SHIMON PERES'S EXPLOITS (Selected items)
Israeli warplanes forced on Feb.4 a Lybian civilian jet to land in Israel. The aim was to search for 'terrorist leaders'.
The decision to intercept the Lybian jet was reportedly made "within minutes" by Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin. On Feb. 5, Peres described the action as 'a mistake' but on the next day insisted that Israel would not hesitate to undertake similar initiatives in the future.
The U.S. vetoed on Feb. 6 a United Nations Security Council Resolution, in which Israel's interception would have been condemned. Ten nations voted for the Resolution while the U.K., Australia, Denmark and France abstained.