A Palestinian resident of Jerusalem rammed a bulldozer into dozens of
vehicles on Tuesday, injuring 16 people before being shot dead by
police. VOA's Jim Teeple reports.
For the second time this
month a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem has gone on a bulldozer
rampage in Jerusalem, attacking cars and buses before being shot and
The incident took place less than a kilometer away
from the residence of Israel's President Shimon Peres who was holding
talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the time. Mr. Peres
says Israel needs a reliable Palestinian partner to fight such attacks.
"Needless to say the two of us condemn any sort of terror," he
said. "We cannot accept it as part of our life. I think the Israeli
forces will do whatever they can to prevent it in the future and get
the help of partners, if there are partners to do it."
incident closely mirrors a bulldozer rampage on July 2 in which a
Palestinian killed three Israelis in the commercial heart of the city.
attack also took place less than 200 meters from the King David Hotel
where President Bush stayed during his two visits to Israel this year
and where the presumptive Democratic U.S. Presidential nominee Barack
Obama is staying during his visit to Israel which begins on Tuesday.
At a news conference in Amman, Jordan shortly before he arrived in
Israel Obama condemned the attack.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also spoke out strongly against the attack following his meeting with Shimon Peres.
Mr. Abbas says any kind of attack on civilians of any kind should always be condemned.
Abbas's meeting with Mr. Peres was the first ever between a Palestinian
president and Israeli head of state. The two men said their discussions
focused on reviving stalled peace talks between the two sides.