From: "Wayne Starsja"
Date: Tue Oct 3, 2000 3:06am
Subject: News from Israel
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This is what is happening in Israel. The Moslems here are now turning
to their true feelings. Perhaps it is best for everyone to know
they stand with the Palestians and have no wish to see the Israelis
here in the middle east. We are seeing a hint of the fullfilling
of Prophecy, All eyes are turned to Jerusalem and all nations are
now aligning against the House of Israel. All of us in Israel are
being warned about the possiblity of suicide bombers and we are
to report all suspicious packages left at bus stops or public places.
Now, as are sleeping where ever you are, I am out in my police car
in uniform, patroling the residential areas just north of Haifa.
We do not fear. We know G-d is standing beside us. He will honor
His covenant with us. He has promised 10 will chase 1000.Pray for
Israel and Jerusalem.
Yours in the service of Yeshua
Recap Monday News
Following the killing of an IDF soldier earlier in the evening near
the PLO Authority (PA) autonomous city of Bet Sahour, it has been
confirmed that an four other soldiers were wounded by gunfire, one
moderately. They were transported to the trauma unit of Hadassah
Hospital in Ein Karem. Earlier in the day, a soldier driving a military
fuel tanker truck was shot in his head near Bet Sahour, south of
Bethlehem. He was transported to the trauma unit of Jerusalem's
Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem.
2) KFAR KARA (WADI ARA) - Border police were fired upon, leading
to a gun battle. The Israeli forces returned fire, wounding at least
one local resident in his leg. There were no immediate reports of
injuries among Israeli security personnel. Rioters are burning tires
and continuing stone-throwing attacks against security troops.
3) KATZIR - Shots were fired in the area of Arara. There were no
immediate reports of injuries.
4) BARKAI JUNCTION - An Egged bus was totally burned after being
attacked near Um el-Fahm. Rioters beat the driver and the bus was
5) ROSH HAAYIN - On the Rosh HaAyin/Kfar Saba road near Jaljulya,
two Israelis sustained light injuries when their vehicle was bombarded
with stones. The two were transported to a local hospital.
6) TUL KAREM - Three factories owned by Jews were torched on Monday
night in the area of Tul Karem, near the "Green Line". Netanya firefighters
were called to respond to the fire but the IDF commanders did not
permit the fire apparatus to cross the Green Line. Fire Commander
Moshe Yosef confirmed that a chemical plant, paper plant and LP
gas factory as a result but there was no danger to local residents.
7) BAKA AL-GHARBIYE - Rioters burned a Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi
and Postal Bank.
8) WESTERN GALILEE - Disturbances between Israeli Arabs and border
police forces continue at this hour. Police and security officials
are attempting to maintain their distance in the hope of not adding
to the tensions in the area. There have been reports of "many injured"
but no exact number has been mentioned. Police expect additional
disturbances and injuries if the present situation continues.
9) HAIFA -The city is reported quiet at this time. Three of the
six Arab residents who were arrested earlier in the day for throwing
stones at police have been released.
10) NAZARETH - A SuperPharm pharmacy was damaged by youths. Four
suspects were placed under arrest.
11) JAFFA - Sporadic stone-throwing attacks continue on Yefet Street.
There have been no reports of injuries.
ROAD CLOSINGS -
7 Nahal Iron between Megiddo and Barkai Junctions remains closed.
7 The road between Movil and Tzomech Junctions.
7 Route 70 between Yavour and Tzomech.
7 Route 70 between Yavour and Misgav.
7 Tel Adashim Junction from Migdal HaEmek to Yaffiya .
7 Route 79 from Tzippori to Har Yona.
7 Route 79 between Tzomet HaMovil & Kfar Manda & Moreshe
7 Route 809 from Dirhana Junction to Harabi.
7 Between Kabri and Yaztif Junctions.
7 Trans-Samaria Highway between Ariel to Barkan in both directions.
7 Oranit Checkpoint in both directions.
7 Minharot road in both directions from Jerusalem to el-Hader.
7 Hebron to Okfim Junction.
7 Yosh Junction.
7 Yefet Street in Jaffa.
7 Maale Adumim/Jerusalem closed near Azariya.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul "
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2000 11:51 AM
Subject: CTZ News update from Israel News Letter Oct. 6
COME TO ZION Ministry NEWS LETTER Located in the Galilee Israel
Just a note : Much of what you see and hear and read in the USA
is Pro-Arab today. With careful omissions and even with assumptions
and mistakes. I make every effort to bring you factual articles.
IDF braces for renewed violence today
A day after the Palestinians agreed in Paris to curb the uprising
in the territories, violent street demonstrations appeared to have
been reigned in, but shooting incidents in the West Bank and Gaza
were still taking place. Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli
soldiers at the Netzarim Junction in the Gaza Strip and a third
was seriously wounded.
