Operation Defensive Shield
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Operation Defensive Shield

3/29/2002

 
 
 
Operation Defensive Shield:
Special Update
March 29, 2002 - April 21, 2002

Background on Jenin    UN fact-finding team
Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
Court decisions    Press Briefings    IDF & Security Communiques
Palestinian documents      The "Arafat file"
Background Information     Soldiers killed in action

 
ISRAEL GOV'T STATEMENTS & DECISIONS
 
   DM Ben-Eliezer comments on resolution of events at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - May 10, 2002
Interview with Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on CNN Live Today - Apr 30, 2002
 Statements to the press by FM Peres and Romanian FM Geoana - Apr 28, 2002
 Cabinet Communique - Apr 28, 2002
 Statements to the press following meeting between FM Peres Turkish FM Cem, and Greek FM Papandreou - Apr 25, 2002
 DM Ben-Eliezer meets with EU Ambassadors - Apr 25, 2002
 Cabinet Communique - Apr 21, 2002
 Interview with FM Shimon Peres on NBC Meet the Press - Apr 21, 2002
 DM Ben-Eliezer meeting with US State Department team - Apr 19, 2002
 FM Peres to UN Sec-Gen Annan: Israel has nothing to hide regarding the Jenin operation - Apr 19, 2002
 Statement by Amb. Aaron Jacob, Charge D'affaires, to the UN Security Council - Apr 18, 2002
 DM Ben-Eliezer congratulates security forces on capture of Marwan Barghouti - Apr 15, 2002
 Humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians - Apr 15, 2002
 Remarks of Deputy FM Rabbi Michael Melchior at Israel Solidarity Rally - Apr 15, 2002
 Cabinet Communique - Apr 14, 2002
 Interview with Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on CNN - Apr 14, 2002
 FM Peres on the Fighting in Jenin - Apr 14, 2002
 Statements to the Press following meeting between PM Sharon and US Secy of State Powell - Apr 12, 2002
 Statements to the Press following meeting between FM Peres and US Secy of State Powell - Apr 12, 2002
 Pres. Katsav sends message to Pope John Paul II - Apr 9, 2002
 FM Peres on the Battle in Jenin - Apr 9, 2002
 DM Ben-Eliezer meets US Envoy Zinni - Apr 9, 2002
 IDF redploys around Kalkilya and Tulkarm - Apr 9, 2002
 PM Sharon's Address to the Knesset - Apr 8, 2002
 Cabinet Communique - Apr 7, 2002
 PM Sharon speaks with US President Bush - Apr 6, 2002
 FM Peres' Reaction to President Bush's Speech - Apr 4, 2002
 PM Sharon meets with US Envoy Zinni - Apr 4, 2002
 DM Ben-Eliezer meets EU Envoy Solana & Spanish FM Pique - Apr 4, 2002
 FM Peres Meets UN Envoy Larsen - Apr 2, 2002
 Interview by FM Shimon Peres on CNN Live Today - Apr 1, 2002
 PM Sharon's Address to the Nation - Mar 31, 2002
 Excerpts from interview with DM Ben-Eliezer on Israel TV Channel 2 - Mar 30, 2002
 Statements by PM Sharon and DM Ben-Eliezer following Cabinet meeting - Mar 29, 2002
Cabinet Communique - Mar 29, 2002

 
BACKGROUND ON JENIN
 
   Aerial Photographs of Jenin - April 2002
 The Jenin Combat Zone: Flash presentation
 Palestinian terror operatives arrested or killed in the Jenin refugee camp - Apr 23, 2002
 Suicide Bombers from Jenin - Apr 23, 2002
 Made in Jenin: Flash presentation
 Jenin - Capital of Palestinian Suicide Terrorists - IDF Spokesman, Apr 19, 2002
 Jenin's Terrorist Infrastructure - Background - Apr 4, 2002
 Israel Supreme Court decisions relating to the battle in Jenin - April 2002
 The Battle in Jenin The IDF Response to the Report by Amnesty International - November 2002

