Settler Moderately Injured in West Bank Shooting Attack; Bush Says Nothing Changed After Arafat Article in NY Times

Published February 5th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

An Israeli settler was moderately injured during a shooting attack Tuesday between the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar and the village of Hawara, south of the Palestinian city of Nablus.  

 

The man was shot while traveling in his car, and was treated on the scene. He was later taken by helicopter to a hospital in central Israel.  

 

Earlier Tuesday, the occupation army positioned extra forces along roads in the area, after receiving warnings of possible attacks there. 

 

White House 

 

Meanwhile, the White House on Monday said a New York Times column written by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat “doesn't change anything,” and called upon him to make more concrete efforts to combat terrorism, according to AFP.  

 

Asked for US President George W. Bush's reaction to the op-ed published in Sunday's New York Times, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said, “That doesn't change anything for the president.” “The president continues to believe that Chairman Arafat has got to do more and to act in a concrete, lasting, meaningful, effective way to stop terrorism and to take action against terrorist groups in the Middle East.” 

 

In the column, Arafat explained the “Palestinian vision of peace,” noting that Palestinians are “ready to end the conflict” and sit down with “any Israeli leader, regardless of his history.” 

 

Arafat also condemned “terrorism” against Israel but said it was a symptom of the Jewish state's 35-year occupation of Palestinian land seized in the 1967 Middle East war, only parts of which have been handed over to Palestinian control. 

 

Peres 

 

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres dismissed on Monday the proposal to hold a general election in Palestine, according to Xinhua

 

He termed such elections "premature," because they would lead the region to what he called "a dangerous point." The Israeli Foreign Minister made the statement while answering reporters’ questions at the end of his meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York. 

 

"The general election is premature," Peres said. "If you have an election, you will have an electoral campaign, ...you will accelerate to a dangerous point."  

 

French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine reportedly made the proposal of the general election two days ago. (Albawaba.com) 

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