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Hebrew University Bombing

01 August 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Seven were killed in the bombing at the cafeteria on the Hebrew University campus, two of them students from the Pardess Institute where I have led tours.  I knew Ben from many of the outings as a dedicated Jew and Zionist who participated in the Pardess program to educate himself as much as possible and from what I understand he was then planning to pass on this knowledge to others.  Marla’s picture I recognized on TV, I apparently had met her a few years before.  Add this to the fact that just over a month ago, Boaz Aluf who I know from 20 years ago was killed in the Gilo bus bombing.

The two Pardess participants had just finished taking a Hebrew exemption test at Hebrew University and were sitting with many foreign students having lunch when murdered by the Hamas.   There were demonstrations of elation and joy in the Gaza Strip, but not in the West Bank where most are under curfew.

Simultaneously with the attack, the State Ombudsman’s Office released an extremely critical report concerning the lack of development of the much discussed West Bank buffer zone.  The government decision is barely being implemented.  Terrorists are getting through despite the best efforts of the army and police and apparently support and morale for bombings and suicide/homicide missions remains high among the Palestinian population. 

Establishing a buffer zone to ensure the maximum security possible should be at the head of the government’s list of  ‘Things to Do’ but unfortunately political dickering between Left and Right (as to how, what and where) and supposed funding problems are impeding the best efforts of the security forces.

It has been four months since the beginning of the Defensive Shield Operation which today has evolved into Determined Path.  Occupying the Palestinian cities is not enough, nor is discussing a buffer zone or talking about peace with Palestinian ‘moderates.’ 

A true defensive separation must be established between Israel and the Palestinians.  This does not mean removing settlements, nor building a complete fence, nor marking a final boundary.  It does mean stopping murderers during a ‘no peace’ terrorist onslaught interim situation.  The security forces know what to do but they must be given the directives and the financing.

The implementation of such a separation must take place immediately.