Palestinian suicide bomber mastermind convicted (AP) Associated Press) By IAN DEITCH JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 06/27/12 1:02 pm ET)
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JERUSALEM – An Israeli military court on Wednesday convicted a Hamas
militant on charges of masterminding suicide bomb attacks that killed
dozens of Israelis and injured hundreds during a Palestinian uprising
in the past decade, the military said.
Ibrahim Hamed was found guilty in the killing of 46 people and the
wounding of more than 400 others. "He was responsible for some of the
worst terror attacks in the country´s history," the military said.
Hamed was found guilty of orchestrating bombings in a Jerusalem cafe,
the cafeteria at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and other public
places during the uprising that began in 2000. Israeli media showed
video from the court, where Hamed was seen smiling.
Sentencing was set for next week. The military prosecutor recommended
56 life sentences.
Also Wednesday, a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into an Israeli
police car in the West Bank, then attacked a security guard and tried
to grab his gun, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The
Palestinian was shot and taken to a hospital in Jerusalem. "Police
are investigating the incident and believe it was an attempted terror
attack," Rosenfeld said.
In another development, Israeli and Palestinian officials said they
expect Israel´s new deputy prime minister to meet with Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas early next week in a bid to restart peace
Negotiations have been frozen for nearly four years because
Palestinians refuse to resume talks unless Israel ends settlement
construction in territories they claim for their future state. Israel
wants talks to start without any preconditions and says all issues
should resolved through negotiations.
An Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given
his deputy, Shaul Mofaz, the green light for the meeting.
Palestinian officials say they are ready to listen to Mofaz´s ideas
for resuming dialogue. Both sides confirmed on Wednesday that the
meeting is expected in the coming days. The officials spoke on
condition of anonymity pending a decision on a final time and place
for the meeting. (© 2012 The Associated Press 06/27/12)
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