Security forces will be on high alert today as Muslims gather for
Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Many Palestinian organizations have declared today as a "Day of
Rage" against Israel, with demonstrations planned in overseas capitals
as well as in Israel and the territories.
9,000 dunams burned in riots
Some 9,000 dunams (2,200 acres) of forest were burned in acts of
nationally-motivated arson during the recent wave of violence, the
head of the fire fighting commission said yesterday. The fire fighting
forces in the north were significantly beefed up yesterday in fear
that the fires would spread if the weather forecast, predicting
dry conditions and easterly winds, holds true.
In a report submitted yesterday to Interior Minister Haim Ramon,
chief firefighter Moshe Vardi outlined the widespread use of arson
by Arab Israelis during the recent clashes. More than 200 incidents
of arson were registered during the rioting, ranging from burning
tires to setting fire to public buildings and forests. Vardi noted
that in several cases, the firefighting forces were unable to reach
the fires to extinguish them because the areas had been closed off
by security forces.
Some of the biggest fires destroyed forests in the Jezreel Valley
- near Iron and Kabri - and pasture lands around Gamla
IDF seals off West Bank, Gaza for 4 days
The Israeli Defense Force sealed off the West Bank and Gaza Strip
early on Friday, saying it hoped to reduce the risks of confrontation
with Palestinians through Yom Kippur. The IDF Spokesman said the
closure was imposed at 4 a.m. (2:00 GMT) and will bar Palestinians
from entering Israel through Monday night, the end of the holiday.
"The closure ... is meant to prevent security risks at the weekend
and on Yom Kippur," the Spokesman said, but added that entry to
Israel would be allowed for humanitarian reasons. Food and medicines
will be allowed into the Palestinian areas.
US closes embassies in region
Following the violence of the last week, as well as the stoning
assaults on the US Embassy in Damascus on Wednesday, the US State
Department announced that it was closing its embassies in the region
- including the one in Tel Aviv - until October 10.
"Because of the unrest over the past week, and due to the potential
for additional demonstrations against US facilities across the region,
all of our embassies and consulates in the region will be closed
for public business from Thursday, October 5, through the Columbus
Day/Yom Kippur holiday on Monday, October 9," the statement read.
It added that the US Embassy has no information about threats against
American citizens in Israel. The State Department instructed embassy
employees in the region, except in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, to keep
their children home from school. American employees and their dependents
were also reminded that Gaza and the West Bank remain off limits,
and that travel to the Old City and commercial east Jerusalem should
be avoided. American citizens in need of emergency assistance should
call the nearest US Embassy or consulate and ask for a duty officer.
Motorist who was beaten in Bet Jala identified as Rabbi Brovender
The Israeli motorist who lost his way and mistakenly drove into
the PLO Authority (PA) autonomous area of Bet Jala on Thursday night
has been identified as Rabbi Haim Brovender, the dean of the Hamivtar
Yeshiva in Gush Etzion.
As reported earlier by ISRAELWIRE, as a result of the closing of
the Minharot road from Gush Etzion to Jerusalem, Brovender was seeking
an alternative route to the capital and mistakenly entered into
Bet Jala, where he was stopped and then beaten by PA soldiers. A
short time later, Arab residents joined in. The injured rabbi was
then brought to the Bethlehem region IDF/PA District Coordinating
Office and from there; he was transported to a Jerusalem hospital
where he is reported in moderate condition.
American student injured in riots labeled Palestinian
An American student studying in Jerusalem was injured in riots in
Israel last weekend. Tuvia Grossman, from Chicago, was in a taxi
with two friends in the Old City of Jerusalem when their car was
hit by a large cement block which crushed the windshield, causing
the vehicle to halt The Jerusalem Post reported.
Tuvia's friends fled from the vehicle, but he was unable to get
out of the car. A group of Palestinians approached the vehicle,
continued to pelt Tuvia with stones and eventually dragged him from
the car to a cliff. They continued to beat him and then stabbed
him. He called out to an Israeli policeman he saw from afar. As
> approached Tuvia, an AP photographer snapped a picture of the
bloody student and the policeman coming towards him. The picture
that appeared in papers across the country, including the New York
Times, the Boston Globe and the Daily News contained the following
caption: "An Israeli policeman and a wounded Palestinian yesterday."
The New York Times issued an apology on Wednesday blaming "an erroneous
quotation" from AP as the reason for the mistake. The AP offices
in Jerusalem accepted responsibility for the mistake, but refused
to make any further comment on the matter.
Stone throwing on Temple Mount rekindles riots
Approximately 20,000 Muslim devotees gathered Friday at the Al-Aqsa
Mosque on the Temple Mount, which had been secured by members of
the Waqf. Palestinians began throwing stones at police and worshippers
at the Western Wall below after prayers at the mosque finished Friday
afternoon. The group dispersed and headed in the direction of the
Lion's Gate in the Old City, where the stone-throwing continued.
