|Israel Resource Review
||13th July, 2001
PLO War Plans Under Way
Correspondent, Yediot Aharonot
In Nablus, Jenin, and Gaza,they are preparing for war.
Officials in the Palestinian Authority fear that an Israeli invasion of PA territory will happen in a matter of days.
Their assumption is that Israel is waiting for an opportunity, like a
large-scale terror attack similar to the one at the Dolphinarium, in order
to recapture Palestinian territory and destroy the PA.
Commanders of Fatah and Hamas, and Palestinian army commanders as well,
have already begun military preparations to frustrate an incursion of
Israeli forces into PA territory. In Nablus, for example, they have begun
manufacturing weapons, including mortars, and a warehouse for ammunition
and weapons has been established.
According to Palestinian sources, Al-Najah University, considered a
Hamas stronghold and an institution that has produced 16 suicide bombers so
far, was closed after the attack at the Dolphinarium because of fear of
occupation or bombardment, and only this week was it reopened. The sources
also report that in Nablus, central figures in the city, including Hamas
men, have been placed under heavy guard, and that the operational offices
of the security organizations have been evacuated, along with civilian
The main points of the operational plan in case of an Israeli invasion
of PA territory were published in special Fatah and Hamas releases which
were recently given to civilian leaders and commanders of the
organizations, calling on them to be ready for combat.
The introduction to Fatah's plan reads as follows: "The coming days are
fateful, and we must be at a level of peak readiness in light of the
possibility of an invasion by the Zionist enemy into some of the lands of
the liberated homeland, in the framework of the criminal "Field of Thorns"
[IDF code name] plan . . . The role of the fighters will be not just to stop
the Israeli forces, but also to teach the enemy a different lesson than
that of the children of the stones, bigger than that of the children of the
The instructions that appear in the plan include the necessary
preparations for the struggle and the rules of behavior and engagement
against the Israeli army. The instructions reveal that the Palestinians
are preparing for a prolonged conflict, based on the assumption that the
Israeli forces will stay in Palestinian territory for a long period of
time. Alongside details of the rules of combat, the plan also includes
instructions on civilian matters such as medical care and food supplies.
In any case, according to the directives, all activities must be carried
out in full coordination with the branches of the Palestinian Authority.
Selections from the pamphlet released this week:
1. Members of Fatah and Hamas are requested to prepare "thousands of
firebombs, of the 'Molotov cocktail' and 'napalm' variety with the help of
experts." Hamas instructs its people to "amass hand-grenades and firebombs
and hide gas balloons and belts of explosives on roads and quality
targets." Hamas also directs its explosives experts to instruct the
organization's activists in the preparation of bombs, and calls on its
people to prepare belts of explosives that will be given, when needed, "to
any fighter prepared to die a martyr's death among the enemy's people."
2. Preparations for blocking roads includes creating "roadblocks and
obstacles by placing car wrecks, boulders, and containers on the sides of
roads where tanks are expected to pass," so that they can quickly be placed
on the road when the Israeli invasion begins.
Instructions for combat:
1. Ammunition should be used sparingly. Using light weapons against tanks
and APCs is forbidden; these should be attacked only with firebombs. The
use of light weapons will be to attack foot patrols.
2. Strategic points should be manned by fighters and "by anyone who wants
to die a martyr's death in order to block the advance of the occupation army."
3. An additional clause in the instructions for combat relates to planting
bombs on the sides of roads.
Intelligence and security:
1. Teams of lookouts will for formed to spot movements of the Israeli army
in areas where attacks are anticipated. The lookouts will report to
headquarters while being wary of rumors and basing reports on eyewitnesses
alone. All information should be checked with several sources, and only
then should the roads be closed. [ . . . ]
The article appeared on July 13, in Yediot Aharonot
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PLO Security Chief Mohammad Dahlan Interviewed:
"Most of the People in Israel Want War"
Just a few
weeks after Ma'ariv published my colleague Ben Caspit's
exclusive story about Arafat's instructions to kill settlers,
the Arabic translation of the story was placed on the desk of
Mohammed Dahlan, commander of the Preventive Security Service in
the Gaza Strip. And he, how could he not, got angry.
