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Hudna Lunacy

23 June 2003

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Recent discussions with the Palestinians revolve around the hudna or temporary cease-fire to be implemented by the extreme militant Hamas Islamic fundamentalist terror organization.  By their own definition there is to be no halt in terror attacks, but rather a temporary downscaling of murderous activity in order to recuperate and start anew with much larger and deadlier activities.  Moderates such as Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and Internal Security Minister Mohammed Dahlan are willing to cut a deal with the Islamic terrorists whereby minor attacks will be allowed against Israelis for several months.  What will happen afterwards is anyone’s guess.

For certain though, Abbas and Dahlan have no intention of physically disarming the Hamas or any other terrorist group.  Until the Palestinians do battle against terrorism Israel has pledged to do the job.  There is no choice.  One would think US Sec. Of State Colin Powell could understand as much but unfortunately such thinking is mistaken.  Powell criticized Israel for killing arch terrorist Abdullah Kawasmeh when he resisted arrest in Hebron.  Kawasmeh is responsible for the deaths of 52 Israelis and the mangling of hundreds.  Because of Quartet talks and the economic conference in Jordan it appears he prefers such a terrorist should be granted immunity.

Powell and everyone else need to understand there can be no cease-fire when battling terrorism.  There is no excuse for not arresting or killing terrorists whenever the option presents itself.  The only answer to obliterating the terror scourge is unrelenting warfare.  Islamic terrorism by its own definition (El Qaeda, Hamas, the Moslem Brotherhood, etc.) will continue their policies of death and destruction until victory.  A hudna is only a tactical move to replenish one’s strength, not an intermediate stage necessary to move on to a permanent status agreement.

Only the naïve believe a hudna can be turned into a cease-fire in the western understanding, a step towards peace.  In radical Islamic thinking a hudna is a step towards ultimate total victory of Islam over all.  Neither Israel nor the west can accept a hudna if they want to defeat terrorism and preserve their societies.

Would the US administration accept a hudna with Osama bin Laden?