Personal accounts:

 Seven Lies About Jenin: David Zangen views the film "Jenin, Jenin" and is horrified - Ma'ariv, Nov 8, 2002
 An insider's perspective from the Jenin camp - Israel Insider, Apr 25, 2002
 The Palestinian Account of the Battle of Jenin - MEMRI, Apr 24, 2002
 Dr. David Zangen: "I Couldn't Stand the Lies" - Ma'ariv, Apr 22, 2002
 What happened in Jenin - from the mouth of a Palestinian bomb-maker - Apr 22, 2002
 Palestinian fighter describes 'hard fight' in Jenin - CNN, Apr 22, 2002


 
UN FACT-FINDING TEAM
 
   Statement by Ambassador Aaron Jacob, Deputy Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, at the Resumed Tenth Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly - Aug 5, 2002
 Israel's Reaction to the UN Secretary General's Report on Jenin - MFA Spokesperson, Aug 1, 2002
 UN Secretary-General's report on recent events in Jenin and other Palestinian cities - UN Press Release, Aug 1, 2002
 Report of the Secretary-General prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution ES-10/10 - July 30, 2002
 UN condemns Israel over Jenin, bombing spurs abstentions - Ha'aretz, May 8, 2002
 UN Secy-General disbands fact-finding team - Letter from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council - May 1, 2002
 Statement by Foreign Minister Peres - Apr 30, 2002
 Cabinet Statement on UN Fact-Finding Team - Apr 30, 2002
 Cabinet Communique - Apr 28, 2002
 Highlights of briefing by UN Secretary-General Spokesman - Apr 26, 2002
 Israel is seeking to delay the arrival of the UN committee - Apr 26, 2002
 Briefing by Alan Baker, Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Apr 24, 2002
 DM Ben-Eliezer on the UN Fact-Finding Team - Apr 23, 2002
 UN Secy-Gen Kofi Annan announces establishment of fact-finding committee - April 22, 2002
 Terms of reference for the UN team to Jenin - Ha'aretz, Apr 25, 2002
 FM Peres to UN Sec-Gen Annan: Israel has nothing to hide regarding the Jenin operation - Apr 19, 2002
 UN Security Council Resolution 1405 - April 19, 2002


 
CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY - BETHLEHEM
 
 

 DM Ben-Eliezer comments on resolution of events at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - May 10, 2002
 Results of IDF searches in the Church of Nativity and the IDF departure from Bethlehem - May 10, 2002
 13 Palestinian terrorists from the Church of the Nativity to be deported - May 10, 2002
 Agreement on Church of the Nativity and sequence of events - IDF Spokesman, May 9, 2002
 Terrorist Penetration and Armed Combat in Holy Places - Legal Perspectives - MFA, Apr 11, 2002
  Two Border Policemen wounded near the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem - Apr 8, 2002
 The Negotiations in the Nativity Church area - Apr 5, 2002
 IDF Spokesman announcement on IDF Activity in Bethlehem - Apr 4, 2002
 Terrorists take over St. Mary's Church in Bethlehem, Palestinian corpse left on the scene - Apr 3, 2002


 
ISRAEL COURT DECISIONS
 
   Evacuation of bodies in Jenin: Decision of the Supreme Court Sitting as a High Court of Justice - Apr 14, 2002
 Search for bodies in Jenin: Decision of the Supreme Court Sitting as a High Court of Justice - Apr 14, 2002
 Red Cross and Red Crescent: Decision of the Supreme Court Sitting as a High Court of Justice - Apr 8, 2002

