Second arrest made in Hebron market shooting
Talks continue; militant groups vow revenge
January 2, 1997
Web posted at: 3:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT)
HEBRON, West Bank (CNN) -- Israeli police arrested a second
soldier Thursday, accusing him of "passive collusion" in
Wednesday's Hebron marketplace shooting by another Israeli
Authorities said that 21-year-old Yuval Jibli, who served in
the same army unit as suspected gunman Noam Friedman, knew of
Friedman's plans for the attack and did not inform
Friedman was wrestled to the ground and arrested Wednesday by
Israeli security troops after he fired his M-16 rifle into
the crowded market, wounding seven Palestinians. The 22-year-
old orthodox Jew told police he was trying to sabotage talks
between Israelis and Palestinians over redeployment of
Israeli troops in the West Bank town.
broadcast in Hebrew on Israeli television
Wednesday evening, he said that he was not sorry nor did he
have regrets for the attack and that it was for the good of
Israel. The Palestinians -- women and children included --
are "not innocent. They hate the Jews," he said.
The two sides resumed talks after a brief delay Wednesday,
but by late Thursday no final deal had been struck. Earlier,
Israeli officials said that an agreement and subsequent
meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat were very likely on
Thursday, but Palestinians were less optimistic.
U.S. special envoy Dennis Ross, who has been shepherding the
current round of talks, was working to keep the two sides
together until an agreement is reached.
Market reopens; militant groups vow revenge
Hebron's Palestinian market reopened Thursday, a day after
Friedman opened fire on it.
"We will stay here, we will not let any Jewish settler drive
us out, this land was our grandfathers," a Palestinian vendor
Israelis ordered a heavy police presence for the marketplace
Thursday, and moved quickly to prevent young Palestinian boys
from gathering in groups.
In the wake of the shooting, militant Islamic groups vowed
revenge. The Islamic Jihad distributed a leaflet calling the
Hebron deal "an agreement of shame," and saying that the
marketplace shooting would spark more attacks on
"The crime of the enemy against innocent people will not pass
without punishment," one leaflet said.
Israeli news reports said that the militant wing of Hamas
also vowed to avenge the shooting.
Israel holds to issue of settlers' protection
While the Palestinians referred to the attack as Jewish
terrorism, Israel's Minister of Internal Security Avigdor
Khalani toured downtown Hebron and said that his principle
concern is still protection of the 450 Jewish settlers in the
heart of the Palestinian city.
"We have a problem how to give them the security and to
protect them," he said.
Israeli officials warned the Palestinians not to use
Wednesday's shooting to make additional security demands
during the Hebron talks, but Arafat hedged on the
Palestinians' next move. He called the shooting "awful" and
said that steps must be taken "to see that it be not
Some of the settlers, who claim a right to live in Hebron
near the tomb of Biblical patriarch Abraham, are not
confident that the situation will be resolved peacefully.
"There are crazy people on both sides," said settler Baruch
Friedman, accused of attempted murder and sedition in
the shooting spree, was expelled from a Jewish seminary not
long ago with a recommendation from his teachers that he seek
psychiatric help. Despite that recommendation, he was drafted
by the Israeli military.
His mother, Riva Friedman, called for calm from all sides.
"We believe in peace and tolerance between us and our Arab
neighbors," she said. "I don't know what happened to my son."
Jerusalem Bureau Chief Walter Rodgers and Reuters contributed to this report.
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