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Tuesday's horoscope for Ariel Sharon, born 2/28/1928. 7:49 a.m., Kfar Milal, Palestine:
Your mind should be clear today with lots of creative ideas floating through your head.
Your artistic side could be heightened, and you might be coming up with jokes, stories, or
pictures that you would like to get down on paper. You have many talents in the arts, but
sometimes you don't allow yourself time to express them. Try to let your ideas flow and
capture them somehow so that you can share them with others.
Palestinian Suicide Bombing in Afula
By VOA & IsraelNationalNews.com
A Palestinian suicide bomber has killed at least four people and injured around 48 others.
The bomber also died in the blast in the northern Israeli town of Afula. The bomber set
off the explosion at the entrance to a shopping mall, after being blocked by security
guards and shoppers standing in line. Israeli police sealed off the area and all the
wounded have been taken to hospitals.
According to eyewitnesses, a female suicide bomber was responsible for the bombing. She
approached the entrance to the shopping center and, when she aroused the suspicion of
security guards, she detonated her charge at the mall's entrance. It is being theorized
that she came from the nearby PLO-controlled area of Jenin. Large IDF and police forces
are currently combing the area. In addition, roadblocks have been set up around Afula to
search for accomplices of the suicide bomber.
The militant Palestinian group, Islamic Jihad, an organization dedicated to Israel's
destruction, has claimed responsibility for the attack. The bombing came despite a
stringent closure imposed by Israel on the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The mayor of Afula, Yitzhak Meron, said the attack might have been prevented with the
completion of a security fence around the West Bank. He urged the government to speed up
the development of the barrier, which is now under construction, in a bid to prevent
Palestinian attackers from crossing into Israel. The bombing in Afula was the fifth such
attack in the past three days.
Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement, another organization that has vowed to destroy
the Jewish State, has been linked to the first four bombings.
Earlier Monday, another Palestinian riding a bicycle blew himself up alongside a
military jeep in the Gaza Strip, wounding three soldiers. The suicide terrorist sidled up
to an IDF jeep and blew himself up. The attack occurred near Kfar Darom. On Sunday, at
least seven Israelis were killed on a commuter bus by a Palestinian suicide bomber.
Amid the wave of attacks, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon postponed a planned trip to
Washington. He was to have met President Bush at the White House to discuss the
international road map to peace plan. The plan is supported by the United States, Russia,
the European Union and the United Nations. It calls for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state by 2005.
President Bush said he was confident the Middle East peace process could go forward,
despite the bombings in Israel. He said that he remains committed to the new U.S.-backed
Middle East peace plan. He says despite the bombings, he has no intention of putting the
so-called "road map" on the shelf.
"The road map still stands. The vision of two states existing side by side in peace is
a real vision, and one that I will work toward," he said.
Bush acknowledged it would not be easy. He said it will take a lot of work to bring the
violence to an end, but stressed he is not giving up. "We are still on the road to peace,"
he said. "It is just going to be a bumpy road. And I am not going to get off the road
until we achieve the vision. People in the Palestinian Authority who care for peace must
work with us to fight of terror. People in Israel who care for peace will work with us to
fight terror," he said.
He also urged Arab and European nations to play a strong role, urging them to cut off
funding and support for terrorist groups that seek to subvert the peace process.
He mentioned no names, and appeared careful not to level too much criticism on the new
Palestinian Prime Minister, Mahmoud Abbas. The Bush administration had linked the release
of the road map to his confirmation by the Palestinian legislature. Spokesman Ari
Fleischer said Abbas still has the president's support.
"In the president's judgment, there is no question the new Palestinian prime minister
thinks differently about peace and about reform. He is a reformer, he is a man who wants
to move in the direction of peace and work with Israel well," he said.
The White House spokesman drew a distinction between Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian
leader Yasir Arafat. He said the terrorists are enemies of Mahmoud Abbas, while Arafat has
done nothing to help the peace process.
Palestinian Terror Cell Planned to Hijack Jerusalem Bus
It was released for publication Monday morning that a plan to hijack an Israeli bus
full of passengers and bring it to PA-controlled areas was thwarted last week. The
would-be perpetrators: Israeli-Arabs from eastern Jerusalem.
The General Security Services and the Gidonim Unity of the Jerusalem Police worked
together to apprehend the eight-man Hamas cell. The terrorists were planning to hijack a
bus in N'vei Yaakov, a large northern Jerusalem neighborhood. Their plan was to hold the
passengers hostage and demand in return the release of Arab terrorist prisoners from
The police announced that the cell received its instructions from Hamas prisoners in
Ashkelon, who used the good offices of their visiting family members to send letters to
the cell-members. The cell had also planned to kidnap a soldier, and to rent an apartment
in northern Jerusalem to be used as an explosives lab and a kick-off point for attacks.
They had already managed to acquire combat materials before they were arrested.
The security services remain on high alert in light of the recent wave of terrorism and
continued warnings - and a closure has been re-imposed on Arab traffic from Judea, Samaria
and Gaza into the rest of Israel.
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