 
PRESS BRIEFINGS
 
   Main Points of briefing by Col. Miri Eisin, IDF Intelligence Officer, and photos of staged funeral - May 2, 2002
 Briefing by Alan Baker, Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Apr 24, 2002
 Briefing by Col. Miri Eisin, IDF Intelligence Officer - Apr 23, 2002
 Briefing by Transportation Minister Sneh, Maj. David Zangen, Chief Medical Officer in Jenin, Lt.-Col. Rafovitch - Apr 21, 2002
 Briefing by Deputy PM Natan Sharansky, Col. Hilik Sofer, Lt.Col. Itai Landsberg, Maj. Rafi Laderman - Apr 19, 2002
 Briefing by Maj.Gen. Aharon Zeevi Farkash - Apr 16, 2002
 Briefing by Danny Ayalon - Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister - Apr 16, 2002
 Briefing by Minister Tzipi Livni, Maj. Gen. Amos Gilad, Amb. Yehuda Lancry - Apr 15, 2002
 Briefing by Minister Dan Meridor, Colonel Miri Eisin, Colonel Marcel Aviv - Apr 14, 2002
 Briefing by Danny Ayalon, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister, and Col. Hirsch, Head of Operations in the IDF Central Command - Apr 12, 2002
 Briefing by Amb. Nimrod Barkan, Special Advisor to the Foreign Minister, and Col. Miri Eisin, IDF Intelligence Corps - Apr 11, 2002
 Briefing by Brigadier General Ron Kitrey, IDF Spokesman on fighting in Jenin - Apr 9, 2002
 Briefing by Cabinet Secretary Gideon Saar - Apr 9, 2002
 Briefing by Matan Vilnai, Minister of Science, Culture & Sport, Brig.Gen. Shihur, Head of Operations IDF Northern Command - Apr 8, 2002
 Briefing on Humanitarian Assistance during the Current Events - Apr 8, 2002
 Briefing by Dep FM Melchior; Maj.Gen Harel, Head of IDF Operations Branch; Col. Miri Eisin, IDF Intelligence Corps - Apr 7, 2002
 Briefing by Maj.-Gen. Dan Halutz, Israel Air Force Commander; Mr. Danny Ayalon, Political Advisor to the Prime Minister - Apr 6, 2002
 Briefing by Maj.Gen. Giora Eiland, IDF Chief of Planning and Col. Miri Eisin, IDF Intelligence Corps - Apr 5, 2002
 Briefing by Minister Dan Meridor, and Colonel Miri Eisin of the IDF Intelligence Corps - Apr 4, 2002
 Briefing by Amb. Alan Baker, Foreign Minister Legal Advisor, and Brig.Gen. Ron Kitrey, IDF Spokesman - Apr 3, 2002
 Briefing by Amb. Dore Gold, Former Ambassador to UN, and Col. Miri Eisen, IDF Intelligence Corps - Apr 3, 2002
 Briefing by Minister of Justice Meir Sheetrit - Apr 1, 2002
 Briefing by IDF Spokesman Brig-Gen. Ron Kitrey - Apr 1, 2002
 Press Conference with FM Shimon Peres and Major General Giora Eiland - Mar 31, 2002
 Press briefing by Arye Mekel, National Media Center Director, Gideon Meir, Dep.DG of the Foreign Ministry for Information, Maj.Gen. Yitzhak Eitan, Commander of the IDF Central Command, Col. Gal Hirsch, Head of Operations in the IDF Central Command - May 29, 2002