Hundreds of Palestinians tried to enter the small police station
at the Lion's Gate. The policemen managed to leave the station,
although ten of their number were injured and the station set alight.
150 Palestinians hurled stones at the road surrounding part of the
Old City. Stone-throwing in the area of the Western Wall, which
had required the Jews praying there to be evacuated, stopped shortly
after it began and police allowed worshippers to re-enter the area.
Police commissioner Yehuda Wilk said in a press conference held
Friday afternoon that the police anticipated the riots on the Temple
Mount and had more than 3000 policemen at hand. Wilk denied rumors
that there were differences of opinion between police and political
officials. Wilk referred to the setting on fire of the police station
near the Lion's Gate and said that the police did not make a retreat,
and that this scenario was anticipated by the police. He added that
the area was evacuated to prevent injuries to police forces.
Riots resume in West Bank
Demonstrations resumed in several towns in the West Bank on Friday
afternoon. Stones and Molotov cocktails were hurled at IDF soldiers
and clashes involving gunfire were reported at Joseph's Tomb in
Nablus; near Beit Tzahor; in Hebron; in Neveh Dekalim, near Gush
Katif; in Elon Moreh, near Nablus, and in Jewish settlements near
> Jenin and Ramallah. In Netzarim, protestors threw a burning
gas canister at an IDF post, but no injuries were reported. Molotov
cocktails were hurled at IDF forces in Hebron and Neveh Dekalim.
A Border Policeman was lightly injured in Hebron and an IDF soldier
suffered minor wounds in El-Arub.
Four Palestinians were killed Friday in the violence according to
Palestinian reports. The reports stated that one Palestinian died
in riots in Nablus. Another Palestinian was shot and wounded by
IDF forces in Kalkilya. The Norwegian Red Cross sent eight ambulances
to the Palestinian Red Crescent, to assist with those injured in
From: "Wayne C Starsja"
Subject: Fw: CTZ News update from Israel A RUNDOWN ON THE LATEST
Date: Saturday, October 07, 2000 4:34 AM
Subject: CTZ News update from Israel A RUNDOWN ON THE LATEST CLASHES
A RUNDOWN ON THE LATEST CLASHES ICEJ NEWS - 10/06/2000
Following a relatively quiet morning during which Israelis held
their breath, Jerusalem's Old City and the Gaza Strip saw outbreaks
of violence this afternoon as policemen narrowly escaped with their
lives from a burning station at the Lion's Gate, and several thousand
Arabs marched on IDF positions and Jewish settlements . Arabs threw
stones onto the Western Wall plaza from the Temple Mount following
Friday prayers today, which were attended by up to 20,000 Muslims.
The stoning did not continue for long, and police allowed Jews to
re-enter the area to pray. The mob of angry Arabs then headed in
the direction of the Lion's Gate, where the stone-throwing continued
between afternoon prayers. Shots were fired, and police were forced
to use rubber bullets and tear gas. Hundreds of Arabs tried to enter
the small police station at the gate, and set it alight. Ten policemen
were injured, as well as a number of the rioters, as Israeli units
tried to spring the detachment of police trapped inside. At least
150 Arabs hurled stones at the road surrounding the Old City, and
inside the walls a few dozen Arabs stoned police on the Via Dolorosa.
Police responded with rubber bullets. Later this afternoon, around
1,000 Arabs converged on the outpost at the now infamous Netzarim
junction in Gaza, many of them hurling stones and firebombs, and
some firing live ammunition. The Israeli army said Arabs also threw
a flaming gas canister on the outpost, but no damage was reported.
The soldiers returned fire. Earlier in the day, an Arab was injured
when a bomb exploded in his hands as he was about to throw it at
the IDF position. The junction has been the scene of trouble every
day this week. In Rafah in the Gaza Strip, hundreds of Arabs marched
on an IDF position and some fired at the soldiers, who returned
fire. And near the Jewish settlement of Neveh Dekalim, Arabs fired
shots at a sentry post. ISRAEL RADIO reported that thousands were
converging on the site and that soldiers were firing in the air
and using tear gas in an attempt to disperse them. Demonstrations
were earlier held in several towns in Judea/Samaria, and stones
and Molotov cocktails were hurled at IDF soldiers. In Hebron, soldiers
were met with stone-throwing attacks, but in compliance with orders,
did not take action. Two firebombs were also thrown harmlessly.
