Arab nations officially condemn Jerusalem bombing
But many blame Israel for provoking attack
July 31, 1997
Web posted at: 2:18 p.m. EDT (1818 GMT)
From Cairo Bureau Chief Gayle Young
CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) -- Israel's Arab neighbors were quick to officially condemn Wednesday's deadly bombing of a Jerusalem market by militant Islamists. But individual opinions on the
Many Egyptians said they were upset by news of the bombing.
"I was saddened when I heard about it, just as anyone is sad
to see another dead or wounded," said one man.
Other Egyptians, though, harbor a deep hatred for the Israeli
"We are very happy at what happened in Israel," said another
man. "Their evil must be abolished."
The blasts, which killed 15 people -- including two
Palestinian suicide bombers -- and injured at least 170,
ripped through the packed Mahane Yehuda market, the city's
main fruit and vegetable market, as lunchtime shoppers
flocked to stalls.
The devastating attack followed news that the United States
had started efforts to revive peace talks between
Palestinians and Israelis. The talks have been on hold for
Arab leaders blame Israel for the deadlock. They remain
openly frustrated by what they perceive as Israel's
reluctance to negotiate.
Jordan's King Hussein said the latest bombings are a reaction
to the slow implementation of agreements Israel made with the
And Lebanon, which has not made peace with Israel, openly
blames Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the
"We don't like to see violence. We don't like to see
children and women and civilians killed. But I believe
Israel, the way she is acting, she is pushing the people to
do something out of their mind," said Rafiq Hariri, Lebanon's prime minister.
Egyptian leaders say they hope the bombing does not give
hard-liners on both sides an excuse to kill off the peace
"The important thing now, after expressing our condolences
and our sorrow for what happened, is to work to save the
peace process and to underline the importance of its
continuity," said Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa.
But for now the peace talks are once again on hold, as Israel
pressures the Palestinian Authority to find the terrorists
responsible and bring them to justice.
Israel imposed a closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip,
barring tens of thousands of Palestinians from jobs in
And Israel is warning that it may take military action
against Palestinian territories, including possibly sending
security forces into Palestinian-ruled areas, to ensure its
Israel warned Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to rein in
Palestinian militants if he wanted to keep Israeli soldiers
out of the Palestinian autonomy zones.
In the Arab world, there is fear that the cycle of violence
and retribution may spiral out of control.
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- Jerusalem Terrorist bombing Attack - The Israel Internet Terrorism Hot Line
- The Jerusalem Post Daily Internet Edition - Israel's English-language newspaper
- Virtual Jerusalem: News - daily news from Israeli newspapers, radio and other independent news sources.
- Palestine Times - a monthly political English newspaper that contains the Palestine news, world news, interviews and analysis
- Palestinian National Authority Official Website - news and information about Palestine's history, culture, economy, tourism, religion, and the Middle East peace process
- The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Islamic Association for Palestine - a non-profit organization dedicated to working towards a fair, just and comprehensive solution to the problem of Palestine
- IRIS: Information Regarding Israel's Security - a repository for information, maps and pictures that explain and demonstrate Israel's legitimate security needs
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