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January 17, 1992 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-01-17

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Tel Aviv (JTA) — Defense
Minister Moshe Arens has
expressed serious concern
over the security situation
on Israel's northern border,
where it maintains a 50-
mile-long buffer zone
against incursions from
southern Lebanon.
Conditions have worsened
in recent months and there
is no guarantee they will
improve, even as Arab-
Israeli peace talks continue,
he told the Knesset's For-
eign Affairs and Defense
Committee last week.
Mr. Arens attributed the
deteriorating situation to
the growing strength of
Hezbollah, the Shi'ite fun-
damentalist guerrilla group
in southern Lebanon which,
he said, has reached a high
level of technological profi-
ciency.
According to Mr. Arens,
Hezbollah, which means
"Party of God," gets its ad-
vice and instructions from
Iran. It aims to derail the
current peace talks, he said.
His counsel tallies with in-
formation reported this fall
in Time magazine, which
said Hezbollah vowed to
fight Israel till the end, and
an op-ed piece by David
Halevy, co-author of "Inside
the PLO," published last
week in the New York
Times.
According to Mr. Halevy, a
secret deal was struck in
September in Lebanon by
high-ranking Iranian offi-
cials and leaders of Hez-
bollah.
In October, Teheran gave
$86 million to Hezbollah to
renew attacks on Israeli and
U.S. targets in the Middle
East, he said. Among the en-
suing attacks was a hit in
southern Lebanon that
resulted in the death of six
Israel soldiers.
Serious attacks are slated
to begin in early 1992, ac-
cording to Mr. Halevy.
Mr. Arens, in his Knesset
report, also said attacks
could be expected from ex-
tremist secular groups ac-
tive in the administered ter-
ritories, including those
headed by George Habash
and Nayef Hawatmeh.
Yassir Arafat's Al Fatah,
the largest group within the
Palestine Liberation Organ-
ization, is playing a double
role, the Israeli defense min-
ister said. It claims to sup-
port the peace process but at
the same time it mounts at-
tacks, he said.
Mr. Arens said intifada-

related security incidents
are declining because of a
general weariness among
the Palestinians and the
tougher, more sophisticated
methods introduced by the
Israel Defense Force under
Gen. Matan Vilnai, com-
mander of the central sector,
which includes the West
Bank.
The committee members
were briefed by a senior IDF
officer who provided a
statistical overview of the
intifada.
The Palestinian uprising
peaked in 1988, when there
were 2,380 security in-
cidents in the territories and
six Jews were killed.
In 1989, the number of in-
cidents dropped to 1,463,
with four Jewish fatalities.
In 1990, incidents declined
to 1,299 and one Jew was
killed.
But in 1991, the number of
incidents rose again to

Hezbollah, which
means "Party of
God," gets its
advice and
instructions from
Iran. It aims to
derail the current
peace talks.

1,709. There was also an in-
crease in the use of firearms
and explosives. There were
121 shooting incidents this
year, 124 terrorist explo-
sions and 88 hand grenade
attacks, the IDF officer re-
ported.
With respect to Palestin-
ian casualties, the officer
said the number of Arabs
killed by fellow Arabs now
substantially exceeds
fatalities inflicted by the
security forces.
This year, 74 Arabs were
killed by security forces,
compared to 238 killed by
other Arabs.
According to the statistics
provided by the IDF, that
has been the trend over the
last three years.
Security forces accounted
for 271 Arab fatalities in
1988, while 58 Arabs died at
the hands of other Arabs. In
1989, security forces killed
270 Arabs, while the
number killed by fellow
Arabs increased to 110. In
1990, security forces killed
93 Arabs, while other Arabs
murdered 212 of their
brethren.

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