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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Nov. 5, 1996 V4, #202
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Israel Faxx will not be published Wednesday, 11/6/96
Arafat: "We Are in a State of War with Israel
About two weeks ago, in an off-the-record briefing which Arafat
held for Palestinian journalists in Ramallah, he said, "Know that
"we are in a state of war with Israel. I do not know what exactly
will happen with the negotiations, but we are at war and we are
prepared for it."
Israeli Minister Urges Government to Prepare for Syrian War
Former Soviet Jewish dissident Natan Sharansky, now Israel's
minister of trade and industry, urged the government to prepare for
war with Syria. In an interview published Sunday he said, "In light
of the Syrian threats, and they are very serious in my opinion, the
best way is to begin preparing the people for the possibility of
war." Syrian troop movements in Lebanon last month and a series of
military exercises have given Israel war jitters. Damascus said the
military action was only defensive.
Israel Remains on High Alert for Islamic Jihad Attack
Israel went on high alert Sunday for fear of a possible suicide
attack by Palestinian militants of Islamic Jihad, marking the
one-year anniversary of their leader's death. Islamic Jihad accuses
Israel of gunning down Fathi Shqaqi Oct. 26, 1995 in Malta. His
assassins were never caught. "We don't know the kind of attack, but
it could be an explosion, suicide, shots," said an official.
Israeli police said a car bomb might already have been smuggled
into Israel and its operators could be waiting for a green light to
carry out the attack.
Netanyahu Asks for Foreign Assistance to Avert Terrorist attack
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel has asked foreign governments to help restrain militant
Palestinian groups it believes are planning a terrorist attack
during the next few days. Israeli newspapers report, and officials
have hinted at confirmation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
asked the United States and other Western countries to pass appeals
to Syria and Iran, where militant groups are based.
The appeals reportedly asked those governments to restrain the
militant groups, and perhaps try to arrange cancellation of an
attack Israel believes may be imminent. Netanyahu says Israel has
information indicating what he calls "outside forces" are involved
in the alleged plan.
Israel says it has solid information about a militant, or perhaps
a group of them, who may have already entered Israel and who are
alleged to be planning a massive terrorist attack. Police have
eased controls at roadblocks in several parts of the country,
after causing huge traffic jams Sunday. But special patrols and
security checks remain in place at shopping malls and some large
office buildings. Senior officers say a substantial
behind-the-scenes effort is continuing to block any attack.
Security teams are reportedly checking bomb shelters and other
potential hiding places in an effort to find the suspected
The warnings and roadblocks kept many people away from public
places Sunday and Monday. But Netanyahu says a little
inconvenience and lost business is a small price to pay to
keep people safe.
"We have intelligence alerts about the possibility of terrorist
attacks inside Israel. We are taking the necessary precautions.
This requires a great deal of effort on our part. It causes a
discomfort to our citizens. But we expect them to, and they do,
show understanding for these discomforts."
Netanyahu also called on the Palestinian Autonomy Authority to do
more to help fight the militant groups. But the senior Palestinian
police officer says the Israeli alert is not necessary because the
militants do not want to do anything that could be blamed for
further delaying an Israeli withdrawal from Hebron.
Meanwhile, with talks on that issue stalled, tension continues to
rise in the Hebron area. Sunday, Palestinians accused settlers
near Hebron of firebombing a Palestinian house. Monday, a spokesman
for the Infrastructure Ministry confirmed thousands of new housing
units are planned for settlements near Tel Aviv -- a move that
would further inflame Palestinian anger.
But settlers elsewhere are planning demonstrations to protest the
new right-wing government is, in their view, not doing enough to
expand settlements and build new ones.
Rabbis Visit, Stones Continue Flying
The security forces arrested two youths from Kfar Hussan, near
Bethlehem. One of them is the brother of Hilmi Shusha, who died
last week after sustaining an injury while being chased by the
Security Officer of Hadar Beitar; the officer is being charged with
manslaughter. The IDF spokesman said that the two youths threw
stones at passing cars, and that they have already been released on
A delegation of rabbis, including Rabbi Yehuda Gilad of Kibbutz
Lavi and Rabbi Yoel Bin-Nun of Ofrah, paid a condolence call to the
Shusha family yesterday. Gilad told Arutz-7 they made it clear that
the visit was not to be interpreted as taking a political stand of
any sort, but that he and the other visiting rabbis grieve over the
death of any person, Jew or Arab.
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