Israeli assault in Gaza 'violates accord'
Monday 04 October 1993
On 13 October a joint committee of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation is to meet to negotiate the details of an Israeli military withdrawal from Gaza and Jericho, due to begin in December.
But as Israel intensified its military operations, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have expressed doubts about the government's intentions to withdraw on Palestinian terms.
On Saturday Israel blasted houses in the Gaza Strip with rocket-propelled grenades in an attempt to flush out targets. Two alleged members of Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement, were killed and 16 suspects arrested, according to the Israeli army. Several homes were destroyed, bringing protesters on to the streets where only three weeks ago they were celebrating the news of an Israeli withdrawal. Yesterday parts of Gaza held a strike in protest at the operation.
As tensions have risen on the streets, a high-level political row has broken out over whether the Israeli action is allowed under the new agreement. But the declaration of principles, under which the Israeli army will gradually hand over responsiblity for internal security to a Palestinian police force, is vague.
The PLO chairman, Yasser Arafat, protested by letter to Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli Prime Minister, about the operations. 'Chairman Arafat considers the Israeli campaign in the occupied territories and especially in Gaza a violation of the spirit of the Israeli- Palestinian accord,' said Ziad abu Zayyad, a spokesman for Mr Arafat in Jerusalem. The PLO feels its crediblity is being called into question in view of Mr Arafat's assurances to Israel that the PLO would renounce violence. and its gunmen would lay down their arms. But some Palestinians believe Mr Arafat may be ready to temper his objections if the targets of the Israeli operations are Hamas.
Israeli army chiefs said yesterday their activities were specifically aimed at smashing Hamas gunmen and not at PLO factions which support the peace process.
Shimon Peres, the Israeli Foreign Minister, yesterday denied that the action was in breach of the agreement. He said there was nothing in the accord to say that Israel should stop its pursuit of wanted gunmen. 'On the contrary, there is an understanding that the PLO would also operate against the terrorists,' he said.
It will be for the new committee on withdrawal to rule on what actions can be taken by the Israeli military inside the occupied territories as autonomy is set up.
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Why this father didn’t hide his daughter’s heroin overdose in her obituary
- 3 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
Nepal earthquake in pictures: Photos show devastation caused by 7.8 magnitude earthquake
Nepal earthquake: More than 1,100 killed across four countries and in Mount Everest avalanche
Royal baby: Live updates as the wait continues for Duchess of Cambridge's second child
Hermann Goering's daughter fails to reclaim items looted by Nazi deputy during WWII
Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...
£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...