 
IDF SPOKESMAN & SECURITY COMMUNIQUES
 
   IDF Spokesman website: Fighting Palestinian Terror

 The Battle in Jenin The IDF Response to the Report by Amnesty International - November 2002
 Inquiry into the Death of 13 IDF Soldiers in the Jenin Refugee Camp: Main Points - Oct 2, 2002
 Booby Trapped Mosque in Nablus - May 12, 2002
 Results of IDF searches in the Church of Nativity and the IDF departure from Bethlehem - May 10, 2002
 13 Palestinian terrorists from the Church of the Nativity to be deported - May 10, 2002
 Agreement on Church of the Nativity and sequence of events - IDF Spokesman, May 9, 2002
 Terrorist responsible for planning April 12 suicide bombing in Jerusalem arrested during Operation Defensive Shield - May 6, 2002
 Senior Fatah Leaders Describe Arafat's Link to Terrorism - May 2, 2002
 Palestinian Authority Security Services supplied guidance, weapons & funds to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in order to perpetrate terrorist attacks - May 1, 2002
 Palestinian Authority Security Services were involved in directing attacks and preparing bombs by Tanzim operatives in the Jenin refugee camp - May 1, 2002
 IDF Military Police Investigate Looting in the West Bank - Apr 26, 2002
 Marwan Barghouti's Connection to Terror - Apr 25, 2002
 Most Wanted Terrorists - Status Report - Apr 22, 2002
 Arrest of Fatah Tanzim Terrorists from Ramallah - Apr 22, 2002
 Arrest of Hamas operatives Khaled Doueb and Nassri el Zir - Apr 19, 2002
 The Arrest of PFLP operatives Khaled Halbi and Ali Abed el Rahman Mahmoud Jaradat - Apr 19, 2002
 Tanzim Fatah terrorist apparatus and its leaders were appointed by Yasser Arafat - Apr 18, 2002
 Involvement of Ziyad Younis, member of the Arafat's Presidential Guard, in terrorist activities - Apr 18, 2002
 Arrest of Husam Ataf Ali Badran, Head of the Hamas military wing in Samaria - Apr 18, 2002
 Louai Ouda, PFLP and Tanzim operative, was involved in the murder of Rechavam Ze'evy and other terrorist attacks - Apr 17, 2002
 Arrest of Nasser Aweis following IDF operation in Tubas District - Apr 17, 2002
 Explosive charge found in Bethlehem mosque and explosive belts in Ramallah - Apr 17, 2002
 Results of questioning of Hamas terrorist involved in suicide bombing of Park Hotel in Netanya - Apr 16, 2002
 Additional information gained in questioning terrorist suspects - Apr 14, 2002
 Involvement of the Palestinian Security Apparatus in Terrorism - Apr 14, 2002
 Ali Zafouri, a Senior Wanted Suspect, Surrendered to IDF Forces in the Jenin Refugee Camp - Apr 12, 2002
 Head of Palestinian General Intelligence in West Bank offers to smuggle wanted terrorist into Jordan - Apr 11, 2002
 Terrorist who planned Jerusalem suicide bombing killed in explosion in his car - Apr 11, 2002
 A woman terrorist, en route to carry out a suicide attack, arrested in Tulkarm - Apr 11, 2002
 Tabaat Mardawi, senior Islamic Jihad terrorist, surrendered to IDF in Jenin - Apr 11, 2002
 IDF Communiques - Apr 11, 2002
 Arafat approves the employment of terrorists in his security forces - Apr 10, 2002
 Results of questioning of Palestinian detainees - Apr 10, 2002
 IDF Soldier Killed in Jenin and Summary of IDF Operations Overnight - Apr 10, 2002
 Lies in the Palestinian Media - Apr 9, 2002
 Thirteen IDF soldiers killed and 7 wounded in IDF operations in Jenin - Apr 9, 2002
  Two Border Policemen wounded near the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem - Apr 8, 2002
 Humanitarian Safe Passage in Combat Zones in Judea and Samaria - Apr 7, 2002
 IDF Communiques - Apr 7, 2002
 Firing by Hizbullah at Ghajar village - Apr 6, 2002
 Yesterday's Strike on a Terror Squad in Tubas - Apr 6, 2002
 IDF Communiques - Apr 6, 2002
 The Negotiations in the Nativity Church area - Apr 5, 2002
 IDF Humanitarian Assistance to the Palestinians - Apr 5, 2002
 Attempted Break-in by Journalists to the "Mukata'a" Compound in Contravention of the Closed Military Order - Apr 5, 2002
 IDF operations overnight (4-5 April) in Judea and Samaria - Apr 5, 2002
 IDF Spokesman announcement on IDF Activity in Bethlehem - Apr 4, 2002
 IDF operations overnight (3-4 April) in Judea and Samaria - Apr 4, 2002
 Terrorists take over St. Mary's Church in Bethlehem, Palestinian corpse left on the scene - Apr 3, 2002
 Mass burial of Palestinians despite IDF facilitation of orderly burials - Apr 3, 2002
 IDF operations overnight (2-3 April) in Jenin and Salfit - Apr 3, 2002
 Provisions Supplied to PA Chairman Arafat - Apr 3, 2002
 IDF operations in Betuniya, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Bet Jala, Tulkarm and Qalqilya - April 2, 2002
 Summary of IDF Operations Overnight (1-2 April) in the West Bank - Apr 2, 2002
 IDF Spokesman Communiques - Apr 1, 2002
 IDF Activity in Ramallah - Summary of Inventory - Mar 31, 2002
 IDF Operation Overnight in Qfar Seida - Mar 31, 2002
 IDF reply to question about five Palestinian security officers killed - Mar 30, 2002
 Restoration of Electricity and Water in Ramallah - Mar 30, 2002
 List of weapons found at the Mukata compound in Ramallah - May 30, 2002


