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Removing Sheikh Yasin

22 March 2004

By Yisrael Ne'eman

No terrorist should be immune from eradication, and Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yasin is no exception. Already half a year ago Israeli attack helicopters were sent in for a major “targeted removal” in eliminating the entire Hamas leadership but arrived five minutes late. By then the terrorists were leaving the building, the rockets fired destroyed the upper floor and Yasin was only slightly wounded. Since then the Hamas leadership does not congregate in one place and Israeli security forces must take out the terrorists, one at a time.

In the continuing war on terror, most Israelis favor killing any and all terrorists, including the leadership. There are those, especially in Yahad (the new left wing coalition developed by Meretz), and led by Yossi Beilin, who continue to claim that killing terrorists only escalates the violence. They preach peace and negotiations even though they know there is no serious, representative partner on the other side. On the other hand, Yahad supporters are correct in their assessment of an immediate rise in Palestinian motivation to send out more suicide-homicide bombers.

But here everyone agrees that the short-term threat of Palestinian terror will rise. PM Sharon, who personally supervised the “removal” of Yasin along with Israel’s security forces are prepared for the fallout of massive demonstrations in the Palestinian areas and higher terrorist motivation. But will the churning of Palestinian emotions and threats make a difference?

Many forget that in the summer of 2003 the “hudna” (Islamic cease-fire) broke down when a suicide-homicide bomber blew up the #2 bus returning with ultra-orthodox worshippers from the Western Wall. Most victims were children. The next day the Palestinian Authority was to receive security responsibility for four West Bank cities. Of course, the transfer of security control was cancelled. Certainly, one should not forget that the Palestinian violence of 3.5 years ago broke out during the period of intense negotiations to bring about a permanent status agreement and a “two-state solution” as a conclusion to the Oslo Accords.

The terrorists attack whenever they can and succeed at random, the randomness being a function of what percentage (95%) are nipped by Israeli security forces. Verbiage over cease-fires, peace agreements and security mean nothing when terror organizations like the Hamas, Jihad and Fatah rule the Palestinian street and determine policy through their deeds of destruction.

Sheikh Yasin never stopped his terror attacks against Israel. Hamas “strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine” (Hamas Covenant – Article 6) and “believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf (holy mosque lands, YN) consecrated for future Moslem generations”. Furthermore “the Islamic Sharia (law)” is to rule in Palestine (HC – Art. 11). The Hamas Covenant makes clear the objective of the destruction of the State of Israel.

In the medium and long term range, the hope is for a deterring impact on Palestinian society, making clear that they will lose their nefarious war of terror against Israel. The immediate goal was to tactically disrupt planned terror attacks.

Now that the supposedly “unthinkable” has happened, maybe another less brazen but more wily and just as dangerous terrorist cornered in Ramallah will take note.