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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Dichter: 'Turn Beit Hanun into a ghost town'

At today's cabinet meeting, Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter called on the IDF to "turn Beit Hanun into a ghost town" if the Kassam's and other missiles coming from there don't stop. This sounds remarkably like what I said last Wednesday.

Earlier in the day two Kassam rockets were fired at the western Negev from the Gaza Strip. One of the rockets damaged a greenhouse near Mivtahim in the Negev. No one was reported wounded in the incident.

Dichter asserted that the IDF should increase its activity against Kassam crews at any price. "Just as the IDF responded to Katyushas in the north, it should wield a strong hand against Kassams in the south. The Kassams have to be stopped, no matter what."

But the marshmallows - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, and Defense Minister Amir Comrade Peretz responded that the army should act with restraint. Other senior officials said that innocent civilians could not be harmed.

It's real simple. When we take off the gloves and start hitting terrorists wherever they are hiding instead of just bombing empty fields, the Kassams might stop. Until then, we are just going to continue to absorb Kassam fire, and eventually, God forbid, several dozen Israelis will die because of our government's excessive concern for 'Palestinian civilians.' As the Talmud says, he who is kind to the cruel ends up being cruel to the kind.


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