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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug 23, 1995, V3, #154
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Likud-Labor Face-off Over Monday's Bombing
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
Israel and the PLO say they will continue their peace talks,
temporarily suspended after Monday's suicide bomb attack in
Jerusalem. Both sides say they remain committed to the peace
process. The militant Palestinian Islamic group Hamas took
responsibility for the blast that killed five people and wounded
Angry Israelis took to the streets in the evening after the
bombing, denouncing Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Thousands of
right-wing demonstrators tried to block road junctions throughout
More than 100 Israelis have been killed by Islamic militants
opposed to the Israel/PLO peace accord since it was signed in
September 1993. Each successive attack further erodes Israeli
public support for the peace deal with the PLO, and for Rabin, who
must call an election next year. Both he and PLO Chairman Yasir
Arafat have staked their political lives on making Palestinian
self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza a success.
The victims of the latest suicide bombing were two Israelis, an
American woman tourist and an unidentified man and woman -- either
of whom could have been the bomber. It was the third such attack
this year, and happened just as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators
were about to resume talks about finalizing the next stage of
After the bombing, Israel sealed off the West Bank and Gaza Strip,
preventing Palestinians from entering Israel -- and Rabin ordered
the temporary suspension of negotiations with the PLO. He said the
attack will not change his government's policy.
"This is the policy of the government. It is a painful day, but it
will not deter us to do both, fighting the extreme Islamic
terrorism and continue after the funeral services, the negotiations
with the Palestinians to move on."
Palestinian leaders condemned the bombing and say they also intend
to press on with negotiations.
Israel's opposition Likud party has again called for early
elections in view of what it says is the failure of the
government's peace policies. Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu
blames Arafat for stoking the fires of fanaticism.
Netanyahu says the government cannot continue negotiating with the
PLO as if nothing had happened.
"There has to be a complete change in policy. There has to be not
just a one day, two day, pro-forma suspension of these talks, but
a full cessation, and a rethinking of who we are, where we are
going, with whom we are going. The alternative of the government
will lead to a PLO/Hamas state with a PLO army that is supposed to
protect Israel against Palestinian terrorists."
Netanyahu says the Likud party's alternative is Palestinian
autonomy, in which Israel has complete control of security.
The Muslim militant group Hamas, which claimed responsibility for
the bombings said it would carry out more attacks until the Israeli
elections in November 1996. Israel's parliament, now in its summer
break, is likely to meet next week in special session to discuss
the domestic security situation.
Funerals Held for Two Victims of Monday's Attack
Police officer Noam Eizenman, one of five killed in Monday's
suicide bombing of Bus 26 in Jerusalem, was buried Tuesday at the
Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem. Police Minister Moshe Shahal,
National Police Chief Asaf Cheifetz and Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert
attended the funeral.
Another victim, Rivka Cohen, was laid to rest Monday. Jerusalem
school teacher Joan Davenny, 47, of Woodbridge, Conn., will be
buried in Israel after her family arrives from the United States.
Twenty-nine of those injured in the explosion remain hospitalized.
One person is listed in critical condition and four others are
listed in serious condition. Two bodies from the wreckage remain
unidentified as the police have received no missing person
Hundreds of people outraged at Monday's suicide bombing of Bus
26 demonstrated Monday in Jerusalem and at several road junctions
throughout Israel. Angry demonstrators blocked the Sandhendria
junction in Jerusalem and threw rocks at police, who had not
expected the large crowd.
One police officer was injured by thrown stones, and several
journalists and photographers were verbally and physically
confronted. "Even on this difficult day, people may not disturb the
daily routine in the city," said a senior police officer at the
At the site of the attack, local residents attempted to cross
through police barricades into the street while others threw
articles from their windows onto the police.
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