Palestinians in the Sheafat suburb of Jerusalem launched a fresh rock and firebomb assault Tuesday on Jerusalem”s light train, causing damage to the cars but no casualties. Once again, no one was arrested, although the attacks have been recurring almost daily in recent weeks. Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and District Police chief Yossie Parienti claimed earlier that Palestinian disturbances in the capital were dying down, because of police “restraint” on orders from the government.
Both officials admitted that the torching of the French Hill gas station and looting of its store two nights ago was “a very serious” occurrence. But they denied the police had avoided venturing into the neighboring Palestinian village of Issawiyeh to arrest the lawbreakers. This village is notorious for its anti-Israel violence.