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>JN Jan. 27, 1998, Vol. 6, Number 15
Israeli Arabs Arrested for Suspected Suicide Bombings
By Mark Lavie (VOA-Tel Aviv)
Israeli security forces have arrested two Israeli citizens who are
Palestinian who are suspected of planning suicide bomb attacks
Israeli security forces tied up traffic all over the country with
roadblocks on highways looking for two specific cars. The cars
were spotted at two roadblocks and the Palestinian drivers
They are suspected of planning suicide bomb attacks in Jerusalem,
possibly Monday. Investigators say they are members of Hamas, the
Islamic extremist group based in Gaza. But the two also are Israeli
citizens. About 20 percent of Israel's citizens are Arabs. In
recent years, their involvement in Palestinian extremist groups has
Israeli officials got the information about the bombers and the
cars from Yasir Arafat's Palestinian Authority Security Service.
Heads of Palestinian security gathered in Hebron overnight to
monitor the affair and update their Israeli counterparts. The
would-be bombers apparently started out from Hebron, heading for
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel must remain on guard.
"We are making constant efforts to stop terror attacks, with
considerable success. But we are well aware of the fact that this
effort must continue at all times, because the threat is
continuous. I hope we will be successful in the future as well."
Asked if the Palestinians are doing enough to combat terrorism,
Netanyahu replied, "They can do much more."
The joint effort to stop the Mamas bombers on their way to
Jerusalem is an example of security cooperation between the two
sides, at a time when Israeli and Palestinian political leaders are
barely on speaking terms.
Last week, Netanyahu and Arafat were in Washington but did not talk
with each other. Instead, they had separate meetings with President
Clinton. The two sides are competing for favor on the field of
American public opinion. Experts here say as part of the public
relations effort, it is in the interest of the PA to stop Hamas
terror attacks against Israel. Israelis charge that when the
Palestinians decide it is in their interest to allow attacks, they
During the weekend, the spiritual leader of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed
Yassin, appealed to Arafat to stop arresting his people. He charged
that Arafat is following orders from Israel and the United States.
Instead, said Yassin, Arafat should join Hamas in confronting
Israel with jihad -- an Islamic holy war.
Anti-Semites Say Jews are Behind Lewinsky Scandal
By ICEJ News Service
It had to happen: anti-Semites and foes of Israel have begun to
blame Jews and the Jewish state for the grave crisis now faced by
President Clinton, accused of having an affair with a young White
House intern -- and then allegedly urging her to lie about it.
Anti-Semitic Internet websites -- radical right-wing, fascist or
Muslim -- have started to make allegations about the Jewish
connection in the Monica Lewinsky affair, which may threaten
Ha'aretz quoted an Anti-Defamation League official as saying that
the accusations Clinton is facing could unleash a wave of
anti-Semitism in the US.
The 24-year-old former intern at the center of the allegations is
Jewish. On the other hand, there are Jews among Clinton's most
supportive staffers. Ram Emanuel, a former Israeli and Clinton
staff member, has taken a leading role in trying to limit the
Ma'ariv commented in an op-ed Sunday: "The day is not far off when
Palestinian propaganda will accuse the Mossad of 'planting' the
Jewish agent Monica Lewinsky in the bed of U.S. President Bill
Clinton." The reason, the editorial said, was to disrupt
Palestinian Authority Chairman Arafat's visit to the White House,
which occurred hours after the scandal broke in the public media.
Ma'ariv's prediction was several days late: Reuters reported Friday
that "some Palestinians, including radical Islamists, even saw the
scandal as a 'Zionist conspiracy' to give Israel an easy ride."
An article in Al-Ayyam said: "The exposure of this scandal does not
seem to have happened coincidentally but it is a plot aimed at
weakening Clinton or destroying his future. The timing at which it
appeared raised many question marks. Why did it come at the end of
Clinton's meetings with Netanyahu and before his meeting with
And Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin said the Zionists wanted "to prevent
the US president from exerting pressure on Israel, so they pushed
him into the sex trap so that if he turned to them for help they
would say: 'One thing for another. Don't exert pressure on Israel
and we will rid you of this problem.'"
Stone-Throwing on Arad-Beersheva Road
By IINS News Service
At least three cases of attacks against vehicles traveling on the
Arad-Beersheva Road have taken place. In two cases, the cars lost
control as a result of being hit by the rocks, and drove into
ditches. No injuries were reported but in all cases, the cars
involved sustained damage. Police did not apprehend the attackers.
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