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Targeted Removals – The Only Answer

23 May 2004

By Yisrael Ne'eman

Today’s bombing of the #14 bus in Jerusalem only proves what many already know. The Palestinians will continue terror attacks against innocent civilians no matter whether Israel implements a tough military policy or a soft humanitarian one. Advocating settlement activities or planning on settlement removal (as suggested for Gaza) will have no bearing either. The Palestinians are brutal, as evidenced by the Palestinian Authority condemnation of the attack which left 8 dead. PA spokesmen feared they would receive bad publicity at the opening of the International Court at The Hague where the Arab/Moslem world is seeking condemnation of Israel’s building of the security fence. Had the fence been completed, the terrorist who hails from the Bethlehem area, would most likely not have succeeded.

Other Palestinian reactions included praise by the Hamas, especially Dr. Rantisi, who promised many more attacks. Khalid Mashal and other Hamas activists living outside the Palestinian areas were meeting with Hizbollah leaders, led by Hassan Nasrallah during the day, and of course were equally thrilled with the massacre.

The PA is responsible for security in the Bethlehem region, where the IDF almost never mounts raids, but rather works on encirclement policies. One of Christianity’s holiest cities is now a refuge for terrorists.

Israel’s options are quickly narrowing. Remaining in heavily populated Arab areas, whether West Bank cities or the Gaza Strip will only lead to the bi-national state option favored by more Palestinians every day. On the other hand terrorism must be crushed. Lately, due to left wing public pressure and international criticism, Israel has cut back the amount and intensity of targeted removals of terrorist masterminds and the bombers themselves.

The court case final judgment of condemnation of Israel is a given. More importantly, once the media war in The Hague is concluded (and most likely Israel will lose, but what is important is the point differential here) the IDF needs the go-ahead to destroy the Palestinian terrorist leaders, whether from the Hamas, Jihad, Fatah or anywhere else. The attacks must be continuous, persistent and relentless.

Israel must disengage from the Palestinians while simultaneously making all terrorists pay with their lives for their barbaric actions. The terrorists do not rest for a moment in their efforts to kill innocent civilians. There is no reason Israel’s security services should consider relaxing unremitting pressure on these murderous perpetrators for even a second.