TERRORIST KILLS THREE, WOUNDS DOZENS IN BUS ATTACK
29....An Arab Islamic suicide bomber killed three Israelis and wounded
dozens of civilians on a Tel Aviv bound public bus tonight. The
attack took place on Egged bus No. 823 which was in route from Nazareth
to Tel Aviv near Pardess Hanna, not far from an army base.
The lone Arab
terrorist apparently boarded the bus at Umm el-Fahm junction, according
to Northern Region police chief Cmdr. Ya'acov Borovsky.
which took place in the center of the bus, nearly blew the roof
and reduced the rest to a mangled skeleton. The body of a dead man
was left dangling over the edge of a shattered bus window. At least
nine people were wounded, but most were not seriously hurt.
Six terror victims
were taken to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera, one of them in moderate
condition, and the rest lightly wounded.
manifested by Islamic extremeists murders innocent men, women and
in the name of "allah" or the God of Islamic believers
who pervert the Islamic bible - the Koran
of a Jenin-area refugee camp spilled out into the streets to celebrate
and fire shots into the air when they heard of the attack, Israel
The bus driver
said the bomber, whom he described as well-dressed and well-groomed,
boarded the bus near an Israeli Arab town. A man who was driving
in front of the bus told Israel's army radio: "Suddenly I felt
our car fly forward...There was a huge explosion on the bus and
it split into many pieces."
Moshe Waldman said: "There are several dead people, three people
who are still at the scene."
Minister Ariel Sharon was informed of the terrorist attack as he
arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport. He announced that he will maintain
his scheduled flight to the United States tonight.
Sharon is scheduled
to visit New York and Washington to view US sites of Arab terrorism
and meet with US President George W. Bush.
and emergency medical personnel are presently on the scene. Prior
to the attack, the Sharon area had been placed on a high alert for
a terrorist attack.
has taken no action to prevent such attacks and is expected to condemn
this act of barbarism while continuing to order further terror attacks.
Arafat has recently been accused of "crimes against humanity"
and "genocide" by two separate groups representing terror
attack victims in a Brussels court.
spokesman Avi Pazner said the attack showed the Palestinian Authority
was trying to undermine US peace envoy Zinni's mission by "doing
nothing to stop terrorism."
Earlier in the
day, an Israeli soldier was killed and another seriously wounded
in a Palestinian drive-by shooting.
Thursday´s first terrorist attack took place at an Israeli
checkpoint on the border with Tulkarm in the West Bank. The Israeli
daily Ha´aretz identified the slain soldier as Yaron Pikholz,
20, from Ramat Gan.
Over 193 Israelis
have been murdered by Arab / Palestinian terrorism in the last 14
War on Terrorism
Senior ICT Researcher
The last wave
of coordinated suicide attacks by Hamas did not come in revenge
for the killing of Hamas leader Mahmoud Abu Hanoud or the accidental
death of five Palestinian children. These terrorist acts must be
considered in the context of America's war on terrorism, the inclusion
of the radical Islamic organizations Hamas, Palestinian Islamic
Jihad and Hizbullah on the updated US list of terrorist organizations
and US special envoy Anthony Zinni's mission in the region.
Over the last
months, Hamas has dealt extensively in its publications with the
US role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One analysis, at the
end of September, concluded that any effective and practical dealing
with the US must give less weight to its role in the region, and
try to contain and isolate it by disregarding its initiatives. It
also called to endorse the resistance program as the Palestinian,
Arab and Islamic strategic option and develop elements of power
by giving up once and for all the political settlement option, because
the American administration is "the patron and participant
in the Zionist project in the region."
claimed that the Palestinians could wait; as they are not in a hurry,
and have virtually nothing to lose: "There is nothing in the
Koran or the New Testament saying that the Arab-Israeli conflict
must be resolved during George W. Bush's term of office."
are aware that the successful end of the Afghanistan campaign and
the preparation of the second stage of America's war on terrorism
leave little time to achieve the movement's strategic goals. It
seems, therefore, that Hamas, acting as a vanguard of the most radical
forces in the region - Hizbullah, Iran, Syria and Iraq - is ready
to sabotage any hope of agreement, even if partial and temporary,
and possibly act as a catalyst for a more general anti-American
upheaval in the region.
Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat cannot claim now that he is, at
last, honest in his decision to clamp down on those who endanger
the "superior interests of the Palestinian people" and
therefore must be given the necessary time to arrest them (in a
friendly manner, if possible). Arafat is responsible for launching
the intifada, the liberation of all Hamas detainees, the cooption
of its leadership in the National-Islamic Front for the coordination
of the Intifada, the permission given for suicide bombings inside
Israel and mortar attacks from the Gaza Strip. It is also obvious
that his intelligence agencies knew about the preparation of the
last suicide operations: Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders announced
them clear and loud on the Gaza walls and in their TV interviews,
but Arafat did nothing to stop them.
therefore wage its war on terrorism on two fronts: It should give
priority first and foremost to the destruction of the Hamas and
Palestinian Islamic Jihad operational and strategic leadership and
give no respite to its militants, through precise targeted operations,
including the use of elite units in the heart of PA territory. This
should significantly reduce the threat of suicide and other attacks
in Israel's heartland, but also prevent the transformation of Hamas
as the leading political force in the territories and convey the
right message to the radicals in the ranks of Fatah.
As to Arafat,
it is clear today that as the PLO's historical leader, he is unwilling
and unable to change strategy and accept a historical compromise
which would include a painful compromise on Jerusalem and the renunciation
of the right of return for the Palestinian refugees. There is no
real "political horizon" for Arafat or with Arafat, but
only short-term unstable partial agreements.
Israel cannot expel Arafat from the territories: he would continue
to enjoy international recognition and a certain degree of support;
the Palestinian people would consider him a tragic hero but still
their leader; and he would do his utmost to maneuver the PA from
abroad. If some Arab or European leader should decide to bring him
back to Gaza in his helicopter, it is not certain that the Israeli
government will have the guts to stop him.
must follow a strategy of gradually weakening Arafat, limiting to
a great degree his freedom of movement outside the PA and waging
an organized propaganda war to convince the Palestinian people that
Arafat is responsible for their hardships. Arafat has always prevented,
by every means, the growth of a potential heir or an alternative
opponent. His internal weakening would permit, possibly, the appearance
of a new leader or of an organized opposition, which will bring,
in the long run, the necessary change in leadership.
After a year
of extremely violent conflict with the Palestinians, numerous victims
and socio-economic hardships on both sides, and growing hatred and
mistrust between the two peoples as a result of Arafat's policy,
our leaders must find the moral force to convey to the Israeli people,
as President George W. Bush did with the American people, the fact
that we are facing a long war, not only against terrorism, but also
to achieve peace.
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