Daily Israel Report

What P.A. Won´t Do, Israel Will

The Israeli army took out a top Hamas terrorist - Iyad Beck - at midday in downtown Gaza. No one else was hurt in the attack, though some sources say that a terrorist aide driving with him in the targeted car was wounded.
First Publish: 5/8/2003, 6:11 PM

The Israeli army took out a top Hamas terrorist - Iyad Beck - at midday in downtown Gaza. No one else was hurt in the attack, though some sources say that a terrorist aide driving with him in the targeted car was wounded. Beck, a bodyguard of arch-terrorist Salah Shehadeh, who was similarly targeted and killed last July, was behind 18 attacks, in which 19 Israelis were killed. He was on the verge of committing additional attacks in the coming days, and once tried to put together an Al-Qaeda terrorist cell.

Today's killing was the latest in a series of IDF successes in its counter-terrorism war in Gaza. On Thursday, ground troops killed three wanted brothers who belonged to a Hamas cell that launched Kassam rockets and planned and committed suicide attacks against Israelis. Two days before that, Nidal Salameh, Khan Yunis commander of the PFLP military wing, was killed in an IDF helicopter missile attack at his car. Last night, a Hamas terrorist was killed in an exchange of fire with troops in Gaza.

Two leading members of the terrorist group closest to the PA leadership - the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade - say that they will continue to use violence against Israelis. One of them, identified only as Jareera, told Knight-Ridder that his group's recent lethal attacks, were "warning shots" aimed at the peace process and the new PA government. Al Aqsa has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Kfar Saba two weeks ago that killed security guard Alexander Kustiuk, as well the suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv club last week that killed three people. "If they [the PA] try to dismantle us," Jareera said, "they will pay the ultimate price - we are talking of civil war."