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Six Egyptian Suicide Bombers Stopped
Egyptian sources have confirmed that in the past week, six
Egyptians have been stopped making their way to Israel to
perpetrate homicide-bombing attacks. According to a New York Times
report, one of the six was Milad Mohammed Hemeida, who failed to
comply with orders from IDF soldiers to stop and was killed by
gunfire as he headed towards the border to Israel shouting "Ala
Akbar" ("God is great").
PA Terrorists Try To Blow Up Skyscraper
Palestinian terrorists are now concentrating on attacks on a larger
scale than Israel has ever known - "Satanic," one security source
One such attack was thwarted over the weekend when Israeli forces,
acting on intelligence information that Israel had previously
transferred to the U.S., raided the PLO-controlled city of Kalkilye
and found the carbomb that was to be used to blow up a Tel Aviv
Three terrorists were killed and 46 more were arrested, including
wanted terrorists, during the IDF raid in the Kalkilye terrorist
stronghold. One of those killed was local PFLP head Mussa Ibrahim
Nazal, who was responsible for the suicide murders at the Karnei
Shomron pizzeria that killed three Israeli teenagers. The IDF also
uncovered bomb-making factories and explosives during the
Israel Accepts Plan for Ending Arafat Confinement
By VOA News
The White House has welcomed as helpful and constructive Israel's
decision to accept a U.S. plan for ending the confinement of
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat to his Ramallah headquarters.
Israel announced Sunday that it accepted proposals made by
President Bush for using U.S. and British personnel to guard
Palestinians wanted by Israel for the murder of an Israeli Cabinet
minister last October.
Under the plan, once six men wanted by Israel are under American
and British guard, Arafat would be free to travel anywhere in
Palestinian- controlled territories in the West Bank and Gaza
The Israeli decision followed a call by Bush to Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon Saturday. Asked why the White House had not mentioned
the call earlier, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer mentioned the
President's preference for quiet diplomacy. Israel Radio said the
plan was approved at the urging of Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
and Defense minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer. The Palestinians have
not yet formally responded to the U.S. plan.
Four Palestinians were tried and sentenced last week for killing
the Israeli interior minister and drew sentences ranging from one
to 18 years in prison. Israel had insisted the men be turned over
to them, along with two other wanted Palestinians.
In another development, the Israeli cabinet on Sunday again delayed
the arrival of a U.N. fact-finding mission which will investigate
Israel's assault on the Jenin refugee camp. Although their was no
official statement on the decision to delay the investigation,
officials said conditions are not yet right for the U.N. team to
begin the mission.
The United Nations had agreed earlier to delay its mission by one
day to give the Israeli cabinet time to vote on the investigation.
The main sticking point has been Israel's demand that it be allowed
to decide which Israelis the U.N. team will question and the U.N.'s
demand for unimpeded access to all witnesses.
Israeli officials previously had expressed concern over the
composition of the investigative team, and their worry that the
U.N. mission would focus on the destruction at Jenin, while
ignoring Israel's contention that the camp was a haven for
terrorists. Palestinians say hundreds of people, mostly civilians,
were killed during the offensive. Israel says about 50
Palestinians, most of them fighters, died.
Meanwhile, no progress was reported in Israeli-Palestinian talks
aimed at resolving the nearly month-long standoff at Bethlehem's
Church of the Nativity. About 200 Palestinians, including 30 gunmen
wanted by Israel, have taken refuge in the church, which has been
surrounded by Israeli forces for nearly a month.
Hizbullah Offers to Exchange Israeli Prisoners
By Greg LaMotte (VOA-Cairo)
Lebanon's Hizbullah guerrilla group has offered to trade some of
the Israeli prisoners it holds to free more than 200 Palestinians
surrounded by Israeli troops at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity
and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's headquarters.
The offer was made by Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah in a
statement read on the guerrilla group's Lebanese television
station. Hizbullah, which is listed by the State Department as a
terrorist organization, captured three Israeli soldiers in October
2000 in the disputed territory of Shebaa Farms, along Lebanon's
border with the Golan Heights, now occupied by Israel. A short time
later the group captured an Israeli businessman.
Now Hizbullah says it would negotiate a trade of those prisoners
for the release of about 200 Palestinians in Bethlehem's Church of
the Nativity and four Palestinians in the Arafat compound in
Ramallah. The four in Ramallah are accused of assassinating
Israel's tourism minister last October.
Nasrallah said Hizbullah is ready to negotiate, through any
mediator possible, to achieve the release of all those brothers and
solve those two cases in return for whoever is agreed upon from the
prisoners Hizbullah holds. Hizbullah officials in Beirut contacted by
VOA say they have not received an Israeli response to the
group's latest offer.
Earlier this month, Hizbullah offered to trade the Israeli
businessman for an Israeli guarantee that it would spare about 100
Palestinian guerrillas in the West Bank's Jenin refugee camp. Just
hours after the offer, Israeli troops allegedly killed dozens of
the gunmen during a battle in the Jenin camp.
Israelis Buying More Toronto Apartments
Courtesy of Israel's Business Arena
For the past several years, Israelis have been increasingly
investing in overseas apartments and incoming-producing properties.
However, the scale of these investments has reached huge
proportions in recent weeks.
The Jerusalem Economic Development Authority announced its first
overseas investment, buying a Paris office building for $37
million, and Israel has bought 75 percent of a Montreal office
building for $17 million.
Amot Investments is also expanding its real estate purchases in
Britain and has entered its first deal in the U.S., with a $30
million purchase of office buildings.
Private individuals are also increasingly buying overseas
apartments. In recent weeks, hundreds bought apartments in Toronto,
now a hot location in the apartment market.
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