Bomb plot against Israel's
biggest skyscraper: In early May 2002, Israeli security
forces arrested a Palestinian group, based in Tulkarem,
which had been planning to plant a 1000 kilogram bomb in
the basement of the Azrieli twin skyscrapers in Tel-Aviv.
Bomb attacks on crowded passenger trains:
In mid-May a bomb went off by a passenger train
near Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael. A similar incident occurred
on a train track outside the Israeli town of Lod in late-June.
The intention in each case was presumably to derail if not
destroy the targeted trains.
Bomb attack on a huge oil and gas depot:
On May 23 2002 a bomb was detonated by remote control inside
the Pi Glilot gas and oil depot on the northern outskirts
of Tel-Aviv. The resulting fire was extinguished but if
it had caused a chain reaction the depot could have exploded,
costing thousands of lives. (See Beyond Images Briefing
5 – Close to Catastrophe)
The use of massive bombs: The
car bomb attack in early June on a passenger bus in Megiddo,
which incinerated the bus and killed 20 Israelis, was not
carried out by a suicide bomber carrying the weapon, but
by means of a car loaded with hundreds of kilograms of explosive.
Such attacks do not merely kill and maim, but turn their
target into a fireball. A few days earlier, IDF soldiers
detected and defused a 400lb bomb planted by the Gaza Strip
Jewish settlement of Alei Sinai - a device capable of causing
vast devastation if it had detonated.
Coordinated attack on 7 coastal Israeli
cities: Another Palestinian group intercepted by
Israel as part of Operation "Defensive Shield"
was reportedly planning a synchronised sequence of attacks
on seven coastal Israeli cities; and
Triple bomb plan in Jerusalem:
Another Palestinian group which was broken up was apparently
planning a triple bomb attack in Jerusalem (presumably similar
to the triple bombing of the main pedestrian mall of central
Jerusalem which took place in August 1997)
Comment from Beyond Images
The plans which Israel has thwarted in
recent months have aimed to kill thousands of Israeli citizens
in premeditated and carefully orchestrated attacks.
Israel's critics outside the country should
be cautious in describing Israeli security measures as "excessive".
Against such dangers, who is to measure what is or is not
a "proportionate" response?