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Palestinians Shoot And Kill Israeli Driver In West Bank

November 7, 1993

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Palestinian gunmen attacked a car carrying a well-known rabbi Sunday and killed his driver. It was the second slaying in the occupied West Bank in as many weeks.

Rabbi Haim Druchman, a former legislator of the right-wing National Religious Party, was slightly injured, Israel radio said.

He was traveling near the Palestinian village of Beit Kahel outside Hebron when Arabs in a passing vehicle opened fire, the army said.

The shooting came a day after Jewish settlers rampaged in Hebron, smashing car windows and damaging a home and a shop, the army said. It was not clear what touched off their action.

The kidnap and stabbing murder of Haim Mizrachi from the Beit El settlement in October set off almost a week of settler riots.

News reports said four Arabs were injured in the Saturday’s unrest. The army reported one injury, a woman with glass cuts in her hand.

Violence in the occupied territories poses the greatest threat to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, stalled over a disagreement on Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Jericho.

The main sticking point is Israeli insistence on keeping some territory to ensure security for Jewish settlers.

Israelis and Palestinians are negotiating the implementation of a peace accord signed on Sept. 13 that outlines Palestinian autonomy to start in Jericho and the Gaza Strip.

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