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>PD Jan. 23, 1995, V3, #15
Fax a Prayer to the Tomb of the Patriarchs
The Jewish residents of Hebron situated in one of Israel's
holiest and most ancient cities feel a duty to be of service to the
entire Jewish world. Accordingly, a fax line has been set up for
anyone who wishes to have prayers or Kaddish recited at the Mearat
Hamachpela, where the Patriarchs and Matriarchs are buried.
Interested persons can fax their request or mail it to: Ma'ara Fax
Line prayer service, 972-2-929-333, Admat Yishi 2, Hebron 90100.
18 Israelis Killed by Hamas Suicide Bomber
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
In Israel Sunday morning a suicide bomber killed 18 people, most of
them Israeli soldiers, at a bus stop north of Tel Aviv. At least
65 people were wounded in the blasts from two bombs.
Two powerful explosions went off near a bus stop at the busy Beit
Lid junction, between Netanya and Haifa. The stop was crowded with
soldiers waiting to return to their units and civilians. The
explosions left a grisly scene in their wake.
One bomb was apparently strapped to the body of the suicide bomber,
and the second had been placed next to a building in the area.
Police say the bomber arrived in a bus from Jerusalem, departed and
threw the bomb at the people. He then blew himself up. Many of the
soldiers killed in the blast were members of a unit deployed to
guard bus stops.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin broke off a critical Cabinet meeting
discussing the future of Jewish settlements in the Israeli
territories, to fly by helicopter to the site of the blast.
"There is no doubt in my mind that this action now is another
attempt by the extreme Islamic terror groups to achieve their dual
goals, killing Israelis and halting the peace process."
The militant "Islamic Jihad" group has claimed responsibility for
the attack. Islamic Jihad is a small off-shoot group of the
radical "Islamic Resistance Movement," or Hamas. A statement
sent to an international news agency names two of its members from
Gaza as the bombers.
Islamic militants have carried out a series of similar attacks in
the past, including a bus bombing in Tel Aviv in October which
killed 22 people.
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat condemned the bomb attack, saying its aim
is to kill the peace process. But a Hamas spokesman in the Gaza
Strip, Dr. Saud a-Shawa, justified the attack.
"This is a reaction for the persistence of the occupation. And this
[is] proof for everyone in this world that the real peace [hasn't
been] achieved yet and the legal right and the normal right of the
Palestinian people to continue his [its] struggle and fight against
the Israeli occupation anywhere."
Opposition parties in Israel are calling for the immediate
suspension of talks with the PLO on extending Palestinian
self-rule. But a majority of the government ministers say they are
committed to continuing the process, despite attempts to undermine
Clinton Condemns Terrorist Attack
By Deborah Tate (White House)
President Clinton has condemned a double bomb attack in Israel
that has killed 18 people. In a written statement, Clinton said
those responsible will not succeed in their efforts to halt the
Middle East peace process. Clinton says he condemns "in the
strongest possible terms" a "horrendous act of terrorist
The president's statement says the incident was aimed at destroying
the hopes of peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Arabs.
Clinton, who has taken an active role in the Middle East peace
process, says those responsible "can not succeed, will not
succeed, and must not succeed in stopping the progress toward
It is a warning the president first issued during a visit to the
Middle East last October, after a suicide bombing in Israel that
killed more than 20 people aboard a Tel Aviv bus.
Clinton's statement on Sunday expressed American condolences
and sympathy to the families of the victims of the latest
violence, and called on those pursuing peace to condemn the
bombing and redouble their efforts to achieve a secure and
King Hussein Meets Arafat Thursday
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
A PLO delegation is in Amman, Jordan preparing for King Hussein's
meeting with PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat. Relations between the two
men have been strained lately and both sides now are looking for a
meeting of substance, not just style.
The summit is now expected to take place Thursday. The king and
Arafat will be looking at the peace process and the impact of their
separate peace deals with Israel. Both sides are seeking closer
coordination on the economic and security fronts.
The Palestinian Authority's economic chief is working on several
agreements to ease the flow of goods and people between Jordan
and the self-rule areas. Jordanian officials have complained
about the lack of coordination since the PLO made its autonomy
deal with Israel a year and a half ago.
Jordan and the PLO have also sparred over their future role in
Jerusalem. But the status of Jerusalem will not be discussed
until the final stages of the PLO-Israeli peace talks.
Iran Inaugurates New Nuclear Facility
Iran inaugurated a new nuclear facility near Teheran on
Thursday, Davar reported. According to a Radio Teheran report,
Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani attended the opening of the
new facility which is located approximately 23 miles northwest of
Teheran. Iran announced that the site is to be used for medical
purposes. Davar said that although the new facility is slated for
medical use, it could also be used in the production of nuclear
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