STRIKES NETANYA - 3 DEAD, 50 WOUNDED
Takes Credit for Suicide Terrorist Attack
19......Arab terrorism against Israeli civilians continued today
as an Arab terrorist disguised as an Israeli soldier entered the
fruit market of Netanya and blew himself up. Initial reports state
that three people have been murdered in the attack with over 50
wounded being rushing to nearby hospitals.
A spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
(PFLP), a constituent member of the PLO, called up the Abu Dhabi
television station to take credit for the attack.
few minutes ago we got a message from 'the Battalions of Abu Ali
Mustafa' (part of the PFLP) taking credit for this operation,"
reported Leila Abu Odeh, the Abu Dhabi tv correspondent in the
has always been one of the main targets of Palestinian 'fedaiya'
(sacrificial) operations," said Abu-Odeh, adding, "the
Israeli authorities admit that they cannot supply 100-percent
protection to their citizens.
hospital hotline telephone numbers:
Hillel Yaffe Hospital, Hadera (1255166)
Laniado Hospital, Netanya (1255191)
Meir Hospital, Kfar Saba (1255199)
calling from outside of Israel, please dial country code
The PFLP was the organization that carried out the murder of Israeli
cabinet minister Rehav'am Ze'evi last year, and the perpetrators
of the murder were given refuge in Yasser Arafat's headquarters
in Ramallah which was placed under an Israeli siege until the
end of last month.
The siege was lifted as part of a diplomatic deal arranged by
the United States under which the murderers of the Israeli minister
were transferred to a jail in Jericho that would be supervised
by British authorities.
The head of the organization, Ahmad Sa'adat, was transferred to
Jericho, too, but he was allowed to live and work inside an office
with full freedom of movement, including telephone. Arab terrorism
is encouraged through the use of these "paper jails"
- with terror leaders able to coordinate future attacks under
the protection of Yasser Arafat. Arafat defended the deal at the
time, saying that Sa'adat had not been found guilty of any crimes.
US Vice President Richard Cheney has stated today that Arafat
cannot be expected to prevent all terror acts since many are coordinated
by other countries such as Iran and Syria. But wasn't the Arab
terror weapon ship Karine A headed to Gaza from Iran with the
logistical and documented support of Yasser Arafat? And if Iran
and Syria are "aiding and harboring terrorists" what
is the United States doing about it, as they warn the US public
to "expect" suicide attacks in the United States. Cheney
stated today that suicide attacks against United States and other
open societies are not a matter of "if" but rather a
matter of "when". Why is the United States again playing
a reactive role rather than a proactive role. If anything was
learned from Israel's Operation Defensive Shield it was to take
the war to the enemy - keep them on the defensive rather than
providing leisure time for them to plan and implement future terror
attacks against Western targets.
Hanan Ashrawi, a leading official in the Palestinian Authority
(PA) who appeared on Abu Dhabi tv shortly after the bombing today,
made no comment on the Netanya attack, preferring instead to condemn
Israel for forcing the expulsion of 13 Palestinian gunmen to Europe.
note to the Israeli Peace Now movement which you will probably
not hear from in the next few hours:
The PFLP does not want a peace treaty with Israel, does not want
the West Bank and Gaza - they want ALL of the land from the River
Jordan to the Sea. Yes - all we are saying is give peace a chance
- but please direct the Israeli public to an honest Palestinian
leader who has the guts to confront both the PFLP and Hamas! All
we are saying is look at the Israeli terror victims in Netanya's
hospital beds - Netanya is not a settlement but a coastal city
12 miles north of Tel Aviv inside the "green line".
least five of the wounded in today's attack in Netanya are in
serious condition, Yerucham Mendola, Magen David Adom spokesman
Israel TV Channel 2
police commander Aharon Franko said the bomber was apparently
wearing an army uniform.
was a powerful explosion," Yamin Yaakov, an injured worker
at the market told Army Radio. "I saw lots of things flying
in the air and blood."
Israel Defense Forces "Operation Defensive Shield" was
a direct response to a bloody and barbaric series of almost daily
Arab suicide attacks against Israel's civilian population. The
Operation has been judged a success given that Arab terrorism
and in particular, Palestinian suicide attacks have been drastically
who thought that the Palestinian terror campaign against Israelis
is over is completely mistaken," said David Baker, an official
at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office, speaking moments after
news of the blast was broadcast. "The Palestinian terror
campaign continues unabated, as does Israel's battle against terror."