In the north, two residents of Kfar Kana near Nazareth suffered
light to moderate injuries after a firebomb was thrown at their
vehicle. Palestinian Authority policemen beat up a local rabbi driving
from Gush Etzion to Jerusalem last night when he mistakenly entered
the Beit Jallah area as he looked for an alternative route to the
closed Gilo tunnel road. A short time later, Arab residents joined
in. The injured rabbi was transported to a Jerusalem hospital where
he is reported in moderate condition. There were exchanges of fire
for the second night in a row in the Hebron and Bethlehem areas.
Shots were fired again from Beit Jallah at homes in the southern
Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. The bullets hit the walls of several
houses, but there were no injuries reported. Bullets fired from
the direction of PA-ruled areas have entered four houses in the
neighborhood so far, and vehicles have also been damaged. In Hebron
in the late afternoon, Palestinians threw 34 firebombs at IDF troops
and an explosive device was thrown at troops near Beit Hadassah.
In two separate incidents yesterday, Israeli women were lightly
hurt when their cars were stoned, one at a roadblock near Ramallah,
and one near the Adam junction, in the Modi'in region. There were
also clashes at Beit Sahour and the Ayosh junction near Ramallah.
One senior IDF commander lamented the Palestinians' cynical use
of children at the forefront of assaults on IDF positions, and suggested
the PA was offering large sums of money to the families of those
who would offer themselves as "martyrs." Another Israeli officer
noted the repeated use of ambulances by Palestinian forces to ferry
weapons and troops. Last night, IDF troops at the Netzarim junction
spotted Palestinians using ambulances to smuggle weapons and firebombs
to demonstrators. Tel Aviv police have arrested more than 60 residents
of Jaffa, and nine have been charged for involvement in recent rioting.
A demonstration by Jaffa Arabs turned violent Wednesday, wounding
five people, including several members of television film crews.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul "
Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2000 7:04 PM
Subject: CTZ News update from Israel News Update
Sunday News Brief - 12:30-IST
(IsraelWire-10/8) METULLA - Families in Metulla were instructed
a short time ago to enter into bomb shelters in anticipation of
increased Hizbullah attacks during the night. Many Kiryat Shmona
families have decided to follow the lead and are moving down into
shelters even though they were not ordered to do so.
2) PM/DM BARAK SPEAKS TO FAMILIES OF KIDNAPPED SOLDIERS - (Communicated
by the Defense Minister's Media Adviser) - "Prime Minister and Defense
Minister Ehud Barak spoke by telephone earlier this evening OCT.7.2000,
with the families of the three soldiers who were kidnapped along
the Lebanese border.
"Prime Minister Barak told the families that the State of Israel
will spare no effort to assure their safety and their return home.
He added that the defense establishment will be in constant contact
with them and will update them on developments."
3) MINISTER BEN-AMI - Minister of Internal Security Shlomo Ben-Ami
stated that PLO Authority (PA) Chairman Yassir Arafat is not a "peace
partner" at this time, adding, "Instead of spilling water on the
fire, he opted to throw gasoline."
4) TOMB OF IZZADIN EL-KASSIM - Burning tires were reportedly placed
on the grave of Hamas terrorist Izzadin el-Kassim in Nesher. No
reports of injuries.
5) SHOOTING ATTACK ON MINHAROT ROAD - A short time ago, an Israeli
vehicle traveling on the Minharot road from Jerusalem to Gush Etzion
was fired upon. No immediate reports of injuries.
6) HAR HOMA - A short time ago, shots were fired at IDF soldiers
in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa. No reports of
7) UPDATE ON RAFIAH SHOOTING ATTACK - The shots fired at an IDF
bus near the Rafiah Crossing came from the Yassir Arafat International
Airport in Dahaniya. Israel Radio is now reporting eight injured,
three serious and five lightly. The seriously injured victims are
being transported to the trauma unit of Beersheba's Soroka
Hospital and ambulances will transport the others.
The area has been closed down by the IDF. As reported earlier, a
gun battle ensued following the attack, apparently aimed at hampering
rescue efforts. It remains unknown if there were casualties from
that gun battle.
8) IDF OFIR BASE - The IDF Ofir Base in the Benjamin Regional Council
of Samaria is under attack from the Arab village of Nahalin. No
From: "Wayne C Starsja"
Subject: Fw: CTZ News update from Israel News Update
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2000 9:26 PM
----- Original Message -----
Thursday News Brief (Recap) - 00:45-IST
(IsraelWire-10/12) Over the past hours, the number of shooting attacks
throughout Yesha have increased dramatically following a day which
security officials described as relatively quiet. Two soldiers and
three civilians were injured by gunfire. Security establishment
and intelligence community officials continue to issue warnings
of imminent Islamic terror attacks. Friday has been declared "Rage
RECAP OF THE PAST HOURS
1) HALHOUL BYPASS - The IDF soldier injured by gunfire onWednesday
night in the Halhoul bypass road area was transported by helicopter
to the trauma unit of Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.
