Thursday, April 24, 2003
Another successful attack

I suppose people just don't find this kind of news interesting anymore. There certainly is no room on the front page for it:

Suicide Attack That Kills One Follows Palestinian Pact

JERUSALEM, April 24 — A Palestinian suicide bomber made an attack early today outside an Israeli train station, killing himself and another person and injuring at least 13 others, the police said. The bombing, the first fatal one in nearly a month, came just hours after Yasir Arafat and the Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, agreed on a compromise cabinet for the governing Palestinian Authority.

Their actions, under international pressure, broke a 10-day stalemate that has delayed the introduction of a new Middle East peace plan.

But initial reports from Palestinians were that the bomber came not from Hamas or the Islamic Jihad, but from an extremist group connected to the Fatah faction founded by Mr. Arafat and Mr. Abbas, emphasizing the obstacles to any new effort peace.

Okay, so this guy came from Arafat's and Mr. Prime Minister's inner circle. I'm very shocked, and a little awed....

In their bargaining on Wednesday, Mr. Arafat forced Mr. Abbas to promote a few of his longtime allies. But he allowed the inclusion of Muhammad Dahlan, a security official favored by the United States and Israel as willing to crack down on Hamas and other militant Palestinian groups.

Whether Mr. Dahlan and this new government will prove willing or able to act on security or civic reform was left uncertain by the agreement, a tottering balance of the powers of Mr. Arafat and Mr. Abbas that portend more Palestinian instability. [emphasis added]

So Abu ("The Holocaust didn't happen") Mazen is supposed to have some real authority, yet Arafat is forcing his choices on him. We're still giving the Palestinian terrorists the benefit of the doubt, why? Will this new government be willing or able to crack down? Ha ha! Funny question. Next!

The new peace plan, which has been repeatedly postponed by the Bush administration, was drafted in December by the so-called quartet of the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia. It calls for simultaneous concessions by both sides that would progress to a resolution of all disputes and an independent Palestinian state in three years.

In the first phase, for example, the Palestinians are required immediately to "undertake visible efforts on the ground" to stop violence, while the Israelis are required to dismantle settlement outposts built in the last two years. Israel is seeking changes in the plan.

So what happens if those "visible efforts" don't succeed? Then what? Are the Israelis supposed to say "oh well, they're trying," while their citizens continue to be slaughtered? I agree that the proliferation of the settlements has been totally wrong. But the settlements continue to grow because there is no resolution, and because Israelis continue to be the victims of terrorism on a regular basis. Sorry, but let's put the horse before the cart here: the terrorism needs to stop pronto, or there will be no peace. Realistically, there will be no peace as long as Israel exists. It's high time the US government stop this double standard in dealing with terrorists.

"This is consecrated land, our land of ours, now and forever, from the cradle to the grave... we with the help of God will meet next time in Jerusalem, because we are fighting in order to bring the victory to our prophets, every baby, every child, every man, every women, and every older person, and all the youngsters, we will sacrifice ourselves for our holy places, and we will establish the guard on them, and are prepared to give 70 of our martyrs for every martyr of theirs in this campaign, because this is our holy land. We will continue to fight on this blessed land, and I call to you, remain steadfast, no one will succeed in dividing us, to remove us from this holy land."

- Yasser Arafat, December 18, 2001, in a speech in Ramallah, two days after his "historical" speech, in which he called--in Arabic (under European pressure)--for an end to suicide bombings and for a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel

"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children.... We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us."

- Golda Meir

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