10.0pt"> For the first time Yassir Arafat promised to try and stop terror attacks on Israeli civilians. But since the terrorists despise Arafat, this is unlikely to have much effect. Moreover, many in Arafat's own Fatah party are in favor of continuing the attacks, as does a bare majority of the Palestinian population.
A container, marked as full of toys, and destined for a Gaza Strip merchant, was searched by Israelis and found to hold weapons and lighters with a picture of Osama bin Laden on them. The Israelis can search all goods going into Gaza.