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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 22, 1995, V3, #153
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Economics Research Associates has been awarded a tender to plan an
entertainment park, under the auspices of the Tourism Ministry and
Israel Lands Authority based on Bible stories and Jewish History.
The tender includes conducting a feasibility study, planning an
overall program for the park. ERA, which has conducted studies for
Disney World and Universal Studios among others, was established by
the Walt Disney Corporation.
Five Dead in Jerusalem Bus Suicide Attack
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem), Deborah Tate (Wyoming)
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has suspended peace
talks with the PLO after a bus blast Monday in Jerusalem killed
five people and wounded more than 100. The explosion was
apparently caused by a suicide bomber. Reports say the militant
Islamic group Hamas claims responsibility for the attack.
The explosion on the double-length bus occurred in the middle class
Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Eshkol as the bus was passing a
high school during rush hour. The casualties would have been higher
had this not been school vacation. The bus was ripped apart, as
was a bus following it, scattering bodies around the site.
Within half an hour, a fleet of ambulances was taking the wounded
away to city hospitals. The authorities organized quickly to
cordon off the area, evacuate the wounded, and hold back the
crowds. As usual in such bombings, members of Israel's Jewish
Burial Society collected body parts for burial according to
Police believe the blast was caused by a suicide bomber, possibly
a woman. If true, the use of a woman for such a mission is a new
development, something that was condemned in the past when it
happened in Lebanon.
Israel Radio reported a man claiming to represent Hamas, the
Islamic Resistance Movement, said the group had prepared for a
war because Rabin had declared a war on Hamas. The authenticity of
the call has not been verified.
Police released the names of two of the five killed in the
explosion: Noam Eizenman, a 35-year old police officer, and Rivka
Cohen, a 26-year old student volunteer at Hadassah Hospital.
One of the bodies was identified as a female American tourist.
The police believe the sixth body found in the wreckage to be
that of the suicide bomber.
The bombing is the latest in a series of attacks aimed at
undermining the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.
Islamic militants, who have claimed responsibility for previous
bombings, believe the Israel/PLO peace agreement signed in
September 1993 is a sell-out.
When Police Minister Moshe Shahal came to the bomb scene, hundreds
of demonstrators jeered and threw stones. Demonstrators also
mobbed President Ezer Weizman when he arrived to calm the crowds.
In the past, Weizman has called for the peace talks to be
Rabin has temporarily halted negotiations for the final version of
the self-rule agreement with the Palestinians which is to extend
autonomy to the West Bank. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were
about to resume their talks when the bus bomb exploded.
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres says the talks have been suspended
to allow funerals for the victims, but the process will continue.
"I know it is very difficult. I know there are people and
organizations that are trying to stop and kill it. We shall not
submit to them either, we shall not submit to the terror that
kills, or to the terror that is trying to finish or to stop the
peace process. We shall continue."
In response to the attack, the Israeli army has closed access to
the West Bank and Gaza. The blast comes a day after Israel lifted
a 10-day closure on the Gaza Strip. The Israelis had been tipped
some sort of attack was being planned by Islamic militants.
This latest attack has touched off another round of questioning
the peace process in israel. Even Israelis who support the peace
process have grave concerns about their personal security. Israeli
hardliners who are opposed to the deal with the Palestinians say
this latest bombing is more evidence concessions will put Israeli
lives in danger.
President Clinton condemned Monday's suicide bombing, but
administration officials say the incident will not derail the
Middle East peace process. White house Press Secretary Mike McCurry
says Clinton expresses his deep sadness at the loss of life and
sends his heartfelt condolences to families of the victims of the
In a written statement released in the Rocky Mountain resort of
Jackson Hole, Wy. Where the president is vacationing, McCurry says
"these enemies of peace will not succeed." This statement says
the president, speaking in the name of the American people, joined
with the people of Israel in renewing the determination to work
together in the cause of peace.
The intention of the terrorists is to murder innocent civilians
just because they are Israelis, said Rabin. "We are facing a
difficult war against terrorists forces. This is a war against the
enemies of Israel and the enemies of peace. The time has arrived to
distinguish between the murderers and those who support a political
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