Weekly Commentary: Hamas' rise to power offers Israel the opportunity to
correct past policy mistakes.
Aaron Lerner Date: 17 February 2006
Hamas' rise to power offers Israel the opportunity to correct past policy
But only if it acts quickly against the Hamas terror entity.
When Oslo was first launched, the Israelis leaders involved genuinely
believed that the only armed Palestinian group this side of the Jordan River
would be a relatively small and lightly armed Palestinian police force.
Today the Gaza Strip and the West Bank are teeming with various Palestinian
armies - both official and illegal.
With the PA now officially lead by the terrorist Hamas movement, and thus
the Palestinian security forces also ultimately officially acting in the
service of Hamas, Israel has every justification in the world to impose a
blanket "no rifle" rule in West Bank and Gaza Strip.
A rule enforced by a shoot to kill policy. Any time. Anywhere.
When Fatah ruled the PA. U.S. Secretary of State Rice pressed Israel to give
the Palestinians the final say as to who and what could cross between Egypt
and the Gaza Strip.
Israel now has every justification to insist that this reckless arrangement
As the "second intifada" winded down, the Sharon team accepted a cease fire
that allowed the illegal Palestinian armies to arm and train as long as they
didn't shoot [too much] with the expectation that ultimately the PA itself
would address the problem.
Hamas' rise to power puts an end to this fantasy.
It may not be easy for Israel to clear out the terrorist armies that
blossomed during the security hiatus - but it would be considerably more
costly to allow them to remain.
Mr. Olmert's campaign advisors apparently believe that some announcements
relating to future funds transfers and tightening restriction on movement
will suffice in the eyes of the Israeli voters.
But the purpose of the exercise at this critical time is not simply to avoid
dropping too many points in the public opinion polls. It must be to restore
the balance that has been so dangerously disturbed.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
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