Talks to Resume Despite Kassam Attacks (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 01/26/05)
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Israel-PA talks will officially resume, announced the Prime
Minister´s Office this morning. A Palestinian-fired Kassam rocket,
one of several since Tuesday, killed a 5-year-old Arab girl.
Prime Minister Sharon called of all contacts with the PA less than
two weeks ago, following the multi-pronged terror attack at the Karni
Crossing that killed six Israeli guards.
Referring to today´s decision to renew the talks, Associate Prime
Minister Shimon Peres said this morning, "The disengagement plan
[from Gaza and northern Shomron] was designed unilaterally, but in
practice, it will become bilateral."
Talk of the "impending ceasefire" by the terrorists has all but
overshadowed reports of continued attacks over the past few days,
such as mortar shells and Kassam rockets. IDF officials report that a
preliminary investigation into the death of a five-year-old Arab girl
in Gaza today indicates that a Kassam rocket fired by Palestinian
terrorists fell short of its mark, and instead killed the girl.
In addition, two Kassam rockets were fired last night - one at a
western Negev community and another at the Kerem Shalom area in
southern Gaza. Arab terrorists in Gaza also fired two mortar shells
towards N´vei Dekalim. There were no casualties or damage.
Minister Peres said last night that it is "clear" to him that Israel
will have to vacate the Philadelphi Route – the border between Israel
and Egypt in southern Gaza under which smugglers tunnel in arms and
explosives. He said that security considerations are not the entire
story, and that diplomatic issues must also be taken into
account. "Israel will not be able to surround Gaza on all four
sides," Peres said, "and in order to allow it an open crossing
southward, Israel will have to withdraw its forces from the
Who will patrol and guard the border? "The Palestinians and Egyptians
will replace us there," Peres said. PA para-military policemen began
this morning, with Israel´s permission, to deploy along the
Philadelphi Route. (IsraelNationalNews © 01/26/05)
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