He is currently undergoing emergency surgery and is listed in serious
2) JERICHO - An IDF soldier was lightly injured in a stone-throwing
3) HEBRON - Military ambulances dispatched to an accident came under
attack with gunfire. The accident was the result of a Jewish motorist
losing control of his car after it was hit with stones.
- Shots were fired at the Jewish Quarter.
- Shots were fired at Bet Hadassah.
- Bullets penetrated the caravans in the Admat Yishai (Tel Rumeida)
neighborhood of the city.
- The IDF commanders of the Hebron area reported "heavy" fighting
on Wednesday night.
4) NEVE TZUF - The Neve Tzuf resident who
was attacked by gunfire near the Benjamin Regional Council community
sustained light injuries from shrapnel and glass shards.
5) BUS FIRED UPON - Buses traveling in Gush Etzion (Judea) and near
Luban al-Sharqiya (Samaria, north of Eli) were fired upon Wednesday
evening. Bullets struck the vehicles. No injuries.
6) RACHELIM - Shot were fired at the community Wednesday night.
No injuries. Rachelim is located south of Tapuach Junction in the
Shomron Regional Council of Samaria.
7) BET SAHOUR - The shooting attack against the IDF base near the
autonomous municipality of Bet Sahour, in the Bethlehem region,
was carried out with automatic weapons. Despite the fact that the
army base was fired upon, and last week one soldier was killed and
several wounded by gunfire at the same location, the soldiers did
not return fire.
8) BETAR ELITE - IDF and civilian vehicles near the community of
Betar Elite were fired upon. No injuries. Soldiers returned fire.
9) GAZA - Sporadic gunfire is still being report in the Gush Katif
area. On Wednesday night, there were two terrorist attacks involving
two explosive devices and shooting. Soldiers were required to use
should held rockets to repel attacks.
10) OFRA - An Arab motorist was seriously injured in a stone-throwing
attack. Police report Jewish resident threw the stone. Police are
11) WED AM ATTACK AT ELI JUNCTION - Police are now reporting that
the death of Eli resident Alon Zagari, 28, may not have been a terrorist
attack as first theorized. Police now believe the victim, accompanied
by other community residents, were throwing stones at Arab cars.
One of the motorists hit in his head with stones lost control of
his car, striking Zagari. A 40-year-old Eli resident is under arrest
at this time and additional arrests are expected in the near future
according to police. Police report they have eyewitness supporting
their theory. The Arab motorist whose car struck Zagari remains
in grave condition in Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital.
12) STONE-THROWING ATTACKS - Three Israelis were lightly injured
in stone-throwing attacks. On the Givat Ze'ev-Modi'in road, a truck
driver was stuck with a rock. On the Carmiel-Acre road three cars
were hit with stones in which two persons were injured.
13) SECURITY ESTABLISHMENT MEETING - In light of the sudden escalation
in attacks against Jews, Prime Minister/Defense Minister Ehud Barak
has convened an urgent meeting of his security cabinet to assess
the situation once again.
14) TUL KAREM - Soldiers opened fire on Arab rioters, killing one
teenager who was involved in the attacks against security forces.
The commander gave the order to open fire after seeing a deterioration
in the situation and determining that his forces were under life-threatening
15) FUNERAL OF RABBI LIEBERMAN - Two persons participating in the
funeral of Rabbi Hillel Lieberman were injured by gunfire after
the over 1,000 participants came under heavy automatic gunfire.
COME TO ZION Ministry NEWS LETTER Located
in the Galilee Israel
Vol 2. No. 3
Friday, October 20, 2000
Yom Sheshe, Tishri 21, 5761
IDF Soldiers Injured in Shooting Attack
IDF soldiers traveling in a bus that made a wrong turn, entering
the area near the Arab village of Anabta in Samaria, were wounded
by gunfire. According to the preliminary reports from the scene,
five soldiers and the bus driver were wounded lightly by gunfire
from PLO Authority (PA) soldiers. They soldiers are at this time
being transported to hospitals in civilian emergency medical service
ambulances. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.
The bus was stopped at a check point and instead of being direcrted
to turn around, the Palestinian soldiers opened fire. The attack
was totally unprovoked and was in violation of the new cease fire
Anti-Semitism rises sharply worldwide, report finds
The quantity and nature of anti-Semitic incidents in the past three
weeks - since the start of the fighting in the territories - have
put anti-Semitism at the top of the Jewish agenda, even in Western
countries, for the first time in a long while. At a press conference
held in Jerusalem yesterday, researchers at the Simon Wiesenthal
Center, which battles anti-Semitism throughout the world, presented
a report listing anti-Semitic incidents from Rosh Hashanah until
October 16. The researchers claim there were over 200 anti-Semitic
incidents throughout the world during this two-week period, although
their detailed list included only the "most serious incidents."
