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Interview on Colonel Miri Eisin "We feel at this stage along the way, our best assesment was that there were 200 Palestinian's fighting our Israeli troops in Jenin over the twenty days of fighting within the city. During the fighting itself, we estimate that over 100 were captured, and these are names of the top ones of Palestian Islamic Jihad and the Hamas were captured. In additon around 45 bodies recovered to date. Our estimate at this stage along the way is that there are around eighty Palestinian fighters... click for more    (ID • 1047)

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colonel miri eisin interview jenin defensive shield war warzone cameraman gary moore
Interview on Colonel Miri Eisin "We feel at this stage along the way, our best assesment was that there were 200 Palestinian's fighting our Israeli troops in Jenin over the twenty days of fighting within the city. During the fighting itself, we estimate that over 100 were captured, and these are names of the top ones of Palestian Islamic Jihad and the Hamas were captured. In additon around 45 bodies recovered to date. Our estimate at this stage along the way is that there are around eighty Palestinian fighters, terrorists within the rubble at the moment who were killed altogether including the ones that have been found and over a hundred captured and as I said at the beggining two hundred altogether, 100 captured, we think some got away, you can never seal off a camp hermetically." Press: Why was there such a big battle in Jenin and not at the other 5 cities? Colonel Miri Eisin " I think that there are two main reasons , The first is that Jenin is a city that we have entered into it for the third time, and within it is the hardcore terrorists, from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, they are the ones that have exported the most suicide bombers into Israel 28 suicide bombers, they call it the capital of the suicide bombers 23 of these exploded and they decided not only to fortify themselves they expected us to enter a third time but they chose to fight to death and in all of the other cities the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas, the Fatah who we consistently called for to surrender and the top honchos, as I call them, all did surrender. We have captured and detained the top terrorists of both Hamas, The Islamic Jihad and from Jenin itself and the other cities and they are now arrested in Israel. In Jenin they chose to fight and even though we called for them to surrender they did not, not only that but they booby trapped all those homes and today the irony, the cynical side is that they are trying to present it like we booby trapped the homes after we went in." Press: I talked to Muhammed Ghali he is saying that there is three hundred dead, we saw a thirty graves, 130. What would you say to this? Colonel Miri Eisen: "I think the Palestinian's are trying as much as possible to make havoc with the numbers I will quote Arafat himself said on live several international channels that there are five hundred dead. The Palestinians know themselves, how many people fought there, who is missing, the estimates we are saying now are low as I said 80 people altogether which is a harsh number, it is a large number of people who were killed, these were terrorists who fought against us, the graves that they found are the graves of the people that have been past to the hospital in Jenin after the high court in Israel's decision, because it went to the high court, all the bodies that the IDF found in the rubble before we exited the city were passed to Jenin. To date as we know right now 46 bodies, and I don't know about 30 graves, I know of 46 bodies went to the hospital in Jenin, some were buried right there, some were transported to other places. We know of two or three civilians within that, all the rest were terrorists with arms, 6 of those we found within the rubble had explosives belts around them, when we found their bodies." Press: Some of the had executing type wounds on them? What do you say to that? Colonel Miri Eisin: "I'd say as the world is suddenly expective of Israel that everything Israel does is wrong and everything we've done in there is something as it's been called even a massacre, which is what I would say in other words, is a cruel way to show such a harsh battle. 23 Israeli's and 75 Israeli's wounded, 80 Palestinians died, these are high numbers on both sides, there were no executions, not only have I spoken to the people who have fought in the camp and it was a very harsh fight. Infantry fighting in close urban battle is the hardest kind there is. There were no executions, I have seen worst things to me I have seen women posing as if they saw people lining them up, there is no truth to this as well as there is alot of false statements about what happened in Jenin. What they are doing is cynically using the destruction, and we have said there is destruction, and showing only the destruction and not talking about anything that has to do with the context. Jenin, the capital of suicide bombers, Jenin, where the different terrorists came out and exploded all over the state of Israel. We went in only to capture the terrorists and in all this operation about 100 Palestinians were killed , that's harsh, that's hard but I want to remind you that 29 Israeli soldiers were killed and still at the begining of the operation as it went an additional 30 Israeli's were killed in suicide acts and no one has condemned those, it's as if given as an idea that one equals the other, we oppose that we think that is a way of twisting the reality of the fact that there are two sides and each one of them has together to reach some solution. Press: Did the Israeli's have refrigerator trucks in Jenin? Miri Eisin " I'll say as clear as I know not that I have ever heard of. We did evacuate some of the bodies, we went through the rubble and found 14 bodies ourselves, which we meant to take, we take terrorists to a central graveyard in Israel and because of the Supreme Court law we did not do so and we passed them to Jenin, so it's not refrigerated lorries that are different from anyway from what we use to store the bodies so they don't get in any worse shape than they already are. It is not true Israel at the time did evacuate the bodies but becaus of the lawe the bodies were given back to Jenin. There were 14 such bodies that were given back to them. Press: "In hindsight do you think wise to remain there and help uncover all the bodies? "Miri Eisin: "To a certain degree I would say Damned if you do and damned if you don't, yes we could and want to help. I want to remind you that when we were fighting when we requested the Red Crescent to go inside they refused because they didn't want to go in, they wanted to stay out with the bodies in the street, there was a large stage along the way where they wanted to come in to show the bodies on the streets and these are some of the problems we have to contend with, I think there is a cynical desicion on their side now also not to clear out the rubble because it certainly looks good when everybody comes in and films the three streets in Jenin that were destroyed, and we've never denied that in the camp, and not show to a large extent the beautiful and flourishing city of Jenin that stands as is, not in a good a shape as before it just went through a war, the operation we went through over the last three weeks definately damaged some of the civil structures in all of the Palestinian cities that we entered but the fact that we managed to arrest, to detain 1450 people who say they have participated in terrorist acts over 60 explosive labs, everyone of those labs making explosive and uncovering hundreds of kilos of explosives, finding 18 explosive belts, that is 18 people who think committing suicide in the midst of any civilian area is the right thing to do. 23 of the suicide bombers that exploded of the 28 that came out of Jenin that we know that came from that suicide capital Jenin. It makes war as a harsh reality it's not a pretty thing it is a warzone, I think at this stage that each side is at this stage trying to contend with the reality as it goes on."
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