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Mideast Cycle of Violence is Linear

22 August 2003

By Yisrael Ne’eman

The ‘hudna’/ Islamic cease - fire farce collapsed on Tuesday with the Jerusalem bus bombing that killed 20 innocent civilians, many of them children.  The Hamas terror organization immediately claimed credit for the atrocity.  Israel responded by taking out the first available target, Abu Shanab, one of the founders of the organization.   It should be recalled the Hamas asked for a hudna two months ago when Israel began to decimate its leadership.

The press as usual is calling this a renewal of the Mideast “cycle of violence,” but there is no cycle here, terrorism and anti-terror activities are linear, not cyclical.  Israel stops 95% of terror actions and they do not stop coming.  During the hudna there was a lessening of terror attempts as part of a tactical move by the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aksa Brigades/Tanzim (Fatah) to ensure a period of temporary quiet while they regained their strength and then set out on a massive terror drive.  But the terror attempts never completely stopped and the IDF was forced to arrest and kill those deemed “ticking bombs”.  From a high of 60 alerts on any given day the attempts dropped a low as twelve.  By Tuesday’s bombing the alerts had risen to 32.  Apparently, the terrorists had never intended any cease-fire, just a lessening of activities. 

To properly confront terrorism one does not retaliate, but rather one constantly wipes out all terror targets and does not miss an opportunity when presented.  Israel’s linear anti-terror warfare runs as such:  Imagine 100 terror attacks coming at a society, all at different times to arrive at their targets, some arriving at the same time and others a day or more apart.  Five of those attacks get through the security forces defense and one just hopes the damage done is limited.  It can almost be compared to a computer game, just that the scoreboard of dead and wounded in Israel is real life and killing or capturing the terrorists before they get here is the ultimate imperative in saving lives.

With their successful massacre of innocent bus passengers the hudna lasted two months, not three.  Many were being duped by the false truce, a sort of “eye of the storm” with much worse now to come.  The terrorists have not fully regrouped and although it sounds immoral, the sooner the hudna ended, the better.  Every passing day allows the terrorists to regroup and become more effective in the next round of massacres.

Israel stopped crushing the terrorists when the hudna was declared, due to western pressures.  It is time to renew the war on terrorism and go for the jugular, no truces of any type to be contemplated.