"I don't even want to respond to that. It is not connected to me. If
you, at the newspaper, think that Arafat reprimanded me for trying to
arrest Abdullah Shami, whereas at the time I was with Arafat in Portugal,
then write whatever you want. Anyway you write only what Sharon wants you
Question: And yet, I am asking whether Arafat gave instructions to kill settlers?
"Kill? There is no such thing. Only in your dreams. The chairman's
instructions about the cease-fire are very clear and have not changed."
Question: But it is enough for people among you to understand from Arafat that it
is permissible to attack settlers.
"They do not have to understand anything at all. Our people do not need
instructions from the chairman. As soon as they see the GSS and IDF killing
and abducting people, they don't care about the chairman's instructions.
They want to take revenge."
Question: But you have to admit that the settlers have become your main target.
"Whoever wants to take revenge does not distinguish between a settler
and a non-settler, and I am no longer trying to persuade the settlers or
the people in Israel. For six years I tried to convince you and it didn't
help. Now the entire people in Israel wants war. You want war? All right
then. What can we do, then?"
Question: Do you really believe that all the people in Israel want war?
"Most of the people in Israel. Maybe they don't want a world war, but
they treat the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority as an enemy."
Question: Is it perhaps because most of the Palestinian people view the Israelis
"I don't think so. Every day I see that the people here want to do
business with Israel and ask for exit permits."
Question: Then there is a contradiction in what you are saying. On the one hand
you are saying the Palestinians want to take revenge and on the other hand
they want to do business with Israel.
"Some of them. But at this time, most of the people here have the
impression that the IDF wants to destroy the Palestinian people, and they
Question: Why did you boycott some of the security coordination meetings?
"When the chairman instructs me to attend, I go. But these meetings are
not important. We can sit [and talk] like that for two years. Up until now
that Israeli government simply does not want to end the violence because it
does not want to address the real issues. If Sharon wanted, as soon as he
lifted the closure, opened the Allenby Bridge and the airport at Rafah,
people would have a reason to stop the violence.
"But if we continue to be locked up in the huge prison called the Gaza
Strip, then there is no difference as far as we're concerned whether we
live or die. What is the difference between living in Gaza now or dying in
the Intifada? It is the same thing."
Question: I have one simple question to put to you. Why can seven days not go by
without any violence and without the firing of one shot, so that we can
move on to the next stage?
"There cannot be even one [such] day. It is like giving a small child
the opportunity to prevent any agreement between us. After nine months of
violence, many people here have lost brothers or sons. We are interested in
stopping the violence, and we also have the ability to do so, but it is
also connected to your behavior, when you kill and abduct people from Area
You tell me, how can I go to the Palestinian people and tell them that
we have made progress towards peace, when this week alone 17 homes were
demolished in Rafah and more houses in Shuafat."
Question: But this week there was also a suicide bomber who came to Afula. Had he
blown himself up, everything would have fallen apart.
"As far as I am concerned, don't let anyone enter Israel. But you think
that what the IDF is doing in Gaza and the West Bank prevents a suicide
bomber from getting to Tel Aviv? 99% of the suicide operations took place
during the closure. The closure is only intended as punishment for the
Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people."
Question: I will ask again, why can the fire and attacks not be stopped for seven
"You explain to me how this can be done."
Question: You have 40,000 armed soldiers and policemen.
"Tell me how that is done on the ground, operationally speaking, when I
cannot even get to Rafah with my officers. And furthermore, when you
continue to kill, why would it be in my best interest to take action?"
Question: In 1996 you knew how to completely stop the attacks.
"That is true. Because then the whole world was helping us. I could move
freely. And I also had a political interest there. What is your Sharon
giving us now? He is giving us a closure."
Question: If the quiet would be maintained for seven days, Israel would begin
lifting the closure.
