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Anti-Terrorism Can Succeed

22 June 2004

By Yisrael Ne'eman

According to Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, the security forces have recorded a drop of 75% in suicide attacks and attempts, in comparison to last year. 103 terror conspiracies have been thwarted so far in 2004 and 58 potential suicide bombers arrested. As for the two successful Jerusalem bombings this winter, there were no intelligence warnings.

Overall, everyone is doing a “good job” but not good enough. A 100% performance is expected, but cannot be given, the Jerusalem attacks being the example of what is remembered, as opposed to the 103 attacks prevented. At any given time there are some 50 active alerts, this being a testimony to the non-stop incitement against Israel. While Israel’s anti-terror abilities have increased over the past years, the quality of organization on the part of the Palestinian factions has diminished. This is directly attributable to the thousands of arrests and dozens of “targeted removals” (condemned by many as assassinations) by Israeli security forces.

The trend continues. Mofaz claims terror “motivation” is high, but “capabilities have substantially decreased.” Fatah, Hamas, the Jihad, the Popular Front and the Democratic Front are all opposed to the joint initiatives to bring law and order to the Gaza Strip once Israel disengages. In particular they are set to sabotage the Egyptian involvement in training Palestinian Authority security forces in anti-terrorism despite the support of the US, the European Union, the UN, Russia and certain moderate Arab nations for its efforts.

Other reforms include the consolidation of the numerous PA forces into three security organizations under the control of PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala) and an interior minister, who has yet to be appointed. Supposedly the PA is agreeable to the new arrangements. Nothing can be implemented without the approval of Chairman Yasir Arafat, and he refuses to give his blessings. He rejected the same deal last summer, the only difference being, Abu Mazen was prime minister.

There are many who continue to believe the Palestinian leader is ready to make peace. This past week Akiva Eldar of the Hebrew daily Haaretz interviewed Arafat and the chairman declared Israel had the right to be a Jewish state. The left wing Eldar and Haaretz still attempt to present Arafat in a peace loving light, but the Israeli public is not buying it. The average citizen can differentiate between Arafat’s media babble and his rejection of any proposal, Israeli, Egyptian or international, to bring stability.

Arafat continues to support terror activities against Israel. He may be Chairman of the PA or “President” of Palestine, but his loyalties are to Fatah and he does not cease to motivate their attempts at a terror offensive. Over the past two years Israel has proven that terrorism can be severely curtailed and even repressed by intensive military action. With Arafat at the helm, Israeli anti-terrorism will continue, whether there will be a disengagement from Gaza or not. Arafat’s leadership is revered and Palestinian terror organizations continue to do his bidding.

Although Israel has more security now than in the past three years, this cannot be attributed to any serious anti-terror activities on the Palestinian side. Anyone claiming otherwise is deluding himself.