Israeli Security Official Denies Cease-fire Deal with Palestinians

Published November 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

An Israeli top security official has denied there has been an agreement with the Palestinian Authority security apparatus to stop shooting at the Jerusalem settlement of Gilo, reported the Jerusalem post Wednesday.  

Head of General Security Service Avi Dichter was quoted by the paper as stressing, in letter to the residents of the settlement of Psagot north of Jerusalem, that he “would never accede to a deal,” in which the Palestinians would accept a cease-fire regarding Gilo, meanwhile “the Israelis would agree to a continuation of live fire at other Israeli settlements.”  

"It is inconceivable,” Dichter said, “ that I would ever consider such an absurd agreement to abandon Jews."  

The settlement has been a battlefield for fire exchange since the eruption of the current violence which was sparkled by the provocative visit of the Likud party leader Ariel Sharon to Al Haram Al Sharif on the 28th of September.  

Settlers have expressed resentment at what they consider the “uneven government response” to  

Palestinian sniping at the two settlements. 

According to the Palestinians, settlements are internationally illegitimate and a form of occupation that they have the right to fight and remove from their land –  




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