"Is Sharon capable of giving us seven days of quiet without killing us?
Can he ensure that the settlers do not kill and do not abduct?"
Question: He can.
"That is not true. Not a single day goes by without someone being killed
or wounded on our side."
Question: Your deputy, Rashid Abu Shabak, is distributing weapons and mortars to
"When were mortars fired?"
Question: Just two days ago, into an Israeli community.
"We pledged to stop with the mortars and we are continuing with that. We
succeeded in decreasing the firing, and we will stop it entirely. But you
continue to demolish homes. What do you want of us?"
Question: Islamic Jihad and Hamas continue to perpetrate attacks in Israel. Do
you understand that another attack like the Dolphinarium will cause
everything to fall apart?
"We will make every effort so that such an attack does not recur.
Believe me, we don't want the Israeli people to pay the price the
Palestinian people are paying because of the IDF attacks. I hope that
nothing happens in Tel Aviv, but the situation is a difficult one.
"I assure you that if tomorrow morning the Palestinian people wake up and
find that after nine months, the IDF has pulled back its APCs, opened the
roads and the airport and is allowing people to travel from Nablus to
Ramallah, do you know what will happen? That will be a positive shock, and
it will not harm your security. The IDF can do that. Otherwise, even Sharon
and Arafat will not be able to pull this wagon out of the mud."
This article appeared in Maariv on July 13, 2001
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The Associated Press Reveals the Lie of a Palestinian Doctor.
Relatives of Woman Who Gave Birth at Israeli Checkpoint Say They Were Not Held Up by IDF Troops
AP wire of July 12, 2001
Israeli soldiers did not bar a Palestinian woman in labor from passing an
Israeli checkpoint, her relatives said Thursday, refuting initial claims by
two Palestinian doctors.
The baby boy was born in a taxi at the checkpoint Tuesday, and was dead on
arrival at a nearby Palestinian clinic, the family said. A doctor said the
boy suffocated because the family members assisting in the birth did not
know how to keep his airway open.
The Israeli army had said in an initial response that the doctors' claims
were unfounded, but that it was investigating the case. The army reiterated
Thursday that soldiers did not bar the woman from passing the checkpoint.
The events began Tuesday afternoon at a remote Bedouin encampment in the
hills of the northern West Bank. Firial Dais, a resident of the encampment,
went into labor and her father-in-law, Ali, went to the nearest highway,
about 10 minutes away, to flag down a taxi.
Ali Dais, speaking to The Associated Press on Thursday, said it took him
about 30 minutes to find a taxi. He said he, his wife and daughter-in-law
got into the taxi and drove toward the village of Tubas which has a medical
En route, they came upon an Israeli army checkpoint, which was closed, to
Palestinian traffic at the time. Dais, 50, said he did not alert soldiers at
the checkpoint to the fact that his daughter-in-law was in labor, and when
pressed, had no explanation.
Dais also said he did not remember how many cars, if any, were waiting at
the checkpoint, adding that he was flustered by the situation.
The taxi had been waiting for about 15 minutes at the checkpoint when the
woman gave birth, said Dais, who was herding his flock of sheep Thursday
close to the village of Bardala, several kilometers (miles) from his
After the birth, the taxi driver walked up to the soldiers and explained the
situation to them. They (the soldiers) asked whether it was a boy or a girl.
They allowed us to pass, and we did, Dais said. The shepherd said that by
the time they reached the Tubas clinic, the boy was dead.
The director of the clinic, Dr. Abdel Hassan Daraghmeh, told the AP on
Wednesday that the taxi had been held up at the roadblock for an hour.
Asked to explain the discrepancy, Dr. Daraghmeh said Thursday that it was
the driver, not the woman's relatives, who informed him there had been a
considerable delay at the checkpoint.
The family's physician, Dr. Ghassan Hamdan, said initially that he delivered
the baby at the checkpoint after soldiers prevented the mother from
traveling to a hospital. But he later said he was not present for the birth
and only heard of the case second-hand.
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