Hamas' "spiritual leader" Sheikh Ahmad Yassin -- the man who blessed every terror attack against Jews and gave "religious" justification for Hamas's genocidal murder campaign -- has been sent to his eternal reward. I hope he brought air conditioning. Notice, the "poor" crippled Sheikh is no more. No more TV interviews for him, no more al-Jazeera rants of "revenge" (!) against Israelis for him.
Happy Yassin Day!
The talking heads are already warning that Hamas will now step up attacks on Israel. You mean after all these homocide bombings Hamas has carried out, now we learn that they've been taking it "light" on us? The hundreds of rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli cities in Gaza and the south of the country; they could have been meaner? Tell that to the almost 1,500 dead Israelis.
The disinformation campaign has cranked up again. The truth is that Hamas will only continue what it has always done: try to kill Jews at every possibility. So will Islamic Jihad, the al-Aksa Martyr Brigades, the Tanzim, the PFLP, the DFLP, and all the other terror groups.
After killing Yassin, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz called him "the Palestinian Bin Laden." It's true; recently Yassin had begun speaking about the "Global Jihad" in al-Qaeda terms.
Did anyone notice that Sheikh Yassin's exit was on the same day as that of the Israeli baby Shalhevet Pass, who was viciously gunned down three years ago? Sense the justice? That's right, a "Palestinian" sniper targeted the 10-month-old Jewish child -- three years ago to the day -- in a Hebron neighborhood. Imagine, he had to look through his scope, carefully aim at his target, then pull the trigger, ending a 10-month-old "soldier's" life.
The Jews in Hebron observed her memorial day. Meanwhile, Yasser Arafat declared three days of "official mourning" for the "martyred" Yassin. Rather than suppress the terror groups, like he promised to in accepting the Road Map plan, Arafat has made the ex-Hamas leader an official Palestinian Authority hero.
So I ask you, when is it Yasser's turn? Why is it all right, for an Israeli soldier to shoot and kill some "poor" "misguided" 18-year-old Arab terrorist gunman, when the terrorist mastermind par excellance, Arafat, is "off limits"?
This is precisely Israel's current policy. Spineless Israeli politicians, like Yakov Katz of the Likud Party and Avigdor Lieberman of National Union, not long ago "decided" it's time to kick Arafat out of the country. There they go again.... How many times has this been suggested? As I have noted, this plan is ineffective. With Yassin, Israel has demonstrated the only policy that works on the terrorist issue, and the same solution should be applied to Yasser Arafat: Don't kick him out, kick him upstairs, i.e. give him a permanent vacation with his 72 virgins.
They should take a page out of the "holiday book" and study it well. Happy Yassin Day!
I've heard some weird ideas, but giving Arafat full access to the worldwide resources of his terrorist network is preposterous. Arafat has been locked up in the Mukatah "prison" for over two years now, and the Israeli government still hasn't figured out how to cut off his media access, his diplomatic visits, his fame, glory, or influence. On his limited shoestring budget of a couple billion dollars, Arafat has already been holding court. What will he do if exiled? More of the same -- much more.
Yisrael Katz called for Arafat's immediate expulsion in response to the recent double suicide bombing in Ashdod. He also called for swift and decisive retaliatory action, adding that Hamas leaders like Ahmed Yassin and Abdel el-Aziz Rantisi should be eliminated as part of the global war against terror. Well, they got Yassin. Why not the granddaddy terrorist, Arafat, who taught both terrorist leaders everything they know?
For almost two years now, I have been calling on the Israeli government to try Arafat for Crimes Against Humanity: terrorizing the Jewish people, killing of American diplomats, brutalizing the Lebanese people during his "stay" there, and much more. Arafat should be tried like Nazi War Criminal Adolph Eichmann was 40 years ago, and when found guilty -- I won't say "if" -- he should be executed. I believe there is a great educational value to publicly trying him. It tells the world that there is a judicial way of dealing with terror, and it will give Israel an opportunity to publicize to the world his war crimes.
If Lieberman and Katz get their way, Arafat will create more problems than he has till now. If I get my way, one of the main problems -- Arafat -- is finished for good.
How should Israel approach dispatching Yasser Arafat, you ask?
Charges should be brought against Arafat, and he can be left in his Mukatah compound. Israel should surround it for the duration of the trial, and make it off-limits to the media, and foreign or Israeli visitors. Arafat's telephone and other communications links to the outside world should be cut-off. Mukatah will become Arafat's prison. Many in the Israeli media or politicians who have raised the issue of trial, always use the excuse, "But it would be too difficult to take him out." Why not leave him in the Mukatah?
Around the world it is not uncommon to try terrorists or organized crime figures without actually bringing them into court. Many times it's considered to be too dangerous to move the prisoner from his cell to the court, so he is represented by his lawyer. This can be done for Arafat. Due to the public support he is likely to get among Palestinians -- even though he's been so cruel to them -- moving him might be difficult. I therefore suggest trying him in absentia. If the IDF determines that it's too difficult to bring him to Jerusalem for his execution;, the Israeli Air Force can sanitize the grounds and bomb his compound.
Hamas said that Israel "opened the gates of hell" with this killing of Sheikh Yassin. I couldn't agree more. Let's send Arafat there, too.
Happy Yassin Day!