Europe, and France in particular - probably because of its large
Muslim-Arab population - is clearly the focal point of the incidents.
The events there include a large number of arson attacks, attempted
arson and rocks thrown at synagogues, Jewish schools and kosher
restaurants. Similar incidents were recorded in many other places.
Prominent incidents in Britain include the stabbing of yeshiva student
David Myers on a London bus and the publication of a fatwa (Islamic
religious ruling) calling for a jihad against the Jews.
In Belgium, in addition to a series of arson attacks, an Orthodox
Jew was attacked near a Brussels synagogue. In Germany, several
arson and physical attacks against Jews were recorded, as well as
rock-throwing during a joint demonstration by Muslims and leftist
extremists at a synagogue in Essen that also serves as a Holocaust
Only four incidents were recorded in the former Soviet Union, including
a fire at a synagogue in Bukhara.
Incidents in the United States included arson and attempted arson
against synagogues, and shooting aimed at a group of Orthodox Jews
In Montreal, Muslims at a demonstration on Yom Kippur chanted "Death
to the Jews," while in Capetown, a Muslim radio station called for
solidarity against the Jews and calls of "Death to the Jews" were
heard at an African National Congress conference.
Sharm el-Sheik cease-fire agreement signed
Speaking at a live press conference from Sharm el-Sheik, US President
Bill Clinton announced that a cease-fire agreement between Israel
and the PLO Authority (PA) has been reached. Following are the main
points of the agreement as explained by Mr. Clinton. The primary
objective of both sides is to end current violence to resume peace
efforts. The basic objectives are to end the violence and restore
the area to it former status as it was prior to the violence which
has been ongoing for twenty days. 1) Both sides agree to immediately
issue public statements unequivocally calling for end of violence.
2) Both sides agree to take immediate action to end violence and
incitement, maintain calm and repeat of recent events. 3) Both sides
agree to act immediately to restore area as it was prior to recent
warfare. According to the president, steps to be taken include a)
Ending the IDF-imposed closure on Yesha, b) Opening the PA's international
airport in Gaza, c) Ending aggression d) The United States, together
with Israel, the PA and the United Nations, will establish a fact-finding
committee to dissect the events of the past 20 days. The final report
will be submitted to White House for publication. Both sides agree
there must be a pathway to negotiations with the objective of reaching
a final status agreement based on United Nations resolutions 338
and 242. As such, contact will be made by the sides within two weeks.
Mr. Clinton announced the parties agreed the statements made would
stand on their own and as such, the media was not permitted to ask
questions. Following Mr. Clinton's remarks, the summit was adjourned.
Israelis Flee London in Light of Death Threats
Anti-Semitism is on the rise in London, as a result of the increased
Islamic attacks in Israel. An Israeli couple which checked into
the London Hilton Hotel was horrified to see the words "death to
the Jews" written on a mirror in soap. The threat was written in
both English and Arabic. The couple took it quite seriously and
decided to check out and head for home the following day.
Officials report there were also swastikas written on the mirror.
The couple also received a threatening telephone call from a person
claiming affiliated with Hamas and Hizbullah.
The Israeli Embassy got involved and spoke with senior police commanders,
demanding increased action in light of the new wave of anti-Semitism
and distribution of hate literature. Meanwhile, London yeshiva student
and terror victim David Meyers is recuperating from his serious
wounds. He was attacked by Nabil Eddine on a bus earlier in the
week, and stabbed over his entire body over twenty times.
Israel Radio reported that Eddine was indicted on Wednesday in a
London court and is being held without bail.
Miracle in Gaza
A short time ago, a powerful explosive device was detonated in Gush
Katif near a bus which was transporting area residents. The blast
occurred near the "Tahane HaKemach". There was heavy damage to the
bus but no one was injured. The Bus was carrying grade school children
Attias recounted what happened:
"It was 6:30 PM, dark, and we had just passed the flour mill in
Gush Katif before an army post, along our regular daily route. Most
of the passengers were children, as usual, because what happens
is that when a convoy of cars gathers, all the passengers of the
cars board our bulletproof bus, leaving only the drivers to drive
their cars behind the bus. I was heading a large convoy. Suddenly
we heard a tremendously loud explosion. The doors opened, and then
seconds later, there was a very heavy volley of gunfire, with smoke,
you couldn't see a thing, things were flying in the bus, there were
screams of kids and women, and there were shots - it was bedlam,
but I couldn't pay attention because my only goal was to keep going
and get out, the bus was rocking from side to side, and somehow
I managed to go another 300 meters until the base and I realized
that everyone was OK. The bulletproof windows were blown out, and
so was the emergency door. The accompanying jeeps opened fire..."
