Israel: August 14, 2002


: 10.0pt"> The government has approved the route of the first security fence (107 kilometers long, near Jenin and protecting half a dozen Jewish settlements.)

The army hunted down and killed another Hamas leader in the West Bank.

Despite tensions over the Palestinian violence, trade between Israel and Jordan was up 30 percent in the first six months of 2002. 

Israeli intelligence said it believes Palestinian Authority leader Yassir Arafat has amassed a personal fortune of $1.3 billion. Corruption among Palestinian Authority leaders has long been a source of discontent among Palestinians. Some Israelis believe Arafat began the latest violence to sidetrack unrest over the corruption.