Friday, March 2, 2001

Israeli-Palestinian clashes continue, leaving 3 Palestinian dead, including a 9-yr.-old boy hit by IDF gunfire inside his home. A 4th Palestinian dies of injuries received earlier. The IDF tightens the closure on al-Bireh, Ramallah; shells residential areas of Brazil, Tulkarm. (HP 3/2; LAW, NYT, WP 3/3; LAW, WT 3/4)

Labor selects MK Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, a hawkish fmr. gen., to fill the post of DM in a unity government with Likud. MK Salah Tarif, a Druze, will become minister without portfolio, becoming the 1st non-Jewish cabinet mbr. in Israeli history. PM-elect Sharon is negotiating with smaller, right-wing parties to fill out the coalition. (NYT, WP, WT 3/3)