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October 21, 1994 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-10-21

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Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Jerusalem (JTA) — A political
firestorm has erupted here in the cut short a trip to the United
wake of this week's bus attack in Kingdom upon learning of the at-
Tel Aviv, with the opposition tack. Mr. Rabin, who first heard
blasting the government for not about the attack during an in-
cracking down enough on the terview on a local radio station in
London, blamed Islamic radicals
Palestinians.
Amid a mood of anger and for trying to destroy the peace
frustration at the third terrorist process.
"It is the continuation of the at-
attack to strike Israel in 10 days,
four opposition Knesset factions tempt by those who are the ene-
submitted no-confidence motions mies of peace, the extreme
Islamic terror groups Hamas and
in the government.
Likud Party leader Benjamin Islamic Jihad," he said.
Foreign Minister Shimon
Netanyahu warned that if Rabin
did not crack down on the Pales- Peres vowed that Israel "will not
tinians, he will be "personally re- hesitate to find those responsible
sponsible for a wave of disasters for this terrible action and to pre-
vent them in the future."
that will follow."
In Washington, President Clin-
The bomb exploded about 9
a.m. local time Wednesday, shat- ton termed the Tel Aviv attack
tering a Dan bus traveling north an "outrage against the con-
along Dizengoff Street in the science of the world."
The terrorist "violence is aimed
heart of Tel Aviv's shopping dis-
trict. The bomb also ripped apart at destroying the hopes of the
a second bus traveling in the oth-
er direction.
According to initial police re-
"Yassir Arafat is not
ports, the explosion killed at least
22 people and left over 40 wound-
lifting a finger
ed, some seriously.
Witnesses reported finding against the Hamas."
body parts strewn across the
Benjamin Netanyahu
streets of Israel's largest city.
Hamas, the Islamic funda-
mentalist movement opposed to
peace with Israel, claimed re-
sponsibility for the latest attack, Palestinian people as surely as it
is directed at the people of Israel. -\
as it had thci two earlier ones.
On Oct. 9, two Hamas mem- They must not be allowed to suc-
bers opened fire on a pedestrian ceed," said Mr. Clinton.
In the wake of the bombing,
mall in Jerusalem, killing two
the army sealed off the Gaza
and injuring 13 others.
That same day, Hamas opera- Strip and the West Bank. Au-
tives kidnapped Israeli soldier thorities had re-opened Gaza on
Nachshon Waxman, who died Monday, after closing it in the
along with his captors and Nir wake of Mr. Waxman's kidnap-
Poraz, an Israeli commando, last ping.
The attack came as Israeli and
Friday, when Israeli soldiers at-
Palestinian negotiators were
tempted his rescue.
Claiming responsibility for meeting in Cairo to discuss ex-
Wednesday's attack, an anony- panding autonomy in the West
mous caller to Israel Radio said Bank.
Israel has maintained that the
the bombing was in reprisal for
the killing of Mr. Waxman's cap- Palestinian Authority has done
tors during last Friday's rescue too little to rein in extremist Is-
lamic groups.
attempt.
Mr. Peres said Wednesday
Israeli authorities said they be-
lieved Wednesday's attack was that it was "too early" to say if Is-
the work of a suicide bomber who rael would move ahead with the
boarded the bus with more than peace talks.
In a statement from Gaza,
100 pounds of explosives. It was
unclear whether the terrorist had Palestine liberation Organiza-
the bombs strapped to his body tion Chairman Yassir Arafat con-
or whether the explosives were demned the bombing and
extended condolences to the vic-
carried aboard in a bag.
Police kept back bystanders tims of the attack.
"Pushing forward with the
and brought in bomb experts af-
ter a suspected second bomb was peace process and implementing
found at the site. According to Tel the rest of the agreement is the
Aviv Mayor Ronnie Milo, police only way to respond to the ene-
delayed removing bodies from the mies of peace who are getting
charred, twisted metal of the bus their support, their training and
because they thought the body of financing from well-known out-
the terrorist was booby-trapped. side parties," he said. ❑

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