Sunday, October 5, 1997

After mtg. with Netanyahu, Labor Chmn. Barak says that the PM admitted approving Mishal's assassination. Though the government does not admit to the attack, the cabinet issues statement defending Israel's right to "fight terror without compromise." Newly released details suggest attackers sprayed a nerve toxin on Mishal; King Hussein threatened to break relations with Israel unless he received antidote, which Israel quickly supplied. Although King Hussein condemns the assassination attempt, he accepts the credential of the new Israeli Amb. to Jordan Oded Eran. (al-Ra'i 10/5 in WNC 10/7; MM, NYT, WP, WT 10/6; YA 10/6 in WNC 10/7; MM 10/7; WT 10/10, NYT 10/17)

An explosive device detonates in a s. Lebanon field, killing a civilian woman, child. Hizballah blames Israel. (RL, VOL 10/5 in WNC 10/7)