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Posted: 10/7/2001 6:59:32 PM EDT
Note the [u]remarkable[/u] lack of dancing and celebrating on the West Bank and in Gaza this evening. Could it be... [size=3][b]As Allies attack, and bin Laden threatens, Israelis check their gas masks[/b][/size=3] Channel Two reported that U.S. President George W. Bush called Israeli Prime Minister about one hour before the Allied attack on Afghan targets. Sharon reportedly offered Bush Israel's continuing assistance in any way required, an offer which Bush reportedly accepted. The conversation was described as friendly, as the two sought to put behind them any lingering bad feelings in order to focus on the war against terror. A spokesman for Sharon said Sunday evening that Secretary of State Colin Powell had updated the prime minister over the last three days with regard to the timing of the assault. "We wish the president and the American people success and we will extend whatever assistance we can," the spokesman said, emphasizing, however, that Israel was not part of the operation against Afghanistan. Bush told Sharon that this attack is only the first phase in the war against terror," said Ra'anan Gissin, a close Sharon aide. "All the necessary measures have been taken to ensure the protection and defense of the citizens of Israel against whatever kind of attack may ensue," Gissin said at a press conference. "Israel and the prime minister wish Godspeed and good luck to the forces who are now conducting this war against terrorism," Gissin told a news briefing on Sunday. [u]Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres praised the U.S. attack on Afghanistan Sunday and expressed Israeli support for the campaign. "I think that all us, first of all, are praying for the welfare of the American army and its allies,'' Peres said on Israel's Channel Two[/u]. "It is a brave decision by the president, along with a very convincing and touching speech," Peres said, referring to Bush's televised address as the attack got under way. He said that America not only had a technological advantage but also moral superiority in the conflict. [b]By contrast, Reuters reported that senior Palestinian officials said that the Palestinian Authority, which condemned the September 11 attacks in the United States, [u]would have no immediate comment[/u] on the start of what Washington calls its "war against terrorism."[/b] However, the IDF's Home Front Command, in charge of Israel's civil defense, is holding an emergency session to confirm strategies for dealing with a possible missile strike against Israel. Security experts also expressed concern that the American offensive might trigger a larger wave of terror attacks, both by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and by Hizbullah from Lebanon. * * * Likud Minister Tzipi Livni said Israelis should continue conducting their lives as normal, just as they were "one minute before the attack." [u]Referring to Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, Internal Security Minister Uzi Landau (Likud) said that [b]the U.S. attack was proof that "military means" could be used to defeat terror[/b][/u]. He called for increasing pressure on Arafat and initiated actions against the Palestinian Authority and the terrorists that it harbors. * * * [url]http://israelinsider.com/channels/security/articles/sec_0113.htm[/url] Eric The(MaybeTheyOnlyDanceToCertainTunes)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 10/7/2001 7:12:24 PM EDT
This is "all quiet"?
2 Killed in Suicide Attack; Fighting Persists By STEVE WEIZMAN .c The Associated Press JERUSALEM (Oct. 7) - A Palestinian bomber blew himself up and killed one Israeli on Sunday, marking the first suicide attack in nearly a month and dealing another blow to a tattered truce. Also, a Palestinian was shot dead and three were injured in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron. Palestinians blamed Israeli troops, while Israel said it was part of an internal Palestinian dispute. Israeli troops entered two Palestinian neighborhoods in the city on Friday and have remained for the past three days. Neither Israel nor the Palestinians want to be seen as abandoning the cease-fire, but the violence has not abated since the truce was declared Sept. 26. More than 30 Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed since the truce. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Cabinet issued a sharply worded statement Friday telling Palestinian militants that attacks on Israel were undermining the truce and worked against Palestinian interests. Also, Palestinian security forces said they have detained at least six suspected militants in recent days. Those taken into custody include two activists from the Islamic Jihad movement, detained Sunday in the wake of the suicide bombing. However, Israel has named more than 100 suspects it wants arrested, and the actions by the security forces have not halted the attacks. In northern Israel, a Palestinian bomber approached the Israeli agricultural settlement of Kibbutz Shluhot on foot. When an Israeli in a car drove up to confront the Palestinian, he detonated his bomb, killing them both, said Israeli police spokesman Gil Kleiman. Palestinian security sources said the bomber was a 17-year-old high-school student, Ahmed Daraghmeh, and a member of Islamic Jihad.
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Link Posted: 10/7/2001 7:13:23 PM EDT
Islamic Jihad did not comment on the attack. However, it and the Hamas movement have carried out more than 20 suicide bombings during the past year of Mideast fighting. With Arafat urging Palestinians to cease fire, there had been some speculation that militant groups might halt suicide bombings inside Israel, at least temporarily. But Sunday's attack - the first suicide bombing since Sept. 9 - showed that such attacks have not been abandoned. Meanwhile, Israeli tanks and troops maintained their hold on two Palestinian neighborhoods in Hebron for the third day in a row Sunday, making it the longest Israeli presence in Palestinian territory since Israel started handing over parts of the West Bank and Gaza in 1994 under interim peace accords. Israeli forces moved into the hilltop neighborhoods early Friday, after Palestinians fired on crowds of Israeli visitors marking a Jewish holiday in Hebron. On Sunday, there were sporadic exchanges of gunfire, witnesses said. At one point, four Palestinians traveling in a taxi came under gunfire, leaving one dead and three wounded. Palestinians said Israeli troops did the shooting, but Israel's military said it was part of a feud among Palestinians. Meanwhile, south of Hebron, two Israeli Cabinet ministers, greeted by some 3,000 Jewish settlers, announced plans to build a new Jewish neighborhood outside the existing settlement of Beit Haggai. The expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is an incendiary issue, bitterly opposed by Palestinians. The two ministers, Public Security Minister Uzi Landau and Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi, were cheered by the settlers. More than 200,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank and Gaza, areas the Palestinians are demanding for a future state. Also, Israel said Sunday its security forces arrested Suleiman Ahmed Rizek, from the Palestinian village of Hizma, near Jerusalem, suspected of planning ''terror activity in Israel'' for the Lebanon-based Hezbollah militia. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office issued a statement that said Rizek received money and orders to gather intelligence about Jewish settlements near his home. Hezbollah denied the charge in a statement from Beirut, Lebanon.
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Link Posted: 10/7/2001 7:44:22 PM EDT
Sorry, [b]ArmdLbrl[/b], but I was referring [u]solely[/u] to street dances and other forms of merriment as we saw 26 days ago, after the Attack on America. It's apparent that the inhabitants of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip do not particularly care for the music being played today. Ergo, no dancing, no joyous tra-la-las. And, of course the terrorists are making life hell for the Israelis, but nothing out of the ordinary about that! Eric The(TerrorismIsTheBackdropOfIsraeliLife)Hun[>­]:)]
Link Posted: 10/7/2001 8:14:59 PM EDT
Oh, I see, no there was none of that today.
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