Settler Kidnapped - Presumed Dead
[14.01.01] Ronnie Tzalach, of the Israeli Kfar Yam settlement in Gush
Katif in Gaza, went missing Sunday afternoon. His cellular phone and other
personal belongings were found in the greenhouse where he worked. The IDF
initiated a search for Tzalach, closing roads and using helicopters.
A tracking device, attached to his car, emitted a signal indicating that the vehicle
was located in Khan Yunis, which is under Palestinian Authority control.
Aharon Tsur, a spokesman for the settlers, told Israel Channel One television
early Sunday evening that Tzalach was alive. "We know this from our
Palestinian sources," he said, calling on the Israeli government to take steps to
ensure he was returned alive. However, Israel Chann Two television announced
later that Palestinian sources believe that a body found in Khan Yunis is that
of Tzalach. His car was also found in Khan Yunis. Apparently, the kidnappers
had set fire to it.
Two Reports - Different Reality
[13.01.01] A Palestinian was killed during disturbances on Friday
in Hebron. The following two reports illustrate the different realities
of Palestinians and Israelis.
From the IDF spokesperson:
IDF Spokesperson: Explosive Charge and Shooting Toward an IDF Force in
12 January 2001
An explosive charge was thrown today at an IDF force in Hebron, followed by
shooting toward the force. The force pursued the shooter, a Tanzim activist,
shot toward him and killed him on the boundary line between areas H1 and H2
The shooter's corpse and pistol were taken by the Israeli security forces to
Upon completion of examination the corpse it will be handed over to the
From the Palestinian Law Society:
Israeli forces stationed in the Beit Hadasa enclave in
Hebron killed a Palestinian man on Friday afternoon. According to
documentation available to LAW, 23-year-old Shaker Hasouney
was shot in the mouth and the chest during clashes after Friday prayers.
The incident took place in downtown Hebron; sources also said that
Israeli soldiers penetrated the area controlled by the PNA, (H1).
Hasouney is a resident of East Jerusalem who lived in Hebron.
Sources also reported that the Israeli soldiers dragged the Palestinian man
on the ground for 150 meters after he was shot; they did not provide him
with any medical aid.
Settlers Ordered to Leave Outposts
[13.01.01] Israeli settlers who had occupied outposts near Ofra and
Beit El were served on Friday with evacuation orders and the IDF
declaried the sites closed military areas. The two outposts were
established in response to recent shooting attacks by Palestinians Mevo
Ofra was established on the day following the murder of Benjamin
Kahane, son of Rabbi Meir Kahane, and his wife.
The settlers in Beit El residents, said they planned to remain there until
the IDF took over the site, which they said the army had abandoned.
Ofra residents said they had no intention of willingly leaving their outpost,
which they claim falls within the projected boundaries of their settlement.
Iran to Aid Lebanon
[14.01.01 Iranian President Mohammad Khatami met today with Lebanese
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Khatami pledged aid in Lebanon's reconstruction,
according to the government Islamic Republic News Agency.
Khatami said, that since Lebanon had resisted the atrocities of the Zionists (Israel) on
behalf of Arab and Muslim countries, it is the duty of all Arab and Islamic states to
help reconstruct the country, and that Iran would help reconstruct Lebanon in
accordance with its religious, revolutionary and national duty.
Palestinians to Execute More Collaborators
[14.01.01] Palestinian Justice Minister Freih Abu Medein said Sunday that
10 to 15 more Palestinians would be brought to court for collaborating with
Israel. He said the collaborators would be tried in the same was as those
executed in the past few days. "It must be understood that the Palestinians
are in a state of war," Abu Medein said. Right-wing Israeli sources believe
that there could be as many 2,000 executions planned.
Arafat and Peres meet at Erez crossing to discuss Peace plan
Israeli Minister for Regional Cooperation Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority
chairman Yasser Arafat met near the Erez crossing in Gaza last night. The two were s
cheduled to join the talks being held by negotiating teams from both sides, and aimed
at airing the sides' reservations over U.S. President Clinton's bridging proposals,
and on efforts to reduce violence in the territories.
Both sides realize there is no chance of reaching a peace agreement during the
remaining week of Clinton's presidential term. Clinton said on Friday that he
was preparing to pass the ball to President-elect George W. Bush.
Israeli sources said that the meetings were not expected to
produce a breakthrough. The Palestinians sought to prove to the Americans
that they were willing to reach an agreement, while Prime Minister Ehud Barak
was aiming to take action to reduce the violence as well as to improve his
standing in the current election campaign.
Reported by Ami Isseroff
Sources: Ha'aretz Newspaper, ITV Channel 2, IMRA news agency