Press and Sun-Bulletin from Binghamton, New York on January 19, 1991 · 1
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lm r Saturday January 19; 1991 FIRST EDITION Partly sunny High: 37. Low: 20. Details on Page 2A. "TT Inside today5 s Tier pilots fly in raids on Iraq and Kuwait Story, Pago 7A Attack on Israel avenges Arab suffering, Iraq says Story, Pago 8A Launchers : target of intense allied search Story, Pago6A TV war " coverage could delay NFL playoffs Story, PagolC Middle East . coverage shines in the heat of conflict Story, Pago 2D Bomb scares scramble police i Story, Pago 6A m Bush vows U.S. will n '"v f i. lui,-i,.Ju..j..inu 1,1,1.1 i r- 4 r- : si -- j '? - i ? - ' ... , . : iv i r .AP PHOTO Workers clear debris Friday from buildings in suburban Tel Aviv that were damaged by an Iraqi Scud i s attack. Scud missile ai Israel Eteeps its option to hit Iraq From wire service reports TEL AVIV, Israel Israel appeared to edge away from immediate reprisals for Iraq's missile barrage on its cities, and Israelis went to bed Friday fearing another night of rockets and gas masks. Sirens warning of a missile sounded Friday night throughout Israel, but the all-clear came after about a half hour. The military said there had been indications a missile would be fired, but that none were. President Bush telephoned Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir with an assurance that the U.S.-led multinational force was doing all it could to destroy Iraqi missile launchers, said Shamir's spokesman, Avi Pazner. Bush made no explicit request to Shamir not to retaliate, said Pazner. But he said the Israeli leader told Bush that in the end, only Israel will take care of its own security. Foreign Minister David Levy said Israel had not decided whether to strike back, and other officials left the impression that the government still was wait ing for allied forces in the Persian Gulf to silence Saddam Hussein's long-range Scud missiles. - . However, the Israeli defense minister said that Israel will respond to Iraq's missile attack, but he would not say when or how. : 7 "This act is a very serious act and we will respond," Moshe Arens said in a televised interview Friday. He said that the United States "knows that if we will be attacked (we) will respond. And we have- been attacked." ' Arens said Israel had no way of shooting down missiles. Israel has acquired U.S.-made Patriot missiles of the type that destroyed an Iraqi . Scud in Saudi Arabia, but said earlier this week they were not operational. The missile strikes in Tel Aviv, Haifa and other areas, which slightly injured 12 people, were "unpleasant but not terrible," said Uzi See ISRAEL'Page 8A . , t " . W - - L C I AP PHOTO A small boy suffering from shock weeps early Friday in his father's arms after they arrive at a Tel Aviv hospital. Iraq fired several Scud missiles at Israel, some of which hit Tel Aviv, injuring 12. r Ru TPRPNHP HUNT The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush tried Friday to prepare Americans for losses sure to come in the Persian Gulf, cautioning that "war is never cheap or easy." He said unprovoked missile attacks against Israel prove no neighbor of Iraq is safe. rieuging 10 pruieui isiaci, pusn pium-ised "the darnedest search and destroy mission that's ever been undertaken" to knock out Iraq's mobile missile force. Regardless of what happens, Bush said, SeeBUSHPage6A Experts bloody say a ground war on horizon From wire service reports WASHINGTON Each day, the air war brings allied forces closer to the ground war still considered necessary and still expected to be violent. "That large army is still sitting there and it needs to be rooted out," said Lt. Gen. Thomas Kelly at Friday afternoon's Pentagon briefing. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf announced Friday there are "increasing numbers" of Navy amphibious assault ships moving into the Persian Gulf. Plus, press pool reports describe large allied armored forces moving toward the Iraqi border. The mention of amphibious assault ships at Friday's press conference was most likely aimed at keeping Iraqi commanders on edge and pinned down in Kuwait. Also, if the Iraqis rush divisions to reinforce shore positions, then defensive lines elsewhere are lightened. The casualty estimates for a ground war vary widely, mostly because nobody knows whether the 545,000-strong Iraqi field army will fight. "It all comes down to whether that Iraqi infantryman is