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Terror Offensive and Call to Halt Bombings

19 June 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

A new Palestinian terror offensive is on the way against Israel.  So what’s different this time?  Palestinian ‘moderates’ Sari Nuseibah who holds the Jerusalem portfolio in the Palestinian Authority and the well known spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi along with some other 30 known Palestinians put out a public call in the Arabic El Quds newspaper calling for a halt to suicide bombings “inside Israel” since such actions only “hurt” the Palestinian cause.   No regrets about killing innocent people.

With yesterday’s bus bombing in Gilo (19 killed, including a friend of mine) and today’s bus stop explosion by French hill (7 killed) in Jerusalem their call is obviously being ignored or was a ‘put on’ from the outset.  The Hamas and Jihad have made it clear their policy is to kill as many Jews as possible.  Nuseibah and Ashrawi are members of Fatah and function as part of the leadership in the PA under Chairman Arafat.  As it turns out today’s bombing is the work of the Al Aksa Brigade Martyrs, members of the Tanzim, just another faction of the Fatah where the two ‘moderates’ are members.

The full-page newspaper ad was sponsored by the European Union who funds Israeli peace groups in a reciprocal manner.  Just that Israeli peace groups really do want peace, and call for the end of all violence everywhere with no qualifiers.  A small difference.

The point of the recent terror offensive is two-fold, to prevent President Bush from making his policy statement about a Palestinian state (already postponed a second time) and to somehow try to stop Israel from building the security fence in Judea and Samaria (West Bank).  The fence will most likely be built faster than originally planned. 

In the short term future Israel will hold on to some of the territory in the PA controlled Area A’ in the Palestinian cities in an effort to clamp down on terror.  The terror organizations are hoping for an explosion on a wider front. 

It just might happen.