 
PALESTINIAN DOCUMENTS
 
   The "Arafat File": The Involvement of Arafat, PA Senior Officials and Apparatuses in Terrorism against Israel, Corruption and Crime - May 2002

 International Financial Aid to the Palestinian Authority Redirected to Terrorist Elements - June 2002
 The Fatah is harassing Christians in Bethlehem - IDF Spokesman
 The "Revolving Door" - The Release of 27 Hamas and Islamic Jihad Detainees - IDF Spokesman
 Where Do International Contributions to the Palestinian Authority Really Go? - IDF Spokesman
 The PA financed Fatah activities with money taken from its official budget: Documents - IDF Spokesman
 Beit Jala school premises converted into a center of terrorist activities against Israel: Documents - IDF Spokesman
 Saudi Arabia finances terror activities: Documents - IDF Spokesman
 The Fatah movement and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are one and the same: Documents - IDF Spokesman
 PA General Intelligence involved in Jerusalem suicide bombing: Documents - IDF Spokesman
 Palestinian Authority employs Fatah operatives involved in the perpetration of terrorist attacks: Documents - IDF Spokesman
 Tawfik Tirawi, head of the PA General Intelligence Service in the West Bank, is directly involved in terrorist activities: Documents - Apr 21, 2002
 Documents seized during Operation Defensive Shield linking Marwan Barghouti to terrorist activities - Apr 15, 2002
 Documents seized during Operation Defensive Shield linking Yasser Arafat to terrorist activities - Apr 15, 2002
 Request by Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades for funding by the Bethlehem Municipality - IDF Spokesman
 Involvement of Arafat and the PA in terrorism - IDF Spokesman
 Officers of the Palestinian General Intelligence Service had prior information about terrorist cell that carried out assassination of Minister Ze'evy - Apr 12, 2002
 Palestinian documents captured in Bethlehem
 Palestinian General Intelligence document captured in the Jenin area
 Captured Palestinian Authority document - intelligence report of the Head of General Intelligence in Tulkarm - IDF Spokesman, Apr 5, 2002
 Documents found directly connecting Arafat to terrorists and terrorist activities - IDF Spokesman, Apr 4, 2002
 Financial Report found in the Moukata compound in Ramallah - April 2, 2002