'Foul-up' over tour ends in gun battle
Rabbi Binyamin Herling, 64, of Kedumim, was killed and four other
Israelis wounded during intensive gun battles yesterday when Fatah
activists and Palestinian security forces opened fire on a group
of Israeli men, women, and children on a trip at Mount Ebal near
Palestinians reported one dead and 11 wounded in the seven-hour
shoot- out, in which IAF attack helicopters participated, before
the settlers were rescued and taken to safety.
Calling the entire affair a serious foul-up, OC Central Command
Maj.- Gen. Yitzhak Eitan said last night that an investigation is
under way to determine who approved the trip, despite regulations
imposed for barring all trips in Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan
IDF troops encircled Nablus last night as Prime Minister Ehud Barak
met with top security advisers at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv
to discuss how to respond to the incident. One option discussed
was bombing the villages in the Nablus area from which the fire
CIA chief George Tenet telephoned Palestinian Authority Chairman
Yasser Arafat to ask him to do what he could to halt Palestinian
gunfire at Israeli targets.
With the 48-hour deadline for implementation of the Sharm e-Sheikh
cease-fire set to expire today, Barak last night stopped short of
calling the understandings dead. However, he said the incident was
a "flagrant violation" of the cease-fire.
"We didn't have any illusions when we went to Sharm e-Sheikh," Barak
said in a statement after the security meeting. "We are sober about
this and we know that this is a crucial hour. We are acting and
will act with all our might." Barak criticized Palestinians for
firing on the helicopters sent to rescue the wounded.
Eitan explained that as the group walked down the mountain facing
the Iskar refugee camp, armed Tanzim and Palestinian policemen opened
fire. The bus load of Jewish travelers included residents of surrounding
Samaria communities and of Jerusalem and Kfar Sava.
Police prepare to counter possible terror attacks
The national police force is making urgent preparations to deal
with the increasing possibility that terrorists will attempt an
attack against Israeli targets inside the pre-1967 borders of the
country. The defense establishment has received warnings of plans
to attack major urban centers - such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem -
with bombs, either placed in stolen vehicles or carried by suicide
bombers on their bodies.
Police Chief Yehuda Wilk said Thursday that the warnings that have
been received are general and do not include concrete information
about specific terrorist cells operating within Israel proper. Wilk
added that the public should continue its daily activities without
too much concern, but called on citizens to be on the lookout for
suspicious objects and individuals.
For The Week Of October 24, 2000
MIDDLE EAST EDGES CLOSER TO WAR
Events have been changing rapidly in the
Middle East, literally on an hourly basis. Our report today will
provide a synopsis of the events which have transpired since last
The Palestinians are continually failing to uphold the cease-fire
understandings reached at the Sharm el-Sheikh emergency summit last
week. More violence ensued at the end of the week and during the
weekend. Preparations for attacks, public incitement to violence,
continued mass demonstrations, shooting incidents and a lack of
security coordination by the Palestinian police have marked conditions
in Palestine and inside Israel.
A 14-year-old Palestinian boy was killed in a clash between Israeli
troops and 300 schoolchildren who were stoning an Israeli army base
near the Nisanit Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. Sunday afternoon,
Palestinians began shooting at Israeli soldiers north of Ramallah.
Arab-thrown rocks near Shilo lightly injured two Israelis. Palestinians
rioted near the Jewish neighborhood of Hebron and several Palestinians
were killed in fighting with IDF soldiers. Palestinians have been
shooting at Jewish homes in several cities. Cars and buses have
been targets of gunfire in various locations. Close to 25 Israelis
barely escaped being lynched by Palestinian mobs.
The Israeli Newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, ran a story on Sunday about
a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) report issued to President
Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Barak that President Arafat has
determined that violence should continue until a Palestinian state
Meanwhile, terrorists previously released from Palestinian Authority
jails are not being re-arrested as had been agreed at Sharm el-Sheikh.
The terrorists were originally held by the Israelis and had been
transferred to PA jails during an early part of the Oslo peace negotiations
and agreements. Arafat released the terrorists in retaliation against
Israel after the latest round of violence broke out following the
collapse of the Camp David talks.
Rhetoric between Israeli and Palestinian leaders has been growing
steadily more and more hostile. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak
called for a "timeout" in diplomatic negotiations with the Palestinians
on Sunday, due to the "language of threats" which resulted from
the Arab League Emergency summit in Cairo. Barak said the goal of
the timeout "will be to reassess the diplomatic process in light
of the events of recent weeks." Barak maintains the situation Israel
faces is more complex and complicated than anything it has faced
for some time." Barak indicated the timeout would last until the
Arafat rejected the timeout saying, "My response is that our people
are continuing on the road to Jerusalem, capital of the independent
Palestinian state, whether (Barak) accepts or does not accept, let
him go to hell."
