Homicide Blast Kills Three in Tel Aviv
Monday, November 01, 2004
TEL AVIV, Israel — A 16-year-old Palestinian blew himself up in a crowded outdoor market in central Tel Aviv on Monday, killing three Israelis and wounding 32 in the first such attack since Yasser Arafat (search) left last week for medical treatment in France.
Arafat's absence has raised concern about instability among the Palestinians. Monday's blast — the first bombing since September — signaled that Palestinian militants are seeking to set the pace, not Arafat's aides, who have been trying to convey normalcy.
Israel has said that while the Palestinian leader is away it would show restraint in its battle with militants.
From his sickbed in a military hospital near Paris, Arafat condemned the bombing and "appealed to all Palestinian factions to commit to avoid harming all Israeli civilians, and he appealed to Sharon to take similar initiatives to avoid harming Palestinian civilians," Arafat's spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh said.
Abu Rdeneh relayed the statement to reporters as Arafat's wife, Suha, dictated it to him over his cell phone. Later, Arafat took the phone from his wife and asked Abu Rdeneh directly to make sure the statement was circulated. Abu Rdeneh told the 75-year-old Arafat — in France since Friday for treatment of an unknown disease — to take care of himself.
Virtute et Armis
"If you don't get the President of the United States on that phone, you're going to have to answer to the Coca-cola company."