-to-face meetings with three senior Palestinian officials on the need to reach a ceasefire to end the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

More than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands more wounded in the clashes.


Official PLO Media Praise Terrorist Murderer

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The Arab terrorist who murdered a Jewish mother, her 11-year-old daughter and a soldier Wednesday night in the agricultural community of Hamra was granted the equivalent of Palestinian "sainthood" by the PLO media. So reports Michael Widlanski of www.themedialine.org.

Yasir Arafat's Voice of Palestine radio opened its morning newscast by labeling the attack "istish-haad" -- an act of "heroic martyrdom." News anchorman Nizar Al-Ghul said, "The man carrying out the operation became a heroic martyr after killing two settlers and a soldier and wounding at least four." The VOP news editors failed to mention that the murdered "settlers" were a mother and her children.

During Thursday's news magazine, the Voice of Palestine played an operatic song that repeatedly calls for "martyrs" and for acts of "heroic martyrdom" inside Jerusalem. The name of the song is "Al Quds Madinat Al-Salaam" [Jerusalem, City of Peace].


U.S. Judge Orders Iran to Pay $183M to Terror Victim's Family

By Itim

A federal judge in Washington ruled Wednesday that Iran must pay $183 million in damages to the family of Ira Weinstein, an American citizen killed in a 1996 suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Weinstein was one of 24 people killed when a Hamas militant blew himself up on the number 18 bus in February 1996.

District Judge Royce C. Lamberth said in his decision that as the bomb used was made by a Hamas activist who received training from the Iranian security forces, Tehran should pay the family.

Weinstein survived for seven weeks in the intensive care ward of Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital after the bombing. His widow and three children filed the suit under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act of 1996. The compensation will reportedly be paid out of Iranian assets frozen by the U.S. since the fall of the Shah in 1979.


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