The prime minister's timeout met serious opposition from some of
his own government ministers, among them Shimon Peres. The opposition
maintains that the government should remain engaged in the Oslo
peace process, and that the prime minister cannot legally decide
unilaterally on such an action.
Barak is calling for the formation of a national-emergency government.
Mr. Barak (Labor Party) and Mr. Sharon (Likud Party) met two nights
ago to discuss the option. Barak has ordered negotiators to meet
with representatives from Likud, Shas, Meretz and other parties,
and report back by the end of the week. Barak hopes to present the
Knesset (the Israeli parliament) with his new coalition when they
reconvene next week.
Earlier it had been anticipated that a resolution to dissolve the
Knesset would be introduced as soon as that body reconvened at the
end of its current recess later this month. This will be contingent
upon how successful Barak is in his efforts to reform a coalition
government. Discontent with the current government is high, and
the dissolution of the Knesset would result in elections within
90 days to form a new government.
In addition, there were reports that Prime Minister Barak would
begin issuing orders to implement a plan for physically separating
the Israeli and Palestinian populations, establishing permanent
barriers, sealing off Palestinian-governed areas with fencing, minefields,
and tanks, and thus allowing only a limited passage across the border.
Just the threat of this has infuriated the Palestinians. Palestinians
fear an economic disaster, as thousands of their people would be
prohibited from working in Israel if this were to come to pass.
Meanwhile, at the Arab League Summit, which took place in Cairo
over the weekend, Yasser Arafat said that Israel should lift the
siege on the Palestinian cities and withdraw from all Palestinian
and Arab territories, including Jerusalem, which he said was the
capital of their independent Palestinian state. He also repeated
his call for the return of refugees based on U.N. Resolutions 181
This is ironic, as U.N. Resolution 184 was the original 1948 resolution
calling for the partitioning of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.
The Arabs rejected this resolution at that time and subsequently
attacked Israel, threatening to drive the Jews into the Mediterranean
The Arab League summit issued a call for peace and severely condemned
Israel for the "slaughter of Palestinians." Some Arab speakers demanded
that all ties with Israel be severed, but this proposal was not
Late last week, the United Nations came out in favor of the Palestinians
and passed a resolution condemning "excessive use of force" by Israel
against Palestinian civilians. The measure was adopted by a 92-6
vote (46 abstentions). It supported establishment of a U.S.-led
inquiry into the origins of the violence and claimed, "Israeli settlements
in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, are
As the violence escalates between the Palestinians and Israelis,
Yasser Arafat's position as the Palestinian leader becomes more
and more shaky. A World Tribune report indicated that Arafat is
being defied by gunmen from his own Fatah party as well as by his
security chiefs. Unnamed sources inside the Palestinian Authority
indicated Arafat feels he is losing support within his security
forces and currently plans to replace several leading officials.
Arafat believes the security chiefs have defied his orders to ensure
their own popularity with Fatah and Islamic militants.
Fatah gunmen have ignored orders to cease attacking Israel, instigating
instead a series of attacks; against Jewish settlers outside Nablus
and on an Israeli bus containing 37 tourists at Mount Ebal. When
Arafat ordered the Fatah gunmen cease-fire so that the injured could
be evacuated and tourists could leave the area, Arafat had to order
commando forces to intervene because his men wouldn't stop.
Arafat's "paranoia" may not be unreasonable. More extreme Palestinian
terrorist groups such as Hizbollah and Hamas are seeking to capitalize
on the failure of the peace talks to renew war against Israel. Any
pretext allowing them to do so may find Arafat's control being swept
aside. On Friday, as the Arab League summit met in Cairo, the Hizbollah
called on the Middle East's Arab leaders to open their borders to
anti-Israel militants, to supply Palestinians with weapons and to
sever relations with the Jewish state. Hizbollah also called on
Arab leaders to support the Palestinian uprising.
The situation now occurring was anticipated by our staff at the
beginning of this year. It was recognized that once the niceties
of the early Oslo negotiations were passed and the hardball issues
got thrown on the table, neither side would be able to budge. At
that point, they would all recognize that nothing more was to be
gained by peaceful negotiations.
As always, the possibility of another war in the Middle East raises
the specter of prophetic fulfillment. Certain prophecies, such as
the total destruction of Damascus predicted in Isaiah 17:1, are
still unfulfilled. However, Israel has been through five wars since
it was established as a nation, and yet may not fulfill this prophecy
even now. Whether the current situation will have prophetic significance
remains to be seen.
Over the entire Oslo peace process, the Arabic language media have
constantly been issuing inflammatory anti-Israeli rhetoric. Most
of this is never picked up and translated by the largely English-language
western press. This last week has seen no exception as calls for
the destruction of Israel echo once more through the region. It
would seem that despite all the "peace negotiations," attitudes
have not changed, and the prospects for peace are further away than