Jewish settlers marched on a Palestinian village to avenge a reported gasoline bomb attack hours after Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir rejected a U.S. appeal to end Israeli settlement in occupied Arab areas.
Shamir, in London for talks with British leaders, dismissed a statement by U.S. Secretary of State James Baker calling on Israel to forswear annexation of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and to end Jewish settlement there."I think it's useless. It was useless," Shamir told reporters Tuesday.
Since the start of the revolt against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, home to 1.7 million Arabs, at least 487 Palestinians, including women and children, have been killed. Twenty Israelis have died.
Shortly after Shamir's statement, armed residents of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Shaarei Tikvah marched on the neighboring Arab village of Azoun, seeking revenge after a settler driving in the area reported a gasoline bomb thrown at her vehicle, security sources said.
Israeli settlers and Arab villagers hurled stones at each other until troops arrived to restore order.