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>JN Feb. 19, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 34
Netanyahu: Expel Arafat & Dismantle Terrorist Infrastructure
Former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, following two fatal
terror attacks Monday, called for expelling Yasir Arafat from the
PA and dismantling the PA's terrorist infrastructure.
The former prime minister stated this could be accomplished without
difficulty. He called for permitting Arafat to leave the autonomous
areas but not permitting him to return, wishing him farewell in
Tripoli or Baghdad.
Seven Dead in Gaza, West Bank Attacks
By VOA News
Palestinian attacks Monday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have
claimed the lives of four Israelis and three attackers.
In Gaza, a gunman killed a settler and two other Israelis traveling
in a convoy heading towards the Gush Qatif bloc of Jewish
settlements. The attacker died in the incident -- some accounts
said he blew himself up. Palestinians named the attacker as a
member of the al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade.
Palestinians said that after the ambush, Israeli tanks fired at a
nearby Palestinian town, wounding at least four people. A short
time later, Israeli troops shot and killed an armed Palestinian who
tried to break into another Jewish settlement in Gaza.
Earlier Monday, a Palestinian bomber killed himself and an Israeli
policeman on a West Bank road. The bomber detonated a device in his
car after Israeli police stopped him as he drove toward Jerusalem
near the large Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim.
The incidents came after Israeli security forces said Sunday they
had foiled five Palestinian bomber missions. Israeli officials are
blaming Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat for the violence.
Israeli Government spokesman, Aryeh Mekel, said that the
Palestinian leadership will reap the consequences of its actions.
"The Palestinians are continuing with their scheme of
confrontation, deterioration, and escalation and all this adds up
to a very volatile situation, in which they are really playing with
Israeli Police Official Urges West Bank Barriers
By VOA News
Israel's police commissioner has asked for barriers to be erected
around the West Bank to prevent Palestinian terror attacks. The
appeal came one day after Israeli security forces foiled five
Palestinian suicide missions.
Commissioner Shlomo Aharonishky said that while his forces have
prevented several terrorist attacks in recent days, police could
not be expected to keep up this level of vigilance indefinitely,
and that without a barrier any potential attacker could enter
Israel from the West Bank.
Aharonishky stressed his support for erecting physical barriers to
separate the West Bank from Israel. Some right-wing members of the
government oppose the idea of "physical separation." They said this
could result in the security fence being used to negotiate a formal
border with the Palestinians during future talks.
Such a plan, however, does have the backing of other ministers on
the right. They include Internal Security Minister Uzi Landau, who
is a Likud member and has called for stronger action against the
He presented the cabinet this week with what he called a separation
program "to isolate terror." The main points of his plan include
establishing a buffer zone along the West Bank, a security fence,
and intensifying military operations with the objective of toppling
the Palestinian Authority.
At the same time, the Israeli intelligence establishment has warned
that the current wave of attacks, including a suicide bombing
inside a Jewish settlement Saturday, are only likely to worsen.
This assessment was stated publicly Sunday by Israel's military
intelligence director, Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi, in a television
interview. He said there is "definite information about terror
attacks on the way" and they could happen at any time, any place.
Remembering Menachem Begin
Israel's schools commemorated the 10th anniversary of the late
Prime Minister Menachem Begin's death Monday. The teachers
dedicated an hour to Begin's activities before and after the
establishment of the state.
Begin headed the underground and anti-restraint Irgun organization
before 1948, headed Israel's right-wing opposition from then until
1977, and became the first Prime Minister to sign a peace agreement
with an Arab state - Egypt in 1978.
He is credited by some with opening the door to peace in the
region, but blamed by others for being the first to recognize the
"legitimate rights of the Palestinians," thus heading Israel
towards the Oslo process.
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