Different River

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February 27, 2005

This is how a Palestinian cease-fire works

Filed under: — Different River @ 2:47 am

This is how a Palestinian cease-fire works:

  • February 8: After going three months without a single Palestinian terrorist attack against Israel Mahmoud Abbas and Ariel Sharon agree to a cease-fire.

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (CNN) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced a cease-fire Tuesday, hailing it as a new opportunity for peace in the Middle East.

    “We have agreed with Prime Minister Sharon to cease all violence against the Israelis and against the Palestinians, wherever they are,” Abbas said after talks at their summit in Egypt.

  • February 25: Almost four months after the last Palestinian terrorist attack, and 17 days after the cease-fire, there is another terrorist attack:

    TEL AVIV, Israel — A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of young Israelis waiting outside a nightclub near Tel Aviv’s beachfront promenade, killing at least four other people, wounding dozens and shattering an informal Mideast truce.

  • February 27: Israel announce it will not do anything in response to the terrorist attack:

    Israel will not launch major military action in retaliation to Friday night’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, which killed four people and wounded 50 others, senior government sources said yesterday. The government, however, will increase political pressure on Syria for backing Islamic Jihad, which claimed responsibility for the attack, and the Palestinian Authority to act against terror.

    Oh no, you say, there are doing something — didn’t you read the paragraph you just quoted? — Israel is going to “increase political pressure on Syria.” Um, with all due respect, does Syria have a long history — indeed any history — of responding to political pressure from Israel? My point exactly.

  • You might be thinking now that there was not much point to declaring this “cease-fire.” After all, there were three months of relative peace, then they declare a “cease-fire,” and — BOOM! — two and a half weeks later they blow up a nightclub. But now, there most certainly is a point to the cease-fire — if you are one of the terrorists. Because now you can send your recruits to blow themselves up in Tel Aviv without any fear that Israel is going to blow up your car hours after a suicide bombing, like happened last April before the “cease-fire”:

    GAZA CITY (CNN) — Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the leader of the militant group Hamas in Gaza, was killed Saturday in Gaza City by an Israeli missile strike, Israeli officials and Palestinian security sources said.

    An Israeli helicopter launched the strike on Rantisi’s car, the sources said, also killing two others — one of them a bodyguard. Rantisi was taken to a hospital, where he died shortly afterward.

    The strike came hours after a Palestinian suicide bomber launched an attack in the Erez industrial zone Saturday, killing a border police officer and wounding three others.

    See, in this particular conflict, a “cease-fire” means Israel agrees to cease firing back at terrorists, so they can pursue their occupation in peace.

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