 
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
 
   Palestinian children's role in Jenin warfare - Nov 25, 2002
 Jenin - Capital of Palestinian Suicide Terrorists - IDF Spokesman, Apr 19, 2002
 Aerial Photographs of Jenin - April 2002
 Nablus - the Infrastructure Center of Palestinian Terrorism - IDF Spokesman, April 2002
 Information on Marwan and Ahmed Barghouti - IDF Spokesman, Apr 15, 2002
 Terrorist Penetration and Armed Combat in Holy Places - Legal Perspectives - MFA, Apr 11, 2002
 Lies and Disinformation as a Palestinian Weapon - Apr 10, 2002
 Details on Senior Wanted Terrorists - IDF Spokesman
 The Palestinian Authority's Possession of Arms in Violation of International Agreements - IDF Spokesman, Apr 7, 2002
 Palestinian lies as an integral part of the struggle against Israel - IDF Spokesman
 Jenin's Terrorist Infrastructure - Background - Apr 4, 2002
 Yasser Arafat's "Mukata'a" Compound in Ramallah - A Center for Controlling and Supporting Terrorism - April 3, 2002
 Information concerning detainees captured in the Palestinian Preventive Security Service Headquarters in Betunia - April 3, 2002
 The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades - International Policy Institute on Counter-Terrorism, Mar 24, 2002
 Tulkarem's Terrorist Infrastructure - Background - Apr 2, 2002
 Ramallah as a Center of Terror: Background Information - Mar 12, 2002


Soldiers who fell in action in Operation Defensive Shield:

Mar 29, 2002:
Lt. Boaz Pomerantz, 22, of Kiryat Shmona;
St.-Sgt. Roman Shliapstein, 22, of Ma'ale Efraim

Apr 1, 2002:
Sgt.-Maj.(res.) Ofir Roth, 22, of Gan Yoshiya

Apr 3, 2002:
Maj.(res.) Moshe Gerstner, 29, of Rishon Lezion

Apr 4, 2002:
Border Police Supt. Patrick Pereg, 30, of Rosh Ha'ayin
Sgt.-Maj.(res.) Einan Sharabi, 32, of Rehovot
Lt. Nissim Ben-David, 22, of Ashdod
St.-Sgt. Gad Ezra, 23, of Bat-Yam

Apr 5, 2002:
Sgt. Merom Fisher, 19, of Moshav Avigdor
Sgt. Ro'i Tal, 21, of Ma'alot
Sgt. Oded Kornfein, 20, of Kibbutz Ha'on

Apr 6, 2002:
St.-Sgt. Nisan Avraham, 26, of Lod

Apr 8, 2002:
St.-Sgt. Matanya Robinson, 21, of Kibbutz Tirat Zvi
Sgt. Shmuel Weiss, 19, of Kiryat Arba

Apr 9, 2002:
Maj.(res.) Oded Golomb, 22, of Kibbutz Nir David
Capt.(res.) Ya'akov Azoulai, 30, of Migdal Ha'emek
Lt.(res.) Dror Bar, 28, of Kibbutz Einat
Lt.(res.) Eyal Yoel, 28, of Kibbutz Ramat Rachel
1st Sgt.(res.) Tiran Arazi, 33, of Hadera
1st Sgt.(res.) Yoram Levy, 33, of Elad
1st Sgt.(res.) Avner Yaskov, 34, of Be'er Sheva
Sgt. 1st Class (res.) Ronen Alshochat, 27, of Ramle
Sgt. 1st Class (res.) Eyal Eliyahu Azouri, 27, of Ramat Gan
Sgt. 1st Class (res.) Amit Busidan, 22, of Bat Yam
Sgt. 1st Class (res.) Menashe Hava, 23, of Kfar Sava
Sgt. 1st Class (res.) Shmuel Dani Mayzlish, 27, of Moshav Hemed
Sgt. 1st Class (res.) Eyal Zimmerman, 22, of Ra'anana
Maj. Assaf Assoulin, 30, of Tel Aviv
St.-Sgt. Gedaliah Mellick, 21, of Jerusalem

Apr 12, 2002:
Lt. Dotan Nahtomi, 22, of Kibbutz Tzuba

 
 
 
 
 
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