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2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 6, 2001


Israel rockets Palestinian police


Islamic militant killed
when booby-trapped
public phone explodes
'BET LAHIYA, Gaza Strip - Israeli
helicopter gunships blasted two Palestin-
ian police buildings and a power station
.with rockets early today, retaliating for a
'PAlestinian mortar barrage against Jew-
ish settlements in Gaza and a farm in

The Palestinians

said the helicopter

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raid injured two people and cut power to
thousands of homes in the northern Gaza
Israeli Prime Minister'Ariel Sharon's
spokesman, Raapan Gissin, said Israel
would respond harshly to mortar fire on
Jewish communities. He said Israel
would target not only those who fired the
shells, but also Palestinian security offi-
cials who fail to prevent such attacks.
"The continued escalation leaves no
choice to the Israeli government but to
act relentlessly until the cessation of ter-
rorist acts and shootings and until the
Palestinian Authority assumes its
responsibility of preventing terrorist
actions," Gissin said.
Two Palestinian police installations
were hit by rockets in the town of Beit
Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip at
about 12:30 a.m. today. In a two-story
police building, walls and the ceiling
were damaged, and a large poster of
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was
scorched. Glass shards covered the floor.
Two people were hit by shrapnel, and
three were treated for shock, hospital
officials said.

It was the second Israeli rocket attack
on Gaza this week. On Tuesday, Israeli
helicopters and tanks struck Palestinian
police installations in several parts of the
Gaza Strip, after a mortar shell landed in
an Israeli settlement, critically wounding
a baby.
The Israelis attacked after mortar
shells fired by Palestinians struck the
Jewish areas. No casualties were report-
ed. It was the latest in a string of violent
incidents in the space of 24 hours, scut-
tling tentative efforts to resume contacts
and defuse the violence.
Yesterday, Iyad Hardan, a leading
member of the militant Islamic Jihad
group, was blown up when a booby,
trapped public phone he regularly used
exploded on the street outside the jail in
the West Bank town of Jenin where he
was held on-and-off by Palestinian
Palestinians immediately blamed
Israel for the killing, which came a day
after the sides held "argumentative" and
inconclusive talks on ending more than
six months of Mideast violence.
Israel named Hardan one of the most

dangerous members of Islamic Jihad,
and accused him of masterminding
major bomb attacks against Israel.
Without saying directly that Israel was
responsible, Sharon said, "sometimes we
will announce what we did, sometimes
we will not announce what we did," he
told a political meeting in Tel Aviv. "We
don't always have to announce it."
Hardan escaped from a Palestinian jail
in October, in the first days of the Pales-
tinian uprising. After a manhunt, he was
rearrested by the Palestinians, only to be
released in November. Israel says he
then orchestrated a December bombing
in northern Israel that killed two Israelis
and injured 60.
Hardan was arrested again by the
Palestinians, but has been allowed to
come and go from the jail. He went to a
university in Jenin yesterday morning
where he was studying history, and was
returning to the jail in the afternoon.
But before he entered, he made a call
from his regular phone, just a few paces
from the entrance to the facility, which
also houses offices of the Palestinian

Hopes fade for Bush's desired tax cut
Still struggling for votes, Republicans conceded yesterday that the budget
they plan to push through the Senate may fall short of President Bush's full $1.6
trillion, 10-year tax cut proposal.
GOP hopes for fully restoring Bush's plan began to fade after their effort@
win support from maverick Sen. James Jeffords (R-Vt.) seemed to flag.
Jeffords' vote had been considered pivotal in the Republican effort to erase
the blow that the Senate dealt Bush on Wednesday in voting to slice the tax
reduction to $1.15 trillion.
"I've about run that string out," Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.)
said of efforts to satisfy Jeffords. Jeffords has threatened to vote against Bush's
budget because he says it would shortchange special education to make room
for an oversized tax cut.
Jeffords did not rule out an eleventh-hour deal, saying, "I'm always open to
suggestions." But Lott acknowledged that Jeffords' resistance meant the tax
number may end up being below Bush's coveted $1.6 trillion figure.
"We're not in a bidding process. We're going to pass it. We're going to g
conference at whatever level the bill is at that time," Lott told reporters, refer-
ring to House-Senate bargaining on the final version of legislation.
Prime minister announces plans to resign
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, one of Japan's most unpopular
leaders in decades, told his Cabinet today that he will resign, but did not set a
date, the government's top spokesman said.
Mori had long been expected to resign. The ruling Liberal Democr
Party is planning to hold a leadership election later this month that wo
choose a successor. But today's announcement was the first time Mori had
directly said publicly that he would step down.
"I made up my mind to resign because I think it is necessary to tackle
mounting issues both at home and abroad under a new administration," Chief
Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda quoted Mori as telling the Cabinet.
The changing of the guard comes as Japan is struggling to overcome'a
decade-long economic slowdown. Stocks have slumped, unemployment is
near a record high and officials say a long-awaited recovery has stalled.
The LDP began preparations this week to hold elections on April 24 for e
new party president. The LDP president is almost guaranteed to become
prime minister because of the party's domination of Parliament.

Markets rebound
after earlier slumps
Stock prices shot higher yesterday,
propelling the Dow Jones industrial
average up more than 400 points, after
Dell Computer and Alcoa gave Wall
Street its first really good earnings news
in months. The advance was a welcome
relief for a market yearning for an end
to Wall Street's protracted slump. But
some analysts, noting that most first-
quarter earnings reports will still be dis-
appointing, cautioned that the market
remains vulnerable to declines.
The Dow rose 402.63, or 4.2 percent,
to close at 9,918.05. The index's run-up
was its second-largest daily point gain,
after the 499.19 it rose on March 16,
200Q. Despite the big advance, the Dow
has gained less than 40 points this week,
having plunged 392 over Monday and
Tuesday. The Nasdaq composite index
also soared, rising 146.20, or 8.9 per-
cent, to 1,785.00, posting its third-
largest daily percentage gain.
Russia turns away
Delta Airlines flight
A Delta flight from Atlanta to Japan
was forced back to the United States
after Russian air traffic controllers said
it didn't have permission to fly through
their airspace. The airline said it was an
isolated mixup and the problem was
Flight 55, carrying 203 passengers
and 15 crew members, was about 20
minutes into Russian airspace when the

controllers notified pilots the flight
lacked proper clearance, Delta Air
Lines said.
Some 9 1/2 hours into the flight, the
plane had to turn around and then fly 5
1/2 more hours to recross the Pacific
and land in San Francisco early yester-
Delta spokeswoman Alesia Wat
called the incident "a one-time err
that has been corrected. She said she
did not know what had happened or
how the problem was solved.
Bush backs bacteria
test for school meat
The Bush administration backed
away from a proposal to ease salmo
la testing requirements on meat or
school lunches, saying it was overrulr
ing lower level Agriculture Department
The administration reversed course
yesterday after the proposal made
front-page news, provoking criticism
from consumer groups already
angered by President Bush's with-
drawal of a standard for the amount
arsenic allowable in drinking water
a standard issued by President Clin-
"It makes for a very tough morning
when you open most newspapers in
this country and find a front-page story
that your administration is relaxing
standards on the safety of school lunch
programs," said Sen. Richard Durbin
(D-1Il.), who favors testing. "That's a
hard one to sell."
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