more afraid of his company gunnery sergeant than the Americans," said one retired Marine Corps colonel. . Leading up to the ground war, Air Force and Navy bombers, which had flown 2,107 sorties as of Friday afternoon, are moving steadily through their list of strategic targets. Their targets include command and control bunkers, transportation networks and anything the Iraqis can use to influence a ground battle from afar, such as Scud missiles, attack planes, long-range artillery and the elite Republican Guard divisions kept in reserve near Basra. Experts said Friday that while devastating 'Before we pull their teeth we're going to have to pluck out their eyes and plug their ears.' 4 Military source air strikes have won dominance over Iraqi skies for U.S. and allied warplanes, much more must be done before the air forces can safely shift the burden of war to troops on the ground. . ; . "Before we pull their teeth we're going to have" to pluck out their eyes and plug their ears," said one military source with access to some intelligence material. The source, who spoke only on condition of 'anonymity, was referring to a need to destroy or. block Iraqi radar and military communications. "We're on the 10-yard line. We've got 90 Based on interviews with active duty and retired Army and Marine Corps officers, as well as military experts familiar with the Persian Gulf, here is what the ground war could look like: ' Tactical air strikes just beginning are directed at targets such as ammunition dumps and communication links connecting one Iraqi division to another. One surprise move in the tactical campaign may be the targeting- of precious water sup-See GROUNDPage 6 A Winning numbers N.Y. Daily Number 8-2-7 N.Y.Win4: 2-1-2-9 N.Y. Pick 10: 7-9-25-28-35-36-39-41-44-46 -54-57-60-62-64-66-71-76-77-78 . Pa. Daily Lottery: 8-9-0 Pa. Big 4 Lottery: 4-5-3-0 Pa. Wild Card: 9-15-18-27-30-46 Alt: 41 Index Business 6B Opinion 4A Classified 5-1 2C People 4D Comics 4-5D Sports , 1C Community 1-2B State 3B Landers 4D Stocks 6-7B Living 1D TV 2D Movies 3D Washington 2A Nation 2A Weather ; 2A Obituaries 33 World 5A Southern Tier's Jewish community prays for peace, victory for allies By LEE SHEPHERD Staff Writer An allied forces victory over Saddam Hussein, peace for Israel. About 100 congregation members at Temple Concord in Bing-hamton prayed for both with equal fervor during Friday night Sabbath services. "I pray for peace tonight as I will every day and night of this war," said Rabbi Lance J. Sussman. . "But I'm also going to pray for an American victory," he said. "Perhaps one day we'll be set free from this horrible collective psychosis called war. Perhaps one day, we can pound our swords into instruments of peace and drill our rifle barrels to make flutes. Perhaps one dayi there will be peace, but not tonight," he said. ; The Jews said they felt a personal terror at the bombings of Tel Aviv. Almost everyone had a relative, a . cousin or a second cousin in Israel for whose safety they feared. ; "Thursday night was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life and I'm sure in yours, no matter how many wars you have lived through," Sussman said. "The scenario was set for the loss of tens of thousansds of lives. Fear raced through all of us today as alarm after alarm was sounded." ' . ' ' Jews around the world waited to learn whether the Scud missiles that attacked Tel Aviv carried nerve gas, a "horrible reminder of the Holocaust," the rabbi said. "Clearly, Hussein sought to exploit that very basic fear among Jews," Sussman said. The payload carried by the missiles was like a small charge set at the bottom of a dam " built by the coalition allied against Iraq, he said, a dam that held back "a collective reservoir of Arab hatred against Israel. It was not enough to collapse the dam, but it weakened it and a weakened darn will not hold back floodwaters," Stissman said. "We are fighting against a wicked See JEWISH Page 7A iiif . iif ill in i V l Dear Readers, i Many of us have deep, thoughtful feelings about the war in the Persian Gulf. If you would like to share some of them with Press & Sun-Bulletin readers, we'd like to hear from you. We'll reprint some of your thoughts as the war continues. Please keep your thoughts brief, no more than two or three sentences, and leave your name and phone number. Call 798-1173 anytime. You'll hear a recorded message. Thank you. r

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