Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Can't Get No Peace
The Ill Logic Of Palestinian Terrorism

Back in February, the Palestinian Authority and Israel had agreed upon a truce, so that they could work make progress on the Road Map to Peace, and on Israel's offer to withdraw from Gaza. Melanie Phillips brings us some statistics which demonstrate that the Palestinians agreement to the truce is a sham:

If Israel broke the ‘truce’ with the Palestinians by one unprovoked act of aggression, the media would be heaving with righteous denunciations. Yet Israel is currently enduring a spate of murderous attacks following the easing of restrictions and the removal of checkpoints by the Israeli army after international pressure --with virtual silence from the media. WorldNet Daily reports:

‘A series of Palestinian attacks and attempted attacks over the past 48 hours have left two dead and several injured, as the violence here continues to reach the highest levels yet since the signing in February of a cease-fire agreement between Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

‘The continued violence comes in spite of a cease-fire agreement announced in Egypt Feb. 8 by Sharon and Abbas. A list of Palestinian attacks and attempts just the past two weeks, obtained by WND, includes: 56 rockets and mortar shells fired at Jewish communities in Gaza, 48 shooting attacks at Israeli civilians and soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza, 26 Molotov cocktails thrown at Israelis, the arrests of five terrorists who planned suicide attacks in Jerusalem, and two attempted infiltrations and attacks against Gaza Jewish settlements.

Security sources also report the continued smuggling of heavy weaponry from Egypt into Gaza's Rafah region. Since February, there have been approximately 30 incidents of Palestinian smuggling from Egypt's Sinai region, with weapons transported including approximately 1,000 rifles, dozens of RPG launchers, about 150 handguns, five anti-aircraft shoulder missiles and tens of thousands of bullets. A senior Israeli security source told WND: "The cease-fire is over. Officials are afraid to announce it, but look around, it's obvious."'

With such an endless stream of attacks directed at it's citizens, Israel has decided to hit back. From Reuters:

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it had resumed an assassination policy against some Palestinian militants and could mount air strikes with the risk of civilian casualties to ensure its Gaza pullout does not come under fire.

Think about that sentence. Israel is voluntarily pulling out of the Gaza Strip, but they have to use military measures to do so. Why is that? Does the Palestinian Authority want them to stay? I think we safely assume that is not the case.

Well, then why would they continue to attack Israel?

It seems the disengagement from Gaza is not enough. The Palestinian Authority, apparently, wants Israel to retreat from the Gaza Strip, and keep going.

To where?

It seems to be a perplexing question, until one takes into account the fact that the Palestinian Authority Charter calls for the destruction of the state of Israel.

With that helpful piece of information, Palestinian behavior comes into focus and makes absolute logical sense.

They don't give Israel any peace, even when Israel is doing what they want, because THEY DON'T WANT PEACE WITH ISRAEL.

In fact, it seems the Palestinians will do anything they can to ensure that peace does not break out:

The threat, prompted by a flare-up of Islamic Jihad attacks on Jewish settlers in Gaza, reflected the deterioration of a four-month-old truce after a frosty Israeli-Palestinian summit.

An Israeli aircraft fired missiles at four Islamic Jihad men in the north Gaza village of Beit Lahiya as they launched rockets into Israel, militants sources said. No one was hurt but a rocket was destroyed. The army had no immediate comment.

Israel shelved "targeted killings" of militants in February as part of a truce deal. But resurgent violence has raised the specter of disruption to Israel's planned August withdrawal from Gaza and dimmed hopes for "road map" peace talks afterwards.

Word that the assassination policy had been dusted off came with Israeli confirmation of a missile strike on Tuesday while Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were holding tense talks in Jerusalem.

That's right. The Palestinians attacked Israel with rockets while their leader was holding talks with Ariel Sharon about how to work out the peace. So, Sharon decides to return to the policy of assasinating the leaders of the terrorist organizations. And what is Islamic Jihad's response to this news?

Khaled al-Batsh, a senior Islamic Jihad leader, warned of "terrible consequences" if Israel carried out assassinations. "The calm would thereby end." he told Reuters in Gaza.

What calm?