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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Church terrorists become choir boys?

Monday will mark ten years since a group of terrorists from our peace partner's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade took over Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, one of the holiest places for Christianity. After a month-long standoff, which featured ISM members sneaking into the church to resupply the terrorists, the IDF flushed out the terrorists. 13 of them were deported to European countries, while 26 more were deported to Gaza. I posted an extensive account of the siege and its aftermath here.

YNet reports that some of the terrorists are behaving like choir boys, begging to come back, and mouthing those words that every Israeli wants to hear (but should not believe): Violence is not the way.
Yassin al-Harimi claims that he is a new man. A decade after he walked out of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, when the world's eyes were all trained on it, the oldest of the Palestinians who were deported by Israel, a man who waited for the IDF's troops among dozens of Palestinians armed to the teeth with explosives, no longer believes that violence is the right path.

"The Al-Aqsa Intifada and the armed struggle were the Palestinian leadership's biggest mistake," he told Ynet on Sunday from his Amman residence. "I'm against an armed struggle – I support peace."


"In the last decade most of us haven't done anything special, we mainly hope that one day we can go back to our homes," Samed Halil, who was deported to Gaza and who moved to Jordan after the Hamas takeover told Ynet.

"I think things have completely changed, it's a different era. The whole idea of an armed struggle against Israel is completely over. I no longer think it's the solution – we had experience with it and we realized it wasn't the right thing."

Halil notes that the deportees still keep in touch, mainly by phone but surprisingly, the people they are no longer in contact with are people in the al-Aqsa Brigades who remained in the West Bank.

"I'm different from the man I was then and believe in a popular struggle through peaceful methods. Dialogue between the two sides must be supported as well as the possibility of negotiations in accordance with the conditions stated by the Palestinian Authority within the 1967 borders."

Al-Harimi expresses similar statements. "The armed struggle is not in the interests of the Palestinian people. We need to continue with the struggle through non-violent means in order to obtain peace with the Israeli people and I hope that when there are negotiations it will enable us to come back.
Of course, they don't all feel that way. Read the whole thing. But I suspect that one of the reasons the IDF was willing to agree to deportation in the terrorists for Gilad trade was because of this experience.

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At 11:39 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

I must ask this questions: do any Israelis, read about the koran, know that taqqiya, spreading blatant lies is PART of jihad, in order to advance izlam?? That it is essential never to believe their lies?? Surely the facts on the ground, the sayings of muzzrats in public, confirm they lie about everything, even to their own people?? Why do Israelis believe this claptrap???

At 2:53 AM, Blogger Nomadic100 said...

I concur with Juniper.

Actually, it should have been self defeating for Islam publicly to legitimize the practice of lying to its enemies. But how gullible we all are! Even when Muslims tell us they are going to lie to us if it suits them, we still believe their lies - because doing so makes us less anxious even if we become more vulnerable.

People will do anything to avoid anxiety. Pain is preferable to anxiety.


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