A Jewish settler was shot dead by Palestinian fighters while he was driving Thursday north of the West Bank town of Tulkarem, Israel's Army Radio reported, cited by Haaretz newspaper.
The report said that the settler, whose identity was not immediately known, died of his wounds soon after arrival in Haifa's Ramban Hospital.
It said further details were being withheld pending notification of his family.
In another development, Israeli troops and police dispersed scores of settler demonstrators blocking the Jerusalem-Hebron highway near the site of a Palestinian ambush in which two female settlers were killed Tuesday, the radio said.
LITTLE HEADWAY IN ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN SECURITY TALKS; ISRAEL SHELLS PA BUILDING IN GAZA
Senior Israeli and Palestinian security officials made little headway in another round of talks Wednesday night as Israeli troops fired tank shells at a PA police post, injuring four, said reports.
The Israeli army said it fired tank shells at a Palestinian police post Wednesday near Beit Hanoun crossing (known to Israelis as Kissufim) in the Gaza Strip, from which heavy gunfire and anti-tank grenades had been reportedly directed at Israeli military positions.
The Palestinian news agency, WAFA, said four civilians were injured in the shelling.
A Palestinian security spokesman said two Palestinian police posts near the Kissufim junction were damaged by Israeli tank shells but no one was injured.
The security talks, several kilometers to the north on Wednesday evening, were held under US auspices, following a similar meeting in the West Bank on Tuesday in which both sides reported no progress, said Haaretz newspaper.
Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter and Israeli army southern command, Major-general, Doron Almog, met Gaza Public Security Director Major-General Abdel-Razek Al Majaydeh and Palestinian intelligence chief Amin Al Hindi for three hours in an office at the Erez crossing.
An Israeli defense spokesman said no real steps were agreed upon other than to have lower-level meetings between Israeli and Palestinian field officers in the next few days, Haaretz quoted him as saying.
In a statement, Majaydeh said he had passed on a series of requests for Israel to ease restrictions on Palestinian movement in the Gaza Strip, reopen Gaza airport and allow laborers and fishermen to work normally.
"We are awaiting an Israeli response to our legitimate demands," he said in a statement, cited by the paper.
The army imposed a closure of Palestinian areas early in the eight-month-old Palestinian uprising, in an effort to preempt bombings and other attacks by militants.
But Palestinians say this policy amounts to collective punishment that is crippling their economy.
Since the outbreak of the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict last September, Reuters reports that Palestinians have killed approximately 88 Israelis with weapons ranging from stones and knives to machineguns and car bombs.
In the same time period, according to Reuters, Israeli soldiers and armed Jewish settlers have killed 13 Arab Israelis and 448 Palestinians with weapons ranging from machineguns and tanks to US-made Apache helicopter gunships and F-16s.
Jewish author Noam Chomsky, who according to a New York Times Book Review article is "arguably the most important intellectual alive," has been quoted as saying: "State terrorism is an extreme form of terrorism, generally much worse than individual terrorism because it has the resources of a state behind it."
KATSAV MAY ASK BUSH TO GIVE ARAFAT ULTIMATUM ON VIOLENCE
Israeli President Moshe Katsav may ask US President George Bush Thursday to present Palestinian President Yasser Arafat an ultimatum over curbing "violence by Palestinian militants," said Haaretz.
He cautioned that continuing attacks on Israelis may force the Jewish state to abandon its limited ceasefire within the next few days.
Katsav, now visiting the United States for talks with Bush, said he had "no doubt that the Palestinian Authority and Yasser Arafat are interested in this escalation, they are interested in the increase in terrorism."
He told Israeli Army Radio that "In any event, in the coming days the government must weigh its options, and it could be that there will be no alternative but to change direction."
The radio said that in talks with Bush later on Thursday, Katsav was expected to ask his American counterpart to present Arafat with an ultimatum demanding that he order a ceasefire and a halt in terror attacks - Albawaba.com
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