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Thursday, March 27, 2008

US 'Road Map' monitors: PA doesn't fight terror

What's shocking about this report is that the United States is apparently adopting Israel's position regarding the issue. While the report also criticized Israel for continuing with 'settlement activity,' the bottom line is that the PA is not fighting terror for reasons that have nothing to do with training or equipment.
Specifically, the Americans are concerned that the PA does not engage in the full spectrum of counterterrorism activities, including arrests, interrogation and trial, as it would if it were trying to eradicate the armed wings of Islamic terrorist organizations. Instead, it makes do with trying to "contain" terror - to prevent specific attacks, and to keep Hamas from growing strong enough to threaten Fatah's rule in the West Bank.

The PA security services do occasionally arrest members of Islamic organizations, but they do not then follow up with the other steps in the "chain of prevention": interrogations, arrests of additional operatives, indictments and trials. Trials generally take place only if the PA is under external pressure, as in the case of the Palestinians who killed two off-duty soldiers out on a hike near Hebron three months ago. And when they do take place, they are generally hasty affairs.

Israel has been complaining about the lack of a "chain of prevention" for years, ever since the second intifada broke out in 2000. Now, it seems that the American monitoring team, headed by General William Fraser, has adopted Jerusalem's position on this issue.

Security coordination between Israel and the PA has deteriorated since the terror attack on Jerusalem's Mercaz Harav Yeshiva three weeks ago. Palestinian security officials are angry over what they view as Israel's lack of faith in them, as reflected in its recent decision to go after four wanted terrorists in Bethlehem itself, rather than informing the Palestinians and letting them try to arrest the men. And while the PA has recently arrested several members of Islamic organizations in the northern West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service question the significance of these arrests.
How do you make peace with them if they are not willing to fight terror at all? The answer is that you don't. And that's why all of the 'peacemaking' with the 'Palestinians' from Oslo through the 'road map' and to Annapolis is a farce.


At 7:47 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its mysterious why Ehud Barak agreed Fatah could be equipped with armored cars from Russia and allowed Palestinian to work again in Israel when as every one knows - all they will be doing is exporting terror. If the Israeli government has no faith in its own peace partner, it makes absolutely no sense to show it good will gestures.

The government seems to have already forgotten that 84% of the PA Arabs approved of the Mercaz HaRav massacre. That's now down the memory hole in Israel. You wonder what goes through the heads of high officials when they make such absurd decisions that affect the well being of every man, woman and child in Israel.

At 9:58 PM, Blogger {a}don Xaxam said...

The tradition was established by Yassir Arafat (Hell Be Upon Him). Abu Mazin is even uncapable of inventing any new gimmick...

The erstwhile error of all Westerners dealing with the Arabs, is the principle "Enemy of my foe is my friend". Once the fallacity of this principle is digested, the rest will be much easier. Unfortunately, this flawed rule is still the only argument of the Foggy Bottom and many other policy makers.

At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me, but, DUH!

I've been following this obsessively for the last 8 years, and it has been painfully obvious that the Arabs haven't been fighting terror. because they are the source of it.

Both the American leaders and the Israeli leaders HAVE TO KNOW THIS! G-d help us!


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