Until recently, Israel has been among the most vigilant nations standing against terrorism, but its stance since the implementation of the Road Map has caused it to implement self-defeating policies. Take for instance this missive from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dated May 5:
Israeli security forces arrested today Suleiman Abu-Mutlak, a senior commander of the Palestinian Preventive Security service who is behind the November 2000 attack on an Israeli school bus in Kfar Darom in which Miriam Amitai, 35, and Gavriel Biton, 34 were killed, and several schoolchildren were seriously injured, the Jerusalem Post reported. Three children from the Cohen family, Yisrael, 7, Tehila, 8, and Orit, 12 were maimed in the attack. Abu-Mutlak is also one of the heads of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.
On July 3, Israel released 33 Palestinian prisoners as part of the “road map” to peace with the Palestinian Authority. Abu-Mutlak was among them.
The Cohen children’s mother, Noga Cohen, said:
My three children lost their legs... I don't understand how they can release such a person who murdered two residents and took the legs of children…What do I tell my children? I always assured them that the government of Israel would ensure their safety...I don't know how I am going to explain to them now. Why are we allowing terrorists to control our lives, why?
On July 4, 1975, Ahmed Jbarra murdered 14 people and wounded 62 by placing a refrigerator filled with explosives in Jerusalem’s Zion Square. Israel released Jbarra in June, who is now a special adviser to Yasser Arafat.
The Israeli cabinet voted on July 6 to release hundreds of other prisoners. Palestinian Information Minister Nabil Amr called this “an insufficient step,” and Hamas and Islamic Jihad have conditioned their “cease-fire” on the release of all prisoners. (Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for a July 8 suicide bombing that murdered one Israeli.)
“We are ready to carry out the most powerful and dangerous military attacks inside Israel and in the settlements,” the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade threatened on July 6, the same day it stormed a courthouse in Ramallah and murdered a Palestinian on trial for “collaboration” with Israel. Palestinian Authority cabinet member Hisham Abdel-Razak said:
If Israel does not decide…to release Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian Authority will resign from the road map. This is the most important issue for us. Israel must decide on principle that they will release all of the prisoners and implement the decision gradually. If this is not done then there will not be negotiations, no road map.
If these are partners for peace, Saudi Arabia is a refuge for homosexuals.
The prisoner releases extend the policy of terrorist empowerment established by the Oslo Accords in 1993; it was Yitzhak Rabin’s government that installed Yasser Arafat’s tyranny and armed his goons, facilitating a hospitable regime for terrorists and inculcation of Jew-hatred in Palestinian youth.
This was idiocy at best and complicity in effect. Ironically, Rabin said after the July 1975 massacre during his first administration:
The terrorist organizations, headed by Yasser Arafat, were quick to claim responsibility for this bloodshed…This is the act of those whose principles are designed to liquidate Israel and deny sovereign Jewish national existence. The murder at Zion Square must serve as a grave warning against dangerous illusions as regards the aims of the terrorist organizations. The killers at Zion Square and those who sent them, the heads of the terrorist organizations—who were so quick to claim, with their characteristic vainglory, full responsibility—testify to the true intentions of these organizations. Hence, we must continue to firmly adhere to Israel's policy of not entering into any negotiations with the terrorist organizations. The only language they understand is that of the sword, and it is in that language that we shall talk to them.
The day after Israel released Abu-Mutlak, Attorney General Elyakim Rubenstein indicted Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg for “incitement to racism,” punishable by five years imprisonment. The indictment centers on a book published in 2001 where he claims Arabs have no right to live in Israel and are culturally inferior to Israelis.
On July 7, Rubenstein ordered an investigation of rabbis in settlements. At a June conference, these rabbis stated, “Anyone who has the ability to curb the implementation of the road map and does not do so is in violation of the Biblical commandment: ‘Neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbor [Leviticus 19:16].’” Rubenstein will decide after the investigation whether to charge them with “incitement to rebellion.”
It’s OK to support the PLO in the Jewish State, but articulate Judaic views and you may be prosecuted.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s government persecutes its most Zionist citizens while freeing its most anti-Semitic criminals. If Israel seeks to destroy itself, it’s on the right track.