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>JN Feb. 8, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 27
Iranian Nuclear Capability Predicted by 2005
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
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
More than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands more wounded
in the clashes.
Official PLO Media Praise Terrorist Murderer
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
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
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
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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